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The 1995 Buick Regal Owner's Manual


Seats and Restraint Systems ............................................................. This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains "SRS" system. Featuresandcontrols .................................................................. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems ..................................................... This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how t o operate your audio system. YourDrivingandtheRoad .............................................................. ProblemsontheRoad ..................................................................


Here y6u'll find helpful info]-mation and tips about the road and how to drive under dif-ferent conditions.


This section explains how t o start and operate your Buick.


This section tells you what t o do if you have a problem while driving. such as a flat tire or engine overheating. etc.


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


ServiceandAppearanceCare ............................................................ Maintenanceschedule .................................................................. This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants t o use. Customer Assistance Information ........................................................


This section tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service publications. It also gives you infortnation o n "Reporting Safety Defects.' on page 8-4.


Index ................................................................................ Here's an alphabetical listing of almost every sub.ject i n this n1anual. You can use it to quickly find something you want t o read.


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“valve-in-head” engine, a light, powerful and reliable engine which would eventually influence the entire automotive industry. William C . Durant was instrumental in promoting Buicks across the country using his Durant-Dort C‘miage 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.


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


Durant also created a racing team that won 500 racing trophies in 1909 and 1910, including successes at Indianapolis two years before the Indy 500 began. The success of Buick engines was visible not only on the race track, but in endurance tests across the country and around the world. Buick was the only car to complete a 1,000-mile Chicago-to-New York race in 1906. And a Buick was the first car to travel across South America, driven from Buenos Aires, Argentina, over the Andes to Santiago, Chile in 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 successfully that one Buick ambulance was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government. As a builder of premier automobiles, Buick was hard hit by the Great Depression. However, new General Manager Harlow H. Curtice created popular new models including the Special and the Roadmaster. Buick sales soon flourished.


1911 Model 21 Touring Car on BuickS Test Hill


First Buick Factory


I11 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 19421, became more massive in the post-war era.


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


I962 Buick Special Built inside the walls of the old buildings i n 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 i n the fall of 1985. Buicks are, and will continue to be, premium American lnotorcars with smooth power, high performance, rich detail and comfortable accommodation.


Ed /Vert,-., Genercrl Manager; Buick Motor Dilisiorz 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.


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 vehcle. In this manual, you’ll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. Index A good place to look for what you need is the Index in the back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of all that’s in the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box with gray background and the word CAUTION to tell you ab0u.t things that could hurt you you were to ignore the warning.


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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.


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


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


NOTICE:


These mean there is something that


could damage your vehicle.


In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use 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 have to do with your lights:


These symbols are on some of your controls:


ENGINE COOLANT TEMP


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


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Here are some other symbols you may see:


FUSE


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


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


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


BELTS


POWER WINDOW


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CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


CAUSTIC BATTERY ACID COULD CAUSE BURNS


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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems


Two- Way Manual Seat


Here you’ll find information about the seats in your Buick and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts. Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you how to adjust the seats and explains the reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Manual Front Seat


Lift the bar under the front of the seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it and release the bar. Try to move the seat with your body to be sure the seat is locked in place.


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Four-Way Manual Seat (Option) The driver’s seat may have two levers under the front edge of the seat. Lift the lever near the outer side of the seat to unlock it and slide it forward and back. Lift the lever near the center to tilt the seat up or down. Power Seat (Option)


Reclining Front Seatbacks (2-Door Models)


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


FRONT (A): Raise the front of the seat by holding the switch up. Hold the switch down to lower the front of the seat. CENTER (B): 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 (C): Raise the rear of the seat by holding the switch up. Hold the switch down to lower the rear of the seat.


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A CAUTION:


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


Reclining Front Seatbacks (4-Door Models)


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


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


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Head Restraints Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ears. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. Seatback Latches (2-Door Models)


l r your vehicle is parked facing down a Fairly steep hill, the seatback may not fold without some help from you. To fold the locked seatback forward, push the seatback toward the rear and 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.


Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. (See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the


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. After more than 25 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. I n most crashes buckling up does matter ... a lot!


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Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes.


Put someone on it.


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


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


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Q.’ 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.


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


accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


A: YOLI cndd be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not, But you can lmbuckle 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 1n~tc17 greater if you are belted. Why don’t they just put in air bags so people won’t have to wear safety belts?


A: Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be in Inore of them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work ~ Y t h 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.


How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Adults This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding i n your Buick, see the part of this manual called “Children.” Follow those rules for everyone’s protection. First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position. Driver Position This part describes the driver’s restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. I . Close. and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat (to see how, see “Seats” in the Index)


so you can sit up straight.


