Chevrolet CAVALIER 2005 User Manual

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Manual M

Seats and Restraint Systems ...........................

1-1

Front Seats ...............................................

1-2

Rear Seats ...............................................

1-7

Safety Belts ..............................................

1-8

Child Restraints .......................................

1-27

Airbag System .........................................

1-46

Restraint System Check ............................

1-55

Features and Controls .....................................

2-1

Keys ........................................................

2-2

Doors and Locks .......................................

2-8

Windows .................................................

2-12

Theft-Deterrent Systems ............................

2-14

Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ...........

2-16

Mirrors ....................................................

2-31

OnStar® System ......................................

2-33

Storage Areas .........................................

2-35

Sunroof ..................................................

2-35

Instrument Panel .............................................

3-1

Instrument Panel Overview ..........................

3-4

Climate Controls ......................................

3-18

Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ........

3-21

Audio System(s) .......................................

3-36

Driving Your Vehicle .......................................

4-1

Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle ........

4-2

Towing ...................................................

4-35

Service and Appearance Care ..........................

5-1

Service .....................................................

5-3

Fuel .........................................................

5-5

Checking Things Under the Hood ...............

5-10

Bulb Replacement ....................................

5-41

Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement .........

5-46

Tires ......................................................

5-47

Appearance Care .....................................

5-72

Vehicle Identification .................................

5-79

Electrical System ......................................

5-80

Capacities and Specifications .....................

5-85

Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ......

5-86

Maintenance Schedule .....................................

6-1

Maintenance Schedule ................................

6-2

Customer Assistance and Information ..............

7-1

Customer Assistance and Information ...........

7-2

Reporting Safety Defects ...........................

7-10

Index .................................................................

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GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem are registered trademarks; and the name CAVALIER is a trademark of General Motors Corporation.

This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes after that time without further notice. For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for Chevrolet Motor Division whenever it appears in this manual.

Keep this manual in the vehicle, so it will be there if it is needed while you are on the road. If the vehicle is sold, leave this manual in the vehicle.

Litho in U.S.A.

Part No. 05CAVALIER A First Edition

Canadian Owners

A French language copy of this manual can be obtained from your dealer or from:

Helm, Incorporated

P.O. Box 07130

Detroit, MI 48207

How to Use This Manual

Many people read the owner manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If this

is done, it can help you learn about the features

and controls for the vehicle. Pictures and words work together in the owner manual to explain things.

Index

A good place to quickly locate information about the vehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. It is an alphabetical list of what is in the manual and the page number where it can be found.

© Copyright General Motors Corporation 05/14/04

All Rights Reserved

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Safety Warnings and Symbols

There are a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.

{CAUTION:

These mean there is something that could hurt you or other people.

In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you do not,

you or others could be hurt.

You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. This safety symbol means “Do Not,” “Do Not do this” or “Do Not let this happen.”

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Vehicle Damage Warnings

Also, in this manual you will find these notices:

Notice: These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.

A notice tells about something that can damage the vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell what to do to help avoid the damage.

When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words.

There are also warning labels on the vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.

Vehicle Symbols

The vehicle has components and labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along with the text describing the operation or information relating to a specific component, control, message, gage, or indicator.

If you need help figuring out a specific name of a component, gage, or indicator, reference the following topics:

Seats and Restraint Systems in Section 1

Features and Controls in Section 2

Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3

Climate Controls in Section 3

Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators in Section 3

Audio System(s) in Section 3

Engine Compartment Overview in Section 5

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

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NOTES

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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems

Front Seats ......................................................

1-2

Manual Seats ................................................

1-2

Reclining Seatbacks ........................................

1-4

Head Restraints .............................................

1-5

Seatback Latches ...........................................

1-6

Easy Entry Seat .............................................

1-6

Rear Seats .......................................................

1-7

Rear Seat Operation .......................................

1-7

Safety Belts .....................................................

1-8

Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone .................

1-8

Questions and Answers About Safety Belts ......

1-12

How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .................

1-13

Driver Position ..............................................

1-13

Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment (Four Door

 

Models) ....................................................

1-19

Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ..................

1-20

Right Front Passenger Position .......................

1-20

Rear Seat Passengers ..................................

1-20

Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children

 

and Small Adults .......................................

1-24

Safety Belt Extender .....................................

1-26

Child Restraints .............................................

1-27

Older Children ..............................................

1-27

Infants and Young Children ............................

1-30

Child Restraint Systems .................................

1-33

Where to Put the Restraint .............................

1-36

Top Strap ....................................................

1-37

Top Strap Anchor Location .............................

1-38

Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for

 

Children (LATCH System) ...........................

1-39

Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the

 

LATCH System .........................................

1-41

Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat

 

Position ...................................................

1-41

Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front

 

Seat Position ............................................

1-43

Airbag System ...............................................

1-46

Where Are the Airbags? ................................

1-49

When Should an Airbag Inflate? .....................

1-51

What Makes an Airbag Inflate? .......................

1-52

How Does an Airbag Restrain? .......................

1-52

What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? .....

1-53

Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ...........

1-55

Restraint System Check ..................................

1-55

Checking Your Restraint Systems ...................

1-55

Replacing Restraint System Parts After

 

a Crash ...................................................

1-56

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Front Seats

Manual Seats

{CAUTION:

You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when the vehicle is not moving.

Lift the lever located on the front of the driver’s seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it and release the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.

Your vehicle will be equipped with one of the following passenger seat adjusters.

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If your vehicle is not equipped with easy entry seats, your passenger seat adjuster looks like this. Slide

the lever located under the passenger’s seat to the right to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it and release the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.

If your vehicle is equipped with easy entry seats, this is your front passenger seat adjuster. Pull up on the lever located at the front of the passenger’s seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to a comfortable position

and release the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.

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Reclining Seatbacks

To adjust the seatback, lift the lever located on the outboard side of the seat and move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever and push

rearward on the seatback to make sure it is locked. Pull up on the lever without pushing on the seatback and the seatback will go to an upright position.

But do not have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.

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{CAUTION:

Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can not do their job when you are reclined like this.

The shoulder belt can not do its job because it will not be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash you could go into it, receiving neck or other injuries.

The lap belt can not do its job either. In a crash the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries.

For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in the seat and wear your safety belt properly.

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 chances of a neck injury in a crash.

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Seatback Latches

If your vehicle is a two-door model, the front seatback folds forward to let people get into the back seat.

To fold a front seatback forward, lift the latch located on the lower back side of the seatback and push the seatback forward.

When you return the seatback to its original position, make sure the seatback is locked. The latch must be down for the seat to work properly.

{CAUTION:

If the seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always press rearward on the seatback to be sure it

is locked.

Easy Entry Seat

{CAUTION:

If the easy entry right front seat is not locked, it can move. In a sudden stop or crash, the person sitting there could be injured. After you have used it, be sure to push rearward on an easy entry seat to be sure it is locked.

If your vehicle has this feature, the right front seat makes it easy to get in and out of the rear seat.

1.Lift the right front seatback latch to release the seatback.

2.Tilt the seatback completely forward and the whole seat will slide forward.

3.Move the right front seatback to its original position after someone gets into the rear seat area.

4.Then move the seat rearward until it locks.

Tilt the seatback completely forward again and move the seat to get out of the back seat.

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Rear Seats

Rear Seat Operation

Folding the Seatback

To fold the seatback, do the following:

1. Pull the release straps located in the trunk. The right strap operates the passenger’s side rear split seat. The left strap operates the driver’s side rear

split seat.

2.Fold the seatback down from the inside of the vehicle.

{CAUTION:

If the seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always press rearward on the seatback to be sure it

is locked.

{CAUTION:

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

To raise the seatback, push the seatback up to return it to its original position.

Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is latched securely in the fully upright position.

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Safety Belts

Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone

This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts.

{CAUTION:

Do not let anyone ride where he or she can not wear a safety belt properly. If you are in a crash and you are not wearing a safety belt, your injuries can be much worse. You can hit things inside the vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously injured or killed. In the same crash, you might not be, if you are buckled up. Always fasten your safety belt, and check that your passengers’ belts are fastened properly too.

{CAUTION:

It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly.

Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. See

Safety Belt Reminder Light on page 3-24.

In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here is why: They work.

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You never know if you will be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you do not know if it will be a bad one.

A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up, a person would not survive. But most crashes are in between. In many of them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could have been badly hurt or killed.

After more than 30 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter...a lot!

Why Safety Belts Work

When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes.

Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it is just a seat on wheels.

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Put someone on it.

Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider

 

does not stop.

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The person keeps going until stopped by something. In

or the instrument panel...

a real vehicle, it could be the windshield...

 

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or the safety belts!

With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. That is why safety belts make such good sense.

Questions and Answers About

Safety Belts

Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I am wearing a safety belt?

A: You could be — whether you are wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you are upside down. And your chance of being conscious during and after an accident,

so you can unbuckle and get out, is much greater if you are belted.

Q: If my vehicle has airbags, why should I have to wear safety belts?

A: Airbags are in many vehicles today and will be in most of them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work with safety belts — not instead of them. Every airbag system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you are in a vehicle that has airbags, you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. That is true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions.

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Q: If I am a good driver, and I never drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts?

A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in an accident — even one that is not your fault — you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver does not protect you from things beyond your control, such as bad drivers.

Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) of home. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less than

40 mph (65 km/h).

Safety belts are for everyone.

How to Wear Safety Belts Properly

This part is only for people of adult size.

Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be

riding in your vehicle, see Older Children on page 1-27 or Infants and Young Children on page 1-30. Follow those rules for everyone’s protection.

First, you will want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has.

We will start with the driver position.

Driver Position

Lap-Shoulder Belt

The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here is how to wear it properly.

1.Close and lock the door.

2.Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight. To see how, see “Seats” in the Index.

3.Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted.

The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly.

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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 is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-26.

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.

5.To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder belt.

The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.

The safety belt locks if there is a sudden stop or crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor.

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Q: What is wrong with this?

A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as much protection this way.

{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.

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Q: What is wrong with this?

A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place.

{CAUTION:

You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.

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Q: What is wrong with this?

A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times.

{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 are not as strong as shoulder bones. You could also severely injure internal organs like your liver or spleen.

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Q: What is wrong with this?

A: The belt is twisted across the body.

{CAUTION:

You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you would not have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it.

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To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way.

Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage

both the belt and your vehicle.

Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment

(Four Door Models)

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.

To move it down, squeeze the release button and move the height adjuster to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it, try to move it down without squeezing the release button to make sure it has locked into position.

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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy

Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts.

A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.

The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it is more likely that the fetus will not be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly.

Right Front Passenger Position

To learn how to wear the right front passenger’s safety belt properly, see Driver Position on page 1-13.

The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt – except for one thing.

If you ever pull the shoulder portion of the belt out all the way, you will engage the child restraint locking feature. If this happens, just let the belt go back all the way

and start again.

Rear Seat Passengers

It is 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 are not safety belted can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash. And they can strike others in the vehicle who are wearing safety belts.

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Lap-Shoulder Belt

All rear seating positions have lap-shoulder belts. Here is how to wear one properly.

1.Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted.

The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly.

2.Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.

If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle it.

Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.

If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-26.

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.

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3.To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part.

The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.

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The safety belt locks if there is a sudden stop or a crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor.

{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.

To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle.

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Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults

Rear shoulder belt comfort guides will provide added safety belt comfort for older children who have outgrown booster seats and for small adults. When installed on

a shoulder belt, the comfort guide better positions the belt away from the neck and head.

There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. To provide added safety belt comfort for children who have outgrown child restraints and booster seats and for smaller adults, the comfort guides may be installed on the shoulder belts.

Here is how to install a comfort guide and use the safety belt:

1.Pull the elastic cord out from between the edge of the seatback and the interior body to remove the guide from its storage clip.

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2.Slide the guide under and past the belt. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the

belt into the slots of the guide.

3.Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top.

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Safety Belt Extender

If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it.

But if a safety belt is not long enough, your dealer will order you an extender. It is free. When you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be long enough for you. To help avoid personal injury, do not let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. The extender has been designed for adults. Never use it for securing child seats. To wear it, just attach it to the regular safety belt. For more information see the instruction sheet that comes with

the extender.

4.Buckle, position and release the safety belt as described in Rear Seat Passengers on page 1-20. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder.

To remove and store the comfort guides, squeeze the belt edges together so that you can take them out of the guides. Pull the guide upward to expose its storage

clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Turn

the guide and clip inward and in between the seatback and the interior body, leaving only the loop of elastic cord exposed.

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Child Restraints

Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts?

Older Children

A: If possible, an older child should wear a

lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a

 

shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt

 

should not cross the face or neck. The lap belt

 

should fit snugly below the hips, just touching the

 

top of the thighs. It should never be worn over

 

the abdomen, which could cause severe or even

 

fatal internal injuries in a crash.

 

Accident statistics show that children are safer if they

 

are restrained in the rear seat.

 

In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike

 

other people who are buckled up, or can be thrown

 

out of the vehicle. Older children need to use safety

 

belts properly.

 

 

Older children who have outgrown booster seats should

 

wear the vehicle’s safety belts.

 

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{CAUTION:

Never do this.

Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can not 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.

Q: What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt, but the child is so small that the shoulder belt is very close to the child’s face or neck?

A: If the child is sitting in a seat next to a window, move the child toward the center of the vehicle. If the child is sitting in the center rear seat passenger position, move the child toward the safety belt buckle. In either case, be sure that the shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder, so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is so small that the shoulder belt is still very close to the child’s face or neck, you might want to place the child in a seat that has a lap belt, if your vehicle has one.

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{CAUTION:

Never do this.

Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-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. That could cause serious or fatal injuries.

Wherever the child sits, the lap portion of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the child’s thighs. This applies belt force to the child’s pelvic bones in a crash.

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Infants and Young Children

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 need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.

Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles, they should have the protection provided by appropriate restraints. Young children should not use the vehicle’s adult safety belts alone, unless there is no other choice. Instead, they need to use a child restraint.

{CAUTION:

People should never hold a baby in their arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby does not 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 (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-lb (110 kg) force on a person’s arms. A baby should be secured in an appropriate restraint.

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{CAUTION:

Children who are up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them. Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide.

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Q: What are the different types of add-on child restraints?

A: Add-on child restraints, which are purchased by the vehicle’s owner, are available in four basic types. Selection of a particular restraint should take

into consideration not only the child’s weight, height and age but also whether or not the restraint will be compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will be used.

For most basic types of child restraints, there are many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used

in a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

The restraint manufacturer’s instructions that come with the restraint, state the weight and height limitations for a particular child restraint. In addition, there are many kinds of restraints available for children with special needs.

{CAUTION:

Newborn infants need complete support, including support for the head and neck. This is necessary because a newborn infant’s neck is weak and its head weighs so much compared with the rest of its body. In a crash, an infant in a rear-facing seat settles into the restraint, so the crash forces can be distributed across the strongest part of an infant’s body, the back and shoulders. Infants always should be secured in appropriate infant restraints.

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{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. Instead, it may settle up around the child’s abdomen. In a crash, the belt would apply force on a body area that is unprotected by any bony structure. This alone could cause serious or fatal injuries. Young children always should be secured in appropriate child restraints.

Child Restraint Systems

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

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A rear-facing infant seat (B) provides restraint with the seating surface against the back of the infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint.

A forward-facing child seat (C-E) provides restraint for the child’s body with the harness and also sometimes with surfaces such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields.

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A booster seat (F-G) is a child restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle’s safety belt system. Some booster seats have a shoulder belt positioner, and some high-back booster seats have a five-point harness. A booster seat can also help a child to see out the window.

Q: How do child restraints work?

A: A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children. A built-in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle. An add-on child restraint system is a portable one, which

is purchased by the vehicle’s owner.

For many years, add-on child restraints have used the adult belt system in the vehicle. To help

reduce the chance of injury, the child also has to be secured within the restraint. The vehicle’s belt system secures the add-on child restraint in the vehicle, and the add-on child restraint’s harness system holds the child in place within the restraint.

