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Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics November 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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Interrupted
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in this issue

1 min.
preparing for winter mode

▶ The weather has been unseasonably warm during the first weeks of October, making it a good time to get out and perform a few checks on your pride and joy, plus other cars in your fleet. Our lead feature, starting on page 6, will hopefully guide you through the simple steps that you should be taking before the winter really sets in. For me, I should find time to attend to a rain water leak on the CM project Rover 75, which is still in my possession. The passenger cabin footwell gets flooded each time we have a substantial downpour. It needs to be parked in my garage if rain is looming – which is every day this week! Apparently, a tube runs from the sunroof to a T-piece connector located…

2 min.
ford focus turns 21

▶ Ford’s replacement for the long-running Escort was launched 21 years ago this month. What a vast difference the Focus was over the outgoing (although still being sold to 2001) Escort. The Focus styling, handling and general screwed-togetherness was praise at the time. It was a game-changer in terms of steering and suspension performance for a cheap, medium-sized car. For many, the first-generation cars were the best. Back in 1999, we had a fleet of Focuses on loan from Ford for a week at a time. We’d dashed around in the 1.4-, 1.6- and 1.8-litre versions, before the 2.0-litre arrived in saloon form. We never did get to drive the diesel version of the MkI. Twenty-one years on, there are still plenty of Focus MkI’s for sale in the classifieds, many of them…

14 min.
diy winter preparations

Despite modern vehicles being more reliable than ever, they are not immune to leaving you stranded in the cold. Aside from the practical difficulties of an immobile car, the extra financial strain tends not to be appreciated during the festive period, even if you have breakdown cover. You do not have to be a master technician to reduce the risk of a breakdown. A series of DIY preventative checks, most of which can be performed on a domestic driveway, will help get you and your car through the worst that winter can present. While a thorough service should address most issues, we have assumed that your vehicle’s recommended annual maintenance schedule was carried out earlier in the year. We have excluded most routine service checks that are not weather-dependent, such as…

1 min.
winter operating tips

Instead of repeating winter driving advice that is available readily elsewhere, the following tips are based upon technical and legal considerations. ▶ Keep your 12-volt battery charged fully wherever possible and switch off power-hungry accessories, such as heated rear windscreens, when not required. ▶ Do not leave the engine running with the car unattended while you de-ice the windows; not only is it illegal but it also invalidates insurance cover. ▶ Pouring boiling water over a frozen windscreen might promote cracking. Lukewarm water is preferable, but be wary of it freezing again quickly. ▶ If the car will not start, operate the starter for around 10 seconds, then do not try again for at least a minute, to give the battery time to recover. ▶ Do not rev the engine hard immediately following a cold…

2 min.
winter/cold weather tyres

▶ British motorists are six times more likely to be involved in an accident during the winter months, so taking extra steps to improve your car’s reactions will help to reduce the risk. As the grip on summer tyres reduces, due to the rubber compound stiffening as temperatures drop, cold weather tyres offer extra handling advantages due to their higher percentage of flexible, natural rubber. Not only will you stop sooner in reduced temperatures, but you are also less likely to lose control in an evasive cornering manoeuvre. Should you live in an area where air temperatures drop below 7°C regularly during winter (noting that the road surface is likely to be colder) cold weather tyres are worth considering, especially if you perform early morning/late evening commutes. Additionally, cold weather…

1 min.
when things go wrong

It's best to be prepared. As well as carrying a jack and tools for a tyre change, consider either buying an emergency breakdown kit, or making your own, which can include: ▶ Contact details of your breakdown service (if relevant) ▶ OBD code reader and reset tool ▶ Blankets, warm gloves and disposable vinyl gloves, high-visibility jackets and a warning triangle ▶ A selection of spanners, pliers, screwdrivers, Allen keys, Torx bits and hand wipes ▶ LED torch ▶ Wellington boots ▶ Phone charger or power bank ▶ Portable booster pack (these can be as small as a mobile phone) ▶ Foldable shovel…