#1821: The Tupperware Theory
May 26, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Barbara's husband is a burper. At the gas station, he insists on shaking the car to squeeze in a few extra drops. Will Tom and Ray help Barbara convince her husband to stop belching out wacko ideas? Elsewhere, Denise's friend is coming from Germany, with his Citroen (assuming it fits the carry-on bin), and planning to drive it from New York to Minnesota. Will he make it past the Hudson River? Also, Steve's Check Engine light comes on only when he parks at the Pentagon; Kailash's mechanic told him his Escort has "Break Squeak Syndrome," but Tom and Ray think this diagnosis has one "s" too many; and, (another) Barbara needs help retrieving the keys that fell behind her dashboard, along with the dozen or so household items she's unsuccessfully used to try to retrieve them. All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
#1820: Tailpipe Diplomacy
May 19, 2018
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Chip likes his neighbors, but they insist on warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning, and the noise and smell are driving Chip crazy. A well-placed cherry bomb might convince them to stop, but is there a more peaceful solution at hand? Elsewhere, Tom started selling cars two weeks ago, and is worried about the potential side effects. Also, Jennifer chose the worst city possible to learn how to drive a stick shift; Bill and his wife are looking for a $700 car that says "eccentric" rather than "cheapskate"; and Jeff relocated from New Orleans to a few thousand feet above sea level. His car handled the move, but his bread maker is producing hockey pucks. Can Tom and Ray put some lift into Jeff's loaves? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.