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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 MAY 2015


on sale from APRIL 16

Tantalising regulars

  • Tales from the Workshop – a few snippets from the four pages: Ford Galaxy disappointing breakdown, Mazda MX-5 water pump trouble, VW Passat removing bulb holder, BMW 1-Series seat sensor malfunction.
  • Survival Guide: MGF/TF. 1995-2005. The MGF/TF is a fun future classic that won't cost a fortune to maintain, thanks to numerous specialist parts suppliers.
  • Used Car Focus: Volvo S80. 1998-2006. Volvo's first front-wheel drive executive car, which represents a huge bargain today.
  • DIY Servicing: Kia Picanto. A 2010 first-generation 1.1-litre petrol is given the full maintenance check.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade despairs over school leavers, but admires one canny entrepreneur.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Jaguar, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo and Nissan models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including BMW, Citroen and Volvo models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Skoda Octavia. Scrutinising a 2009 1.9 TDI PD 105 model with Bosch EDC 16 management.
  • Timing Belt Clinic: Honda Civic 1.4. Changing the cambelt on a 2004 Civic is a challenging job that requires patience and dexterity, but it can be undertaken on a DIY basis.
  • Product Test: 10 LED inspection lamps on test.


Special features

  • Climate Control: A complete overview of climate control systems, including a step-by-step guide to replacing damaged heater flaps.
  • Build your own tracking gauge, part 3.
  • BMW 3-Series differential swap


Project Cars

  • 2004 Jaguar X-TYPE 2.0D. Part 4: We tackle our Jag's cold starting issues and replace a noisy rear wheel bearing.
  • 2007 Ford Ka. Part 1: Kas are notorious for their corrosion issues, so how does our eight-year-old latest project shape up?


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Power Washers: 3 prizes up for grabs with a total value of more than £215.


NEXT ISSUE JUNE 2015 issue on sale from MAY 21

  • All about alternators.
  • Project Ford Ka project, Pt2, fixing heater.
  • Fiat Punto CVT autobox change.
  • Peugeot 407 1.6 HDi DIY service.
  • BMW 3-Series E90 parts guide.
  • Alfa Romeo 147 buying tips.
  • Project Jaguar X-TYPE, Pt5, new dampers all round.
  • Product Test: Timing Lights.
  • Citroen C3 1.6 petrol diagnostics.



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