Chrysler new vehicle instrution manual (280 pages)
Summary of Contents for Chrysler Crossfire
Crossfire 2 0 0 8 O W N E R ’ S M A N U A L...
Crossfire 2 0 0 8 O W N E R ’ S M A N U A L...
With respect to any Vehicles Sold in Canada, the name This manual illustrates and describes the operation of Chrysler LLC shall be deemed to be deleted and the features and equipment that are either standard or op- name Chrysler Canada Inc. used in substitution therefor.
4 INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION WARNING! This manual has been prepared with the assistance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is vehicle components contain or emit chemicals supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and known to the State of California to cause cancer and various customer-oriented documents.
6 INTRODUCTION WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS This manual contains WARNINGS against operating procedures which could result in an accident or bodily injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do not read this entire manual you may miss important information.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 9 A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS NOTE: To avoid discharging the battery, the key must You can insert the double-sided keys into the locks with be removed from the ignition when the vehicle is parked. either side up.
10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE The transmitter for the remote control is located in the Obtaining Replacement Keys key Fob. Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking system requiring a special key manufacturing process. For security reasons, replacement keys can only be ob- tained from your authorized dealer.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 11 Ignition Key Removal NOTE: For vehicles with automatic transmissions, if Turn the key to the LOCK position and remove the key. you try to remove the key before you place the shift lever in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily in the key cylinder.
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE GLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK DOOR LOCKS The glove compartment can be locked by turning the key The vehicle doors can be locked when the doors are straight up to the vertical or right position, and then closed by either manually pressing the button down at removing the key.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 13 NOTE: If the key in the ignition switch is in the ON/RUN position, the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with the remote control. When you lock the vehicle, both door lock buttons should move down.
14 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE clockwise, or push down the LOCK buttons. To unlock, was previously locked with the central locking switch, turn the key in the driver’s door lock counterclockwise, the complete vehicle is unlocked when a door is opened or pull the inside door handles.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 15 NOTE: If the doors are unlocked with the central NOTE: To help prevent the vehicle battery from dis- locking switch after activating the automatic central charging during short periods of inactivity, perform the locking feature and neither door is opened, the doors following: remain unlocked even at vehicle speeds of approximately...
16 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Emergency Unlocking Feature REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY In the case of an accident, the doors unlock automatically This feature allows you to lock or unlock the vehicle from a short time after a strong deceleration is detected, such remote locations using a hand-held transmitter located in as in a collision (this is intended to aid rescue and exit).
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 17 Press the UNLOCK transmit button on the key Fob once To Lock The Doors to unlock driver’s door, rear liftgate/decklid, fuel filler Press the LOCK button on the key Fob once. All turn door, and center console (roadster only).
18 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing Panic Alarm the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change The panic alarm unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the the batteries in the remote control.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 19 General Information This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15. Opera- tion is subject to the following 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.
20 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • Press the battery cover (1) in the direction of the arrow. Transmitter Battery Service The recommended replacement Lithium battery is Pana- • Remove the old batteries. sonic CR2025 or equivalent. To change the batteries: •...
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 21 NOTE: Only replace the batteries in pairs. exterior vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when a door, the rear liftgate/decklid, the hood, or glove The system may have to be re-synchronized if the trans- compartment is opened, or if someone attempts to raise mitter is without voltage for several minutes.
22 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE and sound an audible alarm for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the vehicle is immediately lowered. To cancel the alarm, insert the key into the ignition switch or press a transmit button on the key Fob. To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature when parking on a surface subject to movement (such as a ferry), switch off the tow-away alarm.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 23 the trunk, the decklid can be easily opened by pulling on WARNING! the glow-in-the-dark handle attached to the decklid latching mechanism. See image below. The Trunk Internal Emergency Release will not func- tion during the convertible top operation.
24 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE POWER WINDOWS The power window switches are located in the console. To operate, turn the key in the ignition switch to the ACC or ON/RUN position. Press the switch in to the resis- tance point to open;...
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 25 REAR LIFTGATE/DECKLID RELEASE WARNING! You can open the rear liftgate/decklid by using the handle located on the liftgate/decklid just above the rear When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key license plate pocket. from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle.
26 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS WARNING! Some of the most important safety features in your vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the lap/ In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer shoulder seat belts for the driver and passenger, emer- much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled gency tensioning retractors for the seat belts, and front up.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 27 and they reduce the risk of injury caused by striking the to the ACC or ON/RUN positions. The emergency inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle needs tensioning retractors are designed to activate during to be buckled up all the time.
28 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions WARNING! 1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Unless the key is • Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat in the ACC or ON position, seat will not move. Sit back belts are designed to go around the large bones of and adjust the seat.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 29 3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”...
30 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your 5. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up away from you and pull on the lap belt.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 31 WARNING! WARNING! • A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of • A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will not protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too internal injury in a collision.
32 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Seat Belts and Pregnant Women WARNING! We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is Seat belt systems must always be replaced after an the best way to keep the baby safe.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 33 WARNING! Using a seat belt extender when not needed can increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use the extender when the lap belt is not long enough when it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended seating positions.
34 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE These airbags inflate in higher speed frontal impacts. WARNING! They work with the instrument panel inflatable knee blockers and the seat belts to provide improved protec- • Do not put anything on or around the front airbag tion for the driver and passenger.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 35 NOTE: The passenger front airbag may not deploy even 1. Infants in rear-facing child safety seats should NEVER when the driver front airbag has deployed if the Occu- ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger frontal pant Classification System (refer to “Occupant Classifi- airbag unless the airbag is shut OFF.
36 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the vehicle, WARNING! move the seat as far back as possible, shut off the passenger airbag, and use the proper child restraint. See After installing a child safety seat or booster seat on the the section on “Child Restraint.”...
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 37 Airbag System Components WARNING! The airbag system consists of the following: • Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more • Occupant Restraint Controller severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work •...
38 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE airbags to inflate. Based on the level of collision ignition is first turned on. After the self-check, the severity, the front control module determines the AIRBAG warning light will turn off. The PAD indica- proper rate of inflation.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 39 upper right side of the instrument panel separate and WARNING! fold out of the way as the bags inflate to their full size. The bags fully inflate in about 50–70 milliseconds. This Do not put anything on or around the airbag covers is about half of the time it takes to blink your eyes.
40 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE If a Deployment Occurs WARNING! Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another colli- sion. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized dealer as soon as possible. The airbag system is designed to deploy when the impact sensors detect a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to help restrain the driver and passenger, and then to immediately deflate.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 41 side of the vehicle is not fastened. This also does not eye irritation, rinse the area with cool water. For nose mean something is wrong with your airbag system. or throat irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation continues, see your doctor.
42 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • When a side impact above a predetermined threshold WARNING! occurs, the sensors signal the inflator on the impacted side of the vehicle. A large quantity of nontoxic • Do not put anything on or around the airbag nitrogen gas is generated to inflate the airbag.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 43 • The operational readiness of the side airbag system is WARNING! verified by the airbag indicator light in the instrument cluster when turning the key in the ignition switch to • The door mounted side airbag deploys with consid- the ON/RUN position.
44 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE How the Occupant Classification System (OCS) warning light will light indicating that you should take System Works the vehicle to an authorized dealer. In the presence of an The Occupant Classification System (OCS) will classify occupant in the passenger seat, if both the Passenger an occupant in the front passenger seat into a size Airbag Disable (PAD) indicator light (located in the...
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 45 size, the airbag may or may not be enabled in the event ignition key in the RUN position and apply downward of a collision. Both drivers and passengers should always pressure to the child restraint on the surface that the child use the PAD indicator light as an indication if the front will be sitting on.
46 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • Do not replace the seat cover with an aftermarket seat ORC to determine if a front passenger airbag is allowed. cover. If a fault is present, the AIRBAG warning light is illumi- nated.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 47 OCM to ensure that the resultant bladder pressure in- it signals the inflator unit. A quantity of nontoxic gas is crease due to applied lap belt tension does not cause a generated to inflate the Driver/Passenger Inflatable Knee small occupant to be classified as a larger occupant Blockers.
48 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: When using certain types of child seats, the If the airbag is turned off when there is any other passenger airbag light will remain off even though the occupant at that position, the supplemental restraint passenger front airbags are disabled.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 49 • The air bag will remain off until the switch is turned NOTE: When the passenger airbag is turned off, the yellow airbag off light will illuminate. back to the ON position. •...
50 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE To Turn On the Passenger Airbag: Maintaining Your Airbag System • Place the ignition key in the on/off switch, turn the WARNING! key counterclockwise, and remove the key from the switch. This will turn on the passenger airbag. The •...
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 51 The following requirements must be strictly adhered to: be modified or replaced with any part except those which are approved by DaimlerChrysler/Mopar . • Do not modify the front passenger seat assembly or components in any way.
