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2006 Chevrolet Malibu 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
Index ................................................................ 1
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Summary of Contents

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    2006 Chevrolet Malibu Owner Manual Seats and Restraint Systems ... 1-1 Front Seats ... 1-2 Rear Seats ... 1-9 Safety Belts ... 1-12 Child Restraints ... 1-32 Airbag System ... 1-55 Restraint System Check ... 1-66 Features and Controls ... 2-1 Keys ...

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    For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for Chevrolet Motor Division whenever it appears in this manual. Keep this manual in the vehicle, so it will be there if it is needed while you are on the road.

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    Safety Warnings and Symbols There are a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning. CAUTION: These mean there is something that could hurt you or other people.

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    Vehicle Damage Warnings Also, in this manual you will find these notices: 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.

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    These are some examples of symbols that may be found on the vehicle:...

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    NOTES...

  • Page 7: Seats And Restraint Systems

    Section 1 Front Seats ...1-2 Manual Seats ...1-2 Six-Way Power Driver Seat ...1-3 Manual Lumbar ...1-3 Heated Seats ...1-4 Reclining Seatbacks ...1-4 Head Restraints ...1-6 Passenger Folding Seatback ...1-6 Power Lift Seat ...1-8 Rear Seats ...1-9 Rear Seat Operation ...1-9 Safety Belts ...1-12 Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone ...1-12 Questions and Answers About...

  • Page 8: 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 9

    Six-Way Power Driver Seat If your vehicle has this feature, the power seat control is located on the outboard side of the driver’s seat. To adjust the power seat, do the following: • Move the seat forward or rearward by pushing the control toward the front or back of the vehicle.

  • Page 10

    Heated Seats Your vehicle may have heated front seats. The buttons are located on the outboard side of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. Press the top of the switch to turn the feature on. The seat will heat to the high setting. The indicator light above the switch will be lit next to the number 2.

  • Page 11

    To return the seatback to an upright position, pull up on the lever fully without applying pressure to the seatback. Do not have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving. CAUTION: Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous.

  • Page 12

    Head Restraints The head restraints on both the front and rear seats are adjustable. Press the button on the side of the post to adjust the head restraint. Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head.

  • Page 13

    CAUTION: If you fold the seatback forward to carry longer objects, such as skis, be sure any such cargo is not near an airbag. In a crash, an inflating airbag might force that object toward a person. This could cause severe injury or even death. Secure objects away from the area in which an airbag would inflate.

  • Page 14

    To raise the seatback, do the following: 1. If your vehicle has the passenger folding seat without an airbag, press either lever located on the back of the seatback. Pull the seatback up to lock it into place. Make sure the safety belt is not twisted or caught in the seatback.

  • Page 15: Rear Seats

    Rear Seats Rear Seat Operation Folding the Seatback Your vehicle may have a split folding rear seatback. To fold down the rear seatback on the sedan, do the following: 1. Open the trunk and pull one or both of the handles located on the upper part of the trunk opening.

  • Page 16

    CAUTION: If the seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatback to be sure it is locked. 2. Once a lever is pulled, the seatback can be pushed into the down position.

  • Page 17

    CAUTION: A safety belt that is improperly routed, not properly attached, or twisted will not provide the protection needed in a crash. The person wearing the belt could be seriously injured. After raising the rear seatback, always check to be sure that the safety belts are properly routed and attached, and are not twisted.

  • Page 18: 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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    In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here is why: They work. You never know if you will be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you do not know if it will be a bad one. A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up, a person would not survive.

  • Page 20

    Put someone on it. 1-14 Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider does not stop.

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    The person keeps going until stopped by something. or the instrument panel... In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield... 1-15...

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    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. 1-16 Questions and Answers About Safety Belts...

  • Page 23

    If I am a good driver, and I never drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts? You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in an accident — even one that is not your fault — you and your passengers can be hurt.

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    3. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly.

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    6. To make the lap part tight, pull up on the shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt.

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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. 1-20 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 belt is buckled in the wrong place. 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 at the pelvic bones.

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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.

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    What is wrong with this? The belt is twisted across the body. 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 to fix it.

  • Page 30

    To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle.

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    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 32

    Lap-Shoulder Belt All rear seat positions have lap-shoulder belts. Here is how to wear one properly. 1. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly.

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    The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen.

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    To unlatch the belt, push the button on the buckle. Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides Rear shoulder belt comfort guides may provide added safety belt comfort for older children who have outgrown booster seats and for some adults. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide positions the belt away from the neck and head.

  • Page 35

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

  • Page 36

    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.

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    Malibu MAXX There is a safety belt routing guide attached to each outside passenger position in the rear seat of the Malibu MAXX. Here is how to use the safety belt routing guide: 1. Slide the edge of the safety belt (D) through the opening at the top of the guide (B).

  • Page 38: Child Restraints

    Safety Belt Pretensioners Your vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for the driver and right front passenger. Although you cannot see them, they are located on the retractor part of the safety belts. They help the safety belts reduce a person’s forward movement in a moderate to severe frontal or near frontal crash.

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    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 40

    What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt, but the child is so small that the shoulder belt is very close to the child’s face or neck? If the child is sitting in a seat next to a window, move the child toward the center of the vehicle.

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    Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles, they should have the protection provided by appropriate restraints. Young children should not use the vehicle’s adult safety belts alone, unless there is no other choice. Instead, they need to use a child restraint. CAUTION: People should never hold a baby in their arms while riding in a vehicle.

  • Page 42

    1-36 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 An infant car bed (A), a special bed made for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant restraint system designed to restrain or position a child on a continuous flat surface. Make sure that the infant’s head rests toward the center of the vehicle.

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    A forward-facing child seat (C-E) provides restraint for the child’s body with the harness and also sometimes with surfaces such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields. A booster seat (F-G) is a child restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle’s safety belt system. Some booster seats have a shoulder belt positioner, and some high-back booster seats have a five-point harness.

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    How Should I Use a Child Restraint? A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children. A built-in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle. An add-on child restraint system is a portable one, which is purchased by the vehicle’s owner.

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    When securing an add-on child restraint, refer to the instructions that come with the restraint which may be on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to this manual. The child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy from the manufacturer.

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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. General Motors recommends that child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including an infant riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat and an older child riding in a booster seat.

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    A. Child restraint Wherever you install a child restraint, be sure to secure using LATCH the child restraint properly. B. Child restraint or Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can occupant using move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure safety belt people in the vehicle.

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    In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint equipped with LATCH attachments. The child restraint manufacturer will provide you with instructions on how to use the child restraint and its attachments. The following explains how to attach a child restraint with these attachments in your vehicle.

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    Top Tether Anchor A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint to the vehicle. A top tether anchor is built into the vehicle. The top tether attachment (B) on the child restraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of the child restraint during driving or in a crash.

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    Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor Locations Seating positions with top tether anchors. (Lower Anchor): Seating positions with two lower anchors. Rear Seat For MAXX models, to assist you in locating the lower anchors, each rear anchor position has a label, near the crease between the seatback and the seat cushion, showing where the...

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    Sedan For sedan models, the top tether anchors are located behind the rear seat on the filler panel. MAXX For MAXX models, the top tether anchors are located on the back of the rear seatback. 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...

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    Sedan A. Passenger’s Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors B. Center Rear Seat Lower Anchors C. Driver’s Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors MAXX A. Passenger’s Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors B. Center Rear Seat Lower Anchors C. Driver’s Side Rear Seat Lower Anchors Make sure to attach the child restraint at the proper anchor location.

  • Page 56

    This system is designed to make installation of child restraints easier. When using lower anchors, do not use the vehicle’s safety belts. Instead use the vehicle’s anchors and child restraint attachments to secure the restraints. Some restraints also use another vehicle anchor to secure a top tether.

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    If the position you are using has an adjustable head restraint and you are using a dual tether route the tether under the head restraint and in between the head restraint posts. See Head Restraints on page 1-6. 3. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

  • Page 58

    4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out 5. To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, of 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 59

    6. If your child restraint manufacturer recommends using a top tether, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchor. Refer to the instructions that came with the child restraint and see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-43. 7.

  • Page 60

    3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 4. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.

  • Page 61: Airbag System

    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.

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    Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system: CAUTION: You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if you are not wearing your safety belt, even if you have airbags. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps reduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it.

  • Page 63

    CAUTION: Both frontal and side impact airbags inflate with great force, faster than the blink of an eye. If you are too close to an inflating airbag, as you would be if you were leaning forward, it could seriously injure you. Safety belts help keep you in position for airbag inflation before and during a crash.

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    Where Are the Airbags? The driver’s frontal airbag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-58 The right front passenger’s frontal airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side.

  • Page 65

    If your vehicle has a seat-mounted side impact airbag for the driver, it is in the side of the driver’s seatback closest to the door. If your vehicle has a seat-mounted side impact airbag for the right front passenger, it is in the side of the passenger’s seatback closest to the door.

  • Page 66

    If your vehicle has a roof-mounted side impact airbag for the driver and the person seated directly behind the driver, it is in the ceiling above the side windows. 1-60 If your vehicle has a roof-mounted side impact airbag for the right front passenger and the person seated directly behind that passenger, it is in the ceiling above the side windows.

  • Page 67

    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. The path of an inflating airbag must be kept clear. Do not put anything between an occupant and an airbag, and do not attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other...

  • Page 68

    If the front of your vehicle goes straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level for the reduced deployment is about 12 to 16 mph (19 to 26 km/h), and the threshold level for a full deployment is about 18 to 24 mph (29 to 38.5 km/h).

  • Page 69

    What Makes an Airbag Inflate? In an impact of sufficient severity, the airbag sensing system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. The sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which inflates the airbag. The inflator, airbag and related hardware are all part of the airbag modules.

  • Page 70

    What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? After the frontal and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-mounted side impact airbags deflate more slowly and may still be at least partially inflated minutes after the vehicle comes to rest.

  • 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 your airbag system.

  • Page 72: Restraint System Check

    Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle Is there anything I might add to the front or sides of the vehicle that could keep the airbags from working properly? Yes. If you add things that change your vehicle’s frame, bumper system, front end or side sheet metal or height, they may keep the airbag system from working properly.

  • Page 73

    side impact airbags (if equipped), or the side impact airbag module, garnish trim and ceiling covering for the roof-mounted side impact airbags (if equipped). Do not open or break the airbag coverings. Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash CAUTION: A crash can damage the restraint systems in your vehicle.

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    NOTES 1-68...

  • Page 75: Features And Controls

    Section 2 Keys ...2-3 Remote Keyless Entry System ...2-5 Remote Keyless Entry System Operation ...2-6 Doors and Locks ...2-11 Door Locks ...2-11 Power Door Locks ...2-12 Door Ajar Reminder ...2-12 Delayed Locking ...2-13 Programmable Automatic Door Locks ...2-13 Rear Door Security Locks ...2-14 Lockout Protection ...2-14 Trunk (Sedan) ...2-15 Liftgate (MAXX) ...2-16...

  • Page 76

    Section 2 Mirrors ...2-38 Manual Rearview Mirror ...2-38 Manual Rearview Mirror with OnStar Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror ® with OnStar ...2-38 Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror ® with OnStar and Compass ...2-39 Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror with Compass ...2-41 Outside Power Mirrors ...2-43 Outside Power Heated Mirrors ...2-43 Outside Convex Mirror ...2-43 ®...

