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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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#1849: Rave on, Rachel

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 8:00am
Paging Chief Counsel Hugh Louis Dewey! Rachel got into a fender bender because she was distracted by laughing at Car Talk. Are Tom and Ray liable? Elsewhere, Tom got a Caprice Wagon in exchange for a set of teeth he made, but the car's knocking sound is making him wonder if he should have only provided molars. Also, Abbie got some dodgy, and perhaps life-threatening advice on how to check her car's alignment; Dee can't accept a life without heated seats; and Phil is wondering if his wife really would be happier if she married a mechanic. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1848: The Rolling Punchline

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 8:00am
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Heidi's car is making a scary noise and having trouble steering--and worse, she can't find a mechanic who will take her seriously. Maybe because the car is an '87 Peugeot? Meanwhile, Allen's earning his spot on mechanics' and TV techs' Top 10 Wacko Customer list with a Volvo that's starting itself and a TV that's turning itself on. Also, can Sharon ignore her husband and put a wreath on her Tahoe without voiding the Excess Pine Needle Intake clause of her warranty? And, will Lewis get better treatment from his VW dealer if he flashes his IRS agent card? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1847: Would You Rather Be Right Or Happy

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Doug's dashboard began billowing smoke the first time he ran his defroster. His wife diagnosed it as roasting bugs, and Doug forgot Tommy's first rule of marital happiness when he told her, "You're nuts." Could she have been right, and can Doug get out of the doghouse? Elsewhere, Alex may need help finding closure over his beloved pickup, while Christine can't decide whether to accept her parents' offer of their Buick station wagon; and Tracy wishes someone would haul away the mysterious Stanza that's been sitting in front of her house for the last two months. Also, can Jim use an old transmission to run his potter's wheel? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1846: Stop and Smell the Antifreeze

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Alan thinks his Mercedes was born with a 100,000 mile death gene. Ever since the odometer rolled over, the car's been nothing but trouble and now Alan is ready to dump it. Might he be acting a bit prematurely? Elsewhere, Dave's commute may get more complicated this winter, because his Audi's heater only works on right turns; Keri wants to soup up her scooter after it lost a race to a Vespa; and is Michael going to set off his airbag by drumming along with the Who? Also, two of the best listener car noise renditions we've ever heard. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1845: The Miracle Spray

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, why do Tom and Ray think Heather is crazy for believing that starter fluid is solving her Subaru's starting problem? Elsewhere, grad student Rebecca is considering driving from Connecticut to Indiana in a car that likely won't make it to the New York border; Frances's love for her Miata is being tested by the chance to inherit her uncle's Porsche; and did Chris's brother find love in a hyperbaric chamber after he and his girlfriend passed out from CO poisoning? All this, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1844: Nasal Decloggery

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 8:00am
Who knew there was a pseudo-technical name for picking your nose in your car? This week on The Best of Car Talk, listeners who weren't completely disgusted by last week's discussion offer their analysis of automotive nostril penetrations. Elsewhere, Charlotte and her husband decided to spice up their lives by adopting four children and want to make things even more exciting by finding an old car they can use as a jungle gym. Also, Jody is searching for her Accord's chi, so she can use acupuncture to get rid of a ticking noise; JD just lost his girlfriend and fears his truck's engine will be the next to go; and will a nice grapefruit stabilize John's Jeep's oil pressure? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1843: Clink and Clank

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 8:00am
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Greg's truck is making noise. The good news is Tommy came prepared with Ford's official book of car noises. The bad news is Greg's truck is a Dodge. Elsewhere, Rollie's test drive turned eventful when he backed into a light pole and is on the run from a dealer with an insurance deductible. Also, David's cruise control is out of control when the headlights are on; Chella is pondering a life without third gear; and Sharon is wondering why so many men are driving around picking their noses. All this, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1842: The Debris Theory

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Reid wants to save his Audi's transmission by flushing it, but his mechanic thinks the gunk is the only thing keeping the tranny from self-destructing. Will Tom and Ray embrace the debris theory? Elsewhere, Colleen's dad used the "break brake-in' theory" to insist he had to drive the family to the movies. Was this science or just a way to tell Colleen he thinks she's a stinko driver. Also, Melissa is relying on a rope to keep her driver's door shut; Katie wants to use white gas that's too old for her camp stove in her Corolla; and Tommy pulls out one of his most ingenious ideas to help David get away with buying only two snow tires instead of four. Of course, David may not make it through winter, but does that make it any less brilliant? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1841: If You Don't Think Too Good, Don't Think Too Much

