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The 1996 Pontiac Bonneville Owner’s Manual


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This section explains how to start and operate your Pontiac.


Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and


This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the


This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system.


Seats and Restraint Systems ............................................................. “SRS” system. Features and Controls ..................... ; ............................................ Comfort Controls and Audio Systems ...................................................... . Your Driving and the Road .............................................................. how to drive under different conditions. ProblemsontheRoad .................................................................. Service and Appearance Care.. .......................................................... Maintenanceschedule......... .......................................................... 7-1 Customer Assistance Information ... .#. ................................................... 8-1 This section tells you how to contact Pontiac for assistance and how to get service and owner publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8-9. Index ..................................................................................


This section tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated engine, etc.


This section tellp you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use.


Here the manual tells you how to keep your Pontiac running properly and looking good.


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Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you. want to read.


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


In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard 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.


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How to Use This Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you do this, it 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. Index A good place to look for what you need is the Index in the back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of all that’s in the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.


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


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


NOTICE:


These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.


In the notice =ea, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Mafly 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 differat words. You'll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.


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


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


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DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


FASTEN SEAT BELTS


These symbols have to do with your lights:


PARKING p$


TURN SIGNALS


LAMPS


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


CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


CAUSTIC


BURNS


AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES


SPARK OR RAM€ COULD EXPLODE BATTERY


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VENTILATING FAN


FOG LAMPS


These symbols are on some of your controls:


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WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER


Here are some other symbols you may see:


FUSE


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


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BRAKES


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Section, 1 Seats and -Restraint Systems


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Here you’ll find information about the seats Pontiac and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some thkgs you should not do with . _ air bags and safety belts. Seats and Seat Controls This section,tells you about the seats -- how to adjust them -- and also about reclining seatbacks and head


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Manual Front Seat


A CAUTION:


You can lose control of the vehicle if you try 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.


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


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Power Seat (Option)


To adjust the power seats on some m k l s :


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 by pressing the control forward, or backward by pressing the control backward. 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 rew of the seat by holding the switch down. Power Lumbar Controls (Option) d! Reshapes the lower back area of the seat. & Reshapes the middle back kea of the seat. m k Reshapes the upper back area of the seat.


Adjustable Support Seat (Option)


Reclining Front Seatbacks


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.


- d#. Adjusts the seat forward or back. d Adjusts the seat up or down. d-b Adjusts the position of the seatback side bolsters. 'a Tilts the rear of the seat up or down.


Adjusts the seatback to an upright or reclined


position.


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Tilts the front of the seat up or down.


To adjust the seatback, lift the lever on the outer side of the seat and move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever to lock the seatback. Pull up on the lever and the seat will go to an upright position.


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Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in 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 it, receiving neck or other injuries. The 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 bones. 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, the head restraints rearward also.


tilt forward and


But don’t have a seatback reclined moving.


if your vehicle is


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Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety, belts. And it explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or air bag system


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


Don’t let anyone ride where he or she 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 fasten your safety belt, and check that your passengers’ belts are fastened properly too.


if it will be a bad one.


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


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


Put someone on it.


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


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


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


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or the instrument panel ...


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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.


Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers


Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt? You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can 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.


e.’ If my vehicle has air bags, why should I have to A: Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be in


wear safety belts?


most 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.


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If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from home, why should I wear safety belts? You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an -- you accident -- even one that isn’.t your fault 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.


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


Driver Position This part describes the driver’s restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. 1. 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 positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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


Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you.


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


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@ What's wrong with this?


You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body.


A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won't give nearly


as much protection this way.


&: What’s wrong with this?


A CAUTION.:


You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.


A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place.


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e.'' What's wrong with this?


CAUTION:


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


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


be worn over the shoulder at all times.


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You can be seriously injured by 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.


A: The belt is twisted across the body.


Your Pontiac has two air bags -- one ,air bag for the driver and another air bag for the right front passenger. Here are the most important things to know about the air bag system:


you aren’t wearing your safety belt -- even if you You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if


have an air bag. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps seduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it. The air


bag is only a “supplemental restraint.” That is, it


works with safety belts but doesn’t replace them. Air bags are designed to work only in moderate to severe crashes where the front of your vehicle hits something. They aren’t designed to inflate at all in rollover, rear, side or low-speed frontal crashes. Everyone in your vehicle, including properly -- whether or not there’s an air bag the driver, should wear a safety belt


for that person.


