Freelander Service Procedures
Modern vehicles contain many materials and liquids
which if not handled with care can be hazardous to
both personal health and the environment.
WARNING: Many liquids and other substances
used in motor vehicles are poisonous and should
under no circumstances be consumed and
should, as far as possible, be kept from contact
with the skin. These liquids and substances
include acid, anti-freeze, asbestos, brake fluid,
fuel, windscreen washer additives, lubricants,
refrigerants and various adhesives.
Always read carefully the instructions printed on
labels or stamped on components and obey them
implicitly. Such instructions are included for
reasons of your health and personal safety.
Never disregard them.
WARNING: Many of the fluids used in motor
vehicles, such as coolant, brake fluid and power
steering fluid, are inflammable. Take care not to
spill fluids when topping-up, a fire may result. If
spillage does occur, ensure the area is
thoroughly cleaned before starting the engine.
Many 'O' rings, seals, hoses, flexible pipes and other
similar items which appear to be natural rubber, are
in fact, made of synthetic materials called
Under normal operating conditions this material is
safe and does not present a health hazard. However,
if the material is damaged by fire or excessive
heating, it can break down and produce highly
corrosive Hydrofluoric acid which can cause serious
burns on contact with skin.
If skin contact does occur:
Remove any contaminated clothing
Irrigate effected area of skin with a copious
amount of cold water or limewater for 15 to 60
Obtain medical assistance immediately.
Should any material be in a burnt or over-heated
condition, handle with extreme caution and wear
protective clothing (seamless industrial gloves,
protective apron etc.). Decontaminate and dispose of
gloves immediately after use.
WARNING: Avoid excessive skin contact with used
engine oil. Used engine oil contains potentially
harmful contaminants which may cause skin cancer
or other serious skin disorders.
WARNING: Avoid excessive skin contact with
mineral oil. Mineral oils remove the natural fats from
the skin, leading to dryness, irritation and dermatitis.
Health protection precautions
The following precautions should be observed at all
Avoid prolonged and repeated contact with oils,
particularly used engine oils.
Wear protective clothing, including impervious
gloves where practicable.
Do not put oily rags in pockets.
Avoid contaminating clothes (particularly those
next to the skin) with oil.
Overalls must be cleaned regularly. Discard
heavily soiled clothing and oil impregnated
First aid treatment should be obtained
immediately for open cuts and wounds.
Use barrier creams: apply before each work
period to help prevent lubricating oil from
contaminating the skin.
Wash with soap and water to ensure all oil is
removed (propriety skin cleansers and nail
brushes will help).
Use moisturisers after cleaning; preparations
containing lanolin help replace the skin's natural
oils which have been removed.
Do not use petrol, kerosene, diesel fuel, gas, oil,
thinners or solvents for cleaning skin.
If skin disorders develop, obtain medical advice
Where practicable, degrease components prior
Wear eye protection (e.g. goggles or face
shield) if there is a risk of eye contamination.
Eye wash facilities should be provided in the
close vicinity of the work area.