Chrysler 2005 PT Cruiser Convertible Owner`s manual

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
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INTRODUCTION
CONTENTS
䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
䡵 How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 7
䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 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, so that the new owner will be
aware of all safety warnings.
When it comes to service, remember that your dealer
knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine Mopar威 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. 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.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
The detailed index, at the rear 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 owner’s 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
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on the
driver’s front corner of the instrument panel, visible
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
vehicle registration or title.
Vehicle Identification Number
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VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS
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WARNING!
Any modifications or alterations to this vehicle
could seriously affect its roadworthiness and safety
and may lead to an accident resulting in serious
injury or death.
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CONTENTS
䡵 A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Locking Doors With The Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
䡵 Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Sentry Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
䡵 Steering Wheel Lock — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ If You Wish To Manually Lock The Steering
Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System . .18
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Central Locking/Unlocking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
▫ Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
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䡵 Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Power Deck Lid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
䡵 Emergency Deck Lid Release Latch . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
䡵 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Horn Chirp Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Auto Down Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
▫ To Program Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure . . . . .37
䡵 Security Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .40
▫ Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .26
䡵 Deck Lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
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䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . .56
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
The 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 from your dealer. Ask
your dealer for these numbers and keep them in a safe
place.
Ignition Key Removal
Automatic Transaxle
Place the shift lever in PARK and make sure that the shift
knob push button has returned to the out position. Turn
the ignition switch to the OFF position, then to the LOCK
position, and remove the key.
The double sided keys
may be inserted into the
locks with either side up.
Vehicle Key
Ignition Key Positions
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NOTE: If you try to remove the key before you place the
lever in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily
in the ignition cylinder. If this occurs, rotate the key to the
right slightly, then remove the key as described. If a
malfunction occurs, the system will trap the key in the
ignition cylinder to warn you that this safety feature is
inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped but
the key cannot be removed until you obtain service.
Manual Transaxle
Depress and hold the release button located between the
ignition switch and the instrument panel. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the key.
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Ignition Key Positions
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WARNING!
Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could
be injured. Children should be warned not to touch
the parking brake, brake pedal or the gear selector
lever. Don’t leave the keys in the ignition. A child
could operate power windows, other controls, or
move the vehicle.
Locking Doors With The Key
You can insert the key with either side up. To lock the
door, turn the key rearward, to unlock the door, turn the
key forward. See Section 7 of this manual for door lock
lubrication.
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.
NOTE: With the driver’s door open, and the key in the
ignition, the power door locks will not function.
CAUTION!
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove key from the ignition and lock all doors
when leaving the vehicle unattended.
SENTRY KEY
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized operation of the vehicle by disabling the engine.
The system will shut the engine off after 2 seconds of
running if an invalid key is used to start the vehicle. This
system utilizes ignition keys which have an electronic
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chip (transponder) embedded into them. Only keys that
have been programmed to the vehicle can be used to start
and operate the vehicle.
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System does not need to be
armed or activated. Operation of the system is automatic
regardless of whether or not the vehicle is locked or
unlocked. During normal operation, the Theft Alarm/
Immobilizer Light will come on for three (3) seconds
immediately after the ignition switch is turned on for a
bulb check. Afterwards, if the bulb remains on, this
indicates a problem with the electronics.
If the bulb begins to flash after the bulb check, this
indicates that an invalid key has been used to start the
vehicle. Both of these conditions will result in the engine
being shut off after two (2) seconds of running.
Keep in mind that a key which has not been programmed
is also considered an invalid key even if it is cut to fit the
ignition lock cylinder for that vehicle.
If the Theft Alarm/Immobilizer Light comes on during
normal vehicle operation (vehicle has been running for
longer than 10 seconds), a fault has been detected in the
electronics and the vehicle should be serviced as soon as
possible.
NOTE:
• The Sentry Key Immobilizer System is not compatible
with remote starting systems. Use of these systems
may result in vehicle starting problems and loss of
security protection.
• Exxon/Mobil Speed Pass,™ additional Sentry Keys, or
any other transponder equipped components on the
same keychain will not cause a key-related (transponder) fault unless the additional part is physically held
against the ignition key being used when starting the
vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF electronics
will not cause interference with this system.
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All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have
been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
Replacement Keys
NOTE: Only keys that have been programmed to the
vehicle electronics can be used to start the vehicle. Once
a Sentry Key has been programmed to a vehicle, it can
not be programmed to any other vehicle.
At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided
with a four digit PIN number. This number is required
for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may
be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the
Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure
consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle
electronics. A blank key is one which has never been
programmed.
NOTE: When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer
System serviced, bring all vehicle keys with you to the
dealer.
Sentry Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid sentry keys by performing the following procedure:
1. Cut the additional Sentry Key Transponder blank(s) to
match the ignition switch lock cylinder key code.
2. Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no
longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and
remove the first key.
3. Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition
switch ON within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime
will sound and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash.
Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the second key.
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4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10
seconds a single chime will sound. The Theft Alarm Light
will stop flashing, turn on for 3 seconds; then turn off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed.
Repeat this procedure to program up to a total of 8 keys.
If you do not have a programmed sentry key, contact
your dealer for details.
General Information
The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15
and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is
subject to the following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
• This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
STEERING WHEEL LOCK — IF EQUIPPED
Your vehicle may be equipped with a passive steering
wheel lock. This lock prevents steering the vehicle without the ignition key. If the steering wheel is moved no
more than 1/2 turn in either direction and the key is not
in the ignition switch, the steering wheel will lock.
If You Wish To Manually Lock The Steering
Wheel:
With the engine running, turn the steering wheel upside
down, turn off the engine and remove the key. Turn the
steering wheel slightly in either direction until the lock
engages.
To Release The Steering Wheel Lock:
Insert the key in the ignition switch and start the engine.
If the key is difficult to turn, move the wheel slightly to
the right or left to disengage the lock.
NOTE: If you turned the wheel to the right to engage
the lock, you must turn the wheel slightly to the right to
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disengage it. If you turned the wheel to the left to engage
the lock, turn the wheel slightly to the left to disengage it.
Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System
This system prevents the key from being removed unless
the shift lever is in PARK and the shift knob push-button
is out. It also prevents shifting out of PARK unless the
key is in the OFF, or ON positions.
DOOR LOCKS
Manual Door Locks
Use the manual door lock plunger to lock the doors from
inside the vehicle. If the plunger is down when the door
is closed, the door will lock. Therefore, make sure the
keys are not inside the vehicle before closing the door.
Door Lock Plunger
WARNING!
For personal security, and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive as well
as when you park and leave the vehicle.
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WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.
Power Door Locks
A door lock switch is on each front door panel. Press this
switch to lock or unlock the doors.
CAUTION!
An unlocked vehicle is an invitation to thieves.
Always remove the key from the ignition and lock
all of the doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
Power Door Lock Switch
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Central Locking/Unlocking
All vehicle doors and deck lid are locked with the first
turn of the key to the LOCK position. The double unlock
activation feature requires you to turn the key in the
cylinder lock two times within five seconds to UNLOCK
all vehicle doors at once. You may turn this feature off
and unlock all the doors with one turn of the key by
following these instructions.
NOTE: Steps 2 and 3 must be completed within 10
seconds.
1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition
switch.
2. Cycle the ignition switch ON/OFF four times ending
in the OFF position.
3. Press the interior door lock switch to the UNLOCK
position.
4. A single chime will sound to signify that you have
successfully disabled the double activation feature.
You can turn the feature back on by repeating the above
mentioned procedure.
Automatic Door Locks
The doors will lock automatically if:
1. all doors are closed,
2. vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h),
3. the accelerator pedal is depressed.
The Automatic Door Locks can be enabled or disabled by
performing the following procedure:
NOTE: Steps 2 and 3 must be completed within 10
seconds.
1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition
switch.
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2. Cycle the ignition switch ON/OFF four times ending
in the OFF position.
3. Press the interior door lock switch to the LOCK
position.
4. A single chime will sound to signify that you have
successfully completed the programming.
You can turn the feature back on by repeating the above
mentioned procedure.
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and
activate the panic alarm from distances up to about 23
feet (7 meters) using a hand held transmitter. The transmitter need not be pointed at the vehicle to activate the
system.
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To Unlock The Doors:
Press and release the UNLOCK button on the key fob
once to unlock the driver’s door, or twice within five
seconds to unlock all doors, the park lights will also flash
twice. The interior lights also come on and remain on for
about 30 seconds when you unlock the doors.
NOTE: You may turn off this feature and unlock all
doors with one press of the button by following the
procedure shown in the Central Locking/Unlocking
paragraph.
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To Lock The Doors:
Press and release the LOCK button to lock all doors. The
park lights will flash and the horn will chirp to acknowledge the signal.
Horn Chirp Feature
The horn chirp that signals that the doors have been
locked can be turned on or off by using the following
procedure:
1. Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the
switch to the ON position.
2. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter
for between four and ten seconds.
3. Continue to hold the Unlock button and press the
Lock button.
4. Release both buttons.
A chime will sound to signify that the process is complete.
Using The Panic Alarm:
To turn on the panic alarm feature, press and release the
PANIC button. When the panic alarm is on the headlights
and park lights will flash, the horn will pulse on and off
and the interior lights will turn on.
The panic alarm will stay on for 3 minutes unless you
press the PANIC button a second time, or until vehicle
speed reaches 15 mph (24 km/h).
NOTE: When you turn off the panic alarm by pressing
the PANIC button a second time, you may have to be
closer to the vehicle due to the radio frequency noises of
the system.
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To Program Transmitters
Up to four transmitters can be programmed to your
vehicle. Your new vehicle was shipped with two transmitters. See your dealer for additional transmitters.
Additional transmitters can be programmed to the system by using the following procedure:
1. Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the
switch to the ON position.
2. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter
between four and ten seconds.
3. Continue to hold the Unlock button and press the
Panic button. A chime will sound to indicate that the
transmitter programming mode has been entered.
4. Press a button on all transmitters to be programmed to
the system, including any previously programmed transmitters. A chime will sound when each transmitter has
been programmed.
5. Turn the ignition switch off to exit the transmitter
programming mode.
General Information
This device complies with FCC rules part 15 and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
• This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
If your transmitter fails to operate from a normal distance, check for these two conditions.
1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of
batteries is from one to two years.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, and some mobile or CB radios.
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Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement battery is 2016 or its
equivalent.
NOTE: Do not touch the battery terminals that are on
the back housing or the printed circuit board.
1. With the transmitter buttons facing down, use a thin
coin to pry the two halves of the transmitter apart. Make
sure not to damage the rubber gasket during removal.
2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the
new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause
battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it with
rubbing alcohol.
3. To reassemble the transmitter case snap two halves
together. Make sure there is an even gap between the two
halves. Test transmitter operation.
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SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM
The system monitors the doors, deck lid, and ignition
switch for unauthorized operation.
If something triggers the alarm, the system will signal for
about 18 minutes. For the first 3 minutes the horn will
sound and the headlights, park lights, tail lights and the
indicator light in the cluster will flash. Then the exterior
lights will flash for another 15 minutes.
If the monitored system, which triggered the alarm is
deactivated the alarm will continue to sound until 3
minutes of alarm time is reached. If the monitored
system, which triggered the alarm is deactivated after the
alarm has been on for 3 minutes the alarm will shut off
immediately.
To set the alarm:
1. Remove the keys from the ignition switch and get out
of the vehicle.
2. Lock the door using either the door key, power door
lock switch, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all
doors.
3. The indicator light in the instrument cluster will flash
rapidly for 16 seconds. This shows that the system is
arming. During this period, if a door is opened, the
ignition switch is turned ON, or the power door locks are
unlocked in any manner, the system will automatically
disarm. After 16 seconds the indicator light will flash
slowly. This shows that the system is fully armed.
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To disarm the system:
Unlock a front door/deck lid using either the key or the
Keyless Entry Transmitter.
Starting the vehicle with a valid Sentry key will disarm
the system. A valid key is one that is programmed to that
particular vehicle. A valid key will disarm the system, an
invalid key will trigger the alarm.
Tamper Alert
If the horn sounds 3 times when you unlock a front door
using either a key or the Keyless Entry Transmitter, the
alarm has been activated. Check the vehicle for tampering.
Security System Manual Override
The system will not arm if you lock the doors using the
manual door lock plunger.
Door Lock Plunger
DECK LID
NOTE: The key that is used to start the vehicle is also
used to lock or unlock the doors and open the deck lid.
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To open the deck lid, insert the key into the lock and turn
to the right. The deck lid can also be opened using the
remote keyless entry or by using the power deck lid
release switch, located in the glove box.
WARNING!
• Driving with the deck lid open can allow poisonous exhaust gases into your vehicle. You and your
passengers could be injured by these fumes. Keep
the deck lid closed when you are operating the
vehicle.
• If you are required to drive with the deck lid
open, make sure that all windows are closed, and
the climate control blower switch is set at high
speed. DO NOT use the recirculation mode.
Gas props support the deck lid in the open position.
However, because the gas pressure drops with temperature, it may be necessary to assist the props when
opening the deck lid in cold weather.
Power Deck Lid Release
You can open the deck lid by pressing the Remote
Keyless Entry Button or from inside the vehicle, using the
switch located inside the glove box. The power deck lid
release switch is disabled when the vehicle speed exceeds
5 mph (8 km/h), or when the vehicle theft alarm is in the
armed or alarming state.
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EMERGENCY DECK LID RELEASE LATCH
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the trunk,
either by climbing into the trunk from outside, or
through the inside of the vehicle. Always close the
deck lid when your vehicle is unattended. Once in
the trunk, young children may not be able to escape,
even if they entered through the rear seat. If trapped
in the trunk, children can die from suffocation or
heat stroke.
Emergency Deck Lid Release Handle
As a security measure, an emergency deck lid release
lever is built into the deck lid latching mechanism. In the
event of an individual being locked inside the trunk, the
trunk can be simply opened by pulling on the glow-inthe-dark lever attached to the deck lid latching mechanism. See following picture.
POWER WINDOWS
The power window switches are located on the instrument panel above the A/C controls. The top left switch
controls the left front window and the top right switch
controls the right front window.
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The lower left switch controls the left rear passenger’s
window and the lower right switch controls the right rear
passenger’s window.
Power Window Switches
WARNING!
Never leave children in a vehicle, with the keys in
the ignition switch. Occupants, particularly unattended children, can become entrapped by the windows while operating the power window switches.
Such entrapment may result in serious injury or
death.
Auto Down Feature
The driver’s and passenger’s front window switches
have an auto down feature. Press the window switch past
the detent, release, and the window will go down automatically. Press the switch a second time in either direction to stop the window.
To open the window part way, press the window switch
part way and release it when you want the window to
stop.
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Wind Buffeting
Wind buffeting can be described as the perception of
pressure on the ears or a helicopter type sound in the
ears. Your vehicle may exhibit wind buffeting with the
windows down. This is a normal occurrence and can be
minimized. If buffeting occurs with the rear windows
open, open the front and rear windows together to
minimize the buffeting.
OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front
and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, front
airbags for both the driver and front passenger and if
equipped, side airbags for both the driver and front
passenger. If you will be carrying children too small for
adult-size seat belts, your seat belts or the LATCH feature
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 passengers, 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 own street.
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Research has shown that seat belts save lives, and they
can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some
of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown
from the vehicle. Seat belts reduce the possibility of
ejection and the risk of injury caused by striking the
inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle should
be belted at all times.
Lap/Shoulder Belts
NOTE: The Lap/Shoulder belt is designed with a half
twist in the lower end of the belt. This was done by the
manufacturer to provide optimal comfort for the wearer.
If the belt webbing is twisted, and comes in contact with
the wearers body, the twisted belt should be corrected
using the Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure
found in this section.
All the seats in your vehicle are equipped with Lap/
Shoulder Belts.
The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during
very sudden stops or collisions. This feature allows the
shoulder part of the belt to move freely with you under
normal conditions. But in a collision, the belt will lock
and reduce the risk of your striking the inside of the
vehicle or being thrown out.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
• It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision,
people riding in these areas are more likely to be
seriously injured or killed.
• Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat
belts.
• Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and
using a seat belt properly.
• 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 lap belt for more
than one person, no matter what their size.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the seat.
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2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the front
seat, next to your arm. Grasp the latch plate and pull out
the belt. Slide the latch plate up the webbing as far as
necessary to allow the belt to go around your lap.
Latch Plate
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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.”
Latch Plate To Buckle
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 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.
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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
on the shoulder belt. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight,
tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt. A snug belt
reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.
WARNING!
• 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 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 your dealer and have it fixed.
5. 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.
Removing Slack From Belt
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6. 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 the belt to retract fully.
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 a collision if they
have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.).
Seat Belt Webbing Guide
NOTE: The manufacturer recommends that the seat belt
is routed through the seat belt webbing guide when
using the seatbelt.
The seat belt webbing guide should be used to improve
seat belt accessibility. The seat belt can be removed from
the guide to allow for easier access to the rear seats.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure
Use the following procedure to untwist a twisted lap/
shoulder belt.
1. Position the latch plate as close as possible to the
anchor point.
Seat Belt Webbing Guide
Positioning Latch Plate
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2. At about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) above the latch
plate, grasp and twist the belt webbing 180° to create a
fold that begins immediately above the latch plate.
Creating A Fold
3. Slide the latch plate upward over the folded webbing.
The folded webbing must enter the slot at the top of the
latch plate.
Sliding The Latch Plate
4. Continue to slide the latch plate up until it clears the
folded webbing.
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Seat Belt Pretensioners
The seat belts for both front seating positions are
equipped with pretensioning devices that are designed to
remove slack from the seat belt in the event of a collision.
These devices improve the performance of the seat belt
by assuring that the belt is tight about the occupant early
in a collision. Pretensioners work for all size occupants,
including those in child restraints.
NOTE: These devices are not a substitute for proper seat
belt placement by the occupant. The seat belt still must be
worn snugly and positioned properly.
The pretensioners are triggered by the front airbag control module (see Airbag Section). Like the front airbags,
the pretensioners are single use items. After a collision
that is severe enough to deploy the airbags and pretensioners, both must be replaced.
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.
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Driver and Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
This vehicle has airbags for both the driver and front
passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s front airbag is mounted in the
center of the steering wheel. The passenger’s front airbag
is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove
compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on
the airbag covers.
Front Airbag Components
NOTE: The front airbags are certified to the Federal
regulations that allow less forceful deployment.
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If the vehicle is equipped with side airbags, they are
located inside the driver and front passenger seats, and
their covers are also labeled SRS AIRBAG.
Side Airbags
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 for the airbag cushions are
designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not use accessory seat covers or 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.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not attach cup holders or any other objects on or
around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive the object into occupants, causing serious
injury.
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Airbags inflate in moderate to high speed impacts. Along
with seat belts and pretensioners, front airbags work with
the instrument panel knee bolsters to provide improved
protection for the driver and front passenger. Side airbags
also work with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy in moderate to
severe frontal collisions. If your vehicle is equipped, the
side airbag on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered in
moderate to severe side collisions. In certain types of
collisions, both the front and side airbags may be triggered. But 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.
Infants in rear facing child restraints should NEVER ride
in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front airbag.
An airbag deployment can cause severe injury or death to
infants in that position.
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see Section on Child Restraints) should
be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or beltpositioning booster seats. Older children who do not use
child restraints or belt-positioning booster seats should
ride properly buckled up in the rear seat. Never allow
children to slide the shoulder belt behind them or under
their arm.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize the
risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the front
passenger seat because the vehicle is crowded, move the
seat as far back as possible, and use the proper child
restraint. Refer to the section on Child Restraint.
1. Children 12 years old and under should always ride
buckled up in a rear seat.
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.
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2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder
belts properly.
3. The driver and front passenger seats should be
moved back as far as practical to allow the front airbags
room to inflate.
4. If your vehicle has side airbags, do not lean against
the door, airbags will inflate forcefully into the space
between you and the door.
WARNING!
• 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.
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during front airbag deployment could
cause serious injury. Airbags need room to inflate.
Sit back, comfortably extending your arms to
reach the steering wheel or instrument panel.
• If the vehicle has side airbags, they also need
room to inflate. Do not lean against the door. Sit
upright in the center of the seat.
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The front airbag system consists of the following:
• Side Airbag in the passenger’s seat
• Airbag Control Module (ACM)
• Airbag Control Module (shared with the front airbag
system)
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Driver and Passenger Front Airbag/Inflator Units
• Unique Steering Wheel and Column
• Unique Instrument Panel
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Seat Belt Pretensioners
• Knee Impact Bolster
The Side Airbag System, on vehicles equipped, consists
of the following:
• AIRBAG Readiness Light (shared with the front airbag
system)
• Side Airbag in the driver’s seat
• Side impact sensors
• Interconnecting Wiring
How The Front Airbag System Works
• The airbag control module determines if a frontal
impact is severe enough to require the airbags to
inflate. The control module will not detect, roll over, or
rear collisions. The airbag control module will only
detect side collisions if the vehicle is so equipped with
side airbags.
The airbag control module also monitors the readiness
of the electronic parts of the system whenever the
ignition switch is in the START or ON positions. These
include all of the items listed above except the knee
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bolster, instrument panel and the steering wheel and
column. If the key is in the OFF position, in the ACC
position, or not in the ignition switch, the airbags are
not on and will not inflate.
The airbag control module also turns on the
AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to
8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned ON, then turns the light off. If the front or side
airbag control modules detect a malfunction in any
part of the system, the airbag light will turn on 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.
• When the airbag control module detects a collision
requiring the front airbags, it signals the inflator units.
A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate
the front airbags. The front airbag covers separate and
fold out of the way as the front airbags inflate to their
full size. The front airbags fully inflate in about 50
milliseconds. This is only about half of the time it takes
you to blink your eyes. The front airbags then quickly
deflate while helping to restrain the driver and front
passenger. The driver’s front airbag gas is vented
through the airbag material towards the instrument
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panel. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the front airbags do not interfere with your
control of the vehicle.
• The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the front
airbags.
Side Airbags Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS)—If Equipped
If so equipped, the airbag control module determines if a
side collision is severe enough to require the side airbags
to inflate. The airbag control module will not detect roll
over, front or rear collisions.
The Airbag Control Module monitors the readiness of the
electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition
switch is in the START or ON positions. These include all
of the items listed under “The Side Airbag System”, on
vehicles equipped, consists of the following”.
In moderate to severe side collisions, the side airbag
inflator on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered,
releasing a quantity of nontoxic gas. The inflating side
airbag exits through the seat seam into the space between
the occupant and the door. The side airbag moves at a
very high speed and with such a high force, that it could
injure you if you are not seated properly, or if items are
positioned in the area where the side airbag inflates. This
especially applies to children.
If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag systems are designed to deploy when the
airbag control module detects a moderate-to-severe collision, to help restrain the driver and front passenger, and
then immediately deflate.
NOTE: A 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.
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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 front
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 gas used for airbag
inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin,
eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or 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 deployed. If you are involved in another
collision, the airbags and seat belt pretensioners will
not be in place to protect you.
