Some of the results are in -- and you have strong opinions about whether a 16 year-old should have a car.

02.01.1998

spoken RAY Or at least some of America has spoken about -year-olds and car ownership TOM Some weeks ago we got a letter from a -year-old named Sarah who wanted her own car And it just so happened that I...

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Any car recommendations for tall people?

02.01.1998

I want to buy a new or recent-model car but I am very tall and can't find one that allows me to see out of the windshield without looking through the tinted glass at the top Some models have enough...

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It's usually a good idea to make the repairs that cause your "Check Engine Light" to come on.

02.01.1998

I was traveling along the highway in my Pontiac Transport Suddenly the Service Engine Soon light came on I drove about minutes to the next exit turned off the engine and waited After a while I turned the engine back...

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Should a 16-Year-Old Have His Own Car?

02.01.1998

Last week we asked whether a 16-year-old should have his or her own car, and the readers have spoken. Overall, they are against the idea, two to one. You can read some of the best arguments for and against right here.

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Is it safe to drive without a heat shield?

02.01.1998

I have a ' Honda Civic LX sedan which developed a vibrating noise a few weeks ago My mechanic said it was probably a loose heat shield and I figured he would tighten a clamp or something So imagine my...

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If your belt failed because of a faulty tensioner, your Saturn dealer may cover it.

02.01.1998

In a recent column you mentioned the infamous GM Quad engine in a Buick Skylark and said the tensioner has been redesigned several times in an effort to try to keep it from breaking At miles I had to replace...

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Perhaps you can trade a new head for latrine duty.

02.01.1998

I am currently stationed on Suwon R O K Airbase Korea I purchased a beater or hoopdee as many of us in the military do It ran great for two and a half months until a lieutenant borrowed my car...

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Would you recommend the Chevy Tracker or the Suzuki Sidekick...or neither?

02.01.1998

I'm looking for a new car I don't want a car that I'm going to be making repairs to in three years I want your opinion on the Chevy Tracker and Suzuki Sidekick Which is your preference if you like...

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Where can I get a plow to put on the front of my Explorer?

02.01.1998

I am a Southern California native who moved to L A lower Alabama in my teens I never really experienced winter weather until I married and moved to Maryland I'm living somewhere between Baltimore and the District but I can't...

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Who is more engine considerate: an early-shifter or a late-shifter?

02.01.1998

It ain't genetic so what is it My daughter and I both have manual transmission cars but she is a confirmed late shifter and I am an equally confirmed early shifter She goes into fourth gear at about rpm while...

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What to do about an '81 backfiring Chevy...short of buying a '91.

02.01.1998

I have an ' Chevy Caprice and it backfires What do I have to do to correct this problem -- Lawrence RAY Get a ' Chevy Caprice TOM Most of the backfiring I've seen on these cars is the type...

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Here's hoping it's a broken fan clutch...and not a cracked head.

02.01.1998

I own a Pontiac Grand Am with a V engine This engine was rebuilt professionally several years and miles ago Last month the water pump came apart Apparently the ball bearings just started rolling out along with a big gush...

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A Ford that's bucking like a Bronco just might need a new electronic ignition control module.

02.01.1998

My ' Ford LTD runs great most of the time But every so often it will cut out and buck like a bronco Usually an increase or decrease in acceleration will clear it up But sometimes I have to pull...

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This Caddy's "twilight sentinel" is causing the lights to go out.

02.01.1998

We own a Cadillac Seville The car is equipped with a twilight sentinel system which automatically turns the headlights on and off Our problem is that our headlights go out while driving at night We had been operating the headlights...

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Did I destroy my transmission by driving at 55 mph in second gear?

02.01.1998

I was driving to work this morning in my Honda Civic with the CD player playing really loudly to mask the sound of my new studded snow tires I heard a high whining sound I turned off the heater fan...

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