  • Page 77: Keys

    Keys CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The children or others could be badly injured or even killed. Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children.

  • Page 78

    One key is used for the ignition and all locks. When a new vehicle is delivered, the key has a bar-coded key tag. This tag may be removed by your dealer before it is delivered. Each tag has a key code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys.

  • Page 79

    Remote Keyless Entry System If the vehicle has the keyless entry system, it operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1.

  • Page 80

    Remote Keyless Entry System Operation The vehicle’s doors may be locked and unlocked, and the trunk or liftgate may be opened from approximately 3 feet (1 m) up to 197 feet (60 m) away with the remote keyless entry transmitter. If your vehicle has the remote vehicle start feature, you can also start the vehicle’s engine with the remote keyless entry transmitter.

  • Page 81

    (Unlock): Press the unlock button to unlock the driver’s door. If the button is pressed again within five seconds, all remaining doors, and the liftgate will unlock. The interior lamps will turn on and stay on for 20 seconds or until the ignition is turned on. If enabled through the DIC, the remote unlock feedback can be programmed to have the horn chirp and/or the parking lamps flash when the remote keyless...

  • Page 82

    Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about four years. You can tell 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 83

    Remote Vehicle Start Your vehicle may have a remote start 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 and rear window defogger. When the remote start system is active and the vehicle has an automatic climate control system, it may automatically regulate the inside temperature.

  • Page 84

    4. To manually shut off a remote start, do any of the following. The parking lamps will turn off. • Aim the remote keyless entry transmitter at the vehicle, and press the remote start button. • Turn on the hazard warning flashers. •...

  • Page 85: 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 86

    Power Door Locks The power door lock switches are located on the driver’s and front passenger’s door. Press the top of the switch to unlock all doors and liftgate, if equipped. Press the bottom of the switch to lock all doors and liftgate, if equipped. The rear doors do not have power door lock switches.

  • Page 87

    Delayed Locking This feature allows the driver to delay the locking of the vehicle. It will not operate with the key in the ignition. See Lockout Protection on page 2-14. Press the driver’s power door lock switch or the remote keyless entry transmitter lock button once. With the key removed from the ignition and the driver’s door open, the following will occur: •...

  • Page 88

    Rear Door Security Locks Your vehicle has rear door security locks. These 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 89

    Trunk (Sedan) To unlock the trunk from the outside, use the key or the remote keyless entry transmitter. When closing the trunk, close from the center to ensure it fully latches. CAUTION: It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle.

  • Page 90: Windows

    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 91

    Power Windows The power window switches are located on the armrest on the driver’s door. In addition, each passenger door has a switch for its own window. Express-Down Window The driver’s window also has an express-down feature. This switch is labeled AUTO. Press the front of the switch part way, and the driver’s window will open a small amount.

  • Page 92: Theft-deterrent Systems

    Window Lockout The driver’s power window controls also include a lockout button. (Window Lockout): Press the lockout button to stop the rear passengers from using their window switches. The driver and front passenger can still operate all the windows with the lock on. When the red part of the switch is visible you have returned to normal window operation.

  • Page 93

    The system will arm either: • Thirty seconds after all the doors and the liftgate (MAXX) are closed or, • Sixty seconds with any door open If you press the lock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter a second time while all the doors and liftgate are closed, the system will arm immediately.

  • Page 94

    How to Turn Off the System Alarm To turn off the system alarm, do one of the following: • Press the lock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter. The system will then re-arm itself. • Press the unlock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter.

  • Page 95

    If your vehicle does start, the first key may be faulty. See your dealer who can service the PASS-Key to have a new key made. In an emergency, contact ® Chevrolet Roadside Assistance. See Roadside III + Assistance Program on page 7-6 for more information. ®...

  • Page 96: Starting And Operating Your Vehicle

    4. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to on within five seconds of removing the original key. 5. The security light will turn off once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the security light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed.

  • Page 97

    Ignition Positions With the key in the ignition switch, you can turn it to four different positions. Notice: Using a tool to force the key from the ignition switch could cause damage or break the key. Use the correct key and turn the key only with your hand.

  • Page 98

    Retained Accessory Power (RAP) Your vehicle is equipped with a Retained Accessory Power (RAP) feature which will allow the radio to continue to work up to 10 minutes after the ignition is turned to OFF. Your radio will work when the ignition key is in ON or ACC.

  • Page 99

    Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal If your vehicle has this feature, you can change the position of the throttle and brake pedals. This feature is designed for shorter drivers, since the pedals cannot move farther away from the standard position, but can move rearward for better pedal reach.

  • Page 100

    Engine Coolant Heater In very cold weather, 0°F ( 18°C) or colder, the engine coolant heater, if your vehicle has this feature, can help. You will get easier starting and lower fuel usage during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle.

  • Page 101

    Automatic Transaxle Operation (Base Models) Your automatic transaxle has a shift lever located 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. CAUTION: It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the...

  • Page 102

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

  • Page 103

    Electronic Range Select Mode This feature allows you to limit higher gears by selecting a maximum gear range when the shift lever is in LOW (L). The button for this mode is located on the left of the shift lever knob. When the shift lever is first moved into LOW (L), the display in the instrument panel shows L3.

  • Page 104

    Automatic Transaxle Operation (SS Models) Your automatic transaxle has a shift lever located 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. 2-30 CAUTION: It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if...

  • Page 105

    Make sure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You have to apply your regular brake and press the shift lever button before you can shift from PARK (P) while the ignition key is in ON.

  • Page 106

    Driver Shift Control (DSC) This feature allows you to select lower or higher driving gears when the shift lever is in MANUAL MODE (M). The button for this mode is located on the left side of the shift lever knob. To use this feature, do the following: 1.

  • Page 107

    SECOND (2) Gear Start Feature When accelerating your vehicle from a stop in snowy and icy conditions, you may want to shift into SECOND (2) gear. A higher gear allows you to gain more traction on slippery surfaces. With the DSC feature, the vehicle can be set to pull away in SECOND (2) gear.

  • Page 108

    Shifting Into Park (P) CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly.

  • Page 109

    Torque Lock If you are parking on a hill and you do not shift your transaxle into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transaxle. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of PARK (P).

  • Page 110

    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. 2-36 Engine Exhaust CAUTION: Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell.

  • Page 111

    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 112: Mirrors

    Mirrors Manual Rearview Mirror This mirror can be adjusted two ways. First, to adjust the angle of the mirror, move the mirror to a position that allows you to see out of the back window. To adjust the height of the mirror, adjust the arm that connects the mirror to the windshield.

  • Page 113

    Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror ® with OnStar and Compass Your vehicle may have an automatic dimming rearview mirror with a compass and OnStar ® more information about OnStar , see OnStar on page 2-44. The automatic dimming feature turns on each time the vehicle is started.

  • Page 114

    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.

  • Page 115

    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 116

    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.

  • Page 117

    Outside Power Mirrors The controls for the outside power mirrors, are located on the driver’s door armrest. Move the selector switch located below the four-way control pad to the left or right to choose either the driver’s side or passenger’s side mirror. To adjust a mirror, use the arrows located on the four-way control pad to move the mirror in the desired direction.

  • Page 118: Onstar ® System

    ® OnStar System ® OnStar uses global positioning system (GPS) satellite technology, wireless communications, and live advisors to provide you with a wide range of safety, security, information, and convenience services. If your airbags deploy, the system is designed to make an automatic call ®...

  • Page 119

    Safe and Sound Plan • Advanced Automatic Collision Notification • Automatic Notification of Airbag Deployment • Emergency Services • Roadside Assistance • Stolen Vehicle Tracking • AccidentAssist • Remote Door Unlock/Vehicle Alert • Remote Diagnostics • Online Concierge Directions and Connections •...

  • Page 120: Universal Home Remote System

    Universal Home Remote System The Universal Home Remote System, a combined universal transmitter and receiver, provides a way to replace up to three hand held transmitters used to activate devices such as gate operators, garage door openers, entry door locks, security systems, and home lighting.

  • Page 121

    Universal Home Remote System Operation Do not use the Universal Home Remote with any garage door opener that does not have the “stop and reverse” feature. This includes any garage door opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982. If you have a newer garage door opener with rolling codes, please be sure to follow Steps 6 through 8 to complete the programming of your Universal Home Remote Transmitter.

  • Page 122

    4. The indicator light will flash slowly at first and then rapidly after Universal Home Remote successfully receives the frequency signal from the hand-held transmitter. Release both buttons. 5. Press and hold the newly-trained Universal Home Remote button and observe the indicator light. If the indicator light stays on constantly, programming is complete and your device should activate when the Universal Home Remote button...

  • Page 123

    Gate Operator and Canadian Programming Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter signals to time out or quit after several seconds of transmission. This may not be long enough for Universal Home Remote to pick up the signal during programming. Similarly, some U.S. gate operators are manufactured to time out in the same manner.

  • Page 124: Storage Areas

    Reprogramming a Single Universal Home Remote Button To program a device to Universal Home Remote using a Universal Home Remote button previously trained, follow these steps: 1. Press and hold the desired Universal Home Remote button. Do not release the button. 2.

  • Page 125

    Rear Compartment Storage Panel/Cover (MAXX) Your vehicle may be equipped with an adjustable panel/cargo cover feature. The panel/cargo cover can be adjusted into three positions. To use the panel in the lower position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the lower guides.

  • Page 126

    To use the panel in the upper position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the top guides. 2. Slide the panel forward. 3. Press down and pull rearward on the back of the panel to lock it in place. This can be used as a cargo cover for the rear area.

  • Page 127: Sunroof

    Sunroof If the vehicle has a sunroof, the switch to operate it is located on the overhead console between the sun visors. The sunroof will only operate when the ignition is in ACC or ON, or while retained accessory power (RAP) is active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 2-24.

  • Page 128

    NOTES 2-54...

  • Page 129: Instrument Panel

    Section 3 Instrument Panel Overview ...3-4 Hazard Warning Flashers ...3-6 Other Warning Devices ...3-6 Horn ...3-6 Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel ...3-6 Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever ...3-7 Turn and Lane-Change Signals ...3-8 Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer ...3-8 Flash-to-Pass ...3-8 Windshield Wipers ...3-9 Windshield Washer ...3-10 Rear Window Wiper/Washer (MAXX Model) ...3-10 Cruise Control ...3-11...

  • Page 130

    Section 3 Enhanced Traction System Warning Light ...3-39 Enhanced Traction System Active Light ...3-39 Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light ...3-40 Engine Coolant Temperature Gage ...3-40 Malfunction Indicator Lamp ...3-41 Oil Pressure Light ...3-44 Security Light ...3-45 Cruise Control Light ...3-45 Highbeam On Light ...3-45 Fuel Gage ...3-46 Driver Information Center (DIC) ...3-47...

  • Page 131

    NOTES...

  • Page 132: Instrument Panel Overview

    Instrument Panel Overview...

  • Page 133

    The main components of your instrument panel are the following: A. Side Window Outlets. See Climate Control System on page 3-22. B. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever. See Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever on page 3-7. C. Cruise Controls (If Equipped). See Cruise Control on page 3-11.

  • Page 134

    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.

