Fig. 3 Layout of controls and instruments.
  1. Lock for facia locker.
  2. Fresh air control.
  3. Switch for interior light.*
  4. Car heater fan switch.
  5. Starter button.
  6. Ignition switch.
  7. Heater "screen" control.
  8. Heater "heat" control.
  9. Mixture control.
  10. Petrol reserve switch.
  11. Main lamp switch. .
  12. Freewheel control ("60" and "75" only).
  13. Bonnet lock control.
  14. Headlamp dipper switch.
15. Clutch pedaL
16. Brake pedal.*
17. Accelerator. *
18. Hand brake, 1955 onwards. *
19. Horn ring.
20. Indicator control. *
21. Gear change lever.
22. Ash tray.
23. Clock.
24. Speedometer.
25. Water temperature gauge.
26. Windscreen wiper switch.
27. Instrument panel light switch.
28. Ammeter.
29. Ignition warning light.
30. Mixture control warning light.
31. Oil pressure warning light.
32. Petrol level gauge.
33. Oil level button.
34. Clock adjustment knob.
35. Speedometer trip knob.
36. Headlamp switch.*
37. Headlamp warning light.
38. Direction indicator warning light.
39. Instrument panel Securing screws.
40. Fog lamp switch (Extra).
41. Windscreen spray. *
42. Overdrive control switch* (Extra)
43. Overdrive kick-down switch.*
The instrument panel complete and the items marked are transferred to the opposite side on left-hand drive cars.
The controls and instruments are illustrated at Fig. 3; their use in most instances will be obvious upon examination, but the following notes will be of assistance, should difficulty be experienced.

The "105" models are fitted with overdrive as standard equipment.

Normal in position and Operation.

Fitted at the bottom left-hand corner of the panel; turn the key clockwise for "on". The key is detachable and also serves for the driver's door lock. When the ignition is "off", only the following electrical equipment can be used Clock, map light, interior lights, horns and driving lights (head, side and tail lamps).

The large red warning light at the centre of the panel appears when the dynamo fails to charge or the dynamo charging rate is low. It will glow when the ignition is switched on and the engine is stationary or running slowly and will go out when the engine speed rises.

Located above the ignition switch. To operate, press the button and release as soon as the engine fires.
Marked "COLD START" and mounted on the centre control panel to the right of the heater controls. See Page 14 for operation.

Action of the amber warning light at the top of the panel is described on Page 14.

The large green warning light at the top of the panel glows when the engine oil pressure drops below a safe figure. It will light up when the engine is stationary and fade out when the engine starts and the oil pressure builds up to normal. See Page 20 for further details.

To release the brake, pull up slightly, depress the button in the hand grip, and push downward as far as possible; to apply the brakes, pull the lever upward.

To release the brake, pull back slightly, depress the button in the top of the hand grip and push forward as far as possible; to apply the brakes, pull the lever to the rear.

The twin horns are operated by the inner ring on the steering wheel.

RIGHT-HAND DRIVE MODELS: To indicate a turn to the right, press the control on the steering column downwards; for a left turn press upwards.
LEFT-HAND DRIVE MODELS: To indicate a turn to the right, press the control upwards; for a left turn, press downwards.

The green direction indicator warning light at the bottom centre of the instrument panel flashes in sympathy with the indicator bulbs. The flasher unit, mounted behind the instrument panel, is audible in operation.
Should either a front or rear indicator bulb fail, the remaining indicator will continue to flash, but the warning light will not be seen, and the flasher unit will not be heard.
The direction indicator control is self-cancelling; on a slight bend the control may not return, in which case it must be cancelled by hand.

See later for gear changing instructions.

FREEWHEEL CONTROL, "60", "75" and 1954 "90" only
This control, situated on the centre control panel, must not be operated whilst the car is in motion before reading the operating instructions on Pages 14-15.