52 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Infants and Child Restraints Child Restraint Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the There are different sizes and types of restraints for time, including babies and children. Every state in the children from newborn size to the child almost large United States and all Canadian provinces require that enough for an adult safety belt.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 53 infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing WARNING! by children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) but are less than one year old. Both types of child restraints are •...
54 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Here are some tips on getting the most out of your child Do not leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or restraint: collision, it could strike the occupants and cause serious personal injury.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 55 • If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the child’s back is against the seatback, they should use a child closer to the center of the vehicle.
56 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. These are general instructions, and not all child restraint sys- tems will be installed exactly as described here.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 57 equipped with a tether strap, a hook for attachment to the tether strap anchorage and a means of adjusting the tension of the strap. 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.
58 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! WARNING! Improper installation of a child restraint to the After installing a child safety seat or booster seat on the passenger seat, do not adjust the back rest forward. This LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or could cause a higher load being perceived by the OCS child restraint.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 59 belt snugly over the child restraint toward the retractor Child Restraint Tether Anchor - General secures the restraint in place. When the belt retracts fully Information after child restraint removal, normal (emergency locking) Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for con- retractor action is restored.
60 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE the passenger seat, below the seatback. After securing the WARNING! tether hook to the bar, recline the seatback fully rearward and move the seat to its most rearward position. An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to increased head motion and possible injury to the child.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 61 ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS SAFETY TIPS The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long Exhaust Gas break-in period. Following these few simple guidelines is all that is necessary for a good break-in. WARNING! •...
62 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE • To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close Airbag Light the rear liftgate/decklid while driving. However, if for The light should come on and remain on for some reason it must remain open, close all windows. four seconds as a bulb check when the ignition Adjust the heating or cooling system to force outside switch is first turned ON.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 63 Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside Fluid Leaks the Vehicle Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel, water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline fumes are Tires present, the cause should be corrected immediately.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS Convertible Top Operation ....68 Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter ....83 To Lower The Top .
66 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Vanity Mirrors ......88 Exterior Lights ......97 Seats .
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 67 Brake Assist System (BAS) ....108 Garage Door Opener (If Equipped) ..117 Electronic Stability Program (ESP) .
68 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CONVERTIBLE TOP OPERATION WARNING! WARNING! Before operating the switch for the convertible top, make sure that no persons can be injured by the The convertible top does not provide the structural moving parts (convertible top frame and tonneau protection that a reinforced metal roof does and the cover).
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 69 CAUTION! CAUTION! When opening and closing the convertible top, make Use caution when putting items into the storage sure that: compartment with the top in the closed position. The tonneau cover extensions are exposed and can be •...
70 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE To Lower The Top: CAUTION! WARNING! To avoid possible damage to the tonneau cover and convertible top, do not allow the convertible top to Top operation can be suspended for a maximum of 10 remain in the suspended position.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 71 NOTE: If the top stops during the raising or lowering CAUTION! procedure, start the engine and continue operation. To avoid damage to either the top or the rear window, 1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is check the tonneau cover area at the rear of the vehicle unfolded and secured in the vertical position.
72 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 2. Make sure the decklid is closed. CAUTION! Be sure to turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position before releasing the top from the windshield header. The windows will not go down if the top is released from the header without the ignition turned ON.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 73 NOTE: Once the release handle is rotated, the windows NOTE: Failure to perform any of these steps will will automatically go down. prevent the top from operating with the convertible top switch and will cause an audible information signal to sound.
74 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Hold the switch down until the convertible top is com- pletely lowered into its storage compartment and the tonneau cover is closed and latched. A single audible signal will sound to indicate completion of the top opening operation.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 75 To Raise The Top: CAUTION! 1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is still To prevent mildew, the convertible top must be dry secured in the vertical position. before lowering it into the storage compartment. 2.
76 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 4. If the windows are raised, they will lower as soon as the convertible switch is pressed down. The tonneau cover will open, and the top will then close until it reaches approximately 8 in (200 mm) from the header. The tonneau cover will then close and the rear of the top will close and latch.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 77 NOTE: The convertible top switch indicator will light WARNING! up and an audible warning will be heard if you start driving the vehicle without the top fully locked in the To prevent possible accidents, drive the vehicle only closed position.
78 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CAUTION! Once the cargo compartment divider is folded for- ward to increase the cargo compartment capacity, the tonneau cover flaps are exposed and can be damaged by long items being put into the cargo compartment.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 79 Convertible Top Lamp and Audible Signal Chart Top unlatched but not pushed up from windshield header Below is a table containing all of the visual and audible Vehicle speed greater than 9 mph (15 signals that can be seen or heard during top operation or km/h) while trying to initiate top if a fault is present.
80 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CONSOLE FEATURES The console has a power outlet/cigar lighter, an ash tray with a coin holder, a cupholder (if equipped), and the passenger airbag light. In addition, there are switches to control the heated seats (if equipped), rear spoiler, elec- tronic stability program (ESP), hazard flashers, central locking, rear defroster and towing alarm.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 81 On some models, a cargo net for storage is located in the Additionally, storage pockets are located on the wall footwell area on the passenger side. behind each seat and on each door panel. A storage pouch is located on the rear wall between the seats, and the driver’s sunvisor has a document strap.
82 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! WARNING! Keep compartment lids closed. This will help to Remove the ashtray only with the vehicle stopped prevent stored objects from being thrown about and and the ignition off. Otherwise, the vehicle might injuring vehicle occupants during an accident.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 83 Coin Holder Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter With the ashtray open, folding down the cover plate The dual-purpose power outlet is located in the console, reveals the coin holder, which can accommodate nine next to the passenger airbag off warning light. The power coins in various sizes up to a U.S.
84 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE The lighter will operate only when the ignition switch is When the cupholder is no longer needed, push forward in the ON/ACC position. It heats up when pushed in and on the top edge of the door and rotate it down into the pops out automatically when ready for use.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 85 CAUTION! Only use containers that fit into the cupholder. Overfilled containers could spill during vehicle maneuvers. MIRRORS 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.
86 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature WARNING! All exterior mirrors are hinged to move forward or rearward to resist damage. The hinges have three detent Vehicles and other objects seen in the passenger side positions: full forward, full rearward, and normal. convex mirror will look smaller and farther away than they actually are.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 87...
88 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Vanity Mirrors SEATS Your vehicle’s seats can be adjusted either manually or electrically, depending on how your vehicle is equipped. WARNING! • Adjusting a seat while the vehicle is moving is dangerous. The sudden movement of the seat could cause you to lose control.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 89 NOTE: When moving the seat, be sure that there are no Manual Seat Adjustments (If Equipped) items in the footwell or behind the seats. Otherwise you Seat Height (Drivers Seat Only) could damage the seats. •...
90 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Forward/Rearward Head Restraint Height • Pull up on handle 4. WARNING! • Move the seat forward or backward to your desired For your protection, drive only with properly posi- position which allows you to reach the pedals com- tioned head restraints.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 91 Adjust to a comfortable seating position that still allows you The driver’s seat features eight-way power adjustment - to reach the accelerator and brake pedal safely. The position horizontal, vertical, cushion tilt and back angle. should be as far to the rear as possible, consistent with ability to properly operate controls.
92 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Passenger Four-Way Power Seat (If Equipped) Heated Seats (If Equipped) The switches to adjust the passenger seat are also on the This feature heats the driver and passenger seats. The outboard side of the seat. The passenger seat provides controls for the heated seats are located on the instrument four-way adjustment - horizontal and back angle.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 93 The heated seats setting will automatically switch from Then, reach under the hood and pull upward on the HI to LO after approximately five minutes. safety latch and lift the hood. To prevent possible damage, close the hood by dropping TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD it from approximately 12 in (30 cm).
94 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 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. INTERIOR LIGHTS A two-position mode selector switch controls the interior lights located in the overhead console.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 95 Front Map/Reading Lights Battery Saver Feature These lights are located between the sun visors. A single To prevent battery drain if a door is left open or ajar, the centrally located switch operates both lights. interior lights will turn off automatically after 15 minutes.
96 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Instrument Panel Lighting Night Security Illumination With the parking lights or headlights on, rotate the For added security when exiting the vehicle after driving dimmer control to the left of the speedometer to increase with the exterior lights on, the lights will switch on again or decrease brightness of the instrument panel.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 97 EXTERIOR LIGHTS The headlights turn on when the switch is turned to the second position. Headlights and Parking Lights When the headlight switch is turned clockwise from OFF Lights-On Reminder to the first position, the parking lights, taillights, side If the headlights or parking lights are left on after the marker lights, license plate lights and instrument panel ignition is turned off, a warning will sound if the driver’s...
98 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE For nighttime driving, the exterior lights switch should To operate the standing lights, turn the headlight switch be in the low beam position to permit activation of the counterclockwise one stop (right lamps) or two stops (left high beam headlights.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 99 MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER Turn Signals Move the multifunction control lever up to activate the right turn signal; move the lever down to activate the left turn signal. An arrow on the inside of the speedometer will flash to indicate operation.
