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IS94 EONNEVILLE OWNER'S MANUAL


p Pontiac Bonneville


1994 Owner’s Manual Table of Contents Introduction HOW to Use This Manual ............ Part I Seats & Restraint Systems ........... 7L Part 2 Features & Controls ............... 41 c Part 3 Comfort Controls & Audio Systems . I I I I Part 4 Your Driving and the Road ......... 137 E Part 5 Problems on the Road ............. 165 Part 6 Service & Appearance Care ........ 193 I Part 7 Maintenance Schedule ............ 247 E Part 8 Customer Assistance Information . . 265 P a r t 9 Index ........................... Service Station Information . . Last Page


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Includes “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 269.


Printed in USA


10260958 A


Second Edition . . .


Important Notes About this Manual Please keep this manual in your Pontiac, so it will be there if you ever need it when you’re on the road. If YOU sell the vehicle, please leave this manual in it so the new owner can use it. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes in the product after that time without further notice.


Note to Canadian Owners For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for Pontiac Division whenever it appears in this manual. For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a French Language Manual: Aux proprietaires canadiens: Vous pouvez vous procurer un exemplaire de ce guide en franGais chez votre concessionaire ou au DGN Marketing Services Ltd., 1500 Bonhill Rd., Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1C7.


Published by Pontiac Division


General Motors Corporation


GM and the GM Embiem, Pontiac, the Pontiac Emblem and the name Bonneville are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. The word Delco is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation.


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Copyright 1993 General Motors Corporation, Pontiac Division. All rights reserved.


How to Use This Manual


Using Your 1994 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 black-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 black tabs that help you find a part.


This part tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “SIR’ (Air Bag) System. 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 sound system. 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, etc. Part 6: Service & Appearance Care Here the manual tells you how to keep your Pontiac running properly and looking good. 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” on page 269. Part 9: Index Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject 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.


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[n the gray caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or others could be hurt. You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. This safety symbol means:


Vehicle Damage Warnings 41~0, in this book you will find these notices:


NOTICE. These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.


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


Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box with gray background and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you i: you were to ignore the warning.


[n the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be :overed by your warranty, and it could be :ostly. But the notice will tell you what to jo to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in lifferent colors or in different words. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use yellow for cautions, blue for notices, and the words CAUTION or NOTICE.


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


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


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


These symbols have to do with your lights:


These symbols are on some of your controls:


Q7


CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


CAUSTIC BATTERY ACID COULD CAUSE BURNS


AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES


SPARK OR FLAME COULD EXPLODE BATTERY


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SEAT


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


FASTEN


BELTS


POWER WINDOW


,111,


TURN SIGNALS


WIPER


WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER


WINDOW DEFOGGER VENTILATING 4 FAN (I


HIGH BEAM OR = =o $0


FOG LAMPS


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


Fa -- CHARGING I-1


ENGINE COOLANT TEMP


BATTERY


SYSTEM


Here are some other symbols you may see:


FUSE


RADIO , - 1 1 l p J E


SELECTOR


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RADIO VOLUME


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CONDITIONING AIR


BRAKE


RADIATOR COOLANT


FUEL


LIGHTER


ENGINE OIL PRESSURE W


TEMP OIL ?b ANTILOCK (@)


BRAKE


SPEAKER b


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H e r e YOU’II find information about the seats in your Pontiac and how to use your safety belts properly . You can also learn about some things you should not do with safety belts .


Part 1 Seats & Restraint Systems


Seats and Seat Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Safety Belts How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 DriverPosition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Supplemental Inflatable Restraint System (Air Bag) ........................ 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Right Front Passenger Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Center Passenger Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 26 Rear Seat Passengers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Smaller Children and Babies 29 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Larger Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Safety Belt Extender Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


Seats & Restraint Systems 4 Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you about the seats-how to adjust them-and about reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Manual Front Seat


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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.


Power Seat (OPTION) To adjust the power seats on some models: Front Control (A): Raise the front of the up. Lower the seat by holding the switch front of the seat by holding the switch down. Center Control (B): Move the seat forward by pressing the control toward the front, or backward by pressing it toward the rear of the vehicle. 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.


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Adjusts the position of the seatback sid’e bolsters.


0 Tilts the rear of the seat


up or .down.


Tilts the front of the seat up or down.


Lumbar Controls


Reshapes the lower back area of the seat.


Reshapes the middle back area of the seat.


Reshapes the upper back area of the seat.


