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Seats and Restraint Systems This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “air bag” system. Features and Controls This section explains how to start and operate your Buick. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system. Your Driving and the Road Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions. Problems on the Road This section tells what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a Service and Appearance Care Here the manual tells you how to keep your Buick running properly and looking good.


flat tire or overheated engine, etc.


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This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. Customer Assistance Information This section tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service and owner publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8-8. Index Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.


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“valve-in-head” engine, a light, powerful and reliable engine which would eventually influence the entire automotive industry. William C. Durant was instrumental in promoting Buicks across the country using his Durant-Dort Carriage Co. outlets and salespeople as the nucleus of a giant distribution system. He knew the Buick as a “self-seller.” If automobiles could be this good, he thought, maybe it was time to switch from the horse and buggy business to automobiles.


At the 1905 New York Auto Show, Durant took orders for 1,000 Buicks before the company had built 40. On Buick’s success, Durant created a holding company, September 16, 1908. He called it General Motors.


William C. (Billy) Durant


Walter Marr and Thomas Buick


Buick’s chief engineer, Walter L. Marr (left), and Thomas D. Buick, son of founder David Dunbar Buick, drove the first Flint Buick in a successful Flint-Detroit round trip in July 1904. David Buick was building gasoline engines by 1899, and Marr, his engineer, apparently built the first auto to be called a Buick in 1900. However, Buick traditionally dates its beginnings to 1903. That was the year the company was reorganized, refinanced and moved from Detroit to Flint. Buick has always been a product innovator. Buick engineers developed the iv


Durant also created a racing team that won 500 racing trophies in 1909 and 1910, including successes at Indianapolis two years before the Indy 500 began. The success of Buick engines was visible not only on the race track, but in endurance tests across the country and around the world. Buick was the only car to complete a 1,000-mile Chicago-to-New York race in 1906. And a Buick was the first car to travel across South America, driven from Buenos Aires, Argentina, over the Andes to Santiago, Chile in 19 14.


Buick drew plenty of attention because it could climb hills and run through mud like no other car. Buick’s endurance and reliability were world famous. During World War I, Buick built Liberty aircraft engines as well as Red Cross ambulances so successfully that one Buick ambulance was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government. As a builder of premier automobiles, Buick was hard hit by the Great Depression. However, new General Manager Harlow H. Curtice created popular new models including the Special and the Roadmaster. Buick sales soon flourished.


First Bctick Factocy


In World War 11, Buick built aircraft engines, tanks and other military hardware. This post-war period brought great styling and engineering changes which resulted in increased sales. The torque converter automatic transmission, Dynaflow, was introduced in the 1948 Roadmaster. Buick’s famous “portholes” came along in 1949.


A high-compression V-8 engine was introduced in 1953. And Buick’s famous vertical pillar “toothy” grille (introduced in 1942) became more massive in the post-war era.


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I949 Roadtnaster


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Motor Trend magazine named the 1962 Buick Special “Car of the Year.” The first production V-6 engine was used in the Special.


1962 Buick Special


Built inside the walls of the old buildings in Buick’s former Flint complex, which formed the cornerstone of General Motors, Buick City is a state-of-the-art assembly facility with more than 200 robots and other high-tech equipment. It was completed in the fall of 1985. Buicks are, and will continue to be, premium American motorcars with smooth power, high performance, rich detail and comfortable accommodation.


Ed Mertz, General Manage< Buick Motor Division


Our mission is simple: “Buick will provide Premium American Motorcars backed with services that exceed our customers’ expectations, throughout the purchase, ownership, service and repurchase experience.” Buicks are SUBSTANTIAL. Buicks are DISTINCTIVE. Buicks are POWERFUL. Buicks are PREMIUM.


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How to Use this Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you do this, it will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. Index A good place to look for what you need is the Index in the back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of what’s in the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.


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 don’t, you or others could be hurt.


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


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Vehicle Damage Warnings Also, in this book you will find these notices:


I NOTICE:


These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.


In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you 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. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.


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Vehicle Symbols These are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.


For example, these symbols are used on an original battery:


CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


These symbols are important for you and your passengers whenever your vehicle is driven:


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


ACID COULD &


CAUSTIC BATTERY


CAUSE BURNS


FASTEN SEAT BELTS


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AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES


SPARK OR FLAME COULD EXPLODE BATTERY


These symbols have to do with your lamps:


These symbols are on some of your controls:


WINDSHIELD WIPER


TURN


SIGNALS e A HAZARD $0


DAYTIME RUNNING ' LAMPS .*


WARNING FLASHER


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WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER


WINDOW DEFOGGER


FOG LAMPS


Here are some other symbols you may see:


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


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ENGINE OIL PRESSURE


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BRAKES


I Supplement to the 1997 Buick Regal and Century Owner’s Manuals


This is a correction to information found on page 6-40 (Regal only) and page 6-38 (Century only).


