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General Motors Corporation


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0 Copyright 1992 General Motors Corporation, Pontiac Division. All rights reserved.


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Using Your 1993 Pontiac Owner’s Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. This will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly.


There are nine parts with color-tabbed pages in this manual. Each part begins with a brief list of contents, so you can usually tell at a glance if that part contains the information you want. You can bend the manual slightly to reveal the color tabs that help you find a part.


Part 1: Seats and Safety Belts This part tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. Part 2: Features & Controls This part explains how to start and operate your Pontiac. Part 3: Comfort Controls & Audio Systems This part tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system.


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Part 7: Maintenance Schedule This part tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. Part 8: Customer Assistance Information This part tells you how to contact Pontiac for assistance and how to get service publications. It also gives you information on Reporting Safety Defects.


Part 9: Index Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject that’s in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read. Service Station Information: This is a quick reference of service information. You can find it on the last page of this manual.


Using bur 1993 Pontiac Owner’s Manual (CONT.) Part 4: Your Driving and the Road Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions. Part 5: Problems on the Road This part tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or engine overheating. Part 6: Service & Appearance Care Here the manual tells you how to keep your Pontiac running properly and looking good.


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Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use yellow and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you-if you were to ignore the warning. I bAU I I U I V


These mean there is something L that could hurt you or other people.


In the yellow caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or others could be hurt.


You will also find a red circle with a Also, slash through it in this book. This safety blue notices: symbol means:


in this book you will find these


Vehicle Damage Warnings


Don’t Don’t do this Don’t let this happen


These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.


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


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Vehicle Symbols These are some of the symbols you will find on your vehicle. For example, these symbols are used on an original battery:


Caution Possible injury A Protect Eyes by Shielding @


Caustic Battery Acid Could Cause Burns


Avoid Spark or Flames


Sparks or Flame Could Explode Battery


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


These symbols have to do with your lights:


Fasten Safety Belts


Door LocWUnlock


Master Lighting Switch


Turn Signal Direction


Hazard Warning Flashers


Headlight High Beam


Parking Lights


Fog Lights


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These symbols are on some of your controls:


Windshield Wipers


Ventilating Fan


Windshield Washer


Headlight Washers


Power Window


Windshield Defroster


Rear Window Defogger [email protected]


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


L I a Engine Coolant


Temperature


Battery Charging System


Fuel


Engine Oil Pressure


Brake


Anti-Lock Brakes


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Here are some other symbols you may see:


Fuse


Trunk Release


Lighter


Horn


Speaker


Hood Release


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Part 1 Seats & Safety Belts


H e r e youW find information about the seats in your Pontiac. your Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (“air bag”) system and how to use your safety belts properly . You can also learn about some things you should not do with safety belts .


Seats and Seat Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 SafetyBelts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .................................... 18 Driver Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Supplemental Inflatable Restraint System (Air Bag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Right Front Passenger Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Center Passenger Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Rear Seat Passengers 31 Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Smaller Children and Babies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 LargerChildren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


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Manual Front Seat


A You can lose control of the


1 vehicle if you try to adjust a


manual driver's seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you don't want to. Adjust the driver's seat only when the vehicle is not moving.


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


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


'9 Tilts the rear of the seat up or Ad Tilts the front of the seat up or


down.


down.


Power Seat (OPTION) To adjust the power seat on some models: Front Control (A): Raise the front of the seat by holding the switch up. Lower the front of the seat by holding the switch down. Center Control (B): Move the seat forward or back by holding the control to the right or left. Move the seat higher by holding the control up. Lower the seat by holding the control down. Rear Control (C): Raise the rear of the seat by holding the switch up. Lower the rear of the seat by holding the switch down.


Adjustable Suppot Seat (omoN) On some models, you'll find the controls on the center console. Slide the selector switch to L or R to choose the front seat you want to adjust. JbAdjusts


the seat forward or back.


AJ Adjusts the seat up or down.


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4 Adjusts the seatback to an upright reclined position. Don't have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.


Adjusts the position of the seatback side bolsters.


