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#1526: Mama Was a Race Car Driver

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ben is scared to death to ride with his mom. She used to drive race cars, and still likes to treat Main Street as if it was Le Mans. Can Tom and Ray help Ben slow Mom down, or does he need to start hiding her keys? Elsewhere, Aaron thinks his Toyota is haunted by the spirit of Maurice Chevalier; Jamie wants to achieve his life's ambition of owning a vehicle with power steering; and, Kristina's truck is backfiring so loudly, everyone in 500-foot radius ducks and covers. Also, how could three drops of soda burn an Accord's leather seat? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1525: While Mom's Away

Saturday, June 20, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Sarah thinks her husband and kids might have held a peeing contest in her minivan while she was away for the weekend. Will Tom and Ray find them innocent or guilty, and what was Sarah thinking by leaving them alone in the first place? Elsewhere, can three totaled Subarus combine to make one drivable one for Karen? Will John's radiator hang on until he finishes grad school? And, why does Mike's car die only on Sunday mornings? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1524: Janet vs. Lloyds of Lubbock

Saturday, June 13, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Janet's beloved Grand Marquis got flooded in Houston's torrential rains. Janet decided to keep the car, despite her insurance wanting to total it. How big a mistake did she make? Well, probably not as big as the one Michael is about to make. He bought a new VW Jetta with a stick shift, but his wife really wanted an automatic, so Michael is considering a transmission transplant. Elsewhere, Flap's husband can't follow directions 30 seconds after she tells him which way to go; Megan can't decide if her mechanic is a moron or a sleazeball; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob set off a bug bomb in his truck, assuming he has enough brain cells left to form a sentence. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1523: The Crush

Saturday, June 06, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ann has the hots for her mechanic, and needs Tom and Ray's help on two fronts. First, she needs to break something so she has an excuse to bring in her car. Second, she needs to let Bubba (as we'll call him) know she's not as young as he thinks she is. Elsewhere, Jayne's car is losing oil and lots of it, but she has no idea where it's going; Wendy is wondering if her hood flying open is a sign it's time to dump her Mazda; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob got his truck's heat working in time for a North Carolina summer. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1522: My Wife The Truck

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, a certain motor mouth puts his mouth in gear, as Tom tells the world his wife looks like a truck. And guess who's listening? Along with this classic moment, Tom and Ray try to figure out why Marc's gas mileage dropped by 20 percent after a tune-up; whether Bob can set off a bug bomb in his car without killing himself along with the flies; and if Kara's Subaru can survive after she filled the gas tank with water. Also, is Ronnie going to suffer a fried tuchus if she buys a black car in the Sunshine State? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1521: Save the Siesta

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some issues are so grave they require even the most politically averse to stand up. This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray stand up in support of... the siesta. That's right. The mid-day nap needs saving, and is there anyone better to do it, than Tom and Ray? In matters automotive, Scott needs help getting his truck to start, and protecting it from his friend Fat Tony, with his big bucket o' tools; Mike appears to have found the rarest of creatures, an honest transmission repairman;, and Peggy swears she heard Tom and Ray recommend using kerosene to wash her new car and preserve its paint job. Also, can Gillian get a French-to-English translation for a truck part without disclosing she's a CIA agent? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1520: The Rule of Tens

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Bill keep his beloved Town Car after it hits 250,000 miies? Sure, if he follows a few simple rules such as never driving over 10 miles per hour, or more than a 10-minute walk from his house. Elsewhere, Heidi needs a new car to fit her two kids in carseats, and their Grandma. Can she somehow cram them all into her dream car, a Miata? Also, this week's Auto Noise Emporium features a whining Civic, a scraping Camry, and a Taurus with a vibraslap stuck in the air conditioner. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk
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#1519: Sorry, Roomie!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

This week, on The Best of Car Talk, fuses keep blowing in Allison's car. Can it be fixed or would investing in her local auto parts store be a better choice? Meanwhile, Nat's Saab keeps running away from him. He needs help putting on the brakes before he looks like a fool, again, in front of his future in-laws. And Erin's roommate has too many cars... and not enough driveway. Can she convince her roomie to sell one set of wheels, or is it time for Click and Clack to help arrange an "unfortunate accident"? All that, and a non-bogus puzzler, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1518: How To Ruin a Mid-Life Crisis

Saturday, May 02, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, John dove head first into his mid-life crisis by buying a Miata. Then, he started obsessing over how best to preserve its soft top. Can Tom and Ray rescue John from his mid-life crisis crisis? Elsewhere, Alicia's Camry began coughing up furballs, and if that sounds nasty, just wait until Ray tells her what it's likely to cough up next. Also, Peggy wants to meet a guy by pretending to sell a car she doesn't own; Lewis' car is running great, but won't move; and can Joe save $400 by replacing his own radiator? Sure-- if he doesn't mind spending $500, plus the cost of the new radiator. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1517: Lock Him in the Cellar

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This week on the Best of Car Talk, should Heidi let her husband change her Volvo's timing belt? Before you answer, we should tell you that Heidi's husband is a tennis pro, with no repair experience, and that messing up this job will kill the engine. Wanna rethink your answer? Elsewhere, Craig's girlfriend's mother bought him a new truck. If Craig breaks up with the daughter, is it also splitsville with the truck? Also, Nathan dinged his girlfriend's Civic while driving it without a license—or her permission. Can Tom and Ray help him fix the car's thunk before the next sound is her giving Nathan a dope slap? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1516: Fiddletown or Bust

