Car Mechanics March 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 issue where we take an in-depth look at Stop-Start systems which have been fitted to mainstream vehicles for over 10 years as a form of reducing emissions and fuel usage. Our man in the trade looks at regular fixes and problems to a variety of makes/models and this month he visits a garage that is listed in CMs Good Garage Guide to find out what they can offer the general public. Our project Honda Civic's 18in alloys wheels are sent off to be professionally repaired and the engine is serviced before the new owner takes it on. Slim and compact LED lamps have been tested over many months – find out which is our best product... We show you how the MGF & TF front subframe is removed and a secondhand powder-coated replacement fitted. In our buying guide we study the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (W169) from 2005-2012. Our Parts Survey looks at where you can buy hard-to-find Kia Carens components. In our Back-to-Basics series this month we concentrate on suspension repairs – including droplinks, track rod ends and balljoints. On the ramp for servicing is a 2004 Land Rover Freelander 1 2.0 Td4 – plenty of useful tips for the popular off-roader. Our regular Electronic Diagnostics series looks at the Ford Focus 2.0 diesel in the Mk3 model. We also travel to Milton Keynes to see Mirka UK and what they offer the trade and aftermarket. 

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Car Mechanics March 2020