Chrysler 2008 Crossfire Specifications

2008 Crossfire
2008
OWNER’ S MANUAL
81-026-0845
First Edition
Printed in U.S.A.
Crossfire
2008 Crossfire
2008
OWNER’ S MANUAL
81-026-0845
First Edition
Printed in U.S.A.
Crossfire
VEHICLES SOLD IN CANADA
With respect to any Vehicles Sold in Canada, the name
Chrysler LLC shall be deemed to be deleted and the
name Chrysler Canada Inc. used in substitution therefor.
DRIVING AND ALCOHOL
Drunken driving is one of the most frequent causes of
accidents.
Your driving ability can be seriously impaired with blood
alcohol levels far below the legal minimum. If you are
drinking, don’t drive. Ride with a designated non-drinking
driver, call a cab, a friend, or use public transportation.
WARNING!
This manual illustrates and describes the operation of
features and equipment that are either standard or optional on this vehicle. This manual may also include a
description of features and equipment that are no longer
available or were not ordered on this vehicle. Please
disregard any features and equipment described in this
manual that are not on this vehicle.
Chrysler LLC reserves the right to make changes in
design and specifications, and/or make additions to or
improvements to its products without imposing any
obligation upon itself to install them on products previously manufactured.
Driving after drinking can lead to an accident. Your
perceptions are less sharp, your reflexes are slower,
and your judgment is impaired when you have been
drinking. Never drink and then drive.
Copyright © 2007 Chrysler LLC
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
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STARTING AND OPERATING
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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INDEX
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CONTENTS
m Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
m Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
m How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
m Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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INTRODUCTION
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
various customer-oriented documents. You are urged to
read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this Owner’s Manual will
help assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold.
When it comes to service, remember that your authorized
dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained
technicians and genuine Mopart parts, and is interested
in your satisfaction.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the Table of Contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
The detailed Index, at the back of this manual, contains a
complete listing of all subjects.
Consult the following table for a description of the
symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout
this manual:
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do
not read this entire manual you may miss important
information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located beneath the left front corner of the instrument panel, visible
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
Automobile Information Disclosure Label affixed to a
window on your vehicle. Save this label as a convenient
record of your VIN and optional equipment.
NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN.
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CONTENTS
m A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Obtaining Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
m Glove Compartment Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
m Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Central Locking Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Automatic Central Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ General Notes On The Central Locking
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Emergency Unlocking Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Start Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
m Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ To Use The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
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▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
m Security Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . .33
▫ Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
m Decklid Internal Emergency Release - Roadster . . .22
m Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . .61
m Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
m Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Power Window Operation With The
Convertible Top Switch (Roadster Only) . . . . . .25
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
m Rear Liftgate/Decklid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
m Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make
Outside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
You can insert the double-sided keys into the locks with
either side up.
The authorized dealer that sold you your new vehicle has
the key code numbers for your vehicle locks. These
numbers can be used to order duplicate keys only from
an authorized dealer. Ask your authorized dealer for
these numbers and keep them in a safe place.
CAUTION!
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition and lock all the
doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
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NOTE: To avoid discharging the battery, the key must
be removed from the ignition when the vehicle is parked.
Keys
Included with your vehicle are two remote controls with
folding keys. The remote control operates all locks on the
vehicle, including the locking fuel filler door.
To release the key from the folded position, press the
button. The key unfolds from the Fob.
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The transmitter for the remote control is located in the
key Fob.
Obtaining Replacement Keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking
system requiring a special key manufacturing process.
For security reasons, replacement keys can only be obtained from your authorized dealer.
Important!
Removing the key from the steering lock activates the
start lock-out. The engine cannot be started.
Turning the key in the steering lock to the ON/RUN
position deactivates the start lock-out.
NOTE: In case the engine cannot be started, and START
and ERROR are shown in the odometer display field, the
system is not operational. Contact an authorized dealer.
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Ignition Key Removal
Turn the key to the LOCK position and remove the key.
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NOTE: For vehicles with automatic transmissions, if
you try to remove the key before you place the shift lever
in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily in the
key cylinder. If this occurs, turn the key clockwise
slightly, then remove the key as described.
Key-In-Ignition Reminder
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition
sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.
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GLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK
The glove compartment can be locked by turning the key
straight up to the vertical or right position, and then
removing the key.
To unlock the glove compartment, turn the key to the
horizontal or left position, and then remove the key.
DOOR LOCKS
The vehicle doors can be locked when the doors are
closed by either manually pressing the button down at
the top of the door panel, pressing and releasing the
bottom portion of the central locking switch located in
the console, or by pressing and releasing the LOCK
transmit button on the key Fob. Also, by turning the key
clockwise in the driver’s door, both doors, liftgate/
decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster
only) will lock.
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NOTE: If the key in the ignition switch is in the
ON/RUN position, the vehicle cannot be locked or
unlocked with the remote control.
When you lock the vehicle, both door lock buttons
should move down. If either one stays up, the respective
door is not properly closed. You should then unlock the
vehicle, open and close the door, and lock the vehicle
again.
The doors can be unlocked by pulling on the inside door
handle, pressing and releasing the top portion of the
central locking switch located in the console, or by
pressing and releasing the UNLOCK transmit button on
the key Fob. Both doors can also be unlocked by turning
the key counterclockwise in the driver’s door.
Each individual door can be locked with the respective
door lock button - the driver’s door can only be locked
when it is closed. If the vehicle has previously been
locked from the outside, only the door being opened
from the inside will unlock, and the alarm will come on.
The other door, the rear liftgate/decklid, fuel filler door,
and center console (roadster only) will remain locked.
NOTE: In case of a malfunction in the central locking
system, the doors can be locked and unlocked individually. To lock, turn the key in the driver’s door lock
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clockwise, or push down the LOCK buttons. To unlock,
turn the key in the driver’s door lock counterclockwise,
or pull the inside door handles.
WARNING!
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive and
when you park and leave the vehicle.
Central Locking Switch
The central locking switch is located in the console. The
doors and rear liftgate/decklid can only be locked with
the central locking switch if both doors are closed.
If the vehicle was previously locked with the remote
control or key, the doors and rear liftgate/decklid cannot
be unlocked with the central locking switch. If the vehicle
was previously locked with the central locking switch,
the complete vehicle is unlocked when a door is opened
from the inside.
NOTE: The fuel filler door and center console (roadster
only) cannot be locked or unlocked with the central
locking switch.
Automatic Central Locking
The central locking switch also operates the automatic
central locking feature. With the automatic central locking feature activated, the doors and rear liftgate/decklid
are locked at vehicle speeds of approximately 9 mph (15
km/h) or more; however, the fuel filler door remains
unlocked.
To activate this feature, turn the key to the ON/RUN
position and hold the upper portion of the switch for a
minimum of five seconds. To deactivate, turn the key to
the ON/RUN position and hold the lower portion of the
switch for a minimum of five seconds.
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NOTE: If the doors are unlocked with the central
locking switch after activating the automatic central
locking feature and neither door is opened, the doors
remain unlocked even at vehicle speeds of approximately
9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
NOTE: If you attempt to lock the doors with the key in
the ignition and the driver’s door open, the doors will not
lock.
General Notes On the Central Locking System
If the key in the ignition switch is in the ON/RUN
position, the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with
the remote control.
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked at any time
with the remote control, it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the remote.
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NOTE: To help prevent the vehicle battery from discharging during short periods of inactivity, perform the
following:
1. Make sure that the rear liftgate/decklid, hood and
doors are completely closed.
2. Make sure that remote transmitter is operating and
that the battery is good.
3. Make sure that the hood, rear liftgate/decklid and
door switches are in adjustment.
Perform the quick system check which follows: Use the
remote transmitter to set the alarm. If the parking lamps
flash three times, the system is operating properly. If not,
there is a problem with a switch or the system. See your
authorized dealer for service.
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Emergency Unlocking Feature
In the case of an accident, the doors unlock automatically
a short time after a strong deceleration is detected, such
as in a collision (this is intended to aid rescue and exit).
However, the key must still be in the ignition.
Start Lockout
Removing the key from the ignition switch activates the
start lockout. The engine cannot be started. Turning the
key to the ON/RUN position deactivates the start lockout. If the engine cannot be started, and the messages
START and ERROR are shown in the odometer display
field, the system is not operational. Contact an authorized dealer.
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
This feature allows you to lock or unlock the vehicle from
remote locations using a hand-held transmitter located in
the key Fob. You don’t have to point the transmitter at the
vehicle to activate the system. The vehicle doors, rear
liftgate/decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster only) can be locked and unlocked using the remote
control.
To Unlock the Doors
Press and release the UNLOCK button on the key Fob.
NOTE: If within 40 seconds of unlocking with the key
Fob, neither door is opened, the key is not inserted in the
ignition switch, or the central locking switch is not
activated, the vehicle will automatically lock.
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Press the UNLOCK transmit button on the key Fob once
to unlock driver’s door, rear liftgate/decklid, fuel filler
door, and center console (roadster only). Press the UNLOCK transmit button twice to unlock both doors, rear
liftgate/decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster only).
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To Lock The Doors
Press the LOCK button on the key Fob once. All turn
signal lights blink three times to indicate that the vehicle
is locked. If the turn signal lights do not blink, a door or
rear liftgate/decklid is not closed properly.
The entire vehicle, including the fuel filler door, may be
locked or unlocked by using the key in the driver’s door.
The doors and liftgate/decklid can be locked or unlocked
by pressing the central LOCKING switch located in the
center console.
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If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing
the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the remote control.
Panic Alarm
The panic alarm unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the
interior lights, flashes the foglights and sounds the horn
for about three minutes or until the alarm is turned off.
The vehicle can be driven while in the PANIC mode.
To Use the Panic Alarm
Press and hold the PANIC button to activate the alarm.
Press and hold the PANIC button or unlock the door with
the key to deactivate the alarm. The alarm will also shut
off after three minutes or when vehicle speed reaches 15
mph (24 km/h).
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General Information
This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement Lithium battery is Panasonict CR2025 or equivalent.
• Press the battery cover (1) in the direction of the arrow.
• Remove the old batteries.
To change the batteries:
• Press release button (2) on the key Fob. The key folds
out.
• Insert the new batteries in the direction of the arrow
with the positive symbol facing upwards.
• Replace the battery cover and press on it until you feel
it engage.
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NOTE: Only replace the batteries in pairs.
The system may have to be re-synchronized if the transmitter is without voltage for several minutes. To synchronize, aim the transmitter eye at the vehicle and briefly
press either the LOCK or the UNLOCK button twice.
Within approximately 30 seconds, insert the key in the
ignition and turn it to the ON/RUN position. The remote
control should once again be operational.
SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM
The Security Alarm system monitors the doors, rear
liftgate/decklid, hood, and ignition for unauthorized
operation. The Security Alarm system is automatically
armed or disarmed with the remote control or any of
your vehicle’s keys by locking or unlocking the vehicle.
The antitheft alarm is armed within approximately 10
seconds after locking the vehicle. A blinking light in the
tow away alarm switch indicates that the alarm is armed.
Once the Security Alarm system has been armed, the
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exterior vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound
when a door, the rear liftgate/decklid, the hood, or glove
compartment is opened, or if someone attempts to raise
the vehicle for towing. The Security Alarm will flash the
exterior lamps for approximately three minutes and
sound an audible alarm for 30 seconds. The Security
Alarm will stay on even if the activating element is
immediately closed.
Tow-Away Alarm
The tow-away alarm switch is located on the console. To
deactivate for towing or jacking up the vehicle, press and
release the upper portion of the switch. Press and release
the upper portion to activate it again.
After the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone attempts to raise the vehicle. The alarm will
flash the exterior lamps for approximately three minutes
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and sound an audible alarm for 30 seconds. The alarm
will stay on even if the vehicle is immediately lowered.
To cancel the alarm, insert the key into the ignition switch
or press a transmit button on the key Fob.
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature when
parking on a surface subject to movement (such as a
ferry), switch off the tow-away alarm. To do so, turn the
key in the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK or ACC
position, or remove the key from the ignition switch.
Press the tow-away alarm switch and the indicator light
will illuminate briefly. Exit the vehicle, and lock the
vehicle with the key or the remote control.
The tow-away alarm remains switched off until the
vehicle is locked again with the key or the remote control,
at which time it is automatically reactivated.
DECKLID INTERNAL EMERGENCY RELEASE ROADSTER
As a security measure, a Decklid Internal Emergency
Release lever is built into the decklid latching mechanism. In the event of an individual being locked inside
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the trunk, the decklid can be easily opened by pulling on
the glow-in-the-dark handle attached to the decklid
latching mechanism. See image below.
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the trunk by
climbing into the trunk from outside. Always close
the decklid when your vehicle is unattended. Once in
the trunk, young children may not be able to escape.
If trapped in the trunk, children can die from suffocation or heat stroke.
WARNING!
If the battery voltage drops below the minimum
threshold at any time, the Trunk Internal Emergency
Release will not function.
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WARNING!
The Trunk Internal Emergency Release will not function during the convertible top operation.
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POWER WINDOWS
The power window switches are located in the console.
To operate, turn the key in the ignition switch to the ACC
or ON/RUN position. Press the switch in to the resistance point to open; release the switch when the window
is in the desired position.
For express opening of windows, press the switch past
the resistance point and release; the window lowers to
the fully open position. To interrupt the procedure,
briefly press the switch again and release.
When closing the windows, be sure that there is no
danger of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure.
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WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key
from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment can cause serious personal injury.
Power Window Operation With The Convertible
Top Switch (Roadster Only)
The power windows can also be operated by using the
convertible top switch.
To operate, turn the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position. Press down on the rear of the convertible top switch twice to open the windows.
Press down on the front of the convertible top switch
twice to close the windows.
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REAR LIFTGATE/DECKLID RELEASE
You can open the rear liftgate/decklid by using the
handle located on the liftgate/decklid just above the rear
license plate pocket.
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the rear cargo
area by climbing into the rear cargo area from outside. Always close the liftgate/decklid when your
vehicle is unattended. Once in the cargo area, young
children may have difficulty leaving the vehicle. If
trapped in the cargo area, children can die from
suffocation or heat stroke.
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OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the lap/
shoulder seat belts for the driver and passenger, emergency tensioning retractors for the seat belts, and front
and side airbags for the driver and passenger. If you will
be carrying children too small for adult-size belts, the
passenger side seat belt also can be used to hold infant
and child restraint systems.
Please pay close attention to the information in this
section. It tells you how to use your restraint system
properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as
possible.
WARNING!
In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer
much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled
up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or other
occupants, or you can be thrown out of the vehicle.
Always be sure you and others in your vehicle are
buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen
far away from home or on your street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives. They also
can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some
of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown
from the vehicle. Seat belts provide protection from that,
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and they reduce the risk of injury caused by striking the
inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle needs
to be buckled up all the time.
Lap/Shoulder Belts
Each seating position is equipped with a combined
lap/shoulder belt system.
The belt webbing retractor will lock only during very
sudden stops or impacts. This feature allows the shoulder
part of the belt to move freely with you under normal
conditions. In a collision, the belt locks and reduces the
risk of your striking the inside of the vehicle or being
thrown out. The seat belts are also equipped with emergency tensioning retractors. These tensioning retractors
are located in each belt’s inertia reel and become operationally ready with the key in the ignition switch turned
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to the ACC or ON/RUN positions. The emergency
tensioning retractors are designed to activate during
frontal and rear impacts. They remove slack from the
belts in such a way that the seat belts fit more snugly
against the body, restricting its forward movement as
much as possible.
In cases of other frontal impacts, roll overs, certain side
impacts, rear collisions or other accidents without sufficient frontal or rear impact forces, the emergency tensioning retractors will not be activated. The driver and
passenger will then be protected by the fastened seat
belts and inertia reel in the usual manner.
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WARNING!
• Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat
belts are designed to go around the large bones of
your body. These are the strongest parts of your
body and can take the forces of a collision the best.
Wearing your belt in the wrong place could make
your injuries in a collision much worse. You might
suffer internal injuries, or you could even slide out
of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to
wear your seat belt safely and to keep your passengers safe, too.
• Two people should never be belted into a single
seat belt. People belted together can crash into one
another in an accident, hurting one another badly.
Never use a lap/shoulder belt or a lap belt for more
than one person, no matter what their size.
Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Unless the key is
in the ACC or ON position, seat will not move. Sit back
and adjust the seat.
2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of your seat.
Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch
plate up the webbing as far as necessary to make the belt
go around your lap.
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3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”
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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
a little on the shoulder belt, as shown.
5. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate
away from you and pull on the lap belt. Remember that
a snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a
collision.
6. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
7. To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle.
The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position.
If necessary, slide the latch plate down the webbing to
allow it to retract fully.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
• A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will not
protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too
high on your body, possibly causing internal injuries.
Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.
• A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of
internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won’t
be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across
your abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as
possible and keep it snug.
• A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well. In
a sudden stop you could move too far forward, increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat belt snugly.
• A belt that is worn under your arm is very dangerous.
Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the vehicle
in a collision, increasing head and neck injury. A belt
worn under the arm can cause internal injuries. Ribs
aren’t as strong as shoulder bones. Wear the belt over
your shoulder so that your strongest bones will take the
force in a collision.
• A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect you
from injury during a collision. You are more likely to
hit your head in a collision if you do not wear your
shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to be
used together.
• A twisted belt can’t do its job as well. In a collision
it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is
straight. If you can’t straighten a belt in your
vehicle, take it to an authorized dealer and have it
fixed.
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WARNING!
Seat belt systems must always be replaced after an
impact severe enough to fire the emergency locking
retractors. If there is any question about the condition of your seat belt system, take the vehicle to an
authorized dealer for an inspection.
WARNING!
A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision and
leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt system
periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose parts.
Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not
disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if they have
been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing, etc.)
Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts
throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short even when fully extended, an
authorized dealer can provide you with a seat belt
extender. This extender should be used only if the
existing belt is not long enough. When it is not required,
remove the extender and store it.
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WARNING!
Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use the
extender when the lap belt is not long enough when
it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended
seating positions. Remove and store the extender
when not needed.
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
This vehicle has airbags for the driver and passenger as a
supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver’s
airbag is mounted in the steering wheel. The passenger
frontal airbag is mounted in the instrument panel, under
a cover marked SRS/AIRBAG.
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These airbags inflate in higher speed frontal impacts.
They work with the instrument panel inflatable knee
blockers and the seat belts to provide improved protection for the driver and passenger.
The vehicle is also equipped with side airbags, located in
the driver and passenger doors. Side airbags also work
with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
NOTE: The front driver airbag is certified to the Federal
regulations that allow less forceful deployment. The front
driver airbag has a multi stage inflator design. This may
allow the airbag to have different rates of inflation that
are based on collision severity and occupant size. Also,
the front passenger airbag is certified to the Federal
regulations that define Occupant Classification (Refer to
“Occupant Classification System” in this section). Their
covers are also labeled SRS/AIRBAG.
WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You may
damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
• Do not place objects between you and the side
airbags; the performance could be adversely affected and/or objects could be pushed into you,
causing serious injury.
• Do not attach cup holders or any other objects on
or around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive objects into occupants, causing serious
injury.
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NOTE: The passenger front airbag may not deploy even
when the driver front airbag has deployed if the Occupant Classification System (refer to “Occupant Classification System” in this section) has determined the seat is
empty or is occupied by someone that is classified in the
“child” category. This could be a child, a teenager, or
even a small adult. The side airbags on the crash side of
the vehicle is triggered in moderate to severe side collisions. However even in collisions where the airbags
work, you need the seat belts to keep you in the right
position for the airbags to protect you properly.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy only in moderate
to severe front collisions. In certain types of collisions,
both the front and side airbags may be triggered.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
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1. Infants in rear-facing child safety seats should NEVER
ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger frontal
airbag unless the airbag is shut OFF. See “Passenger
Airbag On/Off Switch” and “To Shut Off the Passenger
Airbag.” The rear-facing seat places them too close to the
passenger air bag in the event of a crash. An airbag
deployment can cause severe injury or death to infants in
this position.
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see section on “Child Restraint”) should
be secured in child safety seats or booster seats that are
appropriate for the child’s age, height, and weight.
Older children who do not use child safety seats or
booster seats should ride properly buckled. Never allow
children to place the shoulder belt behind them or under
the arm.
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If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the vehicle,
move the seat as far back as possible, shut off the
passenger airbag, and use the proper child restraint. See
the section on “Child Restraint.”
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint or belt-positioning booster seat to make
sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder belts
properly.
3. The driver and passenger seats should be moved back
as far as practical to allow the front airbags room to
inflate.
4. Do not lean against the door, as the side airbags will
inflate forcefully into the space between you and the
door. (See the section on “Side Airbags”)
WARNING!
After installing a child safety seat or booster seat on the
passenger seat, do not adjust the back rest forward. This
could cause a higher load being perceived by the OCS
system which in turn could lead to the passenger airbag
being turned on. Failure to follow this warning could
result in serious or fatal injury. It is always recommended to turn off the passenger front air bags using
the passenger front airbags on/off switch located at the
right end of the instrument panel when the passenger is:
• an infant (less than 1 year old),
• a child, age 1 to 12,
• an adult with a medical condition which makes
passenger airbags inflation (deployment) a greater
risk for the passenger than the risk of hitting the
dashboard (instrument panel) or windshield in a
crash.
The on/off switch is accessible by opening the passenger door.
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WARNING!
Airbag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
• Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won’t deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you have
airbags.
• Occupant Restraint Controller
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument
panel during airbag deployment could cause serious injury.
• Driver and Passenger Inflatable Knee Blocker
• Airbags need room to inflate. Sit back, comfortably extending your arms to reach the steering
wheel or instrument panel.
• The side airbags also need room to inflate. Do not
lean against the door. Sit upright in the center of
the seat.
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• Airbag Warning Light
• Driver and passenger frontal airbag/inflator units
• Driver and passenger side airbag/inflator units
• Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Pretensioners
• Side impact sensors
• Front Passenger Seat Occupant Classification System
(OCS)
How the Front Airbag System Works
• The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) determines
if a frontal collision is severe enough to require the
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airbags to inflate. Based on the level of collision
severity, the front control module determines the
proper rate of inflation. The front airbag inflators are
designed to provide different rates of airbag inflation
from direction provided by the ORC. The ORC may
modify the rate of inflation based on the occupant size
provided by the Occupant Classification Module. The
ORC will not detect roll overs. The ORC monitors the
readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in the START or RUN
positions. If the key is in the OFF position, in the ACC
position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are not on
and will not inflate.
Also, the ORC turns on the AIRBAG warning light
(located in the instrument cluster) and Passenger
Airbag Disable (PAD) indicator light (located in the
center console) for 4 seconds for a self-check when the
ignition is first turned on. After the self-check, the
AIRBAG warning light will turn off. The PAD indicator light will function normally (Refer to “Passenger
Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light” in this section).
If the ORC detects a malfunction in any part of the
system, it turns on the AIRBAG warning light either
momentarily or continuously.
WARNING!
Ignoring the AIRBAG light in your instrument panel
could mean you won’t have the airbags to protect you
in a collision. If the light does not come on, stays on
after you start the vehicle, or if it comes on as you
drive, have the airbag system checked right away.
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WARNING!
Do not put anything on or around the airbag covers
or attempt to manually open them. You may damage
the airbags and you could be injured because the
airbags are not there to protect you. These protective
covers are designed to open only when the airbags
are inflated.
• The Driver and Passenger Airbag/Inflator Units are
located in the center of the steering wheel and the right
side of the instrument panel. When the ORC detects a
collision requiring the airbags, it signals the inflator
units. A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to
inflate the front airbags. Different airbag inflation rates
may be possible based on collision severity and occupant size. The steering wheel hub trim cover and the
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upper right side of the instrument panel separate and
fold out of the way as the bags inflate to their full size.
The bags fully inflate in about 50–70 milliseconds. This
is about half of the time it takes to blink your eyes. The
bags then quickly deflate while helping to restrain the
driver and front passenger. The driver’s front airbag
gas is vented through vent holes in the sides of the
airbag. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the airbags do not interfere with your control of
the vehicle.
• The Knee Blocker Airbag helps protect the knees and
working with the seat belts, position you for the best
interaction with the airbags.
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If a Deployment Occurs
WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible.
The airbag system is designed to deploy when the impact
sensors detect a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to
help restrain the driver and passenger, and then to
immediately deflate.
NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to
need airbag protection will not activate the system. This
does not mean something is wrong with the airbag
system. The system may also inflate only one airbag in a
reduced severity frontal collision if the seat belt on that
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side of the vehicle is not fastened. This also does not
mean something is wrong with your airbag system.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The abrasions
are similar to friction rope burns or those you might
get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium floor. They
are not caused by contact with chemicals. They are not
permanent and normally heal quickly. However, if you
haven’t healed significantly within a few days, or if
you have any blistering, see your doctor immediately.
• As the airbags deflate, you may see some smoke-like
particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the
process that generates the nontoxic nitrogen gas used
for airbag inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or
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eye irritation, rinse the area with cool water. For nose
or throat irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation
continues, see your doctor. If these particles settle on
your clothing, follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have been deployed. If you are involved in
another collision, the airbags will not be in place to
protect you.
How the Side Impact Airbag System Works
• The side impact airbags are located in the doors above
the armrest.
• The ORC determines if a side impact is severe enough
to require the airbag on the side of the vehicle subjected to an impact. As with the frontal system, the
sensors are connected to the diagnostic unit and the
airbag/inflator units.
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• When a side impact above a predetermined threshold
occurs, the sensors signal the inflator on the impacted
side of the vehicle. A large quantity of nontoxic
nitrogen gas is generated to inflate the airbag. The
door panel opens to allow the airbag to inflate to its
full size.
WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You may
damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
• Do not attach cup holders or any other objects on
or around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive the objects into occupants, causing serious
injury.
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• The operational readiness of the side airbag system is
verified by the airbag indicator light in the instrument
cluster when turning the key in the ignition switch to
the ON/RUN position. If no fault is detected, the light
will go out after approximately four seconds. After the
light goes out, the system continues to monitor the
components and circuitry of the airbag system and
will indicate a malfunction by coming on again. If the
light does not come on at all, or if it fails to go out after
the four seconds, or if it comes on thereafter, a malfunction in the system has been detected. See your
authorized dealer for service.
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WARNING!
• The door mounted side airbag deploys with considerable force. Being too close to the door panel during
airbag deployment could cause serious injury or
death.
• All occupants must be in the appropriate restraint for
their size and age, especially children 12 and under.
• To help avoid the potential for serious injury and
death should the side airbag be activated, please
follow these guidelines:
1. Occupants, especially children, should never lean
against the door in the area where the side airbag
inflates;
2. Occupants need to sit upright in the center of the seat
to give the side airbag room to inflate;
3. Always use the appropriate restraint for the occupant
and ensure it is properly used.
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How the Occupant Classification System (OCS)
System Works
The Occupant Classification System (OCS) will classify
an occupant in the front passenger seat into a size
category based on sensor readings from within the seat
cushion. Occupants should try to remain in a normally
seated position. If the occupant’s weight is transferred to
another object in the vehicle (i.e. feet on the dashboard),
the OCS may not be able to properly approximate
occupant size. Furthermore, the occupant size may appear to increase or decrease due to objects hanging on the
seat, other passengers pushing on the seat, or objects
lodged underneath the seat. If there is a rapid change in
temperature or humidity, the OCS may not be able to
properly approximate occupant size. If your seat including your trim cover and cushion needs to be serviced in
any way, take the vehicle to your authorized dealer. Only
manufacturer approved seat accessories may be used. If
there is a fault present in the system, the AIRBAG
warning light will light indicating that you should take
the vehicle to an authorized dealer. In the presence of an
occupant in the passenger seat, if both the Passenger
Airbag Disable (PAD) indicator light (located in the
center console) and AIRBAG warning light (located in
the instrument cluster) are illuminated the airbag will be
disabled. The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) will
not allow front airbag deployment in the event of a
collision for occupants classified into the empty or child
size categories. The PAD indicator light will illuminate
indicating that the Passenger Airbag is OFF when the
OCS has determined that the occupant size category is a
child. Also, when the seat is empty or an object that
weighs less than a predetermined threshold is placed on
the seat, the light will remain OFF. (The PAD indicator
light is an amber light located in the center console.) For
almost all sizes of properly seated adults, the passenger
frontal airbag will be enabled in the event of a collision.
For small teenagers and some small adults, depending on
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size, the airbag may or may not be enabled in the event
of a collision. Both drivers and passengers should always
use the PAD indicator light as an indication if the front
passenger is properly positioned or not. If the PAD
indicator light comes on when an adult is in the passenger seat, have the passenger re-position themselves in the
seat until the light goes out. Remember, if the PAD
indicator light is illuminated the passenger front airbag
will not inflate. For most children properly seated on the
front seat and most properly installed child restraint
systems, the airbag will be disabled and the PAD indicator light will be on. However, under certain conditions
even with the child restraint system has been installed
properly, the PAD indicator light may not be on even
though the air bag is disabled. This can occur if the child
restraint is lighter than the threshold weight necessary to
turn the PAD indicator light on. If this happens to you,
you can check to ensure the airbag is disabled by
performing the following simple procedure. Place the
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ignition key in the RUN position and apply downward
pressure to the child restraint on the surface that the child
will be sitting on. Slowly count to 10 and watch the PAD
indicator light. The PAD indicator light should turn on.
When you release the pressure, the PAD indicator light
may stay on or may turn off but the airbag is disabled. If
at all possible, place children 12 years and younger in a
back seat.
The following requirements must be strictly adhered to:
• Do not modify the front passenger seat assembly or
components in any way.
• Do not modify the front seat center console or center
position seat in any way.
• Do not use prior or future model year seat covers not
designated for the specific model being repaired.
• Always use the correct seat cover specified for the
vehicle.
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• Do not replace the seat cover with an aftermarket seat
cover.
• Do not add a secondary seat cover other than those
approved by DaimlerChrysler/Mopart.
• At no time should any supplemental restraint system
(SRS) component or SRS related component or fastener be modified or replaced with any part except
those which are approved by DaimlerChrysler/
Mopart.
How the Occupant Classification Module (OCM)
Works
The Occupant Classification Module (OCM) is located
beneath the passenger seat. The OCM classifies the
occupant into one of three size categories based on the
input from the Bladder Assembly and a Belt Tension
Sensor. The size categories include empty, child, and
adult. The OCM sends the Occupant Classification to the
ORC to determine if a front passenger airbag is allowed.
If a fault is present, the AIRBAG warning light is illuminated.
How the Passenger Airbag Disabled (PAD)
Indicator Light Works
The Passenger Airbag Disabled (PAD) Indicator Light
indicates to the driver and passenger when the airbag is
turned OFF. In the presence of a properly seated occupant, when the PAD indicator light is illuminated, the
airbag is OFF. Also, when the Occupant Classification
System detects either an empty seat or a weight less than
the predetermined threshold, the ORC will not illuminate
the PAD indicator light even though the airbag is turned
OFF.
