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2.2L L4: Checking Engine Oil

3.1L V6: Checking Engine Oil

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Engine Oil (CONT.) When to Add Oil: If the oil is at or below the ADD line, then you’ll need to add some oil. But you must use the right kind. This section explains what kind of oil to use. For crankcase capacity, see the Index under Capacities & SpeciBcations.

Don’t add too much oil. If your engine has so much oil that the oil level gets above the cross-hatched area that shows the prope operating range, your engine could be damaged.

Just fill it enough to put the level somewhere in the proper operating range. Push the dipstick all the way back in when you’re through.

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2.2L L4: Adding Engine Oil


3.1L V6: Adding Engine Oil

What Kind of Oil to Use Look for Three Things:

SG “SG” must be on the oil container, either by itself or combined with other quality designations, such as “SG/CC,” “SG/CD,” “SF, SG, CC,” etc. These letters show American Petroleum Institute (API) levels of quality.

If you use oils that don’t have “SG” designation, you can cause engine damage not covered by your warranty.

SAE 5W-30 As shown in the viscosity chart, SAE 5W-30 is best for your vehicle. However, you can use SAE 1OW-30 if it's going to be 0" F (-18" C) or above. These numbers on an oil container show its viscosity, or thickness. Do not use other viscosity oils such as SAE 1OW-40 or SAE 20W-50. Energy Conserving II Oils with these words on the container will help you save fuel.

This doughnut-shaped logo (symbol) is used on most oil containers to help you select the correct oil. You should look for this on the oil container, and use only those oils that display the logo. GM Goodwrench@ Oil (in Canada, GM Engine Oil) meets all the requirements for your vehicle.

Engine Oil Additives Don't add anything to your oil. Your Chevrolet dealer is ready to advise if you think something should be added.

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Engine Block Heater An engine block heater can be a big help if you have to park outside in very cold weather, 0°F (-18°C) or colder. If your vehicle has this option, see the index under Engine Block Heater.

When to Change Engine Oil See if any one of these is true for you: Most trips are less than 4 miles (6 km). It’s below freezing outside and most trips are less than 10 miles (16 km). The engine is at low speed most of the time (as in door-to-door delivery, or in stop-and-go traffic). Most trips are through dusty places.

If any one of these is true for your vehicle, then you need to change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles (5 OOO km) or 3 months-whichever comes first. If none of them is true, change the oil every 7,500 miles (12 500 km) or 12 months-whichever comes first. Change the filter at the first oil change and at every other oil change after that. 208

What to Do with Used Oil

CAUTION A Used engine oil contains

things that have caused skin

cancer in laboratory animals. Don’t let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Clean your skin and nails with soap and water, or a good hand cleaner. Wash or properly throw away clothing or rags containing used engine oil.

Used oil can be a real threat to the environment. If you change your own oil, be sure to drain all free-flowing oil from the filter before disposal. Don’t ever dispose of oil by pouring it on the ground, into sewers, or into streams or bodies of water. Instead, recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of your used oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local recycling center for help.

Air Cleaner Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to replace the air filter. See the Index under Scheduled Maintenance Services.


1 air cleaner off can cause you A Opemting the engine with the nr others to be burned. The air

m e r not only cleans the air, it

stops flame if the engine backfires. If it isn’t there, and the engine backfires, you could be burned. .Don’t drive with it off, and be candid working on the engine with the air cleaner off.


NOTIC€ If the air cleaner is off, a backfire can cause a damaging engine fire. And, dirt can easily get into your engine, which will damage it. Always have the air cleaner i~ place when you’re driving.

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2.2L L4: Air Filter Replacement To check or replace the filter, remove the two wing nuts and lift the cover.

3.1L V6 (Except 2-24): Air Filter Replacement To check or replace the filter, remove the three wing nuts and lift the cover.

3.1L V6 (2-24): Air Filter Replacement To check or replace the filter, unclip the three clips and remove the cover.

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Automaric Transaxle Fluid When to Check and Change: A good time to check your automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to change your fluid. See the Index under Scheduled Maintenance Services.

How to Check: Because this operation can be a little difficult, you may choose to have this done at a Chevrolet dealership Service Department. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false reading on the dipstick.

Too much or too little fluid can damage your transaxle. Too much can mean that some of the fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts, starting a fire. Be sure to get an accurate reading if you check your transaxle fluid.

Wait at least 30 minutes before checking the transaxle fluid level if you have been driving:

When outside temperatures are above 90°F (32°C). At high speed for quite a while. In heavy traffic-especially in hot weather.

To get the right reading, the fluid should be at normal operating temperature, which is 180°F to 200°F (82°C to 93" C). Get the vehicle warmed up by driving about 15 miles (24 km) when outside temperatures are above 50°F (10OC). If it's colder than 50" F (10" C), you may have to drive longer.

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Automatic Transaxle Fluid (CONT.) To Check the Fluid Level:

Park your vehicle on a level place. Place the shift lever in P (Park) with the parking brake applied. With your foot on the brake pedal, move the shift lever through each gear range, pausing for about three seconds in each range. Then, position the shift lever in P (Park).

Then, Without Shutting Off the Engine, Follow These Steps: 1. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it with

a clean rag or paper towel.

2. Push it back in all the way, wait three seconds and then pull it back out again.

3. Check both sides of the dipstick, and read the lower level. The fluid level must be in the cross-hatched area. 4. If the fluid level is where it should be, push the dipstick back in all the way.