Inflation -- Tire Pressure


The Tire-Loading Information label, which is on the inside of the pressures for your tires when they’re cold. “Cold” means your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km).


trunk lid shows the correct inflation


This is a correction to information found on page 6-63 (Regal only).


Engine Crankcase Oil and Filter Change . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.5 quarts (4.2 L)


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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems


Here you’ll find information about the seats in your Buick and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts.


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Seats and Seat Controls Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Driver Position Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Right Front Passenger Position Air Bag System Center Passenger Position


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Rear Seat Passengers Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Children Built-in Child Restramt Child Restraints Larger Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash


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2-Way Manual Seat


Lift the bar under the front of the seat using a twisting motion. This will unlock the seat. Slide the seat to where you want it and release the bar. Try to move the seat with your body to be sure the seat is locked into place.


Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you how to adjust the seats and explains the reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Manual Front Seat


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 don’t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when the vehicle is not moving.


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6-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)


Reclining Front Seatbacks


You may have a driver’s six-way power seat and a six-way power passenger’s seat (if equipped). This switch is designed to imitate the movements of your seat cushion. It is located on the left side of the driver’s seat cushion. To move the seat forward or rearward, push the switch forward or rearward. To raise or lower the entire seat, push the switch up or down. To raise or lower the front portion of your seat, push the front of the switch up or down. To raise or lower the rear portion of your seat, push the rear of the switch up or down.


Lift the lever to release the seatback, then move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever to lock the seatback into place. Pull up on the lever without pushing on the seatback and the seatback will move forward.


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Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can’t do their job when you’re reclined like this. The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t be against your body. 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’t 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.


But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.


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Head Restraints Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ears. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. Safety Belts: They’re 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. And it explains the air bag system.


Don’t let anyone ride where he or she can’t wear a safety belt properly. If you are in a crash and you’re 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.


‘ /d 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” in the Index.)


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In most states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work. You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you don’t 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 wouldn’t 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 25 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.


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


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Put someone on it.


Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn’t stop.


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The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ...


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accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers &= Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an A: You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you’re upside down. 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.


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wear safety belts?


A: Air bags 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 air bag system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you’re in a vehicle that has air bags, you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. That’s true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions.


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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’s why safety belts make such good sense.


home, why should I wear safety belts?


e.’ If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident -- even one that isn’t your fault -- you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver doesn’t 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 Adults 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 Buick, see the part of this manual called “Children.” Follow those rules for everyone’s protection. First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position. Driver Position This part describes the driver’s restraint system.


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Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat (to see how, see “Seats’’ in the Index)


so you can sit up straight.


3. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you.


Don’t 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.


4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. it is secure.


Pull up on the latch plate to make sure If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender’’ at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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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’d 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’s a sudden stop or crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor.


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Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you.


10 move it down, squeeze the release lever 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 lever to make sure it has locked into position. 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.


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@ What’s wrong with this?


A 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.


A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won’t give nearly


as much protection this way.


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@ What’s wrong with this?


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 bel forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. T h i could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.


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&: What’s wrong with this?


A CP 7TION:


You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which aren’t as strong as shoulder bones. You could also severely injure internal organs like your liver or spleen.


A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should


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&.’ What’s wrong with this?


A: The belt is twisted across the body.


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


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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 don’t wear safety belts.


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


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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’s more likely that the fetus won’t 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 The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See “Driver Position,” earlier in this section. When the shoulder belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again. Air Bag System This part explains the air bag system. Your Buick has two air bags -- one air bag for the driver and another air bag for the right front passenger.


Here are the most important things to know about the air bag system:


you aren’t wearing your safety belt -- even if you You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if have air bags. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps reduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it. Air bags are “supplemental restraints” to the safety belts. All air bags are designed to work with safety belts, but don’t replace them. Air bags are designed to work only in moderate to severe crashes where the front of your vehicle hits something. They aren’t designed to inflate at all in rollover, rear, side or low-speed frontal safety belt properly -- whether or not there’s an crashes. Everyone in your vehicle should wear a air bag for that person.


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There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows the air bag symbol.


The system checks the air bag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See “Air Bag Readiness Light” in the Index for more information.