How the Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) Works
The Belt Tension Sensor (BTS) is located at the outboard
passenger lap belt anchor. The BTS creates a signal based
on outboard lap belt tension. This signal is sent to the
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OCM to ensure that the resultant bladder pressure increase due to applied lap belt tension does not cause a
small occupant to be classified as a larger occupant
How the Bladder Mat and Pressure Sensor Works
The Bladder Mat and Pressure Sensor are located beneath
the seat cushion foam. The pressure sensor sends a signal
to the OCM. The passenger seat assembly contains critical components that affect the passenger airbag deployment. Correctly functioning passenger seat components
are critical for the Occupant Classification System (OCS)
to properly classify the passenger and calculate the
proper airbag deployment. Do not make any modifications to the passenger seat components, assembly, or to
the seat cover.
How the Driver/Passenger Inflatable Knee
Blockers Works
When the ORC and the impact sensors detect a collision
requiring the Driver/Passenger Inflatable Knee Blockers,
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it signals the inflator unit. A quantity of nontoxic gas is
generated to inflate the Driver/Passenger Inflatable Knee
Blockers. The Driver/Passenger Inflatable Knee Blockers
inflates rearward towards the driver’s knees to help
protect the knees and position you for the best interaction
with the front airbag. The Driver/Passenger Inflatable
Knee Blockers fully inflates in about 50 milliseconds, this
is only about half of the time it takes you to blink your
eyes. It then quickly deflates while helping to protect the
driver’s knees.
The Knee Impact Blockers help protect the knees and
position the occupant.
Passenger Front Airbag On/Off Switch
The ON/OFF switch is located at the right end of the
instrument panel and is accessible by opening the passenger door.
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NOTE: When using certain types of child seats, the
passenger airbag light will remain off even though the
passenger front airbags are disabled.
If the airbag is turned off when there is any other
occupant at that position, the supplemental restraint
provided by the airbag will not be available.
It is always recommended to turn off the passenger front
air bags using the passenger front airbags on/off switch
located at the right end of the instrument panel when the
passenger is:
To turn OFF the passenger front airbag, use the on/off
switch located on the instrument panel.
• an infant (less than 1 year old),
• a child, age 1 to 12,
• an adult with a medical condition which makes passenger airbag inflation (deployment) a greater risk for
the passenger than the risk of hitting the dashboard
(instrument panel) or windshield in a crash.
The on/off switch is accessible by opening the passenger
door.
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NOTE: When the passenger airbag is turned off, the
yellow airbag off light will illuminate.
• The air bag will remain off until the switch is turned
back to the ON position.
• The switch does NOT turn off the side airbag.
To Shut Off the Passenger Airbag:
• Place the ignition key in the on/off switch, turn the
key clockwise, and remove the key from the switch.
This will shut off the passenger front airbag.
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To Turn On the Passenger Airbag:
• Place the ignition key in the on/off switch, turn the
key counterclockwise, and remove the key from the
switch. This will turn on the passenger airbag. The
Passenger Airbag Off light on the console will turn off,
or will not be illuminated when the ignition is turned
to the ON position.
WARNING!
The airbag may malfunction and serious injury could
result if key is left in the airbag shut off switch.
Always remove the key.
Maintaining Your Airbag System
WARNING!
• Unapproved modifications or service procedures to
the front passenger seat assembly, its related components, or seat cover may inadvertently change the
airbag deployment in case of a frontal crash. This
could result in death or serious injury to the front seat
passenger if the vehicle is involved in an accident. A
modified vehicle may not comply with required Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
• You need proper knee impact protection in a collision.
Do not mount or locate any aftermarket equipment on
or behind the knee impact blocker.
• You can be injured if you are too close to either airbag
cover when the airbags inflate. It is dangerous to try
to repair any part of the airbag system yourself. Don’t
try to repair the airbag system. Be sure to tell anyone
who works on your vehicle that it has airbags.
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The following requirements must be strictly adhered to:
• Do not modify the front passenger seat assembly or
components in any way.
• Do not modify the front seat center console or center
position seat in any way.
• Do not use prior or future model year seat covers not
designated for the specific model being repaired.
• Always use the correct seat cover specified for the
vehicle.
• Do not replace the seat cover with an aftermarket seat
cover.
• Do not add a secondary seat cover other than those
approved by DaimlerChrysler/Mopart.
• At no time should any supplemental restraint system
(SRS) component or SRS related component or fastener
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be modified or replaced with any part except those
which are approved by DaimlerChrysler/Mopart.
Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready for
your protection in case of a collision. While the
airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is
designed to be maintenance free, if any of the
following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the
system immediately.
• The AIRBAG light does not come on or flickers during
the four seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the four second
interval.
• The light flickers or comes on and remains on while
driving.
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Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the
time, including babies and children. Every state in the
United States and all Canadian provinces require that
small children ride in proper restraint systems. This is the
law, and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.
Infants and Child Restraints
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Always check the child
seat Owner’s Manual to ensure you have the right seat
for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your
child:
WARNING!
• Safety experts recommend that children ride
rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least
one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Two types
of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant
carriers and convertible child seats.
In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby,
can become a missile inside the vehicle. The force
required to hold even an infant on your lap could
become so great that you could not hold the child, no
matter how strong you are. The child and others
could be badly injured. Any child riding in your
vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the child’s
size.
• The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the
vehicle. It is recommended for children who weigh up
to about 20 lbs (9 kg). Convertible child seats can be
used either rearward-facing or forward-facing in the
vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher
weight limit in the rearward-facing direction than
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infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) but are
less than one year old. Both types of child restraints are
held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the
Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (LATCH)
child restraint anchorage system. (See the LATCH Child Seat Anchorage System section.)
• A rearward facing infant restraint must not be
used unless the passenger airbag has been shut
off.A rearward facing infant restraint may be
struck by a deploying passenger airbag which may
cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with the front passenger
airbag unless the airbag is turned off. An airbag
deployment could cause severe injury or death to
infants in this position.
• Improper installation can lead to failure of a child
restraint. It could come loose in a collision. The
child could be badly injured or killed. Follow the
manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing
a child restraint.
WARNING!
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Here are some tips on getting the most out of your child
restraint:
• Before buying any restraint system, make sure that it
has a label certifying that it meets all applicable Safety
Standards. We also recommend that you make sure
that you can install the child restraint in the vehicle
where you will use it before you buy it.
• The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s
weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for
weight and height limits.
• Carefully follow the instructions that come with the
restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may
not work when you need it.
• Buckle the child into the seat according to the seat
manufacturer’s directions.
• When your child restraint is not in use, secure it in the
vehicle with the seat belt or remove it from the vehicle.
Do not leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or
collision, it could strike the occupants and cause
serious personal injury.
NOTE:
For additional information refer
www.seatcheck.org or call 1–866–SEATCHECK.
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Older Children and Child Restraints
Children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) and who are
older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible child
seats used in the forward-facing direction are for children
who weigh 20 to 40 lbs (9 to 18 kg) and who are older
than one year. These child seats are also held in the
vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the LATCH child
restraint anchorage system. (See LATCH - Child Seat
Anchorage System section.)
The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing
more than 40 lbs (18 kg), but who are still too small to fit
the vehicle’s seat belts properly. If the child cannot sit
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with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the
child’s back is against the seatback, they should use a
belt-positioning booster seat. The child and beltpositioning booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt.
Children Too Large For Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
seatback, should use the lap/shoulder belt.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
• Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming or
slouching can move the belt out of position.
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• If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the
child closer to the center of the vehicle. Never allow a
child to put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind
their back.
LATCH - Child Seat Anchorage System (Lower
Anchors and Tether for Children)
Your vehicle’s passenger seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of the child restraint
without using the vehicle’s belts, instead securing the
child restraint using lower anchorages and upper tether
straps from the child restraint to the vehicle structure.
LATCH-compatible child restraints are now available.
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Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. These
are general instructions, and not all child restraint systems will be installed exactly as described here. Again,
carefully follow the installation instructions that were
provided with the child restraint system.
The passenger seat lower anchorages are round bars,
located at the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the
seatback, and are just visible when you lean in to install
the child restraint. You will easily feel them if you run
your finger along the intersection of the seatback and seat
cushion surfaces.
The passenger seat tether anchorage is located on the
back of the seat cushion frame. It is visible by moving the
passenger seat forward in the vehicle.
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equipped with a tether strap, a hook for attachment to the
tether strap anchorage and a means of adjusting the
tension of the strap.
Many, but not all LATCH-Compatible child restraint
systems will be equipped with separate straps on each
side, with each having a hook or connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a means of adjusting
the tension in the strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints
and some rear-facing infant restraints will also be
You will first loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and
on the tether strap so that you can more easily attach the
hooks or connectors to the vehicle anchorages. Next, you
can attach the tether strap to the anchor by moving the
passenger seat forward. Route the child restraint tether
directly over the top of the seat, through the strap near
the top of the seatback, and attach the hook to the anchor
bar. Recline the seatback and move the passenger seat as
far rearward as possible. Next, attach the lower hooks to
the passenger seat lower anchor bars by pushing aside
the seat cover material. Finally, tighten all three straps as
you push the child restraint rearward and downward
into the seat, removing slack in the straps according to
the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
After installing a child safety seat or booster seat on the
passenger seat, do not adjust the back rest forward. This
could cause a higher load being perceived by the OCS
system which in turn could lead to the passenger airbag
being turned on. Failure to follow this warning could
result in serious or fatal injury. It is always recommended to turn off the passenger front air bags using
the passenger front airbags on/off switch located at the
right end of the instrument panel when the passenger is:
Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
• an infant (less than 1 year old),
• a child, age 1 to 12,
• an adult with a medical condition which makes
passenger airbags inflation (deployment) a greater
risk for the passenger than the risk of hitting the
dashboard (instrument panel) or windshield in a
crash.
The on/off switch is accessible by opening the passenger door.
Installing Child Restraints Using the Vehicle Seat
Belt
Child restraints can be securely fastened in the passenger
seat using the seat belts. For this purpose, the passenger
seat belt retractor provides two modes of operation normal emergency locking and automatic locking. For
child restraint installation, the retractor switches to automatic locking when the belt is pulled out to the full extent
of its travel. As the belt retracts, the retractor locks to
prevent the belt from being pulled out again. Pulling the
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belt snugly over the child restraint toward the retractor
secures the restraint in place. When the belt retracts fully
after child restraint removal, normal (emergency locking)
retractor action is restored. Any seat belt system will
loosen with time, so check the belt occasionally and pull
it tight if necessary.
If your child restraint is equipped with a tether strap,
attach it to the vehicle by first moving the seatback fully
forward. Next, route the child restraint tether directly
over the top of the seat, through the strap near the top of
the seatback, and attach the hook to the anchor bar.
Recline the seatback and move the passenger seat as far
rearward as possible. Remove slack in the tether strap as
you push the child restraint downward and rearward,
following the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
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Child Restraint Tether Anchor - General
Information
Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection to tether anchors have been available for some
time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will
provide add-on tether strap kits for certain of their older
products. There is a tether strap anchor behind the
passenger seat.
To attach the tether strap to the anchor, move the
seatback fully forward. Pass the child restraint tether
hook over the top of the seat, through the strap near the
top of the seatback, and attach it to the anchor bar behind
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the passenger seat, below the seatback. After securing the
tether hook to the bar, recline the seatback fully rearward
and move the seat to its most rearward position.
WARNING!
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
Transporting Pets
Deploying airbags could harm your pet. An unrestrained
pet will be thrown about and possibly injured, or injure a
passenger during panic braking or in a collision.
Install the child restraint and return the seatback to an
upright position. Remove slack from the tether strap
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s directions.
Pets should be restrained in pet harnesses or pet carriers
that are secured by seat belts.
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ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long
break-in period. Following these few simple guidelines is
all that is necessary for a good break-in.
• Drive your vehicle at moderate vehicle and engine
speeds during the first 1,000 mi (1 600 km).
• Do not make any full throttle starts and avoid full
throttle acceleration.
• Use the proper transmission gear for your speed
range.
• Avoid excessive idling.
• Check the engine oil level at every fuel fill.
NOTE: A new engine may consume some oil during the
first few thousand miles of operation. This should be
considered as a normal part of the break-in and not an
indication of a problem.
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SAFETY TIPS
Exhaust Gas
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing CO follow
the safety tips below.
• Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined
areas any longer than needed to move your vehicle in
or out of the area.
• If it is necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running, adjust your heating or cooling controls to force outside air into the vehicle. Set the blower
at high speed.
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• To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close
the rear liftgate/decklid while driving. However, if for
some reason it must remain open, close all windows.
Adjust the heating or cooling system to force outside
air into the vehicle. Set the blower at high speed.
Safety Checks You Should Make Inside the
Vehicle
Seat Belts
Inspect the seat belt system periodically, checking for
cuts, frays and loose parts. Damaged parts must be
replaced immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the
system.
Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if
they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.). If there is any question regarding seat belt or
retractor condition, see your authorized dealer.
Airbag Light
The light should come on and remain on for
four seconds as a bulb check when the ignition
switch is first turned ON. If the bulb is not lit
during starting, have it replaced. If the light
stays on or comes on while driving, have the system
checked by an authorized dealer.
Defrosters
Check operation by pressing the A/C control button,
selecting the defrost mode and placing the blower control
on high speed. You should be able to feel the air directed
against the windshield. See your authorized dealer for
service if your defroster is inoperable.
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Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
the Vehicle
Tires
Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear
patterns. Check for stones, nails, glass, or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness and tires for
proper pressure.
Lights
Have someone observe the operation of exterior lights
while you work the controls. Check turn signal and high
beam indicator lights on the instrument panel.
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Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline fumes are
present, the cause should be corrected immediately.
NOTE: Use of the air conditioning may cause puddles
of water to form under the vehicle.
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CONTENTS
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m Convertible Top Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
▫ To Lower The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
▫ To Raise The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
m Cupholder (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
▫ Convertible Top Lamp And Audible Signal
Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
m Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
m Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Storage Compartments (If Equipped) . . . . . . . .80
▫ Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
▫ Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
▫ Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Heated Remote Control Mirrors (If Equipped) . . .86
▫ Outside Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Power Remote Control Outside Mirrors . . . . . .86
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▫ Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
m Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
m Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Headlights And Parking Lights . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Manual Seat Adjustments (If Equipped) . . . . . .89
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Where Applicable) . . .97
▫ Driver Eight-Way Power Seat (If Equipped) . . . .91
▫ Fog Lights (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Passenger Four-Way Power Seat (If Equipped) . .92
▫ Standing Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Heated Seats (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
m Multifunction Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
m To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
m Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Headlight Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Front Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Battery Saver Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Windshield Wipers And Washer . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Instrument Panel Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Mist Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Night Security Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
m Telescoping Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
m Rear Spoiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
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m Brake Assist System (BAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
m Garage Door Opener (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . 117
m Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . . . . . . 110
▫ Programming The Universal Transceiver . . . . . 118
▫ Synchronizing ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Gate Operator/Canadian Programming . . . . . 121
m Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Using The Universal Transceiver . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Erasing Universal Transceiver Buttons . . . . . . . 122
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Reprogramming a Single Button . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Using Speed Control On Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
m Umbrella Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
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CONVERTIBLE TOP OPERATION
WARNING!
The convertible top does not provide the structural
protection that a reinforced metal roof does and the
fabric top cannot be expected to prevent the ejection of
the occupants of a vehicle in a collision. Therefore, it is
important that all occupants wear their seat belts at all
times when riding in a convertible. Studies have shown
that it is generally safer to remain inside a vehicle
during a collision than to be ejected from the vehicle.
For safety reasons, the convertible top should only be
opened and closed when the vehicle is standing still. Top
operation is allowed up to a maximum of 9 mph (15
km/h). Above this speed, top operation will cease and an
audible warning will sound. The top operation can be
resumed after the vehicle is below the maximum speed
by pressing the convertible top switch again.
WARNING!
Before operating the switch for the convertible top,
make sure that no persons can be injured by the
moving parts (convertible top frame and tonneau
cover).
Hands must never be placed near the sport bar,
convertible top frame, upper windshield area, shelf
behind sport bar, or convertible top storage compartment while the convertible top is being raised or
lowered. Serious personal injury may occur.
If potential danger exists, release the convertible top
switch. This immediately interrupts the raising or
lowering procedure. You then can operate the convertible top switch to raise or lower the convertible
top away from the danger zone.
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CAUTION!
CAUTION!
When opening and closing the convertible top, make
sure that:
Use caution when putting items into the storage
compartment with the top in the closed position. The
tonneau cover extensions are exposed and can be
damaged if luggage or other items are pushed too far
into the storage compartment.
• There is sufficient clearance of at least 6 ft. (1.8m)
for the convertible top to move up.
• Nothing is placed on the tonneau cover.
• The outside temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
Otherwise the convertible top and other parts of the
vehicle could be damaged.
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To Lower The Top:
WARNING!
Top operation can be suspended for a maximum of 10
minutes. Thirty seconds before the end of this period an
audible warning will begin to sound continuously. At
the end of this period, hydraulic pressure will be
released and the top and tonneau cover will slowly
collapse. In order to re-initialize the top cycle, the
tonneau cover must first be moved and held in its full
open position manually. The convertible top should
then be carefully lowered into its storage compartment,
and the tonneau closed. Hands should be kept away
from moving parts of the top and top compartment
mechanisms to avoid injury during this operation and
as hydraulic pressure is reestablished. The hydraulic
pressure can be reestablished by turning the ignition to
the ON/RUN position and pushing down on the convertible top switch twice. Refer to Convertible Top
Emergency Operation in the What To Do In Emergencies section of this manual.
CAUTION!
To avoid possible damage to the tonneau cover and
convertible top, do not allow the convertible top to
remain in the suspended position. After approximately 10 minutes in the suspended position, the
hydraulic pressure will be released which will allow
the top and the tonneau cover to lower. The convertible top switch can be pressed to cancel this
operation.
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CAUTION!
To avoid damage to either the top or the rear window,
check the tonneau cover area at the rear of the vehicle
interior to be sure that it is clear of debris or other
items. Do not use the tonneau cover area for other
storage purposes.
CAUTION!
To fully ensure that no damage occurs, be sure that
the vehicle is at a complete stop before attempting to
lower or raise the top.
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NOTE: If the top stops during the raising or lowering
procedure, start the engine and continue operation.
1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is
unfolded and secured in the vertical position.
If the divider is in its stowed position, first unfold the
panels towards the rear of the vehicle. Pull up on the
vertical panel using the center cutout shown, and hook
the pins at the top into the brackets mounted to the cargo
compartment trim on each side near the forward edge of
the decklid opening. The pins must be hooked in these
brackets in order for the top to operate.
NOTE: See label attached to underside of decklid.
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2. Make sure the decklid is closed.
CAUTION!
Be sure to turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position
before releasing the top from the windshield header.
The windows will not go down if the top is released
from the header without the ignition turned ON. The
side windows can be damaged if the doors are
opened or closed with the windows up and the top
released from the windshield header.
3. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position.
4. Unlock the top from the windshield header by pulling
the latch handle down and turning it clockwise just over
one quarter turn.
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NOTE: Once the release handle is rotated, the windows
will automatically go down.
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NOTE: Failure to perform any of these steps will
prevent the top from operating with the convertible top
switch and will cause an audible information signal to
sound.
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5. Push up on the convertible top latch handle to create a
gap between the header and top of approximately 8 in
(200 mm). As soon as the top is free, rotate the latch
handle counterclockwise just over one quarter turn and
push it up into the stored position.
6. Push down on the rear of the convertible top switch to
begin top operation. The rear of the top will unlatch and
the tonneau cover will open before the top begins to fold.
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Hold the switch down until the convertible top is completely lowered into its storage compartment and the
tonneau cover is closed and latched. A single audible
signal will sound to indicate completion of the top
opening operation.
NOTE: Once the top is lowered and the audible signal is
heard, you can continue to push the convertible top
switch down or push it within two seconds to raise the
windows.
The windows can also be closed/opened later using the
power window switches.
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CAUTION!
To prevent mildew, the convertible top must be dry
before lowering it into the storage compartment.
Do not lower a frozen convertible top until thawed
and dry. Doing so may result in damage not covered
by the DaimlerChrysler Limited Warranty.
CAUTION!
Do not place anything on the tonneau cover.
The tonneau cover must never be used as a seating
area.
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To Raise The Top:
1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is still
secured in the vertical position.
2. Make sure the decklid is closed.
3. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position and
press down on the front of the convertible top switch.
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4. If the windows are raised, they will lower as soon as
the convertible switch is pressed down. The tonneau
cover will open, and the top will then close until it
reaches approximately 8 in (200 mm) from the header.
The tonneau cover will then close and the rear of the top
will close and latch. At the completion of this cycle, a
single audible signal will sound.
NOTE: If the top is latched to the windshield header
before the rear of the top is properly latched, an audible
warning will sound and the top raising operation will
stop.
5. Pull the latch handle down from the storage position
and turn it clockwise just over one quarter turn.
6. Pull the latch handle and convertible top down to
engage the top with the header.
7. When the top engages to the header, turn the latch
handle counterclockwise just over one quarter turn to the
lock position and push the latch handle up to the stored
position. The top is now secured in the closed position.
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NOTE: The convertible top switch indicator will light
up and an audible warning will be heard if you start
driving the vehicle without the top fully locked in the
closed position.
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WARNING!
To prevent possible accidents, drive the vehicle only
with the convertible top either completely closed and
locked, or fully lowered into its storage
compartment.
8. Once the top has been raised and locked, the cargo
compartment divider can be unhooked and folded forward to increase the cargo compartment capacity. Follow
the steps shown on the label affixed to the decklid trim.
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CAUTION!
Once the cargo compartment divider is folded forward to increase the cargo compartment capacity, the
tonneau cover flaps are exposed and can be damaged
by long items being put into the cargo compartment.
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Convertible Top Lamp and Audible Signal Chart
Below is a table containing all of the visual and audible
signals that can be seen or heard during top operation or
if a fault is present.
Visual and AuOperation Mode or Fault
dible
Signals
Single audible sig- Roof reaches fully open position
nal is heard
Roof reaches fully closed position
Convertible top
Decklid open
switch lamp
flashes slowly and
a slow audible
beep is heard
Cargo compartment divider not secured in vertical position
Top latched at windshield header
before top cycle complete
Convertible top
switch lamp
flashes quickly
and a quick audible beep is
heard
Convertible top
switch lamp
flashes rapidly
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Top unlatched but not pushed up
from windshield header
Vehicle speed greater than 9 mph (15
km/h) while trying to initiate top
operation
Battery voltage less than 10.6 Volts
Maximum hydraulic pump run-time
reached
Power window motor(s) or rear
spoiler inoperative
Vehicle speed greater than 9 mph (15
km/h) during top operation
Top operation suspended longer
than 10 minutes
General top control module fault
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CONSOLE FEATURES
The console has a power outlet/cigar lighter, an ash tray
with a coin holder, a cupholder (if equipped), and the
passenger airbag light. In addition, there are switches to
control the heated seats (if equipped), rear spoiler, electronic stability program (ESP), hazard flashers, central
locking, rear defroster and towing alarm.
Operating controls for the heating and air conditioning
systems, power windows, power mirrors, convertible top
switch (if equipped), and the automatic transmission
program mode selector switch (if equipped) are also
located in the console.
Storage Compartments (If Equipped)
There is a storage compartment in the console. To open
the storage compartment, lift the lid with the finger
depressions on either side. To close, lower the lid until
the lock engages.
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On some models, a cargo net for storage is located in the
footwell area on the passenger side.
Additionally, storage pockets are located on the wall
behind each seat and on each door panel.
A storage pouch is located on the rear wall between the
seats, and the driver’s sunvisor has a document strap.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
Keep compartment lids closed. This will help to
prevent stored objects from being thrown about and
injuring vehicle occupants during an accident.
Remove the ashtray only with the vehicle stopped
and the ignition off. Otherwise, the vehicle might
move unexpectedly as a result of unintended contact
with the shift lever.
Ashtray
Lightly touch the bottom of the ashtray cover. The
ashtray will open automatically.
To remove the ashtray insert, pull the ashtray past the
detent. Hold both sides of the insert, and pull up. To
install the ashtray, place it in the frame and push down to
engage.
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Coin Holder
With the ashtray open, folding down the cover plate
reveals the coin holder, which can accommodate nine
coins in various sizes up to a U.S. quarter. The coin slots
are shaped to retain the coins, and the cover plate ensures
that the coins remain in the coin holder.
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Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter
The dual-purpose power outlet is located in the console,
next to the passenger airbag off warning light. The power
outlet can accommodate a lighter or electrical accessories
up to a maximum of 15 amps. The outlet is protected by
a 15 amp fuse, located behind the fuse cover on the left
end of the instrument panel.
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The lighter will operate only when the ignition switch is
in the ON/ACC position. It heats up when pushed in and
pops out automatically when ready for use. To preserve
the heating element, do not hold the lighter in the heating
position.
Glove Compartment
To lock the glove compartment, turn the key to the right
and remove. To unlock, turn the key to the left and
remove.
Pull on the handle to open the glove compartment.
CUPHOLDER (If Equipped)
The cupholder is located in the console. To open the
cupholder, gently press downward on the front edge of
the top panel, and then release. The cupholder will open
automatically.
When the cupholder is no longer needed, push forward
on the top edge of the door and rotate it down into the
console until it engages.
The cupholder is designed to hold beverage containers
up to 20 oz. (1 L).
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CAUTION!
Only use containers that fit into the cupholder.
Overfilled containers could spill during vehicle
maneuvers.
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MIRRORS
Inside Day/Night Mirror
Adjust the mirror to center on the view through the rear
window. A two-point pivot system allows for horizontal
and vertical mirror adjustment.
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the
small control under the mirror to the night position
(toward the rear of the vehicle). The mirror should be
adjusted with the glare control set in the day position
(toward the windshield).
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Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature
All exterior mirrors are hinged to move forward or
rearward to resist damage. The hinges have three detent
positions: full forward, full rearward, and normal.
Heated Remote Control Mirrors (If Equipped)
Both outside mirrors are heated to melt frost or ice when
the Rear Window Defroster switch is depressed.
Outside Mirrors
Adjust the outside mirrors to center on the adjacent lane
of traffic, with a slight overlap of the view seen in the
inside mirror.
WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the passenger side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they actually are. Relying too much on your
passenger side mirror could cause you to collide with
another vehicle or other object. Use your inside
mirror to judge the size or distance of objects seen in
the convex mirror.
Power Remote Control Outside Mirrors
The mirrors can be adjusted by using the remote control
located in the console. Rotate the switch to the right to
select the right mirror, rotate to the left to select the left
mirror. Then use the switch to adjust the selected mirror
to the desired direction.
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Vanity Mirrors
SEATS
Your vehicle’s seats can be adjusted either manually or
electrically, depending on how your vehicle is equipped.
WARNING!
• Adjusting a seat while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. The sudden movement of the seat
could cause you to lose control. The seat belt might
not be properly adjusted and you could be injured.
Adjust the seat only while the vehicle is parked.
A vanity mirror is located on each sun visor. To use the
mirror, rotate the sun visor down and slide open the
mirror cover.
• Do not ride with the seatback reclined so that the
shoulder belt is no longer resting against your
chest. In a collision you could slide under the seat
belt and be seriously or even fatally injured. Use
the recliner only when the vehicle is parked.
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NOTE: When moving the seat, be sure that there are no
items in the footwell or behind the seats. Otherwise you
could damage the seats.
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Manual Seat Adjustments (If Equipped)
Seat Height (Drivers Seat Only)
• Pull up on handle 3.
• To lower the seat, use your body weight to push the
seat downward.
• To raise the seat, lift your body weight off the seat to
obtain a higher seat position.
• Release handle 3 when you are at your desired seat
level.
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Forward/Rearward
• Pull up on handle 4.
Head Restraint Height
WARNING!
• Move the seat forward or backward to your desired
position which allows you to reach the pedals comfortably.
For your protection, drive only with properly positioned head restraints.
• Let go of handle 4. The seat should make an audible
click when positioned properly.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head
approximately at ear level.
• Check for proper engagement before driving.
Do not drive the vehicle without the seat head
restraints. Head restraints are intended to help reduce injuries during and accident.
Backrest Tilt
• Turn handwheel 2 forward or backward to adjust the
backrest tilt to your desired position which allows
your arms to slightly bend when holding the steering
wheel.
• Adjust the height of the head restraints by pulling
them upwards manually.
• For a lower position, press release button 1 and push
down on the head restraints manually.
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Adjust to a comfortable seating position that still allows you
to reach the accelerator and brake pedal safely. The position
should be as far to the rear as possible, consistent with
ability to properly operate controls.
Driver Eight-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)
The switches to adjust the power seats are located on the
outboard side of each seat.
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The driver’s seat features eight-way power adjustment horizontal, vertical, cushion tilt and back angle.
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Passenger Four-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)
The switches to adjust the passenger seat are also on the
outboard side of the seat. The passenger seat provides
four-way adjustment - horizontal and back angle.
Heated Seats (If Equipped)
This feature heats the driver and passenger seats. The
controls for the heated seats are located on the instrument
panel, below the radio.
After turning the ignition switch ON, you can choose the
HI, LO, or OFF setting. Indicators on the switches show
which setting has been selected.
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The heated seats setting will automatically switch from
HI to LO after approximately five minutes.
Then, reach under the hood and pull upward on the
safety latch and lift the hood.
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To open the hood, pull the release lever located inside
your vehicle, below the instrument panel.
To prevent possible damage, close the hood by dropping
it from approximately 12 in (30 cm).
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WARNING!
If the hood is not fully latched, it could fly up when
the vehicle is moving, and block your forward vision.
You could have a collision. Be sure all hood latches
are fully latched before driving.
INTERIOR LIGHTS
A two-position mode selector switch controls the interior
lights located in the overhead console.
The AUTO mode turns the lights on when a door is open
or ajar, or when locking or unlocking the vehicle. AUTO
mode also has a “fade to off” feature. When the doors are
closed or locked, they gradually “fade” off.
The OFF position turns off the interior lights feature.
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Front Map/Reading Lights
These lights are located between the sun visors. A single
centrally located switch operates both lights.
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Battery Saver Feature
To prevent battery drain if a door is left open or ajar, the
interior lights will turn off automatically after 15 minutes.
After the door is closed, the interior lights will return to
their normal function.
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Instrument Panel Lighting
With the parking lights or headlights on, rotate the
dimmer control to the left of the speedometer to increase
or decrease brightness of the instrument panel.
Night Security Illumination
For added security when exiting the vehicle after driving
with the exterior lights on, the lights will switch on again
for approximately 30 seconds after closing the last door.
The lights-on timing can be changed at your authorized
dealer.
