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Pontiac Vibe 2003 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 3 This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. Customer Assistance Information This section tells you how to contact Pontiac for assistance and how to get service and owner publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8...
  • Page 4: Canadian Owners

    For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors Canadian Owners of Canada Limited” for Pontiac Division whenever it appears in this manual. Canadian Owners: You can obtain a French copy of...
  • Page 5: How To Use This Manual

    How to Use this Manual CAUTION: Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you do this, it will help you learn about the features and These mean there is something that could hurt controls for your vehicle.
  • Page 6: Vehicle Symbols

    Vehicle Damage Warnings Vehicle Symbols Also, in this book you will find these notices: Your vehicle may be equipped with components and labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols, used on your vehicle, are shown along with the text NOTICE: describing the operation or information relating to a specific component, control, message, gage or indicator.
  • Page 7 These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle:...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems Here you’ll find information about the seats in your vehicle and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts. Seats and Seat Controls Safety Belt Pretensioners Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone...
  • Page 9: Seats And Seat Controls

    Seats and Seat Controls This part tells you about the seats how to adjust them, and also about reclining front seatbacks, head restraints and rear folding seatbacks. Manual Front Seats CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving.
  • Page 10: Reclining Front Seatbacks

    Driver’s Seat Height Adjuster Reclining Front Seatbacks Turn the knob located on the outboard side of the driver’s seat cushion to adjust the height of the driver’s seat. It is easier to use the adjuster when the seat is unoccupied. Make sure the ignition is off and the vehicle is in PARK (P) before adjusting the seat.
  • Page 11 CAUTION: Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can’t do their job when you’re reclined like this. The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t be against your body.
  • Page 12: Head Restraints

    Head Restraints Adjust your head restraint so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. Press the release button near the base of the restraint to lower and raise the restraint to a comfortable position.
  • Page 13 Rear Seats CAUTION: Rear Folding Seatback You can fold either side of the seatback down for more A safety belt that is improperly routed, not cargo space. The rear right side seatback can also be properly attached, or twisted won’t provide the used as a temporary table when the vehicle is stopped.
  • Page 14 To fold either seatback down, do the following: Front Passenger Folding Seatback 1. Pull up on the lock release knob, located on CAUTION: the top of the seatbacks. If you fold the seatback forward to carry longer objects, such as skis, be sure any such cargo is not near an air bag.
  • Page 15 To fold the seatback down, do the following: 1. Lower the head restraint to the lowest position and make sure the seatback is at the most upright position and locked. 2. Pull up on one of the recliner levers located on either side of the back of the passenger’s seatback.
  • Page 16: Safety Belts: They're For Everyone

    Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone CAUTION: This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle.
  • Page 17: Why Safety Belts Work

    In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law Why Safety Belts Work says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work. When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a it goes.
  • Page 18 Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn’t stop. 1-11...
  • Page 19 The person keeps going until stopped by something. or the instrument panel ... In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ... 1-12...
  • Page 20: Here Are Questions Many People Ask About

    Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts and the Answers Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt? You could be whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you’re upside down.
  • Page 21: How To Wear Safety Belts Properly

    If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from How to Wear Safety Belts Properly home, why should I wear safety belts? Adults You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an This part is only for people of adult size. accident even one that isn’t your fault you and...
  • Page 22 4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.
  • Page 23 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you. Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.
  • Page 24 What’s wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. The shoulder belt is too loose. It won’t give nearly as much protection this way.
  • Page 25 What’s wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones.
  • Page 26 What’s wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which aren’t as strong as shoulder bones.
  • Page 27 What’s wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it.
  • Page 28: Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy

    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they don’t wear safety belts. To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way.
  • Page 29: Right Front Passenger Position

    The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the If your vehicle has side impact air bags, it will say mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more SIDE AIRBAG on a label on the side of likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash.
  • Page 30 Here are the most important things to know about the air CAUTION: (Continued) bag systems: They aren’t designed to inflate at all in rollover, rear or low speed frontal crashes, or in many CAUTION: side crashes. And, for some unrestrained occupants, frontal air bags may provide less You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if protection in frontal crashes than more forceful...
  • Page 31 CAUTION: (Continued) CAUTION: children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety Both frontal and side impact air bags inflate with belt system nor its air bag system is designed for great force, faster than the blink of an eye. If them. Young children and infants need the you’re too close to an inflating air bag, as you protection that a child restraint system can would be if you were leaning forward, it could...
  • Page 32 How the Air Bag Systems Work Where are the air bags? The right front passenger’s frontal air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side. The driver’s side impact air bag is in the side of the driver’s seatback closest to the door. The driver’s frontal air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel.
  • Page 33 CAUTION: If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death. The path of an inflating air bag must be kept clear. Don’t put anything between an occupant and an air bag, and don’t attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other air bag...
  • Page 34 When should an air bag inflate? It is possible that, in a crash involving the front of your vehicle, only one of the two frontal air bags in your The driver’s and right front passenger’s frontal air bags vehicle will deploy. This is rare, but it can happen in a are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or crash just severe enough to make a frontal air bag near...
  • Page 35 How does an air bag restrain? What will you see after an air bag inflates? In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, After an air bag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or that some people may not even realize the air bag the instrument panel.
  • Page 36 Air bags are designed to inflate only once. After an air bag inflates, you’ll need some new parts for your CAUTION: air bag system. If you don’t get them, the air bag system won’t be there to help protect you in another When an air bag inflates, there is dust in the air.
  • Page 37 If your vehicle ever gets into a lot of water such as NOTICE: water up to the carpeting or higher or if water enters your vehicle and soaks the carpet, the air bag controller can be soaked and ruined. If this ever happens, and then If you damage the covering for the driver’s or you start your vehicle, the damage could make the the right front passenger’s air bag, or the air...
  • Page 38: Safety Belt Pretensioners

    Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle Safety Belt Pretensioners Air bags affect how your vehicle should be serviced. Your vehicle has safety belt pretensioners. Although you There are parts of the air bag systems in several places cannot see them, they are located on the retractor part of around your vehicle.
  • Page 39: Rear Seat Passengers

    Rear Seat Passengers Rear Seat Passenger Positions It’s very important for rear seat passengers to buckle up! Accident statistics show that unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts. Rear passengers who aren’t safety belted can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash.
  • Page 40 Shoulder Belt 1. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Don’t let it get twisted. All rear seating positions have lap shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear one properly. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly.
  • Page 41 3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part. the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones.
  • Page 42: Children

    Children CAUTION: Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! This includes infants and all other children. Neither the distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the too loose.
  • Page 43 CAUTION: People should never hold a baby in their arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby doesn’t weigh much until a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12 lb.
  • Page 44 CAUTION: Children who are up against, or very close to, any air bag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Air bags plus lap shoulder belts offer outstanding protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its air bag system is designed for them.
  • Page 45 What are the different types of add on child restraints? CAUTION: on child restraints, which are purchased by the vehicle’s owner, are available in four basic types. Newborn infants need complete support, Selection of a particular restraint should take into including support for the head and neck.
  • Page 46: Restraint Systems For Children

    Restraint Systems for Children CAUTION: The body structure of a young child is quite unlike that of an adult or older child, for whom the safety belts are designed. A young child’s hip bones are still so small that the vehicle’s regular safety belt may not remain low on the hip bones, as it should.
  • Page 47 A rear facing infant seat (B) provides restraint with the A forward facing child seat (C E) provides restraint for seating surface against the back of the infant. The the child’s body with the harness and also sometimes harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, with surfaces such as T shaped or shelf like shields.
  • Page 48 How do child restraints work? A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children. A built in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle. An add child restraint system is a portable one, which is purchased by the vehicle’s owner.
  • Page 49: Where To Put The Restraint

    When choosing a child restraint, be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a vehicle. If it is, it CAUTION: will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. A child in a rear facing child restraint can be Then follow the instructions for the restraint.
  • Page 50: Top Strap

    Top Strap Some child restraints have a top strap, or “top tether.” It can help restrain the child restraint during a collision. For it to work, a top strap must be properly anchored to the vehicle. Some top strap equipped child restraints are designed for use with or without the top strap being anchored.
  • Page 51 Anchor the top strap to one of the top strap anchors. Your vehicle has top strap anchors for the rear seating positions. You will find three top strap anchors in a covered compartment on the floor of the rear cargo area. To access the anchors, open the compartment doors marked with the child restraint anchor symbol.
  • Page 52 Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) Your vehicle has the LATCH system. You’ll find anchors (A) in both outside rear seat positions. Each seating position with the LATCH system will have a label sewn to the seatback with the letters “LATCH” on it.
  • Page 53 In order to use the system, you need either a forward facing child restraint that has attaching points (B) at its base and a top tether anchor (C), or a rear facing child restraint that has attaching points (B), as shown here. With this system, use the LATCH system instead of the vehicle’s safety belts to secure a child restraint.
  • Page 54 Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System CAUTION: 1. Find the anchors for the seating position you want to use, where the bottom of the seatback meets the back If a LATCH type child restraint isn’t attached to of the seat cushion.
  • Page 55 Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear You’ll be using the lap shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. Be sure Seat Position to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint.
  • Page 56 3. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is 4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the the retractor to set the lock. safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 1-49...
  • Page 57 5. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. If you’re using a forward facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.
  • Page 58: Front Seat Position

    Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Although a rear seat is a safer place, you can secure a forward facing child restraint in the right front seat. Front Seat Position You’ll be using the lap shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one.
  • Page 59 4. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is 5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the the retractor to set the lock. safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 1-52...
  • Page 60 6. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. You may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.
  • Page 61: Older Children

    Older Children What is the proper way to wear safety belts? If possible, an older child should wear a shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the hips, just touching the top of the thighs.
  • Page 62 CAUTION: Never do this. Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can’t properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. What if a child is wearing a lap shoulder belt, but the child is so small that the shoulder belt is...
  • Page 63 CAUTION: Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt’s force would then be applied right on the child’s abdomen.
  • Page 64: Safety Belt Extender

    Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you Now and then, make sure the safety belt reminder light should use it. and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten, your loose or damaged safety belt system parts.
  • Page 65: Replacing Restraint System Parts After A Crash

    Replacing Restraint System Parts After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn After a Crash during a more severe crash, then you need new parts. If the LATCH system was being used during a more severe crash, you may need new LATCH system parts.
  • Page 66 Section 2 Features and Controls Here you can learn about the many standard and optional features on your vehicle, and information on starting, shifting and braking. Also explained are the instrument panel and the warning systems that tell you if everything is working properly and what to do if you have a problem.
  • Page 67 Windows CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. A child can be overcome by the extreme heat and can suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather.
  • Page 68: Manual Windows

    Manual Windows AUTO (Express Down): Press this switch all the way down and release it to lower the driver’s Use the window crank to open and close each window. window quickly. Power Windows (Option) Lock Out: Press the window lock out button, If your vehicle has this located next to the driver’s...
  • Page 69 Keys CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don’t leave the keys in a vehicle with children.
  • Page 70 One key is used for the NOTICE: ignition, the doors and all other locks. Your vehicle has a number of features that can help prevent theft. However, you can have a lot of trouble getting into your vehicle if you ever lock your key inside.
  • Page 71: Door Locks

