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

#1407: The Diamond in the Corolla

This week on Car Talk, Dan's new used Corolla may have come with a bonus gift. The previous owner says she threw her engagement ring at her fiance and it fell behind the dashboard. Is the ring still there, or on the new fiancee of the mechanic who previously looked for it? Also this week, Jennifer says her Subaru stinks--literally. She describes its smell as a combination of "old gas" and "dirty mechanic". Will Tom and Ray be too offended to give a diagnosis? And, Turi's best solution for her smoking Acura may be to just throw her keys down the sewer; and Brother Roger got some advice on tires from a mechanic whose heart was in the right place--unfortunately, his mouth wasn't. All this, plus a Valentine's Day recap from Ray's house, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

#1406: Captain Destructo

This week on Car Talk, from the wreckage of an old MG comes a new superhero, "Captain Destructo," ready to dope-slap stinko drivers--if he can ever get his car to run. Meanwhile, with Valentine's Day approaching, is it time for Beth to dump her boyfriend, after he unjustly accused her of damaging his Mustang? Elsewhere, Albee wants to sell his car to his mother-in-law, but may need to travel from Boston to Florida every month to change its bad spark plug. And, Roger's Toyota is emitting "Biblical" proportions of smoke after some oil changes. Is its "End Times" near? Also, should Donna leave her car running an extra 15 minutes on very cold nights to recharge the battery? What if 15 minutes turned into overnight, after her husband forgot to shut the car off? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1405: Roadhog Day

This week on Car Talk, we celebrate Road Hog Day! Will Tommy's car cast a shadow, or can we look forward to an early Spring? Then we're off to Maine, where Shlomit's husband likes to drive with two feet. Does the fact that he's a good dancer make it okay? Also, Alok learned an expensive lesson about the dangers of playing "Hey guys, watch this," with his Mustang's clutch; Stephen's minivan doors are frozen shut, in part because his wife's chickens are occupying his garage; and on Stump the Chumps we find out if Tracy "helped" the abandoned car on her street lose its license plates, so it would get towed. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1404: Great Balls of Fire

This week on Car Talk, Barry's holiday road trip through South Carolina got more exciting when his wife noticed the road behind them was on fire. Was it coincidence, or was Barry's truck an unwitting arsonist? Farther South, things are a little less exciting for Rick in Florida. His PT Cruiser's explosions are only taking place under the hood. Also, have you ever heard of a Himalayan Exhaust Transfusion? Neither have we, but it might be a great way to start a dead car on a cold day. Or, it could just be a wacko theory. And, our on-call Physics Professor Wolfgang checks in on the great drafting debate. All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

#1403: Another Chance to Fail Physics

This week on Car Talk, if one car drafts behind another to improve its gas mileage, does the car in front suffer? Tom and Ray's answer, or lack thereof, may bring the late Physics Professor Tisza back from the grave, just to administer a dopeslap. Meanwhile, dopeslaps might also be in order for Jessica's mechanics, who will only discuss her car problems with her boyfriend, while ignoring her. Also, the solution to Nancy's Miata's hood problem may lie in her local tanning salon; Melanie is about to learn a very expensive lesson about what her oil pressure light means; and, one listener offers the real definition of "primitive" 4-wheel drive. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

#1402: Don't Look a Gift Dart Under the Hood

This week on Car Talk, should Mary let her 17-year-old son accept his girlfriend's mother's offer to give him her vintage Dodge Dart? Is Mom offering the car as a dowry substitute? Elsewhere, Cathy may have to resort to riding around wearing a football helmet to get her husband to get rid of his old Corolla; Carl earns Bad Idea of the Week honors for wanting to mount a snow plow to the front of his mini-van; and Chana's Dad's advice about warming up her car may be a subtle way of telling her he thinks she's a stinko driver. Also, how on earth did a parking valet start Kenneth's Subaru with the key from Kenneth's Caravan? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.