Rover 3.5 Litre
Owner's Maintenance Manual
Incorporating: Saloon and Coupé models
Rover Company Limited
Solihull, Warwickshire, England
Telephone: 021-743 4242
Telegrams: Rovrepair, SoIihull
Specification details set out in this handbook apply to a range of vehicles
and not to any particular vehicle. For the specification of any particular
vehicle owners should consult their Distributor or Dealer.
The Manufacturers reserve the right to vary their specifications with
or without notice, and at such times and in such manner as they think
fit. Major as well as minor changes may be involved in accordance with
the Manufacturer's policy of constant product improvement.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the particulars
contained in this Handbook, neither the Manufacturer nor the Distributor
or Dealer by whom this Handbook is supplied, shall in any circumstances
be held liable for any inaccuracy or the consequences thereof.
This book has been prepared to provide supplementary information to that
contained in the Owner's Instruction book. Its intention is to give clear
and simple information necessary for the efficient care and maintenance
of your car.
The book is divided
into three sections:
Part 1 Routine maintenance and adjustments.
Part 2 Electrical equipment, bodywork, etc.
Part 3 General data and index to Parts 1 and 2.
The new car pre-delivery
check will have been carried out by the Distributor or
Dealer responsible for the sale of the car, with certification in the
Passport to Service that the work has been done.
The routine maintenance of this car has been kept down to a minimum and
can, if desired, be carried out by owners without special tools. Any work
beyond that detailed in this book should be entrusted to Rover Distributors
or Dealers who are equipped and prepared also to carry out the routine
The Rover Company is always prepared to give advice on maintenance or
other matters to individual owners, but any correspondence with the Company
must bear the chassis or car number which will be found on a plate affixed
to the left-hand front door pillar.
ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENTS
Notes on general maintenance
Lubrication and maintenance
are necessary to keep any car In good mechanical condition. All the items
which require regular maintenance as detailed in the Maintenance Section
are shown in Part One of this book in terms of mileage which would apply
in a temperate climate. Climatic and operating conditions affect maintenance
intervals to a large extent; in many cases, therefore, the determination
of such intervals must be left to the good judgment of the owner or to
advice from a Rover Distributor or Dealer, but the recommendations will
serve as a firm basis for maintenance work.
Of particular importance in this connection are the undermentioned items:
1 Every 1.000 km (750 miles) check engine oil level, power steering oil
level and water level in radiator and windscreen washer reservoir.
2 Drain and refill engine sump and change the oil filter every 10.000
km (6,000 miles) or six months, whichever comes first.
3 Every month and at every maintenance inspection check tyre pressures
and inspect tyre treads; when high-speed touring the tyre pressures should
be checked much more frequently, even to the extent of a daily check.
If front wheel tread wear is uneven, check wheel alignment.
4 Every month and at every maintenance inspection check brake fluid level
and battery acid level.
5 Owners are under a legal obligation to maintain all exterior lights
in good working order, this also applies to headlamp beam setting, which
should be checked at regular intervals by a Rover Distributor or Dealer.
The Rover 3.5 litre V8 engine is designed to run on 100 octane fuel, five
star grade in the United Kingdom. See Owner's Instruction Manual for special
advice when touring.
The recommended lubricants have been found suitable for Rover cars and
should be used whenever possible in the grades specified. When ordering
oil, the correct grade, as well as the make, should be clearly stated.
The Rover Company attaches very great importance to the nature of the
lubricants used in its products and therefore gives specific recommendations
as detailed later.
The oils recommended by The Rover Company are complete in themselves and
additives should not be used.
Should any of the recommended lubricants not be available in certain overseas
territories, the Rover Distributor or Dealer for that territory will obtain
specific guidance from The Rover Company, or owners may communicate with
the Company where they so wish.
Under adverse conditions, such as driving over dusty roads or where short
stop-start runs are made, oil changes, attention to the engine flame traps
and breather filter replacement must be more frequent.
When the car is driven in dense city traffic or over dusty roads the elements
should be changed more frequently.
Under tropical or sandy and dusty conditions, the sliding joint must be
lubricated frequently to prevent ingress of abrasive materials.
It is important that you should recognise the necessity of using only
genuine Rover Parts or Rover Approved Parts when repair or maintenance
work is being carried out on your car.
Rover parts are produced to the same high standard as those parts built
into the car in its original production and it is in your best interests
that you should insist that only genuine Rover Parts or Rover Approved
Parts are fitted to your car.
These recommendations apply to temperate climates where operational temperatures
may vary between approximately -1O degrees C (14 degrees F) and 32 degrees
C (9O degrees F).
Information on recommended lubricants for use under extreme winter or
tropical conditions can be obtained from The Rover Co. Ltd, Technical
Service Department, or your local Distributor or Dealer.
|| Super Visco-Static1OW-40
||SUPER OR SPECIAL
TRANSMISSION AND POWER
SHAFT, SLIDING SPLINE, FRONT HUBS, REAR SPRING AND FRONT TORSION BAR
MP or Mobilgrease special
||Retinax A OR
Castrol Girhng Brake
and Clutch Fluid Crimson, SPECIFICATION J. 1703
||Any good quality
glycol-base anti-freeze solution conforming to British Standard No.