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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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Latest episode: October 21, 2017 | 6:00 am - #1742: The Nobel Grease Prize

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Displaying episodes 349 through 329
#1742: The Nobel Grease Prize (3226) October 21, 2017 | 6:00 am
Car Talk October 21, 2017
#1741: Fluffy and Thor (3224) October 14, 2017 | 6:00 am
Car Talk October 14, 2017
#1740: The Most Complex Relationship (3217) October 07, 2017 | 6:00 am
Car Talk October 7, 2017
#1739: 30 Years of Wasting Perfectly Good Hours (3264) September 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Car Talk September 30, 2017
#1738: 30 Years of Listener Retaliation (3167) September 23, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Car Talk September 23, 2017
#1737: 30 Years of the North American Wacko (3186) September 16, 2017 | 10:00 am
Car Talk September 16, 2017
#1736: 30 Years of Lousy Marital Advice (3243) September 09, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Car Talk September 9, 2017
#1735: Brotherly Love (3209) September 02, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Car Talk September 2, 2017
#1734: Helmut's Folly (3203) August 26, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Car Talk August 26, 2017
#1733: Once a Brat, Always a Brat (3252) August 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on the Best of Car Talk, we hear from Tom and Ray's all-time #1 nemesis, Melissa Peterson. Years after her first missive, Melissa wants to remind the guys that she (and her dog) still hate them, but would they mind giving her some potentially life saving advice? Elsewhere, Eric's horn started blaring in he middle of the night, and he resorted to a hammer to silence it. So now he's got a busted horn and still doesn't know what set it off. Also, Pat's Lumina is running out of gas with several gallons still in the tank; Farrah's VW is blowing hot air non-stop; and Suzi's Porsche has become a great conversation starter with her male colleagues, but she can't answer any questions to keep the conversation going. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#1732: He's Nothing to Me (3191) August 12, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Vern's sister-in-law's husband accused him of wrecking the engine in his Windstar by adding too much oil. On a scale of 1 to 10, how guilty should Vern feel? And does their tenuous connection on the family tree drive the guilt meter into negative numbers? Also, tales of VW Bugs: Maureen's caught on fire, and she's hoping for some encouragement that it won't happen again, while Wendy is wondering if the one she's been gifted by her parents can make it from Kansas to Washington. Also, a close call at Car Talk Plaza—how our Producer Dougie's laziness may have saved his life. All this and more, this week on The Best Car Talk.
#1731: Click and Clack's Last Minute Counseling (3248) August 05, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Amanda is getting married in a few days, and has one last item on her To-Do list—convincing her fiancé to get rid of his truck. Should she just throw the keys instead of a bouquet? Elsewhere, Glen's wife is a parish priest in need of a new car, and a cure for her habit of driving 120 mph. Also, Karen learned why you should let sleeping cars lie after her perfect Civic started running lousy following a tune-up; Jerry's taillight is exploding every few weeks; and our on-c
#1730: Disperse This (3235) July 29, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Ray takes Male Answer Syndrome to a whole new level, trying to explain why Dave's keyless remote works better when Dave points it at his chin rather than the car. Is the Great Dispersion Theory utterly brilliant, or utterly booooogus? Elsewhere, Andy dropped a straw in his dad's Buick's gas tank, and somehow "forgot" to mention it. Now that dad's car is running lousy, does Andy need to 'fess up? Also, Doris may need to dump her mechanic after he sent her away with a pegged
#1729: Employee of the Week (3232) July 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katherine's new job got off to a bumpy start (literally!), when she rear-ended her boss' shiny new car on her first day. Katherine has been eyeing a new car herself, but should she wait for her first performance review? Meanwhile, Elisa's parents say they'll buy her a new car if she marries her live-in boyfirend. Should she accept, or will she be opening the door to future car-motivated life events? Also, Spencer couldn't resist the urge to touch his lugnuts, and found the
#1728: Haircut Ethics (3249) July 15, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, we've all been there. You're in the midst of a long drive when nature calls but doesn't provide a venue for you to answer that call. If the only urgent haircut option is a fast-food restaurant, are you obligated to buy something if you use the facility? Elsewhere, Heather took her Volvo to Helmut The Mechanic because her glove compartment was stuck. Three weeks and $3000 later, Heather now has a new fuel system and a Volvo that stalls. Did Helmut get a little overly ambiti
#1727: Geek Week (3277) July 08, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on the Best of Car Talk, got a pencil neck and an empty summer calendar? Tom and Ray are here for you, with the first (and probably last) Geek Week Summer Camp. Elsewhere, Shelly thinks she's killing a small animal when she turns her Subaru's steering wheel, because of the noise it makes. Might it actually be one of the gerbils powering its engine? Also, Steve's power steering needs a wake-up call for five minutes into his morning drive; Jackie's boyfriend's starting technique may not be hurting h
#1726: Tommy Goes to the Dark Side (3257) July 01, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, after years of ranting and raving about bad drivers, Tommy makes a shocking confession. What previously unthinkable driving sin did he commit, and why? Meanwhile, Tommy's erstwhile soulmate Rob drives like a tortoise in a land of rabbits and is looking for a visual cue to keep his fellow motorists' blood pressure down. Elsewhere, Sherry loves her new Town Car but can't fit a bike rack on it. Alas, her husband isn't wild about Sherry's proposed solution—a used stretch lim
#1725: Blame It on Bernoulli (3297) June 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katie's roommate's pseudo-scientific explanation for getting her Civic's door stuck on a sidewalk struck her as bogus, so she's turning to two pseudo MIT grads. Can Tom and Ray separate truth from bogosity? Elsewhere, Tim and Pam need a ruling on whether his joyride on a washboard road crushed her Saturn's engine mounts. Also, can Gene's Corolla survive 100,000 miles with a leaking fuel pump and axle seal, and a dope slap reminder to check both daily; Flo's Mazda has bad u
#1724: The Fowled Caravan (3247) June 17, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve left a fresh turkey in his car for a week, and well, things don't smell so fresh anymore. Will any combination of soap, air freshener, and bad cologne get the stench out, or does Steve need to call Vinny the Torch? Elsewhere, Michael doesn't know if he should be worried about a couple of green spark plugs; Maggie's son has fallen in love with a hand-me-down Buick Regal that could kill him; and Linda is about to relocate from Ohio to the Virgin Islands. She wants to k
#1723: Mama Get a Hammer, There's a Fly on Papa's Head (3291) June 10, 2017 | 12:00 pm
This week, The Best of Car Talk kicks off with some of our favorite Country song titles. Can anything top, "I'd Rather Pass a Kidney Stone Than Another Night With You"? Then it's off to Maui, where Jeff would be advised to stop bragging about the weather if he wants to find out why his brake pedal is sinking to the floor. Elsewhere, Inga is wondering which of her several mistakes caused her parked car to lurch down hill; Matt's brother talked him into a DIY timing belt change on his Acura, and a month later

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