2.2L L4: Checking Automatic Transaxle Fluid

3.1L V6: Checking Automatic Transaxle Fluid

How to Add Fluid: Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of transaxle fluid to use. See the Index under Fluids & Lubricants. If the fluid level is low, add only enough of the proper fluid to bring the level into the cross-hatched area on the dipstick. It doesn't take much fluid, generally less than a pint (0.5 L). Don't overfill. We recommend you use only fluid labeled DEXRON@-IIE, because fluids with that label are made especially for your automatic transaxle. Damage caused by fluid other than DEXRON@-IIE is not covered by your new vehicle warranty. After adding fluid, recheck the fluid level as described under How to Check. When the correct fluid level is obtained, push the dipstick back in all the way.

2.2L L4: Adding Automatic Transaxle Fluid

3.1L V6: Adding Automatic Transaxle Fluid

Manual Transaxle Fluid When to Check: A good time to have it checked is when the engine oil is changed. However, the fluid in your manual transaxle doesn't require changing.


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Manual Transax/e Fluid (CONT.) How to Check: Because this operation can be a little difficult, you may choose to have this done at a Chevrolet dealership Service Department. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false reading on the dipstick.

Too much or too little fluid can damage your transaxle. Too much can mean that some of the fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts, starting a fire. Be sure to get an accurate reading if you check your transaxle fluid.

The manual transaxle dipstick is located on the driver’s side near the rear of the transaxle case. Check the fluid level only when your engine is off, the vehicle is parked on a level place and the transaxle is cool enough for you to rest your fingers on the transaxle case. Then, Follow These Steps: 1. Pull out the dipstick and clean it with

a rag or paper towel.

2. Push it back in all the way and

remove it.

3. Check both sides of the dipstick and read the lower level. The fluid level must be between the ADD and FULL marks. (Note: Fluid may appear at the bottom of the dipstick even when the fluid level is several pints low.)

4. If the fluid level is where it should be, push the dipstick back in all the way.

How to Add Fluid: Here’s how to add fluid. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of fluid to use. See the Index under Fluids & Lubricants.

Remove the dipstick. Add fluid at the dipstick hole.

Add only enough fluid to bring the fluid level up to the FULL mark on the dipstick.

Push the dipstick back in all the way.

Hydraulic Clutch The hydraulic clutch in your vehicle is self-adjusting. When to Check and What to Use: Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine how often you should check the fluid level in your clutch master cylinder reservoir and what to add. See the Index under Owner Checks & Services and Fluids & Lubricants.

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Hydraulic Clutch (CONTJ How to Check: The proper fluid should be added if the level is at or below the ADD mark on the reservoir. See the instructions on the reservoir cap.

Engine Coolant The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem with engine overheating, see the Index under Engine Overheating. The proper coolant for your Chevrolet will:

Give freezing protection down to -34" F (-37" C). Give boiling protection up to 262°F (128" C). Protect against rust and corrosion. Help keep the proper engine temperature. Let the warning lights work as they should.

What to Use: Use a mixture of one-half clean water (preferably distilled) and one-half antifreeze that meets "GM Specification 1825-M," which won't damage aluminum parts. You can also use a recycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825-M with a complete coolant flush and refill. If you use this mixture, you don't need to add anything else. If you have a 2.2L LA engine, your engine coolant system will have a coolant recovery tank. If you have a 3.1L V6 engine, your engine coolant system will have a coolant surge tank. There are important differences between these two cooling systems. Read this section carefully.

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L Adding only plain water to - your cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water, or some other liquid like alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mix will. Your vehicle's coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mix. With plain water or the wrong mix, your engine could get too hot but you wouldn't get the overheat warning. Your engine could catch fire and you or others could be burned. Use a 50150 mix of clean water and a proper antifreeze.

Adding Coolant-2,21 L4 Engine To Check Coolant: When your engine is cold, the coolant level should be at FULL COLD, or a little higher. When your engine is warm, the level should be up to mJLL HOT, or a little higher. To Add Coolant: If you need more coolant, add the proper mix at the coolant recovery tank.

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To Check Coolant: When your engine is cold, the coolant level should be at FULL COLD, or a little higher. To Add Coolant: If you need more coolant, add the proper mix at the coolant surge tank

Adding Co01ant-2~2L L4 Engine (CONT.)

A Turning the radiator pressure

cap when the engine and

radiator are hot can allow steam and scalding liquids to blow out and burn you badly. With the coolant recovery tank, you will almost never have to add coolant at the radiator. Never turn the radiator pressure cap-even a little-when the engine and radiator are hot. You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol, and it will burh if the engine parts are hot enough. Don’t spill coolant on a hot eniine.


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Turning the coolant surge tank

d L pressure cap when the engine and the radiator are hot c~ln allow steam and scalding liquids to blow out and bum you badly. Never turn the surge tank pressure cap-even a little-when the engine and radiator are hot. You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol, and it will bum if the engine parts are hot enough. Don’t spill coalant on a hot engine.

Radiator Pressure Cap


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g.., ',!: Your radiator cap is a 15 psi ''.' (105 kPa) pressure-type cap and ,;:, must be tightly installed to prevent '.. coolant loss and possible engine .. . .. ~. . damage from overheating. Be sure .':: .; the arrows on the cap line up with the overflow tube on the radiator filler neck. Y; . . F+ When you replace your radiator pressurl cap, an AC@ cap is recommended.


Thermostat Engine coolant temperature is controlled by a thermostat in the engine coolant system. The thermostat stops the flow of coolant through the radiator until the coolant reaches a preset temperature. When you replace your thermostat, an AC@ thermostat is recommended.

Power Steering Fluid How to Check Power Steering Fluid: Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag. Replace the cap and completely tighten it. Then remove the cap again and look at the fluid level on the dipstick. When the engine compartment is hot, the level should be near the H mark. When the engine compartment is cool, the level should be near the C mark.