Air bags inflate with great force, faster than the blink of an eye. If you’re too close to an inflating air bag, it could seriously injure you. Safety belts help keep you in position before and during a crash. Always wear your safety belt, even with air bags. The driver should sit as far back as possible while still maintaining control of the vehicle.


An inflating air bag can seriously injure small children. Always secure children properly in your vehicle. To read how, see the part of this manual called “Children” and the caution label on the right front passenger’s safety belt.


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How the Air Bag System Works


Where are the air bags? The driver's air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel.


The right front passenger's air bag is panel on the passenger's side.


in the instrument


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If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag might not inflate properly or might force the object into that person. The path *of an inflating air bag must be kept clear. Don’t put anything between an occupant and an air bag, and don’t attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other air bag covering.


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When should an air bag inflate? An air bag is designed to inflate in a moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crash. The air bag will inflate only if the impact speed is above the system’s designed “threshold level.” If your vehicle goes straight into a wall that doesn’t move or deform, the threshold level is about 9 to 15 mph (14 to 24 km/h). The threshold level can vary, however, with specific vehicle design, so that


it can be somewhat above or below this range. If your vehicle strikes something that will move or deform, such as a parked car, the threshold level will be higher. The air bag is not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts or rear impacts, because inflation would not help the occupant. In any particular crash, no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply bqause of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the‘repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and how quickly the vehicle slows down in frontal or near-frontal impacts. What makes an air bag inflate? In an impact of sufficient severity, the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. The sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which inflates the air bag. The inflator, air bag and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the right front passenger.


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How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. Air bags supplement the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But air bags would not help you in many types of collisions, including rollovers, rear impacts and side impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward those air bags. Air bags 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. What will you see after an air bag inflates? After an air bag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly that some people may not even realize the air bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module -- the steering wheel hub for the driver’s air bag, or the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s bag -- will be hot for a short time. 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 vents in the deflated air bags. Air bag inflation doesn’t prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it stop people from leaving the vehicle.


I- When an air bag i. ates, 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’t get out of the vehicle after an air bag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a window or door.


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


Air bags are designed to inflate only once. After they inflate, you’ll need some new parts for your air bag system. If you don’t get them, the air bag system won’t be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include air bag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts.


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Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing and diagnostic module, which records information about the air bag system. The module records information about the readiness of the system, when the sensors are activated and driver’s safety belt usage at deployment. Let only qualified technicians work on your air bag system. Improper service can mean that your air bag system won’t work properly. See your dealer for service.


Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick Air bags affect how your Buick should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around your vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Buick dealer and the Century Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see “Service and Owner Publications” in the Index.


NOTICE:


If you damage the covering for the driver’s or the right front passenger’s air bag, the bag may not work properly. You may have to replace the air bag module in the steering wheel or both the air bag module and the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s air bag. Do not open or break the air bag coverings.


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


The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


Center Passenger Position


Lap Belt If your vehicle has a bench seat, someone can sit in the center position.


When you sit in a center seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull it along the belt.


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Rear Seat Passengers It’s very important for rear seat passengers to buckle up! Accident statistics show that unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts. Rear passengers who aren’t safety belted can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash. And they can strike others in the vehicle who are wearing safety belts. Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions


To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear one properly.


When the shoulder belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again. If the belt is not long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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


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Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Don’t 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. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.


You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body.


The 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’d 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’s a sudden stop or a crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor. 1-2s


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


Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Rear shoulder belt comfort guides will provide added safety belt comfort for children who have outgrown child restraints and for small adults. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide pulls 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 for smaller adults, the comfort guides may be installed on the shoulder belts. Here’s 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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4. Buckle, position and release the safety belt as


described in “Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions” earlier in this section. 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 from the guides. Pull the guide upward to expose its storage clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Rotate 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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Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. 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.


Smaller Children and Babies


LA CAUTION:


Smaller children and babies should always be restrained in a child or infant restraint. The instructions for the restraint will say whether it is the right type and size for your child. A very young child’s hip bones are so small that a regular belt might not stay low on the hips, as it should. Instead, the belt will likely be over the child’s abdomen. In a crash, the belt would apply force right on the child’s abdomen, which could cause serious or fatal injuries. So, be sure that any child small enough for one is always properly restrained in a child or infant restraint.


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A


at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-lb. (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be almost impossible to hold. Secure the baby in an infant restraint.