    Door Locks There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the outside, use your key or the remote keyless entry transmitter, if equipped. See “Remote Keyless CAUTION: Entry” in the Index for more information. Unlocked doors can be dangerous. Passengers especially children easily open the doors and fall out of a...
  • Page 72 To manually lock the door from the inside, press the Power Door Locks (Option) knob on the door forward. To unlock the door, press the The power door lock switch knob rearward. If you have manual locks, you must use is located on the armrest on the key to lock and unlock the tailgate.
  • Page 73: Rear Door Security Locks

    Rear Door Security Locks To open a rear door with the security lock, do the following: Your vehicle is equipped with rear door security locks 1. Unlock the door from the inside. that help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors on your vehicle from the inside.
  • Page 74: Remote Keyless Entry System

    Remote Keyless Entry System Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to (If Equipped) use this equipment. If your vehicle has this feature, you can lock and unlock At times you may notice a decrease in range. This is your doors from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m) normal for any remote keyless entry system.
  • Page 75: Matching Transmitter(S) To Your Vehicle

    Operation UNLOCK: Press this button once to unlock the driver’s door. The turn signal lights will flash twice and the interior lamps will come on to confirm that the door has LOCK: Press this button to lock all unlocked. If the UNLOCK button is pressed again within three seconds, all remaining doors will unlock.
  • Page 76: Battery Replacement

    Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about three years. You can tell the battery is weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it’s probably time to change the battery.
  • Page 77 Liftgate/Liftglass Liftgate/Liftglass Release To open the liftgate using your key do the following: To unlock the liftgate, insert the key into the keyhole CAUTION: and turn it counterclockwise. It can be dangerous to drive with the liftgate/liftglass open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle.
  • Page 78 To open the liftglass using your key do the following: Use the handle in the center of the liftglass to help in lifting the glass. To open the liftglass, insert the key into the keyhole and turn it clockwise to the second position. You can also release the liftglass by pressing the release button (if equipped)
  • Page 79 Theft Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some cities. vehicle. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight. Although your vehicle has a number of theft deterrent Put them in a storage area, or take them with you.
  • Page 80: Content Theft Deterrent System

    Content Theft Deterrent System The indicator light located on the instrument panel to (If Equipped) the left of the steering wheel will come on when all the Your vehicle’s theft deterrent system is designed to side doors and liftgate are activate an alarm if any of the side doors or the liftgate closed and locked.
  • Page 81: Activating The System

    Testing the System Activating the System To test the system, do the following: The system will activate the alarm under the following conditions: 1. Open all the windows. If the driver’s or front passenger’s door is unlocked 2. Set the system as described in the previous or if any of the other side doors or the liftgate is procedure.
  • Page 82 Reactivating the Alarm New Vehicle “Break In” Once the system is set, it will automatically reset the alarm after the alarm stops. The alarm will activate NOTICE: again under the same conditions as described earlier. Cancelling the System Your vehicle doesn’t need an elaborate “break in.”...
  • Page 83: Ignition Positions

    Ignition Positions NOTICE: With the key in the ignition switch, you can turn it to four different positions. If your key seems stuck in LOCK and you can’t turn it, be sure you are using the correct key; if so, is it all the way in? If it is, then turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard.
  • Page 84: Starting Your Engine

    START (D): This position starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will CAUTION: return to ON for normal driving. When the engine is not running, ACC and ON allow you On manual transaxle vehicles, turning the key to to operate some of your electrical accessories.
  • Page 85: Manual Transaxle

    Manual Transaxle When your engine has run about 10 seconds to warm up, your vehicle is ready to be driven. Don’t “race” The gear selector should be in neutral and the parking your engine when it’s cold. brake engaged. Hold the clutch pedal to the floor and If the weather is below freezing (32 _ F or 0 _ C), let start the engine.
  • Page 86: To Use The Engine Coolant Heater

    Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped) CAUTION: In very cold weather, 0 _ F ( 18 _ C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You’ll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm up. Usually, Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of could cause an electrical shock.
  • Page 87: Automatic Transaxle Operation

    Automatic Transaxle Operation CAUTION: There are several different positions It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the for your shift lever. shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Don’t leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to.
  • Page 88 Ensure that the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before NEUTRAL (N): In this position, your engine doesn’t starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic connect with the wheels. To restart when you’re already transaxle shift lock control system. You have to fully moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.
  • Page 89 DRIVE (D): This position is for normal driving. If you LOW (L): This position gives you even more power need more power for passing, and you’re: than SECOND (2) but lower fuel economy. You can use it on very steep hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the shift Going less than about 27 mph (43 km/h), push your lever is put in LOW (L), the transaxle won’t shift into accelerator pedal about halfway down.
  • Page 90: Manual Transaxle Operation

    Overdrive Manual Transaxle Operation Your automatic transaxle Five-Speed has an O/D (overdrive off) button. It is located on the FIRST (1): Press the left side of the shift lever. clutch pedal and shift into FIRST (1). Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
  • Page 91 THIRD (3), FOURTH (4), FIFTH (5): Shift into Six-Speed THIRD (3), FOURTH (4) and FIFTH (5) the same way you do for SECOND (2). Slowly let up on the clutch FIRST (1): Press the pedal as you press the accelerator pedal. clutch pedal and shift into FIRST (1).
  • Page 92 SECOND (2): Press the clutch pedal as you let up on Neutral: Use this position when you start or idle the accelerator pedal and shift into SECOND (2). Then, your engine. slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the REVERSE (R): To back up, press down on the clutch accelerator pedal.
  • Page 93: Shift Speeds

    Shift Speeds Manual Transmission Recommended Shift Speeds 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 or 3 to 4 or 4 to 5 or ENGINE 2 to 1 3 to 2 4 to 3 5 to 4 CAUTION: 1.8 L 15 mph 25 mph 40 mph 45 mph...
  • Page 94: Parking Brake

    Parking Brake To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake lever up until you can press the To set the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down and release button. Hold the release button in as you move pull up on the parking brake lever.
  • Page 95 Shifting Into PARK (P) 2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) as follows: (Automatic Transaxle Only) Hold in the button on the shift lever. CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set.
  • Page 96 Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Torque Lock (Automatic Transaxle) Running (Automatic Transaxle Only) If you are parking on a hill and you don’t shift your transaxle into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in CAUTION: the transaxle.
  • Page 97 Shifting Out of PARK (P) 2. Carefully pry the shift lock override (Automatic Transaxle Only) small, round cover Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock from the floor shift control system. You have to fully apply your regular console, located to brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the the right of the ignition is in ON.
  • Page 98: Parking Your Vehicle

    Parking Your Vehicle Parking Over Things That Burn (Manual Transaxle Only) Before you get out of your vehicle, move the shift lever into REVERSE (R), and firmly apply the parking brake. Once the shift lever has been placed into REVERSE (R) with the clutch pedal pressed in, you can turn the ignition key to OFF, remove the key and release the clutch.
  • Page 99: Engine Exhaust

    Engine Exhaust Running Your Engine While You’re Parked (Automatic Transaxle) It’s better not to park with the engine running. But if you CAUTION: ever have to, here are some things to know. Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you can’t see or CAUTION: smell.
  • Page 100 Tilt Wheel CAUTION: A tilt steering column allows you to adjust the steering column before you drive. You can also raise it to the highest level to give your legs more room when you exit It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if and enter the vehicle.
  • Page 101: Turn And Lane-Change Signals

    Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever Turn and Lane-Change Signals The turn signal has an upward (for right) and a downward (for left) position. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up or down. When the turn is finished, the lever will return automatically.
  • Page 102: Windshield Wipers

    Headlamp High/Low Beam Changer Windshield Wipers The headlamps must be on for this feature to work. For high beams, push the turn signal lever away from you. When the high beams are on, this light on the instrument panel cluster also will be on. It will go off when you switch to the low beams.
  • Page 103: Windshield Washer

    LO (Low): Move the lever to LO for steady wiping at Windshield Washer low speed. Pull the lever toward you to spray washer fluid on the HI (High): Move the lever to HI for steady wiping at windshield. The spray will continue until you release the high speed.
  • Page 104 Cruise Control (Option) CAUTION: Cruise control can be dangerous where you can’t drive safely at a steady speed. So, don’t use your cruise control on winding roads or in heavy traffic. Cruise control can be dangerous on slippery roads. On such roads, fast changes in tire traction can cause needless wheel spinning, and you could lose control.
  • Page 105 Setting Cruise Control Resuming a Set Speed Suppose the cruise control is set at a desired speed and then you apply the brake. This will shut off cruise CAUTION: control. But you won’t need to reset it. Unless you’re going about 25 mph (40 km/h) you can If you leave your cruise control switch on when push the lever up to RES/ACC (Resume/Accelerate).
  • Page 106 Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control When going downhill, you may have to brake or shift to a lower gear to keep your speed down. Of course, There are two ways to reduce your speed while using applying the brake or downshifting to SECOND (2) or cruise control: LOW (L) takes you out of cruise control.
  • Page 107: Exterior Lamps

    Exterior Lamps The exterior lamp switch has three positions: OFF: Turning the switch to this position turns off all lamps, except the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL). (Parking Lamps): Turning the switch to this position turns on the parking lamps together with the following: Sidemarker Lamps Taillamps...
  • Page 108: Daytime Running Lamps

    Automatic Light Control (ALC) Daytime Running Lamps Your vehicle is equipped with an automatic light sensor Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for on the top left corner of the instrument panel, so be others to see the front of your vehicle during the day. sure it is not covered or the headlamps will be on DRL can be helpful in many different driving continuously.
  • Page 109: Interior Lamps

    When it begins to get dark, the headlamps will Interior Lamps automatically switch from DRL to the regular headlamps. See “Automatic Light Control” earlier in Interior/Instrument Panel Brightness Dial this section. The interior/instrument When you turn the exterior lamp switch off, the regular panel brightness dial is lamps will go off and your headlamps will change to the located to the left of the...
  • Page 110 The interior light has the following positions: Illuminated Entry System (If Equipped) OFF: This position turns the light off. When the interior/instrument panel brightness dial is in the DOOR position, the light will come on when any ON: This position keeps the light on all the time. side door, the liftgate or the liftglass is opened.
  • Page 111 Reading Lamp (If Equipped) Mirrors Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror with Reading Lamps The inside rearview mirror is attached to your vehicle’s front windshield glass. If you do not have a sunroof, your vehicle’s inside rearview mirror may be equipped with reading lamps. If your vehicle is equipped with this mirror, there are two buttons located on the bottom of the mirror.
  • Page 112 Power Remote Control Rearview Mirrors These controls are located to the left of your steering wheel on the instrument panel. The mirror moves so that you can adjust it up and down To adjust either mirror, push the button labeled L (left) or side to side.
  • Page 113: Storage Compartments

    Convex Outside Mirror Storage Compartments Your passenger’s side mirror is convex. A convex Glove Box mirror’s surface is curved so you can see more from the To open the glove box door, lift the latch. Always keep driver’s seat. the glove box door closed while driving. Door Storage Compartments CAUTION: The driver’s door has a map/storage compartment.
  • Page 114 Cupholders Rear Cargo Storage Area There are two fixed cupholders located in the console A storage area is located under the rear cargo area area between the two front seats. There are also two floor panel. cupholders that fold out of the rear of the console Turn the two lock knobs on storage unit.
  • Page 115: Cargo Cover

