#1842: The Debris Theory
October 20, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Reid wants to save his Audi's transmission by flushing it, but his mechanic thinks the gunk is the only thing keeping the tranny from self-destructing. Will Tom and Ray embrace the debris theory? Elsewhere, Colleen's dad used the "break brake-in' theory" to insist he had to drive the family to the movies. Was this science or just a way to tell Colleen he thinks she's a stinko driver. Also, Melissa is relying on a rope to keep her driver's door shut; Katie wants to use white gas that's too old for her camp stove in her Corolla; and Tommy pulls out one of his most ingenious ideas to help David get away with buying only two snow tires instead of four. Of course, David may not make it through winter, but does that make it any less brilliant? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#1841: If You Don't Think Too Good, Don't Think Too Much
October 13, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Rick has lots of reasons to justify adding a supercharger to his Miata. Unfortunately, they're all harebrained. Will the wisdom of baseball legend Ted Williams help dissuade Rick, or does a mid-life crisis trump all? Speaking of harebrained, Cheryl's brother is driving around with a rotted gas tank, and the fuel lines re-routed to a tank in his trunk. Also, Tamara's family needs help saying goodbye to their beloved Vanagon; Mike may be facing a winter without power steering; and Melissa's husband is about to learn what happens when you cheap out on snow tires. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.