  • Page 135

    The lever that allows you to tilt and telescope the steering wheel is located on the left side of the steering column. To tilt and telescope the wheel, pull down the lever. Then move the wheel to a comfortable position, pull up the lever to lock the wheel in place.

  • Page 136

    Turn and Lane-Change Signals The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two downward (for left) positions. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up or down to the latched position.

  • Page 137

    Windshield Wipers Use this lever, located on the right side of the steering wheel, to operate the windshield wipers. (Off): Move the lever to this position to turn off the windshield wipers. & (Intermittent; Speed Sensitive Wipers): Move the lever to this position for intermittent or speed sensitive operation.

  • Page 138

    If the wiper blades are frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or thaw them. If your blades do become damaged, get new blades or blade inserts. Heavy snow or ice can overload your wiper motor. A circuit breaker will stop the motor until it cools. Clear away snow or ice to prevent an overload.

  • Page 139

    If your vehicle has a rear window wiper, the switch is located on the center console. See Instrument Panel Overview on page 3-4. Press the top of the switch to put the wiper in continuous operation mode. Press the bottom of the switch to put the wiper system in delay mode.

  • Page 140

    Setting Cruise Control 4–Spoke Steering Wheel 3–Spoke Steering Wheel Cruise Controls The cruise control buttons are located on left side of the steering wheel. (On): This position activates the system but does not set the speed. RES+ (Resume/Accelerate): Press this button to make the vehicle accelerate or resume to a previously set speed.

  • Page 141

    Resuming a Set Speed Suppose you set your cruise control at a desired speed and then you apply the brake. This shuts off the cruise control. But you don’t need to reset it. Once you are driving about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more, press the RES+ button on your steering wheel.

  • Page 142

    Exterior Lamps The lever on the left side of the steering column operates the exterior lamps. The exterior lamp switch has the following four positions: (Headlamps): This position turns on the headlamps, parking lamps, and taillamps. (Parking Lamps): This position turns on the parking lamps and taillamps only.

  • Page 143

    The following charts show the condition of the vehicle’s exterior lamps when the transaxle is not in PARK (P) and the switch is moved to each position: United States Exterior Lamp Positions for Daytime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp Taillamp United States Exterior Lamp Positions for Nighttime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp...

  • Page 144

    Canadian Exterior Lamp Positions for Nighttime Lamps Headlamp Parking Lamp Taillamp Headlamps on Reminder If you open the driver’s door and turn off the ignition while leaving the lamps on, you will hear a warning chime. Headlamps Off in PARK (P) This feature works when the ignition is on and it is dark outside.

  • Page 145

    The DRL system will turn your low-beam headlamps on at a reduced brightness when the following conditions are met: • The ignition is on. • The exterior lamp control is turned to AUTO. In addition, Canadian vehicles DRL will also turn on if you have turned on your parking lamps.

  • Page 146

    There is a delay in the transition between the daytime and nighttime operation of the automatic lamp control system so that driving under bridges or bright overhead street lights does not affect the system. The automatic lamp control system will only be affected when the light sensor sees a change in lighting lasting longer than this delay.

  • Page 147

    Instrument Panel Brightness The control for this feature is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. Turn the knob clockwise to brighten the lights or counterclockwise to dim them. Dome Lamp The switch on this lamp has three positions. The on position will turn on the lamp anytime.

  • Page 148

    Front Reading Lamps Push the lens to turn the reading lamps on and off. The reading lamps will turn on when the door is open if the dome lamp is in the door position. The reading lamps will also turn on with the dome lamp switch in the on position.

  • Page 149

    Accessory Power Outlet(s) With accessory power outlets you can plug in auxiliary electrical equipment such as a cellular telephone. For vehicles with Traction Control system, the accessory power outlets are located on the front of the center console storage area and also inside the console storage compartment.

  • Page 150: Climate Controls

    Cigarette Lighter Your vehicle may have a cigarette lighter. To use the lighter, located on the instrument panel below the climate controls, push it in all the way and let go. When it is ready, it will pop back out by itself. Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter in while it is heating will not allow the lighter to back away from the heating element when it is hot.

  • Page 151

    To change the air delivery settings, turn the right knob to select one of the following: (Vent): This mode directs air to the instrument panel outlets. (Bi-Level): This mode directs half of the air to the instrument panel outlets, and the remaining air to the floor outlets.

  • Page 152

    Temperature Control: Turn the center knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the temperature inside your vehicle. When it’s cold outside 0°F ( 18°C) or lower, use the engine coolant heater, if equipped, to provide warmer air faster to your vehicle. An engine coolant heater warms the coolant that the engine uses to provide heat to warm the inside of your vehicle.

  • Page 153

    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 choose from to clear fog or frost from your windshield.

  • Page 154

    Rear Window Defogger The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog or frost from the rear window. < REAR: Press this button to turn the rear window defogger on or off. This button also turns on and off the heated mirror, if equipped.

  • Page 155

    Automatic Climate Control System If your vehicle has this system, you can automatically control the heating, cooling and ventilation in your vehicle. Automatic Operation AUTO (Automatic): Select AUTO on both the fan speed control and the air delivery mode control knobs to activate the automatic system.

  • Page 156

    Also be careful not to cover the sensor grille on the lower right side of the climate control faceplate. This senses the inside vehicle temperature needed for proper regulation. To avoid blowing cold air at start-up in cold weather, the system will delay turning on the fan until warm air is available.

  • Page 157

    (Floor): This mode directs most of the air to the floor outlets with some air directed to the side window outlets. (Outside Air): Press the right side of this button to turn the outside air mode on. When this mode is selected, air from outside the vehicle will circulate throughout your vehicle.

  • Page 158

    On cool, but sunny days while using manual operation of the automatic system, use bi-level to deliver warm air to the floor and cooler air to the instrument panel outlets. To warm or cool the air delivered, press the temperature buttons to the desired setting. In AUTO mode the system will cool and dehumidify the air inside the vehicle.

  • Page 159

    If your vehicle has the remote start feature, the rear defogger and heated mirrors will automatically be turned on if it is cold outside. The indicator light will not be on. When the vehicle transitions out of remote start mode the rear defogger and heated mirrors will turn off.

  • Page 160: Warning Lights, Gages, And Indicators

    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 161

    Instrument Panel Cluster Your instrument panel cluster is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You’ll know how fast you’re going, how much fuel you’re using, and many other things you will need to drive safely and economically. Your vehicle has this instrument panel cluster, which includes indicator warning lights and gages that are explained on the following pages.

  • Page 162

    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 (used in the United States) or kilometers (used in Canada). Your vehicle has a tamper resistant odometer.

  • Page 163

    The safety belt light will also come on and stay on for several seconds, then it will flash for several more. If the vehicle is equipped with the passenger sensing system, the chime and light will be repeated if the driver remains unbuckled and the vehicle is in motion.

  • Page 164

    Charging System Light The charging system light will come on for a few seconds when you turn on the ignition as a check to show you it is working. If it stays on, or comes on while you are driving and you hear a chime, you may have a problem with the electrical charging system.

  • Page 165

    The Driver Information Center (DIC) may display a BRAKE FLUID message. See DIC Warnings and Messages on page 3-50 for more information. If the light comes on while you are driving, pull off the road and stop carefully. You may notice that the pedal is harder to push or the pedal may go closer to the floor.

  • Page 166

    Traction Control System (TCS) Warning Light If your vehicle has the Traction Control System (TCS), this light may come on for the following reasons: • If you turn the system off by pressing the TC (traction control) button located on the center console, the light will come on and stay on.

  • Page 167

    Enhanced Traction System Warning Light If your vehicle has the Enhanced Traction System (ETS), this light may come on for the following reasons: • If you turn the system off by pressing the TC (traction control) button located on the center console, the light will come on and stay on.

  • Page 168

    Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light This light indicates that the engine coolant has overheated or the radiator cooling fan is not working. This light will come on briefly when you turn on the ignition as a check to show you it is working. If the light comes on and the vehicle has been operating under normal driving conditions, pull off the road, stop the vehicle, and turn off the engine as soon as possible.

  • Page 169

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp Check Engine Light Your vehicle is equipped with a computer which monitors operation of the fuel, ignition, and emission control systems. This system is called OBD II (On-Board Diagnostics-Second Generation) and is intended to assure that emissions are at acceptable levels for the life of the vehicle, helping to produce a cleaner environment.

  • Page 170

    If the Light is Flashing The following may prevent more serious damage to your vehicle: • Reducing vehicle speed • Avoiding hard accelerations • Avoiding 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 171

    Have you recently changed brands of fuel? If so, be sure to fuel your vehicle with quality fuel. See Gasoline Octane on page 5-5. Poor fuel quality will cause your engine not to run as efficiently as designed. You may notice this as stalling after start-up, stalling when you put the vehicle into gear, misfiring, hesitation on acceleration, or stumbling on acceleration.

  • Page 172: Maintenance Schedule, Maintenance Schedule

    Oil Pressure Light If you have low engine oil pressure, this light will stay on after you start your engine, or come on and you will hear a chime when you are driving. This indicates that your engine is not receiving enough oil.

  • Page 173

    Security Light For information regarding this light, see Theft-Deterrent Systems on page 2-18. Cruise Control Light This light comes on whenever you set your cruise control. The light will go out when the cruise control is turned off. See Cruise Control on page 3-11 for more information.

  • Page 174

    Fuel Gage United States Your fuel gage tells you about how much fuel you have left, when the ignition is on. When the indicator nears empty, the amber light located left of the pump symbol will come on and you will hear a chime. You still have a little fuel left, but you should get more soon.

  • Page 175: Driver Information Center (dic)

    Driver Information Center (DIC) The Driver Information Center (DIC) provides the following: • A way to personalize your vehicle • Trip information • Warning messages United States The buttons used to activate the DIC are located on the left side of the vehicle’s audio system. INFO/ (Information): Press this button to scroll through the vehicle information mode displays.

  • Page 176

    Information Mode INFO/ (Information): Press this button to scroll through the vehicle information mode displays in the following order: • TRIP A • TRIP B • FUEL RANGE (Fuel Range Until Empty) • ECON (Average Fuel Economy) • AV SPEED (Average Vehicle Speed) •...

  • Page 177

    Always reset the engine oil life system after an oil change. See Engine Oil Life System on page 5-20. In addition to the engine oil life system monitoring the oil life, additional maintenance is recommended in the Maintenance Schedule in this manual. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4 and Engine Oil on page 5-17.

  • Page 178

    DIC Warnings and Messages These messages will appear if there is a problem detected in one of your vehicle’s systems. Any message will clear when the vehicle’s condition is no longer present. To acknowledge a message and clear it from the display, press any of the three DIC buttons.

  • Page 179

    ENG (Engine) PWR (Power) REDUCED: This message will display to inform you that the vehicle has reduced engine power to avoid damaging the engine. GATE AJAR: If your vehicle has a liftgate, this message will display when the liftgate of your vehicle is not closed completely.

  • Page 180

    DIC Vehicle Personalization The following personalization options may appear on your vehicle’s audio display by pressing the MENU button: UNITS: When UNITS appears on the display, press the enter button to move between METRIC or ENGLISH. When you have made your choice, press the MENU button to record your selection.