The overdrive control switch mounted on steering column, selects, when in top gear, overdrive or normal drive as required.
RIGHT-HAND DRIVE MODELS: To select normal drive push the lever upwards; for overdrive press downwards so that the lever is in line with the "0" on the cover.
LEFT-HAND DRIVE MODELS: To select normal drive push the lever downwards; for overdrive press upwards so that the lever is in line with the "0" on the cover.
See also Page 24.
The "kick-down" switch is fitted under the accelerator pedal and operates as follows :-When the car is in top gear overdrive, and rapid acceleration is required, it enables normal drive to be obtained by pressing the accelerator pedal hard down. Overdrive will automatically he re-selected, provided the column control switch has not been moved back to normal, when the throttle opening is reduced to half or below.

The three controls and fan switch on the centre control panel operate the car heater and demister system. A full description appears on Page 12.

Incorporates total and trip mileage indicators. The trip reading can be returned to zero by turning the button protruding beneath the instrument panel.

CLOCK, 1954-58
To adjust the hands of the electric clock, push in the knob on the left of the instrument (just behind the facia rail) and turn in the required direction.

CLOCK, 1959
To adjust the hands of the electric clock, push in the knob on the right of the instrument and turn in the required direction.

This instrument, in the multiple gauge, indicates the engine working temperature in degrees Centigrade.

The ammeter, in the multiple gauge, indicates the charging or discharging rate of the battery; usually a charge reading of three or four amperes will be shown.
When starting from cold, the charge reading will rise to a steady maximum, remain constant for a short while and then fall to a steady charge most suitable for the particular state of charge of the battery.

The third instrument in the multiple gauge indicates the petrol tank and engine oil levels. It only operates with the ignition ""and normally shows the petrol level. To make a rough check on the oil level with the engine stationary, press the button (marked "OIL LEVEL") on the right of the instrument panel. For an accurate check, use the dipstick (see Page 20).
This gauge is not a precision instrument and cannot be used to derive petrol or oil consumption figures.

A reserve supply of petrol is provided in the petrol tank; the reserve valve is controlled by the rotary switch in the centre of the instrument panel.
This switch must normally be in the MAIN position; turn it to RESERVE when it is desired to draw on the reserve supply. Do not forget to return the switch to MAIN when the tank has been replenished.

The rotary switch controlling the windscreen wipers is fitted on the right of the instrument panel.
When the switch is returned to the OFF position, the wiper blades are automatically parked at the end of their stroke.

The windscreen spray is operated by the small knob situated to the left of the steering column on R.H.D. models and above the dipper switch on L.H.D. models. To wash the windscreen, switch on the windscreen wipers and press the knob repeatedly with the foot until the windscreen is clean, when the windscreen wipers should be switched off.
NOTE-In cold weather, to prevent freezing of the water, the container mounted under the bonnet on the left-hand wing valance, should be filled with 1 part of methylated spirit to 2 parts water.

The rheostat switch controlling the panel lights is only operative when the ignition is on; the lights are progressively dimmed by turning the knob clockwise.

The bonnet lock control is situated beneath facia board on the extreme right-hand side. See below for operation.


The side, tail and headlamps are controlled by the rotary switch in the top left-hand corner of the instrument panel:
Switch off: All lamps extinguished.
Switch on: Side, tail and rear number plate lamps on; also headlamps, depending upon the position of the headlamp switch.

With the lamps switched on at the panel switch, the headlamps will be either on or off, depending upon the position of the headlamp switch on the steering column.
Note-On North American cars, the side lamps are extinguished when the headlamps are switched on.

The headlamps are dipped by means of the switch to the left of the clutch pedal. To dip the headlamps, press the switch firmly and remove the foot; to return the headlamps to normal, press the switch again in a similar manner. The switch replaces the primary filaments in both headlamps by secondary "out-of-focus" filaments directed towards the near-side of the road.
The small red warning light at the bottom centre of the instrument panel glows when the primary headlamp beams are in use; its purpose is to remind the driver to switch off or dip the headlamps on entering a brightly-lit area.

FOG LAMP, standard on early home "90" models and "105S" models; optional on all other models.
A fog lamp can be mounted on the front apron; it is controlled by a push-pull type switch (marked "FOG"), situated beneath the facia board to the right of the mixture control. It can only be used when the lamp switch is on.

The side lamps are mounted below the flasher in the front wings.