100 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE If one of the turn signal lights fail, the turn signal Headlight Dimmer Switch indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than Push the multifunction control lever toward the instru- normal rate. If an indicator fails to light when the control ment panel to turn the headlights to high beam.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 101 Passing Light Windshield Wipers And Washer You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by The wipers and washer are operated by a switch in the lightly pulling the multifunction control lever toward the multifunction control lever.
102 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Push the end of the lever inward and hold it to activate the wiper and washer together.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 103 Mist Function WARNING! Push the end of the multifunction control lever inward briefly for a single wipe without adding washer fluid. Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield Use this feature only when the windshield is wet. could lead to an accident.
104 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE TELESCOPING STEERING COLUMN Unlock the steering column by pulling out the handle located directly below the column. The indicator light located in the instrument cluster will come on. To lengthen or shorten the steering column, pull out or push in the steering wheel.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 105 WARNING! Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. The telescoping adjustment must be locked while driv- ing. Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or driving without the telescoping adjustment locked could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. NOTE: If the indicator light in the instrument cluster does not go out after starting the engine, the telescoping column is not locked properly.
106 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE REAR SPOILER CAUTION! Do not push or pull on the spoiler when deployed. Damage to the spoiler could result. A rear spoiler enhances vehicle stability. The rear spoiler deploys automatically when vehicle speed reaches ap- proximately 62 mph (100 km/h).
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 107 The spoiler control also incorporates an emergency stop feature. If, for any reason, spoiler motion needs to be stopped, pressing either the top or bottom of the switch will stop the spoiler motion. Once the deployment speed is reached, however, the spoiler deploys to its full up position.
108 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Should a malfunction occur that prevents the spoiler BRAKE ASSIST SYSTEM (BAS) from deploying automatically, a red warning light will WARNING! illuminate in the override switch and an audible warning will sound. BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking WARNING! efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of...
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 109 The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking capability during emergency braking maneuvers. The system applies maximum power boost to the brakes more quickly in emergency braking conditions than might otherwise be afforded solely by the driver’s brak- ing style.
110 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE The malfunction indicator lamp for the Electronic Stabil- ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP) ity Program (ESP) is combined with the BAS. The yellow WARNING! BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instrument cluster and the yellow ESP warning light in the speed- ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from ometer dial come on with the key in the ignition switch acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the traction...
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 111 The ESP system corrects for over/understeering of the To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with vehicle by applying brakes to the appropriate wheel. snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand or gravel, Engine torque is also limited.
112 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque press the lower half of the switch (the ESP warning light reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced in the speedometer dial goes out). Avoid spinning one vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 113 Synchronizing ESP ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL If the power supply was interrupted (battery discon- The electronic speed control automatically maintains the nected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indica- set speed by actively regulating the throttle setting. Any tor light may be illuminated with the engine running.
114 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE To accelerate and set a speed, lift the lever up. Lift and hold the lever to accelerate, or lift and release to set a speed. To decelerate and set a speed, press the lever down.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 115 To Deactivate WARNING! A soft tap on the brake pedal, or normal brake pressure while slowing the vehicle, will deactivate the speed Leaving the electronic speed control system on when control without erasing the memory. Pushing the speed not in use is dangerous.
116 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE To Resume Speed Using Speed Control On Hills To resume a previously set speed, pull the speed control Your vehicle is equipped with interactive speed control. lever toward you, and then release. The resume feature This feature activates when driving up or down hills with can be used at any speed above 20 mph (30 km/h).
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 117 For vehicles with automatic transmission: GARAGE DOOR OPENER (If Equipped) The HomeLink Universal Transceiver replaces up to On a downgrade or an upgrade, downshifting will occur three remote controls (hand-held transmitters) that oper- automatically to allow the engine’s braking power to ate devices such as garage door openers, motorized maintain the set speed.
118 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Programming The Universal Transceiver WARNING! For best results, install a new battery in the hand-held transmitter before programming. If your garage door A moving garage door can cause injury to people and opener (located in the garage) is equipped with an pets in the path of the door.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 119 4. Choose one of the three buttons to program. Place the WARNING! hand-held controller 1-3 in (25-76 mm) from the universal transceiver while keeping its indicator light in view. Your motorized door or gate will open and close while you are programming the universal trans- ceiver.
120 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds and may require you to replace this Programming Step 5 with then turns to a constant light, continue with Program- procedures noted in the “Gate Operator/Canadian Pro- ming Steps 8-10 to complete programming of a rolling gramming”...
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 121 door opener (or other rolling code equipped device), If you live in Canada or you are having difficulties repeat this sequence a third time to complete the pro- programming a gate operator by using the programming gramming.
122 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE the program (or learning) mode and can be pro- Using the Universal Transceiver To operate the universal transceiver, simply press and grammed at any time beginning with Programming release the programmed button. Activation will now Step 4.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 123 This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly ap- RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the proved by the party responsible for compliance could following conditions: void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL CONTENTS Instruments And Controls ....127 User Memory (User – 1, 2, 3) ... . . 152 Instrument Cluster .
126 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Fan Control ......156 Dust Filter (If Equipped) ....162 Basic Setting - Heater .
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 127 INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS...
128 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL cluster, or turning the key in the ignition switch to the NSTRUMENT CLUSTER The instrument cluster displays are activated by either ON/RUN position. opening the door, pressing the left button within the...
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 129 INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION WARNING! 1. Low Windshield Washer System Fluid Level Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt Warning Light to fill to the top of the filler neck. Fluid may leak out With the key in the ignition switch turned to onto the floor or driveway causing a potential slip the ON/RUN position, the indicator light...
130 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when one or operating properly.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 131 3. Coolant Indicator Light 4. Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge This indicator illuminates when the engine This gauge shows engine coolant temperature. Any read- coolant has dropped below the required level ing between the Hot and Cold gauge marks show that the in the reservoir or the coolant temperature is engine cooling system is operating properly.
132 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 5. Fuel Gauge 7. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Indicator Light When the ignition is in the ON/RUN position, the The yellow ESP indicator light in the speedometer pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the tank. dial comes on with the key in the ignition switch The arrow to the right of the gas pump symbol shows turned to the ON/RUN position.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 133 The red markings on the tachometer indicate excessive The warning light should be checked frequently to assure engine speed. Ease off on the accelerator before reaching that it is operating properly. This can be done by turning the red area.
134 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 11. Light Outage Indicator 12. Antilock Warning Indicator Light With the key in the ignition switch turned to The ABS warning indicator light comes on with the ON/RUN position, an indicator light the key in the ignition switch turned to the comes on.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 135 BAS/ESP warning indicator light also comes on when a The seat belt indicator light will remain lit until the seat malfunction is detected in either the Brake Assist System belts are fastened. or the Electronic Stability Program. It should go out with 15.
136 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 17. Electronic Digital Clock CAUTION! A digital readout in the instrument cluster shows the time in hours and minutes whenever the ignition switch The accessory drive belt also drives the water pump. is in the ON/RUN or ACC position. Operating the vehicle with a failed belt can cause engine overheating and possible severe engine When the ignition switch is in the OFF/LOCK position,...
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 137 change the time. Pull out the knob and turn it to the left correct distance that the vehicle has been driven. There- for hour adjustment; pull out the knob and turn it to the fore, if the odometer reading is changed during repair or right for minute adjustment.
138 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL There are two symbols which will appear in the 2. Within one second press the knob/button twice. main odometer display field prior to the next 3. The present status for days or distance is displayed. suggested service.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 139 driving when reaching the service warning threshold. It The interval between services is determined by the type can be canceled manually by pressing the knob/button. of vehicle operation. Driving at extreme speeds, and cold starts combined with short distance driving in which the Once the suggested term has passed, the message plus engine does not reach normal operating temperature, either the symbol for Service A or the symbol for Service...
140 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL the displayed temperature can only be verified by com- 24. Airbag Light parison to a thermometer placed next to the sensor, not The operational readiness of the airbag system by comparison to external displays (e.g., bank signs, etc.). is verified by the airbag indicator light in the instrument cluster when turning the key in the Adaptation to ambient temperature takes place in steps...
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 141 WARNING! WARNING! In the event a malfunction of the airbag is indicated, Do not drive the vehicle until you have properly the airbag may not be operational. For your safety, we locked the steering column. strongly recommend that you visit an authorized dealer immediately to have the system checked;...
142 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL If the Check Engine light remains on continuously and Have the brake system checked at your authorized dealer the vehicle is driving normally, you may still drive the as soon as possible. vehicle. In most situations, the vehicle will not require 28.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 143 position, press the knob to the left of the speedometer “clock” icon remain on when attempting to check oil once and wait seven seconds. An ISO oil level icon level and no message follows, or if the low engine oil appears in the trip odometer window and a “clock”...
