This week on Car Talk, Spring is here, and non-working Volvos are in full bloom in Jilinda's back yard. Her husband is collecting them as parts' cars, but Jilinda would just as soon part with them. Meanwhile, George accidentally poured windshield washer fluid into his brake fluid reservoir, and is now worried that stepping on the brakes will give him a clean windshield, but won't stop the car. Also, a cell phone does a disappearing act in a Dakota's vents; and, on Stump the Chumps, did Tom and Ray save Mary Gordon from her one-note nightmare? All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Last Gasp of the Fiat series, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Show Open Topic
What would you call those icy heaps of slush that get stuck in your wheel well during winter? Tom and Ray share their favorite suggestions.
This Week's Puzzler
A leaky Fiat comes to a stop with an empty tank. Can you figure out how many gallons-per-hour it was losing its gas?
Last Week's Puzzler
The creepy case of the haunted car! The battery of a 60-year old car was disconnected. Yet the headlights were still on. Why? Find out.