WARNING!
Deployed airbags and seat belt pretensioners cannot
protect you in another collision. Have the airbags
and seat belt pretensioners replaced by an authorized dealer as soon as possible.
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Maintaining Your Airbag System
WARNING!
• Modifications to any part of the airbag system
could cause it to fail when you need it. You could
be injured because the airbags are not there to
protect you. Do not modify the components or
wiring, including adding any kind of badges or
stickers to the steering wheel hub trim cover or
the upper right side of the instrument panel. Do
not modify the front bumper, vehicle body structure, or frame.
• You need proper knee impact protection in a
collision. Do not mount or locate any aftermarket
equipment on or behind the knee bolsters.
• It is dangerous to try to repair any part of the
airbag system yourself. Be sure to tell anyone who
works on your vehicle that it has airbags.
Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready to inflate for your
protection in a collision. While the airbag system 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 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the 6 to 8 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 at all
times — babies and children, too. 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.
Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash
statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in
the rear seats, rather than in the front.
WARNING!
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.
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Infants And Small Children
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 correct seat
for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your
child:
• 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. Both types of
child restraints are held in the vehicle by the lap/
shoulder belt or the LATCH child restraint anchorage
system.
• 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
infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 9 kg (20 lbs) but are
less than one year old.
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger
airbag. An airbag deployment could cause severe
injury or death to infants in this position.
• 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.
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• 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 with knees bent over the vehicle’s cushion
while the child’s back is against the seat back; they
should use a Belt Positioning Booster Seat. The child
and booster seat are held in the vehicle by the lap/
shoulder belt. (Some booster seats are equipped with a
front shield and are held in the vehicle by the lap
portion.)
NOTE: For additional information refer to www.nhtsa.dot.gov or www.seatcheck.org.
WARNING!
• Improper installation can lead to failure of an
infant or 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 an infant or child restraint.
• A rearward facing child restraint should only be
used in a rear seat. A rearward facing child restraint in the front seat may be struck by a
deploying passenger airbag which may cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.
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
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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.
The passenger seat belts are equipped with switchable
seat belt retractors, which are designed to keep the lap
portion tight around the child restraint so that it is not
necessary to use a locking clip.
Pull the belt from the retractor until there is enough to
allow you to pass through the child restraint and slide the
latch plate into the buckle. Then pull on the belt until it is
all removed from the retractor. Allow the belt to return
into the retractor, as the belt retracts, you will hear a
clicking sound. This indicates that the seat belt is now in
the automatic locking mode. Pull on the excess webbing
to tighten the lap portion about the child restraint. Follow
the instructions of the child restraint manufacture.
NOTE: To reset this feature you must let all of the belt
webbing return into the retractor. You will not be able to
pull out more webbing until all of the webbing has been
returned back into the retractor.
• In the rear seat, you may have trouble tightening the
lap/shoulder belt on the child restraint because the
buckle or latch plate is too close to the belt path
opening on the restraint. Disconnect the latch plate
from the buckle and twist the short buckle end of the
belt several times to shorten it. Insert the latch plate
into the buckle with the release button facing out.
• If the belt still can’t be tightened, or if by pulling and
pushing on the restraint loosens the belt, disconnect
the latch plate from the buckle, turn the buckle
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around, and insert the latch plate into the buckle
again. If you still can’t make the child restraint secure,
try a different seating position.
body structure, and are readily visible. In addition, there
are two tether strap anchorages located behind the rear
seat head form, in the convertible top storage area.
• Buckle the child into the seat according to the child
restraint 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.
Don’t leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or
collision, it could strike the occupants or seat backs
and cause serious personal injury.
Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH)
Your vehicle is equipped with the child restraint anchorage system called LATCH, which stands for Lower
Anchors and Tether for CHildren. The LATCH system
provides for the installation of the child restraint without
using the vehicle seat belt. Both rear seating positions
have exclusive lower anchorages located at the rear of the
seat cushion. They are round bars, part of the seat and
Latch Anchors
Child restraints systems having attachments designed to
connect to the lower anchorages are now available. Child
restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection
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to the top tether anchorage have been available for some
time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will
provide add-on tether strap kits for some of their older
products. Tether anchorage kits are also available for
most older vehicles.
connector and a means for adjusting the tension in the
strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints and some
rearward-facing infant restraints will also be equipped
with a tether strap with a hook and means for adjusting
the tension in the strap.
Because the lower anchorages are to be introduced to
passenger carrying vehicles over a period of years, child
restraint systems having attachments for those anchorages will continue to have features for installation in
vehicles using the lap or lap/shoulder belt. They will also
have tether straps, and you are urged to take advantage
of all of the available attachments provided with your
child restraint in any vehicle.
In general, you will first loosen the adjusters on the lower
and tether straps so that you can more easily attach the
hook or connector to the lower and tether anchorages.
The tether strap should be routed over the center of the
head form and attached to the tether anchor, located
behind the rear seat head form, in the convertible top
storage area. Then tighten all three straps as you push the
child restraint rearward and downward into the seat.
Installing the Child Restraint System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Many,
but not all, restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
NOTE: To gain access to the achorages, locate the child
tether anchorage decals on the carpet behind the rear seat
head forms and use a small screwdriver to pry the carpet
flap open. The carpet flap is attached in two different
places.
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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.
Tether Strap Mounting
Not all child restraint systems will be installed as we
have described here. Again, carefully follow the instructions that come with the child restraint system.
NOTE: If your child restraint seat is not LATCH compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat belts.
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
seat back, should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
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• Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming or
slouching can move the belt out of position.
• 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.
Transporting Pets
Airbags deploying in the front seat 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.
Pets should be restrained in the rear seat in pet harnesses
or pet carriers that are secured by seat belts.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
A long break-in period is not required for the engine in
your new vehicle.
Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km).
After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55
mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable.
While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration, within the
limits of local traffic laws, contributes to a good break-in.
Wide open throttle acceleration in low gear can be
detrimental and should be avoided.
The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a
high quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil
changes should be consistent with anticipated climate
conditions under which vehicle operations will occur.
The recommended viscosity and quality grades are
shown in Section 7 of this manual. NON-DETERGENT
OR STRAIGHT MINERAL OILS MUST NEVER BE
USED.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 57
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles (kilometers) of operation. This should be
considered as a normal part of the break-in and not
interpreted as an indication of difficulty.
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.
WARNING!
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 you are required to drive with the deck lid/liftgate
open, make sure that all windows are closed, and the
climate control blower switch is set at high speed.
DO NOT use the recirculation mode.
Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle
Seat Belts
Inspect the belt system periodically, checking for cuts,
frays and loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced
immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system.
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Front seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a
collision. Rear seat belt assemblies must be replaced after
a collision if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn
webbing, etc. If there is any question regarding belt or
retractor condition, replace the belt.
Airbag Light
The light should come on and remain on for 6 to 8
seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch is first
turned ON. If the LED is not lit during starting, have it
checked. If the light stays on or comes on while driving,
have the system checked by an authorized dealer.
Defroster
Check operation by selecting the defrost mode and place
the blower control on high speed. You should be able to
feel the air directed against the windshield.
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 tread and sidewall for cuts or
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness, and tires (including spare) 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.
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
engine coolant, oil or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline
fumes are detected or fuel, power steering fluid or brake
fluid leaks are suspected, the cause should be located and
corrected immediately.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
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䡵 Convertible Top Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Outside Mirror—Driver’s Side . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ To Lower The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Outside Mirror—Passenger’s Side . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ To Raise The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
▫ Electric Remote-Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Convertible Top Boot Cover Installation–If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Illuminated Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Convertible Top Boot Cover Removal And
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
▫ Convertible Top Manual Override . . . . . . . . . .73
䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Inside Compass/Temperature Mirror . . . . . . . .75
䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Front Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Driver’s Power Seat Height Adjuster — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
▫ Reclining Bucket Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
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▫ Driver’s Seat Back Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Passenger Seat Back Tilt (Easy Entry System) . . .83
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Adjustable Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Heated Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Highbeam/Lowbeam Select Switch . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Folding Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Tumbling Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
䡵 Windshield Wipers And Washers . . . . . . . . . . . .98
䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
䡵 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Mist Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Windshield Wiper Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Intermittent Wiper System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Adding Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) . . . . . .96
䡵 Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
䡵 Traction Control Switch — If Equipped . . . . . . . 102
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䡵 Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming . . 110
▫ To Activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ To Set At A Desired Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Reprogramming A Single Button . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
䡵 Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Electrical Outlet Use With Engine Off . . . . . . . 114
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
䡵 Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ To Accelerate For Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
䡵 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
䡵 Garage Door Opener — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 106
▫ Front Seat Storage Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
▫ Programming The Universal Transceiver . . . . . 107
▫ Storage Pockets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
▫ “Rolling Code” Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
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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.
To Lower The Top:
NOTE: Thoroughly dry the convertible top and top
storage area, prior to leaving the top lowered for an
extended period of time. This will help prevent possible
mildew build-up.
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to the convertible top or its components, your vehicle is equipped with a feature that
prevents convertible top operation at speeds over 10
mph (16 km/h).
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 63
CAUTION!
CAUTION!
To fully insure that no damage occurs, be sure that
the vehicle is at a complete stop with the gear
selector in the Park position (automatic transaxle) or
in the Neutral position (manual transaxle) before
lowering or raising the top.
To avoid damage to either the top or the rear window, check the top storage area at the rear of the
vehicle interior to be sure that it is clear of debris or
other items. Be sure that child seat flip up bars are
lowered. Do not use the top storage area for other
storage purposes.
CAUTION!
Do not operate the convertible top with ice or snow
build-up on the top. Damage to the top may occur.
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1. Turn the ignition key to the ON position.
2. Release the top from the windshield header by pulling
down on the latch handle and turning the latch handle
clockwise until it stops.
Releasing Convertible Top Latches
3. Press the Power Top Switch to disengage the top pins
from the header, turn the handle counterclockwise and
raise the handle to the stowed position.
NOTE: The Power Top Switch has two detent positions
for lowering the convertible top. Pressing and holding
the Power Top Switch lightly in the first detent position
will lower the windows slightly and the convertible top
to the full down position. Pressing and holding the
switch in the second detent position will lower all four
windows completely and the top to the full down position.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 65
5. Install the Convertible Top Boot Cover, if equipped.
Refer to Convertible Top Boot Cover Installation–If
Equipped, in this section.
CAUTION!
Damage to the convertible top boot cover could
result if the latch handle is not completely closed
when the top is lowered. The convertible top boot
cover cannot be installed while the latch handle is
open.
Convertible Top Switch
4. Continue pressing the Power Top Switch until the
convertible top is lowered completely.
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To Raise The Top:
CAUTION!
1. Remove the convertible top boot cover, if equipped.
Refer to Convertible Top Boot Cover Removal and Storage, in this section.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON position.
To avoid damage to the convertible top or its components, your vehicle is equipped with a feature that
prevents convertible top operation at speeds over 10
mph (16 km/h).
CAUTION!
To fully insure that no damage occurs, be sure that
the vehicle is at a complete stop with the gear
selector in the Park position (automatic transaxle) or
in the Neutral position (manual transaxle) before
lowering or raising the top.
3. Press the Power Top Switch to raise the top. Before the
top reaches the windshield, open the latch handle and
turn the handle clockwise to open the latches. Press the
switch again to continue raising the top until the two pins
seat themselves in the windshield header.
NOTE: If the top is not latched right away, it may be
necessary to press the power top switch, “UP” or
“DOWN” quickly, to align the pins to the windshield
header.
4. Pull down on the latch handle and rotate it counterclockwise to engage the latches.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 67
CAUTION!
Car top carriers, ski racks, etc., should not be attached to the convertible top mechanism as they will
damage the top. Do not place objects on the convertible top, in the top well or on the sport bar. Damage
to the convertible top may occur.
Engaging Convertible Top Latches
5. Raise the latch handle into the stowed position.
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Convertible Top Boot Cover Installation–If
Equipped
1. With the top down and the convertible top latch
handle in the stowed position, lay the unfolded boot
cover across the convertible top.
Boot Laying Across Convertible Top
Convertible Top Latch Handle
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 69
2. Install the rear edge of the boot, first tucking the rear
edge of the boot under the rear and both sides of the rails.
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Tucking Boot Under Rail
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3. Pull the right and left boot arms forward and engage
both boot arm snaps. Make sure both snaps are fully
engaged.
4. Engage the boot center section retainer using the tabs
provided.
Engaging Boot Center Section
Engaging Boot Arm Snaps
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 71
5. Tuck the rear flap of the boot in behind the Upper
Moulding.
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Tucking In Rear Flap
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Convertible Top Boot Cover Removal and
Storage
3. First fold the left side of the boot cover to the middle
of the boot cover.
1. Unsnap the snaps and remove the top cover boot.
2. Lay the boot cover flat with the center section retainer
facing the rear of the car.
Folding Boot Cover Left Side
Boot Removed And Laying Flat
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 73
4. Second fold the right side of the boot cover to the
middle, fitting it inside the left side of the boot cover and
store it in the trunk or a dry secure area.
CAUTION!
Do not lay heavy objects on top of the boot or lay the
boot on top of sharp/pointy objects. Damage could
occur to the boot.
CONVERTIBLE TOP MANUAL OVERRIDE
If your vehicle is experiencing electrical failure (low
battery, etc.) and it is necessary to raise the convertible
top, perform the following steps:
1. Locate the convertible top motor bleeder screw, which
is found in the trunk under the convertible top storage
area.
Folding Boot Cover Right Side
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2. Turn the screw counterclockwise until the screw stops.
This will relieve the hydraulic pressure and allow the
convertible top to be raised manually.
5. Pull down and rotate the handle counterclockwise to
engage the latches.
Engaging Convertible Top Latches
Bleeder Screw
3. Using the latch handle raise the top until the two pins
seat themselves in the windshield header.
4. Rotate the latch handle clockwise to open the latches.
6. Raise the handle into the stowed position.
7. Close the convertible top motor bleeder screw by
turning the screw clockwise until it stops.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 75
MIRRORS
Inside Compass/Temperature Mirror
This manual day-night inside rearview mirror has an
integrated compass and outside temperature display,
along with dual map/courtesy lamps with switches for
independent operation. These lamps also turn on together with the dome lamp.
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Adjust the mirror to center the view through the rear
window. A two point pivot system allows for horizontal
and vertical mirror adjustments.
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by rotating the
small knob under the mirror in the clockwise direction,
so the knob points to the right (night position). The
mirror should be adjusted while set in the day position
(knob points towards rear of vehicle.)
Adjusting Rear View Mirror
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Lights
• Briefly press the “Right” button to toggle the right
reading lamp “ON/OFF”. Repeat the key press to
cycle the light.
• Briefly press the “Left” button to toggle the left
reading lamp “ON/OFF”. Repeat the key press to
cycle the light.
NOTE: The light can be activated with the ignition off.
NOTE: The light(s) will automatically shut off after
seven minutes with ignition off.
Temperature
Press and hold the “Right” button for 5–10 seconds (until
°F/°C toggles in the display) then release the button.
Repeat the key press to cycle the °F/°C in the display.
Display ON/OFF
Press and hold the “Right” button for 10–15 seconds
(until display toggles ON/OFF) then release the button.
Repeat the key press to cycle the display ON/OFF.
NOTE: The display will default “ON” at each new
ignition cycle.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 77
Compass Variance
• Find your current location and determine the correct
Zone number from the map.
• Press and hold the “Left” button for 5–10 seconds
(until “Zone” appears in the display), then release the
button. The number displayed is the current Zone
value.
• If a new Zone value is desired, briefly press the “Left”
button to increment the displayed value, (Range 1–15)
until you find your desired Zone number.
• No button activity for 4–5 seconds ends the Zone entry
mode. The display will return to normal operation and
the new Zone number will be set.
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Compass Calibration
If “CAL” is not displayed, press and hold the “Left”
button for 10–15 seconds, until “CAL” appears in the
display, then release the button. The compass is now in
calibration mode.
The mirror can be calibrated in one of two ways
• Drive the vehicle in circles at less then 5mph (8 km/h)
until “CAL” no longer appears in the display.
• Drive the vehicle under normal operating conditions.
Outside Mirror—Driver’s Side
Adjust the outside mirror to center on the adjacent lane of
traffic, with a slight overlap of the view obtained on the
inside mirror.
Outside Mirror—Passenger’s Side
Adjust the convex outside mirror so you can just see the
side of your vehicle in the part of the mirror closest to the
vehicle.
WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the passenger side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they really are. Relying too much on your
passenger side mirror could cause you to collide
with another vehicle or other object. Use your inside
mirror when judging the size or distance of a vehicle
seen in this convex mirror.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 79
Electric Remote-Control Mirrors
Use the mirror select switch, located to the left of the
steering column on the instrument panel, to adjust the
view obtained in the outside mirrors. Press the L or R
button for Left or Right mirror selection. Use the center
off position to guard against accidentally moving a
mirror position.
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Select a mirror and press one of the four arrows for the
direction you want the mirror to move.
Power Mirror Switches
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Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
An illuminated vanity mirror is on the sun visor. To use
the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the
mirror cover upward. The lights turn on automatically.
Closing the mirror cover turns off the lights.
Illuminated Vanity Mirror
SEATS
Front Seat Adjustment
The adjusting bar is at the front of the seats, near the
floor. Pull the bar up to move the seat to the desired
position.
Manual Front Seat Adjuster
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 81
Using body pressure, move forward and rearward on the
seat to be sure the seat adjusters have latched.
WARNING!
Driver’s Power Seat Height Adjuster — If
Equipped
The power seat height adjuster is on the outboard side of
the driver’s seat. Use this switch to move the seat up or
down.
• 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.
• 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.
Driver’s Power Seat Height Adjuster
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Reclining Bucket Seats
The recliner control is on the outboard side of the seat. To
recline, lean forward slightly before lifting the lever, then
lean back to the desired position and release the lever.
Lean forward and lift the lever to return the seatback to
its normal position.
Driver’s Seat Back Tilt
How to operate the driver’s seat:
1. Rotate front seat handle rearward until seat back
releases.
2. While holding the handle, push seat back forward,
then let go of the handle. Continue pushing the seat back
forward.
3. To return seat to a sitting position, push seat back
rearward.
Recliner Control Lever
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 83
NOTE: The driver’s front seat has a full recliner
memory, which will allow the seat back to return to its
original position.
Passenger Seat Back Tilt (Easy Entry System)
How to operate the passenger front seat:
1. Rotate front seat handle rearward until seat back
releases.
2. While holding the handle, push seat back forward,
then let go of the handle.
Driver’s Seat Back Tilt Handle
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4. To return seat to a sitting position, rotate seat back
upright until it locks.
5. Push seat rearward until the track locks.
NOTE: The passenger front seat has a full recliner
memory, which will allow the seat back to returned to its
original position.
NOTE: The passenger front seat has a mid-track
memory, which returns the seat to the middle off the
track regardless of original position.
Passenger Seat Back Tilt Handle
3. Continue pushing the entire seat forward until it slides
toward the dashboard.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 85
Adjustable Head Restraints
Head restraints can reduce the risk of whiplash injury in
the event of impact from the rear. Pull up or push down
on the head restraints so that the upper edge is as high as
practical. To raise the head restraint, pull up on the head
restraint. To lower the head restraint, depress the button
and push down on the head restraint.
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Adjustable Head Restraints
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Heated Seats — If Equipped
This feature heats the front driver’s and passenger’s
seats. The control for the heater is located on the outboard side of each seat. After turning on the ignition, you
may choose from HIGH, or LOW heat settings. An
indicator on the switch shows which setting has been
chosen.
Heated Seat Switch
Press the switch once to select a heat setting (high or low)
and press the switch a second time in the same direction
to turn the heated seat off.
NOTE: Once a heat setting is selected, heat will be felt
within 2 to 3 minutes.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 87
Folding Rear Seat
To provide additional storage area, each rear seatback can
be folded forward. The seat back release knobs are
located in the trunk area. Pull the left side seatback
release knob to fold down the left side seatback. Pull the
right side seatback release knob to fold down the right
side seatback.
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Folding Rear Seat Release Knobs
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WARNING!
• It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision,
people riding in these areas are more likely to be
seriously injured or killed.
• Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat
belts.
• Be sure that everyone in your vehicle is in a seat
and using a seat belt properly.
NOTE: Prior to lifting either seatback to the upright
position, be sure that the seat belt is brought forward to
avoid trapping it behind the seatback.
Tumbling Rear Seat
To provide additional storage area, each rear seat can be
tumbled forward.
CAUTION!
It is important that the front seats be pulled forward
to the midpoint of the seat track to avoid contact
between the rear seat and the front seatback. If the
front seat is not pulled forward the two seats will
make contact during the tumbling motion and cause
damage to the rear seat material. After the rear seat is
tumbled forward and secured the front seat can then
be repositioned to the preferred position.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 89
To tumble the seat forward use the following procedure:
1. The seat back release knobs are located in the trunk
area. Pull the left side seatback release knob to fold down
the left side seatback. Pull the right side seatback release
knob to fold down the right side seatback.
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Folding Rear Seat Release Knobs
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2. From inside the vehicle, fold the rear seat back down
flat.
3. Pull the release handle located at the bottom of the
folded seat back and tumble the seat forward.
Folding Rear Seat Back
Tumbling Rear Seat
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 91
4. Attach the cinching tether strap, located at the side of
the seat cushion, onto the hook bar on the center trim
panel and tighten by pulling the cinching strap until the
seat is secure.
1. Loosen the strap by pushing rearward on the cinching
tether strap buckle.
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Releasing Cinching Tether Strap
2. Disconnect the cinching tether strap.
Cinching Tether Strap
To return the tumbling rear seat to the latched (normal)
position use the following procedure:
NOTE: The strap should be reinstalled in the side
pocket on the seat cushion before returning the seat to the
latched (normal) position.
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NOTE: Prior to rotating the seat cushions reward, be
sure that the rear seat belt buckles are secured with the
straps, so that the buckles are accessible.
NOTE: Prior to lifting either seatback to the upright
position, be sure that the seat belt is brought forward to
avoid trapping it behind the seatback.
3. Rotate the seat cushion rearward to latch the seat.
Then lift the seatback to its upright latched position.
WARNING!
In an accident, you or others in your vehicle could be
injured if seats are not properly latched to their
attachments. Always be sure the seats are fully
latched.
Rear Seat Belt Buckle Straps
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 93
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To open the hood, two latches must be released. First pull
the hood release lever located under the left side of the
instrument panel.
Then move the safety catch located under the front edge
of the hood, near the center and slightly to the right, and
raise the hood.
Use the hood prop rod clipped to the driver’s side of the
engine compartment to secure the hood in the open
position. Place the hood prop at the location stamped into
the inner hood surface.
To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to
close it. Lower the hood until it is open approximately 20
cm (8 inches) and then drop it. This should secure both
latches. Never drive your vehicle unless the hood is fully
closed, with both latches engaged.
Hood Release Lever
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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.
LIGHTS
Interior Lights
The interior lights come on when a door or the deck lid
is opened.