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EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Headlights and Parking Lights
When the headlight switch is turned clockwise from OFF
to the first position, the parking lights, taillights, side
marker lights, license plate lights and instrument panel
lights are all illuminated.
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The headlights turn on when the switch is turned to the
second position.
Lights-On Reminder
If the headlights or parking lights are left on after the
ignition is turned off, a warning will sound if the driver’s
door is opened.
Daytime Running Lights (Where Applicable)
VEHICLES WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
The low beam headlights, parking lights, side marker
lights, taillights and license plate lights are automatically
switched on whenever the vehicle is started and the
transmission shift lever is in a driving position.
VEHICLES WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION
The low beam headlights, parking lights, side marker
lights, taillights, and license plate lights are automatically
switched on whenever the vehicle is started and the
parking brake is released.
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For nighttime driving, the exterior lights switch should
be in the low beam position to permit activation of the
high beam headlights.
Fog Lights (If Equipped)
To operate the fog lights, pull the headlight
switch out one stop, with the parking lights
and/or low beam headlights on. A light to the
lower left of the headlight switch will illuminate when the fog lights are on.
To turn off the fog lights, push the headlight switch in
fully. Selecting high beam headlights will also turn off the
fog lights.
Standing Lights
When the vehicle is parked on the street, the standing
lights (left or right side parking lights) can be turned on,
making your vehicle more visible to passing vehicles.
To operate the standing lights, turn the headlight switch
counterclockwise one stop (right lamps) or two stops (left
lamps) from the OFF position. To turn off the standing
lights, return the headlight switch to the OFF position.
The standing lights cannot be operated when the ignition
switch is in the ON/RUN position.
CAUTION!
Standing lamps are intended for short term use when
parking. If these lights are left on for a long period of
time, your car’s battery may drain, causing a possible
starting problem. Assure that the headlamp switch is
in the OFF position when leaving the vehicle.
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MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER
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Turn Signals
Move the multifunction control lever up to activate the
right turn signal; move the lever down to activate the left
turn signal. An arrow on the inside of the speedometer
will flash to indicate operation.
To signal minor directional changes, such as changing
lanes, move the control lever just to the point of resistance, and hold it there.
To operate the turn signals continuously, move the control lever up or down past the point of resistance. The
operation is automatically canceled when the steering
wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
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If one of the turn signal lights fail, the turn signal
indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than
normal rate. If an indicator fails to light when the control
lever is moved, it may mean that the fuse or indicator
bulb is defective.
Headlight Dimmer Switch
Push the multifunction control lever toward the instrument panel to turn the headlights to high beam. Pull the
lever toward you to switch to low beam.
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Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the multifunction control lever toward the
steering wheel. This will cause the headlights to turn on
at high beam and remain on until the control lever is
released.
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Windshield Wipers And Washer
The wipers and washer are operated by a switch in the
multifunction control lever. Turn the end of the lever to
select desired wiper speed: off, intermittent, normal, or
fast.
NOTE: Wiper speed is altered when the vehicle is
stopped with the wipers on. If the speed setting is
intermittent, the wipers will stop wiping when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. If the wiper speed setting
is normal, the wipers will change to intermittent wiping
when the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
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Push the end of the lever inward and hold it to activate
the wiper and washer together.
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Mist Function
Push the end of the multifunction control lever inward
briefly for a single wipe without adding washer fluid.
Use this feature only when the windshield is wet.
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WARNING!
Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield
could lead to an accident. You might not see other
vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of
the windshield during freezing weather, warm the
windshield with the defroster before and during
windshield washer use.
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TELESCOPING STEERING COLUMN
Unlock the steering column by pulling out the handle
located directly below the column. The indicator light
located in the instrument cluster will come on. To
lengthen or shorten the steering column, pull out or push
in the steering wheel. Lock the steering column in
position by pushing the handle in until it engages. The
indicator light in the instrument cluster will go out.
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WARNING!
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. The
telescoping adjustment must be locked while driving. Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or
driving without the telescoping adjustment locked
could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
NOTE: If the indicator light in the instrument cluster
does not go out after starting the engine, the telescoping
column is not locked properly. Do not drive the vehicle
until you have properly locked the steering column.
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REAR SPOILER
CAUTION!
Do not push or pull on the spoiler when deployed.
Damage to the spoiler could result.
A rear spoiler enhances vehicle stability. The rear spoiler
deploys automatically when vehicle speed reaches approximately 62 mph (100 km/h). The spoiler begins to
retract at 39 mph (62 km/h). When retracted, the spoiler
fits between the quarter panels, and aft of the liftgate
window or tonneau cover.
The spoiler can also be deployed at lower speeds using
an override switch mounted in the center console.
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The spoiler control also incorporates an emergency stop
feature. If, for any reason, spoiler motion needs to be
stopped, pressing either the top or bottom of the switch
will stop the spoiler motion. Once the deployment speed
is reached, however, the spoiler deploys to its full up
position.
Once manually deployed, the spoiler will only retract by
pressing the bottom of the spoiler switch. The spoiler will
then retract in steps as long as the switch is depressed. If
the switch is depressed until the spoiler is fully retracted,
a short beep will be heard, and automatic control will be
reestablished.
The spoiler will deploy as a safety precaution if the ESP
system detects a large difference in wheel speed between
the front and rear wheels. This could occur as a result of
a speed signal malfunction, or could occur if the vehicle
is attempting to accelerate on a low friction surface
causing the rear wheels to spin. The spoiler will remain
deployed and the warning light in the spoiler switch will
blink until the vehicle is restarted. If the spoiler continues
to deploy in this fashion below the normal deployment
speed, see your authorized dealer.
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Should a malfunction occur that prevents the spoiler
from deploying automatically, a red warning light will
illuminate in the override switch and an audible warning
will sound.
WARNING!
Do not drive the vehicle at speeds above 62 mph (100
km/h) if the red spoiler warning indicator is illuminated. You could have reduced vehicle stability and
control.
WARNING!
Keep hands and fingers away from the spoiler and
spoiler linkage when the spoiler is deploying or
retracting. The linkage could pinch your fingers and
cause serious injury.
BRAKE ASSIST SYSTEM (BAS)
WARNING!
BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking
efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of
the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
The BAS cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, following
another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a
safe, attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of a BAS-equipped vehicle
must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or
the safety of others.
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The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers. The
system applies maximum power boost to the brakes
more quickly in emergency braking conditions than
might otherwise be afforded solely by the driver’s braking style. This can help reduce braking distances. The
BAS complements the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).
Applying the brakes very quickly results in maximum
BAS assistance. To receive the benefit of the system, you
must apply continuous full braking power during the
stopping sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure.
Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
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The malfunction indicator lamp for the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is combined with the BAS. The yellow
BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instrument
cluster and the yellow ESP warning light in the speedometer dial come on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position. They should go out
with the engine running. If the BAS/ESP malfunction
indicator light comes on continuously with the engine
running, a malfunction has been detected in either system.
If the malfunction indicator light stays illuminated, have
the BAS and ESP checked at your authorized dealer as
soon as possible.
ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP)
WARNING!
ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the traction
afforded. The ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, or
hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful
driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of an
ESP-equipped vehicle must never be exploited in a
reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or the safety of others.
The ESP enhances directional control and reduces driving
wheel spin of the vehicle under various driving conditions.
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The ESP system corrects for over/understeering of the
vehicle by applying brakes to the appropriate wheel.
Engine torque is also limited. The ESP warning light,
located in the instrument cluster, starts to flash as soon as
the tires lose traction and the wheels begin to spin.
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To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand or gravel,
switch off the ESP system by pressing the upper half of
the ESP switch.
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With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque
reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable. ESP always operates under braking, even with the switch in the
OFF position. If one drive wheel loses traction and begins
to spin, the brake is applied by the ESP system until the
wheel regains sufficient traction. The traction control
engages at approximately 24 mph (40 km/h), and
switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h).
If the ESP warning light begins to flash during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator and apply as little throttle
as possible. Be sure to adapt your speed and driving to
the prevailing road conditions. When the ESP warning
light is illuminated continuously, the ESP is switched off.
To return to the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP,
press the lower half of the switch (the ESP warning light
in the speedometer dial goes out). Avoid spinning one
drive wheel. This may cause serious damage to the drive
train and is not covered by the DaimlerChrysler warranty.
CAUTION!
If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised, the
engine must be shut off (key in the ignition switch to
the OFF/LOCK or ACC position). Otherwise the ESP
will immediately be engaged and will apply the rear
wheel brakes.
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Synchronizing ESP
If the power supply was interrupted (battery disconnected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light may be illuminated with the engine running. To
re-synchronize the ESP, and cancel the malfunction indicator light, the steering angle sensor will need to be
recalibrated.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
2. Rotate the steering wheel to the center position.
3. Rotate the steering wheel completely to the left, and
then rotate the steering wheel completely to the right.
4. Bring the steering wheel back to the center position.
5. The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light will go out.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light is still illuminated, the vehicle should be serviced at an authorized
dealer.
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ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
The electronic speed control automatically maintains the
set speed by actively regulating the throttle setting. Any
speed above approximately 20 mph (30 km/h) can be
maintained with the electronic speed control by operating the lever.
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To accelerate and set a speed, lift the lever up. Lift and
hold the lever to accelerate, or lift and release to set a
speed. To decelerate and set a speed, press the lever
down. Press down and hold the lever to decelerate, or
press down and release to set a speed.
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WARNING!
Leaving the electronic speed control system on when
not in use is dangerous. You could accidentally set
the system or cause it to go faster than you want. You
could lose control and have an accident. Always
leave the system OFF when you are not using it.
To Vary The Speed Setting
If a set speed needs to be adjusted slightly, lift up or hold
down the speed control lever briefly until the desired
speed is reached. A single tap on the lever up or down
will change the speed in 0.6 mph (1 km/h) increments.
When the lever is released, the newly set speed remains.
To increase the speed for passing, use the accelerator.
After the accelerator is released, the previously set speed
will resume automatically.
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To Deactivate
A soft tap on the brake pedal, or normal brake pressure
while slowing the vehicle, will deactivate the speed
control without erasing the memory. Pushing the speed
control lever forward or turning the key in the ignition
switch to the OFF/LOCK position will turn off the speed
control and erase the memory.
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To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, pull the speed control
lever toward you, and then release. The resume feature
can be used at any speed above 20 mph (30 km/h).
Using Speed Control On Hills
Your vehicle is equipped with interactive speed control.
This feature activates when driving up or down hills with
the speed control engaged and the driver’s foot off the
accelerator.
WARNING!
Speed control can be dangerous where the system
can’t maintain a constant speed. Your vehicle could
go too fast for the conditions, and you could lose
control. An accident could be the result. Don’t use
speed control in heavy traffic or on roads that are
winding, icy, snow-covered, or slippery.
NOTE: Moving the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position
will switch the speed control off (automatic transmission
only).
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For vehicles with automatic transmission:
On a downgrade or an upgrade, downshifting will occur
automatically to allow the engine’s braking power to
maintain the set speed. When more level roadway is
reached, the transmission will automatically upshift to
fifth gear.
For vehicles with manual transmission:
The set speed control is switched off when declutching
exceeds four seconds during downshifting. In some
cases, you may have to step on the brake pedal to slow
down sufficiently to achieve the desired speed.
NOTE: On very steep hills, a greater speed loss or gain
may occur. It may be preferable to drive without speed
control.
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GARAGE DOOR OPENER (If Equipped)
The HomeLinkt Universal Transceiver replaces up to
three remote controls (hand-held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized
gates, or home lighting. The transceiver triggers these
devices at the push of a button. The transceiver operates
off your vehicle’s battery and charging system; no batteries are needed.
For additional information on HomeLinkt, call 1–800–
355–3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com.
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WARNING!
A moving garage door can cause injury to people and
pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be
seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver
with a garage door opener that has a “stop and
reverse” feature, as required by federal safety standards. This includes most garage door opener models
manufactured after 1982. Do not use a garage door
opener without these safety features, as it could
cause injury or death. Call toll-free 1–800–355–3515
or, on the internet at www.homelink.com for safety
information and assistance.
Programming The Universal Transceiver
For best results, install a new battery in the hand-held
transmitter before programming. If your garage door
opener (located in the garage) is equipped with an
antenna, make sure that the antenna is hanging straight
down.
1. Turn off the engine.
WARNING!
Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Do not run the vehicle’s engine while
programming the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause
serious injury or death.
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WARNING!
Your motorized door or gate will open and close
while you are programming the universal transceiver. Do not program the transceiver if people or
pets are in the path of the door or gate. A moving
door or gate can cause serious injury or death to
people and pets or damage to objects.
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4. Choose one of the three buttons to program. Place the
hand-held controller 1-3 in (25-76 mm) from the universal
transceiver while keeping its indicator light in view.
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2. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position.
3. Erase the factory test codes by pressing the two
outside buttons. Release the buttons when the light in the
overhead console display begins to flash (about 20 seconds).
NOTE: Step 3 does not have to be followed to program
additional hand-held transmitters.
5. Using both hands, press the hand-held transmitter
button and the desired universal transceiver button. Do
not release the buttons until Step 6 has been completed.
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NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers
may require you to replace this Programming Step 5 with
procedures noted in the “Gate Operator/Canadian Programming” section.
6. The indicator light in the universal transceiver will
begin to flash, first slowly and then rapidly. Release both
buttons after the indicator light changes from slow to
rapid flash. If, after 90 seconds, the indicator does not
flash rapidly or goes out, return to Step 1 and repeat the
procedure.
7. Press and hold the just programmed universal transceiver button and observe the indicator light. If the
indicator stays on constantly, programming is complete
and your device should activate when the universal
transceiver button is pressed and released.
NOTE: To program the remaining two universal transceiver buttons, begin with Programming Step 4. Do not
repeat Steps 1, 2, and 3.
If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds and
then turns to a constant light, continue with Programming Steps 8-10 to complete programming of a rolling
code equipped device (most commonly a garage door
opener).
8. At the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit)
in the garage, locate the “learn” or “smart” button. This
can usually be found where the hanging antenna wire is
attached to the motor-head unit.
9. Firmly press and release the “learn” or “smart” button. (The name and color of the button may vary by
manufacturer.)
NOTE: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate Step 10.
10. Return to the vehicle and firmly press, hold for two
seconds and release the programmed universal transceiver button. Repeat the “press/hold/release” sequence
a second time, and, depending on the brand of the garage
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door opener (or other rolling code equipped device),
repeat this sequence a third time to complete the programming.
The universal transceiver should now activate your rolling code equipped device.
If you do not successfully program the universal transceiver to learn the signal of your hand-held transmitter,
call toll free for customer assistance at 1-800-355-3515, or
on the internet at www.homelink.com.
Gate Operator/Canadian Programming
Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter signals to “time-out” (or quit) after several seconds of
transmission. This may not be long enough for the
universal transceiver to pick up the signal during programming. Similar to this Canadian law, some U.S. gate
operators are designed to “time-out” in the same manner.
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If you live in Canada or you are having difficulties
programming a gate operator by using the programming
procedures (regardless of where you live), replace Programming Step 5 with the following:
NOTE: If programming a garage door opener or gate
operator, it is advised to unplug the device during the
“cycling” process to prevent possible overheating.
5. Continue to press and hold the universal transceiver
button while you press and release every two seconds
(“cycle”) your hand-held transmitter until the frequency
signal has successfully been accepted by the universal
transmitter. (The indicator light will flash slowly and
then rapidly.) Proceed with Programming Step 6 to
complete.
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Using the Universal Transceiver
To operate the universal transceiver, simply press and
release the programmed button. Activation will now
occur for the programmed device (i.e., garage door
opener, gate operator, security system, entry door lock,
home/office lighting, etc.) For convenience, the handheld transmitter of the device may also be used at any
time.
Erasing Universal Transceiver Buttons
To erase programming from the three buttons (individual
buttons cannot be erased but can be reprogrammed – see
below), follow this procedure:
• Press and hold the two outer universal transceiver
buttons until the indicator light begins to flash after 20
seconds. Release both buttons. Do not hold for longer
than 30 seconds. The universal transceiver is now in
the program (or learning) mode and can be programmed at any time beginning with Programming
Step 4.
Reprogramming a Single Button
To program a device using a universal transceiver button
previously programmed, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the desired universal transceiver button. DO NOT release the button.
2. The indicator light will begin to flash after 20 seconds.
Without releasing the universal transceiver button, proceed with Programming Step 4.
Security
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
To erase all of the previously programmed frequencies,
hold down both outside buttons until the light begins to
flash.
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This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
HomeLinkt is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
UMBRELLA HOOK
Your Crossfire is equipped with an umbrella hook. This
feature is located behind and between the two seats, just
above the map pocket.
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CONTENTS
m Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ User Memory (User – 1, 2, 3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
m Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
▫ Mono/Stereo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
m Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Driver – L/R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
m “Infinity Modulus” AM/FM Stereo Radio With
Single-Disc CD Player And GPS Navigation . . . . 143
▫ Telephone Mute Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . 153
m AM/FM Stereo Radio With Single-Disc CD
Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ Infinity Modulus Entertainment Systems . . . . . 144
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ User Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
m Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
m Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
m Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . . 155
m Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Temperature Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
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▫ Fan Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
▫ Dust Filter (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Basic Setting - Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
▫ Basic Setting - Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
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INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
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NSTRUMENT CLUSTER
The instrument cluster displays are activated by either
opening the door, pressing the left button within the
cluster, or turning the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position.
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
1. Low Windshield Washer System Fluid Level
Warning Light
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, the indicator light
comes on. It should go out when the engine is
running.
If the indicator light does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, the fluid reservoir
is less than 1⁄4 filled.
The reservoir should be refilled at the next opportunity
with commercially available premixed windshield
washer solvent/antifreeze or water, depending on ambient temperature.
The reservoir for the windshield washer system is located
in the engine compartment and the cap is marked with
the above symbol.
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WARNING!
Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt
to fill to the top of the filler neck. Fluid may leak out
onto the floor or driveway causing a potential slip
and fall hazard. When the indicator light first illuminates, the maximum fill amount is 1 gal (4 L).
2. Tire Pressure Monitoring Indicator Light
Each tire, including the spare (if provided),
should be checked monthly when cold and
inflated to the inflation pressure recommended
by the vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle
placard or tire inflation pressure label. If your vehicle has
tires of a different size than the size indicated on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label, you should
determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those
tires.
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As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been
equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when one or
more of your tires is significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you
should stop and check your tires as soon as possible, and
inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and
can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces fuel
efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle’s
handling and stopping ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper
tire maintenance, and it is the driver’s responsibility to
maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS
low tire pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS
malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure telltale. When the
system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for
approximately one minute and then remain continuously
illuminated. This sequence will continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists.
When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure
as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a variety
of reasons, including the installation of replacement or
alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the
TPMS from functioning properly. Always check the
TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more
tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow the TPMS to
continue to function properly.
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3. Coolant Indicator Light
This indicator illuminates when the engine
coolant has dropped below the required level
in the reservoir or the coolant temperature is
too high (see the Temperature gauge section).
To check the coolant level, the vehicle must be parked on
level ground and the engine stopped.
Check coolant level only when the coolant is cold.
WARNING!
You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant or
steam from your radiator. If you see or hear steam
coming from under the hood, don’t open the hood
until the radiator has had time to cool. Never try to
open a cooling system pressure cap when the radiator
or coolant bottle is hot.
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4. Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
This gauge shows engine coolant temperature. Any reading between the Hot and Cold gauge marks show that the
engine cooling system is operating properly. The gauge
pointer may show a higher temperature when driving in
hot weather, up mountain grades, or in heavy stop-andgo-traffic.
If the pointer rises to the red (Hot) area, stop the vehicle
and turn off the engine until the problem is corrected.
CAUTION!
Continuing to drive with an overheated engine cooling system can cause damage to the engine or other
components.
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5. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition is in the ON/RUN position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the tank.
The arrow to the right of the gas pump symbol shows
which side of the vehicle the fuel filler door is located on.
7. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Indicator Light
The yellow ESP indicator light in the speedometer
dial comes on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position. It should go out
with the engine running.
6. Turn Signal Indicators
To signal minor directional changes, such as
changing lanes, move the multifunction control
lever to the point of resistance only and hold it
there. The arrows will flash in unison with the
corresponding exterior turn signal.
If the ESP indicator light flashes during acceleration,
apply as little throttle as possible. While driving, ease up
on the accelerator. Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions, and do not switch off the ESP.
To operate the turn signals continuously, move the multifunction control lever past the point of resistance up or
down. The switch is automatically canceled when the
steering wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
The arrows in the instrument cluster will flash in unison
with the respective exterior turn signal.
8. Speedometer
The speedometer shows the vehicle speed in miles-perhour and/or kilometers-per-hour.
9. Tachometer
This gauge shows engine speed in revolutions-perminute (RPM) times 1,000.
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The red markings on the tachometer indicate excessive
engine speed. Ease off on the accelerator before reaching
the red area.
10. Brake System Warning Light
The dual brake system provides a reserve braking capability if a failure occurs in a portion of
the hydraulic system.
This light monitors both the brake fluid level and the
parking brake. If the light comes on, it indicates either
that the parking brake is on or there is a low fluid level in
the brake master cylinder. Since this vehicle is equipped
with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), the brake light may also
indicate reduced braking performance due to the loss of
electronic brake proportioning. If the parking brake is off
and the light remains on, have the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
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The warning light should be checked frequently to assure
that it is operating properly. This can be done by turning
the ignition switch to START. The light should come on.
If the red brake light does not come on when the ignition
is turned to the ON/RUN position, have the brake
warning light repaired promptly.
WARNING!
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. Part of the brake system may have failed. It will
take longer to stop the vehicle. You could have an
accident. Have the vehicle checked immediately.
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
The brake warning light will come on if the ABS light is
not functioning and there is an ABS system malfunction.
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11. Light Outage Indicator
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, an indicator light
comes on. It should go out when the engine is
running. If the indicator light does not go out
after starting the engine, or if it comes on while driving,
it indicates a failure in the parking light, taillight, stoplight, low beam headlight, or other exterior lamps.
The indicator light will come on when the exterior light
fails. If a brake light fails, the light outage indicator will
come on when applying the brake and stays on until the
engine is turned off.
NOTE: If additional lighting equipment is installed
(e.g., auxiliary headlights, etc.) be certain to connect into
the fuse before the failure indicator monitoring unit in
order to avoid damaging the system.
12. Antilock Warning Indicator Light
The ABS warning indicator light comes on with
the key in the ignition switch turned to the
ON/RUN position, and should go out with the
engine running.
If the ABS warning indicator light comes on while the
engine is running, it indicates that the ABS has detected
a malfunction and has switched off. In this case, the brake
system functions in the usual manner, but without antilock assistance.
If the ABS light is on, have the system checked at your
authorized dealer as soon as possible.
13. Brake Assist Indicator Light
The indicator light for the Brake Assist System
(BAS) is combined with the Electronic Stability
Program (ESP). This yellow indicator light in
the instrument cluster comes on with the key in the
ignition switch turned to the ON/RUN position. The
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BAS/ESP warning indicator light also comes on when a
malfunction is detected in either the Brake Assist System
or the Electronic Stability Program. It should go out with
the engine running. If the BAS/ESP indicator light comes
on continuously, see an authorized dealer as soon as
possible.
14. Seat Belt Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition, the light comes on,
and a warning sounds for a short time if the
driver’s seat belt is not fastened.
After starting the engine, the seat belt indicator light
blinks and a chime sounds periodically for up to 90
seconds to remind the driver and passenger to fasten the
seat belts. Fastening the seat belts will extinguish the
light and silence the chime.
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The seat belt indicator light will remain lit until the seat
belts are fastened.
15. Charging System Indicator Light
Should the charging system indicator light fail
to come on prior to starting when the key is in
the ignition switch in the ON/RUN position,
or should it fail to go out after starting or
during operation, it indicates a malfunction that must be
repaired immediately at an authorized dealer.
If the charging system indicator light comes on, or a loss
of power steering assistance is noticeable while the
engine is running, this may indicate that the accessory
drive belt has broken. Should this condition occur, the
belt must be replaced before continuing to operate the
vehicle.
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CAUTION!
The accessory drive belt also drives the water pump.
Operating the vehicle with a failed belt can cause
engine overheating and possible severe engine
damage.
16. High Beam Indicator Light
This indicator will illuminate when the headlights are in the high beam setting.
To activate the high beams, push the multifunction
control lever past the point of resistance, toward the
instrument panel.
17. Electronic Digital Clock
A digital readout in the instrument cluster shows the
time in hours and minutes whenever the ignition switch
is in the ON/RUN or ACC position.
When the ignition switch is in the OFF/LOCK position,
timekeeping is accurately maintained.
The display can be adjusted with the knob/button located to the left of the clock.
18. Gear Indicator
For automatic transmission vehicles, the current gear
shift selector range is indicated in the gear range indicator display.
19. Push Button for Time Setting
To adjust the time display, turn the key in the ignition
switch to the ON/RUN or ACC position. The knob/
button located just to the left of the clock is used to
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change the time. Pull out the knob and turn it to the left
for hour adjustment; pull out the knob and turn it to the
right for minute adjustment.
Time is set five seconds after adjusting the minute setting.
20. Trip Odometer, Flexible Service System (FSS)
Indicator
This display shows the distance traveled since last reset.
To reset:
• Press the button to the left of the display once (with
the key in the ON/RUN position).
• Press the button twice (with the key removed or in
the OFF/LOCK or ACC position).
21. Main Odometer, Flexible Service System (FSS)
This shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven.
U.S. Federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
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correct distance that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, if the odometer reading is changed during repair or
replacement be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after service so that the correct distance can be
determined.
22. Push Button for Activating the Instrument Cluster,
Intensity of Instrument Lights, for Resetting Trip
Odometer and Flexible Service System (FSS) Indicator
Press the knob/button to illuminate the display. To vary
the intensity of the instrument cluster lights, rotate the
knob/button.
To reset the trip odometer, press the knob/button once
with the key in the ON/RUN position. Press the knob/
button twice with the key removed or in the OFF/LOCK
or ACC position.
The FSS permits a flexible service schedule that is directly
related to the operating conditions of the vehicle.
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There are two symbols which will appear in the
main odometer display field prior to the next
suggested service. This symbol represents Service A.
This second symbol represents Service B.
Depending on operating conditions throughout the year, the next service is calculated and
displayed next to this symbol in days remaining before the next service is required.
Likewise, the next service may be calculated
and displayed next to this symbol as distance
remaining before the next service is required.
The counter can also be reset by any individual after the
indicated service has been performed. To do so:
1. Turn key to the ON/RUN position.
2. Within one second press the knob/button twice.
3. The present status for days or distance is displayed.
Within 10 seconds turn the key to OFF/LOCK.
4. Press and hold the knob/button, while turning the
key to ON/RUN again. The present status for days or
distance is displayed once more. Continue to hold the
knob/button.
After approximately 10 seconds, a signal sounds and
the display shows 7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km) for
approximately 10 seconds.
5. Release the knob/button.
If the FSS counter was inadvertently reset, have an
authorized dealer correct it.
The message is displayed for approximately 10 seconds
when turning the key to the ON/RUN position, or while
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driving when reaching the service warning threshold. It
can be canceled manually by pressing the knob/button.
Once the suggested term has passed, the message plus
either the symbol for Service A or the symbol for Service
B preceded by a – (minus symbol) blinks for approximately 30 seconds and a signal sounds every time when
turning the key to the ON/RUN position.
The FSS display can also be called up for approximately
10 seconds with the display illuminated by pressing the
knob/button twice within one second.
Following a completed A or B service your authorized
dealer sets the counter to 7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km).
NOTE: When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or
more days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any
such days not counted by FSS can be added by your
authorized dealer.
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The interval between services is determined by the type
of vehicle operation. Driving at extreme speeds, and cold
starts combined with short distance driving in which the
engine does not reach normal operating temperature,
reduce the interval between services.
However you choose to set your reference numbers, the
scheduled services as posted in the Service Booklet must
be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
23. Outside Temperature Display
The temperature display is located on the left side of the
instrument cluster, below the fuel and engine temperature gauges.
The sensor for the outside temperature indicator is
located in the front fascia area. Due to its location, the
sensor can be affected by road or engine heat during
idling or slow driving. This means that the accuracy of
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the displayed temperature can only be verified by comparison to a thermometer placed next to the sensor, not
by comparison to external displays (e.g., bank signs, etc.).
Adaptation to ambient temperature takes place in steps
and depends on the prevailing driving conditions (stopand- go or moderate, constant driving) and amount of
temperature change.
WARNING!
The outside temperature indicator is not designed to
serve as an ice-warning device and is unsuitable for
that purpose. Indicated temperatures just above the
freezing point do not guarantee that the road surface
is free of ice.
24. Airbag Light
The operational readiness of the airbag system
is verified by the airbag indicator light in the
instrument cluster when turning the key in the
ignition switch to the ACC or ON/RUN position. If no fault is detected, the light will go out after
approximately four seconds. After the lamp goes out, the
system continues to monitor the components and circuitry of the airbag system and will indicate a malfunction by coming on again.
The light will come on and remain on for four seconds as
a bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned ON.
If the bulb is not lit during starting, have it replaced. If
the light stays on, or comes on while driving, have the
system checked by an authorized dealer.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
In the event a malfunction of the airbag is indicated,
the airbag may not be operational. For your safety, we
strongly recommend that you visit an authorized
dealer immediately to have the system checked;
otherwise the airbag may not be activated when
needed in an accident, which could result in serious
or fatal injury, or it might deploy unexpectedly and
unnecessarily which could also result in injury.
Do not drive the vehicle until you have properly
locked the steering column.
25. Telescoping Wheel Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition and turned to the
ON/RUN position, the indicator light in the
instrument cluster comes on. It should go out
when the engine is running. If the indicator
light does not go out after starting the engine, the
telescoping steering column is not locked properly.
26. Check Engine Light
This light is part of an Onboard Diagnostic
system that monitors the emissions and engine
control systems. If a problem is detected in one of these
systems, the Check Engine light will come on. The light
comes on and stays on briefly as a bulb check when the
ignition is first turned ON.
Certain conditions, such as a loose or missing gas cap, or
poor fuel quality may illuminate the light after the engine
is started. Be sure the gas cap is tightened every time you
refuel.
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If the Check Engine light remains on continuously and
the vehicle is driving normally, you may still drive the
vehicle. In most situations, the vehicle will not require
towing. However, we recommend that you have the
system checked at an authorized dealer as soon as
possible.
If the vehicle is not driving normally, and the Check
Engine light flashes or remains on continuously, it is an
alert to serious conditions that could lead to loss of power
or severe catalytic converter damage. The vehicle should
be serviced at an authorized dealer as soon as possible.
27. Brake Wear Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition and turned to the
ON/RUN position, the brake wear indicator
light comes on. The light goes out when the
engine is running.
If the indicator light comes on during braking, this
indicates the brake pads are worn down.
