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

#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.

#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.