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The 1994 Buick Regal


Owner’s Manual


Litho in USA Part No, 25609786 A First Edition


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GENERAL MOTORS, GM and the GM Emblem, Buick, and the Buick Emblem are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes in the product after that time without further notice. For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for Buick Motor Division whenever it appears in this manual. Please keep this manual in your Buick, so it will be there if you ever need it when you’re on the road. If you sell the vehicle, please leave this manual in it so the new owner can use it.


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innovator. Buick engineers developed the “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


Durant also created a racing team that won 500 racing trophies in 1909 and 19 10, 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 1914.


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 successful 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.


1911 Model 21 Touring Car 011 Buick's Test Hill


First Buick Factory


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.


1953 Skylark Motor Trend magazine named the 1962 Buick Special, “Car of the Year”. The first production V-6 engine was used in the Special.


1949 Roadmaster.


I962 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 Munuger; 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 MATURE.


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Table of Contents


This part tells you how to use your manual and includes safety a n d vehicle damage warnings and symbols.


HowtoUsethisManual ................................................................ Seats and Restraint Systems ............................................................. This part tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the ”SRS” system. Featuresandcontrols .................................................................. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems .....................................................


This part explains how to start and operate your Buick.


This part tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your sound system.


YourDrivingandtheRoad .............................................................. Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions. ProblemsontheRoad ..................................................................


This part tells you what to do il‘ you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or engine overheating. etc.


Here the manual tells you how to keep your Buick running properly and looking good.


Service and Appearance Care.. .......................................................... Maintenanceschedule .................................................................. ........................................................ Customer Assistance Information


This part tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what Iluids and lubricants to use.


This part tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 285.


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


Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject i n this manual. You can use it t o quickly find something you want to read.


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You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. 1 This safetv svmbol means


“Don’t,’’ “Don’t do this,” or “Don’t let this happen.”


How to Use This Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. This 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. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box with gray background and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.


In the gray 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.


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


NOTICE:


In the notice area, we tell you about something that can darnage 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 yellow for cautions, blue for notices and the words CAUTION or NOTICE.


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


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


These symbols have to do with your lights:


These symbols are on some of your controls:


WIPER Q7


WINDSHIELD


CHARGING I-1


BATTERY


SYSTEM


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


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


FASTEN


BELTS


POWER WINDOW


SEAT


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


POSSIBLE A


CAUTION


INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


CAUSTIC


BURNS


AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES


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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER


WINDOW DEFOGGER


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Here are some other symbols you may see:


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RADIO VOLUME


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Part 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 safety belts . Part 1 includes:


Lap-ShoulderBelt


SeatsandSeatControls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HeadRestraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SafetyBelts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supplemental Restraint System (Air Bag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Smaller Children and Babies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LargerChildren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety BeltExtender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Checking Your Restraint System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you about the seats -- how to adjust them, and also about reclining front seatbacks and head restraints. Manual Seat


A 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.


Move the lever under the front seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it. Then release the lever and try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.


Four-Way Manual Seat - Drivers Seat Only (Option) If you have this option, you have two levers under the front edge of the seat. The lever near the outer side of the seat unlocks the seat allowing it to slide forward and back. The lever near the center allows you to tilt the seat up or down. Power Seat (Option)


The power seat controls are located on the side of the seat. Front Control (F): Raise the front of the seat by holding the switch up. Hold the switch down to lower the front of the seat. Center Control (C): Move the seat forward or back by holding the control to the front or back. Raise or lower the seat by holding the control up or down. Rear Control (R): Raise the rear of the seat by holding the switch up. Hold the switch down to lower the rear of the seat.


Reclining Front Seatback(s) To adjust the seatback, lift the lever on the outer side of the seat and move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever to lock the seatback. Pull up on the lever and the seat will go to an upright position.


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


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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.