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Power Steering Fluid (CONT.) What to Add: Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of fluid to use. See the Index under Fluids & Lubricants.

Windshield Washer Fluid To Add: Open the cap labeled WASHER FLUID ONLY. Add washer fluid until the bottle is full.

When adding power steering fluid or making a complete fluid change, always use the proper fluid. Failure to use the proper fluid can cause leaks and damage hoses and seals.

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When using concentrated washer fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water. Don’t mix water with ready-to- l15e washer fluid. Water can

use the solution to freeze and . .tmage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water doesn’t clean s well as washer fluid. Fill your washer fluid tank on14 ?4 full when it’s very cold. Thir allows for expansion, which could damage the tank if it is completely full Don’t use radiator antifreeze your windshield washer. It can damage your washer system an( paint.

Brake Master Cylinder Your brake master cylinder is here. It is filled with DOT-3 brake fluid. There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in your master cylinder might go down. The first is that the brake fluid goes down to an acceptable level during normal brake lining wear. When new linings are put in, the fluid level goes back up.

The other reason is that fluid is leaking out of the brake system. If it is, you should have your brake system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later your brakes won’t work well, or won’t work at all. So, it isn’t a good idea to “top off’ your brake fluid. Adding brake fluid won’t correct a leak. If you add fluid when your linings are worn, then you’ll have too much fluid when you get new brake linings. You should add (or remove) brake fluid, as necessary, only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system.

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fluid, it can spill on the

engine. The fluid will burn if the engine is hot enough. You or others could be burned, and your vehicle could be damaged. Add brake fluid only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system.

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Brake Master Cylinder (CONT.) When your brake fluid falls to a low level, your brake warning light will come on. See the Index under Brake System Warning Light. What to Add: When you do need brake fluid, use only DOT-3 brake fluid-such as Delco Supreme ll@ (GM Part No. 1052535). Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only.

Replacing Brake System parfs The braking system on a modern vehicle is complex. Its many parts have to be of top quality and work well together if the vehicle is to have really good braking. Vehicles we design and test have top- quality GM brake parts in them, as your Chevrolet does when it is new. When you replace parts of your braking system-for example, when your brake linings wear down and you have to have new ones put in-be

sure you get new

DOT-5 silicone brake fluid can damage your vehicle. Don’t use it. Don’t let someone put in the wrong kind of fluid. For example, just a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oil, in your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they’ll have to be replaced. Brake fluid can damage ‘.nt, so be careful not to spill b r a e fluid on your vehicle.


genuine GM replacement parts. If you don’t, your brakes may no longer work properly. For example, if someone puts in brake linings that are wrong for your vehicle, the balance between your front and rear brakes can change, for the worse. The braking performance you’ve come to expect can change in many other ways if someone puts in the wrong replacement brake parts.

Battery Every new Chevrolet has a Delco Freedom@ battery. You never have to add water to one of these. When it’s time for a new battery, we recommend a Delco Freedom@ battery. Get one that has the catalog number shown on the original battery’s label. Jump Starting For jump starting instructions, see the Index under Jump Starting.

Vehicle Storage If you’re not going to drive your vehicle for 25 days or more, take off the black negative (-) cable from the battery. This will help keep your battery from running down.

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explode. You can be badly hurt if you aren’t careful. See the Index under Jump Starting for tips on working around a battery without getting hurt.

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Contact your dealer to learn how to prepare your vehicle for longer storage periods.

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Bulb Replacement

For the type of bulb, see the Index under Replacement Bulbs.

1. Turn the lock ring clockwise until the

flanges align with the slots in the housing. Then pull the ring back from the housing. from the housing.

1 Halogen Bulbs Headlight ~1

Halogen bulbs have

L: pressurized gas inside and can bLl3t if you drop or scratch the bulb. You or others could be injured. Take special care when handling and disposing of halogen bulbs.


2. Pull out the bulb assembly. 3. Disconnect the bulb base from the

socket by lifting the plastic locking tab.

4. Snap a new bulb into the socket. 5. Replace the bulb assembly by

reversing steps 1-3.

Taillight Bulb Replacement For the type of bulb, see the I d e x under Replacement Bulbs. 4-Door Models: 1 . If your vehicle has anchors at the back of the trunk, remove them and pull the carpet away from the rear of the trunk. Next remove the four wing nuts.

2-Door Models: 1. Pull the carpet back from the comer and remove the plastic wing nuts. If you have the optional convenience net, first unhook the net from the retainer and remove the retainer knob.

Both 4-Door and 2-Door Models: 2. From outside the vehicle, gently pull

back on the taillight housing.

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Wagon: 1. Open the liftgate. 2. Remove the two Torx@ screws.

3. Pull back gently on the taillight


4. Press the bulb housing tab, rotate the housing counterclockwise f/6 turn and remove it.

Tai//ight Bulb Replacement (CONr) 3. Press the bulb housing release lever

and turn the housing counterclockwise to remove it.


4. To remove the bulb, push in and

rotate it counterclockwise.

5. Reverse all steps to reassemble the

taillight housing.



5. To remove the bulb, push the bulb in,

and rotate it counterclockwise.

6. Reverse all steps to reassemble the

taillight housing.

Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Replacement blades come in different types and are removed in different ways. Here’s how to remove the type with a release clip: 1. Pull the windshield wiper arm away

from the windshield.

2. Lift the release clip with a

screwdriver and pull the blade assembly off the wiper arm.

3. Push the new wiper blade securely on

the wiper arm.

