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If so equipped, turn on the Traction Control


FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn the system off before attempting to “rock” the vehicle. If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, sand or snow, it can often be moved by a rocking motion. Turn your steering wheel right and left to clear the area around the front wheels. Then shift back and forth between Reverse and First gear. Usually the least accelerator pedal pres- sure to maintain the rocking motion without spinning the wheels is most effective.

TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE Flat bed towing is the preferred towing method. If a flat bed towing vehicle is not available, a wheel lift towing vehicle may be used. Rear towing is not recommended with the front wheels on the ground, as transaxle damage can result. If rear towing is the only alternative, a front end dolly must be used.



Do not use sling type towing equipment. Damage to the fascia and air dam may result.

Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast may lead to transaxle overheating and failure. It can also damage the tires. Do not spin the wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).

TOWING THIS VEHICLE BEHIND ANOTHER VEHICLE (Flat towing with all four wheels on the ground)

Automatic Transaxle Your vehicle may be towed under the following condi- tions: The gear selector must be in NEUTRAL, the distance to be towed must not exceed 15 miles (25 km), and the towing speed must not exceed 25 mph (40
km/h). If the transaxle is not operative, or if the vehicle is to be towed more than 15 miles (25 km), the vehicle must be towed with the front wheels off the ground.



If the vehicle being towed requires steering, the ignition switch must be in the OFF position, not in the LOCK or ACCESSORY positions.

If it is necessary to use the accessories while being towed (wipers, defrosters, etc.), the key must be in the ON position, not the ACCESSORY position. Make certain the transaxle remains in NEUTRAL.



䡵 2.4L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
䡵 2.7L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System — OBD II . . . . . . 215
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance

Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 224
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226

▫ Power Steering — Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 236
▫ Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
▫ Fuel System Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239


▫ Appearance Care And Protection From

Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
䡵 Convertible Top Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
▫ Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
▫ General Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
▫ Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure . . . . 247
▫ Cloth Top Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
▫ Weather Strip Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
䡵 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248

▫ Underhood Fuses

(Power Distribution Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
䡵 Replacement Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

䡵 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

▫ Headlight Bulb Replacement ▫ Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb

Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
▫ Fog Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
▫ Center Stoplight Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . 255
▫ Rear Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
▫ License Plate Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Headlight Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
䡵 Fluids And Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
䡵 Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine Parts . . . . . . . 258
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259



2.4L Engine Compartment



2.7L Engine Compartment

ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM — OBD II Your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated onboard diagnostic system called OBD II. This system monitors the performance of the emissions, engine, and automatic transmission control systems. When these systems are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emis- sions well within current government regulations. If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system will turn on the “Malfunction Indicator Light.” It will also store diagnostic codes and other information to assist your service technician in making repairs. Al- though your vehicle will usually be drivable and not need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as possible.



• Prolonged driving with the “Malfunction Indica- tor Light” on could cause further damage to the emission control system. It could also affect fuel economy and driveability. The vehicle must be serviced before any emissions tests can be per- formed. • If the “Malfunction Indicator Light” is flashing while the engine is running, severe catalytic con- verter damage and power loss will soon occur. Immediate service is required.


EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system. Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration.

For states which have an I/M (Inspection and Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies the following: the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) is functioning and is not on when the engine is running, and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready for testing. Normally, the OBD system will be ready. The OBD system may not be ready if your vehicle was recently serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery replacement. If the OBD system should be determined not ready for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test. Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test which you can use prior to going to the test station. To check if your vehicle’s OBD system is ready, you must do the following: 1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.

2. Turn the ignition to the ON position, but do not crank or start the engine. 3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start this test over. 4. As soon as you turn your key to the ON position, you will see your MIL symbol come on as part of a normal bulb check. 5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will happen:

a. The MIL will flash for about 10 seconds and then return to being fully illuminated until you turn off the ignition key or start the engine. This means that your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready and you should not proceed to the I/M station. b. The MIL will not flash at all and will remain fully illuminated until you turn off the ignition key or start the engine. This means that your vehicle’s OBD system is ready and you can proceed to the I/M station.

If your OBD system is not ready, you should see your authorized dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was recently serviced or had a battery failure or replacement, you may need to do nothing more than drive your vehicle as you normally would in order for your OBD system to update. A recheck with the above test routine may then indicate that the system is now ready. Regardless of whether your vehicle’s OBD system is ready or not ready, if the MIL symbol is illuminated during normal vehicle operation, you should have your vehicle serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on with the engine running.


REPLACEMENT PARTS Use of genuine Mopar parts for normal/scheduled main- tenance and repairs is highly recommended to insure the designed performance. Damage or failures caused by the use of non-Mopar parts for maintenance and repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

DEALER SERVICE Your dealer has the qualified service personnel, special tools and equipment to perform all service operations in an expert manner. Service manuals are available which include detailed service information for your vehicle. Refer to these manuals before attempting any procedure yourself. NOTE: systems can result against you.

Intentional tampering with emissions control in civil penalties being assessed



Engine Oil

You can be badly injured working on or around a motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which you have the knowledge and the proper equipment. If you have any doubt about your ability to perform a service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.


The pages that follow contain the required maintenance services determined by the engineers who designed your vehicle. Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed maintenance intervals, there are other items that should operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance. However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance. These items should be inspected if a malfunction is observed or suspected.

Checking Oil Level To assure proper lubrication of your vehicle’s engine, the engine oil must be maintained, at the correct level. Check the oil level at regular intervals, such as every fuel stop. The best time to check the oil level is about 5 minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off or before starting the engine after it has sat overnight. Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on these engines.