  • Page 181

    When LIGHT FLASH appears on the display, press the enter button to move between OFF and ON. When you have made your choice, press the MENU button to record your selection. The initial setting from the factory is ON. DELAY LOCK: The delayed locking option, which delays the actual locking of the vehicle, can be enabled or disabled.

  • Page 182: Audio System(s)

    Audio System(s) Determine which radio your vehicle has and then read the pages following to familiarize yourself with its features. Driving without distraction is a necessity for a safer driving experience. See Defensive Driving on page 4-2. By taking a few moments to read this manual and get familiar with your vehicle’s audio system, you can use it with less effort, as well as take advantage of its features.

  • Page 183

    Notice: Before adding any sound equipment to your vehicle, such as an audio system, CD player, CB radio, mobile telephone, or two-way radio, make sure that it can be added by checking with your dealer. Also, check federal rules covering mobile radio and telephone units.

  • Page 184

    Radio with CD (Base Level) United States shown, Canada similar Playing the Radio (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. (Volume): Turn this knob to increase or to decrease the volume. 3-56 DISP (Display): Press this knob to switch the display between the time and the temperature or the radio station frequency and the temperature.

  • Page 185

    To scan preset stations, press and hold either SEEK button for more than four seconds until you hear two beeps. The radio will go to the first preset station stored on the pushbuttons, play for a few seconds, then go on to the next preset station. Press either SEEK button again to stop scanning presets.

  • Page 186

    Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade) BAL/FADE / (Balance/Fade): To adjust the balance between the right and the left speakers, press and release the balance and fade button until BAL appears on the display. Turn the ADJ knob to move the sound toward the right or the left speakers. To adjust the fade between the front and the rear speakers, press and release the balance and fade button until FADE appears on the display.

  • Page 187

    The CD player can play the smaller 3 inch (8 cm) single CDs with an adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the smaller CDs are loaded in the same manner. If playing a CD-R, the sound quality may 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.

  • Page 188

    SEEK : Press this button to go to the next track. The track number will appear on the display. If this button is pressed more than once, the player will continue moving forward through the CD. If this button is held for more than two seconds, the CD will enter CD scan mode and the CD will play the first 10 seconds of each track.

  • Page 189

    Radio with CD (Up Level) United States shown, Canada similar Radio Data System (RDS) The audio system has a Radio Data System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information. With RDS, the radio can do the following: •...

  • Page 190

    XM™ Satellite Radio Service XM™ is a satellite radio service that is based in the 48 contiguous United States and in Canada (if available). XM™ offers over 100 coast-to-coast channels including music, news, sports, talk, and children’s programming. XM™ provides digital quality audio and text information that includes song title and artist name.

  • Page 191

    Finding a Station BAND: Press this button to switch between FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2 (if equipped). The display will show the selection. ADJ (Adjust): Turn this knob to select radio stations. SEEK : Press the down or up arrow to go to the next or to the previous station and stay there.

  • Page 192

    Setting the Tone (Bass/Midrange/Treble) TONE / (Bass/Treble): Press and release this button until BASS, MID, or TREB appears on the display. Turn the ADJ knob to increase or to decrease. The display will show the bass, midrange, or treble level. If a station is weak or noisy, decrease the treble. To adjust bass, midrange, or treble to the middle position, select BASS, MID, or TREB.

  • Page 193

    Finding a Program Type (PTY) Station (RDS and XM™) To select and find a desired PTY perform the following: 1. Press the P-TYPE button to activate program type select mode. PTY for FM or PTYPE for XM and a program type will appear on the display. 2.

  • Page 194

    If the entire message is not displayed, parts of the message will appear every three seconds. To scroll through the message, press and release the MSG button. A new group of words will appear on the display after every press of the button. Once the complete message has been displayed, MSG will disappear from the display until another new message is received.

  • Page 195

    Radio Display Message XL (Explicit Language XL on the radio display, Channels) after the channel name, indicates content with explicit language. Updating Updating encryption code No Signal Loss of signal Loading XM Acquiring channel audio (after 4 second delay) CH Off Air Channel not in service CH Unavail Channel no longer...

  • Page 196

    Radio Display Message No Info Category Name not available No Info No Text/Informational message available Not Found No channel available for the chosen category XM Locked Theft lock active Radio ID Radio ID label (channel 0) Unknown Radio ID not known (should only be if hardware failure) Chk XMRcvr...

  • Page 197

    Playing a CD Insert a CD partway into the slot, label side up. The player will pull it in and the CD should begin playing. If you want to insert a CD with the ignition off, first press the eject button or the DISP knob. As each new track starts to play, the track number will appear on the display.

  • Page 198

    RPT (Repeat): Press this button once to hear a track over again. REPEAT ON and RPT will appear on the display. The current track will continue to repeat. Press RPT again to turn off repeat play. REPEAT OFF will appear on the display and RPT will disappear from the display.

  • Page 199

    CD Messages CHECK CD: If this message appears on the display and/or the CD comes out, it could be for one of the following reasons: • It is very hot. When the temperature returns to normal, the CD should play. •...

  • Page 200

    Radio Data System (RDS) The audio system has a Radio Data System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information. With RDS, the radio can do the following: • Seek to stations broadcasting the selected type of programming •...

  • Page 201

    For XM™ (if equipped), press the DISP knob while in XM mode to retrieve four different categories of information related to the current song or channel: Artist, Song Title, Category or PTY, Channel Number/Channel Name. To change the default on the display, press the DISP knob until you see the display you want, then hold the knob for two seconds.

  • Page 202

    Setting Preset Stations Up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2 (if equipped)), can be programmed on the six numbered pushbuttons, by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 or XM2.

  • Page 203

    To return to the manual mode, press the AUTO TONE or AUTO EQ button until CUSTOM appears on the display. Then manually adjust the bass, midrange, and treble using the tone button. Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade) BAL/FADE / (Balance/Fade): To adjust the balance between the right and the left speakers, push and release the balance and fade button until BAL appears on the display.

  • Page 204

    BAND (Alternate Frequency): Alternate frequency allows the radio to switch to a stronger station with the same program type. To turn alternate frequency on, press and hold BAND for two seconds. FM ALT FREQ ON and AF will appear on the display. The radio may switch to stations with a stronger frequency.

  • Page 205

    If the current tuned station does not broadcast traffic announcements, press and hold this button for two seconds and the radio will seek to a station that does. When a station that broadcasts traffic announcements is found, the radio will stop seeking and TRAF and brackets will appear on the display.

  • Page 206

    Radio Display Message XL (Explicit Language XL on the radio display, Channels) after the channel name, indicates content with explicit language. Updating Updating encryption code No Signal Loss of signal Loading XM Acquiring channel audio (after 4 second delay) CH Off Air Channel not in service CH Unavail Channel no longer...

  • Page 207

    Radio Display Message No Info Category Name not available No Info No Text/Informational message available Not Found No channel available for the chosen category XM Locked Theft lock active Radio ID Radio ID label (channel 0) Unknown Radio ID not known (should only be if hardware failure) Chk XMRcvr...

  • Page 208

    Playing a CD If the ignition or radio is turned off, with a CD in the player, it will stay in the player. When the ignition or radio is turned on, the CD will start playing where it stopped, if it was the last selected audio source. When a CD is inserted, the CD symbol will appear on the CD.

  • Page 209

    To insert multiple CDs, do the following: 1. Turn the ignition on. 2. Press and hold the LOAD button for two seconds. You will hear a beep and MULTI LOAD CD, then INSERT CD and the number will appear on the display.

  • Page 210

    Playing a Specific Loaded CD For every CD loaded, a number will appear on the display. To play a specific CD, press the numbered pushbutton that corresponds to the CD you want to play. A small bar will appear under the CD number that is playing, and the track number will appear.

  • Page 211

    • To play the tracks on all of the CDs that are loaded, in random order, press and hold the RDM button for more than two seconds. You will hear a beep, RANDOM ALL CDS, and RDM will appear on the display. Press RDM again to turn off random play.

  • Page 212

    Using Song List / R Mode The six-disc CD changer has a feature called song list. This feature is capable of saving 20 track selections. To save tracks into the song list feature, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on and load it with at least one CD. See “LOAD”...

  • Page 213

    To delete the entire song list, perform the following steps: 1. Turn the CD player on. 2. Press the song list button to turn song list on. S-LIST will appear on the display. 3. Press and hold the song list button for more than four seconds.

  • Page 214

    Rear Seat Entertainment System Your vehicle may have a DVD Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system. The RSE system includes a DVD player, a video display screen, two sets of wireless headphones, and a remote control. This system also functions as a rear seat audio (RSA) system.

  • Page 215

    To adjust the volume on the wireless headphones, use the volume control on the headphones. Make sure that the headphones are worn correctly, left to right, to ensure the signal is received properly. Notice: Do not store the headphones in heat or direct sunlight.

  • Page 216

    Stereo RCA Jacks The RCA jacks are located on the DVD faceplate on the floor console. The RCA jacks allow audio and video signals to be connected from an auxiliary device such as a camcorder or a video game unit to the RSE system.

  • Page 217

    The volume on the radio may vary when switching between a radio station, CD, DVD, cassette, or auxiliary device. If there is a decreased audio signal during CD or DVD play, there may be a low hissing noise through the speakers and/or headphones.

  • Page 218

    DVD Player Buttons (Power): Press this button to turn the RSE system on and off. (Stop/Eject): Press this button to stop playing, rewinding, or fast forwarding. Press this button again to eject a DVD or CD. (Play/Pause): Press this button to start play of a DVD or CD.

  • Page 219

    Playing a Disc To play a disc, gently insert the disc, with the label side up, into the loading slot. The DVD player will continue loading the disc and the player will automatically start if the vehicle is in the on position, ACC, or RAP. If a disc is already in the player, make sure that the DVD player is on, then press the play/pause button on the player faceplate or on the remote control.

  • Page 220

    Remote Control To use the remote control, aim it at the transmitter window on the DVD player and press the desired button. Direct sunlight or very bright light may affect the ability of the transmitter to receive signals from the remote control.

  • Page 221

    (Directional Arrows): Press these buttons to navigate through DVD menus. (Main DVD Menu): Press this button to view the media menu. The media menu is different on every disc. Use the up, down, right, and left arrow buttons to move the cursor around the media menu. After making a selection, press the enter button.

  • Page 222

    (Size): Press this button to change the display mode for 4:3 aspect ratio movies. This function cycles between NORMAL, WIDE, and FULL video modes. • Normal The horizontal image is not stretched. The borders at the left and the right of the picture are blanked.

  • Page 223

    Sound Preferences The USER PREFERENCE SETTINGS menu allows the default sound preferences to be modified. Use the remote control up and down arrow buttons to select. The movie may stop while selections are being made. Analog Output: The default sound output may be ®...

  • Page 224

    Menu Bar The menu bar can be displayed across the top of the screen by pressing the DISPLAY button on the remote control. Selecting icons from the menu bar allows adjustments to the audio and video settings. Use the remote control left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the menu bar.

  • Page 225

    Title: Move between DVD titles by using the remote control arrow buttons. Chapter: Move between DVD chapters by using the remote control arrow buttons. Time Search: The user can jump to different areas of a DVD by using the remote control arrow and enter buttons to select a specific time position.

  • Page 226

    Tips and Troubleshooting Chart Problem Recommended Action No power. The ignition may not be in the on position, ACC, or RAP. The parental control button might have been pressed. Disc will not play. The system might be off. The parental control button might have been pressed.