A CAUTION: vehicle. A baby doesn’t weigh much -- until a Never hold a baby in your arms while riding in a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can’t hold it. For example, in a crash CAUTION: (Continued)


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Built-in Child Restraint (Option)


If your vehicle has this option, there’s a built-in child restraint in the center rear seat position. This chld restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. This child restraint is designed for use only by children who weigh between 22 and 60 pounds (10 and 27 kg) and whose height is between 33.5 and 5 1 inches (850 and 1 295 mm) and who are capable of sitting upright alone. The child should also be at least one year old. It is important to use a rear-facing infant restraint until the child is about a year old. A rear-facing restraint gives the infant’s head, neck and body the support they would need in a crash. See “Child Restraints’’ later in this section for more information.


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e.' Which slots should I use for my child? A: With the child seated on the child restraint cushion,


use the pair of slots that is at or just above the top of the child's shoulders.


With this built-in child restraint, you can adjust the height of the harness. Depending on the seated height of the child, you can route it through the upper pair of slots (A), the middle pair of slots (B) or the lower pair of slots (C).


For the child shown here, the harness the middle pair of slots (B).


should go through


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@ What if the top of my child’s shoulders is above


Adjusting the Harness Height


the highest pair of slots?


A: A child whose shoulders are above the highest slots shouldn’t use this child restraint. Instead, the child should sit on the vehicle’s seat cushion and use the vehicle’s safety belts.


MAKE SURE THE TOP OF THE CHILD’S SHOULDERS IS BELOW THE SLOTS THAT THE HARNESS GOES THROUGH. A CHILD WHOSE SHOULDERS ARE ABOVE THOSE SLOTS COULD BE INJURED DURING A SUDDEN STOP OR CRASH.’IF THE TOP OF THE CHILD’S SHOULDERS IS ABOVE THE SLOTS, DON’T USE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT. INSTEAD, THE CHILD SHOULD SIT ON THE VEHICLE’S REGULAR SEAT AND USE THE REGULAR SAFETY BELTS.


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1. Lower the child restraint cushion.


2. If the left and right halves of the shoulder harness


clip are fastened together, separate them.


3. If the lap-shoulder harness is buckled, unlatch it by


pushing the button on the buckle.


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4. Pull down the seatback part of the pad (D).


5. Select one side of the harness. Add some slack to the


shoulder part by pulling up on the lap part. You’ll keep most of this slack until you finish Step 9.


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6. Feed a small amount of harness slack back into


the slot.


7. Twist the harness slightly to remove it from the slot.


8. Move the harness up or down to the correct slot. The


correct slot is the one that will be at or just above the top of the child’s shoulder.


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9. Twist the harness slightly to route it through the


correct slot.


10. Pull on the harness. Make sure it is properly routed


and isn’t twisted or flipped over.


1 1. Repeat Steps 5 through 10 for the other side of the harness. Be sure both sides are adjusted to the same height.


12. Move the pad back against the child restraint


seatback. Make sure the harness goes through the slots in the pad that match the height adjustment slots being used.


13. Press the upper edge of the pad against the


fastener strip.


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Securing a Child in the Built-in Child Restraint


Now that the harness is adjusted to the correct height for your child, you’re ready to use the child restraint’s harness (E) to secure your child. Don’t use the vehicle’s safety belts.


Using the vehicle’s regular safety belts on a child seated on the child restraint cushion can cause serious injury to the child in a sudden stop or crash. If a child is the proper size for the built-in child restraint, secure the child using the child restraint’s harness. But children who are too large for the built-in child restraint should sit on the vehicle’s regular seat and use the regular safety belts.


WARNING! FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS ON THE USE OF THIS CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM CAN RESULT IN YOUR CHILD STRIKING THE VEHICLE’S INTERIOR DURING A SUDDEN STOP OR CRASH. SNUGLY ADJUST THE BELTS PROVIDED WITH THIS CHILD RESTRAINT AROUND YOUR CHILD.


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1. If the left and right halves of the shoulder harness


clip are fastened together, seprate them.


2. If the lap-shoulder harness is buckled, unlatch it by


pushing the button on the buckle.


3. Place the child on the child restraint cushion.


4.


5.


6.


Select only one side of the harness. Pull the lap part of the harness out, and place the harness over the child’s shoulder. If both sides of the harness are pulled out, the lap parts will lock. If the lap parts lock, let both sides of the harness go back all the way so each side will move freely again. Then repeat this step, pulling only one side of the harness out. Push the latch plate (F) into the buckle until it clicks. Be sure the buckle is free of any foreign objects that may prevent you from securing the latch plates. If you can’t secure a latch plate, see your Buick dealer for service before using the child restraint. In a single motion, pull the other side of the harness all the way out. Keeping the harness pulled all the way out, place it over the child’s shoulder.