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Manual Reclining Seatback (OPTION) Lift the lever to release the seatbacgi, then tilt the seatback forward or backwatd as desired. Release the lever to lock th9 seatback in place. But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.


Adjustable Support Seat (OPTION) 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.


J- Adjusts the seat forward AJ Adjusts the seat up or down.


or back.


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4. Adjusts the seatback to an


upright or reclined position. Don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.


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


Safety Belts: They’re For Everyone


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


A few crashes are mild, and some crashes :an be so serious that even buckled up a person wouldn’t survive. But most :rashes are in between. In many of them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could have been badly hurt or killed. After more than 25 years of safeiy belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter 4.. a lot!


This figure lights up as a reminder to buckle up. (See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the Index.) In many states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work. You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you don’t know if it will be a bad one.


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


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


When the bike hits the block, it stops. But the child keeps going!


Take just a


the simplest vehicle. seat on wheels.


Suppose it’s


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Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn’t stop.


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or the instrument panel ...


Why Safety Belts Work (COrV7y The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ...


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


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: Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?


Q: If I’m a good driver, and I never


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


BELTS


A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident -- even one that isn’t your fault -- you and your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver doesn’t protect you from things beyond your control, such as bad drivers.


Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) of home. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h).


Safety belts are for everyone.


Safety Belt Reminder Light Yhen the key is turned to “Run” or Start”, a chime will come on for about ight seconds to remind people to fasten heir safety belts. The safety belt light vi11 also come on and stay on for about 10 seconds. If the driver’s belt is already buckled, neither the chime nor the light vill come on.


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 safety belts, not instead of them. Every air bag system ever offered for sale has required the use of


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How To Wear Safety Belts Properly


Adults This section is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your Pontiac, see the section located later in this part called “Children.’’ Follow those rules for everyone’s protection. First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position.


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Driver Position


This section describes the driver’s restraint system.


lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s low to wear it properly. I. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat (to see how, see


“Seats” in the Index) so you can sit up straight.


3: Pick up the latch plate and pull the


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


4. Push the latch plate into the buckle


until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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


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


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I Lap-Shoulder Belt (CONK)


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 averaEe heipht: 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 this way.


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


place.


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.


Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The belt is twisted across the body.


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Lap-Shoulder Belt (CONT.) 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.


Supplemental Inflatable Restraint System (Air Bags)


This section explains the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR), or “air bag,” system.


Your Pontiac has an air bag for both the driver and the right-front passenger.


Here are the most important things to know:


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INFLATABLE RESTRAINT


9ir Bag Readiness Light ’here is an air bag readiness light on the xtrument panel, which shows INFLATABLE RESTRAINT”. The ystem checks for electrical malfunctions, nd the light tells you if there is a problem. ’ou will see this light flash for a few xonds when you turn your ignition to, Run” or “Start”. Then the light should gc ut, which means the system is ready. .emember, if the air bag readiness light oesn’t come on when you start your ehicle, or stays on, or comes on when ou are driving, your air bag system may ot work properly. Have your vehicle xviced right away.


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HOW The Air Bag System When is an air bag expected to inflate? Works Where is the air bag? The driver’s air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. The right-front passenger’s air bag is located in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side.


to inflate in


designed is


if the


The air bag


moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes. The air bag will only inflate velocity of the impact is above the designed threshold level. When impacting straight into a wall that does not move or deform, the threshold level for most GM vehicles is between 9 and 15 mph (14 and 23 km/h). However, this velocity threshold depends on the vehicle design and may be several miles-per-hour faster or slower. In addition, this threshold velocity will be considerably higher if the vehicle strikes an object such as a parked car which will move and deform on impact. The air bag is also not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts, or rear


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impacts where the inflation would provide no occupant protection benefit. It is possible that in a crash, only one of the two air bags in your Bonneville will deploy. This is rare, but can happen in a crash just severe enough to make an air bag inflate. In any particular crash, the determination of whether the air bag should have inflated cannot be based solely on the level of damage on the vehicle(s). Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration, of which vehicle damage is only one indication. Repair cost is not a good indicator of whether an air bag should have deployed. What makes an air bag inflate? In a frontal or near-frontal impact of sufficient severity, the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result of a crash. The sensing system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium azide sealed in the inflator. The reaction produces nitrogen gas, which inflates a cloth bag. The inflator, cloth bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag inflator modules


packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the passenger. How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But air bags would not 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. What will you see after an air bag inflation? After the air bag has inflated, it will then quickly deflate. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize that the air bag inflated. Some


components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub 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. There will be small amounts of smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. 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. In many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may occur in vehicles with passenger air bags because the windshield acts as a reac’lion surface for the inflating air bag.


