Best of Car Talk
#1540: That Special Detergent Look10/03/15
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ivan went for an oil change, and was told he needed a special detergent beause his oil was clumpy. Did his oil change guy base this on a close examination of Ivan's engine, or a quick guess on Ivan's gullibility?...
Car Talk #1539: Dashboard Jesus, Protect Us!
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Click and Clack delve into the subject of dashboard icons and the best geographical position for a duct taped, plastic Jesus. After all, the roads are dangerous and drivers need all the protection they can get! Also,...
#1538: Aberrant Behavior Syndrome
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Lee's mild-mannered wife's temper and vocabulary both take a dive, but only when she listens to our show. Are Tom and Ray carriers of a new form of ABS—Aberrant Behavior Syndrome? Meanwhile, tempers are also flaring...
#1537: The Great Montreal Hotel Fire
"Monsieur, your car! It ees burnt to a creesp!" This week on The Best of Car Talk, one of our all-time favorite Magliozzi pranks. The cast includes Ray, a concierge named Henri, and a Ford LTD that has been, shall we say, carboniser. Elsewhere,...
#1536: The Super Magliozzi Brothers
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray have failed at radio, TV, and books, so why not add video game characters to the list? Also, Karl made a bad first impression on his new neighbors when the horn on his Civic wouldn't quit; Cass and her...
#1535: The Remote Fart Machine
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray learn first-hand that women do indeed play practical jokes, courtesy of the 21st Century version of the whoopee cushion. The guys are also chastised for not recognizing the value of Art History majors,...
#1534: Gail, The Tollbooth Fugitive
This week on The Best of Car Talk, one of our all-time favorite wackos. Gail is on the run from the law in three states, after evading a bridge toll because she didn't have exact change. Can Tom and Ray help bring her in from the cold? Elsewhere,...
#1533: The Geek Squeak
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's wife's brakes squeak only when he drives her car. Could it be holding a grudge, or is Dana driving too much like a geek? Elsewhere, Sylvia thinks her VW's problems may be a result of spending two years near a...
#1532: The Alex Manifesto
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tommy's 16-year old son Alex explains why it's in the entire family's best interests for him to own his own car. We may need your help deciding whether Alex is full of wisdom, or something we can't say on a family...
#1531: Existential Stupidity
This week on The Best of Car Talk, are Tom and Ray's seemingly moronic questions actually a form of deep philosophical inquiry, worthy of Kierkegaard or Camus? Probably not, but one listener's theory is at least worth a few laughs! Elsewhere, Debra is...
#1530: Male Answer Syndrome
It is an affliction that has touched millions of lives, perhaps none more so than Tom and Ray— the need for guys to speak in great detail on things about which they know absolutely.... nothing. Nada. Squat. This week on The Best of Car Talk, we probe...
#1529: Chewbacca in the Back
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Mike's Lincoln turns into a low-rider every time his 350-pound nephew rides in the back seat. Will it be cheaper for Mike to fix his suspension, or get his nephew to join Weight Watchers? Elsewhere, Marsha is worried...
#1528: Forget the Car, Find a Convent
This week on The Best of Car Talk, think an old Volvo is indestructible? Meet Arlene's daughter: destroyed the cooling fan and made things worse by pouring cold Mountain Dew into the overheating radiator. Can Arlene fix the Volvo and her daughter?...
#1527: Stella's Personal Billboard
This week on The Best of Car Talk, how do you attract a guy who's whizzing by at 60 miles per hour? Stella is renting a highway billboard for a personal ad and, to make a questionable idea even worse, is turning to Tom and Ray for design help....
#1526: Mama Was a Race Car Driver
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ben is scared to death to ride with his mom. She used to drive race cars, and still likes to treat Main Street as if it was Le Mans. Can Tom and Ray help Ben slow Mom down, or does he need to start hiding her keys?...
#1525: While Mom's Away
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Sarah thinks her husband and kids might have held a peeing contest in her minivan while she was away for the weekend. Will Tom and Ray find them innocent or guilty, and what was Sarah thinking by leaving them alone...
#1524: Janet vs. Lloyds of Lubbock
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Janet's beloved Grand Marquis got flooded in Houston's torrential rains. Janet decided to keep the car, despite her insurance wanting to total it. How big a mistake did she make? Well, probably not as big as the one...
#1523: The Crush
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ann has the hots for her mechanic, and needs Tom and Ray's help on two fronts. First, she needs to break something so she has an excuse to bring in her car. Second, she needs to let Bubba (as we'll call him) know...
#1522: My Wife The Truck
This week on The Best of Car Talk, a certain motor mouth puts his mouth in gear, as Tom tells the world his wife looks like a truck. And guess who's listening? Along with this classic moment, Tom and Ray try to figure out why Marc's gas mileage...
#1521: Save the Siesta
Some issues are so grave they require even the most politically averse to stand up. This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray stand up in support of... the siesta. That's right. The mid-day nap needs saving, and is there anyone better to do it,...
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