Chrysler Sebring Convertible 2006 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
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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 . . . . . . . . . . 6
䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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INTRODUCTION
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 manufacturer’s dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factorytrained 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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INTRODUCTION
WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do
not read this entire manual you may miss important
information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is on a stamped
plate on the left front corner on the body of the vehicle,
visible through the windshield. This number also appears on the Automobile Information Disclosure Label
affixed to a window on your vehicle. Save this label as a
convenient record of your vehicle identification number
and optional equipment.
Vehicle Identification Number
VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Central Locking—If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Door Ajar Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System . . 9
▫ Automatic (Rolling) Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Automatic Unlock On Exit—Only Available If
Automatic Door Locks Are Enabled . . . . . . . . .15
䡵 Sentry Key — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
䡵 Illuminated Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
䡵 Remote Keyless Entry — If Equipped . . . . . . . .15
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Unlock The Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ To Use The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ To Program Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . . .17
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▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
䡵 Vehicle Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Tamper Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .19
䡵 Trunk Lock And Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
䡵 Trunk Safety Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
▫ Trunk Internal Emergency Release . . . . . . . . . .21
䡵 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System
(BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . .42
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
CAUTION!
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition, lock the doors, and
close the windows when leaving the vehicle unattended.
Ignition Key Removal
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Place the shift lever in PARK and make sure that the
gearshift knob push button has returned to the out
position. Turn the key to the Lock position and remove
the key.
NOTE: If you try to remove the key before you place
the lever in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily in the key cylinder. If this occurs, rotate the key
clockwise slightly, then remove the key as described. If a
malfunction occurs, the system may 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.
Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock System
This system prevents the key from being removed unless
the shift lever is in PARK. It also prevents shifting out of
PARK unless the key is in the OFF or RUN positions.
Key-In-Ignition Reminder
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition
and is in the OFF, LOCK, or ACC position, sounds a
signal to remind you to remove the key.
Ignition Key Positions
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SENTRY KEY — IF EQUIPPED
With this system, an electronically coded ignition key
sends a signal to the vehicle electronics. If the electronics
recognizes the signal, the vehicle will start and continue
to run. If the system does not recognize the signal the
vehicle will start and run for 2 seconds then shut off. The
system will allow the engine to be started and run (for 2
seconds) up to six times after which the starter motor will
be disabled and the engine will not crank.
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.
• Additional Sentry Keys or Mobil Speed Pass™ devices
held too close to the ignition key when starting the
vehicle may cause problems when attempting to start
the vehicle. These devices cannot damage the Sentry
Key System, but can cause a momentary problem
when attempting to start the engine. If a problem
occurs, remove the Sentry Key from the key ring and
restart the vehicle. Pagers, cell phones, walkmans, etc.,
have no effect on this system.
The Theft Alarm Light, located on the instrument cluster
to the right of the fuel gauge, will illuminate for about 3
seconds when the ignition switch is first turned to the On
position. If the vehicle electronics do not receive a valid
signal from the ignition key, the theft alarm light will
flash continuously to signal that the vehicle has been
immobilized. If the Theft Alarm Light remains On during
vehicle operation, it indicates a fault in the system
electronics.
All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have
been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
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Replacement Keys
Turn the ignition Off and remove the first key.
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.
2. Insert the second valid key and switch the ignition On
within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime will sound
and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash.
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 System serviced,
bring all vehicle keys to the dealer.
Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid keys by doing the following:
1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition and turn the
ignition On for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15
seconds.
Turn the ignition Off and remove the second key.
3. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition and switch
the ignition 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
process to program up to a total of 8 keys.
General Information
The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. this device may not cause harmful interference
2. this device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
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ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM
The interior lights will come on when you open either
door, unlock the vehicle with the remote keyless entry or
central unlock from the driver’s side (if so equipped).
They will remain on for about 30 seconds after all doors
are closed then fade to off.
The lights also will turn off if you turn on the ignition
after you close all doors.
DOOR LOCKS
WARNING!
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive and
when you park and leave the vehicle.
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
There is a door lock switch on each front door located to
the front of each door handle. Press this switch to lock or
unlock the doors.
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Power Door Lock Switch
Door Lock Plunger
If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the
ignition switch, and the driver’s door is open, the doors
will not lock.
If the door lock plunger is down when you shut the door,
the door will lock. Therefore, make sure that the keys are
not inside the vehicle before closing the door.
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Central Locking—If Equipped
Turning the driver’s door lock to the unlock position
twice within five seconds will unlock both doors. Turning
the key in the driver’s door to the unlock position once
will unlock only the driver’s door.
Locking the driver’s door with the key will lock both
doors.
The Automatic Door Locks can be disabled or re-enabled
by performing the following procedure:
1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.
2. Cycle the ignition switch between OFF and ON/RUN
and back to OFF 4 times ending up in the OFF position.
Door Ajar Warning
If you move the vehicle and a door is not completely
closed, the word DOOR will replace the odometer display and a chime will sound once. The odometer display
will reappear once the door is closed.
Automatic (Rolling) Door Locks
The doors will lock automatically, as programmed from
the factory, if:
1. The transaxle is in gear,
2. All doors are closed,
3. Vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h),
4. The accelerator pedal is depressed.
Ignition Key Positions
3. Depress the power door lock switch to lock the doors.
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1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.
2. Cycle the ignition switch between OFF and ON/RUN
and back to OFF 4 times ending up in the OFF position.
3. Depress the power door lock switch to unlock the
doors.
4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the
programming.
Power Door Lock Switch
4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the
programming.
Automatic Unlock on Exit—Only Available if
Automatic Door Locks are Enabled
This feature will unlock all the doors when the driver’s
door is opened and the ignition switch is in the LOCK
position. This function is disabled as delivered from the
factory. Automatic Unlock on Exit can be enabled or
disabled by performing the following procedure:
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY — IF EQUIPPED
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors or
open the trunk from distances up to 23 feet (7 meters)
using a transmitter. You don’t have to point the transmitter at the vehicle to activate the system.
Keyless Entry Transmitter
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To unlock the doors:
Press and release the UNLOCK button once to unlock the
driver’s door. Press the button twice within 5 seconds to
unlock all doors. If your vehicle is equipped with Illuminated Entry, the interior lights also come on and remain
on for about 30 seconds, when you unlock the doors.
1. Press and hold the Lock button on the transmitter.
NOTE: The system may be programmed to unlock all
the doors upon the first press of the Unlock button. To
toggle between the first press unlock of the driver’s door
to unlock of all doors, perform the following procedure:
To lock the doors:
The horn will chirp and the headlamps will flash once to
acknowledge the lock signal.
1. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Unlock button, wait at least 4
but no longer than 10 seconds, then press the LOCK
button.
3. Release both buttons.
The headlights will flash twice to acknowledge the
unlock signal.
NOTE: The Lamp Flash can be enabled or disabled by
performing the following procedure:
2. Continue to hold the Lock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Trunk
button.
3. Release both buttons.
NOTE: To enable or disable the Lamp Flash, see the
Note just prior to the sub-section “To lock the doors”. The
horn chirp can be enabled or disabled by the following
procedure:
1. Press and hold the Lock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Lock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Unlock
button.
3. Release both buttons.
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To unlock the trunk:
Press and hold the Trunk button on the transmitter to
unlatch the trunk.
NOTE: The transmitter can be programmed to unlatch
the trunk immediately upon activation of the Trunk
button (without pressing and holding) by performing the
following procedure:
1. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Unlock button, wait at least 4
but no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Trunk
button.
3. Release both buttons.
Panic Alarm
The panic mode unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the
interior lights, flashes the headlights, and sounds the
horn for about 3 minutes or until the alarm is turned off.
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To use the Panic Alarm:
Press and hold the Panic Button for at least 1 second to
activate the panic alarm. Press and hold the panic button
a second time or unlock the door with the key (if
equipped with central locking) to deactivate the alarm.
The alarm will also shut itself off after 3 minutes, or when
the vehicle speed reaches 15 MPH (24 km/h).
To Program Additional Transmitters:
Up to 4 transmitters can be programmed to your vehicle.
To program a transmitter, perform the following procedure:
1. With the vehicle in Park, turn the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position.
2. Using a currently programmed transmitter, press the
Unlock button on the transmitter. Continue to hold the
Unlock button, wait at least 4 but no longer than 10
seconds, then press and hold the Panic button for at least
one second. Release both buttons simultaneously. You
will hear a chime to signal that you can proceed with
programming the new transmitter.
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3. Press and release the Lock and Unlock buttons simultaneously, followed by a press and release of ANY button
on each new transmitter to be programmed as well as the
original transmitter. You will hear a chime when a
transmitter has been successfully programmed. You will
have 30 seconds to finish programming all new transmitters. A chime will sound when the 30 seconds is over or
the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, and some mobile or CB radios.
Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement batteries are CR2016.
1. Pry the transmitter halves apart with a dime or similar
object. Make sure not to damage the rubber gasket
material during removal.
General Information
This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15 and
with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
If your Remote Lock Control 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
Separating Transmitter Halves
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2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the
new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause
battery deterioration. If you touch the battery, clean it
with rubbing alcohol.
3. Reassemble the transmitter case. Snap the halves
together and test transmitter operation.
VEHICLE THEFT ALARM
The system monitors the doors, trunk, and ignition for
unauthorized operation.
If something triggers the alarm, the system will signal for
up to 18 minutes. For the first three minutes the horn will
sound and the headlights and interior lights will flash.
Then the horn will stop and if the source of the trigger is
still present, the lights will continue to flash for another
15 minutes.
NOTE: The engine will not start until you disarm the
system.
To set the alarm:
1. Remove the keys from the ignition switch and get out
of the vehicle.
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2. Lock the door using either the power door lock switch,
the key, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all
doors.
3. The light in the instrument cluster will flash rapidly
for 15 seconds. This shows that the system is arming. If
the light comes on but does not flash, the system is still
armed, but there is a problem in the trunk circuit. After 15
seconds the light will continue to flash slowly. This
shows that the system is fully armed.
To disarm the system:
Unlock a front door using either the key or the Keyless
Entry Transmitter.
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 had been triggered. Check the vehicle for tampering.
Security System Manual Override
The system will not arm if you lock the doors using the
manual lock control.
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TRUNK LOCK AND RELEASE
With the ignition ON, the word “deck” will be displayed
in place of the odometer display indicating that the trunk
is open. The odometer display will reappear once the
trunk is closed or if the trip button is depressed.
With the key in lock position or key out, the “deck” will
be displayed until the trunk is closed.
TRUNK SAFETY WARNING
WARNING!
Trunk Release Button
Use the key or the Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter to
open the trunk from outside the vehicle. From inside the
car the trunk lid can be released by turning the ignition
ON and depressing the Trunk Release Button located on
the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. The
transmission must be in Park before the switch will
operate. Vehicles with manual transmissions must have
the ignition ON and be at 0 mph for the switch to work.
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
trunk 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.
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Trunk Internal Emergency Release
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WINDOWS
Power Windows
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Emergency Release
NOTE: As a security measure, a Trunk Internal Emergency Release lever is built into the trunk latching
mechanism. In the event of an individual being locked
inside the trunk, the trunk can be simply opened by
pulling on the glow-in-the-dark handle attached to the
trunk latching mechanism. See picture.
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 power windows while operating the power window switch. Such
entrapment may result in serious injury or death.
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The window controls on the driver’s door operate all
windows.
The driver’s window switch has an Auto Down feature.
Press the window switch past the detent, release, and the
window will go down automatically.
To open the window part way, pull the window switch
part way and release it when you want the window to
stop.
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, or in certain open or partially open
positions. This is a normal occurrence and can be minimized. If the 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, and
front airbags for both the driver and front passenger. If
you will be carrying children too small for adult-size
belts, your seat belts 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.
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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 which includes you. This can
happen far away from home or on your own street.
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
All seating positions in your vehicle are equipped with
Lap/Shoulder Belts.
The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during
very sudden stops or impacts. 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 your risk of striking the inside of the vehicle
or being thrown out.
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WARNING!
• Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat
belts are designed to go around the large bones of
your body. These are the strongest parts of your
body and can take the forces of a collision the
best. Wearing your belt in the wrong place could
make your injuries in a collision much worse. You
might suffer internal injuries, or you could even
slide out of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to wear your seat belt safely and to keep
your passengers safe, too.
• Two people should never be belted into a single
seat belt. People belted together can crash into one
another in an accident, hurting one another badly.
Never use a lap/shoulder belt or a lap belt for
more than one person, no matter what their size.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the front seat.
Latch Plate To Buckle
3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a ”click.”
Latch Plate
2. The seat belt latch plate is on the back of your seat.
Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch
plate up the webbing as far as necessary to allow the belt
go around your lap.
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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
a bit 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.
Removing Slack From Belt
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WARNING!
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.
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.).
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.
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.
Seat Belt Pretensioners
The seat belts for both front seating positions are
equipped with pretensioning devices that are designed to
remove any slack from the seat belts in the event of a
collision. These devices improve the performance of the
seat belt system by assuring that the belt is tight about the
occupant early in a collision. Pretensioners work for all
size occupants.
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.
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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.
Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System
(BeltAlert)
If the driver’s seat belt has not been buckled within 60
seconds of starting the vehicle and if the vehicle speed is
greater than 5 mph (8 km/h), the Enhanced Warning
System (BeltAlert) will alert the driver to buckle their seat
belt. The driver should also instruct all other occupants to
buckle their seat belts. Once the warning is triggered, the
Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will continue to
chime and flash the Seat Belt Warning Light for 96
seconds or until the driver’s seat belt is buckled or the
vehicle speed is below 5 mph (8 km/h). The Enhanced
Warning System (BeltAlert) will be reactivated if the
driver’s seat belt is unbuckled for more than 10 seconds
and the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h).
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The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be enabled or disabled by your authorized dealer or by
following these steps:
NOTE: The following steps must occur within the first
60 seconds of the ignition switch being turned to the ON
or START position. DaimlerChrysler does not recommend deactivating the Enhanced Warning System
(BeltAlert).
1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and
buckle the driver’s seat belt.
2. Start the engine and wait for the Seat Belt Warning
Light to turn off.
3. Within 60 seconds of starting the vehicle, unbuckle
and then re-buckle the driver’s seat belt at least three
times within 10 seconds, ending with the seat belt
buckled.
