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.

1404 #1404: Great Balls of Fire Jan. 25, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Barry's holiday road trip through South Carolina got more exciting when his wife noticed the road behind them was on fire. Was it coincidence, or was Barry's truck an unwitting arsonist? Farther South, things are a little less exciting for Rick in Florida. His PT …
This week on Car Talk, if one car drafts behind another to improve its gas mileage, does the car in front suffer? Tom and Ray's answer, or lack thereof, may bring the late Physics Professor Tisza back from the grave, just to administer a dopeslap. Meanwhile, dopeslaps might also be …
This week on Car Talk, should Mary let her 17-year-old son accept his girlfriend's mother's offer to give him her vintage Dodge Dart? Is Mom offering the car as a dowry substitute? Elsewhere, Cathy may have to resort to riding around wearing a football helmet to get her husband to …
This week on Car Talk, Brent tried to start his girlfriend's Mazda, and wound up with the car, and his relationship both burnt to a crisp. Can Tom and Ray tell him where he went wrong, with the car or the girlfriend? Elsewhere, Ellen's very generous neighbor keeps giving her …
This week on Car Talk, Summer has come to Antarctica, and the ride in John's Delta has gotten so bumpy that he and his colleagues are banging their heads on the ceiling. Closer to home, Leland's Toyota can't pull a hill. Tom and Ray should have no trouble diagnosing Leland's …
1351 #1351: Eddie and Edie Electron Dec. 21, 2013
This week on Car Talk, why does Michelle have to rock her car violently to get it to start? Tom and Ray have a highly advanced technical explanation, involving Eddie and Edie Electron. Elsewhere, the Magliozzis try to bring holiday peace to two married couples. First, Veronica's husband wants to …
This week on Car Talk, what does Tommy's dog have in common with Helen's Volvo? Each tends to smell its own exhaust! But Tommy's dog isn't losing brain cells over it, while Helen may be. Elsewhere, Tom traded a set of teeth for a Chevy Caprice, but may have gotten …
1349 #1349: Mechanics Standard Time Dec. 7, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Jim is wondering why his mechanic billed him for 8 hours of labor on a job that took only 4 hours, thereby launching a Magliozzi explanation of the mechanics' space-time continuum. Elsewhere, Lewis' VW dealer refused to honor a warranty repair, but may re-evaluate his …
1348 #1348: Repair Via Rock Nov. 30, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Amy's head is spinning because her speedometer needle won't stop whizzing around in circles. Is a well-aimed rock her only hope of making it stop? Elsewhere, Suzanne's husband loves his vintage Ford Model A, but its gas fumes are destroying brain cells by the thousands. …
1347 #1347: Just Say Bang Nov. 24, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Tommy's life-long aversion to work meets its match in the U.S. Army, and his old pal Sgt. McNeely. But, little did Tommy know that his ill-fated attempt to avoid target practice would one day become official government policy in the U.K. In matters automotive, Alex …
This week on Car Talk, Kate is desperate to get rid of her Chevy Cavalier, but her husband has vowed to keep it running for another 150,000 miles. Can Tom and Ray help her escape, and will it involve Uncle Vinny and a book of matches? Elsewhere, Sofia swears her …
1345 #1345: Forensic Mechanics Nov. 9, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Wendall's Bronco burst into flames and burnt to crisp, right after a 200 mile drive. Was it electrical? Fuel? A spouse holding an insurance policy? Elsewhere, Barry is hoping to find true love by fixing his co-worker's windshield wipers, and avoiding her jealous boyfriend; Donna …
1327 #1327: The Four-Wheeled Dowry July 9, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Elisa's parents are so anxious for her to marry her live-in boyfriend, that they've offered to buy her a new car if Elissa and her beau tie the knot. Is this an offer she can't refuse, or will she be opening herself up to a …
This week on Car Talk, how did the chicken get to church? That's what's puzzling Sara in Ohio, after her chicken stowed away somewhere outside the cab of her truck for a two-hour drive. Also, while we applaud DIY repair efforts, Josh in Montana may have gone too far when …
1324 #1324: The No-Headliner Look June 15, 2013
This week on Car Talk, the headliner in Cheryl's Chevy is falling down, and causing a series of bad-hair days. She'd like to fashion a replacement. Can Tom and Ray offer any interior decorating tips, or just suggest she use a better cream rinse? Elsewhere, Brent's Audi is leaking very …
1323 #1323: The Lard Butt Indicator June 10, 2013
This week on Car Talk, why does the horn in John's wife's Golf start blowing when he drives it? John's wife thinks he's setting off the "lardbutt indicator" under the driver's seat. Has VW really come up with something so sophisticated? Elsewhere, Wendy has discovered that giving up her beloved …
1322 #1322: The Citroen Invasion June 1, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Denice's European friend is coming to the U.S., and bringing his Citroen with him. (We don't know if it will fit in the overhead luggage bin, or if he'll have to check it.) He's hoping to drive it from New York to Minnesota, but will …
313 !313: Aspen Rehabilitation March 30, 2013
This week on Car Talk, Donna's husband refuses to part with his 1977 Dodge Aspen. It runs like a champ, but looks like the 1962 New York Mets. It's so beat up that, during a recent storm, more hailstones made it through holes in the car than actually hit the …
This week, the one and only Martha Stewart comes to Car Talk Plaza, to help bail out Tom and Ray on auto-domestic matters. How do you get crusted dog drool off a car? What's the best way to craft a shaving cream rosette on a wedding get-away car? And, how …
This week on Car Talk, John is wondering whether 'tis nobler not to spray water on his fellow drivers at the risk of increasing his new car's risk of rust--which is a poetic way of asking, should he get mud flaps installed on his new car? Elsewhere, Manny's Chevy S-10 …