Flashing type indicators are fitted as standard to "60", "75", "90" (from 1955 onwards) and all "105" models. 1954 models are fitted with semaphore type indicators in the 'B C' posts. The forward facing indicator lamps are located near the outside edge of the front wings, while at the rear, flasher bulbs are contained in the rear lamps. A special unit in the circuit causes either the near-side or off-side lamps to flash when the steering column control is operated (see Page 8).

The dim filaments of the dual filament bulbs in the lower holders provide normal tail lamp illumination, while the bright filaments are brought into use by the stop lamp switch operated automatically by the brake pedal, thus giving increased illumination when the foot brake is applied.
The upper bulb holders carry the flashing direction indicator bulbs.
Part of the rear lamp glass is moulded to form a reflector.

The two outer bulbs provide number plate illumination when the main lamp switch is on; the large centre bulb, operated automatically by the reverse gear mechanism, provides a rearward light when reversing.

With the main lamp switch on the boot lamp is automatically switched on when the boot lid is opened and extinguished when it is dosed.


The ignition key is also used for locking the driver's door; its serial number is stamped on the ignition switch only.
A second key, bearing a different number, is provided for locking the luggage boot and facia locker. For security, its serial number is not marked on either lock, but is stamped on the radiator block, and is only visible when the bonnet is open.
Two keys of each serial number are supplied.

Fig. 4. Door fittings.

A-Interior handle.
B-Window regulator.
C-Adjustable arm rest.
D-Safety catch
E-Pull handle

When closed, the bonnet is automatically locked and can only be opened after releasing the lock control under the facia panel on the right-hand side.
To open the bonnet, pull the lock control to release the lock; raise the bonnet lid slightly and pull forward the catch on the radiator grille (above the "Rover" badge).
Support the bonnet in the open position by means of the prop rod.
To close the bonnet, lower the prop rod and close the lid sharply.

To open a door from the outside, grasp the handle and press the release button with the thumb; a catch incorporated in the check strap retains the door in the fully open position. Close the door firmly by means of the handle only; do not touch the release button, or the door will be left insecurely fastened.
To open a door from inside the car, pull the interior handle to the rear.
The driver's door is provided with a key. The remaining doors are locked by pushing the interior handle down until a "click" is felt, either before or after they are shut.
A safety locking device is incorporated in each rear door lock, to serve as an extra precaution against the doors being opened accidentally. It is operated by the interior handle escutcheon; when the escutcheon is rotated slightly anti-clockwise, the door can only be opened from the outside.

Note-The safety device must be set at the "off" position before the door can be locked in the normal way using the interior handle.

The fore-and-aft position of the front seat is readily adjusted by pulling to the right the lever at the centre front of the seat base and moving the seat to the most convenient of the five positions provided; these five notches give a total travel of 5 in. (127 mm.).

Fig. 5. Front seat adjustment.

A-Seat fixing bolts. B-Control handle.

Further adjustment, for height and rake, is incorporated in the seat base, to provide maximum comfort for the individual driver. By re-positioning the securing bolts, the seat may be raised a maximum of 1.5 in. (38 mm.) at either front or rear, or both.

Adjustment of the fore and aft position, and for height and rake for the bucket seats is exactly as for the bench type seat.
In addition the angle of the bucket seat backrest squab in relation to the seat cushion can also be altered by adjusting the nuts at the rear lower corners of the seat frame. (See Fig. 6.)

Fig. 6. Bucket seat adjustment.

A-Seat fixing bolts.
B-Control hancile.
C-Adjustment for squab.
Both seats are provided with a wide centre arm rest, which can be pushed into the seat squab when not required.

The side arm rests fitted to the front doors are adjustable to suit individual occupants; lift the lever below the arm rest pad, slide up or down as required and release the lever to lock the rest in any one of five positions.

Apart from their primary purpose of providing draught-free ventilation, the ventilating windows on the front doors can be used as air intakes in warm climates, by opening them through more than 90 degrees.

Each interior light is switched on automatically when the appropriate door is opened and extinguished when the door is closed.
In addition, manual control is afforded:
MAP LIGHT. By means of the switch behind the facia rail (Fig. 3, Page 8).
REAR LIGHTS. By means of the switches on the centre pillars.

