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Basic Weekly Checks...
Published by Andy Monty
29-09-2011
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Basic Weekly Checks...

If you are unsure of what should be checked on your car regularly look no further......

Prevention is better than cure and taking a 5 mins out a week to spend with your car can save you time and money along with inconvenience...........



Ok then hands up who has never lifted the bonnet?


Its not a black art........

First turn the engine off

(These checks should be done with the car cold on a level surface anyhow) but once the bonnet is open there are moving parts exposed along with some very hot parts which can cause burns.......



1) find the bonnet release lever in the passenger footwell (Uk left) and pull it till you hear the bonnet spring up....

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2) go to the front of the car and feel in the gap above the fiat badge for the metal release catch

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If this is stiff or sticks open ensure its repaired as this stops the bonnet from flying open whilst driving...


once you have found it press it up slightly and at the same time raise the bonnet....

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Once you have it open look for the bonnet stay and prop it open.....
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Now stare in wonder at the bits and pieces under there have a quick look about see any fluids leaking? or bits hanging loose... Sort them out



(This is a 1.2 engine the 1.4 is similar the larger engines will look slightly different but the checks you do are the same)


There are a few bits that need a closer look....

Brake fluid.. (yellow cap)

(bottle above drivers side (uk) wheel)

if you look closely the bottle and you will see its embossed with Max and Min see that the fluid is sat between them... If not it will need more attention...

Low levels can be caused by Leaks in the braking system, Leaks in the Clutch systems and excessive Brake pad wear,

If its below Minimum DO NOT drive the car till you know exactly what has caused the fluid loss and have topped it up correctly. (With the correct fluid check your handbook) Be warned brake fluid can remove car paint so dont spill it on the bodywork
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(I have highlighted the markings in the above pic)

Next move on to the coolant look at the bottle it should be sat between Max and MIN
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If its low look for leaks and top up with the correct antifreeze and water mix do not just use water (check handbook again for more info)

If it keeps going down there is likely a problem as the car shouldn't loose any water...

DO NOT REMOVE THE CAP IF THE ENGINE IS WARM HIGH RISK OF BURNS FROM SUPER HEATED STEAM


Next onto the Engine oil....

Locate the Dipstick


and pull it out and wipe with a bit of clean rag or kitchen roll

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then put the dipstick back in the hole and leave for 5 seconds or so then pull out slowly and check the oil is within the hatched area then re insert and ensure its sat snugly in the dipstick hole




Then whilst your in there top up the screen wash bottle mixing your screen wash solution with the correct amount of water



Finally remove the support from the bonnet lid and lower the bonnet till its about 6" above closed and drop it so it latches closed (double check its secure by pulling it up lightly)

like this:



Then get a pressure gauge and check the tyre pressures match those in the handbook



Checking all the lights is a good idea too (with a friend to help check the brake lights)


To be continued.. when i get time
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Re: Basic Weekly Checks...

Thanks a lot for this guide Andy! Being a car noob, I wouldn't have a clue what to check, how to change and when.

Can you expand this a little bit by recommending how to top up all these bits (Washer, coolant etc) and where to buy the products. And also, how to change/top up the oil

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Quote Originally Posted by Montypaks View Post
Thanks a lot for this guide Andy! Being a car noob, I wouldn't have a clue what to check, how to change and when.

Can you expand this a little bit by recommending how to top up all these bits (Washer, coolant etc) and where to buy the products. And also, how to change/top up the oil

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If you look at my other guides oil change, coolant change, they should help

As for screen wash most car shops sell it HOWEVER most is cheap cheap imo... look for one that actually displays the temperature it protects to. And dilute accordingly

I use lidl w5 brand blue concentrate during the winter mixed 1 to 4 e.g. 1 litre of screen wash to 4 litres of water in a spare clean 5l container and use it to top up that way there is no messing about guessing how much is left in the tank and how much to slop in to get a good mix...

Any clarification just ask in the main Grande forum
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Oil change guide is disabled, I must drop this here (if possible, move this post there - moderators?).

Nice thing to have during maintenance like an oil change is a good funnel.
Grande has poor access to the oil fill area. You will spill some juice there.

Make yourself a custom funnel, for example from used oil plug (eBay), drilled + glued kitchen funnel.
Or, go full nerd, do an "overkill". Custom machined (turned) or 3D printed funnel.
Grande oil fill plug has normal M33 (3,5 mm pitch) thread. O-ring is not necessary.

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Prototype turned. Doesn't match model, but who cares. Works great!
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The 3D model file.
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