Loading %ur Vehicle Two labels on your vehicle show how much weight it may properly carry. The Tire-Loading Information label found on the rear edge of the driver’s door tells you the proper size, speed rating and recommended inflation pressures for the tires on your vehicle. It also gives you important information about the number of people that can be in your vehicle and the total weight that you can carry. This weight is called the Vehicle Capacity Weight and includes the weight of all occupants, cargo, and all nonfactory- installed options. The other label is the Certification label, found on the rear edge of the driver’s door. It tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle, called


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Loading Your Vehicle (CONI:) the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle, all occupants, fuel and cargo. Never exceed the GVWR for your vehicle, or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for either the front or rear axle. And, if you do have a heavy load, you should spread it out. Don’t carry more than 132 lbs. (60 kg) in your trunk or rear area.

Do not load your vehicle any L b heavier than the GVWR or the maximum front and rear GAWRs. If you do, parts on your vehicle can break, or it can change the way your vehicle handles. These could cause you to lose control. Also, overloading can shorten the life of your vehicle.

Your warranty does not cover part or components that fail beca : ol overloading.

If you put things inside your vehicle- like suitcases, tools, packages, or anything else-they will go as fast as the vehicle goes. If you have to stop or turn quickly, or if there is a crash, they’ll keep going.


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strike and injure people in a sudden stop or turn, or in a crash.

Put things in the trunk or rear area of your vehicle. In a trunk, put them as h r forward as you can. Try to spread the weight evenly. If you have fold-down rear seats, you’ll find four anchors on the back wall of your trunk. You can use these anchors to tie down lighter loads. They’re not strong enough for heavy things, however, so put them as fbr forward as you can in the trunk or rear area. Never stack heavier things, like suitcases, inside the vehicle so that some of them are above the tops of the seats. e When you carry something inside the vehicle, secure it whenever you can.

0 Don’t leave a seat folded down unless you need to.


We don’t make tires. Your new vehicle comes with high quality tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. These tires are warranted by the tire manufacturers and their warranties are delivered with every new Chevrolet. If your spare tire is a different brand than your road tires, you will have a tire warranty folder from each of these manufacturers.

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Overloading your tires can cause overheating as a result of too much friction. You could have an air-out and a serious accident. See the Index under hading Your Vehicle. Underinflated tires pose the same danger as overloaded tires. The resulting accident could cause serious injury. Check all tires frequently to maintain the recommended pressure. Tire pressure should be checked when your tires are cold.

I Overinflated tires are more likely to be cut, punctured, or broken by a

sudden impact: such as when you hit a pothole. Keep tires at the recommended pressure. Worn, old tires can cause accidents. If your tread is badly worn, or if your tires have been

damaged, replace them.


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lnflation-lire Pressure The Tire-Loading Information label which is on the rear edge of the driver’s door shows the correct inflation pressures for your tires, when they’re cold. “Cold” means your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours or driven no more than a mile.


When to Check: Check your tires once a month or more. Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It should be at 60 psi (420 kpa).

How to Check: Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure. Simply looking at the tires will not tell you the pressure, especially if you have radial tires- which may look properly inflated even if they’re underinflated. If your tires have valve caps, be sure to put them back on. They help prevent leaks by keeping out dirt and moisture.

Don’t let anyone tell you that underinflation or overinflation is all right. It’s not. If your tires don’t have enough you can get:


Too much flexing Too much heat Tire overloading Bad weLA Bad handling Bad fuel economy.

If your tires have too much air (overinflation), you can get:

Unusual wear Bad handling Rough ride Needless damage from road hazards.

Tire hspection and Rotation To make your tires last longer, have them inspected and rotated at the mileages recommended in the Maintenance Schedule. See the Index under Scheduled Maintenance Services. Use this rotation pattern. After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressure as shown on the Tire-Loading Information label. Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened. See the Index under Wheel Nut Torque.

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; parts to which it is

fastened, can make the wheel nuts become loose after a time. The wheel could come off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be sure to use a scraper or wire brush later, if you need to, to get all the rust or dirt off. (See the Index under Changing a Flat Tire.)

When lt’s Time for New Tires One way to tell when it’s time for new tires is to check the treadwear indicators, which will appear when your tires have only 2/32 inch (1.6 mm) or less of tread remaining. You need a new tire if

You can see the indicators at three places around the tire. You can see cord or fabric showing through the tire’s rubber. The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric. The tire has a bump, bulge or split. The tire has a puncture, cut, or other damage that can’t be repaired well because of the size or location of the damage.

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Unijiorpn Tire Quality Grading

The following information relates to the system developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which grades tires by treadwear, traction and temperature performance. (This applies only to vehicles sold in the United States.)

Mixing tires could cau’se you d to lose control while driving. If you mix tires of different sizes or types (radial and bias-belted tires), the vehicle may not handle properly, and you could have a crash. Be sure to use the same size and type tires on all wheels. It’s all right to drive with your compact spare, though. It was developed for limited use on your vehicle.


Buying New Tires To find out what kind and size of tires you need, look at the Tire-Loading Information label. The tires installed on your vehicle when it was new had a Tire Performance Criteria Specification (TPC Spec) number on each tire’s sidewall. When you get new tires, get ones with that same TPC Spec number. That way, your vehicle will continue to have tires that are designed to give proper endurance, handling, speed rating, traction, ride and other things during normal service on your vehicle. If your tires have an all- season tread design, the TPC number will be followed by a “MS” (for mud and snow). If you ever replace your tires with those not having a TPC Spec number, make sure they are the same size, load range, speed rating and construction type (bias, bias-belted or radial) as your original tires. 232

Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and a half (1%) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.

Traction-A, B, C The traction grades, from highest to lowest are: A, B, and C. They represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on braking (straight- ahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (turning) traction.

