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If I replace the engine in my Centurion convertible, might it become a classic?

12.01.1992

I own a Buick Centurion Convertible I was told that there were only a limited number of these models manufactured Do you know if this information is true I have just spent money restoring this car interior body paint My...

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Why does the my engine sound like it is still running after I turn off the car?

12.01.1992

I have a Ford Escort After I turn off the ignition and pull out the key the car still sounds like it's running Why Carlos RAY Because it is Carlos TOM When this happens it's called dieseling because it's running...

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How much play in a steering wheel is too much?

12.01.1992

The steering wheel in my wife's Ford Taurus wagon has a noticable amount of play The steering wheel feels loose and turning it through the dead zone causes no change in the car's direction There is about five-eighths of an...

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Too short for your seatbelt? One reader has discovered a solution!

12.01.1992

I've seen several letters in your column recently from people whose shoulder belts cut across their necks When I bought my Ford pickup three years ago I had to figure out a way to strap in my five year old...

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