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Car Mechanics

Car Mechanics June 2020

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

3 min.
lockdown tasks

Email: martyn.knowles@bauermedia.co.uk Follow us on Facebook @ Car Mechanics For some readers, it’s business as usual. For others, it might mean we have a bit more spare time on our hands during this virus pandemic period. A therapeutic task (for me) is to tinker with one or two of my car fleet. First, though, the lawn needed its first cut. The Hyundai petrol mower was dragged from the shed and the rechargeable electric-start battery put on charge for a few hours. With the fuel tank topped, the fuel primer operated by hand a few times, it failed to start. More hand priming and it still wouldn’t fire. So I fetched Sarah to operate the start-key while I pushed on the primer – it worked! It’s a 173cc OHV four-stroke engine and self-propelled.…

1 min.
can’t get to the shops?

Although the magazine is readily available from most supermarkets and other outlets – we know that finding a copy of CM can be difficult for some, especially those still in lockdown at home. However, there are three easy ways to buy your favourite motoring magazine: 1 Buy the latest print issue.2 Download a digital issue.3 Take out a subscription. Visit our website at carmechanicsmag.co.uk/how-to-buy for options on getting a copy of Car Mechanics today. Plus: see page 88 for a superb subscription deal – get TWO years of CM for the price of ONE!…

1 min.
model for sale

Long-term CM reader, Karl Sheridan asked if he could place a classified in the next issue. Unfortunately, we have had to drop the Classified ‘Free Ads’ section for a limited period – so I offered Karl a position on this page to sell his home-made model. You may remember we ran a feature on Karl’s models in the February 2014 issue… Karl says: Unique 1/43rd scale representation of Barry Cade’s Shell garage: Fully detailed inside with a ramp, press, tools & oil drums. External detail with BMC sign, diecast pumps, old exhausts, oil stains etc. 12.5 x 9.5” mounted on wooden base. Models not inc: supplied with certificate. Pure nostalgia! £120 plus P&P. Contact Karl at: karlsheridan123@btinternet.com for extra photos or 01430 861636.…

8 min.
keeping a clear head

Coping with the residues that remain after burning petrol and diesel in car engines has always been a challenge. As vehicles age, these deposits can accumulate and, at best, raise fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Due to the process being gradual and invisible, the driver tends not to notice until the car fails an MOT, an engine management lamp illuminates, or a breakdown occurs. Detergents in modern engine oils assist in dislodging and holding this harmful contamination in suspension, until the next oil change drains them out. Should the recommended service intervals be excessive, or skipped –or if the car experiences regular short trips – the oil can become over-saturated with deposits, causing them to fall out of the lubricant, to form a tar-like sludge. As this is such a hot topic,…

1 min.
preventative maintenance

‣ Change the oil according to the manufacturer’s recommended change intervals and use a lubricant that meets the manufacturer’s specification, which tends to include standards on intake fouling (both diesel and petrol). ‣ Replace spark plugs at the recommended mileage to maintain optimum combustion and note the fitting instructions on GDI engines especially (petrol). ‣ Use a premium-quality fuel (whether diesel or petrol). ‣ Add a fuel system and injector cleaner (for diesel and petrol). ‣ Consider periodic cleaning of the intake system (both diesel and petrol).…

3 min.
egr cleaning

‣ Not being exposed to oil residue (unless the engine is worn severely), the EGR valve becomes contaminated with more stubborn carbon deposits, which are different to the sludgy contamination that is found typically within diesel intakes. If you are seeking preventative maintenance, it is worth investigating an EGR cleaner spray, which is directed into the air intake, while the engine is running. However, EGR valves wear-out mechanically and so cleaning a faulty part on an engine that has covered over 80,000 miles may be pointless. Also, weigh up the time and cost implications of removing, cleaning and refitting an aged EGR valve manually, which could still be faulty, compared to renewing it. For more information on EGR valves, check-out our August 2019 back issue. ROB’S TOP TIP Wear gloves and goggles when handling…