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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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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

#1807: Scotch and Diesel

2/17/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick's diesel Rabbit ran out of fuel and the only liquid Rick had on hand was a bottle of scotch. Could he have poured the scotch into the tank or would Rick have been better off drinking it and waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, a tree fell on Murli's Corolla (we think it made a sound), and he doesn't know whether to replace the roof or have it straightened; Sally's steering column is sending smoke signals; and Kerry needs help navigating the "Pit of...

Duration:00:53:43

#1806: Unstick My Dipstick

2/10/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, despite the best efforts of every vice-grip holder in a 30-mile radius, Lyle can't move her truck's dipstick. Is her only option to turn the truck upside down and hope gravity does the trick? Meanwhile, the laws of space and time are being challenged in Colorado, where Ian's girlfriend's odometer is spinning backwards. Should she trade her car in before or after it hits negative numbers? Also, Jay's Civic was running perfectly until he attempted some DIY...

Duration:00:53:35

#1805: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Break It

2/3/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jim replaced a torn CV joint on one side of his Subaru and then decided to replace the other side, just so it wouldn't feel left out. Now, Jim's car is "undulating" on the highway. Is Jim's good deed going punished? Elsewhere, Carla can't figure out which of her brothers she shouldn't drive like, when it comes to shifting; Ainsley's bumper is being held on with epoxy and her husband won't let her take it through the car wash, fearing the bumper will be...

Duration:00:54:01

#1804: I'm Doing You a Favor. I'm Giving You an F!

1/27/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom gets the rare opportunity to fail Physics a third time as he and Ray try to help Kathy "help" her son design his Pinewood Derby race car. Elsewhere, Bridget's car is making a whisking sound that's only a little less scary than Tom and Ray's attempts to mimic it; Pam's Volvo is smoking more than her husband and arousing the ire of the Amherst, VA police department; and Johnny's attempt to fix his Jeep may require him to avoid wearing rayon pants. Also,...

Duration:00:53:24

#1803: Rocks in your Saab

1/20/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Adrienne use her Saab to deliver hundreds of pounds of rocks for her husband's birthday, or does Adrienne have rocks in her head? Elsewhere, Sarah's Taurus smells like waffles and maple syrup, so unless she spilled any IHOP leftovers down the vents, she may be shopping for a new engine or a new car. Also, Tracy and her dog both need help convincing her husband to use his brakes and abandon his "conservation of memomentum" theory; Jim's friends are...

Duration:00:53:15

#1802: The Theory of Displaced Suffering

1/13/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray invoke the teachings of Daniel Pinkwater to convince Mary Ann that a really dumb car decision could improve every other aspect of her life. Alas, the Pinkwater philosophy won't help Paul, who is learning an expensive lesson about what happens when you don't test drive an old van before buying. Elsewhere, Ron has noticed an epidemic of padiddles (cars with one headlight out) since a recent cold snap; Lesley is looking for an antifreeze that...

Duration:00:54:12

#1801: Schmutz on the Clutch

1/6/2018
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's Jetta jerks in 1st Gear, and Tom and Ray have a highly technical explanation. Elsewhere, Mark thinks his "straighten the curves" driving technique is more efficient and saves wear and tear. It's also driving his wife crazy, which may be another plus as far as Mark is concerned. Also, Suzy checks in with the final report on her attempted drive across Mexico in a VW Vanagon; Andy felt like he was driving naked and after confirming he was wearing...

Duration:00:54:05

#1752: Division of Labor

12/30/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, a simple timing-belt question triggers an existential crisis as Kimberly's disagreement with her mom leads Ray to wonder why he has a co-host. Elsewhere, Veronica's husband wants to buy a vintage Land Rover to navigate the wilds of downtown Boston; Reed fears towing his wife's horse trailer will destroy his beloved Bronco; and Joe's about to get some very bad news about his Saab's transmission. Also, meet our friends Eddie and Edie Electron and find out...

Duration:00:54:44

#1751: Sidney's Lunch

12/23/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jackie's pet python's lunch disappeared into the vents of Jackie's Explorer. Not a big deal, right? Well, lunch was a live rat which has since deceased, but is still in the car stinking it up to high heaven. Elsewhere, Delena has decided that six years is long enough to live with an oil leak, so she's ready to have it addressed; Helen needs to stop and sniff the tailpipe to try to figure out what's leaking from her Odyssey; Rich may need a team of FAA...

Duration:00:54:15

#1750: Tires of Love

12/16/2017
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This week on The Best of Car Talk, does anything say "I love you" more than a set of snow tires? Well, Patty thinks lots of things do, and is dismayed by her boyfriend's plan to gift her a set of tires for Christmas. Will Tom and Ray take Patty's side or thank her boyfriend for the idea? Also, we hear from Suzy, who was planning to drive from Carlsbad, California all the way across Mexico in a VW Vanagon. We say "was," because Suzy's only gotten to Texas, and the Vanagon is already making...

Duration:00:53:45

#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

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