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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 APRIL 2014


on sale from MARCH 20

Tantalising regulars

  • Tips from the Trade – a few snippets from the four pages: Peugeot 106 screeching clutch, Ford Transit dual mass wear, Jaguar S-TYPE jammed wiper worries, smart fortwo spring change.
  • Survival Guide: Chrysler PT Cruiser. 2001-2008. Retro American styling set the PT Cruiser apart from other compact MPVs in its day – but is it as distinctive when it comes to reliability and spare parts?
  • Used Car Focus: Land Rover Discovery II. 1998-2004. A surprsingly thorough rework of the stepped-roof original. But great complexity needn't be scary.
  • Service Bay: Renault Laguna II. Servicing a 1.9 dCi is pretty straightforward.
  • Dealer’s Diary: Our man in the trade discovers why Motability sales have been suspended.
  • Help! Eight pages of readers' car-related problems including General, Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen, Peugeot, Renault, Hyundai and Kia models.
  • Diagnostics Doctor: Two pages of readers’ electronic-related problems including Ford, Peugeot, Saab and Vauxhall models.
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor with Bosch ME 2.1 engine management system.
  • Diagnostics Case Study: A pair of breakdowns with relay-related faults.
  • Our Cars: Daihatsu Sirion, Volvo 440.
  • Product Test: Automatic Welding Helmets
  • CM Visit: Pilkington AGR


Special feature

  • Starter Motor Overhaul. As spare parts are so easy to obtain, you can save a significant sum by replacing a faulty starter at home.


Project Cars

  • 2004 Vauxhall Zafira. Part 2: Step-by-step guide to replacing the cambelt on the 1.8 Ecotec engine.
  • 2002 Ford Focus Mk1 TDCi. Part 4: Fitting two secondhand doors bought for just £50. It's a rather fiddly task that entails swapping over trim and locking systems to our Ghia-spec model.


Clarke Competition

  • WIN Tool Chests: 3 prizes up for grabs worth more than £320.



  • Crankshafts
  • Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi project car, Pt5
  • Vauxhall Zafira project car, Pt3
  • Used Car Focus: Jaguar XK8
  • Service Bay: Honda Jazz
  • Survival Guide: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Electronic Diagnostics: Kia Picanto 1.1
  • Tap and Die sets on test
  • Tea Break: The Wheel

MAY 2014 issue on sale from APRIL 17


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