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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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@cartalk

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English

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Episodes

#1749: An Honest Idiot or a Competent Crook

12/9/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray grapple with a philosophical conundrum for the ages: if you have to choose between honesty and competence, who wins? Elsewhere, Judy's Mom got a book of New England home remedies that suggests leaving a blanket and light bulb under the hood; Dennis is looking for a universal sign he can use to let other driver's know he made a bonehead move; and Fran's daughter might be a little too enthusiastic about inheriting Grandpa's old Town Car, which...

Duration: 00:54:55


#1748: The Vanagon of the Sierra Madre

12/2/2017
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Suzy is planning to driver her parents across Mexico in a rebuilt VW Vanagon. We know Suzy won't need any stinkin' badges, but are there any tools she can bring along to increase her chances of completing the trip to 15%? Elsewhere, Kathy's Mercedes' wipers are so bad her kids have to lean out the window and play spotter whenever it rains; Biju can't stop falling asleep at 10:00 PM--at home or behind the wheel; and Ed learned he shouldn't try to change...

Duration: 00:54:25


#1747: Stop Calling Me Sir

11/25/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray have been called lots of things we can't repeat in polite company, but they've never been more flummoxed than by high school student Lydia's insistence on calling them "sir." Is Lydia too polite to find out why the key keeps falling out of her car while she's driving? Elsewhere, Suzanne is concerned about the gas fumes emanating from the "other woman" in her husband's life, his Ford Model A, named Tootsie. Also, Faith's trusty Subaru has...

Duration: 00:54:10


#1746: Beware the Neophyte Knuckle Scraper

11/18/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Paul's Jetta lost some of its Fahrvergnügen, so he tried to pep it up with a new set of spark plugs. Now the car is running worse. Did Paul need more than just plugs or did his mechanic assign the job to the wrong guy? Elsewhere, Joan and her friend are arguing over whether slower highway driving leads to longer engine life; Linda is concerned that Tom and Ray's "potato in the tailpipe" stalling technique could kill a dog that happened to lock the car...

Duration: 00:54:13


#1745: Love and a Van Dweller

11/11/2017
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Tara has gone on a couple of dates with a medical student who's smart, really nice, and is living in a van in the school parking lot. Is there a van dweller psychological profile that should scare her off? Elsewhere, Peter's friend showed the limits of an MIT education by locking himself in Peter's trunk while trying to fix it; Carl's Altima has been making noise since he drove over a rock 6 months ago and his head is too big for him to look underneath to...

Duration: 00:54:00


#1744: Plane Talk

11/4/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, it's one thing to trust Tom and Ray with your car, but would you really want to rely on them for a problem with your airplane? Mort's willing to take the chance to find out why his Piper is having trouble re-starting after a flight. The fact that this problem occurs on the ground may mollify our liability insurance carrier. Elsewhere, Sara got stuck in a drive-through car wash and can only get out of park by nudging her car from behind; Shirley thinks her...

Duration: 00:54:05


#1743: Sherman LeTank

10/28/2017
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray wrestle with a textbook case of Extreme Frugality. Susan's husband loves his old Volvo so much he refuses to use the windshield wipers so he won't wear out the motor. What's next? Preserving the brakes by not using them? Elsewhere, Jackie needs help deciding whether she should buy a beater car for the winter but her Dad has recused himself after a run of recommending lemons. Also, something may be wrong with the air conditioning in Bill's...

Duration: 00:54:13


#1742: The Nobel Grease Prize

10/21/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Amy's Isuzu dies whenever she drives down a certain street. Is it electrical interference, a government experiment, or is Amy living in a remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still"? Elsewhere, Herb's mechanic told him to deal with his turbo's noise by turning down his hearing aid; David is using a clothespin to keep his choke in place; and if Tom and Ray can diagnose Cheryl's noise, a signed photo of Sonja Henie may be on its way to Car Talk Plaza. Also,...

Duration: 00:54:02


#1741: Fluffy and Thor

10/14/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Glen is looking for a cheap VW Cabrio, after his girlfriend Fluffy dumped him for a guy named Thor and took her car with her. Glen's friend suggested searching in backyards for a car with a blown engine. Is this likely to succeed, assuming Glen doesn't have access to Tommy's backyard? Elsewhere, Jeryldine's car is infested with arachnids, and the suggested remedies may take up even more space than the creatures; Lacy's Accord is ejecting engine parts;...

Duration: 00:53:58


#1740: The Most Complex Relationship

10/7/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray ponder the idiosyncrasies of the mother-daughter relationship. Since they fit into neither category, fortunately their Mom, Elizabeth, and sister, Lucille, are by their phones, to share the tale of how Lucille's clothes wound up on the front lawn. Elsewhere, Herbert loves his VW van, except for its tendency to catch on fire; Ronnie Sue fixed a leaky hose with her underwear and is ready for her next auto repair challenge; and Michael wants to...