The visors can be used either to reduce sun glare through the windscreen, or through the side windows by pivoting to the side.
A mirror is fitted on the back of the passenger's visor.

The swivelling ash tray under the facia frame can be detached for cleaning by lifting the bowl from the frame, while the tray in the rear of the front seat is removed by releasing the retaining catch.

The radiator incorporated in the heater is fed from the engine cooling system; heat will not therefore be available until the engine is warm. The controls are mounted on a quadrant below the facia panel; they are clearly labelled and their method of use is as follows:
"FRESH AIR": This opens the air scoop immediately in front of the windscreen.
"FAN": This push/pull switch operates the fan in the heater intake, and is used to supplement the air flow at slow car speeds.
"HEAT": This regulates the temperature of the air entering the car interior.
"SCREEN": This allows de-misting or de-icing of the windscreen.

Fig. 7. Heater controls.

The control settings for various conditions are:
(a) Set the FRESH AIR lever to "COOLING OPEN".
(b) (b) Set the HEAT control to "OFF".

The amount of fresh air entering the car can be controlled by the degree of opening of the scoop.

(a) Set the FRESH AIR lever to "HEATING OPEN".
(b) Move the HEAT control to the right, until air of the desired temperature is entering the car interior.
If the volume of heat is insufficient with both controls fully open, it can be further increased by operating the switch marked FAN. This would only normally be required at low car speeds.

3. To supply COLD AIR to the windscreen, i.e., for de-misting the windscreen
(a) Set the SCREEN control to "DEMIST".
(b) Set the FRESH AIR lever to "HEATING-OPEN".
(c) Switch on the FAN if necessary.

4. To supply maximum HOT AIR to the windscreen only, i.e., for de-misting or defrosting the windscreen
(a) Set the SCREEN control to "DE-FROST".
(b) Set the FRESH AIR lever to "HEATING OPEN".
(c) Switch on the FAN if necessary.
(d) Move the HEAT control fully to the right.

Under these circumstances, the amount of air available for heating the car interior is proportionately decreased; it can be increased at the expense of the amount of hot air on the windscreen, by moving the SCREEN lever away from the "DE-FROST" position to the extent required.

A "click" will be felt approximately midway between "DEFROST" and "DEMIST" this position indicates that the maximum total heat is being delivered to the windscreen and to the car interior.

To warm the interior of the car by re-circulating the existing air through the heater, i.e., with the FRESH AIR control "SHUT"

(a) Set the SCREEN control at "OFF".
(b) Switch on the fan.
(c) Move the HEAT control to the right as far as necessary.

Provision is made for fitting radio on the facia board, in place of the centre locker. It is supplied as extra equipment and full operating instructions are supplied with the set.

To open the luggage boot, lift the handle below the number plate and raise the lid, which will automatically remain in the open position. The lid can be locked in the dosed position; this action also secures the petrol filler (Page 13) and spare wheel compartment (Page 16).

Should it be necessary to carry more luggage than he boot will hold with the lid closed, it is permissible to rest the lid on top of the luggage, providing it ioes not obscure the rear window. Secure it by passing the two webbing straps through the slots in the rear edge of the lid and the luggage rail on the boot floor.


Small tools are carried in a sliding tray under the glove box.

Fig. 8. Tool tray.
Fig. 10. Tool stowage in boot.

C-Pump handle.
D-Wheel brace.

Fig. 9. Tool stowage
under bonnet.

The petrol filler is in the left-hand rear wing, concealed under a coverpanel; this panel can be locked against theft and can then only be opened from inside the luggage boot.
To gain access to the filler, lift the boot lid, pull down the cover retaining catch and open the panel. To lock the cover panel, pull up the catch and lock the boot lid.
As the panel is spring-loaded, it is not necessary to use the locking catch, unless so desired

Fig. 11. Petrol filler cover catch.

A-Petrol filler cover.
B-Cover catch.
The petrol capacity is 11.5 Imperial gallons (52 litres) including a reserve of approximately 1-1.5 gallons (4-7 litres).

Rover cars will run satisfactorily on any good brand of petrol at 80 octane rating or over, but for best results a premium grade fuel should be used.
In the case of the '105' model it is recommended that only premium grade fuels should be used.
When the car is run on low grade fuel, the ignition may require slightly retarding to avoid pinking (see Page 21-Ignition timing).

