Dodge 2004 Intrepid Owner's Manual

Dodge 2004 intrepid automobile owner's manual.
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    CONTENTS Introduction ......4 How To Use This Manual ....4 INTRODUCTION Warnings And Cautions .

  • Page 4: Introduction, How To Use This Manual

    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.

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  • Page 6: Warnings And Cautions, Vehicle Identification Number

    This number also ap- pears on the Automobile Information Disclosure Label affixed to a window on your vehicle. Save this label as a convenient record of your vehicle identification number...

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents, Things To Know Before Starting Your Vehicle

    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS A Word About Your Keys ....9 Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer— If Equipped . . 9 Ignition Key Removal .

  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    8 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE To Program Additional Transmitters ..20 Transmitter Linked To Memory Programming . .21 General Information ....22 Transmitter Battery Service .

  • Page 9: Things To Know Before Starting Your Vehicle 7, A Word About Your Keys

    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 or a locksmith.

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    10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE If the Sentry Key Immobilizer System indicator light comes on during normal vehicle operation (it has been running for longer than 10 seconds) a fault has been detected in the electronics and the vehicle should be serviced as soon as possible.

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    At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided with a four digit PIN number. This number is required for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle electronics.

  • Page 12: Ignition Key Removal, Key-in-ignition Reminder

    12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 2. this device must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undes- ired operation Ignition Key Removal Place the shift lever in Park and make sure that the shift knob push-button (vehicles with floor shift) is in the out position.

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    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 13 Floor Shift Ignition Interlock System — If Equipped This system prevents the key from being removed unless the shift lever is in PARK and the shift knob push button is out. It also prevents shifting out of PARK unless the key is in the OFF or RUN positions.

  • Page 14: Glove Compartment Lock, Illuminated Entry System — If Equipped, Door Locks, Power Door Locks

    14 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE GLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK The glove box lock has been designed so that the key can be inserted only about half way. Do not force the key past this point. ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED The interior lights will come on when you unlock the vehicle with the remote keyless entry (if so equipped) or central unlock (if so equipped).

  • Page 15: Central Locking Feature — If Equipped

    If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the ignition switch, with the ignition switch in the ACC, LOCK, or OFF position, and the driver’s door is open, the doors will not lock. A chime will sound as a reminder to remove the keys.

  • Page 16: Child-protection" Lock System (rear Doors), Automatic (rolling) Door Locks

    16 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE “Child-Protection” Lock System (Rear Doors) To provide a safer environment for small children riding in the rear seat, the rear doors of your vehicle have the “child-protection” door lock system. To use the system, open each rear door and use a key to move the control near the door latch UP to the “Engage”...

  • Page 17: Automatic Unlock On Exit (only Available If Automatic Door Locks Enabled)

    3. vehicle speed is above 15 m.p.h. (24 km/h), 4. the accelerator pedal is depressed. The Automatic Door Locks can be disabled or re-enabled by performing the same following procedure: 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2.

  • Page 18: Remote Keyless Entry, To Unlock The Doors

    18 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2. Cycle the ignition switch between ON/RUN and OFF 4 times ending up in the OFF position. 3. Depress the power door unlock switch to unlock the doors.

  • Page 19: Enable/disable Lamp Flash, To Lock The Doors, Enable/disable Horn Chirp, To Unlock The Trunk

    Enable/Disable Lamp Flash: The Lamp Flash can be enabled or disabled by perform- ing the following procedure: 1. Press and hold the Lock button on the transmitter. 2. Continue to hold the Lock button, wait at least 4 but no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Trunk button. 3.

  • Page 20: To Use The Panic Alarm, To Program Additional Transmitters

    20 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE To Use The Panic Alarm: Press and hold the Panic button to activate the alarm. Press and hold the Panic button or unlock the door with the key to deactivate the alarm. The alarm will also shut itself off after 3 minutes or when vehicle speed reaches 15 m.p.h.

  • Page 21: Transmitter Linked To Memory Programming

    will hear a chime after each transmitter has been success- fully programmed. You will have 30 seconds to finish programming all new transmitters. A chime will sound when the 30 seconds is over or the ignition switch is turned to the Lock position. Transmitter Linked to Memory Programming Your remote transmitters can be programmed to return the driver’s seat, mirrors, and radio presets to the saved...

  • Page 22: General Information, Transmitter Battery Service

    22 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE General Information This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15 and with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference and (2) This device must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

  • Page 23: Security Alarm System— If Equipped, To Set The Alarm

    SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM— IF EQUIPPED The system monitors the doors, trunk key cylinder, and ignition for unauthorized operation. If something triggers the alarm, the system will signal for up to 18 minutes. For the first 3 minutes the horn will sound and the headlights, park and tail lights and the SET light will flash.

  • Page 24: To Disarm The System, Security System Manual Override

    24 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 3. The SET light on the top of the instrument panel will flash rapidly for 16 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.

  • Page 25: Power Windows, Remote Trunk Lid Release

    POWER WINDOWS Window controls on the driver’s door control all door 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. Press the switch a second time in either direction to stop the window.