Have the brake system checked at your authorized dealer
as soon as possible.
28. Oil Level Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, the oil level indicator
light comes on. It should go out immediately
when the engine is running. If the light does
not go out, or comes on while driving, the engine oil level
has dropped to approximately the minimum mark on the
dipstick.
CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL
A sensor in the oil pan allows oil level to be checked
without opening the hood. It provides an accurate measurement of oil level, whereas the low engine oil level
indicator warns that oil level is definitely too low. With
the vehicle parked on a level surface, the engine is
warmed up and shut off for approximately five minutes.
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON/RUN
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position, press the knob to the left of the speedometer
once and wait seven seconds. An ISO oil level icon
appears in the trip odometer window and a “clock” icon
in the cumulative odometer display. Pressing the knob to
the left of the speedometer twice within one second
displays one of the following messages:
• OK
• -1.0 Q (-1.0L)
• -1.5 Q (-1.5L)
• -2.0 Q (-2.0L)
• HI
The indicated amount of oil must be added to the engine
if the message -2.0 Q (-2.0L) blinks and a signal sounds.
The HI message indicates that the excess oil must be
removed from the pan to avoid possible engine or
catalytic converter damage. If the ISO oil level icon and
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“clock” icon remain on when attempting to check oil
level and no message follows, or if the low engine oil
level warning lamp comes on, a malfunction in the
engine oil level system is indicated. A conveniently
located dipstick allows manual checking of the oil level.
If no leaks are noted, continue to drive to the nearest
service station where the engine oil should be topped to
the “full” mark on the dipstick with an approved oil.
29. Low Fuel Warning Light
When the fuel level drops to about 2 gal (7.5 L), this
symbol will light and remains lit until fuel is added.
“INFINITY MODULUS” AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER AND GPS
NAVIGATION
(OPTIONAL - See separate User’s Manual)
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AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH SINGLE-DISC CD
PLAYER
INFINITY MODULUS Entertainment Systems
A premium Infinity Modulus AM/FM stereo, single-disc
CD audio system is standard equipment on some models. It feeds a six-channel, 240-watt amplifier with dual
subwoofers mounted in the back panel behind the seats,
and four door-mounted speakers. These systems can be
identified by the Infinity brand mark on the radio faceplate.
Power/Volume Control
To activate the audio system, press the ON/OFF knob on
the left. If the unit was switched off using the ignition
switch, it will switch on again with the ignition switch.
Press the ON/OFF knob within three seconds of turning
the ignition switch off to prevent the radio from switching off.
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The unit can also be operated without the ignition switch
turned on by pressing the ON/OFF knob, but it will
switch off automatically after one hour.
The volume is controlled by rotating the ON/OFF knob
to the left or right.
Audio (AUD) Settings
• Bass (BASS)
Press the AUD button repeatedly until BASS appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
• Treble (TREB)
Press the AUD button repeatedly until TREB appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
• Balance (BAL)
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Press the AUD button repeatedly until BAL appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
• Linear adjustment (LINEAR)
The tone values for the set signal source (e.g., radio/
FM) are set to “0” (mean value). Press and hold the
AUD button for more than four seconds until FM
LINEAR appears (which affects FM only). Press and
hold the AUD button for more than eight seconds until
ALL LINEAR appears (which affects both radio and
CD).
• Mute function (MUTE)
To activate the mute function in all modes and wavebands, press the TP button. The mute function is
cancelled by either pressing the TP button again, or by
turning the volume control.
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NOTE: After six seconds without any action, or by
pressing OPT, CD, AM, FM, or TP, the current setting is
cancelled, and the new setting is stored.
FM1 – FM2 – FM AS – BEST FM
The system has four FM memory modes that can be
selected by repeatedly pressing the FM button.
FM1 – One of ten memorized FM station frequencies can
be selected by pressing a multifunction button.
FM2 – A second set of ten memorized FM station
frequencies can be selected by pressing a multifunction
button.
FM AS – An autostore feature will store the 9 current
stations with the strongest signal on station buttons 1-9 in
the order of their signal quality.
Press the FM button repeatedly until FM AS is displayed
to perform an autostore scan. Press the multifunction
button labeled AS repeatedly until AS-SEEK is displayed.
To select the stored stations, press the 1-9 buttons.
BEST FM – The BEST FM function automatically memorizes and continuously updates the frequencies of stations in order of their signal strength.
The strongest station comes up first when BEST FM is
selected. Stations with stronger or weaker signals are
selected by turning the right rotary knob.
To select the displayed station, press the right rotary
control/push button.
Tuning FM stations – Rotating the right rotary control to
the right or left will change the FM frequency to the next
higher or lower station with a strong signal. To manually
step through each frequency or tune in a station with a
weaker signal, press the MAN button first, and then
rotate the rotary control right or left.
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Storing FM stations – 10 frequencies can be stored on FM
1 and on FM 2 by pressing a multifunction button for
three seconds; a tone will confirm that the selection was
set.
Scan Search FM (SC) – To activate, press the right rotary
control/push button until SC is displayed.
Beginning with the currently set frequency, the next
station scanned will be heard for eight seconds. Press the
right rotary control/push button if you wish to keep the
current station. Once the scan begins, it will continue
until either a station or program is retained or until
another mode is selected.
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To activate, press the OPT button in FM mode, then press
the multifunction PT button. You can pre-select one of the
currently available PTY by turning the right rotary
control/push button and the program type scan search
begins.
Press the button again to keep the received program. If
the selected station does not transmit a PTY identification, the display will show NO PTY. If all criteria for
evaluating RDS are not met, the unit will only display the
frequency.
The following are examples of program types displayed:
• NEWS – News Service
Radio Data System (RDS) Stations
• SOFT – Soft Music
PTY (Program Type)
• INFORM – Information Programs
The program type of the selected station can be displayed
for 10 seconds, or scanned in order of ascending frequency for eight seconds each.
• NOSTALGA – Nostalgia
• SPORTS – Sports Reports
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• JAZZ – Jazz Music
• COUNTRY – Country Music
• TALK – Talk Programs
• PERSNLTY – Personality
• CLASSICL – Classical
• OLDIES – Oldies Format
• ROCK – Rock Music
• PUBLIC – Public Radio
• R B – R&B
• WEATHER – Weather Forecast
• CLS ROCK – Classic Rock
• PTY 24-28 – Not Specified
• SOFT R B – Soft R&B
• NO PTY – No Program Type
• ADLT HIT – Adult Hits
AM-AM AS
The system has two AM modes available. Press the AM
button repeatedly until the band or operation mode is
selected. To search in this mode, press the right rotary
control/push button and the abbreviation SC is displayed. Receivable stations can be heard for eight seconds. Press the control again to keep the received station.
• LANGUAGE – Language Program
• SOFT RCK – Soft Rock
• REL MUSC – Religious Music
• TOP 40 – Top 40
• REL TALK – Religious Talk
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Once the scan search begins, it will continue until either
a station is retained or until another mode is selected.
Tuning AM stations – Rotating the right rotary control to
the right or left will change the AM frequency to the next
higher or lower station with a strong signal. To manually
step through each frequency or tune in a station with a
weaker signal, press the MAN button first, and then
rotate the rotary control right or left.
Storing AM stations – 10 frequencies can be stored on AM
by pressing a multifunction button for three seconds; a
tone will confirm that the selection was set.
AM AS – An autostore feature will store the 9 current
stations with the strongest signal on station buttons 1-9 in
the order of their signal quality. Press the AM button
repeatedly until AM AS is displayed to perform an
autostore scan. Press the multifunction button labeled AS
repeatedly until AS-SEEK is displayed. To select the
stored stations, press the 1-9 buttons.
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General Information
This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference,
2. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
To activate the CD function, press the CD button; CDS is
shown in the display. If no CD disc is present, the display
briefly shows NO CDS and the radio mode remains
active.
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CAUTION!
Before inserting a CD, assure that a CD is not already
in the player. Press the CD button; if the display
shows NO CDS, a new CD can be inserted. If a CD is
already loaded, press and release the EJT button and
allow time for the current CD to be ejected. Loading
a new CD into the player while another CD is already
loaded can result in a jammed mechanism which may
require service at an authorized dealer.
Insert the CD into the slot with the printed side up. The
unit will display the number of tracks and total playback
time. After the last track has been played back, the unit
automatically begins to play the first track again.
To eject a disc, briefly press and release the
EJT button.
If the power is turned off, the disc will remain in the CD
slot for protection.
Features of the CD player:
• Skipping Tracks
Turn the right rotary control/push button. Turn further to the left or right to skip multiple tracks. If a track
was played for less than eight seconds, the system will
skip to the next track.
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• Scan Tracks (SC)
Push the right rotary control/push button until the
display shows SC. All tracks are played back for eight
seconds each. Press the button again to cancel this
feature.
• Fast Forward/Rewind (<<, >>)
Press and hold the multifunction button >> for audible
fast forward play. Press and hold the multifunction
button << for audible fast rewind play. The relative
time is displayed during this operation and continues
for an additional eight seconds after releasing the
function button.
• Relative Time Display (T)
Press the multifunction button T for the time of the
currently playing track to be displayed for approximately eight seconds.
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• Random Play (RP)
Press the multifunction button RP for random generation of the next track to be played. Press the button
again to cancel the feature.
NOTE: To protect the unit from excessive heat, a temperature protection device has been integrated into the
circuitry. When a high operating temperature is detected,
CD TEMP is displayed for eight seconds and the unit
switches back to the last source (AM or FM). Allow
sufficient cool down time and retry.
User Menu
The following functions can be customized to your
personal needs in the user menu:
• USER – User Memory
• M/S – Mono/Stereo Setting
• DRIVER – Left/Right Hand Drive Setting
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• PHONE – Telephone Characteristics
To enter the USER menu, press the OPT button for more
than three seconds. USER then appears on the display,
and another user action must be entered within six
seconds or this menu is exited automatically. Your current setting can be cancelled and the selections made will
be saved by pressing either the CD, AM, FM or TP
buttons momentarily.
User Memory (USER – 1, 2, 3)
You can program up to three user memories, which saves
the sound settings, and the last received station when the
unit is switched off. To activate, first enter the user menu.
One of the three users can now be selected by turning the
right rotary/push button. You can also call up the
Mono/Stereo setting by pressing the right rotary/push
button at this time.
Mono/Stereo
In order to suppress reception-related interference, three
different parameters can be set to optimize reception.
To activate, call up the user menu, then press the right
rotary control/push button repeatedly until STEREO,
STO AUTO or MONO is displayed (depending on the
currently selected setting, you may need to turn the knob
also for your selection).
• STO AUTO – Setting for normal operation. The unit
switches from stereo to mono and back, depending on
the reception conditions (for nearly all reception areas,
this is the optimal setting).
• STEREO – Setting for exceptional conditions. The unit
is constantly set for stereo reception (primarily for
private broadcasters in urban areas).
• MONO – Setting for receptions with constant reflection, the unit is constantly set for monaural reception.
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You can also call up the Setting DRIVER mode by
pressing the right rotary/push button at this time.
Driver – L/R
If a telephone with hands-free operation is installed, the
call is routed through the speaker system. The setting
DRIVER is used to set the appropriate speaker side (left
or right).
To activate, call up the user menu, then press the right
rotary control/push button repeatedly until DRIVER L or
DRIVER R is displayed (depending on the currently
selected setting, you may need to turn the knob also for
your selection). You can also call up the Telephone mute
characteristics mode by pressing the right rotary/push
button at this time.
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Telephone mute characteristics
If a telephone with hands-free operation is installed, the
call may be routed through the speaker system. This
eliminates the need for an additional speaker (if the
signal lines are connected to the unit). The following
settings are available:
• PH MUTE – Switching radio to mute.
• AUDIO PH – Telephone call via the car radio.
Call up the user menu, then press the right rotary
control/push button repeatedly until AUDIO PH or PH
MUTE is displayed (depending on the currently selected
setting, you may need to turn the knob also for your
selection).
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COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
2. If the disc is stained, clean the surface with a soft cloth,
wiping from center to edge.
3. Do not apply paper or tape to the disc; avoid scratching the disc.
4. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, cleaners,
or antistatic sprays.
5. Store the disc in its case after playing.
6. Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight.
7. Do not store the disc where temperatures may become
too high.
RADIO ANTENNA
The radio antenna is located in the rear liftgate glass on
the coupe vehicles and mounted on the left rear body
panel on the roadster vehicles. The antenna requires no
maintenance.
CAUTION!
Window tint films applied to the liftgate glass of
coupe vehicles can significantly degrade radio reception if they contain any metallic content. Before
applying any film to increase occupant privacy or
reduce the heating effect of the sun, make sure that
the film does not contain any metallic substances.
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RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular
phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your radio. This condition may be lessened
or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna.
This condition is not harmful to the radio. If your radio
performance does not satisfactorily “clear” by the repositioning of the antenna, it is recommended that the radio
volume be turned down or off during cellular phone
operation.
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CLIMATE CONTROLS
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1. Driver Temperature Control
2. Passenger Temperature Control
3. Fan Speed Control
4. Air Recirculation/REST
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5. Air Conditioning ON/OFF
6. Rear Window Defroster
7. Air Distribution (Mode) Control
The climate control system allows you to balance the
temperature, amount and direction of the air circulating
throughout the vehicle.
The system is always at operational readiness, except
when manually switched off. The climate control only
operates with the engine running.
The climate control removes a considerable amount of
moisture from the air during operation in the air conditioning mode, therefore it is considered normal operation
for water to drip on the ground through ducts in the
underbody.
The settings and controls are as follows:
Temperature Control
Use the driver or passenger temperature control to
regulate the temperature of the air inside the passenger
compartment. The blue area of the control indicates
cooler temperatures, while the red area indicates warmer
temperatures.
The temperature selector should be left at the desired
temperature setting so that the system can automatically
reach that selection as quickly as possible. The inside
temperature will not heat or cool any quicker by setting
the selector higher or lower upon initial start up.
Fan Control
Use this control to regulate the amount of air
volume moving through the system in any
mode you select. Turn the control clockwise to
increase fan speed; counterclockwise to decrease fan speed.
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Basic Setting - Heater
Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch and set the fan control at
least to position 2 to prevent windows from
fogging up. Set the air distribution control switch to the
tri-level setting. Turn the defroster outlets for the side
windows to the detent positions. Open center air outlets
as desired.
Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch. Then select the panel
setting on the air distribution control switch to
force air from the panel outlets.
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Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch. Then select the Bi-Level
setting on the air distribution control switch to
force air from both the upper panel outlets and the floor
outlets.
Basic Setting - Air Conditioner
Press the air conditioning ON/OFF switch. The
light in the switch will illuminate. Select a
temperature for each side of the passenger
compartment. Select the air volume with the
fan control switch, at least to position 1. Set the air
distribution control switch to one of the positions shown
above. Open center air outlets. Open left and right side
air outlets.
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NOTE: The air conditioning compressor will not run if
the fan control switch is not set to position 1 or higher.
Slight changes in engine speed or power may be noticed
when the compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence,
since the compressor will cycle on and off to maintain
comfort and increase fuel economy.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects.
NOTE: The dot between the air distribution control
icons is a mix position between the two modes.
Defrosting
Set the temperature selectors to the maximum
heating position, set the fan control to position 5,
and the air distribution to the defrost position. Close the
center air outlets. Close the left and right side air outlets.
Turn the defroster outlets for the side windows to the
detent position.
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Defogging Windows Fogged Up On Inside
Press the A/C button; the indicator light should illuminate. Switch off the air recirculation; the indicator light
should go out. Set the air distribution control switch to
the defrost position. Increase air volume with the fan
control switch to position 1 or higher. Close the center,
left, and right side air outlets. Turn the defroster outlets
for the side windows to the detent position.
NOTE: The air conditioner removes moisture from the
air inside your vehicle. The quickest and most efficient
method for defogging your windows, even if the air
temperature in your vehicle is cool, is to use the air
conditioner. Make sure that you press the A/C button to
defog your windows.
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Windshield Fogged Up On Outside
Switch on the windshield wipers. Set the air distribution
control switch to the defrost position. Increase air volume
with the fan control switch. Close the center and right
side air outlets. Turn the defroster outlets for the side
windows to the detent position.
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Ventilation
Climate Control - OFF
To switch the climate control off, set the air volume
control switch to position 0. The fresh air supply to the
vehicle interior is shut off. While driving, use this setting
only temporarily, otherwise the windshield could fog up.
Rear Window Defroster
Turn the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position. To select, press the rear
window defroster button once and release. The
indicator light in the switch should illuminate.
To cancel, press the rear window defroster button again
and release.
To receive outside air through the panel outlets, turn off
the Air Conditioning ON/OFF switch. The light in the
switch should be off. Set the controls as above for basic
air conditioning.
NOTE: Heavy accumulation of snow and ice should be
removed before activating the defroster. The rear window defroster uses a large amount of power. To keep the
battery drain to a minimum, turn off the defroster as soon
as the window is clear. The defroster is automatically
turned off after a maximum of 12 minutes of operation.
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If several components in the vehicle are consuming
power simultaneously, or the battery is only partially
charged, it is possible that the defroster will automatically turn itself off. When this happens, the indicator light
inside the switch starts blinking. As soon as the battery
has sufficient voltage, the defroster automatically turns
itself back on.
CAUTION!
To avoid damaging the electrical conductors, do not
use scrapers, sharp instruments, or abrasive window
cleaners on the interior surface of the rear window.
Labels can be peeled off by soaking with warm
water.
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Air Recirculation/REST
This mode can be selected to temporarily reduce the entry of annoying odors or dust into
the vehicle’s interior. Outside air does not flow
into the vehicle’s interior. To select, press the
recirculation button. To cancel, press the recirculation
button again.
The system will automatically switch from recirculated
air to fresh air after approximately five minutes at
outside temperatures below approximately 40°F (5°C);
after approximately 30 minutes, at outside temperatures
above approximately 40°F (5°C); after approximately five
minutes, if the A/C button is pressed.
At high outside temperatures, the system automatically
engages the recirculated air mode for approximately 30
minutes, thereby increasing the cooling capacity performance. Press the recirculation button again to extend the
recirculated air mode.
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Residual Engine Heat Utilization (REST)
With the engine switched off, it is possible to
continue heating the interior for a short while.
Air volume is controlled automatically. Select a
temperature for each side of the passenger
compartment. Set the air distribution control switch to
the desired position.
To select, turn the key in the ignition switch to the ACC
or the OFF/LOCK position or remove. Press the recirculation button. The indicator light in the button illuminates. This function selection will not activate if the
battery charge level is insufficient.
To cancel, press the recirculation button. The indicator
light in the button goes out. The system will automatically shut off if you turn the key in the ignition switch to
the ON/RUN position, after approximately 30 minutes,
or if the battery voltage drops.
NOTE: This vehicle is equipped with an air conditioner
system that uses R-134a (HFC: hydrofluorocarbon) as a
refrigerant. Repairs should always be performed by a
qualified technician, and refrigerant should be collected
in a recovery system for recycling.
Dust Filter (If Equipped)
Nearly all dust particles and pollen are filtered out before
outside air enters the passenger compartment through
the air distribution system.
NOTE: Keep the air intake grille in front of windshield
free of snow and debris.
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Operating Tips
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CONTENTS
m Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ Extremely Cold Weather (Below -20°F
Or -29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
▫ Maneuvering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
m Transmission Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ Recommended Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Park Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
▫ Reverse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
▫ Neutral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
▫ Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ AutoStickt Gear Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ Gear Ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
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▫ Program Mode Selector Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Brake Pad Break-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
▫ Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode) . . . 181
m Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
m Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
m Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
m Driving Through Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 203
▫ Flowing/Rising Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
m Tires — General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
m Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
m Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
▫ Brake Assist System (BAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ Tire Pressures For High Speed Operation . . . . 210
▫ Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . . . . 189
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
▫ Synchronizing ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
▫ ESP Control Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
▫ Life Of Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
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▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
m Tire Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Sulfur In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
m Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
m Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
m Original Equipment Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
m Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
m Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
m Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
▫ Roof Luggage Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
m Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
m Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
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STARTING PROCEDURES
WARNING!
Do not leave animals or children inside parked
vehicles in hot weather; interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
Be sure that the parking brake is engaged and that the
shift lever is in the NEUTRAL or PARK position. Turn the
key in the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
Apply the brakes before shifting into any driving gear.
Normal Starting
Vehicles with automatic transmissions:
Do not depress the accelerator. Simply turn the key in the
ignition switch clockwise to the START position and
release when the engine starts. If the engine will not run,
turn the key counterclockwise to the OFF/LOCK position and repeat the starting procedure. If there are several
unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the
nearest authorized dealer.
Vehicles with manual transmissions:
Do not depress the accelerator. Fully depress the clutch
pedal, otherwise the engine cannot be started due to the
integrated safety interlock. Simply turn the key in the
ignition switch clockwise to the START position and
release when the engine starts. The starter will engage
until the engine is running. If the engine will not run,
turn the key counterclockwise to the OFF/LOCK position and repeat the starting procedure. If there are several
unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the
nearest authorized dealer.
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NOTE: Due to the starter non-repeat feature, the key
must be turned completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
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Extremely Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C)
For reliable starting in areas where temperatures frequently drop below -20°F (-29°C), we recommend the use
of an externally powered battery and an electric engine
block heater. Advice on these items and installation is
available at your authorized dealer.
If Engine Fails to Start
CAUTION!
Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way.
Pushing with another vehicle may damage the transmission or the rear of your vehicle. See Section 6 of
this manual for proper jump-starting procedures.
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WARNING!
Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the
throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start
the vehicle. This could result in a flash fire, causing
serious personal injury.
If the engine fails to start after you have followed the
Normal Starting procedure, it may be flooded. Push the
accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there
while cranking the engine. This should clear any excess
fuel in case the engine is flooded.
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the starter, do not crank the
engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 to
15 seconds before trying again.
If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not
have enough power to continue running when the key is
released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Release the
accelerator pedal and the key once the engine is running
smoothly.
If the engine shows no sign of starting after two 15second periods of cranking with the accelerator pedal
held to the floor, the Normal Starting procedure should
be repeated.
After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up.
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TRANSMISSION SHIFTING
Manual Transmission
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NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged and the
shift lever placed in REVERSE before leaving the vehicle,
especially on an incline. To place the transmission in
REVERSE, lift up on the shift lever knob, push it to the
left and pull it back.
Fully depress the clutch pedal before you shift gears. As
you release the clutch pedal, lightly depress the accelerator pedal.
Be sure the transmission is in FIRST gear, (not THIRD),
when starting from a stopped position. Damage to the
clutch can result from starting in THIRD.
NOTE: If there is a need to restart your engine, you
must recycle your ignition switch to the OFF position
before restarting the engine.
For most city driving, you will find it easier to use only
the lower gears. For steady highway driving with light
accelerations, sixth gear is recommended.
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Never drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal, or
try to hold the vehicle on a hill with the clutch pedal
partially engaged. This will cause abnormal wear on the
clutch.
Recommended Shift Speeds
To use your manual transmission for both fuel economy
and performance, it should be upshifted as shown in the
chart. Shift at the vehicle speeds listed for acceleration.
Never shift into REVERSE until the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
Earlier upshifts during cruise conditions (relatively
steady speeds) will result in increased fuel economy, and
may be used as indicated.
NOTE: During cold weather, until the transmission
lubricant has warmed, you may have difficulty shifting.
This is normal and not harmful to the transmission.
MPH
(km/h)
1-2
15
(24)
Higher upshift speeds may be used to obtain a desired
acceleration rate.
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
RECOMMENDED SHIFT SPEEDS
2-3
3-4
25
40
(40)
(64)
4-5
45
(72)
5-6
50
(80)
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key
from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Children could move
the gearshift lever, which could result in an accident
or serious injury.
If you skip more than one gear while downshifting
or downshift at too high an engine speed, you could
damage the engine, transmission, or clutch.
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WARNING!
Skipping more than one gear while downshifting
could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. You
could have an accident.
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Automatic Transmission
• Vehicle speed
The gear shifting process is continuously adapted, dependent on the driving style, the driving situation and
the road characteristics.
The shift lever is automatically locked while in the PARK
position. To move the shift lever out of the PARK
position, the brake pedal must be firmly depressed before
the shift lock will release.
The automatic transmission selects individual gears automatically, dependent upon:
• Shift lever position
• Program mode selector switch
• Accelerator position
Move the shift lever to the desired position only when the
engine is idling normally and the brake pedal is applied.
Do not release the brake until ready to drive. The vehicle
may otherwise accelerate quickly when the shift lever is
in DRIVE or REVERSE position.
NOTE: After selecting any driving position, wait a
moment to allow the gear to fully engage before accelerating, especially when the engine is cold.
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WARNING!
It is dangerous to shift the shift lever out of PARK or
NEUTRAL if the engine speed is higher than idle
speed. If your foot is not firmly on the brake pedal,
the vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle and hit
someone or something. Only shift into gear when the
engine is idling normally and when your foot is
firmly on the brake pedal.
Stopping
For brief stops, leave the transmission in gear and hold
the vehicle with the brake pedal. For longer stops with
the engine idling, shift into the NEUTRAL or PARK
position and hold the vehicle with the parking brake.
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When stopping the vehicle uphill, do not hold it with the
accelerator; use the brake. This avoids unnecessary transmission heat build-up.
Maneuvering
To maneuver in tight areas, control the vehicle speed by
gradually releasing the brakes. Accelerate gently and
never abruptly step on the accelerator.
To rock a vehicle out of soft ground (mud or snow),
alternately shift from FORWARD to REVERSE, while
applying only slight acceleration. Rocking a vehicle free
in this manner may cause the ABS or traction system
malfunction indicator light to come on. Turn off the
engine and restart the engine to clear the malfunction
indication.
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Park Position
The PARK position is to be used when parking the
vehicle. Engage only with the vehicle stopped. The PARK
position is not intended to serve as a brake when the
vehicle is parked. Rather, the driver should always use
the parking brake in addition to placing the shift lever in
PARK to secure the vehicle.
NOTE: The key can be removed from the ignition
switch only with the shift lever in the PARK position.
With the key removed, the shift lever is locked in the
PARK position.
With a malfunction in the vehicle’s electrical system, the
shift lever could remain locked in the PARK position. To
unlock the shift lever manually, insert the end of the
multipurpose tool from the glove box (or ball point pen)
into the covered opening below the position “D” of the
shift pattern. While pushing the tool down, move the
shift lever out of the PARK position. After removal of the
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tool from the opening, the cover will not close fully. Only
after moving the selector lever to the “D+” and “D-”
positions does the cover return to its closed position.
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Reverse
Shift into REVERSE gear only when the vehicle is completely stopped.
Dependent on the program mode selector switch position
Standard “S” and Winter/Wet “W” (snow and ice), the
maximum speed in the REVERSE gear is different. However, it is not possible to change the program mode while
in REVERSE.
Neutral
No power is transmitted from the engine to the drive
axle. When the brakes are released, the vehicle can be
moved freely (pushed or towed). Do not engage in
NEUTRAL position while driving except to coast when
the vehicle is in danger of skidding (e.g., on icy roads).
NOTE: Coasting the vehicle, or driving for any other
reason with selector lever in NEUTRAL can result in
transmission damage that is not covered by the Limited
Warranty.
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Drive
The transmission automatically upshifts through FIFTH
gear. The DRIVE position provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal operating conditions.
AutoStickT Gear selection
The transmission gear can be selected by pressing the
shift lever to the right or the left with the shift lever in the
DRIVE position. The gear currently selected is indicated
in the instrument cluster display. Briefly press shift lever
in the “D-” direction. The transmission will shift from the
current gear to the next lower gear. Shifting into another
gear that allows for quicker acceleration or to slow the
vehicle down is possible. Downshifts can also be performed.
Press and hold the shift lever in the “D-” direction. The
transmission will shift from the current gear directly to
the best gear for acceleration.
NOTE: To avoid over-revving the engine when the shift
lever is moved in “D-” direction, the transmission will
not shift to a lower gear if the engine’s revolutions per
minute limit would be exceeded.
Briefly press the shift lever in the “D+” direction. The
transmission will shift from the current gear to the next
higher gear.
Press and hold the shift lever in the “D+” direction. The
transmission will shift from the current gear directly to
gear “D.”
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WARNING!
On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in order
to obtain braking action. This could result in drive
wheel slip and reduced vehicle control. Your vehicle’s ABS will not prevent this type of loss of control.
You could lose control of your vehicle and have an
accident.
NOTE: With transmission in gear “D,” “4,” or “3,”
upshifting from FIRST to SECOND to THIRD gear may
be delayed, depending on vehicle speed and engine
temperature. This allows the catalytic converter to heat
up more quickly to operating temperatures.
The delayed upshift is effective with vehicle speeds
below 31 mph (50 km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C). To prevent the engine
from laboring at low RPM when driving uphill or with
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your vehicle heavily loaded, the automatic transmission
will downshift when necessary to maintain engine RPM
within the best torque range.
Gear Ranges
PARK
NOTE: If the key is in the ON/RUN position, you must
press the brake pedal to shift out of the PARK position.
PARK supplements the parking brake by locking the
transmission. The engine can be started in this range.
Never attempt to use PARK while the vehicle is in
motion.
Apply the parking brake when leaving the vehicle in this
range.
REVERSE
Shift into this range only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
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NEUTRAL
The engine may be started in this range. Use this range
for starting your vehicle if it is moving or being towed.
OVERDRIVE
This range should be used for most city and highway
driving. It provides the smoothest upshifts and downshifts and best fuel economy.
Program mode selector switch
The transmission is provided with a selector switch for
Standard “S” and Winter/Wet “W” (snow and ice) program modes.
For standard mode, press the “S” symbol on the switch.
Use this mode for all regular driving. The vehicle starts
out in FIRST gear.
Depressing the accelerator pedal rapidly or nearly to the
floor while driving (kick-down position), rather than
depressing the accelerator pedal in slow, small movements, will cause the automatic transmission to shift
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down into a lower gear. Rapid release of the accelerator
pedal will normally result in an upshift. This gear shifting process is dependent on the current vehicle speed.
For Winter/Wet (snow and ice) mode, press the “W”
symbol on the switch. The vehicle starts out in SECOND
gear, unless FIRST gear has been selected, or the accelerator pedal is in the kick-down position. The “W” mode
helps to improve traction and driving stability of the
vehicle. The gear shifting process occurs at lower vehicle
and engine speeds than in the “S” program mode.
Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode)
If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the transmission no
longer shifts, the transmission is most likely operating in
Limp Home Mode which engages when there is a
malfunction of the transmission.
This condition may be accompanied by the CHECK
ENGINE light in the instrument cluster coming on.
In this mode only the SECOND gear or REVERSE gear
can be activated.
To engage SECOND gear or REVERSE:
CAUTION!
Never change the program mode when the selector
lever is out of the PARK position. It could result in a
change of driving characteristics for which you may
not be prepared.
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1. Stop the vehicle.
