I normally carry these checks out on a Saturday or Sunday, when I get the time morning or afternoon but always without fail, this gives me piece of mind that the car is ready for the oncoming weeks traveling.
My first port of call it to the local BP or Esso to add petrol and check my tyre pressures.
Set the tyre pressure machine to my PSI which is set out in the MGZT manual 32psi
pressurise each wheel in turn including the spare in the boot.
At the same time check the tyres for splits cracks or nails all round the car.
Before I left home to sort out the tyre pressures I set the OBD (On Board Diagnostics) to 19 then 7 to check the
temperature and leave the car running while add the pressure.
With the temp up to 100c the fan kicks in the low speed to bring the temp back down, check this through the front grill
Temp moving down nicely as it should if all is well with the thermostat
My next task is the famous plenums I still check each week even if it as been dry just to make sure no debris as entered the lower plenum tube.
I start at the OS driver.
Remove the out cover and using a torch check in the plenum chamber
Next do the OS passenger by removing the outer cover and exposing the spyhole mod if you have it, if not you will have to remove the inner plenum tray.
With the rubber bung removed you can use your plenum rod of your choice, to rod the plenum tube.
Also check the outer wing tubes at the same time.
Before refitting the NS top outer cover check the brake fluid level top up if needed, if it is down more than the lower level and it was ok last week when you checked it ? then look for leaks in the braking system.
Plenum area sorted now you can move on to the other fluid checks
Washers bottle top up if needed
Next power steering fluid remove the cap have a rag ready.
Place the cap on to the rag and give it a wipe.
Reinsert the cap screw it down remove and check the level, once again top up if need be.
Next I check the Vis Motors work I am lucky in this respect as I have self testing ones supplied by our own Mr Vis (stocktake)
If you would like the self testing vis motors for your car I am sure Dave (stocktake) would be able to sort you out, drop him a PM.
I now turn my attention to checking all the lights work as they should.
Indicators front and side
Now check the rear side, brake and indicator lights work.
You will need someone to press the brake pedal to check the brake lights
Check the number plate lights both work.
Remove the key so you can check the gong alerting you have left the lights on.
Reinsert the key and turn it to position II
Make sure that the ABS (Antilock Braking System) light passes the initial test no air bag lights are on.
Set the OBD to section 2.0
Press it again to self test the dials etc
Check the battery terminals are nice and secure.
Section 2 oil level checks and water checks, along with the breather pipes etc.
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