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The 1997 Pontiac Bonneville Owner’s Manual


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Seats and Restraint Systems This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “SRS’’ system. Features and Controls This section explains how to start and operate your Pontiac. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system. Your Driving and the Road Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions. Problems on the Road This section tells what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated engine, etc. Service and Appearance Care Here the manual tells you how to keep your Pontiac running properly and looking good.


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This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. Customer Assistance Information 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 8-8. 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.


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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.


I h!i, CAUTION:


hese mean there is something that could hurt


you or other people.


In the 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 “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:


I NOTICE:


These mean there is something that could damage your vehicle.


In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words. 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.


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 lamps:


DOOR LOCK UNLOCK


TURN SIGNALS


These symbols are on some of your controls:


WINDSHIELD WIPER


WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER


CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY


PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING


CAUSTIC BATTERY ACID COULD CAUSE BURNS


AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES


SPARK OR FLAME COULD EXPLODE BATTERY


FASTEN SEAT BELTS


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WINDOW DEFOGGER


FOG LAMPS # 0


VENTILATING (


FAN


These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:


Here are some other symbols you may see:


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COOLANT TEMP


BAllERY CHARGING SYSTEM


BRAKE


COOLANT


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FUEL


ENGINE OIL PRESSURE -4


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v Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems


Here you’ll 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 air bags and safety belts.


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Seats and Seat Controls Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Driver Position Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Right Front Passenger Position Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Center Passenger Position


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Rear Seat Passengers Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Children Child Restraints Larger Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash


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


CAUTION:


You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you don’t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when the vehicle is not moving.


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 models:


Front Control (A): Raise the front of the seat by holding the switch up. Lower the front of the seat by holding the switch down. Center Control (B): Move the seat forward 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 rear of the seat by holding the switch down.


Power Lumbar Controls (Option)


d Reshapes the lower back area of the seat.


m b Reshapes the middle back area of the seat.


Reshapes the upper back area of the seat.


Adjustable Support Seat (Option)


i$ Adjusts the position of the seatback side bolsters. 'd Tilts the rear of the seat up or down.


Tilts the front of the seat up or down.


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.


* &!- Adjusts the seat forward or back. iJ Adjusts the seat up or down.


&* reclined position.


Adjusts the seatback to an upright or


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 tilt forward and rearward also.


But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving,


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‘ A CAUTION:


It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly.


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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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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.


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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.)


FASTEN BELTS


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


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 if it will be a bad one. A few crashes are mild, 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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Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it’s just a seat on wheels.


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Put someone on it.


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


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


or the instrument panel ...


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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?


A: 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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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.


home, why should I wear safety belts?


&: If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from 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.


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.


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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.


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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 from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.


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What’s wrong with this?


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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.


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Q: What’s wrong with this?


A CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is this. In a crash, buckled in the wrong place like 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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@ What’s wrong with this?


A 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 shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should


be worn over the shoulder at all times.


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What’s wrong with this?


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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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 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. Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or air bag system. Your Pontiac has two air bags -- one air bag for the driver and another air bag for the right front passenger.


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Here are the most important things to know about the air bag system:


You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if you aren’t wearing your safety belt -- even if you have air bags. Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps reduce your chance of hitting things inside the vehicle or being ejected from it. Air bags are “supplemental restraints’’ to the safety belts. All air bags are designed to work with safety belts, but don’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 should wear a


safety belt properly -- whether or not there’s an


air bag for that person.


A CAUTION:


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 before and during a crash. Always wear your safety belt, even with air bags. The driver should sit as far back as possible while still maintaining control of the vehicle.


A CAUTION:


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 BAG.


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


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How the Air Bag System Works


Where are the air bags? The driver's air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel.


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The right front passenger's air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side.


If something is between an occupant and an air bag, the bag may not inflate properly or it might force the object into that person. The path of an inflating air bag must be kept clear. Don’t put anything between an occupant and an air bag, and don’t attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other air bag covering.


When should an air bag inflate? An air bag is designed to inflate in a moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crash. 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 lunih). 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 that 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. In any particular crash, no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply because of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and how quickly the vehicle slows down in frontal or near-frontal impacts.