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Adjustable Support Seat (CONTJ Lumbar Controls


I Reshapes the lower back area of


the seat.


d. Reshapes the middle back area of n & Reshapes the upper back area of


the seat.


the seat.


Manual Reclining Seatback (OPTION) Lift the lever to release the seatback, then tilt the seatback forward or backward, as desired. Release the lever to lock the seatback in place. But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.


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L Sitting in a reclined position I Len your vehicle motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can’t do their job when you’re reclined like this. The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash you could go into receiving neck or other injuries. ne lap belt can’t do its job either. In a crash the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic (Cantinued)


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- )ones. This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in the seat and wear your safety belt properly.


Head Restraints Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ears. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. On some models, you can also adjust the head restraint by tilting the pad forward or rearward.


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They’re For Everyone


This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. And it explains the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint, or “air bag” system.


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Safety Belts: Zley ’re For Everyone (Cont.)


L Don’t let anyone ride where they can’t wear a safety belt properly. If you are in a crash and you’re not wearing a safety belt, your injuries can be much worse. You can hit things inside the vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously injured or killed. In the same crash, you might not be if you are buckled up. Always %ten your safety belt, and check


at your passengers’ belts are


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This figure lights up when you turn the key to Run or Start when your safety belt isn’t buckled, and you’ll hear a chime, too. It’s the reminder to buckle up. In many states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work.


You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you don’t know if it will be a bad one. A few crashes are very mild. In them, you won’t get hurt even if you’re not buckled up. And some crashes can be so serious, like being hit by a train, that even buckled up a person wouldn’t survive. But most crashes are in between. In many of them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could be badly hurt or killed. After 25 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter. . . a lot!


Why Safety Belfs Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. 1. For example, if the bike is going


10 mph (16 kmlh), so is the child.


2. When the bike hits the block, it


stops. But the child keeps going!


3. Take the simplest ‘‘car.’ ’ Suppose


it’s just a seat on wheels.


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Why Safety Belts Work (CONI) 4. Put someone on it.


5. Get it up to speed. Then stop the


“car.” The rider doesn’t stop.


6. The person keeps going until


stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield.. .


7. or the instrument panel.. .


8. or the safety belts!


With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. That’s why safety belts make such good sense.


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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts- and the Answers Q: Won’t 1 be trapped in the vehicle


after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


A: You could be-whether you’re


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


Q: Why don’t they just put in air


bags so people won’t have to wear safety belts?


A: “Air bags,” or Supplemental


Inflatable Restraint systems, are in some vehicles today and will be in more of them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only-so they work with safety belts, not instead of them. Every “air bag’’ system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you’re in a vehicle that has “air bags,” you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. That’s true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions.


Q: If I’m a good driver, and I never


drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts?


A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident-even one that isn’t your fault-you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver doesn’t protect you from things beyond your control, such as bad drivers. Most accidents occur within 25 miles (440 h) of home. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h). Safety belts are for everyone.


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Satiety Belt Reminder Light When the key is turned to Run or Start, a light will come on for about eight seconds to remind people to fasten their safety belts. Unless the driver’s safety belt is buckled, a chime will also sound.


w How to Wear Safety Belts


Properly-Adults This section is only for people of adult size.


Driver Position This section describes the driver’s restraint system.


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


LapShoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat (to see how, see the Index under Seat Controls) so you can sit up straight.


3. Pick up the latch plate and pull the


belt across you. Don’t let it get twisted.


4. Push the latch plate into the buckle


until it clicks.


If the belt isn’t long enough, see the Index under Safety Belt Extender. Make sure the release button on the buckle faces upward or outward so you would be able to unbuckle it quickly if you ever had to.


The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or crash.


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Lap-Shoulder Belt (CONTI Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster You can move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you.


To move it up or down, squeeze the release handle. When you release the handle, try to move it down a little to make sure it has locked into position. You can move the adjuster up from a lower position by pushing the bottom of the release handle.


Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is properly positioned on your shoulder, away from your face and neck. To help you find a height that is right for you, follow these guidelines: For a Tall Person: Use the upper or upper-middle position. For a Person of Average Height: Use a position somewhere in the middle. For a Short Person: Use the lower or lower-middle position.


Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won’t give nearly as much protection place. this way.


your shoulder belt is too wrong place like this. loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much; which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body.


Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The belt is buckled in the wrong


You can be serio your belt is buck


musly injured if ;led in the In a crasn, ’ abdomen. The belt forces would the belt would go up be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.


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Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The shoulder belt is worn under the


arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times.


You can be seriously injured if


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


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To unlatch the belt. just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle.


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Supplemental Znjlatable Restraint System (Air Bag) This section explains the driver’s Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) or “air bag” system. Your Pontiac may have an air bag for the driver and for the right-front passenger.


!ap-Shoulder Belt (CONI) 2: What’s wrong with this? 4: The belt is twisted across the body.


You MLI~ be seriously injured ky a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it.


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Your Pontiac may have the right-front passenger’s SIR option. If your vehicle has an air bag for the right-front passenger, it will say SIR on the instrument panel above the glove box.


Here are the Most Important Things to Know:


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Even with an air bag, if you’re not wearing a safety belt


you.re in a crash, your injuries may be much worse. Air bags are “not designed to inflate in rollovers or in rear, side or low-speed frontal crashes. You need to wear your safety belt to reduce the chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it. Always wear your safety belt, even with an air bag.


Air bags inflate with great force, faster than the blink of


an eye. If you’re too close to an inflating air bag, it could seriously injure you. Safety belts help keep you in position for an air bag inflation in a crash. Always wear your safety belt, even with an air bag, and sit as far back as you can while still maintaining control of your vehicle.


A An inflating air bag can


- seriously injure small


children. Always secure children properly in your vehicle. To read how, see the Children and Safe9 Belts section of this manual, and read the caution label on the front passenger’s safety belt.


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How the Air Bag System Works Q: Where is the air bag? A: The driver’s air bag is in the middle


of the steering wheel.


Air Bag System Light There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows INFLATABLE RESTRAINT. The system checks itself and the light tells you if there is a problem. You will see this light flash for a few seconds when you turn your ignition to Run or Start. Then the light should go out, which means the system is ready.


If the air bag readiness light


L b doesn’t come on when you t your vehicle, or stays on, or comes on when you are driving, your air bag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle serviced right away.


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If your vehicle has a right-front passenger air bag, it is located in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side.


d Q: When is an air bag expected to


inflate?


A: The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near- frontal crashes. The air bag will only inflate if the velocity of the impact is above the designed threshold level. When impacting straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level for most GM vehicles is between 9 and 14 mph (14 and 23 km/h). However, this velocity threshold depends on the vehicle design and may be several miles-per- hour faster or slower. In addition, this threshold velocity will be considerably higher if the vehicle strikes an object such as a parked car which will move and deform on impact. The air bag is also not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts, or rear impacts where the inflation would provide no occupant protection benefit. In any particular crash, the determination of whether the air bag


should have inflated cannot be based solely on the level of damage on the vehicle(s). Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration, of which vehicle damage is only one indication. Repair cost is not a good indicator of whether an air bag should have deployed.


Q: What makes an air bag inflate? A: In a frontal impact of sufficient


severity, sensors strategically located on the vehicle detect that the vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result of a crash. These sensors complete an electrical circuit, triggering a chemical reaction of the sodium azide sealed in the inflator. The reaction produces nitrogen gas, which inflates the cloth bag. The inflator, cloth bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag inflator module packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the passenger if there is a passenger air bag.


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How the Air Bag System Works (CON X) Q: How does an air bag restrain? A: In moderate to severe frontal or


near-frontal collisions, even belted occilpants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But air bags would not provide protection in many types of collisions, including rollovers and rear and side impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward the air bag. Air bags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belt protection in moderate to severe frontal and near-frontal collisions.


Q: What will you see after an air bag


inflation?