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


Pull on both latch plates to make sure they are secure. A green indicator will show in each latch plate window (G). If the harness locks before the latch plate reaches the buckle, let the harness go all the way back so it will move freely again. Then repeat Steps 6 and 7. Be sure to keep the harness pulled all the way out until you buckle it. Once both sides of the lap-shoulder harness are pulled out of the retractor and buckled, the harness will lock.


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8. Now fasten the left and right halves of the shoulder harness clip together. The indicator window (H) on the clip will show green when the two halves are fastened together. The purpose of this clip is to help keep the harness positioned on the child’s shoulders.


An unfastened shoulder harness clip won’t help keep the harness in place on the child’s shoulders. If the harness isn’t on the child’s shoulders, it won’t be able to restrain the child’s upper body in a sudden stop or crash. The child could be seriously injured. Make sure the harness clip is properly fastened.


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If the harness still doesn’t lock, don’t use the child restraint. See your dealer to have the built-in child restraint serviced.


9. On both sides of the harness, pull up on the lap part


a little to be sure it’s locked. If the harness isn’t locked, or if it becomes too tight, unfasten the harness clip. Then unlatch the harness by pushing the button on the buckle, and let both sides of the harness go all the way back so they will move freely again, Then, repeat Steps 4 through 8.


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10. Adjust the position of the harness on the child’s


shoulders by moving the clip up or down along the harness. On each side of the harness, the shoulder part should be centered on the child’s shoulder. The harness should be away from the child’s face and neck, but not falling off the child’s shoulders.


Removing the Child from the Built-in Child Restraint


1. Unfasten the shoulder harness clip.


2. Unlatch the harness by pushing the button on


the buckle.


3. Move one side of the harness off the child’s


shoulder, and let the harness go all the way back. 4. Move the other side of the harness off the child’s


shoulder, and let it go all the way back.


5. Remove the child from the child restraint cushion.


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Storing the Built-in Child Restraint Always properly store the built-in child restraint before using the vehicle’s lap belt in the center rear seat position. 1. Buckle the harness and fasten the harness clip.


2. Fold the child restraint cushion and leg rest up


into the seatback.


3. Press the child restraint cushion firmly into


the seatback.


4. Then press the leg rest firmly into the seatback, and


secure it by pressing the upper corners against the fastener strips on the seatback.


Just like the other restraint systems in your’vehicle, your built-in child restraint needs to be periodically checked and may need to have parts replaced after a crash. See “Checking Your Restraint Systems” and “Replacing Seat and Restraint System Parts After a Crash” in the Index.


Child Restraints 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 in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. The instructions that come with the infant or child restraint will show you how to do that. 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 at General Motors therefore recommend that you put your child restraint in the rear seat. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here’s why:


A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured if the right front passenger’s air bag inflates. This is because the back of a rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating air bag. Always secure a rearfacing child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat. Before you secure a forward-facing child restraint, always move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go. Or, secure the child restraint in the rear seat.


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A child in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured by the right front passenger air bag if it inflates. Never secure a child restraint in the center front seat. It’s always better to secure a child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front passenger seat, but only with the seat moved all the way back.


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


If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored. If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Buick dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it. Canadian law requires that child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored.


If your child restraint has a top strap, your dealer can obtain a kit with anchor hardware and installation instructions specifically designed for this vehicle. The dealer can then install the anchor for you. In Canada, this work will be done for you free of charge. Or, you may install the anchor yourself using the instructions provided in the kit. Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position


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. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions


for the child restraint.


2. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


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, feed the shoulder belt back into


the retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


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.


Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position


You’ll be using the lap belt.


A child in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured by the right front passenger air bag if it inflates. Never secure a child restraint in the center front seat. It’s always better to secure a child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front passenger seat, but only with the seat moved all the way back.


See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one.


1. Make the belt as long as possible by tilting the latch


plate and pulling it along the belt.


2. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions


for the child restraint.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


4. Run the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.


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7. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure. If it isn’t, secure the restraint in a different place in the vehicle and contact the child restraint maker for their advice about how to attach the child restraint properly.


To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt. It will be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position


5. 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.


6. To tighten the belt, pull its free end while you push


down on the child restraint.


Your vehicle has a right front passenger air bag. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Here’s why:


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4. 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. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.


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


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1.


Because your vehicle has a right front passenger air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. (See “Seats” in the Index.) Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say.


2.


3.


5. 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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6. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of


the retractor to set the lock.


7. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into


the retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


8. 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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Larger Children


Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle’s safety belts. If you have the choice, a child should sit next to a window so the child can wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. But they need to use the safety belts properly. 0 Children who aren’t buckled up can be thrown out in


a crash. Children who aren’t buckled up can strike other people who are.


