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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, 1997

Will it hurt anything in my car to allow a mouse to build her nest on my battery?

Dear Car Talk

I'm having a bit of trouble with my ' Toyota pickup It has miles and the driveline makes strange noises the radiator leaks and it needs new shocks But that's not what I'm writing about My biggest potential problem is...

wildlife

Sep 01, 1997

Is paying $100 to fill your tires with nitrogen for longer lasting air pressure a great idea...or a scam?

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I heard a story on my local NPR station about a place in Houston where car owners can have the air in their tires replaced with nitrogen at a cost of This service is advertised as a fuel economy enhancement...

scams air pressure

Sep 01, 1997

Could the deep aqua channel on my hydro tires cause my tires to go out of balance?

Dear Car Talk

My Toyota Camry with miles is the best car I've ever owned But it cannot be balanced Numerous attempts have been for naught The guy at the tire place who tried to balance it suggested that the General Hydro tires...

tires

Sep 01, 1997

Is it more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting?

Dear Car Talk

My future brother-in-law claims that it's more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting He says this is true for both hills and normal driving He argues that it only costs him a couple of hundred dollars to replace...

driving tips brakes manual transmissions

Sep 01, 1997

Is there a chance the manufacturer would help cover the cost of my failing paint job?

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I have a dark green Lexus ES with miles on it It rides great and I love the car but about a year ago the clear-coat finish started to fade I had it detailed and that helped for a short...

paint

Sep 01, 1997

Help! My BMW smells like B.O...and yes, I practice good personal hygiene.

Dear Car Talk

I have a BMW e with miles on it It's a great car I take very good care of it and I have it professionally detailed once a year I'm a flight attendant and park the car at the airport...

cleaning smells

Aug 01, 1997

Speculation on whether it's more aerodynamic to drive a truck with the tailgate up or down.

Dear Car Talk

My father wants me to do an experiment with our pickup truck on our upcoming drive from Seattle to L A He believes leaving the tailgate down will improve fuel economy by three to five miles per gallon We have...

trucks science

Aug 01, 1997

If I've let the transmission go without 100k miles, shoud I just continue to not maintain it?

Dear Car Talk

We recently contacted the local Aamco transmission shop about servicing our Chevy Blazer's automatic transmission which is working just fine The vehicle has almost miles of mostly highway driving The Aamco man said that it should have been serviced every...

transmissions maintenance

Aug 01, 1997

The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

diagnostics batteries jump-starting starters electrical wiring