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


air bag will have vented into the passenger compartment, and the bag will be deflated within seconds after the collision. Nitrogen makes up about 80% of the air we breathe and is not hazardous. As the nitrogen vents from the bag, small particles are also vented into the passenger compartment. In many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag, windshields may be broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may occur in vehicles with passenger air bags because the windshield acts as a reaction surface for the inflating air bag.


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Don’t attach anything to the steering wheel pad. It might injure the


b driver if the air bag inflates.


If your vehicle has the right-front passenger’s air bag, don’t set anything on or attach anything to the instrument panel. It might injure the passenger if the air bag inflates. The air bags are designed to inflate only once. After they inflate, you’ll need some new parts for your air bag system. If you don’t get them, the air bag system won’t be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include the air bag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual has information about the need to replace other parts. Let only qualified technicians work on your air bag system. Improper service can mean that your air bag system won’t work properly. See your dealer for service.


If you damage the cover for the right-front passenger’s air bag, it may not work properly. You may have to replace both the air bag and the instrument panel. Don’t open or break the air bag cover.


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Servicing Bur Pontiac with the Air Bag System Please tell or remind anyone who works on your Pontiac that it has the air bag system. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around your vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. The air bag system does not need regular maintenance. Your Pontiac dealer and the 1993 Bonneville Service Manual have information about the air bag system, including repair or disposal.


For up to two minutes after L b the ignition key is turned off and the battery disconnected, an air bag can still inflate during improper service. You can be injured if you are close to an air bag when it inflates. Be sure to follow the proper service procedures.


When electrical work is done under the hood or inside your vehicle, the ignition should be in LOCK, if possible. Avoid wires wrapped with yellow tape, or yellow connectors. They are probably part of the air bag system. If your vehicle has a driver’s air bag and a right-front passenger’s air bag, both bags must be disconnected if the ignition has to be on for electrical work Dr if the steering column is to be disassembled. First, disconnect the driver’s air bag like


this: . Turn off the ignition.


Remove the SIR (air bag) fuse (see the Index under Fuses & Circuit Breakers). Disconnect the yellow connector at the base of the steering column.


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After you follow this procedure for the driver’s air bag, then disconnect the right-front passenger’s air bag like this: Lower the passenger side hush panel under the glove box. Disconnect the yellow connector at the base of the instrument panel.


When the work is complete, if the air bag system was disconnected, be sure to reattach everything and replace the fuse before turning the ignition on. When you turn the ignition key on, be sure you see the inflatable restraint light on the instrument panel. If you don’t see this light flash and then go out as usual, have your air bag system repaired.


Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they-are more likely to be seriously injured if they don’t wear safety belts. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible throughout the pregnancy. The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly.


Right Front Passenger Position The right-front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See the Index under Driver Position. When the lap portion of the belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again. If your vehicle has a center passenger position, be sure to use the correct buckle when buckling your lap-shoulder belt. If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into the buckle, see if you are using the buckle for the center passenger position.


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Center Passenger Position If your vehicle has rear and/or front bench seats, someone can sit in the center positions.


When you sit in a center seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull it along the belt.


To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. If the belt isn't long enough, see the Index under Safety Belt Extender. Make sure the release button on the buckle faces upward or outward so you would be able to unbuckle it quickly if you ever had to.


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Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts.


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


Here’s How to Wear One Properly: 1 . Pick up the latch plate and pull it across you. Don’t let it get twisted. 2. Push the latch plate into the buckle


until it clicks.


When the lap belt is pulled out all the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go back all the way and start again. If the belt is not long enough, see the Index under Safety Belt Extender. Make sure the release button on the buckle faces upward or outward so you would be able to unbuckle it quickly if you ever had to.


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The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or a crash.


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


a, You can be seriously hurt if


your shoulder belt is too


loose, €n a crash, you would m m forwand too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body.


Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions (CONT:) The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.


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


S rmaller Children and Babies


Smaller children and babies should always be restrained in


a child or infant restraint. The instructions for the restraint will say whether it is the right type and size for your child. A very young child’s hip bones are so small that a regular belt might not stay low on the hips, as itshould. Instead, the belt will likely be over the child’s abdomen. In a crash the belt would apply force right on the child’s abdomen, which could cause serious or fatal injuries. So, be sure that any child small enough for one is always properly restrained in a child or infimt restraint *


, Never hold a baby in your - L arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby doesn’t weigh much-until a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can’t hold it. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a E-pound (5.5 kg) baby will suddedy become a 240-pound (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be .almost impossible to hold.


