4 INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION This manual has been prepared with the assistance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and various customer oriented documents. You are urged to read these publications carefully.
Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) for 2.4L — If Equipped NOTE: If the 8th digit of the vehicle identification number (VIN) contains a J then your vehicle is equipped with the Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) package. NOTE: There are specific instructions regarding when to change the ignition cables and spark plugs with the PZEV package.
A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS You can insert the double sided keys into the locks with either side up. The dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can be used to order duplicate keys from your dealer. Ask your dealer for these numbers and keep them in a safe place.
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped but the key cannot be removed until you obtain service. WARNING! Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is danger- ous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be injured.
SENTRY KEY — IF EQUIPPED With this system, an electronically coded ignition key sends a signal to the vehicle electronics. If the electronics recognizes the signal, the vehicle will start and continue to run. If the system does not recognize the signal the vehicle will start and run for 2 seconds then shut off.
14 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Replacement Keys NOTE: Only keys that have been programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start the vehicle. Once a Sentry Key has been programmed to a vehicle, it can not be programmed to any other vehicle.
General Information The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1. this device may not cause harmful interference 2. this device must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undes- ired operation ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM The interior lights will come on when you open any door,...
16 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Power Door Locks There is a door lock switch on each front door trim panel located to the front of the door handle. Press this switch to lock or unlock the four doors. Power Door Lock Switch If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the ignition switch, and the driver’s door is open, the doors...
Central Locking — If Equipped All vehicle doors are locked with the first turn of the key to the LOCK position. The double activation feature requires you to turn the key in the cylinder lock two times within five seconds to UNLOCK all vehicle doors at once.
18 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 3. Depress the power door lock switch to lock the doors. 4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the programming. Automatic Unlock on Exit — Only Available if Automatic Door Locks are Enabled This feature will unlock all the doors when the driver’s door is opened and the ignition switch is in the LOCK position.
WARNING! Avoid trapping anyone in the vehicle in a collision. Remember that the rear doors can only be opened from the outside when the child protection locks are engaged. NOTE: For emergency exit with the system engaged, move the lock plunger up (unlocked position), lower the window and open the door with the outside door handle.
20 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 1. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter. 2. Continue to hold the Unlock button, wait at least 4 but no longer than 10 seconds, then press the LOCK button. 3.
Panic Alarm The panic mode unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the interior lights, flashes the headlights, and sounds the horn for about 3 minutes or until the alarm is turned off. To use the Panic Alarm: Press and hold the Panic Button for at least 1 second to activate the panic alarm.
22 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE If your Remote Lock Control fails to operate from a normal distance, check for these two conditions: 1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of batteries is from one to two years 2.
2. Lock the door using either the power door lock switch, the key, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all doors. 3. The light in the instrument cluster will flash rapidly for 15 seconds. This shows that the system is arming. If the light comes on but does not flash, the system is still armed, but there is a problem in the trunk circuit.
24 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE before the switch will operate. Vehicles with manual transmissions must be at zero mph for the switch to work. With the ignition ON, the word “deck” will be displayed in place of the odometer display indicating that the trunk is open.
POWER WINDOWS The window controls on the driver’s door operate all windows. The driver’s window switch has an Auto Down feature. Press the window switch past the detent, release, and the window will go down automatically. To open the window part way, pull the window switch part way and release it when you want the window to stop.
26 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Please pay close attention to the information in this section. It tells you how to use your restraint system properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible. WARNING! In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer much greater injuries if you are not properly buck- led up.
WARNING! • Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat belts are designed to go around the large bones of your body. These are the strongest parts of your body and can take the forces of a collision the best. Wearing your belt in the wrong place could make your injuries in a collision much worse.
28 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! • A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will not protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too high on your body, possibly causing internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.
WARNING! • A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won’t be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across your abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as pos- sible and keep it snug.
30 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage In the driver and front passenger seats, the shoulder belt can be adjusted upward or downward to position the belt away from your neck. Push the lever above the webbing upward to release the anchorage, and then move it up or down to the position that serves you best.
Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System (BeltAlert) If the driver’s seat belt has not been buckled within 60 seconds of starting the vehicle and if the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h), the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will alert the driver to buckle their seat belt.
32 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Although the Enhanced Warning System NOTE: (BeltAlert) has been deactivated, the Seat Belt Warning Light will continue to illuminate while the driver’s seat belt remains unbuckled. Seat Belts and Pregnant Women We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts throughout their pregnancy.
Driver and Right Front Passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver’s airbag is mounted in the center of the steering wheel.
34 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! • Do not put anything on or around the front airbag covers or attempt to manually open them. You may damage the airbags and you could be injured be- cause the airbags are not there to protect you. These protective covers for the airbag cushions are de- signed to open only when the airbags are inflating.
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the vehicle seat belt (see section on “Child Restraint”) should be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or belt- positioning booster seats. Older children who do not use child restraints or belt- positioning booster seats should ride properly buckled up in the rear seat.
36 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • AIRBAG Readiness Light • Driver Airbag • Passenger Airbag • Steering Wheel and Column • Instrument Panel • Interconnecting Wiring • Knee Impact Bolsters The window airbag system, on vehicles so equipped, consists of the following: •...
• The airbag control module also turns on the AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition is first turned on, then turns the light off. If it detects a malfunction in any part of the system, it turns on the light either momentarily or continuously.
38 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abra- sions and/or skin reddening to the driver and right front passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The abrasions are similar to friction rope burns or those you might get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium floor.