• Day and night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C) • Stop and Go driving • Extensive engine idling. • Driving in dusty conditions • Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km) • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high • Trailer towing • Taxi, Police or delivery service (commercial service) • Off— road or desert operation • If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)

speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C)


If ANY of these apply to you then change your NOTE: engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.

Engine Oil Dipstick


Overfilling or underfilling will cause aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.

Change Engine Oil Road conditions and your kind of driving affects the interval at which your oil should be changed. Check the following list to decide if any apply to you.


If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil at every interval shown on schedule ⬙A⬙ of the ⬙Mainte- nance Schedules⬙ section of this manual. NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months whichever comes first.

Engine Oil Selection For best performance and maximum protection under all types of operating conditions, we recommend engine oils that are API Certified and meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mo- par or an equivalent oil meeting the specification MS- 6395.

American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil Identification Symbol

This symbol means that the oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). We only recommend API Certified en- gine oils that meet the require- ments of DaimlerChrysler’s Mate- rial Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the specification MS-6395.

Engine Oil Viscosity (SAE Grade)

Engine Oil Fill Cap

SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 engine oils are recom- mended for all operating temperatures. These engine oils are designed to improve low temperature starting and vehicle fuel economy. Refer to the engine oil filler cap for the preferred engine oil viscosity grade for each vehicle. Lubricants which do not have both, the engine oil certi- fication mark and the correct SAE viscosity grade num- ber should not be used.


Synthetic Engine Oils You may use synthetic engine oils provided that the recommended oil quality requirements are met and the recommended maintenance intervals for oil and filter changes are followed. Materials Added To Engine Oils The manufacturer strongly recommends against the ad- dition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and it’s performance may be impaired by supplemental addi- tives. Disposing of Used Engine Oil and Oil Filters Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil from your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can present a problem to the environment. Contact your dealer, service station, or governmental agency for advice on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in your area. Engine Oil Filter The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine oil change.


Engine Oil Filter Selection All manufacturer’s engines have a full-flow type dispos- able oil filter. Use a filter of this type for replacement. The quality of replacement filters varies considerably. Only high quality filters should be used to assure most efficient service. Mopar Engine Oil Filters are high quality oil filters and are recommended. Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tension At the mileage shown in the maintenance schedules, check all drive belts for condition and proper tension. Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure. Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is re- quired, adjust the belts according to the specifications and procedures shown in the Service Manual. Special tools are required to properly measure tension and to restore belt tension to factory specifications. Also, check belt routing to make sure there is no interference between the belts and other engine components.

Spark Plugs Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine perfor- mance and emission control. New plugs should be in- stalled at the specified mileage. The entire set should be replaced if there is any malfunction due to a faulty spark plug. Check the specifications section for the proper type of spark plug for use in your vehicle. Engine Air Cleaner Filter Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at the intervals shown on Schedule “A”. If, however, you drive the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe con- ditions, the filter element should be inspected periodi- cally and replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on Schedule “B”.


The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the engine compartment before starting the vehicle with the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in serious personal injury.

Engine Fuel Filter A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank, frequent filter replacement may be necessary. Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the catalyst as an emission control device.


Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic con- verter will not require maintenance. However, it is im- portant to keep the engine properly serviced to assure proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst damage.


Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In the event of engine malfunction, particularly involv- ing engine misfire or other apparent loss of perfor- mance, have your vehicle serviced promptly. Contin- ued operation of your vehicle with a severe malfunction could cause the converter to overheat, resulting in possible damage to the converter and the vehicle.



A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over materials that can burn. Such materials might be grass or leaves coming into contact with your ex- haust system. Do not park or operate your vehicle in areas where your exhaust system can contact any- thing that can burn.

In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool. Service, to the manufacturer’s specifications, should be obtained immediately.

To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage: • Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition when the transaxle is in gear and the vehicle is in motion. • Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires


disconnected for prolonged period.

Engine Timing Belt Replace the engine timing belt (2.4L Only) at the intervals described in the appropriate maintenance schedule. Crankcase Emission Control System Proper operation of this system depends on freedom from sticking or plugging due to deposits. As vehicle mileage builds up, the Positive Crankshaft Ventilation (PCV) valve and passages may accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly, replace it with a new valve. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN THE OLD PCV VALVE! Check ventilation hose for indication of damage or plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.

Maintenance-Free Battery The top of the MAINTENANCE-FREE battery is perma- nently sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is periodic maintenance required. NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment behind the left front fender and is accessible without removing the tire and wheel. Remote battery terminals are located in the engine compartment for jump starting.



Battery posts, terminals and related accessories con- tain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after handling. Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution and can burn or even blind you. Don’t allow battery fluid to contact your eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t lean over a battery when attaching clamps. If acid splashes in eyes or on skin, flush the area immedi- ately with large amounts of water. Battery gas is flammable and explosive. Keep flame or sparks away from the battery. Don’t use a booster battery or any other booster source with an output greater than 12 volts. Don’t allow cable clamps to touch each other.

Battery Location

To access the battery, turn the steering wheel fully to the right and remove the inner fender shield.



It is essential when replacing the cables on the battery that the positive cable is attached to the positive post and the negative cable is attached to the negative post. Battery posts are marked positive (+) and negative (-) and identified on the battery case. Cable clamps should be tight on the terminal posts and free of corrosion. Apply grease to posts and clamps after tightening. If a “fast charger” is used while the battery is in the vehicle, disconnect both vehicle battery cables before connecting the charger to battery. Do not use a “fast charger” to provide starting voltage as battery damage can result.

