GM Cutlass RWD 1970-1987 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Do keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit within easy reach.
  3. Do wear safety glasses or goggles when cutting, drilling, grinding or prying, even if you have 20-20 vision. If you wear glasses for the sake of vision, be sure to wear safety goggles over your glasses.
  5. Do shield your eyes whenever you work around the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid. In case of contact with the eyes or skin, flush the area with water or a mixture of water and baking soda Then get medical attention immediately.
  7. Do use jackstands stands for any undercar service. Jacks are for raising vehicles; Jackstands are for making sure the vehicle stays raised until you want it to come down. Whenever the car is raised, block the wheels remaining on the ground and if the wheels remain on the ground set the parking brake.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Use jackstands to safely support the vehicle

  1. Do use adequate ventilation when working with any chemicals or hazardous materials. Like carbon monoxide, the asbestos dust resulting from some brake lining wear can be hazardous in sufficient quantities.
  3. Do disconnect the negative battery cable when working on the electrical system. The secondary ignition system can contain EXTREMELY HIGH VOLTAGE. In some systems it may even exceed 50,000 volts.
  5. Do follow manufacturer's directions whenever working with potentially hazardous materials. Both brake fluid and antifreeze are poisonous if taken internally.
  7. Do properly maintain your tools. Loose hammerheads, mushroomed punches and chisels, frayed or poorly grounded electrical cords, excessively worn screwdrivers, spread wrenches (open-end), cracked sockets, slipping ratchets, or faulty droplight sockets can cause accidents.
  9. Likewise keep your tools clean; a greasy wrench can slip off a bolt head, ruining the bolt and often ruining your knuckles in the process.
  11. Do use the proper size and type of tool for the job being done.
  13. Do be sure that adjustable wrenches are tightly closed on the nut or bolt and pulled so that the face is on the side of the fixed jaw.
  15. Do select a wrench or socket that fits the nut or bolt. The wrench or socket should sit straight, not cocked.
  17. Do when possible, pull on a wrench handle rather than push on it, and adjust your stance to prevent a fall.
  19. Do strike squarely with a hammer; avoid glancing blows.
  21. Do set the parking brake and block the drive wheels if the work requires the engine running.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Always use jackstands when working under your car