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


A good place to look for what you need is the Index in back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of what’s in the manual, and the page number’where you’ll find it.


You will find a number of safety cautions in ~s 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.


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” OH “Don’t let this happen.”


Also, in this book YOU will Eind these notices:


In the notice area, we tell you about somefling 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 d i ~ avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors 3r in different words. You’ll also see waxing Babels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION oh: NOTICE.


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


These symbols have to do with your lamps:


These symbols are on some of your controls:


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Here x e some other symbols you may see:


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


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Here you'll find information about the seats in ycur Buick and how to use your safety belts propedy. 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 Were Are Questions Many Teogle Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Driver Position Safety Beit Use During Pregnancy Right Front Passenger Position Supplenental Restraint System (SRS) Center Passenger Position


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Rear Seat Passengers Rear Safety Belt CSITI€OI-~ Guides for Children and Small Adults Children Child Restraints Larger Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash


'This part tells YQU about the seats -- how to adjust them, and SO about memory seats, reclining seatbacks and head restraints.


To increase or decrease supp~pt, hold the switch forward or rearward. TO move the lumbar up md down, hold the switch upward or d~wnward.


Raise QT Bower the fiont of the seat cushion by holding the &ont part of the horizontal C O I I ~ ~ or down.


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whole horizonhl control up or down.


@ h s h the vertical control forward to bring the seat to a more upright position. Push it rearward to recline the seatback. Raise or lower the shoulder belt aamd head rest by pushing the vertical contro1 to the top or bottom.


You can use this memory €unction to save your seat cushion (mintas the head restraint), optional lumbar, mirror adjustment, window lockout, HVAc and radio settings by using the foltlowing procedure: 1. You must first program the SEAT RECALL feature


to be ON when this choice appears on the DHC. See “Memory Seat Recall” in the hdex fop programming instructions.


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Adjust the driver’s seat and lumbar position (if equipped) to a safe and comfortable driving position. Adjust both outside mirrors to suit you. See “Outside Mirrors” in the Index. Press one of the two MEMORY buttons corresponding with your driver number, for longer than three seconds. You will hear two beeps to confirm that the mirror and seat positions have been entered into memory. Press WLOCK on the transmitter within five seconds.


4. When your vehicle is in PARK (P), push and release the memory button you just stored. The seat and mirrors will move to the set position. You will hear one beep. ‘To sct the seat and mirror positions for a second driver, foilow the previous steps, but use the other MEMORY button. I f you press thc wrong MEMORY button, or if there is a third ~iriver, U S C t.tre: seat adjuster.


The EXIT button ~ B Q W S for easy exit from the vehicle. Push and release the EXIT button while in PARK (a> and the seat will move all the way back. You will hear a beep when the EXIT button is pressed. You can also set unique exit positions by moving the seat to the desired position, and then pushing and holding the EXIT button for greater than three seconds. You will hear two beeps to confirm the position has been set. The exit position will be set €or the previously identified driver. If the ignition is not in RUN, automatic seat and III~IX-Q~ movement will occur if the UNLOCK button on the remote keyless entry transmitter is pressed. Automatic seat and mirror movement is programmed through the Driver Information Center (DIC) so that the driver can select whether the seat moves to the programmed driving position, the programmed exit position, or does not move at all. For memory seat and mirror recall programming instructions, see “DIC Personal Choice Programming” in the Index.


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The heated seat controls are located next to the climate controls the instrument panel. Press this button to turn on the heating element in the seat.


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The LO setting warms the seatback and cushion until the seat nears body temperature. The HI setting heats the seat to a slightly higher temperature. A telltale light in the control reminds you that the heating system is in use.


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The front seatbacks can be adjusted by pressing the verticd control located on the side of the seat. Push it forward 40 bring the seat to a more upright position. WPsh it rearward to recline the seatback.


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


Some rear seats have adjustable head restraints. Slide an adjustable head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ears. "his position reduces the chace of a neck injury in a crash. On some models, the rear seat head restraints tilt f ~ r ~ a d md rearward dso. There are four different p~sitions for the front seat head restraints and three different positions for elme rear seat restsaint by grasping head restraints. Adjust either head the top of the restraint and moving it f~l7;~lmd the way you want it to go until YOU hear a click. It will then be locked into that position until you need to move it again. Pulling it forward past the last position will allow the headrest to return to its full rear position.