    Rear Cargo Accessory Track System Cargo Cover Your vehicle has a track system located on the floor of To use the cargo cover, attach the side hooks of the the rear cargo area. This system can be used to carry cargo cover to the upper tie down hooks located along accessories in your vehicle in many ways by using the both sides of the rear cargo area.
  • Page 116: Luggage Carrier

    Tie-Down Hooks and Tire Tie-Down Belts Luggage Carrier CAUTION: If you try to carry something on top of your vehicle that is longer or wider than the luggage carrier like paneling, plywood, a mattress, and so forth the wind can catch it as you drive along.
  • Page 117 NOTICE: Loading cargo that weighs more than 75 lbs. (34 kg) on the luggage carrier may damage your vehicle. When you carry large things, never let them hang over the rear or the sides of your vehicle. When loading cargo, be sure it rests on the crossrails and does not scratch or damage the vehicle.
  • Page 118: Ashtrays And Cigarette Lighter

    Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter NOTICE: NOTICE: Don’t hold a cigarette lighter in with your hand while it is heating. If you do, it won’t be able to Don’t put papers and other things that burn into back away from the heating element when it’s your ashtray.
  • Page 119: Accessory Power Outlet

    Accessory Power Outlet NOTICE: With the accessory power outlet, you can plug in auxiliary electrical equipment. Adding some electrical equipment to your vehicle The accessory power outlet is located in the center can damage it or keep other things from working console storage area.
  • Page 120 Power Outlet 115 Volts Alternating The power outlet is located near the center of the instrument panel. Before using the outlet, turn on the Current (VAC) ignition and press the button next to the outlet. An indicator light in the button will come on. After using With this power outlet, you can plug in auxiliary the outlet, press the button again to turn it off.
  • Page 121: Floor Mat

    Floor Mat How to Remove and Replace the Floor Mat Your vehicle’s floor mat is specially designed to remain To remove the floor in position under your feet and out of reach of the mat, pull up on the accelerator pedal. The driver’s side floor mat is held in rear of the mat to place by two locator hooks.
  • Page 122 Sunroof (Option) To open the sunroof, press the SLIDE arrow that points to the rear of the vehicle. To close it, press the other arrow that points to the front of the vehicle. The sunroof If your vehicle has a sunroof, you can tilt or open it. To will close partially and stop.
  • Page 123 Instrument Panel Your Information System 2-58...
  • Page 124 The main components of your instrument panel are the following: A. Air Outlets N. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever B. Instrument Panel Cluster O. Hood Release C. Hazard Warning Flasher Button P. Tilt Lever D. Audio System Q. Horn E. Rear Window Defogger Button R.
  • Page 125: Instrument Panel Cluster

    Instrument Panel Cluster Your instrument panel is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You’ll know how fast you’re going, how much fuel is left in the tank and many other things you’ll need to drive safely and economically. United States Cluster Shown, Canada Similar 2-60...
  • Page 126: Speedometer And Odometer

    Speedometer and Odometer Trip Odometers The trip odometers can tell you how far your vehicle has Your speedometer lets you see your speed in both miles been driven since you last set the trip odometer to zero. per hour (mph) and kilometers per hour (km/h). Your odometer shows how far your vehicle has been driven, The button located on the in miles.
  • Page 127 Tachometer Temperature Display The outside air temperature is displayed on the center of the instrument panel, within the speedometer. The display will show the outside air temperature in Fahrenheit with a 22 _ F to 122 _ F ( 30 _ C to 50 _ C). range from Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators...
  • Page 128 Gages can indicate when there may be or is a problem This light is located with one of your vehicle’s functions. Often gages and on the center of the warning lights work together to let you know when instrument panel, there’s a problem with your vehicle.
  • Page 129: Air Bag Readiness Light

    Air Bag Readiness Light CAUTION: There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows the air bag symbol. The system checks the air bag’s electrical system for malfunctions. If the air bag readiness light stays on or keeps The light tells you if there is an electrical problem.
  • Page 130: Brake System Warning Light

    Charging System Indicator Light Brake System Warning Light Your vehicle’s hydraulic brake system is divided into This light will come on two parts. If one part isn’t working, the other part can briefly when you turn on the still work and stop you. For good braking, though, you ignition, but the engine is need both parts working well.
  • Page 131: Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light

    When the ignition is on, the brake system warning light Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light will also come on when you set your parking brake. The light will stay on if your parking brake doesn’t release fully. If it stays on after your parking brake is fully released, it means you have a brake problem.
  • Page 132 If the light stays on, turn the ignition to OFF. Or, if the Engine Coolant Temperature Gage light comes on when you’re driving, stop as soon as possible and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine again to reset the system. If the light still stays on, or comes on again while you’re driving, your vehicle needs service.
  • Page 133: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Check Engine Light) United States Canada Your vehicle is equipped with a computer which monitors operation of the fuel, ignition and emission Canada control systems. Board This gage shows the engine coolant temperature. If the This system is called OBD II (On gage pointer moves into the red area, your engine is too Diagnostics Second Generation) and is intended to...
  • Page 134 This light should come on, as a check to show you it is NOTICE: working, when the ignition is on and the engine is not running. If the light doesn’t come on, have it repaired. This light will also come on during a malfunction in one If you keep driving your vehicle with this light of two ways: on, after a while, your emission controls may not...
  • Page 135 If the Light Is Flashing If the Light Is On Steady The following may prevent more serious damage to You may be able to correct the emission system your vehicle: malfunction by considering the following: Reducing vehicle speed. Did you recently put fuel into your vehicle? Avoiding hard accelerations.
  • Page 136 Have you recently changed brands of fuel? Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs If so, be sure to fuel your vehicle with quality fuel. See Some state/provincial and local governments have or “Fuel” in the Index. Poor fuel quality will cause your may begin programs to inspect the emission control engine not to run as efficiently as designed.
  • Page 137: Oil Pressure Light

    Oil Pressure Light Sometimes when the engine is idling at a stop, the light may blink on and off. This is normal. If you have a problem with If you make a hard stop, the light may come on for a your oil, this light may stay moment.
  • Page 138 Cruise Light Low Windshield Washer Fluid Level Warning Light (Canada Only) The CRUISE light appears whenever use the ON This light will come on button to set your cruise when your windshield control. See “Cruise washer fluid is low. Control” in the Index. Overdrive Off Light Door Ajar Warning Light Your automatic transaxle...
  • Page 139: Fuel Gage

    Fuel Gage Canada United States Your fuel gage shows about how much fuel is in your tank. The fuel gage works only when the ignition switch is ON. When the gage first indicates E or empty, you still have a little fuel left about 1 or 2 gallons (3.8 L or 7.6 L), but you need to get more right away.
  • Page 140: Low Fuel Warning Light

    Here are five things some owners ask about. None of Low Fuel Warning Light these show a problem with your fuel gage. This light comes on when At the gas station, the fuel pump shuts off before the the fuel tank is low on fuel. gage reads F or full.
  • Page 141 Navigation System (Option) The display screen is located in the center of the instrument panel. Your vehicle may be equipped with a turn by turn navigation guidance system that includes a DVD map media covering eleven regional areas throughout the contiguous United States and Canada.
  • Page 142 Section 3 Comfort Controls and Audio Systems In this section, you’ll find out how to operate the comfort control and audio systems offered with your vehicle. Be sure to read about the particular systems supplied with your vehicle. Comfort Controls FM Stereo with Six Disc Compact Climate Control System...
  • Page 143: Comfort Controls

    Comfort Controls (Floor): This position directs the airflow toward the floor and through the right and left side vents. The With this system, you can control the heating, cooling side vents can be shut off to allow for more air to be and ventilation in your vehicle.
  • Page 144: Air Conditioning

    Temperature Knob Air Conditioning Turn the knob to change the temperature of the air A/C (Air Conditioning): Press the A/C button, located flowing from the system. Turn the knob clockwise to in the center of the instrument panel to the left of the increase the temperature.
  • Page 145: Heating

    Heating Defogging and Defrosting For the quickest results, press the recirculate button When the mode knob is turned to either the defog or and move the mode knob to the floor setting. Turn the defrost mode, outside air will be selected automatically. temperature knob clockwise for warmer air and turn the Outside air will clear the windshield more quickly.
  • Page 146: Rear Window Defogger

    Rear Window Defogger Press the button to turn on the defogger. The defogger will stay on for about 15 minutes, then it will shut off The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to automatically. You can turn it off by pressing the button remove fog from the rear window.
  • Page 147: Ventilation System

    Ventilation System Your vehicle has air outlets that allow you to adjust the For mild outside temperatures, when very little heating direction of airflow. is required, you can still direct outside air through your vehicle. Use outside air and turn the mode knob to vent. Turn the temperature knob to a comfortable setting and the fan knob toward HI.
  • Page 148: Audio Systems

    Ventilation Tips Audio Systems Keep the hood and front air inlet free of ice, snow or Your audio system has been designed to operate easily any other obstruction (such as leaves). The heater and to give years of listening pleasure. You will get the and defroster will work far better, reducing the most enjoyment out of it if you acquaint yourself with it chance of fogging the inside of your windows.
  • Page 149: Player With Equalization And Radio