  • Page 227

    Problem Recommended Action How do I get subtitles Press the display button on or off? on the remote control to go to the DVDs main menu. Then follow the screen prompts. After stopping the player, Press the stop button on I push the play button the remote control to but sometimes the DVD...

  • Page 228

    Problem Recommended Action My disc is stuck in the Press the eject button on player. The eject button the DVD player. Turn the does not work. power off, then on again, then press the eject button on the DVD player. Do not attempt to force or remove the disc from the player.

  • Page 229

    DVD Messages The following errors may be displayed on the video screen: Disc Format Error: This message will be displayed if a disc is inserted upside down, if the disc is not readable, or if the disc format is not compatible. Disc Play Error: This message will be displayed if the mechanism cannot play the disc.

  • Page 230

    The front seat audio controls always have priority over the RSA controls. If the front seat passengers switch to the same source as the RSA, the RSA will no longer control the source. You can operate the RSA when the main radio is off. You can use wired headphones (not included) or the wireless headphones.

  • Page 231

    1–6 (Preset): Press this button to go to the next preset radio station. This function is inactive if the front seat passengers are listening to the radio. When a cassette tape is playing, press this button to go to the other side of the tape. When a CD is playing in the six-disc CD changer, press this button to select the next CD, if multiple CDs are loaded.

  • Page 232

    (Power): Press this button to turn the RSE system on and off. The rear speakers will be muted when the RSA power is turned on. 1–6 (Preset): Press this button to go to the next preset radio station set on the pushbuttons on the main radio. This function is not active if the front seat passengers are listening to the radio.

  • Page 233

    Theft-Deterrent Feature ® THEFTLOCK is designed to discourage theft of your vehicle’s radio. The feature works automatically by learning a portion of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If the radio is moved to a different vehicle, it will not operate and LOCKED will appear on the display. ®...

  • Page 234

    Audio Steering Wheel Controls (Four Spoke) If your vehicle has this feature, some audio controls can be adjusted at the steering wheel. They include the following: (Seek): Press the up or the down arrow to go to the next or to the previous radio station and stay there.

  • Page 235

    The range for most AM stations is greater than for FM, especially at night. The longer range can cause station frequencies to interfere with each other. For better radio reception, most AM radio stations will boost the power levels during the day, and then reduce these levels during the night.

  • Page 236

    Fixed Mast Antenna (MAXX Only) The fixed mast antenna can withstand most car washes without being damaged. If the mast should ever become slightly bent, straighten it out by hand. If the mast is badly bent, replace it. Check occasionally to make sure the mast is still tightened to the rear quarter panel.

  • Page 237: Driving Your Vehicle

    Section 4 Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ...4-2 Defensive Driving ...4-2 Drunken Driving ...4-3 Control of a Vehicle ...4-5 Braking ...4-6 Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) ...4-7 Braking in Emergencies ...4-9 Traction Control System (TCS) ...4-9 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) ...4-11 Steering ...4-12 Off-Road Recovery ...4-15 Passing ...4-15...

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

    Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle Defensive Driving The best advice anyone can give about driving is: Drive defensively. Please start with a very important safety device in your vehicle: Buckle up. See Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone on page 1-12. CAUTION: Defensive driving really means “Be ready for anything.”...

  • Page 239

    Drunken Driving Death and injury associated with drinking and driving is a national tragedy. It is the number one contributor to the highway death toll, claiming thousands of victims every year. Alcohol affects four things that anyone needs to drive a vehicle: •...

  • Page 240

    According to the American Medical Association, a 180 lb (82 kg) person who drinks three 12 ounce (355 ml) bottles of beer in an hour will end up with a BAC of about 0.06 percent. The person would reach the same BAC by drinking three 4 ounce (120 ml) glasses of wine or three mixed drinks if each had 1-1/2 ounces (45 ml) of liquors like whiskey, gin, or vodka.

  • Page 241

    Statistics show that the chance of being in a collision increases sharply for drivers who have a BAC of 0.05 percent or above. A driver with a BAC level of 0.06 percent has doubled his or her chance of having a collision.

  • Page 242

    Braking See Brake System Warning Light on page 3-36. Braking action involves perception time and reaction time. First, you have to decide to push on the brake pedal. That is perception time. Then you have to bring up your foot and do it. That is reaction time. Average reaction time is about three-fourths of a second.

  • Page 243

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Your vehicle may have anti-lock brakes. ABS is an advanced electronic braking system that will help prevent a braking skid. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this warning light on the instrument panel will come on briefly when you start your vehicle.

  • Page 244

    The anti-lock system 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, your computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking pressure accordingly.

  • Page 245

    Braking in Emergencies At some time, nearly every driver gets into a situation that requires hard braking. If you have anti-lock brakes, you can steer and brake at the same time. However, if you do not have anti-lock brakes, your first reaction — to hit the brake pedal hard and hold it down —...

  • Page 246

    If your vehicle is in cruise control when the traction control system begins to limit wheel spin, the cruise control will automatically disengage. When road conditions allow you to safely use it again, you may re-engage the cruise control. See Cruise Control on page 3-11.

  • Page 247

    Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Your vehicle may have an Enhanced Traction System (ETS) that limits wheel spin. This is especially useful in slippery road conditions. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction.

  • Page 248

    To turn the system on or off, press the traction control button located on the center console under the climate control system. When you turn the system off, the Enhanced Traction System warning light will come on and stay on. If the Enhanced Traction System is limiting wheel spin when you press the button to turn the system off, the warning light will come on —...

  • Page 249

    Steering Tips It is important to take curves at a reasonable speed. A lot of the “driver lost control” accidents mentioned on the news happen on curves. Here is why: Experienced driver or beginner, each of us is subject to the same laws of physics when driving on curves. The traction of the tires against the road surface makes it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels.

  • Page 250

    Steering in Emergencies There are times when steering can be more effective than braking. For example, you come over a hill and find a truck stopped in your lane, or a car suddenly pulls out from nowhere, or a child darts out from between parked cars and stops right in front of you.

  • Page 251

    Off-Road Recovery You may find that your 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 252

    • Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to pass while you are awaiting an opportunity. For one thing, following too closely reduces your area of vision, especially if you are following a larger vehicle. Also, you will not have adequate space if the vehicle ahead suddenly slows or stops.

  • Page 253

    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. In any emergency, do not give up.

  • Page 254

    If you have the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), remember: It helps avoid only the braking skid. If you do not have ABS, then in a braking skid, where the wheels are no longer rolling, release enough pressure on the brakes to get the wheels rolling again. This restores steering control.

  • Page 255

    No one can see as well at night as in the daytime. But as we get older these differences increase. A 50-year-old driver may require at least twice as much light to see the same thing at night as a 20-year-old. What you do in the daytime can also affect your night vision.

  • Page 256

    Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads Rain and wet roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet road, you cannot stop, accelerate, or turn as well because your tire-to-road traction is not as good as on dry roads. And, if your tires do not have much tread left, you will get even less traction.

  • Page 257

    Hydroplaning Hydroplaning is dangerous. So much water can build up under your tires that they can actually ride on the water. This can happen if the road is wet enough and you are going fast enough. When your vehicle is hydroplaning, it has little or no contact with the road. Hydroplaning does not happen often.

  • Page 258

    City Driving One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. You will want to watch out for what the other drivers are doing and pay attention to traffic signals. 4-22 Here are ways to increase your safety in city driving: •...

  • Page 259

    Freeway Driving Mile for mile, freeways — also called thruways, parkways, expressways, turnpikes, or superhighways — are the safest of all roads. But they have their own special rules. The most important advice on freeway driving is: Keep up with traffic and keep to the right. Drive at the same speed most of the other drivers are driving.

  • Page 260

    Expect to move slightly slower at night. When you want to leave the freeway, move to the proper lane well in advance. If you miss your exit, do not, under any circumstances, stop and back up. Drive on to the next exit. The exit ramp can be curved, sometimes quite sharply.

  • Page 261

    Highway Hypnosis Is there actually such a condition as highway hypnosis? Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis, lack of awareness, or whatever. There is something about an easy stretch of road with the same scenery, along with the hum of the tires on the road, the drone of the engine, and the rush of the wind against the vehicle that can make you sleepy.

  • Page 262

    If you drive regularly in steep country, or if you are planning to visit there, here are some tips that can make your trips safer and more enjoyable. • Keep your vehicle in good shape. Check all fluid levels and also the brakes, tires, cooling system, and transaxle.

  • Page 263

    • Stay in your own lane when driving on two-lane roads in hills or mountains. Do not swing wide or cut across the center of the road. Drive at speeds that let you stay in your own lane. • As you go over the top of a hill, be alert. There could be something in your lane, like a stalled car or an accident.

  • Page 264

    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. And, if you will be driving under severe conditions, include a small bag of sand, a piece of old carpet, or a couple of burlap bags to help provide traction.

  • Page 265

    But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all. You can get wet ice when it is about freezing, 32°F (0°C), and freezing rain begins to fall. Try to avoid driving on wet ice until salt and sand crews can get there.

  • Page 266

    If You Are Caught in a Blizzard If you are stopped by heavy snow, you could be in a serious situation. You should probably stay with your vehicle unless you know for sure that you are near help and you can hike through the snow. Here are some things to do to summon help and keep yourself and your passengers safe: •...

  • Page 267

    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.

  • Page 268

    If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow In order to free your vehicle when it is stuck, you will need to spin the wheels, but you do not want to spin your wheels too fast. The method known as rocking can help you get out when you are stuck, but you must use caution.

  • Page 269

    Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out First, turn your steering wheel left and right. That will clear the area around your front wheels. If your vehicle has a traction system, you should turn the traction system off. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 4-9 or Enhanced Traction System (ETS) on page 4-11.

  • Page 270

    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 and pounds.

  • Page 271

    4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1400 lbs and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs (1400 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs).

  • Page 272

    Example 2 Item Description Vehicle Capacity Weight for Example 2 Subtract Occupant Weight 150 lbs (68 kg) Available Cargo Weight 4-36 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 positions.

  • Page 273

    Certification Label A vehicle specific Certification label, found on the rear edge of the driver’s door, 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. Never exceed the GVWR for your vehicle, or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for either the front or rear axle.

  • Page 274

    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. CAUTION: Things you put inside your vehicle can strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or...

  • Page 275: Towing

    Towing Towing Your Vehicle Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if you need to have your disabled vehicle towed. See Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6. If you want to tow your vehicle behind another vehicle for recreational purposes (such as behind a motorhome), see “Recreational Vehicle Towing”...

  • Page 276

    Dinghy Towing The Malibu Sedan SS and Maxx SS cannot be dinghy towed. For vehicles that can be dinghy towed, follow these steps: 1. Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it. 2. Turn the ignition switch to OFF. 3.

  • Page 277

    Notice: Towing your vehicle from the rear could damage it. Also, repairs would not be covered by the warranty. Never have your vehicle towed from the rear. Dolly Towing To tow your vehicle with a dolly and two wheels on the ground, follow these steps: 1.

  • Page 278

    Towing a Trailer CAUTION: If you do not use the correct equipment and drive properly, you can lose control when you pull a trailer. For example, if the trailer is too heavy, the brakes may not work well — or even at all.

