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

#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.

#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.