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Front Seatback Latches (Two-Door Models) Easy Entry $eat (Option-Two Door Models) The front seatback folds forward to let people get into The rightsfront seat of your vehicle makes it easy to get in and out of the rear seat. When you tilt the right front the back seat. seatback fully ,forward, the whole- seat will slide Your seatback will move back and forth freely, unless forward. After someone gets into the rear seat area, you come to a sudden stop. Then it will lock in place. move the-right front seatback to its original position. There’s one time the seatback may not fold without Then move the seat rearward until it locks. To get out, some help from you. That’s if your vehicle is parked again tilt the seatback fully forward. going down a fairly steep hill.


To fold a seatback forward, push the seatback toward the rear as you lift this latch. Then the seatback will fold forward. The latch must be down for the seat to work properly.


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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 Supplemental Restraint System, or “air bag” system.


This figure lights up as a reminder to buckle up. (See “Safety Belt Warning Light” in the Index.)


In many 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.


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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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For example, if the bike is going 10 mph (16 km/h), so is the child.


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Take the simplest “car.” Suppose it’s just a seat on wheels.


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Get it up to speed. Then stop the "car." The rider doesn't stop.


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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers @ Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an


accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


A: You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can easily 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.


Q: Why don’t they just put in air bags so people


won’t have to wear safety belts?


A: Air bags, or Supplemental Restraint Systems, are in some vehicles today and will be in more 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.


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If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts?


A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’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.


Safety Belt Reminder Light


# When the key is turned to “Run” or “Start,” a chime will come on for about eight seconds to remind people to fasten their safety belts, unless the driver’s safety belt is already buckled.


The safety belt light will also come on and stay on until the driver’s belt is buckled.


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How To Wear Safety Belts Properly Adults This section 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 section after this one, 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.


Vehicles First Sold In Canada Was your Buick first sold, when new, in Canada? (If it was, a sticker on the driver’s door will say “conforms to all applicable Canada motor vehicle ...” etc.) If so, then the rest of Part 1 does not apply to your vehicle. To learn how to use your safety belts, please read the Owner’s Manual Safety Belt Supplement. It comes with every new Buick first sold in Canada. Driver Position This section describes the driver’s restraint system.


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This safety belt is called “automatic” because you don’t have to buckle up when you get into your vehicle.


And you don’t have to unbuckle when you get out. Just get into your vehicle. Then close and lock the door. Adjust the seat (to see how, see “Seats” in the Index) so you can sit up straight.


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The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or a crash. It’s possible that an automatic belt could keep you from fully opening a door. That can happen slammed shut very hard. Just close the door all the way, then slowly open it. If that doesn’t fix it, then your Buick needs service. We hope you’ll always keep your automatic belt buckled. However, you may need to unbuckle it in an emergency. And you would need to unbuckle it to let someone get into the center front seat position, if ,your vehicle has one. r


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The lap belt should be worn as low on the hips possible. 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.


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To unbuckle the automatic belt, just push the button on the buckle.


To reattach the automatic belt: 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.


4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.


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


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What's wrong with this?


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?


A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place.


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Q: What’s wrong with this?


I A CAUTION:


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


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


be worn over the shoulder at all times.


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&.’ What’s wrong with this?


A: The belt is twisted across the body.


Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This section explains the driver’s Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), commonly referred to as an air bag. Here are the most important things to know:


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How The Air Bag System Works


Air Bag Readiness Light There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows AIR BAG. The system checks for electrical malfunctions, and the light tells you if there is a problem.


AIR BAG


You will see this light flash for a few seconds when you turn your ignition to “Run” or “Start.” Then the light should go out, which means the system is ready.


Remember, if the air bag readiness light doesn’t come on when you start your vehicle, or stays on, or comes on when you are driving, your air bag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle serviced right away.


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


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When is an air bag expected to inflate? The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes. The air bag will only inflate if the velocity of the impact is above the designed threshold level. When impacting straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level for most GM vehicles is between 9 and 15 mph (14 and 23 km/h). However, this velocity threshold depends on the vehicle design and may be several miles-per-hour faster or slower. In addition, this threshold velocity will be considerably higher if the vehicle strikes an object such as a parked car which will move and deform on impact. The air bag is also not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts, or rear impacts where the inflation would provide no occupant protection benefit. In any particular crash, the determination of whether the air bag should have inflated cannot be based solely on the level of damage on the vehicle(s). Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration, of which vehicle damage is only one indication. Repair cost is not a good indicator of whether an air bag should have deployed.


What makes an air bag inflate? In a frontal impact of sufficient severity, the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result of a crash. The sensing system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium azide sealed in the inflator. The reaction produces nitrogen gas, which inflates the cloth bag. The inflator, cloth bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag inflator module packed inside the steering wheel. How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel. The air bag supplements 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 provide protection in many types of collisions, including rollovers and rear and side impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward the air bag. Air bags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belt protection in moderate to severe frontal and near-frontal collisions.


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What will you see after an air bag inflation? After the air bag has inflated, it will then quickly deflate. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize that the air bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub may be hot for a short time, but the portion of the bag that comes into contact with you will not be hot to the touch. There will be small amounts of smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bag. The air bag will not impede the driver’s vision or ability to steer the vehicle, nor will it hinder the occupants from exiting the vehicle.


The air bag is designed to inflate only once. After it inflates, 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 the air bag module and possibly other parts. The service manual has information about the need to replace other parts. Your vehicle is equipped with a diagnostic module, which records information about the air bag system if the air bag deploys during a crash: The module records information about the readiness of the system, which sensors activated the deployment, and whether the driver’s safety belt was in use.


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.


NOTICE: If you damage the cover for the driver’s air bag, it may not work properly. You may have to replace the air bag on the steering wheel. Do not open or break the air bag cover.


Is the smoke from an air bag inflation harmful? The particles emitted during air bag inflation are not harmful to most people. Some people with respiratory ailments may .experience difficulty breathing if they stay in the vehicle with the windows closed after air bag inflation. So, if your air bag inflates, you and any passengers should exit the vehicle if and when it is safe to do so. If you or your passengers can’t get out of the vehicle, try to get fresh air by opening a window, turning on the f m , or opening a door.


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Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick The air bag affects 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 1994 Regal Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


I A CAUTION:


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


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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


@ Adjust the seat (to see how, see “Seats’’ in the Index) so you can sit up straight. Move your seat far enough forward that your feet touch the part of the car that is called the “toeboard” (A). That way you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt in a crash.


The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See “Driver Position,” earlier in this part.


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Center Passenger Position


Lap Belt


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. To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug.


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1 Rear Seat Passengers (Coupes)


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


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.


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


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If the belt stops before i.t reaches the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle it. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender’’ 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.


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.


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


The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you’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. 43


Rear Seat Passengers (Sedans) 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


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


0 To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the


buckle.


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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.


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


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


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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.


Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Your vehicle may be equipped with rear shoulder belt comfort guides. This feature will provide added comfort for children who have outgrown child restraints and for small adults. The comfort guides pull the shoulder belts away from the neck and head.


There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. You will find them tucked in between the seatback and the interior body, about half-way down the edge of the seatback. Here is how you should install the comfort guides on the shoulder belts: 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.


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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To remove and store the comfort guides, just perform these steps in reverse order. 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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4. Buckle the belt around the child and make sure that


both the lap belt and the shoulder belt are secured properly. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. See “Safety Belts, Rear Seat Passengers” in the Index.


Children


Smaller Children and Babies


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.


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Top Strap


If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored.


Child Restraints Be sure to 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 unless the child is an infant and you’re the only adult in the vehicle. In that case, you might want to secure the restraint in the front seat where you can keep an eye on the baby. 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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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. For cars first sold in Canada, child restraints with a top strap must be anchored according to Canadian Law. Your dealer can obtain the hardware kit and install it for you, or you may install it yourself using the instructions provided in the kit. Use the tether hardware kit available from the dealer. The hardware and installation instructions were specifically designed for this vehicle.


Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Position (Coupe Only)


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier section 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.


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. Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.


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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. To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt while


you push down on the child restraint.


