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America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.
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#1824: We Will Bury You

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Eric may need to channel the late Nikita Khrushchev if he wants air conditioning this summer. Meanwhile, Tama may need to clear out the Old Spice aisle to get the stink out of her Jeep so she can sell it. Also, Steve can remove his Omni's key while the car is still in drive which is pretty cool, except for that time the car ran over him; Teri's Accord is making noise in a place where there's nothing that can make noise; and Jordan's Taurus introduces a new Car Talk motto, "They don't care what we say, and we don't care what they do." All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1823: The Family That Bondos Together

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:55am
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Ike wants to spend the summer restoring an old truck with his 15-year-old son. Will this be a memorable father-son experience for all the wrong reasons? Elsewhere, Lisa's white Rabbit convertible top has gone gray, despite the use of every cleaning chemical known to humankind. Also, Nancy is worried that two-footed driving may be hereditary; Brent's Audi is leaking the most expensive oil on the planet; and the previous owner of Gary's Morris put in a positive ground. Is it really possible for wipers to run backwards? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1822: How Scientists Go Bad

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Teddi's Camry screeches when she starts it. She's developed lots of techniques that seem to avoid the noise, but is she mistaking correlation for causation? Elsewhere, John's wife says he's triggering the Lardbutt Indicator in her Golf causing the horn to blare at random times, only when he's driving it. Also, mobile dog groomer Gwen needs to decide whether to repaint or replace her company van; Wendy's looking for a car she can work on herself to help her meet guys; and can Jeff use his camping stove fuel in his Civic in an emergency? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1821: The Tupperware Theory

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Barbara's husband is a burper. At the gas station, he insists on shaking the car to squeeze in a few extra drops. Will Tom and Ray help Barbara convince her husband to stop belching out wacko ideas? Elsewhere, Denise's friend is coming from Germany, with his Citroen (assuming it fits the carry-on bin), and planning to drive it from New York to Minnesota. Will he make it past the Hudson River? Also, Steve's Check Engine light comes on only when he parks at the Pentagon; Kailash's mechanic told him his Escort has "Break Squeak Syndrome," but Tom and Ray think this diagnosis has one "s" too many; and, (another) Barbara needs help retrieving the keys that fell behind her dashboard, along with the dozen or so household items she's unsuccessfully used to try to retrieve them. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1820: Tailpipe Diplomacy

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Chip likes his neighbors, but they insist on warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning, and the noise and smell are driving Chip crazy. A well-placed cherry bomb might convince them to stop, but is there a more peaceful solution at hand? Elsewhere, Tom started selling cars two weeks ago, and is worried about the potential side effects. Also, Jennifer chose the worst city possible to learn how to drive a stick shift; Bill and his wife are looking for a $700 car that says "eccentric" rather than "cheapskate"; and Jeff relocated from New Orleans to a few thousand feet above sea level. His car handled the move, but his bread maker is producing hockey pucks. Can Tom and Ray put some lift into Jeff's loaves? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1819: The Power of Nothingness

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dayton's speedometer only works occasionally. Tom's advice? Take the Zen approach, and do nothing. Might Ray consider Dayton's budget for speeding tickets while crafting his reply? Elsewhere, Missy's son is headed to college this fall and wants to take an Audi Quattro with him, to Our Fair City. Should Missy spend the summer trying to talk him out of it? Also, Scott and his father-in-law have different views on accelerating while shifting; Char's Mercedes dies if she drives for two hours with the sunroof open; and Mark wants to know if his Ford Tempo can survive hauling a trailer with all his worldly possessions from Dallas to Philadelphia. He might do better trying to get from Dallas to Fort Worth. And, in honor of Mother's Day, Elizabeth Magliozzi checks in on her boys' undershirt status. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1818: The Power of Carrot Cake

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Wendy is worried that her mechanic's difficulty diagnosing her noisy Golf is affecting his mental health. Is a round of baked goods therapy the cure? Meanwhile, Robin is having her own issues with guilt after forsaking her regular mechanic and taking her Corolla to the dealer for its 30,000 mile service. Also, Jonathan doesn't know whether to celebrate or fear winning the argument with his wife over speed bumps; Tina's brake problem could be her ticket to stardom in Vegas; and Scott's uncle suggested he unplug his Accord's odometer to keep its mileage down. We probably don't need to tell you this, but Scott's uncle is a used car salesman. Will Tom and Ray advise Scott on how to do this, or call the Feds? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1817: Slow Milking

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tamsen's mechanics are replacing lots of parts on her Super Beetle (and there weren't that many to begin with), but not the part that's causing the car to vibrate. Are they genuinely clueless or just using a dairy farm technique? Elsewhere, Dennis dreamed that someone gave him a '66 Ford Fairlane. Will Drs. Magliozzi make a house call to help him interpret it? Also, Kathleen's trying to save miles on her leased car by "straightening the curves"; Johanna is moving into a teepee for the summer and is worried about her car washing away (we'd be more concerned about the teepee); and Donna's husband hijacked her new Miata, insisting he needed to drive it to "break it in properly"; and we proudly unveil the Car Talk Listener Rebate Program. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1816: Imprudent and Unwise