With the ignition key in the OFF position, the interior
lights will automatically turn off in about 8 minutes if a
door is left open or the dimmer control is left in the Dome
light position. Turn the ignition switch ON to restore the
interior light operation.
Dimmer Control
With the parking lights or headlights
on, rotating the dimmer control for the
interior lights on the Multi-Function
Control Lever upward will increase
the brightness of the instrument panel
lights.
Dome Light Position
Rotate the dimmer control completely
upward to the second detent to turn
on the interior lights. The interior
lights will remain on when the dimmer control is in this position. With the
ignition key in the OFF position, the
interior lights will automatically turn
off in about 8 minutes if the dimmer
control is left in the Dome light position.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 95
Interior light Defeat (OFF)
Rotate the dimmer control to the extreme bottom “OFF” position. The interior lights will remain off when the
doors are open.
Parade Mode (Daytime Brightness Feature)
Rotate the dimmer control to the first
detent (white semi-circle). This feature
brightens the odometer and radio display when the parking lights or headlights are on during daylight conditions.
Multi-Function Control Lever
The Multi-Function Control Lever controls the operation
of the headlights, parking lights, turn signals, headlight
beam selection, instrument panel light dimming, interior
lights, the passing lights, and fog lights. The lever is
located on the left side of the steering column.
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Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights
Turn the end of the Multi-Function Control Lever to the
first detent for parking light operation. Turn to the
second detent for headlight operation.
To change the brightness of the instrument panel lights,
rotate the center portion of the Multi-Function Control
Lever up or down.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only)
The front turn signal lights will come on as Daytime
Running Lights whenever the ignition switch is on, the
headlights are off, and the parking brake is off. The
headlight switch must be used for normal night time
driving.
Lights-on Reminder
If the headlights or parking lights are on after the ignition
is turned OFF, a chime will sound to alert the driver
when the driver’s door is opened.
Multi-Function Control Lever
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Fog Lights
The front fog light switch is on the Multi-Function
Control Lever. To activate the front fog lights, turn
on the parking lights or the low beam headlights
and pull out the end of the control lever.
If either light remains on and does not flash, or there is a
very fast flash rate, check for a defective outside light
bulb. If an indicator fails to light when the lever is
moved, it would suggest that the fuse or indicator bulb is
defective.
NOTE: The fog lights will only operate with the headlights on low beam. Selecting high beam headlights will
turn off the fog lights.
Highbeam/Lowbeam Select Switch
Pull the Multi-Function Control Lever towards you to
switch the headlights to HIGH beam. Pull the control
lever a second time to switch the headlights to LOW
beam.
Turn Signals
Move the Multi-Function Control Lever up or down and
the arrows on each side of the instrument cluster flash to
show proper operation of the front and rear turn signal
lights. You can signal a lane change by moving the lever
partially up or down without moving beyond the detent.
Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the Multi-Function Control Lever toward
you. This will cause the headlights to turn on at high
beam and remain on until the lever is released.
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHERS
The wipers and washers are operated by a switch
on the control lever. The lever is located on the
right side of the steering column. Move the control lever up to select the desired wiper speed.
Windshield Washers
To use the washer, pull the control lever toward you and
hold while spray is desired. If the lever is pulled while in
the delay range, the wiper will operate in low speed for
two wipe cycles after the lever is released, and then
resume the intermittent interval previously selected.
If the lever is pulled while in the OFF position, the wipers
will operate for two wipe cycles, then turn OFF.
Mist Feature
Push down on the wiper control lever to activate a single
wipe to clear the windshield of road mist or spray from
a passing vehicle. As long as the lever is held down, the
wipers will continue to operate.
Windshield Wiper/Washer Control
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 99
CAUTION!
In cold weather, always turn off the wiper switch
and allow the wipers to return to the park position
before turning off the engine. If the wiper switch is
left on and the wipers freeze to the windshield,
damage to the wiper motor may occur when the
vehicle is restarted.
Windshield Wiper Operation
Move the lever upward to the second detent for Low
speed wiper operation, or to the third detent for High
speed operation.
Intermittent Wiper System
Use the intermittent wiper when weather conditions
make a single wiping cycle, with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. Move the lever to the DEL
position, then select the delay interval by turning the end
of the lever. Rotate the knob upward (clockwise) to
decrease the delay time and downward (counterclockwise) to increase the delay time. The delay can be
regulated from a maximum of approximately 18 seconds
between cycles, to a cycle every second.
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Adding Washer Fluid
The fluid reservoir is located in the rear of the engine
compartment on the passenger side and should be
checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the
reservoir with windshield washer solvent (not radiator
antifreeze) and operate the system for a few seconds to
flush out the residual water.
Washer Fluid Reservoir
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TILT STEERING COLUMN
To tilt the column, push down on the lever below the
multi-function control lever and move the steering wheel
up or down, as desired. Pull the lever back up to lock the
column firmly in place.
Tilt Steering Column Control
WARNING!
Tilting the steering column while the vehicle is
moving is dangerous. Without a stable steering column, you could lose control of the vehicle and have
an accident. Adjust the column only while the vehicle is stopped. Be sure it is locked before driving.
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TRACTION CONTROL SWITCH — IF EQUIPPED
The TRAC indicator, located in the instrument cluster,
will flash when the Traction Control System is in use.
The TRAC OFF switch is located on the instrument panel
below the radio.
To turn the system OFF, press the TRAC OFF switch until
the TRAC OFF indicator in the instrument cluster lights
up.
Traction Control Switch
To turn the system back ON, press the switch a second
time until the TRAC OFF indicator turns OFF.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 103
NOTE: The Traction Control System indicator “TRAC
OFF” will illuminate momentarily as a bulb check, each
time the ignition switch is turned ON. This will occur
even if you used the “TRAC OFF” switch to turn the
system OFF.
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NOTE: The Traction Control System will make buzzing
or clicking sounds when the system is in operation.
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
When engaged, this device takes over the accelerator
operation at speeds greater than 25 mph (40 km/h). The
speed control lever is located on the right side of the
steering wheel.
Speed Control Switches
To Activate:
Push the ON/OFF button. The CRUISE indicator in the
instrument cluster will illuminate. To turn the system
OFF, push the ON/OFF button a second time. The
CRUISE indicator will turn off. The system should be
turned OFF when not in use.
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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 Set At A Desired Speed:
When the vehicle has reached the desired speed, press
down on the lever and release. Release the accelerator
and the vehicle will operate at the selected speed.
NOTE: The vehicle should be traveling at a steady
speed and on level ground before pressing the SET lever.
While in the AutoStick mode, speed control will only
operate in third and fourth gear.
To Deactivate:
A soft tap on the brake pedal, pulling the speed control
lever towards you “CANCEL”, or normal brake or clutch
pressure while slowing the vehicle will deactivate speed
control without erasing the set speed memory. Pressing
the ON/OFF button or turning off the ignition switch
erases the set speed memory.
To Resume Speed:
To resume a previously set speed, push the “ACC/RES”
lever up and release. Resume can be used at any speed
above 20 mph (32 km/h).
To Vary The Speed Setting:
When the speed control is ON, speed can be increased by
pushing up and holding “ACC/RES”. Release the lever
when the desired speed is reached, and the new speed
will be set.
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Tapping “ACC/RES” once will result in a 2 mph (3
km/h) speed increase. Each time the lever is tapped,
speed increases so that tapping the lever three times will
increase speed by 6 mph (10 km/h), etc.
To decrease speed while speed control is ON, push down
and hold “COAST/SET”. Release the lever when the
desired speed is reached, and the new speed will be set.
Tapping the “COAST/SET” button once will result in a 1
mph (2 km/h) speed decrease. Each time the button is
tapped, speed decreases.
Manual Transaxle:
Depressing the clutch pedal will disengage the speed
control. A slight increase in engine RPM before the speed
control disengages is normal.
Vehicles equipped with manual transaxles may need to
be shifted into a lower gear to climb hills without speed
loss.
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.
To Accelerate For Passing:
Depress the accelerator as you would normally. When the
pedal is released, the vehicle will return to the set speed.
Using Speed Control On Hills
NOTE: The speed control system maintains speed up
and down hills. A slight speed change on moderate hills
is normal.
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Vehicles equipped with four speed automatic transaxles
may experience a downshift to 3rd gear while climbing
uphill or descending downhill. This downshift to 3rd
gear is necessary to maintain vehicle set speed.
push of a button. The Universal Transceiver operates off
your vehicle’s battery and charging system; no batteries
are needed.
On steep hills a greater speed loss or gain may occur so
it may be preferable to drive without speed control.
GARAGE DOOR OPENER — IF EQUIPPED
NOTE: The HomeLink威 system will be disabled if the
Vehicle Theft Alarm is in the Prearmed, Armed or Alarming state. The HomeLink威 system will only operate when
the Vehicle Theft Alarm is in the Disarmed mode.
The HomeLink威 Universal Transceiver replaces up to
three remote controls (hand held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized
gates, or home lighting. It triggers these devices at the
HomeLink Buttons
For additional information on HomeLink威, call 1–800–
355–3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 107
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 it could
cause injury or death. Call toll-free 1–800–355–3515
or, on the Internet at www.homelink.com for safety
information or 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 exhaust while
training 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 training the Universal Transceiver. Do
not train 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.
2. Erase the factory test codes by pressing the two
outside buttons. Release the buttons when the light in the
Universal Transceiver begins to flash (about 20 seconds).
NOTE: Step 2 does not have to be followed to program
additional hand held transmitters.
3. Choose one of the three Universal Transceiver buttons
to program. Place the hand held controller one to three
inches from the Universal Transceiver while keeping its
indicator light in view.
HomeLink Programming
4. Using both hands, press the hand held transmitter
button and the desired Universal Transceiver button. Do
not release the buttons until step 5 has been completed.
NOTE: Some entry gates and garage door openers may
require you to replace step 4 with the procedures listed
under Canadian Programming.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 109
5. The indicator light in the Universal Transceiver will
begin to flash, first slowly and then rapidly. The rapid
flashing indicates successful programming. If after 90
seconds the indicator light does not flash rapidly or goes
out, return to step 1 and repeat the procedure. To train the
other buttons, repeat steps 3 and 4. Be sure to keep your
hand held transmitters in case you need to retrain the
Universal Transceiver.
manufactured after 1996, your garage door opener or
other device may have a “Rolling Code” system.
NOTE: If you do not successfully program the Universal Transceiver to learn the signal of your hand held
transmitter, refer to the Rolling Code Paragraph, or call
toll free for customer assistance at 1–800–355–3515, or
on the internet at www.homelink.com.
• Check the owner’s manual for the device for mention
of “Rolling Codes”.
“Rolling Code” Programming
NOTE: If your hand held transmitter appears to program the Universal Transceiver, but your garage door or
other device does not operate, and your device was
On garage door openers with the “Rolling Code” feature,
the transmitter code changes after each use to prevent the
copying of your code.
To check if your device is protected by a “Rolling Code”
system:
• Press and hold the programmed button on the Universal Transceiver. If the Universal Transceiver indicator
light flashes rapidly and then stays on after 2 seconds,
the device has the “Rolling Code” feature.
To train a garage door opener (or other rolling code
equipped devices) with the rolling code feature, follow
these instructions after completing the Programming
portion of this text:
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NOTE: The assistance of a second person may make the
following programming procedure quicker and easier.
1. Locate the training button on the garage door motor
head unit. The exact location and color of the button may
vary by garage door opener manufacturer. If you have
difficulty in locating the training button, check your
garage door opener manual, or call 1-800-355-3515 or, on
the Internet, at www.homelink.com.
2. Press and hold the training button on the garage door
opener head unit. This will activate the “training” light.
NOTE: After completing step 2, you have 30 seconds to
start step 3.
3. Return to the Universal Transceiver in the vehicle and
firmly press and release the garage door button. Press
and release the button a second time to complete the
training process. Some garage door openers may require
you to do this procedure a third time to complete the
training.
Your garage door opener should now recognize your
Universal Transceiver. The remaining two buttons may
now be programmed if this has not previously been
done. Refer to the Programming instructions. You may
use either your Universal Transceiver or your original
hand-held transmitter to open you garage door.
Canadian Programming/Gate Programming
Canadian frequency laws, and the technology of some
entry gates, require you to press and release the hand
held transmitter button every two seconds during programming.
Continue to press and hold the Universal Transceiver
button while you press and release the hand held transmitter button until the frequency signal has been learned.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 111
The Universal Transceiver light will flash slowly and
then rapidly when the programming is successful.
NOTE: When programming such a garage door opener
or gate, unplug the device to prevent possible damage to
the garage door or gate motor.
Operation
Press and hold the desired button on the Universal
Transceiver until the garage door or other device begins
to operate. The light in the display shows that the signal
is being transmitted. The hand held transmitter may also
be used at any time.
Reprogramming A Single Button
1. Press and hold the Universal Transceiver button to be
reprogrammed. Do not release until step 4 has been
completed.
2. When the indicator light begins to flash slowly (after
20 seconds) position the hand held transmitter one to
three inches away from the button to be trained.
3. Press and hold the hand held transmitter button.
4. The Universal Transceiver indicator light will begin to
flash, first slowly, then rapidly. When the indicator lights
begin to flash rapidly, release both buttons.
Security
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
To erase all of the previously trained frequencies, hold
down both outside buttons until the indicator light
begins to flash.
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
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2. This device must accept any interference that may be
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.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLETS
These three outlets include tethered caps, labeled with a
key symbol or battery symbol, indicating power source.
All outlets are protected by a single 20 Amp fuse.
The outlet that is located in the front of the center floor
console is a conventional cigar lighter outlet.
Power Outlet
It will accept a cigar lighter unit, which is part of the
optional Smokers Package. To preserve the heating element of the cigar lighter unit, do not hold the lighter in
the heating position. As a child safety precaution, this
outlet is powered by the ignition switch, only when the
switch is in the ⬙ON⬙ or ⬙ACCESSORY⬙ positions.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 113
Another of the outlets is in the Accessory Switch Bank, in
the center of the instrument panel.
This outlet is powered directly by the battery, regardless
of the ignition switch position. All accessories connected
to this outlet should be removed or turned off when the
vehicle is not in use, to protect the battery against
discharge.
The third outlet is located in the right rear cargo area.
Power Outlet
Rear Power Outlet
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Since this outlet is remote from the driver, it is powered
by the ignition switch, only when it is in the ⬙ON⬙ or
⬙ACCESSORY⬙ positions, to protect the battery against
discharge. Note: Neither of the power outlets will accept
a cigar lighter unit. They are intended only for accessory
usage.
Electrical Outlet Use With Engine Off
CAUTION!
• Many accessories that can be plugged in draw
power from the vehicle’s battery, even when not
in use (i.e. cellular phones, etc.). Eventually, if
plugged in long enough, the vehicle’s battery will
discharge sufficiently to degrade battery life
and/or prevent engine starting.
• Accessories that draw higher power (i.e. coolers,
vacuum cleaners, lights, etc.), will degrade the
battery even more quickly. Only use these intermittently and with greater caution.
• After the use of high power draw accessories, or
long periods of the vehicle not being started (with
accessories still plugged in), the vehicle must be
driven a sufficient length of time to allow the
generator to recharge the vehicle’s battery.
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CONSOLE FEATURES
The console has two front cup holders, a coin holder, 12
volt power outlet, and front and rear storage trays. There
are additional cup holders; one is molded in the center of
the console to hold large cups and the other is at the rear
of the console to serve passengers in the rear seat. The
floor console power outlet will also operate a conventional cigar lighter unit (if equipped with an optional
Smoker’s Package).
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CAUTION!
• Many accessories that can be plugged into the 12
volt power outlet, draw power from the vehicle’s
battery, even when not in use; i.e. cellular phones,
etc. Eventually, if plugged in long enough, the
vehicle’s battery will discharge sufficiently to
degrade battery life and/or prevent engine starting.
• Accessories that draw higher power such as coolers, vacuum cleaners, lights, etc., will discharge
the battery even more quickly. Only use these
intermittently and with greater caution.
• After the use of high power draw accessories, or
long periods of the vehicle not being started,
(with accessories still plugged in), the vehicle
must be driven a sufficient length of time to allow
the generator to recharge the vehicle’s battery.
STORAGE
Front Seat Storage Bin
Front Seat Storage Bin
The storage bin is located under the front passenger’s
seat. To open lift up on the handle and pull the storage
bin forward.
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Storage Pockets
There are also Storage pockets located on each door trim
panel.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
CONTENTS
䡵 Instrument Panel Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
▫ Two Types Of Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
▫ Electrical Disturbances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Instrument Cluster—Turbo, With AutoStick . . . . 125
▫ AM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Instrument Cluster—Turbo, Without AutoStick . . 126
▫ FM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Instrument Cluster Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
䡵 Sales Code RAZ—AM/ FM Stereo Radio With
Cassette Tape Player, CD Player And CD Changer
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
䡵 Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Clock Setting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
䡵 Radio General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
▫ Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
▫ Operating Instructions — Radio . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Power Switch, Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Seek Button (Radio Mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
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▫ Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ Rewind (RW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Radio Data System (RDS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ Tape Eject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ PTY (Program Type) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Changing Tape Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Metal Tape Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Tone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Pinch Roller Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ AM/FM Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Noise Reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Operating Instructions — CD Player . . . . . . . . 142
▫ To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory . . . . . . 140
▫ Inserting The Compact Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ To Change From Clock To Radio Mode . . . . . . 140
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ Operating Instructions — Tape Player . . . . . . . 140
▫ EJT CD (Eject) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
▫ FF/Tune/RW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ Fast Forward (FF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Program Button 4 (Random Play) . . . . . . . . . . 144
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 121
▫ Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ To Set The Push-Button Memory . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Tape CD Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Time Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Bass And Treble Tone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ CD Changer Control Capability
— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ AM/FM Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
䡵 Sales Code RBB—AM/FM Stereo Radio With
Cassette Tape Player And CD Changer
Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Power Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Electronic Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Seek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Tune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Mode Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ Cassette Player Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ CD Changer Control Capability
— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
▫ Radio Display Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Sales Code RBK—AM/ FM Stereo Radio With
CD Player And CD Changer Controls . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
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▫ CD Changer Control Capability
— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
▫ Radio Display Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
䡵 Sales Code RBQ—AM/FM Stereo Radio With
6 - Disc CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
䡵 Sales Code RB1—AM/FM Stereo Radio With
DVD/GPS Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
䡵 Cassette Tape And Player Maintenance . . . . . . . 167
䡵 CD/DVD Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . . 168
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
▫ Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
䡵 Electric Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
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INSTRUMENT PANEL FEATURES
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER—TURBO, WITH AUTOSTICK
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER—TURBO, WITHOUT AUTOSTICK
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTIONS
1. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition switch is in the ON position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the
fuel tank.
2. Charging System Light
This light shows the status of the electrical charging system. The light should come on briefly when
the ignition is first turned ON and remain on briefly as a
bulb check. If the light stays on or comes on while
driving, it means that there is a problem with the
charging system. Obtain SERVICE IMMEDIATELY.
3. Deck Lid Ajar
This light comes on if the deck lid is not
completely closed.
4. Oil Pressure Light
Shows low engine oil pressure. The light will come
on and remain on when the ignition switch is
turned from the OFF to the ON position, and the light
will turn off after the engine is started. If the bulb does
not come on during starting, have the system checked by
an authorized dealer.
If the light comes on and remains on while driving, stop
the vehicle and shut off the engine. DO NOT OPERATE
THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE CAUSE IS CORRECTED.
The light does not show the quantity of oil in the engine.
This can be determined using the procedure shown in
Section 7. (See page 257 for more information.)
5. Theft Alarm Light — If Equipped
This light will flash rapidly for several seconds when the
alarm system is arming. The light will begin to flash
slowly indicating that the system is armed.
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6. Engine Temperature Warning Light
This light warns of an overheated engine condition. If the engine is critically hot, a warning chime
will sound 10 times. After the chime turns off, the
engine will still be critically hot until the light goes out.
7. Turn Signal Indicators
The arrows will flash in unison with the exterior
turn signal, when using the turn signal lever.
NOTE: Turn signal bulbs are located in the Instrument
Panel. (See page 97 for more information.)
8. Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge shows engine coolant temperature. Any reading below the red area of the
gauge shows that the engine cooling system is
operating properly. The gauge pointer may show a
higher than normal temperature when driving in hot
weather, up mountain grades, in heavy stop and go
traffic, or when towing a trailer.
If the pointer rises to the H (red) mark, the instrument
cluster will sound a chime. 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 (red) mark, turn the engine off
immediately and call for service.
There are steps that you can take to slow down an
impending overheat condition. If your air conditioning is
on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the engine 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 to High. This allows the heater core to act
as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat
from the engine cooling system.
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9. Speedometer
Indicates vehicle speed.
10. High Beam Indicator
This light shows that the headlights are on high
beam. Pull the turn signal lever toward the steering wheel to switch the headlights from high or low
beam.
11. Tachometer
The white area of the scale shows the permissible engine
revolutions-per-minute (rpm x 1000) for each gear range.
Before reaching the red area, ease up on the accelerator to
prevent engine damage.
12. Anti-Lock Warning Light (ABS) — If Equipped
This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System
(ABS) described elsewhere in this manual. This
light will come on when the ignition key is
turned to the ON position and may stay on for
as long as four seconds.
If the ABS light remains on or comes on during driving,
it indicates that the Anti-Lock portion of the brake system
is not functioning and that service is required, however,
the conventional brake system will continue to operate
normally provided that the BRAKE warning light is not
on.
If the ABS light is on, the brake system should be serviced
as soon as possible to restore the benefit of Anti-Lock
Brakes.
The warning light should be checked frequently to assure
that it is operating properly. Turn the ignition key to the
on position, but do not start the vehicle. The light should
come on. If the light does not come on, have the system
checked by an authorized dealer.
13. Seat Belt Reminder Light
When the ignition switch is first turned ON, this
light will come on for about six seconds. A chime
will sound if you have not pulled the shoulder belt
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out of the retractor. This is a reminder to “buckle up”. If
you do not buckle up, the light will remain on.
14. Brake System Warning Light
This light monitors various brake functions,
including brake fluid level and parking brake
application. If the brake light comes on, it may
indicate that the parking brake is applied, or
there is a low brake fluid level. On vehicles equipped
with Anti-lock brakes (ABS), it may also indicate an ABS
malfunction that could lead to reduced braking performance.
WARNING!
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. A significant decrease in braking performance
or vehicle stability during braking may occur. It will
take you longer to stop the vehicle or will make your
vehicle harder to control. You could have an accident. Have the vehicle checked immediately.
The operation of the Brake Warning light can be checked
by turning the ignition key from the OFF to the ON
position. The light should illuminate for three seconds, or
until the engine is started, whichever comes first. The
light should then go out unless the parking brake is
applied or a brake fault is detected. If the light does not
illuminate, have the light inspected and serviced as soon
as possible.
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The light will also come on when the parking brake is
applied with the ignition switch in the ON position.
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
applied. It does not show the degree of brake application.