The side impact SRS Airbags are designed to activate only in certain side collisions. When the airbag control module detects a collision requiring the window bags to inflate, it signals the inflators on the crash side of the vehicle. A quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate the window bag.
40 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Airbag Light You will want to have the airbags ready for your protec- tion in an impact. While the airbag system is designed to be maintenance free, if any of the following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the system promptly: •...
Infants and Child Restraints • Safety experts recommend that rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least one year old and weigh at least 9 kg (20 lbs). Two types of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant carriers and “convertible” child seats. •...
42 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Here are some tips on getting the most out of your child restraint: • Before buying any restraint system, make sure that it has a label certifying that it meets all applicable Safety Standards.
Children Too Large For Booster Seats Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend over the front of the seat when their back is against the seat back, should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat. •...
44 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE in adjacent rear-seating positions or if your child re- straints are not LATCH-compatible, install the restraints using the vehicle’s seat belts. Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint System We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the manufacturer when installing your child restraint.
You will first loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and on the tether strap so that you can more easily attach the hooks or connectors to the vehicle anchorages. Next attach the lower hooks or connectors over the top of the anchorage bars, pushing aside the seat cover material.
46 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE In the rear seat, you may have trouble tightening the lap/shoulder belt on the child restraint because the buckle or latch plate is too close to the belt path opening on the restraint. Disconnect the latch plate from the buckle and twist the short buckle-end belt several times to shorten it.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path for the strap between the anchor and the child seat. If your vehicle is equipped with adjustable rear head restraints, raise the head restraint and, where possible, route the tether strap under the head restraint and between the two posts.
48 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 3. Attach the tether strap hook (A) of the child restraint to the anchor (B) and remove slack in the tether strap according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instruc- tions. WARNING! An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to increased head motion and possible injury to the child.
SAFETY TIPS Exhaust Gas WARNING! Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can make you unconscious and can eventually poison you. To avoid breathing (CO) follow the safety tips below. •...
50 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Defrosters Check operation by selecting the defrost mode and place the blower control on high speed. You should be able to feel the air directed against the windshield. Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside the Vehicle Tires Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear...
CONSOLE FEATURES Console Features — Without Heated Seats The front console has two cup holders in the front and a storage bin. An optional removable ashtray may be located in the driver’s side cup holder. UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 53 The center console/armrest has a pencil /tire gage holder and a tissue holder mounted on the underside of the cover.
54 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Console Features — With Heated Seats The front console has two cup holders. An optional removable ashtray may be located in the driver’s side cup holder. The center console/armrest has a pencil /tire gage holder and a tissue holder mounted on the underside of the cover.
MIRRORS Inside Day/Night Mirror— If Equipped Adjust the mirror to center on the view through the rear window. A two point pivot system allows for horizontal and vertical mirror adjustment. Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the small control under the mirror to the night position (toward rear of vehicle).
56 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Outside Mirror — Driver’s Side Adjust the outside mirror to center on the adjacent lane of traffic, with a slight overlap of the view obtained on the inside mirror. Outside Mirror — Passenger’s Side Adjust the convex outside mirror so you can just see the side of your vehicle in the part of the mirror closest to the vehicle.
SEATS Manual Front Seat Adjustments Forward/Rearward The adjusting bar is at the front of the seats, near the floor. Pull the bar up to move the seat to the desired position. After releasing the adjusting bar, apply forward and rearward body pressure to be sure the seat is latched. UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 57 Reclining Bucket Seats The recliner control is on the side of the seat.
58 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Lumbar Support — If Equipped This feature allows you to increase or decrease the amount of lumbar support. Turn the control lever for- ward to increase and rearward to decrease the desired amount of lumbar support. Power Seats —...
Folding Rear Seat To provide additional storage area, the rear seatback can be folded forward. Pull on the loops shown in the picture to fold down either or both seatbacks. When returning the rear seat back to the upright position be sure the seat back is latched.
60 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD To open the hood, two latches must be released. First pull the hood release lever located under the left side of the instrument panel. Then lift the secondary latch located under the front edge of the hood, near the center and raise the hood.
WARNING! If the hood is not fully latched it could fly up when the vehicle is moving and block your forward vision. You could have a collision. Be sure all hood latches are fully latched before driving. LIGHTS Interior Lights The map/courtesy lights come on when a door is opened and the panel lamp dimmer switch (located on the turn signal control stalk) is in any detent except fully counter-...
62 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Daytime Mode (Daytime Brightness Feature) Rotate the dimmer control to the first detent (full-circle). This feature bright- ens the odometer and radio display when the parking lights or headlights are on during daylight conditions. Front Map/Reading Lights —...
Multi-Function Control Lever The Multi-Function lever controls the operation of the headlights, turn signals, headlight beam select switch, instrument panel light dimming, courtesy lights, passing lights, dome light and fog lights. Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel Lights Turn the end of the control lever to the first detent for parking light operation.
64 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE until the ignition switch is turned OFF or the parking brake is engaged. The headlight switch must be used for normal night time driving. Lights-on Reminder If the headlights or parking lights are on after the ignition is turned off, a chime will sound when the driver’s door is opened.
WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHERS The wipers and washers are operated by a switch in the right side control lever. Turn the end of the control lever to select the desired wiper speed. NOTE: Always remove any build-up of snow that prevents the windshield wiper blades from returning to the OFF position.
