Introduction

General information This Chapter is designed to help the home mechanic maintain his/her vehicle for safety, economy, long life and peak performance.

The Chapter contains a master maintenance schedule, followed by Sections dealing specifically with each task on the schedule. Visual checks, adjustments, component renewal and other helpful items are included. Refer to the accompanying illustrations of the engine compartment and the underside of the vehicle for the locations of the various components.

Servicing of your vehicle in accordance with the mileage/time maintenance schedule and the following Sections will provide a planned maintenance program, which should result in a long and reliable service life. This is a comprehensive plan, so maintaining some items but not others at the specified service intervals will not produce the same results.

As you service your vehicle, you will discover that many of the procedures can - and should - be grouped together because of the particular procedure being performed, or because of the close proximity of two otherwise unrelated components to one another. For example, if the vehicle is raised for any reason, the exhaust can be inspected at the same time as the suspension and steering components.

The first step in this maintenance program is to prepare yourself before the actual work begins. Read through all the Sections relevant to the work to be carried out, then make a list and gather together all the parts and tools required. If a problem is encountered, seek advice from a parts specialist, or a dealer service department.

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    Rear axle tube (Van models) - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it on stands (see “Jacking and Vehicle Support”). Remove the rear roadwheels. 2 Support the axle tube on a jack preferably of trolley type. 3 ...

    Exhaust manifold - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Disconnect the battery negative lead. 2 Remove the air cleaner and pull the hot air pick-up pipe from the exhaust manifold hot air shroud. 3 Remove the securing screws (1 screw on DOHC ...

    Engine/manual gearbox assembly - reconnection and refitting
    1.8 litre (R2A type) 1 Reverse the procedure described in Section 10, noting the following points. 2 Before attempting to reconnect the engine to the gearbox, check that the clutch friction disc ...