NOTE: Watch for the Seat Belt Warning Light to turn on
while unbuckling and off while re-buckling the seat belt.
It may be necessary to retract the seat belt.
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4. Turn off the engine. A single chime will sound to
signify that you have successfully completed the programming.
The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be reactivated by repeating this procedure.
NOTE: Although the Enhanced Warning System
(BeltAlert) has been deactivated, the Seat Belt Warning
Light will continue to illuminate while the driver’s seat
belt remains unbuckled.
Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts
throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended and
when the adjustable upper shoulder belt anchorage (if so
equipped) is in its lowest position, your dealer can
provide you with a seat belt extender. This extender
should be used only if the existing belt is not long
enough. When it is not required, remove the extender
and store it.
WARNING!
Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use
when the seat belt is not long enough when it is
worn low and snug, and in the recommended seating
positions. Remove and store the extender when not
needed.
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Driver and Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
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NOTE: These airbags are certified to the new Federal
regulations that allow less forceful airbags.
WARNING!
Front Airbag Components
This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and
front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s 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.
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You
may damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers for the airbag cushions are
designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.
• Do not drill, cut or tamper with knee bolster in
any way.
• Do not mount any accessories to the knee bolster
such as alarm lights, stereos, citizens band radios
etc.
Airbags inflate in moderate to high speed impacts. Along
with the seat belts, front airbags work with the instrument panel knee bolsters to provide improved protection
for the driver and front passenger.
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The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy only in moderate
to severe frontal collisions. 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.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
1. Children 12 years old and under should ride buckled
up in the rear seat. Infants in rear-facing child restraints
should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a
passenger front airbag. An airbag deployment could
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
belt-positioning booster seats appropriate for the size and
age of the child.
Older children who do not use child restraints or beltpositioning 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.
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. See the section on “Child Restraint”.
2. You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.
3. All occupants should use their seat belts properly.
4. The driver and front passenger seats should be moved
back as far as practical to allow the airbags time to inflate.
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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 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.
Airbag System Components
The front airbag system consists of the following:
• Airbag Control Module
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
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• Steering Wheel and Column
• Instrument Panel
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Knee Impact Bolsters
• Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Pretensioners
How The Airbag System Works
• The front airbag control module determines if a frontal
collision is severe enough to require the airbags to
inflate. The control module receives the level of crash
severity and determines the proper level of airbag to
be deployed. The frontal airbag inflators are designed
to provide two different rates of air bag inflation.
• The airbag control module will not detect roll over or
rear collisions.
• The airbag control module also monitors the readiness
of the electronic parts of the system whenever the
ignition switch is in the START or RUN positions.
These include all of the items listed above except the
knee bolster, the instrument panel, and the steering
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wheel and column. If the key is in the “off” position, in
the ACC position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are
not on and will not inflate.
• The airbag control module also turns on the
AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to
8 seconds when the ignition is first turned on,
then turns the light off. If it detects a malfunction in
any part of the system, it turns on the light either
momentarily or continuously.
WARNING!
Ignoring the AIRBAG light in your instrument panel
could mean you won’t have the airbags to protect
you in a collision. If the light does not come on, stays
on after you start the vehicle, or if it comes on as you
drive, have the airbag system checked right away.
• When the airbag control module detects a collision
requiring the airbags, it signals the inflator units. A
large quantity of nontoxic gas exits the airbag inflator
and inflates the airbag. Two levels of airbag inflation
rates are possible. These rates are determined by the
airbag control module based on collision severity. The
airbag covers separate and fold out of the way as the
airbags inflate to their full size. The airbags fully
inflate in about 60 milliseconds. This is only about half
of the time it takes you to blink your eyes. The airbags
then quickly deflate while helping to restrain the
driver and front passenger. The driver’s front airbag
gas is vented through a vent hole in the rear of the
airbag. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the airbags do not interfere with your control of
the vehicle.
• The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the front
airbag.
If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag system is designed to deploy when the airbag
control module detects a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to help restrain the driver and front passenger, and
then to immediately deflate.
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NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to
need airbag protection will not activate the system. This
does not mean something is wrong with the airbag
system.
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.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have been deployed. If you are involved in
another collision, the airbags will not be in place to
protect you.
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and right
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
WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags 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 impact bolster.
• 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 for your
protection in an impact. While the airbag system
is designed to be maintenance free, if any of the
following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the
system promptly:
• 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.
Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the
time— 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.
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Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat. According to crash statistics,
children are safer when properly restrained in the rear
seat 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.
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Always check the child
seat Owner’s Manual to ensure you have the right seat
for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your
child:
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Infants and Child Restraints
• 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.
• 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 20 lbs (9 kg) but are
less than one year old. Both types of child restraints are
held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the
LATCH child restraint anchorage system. (See the
LATCH-Child Seat Anchorage System section.)
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with the front passenger
airbag. An airbag deployment could cause severe
injury or death to infants in this position.
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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 infant restraint should only be
used in a rear seat. A rearward facing infant
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
that you can install the child restraint in the vehicle
where you will use it before you buy it.
• The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s
weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for
weight and height limits.
• Carefully follow the instructions that come with the
restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may
not work when you need it.
• Buckle the child into the seat according to the 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.
Do not 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.
NOTE:
For additional information, refer
www.seatcheck.org or call 1–866–SEATCHECK.
to
Older Children and Child Restraints
Children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) and who are
older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible child
seats used in the forward-facing direction are for children
who weigh 20 to 40 lbs (9 to 18 kg) and who are older
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than one year. These child seats are also held in the
vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the LATCH child
restraint anchorage system. (See the LATCH — Child
Seat Anchorage System Section.)
The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing
more than 40 lbs (18 kg), but who are still too small to fit
the vehicle’s seat belts properly. If the child cannot sit
with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the
child’s back is against the seat back, they should use a
belt-positioning booster seat. The child and beltpositioning booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt.
Children Too Large For Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
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.
LATCH — Child Seat Anchorage System (Lower
Anchors and Tether for CHildren)
Your vehicle’s rear seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of child restraints
without using the vehicle’s seat belts, instead securing
the chid restraint using lower anchorages and upper
tether straps from the child restraint to the vehicle
structure.
LATCH-compatible child restraint systems are now available. However, because the lower anchorages are to be
introduced over a period of years, child restraint systems
having attachments for those anchorages will continue to
also have features for installation using the vehicle’s seat
belts. Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for
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connection to the top tether anchorages have been available for some time. For some older child restraints, many
child restraint manufacturers offer add-on tether strap
kits or retro-fit kits. You are urged to take advantage of all
the available attachments provided with your child restraint in any vehicle.
Latch Anchorages
Both rear seating positions have lower anchorages that are capable of accommodating
LATCH-compatible child seats. These are
round bars, located at the lower area of the seat
back, designated by four round labels with a symbol of a
child in a car seat. (Symbol shown to the left). Install your
child seat as per child seat manufacturer recommendations.
WARNING!
Do not install a LATCH-equipped child restraint in
the center of the rear seat of the vehicle. This is not
a seating position in the vehicle, and a child seat
cannot be correctly installed in this position. Additionally, there is no tether anchorage provided for
correctly installing a child seat in the center of the
rear seat. Only install child seats in the right or left
rear positions in the vehicle, using either the lap/
shoulder belt or LATCH attachments to secure the
child seat. Always use the tether anchor directly
behind the seating position when securing a child
restraint.
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Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all
child restraint systems will be installed as described here.
Again, carefully follow the installation instructions that
were provided with the child restraint system.
The rear seat lower anchorages are round bars, located at
the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the seat back,
and are just visible when you lean into the rear seat to
install the child restraint. You will easily feel them if you
run your finger along the intersection of the seatback and
seat cushion surfaces.
In addition, there are tether strap anchorages
behind each rear seating position located in the
bottom of the convertible top well, behind the
seat back. The anchors are under the carpet
cutouts marked with this symbol. (Shown to the left).
Many, but not all restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a
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means of adjusting the tension in the strap. Forwardfacing toddler restraints and some rear-facing infant
restraints will also be equipped with a tether strap, a
hook for attachment to the tether strap anchorage and a
means of adjusting the tension of the strap.
You will first loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and
on the tether strap so that you can more easily attach the
hooks or connectors to the vehicle anchorages. Next
attach the lower hooks or connectors over the top of the
anchorage bars, pushing aside the seat cover material.
Then lift the carpet flap to expose the tether anchor
directly behind the seat where you are placing the child
restraint and attach the tether strap to provide the most
direct path between the anchor and the child restraint.
Finally, tighten all three straps as you push the child
restraint rearward and downward into the seat, removing slack in the straps according to the child restraint
manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: When using the LATCH attaching system to
install a child restraint, please ensure that all seat belts
not being used for occupant restraints are stowed and out
of reach of children. It is recommended that before
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installing the child restraint buckle the seat belt so the
seat belt is tucked behind the child restraint and out of
reach. If the buckled seat belt interferes with the child
restraint installation, instead of tucking the seat belt
behind the child restraint, route the seat belt through the
child restraint belt path and then buckle it. This should
stow the seat belt out of the reach of an inquisitive child.
Remind all children in the vehicle that the seat belts are
not toys and should not be played with, and never leave
your child unattended in the vehicle.
WARNING!
Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
Installing Child Restraints Using the Vehicle Seat
Belts
The passenger seat belts are equipped with cinching latch
plates which are designed to keep the lap portion tight
around the child restraint so that it is not necessary to use
a locking clip. Pulling up on the shoulder portion of the
lap/shoulder belt will tighten the belt. The cinching latch
plate will keep the belt tight, however, any seat belt
system will loosen with time, so check the belt occasionally and pull it tight if necessary.
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 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, you may need
to do something more. Disconnect the latch plate from
the buckle, turn the buckle 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.
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To attach a child restraint tether strap:
1. Lift the carpet flap to expose the anchor directly behind
the seat where you are placing the child restraint.
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Child Tether Anchor Location
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
for the strap between the anchor and the child seat.
3. Attach the tether strap hook (A) of the child restraint to
the anchor and remove slack in the tether strap (B)
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor positions directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
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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
The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long
break-in period.
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 crankcase oil installed in the engine at the factory is
a high quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil
changes should be consistent with expected climate conditions under which vehicle operations will occur. The
recommended viscosity and quality grades are in Section
7 of this manual.
Do not use non-detergent or straight mineral oils.
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles of operation. This is a normal part of the
break-in and not an indication of a problem.
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must remain open, close all windows. Adjust the
heating or cooling system to force outside air into the
vehicle. Set the blower at high speed.
SAFETY TIPS
Exhaust Gas
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing (CO)
follow the safety tips below.
• Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined
areas any longer than needed to move your vehicle in
or out of the area.
• If it is necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running, adjust your heating or cooling controls to force outside air into the vehicle. Set the blower
at high speed.
• To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close
the trunk while driving. However, if for some reason it
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.
Safety 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 bulb is not lit
during starting, have it replaced. If the light stays on or
comes on while driving, have the system checked by an
authorized dealer.
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Defrosters
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.
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.
Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
the Vehicle
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline fumes are
present, the cause should be corrected immediately.
Tires
Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear
patterns. Check for stones, nails, glass, or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness, and tires (including spare) for proper pressure.
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CONTENTS
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䡵 Convertible Top Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
▫ To Lower The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Manual Front Seat Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . .59
▫ To Raise The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
▫ Power Driver’s Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
▫ Top Cover Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
▫ Heated Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Top Cover Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ To Fold The Front Seatback Forward . . . . . . . . .62
䡵 Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Easy Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Adjustable Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror — If Equipped . . . . . .56
䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
▫ Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped . . . .56
䡵 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Electric Remote-Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Front Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Illuminated Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
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▫ Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
䡵 Electronic Speed Control— If Equipped . . . . . .72
▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ To Activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
▫ Automatic Headlights—If Equipped . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) . . . . . .68
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Fog Lights — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Headlight Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Flash To Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Headlight Time Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
䡵 Windshield Wipers And Washers . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Mist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Speed Sensitive Intermittent Wiper System . . . .70
䡵 Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
䡵 Traction Control— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
▫ To Set At A Desired Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ To Accelerate For Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ Using Speed Control On Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
䡵 Garage Door Opener — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Programming The Universal Transceiver . . . . . .75
▫ “Rolling Code” Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming . . .78
▫ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Reprogramming A Single Button . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
䡵 Electrical Power Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
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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.
NOTE: The top and top storage area should be thoroughly dry before lowering the top.
To Lower The Top:
NOTE: 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).
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CAUTION!
To avoid damage to the sunvisors, rotate the driver’s
and passenger’s sunvisor to the forward (against
glass) position before raising or lowering the convertible top.
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 before lowering or
raising the top.
1. 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.
2. Turn the ignition key to the On position.
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3. Release the top from the windshield header by pulling
both latch handles rearward until the latch hooks are free.
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 automatically lower the convertible top. Pressing
and holding the switch in the second detent position will
lower all four windows and the top to the full down
position.
Unlatching Convertible Top
4. Press the Power Top Switch to disengage the top pins
from the header. As soon as the top is free, close both
latch handles.
Power Top Switch
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CAUTION!
Damage to the top material could result if the latch
handles are not completely closed when the top is
lowered. The convertible top cover cannot be installed while the latch handles are open.
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NOTE: If the power convertible top system fails, raise
the top by manually pulling the top until it meets the
windshield and open both front latch handles. Pull the
top until the two pins are seated in the windshield
header. Using the center pull cup, pull down and hook
each latch hook to its striker. Latch both sides. This may
require a considerable amount of physical effort.
To Raise The Top:
CAUTION!
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to the sunvisors, rotate the driver’s
and passenger’s sunvisor to the forward (against
glass) position before raising or lowering the convertible top.
NOTE: 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).
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 before lowering or
raising the top.
1. Remove the top cover, if installed, and store it in the
trunk.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON position.
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3. Press the Power Top Switch to raise the top. Before the
top reaches the windshield, open both front latch
handles. Press the switch again to continue raising the
top until the two pins seat themselves in the windshield
header.
4. Use the center pull cup to pull down on the header.
Hook each latch hook to its striker. Latch both sides.
CAUTION!
Car top carriers, ski racks, etc., should not be attached to the convertible top mechanism as they will
damage the top.