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's vegan daughter is about to head off to drive cross-country in her truck, and spend a year working on an organic farm. Should Tom have pre-emptive work done to make sure she doesn't get stuck in Carnivore Land? Elsewhere, Doug's noisy brakes have him wondering if his mechanics are too nice to be competent; Warren wants to give his Olds a fresh paint job, but his wife is convinced that will only speed its demise; and Mike is wondering why we hang fuzzy dice from rear-view mirrors, rather than, say, fuzzy socket wrenches. All this and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
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#1515: Perennial Potholes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, the auto-confessional is open, as a former road crew worker explains how he made sure he'd always have a supply of potholes to repair every Spring; and Seminarian Matt seeks absolution for letting his Trooper leak oil all over his environmentalist landlord's driveway. Elsewhere, Tom and Ray try a new strategy for difficult calls. Will "do whatever you want" work any better than "we have no idea what's going on?" Also, Marlene's Montreal-Boston drive has become non-stop, because if she takes a break her car won't re-start; and could Debbie's black smoke have anything to do with the rag that was wrapped around her air filter? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1514: The Stingy Man Spends the Most

Saturday, April 04, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Richie tried to save money on oil changes by installing a dual-filtration system on his truck. The resulting acrid smoke seems to prove Tom and Ray's mantra that, "It's the stingy man who pays the most." Elsewhere, Mare's husband accidentally inflated their tires to 90 PSI. Should Mare get rid of the tires, or her husband? Also, Scott's beloved "Uncle Know-it-All" gave him some questionable transmission advice, so he's turning to two Know-Nothings; John's trying to slow down his lead-foot son by putting blocks of wood under the gas pedal; and did you know that William Shakespeare was Italian? Neither did we, but Tom and Ray seem to think he was. There's much ado about a whole lot of nothing, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1513: The Good Humor Kid

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Joanna's 16-year-old son is ready for his first car, and what could be better than a vintage ice cream truck, complete with a working freezer and music?! Should Joanna buy the truck, and thank her lucky stars her son didn't ask for a Viper? Or is this aging freezer on wheels one push pop away from a disaster. Elsewhere, Sarah discovered that she can't get her dome light switch to work unless she pours water on it; Bear's 100,000-mile plugs have become 200,000-mile plugs after fusing themselves to the engine block; and Juliette's timing belt may be hanging on by a thread. Also, on Stump the Chumps we find out if John cleaned up his act and his disgustingly messy car for a date. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1512: Lie, Lie, and Lie

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, John's car is a pigsty. As he prepares for a first date with a "classy woman," should he tidy it up or let her see him for the slob he truly is? Elsewhere, Barry had a numskull moment and drove his Blazer into a ditch. Now he can't understand why the engine is running better post-submersion! Also, Chooch's beloved Accord has become melodramatic; a black-light oil leak check is either too expensive or too psychedelic for Dorothea's husband; and, Tom and Ray discover a new strategy for handling difficult callers—diagnosis by intimidation. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1511: The Ultimate Road Trip

Saturday, March 14, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Mike and his uncle are planning to get their kicks on Route 66, driving the legendary highway from California to Chicago this summer. But the ultimate road trip demands the ultimate road trip car, right? So, anyone out there have a '54 Corvette you're willing to lend out to a couple of strangers? Elsewhere, Penny is wondering whether it was a good idea to buy a used Volvo from her ex-husband's new wife; and, Tom and Ray may have to resort to desperate measures to help Kevin turn off his oxygen sensor light. Speaking of desperate measures, Ellen pays a return visit to Stump the Chumps to let us know how far she had to go to get her husband to stop buying performance add-ons for his Blazer. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1510: In Space, No One Can Start Your Audi

Saturday, March 07, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dr. Anastas is having a slow day at NASA. How do we know? He's wondering how his car would fare in zero gravity, if he brought it along for a ride on NASA's "Vomit Comet" airplane. There might be some traction problems, but would the car even start? Elsewhere, Ann's snowboarding trip got more exciting when her tire caught fire heading down the mountain; Dana fears she's heading for an explosion after her husband epoxied her Civic's leaking radiator with J-B Weld; and, every time Dennis washes his wife's car, it won't start the next day. Also, the Great Winter Debate: if you shovel out a parking space, is it yours for keeps? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1509: Vehicularly Immature

Saturday, February 28, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, are Mari and her husband grown-up enough to graduate from a Neon to a Mercedes, even if it means having to brush their teeth and hair every day? Elsewhere, Abbie got into a fender bender with a Physics Professor, and hopes he can help her cover the rental car. Would she have better luck with someone from the Philosophy department? Also, Ben almost managed to set his car and vacuum cleaner both on fire on the same day; Kathie's boyfriend may need to be dumped for suggesting it's okay to tailgate; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dan's truck suffered from a "classic case" of Car Talk Bogus Answer Syndrome. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1508: Keep Your Chins Up

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, in true Magliozzi fashion, a brotherly pat on the back turns into an insult. Hopefully, Ray can recover in time to explain why Michelle’s car radio changes the station whenever someone steps on the brake. Elsewhere, Cindy inherited Dad’s car. The good news it has only 39,000 miles on it. The bad news is it also has the smell from 39,000 cigars Dad smoked while driving it. Also, can Brenda’s relationship and her boyfriend’s clutch both survive her learning to drive a stick shift in his BMW; and, can Ken avoid divorce number four by pre-screening partners based on their cars? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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#1507: An Airplane in Every Garage

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This week on The Best of Car Talk, how do Tom and Ray celebrate Valentine’s day? With gifts likely to earn them each a few nights sleeping in the garage! But, in classic, “those who can’t do” fashion, they’re happy to give college student Zoey tips for meeting the cute guy working in her dorm. In matters more technical, (yet still wacko!), Ed needs help choosing an engine for the Miata-sized airplane he’s building in his garage; and, Mary just bought a vintage Ford Galaxy sight unseen,  and now she's scouting the area rest homes for a mechanic to work on it. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if “Fred” ever confessed to his wife that he hates the Saab she bought him as a surprise gift. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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