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.