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2008 Buick Lucerne Owner Manual
Seats and Restraint Systems ........................... 1-1
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Features and Controls ..................................... 2-1
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OnStar
System
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Instrument Panel ............................................. 3-1
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Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 4-1
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Service and Appearance Care .......................... 5-1
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Maintenance Schedule ..................................... 6-1
Customer Assistance Information .................... 7-1
Index ................................................................ 1
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Summary of Contents

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    2008 Buick Lucerne Owner Manual Seats and Restraint Systems ... 1-1 Front Seats ... 1-2 Rear Seats ... 1-11 Safety Belts ... 1-12 Child Restraints ... 1-33 Airbag System ... 1-58 Restraint System Check ... 1-74 Features and Controls ... 2-1 Keys ...

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    GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, BUICK, the BUICK Emblem, and the name LUCERNE are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes after that time without further notice.

  • Page 3

    Using this Manual Many people read the owner manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle to learn about the vehicle’s features and controls. Pictures and words work together to explain things. Index A good place to quickly locate information about the vehicle is the Index in the back of the manual.

  • Page 4

    Vehicle Damage Warnings You will also find notices in this manual. Notice: These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle. A notice tells about something that can damage the vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly.

  • Page 5: Seats And Restraint Systems

    Section 1 Front Seats ...1-2 Manual Seats ...1-2 Power Seats ...1-3 Power Lumbar ...1-3 Heated Seats ...1-4 Heated and Cooled Seats ...1-5 Memory Seat and Mirrors ...1-6 Reclining Seatbacks ...1-7 Head Restraints ...1-10 Center Seat ...1-11 Rear Seats ...1-11 Rear Seat Pass-Through Door ...1-11 Safety Belts ...1-12 Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ...1-12 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly ...1-17...

  • Page 6: Front Seats

    Front Seats Manual Seats CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to.

  • Page 7

    Power Seats To adjust a power seat, do any of the following: • Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward. • Raise or lower the front part of the seat cushion by moving the front of the control up or down. •...

  • Page 8

    Heated Seats Your vehicle may have heated front seats. To operate the heated seats, the ignition must be on. The buttons are located on the front doors. Driver’s Side Buttons shown (Heated Seat Cushion and Seatback): Press this button to turn on the heated seat cushion and seatback.

  • Page 9

    Heated and Cooled Seats The front seats may have the heated and cooled seat feature. To heat or cool the seats, the ignition must be on. The buttons are located on the front doors. Driver’s Side Buttons shown (Heated Seat Cushion and Seatback): Press this button to heat the seat cushion and seatback.

  • Page 10

    Memory Seat and Mirrors On vehicles with the memory feature the buttons are located on the driver’s door. 1: Saves the seating position for driver 1. 2: Saves the seating position for driver 2. : Recalls the easy exit position. For more programming information, see DIC Vehicle Customization on page 3-66.

  • Page 11

    Reclining Seatbacks Manual Reclining Seatbacks CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to.

  • Page 12

    To return the seatback to an upright position, do the following: 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback and the seatback will return to the upright position. 2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.

  • Page 13

    CAUTION: Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts cannot do their job when you are reclined like this. The shoulder belt cannot do its job. In a crash, you could go into it, receiving neck or other injuries.

  • Page 14

    Head Restraints Adjust the head restraint so that the top of the restraint is at the same height as the top of the occupant’s head. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. 1-10 Pull the head restraint up to raise it.

  • Page 15: Rear Seats

    Center Seat Your vehicle may have a front center seat. This seat can be converted to a storage area by lowering the seatback. See Center Flex Storage Unit on page 2-57. Rear Seats Rear Seat Pass-Through Door Your vehicle has a pass-through door that provides access to the trunk from the rear seats.

  • Page 16: Safety Belts

    Safety Belts Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. CAUTION: Do not let anyone ride where he or she cannot wear a safety belt properly.

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    Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. Put someone on it. Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it is just a seat on wheels. 1-13...

  • Page 18

    Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider does not stop. 1-14 The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield...

  • Page 19

    or the instrument panel... or the safety belts! With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. That is why safety belts make such good sense. 1-15...

  • Page 20

    Questions and Answers About Safety Belts Will I be trapped in the vehicle after a crash if I am wearing a safety belt? You could be — whether you are wearing a safety belt or not. But your chance of being conscious during and after an accident, so you can unbuckle and get out, is much greater if you are belted.

  • Page 21

    How to Wear Safety Belts Properly This section is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your vehicle, see Older Children on page 1-33 or Infants and Young Children on page 1-36.

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    What is wrong with this? The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as much protection this way. 1-18 CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury.

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    What is wrong with this? The lap belt is too loose. It will not give as much protection this way. CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your lap belt is too loose. In a crash, you could slide under the lap belt and apply force on your abdomen.

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    What is wrong with this? The belt is buckled in the wrong place. 1-20 CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not on the pelvic bones.

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    What is wrong with this? The belt is over an armrest. CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt goes over an armrest like this. The belt would be much too high. In a crash, you can slide under the belt.

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    What is wrong with this? The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. 1-22 CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury.

  • Page 27

    What is wrong with this? The belt is behind the body. CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, you would not be restrained by the shoulder belt. Your body could move too far forward increasing the chance of head and neck injury.

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    What is wrong with this? The belt is twisted across the body. 1-24 CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you would not have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer/retailer to fix it.

  • Page 29

    Lap-Shoulder Belt All seating positions in your vehicle have a lap-shoulder except for the center front passenger position (if equipped), which has a lap belt. See Lap Belt on page 1-31 for more information. Here is how to wear a lap-shoulder belt properly. 1.

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    3. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into the buckle, see if you are using the correct buckle. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.

  • Page 31

    To unlatch the belt, push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. When the safety belt is not in use, slide the latch plate up so that it is stored on the safety belt stitching, near the guide loop. Before you close a door, be sure the belt is out of the way.

  • Page 32

    Safety Belt Pretensioners Your vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for front outboard occupants. Although you cannot see them, they are part of the safety belt assembly. They can help tighten the safety belts during the early stages of a moderate to severe frontal and near frontal crash if the threshold conditions for pretensioner activation are met.

  • Page 33

    2. Place the guide over the belt, and insert the two 3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top.

  • Page 34

    CAUTION: A safety belt that is not properly worn may not provide the protection needed in a crash. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.

  • Page 35

    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.

  • Page 36

    To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-32. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if necessary.

  • Page 37: Child Restraints

    Child Restraints Older Children Older children who have outgrown booster seats should wear the vehicle’s safety belts. The manufacturer’s instructions that come with the booster seat, state the weight and height limitations for that booster. Use a booster seat with a lap-shoulder belt until the child passes the below fit test: •...

  • Page 38

    What is the proper way to wear safety belts? An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the hips, just touching the top of the thighs.

  • Page 39

    CAUTION: Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. In a crash, the child would not be restrained by the shoulder belt. The child might slide under the lap belt. The belt force would then be applied right on the abdomen.

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    Infants and Young Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! This includes infants and all other children. Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.

  • Page 41

    CAUTION: People should never hold an infant in their arms while riding in a vehicle. An infant does not weigh much — until a crash. During a crash an infant will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12 lb (5.5 kg) infant will suddenly become a 240 lb (110 kg) force on a person’s arms.

  • Page 42

    CAUTION: Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them.

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    For most basic types of child restraints, there are many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

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    Child Restraint Systems A rear-facing infant seat (A) provides restraint with the seating surface against the back of the infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint. A forward-facing child seat (B) provides restraint for the child’s body...

  • Page 45

    Securing an Add-On Child Restraint in the Vehicle CAUTION: A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash if the child restraint is not properly secured in the vehicle. Make sure the child restraint is properly installed in the vehicle using the vehicle’s safety belt or LATCH system, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in...

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    Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We recommend that children and child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including: an infant or a child riding in a rear-facing child restraint;...

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    CAUTION: A child in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured or killed by the frontal airbags if they inflate. Never secure a child restraint in the center front seat. It is always better to secure a child restraint in a rear seat.

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    Lower Anchors Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into the vehicle. There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seating position that will accommodate a child restraint with lower attachments (B). 1-44 Top Tether Anchor A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint to the vehicle.

  • Page 49

    Some child restraints that have a top tether are designed for use with or without the top tether being attached. Others require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top tether, and that the tether be attached.

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    The top tether anchors are located under the covers on the rear seatback filler panel. Flip open the cover to access the anchors. Be sure to use an anchor located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will be placed.

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    Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System CAUTION: If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attached to anchors, the restraint will not be able to protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Make sure that a LATCH-type child restraint is properly installed using the anchors, or use the vehicle’s safety belts to secure the restraint,...

  • Page 52

    CAUTION: Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a shoulder belt is wrapped around their neck and the safety belt continues to tighten. Secure any unused safety belts behind the child restraint so children cannot reach them. Pull the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock, if your vehicle has one, after the child restraint has been installed.

  • Page 53

    2. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that the top tether be attached, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchor, if equipped. Refer to the child restraint instructions and the following steps: 2.1. Find the top tether anchor. 2.2.

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    If the position you are using has a fixed headrest or head restraint and you are using a dual tether, route the tether around the headrest or head restraint. 3. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. 1-50 Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position...

  • Page 55

    In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top tether, and that the tether be attached. If your child restraint does not have the LATCH system, you will be using the safety belt to secure the child restraint in this position.

  • Page 56

    4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of 5. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, the retractor to set the lock. pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten the lap portion of the belt, and feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor.

  • Page 57

    6. If your child restraint has a top tether, follow the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions regarding the use of the top tether. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-43 for more information. 7. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

  • Page 58

    Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position Your vehicle has airbags. A rear seat is a safer place to secure a forward-facing child restraint. See Where to Put the Restraint on page 1-42. In addition, your vehicle has a passenger sensing system which is designed to turn off the right front passenger’s frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag under certain conditions.

  • Page 59

    If your child restraint has the LATCH system, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-43 for how to install your child restraint using LATCH. If you secure a child restraint using a safety belt and it uses a top tether, see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-43 for top tether anchor locations.

  • Page 60

    4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. 5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if necessary.

  • Page 61

    6. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor. If you are using a forward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.

  • Page 62: Airbag System

    Airbag System Your vehicle has the following airbags: • A frontal airbag for the driver. • A frontal airbag for the right front passenger. • A seat-mounted side impact airbag for the driver. • A seat-mounted side impact airbag for the right front passenger.

  • Page 63

    CAUTION: Frontal airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal and near frontal crashes. They are not designed to inflate in rollover, rear crashes, or in many side crashes. Seat-mounted side impact airbags and roof-rail airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe crashes where something hits the side of your vehicle.

  • Page 64

    CAUTION: Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer the best protection for adults, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them. Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide.

  • Page 65

    The right front passenger’s frontal airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side. Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar The seat-mounted side impact airbags for the driver and right front passenger are in the side of the seatbacks closest to the door.

  • Page 66

    Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar The roof-rail airbags for the driver, right front passenger, and second row outboard passengers are in the ceiling above the side windows. 1-62 CAUTION: If something is between an occupant and an airbag, the airbag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death.

  • Page 67

    When Should an Airbag Inflate? Frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes to help reduce the potential for severe injuries mainly to the driver’s or right front passenger’s head and chest. However, they are only designed to inflate if the impact exceeds a predetermined deployment threshold.

  • Page 68

    Your vehicle also has a dual-depth passenger airbag that adjusts the restraint according to crash severity, seat location, and safety belt status using electronic frontal sensor(s) and other special sensors which enable the sensing system to monitor the position of the front passenger seat.

  • Page 69

    What Makes an Airbag Inflate? In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the bag to break out of the cover and deploy. The inflator, the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the airbag module.

  • Page 70

    What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? After the frontal airbags and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still be at least partially inflated for some time after they deploy.

  • Page 71

    In many crashes severe enough to inflate the airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger airbag. • Airbags are designed to inflate only once. After an airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for the airbag system.

  • Page 72

    The passenger sensing system will turn off the right front passenger’s frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag under certain conditions. The driver’s airbags are not part of the passenger sensing system. The passenger sensing system works with sensors that are part of the right front passenger’s seat and safety belt.

  • Page 73

    The passenger sensing system is designed to turn off the right front passenger’s frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag if: • The right front passenger seat is unoccupied. • The system determines that an infant is present in a rear-facing infant seat. •...

  • Page 74

    For some children who have outgrown child restraints and for very small adults, the passenger sensing system may or may not turn off the right front passenger’s frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag, depending upon the person’s seating posture and body build. Everyone in your vehicle who has outgrown child restraints should wear a safety belt properly —...

  • Page 75

    If you ever pull the shoulder portion of the belt out all the way, you will engage the child restraint locking feature. This may unintentionally cause the passenger sensing system to turn the airbag(s) off for some adult size occupants. If this happens, just let the belt go back all the way and start again.