The cooling system is pressurised and great care must be taken when removing the radiator filler cap, especially when the engine is hot, to avoid steam which may be blown out with considerable force.
When removing the filler cap, first turn it anti-clockwise to the stop and allow all pressure to escape, before pressing it down and turning further in the same direction to lift it off.
When replacing the filler cap it is important that it is tightened down fully, not just to the first stop. Failure to tighten the filler cap properly may result in the water boiling away rapidly, with possible damage to the engine through overheating.
The correct water level is to the bottom of the filler neck; the total capacity of the system is 17 Imperial pints (9,5 litres) on "60" and 21 Imperial pints (12 litres) on "75", "90" and "105" models.
NOTE-Use soft water wherever possible; if the local water supply is hard, rain or distilled water should be used.

Before attempting to start the engine, read the following note concerning the mixture control.

The mixture control provides a normal mixture when pushed right in. As the control is pulled out, the engine idling speed is gradually increased; in addition, during the second half of the control movement, the mixture is progressively strengthened until, with the knob right out, a very rich mixture is obtained for starting from cold. By turning the knob slightly, the control can be locked in any position.
The control should be pulled out to a fast idling position when starting with a warm engine.
When the engine has started, the mixture control should be gradually returned as soon as possible, consistent with even running so that, when the engine reaches normal running temperature, the control is pushed right in.

1. Ensure that the gear lever is in the neutral position.
2. Set the mixture control-
(a) Right out if the engine is cold.
(b) In a fast idling position if the engine is warm.
(c) Right in if the engine is hot.
N0TE.-With a very hot engine it may be necessary to slightly depress the accelerator pedal when starting.
3. Switch on the ignition; check that the green oil pressure warning light appears.
4. Press the starter button and the engine should start after a turn or two.
Note-If the engine makes a false start, allow the starter to come to rest before pressing the starter button again. Should the engine fail to start after two or three attempts, investigate and correct the cause before the battery is run down needlessly.

Push the mixture control in progressively as the engine warms up, until it is right home as soon as the engine temperature will permit.
The fast idling provided by the mixture control ensures the correct engine speed for warming up.
Do not race the engine; drive away at moderate speed immediately after starting, so stimulating lubrication of the cylinder walls as the engine warms up.
The appearance of the AMBER WARNING LIGHT on the instrument panel will indicate that the control has been left out inadvertently and must be pushed in at once.

Like all mechanical devices, the mixture control warning system is not completely fool-proof and the responsibility for pushing in the mixture control rests with the driver, especially as the warning light may never appear owing to bulb failure. Suspected bulb failure may be confirmed by pulling out the mixture control momentarily when the engine is hot, when the bulb should be illuminated.
To guard against bulb failure in the oil pressure warning light, a check should be made that the bulb glows each time the ignition is switched on.


Fig. 12. Gear positions.
Note-The position of the gear change lever can be adjusted to suit the individual driver. We recommend that this adjustment be carried out by your Rover Distributor or Dealer.

FREE WHEEL CONTROL-"60", "75" and 1954-55 "90"
The car must not be driven away until the driver has ascertained whether the freewheel control is in the "free" or "fixed" position, as the appropriate technique for gear changing must be followed.
To lock the freewheel in the fixed position, turn the control knob one half turn anti-clockwise and to free the freewheel, turn the knob one half turn clockwise. The control may only be operated when:
1. The car is stationary.
2. The car is moving, with the engine pulling.
Never attempt to move the control when the car is coasting.
If these instructions are not strictly adhered to, the freewheel may jam in the locked position and the change-over would be noisy.
With the freewheel locked, the gear change must be operated with the aid of the clutch.

With the freewheel in use, it is not necessary to use the clutch once the car has been moved from rest.

1. Remove the foot from the accelerator pedal.
2. Allow one to three seconds for the engine revolutions to die down.
3. Move the gear lever gently but firmly into the next gear position.
4. Continue with acceleration.

The slight pause before changing is essential. A long pause will not matter, but if too short a noisy gear change will result.