If the parking brake is off and the light remains on, have
the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
15. Trac Indicator — If Equipped
The TRAC Light will come on momentarily as a bulb
check when the ignition switch is first turned ON.
The light will flash when the Traction Control System is
controlling traction.
16. Door Ajar Indicator
This vacuum fluorescent display indicator illuminates
the word “DOOR”, when a door is not completely closed.
If the door is open for more than 8 minutes, the light will
turn off.
17. Odometer/Trip Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance the vehicle has
been driven. The trip odometer shows the trip distance
since the last reset.
U.S. Federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
correct mileage that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, if the odometer reading changes during repair or
replacement, be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after the service so the correct mileage can be
determined.
18. Trip Indicator
This vacuum fluorescent display indicator will illuminate
when the Trip Odometer is in use.
By pushing the trip button, located next to the instrument
cluster, the odometer will toggle between total distance
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and trip distance. In the trip odometer mode, holding the
trip button for more than 2 seconds will reset the trip
odometer to “0”.
19. Cruise Indicator — If Equipped
This indicator shows that the Speed Control
System is ON.
NOTE: The word “SET” will not illuminate when the
Speed Control System is on.
20. Airbag Light
The light comes on and remains on for 6 to 8
seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch
is first turned ON. If the light does not come on
during starting, stays on, or comes on while driving, have
the system checked by an authorized dealer.
21. Trac Off Light — If Equipped
The TRAC OFF light will illuminate momentarily as a
bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned ON. If
the light does not come on, have the system checked.
The light will also come on if:
• The Traction Control switch has been used to turn
the system off,
• There is an anti-lock system failure,
• There is a Traction Control system failure,
• The system has been automatically deactivated to
prevent damage to the brake system due to overheated brake temperatures.
NOTE: Extended heavy use of Traction Control may
cause the system to deactivate and turn on the TRAC
OFF Light. This is to prevent overheating of the brake
system and is a normal condition. The system will remain
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disabled for about 4 minutes until the brakes have
cooled. The system will automatically reactivate and turn
off the TRAC OFF Light.
22. Malfunction Indicator Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic system
called OBD that monitors emissions, engine, and
automatic transmission control systems. The light
will illuminate when the key is in the ON/RUN position
before engine start. If the bulb does not come on when
turning the key from OFF to ON/RUN, have the condition checked promptly.
Certain conditions such as a loose or missing gas cap,
poor fuel quality, etc. may illuminate the light after
engine start. The vehicle should be serviced if the light
stays on through several of your typical driving cycles. In
most situations the vehicle will drive normally and will
not require towing.
If the Malfunction Indicator Light flashes when the
engine is running, serious conditions may exist that
could lead to immediate loss of power or severe catalytic
converter damage. The vehicle should be serviced as
soon as possible if this occurs. (See page 254 for more
information.)
23. Front Fog Light Indicator — If Equipped
This light shows when the front fog lights are ON.
24. Low Fuel Light
When the fuel level drops to about 1/8 tank, the
fuel symbol will light and a single chime will
sound. The light will remain on until fuel is added.
If the fuel level drops to approximately 1.0 gallon (3.75
Liter), the fuel symbol will flash several times and the
chime will sound several times.
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25. AutoStick Gear Position— If Equipped
This vacuum fluorescent display indicator illuminates
when the gearshift lever is moved to the AutoStick
position and shows the current gear selection.
26. Fuel Door Reminder
This symbol is a reminder that the Fuel Filler Door is
located on the front passenger’s (right) side of the vehicle.
27. Odometer/Trip Odometer Reset Knob
Press the knob to switch between the odometer and trip
odometer. While the trip odometer is being displayed,
press and hold this knob for a few seconds to reset the
trip odometer to zero miles/kilometers.
ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout shows the time in hours and
minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or
ACC position and the time button is pressed.
When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, or when
the radio frequency is being displayed, time keeping is
accurately maintained.
Clock Setting Procedure
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON or ACC position
and press the time button. Using the tip of a ballpoint pen
or similar object, press either the hour (H) or minute (M)
buttons on the radio.
2. Press the H button to set hours or the M button to set
minutes. The time setting will increase each time you
press a button.
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RADIO GENERAL INFORMATION
Radio Broadcast Signals
Your new radio will provide excellent reception under
most operating conditions. Like any system, however, car
radios have performance limitations, due to mobile operation and natural phenomena, which might lead you to
believe your sound system is malfunctioning. To help
you understand and save you concern about these “apparent” malfunctions, you must understand a point or
two about the transmission and reception of radio signals.
Two Types of Signals
There are two basic types of radio signals... AM or
Amplitude Modulation, in which the transmitted sound
causes the amplitude, or height, of the radio waves to
vary... and FM or Frequency Modulation, in which the
frequency of the wave is varied to carry the sound.
Electrical Disturbances
Radio waves may pick up electrical disturbances during
transmission. They mainly affect the wave amplitude,
and thus remain a part of the AM reception. They
interfere very little with the frequency variations that
carry the FM signal.
AM Reception
AM sound is based on wave amplitude, so AM reception
can be disrupted by such things as lightning, power lines
and neon signs.
FM Reception
Because FM transmission is based on frequency variations, interference that consists of amplitude variations
can be filtered out, leaving the reception relatively clear,
which is the major feature of FM radio.
NOTE: On vehicles so equipped the radio, steering
wheel radio controls and 6 disc CD/DVD changer will
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remain active for up to 45 seconds after the ignition
switch has been turned off. Opening a vehicle front door
will cancel this feature.
SALES CODE RAZ—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER, CD PLAYER
AND CD CHANGER CONTROLS
RAZ Radio
Operating Instructions — Radio
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is controlled by the
ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to
operate the radio.
Power Switch, Volume Control
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the
volume control clockwise to increase the volume. The
volume will be displayed and continuously updated
while the button is pressed.
Seek Button (Radio Mode)
Press and release the Seek button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. Holding
the button will by pass stations until you release the
button.
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Tuning
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If you press and hold the button,
the radio will continue to tune until you release the
button. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
Radio Data System (RDS)
The Radio Data System allows radio broadcasting stations to send data signals on a subcarrier frequency
which is added to the stereo signal. RDS was developed
to give FM receivers user-friendly features, such as
Program Service name (PS) and Program Type (PTY).
Program Service name is typically used by the broadcaster to display the station’s name or call letters, for
example ⬙WNIC⬙. Typically these are 8 characters in
length and are displayed by the radio for those stations
which are broadcasting this information. PTY (Program
Type) is used to characterize the station’s program material, for example ⬙Rock Music⬙.
PTY (Program Type) Button
Pressing this button once will turn on the PTY mode for
5 seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time
out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing the PTY button
within 5 seconds will allow the program format type to
be selected. Many radio stations do not currently broadcast PTY information.
Toggle the PTY button to select the following format
types:
Program Type
Adult Hits
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Radio Display
Adlt Hit
Classicl
Cls Rock
College
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Program Type
Country
Information
Jazz
Foreign Language
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm and Blues
Religious Music
Religious Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rock
Soft Rhythm and Blues
Radio Display
Country
Inform
Jazz
Language
News
Nostalga
Oldies
Persnlty
Public
R&B
Rel Musc
Rel Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rck
Soft R&B
Program Type
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
Radio Display
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
By pressing the SEEK button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will be tuned to the next frequency
station with the same selected PTY name. The PTY
function only operates when in the FM mode.
The radio display will flash “SEEK” and the selected PTY
program type when searching for the next PTY station. If
no station is found with the selected PTY program type,
the radio will return to the last preset station.
If a preset button is activated while in the PTY (Program
Type) mode, the PTY mode will be exited and the radio
will tune to the preset station.
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Pressing PTY, then SCAN will scan the FM Band and stop
at all RDS stations. Each RDS station will be played for a
5 second scan once around the FM Band and stop at the
last station. The PTY icon will then turn off.
Balance
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Push in the button and it will pop out. Adjust the
balance and push the button back in. The balance will be
displayed and continuously updated while the button is
turned.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Push in the button and it will pop out.
Adjust the balance and push the button back in. The fade
will be displayed and continuously updated while the
button is turned.
Tone Control
Slide the Bass and/or Treble controls up or down to
adjust the sound for the desired tone. The treble, and bass
will be displayed and continuously updated while the
slide is moved.
AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
Scan Button
Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for
the next station, in either AM or FM, pausing for 5
seconds at each listenable station before continuing to the
next.
Pressing the AM/FM button continues the search in the
alternate frequency band.
To stop the search, press SCAN a second time.
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To Set The Radio Push-button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the
push-button you wish to lock onto this station and press
and release that button. If a station is not selected within
5 seconds after pressing the SET button, the station will
continue to play but will not be locked into push-button
memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into memory. You can recall the
stations stored in SET 2 memory by pressing the pushbutton twice.
To Change From Clock To Radio Mode
Press the Time button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
Operating Instructions — Tape Player
Insert the cassette with the exposed tape side toward the
right and the mechanical action of the player will gently
pull the cassette into the play position.
NOTE: When subjected to extremely cold temperatures,
the tape mechanism may require a few minutes to warm
up for proper operation. Sometimes poor playback may
be experienced due to a defective cassette tape. Clean and
demagnetize the tape heads at least twice a year.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK button up for the next selection on the
tape and down to return to the beginning of the current
selection.
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Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track
number to skip forward or backward 1 to 6 selections.
Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to
move 2 selections, etc.
Fast Forward (FF)
Press the FF button up momentarily to advance the tape
in the direction that it is playing. The tape will advance
until the button is pressed again or the end of the tape is
reached. At the end of the tape, the tape will play in the
opposite direction.
Rewind (RW)
Press the RW button momentarily to reverse the tape
direction. The tape will reverse until the button is pressed
again or until the end of the tape is reached. At the end of
the tape, the tape will play in the opposite direction.
Tape Eject
Press the EJT Tape button and the cassette will disengage
and eject from the radio.
Scan Button
Press this button to play 10 seconds of each selection.
Press the scan button a second time to cancel the feature.
Changing Tape Direction
If you wish to change the direction of tape travel (side
being played), press the PTY button. The lighted arrow in
the display window will show the new direction.
Metal Tape Selection
If a standard metal tape is inserted into the player, the
player will automatically select the correct equalization
and the 70 symbol will appear in the display window.
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Pinch Roller Release
If ignition power or the radio ON/OFF switch are turned
off, the pinch roller will automatically retract to protect
the tape from any damage. When power is restored to the
tape player, the pinch roller will automatically reengage
and the tape will resume play.
Noise Reduction
The Dolby Noise Reduction System* is on whenever the
tape player is on, but may be switched off.
To turn off the Dolby Noise reduction System: Press the
Dolby button (button 2) after you insert the tape. The NR
light in the display will go off when the Dolby System is
off. The Dolby System is automatically reactivated each
time a tape is inserted.
* ”Dolby” noise reduction manufactured under license
from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Operating Instructions — CD Player
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the volume control ON before the CD player
will operate.
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs
only. The use of other sized discs may damage the
CD player mechanism.
Inserting The Compact Disc
The CD player contained within the radio is not a
multi-disc changer, and will only accept one CD. Gently
insert one CD into the CD player with the CD label facing
up. The CD will automatically be pulled into the CD
Player.
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If the volume control is ON, the unit will switch from
radio to CD mode and begin to play. The display will
show the track number and index time in minutes and
seconds. Play will begin at the start of track one.
NOTE:
• You may eject a disc with the radio OFF. The ignition
switch must be in the ON or ACC position to insert a
disc with the radio OFF.
• If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the CD will automatically be pulled into the CD
Player and the display will show the time of day. If
you insert a disc with the ignition OFF, the display will
show the time of day for about 5 seconds, then go out.
Seek Button
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first 10 seconds of the current selection.
EJT CD (Eject) Button
Press this button and the disc will unload and move to
the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to the
radio mode.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The radio mode will continue to appear.
The disc can be ejected with the radio OFF.
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FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Program Button 4 (Random Play)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the tracks on the selected disc in random order to provide an interesting
change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press TUNE FF to fast forward through the tracks. Press
the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward
feature. If TUNE RW is pressed, the current track will
reverse to the beginning of the track and begin playing.
Press button 4 a second time to stop Random Play.
MODE
Press the MODE button to select between the tape player,
CD player, or satellite radio (if equipped).
To select Satellite Radio (if equipped), press the MODE
button until the word SIRIUS appears. The following will
be displayed in this order: After three seconds, the
current channel name and number will be displayed for
five seconds. The current program type and channel
number will then be displayed for five seconds. The
current channel name and number will then be displayed
until an action occurs. A CD or tape may remain in the
player while in the Satellite Radio mode.
Tape CD Button
Press this button to select between CD player and Tape
player.
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Time Button
Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD
playing time to time of day.
Disc Down/Program Button 5
Press the DISC down (button 5) button to play the
previous disc.
Scan Button
Press this button to play the first 10 seconds of each track.
To stop the scan function, press the button a second time.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
CD Changer Control Capability — If Equipped
This radio is compatible with a remote mounted CD
changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate
this CD changer.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
Mode Button
To activate the CD changer, press the MODE button until
CD information appears on the display.
Disc Up/Program Button 1
Press the DISC up (button 1) button to play the next
available disc.
The audio output can be heard when fast forward and
fast reverse are activated.
Random Play (RND)
Press the Random button to play the tracks on the
selected disc in random order for an interesting change of
pace.
Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second
time or by ejecting the CD from the changer.
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CD Diagnostic Indicators
When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may
skip momentarily. Skipping will not damage the disc or
the player, and play will resume automatically.
As a safeguard and to protect your CD player, one of the
following warning symbols may appear on your display.
• Water condensation on optics
SALES CODE RBB—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD
CHANGER CAPABILITY
A CD HOT symbol indicates the player is too hot.
CD HOT will pause the operation. Play can be resumed
when the operating temperature is corrected or another
MODE is selected.
An ERR symbol will appear on the display if the laser is
unable to read the Disc data for the following reasons:
• Excessive vibration
• Disc inserted upside down
• Damaged disc
RBB Radio
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Operating Instructions
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through
the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position
to operate the radio.
NOTE: When first learning the control functions, the
user should set the controls as shown in the following
list.
Tone Controls…As illustrated.
Speaker Control…Centered.
Power Button
The volume control/power button pops out when
pressed, this turns the sound system ON in the mode last
used. Pushing the button back in turns the sound system
OFF.
Electronic Volume Control
The electronic volume control turns continuously (360
degrees) in either direction without stopping. Turning the
volume control to the right increases the volume and to
the left decreases it.
When the audio system is turned on, the sound will be
set at the same volume level as last played.
For your convenience, the volume can be turned down,
but not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition
is ON.
Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button will bypass
stations without stopping until you release it.
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Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If the button is pushed and held,
the radio will continue to tune until the button is
released. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pushed.
To Set The Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
The symbol SET 1 will now show in the display window.
Select the “1–5” button you wish to lock onto this station
and press and release that button. If a button is not
selected within 5 seconds after pressing the SET button,
the station will continue to play but will not be locked
into push-button memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the push-button twice.
Every time a preset button is used a corresponding
button number will be displayed.
Balance
The balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
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Bass and Treble Tone Control
The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass
band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right.
Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at
the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid
position provides a balanced output.
AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received in the FM mode.
Mode Button
Press the MODE button to select between the cassette
tape player, CD changer, or the Satellite Radio (if
equipped). When the Satellite Radio (if equipped) is
selected “SA” will appear in your radio display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite or radio mode.
Cassette Player Features
With ignition OFF and the sound system OFF, you can
eject the tape cassette by pushing the EJECT button.
You can turn the tape player ON by inserting a cassette or
activating the MODE button (with a cassette in the radio),
but only when the ignition and radio are on.
Each time a cassette is inserted the tape player will begin
playing on the side of the cassette that is facing up in the
player.
Music Search
Pressing the SEEK button while playing a tape will start
the Music Search mode. Press the SEEK button up for the
next selection on the tape and down to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
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beginning of the previous selection if the tape is within
the first 5 seconds of the current selection.
The SEEK symbol appears on the display when Music
Search is in operation. Music Search shuts off automatically when a selection has been located.
Selective Music Search
Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track
number to skip forward or backward 1 to 7 selections.
Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to
move 2 selections, etc.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Pressing the TUNE button up or down momentarily
activates Fast Forward or Rewind and makes the directional arrows appear on the display.
To stop Fast Forward or Rewind, press the TUNE button
again.
Time Button
Press the time button to toggle between station frequency
and time of day.
Pressing this button while playing a cassette tape will
change the side of the tape being played.
NR (Noise Reduction)
Pushing the Number 2 Pre-set button when a tape is
playing deactivates the Dolby Noise Reduction System*.
When Dolby is ON, the NR symbol appears on the
display. Each time a tape is inserted the Dolby will turn
ON.
* “Dolby” noise reduction manufactured under license
from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
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CD Changer Control Capability — If Equipped
This radio is compatible with a remote mounted CD
changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate
this CD changer.
Mode Button
To activate the CD changer, press the MODE button until
CD information appears on the display.
Push-Button
While the CD changer is playing, press the NUMBER 1
push-button or the NUMBER 5 push-button to select a
disc numbered higher or lower than the one currently
being played.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
The audio output can be heard when fast forward and
fast reverse are activated.
Random Play (RND)
Press the Random button to play the tracks on the
selected disc in random order for an interesting change of
pace.
Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second
time or by ejecting the CD from the changer.
CD Diagnostic Indicators
When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may
skip momentarily. Skipping will not damage the disc or
the player, and play will resume automatically.
As a safeguard and to protect your CD player, one of the
following warning symbols may appear on your display.
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A CD HOT symbol indicates the player is too hot.
CD HOT will pause the operation. Play can be resumed
when the operating temperature is corrected or another
MODE is selected.
An ERR symbol will appear on the display if the laser is
unable to read the Disc data for the following reasons:
• Excessive vibration
• Disc inserted upside down
• Damaged disc
• Water condensation on optics
Radio Display Messages
Your radio has been designed to display certain messages
when a problem is detected with the CD player.
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SALES CODE RBK—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER
CONTROLS
Radio Operation
Power/Volume Control
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the
volume control clockwise to increase the volume.
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through
the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position
to operate the radio.
RBK Radio
Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button in will bypass stations without stopping until you release it.
Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If you press and hold the button,
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the radio will continue to tune until you release the
button. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
Balance
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
Bass and Treble Tone Control
The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass
band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right.
Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at
the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid
position provides a balanced output.
AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the “1–5”
button you wish to lock onto this station and press and
release that button. If a button is not selected within 5
seconds after pressing the SET button, the station will
continue to play but will not be locked into push-button
memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
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both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the push-button twice. Every time a preset
button is used a corresponding button number will be
displayed.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
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 expressively approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the volume control ON before the CD player
will operate.
Inserting The Compact Disc
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs
only. The use of other sized discs may damage the
CD player mechanism.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
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If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The unit will continue in radio mode.
If the power is ON, the unit will switch from radio to CD
mode and begin to play when you insert the disc. The
display will show the track number and index time in
minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track
one.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
EJT — Eject
Press the EJT button and the disc will unload and move
to the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to
the radio mode.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Random Play — RND/Program Button 4
Press the RND (button 4) button while the CD is playing
to activate Random Play. This feature plays the tracks on
the selected disc in random order to provide an interesting change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press the RND (button 4) button a second time to stop
Random Play.
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Mode
Press the MODE button repeatedly to select between the
CD player, the optional remote CD changer and the
Satellite Radio (if equipped). When Satellite Radio (if
equipped) is selected “SA” will appear in your radio
display.
Mode Button
To activate the CD changer, press the MODE button until
CD information appears on the display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite mode.
Push-Button
While the CD changer is playing, press the NUMBER 1
push-button or the NUMBER 5 push-button to select a
disc numbered higher or lower than the one currently
being played.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
CD Changer Control Capability — If Equipped
This radio is compatible with a remote mounted CD
changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate
this CD changer.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
The audio output can be heard when fast forward and
fast reverse are activated.
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Random Play (RND)
Press the Random button to play the tracks on the
selected disc in random order for an interesting change of
pace.
Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second
time or by ejecting the CD from the changer.
CD Diagnostic Indicators
When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may
skip momentarily. Skipping will not damage the disc or
the player, and play will resume automatically.
As a safeguard and to protect your CD player, one of the
following warning symbols may appear on your display.
A CD HOT symbol indicates the player is too hot.
CD HOT will pause the operation. Play can be resumed
when the operating temperature is corrected or another
MODE is selected.
An ERR symbol will appear on the display if the laser is
unable to read the Disc data for the following reasons:
• Excessive vibration
• Disc inserted upside down
• Damaged disc
• Water condensation on optics
Radio Display Messages
Your radio has been designed to display certain messages
when a problem is detected with the CD player.
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SALES CODE RBQ—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH 6 - DISC CD CHANGER
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RBQ Radio
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Radio Operation
Power/Volume Control
Press the PWR/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn
the volume control clockwise to increase the volume.
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is controlled by the
ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to
operate the radio.
Mode
Press the MODE button repeatedly to select between AM,
FM, the CD changer and Sirius Satellite Radio™ (if
equipped). The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
To select Sirius Satellite Radio™ (if equipped), press the
MODE button until the word SIRIUS appears. The following will be displayed in this order: After three seconds, the current channel name and number will be
displayed for five seconds. The current program type and
channel number will then be displayed for five seconds.
The current channel name and number will then be
displayed until an action occurs. CD’s may remain in the
player while in the Satellite Radio mode.
Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button in will bypass stations without stopping until you release it.
Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If the button is pressed and held,
the radio will continue to tune until the button is
released. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
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Balance — BAL
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
Tone Control
The tone controls affect the Bass and Treble frequency
bands. Each is controlled by a slider control with a detent
at the mid position. Moving a control up or down
increases or decreases amplification of the band. The mid
position provides a balanced output.
To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET RND
button. SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the
“1–6” button you wish to lock onto this station and press
and release that button. If a button is not selected within
5 seconds after pressing the SET RND button, the station
will continue to play but will not be locked into pushbutton memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 12 AM and 12 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the corresponding push-button twice. Every
time a preset button is used, a corresponding button
number will be displayed.
Time Button
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
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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 expressively approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Inserting The Compact Disc
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs
only. The use of other sized discs may damage the
CD player mechanism.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
CD Player Operation
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day. If you insert
a disc with the ignition OFF, the display will show the
time of day for about 5 seconds, then go out.
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the Power / Volume control pushed ON
before the CD player will operate.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
ON, the unit will switch from radio to CD mode and
begin to play when you insert the disc. The display will
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show the disc number, the track number, and index time
in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of
track 1.
LOAD/ EJT — Load
Press the LOAD/ EJT button and the button with the
corresponding number where the CD is being loaded.
After the radio displays “load” insert the CD into the
player.
Radio display will show “loading” when it is being
loaded.
LOAD / EJT — Eject
Press the LOAD/ EJT button and the button with the
corresponding number where the CD was loaded and the
disc will unload and move to the entrance for easy
removal.
Radio display will show “ejecting” when it is being
ejected.