  • Page 26: Trunk Safety Warning, Trunk Emergency Release, Occupant Restraints

    26 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE TRUNK SAFETY WARNING WARNING! Do not allow children to have access to the trunk, either by climbing into the trunk from outside, or through the inside of the vehicle. Always close the trunk lid when your vehicle is unattended.

  • Page 27: Lap/shoulder Belts

    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.

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    28 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 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.

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    2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of your seat. Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch plate up the webbing as far as necessary to allow the belt go around your lap. 3.

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    30 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up a bit on the shoulder belt, as shown. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt.

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    WARNING! A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision and leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt system periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing, etc.).

  • Page 32: Seat Belts And Pregnant Women, Seat Belt Extender

    32 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Seat Belts and Pregnant Women We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is the best way to keep the baby safe. Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.

  • Page 33: Restraint System (srs) - Airbag

    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 front airbag is mounted in the center of the steering wheel.

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    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 because the airbags are not there to protect you. These protective covers are designed to open only when the airbags are inflated.

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    be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or belt- positioning booster seats appropriate for the size and age of the child. Older children who do not use child restraints or belt- positioning booster seats should ride properly buckled up in the rear seat.

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    36 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Airbag System Components The airbag system consists of the following: ACM (Airbag Control Module) AIRBAG Readiness Light Driver and Passenger Front Airbags Optional Driver and Passenger Side Airbags. Steering Wheel and Column Instrument Panel Interconnecting Wiring Crash Sensors...

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    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. WARNING! Ignoring the AIRBAG light in your instrument panel could mean you won’t have the airbags to protect you in a collision.

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    38 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE floor. They are not caused by contact with chemicals. They are not permanent and normally heal quickly. However, if you haven’t healed significantly within a few days, or if you have any blistering, see your doctor immediately.

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    The side impact airbag control module monitors the readiness of the electronic parts of the system when- ever the ignition switch is in the “START” or “RUN” positions. These include all of the items listed above except for the AIRBAG light (which is controlled by the frontal airbag system).

  • Page 40: Child Restraint

    40 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Airbag Light You will want to have the airbags ready for your protection 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 immediately.

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    Infants and Child Restraints Safety experts recommend rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Two types of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant carriers and “convertible” child seats. The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the vehicle.

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    42 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Standards. We also recommend that you try a child restraint in the vehicle seats where you will use it before you buy it. The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for weight and height limits.

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    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 seatback, should use the lap/shoulder belt in the rear seat.

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    44 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint System We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all child restraint systems will be installed as described here. Again, carefully follow the installation instructions that were provided with the child restraint system.

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    the anchorage, being careful to route the tether strap to provide the most direct path between the anchor and the child restraint. If your vehicle is equipped with adjust- able rear head restraints, raise the head restraint and, where possible, route the tether strap under the head restraint and between the two posts.

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    46 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE plate into the buckle again. If you still can’t make the child restraint secure, try a different seating position. To attach a child restraint tether strap: 1. Lift the cover over the anchor directly behind the seat where you are placing the child restraint.

  • Page 47: Engine Break-in Recommendations, Safety Tips, Exhaust Gas

    Pets should be restrained in the rear seat in pet harnesses or pet carriers that are secured by seat belts. ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long break-in period. Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km). After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55 mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable.

  • Page 48: The Vehicle

    48 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close the trunk while driving. However, if for some reason it must remain open, close all windows. Adjust the heating or cooling system to force outside air into the vehicle.

  • Page 49: Understanding The Features Of Your Vehicle

    UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS Cup Holders ......52 Front Seat Cupholders ....52 Coat Hook .

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    50 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Exterior Lights ......62 Headlights And Parking Lights ... .62 Lights-On Reminder .

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    Power Sun Roof — If Equipped ... .76 Wind Buffeting ......77 Sun Roof Maintenance .

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    52 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CUP HOLDERS Front Seat Cupholders The cupholders for the 50/50 bench seat are located in the arm rest. raise the arm rest cover and fold the cupholders forward. The molded cupholders for the bucket seat are located in the forward edge of the center console.

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    MIRRORS Adjusting The Inside Day/Night Mirror 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).

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    54 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Electric Remote Control Mirrors Press the L or R button located on the driver’s door panel for Left or Right mirror selection. Tilt the mirror control up or down, or side to side to adjust the view in the mirror.

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    Illuminated Vanity Mirrors — If Equipped An illuminated vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the mirror cover upward. The lamps turn on automatically. Closing the mirror cover turns off the lamps. SEATS Manual Seat Adjustment WARNING!

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    56 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Power Seats — If Equipped The power seat switch is on the outboard side of the driver’s seat near the floor. Use this switch to move the seat up or down, forward or rearward, or to tilt the seat. The passenger’s seat will move forward or rearward.

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    WARNING! Do not ride with the seatback reclined so that the shoulder belt is no longer resting against your chest. In a collision you could slide under the seat belt and be seriously or even fatally injured. Use the recliner only when the vehicle is parked.

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    58 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE The head restraints have a locking button which must be pushed in to lower the head restraint. The restraints may be raised without pushing in the button. Folding Rear Seats — If Equipped To provide additional storage area, the rear seatbacks can be folded forward.

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    WARNING! The cargo area in the rear of the vehicle (with the rear seatbacks in the locked-up or folded down position) should not be used as a play area by children when the vehicle is in motion. They could be seriously injured in an accident. Children should be seated and using the proper restraint system.

