This week on Car Talk, remember Heather's Volvo that was dying at high altitudes? Tom and Ray get an update on Helmut the Cranky Mechanic, who may have caused the problem. Did he finally 'fess up? Find out on Stump the Chumps. Elsewhere, Elizabeth thought a herd of cows was following her on her summer road trip, until she realized the mooing was coming from her air conditioner; Bruce just learned why you shouldn't buy a used car from your brother; and Wendy's wondering if a vintage Beetle can handle a drive from Kansas to Washington, DC in less than, say, six months. Also, did Tim's drive on washboard roads crush the engine mounts on his wife's Saturn? And, if so, how much laundry does he need to do as penance? All this, and lots more, this week, on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: August 25, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/120825/rt_cart_120825_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week's Car Talk kicks off with a harrowing tale of one man's journey into Dante's supplemental Circle of Hell: the local health club, where he spends one week at the merciless hands of Tanya the Trainer. Then it's off to Missouri, where Jon is concerned about whether the smell in his Chevy S-10 is coming from the truck-- or his fiancee. Elsewhere, "Mom" and her teenaged son are arguing over whether the best way to cool a car and keep 40 pounds of meat frozen in 90 degree weather is by turning the heat on full blast; and Rita's intermittent air conditioner problem has convinced her mechanic that she's just looking for an excuse to visit. And, on Stump the Chumps we find out if a Volkswagen really was equipped with a "lard-butt indicator" that made the horn blow at random times. All this, and lots more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: July 27, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/130727/rt_cart_130727_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.