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Never do this. Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can’t properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. 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: Move the child toward the center of the vehicle, but 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 sitting in a rear seat outside position, see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides’’ in the Index. 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 the center seat position, the one that has only a lap belt.


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A 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 iniuries.


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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Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten, your dealer will order you an extender. It’s free. When you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be long enough for you. The extender will be just for you, and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose. Don’t let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. To wear it, just attach it to the regular safety belt.


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. If your vehicle has a built-in child restraint, also periodically make sure the harness straps, latch plates, buckle, clip, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt and built-in child restraint system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt or built-in child restraint 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. If your vehicle has the built-in child restraint, torn or frayed harness straps can rip apart under impact forces just like torn or frayed safety belts can. They may not protect a child in a crash. If a harness strap is torn or frayed, get a new harness right away. Also look for any opened or broken air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)


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Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash, do you need new safety belts or built-in child restraint parts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the safety belts or built-in child restraint harness straps were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new safety belts or harness straps.


If safety belts or built-in child restraint harness straps are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have safety belt, built-in child restraint or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the safety belt or built-in child restraint wasn’t being used at the time of the collision. If an air bag inflates, you’ll need to replace air bag system parts. See the part on the air bag system earlier in this section.


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.&I NOTES


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Section 2 Features and Controls


Here you can learn about the many standard and optional features on your Buick, and information on starting, shifting and braking. Also explained are the instrument panel and the warning systems that tell you if everything is working properly -- and what to do if you have a problem.


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Keys Door Locks Remote Keyless Entry TrUnk Theft [email protected] I1 New Vehicle “Break-In” Ignition Positions Starting Your Engine Engine Coolant Heater Automatic Transaxle Operation Parking Brake Shifting Into PARK (P) Shifting Out of PARK (P) Parking Over Things That Burn Engine Exhaust Running Your Engine While You’re Parked


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Windows Horn Tilt Steering Wheel Turn SignalMultifunction Lever Exterior Lamps Interior Lamps Mirrors Storage Compartments Ashtrays and Lighter Sun Visors Auxiliary Power Connection Sunroof Cellular Phone Provisions Instrument Panel -- Your Information System Instrument Panel Cluster Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators


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Keys


Leaving young children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don't leave the keys in a vehicle with young children.


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The ignition keys are for the ignition only.


The ignition keys don’t have plugs. Your Buick dealer or Roadside Assistance has the code for your keys. Each plug has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra door keys. Keep the plugs in a safe place. If you lose your door keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs. If you need a new ignition key, contact your Buick dealer who can obtain the correct key code, or, in an emergency, call Buick Roadside Assistance at 1-800-252-1112.


1 The door keys are for the


doors and all other locks.


I NOTICE:


Your Buick has a number of features that can help prevent theft. But you can have a lot of trouble getting into your vehicle if you ever lock your keys inside. You may even have to damage your vehicle to get in. So be sure you have extra keys.


When a new Buick is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the door keys and gives them to the first owner.


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Door Locks


Unlocked doors can be dangerous.


Passengers -- especially children -- can easily


open the doors and fall out. When a door is locked, the inside handle won’t open it. Outsiders can easily enter through an unlocked door when you slow down or stop your vehicle. This may not be so obvious: You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors aren’t locked. Wear safety belts properly, lock your doors, and you will be far better off whenever you drive your vehicle.


There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the outside, use your door key or remote keyless entry transmitter.


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From the inside, to lock or unlock the door manually, push the lever forward to lock the door. To unlock, push the lever rearward.


Power Door Locks


.I Press the power door lock


switch to lock or unlock all doors.


The rear doors do not have power door lock switches. The lever on each rear door works only that door’s lock. It won’t lock or unlock all the doors.


Lockout Prevention Feature This feature prevents a driver who has left the key in the vehicle’s ignition from locking the doors by using the power door locks while any door is open. The feature works by disabling the power door locks when a key is in the ignition and any door is open. You may override the Lockout Prevention Feature by holding the power door lock switch in the lock position for more than three seconds while the key is in the ignition and any door is open. Remember, this feature can’t guarantee that you’ll never be locked out of your vehicle. If you use the manual door lock or if you don’t leave the key in the ignition, you could still lock your keys inside your vehicle. Always remember to take your keys with you.


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Your Buick is equipped with rear door security locks that help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors of your vehicle from the inside. To use one of these locks: 1. Open one of the rear doors. 2. On the inside of the rear door will be a lock. Insert


your key into this lock and rotate it upward. This will engage the safety lock.