Air Conditioner Check the air conditioning system at the start of the warm weather season. If your air conditioning performance seems NOTE: lower than expected, check the front of the A/C con- denser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with a gentle water spray from behind the radiator and

through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing air conditioning performance.


• Use only refrigerants and compressor lubricants approved by the manufacturer for your air condi- tioning system. Some unapproved refrigerants are flammable and can explode, injuring you. Other unapproved refrigerants or lubricants can cause the system to fail, requiring costly repairs. Refer to Section 3 of the Warranty Information book for further warranty information. • The air conditioning system contains refrigerant under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury or damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be done by an experienced repairman.

Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling R-134a Air Conditioning Refrigerant is a hydrofluorocar- bon (HFC) that is endorsed by the Environmental Pro- tection Agency and is an ozone-saving product. How- ever, the manufacturer recommends that air conditioning service be performed by dealers or other service facilities using recovery and recycling equipment. NOTE: Use only manufacturer approved A/C System Sealers, Stop Leak Products, Seal Conditioners, Compres- sor Oil, or Refrigerants. Power Steering — Fluid Check Checking the power steering fluid level at a defined service interval is not required. The fluid should only be checked if a leak is suspected, abnormal noises are apparent, and/or the system is not functioning as antici- pated. Coordinate inspection efforts through a certified “DaimlerChrysler Dealership”. Before removing the reservoir cap, wipe the outside of the cap and reservoir so that no dirt can fall into the reservoir.



Fluid level should be checked on a level surface with the engine off to prevent injury from moving parts, and to insure accurate fluid level reading. Do not overfill. Use only manufacturer’s recommended fluid.

Power Steering Fluid Reservoir


Fluid level should be maintained at the proper level indicated on the side of the reservoir. If necessary, add fluid to restore to the proper indicated level. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all surfaces. Refer to Fluids, Lubricants, and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. Suspension Ball Joints There are two upper front and rear suspension ball joints. Inspect these ball joints whenever under vehicle service is done. If the seals are damaged, the ball joint should be replaced. Body Mechanism Lubrication Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as seat tracks, doors, liftgate and hood hinges, should be lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy operation and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the appli- cation of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular attention should also be given to hood latching compo- nents to insure proper function. When performing other

underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated. Hood Latch When performing other under hood services, the hood latch release mechanism and safety catch should be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated. It is important to maintain proper lubrication to insure that the hood mechanisms work properly and safely. Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be ap- plied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas. External Lock Cylinders Lubricate the external lock cylinders twice a year, prefer- ably in the fall and spring. Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as Mopar Lock Cylinder Lubricant or equivalent directly into the lock cylinder (avoid excess lubricant). Insert the key into the lock cylinder and rotate from the unlocked to the locked position; without adding more lubricant. Repeat this procedure three or four times. Wipe all the lubricant off the key with a clean cloth, to avoid soiling clothing.

If you use a lubricant that cannot be dispensed directly into the lock cylinder, apply a small amount of the lubricant to the key. Insert the key into the lock cylinder, then proceed as described above, to distribute the lubri- cant within the lock cylinder. Pay attention to trunk hinges, especially during cold weather, to ensure ease of trunk operation. Other Body Mechanisms The following body mechanisms should be inspected and, if necessary, all pivot and sliding contact areas of these components should be lubricated with the lubricant specified as follows: Engine Oil • Door hinges • Hood hinges • Trunk hinges


Smooth White Body Lubricant - Such as Mopar Spray White Lube or equivalent: • Hood hinge springs and links • Lock cylinders • Parking brake mechanism • Trunk latches • Ash tray Windshield Wiper Blades Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a mild non abrasive cleaner. This will remove accumula- tions of salt or road film. Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt from a dry windshield. Avoid using the wiper blades to remove frost or ice from the windshield. Keep the blade rubber out of contact with petroleum products such as engine oil, gasoline, etc.


Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement • Lift the wiper arm away from the glass. • Push the release tab and slide the wiper blade assem- bly away from the wiper arm. Gently place the wiper arm on the windshield. • Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip

until it locks in place. Windshield Washers The fluid reservoir in the engine compartment should be checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the reservoir with windshield antifreeze (not radiator anti- freeze) rated not to freeze at -25°F (-31°C). Operate the system for a few seconds to flush out the residual water.

Washer Fluid Reservoir


Commercially available windshield washer solvents are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care must be exercised when filling or working around the washer solution.

Exhaust System The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust system. If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system; or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle; or when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged; have a competent mechanic inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams or loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubri- cation or oil change. Replace as required.



Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can make you unconscious and can eventually poison you. To avoid breathing CO, fol- low the preceding safety tips.


Cooling System


• When working near the radiator cooling fan, dis- connect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition switch to the OFF position. The fan is controlled by both the temperature of the engine cooling system and the pressure in the air conditioning system and can start at any time the ignition switch is in the ON position. • You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant or steam from your radiator. If you see or hear steam coming from under the hood, don’t open the hood until the radiator has had time to cool. Never try to open a cooling system pressure cap when the radiator is hot.

