This week on The Best of Car Talk, is Sarah responsible for her backyard mechanic's professional development? He may have messed up replacing her Accord's clutch. Should Sarah give him another shot, this time on the transmission? Elsewhere, Kathy needs help getting her husband to dump his beloved Corolla before the gas tank falls out and Mary can't decide whether her son should accept his girlfriend's mother's offer of a free Dart. Also, Larry's got a question involving ground straps, lightning, and life insurance; Paula's friend left her lights on and blamed the car for the battery dying; and are Chana's father and husband's advice both ice cold on warming up her car? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.
This week on The Best of Car Talk, Brent accidentally set his girlfriend's Mazda on fire while trying to start it and now the car and the girlfriend are both exes. Can Tom and Ray help stop him from torching his next relationship? Elsewhere, Adrienne's ski instructor husband thinks it's okay to treat mountain roads like a downhill course and drive with the cruise control on. Meanwhile, Susan's husband, a theoretical physicist wants to use their car battery to power their house during the next blackout. Also, Jane's gas tank seems to have shrunk in half; Mark can't remove his oil filter, thanks to his daughter and a small collision; and is June turning her 4-Wheel Drive into a No-Wheel Drive by taking speed bumps too fast? All this and more, this week on The Best of Car Talk.