  • Page 76

    Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle Airbags affect how your vehicle should be serviced. There are parts of the airbag system in several places around your vehicle. Your dealer/retailer and the service manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the airbag system. To purchase a service manual, see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 7-16.

  • Page 77

    In addition, your vehicle has a passenger sensing system for the right front passenger’s position, which includes sensors that are part of the passenger’s seat. The passenger sensing system may not operate properly if the original seat trim is replaced with non-GM covers, upholstery or trim, or with GM covers, upholstery or trim designed for a different vehicle.

  • Page 78: Restraint System Check

    Restraint System Check Checking the Restraint Systems Safety Belts Now and then, make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts.

  • Page 79

    Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash CAUTION: A crash can damage the restraint systems in your vehicle. A damaged restraint system may not properly protect the person using it, resulting in serious injury or even death in a crash. To help make sure your restraint systems are working properly after a crash, have them inspected and any necessary replacements made as soon as possible.

  • Page 80

    NOTES 1-76...

  • Page 81: Features And Controls

    Section 2 Keys ...2-3 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System ...2-4 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation ...2-5 Remote Vehicle Start ...2-8 Doors and Locks ...2-10 Door Locks ...2-10 Power Door Locks ...2-10 Delayed Locking ...2-11 Programmable Automatic Door Locks ...2-11 Rear Door Security Locks ...2-12 Lockout Protection ...2-12 Trunk ...2-13...

  • Page 82

    Section 2 Object Detection Systems ...2-39 Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) ...2-39 Side Blind Zone Alert ...2-41 Lane Departure Warning ...2-44 ® OnStar System ...2-46 Universal Home Remote System ...2-49 Universal Home Remote System ...2-49 Universal Home Remote System Operation (With Three Round LED) ...2-50 Features and Controls Storage Areas ...2-56...

  • Page 83: Keys

    Keys CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons, children or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The windows will function with the keys in the ignition and they could be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing...

  • Page 84

    The key has a bar-coded key tag that the dealer/retailer or qualified locksmith can use to make new keys. Store this information in a safe place, not in your vehicle. See your dealer/retailer if a replacement key or additional key is needed. Notice: If you ever lock your keys in your vehicle, you may have to damage the vehicle to get in.

  • Page 85

    Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation The vehicle’s doors can be locked and unlocked, and the trunk can be unlatched from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 60 feet (18 m) away with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. If your vehicle has the remote start feature you can also start your vehicle with the RKE transmitter.

  • Page 86

    (Lock): Press the lock button to lock all the doors. If enabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC), the parking lamps will flash once to indicate locking has occurred. If enabled through the DIC, the horn will chirp when the lock button is pressed again within five seconds of the previous press of the lock button.

  • Page 87

    Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your RKE transmitter should last about four years. The battery is weak if the transmitter will not work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it is probably time to change the battery.

  • Page 88

    Remote Vehicle Start Your vehicle may have a remote starting feature. This feature allows you to start the engine from outside the vehicle. It may also start the vehicle’s heating or air conditioning systems, rear window defogger, and heated seats. See Heated Seats on page 1-4 and Heated and Cooled Seats on page 1-5 for additional information.

  • Page 89

    After entering the vehicle during a remote start, insert and turn the key to ON/RUN to drive the vehicle. If the vehicle is left running it will automatically shut off after 10 minutes unless a time extension has been done. To manually shut off a remote start: •...

  • Page 90: Doors And Locks

    Doors and Locks Door Locks CAUTION: Unlocked doors can be dangerous. • Passengers, especially children, can easily open the doors and fall out of a moving vehicle. When a door is locked, the handle will not open it. You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors are not locked.

  • Page 91

    Delayed Locking This feature allows the driver to delay the actual locking of the doors. When the driver’s power door lock switch is pressed with the key removed from the ignition, and the driver’s door open, a chime will sound three times to signal that the delayed locking system is active.

  • Page 92

    Rear Door Security Locks Your vehicle has rear door security locks, that prevent passengers from opening the rear doors from the inside. The rear door security locks are located on the inside edge of each rear door. You must open the rear doors to access them.

  • Page 93: Instrument Panel

    Trunk CAUTION: It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You cannot see or smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death. If you must drive with the trunk lid open or if electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid:...

  • Page 94

    Emergency Trunk Release Handle Notice: Do not use the emergency trunk release handle as a tie-down or anchor point when securing items in the trunk as it could damage the handle. The emergency trunk release handle is only intended to aid a person trapped in a latched trunk, enabling them to open the trunk from the inside.

  • Page 95: Windows

    Windows CAUTION: Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather.

  • Page 96

    Power Windows CAUTION: Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome from extreme heat in warm or hot weather and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons, children or others could be badly injured or even killed.

  • Page 97: Theft-deterrent Systems

    Express-Down Window This feature is on the front windows. Press the switch to the second position to activate the express-down feature. To stop the window as it is lowering, press down briefly on the switch again. Window Lockout (Window Lockout): The rear window lockout button is located on the driver’s door armrest near the window switches.

  • Page 98

    Arming with the Power Lock Switch The alarm system will arm when you use either power lock switch to lock the doors while any door or the trunk is open and the key is removed from the ignition. Arming with the RKE Transmitter The alarm system will arm when you use your RKE transmitter to lock the doors, if the key is not in the ignition.

  • Page 99

    ® PASS-Key III+ Operation Your vehicle is equipped with PASS-Key (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key theft-deterrent system. The system is automatically armed when the key is removed from the ignition. You do not have to manually arm or disarm the system. The security light will come on if there is a problem with arming or disarming the theft-deterrent system.

  • Page 100: Starting And Operating Your Vehicle

    To program the new key: 1. Verify that the new key has a 2. Insert the already programmed key in the ignition and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer/retailer for service. 3. After the engine has started, turn the key to LOCK/OFF, and remove the key.

  • Page 101

    Ignition Positions With the ignition key in the ignition, the key can be turned to four different positions: In order to shift out of PARK (P), ignition must be in the ON/RUN and the regular brake pedal must be applied. Notice: Using a tool to force the key from the ignition switch could cause damage or break the key.

  • Page 102

    Key In the Ignition Never leave your vehicle with the keys inside, as it is an easy target for joy riders or thieves. If you leave the key in the ignition and park your vehicle, a chime will sound, when you open the driver’s door. Always remember to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you.

  • Page 103

    Starting Procedure 1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm. Do not race the engine immediately after starting it.

  • Page 104

    Engine Coolant Heater The engine coolant heater, if available, can help in cold weather conditions at or below 0°F (−18°C) for easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Plug in the coolant heater at least four hours before starting your vehicle.

  • Page 105

    Automatic Transmission Operation Your vehicle may have a shift lever located either on the steering column or on the console between the seats. PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It is the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle cannot move easily.

  • Page 106

    REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up. Notice: Shifting to REVERSE (R) while your vehicle is moving forward could damage the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Shift to REVERSE (R) only after your vehicle is stopped.

  • Page 107

    SECOND (2): This position reduces vehicle speed even more than THIRD (3) without using your brakes. You can use SECOND (2) on hills. It can help control your speed as you go down steep mountain roads, but then you would also want to use your brakes off and on.

  • Page 108

    A warning chime will sound if the parking brake is set, the ignition is on, and the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h). The brake light will come on and stay on until the parking brake is released. See Brake System Warning Light on page 3-39 for more information.

  • Page 109

    Steering Column Shift Lever If your vehicle has a steering column shift lever, use this procedure to shift the vehicle into PARK (P): 1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot. 2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) by pulling the shift lever toward you and moving it up as far as it will go.

  • Page 110

    Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running CAUTION: It can be dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, it could overheat and even catch fire.

  • Page 111

    Shifting Out of PARK (P) Automatic Transmission Shift Lock This vehicle has an electronic shift lock release system. The shift lock release is designed to: • Prevent ignition key removal unless the shift lever is in PARK (P) • Prevent movement of the shift lever out of PARK (P), unless the ignition is in ON/RUN and the regular brake pedal is applied.

  • Page 112

    Parking Over Things That Burn CAUTION: Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, leaves, dry grass, or other things that can burn. Engine Exhaust CAUTION: Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell.

  • Page 113: Climate Controls

    Running the Engine While Parked It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have to, here are some things to know. CAUTION: Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle.

  • Page 114: Mirrors

    Mirrors Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror ® with OnStar and Compass Your vehicle may have an automatic-dimming rearview mirror with a compass. There may be three additional buttons for the OnStar system. See your dealer/retailer for more information on the system and how to subscribe to OnStar ®...

  • Page 115

    Compass Variance Compass variance is the difference between earth’s magnetic north and true geographic north. The mirror is set to zone eight upon leaving the factory. It will be necessary to adjust the compass to compensate for compass variance if you live outside zone eight. Under certain circumstances, such as during a long distance cross-country trip, it will be necessary to adjust for compass variance.

  • Page 116

    Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass Your vehicle may have an automatic dimming rearview mirror with a compass. This feature enables the mirror to sense nighttime glare from vehicle headlamps from behind and automatically dim to reduce the glare to a safe level. The automatic dimming feature turns on each time the vehicle is started.

  • Page 117

    Compass Variance Compass variance is the difference between earth’s magnetic north and true geographic north. If the mirror is not adjusted for compass variance, the compass could give false readings. The mirror is set in zone eight upon leaving the factory. It will be necessary to adjust the compass to compensate for compass variance if the vehicle is driven outside zone eight.

  • Page 118

    Park Tilt Mirrors If your vehicle has memory mirrors, the outside mirrors have park tilt mirrors. This feature tilts the driver side and passenger side mirror to a factory programmed position when the vehicle is in REVERSE (R). This feature may be useful in allowing you to view the curb when you are parallel parking.

  • Page 119: Object Detection Systems

    Object Detection Systems Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) If your vehicle has the Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) system, it helps you park easier and avoid other vehicles while in REVERSE (R). It operates at speeds less than 5 mph (8 km/h). It can determine how close objects are to the rear bumper, up to 8 feet (2.5 m) behind your vehicle.

  • Page 120

    How the System Works URPA comes on automatically when the shift lever is moved into REVERSE (R). The rear display will then briefly illuminate to let you know the system is working. URPA operates only at speeds less than 5 mph (8 km/h).

  • Page 121

    Side Blind Zone Alert Your vehicle may have a Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) system. Read this entire section before using the system. CAUTION: The Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) system does not detect vehicles outside the side blind zones, which may be rapidly approaching. SBZA is not designed to detect pedestrians, bicyclists, or animals.

  • Page 122

    SBZA Detection Zones The SBZA sensor covers a zone of approximately one lane over from both sides of the vehicle, 11 ft. or 3.5 m. This zone starts at each side mirror and goes back approximately 16 ft. (5.0 m). The height of the zone is approximately between 1.5 ft.

  • Page 123

    When the System Does Not Seem To Work Properly If the SBZA displays do not light up when the system is on and vehicles are in the blind zone, the system needs service. Take your vehicle to your dealer/retailer. SBZA displays may occasionally light up due to guard rails, signs, trees, shrubs, and other stationary objects.

  • Page 124

    Lane Departure Warning Your vehicle may have a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system. Read this entire section before using the system. CAUTION: The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system does not steer the vehicle and is only an aid to help you stay in your driving lane. The LDW system may not: •...

  • Page 125

    How the System Works LDW uses a camera located between the inside rearview mirror and the windshield to detect the lane markings. (Lane Departure Warning): To turn LDW on and off, press the LDW control, located by the exterior headlamp control. An indicator on the control will light to indicate that LDW is on.

  • Page 126: Onstar ® System

    LDW Error Message SERVICE LANE DEPARTURE SYSTEM: This message may appear in the DIC to indicate that LDW is not working properly. If this message remains on after continued driving, the system needs service. Take your vehicle to your dealer/retailer. See DIC Warnings and Messages on page 3-56 for more information.

  • Page 127

    OnStar Services For new vehicles with OnStar, the Safe & Sound Plan, or the Directions & Connections Plan is included for one year from the date of purchase. You can extend this plan beyond the first year, or upgrade to the Directions &...

  • Page 128

    OnStar Virtual Advisor OnStar Virtual Advisor is a feature of OnStar Hands-Free Calling that uses your minutes to access location-based weather, local traffic reports, and stock quotes. By pressing the phone button and giving a few simple voice commands, you can browse through the various topics.

  • Page 129: Universal Home Remote System

    Location information about your vehicle is only available if the GPS satellite signals are unobstructed and available. Your vehicle must have a working electrical system (including adequate battery power) for the OnStar equipment to operate. There are other problems OnStar cannot control that may prevent OnStar from providing OnStar service to you at any particular time or place.

  • Page 130

    Universal Home Remote System Operation (With Three Round LED) Your vehicle may have the Universal Home Remote System. If there are three round Light Emitting Diode (LED) indicator lights above the Universal Home Remote buttons, follow the instructions below. This system provides a way to replace up to three remote control transmitters used to activate devices such as garage door openers, security systems, and home automation devices.

