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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 SEPTEMBER 2014


on sale from AUGUST 21

Tantalising regulars

  • Tips from the Trade – a few snippets from the four pages: Ford Focus power steering top-up, MINI Cooper bad body control module, Mercedes A-Class costly ECU part, Volkswagen Golf 4-Motion V6 spark plug change.
  • Survival Guide: Vauxhall VX220. 2000-2005. As a summer plaything, the Lotus-built Targa-topped two-seater Vauxhall is top-drawer material. But does it have reliability and spares availability to match?
  • Used Car Focus: Renault Espace. 1997-2003. The Mk3 Espace is arguably the best. CM weighs up its virtues.
  • Service Bay: Nissan Note 1.4. The first-generation Note has only just been replaced by the second series. We look at servicing what is effectively a Renault Modus in a kimono.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade voices his dislike for alloys, lightbulbs, and Britax sunroofs.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo, Daihatsu and Toyota models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Audi, Renault, Vauxhall and Volkswagen models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Fiat Croma. Scrutinising the 1.8 petrol model with Siemens Simtec 75.3 engine management system.
  • Our Cars: Kim Henson continues an electrical gremlin on his Vauxhall Zafira SRi, while Rob Bradshaw buys a Rover 25 GTI.
  • CM Visit: Sogefi Group. Sogefi provide OEM parts for nine of the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the UK. CM investigates more.


Special feature

  • Strip Club: Dismantling vehicles for profit.
  • BMW X5 (E53) steering angle sensor replacement
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W210) radiator swap
  • Kwik Fit Consumer Test
  • Heritage Motor Centre Celebrations event report


Project Cars

  • 2003 Nissan Micra. Part 3: Work starts on dismantling the engine to renew the TIMING CHAIN.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Engineers' steel workbenches: 3 prizes up for grabs with a total value of over £450.



  • DIY bodywork repair: How to work in new panels on a tricky rear wheelarch.
  • NEW project car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sports Coupe 1.8 Kompressor
  • Nissan Micra K12 1.2-litre, Pt4. Replacing timing chain and reassembly.
  • Used Car Focus: Subaru Legacy/Outback
  • Service Bay: Suzuki Jimny
  • Survival Guide: Aston Martin DB7
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Mazda5
  • Cordless Drills on test
  • Ford Ka alternator swap


OCTOBER 2014 issue on sale from SEPTEMBER 18


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