    AM-FM Radio with Compact Disc Finding a Station Player with Equalization and Radio AM FM: Press this button to switch between AM, FM1 Data System (RDS) and FM2. The display will show your selection. TUNE: Turn this knob to choose radio stations. SEEK : Press the up or the down arrow to go to the next or to the previous station and stay there.
  • Page 150 Setting Preset Stations EQ (Equalizer): Press this button to select customized bass, mid and treble equalization settings. The six numbered pushbuttons let you return to your favorite stations. You can set up to 18 stations You can set up to six customized equalization settings (six AM, six FM1 and six FM2) by performing the by performing the following steps: following steps:...
  • Page 151 Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade) Using RDS BAL (Balance): Press and release this button until BAL Your audio system is equipped with a Radio Data appears on the display. The SELECT indicator will light System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only to show that the speakers can be adjusted.
  • Page 152 Finding a PTY Station AM FM (Alternate Frequency): Alternate frequency allows the radio to switch to a stronger station with the PROG TYPE (Program Type): Press this button same programming. Press and hold AM FM for to turn on and off program type (PTY) select mode. two seconds to turn alternate frequency on.
  • Page 153 RDS Messages TRAF (Traffic): Press this button to seek to a station that broadcasts traffic announcements. TRAF will ALERT!: Alert warns of national or local emergencies. appear on the display. If no station is found, NO TRAF When an alert announcement comes on the current radio will appear on the display.
  • Page 154 Playing a Compact Disc (Reverse): Press and hold this pushbutton to reverse quickly within a track. You will hear sound With the ignition on, insert a disc partway into the slot, at a reduced volume. Release it to play the passage. label side up.
  • Page 155 RCL (Recall): Press this button to see how long the Compact Disc Messages current track has been playing. To change what is CHECK CD: If this message appears on the radio normally shown on the display (track or elapsed time), display and the disc comes out, it could be for one of the press the button until you see the display you want, then following reasons:...
  • Page 156 AM-FM Radio with Six-Disc Compact Disc Playing the Radio Player with Equalization and Radio Data PWR (Power): Push this knob to turn the system System (RDS) (Option) on and off. VOLUME: Turn the knob to increase or to decrease volume. RCL (Recall): Push this knob to switch the display between the radio station frequency and the time.
  • Page 157 Finding a Station Setting Preset Stations AM FM: Press this button to switch between AM, FM1 The six numbered pushbuttons let you return to and FM2. The display will show your selection. your favorite stations. You can set up to 18 stations (six AM, six FM1 and six FM2) by performing the TUNE: Turn this knob to select radio stations.
  • Page 158 Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble) Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade) AUDIO: Press the AUDIO knob until BASS, MID or AUDIO: To adjust the balance between the right and the TREB appears on the display. Turn the knob to increase left speakers, press the AUDIO knob until BAL appears or to decrease.
  • Page 159 Using RDS Finding a PTY Station Your audio system is equipped with a Radio Data TYPE (Program Type Button): Press this button System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only to turn on and off program type (PTY) select mode. on FM stations that broadcast RDS information.
  • Page 160 AM FM (Alternate Frequency): Alternate frequency RDS Messages allows the radio to switch to a stronger station with the ALERT!: Alert warns of national or local emergencies. same program type. Press and hold AM FM for When an alert announcement comes on the current radio two seconds to turn alternate frequency on.
  • Page 161 TRAF (Traffic): Press this button to seek to a station When a disc is inserted, the CD symbol will be that broadcasts traffic announcements. TRAF will displayed. If you select an equalization setting for your appear on the display. If no station is found, NO TRAF disc, it will be activated each time you play a disc.
  • Page 162 When a disc is inserted, the CD symbol will be LOAD CD (Eject): Pressing the CD eject side displayed. If more than one disc has been loaded, a of this button will eject a single disc or multiple discs. number for each disc will be displayed. If you select To eject the disc that is currently playing, press and an equalization setting for your disc, it will be activated release this button.
  • Page 163 REV (Reverse): Press and hold this button to reverse RDM (Random): With random, you can listen to the quickly within a track. You will hear sound at a reduced tracks in random, rather than sequential, order, on one volume. Release it to play the passage. The display will disc or on all of the discs.
  • Page 164 Using Song List Mode SEEK : To seek, press the left arrow while playing a CD to go to the start of the current track, if The integrated six disc CD changer has a feature called more than ten seconds have passed. Press the right arrow song list.
  • Page 165 If you attempt to save more than 20 selections, S LIST After a track has been deleted, the remaining tracks are FULL will appear on the display. moved up the list. When another track is added to the song list, the track will be added to the end of the list. To play the song list, press the SONG LIST button.
  • Page 166: Navigation/Radio System (Option)

    Compact Disc Messages Navigation/Radio System (Option) CHECK CD: If this message appears on the radio display, it could be due to one of the following reasons: You’re driving on a very rough road. When the road becomes smoother, the disc should play. The disc is dirty, scratched, wet or upside down.
  • Page 167: Understanding Radio Reception

    Your vehicle may have an AM FM radio navigation Understanding Radio Reception radio system that includes a Radio Data System (RDS) with program type selections (PTY) that will seek out the kind of music you want to listen to. The radio The range for most AM stations is greater than for FM, system can also communicate with your navigation especially at night.
  • Page 168: Tips About Your Audio System

    Tips About Your Audio System NOTICE: Hearing damage from loud noise is almost undetectable until it is too late. Your hearing can adapt to higher Before you add any sound equipment to your volumes of sound. Sound that seems normal can be loud vehicle like a tape player, CB radio, mobile and harmful to your hearing.
  • Page 169: Care Of Your Compact Discs

    Care of Your Compact Discs Care of Your Compact Disc Player Handle discs carefully. Store them in their original cases The use of CD lens cleaner discs is not advised, due to or other protective cases and away from direct sunlight the risk of contaminating the lens of the CD optics with and dust.
  • Page 170 Section 4 Your Driving and the Road Here you’ll find information about driving on different kinds of roads and in varying weather conditions. We’ve also included many other useful tips on driving. Defensive Driving Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads Drunken Driving City Driving Control of a Vehicle...
  • Page 171: Defensive Driving

    Defensive driving really means “be ready for anything.” On city streets, rural roads or freeways, it means “always expect the unexpected.” Assume that pedestrians or other drivers are going to be careless and make mistakes. Anticipate what they might do. Be ready for their mistakes. Rear end collisions are about the most preventable of accidents.
  • Page 172: Drunken Driving

    Drunken Driving The obvious way to eliminate the leading highway safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol Death and injury associated with drinking and driving is and then drive. But what if people do? How much is a national tragedy. It’s the number one contributor to “too much”...
  • Page 173 Since alcohol is carried in body water, this means that a woman generally will reach a higher BAC level than a man of her same body weight when each has the same number of drinks. The law in an increasing number of U.S. states, and throughout Canada, sets the legal limit at 0.08 percent.
  • Page 174 The body takes about an hour to rid itself of the alcohol in one drink. No amount of coffee or number of cold CAUTION: showers will speed that up. “I’ll be careful” isn’t the right answer. What if there’s an emergency, a need to Drinking and then driving is very dangerous.
  • Page 175: Control Of A Vehicle

    Control of a Vehicle Braking You have three systems that make your vehicle go where Braking action involves perception time and you want it to go. They are the brakes, the steering and reaction time. the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work First, you have to decide to push on the brake pedal.
  • Page 176 Avoid needless heavy braking. Some people drive Anti-Lock Brake System (Option) in spurts heavy acceleration followed by heavy Your vehicle may have anti lock brakes. ABS is an braking rather than keeping pace with traffic. This is a advanced electronic braking system that will help mistake.
  • Page 177 The anti lock system can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. The computer is programmed to make the most of available tire and road conditions. This can help you steer around the obstacle while braking hard. Let’s say the road is wet and you’re driving safely. Suddenly, an animal jumps out in front of you.
  • Page 178: All - Wheel Drive (Awd) System (Option)

    Remember: Anti lock doesn’t change the time you need If you don’t have anti lock, use a “squeeze” braking to get your foot up to the brake pedal or always decrease technique. This will give you maximum braking while stopping distance. If you get too close to the vehicle in maintaining steering control.
  • Page 179: Steering

    Steering Suppose you’re steering through a sharp curve. Then you suddenly apply the brakes. Both control Power Steering systems steering and braking have to do their work where the tires meet the road. Unless you have If you lose power steering assist because the engine four wheel anti lock brakes, adding the hard braking...
  • Page 180: Steering In Emergencies

    Try to adjust your speed so you can “drive” through the curve. Maintain a reasonable, steady speed. Wait to accelerate until you are out of the curve, and then accelerate gently into the straightaway. Steering in Emergencies There are times when steering can be more effective than braking.
  • Page 181: Off - Road Recovery

    Road Recovery Passing You may find that your right wheels have dropped off the The driver of a vehicle about to pass another on a edge of a road onto the shoulder while you’re driving. lane highway waits for just the right moment, accelerates, moves around the vehicle ahead, then goes back into the right lane again.
  • Page 182 Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to pass Check your mirrors, glance over your shoulder, and while you’re awaiting an opportunity. For one thing, start your left lane change signal before moving out following too closely reduces your area of vision, of the right lane to pass.
  • Page 183: Loss Of Control

    Loss of Control Of course, traction is reduced when water, snow, ice, gravel or other material is on the road. For safety, you’ll Let’s review what driving experts say about what want to slow down and adjust your driving to these happens when the three control systems (brakes, steering conditions.
  • Page 184: Driving At Night

    Driving at Night Here are some tips on night driving. Drive defensively. Don’t drink and drive. Adjust your inside rearview mirror to reduce the glare from headlamps behind you. Since you can’t see as well, you may need to slow down and keep more space between you and other vehicles.
  • Page 185 No one can see as well at night as in the daytime. But as Keep your windshield and all the glass on your vehicle we get older these differences increase. A 50 year clean inside and out. Glare at night is made much driver may require at least twice as much light to see the worse by dirt on the glass.
  • Page 186: Driving In Rain And On Wet Roads

    Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads Rain and wet roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet road, you can’t stop, accelerate or turn as well because your tire road traction isn’t as good as on dry roads. And, if your tires don’t have much tread left, you’ll get even less traction.
  • Page 187 CAUTION: Wet brakes can cause accidents. They won’t work as well in a quick stop and may cause pulling to one side. You could lose control of the vehicle. After driving through a large puddle of water or a car wash, apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally.
  • Page 188: Driving Through Deep Standing Water

    Hydroplaning Driving Through Deep Standing Water Hydroplaning is dangerous. So much water can build up under your tires that they can actually ride on the water. NOTICE: This can happen if the road is wet enough and you’re going fast enough. When your vehicle is hydroplaning, If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or it has little or no contact with the road.
  • Page 189: Driving Through Flowing Water

    Driving Through Flowing Water Some Other Rainy Weather Tips Besides slowing down, allow some extra following distance. And be especially careful when you pass CAUTION: another vehicle. Allow yourself more clear room ahead, and be prepared to have your view restricted by road spray.
  • Page 190: City Driving

    City Driving One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. You’ll want to watch out for what the other drivers are doing and pay attention to traffic signals. Here are ways to increase your safety in city driving: Know the best way to get to where you are going.
  • Page 191: Freeway Driving

    Freeway Driving At the entrance, there is usually a ramp that leads to the freeway. If you have a clear view of the freeway as you drive along the entrance ramp, you should begin to check traffic. Try to determine where you expect to blend with the flow.
  • Page 192: Before Leaving On A Long Trip

    Of course, time to avoid a major storm system? you’ll find experienced and able service experts in Pontiac dealerships all across North America. They’ll be Maps: Do you have up date maps? ready and willing to help if you need it.
  • Page 193: Highway Hypnosis

    Highway Hypnosis Hill and Mountain Roads Is there actually such a condition as “highway hypnosis”? Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis, lack of awareness, or whatever. There is something about an easy stretch of road with the same scenery, along with the hum of the tires on the road, the drone of the engine, and the rush of the wind against the vehicle that can make you sleepy.
  • Page 194 If you drive regularly in steep country, or if you’re planning to visit there, here are some tips that can make CAUTION: your trips safer and more enjoyable. Keep your vehicle in good shape. Check all fluid Coasting downhill in NEUTRAL (N) or with the levels and also the brakes, tires, cooling system ignition off is dangerous.
  • Page 195: Winter Driving

    Winter Driving Here are some tips for winter driving: Have your vehicle in good shape for winter. You may want to put winter emergency supplies in your vehicle. Include an ice scraper, a small brush or broom, a supply of windshield washer fluid, a rag, some winter outer clothing, a small shovel, a flashlight, a red cloth and a couple of reflective warning triangles.
  • Page 196: Driving On Snow Or Ice

