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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

What to Do When the Drop Top Stops Dropping
Jun 15, 2017

What to Do When the Drop Top Stops Dropping

Dear Car Talk

A finicky convertible top might not be expensive to fix after all--it may just need an expert.

convertibles Nissan 350Z 2009

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?
Jun 13, 2017

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?

Dear Car Talk

David uses a breaker bar to loosen his oil filter. Is the Hulk working at his oil change shop, or is this normal?

oil oil changes DIY

Volvo XC60
Jun 08, 2017

Volvo's New XC60 is an Ultra-Safe Luxury Package

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is staying competitive with a brand-new product line--including the refreshed XC60, aimed straight at the luxury crossover buyer.

auto industry reviews Volvo XC60

Why Are These New Tires So Leaky?
Jun 08, 2017

Why Are These New Tires So Leaky?

Dear Car Talk

A rookie mistake might explain why Frank's new tires keep going flat.

tires

Are Modern Cars Hurt by Idling to Warm Up?
Jun 06, 2017

Are Modern Cars Hurt by Idling to Warm Up?

Dear Car Talk

Is it still a good idea to let a car idle to warm up in the winter, or can we move on?

winter

Making long-haul trucking greener
Jun 02, 2017

Keep on Trucking (But Plug Them In, Add Drones, and Make Them Autonomous)

Jim Motavalli

From Europe, great solutions for reforming the dirty business of long-distance trucking.

infrastructure alternative vehicles

Startled dog
Jun 01, 2017

What's That Smell? Dogs, Anal Glands and Your Car

FIDO Blog

Now there's a word we never thought we'd have to write in the headline of a Car Talk article. How to defeat pet odor in your car, right here. 

pets smells cleaning

Stocking up on Hard-To-Find Parts Not a Bad Idea
Jun 01, 2017

Stocking up on Hard-To-Find Parts Not a Bad Idea

Dear Car Talk

Hanging on to your beloved older car? It might be smart to hoard a few parts made of unobtainium. 

hoses Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Knock Sensor Can Be a Costly, but Necessary, Pain to Repair
May 30, 2017

Knock Sensor Can Be a Costly, but Necessary, Pain to Repair

Dear Car Talk

When opportunity knocked, it was the opportunity to spend over two grand on a knock sensor replacement. Is there a cheaper repair option for William's 4Runner?

sensors Toyota 4Runner 2005