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#1531: Existential Stupidity

Original Air Date: 08.01.2015

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This week on The Best of Car Talk: Are Tom and Ray’s seemingly moronic questions actually a form of deep philosophical inquiry, worthy of Kierkegaard or Camus? Probably not, but one listener’s theory is at least worth a few laughs! Elsewhere, Debra is taking push-starting to a new level—she has to do it just to get her key to turn. Also, should Anne accept a free Range Rover or Mazda for her 16-year-old son to drive? Fortunately, we have a 16-year-old Magliozzi on hand to counter Tom and Ray’s advice to just let the kid walk. And, on Stump the Chumps, did Heidi manage to keep her husband from changing the timing belt on her Volvo himself? All this and more this week on The Best of Car Talk.

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Segment 1
Show Open: Quips from golf caddies. Also, you can't reason with a steering wheel.

Segment 2
The water-logged turn signal.

Segment 3
Toyota Camry Syndrome strikes again!

Segment 4
2nd Open: Tom and Ray's existential stupidity.

Segment 5
An expensive and noisy trip to Wally World.

Segment 6
Stump the Chumps: Did Heidi keep her husband from trying to change her timing belt?

Segment 7
How many teeth did your mechanic have?

Segment 8
3rd Open: How to satisfy your Summer Puzzler cravings.

Segment 9
Unless there are pieces of your brakes inside your steering wheel, these problems are probably unrelated.

Segment 10
What's a 16-year-old to drive?

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Quips from golf caddies. Listen Now

This Week's Puzzler

The Tale of the Traveling Salesman: Why did the salesman always get put on the second floor of the motel? Find out!

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The Candy-Bar Solution: How did Tom fix his dad’s car without tools? Find out!

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