This week on Car Talk, everyone wants to be a shade tree mechanic. First, Andrew in South Carolina is wondering if a degree in Nuclear Engineering qualifies him to change the clutch on his Ford Escort, then Susan wants to know if her husband can fix the collapsing headliner in their Olds Cutlass. His qualifications? He's not just a cheapskate, he's a tall cheapskate. And, Lydia is looking for a car she can fix herself during a cross-country road trip inspired by Thelma & Louise, without the killing. Also, from the "Doesn't anyone screen these calls" department, Christina's Land Cruiser's doors are unlocking themselves on left turns, and Matt wants to know why a cold soda would melt leather seats. All this, plus the debut Puzzler from the "Semi-Putrid" series, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.
Show Open Topic
Tom and Ray share haikus for Jews, and some remarkable job application faux pas.
This Week's Puzzler
Take a listen to Ray's curious description, and see if you can figure out: just what car part IS he talking about?
Last Week's Puzzler
How did the driver make it across the bridge? Listen in for the answer to the Bridge of Tom and Ray puzzler.