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


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Seats & Restraint Systems How The Air Bag System Works (CONK)


Is the smoke from an air bag inflation harmful? The particles emitted during air bag inflation are not harmful to most people. Some people with respiratory ailments may experience difficulty breathing if they stay in the vehicle with the windows closed after air bag inflation. So, if your air bag inflates, you and any passengers should exit the vehicle if and when it is safe to do so. If you or your passengers can’t get out of the vehicle, try to get fresh air by opening a window, turning on the fan, or opening a door. Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Pontiac Air bags affect how your Pontiac should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around xour vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Pontiac dealer and the 1994 Bonneville Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


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


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


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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy


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


The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly.


Center Passenger Position gp Belt four vehicle has a front split seat and a .r bench seat, someone can sit in the iter positions.


Right Front Passenger Position


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


Position (CONK)


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 1s shown until the belt is snug. 3uckle, position and release it the same yay as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. f the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety 3eit Extender” at the end of this section. 4ake sure the release button on the juckle is positioned so you would be able :o unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you :ver had to.


i 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 iri 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.


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stop or a crash.


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


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0 To unlatch the belt, just push the


button on the buckle.


Smaller Children and Babies


Children


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


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Smaller Children and Babies (CONT)


ChiZd Restraints


Be sure to follow the instructions.for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. The instructions that come with the infant or child restraint will show you how to do that. Where to Put the Restraint Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We at General Motors therefore recommend that you put your child restraint in the rear seat. NEVER put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here’s why:


Top Strap 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.


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


For cars first sold in Canada, child restraints with a top strap must be anchored according to Canadian Law. Your dealer can obtain the hardware kit and install it for you, or you may install it yourself using the instructions provided in the kit. Use the tether hardware kit available from the dealer. The hardware and installation instructions were specifically designed for this vehicle.


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


out of the retractor to set the lock.


If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.


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


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


the instructions for the child restraint. 2. Secure the child in the child restraint


as the instructions say.


3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.


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6. To tighten the belt, feed the lap belt


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.


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.


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Seats & Restraint Systems Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Seat Position (CONT.)


See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Make the belt as long as possible by tilting the latch plate and pulling it along the belt.


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. Run the vehicle’s safety belt through


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


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


6. To tighten the belt, pull its free end while you push down on the child restraint.


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


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


Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Your vehicle has a right-front passenger’s air bag. NEVER put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Here’s why:


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Seats & Restraint Systems Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat (CONT.) You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1. Because your vehicle has a right-front passenger’s air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a front-facing child restraint.


2. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow


the instructions for the child restraint. 3. Secure the child in the child restraint


as the instructions say.


4. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.


5. Buckle the belt.


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


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


out of the retractor to set the lock.



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.


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


be thrown out in a crash.


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.


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Larger Children (CONK)


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


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


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


Checking Your Restraint Systems


Now and then, make sure all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors, anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. Look for any loose parts or damage. If you see anything that


might keep a restraint system from doing its job, have it repaired.


Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash


If you’ve had a crash, do you need new belts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new belts. If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the belt wasn’t being used at the time of the collision. 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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Q: What’s wrong with this? A: The belt is torn. Torn or frayed belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. If a belt is torn or frayed, get a new one right away.


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Features & Controls


The ignition keys are for the ignition only.


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


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When a new Bonneville 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. If the ignition key doesn’t have a plug, it will have a bar-coded key tag. Each plug or tag has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the plugs or the tag in a safe place. If you lase your keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs or the tag. If your ignition keys don’t have plugs or the tag, 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.


NOTICE: 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 damage your vehicle to get in. So be sure you have extra keys.


Door Locks


There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the Outside: Use your door key or Remote Keyless Entry, if your 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 if the ignition is off.


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


Features & Controls


Power Door Locks With power door locks, you can lock or unlock all the doors of your vehicle from the driver or front passenger door lock switch. The switch 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, take your keys, open your door and set the locks from inside. Then get out and close the door. If your vehicle has the theft deterrent option, see “Universal Theft Deterrent” later in this section. ..a44


Remote Keyless Entry (OPTION)


If your Pontiac has this option, you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the key chain transmitter supplied with your vehicle. Your Remote Keyless Entry System operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: ( I ) This devict may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any


interference received, including interference that may cause undesired 3peration. Should interference to this system occur, try this: 0 Check to determine if battery


replacement is necessary. See the instructions on battery replacement. 0 Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. This product has a maximum range.


