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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.

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Car Mechanics APRIL 2015


on sale from MARCH 19

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: BMW M3 starter motor change, Volkswagen Beetle power steering fluid leak, Land Rover Defender uncomplicated clutch change, Ford Focus brake noise experience.
  • Survival Guide: SEAT Toledo. 1999-2005. The underrated Toledo adds Spanish flair to otherwise mundane VAG underpinnings. If you shop around, service parts cost pennies.
  • Used Car Focus: Mazda6. 2002-2007. The 6 was showered with praise at its introduction. But despite the Japanese brand being renowned for its reliability, the mid-size Mazda hasn't exactly bathed itself in glory since. CM explains why...
  • DIY Servicing: Ford Fiesta 1.3. A 2003 fifth-generation model gets a full service this issue.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade takes Renault electrics, X-TYPE autoboxes and Trip Advisor to task.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Rover, Triumph, Vauxhall, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Mazda and Nissan models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Vauxhall and Volkswagen models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Vauxhall Tigra B. Fun to drive, neat and sporty, the Tigra makes an interesting and affordable used buy, but how does it fare in the diagnostics stakes? We investigate...
  • CM Visit: MG at Longbridge. Nice decades after Cecil Kimber created the first MGs, we visit the Birmingham factory where today's cars bearing the MG name are assembled.
  • Clutch Clinic: Ford Escort 1.6-litre Zetec.


Special features

  • Fuel Injectors: Fuel injectors are precision instruments that endure one of an engine's harshest atmospheres. CM explains their operation.
  • Build your own tracking gauge, part 2.


Project Cars

  • 2004 Jaguar X-TYPE 2.0D. Part 3: New window seals, drop links and full brake overhaul.
  • 2003 Volvo XC90. Part 2: Trying to resolve the Volvo's mysterious oil leak proves easier said than done.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Tool Chests packed with tools: 3 prizes up for grabs with a total value of more than £295.


NEXT ISSUE MAY 2015 issue on sale from APRIL 16

  • Fixing Climate Control.
  • NEW Ford Ka project, Pt1.
  • Timing Belt Clinic: Honda Civic 1.4.
  • Kia Picanto 1.1 DIY service.
  • MGF/TF parts guide.
  • Volvo S80 buying tips.
  • Project Jaguar X-TYPE thermostat change x 2.
  • BMW 3-Series diff swap
  • DIY tracking gauge creation, Part 3.



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