The Best of Car Talk

The best of Car Talk, the long-running public radio program hosted by brothers and long-time mechanics Ray and Tom Magliozzi (better known as "Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers").

Recent Episodes

#1521: Save the Siesta

Some issues are so grave they require even the most politically averse to stand up. This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray stand up in support of... the siesta. That's right. The mid-day nap needs saving, and is there anyone better to do it, than Tom and Ray? In matters automotive, Scott needs help getting his truck to start, and protecting it from his friend Fat Tony, with his big bucket o' tools; Mike appears to have found the rarest of creatures, an honest transmission repairman;, and Peggy swears she heard Tom and Ray recommend using kerosene to wash her new car and preserve its paint job. Also, can Gillian get a French-to-English translation for a truck part without disclosing she's a CIA agent? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1520: The Rule of Tens

This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Bill keep his beloved Town Car after it hits 250,000 miies? Sure, if he follows a few simple rules such as never driving over 10 miles per hour, or more than a 10-minute walk from his house. Elsewhere, Heidi needs a new car to fit her two kids in carseats, and their Grandma. Can she somehow cram them all into her dream car, a Miata? Also, this week's Auto Noise Emporium features a whining Civic, a scraping Camry, and a Taurus with a vibraslap stuck in the air conditioner. All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk

#1519: Sorry, Roomie!

This week, on The Best of Car Talk, fuses keep blowing in Allison's car. Can it be fixed or would investing in her local auto parts store be a better choice? Meanwhile, Nat's Saab keeps running away from him. He needs help putting on the brakes before he looks like a fool, again, in front of his future in-laws. And Erin's roommate has too many cars... and not enough driveway. Can she convince her roomie to sell one set of wheels, or is it time for Click and Clack to help arrange an "unfortunate accident"? All that, and a non-bogus puzzler, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1518: How To Ruin a Mid-Life Crisis

This week on The Best of Car Talk, John dove head first into his mid-life crisis by buying a Miata. Then, he started obsessing over how best to preserve its soft top. Can Tom and Ray rescue John from his mid-life crisis crisis? Elsewhere, Alicia's Camry began coughing up furballs, and if that sounds nasty, just wait until Ray tells her what it's likely to cough up next. Also, Peggy wants to meet a guy by pretending to sell a car she doesn't own; Lewis' car is running great, but won't move; and can Joe save $400 by replacing his own radiator? Sure-- if he doesn't mind spending $500, plus the cost of the new radiator. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1517: Lock Him in the Cellar

This week on the Best of Car Talk, should Heidi let her husband change her Volvo's timing belt? Before you answer, we should tell you that Heidi's husband is a tennis pro, with no repair experience, and that messing up this job will kill the engine. Wanna rethink your answer? Elsewhere, Craig's girlfriend's mother bought him a new truck. If Craig breaks up with the daughter, is it also splitsville with the truck? Also, Nathan dinged his girlfriend's Civic while driving it without a license—or her permission. Can Tom and Ray help him fix the car's thunk before the next sound is her giving Nathan a dope slap? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1516: Fiddletown or Bust

This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom's vegan daughter is about to head off to drive cross-country in her truck, and spend a year working on an organic farm. Should Tom have pre-emptive work done to make sure she doesn't get stuck in Carnivore Land? Elsewhere, Doug's noisy brakes have him wondering if his mechanics are too nice to be competent; Warren wants to give his Olds a fresh paint job, but his wife is convinced that will only speed its demise; and Mike is wondering why we hang fuzzy dice from rear-view mirrors, rather than, say, fuzzy socket wrenches. All this and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.