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

#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.

#1346: The Cavalier That Wouldn't Die

This week on Car Talk, Kate is desperate to get rid of her Chevy Cavalier, but her husband has vowed to keep it running for another 150,000 miles. Can Tom and Ray help her escape, and will it involve Uncle Vinny and a book of matches?  Elsewhere, Sofia swears her Civic is making noise, but her mechanic says she's suffering from an "auditory hallucination"; and, on Stump the Chumps we find out if Christo can get his car running without banging on the fuel pump. Also, should Kate take her Corolla with her when she relocates from Ohio to St. Thomas? We know two mechanics/radio hosts who are willing to volunteer to join her. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1345: Forensic Mechanics

This week on Car Talk, Wendall's Bronco burst into flames and burnt to crisp, right after a 200 mile drive. Was it electrical? Fuel? A spouse holding an insurance policy?  Elsewhere, Barry is hoping to find true love by fixing his co-worker's windshield wipers, and avoiding her jealous boyfriend; Donna needs a gracious way to tell her husband his theories about keeping her gas tank full are "boooooguuss"; and Deborah's lurching efforts to learn to drive a stick shift aren't being made any easier by her Civic's loud whine. Also, on Stump the Chumps we find out if Farmer Ben's manure spreader helped get his truck running smoothly again. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1344: Auto Acupuncture

This week on Car Talk, after Jody's mechanics failed to fix her Honda, she's considering an alternative treatment--acupuncture. So, where is an Accord's ch'i? Hopefully, not in the tires. Elsewhere, Steve promised his wife he'd fix her Volvo, but after sneaking off to three diffferent mechanics, he still can't figure out the problem. Also, should Frances trade her trusty Miata for her Uncle's beloved, but un-trusworthy Porsche; is half-way good enough for the spark plug Chuck cross-threaded; and, can Rebecca make it home for the holidays in her ancient Chevy, or will the next NPR fundraiser be dedicated to buying her a plane ticket? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1343: Hold the Cream Rinse

This week on Car Talk, Sharon's been experiencing a series of bad hair days when she drives long distances. Unfortunately, she couldn't get through to "Follicle Talk," so she's turned to Tom and Ray. Can they stop laughing long enough to offer any useful advice? Elsewhere, Rick has a long list of reasons to justify adding a super charger to his Miata, and they're all bad; Doug's wife thinks the burning smell in his truck is dead bugs, and since he told her she's nuts, he's hoping it's anything else; and, Jon's mechanic is learning a lot about Jon's Accord--except how to fix it. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

#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.