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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#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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#1906: Once Upon a Bird Clock

This week on The Best of Car Talk, is the phrase, "Yes, dear," the key to a happy marriage--even if it's delivered with a smirk? The saga of one of Ray's most annoying purchases helps illustrate. In matters automotive, retired math teacher Angelina can't find a formula to back up her husband's claim that bigger tires will improve their Civic's gas mileage. Also, Tom and Ray are guaranteed to diagnose why Leland's Toyota can't pull a hill, if they can figure out what "pull a hill" means; and Tom seizes on one of his most brilliant/wacko/unencumbered-by-the-thought-process explanations for Kim's overheating engine. All this and more this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1906: Once Upon a Bird Clock

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#1905: The Plow Minivan

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Carl mount a snow plow on the front of his Plymouth Voyager? Sure, if he wants to destroy it. But Carl may have other options, that don't involve moving to Florida. Elsewhere, Elizabeth's truck hasn't started in months. In that time, it briefly caught on fire and was decorated with holiday lights by Elizabeth's neighbors. Can she restore its dingity by getting it running again? Also, Rick's girlfriend's VW spent a weekend at her mechanic's, and came back with 20,000 new miles on the odometer; Michael's horn has become a neighborhood nuisance; and Jessica can't get her mechanics to talk to her instead of her boyfriend. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1905: The Plow Minivan

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#1904: Great Balls of Fire

This week on The Best of Car Talk, was Barry's truck an unwitting arsonist? He was driving home when the lights dimmed and flames began shooting out the back, setting the road on fire. Elsewhere, Danni bought a used Range Rover while in the midst of "Pregnancy Induced Insanity" (her words) and the car is already draining her wallet faster than her kid's college tuition will. Also, Amy's mechanics may have replaced the wrong half of her engine; Charlie has replaced his fuel pump three times in the last year and his back would really like him to find one that can last more than a few months; and, forget Sonja Henie's Tutu. We have the tale of Sonja Henie's Zamboni! All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1904: Great Balls of Fire

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#1903: Dummy Quest

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Carol needs help refereeing a family argument over a car question in the game Brain Quest and charter "Densa" members Tom and Ray show her she came to the exact wrong place. Elsewhere, Dr. Ron is hoping to prove to his wife that he's not the one killing their clutches. Fortunately for him, there may be another suspect available. Also, Bob's Volvo seems to have more power after bending the exhaust during a game of Driveway Tag; a valet used Kenneth's Dodge key to start Kenneth's Subaru and Lisa is relying on a piece of wood jammed into the ignition to keep her Moskvitch running. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1903: Dummy Quest

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