Now that you’ve acquired your pre-owned Citroen C4, you’ll want to look after it. Major tasks are usually beyond the scope of owner maintenance, but there’s a few easy tasks that you can carry out to keep your C4 at its best.
Check the tyre pressures and their condition. Some of the newer C4 models have a pressure warning system, but you shouldn’t wait for this to alert you! Using a pressure gauge, check them weekly; the recommended pressure(s) are in the handbook, and on a label inside the driver’s door. Tyres lose a small amount of pressure over time, and you should top them up as needed, but any significant pressure loss should be investigated. Give them a visual check, looking for debris trapped in the treads, which should be picked out with a blunt tool, and check the sidewalls for damage or cracking. Some C4 models are supplied with a spare wheel when new; check this as well as the road tyres.
Your pre-owned Citroen C4 should get regular oil changes with its servicing, but you should also check the oil level regularly. With the car level, and the engine cold, remove and clean the dipstick. Don’t use tissue, or anything which is likely to shed fibres, as these could be transferred back into the engine. Put the dipstick back in, and remove again. The engine oil clings to the dipstick, and will ideally show a level between marks on the stick. If it’s toward or below the minimum mark, add the type and grade of oil specified in the handbook. Add the oil through the filler cap on the top of the engine, perhaps with a funnel. Add it slowly, in stages, allowing time for it to settle, until it’s close to the maximum mark. Replace the filler cap and dipstick. Any rapid drop in level should be referred to your dealer, as this could indicate problems with the engine. Newer models of the C4 are fitted with a low oil level light, but don’t wait for this to light up before you check it!
Check the brake fluid level. Identify the brake fluid reservoir with the aid of the handbook, and ensure the level is above the minimum mark on the reservoir. It sometimes helps to shine a torch on one side of the reservoir to highlight the fluid. Topping-up requires diligent cleanliness to avoid introducing dirt or debris into the braking system, and many owners leave this to their mechanic or dealer.
The windscreen washer reservoir should be topped up with a mix of clean water and a proportion of washer fluid, in the proportion recommended by the maker.
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