If you have ejected a disc and have not removed it within
15 seconds, it will be reloaded. If the CD is not removed,
the radio will continue to play the non-removed CD. If
the CD is removed and there are other CD’s in the radio,
the radio will play the next CD. If the CD is removed and
there are no other CD’s in the radio, the radio will return
to the last selected AM or FM mode.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
Scan
Press the Scan button to scan through each track on the
CD currently playing.
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FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Random Play — SET / RND
Press the RND button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the tracks on the disc in
random order to provide an interesting change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press TUNE FF to fast forward through the tracks. Press
the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward
feature. If TUNE RW is pressed, the current track will
reverse to the beginning of the track and begin playing.
Press the SET / RND button a second time to stop
Random Play.
PTY (Program Type) Button
Pressing this button once will turn on the PTY mode for
5 seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time
out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing the PTY button
within 5 seconds will allow the program format type to
be selected. Many radio stations do not currently broadcast PTY information.
Toggle the PTY button to select the following format
types:
Program Type
Adult Hits
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Country
Emergency
Emergency Test
Radio Display
Adlt Hit
Classicl
Cls Rock
College
Country
ALERT!
Test
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Program Type
Information
Jazz
Foreign Language
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm and Blues
Religious Music
Religious Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rock
Soft Rhythm and Blues
Sports
Radio Display
Inform
Jazz
Language
News
Nostalga
Oldies
Persnlty
Public
R&B
Rel Musc
Rel Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rck
Soft R&B
Sports
Program Type
Talk
Top 40
Weather
Radio Display
Talk
Top 40
Weather
By pressing the SEEK button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will be tuned to the next frequency
station with the same selected PTY name. The PTY
function only operates when in the FM mode.
The radio display will flash “SEEK” and the selected PTY
program type when searching for the next PTY station. If
no station is found with the selected PTY program type,
the radio will return to the last station.
If a preset button is activated while in the PTY (Program
Type) mode, the PTY mode will be exited and the radio
will tune to the preset station.
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By pressing the SCAN button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will stop at every PTY station on the
band and list each corresponding program type in the
radio display.
SALES CODE RB1—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH DVD/GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
RB1 Radio
The navigation system provides maps, turn identification, selection menus and instructions for selecting a
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variety of destinations and routes. Refer to your “Navigation User’s Manual” for detailed operating instructions.
NOTE: If your vehicle is not equipped with the CD
Changer option, you will not be able to use the Navigation system and the CD Player simultaneously. Always
remove the Navigation DVD before inserting another
disc.
CASSETTE TAPE AND PLAYER MAINTENANCE
To keep the cassette tapes and player in good condition,
take the following precautions:
1. Do not use cassette tapes longer than C-90; otherwise,
sound quality and tape durability will be greatly diminished.
2. Keep the cassette tape in its case to protect from
slackness and dust when it is not in use.
3. Keep the cassette tape away from direct sunlight, heat
and magnetic fields such as the radio speakers.
4. Before inserting a tape, make sure that the label is
adhering flat to the cassette.
5. A loose tape should be corrected before use. To rewind
a loose tape, insert the eraser end of a pencil into the tape
drive gear and twist the pencil in the required directions.
Maintain your cassette tape player. The head and capstan
shaft in the cassette player can pick up dirt or tape
deposits each time a cassette is played. The result of
deposits on the capstan shaft may cause the tape to wrap
around and become lodged in the tape transport. The
other adverse condition is low or “muddy” sound from
one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were
turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should
periodically clean the head with a commercially available
WET cleaning cassette.
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As preventive maintenance, clean the head about every
30 hours of use. If you wait until the head becomes very
dirty (noticeably poor sound), it may not be possible to
remove all deposits with a simple WET cleaning cassette.
CD/DVD DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the CD/DVD 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, paper CD labels, 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 OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the cellular phone being On 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
Air Conditioning
The Air Conditioning System allows you to balance the
temperature, amount, and direction of air circulating
throughout the vehicle. The controls are located on the
instrument panel, above the radio.
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere.
The controls are as follows:
Fan and Air conditioning Control
Use this control to regulate
the amount of air forced
through the system in any
mode you select. The fan
speeds to the left of the OFF
position are for Air Conditioning. Choosing one of
these speeds turns on the air
conditioning compressor. The
fan speed increases as you
move the control to the left from the OFF position.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor will not engage
until the engine has been running for about 10 seconds.
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Fan speeds to the right of OFF are for heater or ventilation operation. The fan speed increases as you move the
control to the right from the OFF position.
Mode Control (Air Direction)
The mode control allows you
to choose from several patterns of air distribution. You
can select either a primary
mode, as identified by the
symbols, or a blend of two of
these modes. The center point
between modes gives an even
blend of both modes. The
closer the control is to a particular mode, the more air distribution you receive from
that mode.
Panel
Air is directed through the outlets in the instrument
panel. These outlets can be adjusted to direct air
flow.
Bi-Level
Air is directed through the panel and floor outlets.
NOTE: There is a difference in temperature between the
upper and lower outlets for added comfort. The warmer
air goes to the floor outlets. This feature gives improved
comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
Floor
Air is directed through the floor outlets and side
window demist outlets with a small amount
through the defrost outlet.
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Mix
Air is directed through the floor, defrost and side
window demist outlets. This setting works best in
cold or snowy conditions that require extra heat at
the windshield. This setting is good for maintaining
comfort while reducing moisture on the windshield.
Defrost
Air is directed through the windshield and side
window demist outlets. Use this mode with maximum fan and temperature settings for best windshield
and side window defrosting.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor operates in
both Mix and Defrost or a blend of these modes even if
the fan switch is not in the A/C position. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the windshield. To improve fuel
economy, use these modes only when necessary.
Air Outlets
The airflow from each of the instrument panel outlets can
be adjusted for direction and turned on or off to control
air flow.
A knob attached in the center of each instrument panel
outlet is used to adjust the airflow direction, and a knob
on the outer edge of each instrument panel outlet grille
opens or closes a shutter to turn airflow on or off through
that outlet.
NOTE: For maximum airflow to the rear seat passengers, the center instrument panel outlets can be aimed, so
that the left center outlet is directed toward the right rear
passenger and the right center outlet is directed toward
the left rear passenger.
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Temperature Control
Circulation Control
Use this control to regulate
the temperature of the air inside the passenger compartment. The blue area of the
scale indicates cooler temperatures while the red area
indicates warmer temperatures.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser: located in front of the radiator, for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with a gentle water spray
from behind the radiator and through the condenser.
Fabric front fascia protectors may reduce air flow to the
condenser, reducing air conditioning performance.
Use this control to choose between outside air intake or
recirculation of the air inside
the vehicle. Only use the recirculate mode to temporarily
block out any outside odors,
smoke, or dust and to cool the
interior rapidly upon initial
start up in very hot or humid
weather.
This control only operates in the Outside Air and Recirculate modes; there is no in between position. Do not
place the control between these positions.
NOTE: Continuous use of the recirculate mode may
make the inside air stuffy and window fogging may
occur. Extended use of this mode is not recommended.
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In cold or damp weather, the use of the Recirculate
position will cause windows to fog on the inside because
of moisture build up inside the vehicle. For maximum
defogging, select the Outside Air position.
If the mode control is in the range between Mix and
Defrost and you choose the recirculate mode, the mode
control knob will automatically move to the left of the
Mix position.
NOTE: If you choose Defrost mode and the Circulation
control is in the recirculate Mode, the system will automatically switch to the Outside Air mode and the knob
will move to that position.
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Operating Tips
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Window Fogging
Vehicle side windows tend to fog on the inside in mild
rainy or humid weather. To clear the windows, use the
A/C, PANEL and blower controls. Direct the panel
outlets toward the side windows. Do not use recirculate
without A/C for long periods as fogging may occur.
Summer Operation
Air conditioned vehicles must be protected with a highquality antifreeze coolant to provide proper corrosion
protection and to raise the boiling point of the coolant for
protection against overheating. A 50% concentration is
recommended.
Interior fogging on the windshield can be quickly removed by using the defrost position.
Outside Air Intake
When operating the system during the winter months,
make sure the air intake, directly in front of the windshield, is free of ice, slush, snow or other obstructions
such as leaves. Leaves collected in the air-intake plenum
may reduce air flow and plug the plenum water drains.
If the fogging problem persists, clean the inside window
surfaces. The cause of undue fogging may be dirt collecting on the inside surface of the glass.
NOTE: In cold weather, the use of the recirculate
position will cause windows to fog on the inside because
of moisture build up inside the vehicle. For maximum
defogging, use the Outside Air position.
The blower air will heat faster in cold weather if you use
only a low blower speed for the first few minutes of
vehicle operation.
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Side Window Demisters
A side window demister outlet is at each end of the
instrument panel. These nonadjustable outlets direct air
toward the side windows when the system is in either the
FLOOR, MIX, or DEFROST mode. The air is directed at
the area of the windows through which you view the
outside mirrors.
Electric Rear Window Defroster
The push-button is located at the center of the
instrument panel, below the radio. Press this button to turn on the rear window defroster, and the
optional electric remote control heated mirrors. An amber
light shows that the defroster is on.
Rear Defroster Switch
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 10
minutes of operation. Each following activation of the
defroster will last for five minutes.
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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 after soaking with warm
water.
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STARTING AND OPERATING
CONTENTS
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
䡵 Automatic Transaxle — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 185
▫ Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Brake/Transmission Interlock System . . . . . . . 186
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Extremely Cold Weather (Below ⫺20°F
Or ⫺29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Turbocharger “Cool Down” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Four Speed Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ Gear Ranges For Four Speed Automatic
Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
䡵 AutoStick — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
▫ AutoStick Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
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▫ AutoStick General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 206
䡵 Manual Transaxle Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
䡵 Tires—General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
▫ 2.4 Liter Turbo— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
▫ Recommended Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
▫ Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
▫ Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 214
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
▫ Limited Use Spare — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 215
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) — If Equipped . 198
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
䡵 Power Assisted Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
䡵 Traction Control — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
䡵 Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
䡵 Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . 205
䡵 Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
STARTING AND OPERATING 181
䡵 Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ Fuel System Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
▫ Carbon Monoxide Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
▫ 2.4L Standard Engine And 2.4L Standard Turbo
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
▫ 2.4L High Output Turbo Engine . . . . . . . . . . . 221
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
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STARTING PROCEDURES
Before starting your vehicle, adjust your seat, adjust both
inside and outside mirrors, and fasten your seat belts.
Automatic Transaxle
The gear selector must be in the NEUTRAL or PARK
position before you can start the engine. Apply the brakes
before shifting to any driving gear.
CAUTION!
NOTE: You must press the brake pedal before shifting
out of Park.
Long periods of engine idling, especially at high
engine speeds can cause excessive exhaust temperatures which can damage your vehicle. Do not leave
your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
WARNING!
Do not leave children or animals inside parked
vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
Manual Transaxle
Before starting the engine fully apply the parking brake,
press the clutch pedal to the floor and place the gear
selector in NEUTRAL.
NOTE: The engine will not start unless the clutch pedal
is pressed to the floor.
Normal Starting
Normal Starting of either a cold or a warm engine does
not require pumping or depressing the accelerator pedal.
Simply turn the ignition switch to the “START’” position
and release when the engine starts. If the engine has not
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started within 3 seconds, slightly depress the accelerator
pedal while continuing to crank. If the engine fails to start
within 15 seconds, turn the ignition switch to the “OFF”
position, wait 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat the normal
starting procedure.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle cannot be started this way. Unburned fuel could
enter the catalytic converter and once the engine has
started, ignite and damage the converter and vehicle.
If the vehicle has a discharged 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. See section 6
of this manual for jump starting instructions.
Extremely Cold Weather (below ⫺20°F or ⫺29°C)
To insure reliable starting at these temperatures, use of an
externally powered electric engine block heater (available
from your dealer) is recommended.
If Engine Fails to Start
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. Crank the engine for no more than 15
seconds. This should clear any excess fuel in case the
engine is flooded. Leave the ignition key in the ON
position, release the accelerator pedal and repeat the
“NORMAL STARTING” procedure.
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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 flash fire causing
serious personal injury.
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.
After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up.
Turbocharger “Cool Down”
NOTE: Letting the engine idle after severe operation
allows the turbine housing to cool to normal operating
temperature.
The following chart should be used as a guide in determinning the amount of engine idle time required to
sufficiently cool down the turbocharger before shut
down, depending upon the type of driving and the
amount of cargo.
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TURBOCHARGER ⴖCOOL DOWNⴖ CHART
Driving Conditions
Idle Time (in minutes) Before Shut Down
Normal Driving
Not required.
Aggressive Driving or Heavily Loaded
3
Trailer Tow
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AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE — IF EQUIPPED
CAUTION!
Damage to the transaxle may occur if the following
precautions are not observed:
• Shift into PARK only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
• Shift into or out of REVERSE only after the vehicle has
come to a complete stop and the engine is at idle
speed.
• Do not shift from REVERSE, PARK, or NEUTRAL into
any forward gear when the engine is above idle speed.
• Before shifting into any gear, make sure your foot is
firmly on the brake pedal.
NOTE: You MUST press and hold the brake pedal down
while shifting out of Park.
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WARNING!
It is dangerous to shift the selector lever out of “P” or
“N” 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 right
foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
Brake/Transmission Interlock System
This system prevents you from moving the gear shift out
of Park and into any gear unless the brake pedal is
pressed. This system is active only while the ignition
switch is in the ON positions. Always depress the brake
pedal first, before moving the gear selector out of PARK.
Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System
This system prevents the key from being removed unless
the shift lever is in PARK and the shift knob push button
is out. It also prevents shifting out of PARK unless the
key is in the OFF or ON positions.
NOTE: If a malfunction occurs, the system will trap the
key in the ignition cylinder to warn you that this safety
feature is inoperable. The engine can be started and
stopped but the key cannot be removed until you obtain
service.
Four Speed Automatic Transaxle
The electronically controlled transaxle provides a precise
shift schedule. The transaxle electronics are self calibrating; therefore, the first few shifts on a new vehicle may be
somewhat abrupt. This is a normal condition, and precision shifts will develop within a few shift cycles.
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Reset Mode
The transaxle is monitored electronically for abnormal
conditions. If a condition is detected that could cause
damage, the transaxle shifts automatically into second
gear. The transaxle remains in second gear despite the
forward gear selected. Park (P), Reverse (R), and Neutral
(N) will continue to operate. This second gear limp-in
feature allows the vehicle to be driven to a dealer for
service without damaging the transaxle.
In the event that the problem has been momentary, the
transaxle can be reset to regain all forward gears.
Stop the vehicle and shift into Park (P).
Turn the Key to OFF then restart the engine.
Shift into D and resume driving.
NOTE: Even if the transaxle can be reset, it is recommended that you visit a dealer at your earliest possible
convenience. Your dealer has diagnostic equipment to
determine if the problem could recur.
If the transaxle cannot be reset, dealer service is required.
Gear Ranges For Four Speed Automatic
Transaxle
DO NOT race the engine when shifting from PARK or
NEUTRAL positions into another gear range.
“P” Park
Supplements the parking brake by locking the transmission. The engine can be started in this range. Never use P
(Park) while the vehicle is in motion. Apply the parking
brake when leaving the vehicle in this range. Always
apply the parking brake first, and then place the selector
in P (Park) position.
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WARNING!
Unintended movement of a vehicle could injure
those in and near the vehicle. As with all vehicles,
you should never exit a vehicle while the engine is
running. Before exiting a vehicle, you should always
shift the vehicle into P (Park), remove the key from
the ignition, and apply the parking brake. Once the
key is removed from the ignition, the transmission
shift lever is locked in the P (Park) position, securing
the vehicle against unwanted movement. Furthermore, you should never leave children unattended
inside a vehicle.
The following indicators should be used to ensure that
you have engaged the transmission shift lever into the P
(Park) position:
• When shifting into P (Park), depress the button on the
shift lever and firmly move the lever all the way
forward until it stops.
• Look at the shift indicator window on the console to
ensure it is in the P (Park) position.
• When engaged in P (Park), you will not be able to
move the shifter rearward without depressing the shift
lever button.
CAUTION!
Before moving the shift lever out of P (Park), you
must turn the ignition from LOCK to ON so the
steering wheel and shift lever are released. Otherwise, damage to the steering column or shifter could
result.
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“R” Reverse
Shift into this range only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
“N” Neutral
Engine may be started in this range.
“D” Overdrive
This range should be used for most city and highway
driving. It provides smoothest up shifts and down shifts
and best fuel economy.
When frequent transaxle shifting occurs while using the
Overdrive range, such as when operating the vehicle
under heavy loading conditions (in hilly terrain, traveling into strong head winds, or while towing trailers), use
the “3” range.
“3” Drive
This range eliminates shifts into Overdrive. The transaxle
will operate normally in first and second while in this
range.
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve performance, fuel economy, and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up.
Use the “3” range when descending steep grades to
prevent brake system distress.
“1” Low
This range should be used for maximum engine braking
when descending steep grades. In this range, up shifts
will occur only to prevent engine over speed while down
shifts from 2nd to first will occur as early as possible.
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AUTOSTICK — IF EQUIPPED
Autostick is a driver-interactive transmission that offers
manual gear shifting capability to provide you with more
control. Autostick allows you to maximize engine braking, eliminate undesirable upshifts and downshifts, and
improve overall vehicle performance. This system can
also provide you with more control during passing, city
driving, cold slippery conditions, mountain driving,
trailer towing, and many other situations.
Autostick Operation
The Autostick position is just below the Overdrive position and is identified by the word “AUTOSTICK”. When
you place the shift lever in the Autostick position, it can
be moved from side to side. Moving the lever to the left
(-) triggers a downshift and to the right (+) an upshift.
The gear position will be shown in the transmission gear
display, located in the instrument cluster.
You can shift in or out of the autostick mode at any time
without taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. If you
choose the Overdrive mode, the transmission will operate automatically; shifting between the four available
gears. When you wish to engage autostick, simply move
the shift lever to the AUTOSTICK position. The transmission will remain in the current gear until an upshift or
downshift is chosen.
Move the lever back to the Overdrive position to shift out
of the Autostick mode.
Autostick General Information
• The transmission will automatically upshift from first
to second gear and from second to third gear when
engine speed reaches about 6300 RPM.
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• Downshifts from third to second gear above 74 mph
(119 km/h) and from second to first gear above 41
mph (66 km/h) will be ignored.
• If the system detects powertrain overheating, the
transmission will revert to the automatic shift mode
and remain in that mode until the powertrain cools off.
• You can start out in first, second, or third gear. Shifting
into fourth gear can occur only after vehicle speed
reaches 15 mph (24 km/h).
• If the system detects a problem it will disable the
Autostick mode and the transmission will return to the
automatic mode until the problem is corrected.
• The transmission will automatically downshift to first
gear when coming to a stop.
MANUAL TRANSAXLE OPERATION
• Starting out in third gear is helpful in snowy or icy
conditions.
• While in the Autostick mode, Speed Control will only
function in third or fourth gear.
Downshifting out of third gear will turn off the speed
control.
NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged and the
gear selector placed in REVERSE before leaving the
vehicle, especially on an incline.
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Fully depress the clutch pedal before you shift gears. As
you release the clutch pedal, lightly depress the accelerator pedal.
For most city driving you will find it easier to use only
the lower gears. For steady highway driving with light
accelerations, 5th gear is recommended.
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.
Never shift into REVERSE until the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
NOTE: During cold weather, until the transaxle lubricant is warm, you may experience slightly higher shift
efforts. This is normal and not harmful to the transaxle.
Use each gear in numerical order - do not skip a gear. Be
sure the transaxle is in FIRST gear, (not THIRD), when
starting from a standing position. Damage to the clutch
can result from starting in THIRD.
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2.4 Liter Turbo— If Equipped
The neutral position of the shift lever is located between
THIRD and FOURTH gear. This is the position the shifter
lever will return to automatically when neutral is selected. When shifting into FIFTH gear, be sure to press
the shifter lever all the way to the right to avoid accidentally selecting THIRD gear. Also, use care when selecting
FIRST gear to avoid accidentally selecting REVERSE.
When moving the shifter lever into REVERSE press the
lever to the left until the resistance is overcome. When the
ignition switch is in the ON position, a chime will sound
to confirm that reverse has been selected and the backup
lights will illuminate.
NOTE: Listen for the audible chime to confirm REVERSE gear is properly selected. Never shift into REVERSE until the vehicle has come to a complete stop.
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Recommended Shift Speeds
To use your manual transaxle for optimal fuel economy,
it should be upshifted as listed in table 1.
TABLE 1-MANUAL TRANSAXLE NORMAL ACCELERATION AND CRUISE SHIFT SPEEDS
IN mph (km/h)
ENGINE MODE 1 to 2 2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
SIZE
Accel 15 (24) 25 (40) 40 (65) 45 (72)
2.4L
Turbo Cruise 15 (24) 25 (40) 42 (68) 45 (72)
2.4L
Accel 15 (24) 25 (40) 33 (53) 44 (70)
NonTurbo Cruise 16 (26) 20 (32) 28 (45) 38 (61)
For improved performance, your manual transaxle may
be upshifted up to the maximum speeds listed in table 2
(within legal speed limits).
TABLE 2-MANUAL TRANSAXLE MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE SHIFT SPEEDS
IN mph (km/h)
ENGINE
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
SIZE
30
60
85
115
2.4L
(48)
(97)
(136)
(185)
If you exceed these speeds, you may notice the engine cut
in and out. This is caused by an electronic limiter in the
engine computer. The engine will run normally when
you reduce engine speed.
Downshifting
Proper downshifting will improve fuel economy and
prolong engine life.
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CAUTION!
NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
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.
If the parking brake is applied while the vehicle is
moving, a chime will sound to alert the driver. The chime
will sound up to 10 times or until the vehicle has
returned to a stop.
To maintain a safe speed and prolong brake life, shift
down to 2nd or 1st when descending a steep grade.
Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parking
brake is set. To set the parking brake, pull up firmly on
the lever. Also place the gear selector in the Park position
(automatic transaxle) or Reverse (manual transaxle). To
release the parking brake, apply the brake pedal, pull up
slightly on the lever, then depress the button on the end
of the lever and push the lever fully down toward the
floor.
When turning a corner, or driving up a steep grade,
downshift early so that the engine will not be overburdened.
PARKING BRAKE
When the parking brake is applied with the
ignition on, the Brake Light in the instrument
cluster will come on.
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NOTE: The parking brake lever will not release unless
the lever is pulled up slightly past its applied position.
When parking on a hill, it is important to set the parking
brake before placing the gear selector in Park, otherwise
the load on the automatic transaxle locking mechanism
may make it difficult to move the selector out of Park. As
an added precaution, turn the front wheels toward the
curb on a downhill grade and away from the curb on a
uphill grade.
You should always apply the parking brake before leaving the vehicle.
Parking Brake Lever
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WARNING!
• Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others
could be injured. Children should be warned not
to touch the parking brake or the gear selector.
Don’t leave the keys in the ignition. A child could
operate power windows, other controls, or move
the vehicle.
• Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged
before driving; failure to do so can lead to brake
failure and an accident.
BRAKE SYSTEM
Your vehicle is equipped with power assisted 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. However, the effort required to brake the vehicle will be much
greater than that required with the power system operating.
WARNING!
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.
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If either of the two hydraulic systems lose 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 and greater
pedal force required to slow or stop. In addition, if the
malfunction is caused by an internal leak, as the brake
fluid in the master cylinder drops, the brake warning
indicator will light.
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) — If Equipped
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.
All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same size and
tires must be properly inflated to produce accurate
signals for the computer. However, the system will
compensate when the compact spare is in use.
During stops where ABS is activated, a vibration of the
brake pedal may be felt and associated system noises
may be heard.
NOTE: Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the
effectiveness of 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.
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WARNING!
• Anti-lock system (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 ABS equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
POWER ASSISTED STEERING
The power assisted steering system of your vehicle
provides mechanical steering capability in the event
power assist is lost.
If for some reason the hydraulic pressure is interrupted,
it will still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these
conditions you will observe a substantial increase in
steering effort.
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TRACTION CONTROL — IF EQUIPPED
The Traction Control System will improve acceleration
and steering on slippery surfaces by reducing tire spin.
The system reduces wheel slip and maintains traction at
the driving (front) wheels by engaing the brake on the
wheel that is losing traction. When this occurs the TRAC
indicator light located above the instrument cluster
odometer will flash. The system operates at speeds below
40 mph (64 km/h).
Traction Control Switch
A push-button at the center of the instrument panel,
below the radio, turns the Traction Control System ON or
OFF.
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The system is always in the “ON” mode unless:
• The TRAC OFF switch has been used to turn the
system off;
If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, ice, or snow, turn
the Traction Control System Off before attempting to
“rock” the vehicle free.
• There is a Anti-Lock Brake System malfunction;
TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
• There is a Traction Control System malfunction;
Tire Markings
• The system has been automatically deactivated to
prevent damage to the brake system due to overheated
brake temperatures.
NOTE: Extended heavy use of Traction Control may
cause the system to deactivate and turn on the TRAC
OFF Light located in the instrument cluster.
This is to prevent overheating of the brake system and is
a normal condition. The system will remain disabled for
about 4 minutes until the brakes have cooled. The system
will automatically reactivate and turn off the TRAC OFF
light.
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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.
• 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 ⬙P⬙ 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.
• 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 begins with the tire diameter molded
into the sidewall. Example: 31x10.5 R15 LT.
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Tire Sizing Chart
EXAMPLE:
Size Designation:
P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards
ⴖ....blank....ⴖ = 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 Milimeters (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
—⬙R⬙ means Radial Construction.
—⬙D⬙ means Diagonal or Bias Construction.
15 = Rim Diameter in Inches (in)
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EXAMPLE:
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. (ie. tire pressure, vehicle loading, road conditions and
posted speed limits).
Load Identification:
ⴖ....blank....ⴖ = Absence of any text on 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
date code located on the white sidewall side of the tire.
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.
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.(2 digits)
L9 = Code representing the tire size.(2 digits)
ABCD = Code used by tire manufacturer.(1 to 4 digits)
03 = Number representing the week in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—03 means the 3rd week.
01 = Number representing the year in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—01 means the year 2001.
—Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were only required to have 1 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
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: The proper cold tire inflation pressure for passenger cars is listed on either the face of the driver’s door
or the driver’s side “B” pillar. For vehicles other than
passenger cars, the cold tire inflation pressures are listed
on either the “B” pillar, the Certification Label or in the
Tire Inflation Pressures brochure in the glove compartment.
Tire Placard Location
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Tire and Loading Information Placard
3) the tire size designed for your vehicle
4) the cold tire inflation pressures for the front, rear
and spare tires.
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 the Vehicle Loading section of
this manual.
Tire and Loading Information
This placard tells you important information about
the,
1) number of people that can be carried in the vehicle
2) the total weight your vehicle can carry
NOTE: Under a maximum loaded vehicle condition,
gross axle weight ratings (GAWR’s) for the front and rear
axles must not be exceeded. For further information on
GAWR’s, vehicle loading and trailer towing, see the
Vehicle Loading section of this manual.
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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
combined weight of occupants, cargo/luggage and
trailer tongue weight (if applicable) should never exceed
the weight referenced here.
passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo
and luggage load capacity is 650 lb. (since 5 x 150 = 750,
and 1400 – 750 = 650 lb.)
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
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.
1. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX pounds” on
your vehicle’s placard.
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and
passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kilograms or XXX pounds.
4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of
cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if “XXX”
amount equals 1400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb.
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.
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:
1. Safety—
WARNING!
Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can cause
accidents.
• Under inflation increases tire flexing and can result in
tire failure.
• Over inflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion shock.
Objects on the road and chuck holes can cause damage that
results in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You
could lose control of your vehicle.
• Over inflated or under inflated 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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2. 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.
Some vehicles may have Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information for vehicle loads that are less than the
maximum loaded vehicle condition. These pressure conditions will be found in the “Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information” section of this manual.
3. Ride Comfort and Vehicle Stability—
Proper tire inflation contributes to a comfortable ride.
Overinflation produces a jarring and uncomfortable ride.
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Tire Inflation Pressures
The proper cold tire inflation pressure for passenger cars
is listed on either the face of the driver’s door or the
driver’s side “B” pillar. For vehicles other than passenger
cars, the cold tire inflation pressures are listed on either
the “B” pillar, the Certification Label or in the Tire
Inflation Pressures brochure in the glove compartment.
Tire Placard Location
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The pressure should be checked and adjusted as well as
inspecting for signs of tire wear or visible damage at least
once a month. Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to
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 the valve stem.
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 3 hours, or driven less than 1mile
(1 km) after a 3 hour period. The cold tire inflation
pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire side wall.
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.
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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.
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 under 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).
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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 ply tires in sets of four (or 6, in case
of trucks with dual rear wheels). 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 tire dealer for radial tire repairs.
Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped
The compact spare is for temporary emergency use with
radial tires. It is engineered to be used on your style
vehicle only. Since this tire has limited tread life, the
original tire should be repaired (or replaced) and reinstalled at the first opportunity.
WARNING!
Temporary use spare tires are for emergency use
only. With these tires, do not drive more than 50 mph
(80 km/h). Temporary-use spare tires have limited
tread life. When two or more tread wear indicators
appear in adjacent grooves, the temporary use spare
tire needs to be replaced. Be sure to follow the
warnings which apply to your spare. Failure to do so
could result in spare tire failure and loss of vehicle
control.
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Do not install a wheel cover or attempt to mount a
conventional tire on the compact spare wheel, since the
wheel is designed specifically for the compact spare.
Do not install more than one compact spare tire/wheel
on the vehicle at any given time.
CAUTION!
Because of the reduced ground clearance, do not take
your vehicle through an automatic car wash with the
compact spare installed. Damage to the vehicle may
result.
Limited Use Spare — If Equipped
The limited use spare tire is for temporary emergency use
on your vehicle. This tire is identified by a limited use
spare tire warning label located on the limited use spare
tire and wheel assembly. This tire may look like the
original equipped tire on the front or rear axle of your
vehicle, but it is not. Installation of this limited use spare
tire affects vehicle handling. Since it is not the same tire,
replace (or repair) the original tire and reinstall on vehicle
at the first opportunity.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
The limited use spare tires are for emergency use
only. Installation of this limited use spare tire affects
vehicle handling. With this tire, do not drive more
than 60 mph (100 km/h). Keep inflated to the cold
tire inflation pressure listed on either your tire
placard or limited use spare tire and wheel assembly.
Replace (or repair) the original tire at the first
opportunity and reinstall it on your vehicle. Failure
to do so could result in loss of vehicle control.
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
don’t let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter
what the speed.
Tire Spinning
When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not
spin your vehicle’s wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
See the paragraph on Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in Section
6 of this manual.
Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires
to help you in determining when your tires should be
replaced.
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These indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread
grooves and will appear as bands when the tread depth
becomes 1/16 inch (2 mm). When the indicators appear
in 2 or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
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 (see the paragraph on tread
wear indicators). Refer to the Tire and Loading Information placard for the size designation of your tire. 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,
other 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.
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 right or left.
Tires may also cause the vehicle to pull to the left or right.
Alignment will not correct this condition. See your dealer
for proper diagnosis.
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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 CHAINS
Due to limited clearance, tire chains are not recommended.
CAUTION!
Damage to the vehicle may result if tire chains are
used.
SNOW TIRES
Some areas of the country require the use of snow tires
during winter. Standard tires are of the all season type
and satisfy this requirement as indicated by the M+S
designation on the tire side wall.
If you need snow tires, select tires equivalent in size and
type to the original equipment tires. Use snow tires only
in sets of 4, failure to do so may adversely affect the
safety and handling of your vehicle.
Snow tires generally have lower speed ratings than what
was originally equipped with your vehicle and 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 before rotating. The suggested
rotation method is the “forward-cross” shown in the
diagram.
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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
2.4L Standard Engine and 2.4L Standard Turbo
Engine
Your vehicle is designed to meet all emission regulations and provide excellent fuel
economy when using high quality regular
unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of
87. The use of premium gasoline is not
recommended. The use of premium gasoline will provide no benefit over high quality regular
gasolines, and in some circumstances, may result in
poorer performance.
2.4L High Output Turbo Engine
Your engine is designed to meet all emission regulations and provide excellent fuel
economy and performance when using
high quality unleaded gasoline having an octane rating
of 91. The purchase of higher octane is not required.
The use of high quality unleaded gasoline having an
octane rating of 91 is recommended but not required.
High quality unleaded gasoline having a minumum
octane rating of 87 may safely be used for your vehicle.
Use of these lower octane gasolines, however, may result
in reduced acceleration performance.
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 immediate service is
required.
Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard
starting, stalling and hesitations. If you experience these
symptoms, try another brand of gasoline (with the appropriate octane rating for your engine) before considering service for the vehicle.
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Over 40 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. The
manufacturer recommends the use of gasolines that meet
the WWFC specifications if they are available.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with 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 gasoline referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline”.
CAUTION!
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates, and are specifically blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality.
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of
these blends may result in starting and driveability
problems and may damage critical fuel system components.
The manufacturer supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide excellent performance and durability of engine and
fuel system components.
Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline
blends are not the responsibility of the manufacturer.
While MTBE is an oxygenate made from Methanol, it
does not have the negative effects of Methanol.
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MMT In Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasoline 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. The manufacturer 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.
It is even more important to look for gasolines without
MMT in Canada, because MMT can be used at levels
higher than those allowed in the United States.
MMT is prohibited in Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
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 additional cost. Therefore
you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
Fuel System Cautions
CAUTION!
Follow these guidelines to maintain your vehicle’s
performance:
• The use of leaded gas is prohibited by Federal law.
Using leaded gasoline can impair engine performance,
damage the emission control system.
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• An out-of-tune engine, or certain fuel or ignition
malfunctions, can cause the catalytic converter to
overheat. If you notice a pungent burning odor or
some light smoke, your engine may be out of tune or
malfunctioning and may require immediate service.
Contact your dealer for service assistance.
• The use of fuel additives which are now being sold as
octane enhancers is not recommended. Most of these
products contain high concentrations of methanol.
Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems
resulting from the use of such fuels or additives is not
the responsibility of the manufacturer.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
Carbon Monoxide Warnings
WARNING!
Carbon monoxide (CO) in exhaust gases is deadly.
Follow the precautions below to prevent carbon
monoxide poisoning:
• Do not inhale exhaust gases. They contain carbon
monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas which can kill.
Never run the engine in a closed area, such as a
garage, and never sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running for an extended period. If the vehicle is
stopped in an open area with the engine running for
more than a short period, adjust the ventilation system
to force fresh, outside air into the vehicle.
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• Guard against carbon monoxide with proper maintenance. Have the exhaust system inspected every time
the vehicle is raised. Have any abnormal conditions
repaired promptly. Until repaired, drive with all side
windows fully open.
Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door, on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. If the gas cap is lost or damaged,
be sure the replacement cap is for use with this vehicle.
• Keep the liftgate closed when driving your vehicle to
prevent carbon monoxide and other poisonous exhaust gases from entering the vehicle.
NOTE: When removing the fuel filler cap, lay the cap
tether in the hook, located on the fuel filler cap door
reinforcement.
ADDING FUEL
The fuel tank filler tube has a restricting door about 2
inches (50 mm) inside the opening. If using a portable
container, it should have a flexible nozzle long enough to
force open the restricting door.
CAUTION!
Damage to the fuel system or emission control
system could result from using an improper fuel
tank filler tube cap (gas cap). A poorly fitting cap
could let impurities into the fuel system.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
A poorly fitting gas cap may cause the Malfunction
Indicator Light to turn on.
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank filled.
• Never add fuel when the engine is running. This
is in violation of most state and federal fire
regulations and will cause the malfunction indicator light to turn on.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
NOTE: When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the
fuel tank is full.
NOTE: Tighten the gas cap about 1/4 turn until you
hear one click. This is an indication that cap is properly
tightened.
If the gas cap is not tighten properly, the Malfunction
Indicator Light will come on. Be sure the gas cap is
tightened every time the vehicle is refueled.
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WARNING!
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 while filling.
VEHICLE LOADING
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Rear Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 lbs (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . 715 lb (324 kg)
TRAILER TOWING
In this section you will find safety tips and information
on limits to the type of towing you can reasonably do
with your vehicle. Before towing a trailer carefully review this information to tow your load as efficiently and
safely as possible.
Perform maintenance services as prescribed in the maintenance schedules manual. When your vehicle is used for
trailer towing, never exceed the gross axle weight rating
(GAWR) by the addition of:
• The tongue weight of the trailer.
• The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment
put in or on your vehicle.
• Remember that everything put in or on the trailer adds
to the load on your vehicle.
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Warranty
To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements
and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing. However the following
conditions must be met:
• The “D” range can be selected when towing. However,
if frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3”
range must be selected.
• The maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed
20 square feet (1.86 square meters).
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve performance and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive
shifting and heat build up.
• The maximum towing capability for your vehicle is
1,000 lbs (454 kg).
WARNING!
• If using a manual transaxle vehicle for trailer towing,
all starts must be in FIRST gear to avoid excessive
clutch slippage.
• The trailer tongue load must be considered as part of
the combined weight of occupants and cargo, and
should never exceed the weight referenced on the Tire
and Loading Information placard. Refer to the Tire–
Safety Information Section in this manual.
Connecting trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic
brake lines can overload your brake system and
cause it to fail. You might not have brakes when you
need them and could have an accident.
• Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact
spare tire.
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• Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer
size, stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are
recommended for motoring safety.
• The automatic transaxle fluid and filter should be
changed if you REGULARLY tow a trailer for more
than 45 minutes of continuous operation. See Schedule
“B” in section 8 of this manual for transaxle fluid
change intervals.
NOTE: Check the automatic transaxle fluid level before
towing.
NOTE: For vehicles equipped with Autostick. By using
the Autostick modes, and selecting a specific gear range,
frequent shifting can be avoided. The highest gear range
should be selected that allows for adequate performance.
For example, choose “4” if the desired speed can be
maintained. Choose “3” or “2” if needed to maintain the
desired speed.
NOTE: Extended driving at high RPM should be
avoided to prevent excess heat generation. A reduction in
vehicle speed may be required to avoid extended driving
at high RPM. Return to a higher gear range or vehicle
speed when road conditions and RPM level allows.
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
䡵 Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
䡵 If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
▫ Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
䡵 Jacking And Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
▫ Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
䡵 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
▫ Spare Tire Stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
▫ With Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
▫ Jacking Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
▫ Without The Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
䡵 Jump-Starting Procedures Due To A Low
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
䡵 Convertible Top Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . . 247
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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
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 wear down
your battery.
Hazard Flasher Switch
The flasher switch is on top of the steering column,
just behind the steering wheel. Depress the switch
and both cluster indicators and all front and rear directional signals will flash. Depress the switch again to turn
Hazard Warning Flashers off.
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IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS
In any of the following situations, you can reduce the
potential for overheating by taking the appropriate action.
• On the highways — Slow down.
• In city traffic — While stopped, put transaxle in
neutral, but do not increase engine idle speed.
If the pointer rises to the H (red) mark, the instrument
cluster will sound a chime. 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 (red) mark, turn the engine off
immediately and call for service.
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 engine 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 to High. This allows the heater core to act
as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat
from the engine cooling system.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
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. After appropriate action
has been taken, if the pointer remains on the “H”,
turn the engine off immediately, and call for service.
A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You or
others could be badly burned by steam or boiling
coolant. You may want to call a service center if your
vehicle overheats. If you decide to look under the
hood yourself, refer to Section 7, Maintenance, of
this manual. Follow the warnings under the Cooling
System Pressure Cap paragraph.
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JACKING AND TIRE CHANGING
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 center where it can be raised on a lift.
• The jack is designed to use as a tool for changing
tires only. The jack should not be used to lift the
vehicle for service purposes. The vehicle should
be jacked on a firm level surface only. Avoid ice or
slippery areas.
Jack Location
The jack and jack-handle are stowed behind the right rear
side trim panel in the cargo area.
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Jack Location
Do not attempt to raise this vehicle using a bumper jack.
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Spare Tire Stowage
The compact spare tire is stowed under the rear of the
vehicle by means of a hook/basket mechanism. To remove or stow the compact spare, use the jack handle to
rotate the “spare tire drive” nut. The nut is located under
the rear scuff plate at the right rear of the cargo area, just
inside the deck lid opening.
Lowering Spare Tire
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Spare Tire Removal
Lift up the plastic cover on the scuff plate and fit the
jack-handle over the drive nut. Rotate the nut to the left
until you can remove the swivel hook from the stowage
basket. Swing the basket down to remove the compact
spare tire.
CAUTION!
The hook is designed for use with the jack handle
only. Use of an air wrench or other power tools is not
recommended and can damage the winch.
Preparations For Jacking
Park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoid ice or
slippery areas, set the parking brake and place the gear
selector in PARK (automatic transaxle) or REVERSE
(manual transaxle). Turn OFF the ignition.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the
vehicle close to moving traffic. Pull far enough off
the road to avoid the danger of being hit when
operating the jack or changing the wheel.
• Turn on the Hazard Warning Flasher.
• Block both the front and rear
of the wheel diagonally opposite the jacking position. For
example, if changing the right
front tire, block the left rear
wheel.
• Passengers should not remain in the vehicle while the
vehicle is being jacked.
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Jacking Instructions
1. Remove the scissors jack and lug wrench from the
stowage bag.
NOTE: If equipped with a center cap that covers the
wheel nuts, pry off the cap using the small end of the lug
wrench. To reinstall the cap, make sure it is properly
lined up before pushing it on to the wheel.
2. Loosen, but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning
them to the left one turn while the wheel is still on the
ground.
CAUTION!
Do not attempt to raise the vehicle by jacking on the
crossmember below the radiator, on the front suspension crossmember, or on the rear axle assembly.
3. There are two front jacking locations on each side of
the body and rear jacking locations located on the trailing
arm bracket under the triangular cut out symbol. Turn
the jack screw to the right until the jack head is properly
engaged with the lift area closest to the wheel to be
changed.
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Do not raise the vehicle until you are sure the jack is
securely engaged.
4. Raise the vehicle by turning the jack screw to the right,
using the swivel wrench. Raise the vehicle only until the
tire just clears the surface and enough clearance is
obtained to install the spare tire. Minimum tire lift
provides maximum stability.
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 remove the tire.
nuts toward the wheel. Lightly tighten the nuts. To avoid
the risk of forcing the vehicle off the jack, do not tighten
the nuts fully until the vehicle has been lowered.
WARNING!
To avoid possible personal injury, handle the wheel
covers with care to avoid contact with any sharp
edges.
NOTE: The wheel cover is held on the wheel by the
wheel nuts. When reinstalling original wheel, properly
align the wheel cover to the valve stem, place the wheel
cover onto the wheel, then install the wheel nuts.
6. Lower the vehicle by turning the jack screw to the left.
5. Remove the wheel nuts and pull the wheel and wheel
covers where applicable off the hub. Install the spare
wheel and wheel nuts with the cone shaped end of the
7. Finish tightening the nuts. Push down on the wrench
while tightening the wheel nuts. Alternate nuts until each
nut has been tightened twice. Correct wheel nut torque is
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100 ft. lbs (135 N·m). If you doubt that you have
tightened the nuts correctly, have them checked with a
torque wrench by your dealer or at a service station.
8. Remove the wheel blocks and lower the jack until it is
free. Stow the lug wrench, replaced tire, and jack. Secure
all parts using the means provided.
WARNING!
A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the spare tire in
the places provided.
WARNING!
A loose tire thrown forward in a collision or hard
stop could injure the occupants in the vehicle. Have
the deflated (flat) tire repaired or replaced immediately.
10. Check the tire pressure as soon as possible. Correct
pressure as required.
JUMP-STARTING PROCEDURES DUE TO A LOW
BATTERY
WARNING!
9. Place the deflated (flat) tire in the cargo area, have the
tire repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Take care to avoid the radiator cooling fan whenever
the hood is raised. It can start anytime the ignition
switch is on. You can be hurt by the fan.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 241
WARNING!
Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle cannot be started this way. Unburned fuel could
enter the catalytic converter and once the engine has
started, ignite and damage the converter and vehicle.
If the vehicle has a discharged 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 this procedure carefully.
1. Wear eye protection and remove any metal jewelry
such as watch bands or bracelets that might make an
inadvertent electrical contact.
2. When boosting from a battery in another vehicle, park
that vehicle within booster cable reach but without
letting the vehicles touch. Set parking brake, place automatic transaxle in PARK (manual transaxle in NEUTRAL) and turn ignition to OFF for both vehicles.
3. Turn off the heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive
terminal of the booster battery. Connect the other end of
the jumper cable to the positive jump start terminal,
located near the Power Distribution Center, of the vehicle
with the discharged battery.
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WARNING!
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 the contaminated area
immediately with large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas which 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.
5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative terminal
of the booster battery and then to the negative jump start
terminal, located near the hood release latch, of the
vehicle with the discharged battery. Make sure you have
a good contact.
Negative Jump Start
6. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position for 3
seconds before moving the ignition switch to the START
position.
7. Start the engine in the vehicle that has the booster
battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the
engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.
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8. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fan.
DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES
Acceleration
Rapid acceleration on snow covered, wet, or other slippery surfaces may cause the front wheels to pull erratically to the right or left. This phenomenon occurs when
there is a difference in the surface traction under the front
(driving) wheels.
WARNING!
Rapid acceleration on slippery surfaces is dangerous. Unequal traction can cause sudden pulling of
the front wheels. 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, wet, 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.
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2. Slow down if 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 of you to avoid a collision in a sudden
stop.
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 First gear. Usually the least accelerator pedal pressure to maintain the rocking motion without spinning the
wheels is most effective.
WARNING!
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn the system OFF before attempting to “rock” the
vehicle.
