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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

#2266: The Double Groan

8/16/2022
Janice from Pasadena has a Mercedes that can't climb hills. She has taken it to several mechanics who are trying to help but can't figure it out. It could be the transmission or it could be the engine. Will Click and Clack take opposing sides on this diagnosis or is Janice going to get the dreaded 'double groan'? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:35:14

#2265: Pretty Bird

8/13/2022
Susan fr California managed to stick her ex-husband with a pet parakeet and kept the Mercury Lynx in their divorce settlement. But now, instead of having to clean up the birdcage and hearing 'Pretty Bird' all day long she's driving around in a car that is billowing smoke. Is it too late to reconsider the parakeet? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:53

#2264: A Lifetime of Hand Me Down Cars

8/9/2022
Victoria from DC has spent her adult years driving a series of hand-me-down cars from her family. Her latest choice -if you can call it a choice- is between her current AMC Spirit and a Chrysler K car. Click and Clack resist suggesting an untimely two-car fire and instead try to offer useful guidance on this epiode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:30

#2263: Sister Mary Anne's Tire Fund

8/6/2022
On the occasion of moving to their new fair city of Cambridge, MA the brothers tempt fate by weighing in on Sister Mary Anne's problems with her Plymouth as well as Karl's Honda horn and Scott's unalignable minivan. All this and the new puzzler on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:26

#2262: Really Low Cost Air Travel

8/2/2022
Carl from California has the urge to fly. But instead of buying an airline ticket or maybe taking a few flying lessons Carl wants to build his own airplane. Ol' Carl is certainly up for a challenge. So he called Car Talk and asked our boys which car engine would be the best choice to put in his homemade plane. Is Carl nuts? Yes. Are the brothers crazy enough to give him an answer? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:52

#2261: One Million Original Miles

7/30/2022
Julie from Maryland is trying to sell her much-beloved Chevy SUV but all her potential buyers are scared off by the car's high mileage. She needs a new sales strategy and Ray shares the story of trying to sell his old Pontiac with a million miles. And don't miss the return of the Puzzler from extended Summer vacation on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:34:38

#2260: Don't Forget the Sunscreen

7/26/2022
David likes to drive his Mercedes Diesel from Los Angelas to New Mexico occasionally and he thinks the car is having some trouble on his long trips through the desert. He adds that he only notices the problem after he takes his shoes and shirt off. Okee-doke. Will the boys have to avert their eyes while solving this one? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:37:37

#2259: Sherry's Menopausal Mercury

7/23/2022
Sherry has an older Mercury that is becoming menopausal(Sherry's words -not ours!). She says that it exhibits 'hot flashes' with the dashboard gauges spiking up and down at random times. Don't worry: as usual, all wisecracks about 'irritability, moodiness and weight gain' refer to Click and Clack themselves on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:32:24

#2258: A Laser-like Focus

7/19/2022
In order to help callers figure out what ails their cars, Click and Clack have to keep a lot of details straight. This, the boys assure us, requires a truly laser-like focus. From show-to-show we're never quite sure what that laser is going to be focused on exactly, but on this episode of the Best of Car Talk it would seem to be 'all things South Dakotan'.

Duration:00:31:51

#2257: Are We Really Brothers?

7/16/2022
The Brothers Magliozzi disagree about many things. Old cars vs New cars, Ford or Chevy, fix or replace, boxers vs briefs. Car Talk exists to explore these differences, but you would think that there were at least a few things that they could agree on. Well...

Duration:00:31:11

#2256: Self Soothing Behaviors of the Modern Male Driver

7/12/2022
Dani's husband has taken to unnecessarily shifting her automatic transmission Toyota as if it were a standard shift whenever he drives it. Is she right in blaming him and his 'neanderthalish' and unnecessary need to 'shift something' for the car's recent transmission failure? Could be... Will Tom and Ray grind some marital gears on the way to solving this one? You betcha'! Check it out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:30:38

#2255: How Cheap is Too Cheap?

7/9/2022
Dick from California has kept his Volvo going for 20 years and he wants to know if he should spring for a new engine and go for another 20. Is this a case of overvaluing a Volvo?.. persnickety penury?.. or is Dick just a churlish cheapskate? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:31:02

#2254: Little Honda on the Prairie

7/5/2022
Margaret from Minnesota has a Honda with an 'old-timey' steering problem. When she comes to a stop her steering wheel jumps in and out directly at her as if she were "churning butter". Has Margaret been watching too many episodes of 'Bonanza' or 'Little House on the Prairie', or is she just out of butter? Or maybe there really is something wrong with this car? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:31:35

#2253: The Engine Oil Thief

7/2/2022
Nancy from Colorado has a thirsty engine. Her GMC Jimmy consumes a quart of oil every 200 miles. Her local dealership is running out of ideas and they are starting to doubt Nancy's veracity to the point that they have sealed the engine shut after adding dye to the oil to see if it indeed is leaking. Nancy thinks they suspect her of sabotaging her own engine! Can our boys make sense of this one? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:43

#2252: Don't Bother Us With Details

6/28/2022
Mary from Illinois has been offered a company car by her employer . She can have either the reliable Mercury Sable, a sporty Jeep Cherokee or the vehicle of choice for seniors: the Chrysler New Yorker. Tom and Ray want to understand as much as possible before advising Mary and that leads to some unexpected answers on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:30:52

#2251: Driveway Diplomacy

6/25/2022
Chip lives in a congested suburban area where his next door neighbor is in the habit of warming up his car every day for 20 minutes in the driveway that's right between their two houses. Chip isn't sure whether to approach his neighbor with the 'poisonous fumes' or 'you're wrecking your car' or 'you're wrecking our planet' approach. Will Tom and Ray be able to help Chip deftly navigate this situation, or will they just put a lit match to it? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:33:58

#2250: He Broke My Nose!

6/21/2022
On this episode of the Best of Car Talk more callers with car questions and a story from the Magliozzi family facial-reconstruction files. Ray recalls how his older, wiser brother Tom turned a friendly game of catch in their yard into a trip to the hospital.

Duration:00:38:26

#2249: Sixty, Sexy and Single

6/18/2022
Ann from Minnesota needs a new car that helps her maintain her self image as 'sixty, sexy and single' without making her look like she's trying to compete with her daughter. '63 Dodge Darts are few and far between, so which of the other available convertibles on the market will suit Ann? Find out on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:31:27

#2248: The Games of Ancient Grease

6/14/2022
WBUR management used to make us host a party for our listeners about once a year as a way of apologizing for our lousy show. Having had our fill of Sock Hops and other themed events in previous years, we settled on a carnival-styled occasion and called it, "The Games of Ancient Grease". We rounded up a bunch of old car parts and we invented some games of (little) skill like 'the discus-brake-us toss', 'The MacPherson Strut' and 'Pin the Tail on Tommy's Dodge Dart'. In this episode of the...

Duration:00:33:45

#2247: Steve's Fowl-Smelling Caravan

6/11/2022
Steve from Virginia couldn't locate the turkey that he was sure he had just picked up at the grocery store the other day, so he went out and got another. About one week later, the guys at his local repair shop opened up his Dodge Caravan and found the missing turkey under the backseat! Find out how many air fresheners it will take to mask that smell on this episode of the Best of Car Talk.

Duration:00:36:32