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Fluid level checks Peugeot 207 2006 - 2009 Petrol 1.4 VTi

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Peugeot 207 2006 - 2009  | 1.4 VTi Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

1.6 litre VTi petrol engine (others similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake (and clutch) fluid reservoir E Screen washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Engine compartment fuse/relay box
1.6 litre diesel engine (1.4 similar) A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake (and clutch) fluid reservoir E Screen washer fluid reservoir F Battery G Engine compartment fuse/relay box

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.
HINT: If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper engine components, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick.

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:
  TU and ET engine codes SAE 10W40, 5W40, 5W30 or 0W30 multigrade engine oil to ACEA A3 and API SJ/SL specification*
  EP code (VTi) engines SAE 5W30 or 0W30 multigrade engine oil to ACEA A3 and API SJ/SL specification*
* Due to the extended service intervals Peugeot specify, it is essential that semi-synthetic or fully-synthetic engine oil be used.

Car care

4 • 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.
5 • If you have to add oil frequently, you should check whether you have any oil leaks. Remove the engine undershield, 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.
6 • 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 engine oil level is checked with a dipstick that extends through the dipstick tube and into the sump at the bottom of the engine. The dipstick is located at the front of the engine (see Underbonnet check points for exact location). Withdraw the dipstick.
Wipe all the oil from the end with a clean rag or paper towel. Insert the clean dipstick back into the tube as far as it will go, then withdraw it once more.
Note the oil level on the end of the dipstick (VTi-petrol model shown, others similar). Add oil as necessary until the level is between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark on the dipstick. Note that 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. Should 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

7 • 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.
8 • 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.
Antifreeze type BASF Glysantin G33-23F or Gurit Essex Revkogel 2000 antifreeze
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. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below

Brake (and clutch*) fluid level

9 *On manual transmission models, the brake 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, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness.

Safety first!

10 • If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the system, which should be investigated immediately.
11 • 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 brake fluid reservoir is located on the left-hand side of the engine compartment. 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.
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.

Washer fluid level

12 • 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 screenwasher system – this may damage the paintwork.
The screen washer fluid reservoir filler neck is located in the right-hand side of the engine compartment, behind the coolant reservoir. The screen washer level cannot easily be seen. 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 screenwash 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. It could also be time to replace the wiper blades. For details, click below
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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. For maximum clarity of vision, wiper blades should be renewed annually, as a matter of course.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade, pull the arm fully away from the glass until it locks. Swivel the blade through 90º, then squeeze the locking clip
Slide the blade out of the arm’s hooked end, disengaging it from the wiper arm, taking care not to allow the wiper arm to spring back and damage the windscreen.
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