#1746: Beware the Neophyte Knuckle Scraper
November 18, 2017
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Paul's Jetta lost some of its Fahrvergnügen, so he tried to pep it up with a new set of spark plugs. Now the car is running worse. Did Paul need more than just plugs or did his mechanic assign the job to the wrong guy? Elsewhere, Joan and her friend are arguing over whether slower highway driving leads to longer engine life; Linda is concerned that Tom and Ray's "potato in the tailpipe" stalling technique could kill a dog that happened to lock the car doors; and did Helen's truck really lose 100 miles per tankful of gas, or was she suffering from Move Euphoria? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#1745: Love and a Van Dweller
November 11, 2017
This week on the Best of Car Talk, Tara has gone on a couple of dates with a medical student who's smart, really nice, and is living in a van in the school parking lot. Is there a van dweller psychological profile that should scare her off? Elsewhere, Peter's friend showed the limits of an MIT education by locking himself in Peter's trunk while trying to fix it; Carl's Altima has been making noise since he drove over a rock 6 months ago and his head is too big for him to look underneath to see what might be causing it; Stephanie's mechanic can't hear her Subaru's high-pitched whine so she may need to find a dog to help diagnose it; and Katie's new used Volvo is great, except for her leg going numb while she's driving it. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.