66 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Speed Sensitive Intermittent Wiper System Use the intermittent wiper when weather conditions make a single wiping cycle, with a variable pause be- tween cycles, desirable. Turn the lever to the delay position, then select the delay interval. The delay can be regulated from a maximum of approximately 18 seconds between cycles, to a cycle every 1/2 second.
TRACTION CONTROL— IF EQUIPPED To turn the Traction Control System Off, press the switch located on the top of the steering column, to the right of the hazard switch, until the Traction Control indicator in the instrument cluster lights up. To turn the Traction Control System On, press the switch until the Traction Control indicator in the instrument cluster turns off.
68 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE To Activate: Press the ON/OFF switch to turn the speed control system ON. To turn the system OFF, press the ON/OFF switch again. The system should be turned OFF when not in use. The CRUISE Indicator in the instrument cluster will light up when the Speed Control is ON.
To decrease speed while speed control is Engaged, press and hold the COAST button. Releasing the button when the desired speed is reached, will establish a new SET speed. Tapping the COAST button once will result in a 1 mph (1.6 km/h) decrease in the SET speed.
70 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Rolling Hills The transaxle may downshift into third gear and remain there as the vehicle travels over rolling hills. The trans- axle will upshift into fourth gear when the road flattens out. The transaxle will resume its normal shift schedule if you depress the accelerator pedal during any of the above conditions.
WARNING! A moving garage door can cause injury to people and pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver with a garage door opener that has a “stop and reverse”...
72 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 3. Choose one of the three Universal Transceiver buttons to program. Place the hand held controller one to three inches from the Universal Transceiver while keeping its indicator light in view. 4. Using both hands, press the hand held transmitter button and the desired Universal Transceiver button.
On garage door openers with the “Rolling Code” feature, the transmitter code changes after each use to prevent the copying of your code. To check if your device is protected by a “Rolling Code” system: • Check the owner’s manual for the device for mention of “Rolling Codes”.
74 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Canadian Programming/Gate Programming Canadian frequency laws, and the technology of some entry gates, require you to press and release the hand held transmitter button every two seconds during pro- gramming Continue to press and hold the Universal Transceiver button while you press and release the hand held trans- mitter button until the frequency signal has been learned.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 75 1. This device may not cause harmful interference. 2. This device must accept any interference that may be received including interference that may cause undesired operation. NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly ap- proved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
76 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Press and release the Vent switch to open the sunroof to the Vent position. NOTE: Open the sunshade by hand when opening the sunroof to the Vent position. Press and release the Open switch to open the sunroof and the sunshade.
Wind Buffeting Wind buffeting can be described as the perception of pressure on the ears or a helicopter type sound in the ears. Your vehicle may exhibit wind buffeting with the windows down, or the sunroof (if so equipped) in certain open or partially open positions.
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION 1. Fuel Gauge When the ignition key is in the ON position, the pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the fuel tank. 2. Traction Control — If Equipped This display indicator illuminates momentarily as a bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned ON.
86 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 5. Tachometer The red area of the scale shows the maximum permissible engine revolutions-per-minute (rpm x 1000) for each gear range. Before reaching the red area (over 6,500 rpm), ease up on the accelerator to prevent engine over speed. 6.
through several of your typical driving cycles. In most situations the vehicle will drive normally and will not require towing. The Malfunction Indicator Light flashes to alert to serious conditions that could lead to immediate loss of power or severe catalytic converter damage. The vehicle should be serviced as soon as possible if this occurs.
88 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL An optional AutoStick Gear Indicator displays the current transaxle gear when in AutoStick mode. 16. Odometer/Trip Odometer The odometer shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven. U.S. federal regulations require that upon transfer of vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the correct mileage that the vehicle has been driven.
18. Oil Pressure Light Shows low engine oil pressure. The light will come on and remain on briefly when the igni- tion is turned on as a bulb check. If the bulb does not come on during starting, have the bulb repaired promptly.
90 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL In an ABS equipped vehicle, the Brake System Warning light will come on if the ABS light is not functioning or if the ABS system is not communicating. 20. Seat Belt Reminder Light When the ignition switch is first turned ON, this light will turn on for 5 to 8 seconds as a bulb check.
Control Buttons Step Button Use this button to choose or cycle through the five trip conditions. Reset The following trip conditions can be reset: • AVG ECO (changes to present fuel economy) • ODO • ET To reset only the trip condition currently displayed, press and release the STEP and US/M buttons simultaneously until a chime sounds.
92 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Elapsed Time (ET) This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time since the last reset. Compass Temperature Display This display provides the outside temperature and one of eight compass readings to indicate the direction the vehicle is facing.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 93 When the CAL indicator goes off, the compass is cali- brated and should display correct headings. Verify proper calibration by checking North (N), South (S), East (E), and West (W). If the compass does not appear accurate, repeat the calibration procedure in another area.
94 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Outside Temperature If the outside temperature is more than 131°F (55°C), the display will show 131°F. When the outside temperature is less than 40°F ( 40°C), the display will show 40°F/C. CIGAR LIGHTER/ASHTRAY For a nominal charge your dealer can provide a “smok- er’s”...
Two Types of Signals There are two basic types of radio signals... AM or Amplitude Modulation, in which the transmitted sound causes the amplitude, or height, of the radio waves to vary... and FM or Frequency Modulation, in which the frequency of the wave is varied to carry the sound.
96 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Seek Button (Radio Mode) Press and release the Seek button to search for the next station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. Holding the button will by pass stations until you release the button.