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    60 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Then lift up on the catch located under the front edge of the hood, near the center. To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to close it. Use a firm downward push at the center of the hood to ensure that both latches engage.

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    NOTE: The Battery Saver Feature will not turn these lights off if a switch was used to turn them on. Instrument Panel Lighting The brightness of the instrument panel lighting can be regulated by rotating the dimmer switch. Daytime Brightness Feature Certain instrument panel components can be illuminated at full brightness during the daytime.

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    62 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE EXTERIOR LIGHTS Headlights And Parking Lights When the headlight switch is turned clockwise from Off to the first position, the parking lights, taillights, side marker lights, license plate light and instrument panel lights are all turned on. The headlights turn on when the switch is turned to the second position.

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    To activate the delay, turn off the ignition while the headlights are still on. Then turn off the headlights within 45 seconds. The delay interval begins when the ignition is turned off. If the headlights are turned off before the ignition, they will go off in the normal manner.

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    64 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Turn Signals The arrows on each side of the instrument cluster flash to show operation of the front and rear turn signal lights. If either light flashes at an extremely fast rate, check for a defective outside light bulb.

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    WARNING! Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield could lead to an accident. You might not see other vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of the windshield during freezing weather, warm the windshield with the defroster before and during windshield washer use.

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    66 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! Tilting the steering column while the vehicle is moving is dangerous. Without a stable steering col- umn, you could lose control of the vehicle and have an accident. Adjust the column only while the ve- hicle is stopped.

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    ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL This device can be engaged to take over the accelerator operation at speeds between 30 mph (48 km/h) and 85 mph (137 km/h). The controls are mounted on the steering wheel. To Activate: Push the ON/OFF button to turn the system ON. The CRUISE light in the instrument cluster will illuminate when the system is ON.

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    68 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE To Set At A Desired Speed: When the vehicle has reached the desired speed, and the system is activated, press and release the SET button. Release the accelerator and the vehicle will operate at the selected speed.

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    WARNING! Speed Control can be dangerous where the system can’t maintain a constant speed. Your vehicle could go too fast for the conditions, and you could lose control. An accident could be the result. Don’t use Speed Control in heavy traffic or on roads that are winding, icy, snow-covered, or slippery.

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    70 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE OVERHEAD CONSOLE The overhead console contains dome/reading lights, an optional universal garage door opener (HomeLink ), an optional sunroof switch, and an optional Overhead Travel Information System (OTIS). Dome/Reading Lights Located in the overhead console are two dome/reading lights.

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    additional information 1–800–355–3515, UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 71 HomeLink , call internet 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”...

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    72 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a danger- ous gas. Do not run the vehicle’s exhaust while training the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause seri- ous injury or death. WARNING! Your motorized door or gate will open and close while you are training the universal transceiver.

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    NOTE: Some entry gates and garage door openers may require you to replace step 4 with the procedures listed under Canadian Programming. 5. The indicator light in the Universal Transceiver will begin to flash, first slowly and then rapidly. The rapid flashing indicates successful programming.

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    74 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 1. Locate the training button on the garage door motor head unit. The exact location and color of the button may vary by garage door opener manufacturer. If you have difficulty in locating the training button, check your garage door opener manual, or call 1-800-355-3515 or, on the Internet, at

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    Reprogramming A Single Button 1. Press and hold the Universal Transceiver button to be reprogrammed. Do not release until step 4 has been completed. 2. When the indicator light begins to flash slowly (after 20 seconds) position the hand held transmitter 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 cm) away from the button to be trained.

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    76 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE POWER SUN ROOF — IF EQUIPPED The sun roof controls are located on the overhead con- sole. To Open the sunroof from the Closed position, press and release the OPEN button. The sunroof will open fully, then stop automatically.

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    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.

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    78 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE US/M Button Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric measurement units. RESET Button Use this button to reset the following displays to zero: Average Fuel Economy Trip Odometer Elapsed time. Global Reset If the RESET button is pressed twice within 3 seconds while in any of the 3 resetable displays, the Global Reset...

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    Compass/Temperature Display This display provides the outside temperature and one of eight compass readings to indicate the direction the vehicle is facing. Automatic Compass Calibration The self calibrating feature of the compass eliminates the need to calibrate the compass for normal conditions. During a short initial period, the compass may appear erratic and the CAL symbol will appear on the display.

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    80 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Variance is the difference between magnetic North and geographic North. For proper compass function, the correct variance zone must be set. Refer to the variance map for the correct variance zone. To check the variance zone, the ignition must be on and the compass/ temperature displayed.

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    Outside Temperature Because engine temperature can increase the displayed temperature, temperature readings are slowly updated when vehicle speed is below 20 MPH (30 km/h). ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLET Your vehicle may be equipped with a power outlet. This is located in the center of the instrument panel if your vehicle has bench or split bench seats.

  • Page 83: Understanding Your Instrument Panel

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL CONTENTS Instruments And Controls ....86 Instrument Cluster ..... .87 Instrument Cluster Description .

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    84 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Tape Eject ......97 Scan Button ......97 Changing Tape Direction .

