How to Check
Brake/Power Steering Fluid Level

For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Please 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.
What you have to do :-
Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

For the practical test, the Tell Me/Show me question :-
Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
What you have to do :-
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.


Caution! Brake and Power steering fluid are poisonous and should be stored carefully in marked containers out of reach of children.

Use only NEW brake fluid. Old fluid may be contaminated which may result in damage to the braking system.

Do not spill fluid on painted surfaces. This will damage the paint. If fluid is spilled, wash with water as soon as possible.

brake Check the fluid in the reservoir. If the fluid is below the "MIN" level or the brake warning light comes on, add brake fluid up to the "MAX" line.
If the fluid is added frequently, the system should be thoroughly checked by a competent mechanic because the system may have developed a leak.

Notes for Power Steering owners The Power steering Fluid level should be checked when the fluid is cold
DO not Overfill
Use only steering fluid recommended for your vehicle.

That's it. The brake fluid and the Steering Fluid level have been checked.

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