  • Page 131

    To program up to three devices: 1. From inside the vehicle, press the two outside buttons at the same time for one to two seconds, and immediately release them. 2. Locate in the garage, the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit). Locate the “Learn” or “Smart”...

  • Page 132

    Programming Universal Home Remote — Fixed Code If you have questions or need help programming the Universal Home Remote System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go to www.learcar2u.com. Most garage door openers sold before 1996 are Fixed Code units. Programming a garage door opener involves time-sensitive actions, so read the entire procedure before you begin.

  • Page 133

    Your garage door opener receiver (motor head unit) may also have a row of dip switches that can be used when programming the Universal Home Remote. If the total number of switches on the motor head and hand held transmitter are different, or if the dip switch settings are different, use the dip switch settings on the motor head unit to program your Universal Home Remote.

  • Page 134

    2. Write down the eight to 12 switch settings from left to right as follows: • When a switch is in the up position, write “Left.” • When a switch is in the down position, write “Right.” • If a switch is set between the up and down position, write “Middle.”...

  • Page 135

    5. After entering all of the switch positions, again, firmly press and release all three buttons at the same time. The indicator lights will turn on. 6. Press and hold the button you would like to use to control the garage door until the garage door moves.

  • Page 136: Storage Areas

    Storage Areas Glove Box To open, lift the handle up. Use the key to lock and unlock. Cupholder(s) There are cupholders located in the full floor console, or in the front of the center seat console. Cupholders are also located in the rear armrest. To access the full floor console cupholder slide the cover back.

  • Page 137

    Center Flex Storage Unit Your vehicle may have a center flex storage unit that includes a front center seat with a lap belt and an underseat storage compartment. The center seatback can also be used as a fold down armrest. Cupholders are also located at the front edge of the storage unit and can be accessed by folding the compartment forward.

  • Page 138: Sunroof

    Sunroof If your vehicle has a power sunroof, the switches are located on the headliner. To express-open the sunroof press the rear of the driver side switch to the second detent position, and release. To stop the sunroof from express opening, press the switch again.

  • Page 139: Instrument Panel Overview, Warning Lights, Gages, And Indicators

    Section 3 Instrument Panel Overview ...3-4 Hazard Warning Flashers ...3-6 Other Warning Devices ...3-6 Horn ...3-6 Tilt Wheel ...3-6 Power Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column ...3-7 Heated Steering Wheel ...3-7 Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever ...3-8 Turn and Lane-Change Signals ...3-8 Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer ...3-9 Flash-to-Pass ...3-9 Windshield Wipers ...3-9...

  • Page 140: Driver Information Center (dic), Audio System(s)

    Section 3 Charging System Light ...3-38 Brake System Warning Light ...3-39 Antilock Brake System Warning Light ...3-40 Traction Control System (TCS) Warning Light ...3-40 ® StabiliTrak Indicator Light ...3-41 Lane Departure Warning Light ...3-42 Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light ...3-42 Engine Coolant Temperature Gage ...3-43 Tire Pressure Light ...3-43 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ...3-44...

  • Page 141

    NOTES...

  • Page 142

    Instrument Panel Overview...

  • Page 143

    The main components of your instrument panel are the following: A. Air Outlets. See Outlet Adjustment on page 3-30. B. Driver Information Center (DIC) Buttons (If Equipped). See DIC Operation and Displays on page 3-49. C. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever. See Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever on page 3-8.

  • Page 144

    Hazard Warning Flashers Your hazard warning flashers let you warn others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will flash on and off. The hazard warning flasher button is located in the center of the instrument panel above the radio.

  • Page 145

    Power Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column If your vehicle has this feature, the power tilt wheel control is located on the left side of the steering column. To operate the power tilt feature, push the control up and the steering wheel tilts up. Push the control down and the steering wheel goes down.

  • Page 146

    Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever The lever on the left side of the steering column includes the following: • Turn and Lane-Change Signals. See Turn and Lane-Change Signals on page 3-8. • Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer. See Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer on page 3-9. •...

  • Page 147

    Turn Signal On Chime If your turn signal is left on for more than 0.8 miles (1.3 km), a chime will sound at each flash of the turn signal. To turn off the chime, move the turn signal lever to the off position. Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer To change the headlamps from low beam to high beam, push the turn signal lever away from you.

  • Page 148

    (High Speed): For high-speed wiping, turn the band further, to the second solid band past the delay settings. (Off): To stop the wipers, move the band to off. Clear ice and snow from the wiper blades before using them. If they are frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or thaw them.

  • Page 149

    Windshield Washer CAUTION: In freezing weather, do not use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. (Washer Fluid): Press and release this paddle, located at the top of the turn signal/multifunction lever, to spray washer fluid on the windshield.

  • Page 150

    Cruise Control With cruise control, you can maintain a speed of about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more without keeping your foot on the accelerator. This can really help on long trips. Cruise control does not work at speeds below about 25 mph (40 km/h).

  • Page 151

    Setting Cruise Control Cruise control will not work if the parking brake is set, or if the master cylinder brake fluid level is low. The cruise control light on the instrument panel cluster comes on after the cruise control has been set to the desired speed.

  • Page 152

    Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control To reduce your speed while using cruise control: • Press and hold the SET– button on the steering wheel until you reach the desired lower speed, then release it. • To slow down in very small amounts, press the SET–...

  • Page 153

    It controls the following systems: • Headlamps • Taillamps • Parking Lamps • License Plate Lamps • Instrument Panel Lights • Fog Lamps (If Equipped) The exterior lamps control has four positions: (Off): Turn the control to this position to turn off the exterior lamps.

  • Page 154

    Headlamps on Reminder If you leave the exterior lamp buttons for the headlamps or parking lamps on, remove the key from the ignition and open the driver’s door, you will hear a continuous warning chime. The chime will turn off when the lamps are turned off.

  • Page 155

    Fog Lamps (Fog Lamps): If your vehicle has fog lamps, the button is located on the exterior lamps control. The exterior lamps control is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering column. The ignition must be in the ON/RUN position and the parking lamps must be on for the fog lamps to illuminate.

  • Page 156

    Entry Lighting If it is dark enough outside when you press the unlock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter, the interior courtesy lamps will turn on and stay on for about 40 seconds. The lamps can be turned off immediately by pressing the lock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter, turning the ignition key to RUN or activating the power door locks.

  • Page 157

    Electric Power Management The vehicle has Electric Power Management (EPM) that estimates the battery’s temperature and state of charge. It then adjusts the voltage for best performance and extended life of the battery. When the battery’s state of charge is low, the voltage is raised slightly to quickly put the charge back in.

  • Page 158

    Battery Run-Down Protection This vehicle has a feature to help prevent the battery from being drained, if the interior courtesy lamps, reading/map lamps, visor vanity lamps or trunk lamp are accidentally left on. If any of these lamps are left on, they will automatically turn off after 10 minutes, if the ignition is off.

  • Page 159

    When adding electrical equipment, be sure to follow the proper installation instructions included with the equipment. Notice: Improper use of the power outlet can cause damage not covered by your warranty. Do not hang any type of accessory or accessory bracket from the plug because the power outlets are designed for accessory power plugs only.

  • Page 160

    Operation (Off): Turn the left knob to this position to turn the climate control system off. Outside air still enters the vehicle and is directed to the floor. The airflow direction and temperature can be adjusted, as indicated below. (Fan): Turn the left knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the fan speed.

  • Page 161

    (Air Conditioning): Press this button to turn the air conditioning system on or off. When this button is pressed, an indicator light below the button comes on to show that this mode is activated. Air conditioning can be selected in any mode as long as the fan knob is not in the off position.

  • Page 162

    Rear Window Defogger The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog from the rear window. < (Rear Window Defogger): Press this button to turn the rear window defogger on or off. An indicator light below the button comes on to show that the rear window defogger is activated.

  • Page 163

    Automatic Operation AUTO (Automatic Fan): When AUTO is selected on the fan control, the system automatically adjusts the fan ® speed. If the OnStar system is activated when this position is selected, the fan speed will lower. AUTO (Automatic Mode) 1.

  • Page 164

    Manual Operation (Fan): Turn the left knob either to the left or right to adjust the fan speed. Turning this control completely counterclockwise turns on the automatic fan operation. If the airflow seems low when the fan speed is at the highest setting, the passenger compartment air filter may need to be replaced.

  • Page 165

    (Outside Air): This mode lets outside air enter the vehicle. When the button is pressed, an indicator light turns on. Pressing the recirculation button cancels this mode. (Recirculation): Press this button to recirculate cabin air through the vehicle. An indicator light below the button comes on to show that this mode is activated.

  • Page 166

    Sensors The solar sensor, located in the defrost grille, in the middle of the instrument panel, monitors the solar radiation. Do not cover the solar sensor or the system will not work properly. There is also an interior temperature sensor located next to the steering wheel that measures the temperature of the air inside the vehicle.

  • Page 167

    Defogging and Defrosting Fog on the inside of windows is a result of high humidity (moisture) condensing on the cool window glass. This can be minimized if the climate control system is used properly. There are two modes to clear fog from your windshield, defog and defrost.

  • Page 168

    Outlet Adjustment Use the levers, located in the middle of the front outlets, to change the direction of the airflow. Use the thumbwheel located between the outlets to turn them on and off. If your vehicle has rear seat outlets, adjust the direction of the airflow using the lever in the center of each outlet.

  • Page 169

    To access the passenger compartment air filter, do the following: 1. Press the tabs back and left to remove the cover. 2. Insert a tool behind the push pin located on the inboard side of the air filter compartment to carefully pry the pin out.

  • Page 170

    Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators This part describes the warning lights and gages that may be on your vehicle. The pictures will help you locate them. Warning lights and gages can signal that something is wrong before it becomes serious enough to cause an expensive repair or replacement.

  • Page 171

    Instrument Panel Cluster The instrument panel cluster is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You will know how fast you are going, how much fuel you have, and many other things you will need to drive safely and economically. Your vehicle has this cluster or one very similar to it.

  • Page 172

    Speedometer and Odometer Your speedometer lets you see your speed in both miles per hour (mph) and kilometers per hour (km/h). Your odometer shows how far your vehicle has been driven, in either miles or kilometers. Your vehicle has a tamper resistant odometer. You may wonder what happens if your vehicle needs a new odometer installed.

  • Page 173

    Passenger Safety Belt Reminder Light Several seconds after the engine is started, a chime will sound for several seconds to remind the front passenger to buckle their safety belt. This would only occur if the passenger airbag is enabled. See Passenger Sensing System on page 1-67 for more information.

  • Page 174

    If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start the vehicle or comes on when you are driving, your airbag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle serviced right away. CAUTION: If the airbag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle, it means the airbag system may not be working properly.

  • Page 175

    CAUTION: If the on indicator comes on when you have a rear-facing child restraint installed in the right front passenger’s seat, it means that the passenger sensing system has not turned off the passenger’s frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag (if equipped). A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger’s airbag inflates.

  • Page 176

    If, after several seconds, both status indicator lights remain on, or if there are no lights at all, there may be a problem with the lights or the passenger sensing system. See your dealer/retailer for service. CAUTION: If the airbag readiness light in the instrument panel cluster ever comes on and stays on, it means that something may be wrong with the airbag system.

  • Page 177

    Brake System Warning Light Your vehicle’s hydraulic brake system is divided into two parts. If one part is not working, the other part can still work and stop you. For good braking, though, you need both parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there is a brake problem. Have your brake system inspected right away.

  • Page 178

    Antilock Brake System Warning Light For vehicles with the Antilock Brake System (ABS), this light will come on briefly when you start the engine. That is normal. If the light does not come on then, have it fixed so it will be ready to warn you if there is a problem. If the ABS light stays on, turn the ignition off, if the light comes on when you are driving, stop as soon as it is safely possible and turn the ignition off.

  • Page 179

    If the traction control system is manually turned off, this light will come on and the TRACTION CONTROL OFF message will appear on the DIC. When the system is active, the light will flash while the system is limiting wheel spin or assisting you in controlling the vehicle. You may also feel or hear the system working.

  • Page 180

    Lane Departure Warning Light Your vehicle may have the lane departure warning system. This light will come on green, briefly, when the vehicle is started to show that it is working. This light will also come on green if the system detects a left or right lane marking.

  • Page 181

    Engine Coolant Temperature Gage United States This gage shows the engine coolant temperature. If the pointer moves towards the H (United States) or shaded in thermostat symbol area (Canada), the engine is too hot. A temperature indicator light will turn on and a chime will sound.

  • Page 182

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp Check Engine Light A computer system called OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics-Second Generation) monitors operation of the fuel, ignition, and emission control systems. It makes sure that emissions are at acceptable levels for the life of the vehicle, helping to produce a cleaner environment. The check engine light comes on to indicate that there is an OBD II...