Temperature-A, B, C The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.


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Temperature-A, 8, C ~ N T J Warning: The temperature grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Those grades are molded on the sidewalls of passenger car tires. While the tires available as standard or optional equipment on General Motors vehicles may vary with respect to these grades, all such tires meet General Motors performance standards and have been approved for use on General Motors vehicles. All passenger type (P Metric) tires must conform to Federal safety requirements in addition to these grades.


Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance The wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced carefully at the factory to give you the longest tire life and best overall performance. In most cases, you will not need to have your wheels aligned again. However, if you notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling one way or the other, the alignment may need to be reset. If you notice your vehicle vibrating when driving on a smooth road, your wheels may need to be rebalanced.

Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or badly rusted. If wheel nuts keep coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel nuts should be replaced. If the wheel leaks air out, replace it (except some aluminum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired). See your Chevrolet dealer if any of these conditions exist. Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you need. Each new wheel should have the same load carrying capacity, diameter, width, offset, and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces. If you need to replace any of your wheels, wheel bolts, or wheel nuts, replace them only with new GM original equipment parts. This way, you will be sure you have the right wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel nuts for your Chevrolet model.

A Using the wrong replacement

wheels, wheel bolts, or wheel

nuts on your vehicle can be dangerous. It could affect the braking and handling of your vehicle, make tires lose air and make you lose control. You could have a collision in which you or others .could be injured. Always use the correct wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel nuts for replacement.

. ::?T?W wrong wheel can also cause -. problems with bearing life, bra‘ cooling, speedometedodometer calibration, headlight aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance, .. and tire or tire chain clearance +* the body adchassis.

Used Replacement Wheels

Putting a used wheel on your

4 vehicle is dangerous. You

can’t know how it’s been used or how many miles it’s been driven. It could fail suddenly and cause an accident. If you have to replace a wheel use a new GM original equipment wheel.


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Tire Chains

Appearance Care A Cleaning products can be hazardous. Some are toxic. Others can burst

into flame if you strike a match or get them on a hot part of the vehicle. Some are dangerous if you breathe their fumes in a closed space. When you use anything in a container to clean your Chevrolet, be sure to follow the instructions. And always open your doors or windows when you’re cleaning the inside. Never use these to clean your vehicle:

Gasoline Benzene Naphtha

Carbon Tetrachloride Acetone Paint Thinner

Turpentine Lacquer Thinner Nail Polish


They can all be hazardous-some more than others-and they can all damage your


Cleaning the Inside of Your Chevrolel Use a vacuum cleaner often to get rid of dust and loose dirt. Wipe vinyl with a clean, damp cloth. Your Chevrolet dealer has two GM cleaners-a solvent-type spot lifter and a foam-type powdered cleaner. They will clean normal spots and stains very well. Here are some cleaning tips:

Always read the instructions on the cleaner label. Clean up stains as soon as you can- before they set. Use a clean cloth or sponge, and change to a clean area often. A soft brush may be used if stains are stubborn.

Use solvent-type cleaners in a well- ventilated area only. If you use them, don't saturate the stained area. If a ring forms after spot cleaning, clean the entire area immediately or it will set.


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Using &am-Type Cleaner on Fabric Vacuum and brush the area to remove any loose dirt. Always clean a whole trim panel or section. Mask surrounding trim along stitch or welt lines. Mix Multi-Purpose Powdered Cleaner following the directions on the container label. Use suds only and apply with a clean sponge. Don’t saturate the material. Don’t rub it roughly. As soon as you’ve cleaned the section, use a sponge to remove the suds.

Rinse the section with a clean, wet sponge. Wipe off what’s left with a slightly damp paper towel or cloth. Then dry it immediately with an air hose, a hair dryer or a heat lamp.

lamp. You could scorch the fabric. I I Be careful with a hair dryer or heat

Wipe with a clean cloth.

Using Solvent-Type Cleaner on Fabric First, see if you have to use solvent-type cleaner at all. Some spots and stains will clean off better with just water and mild soap. If you need to use it, then:

Gently scrape excess soil from the trim material with a clean, dull knife or scraper. Use very little cleaner, light pressure and clean cloths (preferably cheesecloth). Cleaning should start at the outside of the stain, “feathering” toward the center. Keep changing to a clean section of the cloth. When you clean a stain from fabric, immediately dry the area with an air hose, hair dryer, or heat lamp to help prevent a cleaning ring. (See the previous NOTICE.)

Fabric Protection Your Chevrolet has upholstery that has been treated with ScotchgardTM Fabric Protector, a 3M product. Scotchgard” protects fabrics by repelling oil and water, which are the carriers of most stains. Even with this protection, you still need to clean your upholstery often to keep it looking new. Further information on cleaning is available by calling 1-800-433-3296 (in Minnesota, 1-800-642-6167).

Special Cleaning Problems Greasy or Oily Stains: Like grease, oil, butter, margarine, shoe polish, coffee with cream, chewing gum, cosmetic creams, vegetable oils, wax crayon, tar and asphalt.

Carefully scrape off excess stain. Then follow the solvent-type instructions earlier in this section. Shoe polish, wax crayon, tar and asphalt will stain if left on a vehicle seat fabric. They should be removed as soon as possible. Be careful, because the cleaner will dissolve them and may cause them to bleed.

Non-Greasy Stains: Like catsup, coffee (black), egg, fruit, fruit juice, milk, soft drinks, wine, vomit, urine and blood.