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What makes an air bag inflate? In an impact of sufficient severity, the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. The sensing system triggers a release of gas from the inflator, which inflates the air bag. The inflator, air bag and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the right front 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. Air bags supplement 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 those air bags. Air bags should never be regarded as anything 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 bag inflates? After an air bag inflates, it quickly deflates, so quickly that some people may not even realize 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 right front passenger’s bag, will be hot for a short time. The parts of the bag that come into contact with you may be warm, but not too hot to touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. Air bag inflation doesn’t prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle, nor does it stop people from leaving the vehicle.


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.


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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.


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. 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.


NOTICE:


If you damage the covering for the driver’s or the right front passenger’s air bag, the bag 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 coverings.


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.


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CAUTION:


For up to 10 minutes 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. Center Passenger Position


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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 unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts. Rear passengers who aren’t safety belted can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash. And they can strike others in the vehicle who are wearing safety belts. 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 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.


Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here’s how to wear one properly.


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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.


If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle it. 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 so you 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 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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The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or a crash.


I /A CAUTION:


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.


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


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 in 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:


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


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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.


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.


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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. ?-xa?r CPdren and B a P s


Smaller children and babies should always be restrained in a child or infant restraint. The instructions for the restraint will say whether it is the right type and size for your child. A very young child’s hip bones are so small that a regular belt might not stay low on the hips, as 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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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.


To remove and store the comfort guides, squeeze the belt edges together so that you can take them out from the guides. Pull the guide upward to expose its storage clip, and then slide the guide onto the clip. Rotate the guide and clip inward and in between the seatback and the interior body, leaving only the loop of elastic cord exposed.


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at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-1b. (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be almost impossible to hold.


I Secure the baby in an infant restraint.


A CAUTION: =!!ever hold a baby in your arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby doesn’t weigh much -- until a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can’t hold it. For example, in a crash


CAUTION: (Continued)


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Child Restraints Be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a 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 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:


A CAUTION:


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 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 front 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 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.


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If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored. If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Pontiac dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it. Canadian law requires that child restraints have a top strap, and that the strap be anchored.


If your child restraint has a top strap, your dealer can obtain a kit with anchor hardware and installation instructions specifically designed for this vehicle. The dealer can then install the anchor for you. In Canada, this work will be done for you free of charge. Or, you may install the anchor yourself using the instructions provided in the kit. Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position


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.


You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap 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.


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.


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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. 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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Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position


You’ll be using the lap belt.


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. 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.


See the earlier part 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.


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


down on the child restraint.


7. Push and pull the child restraint in different


directions to be sure it is secure. If 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.


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.


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Securing a 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 close to the inflating air bag. Always secure a rear-facing child restraint in the rear seat.


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. h t 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.


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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 will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.


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


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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.


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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? 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 sitting in a rear seat outside position, see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” in the Index. 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.


A CAUTION:


Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behinc the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, il a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt's force would then be applied right on the child's abdomen. That could cause serious or fatal injuries.


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.


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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 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. 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.


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 the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see 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. If a belt is torn or frayed, get a new one right away. Also look for any opened or broken air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.) 1-44


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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 instrument panel and the warning systems that tell you if everything is working properly -- and what to do if you have a problem.


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Keys Door Locks Remote Keyless Entry Trunk Theft Universal Theft-Deterrent [email protected] I1 New Vehicle “Break-In” Ignition Positions Starting Your Engine Engine Coolant Heater Automatic Transaxle Operation Computer Command Ride Parking Brake Shifting Into PARK (P) Shifting Out of PARK (P) Parking Over Things That Bum Engine Exhaust


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Running Your Engine While You’re Parked Windows Horn Tilt Wheel Turn SignalMultifunction Lever Exterior Lamps Interior Lamps Mirrors Storage Compartments Sun Visors Air Inflator System Accessory Power Outlet Sunroof Instrument Panel Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators Head-Up Display Driver Information Center Electronic Compass


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Keys A CAI JTION:


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 kille'd. 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.


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 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-ROADSIm 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.