  • Page 183

    If the Light is Flashing The following can prevent more serious damage to your vehicle: • Reduce vehicle speed. • Avoid hard accelerations. • Avoid steep uphill grades. • If you are towing a trailer, reduce the amount of cargo being hauled as soon as it is possible. If the light stops flashing and remains on steady, see “If the Light Is On Steady”...

  • Page 184: Maintenance Schedule, Maintenance Schedule

    Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs Some state/provincial and local governments have or might begin programs to inspect the emission control equipment on your vehicle. Failure to pass this inspection could prevent you from getting a vehicle registration. Here are some things you need to know to help your vehicle pass an inspection: Your vehicle will not pass this inspection if the check engine light is on or not working properly.

  • Page 185

    Security Light For information regarding this light and the vehicle’s security system, see Content Theft-Deterrent on page 2-17. Fog Lamp Light The fog lamp light will come on when the fog lamps are in use. The light will go out when the fog lamps are turned off. See Fog Lamps on page 3-17 for more information.

  • Page 186

    Fuel Gage United States The fuel gage shows about how much fuel is in your tank. It works only when the ignition is on. When the indicator moves to the edge of the low fuel warning band, the low fuel warning light will come on and a chime will sound.

  • Page 187

    The DIC displays trip, fuel, and vehicle system information, and warning messages if a system problem is detected. The bottom line of the DIC shows the shift lever position indicator. See Automatic Transmission Operation on page 2-25 for more information. If your vehicle’s DIC has these features, the compass direction and the outside air temperature may also display on the DIC when viewing the trip and fuel...

  • Page 188

    Trip/Fuel Menu Items (Trip/Fuel): Press this button to scroll through the following menu items: Odometer Press the trip/fuel button until ODOMETER displays. This display shows the distance the vehicle has been driven in either miles (mi) or kilometers (km). Trip A and Trip B Press the trip/fuel button until TRIP A or TRIP B displays.

  • Page 189

    Fuel Range Press the trip/fuel button until FUEL RANGE displays. This display shows the approximate number of remaining miles (mi) or kilometers (km) the vehicle can be driven without refueling. The fuel range estimate is based on an average of the vehicle’s fuel economy over recent driving history and the amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank.

  • Page 190

    Vehicle Information Menu Items (Vehicle Information): Press this button to scroll through the following menu items: Oil Life Press the vehicle information button until OIL LIFE REMAINING displays. This display shows an estimate of the oil’s remaining useful life. If you see 99% OIL LIFE REMAINING on the display, that means 99% of the current oil life remains.

  • Page 191

    Side Blind Zone If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) system, this display allows the system to be turned on or off. Press the vehicle information button until SIDE BLIND ZONE displays. Once in this display, press the set/reset button to select between ON or OFF.

  • Page 192

    3. Press and hold the lock and unlock buttons on the first transmitter at the same time for about 15 seconds. On vehicles with memory recall seats, the first transmitter learned will match driver 1 and the second will match driver 2. A chime will sound indicating that the transmitter is matched.

  • Page 193

    To adjust for compass variance, use the following procedure: Compass Variance (Zone) Procedure 1. Do not set the compass zone when the vehicle is moving. Only set it when the vehicle is in PARK (P). Press the vehicle information button until PRESS TO CHANGE COMPASS ZONE displays.

  • Page 194

    To calibrate the compass, use the following procedure: Compass Calibration Procedure 1. Before calibrating the compass, make sure the compass zone is set to the variance zone in which the vehicle is located. See “Compass Variance (Zone) Procedure” earlier in this section. Do not operate any switches such as window, sunroof, climate controls, seats, etc.

  • Page 195

    BATTERY SAVER ACTIVE This message displays when the system detects that the battery voltage is dropping beyond a reasonable level. The battery saver system starts reducing certain features of the vehicle that you may be able to notice. At the point that the features are disabled, this message is displayed.

  • Page 196

    CLEAN SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT SYSTEM If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) system, this message displays when the SBZA system is disabled because the sensor is blocked and cannot detect vehicles in your blind zone. The sensor may be blocked by mud, dirt, snow, ice, or slush.

  • Page 197

    ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED This message displays when the vehicle’s engine power is reduced. Reduced engine power can affect the vehicle’s ability to accelerate. If this message is on, but there is no reduction in performance, proceed to your destination. The performance may be reduced the next time the vehicle is driven.

  • Page 198

    LANE DEPARTURE SYSTEM UNAVAILABLE If your vehicle has the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, this message may display if the LDW system does not activate due to a temporary condition. See Lane Departure Warning on page 2-44 for more information. LEFT REAR DOOR OPEN This message displays when the driver side rear door is not closed properly.

  • Page 199

    REMOTE KEY LEARNING ACTIVE This message displays while you are matching a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to your vehicle. See “Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle” under Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 2-5 and DIC Operation and Displays on page 3-49 for more information.

  • Page 200

    SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM This message displays if the ignition is on to inform the driver that the brake fluid level is low. Have the brake system serviced by your dealer/retailer as soon as possible. The brake system warning light also appears on the instrument panel cluster when this message appears on the DIC.

  • Page 201

    If this message turns on while you are driving, pull off the road as soon as possible and stop carefully. Try resetting the system by turning the ignition off and then back on. If this message still stays on or turns back on again while you are driving, your vehicle needs ®...

  • Page 202

    SERVICE VEHICLE SOON This message displays when a non-emissions related malfunction occurs. Have the vehicle serviced by your dealer/retailer as soon as possible. SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT SYSTEM OFF If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) system, this message displays when the SBZA system has been turned off.

  • Page 203

    TIGHTEN GAS CAP This message may be displayed if the gas cap is not on, or is not fully tightened. Check the gas cap to ensure that it is on properly. See Filling the Tank on page 5-8 for more information. TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE This message displays when the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) is re-learning the tire positions on...

  • Page 204

    TURN SIGNAL ON This message displays as a reminder to turn off the turn signal if you drive your vehicle for more than about 0.75 mile (1.2 km) with a turn signal on. See Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever on page 3-8. This message displays and a chime sounds only when the ignition is in ON/RUN.

  • Page 205

    Feature Settings Menu Items The following are customization features that allow you to program settings to the vehicle: DISPLAY IN ENGLISH This feature will only display if a language other than English has been set. This feature allows you to change the language in which the DIC messages appear to English.

  • Page 206

    AUTO DOOR UNLOCK This feature allows you to select whether or not to turn off the automatic door unlocking feature. It also allows you to select which doors and when the doors will automatically unlock. See Programmable Automatic Door Locks on page 2-11 for more information. Press the customization button until AUTO DOOR UNLOCK appears on the DIC display.

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    NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature. The current setting will remain. To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC. REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK This feature allows you to select the type of feedback you will receive when unlocking the vehicle with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter.

  • Page 208

    EXIT LIGHTING This feature allows you to select the amount of time you want the exterior lamps to remain on when it is dark enough outside. This happens after the key is turned from ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF. Press the customization button until EXIT LIGHTING appears on the DIC display.

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    CHIME VOLUME This feature allows you to select the volume level of the chime. Press the customization button until CHIME VOLUME appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button once to access the settings for this feature. Then press the customization button to scroll through the following settings: NORMAL: The chime volume will be set to a normal level.

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    EASY EXIT SEAT If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to select your preference for the automatic easy exit seat feature. See Memory Seat and Mirrors on page 1-6 for more information. Press the customization button until EASY EXIT SEAT appears on the DIC display.

  • Page 211

    REMOTE START If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to turn the remote start off or on. The remote start feature allows you to start the engine from outside of the vehicle using the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. See Remote Vehicle Start on page 2-8 for more information.

  • Page 212

    EXIT FEATURE SETTINGS This feature allows you to exit the FEATURE SETTINGS menu. Press the customization button until FEATURE SETTINGS PRESS TO EXIT appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button to exit the menu. If you do not exit, pressing the customization button again will return you to the beginning of the FEATURE SETTINGS menu.

  • Page 213

    Audio System(s) Determine which radio your vehicle has and then read the pages following to familiarize yourself with its features. CAUTION: This system provides you with far greater access to audio stations and song listings. Giving extended attention to entertainment tasks while driving can cause a crash and you or others can be injured or killed.

  • Page 214

    Setting the Time Without Date Display AM/FM Base Radio with a Single CD Player This type of radio has a (clock) button for setting the time. You can set the time by following these steps: 1. Press the button until the hour begins flashing on display.

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    The date does not automatically display. To see the date press the (clock) button while the radio is on. The date with display times out after a few seconds and goes back to the normal radio and time display. Six-Disc CD (MP3) Player This type of radio has a MENU button instead of the clock button to set the time and date.

  • Page 216

    Radio(s) Radio with CD (MP3) shown, Radio with Six-Disc CD (MP3) similar Radio with CD (Base) Your vehicle has one of these radios as its audio system. 3-78...

  • Page 217

    Radio Data System (RDS) Your radio may have the Radio Data System (RDS) feature. RDS is available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information. This system relies upon receiving specific information from these stations and only works when the information is available. While the radio is tuned to an FM-RDS station, the station name or call letters display.

  • Page 218

    Finding a Station BAND: Press to switch between FM1, FM2, AM, or XM™ (if equipped). The selection displays. (Tune): Turn to select radio stations. © ¨ SEEK : Press the arrows to go to the previous or the next station and stay there. To scan stations, press and hold either arrow for a few seconds until the radio beeps once.

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    Storing a Radio Station as a Favorite Drivers are encouraged to set up their radio station favorites while the vehicle is in PARK (P). Tune to your favorite stations using the presets, favorites button, and steering wheel controls if the vehicle has this feature.

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    Setting the Tone (Bass/Midrange/Treble) BASS/MID/TREB (Bass, Midrange, or Treble): Your radio may display some or all tones, such as BASS, MID, and TREB. To adjust the tone settings, press the knob until the tone control labels display. Press the pushbutton positioned under the desired label, then turn the knob clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the highlighted setting.

  • Page 221

    Finding a Category (CAT) Station (XM™ Satellite Radio Service Only) CAT (Category): Your radio may have the CAT button feature. To select and find a desired category perform the following: 1. Press the BAND button until the XM™ frequency displays. Press the CAT button to display the category labels on the radio display.

  • Page 222

    Radio Messages Calibration Error: The audio system has been calibrated for your vehicle from the factory. If Calibration Error displays, it means that the radio has not been configured properly for your vehicle and it must be returned to your dealer/retailer for service. Loc or Locked: If Loc or Locked displays, it means the ®...

  • Page 223

    Care of Your CDs If playing a CD-R, the sound quality can be reduced due to CD-R quality, the method of recording, the quality of the music that has been recorded, and the way the CD-R has been handled. Handle them carefully. Store CD-R(s) in their original cases or other protective cases and away from direct sunlight and dust.

  • Page 224

    To insert multiple CDs, do the following: 1. Press and hold the load button for two seconds. A beep sounds and Load All Discs displays. 2. Follow the displayed instruction on when to insert the discs. The CD player takes up to six CDs. 3.

  • Page 225

    To use random on an Uplevel Radio with a Single CD player: 1. Press the CD/AUX button, insert a disc partway into the slot of the CD player. A RDM label displays. 2. To play the tracks in random order, press the pushbutton positioned under the RDM label until Random Current Disc displays.

  • Page 226

    Playing an MP3 CD-R or CD-RW Disc Your radio may have MP3 CD-R or CD-RW disc capability. For more information, see Using an MP3 on page 3-89 later in this section. CD Messages CHECK DISC: If an error message displays and/or the CD comes out, it could be for one of the following reasons: •...

  • Page 227

    CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to play a CD while a portable audio device is playing. Press again and the system begins playing audio from the connected portable audio player. If a portable audio player is not connected, No Aux Input Device Found may display. Using an MP3 MP3 CD-R or CD-RW Disc Your radio may have MP3 capability.

  • Page 228

    • Minimize the length of the file, folder or playlist names. Long file, folder, or playlist names, or a combination of a large number of files and folders, or playlists can cause the player to be unable to play up to the maximum number of files, folders, playlists, or sessions.

  • Page 229

    Order of Play Tracks recorded to the CD-R or CD-RW are played in the following order: • Play begins from the first track in the first playlist and continues sequentially through all tracks in each playlist. When the last track of the last playlist has played, play continues from the first track of the first playlist.

  • Page 230

    (Next Folder): Press the pushbutton positioned under the Folder label to go to the first track in the next folder. REV (Reverse): Press and hold this button to reverse playback quickly within an MP3 file. Sound is heard at a reduced volume. Release this button to resume playing the file.

  • Page 231

    To change from playback by artist to playback by album, press the pushbutton located below the Sort By label. From the sort screen, push one of the buttons below the album button. Press the pushbutton below the back label to return to the main music navigator screen.