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 (55km/h) when you are stuck. And don’t
let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter what the
speed.
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CAUTION!
Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast
may lead to transaxle overheating and failure. It can
also damage the tires. Do not spin the wheels above
35 mph (55km/h).
TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
With Ignition Key
Four Speed Automatic Transaxle
Your vehicle may be towed under the following conditions: The steering column must be unlocked and the
gear selector must be in NEUTRAL, the distance to be
towed must not exceed 100 miles (160 km), and the
towing speed must not exceed 44 mph (72 km/h). If the
transaxle is not operative, or if the vehicle is to be towed
more than 100 miles (160 km), the vehicle must be towed
with the front wheels off the ground to avoid damage to
the transaxle.
Manual Transaxle
Your vehicle may be towed if the gearshift lever is in
NEUTRAL. If the transaxle is not operative, the vehicle
must be towed with the front wheels off the ground.
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All Transaxles
CAUTION!
If the vehicle being towed requires steering, the
ignition switch must be in the OFF position, not in
the LOCK or ACCESSORY positions.
Do not attempt to use sling type equipment when
towing. When securing vehicle to flat bed truck, do
not attach to front or rear suspension components.
Damage to your vehicle may result from improper
towing.
If it is necessary to use the accessories while being towed
(wipers, defrosters, etc.), the key must be in the ON
position, not the ACCESSORY position. Make certain the
transaxle remains in NEUTRAL.
Without The Ignition Key
Special care must be taken when the vehicle is towed
with the ignition in the LOCK position. A dolly should be
used under the front wheels if the rear wheels are raised.
Proper towing equipment is necessary to prevent damage to the vehicle.
Towing This Vehicle Behind Another Vehicle (Flat
Towing With All Four Wheels On The Ground)
If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transaxle, it
may be towed at any legal highway speed, for any
distance, if the transaxle is in neutral.
If the ignition key is not available, vehicles with automatic transaxles can not be flat towed at any time.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 247
CONVERTIBLE TOP MANUAL OVERRIDE
If your vehicle is experiencing electrical failure (low
battery, etc.) and it is necessary to raise the convertible
top, perform the following steps:
1. Locate the convertible top motor bleeder screw, which
is found in the trunk under the convertible top storage
area.
2. Turn the screw counterclockwise until the screw stops.
This will relieve the hydraulic pressure and allow the
convertible top to be raised manually.
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Bleeder Screw
3. Using the latch handle raise the top until the two pins
seat themselves in the windshield header.
4. Rotate the latch handle clockwise to open the latches.
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5. Pull down and rotate the handle counterclockwise to
engage the latches.
Engaging Convertible Top
6. Raise the handle into the stowed position.
7. Close the convertible top motor bleeder screw by
turning the screw clockwise until it stops.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
䡵 2.4L Turbo Engine Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
▫ Drive Belts — Check Condition And Tension . . 261
䡵 2.4L Engine Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
▫ Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System — OBD II . . . . . . . . 254
▫ Ignition Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
▫ Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Engine Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Fuel Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Air Cleaner Element (Filter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
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▫ Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
▫ Power Steering — Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
▫ Front Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
▫ Windshield Washer Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 277
▫ Fuel System Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
▫ Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
▫ Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
䡵 Convertible Top Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
▫ Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
▫ General Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
▫ Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure . . . . 291
▫ Cloth Top Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
▫ Weather Strip Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
䡵 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
▫ Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center) . 292
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
䡵 Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 251
䡵 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
▫ Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . 301
▫ Headlight Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
䡵 Fluids And Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
▫ Front Park/Turn Signal/Side Marker Lights . . 300
䡵 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
▫ Front Fog Lights — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . 300
▫ Tail/Stop, And Rear Turn Signal Lights . . . . . . 300
▫ Back Up Light Bulb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
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2.4L TURBO ENGINE COMPARTMENT
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 253
2.4L ENGINE COMPARTMENT
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM — OBD II
Your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated onboard
diagnostic system called OBD II. This system monitors
the performance of the emissions, engine, and automatic
transmission 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 “Malfunction Indicator 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 dealer for service as soon as
possible.
CAUTION!
• Prolonged driving with the “Malfunction Indicator Light” on could cause further damage to the
emission control system. It could also affect fuel
economy and driveability. The vehicle must be
serviced before any emissions tests can be performed.
• If the “Malfunction Indicator Light” is flashing
while the engine is running, severe catalytic converter damage and power loss will soon occur.
Immediate service is required.
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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 MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)
is functioning and is not on when the engine is running,
and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready
for testing.
Normally, the OBD system will be ready. The OBD
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 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 system is ready, you must do
the following:
1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON 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 position, you
will see your MIL symbol come on as part of a normal
bulb check.
5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will
happen:
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a. The MIL will flash for about 10 seconds and then
return to being fully illuminated until you turn off the
ignition key or start the engine. This means that your
vehicle’s OBD system is not ready and you should not
proceed to the I/M station.
b. The MIL 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 system
is ready and you can proceed to the I/M station.
If your OBD 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
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 system is
ready or not ready, if the MIL symbol is illuminated
during normal vehicle operation, you should have your
vehicle serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M
station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on
with the engine running.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar威 parts for normal/scheduled
maintenance and repairs is highly recommended to insure the designed performance. Damage or failures
caused by the use of non-Mopar威 parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer’s
warranty.
DEALER SERVICE
Your 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.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the required maintenance
services determined by the engineers who designed your
vehicle.
WARNING!
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.
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
mechanic.
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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The best time to check the engine oil level is about 5
minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at
the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on these
engines.
CAUTION!
Overfilling the crankcase as indicated by an oil level
above the “Max” mark on the engine oil dipstick
will cause oil aeration, which can lead to loss of oil
pressure and an increase in oil temperature. This
could damage your engine.
Engine Oil Dipstick
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
Change Engine Oil
Road conditions and your kind of driving affects the
interval at which your oil should be changed. Check the
following list to decide if any apply to you.
• Day and night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C).
• Stop and Go driving.
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• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90°F (32°C).
• Trailer towing.
• Taxi, Police or delivery service (commercial service).
• Off-Road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first, and follow schedule “B—All
Engines” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this
manual.
If none of these apply to you, and your vehicle is
equipped with a Non–Turbo Charged Engine then
change your engine oil at every interval shown on
schedule “A”—NON TURBO in the maintenance schedule section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, and your vehicle is
equipped with a Turbo Charged Engine change your
engine oil at every interval shown on schedule
“A”—TURBO in the maintenance schedule section of this
manual.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months
whichever comes first.
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Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, the manufacturer only
recommends engine oils that are API certified and meet
the requirements of DaimlerChrysler Material Standard
MS-6395.
Engine Oil Viscosity (SAE Grade)
SAE 5W-30 engine oil is recommended for all operating
temperatures. This engine oil improves low temperature starting and vehicle fuel economy. Refer to your
engine oil filler cap for the recommended engine oil
viscosity for your vehicle.
American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil
Identification Symbol
This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). The
manufacturer only recommends
API Certified engine oils.
For information on engine oil filler cap location, see the
Engine Compartment illustration in this section.
Lubricants which do not have both, the engine oil certification mark and the correct SAE viscosity grade number should not be used.
Synthetic Engine Oils
There are a number of engine oils being promoted as
either synthetic or semi-synthetic. If you chose to use
such a product, use only those oils that are American
Petroleum Institute (API) Certified and have the recommended SAE viscosity grade. Follow the maintenance
schedule that describes your driving type.
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Materials Added To Engine Oils
The manufacture strongly recommends against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to
the engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and
it’s performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
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 of this manufacturers engines have a full-flow 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. Mopar Engine Oil Filters are high
quality oil filters and are recommended.
Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tension
At the mileage 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, see your authorized dealer for service.
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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.
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.
Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New plugs should be installed at the specified mileage. The entire set should be
replaced if there is any malfunction due to a faulty spark
plug. Refer to the Engine data Label located under the
hood for the proper type of spark plug for use in your
vehicle.
Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly tuned to assure
proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst
damage.
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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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 manufacturers 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 transaxle 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 prolonged period.
Engine Timing Belt
Replace the engine timing belt at the intervals described
in the appropriate maintenance schedule.
Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits. As vehicle
mileage builds up, the PCV valve and passages may
accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly,
replace it with a new valve. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
CLEAN THE OLD PCV VALVE!
Check ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
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 filter replacement may be necessary. The fuel
filters are located inside the fuel tank. See your dealer for
service.
Air Cleaner Element (Filter)
Under normal driving conditions, replace the filter at the
intervals shown on Schedule “A”. If, however, you drive
the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe conditions,
the filter element should be inspected periodically and
replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on Schedule
“B”.
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NOTE: For vehicles with a Turbo engine, a small
amount of oil accumulation in the air cleaner box is
normal. The amount will depend on driving style. The air
cleaner box should be cleaned out and a new make-upair filter element should be installed during the normal
air filter maintenance procedure.
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.
Maintenance-Free Battery
You will never have to add water, nor is periodic maintenance required.
CAUTION!
When servicing the battery, always reinstall the
battery thermowrap. The thermowrap provides battery heat protection and will extend overall battery
life. Failure to reinstall the thermowrap can result in
evaporative loss of the battery fluid.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
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.
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.
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 Maintenance
For best possible performance, your air conditioner
should be checked and serviced by an Authorized Dealer
at the start of each warm season. This service should
include cleaning of the condenser fins and a performance
test. Drive belt tension should also be checked at this
time.
WARNING!
• Use only refrigerants and compressor lubricants
approved by the manufacturer for your air conditioning system. Some unapproved refrigerants are
flammable and can explode, injuring you. Other
unapproved refrigerants or lubricants can cause
the system to fail, requiring costly repairs. Refer
to Section 3 of the Warranty Information book for
further warranty information.
• 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 repairman.
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Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling
R-134a Air Conditioning Refrigerant is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) that is endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency and is an ozone-saving product. However, the manufacturer recommends that air conditioning
service be performed by dealers or other service facilities
using recovery and recycling equipment.
NOTE: Use only manufacturer approved A/C System
Sealers, Stop Leak Products, Seal Conditioners, Compressor Oil, or Refrigerants.
Power Steering — Fluid Check
Checking the power steering fluid level at a defined
service interval is not required. The fluid should only be
checked if a leak is suspected, abnormal noises are
apparent, and/or the system is not functioning as anticipated. Coordinate inspection efforts through a certified
DaimlerChrysler Dealership.⬙
WARNING!
Fluid level should be checked on a level surface and
with the engine off to prevent injury from moving
parts and to insure accurate fluid level reading. Do
not overfill. Use only manufacturers recommended
power steering fluid.
If necessary, add fluid to restore to the proper indicated
level. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all
surfaces. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and
Genuine Parts for correct fluid types.
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. Damaged seals and
their corresponding potentially damaged ball joints must
be replaced.
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Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, deck lid and hood hinges, should be
lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy operation
and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be
wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating
excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular
attention should also be given to hood latching components to insure proper function. When performing other
underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism
and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated.
The external lock cylinders should be lubricated twice a
year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small
amount of a high quality lubricant such as Mopar威 Lock
Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
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, waxes or road film
and help reduce streaking 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
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.
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2. Push the release tab shown in the illustration and slide
the wiper blade assembly down along the arm. Gently
place the wiper arm on the windshield.
3. Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip
until it locks in place.
Windshield Washer Reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir is located in the rear of the
engine compartment on the passenger side and should be
checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the
reservoir with windshield washer solvent (not radiator
antifreeze).
Washer Fluid Reservoir
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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 an oil
change or lubrication. Replace as required.
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
switch 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 engine coolant (antifreeze) protection every 12
months (before the onset of freezing weather, where
applicable). If coolant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the
system should be drained, flushed and refilled with fresh
coolant.
Check the front of the radiator for an accumulation of
bugs, leaves, etc. Clean the radiator by gently spraying
water from a garden hose at the back of the core.
Check the coolant recovery bottle tubing for brittle rubber, cracking, tears, cuts and tightness of the connection
at the bottle and radiator. Inspect the entire system for
leaks.
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With the engine at normal operating temperature (but
not running), check the cooling system pressure cap for
proper vacuum sealing by draining a small amount of
coolant from the radiator drain cock. If the cap is sealing
properly, the engine coolant (antifreeze) will begin to
drain from the coolant recovery bottle. DO NOT REMOVE THE COOLANT PRESSURE CAP WHEN THE
COOLING SYSTEM IS HOT.
Selection Of Coolant
Use only the manufacturers recommended coolant, refer
to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for correct coolant type.
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. Discard oil antifreeze
solution.
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CAUTION!
Mixing of coolants other than specified engine coolants, may result in engine damage that may not be
covered under the new vehicle warranty, and decreased corrosion protection. If a non-HOAT coolant
is introduced into the cooling system in an emergency, it should be replaced with the specified
coolant as soon as possible.
Do not use plain water alone or alcohol base engine
coolant (antifreeze) products. Do not use additional
rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not
be compatible with the radiator engine coolant and
may plug the radiator.
This vehicle has not been designed for use with
Propylene Glycol based coolants. Use of Propylene
Glycol based coolants is not recommended.
Adding Coolant
When adding coolant, or refilling the system, a minimum
solution of 50% recommended HOAT ethylene glycol
engine coolant (antifreeze) and distilled water should be
used. Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if
temperatures below ⫺37°C (⫺34°F ) are anticipated.
Use only high purity water such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/engine coolant solution.
The use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of
corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.
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.
NOTE: Mixing coolant types will decrease the life of the
engine coolant and will require more frequent coolant
changes.
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Cooling System Pressure Cap
The cap must be fully tightened to prevent loss of
coolant, and to insure that coolant will return to the
radiator from the coolant recovery bottle.
The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any
accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.
WARNING!
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the
cooling system pressure 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.
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. To prevent ingestion by animals or children
do not store ethylene glycol based engine coolant in open
containers or allow it to remain in puddles on the
ground. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately. Clean up any ground spills immediately.
Coolant Level
The coolant recovery bottle provides a quick visual
method for determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the engine idling, and warm to normal
operating temperature, the level of the coolant in the
bottle should be between the “FULL” and “ADD” marks.
The radiator normally remains completely full, so there is
no need to remove the radiator cap unless checking for
coolant freeze point or replacing coolant. Advise your
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service attendant of this. As long as the engine operating
temperature is satisfactory, the coolant recovery bottle
need only be checked once a month.
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, it should be added to the coolant recovery
bottle. Do not overfill.
Points To Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few kilometers (a few miles) 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 recovery bottle.
• Check coolant freeze point in the system.
• If frequent coolant additions are required, the cooling
system should be pressure tested for leaks.
• Maintain coolant concentration at 50% HOAT ethylene
glycol engine coolant (minimum) and distilled water
for proper corrosion protection of your engine which
contains aluminum components.
• Make sure that the radiator and coolant recovery
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.
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• 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 gas
mileage, 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, 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.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
Inspect all hose connections such as clamps and couplings to make sure the are secure and no leaks are
present.
Components should be replaced immediately if there is
any evidence of degradation that could cause failure.
Fuel System Connections
Electronic Fuel Injection high pressure fuel systems are
designed with tubes and special connects, connections
and clamps which have unique material characteristics to
provide adequate sealing and resist attack by deteriorated gasoline.
You are urged to use only the manufactures-specified
tubes, connections and clamps, or their equivalent in
material and specification, in any fuel system servicing.
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Brake System
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.
brittle rubber, cracking, 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 the surface of the hoses and nylon tubing for
evidence of heat and mechanical damage. Hard and
Insure 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.
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.
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 lamp 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
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Use only manufacturers recommended brake fluid, refer
to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for correct fluid type.
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.
WARNING!
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in
spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the
brake fluid catching fire.
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter.
Do not allow petroleum based fluid to contaminate the
brake fluid as seal damage will result!
Automatic Transaxle
All front wheel drive vehicles have a transmission and
differential assembly contained within a single housing.
Selection Of Lubricant
It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the
transaxle to assure optimum transaxle performance. Use
only manufacturers recommended transmission fluid,
refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for correct fluid type. It is important that the
transmission fluid be maintained at the prescribed level
using the recommended fluid.
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CAUTION!
Using a transmission fluid other than the manufacturers recommended fluid may cause deterioration
in transmission shift quality and/or torque converter
shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than the
manufacturers recommended fluid will result in
more frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for correct fluid type.
Fluid Level Check
The fluid level in the automatic transaxle should be
checked whenever the vehicle is serviced. Operation with
an improper fluid level will greatly reduce the life of the
transaxle and of the fluid.
Procedure For Checking Fluid Level
To properly check the automatic transaxle fluid level, the
following procedure must be used:
1. The vehicle must be on level ground.
2. The engine should be running at curb idle speed for a
minimum of 60 seconds.
3. Fully apply parking brake.
4. Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear
position ending with the lever in P (PARK).
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5. Remove the dipstick and determine if the fluid is hot
or warm. Hot fluid is approximately 180°F (82°C), which
is the normal operating temperature after the vehicle has
been driven at least 15 miles (24 km). The fluid cannot be
comfortable held between the finger tips. Warm is when
the fluid is between 85° to 125°F (29° to 52°C).
6. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until seated.
Remove dipstick and note reading.
If the fluid is hot, reading should be in the cross hatched
area marked “HOT” between the upper two holes in the
dipstick.
If the fluid is cold, the fluid level should be between the
lower two holes, into the area marked “LOW”.
If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmission
fluid to bring to the proper level.
Transaxle Dipstick Location
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CAUTION!
Do not overfill. Dirt and water in the transaxle can
cause serious damage. To prevent dirt and water
from entering the transaxle after checking or replenishing fluid, make certain that the dipstick cap is
seated properly.
Fluid And Filter Changes
Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be
changed as follows:
Maintenance schedule “A”—Turbo Charged Engines –
No change necessary.
Maintenance schedule “B” – Every 60,000 miles (96 000
km) change fluid and filter under the following conditions:
• Police, taxi, limousine, commercial type operation, or
trailer towing where the vehicle is driven regularly for
more than 45 minutes of continuous operation.
NOTE: Refer to Section 8 of this manual for maintenance schedules.
If the transaxle is disassembled for any reason, the fluid
and filter should be changed.
Special Additives
The manufacturer recommends against the addition of
any fluid additives to the transaxle. 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 they may adversely affect seals.
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Manual Transaxle
Lubricant Selection
Use only manufacturers recommended transmission
fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and
Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.
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 that 3/16” (4.7 mm) below the bottom of
the hole.
Add fluid, if necessary, to maintain the proper level.
Frequency Of Fluid Change
Under normal operating conditions, the fluid installed at
the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of
the vehicle. Fluid changes are not necessary unless the
following conditions exist:
• The lubricant has become contaminated with water. If
contaminated with water, the fluid should be changed
immediately.
• If severe usage has occurred, refer to Maintenance
Schedule “B” in Section 8 of this manual.
Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion
Protection Of Body And Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body care requirements vary according to geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make roads
passable in snow and ice, and those that are 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.
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The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
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.
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
• Salt in the air near sea coast localities.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
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 Mopar auto polish to remove road film and stains
and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to scratch
the paint.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
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CAUTION!
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 deck lid be kept
clear and open.
• 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 Mopar 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.
• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
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CAUTION!
If your vehicle is equipped with flame or woodgrain
graphics, it is recommended that special care be
taken when using hand-held pressure washers to
clean your vehicle. The pressure of these hand-held
car wash wands can vary greatly and could possibly
cause damage to the surface of the graphic. Hold the
tip of the wand at least 12 inches away from the
graphic surface when cleaning the vehicle.
Wheel And Wheel Trim Care
All wheels and wheel trim, especially Aluminum and
Chrome plated, should be cleaned regularly, when cool,
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 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 Mopar Wheel Cleaners are recommended. DO NOT
USE any of the items listed below which can damage
your wheels and wheel trim.
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.
• Chrome polish
• Oven cleaner
• A car wash that uses carbide-tipped wheel cleaning
brushes or acidic solutions.
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CAUTION!
Many wheel cleaners contain acids that may harm
the wheel surface.
NOTE: Replacement costs for components damaged as
a result of not following the recommended cleaning
practices are considered the responsibility of the customer.
Interior Care
Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery and
carpeting.
Use Mopar Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery and
vinyl trim.
Mopar Total Clean is specifically recommended for
leather upholstery.
Your leather upholstery can be best preserved by regular
cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt
can act as an abrasive and damage the leather upholstery
and should be removed promptly with a damp cloth.
Stubborn soils can be removed easily with a soft cloth
and Mopar 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.
WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
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Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
Instrument Panel Cover
The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which
minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use
protectants or other products which may cause undesirable reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the
low glare surface.
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 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.
1. Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content of abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
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2. Dry with a soft tissue.
Seat Belt Maintenance
Do not bleach, dye or clean the belts with chemical
solvents or abrasive cleaners. This will weaken the fabric.
Sun damage will also weaken the fabric.
If the belts need cleaning, use a mild soap solution or
lukewarm water. Do not remove the belts from the
vehicle to wash them.
Washing
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.
CAUTION!
Replace the belts if they appear frayed or worn or if the
buckles do not work properly.
Avoid high pressure car washes, as they can damage
the top material. Also, increased water pressure may
force water past the weather strips.
CONVERTIBLE TOP CARE
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 storage compartment.
General Cleaning
Careful vacuuming of the top before washing is helpful
in removing dust and other foreign particles. Wash in
partial shade instead of direct sun. Wet the entire vehicle
before washing the top. The top should be washed with
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a soft, natural bristle scrub brush, and a mild soap
solution such as liquid dish washing soap. Do not use
detergent.
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.
CAUTION!
Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure
For additional cleaning assistance in removing stubborn
stains, apply Mopar Convertible Cloth Top Cleaner #
4883061 to the complete stain, extending 2 inches (50
mm) beyond the stain. With a soft bristle brush, scrub in
all directions over the stain. Avoid heavy scrubbing.
Rinse the area with warm water. If the stain is still
apparent, repeat the cleaning procedure. When the stain
is no longer showing, rinse the complete top with warm
water. Let the top dry before lowering it.
Never use an abrasive type cleaner or bleaches.
Cleaners should not contain silicones, organic solvents, petroleum distillates or plasticizers. always
wait until the top is thoroughly dry before lowering
it into the storage area.
Scrub in all directions, covering an area of about two
square feet at a time. Avoid heavy scrubbing. Rinse the
entire vehicle with water to remove all soap and dirt from
the top fabric and to prevent streaking on painted and
chrome surfaces. 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,
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Cloth Top Protection
For appearance purposes, you may wish to protect your
Twillfast™ (cloth) top periodically. A fabric protectant
such as Scotchguard威 is suggested. The top should be
clean and dry before application of the protectant.
FUSES
Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center)
A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine
compartment; next to the air cleaner filter. A label identifying the components and circuits is located on the
underside of the cover.
CAUTION!
Avoid getting Scotchguard威 on the surrounding
weather strips, moldings, paint, or glass. Damage to
these items might occur.
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.