There are several ways to lock and unlock 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 the rear of the 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.


To lock the door from the inside, slide the locking lever rearward. To unlock the door, slide the locking lever forward.


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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.


Programmable Automatic Door Locks (0 p tion) 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 manual 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.


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Customizing Your Automatic Door Locks Feature With Rem'ote 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). Only the driver's door automatically unlocks when shifted into PARK (P). All doors automatically lo'ck when shifted out of PARK (P). All doors automatically unlock when shifted into PARK (P).


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. Press the LOCK button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. The automatilc door locks will remain in the current mode.


4. Press the LOCK button on the transmitter again.


Each time the transmitter's LUCK button is pressed, the mode will advance by one, going from 3 to 1 to 2, etc.


5. Release the power door lock switch. The automatic door


locks will remain in the most recent mode selected.


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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


though Step 3.


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


PARK (P), through the gear selections to advance by one mode for each cycle. After the first cycle, you will hear a door locking action, which identifies the current mode.


4. Release the power door lock switch.


Delayed Locking (Option) 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 timer 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. Vehicles are delivered with each remote transmitter defaulted with delayed locking off. To turn the feature on: 1. Press and hold the power door lock switch


throughout this procedure. All the doors will lock.


2. Press the UNLOCK button on the remote transmitter.


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


3. Press the UNLOCK button on the remote transmitter


again. Lock delay is now active and all the doors will unlock.


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


Rear Door Security Lock i 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.


2. Close the door. 3. Do the same thing to the other rear door lock. The rear doors of your vehicle cannot be opened from inside when this feature is in use, If you want to open a rear door when the security lock is on: 1. Unlock the door. 2. Then open the door from the outside.


If your vehicle is not equipped with Remote Keyless Entry, the delayed locking feature can be turned on or off by using the following procedure: 1. With the ignition on, press and hold the driver’s


power door lock switch. All doors will lock. 2. Cycle the headlamp switch four times. On the


third cycle, the doors will unlock to confirm that the feature has been turned on. Your doors will remain locked if delayed locking is now in the non-active mode.


3. To change modes, cycle the headlamp switch once more. A locking action will confirm the new mode.


4. Release the power door lock switch. This procedure must be completed within 10 seconds of pressing the power door lock switch. To turn the feature off, repeat the previous procedure.


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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 and open the door from the outside. 2. Move the lever all the way down. 3. D’o the same for the other rear door. 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 ignition 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. Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle, take your keys, open your door and set the locks from the inside. Then get out and close the door. You may also use the lock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter after shutting the doors. 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 lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the remote keyless entry transmitter supplied with your vehicle.


Your Remote Keyless Entry System operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry and Science Canada.


This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.


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This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry and Science Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any intederence received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment. This system has a range of about 3 feet (1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m). At times you may notice a decrease in range. This is normal for any remoste keyless entry system. If the transmitter does not work or if you have to stand closer to your vehicle for the transmitter to work, try this:


Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions that follow.


0 Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. You may need to stand closer during r’ainy or snowy weather.


Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. Take a few steps to the left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again.


0 If you’re still having trouble, see your Pontiac dealer


or a qualified technician for service.


Operation The driver’s door will unlock when UNLOCK is pressed. The fuel door will also unlock when UNLOCK is pressed, if you have the optional fuel door lock. 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.


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 or by turning the ignition to ON. If your vehicle is equipped with the Universal Theft Deterrent feature, you may also turn off the alarm by unlocking the vehicle with a key.


Resynchronization 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.


Mode


Security Feedback This provides feedback to the driver when the vehicle receives a command from the key transmitter. The following modes may be selected: Security Feedback No feedback when locking or unlocking vehicle. No feedback when locking; exterior lamps flash when unlocking vehicle. Exterior lamps flash when locking; no feedback when unlocking vehicle. Exterior lamps flash when locking and when unlocking vehicle. Exterior lamps flash and horn chirps when locking; no feedback when 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 m'ode: 1.


Press and hold the driver's power door lock switch located on the door panel. Press the opened trunk button on the transmitter. The transmitter will remain in its current mode. Press the opened trunk button again. Each time the opened trunk button is pressed, the transmitter will advance to the next mode. Release the power door lock switch.