  • Page 232

    XM TheftLocked: The XM receiver in the vehicle could have previously been in another vehicle. For security purposes, XM™ receivers cannot be swapped between vehicles. If this message appears after having your vehicle serviced, check with your dealer/retailer. XM Radio ID: If tuned to channel 0, this message alternates with the XM Radio eight digit radio ID label.

  • Page 233

    Audio Steering Wheel Controls Vehicles with audio steering wheel controls may be different depending on your vehicle’s options. Some audio controls can be adjusted at the steering wheel. They include the following: (Next/Previous): Press the down or up arrow to go to the next or to the previous radio station stored as a favorite.

  • Page 234

    Radio Reception Frequency interference and static can occur during normal radio reception if items such as cell phone chargers, vehicle convenience accessories, and external electronic devices are plugged into the accessory power outlet. If there is interference or static, unplug the item from the accessory power outlet.

  • Page 235

    Backglass Antenna The AM-FM antenna is integrated with the rear window defogger, located in the rear window. Make sure that the inside surface of the rear window is not scratched and that the grid lines on the glass are not damaged. If the inside surface is damaged, it could interfere with radio reception.

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  • Page 237: Driving Your Vehicle

    Section 4 Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ...4-2 Defensive Driving ...4-2 Drunk Driving ...4-2 Control of a Vehicle ...4-3 Braking ...4-3 Antilock Brake System (ABS) ...4-4 Braking in Emergencies ...4-5 Traction Control System (TCS) ...4-5 ® StabiliTrak System ...4-6 Panic Brake Assist ...4-7 Steering ...4-7 Off-Road Recovery ...4-9...

  • Page 238: Your Driving, The Road, And Your Vehicle

    Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle Defensive Driving Defensive driving means “always expect the unexpected.” The first step in driving defensively is to wear your safety belt — See Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone on page 1-12. CAUTION: Assume that other road users (pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers) are going to be careless and make mistakes.

  • Page 239

    For persons under 21, it is against the law in every U.S. state to drink alcohol. There are good medical, psychological, and developmental reasons for these laws. The obvious way to eliminate the leading highway safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol and then drive.

  • Page 240

    Avoid needless heavy braking. Some people drive in spurts — heavy acceleration followed by heavy braking — rather than keeping pace with traffic. This is a mistake. The brakes might not have time to cool between hard stops. The brakes will wear out much faster if you do a lot of heavy braking.

  • Page 241

    ABS can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. The computer is programmed to make the most of available tire and road conditions. This can help you steer around the obstacle while braking hard. As you brake, the computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking pressure accordingly.

  • Page 242

    When this light and the SERVICE TRACTION CONTROL message are on, the system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving accordingly. The traction control system automatically comes on whenever you start your vehicle. To limit wheel spin, especially in slippery road conditions, you should always leave the system on.

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    The SERVICE STABILITRAK message will be displayed and the traction control system and StabiliTrak light on the instrument panel cluster will come on if there is a problem with the system. When this light and the SERVICE STABILITRAK message are on, the system is not operational.

  • Page 244

    Speed limit signs near curves warn that you should adjust your speed. Of course, the posted speeds are based on good weather and road conditions. Under less favorable conditions you will want to go slower. If you need to reduce your speed as you approach a curve, do it before you enter the curve, while the front wheels are straight ahead.

  • Page 245

    Off-Road Recovery You may find that your vehicle’s right wheels have dropped off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while you are driving. If the level of the shoulder is only slightly below the pavement, recovery should be fairly easy. Ease off the accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer so that your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement.

  • Page 246

    Loss of Control Let us review what driving experts say about what happens when the three control systems — brakes, steering, and acceleration — do not have enough friction where the tires meet the road to do what the driver has asked.

  • Page 247

    Driving at Night Night driving is more dangerous than day driving because some drivers are likely to be impaired — by alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by fatigue. Night driving tips include: • Drive defensively. • Do not drink and drive. •...

  • Page 248

    Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive slower in these types of driving conditions and avoid driving through large puddles and deep-standing or flowing water. CAUTION: Wet brakes can cause crashes.

  • Page 249

    Before Leaving on a Long Trip To prepare your vehicle for a long trip, consider having it serviced by your dealer/retailer before departing. Things to check on your own include: • Windshield Washer Fluid: Reservoir full? Windows clean — inside and outside? •...

  • Page 250

    Hill and Mountain Roads Driving on steep hills or through mountains is different than driving on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for driving in these conditions include: • Keep your vehicle serviced and in good shape. • Check all fluid levels and brakes, tires, cooling system, and transmission.

  • Page 251

    Winter Driving Here are some tips for winter driving: • Have your vehicle in good shape for winter. • You might want to put winter emergency supplies in your trunk. Include an ice scraper, a small brush or broom, a supply of windshield washer fluid, a rag, some winter outer clothing, a small shovel, a flashlight, a red cloth, and a couple of reflective warning triangles.

  • Page 252

    If your vehicle has the Traction Control System (TCS), it will improve your ability to accelerate when driving on a slippery road. Even if you have TCS, slow down and adjust your driving to the road conditions. Under certain conditions, you might want to turn the TCS off, such as when driving through deep snow and loose gravel, to help maintain vehicle motion at lower speeds.

  • Page 253

    You can run the engine to keep warm, but be careful. CAUTION: Snow can trap exhaust gases under your vehicle. This can cause deadly CO (carbon monoxide) gas to get inside. CO could overcome you and kill you. You cannot see it or smell it, so you might not know it is in your vehicle.

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    Then, shut the engine off and close the window almost all the way to preserve the heat. Start the engine again and repeat this only when you feel really uncomfortable from the cold. But do it as little as possible. Preserve the fuel as long as you can. To help keep warm, you can get out of the vehicle and do some fairly vigorous exercises every half hour or so until help comes.

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    Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out First, turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the area around the front wheels. Turn off any traction or stability system. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 4-5 and StabiliTrak page 4-6.

  • Page 256

    Tire and Loading Information Label Label Example A vehicle specific Tire and Loading Information label is attached to the vehicle’s center pillar (B-pillar). With the driver’s door open, you will find the label attached below the door lock post (striker). The Tire and Loading Information label shows the number of occupant seating positions (A), and the maximum vehicle capacity weight (B) in kilograms...

  • Page 257

    Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle.

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    Example 2 Item Description Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 2 = Subtract Occupant Weight 150 lbs (68 kg) × 5 = Available Cargo Weight = 4-22 Total Item 1,000 lbs (453 kg) 750 lbs (340 kg) 250 lbs (113 kg) Refer to your vehicle’s Tire and Loading Information label for specific information about your vehicle’s capacity weight and seating...

  • Page 259

    Certification Label A vehicle specific Certification label is attached to the rear edge of the driver’s door. It tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle, called the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel, and cargo.

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    If you put things inside your vehicle, like suitcases, tools, packages, or anything else, they will go as fast as the vehicle goes. If you have to stop or turn quickly, or if there is a crash, they will keep going.

  • Page 261: Towing

    Towing Towing Your Vehicle Consult your dealer/retailer or a professional towing service if you need to have your disabled vehicle towed. See Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-8. If you want to tow your vehicle behind another vehicle for recreational purposes (such as behind a motorhome), see “Recreational Vehicle Towing”...

  • Page 262

    Dolly Towing Your vehicle can be towed using a dolly. To tow your vehicle using a dolly, follow these steps: 1. Put the front wheels on the dolly. 2. Put the vehicle in PARK (P). 3. Set the parking brake and then remove the key. 4.

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    That is the reason for this part. In it are many time-tested, important trailering tips and safety rules. Many of these are important for your safety and that of your passengers. So please read this section carefully before you pull a trailer. Load-pulling components such as the engine, transmission, wheel assemblies and tires are forced to work harder against the drag of the added weight.

  • Page 264

    Maximum trailer weight is calculated assuming only the driver is in the tow vehicle and it has all the required trailering equipment. The weight of additional optional equipment, passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle must be subtracted form the maximum trailer weight. You can ask your dealer/retailer for our trailering information or advice, or you can write us at our Customer Assistance Offices.

  • Page 265

    Hitches It is important to have the correct hitch equipment. Crosswinds, large trucks going by and rough roads are a few reasons why you will need the right hitch. Here are some rules to follow: • The rear bumper on your vehicle is not intended for hitches.

  • Page 266

    Before you start, check all trailer hitch parts and attachments, safety chains, electrical connector, lamps, tires and mirror adjustment. If the trailer has electric brakes, start your vehicle and trailer moving and then apply the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working.

  • Page 267

    When towing a trailer, the arrows on your instrument panel will flash for turns even if the bulbs on the trailer are burned out. Thus, you may think drivers behind you are seeing your signal when they are not. It is important to check occasionally to be sure the trailer bulbs are still working.

  • Page 268

    When You Are Ready to Leave After Parking on a Hill 1. Apply your regular brakes and hold the pedal down while you: • Start your engine. • Shift into a gear. • Release the parking brake. 2. Let up on the brake pedal. 3.

  • Page 269: Service And Appearance Care

    Section 5 Service ...5-3 Accessories and Modifications ...5-3 California Proposition 65 Warning ...5-4 California Perchlorate Materials Requirements ...5-4 Doing Your Own Service Work ...5-4 Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle ...5-5 Fuel ...5-5 Gasoline Octane ...5-6 Gasoline Specifications ...5-6 California Fuel ...5-6 Additives ...5-7 Fuels in Foreign Countries ...5-7...

  • Page 270

    Section 5 When It Is Time for New Tires ...5-75 Buying New Tires ...5-76 Different Size Tires and Wheels ...5-78 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ...5-78 Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance ...5-80 Wheel Replacement ...5-80 Tire Chains ...5-82 If a Tire Goes Flat ...5-83 Changing a Flat Tire ...5-84 Removing the Spare Tire and Tools ...5-85 Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the...

  • Page 271: Service

    Service For service and parts needs, visit your dealer/retailer. You will receive genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. Genuine GM parts have one of these marks: Accessories and Modifications When non-dealer/non-retailer accessories are added to your vehicle they can affect your vehicle’s performance and safety, including such things as, airbags, braking, stability, ride and handling, emissions systems, aerodynamics, durability, and electronic systems like...

  • Page 272

    California Proposition 65 Warning Most motor vehicles, including this one, contain and/or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Engine exhaust, many parts and systems (including some inside the vehicle), many fluids, and some component wear by-products contain and/or emit these chemicals.

  • Page 273: Fuel

    Your vehicle has an airbag system. Before attempting to do your own service work, see Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on page 1-72. You should keep a record with all parts receipts and list the mileage and the date of any service work you perform.

  • Page 274

    Gasoline Octane If your vehicle has the 3.8L V6 engine (VIN Code 2), use regular unleaded gasoline with a posted octane rating of 87 or higher. If the octane rating is less than 87, you might notice an audible knocking noise when you drive, commonly referred to as spark knock.

  • Page 275

    Additives To provide cleaner air, all gasolines in the United States are now required to contain additives that help prevent engine and fuel system deposits from forming, allowing the emission control system to work properly. In most cases, you should not have to add anything to the fuel.

  • Page 276

    Filling the Tank CAUTION: Fuel vapor burns violently and a fuel fire can cause bad injuries. To help avoid injuries to you and others, read and follow all the instructions on the pump island. Turn off your engine when you are refueling. Do not smoke if you are near fuel or refueling your vehicle.

  • Page 277

    CAUTION: Fuel can spray out on you if you open the fuel cap too quickly. If you spill fuel and then something ignites it, you could be badly burned. This spray can happen if your tank is nearly full, and is more likely in hot weather. Open the fuel cap slowly and wait for any hiss noise to stop.

  • Page 278: Checking Things Under The Hood

    Filling a Portable Fuel Container CAUTION: Never fill a portable fuel container while it is in your vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite the fuel vapor. You can be badly burned and your vehicle damaged if this occurs. To help avoid injury to you and others: •...

  • Page 279

    Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the hood release handle inside the vehicle. It is located next to the parking brake pedal near the floor. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and pull the secondary hood release to the right.

  • Page 280

    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood on the 3.8L V6 engine, here is what you will see: 5-12...

  • Page 281

    A. Radiator Pressure Cap. See Radiator Pressure Cap on page 5-28. B. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See “Adding Washer Fluid” under Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-41. C. Remote Positive (+) Battery Terminal. See Jump Starting on page 5-48. D. Underhood Fuse Block. See Underhood Fuse Block on page 5-106.

  • Page 282

    When you open the hood on the 4.6L L37 Engine shown, (4.6L LD8 Engine similar), here is what you will see: 5-14...

  • Page 283

    A. Underhood Fuse Block. See Underhood Fuse Block on page 5-106. B. Remote Positive (+) Terminal. See Jump Starting on page 5-48. C. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See “Adding Washer Fluid” under Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-41. D. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap See Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap on page 5-28 and Cooling System (3.8L V6 Engine) on page 5-30 or Cooling System (4.6L V8 Engine) on page 5-36.

