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In Yellowstone: Of Bears, Bison and Keeping the Park Green

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Sep 24, 2018

It takes a lot of hard work to keep the spectacular, 2.2-million-acre Yellowstone natural. Porous pavement and on-board tire inflation systems help.

Jun 01, 1990

A letter from the Click and Clack Department of Woe and Intrigue:

Dear Car Talk

FROM THE CLICK AND CLACK DEPARTMENT OF WOE AND INTRIGUE IT'S A STORY THAT PERHAPS ONLY CARL SAGAN OR MY BROTHER CAN EXPLAIN DEAR TOM AND RAY A FRIEND AND I RENTED A BRAND NEW CHRYSLER IMPERIAL WITH ONLY MILES...

mail bag anti-theft

Jun 01, 1990

How do I plug my Mustang's chronic leak?

Dear Car Talk

I HAVE A MUSTANG THAT DRIPS SOME KIND OF THICK GREASY FLUID ONTO MY RIGHT LEG IT SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM THE SPEEDOMETER CABLE IN THE DASH BUT REPLACING THE CABLE DIDN'T HELP HOW CAN I FIX IT NOBODY...

leaks transmissions

Jun 01, 1990

Servicing my Toyota...

Dear Car Talk

I OWN A TOYOTA COROLLA LE I'VE READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL MANY TIMES IN THE SCHEDULE OF MAINTENANCE IT APPEARS THAT THERE IS MUCH LESS TO DO ON THIS CAR THAN ON ANY OTHER CAR I'VE OWNED IS THIS POSSIBLE...

maintenance Toyota

Jun 01, 1990

What can I do about my knucklehad neighbor?

Dear Car Talk

I LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE THE TEMPERATURE OCCASIONALLY DROPS BELOW FREEZING MY PROBLEM IS MY NEIGHBOR OWNER OF A FORD X WITH NON-STANDARD EXHAUST HE HAS TO GO TO WORK AT AM AND HUNTS DUCKS ON THE WEEKENDS IN...

idling

Jun 01, 1990

Relieving myself of my Dodge Colt...

Dear Car Talk

I HAVE A DODGE COLT I BOUGHT IT ON AN IMPULSE AND I'M JUST NOT HAPPY WITH IT DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN RELIEVE MYSELF OF IT ADS IN THE NEWSPAPER ARE EXPENSIVE AND HAVEN'T BEEN...

selling

Jun 01, 1990

Waking a car from a 15-year slumber...

Dear Car Talk

I HAVE A CADILLAC THAT HASN'T BEEN STARTED IN OVER YEARS WHAT SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE AT TEMPTING TO START THE CAR TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE JACK TOM THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO BEFORE YOU START IT...

storage

Jun 01, 1990

Is it okay for engine oil to smell like gasoline?

Dear Car Talk

WHILE CHANGING THE OIL IN MY MAZDA RX- THE MECHANIC NOTICED A STRONG GASOLINE ODOR IN THE OIL THE MIXTURE WOULD NOT IGNITE TWO MAZDA SERVICE DEPARTMENTS ASSURED ME OVER THE PHONE THAT THIS WAS COMMON DUE TO THE DESIGN...

smells Mazda

May 01, 1990

A brief history lesson, followed by a foray into the future.

Dear Car Talk

I've noticed the new ads for certain American cars are using words like longer than last year heavier rear-wheel drive and horror of horrors powerful V- engine I thought the Japanese had taught us a lesson in the Seventies that...

fuel economy history

May 01, 1990

GMPSS: an American car ailment?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Oldsmobile When I back out of my garage I have to turn right and then left to avoid hitting the house Since Christmas these turns have been hard to do Also when I leave the car parked...

steering GMC