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Child Restraints Be sure to follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. The instructions that come with the infant or child restraint will show you how to do that.


Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We at General Motors therefore recommend that you put your child restraint in the rear seat. If your vehicle has an air bag for the front passenger, never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here’s why :


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L the front-center seat can be A A child in a child restraint in


badly injured by the passenger air bag if it inflates. NEVER use a child restraint in the front-center seat. It’s always better to secure a child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward- facing child restraint in the right- front passenger seat only with the seat moved all the way back.


:cure the child restraint properly.


A An unsecured child restraint


can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any child restraint in your vehicle-even when no child is in it.


A child in a rear-facing child L restraint can be seriously


1nJured if the right-front passenger’s air bag inflates. This is because the back of a rear-facing child restraint would,be very close to the inflating air bag. If your vehicle has a right-front passenger’s air bag, always secure a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat. You may secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right-front seat. However, before securing a forward-facing child restraint, ALWAYS move the front passenger seat as far back as it will go. Or, secure the child restraint in the rear seat.


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If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored. If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Pontiac dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it. Vehicles first sold in Canada have child restraint anchor bracket hardware in the glove box, along with instructions for installing it. This should be used only with a child restraint, and only to secure a child restraint at the center rear seating position. Additional anchor brackets for child restraints at one or both of the rear outside seating positions are available at Pontiac dealerships in Canada.


Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Position You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow


the instructions for the child restraint.


4. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button faces upward or outward, so you’ll be able to un- buckle it quickly if you ever need to.


2. Secure the child in the child restraint


as the instructions say.


3. Pull out the vehicle’s safety belt and run the lap part through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. See if the shoulder belt would go in front of the child’s face or neck. If so, put it behind the child restraint.


5. Pull the rest of the lap belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock.


6. To tighten the belt, feed it into the


retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


7. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.


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


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1. Make the belt as long as possible by tilting the latch plate and pulling it along the belt.


2. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow


the instructions for the child restraint.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint


as the instructions say.


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


4. Run the vehicle's safety belt through


or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.


5. Buckle the belt. Make sure the


release button faces upward or out- ward, so you'll be able to unbuckle it quickly if you ever need to.


6. To tighten the belt, pull its free end


while you push down on the child restraint.


7. Push and pull the child restraint in


different directions to be sure it is secure. If the child restraint isn’t secure, turn the latch plate over and buckle it again. Then see if it is secure. If it isn’t, secure the restraint in a different place in the vehicle and contact the child restraint maker for their advice.


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


A rear-fixing child restraint in the front seat could be pushed into the seatback by the right-front passenger’s air bag if it inflates. A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured if this happens. Always secure a rear- facing child restraint in the rear seat.


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Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Font Seat (CONTJ 1 . If you have the right-front passenger’s SIR, move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a front-facing child restraint.


5. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button faces upward or outward, so you’ll be able to un- buckle it quickly if you ever need to.


6. Pull the rest of the lap belt all the way


out of the retractor to set the lock.


2. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow


the instructions for the child restraint.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint


as the instructions say.


4. Pull out the vehicle’s safety belt and run the lap part through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. See if the shoulder belt would go in front of the child’s face or neck. If so, put it behind the child restraint.


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7. To tighten the belt, feed the lap belt


back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint.


8. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure.


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


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Children who aren't buckled up can strike other people who are.


CAUTION


'Here two children are wearing


the same belt. The belt can't properly spread the impact forces. In a csash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must k used by only one person at a time.


Larger Children Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle's safety belts. If you have the choice, a child should sit next to a window so the child can wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. But they need to use the safety belts properly.


Children who aren't buckled up can be thrown out in a crash.


