Fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor with over 18 years experience.
Catering for all levels of ability, from complete beginner to Pass Plus.
Brake Fluid: See below for a picture of the brake fluid filler cap. Be careful to ONLY fill with the correct DOT fluid.
Windscreen Washer Reservoir: See below for a picture of the filler cap. Screen wash can be used, but equally so can tap water.
Checking the headlights / tail lights: See below for a picture of the switch, note that turning on the headlights also illuminates the tail lights.
Open the bonnet, identify where you check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check the engine oil level.
Identify where the dipstick is, explain that it would need removing and wiping clean then re-inserting and removed once again to give an accurate reading. The level should be between maximum and minimum marks.
Note: Should be checked on level ground, when the engine is cold.
Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine coolant has the correct level.
Identify the coolant reservoir tank. it should be filled between maximum and minimum markers. Only top it up when the engine has cooled to avoid danger of scalding.
Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of brake fluid.
Identify the brake fluid reservoir. The level of fluid needs to be between maximum and minimum markers.
Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the wind screen washer level.
Identify the windscreen washer reservoir. Visually check the level and explain that if you needed to refill it, you would open the cap and fill up to the neck of the resevoir.
Tell Me - How you check the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit the vehicle).
Turn on the ignition, operate the headlight switch and explain that you would walk around the vehicle checking all the necessary lights are working.
Checking under the bonnet...
Oil: See below for a picture of the dipstick, note that the other cap with the oil symbol is where you fill up the oil.
Do not attempt to open whilst answering, it may be highly pressurised with very hot liquid. See below for a picture of the cap.