Daimler DS420 Owner's Manual AKM 8090 (1980)


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This publication AKM8090, with its typical red cover (shown at the bottom of the page), appeared in 5 consecutive editions, It is the last Owner's Manual (Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook) for the DS420. The last page has the document number 1M/1/80/101917

We show here the 1st edition, published in 1980. The 2nd edition (1983) is very similar to this one, but the 3rd (1987) the 4th (1989) and 5th (~1991) editions have the number of pages almost doubled. Earlier versions of the Owner's Manual, preceding the AKM8090-family, are from 1974, from 1972, and from 1968.

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Typical items in this manual are the dual coverage of the Borg Warner and the GM400 gearboxes (e.g. (p051))

Although there is no layout with different chapters, the Table of Contents is as follows:

  • Contents p003
  • Foreword p005
  • Car identification p007
  • Controls, switches and gauges p010
  • Operating Instructions p019
  • Automatic transmission p027
  • Heating and air conditioning p029
  • Windscreen washers p033
  • Radio - intercom p035
  • Recommended lubricants p037
  • Maintenance Schedules p039
  • Routine maintenance p044
  • Wheels and tyres p060
  • Electrical equipment p062
  • Data p071
  • Index p074
  • Fuel consumption p077

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

Accelerator pedal (p014)
Air button (p030)
Air cleaner (p047)
Air conditioning (p032)
Air filter in break servo (p059)
Alignment, front wheels (p055)
Alternator belt tension (p048)
Anti-freeze (p034)
Anti-freeze (p050)
Armrest (left hand) controls (p019)
Armrest (right hand) controls (p017)
Ashtrays (p018)
Automatic enrichment device (p052)
Automatic transmission - oil level checking (p051)
Automatic transmission - operation (p027)
Battery condition indicator (p010)
Battery condition indicator (p069)
Battery connections (p062)
Battery electrolyte level (p062)
Belt tensions (p048)
Bonnet lock control handle (p012)
Bonnet lock / safety catch (p023)
Brake bleeding (p060)
Brake fluid level and handbrake warning light (p011)
Brake fluid level (p058)
Brake fluid - renewal (p060)
Brake lights (p022)
Brake pedal (p014)
Brake pipes - checking (p060)
Brake servo air filter (p059)
Brake system (p058)
Brake system - overhaul (p059)
Bulb (lamps) chart (p070)
Bulbs, replacement (p066)
Camber angle, front wheel alignment (p056)
Camber angle, front wheel alignment (p071)
Camber angle, rear (p072)
Capacities (p072)
Carburetters (p052)
Carburetter data (p071)
Car heating and ventilating system (p029)
Car identification (p007)
Carpets (p061)
Castor angle, front wheel alignment (p056)
Castor angle, front wheel alignment (p071)
Charging battery (p069)
Checks, daily and weekly (p039)
Child safety (p020)
Chromium (p061)
Cigar lighter - driving compartment (p011)
Cigar lighter - passenger compartment (p018)
Clock, driving compartment (p010)
Clock, passenger compartment (p018)
Coachwork (p061)
Cold weather (p031)
Compression ratio (p007)
Compression ratio (p071)
Compressor drive belt (p048)
Contact breaker points (p046)
Coolant temperature gauge (p010)
Cooling fans (p049)
Cooling system additives (p038)
Cooling system care (p049)
Data (p071)
De-misting (p033)
Dimensions and weights (p072)
Direction indicator lights (p012)
Direction indicator handle (p013)
Distributor - contact breaker points (p046)
Distributor - lubrication (p045)
Door and body sill drain holes (p061)
Dynamometer test (p043)
Electrical equipment (p062)
Electrically heated backlight (p011)
Electrically operated windows - driving compartment (p013)
Electrically operated windows - passenger compartment (p017)
Electrically operated windows - passenger compartment (p019)
Electric clock, driving compartment (p010)
Electric clock, passenger compartment (p018)
Electric division switch - driving compartment (p013)
Electric division switch - passenger compartment (p017)
Engine compartment checks (p041)
Engine data (p071)
Engine heater (p049)
Engine number (p007)
Engine oil - changing (p044)
Engine oil level - checking (p044)
Fan/steering pump drive belt - checking (p048)
Fan switch (front + rear) (p030)
Filter, fuel - (p053)
Final drive - oil changing (p054)
Final drive - oil level checking (p054)
Final drive unit (p072)
Flagstaff (p024)
Flashing direction indicators (p013)
Fog lamp - bulb replacement (p067)
Footbrake adjustment (p058)
Fresh air ventilation system (p031)
Friction pads - examining for wear (p059)
Friction pads - renewal (p059)
Front door locks (p016)