Program Type Radio Display Soft Rhythm and Blues Soft R&B Sports Sports Talk Talk Top 40 Top 40 Weather Weather By pressing the SEEK button when the PTY icon is displayed, the radio will be tuned to the next frequency station with the same selected PTY name.
98 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AM/FM Selection Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The operating mode will be displayed next to the station frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo station is received. Scan Button Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for the next station, in either AM or FM, pausing for 5 seconds at each listenable station before continuing to the...
Seek Button Press the SEEK button up for the next selection on the tape and down to return to the beginning of the current selection. Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track number to skip forward or backward 1 to 6 selections. Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to move 2 selections, etc.
100 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Noise Reduction The Dolby Noise Reduction System* is on whenever the tape player is on, but may be switched off. To turn off the Dolby Noise reduction System: Press the Dolby button (button 2) after you insert the tape. The NR light in the display will go off when the Dolby System is off.
NOTE: • You may eject a disc with the radio OFF. The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC position to insert a disc with the radio OFF. • If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio OFF, the CD will automatically be pulled into the CD Player and the display will show the time of day.
102 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL MODE Press the MODE button to select between the tape player, CD player, or satellite radio (if equipped). To select Satellite Radio (if equipped), press the MODE button until the word SIRIUS appears. The following will be displayed in this order: After three seconds, the current channel name and number will be displayed for five seconds.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and hold the RW button for fast reverse. The audio output can be heard when fast forward and fast reverse are activated. Random Play (RND) Press the Random button to play the tracks on the selected disc in random order for an interesting change of pace.
104 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL SALES CODE RBB—AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CAPABILITY Operating Instructions NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to operate the radio.
make another selection. Holding the button will bypass stations without stopping until you release it. Tune Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or decrease the frequency. If the button is pushed and held, the radio will continue to tune until the button is released.
106 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AM/FM Selection Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The operating mode will be displayed next to the station frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo station is received in the FM mode. Mode Button Press the MODE button to select between the cassette tape player, CD changer, or the Satellite Radio (if...
Time Button Press the time button to toggle between station frequency and time of day. Pressing this button while playing a cassette tape will change the side of the tape being played. NR (Noise Reduction) Pushing the Number 2 Pre-set button when a tape is playing deactivates the Dolby Noise Reduction System*.
108 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second time or by ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may skip momentarily. Skipping will not damage the disc or the player, and play will resume automatically.
SALES CODE RBK—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CONTROLS Radio Operation Power/Volume Control Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the volume control clockwise to increase the volume. NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through the ignition switch.
110 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Bass and Treble Tone Control The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right. Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at the mid-position.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressively ap- proved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. CD Player Operation NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC position and the volume control ON before the CD player will operate.
112 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Random Play — RND/Program Button 4 Press the RND (button 4) button while the CD is playing to activate Random Play. This feature plays the tracks on the selected disc in random order to provide an interest- ing change of pace.
Random Play (RND) Press the Random button to play the tracks on the selected disc in random order for an interesting change of pace. Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second time or by ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may skip momentarily.
114 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Radio Display Messages Your radio has been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player. 6 DISC CD CHANGER — IF EQUIPPED The CD changer is located below the radio in the instrument panel.
To insert additional CDs into the changer, the instructions follow: 1. Select and press any numbered button without an illuminated light above it. 2. Insert the CD while the light above the chosen button is flashing and the two lights on either side of the slot are illuminated.
116 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: The changer will not random play between discs. Press the top of the Seek button once to move to the next randomly selected track. Press the bottom of the Seek button to go back to the beginning of the track. Press button 4 a second time to stop random play.
REMOTE SOUND SYSTEM CONTROLS — IF EQUIPPED The remote sound system controls are located on the rear surface of the steering wheel. Reach behind the wheel to access the switches. The right hand control is a rocker type switch with a push-button in the center and controls the volume and mode of the sound system.
118 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the second selection, three times, it will play the third, etc. The button in the center of the left hand switch has no function in this mode. CD Player —...
Maintain your cassette tape player. The head and capstan shaft in the cassette player can pick up dirt or tape deposits each time a cassette is played. The result of deposits on the capstan shaft may cause the tape to wrap around and become lodged in the tape transport.
120 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: If you experience difficulty in playing a particu- lar disc, it may be damaged, oversized, or have theft protection encoding. Try a known good disc before considering disc player service. You may have a problem with CD-R (recordable) and CD-RW (recordable and writable) disks.
The controls are as follows: Fan and Air Conditioning Control Use this control to regulate the amount of air forced through the sys- tem in any mode you select. The 0 Setting represents OFF and the 4 Set- ting is the greatest amount of air flow. Air Conditioning Operation To turn on the Air Conditioning, choose the direction of the air through...
122 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Mode Control The mode control allows you to choose from several patterns of air distribution. • Recirculation — Air Conditioning Recirculated interior air is cooled and sent through the instrument panel vents. Upon initial start up of the vehicle in very hot or humid weather, open windows and put in outside air modes to flush hot/humid air out.
• Floor Air is directed through the floor outlets with a lesser amount through the defrost and side window demist outlets. • Mix Air is directed through the floor, defrost and side window demist outlets. This setting works best in cold or snowy conditions that require extra heat at the windshield.
124 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Windshield and Side Window Fogging Interior fogging on the windshield can be quickly removed by using the defrost position on the mode control. Your side windows may fog on the inside in mild rainy or humid weather. To clear the windows, select the Panel-Air Conditioning mode on the Mode Control.