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    Radio Display Messages ....105 Sales Code RBK—AM/ FM Stereo Radio With CD Player And CD Changer Controls . . . 105 Radio Operation ..... . 105 CD Player Operation .

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    88 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION 1. Fuel Gauge When the ignition is in the ON position, the pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the tank. 2. Low Fuel Warning Light When the fuel level drops to about 2 gallons (8 liters), the Low Fuel symbol will light and re- main lit until fuel is added.

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    7. Turn Signal Indicators The arrow will flash in unison with the exterior turn signal, when using the turn signal lever. 8. High Beam Indicator This light shows that the headlights are on high beam. Pull the turn signal lever towards the steering wheel to switch the headlights from high or low beam.

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    90 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL If the pointer rises to the “H” mark, stop the vehicle and turn off the engine until the problem is corrected. CAUTION! Continuing to drive with an overheated engine cool- ing system can cause damage to the engine or other components.

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    have it replaced. If the light stays on, or comes on while driving, have the system checked by an autho- rized dealer. 19. Odometer/Trip 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.

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    92 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL If the ABS light is on, the brake system should be serviced as soon as possible to restore the benefits of Anti-Lock brakes. 23. Brake System Warning Light The dual brake system provides a reserve braking capability if a failure occurs in a portion of the hydraulic system.

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    ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK The clock and radio each use the display panel built into the radio. A digital readout indicates the time in hours and minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or ACC position. When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, pressing the Time button will cause the radio to display time for several seconds, then turn off.

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    94 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.

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    Program Type 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. The PTY function only operates when in the FM mode.

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    96 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...

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    be experienced due to a defective cassette tape. Clean and demagnetize the tape heads at least twice a year. 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.

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    98 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.

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    EJT CD (Eject) Button Press this button and the disc will unload and move to the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to the radio mode. If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be reloaded.

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    100 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Tape CD Button Press this button to select between CD player and Tape player. Time Button Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD playing time to time of day. Scan Button Press this button to play the first 10 seconds of each track. To stop the scan function, press the button a second time.

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    For your convenience, the volume can be turned down, but not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition is ON. Seek 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.

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    102 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.

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    Selective Music Search Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track number to skip forward or backward 1 to 7 selections. Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to move 2 selections, etc. Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons Pressing the TUNE button up or down momentarily activates Fast Forward or Rewind and makes the direc- tional arrows appear on the display.

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    104 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Seek Button Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display. Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and hold the RW button for fast reverse.

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    Radio Display Messages Your radio has been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player. UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 105 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.

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    106 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Seek 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. The radio will remain tuned to the new station until you make another selection.

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    You may add a second station to each push-button by repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in both AM and FM.

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    108 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL display will show the track number and index time in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track one. Seek Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on the CD.

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    CD Changer Operation — If Equipped MODE Press the MODE button to select between the cassette tape player, CD player, and the CD changer (if equipped). Disc/Program Button 1 Press the DISC (button 1) button to play the next avail- able disc.

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    110 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 6 DISC CD CHANGER — IF EQUIPPED The CD changer is located below the radio in the instrument panel. The changer plays only 4 cm) discs. The changer holds up to 6 discs. Each disc is loaded and ejected through a single slot in front of the changer.

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    Playing Discs The radio will show the CD number, the CD track number, and the Track Time Elapsed while the radio is in the CD mode. If more than one CD is loaded in the changer, the changer will automatically play the next disc after playing the last track of the current disc.

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    112 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Time Button Press this button to switch between time of day and CD track time. Changing Modes While in the radio mode, if a cassette is loaded, press the Mode button to switch to the tape mode. If a CD is loaded, press the Mode button to select the CD mode.

  • Page 113

    5. A loose tape should be corrected before use. To rewind a loose tape, insert the eraser end of a pencil into the tape drive gear and twist the pencil in the required directions. 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.

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    114 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy perfor- mance from your radio. This condition may be lessened or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna. This condition is not harmful to the radio.

  • Page 115

    to the O (Off) position to shut off the fan and to prevent any outside air from entering the vehicle. This also turns off the A/C compressor. Temperature Control Use this control to regulate the temperature of the air inside the passenger compartment. The blue area of the control indicates cooler temperatures while the red area indicates warmer temperatures.

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    116 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL The warmer air goes to the floor outlets. This feature provides improved comfort during sunny but cool con- ditions. Floor Air is directed through the floor outlets with a lesser amount through the defrost and side win- dow demist outlets.

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    NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems lower than expected, check the front of the A/C con- denser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with a gentle water spray from behind the radiator and through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing air conditioning performance.

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    118 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL You also may choose to customize your comfort by selecting the fan speed and Mode. This will place the system into manual operation Interior ATC Sensors There are two interior sensors in the vehicle. The Sun Sensor is mounted in the center of the instrument panel near the windshield glass.

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    Comfort Control Use this control to regulate the comfort inside the pas- senger compartment. Press the top of the switch to raise the temperature selection and the bottom of the switch to lower it. The comfort setting range is from Lo, 60, 61, 89,90, Hi, for automatic temperature control.

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    120 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: The Recirc button light will blink if you try to use it in the Mix or Defrost modes. Air Direction Buttons (Mode) These buttons allow you to select from five air distribu- tion patterns. These buttons should be used only when you can not achieve comfort or visibility in Auto opera- tion.

