Complete the items covered in the weekly
check plus the following:
1. Where the car is used for much town-work involving much
stop/start driving; in very cold conditions; and in hot
dusty conditions; run the engine until it has reached its
normal working temperature. Then drain the oil from the
sump/gearbox casing and wipe the magnetic drain plug clean.
Refill with the correct amount of Castrol GTX.
2. Jack up the front of the car. Fill a grease gun with
Castrol LM Grease or a similar multi-purpose grease and
thoroughly lubricate the steering swivel knuckle joints.
There are two grease nipples, one upper and one lower on
each side (total 4).
3. Unscrew the tops of the carburettor/s dashpots and top up
with Castrol GTX.
4. Check the level of the hydraulic fluid in the clutch and
brake master cylinder reservoir and top-up if the level has
fallen to 1/4 in. (6.5 mm), or more, below the bottom of the
filler neck, with Castrol Girling Universal Brake and Clutch
5. Check the steering column clamp bolt for tightness.
6. Adjust the rear brakes, and on the front disc brakes
inspect the friction pads for wear. Check the hoses and
pipes for loose joints, or leaks or wear caused by the
suspension or tyres rubbing against the flexible piping.*
7. Carefully inspect the rubber boots over the CV joints for
splits or tears and renew as necessary.*
8. Wash the bodywork and chromium fittings and clean out the
9. Remove the spark plugs, clean them and adjust the
10. Check that all the lights are functioning correctly and
replace blown bulbs as necessary.*
11. Lubricate with engine oil and door hinges, bonnet lock
operating mechanism, and the safety catch.
12. Lubricate the boot catch and hinges with engine oil.
13. Check the battery cell specific gravity readings, and
clean the terminals.
14. Lubricate the dynamo rear bearing. (Note: If wished this
task need only be performed once every 6,000 miles (10,000
km) but once every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) is to be
15. Examine the fan belt and adjust as necessary.
16. Check the clearance at the clutch return stop and adjust
17. Lubricate the carburettor controls.
18. Check underbody for rust. If necessary clean off, and
protect using a wax based seal.
The additional tasks are indicated by an asterisk (*) and
are primarily of a preventative nature, in that they will
assist in eliminating the unexpected failure of a component
due to fair wear and tear.