Coolant Checks Check engine coolant (antifreeze) protection every 12
months (before the onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If coolant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant. Check the front of the radiator for any accumu- lation of bugs, leaves, etc. If dirty, clean by gently spraying water from a garden hose vertically down the face of the condenser. Check the coolant recovery bottle tubing for brittle rub- ber, cracking, tears, cuts and tightness of the connection at the bottle and radiator. Inspect the entire system for leaks. Cooling System — Drain, Flush and Refill At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules, the system should be drained, flushed and refilled. If the solution is dirty or contains a considerable amount of sediment, clean and flush with a reliable cooling system cleaner. Follow with a thorough rinsing to remove all deposits and chemicals. Properly dispose of old antifreeze solution.

Selection Of Coolant Use only the manufacturer’s recommended coolant, refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct coolant type.


Mixing of coolants other than specified HOAT en- gine coolants, may result in engine damage and may decrease corrosion protection. If a non-HOAT cool- ant is introduced into the cooling system in an emergency, it should be replaced with the specified coolant as soon as possible. Do not use plain water alone or alcohol base engine coolant (antifreeze) products. Do not use additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator engine coolant and may plug the radiator. This vehicle has not been designed for use with Propylene Glycol based coolants. Use of Propylene Glycol based coolants is not recommended.


Adding Coolant Your vehicle has been built with an improved engine coolant that allows extended maintenance intervals. This coolant can be used up to 5 Years or 100,000 miles before replacement. To prevent reducing this extended mainte- nance period, it is important that you use the same coolant throughout the life of your vehicle. Please review these recommendations for using Hybrid Organic Addi- tive Technology (HOAT) coolant. When adding coolant, a minimum solution of 50% rec- ommended Mopar Antifreeze/ Coolant 5 Year/100,000
Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technol- ogy), or equivalent, in water should be used. Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if temperatures below ⫺34°F (⫺37°C ) are anticipated. Use only high purity water such as distilled or deionized water when mixing the water/engine coolant solution. The use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.


Please note that it is the owner’s responsibility to main- tain the proper level of protection against freezing ac- cording to the temperatures occurring in the area where the vehicle is operated. NOTE: Mixing coolant types will decrease the life of the engine coolant and will require more frequent coolant changes. Cooling System Pressure Cap The cap must be fully tightened to prevent loss of coolant, and to insure that coolant will return to the radiator from the coolant recovery bottle. The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.


• The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the cooling system pressure cap are a safety pre- caution. Never add coolant when the engine is overheated. Do not loosen or remove the cap to cool an overheated engine. Heat causes pressure to build up in the cooling system. To prevent scalding or injury, do not remove the pressure cap while the system is hot or under pressure. • Do not use a pressure cap other than the one specified for your vehicle. Personal injury or engine damage may result.

Disposal of Used Engine Coolant Used ethylene glycol based engine coolant is a regulated substance requiring proper disposal. Check with your local authorities to determine the disposal rules for your community. To prevent ingestion by animals or children do not store ethylene glycol based engine coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in puddles on the

ground. If ingested by a child, contact a physician immediately. Clean up any ground spills immediately. Coolant Level The coolant bottle provides a quick visual method for determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the engine off and cold, the level of the coolant in the bottle should be between the ranges indicated on the bottle. The radiator normally remains completely full, so there is no need to remove the radiator cap unless checking for coolant freeze point or replacing coolant. Advise your service attendant of this. As long as the engine operating temperature is satisfactory, the coolant bottle need only be checked once a month. Heater performance may also be adversely affected by low coolant levels. When additional coolant is needed to maintain the proper level, it should be added to the coolant bottle. Do not overfill. Special procedures are required when filling the engine cooling system of the 2.7L Engine. See your authorized dealer for details.


Points To Remember NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles (a few kilometers) of operation, you may observe vapor coming from the front of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of moisture from rain, snow, or high humidity accumulating on the radiator and being vapor- ized when the thermostat opens, allowing hot coolant to enter the radiator. If an examination of your engine compartment shows no evidence of radiator or hose leaks, the vehicle may be safely driven. The vapor will soon dissipate. • Do not overfill the coolant recovery bottle. • Check coolant freeze point in the radiator and in the coolant recovery bottle. If antifreeze needs to be added, contents of coolant recovery bottle must also be protected against freezing. • If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the level in the coolant recovery bottle does not drop when the engine cools, the cooling system should be pres- sure tested for leaks.


• Maintain coolant concentration at 50% HOAT engine coolant (minimum) and distilled water for proper corrosion protection of your engine which contains aluminum components. • Make sure that the radiator and coolant recovery bottle overflow hoses are not kinked or obstructed. • Keep the front of the radiator clean. If your vehicle is equipped with air conditioning, keep the front of the condenser clean, also. • Do not change the thermostat for summer or winter operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may result in unsatisfactory coolant performance, poor gas mileage, and increased emissions.

Hoses and Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots, brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rub- ber.

Pay particular attention to those hoses nearest to high heat sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or moving component that may cause heat damage or mechanical wear. Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or collapsed. Inspect all hose connections such as clamps and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks are present. Components should be replaced immedi- ately if there is any evidence of degradation that could cause failure. Brakes In order to assure brake system performance, all brake system components should be inspected periodically. Suggested service intervals can be found in section 8.


Riding the brakes can lead to brake failure and possibly an accident. Driving with your foot resting or riding on the brake pedal can result in abnormally high brake temperatures, excessive lining wear, and possible brake damage. You may not have your full braking capacity in an emergency.

