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Fluid level checks Vauxhall Corsa 2000 - 2003 Petrol 1.2 16v

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Vauxhall Corsa 2000 - 2003  | 1.2 16v Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

1.2 litre petrol engine 1 Engine oil level dipstick 2 Engine oil filler cap 3 Coolant expansion tank cap 4 Brake (and clutch) fluid reservoir 5 Screen washer fluid reservoir 6 Battery
1.7 litre diesel engine 1 Engine oil level dipstick 2 Engine oil filler cap 3 Coolant expansion tank cap 4 Brake (and clutch) fluid reservoir 5 Screen washer fluid reservoir 6 Battery

Engine oil level

1 • Make sure that your 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:
  Petrol engines Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30, 5W/40, 5W/50, 10W/30, 10W/40 or 10W/50 to ACEA A3, ACEA A3/B3 or ACEA A3/B3/B4
  Diesel engines Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30, 5W/40, 5W/50, 10W/30, 10W/40 or 10W/50 to ACEA B3, ACEA A3/B3 or ACEA A3/B3/B4

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, the engine may be burning oil, or the oil may only be leaking when the engine is running.
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 brightly coloured for easy identification (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 level on the end of the dipstick, which should be between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark.
Oil is added through the filler cap. 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. Avoid overfilling (see Car Care). 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

6 • 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 too diluted.
The coolant level varies with the temperature of the engine. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be near the COLD (or KALT) mark.
If topping-up is necessary, wait until the engine is cold. Slowly unscrew the 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 level is up to the Cold /Kalt mark. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below

Brake and clutch fluid level

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.
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.

Before you start

8 • Make sure that your car is on level ground.

Safety first!

9 • If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the system, which should be investigated immediately.
10 • 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.
The MIN and MAX marks are indicated on the reservoir. The fluid level must be kept between the marks at all times.
If topping-up is necessary, first lift the plastic cover then wipe clean the area around the filler cap to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system. Unscrew the reservoir cap.
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. Then securely refit the cap and wipe off any spilt fluid.

Washer fluid level

11 • Screenwash 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.
12 On no account use coolant antifreeze in the washer system - this could discolour or damage paintwork.
The screenwasher fluid reservoir is located at the rear right-hand corner of the engine compartment.
When topping-up the reservoir, a screen-wash additive should be added in the quantities recommended on the bottle. 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. Wiper blades should be renewed annually.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade, pull the arm fully away from the screen until it locks. Swivel the blade through 90º, press the locking tab with your fingers and slide the blade out of the arm’s hooked end.
Don’t forget to check the tailgate wiper blade as well. To remove the blade, depress the retaining tab and slide the blade out of the hooked end of the arm.
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