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


Don’t let it get twisted. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly.


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


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.


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


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


(4-Door Models) Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you.


To move it down, squeeze the release lever and move the height adjuster to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it. try to move it down without squeezing the release lever to make sure it has locked into position. Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not fillling off your shoulder.


Q: 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?


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 spleen.


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


be worn over the shoulder at all times.


What’s wrong with this?


A: The belt is twisted across the body.


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


Your Buick has two air bags -- one air bag for the driver and another air bag for the right front passenger.


Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle. Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or air bag system. 1-18


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Qoq ‘l’here is an air bag readiness


light on the instrummt panel, which shows AIR BAG.


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


How the Air Bag System Works


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Where is the air bag? The driver’s air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. The right front passenger’s air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side.


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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 of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration. Vehicle damage is only one indication of this. What makes an air bag inflate? I n a frontal or near-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 air bag. The inflator, air bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the right front passenger.


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How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. 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 help you 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 belts, and then only in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions. What will you see after an air bag inflates? After the air bag inflates, it quickly deflates. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize the air bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub for the driver’s air bag, or the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s bag, will be hot for a short time, but the part of the bag that comes into contact with you will not be hot to the touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. Air bag inflation will not prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle, nor will it stop people from leaving the vehicle.


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


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


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


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


Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick Air bags affect how your Buick should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around your vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Buick dealer and the 1995 Regal Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see “Service Publications” in the Index. The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they don’t wear safety belts. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible throughout the pregnancy.


The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Right Front Passenger Position The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See “Driver Position,” earlier in this section. When the shoulder belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again, Center Passenger Position


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


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


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.


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


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


Rear Seat Outside Passenger (2-Door Models)


Positions


If you have a four-door model, see “Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions (4-DOOr Models)” later in this section.


Lap-Shoulder Belt (2-Door Models) The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear one 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 stops before it reaches the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle it. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle 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.


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If you have a two-door model, see “Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions (2-Door Models)” earlier in this section.


Lap-Shoulder Belt (4-hOr Models) The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear one properly.


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


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


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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.


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


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


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Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults @-Door Models) Four-door models may have 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.


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.


There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. You will find them tucked in between the


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.


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


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


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4. Buckle 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.


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.


Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.


Smaller Children and Babies


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. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here’s why:


Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the child restraint properly. Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any child restraint in your vehicle -- even when no child is in it.


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Top Strap


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 Seat Position (2-Door Models)


If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored. If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Buick dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it. For cars first sold in Canada, child restraints with a top strap must be anchored according to Canadian Law. 1-38


If you have a four-door model, see “Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position (4-hOr Models)’’ later in this section. You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions


for the child restraint.


2. Secure the child i n the child restraint as the


instructions say.


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


you push down on the child restraint.


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.


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.


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.


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Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position ($-Door Models)


If you have a two-door model, see “Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position (2-Door Models)” earlier in this section.


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


for the child restraint.


2. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


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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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 shoulder belt all the way out of


the retractor to set the lock.


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


retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position


You’ll be using the lap belt.


7 . Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure.


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


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See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Make the belt as long as possible by tilting the latch


plate and pulling it along the belt.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


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


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


for the child restraint.


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


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6. 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.


Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position


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


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You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Because your vehicle has a right front passenger air


bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. (See “Seats” in the Index.)


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


for the child restraint.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


instructions say.


4. 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.


5. Buckle the belt.


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


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


the retractor to set the lock.


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


the retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


8. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure.


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


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Larger Children


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


a crash.


0 Children who aren’t buckled up can strike other


people who are.


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


A: Move the child toward the center of the vehicle, but be sure that the shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder, so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is sitting in a rear seat outside position, see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” in the Index. If the child is so small that the shoulder belt is still very close to the child’s face or neck, you might want to place the child in the center seat position, the one that has only a lap belt.


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


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Replacing Seat and Restraint System Parts 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.


Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten, your dealer will order you an extender. It’s free. When you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be long enough for you. The extender will be just for you, and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose. Don’t let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. To wear it, just attach it to the regular safety belt. Checking Your Restraint Systems Now and then, make sure all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors, anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged restraint system parts. If you see anything that might keep a restraint system from doing its job, have it repaired. Torn or frayed belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. Tf a belt is torn or frayed, get a new one right away.


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Section 2 Features and Controls


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


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The ignition keys are for


The door keys are for the


The ignition keys don’t have plugs. Your Buick dealer or Roadside Assistance has the code for your keys. Each plug has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra door keys. Keep the plugs in a safe place. If you lose your door keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs. If you need a new ignition key, contact your Buick dealer who can obtain the correct key code, or, in an emergency, call Buick Roadside Assistance at 1-800-252- I1 12.


1 NOTICE:


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


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


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Door Locks


From the outside, use your door key or Remote Lock Control, if your vehicle has this option. On two-door models, the door lock will light up for about 15 seconds if you pull the door handle. The light can help you find where to put your key when it’s dark outside.


There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle.


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Automatic Door Locks Just close your doors and turn on the ignition. All of the doors will lock when you move your shift lever out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). All doors will unlock automatically when the ignition is turned off. 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 PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) and the ignition is on. Note that the door must be opened, then closed, or the door will not automatically relock. If you don’t want the doors to unlock automatically when you turn the ignition off, you can remove the Lock Control fuse in the instrument panel fuse block. 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.


From the inside, push the lever down to lock the door. To unlock, push the lever up. rower Door Locks Press the power door lock switch to lock or unlock all doors. On four-door models, the rear doors do not have power door lock switches. The lever on each rear door works only that door’s lock. It won’t lock or unlock all the doors.


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Remote Lock Control (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 your vehicle. Your Remote Lock Control 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.


0 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


Press UNLOCK once to unlock the driver’s door. Press UNLOCK again within five seconds to unlock all the doors. The interior lamps will come on (see “Illuminated Entry” in the Index for more details). To lock all doors, press DOOR. To unlock the trunk, press the trunk symbol on the transmitter. The trunk will only unlock if your transaxle is in PARK (P) and your ignition is in LOCK, OFF or ACC.


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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 any 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. You can match a transmitter to as many different vehicles as you own, provided they are equipped with exactly the same model system. (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 your batteries: 1. Insert a flat object like a dime into the slot on the back of the transmitter. Gently pry apart the front and back.


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


on the transmitter. Use [email protected] batteries, type DL201 6, or equivalent.


4. Put the two halves back together. Make sure the halves are together tightly so water won’t get in.


5. Test the transmitter.


Remember that your trunk can be opened at any time using this lock release. Be sure to lock your doors.


Trunk Lock


To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the door key and turn it. You can also use the Remote Lock Control, if your vehicle has this option.


Remote Trunk Release (Option)


Press the button behind the glove box door to unlock the trunk from inside your vehicle. Your transaxle shift lever must be in PARK (P).


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Glove Box


Use the door key to lock and unlock the glove box. To open, lift the latch. 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.


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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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Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS-Key% (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft deterrent system. PASS-Key% 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. 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 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 and the SECURITY light is on, the key may be dirty or wet. Turn the ignition off.


Clean and dry the key. Wait about three minutes and try again. The security light may remain on during this time. If the starter still won’t work, and the key appears to be clean and dry, wait about three minutes and try another 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, and the SECURITY light will flash. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying another ignition key. See your Buick dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key% If you’re ever driving and the SECURITY light comes on, you will be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. Your PASS-Key% system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your Buick dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the [email protected] system. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key% see 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,


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New Vehicle “Break-In”


Ignition Switch


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. Don’t tow a trailer during “break-in.” See “Towing a Trailer’’ in the Index for more information.


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With the ignition key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to five positions: ACC (A): This position lets you use things like the radio and windshield wipers when the engine is off. To use ACC, push in the key and turn it toward you. Your steering wheel will stay locked.


LOCK: Before you put the key into the ignition switch, the switch is in LOCK. It’s also the only position in which you can remove your key. This position locks your ignition, steering wheel and transaxle. It’s a theft-deterrent feature. OFF (B): This position lets you turn off the engine but still turn the steering wheel. It doesn’t lock the steering wheel like LOCK. Use OFF if you must have your vehicle pushed or towed. RUN (C): This position is where the key returns after you start your vehicle. With the engine off, you can use RUN to display some of your warning and indicator lights. START (D): This position starts your engine. A warning chime will sound if you open the driver’s door when the ignition is in OFF, LOCK or ACC and the key is in the ignition.


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. Move your shift lever to PARK (P) 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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NOTICE: Don’t try to shift to PARK (P) if your Buick is moving. If you do, you could damage the transaxle. Shift to PARK (P) 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 man 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 vehicle starts briefly but t.hen 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 Vehicle” in the Index.


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To start your 3.8 Liter engine: I. 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.


I 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 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.


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 brietly 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.


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 Vehicle” in the Index.


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To use the coolant heater: I. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. 3. Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt outlet.