Top Cover Installation
With the top down and the convertible top latch handles
in the closed position, there are two ways to install the
convertible top cover. Lay the unfolded convertible top
cover across the convertible top and choose the way that
suits you best.
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Installation From Inside The Vehicle
1. Kneel on the rear seat and tuck the rear edge and side
edges of the top cover under the black molding near the
trunk.
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2. Insert both tabs located on the front of the top cover in
between the seatback and seatback bracket.
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3. Snap the top cover flaps to the inner trim panel snaps.
The side of the seat back cushion hides the snap.
4. Press down on the forward portion of the top cover to
engage the hook and loop fasteners.
Top Cover Flap
Hook and Loop Fasteners
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Installation From Outside The Vehicle
1. Start on one side of the vehicle and tuck as much of the
top cover as possible under the black molding.
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2. Snap the top cover flap to the inner trim panel snap.
(The side of the seat back cushion hides the snap.)
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Top Cover Flap
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3. Tuck the top cover tab closest to you into the space
between the seatback and the seatback bracket.
5. Snap the remaining top cover flap to the inner trim
panel snap.
4. Walk to the other side of the vehicle and finish tucking
the top cover under the black molding. Insert the remaining tab between the seatback and the seatback bracket.
Top Cover Flap
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6. Press down on the forward portion of the top cover to
engage the hook and loop fasteners.
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CONSOLE FEATURES
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Console Features
Hook and Loop Fasteners
Top Cover Removal
Unsnap the snaps and disengage the hook and loop
fasteners, slide the tabs from the rear seat and then from
the rear of the top storage area. Remove the top cover,
fold, and store in the trunk or a dry secure area.
The front console has two cup holders. An optional
removable ashtray may be located in the driver’s side cup
holder.
The center console/armrest has a pencil /tire gage holder
and a tissue holder mounted on the underside of the
cover. The bottom of the console bin also has built in
holders for compact discs or cassette tapes. The power
outlet is also mounted inside the center console (if
equipped). There are also two cup holders for rear seat
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passengers and a rear courtesy lamp located directly in
back of the center console. The center console can be
locked using the “master” key.
Two coin holders are located toward the front of the
inside of the console bin. Both can also accommodate
various combinations of different types of coins, including some international currencies. The slot on the far left
side is not for coins, but for an optional power outlet, if so
equipped.
MIRRORS
Inside Day/Night Mirror — If Equipped
Adjust the mirror to center on the view through the rear
window. A two point pivot system allows for horizontal
and vertical mirror adjustment. If the driver’s sunvisor
interferes with the mirror, the mirror can be moved to the
right to eliminate the interference.
Rearview Mirror
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the
small control under the mirror to the night position
(toward rear of vehicle). The mirror should be adjusted
while set in the day position (toward windshield).
Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped
This mirror will automatically adjust for annoying headlight glare from vehicles behind you. Push in the button
on the face of the mirror to activate the dimming feature.
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Electric Remote-Control Mirrors
Both of the outside mirrors can be adjusted by using the
remote controls mounted on the instrument panel located
to the left of the steering wheel.
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Automatic Dimming Mirror
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to the mirror during cleaning,
never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the
mirror. Apply the solution onto a clean cloth and
wipe the mirror clean.
Power Mirror Controls
NOTE: Place the mirror selector switch in the center
(neutral) position to prevent accidental movement of the
mirrors.
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Outside Mirror Adjustment — 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.
Right Side Mirror Adjustment
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.
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
An illuminated vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use
the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the
mirror cover upward. The lights will turn on automatically. Closing the mirror cover turns off the lights.
WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the right side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they really are. Relying too much on your right
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.
Illuminated Vanity Mirror
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Forward/Rearward — If Equipped
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.
Reclining Bucket Seats
The recliner control is on the side of the seat. To recline,
lean forward slightly before lifting the lever, then lean
back to the desired position and release the lever. To
return the seat to the upright position, lean forward
slightly before lifting the lever, then lean forward to the
desired position and release the lever.
Manual Seat Adjuster
Manual Reclining Seat Control
SEATS
Manual Front Seat Adjustments
Using body pressure, move forward and rearward on the
seat to be sure the seat adjusters have latched.
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WARNING!
• Adjusting a seat while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. The sudden movement of the seat
could cause you to lose control. The seat belt
might not be properly adjusted and you could be
injured. Adjust the seat only while the vehicle is
parked.
• 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.
Power Driver’s Seat
The power seat switches are on the outboard side of the
seat, near the floor. Use the forward switch to move the
front of the seat cushion up and down. Use the rear
switch to move the rear of the seat cushion up and down.
The middle switch will move either the entire seat
forward and rearward or the seat cushion up and down.
The rear lever controls the seatback reclining angle. The
seatback may have to be readjusted if the seat cushion
position is changed.
Lumbar Support — If Equipped
This feature allows you to increase or decrease the
amount of lumbar support. The control lever is located
on the inboard side of the driver’s seatback. Turn the
control lever forward to increase and rearward to decrease the desired amount of lumbar support.
Power Driver’s Seat Switches
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CAUTION!
Do not place any article under a power seat as it may
cause damage to the seat controls.
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This feature heats the front driver and passenger seats on
models equipped with leather seats. The controls for the
heated seats are located in the floor console next to the
parking brake.
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Heated Seats — If Equipped
WARNING!
Persons who are unable to feel pain to the skin
because of advanced age, chronic illness, diabetes,
spinal cord injury, medication, alcohol use, exhaustion or other physical condition must exercise care
when using the seat heater. It may cause burns even
at low temperatures, especially if used for long
periods of time. Do not place anything on the seat
that insulates against heat, such as a blanket or
cushion. This may cause the seat heater to overheat.
Heated Seat Switches
The left rotary switch controls the heat level for the
driver’s seat, and the right rotary switch controls the heat
level for the passenger’s seat. These switches feature
several heat settings ranging from 0 to 6.
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To Fold The Front Seatback Forward:
Turn the high mounted release lever rearward and fold
the seatback forward. If you release the lever early, a
safety feature locks the seat into that position. Turn the
release lever again to continue lowering the seat. Just
before the seatback reaches the full forward position, a
soft “click “ will be heard. This is a signal that the
seatback is unlocked and can be raised without the use of
the release handle. Raise the seatback until it locks into
position.
4. To return seat to a sitting position, push seat rearward.
5. Rotate seat back upright until it locks.
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
until a click is heard, then let go of the handle.
3. Continue pushing the entire seat forward until it slides
toward the dashboard.
Seatback Release Lever
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Adjustable Head Restraints
Head restraints can reduce the risk of whiplash injury in
the event of impact from the rear. Adjust the restraints so
that the upper edge is as high as practical. To raise, pull
up on the head restraint. To lower, depress the button on
the post guide and push down on the head restraint.
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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.
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Hood Release Lever
Adjustable Head Restraint
Then lift the secondary latch located under the front edge
of the hood, near the center and raise the hood.
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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
Hood Safety Catch
Use the hood prop rod to secure the hood in the open
position. Place the upper end of the prop rod in the hole
marked “prop” on the underside of the hood.
To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to
close it. Use a firm downward push at the center of the
hood to ensure that both latches engage.
Front Map/Reading Lights
These lights, located under the rearview mirror, come on
whenever a door is opened or the illuminated entry
system is activated. The lights can also be turned on with
the doors closed by means of switches located on the
front of the rearview mirror.
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NOTE: The map lights will remain on until the mirror
switches have been turned to the OFF position, so be sure
that they have been turned off before leaving the vehicle.
Interior Lights
The console rear light, map/courtesy lights, and the
optional under-door courtesy lights come on when a
door is opened and the panel lamp dimmer switch
(located on the turn signal control stalk) is in any detent
except fully counter-clockwise (dome lamp ON position)
or fully clockwise (dome lamp OFF position). Rotating
the panel dimmer switch fully counter-clockwise will
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turn on the lights. Turn the panel dimmer switch fully
clockwise to prevent the lights from coming on when a
door is opened.
NOTE: The interior lights have a “fade to off” feature.
When the lights are turned off, they gradually “fade” off.
Interior light Defeat (OFF)
Rotate the dimmer control to the extreme bottom full-circle position. The
interior lights will remain off when the
doors are open.
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.
Daytime Mode (Daytime Brightness Feature)
Rotate the dimmer control to the first
detent (full-circle). This feature brightens the odometer and radio display
when the parking lights or headlights
are on during daylight conditions.
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Multi-Function Control Lever
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Multi-Function lever
Multi-Function Lever
The Multi-Function lever controls the operation of the
headlights, turn signals, headlight beam select switch,
instrument panel light dimming, passing light, dome
light, and fog lights.
Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights
Turn the end of the Multi-Function 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,
turn the center portion of the lever up or down. Turning
the dimmer control to the full up position also turns on
the courtesy lights. Turning the dimmer control to the full
down position prevents the courtesy lights from coming
on when a door is opened.
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Automatic Headlights—If Equipped
This system automatically turns your headlights on at a
preset level of outdoor lighting. Turn the end of the
control lever to the third detent to turn the system on.
When the system is on, the headlight delay feature is also
on. This means that your headlights will stay on for about
90 seconds after you turn the ignition switch off. To turn
the Automatic system off, turn the control lever clockwise, to the off position.
NOTE: The engine must be running before the headlights will come on in the automatic mode.
NOTE: The Automatic Headlight System will turn on
the headlights if it detects that the windshield wipers
have been in operation for more than 10 seconds.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only)
The headlights come on at a low intensity level whenever
the ignition switch is turned on. The lights remain on
until the ignition switch is turned OFF or the parking
brake is engaged. 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 when the driver’s door
is opened.
Fog Lights — If Equipped
The fog light switch is in the multi-function lever.
To activate the fog lights, turn on the low beam
headlights and pull out the end of the control
lever. A light in the instrument cluster shows when the
fog lights are on.
NOTE: The switch will turn on the fog lights only if the
low beam headlights are on. Turning on the high beam
headlights turns off the fog lights.
Turn Signals
Move the turn signal lever up or down and the arrows in
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.
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Headlight Beam Select Switch
Pull the turn signal lever towards you to switch the
headlights to HIGH beam. Pull the turn signal lever a
second time to switch the headlights to LOW beam.
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHERS
The wipers and washers are operated by a switch in the
right side control lever. Turn the end of the control lever
to select the desired wiper speed.
Flash to Pass
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the turn signal lever toward the steering
wheel. This will cause the headlights to turn on at high
beam and remain on until the lever is released.
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Headlight Time Delay
This feature provides the safety of headlight illumination
for about 90 seconds when leaving your vehicle in an
unlighted area.
To activate the delay, turn off the ignition while the
headlights are still on. Then turn off the headlights. The
delay interval begins when the ignition is turned off.
If the headlights are turned off before the ignition, they
will go off in the normal manner.
Windshield Wiper/Washer Control
NOTE: Always remove any build-up of snow that
prevents the windshield wiper blades from returning to
the OFF position. If the windshield wiper switch is
turned OFF and the blades cannot return to the OFF
position, damage to the wiper motor may occur.
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To use the washer, pull the lever toward you and hold
while spray is desired. If the lever is pulled while in the
delay range, the wiper will operate for several 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 several cycles, then turn OFF.
Speed Sensitive Intermittent Wiper System
Use the intermittent wiper when weather conditions
make a single wiping cycle, with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. Turn the lever to the delay
position, then select the delay interval. The delay can be
regulated from a maximum of approximately 18 seconds
between cycles, to a cycle every 1/2 second.
WARNING!
NOTE: The wiper delay times depend on vehicle speed.
If the vehicle is moving less than 16 km/h (10 mph),
delay times will be doubled.
Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield
could lead to an accident. You might not see other
vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of
the windshield during freezing weather, warm the
windshield with defroster before and during windshield washer use.
TILT STEERING COLUMN
To tilt the column, push down on the lever below the turn
signal control and move the wheel up or down, as
desired. Push the lever back up to lock the column firmly
in place.
Mist
Use this feature when weather conditions make occasional usage of the wipers necessary. Pull down and
release the control lever for a single wiping cycle.
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TRACTION CONTROL— IF EQUIPPED
To turn the Traction Control System Off, press
the switch located on the top of the steering
column, to the right of the hazard switch, until
the Traction Control indicator in the instrument
cluster lights up.
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.
Traction Control Switch
To turn the Traction Control System On, press the switch
until the Traction Control indicator in the instrument
cluster turns off.
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NOTE: The Traction Control System is enabled each
time the ignition switch is turned On. This will occur
even if you used the switch to turn the system off before
powering down or turning the ignition to Lock.
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL— IF EQUIPPED
When engaged, this device will control the throttle operation to maintain a constant vehicle speed between 30
mph (48 km/h) and 85 mph (137 km/h). The controls are
on the steering wheel.
To Activate:
Press the ON/OFF switch to turn the speed control
system ON. To turn the system OFF, press the ON/OFF
switch again. The system should be turned OFF when not
in use. The CRUISE Indicator in the instrument cluster
will light up when the Speed Control is ON.
NOTE: You must press the ON button to activate the
system each time the engine is started.
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 aren’t using it.
Speed Control Switches
To Set At A Desired Speed:
When the vehicle has reached the desired speed and the
system is ON, press and release the SET button. Release
the accelerator and the vehicle will operate at the selected
speed. The speed control is now Engaged.
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To Deactivate:
A soft tap on the brake pedal, pushing the CANCEL
button, or normal brake or clutch pressure will deactivate
speed control without erasing the memory. Pushing the
ON/OFF button or turning off the ignition turns the
speed control system off and erases the memory.
To Resume Speed:
To resume a previously set speed, push and release the
RESUME/ACCEL button. Resume can be used at any
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
To Vary The Speed Setting:
When the speed control is Engaged (actively controlling
to a SET speed), speed can be increased by pressing and
holding the RESUME/ACCEL button. When the button
is released, a new set speed will be established.
Tapping the RESUME/ACCEL button once will result in
a 2 mph (3 km/h) increase in the SET speed. Each time
the button is tapped, the SET speed increases. For example tapping the button three times will increase speed
by 6 mph (10 km/h), etc.
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To decrease speed while speed control is Engaged, press
and hold the COAST button. Releasing the button when
the desired speed is reached, will establish a new SET
speed.
