The Answers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     On the road are all kinds of cars dating from the 1920s to the just-released 2006 models. The one thing they all have in common is that they run with the help of an engine. I‘m interested in engines because I have a vehicle and I want to learn how it works so if it breaks, I can fix it. This fascination started when I was a child; I always enjoyed seeing those cool cars like Camaros and Corvettes. I told myself that I would own a car like that someday.

Even now, I can picture myself driving a car like one of those classics. It‘s not just the looks that catch my eye, it‘s the smell, the sound like a roaring lion they make when they drive by, and those paint jobs that look like mirrors.

And I want to know answers to all the questions that go through my head, like, What makes a car perform as well as it does? Why does the car sound the way it does? How can you make the car faster or get better gas mileage?

Recently I bought a new Jeep that has its problems, as all cars do. When we took it to the mechanic, he showed me some of the parts like the PCV valve; it sounded like he was reciting the alphabet. I want to be able to fix these myself, and hopefully I‘ll have the chance to make a living from it.

My car curiosity always seems to come back to me. My father, who fortunately knows a lot about cars, has taught me all I know, and can answer a lot of my questions. Our family used to have a van and he did most of the work himself, including replacing the radiator. But there are still questions that he can‘t answer. Someday I will have the knowledge to answer all these questions.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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