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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.More from Car Talk »

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#1518: How To Ruin a Mid-Life Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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