The Best of Car Talk

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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.

Greg from South Carolina is a former car salesman who once sold a car to his now current wife and it's giving her problems. Will Greg have any luck with, 'I'm sorry honey, but you're beyond the warranty period', or does the marital warranty supersede here? Click and Clack try …
Jodi fr New Jersey bought her Chevy from her dear old Grandma ...and then the troubles began. Click and Clack try to determine if Granny is blameless or should be arrested for trying to fleece her granddaughter. Also, more calls and a new Puzzler right here on this episode of …
Hubby takes it on the chin today! The show starts out with Amy from Illinois whose husband is trying to convince her that driving an automatic with two feet is better. Next, Sam receives last rites on his jalopy and then Eva delivers a low blow to Chris who is …
2269 #2269: Too Cool for School Aug. 27, 2022
Fletcher from Detroit is a wonderful, wide-eyed 16 year old kid who can't wait to get his first car. Unfortunately, Dad thinks that a 1980 Plymouth Volare is a perfectly fine car for Fletcher. Hard to believe Dad was ever a 16 year old, y'know? Can Click and Clack suggest …
2258 #2258: A Laser-like Focus July 19, 2022
In order to help callers figure out what ails their cars, Click and Clack have to keep a lot of details straight. This, the boys assure us, requires a truly laser-like focus. From show-to-show we're never quite sure what that laser is going to be focused on exactly, but on …
2257 #2257: Are We Really Brothers? July 16, 2022
The Brothers Magliozzi disagree about many things. Old cars vs New cars, Ford or Chevy, fix or replace, boxers vs briefs. Car Talk exists to explore these differences, but you would think that there were at least a few things that they could agree on. Well...
Dani's husband has taken to unnecessarily shifting her automatic transmission Toyota as if it were a standard shift whenever he drives it. Is she right in blaming him and his 'neanderthalish' and unnecessary need to 'shift something' for the car's recent transmission failure? Could be... Will Tom and Ray grind …
2255 #2255: How Cheap is Too Cheap? July 9, 2022
Dick from California has kept his Volvo going for 20 years and he wants to know if he should spring for a new engine and go for another 20. Is this a case of overvaluing a Volvo?.. persnickety penury?.. or is Dick just a churlish cheapskate? Find out on this …
2245 #2245: To Wax Or Not To Wax June 4, 2022
Andy from Colorado loves to wax his cars. Andy's friends think that he is completely wasting his time because, they say, modern cars have protective coatings that make waxing unnecessary. Hear the brothers waxing poetically, philosophically and in tight overlapping circular motions on this episode of the Best of Car …
2244 #2244: Don't Furry About It! May 31, 2022
The other day Ashley was standing behind her Toyota Camry while a friend tried to start it. At the very moment the engine roared to life, out of the car's muffler came a fur ball with enough force that it passed right by her. Now, the Camry has been having …
2243 #2243: Mike Scuttles His Acura May 28, 2022
How sea-worthy is your car? Not sure? Neither was Mike, but he found himself doing a little impromptu pond skimming in his Acura Integra at about 26 knotts and it didn't go so well. Find out what happens when your car takes a big drink of water on this episode …
Kyla will be looking for a new ride soon and she has her sights set on an odd class of vehicle that includes the Geo Tracker and the Suzuki Sidekick, which were supposed to look like off-road vehicles. Well, they got the 'off-road' part sort of right: they never should …
This week on The Best of Car Talk, after years of ranting and raving about bad drivers, Tommy makes a shocking confession. What previously unthinkable driving sin did he commit, and why? Meanwhile, Tommy's erstwhile soulmate Rob drives like a tortoise in a land of rabbits and is looking for …
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katie's roommate's pseudo-scientific explanation for getting her Civic's door stuck on a sidewalk struck her as bogus, so she's turning to two pseudo-MIT grads. Can Tom and Ray separate truth from bogosity? Elsewhere, Tim and Pam need a ruling on whether his …
2125 #2125: The Spark of a Bad Idea June 19, 2021
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve left a fresh turkey in his car for a week, and well, things don't smell so fresh anymore. Will any combination of soap, air freshener, and bad cologne get the stench out, or does Steve need to call Vinny the Torch? …
This week, The Best of Car Talk kicks off with some of our favorite Country song titles. Can anything top, "I'd Rather Pass a Kidney Stone Than Another Night With You?" Then it's off to Maui, where Jeff would be advised to stop bragging about the weather if he wants …
2029 #2029: A Clean Death July 18, 2020
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Greg was surprised when his truck started running poorly, until he learned that his four-year-old son had washed the inside of the gas tank with soap. Should Greg stick his kid with the repair bill? Elsewhere, Judy can't decide if her son-in-law …
2028 #2028: Sorry, Dad July 11, 2020
This week on The Best of Car Talk, did Christy destroy her dad's car 15 years ago by putting black tape over a flashing temperature light— and then continuing to drive? And is Dad ready to forgive and forget? It's one of our all-time favorite auto-familial disputes. Elsewhere, Andy got …
2027 #2027: The Dregs Theory July 4, 2020
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Donna's husband warned her not to let her new Camry's gas tank fall below 1/4 full, because the dregs might damage a crucial part. Does the fact that this part no longer exists automatically throw this advice into the Land of the …
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Stephanie's Volvo began making noise after she moved from California to Oregon. Tommy uses brilliant deductive reasoning to come up with a completely bogus explanation. Elsewhere, Karlene's mechanic diagnosed her Explorer's annoying squeak as "an annoying squeak," with no suggestions for quieting …