One system, the three-point harness, has straps that come down over each of the infant’s shoulders and buckle together at the crotch. The five-point harness system has two shoulder straps, two hip straps and a crotch strap. A shield may take the place of hip straps. A T-shaped shield has shoulder straps that are attached to a flat pad which rests low against the child’s body. A shelfor armrest-type shield has straps that are attached to a wide, shelf-like shield that swings up or to the side.

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When choosing a child restraint, be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a vehicle. If it is, it will have a label saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Then follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system or the LATCH system in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. When securing an add-on child restraint, refer to the instructions that come with the restraint which may be on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to this manual. The child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy from the manufacturer.

Where to Put the Restraint

Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We, therefore, recommend that child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including an infant riding in a rear-facing infant seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat and an older child riding in a booster seat. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat.

Here is why:

{CAUTION:

A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger’s airbag inflates. This is because the back of the rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating airbag. Always secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat.

If you need to secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, always move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint in a rear seat.

Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the child restraint properly.

Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure

any child restraint in your vehicle — even when no child is in it.

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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. Others require the top strap always to be anchored. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint. If yours requires that the top strap be anchored, do not use the restraint unless it is anchored properly.

If the child restraint does not have a top strap, one can be obtained, in kit form, for many child restraints.

Ask the child restraint manufacturer whether or not a kit is available.

In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored. In the United States, some child restraints also have a top strap. If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored.

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Anchor the top strap to an anchor point specified in Top Strap Anchor Location on page 1-38. Be sure to use

an anchor point located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will

be placed.

{CAUTION:

Each top tether bracket is designed to anchor only one child restraint. Attaching more than one child restraint to a single bracket could cause the anchor to come loose or even break during a crash. A child or others could be injured if this happens. To help prevent injury to people and damage to your vehicle, attach only one child restraint per bracket.

Once you have the top strap anchored, you will be ready to secure the child restraint itself. Tighten the top strap when and as the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions say.

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Top Strap Anchor Location

Top strap anchors are already installed in your vehicle for the rear seating positions.

Do not secure a child restraint with a top strap in the right front passenger’s position if a national or local law requires that the top strap be anchored, or if the instructions that come with the child restraint say that the top strap must be anchored. There is no place

to anchor the top strap in this position.

You will find the anchors behind the rear seat on the filler panel.

Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System)

Your vehicle has the LATCH system. You will find anchors for the rear outside seating positions.

This system, designed to make installation of child restraints easier, does not use the vehicle’s safety belts. Instead, it uses vehicle anchors and child restraint attachments to secure the restraints. Some restraints also use another vehicle anchor to secure a top

tether strap.

A. Lower Anchorage

B. Lower Anchorage

C. Top Tether

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A.Lower Anchorage

B.Lower Anchorage

In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint designed for that system.

To assist you in locating the lower anchors for this child restraint system, each seating position with the

LATCH system has a label on the seatback at each lower anchor position.

The labels are located near the base of the two rear outside seating positions.

{CAUTION:

If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attached to its anchorage points, the restraint will not be able to protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Make sure that a LATCH-type child restraint is properly installed using the anchorage points, or use the vehicle’s safety belts to secure the restraint, following the instructions that came with that restraint, and also the instructions in this manual.

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Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System

1.Find the LATCH anchorages for the seating position you want to use, where the bottom of the seatback meets the back of the seat cushion. See Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 1-39.

2.Put the child restraint on the seat.

3.Attach and tighten the LATCH attachments on the child restraint to the LATCH anchorages in the vehicle. The child restraint instructions will show you how.

4.If the child restraint is forward-facing, attach and tighten the top tether to the top tether anchorage. The child restraint instructions will show you how. Also see Top Strap on page 1-37.

5.Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

To remove the child restraint, simply unhook the top tether from the top tether anchorage and then disconnect the LATCH attachments from the LATCH anchorages.

Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear

Seat Position

If your child restraint is equipped with the LATCH system, see Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 1-39. See the

Top Strap on page 1-37 if the child restraint has one.

If your child restraint does not have the LATCH system, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as the instructions say.

1.Put the child restraint on the seat.

2.Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.

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Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed.

3.Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.

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4.To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the shoulder

belt back into the retractor. If you are using a forward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.

5.Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety

belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.

Securing a Child Restraint in the

Right Front Seat Position

If your child restraint is equipped with the LATCH system, see Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System) on page 1-39.

There is no top strap anchor in the right front passenger’s position. Do not secure a child seat in this position if a national or local law requires that the

top strap be anchored, or if the instructions that come with the child restraint say that the top strap must

be anchored. See Top Strap on page 1-37 if the child restraint has one.

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Your vehicle has a right front passenger airbag. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Here is why:

{CAUTION:

A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured or killed if the right front passenger’s airbag inflates. This is because the back of the rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating airbag. Always secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat.

A rear seat is a safer place to secure a forward-facing child restraint. If you need to secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint when and as the instructions say.

1.Because your vehicle has a right front passenger airbag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. See Manual Seats on page 1-2.

2.Put the child restraint on the seat.

3.Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.

4.Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.

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5.Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock.

6.To tighten the belt, push down on the child restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the shoulder

belt back into the retractor. You may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.

7.Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.

To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety

belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.

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Airbag System

Your vehicle has airbags — a frontal airbag for the driver and another frontal airbag for the right front passenger. Your vehicle may also have side impact airbags. Side impact airbags are available for the driver and right front passenger.

If your vehicle has a side impact airbag for the driver and/or the right front passenger, the words AIR BAG will appear on the airbag covering on the side of the seatback closest to the door.

Frontal airbags are designed to help reduce the risk of injury from the force of an inflating frontal airbag.

But these airbags must inflate very quickly to do their job and comply with federal regulations.

Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system:

{CAUTION:

You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if you are not wearing your safety belt — even

if you have airbags. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps reduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it. Airbags are designed to work with safety belts but do not replace them.

CAUTION: (Continued)

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CAUTION: (Continued)

Frontal airbags for the driver and right front passenger are designed to deploy only in moderate to severe frontal and near frontal crashes. They are not designed to inflate in rollover, rear or low-speed frontal crashes, or in many side crashes. And, for some unrestrained occupants, frontal airbags may provide less protection in frontal crashes than more forceful airbags have provided in the past.

The side impact airbags for the driver and right front passenger are designed to inflate only in moderate to severe crashes where something hits the side of your vehicle. They are not designed to inflate in frontal, in rollover or in rear crashes.

Everyone in your vehicle should wear a safety belt properly — whether or not there is an airbag for that person.

{CAUTION:

Both frontal and side impact airbags inflate with great force, faster than the blink of an eye. If you are too close to an inflating airbag, as you

would be if you were leaning forward, it could seriously injure you. Safety belts help keep you in position for airbag inflation before and during a crash. Always wear your safety belt, even with frontal airbags. The driver should sit as far back as possible while still maintaining control of the vehicle. Front occupants should not lean on or sleep against the door.

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{CAUTION:

Anyone who is up against, or very close to, any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer the best protection for adults, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them. Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide. Always secure children properly in your vehicle. To read how, see Older Children on page 1-27 or Infants and Young Children on page 1-30.

There is an airbag readiness light on the instrument panel cluster, which shows the airbag symbol.

The system checks the airbag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 3-24 for more information.

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Where Are the Airbags?

The right front passenger’s airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side.

The driver’s airbag is in the middle of the steering wheel.

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If your vehicle has one, the driver’s side impact airbag is in the side of the driver’s seatback closest to the door.

If your vehicle has one, the passenger’s side impact airbag is in the side of the passenger’s seatback closest to the door.

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{CAUTION:

If something is between an occupant and an airbag, the airbag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person causing severe injury or even death. The path of an inflating airbag must be kept clear. Do not put anything between an occupant and an airbag, and do not attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other airbag covering. Do not let seat covers block the inflation path of a side impact airbag.

When Should an Airbag Inflate?

The driver’s and right front passenger’s frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal

or near-frontal crashes. But they are designed to inflate only if the impact exceeds a predetermined deployment threshold. Deployment thresholds take into account

a variety of desired deployment and non-deployment events and are used to predict how severe a crash

is likely to be in time for the airbags to inflate and help restrain the occupants.

