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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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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

#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 forgetting...

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 gotten...

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

#1825: Male Moron Syndrome

6/23/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, genetics suggest that men inherit intelligence from their mothers, which as Tom and Ray postulate, leaves one likely source for the "Hey guys, watch this!" gene. And to prove that point, Josh in Montana is testing the theory by trying to find the source of his truck's rattling noise by examining the under carriage—while the truck is moving. Also, Sara can't figure out how her pet chicken survived a ride under the hood of her Tahoe; John the mechanic needs...

Duration:00:54:47

#1824: We Will Bury You

6/16/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Eric may need to channel the late Nikita Khrushchev if he wants air conditioning this summer. Meanwhile, Tama may need to clear out the Old Spice aisle to get the stink out of her Jeep so she can sell it. Also, Steve can remove his Omni's key while the car is still in drive which is pretty cool, except for that time the car ran over him; Teri's Accord is making noise in a place where there's nothing that can make noise; and Jordan's Taurus introduces a...

Duration:00:55:06

#1823: The Family That Bondos Together

6/11/2018
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Ike wants to spend the summer restoring an old truck with his 15-year-old son. Will this be a memorable father-son experience for all the wrong reasons? Elsewhere, Lisa's white Rabbit convertible top has gone gray, despite the use of every cleaning chemical known to humankind. Also, Nancy is worried that two-footed driving may be hereditary; Brent's Audi is leaking the most expensive oil on the planet; and the previous owner of Gary's Morris put in a...

Duration:00:54:51

#1822: How Scientists Go Bad

6/2/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Teddi's Camry screeches when she starts it. She's developed lots of techniques that seem to avoid the noise, but is she mistaking correlation for causation? Elsewhere, John's wife says he's triggering the Lardbutt Indicator in her Golf causing the horn to blare at random times, only when he's driving it. Also, mobile dog groomer Gwen needs to decide whether to repaint or replace her company van; Wendy's looking for a car she can work on herself to help...

Duration:00:55:47

#1821: The Tupperware Theory

5/26/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Barbara's husband is a burper. At the gas station, he insists on shaking the car to squeeze in a few extra drops. Will Tom and Ray help Barbara convince her husband to stop belching out wacko ideas? Elsewhere, Denise's friend is coming from Germany, with his Citroen (assuming it fits the carry-on bin), and planning to drive it from New York to Minnesota. Will he make it past the Hudson River? Also, Steve's Check Engine light comes on only when he parks at...

Duration:00:54:25

#1820: Tailpipe Diplomacy

5/19/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Chip likes his neighbors, but they insist on warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning, and the noise and smell are driving Chip crazy. A well-placed cherry bomb might convince them to stop, but is there a more peaceful solution at hand? Elsewhere, Tom started selling cars two weeks ago, and is worried about the potential side effects. Also, Jennifer chose the worst city possible to learn how to drive a stick shift; Bill and his wife are looking...

Duration:00:54:33

#1819: The Power of Nothingness

5/12/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dayton's speedometer only works occasionally. Tom's advice? Take the Zen approach, and do nothing. Might Ray consider Dayton's budget for speeding tickets while crafting his reply? Elsewhere, Missy's son is headed to college this fall and wants to take an Audi Quattro with him, to Our Fair City. Should Missy spend the summer trying to talk him out of it? Also, Scott and his father-in-law have different views on accelerating while shifting; Char's Mercedes...

Duration:00:54:03