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Under the bonnet checks

Whats under the bonnet

Open the bonnet

Open the driver door. Immediately in front of the driver door opening, on the side, you will locate the bonnet lever; pull this firmly towards you.

Pulling bonnect release lever

Move to the front of the car and just above the VW logo between the grill and bonnet slide your right hand, palm down, in to feel a lever, slide and hold this to the left to release the secondary catch.

Bonnect release lever

With your left hand raise the bonnet. With your right hand remove the support arm from its catch and raise the arm upright and place the yellow end into the whole in the top right corner of the bonnet. Check it is holding firm before letting go of the bonnet!

Bonnect Stand down

Bonnect stand upBonnect up

Engine Oil
Tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient oil?

Identify the dipstick. This is the yellow handle towards the centre of the engine. When the engine is cold and the car is on level ground you lift the dipstick out, wipe it with a clean rag and replace it. Lift it out again and this time you should clearly see where the oil stops. This should be between the maximum and minimum marks at the other end of the dipstick.

Location of engine oil
Showing Oil dip stick

Engine Coolant

Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant?

Identify the coolant bottle. This is the bottle half way back in the engine compartment on the left edge, with a symbol on it representing a thermometer in a beaker. When the engine is cold and the car is on level ground, the fluid must be between the minimum and maximum marks on the front of the bottle.

Engine coolant location

Engine coolant location side view

Brake Fluid

Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?

Identify the brake fluid bottle. This is the bottle at the back left of the engine compartment, with a symbol of a circle with brackets around it on the lid, representing the brake pads around the wheel. When the engine is cold and the car is on level ground, the fluid must be between the minimum and maximum marks on the front of the bottle.

Brake fluid location

Head Lights and Tail Lights

Tell me how you’d check the head and tail lights were working? You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain that you would switch on the ignition and turn the lights to dipped beam on the light dial, get out of the car, check the lights were illuminated at the front and rear of the car.

Head light switch off

Head Light switch on

Rear Fog Lights

Lever for Fog lights

Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use them?

On the light dial, firstly turn the dial to auto or dipped beam and then pull the switch out towards you. The amber warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel. The rear fog light should only be used when visibility is less than 100m.

Head light switch off

Head Light switch on

Brake Lights

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car?

Switch on the ignition and operate the brake pedal. either ask someone to check the brake lights are illuminated, or make use of reflections to see for yourself.

Indicators

Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working. you don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Either, turn on the hazard warning lights (red warning triangle symbol) and get out, walk around the car checking all indicator lights are illuminated.

Hazard warning lights switch

Or, using the left stalk turn on the left indicator (down), check the indicator lights on the left side of the car are illuminated. Then switch the stalk to the right indicator (up). check the indicator lights on the right side of the car are illuminated.

Lever for Indicator and Fog lights
Indicator lever down
Indicator lever up

Brakes

Foot brakes

Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?

Explain that you would start the car moving and operate the brake pedal. The brakes should not feel slack or spongy. The vehicle should not pull to one side.

Anti-lock braking system

Tell me you’d know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system?

An amber warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel

Tyres

Tyre pressure

Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked?

Use the manufacturers guide. with a reliable gauge, when the tyres are cold, check and adjust the pressures as necessary, remember to include the spare tyre, finally refit the valve caps.

Tread depth

Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

The tread depth must be a minimum of 1.6mm across the centre 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre around it’s entire circumference. (This can be done by checking the tread is above the little rubber block that are spaced around the tyre in its grooves as shown). The sides of the tyre should not show any damage such as cuts or bulges.

Tyre tread

Head Restraint

Tell me how you’d make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash?

Adjust the restraint so that the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as comfortable. In this car press the button on the side and slide the restraint up/down to the desired position.

Head Restraint

Power-assisted steering

Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey?

If the steering feels heavy the power-assistance system is not working properly.

Either, before starting a journey, apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintain this pressure while starting the engine. A noticeable movement should be felt/seen as the system starts working.

Car steering wheel
Car steering wheel tilted left
Car steering wheel tilted further left

Or, just after moving, turning the steering wheel, it will feel heavy to turn.

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Show Questions

Windscreen washers

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

Using the right hand stalk, pull and hold it towards you until water sprays on the windscreen, then release it. The wipers will stop automatically after 3 wipes.

Windscreen washer lever

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

Using the right hand stalk, push and hold it away from you until water sprays on the windscreen, then release it. This will now be on the rear wiper setting, so this also needs to be turned off, pull the stalk 1 click towards you. The wipers will stop automatically after 3 wipes.

Windscreen washer lever

Lights

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

The light dial is on the dash board next to the driver door. turn this dial either 1 click clockwise to “auto” or turn 3 clicks to dipped headlights.

Head light switch off

Head Light switch on

Demisters

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

This is operated using the 3 dials in the centre of the dashboard. the left dial controls temperature, turn this clockwise all the way for the highest temperature. The centre dial controls the speed of the fan, turn this all the way clockwise, to number 4. The rights dial controls the direction of airflow, turn this to point straight up at the windscreen.

Demister settings 1

Demister settings 2

When the windscreen is clear, turn the left dial back to a comfortable temperature and the centre dial back to 1 or 2.

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

Press the top button between the centre and right dial. the orange light with illuminate. press it again to turn it off when the rear screen is clear.

Demister settings 3

Horn

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you’d with on your dipped headlights?

The horn is located in the centre of the steering wheel. Press it when you are in a situation that it would not alarm others.

Centre of car steering wheel

Windows

When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

The window controls are located on the arm rest on the drivers door, in the formation of the windows around the car. For the driver window use the front right button. Push it down to open and pull it up to close the window. 

Car window controls

If you move the button as far as it will go, the window will fully open/close without you having to hold the button. If you only operate the button slightly the window will stop moving when you release the button.

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