Whether your frontal airbags will or should deploy is not based on how fast your vehicle is traveling. It depends largely on what you hit, the direction of the impact

and how quickly your vehicle slows down.

If the front of your vehicle goes straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level is

about 9 to 14 mph (14 to 23 km/h). (The threshold level can vary, however, with specific vehicle design, so

that it can be somewhat above or below this range.)

Airbags may inflate at different crash speeds. For example:

If the vehicle hits a stationary object, the airbag could inflate at a different crash speed than if the object were moving.

If the object deforms, the airbag could inflate at a different crash speed than if the object does not deform.

If the vehicle hits a narrow object (like a pole) the airbag could inflate at a different crash speed than if the vehicle hits a wide object (like a wall).

If the vehicle goes into an object at an angle the airbag could inflate at a different crash speed than if the vehicle goes straight into the object.

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The frontal airbags (driver and right front passenger) are not intended to inflate during vehicle rollovers, rear impacts, or in many side impacts because inflation

would not likely help the occupants.

Your vehicle may or may not have a side impact airbag. See Airbag System on page 1-46. Side impact airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe side crashes. A side impact airbag will inflate if the crash severity is above the system’s designed “threshold level.” The threshold level can vary with specific vehicle design. Side impact airbags are not designed to

inflate in frontal or near-frontal impacts, rollovers or rear impacts, because inflation would not likely help the occupant. A side impact airbag will only deploy on the side of the vehicle that is struck.

In any particular crash, no one can say whether an airbag should have inflated simply because of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. For frontal airbags, inflation is determined by

the angle of the impact and how quickly the vehicle slows down in frontal and near-frontal impacts. For side impact airbags, inflation is determined by the location and severity of the impact.

What Makes an Airbag Inflate?

In an impact of sufficient severity, the airbag sensing system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. For both frontal and side impact airbags, the sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which inflates the airbag. The inflator, the airbag and related hardware are all part of the airbag modules. Frontal airbag modules are located inside the steering wheel and instrument panel. For vehicles with side impact airbags, the airbag modules are located in the seatback closest to the driver’s and/or right front passenger’s door.

How Does an Airbag Restrain?

In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside of the vehicle. The airbag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Airbags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But the frontal airbags would not help you in many types

of collisions, including rollovers, rear impacts, and many side impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward the airbag.

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Side impact airbags would not help you in many types of collisions, including frontal or near frontal collisions, rollovers, and rear impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward those airbags. Airbags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belts, and then only in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions for the driver’s and right front passenger’s frontal airbags, and only in moderate to severe side collisions for vehicles with a driver’s and right front passenger’s side impact airbag.

What Will You See After an Airbag

Inflates?

After the airbag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly that some people may not even realize the airbag inflated. Some components of the airbag module will be hot for a short time. These components include the steering wheel hub for the driver’s frontal airbag and the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s frontal airbag. For vehicles with side impact airbags, the side of the seatback closest to the driver’s and/or right front passenger’s door will be hot. The parts of the bag that come into contact with you may be warm, but not too hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from the vents in the deflated airbags. Airbag inflation does not prevent the driver from seeing or being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it stop people from leaving the vehicle.

{CAUTION:

When an airbag inflates, there is dust in the air. This dust could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the vehicle should get out as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have breathing problems but can not get out of the vehicle after an airbag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a window or a door. If you experience breathing problems following an airbag deployment, you should seek medical attention.

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In many crashes severe enough to inflate an airbag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger airbag.

Airbags are designed to inflate only once. After an airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for your airbag system. If you do not get them, the airbag system will not be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include airbag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts.

Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing and diagnostic module which records information after a crash. See Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders on page 7-9.

Let only qualified technicians work on your airbag system. Improper service can mean that your airbag system will not work properly. See your dealer

for service.

Notice: If you damage the covering for the driver’s or the right front passenger’s airbag, or the airbag covering on the driver’s and right front passenger’s seatback, the airbag may not work properly. You may have to replace the airbag module in the steering wheel, both the airbag module and the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s airbag, or both the airbag module and seatback for the driver’s and right front passenger’s side impact airbag. Do not open or break the airbag coverings.

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Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped

Vehicle

Airbags affect how your vehicle should be serviced. There are parts of the airbag system in several places around your vehicle. You do not want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have information

about servicing your vehicle and the airbag system. To purchase a service manual, see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 7-11.

{CAUTION:

For up to 10 minutes after the ignition key is turned off and the battery is disconnected, an airbag can still inflate during improper service. You can be injured if you are close to an airbag when it inflates. Avoid yellow connectors. They are probably part of the airbag system. Be sure to follow proper service procedures, and make sure the person performing work for you is qualified to do so.

The airbag system does not need regular maintenance.

Restraint System Check

Checking Your Restraint Systems

Now and then, make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors

and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired.

Torn or frayed safety belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. If a belt is torn or frayed, get a new one right away.

Also look for any opened or broken airbag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The airbag system does not need regular maintenance.)

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Replacing Restraint System Parts

After a Crash

{CAUTION:

A crash can damage the restraint systems in your vehicle. A damaged restraint system may not properly protect the person using it, resulting in serious injury or even death in a crash. To help make sure your restraint systems are working properly after a crash, have them inspected and any necessary replacements made as soon as possible.

If you have had a crash, do you need new or LATCH system parts?

After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn 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.

If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have LATCH system, safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the belt or LATCH system was not being used at the time of

the collision.

If an airbag inflates, you will need to replace airbag system parts. See the part about the airbag system earlier in this section.

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Section 2 Features and Controls

Keys ...............................................................

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Remote Keyless Entry System .........................

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Remote Keyless Entry System Operation ...........

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Doors and Locks .............................................

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Door Locks ....................................................

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Power Door Locks ..........................................

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Rear Door Security Locks ................................

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Lockout Protection ........................................

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Trunk ..........................................................

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Windows ........................................................

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Power Windows ............................................

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Sun Visors ...................................................

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Theft-Deterrent Systems ..................................

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Content Theft-Deterrent .................................

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Passlock® ....................................................

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Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ................

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New Vehicle Break-In ....................................

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Ignition Positions ..........................................

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Retained Accessory Power (RAP) ...................

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Starting Your Engine .....................................

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Engine Coolant Heater ..................................

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Automatic Transaxle Operation .......................

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Manual Transaxle Operation ...........................

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Parking Brake ..............................................

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Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) ......

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Shifting Out of Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) .....

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Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transaxle) .........

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Parking Over Things That Burn .......................

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Engine Exhaust ............................................

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Running Your Engine While You Are Parked .......

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Mirrors ...........................................................

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Manual Rearview Mirror .................................

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Outside Remote Control Mirror .......................

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Outside Power Mirrors ...................................

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Outside Convex Mirror ...................................

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Outside Breakaway Mirror ..............................

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OnStar® System .............................................

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Storage Areas ................................................

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Cupholder(s) ................................................

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Center Console Storage Area .........................

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Convenience Net ..........................................

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Sunroof .........................................................

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Keys

{CAUTION:

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

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One key is used for the ignition, the doors and all other locks.

When a new vehicle is delivered, the dealer removes the key tag from the key and gives it to the first owner. Each tag has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the tag in a safe place. If you lose your key, you will be able to have a new one made easily using the tag.

If you need a new key, contact your dealer who can obtain the correct key code. See Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6 for more information.

Notice: If you ever lock your keys in your vehicle, you may have to damage the vehicle to get in.

Be sure you have spare keys.

If your vehicle is equipped with the OnStar® system with an active subscription and you lock your keys inside

the vehicle, OnStar® may be able to send a command to unlock your vehicle. See OnStar® System on page 2-33 for more information.

Remote Keyless Entry System

If equipped, the remote keyless entry system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

1.This device may not cause interference, and

2.This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

1.This device may not cause interference, and

2.This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment.

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At times you may notice a decrease in range. This is normal for any remote keyless entry system. If the transmitter does not work or if you have to stand closer to your vehicle for the transmitter to work, try this:

Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. You may need to stand closer during rainy or snowy weather.

Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. Take a few steps to the left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and

try again.