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


A: Move the child toward the center of


the vehicle, but be sure that the shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder, so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is so small that the shoulder belt is still very close to the child’s face or neck, you might want to place the child in the center seat position, the one that has only a lap belt.


CAUTION A Never do this.


Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wean the belt in this way, in a.crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt’s force would then be applied right on the child’s abdomen. That could cause serious or fatal injuries,


Jherever the child sits, the lap portion f the belt should be worn low and snug n the hips, just touching the child’s lighs. This applies belt force to the nild’s pelvic bones in a crash.


Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten, your dealer will order you an extender. It’s free. When you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be long enough for you. The extender will be just for you, and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose. Don’t let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. To wear it, just attach it to the regular safety belt.


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


Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The belt is torn.


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Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash, do you need new belts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new belts. If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will have to have safety belt parts, like the retractor, replaced or anchorage locations repaired-even if the belt wasn’t being used at the time of the collision. If your seat adjuster won’t work after a crash, the special part of the safety belt that goes through the seat to the adjuster may need to be replaced,


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Part 2 Features & Controls


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


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Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Remote Keyless Entry .............................................. 48 GloveBox ....................................................... 56 Ignitionswitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 StartingYourEngine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Shifting the Transaxle ............................................. -61 ParkingBrake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Shifting into Park Windows ........................................................ 73 Turn SignaUHeadlight Beam Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Windshield Washer ................................................ 76 CruiseControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Lightcontrols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Ashtrays and Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -91 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Gages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Driver Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Electronic Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Head-Up Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116


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Keys


The ignition keys are for the ignition only.


Leaving young children in a vehicle with the ignition key 1s dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could lerate power windows or other ntrols or even make the vehicle


I move. Don’t leave the keys in a


vehicle with young children.


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


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When a new Pontiac is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the keys and gives them to the first owner. However, the ignition key may not have a plug. Each plug has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the plugs in a safe place. If you lose your keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs. If your ignition keys don’t have plugs, go to your Pontiac dealer for the correct key code if you need a new ignition key. There are 15 alternative [email protected] blanks, to help discourage theft. Your dealer can help determine which blank you need.


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


Door Locks


Unlocked doors can be dangerous.


Passengers-especially children- can easily open the doors and fall out. When a door is locked, the inside handle won't open it. Outsiders can easily enter through an unlocked door when you slow down or stop your vehicle. This may not be so obvious: You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors aren't locked. Wear safety belts properly, lock your doors, and you will be far better off whenever you drive your vehicle.


There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the Outside: Use your door key or Remote Keyless Entry, if vour vehicle has this option. If you have the Theft Deterrent System, you will also unlock and lock all doors when you unlock or lock either front door with your key.


From the Inside: To lock the door, slide the locking lever rearward. To unlock the door, slide the locking lever forward.


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Remote Keyless Entry (omoiy) If your Pontiac has this option, you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from about 15 feet (4.5 m) away using the key chain transmitter supplied with your vehicle. Operation The driver's door will unlock when UNLOCK is pressed. If pressed again within 25 seconds, all doors will unlock. All doors will lock when LOCK is pressed. The trunk will unlock when the opened trunk symbol is pressed, but only when the ignition is off. Press any button to illuminate the interior lights (see the Index under Illuminated Entry System).


The lever on each rear door works only that door's lock. It won't lock (or unlock) all of the doors-that's a safety feature. Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle, open your door and set the locks from inside, then get out and close the door. If your vehicle has the Theft-Deterrent System option, see Zieft-Deterrent System later in this section.


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Matching Transmitters to Your Vehicle Each key chain transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your dealer. Remember to bring the remaining transmitter with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, the remaining transmitter must also be matched. Once the new transmitter is coded, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle.


You can match a transmitter to as many Aifferent vehicles as you own, provided they are equipped with exactly the same model system. (General Motors offers several different models of these systems on their vehicles.) Each vehicle can have only two transmitters matched to it. See your dealer to match transmitters to another vehicle. Your Remote Keyless Entry operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


Should interference to this system occur, try this:


Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions on battery replacement. Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. This product has a maximum range. Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. See your Pontiac dealer or a qualified technician for service.