    Driving on Snow or Ice What’s the worst time for this? “Wet ice.” Very cold snow or ice can be slick and hard to drive on. But wet Most of the time, those places where your tires meet the ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the road probably have good traction.
  • Page 197 Remember, unless you have anti lock, if you brake so If You’re Caught in a Blizzard hard that your wheels stop rolling, you’ll just slide. Brake so your wheels always keep rolling and you can still steer. Whatever your braking system, allow greater following distance on any slippery road.
  • Page 198 Tie a red cloth to your vehicle to alert police that you’ve been stopped by the snow. CAUTION: Put on extra clothing or wrap a blanket around you. If you have no blankets or extra clothing, make body Snow can trap exhaust gases under your vehicle. insulators from newspapers, burlap bags, rags, floor This can cause deadly CO (carbon monoxide) gas mats...
  • Page 199: Recreational Vehicle Towing

    Then, shut the engine off and close the window almost With the proper preparation and equipment, many all the way to preserve the heat. Start the engine again vehicles can be towed in these ways. See “Dinghy and repeat this only when you feel really uncomfortable Towing”...
  • Page 200 Dinghy Towing (Front-Wheel-Drive For vehicles with manual transmissions, do the following: Vehicles with Manual Transmissions Only) 1. Put the shift lever in neutral. NOTICE: To avoid locking the steering wheel, turn the ignition to the ACC position. 2. Turn the ignition to ACC. Make sure the audio system is turned off and that nothing is plugged into the power outlets.
  • Page 201 Do not tow your vehicle from the rear. Your vehicle could be badly damaged and the repairs would not be covered by your warranty. NOTICE: Towing an all wheel drive vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, or even with only two of its wheels on the ground, will damage drivetrain components.
  • Page 202 Dolly Towing (Front-Wheel-Drive To tow your vehicle with two wheels on the ground, do the following: Vehicles Only) 1. Put the front wheels on a dolly. 2. Put the vehicle in PARK (P) for automatic transmissions and in neutral for manual transmissions.
  • Page 203: Loading Your Vehicle

    Loading Your Vehicle The Tire Loading Information/Certification label on your vehicle, located in the glovebox, shows how much weight it may properly carry. The Tire Loading Information label tells you the proper size, and recommended inflation pressures for the tires on your vehicle.
  • Page 204 CAUTION: CAUTION: Do not load your vehicle any heavier than the Things you put inside your vehicle can strike GVWR, or either the maximum front or rear and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in GAWR. If you do, parts on your vehicle can a crash.
  • Page 205: Towing A Trailer

    Towing a Trailer Your vehicle can tow a trailer if it is equipped with the proper trailer towing equipment. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” CAUTION: that appears later in this section.
  • Page 206: If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer

    You can ask your dealer for our trailering information or engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in at the advice, or you can write us at: heavier loads. Pontiac GMC Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33172 Obey speed limit restrictions when towing a trailer.
  • Page 207: Weight Of The Trailer Tongue

    Weight of the Trailer Tongue If you’re using a weight carrying hitch or a weight distributing hitch, the trailer tongue (A) The tongue load (A) of any trailer is an important should weigh 10 15 percent of the total loaded weight to measure because it affects the total or gross trailer weight (B).
  • Page 208: Safety Chains

    Hitches Safety Chains It’s important to have the correct hitch equipment. You should always attach chains between your vehicle Crosswinds, large trucks going by and rough roads are a and your trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue few reasons why you’ll need the right hitch. Here are of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road some rules to follow: if it becomes separated from the hitch.
  • Page 209: Driving With A Trailer

    Driving with a Trailer Following Distance Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of experience. Stay at least twice as far behind the vehicle ahead as you Before setting out for the open road, you’ll want to get would when driving your vehicle without a trailer. This to know your rig.
  • Page 210: Making Turns

    Making Turns Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer When you tow a trailer, your vehicle may need a different turn signal flasher and/or extra wiring. Check NOTICE: with your dealer. The arrows on your instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or lane change. Making very sharp turns while trailering could Properly hooked up, the trailer lamps will also flash, cause the trailer to come in contact with the...
  • Page 211: Driving On Grades

    Driving On Grades But if you ever have to park your rig on a hill, here’s how to do it: Reduce speed and shift to a lower gear before you start 1. Apply your regular brakes, but don’t shift into down a long or steep downgrade.
  • Page 212: Maintenance When Trailer Towing

    When You Are Ready to Leave After Maintenance When Trailer Towing Parking on a Hill Your vehicle will need service more often when you’re pulling a trailer. See the Maintenance Schedule for more 1. Apply your regular brakes and hold the pedal down on this.
  • Page 213 Section 5 Problems on the Road Here you’ll find what to do about some problems that can occur on the road. Hazard Warning Flashers Cooling System Other Warning Devices If a Tire Goes Flat Jump Starting Changing a Flat Tire Towing Your Vehicle Compact Spare Tire Engine Overheating...
  • Page 214: Hazard Warning Flashers

    Hazard Warning Flashers Your hazard warning button is located on the center of the instrument panel. Your hazard warning flashers work no matter what position your key is in, and even if the key isn’t in. Press the button to make the front and rear turn signal lamps flash on and off.
  • Page 215: Jump Starting

    Jump Starting NOTICE: If your battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your Ignoring these steps could result in costly damage vehicle. Be sure to follow the steps below to do it safely. to your vehicle that wouldn’t be covered by your warranty.
  • Page 216 2. Get the vehicles close enough so the jumper cables 3. Turn off the ignition on both vehicles. Unplug can reach, but be sure the vehicles aren’t touching unnecessary accessories plugged into the cigarette each other. If they are, it could cause a ground lighter.
  • Page 217 CAUTION: CAUTION: Using a match near a battery can cause battery Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you gas to explode. People have been hurt doing this, badly. Keep your hands away from moving parts and some have been blinded. Use a flashlight if once the engine is running.
  • Page 218 7. Don’t let the other end touch metal. Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. 6. Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
  • Page 219 8. Now connect the black negative ( ) cable to the negative terminal of the good battery. Use a remote negative ( terminal if the vehicle has one. Don’t let the other end touch anything until the next step. The other end of the negative ( ) cable doesn’t go to the dead battery.
  • Page 220 10. Now start the vehicle with the good battery and run the engine for a while. 11. Try to start the vehicle that has the dead battery. If it won’t start after a few tries, it probably needs service. NOTICE: Damage to your vehicle may result from electrical shorting if jumper cables are removed incorrectly.
  • Page 221: Towing Your Vehicle

    To disconnect the jumper cables from both vehicles, do Towing Your Vehicle the following: Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if 1. Disconnect the black negative ( ) cable from the you need to have your disabled vehicle towed. See vehicle that had the dead battery.
  • Page 222 If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine CAUTION: Steam from an overheated engine can burn you badly, even if you just open the hood. Stay away from the engine if you see or hear steam coming from it. Just turn it off and get everyone away from the vehicle until it cools down.
  • Page 223: If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine

    If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine If you no longer have the overheat warning, you can drive. Just to be safe, drive slower for about 10 minutes. If you get an engine overheat warning but see or hear no If the warning doesn’t come back on, you can drive steam, the problem may not be too serious.
  • Page 224: Cooling System

    Cooling System CAUTION: When you decide it’s safe to lift the hood, here’s what you’ll see: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any underhood electric fan.
  • Page 225 If there seems to be no leak, with the engine on, check to see if the electric engine cooling fan is running. If the CAUTION: engine is overheating, the fan should be running. If it isn’t, your vehicle needs service. Heater and radiator hoses, and other engine parts, can be very hot.
  • Page 226: Recovery Tank

    How to Add Coolant to the Coolant NOTICE: Recovery Tank If you haven’t found a problem yet, but the coolant level In cold weather, water can freeze and crack the isn’t at or above the FULL mark, add a 50/50 mixture of engine, radiator, heater core and other parts.
  • Page 227 CAUTION: (Continued) CAUTION: pressure cap even a little they can come out You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot at high speed. Never turn the cap when the engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol cooling system, including the radiator pressure and it will burn if the engine parts are hot cap, is hot.
  • Page 228: How To Add Coolant To The Radiator

    How to Add Coolant to the Radiator 3. Fill the radiator with the proper coolant mixture, up to the base of the filler neck. See “Engine Coolant” 1. You can remove the radiator pressure cap when the in the Index for more information about the proper cooling system, including the radiator pressure cap and coolant mixture.
  • Page 229 4. Then fill the coolant recovery tank to the 6. Start the engine and let it run until you can feel the FULL mark. upper radiator hose getting hot. Watch out for the engine cooling fan. 5. Put the cap back on the coolant recovery tank, but leave the radiator pressure cap off.
  • Page 230: If A Tire Goes Flat

    If a Tire Goes Flat Changing a Flat Tire It’s unusual for a tire to “blow out” while you’re driving, If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire and wheel damage especially if you maintain your tires properly. If air goes by driving slowly to a level place.
  • Page 231: Removing The Spare Tire And Tools

    Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The jack, wheel wrench, jack handle and spare tire are stowed in the rear of the vehicle, underneath the floor of the cargo area. To remove the spare tire and tools do the following: 1.
  • Page 232 NOTICE: Make sure to place the hook in the proper location in order to avoid damaging the vehicle. Be sure to remove the hook when finished and place it back in its original position before closing the liftgate. 3. Remove the jack from the tray on the right side of the compartment and the jack handle and wheel wrench from the top side of the compartment.
  • Page 233 4. Unscrew the center retaining nut and lift up the 5. Unscrew the center bolt from the compact spare tire plastic tray to expose the compact spare tire. and pull out the compact spare tire. See “Compact Spare Tire” later in this section for more information about the compact spare tire.
  • Page 234: Spare Tire

    Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire The tools you’ll be using include the jack (A), jack handle (B) and wheel wrench (C). 6. Attach the jack handle to the jack. 1. Using the wheel wrench, loosen all the wheel nuts. 7.
  • Page 235 CAUTION: Getting under a vehicle when it is jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a vehicle when it is supported only by a jack. CAUTION: Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly positioned can damage the vehicle and even make the vehicle fall.
  • Page 236 4. Remove all the wheel nuts and take off the flat tire. 5. Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts, 3. Raise the vehicle by turning the jack handle mounting surfaces and clockwise. Raise the vehicle far enough off the spare wheel.
  • Page 237 CAUTION: Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, can make the wheel nuts become loose after a time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle.
  • Page 238 8. Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in a crisscross sequence as shown. 7. Lower the vehicle by turning the jack handle counterclockwise. Lower the jack completely. 5-26...
  • Page 239 NOTICE: CAUTION: Improperly tightened wheel nuts can lead to Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly tightened brake pulsation and rotor damage. To avoid wheel nuts can cause the wheel to become loose expensive brake repairs, evenly tighten the wheel and even come off. This could lead to an accident. nuts in the proper sequence and to the proper Be sure to use the correct wheel nuts.
  • Page 240: Storing The Flat Tire And Tools

    Storing the Flat Tire and Tools CAUTION: Storing a jack, a tire or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. Return the jack, jack handle and wheel wrench to the storage area.
  • Page 241 5. Pass the belts through the center hole of the wheel. 7. Position the tire edge against the rear center end of the floor panel. Pull the end of the belts to make sure 6. Attach the other end of the belts to the rear, lower the tire is secure.
  • Page 242 Storing the Spare Tire and Tools CAUTION: Storing a jack, a tire or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. A.
  • Page 243: Compact Spare Tire