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3.


4.


Personalization Features The following list of features that are available on your Bonneville can be programmed to the driver's preference for each of the key transmitters.


Automatic Door Locks: This feature programs your door locks to automatically lock or unlock when shifting in and out of PARK (P). Security Feedback: This feature provides feedback to the driver when the vehicle receives a command from the key transmitter. Delayed Locking: This feature lets the driver delay the actual locking of the vehicle. When all doors have been closed, the doors will lock automatically after five seconds.


For more detailed information and programming instructions, refer to the Index for each individual feature listed above.


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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 your dealer has coded the new transmitter, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle. Each vehicle can have only four transmitters matched to it. 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 [email protected] battery, type DL-2032, or a similar type. 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.


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2. Once the transmitter is separated, use a pencil to remove the old b,attery. Do not use a metal object. 3. Remove and replace the battery. Replace it as the


instructions inside the cover indicate.


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 churp and the exterior lamps will flash once.


NOTICE: h e n replacing the battery, use care notto touch I


any of the circuitry. Static from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter.


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. Note: This option will not work if the Remote Trunk Release Lockout is on.


The ignition may be on or off and the transaxle must be in PARK (P). The system also works with the Remote Keyl'ess Entry system.


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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) Pressing the trunk symbol on the remote transmitter opens the trunk even if the remote trunk release lockout switch is activated.


Trunk Lid


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 lid open or electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid:


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Make sure all windows are shut. ”urn 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 b’usiness, 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 igniti’on 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.


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Parking Lots If you park in a lot where someone will be watching your vehicle, it’s best to lock it up and take your keys. But what if you have to leave your ignition key? What if you have to leave something valuable in your vehicle? Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk or glove box.


0 Lock the glove box. 0 Turn the Valet Lockout switch on. 0 Lock all the doors except the driver’s. 0 Then take the door key and remote keyless entry


transmitter with you.


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 activate the theft-deterrent system when leaving your vehicle.


Activating the system: 1. Open the door. 2. Lock the door with the power door lock switch while


the door is open, or use the Remote 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 Remote Keyless Entry transmitter, or if the door key cylinders are damaged, 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 in order to save battery power. if you Remember, the theft-deterrent system won’t activate lock the doors with a key or manual door lock. It activates only if you use a power door lock switch while the door is open, or the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter. Avoid setting off the alarrn by accident.


Always unlock a door with a key, or use the Remote Keyless Entry system 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 system transmitter. The alarm won’t stop if you try to unlock 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 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 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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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. If the starter s’till 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 staster 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 11. 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.


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Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS-Key 11 (Person’alized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key 11 is a passive theft-deterrent system. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition.


PASS-Key I1 uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. When the PASS-Key I1 system senses that someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. For about thee 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.


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See your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key I1 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 I1 system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your Pontiac dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key I1 system. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key I1 ignition key, see your Pontiac dealer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key I1 to have a new key made. In an emergency, call the Pontiac Roadside Assistance Center at l-SOO-ROADSI~, or 1-800-762-3743.


New Vehicle CCBreak-In”


NOTICE:


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


Don’t drive at any one speed -- fast or slow -- for the first 500 miles (805 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. Don’t tow a trailer during break-in. See “Towing a Trailer” in the Index for more information.


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Ignition Positions


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.


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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 driver’s door when the ignition is OFF and the key is in 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. START (E): 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.


NOTICE:


If your key seems stuck in LOCK and you can’t turn it, be sure you are using the correct key; if so, is it 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 th’e ignition switch. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service.


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 10 minutes. But if you open a door, the 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:


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


(P) if your Pontiac


Starting Your 3800 Series I1 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.


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NOTICE:


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 engine 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 Vehicle” in the Index.


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 way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in START for about three seconds. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine. After waiting about 15 seconds, repeat the normal starting procedure.


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Engine Coolant Heater (Option)


In very cold weather, 0 OF (- 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.


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 11 O-volt AC outlet.


A CAUTION:


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


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