1. Remove the foot from the accelerator pedal and at the same time:
2. Move the gear lever to the next lower gear.
3. Continue with acceleration.

The movement need not be hurried but it is impossible to do it too quickly; there must be no pause in neutral.
If a very rapid change down is required on a steep hill, it is advisable to use the clutch in the normal manner.

GEAR CHANGING WITH THE FREEWHEEL FIXED-"60", "75" and 1954-55 "90"
With the freewheel fixed, gear changing is carried out in the normal manner. Synchro-mesh gears are provided for changing from first to second, second to third, third to top, top to third and third to second and in these cases single de-clutching may be used; when changing from second to first, it is advisable to use the double de-clutch method.

GEAR CHANGING "90" (1956 onward) and "105", and "60" and "75" WITH OVERDRIVE
Gear changing on the Rover "105" model or the "90" either with overdrive or less freewheel, and on the "60" and "75" with overdrive, follows the normal procedure as detailed under "Gear changing with the freewheel fixed". The operation of the overdrive switch is described below.

The only control for the overdrive unit with which the driver need be concerned is a manually operated switch on the steering column. Two other switches and a relay in the circuit function automatically to ensure as far as possible that the unit is not operated in a manner likely to cause unreasonable stress.

The switches are as follows:
1. Switch on steering column controlled by driver; this switch can be operated at any time but will only cause the unit to function under the following conditions.
(a) Overdrive selected: Unit will not operate until top gear is engaged.
(b) When switching from overdrive to normal in top gear, the throttle must be opened to allow the engine revolutions to increase and correspond to the road speed of the car, thereby ensuring a smooth change and reducing stresses on the transmission to a minimum.

2. Switch on gearbox extension is operated by the 3rd and 4th speed selector shaft and ensures that the overdrive can only be operated when top gear is engaged.
3. Switch on dash is operated by a cam on the throttle controls, and in conjunction with the relay mounted on the engine side of the dash, prevents the change from overdrive to normal ratio unless the engine revolutions are high enough to ensure a smooth change.

The only controls for the overdrive unit with which the driver need be concerned is a manually operated switch on the steering column and a kick-down switch under the accelerator pedal. Three other switches and a relay in the circuit function automatically to ensure as far as possible that the unit is not operated in a manner likely to cause unreasonable stress.
The switches are as follows
1. Switch on steering column controlled by driver, the switch can be operated at any time but will only cause the unit to function under the following conditions:
(a) Overdrive selected. Unit will not operate until top gear is engaged and throttle is between one-eighth and one-half open.
(b) When switching from overdrive to normal, throttle must be at least one-eighth open before the unit will operate.
(c) The kick-down switch under the accelerator pedal will over-ride the steering column switch when normal drive is required for rapid acceleration. See Item 4 for details of operation.

2. Switch on gearbox extension is operated by the 3rd and 4th speed selector shaft and ensures that the overdrive can only be operated when top gear is engaged.
3. Rotary switch located on the accelerator counter-shaft bracket, actuated by the throttle controls. This ensures that the unit will not be operated in a manner likely to cause unreasonable stress.
4. Kick-down switch under accelerator pedal. When the car is in top gear overdrive, and rapid acceleration is required, this switch enables normal drive to be obtained by pressing the accelerator hard down. Overdrive will automatically be re-selected, providing the column control switch has not been moved back to normal when the throttle opening is reduced to half or below.


Progressive running-in of a new car is of the utmost importance and has a direct bearing on durability and smooth running throughout its life.
The running-in period is 500 miles (750 km.), during which time 35-40 m.p.h. (55-65 k.p.h.) should not be exceeded. The engine must not be allowed to labour at any time and full use should be made of the indirect gears to ensure that full throttle is not used even to achieve 40 m.p.h. (65 k.p.h.). Corresponding maximum speeds should be used in the lower gears.
Thereafter, maximum speeds may be increased gradually, but the car should not be driven at prolonged high speeds until it has done 1,000 miles (1.500 km.).
Never race the engine when cold at any time during the life of the car.