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 way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle. Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or .air bag system.


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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. The driver should sit as far back as possible while still maintaining control of the vehicle.


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An inflating air bag can seriously injure small children. Always secure children properly in your vehicle. To read how, see the part of this manual called “Children” and the caution label on the right front passenger’s safety belt.


There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows AIR


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


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How the Air Bag System Works


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panel on the passenger’s side.


Where is the air bag? The driver’s air bag- is in the middle of the steering wheel.


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Don’t put anything on, or attach anything to, the steering wheel or instrument panel. Also, don’t put anything (such as pets or objects) between any occupant and the steering wheel or instrument panel. If something is between an occupant and an air bag, it could affect the


performance of the air bag -- or worse, it could


cause injury.


When should an air bag inflate? The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes, The air bag will inflate only if the impact speed is above the system’s designed “threshold level.” If your vehicle goes straight into a wall that doesn’t move or deform, the threshold level is about 9 to 15 mph (14 to 24 km/h). The threshold level can vary, however, with specific vehicle design, so that it can be somewhat above or below this range. If your vehicle strikes something tha$ will move or deform, such as a parked car, the threshold level will be higher. The air bag is not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts or rear impacts, because inflation would not help the occupant.


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How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe fiontd or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant's upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But air bags would not help you in many types of collisions, including rollovers, rear impacts and side impacts, primarily because an occupant's motion is not toward the air bag. Air bags should never be regarded as anythng more than a supplement to safety belts, and then only in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions. What will you see after an air b& inffates? After the air bag Mates, it quickly deflates. This occurs the air so quickly that some people may not even realize bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub for the driver's air bag, or the bag, will .instrument panel for the right front passenger's be hot for a short time. The part of the bag that comes into contact with you may be warm, but it will nev'er be too hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. Air bag inflation will not prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle, nor will it stop people from leaving the vehicle. 1-20


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When an air bag inflates, there is dust in the air. This dust could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the vehicle should get out as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have breathing problems but can't get out of the vehicle after an air bag inflates, then get fresh air by opening a window or door.


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


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


0 Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing and


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


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 your vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Pontiac dealer and the Bonneville Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see “Service and Owner Publications” in the Index.


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 module in the steering wheel or both the air bag module and the instrument panel for the right front passenger’s air bag. Do not open or break the air bag covers.


For up to 10 seconds after the ignition key is turned off and the battery is 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. Avoid wires wrapped with yellow tape or yellow connectors. They are probably part of the air bag system. Be sure to ‘follow proper service procedures,’and make sure the person performing work for you is qualified to do so.


The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


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 we& safety b’elts.


A pregnant woman, should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy. The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Right Front Passenger Position The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See “Driver Position,” earlier in this section. When the 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 YOU 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.


Center Passenger Position


Lap Belt If your vehicle has front and rear 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.


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


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 ‘“Safety Belt Extender” at the knd of this section. The Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned belts. Here’s how to wear one properly. so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


Lap-Shoulder Belt


positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder


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


Don’t let it get twisted.


2. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.


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If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


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


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


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A CAUTION:


is You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The s h l d e r belt should fit against your body.


Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Rear shoulder belt comfort guides will provide added safety belt comfort for children who have outgrown child restraints and for small adults. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide pulls the belt away from the neck and head. There is one guide for each outside passenger position the rear seat. To provide added safety belt comfort for children who have outgrown child restraints and for smaller adults, the comfort guides may be installed on the shoulder belts. Here’s how to install a comfort guide and use the safety belt:


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1. Pull the elastic cord out from between the edge of the seatback and the interior body to remove the guide from its storage clip.


2. Slide the guide under and past the belt. .The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide.


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


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


4. Buckle, position and release the safety belt as


described in “Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions” earlier in this section. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder.


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To remove and store the comfort guides, these steps in reverse order. Squeeze the belt edges together so that.you can take them out from the guides. Full the guide upward to expose its storage clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Rotate the guide and clip inward i d in between the seatback and the interior body, leaving only the loop of elastic cord exposed. Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.


