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Car Mechanics February 2020

Car Mechanics is the UK's only car magazine 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 and the more experienced motor trade professional. Car Mechanics has helped save money for our readers every month since 1958. Each issue includes a wide range of in-depth features written in a clear, straightforward manner: • Readers’ motoring-related problems answered for FREE • Real-life motoring dilemmas from our man in the garage trade • Electronic diagnostics delves inside a different modern vehicle each month to explain its management system • Survival Guide looks at new and used component prices for a particular vehicle • Used Car Focus is an in-depth buying guide on a specific make and model • Service Bay covers a full service with close-up images and comprehensive descriptions • Project cars are a major part of the structure of the magazine as we buy, fix and sell different vehicles over a period of months So if you're into saving money and being a home technician, Car Mechanics will help you out - guaranteed!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Interrupted
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in this issue

2 min.
sales drop-off

As Steven Ward says on page 48, we need fresh new car sales to feed the trade-in stock back into the system to keep the used-car market healthy. Unfortunately, December saw another monthly drop in new car sales year-on-year. No surprise I guess, what with a December General Election taking place and the (still) uncertainty of the ‘B-word’ – that word that has floated around for two-and-a-half years. I think there’s more to it than the above though. Some potential new car purchasers will be confused. Confused as to which engine to choose. Either diesel, petrol, BEV, PHEV, HEV, MHEV diesel or MHEV petrol... What does it all mean? Well, according to the latest SMMT figures, diesel sales have dropped 19% during December against 2018 results. Petrol sales increased slightly by 2.6% in…

1 min.
free tickets

On page 18 you will see information on the forthcoming Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery taking place over three days at the end of March 2020. If you like to watch hands-on repairs or tutorial displays on repairing a variety of skills involving older cars – or see the best barn finds, or restored cars – then the NEC at Birmingham is the place to visit. Some of the team at CM (including me) will be visiting over the weekend so say hello if you happen to spot any of us. We do have five pairs of entry tickets to give away to CM readers – so please send in an email with your contact details to carmechanics@bauermedia.co.uk with NEC tickets labelled in the subject line... Closing…

23 min.
flushing & beyond

Are extended service intervals genuinely useful for the reduction of running costs, or a means of storing up expensive problems for a future owner? As the majority of new cars in the UK are bought by businesses, reduced workshop visits remain an important sales factor. Marketing departments, therefore, have been keen to react, not always with the full blessing of engineers, and maintenance schedules have increased gradually over the decades. 3000-mile intervals were common in the 1970s, increasing to around 10,000 for most cars during the 1980s. By the mid-2000s, even certain diesels were sold with 20,000-mile service intervals. Intriguingly, this figure has tended not to increase since then. In some cases, it has even been reduced. Subjective life-spans As attention to the various fluids tends to be the most time-consuming part…

7 min.
cm insider

See the best metal and resto masters at the NEC this March! Don’t miss one of the UK's biggest classic car shows, which takes over Birmingham's NEC from March 27 to 29. This year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery features a new interactive arena and live interview stage, Classic PC World, where our colleagues at Practical Classics magazine will put their own vehicles on display. Barn Finds Revisited will also showcase completed restoration projects of vehicles that previously appeared at the show as rusty wrecks. If you find inspiration in dusty and folorn-looking classics, be sure to visit this year's 'Carole Nash Barn Finds' area, which promises to be the country's biggest display of barn finds from all over the UK. Highlights will include a 1966 Mini Cooper…

2 min.
news in brief

New Year, new bargains with Sealey Make the most of up to 71% off list price, courtesy of Sealey’s New Year Sale. Valid to the end of February, the tools supplier is kicking off 2020 with over 400 products being discounted. For the chance to win a rechargeable floodlight and inspection lamp docking station kit in a competition, visit sealey.co.uk Bosch and what3words team up for 2020 Working with some of the largest OEMs in the world, Bosch has announced it will include what3words in-car navigation in its infotainment systems as of this year. The what3words system breaks the entire world down into 3m x 3m squares, assigning each square a three-word reference/address. Its partners already include the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Ford... and Domino’s Pizza. Millers Oil still in the race this season Leader in…

1 min.
new from laser

Magnetic tool and bit organisers Keep everything in place whether you usually like to stay organised or not – these tool and bit organisers from Laser will keep your kit neat, tidy and clean, saving you time and providing peace of mind. Part number 7530 holds up to 34 different tools such as bits, drivers, socket adaptors, universal joints – and more. Not enough? Part number 7531 ups the capacity to 43 different bits and adaptors, specifically designed for 10mm shank automotive bits. lasertools.co.uk…