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


Battery Replacement Under normal use, the batteries in your key chain transmitter should last about two years. You can tell the batteries are weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it’s probably time to change the batteries. To Replace Batteries in the Remote Keyless Entry: 1. Remove the screw from back cover. 2. Lift the front cover off, bottom half first. 3. Remove and replace the two batteries


(2016).


4. Reassemble the transmitter. 5. Check the transmitter operation.


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Rear Door Security Locks Your Pontiac is equipped with rear door security locks that help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors of your vehicle from the inside. To use one of these locks: 1. Move the lever on the door all the


way up to the ENGAGED position.


2. Close the door. 3. Do the same thing to the other rear


door lock.


The rear doors of your vehicle cannot be opened from inside when this feature is in use. If you want to open a rear door when the security lock is on: 1. Unlock the door from the inside.


!. Then open the door from the outside. f you don’t cancel the security lock eature, adults or older children who ,ide in the rear won’t be able to open the ear door from the inside. You should et adults and older children know how hese security locks work, and how to :ancel the locks.


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To cancel the rear door lock: 1. Unlock the door from the inside and


open the door from the outside.


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


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


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PASS-Key /ITM Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS- Key I F M (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key IFM is a passive theft- deterrent system. This means you don’t have to do anything to arm or disarm the system. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition. PASS- KeyTM uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle.


When the PASS-Key I F M system senses that someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. For about three minutes, the starter won’t work and fuel won’t go to the engine. If someone tries to start your vehicle again or uses another key during this time, the vehicle will not start. This discourages someone from randomly trying different keys with different resistor pellets in an attempt to make a match.


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


Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk or glove box. Lock the glove box. Lock all the doors except the driver’s. Then take the door key with you.


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The ignition key must be clean and dry before it’s inserted in the ignition or the engine may not start. If the engine does not start and the SECURITY light is on, the key may be dirty or wet. Turn the ignition off. Clean and dry the key. Wait about three minutes and try again. The security light may remain on during this time. If the starter still won’t work, and the key appears to be clean and dry, wait about three minutes and try the other ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuse (see the Index under Fuses & Circuit Breakers). If the starter won’t work with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle does start, the first ignition key may be faulty. See your Pontiac dealer or a


locksmith who can service the PASS-Key IITM If you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet, the starter won’t work and the SECURITY light will flash. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying one of the other ignition keys. See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key I I T M to have a new key made. If you’re ever driving and the SECURITY light comes on and remains on, you will be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. Your PASS-Key II? system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your Pontiae dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key I F M system. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key I F M ignition key, see your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service PASS- Key I F M to have a new key made.


Theft-Deterrent System (omoN) If your Pontiac has this option, it has a theft-deterrent alarm system. With this system, the SECURITY light will flash when you open the door (if your ignition is off). This light reminds you to arm the theft- deterrent system when leaving your vehicle. To Arm the System: 1. Open the door. 2. Lock the door with the power door


lock switch or Keyless Entry transmitter. The SECURITY light should come on and stay on.


3. Close all doors. The SECURITY


light will go off after about 30 seconds and the system will then be armed.


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To Avoid Setting Off the Alarm by Accident: If you don’t want to arm the theft- deterrent system, the vehicle should be locked with a key after the doors are closed. Always unlock a door with a key, or use the Keyless Entry System transmitter. Unlocking a door any other way will set off the alarm.


To Stop the Alarm: If you set off the alarm by accident, unlock any door with your key. You can also turn off the alarm by pressing the UNLOCK button on the Keyless Entry System transmitter. The alarm won’t stop if you try to unlock a door any other way.


Theft-Deterrent System (CONI:) If the SECURITY light comes on for one minute and then shuts off while the ignition is on, the security system has detected a problem with itself. See your dealer for service. If a door or the trunk is opened without the key or the Keyless Entry transmitter, the alarm will go off. It will also go off if the trunk lock is damaged or if the ignition is turned on. Your vehicle’s lights will flash and the horn will sound for three minutes, then will go off to save battery power. And your vehicle will not start. Remember, the theft-deterrent system won’t arm if you lock the doors with a key or manual door lock. It arms only if you use a power door lock switch or Keyless Entry transmitter.