126 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Outside Air Intake When operating the system during the winter months, make sure the air intake, directly in front of the wind- shield, is free of ice, slush, snow or other obstructions such as leaves. Leaves collected in the air-intake plenum may reduce air flow and plug the plenum water drains.
130 STARTING AND OPERATING STARTING PROCEDURES Before starting your vehicle, adjust your seat, adjust both inside and outside mirrors, and fasten your seat belts. CAUTION! Long periods of engine idling, especially at high engine speeds can cause excessive exhaust tempera- tures which can damage your vehicle.
WARNING! Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start the vehicle. This could result in flash fire causing serious personal injury. STARTING AND OPERATING 131 CAUTION! Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it started.
132 STARTING AND OPERATING If Engine Fails to Start If the engine fails to start after you have followed the “NORMAL STARTING” WEATHER” procedures, it may be flooded. Push the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there while cranking the engine.
WARNING! Remember to disconnect the cord before driving. Damage to the 110-115 volt AC electrical cord could cause electrocution. Use the heater when temperatures below 0°F (-18°C) are expected to last for several days. AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE Brake/Transmission Interlock This interlock system prevents you from moving the gear selector out of the Park position unless the brake pedal is pressed.
134 STARTING AND OPERATING CAUTION! Damage to the transaxle may occur if the following precautions are not observed: • Shift into PARK only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop. • Shift into or out of REVERSE only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop and the engine is at idle speed.
Four Speed Automatic Transaxle The electronically controlled transaxle provides a precise shift schedule. The transaxle electronics are self calibrat- ing; therefore, the first few shifts on a new vehicle may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal condition, and preci- sion shifts will develop within a few shift cycles.
136 STARTING AND OPERATING WARNING! Your vehicle could move and injure you and others if it is not completely in P (Park). Check by trying to move the gearshift lever back and forth without depressing the shift button after you have set it in P. Make sure it is in Park before leaving the vehicle.
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle under heavy operating conditions will improve perfor- mance, fuel economy, and extend transaxle life by reduc- ing excessive shifting and heat build up. Use the “3” range when descending steep grades to prevent brake system distress.
138 STARTING AND OPERATING NOTE: During cold weather, until the transaxle lubri- cant has warmed, you may have difficulty shifting. This is normal and not harmful to the transaxle. Recommended Shift Speeds To use your manual transaxle for both fuel economy and performance, it should be upshifted as listed.
PARKING BRAKE When the parking brake is applied with the ignition on, the brake light in the instrument cluster will come on. NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is on. It does not show the degree of brake application. STARTING AND OPERATING 139 Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parking brake is set.
140 STARTING AND OPERATING WARNING! • Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dan- gerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be injured. Children should be warned not to touch the parking brake or the gear selector. Don’t leave the keys in the ignition.
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) — If Equipped The ABS gives increased vehicle stability and brake performance under most braking conditions. The system automatically “pumps” the brakes during severe braking conditions to prevent wheel lock-up. All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same size and tires must be properly inflated to produce accurate signals for the ABS computer.
142 STARTING AND OPERATING POWER STEERING The power assisted steering system of your vehicle provides mechanical steering capability in the event power assist is lost. If for some reason the hydraulic pressure is interrupted, it will still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these conditions you will observe a substantial increase in steering effort.
TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION Tire Markings NOTE: • P(Passenger)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S. design standards. P-Metric tires have the letter “P” molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Ex- ample: P215/65R15 95H. STARTING AND OPERATING 143 • European Metric tire sizing is based on European design standards.
144 STARTING AND OPERATING Tire Sizing Chart Size Designation: P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards ...blank... = Passenger car tire based on European design standards LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards T = Temporary Spare tire 31 = Overall Diameter in Inches (in) 215 = Section Width in Milimeters (mm)
Service Description: 95 = Load Index —A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry. H = Speed Symbol —A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding to its load index under certain operating conditions. —The maximum speed corresponding to the Speed Symbol should only be achieved un- der specified operating conditions.
146 STARTING AND OPERATING Tire Identification Number (TIN) The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire however the date code may only be on one side. Tires with white sidewalls will have the full TIN including date code located on the white sidewall side of the tire.
Tire Loading and Tire Pressure Tire Placard Location NOTE: Some vehicles have a “Tire and Loading Infor- mation” placard located on the driver’s side “B” pillar. STARTING AND OPERATING 147 Tire and Loading Information Placard This placard tells you important information about the, 1) number of people that can be carried in the vehicle 2) the total weight your vehicle can carry 3) the tire size designed for your vehicle...
148 STARTING AND OPERATING adhere to the loading conditions, tire size and cold tire inflation pressures specified on the Tire and Loading Information placard and the Vehicle Loading section of this manual. NOTE: Under a maximum loaded vehicle condition, gross axle weight ratings (GAWR’s) for the front and rear axles must not be exceeded.
150 STARTING AND OPERATING WARNING! Overloading of your tire is dangerous. Overloading can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never overload them. TIRES—GENERAL INFORMATION Tire Pressure Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and satisfactory operation of your vehicle.
2. Economy— Improper inflation pressures can cause uneven wear patterns to develop across the tire tread. These abnormal wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for earlier tire replacement. Underinflation also increases tire rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consumption. 3.
152 STARTING AND OPERATING CAUTION! After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure al- ways reinstall the valve stem cap–if equipped. This will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the valve stem, which could damage the valve stem. Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always “cold tire inflation pressure”.
