Car Mechanics May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 issue of Car Mechanics. For our major feature this month we are concentrating on filtration systems – oil, air, fuel and cabin filters – we liaise with the leading brands to discover how you should buy and fit them correctly. Our project Audi A4 cabriolet 1.8T has a new cambelt and water pump fitted. A case study on low fuel pressure in a high-pressure fuel system on a VAG TDI engine shows after methodical analysis that the repair costs just £1 to fix. With the on-going coronavirus situation, we have a small feature on how to self-isolate your motor for the coming months (and legal advice). To operate the 4x4 system on a BMW X3 and X5 a transfer box motor is employed – these can go wrong and an £8 fix can be achieved – we show you how… PHEV vs EREV – what’s the difference between Plug-in Hybrids and Range Extenders – we have the answers… In our used car buying guide we look at the VW up! – as well as the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, which all share the same platform. The Mazda MX-5 Mk3 is focus of our parts survey. Our Back to Basics series looks at gearbox, diff and transfer box oils, while in our Tea Break series looks at petrol emissions systems. On our ramp is a 2011 Peugeot 308 1.4 petrol in for full DIY maintenance procedures. Our Electronic Diagnostics car is a Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Mk3 model. Plus all our regular features (including 12 pages of your car problems solved by our experts) and much, much more…

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Car Mechanics May 2020