144 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER INFINITY MODULUS Entertainment Systems A premium Infinity Modulus AM/FM stereo, single-disc CD audio system is standard equipment on some mod- els. It feeds a six-channel, 240-watt amplifier with dual subwoofers mounted in the back panel behind the seats, and four door-mounted speakers.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 145 The unit can also be operated without the ignition switch Press the AUD button repeatedly until BAL appears. turned on by pressing the ON/OFF knob, but it will Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level switch off automatically after one hour.
146 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: After six seconds without any action, or by button labeled AS repeatedly until AS-SEEK is displayed. pressing OPT, CD, AM, FM, or TP, the current setting is To select the stored stations, press the 1-9 buttons. cancelled, and the new setting is stored.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 147 Storing FM stations – 10 frequencies can be stored on FM To activate, press the OPT button in FM mode, then press 1 and on FM 2 by pressing a multifunction button for the multifunction PT button. You can pre-select one of the three seconds;...
148 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL • JAZZ – Jazz Music • COUNTRY – Country Music • TALK – Talk Programs • PERSNLTY – Personality • CLASSICL – Classical • OLDIES – Oldies Format • ROCK – Rock Music • PUBLIC – Public Radio •...
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 149 Once the scan search begins, it will continue until either General Information a station is retained or until another mode is selected. This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the Tuning AM stations –...
150 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL To eject a disc, briefly press and release the CAUTION! EJT button. Before inserting a CD, assure that a CD is not already in the player. Press the CD button; if the display shows NO CDS, a new CD can be inserted. If a CD is If the power is turned off, the disc will remain in the CD already loaded, press and release the EJT button and slot for protection.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 151 • Scan Tracks (SC) • Random Play (RP) Push the right rotary control/push button until the Press the multifunction button RP for random genera- display shows SC. All tracks are played back for eight tion of the next track to be played. Press the button seconds each.
152 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL • PHONE – Telephone Characteristics Mono/Stereo In order to suppress reception-related interference, three To enter the USER menu, press the OPT button for more different parameters can be set to optimize reception. than three seconds. USER then appears on the display, and another user action must be entered within six To activate, call up the user menu, then press the right seconds or this menu is exited automatically.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 153 You can also call up the Setting DRIVER mode by Telephone mute characteristics pressing the right rotary/push button at this time. If a telephone with hands-free operation is installed, the call may be routed through the speaker system. This Driver –...
154 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE RADIO ANTENNA To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the The radio antenna is located in the rear liftgate glass on following precautions: the coupe vehicles and mounted on the left rear body panel on the roadster vehicles.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 155 RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES CLIMATE CONTROLS 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.
156 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 5. Air Conditioning ON/OFF Temperature Control Use the driver or passenger temperature control to 6. Rear Window Defroster regulate the temperature of the air inside the passenger 7. Air Distribution (Mode) Control compartment. The blue area of the control indicates cooler temperatures, while the red area indicates warmer The climate control system allows you to balance the temperatures.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 157 Basic Setting - Heater Select a temperature for each side of the pas- Select a temperature for each side of the pas- senger compartment. Select air volume with senger compartment. Select air volume with the fan control switch. Then select the Bi-Level the fan control switch and set the fan control at setting on the air distribution control switch to least to position 2 to prevent windows from...
158 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: The air conditioning compressor will not run if Slight changes in engine speed or power may be noticed the fan control switch is not set to position 1 or higher. when the compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence, since the compressor will cycle on and off to maintain comfort and increase fuel economy.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 159 Defogging Windows Fogged Up On Inside Press the A/C button; the indicator light should illumi- nate. Switch off the air recirculation; the indicator light should go out. Set the air distribution control switch to the defrost position. Increase air volume with the fan control switch to position 1 or higher.
160 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Ventilation Climate Control - OFF To switch the climate control off, set the air volume control switch to position 0. The fresh air supply to the vehicle interior is shut off. While driving, use this setting only temporarily, otherwise the windshield could fog up.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 161 If several components in the vehicle are consuming Air Recirculation/REST power simultaneously, or the battery is only partially This mode can be selected to temporarily re- charged, it is possible that the defroster will automati- duce the entry of annoying odors or dust into cally turn itself off.
162 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Residual Engine Heat Utilization (REST) NOTE: This vehicle is equipped with an air conditioner With the engine switched off, it is possible to system that uses R-134a (HFC: hydrofluorocarbon) as a continue heating the interior for a short while. refrigerant.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 163 Operating Tips...
STARTING AND OPERATING CONTENTS Starting Procedures ..... 168 Automatic Transmission ....174 Normal Starting .
166 STARTING AND OPERATING Program Mode Selector Switch ... . 180 Brake Pad Break-In ....196 Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode) .
STARTING AND OPERATING 167 Replacement Tires ..... 213 Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends ....223 Alignment And Balance .
168 STARTING AND OPERATING turn the key counterclockwise to the OFF/LOCK posi- STARTING PROCEDURES tion and repeat the starting procedure. If there are several WARNING! unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the nearest authorized dealer. Do not leave animals or children inside parked Vehicles with manual transmissions: vehicles in hot weather;...
STARTING AND OPERATING 169 NOTE: Due to the starter non-repeat feature, the key Extremely Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C) must be turned completely to the left before attempting For reliable starting in areas where temperatures fre- to start the engine again. quently drop below -20°F (-29°C), we recommend the use of an externally powered battery and an electric engine block heater.
170 STARTING AND OPERATING If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not WARNING! have enough power to continue running when the key is released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accel- Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the erator pedal pushed all the way to the floor.
STARTING AND OPERATING 171 TRANSMISSION SHIFTING NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged and the shift lever placed in REVERSE before leaving the vehicle, Manual Transmission especially on an incline. To place the transmission in REVERSE, lift up on the shift lever knob, push it to the left and pull it back.
172 STARTING AND OPERATING Never drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal, or Recommended Shift Speeds try to hold the vehicle on a hill with the clutch pedal To use your manual transmission for both fuel economy partially engaged. This will cause abnormal wear on the and performance, it should be upshifted as shown in the clutch.
STARTING AND OPERATING 173 WARNING! CAUTION! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key If you skip more than one gear while downshifting from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle. Do not or downshift at too high an engine speed, you could leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with damage the engine, transmission, or clutch.
174 STARTING AND OPERATING • Vehicle speed Automatic Transmission The gear shifting process is continuously adapted, de- pendent on the driving style, the driving situation and the road characteristics. The shift lever is automatically locked while in the PARK position. To move the shift lever out of the PARK position, the brake pedal must be firmly depressed before the shift lock will release.
STARTING AND OPERATING 175 When stopping the vehicle uphill, do not hold it with the WARNING! accelerator; use the brake. This avoids unnecessary trans- mission heat build-up. It is dangerous to shift the shift lever out of PARK or NEUTRAL if the engine speed is higher than idle Maneuvering speed.
176 STARTING AND OPERATING Park Position The PARK position is to be used when parking the vehicle. Engage only with the vehicle stopped. The PARK position is not intended to serve as a brake when the vehicle is parked. Rather, the driver should always use the parking brake in addition to placing the shift lever in PARK to secure the vehicle.
STARTING AND OPERATING 177 tool from the opening, the cover will not close fully. Only Reverse after moving the selector lever to the “D+” and “D-” Shift into REVERSE gear only when the vehicle is com- positions does the cover return to its closed position. pletely stopped.
178 STARTING AND OPERATING Press and hold the shift lever in the “D-” direction. The Drive The transmission automatically upshifts through FIFTH transmission will shift from the current gear directly to gear. The DRIVE position provides optimum driving the best gear for acceleration. characteristics under all normal operating conditions.
STARTING AND OPERATING 179 your vehicle heavily loaded, the automatic transmission WARNING! will downshift when necessary to maintain engine RPM within the best torque range. On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in order to obtain braking action. This could result in drive Gear Ranges wheel slip and reduced vehicle control.
180 STARTING AND OPERATING NEUTRAL The engine may be started in this range. Use this range for starting your vehicle if it is moving or being towed. OVERDRIVE This range should be used for most city and highway driving. It provides the smoothest upshifts and down- shifts and best fuel economy.
STARTING AND OPERATING 181 down into a lower gear. Rapid release of the accelerator Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode) pedal will normally result in an upshift. This gear shift- If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the transmission no ing process is dependent on the current vehicle speed. longer shifts, the transmission is most likely operating in Limp Home Mode which engages when there is a For Winter/Wet (snow and ice) mode, press the “W”...
182 STARTING AND OPERATING 6. Move the shift lever to the DRIVE position (for SEC- Traction OND gear), or move the shift lever to the REVERSE When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a position (for REVERSE gear). wedge of water to build up between the tire and road surface.
STARTING AND OPERATING 183 DRIVING THROUGH WATER Shallow Standing Water Driving through water more than a few inches/ Although your vehicle is capable of driving through centimeters deep will require extra caution to ensure shallow standing water, consider the following Caution safety and prevent damage to your vehicle.