2. Move the shift lever to the PARK position.
3. Turn off the engine.
4. Wait approximately 10 seconds.
5. Restart the engine.
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6. Move the shift lever to the DRIVE position (for SECOND gear), or move the shift lever to the REVERSE
position (for REVERSE gear).
Have the transmission checked at your authorized dealer
as soon as possible.
DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES
WARNING!
Rapid acceleration on slippery surfaces is dangerous.
You could lose control of the vehicle and possibly
have an accident. Accelerate slowly and carefully
whenever there is likely to be poor traction (ice,
snow, rain, mud, loose sand, etc.).
Traction
When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a
wedge of water to build up between the tire and road
surface. This is hydroplaning and may cause partial or
complete loss of vehicle control and stopping ability. To
reduce this possibility, the following precautions should
be observed:
1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are
slushy.
2. Slow down if the road has standing water or puddles.
3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become
visible.
4. Keep tires properly inflated.
5. Maintain enough distance between your vehicle and
the vehicle in front to avoid a collision in a sudden stop.
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DRIVING THROUGH WATER
Driving through water more than a few inches/
centimeters deep will require extra caution to ensure
safety and prevent damage to your vehicle.
Flowing/Rising Water
WARNING!
Do not drive on, or cross, a road or a path where
water is flowing and/or rising (as in storm run-off).
Flowing water can wear away the road or path’s
surface and cause your vehicle to sink into deeper
water. Furthermore, flowing and/or rising water can
carry your vehicle away swiftly. Failure to follow this
warning may result in injuries that are serious or
fatal to you, your passengers, and others around you.
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Shallow Standing Water
Although your vehicle is capable of driving through
shallow standing water, consider the following Caution
and Warning before doing so.
CAUTION!
• Always check the depth of the standing water
before driving through it. Never drive through
standing water that is deeper than the bottom of
the tire rims mounted on the vehicle.
• Determine the condition of the road or the path
that is under water, and if there are any obstacles
in the way, before driving through the standing
water.
• Do not exceed 5 mph (8 km/h) when driving
through standing water. This will minimize wave
effects.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
• Driving through standing water may cause damage to your vehicle’s drivetrain components. Always inspect your vehicle’s fluids (i.e., engine oil,
transmission, axle, etc.) for signs of contamination
(i.e., fluid that is milky or foamy in appearance)
after driving through standing water. Do not continue to operate the vehicle if any fluid appears
contaminated, as this may result in further damage. Such damage is not covered by the New
Vehicle Limited Warranty.
• Driving through standing water limits your vehicle’s traction capabilities. Do not exceed 5 mph (8
km/h) when driving through standing water.
• Getting water inside your vehicle’s engine can
cause it to lock up and stall out, and cause serious
internal damage to the engine. Such damage is not
covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
• Driving through standing water limits your vehicle’s braking capabilities, which increases stopping distances. Therefore, after driving through
standing water, drive slowly and lightly press on
the brake pedal several times to dry the brakes.
• Getting water inside your vehicle’s engine can
cause it to lock up and stall out, and leave you
stranded.
• Failure to follow these warnings may result in
injuries that are serious or fatal to you, your
passengers, and others around you.
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PARKING BRAKE
When you apply the parking brake with engine
running, the brake system warning light in the
instrument cluster will come on.
NOTE: This light, when illuminated with parking brake
application, shows only that the parking brake is on. It
does not show the degree of brake application.
NOTE: If the light remains on with the parking brake
released, a brake system malfunction is indicated. Have
the brake system serviced by an authorized dealer immediately.
Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parking
brake is fully applied. For manual transmission vehicles,
place the shift lever in REVERSE. For vehicles equipped
with automatic transmissions, place the shift lever in the
PARK position.
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To release the parking brake, slightly pull up the handle
while pushing the lock button, and guide the lever
downward to its stop. The brake warning light in the
instrument cluster should go out.
A warning sounds if you start to drive without having
released the parking brake.
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When parking on a hill, you must set the parking brake
before placing the shift lever in PARK. If you don’t, the
load on the transmission locking mechanism may make it
difficult to move the shift lever out of PARK. As an added
precaution, turn the front wheels toward the curb on a
downhill grade and away from the curb on an uphill
grade.
The parking brake should always be applied when the
driver is not in the vehicle.
WARNING!
Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged before
driving; failure to do so can lead to brake failure and
an accident.
WARNING!
Do not leave children unattended in a vehicle. A
child could be injured, or could injure others, if left
unattended.
BRAKE SYSTEM
Your vehicle is equipped with power brakes as standard
equipment. In the event power assist is lost for any
reason (for example, repeated brake applications with the
engine off), the brakes will still function. The effort
required to brake the vehicle will be much greater than
that required with the power system operating.
If either the front or rear hydraulic system loses normal
capability, the remaining system will still function with
some loss of overall braking effectiveness. This will be
evident by increased pedal travel during application,
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greater pedal force required to slow or stop, and activation of the brake warning light during brake use.
Brake Assist System (BAS)
The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers. Maximum power boost is applied to the brakes more quickly
in emergency braking conditions. This can help reduce
braking distances relative to what ordinary driving and
braking style might do.
The BAS complements the antilock brake system (ABS).
Applying the brakes very quickly results in maximum
BAS assistance. To receive the benefit of the system you
must apply continuous, full braking power during the
stopping sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure.
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WARNING!
BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking
efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of
the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
The BAS cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, following
another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a
safe, attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of a BAS-equipped vehicle
must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or
the safety of others.
Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
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The malfunction indicator light for the BAS is combined
with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) malfunction
indicator light.
The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position and should go out with
the engine running. If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light comes on steadily while the engine is running, a
malfunction has been detected in either the BAS or ESP
system. As a result, it is possible that only partial engine
output will be available, and pressing the accelerator
pedal will require more effort.
If the BAS malfunctions, the brake system functions in
the usual manner, but without BAS.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP will be
disabled. In this condition, both malfunction indicator
lights come on while the engine is running. If the
malfunction indicator light stays illuminated, have the
BAS and ESP checked at your authorized dealer as soon
as possible.
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Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
The ESP enhances directional control and reduces wheelspin under various driving conditions. When ESP is
active, engine torque is limited and the ESP warning light
starts to flash.
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In winter operation, the effectiveness of the ESP can be
enhanced by equipping the vehicle with DaimlerChrysler
recommended mud and snow (M+S) rated radial-ply
tires and/or snow chains.
WARNING!
ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the traction
afforded. The ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, or
hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful
driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of an
ESP equipped vehicle must never be exploited in a
reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or the safety of others.
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The ESP warning light starts to flash at any vehicle speed
as soon as the tires lose traction and the wheels begin to
spin.
NOTE: When the ESP warning light is illuminated
continuously, the ESP is switched off. Adapt your speed
and driving to the prevailing road conditions.
If the ESP warning light flashes during acceleration, ease
up on the accelerator and apply as little throttle as
possible. While driving, adapt your speed to the prevailing road conditions.
NOTE: Avoid spinning of one drive wheel. This may
cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not
covered by the DaimlerChrysler Limited Warranty.
CAUTION!
If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised (see
the What To Do In Emergencies section in this
manual), the engine must be shut off (key in the
ignition switch turned to the OFF/LOCK or ACC
position). Otherwise, the ESP will immediately be
engaged and will apply the rear wheel brakes.
NOTE: If the ESP warning light flashes during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator.
NOTE: ESP should not be switched off during normal
driving. Disabling of the system under normal operating
conditions will eliminate the benefits of the ESP system.
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Synchronizing ESP
If the power supply was interrupted (battery disconnected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light may be illuminated with the engine running. To
re-synchronize the ESP, and cancel the malfunction indicator light, the steering angle sensor will need to be
recalibrated.
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ESP Control switch
The ESP control switch is located in the center console.
When the ESP is switched off, the warning light in the
instrument cluster comes on. When the ESP is switched
on, the warning light goes out.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
2. Rotate the steering wheel to the center position.
3. Rotate the steering wheel completely to the left, and
then rotate the steering wheel completely to the right.
4. Bring the steering wheel back to the center position.
5. The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light will go out.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light is still illuminated, the vehicle should be serviced at an authorized
dealer.
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To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand, or gravel,
switch off the ESP by pressing the upper half of the ESP
switch. The ESP warning light will then be continuously
illuminated. With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the
enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable.
CAUTION!
Snow chains should never be used without the
recommended mud and snow (M+S) rated radial-ply
tires. Damage to your vehicle may result from such
usage.
ESP always operates under braking, even with the switch
in the OFF position.
If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin, the
ESP system will apply the brake at the affected wheel
until the wheel regains sufficient traction. The traction
control engages at approximately 24 mph (40 km/h), and
switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h).
To return to the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP,
press the lower half of the switch (the ESP warning light
goes out).
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
The ABS gives increased vehicle stability and brake
performance under most braking conditions. The system
automatically “pumps” the brakes during severe braking
conditions to prevent wheel lock-up. The system operates
to prevent wheel lock-up and help avoid skidding on
slippery surfaces.
NOTE: The ABS improves steering control of the vehicle
during hard braking maneuvers.
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The ABS prevents the wheels from locking up above a
vehicle speed of approximately 5 mph (8 km/h) independent of road surface conditions.
At the instant one of the wheels is about to lock up, a
slight pulsation can be felt in the brake pedal, indicating
that the ABS is in the regulating mode.
Keep firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal while
experiencing the pulsation. Continuous, steady brake
pedal pressure results in optimal braking power while
maintaining the ability to steer the vehicle.
In the case of an emergency brake maneuver, keep
continuous full pressure on the brake pedal. In this
manner only can the ABS be most effective.
On slippery road surfaces, the ABS will respond even
with light brake pedal pressure because of the increased
likelihood of locking wheels. The pulsating brake pedal
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can be an indication of hazardous road conditions and
functions as a reminder to take extra care while driving.
WARNING!
Significant over- or under-inflation of tires, or mixing sizes of front or rear tires or wheels on the vehicle
can reduce braking effectiveness. Maintain proper
tire pressure and always use the tires and wheels
specified in this manual for your vehicle.
The anti-lock brake system conducts a low-speed self-test
at about 12 mph (20 km/h). If you have your foot lightly
on the brake while this test is occurring, you may feel
slight pedal movement. The movement can be more
apparent on ice and snow. The anti-lock brake system
pump motor makes a low humming noise during operation, which is normal.
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WARNING!
Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the effectiveness of the anti-lock brakes and may lead to an
accident. Pumping makes the stopping distance
longer. Just press firmly on your brake pedal when
you need to slow down or stop.
NOTE: During severe braking conditions, a pulsing
sensation may occur and a clicking noise will be heard.
This is normal, indicating that the anti-lock brake system
is functioning.
The ABS malfunction indicator light in the instrument
cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position, and should go out with
the engine running. If the ABS light does not illuminate
briefly during this procedure, or remains on after the
engine is running, have the system checked by an authorized dealer.
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When the ABS malfunction indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on while the engine is running, it
indicates that the ABS has detected a malfunction and has
switched off. In this case, the brake system functions in
the usual manner, but without antilock assistance. With
the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP are also
switched off. Both malfunction indicator lights come on
with the engine running. If the charging voltage falls
below 10 volts, the malfunction indicator light comes on
and the ABS is switched off. When the voltage is above
this value again, the malfunction indicator light should
go out and the ABS is operational. If the malfunction
indicator light stays illuminated, have the system
checked at your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
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WARNING!
ABS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking or
steering efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction
afforded. The ABS cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns,
following another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver can
prevent accidents. The capabilities of an ABSequipped vehicle must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize the
user’s safety or the safety of others.
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WARNING!
To use your brakes and accelerator more safely, follow these
tips:
• Do not “ride” the brakes by resting your foot on the pedal.
This could overheat the brakes and result in unpredictable
braking action, longer stopping distances, or brake damage.
• When descending mountains or hills, repeated braking
can cause brake fade with loss of braking control. Avoid
repeated heavy braking by downshifting the transmission
whenever possible.
• Do not drive too fast for road conditions, especially when
roads are wet or slushy. A wedge of water can build up
between the tire tread and the road. This hydroplaning
action can cause loss of traction, braking ability, and
control.
• After going through deep water or a car wash, brakes may
become wet, resulting in decreased performance and unpredictable braking action. Dry the brakes by gentle,
intermittent pedal action while driving at very slow
speeds.
Brake Pad Break-In
The brakes on your vehicle do not require a long break-in
period, but avoid repeated hard brake applications from
high speeds during initial break-in. Also avoid severe
brake loading such as may be encountered when descending long mountain grades.
POWER STEERING
The standard power steering system will give you good
vehicle response and increased ease of maneuverability
in tight spaces. The system will provide mechanical
steering capability if power assist is lost.
If for some reason, the power assist is interrupted, it will
still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these conditions you will observe a substantial increase in steering
effort, especially at very low vehicle speeds and during
parking maneuvers.
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NOTE: Increased noise levels at the end of the steering
wheel travel are considered normal and does not indicate
that there is a problem with the power steering system.
Upon initial start-up in cold weather, the power steering
pump may make noise for a short period of time. This is
due to the cold, thick fluid in the steering system. This
noise should be considered normal, and does not in any
way damage the steering system.
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WARNING!
Continued operation with reduced power steering
assist could pose a safety risk to yourself and others.
Service should be obtained as soon as possible.
CAUTION!
Prolong operation of the steering system at the end of
the steering wheel travel will increase the steering
fluid temperature and should be avoided when possible. Damage to the power steering pump may occur.
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TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
TIRE MARKINGS
• European-Metric tire sizing is based on European
design standards. Tires designed to this standard have
the tire size molded into the sidewall beginning with
the section width. The letter 9P9 is absent from this tire
size designation. Example: 215/65R15 96H.
• LT (Light Truck) - Metric tire sizing is based on U.S.
design standards. The size designation for LT-Metric
tires is the same as for P-Metric tires except for the
letters “LT” that are molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: LT235/85R16.
NOTE:
• P (Passenger) - Metric tire sizing is based on U.S.
design standards. P-Metric tires have the letter “P”
molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: P215/65R15 95H.
• Temporary spare tires are high-pressure compact
spares designed for temporary emergency use only.
Tires designed to this standard have the letter “T”
molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: T145/80D18 103M.
• High flotation tire sizing is based on U.S. design
standards, and it begins with the tire diameter molded
into the sidewall. Example: 31x10.5 R15 LT.
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Tire Sizing Chart
TIRE SIZING TERMS
Size Designation:
P = Passenger Car tire size based on U.S. design standards
(....blank....( = Passenger Car tire based on European design standards
LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards
T = Temporary spare tire
31 = Overall diameter in inches (in)
215 = Section width in millimeters (mm)
65 = Aspect ratio in percent (%)
— Ratio of section height to section width of tire
10.5 = Section width in inches (in)
R = Construction code
— 9R9 means radial construction
—9D9 means diagonal or bias construction
15 = Rim diameter in inches (in)
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TIRE SIZING TERMS
Service Description:
95 = Load Index
— A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry
H = Speed Symbol
— A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding to its
load index under certain operating conditions
— The maximum speed corresponding to the speed symbol should only be achieved under specified operating conditions (i.e., tire pressure, vehicle loading, road conditions, and posted speed
limits)
Load Identification:
(....blank....( = Absence of any text on the sidewall of the tire indicates a Standard Load (SL) Tire
Extra Load (XL) = Extra load (or reinforced) tire
Light Load = Light load tire
C, D, E = Load range associated with the maximum load a tire can carry at a specified pressure
Maximum Load — Maximum load indicates the maximum load this tire is designed to carry
Maximum Pressure — Maximum pressure indicates the maximum permissible cold tire inflation pressure for this tire
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TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (TIN)
The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire,
however, the date code may only be on one side. Tires
with white sidewalls will have the full TIN, including the
date code, located on the white sidewall side of the tire.
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Look for the TIN on the outboard side of black sidewall
tires as mounted on the vehicle. If the TIN is not found on
the outboard side, then you will find it on the inboard
side of the tire.
TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
EXAMPLE: DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301
DOT = Department of Transportation
— This symbol certifies that the tire is in compliance
with the U.S. Department of Transportation tire safety
standards, and is approved for highway use
MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location (two digits)
L9 = Code representing the tire size (two digits)
ABCD = Code used by the tire manufacturer (one to four digits)
03 = Number representing the week in which the tire was manufactured (two digits)
—03 means the 3rd week.
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TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
EXAMPLE: DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301
01 = Number representing the year in which the tire was manufactured (two digits)
—01 means the year 2001
— Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were only required to have one number to represent the year in
which the tire was manufactured. Example: 031 could
represent the 3rd week of 1981 or 1991
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TIRE LOADING AND TIRE PRESSURE
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Tire and Loading Information Placard
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed
on either the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side
B-Pillar.
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Tire and Loading Information Placard
Tire Placard Location
This placard tells you important information about the:
1) number of people that can be carried in the vehicle
2) total weight your vehicle can carry
3) tire size designed for your vehicle
4) cold tire inflation pressures for the front, rear, and
spare tires.
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Loading
The vehicle maximum load on the tire must not exceed
the load carrying capacity of the tire on your vehicle. You
will not exceed the tire’s load carrying capacity if you
adhere to the loading conditions, tire size, and cold tire
inflation pressures specified on the Tire and Loading
Information placard and in the “Vehicle Loading” section
of this manual.
combined weight of occupants, cargo/luggage and
trailer tongue weight (if applicable) should never exceed
the weight referenced here.
NOTE: Under a maximum loaded vehicle condition,
gross axle weight ratings (GAWRs) for the front and rear
axles must not be exceeded. For further information on
GAWRs, vehicle loading, and trailer towing, refer to
“Vehicle Loading” in this section.
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and
passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
To determine the maximum loading conditions of your
vehicle, locate the statement “The combined weight of
occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX
lbs.” on the Tire and Loading Information placard. The
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
1. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs”
on your vehicle’s placard.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of
cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if “XXX”
amount equals 1,400 lbs (635 kg) and there will be five
150 lb (68 kg) passengers in your vehicle, the amount of
available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs (295
kg) (since 5 x 150 = 750, and 1400 – 750 = 650 lbs [295 kg]).
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5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo
being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely
exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity
calculated in Step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your
trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this
manual to determine how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.
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NOTE: The following table shows examples on how to
calculate total load, cargo/luggage, and towing capacities of your vehicle with varying seating configurations
and number and size of occupants. This table is for
illustration purposes only and may not be accurate for
the seating and load carry capacity of your vehicle.
NOTE: For the following example, the combined weight
of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs (392
kg).
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WARNING!
Overloading of your tires is dangerous. Overloading
can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and
increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the
recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never
overload them.
TIRES — GENERAL INFORMATION
Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
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Safety
WARNING!
• Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can cause
accidents.
• Underinflation increases tire flexing and can result in
tire failure.
• Overinflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion shock.
Objects on the road and chuckholes can cause damage
that result in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems.
You could lose control of your vehicle.
• Overinflated or underinflated tires can affect vehicle
handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in loss of
vehicle control.
• Unequal tire pressures from one side of the vehicle to
the other can cause the vehicle to drift to the right or left.
• Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended cold tire inflation pressure.
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Economy
Improper inflation pressures can cause uneven wear
patterns to develop across the tire tread. These abnormal
wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for
earlier tire replacement. Underinflation also increases tire
rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consumption.
Tire Inflation Pressures
The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed on either
the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side B-pillar.
Ride Comfort and Vehicle Stability
Proper tire inflation contributes to a comfortable ride.
Overinflation produces a jarring and uncomfortable ride.
Both underinflation and overinflation affect the stability
of the vehicle and can produce a feeling of sluggish
response or over responsiveness in the steering.
Unequal tire pressures can cause erratic and unpredictable steering response.
Unequal tire pressure from side to side may cause the
vehicle to drift left or right.
Tire Placard Location
The pressure should be checked and adjusted, as well as
inspected for signs of tire wear or visible damage, at least
once a month. Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to
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check tire pressure. Do not make a visual judgement
when determining proper inflation. Radial tires may look
properly inflated even when they are underinflated.
CAUTION!
After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure, always reinstall the valve stem cap (if equipped). This
will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the
valve stem, which could damage it.
Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always
cold tire inflation pressure. Cold tire inflation pressure is
defined as the tire pressure after the vehicle has not been
driven for at least three hours, or driven less than 1 mi
(1.6 km) after a three-hour period. The cold tire inflation
pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire sidewall.
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Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range
of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with
temperature changes.
Tire pressures change by approximately 1 psi (7 kPa) per
12°F (7°C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a garage, especially in
the winter.
Example: If garage temperature = 68°F (20°C) and the
outside temperature = 32°F (0°C) then the cold tire
inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa),
which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12°F (7°C) for this
outside temperature condition.
Tire pressure may increase from 2 to 6 psi (13 to 40 kPa)
during operation. DO NOT reduce this normal pressure
build-up, or your tire pressure will be too low.
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Tire Pressures For High Speed Operation
The manufacturer advocates driving at safe speeds
within posted speed limits. Where speed limits or conditions are such that the vehicle can be driven at high
speeds, maintaining correct tire inflation pressure is very
important. Increased tire pressure and reduced vehicle
loading may be required for high-speed vehicle operation. Refer to original equipment or an authorized tire
dealer for recommended safe operating speeds, loading
and cold tire inflation pressures.
WARNING!
High speed driving with your vehicle at or above
maximum load is dangerous. The added strain on
your tires could cause them to fail. You could have a
serious accident. Don’t drive a vehicle loaded to the
maximum capacity at continuous speeds above 75
mph (120 km/h).
Radial-Ply Tires
WARNING!
Combining radial ply tires with other types of tires
on your vehicle will cause your vehicle to handle
poorly. The instability could cause an accident. Always use radial tires in sets of four. Never combine
them with other types of tires.
Cuts and punctures in radial tires are repairable only in
the tread area because of sidewall flexing. Consult your
authorized dealer for radial tire repairs.
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Tire Spinning
When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not
spin your vehicle’s wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
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Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires
to help you in determining when your tires should be
replaced.
WARNING!
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive wheel speeds may cause tire damage or failure. A tire could explode and injure someone. Do not spin your vehicle’s wheels faster than 35
mph (55 km/h) when you are stuck, and do not let
anyone near a spinning wheel no matter what the
speed.
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These indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread
grooves. They will appear as bands when the tread depth
becomes 1/16 in (2 mm). When the indicators appear in
two or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
Life Of Tire
The service life of a tire is dependent upon various
factors including but not limited to:
• Driving style
• Tire pressure
• Distance driven
WARNING!
Tires and the spare tire should be replaced after six
years, regardless of the remaining tread. Failure to
follow this warning can result in sudden tire failure.
You could lose control and have an accident resulting
in serious injury or death.
Keep dismounted tires in a cool, dry place with as little
exposure to light as possible. Protect tires from contact
with oil, grease, and gasoline.
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Replacement Tires
The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many
characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for
wear and correct cold tire inflation pressure. The manufacturer strongly recommends that you use tires equivalent to the originals in size, quality and performance
when replacement is needed. (Refer to the paragraph on
“Tread Wear Indicators”). Refer to the “Tire and Loading
Information” placard for the size designation of your
tires. The service description and load identification will
be found on the original equipment tire. Failure to use
equivalent replacement tires may adversely affect the
safety, handling, and ride of your vehicle. We recommend
that you contact your original equipment or an authorized tire dealer with any questions you may have on tire
specifications or capability.
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WARNING!
• Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that
specified for your vehicle. Some combinations of
unapproved tires and wheels may change suspension
dimensions and performance characteristics, resulting in changes to steering, handling, and braking of
your vehicle. This can cause unpredictable handling
and stress to steering and suspension components.
You could lose control and have an accident resulting
in serious injury or death. Use only the tire and wheel
sizes with load ratings approved for your vehicle.
• Never use a tire with a smaller load index or capacity
than what was originally equipped on your vehicle.
Using a tire with a smaller load index could result in
tire overloading and failure. You could lose control
and have an accident.
• Failure to equip your vehicle with tires having adequate speed capability can result in sudden tire
failure and loss of vehicle control.
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CAUTION!
Replacing original tires with tires of a different size
may result in false speedometer and odometer
readings.
Alignment And Balance
Poor suspension alignment may result in:
• Fast tire wear
• Uneven tire wear, such as feathering and one-sided
wear
• Vehicle pull to the left or right
Tires may also cause the vehicle to pull left or right.
Alignment will not correct this problem. See your authorized dealer for proper diagnosis.
Improper alignment will not cause vehicle vibration.
Vibration may be a result of tire and wheel out-ofbalance. Proper balancing will reduce vibration and
avoid tire cupping and spotty wear.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR SYSTEM
Each tire should be checked monthly when cold and
inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the
vehicle manufacturer on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label. (If your vehicle has tires of a different
size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire
inflation pressure label, you should determine the proper
tire inflation pressure for those tires.)
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been
equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure indicator light
when one or more of your tires is significantly underinflated. When the low tire pressure indicator light
illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as soon
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as possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure,
Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the
tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Underinflation also reduced fuel efficiency and tire tread life,
and may affect the vehicle’s handling and stopping
ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper
tire maintenance, and it is the driver’s responsibility to
maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS
low tire pressure indicator light.
The TPMS uses wireless technology to monitor tire
pressure levels. Sensors mounted to each wheel as part of
the valve stem transmit tire pressure readings to a
receiver located inside the vehicle.
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NOTE: The TPMS can inform you about a low tire
pressure condition, but it does not replace normal tire
maintenance. The TPMS is not intended to provide you
with notification of rapid tire pressure loss.
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CAUTION!
The TPM system is designed to monitor your tire
pressure and will not function as a tire pressure
gauge. After adjusting the air pressure in a tire, there
will be a delay before the system updates the display.
The system will automatically update and the Tire
Pressure Monitoring Indicator Light will turn off,
once the system receives the updated tire pressures.
The vehicle needs to be driven above 20 mph in order
for the TPMS to receive this information.
The TPMS will cause the indicator light in the instrument
cluster to illuminate whenever the pressure in one tire
falls 25% below the recommended pressure shown on the
vehicle’s tire label.
The TPMS will cause the indicator light to flash for
approximately one minute and then remain continuously
illuminated whenever the system detects a TPMS malfunction.
NOTE: The pressure in your tires changes with temperature. A significant decrease in temperature could
reduce cold inflation pressure below the TPMS set-point.
For example, tires inflated to the proper cold inflation
pressure on a warm day or in a warm garage could
illuminate the TPMS indicator light on the following day
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if the temperature is very cold. ALWAYS check the
pressure in your tires if the TPMS indicator light is
illuminated.
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CAUTION!
The TPMS has been optimized for the original
equipment tires and wheels. The TPMS pressures
have been established for the tire size equipped on
your vehicle. Undesirable operation or sensor damage may result when using replacement equipment
that is not of the same size, type, and/or style.
Aftermarket wheels can cause sensor damage. Do not
use aftermarket tire sealant or balance beads, as
damage to the sensors may result.
NOTE: The standard TIREFIT system (refer to What To
Do In Emergencies for more information) is specifically
designed to operate in conjunction with the TPMS, and
will not damage the sensors.
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If your tire pressure is low, you should correct your tire
inflation pressure as soon as possible and inspect all of
your tires. Low tire pressure will cause the tire pressure
light to illuminate. They will remain on for the rest of the
driving cycle, or until the tire pressure is corrected. If the
TPMS indicator light remains illuminated after the tire
pressure has been corrected, see your authorized dealer.
may occur for a variety of reasons, including the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the
vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly.
Always check the TPMS malfunction indicator light after
replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to
ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels
allow the TPMS to continue to function properly.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS
malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure indicator light.
When the system detects a malfunction, the indicator
light will flash for approximately one minute and then
remain continuously illuminated. This sequence will
continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the
malfunction exists. When the malfunction indicator is
illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or
signal low tire pressure as intended. TPMS malfunctions
NOTE: Changes and modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
General Information
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules and
RSS 210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
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• This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The tire pressure sensors are covered under one of the
following licenses:
United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KR5S120123
Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2671-S120123
TIRE CHAINS
The RUD-matict DISC is the only tire chain system
approved for use on your vehicle.
Chains should only be used on the rear wheels and only
with the recommended winter mud and snow (M+S)
tires and wheels. Follow the manufacturer’s mounting
instructions.
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Tire chains should only be driven on snow-covered roads
at speeds not to exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). Remove
chains as soon as possible when driving on roads without
snow.
When driving with tire chains, press the ESP control
switch to OFF.
CAUTION!
Damage to the vehicle may result if unapproved tire
chains are used.
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ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT TIRES
Your vehicle is equipped with either sport performance
tires or all-season performance tires. The sport performance tires offer the maximum road handling capability
in dry and wet weather conditions. The all-season performance tires, while offering slightly less road handling
capability, are able to provide traction capability in snow
and ice conditions. Both types of tires are rated for high
speed operation. It is important that you know what type
of tires your vehicle is equipped with so that you
understand their traction and handling characteristics for
various road conditions. Replacement tires should be of
the same size and speed rating to continue to provide the
same level of performance you are accustomed to.
SNOW TIRES
Some countries or regions require the use of snow tires
during winter. See the recommended snow type winter
tire applications in this section.
WARNING!
Your vehicle may be equipped with sport performance tires that are optimized for driving in dry and
wet weather conditions. However, these tires have
reduced traction capability in snow and ice. When
driving your vehicle in these conditions with these
tires, you must take special care to maintain control
and avoid accidents. We recommend that you equip
your vehicle with “SNOW” or “ALL SEASON” tires
on all four wheels for driving in snowy and icy
conditions.
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If you need snow tires, the recommended size for the
front and rear tires is the same size as the original
equipment front tires. This size tire on the rear allows the
use of tire chains on the rear wheels. Selection of this size
tire also requires the purchase of two additional wheels
with the same size specification as the original equipment front wheels.
Snow tires may have a lower speed rating than factory
equipped tires and may not match the maximum vehicle
speed.
Snow tires should not be operated at sustained speeds
over 75 mph (120 km/h).
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TIRE ROTATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at
different loads and perform different steering, driving,
and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at
unequal rates, and tend to develop irregular wear patterns.
These effects can be reduced by timely rotation of tires.
The benefits of rotation are especially worthwhile with
aggressive tread designs such as those on all season type
tires. Rotation will increase tread life, help to maintain
mud, snow, and wet traction levels, and contribute to a
smooth, quiet ride.
Follow the recommended tire rotation frequency for your
type of driving found in the “Maintenance Schedules”
Section of this manual. More frequent rotation is permissible if desired. The reasons for any rapid or unusual
wear should be corrected prior to rotation being performed.
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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
Your engine is designed to meet all emissions regulations and provide satisfactory
fuel economy and optimum performance
when using high quality unleaded gasoline having an octane rating of 91 or
higher. DaimlerChrysler Corporation requires the use of 91 octane or higher premium fuel to
minimize the potential for engine damage.
Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to
your engine. However, continued heavy spark knock at
high speeds can cause damage and should be reported to
your authorized dealer immediately. Engine damage
resulting from operating with a heavy spark knock may
not be covered by the new vehicle warranty.
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Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard
starting, stalling and stumble. If you experience these
problems, try another brand of gasoline before considering service for the vehicle.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide excellent performance and durability
of engine and fuel system components.
Over 60 automobile manufacturers around the world
have issued and endorsed consistent gasoline specifications (the World Wide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define
fuel properties necessary to deliver enhanced emissions,
engine performance, and durability for your vehicle.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation recommends the use of
gasolines that meet the WWFC specifications if they are
available.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with materials called oxygenates such as 10% ethanol, MTBE and
ETBE. Oxygenates are required in some areas of the
country during the Winter months to reduce carbon
monoxide emissions. Fuels blended with these oxygenates may be used in your vehicle.
Reformulated Gasoline
Many areas of the country require the use of cleaner
burning fuel, referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline”.
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates and are specially blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve
air quality.
CAUTION!
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of
these blends may result in starting and drivability
problems and may damage critical fuel system
components.
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Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline
blends are not the responsibility of DaimlerChrysler
Corporation and may not be covered by the Limited
Warranty. While MTBE is an oxygenate made from
Methanol, it does not have the negative effects of Methanol.
MMT in Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasolines to increase the octane number. Gasolines blended with MMT offer no performance
advantage beyond gasolines of the same octane number
without MMT. Gasolines blended with MMT have shown
to reduce spark plug life and reduce emission system
performance in some vehicles. DaimlerChrysler
Corporation recommends using gasolines without MMT.
Since the MMT content of gasoline may not be indicated
on the pump, you should ask your gasoline retailer
whether or not his/her gasoline contains MMT.
MMT is prohibited in both Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
In Canada, MMT can be used at levels higher than those
allowed in the United States. For this reason, it is even
more important to look for gasolines without MMT in
Canada.
Materials Added to Fuel
All gasoline sold in the United States is required to
contain effective detergent additives. Use of additional
detergents or other additives is not needed under normal
conditions and would result in unnecessary cost. Therefore, you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
Sulfur in Gasoline
If you live in the Northeast United States, your vehicle
may have been designed to meet California low emission
standards with cleaner burning California reformulated
gasoline with low sulfur. If such fuels are not available in
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states adopting California emission standards, your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting Federal
specifications, but emission control system performance
may be adversely affected.
Gasoline sold outside of California is permitted to have
higher sulfur levels, which may affect the performance of
the vehicle’s catalytic converter. This may cause the
CHECK ENGINE light to illuminate. DaimlerChrysler
Corporation recommends that you try a different brand
of unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if
the problem is fuel-related prior to returning your vehicle
to an authorized dealer for service.
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CAUTION!
If the CHECK ENGINE Light is flashing, immediate
service is required. See the Onboard Diagnostic
System (OBDII) paragraph in the Maintaining Your
Vehicle section of this manual.
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Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is located under the fuel filler door, on the
passenger’s side of the vehicle. To open the door, be sure
it is unlocked, then gently press the rear edge of the door
until a click can be heard, then release. The door rear
edge will spring open enough to grasp and pull it
completely open. If the central locking system does not
release the fuel filler door, see your authorized dealer for
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service. If the gas cap is lost or damaged, be sure the
replacement cap has been designed for use with this
vehicle.
CAUTION!
Damage to the fuel system or emission control system could result from using an improper gas cap. A
poorly fitting cap could let impurities into the fuel
system. The CHECK ENGINE light will come on if
the gas cap is not properly secured.
NOTE: The fuel tank filler tube has a restricting door
about 2 in (50 mm) down from the opening. If fuel is
poured from a portable container, the container should
have a flexible nozzle long enough to force open the
restricting door.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
With the key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/
RUN position, the fuel reserve warning light comes on. It
should go out immediately when the engine is running.
If the warning light does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates that
the fuel level is down to the reserve quantity of approximately 2 gal (7.5 L).
Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can
cause the CHECK ENGINE light to illuminate.
NOTE:
• When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the fuel
tank is full.
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• Tighten the gas cap until you hear a single click. This
is an indication that the gas cap is properly tightened.
The CHECK ENGINE light will come on if the gas cap
is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas cap is
tightened each time the vehicle is refueled.
WARNING!
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank is filled.
• Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
• A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is inside of a vehicle. You
could be burned. Always place gas containers on
the ground outside the vehicle while filling.
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VEHICLE LOADING
The load carrying capacity of your vehicle is in the
following chart and on the tire pressure label attached to
the driver door pillar.
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Cargo Capacity (with two persons) . . . . 115 lbs (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 415 lbs (188 kg)
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Roof Luggage Rack
Convertible Top Vehicles
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the convertible top, DO NOT
carry any loads on the convertible top.
Coupe Vehicles
External racks do not increase the total load carrying
capacity of the vehicle. Be sure that the total occupant
and luggage load inside the vehicle, plus the load on the
roof luggage rack, do not exceed the rated vehicle capacity. The maximum recommended roof load for your
vehicle is 110 lbs (50 kg).
CAUTION!
• To prevent damage to the roof of your vehicle, DO NOT
carry any loads on the roof luggage rack which may come
in contact with the roof panel. The load should be secured
and placed on top of the rack, not directly on the roof. If it
is necessary to place some part of the load on the roof,
place a blanket or some other protection between the load
and the roof surface.
• To avoid damage to the roof luggage rack and vehicle, do
not exceed the rated load capacity of your roof luggage
rack system maximum load capacity. Always distribute
heavy loads as evenly as possible and secure the load
appropriately.
• Long loads which extend over the windshield, such as
wood panels or surfboards, should be carefully secured to
both the front and rear of the vehicle.
• Travel at reduced speeds and turn corners carefully when
carrying large or heavy loads on the roof luggage rack.
Wind forces, due to natural causes or nearby truck traffic,
can add sudden upward loads. This is especially true on
large flat loads and may result in damage to the cargo or
your vehicle.
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TRAILER TOWING
Trailer towing with your vehicle is not recommended.
Cargo must be securely tied before driving your
vehicle. Improperly secured loads can fly off the
vehicle, particularly at high speeds, resulting in personal injury or property damage. Follow the roof
luggage rack “Cautions” when carrying cargo on
your roof rack.
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CONTENTS
m Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
m Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
m If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
m Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
m TIREFIT Tire Repair And Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
▫ Towing Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
▫ TIREFIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
▫ Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
m Convertible Top Emergency Operation . . . . . . . . 249
▫ Jack Location And Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
▫ Relieving Hydraulic Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
m Jump-Starting The Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
▫ Opening a Locked Decklid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
The flasher switch is located in the console. Push in
the flasher switch and all front and rear directional
signals will flash. Press the flasher switch a second
time to turn the flashers off.
Do not use this emergency warning system when the
vehicle is in motion. Use it when your vehicle is disabled
and is creating a safety hazard for other motorists.
If it is necessary to leave the vehicle to go for service, the
flasher system will continue to operate with the ignition
key removed and the vehicle locked.
NOTE: With extended use, the flasher may run down
your battery.
IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS
During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go city
traffic, the coolant temperature may rise close to the red
area on the gauge.
The engine should not be operated with the coolant
temperature in the red area. Doing so may cause serious
damage which is not covered by the DaimlerChrysler
Limited Warranty.
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In any of the following situations, you can reduce the
potential for overheating by taking the appropriate action.
to HIGH. This allows the heater core to act as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat from the
cooling system.
• On the highways – Slow down and use the highest
gear possible.
CAUTION!
• In city traffic – While stopped, put the transmission in
NEUTRAL, but do not increase engine idle speed.
• In city traffic – While moving, shift into the highest
gear possible to reduce engine RPM.
NOTE: There are steps that you can take to slow down
an impending overheat condition. If your air conditioner
is on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the cooling system and turning off the A/C removes this
heat. You can also turn the temperature control to maximum heat, the mode control to floor, and the fan control
Driving with a hot cooling system could damage
your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “H,” pull
over and stop the vehicle. Idle the vehicle with the air
conditioner turned OFF until the pointer drops back
into the normal range. If the pointer remains on the
“H,” turn the engine OFF immediately, and call for
service.
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WARNING!
A hot cooling system is dangerous. You or others
could be badly burned by steam or boiling coolant. If
your temperature gauge pointer is in the red area,
turn OFF the engine immediately. You may want to
call an authorized dealer for service. If you decide to
look under the hood yourself, see Section 7 of this
manual. Follow the warnings under the Cooling
System Pressure Cap paragraph.
TIREFIT TIRE REPAIR AND JACKING
TIREFIT
Small punctures, particularly those in the tread, can be
sealed with TIREFIT. Foreign objects (e.g., screws or
nails) should not be removed from the tire. TIREFIT can
be used in outside temperatures down to approximately
-4°F (-20°C).
1. TIREFIT sealant bottle
2. Air pump flap
3. Recess in air pump
4. Power plug and cable
5. Air pump hose with pressure gauge
6. Hose connection on sealant bottle
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WARNING!
Cuts or punctures larger than approximately 0.16 in. (4 mm),
tire damage caused by driving with extremely low tire
pressure or on a flat tire, or a damaged wheel can pose a
hazard while driving. TIREFIT should not be used in such
circumstances. Do not drive the vehicle under such circumstances. Contact your nearest authorized dealer for assistance.
Take care not to allow the contents of TIREFIT to come in
contact with hair, eyes or clothing. TIREFIT is harmful if
inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin: It causes
skin, eye and respiratory irritation. Any contact with eyes
or skin should be flushed immediately with plenty of
water. If clothing comes in contact with TIREFIT, change
clothing as soon as possible.
In case of allergic reaction or rash, consult a physician
immediately. Keep TIREFIT out of reach of children. If
swallowed, rinse mouth immediately with plenty of water
and drink plenty of water. Do not induce vomiting! Consult
a physician immediately.
Keep away from open flame or heat source.
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Sealing tire with TIREFIT
1. Set the parking brake and turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
2. Move the transmission selector lever to the PARK
position (manual transmission to FIRST or REVERSE
gear) and turn off the engine.
3. Remove the TIREFIT kit and electric air pump from
the area below the cargo compartment carpet.
4. Open flap (2) on the electric air pump.
5. Pull the power plug (4) and air hose (5) along with the
pressure gauge out of the air pump housing.
6. Screw the air hose (5) onto the hose connection on the
TIREFIT sealant bottle (1).
7. Holding the sealant bottle by the top, insert it downwards into the recess (3) on the air pump.
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8. Unscrew the valve cap from the valve on the deflated
tire.
9. Screw the filler hose from the sealant bottle on the tire
valve.
10. Insert the power plug (4) into the power point on the
instrument panel.
11. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position.
12. Press the switch on the air pump to 1. The air pump
should start to inflate the tire.
13. After five minutes, the tire should be inflated to at
least 26 psi (180 kPa) on the pressure gauge.
14. If the tire doesn’t inflate to this level, press the air
pump switch to 0, disconnect the TIREFIT system from
the tire, and drive the vehicle back and forth approximately 30 feet (9 m) to distribute the sealant more evenly
within the tire.
15. Attach the air pump hose directly to the tire, press the
switch to 1, and inflate the tire again. NOTE: If a tire
pressure of 26 psi (180 kPa) is not reached after five
minutes, the tire is too badly damaged. Do not attempt to
drive the vehicle further, and call for assistance.
16. If a tire pressure of 26 psi (180 kPa) is obtained, press
the air pump switch to 0, turn the ignition switch to the
OFF/LOCK position, and disconnect the TIREFIT system.
17. Drive the vehicle for about 10 minutes to ensure
optimum distribution of the tire sealant within the tire.
18. Check the pressure in the tire. If the pressure is above
19 psi (130 kPa), inflate the tire to the pressure indicated
on the tire pressure label on the driver side latch pillar.
19. Have the tire inspected at the earliest opportunity at
an authorized dealer or tire service center.
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NOTE: Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) until the tire
has been inspected.
NOTE: If a pressure of at least 19 psi (130 kPa) cannot be
maintained in the tire, the tire is too badly damaged. Do
not attempt to drive the vehicle further, and call for
assistance.
NOTE: Do not operate the electric air pump for more
than eight minutes to avoid overheating. The air pump
may be used again once it has cooled down.
NOTE: Replace the TIREFIT sealant bottle once every
four years to assure optimum operation of the system.
NOTE: If TIREFIT is liquid, clean water and a damp
cloth will remove the material from the vehicle or tire and
wheel components. Once TIREFIT sealing material has
dried, it can easily be peeled off and properly discarded.
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Preparations for Jacking
WARNING!
Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The
vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You
could be crushed. Never get any part of your body
under a vehicle that is on a jack. Never start or run
the engine while the vehicle is on a jack. If you need
to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service
facility where it can be raised on a lift.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to repair a tire on the side of the
vehicle close to traffic. Pull far enough off the road to
avoid the danger of being hit when operating the
jack or repairing a tire.
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Jacking the vehicle should only be necessary in the event
that a tire has been severely damaged, and must be
replaced. (See TIREFIT Tire Repair section for a description of cuts and punctures that may be repairable with
TIREFIT.)
• Turn on the hazard warning flashers and park the
vehicle on a firm, level surface; avoid ice or slippery
areas.
• Firmly set the parking brake and shift the transmission
selector lever into PARK (manual transmission to
FIRST or REVERSE gear).
• Turn OFF the engine.
• Block the wheel diagonally
opposite the flat tire.
• Passengers must not remain in the vehicle when the
vehicle is jacked.
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NOTE: The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up
the vehicle at the specified jack location points built
beneath either side of the vehicle.
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1. Remove the jack and jack handle from stowage beneath the cargo compartment carpet.
2. The lifting points for the jack are located beneath the
outer edge of the body side, directly behind the front
wheel housings, and in front of the rear wheel housings.
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NOTE: Do not raise the vehicle until you are sure the
jack is securely engaged, as shown.
3. Holding the jack, insert the cradle under the lifting
points. Crank the handle clockwise until the jack base
meets the ground. Place the jack on firm ground. Position
the jack so that it is always level, even if the vehicle is
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parked on an incline. Raise the vehicle only until the tire
just clears the surface. Minimum tire lift provides maximum stability.
4. Replace the tire.
5. Lower the vehicle by cranking the handle counterclockwise, then remove the jack assembly.
NOTE: Before storing the jack, it should be fully collapsed.
6. Ensure proper tire pressure.
WARNING!
Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make
the vehicle less stable. It could slip off the jack and
hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough
to make the necessary repair.
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WARNING!
A loose jack or tool thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and tools in the
places provided.
JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY
WARNING!
Take care to avoid the radiator cooling fan whenever
the hood is raised. It can start any time the ignition
switch is ON. You can be hurt by the fan.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way.
Pushing with another vehicle may damage the transmission or the rear of your vehicle. If your vehicle
has a discharged (dead) battery, booster cables may
be used to obtain a start from another vehicle. This
type of start can be dangerous if done improperly, so
follow the procedure carefully.
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not allow
battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t
lean over battery when attaching clamps or allow the
clamps to touch each other. If acid splashes in eyes or
on skin, flush contaminated area immediately with
large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas that is flammable
and explosive. Keep flame or spark away from the
vent holes. Do not use a booster battery or any other
booster source with an output that exceeds 12 volts.
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without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake,
place the transmission in NEUTRAL and turn the ignition OFF for both vehicles.
3. Turn off the heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
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1. Wear eye protection and remove any metal jewelry
such as watch bands or bracelets that might make an
inadvertent electrical contact.
2. When boost is provided by a battery in another
vehicle, park that vehicle within booster cable reach but
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4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive
jump-start attachment of the booster battery. Connect the
other end of the same cable to the positive jump-start
attachment of the discharged battery.
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
In order to free a stuck vehicle you must turn off the
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) before attempting to
“rock” the vehicle.
5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative jumpstart attachment of the booster battery and then to the
engine of the vehicle with the discharged battery. Make
sure you have good contact on the engine.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, sand or snow, it
can often be moved by a rocking motion. Turn your
steering wheel right and left to clear the area around the
front wheels. Then shift back and forth between REVERSE and DRIVE. Usually the least accelerator pedal
pressure to maintain the rocking motion without spinning the wheels is most effective.
6. Start the engine in the vehicle which has the booster
battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the
engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.
7. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fans.
NOTE: If engine does not run after several unsuccessful
starting attempts, have it checked at the nearest authorized dealer.
NOTE: ESP should be turned on again after freeing the
vehicle from a stuck condition.
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CAUTION!
CAUTION!
Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast
may lead to transmission/axle overheating and failure. It can also damage the tires. Do not spin the
wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
Important! If towing the vehicle, please note the
following: With the automatic central locking activated and the key in the ignition switch turned to the
ON/RUN position, the vehicle doors lock if the left
front wheel and the right rear wheel are turning at
vehicle speeds of approximately 9 mph (15 km/h) or
more. To prevent the vehicle door locks from locking,
deactivate the automatic central locking.
TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
We recommend that the vehicle be transported using flat
bed equipment. This method is preferable to other types
of towing.
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CAUTION!
If the vehicle is towed with the front wheels raised, the
engine must be shut off (key in the ignition switch
turned to the OFF/LOCK or ACC positions). Otherwise, the ESP will immediately be engaged and will
apply the rear wheel brakes. Switch OFF the tow-away
alarm as well as the automatic central locking system.
Towing restrictions for vehicles with automatic transmission: The vehicle may be towed with all wheels on the
ground and the transmission shift lever in the NEUTRAL
position for distances up to 30 mi (48 km) and at a speed
not to exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). The key must be turned
to the ON/RUN position in the ignition. To be certain to
avoid a possibility of damage to the transmission; however, we recommend the drive shaft be disconnected at
the rear axle drive flange for any towing beyond a short
tow to a nearby garage.
Always comply with applicable state or local towing
ordinances.
CAUTION!
• Do not attempt to tow this vehicle from the front
with sling-type towing equipment. Damage to the
front fascia will result.
• Always use wheel lift equipment when towing
from the front. The only other approved method of
towing is with a flatbed truck.
• Do not tow the vehicle from the rear. Damage to
the rear sheet metal and fascia will occur.
• Do not push or tow this vehicle with another
vehicle as damage to the bumper fascia and transmission may result.
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Towing Eyes
The vehicle is equipped with front and rear towing eyes
to allow towing with the wheels on the ground or to
allow the vehicle to be easily drawn up on a flatbed tow
truck. The rear towing eye is located on the right side of
the vehicle below the rear fascia. The front hook is
located behind the lower grille in the fascia. For access, a
snap-in grille must be removed using the multifunction
tool from the glovebox.
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Insert the tool (or similar sized screwdriver) into the slot
in the grille as shown (the tool must be inserted far
enough to engage the clip on the left side of the grille).
Push the tool to the left to disengage the clip and detach
the grille. The front towing eye is now accessible.
Tow-Away Alarm
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when
anyone attempts to raise the vehicle for towing. The
alarm will last approximately three minutes in the form
of flashing exterior lights. At the same time, an alarm will
sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the
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vehicle is immediately lowered. To cancel the alarm,
insert the key in the ignition switch or press the TRANSMIT button on the key fob.
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To do so, turn the key in the ignition switch to the
OFF/LOCK or ACC positions, or remove key from the
ignition switch. Press the upper half of the tow-away
alarm switch. The indicator light will illuminate briefly.
Then, exit the vehicle and lock with a key or the remote
control. The tow-away alarm remains switched off until
the vehicle is locked again with a key or the remote
control, at which time it is automatically reactivated.
CONVERTIBLE TOP EMERGENCY OPERATION
If the convertible top cannot be closed using the convertible top switch, check the following:
• Is the decklid closed properly?
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature, press
the tow-away alarm switch to turn off the tow-away
alarm before towing the vehicle, or when parking on a
surface subject to movement, such as a ferry or auto train.
• Is there sufficient battery voltage? Start the engine if
necessary.
• Is the rear cargo compartment divider secured in the
vertical position?
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If the power convertible top operation does not function
properly, you can close the convertible top manually.
NOTE: The multifunction tool from the glovebox is
required for this job.
CAUTION!
Manually closing the convertible top is a complicated
and technically demanding procedure. Closing the
convertible top manually should be performed with
great care by two people. Close the convertible top
manually in emergency cases only. Otherwise, visit
an authorized DaimlerChrysler dealer.
Relieving Hydraulic Pressure
NOTE: The hydraulic pressure must be relieved before
the top can manually be raised or lowered.
1. Turn the ignition to the ON position.
2. Push down on the convertible top switch and hold in
that position.
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3. Turn the ignition OFF and continue to push down on
the switch for five seconds.
CAUTION!
4. After five seconds the hydraulic system pressure will
be relieved.
Ensure that the decklid is closed while raising the
convertible top manually to prevent the possibility of
contact between the decklid and the tonneau cover.
WARNING!
It is important that a second person assist you to close
the convertible top manually to prevent injuries.
1. Lower the windows and open the doors.
2. Turn the ignition key OFF.
WARNING!
Do not place your hands near the convertible top
frame, upper windshield area, or the convertible top
storage compartment while the convertible top is
being raised and locked. Serious personal injury may
occur.
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3. Unlock the storage compartment by placing the tool
on the bolt between the backrest and the tonneau cover.
Turn the wrench in the direction of the arrow to its stop
and remove the tool.
5. Pull up hard on the upper section of the convertible
top to move it out of its storage compartment.
NOTE: Do not let go of the convertible top as it may fall
back into the convertible top storage compartment.
4. Open the tonneau cover and secure it in the upright
position.
6. Move the convertible top toward the windshield
header.
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WARNING!
Do not place your hands in the convertible top frame
areas. Serious personal injury may occur.
7. Do not place the convertible top frame onto windshield header.
8. Place the rear window section of the convertible top in
its vertical position.
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9. Close the tonneau cover by placing hands near the
edges (arrows) and slowly lowering it. The tonneau cover
must lock in the first notch of the compartment cover
catch.
10. Lock the convertible top storage compartment by
placing the tool on the bolt between the backrest and the
tonneau cover. Turn the wrench in the direction of the
arrow to its stop and remove the tool.
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11. Lower the rear window section of the convertible top
down and lock into the tonneau cover.
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12. Fold down the locking latch handle.
13. Turn the latch handle just past one-quarter turn
clockwise and pull the convertible top frame carefully
down until it meets the windshield header attachment
points.
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14. Turn the latch handle counterclockwise to the stop in
order to lock the convertible top.
15. Fold the latch handle up.
The convertible top is now locked onto the windshield
header.
NOTE: Have the convertible top operation checked at
your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
Opening a Locked Decklid
It is possible for the decklid to become locked if a
convertible top system malfunction occurs. If the top is
manually moved to the full up or full down position
when the hydraulic pressure is relieved, the decklid
should unlock.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
m 3.2L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 271
m Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) . . . . . . . . . 261
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
m Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
m Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
m Authorized Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
m Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Ignition Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
▫ Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
▫ Chassis Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
▫ Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . 277
▫ Windshield Washer Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
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▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
▫ Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses . . . . . 297
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Relay Control Module Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 284
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
▫ Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
m Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
▫ Interior Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
▫ Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
▫ Exterior Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
m Exterior Light Bulb Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
m Convertible Top Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
▫ Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
▫ Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
▫ Front Turn Signal And Parking/Standing
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
▫ General Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
▫ Front And Rear Sidemarker Lights . . . . . . . . . 307
▫ Weather Strip Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
▫ Tail, Stop, Back Up And Turn Signal Lights . . . 308
m Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
▫ License Plate Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
▫ Headlight Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
m Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
m Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
m Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
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m Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
▫ Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318
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3.2L ENGINE
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II)
To meet new government regulations and promote
cleaner air, your Crossfire is equipped with a sophisticated Onboard Diagnostic system called OBD II. This
system monitors the performance of the emissions and
engine control systems. When these systems are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emissions
well within current government regulations.
If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system
will turn on the CHECK ENGINE Light. It will also store
diagnostic codes and other information to assist your
service technician in making repairs. Although your
vehicle will usually be drivable and not need towing, see
your authorized dealer for service as soon as possible.
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CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the CHECK ENGINE light
on could cause further damage to the emission control system. It could also affect fuel economy and
drivability. The vehicle must be serviced before any
state emissions tests can be performed.
If the CHECK ENGINE light is flashing, severe catalytic
converter damage and power loss will soon occur. Immediate service is required.
If the gas cap is not tightened properly, the CHECK
ENGINE light may come on. Be sure the gas cap is
tightened every time you add fuel. Tighten the cap until
you hear it “click” once.
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EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
PROGRAMS
In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass
an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system.
Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration.
For states which have an I/M (Inspection and
Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies
the following: the CHECK ENGINE Light is functioning
and is not on when the engine is running, and that the
Onboard Diagnostic system (OBD II) is ready for testing.
Normally, the OBD II system will be ready. The OBD II
system may not be ready if your vehicle was recently
serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery
replacement. If the OBD II system should be determined
not ready for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test.
Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test
which you can use prior to going to the test station. To
check if your vehicle’s OBD II system is ready, you must
do the following:
1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position, but do not
crank or start the engine.
3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start
this test over.
4. As soon as you turn your key to the ON/RUN
position, you will see your CHECK ENGINE light come
on as part of a normal bulb check.
5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will
happen:
a. The CHECK ENGINE light will flash for about 10
seconds and then return to being fully illuminated
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until you turn OFF the ignition key or start the engine.
This means that your vehicle’s OBD II system is not
ready and you should not proceed to the I/M station.
have your vehicle serviced before going to the I/M
station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the
CHECK ENGINE light is on with the engine running.
b. The CHECK ENGINE light will not flash at all and
will remain fully illuminated until you turn off the
ignition key or start the engine. This means that your
vehicle’s OBD II system is ready and you can proceed
to the I/M station.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopart parts for normal/scheduled
maintenance and repairs is highly recommended to ensure the designed performance. Damage or failures
caused by the use of non-Mopart parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the warranty offered
by DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
If your OBD II system is not ready, you should see your
authorized dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was
recently serviced or had a battery failure or replacement,
you may need to do nothing more than drive your
vehicle as you normally would in order for your OBD II
system to update. A recheck with the above test routine
may then indicate that the system is now ready.
Regardless of whether your vehicle’s OBD II system is
ready or not ready, if the CHECK ENGINE light is
illuminated during normal vehicle operation, you should
AUTHORIZED DEALER SERVICE
Your authorized dealer has the qualified service personnel, special tools and equipment to perform all service
operations in an expert manner. Service Manuals are
available which include detailed service information for
your vehicle. Refer to these manuals before attempting
any procedure yourself.
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NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the proper equipment.
If you have any doubt about your ability to perform
a service job, take your vehicle to a competent
technician.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the maintenance service
recommended by the engineers who designed your vehicle.
Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed
maintenance intervals, there are other items that should
operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance.
However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it
could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance.
These items should be inspected if a malfunction is
observed or suspected.
Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper engine lubrication, the engine oil must
be maintained at the correct level. Check the oil level at
regular intervals, such as every fuel stop.
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You can check the oil level using the procedure described
in Checking Engine Oil Level in the Understanding Your
Instrument Panel section, or by checking the engine oil
dipstick.
The best time to check the engine oil level is about five
minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off, or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the
dipstick. Adding 1 qt (1 L) of oil when the reading is at
the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on this
engine.
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Change Engine Oil
The oil change interval for yourvehicle is initially set at
7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km).
If ANY of the following apply to your driving, the oil
change interval can be reduced significantly:
The Flexible Service System (FSS) in your vehicle evaluates engine temperature, oil level, vehicle speed, engine
speed, distance driven, and the time elapsed since your
last service. It determines when your vehicle needs
maintenance service and alerts you in advance. The next
necessary service is indicated by the FSS in your instrument cluster.
• Stop-and-go driving
NOTE: Also see the FSS system details in the Understanding Your Instrument Panel section of this manual.
Very light duty driving cycles (most trips more than 10
mi [16 km]) at moderate speeds in moderate temperature
conditions) can extend the service interval beyond 7,000
mi (Canada: 11 000 km).
• Day and night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C)
• Extensive engine idling
• Driving in dusty conditions
• Short trips of less than 10 mi (16 km)
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90°F (32°C)
• Taxi, Police, or delivery service (commercial service)
Observe the oil change interval indicated by your FSS
system. This system will monitor the driving conditions
seen by your vehicle, and will recommend the best
interval for servicing your vehicle to maintain it in top
condition.
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CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause
oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage
your engine.
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, only use synthetic engine
oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as Mobil 1
SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an oil change at the
proper interval if an unapproved engine oil is used;
engine damage and reduced engine life may result.
Materials Added To Engine Oils
Do not add materials (other than leak detection dyes) to
engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and its
performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
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Disposing of Used Engine Oil
Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil from
your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can
present a problem to the environment. Contact your
dealer, service station, or governmental agency for advice
on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in
your area.
Engine Oil Filter
The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine
oil change.
Engine Oil Filter Selection
All DaimlerChrysler Corporation engines have a fullflow type disposable oil filter. Use a filter of this type for
replacement. The quality of replacement filters varies
considerably. Only high quality filters should be used to
assure most efficient service. Mopart Engine Oil Filters
are high quality oil filters and are recommended.
Drive Belts - Check Condition and Tension
At the distance shown in the maintenance schedules,
check all drive belts for condition and proper tension.
Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure.
Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or
glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage
which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is required, adjust the belts according to the specifications
and procedures shown in the Service Manual.
Special tools are required to properly measure tension
and to restore belt tension to factory specifications. Also,
check belt routing to make sure there is no interference
between the belts and other engine components.
Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New spark plugs should be
installed at the distance specified in the appropriate
maintenance chart. The entire set should be replaced if
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there is any malfunction due to a faulty spark plug.
Check the specifications section for the proper type of
spark plug for use in your vehicle.
Engine Air Cleaner Filter
Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at
each interval called out by FSS.
WARNING!
The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection
in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air
cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or
maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the
engine compartment before starting the vehicle with
the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in
serious personal injury.
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Engine Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the
speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an
excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank,
frequent fuel filter replacement may be necessary. See
your authorized dealer for service.
Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel
only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the
catalyst as an emission control device.
Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly serviced to assure
proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst
damage.
If the CHECK ENGINE light is flashing, immediate
service is required.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your
vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In
the event of engine malfunction, particularly involving engine misfire or other apparent loss of performance, have your vehicle serviced promptly. Continued operation of your vehicle with a severe
malfunction could cause the converter to overheat,
resulting in possible damage to the converter and the
vehicle.
A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over
materials that can burn. Such materials might be
grass or leaves coming into contact with your exhaust
system. Do not park or operate your vehicle in areas
where your exhaust system can contact anything that
can burn.
In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning
engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop
the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool.
Service, including a tune up to DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s specifications, should be obtained immediately.
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To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
• Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition
when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle is in
motion.
• Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the
vehicle.
• Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires
disconnected for a prolonged period.
