Recent Episodes and Articles
Saturday, January 24, 2015
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Danni bought a used Range Rover in the midst of what she calls pregnancy-induced insanity. Reality quickly set in, as her skyscraper-esque husband couldn’t fit in the car, and it racked up a few thousand dollars in repair bills in no time. Should she cut her losses and dump this impulse buy? Elsewhere, Charlie had to replace his fuel pump three times in the last year, and is tired of having them fall on his chest; Kristy may need a stethoscope and a potato to figure out why her car is making noise; and physicist Robert is too busy trying to solve thermonuclear fusion to get his timing belt changed. All this, plus the tale of Sonja Henie’s Zamboni, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
This week on The Best of Car Talk, we answer the question that has been keeping America awake for weeks—did Max the mechanic find a home for his namesake schnauzer? Elsewhere, Bob swears that smashing his Volvo into a rock improved its performance; Rick’s girlfriend’s VW spent the weekend in the shop and came back with an additional 20,000 miles on the odometer; and Lisa’s Estonian Moskvitch dies, and will only re-start if she jams a piece of wood into the ignition. Also, Tom and Ray try to referee a family dispute over a boardgame and maange to turn Brain Quest into Dummy Quest. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Ever wonder why Tom and Ray exclaim, “Sonja Henie’s tutu!”, seem to need haircuts with an unusual urgency, or got the idea that somebody moved the Alamo? This week on The Best of Car Talk, we share the tales behind the phrases that usually make the guys blow milk out their noses just by their mere mention. In matters auttomotive, Judy’s husband is telling her to ignore her ever-rising temperature gauge despite already cooking one engine; Will wants to put the entire windhsield wiper fluid industry out of business; and Paula’s friend killed her battery by leaving the lights on, and then blamed her car. All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
This week on the Best of Car Talk, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer turns the hot lights on Tom and Ray. Allegations of financial malfeasance? A class-action suit over bogus Puzzlers? No, Morley’s just annoyed that he can’t find parts for his beloved Peugeot, aka, the “Crouching Tiger” in his garage, and he blames Tom and Ray’s relentless Peugeot bashing. Elsewhere, Jane is convinced her van’s gas tank is shrinking; Peter killed his Accord’s battery but can’t understand why the alarm is still sounding; and, can Adrienne convince her daredevil husband that driving down mountain passes with the cruise control on is not good for her car, or their odds to live to see another ski weekend? All this, and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
This week on The Best of Car Talk, it’s one of our all-time classic calls, and the shaggiest of shaggy dog stories—Max the mechanic’s heroic attempt to replace his customer’s beloved pet dog. Elsewhere, Major Tom’s Jeep is acclimating to its new home in Colorado by doing 360’s on ice; Toast’s battery drains in the rain, even if the car isn’t running; and Louann’s Civic is fouling plugs, and her mood. Also, can Natalie welcome Dad home from vacation by saying anything other than, “I dented your car?” All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray are honored with the first (and probably last) award for Excellence in Worthlessness. They immediately prove themselves worthy, by dodging Dodie’s question about overdrive on her Nissan, and instead focusing on the two sons who didn’t help buy her the car. And, Rebecca’s BMW’s noise is less intriguing than why she broke up with the boyfriend who gave it to her. Also, how steamer trunks helped derail Steve’s plan to restore a vintage Buick; And, why holiday overeating may not be such a bad idea. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
This week on Car Talk, have Tom and Ray found a more productive way to settle their disagreements than, “You moron”? Find out as they differ over whether John should dump his family’s beloved Chevy before its hyper-sensitive brakes send the family dental bills into 7 figures. Elsehwere, Phil’s wife thinks she’d be less paranoid about her car breaking down if she was married to a mechanic; Dennis is looking for a non-combative gesture to let other drivers know he’s sorry for cutting them off; and after a year of listening to her Volvo moan Alice has decided it’s finally time to figure out what’s ailing it. All this, plus some gift ideas straight from the floors of Car Talk Plaza, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Dee is freezing her butt off now that winter is here. Can Click and Clack help her toast her tush in her Dodge Durango? Sybil has a vexing noise, and becomes a garage apprentice as she heads out to the driveway to make the diagnosis. Meanwhile, Craig wants to know, what’s the deal with gas tanks and why can’t they all be on the same side? Jessica is hoping her Audi can be fixed so she doesn’t have to make it through winter on her boyfriend’s scooter. And David. Poor David. His Honda Accord is sending him to financial ruin. If he coughed up another eight cents a day, could he really be in a new car? All that, plus some earth shattering research on parking spaces, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
This week on The Best of Car Talk, did Tom and Ray help Dana and her friend remove a chunk of the Berlin Wall from his Dad’s BMW? Dana’s back for a round of Stump the Chumps. Spoiler alert: the word “Dummkopfs” is used. Elsewhere, David thinks his Volvo is giving him Legionnaire’s Disease; Glenn has mice living in his Miata, and fears he’ll have to bring them along on his road trip from New Orleans to Oregon. And, Leanne is hearing a horrible grinding noise when she uses her new key in her husband’s Pathfinder. Is it coming from the car or her husband’s teeth? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This week on Car Talk, can Jim use an old car transmission as a potter’s wheel? Reverse could come in handy next time he mis-throws a pot. Elsewhere, Cindy’s friends say her Mercedes is scaring off prospective dates with guys whose cars aren’t as nice as hers; grad student Christine’s parents offered her a free Buick station wagon, but Christine can’t decide if the embarrassment of driving it is too costly; and we meet Tom and Ray’s new BFF—Sal, the quintessential New Yorker. Sal is a retired mailman, but he may still have to get up at the crack of dawn this winter if he wants his car to move. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Alan thinks his Mercedes came with a 100,000-mile, self-destruct program. It’s suffered a series of problems since the odometer rolled over and, with the Check Engine light now linked to his MasterCard account, Alan thinks it may be time to move on. Elsewhere, Fred lied to his wife about loving his friend’s new car, and was punished by receiving the same car as a birthday present. Should he ‘fess up and risk the consequences, or suffer for the next 150,000 miles? Also, do Tom and Ray have enough liability insurance to help Keri soup up her Hornet scooter so she can win a rematch against a Vespa? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