Check to determine if battery replacement or resynchronization is necessary. See “Battery Replacement” and “Resynchronization” under “Remote Keyless Entry System Operation” following this section.

If you are still having trouble, see your dealer or a qualified technician for service.

Remote Keyless Entry System

Operation

If your vehicle has this feature, you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from about 3 feet

(1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the remote keyless entry transmitter supplied with your vehicle.

In addition, the system illuminates the interior lamps for a set period of time. Also, a content theft security system can be activated to monitor and set a horn alarm if the vehicle’s door or trunk is opened without first unlocking the door or trunk with the remote keyless entry transmitter.

The remote keyless entry system consists of a receiver, which is located in the vehicle, and two hand held transmitters.

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The following functions are available with the remote keyless entry system:

LOCK: Press this button to automatically lock all doors. In addition, if all doors and the trunk are closed, the headlamps will flash once, the interior lamps will turn off, and the vehicle content theft security system will arm. See Content Theft-Deterrent on page 2-14.

UNLOCK: Press this button to unlock the driver’s door. In addition, the headlamps will flash twice, the interior lamps will turn on for about 20 seconds or until the ignition is turned on, and the content theft security system will disarm. See Content Theft-Deterrent on page 2-14. If you press this button again within

five seconds, all remaining doors will unlock.

V(Trunk Release): Press this button to open the trunk. You can open the trunk with the transmitter when the vehicle speed is less than 2 mph (3 km/h). The headlamps will flash twice.

L(Panic): Press this button to sound the horn and make the headlamps and interior lamps flash alternately. They can be turned off by pressing this button again

or by turning the ignition to ON. The alarm will sound for two minutes unless cancelled by the driver.

Your dealer can change the settings to disable the headlamp flash and horn chirp features. Your dealer can also change the settings to allow the horn to chirp twice on the first press of the UNLOCK button. See your dealer for more information.

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Radio Personalization

Your vehicle can store different radio preset stations depending on which keyless entry transmitter you use to unlock the doors. The radio will recall all the stored settings associated with that transmitter. Any radio setting changes will be assigned to the transmitter last used to unlock the doors.

This feature can be disabled by your dealer if you desire. Contact your dealer for further information.

Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle

Each remote keyless entry transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can

be purchased through your dealer. Remember to bring any remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, any remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once your dealer has coded the new transmitter, the lost transmitter will not unlock

your vehicle. Each vehicle can have a maximum of four transmitters matched to it.

Battery Replacement

Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about two years.

You can tell the battery is weak if the transmitter will not work at the normal range in any location. If you have

to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it is probably time to change the battery.

Notice: When replacing the battery, use care not to touch any of the circuitry. Static from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter.

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To replace the battery in the transmitter:

1.Use a coin or similar object to separate the bottom half from the top half of the transmitter.

2.Remove the battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure the positive side of the battery faces down. For battery replacement, use a three-volt battery, type CR2032, or equivalent.

3.Read the instructions inside the case.

4.Put the two halves back together. Make sure the cover is on tightly, so water will not get in.

5.Check the operation of the transmitter with your vehicle. If the transmitter does not work, try resynchronizing the transmitter with the receiver.

Resynchronization

Your remote keyless entry system is equipped with a security system that prevents anyone from recording and playing back your signal. The transmitter does not

send the same signal twice to the receiver. The receiver will not respond to a signal that has been sent to it more than once.

Normally, the transmitter and receiver resynchronize automatically. However, under certain circumstances, manual resynchronization may be required.

To resynchronize your transmitter and receiver, follow these directions:

1.Stand close to your vehicle.

2.Press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the transmitter at the same time.

3.Hold the buttons for at least 10 seconds. During this time, the doors should lock and unlock once. This confirms the resynchronization. If the doors do

not lock and unlock, see your dealer for service.

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Doors and Locks

Door Locks

{CAUTION:

Unlocked doors can be dangerous.

Passengers — especially children — can easily open the doors and fall out of a moving vehicle. When a door is locked, the handle will not open it. You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors are not locked. So, wear safety belts properly and lock the doors whenever you drive.

Young children who get into unlocked vehicles may be unable to get out. A child can be overcome by extreme heat and can suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Always lock your vehicle whenever you leave it.

Outsiders can easily enter through an unlocked door when you slow down or stop your vehicle. Locking your doors can help prevent this from happening.

There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle.

Use your key to lock and unlock your vehicle from the outside. If your vehicle is equipped with a remote keyless entry system, you can also use it to lock and unlock your vehicle. See Remote Keyless Entry System on page 2-3.

To lock the door from the inside, push the locking lever forward.

To unlock the door, pull the locking lever rearward.

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Power Door Locks

If your vehicle has this feature, you can lock or unlock all the doors

on your vehicle from the driver’s or front passenger’s door

lock switch.

Press the lower portion of the switch to lock the doors. Press the upper portion of the switch to unlock the doors.

The locking lever on each rear door works only that door’s lock. It will not lock or unlock all of the doors — that is a safety feature.

Rear Door Security Locks

If your vehicle is a four-door model, it is equipped with rear door security locks that

help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors on your vehicle from the inside.

Using the Rear Door Security Lock

1.Use a key to move the lock all the way up.

2.Close the door.

3.Do the same thing to the other rear door lock.

The rear doors on your vehicle cannot be opened from the inside when this feature is in use.

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Opening a Rear Door When the Security Lock is On

1.Unlock the door from the inside.

2.Then open the door from the outside.

If you do not cancel the security lock feature, adults or older children who ride in the rear will not be able to open the rear door from the inside. You should let adults and older children know how to cancel the locks.

Canceling the Rear Door Security Lock

1.Unlock the door from the inside and open the door from the outside.

2.Use a key to move the lock all the way down.

3.Do the same for the other rear door.

The rear door lock will now work normally.

Lockout Protection

If your vehicle is equipped with remote keyless entry, you have lockout protection. This feature stops the power door locks from locking when the key is in the ignition and the door is open.

If the power door lock switch is pressed when a door is open and the key is in the ignition, all the doors will lock and the driver’s door will unlock.

Trunk

To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the key and turn the trunk lock cylinder or use the remote keyless entry transmitter if your vehicle has one.

When closing the trunk, it is recommended that you use two hands and from the center to ensure it latches fully.

{CAUTION:

It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You cannot see or smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death. If you must drive with the trunk lid open or if electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid:

Make sure all other windows are shut.

Turn the fan on your heating or cooling system to its highest speed and select the control setting that will force outside air into your vehicle. See Climate Control System in the Index.

If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way.

See Engine Exhaust on page 2-29.

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Remote Trunk Release

Emergency Trunk Release Handle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press the remote trunk release button, located on the lower left side of the instrument panel, to release

the trunk lid. The daytime running lamps will flash twice when the button is pressed, if your vehicle is equipped with remote keyless entry.

The remote trunk release will only work when either the ignition is in OFF or ACCESSORY, the parking brake is engaged, or the vehicle speed is less than 2 mph (3 km/h).

Notice: Using the emergency trunk release handle as a tie-down or anchor point when securing items in the trunk may damage it. Use the emergency trunk release handle only to help you open the trunk lid.

There is a glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle located on the inside of the trunk lid of your vehicle. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle up to open the trunk from

the inside.

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Windows

{CAUTION:

Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather.

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Power Windows

The switches are located on the center console. On four-door models, each rear passenger door has a control switch for that window. The power windows operate when the ignition is ON.

To lower a window, press and hold the rear of the switch. To raise the window, press and hold the front of the switch.

Express-Down Window

The driver’s window switch has an express-down feature. The driver’s window can be opened to the desired position by pressing the rear of the switch to the first position. To use the express-down feature, press the rear of the switch all the way down. The window will continue going down until fully opened.

To stop the window while it is lowering, briefly press the front of the switch, then release it.

Window Lock-Out

Four-door models also have a lock-out switch. Press the lock-out switch to disable the rear passenger’s power window switches. This will prevent rear passengers from opening and closing the windows. The driver can still control all windows with the switch in the lock position.

Press the lock-out switch again to enable the passenger’s window switches.

Sun Visors

To block out glare, you can swing down the visors. You can also swing them to the side.

