Battery terminal check (Every 12 000 miles (20 000 km) or 12 months)
Caution: Before carrying out any work on the vehicle battery, read through the precautions given in “Safety first!” at the beginning of this manual.
1 The battery fitted as original equipment is “maintenance-free”, and requires no maintenance apart from having the case kept clean, and the terminals clean and tight.
2 To clean the battery terminals disconnect them, after having first removed the cover (later models) - negative earth first. Use a wire brush or abrasive paper to clean the terminals. Bad corrosion should be treated with a solution of bicarbonate of soda, applied with an old toothbrush. Do not let this solution get inside the battery.
3 Coat the battery terminals with petroleum jelly or a proprietary anti-corrosive compound before reconnecting them. Reconnect and tighten the positive (live) lead first, followed by the negative (earth) lead. Do not overtighten.
4 Keep the top of the battery clean and dry.
Inspect the battery tray for corrosion, and make good as necessary.
Front suspension lower arm - removal, overhaul and refitting
Note: A balljoint separator tool will be required for this operation. Removal 1 To improve access, raise the front of the vehicle on ramps. Do not jack the vehicle up at this stage. Apply the han ...
Auxiliary drivebelt check (Every 12 000 miles (20 000 km) or 12 months)
1 Refer to the Specifications at the beginning of this Chapter and check the tension of each drivebelt at the point stated. Check the full length of each drivebelt for cracks and deterioration. It ...
Distributor cap and rotor arm (OHC models) - removal and refitting
SOHC models 1 Disconnect the battery negative lead. 2 Where applicable, unclip the screening can from the top of the distributor and disconnect the earth strap (see illustration). 13.2 Unclippi ...