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Check brake fluid reservoir
Check the brake fluid level visually, using marks on the side of the clear plastic container MAX / MIN. The brake fluid reservoir cap symbol is very similar to the handbrake warning light, this helps when you are trying to locate it. If you see the level as LOW, get the condition of the brake pads checked out by a mechanic. It may be that they need replacing and this could be the reason for the low level reading. If you do have to open the brake fluid container to check, remember that the fluid itself is very corrosive to paintwork. A ‘spongy’ feel to the brake pedal will give an indication of problems in the system.
Check the parking brake for excessive wear and ‘show’ by applying the foot brake to demonstrate safe control of the car. Release the hand brake and then re-apply it making sure that the hand brake is firm and when you let go it secures the car and doesn’t roll.
Check the engine coolant level
You should not need to top up the bottle that often.
When necessary, remove the cap carefully and NOT when the engine is hot!
Before topping up the level, ensure the correct mixture of antifreeze and water is used.
Again, just like the oil-check, this is best done first thing when the engine is still cold.
Screen washer bottle
This can be checked visually -Top it up to the neck of the bottle.
Some additives can be mixed during colder weather
How to check the oil
Its always better to check the oil first thing before you start the engine and on level ground, so as to obtain a true reading.
Pull the dipstick, wipe it with a dry cloth, then set it back in the slot -
Now pull the dipstick again and check the maximum, minimum level.
If it is nearer the Low level, top up as necessary. Use a good quality oil, and make sure you do not mix diesel oil with oil for a petrol engine. Make sure it is the correct viscosity ie : 15/ 40
Checking vehicle lightbulbs
Most car light bulbs can be checked easily by switching on dipped headlights, hazard lights, and by applying the footbrake whilst someone checks all bulbs. If you are on your own, back up against a reflective surface and you can check if the brake lights are operating after you have had a visual check all round.
Keep a cloth in your car to clean lights especially during winter so you can see and be seen.
Carry a spare set of bulbs to fit your car ( brake light bulbs need to be replaced more often ).
When replacing halogen headlight bulbs, make sure you do not touch the head of the bulb with your fingers. Touch only the plug end.
Check the tyres
Do a visual check on your tyres now and again, to insure there is no damage to the side walls ( cuts / bulges ) Check tyres tread wear indicators This will insure you have at least the minimum legal requirement of 1.6 mm over 75 % of the central width of the tyre.
Recommended tyre pressures can be found in the glove box or in the manual. This location will vary from car to car.
From time to time have your steering alignment checked, this will insure there is no uneven wear in the tyres
Make sure you know how to locate and operate - Heater / rear demist, lights, horn and wipers. - You will be marked on your ability to find these controls quickly, as weather conditions may change while on test.
The / demister / rear screen heater controls are housed in the
Centre consul in front of the gear lever as shown.
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