Carefully scrape off excess stain, then sponge the soiled area with cool water. If a stain remains, follow the foam- type instructions earlier in this section. If an odor lingers after cleaning vomit or urine, treat the area with a water/ baking soda solution: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking soda to 1 cup (250 ml) of lukewarm water. Finally, if needed, clean lightly with solvent-type cleaner.

Combination Stains: Like candy, ice cream, mayonnaise, chili sauce and unknown stains.

Carefully scrape off excess stain, then clean with cool water and allow to dry. If a stain remains, clean it with solvent-type cleaner.


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Cleaning Vinyl Just use warm water and a clean cloth.

Rub with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt. You may have to do it more than once. Things like tar, asphalt and shoe polish will stain if you don’t get them off quickly. Use a clean cloth and solvent-type vinyl/leather cleaner.

Cleaning the Top of the instrument Panel Use only mild soap and water to clean the top surfaces of the instrument panel. Sprays containing silicones or waxes may cause annoying reflections in the windshield and even make it difficult to see through the windshield under certain conditions.

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Care of Safety Belts Keep belts clean and dry.


Do not bleach or dye s&ty belts. If you do, it may severely weaken them. h a crash they might not be able to provide adequate protection. Clean safety belts only with mild soap and lukewarm water.

Cleaning the Outside of Your Chevrolet The paint finish on your vehicle provides beauty, depth of color, gloss retention and durability.

Glass Glass should be cleaned often. GM Glass Cleaner (GM Part No. 1050427) or a liquid household glass cleaner will remove normal tobacco smoke and dust films. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on glass, because they may cause scratches. Avoid placing decals on the inside rear window, since they may have to be scraped off later. If abrasive cleaners are used on the inside of the rear window, an electric defogger element may be damaged. Any temporary license should not be attached across the defogger grid.

Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades If the windshield is not clear after using the windshield washer, or if the wiper blade chatters when running, wax or other material may be on the blade or windshield. Clean the outside of the windshield with GM Windshield Cleaner, Bon-Ami Powder@ (GM Part No. 1050011). The windshield is clean if beads do not form when you rinse it with water. Clean the blade by wiping vigorously with a cloth soaked in full strength windshield washer solvent. Then rinse the blade with water. Wiper blades should be checked on a regular basis and replaced when worn.

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Cleaning the Outside of Your Chevrolet (CONT) Washing Your Vehicle The best way to preserve your vehicle’s finish is to keep it clean by washing it often with lukewarm or cold water. Don’t wash your vehicle in the direct rays of the sun. Don’t use strong soaps or chemical detergents. Use liquid hand, dish or car washing (non-detergent) soaps. Don’t use cleaning agents that contain acid or abrasives. All cleaning agents should be flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on the surface, or they could stain. Dry the finish with a soft, clean chamois or a 100% cotton towel to avoid surface scratches and water spotting. High pressure vehicle washes may cause water to enter your vehicle.



Finish Care of Textured-Surface Bumper Covers To touch up any small spots after regular washing, use a solvent-type fabric cleaner such as GM Part No. 1050244 and a clean, dry cloth. To help maintain bumper covers, after washing use a cleaner/protectant like GM/Armor AllTM Part No. 1052919.

Textured-Surface Bumper Covers (VL and RS MODELS) Cleaning with a brush, a soft terry cloth or a commercial car wash is recommended for normal dirt. Never use a wire brush or abrasives. Avoid applying wax or polish to the textured-surface bumper covers. To remove wax, a commercially available wax solvent should be used. Tar and Oil Remover (GM Part No. 1050172) is also recommended. It’s also recommended for cleaning difficult soils like road tar and oil. Also recommended are solvent- type fabric cleaners such as GM Part No. 1050244. To clean white bumper covers, first use Tar and Oil Remover. If the dark areas are still visible, whiten with White Sidewall Tire Cleaner, such as GM Part No. 1050174.

Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of your Chevrolet may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. You can get GM approved cleaning products from your dealer. (See the Index under Appearance Care.) Your Chevrolet has a “basecoatl clearcoat” paint finish. The clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored basecoat,

Machine compounding or aggressive polishing on a basecoatklearcoat paint finish may dull the finish or leave swirl marks.

Aluminum Wheels Your aluminum wheels have a protectivt coating similar to the painted surface of your Chevrolet. Don’t use strong soaps, chemicals, chrome polish, or other abrasive cleaners on them because you could damage this coating. After rinsing thoroughly, a wax may be applied. I NUTICE


If you have aluminum wheels, don’t use an automatic vehicle wash that has hard silicon carbide cleaning brushes. These brushes can take off the protective coating.

White Sidewall Tires Your Chevrolet dealer has a GM White Sidewall Tire Cleaner. You can use a stiff brush with it.


Service & Appearance Care

Weatherstrips These are places where glass or metal meets rubber. Silicone grease there will make them last longer, seal better, and not squeak. Apply silicone grease with a clean cloth at least every six months.

Sheet Metal Damage If your vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement, make sure the body repair shop applies anti- corrosion material to the parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection.

breign Material Calcium chloride and other salts, ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, bird droppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, and other foreign matter can damage your vehicle’s finish if they remain on painted surfaces. Use cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces for these stains.



Finish Damage Any stone chips, fractures or deep scratches in the finish should be repaired right away. Bare metal will corrode quickly and may develop into a major repair expense. Minor chips and scratches can be repaired with touch-up materials available from your dealer or other service outlets. Larger areas of finish damage can be corrected in your dealer’s body and paint shop.

Underbody Maintenance Chemicals used for ice and snow removal and dust control can collect on the underbody. If these are not removed, accelerated corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan, and exhaust system even though they have corrosion protection. At least every spring, flush these materials from the underbody with plain water. Clean any areas where mud and other debris can collect. Dirt packed in closed areas of the frame should be loosened before being flushed. Your dealer or an underbody vehicle washing system can do this for you.

