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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

Nov 01, 1995

What's your take on synthetic "pre-lubricants"?

Dear Car Talk

I read your great pamphlet Ways you May Be Ruining Your Car Without Knowing It I noticed you didn't say anything about synthetic pre-lubricants like Slick I've seen this stuff advertised They say it's supposed to stay on wearing surfaces...

oil additives

Nov 01, 1995

Which is more economical: cooling with rolled down windows or AC?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question about car air conditioners Does it save gas to a just roll the windows down and forget that you have an air conditioner or b keep the windows up which cuts down on air resistance and...

air conditioning

Nov 01, 1995

What's the cause of this trunk's sticky latch?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais with just over miles on it As the weather warms up the remote button for the trunk release inside the car won't work most of the time It will work once in a great...

trunks

Nov 01, 1995

Hydraulic pump failure or a collapsed hose?

Dear Car Talk

I have a foot motor home mounted on a Chevy G- chassis with a V- Both power steering and power brake systems are hydraulic activated from the belt-driven power steering pump Lose the pump you lose them both Recently after...

hoses hydraulics

Nov 01, 1995

I love your column and have a problem I have...

Dear Car Talk

I love your column and have a problem I have an wagon with wooden spokes and wheels And gol darn it if the fifth spoke on the right rear wheel ain't always breaking Seems every time I go over a...

Nov 01, 1995

When in doubt, try electrical tape.

Dear Car Talk

On my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme my voltmeter gauge always reads a little shy of volts When I turn on the air conditioning the gauge dips down almost to the red area--about volts Is this something I should be concerned...

electrical wiring

Nov 01, 1995

Does shifting an automatic into neutral put unecessary wear on the transmission?

Dear Car Talk

My father and mother are constantly arguing about whether it is right to put the car in Neutral sometimes My father drives an automatic car and when he goes down a hill or is ready to stop he puts the...

transmissions driving tips

Nov 01, 1995

Click and Clack make a recommendation to a newly widowed car buyer.

Dear Car Talk

Help I need it Your advice is imperative because of my husband's recent death I plan to downsize Can you help me At present I have a large car too big for me a Lincoln I'm thinking of a car...

Ford Contour 1995

Nov 01, 1995

Is it a good idea to downshift an automatic transmission while going downhill?

Dear Car Talk

I drive a Ford Escort with automatic transmission We live on a mountain Should I shift down to nd gear when going down a steep grade When coming up My husband advises me to do so But if it's a...

transmissions driving tips