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Author: NPR

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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.
4 Episodes
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Donna's husband warned her not to let her new Camry's gas tank fall below 1/4 full, because the dregs might damage a crucial part. Does the fact that this part no longer exists automatically throw this advice into the Land of the Booooooogus? Elsewhere, John can only keep his car from stalling by opening the hood and touching the engine. Does this fix have anything to do with the fact that John's a Catholic priest? Also, Tom is looking for a "girlfriend car," but can't decide if his wife should be able to drive it; Michael will inherit his father-in-law's Town Car if he can figure out it's odd steering and stalling problem; and way up north in Alaska, Linda needs to retro-fit her ATV so her sled dogs will get their off-season workouts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Stephanie's Volvo began making noise after she moved from California to Oregon. Tommy uses brilliant deductive reasoning to come up with a completely bogus explanation. Elsewhere, Karlene's mechanic diagnosed her Explorer's annoying squeak as "an annoying squeak," with no suggestions for quieting it. Can Tom and Ray do perhaps just a wee bit better? Also, Ed may need to resort to healing crystals to start his son's Taurus; Larry has a chance to take part in a wonderful bonding experience with his 14-year old son and is looking for any way to get out of it; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Michelle is happily driving around Spokane in her $700 dream truck or if it's doing duty as a lawn ornament in her backyard. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#2025: A Sympathetic Ear

#2025: A Sympathetic Ear


This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ryan took his car in for an oil change and got talked into an engine shampoo. Will Tom and Ray reassure him that he's not a complete idiot? At least he didn't get a cream rinse. Elsewhere, Bill parked his rental car on a beach, and discovered the next morning that the tide had rolled in—to the car. He's bailed the water, but hasn't told the rental company. Also, Ray channels Frank Costanza to try to diagnose Kevin's clicking noise; Jean is suffering a run of flat tires in her driveway; and, is a lucky doughnut enough to keep Tamatha's brakes from burning up for a third time? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, physics research suggests that Tom may in fact be Superman. You've never seen them photographed together, have you? Elsewhere, Grant's marriage counselor suggested he and his wife turn to Tom and Ray to help settle their auto-marital dispute over keeping the radio on while the car is off. Will our hosts bring peace, or will Grant's next appearance be on Divorce Court? Also, Mark decided to replace his working transmission, and has now gone through six failed rebuilds in 6 months; Mabel's Subaru is leaking oil from every orifice; Tulis's mechanic may be relying too much on prisms and crystals trying to fix her Civic's brakes; and is Jessica's car shocking her because of her clothes, her hair, or its ugly upholstery? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
Comments (85)

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Jun 29th

carter soper

why is there only 4 episodes??

Jun 29th
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Burt Beamer

great show glad to find it again

Jun 7th
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May 24th

Zach McQ

What just happened..? Why are there only 4 episodes now? Am I missing something?!

Apr 27th
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Justin Sims

what time do I contact car talk to ask a question

Mar 30th
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Music to my ears and memory. Love these guys. I've not wasted any hours listening to click and clack Bros. Thanks for putting it back out.

Mar 21st

Mark S

I would really like it if I could get them to fix season 16 thru 19! they won't play until middle of S19!

Jan 25th
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Edward Fraker

I can't get this to play. it was working fine then one day it just stopped working. help any ideas.

Jan 18th

Bea Kiddo

I spent most of the 90's listening to these guys.

Jan 10th
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Mark S

I have been reporting issues with downloading or streaming many of the earlier episodes for weeks. No response, no fix! C'mon guys!

Jan 6th



Oct 23rd

nathan bennett

i got a 2015 Hyundai elantra with 153 thousand kilometers and i had to put a new motor in it was bruning over a liter a oil a week and lost alot of its power

Sep 28th
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Jerry Stauffer

I think hood dancer has a bad chassis ground. my Oldsmobile did that once. motor ran, lost everything else

Sep 1st
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Robert Conrad

What do you mean it's a automatic?

Jul 26th
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For that first lady who had a prejudice against men -- have you tried replacing your car battery? Or maybe your car just likes your husband more bc you are sexist? lol

Jul 17th
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Keli McCoy Weltchek

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Jul 10th

Jason Jabs

is anybody else having trouble downloading?

Jun 13th

Jason Jabs

the app will not allow me to download any of the podcast, does anyone else have that problem?

Jun 10th

Damian Eisenhower

Not much car talk. A lot random things.

May 30th
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