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#1530: Male Answer Syndrome

It is an affliction that has touched millions of lives, perhaps none more so than Tom and Ray— the need for guys to speak in great detail on things about which they know absolutely.... nothing. Nada. Squat. This week on The Best of Car Talk, we probe the signs, the symptoms and the causes of Male Answer Syndrome. Our case studies? Tom and Ray's attempts to figure out why Kristin's Sentra is stalling on turns after a near-fender bender; and whether Bruce's son can paint his Town Car and have the job last longer than three weeks. Thankfully, an MAS respite is in store, as we learn that Gina's husband is taking the fun out of his mid-life crisis convertible by being a little too careful—he's cleaning bugs off the windshield, while he's driving. Is Gina being too much of a nag trying to get him to stop, or are those dope slaps she's administering well earned? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1529: Chewbacca in the Back

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Mike's Lincoln turns into a low-rider every time his 350-pound nephew rides in the back seat. Will it be cheaper for Mike to fix his suspension, or get his nephew to join Weight Watchers? Elsewhere, Marsha is worried her husband is too sane to drive her BMW without killing the clutch; Ralph's Suburban seems to be channeling the vintage TV game show "Beat the Clock"; and Lee's air conditioner started a thunderstorm in his Civic. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1528: Forget the Car, Find a Convent

This week on The Best of Car Talk, think an old Volvo is indestructible? Meet Arlene's daughter: destroyed the cooling fan and made things worse by pouring cold Mountain Dew into the overheating radiator. Can Arlene fix the Volvo and her daughter? Elsewhere, Glenn's unorthodox shifting is earning him glares and dope slaps from his wife; Kate's mechanic husband can't figure out her car's starting problem, despite the fact that he's shopping for a bigger boat; and Freudian therapy techniques may save Tom and Ray, as they try to solve Chet's steering and transmission problems. All that and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1527: Stella's Personal Billboard

This week on The Best of Car Talk, how do you attract a guy who's whizzing by at 60 miles per hour? Stella is renting a highway billboard for a personal ad and, to make a questionable idea even worse, is turning to Tom and Ray for design help. Elsewhere, after having his brake pedal sink to the floor twice in stop-and-go traffic, Chris thinks it's time to either figure out what's wrong, or update his life insurance; deli salesman Frank may have to part with a couple of spiral cut hams to find out why his car is making noise; and, why does Mabel's Subaru sound like she's torturing a chihuahua when starts it? All this, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1526: Mama Was a Race Car Driver

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ben is scared to death to ride with his mom. She used to drive race cars, and still likes to treat Main Street as if it was Le Mans. Can Tom and Ray help Ben slow Mom down, or does he need to start hiding her keys? Elsewhere, Aaron thinks his Toyota is haunted by the spirit of Maurice Chevalier; Jamie wants to achieve his life's ambition of owning a vehicle with power steering; and, Kristina's truck is backfiring so loudly, everyone in 500-foot radius ducks and covers. Also, how could three drops of soda burn an Accord's leather seat? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1525: While Mom's Away

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Sarah thinks her husband and kids might have held a peeing contest in her minivan while she was away for the weekend. Will Tom and Ray find them innocent or guilty, and what was Sarah thinking by leaving them alone in the first place? Elsewhere, can three totaled Subarus combine to make one drivable one for Karen? Will John's radiator hang on until he finishes grad school? And, why does Mike's car die only on Sunday mornings? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1524: Janet vs. Lloyds of Lubbock

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Janet's beloved Grand Marquis got flooded in Houston's torrential rains. Janet decided to keep the car, despite her insurance wanting to total it. How big a mistake did she make? Well, probably not as big as the one Michael is about to make. He bought a new VW Jetta with a stick shift, but his wife really wanted an automatic, so Michael is considering a transmission transplant. Elsewhere, Flap's husband can't follow directions 30 seconds after she tells him which way to go; Megan can't decide if her mechanic is a moron or a sleazeball; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob set off a bug bomb in his truck, assuming he has enough brain cells left to form a sentence. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1523: The Crush

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ann has the hots for her mechanic, and needs Tom and Ray's help on two fronts. First, she needs to break something so she has an excuse to bring in her car. Second, she needs to let Bubba (as we'll call him) know she's not as young as he thinks she is. Elsewhere, Jayne's car is losing oil and lots of it, but she has no idea where it's going; Wendy is wondering if her hood flying open is a sign it's time to dump her Mazda; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob got his truck's heat working in time for a North Carolina summer. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1522: My Wife The Truck

This week on The Best of Car Talk, a certain motor mouth puts his mouth in gear, as Tom tells the world his wife looks like a truck. And guess who's listening? Along with this classic moment, Tom and Ray try to figure out why Marc's gas mileage dropped by 20 percent after a tune-up; whether Bob can set off a bug bomb in his car without killing himself along with the flies; and if Kara's Subaru can survive after she filled the gas tank with water. Also, is Ronnie going to suffer a fried tuchus if she buys a black car in the Sunshine State? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1521: Save the Siesta

Some issues are so grave they require even the most politically averse to stand up. This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray stand up in support of... the siesta. That's right. The mid-day nap needs saving, and is there anyone better to do it, than Tom and Ray? In matters automotive, Scott needs help getting his truck to start, and protecting it from his friend Fat Tony, with his big bucket o' tools; Mike appears to have found the rarest of creatures, an honest transmission repairman;, and Peggy swears she heard Tom and Ray recommend using kerosene to wash her new car and preserve its paint job. Also, can Gillian get a French-to-English translation for a truck part without disclosing she's a CIA agent? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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