    Compact Spare Tire NOTICE: Although the compact spare tire was fully inflated when your vehicle was new, it can lose air after a time. When the compact spare is installed, don’t take Check the inflation pressure regularly. It should your vehicle through an automatic car wash with be 60 psi (420 kPa).
  • Page 244: If You're Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice Or Snow

    If You’re Stuck: In Sand, Mud, NOTICE: Ice or Snow In order to free your vehicle when it is stuck, you will Spinning your wheels can destroy parts of your need to spin the wheels, but you don’t want to spin your vehicle as well as the tires.
  • Page 245: Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out

    Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out Using the Recovery Hook First, turn your steering wheel left and right. That will clear the area around your front wheels. Then shift back and forth between REVERSE (R) and a forward gear (or with a manual transaxle, between FIRST (1) or SECOND (2) and REVERSE (R)), spinning the wheels as little as possible.
  • Page 246 CAUTION: The recovery hook, when used, is under a lot of force. Always pull the vehicle straight out. Never pull on the hook at a sideways angle. The hook could break off and you or others could be injured from the chain or cable snapping back. NOTICE: Never use the recovery hook to tow the vehicle.
  • Page 247 Section 6 Service and Appearance Care Here you will find information about the care of your vehicle. This section begins with service and fuel information, and then it shows how to check important fluid and lubricant levels. There is also technical information about your vehicle, and a part devoted to its appearance care.
  • Page 248: Doing Your Own Service Work

    Service Doing Your Own Service Work If you want to do some of your own service work, you’ll Your dealer knows your vehicle best and wants you to want to use the proper service manual. It tells you much be happy with it. We hope you’ll go to your dealer for more about how to service your vehicle than this manual all your service needs.
  • Page 249 Adding Equipment to the Outside of CAUTION: Your Vehicle Things you might add to the outside of your vehicle can You can be injured and your vehicle could be affect the airflow around it. This may cause wind noise and affect windshield washer performance. Check with damaged if you try to do service work on a your dealer before adding equipment to the outside of vehicle without knowing enough about it.
  • Page 250: Gasoline Octane

    Gasoline Octane Gasoline Specifications If your vehicle has the 1.8L engine (VIN Code 8), use It is recommended that gasoline meet specifications regular unleaded gasoline with a posted octane of 87 or which were developed by the American Automobile higher. If the octane is less than 87, you may get a heavy Manufacturers Association and endorsed by the knocking noise when you drive.
  • Page 251: California Fuel

    California Fuel NOTICE: If your vehicle is certified to meet California Emission Standards (see the underhood emission control label), it Your vehicle was not designed for fuel that is designed to operate on fuels that meet California contains methanol. Don’t use fuel containing specifications.
  • Page 252: Fuels In Foreign Countries

    Fuels in Foreign Countries Filling Your Tank If you plan on driving in another country outside the United States or Canada, the proper fuel may be hard to CAUTION: find. Never use leaded gasoline or any other fuel not recommended in the previous text on fuel. Costly repairs caused by use of improper fuel wouldn’t be covered by Fuel vapor is highly flammable.
  • Page 253 The fuel door release lever is located near the floor under the driver’s seat on the outboard side. The fuel cap is behind a hinged door on the driver’s side of your vehicle.
  • Page 254 While refueling, hang the fuel cap inside the fuel door. To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly to the left (counterclockwise). CAUTION: If you get fuel on yourself and then something ignites it, you could be badly burned. Fuel can spray out on you if you open the fuel cap too quickly.
  • Page 255: Filling A Portable Fuel Container

    When you put the fuel cap back on, turn it to the right Filling a Portable Fuel Container (clockwise) until you hear a clicking sound. Make sure you fully install the cap. The diagnostic system can determine if the fuel cap has been left off or improperly CAUTION: installed.
  • Page 256: Checking Things Under The Hood

    Checking Things Under the Hood Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: CAUTION: 1. Pull the release handle inside the vehicle. It’s located below An electric fan under the hood can start up and the instrument panel injure you even when the engine is not running. to the left of the Keep hands, clothing and tools away from any steering wheel.
  • Page 257 4. Release the hood prop rod from its retainer and put the hood prop rod into the slot in the hood. To insert the hood prop rod into the slot, move it straight up. If it is moved to the side or toward the inside of the vehicle, it may become detached.
  • Page 258: Engine Compartment Overview

    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood of the 1.8 L (Code 8) engine, you’ll see the following: A. Windshield Washer E. Coolant Recovery Tank H. Brake/Hydraulic Clutch Fluid Reservoir Fluid Reservoir F. Engine Oil Fill Cap B. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir I.
  • Page 259 When you open the hood of the 1.8 L (Code L) H.O. DOHC engine, you’ll see the following: A. Windshield Washer Fluid E. Coolant Recovery Tank H. Brake/Hydraulic Clutch Fluid Reservoir Reservoir F. Engine Oil Fill Cap B. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir I.
  • Page 260: Engine Oil

    Engine Oil Checking Engine Oil It’s a good idea to check your engine oil every time you If the engine oil pressure get fuel. In order to get an accurate reading, the oil must light appears on the be warm and the vehicle must be on level ground. instrument cluster, it means you need to check your engine oil level right away.
  • Page 261 Turn off the engine and give the oil several minutes to drain back into the oil pan. If you don’t, the oil dipstick might not show the actual level. Pull out the dipstick and clean it with a paper towel or cloth, then push it back in all the way.
  • Page 262: When To Add Engine Oil

    When to Add Engine Oil If the oil is at or below the lower mark, then you’ll need to add at least one quart of oil. But you must use the right kind. This part explains what kind of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see “Capacities and Specifications”...
  • Page 263: What Kind Of Engine Oil To Use

    What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Oils recommended for your vehicle can be identified by looking for the starburst symbol. This symbol indicates that the oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Do not use any oil which does not carry this starburst symbol.
  • Page 264: Engine Oil Additives

    As in the chart shown previously, SAE 5W 30 is the GM Goodwrench oil meets all the requirements for only viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle. You your vehicle. should look for and use only oils which have the API If you are in an area of extreme cold, where the Starburst symbol and which are also identified as temperature falls below...
  • Page 265: When To Change Engine Oil

    When to Change Engine Oil What to Do with Used Oil If any one of these is true for you, use the short trip/city Used engine oil contains certain elements that may be maintenance schedule: unhealthy for your skin and could even cause cancer. Don’t let used oil stay on your skin for very long.
  • Page 266: Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

    Engine Air Cleaner/Filter To check or replace the filter, do the following: 1. Release the two clips that hold the cover down. The engine air cleaner/filter is in the engine compartment on the driver’s side of the vehicle. See 2. Lift the cover off. “Engine Compartment Overview”...
  • Page 267 Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to NOTICE: replace the air filter. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index. If the air cleaner/filter is off, a backfire can cause a damaging engine fire. And, dirt can easily get CAUTION: into your engine, which will damage it.
  • Page 268: Passenger Compartment Air Filter

    Passenger Compartment Air Filter Passenger compartment air, both outside and recirculated air, is routed through a passenger compartment air filter. The filter removes certain contaminants from the air, including pollen and dust particles. Reductions in airflow, which may occur more quickly in dusty areas, indicate that the filter needs to be replaced early.
  • Page 269 3. Lift the snaps on the filter cover to remove the cover. 4. Remove the air filter. 5. Reverse the steps to install the new air filter. Once you remove the old air filter, if you choose not to replace it, it will not damage your vehicle. However, the air will no longer be filtered.
  • Page 270: Automatic Transaxle Fluid

    Automatic Transaxle Fluid How to Check Because this operation can be a little difficult, you may When to Check and Change choose to have this done at the dealership service A good time to check your automatic transaxle fluid department. level is when the engine oil is changed.
  • Page 271 Wait at least 30 minutes before checking the transaxle Checking the Fluid Level fluid level if you have been driving: Prepare your vehicle as follows: When outside temperatures are above 90 F (32 Park your vehicle on a level place. Keep the engine At high speed for quite a while.
  • Page 272 Then, without shutting off the engine, follow these steps: The automatic transaxle dipstick has an orange handle and is located near the front of the engine compartment. See “Engine Compartment Overview” in 3. Check both sides of the dipstick, and read the lower the Index for more level.
  • Page 273: How To Add Fluid

    How to Add Fluid NOTICE: Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of transaxle fluid to use. See “Recommended We recommend you use only fluid labeled AC Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. Delco T IV, because fluid with that label is made If the fluid level is low, add only enough of the proper especially for your automatic transaxle.
  • Page 274: Manual Transaxle Fluid

    2. Check that the lubricant level is up to the bottom of the filler plug hole. Because this operation can be difficult, you may choose to have this done at your Pontiac dealership service 3. If the fluid level is good, install the plug and be sure department.
  • Page 275: Hydraulic Clutch

    Hydraulic Clutch When to Check and What to Use The hydraulic clutch linkage in your vehicle is Refer to the Maintenance self adjusting. The master cylinder reservoir is filled Schedule to determine with hydraulic fluid. how often you should check the fluid level in It is not necessary to regularly check the fluid unless you your master cylinder suspect there is a leak in the system.
  • Page 276 Wheel Drive (Option) How to Check Lubricant To get an accurate reading, the vehicle should be on a If you have an all wheel drive vehicle, be sure to level surface. perform the lubricant checks described in this section. However, they have two additional systems that need If the level is below the bottom of the filler plug hole, lubrication.
  • Page 277: Engine Coolant

    Carrier Assembly-Differential Engine Coolant (Rear Drive Module) The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem When to Check and Change Lubricant with engine overheating, see “Engine Overheating” Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine how in the Index.
  • Page 278 What to Use NOTICE: Use a mixture of one half clean, drinkable water and half coolant that meets GM Specification 1825 If you use an improper coolant mixture, your which won’t damage aluminum parts. You can also use a engine could overheat and be badly damaged. recycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825 The repair cost wouldn’t be covered by your with a complete coolant flush and refill.
  • Page 279: Checking Coolant

    Checking Coolant CAUTION: The vehicle must be on a level surface. When your Turning the radiator pressure cap when the engine is cold, the coolant engine and radiator are hot can allow steam and level should be at LOW, or a little higher.
  • Page 280: Power Steering Fluid

    Radiator Pressure Cap Power Steering Fluid When to Check Power Steering Fluid NOTICE: It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or Your radiator cap is a 15 psi (105 kPa) you hear an unusual noise.
  • Page 281 How To Check Power Steering Fluid What to Use You can check your fluid without taking the cap off. To determine what kind of fluid to use, see Just look at the reservoir. “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. When the engine compartment is hot, the level should be between the HOT marks.
  • Page 282: Windshield Washer Fluid

    Windshield Washer Fluid Adding Washer Fluid What to Use The low windshield washer fluid level warning light When you need windshield washer fluid, be sure to read will come on when the the manufacturer’s instructions before use. If you will be fluid level is too low.
  • Page 283: Brake Fluid

