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Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics July 2021

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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Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Erscheinungsweise:
Monthly
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13 Min
saloons

BMW 5-SERIES The BMW 5-Series has long reigned supreme in the saloon car sector, and it’ll come as little surprise to learn that it also earns its badge of honour as CM’s pick too. The E60 model still looks fresh and contemporary (unless you’re a BMW boff’, you’d be hard pressed to tell it’s a 18-year-old design). It’s proven to be very reliable – we’ve seen numerous 5-Series’ with well over 200,000 miles on the clock, still going strong, and looking fresher than many cars with less than half the mileage – and with so many sold it’s a buyer’s market when it comes to picking-up a second-hand one. All 5-Series’ offer sharp steering and a responsive ride, but the sporty M Sport models can be a bit on the firm side…

24 Min
advanced driver assistance systems

Since motorcars evolved from wealthy persons’ playthings to viable mass transport, manufacturers have made them more user friendly and safer. While safety bodies (along with a handful of brands) focussed initially on how cars respond in an impact, the focus is evolving to prevent the leading cause of incidents: driver error. Today, we take not only decent vehicle dynamics for granted but also a host of extra features that make driving easier and less dangerous. It can be argued, therefore, that servo-assisted brakes, automatic transmission, power steering, ABS and even climate control are all driver assistance systems. Yet, digital technology has accelerated development; complication being the downside. The proliferation of modern electronic safety systems is confusing and can even be disconcerting, when driving a vehicle thus equipped for the first time. ADAS…

11 Min
the last few jobs

Editor Martyn Knowles thinks Rob Hawkins is jinxed when it comes to electrical issues, especially flat batteries, which seem to be a regular occurrence at his home. Several project cars managed by Rob have needed a new battery, and the Clubman is one of them. Admittedly, the Clubman’s battery appears to be the original and is a genuine Stop-Start AGM, so had done well to last so long. After fitting a new AGM battery that was supplied by Autovaux, the Stop-Start system worked again and the electric windows weren’t so slow, but as you’ll see over the following pages, more problems had to be fixed, including a dodgy high-pressure fuel pump and water ingress. The water leak has been the biggest problem, appearing from nowhere, flooding the front passenger footwell and…

5 Min
the peter simpson column

► These days, with cars becoming more and more complex and technology-laden, having the right service history matters more than ever before. Once ‘FSH’ was a nice thing to have. Now, though, an unhistoried car is not only worth considerably less, it might be difficult to shift at any price. This isn’t really surprising. Besides providing proof that a car has been looked-after by previous owners, documented history shows when important major/expensive jobs such as timing belt changes were done – stuff that buyers really do need to know. Otherwise, the only safe option is to do the job(s) anyway, and pay for job(s) that might not have been needed. Sometimes, though, despite its importance, history isn’t always passed on when a car is sold to a new owner. That needn’t, though,…

5 Min
in my humble opinion

Do it your bleeding self!  Just as I was starting to enjoy the creamy smooth V6 and timber/leather clad world of Rover motoring, the bloody clutch went. Editor Martyn had forewarned me of a heavy pedal (an early 75 commonality) but I was convinced another 20 if not 30,000 miles could be eked out of it. In fact, it wasn’t the actual frictional parts that failed, it was the concentric slave cylinder seal that died. If there was ever an ‘they all do that sir’ fault on a Rover 75, slave cylinder failure possibly tops the pops. As is always the case, it decided to go conk at a busy roundabout during rush hour - yay! The clutch had failed in the disengaged position which I suppose is better than the…

9 Min
electronic diagnostics citroën c2 1.1 petrol

Tracing and fixing faults in electronic engine management systems Citroëns’ well-liked Saxo was replaced in 2003 by the five- door C3 and the more compact three-door C2 hatchback. Distinctively styled from the outset, the C2 was facelifted in 2007, and continued in production until 2010. Its safety performance was considerably enhanced compared with the outgoing Saxo, with the car achieving a Four Star Euro NCAP rating (compared with the Saxo’s Two Stars). Conventional four-cylinder petrol engine technology was employed, with the smallest capacity motor used being Citroën’s 1124cc 61bhp power unit. This engine had a well-respected long heritage and a proven record for reliability - it provided reasonable performance and excellent fuel consumption too. The C2 was also sold with 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines - including a rapid 1.6i…