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick has lots of reasons to justify adding a supercharger to his Miata. Unfortunately, they're all harebrained. Will the wisdom of baseball legend Ted Williams help dissuade Rick, or does a mid-life crisis trump all? Speaking of harebrained, Cheryl's brother is driving around with a rotted gas tank, and the fuel lines re-routed to a tank in his trunk. Also, Tamara's family needs help saying goodbye to their beloved Vanagon; Mike may be facing a winter without power steering; and Melissa's husband is about to learn what happens when you cheap out on snow tires. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1840: Two Geeks and a Twerp

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Melissa Petersen returns with another helpful critique. But how can Tom and Ray be geeks and hippies at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin can't decide whether to restore his grandfather's Dodge Dart Swinger (the most inaccurately named car ever?), or re-gift it to the nearest crusher. Also, Moon's trip to the Grand Canyon was marked by an argument with his wife over air conditioning; Bernadette is considering a career change from one non-profit to another by becoming a mechanic; and should Diane add a paint overcoat to her daughter's Jetta, or is this (yet another) dealer scam? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1839: The Chia Pontiac

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jake's car is growing hair on top and to make things worse, it clashes with the car's color. Did someone slip Rogaine into Jake's gas and does he need a paint job or a cream rinse to deal with it? Elsewhere, Nancy's 3-year old son gets carsick when she drives "the wiggly road", aka, The Pacific Coast Highway, but does fine when Dad''s behind the wheel. Also, Jason's car has three problems and may get three wrong answers; Mike agreed to pull his neighbor's engine, and is about to learn he's going to have to pull a lot more, too; and, Sally's dream car may be trying to kill her. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1838: It's Only a Car

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Beryl won custody of her husband's old Mercedes in their divorce. She loves the car, but may be moving from Texas to the Great Frozen North and isn't wild about driving it in the snow. Should she dump it, put money into making it safer, or follow Tom and Ray's Plan C? Elsewhere, Tony's Chevy may have tried to kill his mother-in-law with brakes that didn't brake; Ginny and her husband are arguing over the best way to avoid croaking frogs on the road; and Ellen's mechanic says her oil has the smell of engine death. Is he really smelling the oil or just his cologne? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1837: Siphoning for Dummies

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rory's ego is in trouble, after he failed to siphone gas from his car to his lawn tractor. Has siphoning gotten more difficult, or is Rory just incompetent? Elsewhere, Tom doesn't know if it's worth cautioning his son about driving cross country in a pickup truck, if all he'll get in return in the "stunad stare". Also, Maggie's gauges stop working only when she drives by the Mall of America; Darlene's road trip from Colorado to San Francisco felt like she was floating on air, likely because she really was; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen's fiance of his obsession with performance add-ons. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1836: Mom, Karen, and the Rottweiler

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's Pathfinder needs new shocks, and given that he's about to embark on a road trip with his mom, girlfriend, and dog, he'd better buy the right ones. Elsewhere, Alan's undercover surveillance work has been a bit compromised by his over-active windshield wipers. Also Carolyn's husband insists on treating their automatic transmission as if it's a stick shift; a ton of clay may have been too much for Charlie's Explorer to carry; and Bill tried to use his daughter's tights to replace a broken serpentine belt, but they flew apart. Were they the wrong size? The wrong color? And would Tom and Ray have done better as hairdressers than mechanics? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1835: The Soul of an Isuzu

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jeff's Isuzu Trooper needs a new engine, but he's worried that a transplant will change his car's very identity. Does a car have a soul, and does Jeff need a mechanic or an exorcist? Elsewhere, Helena and her husband found a dream used car with one idiosyncrasy—it only goes in reverse. Good thing it came with a spare transmission in the trunk. Also, Roe borrowed her friend's Civic for three months and was so protective of the clutch that she kept forgetting to release the parking brake; the one and only Melissa Petersen makes a startling admission about her dog's true feelings towards Ray; and guess what turned up in a government auction—Sonja Henie's tutu! All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated

#1834: Foreign Accent Syndrome

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 8:00am
This week on The Best of Car Talk, our all-time favorite neurological oddity: a Massachusetts man begins speaking with a French accent following an accident. Could a whack to the noggin make Tom and Ray speak like actual mechanics? Also, three tales of things that aren't where they're supposed to be. John's dipstick keeps popping out, Crystie dropped a nail into her gas tank, and Dana's friend has a piece of the Berlin Wall lodged in his dad's BMW's trunk. And, Julie "backed into a car that wasn't there" and didn't confess to her husband. Is it time to come clean? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Categories: Syndicated