Use this switch to move a front head restraint up or down. Lift up on the switch to move the head restraint up. Press down on the switch to move the %led restraint down. The top of the head restraint should be closest to the top of your ears. This position helps reduce the chance of a neck injury in a crash. When you move a Eront seat head restraint up or down, the shoulder belt height changes. On some models, forward and rearward also.


the head restraints tilt


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 beits. And it explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or air bag system.


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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.


It is extremely dangerous to side 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.


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that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. (See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the Index.)


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 yo3 do have a crash, you don't know if it will be a bad oDe. 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 30 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter ... a lot!


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Q: Won’t 1 be trapped in the vehicle after an


accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


A: You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety


belt or not. -But you can unbuckle a sdety belt, even if you’re upside.down. And your chance of being conscious during and after an accident, so you cun unbuckle and get out, is much greater if you are belted.


@’ If my vehicle has air bags, why should I have to A: Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be


wear safety belts?


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.


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?


@ If I’m a good driver, and I never drive €as from A t YQU 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 h> of home. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 krm/h). Safety belts are for everyone.


First, you’ll want to know which restraint systorris your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position.


This part describes the driver’s restraint system.


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 Batch plate and pull the belt across you.


Don’t let it get twisted.


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


it is secure. E


Pull up on the latch plate to make sure 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 i€ you ever had to.


A n e shoulder belt is too loose. ~t won’t give nearly


as much protection this way.


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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 yon slam the door it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle.


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


Your vehicle has “Next Generation” reduced-force frontal air bags -- one air bag ~QI“ Fhe driver 2nd another air bag for the right front passenger. Reduced-force frontal air bags are designed to help seduce the risk of injury from the force of an inflating frontal air bag. Bst even these air bags x m s t inflate very quickly if they a e to do their job and comply with federal regulations. Here are the most important things to know about the air bag system:


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 pregnane women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly.


To Bern how io wear the right front passenger’s safety belt properly, see “Driver Po~itiod’ earlier in this section. The right front passenger’s safety beit works the same way as the driver’s safety belt -- except for one thing. If of the belt out all the way, you ever pull the lap p ~ r t i o ~ ~ you will engage the child restraint locking feature. If this happens, just let the belt go back all the way and stat again. hf your vehicle has a center passenger position, be sure to use the correct buckie when buckhg your fap-shoulder belt. If you find that the latch plate will not go fully irrto the buckle, see if you are using the buckle for the center passenger position.


This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or ais bag system.


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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 the part of this manual called “Children” and see the caution labels on the smvisoss and the right front passenger’s safety belt.


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


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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.


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


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The right front passenger’s air bag is in the instrument panel an the passenger’s side.


If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag might not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person. 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.


When should an air bag inflate? An air bag is designed to inflate in a moderate to severe frontal or near-fiontal 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 because ofthe 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. 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 YQU 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 instmrnent panel for the right front passenger’s bag -- will be hot for a short time. $he parts of the bag that corne into contact with you rnrty be warm, but not too hot to touch. Therc will bc some smoke and dust corning from vents in tlrc rtcBlated air bags. Air bag inflation doesn’t prevent the ch-iver li.om seeing or from being able to steer the vehick. IICX does it stop people from leaving the vehicic.


When an air bag inflates, there is dust. i n the ais. This dust could cause breathing problerns for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. ab 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.


,:’tin. haps arc designed to inflate oniy once. After they ienr’i;rtc, yuu’II need some new puts for your air bag systern. 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.


@ Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing and


diagnostic module, which records information about eke 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 depioyment.


@ 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.


Air bags afFect how your vehicle 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 dealer and the Park Avenue Service Manual have inforrnaeion about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see “Service and Owner Publications” in the Index.


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If ~ U I - vehicle has a front split seat and a rear bench seat, S Q ~ ~ O I E can sit in the center positions,


W e n you sit in a center seating position, you have a Hap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate slnd pull it along the belt.


&ggp Sea& passq3ers 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 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.


than those who are


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 so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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E g g = a ~ , ~ ~ ~ & e s The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear m e properly.


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


Don’t let it get twisted.


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


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 SQ YOU would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


3. TQ 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 peIvic bones. And you'd be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at YOIN abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and ~ C ~ Q S S 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.


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Rear shoulder belt c~mfort guides will provide added safety belt COXII~QI-~ for children who have outgrown child restraints and for small adults. M e n installed on a shoulder belt, the codort 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 a d for smaller adults, the C O I I I ~ Q ~ ~ guides may be installed on the shoulder belts. Here's how to install a comfort guide and use the safety belt:


1. Remove the guide from its storage pocket QIZ the side


of the seatback.