Tapping the COAST button once will result in a 1 mph
(1.6 km/h) decrease in the SET speed. Each time the
button is tapped, the SET speed decreases. For example,
tapping the button three times will decrease speed by 3
mph (5 km/h).
To Accelerate For Passing:
NOTE: If the set speed is exceeded by 20 mph (32
km/h) or more during the acceleration, the set speed will
have to manually re-engaged.
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
Vehicles with automatic transmissions are equipped with
Interactive Speed Control. This feature operates when
travelling up or down hills with the Speed Control
engaged and the driver’s foot off of the accelerator.
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When Climbing A Hill
If vehicle speed drops 3 mph (5 km/h) below the Speed
Control set speed, the transaxle will downshift to third
gear. Under severe conditions the transaxle may downshift again to second gear. The transaxle will upshift to
fourth gear after the vehicle has reached the top of the
hill.
When Descending A Hill
If vehicle speed rises 3 mph (5 km/h) over the Speed
Control set speed, the transaxle will downshift to third
gear. This provides engine braking to keep vehicle speed
under control. The transaxle will not downshift below
third gear to control vehicle overspeed. The transaxle will
upshift to fourth gear after the vehicle has reached the
bottom of the hill.
NOTE: On very steep hills, a greater speed loss or gain
may occur. It may be preferable to drive without Speed
Control.
Rolling Hills
The transaxle may downshift into third gear and remain
there as the vehicle travels over rolling hills. The transaxle will upshift into fourth gear when the road flattens
out.
The transaxle will resume its normal shift schedule if you
depress the accelerator pedal during any of the above
conditions.
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.
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GARAGE DOOR OPENER — IF EQUIPPED
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
push of a button. The Universal Transceiver operates off
your vehicle’s battery and charging system; no batteries
are needed.
Homelink Buttons
For additional information on HomeLink威, call 1–800–
355–3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com.
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WARNING!
A moving garage door can cause injury to people and
pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be
seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver
with a garage door opener that has a “stop and
reverse” feature as required by federal safety standards. This includes most garage door opener models manufactured after 1982. Do not use a garage
door opener without these safety features 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Programming Universal Transceiver
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).
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: Step 2 does not have to be followed to program
additional hand held transmitters.
NOTE: Some entry gates and garage door openers may
require you to replace step 4 with the procedures listed
under Canadian Programming.
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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.
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.
“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
manufactured after 1996, your garage door opener or
other device may have a “Rolling Code” system.
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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:
• Check the owner’s manual for the device for mention
of “Rolling Codes”.
• 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:
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
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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.
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.
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Reprogramming A Single Button
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
1. Press and hold the Universal Transceiver button to be
reprogrammed. Do not release until step 4 has been
completed.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
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.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
3. Press and hold the hand held transmitter button.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
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 green 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:
ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLET
The power outlet is located in the lower center of your
instrument panel. A second power outlet is located inside
the center console, if so equipped. All accessories connected to any outlet should be removed or turned off
when the vehicle is not in use.
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CAUTION!
Electrical Outlet Use With Engine Off
• 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
alternator to recharge the vehicle’s battery.
• Power outlets are designed for accessory plugs
only. Do not hang any type of accessory or accessory bracket from the plug. Improper use of the
power outlet can cause damage.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
▫ To Set The Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
䡵 Instrument Cluster Standard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
䡵 Radio General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
䡵 Instrument Cluster Premium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
䡵 Instrument Cluster – GTC Model . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Two Types Of Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
䡵 Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Electrical Disturbances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
䡵 Compass, Temperature, And Trip Computer
Display — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ AM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Control Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Trip Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Compass Temperature Display . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
䡵 Cigar Lighter/Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
䡵 Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ FM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
䡵 Sales Code RAZ—AM/ FM Stereo Radio
With Cassette Tape Player, CD Player And
CD Changer Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Operating Instructions — Radio . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Power Switch, Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
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▫ Seek Button (Radio Mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Changing Tape Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Radio Data System (RDS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Metal Tape Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ PTY (Program Type) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Pinch Roller Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Noise Reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Operating Instructions — CD Player . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Tone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Inserting The Compact Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
▫ AM/FM Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
▫ EJT CD (Eject) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
▫ To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory . . . . . . 103
▫ FF/Tune/RW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ To Change From Clock To Radio Mode . . . . . . 104
▫ Program Button 4 (Random Play) . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Operating Instructions — Tape Player . . . . . . . 104
▫ Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Tape CD Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Fast Forward (FF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Time Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Rewind (RW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Tape Eject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
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▫ CD Changer Control Capability —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
䡵 Sales Code RB1—AM/FM Stereo Radio With
DVD/GPS Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
䡵 Sales Code RBB—AM/FM Stereo Radio
With Cassette Tape Player And CD Changer
Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
䡵 6 Disc CD Changer — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 120
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
▫ Mode Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Scan Button (Radio Mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Cassette Player Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ CD Changer Control Capability —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
䡵 Sales Code RBK—AM/ FM Stereo Radio
With CD Player And CD Changer Controls . . . 114
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
▫ CD Changer Control Capability —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
▫ Loading The CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Playing Discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ FF/Tune/RW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Mode Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Program Button 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Program Button 4 (Random Play) . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Program Button 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Time Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Changing Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Removing Discs From The CD Changer . . . . . 122
▫ CD Changer Operation With The Changer
Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
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䡵 Satellite Radio — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
▫ System Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
▫ Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ENS/SID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
▫ Selecting Satellite Mode In RBB, RAH And RBK
Radios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
䡵 Remote Sound System Controls —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ Tape Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ CD Player — Single Disc In Radio . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ CD Player — 6 Disc CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ Selecting Satellite Mode In RBP, RBU, RAZ, RB1
And RBQ Radios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
䡵 Cassette Tape And Player Maintenance . . . . . . 128
▫ Selecting a Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
䡵 Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
▫ Storing And Selecting Pre-Set Channels . . . . . . 125
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . 129
▫ Using The PTY (Program Type) Button
(If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ PTY Button ⬙Scan⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
▫ PTY Button ⬙Seek⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
▫ Satellite Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
▫ Reception Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
▫ Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Control —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER STANDARD
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER – GTC MODEL
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
1. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition key is in the ON position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in
the fuel tank.
2. Traction Control — If Equipped
This display indicator illuminates momentarily
as a bulb check when the ignition switch is first
turned ON. The indicator will blink during an
active traction event, but will remain solid
when the system is deactivated or if a system malfunction occurs.
The Traction Control indicator will turn ON if:
• The Traction Control system is in use.
• The Traction Control switch has been used to turn
the system OFF.
• There is an Anti-Lock Brake system malfunction or
Traction Control system malfunction.
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• The system has been 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 Traction
Control indicator. 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 Traction Control indicator.
3. Cruise Light — If Equipped
This light shows that the Speed Control System is ON.
This light will also illuminate for a 5–second bulb check
when the ignition switch is first turned to the ON
position. (See page 72 for more information.)
4. 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 bulb does not
come on during starting, have the bulb replaced. If the
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light stays on, or comes on while driving, have the
system checked by an authorized dealer. (See page 72
for more information.)
5. Tachometer
The red area of the scale shows the maximum permissible
engine revolutions-per-minute (rpm x 1000) for each gear
range. Before reaching the red area (over 6,500 rpm), ease
up on the accelerator to prevent engine over speed.
6. Turn Signal Indicators
The arrows will flash in unison with the exterior turn
signal, when using the turn signal lever.
7. 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.
8. Speedometer
Shows the vehicle speed in miles-per-hour and
kilometers-per-hour.
9. 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, turn off some of the vehicle’s
electrical devices, such as the Fog Lights or Rear
Defroster. If the Charging System Light remains on, it
means that the vehicle is experiencing a problem with
the charging system. Obtain SERVICE IMMEDIATELY. See your local authorized dealer.
10. Malfunction Indicator Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic
system called OBD that monitors engine and
automatic transmission control systems. The
light will illuminate as long as the key is in the ON
position, prior to engine start up. Approximately 15
seconds later the MIL may blink for 10 seconds then
resume to full illumination. (See “EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS” in
the “MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE” section of
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your Owner Manual for more details). If the bulb does
not come on when turning the key from OFF to ON,
have the condition checked promptly.
Certain conditions such as a loose or missing gas cap or
poor fuel quality 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.
The Malfunction Indicator Light flashes to alert to serious
conditions 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 215
for more information.)
11. Fog Light Indicator — If Equipped
This light shows when the fog lights are ON.
(See page 68 for more information.)
12. Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge shows engine coolant
temperature. Any reading within the normal
range (approximately mid point on the scale)
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shows that the 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” mark, stop the vehicle and
turn off the engine until the problem is corrected.
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 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 cooling system.
13. Engine Temperature Warning Light
This light warns of an overheated engine coolant condition.
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14. Transmission Range Indicator
This indicator illuminates to show the automatic transmission gear selection.
An optional AutoStick Gear Indicator displays the current
transaxle gear when in AutoStick mode.
15. Odometer/Trip Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance the vehicle has
been driven.
Door, Deck or Trunk Ajar Warnings
If you move the vehicle and a door is not completely
closed, the word DOOR will replace the odometer display and a chime will sound once. The odometer display
will reappear when the door is closed. If the trunk is not
completely closed, the word DECK will replace the
odometer display. The odometer display will reappear
when the trunk is closed.
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 is changed, during repair or
replacement, be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after the service so that the correct mileage can
be determined.
16. Anti-Lock Warning Light — If Equipped
This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System
described elsewhere in this manual. This light will
come on when the ignition key is turned to the RUN
position and may stay on for several seconds. If the light
does not come on, have the system checked by an
authorized dealer. The warning light should be checked
frequently to assure that it is operating properly.
The trip odometer shows individual trip mileage. To
switch from odometer to trip odometer, press and release
the Trip Odometer button. Press and release the Trip
button a second time to return to the odometer. While in
trip mode, press and hold the button for at least 1⁄2 second
to reset the trip odometer.
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.
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17. Oil Pressure Light
Shows low engine oil pressure. The light will
come on and remain on briefly when the ignition is turned on as a bulb check. If the bulb does not
come on during starting, have the bulb repaired
promptly.
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 218 for more information.)
18. Brake System Warning Light
This light monitors both the brake fluid level
and the parking brake. If the light comes on,
it indicates either that the parking brake is
on or there is a low fluid level in the brake
master cylinder. On vehicles equipped with Anti-lock
(ABS), the brake light may also indicate reduced
braking performance.
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If the parking brake is off and the light remains on, have
the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
WARNING!
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. A significant decrease in braking performance
may occur. It will take you longer to stop the vehicle.
You could have an accident. Have the vehicle
checked immediately.
The warning light should be checked frequently to assure
that it is operating properly. Turn the ignition key to the
RUN position. (Refer to “A Word About Your Keys,
Ignition Key Removal” in this manual for an illustration
of the ignition positions.) The light should come on. If the
light does not come on, have the system checked by an
authorized dealer.
The light will also come on when the parking brake is
applied with the ignition in the RUN position.
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
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In an ABS equipped vehicle, the Brake System Warning
light will come on if the ABS light is not functioning or if
the ABS system is not communicating.
19. Seat Belt Reminder Light
When the ignition switch is first turned ON, this
light will turn on for 5 to 8 seconds as a bulb
check. During the bulb check, if the driver’s seat
belt is unbuckled, a chime will sound. After the bulb
check or when driving, if the driver seat belt remains
unbuckled, the Seat Belt Warning Light will flash or
remain on continuously. Refer to ⬙Enhanced Driver
Seat Belt Reminder System (BeltAlert™)⬙ in the Occupant Restraints section for more information.
20. Theft Alarm Light — If Equipped
The light in the instrument cluster will flash rapidly for
15 seconds. This shows that the system is arming. If the
light comes on but does not flash, the system is still
armed, but there is a problem in the trunk circuit. After 15
seconds the light will continue to flash slowly. This
shows that the system is fully armed.
21. Low Fuel Light
When the fuel level drops to about 2 1⁄2 gallons (9
1⁄2 liters), the fuel symbol will light and remain lit
until fuel is added.
22. Trip Odometer Button
Press and release this button to change the display from
odometer to trip odometer. The word TRIP will appear
when in the trip odometer mode. To reset the trip
odometer, press and hold the button for at least 1/2
second.
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COMPASS, TEMPERATURE, AND TRIP
COMPUTER DISPLAY — IF EQUIPPED
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Reset
The following trip conditions can be reset:
• AVG ECO (changes to present fuel economy)
• ODO
• ET
To reset only the trip condition currently displayed, press
and release the STEP and US/M buttons simultaneously
until a chime sounds. To reset all trip conditions, hold
down the STEP and US/M buttons simultaneously
(about 2 seconds) until a second chime sounds and then
release the buttons.
Trip Computer Display
This feature allows you to choose between a compass /
temperature display and one of five trip conditions being
monitored.
Control Buttons
Step Button
Use this button to choose or cycle through the five trip
conditions.
NOTE: The screen must display one of the trip conditions above in order to reset either (or all) of these
conditions.
US / M Button
Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric
measurement units.
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Trip Conditions
Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO)
This display shows the average fuel economy since the
last reset.
Estimated Range (DTE)
This display shows the estimated distance that can be
traveled with the fuel remaining in the tank. This estimated distance is based on the most recent trip information: (Average Fuel Economy) x (Fuel Remaining)
This display cannot be reset.
Present Fuel Economy (ECO)
This display shows fuel economy for the last few seconds.
This display cannot be reset.
Trip Odometer (ODO)
This display shows the distance traveled since the last
reset.
Elapsed Time (ET)
This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time
since the last reset.
Compass Temperature Display
This display provides the outside temperature and one of
eight compass readings to indicate the direction the
vehicle is facing.
WARNING!
Even if the display still reads a few degrees above
32°F ( 0°C), the road surface may be icy, particularly
in woods or on bridges. Drive carefully under such
conditions to prevent an accident and possible personal injury or property damage.
Compass Calibration
The Automatic Compass Calibration feature eliminates
the need for the operator intervention under normal
conditions. If the CAL indicator is lit, the compass needs
to be calibrated. A good calibration requires a level
surface and an environment free of large metal objects
such as large buildings, bridges, underground cables,
railroad tracks, etc.
