On this week's Car Talk, a beleaguered mom wonders how she can get her student-driver daughter to relax behind the wheel. In our Call of the Week, find out why Tom and Ray think Collette might just have to get out of the car and put her daughter's Driver's Ed in someone else's hands.
Also from the Maternal Combustion Department, when is it time for a kid to move out of the house? Before his 61st birthday? We have a glimpse into the unique tensions in an Italian mother-son relationship.
Then, it's off to Oregon. Can our hosts help save a VW van that's stuck on the side of a mountain? (Not to worry, though - the van did its job: Ely's now engaged.) Speaking of marriages, hear how warped rotors are twisting Tanya's relationship with her husband. And, ever watch your oil pressure gauge? We're about to find out why fluctuating pressure just might be a good thing.
In our second half - you think "It was a dark and stormy night" is painful prose? Just wait until you hear these beauties, from the 2007 Bulwer-Lytton Contest. Then, is there a graceful way of telling your business partner that his Buick is peeing on you? That's Stuart's dilemma.
In our 3rd half, our hosts are faced with yet another marital mystery: why is Lorri's husband going through window motors faster than Tommy goes through wives? Is he just choosing window-challenged rides, or has he developed a taste for El Ropo cigars? All that and more, this week on Car Talk.