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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 two edges of the belt into over the belt, and insert the the slots of the guide.


3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted a d it lies flat.


The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top.


Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. 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.


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. Slide the guide into its storage pocket on the side of the seatback.


Children who are up against, or very close to, any air bag when it M a t e s can be seriously injured or Wed. This is true even though your vehcile has reduced-force frontal air bags. Air bags plus lag-shoulder belts offer the best protection for adults, but not for young children and infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its air bag 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.


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 seguiar belt might not stay low on the hips, as it


I child’s abdomen. In a crash, the belt would apply


I should. Instead, the belt will likely be over the ’ f 1 any child small enough for one is always properly


right on the child’s abdomen, which could cause serious or fatal injuries. So, be sure that


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vehicle. A baby doesn't weigh much -- until a Never hold a baby in your a m while riding in a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can't hold it. For example, in a crash


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A: Add-on child restraints are available in four


basic types. When selecting a child restraint, take i n t ~ consideration not only the child’s weight and size, but dso whether or not the restraint will be compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will be used.


An infant car bed (A) is a specid bed made for use in a motor vehicle. It’s an infant restraint system designed to restrain or position a child on a continuous flat surface. With an i d a t car bed, make sure that the infant’s head rests toward the center of the vehicle.


A rear-facing infant restraint (B) positions an infant to face the rear of the vehicle. Wear-facing infant restraints are designed for infants of up to about 20 Ibs. (9 kg) agld about one year of age. "his type of restraint faces the rear so that the infant's head, neck and body can have the support they need in a crash. Some infant seats come in two parts -- the base stays secured in the vehicle and the seat part is removable.


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A booster seat (F, G ) is designed for children who are about 40 to 6Q Ibs. (18 to 27 kg) md about four to eight years of age. It’s designed to improve the fit of the vehicle’s safety belt system. Booster seats with shields use lap-only belts; however, booster seats without shields use lapshoulder belts. Booster seats can also help a child to see out the window.


Wnen 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. Ynen foliow the instructions for the restraint. You may fixi 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 insmctions that come with the infant or child restraint will show YOU how to do that. Both the owner's manual and the chiid restraint instructions are important, so if either one of these is not available, obtain a replacement copy from the manufacturer.


Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the child restsa..int properly. Keep in finad that m unsecured child restraint can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure my child restraint in YOU vehicle -- even when no child is in it.


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 gut it in for YSU. Hf you want to install m anchor yourself9 your deder can tell you how to do it. Canadian law requires that child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored.


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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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To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt while you push down on the child restraint. If you're using a forward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. Push and gull 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 d l the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for m adult or larger child passenger.


A child in a child. restraint in the center €ront seat can be badly injnred ~1 killed by the sight front passenger air bag if it idates, even though your vehicle has reduced-force frontal air bags. Never secure a child restraiamt in the center front seat. It’s always better to secure a child restraint in the rear seat. You may secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right font passenger seat, but before you do, always P P E Q V ~ the f r ~ n t passenger seat as far back as it will gap. It’s better to secure the child restraint in 8 rear seat.


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


I. Make the belt &Y !omg as possible by tilting the Batch


plate and pulling ,it dong the belt.


2. But &e reatmint on the seat. 3. Run the vehidc'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.


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


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


6. Push and pull the child restraint in differezt


directions to be sure it is secure.


To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s sa€ety belt. It will be ready to work for an adult cr larger child passenger.


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


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part aboemt the top strap if the chiid restraint has one. Be sure to FokBow 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 air bag, always move the seat as far back as it wi6i go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. (See “Seats” in the Index.) 2. Put the 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.


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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.


5. Pull the rest of the kip belt dl the way out of the


retractor to set the lock.


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6. TQ tighten the belt, feed the lap belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. ~ Q U may find it helpful to use p u r knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt.


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directions to be sure it is secure.


$0 emove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s belt and let it go back all the way. The safety belt Nil1 move freely again and be ready to work for an adult


larger child passenger.


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 restmined in the rear seat. But they need to use the safety belts properly. e Children who aren’t buckled up can be thrown out


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Now and then, make sure the safety belt rerniader 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. Tom or frayed safety belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. If a belt is tom or frayed, get a new one right away. Also look for army 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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B[,aePfng young children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A &ild 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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Your vehicle has a two key system. One key is the master and the other is a valet key.