Chemical Paint Spotting Some weather and atmospheric conditions can create a chemical fallout. Airborne pollutants can fall upon and attack painted surfaces on your vehicle. This damage can take two forms: blotchy, ringlet-shaped discolorations, and small irregular dark spots etched into the paint surface. Although no defect in the paint job causes this, Chevrolet will repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of new vehicles damaged by this fallout condition within l2 months or l2,OOO miles (20 000 km) of purchase, whichever comes first.

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Vehicle ldentification Number WIN) This is the legal identifier for your Chevrolet. It appears on a plate in the front corner of the instrument panel, on the driver’s side. You can see it if you look through the windshield from outside your vehicle. The VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of title and registration.

Engine ldentification The eighth character in your VIN is the engine code for your GM engine. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications, and replacement parts in this section.

Service Parts Identification Label You’ll find this label on your spare tire cover or on the inside of your trunk lid. It’s very helpfbl if you ever need to order parts. On this label is:

Your VIN. Its model designation. Paint information. A list of all product options and special equipment.

Be sure that this label is not removed from the vehicle.

Add-on Electrica i Equipment

Don’t add anything electrical to your Chevrolet unless you check with your dealer first. Some electrical equipment can damage your vehicle and the damage wouldn’t be covered by your warranty. Some of it can just ke- other things, from - .. working as tt, should.

1 Fuses & Circuit Breakers

The wiring circuits in your vehicle are protected from short circuits by a combination of fuses, circuit breakers. and fusible thermal links in the wiring itself. This greatly reduces the chance of fires caused by electrical problems. The fuse panel is located under the lower left side of the instrument panel. To identih and check fuses, refer to the Fuse Usage chart.


Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure you replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size and rating.

Service & Appearance Care

Fuse Rating (AMP.)












10 15 10 10

15 25

25 10 10 20

30 10 15 20 20 30 20

Instrument Panel Lamps Electronic Control Module, Fuel Injectors Cigarette Lighter, Glove Box Light Radio Power Gauges, Audible Warning System, Cluster Telltales, TCC, Rear Defogger Relay, Brake Transaxle Shift Interlock, Multiport Fuel Injection Park and Turn Lamps Heater and A/C Power, Daytime Running Lights (Canada), Anti-Lock Brakes Windshield Wipers Fuel Pump Radio Memory, Digital Clock Interior Lights, Horn, Power Locks, Audible Warning System, Remote Liftgate Release, Check Oil Light Power Window (Breaker) Cruise Control Turn Signal, Back-up Lamps Stop Lamps, Hazard Flashers Flash-To-Pass Power Locks, Rear Window Defogger (Breaker) Headlamp (Breaker)

Fuse Usage


Headlight Wiring The headlight wiring is protected by a circuit breaker in the fuseblock. An electrical overload will cause the lights to go on and off, or in some cases to remain off. If this happens, have your headlight system checked right away. To access the headlight circuit breaker, squeeze the plastic clip together and remove.

Windsheld Wipers The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If the overload is caused by some electrical problem, have it fixed.

Power Windows and Other Power Options Circuit breakers in the fuse panel protect the power windows and other power accessories. When the current load is too heavy, the circuit breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed.


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Capacities & Specifications Engine Crankcase

When changing Jilter, up to I quart (I liter) more oil may be needed.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4.0 quarts

Automatic Transaxle

Pan Removal and Replacement After Complete Overhaul

........................ ............................

4.0 quarts 6.9 quarts

When draining or replacing torque converter, more fluid may be needed.

Manual Transaxle, 5-Speed

Complete Drain and Refill


2.0 quarts

Cooling System

2.2LL4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . 1 L V 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11.7quarts 14.2quarts

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3.80 L

3.80 L 6.60 L

1.90 L

11.1 L 13.5 L

Refrigerant, Air Conditioning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not all air conditioning refrigerants are the same. I f the air conditioning system in your vehicle needs refrigerant, be sure the proper refrigerant is used. I f you 're not sure, ask your Chmrolet dealer.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

See refrigerant charge label under hood.

15.2 gallons

57.5 L

Fuel Tank Power Steering

Pump Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 .OO pint Complete System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.25 pints Tire Pressures, Sizes. .................................. See Tire-Loading Information label on driver's door. Wheel Nut Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 pound-feet (140 Nem) NOTE: All capacities are approximate. When adding, be sure to fill to the appropriate level, as recommended in this manual.

0.50 L 1.25 L

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Fluids & Lubricants ITEM Antifreeze Coolant ................. Year-Round Antifreeze for Chassis Lubricant ................. General Chassis Lube, etc. (Grease Gun Insert)


(Ethylene Glycol Base) Coolant Mixtures



................ . . . . . . . . . .

1052753 1052497

1 gal. 14 02.

(3.8 L) (397 g)

Delco Supreme ll@ Brake Fluid . . . . . . Brake System and Clutch Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DEXRON %E Automatic ........... Automatic Transaxle ...............

Transmission Fluid


..... Manual Transaxle ................. 32 Synchromesh Transmission Fluid GM Hydraulic Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clutch Master Cylinder ............. 16 Engine Oil ....................... Engine Lubrication ................ GM Engine Oil Supplement ......... See your dealer for advice ........... 16 Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hood, Trunk and Door Hinges Windshield Washer Solvent .......... Windshield Washer Fluid Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Power Steering System. ............. Dielectric Silicone Grease . . . . . . . . . . . Weatherstrips ..................... Spray-A-Squeak Silicone Lubricant . . . General Purpose Silicone Lubricant, Weatherstrips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


105 1855 32 12345881 12345349 12345347 See the Index under Engine Oil. 1052367

oz. 02. 1 gal. oz. oz.