This week on Car Talk, we pay tribute to our beloved brother, friend, and co-host Tom Magliozzi, who passed away Monday, November 3rd. You’ll hear many of our favorite moments featuring Tom the consummate radio professional, Tom the philosopher king, Tom the storyteller, and ultimately Tom, the guy who enjoyed nothing more than to sit with his brother and all you listeners for an hour a week, laughing his butt off. This special edition of the show will be hosted by Ray. We’ll be listening, and we hope you will, too.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Wendy’s husband wants to rent two trailers to move their belongings across the country. That’s all well and good for his truck, but will it destroy her Accord? Elsewhere, J.D. just lost his girlfriend, and may be about to lose his beloved van, too. Can Tom and Ray help him save either one? Also, budding acupuncturist Jody wants to quiet her car by finding its chi; Jane wants to buy a stretch limo to drive around town in, but everyone thinks she’s nuts— except her grandkids, and Tommy; and how did Scott’s Ford Focus move across a Home Depot parking lot while he was shopping? All this, plus listener theories on in-car “Nasal Decloggery," and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Jill has noticed a raft of men picking their noses in their cars. Is this topic too juvenile and tasteless even for Tom and Ray? Are you kidding? Tune in as they dive deep to try to explain why a man’s car is his nostril's sanctuary. In matters a bit more serious, Paul’s car is smoking like a chimney,and he’s hoping to find the right additive cocktail that will get it through to spring; Bernie and Rollie’s test drive at a dealer ended with an encounter with a light pole, and now the dealer is trying to get them to pay for the damage; and is Jenny or her budding bryologist fiance right about her Civic’s starting problem? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Melissa’s driver’s door wouldn’t stay shut. So she ran to the nearest body shop, right? Um, no—she tied the door to the seat, and has been climbing in through the passenger seat for the last several weeks. Is it time for a Car Talk Cheapskate Intervention? Elsewhere, Colleen’s Dad told her she couldn’t drive his car because he had to break in its new brakes. Was this really a mechanic’s order, or could it be Dad’s way of telling Colleen he thinks she’s a lousy driver? Also, will a flush remove the debris that might be the only thing keeping Reed’s transmission from falling apart? And, if Katie thinks she has gas that’s too old for her cheap camp stove, why on earth is she considering dumping it into her $20,000 car? All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Cheryl’s brother has a brilliant solution to his rotting gas tank that could set the entire state of New Jersey on fire—but does that make his idea any less brilliant? Elsewhere, Mike wants to drive his truck into the ground. Oh wait, the truck's "belt habit" might have already beat him to it. Tamara is considering dumping her beloved Vanagon for a car with modern conveniences, like a horn; and, can Jim make it through a New England winter in a Civic with no heat, and no dashboard? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Melissa Peterson (a.k.a., “That Little Twerp”) returns with another helpful Car Talk critique. How can Tom and Ray manage to be hippies and geeks at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin needs to decide whether to take his grandfather’s Dodge Dart Swinger, or keep his blood pressure regulated by just taking Grandpa’s hat from the front seat. Also, Beth’s trailblazing adventure left her Jetta missing a few parts she hopes are non-essential; newly unemployed Bernadette is considering a move from one non-profit to another by entering the world of auto-repair, and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Geoff’s noise really was the sound of one pad slapping. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
This week on Car Talk, is Scott obligated to marry his girlfriend, after she passed out from carbon monoxide poisoning in his Land Cruiser? Elsewhere, Ginny and her husband disagree over the optimal speed to drive on a road populated with frogs without croaking them (sorry). Also, a year of a flashing brake lights and noisy brakes has convinced Jim his van may have a brake problem; Camille may have to purge her key ring to save her Golf; and will this week’s Puzzler Answer give Tom and Ray yet another F in Physics? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray delve into the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship. Since they fit into neither category, fortunately their own Mom and sister both weigh in. All of this is prompted by Nancy’s ill-advised decision to tell her adult daughter she waited too long to rotate her tires. Elsewhere, Herbert loves his VW, except for its annoying habit of bursting into flames; Ronnie Sue’s underwear came to the rescue when she burst a heater hose; and can all of Tom and Ray’s behavior be symptoms of an obscure German medical condition called “Witzelsucht”? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
This week on Car Talk, Darlene’s bumpy road-trip prompts Ray to remember his explosive lesson about the dangers of over-inflated tires. Elsewhere, Cynthia hopes Tom and Ray can settle her brothers’ tug-of-war over a vintage Camaro, but it’s more likely they’ll just add a Magliozzi family feud to the mix. Also, Bill’s steering wheel is re-enacting “Ghostbusters” by oozing an odd substance; Marsha’s wondering if adding oil to her coolant is the end of the world, or at least the end of her Previa; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen’s fiance of his high-performance add-on addiction. All this, plus the return of the Puzzler, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.