    Brakes NOTICE: Brake Fluid When using concentrated washer fluid, Your brake master follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cylinder reservoir is on the adding water. driver’s side of the engine Don’t mix water with ready use washer compartment. It is filled fluid.
  • Page 284 So, it isn’t a good idea to “top off” your brake fluid. Adding brake fluid won’t correct a leak. If you add fluid when your linings are worn, then you’ll have too much fluid when you get new brake linings. You should add (or remove) brake fluid, as necessary, only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system.
  • Page 285 What to Add NOTICE: When you do need brake fluid, use only DOT 3 brake fluid. Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only. Using the wrong fluid can badly damage See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. brake system parts.
  • Page 286: Brake Wear

    Brake Wear Some driving conditions or climates may cause a brake squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly The GT Series has four wheel disc brakes. All other applied. This does not mean something is wrong with models have front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. your brakes.
  • Page 287 Brake Pedal Travel If you don’t, your brakes may no longer work properly. For example, if someone puts in brake linings that are See your dealer if the brake pedal does not return to wrong for your vehicle, the balance between your front normal height, or if there is a rapid increase in pedal and rear brakes can change for the worse.
  • Page 288: Bulb Replacement

    Vehicle Storage Bulb Replacement If you’re not going to drive your vehicle for 25 days For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this or more, remove the black, negative ( ) cable from section, contact your dealer. For the type of bulb to use, the battery.
  • Page 289 Headlamps To replace the headlamp bulb, do the following: 1. Open the hood and locate the lamp assembly. A. Headlamp B. Turn Signal Lamp 6-43...
  • Page 290 2. Remove the rubber cover and socket from the 3. Release the retainer clip holding the bulb by pressing headlamp. down and moving the metal retainer away from you. 4. Pull the bulb out of the fixture. 5. Reverse the steps to install a new bulb. 6-44...
  • Page 291: Front Turn Signal Lamps

    Front Turn Signal Lamps Rear Combination Lamps To replace the front turn signal lamp bulbs, do the To replace the turn signal and brake lamp bulbs, do the following: following: 1. See “Headlamps” for location. 2. Locate the turn signal bulb. 3.
  • Page 292 2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull it out of the lamp housing. 3. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket. 1. Access the bulbs through the storage compartment in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. Remove the storage compartment cover.
  • Page 293 Back-up Lamps 2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and The back up lamp bulb is pull it out of the lamp located below the rear housing. combination lamps. 3. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket. 4. Reverse the previous steps to install a new bulb. To replace the back up lamp bulb, do the following: 1.
  • Page 294 Center High-Mounted Stoplamps (CHMSL) To replace the center high mounted stoplamp bulb, do the following: 1. The bulb is located on the inside of the liftgate liftglass near the top. Remove the two clips on both sides of the cover and remove it. 3.
  • Page 295: Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

    Replacement blades come in different types and are removed in different ways. Here’s how to remove the wiper blade: 1. Pull the windshield wiper arm away from the windshield. 4. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket. 5. Reverse the previous steps to install a new bulb. Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected at least...
  • Page 296 Underinflated tires pose the same danger about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see as overloaded tires. The resulting accident your Pontiac Warranty booklet for details. could cause serious injury. Check all tires frequently to maintain the recommended pressure.
  • Page 297 Index. Tire overloading For cold weather driving conditions, you may prefer to Bad wear get tires designed for snow or ice. See your Pontiac Bad handling dealer for details regarding winter tire availability and Bad fuel economy proper tire selection. Also, see “Buying New Tires” later If your tires have too much air (overinflation), in this section or in the Index.
  • Page 298: Tire Inspection And Rotation

    When to Check Tire Inspection and Rotation Check your tires once a month or more. Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles (10 000 to 13 000 km). Any time you notice unusual Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It should be wear, rotate your tires as soon as possible and check at 60 psi (420 kPa).
  • Page 299 Don’t include the compact spare tire in your tire rotation. After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressures as shown on the Tire Loading Information label. Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened. See “Wheel Nut Torque” in the Index.
  • Page 300 When It’s Time for New Tires You need a new tire if any of the following statements are true: One way to tell when it’s You can see the indicators at three or more places time for new tires is to around the tire.
  • Page 301: Buying New Tires

    Buying New Tires CAUTION: To find out what kind and size of tires you need, look at the Tire Loading Information label. If you use bias ply tires on your vehicle, the Make sure the replacements are the same size, load wheel rim flanges could develop cracks after range, speed rating and construction type (bias, many miles of driving.
  • Page 302: Uniform Tire Quality Grading

    Uniform Tire Quality Grading Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on Quality grades can be found where applicable on the tire the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled sidewall between tread shoulder and maximum section conditions on a specified government test course.
  • Page 303: Wheel Alignment And Tire Balance

    Temperature A, B, C Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, The wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of carefully at the factory to give you the longest tire life heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under and best overall performance.
  • Page 304: Wheel Replacement

    Wheel Replacement CAUTION: Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked, or badly rusted or corroded. If wheel nuts keep coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts should be replaced. If the Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel bolts wheel leaks air, replace it (except some aluminum or wheel nuts on your vehicle can be dangerous.
  • Page 305 Used Replacement Wheels NOTICE: CAUTION: The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper Putting a used wheel on your vehicle is height, vehicle ground clearance and tire or tire dangerous.
  • Page 306: Tire Chains

    Tire Chains CAUTION: (Continued) If you do find traction devices that will fit, install CAUTION: them on the front tires for front wheel drive vehicles. If your vehicle has all wheel drive, If your vehicle has P215/50ZR17 size tires, don’t install traction devices on either the front tires or use tire chains, there’s not enough clearance.
  • Page 307: Appearance Care

    Appearance Care Turpentine Lacquer Thinner Remember, cleaning products can be hazardous. Some are toxic. Others can burst into flame if you strike a Nail Polish Remover match or get them on a hot part of the vehicle. Some are They can all be hazardous some more than dangerous if you breathe their fumes in a closed space.
  • Page 308: Using Cleaner On Fabric

    Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet Using Cleaner on Fabric Your dealer has cleaners for the cleaning of fabric and 1. Vacuum and brush the area to remove any loose dirt. carpet. They will clean normal spots and stains very 2. Always clean a whole trim panel or section. well.
  • Page 309: Special Fabric Cleaning Problems

    Special Fabric Cleaning Problems Cleaning Vinyl Stains caused by such things as catsup, coffee (black), Use warm water and a clean cloth. egg, fruit, fruit juice, milk, soft drinks, vomit, urine and Rub with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt. blood can be removed as follows: You may have to do it more than once.
  • Page 310: Cleaning Glass Surfaces

    Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel Cleaning Glass Surfaces Use only mild soap and water to clean the top surfaces Glass should be cleaned often. GM Glass Cleaner or a of the instrument panel. Sprays containing silicones or liquid household glass cleaner will remove normal waxes may cause annoying reflections in the windshield tobacco smoke and dust films on interior glass.
  • Page 311: Cleaning The Outside Of Your Vehicle

    Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield, Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle Backglass and Wiper Blades The paint finish on your vehicle provides beauty, depth of color, gloss retention and durability. If the windshield is not clear after using the windshield washer, or if the wiper blade chatters when running, Washing Your Vehicle wax, sap or other material may be on the blade or...
  • Page 312: Finish Care

    Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses NOTICE: Use only lukewarm or cold water, a soft cloth and a car washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses. Follow Machine compounding or aggressive polishing on instructions under “Washing Your Vehicle.” a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish may dull the Finish Care finish or leave swirl marks.
  • Page 313: Cleaning Aluminum Wheels

    Cleaning Aluminum Wheels Cleaning Tires (If Equipped) To clean your tires, use a stiff brush with a tire cleaner. Keep your wheels clean using a soft clean cloth with mild soap and water. Rinse with clean water. After NOTICE: rinsing thoroughly, dry with a soft clean towel. A wax may then be applied.
  • Page 314: Chemical Paint Spotting

    (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan and Although no defect in the paint job causes this, Pontiac exhaust system even though they have corrosion will repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of protection.
  • Page 315 GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials 6-69...
  • Page 316: Engine Identification

    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Engine Identification The 8th character in your VIN is the engine code. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications and replacement parts. Service Parts Identification Label You’ll find this label on your spare tire cover. It’s very helpful if you ever need to order parts.
  • Page 317: Electrical System

    Electrical System Headlamps Wiring The headlamp wiring is protected by a circuit breaker. Add-On Electrical Equipment An electrical overload will cause the lamps to go on and off, or in some cases to remain off. If this happens, have your headlamp wiring checked right away. NOTICE: Windshield Wipers Fuses Don’t add anything electrical to your vehicle...
  • Page 318: Fuses And Circuit Breakers

    Fuses and Circuit Breakers Instrument Panel Fuse Block The wiring circuits in your vehicle are protected from short circuits by fuses, circuit breakers and fusible thermal links in the wiring itself. This greatly reduces the chance of fires caused by electrical problems. Look at the silver colored band inside the fuse.
  • Page 319 Fuse Usage Fuse Usage TAIL Front Parking Lamps, Taillamps, RR WIPER Rear Window Wiper, Rear License Plate Lamps, Instrument Window Defogger Panel Lights, Engine Control Air Conditioning System Power Outlets Board Diagnostic System P/POINT Power Outlets WIPER Windshield Wipers Daytime Running Lamps Charging System, Air Bag System, Cigarette Lighter, Power Rearview Starter System, Engine Control...
  • Page 320 Engine Compartment Fuse Block Fuse/Relay Usage HEAD MAIN Right Headlamp, Left Headlamp Fuses Charging System Electronic Fuel Injection System HAZARD Turn Signal Lamps, Emergency Flasher HORN Horn DOME Interior Lights, Gauges and Meters, Audio System, Remote Keyless Entry System This engine compartment fuse block is located in the engine compartment on the driver’s side of the vehicle MAIN Starter System, AM2 Fuse...
  • Page 321 Fuse/Relay Usage Fuse/Relay Usage DIMMER Headlamp Dimmer (Relay) ABS NO. 1 Anti lock Brake System SPARE Spare Fuse Charging System, DEFOG, HEATER, GAUGE, ECU SPARE Spare Fuse WIPER, RR WIP, WASHER, ABS SPARE Spare Fuse NO. 1, ABS NO. 2, RDI FAN, FOG, GAUGE, INV, AM1 Fuses HORN Horn...
  • Page 322: Capacities And Specifications

    Replacement Bulbs Engine Oil with Filter 1.8L Engine (Code 8) ..3.9 quarts (3.7 L) Lamps Bulb Number 1.8L Engine (Code L) ..4.8 quarts (4.4 L) Headlamp High /Low Beam...
  • Page 323: Engine Specifications

    Engine Specifications Air Conditioning Refrigerant Type ........Capacity VIN Engine Code If you do your own service work, you’ll need the proper...
  • Page 324: Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts

    Normal Maintenance Spark Plugs 1.8L Engine (Code 8) ..DENSO SK16R11, Replacement Parts NGK IFR5A11 or Engine Air GM Part No. 94859448 Cleaner/Filter ... GM Part No.
  • Page 325 Section 7 Maintenance Schedule This section covers the maintenance required for your vehicle. Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety, dependability and emission control performance. Introduction Part B: Owner Checks and Services Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance...
  • Page 326: Introduction

    Introduction Your Vehicle and the Environment Proper vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition, but also helps the environment. All recommended maintenance procedures are important. Improper vehicle maintenance can even affect the quality of the air we breathe. Improper fluid levels or the wrong tire inflation can increase the level of emissions from your vehicle.
  • Page 327: How This Section Is Organized

