This service is to be carried out every 24000 miles
(40000 km) or every 2 years, whichever comes sooner.
|Carry out 12000 mile service:
(20000 km) service.
replace and bleed brake fluid.
Check rear drum brakes.
|Use correct type of fluid (green LHM in disc
brake cars). The wrong fluid will cause seals to
perish, and the whole braking system will need
Remove rear wheel and hub and
check brake shoes/pistons. Big socket and big
torque required for this. Rear brake shoes wear
very slowly, but pistons can seize.
and adjust suspension heights.
|Check suspension heights with the car on
level ground, unladen with 1/2 tank of fuel.
Adjust by turning suspension tie rods (along base
of sills). Lowering the suspension too much will
cause the tie rods to come free from the
linkages, and the car will collapse onto the
|Old gearboxes can become noisy, but still
function perfectly. To quieten an old gearbox,
use a thicker grade of gearbox oil. EP80 or 90
and replace if necessary.
|Some people replace the battery as a matter
of course every few years, to keep the car
starting well. In any case, return old batteries
to the shop to be recycled (some offer a discount