184 STARTING AND OPERATING CAUTION! WARNING! • Driving through standing water may cause dam- • Driving through standing water limits your vehi- age to your vehicle’s drivetrain components. Al- cle’s traction capabilities. Do not exceed 5 mph (8 ways inspect your vehicle’s fluids (i.e., engine oil, km/h) when driving through standing water.
STARTING AND OPERATING 185 PARKING BRAKE When you apply the parking brake with engine running, the brake system warning light in the instrument cluster will come on. NOTE: This light, when illuminated with parking brake application, shows only that the parking brake is on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
186 STARTING AND OPERATING When parking on a hill, you must set the parking brake WARNING! before placing the shift lever in PARK. If you don’t, the load on the transmission locking mechanism may make it Do not leave children unattended in a vehicle. A difficult to move the shift lever out of PARK.
STARTING AND OPERATING 187 greater pedal force required to slow or stop, and activa- WARNING! tion of the brake warning light during brake use. BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from Brake Assist System (BAS) acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of capability during emergency braking maneuvers.
188 STARTING AND OPERATING The malfunction indicator light for the BAS is combined The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instru- with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) malfunction ment cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch indicator light. turned to the ON/RUN position and should go out with the engine running.
STARTING AND OPERATING 189 Electronic Stability Program (ESP) In winter operation, the effectiveness of the ESP can be The ESP enhances directional control and reduces wheel- enhanced by equipping the vehicle with DaimlerChrysler spin under various driving conditions. When ESP is recommended mud and snow (M+S) rated radial-ply active, engine torque is limited and the ESP warning light tires and/or snow chains.
190 STARTING AND OPERATING The ESP warning light starts to flash at any vehicle speed NOTE: When the ESP warning light is illuminated as soon as the tires lose traction and the wheels begin to continuously, the ESP is switched off. Adapt your speed spin.
STARTING AND OPERATING 191 Synchronizing ESP ESP Control switch If the power supply was interrupted (battery discon- The ESP control switch is located in the center console. nected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indica- When the ESP is switched off, the warning light in the tor light may be illuminated with the engine running.
192 STARTING AND OPERATING To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin, the snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand, or gravel, ESP system will apply the brake at the affected wheel switch off the ESP by pressing the upper half of the ESP until the wheel regains sufficient traction.
STARTING AND OPERATING 193 The ABS prevents the wheels from locking up above a can be an indication of hazardous road conditions and vehicle speed of approximately 5 mph (8 km/h) indepen- functions as a reminder to take extra care while driving. dent of road surface conditions.
194 STARTING AND OPERATING The ABS malfunction indicator light in the instrument WARNING! cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/RUN position, and should go out with Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the effec- the engine running.
STARTING AND OPERATING 195 When the ABS malfunction indicator light in the instru- WARNING! ment cluster comes on while the engine is running, it indicates that the ABS has detected a malfunction and has ABS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from switched off.
196 STARTING AND OPERATING Brake Pad Break-In WARNING! The brakes on your vehicle do not require a long break-in period, but avoid repeated hard brake applications from To use your brakes and accelerator more safely, follow these high speeds during initial break-in. Also avoid severe tips: brake loading such as may be encountered when de- •...
STARTING AND OPERATING 197 NOTE: Increased noise levels at the end of the steering WARNING! wheel travel are considered normal and does not indicate that there is a problem with the power steering system. Continued operation with reduced power steering assist could pose a safety risk to yourself and others.
198 STARTING AND OPERATING • European-Metric tire sizing is based on European TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION design standards. Tires designed to this standard have TIRE MARKINGS the tire size molded into the sidewall beginning with the section width. The letter P is absent from this tire size designation.
STARTING AND OPERATING 199 Tire Sizing Chart TIRE SIZING TERMS 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 millimeters (mm)
200 STARTING AND OPERATING TIRE SIZING TERMS 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 —...
STARTING AND OPERATING 201 TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (TIN) The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire, Look for the TIN on the outboard side of black sidewall however, the date code may only be on one side. Tires tires as mounted on the vehicle.
202 STARTING AND OPERATING TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER EXAMPLE: DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301 01 = Number representing the year in which the tire was manufactured (two digits) —01 means the year 2001 — Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were only re- quired to have one number to represent the year in which the tire was manufactured.
STARTING AND OPERATING 203 TIRE LOADING AND TIRE PRESSURE Tire and Loading Information Placard Tire Placard Location NOTE: The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed on either the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side B-Pillar. 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) total weight your vehicle can carry...
204 STARTING AND OPERATING Loading combined weight of occupants, cargo/luggage and The vehicle maximum load on the tire must not exceed trailer tongue weight (if applicable) should never exceed the load carrying capacity of the tire on your vehicle. You the weight referenced here.
STARTING AND OPERATING 205 5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo NOTE: The following table shows examples on how to being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely calculate total load, cargo/luggage, and towing capaci- exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity ties of your vehicle with varying seating configurations calculated in Step 4.
STARTING AND OPERATING 207 Safety WARNING! WARNING! Overloading of your tires is dangerous. Overloading can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and • Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can cause increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the accidents. recommended load capacity for your vehicle.
208 STARTING AND OPERATING Economy Tire Inflation Pressures Improper inflation pressures can cause uneven wear The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed on either patterns to develop across the tire tread. These abnormal the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side B-pillar. wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for earlier tire replacement.
STARTING AND OPERATING 209 check tire pressure. Do not make a visual judgement Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range when determining proper inflation. Radial tires may look of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with properly inflated even when they are underinflated.
210 STARTING AND OPERATING Tire Pressures For High Speed Operation Radial-Ply Tires The manufacturer advocates driving at safe speeds WARNING! within posted speed limits. Where speed limits or condi- tions are such that the vehicle can be driven at high Combining radial ply tires with other types of tires speeds, maintaining correct tire inflation pressure is very on your vehicle will cause your vehicle to handle...
STARTING AND OPERATING 211 Tire Spinning Tread Wear Indicators When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires spin your vehicle’s wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h). to help you in determining when your tires should be replaced.
212 STARTING AND OPERATING These indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread WARNING! grooves. They will appear as bands when the tread depth becomes 1/16 in (2 mm). When the indicators appear in Tires and the spare tire should be replaced after six two or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be re- years, regardless of the remaining tread.
STARTING AND OPERATING 213 Replacement Tires WARNING! The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for • Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that wear and correct cold tire inflation pressure. The manu- specified for your vehicle.
214 STARTING AND OPERATING Improper alignment will not cause vehicle vibration. CAUTION! Vibration may be a result of tire and wheel out-of- balance. Proper balancing will reduce vibration and Replacing original tires with tires of a different size avoid tire cupping and spotty wear. may result in false speedometer and odometer readings.
STARTING AND OPERATING 215 as possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure, NOTE: The TPMS can inform you about a low tire Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the pressure condition, but it does not replace normal tire tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.
216 STARTING AND OPERATING The TPMS will cause the indicator light in the instrument CAUTION! cluster to illuminate whenever the pressure in one tire falls 25% below the recommended pressure shown on the The TPM system is designed to monitor your tire vehicle’s tire label.
STARTING AND OPERATING 217 if the temperature is very cold. ALWAYS check the CAUTION! pressure in your tires if the TPMS indicator light is illuminated. The TPMS has been optimized for the original equipment tires and wheels. The TPMS pressures have been established for the tire size equipped on your vehicle.
218 STARTING AND OPERATING If your tire pressure is low, you should correct your tire may occur for a variety of reasons, including the instal- inflation pressure as soon as possible and inspect all of lation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the your tires.
STARTING AND OPERATING 219 • This device must accept any interference received, Tire chains should only be driven on snow-covered roads including interference that may cause undesired op- at speeds not to exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). Remove eration. chains as soon as possible when driving on roads without snow.
220 STARTING AND OPERATING ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT TIRES SNOW TIRES Your vehicle is equipped with either sport performance Some countries or regions require the use of snow tires tires or all-season performance tires. The sport perfor- during winter. See the recommended snow type winter mance tires offer the maximum road handling capability tire applications in this section.
STARTING AND OPERATING 221 If you need snow tires, the recommended size for the TIRE ROTATION RECOMMENDATIONS front and rear tires is the same size as the original Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at equipment front tires. This size tire on the rear allows the different loads and perform different steering, driving, use of tire chains on the rear wheels.
222 STARTING AND OPERATING FUEL REQUIREMENTS Your engine is designed to meet all emis- sions regulations and provide satisfactory fuel economy and optimum performance when using high quality unleaded gaso- line having an octane rating of 91 or higher. DaimlerChrysler Corporation re- quires the use of 91 octane or higher premium fuel to minimize the potential for engine damage.
STARTING AND OPERATING 223 Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard DaimlerChrysler Corporation supports the use of refor- starting, stalling and stumble. If you experience these mulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gaso- problems, try another brand of gasoline before consider- lines will provide excellent performance and durability ing service for the vehicle.