The master key is used for the ignition, as well as all door locks a d storage compartments.


W e n a new vehicle is delivered, the deder removes the plugs from the keys, and gives them to the first owner. However, if the ignition key does not have a plug, there may be a bar-coded key tag instead. Each plug has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the plugs in a safe place. If you lose your keys, you'll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs or the tag. If your ignition keys don't have plugs, go to your dealer for the correct key code if you need a new ignition key.


The vdet key is used for the ignition and the two side doors only. It will not open the trunk or glove box. This is a theft-deterrent feature. The vdet key should always be used when valet puking your vehicle.


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


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From outside the vehicle, if the driver’s door key is held or, if in the ~n10ck position for more than two S~CQII~S, the key is turned to the unlock position twice within three seconds, all doors will unlock.


With power door loch, you can lock or unlock zd1 doors of your vehicle by using either the driver or front passenger power door lock switch.


If your vehicle is equipped with the Driver Information Center (DIC), and a d ~ o r is not klly closed, the D K will &splay a-DOOR AJAR message. See “Driver Information Center” in the hdex. Memory Door Locks Close h e doors and turn on the ignition. Every time YOU move the shift lever out of PARK (P), all of the doors will lock. And, every time you stop anad move the shift lever into PARK (P), the doors will unlock. If someone needs to get out while you’re not in PARK (P), have that person use the maual or power lock. When the door is closed again, it will not lock automatically. Just use the mmud or power lock to lock the door again. If YOU need to lock the doors before shifting out of PARK (PI, just use the manual or power lock button to lock ‘the doors.


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Operation No automatic door lock or unlock. All doors automaticaily lock when shifted out of PARK (P). No automatic door UdQCk. A11 doors automatically lock when shifted out of BARK (P). Only the driver's door automatically unlocks when shifted into PARK (B). AI1 doors automatically lock when shifted out of PARK (B). All doors automatically unlock when shifted into PARK (P).


Vehicies are delivered programmed in Mode 3; however, each remote keyless entry transmitter can be programmed to a different mode according to the trser's preference.


To change modes: I. Close all the doors and turn the ignition OE. Keep all


doors dosed throughout this procedure.


2. Press and hold LOCK on the power door lock switch


on the driver's door through Step 4.


3. Press the LOCK button on the remote keyless entry


transmitter to enter the programming mode. The memory door lock mode will remain in the current mode.


4. Press the LOCK button on the transmitter again.


Each time the transmitter's LOCK button is pressed, the mode will advance by one, going from mode 3 to mode 0 to mode 1, etc. For each press of the LOCK button, the door locks will activate in the same manner they would activate in the corresponding memory door lock mode. For example, pressing the LOCK button on the transmitter to advance to mode 2 would result in a11 doors lockicg aimd then. only the driver's door would unlock. For Mode 0, no locking or unlocking Will QCCUT.


5. Release the power door lock switch md turn the


ignition of.. The automatic door locks will remain in the most recent mode selected.


YOU can also program the memory door Bocks feature using the Driver Information Center. See “Driver Information Center Personal Choice Programming” in the Index.


Your vehicle is equipped with rear door security Iocks that help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors of your vehicle from the inside.


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3. Close the door. 4. Do the same thing to the other rear door jock. The rear doors of your vehicle cannot be opened from the inside when this feature is in use. To open a rear door when the security ‘rock is on: 1. Unlock the door from the inside. 2. Then open the door from the outside. If you don’t


cancel the security lock feature, adults or older children who ride in the rear won’t be able to open the rear door from the inside. You should let adults and older children know how these security Iocks work, and how to cancel the locks. To cancel the rear door security lock: 1. Unlock the door from the inside and open the door


from the outside.


To use one of these locks: 1. Open one of the rear doors. 2. Move the lever on the door all the way up to the


ENGAGED position.


2. Move the lever all the way down. 3. Do the same thing for the other rear door. The rear door Bocks will now work normally.


The power door locks will not work if the key is left in the ignition, the ignition is turned to OFF and the driver's door is open. You can override this feature by holding the power door lock switch for more than three seconds.


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.


With the remote keyless entry system, you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from about 3 feet ( I 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 Canada. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (I) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (I.) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, ir,cluding interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could vcid authorization to use this equipment.


This system has a range of about 3 feet (1 rn) 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.


