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October 19, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, should Bill risk humiliation and passenger nausea by trying to learn how to drive a sitck shift in time for the high school dance? Given that his options are the family minivan or station wagon, he may need to go for it, and have a handy supply of barf bags on hand. Elsewhere, Jane's neighbor's dog is biting her Subaru's tires and chasing her car. Jane is thinking a healthy dose of pepper spray may help dissuade Fido, but Tom and Ray may have a more (or less ) humane solution. Also, Abby's Accord has a burning smell since she accidentally backed down a friend's steep driveway in drive; Steve promised his wife he could fix her oil problem three months ago, but is stumped; and can Ray convince John his air conditioning is making noise, even when it's off? All this, plus a quiz for the Philosopher King, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
October 12, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jenny's fiance, a budding bryologist, thinks she's crazy because she swears her car is more difficult to start when its low on gas. Should he stick to moss and stay away from fuel dynamics, let alone female psychology? Elsewhere, Angela's smelling something sweet from her dashboard, but the cost to fix it will be mighty sour; Eric is wondering how a $4 part could require $358 in labor to replace; and David is trying to decide which of two heaps to dump, when the answer should probably be both. And, in the midst of New England foliage season, New Hampshire native Kurt has lots of time in traffic to profile the tourist drivers slowing him down the most. All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
October 5, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Michelle's husband paid $170 for her dream car, and she thinks he may have overpaid. It's just missing a few things, such as the rear windshield, the gas cap, chunks of the floor...and we haven't even gotten to all the problems under hood. Fortunately, Michelle is talking to a guy who can appreciate junk, and Tommy is as excited as her husband about this dream turned nightmare. Elsewhere, Mary discovered how big a rock it would take to kill her lawn mower; Matt is looking for music recommendation to drown out his Civic's brake noise; and can Tom and Ray convince Andrea the noise she thinks is coming from the dashboard is actually originating 3 feet away; and our on-call Physicist Wolfgang helps ease Ray's gastrointestinal distress. All this and lot more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
September 28, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Anne's mechanic can't identify the gunk blowing out of her car's ventilation system, but he does know that whatever it is, fixing it will cost $1000...if that's what it is. Sounds like a new mechanic's mantra to us! Elsewhere, Linda is still trying to figure out how a gas attendant put her radiator cap on backwards; Alan is baffled by the diamond patterns he sees on rear windshields, especially when he's wearing polarized sunglasses; and is Andy safer keeping his doors locked while driving on the highway? And, has our pal Daniel Pinkwater found his true calling, as a scientific measurement? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
September 21, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Lee's mild-mannered wife's temper and vocabulary both take a dive, but only when she listens to our show. Are Tom and Ray carriers of a new form of ABS—Aberrant Behavior Syndrome? Meanwhile, tempers are also flaring out in California, where Jim's truck is polluting his entire town; and down in Hendersonville, Kentucky, where Brian's merging strategy is incredibly efficient, and also incredibly rude. Also, on Stump the Chumps we find out if Sarah's kids really held a peeing contest in her car while she was away; and, can Bill in Alaska get his forklift running in time to get us our halibut? All this, plus the return of the Puzzler, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
September 14, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, the best prank ever in Magliozzi history, as Ray's family vacation is interrupted by the unfortunate news that his beloved Ford LTD has "burned to a crisp." Elsewhere, grad student Erica hopes her Celica's rattle is serious enough to get Mom and Dad to buy her a new car; Jodi's oil burning may put her Cavalier well ahead Erica's car on the path to heapdom; Unitarian Minister Carol is being tempted by a shiny Jetta; and can Vince put the leftover gas from his weedwacker in his car without destroying it? Also, if you keep taking a car apart and putting it back together, will you eventually wind up with two? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
September 7, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, two preteen kids present "Car Talk: The Video Game," and prove they're a lot more creative and have better marketing skills than anyone in our office. But, they probably can't beat Tom and Ray on car questions, right? We won't test that, but, the brothers will try to figure out why Martha's van stops moving and acts like it's run out of gas; what made Karl's horn start blaring early Sunday morning; and which heap Cass and her newly reunited husband should keep. Also, should Lee listen to a retired mechanic's advice and run his car for 15 seconds with a pint of kerosene and no oil? And, our listeners weigh in on whether or not to name a car. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
