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

#1503: Return of the Schnauzer

This week on The Best of Car Talk, we answer the question that has been keeping America awake for weeks—did Max the mechanic find a home for his namesake schnauzer? Elsewhere, Bob swears that smashing his Volvo into a rock improved its performance; Rick’s girlfriend’s VW spent the weekend in the shop and came back with an additional 20,000 miles on the odometer; and Lisa’s Estonian Moskvitch dies, and will only re-start if she jams a piece of wood into the ignition. Also, Tom and Ray try to referee a family dispute over a boardgame and maange to turn Brain Quest into Dummy Quest. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1502: Sonja Henie's Tutu

Ever wonder why Tom and Ray exclaim, “Sonja Henie’s tutu!”, seem to need haircuts with an unusual urgency, or got the idea that somebody moved the Alamo? This week on The Best of Car Talk, we share the tales behind the phrases that usually make the guys blow milk out their noses just by their mere mention. In matters auttomotive, Judy’s husband is telling her to ignore her ever-rising temperature gauge despite already cooking one engine; Will wants to put the entire windhsield wiper fluid industry out of business; and Paula’s friend killed her battery by leaving the lights on, and then blamed her car. All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1501: Le Crouching Tiger

This week on the Best of Car Talk, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer turns the hot lights on Tom and Ray. Allegations of financial malfeasance? A class-action suit over bogus Puzzlers? No, Morley’s just annoyed that he can’t find parts for his beloved Peugeot, aka, the “Crouching Tiger” in his garage, and he blames Tom and Ray’s relentless Peugeot bashing. Elsewhere, Jane is convinced her van’s gas tank is shrinking; Peter killed his Accord’s battery but can’t understand why the alarm is still sounding; and, can Adrienne convince her daredevil husband that driving down mountain passes with the cruise control on is not good for her car, or their odds to live to see another ski weekend? All this, and lots more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.

#1452: Max and the Schnauzer

This week on The Best of Car Talk, it’s one of our all-time classic calls, and the shaggiest of shaggy dog stories—Max the mechanic’s heroic attempt to replace his customer’s beloved pet dog. Elsewhere, Major Tom’s Jeep is acclimating to its new home in Colorado by doing 360’s on ice; Toast’s battery drains in the rain, even if the car isn’t running; and Louann’s Civic is fouling plugs, and her mood. Also, can Natalie welcome Dad home from vacation by saying anything other than, “I dented your car?” All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1451: Excellence in Worthlessness

This week on Car Talk, Tom and Ray are honored with the first (and probably last) award for Excellence in Worthlessness. They immediately prove themselves worthy, by dodging Dodie’s question about overdrive on her Nissan, and instead focusing on the two sons who didn’t help buy her the car. And, Rebecca’s BMW’s noise is less intriguing than why she broke up with the boyfriend who gave it to her. Also, how steamer trunks helped derail Steve’s plan to restore a vintage Buick; And, why holiday overeating may not be such a bad idea. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

#1450: How to Calm An Angry Co-Host

This week on Car Talk, have Tom and Ray found a more productive way to settle their disagreements than, “You moron”? Find out as they differ over whether John should dump his family’s beloved Chevy before its hyper-sensitive brakes send the family dental bills into 7 figures. Elsehwere, Phil’s wife thinks she’d be less paranoid about her car breaking down if she was married to a mechanic; Dennis is looking for a non-combative gesture to let other drivers know he’s sorry for cutting them off; and after a year of listening to her Volvo moan Alice has decided it’s finally time to figure out what’s ailing it. All this, plus some gift ideas straight from the floors of Car Talk Plaza, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.