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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.

Location:

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.

Twitter:

@cartalk

Language:

English

Contact:

Car Talk Plaza, Box 3500 Harvard Square Cambridge, MA, 02238 888-227-8255


Episodes

#2415: The Wrong Kind of Horsepower

2/20/2024
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Duration:00:38:32

#2414: The Spidermobile

2/17/2024
Geraldine has uninvited passengers taking up residence in her car. Can Click and Clack help her get rid of these eight-legged hitchhikers or should she just torch her Toyota? Oh, what a tangled web we weave on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:34:49

#2413: Just a Couple of Romantics

2/13/2024
From time to time mail intended for Car Talk and Ann Landers of 'Dear Abby' fame gets switched up. Of course, the brothers' handle such heartfelt missives with the requisite tact and sensitivity that their sainted mother, Elizabeth, instilled in them -after they have a few laughs first! Advice to the lovelorn from Click and Clack on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:37:50

#2412: Supercharge THIS!

2/10/2024
Rick is in love with both Linda and with his Mazda Miata, hopefully, in that order. But Rick is bugging Linda to buy him a $2500 turbocharger as a sort of 'mid-life crisis present'. Will Click and Clack recommend the turbocharger or the couples' counseling? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:37:05

#2411: Sally's Decimated Dodge Dartre

2/6/2024
Sally is a librarian who drives a '63 Dodge Dartre with brakes that fail -are you ready?- periodically. Dewey, Cheetham and Howe meets Dewey Decimal on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:38:07

#2410: The Costs of Free Help

2/3/2024
Mike was feeling pretty good when he offered to help a neighbor replace the dead battery in her car. Mike was feeling 'something else' after he dropped his wrench and caused a fire under the hood. Is there any way Mike can save face with the neighbors or should he just move to a new city? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:39:37

#2409: And a Dog Named 'Weasel'

1/30/2024
Two Saab stories and the even sadder tale of Yvonne's Chevy Cavalier. All of that and a dog named 'Weasel' on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:38:49

#2408: Babes in the Wild

1/27/2024
Two completely different 'Babes in the Wild' calls from Newton on Safari in Kenya and Justin cruising in DC on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:24

#2407: The Golden Arches Conundrum

1/23/2024
If a nationally-known burger chain situated on a long stretch of highway is the only restroom for the next 75 miles is it ok to 'use the facilities' there without making a purchase? Click and Clack help Darrell probe the ethics of 'dining and dashing' without the 'dining' part on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:16

#2406: We'll Ask the Questions Here!

1/20/2024
Kevin could really use some help figuring out a problem with his Nissan, but Click and Clack are more interested in Kevin's job at the car wash. Don't forget to order the 'hot wax special' on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:36

#2405: The Dodge Dart Submersible

1/16/2024
Add at least one more to the list of qualities that Tommy's erstwhile Dodge Dartre lacked: well made, dependable, fine handling, good looking and, not surprisingly, seaworthy. Tim from Washington regales us with the tale of his submersible '66 Dodge Dart on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:39

#2404: Ted's Custom Exhaust

1/13/2024
The back door on Ted's old Plymouth van is so rusty that exhaust fumes are seeping in and killing off brain cells to the point that the poor guy is calling Car Talk for advice. Can Click and Clack save Ted's remaining brain cells? Or at least the van? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:38

#2403: Stupid is the Universal Language

1/9/2024
Click and Clack try fielding calls in Spanish, give terrible marital advice and insult their Mother directly to her face! All on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:32:54

#2402: A Wicked Haircut

1/6/2024
The sudden, gut-wrenching need for 'A Wicked Haircut' is a part of Car Talk Puzzler lore. Dennis from Ohio experienced this firsthand, as a result of an iced tea on a long drive and he writes to tell Click and Clack about it on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:36:52

#2401: Vehicular Intimacy

1/2/2024
Almost anything sounds reasonable -desirable even, if you choose the right words. In this episode of the Best of Car Talk, Ray explains 'vehicular intimacy' to his big brother Tom. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:30:06

#23109: A Bureaucratic Nightmare

12/30/2023
The AC on Wendy's VW sent smoke and fumes into the car on her 5 hour drive to visit her bureaucrat boyfriend in DC. He is unconcerned and tells her it was 'probably nothing' and now Click and Clack are trying to help Wendy fix the VW and dump the bureaucrat on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:31:41

#23108: Don't Dew It!

12/26/2023
Darlene's Daughter Has an old Volvo that's overheating. On a recent trip she pulled over when the dash light came on and, lacking any water, added a few bottles of her favorite carbonated beverage. Will the Volvo be refreshed or ruined? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:31:13

#23107: Bill's Slapstickshift Problem

12/23/2023
Click and Clack think that Bill's stalling Peugeot has a bad 'Fool Management System'... or is that 'FUEL Management System'? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:32:23

#23106: The Mother-in-Law's Revenge

12/19/2023
Gary's Mother-in-law had a gorgeous 1967 Ford T-bird... until Gary tried to fix it for her. Gary knows he's not good enough for her daughter, but is he no longer fit to walk this earth, too? Click and Clack try to save Gary's bacon on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:36:48

#23105: The Andy Letter

12/16/2023
Do two people who don't know what they are talking about know more or less than one person who doesn't know what he's talking about? Listener Andy posits and Click and Clack provide the proof on this episode of the Best of Car Talk. And if you want to listen to more Car Talk, sign up for Car Talk+ Car Talk+ is the easiest way for fans to access more than 800 Car Talk episodes, wherever you listen to podcasts. Find out more at plus.npr.org/cartalk or find the Car Talk channel in Apple Podcasts.

Duration:00:39:15