Daimler DS420 Owner's Manual 1038/1 (1974)


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This is the fourth version of the Owner's Manual (Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook) for the DS420. It was published in 1974, after the change to the Borg Warner model 12 gearbox. This handbook explicitly states that it serves the cars from chassis number 1M2408 (LHD: 1M20087) and engine No. 7M2503 onward.

The cover, shown above, looks similar to the cover of the previous version E1017/3 (1972). It has the same hard cover style, but its size is about 1 cm. smaller in both directions (21.5×15.5 cm). Still older is E1017/1 (1969).

The most visible changes over the previous Owner's Manual E1017/3 (1972) are:

The next edition of the Owner's Manual in my collection is the red covered publication number AKM8090 (1st Ed) from 1980. Still later are AKM8090-2 (1983), AKM8090-3 (1987) and the very last one AKM8090-4 (1989),

If you want to start browsing through this 1974 manual (74 pp.) from the first page on, click Here.

The following list is an expanded version of the table of contents of the manual:

Accelerator pedal (p05)
Air cleaner (p38)
Air conditioning (p23)
Alternator belt tension (p39)
Anti freeze (p42)
Automatic enrichment device (p19)
Automatic transmission - fluid level (p43)
Automatic transmission (p16)
Automatic transmission selector (p05)
Backlight - electrical heating (p03)
Battery condition indicator (p01)
Battery condition indicator (p28)
Battery connections (p55)
Battery level (p55)
Bleeding of the brake system (p53)
Bonnet - safety catch (p14)
Bonnet lock control pull (p03)
Brake fluid - level (p52)
Brake fluid - renewal (p53)
Brake fluid level and handbrake warning light (p02)
Brake lights (p13)
Brake pedal (p05)
Brake pipes - checking (p53)
Brake servo air filter (p53)
Brake system - overhaul (p53)
Brake system (p51)
Capacities (fluids) (i08)
Car identification (i08)
Carburetter (type) (i07)
Carburetters and fuel system (p44)
Carpets (p54)
Chromium plate (p54)
Cigar lighter - driving compartment (p02)
Cigar lighter - passenger compartment (p09)
Coachwork drain holes (p54)
Coachwork (p54)
Compressor drive belt (p40)
Cooling fan (p29)
Cooling system (p40)
Dimensions and weights (i08)
Direction indicator lights (p03)
Distributor - contact breaker points (p37)
Distributor - lubrication (p36)
Division (electric) switch driving compartment (p04)
Division (electric) switch passenger compartment (p08)
Electric clock - driving compartment (p01)
Electric clock - passenger compartment (p09)
Electrical Equipment (p56)
Electrically heated backlight (p03)
Engine data (i07)
Engine heater (p41)
Engine oil - changing (p35)
Engine oil level - checking (p35)
Fan / steering pump drive belt - checking (p40)
Final drive - oil changing (p47)
Final drive - oil level checking (p46)
Final drive ratio (i08)
Flagstaff (p15)
Flasher bulbs - replacement (p59)
Flashing direction indicators (p04)
Fog lamp bulb replacement (p60)
Footbrake adjustment (p51)
Fresh air ventilation system (p22)
Friction pads - renewal (p52)
Friction pads - examining for wear (p52)
Front door locks (p07)
Front flasher bulb - replacement (p59)
Front suspension and steering (p47)
Front suspension data (i07)
Front wheel alignment (p48)
Front wheel bearings (p49)
Front wheel camber angle - adjustment (p49)
Front wheel castor angle - adjustment (p49)
Frost precautions (p42)
Fuel changeover switch (p03)
Fuel feed line filter - element renewal (p46)
Fuel level gauge (p01)
Fuel requirements (p29)
Fuel tank fillers (p13)
Fuses (p55)
Fuses schematic overview (p56)
Gearbox identification (i08)
Gears D 2 1 (p17)
Gears P N (p16)
Half shafts (p50)
Handbrake cable adjustment (p51)
Handbrake lever (p05)
Handbrake mechanism (p51)
Hazard warning light (p03)
Head lining (p55)
Headlamp beam setting (p57)
Headlamp flasher (p04)
Headlamp warning light (p03)
Headlight dipper (p05)
Heater control knob - passenger compartment (p10)
Heater fan switch - driving compartment (p02)
Heating and ventilating system (p20)
Horn (p06)
Hydraulic fluid - recommended (p29)
Identification data (i06)
Ignition / steering column lock (p04)
Ignition switch (p02)
Ignition timing (p38)
Ignition warning light (p03)
Inner headlight - replacement (p58)
Inner pivot bearings (p50)
Instrument panel overview drawing (i10)
Intercom - passenger compartment (p08)
Intercom button - driving compartment (p02)
Intercom (p27)
Interior driving mirror (p06)
Interior light bulb - replacement (p61)
Interior light switch - driving compartment (p02)
Interior light switch - passenger compartment (p08)
Interior light switch - passenger compartment (p09)
Jacking equipment and tool kit (p14)
Lamp bulbs (i09)
Left hand armrest controls (p09)
Lighting switch (p01)
Lubricants - recommended (p30)
Luggage compartment illumination (p13)
Luggage compartment light bulb - replacement (p60)
Luggage compartment (p13)
Maintenance operations check list (p31)
Map / reading lamps (p11)
Mileage recorder trip (p03)
No draught ventilation (p07)
Number plate light bulb - replacement (p59)
Occasional seats (p10)
Oil filter element (p36)
Oil pressure gauge (p01)
Outer headlight unit - replacement (p58)
Outer pivot bearings (p50)
Outer pivot bearings (p60)
Paintwork (p55)
Panel light switch (p02)
Power steering reservoir - checking oil level (p47)
Propeller shafts (p49)
Radiator (p40)
Radio - passenger compartment (p08)
Radio (p26)
Radio speaker - driver compartment (p05)
Rear door locks (p12)
Rear flasher bulb - replacement (p59)
Rear quarter vent (p12)
Rear suspension data (i08)
Rear suspension (p50)
Rear wheel bearings (p50)
Rear wheel camber angle - adjustment (p51)
Rear/brake light bulb replacement (p60)
Reversing light bulb - replacement (p60)
Reversing light (p13)
Revolution counter (p01)
Right hand armrest controls (p08)
Roof lamp (p02)
Running in (p19)
Seat belt inertia mechanism checking (p42)
Seat belts - Inertia reel safety harness (p11)
Shock absorbers - front (p47)
Shock absorbers - rear (p50)
Sidelight bulbs - replacement (p60)
Spare wheel (p14)
Sparking plugs (p38)
Speedometer (p01)
Starter button (p02)
Starting and driving (p19)
Steering (power) oil reservoir (p47)
Steering idler lever housing (p49)
Steering tie rods (p48)
Steering wheel adjustment (p06)
Temperature controls (p21)
Tool kit (p14)
Top timing chain tension (p38)
Torque figures (i07)
Towing (p17)
Towing (p18)
Traffic hazard warning light (p03)
Transmission (p16)
Two pin plug socket (p56)
Tyre pressures (p54)
Tyre replacement and wheel interchanging (p54)
Tyres: type and pressures (i12)
Upholstery (p55)
Warning light bulb - replacement (p60)
Water temperature gauge (p01)
Wheel bearing adjustment (p51)
Wheel changing (p15)
Wheel swivels (p48)
Wheels and tyres (p54)
Windows (electrically operated) passenger compartment (p08)
Windows -electrically operated- driving compartment (p04)
Windscreen washing equipment (p24)
Windscreen wiper+washer switches (p03)

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