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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 DECEMBER 2014


on sale from NOVEMBER 20

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: Rover 420 CV joint change, VW Touareg webasto auxiliary heater water leak, Honda ST2000 easy oil change, Peugeot 206 worn anti-roll bar link.
  • Survival Guide: Porsche Cayenne. 2002-2007. With prices now below £10,000, it could be a good time to buy this performance SUV. But if you took the plunge, could you afford to run it?
  • Used Car Focus: Vauxhall Corsa C. 2000-2006. When new, the third-generation Corsa was loved by a huge demographic, from red-blooded boy racers to blue-rinsed pensioners. CM investigates whether or not it deserves the same enthusiasm from the used car bargain hunter.
  • DIY Servicing: Peugeot 207. 2008 1.4 HDi model. The 207 was a very successful supermini, building on the success of the earlier 200-series cars. CM shows you how to cater for its servicing needs.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade spots a cheap Jeep and warns against an explosive fuel additive.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Honda and Toyota models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including BMW and Vauxhall models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Hyundai Matrix 1.6. Fault-finding on the Bosch Motronic M7.9.0 management system.
  • Our Cars: The Editor introduces his Audi A8 4.0 TDI and Rob Marshall buys two Citroen C5s.
  • CM Visit: Deb Group


Special features

  • 40 Workshop tools reviewed: Even seasoned DIY mechanics consider some specialist jobs to be beyond their capabilities. But with the right tools, you can do many of these jobs at home and save yourself time and money!
  • Toyota Prius Series: Part 2: Dissecting the Hybrid Synergy Drive.
  • Lighting Upgrades: If you want to make night driving safer or just give your car the latest look, upgrading the lighting is the way to go. However, changing headlamp bulbs can be a legal minefield.
  • Renault Modus window fix


Project Cars

  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz C180K Sports Coupe. Part 3: Full engine service.
  • 2003 Nissan Micra. Part 6: Radiator renewal, boot release fix.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Gas Heaters: 3 prizes up for grabs with a total value of over £400.



  • Battery Care
  • BMW E46 rear wheel bearing swap
  • Used Car Focus: Citroen C6
  • Project Nissan Micra K12 1.2-litre, Pt7. Glovebox fix, new rear springs
  • Project Mercedes C180K, Pt4. fixing non-opening tailgate, investigating the malfunctioning central locking and faulty indicator stalk
  • Service Bay: Jaguar XJ X300
  • Survival Guide: Mitsubishi Shogun
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Toyota Corolla 1.6
  • Hybrid technology Pt3


JANUARY 2015 issue on sale from DECEMBER 18


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