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Please see Jumble Answer Click AND Clack TALK CARS All signs point to a transmission issue Dear Car Talk: I recently bought a gently used Toyota RAV4, and passed on my 2000 Honda CR-V with 189,000 miles to my grandson. One day while he was driving, it developed “a loud banging noise right under me.” He drove it a few more blocks. The U-joint at the front end of the drive line broke completely off, and the yoke was slightly damaged. The tech at the shop said we could pay $65 to remove the drive line and support brackets, and turn it into a frontwheel-drive-only car, or pay $1,000 to order and install a new drive line. He assured me that everything would work fine, and since Junior doesn’t drive in snow or mud, I took the $65 option. After about 1,500 or so miles, the car started having all kinds of issues: not wanting to get going after stopping in traffic, and not wanting to get out of first gear. One guy told me it’s the transmission; another told me to put the drive line back together and the problems would go away. What do you think? -- Grandpa Jess I would guess it’s not related to the front-wheel- drive battlefield conversion you did, Jess. Which is too bad, because then the Magic 8 Ball points to the “transmission.” On some cars, you really can’t convert them from all-wheel drive to twowheel drive. But this CR-V is really a front-wheeldrive car at heart. They added a viscous coupling in the rear that activates only when the front wheels are going faster than the rear wheels (like when the front wheels are slipping on ice). So if you remove the rear drive shaft, it’ll simply never activate. So that shouldn’t affect your transmission. But 189,000 miles followed by a young, lead-footed grandson can affect a transmission. My advice would be to go online and look at mechanicsfiles.com. That’s a database where readers and listeners of ours recommend mechanics they really like and trust. You can search it by ZIP code. And you can and should look for someone who specializes in Hondas. It could be a bad transmission control module, a bad range sensor or a stuck valve or obstruction somewhere. Someone who works on a lot of CR-Vs may have seen this problem before, and may have a sense of whether it’s more likely to be something mechanical or something electronic. He may want to try a transmission-fluid flush first, just in case it’s a stuck valve, since a flush can free it up. That certainly would be the best-case scenario, Jess. But once you get a better handle on what’s causing the problem and what it’ll cost to fix, you can decide whether you want to repair it ... or let Junior hoodwink you into kissing that gently used RAV4 goodbye. Just don’t give him a transmission warranty this time, Jess. 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II ordeal at Leningrad 15 Notably nonunionized workers 16 Mama of song 18 Decorates brilliantly 21 One of a dozen good things? 27 Friend 29 Oodles 31 Vulcan mind ____ 33 Beginning to do well? 36 Kind of skirt 40 “Fanfare for the Common Man” composer 41 Hair straighteners 42 Licorice-flavored brew 44 Singer with a No. 1 hit about 123-Across 45 Feature depicted in the upper left of this puzzle 47 Hatmaker 48 Like van Gogh, in later life 49 Les ____, “WKRP in Cincinnati” news director 51 & 53 123-Across, in song 56 One of many in a Swiss Army knife 58 Letters on some Navy carriers 59 Infantry members, briefly 60 Alternative to J.F.K. 62 1990s tennis great Huber 2 3 17 4 18 22 26 5 6 7 25 28 43 29 34 35 38 39 44 57 64 72 73 78 79 84 69 70 75 86 115 116 122 64 Align 66 First name at Woodstock 74 Political org. since 1854 76 Shout of approval 79 Three ____ Men 81 Didn’t hedge one’s bets 82 Starting point for an annual flight 101 89 93 105 110 111 117 98 99 106 107 112 118 123 125 100 77 88 104 109 49 83 97 108 48 71 82 92 103 47 62 76 87 96 16 54 61 66 81 91 53 65 80 85 102 114 46 60 74 90 95 59 15 31 45 58 14 36 52 56 63 94 30 51 68 13 24 42 67 12 23 37 55 11 21 33 50 10 20 27 41 9 19 32 40 8 113 119 120 121 124 126 83 ____ City (Baghdad suburb) 85 “In your dreams!” 87 Result of a sack on third and long, maybe 89 Bunks in barracks 91 “Brava!” elicitor 93 Punxsutawney prognosticator 127 94 Deliverer of Christmas packages 95 Capital whose name ends in its state’s postal code 96 Cousin of an alpaca 99 Functioning robotically 100 Repetitive bit of computer code 101 A-listers 104 Boy in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 105 Tombstone marshals 110 California’s Big ____ 112 Durham sch. 115 Roofing material 116 ____ Father Christmas 118 Crew member 120 Games org. 121 Fiscal-year part: Abbr.

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