Smaller Children- and Babies


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be Smaller children and babies should always 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 om the hips, as it should. 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 infant restraint.


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CAUTION: (Contidued)


at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-lb. (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be almost impossible to hold. Secure the baby in an infant restraint.


A CAUTION: vehicle. A baby doesn’t weigh much -- until a Never hold a baby in your arms while riding in a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can’t hold it. For example, in a crash


CAUTION: (Continued)


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Child Restraints Be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in vehicle. If it is, it will have a label saying that it meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Then follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a in booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system 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 chiIdren are safer 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:


if they


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A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured if the right front passenger's air bag inflates. This is because the back of a sear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating air bag. Always secure a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat. Before you secure 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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I A CAUTION:


Top Strap


A child in a child.restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured by the right frpnt passenger air bag if it inflates. Never secure a child restraint in the center front 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, but only with the seat moved all the way back.


Wherever you install it, be sure to secure the c,Md 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.


If your child restraint has a top strap, anchored. If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your-Pontiac dealer to put it in for you. H.iou want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it.


it should be


You'll be using the lap-shoulder b'elt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1.


Put the restraint on the seat Follow the iilstmctions for the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle's safety belt through QT around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how.


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3.


to Canadian law.


For cars first sold in Canada, child restraints with a top strap must be anchored according Yam de&r can obtain the hardware kit and instdl it for you, or you may install it yourself using the htnxctioqs provided in the kit. Use the tether hardware kit available The hardware and installation instructions were specifically designed for this vehicle. Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position


from the dealer.


4. Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt


if needed.


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


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.


Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position


You’ll be using the lap belt.


bA CAUTION:


A child in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured by the right front passenger air bag if it inflates. Never secure a child restraint in the center front seat. secure a child restraint in the rear seat. You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the sight front passenger seat, but only with the seat moved all the way back.


It’s always better to


See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one.


6. To tighten the belt, pull up on the shoulder belt 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.


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


S. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is


positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


5. To tighten the belt, pull its free end while you push


down on the child restraint.


1. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure 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.


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


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


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


for the child restraint.


3. Secure the child in the child restraint as the


imtructipns 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.


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. Securingta Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position


Your vehicle has a right front passenger air bag. Never put a.rear-facing child restraint


in this seat, Here’s why:


A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured if the right front passenger’s air bag inflates. This is because the back of a rear-facing child restraint would be very clos’e to the inflating air bag. Always ‘secure a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat.


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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.


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Larger Children


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 window so the child can wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger


Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle’s safety b’elts. If you have the choice, a child should sit next to a


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Accident statistics show that children are safer are restrained in the rear seat. But they need to use the safety belts properly.


if they


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


0 Children who aren’t buckled up can strike other


people who are.


Never do this. Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can’t properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time.


@ 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 is on the child’s


be sure that the shoulder belt still shoulder, so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is sitting in a rear seat outside position, see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” 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.


in the Index.


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I


that has a


Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat is behind lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might sli’de under the belt. The belt’s force would then be applied right on the child’s abdomen. That could cause ‘serious or fatal injuria


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.


fasten, your


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 dealer will order you an extender. It’s free. When you go so the in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, 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 the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other If you see loose or damaged safety belt system parts. anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired. Torn or frayed safety belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. tom or frayed, get a new one right away. Also look for any opened OF broken air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)


If a belt is


Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash, do you need new belts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new belts. If b’elts 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. If an air bag inflates, you’ll need to replace air bag system parts, See the part on the air bag system earlier in this section.


NOTES


Section 2 Features and Controls


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


A CAUTION: -


Leaving young children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don’t leave the keys in a vehicle with young children.


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The ignition keys are for the ignition only.


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


have a


When a new Bonneville is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the keys, and gives them to the fist owner. However, the ignition key may not have a plug. If the ignition key doesn’t have a plug, it will 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 tags in a safe place. If you lose your keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs or the tag. If you need a new key, contact your Pontiac dealer who can obtain the correct key code. Remember to carry the pre-cut emergency key which Pontiac sends after delivery. In an emergency, call Pontiac Roadside Assistance at 1-800-ROADSIDE or 1-800-762-3743.


NOTICE:


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


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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.