  • Page 284

    When to Add Engine Oil 3.8L V6 Engine 4.6L V8 Engine 5-16 If the oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick, add at least one quart/liter of the recommended oil. This section explains what kind of oil to use.

  • Page 285

    What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Look for three things: • GM6094M Your vehicle’s engine requires oil meeting GM Standard GM6094M. Look for and use only an oil that meets GM Standard GM6094M. • SAE 5W-30 As shown in the viscosity chart, SAE 5W-30 is best for your vehicle.

  • Page 286

    Engine Oil Additives Do not add anything to the oil. The recommended oils with the starburst symbol that meet GM Standard GM6094M are all you need for good performance and engine protection. Engine Oil Life System When to Change Engine Oil Your vehicle has a computer system that lets you know when to change the engine oil and filter.

  • Page 287

    How to Reset the Engine Oil Life System The Engine Oil Life System calculates when to change the engine oil and filter based on vehicle use. Whenever the oil is changed, reset the system so it can calculate when the next oil change is required. If a situation occurs where you change the oil prior to a CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message being turned on, reset the system.

  • Page 288

    Engine Air Cleaner/Filter See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for the location of the engine air cleaner/filter. When to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Inspect the air cleaner/filter at the Maintenance II intervals and replace it at the first oil change after each 50,000 mile (80 000 km) interval.

  • Page 289

    Follow these steps to reinstall the cover to the engine air cleaner/filter housing: 1. Align the two hinges located on the inboard side of the cover. 2. Push the cover slightly down and towards the engine to engage the tabs in the hinges and align the two screws.

  • Page 290

    How to Check Automatic Transmission Fluid (3.8L Engine) Because this operation can be a little difficult, you may choose to have this done at the dealer/retailer service department. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false reading on the dipstick.

  • Page 291

    Then, without shutting off the engine, follow these steps: For the 3.8L V6 engine the transmission fluid dipstick top is a round loop with this symbol. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location. 1. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel.

  • Page 292

    How to Add Automatic Transmission Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of transmission fluid to use. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12. If the fluid level is low, add only enough of the proper fluid to bring the level into the cross-hatched area on the dipstick.

  • Page 293

    Notice: Using coolant other than DEX-COOL cause premature engine, heater core, or radiator corrosion. In addition, the engine coolant may require changing sooner, at the first maintenance service after each 30,000 miles (50 000 km) or 24 months, whichever occurs first. Any repairs would not be covered by your warranty.

  • Page 294

    Checking Coolant (3.8L V6 Engine) This symbol is located on the cap of the engine coolant recovery tank. The engine coolant recovery tank is located in the engine compartment on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location.

  • Page 295

    Checking Coolant (4.6L V8 Engine) The engine coolant surge tank is located toward the rear of the engine compartment on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. For more information on location, see Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12. CAUTION: Turning the surge tank pressure cap when the engine and radiator are hot can allow steam and scalding liquids to blow out and burn you badly.

  • Page 296

    Radiator Pressure Cap Notice: The radiator cap on your vehicle is a pressure-type cap and must be tightly installed to prevent coolant loss and possible engine damage from overheating. Be sure the arrows on the cap line up with the overflow tube on the radiator filler neck. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location.

  • Page 297

    If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine If you get an engine overheat warning but see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes the engine can get a little too hot when you: • Climb a long hill on a hot day.

  • Page 298

    Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode If an overheated engine condition exists and the message ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE is displayed, an overheat protection mode which alternates firing groups of cylinders helps prevent engine damage. In this mode, you will notice a loss in power and engine performance.

  • Page 299

    CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing, and tools away from any underhood electric fan. If the coolant inside the coolant recovery tank is boiling, do not do anything else until it cools down.

  • Page 300

    How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Recovery Tank CAUTION: Adding only plain water to the cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water, or some other liquid such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. The vehicle’s coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mixture.

  • Page 301

    If the overheat warning continues, there is one more thing you can try. You can add the proper coolant mixture directly to the radiator, but be sure the cooling system is cool before you do it. CAUTION: Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system can blow out and burn you badly.

  • Page 302

    3. Remove the 3800 Series II V6 engine cover shield to access the bleed valve. 3.1. Clean the area around the engine oil fill tube and cap before removing. Twist the oil fill tube, with cap attached, counterclockwise and remove it. 3.2.

  • Page 303

    7. Replace the 3800 Series II V6 engine cover shield. 7.1. Remove the oil fill tube, with cap attached, from the valve cover. 7.2. Insert the catch tab on the cover shield under the bracket on the engine. 7.3. Place the hole in the cover shield over the hole in the valve cover.

  • Page 304

    Cooling System (4.6L V8 Engine) When you decide it is safe to lift the hood, here is what you will see: A. Coolant Surge Tank with Pressure Cap B. Electric Engine Cooling Fans 5-36 CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you.

  • Page 305

    If there seems to be no leak, with the engine on, check to see if the electric engine cooling fans are running. If the engine is overheating, both fans should be running. If they are not, your vehicle needs service. Notice: Engine damage from running your engine without coolant is not covered by your warranty.

  • Page 306

    If no coolant is visible in the surge tank, add coolant as follows: CAUTION: Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system can blow out and burn you badly. They are under pressure, and if you turn the coolant surge tank pressure cap —...

  • Page 307

    CAUTION: You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Do not spill coolant on a hot engine. You can remove the coolant surge tank pressure cap when the cooling system, including...

  • Page 308

    Power Steering Fluid See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for information on the location of the power steering fluid reservoir. When to Check Power Steering Fluid It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or you hear an unusual noise.

  • Page 309

    Windshield Washer Fluid What to Use When you need windshield washer fluid, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before use. If you will be operating your vehicle in an area where the temperature may fall below freezing, use a fluid that has sufficient protection against freezing.

  • Page 310

    Brakes Brake Fluid The brake master cylinder reservoir is filled with DOT-3 brake fluid. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for the location of the reservoir. There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in the reservoir might go down. The first is that the brake fluid goes down to an acceptable level during normal brake lining wear.

  • Page 311

    What to Add When you need brake fluid, use only DOT-3 brake fluid. Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12. Always clean the brake fluid reservoir cap and the area around the cap before removing it. This helps keep dirt from entering the reservoir.

  • Page 312

    Brake Wear Your vehicle has disc brakes. Disc brake pads have built-in wear indicators that make a high-pitched warning sound when the brake pads are worn and new pads are needed. The sound can come and go or be heard all the time your vehicle is moving, except when you are pushing on the brake pedal firmly.

  • Page 313

    Brake Pedal Travel See your dealer/retailer if the brake pedal does not return to normal height, or if there is a rapid increase in pedal travel. This could be a sign that brake service might be required. Brake Adjustment Every time you apply the brakes, with or without the vehicle moving, the brakes adjust for wear.

  • Page 314

    Battery Your vehicle has a maintenance free battery. When it is time for a new battery, see your dealer/retailer for one that has the replacement number shown on the original battery’s label. Warning: Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

  • Page 315

    To be sure the vent hose (A) is properly attached, the vent hose connectors (B) must be securely reattached to the vent outlets (C) on each side of the battery, and the vent assembly grommet (D) must be secured to the floor pan (E).

  • Page 316

    Jump Starting If your vehicle’s battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your vehicle. Be sure to use the following steps to do it safely. CAUTION: Batteries can hurt you. They can be dangerous because: •...

  • Page 317

    Notice: If you leave your radio or other accessories on during the jump starting procedure, they could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always turn off your radio and other accessories when jump starting your vehicle. 3.

  • Page 318

    CAUTION: Using a match near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. People have been hurt doing this, and some have been blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. You do not need to add water to the battery installed in your new vehicle.

  • Page 319

    6. Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. 7. Do not let the other end touch metal. Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one.

  • Page 320

    Notice: If the jumper cables are connected or removed in the wrong order, electrical shorting may occur and damage the vehicle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always connect and remove the jumper cables in the correct order, making sure that the cables do not touch each other or other metal.

  • Page 321: Headlamp Aiming

    Headlamp Aiming The vehicle has a visual optical headlamp aiming system. The aim of the headlamps have been preset at the factory and should need no further adjustment. However, if the vehicle is damaged in a crash, the aim of the headlamps may be affected and adjustment may be necessary.

  • Page 322

    To adjust the vertical aim: 1. Open the hood. See Hood Release on page 5-11 for more information. 2. Locate the aim dot on the lens of the low-beam headlamp. 3. Record the distance from the ground to the aim dot on the low-beam headlamp.

  • Page 323

    7. Locate the vertical headlamp aiming screws, which are under the hood near each headlamp assembly. The adjustment screw can be turned with a 6 mm male hex. 8. Turn the vertical aiming screw until the headlamp beam is aimed to the horizontal tape line. Turn it clockwise or counterclockwise to raise or lower the angle of the beam.

  • Page 324: Bulb Replacement

    Bulb Replacement For the proper type of replacement bulbs, see Replacement Bulbs on page 5-59. For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this section, contact your dealer/retailer. Halogen Bulbs CAUTION: Halogen bulbs have pressurized gas inside and can burst if you drop or scratch the bulb. You or others could be injured.

  • Page 325

    To replace one of these bulbs: 1. Open the trunk. See Trunk on page 2-13 for more information. 2. Remove the convenience net, if the vehicle has one. 3. Remove the plastic wing nuts retaining the trunk trim. 4. Pull back the trunk trim. 5.

  • Page 326

    To replace an auxiliary taillamp or back-up lamp bulb: 1. Open the trunk. See Trunk on page 2-13 for more information. 2. Remove the three fasteners from the trunk trim. 3. Pull back the trunk trim to access the bulbs. 4.

  • Page 327: Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

    Replacement Bulbs Exterior Lamps Back-up Lamp Sidemarker, License Plate Lamp, and Auxiliary Taillamp Stoplamp, Taillamp, and Turn Signal Lamp For replacement bulbs not listed here, contact your dealer/retailer. Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected for wear or cracking.

  • Page 328: Tires

    4. Replace the blade assembly with a new one. Allowing the wiper blade arm to touch the windshield when no wiper blade is installed could damage the windshield. Any damage that occurs would not be covered by your warranty. Do not allow the wiper blade arm to touch the windshield.

  • Page 329

    Tire Sidewall Labeling Useful information about a tire is molded into its sidewall. The examples below show a typical passenger vehicle tire and a compact spare tire sidewall. Passenger (P-Metric) Tire Example (A) Tire Size The tire size is a combination of letters and numbers used to define a particular tire’s width, height, aspect ratio, construction type, and service description.

  • Page 330

    (D) Tire Identification Number (TIN) and numbers following DOT (Department of Transportation) code is the Tire Identification Number (TIN). The TIN shows the manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured. The TIN is molded onto both sides of the tire, although only one side may have the date of manufacture.

  • Page 331

    (B) Tire Ply Material The type of cord and number of plies in the sidewall and under the tread. (C) Tire Identification Number (TIN) and numbers following the DOT (Department of Transportation) code is the Tire Identification Number (TIN). The TIN shows the manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured.

  • Page 332

    (C) Aspect Ratio A two-digit number that indicates the tire height-to-width measurements. For example, if the tire size aspect ratio is 60, as shown in item C of the illustration, it would mean that the tire’s sidewall is 60 percent as high as it is wide.

  • Page 333

    Cold Tire Pressure The amount of air pressure in a tire, measured in pounds per square inch (psi) or kilopascals (kPa) before a tire has built up heat from driving. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 5-67. Curb Weight The weight of a motor vehicle with standard and optional equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil, and coolant,...

  • Page 334

    Occupant Distribution Designated seating positions. Outward Facing Sidewall The side of an asymmetrical tire that has a particular side that faces outward when mounted on a vehicle. The side of the tire that contains a whitewall, bears white lettering, or bears manufacturer, brand, and/or model name molding that is higher or deeper than the same moldings on the other sidewall of the tire.

  • Page 335

    Vehicle Maximum Load on the Tire individual tire due to curb weight, accessory weight, occupant weight, and cargo weight. Vehicle Placard A label permanently attached to a vehicle showing the vehicle’s capacity weight and the original equipment tire size and recommended inflation pressure.

  • Page 336

    When to Check Check your tires once a month or more. Do not forget to check the compact spare tire, it should be at 60 psi (420 kPa). For additional information regarding the compact spare tire, see Compact Spare Tire on page 5-94. How to Check Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure.

  • Page 337

    Tire Pressure Monitor System The Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) uses radio and sensor technology to check tire pressure levels. The TPMS sensors monitor the air pressure in your vehicle’s tires and transmit tire pressure readings to a receiver located in the vehicle. Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer...

  • Page 338

    Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Industry and Science Canada The Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) operates on a radio frequency and complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1. This device may not cause harmful interference. 2.

