Q: I parked next to
what looked like a new Rolls Royce. The sedan had four extra wide
doors; the back two were suicide doors. I am 74 and love the easy
in/easy out these doors offer.
Try getting in and
out of regular back doors without hitting your head or knees,
especially with luggage. Will the suicide doors ever return here?
— T.L., Addison,
A: You’re in luck,
maybe. Lincoln introduced the 2019 Lincoln Continental 80th
Anniversary Coach Door Edition, which pays homage to the iconic
style of the Continental of the 1960s. The run was limited to 80
units. Each one was personalized with a unique badge.
All 80 automobiles
have been snatched up, despite the hefty price tag of more than
$100,000. But Lincoln has said it will build more coach-door
Continentals. So stay tuned.
Q: I purchased a new
2011 Ford Fusion in December 2010. The car ran great (and quietly)
until the weather warmed up to over 80 degrees, then developed a
series of creaks, groans, knocks and other weird sounds, mostly from
the front end and in the steering. Investigating, I found many
complaints of this car from others, and horror stories of people
replacing suspension, brake and steering parts to no avail.
In the fall when the
weather fell below 80 degrees all noises stopped. Believing it was
somehow temperature related, I did nothing. Nine years later the car
continues to do this, every winter runs quietly, every summer the
noises return. I still own the car, and outside of several recalls
which Ford took care of, the car still runs great and is very good
on gas mileage, but now summer is coming and the noises have
Was there ever a fix
— C.J., Chicago
A: You have me
stumped. The first thing to come to mind was sway bar links or
bushings, or loose McPherson struts. But these would not change with
the weather. My hunch is that something metal is expanding with the
heat and contacting another piece of metal somewhere.
Don’t rule out the
rear of the car. Noises created in the back can travel through the
frame to the front. Ask your favorite technician to look carefully
for shiny spots where contact may have been made.
Q: Thanks for your
recent piece on the advisability of changing lights in pairs. The
Friday before your column appeared in the Chicago Tribune my wife
got stopped by the Chicago police for a burned-out right brake
She drives a 2014
Subaru Forester. I took your suggestion one step further and ordered
replacements for the whole cluster. The top right bulb was burned
out. It is a combo brake light and running light. It was obvious
that the one next to it was ready to go, so it was a good idea to
replace both. The pair just below are the back-up lights. Based on
the discoloration of the glass, I would guess they would have gone
out next, so I swapped them out while the light cluster was
Thanks for the tip. I
greatly enjoy your column.
— J.C., Chicago
A: It makes economic
sense to replace all of the bulbs if you have to go through the
trouble of remove an entire lighting module. This is especially true
for some modules that require labor to remove stuff like the grill
of bumper, or both.
Thanks for the kudos.
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