Daimler DS420 Owner's Manual AKM 8090 Ed 3 (1987 est)


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This publication AKM8090 with its typical red cover is the last Owner's Manual (Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook) for the DS420. It was published in 5 consecutive editions.

We show here the 3rd edition, published in 1987 (est.). The 1st edition (1980) and 2nd edition (1983) are substantially smaller; the 4th edition (1989) is quite similar to the 3rd, as is the 5th edition (~1991).

Earlier versions of the Owner's Manual, preceding the AKM8090 family, are from 1974, from 1972, and from 1968.

Note that this is the first handbook after the big face-lift operation where the front of the car got its new appearance with e.g. the rectangular air inlets and warning headlamps. Typical new items on the car, and typical changes over the previous manual description are: front seat adjustment (p015), position of the hazard light switch on the dashboard (item 17 in the picture) (p.22). choke handle became a turning knob (p027), reading lamps got covered base (p037), foot rests in passenger compartment (p039), new model screen wash water reservoir (p067), SU-HIF44 carburettors replaced the previous SU-HIF7 (p125), Michelin XVS tubeless tyres replaced the Dunlop H70HR-15SP; the advisory figures for tyre pressure changed with them, (p126), optional curtains / blinds (p074), new fuel line filter (p100), door guard lamps (p121).

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The different sections of this manual are:

  • Foreword p003
  • Contents p005
  • Pre-driving p007
  • Controls and instruments p019
  • Fittings p033
  • Heating and air conditioning p041
  • Running and safety p049
  • Vehicle care p061
  • Optional equipment p071
  • Vehicle maintenance p083
  • Specification p123
  • Index p131