  • Page 279

    If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer If you do, here are some important points: • There are many different laws, including speed limit restrictions, having to do with trailering. Make sure your rig will be legal, not only where you live but also where you’ll be driving.

  • Page 280

    45 mph (72 km/h) to avoid overheating the engine cooling system. You can ask your dealer for our trailering information or advice, or you can write us at: Chevrolet Customer Assistance P.O. Box 33170 Detroit, MI 48232-5170 In Canada, write to:...

  • Page 281

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

  • Page 282

    Driving with a Trailer Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of experience. Before setting out for the open road, you’ll want to get to know your rig. Acquaint yourself with the feel of handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer. And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly as responsive as your vehicle is by itself.

  • Page 283

    Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer When you tow a trailer, your vehicle may need additional wiring. Check with your dealer. The arrows on your instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or lane change. Properly hooked up, the trailer lamps will also flash, telling other drivers you’re about to turn, change lanes or stop.

  • Page 284

    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, and • release the parking brake. 2. Let up on the brake pedal. 3.

  • Page 285: Service And Appearance Care

    Section 5 Service ...5-3 Accessories and Modifications ...5-3 California Proposition 65 Warning ...5-3 Doing Your Own Service Work ...5-4 Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle ...5-5 Fuel ...5-5 Gasoline Octane ...5-5 Gasoline Specifications ...5-5 California Fuel ...5-6 Additives ...5-6 Fuels in Foreign Countries ...5-7 Filling the Tank ...5-8 Filling a Portable Fuel Container ...5-10...

  • Page 286

    Section 5 Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance ...5-68 Wheel Replacement ...5-68 Tire Chains ...5-70 If a Tire Goes Flat ...5-71 Changing a Flat Tire ...5-72 Removing the Spare Tire and Tools ...5-73 Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire ...5-76 Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools (Sedan) ...5-82 Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools...

  • Page 287: Service

    Service Your dealer knows your vehicle best and wants you to be happy with it. We hope you will go to your dealer for all your service needs. You will get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. We hope you will want to keep your GM vehicle all GM.

  • Page 288

    Doing Your Own Service Work CAUTION: You can be injured and your vehicle could be damaged if you try to do service work on a vehicle without knowing enough about it. • Be sure you have sufficient knowledge, experience, the proper replacement parts, and tools before you attempt any vehicle maintenance task.

  • Page 289: Fuel

    Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle Things you might add to the outside of your vehicle can affect the airflow around it. This may cause wind noise and affect windshield washer performance. Check with your dealer before adding equipment to the outside of your vehicle.

  • Page 290

    California Fuel If your vehicle is certified to meet California Emissions Standards, it is designed to operate on fuels that meet California specifications. See the underhood emission control label. If this fuel is not available in states adopting California emissions standards, your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be affected.

  • Page 291

    Notice: Your vehicle was not designed for fuel that contains methanol. Do not use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and also damage the plastic and rubber parts. That damage would not be covered under your warranty.

  • Page 292

    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 293

    CAUTION: If you spill fuel and then something ignites it, you could be badly burned. Fuel can spray out on you if you open the fuel cap too quickly. 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 294: 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 gasoline vapor. You can be badly burned and your vehicle damaged if this occurs. To help avoid injury to you and others: •...

  • Page 295

    Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the hood release handle with this symbol on it. It is located inside the vehicle to the left of the steering column. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and push the secondary hood release handle toward the driver’s side of the vehicle.

  • Page 296

    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood on the 2.2L L4 engine, here is what you will see: 5-12...

  • Page 297

    A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Oil Dipstick. See “Checking Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 5-17. C. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When to Add Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 5-17. D.

  • Page 298

    When you open the hood on the 3.5L V6 engine, here is what you will see: 5-14...

  • Page 299

    A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When to Add Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 5-17. C. Engine Oil Dipstick. See “Checking Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 5-17. D.

  • Page 300

    When you open the hood on the 3.9L V6 engine, here is what you will see: 5-16...

  • Page 301

    A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-22. B. Engine Coolant Bleed Valve. C. Power Steering Fluid. See Power Steering Fluid (3.9L V6 Engine) on page 5-37. D. Automatic Transaxle Fluid Dipstick (Out of View). See “Checking Fluid Level” under Automatic Transaxle Fluid (2.2L L4 and 3.5L V6 Engines) on page 5-23 or Automatic Transaxle Fluid (3.9L V6 Engine) on page 5-24.

  • Page 302

    When to Add Engine Oil L4 Engine V6 Engine 5-18 If the oil is below the MIN mark for the L4 engine or below the cross-hatched area at the tip of the dipstick for the V6 engine, you will need to add at least one quart/liter of oil.

  • Page 303

    What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Look for two things: • GM6094M Your vehicle’s engine requires oil meeting GM Standard GM6094M. You should 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 304

    If you are in an area of extreme cold, where the temperature falls below 20°F ( 29°C), it is recommended that you use either an SAE 5W-30 synthetic oil or an SAE 0W-30 oil. Both will provide easier cold starting and better protection for your engine at extremely low temperatures.

  • Page 305

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

  • Page 306

    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 (83 000 km) interval.

  • Page 307

    CAUTION: Operating the engine with the air cleaner/filter off can cause you or others to be burned. The air cleaner not only cleans the air; it helps to stop flames if the engine backfires. If it is not there and the engine backfires, you could be burned.

  • Page 308

    Automatic Transaxle Fluid (3.9L V6 Engine) When to Check and Change Automatic Transaxle Fluid A good time to check the automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Change the fluid and filter at the intervals listed in Additional Required Services on page 6-6, and be sure to use the transaxle fluid listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12.

  • Page 309

    Checking the Fluid Level Prepare the vehicle as follows: 1. Park the vehicle on a level place. Keep the engine running. 2. With the parking brake applied, place the shift lever in PARK (P). 3. With your foot on the brake pedal, move the shift lever through each gear, pausing for about three seconds in each one.

  • Page 310

    How to Add Automatic Transaxle Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of transaxle 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 crosshatched area on the dipstick.

  • Page 311

    What to Use Use a mixture of one-half clean, drinkable water and ® one-half DEX-COOL coolant which will not damage aluminum parts. If you use this coolant mixture, you do not need to add anything else. CAUTION: Adding only plain water to your cooling system can be dangerous.

  • Page 312

    Checking Coolant The engine coolant surge tank is located in the rear of the engine compartment. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location. 5-28 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 313

    Adding Coolant If you need more coolant, add the proper DEX-COOL coolant mixture at the surge tank, but only when the engine is cool. If the surge tank is empty, a special fill procedure is necessary. See Engine Overheating on page 5-29 and Cooling System on page 5-32. CAUTION: You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts.

  • Page 314

    If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine CAUTION: Steam from an overheated engine can burn you badly, even if you just open the hood. Stay away from the engine if you see or hear steam coming from it. Just turn it off and get everyone away from the vehicle until it cools down.

  • Page 315

    If you no longer have the overheat warning, you can drive. Just to be safe, drive slower for about 10 minutes. If the warning does not come back on, you can drive normally. If the warning continues, pull over, stop, and park your vehicle right away.

  • Page 316

    Cooling System When you decide it is safe to lift the hood, here is what you will see: 3.5L V6 Engine shown, 2.2L L4 and 3.9L V6 Engines similar A. Electric Engine Cooling Fans B. Engine Coolant Surge Tank 5-32 CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not...

  • Page 317

    The coolant level should be at or above the FULL COLD mark on the front of the coolant surge tank. If it is not, you may have a leak at the pressure cap or in the radiator hoses, heater hoses, radiator, water pump, or somewhere else in the cooling system.

  • Page 318

    How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Surge Tank Notice: This vehicle has a specific coolant fill procedure. Failure to follow this procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. If you have not found a problem yet, check to see if coolant is visible in the surge tank.

  • Page 319

    CAUTION: Adding only plain water to your cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water, or some other liquid such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. Your vehicle’s coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mixture. With plain water or the wrong mixture, your engine could get too hot but you would not get the overheat warning.

  • Page 320

    2. Then keep turning the pressure cap slowly, and remove it. 5-36 3. Fill the coolant surge tank with the proper mixture, to the FULL COLD mark on the front of the surge tank. Wait about five minutes, then check to see if the level is below the FULL COLD mark.

  • Page 321

    Power Steering Fluid (3.9L V6 Engine) See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for reservoir location. When to Check Power Steering Fluid It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless a leak is suspected in the system, or an unusual noise is heard.

  • Page 322

    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 323

    Brakes Brake Fluid Your 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 324

    What to Add When you do 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.

  • Page 325

    CAUTION: The brake wear warning sound means that soon your brakes will not work well. That could lead to an accident. When you hear the brake wear warning sound, have your vehicle serviced. Notice: Continuing to drive with worn-out brake pads could result in costly brake repair.

  • Page 326

    Replacing Brake System Parts The braking system on a vehicle is complex. Its many parts have to be of top quality and work well together if the vehicle is to have really good braking. Your vehicle was designed and tested with top-quality GM brake parts.

  • Page 327

    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 328

    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 329

    5. Check that the jumper cables do not have loose or missing insulation. If they do, you could get a shock. The vehicles could be damaged too. Before you connect the cables, here are some things you should know. Positive (+) will go to positive (+) or to a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one.

  • Page 330

    8. Now connect the black negative ( ) cable to the negative ( ) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote negative ( ) terminal if the vehicle has one. Do not let the other end touch anything until the next step.

  • Page 331: Bulb Replacement

    To disconnect the jumper cables from both vehicles, do the following: 1. Disconnect the black negative ( ) cable from the vehicle that had the dead battery. 2. Disconnect the black negative ( ) cable from the vehicle with the good battery. 3.

  • Page 332

    Headlamps, Front Turn Signal, and Parking Lamps A. High-Beam Headlamp B. Low-Beam Headlamp/DRL C. Front Turn Signal/Parking Lamp 5-48 To replace one of these bulbs, do the following: 1. Open the hood. See Hood Release on page 5-11 for more information. 2.

  • Page 333

    4. Remove the dust covers (A, B, or C) from the individual bulb sockets. 5. Unclip the wiring harness and twist the bulb socket less than counterclockwise one-quarter turn and remove it. 6. Remove the bulb from the bulb socket. 7.

  • Page 334

    Taillamps, Turn Signal, Stoplamps and Back-up Lamps To replace one of these bulbs, do the following: 1. Open the trunk. See Hood Release on page 5-11 for more information. A. Taillamp B. Back-Up Lamp C. Taillamp/Stoplamp/ 5-50 Turn Signal Lamp 3.

  • Page 335

    6. Pull the bulb to remove it from the socket. Replace the old bulb with a new one. 7. Reverse the steps to attach the taillamp assembly to the vehicle. When securing the lamp assembly back into place, align the assembly so that the trunk lid doesn’t contact it.

  • Page 336: Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

    Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected for wear and cracking. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4. To replace the wiper blade, do the following: 1. Pull the windshield wiper arm away from the windshield. 2. Press the tab that holds the wiper blade to the arm. 3.

  • Page 337

    3. Hold the wiper blade refill with the curved side facing downward. 4. Remove clip (A), shown in step 3, and slide it into the claw of the wiper blade assembly. 5. Remove clip (B), shown in step 3, and slide it into the remaining claw of the wiper blade assembly.