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Trunk h k Ta unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the door key and turn it.


tIEumhated Enfry Spkm ~ ~ K N W ) When you lift the lever of either front door, a light will glow around the door lock. This will help you insert the door key at night. The lights inside your vehicle will also go on. These lights will go off after about 20 seconds, or when you start your engine. These lights will also go on when you press my button on the optional Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. If a door is left ajar, your interior lights will turn off after ten minutes to save your battery.


To Test the Almn: Roll p u r window down, then follow the directions under 221 A m the System earlier. Once tbe alarm is set, reach through the window and manually unlock the door from the inside or turn on the ignition. The alarm should sound. If the d a m does not sound when it should, check to see if your horn works. The horn fuse may be Mown. Ta replace the fuse, see the Index under FEares & Circuit Breakers. To reduce the possibility of theft, always arm the theft-deterrent system when leaving your vehicle.


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Remote Trunk Release (opTIoN) Press the trunk release button located below the driver’s door armrest to release the trunk lid. The ignition must be on and the transaxle must be in P (Park). The system also works with the Remote Keyless Entry System.


Convenience Net (OPTION) Your vehicle may have a convenience net. You’ll see it just inside the back wall of the trunk. Put small loads, like grocery bags, behind the net to help keep them from falling over during sharp turns or quick starts and stops. The net isn’t for larger, heavier loads. Store them in the trunk as far forward as you can. You can unhook the net so that it will lie flat when you’re not using it.


Glove Box Use the door key to lock and unlock the glove box. To open, lift the latch release on the left side of the glove box door. There’s a special shelf inside for storing this manual.


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New Venice bbBreak-ln”


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


Don’t drive at any one speed- the first 500 fast or slow-for .miles (804 km). Don’t make full- throttle starts. Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time your new brake linings aren’t yet broken in. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this “breaking-in” guideline every time you get new brake linings.


Ignition Switch With the ignition key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to five positions: Accessory: An “on” position in which you can operate your electrical power accessories. Press in the ignition switch as you turn the top of it toward you. Lock: The only position in which you can remove the key. This locks your steering wheel, ignition and transaxle. Off: Unlocks the steering wheel, ignition, and transaxle, but does not send electrical power to any accessories. Use this position if your vehicle must be pushed or towed, but never try to push- start your vehicle. A warning chime will sound if you open the driver’s door when the ignition is off and the key is in the ignition.


Run: An “on” position to which the switch returns after you start your engine and release the switch. The switch stays in the Run position when the engine is running. But even when the engine is not running, you can use Run to operate your electrical power accessories, and to display some instrument panel warning lights. Start: Starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to Run for normal driving. Note that even if the engine is not running, the positions Accessory and Run are “on” positions that allow you to operate your electrical accessories, such as the radio. Key Reminder Warning If you leave your key in the ignition, in the Off position, you will hear a warning tone when you open the driver’s door.


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3800 Tuned Port Injection Engine (Code L): 3, If it doesn’t start right away, hold your key in Start for about three seconds at a time until your engine starts. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery.


3800 Supercharged Engine (Code 1): 3. If it doesn’t start right away, hold


your key in Start for about three to five seconds at a time until your engine starts. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery.


Holding your key in Start for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery drained much sooner.-And the excessive heat can damage your


to be


I starter motor.


4. If your engine still won’t start (or starts but then stops), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in Start for about three seconds. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine. After waiting about 15 seconds, repeat the normal starting procedure.


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Engine Block Heater (opTIoN) In very cold weather, 0°F (-18” C) or colder, the engine block heater can help. You’ll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. To Use the Block Heater: 1 . Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the


electrical cord.


3. Plug it into a normal, grounded


110-volt outlet.


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ungrounded outlet could cause


an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of extension cord could overheat and cause a fire. You could be seriously injured. Plug the cord into a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt outlet. If the cord won’t reach, use a heavy-duty three-prong extension cord rated for at least 15 amps.


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