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Car Talk

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Jul 24, 2021

#2130: Til Death Do Us Park

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katherine’s new job got off to a bumpy start (literally!), when she rear-ended her boss’ shiny new car on her first day. Katherine has been eyeing a new car herself, but should she wait for her first performance review? Meanwhile, Elisa’s parents say they’ll buy her a new car if she marries her live-in boyfirend. Should she accept, or will she be opening the door to future car-motivated life events? Also, Spencer couldn’t resist the urge to touch his lugnuts, and found them to hot handle; Brett gets a shock every time he gets out of his Camry; and what does your Oreo cookie strategy say about your pesonality? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jul 17, 2021

#2129: We Don’t Recommend the Hot Wax

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, we’ve all been there. You’re in the midst of a long drive when nature calls but doesn’t provide a venue for you to answer that call. If the only urgent haircut option is a fast-food restaurant, are you obligated to buy something if you use the facility? Elsewhere, Heather took her Volvo to Helmut The Mechanic because her glove compartment was stuck. Three weeks and $3000 later, Heather now has a new fuel system and a Volvo that stalls. Did Helmut get a little overly ambitious? Also, Susan needs to store a vintage Mini; Dennis is wondering if the bungee cord holding his Corolla in gear can hang on for another 200,000 miles; and Karen is tired of old ladies passing her on hills while she’s towing her horse trailer. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jul 10, 2021

#2128: Geek Camp

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This week on the Best of Car Talk, got a pencil neck and an empty summer calendar? Tom and Ray are here for you, with the first (and probably last) Geek Week Summer Camp. Elsewhere, Shelly thinks she’s killing a small animal when she turns her Subaru’s steering wheel, because of the noise it makes. Might it actually be one of the gerbils powering its engine? Also, Steve’s power steering needs a wake-up call for five minutes into his morning drive; Jackie’s boyfriend’s starting technique may not be hurting her truck, but is doing a number on her back; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Roy really had a stuck brake caliper or if Tommy is going to be dining on his hat. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jul 03, 2021

#2127: Perspicacity and the Sundance Kid

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, after years of ranting and raving about bad drivers, Tommy makes a shocking confession. What previously unthinkable driving sin did he commit, and why? Meanwhile, Tommy’s erstwhile soulmate Rob drives like a tortoise in a land of rabbits and is looking for a visual cue to keep his fellow motorists’ blood pressure down. Elsewhere, Sherry loves her new Town Car but can’t fit a bike rack on it. Alas, her husband isn’t wild about Sherry’s proposed solution—a used stretch limo. Also, Joanne is trying to teach two teenagers to drive a stick shift without needing family counseling; Bert’s 280z died on his way home from a successful wild boar hunt; and on Stump the Chumps, we find out if Rich still has to push his Passat into his garage to get it started. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jun 26, 2021

#2126: The Secret Male Handshake

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Katie’s roommate’s pseudo-scientific explanation for getting her Civic’s door stuck on a sidewalk struck her as bogus, so she’s turning to two pseudo-MIT grads. Can Tom and Ray separate truth from bogosity? Elsewhere, Tim and Pam need a ruling on whether his joyride on a washboard road crushed her Saturn’s engine mounts. Also, can Gene’s Corolla survive 100,000 miles with a leaking fuel pump and axle seal, and a dope slap reminder to check both daily; Flo’s Mazda has bad universal joints or jockey shorts that are too tight; and after two years of driving with a wobbling rear wheel has Keller’s luck run out? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jun 19, 2021

#2125: The Spark of a Bad Idea

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Steve left a fresh turkey in his car for a week, and well, things don’t smell so fresh anymore. Will any combination of soap, air freshener, and bad cologne get the stench out, or does Steve need to call Vinny the Torch? Elsewhere, Michael doesn’t know if he should be worried about a couple of green spark plugs; Maggie’s son has fallen in love with a hand-me-down Buick Regal that could kill him; and Linda is about to relocate from Ohio to the Virgin Islands. She wants to know if she should bring her Corolla. Tom and Ray want to know if Linda can fit them in her suitcase. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jun 15, 2021

#2124: Empathic Shared Meaning 101

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This week, The Best of Car Talk kicks off with some of our favorite Country song titles. Can anything top, “I’d Rather Pass a Kidney Stone Than Another Night With You?” Then it’s off to Maui, where Jeff would be advised to stop bragging about the weather if he wants to find out why his brake pedal is sinking to the floor. Elsewhere, Inga is wondering which of her several mistakes caused her parked car to lurch down hill; Matt’s brother talked him into a DIY timing belt change on his Acura, and a month later, the car still isn’t running right; Bryan would like his vintage pickup truck to handle like a Dodge Viper; and can Stephanie’s Corolla survive a cross-country trip? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Jun 05, 2021

#2123: But it Drives Pretty Good

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This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ellen’s Civic has been in three crashes, vandalized nine times, and had a tree fall on it, all of which has somehow convinced Ellen the car is cursed. If she tries to sell it, does she have to divulge these mishaps? Elsewhere, Keller’s Beetle is missing its front passenger floorboard. Will a “found” street sign and a friend with an oxyacetylene torch cover the hole, without a 911 call? Also, Peter’s Jeep knows when he’s in a hurry, and chooses those moments to not start; Sandra accidentally pumped five gallons of diesel into her Odyssey, and can Warren really live a happy life without a working oxygen sensor in his Camry? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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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.