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

Accelerator pedal (p027)
Aerial care (p064)
Aerial system (p078)
Air button (p044)
Air cleaner (p094)
Air conditioning control (p027)
Air conditioning, front (p046)
Air conditioning, rear (p047)
Air distribution (p045)
Alignment data (wheels) (p125)
Alternator (p052)
Anti-freeze (p096)
Arm rest (left hand) controls (p031)
Arm rest (left hand) controls (p047)
Arm rest (right hand) controls (p030)
Asbestos warning (c002)
Ashtrays (p026)
Ashtrays (p036)
Automatic car wash (p063)
Automatic gearbox (p126)
Automatic transmission fluid level (p098)
Automatic transmission selector (p026)
Automatic transmission selector (p056)
Battery charging (p052)
Battery condition indicator (p021)
Battery condition indicator (p112)
Battery connections (p111)
Battery electrolyte - check / top-up (p111)
Battery - state of charge (p111)
Beam setting - head lamp (p116)
Blinds (p075)
Bonnet release control (p025)
Bonnet release control (p029)
Brake, adjustments (p105)
Brake fluid / handbrake warning light (p024)
Brake fluid level (p105)
Brake fluid level warning (p024)
Brake fluid warning (c001)
Brake friction pads (p106)
Brake lights - bulb replacement (p117)
Brake lights (p027)
Brake pedal (p027)
Brake pipes - checking (p107)
Brake servo air filter (p106)
Brakes (p055)
Braking fluid requirements (p129)
Braking system bleeding (p107)
Braking system - preventive maintenance (p107)
Bulb chart (p127)
Bulb replacement (p116)
Camber angle, front wheel (p103)
Camber angle, front wheels (p125)
Camber angle, rear suspension (p126)
Capacities (p126)
Carburettors, top-up dampers (p099)
Carburettors, data (p125)
Carpets (p066)
Castor angle, front wheel (p103)
Castor angle, front wheels (p125)
Central door locking - thermal cut out (p114)
Central locking (p014)
Central locking (p025)
Central locking (p030)
Central locking (p031)
Charging battery (p112)
Child safety (p017)
Choke control (p027)
Chromium plating (p064)
Cigar lighters (p024)
Cigar lighters (p036)
Clocks (p021)
Clocks (p037)
Coachwork washing (p063)
Cocktail cabinet (p076)
Cold weather (p045)
Compressor protection (airco) (p048)
Coolant (low) warning light (p027)
Coolant temperature gauge (p021)
Cool box, refrigerated (p073)
Cooling down (p048)
Cooling fans (p097)
Cooling system - drain and refill (p096)
Cooling system fluids (p129)
Curtains (p075)
Data (general) specification (p125)
De-misting (p048)
Dimensions (p126)
Direction indicator bulb replacement (p117)
Direction indicators (p025)
Discharged battery (p052)
Distributor, lubrication (p093)
Distributor, points (p093)
Division blind (p074)
Division switch, front (p026)
Division switch, rear (p030)
Division switch, rear (p031)
Door drain holes (p064)
Door guard lamps - bulb replacement (p121)
Door locks (p010)
Door locks (p013)
Drive belts (p095)
Driving hints (p054)
Dynamometer test (p090)
Emergency starting (p052)
Engine heater (p097)
Engine number (p009)
Engine oil and filter (p091)
Engine oil level (p091)
Fan/steering pump drive belt (p095)
Fan switch, front (p044)
Fan switch, rear (p044)
Final drive oil level check (p101)
Final drive (p126)
Fire extinguisher (p081)
Flagstaff (p081)
Fog guard lamp (rear) switch (p027)
Fog guard warning light (p025)
Fog lamp - bulb replacement (p119)
Footbrake adjustment (p105)
Foot rests (p039)
Fresh air ventilation (p027)
Fresh air ventilation (p045)
Friction pads - renewal (p106)
Front fog lamp switch (p024)
Front seat adjustment (p015)
Front wheel alignment (p102)
Front wheel camber angle (p103)
Front wheel castor angle (p103)
Frost precautions (p096)
Fuel consumption (p130)
Fuel filler cap (p014)
Fuel filter (p100)
Fuel level gauge (p021)
Fuel requirements (p129)
Fuel tank changeover switch (p025)
Fuel tank filler flaps (p014)
Fuel, unleaded (c001)
Fuse guide - main (p113)
Fuse guide - supplementary (p114)
Gear selection (p056)
General data (p125)
Glass surfaces (p063)
Glove compartment locker (p035)
Grease, removal (p063)
Grease specifications (p128)
Half shafts (p104)
Handbrake adjustment (p105)
Handbrake lever (p026)
Hazard warning switch (p024)
Headlamp beam setting (p115)
Headlamp dip switch (p027)
Headlamp flasher (p026)
Headlamp (outer) pilot light bulb replacement (p118)
Headlamp unit (inner) - replacement (p116)
Headlamp unit (outer) - replacement (p116)
Headlamp warning light (p025)
Headlining (p066)
Head restraints (p015)
Heated rear screen switch (p024)
Heater control knob, rear (p031)
Heater controls, front (p043)