3. Close the door. 4. Do the same thing to the other rear door lock. The rear doors of your vehicle cannot be opened from the inside when this feature is in use. If you want to open the rear door when the security lock is on, unlock the door from the inside and then open the door from the outside.


Rear Door Security Locks


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Automatic Power Door Locks Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks is a standard feature that is intended to provide enhanced security and convenience by automatically locking and unlocking doors. This feature provides four operating modes. For your vehicle, you may select and program one of the following four operating modes: Mode 1: No automatic door lock or unlock. Mode 2: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted out of PARK (P). No automatic door unlock. Automatic door relock when any door is unlocked, opened and then all doors are again closed while the vehicle is not in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) and the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal. Mode 3: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted out of PARK (P). Automatic all-door unlock when the transmission is shifted into PARK (P). Automatic door relock when any door is unlocked, opened and then all doors are again closed while the vehicle is not in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) and the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal.


Mode 4: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted out of PARK (P). Automatic driver’s door only unlock when the transmission is shifted into PARK (P). Automatic door relock when any door is unlocked, opened and then all doors are again closed while the vehicle is not in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) and the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal. The operating mode of the Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks will be changed when the driver performs the following sequence with the doors closed and the ignition key in the RUN position: Press and hold the power door lock switch. While holding the door lock switch, cycle the transmission out of and back into PARK (P). After an initial transmission cycle, each additional cycle will advance the operating mode by one, starting from the current operating mode. During this procedure, the Automatic Door Lock and Unlock functions will operate as defined by each mode above, providing the driver with feedback of the current operating mode. If cycled beyond Mode 4, the vehicle will enter operating Mode 1. When the door lock switch is released, the vehicle will remain in the most recent operating mode.


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The Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks will be in operating Mode 3 when your vehicle is shipped from the factory. Disconnecting the vehicle battery for up to a year will not change the programmed mode of the Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks. Delayed Locking Delayed Locking allows the doors to be locked while passengers are exiting the vehicle. This feature also provides a brief time period after all the doors are closed, but before the doors are locked, in which the doors may be reopened. Delayed Locking is user programmable for the enabling or disabling of the function. Delayed Locking is activated when a door lock switch is pressed while the key is not in the vehicle’s ignition, and a door is open. The door lock switch may be the lock switch on the door or on the remote keyless entry transmitter (see “Remote Keyless Entry” later in this section for more details). The doors do not lock when the lock switch is pressed, but instead, three chimes are heard. These chimes indicate that the Delayed Locking function has been activated.


You have three actions possible once Delayed Locking is activated: 1. Cancel the Delayed Locking by pressing the unlock switch or by fully inserting the key in the ignition. 2. Override the Delayed Locking feature and lock the


doors immediately by pressing the lock switch a second time.


3. Let the Delayed Locking function complete the


locking of the vehicle.


If you wish to let the Delayed Locking function complete the locking of the vehicle, no additional action is required. The Delayed Locking function will lock the doors automatically after all the doors have been closed for a period of five seconds. During this five second period, any door may be reopened, at which time the three possible actions shown above are again available.


You may also customize your vehicle to activate the Delayed Locking function as described above, or you may choose to completely disable the function at all times. If disabled, the power door locks will activate immediately when a power door lock switch is pressed. The enableddisabled state of the Delayed Locking function will be toggled when you perform the following sequence with the doors closed and the ignition key in the RUN position: Press and hold the power door unlock switch. While holding the door unlock switch, cycle the transmission out of and back into PARK (P). After an initial transmission cycle, each additional cycle will toggle the enable/disable state of the Delayed Locking function. During this procedure, the chime will sound, providing you with feedback. A single chime will be heard if the Delayed Locking function is disabled and two chimes will be heard if the function is enabled. When the door unlock switch is released, the vehicle will remain in the most recent operating mode. The Delayed Locking function will be enabled when your vehicle is shipped from the factory. Disconnecting the vehicle battery for up to a year will not change the programmed mode of the Delayed Locking function.


Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle, take your keys, open your door and set the locks from inside. Then get out and close the door. (Also see “Delayed Locking” in this section for more information.) Remote Keyless Entry 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. Your remote keyless entry system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry and Science 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 harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


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Operation


Press UNLOCK once to unlock the driver’s door and to turn the interior lamps on (see “Illumination on Remote Activation” in the Index for more details). Press UNLOCK again within five seconds to unlock all the doors.


To lock all doors, press LOCK. To unlock the trunk, press the trunk symbol on the remote keyless entry transmitter. The trunk will only unlock if your transaxle is in PARK (P).