224 STARTING AND OPERATING Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline MMT is prohibited in both Federal and California refor- blends are not the responsibility of DaimlerChrysler mulated gasolines. Corporation and may not be covered by the Limited In Canada, MMT can be used at levels higher than those Warranty.
STARTING AND OPERATING 225 states adopting California emission standards, your ve- CAUTION! hicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting Federal specifications, but emission control system performance If the CHECK ENGINE Light is flashing, immediate may be adversely affected. service is required. See the Onboard Diagnostic System (OBDII) paragraph in the Maintaining Your Gasoline sold outside of California is permitted to have Vehicle section of this manual.
226 STARTING AND OPERATING service. If the gas cap is lost or damaged, be sure the CAUTION! replacement cap has been designed for use with this vehicle. To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top off” the fuel tank after filling. CAUTION! Damage to the fuel system or emission control sys- With the key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/...
STARTING AND OPERATING 227 • Tighten the gas cap until you hear a single click. This VEHICLE LOADING is an indication that the gas cap is properly tightened. The load carrying capacity of your vehicle is in the The CHECK ENGINE light will come on if the gas cap following chart and on the tire pressure label attached to is not properly secured.
228 STARTING AND OPERATING Roof Luggage Rack CAUTION! Convertible Top Vehicles • To prevent damage to the roof of your vehicle, DO NOT carry any loads on the roof luggage rack which may come CAUTION! in contact with the roof panel. The load should be secured and placed on top of the rack, not directly on the roof.
STARTING AND OPERATING 229 TRAILER TOWING WARNING! Trailer towing with your vehicle is not recommended. Cargo must be securely tied before driving your vehicle. Improperly secured loads can fly off the vehicle, particularly at high speeds, resulting in per- sonal injury or property damage. Follow the roof luggage rack “Cautions”...
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES CONTENTS Hazard Warning Flasher ....232 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle ....244 If Your Engine Overheats .
232 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES Do not use this emergency warning system when the HAZARD WARNING FLASHER The flasher switch is located in the console. Push in vehicle is in motion. Use it when your vehicle is disabled the flasher switch and all front and rear directional and is creating a safety hazard for other motorists.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 233 In any of the following situations, you can reduce the to HIGH. This allows the heater core to act as a supple- potential for overheating by taking the appropriate ac- ment to the radiator and aids in removing heat from the tion.
234 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES WARNING! A hot cooling system is dangerous. You or others could be badly burned by steam or boiling coolant. If your temperature gauge pointer is in the red area, turn OFF the engine immediately. You may want to call an authorized dealer for service.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 235 Sealing tire with TIREFIT WARNING! 1. Set the parking brake and turn on the hazard warning Cuts or punctures larger than approximately 0.16 in. (4 mm), flashers. tire damage caused by driving with extremely low tire pressure or on a flat tire, or a damaged wheel can pose a 2.
236 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 8. Unscrew the valve cap from the valve on the deflated 15. Attach the air pump hose directly to the tire, press the tire. switch to 1, and inflate the tire again. NOTE: If a tire pressure of 26 psi (180 kPa) is not reached after five 9.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 237 NOTE: Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) until the tire Preparations for Jacking has been inspected. WARNING! NOTE: If a pressure of at least 19 psi (130 kPa) cannot be maintained in the tire, the tire is too badly damaged. Do Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous.
238 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES • Turn on the hazard warning flashers and park the Jacking the vehicle should only be necessary in the event that a tire has been severely damaged, and must be vehicle on a firm, level surface; avoid ice or slippery replaced.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 239 NOTE: The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up 1. Remove the jack and jack handle from stowage be- the vehicle at the specified jack location points built neath the cargo compartment carpet. beneath either side of the vehicle. 2.
240 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES NOTE: Do not raise the vehicle until you are sure the jack is securely engaged, as shown. 3. Holding the jack, insert the cradle under the lifting points. Crank the handle clockwise until the jack base meets the ground.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 241 parked on an incline. Raise the vehicle only until the tire WARNING! just clears the surface. Minimum tire lift provides maxi- mum stability. A loose jack or tool thrown forward in a collision or hard stop could endanger the occupants of the ve- 4.
242 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES CAUTION! WARNING! Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not allow started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way. battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t Pushing with another vehicle may damage the trans- lean over battery when attaching clamps or allow the mission or the rear of your vehicle.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 243 without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake, place the transmission in NEUTRAL and turn the igni- tion OFF for both vehicles. 3. Turn off the heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical loads. 1.
244 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE jump-start attachment of the booster battery. Connect the In order to free a stuck vehicle you must turn off the other end of the same cable to the positive jump-start Electronic Stability Program (ESP) before attempting to attachment of the discharged battery.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 245 CAUTION! CAUTION! Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast Important! If towing the vehicle, please note the may lead to transmission/axle overheating and fail- following: With the automatic central locking acti- ure. It can also damage the tires. Do not spin the vated and the key in the ignition switch turned to the wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
246 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES Always comply with applicable state or local towing CAUTION! ordinances. If the vehicle is towed with the front wheels raised, the CAUTION! engine must be shut off (key in the ignition switch turned to the OFF/LOCK or ACC positions). Other- •...
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 247 Towing Eyes The vehicle is equipped with front and rear towing eyes to allow towing with the wheels on the ground or to allow the vehicle to be easily drawn up on a flatbed tow truck.
248 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES Insert the tool (or similar sized screwdriver) into the slot Tow-Away Alarm in the grille as shown (the tool must be inserted far Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior enough to engage the clip on the left side of the grille). vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when Push the tool to the left to disengage the clip and detach anyone attempts to raise the vehicle for towing.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 249 vehicle is immediately lowered. To cancel the alarm, To do so, turn the key in the ignition switch to the insert the key in the ignition switch or press the TRANS- OFF/LOCK or ACC positions, or remove key from the MIT button on the key fob.
250 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES If the power convertible top operation does not function CAUTION! properly, you can close the convertible top manually. Manually closing the convertible top is a complicated NOTE: The multifunction tool from the glovebox is and technically demanding procedure.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 251 3. Turn the ignition OFF and continue to push down on CAUTION! the switch for five seconds. Ensure that the decklid is closed while raising the 4. After five seconds the hydraulic system pressure will convertible top manually to prevent the possibility of be relieved.
252 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 3. Unlock the storage compartment by placing the tool 5. Pull up hard on the upper section of the convertible on the bolt between the backrest and the tonneau cover. top to move it out of its storage compartment. Turn the wrench in the direction of the arrow to its stop and remove the tool.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 253 WARNING! Do not place your hands in the convertible top frame areas. Serious personal injury may occur. 7. Do not place the convertible top frame onto wind- shield header. 8. Place the rear window section of the convertible top in its vertical position.
254 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 9. Close the tonneau cover by placing hands near the 10. Lock the convertible top storage compartment by edges (arrows) and slowly lowering it. The tonneau cover placing the tool on the bolt between the backrest and the must lock in the first notch of the compartment cover tonneau cover.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 255 11. Lower the rear window section of the convertible top 12. Fold down the locking latch handle. down and lock into the tonneau cover. 13. Turn the latch handle just past one-quarter turn clockwise and pull the convertible top frame carefully down until it meets the windshield header attachment points.
256 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 14. Turn the latch handle counterclockwise to the stop in 15. Fold the latch handle up. order to lock the convertible top. The convertible top is now locked onto the windshield header. NOTE: Have the convertible top operation checked at your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS 3.2L Engine ......260 Crankcase Emission Control System ..271 Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) .
258 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Exhaust System ..... . 279 Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses ..297 Cooling System .
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 259 Headlight Aiming ..... 310 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine Parts ....... . 316 Vehicle Storage .
260 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 3.2L ENGINE...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 261 ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II) CAUTION! To meet new government regulations and promote cleaner air, your Crossfire is equipped with a sophisti- Prolonged driving with the CHECK ENGINE light cated Onboard Diagnostic system called OBD II. This on could cause further damage to the emission con- system monitors the performance of the emissions and trol system.
262 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS which you can use prior to going to the test station. To In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass check if your vehicle’s OBD II system is ready, you must an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 263 until you turn OFF the ignition key or start the engine. have your vehicle serviced before going to the I/M This means that your vehicle’s OBD II system is not station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the ready and you should not proceed to the I/M station.
264 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES systems can result in civil penalties being assessed The pages that follow contain the maintenance service against you. recommended by the engineers who designed your ve- hicle. WARNING! Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed maintenance intervals, there are other items that should You can be badly injured working on or around a...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 265 You can check the oil level using the procedure described in Checking Engine Oil Level in the Understanding Your Instrument Panel section, or by checking the engine oil dipstick. The best time to check the engine oil level is about five minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off, or before starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
266 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Change Engine Oil If ANY of the following apply to your driving, the oil The oil change interval for yourvehicle is initially set at change interval can be reduced significantly: 7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km). •...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 267 CAUTION! Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine. Engine Oil Selection For best performance and maximum protection under all types of operating conditions, only use synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40.
