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The Best of Car Talk

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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.

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.

Location:

Cambridge, MA

Networks:

NPR

WBUR

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@cartalk

Language:

English

Contact:

Car Talk Plaza, Box 3500 Harvard Square Cambridge, MA, 02238 888-227-8255


Episodes

#2295: Roller Derby Diagnosis

11/26/2022
Sean from Michigan lucked out and bought a used '75 Olds Convertible from a little old Lady recently. The only problem with the car is an unsettling rattling noise that Sean is trying to pinpoint using death-defying diagnostic methods while on his rollerblades. Can Sean brake faster than a '75 Oldsmobile? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:31:47

#2294: The Roachmobile

11/22/2022
Marti lives in Hawaii. We bet that life has been pretty good for Marti. But lately, every night Marti's car is covered in giant Hawaiian cockroaches. So much for paradise, eh Marti?! Can Click and Clack Conquer the Cucarachas? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:17

#2293: Music to Our Ears

11/19/2022
There are some among us gifted with a voice that can conjure visions of the angels. Laura from Massachusetts wasn't that fortunate but she can mimic a slipping fan belt on a Ford Escort pretty convincingly! Check out her less-than-dulcet-tones along with the famous Monty Hall Puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:43

#2292: Smoke Signals

11/15/2022
Richard from Intercourse, PA has become a public nuisance with his Ford wagon that belches white smoke every time he accelerates from a stop. Can Click and Clack divine his car's trouble from analyzing the Ford's emissions? Check it out along with Gary, the yodeling cowboy, a new puzzler and more callers on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:29

#2291: The Click and Clack Winterization Kit

11/12/2022
Alan from Texas is relocating to Burlington, Vermont and wants to know if he can bring his Ford Bronco along, too. Click and Clack give Alan a primer on snow tires, block heaters, tire chains and the most important detail: what type of Bronko Nagurski longjohns to buy. That and more on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:39:23

#2290: FOR SALE, Classic Car, One Owner, Must Enjoy Long Walks on the Beach

11/8/2022
Peggy from Washington hasn't had much luck with her personals ad in the local papers. She read somewhere that if you advertise a classic car for sale, guys will practically line up for a chance to buy it and Peggy thinks this would be a great way to meet men. Peggy wants Click and Clack to help her figure out what car to use as bait for her little love experiment on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:13

#2289: Can I Borrow Your Airbag for a Moment?

11/5/2022
Back when airbags were a new thing, it was pretty common that cars had only one and it was for the driver. Of course, this meant that front seat passengers were in a relatively vulnerable position in the event of a front-end crash. But some passengers refused to accept their crash-dummy fate. Check it out, along with more calls and a new puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:25

#2288: The True Meaning of Lifetime Warranty

11/1/2022
Dick from Texas felt good about purchasing a 'lifetime warranty' along with the replacement alternator for his Ford Van. Sadly, Click and Clack had to inform him that what he actually purchased is a 'lifetime' of having to replace these cheap alternators. Or can Dick be spared this cruel repair purgatory? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:24

#2287: The Mitsubishi Doppelganger

10/29/2022
Stella thinks one of her two Mitsubishis is possessed of a sinister mechanical nature. It is constantly breaking down and wearing out parts, unlike it's twin. Sound familiar? Our two hosts are each similarly convinced that the other is a sinister and malevolent force trying to drive him crazy. Is there any chance of saving Stella's 'good' Mitsubishi here? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:42

#2286: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

10/25/2022
Judy from Arkansas had no sooner described the conditions under which her car was giving her trouble when Tommy confidently and successfully predicted what the car's problem was. Could this be a case of clairvoyance? Or is this the less common Judyvoyance? Find out if the Tappet Brothers were able to help either Claire or Judy on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:59

#2285: Wendy's Wild Ride

10/22/2022
Wendy's Acura has been having persistent brake problems on the hilly roads of Sonoma, CA. Her mechanic wants her to 'exercise' the brakes every now and then by simulating an emergency stop. Wendy is a bit puzzled -as are Click and Clack- and she wants to know whether she needs to initiate an airbag deployment every once-in-a-while, too? More calls and a new puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:28

#2284: A 'Tank Half Empty' Kind of Guy

10/18/2022
Dave from North Carolina is a VW Quantum owner in search of a few quantum mechanics. He's convinced that his car gets worse mileage when the tank is less than half full. Will fixing this one require Heisenberg's uncertainty principles or can our two Weisenheimers tackle it? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:44

#2283: Buck Naked!

10/15/2022
Normally, we would highlight one of this show's more unusual calls -say, Rod who wants to buy an old Checker Cab, or Berniece who's Oldsmobile sounds like an air raid siren. But somehow we knew that we would catch your eye with the title of this week's puzzler: Buck Naked! All will be revealed on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:27

#2282: To Shift or Not to Shift

10/11/2022
Erica's Dad always told her to shift earlier rather than later. Erica's dad also had her believing in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus at one time, so as part of a larger reckoning with dear old Dad, Erica wants to know if he made this one up, too. Will Click and Clack help preserve Erica's image of dear old Dad as a sage font of automotive wisdom? Find out why not on this episode of the Best of Car Talk

Duration:00:31:39

#2281: Either Way You Get Your Dog Back

10/8/2022
We start off with some listener mail containing probably the best combination business venture we've ever heard of and then the boys practice their own combination of auto repair and driver therapy on a few callers. All this and a new puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:44

#2280: Great Balls of Fire

10/4/2022
The boys suggest that Jim's Corolla might be warmer if he lit a little fire up front, while Barry's backfiring pick up sets much of South Carolina ablaze and Mary might call out the locals to burn down Car Talk Plaza after Ray insists that the Alamo is a reconstructed tourist trap. Put on your flame-retardant headphones because Click and Clack are going out in a blaze of glory on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:04

#2279: Helen's Wholly Moldy Rollers

10/1/2022
Mold problems are a regular feature on Car Talk. Moldy seats and carpeting, mold in the vents and the mold in Tommy's beard are the top three on the Click and Clack mold 'sporecard'. But Helen has a new fungi for us. Find out what and where on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:07

#2278: Repossessed or Just Possessed?

9/27/2022
Liz has a practically brand new car that won't go into gear sometimes. When it does, she hears a gut wrenching clunk. The dealership is scratching it's collective head and various other body parts and Liz is wondering if the primary problem is that her car is possessed. Or, does the fact that it was also repossessed before she owned it mean something here? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:23

#2277: Rodney's Mobile Recording Service

9/24/2022
At least once every show, Click and Clack goad some unlucky caller into imitating the unfortunate noise that their car is making. This week, Rodney from Colorado was that unlucky contestant, but he did the boys one better. Check it out along with more calls and the Puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:41

#2276: Running on Empty

9/20/2022
Barbara's husband was in the middle of changing the oil on their truck when he suddenly felt an urgent need for a haircut. Upon returning, he finds only the truck's oil pan filled with oil and no pickup truck. Barbara knows that her quick trip may have hurt the truck but how much damage has she done to her husband? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:52