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#1816: Imprudent and Unwise

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ray recounts a dark day in Massachusetts history—when the powers that be decided his 16-year-old son was worthy of a driver's license. Elsewhere, it's planting season on Diane's parents' farm and they'd like her husband to remove the BMW with a blown engine residing there. Also, Nirav's Wrangler's horn blared at 5 AM and now won't honk at all. Might the angry neighbor with a sledge hammer and wire cutters be responsible? Ira's Jeep had one leaky injector, but he was told nature required him to replace all six; Tim can't turn his wipers off unelss he bangs on the steering column; and Michelle's husband gave her some bogus advice about not using the parking brake. How bogus? Depends on how likely he is to beat up two puny radio hosts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1816: Imprudent and Unwise

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#1815: The Four Door Planter

This week on The Best of Car Talk, the junkyard refused to haul away Ruth's beloved Dodge Colt. So the big question is, does it have a future as an arboretum or a terrarium? Elsewhere, Alan's relocating from Dallas to Vermont and wants to know if his Bronco needs to be outfitted with anything other than snow tires and Bronko Nagurski long underwear. Also, Nathan learned an expensive lesson about what happens when you tow a boat in 5th gear; Jeff is prepared to strap someone to the hood to help diagnose his Grand Am's "arthritic knee" noise; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dana's Jetta really was suffering from schmutz on the clutch. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1815: The Four Door Planter

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#1814: Dad, How Could You?

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Linda is suffering acute separation anxiety, after her dad sold the family's beloved Rambler to a neighborhood teen. Can Tom and Ray help Linda get closure or suggest a few semi-legal strategies to get the car back? Elsewhere, Rita's "soon to be ex-husband" says she should always use the parking brake, and she's convinced he must be wrong because she's dumping him. Also, Mike's attempt to show off his ability to shift into third gear cost him Reverse; Gamin's Civic is making noise ever since she drove through a deep puddle; and is there enough Prozac in the world to get Christine and her mom through driving lessons? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1814: Dad, How Could You?

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#1813: You Can't Go Back

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Gloria's mechanic told her not to put her car into reverse first thing in the morning. Does Gloria need to build a circular driveway so she can follow this advice or can it be consigned to the Land of Old Wives Tales. Elsewhere, LaDell just started selling cars and already made his first mistake, bragging about a car's torque without knowing what torque is. Can Tom and Ray help him avoid future faux pas? Also, Liberty's new motto may be "Give me ball joints, or give me death"; ski bum Chris is wondering how to handle her truck which spent a cold winter abandoned in Chicago; and can Liz's truck handle her growing family of sled dogs? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1813: You Can't Go Back

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#1812: The Truth Detector

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Judith figures two mechanics would be the perfect test subjects for her voice-biometrics lie detector. But her choice of Tom and Ray might cause the machine to just give up. Elsewhere, Outdoor Studies major Ted is about to graduate and plans to drive his vintage Dodge van from upstate New York to Alaska. Ted might be studying a lot of the outdoors—waiting for tow trucks. Also, Cindy's car got really loud after she replaced the exhaust system; Justin's Civic has water pouring in through the speakers when it rains; and Christine's key is stuck in her ignition which has less urgency now that the car won't start. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1812: The Truth Detector

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#1811: The Fall's Gonna Kill You

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray turn to the wisdom of Butch Cassidy to help settle a dispute between Erin's husband and friend over shifting. Then, the guys help James and his fiancee take on the Marital-Industrial Complex by registering for gifts at Louie's Lexus rather than Chafing Dishes R Us. Also, Bob loves the former police car he just bought but may need to replace a part he doesn't believe exists; Anita's truck has developed a heavy breathing sound; and Eric is looking for the perfect vehicle for a family trip along the Al-Can Highway. Maybe he should be looking for four perfect vehicles? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1811: The Fall's Gonna Kill You

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#1810: Next Stop, Yak Husbandry?

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Whitney's husband insists on waiting until the low fuel lights comes on before getting gas. Is he damaging their car, and even if he is, would curing this habit damage his psyche? Elsewhere, Tom thinks his mechanic is suffering from "Symmetry Neurosis" for insisting on replacing parts in pairs. Also, Ricardo had his car trucked from San Francisco to Boston and now its clutch is cooked; Dana loaned her Jetta to a friend and got it back with a new noise; and Howard's Lincoln is emitting a whooping noise when he gets of the car. Did he buy the extremely limited Three Stooges Curly Package? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1810: Next Stop, Yak Husbandry?

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#1809: Ferrariless in Seattle

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve needs help adjusting to a life with four cylinders and cloth seats, after his recent divorce forced him out of his Ferrari and into a Camry. Elsewhere, Deirdre's mechanic has a hair-brained scheme to weld new teeth on her Volvo's flywheel. Is it worth doing, even if it's just for laughs? Also, Connie needs help choosing the right car for her road trip to Rio de Janeiro; Daniel needs to stop replacing distributor caps, and replace his mechanic, if he wants to find out why his Sentra stops running; Piali's best response to her squeaking steering wheel may be a swear box; and is Lyle's strategy of putting a pizza box in front of the radiator a boooogus way to warm his car? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1809: Ferrariless in Seattle

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#1808: Belted In

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Brenda's shoulder belt got stuck in her jacket zipper effectively trapping her in her car. Embarrassing? Sure, but not as embarrassing as Tom and Ray's friend who tried to drive her car from the back seat. Elsewhere, Ben's band wants to take his vintage Volvo on tour from Seattle, and wants to know if he can book any shows beyond, say, Tacoma. Also, Albee wants to sell a sputtering and stalling LeBaron to his mother-in-law, which is probably one way to guarantee she never visits; Judy swears her Olds is making noise. Her mechanics are telling her she's crazy, but at least they're doing it politely; and Gretchen thinks she may have gotten too good a deal from the guy who got the mud out of her Sentra. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1808: Belted In

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#1807: Scotch and Diesel

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick's diesel Rabbit ran out of fuel and the only liquid Rick had on hand was a bottle of scotch. Could he have poured the scotch into the tank or would Rick have been better off drinking it and waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, a tree fell on Murli's Corolla (we think it made a sound), and he doesn't know whether to replace the roof or have it straightened; Sally's steering column is sending smoke signals; and Kerry needs help navigating the "Pit of Despair", a giant water-filled pothole in her building's parking lot. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped Kathy lead her son to victory in the Pinewood Derby, and how much he lost by. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1807: Scotch and Diesel

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