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Automatic Compass Calibration
The self-calibrating feature of the compass eliminates the
need to calibrate the compass for normal conditions.
During a short initial period, the compass may appear
erratic and the CAL symbol will appear on the display.
After the vehicle has completed at least one complete
circle in an area free from large metal objects, calibration
will be complete when the CAL symbol is extinguished.
After initial calibration, the compass will continue to
automatically update this calibration whenever the vehicle is in motion.
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Manual Compass Calibration
Compass calibration can also be requested. To manually
calibrate the compass, use the STEP button to step to the
compass/ temperature display and then hold down both
the STEP and US/M buttons simultaneously until the
CAL symbol is displayed. Release the buttons once the
CAL symbol appears. Manual compass calibration has
been initiated at this point. Drive the vehicle in circles in
an area free from large metal objects until the CAL
symbol is extinguished.
When the CAL indicator goes off, the compass is calibrated and should display correct headings. Verify
proper calibration by checking North (N), South (S), East
(E), and West (W). If the compass does not appear
accurate, repeat the calibration procedure in another area.
Compass Variance
Variance is the difference between magnetic North and
geographic North. For proper compass function, the
correct variance zone must be set.
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Setting the Compass Variance
Refer to the variance map for the correct compass variance zone. To check the variance zone, the ignition must
be on and the compass / temperature displayed. Hold
down both the US / M and STEP buttons simultaneously
until the VAR symbol is lit and then immediately release
both buttons. The current variance zone will now be
displayed. To change the zone, press the STEP button
until the correct zone is displayed. Wait for about 5
seconds. The trip computer will store this variance in
memory and the compass will resume normal operation.
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Outside Temperature
If the outside temperature is more than 131°F (55°C), the
display will show 131°F. When the outside temperature is
less than ⫺40°F (⫺40°C), the display will show ⫺40°F/C.
To Set The Clock:
CIGAR LIGHTER/ASHTRAY
For a nominal charge your dealer can provide a “smoker’s” package. This package consists of a cigar lighter and
an ashtray that utilizes one of the cup holders.
2. Press any other button to exit from the clock setting
mode. Or, it will exit the mode automatically if left alone
for 5 or 6 seconds.
ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout indicates the time in hours
and minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or
ACC position. Whenever the radio is turned on, it first
comes up on either tape, cd or radio, whichever was
previously on, and will revert back to Time/Clock after a
few seconds. If Time/Clock was not previously selected,
the display will revert back to whichever was previously
on after a few seconds, whether it was tape, cd or radio.
When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, pressing
the Time button will cause the radio to display time for
several seconds, then turn off.
1. Use a ballpoint pen or similar object to press the hour
(H) or minute (M) buttons on the radio, The time setting
will increase each time you press the button.
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.
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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.
SALES CODE RAZ—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER, CD PLAYER
AND CD CHANGER CONTROLS
NOTE: The radio sales code is located on the lower left
side of your radio faceplate.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Toggle the PTY button to select the following format
types:
Program Type
Adult Hits
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Country
Information
Jazz
Foreign Language
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm and Blues
Religious Music
Religious Talk
Rock
Radio Display
Adlt Hit
Classicl
Cls Rock
College
Country
Inform
Jazz
Language
News
Nostalga
Oldies
Persnlty
Public
R&B
Rel Musc
Rel Talk
Rock
Program Type
Soft
Soft Rock
Soft Rhythm and Blues
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
Radio Display
Soft
Soft Rck
Soft R&B
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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.
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Tape Eject
Press the EJT Tape button and the cassette will disengage
and eject from the radio.
Noise Reduction
The Dolby Noise Reduction System* is on whenever the
tape player is on, but may be switched off.
Scan Button
Press this button to play 10 seconds of each selection.
Press the scan button a second time to cancel the feature.
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.
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.
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.
* ”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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Tape CD Button
Press this button to select between CD player and Tape
player.
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.
Time Button
Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD
playing time to time of day.
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).
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.
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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.
Disc Up/Program Button 1
Press the DISC up (button 1) button to play the next
available disc.
Disc Down/Program Button 5
Press the DISC down (button 5) button to play the
previous disc.
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.
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.
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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
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• Water condensation on optics
SALES CODE RBB—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD
CHANGER CAPABILITY
NOTE: The radio sales code is located on the lower left
side of your radio faceplate.
RBB Radio
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.
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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.
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.
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Audio
The audio button controls the BASS, TREBLE, BALANCE, and FADE.
Press the AUDIO button and BASS will be displayed.
Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to increase or decrease the
Bass tones.
Press the AUDIO button a second time and TREB will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to increase or
decrease the Treble tones.
Press the AUDIO button a third time and BAL will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to adjust the
sound level from the right or left side speakers.
Press the AUDIO button a fourth time and FADE will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to adjust the
sound level between the front and rear speakers.
Press the AUDIO button again or wait 5 seconds to exit
setting tone, balance, and fade.
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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 “SAT” will appear in your radio display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite or radio mode.
SCAN Button (Radio Mode)
Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for
the next listenable station, in either AM, FM or Satellite (if
equipped) frequencies, pausing for 5 seconds at each
listenable station before continuing to the next. To stop
the search, press SCAN a second time.
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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
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.
SCAN Button (Cassette Mode)
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*.
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When Dolby is ON, the NR symbol appears on the
display. Each time a tape is inserted the Dolby will turn
ON.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
* “Dolby” noise reduction manufactured under license
from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
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.
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.
SCAN Button (CD Mode)
Press this button to play the first 10 seconds of each track.
To stop the scan function, press the button a second time.
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Operating Instructions - Satellite Radio Mode (If
Equipped)
Refer to the Satellite Radio section of the Owner’s Manual.
SALES CODE RBK—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER
CONTROLS
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.
NOTE: The radio sales code is located on the lower left
side of your radio faceplate.
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
RBK Radio
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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.
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 or 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,
the radio will continue to tune until you release the
button. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
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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 “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.
Audio
The audio button controls the BASS, TREBLE, BALANCE, and FADE.
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Press the AUDIO button and BASS will be displayed.
Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to increase or decrease the
Bass tones.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
Press the AUDIO button a second time and TREB will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to increase or
decrease the Treble tones.
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:
Press the AUDIO button a third time and BAL will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to adjust the
sound level from the right or left side speakers.
Press the AUDIO button a fourth time and FADE will be
displayed. Press the SEEK + or SEEK – to adjust the
sound level between the front and rear speakers.
Press the AUDIO button again or wait 5 seconds to exit
setting tone, balance, and fade.
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.
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.
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Inserting The Compact Disc
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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.
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.
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.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The unit will continue in radio mode.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF
(except on convertibles).
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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 “SAT” will appear in your radio
display.
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.
Disc Down/Program Button 5
Press the DISC down (button 5) button to play the
previous disc.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite mode.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
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.
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.
Operating Instructions - Satellite Radio Mode (If
Equipped)
Refer to the Satellite Radio section of the Owner’s
Manual.
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.
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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
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SALES CODE RB1—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH DVD/GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM
system and the CD Player simultaneously. Always remove
the Navigation DVD before inserting another disc.
6 DISC CD CHANGER — IF EQUIPPED
The CD changer is located below the radio in the
instrument panel. The changer plays only 4 3⁄4 inch (12
cm) discs. The changer holds up to 6 discs. Each disc is
loaded and ejected through a single slot in front of the
changer. Each disc has a numbered button with an amber
light above it which, when illuminated, indicates that a
disc is loaded in that particular chamber.
RB1 Radio
The navigation system provides maps, turn identification, selection menus and instructions for selecting a
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
6 Disc CD Changer
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Loading the CD Changer
When inserting the first CD into the changer if the radio
is on, wait until the single slot is illuminated on both
sides and simply insert the first disc.
To insert additional CDs into the changer, the instructions
follow:
1. Select and press any numbered button without an
illuminated light above it.
2. Insert the CD while the light above the chosen button
is flashing and the two lights on either side of the slot are
illuminated.
3. Upon insertion, the CD will begin to play, and both the
button light and the lights in the corner of the loading
slot will illuminate.
4. Repeat the process for loading any additional CDs.
The CD player will stop while additional CDs are loaded.
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Playing Discs
The radio will show the CD number, the CD track
number, and the Track Time Elapsed while the radio is in
the CD mode. If more than one CD is loaded in the
changer, the changer will automatically play the next disc
after playing the last track of the current disc.
Seek Button
Press the top of this button on the radio once to play the
next track. Press the bottom of the button once to return
to the beginning of the current track. Press the bottom of
the button twice to play the previous track.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press the FF (fast forward) button and the CD player will
fast forward through the tracks until the button is released. Press the RW (rewind) button and the CD player
will reverse through the tracks until the button is released.
Mode Button
Press this button to toggle between radio and cd modes.
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Program Button 1
Press this button to play the next available disc.
Program Button 4 (Random Play)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
current compact disc in random order to provide an
interesting change of pace. The CD changer stays in the
random play mode when changing to the next disc.
NOTE: The changer will not random play between
discs.
Press the top of the Seek button once to move to the next
randomly selected track. Press the bottom of the Seek
button to go back to the beginning of the track.
Press button 4 a second time to stop random play.
Program Button 5
Press this button to play the previous disc.
Time Button
Press this button to switch between time of day and CD
track time.
Changing Modes
While in the radio mode, if a cassette is loaded, press the
Mode button to switch to the tape mode. If a CD is
loaded, press the Mode button to select the CD mode. If
neither a tape nor CD is loaded, the radio will ignore the
command.
• Inserting either a tape or CD automatically starts that
mode of play.
• Pressing the AM/FM button while in the tape or CD
mode will select the radio mode.
• If in the CD mode and the last CD is ejected, the radio
will tune to the last station selected.
Removing Discs from the CD Changer
If there is a single CD in the changer, press the EJT button
and the CD will eject. If the CD is not removed within 15
seconds, it will automatically reload into the CD changer.
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To eject additional CDs from the changer, first select the
numbered button where the CD is located and then press
the EJT button.
CD Changer Operation with the Changer Off
The CD changer is able to load and eject discs with the
ignition power off. However, while the ignition is off, one
of the six numbered buttons must be pressed first.
SATELLITE RADIO — IF EQUIPPED
Satellite radio uses direct satellite to receiver broadcasting technology to provide clear digital sound, coast to
coast. The subscription service provider is Sirius™ Satellite Radio. This service offers up to 100 channels of music,
sports, news, entertainment, and programming for children, directly from its satellites and broadcasting studios.
System Activation
To activate your Sirius Satellite Radio service, call the
toll-free number 888-539-7474, or visit the Sirius web site
at www.sirius.com. Please have the following information available when activating your system:
1. The Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ESN/SID).
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2. Credit card information.
3. Your Vehicle Identification Number.
Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ENS/SID)
The Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification Number is needed to activate your Sirius Satellite Radio
system. To access the ESN/SID, refer to the following
steps:
ESN/SID Access With RBB, RAH and RBK Radios
With the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY position and
the radio OFF, press the Tape Eject or CD Eject (depending on the radio type) and Time buttons simultaneously
for 3 seconds. The first four digits of the twelve-digit
ESN/SID number will be displayed. Press the SEEK UP
button to display the next four digits. Continue to press
the SEEK UP button until all twelve ESN/SID digits have
been displayed. The SEEK DOWN will page down until
the first four digits are displayed. The radio will exit the
ESN/SID mode when any other button is pushed, the
ignition is turned OFF, or 5 minutes has passed since any
button was pushed.
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ESN/SID Access With RBP, RBU, RAZ, RB1 and
RBQ Radios
With the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY position and
the radio OFF, press the CD Eject and TIME buttons
simultaneously for 3 seconds. All twelve ESN/SID numbers will be displayed. The radio will exit the ESN/SID
mode when any other button is pushed, the ignition is
turned OFF, or 5 minutes has passed since any button
was pushed.
Selecting Satellite Mode in RBB, RAH and RBK
Radios
Press the MODE button repeatedly until ⬙S A⬙ appears in
the display. A CD or tape may remain in the radio while
in the Satellite radio mode.
• The current program type and channel number will
then be displayed for 5 seconds.
• The current channel number will then be displayed
until an action occurs.
A CD or tape may remain in the radio while in the
Satellite radio mode.
Selecting a Channel
Press and release the SEEK or TUNE buttons to search for
the next channel. Press the top of the button to search up
and the bottom of the button to search down. Holding the
TUNE button causes the radio to bypass channels until
the button is released.
Selecting Satellite Mode in RBP, RBU, RAZ, RB1
and RBQ Radios
Press the MODE button repeatedly until the word
⬙SIRIUS⬙ appears in the display. These radios will also
display the following:
Press and release the SCAN button (if equipped) to
automatically change channels every 7 seconds. The
radio will pause on each channel for 7 seconds before
moving on to the next channel. The word ⬙SCAN⬙ will
appear in the display between each channel change. Press
the SCAN button a second time to stop the search.
• After 3 seconds, the current channel name and channel
number will be displayed for 5 seconds.
NOTE: Channels that may contain objectionable content can be blocked. Contact Sirius Customer Care at
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888-539-7474 to discuss options for channel blocking or
unblocking. Please have your ESN/SID information
available.
one and stop the search. Pressing a pre-set memory
button during a music type scan, will call up the memory
channel and stop the search.
Storing and Selecting Pre-Set Channels
In addition to the 10 AM and 10 FM pre-set stations, you
may also commit 10 satellite stations to push button
memory. These satellite channel pre-set stations will not
erase any AM or FM pre-set memory stations. Follow the
memory pre-set procedures that apply to your radio.
PTY Button ⴖSEEKⴖ
When the desired program is obtained, press the ⬙SEEK⬙
button within five seconds. The channel will change to
the next channel that matches the program type selected.
Using the PTY (Program Type) Button (If
Equipped)
Follow the PTY button instructions that apply to your
radio.
PTY Button ⴖSCANⴖ
When the desired program type is obtained, press the
⬙SCAN⬙ button within five seconds. The radio will play 7
seconds of the selected channel before moving to the next
channel of the selected program type. Press the ⬙SCAN⬙
button a second time to stop the search.