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    NOTE: The air conditioning compressor is on in this mode. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the wind- shield. To improve fuel economy, leave in the defrost mode only when necessary. Rear Window Defroster Press the button once to turn on the Rear Window Defroster and a second time to turn it off.

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    122 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Side Window Demisters Side window demisters are located on the instrument panel. These non adjustable outlets direct air toward the side windows in any mode except Panel or Panel Recir- culation. The air is directed toward the area of the side windows through which you view the outside rearview mirrors.

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    124 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Outside Air Intake Make sure that the air intake directly in front of the windshield is free of obstructions. Leaves, snow, etc., could block air flow into the vehicle.

  • Page 125: Starting And Operating

    STARTING AND OPERATING CONTENTS Starting Procedures ....127 Normal Starting ..... . 127 Extremely Cold Weather (Below -20°F Or -29°C) .

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    126 STARTING AND OPERATING Tire Chains ......140 Snow Tires ......140 Tread Wear Indicators .

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    STARTING PROCEDURES WARNING! Do not leave children or animals inside parked vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build up may cause serious injury or death. The gear selector must be in the NEUTRAL or PARK position before you can start the engine. Apply the brakes before shifting to any driving gear.

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    128 STARTING AND OPERATING If Engine Fails To Start CAUTION! Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way. Pushing with another vehicle may damage the trans- axle or the rear of your vehicle. See Section 6 of this manual for the proper jump starting procedures.

  • Page 129

    After Starting The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine warms up. At cooler ambient temperatures, the idle speed for the 2.7L engine may increase during extended idles for improved heater performance. ENGINE BLOCK HEATER — Optional U.S. and Standard Canada These heaters use a common power cord which is stored under the hood, behind the Air Cleaner housing.

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    130 STARTING AND OPERATING Transaxle Reset Mode The transaxle is monitored for abnormal conditions. If a condition is detected that could cause damage, the trans- axle automatically shifts into second gear. The transaxle remains in second gear despite the forward gear selected. Park (P), Reverse (R), and Neutral (N) will continue to operate.

  • Page 131

    WARNING! Never use the Park position as a substitute for the parking brake. Always apply the parking brake fully when parked to guard against vehicle movement and possible injury or damage. “R” Reverse Shift into this range only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop.

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    132 STARTING AND OPERATING “L” Low This range should be used for maximum engine braking when descending steep grades. In this range, up-shifts will occur only to prevent engine over speed while down shifts occur as early as possible. PARKING BRAKE When the parking brake is applied with the ignition on, the red Brake light in the instrument cluster will come on.

  • Page 133

    When parking on a hill, you must set the parking brake before placing the gear selector in Park. If you don’t, the load on the transmission locking mechanism may make it difficult to move the selector out of Park. As an added precaution, turn the front wheels toward the curb on a downhill grade and away from the curb on an uphill grade.

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    134 STARTING AND OPERATING BRAKE SYSTEM Your vehicle is equipped with power brakes as standard equipment. In the event you lose power assist for any reason (for example, repeated brake applications with the engine off), the brakes will still function. The effort required to brake the vehicle will be substantially in- creased over that required with the power system oper- ating.

  • Page 135

    All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same size and tires must be properly inflated to produce accurate signals for the ABS computer. However, the system will compensate when the compact spare is in use. During stops where ABS is activated, a vibration of the brake pedal may be felt and associated system noises may be heard.

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    136 STARTING AND OPERATING The system has been deactivated to prevent damage to the brake system due to overheated brake temperatures. NOTE: Extended heavy use of Traction Control may cause the system to deactivate and turn on the Traction Control OFF Light, indicated by TRAC OFF , located in the instrument cluster.

  • Page 137

    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. Under inflation also increases tire rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consump- tion.

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    138 STARTING AND OPERATING period. The cold inflation pressure must not exceed the maximum values molded into the tire side wall. Tire pressure may increase from 2 to 6 psi [.13 to.41 bars](14 to 41 kPa) during operation. Do NOT reduce this normal pressure build up or your tire pressure will be too low.

  • Page 139

    Compact Spare Tire Maintain the compact spare tire inflation pressure at 60 psi [4.1 bars](414 kPa). Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) while the compact spare is installed on the vehicle. 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.

  • Page 140

    140 STARTING AND OPERATING Tire Spinning When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not spin your vehicle’s wheels above 30 mph. (48 km/h). See the paragraph on Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in section 6 of this manual. WARNING! Fast spinning tires can be dangerous.

  • Page 141

    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).

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    142 STARTING AND OPERATING WARNING! Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that specified for your vehicle. Some combinations of unapproved tires and wheels may change sus- pension dimensions and performance characteris- tics, resulting in changes to steering, handling, and braking of your vehicle.

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    Rotate your tires at intervals shown on the maintenance schedules. More frequent rotation is permissible if de- sired. The reasons for any rapid or unusual wear should be corrected before rotating. The suggested rotation method is the “forward-cross” shown in the diagram. Alignment And Balance The suspension components of your vehicle should be inspected and aligned when needed to obtain full tire...

