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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

Aug 01, 1997

A clutch release bearings salesman takes issue with Tom & Ray's clutch driving advice.

Dear Car Talk

OK guys it's time for both of you to sign up for Clutch and I just read your response to Susan You told her to leave her transmission in Neutral and her foot off the clutch pedal when stopped at...

clutches driving tips

Aug 01, 1997

How can we prevent another beloved pet from licking antifreeze off the ground?

Dear Car Talk

We recently lost a dear cat-friend and believe he died after consuming some antifreeze that had dripped in our driveway We are not negligent pet or car owners -- the darned thing had never leaked before We are terribly saddened...

pets safety fluids

Aug 01, 1997

Will thumping away on the steering wheel with my drumsticks cause the airbag to deploy?

Dear Car Talk

Being a musical kind of guy I often pass the time at long lights by drumming on the steering wheel of my Mercedes C- with a pair of drumsticks I keep in the driver's door pocket Incredibly my -year-old daughter...

airbags

Jul 01, 1997

Should I go back to the mechanic who didn't tighten the lugnuts on my wheels?

Dear Car Talk

Last weekend I was driving down the highway when I noticed that my ' Honda Civic was considerably louder than usual The noise was coming from the right rear tire I pulled off the road as soon as I could...

liability mechanics

Jul 01, 1997

Do I have to get my disc brakes machined every time the pads are replaced?

Dear Car Talk

My question concerns disc brakes Every time my local brake shop replaces my brake pads they always insist upon machining refinishing the discs After a few pad replacements the discs are then too thin to be machined and I have...

brakes repairs brake pads

Jul 01, 1997

Which octane is best for our cars: 87, 89, or 93?

Dear Car Talk

My wife Gert and I read your column every week and enjoy it Please clear something up for us about gasoline octane There is and at our local gas station Which one is best for our cars We have a...

gasoline

Jul 01, 1997

Is draining oil better than siphoning it out?

Dear Car Talk

The quick-oil-change dealer in my town has begun to siphon the oil from cars through the dipstick tube He still changes the filter and the new oil looks clean But it seems to me that debris could be left in...

oil changes

Jul 01, 1997

The owner of a brake shop is hot under the collar after Tom & Ray recommend using factory brake pads on a Nissan.

Dear Car Talk

I own a Porsche and a subscription to my newspaper It's the newspaper I'm having trouble with Judy wrote to you a while back with squealing brakes on her Nissan ZX She had just had Wagner pads put in and...

hate mail brake pads aftermarket parts

Jul 01, 1997

With a new short block, crankcase and sensor, why is my car still overheating?

Dear Car Talk

I have an ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles on it and it has been a great little car To make a long story short I was having a problem with overheating and my GM dealer examined the car and...

diagnostics