Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics July 2020

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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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Kelsey Publishing Group
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4 Min.

Rain Rover On page 24 you’ll see that Steve Rothwell conducts one of his visits to a garage nominated for our Good Garage Scheme. This business is one I nominated to the scheme because it’s my ‘go-to’ garage if I need a hand (or two). And it’s not too far from home if I’m ever in car trouble. Recently, I took my Rover 75 there because they have vast knowledge of Rover/MG models. Rain was finding its way into the cabin, and the job of trying to find a cure required more hands. I had no idea that removal of a Rover 75 glovebox was so complex an operation. There are three hidden screws under the glovebox liner (which is stuck down, so you have to peel it up). With the sunroof open, a…

21 Min.
springs & dampers

Considering the critical influences that they have over secure handling, road-holding and braking, it is somewhat surprising that the MOT Test is not more rigorous with assessing the conditions of springs and, especially, dampers. Unless there is a problem with their mountings, physical breakages, or severe leaks, they will pass scrutiny. This leads many owners into a false sense of security, because springs and dampers wear-out gradually. Therefore, it is possible for your suspension to pass the annual inspection, when they are way past their best. To put it into perspective, worn (but not leaking) shock-absorbers can increase your stopping distance at 50mph by as many as six metres extra. SPRINGS What goes wrong? Although it may not be obvious, coil springs and shock-absorbers turn motion energy into heat. Springs support the car’s…

4 Min.
renewing air springs

Modern air suspensions seem immensely intricate but, while considerable engineering goes into their design and construction of the individual components, their layouts are generally straightforward. While you should research the specification of your particular car model, the majority of systems comprise a relayactivated air compressor, which inflates two or more ‘airbag’ springing media. The system is controlled via a dedicated ECU and, while ride-height sensors tend to be fitted, the system is likely to receive and process information provided by other devices on the vehicle that are not associated directly with the air suspension. As air springs tend to be made from a flexible, rubber-based material, fatigue introduces cracks and perishing courts splitting, both of which create leaks. For this reason, air springs should be renewed between every six and ten…

10 Min.
cm insider

Motoring towards a cleaner, greener future At a time when we’re seeing environmental effects as one of the few positives to come out of the pandemic, we need to embrace this change and the opportunity for the future. Three manufactures have been doing exactly that as part of their environmental efforts that go beyond what comes out of a vehicle's exhaust. Volvo Cars has announced that its manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China, is now powered by 100% renewable electricity. Reducing the plant’s CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tonnes per year, it brings the company’s global renewable electricity levels within its manufacturing network to 80%. “Our ambition is to reduce our carbon footprint through concrete, tangible actions,” said Javier Varela, head of industrial operations and quality at Volvo Cars. “Securing a fully renewable…

2 Min.
news in brief

Cut delivery times with hyper-accurate address tech A recent test with DPD and Mercedes-Benz vans in Germany found overall delivery efficiency to be improved by 15% when drivers used what3words to pinpoint the exact drop-off location. The what3words navigation functionality gives you the precise location at an accuracy of just three square metres, meaning that there’s no worry about searching for the delivery entrance, missing delivery slots or receiving parking fines while you go door-to-door. This is the latest test in a series with leading logistics partners around the world in search of significant savings for businesses, drivers and millions of customers. Find your new address at what3words.com BMW part additions selling fast for GT Automotive GT Automotive has just added new products to its range, with the addition of BMW M57 and…

5 Min.
tales from the workshop

FORD FOCUS Locking wheel nut solution There will be many mechanics who have come across a vehicle without a locking wheel nut key. They either get lost, misplaced or just not handed on when the vehicle is sold. The locking wheel nut key is an important object and when the owner gets a puncture on a wet and windy night, knowing its whereabouts will save a lot of trouble and frustration. This 2006 Ford Focus did have the locking wheel nut key safely stored with the spare wheel. The problem was that it was not the one compatible with those fitted! There was no second key for the fitted set of lockers and removal was required. The set of locking nuts fitted to this Focus had a spinning ring at the edge, preventing…