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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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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.
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.
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.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Brenda's shoulder belt got stuck in her jacket zipper effectively trapping her in her car. Embarrassing? Sure, but not as embarrassing as Tom and Ray's friend who tried to drive her car from the back seat. Elsewhere, Ben's band wants to take his vintage Volvo on tour from Seattle, and wants to know if he can book any shows beyond, say, Tacoma. Also, Albee wants to sell a sputtering and stalling LeBaron to his mother-in-law, which is probably one way to guarantee she never visits; Judy swears her Olds is making noise. Her mechanics are telling her she's crazy, but at least they're doing it politely; and Gretchen thinks she may have gotten too good a deal from the guy who got the mud out of her Sentra. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick's diesel Rabbit ran out of fuel and the only liquid Rick had on hand was a bottle of scotch. Could he have poured the scotch into the tank or would Rick have been better off drinking it and waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, a tree fell on Murli's Corolla (we think it made a sound), and he doesn't know whether to replace the roof or have it straightened; Sally's steering column is sending smoke signals; and Kerry needs help navigating the "Pit of Despair", a giant water-filled pothole in her building's parking lot. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped Kathy lead her son to victory in the Pinewood Derby, and how much he lost by. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, despite the best efforts of every vice-grip holder in a 30-mile radius, Lyle can't move her truck's dipstick. Is her only option to turn the truck upside down and hope gravity does the trick? Meanwhile, the laws of space and time are being challenged in Colorado, where Ian's girlfriend's odometer is spinning backwards. Should she trade her car in before or after it hits negative numbers? Also, Jay's Civic was running perfectly until he attempted some DIY maintenance, and now the car is revving high and getting lousy gas mileage; Erin's turn signals fail if she turns on the high beams in the 3-tone Impala she inherited from her grandfather; and Steve poses the philosophical question, why do bad things come to cars in the threes, in the worst possible weather? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jim replaced a torn CV joint on one side of his Subaru and then decided to replace the other side, just so it wouldn't feel left out. Now, Jim's car is "undulating" on the highway. Is Jim's good deed going punished? Elsewhere, Carla can't figure out which of her brothers she shouldn't drive like, when it comes to shifting; Ainsley's bumper is being held on with epoxy and her husband won't let her take it through the car wash, fearing the bumper will be left behind; UPS driver Steve wonders why his colleagues all get new trucks and he's still driving a beater; and does Scott have a French horn player living under the hood of his Explorer? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom gets the rare opportunity to fail Physics a third time as he and Ray try to help Kathy "help" her son design his Pinewood Derby race car. Elsewhere, Bridget's car is making a whisking sound that's only a little less scary than Tom and Ray's attempts to mimic it; Pam's Volvo is smoking more than her husband and arousing the ire of the Amherst, VA police department; and Johnny's attempt to fix his Jeep may require him to avoid wearing rayon pants. Also, new research that demonstrates the male brain's oscillation between pure genius, and pure incompetence. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Adrienne use her Saab to deliver hundreds of pounds of rocks for her husband's birthday, or does Adrienne have rocks in her head? Elsewhere, Sarah's Taurus smells like waffles and maple syrup, so unless she spilled any IHOP leftovers down the vents, she may be shopping for a new engine or a new car. Also, Tracy and her dog both need help convincing her husband to use his brakes and abandon his "conservation of memomentum" theory; Jim's friends are trying to convince him his van wlll have an easier time starting if he turns on the lights before turning the key; Chris can spend a few hundred dollars to turn off his Mazda's EGR light or invest in official Click and Clack black tape; and Daniel Pinkwater weighs in on his Theory of Displaced Misery. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray invoke the teachings of Daniel Pinkwater to convince Mary Ann that a really dumb car decision could improve every other aspect of her life. Alas, the Pinkwater philosophy won't help Paul, who is learning an expensive lesson about what happens when you don't test drive an old van before buying. Elsewhere, Ron has noticed an epidemic of padiddles (cars with one headlight out) since a recent cold snap; Lesley is looking for an antifreeze that will actually work in an Alaska winter (without giving her veterinary practice new patients); and does Tommy suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Italian Male Malaise? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's Jetta jerks in 1st Gear, and Tom and Ray have a highly technical explanation. Elsewhere, Mark thinks his "straighten the curves" driving technique is more efficient and saves wear and tear. It's also driving his wife crazy, which may be another plus as far as Mark is concerned. Also, Suzy checks in with the final report on her attempted drive across Mexico in a VW Vanagon; Andy felt like he was driving naked and after confirming he was wearing pants, determined his automatic seat belt wasn't so automatic anymore; and Joddy's (yes, that's how he spells it) Chrysler dealer says it will cost $300 to replace a missing nut, which is well, kinda nuts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, a simple timing-belt question triggers an existential crisis as Kimberly's disagreement with her mom leads Ray to wonder why he has a co-host. Elsewhere, Veronica's husband wants to buy a vintage Land Rover to navigate the wilds of downtown Boston; Reed fears towing his wife's horse trailer will destroy his beloved Bronco; and Joe's about to get some very bad news about his Saab's transmission. Also, meet our friends Eddie and Edie Electron and find out why they're responsible for Michele's starting problem. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jackie's pet python's lunch disappeared into the vents of Jackie's Explorer. Not a big deal, right? Well, lunch was a live rat which has since deceased, but is still in the car stinking it up to high heaven. Elsewhere, Delena has decided that six years is long enough to live with an oil leak, so she's ready to have it addressed; Helen needs to stop and sniff the tailpipe to try to figure out what's leaking from her Odyssey; Rich may need a team of FAA investigators to help decode the noise coming from the black box in his pickup; and, a tale of a Fiat's Christmas miracle. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, does anything say "I love you" more than a set of snow tires? Well, Patty thinks lots of things do, and is dismayed by her boyfriend's plan to gift her a set of tires for Christmas. Will Tom and Ray take Patty's side or thank her boyfriend for the idea? Also, we hear from Suzy, who was planning to drive from Carlsbad, California all the way across Mexico in a VW Vanagon. We say "was," because Suzy's only gotten to Texas, and the Vanagon is already making noises. Is this road trip doomed? And Laura's 20-year old-son put gravel in her truck's wheels and stuck coins down the vents. Should she be more worried about the truck or her son's habits? All this, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray grapple with a philosophical conundrum for the ages: if you have to choose between honesty and competence, who wins? Elsewhere, Judy's Mom got a book of New England home remedies that suggests leaving a blanket and light bulb under the hood; Dennis is looking for a universal sign he can use to let other driver's know he made a bonehead move; and Fran's daughter might be a little too enthusiastic about inheriting Grandpa's old Town Car, which she's dubbed The Party Barge. Also, what's a pastor to do when his car's emitting an embarrassing odor? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Suzy is planning to driver her parents across Mexico in a rebuilt VW Vanagon. We know Suzy won't need any stinkin' badges, but are there any tools she can bring along to increase her chances of completing the trip to 15%? Elsewhere, Kathy's Mercedes' wipers are so bad her kids have to lean out the window and play spotter whenever it rains; Biju can't stop falling asleep at 10:00 PM--at home or behind the wheel; and Ed learned he shouldn't try to change his car's fluids before his morning coffee. Also, Joann's Jeep has a leak, and so does Joann's professional ego because she runs a repair shop, and can't figure out where the water's coming in. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Ta