Exercise Extreme Caution when Working on your Vehicle
The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a potentially hazardous area. If you are not fully familiar with proper repair procedures, do not attempt the adjustments described on the following pages.
This caution also applies to the entire vehicle.
Fire and Explosion Hazards
Many vehicle fluids are highly flammable, e.g. fuel, engine oil and transmission oil. Fuel vapours can deflagrate. A highly explosive detonating gas can be formed when charging lead-acid batteries.
Fluid Health Hazards
Refill fluids, e.g. engine oil, brake fluid or coolant, are harmful to health (toxic, irritant or caustic).
Exhaust Gas Inhalation
Engine exhaust is dangerous if inhaled.
Engine exhaust fumes have many components which you can smell. They also contain carbon monoxide (CO), which is a colorless and odorless gas.
Carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness and even death if inhaled.
Hot Engine Parts, Exhaust System and Fluids
The engine and adjacent components, the exhaust system and coolant become very hot when the engine is running.
The coolant reservoir is pressurised. Hot coolant can spray out suddenly if the coolant reservoir is opened without due care.
Moving Engine Parts
Hands, fingers, items of clothing (ties, sleeves, etc.), necklaces or long hair can be drawn in by moving parts, e.g. the engine-compartment blower, drive belt, etc., when working in the engine compartment.
The engine-compartment blower is mounted in the engine compartment.
After the engine is switched off, the engine compartment temperature is monitored for approx. 30 minutes.
During this period, and depending on temperature, the engine-compartment blower may continue to run or start to run.
Carry out work in these areas only with the engine off and exercise extreme caution.
The radiators and radiator fans are in the front of the vehicle.
The radiator fans in the front end of the vehicle may be operating or unexpectedly start operating when the engine is switched on.
Electric Shock from Ignition System
When the ignition is on, all cables and wires of the ignition system carry a high voltage.