NOTE: Pressing the ⬙SEEK⬙ or ⬙SCAN⬙ button while
performing a music type scan will change the channel by
Satellite Antenna
To ensure optimum reception, do not place items on the
roof around the rooftop antenna location or strap items to
the trunk lid around the trunk lid antenna (if equipped).
Metal objects placed within the line of sight of the
antenna will cause decreased performance. Larger luggage items such as bikes should be placed as far rearward
as possible, within the loading design of the rack. Do not
place items directly on or above the antenna.
Reception Quality
Satellite reception may be interrupted due to one of the
following reasons.
• The vehicle is parked in an underground parking
structure or under a physical obstacle.
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• Dense tree coverage may interrupt reception in the
form of short audio mutes.
• Driving under wide bridges or along tall buildings can
cause intermittent reception.
• Placing objects over or too close to the antenna can
cause signal blockage.
REMOTE SOUND SYSTEM CONTROLS — IF
EQUIPPED
The remote sound system controls are located on the rear
surface of the steering wheel. Reach behind the wheel to
access the switches.
Remote Sound System Controls
The right hand control is a rocker type switch with a
push-button in the center and controls the volume and
mode of the sound system. Pressing the top of the rocker
switch will increase the volume and pressing the bottom
of the rocker switch will decrease the volume.
Pressing the center button will make the radio switch
between the various modes available (AM/FM/TAPE/
CD, Etc.).
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The left hand control is a rocker type switch with a
push-button in the center. The function of the left hand
control is different depending on which mode you are in.
The following describes the left hand control operation in
each mode.
Radio Operation
Pressing the top of the switch will “Seek” up for the next
listenable station and pressing the bottom of the switch
will “Seek” down for the next listenable station.
The button located in the center of the left hand control
will tune to the next preset station that you have programmed in the radio preset push-button.
Tape Player
Pressing the top of the switch once will go to the next
selection on the cassette. Pressing the bottom of the
switch once will go to the beginning of the current
selection or to the beginning of the previous selection if it
is within the first 5 seconds of the current selection.
If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the
second selection, three times, it will play the third, etc.
The button in the center of the left hand switch has no
function in this mode.
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CD Player — Single Disc in Radio
Pressing the top of the switch once will go to the next
track on the CD. Pressing the bottom of the switch once
will go to the beginning of the current track or to the
beginning of the previous track if it is within one second
after the current track begins to play.
If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the
second track, three times, it will play the third, etc.
The button in the center of the left hand switch has no
function in this mode.
CD Player — 6 Disc CD Changer
Pressing the top of the switch once will go to the next
track on the CD. Pressing the bottom of the switch once
will go to the beginning of the current track or to the
beginning of the previous track if it is within one second
after the current track begins to play.
If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the
second track, three times, it will play the third, etc.
The button in the center of the left hand switch will cause
the CD changer to play the next available disc.
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CASSETTE TAPE AND PLAYER MAINTENANCE
To keep the cassette tapes and player in good condition,
take the following precautions:
turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should
periodically clean the head with a commercially available
WET cleaning cassette.
1. Do not use cassette tapes longer than C-90; otherwise,
sound quality and tape durability will be greatly diminished.
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.
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.
COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
4. Before inserting a tape, make sure that the label is
tightly secured to the cassette.
1. Handle the disc by its edge or center; avoid touching
the surface.
5. A loose tape should not be inserted into the radio.
2. If the disc is stained, clean the surface with a soft cloth,
wiping from center to edge.
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
3. Do not apply paper or tape to the disc; avoid scratching the disc.
4. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, cleaners,
or antistatic sprays.
5. Store the disc in its case after playing.
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6. Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight.
CLIMATE CONTROLS
7. Do not store the disc where temperatures may become
too high.
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) — If
Equipped
NOTE: If you experience difficulty in playing a particular disc, it may be damaged, oversized, or have theft
protection encoding. Try a known good disc before
considering disc player service. You may have a problem
with CD-R (recordable) and CD-RW (recordable and
writable) disks.
RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular
phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your radio. This condition may be lessened
or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna.
This condition is not harmful to the radio. If your radio
performance does not satisfactorily “clear” by the repositioning of the cellular antenna, it is recommended that
the radio volume be turned down or off during cellular
phone operation.
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Automatic Temperature Controls
The ATC system can maintain a steady comfort level in
various weather conditions with a simple two step operation. Press the AUTO button and select your comfort
setting. The system will automatically control comfort by
varying temperature, fan speed, and Mode.
You also may choose to customize your comfort by
selecting the fan speed and Mode. This will place the
system into manual operation
Interior ATC Sensors
There are two interior sensors in the vehicle. The Sun
Sensor is mounted in the center of the instrument panel
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near the windshield glass. The In-Car Temperature Sensor is mounted behind the ATC control panel. These
sensors transmit data on sun strength and vehicle interior
temperatures to enhance system performance.
CAUTION!
Do not cover either sensor with any foreign material
as improper operation of the system will result.
Level Of Automatic Control
72°F (22°C) is the recommended setting for maximum
comfort for the average person, however, this may vary.
NOTE: The temperature setting can be adjusted at any
time without affecting automatic control operation.
The control also will show what Mode the system is in by
the figure shown in the display.
NOTE: The Mode can change when the system is in the
Auto Mode. This will be indicated in changes in the
display window. This shows automatic changes in air
direction.
Fan Control
Use this control to regulate the amount of air forced
through the system in any mode you select. Turn the
control clockwise to increase fan speed.
In ambient temperatures below 21°C (70°F), fan operation is delayed when the engine is first started. The fan
will automatically start when the engine coolant is warm
enough to heat the air. This feature can be defeated by
turning the fan control.
NOTE: While in Automatic Temperature Control,
changing the fan control position will switch control back
into manual control.
AUTO Control
Press the top of the button to turn the ATC system On.
Press the lower portion of the button to turn the entire
system Off.
Comfort Control
Use this control to regulate the comfort inside the passenger compartment. Press the top of the switch to raise
the temperature selection and the bottom of the switch to
lower it. The comfort setting range is from Low, 60,
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61,....to 89,90, Hi, for automatic temperature control. You
can select a very hot or cold comfort setting by holding
the comfort control until it reaches its highest or lowest
levels.
The system adjusts to bring the interior temperature to
the desired comfort level. All comfort settings are automatic; even Hi and Low.
NOTE: You can change the display from U.S. to metric
units by pressing the Mix and Panel mode buttons
simultaneously or by pressing the English/Metric button
on the overhead console.
Air Conditioning Button
Press this button to turn on the air conditioning
compressor. A snow flake symbol in the display
shows that the compressor is on. Compressor
operation is automatic when you press the Auto button.
The compressor can operate at any temperature above
32°F (0°C).
With the compressor off and the temperature set at Lo, air
entering the vehicle will be slightly warmer than the air
outside the vehicle.
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NOTE: The compressor will not engage until the engine
has been running for several seconds. Slight changes in
engine speed or power may be noticed when the compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence since the
compressor will cycle on and off to maintain comfort and
improve fuel economy.
Recirculate Button
Press this button to recirculate the air inside the
vehicle. Outside air is prevented from entering the
vehicle. Recirculation is automatically controlled when
the system is in Auto Mode. Use this mode to temporarily
block out any outside odors, smoke, or dust.
Manual control of Recirculation is possible only in Panel,
Floor, and Bi-Level modes. It will not operate in Mix, or
Defrost modes.
NOTE: The Recirc button light will blink if you try to
use it in the Mix or Defrost modes.
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Air Direction Buttons (Mode)
These buttons allow you to select from five air distribution patterns. These buttons should be used only when
you can not achieve comfort or visibility in Auto operation. A symbol in the display window will show which
mode is operating.
Panel
Air is directed through the outlets in the instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to direct
air flow. This mode is not recommended when heat is
required.
Floor
Air is directed through the floor outlets with a
lesser amount through the Defrost and side
window demist outlets. This mode is recommended
when heat is desired.
Mix
Air is directed through the floor, defrost, and
side window demist outlets. Use this setting 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.
The compressor is on in this mode.
Bi-Level
Air is directed through both the panel and floor
outlets. This mode is not recommended when
heat is required in very cold temperatures.
NOTE: There is a varying difference in temperature
between the upper and lower outlets for added comfort.
The warmer air goes to the floor outlets. This feature
provides improved comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
Windshield Defrost
Air is directed through the defrost outlets and
side window demist outlets. A small amount of
air also is directed through the floor outlets. Use this
mode with maximum fan and comfort level settings
for best windshield and side window defrosting. The
defrost symbol will glow in amber to show that the
defroster is on.
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NOTE: The air conditioning compressor is on in this
mode. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the windshield. To improve fuel economy, leave in the defrost
mode only when necessary.
Rear Window Defroster
Press the button once to turn on the Rear Window
Defroster and a second time to turn it off. An
indicator light in the control shows that the defroster is
on.
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 15
minutes of operation. Each later activation will allow 7
1/2 minutes of operation.
CAUTION!
To avoid damaging the electrical conductors, do not
use scrapers, sharp instruments, or abrasive window
cleaners on the interior surface of the rear window.
Labels can be peeled off by soaking with warm
water.
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Window Fogging
In mild but rainy or humid weather, your windows may
fog up on the inside. You can remove this fog by pressing
the Defrost button. The Mix mode can be used to
maintain a clear windshield and provide sufficient heating. If side window fogging becomes a problem, increase
blower speed. The compressor will remain on during
these conditions.
NOTE: Do not use the recirculated air mode under
these conditions as window fogging may occur.
Hot Weather Automatic Recirculation
The system will automatically recirculate the air inside
the vehicle when the interior is very warm. This will
provide maximum cooling. The system will also occasionally return to REC on hot, humid or very hot, dry
days to maintain occupant comfort.
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Side Window Demisters
Side window demisters are located on the instrument
panel. These non adjustable outlets direct air toward the
side windows in any mode except Panel or Panel Recirculation. The air is directed toward the area of the side
windows through which you view the outside rearview
mirrors.
Rear Seat Outlets
These outlets are located under the front seats and direct
warm air to the rear seat passengers. Air is directed
through these outlets when you select either the Floor,
Bi-Level, or Mix modes.
Outside Air Intake
Make sure that the air intake directly in front of the
windshield is free of obstructions. Leaves, snow, etc.,
could block air flow into the vehicle.
NOTE: If you cannot get comfortable in the AUTO
mode by adjusting the comfort set point up or down
please refer to the Operating Tips chart (for ATC only) at
the end of this section for suggested control settings in
different weather conditions.
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Operating Tips (ATC only)
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NOTE: If the system is in the AUTO mode and the fan
control is already rotated fully clockwise or fully counterclockwise, the control may have to be rotated to the
middle and then to the desired fan setting for manual
adjustment of fan speed.
Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Control — If
Equipped
The Air Conditioning System allows you to balance the
temperature, amount, and direction of air circulating
throughout the vehicle.
Manual Air Conditioning and Heating Controls
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 0
Setting represents OFF and the 4 Setting is the greatest amount of air flow.
Air Conditioning Operation
To turn on the Air Conditioning,
choose the direction of the air through
the outlets by selecting between the
Air Conditioning Recirculation, PanelAir Conditioning, or Bi-Level Air Conditioning modes on the Mode Control.
Air Conditioning modes are indicated
by the snowflake symbol shown above in illustration.
Adjust the Temperature and Fan Controls.
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Slight changes in engine speed or power may be noticed
when the air conditioning compressor is on. This is a
normal occurrence as the compressor will cycle on and
off to maintain comfort and increase fuel economy.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the air conditioning condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. The
air conditioning condenser is located in front of the
radiator. 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.
Temperature 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.
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Mode Control
The mode control allows you to
choose from several patterns of air
distribution.
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• Recirculation — Air Conditioning
Recirculated interior air is cooled and sent
through the instrument panel vents. Upon
initial start up of the vehicle in very hot or
humid weather, open windows and put in
outside air modes to flush hot/humid air out. Then
turn on the Recirculation mode to cool the vehicle
interior rapidly. The Recirculation mode can also be
used to temporarily block out any outside odors,
smoke, or dust.
NOTE: Continuous use of the Recirculation mode may
make the inside air stuffy and under mild, humid conditions cause windows to fog. Use of this mode for longer
than 15 minutes is not recommended.
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• Panel — Air Conditioning
Outside air flows through the air conditioning system and then through the outlets
located in the instrument panel.
• Floor
• Bi-Level — Air Conditioning
Outside air flows through the air conditioning system and then through the outlets
located in both the instrument panel and floor
outlets.
• Mix
• 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 instrument 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.
Air is directed through the floor outlets with a
lesser amount through the defrost and side
window demist outlets.
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 modes even if the Air Conditioning
is not selected. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the
windshield.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
Rear Seat Outlets
These outlets are located under the front seats and direct
warm air to the rear seat passengers. Air is directed
through these outlets when you select either the Floor,
Bi-Level, or Mix modes.
Rear Window Defroster
The Rear Window Defroster button is located to
the right of the Mode Control. Press this button
once to turn on the Rear Window Defrost and a second
time to turn them off. A light above the button shows that
the defroster is on.
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 15
minutes of operation. Each later activation will allow 10
minutes of operation.
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Side Window Demisters
A side window demister outlet is at each end of the
instrument panel. These non-adjustable outlets direct air
toward the side windows when the system is in either the
FLOOR, MIX, or DEFROST modes. A small amount of air
is directed to the side window demisters in BI-LEVEL
mode as well. The air is directed at the area of the
windows through which you view the outside mirrors.
Windshield and Side Window Fogging
Interior fogging on the windshield can be quickly
removed by using the defrost position on the mode
control.
Your side windows may fog on the inside in mild
rainy or humid weather. To clear the windows,
select the Panel-Air Conditioning mode on the
Mode Control. Point the panel outlets toward the side
windows.
NOTE: Do not use the recirculation mode as it will not
clear windows under these conditions.
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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.
Winter Operation
The blower air will heat faster in cold weather if you use
only the low blower speeds for the first 10 minutes of
operation. During engine warm up in cold weather, use
the Defrost mode to direct any cold air away from vehicle
occupants. Use of the Recirculate-Air Conditioning Mode
during winter months is not recommended due to the
possibility of window fogging.
NOTE: See Operating Tips chart (for Manual A/C
Control) at the end of this section for suggested control
settings in different weather conditions.