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Theft-Deterrent Systems

Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some cities. Although your vehicle has a number of theft-deterrent features, we know that nothing we put on it can make it impossible to steal.

Content Theft-Deterrent

Arming the System

With the ignition off, press the LOCK button on the remote keyless entry transmitter to arm the system immediately after all doors and the trunk are closed. If the LOCK button is pressed again within five seconds, the horn will chirp to confirm that the system has been armed.

Once the system is armed, the THEFT SYSTEM light on your instrument panel will flash and remain flashing. This confirms the system is armed and monitoring

the doors and trunk. If the light is on solid, the system is not properly activated due to either a door or the

trunk being ajar.

If you do not want to arm the system, lock the car with the lock levers on the doors or with the power door lock switch.

Disarming the System

If the system is armed, press the UNLOCK button on the transmitter to disarm the system. The THEFT SYSTEM light will stop flashing.

If the system is armed, turning the key to START will also disarm the system.

If the system is armed and the trunk is opened using the trunk release button on the transmitter, the system will temporarily disarm itself and re-arm when the trunk has been closed. This allows the customer to exit the vehicle, lock the doors using the transmitter, and open the trunk using the transmitter without having

to disarm and subsequently re-arm the system.

How the System Alarm is Activated

If the system is armed, opening any door or trunk, or using a wrong key to start the vehicle will cause a pre-alarm chirp for 10 seconds and then a full alarm of horn and headlights for two minutes.

If an alarm event has finished and all doors and trunk are closed, the content theft security system will re-arm itself.

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How to Turn Off the System Alarm

If the system alarm is active, it can be deactivated by:

Pressing the LOCK or panic button on the transmitter to turn off the alarm. The system will re-arm if all doors and the trunk are later closed.

Pressing the UNLOCK or trunk button on the transmitter to turn off the alarm and disarm the system.

Putting the key in the ignition and turning it to START to turn off the alarm and disarm the system.

How to Detect a Tamper Condition

If you hear three horn chirps when you press the UNLOCK, LOCK or trunk release buttons on your transmitter, the content theft security system alarm was triggered while you were away.

Your dealer can change the settings to disable the headlamp flash and horn chirp features. Your dealer can also change the settings to allow the horn to chirp twice on the first press of the UNLOCK button. See your dealer for more information.

Passlock®

Your vehicle is equipped with the

Passlock® theft-deterrent system.

Passlock® is a passive theft-deterrent system. Passlock® enables fuel if the ignition lock cylinder is turned with a valid key. If a correct key is not used or the ignition lock cylinder is tampered with, fuel is disabled.

During normal operation, the THEFT SYSTEM light will go off approximately five seconds after the key is turned to the RUN ignition position following an engine start.

If the engine stalls and the THEFT SYSTEM light flashes, wait until the light stops flashing before trying to restart the engine. Remember to release the key from START as soon as the engine starts.

If the engine is running and the THEFT SYSTEM light comes on, you will be able to restart the engine if you turn the engine off. However, your

Passlock® system is not working properly and must be serviced by your dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by Passlock® at this time. See your dealer for service. Or see Roadside Assistance Program on page 7-6

for more information.

You may also want to check the fuses. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers on page 5-81.

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Starting and Operating Your

Vehicle

New Vehicle Break-In

Notice: Your vehicle does not need an elaborate “break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines:

Do not drive at any one speed — fast or

slow — for the first 500 miles (805 km). Do not make full-throttle starts.

Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time your new brake linings are not yet broken in. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline every time you get new brake linings.

Do not tow a trailer during break-in. See Towing a Trailer (Automatic Transaxle) on page 4-37 or Towing a Trailer (Manual Transaxle) on page 4-43 for more information.

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Ignition Positions

With the key in the ignition, you can turn to five different positions.

A (ACCESSORY): This position operates your electrical accessories. Press in the ignition switch as you turn it toward you.

B (LOCK): This position locks your ignition when the key is removed. The steering wheel locks with a manual transaxle. This is the only position from which you

can remove the key. A warning chime will sound if you open the driver’s door when the ignition is in LOCK and the key is in the ignition.

{CAUTION:

On manual transaxle vehicles, turning the key to LOCK will lock the steering column and result in a loss of ability to steer the vehicle. This could cause a collision. If you need to turn the engine off while the vehicle is moving, turn the key only to OFF. Don’t press the key release button while the vehicle is moving.

Notice: If your key seems stuck in LOCK and you can not 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. Turn the key only with your hand. Using a tool to force it could break the key or the ignition switch. If none of these works, then your vehicle needs service.

C (OFF): This position unlocks the steering wheel (for vehicle’s equipped with a manual transaxle) and ignition, but does not send power to any accessories. Use this position if your vehicle must be pushed or towed, but never try to push-start your vehicle. A warning chime will sound if you open the driver’s door when the ignition is in OFF and the key is in the ignition.

D (RUN): This is the position to which the switch returns after you start your engine and release the switch. The switch stays in RUN while the engine

is running. But even while the engine is not running, you can use RUN to operate your electrical accessories, and to display some instrument panel warning lights.

E (START): This position starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to RUN for normal driving.

Even if the engine is not running, ACCESSORY and RUN allow you to operate electrical accessories, such as the radio.

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Key Release Button (Manual Transaxle)

The ignition key cannot be removed from the ignition unless the key release button is used.

To remove the key, turn the key to OFF. Then, while pressing the key release button in, turn the key to LOCK and pull it straight out.

Retained Accessory Power (RAP)

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

Your radio will work when the ignition key is in RUN or ACCESSORY. Once the key is turned from RUN to OFF, the radio will continue to work for up to 10 minutes or until any door is opened.

Starting Your Engine

Automatic Transaxle

Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine will not start in any other position — that is a safety feature. To restart when you are already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.

Notice: Shifting into PARK (P) with the vehicle moving could damage the transaxle. Shift into PARK (P) only when your vehicle is stopped.

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Manual Transaxle

The shift lever should be in NEUTRAL and the parking brake engaged. Hold the clutch pedal to the floor and start the engine. Your vehicle will not start if the clutch pedal is not all the way down — that is a safety feature.

Starting Your Engine

1.With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn your ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm.

Notice: Holding your key in START for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery to

be drained much sooner. And the excessive heat can damage your starter motor. Wait about

15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery or damaging your starter.

2.If it does not start, wait about 15 seconds and try again to start the engine by turning the ignition key to START. Wait about 15 seconds between each try.

When your engine has run about 10 seconds to warm up, your vehicle is ready to be driven. Do not run your engine at high speed when it is cold.

If the weather is below freezing (32°F or 0°C), let the engine run for a few minutes to warm up.

3.If your engine still will not start, or starts but then stops, it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in START for about three seconds. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine.

Notice: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you do not, your engine might not perform properly.

Engine Coolant Heater

If your vehicle has this feature, in very cold weather 0°F ( −18°C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can

help. You will get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle. At temperatures above 32°F (0°C), use of the coolant heater is not required.

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To Use the Engine Coolant Heater

1.Turn off the engine.

2.Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. The electrical cord is located in front of the engine coolant surge tank on the passenger’s side.

3.Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt AC outlet.

{CAUTION:

Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet could cause an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of extension cord could overheat and cause a fire. You could be seriously injured. Plug the cord into a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt AC outlet. If the cord will not reach, use a heavy-duty three-prong extension cord rated for at least 15 amps.

4.Before starting the engine, be sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you do not, it could be damaged.

How long should you keep the coolant heater plugged in? The answer depends on the outside temperature, the kind of oil you have, and some other things. Instead

of trying to list everything here, we ask that you contact your dealer in the area where you will be parking

your vehicle. The dealer can give you the best advice for that particular area.

Automatic Transaxle Operation

If your vehicle is equipped with an automatic transaxle, the shift lever is located on the console between

the seats.

There are several different positions for your shift lever.

PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It

is the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle cannot move easily.

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{CAUTION:

It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll.

Do not leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, always set your parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P). See Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) on page 2-26. If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer (Automatic Transaxle) on page 4-37 or Towing a Trailer (Manual Transaxle) on page 4-43.