Duration: 00:53:55


#1739: 30 Years of Wasting Perfectly Good Hours

9/30/2017
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This week on Car Talk, we wrap up our 30th Anniversary celebration/apology, with our all-time favorite laughs. We've got the infamous electric brakes call and the philosophical breakthrough it inspired. Also, Tom's misadventures in the US Army; the ultimate Puzzler faux pas; an appearance by Tom and Ray's dear mother, Elizabeth; a tale that epitomizes Magliozzi brotherly devotion; and the saga of Richard, his goats, and Doris. All of this, plus some entries from the listener noises Hall of...

Duration: 00:54:43


#1738: 30 Years of Listener Retaliation

9/23/2017
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This week, Car Talk's month long 30th Anniversary Celebration/Apology continues, with an all-listener request show. We've got the Bosnian Vowel Drop, Arup Gupta, the original Melissa Peterson letter, Death Valley Dinesh, and the circumferentially challenged Daniel Pinkwater reading highlights from the BMW owner's manual. Also, Dana needs help removing a chunk of the Berlin Wall from a friend's trunk, and Christy decides it's time to 'fess up to her Dad about destroying his car 15 years...

Duration: 00:53:06


#1737: 30 Years of the North American Wacko

9/16/2017
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This week, we continue celebrating (and apologizing for) Car Talk's 30th Anniversary on NPR, with some of our all-time favorite "out there" calls. Our roster includes space shuttle astronaut John, whose government vehicle had a slight hesitation problem at 17,000 miles per hour; Gail, the Most Wanted Tollbooth fugitive at the Betsy Ross Bridge; Dave from Bemidji, MN, whose road trip from Alaska included using a campfire grill to fix his catalytic converter; Will, whose old dog Moses "blew...

Duration: 00:53:25


#1736: 30 Years of Lousy Marital Advice

9/9/2017
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Believe it or not, Car Talk is celebrating its 30th Anniversary on NPR. We know we should mark the occasion with a sincere apology for wasting all those hours, but instead, we're celebrating with a series of special shows featuring some of our all-time favorite calls. This week's theme: Relationships! Can lonely guy Chris use his car to meet a woman? Did Ellen really wreck her husband's Explorer by accidentally filling it with diesel? Should Doug buy a manual shift car so his messy wife...

Duration: 00:54:21


#1735: Brotherly Love

9/2/2017
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Who better than Tom and Ray to solve a dispute between two brothers over a vintage Camaro? Well, lots of people, actually. But Cynthia wasn't able to reach any of them, so this week on The Best of Car Talk, she'll hope our heroes can bring peace to Thanksgiving this year. Elsewhere, Virginia's Honda keeps getting stolen and returned. She's resorted to drastic measures to protect it, but would she be better off just leaving the car unlocked and engine running? Also, John's Corvette's engine...

Duration: 00:53:48


#1729: Employee of the Week

7/22/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katherine's new job got off to a bumpy start (literally!), when she rear-ended her boss' shiny new car on her first day. Katherine has been eyeing a new car herself, but should she wait for her first performance review? Meanwhile, Elisa's parents say they'll buy her a new car if she marries her live-in boyfirend. Should she accept, or will she be opening the door to future car-motivated life events? Also, Spencer couldn't resist the urge to touch his...

Duration: 00:54:07


#1727: Geek Week

7/8/2017
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This week on the Best of Car Talk, got a pencil neck and an empty summer calendar? Tom and Ray are here for you, with the first (and probably last) Geek Week Summer Camp. Elsewhere, Shelly thinks she's killing a small animal when she turns her Subaru's steering wheel, because of the noise it makes. Might it actually be one of the gerbils powering its engine? Also, Steve's power steering needs a wake-up call for five minutes into his morning drive; Jackie's boyfriend's starting technique...

Duration: 00:54:53


#1725: Blame It on Bernoulli

6/24/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katie's roommate's pseudo-scientific explanation for getting her Civic's door stuck on a sidewalk struck her as bogus, so she's turning to two pseudo MIT grads. Can Tom and Ray separate truth from bogosity? Elsewhere, Tim and Pam need a ruling on whether his joyride on a washboard road crushed her Saturn's engine mounts. Also, can Gene's Corolla survive 100,000 miles with a leaking fuel pump and axle seal, and a dope slap reminder to check both daily;...

Duration: 00:55:14


#1724: The Fowled Caravan

6/17/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve left a fresh turkey in his car for a week, and well, things don't smell so fresh anymore. Will any combination of soap, air freshener, and bad cologne get the stench out, or does Steve need to call Vinny the Torch? Elsewhere, Michael doesn't know if he should be worried about a couple of green spark plugs; Maggie's son has fallen in love with a hand-me-down Buick Regal that could kill him; and Linda is about to relocate from Ohio to the Virgin...

Duration: 00:54:24


#1722: Bad Carma

6/3/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ellen's Civic has been in three crashes, vandalized nine times, and had a tree fall on it, all of which has somehow convinced Ellen the car is cursed. If she tries to sell it, does she have to divulge these mishaps? Elsewhere, Keller's Beetle is missing its front passenger floorboard. Will a "found" street sign and a friend with an oxyacetylene torch cover the hole, without a 911 call? Also, Peter's Jeep knows when he's in a hurry, and chooses those...

Duration: 00:54:38

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