0 Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal.


0 See your 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. Operafion The driver’s door will unlock when “UNLOCK’ is pressed. If it is pressed again within 25 seconds, all the doors will unlock. Also, if your car is equipped with a locking fuel filler door, it will unlatch at


You can match a transmitter to as many different vehicles as you own, provided they are equipped with exactlv the same model system. (General Motors offers several different models of these systems on their vehicles.) Each vehicle can have only two transmitters matched to it. See your dealer to match transmitters to another vehicle. Battery Replacement Under normal use, the batteries in your key chain transmitter should last about two years. You can tell the batteries are weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it’s probably time to change the batteries.


this time. All doors, including the fuel filler door, 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 “Illuminated Entry System’’ in the Index). Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle Each key chain transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your dealer. Remember to bring any remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, the remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once the new transmitter is coded, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle.


ro Replace Batteries in the Remote Keyless Entry: I. Remove the screw from the back


cover.


2. Lift the front cover off, bottom half


first.


3. Remove and replace the two batteries


(2016).


4. Reassemble the transmitter. i. 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 car from the inside. To use one of these locks: 1. Move the lever all the way up to the


“ENGAGED” position.


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


door lock.


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’he rear doors of your vehicle cannot be pened from inside when this feature is in se. If you want to open a rear door when le security lock is on: . Unlock the door from the inside.


2. Then open the door from the outside. If you don’t cancel the security lock feature, adults or older children who ride in the rear won’t be able to open the rear door from the inside. You should let adults and older children know how these security locks work, and how to cancel the locks. To cancel the rear door lock: 1. Unlock the door from the inside and


open the door from the outside.


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 lgnition 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. And remember to lock the doors.


Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your vehicle. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight. Put them in a storage area, or take them with you. Parking Lots If you park in a lot where someone will be watching your vehicle, it’s best to lock it up and take your keys. But what if you have to leave your ignition key? What if you have to leave something valuable in your vehicle? 0 Put your valuables in the glove box. 0 Lock the glove box. 0 Lock all the doors except the driver’s. 0 Then take the door key with you.


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.


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Your vehicle is equipped with the (Personalized Automotive PASS-Key’II Security System) theft deterrent system. PASS-Key’II is a passive theft deterrent system. This means you don’t have to do anything different to arm or disarm the system. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition. [email protected] uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle.


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When the [email protected] 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.


SECURITY


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 tight may remain on during this time. If the starter still won’t work, and the key ippears to be clean and dry, wait about :hree minutes and try another ignition key. 4t this time, you may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses & Circuit Breakers” in the Index). If the starter won’t work with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle


does start, the first ignition key may be faulty. See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key’II. If you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet, the starter won’t work and the “SECURITY” light will flash. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying another ignition key. See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the [email protected] 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 [email protected] system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your Pontiac dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the [email protected] system. If you lose or damage a [email protected] ignition key, see your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service [email protected] to have a new key made. In an emergency, call the Pontiac Roadside Assistance Program at 1-800-ROADSIDE, or 1-800-762-3743.


Universal Theft Deterrent -(OPTION)


If your Pontiac has this option, it has a theft deterrent alarm system. With this system, the “SECURITY” light will flash as 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 should go off after about 30 seconds and the system will then be armed.


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 Keyless Entry transmitter, the alarm will go off. It will also go off if a door lock or the trunk lock is damaged. Your vehicle’s lights will flash and the horn will sound for three minutes, then will go off to save battery power. 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. To Avoid Setting Off the Alarm by Accident: If you don’t want to arm the theft deterrent system, the vehicle should be locked “after” the doors are closed. Always unlock a door with a ke,y; or use the Keyless Entry System transmitter. Unlocking a door any other way will set off the alarm.


Features & Controls


Universal Theft Deterrent ( o m o N ) (CONI)


H Illuminated Entry


System ( o m o N )


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 any 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.


Trunk Lock


To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the door key and turn it.


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. How to Test the Alarm: Roll your window down, then follow the directions under “To Arm the System” earlier. Once the 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 alarm does not sound when it should, check to see if the horn works. The horn fuse may be blown. To replace the fuse, see “Fuses & Circuit Breakers” in the Index. To reduce the possibility of theft, always arm the theft deterrent system when leaving your vehicle.


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Remote Trunk Release (OPTION)


Convenience Net (OPTION)


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


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. It can 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.


