UN­DER­BON­NET CHECKS

Car Mechanics (UK) - - 2011 Jaguar XF 2.2D -

1 CHECK COOLANT

The coolant level can be checked via the ex­pan­sion tank. Look at the side of the plas­tic ex­pan­sion tank to check the level. Test the strength of the coolant when it’s cold (don’t re­lease the pres­sure cap when it’s hot). Elite find that the pink-coloured G13 coolant lasts for up to 10 years, as long as there are no leaks or coolant prob­lems.

2 POWER STEER­ING FLUID

The power steer­ing fluid reser­voir is lo­cated in front of the coolant ex­pan­sion tank. Shine a torch onto the side of the reser­voir to check the level, look­ing for the level mark­ers – clean the side of it if it’s covered in dirt. If the level is low, top up with Dexron III power steer­ing fluid.

3 WASHER FLUID

The reser­voir for the wind­screen washer fluid is on the off­side rear of the en­gine bay. Top it up with a mix­ture of washer fluid and wa­ter (or a pre­mix). Test the wipers and screen­wash­ers to make sure they are cor­rectly aimed and that there are no block­ages in the pipework and spray noz­zles.

4 TEST BRAKE FLUID

The brake fluid reser­voir is hid­den un­der a re­mov­able plas­tic flap. The XF uses DOT 4 fluid. This usu­ally lasts for up to six years be­fore it needs re­newal. Use a brake fluid tester to check the mois­ture con­tent in the fluid. If the fluid needs to be re­newed, see Step 39.

5 LOOK FOR LEAVES

Re­move any leaves or de­bris from the scut­tle panel cover; these could get drawn into the heater and air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem. There are also drain holes at the rear cor­ners of the en­gine bay which can get blocked with dirt, so make sure they are clear.

6 GREASE BONNET RE­LEASE

Spray light grease over the two bonnet catches along the front slam panel. Check that the safety catch on the un­der­side of the bonnet has not seized as it pre­vents the bonnet fly­ing up when driv­ing the car; lubri­cate it if it’s stiff. Light grease can also be sprayed over the door and boot hinges.

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