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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#1924: Belize It or Not

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Nancy is looking for a vehicle she and her family can take to Belize for a year. Other than something big enough to haul back Cuban cigars for Tom and Ray, what should she be looking for? Elsewhere, Diane's husband thinks she's nuts for insisting there's more resistance in her gas pedal when the tank is full; Rebecca's best solution for her Accord's shifting problem may be to return the car to her Dad; Lily hopes her Taurus's intermittent air conditioning can be resolved by buying a new Mustang; and Sandy's neighbors really want her to figure out why her car screeches first thing in the morning. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Bob tried to bomb the flies out of his truck. All this, plus one listener's fondest Car Talk memory, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1924: Belize It or Not

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#1923: Emboldened Electrons

Rob's car has trouble starting unless he holds the key in the start position for several seconds. Does Ray's Emboldened Electrons theory mean Rob's electrical system needs to read Profiles in Courage? Elsewhere, Gary is guilty until proven innocent for his mother-in-law's T-Bird catching fire, and even exculpatory evidence may not get him off the hook. Also, Isla's had to replace her Jeep's brake pads three times in the last year, and Midas says she's run out of free replacements; Carly has been living with a shaking Civic for two years; and Avital's ex-boyfriend is trying to convince her that motor oil behaves like bottled salad dressing.

#1923: Emboldened Electrons

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#1922: If It Blows, It Blows

This week on The Best of Car Talk, climbing Mt. Adams apparently wasn't exciting enough for Glen. When he discovered his truck was leaking gas on the way home, he decided to keep driving. While Glen undoubtedly tops this week's dope slap count, Denise won't be far behind. She celebrated a "significant birthday" by buying a 1961 Volvo online sight unseen. As you might imagine, it arrived with enough problems to keep any mechanic's boat fueled for the entire season. Also, Marc's Corolla's gas mileage began dropping, and every attempted fix has only continued the decline; Bob wants to know if he can set off a bug bomb in his truck without damaging the electronics (we're a little more concerned about his lungs); and there's only one problem with Tom and Ray's brilliant diagnosis that Beth's Accord needs a new clutch. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1922: If It Blows, It Blows

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#1921: No Sleep Till Hunga Dunga

This week on Car Talk, Howard needs to drive a mattress from Boston to "Hunga-Dunga" and wants to know how to get negative lift, and keep it from flying off the roof of his car. Tom and Ray know one method that won't work, as evidenced by an ill-fated attempt to transport 18 sheets of plywood. Elsewhere, Peggy swears she heard the guys recommend mixing kerosene and water to wash a car, but isn't calling to sue for damages. Also, Scott's concerned about his truck not starting, but more worried about his friend "Fat Tony" fiddling around with his big bucket o'tools; John managed to lock himself out of his car with the engine running and chose the most painful way to shut it off; and if Tom and Ray help Gillian translate a French truck description, are they really doing work for the CIA? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1921: No Sleep Till Hunga Dunga

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#1920: Crushed Cans and Loose Lug Nuts

This week on The Best of Car Talk, two matters of life and death. Jose may have done serious damage to a wheel but doesn't want to pay a dealer to find out if it's on the verge of falling off. Elsewhere, Kris may kill her husband if he continues to crush cans for recycling by driving over them. Also, Jason is pouring gas into the carburetor to get his truck to start, but may be better off just pouring gas on to the seats; Rebecca inherited her ex-boyfriend's BMW, complete with annoying rubbing noise; and John's maple sugaring trip ended with him spilling 5 gallons of syrup in his car. Anyone got pancakes to help soak it up? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1920: Crushed Cans and Loose Lug Nuts

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#1919: The Tao of Fred Glass

This week on the Best of Car Talk, Erin's roommate doesn't drive her old car but won't get rid of it, and Erin is tired of having to move it every day. Is Erin's best solution philosophical or conflagratory? Elsewhere, Nathaniel's attempt to show off his Saab to his future in-laws went downhill, literally, when it rolled down their driveway on its own. Also, Dee's truck sounds like singing dogs; Norm wants to know how to get his Stanza running after storing it over the winter, but will first have to incur Tommy's wrath over a sore knee; and Nancy wants to convince her husband that his Acura can live without a bra. All this, plus Tom and Ray's brilliant new "do whatever you want" strategy, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1919: The Tao of Fred Glass

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#1918: The Ungrateful Passenger

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Jere agreed to drive her sister's co-worker's husband to work. Not only is he annoying in the car, when he gets to work he complains about Jere's driving behind her back. Does Jere need to switch to a one-seater? Elsewhere, Mark's Trooper is oozing fluid onto his feet. He thinks the fluid is red, but he might just be wearing red socks. Also, Sharon's trying to live with a stalling truck without killing the starter or clutch; Alicia's Camry has a furball problem; and is John negating the mid-life crisis benefits of his Miata by worrying whether to park indoors to preserve the hood? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1918: The Ungrateful Passenger

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#1917: Double Fault

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Heidi's husband is a tennis pro, with a limited grasp of English, and an aversion to reading instructions. So he should have no problem changing her Volvo's timing belt, right? Elsewhere, Nathan dinged his girlfriend's Civic while driving it without her permission (or a license). Can Tom and Ray help him cover up his crime, at least until she hears the show? Also, June agreed to teach her friend's teenaged son to drive, but has no idea where to begin; Andrew's Toyota has a bad case of crud accretion in the radiator; and over in Botswana, Dorothy's baboon behavior studies are on track thanks to a piece of wire keeping her Land Rover's fan from destroying the radiator. Is there a more permanent solution, other than Dorothy relying on Jane Goodall's Greatest Hits video for her studies? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1917: Double Fault

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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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