Ignition Wiring System
The ignition cables should be kept clean and properly
connected. Terminals should be fully seated. Cracked,
damaged, or faulty cables should be replaced.
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Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits.
Check the ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
Maintenance-Free Battery
The top of the maintenance-free battery is permanently
sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is periodic
maintenance required.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
It is essential when replacing the cables on the
battery that the positive cable is attached to the
positive post and the negative cable is attached to the
negative post. Battery posts are marked positive (+)
and negative (-) and identified on the battery case.
Cable clamps should be tight on the terminal posts
and free of corrosion. Apply grease to posts and
clamps after tightening.
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution and can burn
or even blind you. Don’t allow battery fluid to
contact your eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t lean over a
battery when attaching clamps. If acid splashes in
eyes or on skin, flush the area immediately with
large amounts of water.
Battery gas is flammable and explosive. Keep flame
or sparks away from the battery. Don’t use a booster
battery or any other booster source with an output
greater than 12 volts. Don’t allow cable clamps to
touch each other.
If a “fast charger” is used while the battery is in the
vehicle, disconnect both vehicle battery cables before
connecting the charger to battery. Do not use a “fast
charger” to provide starting voltage as battery damage can result.
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Air Conditioner
Check the air conditioning system at the start of the
warm weather season.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with
a gentle water spray from behind the radiator and
through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia
protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing
air conditioning performance.
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WARNING!
The air conditioning system contains refrigerant under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury or
damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any
repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be
done by an experienced repair person.
Refrigerant Recovery And Recycling
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere. The DaimlerChrysler
Corporation recommends that air conditioning service be
done by facilities using refrigerant recycling and recovery
equipment that meets SAE standard J1991.
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Power Steering Fluid
No power steering fluid service is required. The system is
filled at the factory with Pentosin CHF 11S. Steering noise
and reduced component life may result if an unapproved
fluid is used.
During scheduled maintenance, check the power steering
fluid level at the power steering fluid reservoir. Normally, it will not be necessary to add power steering
fluid.
Before removing the reservoir cap, wipe the outside of
the cap and reservoir so that no dirt can fall into the
reservoir.
The power steering pump has a dipstick. Fluid level
should be maintained at the proper level indicated on the
dipstick. If the indicated level of power steering fluid is
low, see your authorized dealer. With a clean cloth, wipe
any spilled fluid from all surfaces.
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Steering Linkage
Inspect tie rod ends whenever the vehicle is serviced.
They are permanently lubricated and do not require
periodic lubrication.
Drive Shaft Universal Joints
Your vehicle has four constant velocity universal joints.
Periodic lubrication of these joints is not required. However, the joint boots should be inspected for external
leakage or damage when other maintenance is performed.
Chassis Lubrication
If leakage or damage is evident, replace the universal
joint boot and grease immediately.
Front Suspension Ball Joints
There are two front suspension lower ball joints that are
permanently lubricated. Inspect these ball joints whenever under-vehicle service is done.
Continued operation could result in failure of the universal joint due to water and dirt contamination of the
grease. This would require complete replacement of the
joint assembly.
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Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, and rear liftgate/decklid hinges,
should be lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy
operation and to protect against rust and wear.
Hood Latch
When performing other under hood services, the hood
latch release mechanism and safety catch should be
inspected, cleaned, and lubricated.
It is important to maintain proper lubrication to insure
that the hood mechanisms work properly and safely.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be applied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas.
Driver’s Door Lock Cylinder
The driver’s door lock cylinder should be lubricated
twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a
small amount of a high quality lubricant, such as Mopart
Lock Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder
(avoid excess lubricant).
Insert the key into the lock cylinder and rotate from the
unlocked to the locked position without adding more
lubricant. Repeat this procedure three or four times. Wipe
all the lubricant off the key with a clean cloth, to avoid
soiling clothing.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the
windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a
mild non-abrasive cleaner, or use the washer solvent.
This will remove accumulations of salt or road film and
help reduce streaking, chatter, and smearing.
Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods
may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use
washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt
from a dry windshield. Avoid using the wiper blades to
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remove frost or ice from the windshield. Make sure that
they are not frozen to the glass before turning them on to
avoid damaging the blade. Keep the blade rubber out of
contact with petroleum products such as engine oil,
gasoline, etc.
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
1. Lift the wiper arm away from the glass.
2. Rotate the blade 45 degrees to gain access to the
release tab.
3. Push the release tab as shown in the illustration and
slide the wiper blade assembly down along the arm.
Gently place the wiper arm on the windshield.
4. Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip
until it locks in place.
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Windshield Washer Reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir is located in the engine
compartment and should be checked for fluid level at
regular intervals. Fill the reservoir with windshield
washer solvent (not radiator antifreeze) rated not to
freeze at -25°F (-31°C). Operate the system for a few
seconds to flush out the residual water.
WARNING!
Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt
to fill to the top of the filler neck. Fluid may leak out
onto the floor or driveway causing a potential slip
and fall hazard. When the indicator light first illuminates, the maximum fill amount is 1 gal (4 L).
WARNING!
Commercially available windshield washer solvents
are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care
must be exercised when filling or working around
the washer solution.
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Exhaust System
The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into
the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust
system.
If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system,
or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle, or
when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged,
have a competent technician inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams
or loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep
into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the
exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
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WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide which is colorless and odorless. Breathing
it can make you unconscious and can eventually
poison you. Follow the above precautions to keep
your exhaust system as safe as possible.
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Cooling System
WARNING!
• When working near the radiator cooling fan, disconnect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition
switch to the OFF position. The fan is temperature
controlled and can start at any time the ignition
key is in the ON position.
• You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant
or steam from your radiator. If you see or hear
steam coming from under the hood, don’t open the
hood until the radiator has had time to cool. Never
try to open a cooling system pressure cap when the
radiator is hot.
Coolant Checks
Check coolant protection every 12 months (before the
onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If the coolant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be
drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant.
Check the front of the radiator and condenser for an
accumulation of bugs, leaves, etc. Clean the radiator and
condenser by gently spraying water from a garden hose
at the back of the radiator core.
Check the recovery bottle tank tubing for condition and
tightness of connection at the bottle and radiator. Inspect
the entire system for leaks.
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Engine Coolant Disposal
Used ethylene glycol based engine coolant is a regulated
substance requiring proper disposal. Check with your
local authorities to determine the disposal rules for your
community. Do not store ethylene glycol based engine
coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in
puddles on the ground. Prevent ingestion by animals or
children. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately.
Cooling System - Drain, Flush and Refill
At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules,
the system should be drained, flushed and refilled.
If the solution is dirty and contains a considerable
amount of sediment, clean and flush with a reliable
cooling system cleaner. Follow with a thorough rinsing to
remove all deposits and chemicals.
Selection Of Coolant
Use only coolant approved to MB 325.0, such as Valvoline
GO5, or an equivalent extended life coolant. Refer to the
recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for
correct coolant type.
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CAUTION!
Failure to use the proper antifreeze could cause
radiator plugging and engine overheating. Do not
mix antifreeze brands or types. Do not use plain
water alone or alcohol base antifreeze products. Do
not use additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator
coolant and may plug the radiator.
Adding Coolant
When adding coolant, a minimum solution of 50% ethylene glycol antifreeze coolant and water should be used.
Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if temperatures below -34°F (-37°C) are anticipated.
Use only high purity water, such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/antifreeze solution. The
use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of
corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.
NOTE: Mixing coolant types other than Mopart products will decrease the life of the engine coolant and will
require more frequent coolant changes.
Please note that it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain the proper level of protection against freezing,
according to the temperatures occurring in the area
where the vehicle is operated.
Cooling System Pressure Cap
The cap must be fully tightened to prevent loss of
coolant, and to ensure that coolant will return to the
radiator from the coolant reserve tank.
The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any
accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.
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WARNING!
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN WHEN HOT”
near the cooling system reservoir cap are a safety
precaution. Never add coolant when the engine is
overheated. Do not loosen or remove the cap to cool
an overheated engine. Heat causes pressure to build
up in the cooling system. To prevent scalding or
injury, do not remove the pressure cap while the
system is hot or under pressure.
WARNING!
Do not use a pressure cap other than the one specified for your vehicle. Personal injury or engine
damage may result.
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Points to Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles/
kilometers of operation, you may observe vapor coming
from the front of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of moisture from rain, snow, or high
humidity accumulation on the radiator and being vaporized when the thermostat opens, allowing hot water to
enter the radiator.
If an examination of your engine compartment shows no
evidence of radiator or hose leaks, the vehicle may be
safely driven. The vapor will soon dissipate.
• Do not overfill the coolant bottle.
• Check coolant freeze point in the system.
• If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the
level in the recovery bottle does not drop when the
engine cools, the cooling system should be pressure
tested for leaks.
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• Maintain a coolant concentration of a minimum of 50%
ethylene glycol Extended Life Coolant and high quality water with recommended antifreeze for proper
corrosion protection of your engine cooling system
that contains aluminum components.
• Make sure that the radiator and coolant bottle hoses
are not kinked or obstructed.
• Keep the front of the radiator clean. If your vehicle has
air conditioning, keep the front of the condenser clean,
also.
• Do not change the thermostat for Summer or Winter
operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install
ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may
result in unsatisfactory coolant performance, poor fuel
economy, and increased emissions.
Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses
Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence
of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots,
brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions,
and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
Pay particular attention to the hoses nearest to high heat
sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or
moving component that may cause heat damage or
mechanical wear.
Ensure the nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed. Inspect all hose connections such as clamps
and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks
are present. Components should be replaced immediately if there is any evidence of degradation that could
cause failure.
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Brakes
In order to assure brake system performance, all brake
system components should be inspected periodically.
Suggested service intervals can be found in the Maintenance section.
cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive
swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular
attention should be made to examining those hose surfaces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust
manifold.
WARNING!
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
Riding the brakes can lead to brake failure and
possibly an accident. Driving with your foot resting
or riding on the brake pedal can result in abnormally
high brake temperatures, excessive lining wear, and
possible brake damage. You wouldn’t have your full
braking capacity in an emergency.
Brake and Power Steering System Hoses
When servicing the vehicle for scheduled maintenance,
inspect surface of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of
heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber,
Ensure the nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid,
and brake fluid are used during assembly plant operations to ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. Therefore, oil wetness at the hose-coupling area is not necessarily an indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot
fluid when systems are under pressure (during vehicle
operation) should be noted before a hose is replaced
based on leakage.
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NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done whenever the brake system is serviced and at every engine oil
change.
WARNING!
Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any signs of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
Brake Master Cylinder
The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked
when performing under hood services, or immediately if
the brake system warning light is on.
Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before
removing the cap. If necessary, add fluid to bring the
fluid level up to the requirements described on the brake
fluid reservoir. Fluid level can be expected to fall as the
brake pads wear. Brake fluid level should be checked
when pads are replaced. However, low fluid level may be
caused by a leak and a checkup may be needed.
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Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake
fluid with: minimum dry boiling point (ERBP) 500°F,
minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F, maximum
viscosity 1500 mm 2/s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and
ISO 4925.
WARNING!
Use of a brake fluid that may have a lower initial
boiling point or unidentified as to specification, may
result in sudden brake failure during hard prolonged
braking. You could have an accident.
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WARNING!
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter. Use of contaminated fluid may result in reduced
brake performance or a sudden brake failure. You
could have an accident.
CAUTION!
Do not allow petroleum-based fluid to contaminate
the brake fluid as seal damage will result!
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Automatic Transmission
The fluid in the automatic transmission should be
changed at 80,000 mi (129 000 km), along with the
transmission fluid filter. After that, the transmission fluid
is filled for life.
Selection of Lubricant
It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the
transmission to assure optimum transmission performance. Use only ATF approved to MB 236.10, MB 236.12.
Synthetic Dexron IIIt Automatic Transmission Fluid may
be substituted. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for the correct fluid type.
It is important that the transmission fluid be maintained
at the prescribed level using the recommended fluid.
CAUTION!
Using a transmission fluid other than the fluid recommended by DaimlerChrysler Corporation may
cause deterioration in transmission shift quality
and/or torque converter shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than that recommended by the
DaimlerChrysler Corporation will result in more
frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
section for correct fluid type.
Fluid Level Check
Regular automatic transmission fluid level checks and
changes are not required. For this reason the dipstick is
omitted.
If you notice fluid loss or gear shift malfunction, have
your authorized dealer check the transmission fluid level.
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Fluid and Filter Changes
Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be
changed at 80,000 mi (129 000 km). The fluid is then filled
for life.
NOTE: Refer to Section 8 of this manual for Maintenance Schedules.
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Fluid Level Check
Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug. The fluid
level should be between the bottom of the fill hole and a
point not more than 3/16 in (4.76 mm) below the bottom
of the hole.
CAUTION!
Manual Transmission
Selection of Lubricant
No fluid service is required. Use only fluid approved to
MB 236.2. SAE 5W-20 engine oil, meeting API SL or GF-3,
may be substituted. Refer to the Recommended Fluids,
Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for the correct fluid
type.
Do not overfill. Dirt and water in the transmission
can cause serious damage. To prevent dirt and water
from entering the transmission after checking or
replenishing fluid, make certain that the dipstick cap
is seated properly.
Add fluid, if necessary, to maintain the proper level.
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Frequency of Fluid Change
Under normal operation conditions, the fluid installed at
the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of
the vehicle. Fluid changes are not necessary unless the
lubricant has become contaminated with water. If contaminated with water, the fluid should be changed immediately.
sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons,
are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside
parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants, road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated,
extreme hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and
underbody protection.
Special Additives
Do not add any fluid additives to the transmission. The
only exception to this policy is the use of special dyes to
aid in detecting fluid leaks. The use of transmission
sealers should be avoided as this may adversely affect
seals.
The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
Appearance Care and Protection from Corrosion
Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body protection requirements vary according to
geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make
roads passable in snow and ice, and those that are
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
The most common causes are:
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• Stone and gravel impact.
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• Insects, tree sap and tar.
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
CAUTION!
• Bird droppings.
Washing
• Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and
rinse the panels completely with clear water.
• If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.
• Use Mopart auto polish to remove road film and
stains and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to
scratch the paint.
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Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials such
as steel wool or scouring powder, which will scratch
metal and painted surfaces.
Special Care
• If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive
near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once
a month.
• It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges
of the doors, rocker panels and rear liftgate/decklid be
kept clear and open.
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• If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint,
touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is
considered the responsibility of the owner.
• Use Mopart touch-up paint on scratches or chips as
soon as possible. Your dealer has touch-up paint to
match the color of your vehicle.
• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating, have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• Aluminum wheels should be cleaned regularly with
mild soap and water to prevent corrosion. To remove
heavy soil, select a non-abrasive, non-acidic cleaner.
Do not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid
automatic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh
brushes that may damage the wheels’ protective finish.
Wheel And Wheel Trim Care
All wheels and wheel trim, especially Aluminum, should
be cleaned regularly, using mild soap and water to
maintain their luster and to prevent corrosion. Wash
them with the same soap solution as the body of your
vehicle. Rinse the wheels thoroughly.
When cleaning extremely dirty wheels, care must be
taken in the selection of tire and wheel cleaning chemicals and equipment to prevent damage to the wheels.
Only Mopart Wheel Cleaners are recommended. Any of
the “DO NOT USE” items listed below can damage
wheels and wheel trim.
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DO NOT USE:
• Any abrasive cleaner
• Any abrasive cleaning pad (such as steel wool) or
abrasive brush
• Any cleaner that contains an acid which can react with
and discolor the chrome surface
• Oven cleaner
• A car wash that uses carbide-tipped wheel cleaning
brushes or acidic solutions.
CAUTION!
Many wheel cleaners contain acids that may harm the
wheel surface.
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Interior Care
Use Mopart Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery
and carpeting.
Use Mopart Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery.
Mopart Vinyl Cleaner is specifically recommended for
vinyl trim.
Leather Seat Care and Cleaning
Leather is best preserved by regular cleaning with a
damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt can act as an
abrasive and damage the leather surface and should be
removed immediately with a damp cloth. Stubborn soils
can be removed easily with a soft cloth and Mopart Total
Clean. Care should be taken to avoid soaking your
leather upholstery with any liquid. Please do not use
polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents, or
ammonia based cleaners to clean your leather upholstery.
Application of a leather conditioner is not required to
maintain the original condition.
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CAUTION!
The use of vinyl, leather or plastic protectants may
cause excessive gloss and/or discoloration of interior
trim parts.
WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and
reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To
remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive-type cleaner. Use caution when
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
Instrument Panel Cover
The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which
minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use
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protectants or other products which may cause undesirable reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the
low glare surface.
If the seat belts need cleaning, use a mild soap solution or
lukewarm water. Do not remove the seat belts from the
vehicle to wash them.
Cleaning Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses
The lenses in front of the instruments in the vehicle are
molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care
must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic.
Replace the seat belts if they appear frayed or worn or if
the buckles do not work properly.
• Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
CAUTION!
CONVERTIBLE TOP CARE
Due not use sharp-edged instruments to remove
snow or ice from the soft top.
• Dry with a soft cloth.
Seat Belt Maintenance
Do not bleach, dye or clean the seat belts with chemical
solvents or abrasive cleaners. This will weaken the fabric.
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NOTE: Place a suitable cover over the top if you are
going to park the vehicle outside for a extended period of
time.
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Immediate removal of any contaminant is recommended.
Regular washing of the top will enhance its life and
appearance, and make successive cleanings easier. Do not
subject the top to excessive heat. Frequently vacuum the
top and cargo compartment divider.
Hand washing is highly recommended. Automatic car
washing equipment can damage the top material. If you
must use an automatic car wash, soft cloth systems are
preferred.
General Cleaning
Washing
CAUTION!
CAUTION!
• Remove bird droppings immediately. The organic
acid can damage the material and cause the top to
leak.
Do not use any of the following to clean the top:
• Gasoline
• Paint Thinner
• Never use a power washer to clean the top, as you
may damage the top material.
• Tar and Stain Removers
• If an automatic car wash is used, never use
hot-wax.
• Similar Organic Solvents
• Glass Cleaner
• Abrasive Type Cleaners or Bleaches
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The following methods are sufficient if the top is only
lightly soiled:
Dry Cleaning
Brush the dry top with a soft-bristled brush from front to
rear of the vehicle.
Wet Cleaning
Wash with clear water or with a mild detergent and an
ample supply of luke warm water by wiping with a
soft-bristled brush or sponge from front to rear. Then
rinse thoroughly with clear water.
Allow the top to dry before lowering. Vacuuming the top
with a wet/dry shop vacuum will decrease the top’s
drying time, ensure removal of all dirt, and delete streaks
in the material. Multiple cleanings may be necessary to
remove stubborn stains. If stains persist, contact your
local dealership for further suggestions.
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Weather Strip Care
Lubricate all top and door glass weather strips periodically with Mopar Weather Strip Lubricant (part number
4773427), to keep them soft and pliable.
FUSES
Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses
The underhood accessory fuse block fuses are located
under the hood on the driver’s side, between the brake
master cylinder and the left front fender.
To remove the lid, squeeze the tabs together located at the
front of the fusebox. Then lift the lid up by the tabs. The
lid will then slide off the top of the fuse box. To replace
the lid, place the two hinge-like tabs at the rear of the lid
under the tabs on the fusebox. Push down on the front of
the lid until the tabs at the front click.
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CAUTION!
When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use
only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The
use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may
result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a
properly rated fuse continues to blow, it shows a
problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
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Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses
Cavity Fuse
Circuits
1
5 Amp
Garage Door Opening Signal,
Beige
Tire Pressure Control and Seat
Heater
2
5 Amp
Control Unit Airbag
Beige
3
5 Amp
Indicator, Safety Restraint System
Beige
and Indicator Passenger Airbag
Off
4
7.5 Amp Heated Mirror
Brown
5
15 Amp Radio (Coupe)
Blue
5
25 Amp Roof Control Module (Roadster)
White
6
5 Amp
Exterior Mirror Adjustment, Left
Beige
And Right (Coupe)
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Cavity
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Fuse
40 Amp
Orange
5 Amp
Beige
15 Amp
Blue
5 Amp
Beige
5 Amp
Beige
15 Amp
Blue
10 Amp
Red
10 Amp
Red
Circuits
Roof Hydraulic Unit (Roadster)
Cavity
14
Occupation Classification Module
(Right Seat)
Radio
15
16
Control Unit Airbag
17
Speed Control
18
Ignition Coil 6 Cyl.
19
Washer Liquid Heater, Washer
Nozzle Heater
Roof Light, Horn, Anti-TheftAlarm, Trunk Light and Tire
Pressure Control
20
21
22
Fuse
10 Amp
Red
5 Amp
Beige
10 Amp
Red
40 Amp
Orange
40 Amp
Orange
40 Amp
Orange
30 Amp
Green
30 Amp
Green
30 Amp
Green
Circuits
Diagnostic Socket
Climate Control, Auxiliary Water
Pump
Spoiler Motor
Electronic Stability Program
Electronic Stability Program
Power Window, Front
Wiper Motor
Seat Adjustment Right Side
Seat Adjustment Left Side
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Cavity
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24
25
26
30
30
31
32
33
Fuse
15 Amp
Blue
30 Amp
Green
20 Amp
Yellow
20 Amp
Yellow
15 Amp
Blue
15 Amp
Blue
15 Amp
Blue
5 Amp
Beige
Circuits
Sound Booster (Amplifier)
Cavity
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34
Seat Heater
35
Pneumatic Control Unit, Rear
Window Defroster
Central Locking
Spare (Coupe)
Radio (Roadster)
36
36
37
Cigar Lighter, Glove Compartment Light
Wiper, Washer Pump, Headlight
Flasher
Control Unit
Fuse
30 Amp
Green
15 Amp
Blue
30 Amp
Green
5 Amp
Beige
7.5 Amp
Brown
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Circuits
Spare (Coupe)
Climate Control (Roadster)
Radio Frequency Remote Control,
Hazard Warning Flasher, Instrument Cluster, Climate Control
Climate Control (Coupe)
Exterior Mirror Adjustment
(Roadster)
Circulating Air, Instrument Cluster, Radio Frequency Remote
Control, Climate Control, Central
Control Unit
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Relay Control Module Fuses
The relay control module fuses are located in the Control
Module Box next to the battery in the engine compartment. Slide the control module box cover retaining clips
forward and lift the cover from the control module box to
gain access to the relay control module fuses.
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Relay Control Module Fuses
Cavity Fuse
Circuits
1
15 Amp Traction System
Blue
2
15 Amp Engine Control 2
Blue
3
15 Amp Engine Control 1
Blue
4
40 Amp Air Pump
Orange
5
15 Amp Fuel Pump
Blue
6
15 Amp Horn
Blue
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Interior Fuses
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The fuse access door is located on the end of the
instrument panel on the driver’s side behind the trim
panel cover. Use a coin or flat blade screwdriver to open
and close this access door.
Interior Fuses
Cavity Fuse
1
2
15 Amp
Blue
3
7.5 Amp
Brown
4
15 Amp
Blue
5
7.5 Amp
Brown
6
15 Amp
Blue
7
7.5 Amp
Brown
8
15 Amp
Blue
Circuits
Not Assigned
Brake Lamp/Speed Control
Right High Beam, High Beam
Indicator Light
Reverse/Turn signal Light
Left High Beam
Right Low Beam
Right Parking/Tail Light Side
Marker
Left Low Beam
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Cavity
9
10
11
12
13
14
Fuse
15 Amp
Blue
7.5 Amp
Brown
7.5 Amp
Brown
Circuits
Fog Light
Left Parking/Tail Light Side
Marker
License Plate/Instrument Cluster
Lighting/Symbol Lighting
Not Used - Spare Fuse
Not Used - Spare Fuse
Not Used - Spare Fuse
REPLACEMENT BULBS
Interior Light Bulbs
For lighted switches and interior lights, see your authorized dealer for servicing requirements.
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Exterior Light Bulbs
Bulb
Bulb No.
Headlight - High and Low Beam . . . . . . 12V55W H7U
Front Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y21W
Front Parking/Standing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Front Side Marker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Rear Marker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) . . . . . LED
Front Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HB455W
Rear Turn Signal Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y21W
Rear Tail and Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21/5W
Backup Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21W
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
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EXTERIOR LIGHT BULB SERVICE
2. Disconnect the electrical connector.
Headlights
3. Release the spring clamps holding the bulb in place,
and pull out the bulb. Replace the bulb and reverse the
removal procedure exactly.
WARNING!
Halogen lamps contain pressurized gas. A bulb can
explode if you:
• Touch or move it when hot
• Drop the bulb
• Scratch the bulb
Wear eye and hand protection.
NOTE: To prevent a possible electrical short circuit,
switch off light prior to replacing a bulb.
1. Push the tab down at the top end of the cover and
remove.
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CAUTION!
Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil
contamination will severely shorten bulb life. If the
bulb comes in contact with an oily surface, clean the
bulb with rubbing alcohol.
Front Turn Signal and Parking/Standing Lights
• Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
Push the bulb into the socket, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
• Replace the bulb, push in and twist clockwise. Reinstall the socket, and turn clockwise.
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Front and Rear Sidemarker Lights
1. Push the front sidemarker assembly in and slide it
forward. Push the rear sidemarker assembly in and slide
rearward. The assembly will release from the fascia.
2. Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
Push the bulb into the socket, turn counterclockwise and
remove.
3. Replace the light, push in and twist clockwise.
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4. Realign the two tabs and push the light in until it
engages into the lock.
Tail, Stop, Back Up and Turn Signal Lights
1. Open the rear liftgate/decklid and remove the access
door in the trim panel.
2. Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
3. Replace the light and return to open socket, turn
clockwise until it stops.
4. Replace the access door in the trim panel.
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License Plate Light
1. Remove the two lens assembly mounting screws.
2. Pull the bulb out of the socket.
3. Replace the bulb and reattach the lens assembly.
4. Align and resecure the two lens assembly mounting
screws.
NOTE: Be sure not to over-torque the mounting screws
or permanent damage to the lens may occur.
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NOTE: Always test the operation of all lights after
service operations have been performed to validate an
effective repair.
Headlight Aiming
The headlights on your new vehicle were aimed at the
factory. The factory setting was made at a no load setting.
A great increase in weight will change the aiming and it
may be necessary to readjust the headlights if carrying an
excessive amount of weight in the rear cargo area. To
readjust the headlights first mark the position of the
headlights on a wall prior to loading the vehicle. Load
the vehicle and then readjust the headlights to the
original position. If any further adjustments are necessary contact your manufacturer’s dealer. A detailed service procedure is contained in the manufacturer’s Service
Manual. Information on purchasing a Service Manual can
be found at the back of this Owner’s Manual.
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VEHICLE STORAGE
We recommend that you follow these guidelines before
storing your vehicle for extended periods.
• Fill the gas tank. This will prevent water condensation
inside the tank. If you plan on storing your vehicle
more than two months, add an anti-oxidant fuel
stabilizer to the gas tank.
• Change the oil to remove any corrosive combustionrelated acids in the crankcase.
• Wash and wax the vehicle to protect the finish.
• Cover the vehicle whenever possible to prevent accidental damage to the finish.
• Store the vehicle in a dry, well-ventilated location.
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• If the vehicle will be subjected to freezing temperatures, remove the battery and store it in a dry, wellventilated place. If the vehicle is not going to be driven
in the next three weeks, follow the battery recharge
procedure in the Service Manual, then disconnect the
battery at the negative terminal.
CAUTION!
Use care when disconnecting the remote positive
cable. It is connected to the battery and can short out
to any metal on the vehicle. Always tape or wrap the
exposed cable end to prevent electrical shorts.
Disconnecting the battery causes the engine control system to lose memory of some “learned” functions. The
engine may run rough when first started after a battery
disconnect until the control module “relearns” these
functions.
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Check the battery every four to six weeks to ensure that
the voltage is above 12.4 volts. Voltage will drop more
rapidly in hot temperatures. If battery voltage drops
below 12.4 volts, follow the battery recharge procedure in
the Service Manual.
• For long term storage, remove the tires and put the
vehicle up on blocks. Stack the tires on plywood and
cover with a tarp to prevent flat spotting.
• Check that the radiator coolant level of protection is to
at least -20°F (-29°C).
NOTE: To help prevent the battery from discharging
during shorter periods of inactivity, perform the following:
• Block the wheels. Do not apply the parking brake.
• Make sure that all tires are inflated to the optimum
pressure.
• Cut blocks of plywood about the same size of the tires.
Cover each block with indoor/outdoor carpeting and
place them between the tires and concrete. This will
prevent tire flat spotting.
• Move the wiper blades away from the windshield.
1. Make sure that the rear liftgate/decklid, hood, and
doors are completely closed.
2. Make sure that the remote transmitter is operating and
that the battery is good.
3. Make sure that the hood, rear liftgate and door
switches are in adjustment.
4. Use the remote transmitter to set the alarm.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Specifications
Engine Size
Mode of Operation
No. of Cylinders
Horsepower (SAE J 1349)
Bore
Stroke
Torque (SAE J 1349)
Firing Order
Compression Ratio
Spark Plugs
Spark Plug Gap
195.2 CID (3.2 L)
4–stroke engine, gasoline
injection
6
215 hp (160 kW) @ 5700
rpm
3.54 in (89.90 mm)
3.30 in (84.00 mm)
229 ft lbs (310 N·m) @
3000 rpm
1–4–3–6–2–5
10:1
Bosch F 8 DPER/ NGK
PFR 5–11
0.039 in. (1.0 mm)
Tightening Torque
Maximum Engine Speed
Accessory Drive Belt
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15-22 ft lbs (20-30 N·m)
6000 rpm
94.1 in (2390 mm)
Performance Specifications (approximate)
Maximum Speed
Acceleration 0–60 mph
1/4 mile time
150 mph (242 km/h)
6.5 seconds
14.9 seconds at 96 mph
(154 km/h)
Gear Ratios - 6-Speed Manual Transmission
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Reverse
4.459
2.614
1.723
1.245
1.000
0.838
4.062
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Gear Ratios - 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Reverse
3.95
2.423
1.486
1.00
0.833
3.147/1.93
Body Specifications
Overall Length
Maximum Width
Maximum Width With
Mirrors
Overall Height
Coupe:
Roadster:
Front Track
Rear Track
159.8 in (4058 mm)
69.5 in (1766 mm)
76.9 in (1954 mm)
51.5
51.8
58.8
59.1
in
in
in
in
(1307
(1315
(1493
(1502
mm)
mm)
mm)
mm)
Wheelbase
Front Overhang
Rear Overhang
Front Ground Clearance
Rear Ground Clearance
Turning Radius
Weight
Coupe:
Roadster:
Maximum Vehicle Load
Luggage Capacity
Coupe:
Roadster:
94.5 in (2400 mm)
32.4 in (822 mm)
32.9 in (836 mm)
5.0 in (127 mm)
5.8 in (147 mm)
32.2 ft (9.8 m)
3010 lbs (1365 kg)
3097 lbs (1405 kg)
415 lbs (188 kg)
7.7 cu ft (215 l)
6.5 cu ft (190 l) - Top Up
3.6 cu ft (104 l) - Top
Down
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FLUID CAPACITIES
Fuel (Approximate)
Fuel Tank Reserve
Engine Oil (with filter)
3.2 L Engine
U.S.
