Car Talk

Car Talk Podcast

America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.

#1902: The Roat to Boatdom
This week on The Best of Car Talk, is Sarah responsible for her backyard mechanic's professional development? He may have messed up replacing her Accord's clutch. Should Sarah give him another shot, this time on the transmission? Elsewhere, Kathy needs help getting her husband to dump his beloved Corolla before the gas tank falls out and Mary can't decide whether her son should accept his girlfriend's mother's offer of a free Dart. Also, Larry's got a question involving ground straps, lightning, and life in...

#1901: Love and a Charred Mazda
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Brent accidentally set his girlfriend's Mazda on fire while trying to start it and now the car and the girlfriend are both exes. Can Tom and Ray help stop him from torching his next relationship? Elsewhere, Adrienne's ski instructor husband thinks it's okay to treat mountain roads like a downhill course and drive with the cruise control on. Meanwhile, Susan's husband, a theoretical physicist wants to use their car battery to power their house during the next blackout. Also...

#1852: The Perilous Bridge of Intimacy
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Steve is spending a lot of time helping his ex-wife Tammy navigate a trinity of car problems. Is he perhaps too invested, given the "ex" status of their relationship? Elsewhere, high schooler Natalie's Dad was away, so she borrowed his van, and (of course) got it dented. Can she fix it before Dad gets home, or does she need to 'fess up, or blame it on Mom? Also, Toast's battery drains in the rain; Julie has half a key stuck in her driver's door; and Jonathan's Volvo has a ...


#1851: Excellence in Worthlessness
This week on The Best of Car Talk, finally an award Tom and Ray could achieve GOAT status in—wasting time. They'll demonstrate their dominance by ignoring Dodie's perfectly good question about leaving her car in overdrive, and instead relentlessly pry/probe into why only two of Dodie's four sons chipped in to buy her the car. Elsewhere, Bob's Cavalier has no heat, even though he's replaced just about every piece of the system; Patricia's Subaru is having trouble starting, which is making it even more diffic...

#1850: How to Calm an Angry Co-Host
When one host insists that cars are made to be junked while the other won't drive anything not equipped with an AARP card, it's time for an intervention. So this week on The Best of Car Talk, Tom and Ray explore new ways of politely calling each other "jerk." Meanwhile, John needs to weigh his love for the family heirloom Chevelle against the dental bills its sensitive power brakes are causing. Elsewhere, Anwen's mechanic was one fuel pump short of diagnosing her Volvo's noise; Andrew's Corolla howls, but o...

#1849: Rave on, Rachel
Paging Chief Counsel Hugh Louis Dewey! Rachel got into a fender bender because she was distracted by laughing at Car Talk. Are Tom and Ray liable? Elsewhere, Tom got a Caprice Wagon in exchange for a set of teeth he made, but the car's knocking sound is making him wonder if he should have only provided molars. Also, Abbie got some dodgy, and perhaps life-threatening advice on how to check her car's alignment; Dee can't accept a life without heated seats; and Phil is wondering if his wife really would be hap...


#1848: The Rolling Punchline
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Heidi's car is making a scary noise and having trouble steering--and worse, she can't find a mechanic who will take her seriously. Maybe because the car is an '87 Peugeot? Meanwhile, Allen's earning his spot on mechanics' and TV techs' Top 10 Wacko Customer list with a Volvo that's starting itself and a TV that's turning itself on. Also, can Sharon ignore her husband and put a wreath on her Tahoe without voiding the Excess Pine Needle Intake clause of her warranty? And, wi...

#1847: Would You Rather Be Right Or Happy
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Doug's dashboard began billowing smoke the first time he ran his defroster. His wife diagnosed it as roasting bugs, and Doug forgot Tommy's first rule of marital happiness when he told her, "You're nuts." Could she have been right, and can Doug get out of the doghouse? Elsewhere, Alex may need help finding closure over his beloved pickup, while Christine can't decide whether to accept her parents' offer of their Buick station wagon; and Tracy wishes someone would haul away...

#1846: Stop and Smell the Antifreeze
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Alan thinks his Mercedes was born with a 100,000 mile death gene. Ever since the odometer rolled over, the car's been nothing but trouble and now Alan is ready to dump it. Might he be acting a bit prematurely? Elsewhere, Dave's commute may get more complicated this winter, because his Audi's heater only works on right turns; Keri wants to soup up her scooter after it lost a race to a Vespa; and is Michael going to set off his airbag by drumming along with the Who? Also, tw...


#1845: The Miracle Spray
This week on The Best of Car Talk, why do Tom and Ray think Heather is crazy for believing that starter fluid is solving her Subaru's starting problem? Elsewhere, grad student Rebecca is considering driving from Connecticut to Indiana in a car that likely won't make it to the New York border; Frances's love for her Miata is being tested by the chance to inherit her uncle's Porsche; and did Chris's brother find love in a hyperbaric chamber after he and his girlfriend passed out from CO poisoning? All this, a...