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Cutting to the Core

Some products do work

Grow your hair back in 10 days. Lose 20 pounds in a month, money back guarantee. Get rid of dust forever with the XYZ... blah, blah, blah.

We've all heard the claims. Some people try to sell their products with such ridiculous claims I don't feel sorry for the people who spend their money on them. I mean, think people.

I know a guy who swears he's going to get a $500,000 grant from the government to build a restaurant. All he has to do is pay this "company" $5,000 up front. He's trying to raise the money now, as I write this.

If it's too good to be true, then it's not true. If someone calls you up offering you a great deal but needs some money first, it's a scam. If the ex-president of Nigeria e-mails you and says he'll put $500 million in your bank account so he can get his money out of his country, and will pay you a 10 percent fee for your trouble, it's a scam.

Steve Carell's character on The Office made that mistake and defended himself by saying, "When the president of Nigeria asks for your help, you don't ask questions."

Well, you do.

So I'm a little skeptical about miracle products, but I have to share this with my dedicated readers because it might help them one day. I'm not trying to endorse a product, but I have first hand knowledge that KW block seal from CRC Industries works.

As most people know I've had some car issues in the past. My water pump went out on me and instead of getting it fixed right away, I drove to Walla Walla. Well, the pulley finally wore out and my drive belt fell off. This caused my cooling system to stop working.

I was close to a town and I tried to make it. Long story short, I overheated my engine and cracked the block or blew a head gasket.

What the "F" as in Frank was I thinking. I'm sure our favorite Hungarian speaking reporter would say, "You weren't thinking Corey." And he'd be right.

When I finally got my car home, after finally replacing the water pump, (I didn't' know I had cracked a block or blown a head gasket when I replaced the water pump), I noticed something was terribly wrong.

My car kept overheating. HMMMM. What could this be, I thought. A very experienced mechanic told me the bad news. It was either a cracked block or blown head gasket. Best case scenario, if it was a blown head gasket, $500-$1,000. If it was a cracked head, much more money would be needed to fix it.

My 1994 Mercury Topaz is only worth $475. So spending that kind of money to fix my car is a little like making a deal with the ex-president of Nigeria. Stupid!

I was absolutely down in the dumps. I couldn't afford for this to happen at this point in my life. You see, I don't have any money. I didn't know what to do.

So the same mechanic who told me the bad news about my car, also told me I might want to try this KW block seal. He said he's seen it do some amazing things but also warned that it might do nothing. I was told to follow the instructions exactly.

It takes 24 hours for the product to work. Since I can't be without a car during the middle of the week for 24 hours, I tried another brand, a similar product promising to fix any cracked block or blown head gasket, which didn't require letting the car sit for 24 hours straight. I tried it, and of course, it didn't work.

I waited until the weekend and then I bought KW block seal. I figured I had nothing to lose. It even said "double your money back guarantee" if the product didn't work.

I followed the directions, waited two days instead of the 24 hours, put my thermostat in and tried it. My car didn't overheat. That was about a week ago and it still hasn't overheated. My idle is a little rough, I don't have the same amount of power I did before and my gas mileage has gone down, but I don't overheat. I'm mobile.

I was getting ready to junk my car or bite the bullet and do an expensive repair, but for $20, a product that sounded too good to be true, worked. Now I just need to find that miracle "baldness cure" that I know is out there somewhere. If they can fix impotence, they can surely re-grow hair.

I don't know how long this quick fix will work, but every day I am able to drive my car makes it all worthwhile. If anybody has a car sitting in their driveway with the same problem I had, I encourage you to give KW block seal a try. I can't promise it will work for you, but I can tell you it worked for me.

One last piece of advice, if you see an ad for a 1994 Mercury Topaz in the paper and you make an appointment to come see the car and my pudgy face shows up at the door, you might be better off working out a deal with the ex-president of Nigeria.

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