  • Page 144

    If you experience these problems, try another brand of regular gasoline before considering service for the vehicle. Over 40 automobile manufacturers around the world have issued and endorsed consistent gasoline specifica- tions (the World Wide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define fuel properties necessary to deliver enhanced emissions, engine performance, and durability for your vehicle.

  • Page 145

    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.

  • Page 146

    146 STARTING AND OPERATING 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. See the On Board Diagnos- tics paragraph in the Maintenance section of this manual.

  • Page 147

    WARNING! A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a portable container that is inside of a vehicle. You could be burned. Always place gas containers on the ground while filling. Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door, on the passen- ger’s side of the vehicle.

  • Page 148

    148 STARTING AND OPERATING VEHICLE LOADING The load carrying capacity of your vehicle is shown in the following sample chart and on the tire pressure label attached to the driver’s door. Vehicle Loading Capacities Front Seat Occupants ....2 or 3 Rear Seat Occupants .

  • Page 149

    NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle under heavy operating conditions will improve perfor- mance and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up. For vehicles equipped with autostick, by using the autostick mode, and selecting a specific gear range, frequent shifting can be avoided.

  • Page 151: What To Do In Emergencies

    WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES CONTENTS Hazard Warning Flasher ....152 If Your Engine Overheats ....152 Jacking And Tire Changing .

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    152 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES HAZARD WARNING FLASHER The flasher switch is on the steering column, just behind the steering wheel. Push in the flasher switch and all front and rear directional signals will flash. Press the flasher switch a second time to turn the flashers off.

  • Page 153

    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.

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    154 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES Preparations For Jacking Turn on the Hazard Warning Flashers and park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoiding ice or slippery areas. Put the gear shift in PARK (Automatic transmission) or REVERSE (Manual Transmission). Set the parking brake and turn off the engine.

  • Page 155

    2. Remove the spare tire, scissors, jack and lug wrench. 3. Before raising the vehicle, use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts of the flat tire. WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 155 4. Turn the jack screw clockwise to firmly engage the jack saddle with the lift area of the sill flange, use the lift area closest to the flat tire.

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    156 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 5. Raise the vehicle just enough to remove the flat tire and install the spare tire. 6. Remove the lug nuts, wheel cover (if equipped) and tire. Remove the cover by hand, do not pry off. 7.

  • Page 157

    11. Store the flat tire, jack and tools. 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. WARNING! A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or hard stop could endanger the occupants of the ve-...

  • Page 158

    158 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 3. Install the cover by hand, snapping the cover over the two lug nuts. Do not use a hammer or excessive force to install the cover. 4. Return to Changing a Tire Section, Item #8 above. JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY WARNING! Take care to avoid the radiator cooling fan whenever...

  • Page 159

    WARNING! Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not allow battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t lean over battery when attaching clamps or allow the clamps to touch each other. If acid splashes in eyes or on skin, flush the contaminated area immediately with large quantities of water.

  • Page 160

    160 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES Check the Battery Test Indicator. If a light or bright colored dot is visible in the indicator, DO NOT jump-start the battery. If the indicator is dark or shows a green dot, proceed as follows: 1.

  • Page 161

    5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative jump start attachment of the booster battery and then to the engine of the vehicle with the discharged battery. Make sure you have a good contact on the engine. 6. Start the engine in the vehicle which has the booster battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.

  • Page 162

    162 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are slushy. 2. Slow down if road has standing water or puddles. 3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become visible. 4. Keep tires properly inflated. 5.

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    TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE Only two ways of towing are approved; front towing and flat bed towing. CAUTION! Do not attempt to tow this vehicle from the front with sling type towing equipment. Damage to the front fascia will result. Always use wheel lift equipment when towing from the front.

  • Page 165: Maintaining Your Vehicle

    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS 2.7L Engine ......167 3.5L Engine ......168 Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) .

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    166 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Fuel System Hoses ....194 Automatic Transaxle ....194 Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion .

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    ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II) To meet new government regulations and promote cleaner air, your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated onboard diagnostic system called OBD II. This system monitors the performance of the emissions, engine, and automatic transaxle control systems. When these systems are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excel- lent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emissions well within current government regulations.

  • Page 170

    170 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,...

  • Page 171

    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.

  • Page 172

    172 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.

  • Page 173

    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 173 3.5L Engine Oil Dipstick Engine Oil Dipstick The best time to check the oil level is about 5 minutes after a fully warmed up engine is shut off or before starting the engine after it has sat overnight.

  • Page 174

    174 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground also will improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on these engines.

  • Page 175

    More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather above 90°F (32°C) Trailer towing Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial operation) Off road or desert operation If equipped for and operating with E —85 (ethanol) fuel NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,...

  • Page 176

    176 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil Identification Symbol This symbol means that the oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). We only recommend API Certified en- gine oils that meet the require- ments of DaimlerChrysler’s Mate- rial Standard MS-6395.

  • Page 177

    3.5L Engine Oil Chart The proper SAE viscosity grade of engine oil should be selected based on the following recommendations and be within the operating temperature shown in the engine oil viscosity charts. SAE 10W-30 oil is preferred for use in 3.5L engines within the operating temperatures shown in the viscosity chart.

  • Page 178

    178 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in your area. Engine Oil Filter The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine oil change. Engine Oil Filter Selection All of this manufacturer’s engines have a full-flow type disposable oil filter.