  • Page 338: Tires

    Tires Your new vehicle comes with high-quality tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. If you ever have questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your GM Warranty booklet for details. For additional information refer to the tire manufacturer’s booklet included with your vehicle’s owner manual.

  • Page 339

    Low-Profile Performance Tire If your vehicle has P225/50R18 size tires, they are classified as low-profile performance tires. These tires are designed for very responsive driving on wet or dry pavement. You may also notice more road noise with low-profile performance tires and that they tend to wear faster.

  • Page 340

    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 341

    Compact Spare Tire Example (A) Temporary Use Only: The compact spare tire or temporary use tire has a tread life of approximately 3,000 miles (5 000 km) and should not be driven at speeds over 65 mph (105 km/h). The compact spare tire is for emergency use when a regular road tire has lost air and gone flat.

  • Page 342

    Tire Size The following illustration shows an example of a typical passenger vehicle tire size. (A) Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: The United States version of a metric tire sizing system. The letter P as the first character in the tire size means a passenger vehicle tire engineered to standards set by the U.S.

  • Page 343

    Belt: A rubber coated layer of cords that is located between the plies and the tread. Cords may be made from steel or other reinforcing materials. Bead: The tire bead contains steel wires wrapped by steel cords that hold the tire onto the rim. Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the plies are laid at alternate angles less than 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread.

  • Page 344

    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 345

    Inflation - Tire Pressure Tires need the correct amount of air pressure to operate effectively. Notice: Do not let anyone tell you that under-inflation or over-inflation is all right. It is not. If your tires do not have enough air (under-inflation), you can get the following: •...

  • Page 346

    How to Check Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure. You cannot tell if your tires are properly inflated simply by looking at them. Radial tires may look properly inflated even when they are under-inflated. Check the tire’s inflation pressure when the tires are cold.

  • Page 347

    Tire Inspection and Rotation Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8 000 to 13 000 km). Any time you notice unusual wear, rotate your tires as soon as possible and check wheel alignment. Also check for damaged tires or wheels. See When It Is Time for New Tires on page 5-64 and Wheel Replacement on page 5-68 for more information.

  • Page 348

    When It Is Time for New Tires One way to tell when it is time for new tires is to check the treadwear indicators, which will appear when your tires have only 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) or less of tread remaining. You need a new tire if any of the following statements are true: •...

  • Page 349

    CAUTION: Mixing tires could cause you to lose control while driving. If you mix tires of different sizes, brands, or types (radial and bias-belted tires), the vehicle may not handle properly, and you could have a crash. Using tires of different sizes, brands, or types may also cause damage to your vehicle.

  • Page 350

    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 351

    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 352

    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 may need to be checked.

  • Page 353

    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 354

    Tire Chains CAUTION: If your vehicle has P215/60R16, P225/50R17, or P225/50R18 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 355

    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 356

    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 357

    When your vehicle has a flat tire, use the following example as a guide to assist you in the placement of wheel blocks. The following information will tell you next how to use the jack and change a tire. Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The equipment you will need is in the trunk or cargo area.

  • Page 358

    4. Turn the wing nut counterclockwise and remove it. Then remove the compact spare tire. See Compact Spare Tire on page 5-88 for more information. 5. Remove the wing nut holding the jack in place. 6. Remove the extension bolt (MAXX models and Sedan SS only) that is clipped to the jack, if equipped.

  • Page 359

    1. Turn the plastic wing nut counterclockwise to loosen wheel wrench. 2. Unhook the wheel wrench from the jack. 3. Extend the handle on the wheel wrench by pressing the button with your index finger and pulling on the end of the wrench. You must do this before using the wheel wrench.

  • Page 360

    Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire 1. If your vehicle has a wheel cover or hubcap that has plastic wheel nut caps, loosen the plastic nut caps. You may need to use the wheel wrench to loosen them. Do not pry off wheel covers or center caps that have plastic wheel nut caps.

  • Page 361

    4. Position the lift head at the jack location nearest the flat tire. Make sure all of the jack lift head is touching the jacking flange under the body. Do not place the jack under a body panel. The lower body panel has an arrow to aid in locating the jacking location.

  • Page 362

    CAUTION: Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal injury and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle.

  • Page 363

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

  • Page 364

    10. Install the compact spare tire. CAUTION: Never use oil or grease on studs or nuts. If you do, the nuts might come loose. Your wheel could fall off, causing a serious accident. 11. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end toward the wheel.

  • Page 365

    CAUTION: Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to come loose and even come off. This could lead to an accident. Be sure to use the correct wheel nuts. If you have to replace them, be sure to get new GM original equipment wheel nuts.

  • Page 366

    Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools (Sedan) Storing a Flat 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.

  • Page 367

    1. Open the trunk. See Trunk (Sedan) on page 2-15 for more information. 2. Remove the center cap from the wheel. 3. Place the tire (D) in the compartment, valve stem down, with the bolt (E) extending through the wheel center hole. 4.

  • Page 368

    Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools (Sedan SS) 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.

  • Page 369

    7. Remove the yellow cap. 8. Secure the tire and wheel with the retainer. 9. Re-install the cover. A. Cover E. Wing Nut B. Retainer F. Jack and C. Spare Tire Wheel Wrench D. Bolt Extension G. Bolt Storing the Compact Spare Tire The compact spare tire is for temporary use only.

  • Page 370

    Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools (All MAXX Models) 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.

  • Page 371

    6. With the valve stem up, place the tire on the compartment floor with the rear of the tire beneath the trim panel (tire may not lay completely flat). 7. Make sure the bolt extension (A) passes through the wheel center. 8.

  • Page 372

    Storing the Compact Spare Tire and Tools The compact spare tire is for temporary use only. Store the compact spare tire and tools as shown in the following diagram. A. Cover E. Bracket B. Retainer F. Jack, Wheel Wrench C. Spare Tire and Bolt Extension D.

  • Page 373: Appearance Care

    Appearance Care Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle Your vehicle’s interior will continue to look its best if it is cleaned often. Although not always visible, dust and dirt can accumulate on your upholstery. Dirt can damage carpet, fabric, leather, and plastic surfaces. Regular vacuuming is recommended to remove particles from your upholstery.

  • Page 374

    Do not clean your vehicle using the following cleaners or techniques: • Never use a knife or any other sharp object to remove a soil from any interior surface. • Never use a stiff brush. It can cause damage to your vehicle’s interior surfaces.

  • Page 375

    To clean, use the following instructions: 1. Saturate a lint-free, clean white cloth with water or club soda. 2. Wring the cloth to remove excess moisture. 3. Start on the outside edge of the soil and gently rub toward the center. Continue cleaning, using a clean area of the cloth each time it becomes soiled.

  • Page 376

    Ultra Lux Suede Cleaning Ultra Lux Suede Use a mild solution of lukewarm water and a neutral dish soap on a soft cloth or sponge. For the following stains, follow these instructions: Coffee, Tea, and Milk: Blot with a clean, soft, white cloth.

  • Page 377

    Care of Safety Belts Keep belts clean and dry. CAUTION: Do not bleach or dye safety belts. If you do, it may severely weaken them. In a crash, they might not be able to provide adequate protection. Clean safety belts only with mild soap and lukewarm water.

  • Page 378

    Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of the vehicle by hand may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. GM-approved cleaning products can be obtained from your dealer. See Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-97. Notice: Machine compounding or aggressive polishing on a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish may damage it.

  • Page 379

    Aluminum Wheels Notice: If you use strong soaps, chemicals, abrasive polishes, cleaners, brushes, or cleaners that contain acid on aluminum or chrome-plated wheels, you could damage the surface of the wheel(s). The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Use only GM-approved cleaners on aluminum or chrome-plated wheels.

  • Page 380

    Sheet Metal Damage If the vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement, make sure the body repair shop applies anti-corrosion material to parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide the corrosion protection while maintaining the warranty.

  • Page 381

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

  • Page 382: Vehicle Identification, Electrical System

    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’s side. You can see it if you look through the windshield from outside your vehicle.

  • Page 383

    Headlamp Wiring The headlamp wiring is protected by fuses, one for each headlamp, in the fuse block. An electrical overload will cause the lamps to turn off. If this happens, have your headlamp wiring checked right away. Windshield Wiper Fuses The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit breaker and a fuse.

  • Page 384

    Instrument Panel Fuse Block The instrument panel fuse block is located at on the lower front side of the console, on the passenger side of the vehicle. To access the fuses, open the fuse panel door by pulling out. To reinstall the door, insert the hooks at the front end first, then push the door into the console panel to secure it. 5-100...

  • Page 385

    Fuses POWER MIRRORS Power Mirrors Electric Power Steering Cruise Control, Electronic Range RUN/CRANK Select, Driver Shift Control HVAC BLOWER Climate Control System HIGH (Relay) CLUSTER/ THEFT Instrument Panel Cluster, Theft Deterrent System ® ONSTAR OnStar System NOT INSTALLED Not Used AIRBAG (IGN) Airbag System HVAC CTRL...

  • Page 386

    Engine Compartment Fuse Block The engine compartment fuse block is located on the driver’s side of the vehicle, near the battery. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for more information on location. 5-102...

  • Page 387

    Fuses Usage Air Conditioning Clutch Electronic Throttle Control Ignition Module Transmission Fuel Injectors Emission 1 Left Headlamp Low-Beam Horn Right Headlamp Low-Beam Front Fog Lamps Left Headlamp High-Beam Right Headlamp High-Beam Powertrain Control Module (Batt) Windshield Wiper Anti-lock Brake System Powertrain Control Module (IGN 1) Cooling Fan 1 Fuses...

  • Page 388

    Relays Cooling Fan 1 Cooling Fan Mode Series/Parallel Cooling Fan 2 Starter Run/Crank, Ignition Powertrain Air Conditioning Clutch High-Beam Headlamps Front Fog Lamps Horn Low-Beam Headlamps Windshield Wiper 1 Windshield Wiper 2 Daytime Running Lamps 5-104 Rear Compartment Fuse Block Usage The rear compartment fuse block is located in the trunk of the vehicle.

  • Page 389

    Fuses Usage Not Used Driver Seat Controls Not Used Fuses Usage Driver Door Keylock Cylinder (Resistor) Emission 5-105...

  • Page 390

    Fuses Parklamps Not Used Not Used Not Used Sunroof Controls Not Used Auxiliary Power 2 Not Used Heated Seat Controls Not Used Remote Keyless Entry System, XM Satellite Radio, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Homelink Back-up Lamps Not Used Not Used Cigarette Lighter, Auxiliary Power Outlet Not Used...

  • Page 391: Capacities And Specifications

    Capacities and Specifications The following approximate capacities are given in English and metric conversions. Please refer to Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12 for more information. Application Automatic Transaxle Complete Overhaul Automatic Transaxle 4T45-E Automatic Transaxle 4T65-E Cooling System 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine...

  • Page 392

    Engine 2.2L L4 3.5L V6 3.9L V6 5-108 Engine Specifications VIN Code Transaxle Automatic Automatic Automatic Spark Plug Gap 0.042 inches (1.06 mm) 0.060 inches (1.52 mm) 0.040 inches (1.01 mm)

  • Page 393

    Section 6 Maintenance Schedule ...6-2 Introduction ...6-2 Maintenance Requirements ...6-2 Your Vehicle and the Environment ...6-2 Using the Maintenance Schedule ...6-2 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 ...6-8 At Least Once a Month ...6-9 At Least Once a Year ...6-9 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants ...6-12...

