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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 FEBRUARY 2015


on sale from JANUARY 15

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: Ford Focus water pump difficult removal, VW Golf intercooler trouble, Ford Fusion rear wheel bearing, Suzuki Splash broken coil spring.
  • Survival Guide: Audi A2. 2000-2005. The A2 makes a smart, budget runabout today. But is the mini MPV as reliable and cheap to run as other small cars in its class?
  • Used Car Focus: Nissan Patrol. 1987-2009. One of the most capable 4x4s ever built, the Patrol may lack on-road finesse, but it's as tough as they come. However, it isn't without its faults as we discover...
  • DIY Servicing: Volvo S60 D5. Full maintenance on the first-generation S60 2.4-litre diesel.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade bemoans a number of recent changes to motoring legislation.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Jaguar, Rover, Vauxhall, Audi, SEAT, Volkswagen, Honda and Subaru models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Nissan and Volkswagen models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Peugeot 407 1.6 HDi. Frugal on fuel and good to drive, but how does the 407 HDi rate in its diagnostics?
  • Product Test: Small Component Storage. Ever had a job thwarted by not having the right clip, fuse or nut to hand? CM checks out 11 storage cases that should keep all your automotive odds and ends in perfect order.
  • Tea Break Part 4: Exhausts. Looking beneath the car we examine pipes, silencers and how they have developed over the years.
  • Readers's Motors: Honda Accord. Matthew Birkingshaw hunts down a 12-year-old Accord as an alternative to hopping on a bus.


Special features

  • Tyre Care: They're black, they're round and they stick you to the ground! But is there more to tyres than that? CM looks at how to secure the best value covers and the steps that will make them last.
  • Toyota Prius Series: Part 4: We conclude our evaluation of the Prius with a guide detailing the different models and the maintenance and tax considerations they demand.


Project Cars

  • 2004 Jaguar X-TYPE 2.0D. Part 1: We've bought a 10-year-old Jag for £1000 and assess the purchase to see whether it's a bargain or a banger.
  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz C180K Sports Coupe. Part 5: Suspension, brakes and thermostat renewal.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Trolley jack, axle stands and foot pump set: 2 prizes up for grabs with a total value of more than £340.


NEXT ISSUE MARCH 2015 issue on sale from FEBRUARY 19

  • Ronvating Trim: Repair wood and wood-effect trim and soft-rubber fixings.
  • Volvo XC90 2.9-litre mini project. Part 1: Adding a towbar.
  • Hyundai Getz DIY servicing.
  • VAG coolant change.
  • CM Visit: Lincon Batteries.
  • TVR Chimaera parts guide.
  • Fiat Stilo buying tips.
  • Project Merc C180K final round-up
  • Project Jaguar X-TYPE engine service
  • DIY tracking gauge creation.



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