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Streetside: 1984 Dodge Rampage Prospector - Evocative Utility

Philip Ruth

Philip Ruth | Oct 18, 2017

Funny what you find in front of a nearby AutoZone on an evening fuel filter run - a super-rare 1984 Dodge Rampage, complete with the Prospector trim package.

Dodge

Sep 01, 1998

Why don't auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel? That's the exact color of clean motor oil!

Dear Car Talk

I'm an old Yale Divinity School graduate with a question for you Why don't any auto makers make an oil dipstick of any color except steel That's the exact color of clean motor oil A different-colored dipstick would make it...

oil

Sep 01, 1998

How can I remove the smell of the mouse house that was located in my car's blower housing?

Dear Car Talk

My Honda Civic stinks Last summer we found mice in our Honda They were living in the blower housing We knew this because when we turned the fan on it sounded like the car was going to reach a resonant...

wildlife smells cleaning

Sep 01, 1998

If safety is my priority, what do you think of the Mazda Millenia?

Dear Car Talk

I would appreciate your help with a matter that has really been putting a wedge between my husband and me I am driving a Volvo with miles My daughter will start to drive in six months and I want to...

buying safety Mazda Millenia

Sep 01, 1998

Is it safe to remove the power steering from a car?

Dear Car Talk

My girlfriend and I read your column all the time Lately we've been trying to come up with an easy and convenient way to get more exercise I started wondering Is it safe to remove the power steering from a...

steering DIY

Sep 01, 1998

A brother looks to prank his older brother...and turns to the masters for inspiration.

Dear Car Talk

I have a very vexing car question I have an extremely antagonistic older brother I'm he's I'm looking for the most devious possible practical jokes to play on him He's very bright and mechanically inclined so I thought I'd go...

pranks

Sep 01, 1998

Is the tire patch the gas station attendant put on our vehicle safe to drive on?

Dear Car Talk

We've had a spate of flats lately The latest was on our Ford Taurus The puncture was right at the edge of the tread We had it fixed at a gas station and the attendant used only a plunger with...

tires safety repairs

Sep 01, 1998

Can home-heating fuel be used in a diesel car?

Dear Car Talk

My father-in-law keeps pushing me to purchase any turbo diesel-powered car I drive miles a day to work and he keeps telling me about how much I could save The problem is he's not advocating that I use diesel fuel...

diesel mail bag

Aug 01, 1998

Why would streetlights be going out right as I drive past them?

Dear Car Talk

There's something that's been bothering me over the last several years but you must not laugh At night when I'm driving around in my ' T-Bird street lights sometimes go out as I pass This seems to happen every five...

infrastructure

Aug 01, 1998

Looking for advice on a proposed fuel injector repair.

Dear Car Talk

My ' Acura Legend with miles has been starting with great difficulty when the engine is cold It purrs once then dies My mechanic says I have two leaky fuel injectors small leaks Because each of the leaky injectors is...

fuel injection repairs