This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick's diesel Rabbit ran out of fuel and the only liquid Rick had on hand was a bottle of scotch. Could he have poured the scotch into the tank or would Rick have been better off drinking it and waiting for the tow truck? Elsewhere, a tree fell on Murli's Corolla (we think it made a sound), and he doesn't know whether to replace the roof or have it straightened; Sally's steering column is sending smoke signals; and Kerry needs help navigating the "Pit of Despair", a giant water-filled pothole in her building's parking lot. Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped Kathy lead her son to victory in the Pinewood Derby, and how much he lost by. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, despite the best efforts of every vice-grip holder in a 30-mile radius, Lyle can't move her truck's dipstick. Is her only option to turn the truck upside down and hope gravity does the trick? Meanwhile, the laws of space and time are being challenged in Colorado, where Ian's girlfriend's odometer is spinning backwards. Should she trade her car in before or after it hits negative numbers? Also, Jay's Civic was running perfectly until he attempted some DIY maintenance, and now the car is revving high and getting lousy gas mileage; Erin's turn signals fail if she turns on the high beams in the 3-tone Impala she inherited from her grandfather; and Steve poses the philosophical question, why do bad things come to cars in the threes, in the worst possible weather? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.