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Outside Air Intake
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.
Air Intake
STARTING AND OPERATING
CONTENTS
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Extreme Cold Weather
(Below -20°F Or -29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
䡵 Battery And Engine Block Heaters —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
䡵 Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition Interlock
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
▫ Four Speed Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . 151
▫ Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
▫ Gear Ranges For Four Speed Automatic
Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
䡵 Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
䡵 Traction Control — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . 157
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䡵 Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
䡵 Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
䡵 Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . 162
䡵 AutoStick — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 163
▫ AutoStick Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
䡵 Tires—General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
▫ AutoStick General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Spark Knock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ Limited Use Spare — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Fuel System Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Life Of Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
▫ Carbon Monoxide Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
䡵 Flexible Fuel— (Fleet Vehicles Only) . . . . . . . . 181
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
▫ E-85 General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
䡵 Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ Ethanol Fuel (E-85) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
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▫ Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
▫ Selection Of Engine Oil For Flexible Fuel Vehicles
(E-85) And Gasoline Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
▫ Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Cruising Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Common Towing Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
▫ Trailer Hitch Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer
Weight Ratings) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
▫ Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Trailer And Tongue Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Towing Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
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STARTING PROCEDURES
Before starting your vehicle, adjust your seat, adjust both
inside and outside mirrors, and fasten your seat belts.
CAUTION!
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.
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.
Manual Transaxle
Fully apply the parking brake, press the clutch pedal to
the floor and place the gear selector in NEUTRAL before
starting the engine.
Normal Starting
Normal Starting of either a cold or a warm engine does
not require pumping or depressing the accelerator pedal.
Simply turn the key to the “START’” position and release
when the engine starts. If the engine has not started
within 3 seconds, slightly depress the accelerator pedal
while continuing to crank. If the engine fails to start
within 15 seconds, turn the key to the “OFF” position,
wait 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat the normal starting
procedure.
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CAUTION!
Ignition Key Positions
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.
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.
Extreme Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C)
To insure reliable starting at these temperatures, use of an
externally powered electric engine block heater and
battery blanket heater package (available from your
dealer) is recommended.
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If Engine Fails to Start
If the engine fails to start after you have followed the
“NORMAL STARTING” or “EXTREME COLD
WEATHER” procedures, it may be flooded. Push the
accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there
while cranking the engine. This should clear any excess
fuel in case the engine is flooded.
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the starter, do not crank the
engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 to
15 seconds before trying again.
If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not
have enough power to continue running when the key is
released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Release the
accelerator pedal and the key once the engine is running
smoothly.
If the engine shows no sign of starting after two 15
second periods of cranking with the accelerator pedal
held to the floor, the “NORMAL STARTING” or “EXTREME COLD WEATHER” procedure should be repeated.
After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up. At cooler ambient temperatures, the idle
speed for the 2.7L engine may increase during extended
idles for improved heater performance.
BATTERY AND ENGINE BLOCK HEATERS — If
EQUIPPED
The engine block heater warms engine coolant and
permits quicker starts in cold weather. Connect the cord
to a standard 110-115 volt AC electrical outlet with a
grounded, three wire extension cord. The engine block
heater cord is found under the hood near the air cleaner
housing.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
Remember to disconnect the cord before driving.
Damage to the 110-115 volt AC electrical cord could
cause electrocution.
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 shift
the transmission into Park, remove the key from the
ignition, and apply the park brake. Once the key is
removed from the ignition the transmission shift
lever is locked in the 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 “Park” position:
• When shifting into 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” position.
• When engaged in Park you will not be able to
move the shifter rearward without depressing the
shift lever button.
Use the heater when temperatures below 0°F (-18°C) are
expected to last for several days.
AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE
Brake/Transmission Interlock
This interlock system prevents you from moving the gear
selector out of the Park position unless the brake pedal is
pressed. The system is active when the ignition switch is
in the RUN position.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
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.
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.
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 RUN positions.
NOTE: If a malfunction occurs, the system may 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.
STARTING AND OPERATING
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.
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 Reset 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 LOCK then restart the engine.
Shift into D and resume driving.
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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.
NOTE: If the key is in the RUN position, you must
press the brake pedal to shift out of the “P” Park position.
“P” Park
Supplements parking by locking the transaxle. Engine
can be started in this range. Never attempt to use PARK
while vehicle is in motion.
Apply parking brake when leaving the vehicle in this
range.
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WARNING!
Your vehicle could move and injure you and others if
it is not completely in P (Park). Check by trying to
move the gearshift lever back and forth without
depressing the shift button after you have set it in P.
Make sure it is in Park before leaving the vehicle.
WARNING!
Never use the Park position as a substitute for the
parking brake. Always apply the parking brake fully
when parked to guard against vehicle movement and
possible injury or damage.
“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 heavy
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.
A delayed shift from second to third will occur at speeds
of about 31 to 38 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and low levels of
accelerator pedal travel. An early down-shift from third
to second will occur at a speed of about 34 to 30 mph (54
to 48 km/h). This is done to provide second gear engine
braking at speeds less than 30 mph (48 km/h).
STARTING AND OPERATING
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.
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PARKING BRAKE
When the parking brake is applied with the ignition on,
the brake light in the instrument cluster will come on.
NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
“L” 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 occur as early as possible.
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WARNING!
Never use Park position on an automatic transmission as a substitute for the parking brake. Always
apply parking brake fully when parked to guard
against vehicle movement and possible injury or
damage.
Parking Brake
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.
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To release the parking brake, apply the brake pedal and
pull up on the parking brake lever. Push the release
button and lower the lever fully.
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 transmission 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.
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.
STARTING AND OPERATING
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. 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.
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
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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 ABS 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.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
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.
• 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.
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POWER 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 engaging the brake on the
wheel that is losing traction. When this occurs the
traction control indicator light located in the instrument
cluster will flash. The system operates at speeds below 35
mph (56 km/h).
Traction Control Switch
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A push-button located on the top of the steering column
turns the Traction Control System ON or OFF.
The system is always in the “ON” mode unless:
• The traction control 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.
TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Tire Markings
• There is a Anti-Lock Brake System malfunction;
• There is a Traction Control System malfunction;
• 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 traction
control 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 traction
control light.
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.
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• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 Millimeters (mm)
65 = Aspect Ratio in Percent (%)
—Ratio of section height to section width of tire.
10.5 = Section Width in Inches (in)
R = Construction Code
—⬙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. (i.e. 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
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Tire and Loading Information Placard
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed
on either the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side
“B” pillar.
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Tire and Loading Information
Tire Placard Location
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
3) the tire size designed for your vehicle
4) the cold tire inflation pressures for the front, rear
and spare tires.
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Loading
The vehicle maximum load on the tire must not exceed
the load carrying capacity of the tire on your vehicle. You
will not exceed the tire’s load carrying capacity if you
adhere to the loading conditions, tire size, and cold tire
inflation pressures specified on the “Tire and Loading
Information” placard and in the “Vehicle Loading” section of this manual.
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, refer to the
“Vehicle Loading” section of this manual.
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.
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
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.
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.)
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.
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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.
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
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number and size of occupants. This table is for illustration purposes only and may not be accurate for the
seating and load carry capacity of your vehicle.
NOTE: For the following example the combined weight
of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs. (392
Kg).
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WARNING!
Overloading of your tires is dangerous. Overloading
can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and
increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the
recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never
overload them.
TIRES—GENERAL INFORMATION
Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
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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.
3. Ride Comfort and Vehicle Stability—
Proper tire inflation contributes to a comfortable ride.
Overinflation produces a jarring and uncomfortable ride.
Tire Inflation Pressures
The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed on either
the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side “B” pillar.
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.
Tire Placard Location
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 under inflated.
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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 1 mile
(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.
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Example: If garage temperature = 68° F (20° C) and the
outside temperature = 32° F (0° C) then the cold tire
inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa),
which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12° F (7° C) for this
outside temperature condition.
Tire pressure may increase from 2 to 6 psi (13 to 40 kPa)
during operation. DO NOT reduce this normal pressure
build up or your tire pressure will be too low.
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.
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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).
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.
Radial-Ply Tires
WARNING!
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.
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 the tread is worn to the tread wear
indicators, 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.
tire affects vehicle handling. Since it is not the same tire,
replace (or repair) the original tire and reinstall on the
vehicle at the first opportunity.
Do not install more than one compact spare tire/wheel
on the vehicle at any given time.
WARNING!
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
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.
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.
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WARNING!
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive wheel speeds may cause tire damage or failure. A tire could explode and injure
someone. Do not spin your vehicle’s wheels faster
than 35 mph (55 km/h) when you are stuck. And
don’t let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter
what the speed.
Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires
to help you in determining when your tires should be
replaced.
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 tread is worn to the
tread wear indicators, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
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Life of Tire
The service life of a tire is dependent upon varying
factors including but not limited to:
• Driving style
• Tire pressure
• Distance driven
WARNING!
Tires and spare tire should be replaced after six
years, regardless of the remaining tread. Failure to
follow this warning can result in sudden tire failure.
You could lose control and have an accident resulting in serious injury or death.
Keep unmounted tires in a cool, dry place with as little
exposure to light as possible. Protect tires from contact
with oil, grease and gasoline.
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Replacement Tires
The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many
characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for
wear and correct cold tire inflation pressure. The manufacturer strongly recommends that you use tires equivalent to the originals in size, quality and performance
when replacement is needed (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!
CAUTION!
• 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.
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.
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.
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TIRE CHAINS
Due to limited clearance, tire chains are not recommended.
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).
CAUTION!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
AUTOSTICK — IF EQUIPPED
Autostick is a driver-interactive transaxle 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.
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 transaxle will operate
automatically; shifting between the four available gears.
When you wish to engage autostick, simply move the
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autostick lever to the AUTOSTICK position. The transaxle will remain in the current gear until an upshift or
downshift is chosen.
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• Downshifts from third to second gear above 66 mph
(106 km/h) and from second to first gear above 37
mph (60 km/h) will be ignored.
• 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).
• The transaxle will automatically downshift to first
gear when coming to a stop.
• 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 turns off speed control.
Gear Selector
Move the lever back to the Overdrive position to shift out
of the Autostick mode.
Autostick General Information
• The transaxle will automatically upshift from first to
second gear and from second to third gear when
engine speed reaches about 6300 RPM.
• If the system detects powertrain overheating, the
transaxle will revert to the automatic shift mode and
remain in that mode until the powertrain cools off.
• If the system detects a problem it will disable the
Autostick mode and the transaxle will return to the
automatic mode until the problem is corrected.
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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
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.
Spark Knock
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 “regular” gasoline before considering service for the vehicle.
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.
Reformulated Gasoline
Many areas of the country require the use of cleaner
burning fuel referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline”.
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates, and are specially blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve
air quality.
The manufacturer supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide excellent performance and durability of engine and
fuel system components.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with materials called oxygenates such as 10% ethanol, MTBE and
ETBE. Oxygenates are required in some areas of the
country during the winter months to reduce carbon
monoxide emissions. Fuels blended with these oxygenates may be used in your vehicle.
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CAUTION!
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of
these blends may result in starting and driveability
problems and may damage critical 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.
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
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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 higher
levels than allowed in the United States.
MMT is prohibited in both 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.
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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,
or damage the emission control system.
• 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 are 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 are 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.
• Keep the trunk closed when driving your vehicle to
prevent carbon monoxide and other poisonous exhaust gases from entering the vehicle.
FLEXIBLE FUEL— (Fleet Vehicles Only)
E-85 General Information
The information in this section is for Flexible Fuel vehicles only. These vehicles can be identified by the unique
fuel filler door label that states Ethanol (E-85) or Unleaded Gasoline Only. This section only covers those
subjects that are unique to these vehicles. Please refer to
the other sections of this manual for information on
features that are common between Flexible Fuel and
gasoline only powered vehicles.
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CAUTION!
Only vehicles with the E-85 fuel filler door label can
operate on E-85.
ETHANOL FUEL (E-85)
E-85 is a mixture of approximately 85% fuel ethanol and
15% unleaded gasoline.
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WARNING!
Ethanol vapors are extremely flammable and could
cause serious personal injury. Never have any smoking materials lit in or near the vehicle when removing the fuel filler tube cap (gas cap) or filling the
tank. Do not use E-85 as a cleaning agent and never
use it near an open flame.
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Fuel Requirements
Your vehicle will operate on both unleaded gasoline with
an octane rating of 87, or E-85 fuel, or any mixture of
these two.
For best results, a refueling pattern that alternates between E-85 and unleaded gasoline should be avoided.
When you do switch fuels, it is recommended that
• you do not switch when the fuel gauge indicates less
than 1/4 full
• you do not add less than 5 gallons when refueling
• you operate the vehicle immediately after refueling for
a period of at least 5 minutes
Observing these precautions will avoid possible hard
starting and/or significant deterioration in drivability
during warm up.
NOTE: When the ambient temperature is above 90°F,
you may experience hard starting and rough idle following start up even if the above recommendations are
followed.
Selection Of Engine Oil For Flexible Fuel Vehicles
(E-85) and Gasoline Vehicles
Whether operating the vehicle on an E-85 ethanol fuel or
unleaded gasoline the engine oil requirements are the
same. Refer to “Engine Oil Selection in the “Maintenance
Procedures” section of this manual for the proper quality
and viscosity engine oil.
Starting
The characteristics of E-85 fuel make it unsuitable for use
when ambient temperatures fall below 0°F. In the range
of 0°F to 32°F, you may experience an increase in the time
it takes for your engine to start, and a deterioration in
drivability (sags and/or hesitations) until the engine is
fully warmed up.
Cruising Range
Because E-85 fuel contains less energy per gallon than
gasoline, you will experience an increase in fuel consumption. You can expect your MPG and your driving
range to decrease by about 30% compared to gasoline
operation.
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Replacement Parts
Many components in your Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) are
designed to be compatible with ethanol. Always be sure
that your vehicle is serviced with correct ethanol compatible parts.
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ADDING FUEL
Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door, on the driver’s
side of the vehicle. If the gas cap is lost or damaged, be
sure the replacement cap is for use with this vehicle.
CAUTION!
Replacing fuel system components with non-ethanol
compatible components can damage your vehicle.
Maintenance
If you operate the vehicle using E-85 fuel, follow Schedule B in the maintenance schedule section of this manual.
