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#1635: Carson DeLake

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tim's Dodge Dart rolled into a lake and went for a full dive. The car has been retrieved, but will it ever run again and not smell like fish? Elsewhere, Stu's girlfriend Carla accidentally added engine oil to his beloved ZX's power steering. So why are Tom and Ray asking Carla if she wants to dump Stu? Also, Julia fears her parents' marriage won't survive Dad's attempt to rebuild Mom's Suburban's engine; Karen's physicist husband has a bogus explanation for why her car is shaking; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Ed needed healing crystals to get his son's Taurus to start. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1635: Carson DeLake

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#1634: Con the Mechanic

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Nancy doesn't fully trust her mechanic so she's throwing around car jargon to bluff him into thinking she knows more than she does. But, her vocabulary has run dry. Will the official Click and Clack Thesaurus come to her rescue? Elsewhere, Greg's truck's wiring has become lunch for critters and the only way to save it may require giving up his beloved garage woodshop. Also, Kara's white-water rafting company may have to do the unthinkable and switch to automatic transmissions for their trucks; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray knocked their heads together well enough to diagnose Debra's truck's knocking sound. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1634: Con the Mechanic

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#1633: A Big, Beautiful Piece of. Junk

This week on The Best of Car Talk, should Jason dump his beloved Camaro? It needs a new engine and completed its mission to help him find a girlfriend. Elsewhere, Shelly has the happiest dog in the world as her Explorer is spewing dog food from the vents; Oscar needs to decide whether to fix his wife's brakes or buy more life insurance for her; and should Barbara attempt her 6-month road trip in a VW Camper Van if she expects it to last more than 6 days? Also, from the land of Wacko theories, Teresa's husband thinks he has a better to chance to survive a collision if he's not wearing a seat belt; and our on-call chemist Jim Davis weighs in on Ray's hungry water theory. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1633: A Big, Beautiful Piece of. Junk

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#1632: The Hungry Water Theory

This week on The Best of Car Talk, distilled water may be too hungry for John to use it in his radiator. Will Ray's explanation of the hungry water theory help clarify things, or as usual, only further obfuscate matters? Elsewhere, Linda's husband proudly claimed to have "fixed" her Volvo—by chopping off its roof. Now is it safe for use as anything other than a planter? Also, Kunal wants to give his horn testosterone treatments; Diana's van could be a new form of germ warfare; and on Stump the Chumps we find out if Liz found her gas leak, and the perfect jumpsuit. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1632: The Hungry Water Theory

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#1631: Tickling the Electrons

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dennis' friend told him the best way to charge a low car battery is by turning on all the accessories. Does this earn immediate entry into the Wacko Theory Hall of Fame? Elsewhere, Julieta's boyfriend is blaming her driveway for his Camry's starting problem, which can only be cured by the correct curse words; Molly would like a little less cowbell in her Altima; and Gail explodes the myth that women don't play practical jokes. Also, how did a rental car's exhaust suck in Mike's daughter's shirt? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1631: Tickling the Electrons

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#1630: The Muir Woods Capuccino Cart

Could anything ruin a walk through one of America's most beautiful and peaceful National Monuments? How about a radio show host complaining because he can't get an espresso? This week on The Best of Car Talk, the tale of Tom and Ray's ill-fated visit to the Muir Woods. Elsewhere, Bob's friend may be victim of "Additive Placebo Syndrome" by disabling his running lights to improve mileage; Harmony hopes to get off the hook for smashing her sister's car; and can Sasha learn how to drive a stick shift without giving her Dad a nervous breakdown? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1630: The Muir Woods Capuccino Cart

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#1629: Death by Soap

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Greg was surprised when his truck started running poorly, until he learned that his four-year-old son had washed the inside of the gas tank with soap. Should Greg stick his kid with the repair bill? Elsewhere, Judy can't decide if her son-in-law is brilliant or wacko for raising the hood of his Volvo after every drive; Gil's Camry may be leaving a trail of clutch fluid from Houston to Phoenix; Debra's knocking is nothing compared to the sound of two hosts banging their heads together trying to figure out what's causing it; and, what does Gavin's car have in common with King Tut's tomb? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1629: Death by Soap

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#1628: Remember When Your Car Blew Up, Dad?

This week on The Best of Car Talk, did Christy destroy her Dad's car 15 years ago by putting black tape over a flashing temperature light— and then continuing to drive? And is Dad ready to forgive and forget? It's one of our all-time favorite auto-familial disputes. Elsewhere, Andy got talked into replacing his front brakes to help stop a noise coming from the rear; Nancy's husband says she's risking death by keeping her air conditioning on recirculate; and should Mickey be concerned that she's on her 4th consecutive boyfriend who drives an '82 Honda? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1628: Remember When Your Car Blew Up, Dad?

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#1627: The Laying on of Hands

This week on The Best of Car Talk, John can only keep his car from stalling by opening the hood and touching the engine. Does this fix have anytinng to do with the fact that John's a Catholic priest? Elsewhere, Tom is looking for a "girlfriend car," but can't decide if his wife should be able to drive it; Rick's friends are telling him his family road trip from Kansas to Disneyland may end in Wichita if he doesn't get a valve job; and way up north in Alaska, Linda needs to retro-fit her ATV so her sled dogs will get their off-season workouts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1627: The Laying on of Hands

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#1626: The Misappropriated Dream Truck

This week on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Michelle is happily driving around Spokane in her $700 dream truck, or if it's doing duty as a lawn ornament in her backyard. Elsewhere, Karlene's mechanic diagnosed her Explorer's annoying squeak as "an annoying squeak," with no suggestions for quieting it. Can Tom and Ray do perhaps just a wee bit better? Also, Ed may need to resort to healing crystals to start his son's Taurus; Stan thinks his wife's aggressive air-conditioning use may pop a belt; and Larry has a chance to take part in a wonderful bonding experience with his 14-year old son, and is looking for any way to get out of it! All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1626: The Misappropriated Dream Truck

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