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


0 Check the locatioE. Other vehicles or objects may be


blocking the signal. Take a few steps to fhe left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again.


0 Tf you‘re still having trouble, see your dealer or a


qualified technician for service.


The driver’s door will unlock when UNLOCK is pressed. If pressed again within five seconds, all doors will unlock. Pressing any button will also iilurninate the interior lamps (see “Illuminated Entry” in the Hndexj. AS1 doors will lock when LOCK is pressed. The trunk will unlock when the trunk button is pressed, and the ignition is in LOCK or OFF. The tm& button will also work when the ignition is on, but ormly while in PARK (P).


When the button with the horn symbol on the remote keyless entry transmitter is pressed, the horn will sound and the headlamps and taillamps wiE flash for up to 30 seconds. This can be turned off by pressing the instant alarm button again or by turning the ignition on. If your vehicle is equipped with the Content Theft-Deterrent feature, you may also turn off the instant alarm by unlocking the vehicle with a key.


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If only the instant alarm button works, the transmitter needs to be resynchronized to the receiver. Do this by pressing and holding both the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on the transmitter for about eight seconds. You must be within range of the vehicle. Once the transmitter has been resynchonized, the horn will chirp and the exterior lamps will flash once. The system should now operate properly. 1 ~pf;c&YYJAy~pl‘i. s,ptezi The remote keyless entry transmitter will m the theft-deterrent system whenever the doors are closed and you push the LOCK button when the ignition is off. It will disarm the system when you push UNLOCK.


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Each remote keyless entry transmitter can be programmed to the driver’s preference €or memory QQOF Bocks, security feedback, delayed locking, memory seats, perimeter lighting, parallel park assist W Q ~ window lockout. See each feature in the Index. You can also personalize your comfort control temperature, mode and fan settings. See “Comfort Controls Personal Choice” in the Index. If your vehicle is equipped with the Driver Information Center (DIC), you can also program these features through the DIC. See “Driver Information Center” in the Index.


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This provides feedback to the driver when the vehicle receives a command from the remote keyless entry transmitter. The following modes may be selected:


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Security Feedback No feedback when locking or unlocking vehicle. No feedback when locking; exterior lamps flash when unlocking vehicle. Exterior iarnps flash when locking; nc feedback when unlocking vehicle. Exterior lamps tlash when locking and when unlocking vehick. Exterior lamps flash and hcrn chirps when locking; no feedback when unlocking vehicle. Exterior lamps flash and horn chirps when locking; exterior iarnps flash when unlocking vehicle.


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Vehicles are delivered programmed in Mode 5; however, each remote keyless entry transmitter can be programed to a difTerent mode according to the user‘s preference. To change to another mode: 1.


Press and hold LOCK on the power door lock switch on the door throughout the procedure. Press the trunk button on the traasmitter. The horn will ChiiT and the transmitter will remain in its current mode. Press the trunk button again. Each time the tmmk button is pressed, the horn wiil chirp and the transmitter will advance eo the next mode. Release the power door lock switch.


4. If your vehicle is equipped with the Driver Infomation Center 4DEC), you can also program these features through the DIC. See “Driver Enformation Ceater” in the Index.


If your vehicle is equipped with the Driver infomation Center (DIC), you can also program these features through the D E . See “Driver Information Center” in the Index.


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. See your dealer to match additional transmitters to your vehicle.


~&XlqrqzL& Lf&+-?g i ALL” This feature Heis the dnver delay the actuaI locking of the vehicle. When the power door lock switch is pressed with the key removed from the ignition and the driver’s door open, a chime will sound t h e e times to signal that the Hock delay mode is active. W e n all doors have been closed, the doors wiI.1 lock automaticalIy after five seconds. If any door is opened before this, the five-second timer will reset itself once all the doors have been closed again. Pressing the door Bock switch twice within two seconds will override this feature.


Press and hold LOCK OR the power door lock switch on the door throughout this procedure. All the doors will lock. Press the UNLOCK button om the transmitter to enter the progrmming mode. The lock delay is still off and all doors will remain locked. Press the UNLOCK button on the transmitter again. Lock delay is now active and dl doors will unlock.


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4. Release the power door lock switch. To turn this feature off, repeat the above procedure.


Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about four 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 transfitter works, it’s probably time to change the battery.


For battery replacement, use a [email protected] battery, type DL-2032, or a similar type.


To replace the battery: 1. Insert a coin into the notch near the key ring.