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ray recounts a dark day in Massachusetts history—when the powers that be decided his 16-year-old son was worthy of a driver's license. Elsewhere, it's planting season on Diane's parents' farm and they'd like her husband to remove the BMW with a blown engine residing there. Also, Nirav's Wrangler's horn blared at 5 AM and now won't honk at all. Might the angry neighbor with a sledge hammer and wire cutters be responsible? Ira's Jeep had one leaky injector, but he was told nature required him to replace all six; Tim can't turn his wipers off unelss he bangs on the steering column; and Michelle's husband gave her some bogus advice about not using the parking brake. How bogus? Depends on how likely he is to beat up two puny radio hosts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1815: The Four Door Planter

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, the junkyard refused to haul away Ruth's beloved Dodge Colt. So the big question is, does it have a future as an arboretum or a terrarium? Elsewhere, Alan's relocating from Dallas to Vermont and wants to know if his Bronco needs to be outfitted with anything other than snow tires and Bronko Nagurski long underwear. Also, Nathan learned an expensive lesson about what happens when you tow a boat in 5th gear; Jeff is prepared to strap someone to the hood to help diagnose his Grand Am's "arthritic knee" noise; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dana's Jetta really was suffering from schmutz on the clutch. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1814: Dad, How Could You?

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Linda is suffering acute separation anxiety, after her dad sold the family's beloved Rambler to a neighborhood teen. Can Tom and Ray help Linda get closure or suggest a few semi-legal strategies to get the car back? Elsewhere, Rita's "soon to be ex-husband" says she should always use the parking brake, and she's convinced he must be wrong because she's dumping him. Also, Mike's attempt to show off his ability to shift into third gear cost him Reverse; Gamin's Civic is making noise ever since she drove through a deep puddle; and is there enough Prozac in the world to get Christine and her mom through driving lessons? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1813: You Can't Go Back

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Gloria's mechanic told her not to put her car into reverse first thing in the morning. Does Gloria need to build a circular driveway so she can follow this advice or can it be consigned to the Land of Old Wives Tales. Elsewhere, LaDell just started selling cars and already made his first mistake, bragging about a car's torque without knowing what torque is. Can Tom and Ray help him avoid future faux pas? Also, Liberty's new motto may be "Give me ball joints, or give me death"; ski bum Chris is wondering how to handle her truck which spent a cold winter abandoned in Chicago; and can Liz's truck handle her growing family of sled dogs? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1812: The Truth Detector

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Judith figures two mechanics would be the perfect test subjects for her voice-biometrics lie detector. But her choice of Tom and Ray might cause the machine to just give up. Elsewhere, Outdoor Studies major Ted is about to graduate and plans to drive his vintage Dodge van from upstate New York to Alaska. Ted might be studying a lot of the outdoors—waiting for tow trucks. Also, Cindy's car got really loud after she replaced the exhaust system; Justin's Civic has water pouring in through the speakers when it rains; and Christine's key is stuck in her ignition which has less urgency now that the car won't start. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1811: The Fall's Gonna Kill You

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray turn to the wisdom of Butch Cassidy to help settle a dispute between Erin's husband and friend over shifting. Then, the guys help James and his fiancee take on the Marital-Industrial Complex by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us. Also, Bob loves the former police car he just bought but may need to replace a part he doesn't believe exists; Anita's truck has developed a heavy breathing sound; and Eric is looking for the perfect vehicle for a family trip along the Al-Can Highway. Maybe he should be looking for four perfect vehicles? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1810: Next Stop, Yak Husbandry?

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Whitney's husband insists on waiting until the low fuel lights comes on before getting gas. Is he damaging their car, and even if he is, would curing this habit damage his psyche? Elsewhere, Tom thinks his mechanic is suffering from "Symmetry Neurosis" for insisting on replacing parts in pairs. Also, Ricardo had his car trucked from San Francisco to Boston and now its clutch is cooked; Dana loaned her Jetta to a friend and got it back with a new noise; and Howard's Lincoln is emitting a whooping noise when he gets of the car. Did he buy the extremely limited Three Stooges Curly Package? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1809: Ferrariless in Seattle

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve needs help adjusting to a life with four cylinders and cloth seats, after his recent divorce forced him out of his Ferrari and into a Camry. Elsewhere, Deirdre's mechanic has a hair-brained scheme to weld new teeth on her Volvo's flywheel. Is it worth doing, even if it's just for laughs? Also, Connie needs help choosing the right car for her road trip to Rio de Janeiro; Daniel needs to stop replacing distributor caps, and replace his mechanic, if he wants to find out why his Sentra stops running; Piali's best response to her squeaking steering wheel may be a swear box; and is Lyle's strategy of putting a pizza box in front of the radiator a boooogus way to warm his car? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated