This week on The Best of Car Talk, can Adrienne use her Saab to deliver hundreds of pounds of rocks for her husband's birthday, or does Adrienne have rocks in her head? Elsewhere, Sarah's Taurus smells like waffles and maple syrup, so unless she spilled any IHOP leftovers down the vents, she may be shopping for a new engine or a new car. Also, Tracy and her dog both need help convincing her husband to use his brakes and abandon his "conservation of memomentum" theory; Jim's friends are trying to convince him his van wlll have an easier time starting if he turns on the lights before turning the key; Chris can spend a few hundred dollars to turn off his Mazda's EGR light or invest in official Click and Clack black tape; and Daniel Pinkwater weighs in on his Theory of Displaced Misery. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray invoke the teachings of Daniel Pinkwater to convince Mary Ann that a really dumb car decision could improve every other aspect of her life. Alas, the Pinkwater philosophy won't help Paul, who is learning an expensive lesson about what happens when you don't test drive an old van before buying. Elsewhere, Ron has noticed an epidemic of padiddles (cars with one headlight out) since a recent cold snap; Lesley is looking for an antifreeze that will actually work in an Alaska winter (without giving her veterinary practice new patients); and does Tommy suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Italian Male Malaise? All this and more, this week on the Best of Car Talk.