One of NPR's most popular programs, Car Talk lets listeners (2.3 million of them) call in with their car woes while the hosts dish out their wit and know-how. At the end of each hour, 2 of 2 things are guaranteed to happen: you'll learn something about your motor vehicle and you'll have a belly laugh. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Whoo hoo! It's CD burnable."
Now you can waste not one, not two, but four perfectly good hours listening to Car Talk Classics, featuring some of Tom and Ray's favorite complete programs: everything from opening rant to bogus answers to eccentric closing credits. Whether they really help callers fix their transmissions is an open question, but the Car Talk guys certainly know how to transfix their listeners.
This week on Car Talk, Amy's head is spinning because her speedometer needle won't stop whizzing around in circles. Is a well-aimed rock her only hope of making it stop? Elsewhere, Suzanne's husband loves his vintage Ford Model A, but its gas fumes are destroying brain cells by the thousands.
This week on Car Talk, can Jim use an old car transmission as a potter's wheel? Reverse could come in handy next time he mis-throws a pot. Elsewhere, Cindy's friends say her Mercedes is scaring off prospective dates with guys whose cars aren't as nice as hers; grad student Christine's parents offered her a free Buick station wagon, but Christine can't decide if the embarrassment of driving it is too costly; and we meet Tom and Ray's new BFF—Sal, the quintessential New Yorker. Sal is a retired mailman, but he may still have to get up at the crack of dawn this winter if he wants his car to move. All this and more, this week on Car Talk.
In 1987, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, made the leap from nursing the motley car population of New England to creating the nationally beloved public radio phenomenon that we all know as Car Talk.
Car Talk, winner of a Peabody Award, is broadcast each week to NPR stations nationwide. The world's wackiest call-in show, it mixes automotive advice with wisecracks, roadside philosophy, and guffaws. No problem is too ridiculous, no solution too absurd, and before you know it, "you've wasted another perfectly good hour listening to Car Talk". Or, in this case, four.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Grant's marriage counselor suggested he and his wife turn to Tom and Ray to help settle their auto-marital dispute over keeping the radio on while the car is off. Will Tom and Ray help bring peace, or will Grant's next appearance be on Divorce Court? Elsewhere, Mark decided to replace his working transmission, and has now gone through six failed rebuilds in six months. Does this earn him an equal number of dope slaps? All this and more, this week.
This week on The Best of Car Talk , Click and Clack delve into the subject of dashboard icons and the best geographical position for a duct taped, plastic Jesus. After all, the roads are dangerous and drivers need all the protection they can get!
This week on Car Talk, a day of maple sugaring came to a bad end for John when he spilled a five-gallon container of syrup in his car. How can he get the sticky stuff out of the seatbelt holders, short of slipping a stack of pancakes in there to sop it up? Also, a classic Car Talk driveway moment, literally, as Jason pours gas down his truck's carburetor, and tries to start it on the air. Will the 20th time be the charm? And on Stump the Chumps, we find out whether Tom and Ray correctly diagnosed Paula's whistling Bronco. All this, plus Tommy celebrates the arrival of a brand-new jalopy, this week on Car Talk.
"Great - but change the naming conventions"
This week on Car Talk, Jill has noticed a raft of men picking their noses in their cars. Is this topic too juvenile and tasteless even for Tom and Ray? Are you kidding? Tune in as they dive deep to try to explain why a man's car is his nostril's sanctuary. In matters a bit more serious, Paul's car is smoking like a chimney, and he's hoping to find the right additive cocktail that will get it through to spring; Bernie and Rollie's test drive at a dealer ended with an encounter with a light pole, and now the dealer is trying to get them to pay for the damage; and is Jenny or her budding bryologist fiance right about her Civic's starting problem? All this, and more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Danni bought a used Range Rover in the midst of what she calls Pregnancy-Induced Insanity. Reality quickly set in, as her skyscraper-esque husband couldn’t fit in the car, and it racked up a few thousand dollars in repair bills in no time. Should she cut her losses and dump this impulse buy? Elsewhere, Charlie had to replace his fuel pump three times in the last year, and is tired of having them fall on his chest; Kristy may need a stethoscope and a potato to figure out why her car is making noise; and physicist Robert is too busy trying to solve thermonuclear fusion to get his timing belt changed. All this, plus the tale of Sonja Henie’s Zamboni, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week the The Best of Car Talk, kicks off with a tale that could only happen in Alaska. It starts with Mom spotting a moose near the driveway, and ends with the family's Suburban driving through their basement— and taking the oil furnace with it. Then, in preparation for Valentine's Day, we have two auto-marital disputes. Kit's husband is trying to convince her that her car's noise isn’t the brakes, just its mudflaps; and Angelina's husband wants to put bigger tires on their Civic to improve its gas mileage. Also, why does Marcia's Maxima smell like flatulence, even when her husband isn't in the car? All this, plus a Puzzler from the Ceiling Light series, and lots more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, can Tom and Ray help Paul fix the electric brakes on his cattle trailer? Will the fact that they 've never even heard of electric brakes stand in their way? Of course not! Elsewhere, Kate can't get her mechanic to take her Acura's brake problem seriously, and Alice and her husband can't agree on whether to take the high road or the low road to go visit their daughter.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ben is scared to death to ride with his mom. She used to drive race cars, and still likes to treat Main Street as if it was Le Mans. Can Tom and Ray help Ben slow Mom down, or does he need to start hiding her keys?
A radio road trip across America features some of the nuttiest callers ever to phone the show. Each week millions of radio listeners tune in to National Public Radio's Car Talk. A high point of every show is the call-in segment, when listeners phone in for advice and regale hosts Click and Clack with tales of their own automotive misadventures.
This week on Car Talk, the Great Sleek Black Beauty bet is settled, as we find out if Patti’s mom made it from Houston to Boston in her Datsun. Does Ray need to start searching for a ’65 Ambassador, or is Tommy forever banned from uttering the words, “sleek black beauty”? Elsewhere, Jill’s Civic sounds like Frankenstein, and Aron’s Nissan is imitating Larry from the Three Stooges. Also, how can Craig make his minivan more sexy, other than trading it for a Porsche? All this and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
This week on Car Talk, why does the horn in John's wife's Golf start blowing when he drives it? John's wife thinks he's setting off the "lard butt indicator" under the driver's seat. Has VW really come up with something so sophisticated?
The hands-down highlight of many a Car Talk episode, Daniel Pinkwater is responsible for some of the all-time greatest moments of the program's storied history on public radio. Whether discussing man's best friend (but worst passenger) or searching for the perfect vehicle for those who are "horizontally challenged", Pinkwater keeps Tom and Ray in stitches along with the show's far-flung audience.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rita's VW won't start after being flooded during a hurricane. Does it have a future on the road or just as a saltwater aquarium? Elsewhere, Bob discovered an unusual feature in his BMW as a result of his father-in-law being locked in the car for a half-hour; Dan's neighbor is convinced Dan's Acura has oil problems based only on the racket it makes when Dan drives home; and Chuck thinks his wife's parking brake technique is too quiet.
This week on Car Talk, Summer has come to Antarctica, and the ride in John's Delta has gotten so bumpy that he and his colleagues are banging their heads on the ceiling. Closer to home, Leland's Toyota can't pull a hill. Tom and Ray should have no trouble diagnosing Leland's problem, if they can figure out what "pull a hill" means.