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1 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 Vehicle “Break-In”


NOTICE: Your modern Pontiac doesn’t need an elaborate “break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines: 0 Don’t drive at any one


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


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I Ignition Switch Nith the ignition key in the ignition witch, you can turn the switch to five )ositions: 4ccessory: An “on” position in which ’ou can operate your electrical power Iccessories. Press in the ignition switch as rou turn the top of it toward you. ,ock: The only position in which you can ‘emove the key. This locks your steering vheel, ignition and transaxle.


Ignition Switch (CONK) 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. Retained Accessory Power: If you have this option, after you turn your ignition off and even remove the key, you will still have electrical power to such accessories as the radio and power windows for up to ten minutes. But if you open a door, power is shut off.


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


Starting Your Engine Engines start differently. The 8th digit of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) shows the code letter or number for your engine. You will find the VIN at the top left of your instrument panel. (See “Vehicle Identification Number” in the Index.) Follow the proper steps to start the engine. Move your shift lever to “P’ (Park) or “N” (Neutral). Your engine won’t start in any other position -- that’s a safety feature. To restart when you’re already loving, use “N” (Neutral) only.


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


I Driving Through Deep


Standing Water


NOTICE: If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or standing water, water can come in through your engine’s air intake and badly damage your engine. If you can’t avoid deep puddles or standing water, drive through them very slowly.


Features & Controls


Starting Your Engine (CONK)


To start your 3.8 Liter engine: 1. Without pushing the accelerator pedal,


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


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


2. If it doesn’t start right away, hold


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


3. If your engine still won’t start (or starts but then stops), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the


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way to the floor and holding it there a 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 startin8 procedure.


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


To Use the Coolant Heater: 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the


electrical cord.,


3. Plug it into a normal, grounded


110-volt outlet.


1 Engine Coolant Heater (Engine Block Heater) (OPTION)


In very cold weather, 0" F (- 18 O C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You'll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle.


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


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


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Park P (Park): This locks your front wheels. It’s the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can’t move easily.


Shifting the Automatic Transaxle


Your automatic transaxle may have a shift lever located on the console between the seats or on the steering column. Both are shown in this section.


There are several different positions for your shift lever. In this manual, these are referred to by the commonly used symbols in the right column below:


Park Reverse Neutral Overdrive Drive Second First


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Ensure the shift lever is fully in “P” (Park) range before starting the engine. Your Pontiac has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. You have to fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from “P,’ (Park) when the ignition key is in the “On” position. If you cannot shift gut of “ P ’ (Park), ease pressure on the shift lever-push the shift lever all the way into “P” (Park) and also release the shift lever button on floor shift console models as you maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into the gear you wish. (Press the shift lever button before moving the shift lever on floor shift console models.) See “Shifting Out of ‘P’ (Park)” later in this section.


Reverse R (Reverse): Use this gear to back up.


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


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


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


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I NOTICE:


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


Forward Gears


Automatic Overdrive: This position


IS for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you’re: - Going less than about 35 mph


(56 km/h), push your accelerator pedal about halfway down.


- Going about 35 mph (56 km/h) or


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


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


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


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


Features & Controls Forward Gears (CONT) D (Third Gear): This is like @ , but you never go into Overdrive. Here are some times you might choose “D’ instead of @ : - When driving on hilly, winding roads - When towing a trailer, so there is less


shifting between gears


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


NOTICE: Don’t drive in “2” (Second Gear) for more than 5 miles (8 km), or at speeds over 55 mph (88 km/h), or you can damage your transaxle. Use @ or “D’ as much as possible. Don’t shift into “2” unless you are going slower than 65 mph ( 105 km/h), or you can damage your engine.


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Performance Shiftins (OPTION)


Press “PERFORM SHIFT” to allow the transaxle to shift at higher engine speeds, increasing acceleration performance. An indicator light on the switch will glow when performance shifting is in operation. Downshifts will occur at a lower percentage of accelerator application while you’re in the “PERFORM SHIFT” mode. Press “NORMAL SHIFT” to have the transaxle shift at lower engine speeds, increasing fuel economy. An indicator light on the switch will glow when normal shifting is in operation.


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Computer Command Ride (OPTION SSEBSEi) Vehicles equipped with Computer Command Ride provide improved passenger ride comfort under a variety of road and driving conditions. For normal driving conditions, press the “TOURING RIDE” button to get a more refined comfortable ride. When driving conditions require improved handling, press the “PERFORM RIDE” button to get a firm ride. This mode minimizes how much the passenger compartment leans in

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