268 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Disposing of Used Engine Oil Drive Belts - Check Condition and Tension Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil from At the distance shown in the maintenance schedules, your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can check all drive belts for condition and proper tension.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 269 there is any malfunction due to a faulty spark plug. Engine Fuel Filter Check the specifications section for the proper type of A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the spark plug for use in your vehicle. speed at which a vehicle can be driven.
270 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CAUTION! WARNING! Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In materials that can burn. Such materials might be the event of engine malfunction, particularly involv- grass or leaves coming into contact with your exhaust ing engine misfire or other apparent loss of perfor-...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 271 To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage: Crankcase Emission Control System Proper operation of this system depends on freedom • Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition from sticking or plugging due to deposits. when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle is in motion.
272 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! CAUTION! Battery posts, terminals and related accessories con- It is essential when replacing the cables on the tain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after battery that the positive cable is attached to the handling. positive post and the negative cable is attached to the negative post.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 273 Air Conditioner WARNING! Check the air conditioning system at the start of the warm weather season. The air conditioning system contains refrigerant un- der high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury or NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any lower than expected, check the front of the A/C con- repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be...
274 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE During scheduled maintenance, check the power steering Power Steering Fluid No power steering fluid service is required. The system is fluid level at the power steering fluid reservoir. Nor- filled at the factory with Pentosin CHF 11S. Steering noise mally, it will not be necessary to add power steering and reduced component life may result if an unapproved fluid.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 275 Steering Linkage Inspect tie rod ends whenever the vehicle is serviced. They are permanently lubricated and do not require periodic lubrication. Drive Shaft Universal Joints Your vehicle has four constant velocity universal joints. Periodic lubrication of these joints is not required. How- ever, the joint boots should be inspected for external leakage or damage when other maintenance is per- formed.
276 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE small amount of a high quality lubricant, such as Mopar Body Lubrication Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as Lock Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder seat tracks, doors, and rear liftgate/decklid hinges, (avoid excess lubricant).
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 277 remove frost or ice from the windshield. Make sure that they are not frozen to the glass before turning them on to avoid damaging the blade. Keep the blade rubber out of contact with petroleum products such as engine oil, gasoline, etc.
278 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Windshield Washer Reservoir WARNING! The washer fluid reservoir is located in the engine compartment and should be checked for fluid level at Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt regular intervals. Fill the reservoir with windshield to fill to the top of the filler neck.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 279 Exhaust System WARNING! The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon system. monoxide which is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can make you unconscious and can eventually If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system, poison you.
280 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Coolant Checks Cooling System Check coolant protection every 12 months (before the WARNING! onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If the cool- ant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be • When working near the radiator cooling fan, dis- drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 281 Engine Coolant Disposal Used ethylene glycol based engine coolant is a regulated substance requiring proper disposal. Check with your local authorities to determine the disposal rules for your community. Do not store ethylene glycol based engine coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in puddles on the ground.
282 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of CAUTION! corrosion protection in the engine cooling system. Failure to use the proper antifreeze could cause NOTE: Mixing coolant types other than Mopar prod- radiator plugging and engine overheating. Do not ucts will decrease the life of the engine coolant and will mix antifreeze brands or types.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 283 Points to Remember WARNING! NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles/ The warning words “DO NOT OPEN WHEN HOT” kilometers of operation, you may observe vapor coming near the cooling system reservoir cap are a safety from the front of the engine compartment.
284 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • Maintain a coolant concentration of a minimum of 50% Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses ethylene glycol Extended Life Coolant and high qual- Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence ity water with recommended antifreeze for proper of heat and mechanical damage.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 285 Brakes cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive In order to assure brake system performance, all brake swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular system components should be inspected periodically. attention should be made to examining those hose sur- Suggested service intervals can be found in the Mainte- faces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust nance section.
286 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done when- Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before ever the brake system is serviced and at every engine oil removing the cap. If necessary, add fluid to bring the change.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 287 Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake WARNING! fluid with: minimum dry boiling point (ERBP) 500°F, minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F, maximum Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed viscosity 1500 mm /s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and container to avoid contamination from foreign mat-...
288 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Automatic Transmission CAUTION! The fluid in the automatic transmission should be changed at 80,000 mi (129 000 km), along with the Using a transmission fluid other than the fluid rec- transmission fluid filter. After that, the transmission fluid ommended by DaimlerChrysler Corporation may is filled for life.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 289 Fluid and Filter Changes Fluid Level Check Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug. The fluid changed at 80,000 mi (129 000 km). The fluid is then filled level should be between the bottom of the fill hole and a for life.
290 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Frequency of Fluid Change sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons, Under normal operation conditions, the fluid installed at are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contami- the vehicle.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 291 • Insects, tree sap and tar. • Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint • Salt in the air near seacoast localities. finish. • Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants. CAUTION! •...
292 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, Do not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is automatic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh considered the responsibility of the owner.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 293 DO NOT USE: Interior Care Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery • Any abrasive cleaner and carpeting. • Any abrasive cleaning pad (such as steel wool) or Use Mopar Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery. abrasive brush Mopar Vinyl Cleaner is specifically recommended for •...
294 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and CAUTION! reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution fol- The use of vinyl, leather or plastic protectants may lowed by rinsing.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 295 protectants or other products which may cause undesir- If the seat belts need cleaning, use a mild soap solution or able reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the lukewarm water. Do not remove the seat belts from the low glare surface.
296 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Immediate removal of any contaminant is recommended. Hand washing is highly recommended. Automatic car Regular washing of the top will enhance its life and washing equipment can damage the top material. If you appearance, and make successive cleanings easier. Do not must use an automatic car wash, soft cloth systems are subject the top to excessive heat.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 297 The following methods are sufficient if the top is only Weather Strip Care lightly soiled: Lubricate all top and door glass weather strips periodi- cally with Mopar Weather Strip Lubricant (part number Dry Cleaning 4773427), to keep them soft and pliable. Brush the dry top with a soft-bristled brush from front to rear of the vehicle.
298 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 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.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 299 Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses Cavity Fuse Circuits 5 Amp Garage Door Opening Signal, Beige Tire Pressure Control and Seat Heater 5 Amp Control Unit Airbag Beige 5 Amp Indicator, Safety Restraint System Beige and Indicator Passenger Airbag 7.5 Amp Heated Mirror Brown...
300 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Cavity Fuse Circuits Cavity Fuse Circuits 40 Amp Roof Hydraulic Unit (Roadster) 10 Amp Diagnostic Socket Orange 5 Amp Occupation Classification Module 5 Amp Climate Control, Auxiliary Water Beige (Right Seat) Beige Pump 15 Amp Radio 10 Amp Spoiler Motor Blue...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 301 Cavity Fuse Circuits Cavity Fuse Circuits 15 Amp Sound Booster (Amplifier) Spare (Coupe) Blue 30 Amp Climate Control (Roadster) 30 Amp Seat Heater Green Green 15 Amp Radio Frequency Remote Control, 20 Amp Pneumatic Control Unit, Rear Blue Hazard Warning Flasher, Instru- Yellow...
Relay Control Module Fuses The relay control module fuses are located in the Control Module Box next to the battery in the engine compart- ment. Slide the control module box cover retaining clips forward and lift the cover from the control module box to gain access to the relay control module fuses.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 303 Relay Control Module Fuses Interior Fuses Cavity Fuse Circuits 15 Amp Traction System Blue 15 Amp Engine Control 2 Blue 15 Amp Engine Control 1 Blue 40 Amp Air Pump Orange 15 Amp Fuel Pump Blue 15 Amp Horn Blue...
304 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE The fuse access door is located on the end of the Interior Fuses instrument panel on the driver’s side behind the trim Cavity Fuse Circuits panel cover. Use a coin or flat blade screwdriver to open Not Assigned and close this access door.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 305 Exterior Light Bulbs Cavity Fuse Circuits 15 Amp Fog Light Bulb Bulb No. Blue Headlight - High and Low Beam ..12V55W H7U 7.5 Amp Left Parking/Tail Light Side Front Turn Signal ..... . . Y21W Brown Marker Front Parking/Standing Light .
306 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 2. Disconnect the electrical connector. EXTERIOR LIGHT BULB SERVICE 3. Release the spring clamps holding the bulb in place, Headlights and pull out the bulb. Replace the bulb and reverse the WARNING! removal procedure exactly. Halogen lamps contain pressurized gas. A bulb can explode if you: •...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 307 Front and Rear Sidemarker Lights CAUTION! 1. Push the front sidemarker assembly in and slide it Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil forward. Push the rear sidemarker assembly in and slide contamination will severely shorten bulb life. If the rearward.
308 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 4. Realign the two tabs and push the light in until it Tail, Stop, Back Up and Turn Signal Lights engages into the lock. 1. Open the rear liftgate/decklid and remove the access door in the trim panel. 2.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 309 License Plate Light 1. Remove the two lens assembly mounting screws. 2. Pull the bulb out of the socket. 3. Replace the bulb and reattach the lens assembly. 4. Align and resecure the two lens assembly mounting screws.