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Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Position (Sedan Only)


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier section 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.


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.


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6. 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.


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


the retractor to set the lock.


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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6. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt into the


retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


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7. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure.


To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.


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Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Seat Position


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


plate and pulling it along the belt.


When you secure a chiId restraint in a center seating position, you'll be using the lap belt. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one.


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3.


4.


Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say. Run the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.


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.


7. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure. If the child restraint isn’t secure, turn the latch plate over and buckle it again. Then see if 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.


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Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat


To use a child restraint here, you will need a special infant/child seat attaching belt and the hardware that goes with it. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. Your dealer can get these and install the hardware for you. It’s free. The special belt is GM Part Number 12340286. Your dealer can find the correct hardware in the accessory section of the GM Parts Catalog.


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Once the special hardware is installed, please follow the instructions with it and these steps:


1. Unbuckle the automatic lap-shoulder belt by pushing


the button on the buckle.


2. Snap one hook of the infant/child seat attaching belt


near the floor at the door side of the seat.


It will stay on the door, ready to be rebuckled for use by adults or older children.


3. Put the belt's special latch plate into the vehicle's


safety belt buckle.


4. You can make the belt longer by tilting the buckle


and pulling it along the belt.


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


for the child restraint.


6. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


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7. Run the belt through or around the child restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 8. Put the hook on the free end through the slot in the


latch plate.


9. To make it tight, pull the belt while you push down


on the child restraint. If the belt won't stay tight, switch it end for end.


10. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure.


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To remove the infantlchild seat restraint: 1 . Push the button on the safety belt buckle and remove


the special latch plate. Leave the latch plate on the special belt.


4. Remember to reattach the automatic belt again, once the child restraint is removed. Be sure it isn’t twisted.


Larger Children


2. Push the spring on the hook near the door and


remove the special belt.


3. Put the belt away in a safe place in your vehicle, so it


won’t fly around in a crash and injure someone.


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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.


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 CAUTlON: (Continued)


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What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt, but fhe 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 so small that the shoulder belt is still very close to the child’s face or the child in the center seat neck, you might want to place See “Rear position, the one that has only a lap belt. Safety Cornfort Guides” in the Index.


Checking Your Restraint Systems Now and then, make sure all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors, anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. Look for any loose parts or damage. If you see anything that might keep a restraint system from doing its job, have it repaired.


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. Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. The automatic lap-shoulder belt has plenty of extra length built in, so it will fasten around almost all people. 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.


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@’ What’s wrong with this?


Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash, do you need new belts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new belts. If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the belt wasn’t being used at the time of the collision.


A: The belt is torn. Torn or frayed 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.


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Part 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 . Part 2 includes:


Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 DoorLocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 NewVehicleBreak-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 StartingtheEngine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 ShiftingtheTransaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 TiltSteeringWheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Turn Signal/Headlight Beam Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Headlight High-Low Beam Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Windshield Wipermasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 98 CruiseControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Instrumentpanel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 111 112


Speedometer and Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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Keys


The ignition keys are for the ignition only.


The door keys are for the doors and all other locks.


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Door Locks


I A CAUTION:


When a new Regal is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the door keys, and gives them to the first owner. 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. The ignition keys don’t have plugs. If you need a new ignition key, contact your Buick dealer who can obtain the correct key code, or in an emergency, contact Buick Roadside Assistance at 1-800-252- 1 1 12.


NOTICE: Your Buick has a number of new 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.


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There '&-+e setreral ways to lock and unlock your vehicle: From the outside: Use your


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From the inside: To lock the door, move the lock control down. To unlock the door, move the lock control up.


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Power Door Locks


Push the power door lock switch to lock or unlock all the doors at once.


marked Lock Control located in the component center. See “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index. 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. Remote Trunk Release (Option)


Automatic Door Locks Just close your doors and turn on the ignition. All of your doors will lock when you move your shift lever out of “P” (Park) or “N” (Neutral). If someone needs to get out while the vehicle is running, have that person use the manual or power lock. When the door is closed again, it will lock automatically as long as the shift lever is out of “P” (Park) or “N” (Neutral). All doors will unlock automatically when the ignition is turned off. If you don’t want the doors to unlock automatically when you turn the ignition off, you can remove the fuse


The remote trunk release button is in the glovebox. It works only when the transaxle is in Park. If you have the Remote Keyless Entry System Option, it will also unlock your trunk.


A CAUTION:


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 smell


CAUTION: (Continued)


Remote Keyless Entry System (Option)


If your Buick has this option, you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the key chain transmitter supplied with y0u.r vehicle.


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Your Remote Keyless Entry System operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. 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. Should interference to this system occur, try this:


Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions on battery replacement. Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. This product has a maximum range.


0 Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be


blocking the signal.


0 See your Buick dealer or a qualified technician for


service.


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


Operation The driver’s door will unlock automatically when UNLOCK is pressed. If UNLOCK is pressed twice quick1y;all doors will unlock. The interior lights will also come on for approximately 16 seconds or until the ignition is turned on. All doors will lock when DOOR is pressed. If you first press UNLOCK and then press DOOR within 16 seconds, the interior lights will go off. The trunk will unlock when the opened trunk symbol is pressed, but only when the transaxle is in PARK. Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle Each key chain 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 the remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, the remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once the new transmitter is coded, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle.


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You can match a transmitter to as many different vehicles as you own, provided they are equipped with exactly the same model svstem. (General Motors offers several different models of these systems on their vehicles.) Each vehicle can have only two transmitters matched to it. See your dealer to match transmitters to another vehicle. Battery Replacement Under normal use, the batteries in your key chain transmitter should last about two years. You can tell the batteries are 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 batteries.


To replace the batteries:


For battery replacement, use two [email protected] batteries, type DL-20 16, or a similar type.


1. If your transmitter has a screw, remove the screw from the back cover. If there is no screw, carefully pry off the cover by inserting a dime (or similar object) in the slot between the covers and twist.


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2. Lift off the front cover, bottom half first. 3. Remove and replace the batteries. Put them in as the


direction under the batteries indicate.


4. Replace the front cover. Make sure the cover is on tightly, so water won’t get in. Replace the screw in the back cover, if there is one. If there is no screw, snap the covers together.


5. Check the operation of the transmitter. Theft Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some cities. Although your Buick has a number of theft deterrent features, we know that nothing we put on it can make it impossible to steal. However, there are ways you can help. Key in the Ignition If you walk away from your vehicle with the keys inside, it’s an easy target for joy riders or professional thieves -- so don’t do it. When you park your Buick and open the driver’s door, you’ll hear a chime reminding you to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you. Always do this. Your steering wheel will be locked, and so will your ignition and transaxle. And remember to lock the doors.


Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your vehicle. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight. Put them in a storage area, or take them with you. Parking Lots If you park in a lot where someone will be watching your vehicle, it’s best to lock it up and take your keys. But what if you have to leave your ignition key? What if you have to leave something valuable in your vehicle? Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk or glove box. Lock the glove box. Lock all the doors except the driver’s.


0 Then take the door key with you.


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[email protected]


Your vehicle is equipped with the [email protected] (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft deterrent system. PASS-Key(% is a passive theft deterrFnt 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. PASS-Key% uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. When the PASS-Key% system senses that someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. For about three minutes, the starter won’t work and fuel won’t go to the engine. If someone tries to start your vehicle again or uses another key during this time, the vehicle will not start. This discourages someone from randomly trying different


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keys with different resistor pellets in an attempt to make a match. The ignition key must be clean and dry before it’s inserted in the ignition or the engine may not start. If the engine does not start, the key may be dirty or wet. Turn the ignition off. Clean and dry the key. Wait about three minutes and try again. If the starter still won’t work, and the key appears to be clean and dry, wait about three minutes and try the other ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers’’ in the Index). If the starter won’t work with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle does start, the first ignition key may be faulty. See your Buick dealer or a locksmith who can service the [email protected] If you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet, the starter won’t work. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying one of the other ignition keys. See your Buick dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key(% If you lose or damage a PASS-Key% your Buick dealer or a locksmith who can service [email protected] to have a new key made.


to have a new key made.


ignition key, see


New Vehicle “Break-InSS


Ignition Key Positions


NOTICE: Your modern Buick doesn’t need an elaborate “break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines:


Don’t drive at any one speed -- fast or slow -- for the first 500 miles (804 km). Don’t


make full-throttle starts. Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time your new brake linings aren’t yet broken in. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this “breaking-in” guideline every time you get new brake linings.


Your key with the black plastic head operates your ignition lock.


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(C) Off: This position lets you turn off the engine but stili turn the steering wheel. It doesn’t lock the steering wheel like “Lock.” Use “Off’ if you must have your car in motion while the engine is off (example, if your car is being pushed). (D) Run: This is the position for driving. (E) Start: This position starts your engine.


I NOTICE:


If your key seems stuck in “Lock” and you can’t turn’it, be sure it is all the way in. If it is, then turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard. But turn the key only with your hand. Using a tool to force it could break the key or the ignition switch. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service.


Starting Your Engine Engines start differently. The 8th digit of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) shows the code letter or number for your engine. You will find the VIN at the top left of your instrument panel. (See “Vehicle Identification Number’’ in the Index.) Follow the proper steps to start the engine.


With the ignition key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to five different positions. (A) Accessory: This position lets you use things like the radio and the windshield wipers when the engine is off. To use, push in the key and turn it toward you. Your steering wheel will remain locked, just as it was before you inserted the key. (B) Lock: Before you put the key in, your ignition will be in the Lock position. This position locks your ignition, steering wheel and transaxle. It’s an theft deterrent feature.


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


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NOTICE: Don’t try to shift to “P” (Park) if your Buick is moving. If you do, you could damage the transaxle. Shift to “P” (Park) only when your vehicle is stopped.


To start your 3.1 Liter engine: 1. Without pushing the accelerator pedal, turn your


ignition key to “Start.” When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm.


NOTICE: Holding your key in “Start” for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery to be drained much sooner. And the excessive heat can damage your starter motor.


2. If your engine 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 car starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine.


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


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Engine Coolant Heater (Engine Block Heater) (Canada Only) In very cold weather, 0 "F (- 18 "C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You'll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle. To use the coolant heater: 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. 3. Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt outlet.


I NOTICE:


After you've used the coolant heater, be sure to store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you don't, it could be damaged.


How long should you keep the coolant heater plugged in? The answer depends on the weather, the kind of oil you have, and some other things. Instead of trying to list everything here, we ask that you contact a Buick dealer in the area where you'll be parking your vehicle. The dealer can give you the best advice for that particular area.


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Automatic Transaxle


There are several different positions for your shift lever. 0 P (Park)


This lacks your front wheels. It's the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can't move easily.


0 R (Reverse)


Use this gear to back up.


NOTICE: Shifting to "R" (Reverse) while your vehicle is moving forward could damage your transaxle. Shift to "R" only after your vehicle is stopped.


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


N (Neutral) In this position, your engine doesn’t connect with the wheels. To restart when you’re already moving, use “N” (Neutral) only.


I 6% CAUTION:


NOTICE: Damage to your transaxle caused by shifting out of “P” (Park) or “N” (Neutral) with the engine racing isn’t covered by your warranty.


0 @ Automatic Overdrive


This position is for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you’re: - Going less than about 35 mph (56 km/h), push


your accelerator pedal about halfway down.


- Going about 35 mph (56 km/h) or more, push the


accelerator all the way down. You’ll shift down to the next gear and have more power.


3 (Third Gear) This is like @, but you never go into Overdrive. Here are some times you might choose “3” instead of @: - When driving on hilly, winding roads - When towing a trailer, so there is less shifting


between gears


- When going down a steep hill


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2 (Second Gear) This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy. You can use “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 “2” (Second Gear) for more than 5 miles (8 km), or at speeds over 55 mph (88 km/h), or you can damage your transaxle. Use ‘@” or “3” as much as possible. Don’t shift into “2” unless you are going slower than 65 mph (105 km/h), or you can damage your engine.


