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Fluid level checks Ford Mondeo 2000 - 2003 Diesel 2.0 TDCi

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Ford Mondeo 2000 - 2003  | 2.0 TDCi Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

1.8 litre petrol engine (2.0 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir
2.5 litre V6 engine (3.0 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir
2.0 litre diesel engine (2.2 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir

Engine oil level

1 • Make sure that the car is on level ground.
2 •Check the oil level before the car is driven, or at least 5 minutes after the engine has been switched off.

The correct oil

3 Modern engines place great demands on their oil. It is very important that the correct oil for your car is used.
Engine oil grade Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30, 5W/40 or 10W/40, to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-A or -B, or to ACEA A1/B1, A2/B2, or A3/B3

Car care

4 • If you have to add oil frequently, you should check whether you have any oil leaks. Place some clean paper under the car overnight, and check for stains in the morning. If there are no leaks, then the engine may be burning oil.
5 • Always maintain the level between the upper and lower dipstick marks (see photo 3). If the level is too low, severe engine damage may occur. Oil seal failure may result if the engine is overfilled by adding too much oil.
The dipstick is located on the front of the engine (see Underbonnet Check Points for exact location). Withdraw the dipstick.
Using a clean rag or paper towel remove all oil from the dipstick. Insert the clean dipstick into the tube as far as it will go, then withdraw it again.
Note the oil level on the end of the dipstick, which should be in the hatched area, between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark.
Oil is added through the filler cap, located on top of the engine, towards the rear on all except V6 engines.Unscrew and remove the cap. Top-up the level, adding only a small amount of oil at a time. A funnel may help to reduce spillage. Add the oil slowly, checking the level on the dipstick often. Don’t overfill. If you need to renew the oil and filter, click below
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Fluid level checks

Underbonnet check points

1.8 litre petrol engine (2.0 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir
2.5 litre V6 engine (3.0 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir
2.0 litre diesel engine (2.2 litre similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant reservoir (expansion tank) D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Power steering fluid reservoir

Engine oil level

1 • Make sure that the car is on level ground.
2 •Check the oil level before the car is driven, or at least 5 minutes after the engine has been switched off.

The correct oil

3 Modern engines place great demands on their oil. It is very important that the correct oil for your car is used.
Engine oil grade Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30, 5W/40 or 10W/40, to Ford specification WSS-M2C913-A or -B, or to ACEA A1/B1, A2/B2, or A3/B3

Car care

4 • If you have to add oil frequently, you should check whether you have any oil leaks. Place some clean paper under the car overnight, and check for stains in the morning. If there are no leaks, then the engine may be burning oil.
5 • Always maintain the level between the upper and lower dipstick marks (see photo 3). If the level is too low, severe engine damage may occur. Oil seal failure may result if the engine is overfilled by adding too much oil.
The dipstick is located on the front of the engine (see Underbonnet Check Points for exact location). Withdraw the dipstick.
Using a clean rag or paper towel remove all oil from the dipstick. Insert the clean dipstick into the tube as far as it will go, then withdraw it again.
Note the oil level on the end of the dipstick, which should be in the hatched area, between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark.
Oil is added through the filler cap, located on top of the engine, towards the rear on all except V6 engines.Unscrew and remove the cap. Top-up the level, adding only a small amount of oil at a time. A funnel may help to reduce spillage. Add the oil slowly, checking the level on the dipstick often. Don’t overfill. If you need to renew the oil and filter, click below

Coolant level

Warning: Do not attempt to remove the expansion tank pressure cap when the engine is hot, as there is a very great risk of scalding. Do not leave open containers of coolant about, as it is poisonous.