Heater fan switch, front (p024)
Horn (p028)
Hot weather (p045)
Hydraulic fluids (brakes) (c001)
Identification number (p009)
Ignition key (p010)
Ignition / starter switch (p012)
Ignition / starter switch (p026)
Ignition / steering column lock (p012)
Ignition timing (p094)
Ignition warning light (p025)
Inertia reel mechanism (seat belts) check (p018)
Inner pivot bearings (p104)
Instrument panel dimmer (p024)
Instrument panel overview (p022)
Intercom (p021)
Intercom (p080)
Interior driving mirror (p028)
Interior lights - bulb replacement (p120)
Interior light switch, front (p024)
Interior light switch, rear (p024)
Interior light switch, rear (p030)
Interior light switch, rear (p031)
Jacking equipment and tool kit (p040)
Jacking (p068)
Keys (p010)
Leather upholstery (p065)
Lighting switch - master (p021)
Locks (door) - frozen (p054)
Locks, front door (p013)
Lubricants and fluids (p128)
Luggage compartment light - bulb replacement (p119)
Luggage compartment (p040)
Maintenance, general (p086)
Maintenance, schedules (p087)
Master lighting switch - Norway and Sweden (p057)
Master lighting switch (p021)
Master lighting switch - Rest of World (p057)
Master lighting switch - United Kingdom (p057)
Mileage recorder (p021)
No draught ventilation (p038)
Number plate light - bulb replacement (p118)
Occasional seats (p039)
Oil filter, renewal (p091)
Oil pressure gauge (p021)
Oil specifications (p128)
Outer pivot bearings (p104)
Paint chips (p064)
Panel light switch (dimmer) (p024)
Parking (p051)
Pilot lamp - outer headlamp (p118)
Polishing (p063)
Power steering reservoir (p102)
Precautions, vehicle maintenance (p085)
Propeller shafts (p103)
Quarter lights (p038)
Radio, radio cassette player (p026)
Radio, radio cassette player (p077)
Reading lamps rear, bulb replacement (p119)
Reading lamps, rear (p037)
Rear fog guard lamp switch (p027)
Rear fog guard warning light (p025)
Rear shock absorbers (p104)
Rear tail light / brake - bulb replacement (p117)
Rear wheel bearings (p104)
Rear window blind (p074)
Recovery of the vehicle (p058)
Refrigerated cool box (p073)
Reversing lights - bulb replacement (p118)
Rocking the car (p051)
Roof lamp / plaque (p081)
Running-in (p054)
Screenwash (p067)
Seat adjustment (p015)
Seat belts, care of (p017)
Seat belts (p016)
Service intervals (p087)
Shock absorbers, front (p102)
Shock absorbers, rear (p104)
Sight glass (airco) (p048)
Socket for two-pin plug (p111)
Spare wheel (p040)
Sparking plugs (p094)
Speedometer (p021)
Starter switch (p026)
Starting (p051)
Starting with discharged battery (p052)
Steering column adjustment (p011)
Steering idler lever housing (p103)
Steering lock (p012)
Steering lock (p026)
Steering reservoir (p102)
Steering tie-rods (p102)
Stopping (p051)
Sun visors (p035)
Suspended towing (p059)
Suspension, front (p102)
Suspension, front (p125)
Suspension, rear (p104)
Suspension, rear (p126)
Tachometer (p021)
Tar, removal (p063)
Telephone, cellular radio (p081)
Television (p078)
Temperature controls (p044)
Tie-rods (p102)
Tool kit (p040)
Torque tightening values (p125)
Towing recovery (p059)
Towing recovery (p060)
Traffic hazard warning switch (p024)
Transmission fluid level (p098)
Transmission number (p009)
Transporting the vehicle (p058)
Trip recorder (p025)
Two-pin plug socket (p111)
Tyre damage (p108)
Tyre pressures (p108)
Tyre pressures (p126)
Tyre repair (p108)
Tyre replacement and wheel interchanging (p108)
Tyres, cross-ply, warning (p109)
Tyres, specification (p126)
Tyre wear (p109)
Underbody checks (p090)
Upholstery, leather (p065)
Upholstery, non-leather (p065)
Vacuum system (p045)
Vehicle identification (p009)
Video recorder / player (p079)
VIN Car identification (p009)
Warning lamps (facia) - bulb replacement (p121)
Washing (p063)
Weight/load limits (p009)
Weights (p126)
Weights (p126)
Wheel bearing adjustment (p104)
Wheel bearing, rear - lubrication (p104)
Wheel changing and jacking (p068)
Wheel, spare (p040)
Wheel swivels (p103)
Windows, division switch, front (p026)
Windows, division switch, rear (p030)
Windows, division switch, rear (p031)
Windows, front, electrically operated (p026)
Windows, rear, electrically operated (p030)
Windows, rear, electrically operated (p031)
Windscreen screenwash fluid (p129)
Windscreen washer jets (p067)
Windscreen washer reservoir (p067)
Windscreen washer switch (p025)
Windscreen wiper blade - renew (p110)
Windscreen wiper switch (p025)
Winter driving (p054)
Wiper blades (winter) (p054)

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