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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 AUGUST 2015


on sale from JULY 16

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: VW POLO steering wheel removal, LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 3 ruined hub bearing, MGF electrical problems, FORD FOCUS core plug failure.
  • Survival Guide: Bentley Continental GT. 2003-2010. Supercar performance with VW underpinnings – what's not to like about this now affordable luxury express?
  • DIY Servicing: 2000 Ford Mondeo 1.8 MkII.
  • Used Car Focus: Citroen C4. 2004-2010. The C4 had a bold style that its rather conventional rivals lacked, especially in three-door form. But are they as fagile and complex as Citroens of old?.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade rubbishes car dealer service plans – and the electronic handbrake.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Jaguar, Rover, Vauxhall, Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota models.
  • Diagnostics Case Study: VW Golf MkIV 1.6 automatic gearbox fault fixed.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Citroen, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Volvo S40. Probing the 2.0 petrol non-turbo with Siemens EMS2000 management system.
  • Product Test: 10 Torx kits on test.


Special features

  • Instrument Clusters: A faulty instrument panel is now more than a mere inconvenience – apart from being a possible MoT fail point, it could also cause a breakdown. CM investigates the most common problems and how to put them right.
  • Starlet on a shoestring: Part 1: Fettling a cheap Toyota Starlet for everyday use.
  • Tea Break: The history of air-conditioning.
  • AutoInsider Live! 2015: Equipment exhibitions by the automotive parts supplier Andrew Page.


Project Cars

  • 2004 Jaguar X-TYPE 2.0D. Part 7: Fitting a clutch, dual mass flywheel and release bearing.
  • 2007 Ford Ka. Part 4: New dampers and full service on the 1.3i engine.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Engine/Workshop Folding Cranes: 2 prizes up for grabs with a total value of more than £440.


NEXT ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2015 issue on sale from AUGUST 20

  • Studying turbochargers – how they work and what goes wrong.
  • Modification Series: Fitting lowering springs and shocks.
  • Project MINI One, Pt1, We've bought a non-runner from the car auctions.
  • Project Ford Ka project, Pt5, repairing rust around the filler cap.
  • Renault Clio 1.2 full service.
  • Volvo XC90 parts guide.
  • Hyundai Matrix buying tips.
  • Mercedes-Benz ML280 CDi diagnostics.
  • BMW 1-Series DPF change
  • Toyota Starlet on a shoestring, Pt2.



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