August 31, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Matt needs a car that can handle his annual 100,000 mile commute, and no, we didn't add too many zeros there. Matt is looking for reliability and good gas mileage, but Tom and Ray think he should be a bit more self-centered, particularly on the body part that will be chained to the seat for all those miles. Elsewhere, Marc is wondering if add-ons like the "Crap-a-Chip" will really improve his SUV's horrible mileage. Also, Mary Anne's air conditioning is cooling her passengers but not herself; Chip is wondering what fried his van's exhaust manifold; and Tom and Ray's efforts to help Becky deal with a film on her windshield are derailed by the Car Talk Studio Pranks department. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
August 24, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, one listener undertakes a bold, yet reckless experiment to find the correlation between drinking iced tea and needing to take a haircut. Is the real question "if", or "how fast"? Elsewhere, Robert bought a used truck and thinks its previous owner misnamed it. Can he re-christen it without changing its identity? Also, the only way to get into Paul's $200 car is by climbing over the hood, which, to nobody's surprise, has fried the battery; Maxine's mechanics 'fessed up to putting the wrong fluid in her brake reservoir, but maybe not so much about which fluid; Christine's Accord has become home to an ant colony; and Ray shows off his deep understanding of dew dynamics. Or is that "doo doo dynamics"? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
August 17, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's wife's Volvo's brakes squeak, but only when Dana drives the car. Does his wife have a heavy foot or is Dana driving too much like a geek? Elsewhere, Louise made the mistake of taking her car to a specialist rather than a GP to diagnose a clunk; Sylvia thinks her Rabbit's array of problems are due to radiation poisoning from being parked near a uranium mine; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray correctly diagnosed why Ralph's Suburban was imitating an old TV game show. Also, a date goes awry when a Jaguar is mistaken for something else; and a few of Shakespeare's plays not coming to a stage near you. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
August 10, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Marc bought a used Peugeot for $100, and, believe it or not, that wasn't his worst mistake. Now he's got a car he can't drive, and a mechanic who can't get the part, but did obtain cash from Marc's wallet. Elsewhere, Edward needs a monthly subscription to replace his Altima's distributors; Mary's husband insists on leaving the car running while he pumps gas because he's never seen one blow up, perhaps not realizing that's because everyone else turns their cars off; Nigel may be better off not knowing what his mechanic did to get his Mercedes to pass the smog test; and Heather is looking for the perfect practical joke to play on her brother, through his vintage Toyota Supra. All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
August 3, 2019
This week on the Best of Car Talk, can an omelet save an engine? A friend suggested that Sasha use eggs in his cracked radiator. Was this advice to actually stop the leak, or just to give Sasha something to snack on while waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, John put wooden blocks under the gas pedal to slow down his leadfoot son; but is worried that the speeding tickets savings may need to go towards a new transmission. Also, Debra may need to resort to whacking the steering wheel to start her car; Ron's horn sounds when he turns his steering wheel; on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Heidi had to lock her husband in the cellar to keep him from changing her timing belt; and, are Tom and Ray's stupid questions really profound existential Philosophy? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
July 27, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray's noble, but doomed, attempt to diagnose a problem with electrical brakes may have helped another listener resolve a different conundrum: Do two people who don't know what they're talking about know more or less than one person who doesn't know what he's talking about? Elsewhere, Rob needs to find a way out of a 5,000 mile road trip with his in-laws; Erin is on what may be a misguided quest to convince her husband to dump his BMW; and Kate's Acura's brakes slip when the temperature goes over 103, which seems extra serious since she lives in Las Vegas. So why are her mechanics looking at her like she's crazy? All this, plus how not to set your sideview mirrors, and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.
July 20, 2019
This week on The Best of Car Talk, our all-time favorite demonstration of Male Answer Syndrome. The electric brakes on Paul's cattle trailer engage when he uses his turn signal. Will Tom and Ray's ready acknowledgment that they know nothing about electric brakes stop them from offering a diagnosis? Of course not! Is there any chance of it being a correct diagnosis? Of course not! Elsewhere, Alice and her husband are enjoying retirement by arguing over whose route to their daugher's house is better for their car. Also, Ralph's Suburban is channeling an old TV game show; Cathy's son locked her keys in the trunk and the retrieval has led to lots of chipped teeth; and will Marsha's husband's shifting habits kill her clutch permaturely? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
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