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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#1944: Tea and a Haircut

This week on The Best of Car Talk, one listener undertakes a bold, yet reckless experiment to find the correlation between drinking iced tea and needing to take a haircut. Is the real question "if", or "how fast"? Elsewhere, Robert bought a used truck and thinks its previous owner misnamed it. Can he re-christen it without changing its identity? Also, the only way to get into Paul's $200 car is by climbing over the hood, which, to nobody's surprise, has fried the battery; Maxine's mechanics 'fessed up to putting the wrong fluid in her brake reservoir, but maybe not so much about which fluid; Christine's Accord has become home to an ant colony; and Ray shows off his deep understanding of dew dynamics. Or is that "doo doo dynamics"? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1944: Tea and a Haircut

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#1933: The Geek Squeak

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Dana's wife's Volvo's brakes squeak, but only when Dana drives the car. Does his wife have a heavy foot or is Dana driving too much like a geek? Elsewhere, Louise made the mistake of taking her car to a specialist rather than a GP to diagnose a clunk; Sylvia thinks her Rabbit's array of problems are due to radiation poisoning from being parked near a uranium mine; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray correctly diagnosed why Ralph's Suburban was imitating an old TV game show. Also, a date goes awry when a Jaguar is mistaken for something else; and a few of Shakespeare's plays not coming to a stage near you. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1933: The Geek Squeak

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#1932: A Series of Unforced Errors

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Marc bought a used Peugeot for $100, and, believe it or not, that wasn't his worst mistake. Now he's got a car he can't drive, and a mechanic who can't get the part, but did obtain cash from Marc's wallet. Elsewhere, Edward needs a monthly subscription to replace his Altima's distributors; Mary's husband insists on leaving the car running while he pumps gas because he's never seen one blow up, perhaps not realizing that's because everyone else turns their cars off; Nigel may be better off not knowing what his mechanic did to get his Mercedes to pass the smog test; and Heather is looking for the perfect practical joke to play on her brother, through his vintage Toyota Supra. All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1932: A Series of Unforced Errors

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#1931: Eggs Prestone

This week on the Best of Car Talk, can an omelet save an engine? A friend suggested that Sasha use eggs in his cracked radiator. Was this advice to actually stop the leak, or just to give Sasha something to snack on while waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, John put wooden blocks under the gas pedal to slow down his leadfoot son; but is worried that the speeding tickets savings may need to go towards a new transmission. Also, Debra may need to resort to whacking the steering wheel to start her car; Ron's horn sounds when he turns his steering wheel; on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Heidi had to lock her husband in the cellar to keep him from changing her timing belt; and, are Tom and Ray's stupid questions really profound existential Philosophy? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1931: Eggs Prestone

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#1930: The Andy Letter

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray's noble, but doomed, attempt to diagnose a problem with electrical brakes may have helped another listener resolve a different conundrum: Do two people who don't know what they're talking about know more or less than one person who doesn't know what he's talking about? Elsewhere, Rob needs to find a way out of a 5,000 mile road trip with his in-laws; Erin is on what may be a misguided quest to convince her husband to dump his BMW; and Kate's Acura's brakes slip when the temperature goes over 103, which seems extra serious since she lives in Las Vegas. So why are her mechanics looking at her like she's crazy? All this, plus how not to set your sideview mirrors, and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1930: The Andy Letter

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#1929: Electric Brakes

This week on The Best of Car Talk, our all-time favorite demonstration of Male Answer Syndrome. The electric brakes on Paul's cattle trailer engage when he uses his turn signal. Will Tom and Ray's ready acknowledgment that they know nothing about electric brakes stop them from offering a diagnosis? Of course not! Is there any chance of it being a correct diagnosis? Of course not! Elsewhere, Alice and her husband are enjoying retirement by arguing over whose route to their daugher's house is better for their car. Also, Ralph's Suburban is channeling an old TV game show; Cathy's son locked her keys in the trunk and the retrieval has led to lots of chipped teeth; and will Marsha's husband's shifting habits kill her clutch permaturely? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1929: Electric Brakes

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#1928: I'm Stupid's Brother

Tom and Ray prove they are their brother's keepers, until Ray's explanation for Becky's smelly Toyota goes too far off the deep end. Elsewhere, Arlene bought an old Volvo for her teenage daughter, who promptly drove it off road and tried to fix its overheating by pouring Mountain Dew in the radiator. Does Arlene need to find her daughter a better teacher, or a convent? Also, Kate's mechanic husband can't figure out why her car has touble starting; Warren wants to treat his Olds to a paint job, but his wife is convinced that will make it die within two months; and Newton is still trying to figure out how his driver in Africa kept his Land Rover running for 60 miles by sitting on the engine with his hand over the carburetor. All this, plus the truth about lying, and lots more.

#1928: I'm Stupid's Brother

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#1927: Call Stella

Stella is renting a highway billboard for a personal ad. What size font should she use to attract the right guy, and should she divulge she's a lawyer? Elsewhere, Frank may need to offer a couple of spiral cut hams to find out why his car is squealing; Kelly was told never to change his transmission fluid, but that may not be his concern, since his truck appears to be out of transmission fluid; Chris' brake pedal sank to the floor, but Tom and Ray are more interested in his askew cassette cases; and can Mabel's screeching Subaru really be explained by, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Power Equals I Squared R"? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1927: Call Stella

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#1926: MIT Wants Its Diploma Back

Tom and Ray run through the entire table of elements trying to identify the white powder in Ann's Subaru's radiator. If only they could put that much effort into figuring out why the car is blowing through heater cores! Elsewhere, Jamie wants to achieve his modest life ambition of owning a truck with power steering, but doesn't know whether to also go diesel; Dr. Gary is having doubts about his professional services exchange with his mechanic neighbor; Doug needs to decide whether he wants to become the "Chuck Yeager of CV joints", or risk being stranded on a railroad track; and Anna discovered a rat in her Civic's passenger seat--how did it get there? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1926: MIT Wants Its Diploma Back

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#1925: While Mom's Away

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Sarah left town for a weekend and came home to an array of disasters, including a minivan that smells like urine. Did her kids and husband hold a Physics-defying peeing contest while she was away? Elsewhere, Sissy's husband may blow out the bogosity meter with his argument that she needs to park with the wheels straight to keep her car from going out of alignment; Paul's life turned into a country song when he totaled his car, his wife left him, and his dog died; and service advisor Charlie needs help figuring out how to blame his customers for their short brake life. Also, on Stump the Chumps, did Tom and Ray get the heat working in Bob's Cavalier, or did summer get the heat working in Bob's Cavalier? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1925: While Mom's Away

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