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.

1203 #1203: Snakes in the Fusion Jan. 21, 2012
This week on Car Talk, Josh let a boa constrictor get loose in his wife's Fusion. In the ensuing snake hunt, he removed just about every bit of the car's interior. Now, after putting it all back together, he's got a few pieces left over. Will a few missing parts …
This week on Car Talk, life in the Big Easy is proving to be anything but that for Betsy and her truck. Since relocating to New Orleans, her Toyota has taken to spewing gas all over the place. Her mechanic's first guess? Mud chiggers in the fuel line! Entomology also …
1201 #1201: 20 Miles Per Woodchip Jan. 7, 2012
This week on Car Talk, Hans recalls fleeing from Germany during World War II in a car powered by woodchips, but he's never been able to figure out exactly how it worked. So who better than two car experts with MIT degrees to figure this out? Well, maybe anyone would …
1153 #1153: That Car Needs a Fin Dec. 31, 2011
This week on Car Talk, does a dorsal fin make a car less aerodynamic? That's Dan's question, after he decided his Tercel was lacking that important fishy feature. So, he sculpted one for the hood. Is such a problem even possible for a Tercel? Elsewhere, Mary's been driving her Mustang …
1152 #1152: Chinese Food Delivery Dec. 24, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Santa comes through big-time for Tom and Ray in their never ending quest to escape difficult callers. They're now the proud owners of the Get Off the Phone Excuse Machine, and it's likely to get an early test, thanks to Nancy and the Tupperware-like noise …
1151 #1151: A New Pigmobile Dec. 17, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Susan leads a double life--Philosophy Professor by day, and animal rescuer by night. Unfortunately, she's come to realize her beloved Honda Civic can't handle the olfactory implications of her full range of clientele. Can Tom and Ray help her find the perfect Pig and Prof-mobile? …
1150 #1150: Blinker Transgressions Dec. 10, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Molly's boyfriend gets irate when other drivers fail to use their turn signals. But when Molly caught him committing his own blinker transgression, said boyfriend had a ready explanation, that may send the bogosity meter way into the red. Elsewhere, Terry in New Mexico has …
This week, Car Talk kicks off with a few new words that may be coming to a dictionary near you. Then, they put one of those words right to work, with a series of brilliant stupiphanies: Jim in Florida learns why his next boat trip may leave him stranded in …
This week on Car Talk, is back-seat driving genetic? Apparently so for Liz in Massachusetts, who's picked up the nagging habit from her Mom. Making matters worse, Liz's husband's poor navigation skills make him a prime target. Can Tom and Ray break this cycle of rolled eyes and loud sighs? …
This week on Car Talk, Sonia's husband Barry may be taking his anti-distracted driving stance a little too far. He refuses to talk to Sonia while driving, even when they're in the car together. Other families in crisis: Anita needs a cure for sister-induced car sickness, and Monique's kids want …
1146 #1146: The Model A Prius Nov. 13, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Patrick in Alaska loves his Prius' gas mileage, but thinks the car could look cooler--say, if its engine was in the body of a Model A Ford. Is it a worthwhile project, or one destined for the Hall of Fame of Bad …
This week on Car Talk, science fiction comes to Keller, Texas, as Isuzus cease functioning when they come close to a mysterious FAA "weather device." Is GORT up to his old tricks, or is the answer a bit more down to earth? Elsewhere, Kathleen and her husband escaped a scary …
1144 #1144: Road Trip from Hell Oct. 30, 2011
This week on Car Talk, could anything possibly go wrong when you take a cross-country road trip with your beloved fiance and dear old mom? Well, meet Charity-- and let's just say that car trouble was the least of her problems! Then, it's off to Oregon, where …
1143 #1143: The Camry Collage Oct. 22, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Tac and her siblings are looking for a way to keep their dearly departed Dad's car in their memories, but out of their wallets. So before they bid farewell to his Camry, she's wondering what parts work best as keepsakes. Maybe a tire to hang …
1143 #1143: The Camry Collage Oct. 22, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Tac and her siblings are looking for a way to keep their dearly departed Dad's car in their memories, but out of their wallets. So before they bid farewell to his Camry, she's wondering what parts work best as keepsakes. Maybe a tire to hang …
1142 #1142: Do Cars Have Souls? Oct. 15, 2011
This week on Car Talk, does a car have a soul? That's the auto-philosophical conundrum underpinning the engine transplant Jeff's Isuzu needs. And if a car does have a soul... where does it live, anyway? In the engine, the gas tank... or maybe the fuzzy dice? Meanwhile, Andy's Jeep overheated …
1141 #1141: The Pot-Mobile Oct. 8, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Stephen is riding high--unwittingly so. He got new engine mounts in his Mercury, and now the car reeks of marijuana. Did his mechanic leave a little bag under hood? Elsewhere, 11-year-old Hannah's Dad is having a jolly good time blowing his car horn at her. …
1140 #1140: Latent Junkman Syndrome Oct. 1, 2011
This week on Car Talk, Joe's brother-in-law collects heaps. Unfortunately he deposits them in other people's yards-- like Joe's, for instance. Now Joe's got an '83 Civic sprouting weeds out of the headliner. Can Tom and Ray help Joe cure a bad case of Latent Junkman Syndrome? Meanwhile, Kristy's husband …
1139 #1139: Wake Up, Kevin! Sept. 25, 2011
This week, we proudly introduce a sure-fire cure for Car Talk-induced narcolepsy. Did we make the show more engaging and compelling? Sorry, we're not miracle workers.  Meanwhile, in matters automotive, Mike is baffled by his Chevy's ability to suck a shirt in through it's exhaust, and even more baffled by …
This week on Car Talk, does a clean car get better treatment from mechanics? Leif in Pennsylvania has been conducting field research, and has some expensive evidence that supports his theory. Elsewhere, Lancelot just got home from Burning Man with a souvenir he didn't ask for-- the alkali salt dust …