Car Mechanics (UK)

Ser­vice checks

- M Hopkins Belarus · Belgium

The man­ual for my Ford B-MAX states that the air fil­ter is a non-ser­vice item, but I changed it any­way using the part num­ber on the old fil­ter. Is this a big mis­take by Ford? Be­ing an au­to­matic, how does one check the level or colour of the trans­mis­sion oil? On previous cars I al­ways took the colour of the oil as an in­di­ca­tion of the state of the trans­mis­sion.

An­other prob­lem is the fuel filler. A three-pronged plas­tic clasp and steel plate pro­tects the open­ing and a petrol pump dis­penser will op­er­ate this mech­a­nism, but when I tried to put fuel in­jec­tor cleaner in the tank I failed to­tally to get past the mech­a­nism. Is there a way in?

You did not men­tion the en­gine in your B-MAX or the year of man­u­fac­ture. The B-MAX was launched in 2012 and can be equipped with six dif­fer­ent en­gines. As your ve­hi­cle has au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, it is most likely to be the 1.6 16v en­gine and so I will base my an­swers on this as­sump­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Au­to­data, the air fil­ter el­e­ment should be changed ev­ery three years or 37,500 miles. This is a longer in­ter­val than I would rec­om­mend, but it is quite stan­dard prac­tice among man­u­fac­tures to leave an air fil­ter for this du­ra­tion.

The ASM gear­box has a level plug in the dif­fer­en­tial and this gear­box is a dual clutch unit and quite dif­fer­ent to a tra­di­tional au­to­matic gear­box. It has a twin clutch pack and changes be­tween gears using elec­tronic con­trols. The gear­box oil used is a 75W FE Syn­thetic.

If you wish to add an in­jec­tor cleaner to the fuel tank you will need what Ford call an emer­gency fuel filler fun­nel. These are avail­able from var­i­ous sources, in­clud­ing ebay, for £5-£12.

 ??  ?? The fun­nel used to add liq­uid ad­di­tives to a B-MAX.
The fun­nel used to add liq­uid ad­di­tives to a B-MAX.
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