Car Care

6 • With a sealed-type cooling system, adding coolant should not be necessary on a regular basis. If frequent topping-up is required, it is likely there is a leak. Check the radiator, all hoses and joint faces for signs of staining or wetness, and rectify as necessary.
7 • It is important that antifreeze is used in the cooling system all year round, not just during the winter months. Don’t top up with water alone, as the antifreeze will become diluted.
The coolant level varies with the temperature of the engine, and is visible through the expansion tank. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be between the MAX mark on the side . . .
. . . and the MIN mark on the front of the reservoir. When the engine is hot, the level may rise slightly above the MAX mark.
If topping-up is necessary, wait until the engine is cold. Slowly unscrew the expansion tank cap, to release any pressure present in the cooling system, and remove it.
Add a mixture of water and antifreeze to the expansion tank, until the coolant is up to the MAX mark. Use antifreeze of the same type (and colour) as that which is already in the system. Refit the cap securely. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below

Screen wash fluid level

Note: The underbonnet reservoir also serves the tailgate washer, and the headlight washers, where fitted.
8 • Screenwash additives not only keep the windscreen clean during bad weather, they also prevent the washer system freezing in cold weather – which is when you are likely to need it most. Don’t top-up using plain water, as the screenwash will become diluted, and will freeze in cold weather.
Warning: On no account use engine coolant antifreeze in the screen washer system – this may damage the paintwork.
The screen washer fluid reservoir filler neck is located in the right-hand front corner of the engine compartment, behind the headlight. The fluid level is checked by removing the filler cap and checking the dipstick (where fitted) which is attached to the cap.
When topping-up the reservoir, add a screenwash additive in the quantities recommended on the bottle. It could also be time to replace the wiper blades. For details, click below

Brake and clutch* fluid level

9 * The brake fluid reservoir also supplies fluid to the clutch master cylinder on manual transmission models.
Warning: Brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces, so use extreme caution when handling and pouring it. Do not use fluid which has been standing open for some time, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness.

Before you start

10 • Make sure that the car is on level ground.
11 • Cleanliness is of great importance when dealing with the braking system, so take care to clean around the reservoir cap before topping-up. Use only clean brake fluid.

Safety first!

12 • If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up, this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the brake or clutch system, which should be investigated immediately.
13 • If a leak is suspected, the car should not be driven until the braking system has been checked. Never take any risks where brakes are concerned.
HINT: The fluid level in the reservoir will drop slightly as the brake pads wear down, but the fluid level must never be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.
The brake fluid reservoir is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment (left as seen from the driver’s seat).
The MAX and MIN marks are indicated on the side of the reservoir. The fluid level must be kept between the marks at all times.
If topping-up is necessary, first wipe clean the area around the filler cap to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system, then unscrew and remove the reservoir cap. Inspect the reservoir – the fluid should be changed if it appears to be dark, or if dirt is visible.
Carefully add fluid, taking care not to spill it onto the surrounding components. Use only DOT 4 fluid; mixing different types can cause damage to the system. After topping-up to the correct level, securely refit the cap and wipe off any spilt fluid.

Power steering fluid level

14 • The level should be checked when the engine is cold (ie, before the car is driven), with the wheels pointing straight ahead.
15 • For the check to be accurate, the steering must not be turned once the engine has been stopped.

Safety first!

16 • The need for frequent topping-up indicates a leak, which should be investigated immediately.
The fluid level is visible through the reservoir body. The level should be up to the MAX mark on the side of the reservoir.
If topping-up is required, wipe clean the area around the reservoir filler neck and unscrew the filler cap from the reservoir.
When topping-up, use the specified type of fluid and do not overfill the reservoir. When the level is correct, securely refit the cap.
Power steering fluid Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSS-M2C204-A

Coolant level

Warning: Do not attempt to remove the expansion tank pressure cap when the engine is hot, as there is a very great risk of scalding. Do not leave open containers of coolant about, as it is poisonous.

Car Care

6 • With a sealed-type cooling system, adding coolant should not be necessary on a regular basis. If frequent topping-up is required, it is likely there is a leak. Check the radiator, all hoses and joint faces for signs of staining or wetness, and rectify as necessary.
7 • It is important that antifreeze is used in the cooling system all year round, not just during the winter months. Don’t top up with water alone, as the antifreeze will become diluted.
The coolant level varies with the temperature of the engine, and is visible through the expansion tank. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be between the MAX mark on the side . . .
. . . and the MIN mark on the front of the reservoir. When the engine is hot, the level may rise slightly above the MAX mark.
If topping-up is necessary, wait until the engine is cold. Slowly unscrew the expansion tank cap, to release any pressure present in the cooling system, and remove it.
Add a mixture of water and antifreeze to the expansion tank, until the coolant is up to the MAX mark. Use antifreeze of the same type (and colour) as that which is already in the system. Refit the cap securely. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below

Screen wash fluid level

Note: The underbonnet reservoir also serves the tailgate washer, and the headlight washers, where fitted.
8 • Screenwash additives not only keep the windscreen clean during bad weather, they also prevent the washer system freezing in cold weather – which is when you are likely to need it most. Don’t top-up using plain water, as the screenwash will become diluted, and will freeze in cold weather.
Warning: On no account use engine coolant antifreeze in the screen washer system – this may damage the paintwork.
The screen washer fluid reservoir filler neck is located in the right-hand front corner of the engine compartment, behind the headlight. The fluid level is checked by removing the filler cap and checking the dipstick (where fitted) which is attached to the cap.
When topping-up the reservoir, add a screenwash additive in the quantities recommended on the bottle. It could also be time to replace the wiper blades. For details, click below
- Close + Open

Wiper blade replacement

Check the condition of the wiper blades; if they are cracked or show any signs of deterioration, or if the glass swept area is smeared, renew them. Wiper blades should be renewed annually.
To remove a wiper blade, pull the arm fully away from the glass until it locks. Swivel the blade through 90º, then squeeze the locking clip, and detach the blade from the arm. When fitting the new blade, make sure that the blade locks securely into the arm, and that the blade is orientated correctly.
Don’t forget to check the tailgate wiper blade as well (where applicable). Remove the blade using a similar technique to the windscreen wiper blades.

Brake and clutch* fluid level

9 * The brake fluid reservoir also supplies fluid to the clutch master cylinder on manual transmission models.
Warning: Brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces, so use extreme caution when handling and pouring it. Do not use fluid which has been standing open for some time, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness.

Before you start

10 • Make sure that the car is on level ground.
11 • Cleanliness is of great importance when dealing with the braking system, so take care to clean around the reservoir cap before topping-up. Use only clean brake fluid.

Safety first!

12 • If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up, this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the brake or clutch system, which should be investigated immediately.
13 • If a leak is suspected, the car should not be driven until the braking system has been checked. Never take any risks where brakes are concerned.
HINT: The fluid level in the reservoir will drop slightly as the brake pads wear down, but the fluid level must never be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.
The brake fluid reservoir is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment (left as seen from the driver’s seat).
The MAX and MIN marks are indicated on the side of the reservoir. The fluid level must be kept between the marks at all times.
If topping-up is necessary, first wipe clean the area around the filler cap to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system, then unscrew and remove the reservoir cap. Inspect the reservoir – the fluid should be changed if it appears to be dark, or if dirt is visible.
Carefully add fluid, taking care not to spill it onto the surrounding components. Use only DOT 4 fluid; mixing different types can cause damage to the system. After topping-up to the correct level, securely refit the cap and wipe off any spilt fluid.

Power steering fluid level

14 • The level should be checked when the engine is cold (ie, before the car is driven), with the wheels pointing straight ahead.
15 • For the check to be accurate, the steering must not be turned once the engine has been stopped.

Safety first!

16 • The need for frequent topping-up indicates a leak, which should be investigated immediately.
The fluid level is visible through the reservoir body. The level should be up to the MAX mark on the side of the reservoir.
If topping-up is required, wipe clean the area around the reservoir filler neck and unscrew the filler cap from the reservoir.
When topping-up, use the specified type of fluid and do not overfill the reservoir. When the level is correct, securely refit the cap.
Power steering fluid Hydraulic fluid to Ford specification WSS-M2C204-A