Ensure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You have to fully apply

your regular brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in RUN. If you cannot shift

out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever

by pushing the shift lever all the way into PARK (P) or releasing the shift lever button on floor shift console models as you maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into the gear you want. Press the shift lever button before moving the shift lever. See Shifting Out of Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) on page 2-28.

REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up.

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

To rock your vehicle back and forth to get out of snow, ice or sand without damaging your transaxle, see If You Are Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow on page 4-28.

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NEUTRAL (N): In this position, your engine does not connect with the wheels. To restart when you are already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when your vehicle is being towed.

{CAUTION:

Shifting into a drive gear while your engine is running at high speed is dangerous. Unless your foot is firmly on the brake pedal, your vehicle could move very rapidly. You could lose control and hit people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear while your engine is running at high speed.

Notice: Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) with the engine racing may damage the transaxle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Be sure the engine is not racing when shifting

your vehicle.

Forward Gears

AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D): This position is for normal driving with the automatic transaxle. If you need more power for passing, and you are:

Going less than about 35 mph (55 km/h), push your accelerator pedal about halfway down.

Going about 35 mph (55 km/h), push your accelerator all the way down.

THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving. However, it offers more power and lower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D). Here are some times you might choose THIRD (3) instead of AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D):

When driving on hilly, winding roads.

When going down a steep hill.

SECOND (2): This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy than THIRD (3). You can use SECOND (2) on hills. It can help control your speed as you go down steep mountain roads, but then you would also want to use your brakes off and on.

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Notice: Driving in SECOND (2) for more than

25 miles (40 km) or at speeds over 55 mph (90 km/h) may damage the transaxle. Also, shifting into SECOND (2) at speeds above 65 mph (105 km/h) can cause damage. Drive in THIRD (3) or AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (D) instead of SECOND (2).

FIRST (1): This position gives you even more power but lower fuel economy than SECOND (2). You can use it on very steep hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the shift lever is put in FIRST (1), the transaxle will not shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowly enough.

Notice: Spinning the tires or holding the vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator

pedal may damage the transaxle. If you are stuck, do not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the brakes to hold the vehicle in place.

Manual Transaxle Operation

Five-Speed

This is your shift pattern.

Here is how to operate your manual transaxle:

FIRST (1): Press the clutch pedal and shift into FIRST (1). Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.

You can shift into FIRST (1) when you are going less than 20 mph (32 km/h). If you have come to a complete stop and it is hard to shift into FIRST (1), put the shift lever in NEUTRAL and let up on the clutch. Press

the clutch pedal back down. Then shift into FIRST (1).

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SECOND (2): Press the clutch pedal as you let up on the accelerator pedal and shift into SECOND (2).

Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.

THIRD (3), FOURTH (4) and FIFTH (5): Shift into THIRD (3), FOURTH (4) and FIFTH (5) the same way you do for SECOND (2). Slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.

To stop, let up on the accelerator pedal and press the brake pedal. Just before the vehicle stops, press

the clutch pedal and the brake pedal, and shift to NEUTRAL.

NEUTRAL: Use this position when you start or idle your engine.

REVERSE (R): To back up, press down the clutch pedal, lift up the ring on the shift lever and shift

into REVERSE (R). Let up on the clutch pedal slowly while pressing the accelerator pedal.

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

Also, use REVERSE (R), along with the parking brake, for parking your vehicle.

Shift Speeds

{CAUTION:

If you skip a gear when you downshift, you could lose control of your vehicle. You could injure yourself or others. Don’t shift down more than one gear at a time when you downshift.

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Up-Shift Light

Parking Brake

If you have a manual transaxle, you have an up-shift light. This light will show you when to shift

to the next higher gear for the best fuel economy.

United States Only

When this light comes on, you can shift to the next higher gear if weather, road and traffic conditions let you. For the best fuel economy, accelerate slowly and shift when the light comes on.

While you accelerate, it is normal for the light to go on and off if you quickly change the position of the accelerator. Ignore the light when you downshift.

Manual shown, Automatic similar

The parking brake lever is located between the front seats.

To set the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down and pull up on the parking brake lever. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on.

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To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake lever up until you can press the release button. Hold the release button in as you move the brake lever all the way down.

If you forget to release your parking brake prior to driving away, a chime will sound to remind you to release the parking brake.

Notice: Driving with the parking brake on can overheat the brake system and cause premature wear or damage to brake system parts. Verify that the parking brake is fully released and the brake warning light is off before driving.

Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic

Transaxle)

{CAUTION:

It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll.

CAUTION: (Continued)

CAUTION: (Continued)

If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured.To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow. If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer (Automatic Transaxle) on page 4-37 or Towing a Trailer (Manual Transaxle) on page 4-43.

1.Hold the brake pedal down and set the parking brake.

2.Move the shift lever into PARK (P) by holding the button on the shift lever and pushing the lever all the way toward the front of the vehicle.

3.Turn the ignition key to LOCK.

4.Remove the key and take it with you. If you can leave your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in PARK (P).

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Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine

Running

{CAUTION:

It can be dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in

PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, it could overheat and even catch fire. You or others could be injured. Do not leave your vehicle with the engine running.

If you have to leave your vehicle with the engine running, be sure your vehicle is in PARK (P) and your parking brake is firmly set before you leave it. After you have moved the shift lever into PARK (P), hold the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if you can move the shift lever away from PARK (P) without first pushing the button. If you can, it means that the shift lever

was not fully locked into PARK (P).

Torque Lock

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

To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into PARK (P) properly before you leave the driver’s seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) on page 2-26.

When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of PARK (P) before you release the parking brake.

If torque lock does occur, you may need to have another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some of the pressure from the parking pawl in the transaxle, so you can pull the shift lever out of PARK (P).

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Shifting Out of Park (P) (Automatic

Transaxle)

Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system which locks the shift lever in PARK (P) when the ignition is in LOCK. In addition, you have

to fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in RUN. See

Automatic Transaxle Operation on page 2-20.

If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever and push the shift lever all the way up into PARK (P) as you maintain brake application. Then, move the shift lever into the gear you want. Press the shift lever button before moving the shift lever.

If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still cannot shift out of PARK (P), try this:

1.Turn the key to OFF. There is no shift interlock in this key position.

2.Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4.

3.Shift the transaxle to NEUTRAL (N).

4.Start the vehicle and then shift to the gear you want.

5.Have the system fixed as soon as you can.

Parking Your Vehicle (Manual

Transaxle)

Before leaving your vehicle, fully press the clutch pedal in, move the shift lever into REVERSE (R), and firmly apply the parking brake. Once the shift lever has

been placed in REVERSE (R) with the clutch pedal pressed in, you can turn the ignition key to OFF, remove the key and release the clutch. See Manual Transaxle Operation on page 2-23.

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Parking Over Things That Burn

{CAUTION:

Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, leaves, dry grass or other things that can burn.

Engine Exhaust

{CAUTION:

Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death.

You might have exhaust coming in if:

Your exhaust system sounds strange or different.

Your vehicle gets rusty underneath.

Your vehicle was damaged in a collision.

Your vehicle was damaged when driving over high points on the road or over road debris.

Repairs were not done correctly.

Your vehicle or exhaust system had been modified improperly.

If you ever suspect exhaust is coming into your vehicle:

Drive it only with all the windows down to blow out any CO; and

Have your vehicle fixed immediately.

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Running Your Engine While You

Are Parked

It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have to, here are some things to know.

{CAUTION:

Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle. See the earlier caution under

Engine Exhaust on page 2-29.

Also, idling in a closed-in place can let deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into your vehicle even if the climate control fan is at the highest setting. One place this can happen is a garage. Exhaust — with CO — can come in easily.

NEVER park in a garage with the engine running.

Another closed-in place can be a blizzard. See

Winter Driving on page 4-24.

{CAUTION:

It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Do not leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, always set your parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P).

Follow the proper steps to be sure your vehicle will not move. See Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle) on page 2-26.

If you are parking on a hill and if you are pulling a trailer, also see Towing a Trailer (Automatic Transaxle) on page 4-37 or Towing a Trailer (Manual Transaxle) on page 4-43.

