• Do use eye protection when using power tools, and when working under the vehicle.

• Do wear gloves or use barrier cream to protect your hands when necessary.

• Do get someone to check periodically that all is well when working alone on the vehicle.

• Do keep loose clothing and long hair well out of the way of moving mechanical parts.

• Do remove rings, wristwatch etc, before working on the vehicle - especially the electrical system.

• Do ensure that any lifting or jacking equipment has a safe working load rating adequate for the job.


• Don't attempt to lift a heavy component which may be beyond your capability - get assistance.

• Don't rush to finish a job, or take unverified short cuts.

• Don't use ill-fitting tools which may slip and cause injury.

• Don't leave tools or parts lying around where someone can trip over them. Mop up oil and fuel spills at once.

• Don't allow children or pets to play in or near a vehicle being worked on.

Fume or gas intoxication

• Exhaust fumes are poisonous; they often contain carbon monoxide, which is rapidly fatal if inhaled. Never run the engine in a confined space such as a garage with the doors shut.

• Fuel vapour is also poisonous, as are the vapours from some cleaning solvents and paint thinners.

Electric shock

• Ignition HT "■». voltage can be dangerous, especially to r-people with heart problems or a ^ pacemaker. Don't work on or near the ignition system with y the engine running or the ignition switched on.

0.6 Roadside repairs

The following pages are intended to help in dealing with common roadside emergencies and breakdowns. You will find more detailed fault finding information at the back of the manual, and repair information in the main chapters.

If your car won't start and the starter motor doesn't turn

If your car won't start even though the starter motor turns as normal

□ If it's a model with automatic transmission, make sure the selector is in 'P' or 'N'.

□ Open the bonnet and make sure that the battery terminals are clean and tight.

□ Switch on the headlights and try to start the engine. If the headlights go very dim when you're trying to start, the battery is probably flat. Get out of trouble by jump starting (see next page) using a friend's car.

□ Is there moisture on electrical components under the bonnet? Switch off the ignition, then wipe off any obvious dampness with a dry cloth. Spray a water-repellent aerosol product (WD-40 or equivalent) on ignition and fuel system electrical connectors like those shown in the photos.

Pay special attention to the ignition coil wiring connector and HT leads.

A Check the security and condition of the battery connections

B Check that the spark plug HT leads are securely connected to the distributor cap by pushing them home

C Check that the ignition low tension wiring is securely connected to the distributor

D Check that the HT lead is securely connected to the ignition coil, and spray with water-dispersant if necessary

E Check that the wiring plugs are securely connected to the injectors

Check that electrical connections are secure (with the ignition switched off) and spray them with a water dispersant spray like WD40 if you suspect a problem due to damp

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