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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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#1925: While Mom's Away

#1925: While Mom's Away

2019-06-2200:54:481

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.
#1924: Belize It or Not

#1924: Belize It or Not

2019-06-1500:55:0910

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.
#1923: Emboldened Electrons

#1923: Emboldened Electrons

2019-06-0800:54:5012

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.
#1922: If It Blows, It Blows

#1922: If It Blows, It Blows

2019-06-0100:55:154

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.
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.
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.
#1919: The Tao of Fred Glass

#1919: The Tao of Fred Glass

2019-05-1100:54:326

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.
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.
#1917: Double Fault

#1917: Double Fault

2019-04-2700:53:584

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.
#1916: Desperate Measures

#1916: Desperate Measures

2019-04-2000:54:303

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.
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Jason Jabs

is anybody else having trouble downloading?

Jun 13th
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Jason Jabs

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

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Damian Eisenhower

Not much car talk. A lot random things.

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Kevin Walker

Listening down New Zealand, love the show

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Sergio Reyes

I'm looking forward to listening.

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Tim Worner

why i am l not getting this weeks podcast😫

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Jacob Haza

why are there only two episodes available? :(

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patrick boessen

Jacob Haza something happened with their servers I believe, hopefully they fix it soon

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Ian Reid

The best NPR show ever. Will still be listening even when we're all driving electro - motor gizmo type vehicles 😊

Apr 28th
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Nelson "Pepper" Austin

These guys were awesome.

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Jeff Banfield

Still listening in 2019!

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Jeff Banfield

Still the best radio on today.

Mar 24th
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John Hauser

cool

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TheOriginal420MoonTurkey

must not hit the children

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Aaron Spencer Beaulieu

Doesn't get better than this.

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Eric Jones

Great episode! Very funny

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William Stockett

Rest in piece.

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thesecondoriginalmoonturkey

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