The use of an upper cylinder lubricant is advised during the running-in period; recommended lubricants appear on Page 40.
It should be added to the tank before filling with petrol to ensure thorough mixing, in the proportion of one fluid ounce to four gallons of petrol (three centilitres to twenty litres).
The addition of upper cylinder lubricant is not necessary after the engine has been run in.

Except under tropical or extreme winter conditions, it is recommended that the oil placed in the engine, gearbox and rear axle on initial assembly be used for the first 750 miles (1.000 km.), when it should be changed in accordance with the Free Service Card supplied with the car.
Under the exceptional conditions stated, the oil in the engine and rear axle should be changed on receipt of the car to the correct grade and again at the free service stage.
A second service inspection is carried out by the dealer at 1,500 miles (2.500 km.).(See Page 17.)

The spare wheel is stowed in a separate compartment below the luggage boot floor, access being gained from the rear of the car.

1. Open the luggage boot lid.
2. Pull upwards the small handle (A), to the rear of the luggage rail, and lower the spare wheel compartment lid.
3. Push forward the safety catch (B) and slide out the wheel.

1. Rest the spare wheel on the edge of the compartment and slide it up into position over the safety catch.
2. Close the lid sharply.
3. Close the luggage boot.

Fig. 13. Spare wheel compartment.

A-Spare wheel compartment locking handle.
B-Safety catch.

The jacking system incorporated in this car enables the jack to be placed in position with a minimum of effort, without any necessity to get underneath the car.
Four tubular jacking brackets are fitted under the body lower rail, behind the front wheels and just in front of the rear wheels.
To raise one corner of the car
1. Remove the rubber dust excluder from the appropriate jacking point.
2. Fit the pivoted extension on the jack well home into the bracket.
This extension can be lowered or raised by turning the handle either one way or the other.
3. On some models it will be necessary to pull out the jack legs and set them squarely on the ground.
4. Turn the handle until the road wheel is clear of the ground.

To lower the car, reverse these operations

Fig. 14. Jacking the car.

A-Jacking bracket.
B-Dust excluding plug.
C-Jack extension.

If it is desired to raise the car with means other than those supplied, suitable jacking points are: Front: At the jacking pad under the centre of the front chassis cross-member.
Rear: Under the chassis member or the centre of the axle casing.


1. Prise off the hub cover plate, using a screwdriver or the foot of the lifting jack.
2. Slacken the five double-ended wheel nuts.
3. Jack up the corner of the car.
4. Remove the nuts and gently withdraw the wheel over the studs.
5. If available, place a drop of oil on the stud threads, to assist in subsequent removal.
6. Fit the new wheel, tighten the nuts as much as possible and lower the car to the ground and lock the nuts securely.
7. Replace the hub cap.

Rover Distributors/Dealers will give your car two Free Service inspections, any oil used being chargedthe owner. This Service is provided on new over cars sold direct by Distributor/Dealer to the user, on completion of the first 750 miles (1.000 km.) and again after the first 1,500 miles (2.500 km.).

With the literature supplied with each new vehicle there is included a "Free Service Card" ; which details the items to be covered by each Service and the two detachable Vouchers should be taken to the Distributor/Dealer as each Service comes due.

The importance of regular and systematic maintenance cannot be too highly stressed and we strongly advise the Rover owner to take advantage of these free service facilities which are offered by the Rover Organisation.

In the event of an owner residing some distance from the Rover Distributor/Dealer from whom the vehicle was purchased, it may be more convenient for him to have the two Free Service Inspections carried out elsewhere. Agreement can usually be reached with the "Vendors" of the vehicle to accept an Inter-Dealer charge at our agreed rates from another repairer for carrying out these services on their behalf, but the owner should confirm this arrangement with the "Vendor" of the car beforehand.
In the case of vehicles sold in the British Isles against a Home Delivery Order (for eventual export), it becomes necessary for the owner concerned to obtain the two Free Services from one of our Home Distributors or Dealers. The owner can obtain these facilities from any Rover Distributor or Dealer in the British Isles on presentation of the Service Vouchers. In these circumstances the Rover Company will accept responsibility for the Labour charges involved at our agreed Inter-Dealer Rates on receipt of an invoice from the Distributor/Dealer. The oil used will be charged to the owner.