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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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#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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#1508: Keep Your Chins Up

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

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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#1506: The Suburban and the Moose

This week The Best of Car Talk kicks off with a tale that could only happen in Alaska. It starts with Mom spotting a moose near the driveway, and ends with the family’s Suburban driving through their basement— and taking the oil furnace with it. Then, in preparation for Valentine’s Day, we have two auto-marital disputes. Kit’s husband is trying to convince her that her car’s noise isn’t the brakes, just its mudflaps; and Angelina’s husband wants to put bigger tires on their Civic to improve its gas mileage. Also, why does Marcia’s Maxima smell like flatulence, even when her husband isn’t in the car? All this, plus a Puzzler from the Ceiling Light series, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1505: My Brother, The Idiot

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ray decides to play Stormchaser, during one of the worst blizzards in Our Fair State’s history. Fortunately, we have an eyewitness account of his bold, daring, and completely idiotic adventure—even his dog was scared! Elsewhere in the post-blizzard landscape, Susan is wondering if she can just leave her car buried in snow until the July 4th thaw; and Kristopher may need Lord Kelvin himself to convince his girlfriend to use her Golf’s heater. Also, can Beth do anything do protect her white Camry from the local berry-eating mockingbird that’s using it as a commode? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1504: The PII Range Rover

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.

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