  • Page 339

    At the same time a message to check the pressure in a specific tire appears on the Driver Information Center (DIC) display. The low tire pressure warning light and the DIC warning message come on at each ignition cycle until the tires are inflated to the correct inflation pressure.

  • Page 340

    TPMS Malfunction Light and Message The TPMS will not function properly if one or more of the TPMS sensors are missing or inoperable. When the system detects a malfunction, the low tire warning light flashes for about one minute and then stays on for the remainder of the ignition cycle.

  • Page 341

    TPMS Sensor Matching Process Each TPMS sensor has a unique identification code. Any time you rotate your vehicle’s tires or replace one or more of the TPMS sensors, the identification codes will need to be matched to the new tire/wheel position. The sensors are matched to the tire/wheel positions in the following order: driver side front tire, passenger side front tire, passenger side rear tire, and driver...

  • Page 342

    8. Proceed to the driver side rear tire, and repeat the procedure in Step 5. The horn sounds two times to indicate the sensor identification code has been matched to the driver side rear tire, and the TPMS sensor matching process is no longer active. The TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message on the DIC display screen goes off.

  • Page 343

    After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressures as shown on the Tire and Loading Information label. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 5-67 and Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-19. Reset the Tire Pressure Monitor System. See Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on page 5-70.

  • Page 344

    You need new tires if any of the following statements are true: • You can see the indicators at three or more places around the tire. • You can see cord or fabric showing through the tire’s rubber. • The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut, or snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric.

  • Page 345

    GM recommends replacing tires in sets of four. This is because uniform tread depth on all tires will help keep your vehicle performing most like it did when the tires were new. Replacing less than a full set of tires can affect the braking and handling performance of your vehicle.

  • Page 346

    Different Size Tires and Wheels If you add wheels or tires that are a different size than your original equipment wheels and tires, this may affect the way your vehicle performs, including its braking, ride and handling characteristics, stability, and resistance to rollover.

  • Page 347

    Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and a half (1.5) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100.

  • Page 348

    Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance The tires and wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced carefully at the factory to give you the longest tire life and best overall performance. Adjustments to wheel alignment and tire balancing will not be necessary on a regular basis. However, if you notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling to one side or the other, the alignment might need to be checked.

  • Page 349

    CAUTION: Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel bolts, or wheel nuts on your vehicle can be dangerous. It could affect the braking and handling of your vehicle, make your tires lose air and make you lose control. You could have a collision in which you or others could be injured.

  • Page 350

    Tire Chains CAUTION: If your vehicle has P235/55R17, or P245/50R18 size tires, do not use tire chains. There is not enough clearance. Tire chains used on a vehicle without the proper amount of clearance can cause damage to the brakes, suspension, or other vehicle parts.

  • Page 351

    If a Tire Goes Flat It is unusual for a tire to blowout while you are driving, especially if you maintain your vehicle’s tires properly. If air goes out of a tire, it is much more likely to leak out slowly.

  • Page 352

    Changing a Flat Tire If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire and wheel damage by driving slowly to a level place. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard warning flashers. See Hazard Warning Flashers on page 3-6 for more information. CAUTION: Changing a tire can be dangerous.

  • Page 353

    Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The equipment you will need is located in the trunk. 1. If your vehicle has a center retainer, turn it counterclockwise to remove it. 2. Lift and remove the compact spare tire cover. 3. Remove the washer and retainer that holds down the jack and wheel wrench.

  • Page 354

    The tools you will be using include the jack (A) and the wheel wrench (B). 5-86 Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire 1. Do a safety check before proceeding. See Changing a Flat Tire on page 5-84 for more information. 2.

  • Page 355

    3. Turn the jack handle counterclockwise to lower the jack lift head until it fits under the vehicle. Turn the jack handle clockwise to raise the jack lift head. CAUTION: Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall.

  • Page 356

    6. Put the compact spare tire near the flat tire. CAUTION: Getting under a vehicle when it is jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack. 5-88 7.

  • Page 357

    8. Remove all wheel nuts and take off the flat tire. CAUTION: Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose after time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident.

  • Page 358

    10. Install the compact spare tire. CAUTION: Never use oil or grease on studs or nuts. Because the nuts might come loose. The vehicle’s wheel could fall off, causing a crash. 11. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel.

  • Page 359

    CAUTION: Incorrect or improperly tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to come loose and even come off. This could lead to a crash. If you have to replace them, be sure to get new original equipment wheel nuts. Stop somewhere as soon as you can and have the nuts tightened with a torque wrench to the proper torque specification.

  • Page 360

    Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools CAUTION: Storing a jack, a tire, or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. After you have put the compact spare tire on your vehicle, you need to store the flat tire in your trunk.

  • Page 361

    A. Center Retainer B. Compact Spare Tire Cover C. Retainer D. Washer E. Jack Container F. Spare Tire G. Wheel Wrench H. Jack I. Foam Insert J. Bolt 1. Open the trunk. See Trunk on page 2-13 for more information. 2.

  • Page 362: Appearance Care

    Compact Spare Tire Although the compact spare tire was fully inflated when the vehicle was new, it can lose air after a time. Check the inflation pressure regularly. It should be 60 psi (420 kPa). After installing the compact spare on the vehicle, stop as soon as possible and make sure the spare tire is correctly inflated.

  • Page 363

    When cleaning your vehicle’s interior, only use cleaners specifically designed for the surfaces being cleaned. Permanent damage may result from using cleaners on surfaces for which they were not intended. Use glass cleaner only on glass. Remove any accidental over-spray from other surfaces immediately.

  • Page 364

    Fabric/Carpet Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment frequently to remove dust and loose dirt. A canister vacuum with a beater bar in the nozzle may only be used on floor carpet and carpeted floor mats. For soils, always try to remove them first with plain water or club soda.

  • Page 365

    Instrument Panel, Vinyl, and Other Plastic Surfaces A soft cloth dampened with water may be used to remove dust. If a more thorough cleaning is necessary, a clean soft cloth dampened with a mild soap solution can be used to gently remove dust and dirt. Never use spot lifters or removers on plastic surfaces.

  • Page 366

    Washing Your Vehicle The best way to preserve your vehicle’s finish is to keep it clean by washing it often. Notice: Certain cleaners contain chemicals that can damage the emblems or nameplates on your vehicle. Check the cleaning product label. If it states that is should not be used on plastic parts, do not use it on your vehicle or damage may occur and it would not be covered by the warranty.

  • Page 367

    Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of your vehicle by hand may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. You can get approved cleaning products from your dealer/retailer. See Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-103. If your vehicle has a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish, the clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored basecoat.

  • Page 368

    Windshield and Wiper Blades Clean the outside of the windshield with glass cleaner. Clean the rubber blades using a lint free cloth or paper towel soaked with windshield washer fluid or a mild detergent. Wash the windshield thoroughly when cleaning the blades. Bugs, road grime, sap, and a buildup of vehicle wash/wax treatments may cause wiper streaking.

  • Page 369

    The surface of these wheels is similar to the painted surface of your vehicle. Do not use strong soaps, chemicals, abrasive polishes, abrasive cleaners, cleaners with acid, or abrasive cleaning brushes on them because you could damage the surface. Do not use chrome polish on aluminum wheels.

  • Page 370

    Finish Damage Any stone chips, fractures or deep scratches in the finish should be repaired right away. Bare metal will corrode quickly and may develop into major repair expense. Minor chips and scratches can be repaired with touch-up materials available from your dealer/retailer. Larger areas of finish damage can be corrected in your dealer’s/retailer’s body and paint shop.

  • Page 371

    Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials Description Polishing Cloth Interior and exterior Wax-Treated polishing cloth. Tar and Road Oil Removes tar, road oil and Remover asphalt. Chrome Cleaner and Use on chrome or Polish stainless steel. White Sidewall Tire Removes soil and black Cleaner marks from whitewalls.

  • Page 372: Vehicle Identification

    Vehicle Identification Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) This is the legal identifier for your vehicle. It appears on a plate in the front corner of the instrument panel, on the driver side. You can see it if you look through the windshield from outside your vehicle. The VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of title and registration.

  • Page 373: Electrical System

    Electrical System Add-On Electrical Equipment Notice: Do not add anything electrical to your vehicle unless you check with your dealer/retailer first. Some electrical equipment can damage your vehicle and the damage would not be covered by your warranty. Some add-on electrical equipment can keep other components from working as they should.

  • Page 374

    Underhood Fuse Block The underhood fuse block is located on the passenger side of the engine compartment. Remove the fuse cover and secondary service cover to access the fuse block. Notice: Spilling liquid on any electrical components on your vehicle may damage it. Always keep the covers on any electrical component.

  • Page 375

    Fuses Usage Engine Control Module (ECM), Crank Fuel Injectors Odd Fuel Injectors Even Air Conditioning Clutch Air Injection Reactor (AIR) Solenoid Oxygen Sensor Emission Device Transmission, Ignition 1 Engine Control Module (ECM), Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Climate Control System, Instrument Panel Cluster Ignition 1 Airbag System Horn...

  • Page 376

    Rear Underseat Fuse Block The rear fuse block is located under the rear seat on the driver side. The rear seat cushion must be removed to access the rear fuse block. Removing the Rear Seat Cushion Notice: If you touch the exposed wires with the metal on the seat cushion, you could cause a short that could damage the battery and or wires.

  • Page 377

    To reinstall the rear seat cushion, do the following: CAUTION: A safety belt that is not properly routed through the seat cushion or is twisted will not provide the protection needed in a crash. If the safety belt has not been routed through the seat cushion at all, it will not be there to work for the next passenger.

  • Page 378

    Fuses Fuel Pump Left Park Lamp Run 3 - Rear Blower Right Park Lamp 5-110 Usage Fuses Usage Engine Control Module (ECM)/ Transmission Control Module (TCM) Memory Module Right Park Lamp (optional)

  • Page 379

    Fuses Usage Steering Wheel Illumination Front Heated/Cooled Seat Module Run 2 - Heated/Cooled Seats, Heated Washer Fluid Rear Heated Seat Module (optional) RPA Module ® PASS-Key III System Unlock/Lock Module Magnetic Ride Control Not Used Sunroof Body Control Module (BCM) Dim Body Control Module (BCM) Run 1-Heated Steering Wheel Ignition Switch...

  • Page 380

    Fuses Electronic Leveling Control Compressor (J-Case) Blower (J-Case) Blower (J-Case) (optional) Resistor Terminating Resistor Relays Blower (optional) Rear Defogger Electronic Leveling Control Compressor Park Lamps Fuel Pump License Plate Lamp (optional) Right Park Lamp (optional) 5-112 Usage Relays Usage Usage Circuit Breakers Usage...

  • Page 381: Capacities And Specifications

    Capacities and Specifications The following approximate capacities are given in English and metric conversions. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12 for more information. Application Air Conditioning Refrigerant R134a Automatic Transmission- Drain and Refill 3.8L V6 Engine 4.6L V8 Engine Engine Cooling System 3.8L V6 Engine 4.6L V8 Engine...

  • Page 382

    Application Fuel Tank 3.8L Engine (with NU6 emissions) sold new in CA, ME, VT, NY, MA (see your dealer/retailer for bordering states) 3.8L Engine (without NU6 emissions) sold new in all other states (see your dealer/retailer for more information) 4.6L Engines sold new in all states Wheel Nut Torque All capacities are approximate.

  • Page 383

    Section 6 Maintenance Schedule ...6-2 Introduction ...6-2 Maintenance Requirements ...6-2 Your Vehicle and the Environment ...6-2 Using the Maintenance Schedule ...6-3 Scheduled Maintenance ...6-4 Additional Required Services ...6-6 Maintenance Footnotes ...6-7 Maintenance Schedule Owner Checks and Services ...6-8 At Each Fuel Fill ...6-9 At Least Once a Month ...6-9 At Least Once a Year ...6-10 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants ...6-12...

  • Page 384

    Maintenance Schedule Introduction Important: Keep engine oil at the proper level and change as recommended. Have you purchased the GM Protection Plan? The Plan supplements your new vehicle warranties. See your Warranty and Owner Assistance booklet or your dealer/retailer for details. Maintenance Requirements Notice: Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections, replacement parts, and recommended fluids and...

  • Page 385

    Using the Maintenance Schedule We want to help you keep your vehicle in good working condition. But we do not know exactly how you will drive it. You might drive very short distances only a few times a week. Or you might drive long distances all the time in very hot, dusty weather.

  • Page 386

    The proper replacement parts, fluids, and lubricants to use are listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12 and Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts on page 6-13. When your vehicle is serviced, make sure these are used. All parts should be replaced and all necessary repairs done before you or anyone else drives the vehicle.

  • Page 387

    Change engine oil and filter. See Engine Oil on page 5-15. Reset oil life system. See Engine Oil Life System on page 5-18. An Emission Control Service. Visually check for any leaks or damage. See footnote (k). Inspect engine air cleaner filter. If necessary, replace filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-20.