  • Page 179

    Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic con- verter will not require maintenance. However, it is im- portant to seek service to assure proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst damage. If the Malfunction Indicator light is flashing, immediate service is required. CAUTION! Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition.

  • Page 180

    180 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Engine Timing Belt Replace the engine timing belt 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. As vehicle mileage builds up, the PCV valve and passages may accumulate deposits.

  • Page 181

    Maintenance-Free Battery The top of the MAINTENANCE-FREE battery is perma- nently sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is periodic maintenance required. NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment in front of the tire in the right front fender and is accessible through the engine compartment.

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    182 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CAUTION! It is essential when replacing the cables on the battery that the positive cable is attached to the positive post and the negative cable is attached to the negative post. Battery posts are marked positive (+) and negative (-) and identified on the battery case.

  • Page 183

    Power Steering Fluid Check WARNING! Fluid level should be checked with the engine off to prevent injury from moving parts. Do not overfill. Use only manufacturer’s recommended power steer- ing fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for the correct fluid type. During scheduled maintenance, check the power steering fluid level at the power steering fluid reservoir.

  • Page 184

    184 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 3.5L Power Steering Reservoir Chassis Lubrication Front Suspension Ball Joints Inspect these ball joints whenever your vehicle is ser- viced. They are permanently lubricated and do not require periodic lubrication. Steering Linkage Inspect tie rod ends whenever the vehicle is serviced. They are permanently lubricated and do not require periodic lubrication.

  • Page 185

    Hood Latch When performing other under hood services, the hood latch release mechanism and safety catch should be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated. It is important to maintain proper lubrication to insure that the hood mechanisms work properly and safely. Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be ap- plied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas.

  • Page 186

    186 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Trunk latches Ash tray Door Check Straps 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.

  • Page 187

    Exhaust System The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust system. If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system; or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle; or when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged;...

  • Page 188

    188 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Cooling System 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 temperature con- trolled and can start at any time the ignition key is in the ON position.

  • Page 189

    coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in puddles on the ground. Prevent ingestion by animals or children. If ingested by a child, contact a physician immediately. Selection Of Coolant Use only the manufacturer’s recommended coolant. Re- fer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for the correct coolant type.

  • Page 190

    190 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the cooling system pressure cap are a safety precaution. Never add coolant when the engine is overheated. Do not loosen or remove the cap to cool an over- heated engine.

  • Page 191

    Points to Remember NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles of operation, you may observe vapor coming from the front of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of moisture from rain, snow, or high humidity accumulat- ing on the radiator and being vaporized when the thermostat opens, allowing hot water to enter the radia- tor.

  • Page 192

    192 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Pay particular attention to those hoses nearest to high heat sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or moving component that may cause heat damage or mechanical wear.

  • Page 193

    NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are used during assembly plant operations to ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. Therefore, oil wetness at the hose-coupling area is not necessarily an indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot fluid when systems are under pressure (during vehicle operation) should be noted before hose is replaced based on leakage.

  • Page 194

    194 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! Use of a brake fluid that may have a lower initial boiling point or unidentified as to specification, may result in sudden brake failure during hard pro- longed braking. You could have an accident. Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed container to avoid contamination from foreign matter.

  • Page 195

    CAUTION! Using a transmission fluid other than the manufac- turer’s recommended fluid may cause deterioration in transmission shift quality and/or torque converter shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than that recommended by the manufacturer will result in more frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for the correct fluid type.

  • Page 196

    196 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 3.5L Transmission Dipstick Procedure For Checking Fluid Level To properly check the automatic transaxle fluid level, the following procedure must be used: The vehicle must be on level ground. The engine should be running at curb idle speed for a minimum of 60 seconds.

  • Page 197

    CAUTION! Do not overfill. Dirt and water in the transaxle can cause serious damage. To prevent dirt and water from entering the transaxle after checking or replen- ishing fluid, make certain that the dipstick cap is seated properly. Fluid and Filter Changes Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be changed as follows: Maintenance schedule “A”...

  • Page 198

    198 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 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: Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.

  • Page 199

    It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors, rocker panels and rear deck lid be kept clear and open. 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.

  • Page 200

    200 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CAUTION! The use of vinyl, leather or plastic protectants may cause excessive gloss and/or discoloration of interior trim parts. Leather Seat Care and Cleaning Leather is best preserved by regular cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt can act as an abrasive and damage the leather surface and should be removed immediately with a damp cloth.

  • Page 201

    Cleaning Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses The lenses in front of the instruments in this vehicle are molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic. Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive cleaners.

  • Page 202

    202 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Underhood Fuses A Power Distribution center is located in the engine compartment. This center contains fuses and relays for circuits that operate only under the hood. A label which identifies these components is located on the underside of the cover.

  • Page 203

    Cavity Fuse Circuits 10 Amp Red Airbag 10 Amp Red Turn Signal Lights, Turn Signal/Hazard Indicator 15 Amp Lt. Blue Right Low Beam 20 Amp Yellow High Beam Relay, High Beam Indicator, High Beam Switch 15 Amp Lt. Blue Left Low Beam Headlight 10 Amp Red Fuel Pump Relay, Power Train Control Module...