    How This Section is Organized “Part B: Owner Checks and Services” tells you what should be checked and when. It also explains This maintenance schedule is divided into five parts: what you can easily do to help keep your vehicle in good condition.
  • Page 328: Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services

    Part A: Scheduled Maintenance The proper fluids and lubricants to use are listed in Part D. Make sure whoever services your vehicle Services uses these. All parts should be replaced and all necessary repairs done before you or anyone else Using Your Maintenance Schedule drives the vehicle.
  • Page 329: Scheduled Maintenance

    Scheduled Maintenance Short Trip/City Definition Short Trip/City Intervals Follow the Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance if Every 3,000 Miles (5 000 km): Engine Oil and Filter any one of these conditions is true for your vehicle: Change (or 3 months, whichever occurs first). Most trips are less than 5 miles (8 km).
  • Page 330 Scheduled Maintenance Short Trip/City Intervals Long Trip/Highway Definition Every 60,000 Miles (100 000 km): Automatic Follow this scheduled maintenance only if none of the Transaxle Fluid Change (severe conditions only). conditions from the Short Trip/City Scheduled Valve Clearance Inspection, adjust if necessary Maintenance are true.
  • Page 331 Scheduled Maintenance Long Trip/Highway Intervals Long Trip/Highway Intervals Every 7,500 Miles (12 500 km): Engine Oil and Filter Every 60,000 Miles (100 000 km): Automatic Change (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). Transaxle Fluid Change (severe conditions only). Chassis Lubrication (or every 12 months, whichever Valve Clearance Inspection, adjust if necessary occurs first).
  • Page 332: Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance

    Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance The services shown in this schedule up to 100,000 miles Footnotes (166 000 km) should be repeated after 100,000 miles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the (166 000 km) at the same intervals for the life of California Air Resources Board has determined that the this vehicle.
  • Page 333 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 3,000 Miles (5 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. 6,000 Miles (10 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE...
  • Page 334 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 12,000 Miles (20 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 335 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 18,000 Miles (30 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 336 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 24,000 Miles (40 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 337 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 30,000 Miles (50 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 338 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 33,000 Miles (55 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. 36,000 Miles (60 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE...
  • Page 339 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 42,000 Miles (70 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 340 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 48,000 Miles (80 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 341 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 54,000 Miles (90 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 342 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 60,000 Miles (100 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 343 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance Drain, flush and refill cooling system (or every 24 months, whichever occurs first). See “Engine Coolant” in the Index for what to use. Inspect hoses. Clean radiator, condenser, pressure cap and neck. Pressure test cooling system and pressure cap. An Emission Control Service.
  • Page 344 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 63,000 Miles (105 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. 66,000 Miles (110 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE...
  • Page 345 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 72,000 Miles (120 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 346 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 78,000 Miles (130 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 347 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 84,000 Miles (140 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 348 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 90,000 Miles (150 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 6 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 349 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance Change manual transaxle fluid every 30,000 miles (50 000 km) only if your vehicle is used to tow a trailer. Check automatic transaxle fluid. Change transfer case fluid when doing frequent trailer towing. Change rear differential fluid when doing frequent trailer towing. 93,000 Miles (155 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first).
  • Page 350 Short Trip/City Scheduled Maintenance 99,000 Miles (165 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. 120,000 Miles (200 000 km) DATE Replace spark plugs. ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service.
  • Page 351: Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance

    Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance The services shown in this schedule up to 100,000 miles Footnotes (166 000 km) should be repeated after 100,000 miles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the (166 000 km) at the same intervals for the life of California Air Resources Board has determined that the this vehicle.
  • Page 352 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 7,500 Miles (12 500 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 353 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 30,000 Miles (50 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 354 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 37,500 Miles (62 500 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 355 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 52,500 Miles (87 500 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 356 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 60,000 Miles (100 000 km) (Continued) Replace engine air cleaner filter (or every 24 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. Inspect fuel tank, cap, cap gasket and lines for damage (or every 24 months, whichever occurs first). Replace parts as needed. An Emission Control Service.
  • Page 357 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance Change automatic transaxle fluid every 60,000 miles (100 000 km) if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions: – In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90 _ F (32 _ C) or higher. –...
  • Page 358 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 75,000 Miles (125 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 359 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 90,000 Miles (150 000 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Replace passenger compartment air filter.
  • Page 360 Long Trip/Highway Scheduled Maintenance 97,500 Miles (162 500 km) DATE Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). ACTUAL SERVICED BY: MILEAGE An Emission Control Service. Lubricate chassis components (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). (See footnote #.) Rotate tires.
  • Page 361: Part B: Owner Checks And Services

    Part B: Owner Checks and Services Engine Coolant Level Check Check the engine coolant level and add the proper Listed in this part are owner checks and services which coolant mixture if necessary. See “Engine Coolant” in should be performed at the intervals specified to help the Index for further details.
  • Page 362: At Least Twice A Year

    At Least Once a Month Weatherstrip Lubrication Silicone grease on weatherstrips will make them last Tire Inflation Check longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak. Apply Make sure tires are inflated to the correct pressures. silicone grease with a clean cloth. During very cold, Don’t forget to check your spare tire.
  • Page 363 At Least Once a Year Starter Switch Check Key Lock Cylinders Service CAUTION: Lubricate the key lock cylinders with the lubricant specified in Part D. When you are doing this check, the vehicle could Seat Operation Check move suddenly. If it does, you or others could be Make sure the head restraints stay in position and all injured.
  • Page 364 Automatic Transaxle Shift Lock Control 3. With the engine off, turn the key to the ON position, System Check but don’t start the engine. Without applying the regular brake, try to move the shift lever out of PARK (P) with normal effort. If the shift lever CAUTION: moves out of PARK (P), your vehicle needs service.
  • Page 365 Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle PARK (P) Park on a fairly steep hill, with the vehicle facing Mechanism Check downhill. Keeping your foot on the regular brake, set the parking brake. To check the parking brake’s holding ability: With CAUTION: the engine running and transaxle in NEUTRAL (N), slowly remove foot pressure from the regular brake pedal.
  • Page 366: Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections

    Part C: Periodic Maintenance Exhaust System Inspection Inspections Inspect the complete exhaust system. Inspect the body near the exhaust system. Look for broken, damaged, Listed in this part are inspections and services which missing or out position parts as well as open seams, should be performed at least twice a year (for instance, holes, loose connections or other conditions which could each spring and fall).
  • Page 367: Engine Cooling System Inspection

    Engine Cooling System Inspection Brake System Inspection Inspect the hoses and have them replaced if they are Inspect the complete system. Inspect brake lines and cracked, swollen or deteriorated. Inspect all pipes, hoses for proper hook up, binding, leaks, cracks, fittings and clamps;...
  • Page 368: Part D: Recommended Fluids And Lubricants

    Part D: Recommended Fluids and USAGE FLUID/LUBRICANT Lubricants Hydraulic Brake Delco Supreme 11 Brake Fluid Fluids and lubricants identified below by name, System or equivalent DOT 3 brake fluid. part number or specification may be obtained Windshield GM Optikleen Washer Solvent from your dealer.
  • Page 369 USAGE FLUID/LUBRICANT USAGE FLUID/LUBRICANT Key Lock Floor Shift Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol Multi Purpose Cylinders Linkage (GM Part No. U.S. 12346293, in Lubricant, Superlube Canada 992723, or equivalent) or (GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in lubricant meeting requirements of Canada 10953474, or equivalent). NLGI # 2 Category LB or GC Manual Chassis Lubricant...
  • Page 370 USAGE FLUID/LUBRICANT USAGE FLUID/LUBRICANT Transfer Case Axle Lubricant Hood and Door Multi Purpose (All Wheel (GM Part No. U.S. 12345977, Hinges Lubricant, Superlube Drive) in Canada 10953482) or (GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in SAE 80W 90 GL 5 gear lubricant. Canada 10953474, or equivalent).
  • Page 371: Part E: Maintenance Record

    Part E: Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading and who performed the service in the boxes provided after the maintenance interval. Any additional information from “Owner Checks and Services” or “Periodic Maintenance” can be added on the following record pages. Also, you should retain all maintenance receipts. Your owner information portfolio is a convenient place to store them.
  • Page 372 Maintenance Record ODOMETER DATE SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED READING 7-48...
  • Page 373 Section 8 Customer Assistance Information Here you will find out how to contact Pontiac if you need assistance. This section also tells you how to obtain service publications and how to report any safety defects. Customer Satisfaction Procedure Canadian Roadside Assistance...
  • Page 374: Customer Satisfaction Procedure

    Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your be resolved by the dealership without further help, contact dealer and to Pontiac. Normally, any concerns with the the Pontiac Customer Assistance Center by calling sales transaction or the operation of your vehicle will be 1-800-762-2737.
  • Page 375: Customer Assistance For Text Telephone

    Text Telephones (TTYs), reject it and proceed with any other venue for relief Pontiac has TTY equipment available at its Customer available to you. Assistance Center. Any TTY user can communicate with Pontiac by dialing: 1 PONT (7668).
  • Page 376: Customer Assistance Offices

    General Motors of Canada Limited Pontiac encourages customers to call the toll-free number Customer Communication Centre, 163-005 for assistance. If a U.S. customer wishes to write to Pontiac, 1908 Colonel Sam Drive the letter should be addressed to Pontiac’s Customer Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7 Assistance Center.
  • Page 377: Gm Mobility Program For Persons

    Security While You Travel ROADSIDE (1 3743) This program, available to As the proud owner of a new Pontiac vehicle, you are qualified applicants, can automatically enrolled in the Pontiac Roadside reimburse you up to $1,000 Assistance program. This value...
  • Page 378: Canadian Roadside Assistance

    We have quick, easy access to telephone numbers of the Pontiac reserves the right to limit services or following additional services depending on your needs: reimbursement to an owner or driver when, in Pontiac’s judgement, the claims become excessive in frequency or Hotels type of occurrence.
  • Page 379: Courtesy Transportation

    New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Several transportation Warranty service can generally be completed while you options are available when warranty repairs are wait. However, if you are unable to wait Pontiac helps required. This will reduce your inconvenience during minimize your inconvenience by providing several warranty repairs.
  • Page 380: Additional Program Information

    Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement Additional Program Information If your vehicle requires overnight warranty repairs, Courtesy Transportation is available during the reimbursement up to $30 per day (five days maximum) Bumper Bumper warranty coverage period, may be available for the use of public transportation but it is not part of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
  • Page 381: Reporting Safety Defects To The United States Government

    1 9393 (or 366 0123 in us. Please call us at 1–800–762-2737, or write: the Washington, D.C. area) or write to: Pontiac-GMC Customer Assistance Center NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation P.O. Box 33172 Washington, D.C. 20590 Detroit, MI 48232-5172...
  • Page 382: Service Manuals

    SERVICE PUBLICATIONS ORDERING INFORMATION In Canada, information pertaining to Product Service Manuals Service Bulletins can be obtained by contacting Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair your General Motors dealer or by calling information on engines, transmission, axle, suspension, GMDRIVE (1 7483).