  • Page 388

    Additional Required Services The following services should be performed at the first maintenance service (I or II) after the indicated miles (kilometers) shown for each item. Service and Miles (Kilometers) Inspect fuel system for damage or leaks. Inspect exhaust system for loose or damaged components.

  • Page 389

    Service and Miles (Kilometers) Engine cooling system service (or every five years, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. See footnote (j). Inspect engine accessory drive belt. An Emission Control Service. See footnote (l). Maintenance Footnotes (a) Visually inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc.

  • Page 390

    (e) Make sure the safety belt reminder light and safety belt assemblies are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired. Have any torn or frayed safety belts replaced.

  • Page 391

    At Each Fuel Fill It is important to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill. Engine Oil Level Check Notice: It is important to check the engine oil regularly and keep it at the proper level. Failure to keep the engine oil at the proper level can cause damage to the engine not covered by your warranty.

  • Page 392

    At Least Once a Year Starter Switch Check CAUTION: When you are doing this inspection, the vehicle could move suddenly. If the vehicle moves, you or others could be injured. 1. Before you start, be sure you have enough room around the vehicle.

  • Page 393

    Ignition Transmission Lock Check While parked, and with the parking brake set, try to turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF in each shift lever position. • The ignition should turn to LOCK/OFF only when the shift lever is in PARK (P). •...

  • Page 394

    Recommended Fluids and Lubricants Fluids and lubricants identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer/retailer. Usage Fluid/Lubricant Engine oil which meets GM Standard GM6094M and displays the American Petroleum Institute Certified for Gasoline Engines Engine Oil starburst symbol.

  • Page 395

    Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer/retailer. Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Part Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Engine Oil Filter 3.8L V6 Engine 4.6L V8 Engine Passenger Compartment Air Filter Spark Plugs 3.8L V6 4.6L V8...

  • Page 396

    Engine Drive Belt Routing 4.6L V8 Engine 3.8L V6 Engine 6-14...

  • Page 397

    Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service, and the type of services performed in the boxes provided. See Maintenance Requirements on page 6-2. Any additional information from Owner Checks and Services on page 6-8 can be added on the following record pages. You should retain all maintenance receipts.

  • Page 398

    Maintenance Record (cont’d) Odometer Maintenance I or Date Serviced By Services Performed Reading Maintenance II 6-16...

  • Page 399

    Maintenance Record (cont’d) Odometer Maintenance I or Date Serviced By Services Performed Reading Maintenance II 6-17...

  • Page 400

    Maintenance Record (cont’d) Odometer Maintenance I or Date Serviced By Services Performed Reading Maintenance II 6-18...

  • Page 401: Customer Assistance Information

    Section 7 Customer Assistance and Information ...7-2 Customer Satisfaction Procedure ...7-2 Online Owner Center ...7-5 Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users ...7-6 Customer Assistance Offices ...7-6 GM Mobility Reimbursement Program ...7-7 Roadside Assistance Program ...7-8 Scheduling Service Appointments ...7-10 Courtesy Transportation ...7-10 Collision Damage Repair ...7-12 Customer Assistance Information...

  • Page 402: Customer Assistance And Information

    Information Customer Satisfaction Procedure Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your dealer and to Buick. Normally, any concerns with the sales transaction or the operation of your vehicle will be resolved by your GM dealer’s sales or service departments. Sometimes, however, despite the best intentions of all concerned, misunderstandings can occur.

  • Page 403

    STEP THREE — U.S. Owners: Both General Motors and your dealer are committed to making sure you are completely satisfied with your new vehicle. However, in the United States, if you continue to remain unsatisfied after following the procedure outlined in Steps One and Two, you should file with the BBB Auto Line Program to enforce your rights.

  • Page 404

    STEP THREE — Canadian Owners: In the event that you do not feel your concerns have been addressed after following the procedure outlined in Steps one and two, General Motors of Canada Limited wants you to be aware of its participation in a no-charge Mediation/Arbitration program.

  • Page 405

    Online Owner Center Online Owner Center (United States only) The Owner Center is a resource for your GM ownership needs. Specific vehicle information can be found in one place. The Online Owner Center allows you to: • Get e-mail service reminders. •...

  • Page 406

    Customer Assistance Offices Buick encourages customers to call the toll-free number for assistance. However, if a customer wishes to write or e-mail Buick, the letter should be addressed to: United States — Customer Assistance Buick Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33136 Detroit, MI 48232-5136 www.Buick.com...

  • Page 407

    Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Islands/Countries (Except Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) — Customer Assistance General Motors de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. Customer Assistance Center Paseo de la Reforma # 2740 Col. Lomas de Bezares C.P. 11910, Mexico, D.F. 01-800-508-0000 Long Distance: 011-52-53 29 0 800 GM Mobility Reimbursement...

  • Page 408

    (Text Telephone (TTY): 1-888-889-2438). For vehicles purchased in Canada, call 1-800-268-6800. Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As the owner of a new Buick vehicle, you are automatically enrolled in the Buick Roadside Assistance program.

  • Page 409

    However, any cost for parts and labor for non-warranty repairs are the responsibility of the driver. Buick and General Motors of Canada Limited reserve the right to limit services or reimbursement to an owner or driver when, in their sole discretion, the claims become excessive in frequency or type of occurrence.

  • Page 410

    Roadside Assistance is not part of or included in the coverage provided by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Buick and General Motors of Canada Limited reserve the right to make any changes or discontinue the Roadside Assistance program at any time without notification.

  • Page 411

    Transportation Options Warranty service can generally be completed while you wait. However, if you are unable to wait, GM helps to minimize your inconvenience by providing several transportation options. Depending on the circumstances, your dealer can offer you one of the following: Shuttle Service Shuttle service is the preferred means of offering Courtesy Transportation.

  • Page 412

    Additional Program Information All program options, such as shuttle service, may not be available at every dealer. Please contact your dealer for specific information about availability. All Courtesy Transportation arrangements will be administered by appropriate dealer personnel. General Motors reserves the right to unilaterally modify, change or discontinue Courtesy Transportation at any time and to resolve all questions of claim eligibility pursuant to the terms and conditions described...

  • Page 413

    Repair Facility GM also recommends that you choose a collision repair facility that meets your needs before you ever need collision repairs. Your dealer/retailer may have a collision repair center with GM-trained technicians and state of the art equipment, or be able to recommend a collision repair center that has GM-trained technicians and comparable equipment.

  • Page 414

    • Remove any valuables from your vehicle before it is towed away. Make sure this includes your insurance information and registration if you keep these items in your vehicle. • Gather the important information you will need from the other driver. Things like name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license plate, vehicle make, model and model year, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), insurance company...

  • Page 415: Reporting Safety Defects

    If another party’s insurance company is paying for the repairs, you are not obligated to accept a repair valuation based on that insurance company’s collision policy repair limits, as you have no contractual limits with that company. In such cases, you can have control of the repair and parts choices as long as cost stays within reasonable limits.

  • Page 416

    General Motors In addition to notifying NHTSA (or Transport Canada) in a situation like this, please notify General Motors. Call 1-800-521-7300, or write: Buick Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33136 Detroit, MI 48232-5136 In Canada, call 1-800-263-3777 (English) or 1-800-263-7854 (French), or write:...

  • Page 417: Vehicle Data Recording And Privacy

    ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-551-4123 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time For Credit Card Orders Only (VISA-MasterCard-Discover), visit Helm, Inc. on the World Wide Web at: www.helminc.com Or you can write to: Helm, Incorporated P.O. Box 07130 Detroit, MI 48207 Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring obligation.

  • Page 418

    Event Data Recorders This vehicle has an Event Data Recorder (EDR). The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain crash or near crash-like situations, such as an air bag deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will assist in understanding how a vehicle’s systems performed.

  • Page 419

    ® OnStar ® If your vehicle has OnStar and you subscribe to the ® OnStar services, please refer to the OnStar Terms and Conditions for information on data collection ® and use. See also OnStar System on page 2-46 in this manual for more information.

  • Page 420

    NOTES 7-20...

  • Page 421

    Accessories and Modifications ... 5-3 Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ... 1-72 Additives, Fuel ... 5-7 Add-On Electrical Equipment ... 5-105 Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine ... 5-20 Air Conditioning ... 3-21, 3-24 Airbag Passenger Status Indicator ... 3-36 Readiness Light ... 3-35 Airbag System ...

  • Page 422

    Audio System(s) ... 3-78 Automatic Transmission Fluid ... 5-21 Operation ... 2-25 Backglass Antenna ... 3-97 Battery ... 5-46 Electric Power Management ... 3-19 Exterior Lighting Battery Saver ... 3-17 Inadvertent Power Saver ... 3-19 Run-Down Protection ... 3-20 Brake Emergencies ...

  • Page 423

    Child Restraints (cont.) Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front Seat Position ... 1-53 Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position ... 1-54 Where to Put the Restraint ... 1-42 Cleaning Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels ... 5-100 Exterior Lamps/Lenses ...

  • Page 424

    Daytime Running Lamps ... 3-16 Defensive Driving ... 4-2 Delayed Entry Lighting ... 3-18 Delayed Exit Lighting ... 3-18 Delayed Locking ... 2-11 DIC Compass ... 3-54 Disc, MP3 ... 3-89 Doing Your Own Service Work ... 5-4 Door Delayed Locking ... 2-11 Locks ...

  • Page 425

    Filter Engine Air Cleaner ... 5-20 Finish Damage ... 5-102 Flashers, Hazard Warning ... 3-6 Flash-to-Pass ... 3-9 Flat Tire ... 5-83 Flat Tire, Changing ... 5-84 Flat Tire, Storing ... 5-92 Floor Mats ... 2-57 Fluid ... 5-21 Power Steering ... 5-40 Windshield Washer ...

  • Page 426

    Hazard Warning Flashers ... 3-6 Head Restraints ... 1-10 Headlamp Aiming ... 5-53 Headlamps Bulb Replacement ... 5-56 Daytime Running Lamps ... 3-16 Exterior Lamps ... 3-14 Flash-to-Pass ... 3-9 Halogen Bulbs ... 5-56 High/Low Beam Changer ... 3-9 On Reminder ... 3-16 Wiper Activated ...

  • Page 427

    Labeling, Tire Sidewall ... 5-61 Lamps Cornering ... 3-17 Courtesy ... 3-17 Exterior Lighting Battery Saver ... 3-17 Front Reading ... 3-18 Inadvertent Power Battery Saver ... 3-19 Lane Departure Warning ... 2-44 Lane Departure Warning Light ... 3-42 Lap Belt ... 1-31 Lap-Shoulder Belt ...

  • Page 428

    Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services ... 6-6 At Each Fuel Fill ... 6-9 At Least Once a Month ... 6-9 At Least Once a Year ... 6-10 Introduction ... 6-2 Maintenance Footnotes ... 6-7 Maintenance Record ... 6-15 Maintenance Requirements ... 6-2 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ...

  • Page 429

    Odometer ... 3-34 Odometer, Trip ... 3-34 Off-Road Recovery ... 4-9 Engine ... 5-15 Pressure Light ... 3-46 Oil, Engine Oil Life System ... 5-18 Older Children, Restraints ... 1-33 Online Owner Center ... 7-5 OnStar, Privacy ... 7-19 ® ®...

  • Page 430

    Power (cont.) Seat ... 1-3 Steering Fluid ... 5-40 Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column ... 3-7 Windows ... 2-16 Privacy ... 7-17 Event Data Recorders ... 7-18 Navigation System ... 7-19 OnStar ... 7-19 Radio Frequency Identification ... 7-19 Programmable Automatic Door Locks ...

  • Page 431

    Safety Belt Reminder Light ... 3-34 Safety Belts Care of ... 5-97 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly ... 1-17 Lap Belt ... 1-31 Lap-Shoulder Belt ... 1-25 Safety Belt Extender ... 1-32 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ... 1-31 Safety Belts Are for Everyone ...

  • Page 432

    Steering ... 4-7 Steering Wheel Controls, Audio ... 3-95 Steering Wheel, Heated ... 3-7 Steering Wheel, Power Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column ... 3-7 Steering Wheel, Tilt Wheel ... 3-6 Storage Areas Center Console Storage Area ... 2-56 Center Flex Storage Unit ... 2-57 Convenience Net ...

  • Page 433

    Tires (cont.) Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance ... 5-80 Wheel Replacement ... 5-80 When It Is Time for New Tires ... 5-75 Towing Recreational Vehicle ... 4-25 Towing a Trailer ... 4-26 Your Vehicle ... 4-25 Traction Control System (TCS) ... 4-5 Control System Warning Light ...

  • Page 434

    Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators ... 3-32 Warnings DIC Warnings and Messages ... 3-56 Hazard Warning Flashers ... 3-6 Other Warning Devices ... 3-6 Safety and Symbols ... iii Vehicle Damage ... iv Wheels Alignment and Tire Balance ... 5-80 Different Size ...

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