WARNING! High speed driving with your vehicle under maxi- mum load is dangerous. The added strain on your tires could cause them to fail. You could have a serious accident. Don’t drive a vehicle loaded to the maximum capacity at continuous speeds above 75 mph (120 km/h).
154 STARTING AND OPERATING Do not install a wheel cover or attempt to mount a conventional tire on the compact spare wheel, since the wheel is designed specifically for the compact spare. Do not install more than one compact spare tire/wheel on the vehicle at any given time.
Tread Wear Indicators Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires to help you in determining when your tires should be replaced. These indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread grooves and will appear as bands when the tread depth becomes 1/16 inch (2 mm).
156 STARTING AND OPERATING WARNING! • Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that specified for your vehicle. Some combina- tions of unapproved tires and wheels may change suspension dimensions and performance charac- teristics, resulting in changes to steering, han- dling, and braking of your vehicle.
TIRE CHAINS Due to limited clearance, tire chains are not recom- mended. CAUTION! Damage to the vehicle may result if tire chains are used. SNOW TIRES Some areas of the country require the use of snow tires during winter. Standard tires are of the all season type and satisfy this requirement as indicated by the M+S designation on the tire side wall.
158 STARTING AND OPERATING Follow the recommended tire rotation frequency for your type of driving found in the “Maintenance Schedules” Section of this manual. More frequent rotation is permis- sible if desired. The suggested rotation method is the “forward-cross” shown in the diagram. AUTOSTICK —...
You can shift in or out of the autostick mode at any time without taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. If you choose the Overdrive mode, the transaxle will operate automatically; shifting between the four available gears. When you wish to engage autostick, simply move the autostick lever to the AUTOSTICK position.
160 STARTING AND OPERATING • If the system detects a problem it will disable the Autostick mode and the transaxle will return to the automatic mode until the problem is corrected. FUEL REQUIREMENTS Your vehicle is designed to meet all emis- sion regulations and provide excellent fuel economy when using high quality regular unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of...
CAUTION! DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of these blends may result in starting and driveability problems and may damage critical fuel system com- ponents. Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline blends are not the responsibility of the manufacturer and may not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
162 STARTING AND OPERATING Malfunction Indicator Light to illuminate. The manufac- turer recommends that you try a different brand of unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if the problem is fuel related prior to returning your vehicle to an authorized dealer for service. CAUTION! If the Malfunction Indicator Light is flashing, imme- diate service is required.
NOTE: Tighten the gas cap until you hear a “clicking” sound. This is an indication that the gas cap is properly tightened. The Malfunction Indicator Light will come on if the gas cap is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas cap is tightened each time the vehicle is refueled.
• The “D” range can be selected when towing. However, if frquent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3” range must be selected. NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle under heavy operating conditions will improve perfor- mance and extend tranaxle life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up.
166 STARTING AND OPERATING FLEXIBLE FUEL – (2.7L Engines with Automatic Transmission Only) E-85 General Information The information in this section is for Flexible Fuel ve- hicles only. These vehicles can be identified by the unique fuel filler door label that states Ethanol (E-85) or Un- leaded Gasoline Only.
• you operate the vehicle immediately after refueling for a period of at least 5 minutes Observing these precautions will avoid possible hard starting and/or significant deterioration in drivability during warm up. NOTE: When the ambient temperature is above 90°F (32°C), you may experience hard starting and rough idle following start up even if the above recommendations are followed.
168 STARTING AND OPERATING • Engine Oil Selection for Operating on E-85 If you operate the vehicle on E-85 fuel, either full or part-time, use only Mopar Flexible Fuel 5W-30 engine oil (P/N 4318086) or an equivalent that meets the Manufacturer’s Standard MS-9214.
Replacement Parts Many components in your Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) are designed to be compatible with ethanol. Always be sure that your vehicle is serviced with correct ethanol com- patible parts. CAUTION! Replacing fuel system components with non-ethanol compatible components can damage your vehicle and may void the warranty.
172 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES HAZARD WARNING FLASHER The flasher switch is on top of the steering column, just behind the steering wheel. Depress the switch and both cluster indicators and all front and rear direc- tional signals will flash. Depress the switch again to turn Hazard Warning Flashers off.
the fan control to High. This allows the heater core to act as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat from the engine cooling system. CAUTION! Driving with a hot cooling system could damage your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “H”, pull over and stop the vehicle.
174 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES JACKING AND TIRE CHANGING WARNING! • Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You could be crushed. Never get any part of your body under a vehicle that is on a jack.
176 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 3. Before raising the vehicle, use lug wrench to carefully pry off wheel cover (if equipped with steel wheels) or center cap (if equipped with aluminum wheels). Loosen, but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning them counterclockwise one turn while the wheel is still on the ground.
178 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES WARNING! Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make the vehicle less stable. It could slip off the jack and hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough to remove the tire. 6. Remove lug nuts and tire. 7.
JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY WARNING! • Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it started. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle cannot be started this way. Unburned fuel could enter the catalytic converter and once the engine has started, ignite and damage the converter and vehicle.
180 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES WARNING! Do not permit vehicles to touch each other as this could establish a ground connection and person injury could result. 5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative terminal of the booster battery and then to the jump start attach- ment of the vehicle with the discharged battery.
WARNING! Any procedure other than above could result in: 1. Personal injury caused by electrolyte squirting out the battery vent; 2. Personal injury or property damage due to battery explosion; 3. Damage to charging system of booster vehicle or of immobilized vehicle. WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 181 WARNING! Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution;...
