Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics March 2019

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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!

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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1 Min.
sporty italian

Back in 2004, I first got to see the newly-launched Alfa Romeo GT up close while on my hols in the south of Spain. It certainly looked the part, glistening in the sun, and I’ve wanted to drive one ever since. Now the time has come to scratch that particular itch. As you will read on page 32, we’ve gone and bought one as our new project car, successfully bidding for it online at BCA car auctions. This resulted in an amusing, albeit exhausting, couple days for me. Day One was spent driving 220 miles from my home in Eastbourne to Shrewsbury to deliver a Chrysler PT Cruiser to Rob Marshall – we’ve purchased three ‘cheapies’ for a forthcoming feature. Day Two involved me and Rob Hawkins driving a Hyundai Coupé from…

1 Min.
car ownership

My rule of thumb with vehicles is to buy a 10-year-old car and keep it for another 10 years. One such car was my Ford Scorpio estate. It covered just 20,000 miles in those 10 years and I should have treated it to a bit more care and attention – like taking out the wheelarch liners and applying a corrosion inhibitor. However, the rear arches on this car were still in really good shape (best I’ve seen) when I sold it to a fellow journalist who was taking it to the Outer Hebrides. His first port of call, though, was a rustproofing company. You’ll get to see how it was preserved in the next issue of CM. My Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI has also been with me for 10 years, having…

2 Min.
steve rothwell goes on the road

In early February, Car Mechanics’ technical editor, Steve Rothwell, sold his established garage business on the south coast of Britain. Having been working with two other partners in the trade for many years, it was a tough choice to sell the garage as a going concern and take a step back from the daily routine. While Steve will continue to use a lifetime of automotive expertise to resolve your Help! and Diagnostic Doctor queries every month, his Tales from the Workshop will only continue in its current format for a few more months as we publish the stories that Steve has already written. After this, Steve will continue to report on any unusual tips and fixes he encounters, but Tales from the Workshop will also incorporate regular reports on one of…

15 Min.
dealing with dents

Unless you run a banger, where dings and dents are met with a casual shrug of the shoulders, you are likely to take pride in your vehicle’s appearance. You’ll try to keep your car in as good condition as possible, regardless of its financial value, and keeping the bodywork in fine order is a critical part of looking good. Thanks to modern repair techniques, fixing even a serious bodywork dent doesn’t necessarily entail replacement panels, or expensive resprays, and some repairs are well within the scope of the DIY mechanic. Cash for crash As many cars aged fewer than three years are owned on finance, heavy penalties for bodywork damage can result at the end of the term. We have heard also of some car-hire companies profiting handsomely, if a vehicle is returned…

1 Min.
draper pdr kit

The main challenge for pressing out a dent from behind lies in having the right tools. With a typical price of £311.94, Draper’s comprehensive PDR kit (part no 74316) is ideal for a dedicated DIYer. Brian Snape of Dent Master UK was impressed with the range of tools offered, which include lever hooks, 45° and 90° flat-nose bars, two flat bars, a curved round-nose hook bar, a window wedge, a knock-down tool, screw-on plastic rounded tips and a door jam. While he appreciated that it’s easy to be critical of a kit that costs 10 times less than the equivalent professional tools, he had concerns about the build quality of some parts, including the door jamb that was assembled incorrectly and some tools that were too thick to be slid…

4 Min.
britain’s best bangers bmw 3-series e46

There was a time in the mid-2000s when the E46-generation of BMW 3-Series was the most sought-after car on AutoTrader. Not only was the Bavarian baby exec devilishly handsome – to the point that many people believe it was the last truly good-looking BMW 3-Series – but it was also beautifully finished, with an interior that felt like it was hewn from granite, coupled to fabulous handling and a great ride quality. It put rivals such as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class to shame with its combination of refinement and road-holding, while exuding an aura of quality and craftsmanship that placed it at the top of the league table for compact executive cars. More than two decades since it first appeared, the E46 has aged more gracefully than its two…