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.

1137 #1137: Jeep Tipping Sept. 10, 2011
This week on Car Talk, the Big Book of Bad Ideas gets a new chapter. Ted wants to work on his 1947 Jeep by tipping it on its side-- yes, on its side--and relying on his three brothers to hold it place. Can Tom and Ray move Ted towards a …
This week on Car Talk, we hear some listener rants about Tom's EZ Pass theory and why no one should ever take his advice! Plus, what's the best way to ask for directions? And Tom sheds light on why men are from GM, and women are from Ford, this week …
1135 #1135: Marc Vs Goober Aug. 27, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Marc in New Hampshire learns what catastrophes await when you, A) buy a 100 dollar Peugeot, and B) pay a mechanic in advance. Can Tom and Ray help him get his car back? Or, can they at least stop laughing at him? Meanwhile, chemistry class …
1134 #1134: The Lexus Aquatic Aug. 20, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Dickie in Louisiana gets a big surprise when he takes the steering wheel off his girlfriend's Lexus-- and water comes gushing out the steering column. Dickie's hydraulic confrontation leads us to Car Talk mystery #1: Is it coming from above or below? (We're not talking …
1133 #1133: The Nina Totenburger Aug. 13, 2011
This week on Car Talk, a million dollar idea from one of our listeners: an NPR-themed restaurant. The only problem is, the menu is a bit limited--to two items. In matters automotive, Renee in New York got two nasty surprises recently. Her Acura wouldn't start, and when she …
We're all getting older, so as a public service, this week on Car Talk we update a few classic songs to reflect our demographic shift. For example, "I get by with a little help from Depends." In matters automotive, Mickey's Nissan sounds like it's getting a wedgie whenever he turns …
1131 #1131: Love and Rust Spots July 30, 2011
This week's Car Talk kicks off with a cautionary tale of what not to say the first time your girlfriend tells you she loves you. Elsewhere in Relationship Land, Jackie's racking up huge chiropractor bills thanks to her boyfriend's starting method, and Lori's trying to learn how to drive the …
1130 #1130: Tickling the Electrons July 23, 2011
This week on Car Talk, are you ready for some wacko theories? Dennis in California puts Tom and Ray to the test, pondering his friend's contention that the best way to charge a dead car battery is by turning on every accessory in sight. Is there anything to this notion …
This week on Car Talk, Scott in Alaska is searching for a way to keep his windshield clean, and the local salmon population happy. You'd think a couple of MIT grads would know the perfect eco-friendly, wiper fluid solution, right? Well, maybe not so much. Meanwhile, Gregory's Chevy has a …
This week on Car Talk, Ray's quest for more "usable" sunshine leads him to a proposal both brilliant and wacko: Double-Dog Daylight Savings, probably not coming to a time zone near you. Then, Davis' squeaky Durango sparks another novel idea: if you don't know where a squeak is coming from, …
This week on Car Talk, what happens when you a tell a woman her Sable is a Granny car? If you're Mac's wife, you co-opt his pickup truck and drive that instead! Now Mac is hoping Tom and Ray can help liberate his beloved Tacoma from her clutches. Elsewhere on …
This week on Car Talk, Ryan went for an oil change, and got talked into an "engine shampoo" (no creme rinse, please)! Now, he's become a walking punchline among his friends, and he's wondering if his engine isn't the only thing that got taken to the cleaners. Elsewhere, Marina loves …
This week on Car Talk, Dad gets equal time. Topher, whose daughter Rebecca rebelled against his strict record-keeping, checks in to explain the origins of his now-infamous little maintenance book, and whether Rebecca really is off the family payroll. Another follow-up comes from Car Talk's on-call chemist, Jim Davis, who's …
This week on Car Talk, Jackson has built a McMansion for his wife's chickens, and now he needs to transport it across Vermont. His plan involves a Toyota Tacoma, a snowmobile trailer-- and one ginormous coop of unknown poundage. Are his fears of a catastrophic collapse justified? Will the chickens …
This week, everyone wants to be a shade-tree mechanic. Andrew is wondering if a degree in Nuclear Engineering qualifies him to change the clutch on his Escort, while Susan's husband's chief qualification for fixing a falling headliner seems to be height. Also, what the best car for a cross-country road …
1122 #1122: Book This, Dad May 28, 2011
Rebecca makes a bid for automotive independence, and gets an unwanted bonus: financial independence. Also, Ben learns a smoky lesson about his power steering stunt; Mary Beth wonders how to open her hood to repair the broken latch that's preventing her from opening the hood; and, have mice been singing …
This week on Car Talk, we dive head first into the three automotive P's: pranks, painting and personal problems!
Rashomon comes to Car Talk Plaza, as Tom and Ray offer vastly different recollections of a trip to Muir Woods. They may interrupt for a few moments to tell Colleen why her truck is melting air filters. Meanwhile, Dan in Oregon may find his faith tested by a coolant leak; …
Gender equity comes to Car Talk Plaza this week, as male and female callers are both advised to respond to spousal auto-critiques with a polite, but firm, "Shut up, Hon." Elsewhere, Stuart's Camry is making a scary metallic quacking sound; Bill is wondering if Radiator Stop Leak will work on …
Penny in Oregon is a bit "stroppy" over the pronunciation of "kilometer." Her stress in nothing compared to fellow Oregonian Curtis, whose Vanagon is being stolen, one piece at a time. Also, Bob in Massachusetts tries to make the perfect birthday gift even more perfect by painting it pink; and …