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Car Mechanics is packed with essential advice on maintaining and repairing popular makes and models.

It's an invaluable motoring resource that appeals to both the DIY car enthusiast at home and the more experienced motor trade professional.

Car Mechanics launched in April 1958 and has been continuously published monthly since.

Car Mechanics covers vehicles from 3 years old to 30 years old, as well as looking at the whole motoring spectrum.

Subscribe to Car Mechanics magazine and every issue is delivered to your door approximately three days prior to the on-sale date. A Car Mechanics magazine subscription will also make the ideal gift or present, so click here to subscribe today!


Car Mechanics JULY 2015


on sale from JUNE 18

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: FIAT 500 coolant loss, PORSCHE 911 spark plug change, Peugeot 206 rear axle trouble, Vauxhall Corsa quick head gasket change.
  • Survival Guide: Range Rover Sport. 2005-2013. Ten years on, early examples of the scaled-down full-fat Range Rover have become very affordable. But you shouldn't be complacent when it comes to potential problems.
  • DIY Servicing: 2012 Suzuki Splash 1.2 SZ4 Auto.
  • Used Car Focus: Vauxhall Vectra C & Signum. 2002-2008. Launched to replace the car that Jeremy Clarkson slated on TV, the second-generation Vectra was much improved. Today, it makes for a great used buy, providing you choose the right model.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade ponders the demise of Carcraft and mourns the Honda Accord.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Ford, Volkswagen and Volvo models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Nissan Micra K12 C+C. Probing the 1.6 petrol with Nissan ECCS management system.
  • Product Test: 10 Car Creepers on test.


Special features

  • Brake Hydraulics: Maintaining brake discs and drums is part of every car's routine servicing, but many people ignore checks to the brake hydraulics. Inspecting and repairing the hydraulics is neither difficult, nor expensive.
  • Vauxhall Vexation: a reader's tale of owning a Corsa and Dual-Fuel Zafira.
  • Rover CDTi Thermostat Replacement: Overhauling the cooling system on a budget.
  • Key Fob Refurbishment: Replace your shabby key fob cases
  • Auxiliary Drivebelts: How to spot typical troubles.
  • Selling online safely


Project Cars

  • 2004 Jaguar X-TYPE 2.0D. Part 6: Fitting soundproofing and applying rustproofing to the bodywork.
  • 2007 Ford Ka. Part 3: Complete brake overhaul and rear wheel bearing swap.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Parts Washers: 3 prizes up for grabs with a total value of more than £430.


NEXT ISSUE AUGUST 2015 issue on sale from JULY 16

  • Fixing instrument pods and gauges.
  • Project Ford Ka project, Pt4, full service.
  • Project Jaguar X-TYPE, Pt7, Dual Mass Flywheel and clutch swap.
  • Ford Mondeo 1.8 MkII DIY service.
  • Bentley Continental GT parts guide.
  • Citroen C4 buying tips.
  • Product Test: Torx kits.
  • Volvo S40 2.0 diagnostics.
  • Toyota Starlet on a shoestring, Pt1.



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