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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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ted put his carpentry skills to work by redirecting his van's leaky exhaust through a series of pipes outside the van. His pipe-shrouded van might scare off clients, and he may have greatly increased the chances of setting the van on fire, but is Ted still worthy of a Click and Clack Genius award? Elsewhere, Jeff is concerned that his Eagle Scout son doesn't want to drive, but he may want to give the kid another merit badge, for good sense; Peter has gotten half a dozen bad diagnoses for his truck's shifting problem—including floor mats—and may be about to get one more; and are Tom and Ray leading practitioners of "Learned Ignorance"? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Elizabeth's Audi is going through an alternator a month. Is the problem inside her car, or are they being built by the wrong group of Tibetan monks? Elsewhere, Aron's Nissan is channeling the Three Stooges; Kristin learned there's no such thing as a free brake inspection; Ann's about to learn why she should never listen to her father — or her kids' father — when it comes to cars; and Patti settles Tom and Ray's great Sleek Black Beauty bet with news on her mom's attempt to drive a Datsun from Texas to Massachusetts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray venture far afield as they consider one listener's idea that could revolutionize elevator operations (within the confines of still going up and down)— if anyone can make heads or tails of it. Later, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if our hosts helped Jeff's breadmaker resume making loaves instead of hockey pucks. To mollify NPR, we'll also wrestle with a few car questions. Drea wants to know if steam cleaning the engine is really a good way to pamper her Nissan; Elizabeth's BMW's door locks have gone wacko and she can only get in the car if she grabs the handle at exactly the right moment; Evan's wondering what became of the golf ball her 3-year-old son stuck up the tailpipe; and do Paul's lug nuts have to be tightened following a religous code? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, between Being and Nothingness is—a loose heat shield? One listener suggests Tom and Ray's baffling car advice is actually the dawning of a new line of deep philosophical thought. Elsewhere, Mary Jane hopes the guys can help save her marriage by not answering her husband's call about his Ford Fairlane; Sandy may need to be bribed to get a diagnosis for her noisy Accord; David parked his Civic in the garage for a week and now the parking brake is stuck; and Barry can't understand why his Mercedes is a bug magnet. Finally, why is Jeff's CD radio messing up his cruise control? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Everyone knows a joke is less funny if you have to explain it. But if the joke wasn't funny in the first place, it's not really a problem. So, this week on the Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray explain the origin of one of their favorites, a "full Chicago." In matters automotive, Caroline is concerned about her Toyota's low idle and her husband's insistence they wear bicycle helmets in the car for safety. Also, Sarah's car seems to have become a magnet for thieves and wayward trucks looking for something to hit; Bob is trying to imagine a life without power steering; Tom and Ray advise Jamie on how to fake a natural death for his Excel; and on Stump the Chumps we find out if John was triggering the Lardbutt Indicator in his wife's Golf. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
You send just one of your brother's heaps to the crusher, and you never hear hear the end of it. But this week on the Best of Car Talk, Patti's mom's attempt to drive her Datsun from Houston to Boston may spare Ray from ever having to hear the phrase "sleek black beauty" again. Elsewhere, Casey's career making bagpipes may be the only way to rid his Civic of the garter snakes that have taken residence. Also, Gloria's Jetta is losing power on the highway, and her work-around might get her killed; John may have replaced the wrong "gizmachi" to try to get the raw gas smell out of his Town Car; and Maz hears birds chortling when she downshifts her Fiat. All this, plus the legendary Melissa Peterson letter, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, one listener corrects the record on what NPR's Sylvia Poggioli really says when Tom and Ray besmirch her network by their very presence. You may share Sylvia's horror when you hear our hosts struggle to figure out why Patty's MG will only travel 2 feet at a time. Elsewhere, Wendy's broken air conditioner indicates her relationship may also be busted; Deb threw her husband's BMW into park before coming to a full stop, and doesn't know if she should be more concerned about the resulting noises from the car or her spouse; and, Steven got cheers from his kids and a dope slap from his wife after driving his Trooper across a stream. How did the car respond? All this, plus a ringing defense of PhD's and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Andy loves waxing his car, but his friends tell him he's wasting his time. Has paint technology made waxing passe, save for the mental health benefits? Elsewhere, Diane thinks her husband's claim that BMWs have a unique aroma is a bogus attempt to justify his mid-life crisis; Melissa traded her car to her ex-husband for a rifle and a skiff, but he thinks he got ripped off; and Ed's solution to a sticky shifter may give his insurance company an ulcer. Also, how one student's GPA plummeted after she listened to a single episode of Car Talk; and a new wieght loss plan that's guaranteed to work—the Geriatric Diet. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.