182 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES Acceleration Rapid acceleration on snow covered, wet, or other slip- pery surfaces may cause the front wheels to pull errati- cally to the right or left. This phenomenon occurs when there is a difference in the surface traction under the front (driving) wheels, particularly with high output engines.
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn the system off before attempting to “rock” the vehicle. If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, sand or snow, it can often be moved by a rocking motion. Turn your steering wheel right and left to clear the area around the front wheels.
184 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES TOWING THIS VEHICLE BEHIND ANOTHER VEHICLE (Flat towing with all four wheels on the ground) Automatic Transaxle Your vehicle may be towed under the following condi- tions: The gear selector must be in NEUTRAL, the distance to be towed must not exceed 15 miles (25 km), and the towing speed must not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h).
ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM — OBD II Your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated onboard diagnostic system called OBD II. This system monitors the performance of the emissions, engine, and automatic transmission control systems. When these systems are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emis- sions well within current government regulations.
190 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system. Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration. For states which have an I/M (Inspection and Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies the following: the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) is functioning and is not on when the engine is running,...
If your OBD system is not ready, you should see your authorized dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was recently serviced or had a battery failure or replacement, you may need to do nothing more than drive your vehicle as you normally would in order for your OBD system to update.
192 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! You can be badly injured working on or around a motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which you have the knowledge and the proper equipment. If you have any doubt about your ability to perform a service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
CAUTION! Overfilling or underfilling will cause aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine. Change Engine Oil Road conditions and your kind of driving affects the interval at which your oil should be changed. Check the following list to decide if any apply to you. •...
194 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months whichever comes first. Engine Oil Selection For best performance and maximum protection under all types of operating conditions,we recommend engine oils that are API Certified and meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395.
may be labeled as Flexible Fuel (FFV) or Alternate Fuel (AFV). These engine oils may be satisfactory if they meet the manufacturer’s standard. CAUTION! If Flexible Fuel engine oil is not used when using E-85, engine wear may be increased significantly. This may void your warranty.
196 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tension At the mileage shown in the maintenance schedules, check all drive belts for condition and proper tension. Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure. Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage which could result in belt failure.
Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the catalyst as an emission control device. Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic con- verter will not require maintenance. However, it is im- portant to keep the engine properly serviced to assure proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst damage.
198 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires disconnected for prolonged period. Engine Timing Belt Replace the engine timing belt (2.4L Only) at the intervals described in the appropriate maintenance schedule. Crankcase Emission Control System Proper operation of this system depends on freedom from sticking or plugging due to deposits.
WARNING! Battery posts, terminals and related accessories con- tain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling. Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution and can burn or even blind you. Don’t allow battery fluid to contact your eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t lean over a battery when attaching clamps.
200 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing air conditioning performance. WARNING! The air conditioning system contains refrigerant under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury or damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be done by an experienced repairman.
Fluid level should be maintained at the proper level indicated on the side of the reservoir. If necessary, add fluid to restore the proper indicated level. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all surfaces. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.
202 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be ap- plied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas. External Lock Cylinders Lubricate the external lock cylinders twice a year, prefer- ably in the fall and spring. Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as Mopar Lock Cylinder Lubricant di- rectly into the lock cylinder (avoid excess lubricant).
Windshield Wiper Blades Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a mild non abrasive cleaner. This will remove accumula- tions of salt or road film. Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods may cause deterioration of the wiper blades.
204 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! Commercially available windshield washer solvents are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care must be exercised when filling or working around the washer solution. Exhaust System The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust system.
Cooling System Inspection WARNING! • When working near the radiator cooling fan, dis- connect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition key to the OFF position. The fan is controlled by both the temperature of the engine cooling system and the pressure in the air conditioning system and can start at any time the ignition key is in the ON position.
206 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Cooling System — Drain, Flush and Refill At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules, the system should be drained, flushed and refilled. The first change should not be required until 5 years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km), whichever comes first. The coolant should be flushed and changed every two years or 36,000 miles (57,600 km) thereafter.
Coolant Pressure Cap The cap must be fully tightened to prevent loss of coolant, and to insure that coolant will return to the radiator from the coolant reserve tank. The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.
208 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE over time. This is normal. If the coolant level is hard to see, jostling the coolant bottle will make it easier to see. There is no need to remove the radiator cap unless checking for coolant freeze point, adding, or replacing coolant.
ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may result in unsatisfactory cooling performance, poor gas mileage, and increased emissions. Hoses and Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots, brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rub- ber.
210 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks are present. Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or collapsed. NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are used during assembly plant opera- tions to ease the assembly of hoses to couplings.
Use only manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. WARNING! Use of a brake fluid that has a lower initial boiling point than MOPAR DOT 3 Brake Fluid or that is unidentified as to DOT FMVSS specification may result in sudden brake failure during hard or pro- longed braking.
212 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Selection of Lubricant It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the transmission to assure optimum transmission perfor- mance. Use only manufacturers recommended transmis- sion fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. It is important that the transmission fluid be maintained at the prescribed level using the recommended fluid.
• If the fluid is hot (180°F / 82°C), the reading should be in the cross hatched area marked ”HOT” (between the upper two holes in the dipstick). • If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmis- sion fluid to bring to the proper level. CAUTION! Do not overfill.
214 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Manual Transaxle Use only the manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid for the manual transaxle, NV-T350 or NV-T850, in your vehicle. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for correct fluid type. If it becomes necessary to top off or replace completely, this fluid should be used.
