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1 Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. Identify the oil dipstick. To check the level, the dipstick needs to be removed and wiped clean with a dry cloth. The dipstick should then be reinserted fully and removed again to see how much oil there is. It should be between the maximum and minimum marks.
2 Open the bonnet. Identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level. Identify the coolant reservoir tank it should be filled between the maximum and minimum markers. To add coolant, unscrew the radiator cap and top it up. This should only be done when the engine and radiator have cooled to avoid danger of scalding.
3 Open the bonnet. Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. Identify the brake fluid reservoir. The level of fluid needs to be between the maximum and minimum markers, if the brake fluid regularly needs topping up. There may be a serious problem, so the car will need to be taken to a qualified mechanic.
4 Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. Identify the windscreen washer reservoir. To refill it, flip open the cap and check that the level of liquid is up to the neck of the bottle, topping it up if necessary.
5 Where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked. The recommended pressures are given in the manufacturer’s guide. A reliable pressure gauge must be used, checking and adjusting the pressures when the tyres are cold. Not forgetting the spare tyre. Remember to refit valve caps.
6 How you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for use on the road. The tyre tread depth can be checked using a gauge. Tyres must have a sufficient tread depth of at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the centre circumference. A visual inspection should ensure that there are no cuts or bulges.
7 How you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. Press your right foot down on the brake pedal. The brakes should feel firm and not spongy or slack. It’s a good idea to test the brakes just after moving off. They should adequately stop the car without pulling to one side. If they don’t feel firm, have them checked by a qualified mechanic.
8 How you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle.) Operate the headlight switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round the vehicle (Because this is a ‘tell me’ question, there is no need to physically check these lights.)
9 How you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. some restraints might not be adjustable.
10 How you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system. A warning light on the dashboard should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. You would need to take the car to a qualified mechanic if this happened.