15.8 Gal
2 Gal
Metric
60.0 L
7.5 L
8.5 Qt
8.0 L
11.8 Qt
1.9 Qt
8.5 Qt
1.4 Qt
1.1 Qt
.5 Qt
7.4 Qt
11.2 L
1.8 L
8.0 L
1.3 L
1.0 L
.5 L
7.0 L
Cooling System *
3.2 L Engine
Manual Transmission
Automatic Transmission
Rear Axle
Power Steering Reservoir
Brake Reservoir
Windshield Washer Reservoir (MAX fill when empty)
* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
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RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Spark Plug Gap
Fuel Selection
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Use coolant approved to MB 325.0, such as Valvoline GO5, or an equivalent
extended life coolant.
Only use synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as
Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an oil change at the proper
interval if an unapproved engine oil is used; engine damage and reduced
engine life may result.
Mopart 5102905AA or equivalent
Bosch F 8 DPER/NGK PFR 5-11
0.039 in (1.0 mm)
Premium Unleaded 91 Octane
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Chassis
Component
Automatic Transmission
Brake Master Cylinder
Clutch Fluid
Manual Transmission Fluid
Power Steering Reservoir
Rear Axle Fluid
Tire Pressure
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Only use ATF approved to MB 236.10, MB 236.12. Synthetic Dexron IIIt Transmission Fluid may be substituted.
Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake fluid with: minimum dry
boiling point (ERBP) 500°F (260°C), minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F
(180°C), maximum viscosity 1500 mm2/s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and ISO 4925.
Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake fluid with: minimum dry
boiling point (ERBP) 500°F (260°C), minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F
(180°C), maximum viscosity 1500 mm2/s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and ISO 4925.
No fluid service required. Only use fluid approved to MB 236.2. SAE 5W-20 engine
oil, meeting API SL or GF-3, may be substituted.
No fluid service required. Filled at the factory with Pentosin CHF 11S. Steering
noise and reduced component life may result if an unapproved fluid is used.
Only use synthetic SAE 75W-85 axle lubricant that meets MB 231.1. Reduced axle
durability may result if an unapproved product is used.
Refer to label on driver’s door frame.
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Body
Component
Hinges:
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Door Mopart Spray White Lube
Liftgate/Decklid Mopart Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Hood Springs and Links Mopart Spray White Lube
Latches:
Liftgate/Decklid
Hood/Safety Catch
Door
Seat Regulator and Track
Window System Components
Lock Cylinders
Spoiler
Mopart
Mopart
Mopart
Mopart
Mopart
Mopart
Mopart
Spray White Lube
Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Spray White Lube
Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Spray White Lube
Lock Cylinder Lube
Spray White Lube
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
CONTENTS
m Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
m Regular Check-Ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326
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m Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
▫ Additional Periodic Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . 327 C
m Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . . 321
m Special Maintenance Requirements . . . . . . . . . . 329 E
m Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
▫ Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 U
▫ Scope Of Work For “A” Schedule Maintenance
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
▫ Dust Filter For Heating/Ventilation
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Replacement (If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 S
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INTRODUCTION
This is intended as a guide to the service requirements of
your vehicle.
It contains all necessary instructions concerning service
intervals and operations which have to be carried out.
Scope and frequency of maintenance work primarily
depend on the vehicle’s operating conditions. In the
interest of maintaining the vehicle’s operating safety, the
specified work should be performed regularly and in
good time.
Our vehicles are subject to ongoing development. Technical progress may also affect the scope of service work
performed.
“Daily vehicle checks” before starting a journey are the
responsibility of the driver.
WARRANTY
The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Dealer network is at
your disposal for maintenance work. Each of these workshops has the equipment and tools, the specially trained,
skilled and experienced personnel and receives regular
technical instruction from DaimlerChrysler Corporation
to ensure that your vehicle is inspected and maintained
thoroughly and in accordance with the latest procedures.
Please follow the instructions given in this Owner’s
Manual and ensure that they are observed, even if you
hand the vehicle over to a third party for use or care. By
not observing these instructions you may void your
warranty rights.
If the specified oil and maintenance services are not
carried out regularly or at the time intervals specified, a
decision as to the validity of a warranty claim can only be
made after DaimlerChrysler Corporation has investigated your claim.
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The use of Special lubricant additives is not recommended. The use of such additives may affect your
warranty rights. With regard to legal stipulations concerning emissions control, please note that engines have
to be serviced and adjusted in accordance with special
instructions and using special measuring equipment.
Modifications to or interference with the emissions control systems are not permissible.
All DaimlerChrysler Corporation authorized dealers are
familiar with the relevant and applicable regulations.
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold
type must be done at the times or mileages specified to
assure the continued proper functioning of the emission
control system. These, and all other maintenance services
included in this manual, should be done to provide best
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operating conditions such as dusty areas and very short
trip driving.
NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and systems on your vehicle may be
performed by any automotive repair establishment or
individual using any automotive part which has been
certified pursuant to U.S. EPA or, in the State of California, California Air Resources Board regulations.
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There are two maintenance schedules that show the
required service for your vehicle.
Schedule “A” typically rotates with Schedule “B.” Follow
Schedule “A” after the first service interval, Schedule “B”
after the second service interval, and so on. In some cases
where the service interval has been extended due to very
light duty driving, a Schedule “B” service may be indicated following a previous Schedule “B” service. There
are additional service tasks required under Schedule “B.”
Your Flexible Service System (FSS) — see Understanding
Your Instrument Panel section — should give you an
exact indication of when your vehicle should be scheduled for service and which schedule to follow.
Additional Periodic Maintenance items should also be
performed beyond the items listed in the following charts
to assure the optimum performance of your vehicle.
SCOPE OF WORK FOR “A” SCHEDULE
MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Oil Change
• Change oil and replace filter
Maintenance
• Lubricate hood hinges, latch, and secondary latch
• Reset FSS Display
Function Check
• Horn, hazard warning flashers, turn signals, and indicator lamps
• Headlamps and exterior lighting
• Windshield wipers and washer system
Inspection
• Check front and rear brake pads for lining thickness
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• Check tires for damage and general condition
• Check tire inflation pressures and correct if necessary
Fluid Levels
Check fluid levels for the following systems and correct if
necessary. Should there be a loss of fluid that cannot be
explained by regular use, trace and eliminate the cause.
• Engine cooling system (check corrosion inhibitor/
antifreeze)
• Hydraulic brake system
• Power steering system
• Windshield washer system
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MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Oil Change
• Change oil and replace filter
Maintenance
• Rotate tires
• Replace dust filter (if equipped)
• Lubricate hood hinges, latch, and secondary latch
• Reset FSS Display
Function Check
• Horn, hazard warning flashers, turn signals, and indicator lamps
• Headlamps and exterior lighting
• Windshield wipers and washer system
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• Check seat belts for damage and proper function
• Test hydraulic brakes and check parking brake function
Inspection
• Check front and rear brake pads for lining thickness
• Check condition of front and rear brake discs
• Check underhood components for leakage or damage
(if there are signs of leakage determine cause and
repair)
• Check condition of accessory drive belt
• Check headlamp aiming, adjust if necessary
• Check windshield wiper blades, replace if necessary
• Check tires for damage and general condition
Fluid Levels
• Check tire inflation pressures and correct if necessary
Check fluid levels for the following systems and correct if
necessary. Should there be a loss of fluid that cannot be
explained by regular use, trace and eliminate the cause.
• Check major underbody components for leakage or
damage (if there are signs of leakage, determine cause
and repair)
• Check condition of front axle ball joints and rubber
boots
• Check condition of steering components and rubber
boots
• Engine cooling system (check corrosion inhibitor/
antifreeze)
• Hydraulic brake system
• Power steering system
• Windshield washer system
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FSS SYSTEM
The Flexible Service System (FSS) permits a flexible
service schedule that is directly related to the operating
conditions of the vehicle. See the Understanding Your
Instrument Panel section for details on how to use the
FSS.
The oil change interval for your vehicle is initially set at
7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km). Very light duty driving
cycles (most trips more than 10 mi [16 km]) at moderate
speeds in moderate temperature conditions) can extend
the service interval beyond 7,000 mi (Canada: 11 000 km).
If ANY of the following apply to your driving, the oil
change interval can be reduced significantly:
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− Day or night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C).
− Stop and go driving.
− Extensive engine idling.
− Driving in dusty conditions.
The next service is normally calculated and
displayed next to the Service A or Service B
symbol as distance remaining before the next
service is required.
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Following a completed A or B service your authorized
dealer sets the counter to 7,000 mi (Canada: 11,000 km).
NOTE: When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or
more days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any
such days not counted by FSS can be added by your
authorized dealer.
The interval between services is determined by the type
of vehicle operation. Driving at extreme speeds, and cold
starts combined with short distance driving in which the
engine does not reach normal operating temperature,
reduce the interval between services.
Regardless of the service interval determined by your
FSS, the scheduled services as posted in this manual must
be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
REGULAR CHECK-UPS
To maintain the safe operation of your vehicle, it is
recommended that you perform the following tasks on a
regular basis (i.e., weekly or whenever the vehicle is
refueled).
CAUTION!
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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At Each Stop for Fuel
• Check the engine oil level about five minutes after a
fully warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level
while the vehicle is on level ground will improve the
accuracy of the oil level reading. See the procedure
described in Checking Your Engine Oil in the Understanding Your Instrument Panel section or under Engine Oil in the Maintaining Your Vehicle section. Add
oil only when the level is at or below the ADD or MIN
mark.
• Check the windshield washer solvent and add if
required.
• Inspect wiper blade condition.
• Check operation of lighting systems.
• Inspect tires for unusual wear, damage, and pressure
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Every 2 years:
At approximately 80,000 mi (128 000 km):
• Inspect body for paint damage.
• Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter.
Use the recommended automatic transmission fluid.
After this change it is filled for life. The manual
transmission comes filled for life from the factory.
• Check chassis and supporting body parts for damage
and corrosion.
At approximately every 50,000 mi (80 000 km) or 4 years:
• Check condition of driveshaft flex discs.
At approximately every 100,000 mi (160 000 km) or 5
years:
• Retighten locking bolts for steering (observe torque).
• Replace spark plugs.
At approximately every 60,000 mi (96 000 km) or 4 years:
Every 100,000 mi (160 000 km) or 5 years:
• Replace fuel filter.
• Replace engine coolant using coolant approved to MB
325.0, such as Valvoline GO5, or an equivalent extended life coolant.
• Replace air cleaner filter element.
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WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the right equipment. If
you have any doubt about your ability to perform a
maintenance service, take your vehicle to a competent technician.
SPECIAL MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
Coolant
Have the corrosion inhibitor/antifreeze concentration in
the coolant checked before the onset of winter (once a
year in countries with high prevailing temperatures).
Have the coolant replaced every five years or 100,000 mi
(160 000 km).
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Dust Filter for Heating/Ventilation Replacement (If
Equipped)
The dust filter is replaced during routine maintenance
service. The filter element must be replaced with “B”
Schedule service or every 18,500 mi (30 000 km) to
maintain effectiveness. However, if operating conditions
are dusty, these filters should be replaced more frequently. A cover in the HVAC unit that can be reached
from the passenger foot well provides access to the filter
element.
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ENGINE OIL CHANGE AND FILTER
REPLACEMENT
The recommended oil and filter change interval is based
on FSS or 1 year. Please refer to the heading FSS System
in this section for a full description of the use and
interpretation of symbols in the FSS system. Only use
synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5,
such as Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an
oil change at the proper interval if an unapproved engine
oil is used; engine damage and reduced engine life may
result. Information is available from your authorized
dealer. The oil filter should always be changed when the
oil is changed.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
CONTENTS
m Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
▫ Customer Assistance For The Hearing Or
Speech Impaired (TDD/TTY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
▫ Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
m Warranty Information (U.S. Vehicles Only) . . . . . 336
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
m MOPARt Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
m If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
m Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
▫ Chrysler Motors LLC Customer Center . . . . . . 334
▫ In The 50 United States And Washington,
D.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
▫ Chrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center . . . . . . 335
▫ In Mexico Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
m Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
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m Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire
Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
▫ Treadwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
▫ Traction Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
▫ Temperature Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR
YOUR VEHICLE
Prepare For The Appointment
If you’re having warranty work done, be sure to have the
right papers with you. Take your warranty folder. All
work to be performed may not be covered by the
warranty. Discuss additional charges with the service
manager. Keep a maintenance log of your vehicle’s
service history. This can often provide a clue to the
current problem.
Prepare A List
Make a written list of your vehicle’s problems or the
specific work you want done. If you’ve had an accident
or work done that is not on your maintenance log, let the
service advisor know.
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Be Reasonable With Requests
If you list a number of items and you must have your
vehicle by the end of the day, discuss the situation with
the service advisor and list the items in order of priority.
At many authorized dealers, you may obtain a rental
vehicle at a minimal daily charge. If you need a rental, it
is advisable to make these arrangements when you call
for an appointment.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
The manufacturer and its authorized dealers are vitally
interested in your satisfaction. We want you to be happy
with our products and services.
Warranty service must be done by an authorized dealer.
We strongly recommend that you take the vehicle to an
authorized selling dealer. They know you and the vehicle
best, and are most concerned that you get prompt and
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high quality service. The manufacturer’s authorized dealers have the facilities, factory-trained technicians, special
tools, and the latest information to ensure the vehicle is
fixed correctly and in a timely manner.
This is why you should always talk to an authorized
dealer’s service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with this process.
• If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the
general manager or owner of the authorized dealership. They want to know if you need assistance.
• If an authorized dealership is unable to resolve the
concern, you may contact the Manufacturer’s Customer Center.
Any communication to the Manufacturer’s Customer
Center should include the following information:
• Owner’s name and address
• Owner’s telephone number (home and office)
• Authorized dealership name
• Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
• Vehicle delivery date and mileage
Chrysler Motors LLC Customer Center
P.O. Box 21–8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004
Phone: (800) 992-1997
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
Chrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center
P.O. Box 1621
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4H6
Phone: (800) 465–2001
In Mexico contact:
Av. Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma, 1240
Sante Fe C.P. 05109
Mexico, D. F.
In Mexico City: 5081-4568
Outside Mexico City: 1-800-505-1300
Customer Assistance For The Hearing Or Speech
Impaired (TDD/TTY)
To assist customers who have hearing difficulties, the
manufacturer has installed special TDD (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf) equipment at its Customer
Center. Any hearing or speech impaired customer, who
has access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter
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(TTY) in the United States, can communicate with the
manufacturer by dialing 1–800–380–CHRY.
Service Contract
You may have purchased a service contract for an vehicle
to help protect you from the high cost of unexpected
repairs after the manufacturer’s New Vehicle Limited
Warranty expires. The manufacturer stands behind only
the manufacturer’s Service Contracts. If you purchased a
manufacturer’s Service Contract, you will receive Plan
Provisions and an Owner Identification Card in the mail
within three weeks of the vehicle delivery date. If you
have any questions about the service contract, call the
manufacturer’s Service Contract National Customer Hotline at 1-800-521-9922.
The manufacturer will not stand behind any service
contract that is not the manufacturer’s Service Contract. It
is not responsible for any service contract other than the
manufacturer’s Service Contract. If you purchased a
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service contract that is not a manufacturer’s Service
Contract, and you require service after the manufacturer’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires, please refer
to the contract documents, and contact the person listed
in those documents.
We appreciate that you have made a major investment
when you purchased the vehicle. An authorized dealer
has also made a major investment in facilities, tools, and
training to assure that you are absolutely delighted with
the ownership experience. You’ll be pleased with their
sincere efforts to resolve any warranty issues or related
concerns.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain, or emit, chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain, or emit, chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
WARRANTY INFORMATION (U.S. Vehicles Only)
See the Warranty Information Booklet for the terms and
provisions of Chrysler Motors LLC warranties applicable
to this vehicle.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
MOPART PARTS
Mopart fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from an authorized dealer. They will help keep
the vehicle operating at its best.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In The 50 United States And Washington, D.C.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect that could
cause a crash or cause injury or death, you should
immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying the
manufacturer.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in
a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy
campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your authorized
dealer, and the manufacturer.
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To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll free at 1–888–327–4236 (TTY: 1–800–424– 9153),
or go to http://www.safercar.gov; or write to: Administrator, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, D.C.
20590. You can also obtain other information about motor
vehicle safety from http://www.safercar.gov.
In Canada
If you believe that your vehicle has a safety defect, you
should contact the Customer Service Department immediately. Canadian customers who wish to report a safety
defect to the Canadian government should write to:
Transport Canada, Motor Vehicle Defect Investigations
and Recalls, 2780 Sheffield Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1B
3V9.
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PUBLICATION ORDER FORMS
To order the following manuals, you may use either the
website or the phone numbers listed below. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover orders are accepted. If you prefer mailing your payment, please call
for an order form.
NOTE: A street address is required when ordering
manuals (no P.O. Boxes).
• Service Manuals
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information that students and professional technicians
need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving,
maintaining, servicing, and repairing Chrysler Motors
LLC vehicles. A complete working knowledge of the
vehicle, system, and/or components is written in
straightforward language with illustrations, diagrams,
and charts.
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Diagnostic Procedure Manuals are filled with diagrams, charts and detailed illustrations. These practical manuals make it easy for students and technicians
to find and fix problems on computer-controlled vehicle systems and features. They show exactly how to
find and correct problems the first time, using step-bystep troubleshooting and drivability procedures,
proven diagnostic tests and a complete list of all tools
and equipment.
• Owner’s Manuals
These Owner’s Manuals have been prepared with the
assistance of service and engineering specialists to
acquaint you with specific Chrysler Motors LLC vehicles. Included are starting, operating, emergency
and maintenance procedures as well as specifications,
capabilities and safety tips.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
Call toll free at:
• 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.)
• 1–800–387–1143 (Canada)
Or
Visit us on the Worldwide Web at:
• www.techauthority.com
• www.daimlerchrysler.ca/manuals
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM
TIRE QUALITY GRADES
The following tire grading categories were established by
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The
specific grade rating assigned by the tire’s manufacturer
in each category is shown on the sidewall of the tires on
your vehicle.
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All passenger car tires must conform to Federal safety
requirements in addition to these grades.
Treadwear
The Treadwear grade is a comparative rating, based on
the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified government test course. For
example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half
times as well on the government course as a tire graded
100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the
actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart
significantly from the norm due to variations in driving
habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate.
Traction Grades
The Traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B,
and C. These grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on
wet pavement, as measured under controlled conditions
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on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and
concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.
WARNING!
The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not
include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or
peak traction characteristics.
Temperature Grades
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C,
representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat
and its ability to dissipate heat, when tested under
controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the
material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and
excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The
grade C corresponds to a level of performance, which all
passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test
wheel, than the minimum required by law.
WARNING!
The temperature grade for this tire is established for
a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, under-inflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause
heat buildup and possible tire failure.
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ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . 282
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Aiming Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
Air Cleaner, Engine (Engine Air Cleaner Filter) . . . 269
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155,273
Air Conditioning Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,140
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Airbag On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,53
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Ashtrays and Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174,288
Fluid and Filter Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Fluid Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Special Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Autostick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135,271
Saving Feature (Protection) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Belts, Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Brake Assist System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
INDEX
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186,285
Anti-Lock (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . 61,196
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Capacity, Cargo Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Cargo Compartment
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
CD (Compact Disc) Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144,149
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Chart, Tire Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Checks, Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
343
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Cleaning
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Compact Disc (CD) Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Converter, Catalytic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Convertible Top Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
Convertible Top Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281,329
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Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282,283
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Rubber and Plastic Components . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Selection of Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . . 271
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
Cylinders, Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Deck Lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Disposal
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Drive Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Through Flowing, Rising, or Shallow Standing
Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Electronic Speed Control (Cruise Control) . . . . . . . 113
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Emergency, In Case of
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Emergency Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . 262,321
INDEX
Engine
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264,315
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313,315
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
345
Fluid Level Checks
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . .
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Four-Way Hazard Flasher . . . . . . . .
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . .
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . .
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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316
232
244
222
225
224
225
269
222
297
Garage Door Opener (HomeLinkt)
Gas Cap (Fuel Filler Cap) . . . . . . .
Gasoline (Fuel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . .
Gear Ratios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
General Information . . . . . . . . . . .
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INDEX
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Hazard
Driving Through Flowing, Rising, or Shallow
Standing Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Headlights
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Hood Latch Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Ignition
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Wiring System (Spark Plug Wires) . . . . . . . . . . 271
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Inflation Pressure Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Key-In Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Knee Bolster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
INDEX
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
Lights
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,140
Anti-Lock Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Exterior Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94,305
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Malfunction Indicator (Check Engine) . . . . . . . . 141
Map Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
347
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97,307
Rear Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307,308
Loading Vehicle
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
Malfunction Indicator Light (Check Engine) . . 141,262
Manual Override, Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171,289
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Frequency of Fluid Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Lubricant Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
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Marker Lights, Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Master Cylinder (Brakes) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Electric Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Exterior Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Monitor, Tire Pressure System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263,337
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Oil Filter, Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261,262
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Owner’s Manual (Operator Manual) . . . . . . . . . . 338
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Pets, Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . . . 203
Power
Outlet (Auxiliary Electrical Outlet) . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196,274
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
INDEX
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Program Mode Selector Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Programming Transmitters (Remote Keyless
Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121,122
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Radio (Sound Systems) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Rear Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Rear Spoiler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
Residual Engine Heat Utilization (REST) . . . . . 161,162
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Restraints, Infant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
349
Restraints, Occupant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Safety Defects, Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
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INDEX
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171,172
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Snow Chains (Tire Chains) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Soft Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Standing Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Cold Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Emergency (Jump Starting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Steering
Linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Storage Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Sulfur in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . . 33
Telescoping Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . 233
Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Theft System (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . . . . 203
Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
TIREFIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207,339
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234,239
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
INDEX
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203,204
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63,198
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,248
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Towing Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
351
Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Transmission
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174,288
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171,289
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171,172
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Trunk Release, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Umbrella Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118,122
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204,227
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INDEX
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Vehicle Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . 21
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
Washer, Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
Water
Driving Through . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Wheel and Wheel Trim Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Windows
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Windshield Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Wiring, Ignition (Spark Plug Wires) . . . . . . . . . . . 271
INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS KeysObtaining Replacement KeysIgnition
Key RemovalKey-In-Ignition ReminderGLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK DOOR LOCKS Central Locking SwitchAutomatic Central LockingGeneral Notes On the Central Locking SystemEmergency Unlocking FeatureStart LockoutREMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY To Unlock the
DoorsTo Lock The DoorsPanic AlarmTo Use the Panic AlarmGeneral InformationTransmitter Battery ServiceSECURITY ALARM SYSTEM Tow-Away AlarmDECKLID INTERNAL EMERGENCY RELEASE - ROADSTER POWER WINDOWS Power Window Operation With
The Convertible Top Switch (Roadster Only)REAR LIFTGATE/DECKLID RELEASE OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS Lap/Shoulder BeltsSeat Belts and Pregnant WomenSeat Belt ExtenderSupplemental Restraint System (SRS) - AirbagChild RestraintENGINE BREAK-IN
RECOMMENDATIONS SAFETY TIPS Exhaust GasSafety Checks You Should Make Inside the VehiclePeriodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside the VehicleUNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE CONVERTIBLE TOP OPERATION To Lower
The TopTo Raise The TopConvertible Top Lamp and Audible Signal ChartCONSOLE FEATURES Storage Compartments (If Equipped)AshtrayCoin HolderPower Outlet/Cigar LighterGlove CompartmentCUPHOLDER (If Equipped) MIRRORS Inside Day/Night MirrorExterior
Mirrors Folding FeatureHeated Remote Control Mirrors (If Equipped)Outside MirrorsPower Remote Control Outside MirrorsVanity Mirrors SEATS Manual Seat Adjustments (If Equipped)Driver Eight-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)Passenger Four-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)
Heated Seats (If Equipped)TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD INTERIOR LIGHTS Front Map/Reading LightsBattery Saver FeatureInstrument Panel LightingNight Security IlluminationEXTERIOR LIGHTS Headlights and Parking LightsDaytime Running Lights (Where
Applicable)Fog Lights (If Equipped)Standing LightsMULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER Turn SignalsHeadlight Dimmer SwitchPassing LightWindshield Wipers And WasherMist FunctionTELESCOPING STEERING COLUMN REAR SPOILER BRAKE ASSIST SYSTEM
(BAS) ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP) Synchronizing ESPELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL To Vary The Speed SettingTo DeactivateTo Resume SpeedUsing Speed Control On HillsGARAGE DOOR OPENER (If Equipped) Programming The Universal
TransceiverGate Operator/Canadian ProgrammingUsing the Universal TransceiverErasing Universal Transceiver ButtonsReprogramming a Single ButtonSecurityUMBRELLA HOOK UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
NSTRUMENT CLUSTER INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION INFINITY MODULUS AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER AND GPS NAVIGATION AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER INFINITY MODULUS Entertainment
SystemsCD Player OperationUser MenuUser Memory (USER - 1, 2, 3)Mono/StereoDriver - L/RTelephone mute characteristicsCOMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE RADIO ANTENNA RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES CLIMATE CONTROLS Temperature Control
Fan ControlBasic Setting - HeaterBasic Setting - Air ConditionerDust Filter (If Equipped)Operating Tips STARTING AND OPERATING STARTING PROCEDURES Normal StartingExtremely Cold Weather (below -20 degrees F or -29 degrees C)If Engine Fails to StartAfter
StartingTRANSMISSION SHIFTING Manual Transmission Recommended Shift SpeedsAutomatic Transmission StoppingManeuveringPark PositionReverseNeutralDriveAutoStick Gear selectionGear RangesProgram mode selector switchEmergency Operation (Limp Home
Mode)DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES Traction DRIVING THROUGH WATER Flowing/Rising WaterPARKING BRAKE BRAKE SYSTEM Brake Assist System (BAS)Electronic Stability Program (ESP)Synchronizing ESPESP Control switchAnti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
Brake Pad Break-InPOWER STEERING TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION TIRE MARKINGS TIRE LOADING AND TIRE PRESSURETIRES - GENERAL INFORMATION Tire PressureTire Inflation PressuresTire Pressures For High Speed OperationRadial-Ply TiresTire Spinning
Tread Wear IndicatorsLife Of TireReplacement TiresAlignment And BalanceTIRE PRESSURE MONITOR SYSTEM General InformationTIRE CHAINS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT TIRES SNOW TIRES TIRE ROTATION RECOMMENDATIONS FUEL REQUIREMENTS
Reformulated GasolineGasoline/Oxygenate BlendsMMT in GasolineMaterials Added to FuelSulfur in GasolineADDING FUEL Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)VEHICLE LOADING Roof Luggage RackTRAILER TOWING WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES HAZARD WARNING
FLASHER IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS TIREFIT TIRE REPAIR AND JACKING TIREFITPreparations for JackingJack Location and Instructions JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE Towing EyesTow-Away
AlarmCONVERTIBLE TOP EMERGENCY OPERATION Relieving Hydraulic PressureOpening a Locked DecklidMAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 3.2L ENGINE ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II) EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
REPLACEMENT PARTS AUTHORIZED DEALER SERVICE MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES Engine OilIgnition Wiring SystemCrankcase Emission Control SystemMaintenance-Free BatteryAir ConditionerPower Steering FluidChassis LubricationBody LubricationWindshield
Wiper BladesWindshield Wiper Blade ReplacementWindshield Washer ReservoirExhaust SystemCooling SystemHoses And Vacuum/Vapor HarnessesBrakesAutomatic TransmissionManual TransmissionAppearance Care and Protection from CorrosionCONVERTIBLE TOP
CARE WashingGeneral CleaningWeather Strip CareFUSES Underhood Accessory Fuse Block FusesRelay Control Module Fuses Interior Fuses REPLACEMENT BULBS Interior Light BulbsExterior Light BulbsEXTERIOR LIGHT BULB SERVICE HeadlightsFront Turn Signal
and Parking/Standing LightsFront and Rear Sidemarker LightsTail, Stop, Back Up and Turn Signal LightsLicense Plate LightHeadlight AimingVEHICLE STORAGE SPECIFICATIONS FLUID CAPACITIES RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
EngineChassisBodyMAINTENANCE SCHEDULES INTRODUCTION WARRANTY EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES SCOPE OF WORK FOR A SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE SERVICESCOPE OF WORK FOR B SCHEDULE
MAINTENANCE SERVICEFSS SYSTEM REGULAR CHECK-UPS Additional Periodic MaintenanceSPECIAL MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS CoolantDust Filter for Heating/Ventilation Replacement (If Equipped)ENGINE OIL CHANGE AND FILTER REPLACEMENT IF
YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR YOUR VEHICLE Prepare For The AppointmentPrepare A ListBe Reasonable With RequestsIF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE Chrysler Motors LLC Customer CenterChrysler Canada
Inc. Customer CenterIn Mexico contactCustomer Assistance For The Hearing Or Speech Impaired (TDD/TTY)Service ContractWARRANTY INFORMATION (U.S. Vehicles Only) MOPAR PARTS REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS In The 50 United States And Washington,
D.CIn CanadaPUBLICATION ORDER FORMS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADES TreadwearTraction GradesTemperature GradesINDEX
INSTALLATION OF RADIO TRANSMITTING
EQUIPMENT
Special design considerations are incorporated into this
vehicle’s electronic system to provide immunity to radio
frequency signals. Mobile two-way radios and telephone
equipment must be installed properly by trained personnel. The following must be observed during installation.
The positive power connection should be made directly
to the battery and fused as close to the battery as possible.
The negative power connection should be made to body
sheet metal adjacent to the negative battery connection.
This connection should not be fused.
Antennas for two-way radios should be mounted on the
roof or the rear area of the vehicle. Care should be used
in mounting antennas with magnet bases. Magnets may
affect the accuracy or operation of the compass on
vehicles so equipped.
The antenna cable should be as short as practical and
routed away from the vehicle wiring when possible. Use
only fully shielded coaxial cable.
Carefully match the antenna and cable to the radio to
ensure a low Standing Wave Ratio (SWR).
Mobile radio equipment with output power greater than
normal may require special precautions.
All installations should be checked for possible interference between the communications equipment and the
vehicle’s electronic systems.
2008 Crossfire
2008
OWNER’ S MANUAL
81-026-0845
First Edition
Printed in U.S.A.
Crossfire
2008 Crossfire
2008
OWNER’ S MANUAL
81-026-0845
First Edition
Printed in U.S.A.
Crossfire