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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.

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.
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Cambridge, MA

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NPR

WBUR

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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.

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English

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Episodes

#1845: The Miracle Spray

11/10/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, why do Tom and Ray think Heather is crazy for believing that starter fluid is solving her Subaru's starting problem? Elsewhere, grad student Rebecca is considering driving from Connecticut to Indiana in a car that likely won't make it to the New York border; Frances's love for her Miata is being tested by the chance to inherit her uncle's Porsche; and did Chris's brother find love in a hyperbaric chamber after he and his girlfriend passed out from CO...

Duration:00:54:19

#1844: Nasal Decloggery

11/3/2018
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Who knew there was a pseudo-technical name for picking your nose in your car? This week on The Best of Car Talk, listeners who weren't completely disgusted by last week's discussion offer their analysis of automotive nostril penetrations. Elsewhere, Charlotte and her husband decided to spice up their lives by adopting four children and want to make things even more exciting by finding an old car they can use as a jungle gym. Also, Jody is searching for her Accord's chi, so she can use...

Duration:00:54:01

#1843: Clink and Clank

10/27/2018
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Greg's truck is making noise. The good news is Tommy came prepared with Ford's official book of car noises. The bad news is Greg's truck is a Dodge. Elsewhere, Rollie's test drive turned eventful when he backed into a light pole and is on the run from a dealer with an insurance deductible. Also, David's cruise control is out of control when the headlights are on; Chella is pondering a life without third gear; and Sharon is wondering why so many men are...

Duration:00:54:32

#1842: The Debris Theory

10/20/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Reid wants to save his Audi's transmission by flushing it, but his mechanic thinks the gunk is the only thing keeping the tranny from self-destructing. Will Tom and Ray embrace the debris theory? Elsewhere, Colleen's dad used the "break brake-in' theory" to insist he had to drive the family to the movies. Was this science or just a way to tell Colleen he thinks she's a stinko driver. Also, Melissa is relying on a rope to keep her driver's door shut; Katie...

Duration:00:54:07

#1841: If You Don't Think Too Good, Don't Think Too Much

10/13/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick has lots of reasons to justify adding a supercharger to his Miata. Unfortunately, they're all harebrained. Will the wisdom of baseball legend Ted Williams help dissuade Rick, or does a mid-life crisis trump all? Speaking of harebrained, Cheryl's brother is driving around with a rotted gas tank, and the fuel lines re-routed to a tank in his trunk. Also, Tamara's family needs help saying goodbye to their beloved Vanagon; Mike may be facing a winter...

Duration:00:53:55

#1840: Two Geeks and a Twerp

10/6/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Melissa Petersen returns with another helpful critique. But how can Tom and Ray be geeks and hippies at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin can't decide whether to restore his grandfather's Dodge Dart Swinger (the most inaccurately named car ever?), or re-gift it to the nearest crusher. Also, Moon's trip to the Grand Canyon was marked by an argument with his wife over air conditioning; Bernadette is considering a career change from one non-profit to another...

Duration:00:54:42

#1839: The Chia Pontiac

9/29/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jake's car is growing hair on top and to make things worse, it clashes with the car's color. Did someone slip Rogaine into Jake's gas and does he need a paint job or a cream rinse to deal with it? Elsewhere, Nancy's 3-year old son gets carsick when she drives "the wiggly road", aka, The Pacific Coast Highway, but does fine when Dad''s behind the wheel. Also, Jason's car has three problems and may get three wrong answers; Mike agreed to pull his neighbor's...

Duration:00:55:29

#1838: It's Only a Car

9/22/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Beryl won custody of her husband's old Mercedes in their divorce. She loves the car, but may be moving from Texas to the Great Frozen North and isn't wild about driving it in the snow. Should she dump it, put money into making it safer, or follow Tom and Ray's Plan C? Elsewhere, Tony's Chevy may have tried to kill his mother-in-law with brakes that didn't brake; Ginny and her husband are arguing over the best way to avoid croaking frogs on the road; and...

Duration:00:54:43

#1837: Siphoning for Dummies

9/15/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rory's ego is in trouble, after he failed to siphone gas from his car to his lawn tractor. Has siphoning gotten more difficult, or is Rory just incompetent? Elsewhere, Tom doesn't know if it's worth cautioning his son about driving cross country in a pickup truck, if all he'll get in return in the "stunad stare". Also, Maggie's gauges stop working only when she drives by the Mall of America; Darlene's road trip from Colorado to San Francisco felt like she...

Duration:00:54:47

#1836: Mom, Karen, and the Rottweiler

9/8/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's Pathfinder needs new shocks, and given that he's about to embark on a road trip with his mom, girlfriend, and dog, he'd better buy the right ones. Elsewhere, Alan's undercover surveillance work has been a bit compromised by his over-active windshield wipers. Also Carolyn's husband insists on treating their automatic transmission as if it's a stick shift; a ton of clay may have been too much for Charlie's Explorer to carry; and Bill tried to use his...

Duration:00:54:31

#1835: The Soul of an Isuzu

9/1/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jeff's Isuzu Trooper needs a new engine, but he's worried that a transplant will change his car's very identity. Does a car have a soul, and does Jeff need a mechanic or an exorcist? Elsewhere, Helena and her husband found a dream used car with one idiosyncrasy—it only goes in reverse. Good thing it came with a spare transmission in the trunk. Also, Roe borrowed her friend's Civic for three months and was so protective of the clutch that she kept...

Duration:00:54:49

#1834: Foreign Accent Syndrome

8/25/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, our all-time favorite neurological oddity: a Massachusetts man begins speaking with a French accent following an accident. Could a whack to the noggin make Tom and Ray speak like actual mechanics? Also, three tales of things that aren't where they're supposed to be. John's dipstick keeps popping out, Crystie dropped a nail into her gas tank, and Dana's friend has a piece of the Berlin Wall lodged in his dad's BMW's trunk. And, Julie "backed into a car...

Duration:00:54:44

#1833: Ted the Shim Master

8/18/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ted put his carpentry skills to work by redirecting his van's leaky exhaust through a series of pipes outside the van. His pipe-shrouded van might scare off clients, and he may have greatly increased the chances of setting the van on fire, but is Ted still worthy of a Click and Clack Genius award? Elsewhere, Jeff is concerned that his Eagle Scout son doesn't want to drive, but he may want to give the kid another merit badge, for good sense; Peter has...

Duration:00:54:54

#1832: The Alternator Ashram

8/11/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Elizabeth's Audi is going through an alternator a month. Is the problem inside her car, or are they being built by the wrong group of Tibetan monks? Elsewhere, Aron's Nissan is channeling the Three Stooges; Kristin learned there's no such thing as a free brake inspection; Ann's about to learn why she should never listen to her father — or her kids' father — when it comes to cars; and Patti settles Tom and Ray's great Sleek Black Beauty bet with news on...

Duration:00:54:27

#1831: The More Perfect Elevator

8/4/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray venture far afield as they consider one listener's idea that could revolutionize elevator operations (within the confines of still going up and down)— if anyone can make heads or tails of it. Later, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if our hosts helped Jeff's breadmaker resume making loaves instead of hockey pucks. To mollify NPR, we'll also wrestle with a few car questions. Drea wants to know if steam cleaning the engine is really a good way...

Duration:00:54:52

#1830: Moronic Existentialism

7/28/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, between Being and Nothingness is—a loose heat shield? One listener suggests Tom and Ray's baffling car advice is actually the dawning of a new line of deep philosophical thought. Elsewhere, Mary Jane hopes the guys can help save her marriage by not answering her husband's call about his Ford Fairlane; Sandy may need to be bribed to get a diagnosis for her noisy Accord; David parked his Civic in the garage for a week and now the parking brake is stuck; and...

Duration:00:54:57

#1829: The Full Chicago

7/21/2018
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Everyone knows a joke is less funny if you have to explain it. But if the joke wasn't funny in the first place, it's not really a problem. So, this week on the Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray explain the origin of one of their favorites, a "full Chicago." In matters automotive, Caroline is concerned about her Toyota's low idle and her husband's insistence they wear bicycle helmets in the car for safety. Also, Sarah's car seems to have become a magnet for thieves and wayward trucks looking...

Duration:00:55:02

#1828: The Bet

7/14/2018
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You send just one of your brother's heaps to the crusher, and you never hear hear the end of it. But this week on the Best of Car Talk, Patti's mom's attempt to drive her Datsun from Houston to Boston may spare Ray from ever having to hear the phrase "sleek black beauty" again. Elsewhere, Casey's career making bagpipes may be the only way to rid his Civic of the garter snakes that have taken residence. Also, Gloria's Jetta is losing power on the highway, and her work-around might get her...

Duration:00:55:19

#1827: Porca Miseria

7/7/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, one listener corrects the record on what NPR's Sylvia Poggioli really says when Tom and Ray besmirch her network by their very presence. You may share Sylvia's horror when you hear our hosts struggle to figure out why Patty's MG will only travel 2 feet at a time. Elsewhere, Wendy's broken air conditioner indicates her relationship may also be busted; Deb threw her husband's BMW into park before coming to a full stop, and doesn't know if she should be more...

Duration:00:54:41

#1826: The Waning of Waxing

6/30/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Andy loves waxing his car, but his friends tell him he's wasting his time. Has paint technology made waxing passe, save for the mental health benefits? Elsewhere, Diane thinks her husband's claim that BMWs have a unique aroma is a bogus attempt to justify his mid-life crisis; Melissa traded her car to her ex-husband for a rifle and a skiff, but he thinks he got ripped off; and Ed's solution to a sticky shifter may give his insurance company an ulcer....

Duration:00:54:28