Brake and Power Steering System Hoses When servicing the vehicle for scheduled maintenance, inspect surface of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasion, and excessive swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular attention should be made to examining those hose sur- faces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks are present. Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or collapsed.


NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are used during assembly plant opera- tions to ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. There- fore, oil wetness at the hose-coupling area is not neces- sarily an indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot fluid when systems are under pressure (during vehicle operation) should be noted before hose is replaced based on leakage. Inspection of brake hoses should be done NOTE: whenever the brake system is serviced and every engine oil change.


Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure. You could have an accident. If you see any signs of cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake hoses replaced immediately.


Master Cylinder The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked when performing under hood services, or immediately if the brake system warning lamp shows system failure.

Brake Fluid Reservoir

Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before removing the cap. If necessary, fill brake fluid reservoir to the top of the fill mark chevron. With disc brakes, fluid level can be expected to fall as the brake pads wear. However, low fluid level may be caused by a leak and a checkup may be needed.

Use only manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid, refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.


Use of a brake fluid that has a lower initial boiling point than MOPAR DOT 3 Brake Fluid or that is unidentified as to DOT FMVSS specification may result in sudden brake failure during hard or pro- longed braking. You could have an accident.


Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the brake fluid catching fire.

Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed container to avoid contamination from foreign matter.

Do not allow petroleum base fluid to contaminate the brake fluid as seal damage will result! Fuel System Hoses Electronic Fuel Injection high pressure fuel systems are designed with hoses and clamps which have unique material characteristics to provide adequate sealing and resist attack by deteriorated gasoline. You are urged to use only manufacturer specified hoses and clamps, or their equivalent in material and specifi- cation, in any fuel system servicing. It is mandatory to replace all clamps that have been loosened or removed during service. Care should be taken in installing new clamps to insure they are properly torqued. Automatic Transmission Your front wheel drive vehicle has a transmission and differential assembly contained within a single housing. This is referred to as a “Transaxle.”


Selection of Lubricant It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the transmission to assure optimum transmission perfor- mance. Use only manufacturers recommended transmis- sion fluid, refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. It is important that the transmission fluid be maintained at the prescribed level using the recommended fluid.


Using a transmission fluid other than the manufac- turers recommended fluid may cause deterioration in transmission shift quality and/or torque converter shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than the manufacturers recommended fluid will result in more frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.


Procedure For Checking Fluid Level The fluid level in the automatic transaxle should be checked whenever the vehicle is serviced. Operation with an improper fluid level will greatly reduce the life of the transaxle and of the fluid. To properly check the automatic transaxle fluid level, the following procedure must be used: • The vehicle must be on level ground. • The engine should be running at curb idle speed for a minimum of 60 seconds. • Fully apply parking brake. • Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear • Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until seated. • If the fluid is cold (80°F / 27°C), the reading should be in the cross hatched area marked “COLD” (between the lower two holes in the dipstick).

position ending with the lever in P (PARK).

Remove dipstick and note reading.

• If the fluid is hot (180°F / 82°C), the reading should be in the cross hatched area marked ”HOT” (between the upper two holes in the dipstick). • If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmis-

sion fluid to bring to the proper level.


Do not overfill. Dirt and water in the transaxle can cause serious damage. To prevent dirt and water from entering the transaxle after checking or replen- ishing fluid, make certain that the dipstick cap is seated properly.

Fluid and Filter Changes Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be changed as follows: Maintenance schedule “A” — No change necessary. Maintenance schedule “B” — Every 60,000 miles (96 000
km) change fluid and filter under the following condi- tions:

• Police, taxi, limousine, commercial type operation, or trailer towing where the vehicle is driven regularly for more than 45 minutes of continuous operation.

NOTE: Refer to Section 8 of this manual for mainte- nance schedules. If the transaxle is disassembled for any reason, the fluid and filter should be changed. Special Additives TThe manufacture strongly recommends against the ad- dition of any additives to the transaxle. The only excep- tion to this policy is the use of special dyes to aid in detecting fluid leaks. The use of transmission sealers should be avoided as they may adversely affect seals. Fluid Level Check Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug. The fluid level should be between the bottom of the fill hole and a point not more than 4.0 mm below the bottom of the hole. Add fluid, if necessary, to maintain the proper level. Frequency of Fluid Change Under normal operating conditions, the fluid installed at the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of


the vehicle. Fluid changes are not necessary unless the lubricant has become contaminated with water. If con- taminated with water, the fluid should be changed im- mediately. Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion

Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion Vehicle body care requirements vary according to geo- graphic locations and usage. Chemicals that make roads passable in snow and ice, and those that are sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons, are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants, road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and under- body protection. The following maintenance recommendations will enable you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion resistance built into your vehicle.


What Causes Corrosion? Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of paint and protective coatings from your vehicle. The most common causes are: • Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation. • Stone and gravel impact. • Insects, tree sap and tar. • Salt in the air near seacoast localities. • Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants. Washing • Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your ve- hicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and rinse the panels completely with clear water. • If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumu- • Use Mopar auto polish or equivalent to remove road film and stains and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to scratch the paint.

lated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.

• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint finish.


Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials such as steel wool or scouring powder, which will scratch metal and painted surfaces.

Special Care • If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once a month. • It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors, rocker panels and rear deck lid be kept clear and open. • If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint, touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.

