4 episodes

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.

The Best of Car Talk NPR

    • Automotive
    • 4.9 • 151 Ratings

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.

    #2038: Bernsteining the Clutch

    #2038: Bernsteining the Clutch

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Leonard Bernstein is immortalized in automotive lore for a shifting technique he handed down to his son. Elsewhere, Adla got a rude welcome to Boston when someone stole the battery from her Civic; Jennifer made an ill-advised bet on steering wheels with her know-it-all 18-year-old nephew; Esther's low coolant light and buzzer might be trying to send her a subtle signal about the state of her cooling system; and is John's Thunderbird suffering from Radio Frequency Interference or Dying Transmission Syndrome? All this and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min
    #2037: Latent Junkman Syndrome

    #2037: Latent Junkman Syndrome

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Joe's brother-in-law collects heaps. Why is this Joe's problem? The cars wind up in his backyard. And to make things even more complicated, Joe's brother-in-law owns the house. Can Tom and Ray untangle this family mess? Elsewhere, Sherry thinks her temperature gauge is going through menopause; Roseanna borrowed her friend's Subaru for the summer and fears she may be responsible for its new noise; and Klaus may need to learn how to drive his car with the engine off. All this, plus some fun things to say on elevators, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min
    #2036: Magliozzi's Ignoramus Principle

    #2036: Magliozzi's Ignoramus Principle

    Move over, Heisenberg! This week on the Best of Car Talk, one listener's new theory on Tom and Ray's ability to alter reality. Elsewhere, Anthony thinks his cheapo tires are making noise. His solution? Swap them with his wife's tires. Will Tom and Ray have a suggestion that won't land Anthony in divorce court? Also, Crash's Mazda is making him live up to his nickname by wandering all over the road; Kimberly is tired of having to whack her Subaru's starter; Dora has become a reluctant member of the Alternator of the week club; and does a cleaner car lead to a bigger mechanic's bill? All this, plus some words to live by and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min
    #2035: Everybody Wins

    #2035: Everybody Wins

    This week on The Best of Car Talk, Julia's worried that her Dad's attempt to replace the engine in Mom's Suburban might stress their marriage. Tom and Ray think it may make their bond stronger than ever, even if the car is destroyed. Elsewhere, Tim's Dodge Dart rolled into a lake and went for a full dive. The car has been retrieved, but will it ever run again and not smell like fish? Also, Karen's physicist husband has a bogus explanation for why her car is shaking; Kelley wants to fix her Civic's brakes herself; and, Stu's girlfriend Carla accidentally added engine oil to his beloved ZX's power steering. So why are Tom and Ray asking Carla if she wants to dump Stu. All this, plus a round of Stump the Chumps, and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

gen_mac ,

classically wonderful

I am a cognitive scientist. I believe I can claim to have an evidence-based understanding of decent human beings. Click and Clack are two of the best. Thank you for the (many) years you have shown such decent (and humorous) humanity to your listeners (and their old cars!).

Jimi Hemmydrix ,

First heard in the Czech Republic

I was a Ozzie living in Praha Czech Republic way back in 1998, I was hanging out for some English content from the Sat dish.
When I happened found car talk on NPR , I was hooked! I have been listening on and off the last twenty years. R.I. P Tom

danlibbo ,

Hilarious and I'm glad there's enough material to keep this going

I came to this too late but fortunately they're still able to put out new episodes. Definitely worth it.

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