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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.

Location:

Cambridge, MA

Networks:

NPR

WBUR

Description:

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

#2278: Repossessed or Just Possessed?

9/27/2022
Liz has a practically brand new car that won't go into gear sometimes. When it does, she hears a gut wrenching clunk. The dealership is scratching it's collective head and various other body parts and Liz is wondering if the primary problem is that her car is possessed. Or, does the fact that it was also repossessed before she owned it mean something here? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:23

#2277: Rodney's Mobile Recording Service

9/24/2022
At least once every show, Click and Clack goad some unlucky caller into imitating the unfortunate noise that their car is making. This week, Rodney from Colorado was that unlucky contestant, but he did the boys one better. Check it out along with more calls and the Puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:41

#2276: Running on Empty

9/20/2022
Barbara's husband was in the middle of changing the oil on their truck when he suddenly felt an urgent need for a haircut. Upon returning, he finds only the truck's oil pan filled with oil and no pickup truck. Barbara knows that her quick trip may have hurt the truck but how much damage has she done to her husband? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:52

#2275: A Darker and Stormier Night

9/17/2022
"It was a dark and stormy night." In his never ending quest to make the puzzler 'less lousy' each week, Ray decides to appropriate the consensus pick for 'worst opening line of a novel', penned in the 1800s by Edward B Lytton, for this week's puzzler offering with Tommy helping to make it a bit darker and stormier. Check it out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:19

#2274: Never Listen to Your Brother

9/13/2022
Tanya from Virginia has the good fortune to have a brother advising her on whether or not to junk her seven-year-old Mazda. Unfortunately, her brother is also a car salesman. Does the sibling bond overcome the sleaze factor in this situation? Click and Clack try to find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:29

#2273: More Important Than a Clutch Adjustment

9/10/2022
Stuart from Tennessee has been experiencing premature wear out of the clutch on his Nissan. One of our hosts, while helping Stuart understand why he should fix this immediately realizes that he is also experiencing wear out due to insufficient 'freeplay'. More calls and a new Puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:35

#2272: The Until Death Do Us Parts and Service Warranty

9/6/2022
Greg from South Carolina is a former car salesman who once sold a car to his now current wife and it's giving her problems. Will Greg have any luck with, 'I'm sorry honey, but you're beyond the warranty period', or does the marital warranty supersede here? Click and Clack try to help him smooth things over on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:40

#2271: Grandma Croaked Your Engine!

9/3/2022
Jodi fr New Jersey bought her Chevy from her dear old Grandma ...and then the troubles began. Click and Clack try to determine if Granny is blameless or should be arrested for trying to fleece her granddaughter. Also, more calls and a new Puzzler right here on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:10

#2270: Never Listen to Your Husband About Cars

8/30/2022
Hubby takes it on the chin today! The show starts out with Amy from Illinois whose husband is trying to convince her that driving an automatic with two feet is better. Next, Sam receives last rites on his jalopy and then Eva delivers a low blow to Chris who is worried about the AC in their Volvo. Will our two married hosts give these guys a break? Fat chance! All this and a new puzzler here on the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:10

#2269: Too Cool for School

8/27/2022
Fletcher from Detroit is a wonderful, wide-eyed 16 year old kid who can't wait to get his first car. Unfortunately, Dad thinks that a 1980 Plymouth Volare is a perfectly fine car for Fletcher. Hard to believe Dad was ever a 16 year old, y'know? Can Click and Clack suggest an affordable alternative and help Fletcher keep his cool at school? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:57

#2268: Donna's Hyundai

8/23/2022
Donna from Virginia used to be a REAL Donna in the Car Talk mold: She owned a couple of Camaro's and was perfectly happy. But Donna decided to tempt fate and bought a Hyundai and now all is not well with Donna. Can Click and Clack help Donna or does she have to change her name? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:10

#2267: High Stakes

8/20/2022
Genie from Kentucky thinks that her hubby shouldn't be stepping on the gas every time he starts their car and she's betting him a steak dinner that Click and Clack will side with her. And Rich from DC thinks he needs to put a stake through the heart of his wife's possessed VW Dasher. Them's the stakes on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:17

#2266: The Double Groan

8/16/2022
Janice from Pasadena has a Mercedes that can't climb hills. She has taken it to several mechanics who are trying to help but can't figure it out. It could be the transmission or it could be the engine. Will Click and Clack take opposing sides on this diagnosis or is Janice going to get the dreaded 'double groan'? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:14

#2265: Pretty Bird

8/13/2022
Susan fr California managed to stick her ex-husband with a pet parakeet and kept the Mercury Lynx in their divorce settlement. But now, instead of having to clean up the birdcage and hearing 'Pretty Bird' all day long she's driving around in a car that is billowing smoke. Is it too late to reconsider the parakeet? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:53

#2264: A Lifetime of Hand Me Down Cars

8/9/2022
Victoria from DC has spent her adult years driving a series of hand-me-down cars from her family. Her latest choice -if you can call it a choice- is between her current AMC Spirit and a Chrysler K car. Click and Clack resist suggesting an untimely two-car fire and instead try to offer useful guidance on this epiode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:30

#2263: Sister Mary Anne's Tire Fund

8/6/2022
On the occasion of moving to their new fair city of Cambridge, MA the brothers tempt fate by weighing in on Sister Mary Anne's problems with her Plymouth as well as Karl's Honda horn and Scott's unalignable minivan. All this and the new puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:26

#2262: Really Low Cost Air Travel

8/2/2022
Carl from California has the urge to fly. But instead of buying an airline ticket or maybe taking a few flying lessons Carl wants to build his own airplane. Ol' Carl is certainly up for a challenge. So he called Car Talk and asked our boys which car engine would be the best choice to put in his homemade plane. Is Carl nuts? Yes. Are the brothers crazy enough to give him an answer? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:52

#2261: One Million Original Miles

7/30/2022
Julie from Maryland is trying to sell her much-beloved Chevy SUV but all her potential buyers are scared off by the car's high mileage. She needs a new sales strategy and Ray shares the story of trying to sell his old Pontiac with a million miles. And don't miss the return of the Puzzler from extended Summer vacation on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:38

#2260: Don't Forget the Sunscreen

7/26/2022
David likes to drive his Mercedes Diesel from Los Angelas to New Mexico occasionally and he thinks the car is having some trouble on his long trips through the desert. He adds that he only notices the problem after he takes his shoes and shirt off. Okee-doke. Will the boys have to avert their eyes while solving this one? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:37

#2259: Sherry's Menopausal Mercury

7/23/2022
Sherry has an older Mercury that is becoming menopausal(Sherry's words -not ours!). She says that it exhibits 'hot flashes' with the dashboard gauges spiking up and down at random times. Don't worry: as usual, all wisecracks about 'irritability, moodiness and weight gain' refer to Click and Clack themselves on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:24