The following maintenance recommendations will enable you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion resistance built into your vehicle. What Causes Corrosion? Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of paint and protective coatings from your vehicle. The most common causes are: •...
216 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner. • Use Mopar touch up paint on scratches or chips as soon as possible.
Do not use cleaners, conditioners and protectants con- taining silicon or bleach as these may cause gloss level increases and/or discoloration. You should not increase the gloss level, especially on top of the instrument panel top surface. Higher gloss levels will increase the reflectivity in the windshield that could decrease visibility under bright light driving conditions.
218 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore different lens cleaning procedures must be followed. To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution fol- lowed by rinsing.
FUSES Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center) MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 219 A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine compartment; near the air cleaner. This information applies to vehicles built without the fuse and relay numbering embossed on the Power Distribution Center Top Cover. Interior Fuses The fuse access panel is behind the end cover at the left side of the instrument panel.
220 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Cavity Fuse Circuit 30 Amp Green Blower Motor 10 Amp Red Right High Beam Headlight, High Beam Indicator 10 Amp Red Left High Beam Headlight 15 Amp Blue Power Door Lock Switch Illu- mination, Transmission Range Switch, Daytime Run- ning Light Module (Canada), Power Windows, Anti-lock Brake System Module...
CAUTION! When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a properly rated fuse continues to blow, it shows a problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
222 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE BULB REPLACEMENT Headlight Bulb Replacement 1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight mount- ing screws. 2. Remove the push-in fasteners by prying under the head of the fasteners with a flat bladed tool.
3. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the fender as shown in the picture. This will free the ball stud from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assem- bly away from the vehicle. 4. Turn the retaining ring counterclockwise and remove the bulb and socket assembly.
224 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 7. Reinsert the bulb and socket assembly and turn the retaining ring clockwise to secure the bulb. 8. Reinstall the headlight assembly. Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb Replacement 1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight assem- bly mounting screws.
Fog Light Bulb Replacement 1. Remove the screw securing the light assembly to the front fascia. 2. Pull the light assembly away from the vehicle to expose the bulb and socket assembly. 3. Disconnect the wiring connector from the bulb and socket assembly.
226 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Center Stoplight Bulb Replacement 1. Open the trunk. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the housing. 2. Pull the bulb out of the socket, replace the bulb and reinstall the bulb and socket assembly. Rear Light Bulb Replacement 1.
License Plate Bulb Replacement 1. Locate both small slots on the outboard side of the license lamp. Using a small screwdriver, remove the entire housing. 2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the housing. Pull the bulb out of the socket. Replace the bulb and snap it back into place on the housing of the chrome appliqué.
232 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold type must be done at the times or mileages specified to assure the continued proper functioning of the emission control system. These, and all other maintenance services included in this manual, should be done to provide best vehicle performance and reliability.
NOTE: There are specific instructions regarding when to change the ignition cables and spark plugs with the PZEV package in this section. This applies to both maintenance schedule A and B and will be marked with an ** or ***. MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES There are two maintenance schedules that show the required service for your vehicle.
234 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES Use the schedule that best describes your driving condi- tions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the interval that occurs first. NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Once a Month • Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage. • Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals as required. • Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake master cylinder, and transaxle and add as needed. •...
236 SCHEDULE “B” SCHEDULE “B” Follow schedule “B” if you usually operate your vehicle under one or more of the following conditions. Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 60,000 miles (96 000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated under one or more of the conditions marked with an •...
Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. 3,000 6,000 9,000 12,000 (5 000) (10 000) (14 000) (19 000) SCHEDULE “B”...
238 SCHEDULE “B” Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if re- quired.* Replace the air cleaner filter. Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired.
Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. 39,000 42,000 45,000 48,000 (62 000) (67 000) (72 000) (77 000) SCHEDULE “B”...
240 SCHEDULE “B” Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired.
Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired.
242 SCHEDULE “B” Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter en- gine. *** Replace the ignition cables on the 2.4 liter en- gine.
Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter en- gine. ** Replace the ignition cables on the 2.4 liter en- gine.
244 SCHEDULE “B” Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter engine. ** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes.
246 SCHEDULE “A” SCHEDULE “A” Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired.
248 SCHEDULE “A” Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if re- quired.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, ro- tors, rear drums and shoes. Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve.
250 SCHEDULE “A” Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve.
252 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR YOUR VEHICLE Prepare For The Appointment If you’re having warranty work done, be sure to have the right papers with you. Take your warranty folder. All work to be performed may not be covered by the warranty, discuss additional charges with the service manager.
This is why you should always talk to your dealer’s service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with this process. • If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the general manager or owner of the dealership. They want to know if you need assistance.
254 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Service Contract You may have purchased a service contract for your vehicle to help protect you from the high cost of unex- pected repairs after your manufacturer’s new vehicle limited warranty expires. The manufacturer stands be- hind only the manufacturer’s Service Contracts.
256 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE MOPAR PARTS Mopar fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are available from your dealer. They will help you keep your vehicle operating at its best. REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS In the 50 United States and Washington D.C.: If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra-...
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258 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADES The following describes the tire grading categories estab- lished by the National highway Traffic Safety Adminis- tration. The specific grade rating assigned by the tire’s manufacturer in each category is shown on the sidewall of the tires on your car.
Temperature Grades The temperature grades are A (highest), B, and C, repre- senting the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure.