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Fluid level checks Peugeot 206 1998 - 2009 Petrol 1.1

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Peugeot 206 1998 - 2009  | 1.1 Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

1.6 litre petrol (others similar) A. Engine oil level dipstick B. Engine oil filler cap C. Coolant expansion tank D. Brake fluid reservoir E. Screen washer fluid reservoir F. Battery G. Power steering fluid reservoir
2.0 litre diesel (1.4 similar) A. Engine oil level dipstick B. Engine oil filler cap C. Coolant expansion tank D. Brake fluid reservoir E. Screen washer fluid reservoir F. Battery G. Power steering fluid reservoir

Engine oil level

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

The correct oil

Modern engines place great demands on their oil. It is very important that the correct oil for your car is used
Engine oil grade:
  Petrol engines SAE 10W40, 5W40 or 0W40 Multigrade engine oil to ACEA A3 and API SJ/SL specification
  Diesel engines SAE 10W40, 5W40 or 0W40 Multigrade engine oil to ACEA B3 and API CD/CF specification
TIP! If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper engine components and this will give an inaccurate reading on the dipstick

Car care

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, the engine may be burning oil
Always maintain the level between the upper and lower dipstick marks
If the level is too low it can cause severe engine damage. Adding too much oil and overfilling the engine can cause oil seal failure
On models equipped with an oil level gauge don’t be tempted to rely on the gauge alone. Verify the level using the dipstick on a regular basis. Equally, don’t ignore the gauge if it warns of low oil level
The engine oil level is checked with a dipstick that extends through the dipstick tube and into the sump at the bottom of the engine (1.1 petrol engine shown). The dipstick is located at the front of the engine. Withdraw the dipstick.
Wipe all the oil from the end of the dipstick with a paper towel. Insert the clean dipstick back into the tube as far as it will go (2.0 litre diesel engine shown), then withdraw it once more
Check the oil level on the end of the dipstick. Add oil as necessary until the level is between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark on the dipstick. Approximately 1.0 litre of oil will be required to raise the level from the lower mark to the upper mark
Oil is added to the engine via the filler cap on the cylinder head cover. Unscrew the cap and top-up the level. A funnel may help to reduce spillage. Add the oil slowly, checking the level on the dipstick frequently. Do not overfill

Coolant level

DO NOT attempt to remove the expansion tank pressure cap when the engine is hot – there is a very great risk of scalding. Coolant is poisonous, so do not leave containers of coolant open

Car care

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
It is important that antifreeze is used in the cooling system all year round and not just during the winter months. Don’t top-up with water alone as the antifreeze will become too diluted
The coolant level varies with the temperature of the engine. The level is checked in the expansion tank located in the right-hand, rear corner of the engine compartment. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be between the MAX and MIN level marks on the tank
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 the specified coolant to the expansion tank until the coolant level is correct. Refit the cap and tighten it securely
Coolant type BASF Glysantin G33-23F or Gurit Essex Revkogel 2000

Brake (and clutch) fluid level*

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

Safety first!

If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the system, which should be investigated immediately
If a leak is suspected, the car should not be driven until the braking system has been checked. Never take any risks with your brakes
TIP! Make sure the car is on level ground. 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 DANGER mark
The brake fluid reservoir is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment. The MAX and DANGER 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
Carefully add fluid, taking care not to spill any on to 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

Park the vehicle on level ground
With the engine idling, turn the steering wheel slowly from lock-to-lock 2 or 3 times. Set the steering wheel to straight-ahead position and then switch off the engine
TIP! To ensure an accurate check, the steering must not be turned once the engine has been stopped

Safety first!

The need for frequent topping-up indicates a leak, which should be investigated immediately
The reservoir is located at the front of the engine, on the right-hand side. Wipe clean the area around the reservoir cap, to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system, and then remove the cap from the reservoir
Wipe all fluid from the cap dipstick using a paper towel. Refit the filler cap fully, then remove it again and note the fluid level on the dipstick. When the engine is cold, the level should be between the lower (ADD) mark and the middle (C) mark on the dipstick. If the engine is warm, the fluid level may be up to the upper (H) mark
If the fluid level is on or below the lower (ADD) mark, top-up the fluid level to the middle (C) mark using Total Fluide LDS – do not overfill. Once the level is correct, securely refit the filler cap to the reservoir

Washer fluid level

Screen wash additives not only keep the windscreen clean during foul 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 too diluted and will freeze during cold weather
Caution: Never use coolant antifreeze in the washer system. It could discolour or damage paintwork
The screen wash fluid reservoir filler neck is located on the right-hand side of the engine compartment, behind the headlight. The screen wash level cannot be seen easily. Remove the filler cap and look down the filler neck, if fluid is not visible, topping-up may be required
When topping-up the reservoir, add a screen wash additive in the quantities recommended on the additive bottle. The exact level is not critical. Add fluid slowly until the level reaches the base of the filler neck
- Close + Open

Wiper blade replacement

Check the condition of the wiper blades. Any cracking or fraying indicates replacement is required. Replace both blades annually
To remove a windscreen wiper blade pull the arm fully away from the glass until it locks. Swivel the blade through 90º and then squeeze the locking clip and slide the blade out of the arm’s hooked end. On re-fitting ensure that the blade locks securely into the arm
Don’t forget to check the tailgate wiper blade as well. To remove the blade pull the arm away from the glass and unclip the blade
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