310 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE NOTE: Always test the operation of all lights after Headlight Aiming service operations have been performed to validate an The headlights on your new vehicle were aimed at the effective repair. factory. The factory setting was made at a no load setting. A great increase in weight will change the aiming and it may be necessary to readjust the headlights if carrying an excessive amount of weight in the rear cargo area.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 311 • If the vehicle will be subjected to freezing tempera- VEHICLE STORAGE We recommend that you follow these guidelines before tures, remove the battery and store it in a dry, well- storing your vehicle for extended periods. ventilated place.
312 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • For long term storage, remove the tires and put the Check the battery every four to six weeks to ensure that the voltage is above 12.4 volts. Voltage will drop more vehicle up on blocks. Stack the tires on plywood and rapidly in hot temperatures.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 313 SPECIFICATIONS Tightening Torque 15-22 ft lbs (20-30 N·m) Maximum Engine Speed 6000 rpm Engine Specifications Accessory Drive Belt 94.1 in (2390 mm) Engine Size 195.2 CID (3.2 L) Mode of Operation 4–stroke engine, gasoline Performance Specifications (approximate) injection Maximum Speed 150 mph (242 km/h)
314 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Gear Ratios - 5-Speed Automatic Transmission Wheelbase 94.5 in (2400 mm) First 3.95 Front Overhang 32.4 in (822 mm) Second 2.423 Rear Overhang 32.9 in (836 mm) Third 1.486 Front Ground Clearance 5.0 in (127 mm) Fourth 1.00 Rear Ground Clearance...
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 315 FLUID CAPACITIES U.S. Metric Fuel (Approximate) 15.8 Gal 60.0 L Fuel Tank Reserve 2 Gal 7.5 L Engine Oil (with filter) 3.2 L Engine 8.5 Qt 8.0 L Cooling System * 3.2 L Engine 11.8 Qt 11.2 L Manual Transmission 1.9 Qt...
316 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS Engine Component Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts Engine Coolant Use coolant approved to MB 325.0, such as Valvoline GO5, or an equivalent extended life coolant. Engine Oil Only use synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 317 Chassis Component Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts Automatic Transmission Only use ATF approved to MB 236.10, MB 236.12. Synthetic Dexron III Transmis- sion Fluid may be substituted. Brake Master Cylinder Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake fluid with: minimum dry boiling point (ERBP) 500°F (260°C), minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F (180°C), maximum viscosity 1500 mm /s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and ISO 4925.
318 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Body Component Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts Hinges: Door Mopar Spray White Lube Liftgate/Decklid Mopar Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB Hood Springs and Links Mopar Spray White Lube Latches: Liftgate/Decklid Mopar Spray White Lube Hood/Safety Catch Mopar Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB Door Mopar Spray White Lube Seat Regulator and Track...
320 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES INTRODUCTION WARRANTY This is intended as a guide to the service requirements of The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Dealer network is at your vehicle. your disposal for maintenance work. Each of these work- shops has the equipment and tools, the specially trained, It contains all necessary instructions concerning service skilled and experienced personnel and receives regular intervals and operations which have to be carried out.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 321 The use of Special lubricant additives is not recom- vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent main- mended. The use of such additives may affect your tenance may be needed for your Crossfire in severe warranty rights. With regard to legal stipulations con- operating conditions such as dusty areas and very short cerning emissions control, please note that engines have trip driving.
322 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES SCOPE OF WORK FOR “A” SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE SERVICE There are two maintenance schedules that show the Oil Change required service for your vehicle. • Change oil and replace filter Schedule “A” typically rotates with Schedule “B.” Follow Schedule “A”...
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 323 • Check tires for damage and general condition SCOPE OF WORK FOR “B” SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE SERVICE • Check tire inflation pressures and correct if necessary Oil Change Fluid Levels • Change oil and replace filter Check fluid levels for the following systems and correct if Maintenance necessary.
324 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES • Check seat belts for damage and proper function • Check underhood components for leakage or damage (if there are signs of leakage determine cause and • Test hydraulic brakes and check parking brake func- repair) tion •...
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 325 FSS SYSTEM − Short trips of less than 10 mi (16 km). The Flexible Service System (FSS) permits a flexible − More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high service schedule that is directly related to the operating speeds during hot weather, above 90°F (32°C).
326 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES Depending on operating conditions through- starts combined with short distance driving in which the out the year, a clock symbol may appear next to engine does not reach normal operating temperature, the service symbol. When this occurs, the next reduce the interval between services.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 327 • Mechanical assemblies (e.g., engine, transmission, etc.) At Each Stop for Fuel - check for leaks. • Check the engine oil level about five minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level Once a Month while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the •...
328 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES Every 2 years: At approximately 80,000 mi (128 000 km): • Inspect body for paint damage. • Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter. Use the recommended automatic transmission fluid. • Check chassis and supporting body parts for damage After this change it is filled for life.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES 329 Dust Filter for Heating/Ventilation Replacement (If WARNING! Equipped) The dust filter is replaced during routine maintenance You can be badly injured working on or around a service. The filter element must be replaced with “B” motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which Schedule service or every 18,500 mi (30 000 km) to you have the knowledge and the right equipment.
330 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES ENGINE OIL CHANGE AND FILTER REPLACEMENT The recommended oil and filter change interval is based on FSS or 1 year. Please refer to the heading FSS System in this section for a full description of the use and interpretation of symbols in the FSS system.
Reporting Safety Defects ....337 Chrysler Motors LLC Customer Center ..334 In The 50 United States And Washington, D.C.
332 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire Traction Grades ..... . 339 Quality Grades ......339 Temperature Grades .
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 333 SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR Be Reasonable With Requests YOUR VEHICLE If you list a number of items and you must have your vehicle by the end of the day, discuss the situation with Prepare For The Appointment the service advisor and list the items in order of priority.
• Vehicle delivery date and mileage general manager or owner of the authorized dealer- ship. They want to know if you need assistance. Chrysler Motors LLC Customer Center P.O. Box 21–8004 • If an authorized dealership is unable to resolve the Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004...
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 335 Chrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center (TTY) in the United States, can communicate with the P.O. Box 1621 manufacturer by dialing 1–800–380–CHRY. Windsor, Ontario N9A 4H6 Service Contract Phone: (800) 465–2001 You may have purchased a service contract for an vehicle...
You’ll be pleased with their sincere efforts to resolve any warranty issues or related concerns. WARRANTY INFORMATION (U.S. Vehicles Only) See the Warranty Information Booklet for the terms and provisions of Chrysler Motors LLC warranties applicable to this vehicle.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 337 MOPAR PARTS To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Mopar fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are Hotline toll free at 1–888–327–4236 (TTY: 1–800–424– 9153), available from an authorized dealer. They will help keep or go to http://www.safercar.gov;...
Chrysler Motors assistance of service and engineering specialists to LLC vehicles. A complete working knowledge of the acquaint you with specific Chrysler Motors LLC ve- vehicle, system, and/or components is written in hicles. Included are starting, operating, emergency...
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 339 Call toll free at: All passenger car tires must conform to Federal safety requirements in addition to these grades. • 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.) Treadwear • 1–800–387–1143 (Canada) The Treadwear grade is a comparative rating, based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course.
340 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and grade C corresponds to a level of performance, which all concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction perfor- passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor mance.
INDEX 347 Lap/Shoulder Belts ..... . . 27 Park ......97,307 Life of Tires .
348 INDEX Marker Lights, Side ..... . 307 Filter ....... 268 Master Cylinder (Brakes) .
INDEX 349 Pregnant Women and Seat Belts ....32 Restraints, Occupant ..... . 26 Program Mode Selector Switch .
350 INDEX Service Contract ......335 Stuck, Freeing ......244 Service Manuals .
INDEX 351 High Speed ......210 Traction ......182 Inflation Pressures .
352 INDEX Vehicle Storage ......311 Wheel and Wheel Trim Care ....292 Vehicle Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) .
MAINTENANCE SERVICEFSS SYSTEM REGULAR CHECK-UPS Additional Periodic MaintenanceSPECIAL MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS CoolantDust Filter for Heating/Ventilation Replacement (If Equipped)ENGINE OIL CHANGE AND FILTER REPLACEMENT IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR YOUR VEHICLE Prepare For The AppointmentPrepare A ListBe Reasonable With RequestsIF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE Chrysler Motors LLC Customer CenterChrysler Canada Inc.
INSTALLATION OF RADIO TRANSMITTING EQUIPMENT Special design considerations are incorporated into this The antenna cable should be as short as practical and vehicle’s electronic system to provide immunity to radio routed away from the vehicle wiring when possible. Use frequency signals. Mobile two-way radios and telephone only fully shielded coaxial cable.
81-026-0845 First Edition Printed in U.S.A.
81-026-0845 First Edition Printed in U.S.A.