Turn the coin to the left to separate the two halves of the transmitter.


2. Once the transmitter is separated, use a pencil eraser to remove the old battery. Do not use a metal object.


3. Remove and replace the battery as the instructions


under the cover indicate.


4. Snap the transmitter back together tightly to be sure


no moisture can enter.


5. Resynchronize the transmitter by pressing and


holding the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons for about eight seconds within range of the vehicle. Once the transmitter is resynchronized, the horn will chirp and the exterior l m p s will flash once.


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Press the TRUNK release beztton located to the left of the steering column to release the trunk lid. The tmnk wikf open if the transaxle is in BARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) and the trunk release lockout is in the unlocked position. The remote keyless entry system will also unlock your trunk if the ignition is off, or if the ignition is on and the transaxle is in PARK (FD).


The remote trunk release lockout button allows you to secure items in the trunk.


Insert the ignition key into the tmnk release button. Turn the key one-quarter of a turn to the right then remove it from the button.


This will disable the tmnk release button from opening the tmnk.


It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. YOU can’t see or smell1 CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death. If you must drive with the trunk lid open OF if electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid: 0 Make sure all windows are shut.


Turn the fan on your heating OF c d i n g system to its highest speed with the setting on any airflow selection except RECHWC. That will force outside air inkt your vehicle. See “Comfort Controls” in the Index. If you have air outiets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way.


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IF possible, park in a busy, well lit area. Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk or glove box. Be sure to close and lock the storage area. Close all windows. Lock the glove box. Lock all doors except the driver’s. Give the valet key to the valet. Then take the master key and remote keyless entry transmitter with you.


YQW vehicle is equipped with a Content Theft-Deterrent alarm system. With this system, the SECURITY light will flash as you open the door (if your ignition is off).


This light reminds you to activate the theft-deterrent system. Here’s how to do it: I. Open the door. 2. Lock the door with the power door lock switch or the


remote keyless entry transmitter. The SECURITY light should come on and stay on.


3. Close all doors. The SECURITY light should go off


after approximately 30 seconds. The alarm is not armed until the SECURITY light goes off.


If a door is opened without the key OF the remote keyless entry transmitter, the a l m will go off. Your vehicie‘s lamps will flash and the horn will sound for 30 seconds, then will turn of€ to save battery power. Remember, the theft-deterrent system won’t activate if you !ock the doors with a key or use the manual door lock. kt activates only if you use a power door lock switch with the door open, or with the remote keyless entry transmitter. You should also remember that you can start your vehicle with the correct ignition key if the a l m has been set off. Were’s how to avoid setting off the d a m by accident:


I€ you don’t want to activate the theft-deterrent system, the vehicle should be locked with the door key after the doors are closed.


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a door with a key, or use the remote


keyless entry transmitter. Unlocking a door any other way will set of€ the alarm.


If you set off the alarm by accident, unlock any door with your key. You can also turn off the a l m by pressing UNLOCK on the remote keyless entry transmitter. The a i m won’t stop if you try to unlock a door any other way.


The a E m can be tested by following these steps: 1. From inside the vehicle, roll down foe driver’s


window and open the driver’s door.


2. Activate the system by locking the doors with the power door lock switch while the door is open, or with the remote keyless entry transmitter.


3. Get out of the car, close the door and wait €or the


SECURITY light to go out.


4. Then reach in through the window, unioclc the door with the manual door lock and open the door. This shouhd set off the altum.


If the alarm does not sound when it s h d d but the vehicle‘s iiamps flash, check to see if the horn works. The horn fuse may be blown. TQ replace the fuse, see “Fuses and Circrrit Breakers“ in the Index. HE the alarm does not sound or the vehicle’s Bamps dc not flash, the vehicle should be serviced by an authorized service center.


Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS-Key III (Persondized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key HHI is a passive theft-deterrent system. This means you don’t have to do anything different to arm or disarm the system. It works when YOU insert or remove the key from the ignition.


Your PASS-Key III 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: (I) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: ( I ) 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. PASS-Key HI1 uses a radio frequency transponder in the key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. When the PASS-Key III system senses that someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. The starter will not work and he8 will stop being delivered to the engine. Anyone using a trial-and-error method to start the vehicle will be discouraged because of the high number of electrical key codes. When trying to start the vehicle if the engine does not start and the SECURITY light comes on, the key may have a damaged transponder. Turn the ignition off and try again.