Driving Through Deep Standing Water


NOTICE: If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or standing water, water can come in through your engine’s air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower than the underbody of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid deep puddles or standing water, drive through them very slowly.


Engine Coolant Heater (Option) In very cold weather, 0°F (- 18 O 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.


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


it away


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 your Buick dealer in the area where you’ll be parking your vehicle. The dealer can give you the best advice for that particular area.


Automatic Transaxle


Your automatic transaxle may have a shift lever on the steering column or on the console between the seats. Maximum engine speed is limited on automatic transaxle vehicles when you’re in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) to protect driveline components from improper operation. There are several different positions for your shift lever. PARK (P): This locks your front wheels. It’s the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can’t move easily.


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it all the way into PARK (P) while keeping the brake pedal pushed down. Release the shift lever button if you have a console shift. Then move the shift lever out of PARK (P), being sure to press the shift lever button if you have a console shift. See “Shifting Out of PARK (P)” in the Index. REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up.


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


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


Make sure the shift lever is fully into PARK (P) range before starting the engine. Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. You must fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in RUN. If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever by pushing


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


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


NOTICE: If your vehicle seems to start up rather slowly, or if it seems not to shift gears as you go faster, something may be wrong with a transaxle system sensor. If you drive very far that way, your vehicle can be damaged. So, if this happens, have your vehicle serviced right away. Until then, you can use SECOND (2) when you are driving less than 35 mph (56 km/h) and DRIVE (D) for higher speeds.


THIRD (3): THIRD (3) is like DRIVE (D), but you never go into Overdrive. Here are some times you might choose THIRD (3) instead of DRIVE (D): - 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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I NOTICE:


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


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


accelerator pedal about halfway down.


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


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


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 DRIVE (D) 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.


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 PARK (P) to hold your vehicle in position on a hill.


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Parking Brake The parking brake uses the brakes on the rear wheels. To set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. Push down the parking brake pedal with your left


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.


To release the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot and push the parking brake pedal with your left foot. When you lift your left foot, the parking brake pedal will follow it to the released position.


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Shifting Into PARK (P)


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


set the parking brake.


2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) position like this:


Pull the lever toward you. Move the lever up a s Fir as it will go.


3. Move the ignition key to LOCK.


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4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can


walk away from your vehicle with the ignition key i n your hand, your vehicle is in PARK (P).


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


set the parking brake.


2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) position like this:


Hold in the button on the lever, and push the lever all the way toward the front of your vehicle.


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 PARK (P).


Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running


If you have to leave your vehicle with the engine running, be sure your vehicle is in PARK (P) and your parking brake is firmly set before you leave it. After you’ve moved the shift lever into the PARK (P) position, hold the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if you can move the shift lever away from PARK (P) 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 PARK (P).


Torque Lock If you are parking 011 a hill and ~ O L I don’t shift YOLII- transaxle into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl i n the transaxle. You may find i t difficult to pull the shift lever out of PARK (P). This is called “torclue lock.” To prevent torque lock, set the pmking brake and then shift into PARK (P) properly before you leave the driver’s seat. To 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) h

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Parking Over Things That Burn


Shifting Out of PARK (P) Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. You must fully apply your regular brakes 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 (P), ease pressure on the shift lever by pushing it all the way into PARK (P) while keeping the brake pedal pushed down. Release the shift lever button if you have a console shift. Then move the shift lever out of PARK (P), being sure to press the shift lever button if you have a console shift. If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still can’t shift out of PARK (P), try this: I . Turn the key to OFF. 2. Apply and hold the brake until the end of step 4. 3. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). 4. Start the vehicle and shift to the drive gear you want. 5. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as you can.


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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 PARK (P)” 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.


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Switches on the driver’s door armrest control each of the windows when the ignition is on. In addition, each passenger door has a switch for its own window. The driver’s window switch has an auto-down feature. This switch is labeled AUTO. Tap the rear of the switch, and the driver’s window will open a small amount. If the rear of the switch is pressed all the way down, the window will go all the way down. To stop the window while it is lowering, press the front of the switch. To raise the window, press and hold the front of the switch.


On four-door models, the driver’s window controls also include a lock-out switch. Press LOCK to stop front and rear passengers from using their window switches. The driver can still control all the windows with the lock on. Press the other side of the LOCK button for normal window operation. Horn Press either horn symbol on your steering wheel to sound the horn. Tilt Steering 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.


Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever


The lever on the left side of the steering column includes your: 0 Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator


Headlamp High/Low Beam


0 Windshield Wipers 0 Windshield Washer 0 Cruise Control


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As you signal a turn or a lane change, if the arrows don’t flash but just stay on, a signal bulb may be burned out and other drivers won’t see your turn signal. If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an accident. If the green arrows don’t go on at all when you signal a turn, check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index) and for burned-out bulbs. A chime will sound if you leave your turn signal on for more than 1/2 mile (0.8 km). Headlamp High/Low Beam


bmd To change your headlamps


from low beam to high beam, or high to low, pull the multifunction lever all the way toward you. Then release it. When the high beams are on, a blue light on the instrument panel also will be on.


Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator 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.


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.


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Windshield Wipers


Heavy snow or ice can overload your wipers. A circuit breaker will stop them until the motor cools. Clear away snow or ice to prevent an overload. Windshield Washer


For steady wiping at low speed, turn the band to LO. For high-speed wiping, turn the band further, to HI. To stop the wipers, turn the band to OFF. You can set the wiper speed for a long or short delay between wipes. This can be very useful in light rain or snow. Turn the band to choose the delay time. The closer to LO, the shorter the delay. Be sure to clear ice and snow from the wiper blades before using them. If they're frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or thaw them. If your blades do become damaged, get new blades or blade inserts.


At the top of the multifunction lever, there's a paddle with the word PUSH on it. To spray washer fluid on the windshield, push the paddle. The wipers will run for several sweeps and then either stop or return to your preset speed.


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Cruise Control With cruise control, you can maintain a speed of about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more without keeping your foot on the accelerator. This can really help on long trips. Cruise control does not work at speeds below about 25 mph (40 km/h). When you apply your brakes, the cruise control shuts Off.


NOTICE:


When using concentrated washer fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water. Don’t mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water doesn’t clean as well as washer fluid. Fill your washer fluid tank only 3/4 full when it’s very cold. This allows for expansion, which could damage the tank if it is completely full. Don’t use radiator antifreeze in your windshield washer. It can damage your paint.


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To Set Cruise Control 1. Move the cruise control switch to ON.


To Resume a Set Speed Suppose you set your cruise control at a desired speed and then you apply the brake. This, of course, shuts off the cruise control. But you don’t need to reset it.


2. Get up to the speed you want.


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Push in the SET button at the end of the lever and release it. The CRUISE light on the instrument panel will come on. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal.


Once you’re going about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more, you can move the cruise control switch from ON to WA (Resume/Accelerate) for about half a second. You’ll go right back up to your chosen speed and stay there.


To Increase Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to go to a higher speed. Here’s the first: 1. 2.


Use the accelerator pedal to get to the higher speed. Push in the SET button, then release the button and the accelerator pedal. You’ll now cruise at the higher speed.


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Here’s the second way to go to a higher speed:


Move the cruise switch from ON to FUA. Hold it there until you get up to the speed you want, and then release the switch.


0 To increase your speed in very small amounts, move the switch to R/A for less than half a second and then release it. Each time you do this, your vehicle will go 1 mph (1.6 km/h) faster.


The accelerate feature will only work after you set the the cruise control speed by pushing the SET button. To Reduce Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to reduce your speed while using cruise control:


Push in the SET button until you reach the lower speed you want, then rele~ To slow down in very small amounts, push the SET button for less than half a second. Each time you do this, you’ll go 1 mph (1.6 km/h) slower.


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Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control Use the accelerator pedal to increase your speed. When you take your foot off the pedal, your vehicle will slow down to the cruise control speed you set earlier.


Using Cruise Control on Hills How well your cruise control will work on hills depends upon your speed, load and the steepness of the hills. When going up steep hills, you may have to step on the accelerator pedal to maintain your speed. When going downhill, you may have to brake or shift to a lower gear to keep your speed down. Of course, applying the brake takes you out of cruise control. Many drivers find this to be too much trouble and don’t use cruise control on steep hills.


To Get Out of Cruise Control There are two ways to turn off the cruise control:


Step lightly on the brake pedal; OR


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Sidemarker Lamps


0 Instrument Panel Lamps 0 Courtesy Lamps


To Erase Cruise Speed Memory When you turn off the cruise control or the ignition, or shift into PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N), your cruise control set speed memory is erased. Lamps The lamp controls are on the instrument panel. They control these systems: 0 Headlamps Taillamps Parking Lamps 0 License Lamps


Turn the knob to ON to turn on the headlamps and other operating lamps. Turn the knob to PARK to turn on the parking and other operating lamps without the headlamps. Turn the knob to OFF to turn off the lamps. A warning chime will sound when you turn the ignition

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