Power Distribution Center Location
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FUSE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Amp/Color
30 Amp/Pink
40 Amp/
Green
40 Amp/
Green
30 Amp/Blue
40 Amp/
Green
50 Amp/Red
Items Fused
Ignition Start
Anti-Lock Brake (ABS)
Pump
Ignition Run
Heated Seats
Radiator Fan (Low Speed
Turbo only)
High Speed Radiator Fan
(Turbo Only)
30 Amp/Blue Anti-Lock Brake (ABS)
Solenoid
40 Amp/
Electric Back Light (EBL)
Green
40 Amp/
Power Top
Green
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
40 Amp/
Green
10 Amp/Red
15 Amp/Lt.
Blue
20 Amp/
Yellow
15 Amp/Lt.
Blue
20 Amp/
Yellow
IP Fuse Block
Air Conditioning (A/C)
Stop Lights
Fuel Pump/Auto Shut
Down (ASD)
Horn
Electronic Automatic
Transaxle (ETAX)
15 Amp/Lt.
Hi Beam
Blue
30 Amp/Blue Ignition Off Draw (IOD)
15 Amp/Lt.
Hazard Flasher
Blue
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21
22
20 Amp/
Yellow
Spare
20 Amp/
Yellow
Power Outlets
Fog Lamps (Export Only)
Interior Fuses
The fuse access panel is on the left side of the instrument
panel next to the steering column. To remove the panel,
pull it out, as shown. A label identifying the components
and circuits is located on the inside of the cover.
Interior Fuse Panel
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FUSE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Amp/Color
25 Amp/
Natural
15 Amp/Lt.
Blue
20 Amp/
Yellow
20 Amp/
Yellow
10 Amp/Red
10 Amp/Red
25 Amp/
Natural
15 Amp/Lt.
Blue
10 Amp/Red
Items Fused
Headlamp Switch
10
11
10 Amp/Red
10 Amp/Red
Park Lamps
RKE/Door Locks
12
13
14
Power Height Adjust
15
Airbag Run Only
B/U Electric Back Light
(EBL) NEU SAF
HVAC Blower
16
17
10 Amp/Red
10 Amp/Red
20 Amp/
Yellow
20 Amp/
Yellow
10 Amp/Red
15 Amp/Lt.
Blue
10 Amp/Red
10 Amp/Red
10 Amp/Red
Fog Lamp (Non BUX)
Airbag Run-ST
18
19
20
Cluster/RKE/SKIM
Engine Module/ABSTRAC
PDC Relays/LDP
Interior Lighting
Overhead Console/Radio
Wipers/Comb. FLS
Auto Stick/Ignition
Heated Seats
Heated Mirrors
Rt Headlamp
Lt Headlamp
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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.
VEHICLE STORAGE
If you will not be using your vehicle for more than 21
days you may want to take steps to preserve your battery.
You may:
• Disengage the mini fuse in the Power Distribution
Center labeled IOD (Ignition Off-Draw).
• Or, disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
REPLACEMENT BULBS
LIGHT BULBS — Inside
Bulb No.
ABS Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Airbag Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Brake System Warning Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Center Console Floor Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T37
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6233137
Console Gear Selector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Cruise Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VFD *
Deck Lid Ajar Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Dome Light (Sport Bar Lights) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T904
Door Ajar Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VFD *
Front Fog Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Instrument Cluster Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Low Fuel Indicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Low Oil Pressure Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Overhead Reading Light (Rearview Mirror) . . . . . T192
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Rear Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T906
Seat Belt Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Security Alarm Indicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Temperature Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Trac (Active) Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VFD *
TRAC OFF Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Trip Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VFD *
Turn Signal Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Visor Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Voltage Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
NOTE: * Vacuum Fluorescent Display
All the inside bulbs are brass or glass wedge base.
Aluminum base bulbs are not approved and should not
be used for replacement.
LIGHTS BULBS — Outside
Bulb No.
Low Beam Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006XS
High Beam Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9005XS
Front Park/Turn Signal/Side Marker Light . 4157NAKX
Front Fog Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006
Center High Mounted Stop Light
(CHMSL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921–W16W
Rear Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Light . . . . . . 3157–P27/7W
Backup Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157-P27/7W
License Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
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BULB REPLACEMENT
Headlight Bulb Replacement
CAUTION!
Do not touch the new headlight bulb with your
fingers. Oil contamination will severely shorten
bulb life.
1. Remove the headlight access cover splash shield,
located in the front wheel well opening.
2. Disconnect the electrical connector.
3. Rotate the socket to the left one quarter turn and
replace the bulb.
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Front Park/Turn Signal/Side Marker Lights
Front Fog Lights — If Equipped
1. Remove the headlight access cover splash shield,
located in the front wheel well opening.
1. Remove the fasteners attaching the lower splash
shield to gain access to the fog light.
2. Rotate the socket to the left one quarter turn to replace
and replace the bulb.
2. Twist and remove the bulb from the fog light housing.
3. Disconnect the electrical connector and replace bulb.
Tail/Stop, and Rear Turn Signal Lights
1. Remove the screw attaching the tail light housing and
remove the housing from the vehicle.
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2. Twist the bulb socket 1/4 turn to remove it from the
housing.
Back Up Light Bulb
1. Remove the screws attaching the back up light to the
rear fascia and remove the housing.
2. Remove the socket from the housing.
3. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace.
Center High Mounted Stop Light
1. Open the deck lid and remove the deck lid CHMSL
cover.
2. Remove CHMSL lens from the housing by unlatching
the two side latches.
3. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace.
3. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace.
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FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES
Fuel (Approximate)
Engine Oil-With Filter
2.4 Liter Engines (Use API Certified SAE 5W-30 Engine Oil.
Refer to your engine oil filler cap for correct SAE grade meeting DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395.)
Cooling System *
2.4 Liter Engines (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000
Miles Formula)
* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
U.S.
15 Gallons
Metric
56.7 Liters
5.0 qts
4.7 Liters
6.5 qts
6.2 Liters
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RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Fuel Selection
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology)
Use API Certified SAE 5W-30 Engine Oil. Refer to your engine oil filler cap
for correct SAE grade meeting DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395.
Non Turbo—Mopar 4105409 or equiv. Turbo—Mopar 4781452AA or equiv.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label in the engine compartment.
91 Octane for High Output 2.4L Turbo and 87 Octane for 2.4L Standard
Turbo and 2.4L Standard Non Turbo Engines.
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Chassis
Component
Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Manual Transmission Fluid.
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts.
Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Mopar威 DOT 3, SAE J1703 should be used. If DOT 3, SAE J1703 brake
fluid is not available, then DOT 4 is acceptable. Use only recommended
brake fluids.
Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
CONTENTS
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䡵 Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . . 306
▫ Schedule “A”—Non Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
䡵 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
▫ Schedule “A”—Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323 C
▫ Schedule “B”—All Engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
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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
vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent mainS tenance may be needed for vehicles in severe operating
C conditions such as dusty areas and very short trip
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Inspection and service also should be done any time a
malfunction is suspected.
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.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
There are three maintenance schedules that show required service for your vehicle.
First is Schedule “B”—ALL ENGINES. It is for vehicles
that are operated under the conditions that are listed
below and at the beginning of the schedule.
• Day and night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).
• Trailer towing.†〫
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• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).†〫
• Off-road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first, and follow schedule “B—All
Engines” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this
manual.
NOTE: IF ANY of these apply to you then flush and
replace the engine coolant every 102,000 miles (164,000
km) or 60 months, whichever comes first, and follow
schedule “B—All Engines” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions
listed for Schedule ⬙B⬙—ALL ENGINES.
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Second is Schedule “A”—NON TURBO. It is for vehicles
that are not operated under any of the conditions listed
under Schedule ⬙B⬙—ALL ENGINES.
Use the schedule that best describes your driving condi- S
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interval that occurs first.
CAUTION!
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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• Check the windshield washer solvent and add if
required.
• Check all lights and all other electrical items for correct
operation.
• Check rubber seals on each side of the radiator for
proper fit.
At Each Oil Change
• Change the engine oil filter.
• Inspect the exhaust system.
Once a Month
• Inspect the brake hoses.
• Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or
damage.
• Inspect the CV joints and front suspension components.
• Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals
as required.
• Check the automatic transaxle fluid level.
• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
master cylinder and transaxle and add as needed.
• Check the manual transaxle fluid level and fill plug
condition.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
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SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES
Follow schedule “B”—All Engines if you usually operate
your vehicle under one or more of the following conditions.
Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter every
60,000 miles (96 000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated
under one or more of the conditions marked with an 〫.
Change the manual transaxle fluid every 48,000 miles (77
000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated under one or
more of the conditions marked with an †.
• Day and night temperatures are below32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high I
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• Off-road or desert operation.
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fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first, and follow schedule “B—All
Engines” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this
manual.
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NOTE: IF ANY of these apply to you then flush and
replace the engine coolant every 102,000 miles (164,000
km) or 60 months, whichever comes first, and follow
schedule “B—All Engines” of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, and your vehicle is
equipped with a Non–Turbo Charged Engine then
S change your engine oil at every interval shown on
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schedule “A”—NON TURBO in the maintenance schedule section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, and your vehicle is
equipped with a Turbo Charged Engine change your
engine oil at every interval shown on schedule
“A”—TURBO in the maintenance schedule section of this
manual.
SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES 311 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not
replaced at 3 months.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Inspect the engine air cleaner filter, replace as
necessary.*
Inspect the Make-up air filter, replace as necessary.
3,000
(5 000)
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6,000
(10 000)
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9,000
(14 000)
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12,000
(19 000)
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15,000
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18,000
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Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace as necessary.*
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
21,000
(34 000)
X
24,000
(38 000)
X
X
X
27,000
(43 000)
X
30,000
(48 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
33,000
(53 000)
X
36,000
(58 000)
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES 313 M
Miles
( Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not
replaced at 3 months.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Change the brake fluid. If vehicle is used for
trailer towing.
Inspect the engine air cleaner filter, replace as
necessary.*
Change the manual transaxle fluid.†
Inspect the Make-up air filter. Replace as necessary.
39,000
(62 000)
X
42,000
(67 000)
X
45,000
(72 000)
X
X
48,000
(77 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
51,000
(82 000)
X
54,000
(86 000)
X
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A
I
N Miles
T ( Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not
A replaced at 3 months.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the brake linings.
S
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S
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Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
Change the automatic transaxle fluid and filter.〫
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60
months, if not done at 102,000 miles.
57,000
(91 000)
X
60,000
(96 000)
X
63,000
66,000
69,000
(101 000) (106 000) (111 000)
X
X
X
72,000
(115 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES 315 M
Miles
75,000
78,000
81,000
84,000
87,000
90,000
(Kilometers)
(120 000) (125 000) (130 000) (135 000) (130 000) (144 000)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not reX
X
X
X
X
X
placed at 3 months.
Rotate tires.
X
X
X
Inspect the brake linings.
X
Inspect the engine air cleaner filter and replace
X
as necessary.*
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
X
Replace the spark plugs.
X
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
X
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary.
X
Not required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the engine timing belt. *
X
Inspect the Make-up air filter, replace as necessary.
X
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
X
Replace the Make-up air filter.
X
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M 316 SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not reA placed at 3 months.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the brake linings.
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Change the brake fluid. If vehicle is used for trailer
towing.
Inspect the engine air cleaner filter and replace as
necessary.*
Change the manual transaxle fluid.†
Flush and replace the engine coolant, if not replaced
at 60 months.
Inspect the Make-up air filter, replace as necessary.
93,000
(150 000)
X
96,000
(154 000)
X
X
X
X
99,000
(159 000)
X
102,000
(164 000)
X
105,000
(168 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”—ALL ENGINES 317 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not replaced at 3 months.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter. *
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
Change automatic transaxle fluid and filter.〫
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. *‡
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 120 months,
if not replaced at 102,000 miles.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
108,000
(173 000)
X
X
111,000
(178 000)
X
114,000
(183 000)
X
X
X
117,000
(188 000)
X
120,000
(193 000)
X
X
X
X
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* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
† This maintenance is required only for police, taxi,
limousine type operation, or trailer towing.
〫 This maintenance is required only for police, taxi,
limousine type operation, or trailer towing.
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
SCHEDULE “A”—NON TURBO 319 M
SCHEDULE “A”—NON TURBO
Miles
(Kilometers )
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension
6,000
(10 000)
[6]
X
X
12,000
(19 000)
[12]
X
X
18,000
(29 000)
[18]
X
X
X
24,000
(38 000)
[24]
X
X
30,000
(48 000)
[30]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
36,000
(58 000)
[36]
X
X
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M 320 SCHEDULE “A”—NON TURBO
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the brake linings.
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
S
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Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace, if necessary.*
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 60 months, if
not done at 102,000 miles.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
42,000
(67 000)
[42]
X
X
48,000
(77 000)
[48]
X
X
54,000
(86 000)
[54]
X
X
X
60,000
(96 000)
[60]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
66,000
(106 000)
[66]
X
X
SCHEDULE “A”—NON TURBO 321 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not
required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
Flush and replace the engine coolant, if not replaced at 60 months.
72,000
(115 000)
[72]
X
X
X
78,000
(125
000)
[78]
X
X
84,000
(134
000)
[84]
X
X
90,000
(144
000)
[90]
X
X
X
X
X
X
96,000
(154 000)
[96]
X
X
102,000
(164
000)
[102]
X
X
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A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. * ‡
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108,000
(173 000)
[108]
X
X
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Replace the engine timing belt. *
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 120 months, if not done at
102,000 miles.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
114,000
(182 000)
[114]
X
X
120,000
(192 000)
[120]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO 323 M
SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
5,000
(8 000)
[6]
X
X
10,000
(16 000)
[12]
X
X
15,000
(24 000)
[18]
X
X
20,000
(32 000)
[24]
X
X
X
25,000
(40 000)
[30]
X
X
30,000
(48 000)
[36]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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M 324 SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the brake linings.
S
C
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S
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Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months, if not
replaced at 100,000 miles.
35,000
(56 000)
[42]
X
X
40,000
(64 000)
[48]
X
X
X
45,000
(72 000)
[54]
X
X
50,000
(80 000)
[60]
X
X
X
55,000
(88 000)
[66]
X
X
SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO 325 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not
required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
60,000
(96 000)
[72]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
65,000
(104
000)
[78]
X
X
70,000
(112
000)
[84]
X
X
75,000
(120
000)
[90]
X
X
80,000
(128
000)
[96]
X
X
X
85,000
(136 000)
[102]
X
X
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M 326 SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Inspect the brake linings.
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
S
8
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not required if
previously changed. * ‡
Flush and replace the engine coolant if not done at 60 months.
Replace the Make-up air filter.
Replace the engine timing belt.
90,000
(144 000)
[108]
X
X
95,000
(156 000)
[114]
X
X
100,000
(160 000)
[120]
X
X
X
105,000
(168 000)
[126]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “A”—TURBO 327 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Month]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Inspect the PCV Valve and replace if necessary. *
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
110,000
(177 000)
[132]
X
X
115,000
(185 000)
[138]
X
X
120,000
(193 000)
[144]
X
X
X
X
X
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
service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
䡵 Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire
Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331
▫ Treadwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
䡵 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
▫ Traction Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ Temperature Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
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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.
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 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.
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IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
The manufacturer and its 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
Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep dealer. We strongly recommend
that you take your vehicle to you selling dealer. They
know you and your vehicle best, and are most concerned
that you get prompt and high quality service. The
manufacturer’s dealers have the facilities, factory-trained
technicians, special tools, and the latest information to
assure your vehicle is fixed correctly and in a timely
manner.
This is why you should always talk to your 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 dealership. They
want to know if you need assistance.
• If your 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)
• Dealership name
• Vehicle identification number
• Vehicle delivery date and mileage
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DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation Customer Center
P.O. Box 21–8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004
Phone: (800) 992-1997
DaimlerChrysler 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 (915) 729–1248 or 729–1240
Outside Mexico (525) 729–1248 or 729–1240
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
(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 your
vehicle to help protect you from the high cost of unexpected repairs after your 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 your vehicle delivery
date. If you have any questions about your service
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 333
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
service contract that is not a manufacturer’s Service
Contract, and you require service after your manufacturer’s new vehicle limited warranty expires, please refer to
your contract documents, and contact the person listed in
those documents.
also made a major investment in facilities, tools, and
training to assure that you are absolutely delighted with
your ownership experience. You’ll be pleased with their
sincere efforts to resolve any warranty issues or related
concerns.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
See your manufacturer’s Warranty Information Booklet
for information on warranty coverage and transfer of
warranty.
We appreciate that you have made a major investment
when you purchased your new vehicle. Your dealer has
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U.S. ONLY
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 335
MOPAR姞 PARTS
Mopar威 fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from your dealer. They will help you keep your
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 which 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 dealer, and the
manufacturer.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington DC area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, Washington DC 20590. You can also
obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
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.
These comprehensive service manuals provide the
information that students and professional technicians
need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving,
maintaining, servicing and repairing DaimlerChrysler
Corporation vehicles. A complete working knowledge
of the vehicle, system and/or components is written in
straightforward language with illustrations, diagrams
and charts.
• Diagnostic Procedure Manuals.
Filled with diagrams, charts and detailed illustrations,
these practical manuals make it easy for students and
technicians to find and fix problems on computercontrolled vehicle systems and features. They show
exactly how to find and correct problems the first time,
using step-by-step troubleshooting and driveability
procedures, proven diagnostic tests and a complete list
of all tools and equipment.
• Owner’s Manuals.
These manuals have been prepared with the assistance
of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you
with specific Chrysler group vehicles. Included are
starting, operating, emergency and maintenance procedures as well as specifications, capabilities and
safety tips.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 337
Call Toll Free at 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.) or 1–800–387–1143
(Canada)
Or
Visit us on the World Wide Web at:
www.techauthority.daimlerchrysler.com or
www.daimlerchrysler.ca/manuals
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM
TIRE QUALITY GRADES
The following describes the tire grading categories 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 car.
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 a half (1
1/2) 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 A, B, and
C, and they represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
The traction grade is based on braking (straightahead) traction tests and does not include cornering
(turning) performance.
The temperature grade is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive
speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either
separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.
Temperature Grades
The temperature grades are A (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.
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ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . 274
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Adding Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Additives, Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Air Cleaner, Engine (Engine Air Cleaner Filter) . . . 264
Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
Air Conditioning Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Air Conditioning, Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267,268
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169,267
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,48,58,132
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Airbag, Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Alarm, Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,127
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Alterations/Modifications, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . 273,302,303
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Anti-Theft Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Auto Down Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,182,185,280
Fluid and Filter Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Interlock System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,186
Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Selection Of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Special Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Autostick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,190
INDEX 341
Back-Up Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
Keyless Transmitter Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Belts, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Boot, Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,72
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197,278
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197,278
Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . . . . 56
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297,299
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Calibration, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Capacities, Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . 302
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Caps, Filler
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Oil (Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252,253,260
Radiator (Coolant Pressure) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Cassette Tape and Player Maintenance . . . . . . . . . 167
Cassette Tape Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,146,149
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Caution, Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145,151,157
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142,153,155,159,162
CD Player Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
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Cellular Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Central Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Chart, Tire Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Check Engine Light (Malfunction Indicator Light) . 255
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Child Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Compact Disc Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,142
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Compass Variance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332
Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Convertible Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,72
Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Convertible Top Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Convertible Top Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . 73,247
Cool Down, Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302,303
Coolant Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272,275
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
INDEX 343
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . .
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . .
Crankcase Emission Control System
Cruise Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Deck Lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Deck Lid, Emergency Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Deck Lid, Power Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,171
Delay (Intermittent) Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Diagnostic System, Onboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Disposal
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Door Opener, Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Electric Rear Window Defrost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Electric Remote Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Electronic Power Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . 292
Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Emergency Deck Lid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Emergency, In Case of
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
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Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . 255,306
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252,253
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257,302,303
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Oil Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252,253,260
Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,57,224,271
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
Filler Location Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261,303
Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Hazard Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Flat Tire Stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Flooded Engine Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Fluid, Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Fluid Level Checks
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Fluids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
Fog Light Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97,133
Folding Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
INDEX 345
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221,303
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,225
Filler Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
System Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Gas Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221,302
Gasoline, Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Gasoline, Reformulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Gauges
Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Gearshift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,23
General Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Headlights
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
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High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97,129
High Beam/Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . . . 97
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Homelink Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,26
Indicator, Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,132
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124,127
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
Integrated Power Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Intermittent Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235,238
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Key, Programming . .
Key Release Button .
Key, Replacement . .
Key, Sentry . . . . . . .
Key-In Reminder . . .
Keyless Entry System
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Knee Bolster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,46
Lane Change and Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Latches
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Lead Free Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297,299
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,94
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,48,58,132
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Center Mounted Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Deck Lid Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Engine Temperature Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97,133,300
Front Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Headlight Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Low Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Rear Servicing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,132,201
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95,97,128,300
Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Warning (Instrument Cluster Description) . . . . . 127
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Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Locks
Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Maintenance Free Battery .
Maintenance, General . . . .
Maintenance Procedures . .
Maintenance Schedule
Schedule ⬙A⬙-Non Turbo
Schedule ⬙A⬙-Turbo . . . .
Schedule ⬙B⬙ . . . . . . . . .
Schedule ⬙B⬙-All Engines
Maintenance Schedules . . .
Malfunction Indicator Light
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133,255
Manual Override, Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . 73,247
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182,191,284
Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Frequency of Fluid Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Lubricant Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Compass/Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Modifications/Alterations, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256,335
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
INDEX 349
New Vehicle Break-In Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Octane Rating, Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,134
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257,302
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260,302
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Viscosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Oil Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254,255
Opener, Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Operator Manuals (Owner’s Manuals) . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Outside Air Intake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,336
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . . . 207
Power
Deck Lid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
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Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199,268
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Pretensioners
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Programmable Electronic Features . . . . . . . . . 107,111
Programming Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,107,111
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Radiator Cap (Coolant Pressure Cap) . . . . . . . . . . 275
Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147,153,168
Radio (Sound Systems) . . . . . . . . . . . 136,146,153,159
Rear Seat, Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,88
Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Reclining Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,54
Restraints, Infant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Safety Defects, Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
INDEX 351
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Untwisting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Height Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Rear Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,88
Reclining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Seatback Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82,83
Tilting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82,83
Security Alarm (Theft Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,26
Sentry Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Service and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330,331
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Severe Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
Shift Speeds, Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Side Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Side Window Demisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214,215,236
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103,132
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Speedometer and Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
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Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Steering
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199,268
Tilt Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116,297
Storage Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . . 40
Synthetic Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
System, Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . 128,234
Tether Anchor, Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . 206,207
Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,210,337
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Compact Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Flat Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206,207
INDEX 353
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201,210
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Top Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Towing
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102,131,132,200
Traction Control Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102,200
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Minimum Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Trailer and Tongue Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,182,185,280
Autostick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,182,191
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Selection of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Transmitter, Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Transmitter Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Transmitter, Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Trip Odometer Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,134
Trunk Lid (Deck Lid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Turbo Cool Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97,128
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Understanding Your Instrument
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . .
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . .
Unleaded Gasoline . . . . . . . . .
Untwisting Procedure, Seat Belt
Panel . . . . . . . . . 123
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Variance, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207,227
Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
Vehicle Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Warning, Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Warning Lights (Instrument Cluster Description) . 127
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
Washer, Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Wheel and Wheel Trim Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
Window Fogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98,269
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
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