Car Talk 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.
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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.

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#1916: Desperate Measures

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Amy's brilliant husband's brain doesn't have room to process a few small details while driving, like keeping the car in his lane. Amy's screams of terror don't seem to be helping him improve, so she may need to figure out a creative (and potentially disgusting) way to convince him she needs to drive. Elsewhere, seminary student Matt's truck is leaking oil onto someone else's driveway and fixing it would cost more than the truck is worth. Also, Tom's daughter is about to take a year off college to work on an organic farm 3,000 miles away. He's wondering if her truck can handle the drive, or if she'll need to find an organic farm 2,995 miles closer; Ellen's Sable has a flatulence problem; and Kimberly's BMW is having even more trouble adjusting to living in New York City than she is. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1916: Desperate Measures

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#1915: SUV Absolution

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Carl is about to receive his Master's degree in Coastal Management and is wracked with guilt about owning two gas guzzling SUVs. Will converting emissions systems help him feel better and keep the seas at bay? Elsewhere, Brian's drive to work is quicker and more scenic than his wife's, but on washboard roads, so is he going to spend all that saved time in his mechanic's lobby waiting for a new suspension? Also, Dr. Kenny is so concerned about his Civic's brakes that he's stepping out of surgery to seek help; Debbie's mechanic found a rag stuck in the remains of her Peugeot's oil filter; and Monica's husband insists on shifting his automatic transmission into neutral at stop lights to let the transmission rest. Does his brain need a nap? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1915: SUV Absolution

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#1914: Random Acts of Stupidity

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Fred saw a truck parked in the rain with its door open, so he did what any good guy would do—he closed the door. 30 minutes later, the truck was on fire, and Fred may have caused it. Good intentions also went awry for Mare's husband, he put air in her Celica's tires, but mistook her car for a bicycle and filled them all the way to 90 psi. The parade of bad ideas continues with Richie who may have cooked his engine by experimenting with a synthetic oil dual filtration system; Scott's "Uncle Know It All" who thinks overdrive should be avoided at all costs; Liz, who plans to drive from Oregon to Alaska in an '85 Blazer; and our very own Ray, postulating that William Shakespeare was Italian. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1914: Random Acts of Stupidity

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#1913: The Immortal Timing Belt

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Juliette's timing belt has lasted more than 230,000 miles. Should she replace it before she gets stranded on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, or see if it can make it all the way back from the moon? Elsewhere, Joanna is grateful her 16-year-old son doesn't want a Viper for his first car, but she is a little concerned that he has his eyes on a vintage ice cream truck. Also, Sarah keeps spilling water into her Saab's poorly located ignition; Deborah's Corolla is shaking after a clutch job, which may be a case of FOL (Fell Off Lift); Bear may need to change his 100,000-mile spark plugs' name to "lifetime" since they're frozen in place; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if John cleaned his car, or let a first date see him for the slob he truly is. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1913: The Immortal Timing Belt

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#1912: Witness Intimidation

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray unveil a new strategy for stubborn callers. If they can't diagnose Laraine's noisy Acura, can they browbeat her into changing the symptoms? Elsewhere, Richard's Land Cruiser is shooting flames out the tailpipe, which could be a cause for concern or a chance to have some fun. Also, Julia is about to own her first car, and wants to know how to take care of it, aside from walking it twice a day; Dorothea's mechanic wants to run a psychedelic blacklight test to find her Volvo's oil leak; and should John clean his car before a first date, or let her see him for the slob he really is? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1912: Witness Intimidation

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#1911: The California Way

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Penny bought her ex-husband's third wife's old Volvo. If that sounds complicated, wait until you hear everything Penny's done to try to figure out why the car is overheating. Elsewhere, Scott's Festiva died after driving through a deep puddle and Scott's friend is trying to convince him his tailpipe managed to suck water and blow out exhaust at the same time. Also, Chandler is pondering a life without hubcaps after hers were stolen; Mike is looking for the right car to help his uncle get his kicks on Route 66; and Kathy needs help navigating the mind of the modern mechanic, who happens to be her husband. And, on Stump the Chumps, did Ellen finally find a way to distract her husband from the JC Whitney catalogue? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1911: The California Way

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#1910: Poise, Courage and Idiocy

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ann discovered her tire was on fire while driving home from a snowboarding trip. Her response demonstrates three of Tom and Ray's most admired qualities. Now, can they convince her to use some common sense? Elsehwere, Dana is concerned her husband has become overly attached to JB Weld; Dennis is being punished for the good deed of washing his wife's car; and Chris and her husband are arguing over whether shoveling snow out of a parking space grants ownership. Also, NASA researcher Anastas can't get a grant to find out if his Audi would perform in zero gravity, so he's turning to the next worst option, Tom and Ray. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1910: Poise, Courage and Idiocy

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#1909: He Can Fry the Fish and Watch the Cat

Hey, would you happen to have a PhD in mockingbird poop? If so, Beth could use your help. She has to park her Camry below the home of a mockingbird that enjoys eating berries, and, um, has an active digestive system. Will Tom and Ray have any useful suggestions to help Beth poop-proof her car? Elsewhere, Shlomit's husband drives with two feet. Does the fact that he's a dancer make this any less wacko? Also, Scott keeps losing parking lot traffic cone races to his wife and is looking for ways to help him win, however underhanded; Abbie needs help persuading a physics professor to help her rent a car after he damaged hers; and Dan bought a used Corolla that may have come with the previous owner's engagement ring hiding behind the dash. How did it get there? Find out this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1909: He Can Fry the Fish and Watch the Cat

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#1908: Brake and Seek

This week on The Best of Car Talk, every time Michelle's friend steps on the brake, his car radio changes the station. If this only happened during our show, Tom and Ray could just compliment the radio on its good taste and move on, but they'll have to conjure some plausible explanation. Elsewhere, Leslie thinks her Chrysler committed autocide by rolling away while parked at her in-laws. Also, Cindy loves the Olds she inherited from dad, but could live without the cigar smell that came with it; and 3-time marriage loser Ken thinks he may have better luck next time by scouting mates based on what they drive. All this, plus some brotherly advice gone haywire, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1908: Brake and Seek

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#1907: A Plane in Every Garage

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ed is building an airplane in his garage. It's not a model plane; it's one Ed actually intends to fly in. If you need more evidence that Ed has questionable judgment, he's asking Tom and Ray for advice on choosing an engine. Elsewhere, Cindy suffered CO poisoning, accidentally drove 70 mph in 3rd gear, and killed her engine. Subaru replaced it under warranty, but Cindy is feeling guilty about not giving them full disclosure. Also, Diane needs help convincing her husband to drive his shiny new pickup and stop throwing money at his ancient Chevy Citation; and meet our new superhero, Captain Destructo! All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1907: A Plane in Every Garage

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