If the engine still does not start, and the key appears to be undamaged, try mother ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers’‘ in the Index). If the engine still does not start with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle does start, the € k t key may be faulty. See your dealer or a Iocksrnith who can service the PASS-Key IIH tc have a new key Bade. It is possible for the PASS-Key IIP decoder to learn the replacement key. Up to transponder value of a new ten additional keys may be programmed for the vehicle. This procedure is €or learning additional keys only. If all the currently programed keys are lost or do not operate, you must see your dealer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key HI1 to have keys made and programmed to the system. See your dealer or 2 locksmith who can service PASS-Key III to get 2 new key blank that is a cut exactly as a current black colored driver’s key that operztes the system. Do not use 2 gray colored valet key for this procedure.


To program the new key: 1.


Insert the cumrent driver’s key (black in color) i ~ * the ignition and start the engine. If the engine wiil not start see your dealer for service. After the engine has started, turn the key to the off position, and remove the key. Insert the key to be progrmmed and turn it to the m n position within ten seconds of removing the previous key. off once the The SECURITY telltale iight will key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the SECURITY light went on due to how quickly the key is programmed. Repeat steps 1 through 4 if additional keys are to be programmed.


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ff you are ever driving and the SECURITY iight comes or; and stays on, you will be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. Your BASS-Key III system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your dealer. You vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key III system at this time. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key I11 key, see your dealer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key HIT to have a new key made.


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


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LOCK @I: This is the only position from which YOU can remove the key. This position locks YOU igition, steering wheel and transaxle. It’s a theft-deterrent feature. OFF (C): This position lets YOU turn ofif the engine but still turn the steering wheel. It doesn’t lock the steering wrlhee1 like LOCK and it doesn’t send m y electrical power to the accessories. The instrument panel cluster will remain powered in OFF to illarminate the gear s W t indicator. The cluster will also activate the parking brake fight when the parking brake is set. Use OW if you must have your vehicle in motion while the engine is not mnanaing. RUN (D): This is the position that the switch returns to after you start YSUP engine and release the switch. This is &e p ~ s i s i ~ n for driving. Even when the engine is not running, you can use RUN to operate your electrical power accessories anad t~ display some instrument panel w d n g lights. START (E): This position starts your engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to RUN for ~a~rrrnal driving.


Retained Acces§ory Power After you turn the ignition off md even remove the key, you will still have electrical power to such accessories as the radio, astroroof a d power windows for up to 10 minutes. Power is shut off if you open a door.


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Move your shift lever to BARK (B) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine won’t start in any other position -- that’s a safety feature. To restart when you’re already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.


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Don9t try to shift to PARK (a) if your h i c k is moving. If YOU do, YOU could damage the transaxle. Shift to PARK (P) only when your vehicfe is stopped.


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ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets wann.


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Holding your key in START €or 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.


2. if it doesn’t start right away, hold your key in


START for about three to five seconds at a time until your engine starts. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery or damaging your starter.


3. If your engine still won’t 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. After waiting about 15 seconds, repeat the normal starting procedure.


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Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts OF accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you don’t, your engine might not perform properly. If yon ever have to have your vehicle towed, see the past of this manual that tells how to do it without damaging your vehicle. See “Towing Your Vehicle” in the Index.


In very cold weather, 0 O F (- I 8 O C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can he8p. You’ll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine w m - u p . Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle.


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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 don’t, it could be damaged.


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I& is dangerous to get out of your vehick if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Don’t leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. TQ be sure your vehicle won’t move, even when you’re on fairly level ground, always set y 0 w parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P). See ‘“Shifting Hnt~ PARK (P)” in the Index. If you’re pulling a trailer, see “Towing a Trailer” in the Index.


Wow long shodd 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 t~ list everything here, we ask that you contact your dealer in the area where you’ll be parking p u r vehicle. The dealer c m give you the best advice for that particdar area.


Y0mr automatic transaxle has a shift lever located on the steering column. There we several different positions for your shift lever. PARK (PI: This Bocks your front wheels. It’s the best position t~ we when YOU start your engine because p l ~ r vehicle can’t move easily.


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Ensure the shift lever is fuily in PARK (PI range before starting the engine. Your vehicle has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. You have to fully apply your regular brzkes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in RUN. If you cannot shift out of PARK (B), ease pressure on the shift lever -- push the shift lever all the way into PARK (P) as you rnaintain brake appiic~tion. Then move the shift lever into the gear you wish. See “Shifting Out of PARK (E’)” in the Index. REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up.


