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Exercise Extreme Caution when Working on your vehicle
The engine compartment of any motor vehicle is a potentially hazardous area. If you are not fully familiar with proper repair procedures, do not attempt the adjustments described on the following pages.
This caution applies to the entire vehicle.
Fire and Explosion Hazards
Many vehicle fluids are highly flammable, e. g. fuel, engine and transmission oil. Fuel vapors can cause an explosion. When a battery is being charged, highly explosive gases can develop.
Fluid Health Hazards
Refill fluids, e. g. engine oil, brake fluid or coolant are hazardous to health (poisonous, irritant, caustic).
Exhaust Gas Inhalation
Engine exhaust is dangerous if inhaled.
Engine exhaust fumes have many components which you can smell. They also contain carbon monoxide (CO), which is a colorless and odorless gas.
Carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness and even death if inhaled.
Hot Engine Parts, Exhaust System and Fluids
The engine and surroundings components, the exhaust system and coolant become very hot when the engine is running.
The coolant reservoir is pressurized. Careless opening of the coolant reservoir can lead to hot coolant suddenly spraying out.
Moving Engine Parts
Take great care to ensure that hands, fingers, articles of clothing (e. g. ties, sleeves, etc.), necklaces or long hair cannot be caught up by the radiator fans, drive belt or other moving parts.
The radiator fans in the front of the vehicle may be operating or unexpectedly start operating when the engine is switched on.
Electric Shock from Ignition System
When the ignition is on, all cables and wires of the ignition system carry a high voltage.