From the outside, use your door key or Remote Keyless Entry transmitter, if your vehicle has this option. With your door key, turning the key toward vehicle will lock the door and turning the key toward the front of the vehicle will unlock it. If your vehicle has a theft-deterrent system and it is activated, unlock the doors only with the key or Remote Keyless Entry system. This will avoid setting off the alarm.


the rear of the


From the inside, to lock the door, slide the locking lever rearward. TQ unlock the door, slidq the locking lever forward.


There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle.


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Programmable Automatic Door Locks (Option) Close your doors and turn on the ignition. Every time you move your shift lever out of PARK (P) all of the doors will lock. And, every time you stop and move your shift lever into PARK (P) and turn the ignition OFF, your doors will unlock. If someone needs to get out while you’re not in PARK (P), have that person use the manual or power lock. When the door is closed again, it will not lock automatically. Just use the m’anual or power lock to lock the door again. Overriding Lock Delay If you need to lock your doors before shifting out of PARK (P), just use the manual or power lock button to lock the doors.


Power Door Locks


With power door locks, you can lock or unlock all the doors of your vehicle using the driver’s or front passenger’s 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.


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Customizing Your Automatic Door Locks Feature With Remote Keyless Entry, you can program the: automatic door locks feature to change to the following modes: Mode


Operation No automatic door lock or unlock. All doors automatically lock when shifted out of PARK (P). No automatic door unlock. All doors automatically lock when shifted out of PARK (P). All the doors automatically unlock when shifted into PARK (P) with the ignition turned OFF.


Vehicles are delivered programmed in Mode 3. If your vehicle is equipped with Remote Keyless Entry, use the following procedure to change modes: 1. Close all doors and turn the ignition on. Keep all


doors closed throughout this procedure.


2. Press and hold the driver’s power door lock switch


through Step 4.


3.


4.


5.


Press the LOCK button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. The automatic door locks will remain in the current mode. Press the LOCK button on the transmitter again. is pressed, Each time the transmitter’s LOCK button the mode will advance by one, going from 3 to 1 to 2, etc. Release the power door lock switch. The automatic door locks will remain in the most recent mode selected.


If your vehicle is not equipped with Remote Keyless Entry, use the following procedure to change modes: 1. Close all doors and turn the ignition on. Keep all


doors closed throughout this procedure.


2. Press and hold the driver’s power door lock switch


through Step 3.


3. Cycle the PARK (P) shift lever starting in PARK (P)


position to advance by one mode.


4. Release the power door lock switch.


Rear Door Security Lock


Your Bonneville 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.


3 2. Close the door.


3. Do the same thing to the other rear door lock. The rear doors of your vehicle canhot be ’opened fkom If you want to open a inside when this feature is in use. rear door when the security lock is on: 1. Unlock the door fkom the h i d e . 2. Then open the door from the outside.


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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 fiom 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 d’oor. The rear door locks will now work normally. Anti-Lockout Feature The power door locks will not work if the key is left in the imsm with the driver’s door open. You can override this feature by holding the power door lock switch for more than three seconds, unless the engine is running. Leavhg Yuur 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 a theft-deterrent system, see “Universal Theft-Deterrent” in the Index.


Remote Keyless Entry (Option) If your Pontiac has this option, you can your doors or unlock your trunk from up to away using the key chain transmitter supplied with your vehicle.


lock and unlock 30 feet (9 m)


Your Remote Keyless Entry System operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Comrinunications Commission (FCC)


This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause hannful 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 dr 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 to authorized service facility could void authorization use this equipment. Operation The driver’s door will unlock when UNLOCK If UNLOCK is pressed again within five seconds, all doors will unlock. Pressing the UNLOCK button will also illuminate the interior lamps. See “Illuminated Entry” in the index. All doors will lock when LOCK is pressed. The trunk will unlock when the opened trunk symbol is pressed when the ignition is OFF. The trunk symbol will also work when the ignition is on, but ody while in PARK (P).


is pressed.


Panic Mode When the button with the horn symbol on the key transmitter is pressed, the horn will sound and the headlamps and taillamps will flash for up to two minutes. This can be turned off by pressing the panic button again, unlocking the vehicle with a key or by turning the ignition to on. If only the panic button works, the transmitter needs to 'be resynchronized to the receiver, Do this by pressing and holding both the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons for about eight seconds; you must be within range of the vehicle. When the system has been resynchronized, the horn will chirp and the exterior lamps will flash once. The system should now operate properly. Personalization Features Each key transmitter can be programmed to the driver's preference for programmable automatic door locks OF key transmitter response. See each feature in the Index.