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Mirrors

Manual Rearview Mirror

To reduce glare from lamps behind you, move the lever toward you to the night position.

Outside Remote Control Mirror

Adjust the outside mirrors so that the side of the vehicle can be seen while sitting in a comfortable driving position.

Adjust the driver’s outside mirror with the control lever located on the driver’s door.

To adjust the passenger’s outside mirror, sit in the driver’s seat and have a passenger adjust the mirror for you.

The mirror is a spring-loaded breakaway design. See

Outside Breakaway Mirror on page 2-32.

Outside Power Mirrors

If your vehicle has this feature, the power mirror control is located on

the driver’s door.

Turn the control clockwise or counterclockwise to choose the passenger’s or driver’s side mirror. Then move the control in the desired direction

Adjust each mirror so a little of the side of the vehicle can be seen while sitting in a comfortable driving position.

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Outside Convex Mirror

{CAUTION:

A convex mirror can make things (like other vehicles) look farther away than they really are. If you cut too sharply into the right lane, you could hit a vehicle on your right. Check your inside mirror or glance over your shoulder before changing lanes.

The passenger’s side mirror is convex. A convex mirror’s surface is curved so more can be seen from the driver’s seat. It also makes things appear farther

away than they really are.

Outside Breakaway Mirror

A. Adjustment Lever

D. Spring

T-End

E. Adjustment Lever

B. Lever Slide

Handle

C. Mirror

 

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If the outside mirror control lever is not operating properly, the control lever on the driver’s side mirror can be reset by following these steps:

1.Roll down the driver’s door window.

2.Fold the mirror toward the front of the vehicle. Hold the mirror in position with your left hand.

3.With your right hand move the adjustment lever handle, located inside the vehicle, in order to align the T-End of the lever with the lever slide.

4.Fold the mirror back to the original position in order to engage the T-End of the lever with the lever slide.

5.Make sure the mirror housing is fully seated to its base.

OnStar® System

OnStar® uses global positioning system (GPS) satellite technology, wireless communications, and call centers to provide you with a wide range of safety, security, information, and convenience services.

A complete OnStar® user’s guide and the terms and conditions of the OnStar® Subscription Service Agreement are included in the vehicle’s glove box literature. For more information, visit www.onstar.com or www.onstarcanada.com. Contact OnStar® at 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827), or press the OnStar® button to speak to an OnStar® advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Terms and conditions of the Subscription Service Agreement can be found at www.onstar.com or www.onstarcanada.com.

OnStar® Services

For new vehicles equipped with OnStar®, the Safe and Sound Plan is included for the first year. You can extend this plan beyond the first year, or upgrade to the Directions and Connections Plan to meet your needs. For more information, press the OnStar® button to speak with an advisor.

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Safe and Sound Plan

Automatic Notification of Airbag Deployment

Emergency Services

Roadside Assistance

Stolen Vehicle Tracking

AccidentAssist

Remote Door Unlock/Vehicle Alert

Remote Diagnostics

Online Concierge

Directions and Connections Plan

All Safe and Sound Plan Services

Driving Directions

RideAssist

Information and Convenience Services

OnStar® Personal Calling

As an OnStar® subscriber, the Personal Calling capability is available if your hand-held cell phone is lost, forgotten, or has a low battery. It is a hands-free wireless phone that is integrated into the vehicle. Calls can be placed nationwide using simple voice

commands with no additional contracts and no additional roaming charges. To find out more about OnStar ® Personal Calling, refer to the OnStar® user’s guide in the vehicle’s glove box or visit www.onstar.com or www.onstarcanada.com; or speak with an OnStar® advisor by pressing the OnStar® button or by calling 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827).

OnStar® Virtual Advisor

Virtual Advisor is a feature of OnStar® Personal Calling that uses minutes to access up-to-date weather and traffic reports for your area, news and sports updates, stock quotes, entertainment and more. You are also able to listen and reply to your E-mail through your vehicle’s audio system. Customize your information profile at www.myonstar.com. See the OnStar® user’s guide for more information.

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Storage Areas

Cupholder(s)

There are two cupholders located at the front of the center console, in front of the shift lever. There are also cupholders for the rear seat passengers located

under the center console lid. Open the center console lid all the way to uncover the rear cupholders. There may also be a large, removable cupholder inside of the center console lid.

Center Console Storage Area

To open the center console, pull the lift lever up and the lid back.

To close the center console, push the lid down until it clicks.

Convenience Net

Your vehicle may have a convenience net. You will see it inside the back wall of the trunk. Put small loads behind the net. It can help keep them from falling over during sharp turns or quick starts and stops.

Unclip a corner of the convenience net to fit larger objects behind the net, then reclip it to secure them in place. The net is not for larger, heavier loads. Store them in the trunk as far forward as you can.

You can unhook the net so that it will lie flat when you are not using it.

Sunroof

The vehicle may have a sunroof. With the ignition in the ON position,

press and hold the rear of the sunroof switch, located on the headliner, and the sunroof will

open to the vent position. The sunshade must be opened manually.

Press the sunroof switch twice and hold the rear of the switch to open the sunroof and sunshade. Release the switch to stop the sunroof.

Press and hold the front of the switch to close the sunroof. The sunshade can only be closed by hand.

The sunroof cannot be opened or closed if the vehicle has an electrical failure.

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NOTES

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Section 3 Instrument Panel

Instrument Panel Overview ...............................

3-4

Hazard Warning Flashers ................................

3-6

Other Warning Devices ...................................

3-6

Horn .............................................................

3-6

Tilt Wheel .....................................................

3-6

Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever .........................

3-7

Turn and Lane-Change Signals ........................

3-8

Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer ..................

3-8

Flash-to-Pass .................................................

3-8

Windshield Wipers ..........................................

3-9

Windshield Washer .......................................

3-10

Cruise Control ..............................................

3-10

Exterior Lamps .............................................

3-13

Headlamps on Reminder ................................

3-13

Daytime Running Lamps ................................

3-13

Fog Lamps ..................................................

3-15

Instrument Panel Brightness ...........................

3-15

Entry Lighting ...............................................

3-16

Front Reading Lamps ....................................

3-16

Map Lamps .................................................

3-16

Battery Run-Down Protection ..........................

3-16

Accessory Power Outlets ...............................

3-16

Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter ........................

3-17

Climate Controls ............................................

3-18

Climate Control System .................................

3-18

Outlet Adjustment .........................................

3-20

Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ............

3-21

Instrument Panel Cluster ................................

3-22

Speedometer and Odometer ...........................

3-23

Trip Odometer ..............................................

3-23

Tachometer .................................................

3-23

Safety Belt Reminder Light .............................

3-24

Airbag Readiness Light ..................................

3-24

Charging System Light ..................................

3-25

Up-Shift Light ...............................................

3-26

Brake System Warning Light ..........................

3-26

Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light .............

3-27

Enhanced Traction System Warning Light .........

3-28

Enhanced Traction System Active Light ............

3-29

Engine Coolant Temperature Gage ..................

3-29

Low Coolant Warning Light ............................

3-30

Malfunction Indicator Lamp .............................

3-30

Oil Pressure Light .........................................

3-33

Passlock® Warning Light ................................

3-34

Highbeam On Light .......................................

3-34

Check Gages Warning Light ...........................

3-34

Service Vehicle Soon Light ............................

3-35

Fuel Gage ...................................................

3-35

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Section 3 Instrument Panel

Audio System(s) .............................................

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Setting the Time for Radios without Radio

 

Data Systems (RDS) ..................................

3-36

Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data

 

Systems (RDS) .........................................

3-36

AM-FM Radio ...............................................

3-37

Radio with CD (Base Level) ...........................

3-39

Radio with CD (Up Level) ..............................

3-44

Radio with CD (MP3) ....................................

3-54

Personal Choice Radio Controls ......................

3-69

Theft-Deterrent Feature (Non RDS Radios) .......

3-69

Theft-Deterrent Feature (RDS Radios) .............

3-69

Radio Reception ...........................................

3-70

Care of Your CDs .........................................

3-70

Care of Your CD Player ................................

3-70

Fixed Mast Antenna ......................................

3-71

XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System .............

3-71

Chime Level Adjustment ................................

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