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    204 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE REPLACEMENT BULBS Interior Light Bulbs Cluster Illumination..... PC194 Turn Signal ......PC194 Climate Control.

  • Page 205

    4. Remove the bulb from the socket and replace the bulb. CAUTION! Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil contamination will severely shorten bulb life. If the bulb comes into contact with any oily surface, clean the bulbs with rubbing alcohol. 5.

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    206 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Fog Light 1. Remove the screw securing the fog light to the fascia and pull the light away from the vehicle to expose the bulb. 2. Remove the bulb by turning counter-clockwise. Pull the bulb out of the light housing. 3.

  • Page 207

    Tail, Stop, Back Up, and Turn Signal Lights 1. Open the trunk and remove the fasteners securing the light housing to the body. 2. Pull the light housing from the body to expose the wiring socket. 3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove from the housing.

  • Page 208

    208 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE Oil Filter Mopar 5281090 or equivalent Thermostat 180°F (82°C) Spark Plug See Underhood Label Spark Plug Gap See Underhood Label Firing Order 1-2-3-4-5-6 FLUID CAPACITIES Fuel (Approximate) Engine Oil with Filter 2.7 & 3.5 Liter Engine Cooling System* 2.7 Liter Engine 3.5 Liter Engine...

  • Page 209

    RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS Engine Component Engine Coolant Engine Oil Spark Plugs Oil Filter Fuel Selection Chassis Component Automatic Transmission Axle Differential (front-rear) Brake Master Cylinder Power Steering Reservoir Tire Pressure Fluid, Lubricant or Genuine Part Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Or- ganic Additive Technology) Use API Certified (GF-3).

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    210 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Body Component Hinges: Door, Hood and Trunk Hood hinge springs and links Latches: Door and Hood Trunk Door check straps Window System Components Lock Cylinders Parking Brake Mechanism Fluid, Lubricant or Genuine Part Mopar Engine Oil Mopar Spray White Lube Mopar Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 Mopar...

  • Page 211: Maintenance Schedules

    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES CONTENTS Emission Control System Maintenance ..212 Maintenance Schedules ....212 Schedule “B” ......215 Schedule “A”...

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    212 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.

  • Page 213

    NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the Maintenance Schedules section of this manual. NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions listed for Schedule B .

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    214 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 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, power steering and transaxle and add as needed.

  • Page 215

    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 Day or night temperatures are below 32°...

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    216 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 the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Adjust the drive belt tension. 3,000 6,000 9,000...

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    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 the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Adjust the drive belt tension. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve.

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    218 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. * Adjust the drive belt tension. Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors.

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    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 the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Replace the drive belts. Replace the power steering fluid. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve.

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    220 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. * Replace the air cleaner filter. Adjust the drive belt tension. Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors.

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    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 the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Flush and replace the engine coolant. Replace the engine timing belt (Federal Emis- sions).

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    222 SCHEDULE “A” 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. * Adjust the drive belt tension. Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors.

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    Miles (Kilometers) [Months] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the drive belts. Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months or 100,000 miles.

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    224 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. * Adjust the drive belt tension. Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors. Replace the spark plugs.

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    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 right equipment. If you have any doubt about your ability to perform a service job, take your vehicle to a competent me- chanic.

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    IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CONTENTS Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your Vehicle ......228 Prepare For The Appointment .

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    228 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.

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    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.

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    230 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Customer Assistance For The Hearing Or Speech Impaired (TDD/TTY) To assist customers who have hearing difficulties, the manufacturer has installed special TDD (Telecommuni- cation Devices for the Deaf) equipment at its Customer Center. Any hearing or speech impaired customer who has access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter (TTY) in the United States can communicate with the manufacturer by dialing 1–800–380–CHRY.

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    WARRANTY INFORMATION See your manufacturer’s Warranty Information Booklet for information on warranty coverage and transfer of warranty. IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 231 MOPAR PARTS Mopar fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are available from your dealer. They will help you keep your vehicle operating at its best.

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    232 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Wash- ington DC area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Washington DC 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.

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    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.

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    236 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 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.

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    238 INDEX About Your Brakes ..... . 134 ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) System ... 91,134 Accident Damage .

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    Location ......159,181 Saving Feature ....60,61,63 Belts, Engine .

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    240 INDEX Washing ......198 Waxing ......198 Wheels .

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    Door Opener, Garage ..... 70 Drive Belts ......178 Drive Shaft Universal Joints .

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    242 INDEX Additives ......146 Filler Cap ......147 Filter .

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    Instrument Cluster ..... 87,88 Instrument Panel and Controls ....86 Instrument Panel Cover .

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    244 INDEX Headlights ......62 Headlights On Reminder ....62 High Beam Indicator .

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    Electric Remote ..... . . 54 Outside ......54 Rearview .

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    246 INDEX Pregnant Women and Seat Belts ... . . 32 Programmable Electronic Features ..71,75 Programming Transmitters ... . 20,71,75 Radial Ply Tires .

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    Service Engine Soon Light ....169 Service Manuals ......233 Setting the Clock .

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    248 INDEX Radial ......138 Replacement ......141 Rotation .

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    Warning Flasher, Hazard ....152 Warnings and Cautions ....6 Warranty Information .

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