Key Transmitter Response This provides feedback to the driver when the vehicle receives a command from the key transmitter. The following modes may be selected: Mode Transmitter Response


No transmitter response when locking or unlocking vehicle No transmitter response when locking; exterior lamps flash when unlocking vehicle Exterior lamps flash. when locking; no transmitter response when unlocking vehicle Exterior lamps flash when locking and when unlo8cking vehicle Exterior lamps flash and horn chirps when locking; no transmitter responsq w b , unlocking vehicle Exterior lamps flash and horn chirps when locking; exterior lamps flash when unlocking


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Vehicles are delivered programmed in Mode 5. To change to another mode: 1. Press and hold the power door lock switch. 2. Press the opened trunk button on the transmitter. The


transmitter will remain in its current mode.


3. Press the opened trunk button again. Each time the


opened trunk button is pressed, the transmitter will advance to the next mode.


4. Release the power door lock switch. Delayed Locking (Option) NOTE: This feature is available only if you request your dealer to activate this option. After initial activation you can turn this feature on and off by using the following procedure. This feature lets the driver delay the actual locking of the vehicle. When the power door lock switch is pressed with the key removed from the ignition and the driver's door open, a chime will sound three times to signal that the delayed locking system is active. When all doors have been closed, the doors will lock automatically after five seconds. If any door is opened before this, the five-second twer will reset itself once all the doors have been closed again. Pressing the door lock switch twice within two seconds will override this feature.


The delayed locking feature can be turned on.or off for each remote transmitter. To turn the feature on: 1. Press and hold the power door lock switch


throughout this procedure. All'the doors will Io&.


2. Press the UNLOCK button on the remote


transmitter. The lock delay is still off and all doors will remain locked.


3. Press the UNLOCK button on the remote


transmitter again. Lock delay is now active and all doors dill unlock.


4. Release the power door lock switch. If your vehicle is not equipped with the Remote Keyless Enby, use the following procedure to turn the feature on: 1. With the ignition on, press and hold the power door


lock switch. All doors will lock.


2. Toggle the headlamps switch seven times (off to on


is one toggle). The doors will unlock to confirm that the feature is now on.


3. Release the power door lock switch. To turn the feature off, repeat the previous procedure.


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, any remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once the new transmitter is coded, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle. Each vehicle can have only four transmitters matched to it. See your dealer to match transmitters to another vehicle. Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your key chain transmitter should last about two years. You can tell the battery is 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 battery.


For battery replacement, use one Duracella battery, type DL-2032, or a similar type.


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To replace the battery: 1. Insert a coin into the notch near the keyring. Turn the coin counterclockwise to separate the two halves of the transmitter.


2. Once the transmitter is separated, use a pencil to


remove the old battery. Do not use a metal object.


3. Remove and replace the battery. Replace it as the


instructions inside the cover indicate. Be. sure not to touch any of the black boxes or the green surfaces. Any static transferred from your body to these areas may cause the transmitter to be inoperative.


4. Snap the transmitter back together tightly to be sure


no moisture can enter.


5. Resynchronize the transmitter by pressing and holding


the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons for about eight seconds. You must be within range of the vehicle. When the transmitter has been resynchronized, the horn will clwp and the exterior lamps will flash once.


Trunk Trunk Lock Release To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the door key and turn it. Remote Trunk Release (Option)


If you have this option, press the trunk release button located below the driver’s door armrest to release the trunk lid.


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The ignition may be on or OFF and the transaxle must be in PARK (P). The system also works with the Remote Keyless Entry system.


Trunk Lid


Remote Trunk Release Lockout (Option) The trunk release lockout valet switch in the trunk allows you to secure items in the trunk. By pressing the left side of the valet switch, the remote trunk release button below the driver’s door armrest will be disabled. Push the right side of the valet switch to enable the remote trunk release button to work again. -, Trunk Security Override (Option) ‘:


.’ Psessing the trunk symbol on the remote trms~xktter . opens the trunk even if the remote trunk release lockout switch is activated.


