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

#1352: Bouncing Across Antarctica

This week on Car Talk, Summer has come to Antarctica, and the ride in John's Delta has gotten so bumpy that he and his colleagues are banging their heads on the ceiling. Closer to home, Leland's Toyota can't pull a hill. Tom and Ray should have no trouble diagnosing Leland's problem, if they can figure out what "pull a hill" means. Also, Steve's ex-wife has a trio of car problems, which Steve may be a little too intetrested in trying to solve; Charlie desperately wants to blame a transmission shop for his fan breaking off and damaging another car; and Erin's best solution to a math lesson gone awry may be to stand her Impreza on its side. All this plus the true meaning of Santa Fe, and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1351: Eddie and Edie Electron

This week on Car Talk, why does Michelle have to rock her car violently to get it to start? Tom and Ray have a highly advanced technical explanation, involving Eddie and Edie Electron. Elsewhere, the Magliozzis try to bring holiday peace to two married couples. First, Veronica's husband wants to re-live his childhood by buying a vintage Land Rover that's likely to spend more time sitting in the front yard than moving along the road. Later, Reed's wife wants to use his beloved Ford Bronco to tow her horse trailer. Also, retired mechanic Steve wants to try to change his own timing belt, but is worried about incurring the Wrath of Mom; and Jim's nephew used a bottle to scrape ice off the windshield of Jim's Tercel. Is the solution a buffing, or a bricking? All this and

#1350: Stop and Smell the Tailpipe

This week on Car Talk, what does Tommy's dog have in common with Helen's Volvo? Each tends to smell its own exhaust! But Tommy's dog isn't losing brain cells over it, while Helen may be. Elsewhere, Tom traded a set of teeth for a Chevy Caprice, but may have gotten the worse end of the deal; and, Bill's wife talked him into buying  a new Impreza, but it may not be able to handle their daily drive across Big Bone Creek. Also, Jackie's pet python's dinner fell behind her dashboard, which wouldn't be a huge problem if it wasn't a live rat; and could Kai's sputtering Subaru be suffering from a case of Wandering Crud? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1349: Mechanics Standard Time

This week on Car Talk, Jim is wondering why his mechanic billed him for 8 hours of labor on a job that took only 4 hours, thereby launching a Magliozzi explanation of the mechanics' space-time continuum. Elsewhere, Lewis' VW dealer refused to honor a warranty repair, but may re-evaluate his position when he learns Lewis is an IRS agent; Abbie's friend gave her the most wacko suggestion we've ever heard to fix her car's alignment; and can Rachel hold us liable for the fender bender she caused because she was laughing at Car Talk? And, on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Tom and Ray helped put out the fire in Red's convertible, or if they just fanned the flames. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1348: Repair Via Rock

This week on Car Talk, Amy's head is spinning because her speedometer needle won't stop whizzing around in circles. Is a well-aimed rock her only hope of making it stop? Elsewhere, Suzanne's husband loves his vintage Ford Model A, but its gas fumes are destroying brain cells by the thousands. Also, Deanna's car battery tops New York City's "Must Steal" list; Romeo's muscle car lost its musle after a day of peeling out; and Allen's Volvo and TV are both turning themselves on at random times. Is it bad wiring, or a bad neighbor? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1347: Just Say Bang

This week on Car Talk, Tommy's life-long aversion to work meets its match in the U.S. Army, and his old pal Sgt. McNeely. But, little did Tommy know that his ill-fated attempt to avoid target practice would one day become official government policy in the U.K. In matters automotive, Alex loves his truck so much, he refers to its oil type as "Type O-Negative," but it may be time for it to meet its crusher; Fran can't decide whether to let her teenage daughter drive Grandpa's old Town Car, affectionately known as "The Party Barge"; and Tom and Ray try a new exit strategy for difficult questions: Diagnosis by Hypnosis. All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.