0 1 (First Gear)


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


NOTICE: If your front wheels can’t rotate, don’t try to drive. This might happen if you were stuck in very deep sand or mud or were up against a solid object. You could damage your transaxle. Also, if you stop when going uphill, don’t hold your vehicle there with only the accelerator pedal. This could overheat and damage the transaxle. Use your brakes or shift into “P” Park to hold your vehicle in position on a hill.


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Parking Brake


To set the parking brake: Hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. Push down the paiking brake pedal with yourleft foot. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on.


I 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 section shows what to do first to keep the trailer from moving.


The parking brake uses the brakes on the rear wheels. To release the parking brake: This vehicle has a push to release park brake pedal. Hold 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 park brake pedal will follow it to the released position.


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Steering Column Shift Lever 1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and


set the parking brake.


2. Move the shift lever into “P” (Park) position like


this:


0 Pull the lever toward you.


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0 Move the lever up as far as it will go.


3. Move the ignition key to “Lock.” 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can


walk away from your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in “P” (Park).


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


set the parking brake.


2. Move the shift lever into “P” (Park) position like this:


0 Hold in the button on the lever, and push the


lever all the way toward the front of your vehicle.


Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running


1 A CAUTION:


3. Move the ignition key to “Lock.” 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can


walk away from your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in “P” (Park).


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


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Parking Over Things That Burn


Torque Lock If you are parking on a hill and you don’t shift your transaxle into “P” (Park) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transaxle. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of “ P ’ (Park). This is calied “torque lock.” To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into “P” (Park) properly before you leave the driver’s seat. To find out how, see “Shifting Into ‘P’ (Park)” in the Index. When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of “P’ (Park) BEFORE you release the parking brake. If “torque lock” does occur, you may need to have another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some of the pressure from the transaxle, so you can pull the shift lever out of “P’ (Park).


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Engine Exhaust


Running Your Engine While You’re Parked It’s better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have to, here are some things to know.


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Power Windows


Follow the proper steps to be sure your vehicle won’t move. See “Shifting Into ‘P’ (Park)” in the Index. If you are parking on a hill and if you’re pulling a trailer, also see “Towing a Trailer” in the Index.


The controls are near each window.


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Your driver’s window has an express-down feature. Quickly press and release the DN side of the switch, the driver’s window will open a small amount. If the DN side of the switch is pressed for more than a few seconds, the window will go all the way down. To stop the window while it is lowering, press the UP side of the switch. To raise the window, press and hold the UP side of the switch. You may also have a lock out switch. Press it to disable the power window switches. This will prevent passengers from opening and closing the windows. The driver can still control all the windows with the switch in the locked position. Press it again to enable the passenger window switches. Horn To sound the horn, press the horn symbol on either side of the steering wheel.


Tilt Wheel


A tilt steering wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive. You can also raise it to the highest level to give your legs more room when you exit and enter the vehicle. To tilt the wheel, hold the steering wheel and pull the lever. Move the steering wheel to a comfortable level, then release the lever to lock the wheel in place.


The Turn Signal/Headlight Beam Lever


Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator


The lever on the left side of the steering column includes your:


Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator


0 Headlight High-Low Beam & Passing Signal 0 Flash-To-Pass Feature 0 Windshield Wipers 0 Windshield Washer


Cruise Control (Option)


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The turn signal has two upward (for Right) and two downward (for Left) positions. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up or down. When the turn is finished, the lever will return automatically.


Q A green arrow on the


instrument panel will flash in the direction of the ‘turn or lane change.


To signal a lane change, just raise or lower the lever until the green arrow starts to flash. Hold it there until you complete your lane change. The lever will return by itself when you release it. As you signal a turn or a flash but just stay on, a signal bulb may 6e burned out

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