(0.5 L) (1.0 L) (3.8 L) (1 .o L) (0.5 L)

(0.5 L)

1050017 1052884 12345579

(1 .O L) 32 02. 16 oz. (0.5 L) 1 oz. (0.028 kg)

1052276 (aerosol) 4.5 oz. 1052277

(127 g) 12 oz. (0.35 L)


BULB 1156 2357NA

Replacement Bulbs OUTSIDE LIGHTS Back-UpLights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front Parking/Turn Signal Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Center High Mount Stoplight Inside (Carpet Covered) ................................ Inside (Pedestal Mount) ................................ Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Halogen Headlights High/LowBeam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Front Side Marker Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rear Side Marker Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stop/Tail/Turn Signal Lights (Coupe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stop/Turn Signal Lights (Sedan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taillights (Sedan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trunk Light (Coupe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Sedan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Wagon: Rear Compartment Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagon: Rear Side Marker Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1141 1156 577

9004 194 24 2057 2057 194 912 105 561 194


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Replacement Bulbs (CONT.) INSIDE LIGHTS Dome Light

Wagon Rear Compartment and Base .....................

Dome/Reading Lights

Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heater & A/C Control .................................. .................................. High-Beam Indicator Indicator Lights

Brake. Oil. Turn Signals .............................. Charge. Malfunction Indicator. Fasten Safety Belts. Temp . . . . .

Tailgate Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRNDL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GloveBox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


168 194 74 194

194 168 37 74 194

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Engine Specifications

2.2L L4 3.1L


VINEngineCode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Displacement .......................................... Compression Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Firing Order. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thermostat Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


2.2 Liters 8.85: 1 1-3-4-2


3.1 Liters

8.80: 1


.192" F (89" C ) 195" F (91 " C )


Service & Appearance Care

Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Air Cleaner Element

2.2L L4 . . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type A-1172C 3.1L V6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type A-1098C 2-24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type A-925C Engine Oil Filter 2.2L L4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type PF-47 3.1L V6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type PF-51 PCV Valve 2.2L L4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type CV-9OOC 3.1L V6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type CV-892C Spark Plugs 2.2L L4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Type eR44LTSMA 3.1L V6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . . AC Type eR44LTSM

Gap: 1.14 mm (0.045 inch)

Gap: 1.14 mm (0.045 inch)

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T h i s part covers the maintenance required for your Chevrolet. Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety, dependability and emission control performance.

Pian I

Have you purchased the

GM Protection Plan?

The Plan supplements your

new vehicle warranties.

See your Chevrolet dealer for details.

Part 7 Maintenance Schedule



A Word About Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260 Your Vehicle and the Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , .260 How This Part is Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261

A. Scheduled Maintenance Services

Using Your Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262 Selecting the Right Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262 Schedule1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264 Schedule11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266 Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . .268

B. Owner Checks & Services

AtEachFuelFill ....................................... 271 AtLeastOnceaMonth .................................. 271 At Least Twice a Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . , . . . . . . . . . . .272 At Least Once a Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .275 C. Periodic Maintenance Inspections D. Recommended Fluids & Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .276 E. MaintenanceRecord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279

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Maintenance Schedule Introduction

A Word About Maintenance We at General Motors want to help you keep your vehicle in good working condition. But we don’t know exactly how you’ll drive it. You may drive very short distances only a few times a week. Or you may drive long distances all the time in very hot, dusty weather. You may use your vehicle in making deliveries. Or you may drive it to work, to do errands or in many other ways. Because of all the different ways people use their GM vehicles, maintenance needs vary. You may even need more frequent checks and replacements than you will find in the schedules in this part. So please read this part and note how you drive. If you have any questions on how to keep your vehicle in good condition, see your Chevrolet dealer, the place many GM owners choose to have their maintenance work done. Your dealer can be relied upon to use proper parts and practices.

Your Vehicle and the Environment Proper vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition, but also helps the environment. All recommended maintenance procedures are important. Improper vehicle maintenance or the removal of important components can significantly affect the quality of the air we breathe. Improper fluid levels or even the wrong tire inflation can increase the level of emissions from your vehicle. To help protect our environment, and to help keep your vehicle in good condition, please maintain your vehicle properly.


How This Part is Organized The remainder of this part is divided into five sections: Section A: Scheduled Maintenance Services shows what to have done and how often. Some of these services can be complex, so unless you are technically qualified and have the necessary equipment, you should let your dealer’s service department or another qualified service center do these jobs.

Performing maintenance work on a vehicle can be dangerous. In trying to do some jobs, you can be

seriously injured. Do your own maintenance work only if you have the required know-how and the proper tools and equipment for the job. If you have any doubt, have a qualified technician do the work.

If you are skilled enough to do some work on your vehicle, you will probably want to get the service information GM publishes. You will find a list of publications and how to get them in this manual. See the Index under Service Publications.

Section B: Owner Checks & Services tells you what should be checked whenever you stop for fuel. It also explains what you can easily do to help keep your vehicle in good condition. Section C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections explains important inspections that your Chevrolet dealer’s service department or another qualified service center should perform. Section D: Recommended Fluids & Lubricants lists some products GM recommends to help keep your vehicle properly maintained. These products, or their equivalents, should be used whether you do the work yourself or have it done. Section E: Maintenance Record provides a place for you to record the maintenance performed on your vehicle. Whenever any maintenance is performed, be sure to write it down in this section. This will help you determine when your next maintenance should be done. In addition, it is a good idea to keep your maintenance receipts. They may be