Best of Car Talk
#1535: The Remote Fart Machine08/29/15
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,...
#1520: The Rule of Tens
This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Bill keep his beloved Town Car after it hits 250,000 miies? Sure, if he follows a few simple rules such as never driving over 10 miles per hour, or more than a 10-minute walk from his house. Elsewhere, Heidi...
#1519: Sorry, Roomie!
This week, on The Best of Car Talk, fuses keep blowing in Allison's car. Can it be fixed or would investing in her local auto parts store be a better choice? Meanwhile, Nat's Saab keeps running away from him. He needs help putting on the brakes before...
#1518: How To Ruin a Mid-Life Crisis
This week on The Best of Car Talk, John dove head first into his mid-life crisis by buying a Miata. Then, he started obsessing over how best to preserve its soft top. Can Tom and Ray rescue John from his mid-life crisis crisis? Elsewhere, Alicia's...
#1517: Lock Him in the Cellar
This week on the Best of Car Talk, should Heidi let her husband change her Volvo's timing belt? Before you answer, we should tell you that Heidi's husband is a tennis pro, with no repair experience, and that messing up this job will kill the engine....
#1516: Fiddletown or Bust
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's vegan daughter is about to head off to drive cross-country in her truck, and spend a year working on an organic farm. Should Tom have pre-emptive work done to make sure she doesn't get stuck in Carnivore Land?...
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