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It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle, You can’t see or smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death, If you must drive with the trunk electrical wiring or other cabl’e connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid:’


lid open or if


Make sure all windows are shut.


0 Thrn the fan on your heating or cooling


system to its highest speed with the setting on ECON or VENT. That will force outside air into your vehicle. See “Comfort Controls” in the Index. If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way.


See “Engine Exhaust” in the Index.


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 leave your vehicle with the keys inside, it’s an easy target for joy riders or professional thieves -- so don’t do it. With the ignition OFF and the driver’s door open, 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 in your vehicle? you have to leave something valuable Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk or glove box.


0 Lock the glove box. 0 , Lock all @e doors except the driver’s. 0 Then take the door key with you.


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Universal Theft-Deterrent (Option) If your Pontiac has this option, it has a theft-deterrent a l m system. With this system, the SECURITY light will flash as you open the door (if your ignition is OFF). This light reminds you to activate the theft-deterrent system when leaving your vehicle. Activating the sys tern: 1. 2.


Open the door. Lock the door with the power door lock switch or Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. The SEC-Y light should come on and stay on. Close all doors. The SECUFUTY light should go afT 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 Remote Keyless Entry transmitter, the alarm will go off. It will also go off if the trunk lock is damaged. Your vehicle’s lamps will flash and the horn will sound for three minutes, then will go off to save battery power.


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Remember, the theft-deterrent system won’t activate if you lock the doors with a key or manual door lock. It activates only if you use a power door lock switch ox Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. Avoid setting bff the alarm by accident. Always unlock a door with a key, or use the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. Unlocking a door any other way will set off the alarm. Stopping 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 Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. The alarm won’t stop if you try to d o c k a door any other way. Testing the alarm: Open the, window, then follow the directions for activating the system described earlier. Once the alarm is set, reach through the window and manually uvlock 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 and Circuit Breakers” in the Index. To reduce the possibility of theft, always activate the theft-deterrent system when leaving your vehicle.


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Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS-Key II (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key II is a passive theft-deterrent system. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition.


PASS-Key II uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. When the PASS-Key 11 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. Lf someone tries to start your vehicle again or uses another key during this


time, the vehicle will not start. This discourages someone fiom randomly trying different keys with different resistor pellets in an attempt to make a match. The ignition key, must be clean and dry before it’s inserted in the ignition or the engine may not start. If the the SECURITY light is on, the engine does not start and off. key may be dirty or wet. Turn the ignition Ciean and dry the key. Wait about three minutes and try again. The SECURITY light may remain on during this time. If the starter still won’t work, and the key appears to be clean and dry, wait about three minutes and try another ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index). If the starter won’t work with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle does start, the first ignition key may be faulty. See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key Q. If you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet, the starter won’t work SECURITY light will flash. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying another ignition key.


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See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key IT 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 11 system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your Pontiac dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by


. the PASS-Key II system.


If you lose or damage a PASS-Key II ignition key, see your Pontiac dealer OT a locksmith who can service PASS-Key 11 to have a new key made. In an emergency, call the Pontiac Roadside Assistance Program 1-800-ROADSID3, or 1-800-762-3743.


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New Vehicle (LBreak-In99


NOTICE:


Your modern Pontiac doesn’t need an elaborate “break=in?’.But it win perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines: Dm’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 youmget new brake linings. Don’t tow a trailer during break-in. See ‘cTowing a flrailer” in the Index for more information.


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Ignition Switch


With the ignition key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to five positions. ACCESSORY (A): 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 (B): The only position in which you can remove the key. This locks your steering wheel, ignition and transaxle. OFF (C): 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,. is OFF and the key is in driver's door when the ignition the ignition. RUN (D): 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.


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START (E): Starts the engine. When the engine st&& release the key. The ignition switch will return to RUN for normal driving. is not running, the positions Note that even if the engine 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 (Option) 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 10 minutes. But if you open a door, power is turned off. Starting Your ,Engine Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine won’t start in any other position -- that’s a safety feature. To restart when you’re already ‘moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.


NOTICE:


If your key seem 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.


NOTICE: Don’t try to shift to PARK (P) if y& Ponthc is moving. If you do, you could damage the transaxle. Shift to PARK (P) only when your vehicle is stopped.


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Starting 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

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