#1833: Ted the Shim Master
August 18, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Ted put his carpentry skills to work by redirecting his van's leaky exhaust through a series of pipes outside the van. His pipe-shrouded van might scare off clients, and he may have greatly increased the chances of setting the van on fire, but is Ted still worthy of a Click and Clack Genius award? Elsewhere, Jeff is concerned that his Eagle Scout son doesn't want to drive, but he may want to give the kid another merit badge, for good sense; Peter has gotten half a dozen bad diagnoses for his truck's shifting problem—including floor mats—and may be about to get one more; and are Tom and Ray leading practitioners of "Learned Ignorance"? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#1832: The Alternator Ashram
August 11, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Elizabeth's Audi is going through an alternator a month. Is the problem inside her car, or are they being built by the wrong group of Tibetan monks? Elsewhere, Aron's Nissan is channeling the Three Stooges; Kristin learned there's no such thing as a free brake inspection; Ann's about to learn why she should never listen to her father — or her kids' father — when it comes to cars; and Patti settles Tom and Ray's great Sleek Black Beauty bet with news on her mom's attempt to drive a Datsun from Texas to Massachusetts. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.