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Cars & Motorcycles
Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics July 2019

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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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
car mechanics

EDITORIAL – Phone 01733 468000 Editor Martyn Knowles Production Editor David Taylor Technical Editor Steve Rothwell Editorial Assistant Leise Enright CONTRIBUTORS > Craig Cheetham > Richard Gunn > Mike Humble > Chris Randall > Ian Cushway > Rob Hawkins > Rob Marshall > Peter Simpson > Andrew Everett > Kim Henson > Jack Moore > Steven Ward ADVERTISING – Phone 01733 468864 Group Commercial Director Nicky Holt Commercial Director Kelly Millis Key Accounts Alice Sumner-Andrews Account Manager Claire Meade-Gore MARKETING – Phone 01733 468000 Marketing Manager Rachael Beesley Marketing Executive Chanel Brown Digital Marketing Assistant Lewis Plumb Direct Marketing Manager Julie Spires Direct Marketing Executive Amy Dedman Head of Newstrade Marketing Leon Benoiton Newstrade Marketing Manager Joe Deboo PRODUCTION – Phone 01733 468341 Print Production Manager Richard Woolley Advertising Production Zoe Bellamy H BAUER PUBLISHING Managing Director/Consumer Cars Niall Clarkson Editorial Director June Smith-Sheppard Head of Digital Charlie Calton-Watson Finance Director Lisa Hayden Group Finance Director Sarah Vickery…

3 min.
cheap and cheerful

If you’re the type of CM reader who buys secondhand cars in the sub-£1000 sector then you’ll know that they come in a wide variety of conditions and prices. Buying a car privately within this low-cost bracket, you should get some indication of its condition from the seller’s advert, although you do have to read between the lines. Comments like “It needs a service” or “Could do with a couple of tyres” can sometimes verge on the fraudulent! Buying a car blind from a not-always-reliable auction house description – that’s to say, without viewing it beforehand – isn’t really recommended. Nevertheless, that’s how I bought the three cars for our feature on Budget Motoring, starting on page 6. They all came with a valid MOT, so they shouldn’t really have had any…

1 min.
on reflection

Last week, I went to the local auctions for the Friday night sale to look at a listed 2001 Audi TT Roadster, which I bought for £900 plus fees. It’s a two-owner car with 124,000 miles, but no evident service history. What attracted me most was the condition of the fabric roof, which looked almost new. The tyres were either 2016 or 2017 replacements and it had oil on the dipstick and fired into life. Oh, and it was the 225bhp Quattro model. On Monday, I asked the guys at my local garage to help me drive the TT back to their premises for a check-over. En route, we did notice a mystery knocking noise. On arrival, everyone came out to view it. Technician Lee looked down the back of the engine…

8 min.
budget motoring?

Buying cars for less than £1000 can be both addictive and scary. On the one hand there’s the exhilaration of landing a huge bargain, on the other that cold sweat moment when you think to yourself: “Exactly what have I bought here?” In the UK, secondhand cars are cheap. Very cheap, in some instances. Many dealers and motorists from the Irish republic hop onto ferries to come here to buy, such is the vast price difference between the countries. Buying at such a low price has its advantages. The main one is depreciation – a term to describe how much money you stand to lose when selling your vehicle given its original purchase price. For example, if you’re selling a car bought new for £15,000, after three years of ownership and 30,000…

5 min.
rover 75 v6

It’s a shame that the Rover name disappeared from the new car market in 2005, having once built cars literally fit for a Queen, as well as numerous Prime Ministers. Even as the company hit the skids, Rover put some serious design hours into creating the 75. With BMW injecting money into the Rover brand from 1994, the aim was to create a fresh design to replace not only the 800 series, but the 600 series, too. They were spot-on with the 75 – this doesn’t look like a car that was designed more than 20 years ago. The R75 saloon launched in June 1999 on a T-plate, although some pre-production models were built on S-registration. In 2001, the Tourer (estate) arrived, as did the MG ZT derivative with a sportier…

1 min.
abs sensor renewal

1 If the car wasn’t to fail its next MOT, the illuminated ABS light on the dash needed to be extinguished. With a nonworking speedo, the fault pointed to a failed offside front ABS sensor. It’s held in place by one 8mm bolt. Applying plenty of penetrating fluid the day before, the 8mm nut undid fairly easily. More penetrating fluid was applied to the sensor’s plastic body where it meets the metal hub – over time, the sensor gets welded into position and it’s a chore to get it out. 2 You need to use a pair of mole grips to grab hold of the sensor body. Unfortunately, the sensor broke where the 8mm nut had been sitting. However, with persistence and more fluid, the sensor was slowly eased from its…