• Use Mopar touch up paint or equivalent on scratches or chips as soon as possible. Your dealer has touch up paint to match the color of your vehicle. • If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or similar cause which destroys the paint and protective coating have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibil- ity of the owner. • Aluminum wheels should be cleaned regularly with mild soap and water to prevent corrosion. To remove heavy soil, select a non abrasive, non acidic cleaner. Do not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid auto- matic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh brushes that may damage the wheels’ protective fin- ish. • Your painted and chrome aluminum wheels should be treated as you would treat the finish on your car. Always use a soft non-abrasive cloth with a mild dish washing soap and water when cleaning your wheels. Never use scouring pads, steel wool or a bristle brush.


Never use cleaners that contain acid, oven cleaners or any abrasive metal cleaner as they will cause perma- nent staining and/or corrosion. • If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers, deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well packaged and sealed. • If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider

mud or stone shields behind each wheel.

Interior Care Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner or equivalent to clean fabric upholstery and carpeting. Use Mopar Vinyl Cleaner or equivalent to clean vinyl or leather upholstery. Mopar Vinyl Cleaner or equivalent is specifically recom- mended for vinyl trim. Use mild (Ivory Flake) solution or equivalent to clean all surfaces. Wipe with clear water and soft (lint free) cloth. Do not use cleaners, conditioners and protectants con- taining silicon or bleach as these may cause gloss level increases and/or discoloration.


You should not increase the gloss level, especially on top of the instrument panel top surface. Higher gloss levels will increase the reflectivity in the windshield that could decrease visibility under bright light driving conditions.


Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes. Many are potentially flammable, and if used in closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.

Leather Seat Care and Cleaning


Never use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia based cleaners to clean the leather. The leather has already been pretreated. The application of any leather conditioner may damage the factory applied top coat.

Leather is best preserved by regular cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt can act as an abrasive and damage the leather surface and should be removed immediately with a damp cloth. Stubborn soils can be removed easily with a soft cloth and Mopar Total Clean or equivalent. Care should be taken to avoid soaking the leather with any liquid. Cleaning Headlights Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights. Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore different lens cleaning procedures must be followed. To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution fol- lowed by rinsing. Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.

Glass Surfaces All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis with any commercial household-type glass cleaner. Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instru- ments which may scratch the elements. Instrument Panel Cover The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use protectants or other products which may cause undesir- able reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the low glare surface. Cleaning Wood Trim Your vehicle’s wood trim requires no specific mainte- nance. Your wood trim can be cleaned as needed using regularly available automotive interior cleaning and pro- tecting products. Using a mild soap and water solution is also acceptable. Excess cleaning materials should be wiped dry with a soft terry cloth. Any harsh detergents, abrasives, abrasive cleaners, cleansers, or chemicals should be avoided, as these will damage the wood trim.


Cleaning Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses The lenses in front of the instruments in this vehicle are molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic. • Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp rag.

• Dry with a soft tissue. Seat Belt Maintenance Do not bleach, dye or clean the belts with chemical solvents or abrasive cleaners. This will weaken the fabric. Sun damage will also weaken the fabric. If the belts need cleaning, use a mild soap solution or lukewarm water. Do not remove the belts from the vehicle to wash them. Replace the belts if they appear frayed or worn or if the buckles do not work properly.


CONVERTIBLE TOP CARE Immediate removal of any contaminant is recommended. Regular washing of the top will enhance its life and appearance, and make successive cleanings easier. Do not subject the top to excessive heat. Frequently vacuum the top and storage compartment. Washing Hand washing is highly recommended. Automatic car washing equipment can damage the top material. If you must use an automatic car wash, soft cloth systems are preferred.


Avoid high pressure car washes, as they can damage the top material. Also, increased water pressure may force water past the weather strips.

General Cleaning Careful vacuuming of the top before washing is helpful in removing dust and other foreign particles. Wash in partial shade instead of direct sun. Wet the entire vehicle before washing the top. The top should be washed with a soft, natural bristle scrub brush, and a mild soap solution such as liquid dish washing soap. Do not use detergent.


Never use an abrasive type cleaner or bleaches. Cleaners should not contain silicones, organic sol- vents, petroleum distillates or plasticizers. always wait until the top is thoroughly dry before lowering it into the storage area.

Scrub in all directions, covering an area of about two square feet at a time. Avoid heavy scrubbing. Rinse the entire vehicle with water to remove all soap and dirt from the top fabric and to prevent streaking on painted and chrome surfaces. Allow the top to dry before lowering.



Avoid getting Scotchguard威 on the surrounding weather strips, moldings, paint, or glass. Damage to these items might occur.

Weather Strip Care Lubricate all top and door glass weather strips periodi- cally with Mopar Weather Strip Lubricant (part number 4773427), to keep them soft and pliable.

Vacuuming the top with a wet/dry shop vacuum will decrease the top’s drying time, ensure removal of all dirt, and delete streaks in the material. Multiple cleanings may be necessary to remove stubborn stains. If stains persist, contact your local dealership for further sugges- tions. Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure For additional cleaning assistance in removing stubborn stains, apply Mopar Convertible Cloth Top Cleaner # 4883061 to the complete stain, extending 2 inches (50
mm) beyond the stain. With a soft bristle brush, scrub in all directions over the stain. Avoid heavy scrubbing. Rinse the area with warm water. If the stain is still apparent, repeat the cleaning procedure. When the stain is no longer showing, rinse the complete top with warm water. Let the top dry before lowering it. Cloth Top Protection For appearance purposes, you may wish to protect your Twillfast™ (cloth) top periodically. A fabric protectant such as Scotchguard威 is suggested. The top should be clean and dry before application of the protectant.



Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center)

A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine compartment, near the air cleaner. This information ap- plies to vehicles built without the fuse and relay num- bering embossed on the Power Distribution Center Top Cover. Interior Fuses

Fuse Panel Cover

The fuse access panel is behind the end cover at the left side of the instrument panel. To remove the panel, pull it out, as shown.

Power Distribution Center


Circuit Blower Motor

Fuse 30 Amp Green 10 Amp Red Right High Beam Head- light, High Beam Indica- tor


10 Amp Red Left High Beam Head-

15 Amp Blue

light Power Door Lock Switch Illumination, Power Top Switch, Transmission Range Switch, Daytime Running Light Module (Canada), Power Win- dows, Anti-lock Brake System Module



Fuse 10 Amp Red Power Door Lock and


Door Lock Arm/Disarm Switches, Vanity, Read- ing, Map, Rear Seating, Ignition, and Trunk Lights, Illuminated Entry, Radio, Power Antenna, Data Link Connector, Body Control Module, Power Amplifier

10 Amp Red Heated Rear Window

20 Amp Yel- low

20 Amp Yel- low 15 Amp Blue 20 Amp Yel- low

Indicator Instrument cluster illumi- nation, Park and tail Lights Power Receptacle, Horns, Ignition, Fuel, Start Power Door Lock Motors (Body Control Module) Daytime Running Light Module (Canada)


Cavity 11





Fuse 10 Amp Red Instrument Cluster,


Transmission Control, Park/Neutral Switch, Body Control Module

Right Low Beam Head- light, Fog Light Switch

10 Amp Red Left Low beam Headlight 20 Amp Yel- low 10 Amp Red Radio 10 Amp Red Turn Signal and Hazard Flashers, Wiper Switch, Seat Belt Control Module, Wiper Relays, Rear Win- dow Defroster Relay

10 Amp Red Airbag Control Module Airbag Control Module 10 Amp Power Seat Switch, Re- 20 Amp C/BRKR mote Trunk Release Power Windows 30 Amp C/BRKR


When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a properly rated fuse continues to blow, it shows a problem in the circuit that must be corrected.

VEHICLE STORAGE If you are leaving your vehicle dormant for more than 21
days you may want to take steps to protect your battery. You may: • Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. • Anytime you store your vehicle, or keep it out of service (i.e. vacation) for two weeks or more, run the air conditioning system at idle for about five minutes in the fresh air and high blower setting. This will insure adequate system lubrication to minimize the possibility of compressor damage when the system is started again.


LIGHT BULBS — Interior Bulb Number Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 194
ABS Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 161
Fog Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 161
Floor Console, Courtesy Light, Door Courtesy Light, Trunk Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562
Climate Control Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Traction Control Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC161

LIGHT BULBS — Exterior Bulb Number Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9007
Park/Turn Signal (Front) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157A Side/Marker (Front) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Turn Signal (Rear) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3757A Fog Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 880L Center Stop Light (CHMSL) . . . . . . Dealer Service Item Tail/Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157
Tail Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W3W/2821
Back Up Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W16W/921
License Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W/2825



Headlight Bulb Replacement

1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight mount- ing screws.

2. Remove the push-in fasteners by prying under the head of the fasteners with a flat bladed tool.


3. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the fender as shown in the picture. This will free the ball stud from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assem- bly away from the vehicle.

4. Turn the retaining ring counterclockwise and remove the bulb and socket assembly.


6. If the bulb comes in contact with any oily surface, clean the bulb with rubbing alcohol. 7. Reinsert the bulb and socket assembly and turn the retaining ring clockwise to secure the bulb. 8. Reinstall the headlight assembly. Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb Replacement

1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight assem- bly mounting screws. Pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle.

5. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace the bulb.


Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil contamination will severely shorten bulb life.


2. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the fender as shown in the picture. This will free the ball stud from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assem- bly away from the vehicle.

3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove the bulb and socket assembly.

4. Pull the bulb out of the socket, replace the bulb, and reinstall the bulb and socket to the headlight assembly. Reinstall the headlight assembly.

Fog Light Bulb Replacement

1. Remove the screw securing the light assembly to the front fascia.


4. Turn the bulb and socket assembly counterclockwise to remove it from the housing.

2. Pull the bulb and socket assembly away from the vehicle to expose the bulb and socket assembly. 3. Disconnect the wiring connector from the bulb and socket assembly.

5. Install the new bulb and socket assembly, reattach the wiring connector, and reinstall the fog light assembly. Center Stoplight Bulb Replacement You may wish to see your dealer for service of this light. A detailed service procedure is contained in the manu- facturer’s Service Manual. Information on purchasing a Service Manual can be found at the back of this Owner’s Manual.


Rear Light Bulb Replacement

1. Open the trunk and pull the trunk liner away to expose the wiring connector and light housing plastic retainers.

2. Disconnect the wiring connector as shown and re- move the plastic retainers. Remove the light housing from the vehicle. 3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the housing. Remove the bulb and reinstall the bulb and socket assembly. 4. Reinstall the light housing and reconnect the wiring connector. Push the trunk liner back into place.

