Car Talk

Car Talk, hosted by brothers and long-time mechanics Ray and Tom Magliozzi (better known as "Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers"), offers an hour of car repair advice from a humorous perspective, to say the least.

Recent Episodes

#1342: Road Trip of Destruction

This week's Car Talk features journeys both high and low. First, Tom and Ray salute aviation legend Larry Walters, who took flight in a lawn chair with balloons attached. Back on terra firma, Michaela and her siblings plan to take the family's 20-year-old car on a road trip from Oregon to, well, wherever the car finally dies. She's hoping to make it to Mexico. Tom and Ray think Salt Lake City might be a more reasonable target. Also, Mary Ann's mechanic's solution to her fuel problem could land him in jail; Heather's violating every scientific principle in getting her Subaru to start; and, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Dale had loose spark plugs, or if Tom and Ray had loose screws when they made the diagnosis. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

#1341: Kitty-Corner Snow Tires

This week on Car Talk, can Dave put two snow tires on his girlfriend's car, or does he need to buy a full set, as his tire dealer insists? Tom has a two-tire solution that may qualify for next year's Nobel Prize in Bad Advice. Elsewhere, Cathryn's car is going "boom boom" whenever her mechanic isn't around to hear it; Helen's Toyota gained and then lost an extra 100 miles per tank of gas after she moved to Salt Lake City, and, can Keith install an air conditioner in his Geo Metro, and still make it up a hill?  Also, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray got Pam's Volvo to stop smoking. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1340: Arachnid and Pinion Steering

This week on Car Talk, Jeryldine's car is infested with spiders, and she has no idea how to get rid of them. If she follows Tom and Ray's advice, her car will also be full of birds, bats, lizards, and, most likely, still spiders. Elsewhere, after losing his girlfriend and her car, Glen's friend suggested he browse his neighbors' backyards for a replacement--car, that is. Will he find the Cabrio of his dreams, up on blocks? Also, Lacy thinks her Accord's engine is trying to escape, one piece at a time; Barry's dealer would be happy to work on his stuck parking brake, if Barry can only get the car to move from his garage; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped quiet Lisa's screeching Civic enough so she could talk to her cute neighbor. All this, plus the first Automotive Puzzler of the season, and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1339: Not the Wiggly Road!

This week on Car Talk, Nancy's three-year-old son is a puker. He gets car sick whenever Nancy drives on the winding Pacific Coast Highway, but comes through unscathed if Daddy is behind the wheel. Could the lead in Nancy's foot be the cause? Elsewhere, Sally's husband gave her a vintage Dodge Dart, but a brake problem has her wondering if he's really trying to bump her off. Also, Jake's car is turning into a Chia-Pontiac, growing hair in unusual places; Jason has three problems with his Dodge Colt, aside from the biggest problem--that he's driving a Dodge Colt; and Tom and Ray turn to you the audience for help figuring out the best way to drive over a washboard road. Is "minimal contact" a winning strategy? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1338: Roadside Tonsorial Privileges

This week on Car Talk, the Great Haircut Debate continues, as listeners weigh on whether it's ethical to use a roadside McDonalds' restroom without buying anything.  On the automotive front, Ellen's mechanic says he can tell her Dodge Caravan is dying by the smell of its oil. Tom and Ray smell a conspiracy between the mechanic and Ellen's husband, who wants a new Volvo. Also, how a car's transmission is like the family dog; a book from 1922 might help fix Nikki's noisy Jeep; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if John's sister duped him when she sold him his old VW Golf. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1337: The Stunad Stare

This week on Car Talk, Tom in Vermont would like to convince his son that towing a 1978 Land Cruiser cross-country with his girlfriend's small pickup truck is a bad idea. But, Tom's afraid that any words of caution will be thrown to the wind, just because of his "Dad" status. Should he try reverse psychology? Elsewhere, Lisa's hopes of meeting her cute neighbor have been complicated by the embarrassing screeching noise her Civic makes every morning; and Denise would like to find a way to keep her Ford Maverick running without a clothespin stuck in the carburetor. Also, since Leslie gave birth at a Chrysler dealership, should her minivan shopping begin and end there? All this, plus Opening Day for the new Puzzler season, and more, this week on Car Talk.