  • Page 394

    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 for details. Maintenance Requirements Notice: Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections, replacement parts, and recommended fluids and...

  • Page 395

    This schedule is for vehicles that: • carry passengers and cargo within recommended limits. You will find these limits on the tire and loading information label. See Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-33. • are driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal driving limits.

  • Page 396

    Scheduled Maintenance When the Change Oil Soon message in the Driver Information Center (DIC) comes on, it means that service is required for your vehicle. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible within the next 600 miles (1 000 km). It is possible that, if you are driving under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate that vehicle service is necessary for over a year.

  • Page 397

    Scheduled Maintenance Service Maintenance I Maintenance II Change engine oil and filter. See Engine Oil on page 5-17. Reset oil life system. See Engine Oil Life System on page 5-20. An Emission Control Service. Visually check for any leaks or damage. See footnote (j). Inspect engine air cleaner filter.

  • Page 398

    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 399

    Maintenance Footnotes (a) Visually inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. Inspect disc brake pads for wear and rotors for surface condition. Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc. (b) Visually inspect front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose, or missing parts or signs of wear.

  • Page 400

    (i) Drain, flush, and refill cooling system. This service can be complex; you should have your dealer perform this service. See Engine Coolant on page 5-26 for what to use. Inspect hoses. Clean radiator, condenser, pressure cap, and filler neck. Pressure test the cooling system and pressure cap.

  • Page 401

    At Least Once a Month Tire Inflation Check Visually inspect your vehicle’s tires and make sure they are inflated to the correct pressures. Do not forget to check the spare tire. See Tires on page 5-54 for further details. Check to make sure the spare tire is stored securely.

  • Page 402

    Automatic Transaxle Shift Lock Control System 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. It should be parked on a level surface.

  • Page 403

    Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle Park (P) Mechanism Check CAUTION: When you are doing this check, your vehicle could begin to move. You or others could be injured and property could be damaged. Make sure there is room in front of your vehicle in case it begins to roll.

  • Page 404

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

  • Page 405

    Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your GM dealer. Part Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Engine Oil Filter 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Spark Plugs 2.2L L4 Engine 3.5L V6 Engine 3.9L V6 Engine Windshield Wiper Blades...

  • Page 406

    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 407

    Maintenance Record (cont’d) Odometer Maintenance I or Date Serviced By Services Performed Reading Maintenance II 6-15...

  • Page 408

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

  • Page 409: Customer Assistance And Information

    Section 7 Customer Assistance and Information ...7-2 Customer Satisfaction Procedure ...7-2 Online Owner Center ...7-3 Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users ...7-4 Customer Assistance Offices ...7-4 GM Mobility Reimbursement Program ...7-5 Roadside Assistance Program ...7-6 Courtesy Transportation ...7-8 Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders ...7-10 Collision Damage Repair ...7-11 Customer Assistance and Information...

  • Page 410

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

  • Page 411

    The BBB Auto Line Program is an out of court program administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to settle automotive disputes regarding vehicle repairs or the interpretation of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Although you may be required to resort to this informal dispute resolution program prior to filing a court action, use of the program is free of charge and your case will generally be heard within...

  • Page 412

    Customer Assistance Offices Chevrolet encourages customers to call the toll-free number for assistance. However, if a customer wishes to write or e-mail Chevrolet, refer to the addresses below. United States — Customer Assistance Chevrolet Motor Division Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center P.O.

  • Page 413

    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 414

    Roadside Assistance Program As the owner of a new Chevrolet vehicle, you are automatically enrolled in the Chevrolet Roadside Assistance program. This value-added service is intended to provide you with peace of mind as you drive in the city or travel the open road. Call Chevrolet’s Roadside Assistance at 1-800-CHEV-USA,...

  • Page 415

    Roadside Assistance is not part of or included in the coverage provided by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Chevrolet reserves the right to make any changes or discontinue the Roadside Assistance program at any time without notification.

  • Page 416

    Courtesy Transportation To enhance your ownership experience, we and our participating dealers are proud to offer Courtesy Transportation, a customer support program for new vehicles. The Courtesy Transportation program is offered to customers in conjunction with the Bumper-to-Bumper coverage provided by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Several transportation options are available when warranty repairs are required.

  • Page 417

    Courtesy Rental Vehicle Your dealer may arrange to provide you with a courtesy rental vehicle or reimburse you for a rental vehicle that you obtain if your vehicle is kept for a warranty repair. Reimbursement will be limited to a maximum amount per day and must be supported by receipts.

  • Page 418

    Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders Your vehicle, like other modern motor vehicles, has a number of sophisticated computer systems that monitor and control several aspects of the vehicle’s performance. Your vehicle uses on-board vehicle computers to monitor emission control components to optimize fuel economy, to monitor conditions for airbag deployment and, if so equipped, to provide anti-lock braking and to help the driver control the vehicle in difficult driving situations.

  • Page 419

    If your vehicle is equipped with OnStar ® check the OnStar subscription service agreement or manual for information on its operations and data collection. Collision Damage Repair If your vehicle is involved in a collision and it is damaged, have the damage repaired by a qualified technician using the proper equipment and quality replacement parts.

  • Page 420

    Repair Facility GM also recommends that you choose a collision repair facility that meets your needs before you ever need collision repairs. Your GM dealer 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 421

    • If you need roadside assistance, call GM Roadside Assistance. See Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6 for more information. • If your vehicle cannot be driven, know where the towing service will be taking it. Get a card from the tow truck operator or write down the driver’s name, the service’s name, and the phone number.

  • Page 422: Reporting Safety Defects

    Managing the Vehicle Damage Repair Process In the event that your vehicle requires damage repairs, GM recommends that you take an active role in its repair. If you have a pre-determined repair facility of choice, take your vehicle there, or have it towed there. Specify to the facility that any required replacement collision parts be original equipment parts, either new Genuine GM parts or recycled original GM parts.

  • Page 423

    Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors In addition to notifying NHTSA (or Transport Canada) in a situation like this, we certainly hope you will notify General Motors. Please call the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-1020, or write: Chevrolet Motor Division Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center P.O.

  • Page 424

    Service Bulletins Service Bulletins give technical service information needed to knowledgeably service General Motors cars and trucks. Each bulletin contains instructions to assist in the diagnosis and service of your vehicle. In Canada, information pertaining to Product Service Bulletins can be obtained by contacting your General Motors dealer or by calling 1-800-GM-DRIVE (1-800-463-7483).

  • Page 425

    Accessories and Modifications ... 5-3 Accessory Power Outlet(s) ... 3-21 Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ... 1-66 Additives, Fuel ... 5-6 Add-On Electrical Equipment ... 5-98 Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal ... 2-25 Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine ... 5-22 Air Conditioning ... 3-22, 3-27 Airbag Readiness Light ...

  • Page 426

    Audio System(s) (cont.) Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data Systems (RDS) ... 3-55 Setting the Time for Radios without Radio Data Systems (RDS) ... 3-55 Theft-Deterrent Feature ... 3-105 Understanding Radio Reception ... 3-106 XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System ... 3-108 Automatic Climate Control System ...

  • Page 427

    Chemical Paint Spotting ... 5-96 Child Restraints Child Restraint Systems ... 1-38 Infants and Young Children ... 1-34 Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children ... 1-43 Older Children ... 1-32 Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position ... 1-51 Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position ...

  • Page 428

    Customer Assistance Information (cont.) Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors ... 7-15 Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government ... 7-15 Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government ... 7-14 Roadside Assistance Program ... 7-6 Service Publications Ordering Information ... 7-15 Daytime Running Lamps ...

  • Page 429

    Electrical System (cont.) Headlamp Wiring ... 5-99 Instrument Panel Fuse Block ... 5-100 Power Windows and Other Power Options ... 5-99 Rear Compartment Fuse Block ... 5-104 Windshield Wiper Fuses ... 5-99 Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ... 5-22 Battery ... 5-42 Check and Service Engine Soon Light ...

  • Page 430

    Fuses ... 5-99 Engine Compartment Fuse Block ... 5-102 Instrument Panel Fuse Block ... 5-100 Rear Compartment Fuse Block ... 5-104 Windshield Wiper ... 5-99 Gage Engine Coolant Temperature ... 3-40 Fuel ... 3-46 Speedometer ... 3-34 Tachometer ... 3-34 Garage Door Opener ...

  • Page 431

    Ignition Positions ... 2-23 Infants and Young Children, Restraints ... 1-34 Inflation - Tire Pressure ... 5-61 Instrument Panel Overview ... 3-4 Instrument Panel (I/P) Brightness ... 3-19 Cluster ... 3-33 Jump Starting ... 5-43 Keyless Entry System ... 2-5 Keys ...

  • Page 432

    Lighting Entry/Exit ... 3-19 Parade Dimming ... 3-19 Loading Your Vehicle ... 4-33 Lockout Protection ... 2-14 Locks Delayed Locking ... 2-13 Door ... 2-11 Lockout Protection ... 2-14 Power Door ... 2-12 Programmable Automatic Door Locks ... 2-13 Rear Door Security Locks ... 2-14 Loss of Control ...

  • Page 433

    New Vehicle Break-In ... 2-22 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ... 6-13 Odometer ... 3-34 Odometer, Trip ... 3-34 Off-Road Recovery ... 4-15 Engine ... 5-17 Pressure Light ... 3-44 Oil, Engine Oil Life System ... 5-20 Older Children, Restraints ... 1-32 Online Owner Center ...

  • Page 434

    Radios ... 3-54 Care of Your CD and DVD Player ... 3-107 Care of Your CDs and DVDs ... 3-107 Radio with CD ... 3-56, 3-61 Radio with Six-Disc CD ... 3-71 Rear Seat Audio ... 3-101, 3-103 Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data Systems (RDS) ...

  • Page 435

    Safety Belt Pretensioners ... 1-32 Reminder Light ... 3-34 Safety Belts Care of ... 5-93 Driver Position ... 1-17 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly ... 1-17 Questions and Answers About Safety Belts ... 1-16 Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides ... 1-28 Rear Seat Passengers ...

  • Page 436

    Spare Tire Compact ... 5-88 Installing ... 5-76 Removing ... 5-73 Storing ... 5-82, 5-84, 5-86 Specifications, Capacities ... 5-107 Speedometer ... 3-34 Starting Your Engine ... 2-24 Steering ... 4-12 Steering Wheel Controls, Audio ... 3-105, 3-106 Steering Wheel, Tilt Wheel and Telescopic Steering Column ...

  • Page 437

    Tires (cont.) Different Size ... 5-66 If a Tire Goes Flat ... 5-71 Inflation - Tire Pressure ... 5-61 Inspection and Rotation ... 5-63 Installing the Spare Tire ... 5-76 Removing the Flat Tire ... 5-76 Removing the Spare Tire and Tools ... 5-73 Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools ...

  • Page 438

    Vehicle Control ... 4-5 Damage Warnings ... iv Loading ... 4-33 Symbols ... iv Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders ... 7-10 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ... 5-98 Service Parts Identification Label ... 5-98 Vehicle Personalization DIC ... 3-52 Ventilation Adjustment ...

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