This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry and Science 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. This system has a range of about 3 feet (1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m). 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 to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions that follow. 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. If, you’re still having trouble, see your Buick dealer or a qualified technician for service.


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Security Feedback Security Feedback provides audible and/or visible feedback that a remote keyless entry lock or unlock command has been received and executed. Your vehicle’s ignition must be off for this feature to work. You may select one of four operating modes for reception of a lock command. You may also select one of four operating modes for reception of an unlock command. The selection and programming of the lock and unlock operating modes are independent of each other. The following modes are available for either lock or unlock verification: Mode 1 : No Verification Mode 2: Horn Chirp only Mode 3: Headlamp Flash only Mode 4: Horn Chirp and Headlamp Flash The operating mode of the Security Feedback lock function will be changed when you perform the following sequence with your vehicle’s doors closed and the ignition key in RUN: Press and hold the power’door lock switch. While holding the door lock switch, press and release the remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter lock switch. This will initialize the customization mode. While in the


customization mode, the chime will sound the number of chimes corresponding to the current Security Feedback lock mode. Each additional press of the RKE transmitter lock switch will cause your vehicle to advance the lock mode by one, starting from the current Security Feedback lock mode. If cycled beyond lock Mode 4, the vehicle will enter lock Mode 1. During this procedure, the chime will sound the number of chimes corresponding to the current lock mode, providing you with feedback. When the door lock switch is released, the vehicle will remain in the most recent lock mode. The operating mode of the Security Feedback unlock function will be changed when you perform the following sequence with your vehicle’s doors closed and the ignition key in RUN: Press and hold the power door unlock switch. While holding the door unlock switch, press and release the RKE transmitter unlock switch. This will initialize the customization mode. While in the customization mode, the chime will sound the number of chimes corresponding to the current unlock mode. Each additional press of the RKE transmitter unlock switch will cause your vehicle to advance the unlock mode by one, starting from the current unlock mode. If cycled beyond unlock Mode 4, the vehicle will enter unlock Mode 1. During this procedure, the chime will sound the number of chimes corresponding to


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the current unlock mode, providing you with feedback. When the door unlock switch is released, the vehicle will remain in the most recent unlock mode. Both the lock and unlock Security Feedback functions will be in operating Mode 4 when the vehicle is shipped from the factory. Disconnecting the vehicle’s battery for up to a year will not change the programmed mode of the lock and unlock Security Feedback functions.


Illumination on Remote Activation This feature provides interior illumination when a remote keyless entry door unlock command is received and executed by your vehicle. Your vehicle’s ignition must be off for the Illumination on Remote Activation feature to work. The interior lamps will illuminate until your vehicle’s ignition is turned to the RUN position or until an illumination period of 40 seconds has elapsed. If a door is opened during the illumination period, the timed illumination will be canceled, and the interior lamps will remain on since a door is open.


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Instant Alarm This feature allows you to activate an alarm by pressing a switch on the remote keyless entry transmitter. Your vehicle’s ignition must be off for the Instant Alarm to work. When you press the special horn button on the remote keyless entry transmitter, your vehicle’s headlamps will flash, the horn will honk repeatedly, and your interior lamps will illuminate, attracting attention will continue until: 1. You press the alarm button on the RKE transmitter a


if you need it. The alarm


second time.


2. The vehicle’s ignition is turned to the RUN position. 3. An alarm period of about two minutes has elapsed. 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 only four transmitters matched to it.


Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about three years. You can tell the battery is weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it’s probably time to change the battery.


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.


To replace your battery: 1. Insert a flat object like a dime into the slot on the back of the transmitter. Gently pry apart the front and back.


2. Gently pry the battery out of the transmitter. 3. Put the new battery into the transmitter as shown on


the transmitter (use a type CR2032 battery). 4. Put the two halves back together. Make sure the halves are together tightly so water won’t get in.


5. Resynchronize and then test the transmitter.


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Resynchronizing Your Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter After you have changed the battery in your transmitter, you will need to resynchronize the transmitter. To do this, press the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the transmitter together and hold for approximately seven seconds or until three brief horn chirps are heard. You will also need to use this procedure if your vehicle has lost battery power for an extended period of time.


Trunk


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


Make sure all windows are shut. Turn the fan on your heating or cooling system to its highest speed with the setting on VENT. That will force outside air into your vehicle. See “Comfort Controls” in the Index. If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way.


See C4Engine Exhaust” in


the Index.


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Trunk Lock


To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the door key and turn it. You can also press the car symbol on your remote keyless entry transmitter.


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