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#1607: Dope Slap Conditioning

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Cathy thinks she may have found Mr. Right, but he may not live to see their wedding day if he kills her Sentra's clutch. Can a few well-timed dope slaps save Cathy's car, and the relationship? Elsewhere, Nicki gets a primer in how to shop for a used truck, including wardrobe tips. Also, postal worker Jess' car has gone, well, postal when coasting to a stop; Randi is slowly being driven crazy by a golf ball rolling around in her Volvo; and Ken's mooing Ford qualifies him for the Car Talk Cockamamie Answer of the Week. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1606: Power to the People

This week on The Best of Car Talk, how can Doug diplomatically tell his wife she's a slob when it comes to cars, and should his new car be a stick shift, so she can't drive it? Ray's telling of his wife's turn from neatness to the dark side provides a cautionary tale. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Richard resorted to shock therapy to get his pet goats to stop climbing on his cars, and if Richard's girlfriend Doris started speaking to him again. And, why did Paul go to a cobbler instead of a body shop when his gas pedal fell through the floor of his Datsun? All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1605: Me and My Blankie

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Paula swears the only way she can start her car on really cold mornings is by laying a warm blanket on the hood. Is there any possibility that Paula isn't completely nuts? Elsewhere, Dick's truck bounces when he steps on the brakes, but can Dick stay awake long enough for Tom and Ray to explain why? Also, a ski trip turned Jennifer's Geo into a low rider; Betsy's Toyota is sliding around Martha's Vineyard; and Peter's wife always said, "A car is just a car", until she drove Peter's new Jaguar. Is peter's new Jag now hers? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1604: Better Alive Than Pure

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Karen's mechanic may be taking period authenticity a little too far by refusing to install shoulder belts in Karen's new vintage Rambler. Elsewhere, Ron tried to find a vacuum leak with propane, and now has two fewer eyebrows to show for it; the VW Westfalia Josie inherited from her dad has been starting and wandering off on its own; and is that 150-pound log Lucia put in her Corolla's trunk, to stop it from fishtailing on the ice, doing more harm than good? And, are remote starters contributing to the decline of Western civilization? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1603: A Rolling Mercedes Gathers No Mold

This week on The Best of Car Talk, why are Helen's Mercedes' tires growing mold? Tom and Ray say it's because Helen drives the car infrequently, to which Helen replies, "Au contraire Piston Pusses!" Elsewhere, Linda's fiance insists on washing his car before a long trip, to improve its gas mileage. Is he right, or just falling prey to the old "clean underwear" theory? Also, Scott's wife gave him a homework assignment—write a paper explaining why he should keep the '77 MG that's been sitting untouched in their garage for the last year; and you'll be shocked, shocked to learn that John's "cheap and reliable" Ferarri is making a loud, and likely expensive, noise. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1602: Bad Analogies

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve expected to encounter snow during his winter cross-country drive, but he wasn't prepared for flurries inside his Pathfinder. Elsewhere, Nina's mechanic ripped off her Altima's heat shield, and Nina's worried about burning up on re-entry. Also, Jean's brakes started screeching after she got new pads, apparently with the "banshee" option; John's daughters' know-it-all boyfriends have convinced them they need to let their cars warm up for a loooong time on cold mornings; and Ray discovers new automotive healing powers. All this and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

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#1601: The Lexus witth Dragon Tracks

This week on the Best of Car Talk, Kim's husband couldn't resist buying a Lexus that had been sitting in an airport parking lot for four years. Kim thinks the car was used for nefarious deeds, and is plagued by bad vibes. But Kim's own purchase may make her husband's look sane by comparison. Meanwhile, another martial dispute is brewing in Alaska, where Samantha and her husband can't agree on the best place to hang dry cleaning. Can Tom and Ray referee his one, without knowing exactly what dry cleaning is, anyway? Also, Stephan's solution to his Golf's rough running was either brilliant or wacko; Jessica's power steering pump made a 90-degree turn; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if John's wife made it from Buffalo to San Diego in her Cabriolet. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1552: Blow it Out

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jill's pal keeps telling her she needs to do more highway driving to "blow the stuff" out of her car. Jill's not opposed to this, but what exactly is she trying to blow out? Elsewhere, Eleanor is leaving on a six-month, around-the-world bicycle tour and she wants to know what to do with her truck while she's gone. Tom and Ray want to know how Eleanor plans to pedal across a few oceans. Also, after Lauren's boyfriend drove down Mount Washington with the emergency brake on, Lauren is wondering if she needs new brakes, and/or a new boyfriend. And, Rich's broken gas gauge gives Tom and Ray a chance to fail Calculus, again! All that and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1551: The Chevy in the Lake

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Bill's truck rolled into a lake. There's one cable keeping it from sinking to the bottom. Should Bill call Jacques Cousteau for a rescue, or cut the cable? Elsewhere, Victoria is looking for a quartet of $2,000 cars for her sons; Jenny's newlywed husband lost 15 pounds, and his now-oversized wedding ring is missing in their Jeep's dashboard; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if David's car-induced cough is cured, and if his brain cells are still intact. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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#1550: The Great Cow Magnet Caper

This week on The Best of Car Talk, could cow stomach magnets have improved the gas mileage on Tim's Jaguar? Or is that udderly (sorry) ridiculous? And, down in Antarctica, Summer is coming, but Matt's vehicle is still having trouble when the thermometer dips below a balmy minus 40 degrees. Elsewhere, Tom and Ray are in the holiday spirit, with some creative gift suggestions for men, comforting advice for Adrian who wants to put a wreath on her car but is worried it'll spontaneously combust, and they've got news of a major holiday merger. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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