Opel Corsa B 1993–2000 Service and Repair Manual: Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

Vehicle identification

  • Number plates must be in good condition, secure and legible, with letters and numbers correctly spaced - spacing at (A) should be twice that at (B).

Checks carried out WITH THE VEHICLE ON THE GROUND

  • The VIN plate (A) and homologation plate (B) must be legible.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

Electrical equipment

  • Switch on the ignition and check the operation of the horn.
  • Check the windscreen washers and wipers, examining the wiper blades; renew damaged or perished blades. Also check the operation of the stop-lights.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

  • Check the operation of the sidelights and number plate lights. The lenses and reflectors must be secure, clean and undamaged.
  • Check the operation and alignment of the headlights. The headlight reflectors must not be tarnished and the lenses must be undamaged.
  • Switch on the ignition and check the operation of the direction indicators (including the instrument panel tell-tale) and the hazard warning lights. Operation of the sidelights and stop-lights must not affect the indicators - if it does, the cause is usually a bad earth at the rear light cluster.
  • Check the operation of the rear foglight(s), including the warning light on the instrument panel or in the switch.

Footbrake

  • Examine the master cylinder, brake pipes and servo unit for leaks, loose mountings, corrosion or other damage.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

  • Inspect both front brake flexible hoses for cracks or deterioration of the rubber. Turn the steering from lock to lock, and ensure that the hoses do not contact the wheel, tyre, or any part of the steering or suspension mechanism.

    With the brake pedal firmly depressed, check the hoses for bulges or leaks under pressure.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

Steering and suspension

  • Have your assistant turn the steering whee from side to side slightly, up to the point where the steering gear just begins to transmit this movement to the roadwheels. Check for excessive free play between the steering wheel and the steering gear, indicating wear or insecurity of the steering column joints, the column-to-steering gear coupling, or the steering gear itself.
  • Have your assistant turn the steering whee more vigorously in each direction, so that the roadwheels just begin to turn. As this is done, examine all the steering joints, linkages, fittings and attachments. Renew any component that shows signs of wear or damage. On vehicles with power steering, check the security and condition of the steering pump, drivebelt and hoses.
  • Check that the vehicle is standing level, and at approximately the correct ride height.

Shock absorbers

  • Depress each corner of the vehicle in turn, then release it. The vehicle should rise and then settle in its normal position. If the vehicle continues to rise and fall, the shock absorber is defective. A shock absorber which has seized will also cause the vehicle to fail.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

Exhaust system

  • Start the engine. With your assistant holding a rag over the tailpipe, check the entire system for leaks. Repair or renew leaking sections.

Checks carried out with the vehicle on the ground

    Checks carried out from the driver's seat
    Handbrake Test the operation of the handbrake. Excessive travel (too many clicks) indicates incorrect brake or cable adjustment. Check that the handbrake cannot be released by tapping the ...

    Checks carried out with the vehicle raised and the wheels free to turn
    Jack up the front and rear of the vehicle, and securely support it on axle stands. Position the stands clear of the suspension assemblies. Ensure that the wheels are clear of the ground and that ...

    See also:

    Opel Corsa B 1993–2000 Service and Repair Manual. Handbrake adjustment
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