Front flasher bulb - replacement (p066)
Front suspension and steering (p055)
Front suspension data (p071)
Front wheel alignment (p055)
Front wheel camber angle - adjustment (p056)
Front wheel castor angle - adjustment (p056)
Front wheel castor and camber angles (p071)
Frost precautions (p050)
Fuel changeover switch (p012)
Fuel consumption (p077)
Fuel feed line filter - element renewal (p053)
Fuel level gauge (p010)
Fuel requirements (p038)
Fuel tank fillers (p022)
Fuses (p063)
Gearbox models (p027)
Gearbox models (p072)
Gear selection (p027)
Half shafts (p057)
Handbrake cable adjustment (p058)
Handbrake lever (p014)
Handbrake mechanism (p058)
Handbrake warning light (p011)
Hazard warning light (p012)
Headlamp beam setting (p064)
Headlamp dipper (p014)
Headlamp flasher (p013)
Headlamp unit - replacement (p064)
Headlamp warning light (p012)
Headlining (p061)
Heated backlight (p012)
Heater control buttons (p029)
Heater control knob, passenger compartment (p019)
Heater control (p030)
Heater fan switch (p011)
Heating system (p029)
Horn (p015)
Hot weather (p031)
Hydraulic fluids, recommended (p038)
Ignition / steering column lock (p013)
Ignition switch (p011)
Ignition switch (p013)
Ignition timing (p047)
Ignition warning light (p012)
Inertia reel safety harness - check (p043)
Inertia reel safety harness (p020)
Inner headlight - replacement (p065)
Inner pivot bearings (p057)
Instrument panel overview (p008)
Intercom button (p011)
Intercom (p036)
Interior driving mirror (p015)
Interior light bulb - replacement (p068)
Interior light switch - driving compartment (p011)
Interior light switch - passenger compartment (p017)
Interior light switch - passenger compartment (p018)
Jacking equipment and tool kit (p023)
Keys (p007)
Lamp bulbs (p070)
Left-hand arm rest controls (p018)
Light bulbs, replacement (p066)
Lighting switch (p010)
Locks, front door (p016)
Locks, rear door (p021)
Lubricants, recommended (p037)
Luggage compartment illumination (p022)
Luggage compartment light bulb - replacement (p067)
Luggage compartment (p022)
Maintenance schedules (p039)
Map / reading lamps (p021)
Mileage recorder trip (p012)
No draught ventilation (p016)
Number plate light bulb - replacement (p066)
Occasional seats (p019)
Oil filter element (p045)
Oil level check and change (p044)
Oil pressure gauge (p010)
Oil, recommended (p037)
Outer headlight unit - replacement (p065)
Outer pivot bearings (p057)
Paintwork (p061)
Panel light switch (p011)
Parking (p025)
Pilot lamp bulb in outer headlamp - replacement (p067)
Pivot bearings (p057)
Power steering reservoir - checking oil level (p055)
Propeller shafts (p056)
Quarter vent, rear (p021)
Radio (p035)
Radio speaker (p014)
Rail transport (p025)
Reading lamps (p020)
Rear / brake light bulb - replacement (p066)
Rear door locks (p021)
Rear flasher bulb - replacement (p066)
Rear fog guard lamp (p009)
Rear quarter vent (p021)
Rear seat belts (p020)
Rear suspension (p057)
Rear wheel bearings (p057)
Recommended hydraulic fluids (p038)
Recommended lubricants (p037)
Reversing light bulb - replacement (p067)
Reversing light (p022)
Revolution counter (p010)
Right hand armrest controls (p017)
Rocking the car (p025)
Roof lamp (p011)
Roof lamp (p012)
Running-in (p026)
Seat belts, rear (p020)
Seat belts (p043)
Shock absorbers, front (p055)
Shock absorbers, rear (p057)
Spare wheel (p023)
Sparking plugs (p047)
Speedometer (p010)
Starter button (p011)
Starting and driving (p026)
Starting, cold (p026)
Starting, emergency - (p025)
Steering column lock (p013)
Steering idler lever housing (p056)
Steering reservoir, oil check (p055)
Steering tie rods (p055)
Steering wheel adjustment (p015)
Tool kit (p023)
Torque figures (p071)
Towing a caravan (p025)
Towing the car (p028)
Traffic hazard warning light (p012)
Transmission fluid level (p051)
Transmission number (p007)
Transmission selector (p014)
Two-pin plug socket (p062)
Tyre pressure (p060)
Tyre pressure data (p073)
Tyre replacement and wheel interchanging (p060)
Tyres, type (p073)
Underbody checks (p042)
Upholstery (p061)
Vacuum system (p031)
Ventilation (p029)
Ventilation quarter lights (p016)
VIN vehicle identification (p007)
Volume control knob (p014)
Warming-up (p026)
Warning light bulb replacement (p068)
Water temperature gauge (p010)
Weight/load limits (p007)
Weights (p072)
Wheel bearing adjustment (p057)
Wheel changing (p024)
Wheels and tyres (p060)
Wheel swivels (p056)
Windows, electrically operated, switches (p017)
Windscreen washer switch (p012)
Windscreen washing equipment (p033)
Windscreen washing jet nozzles (p034)
Windscreen wiper switch (p012)

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