NEUTRAL (N): In this position, your engim doesn’t connect with the wheels. To restart when you’re already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when your vehicle is being towed.


Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL fN) while your engine is “racing” (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. Don’t shift out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while your engine is racing.


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To rock your vehicle back and forth to get out of snow, sand without damaging your transaxle, see ice “Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow” in the Index.


Damage to your transaxle caused by shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) with the engine racing isn’t covered by your warranty.


AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (@):This positionis for normal driving. Pf you need more power for passing, and you’re:


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


e Going about 35 mph (55 kmh) or more, push the


accelerator all the way down.


You’U shift down to the next gear and have more power. THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving, however, it offers more power and Bower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0). Here are some times you might choose THIRD (3) instead of AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (a):


Qb When towing a trailer, so there is less shifting


between gears, or When going down a steep hill.


SECQND (2): This position gives you nore power but lower fuel economy. YQU 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.


NOTICE:


Don’t drive in SECOND (2) for more than 5 miles (8 km), or at speeds over 55 mph (88 km/h), or you can damage your transaxle. Use AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0) or THIRD (3) as much as possible. Don’t shift into SECOND (2) unless you are going slower than 65 mph (105 km/h), or you can damage your engine.


FIRST (I): 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 selector lever is put in FIRST ( I >, the transaxle won’t shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowHy enough.


If your hplrt wheels can’t rotate, don’t try to drive. This might happen if YOU were stuck in very deep sand OF mud or were up against a solid object. You could damage your transaxle. Also, if you stop when going uphill, don’t hold your vehicIe there with only the accelerator pedal. This could overheat and damage the transaxle. Use ysur brakes or shift into BARK (P)


Your vehicle has a PUSH TO RELEASE parking brake pedai. To set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. Push down the papking brake pedal with your left foot.


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Whether the ignition key is in RUN or OFF. the brake system w m i n g light stays on while the parking brake 1s set. The parhng brake uses the brakes To release the parking brake, hoki the regular brake pedal down and push the parking brake pedal with your left foot. This will unlock the pedal. When you lift your left foot, the parking brzke pedal will foilow it to the release position.


the rear wheels.


If you try to drive (approximately 20 feet (6.9 m)) with the parlkrng brake on, the brake light stays on and a continuous chime sounds until you release the parking brake.


NOTICE:


Driving with the parking brake on can cause your rear brakes to overheat. You may have to replace them, and you could also damage other parts of your vehicle.


If you are towing a trailer and are parking on any hill, see “Towing a Trailer” in the Index. That part shows what to do first to keep the trailer from moving.


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. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle won’t move, even when you’re on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow. If you’re pulling a trailer, see “Towing a Trailer” in the Index.


1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and


set the parking brake.


2. Move the shift lever into ?ARK (B) as follows:


Move the lever up as far as it will go.


8 Pull the iever toward you.


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


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r-m naqae Le!#& If you are parking on ;I hill and you don’t shift your transaxle into PAKM (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too rntich force OD the parking pawl in the transaxle. You may f’ind 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) pr~perfy before you leave the driver’s seat. TQ find out how, see “Shifting Into PARK (P)” in the Index. When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of PARK (P) bejbre YOU retease 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 pxking pawl in the tramaxle, so you can pull, the shiR lever out of PARK (P).


It can be dangerous to leave YQW vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move i suddenly if the shift lever is not hlPy in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, it couk.€ overheat and even catch fire. YQU or others could be injured. Don’t leave YOUK- vehicle with the engine running unless you have to.


Hf you have to leave your vehicle with the engine running, be sure your vehick is in PARK (P) and your parking brake is firmly set before you Ieave it. After you’ve moved the shift lever into the ?ARK (P) position, hold the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if YOU can move the shift lever away from PARK (?) without first pulling it toward you. If you can, it means that the shift lever wasn’t fully locked into PARK (P).


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Your vehicle has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. You have to fully apply your regular brake before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in RUN. See "Automatic Transaxle" in the Index. If you cannot shift out of PARK (PI, ease pressure on the shift lever -- push the shift 'lever all the way into PARK (PI as you maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into the gear YOU want. If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still can't shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1.


Turn the key to OW. Open and close the driver's door to turn off the retained accessory power feature. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). Start the vehicle and then shift to the drive gear you want. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as you can.


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CAUTION:


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


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Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you can’t see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death. You might have exhaust coming in if:


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