License Plate Bulb Replacement



1. Locate both small slots on the outboard side of the license lamp. Using a small screwdriver, remove the entire housing. 2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the housing. Pull the bulb out of the socket. Replace the bulb and snap it back into place on the housing of the chrome appliqué. Headlight Aiming The headlights on your new vehicle were aimed at the factory. The factory setting was made at a no load setting. A great increase in weight will change the aiming and it may be necessary to readjust the headlights if carrying an excessive amount of weight in the trunk, rear seats or pulling a trailer. To readjust the headlights first mark the position of the headlights on a wall prior to loading the vehicle. Load the vehicle and then readjust the headlights to the original position. If any further adjustments are necessary contact your manufacturer’s dealer. A detailed service procedure is contained in the manufacturer’s Service Manual. Information on purchasing a Service Manual can be found at the back of this Owner’s Manual.

Fuel (approximate) 2.4 and 2.7 Liter Engines (87 Oc-


Engine Oil-With Filter 2.4 and 2.7 Liter Engines (Refer to the engine oil fill cap for the

correct SAE grade)

Cooling System *

2.4 Liter Engines* (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/ 100,000 Mile Formula) or


2.7 Liter Engines (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/ 100,000 Mile Formula) or


* Includes 1 qt. for coolant tank.



16 Gal-


5 qts.

8 qts.

9.5 qts.

61 Liters

4.7 Li- ters

7.5 Li- ters

9.0 Li- ters



Engine Component Engine Coolant

Engine Oil

Spark Plugs

Oil Filter (2.4L Engine) Oil Filter (2.7L Engine) Fuel Selection

Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Or- ganic Additive Technology) or equivalent. Use API Certified engine oil. SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 are recommended. Refer to the engine oil fill cap for the correct SAE grade meeting DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395. Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label under the engine hood. Mopar威 Oil Filter (P/N 4105409) or equivalent. Mopar威 Oil Filter (P/N 5281090) or equivalent. 87 Octane

Chassis Component Automatic Transaxle Brake Master Cylinder

Power Steering Reservoir

Steering Gear & Linkage, Ball Joints, Prop Shafts & Yokes, Wheel Bearings


Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid. Mopar威 DOT 3, SAE J1703 should be used. If DOT 3, SAE J1703 brake fluid is not available, then DOT 4 is acceptable. Use only recommended brake flu- ids. Mopar威 Power Steering Fluid + 4, Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid. Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lubricant NLGI Grade 2 or equivalent.



䡵 Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . 262
䡵 Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262

▫ Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
▫ Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273



EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold type must be done at the times or mileages specified to assure the continued proper functioning of the emission control system. These, and all other maintenance services included in this manual, should be done to provide best vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent main- tenance may be needed for vehicles in severe operating conditions such as dusty areas and very short trip driving. Inspection and service also should be done any time a malfunction is suspected. NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and systems on your vehicle may be performed by any automotive repair establish- ment or individual using any automotive part which has been certified pursuant to U.S. EPA or, in the State of California, California Air Resources Board regulations.


There are two maintenance schedules that show the required service for your vehicle. First is Schedule “B”. It is for vehicles that are operated under the conditions that are listed below and at the beginning of the schedule. • Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C). • Stop and go driving. • Extensive engine idling. • Driving in dusty conditions. • Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km). • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high • Trailer towing.〫 • Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).〫 • Off-road or desert operation. • If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)

speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).


If ANY of these apply to you then change your NOTE: engine oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule B of the “Maintenance Schedules” section of this manual. If ANY of these apply to you then flush and NOTE: replace the engine coolant every 100,000 miles (160,000
km) or 60 months, whichever comes first, and follow schedule B of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual. NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions listed for Schedule ⬙B⬙. Second is Schedule “A”. It is for vehicles that are not operated under any of the conditions listed under Sched- ule ⬙B⬙. Use the schedule that best describes your driving condi- tions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the interval that occurs first. NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first.



Failure to perform the required maintenance items may result in damage to the vehicle.

At Each Stop for Fuel • Check the engine oil level about 5 minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accu- racy of the oil level reading. Add oil only when the level is at or below the ADD or MIN mark. • Check the windshield washer solvent and add if



Once a Month • Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or • Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals • Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake

as required.

master cylinder, and transaxle and add as needed.


• Check all lights and all other electrical items for correct • Check rubber seals on each side of the radiator for


proper fit.

At Each Oil Change • Change the engine oil filter. • Inspect the exhaust system. • Inspect the brake linings, hoses and calipers. • Inspect the CV joints and front and rear suspension


• Check the automatic transmission fluid level. • Check the brake master cylinder fluid level. • Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps. In 2.7L Engines equipped with Flex Fuel Engine NOTE: (FFV), change engine oil every 5 months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. This applies to both Maintenance Schedule A and B.

SCHEDULE “B” Follow schedule “B” if you usually operate your vehicle under one or more of the following conditions. Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 60,000
miles (96 000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated under one or more of the conditions marked with an 〫. • Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C). • Stop and go driving. • Extensive engine idling. • Driving in dusty conditions. • Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km). • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high • Trailer towing.〫

speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).



• Taxi, police or delivery service (commercial ser- • Off-road or desert operation. • If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)


If ANY of these apply to you then change your NOTE: engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual. IF ANY of these apply to you then flush and NOTE: replace the engine coolant every 100,000 miles (160,000
km) or 60 months, whichever comes first, and follow schedule B of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.


Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not replaced at 3 months. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Rotate the tires.

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Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not replaced at 3 months. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if re- quired.* Replace the air cleaner filter. Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if re- quired. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. * Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. Rotate the tires.

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Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not replaced at 3 months. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Rotate the tires.

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Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not re- placed at 3 months. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if neces- sary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, ro-