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#1845: The Miracle Spray

This week on The Best of Car Talk, why do Tom and Ray think Heather is crazy for believing that starter fluid is solving her Subaru's starting problem? Elsewhere, grad student Rebecca is considering driving from Connecticut to Indiana in a car that likely won't make it to the New York border; Frances's love for her Miata is being tested by the chance to inherit her uncle's Porsche; and did Chris's brother find love in a hyperbaric chamber after he and his girlfriend passed out from CO poisoning? All this, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1845: The Miracle Spray

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#1844: Nasal Decloggery

Who knew there was a pseudo-technical name for picking your nose in your car? This week on The Best of Car Talk, listeners who weren't completely disgusted by last week's discussion offer their analysis of automotive nostril penetrations. Elsewhere, Charlotte and her husband decided to spice up their lives by adopting four children and want to make things even more exciting by finding an old car they can use as a jungle gym. Also, Jody is searching for her Accord's chi, so she can use acupuncture to get rid of a ticking noise; JD just lost his girlfriend and fears his truck's engine will be the next to go; and will a nice grapefruit stabilize John's Jeep's oil pressure? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1844: Nasal Decloggery

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#1843: Clink and Clank

This week on the Best of Car Talk, Greg's truck is making noise. The good news is Tommy came prepared with Ford's official book of car noises. The bad news is Greg's truck is a Dodge. Elsewhere, Rollie's test drive turned eventful when he backed into a light pole and is on the run from a dealer with an insurance deductible. Also, David's cruise control is out of control when the headlights are on; Chella is pondering a life without third gear; and Sharon is wondering why so many men are driving around picking their noses. All this, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1843: Clink and Clank

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#1842: The Debris Theory

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Reid wants to save his Audi's transmission by flushing it, but his mechanic thinks the gunk is the only thing keeping the tranny from self-destructing. Will Tom and Ray embrace the debris theory? Elsewhere, Colleen's dad used the "break brake-in' theory" to insist he had to drive the family to the movies. Was this science or just a way to tell Colleen he thinks she's a stinko driver. Also, Melissa is relying on a rope to keep her driver's door shut; Katie wants to use white gas that's too old for her camp stove in her Corolla; and Tommy pulls out one of his most ingenious ideas to help David get away with buying only two snow tires instead of four. Of course, David may not make it through winter, but does that make it any less brilliant? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1842: The Debris Theory

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#1841: If You Don't Think Too Good, Don't Think Too Much

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick has lots of reasons to justify adding a supercharger to his Miata. Unfortunately, they're all harebrained. Will the wisdom of baseball legend Ted Williams help dissuade Rick, or does a mid-life crisis trump all? Speaking of harebrained, Cheryl's brother is driving around with a rotted gas tank, and the fuel lines re-routed to a tank in his trunk. Also, Tamara's family needs help saying goodbye to their beloved Vanagon; Mike may be facing a winter without power steering; and Melissa's husband is about to learn what happens when you cheap out on snow tires. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1841: If You Don't Think Too Good, Don't Think Too Much

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#1840: Two Geeks and a Twerp

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Melissa Petersen returns with another helpful critique. But how can Tom and Ray be geeks and hippies at the same time? Elsewhere, Quentin can't decide whether to restore his grandfather's Dodge Dart Swinger (the most inaccurately named car ever?), or re-gift it to the nearest crusher. Also, Moon's trip to the Grand Canyon was marked by an argument with his wife over air conditioning; Bernadette is considering a career change from one non-profit to another by becoming a mechanic; and should Diane add a paint overcoat to her daughter's Jetta, or is this (yet another) dealer scam? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1840: Two Geeks and a Twerp

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#1839: The Chia Pontiac

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jake's car is growing hair on top and to make things worse, it clashes with the car's color. Did someone slip Rogaine into Jake's gas and does he need a paint job or a cream rinse to deal with it? Elsewhere, Nancy's 3-year old son gets carsick when she drives "the wiggly road", aka, The Pacific Coast Highway, but does fine when Dad''s behind the wheel. Also, Jason's car has three problems and may get three wrong answers; Mike agreed to pull his neighbor's engine, and is about to learn he's going to have to pull a lot more, too; and, Sally's dream car may be trying to kill her. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1839: The Chia Pontiac

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#1838: It's Only a Car

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Beryl won custody of her husband's old Mercedes in their divorce. She loves the car, but may be moving from Texas to the Great Frozen North and isn't wild about driving it in the snow. Should she dump it, put money into making it safer, or follow Tom and Ray's Plan C? Elsewhere, Tony's Chevy may have tried to kill his mother-in-law with brakes that didn't brake; Ginny and her husband are arguing over the best way to avoid croaking frogs on the road; and Ellen's mechanic says her oil has the smell of engine death. Is he really smelling the oil or just his cologne? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1838: It's Only a Car

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#1837: Siphoning for Dummies

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rory's ego is in trouble, after he failed to siphone gas from his car to his lawn tractor. Has siphoning gotten more difficult, or is Rory just incompetent? Elsewhere, Tom doesn't know if it's worth cautioning his son about driving cross country in a pickup truck, if all he'll get in return in the "stunad stare". Also, Maggie's gauges stop working only when she drives by the Mall of America; Darlene's road trip from Colorado to San Francisco felt like she was floating on air, likely because she really was; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if marriage cured Ellen's fiance of his obsession with performance add-ons. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1837: Siphoning for Dummies

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#1836: Mom, Karen, and the Rottweiler

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's Pathfinder needs new shocks, and given that he's about to embark on a road trip with his mom, girlfriend, and dog, he'd better buy the right ones. Elsewhere, Alan's undercover surveillance work has been a bit compromised by his over-active windshield wipers. Also Carolyn's husband insists on treating their automatic transmission as if it's a stick shift; a ton of clay may have been too much for Charlie's Explorer to carry; and Bill tried to use his daughter's tights to replace a broken serpentine belt, but they flew apart. Were they the wrong size? The wrong color? And would Tom and Ray have done better as hairdressers than mechanics? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1836: Mom, Karen, and the Rottweiler

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