CAUTION!
Do not use ethanol mixture greater than 85% in your
vehicle. It will cause difficulty in cold starting and
may affect driveability.
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.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
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NOTE: Tighten the gas cap until you hear a “clicking”
sound. This is an indication that the gas cap is properly
tightened.
The Malfunction Indicator Light will come on if the
gas cap is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas
cap is tightened each time the vehicle is refueled.
NOTE: When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the
fuel tank is full.
NOTE: The fuel tank filler tube may have a restricting
door about 50 mm (2 inches) down from the opening. If
fuel is poured from a portable container, the container
should have a flexible nozzle long enough to force open
the restricting door.
CAUTION!
A poorly fitting gas cap may cause the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp to turn on.
WARNING!
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank filled.
• Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
• A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is inside of a vehicle. You
could be burned. Always place gas containers on
the ground while filling.
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VEHICLE LOADING
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Rear Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 lbs. (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . 715 lbs. (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.
To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements
and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing.
Common Towing Definitions
The following trailer towing related definitions will assist
you in understanding the following information:
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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
The GVWR is the total allowable weight of your vehicle.
This includes driver, passengers, cargo and tongue
weight. The total load must be limited so that you do not
exceed the GVWR.
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)
The gross trailer weight (GTW) is the weight of the trailer
plus the weight of all cargo, consumables and equipment
(permanent or temporary) loaded in or on the trailer in its
⬙loaded and ready for operation⬙ condition. The recommended way to measure GTW is to put your fully loaded
trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer
must be supported by the scale.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
The gross combination weight rating (GCWR) is the total
permissible weight of your vehicle and trailer when
weighed in combination. (Note that GCWR ratings include a 68 kg (150 lbs) allowance for the presence of a
driver).
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Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
The GAWR is the maximum capacity of the front and rear
axles. Distribute the load over the front and rear axles
evenly. Make sure that you do not exceed either front or
rear GAWR.
Trailer Sway Control
The trailer sway control is a telescoping link that can be
installed between the hitch receiver and the trailer tongue
that typically provides adjustable friction associated with
the telescoping motion to dampen any unwanted trailer
swaying motions while traveling.
WARNING!
Weight-Carrying Hitch
A weight-carrying hitch supports the trailer tongue
weight, just as if it were luggage located at a hitch ball or
some other connecting point of the truck. These kind of
hitches are the most popular on the market today and
they’re commonly used to tow small- and medium-sized
trailers.
It is important that you do not exceed the maximum
front or rear GAWR. A dangerous driving condition
can result if either rating is exceeded. You could lose
control of the vehicle and have an accident.
Tongue Weight (TW)
The downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the
trailer. In most cases it should not be less than 10% or
more than 15% of the trailer load. You must consider this
as part of the load on your vehicle.
Frontal Area
The maximum height and maximum width of the front of
a trailer.
Weight-Distributing Hitch
A weight-distributing hitch includes a receiver attached
to the tow vehicle, plus a removable hitch head and
spring bar assembly that fits into the receiver opening
and hook up brackets that connect the spring bars to the
trailer frame.
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Trailer Hitch Classification
The following chart provides the industry standard for
the maximum trailer weight a given trailer hitch class can
tow and should be used to assist you in selecting the
correct trailer hitch for your intended towing condition.
Refer to the Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer
Weight Ratings) chart for the Max. GTW towable for your
given drivetrain.
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Trailer Hitch Classification
Class
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer
Wt.)
Class I - Light Duty
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
Class II - Medium
3,500 lbs (1587 kg)
Duty
Class III - Heavy Duty
5,000 lbs (2268 kg)
Class IV - Extra
10,000 lbs (4540 kg)
Heavy Duty
All trailer hitches should be professionally installed on
your vehicle.
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Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings)
The following chart provides the maximum trailer weight ratings towable for your given drivetrain.
Engine/Transmission
Frontal Area
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.)
2.4L Automatic/
20 Sq. Ft
Manual
2.7L Automatic/
20 Sq. Ft.
Manual
Refer to local laws for maximum trailer towing speeds.
Note 1 – The trailer tongue weight 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.
1000 lbs (454 kg)
Max. Tongue Wt. (See Note
1)
110 lbs (50 kg)
1000 lbs (454 kg)
110 lbs (50 kg)
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Trailer and Tongue Weight
Always load a trailer with 60% to 65% of the weight in
the front of the trailer. This places 10% to 15% of the
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) on the tow hitch of your
vehicle. Loads balanced over the wheels or heavier in the
rear can cause the trailer to sway severely side to side
which will cause loss of control of vehicle and trailer.
Failure to load trailers heavier in front is the cause of
many trailer accidents.
Never exceed the maximum tongue weight stamped on
your bumper or trailer hitch.
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Consider the following items when computing the
weight on the rear axle of the vehicle:
• The tongue weight of the trailer.
• The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment
put in or on your vehicle.
• The weight of the driver and all passengers.
NOTE: Remember that everything put into or on the
trailer adds to the load on your vehicle. Also, additional
factory-installed options, or dealer-installed options,
must be considered as part of the total load on your
vehicle. Refer to the Tire and Loading Information placard in the Tire Safety Information Section of this manual
for the maximum combined weight of occupants and
cargo for your vehicle.
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Towing Requirements
To promote proper break-in of your new vehicle drivetrain components the following guidelines are recommended:
CAUTION!
• Avoid towing a trailer for the first 500 miles (805
km) of vehicle operation. Doing so may damage
your vehicle.
• During the first 500 miles (805 km) of trailer
towing, limit your speed to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Perform the maintenance listed in Section 8 of this
manual. When towing a trailer, never exceed the GAWR,
or GCWR, ratings.
WARNING!
Improper towing can lead to an injury accident.
Follow these guidelines to make your trailer towing
as safe as possible:
Make certain that the load is secured in the trailer
and will not shift during travel. When trailering
cargo that is not fully secured, dynamic load shifts
can occur that may be difficult for the driver to
control. You could lose control of your vehicle and
have an accident.
• When hauling cargo or towing a trailer, do not overload your vehicle or trailer. Overloading can cause a
loss of control, poor performance or damage to brakes,
axle, engine, transmission, steering, suspension, chassis structure or tires.
• Safety chains must always be used between your
vehicle and trailer. Always connect the chains to the
frame or hook retainers of the vehicle hitch. Cross the
chains under the trailer tongue and allow enough
slack for turning corners.
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• Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade.
When parking, apply the parking brake on the tow
vehicle. Put the tow vehicle automatic transmission in
P for Park. With a manual transmission, shift the
transmission into reverse. Always, block or ⬙chock⬙ the
trailer wheels.
• GCWR must not be exceeded.
• Total weight must be distributed between the tow
vehicle and the trailer such that the following four
ratings are not exceeded:
1. GVWR
2. GTW
3. GAWR
4. Tongue weight rating for the trailer hitch utilized
(This requirement may limit the ability to always
achieve the 10% to 15% range of tongue weight as a
percentage of total trailer weight).
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Towing Requirements — Tires
− Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact
spare tire.
− Proper tire inflation pressures are essential to the safe
and satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Refer to the
Tires–General Information section of this manual on
Tire Pressures for proper tire inflation procedures.
− Also, check the trailer tires for proper tire inflation
pressures before trailer usage.
− Check for signs of tire wear or visible tire damage
before towing a trailer. Refer to the Tires–General
Information section of this manual on Tread Wear
Indicators for the proper inspection procedure.
− When replacing tires refer to the Tires–General Information section of this manual on Replacement Tires for
proper tire replacement procedures. Replacing tires
with a higher load carrying capacity will not increase
the vehicle’s GVWR and GAWR limits.
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Towing Requirements — Trailer Brakes
− Do not interconnect the hydraulic brake system or
vacuum system of your vehicle with that of the trailer.
This could cause inadequate braking and possible
personal injury.
− An electronically actuated trailer brake controller is
required when towing a trailer with electronically
actuated brakes. When towing a trailer equipped with
a hydraulic surge actuated brake system, an electronic
brake controller is not required.
− Trailer brakes are recommended for trailers over 1,000
lbs (454 kg) and required for trailers in excess of 2,000
lbs (907 kg).
CAUTION!
If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
loaded, it should have its own brakes and they
should be of adequate capacity. Failure to do this
could lead to accelerated brake lining wear, higher
brake pedal effort, and longer stopping distances.
WARNING!
Do not connect trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic brake lines. It can overload your brake system and cause it to fail. You might not have brakes
when you need them and could have an accident.
Towing any trailer will increase your stopping distance. When towing you should allow for additional
space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front
of you. Failure to do so could result in an accident.
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Towing Requirements — Trailer Lights & Wiring
Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer size,
stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are required for
motoring safety.
The Trailer Tow Package may include a 4 and 7 pin
wiring harness. Use a factory approved trailer harness
and connector.
NOTE: Do not cut or splice wiring into the vehicles
wiring harness.
The electrical connections are all complete to the vehicle
but you must mate the harness to a trailer connector.
Refer to the following illustrations.
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4 - Pin Connector
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Towing Tips — Automatic Transmission
The “D” range can be selected when towing. However, if
frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3” range
should be selected.
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve performance and extend transmission life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up. This action will also
provide better engine braking.
7- Pin Connector
Towing Tips
Before setting out on a trip, practice turning, stopping
and backing the trailer in an area away from heavy
traffic.
If using a manual transmission vehicle for trailer towing,
all starts must be in FIRST gear to avoid excessive clutch
slippage.
The automatic transmission 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 transmission fluid change
intervals.
NOTE: Check the automatic transmission fluid level
before towing.
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Towing Tips — Electronic Speed Control (If
Equipped)
− Don’t use in hilly terrain or with heavy loads.
− When using the speed control, if you experience speed
drops greater than 10 mph (16 km/h), disengage until
you can get back to cruising speed.
− Use speed control in flat terrain and with light loads to
maximize fuel efficiency.
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Towing Tips — Cooling System
To reduce potential for engine and transmission overheating, take the following actions:
− City Driving
When stopped for short periods of time, put transmission
in neutral and increase engine idle speed.
− Highway Driving
Reduce speed.
− Air Conditioning
Turn off temporarily.
− refer to Cooling System Operating information in the
Maintenance section of this manual for more information.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
䡵 If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
䡵 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
䡵 Jacking And Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
䡵 Towing This Vehicle Behind Another Vehicle
(Flat Towing With All Four Wheels On The
Ground) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
䡵 Jump-Starting Procedures If Battery Is Low . . . 204
䡵 Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
▫ Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
▫ Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
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.
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.
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.
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.
• In city traffic — While stopped, put transaxle in
neutral, but do not increase engine idle speed.
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.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CAUTION!
Driving with a hot cooling system could damage
your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “H”, pull
over and stop the vehicle. Idle the vehicle in Park
with the air conditioner turned off until the pointer
drops back into the normal range. If the pointer
remains on the “H”, turn the engine off immediately,
and call for service.
WARNING!
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, see 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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Preparations for Jacking
Park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoid ice or
slippery areas, and set the parking brake. Place the gear
selector in PARK.
• Turn on the Hazard Warning Flasher, park vehicle on
firm, level surface.
• Put gear shift in park (automatic transmission) or
reverse (manual transmission).
• Set parking brake and turn off engine.
• Passengers should not remain in the vehicle while the
vehicle is being jacked.
Changing a Tire
The spare wheel, scissors jack, and lug wrench are
stowed under the spare tire cover in the rear cargo area.
Do not attempt to raise this vehicle using a bumper jack.
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1. Block wheel diagonally opposite flat tire.
2. Remove the spare tire, scissors jack and lug wrench
from stowage.
3. Before raising the vehicle, use lug wrench to carefully
pry off wheel cover (if equipped with steel wheels) or
center cap (if equipped with aluminum wheels). Loosen,
but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning them
counterclockwise one turn while the wheel is still on the
ground.
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Center Cap Removal
WARNING!
To avoid possible personal injury, handle the wheel
covers with care to avoid contact with the metal
edges and retention teeth.
4. Turn the jack screw clockwise to firmly engage the jack
saddle with the lift area of the sill flange. Use the lift area
closest to the flat tire
5. Raise the vehicle just enough to remove flat tire and
install spare tire.
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Jack Engagement Locations
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WARNING!
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.
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.
6. Remove lug nuts and tire.
7. Mount spare tire.
8. Tighten all lug nuts on mounting studs.
9. Lower the vehicle to the ground by turning the jack
handle counterclockwise.
10. Fully tighten the lug nuts. Torque wheel lug nuts to
100 ft. lbs. (135 N·m).
11. Store the flat tire, jack, and tools.
12. Wheel cover installation (if required). Do not attempt
to install a wheel cover on a compact spare. align valve
notch in wheel cover with valve stem on wheel. Snap
cover into place.
NOTE: When reinstalling the center cap it is necessary
to align the center cap notch with the first spoke, just
right of the valve stem.
13. Adjust the tire pressure as soon as possible. Correct
pressure is on the label located on the driver’s door.
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JUMP-STARTING PROCEDURES IF BATTERY IS
LOW
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.
• 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.
NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment behind
the left front fender and is accessible without removing
the tire and wheel. Remote battery terminals are located
in the engine compartment for jump starting.
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 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 to
the positive jump start attachment of the discharged
battery.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
WARNING!
Do not permit vehicles to touch each other as this
could establish a ground connection and person
injury could result.
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5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative terminal
of the booster battery and then to the jump start attachment of the vehicle with the discharged battery. Make
sure you have a good contact on the engine.
WARNING!
Do not connect the cable to the negative post of the
discharged battery. The resulting electrical spark
could cause the battery to explode.
During cold weather when temperatures are below
freezing point, electrolyte in a discharged battery
may freeze. Do not attempt jump starting because
the battery could rupture or explode. The battery
temperature must be brought up above freezing
point before attempting to jump start.
Jump Starting
6. 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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7. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fan.
WARNING!
Any procedure other than above could result in:
1. Personal injury caused by electrolyte squirting
out the battery vent;
2. Personal injury or property damage due to battery
explosion;
3. Damage to charging system of booster vehicle or
of immobilized vehicle.
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 battery. Do not use a booster battery or any
other booster source with an output that exceeds 12
volts.
WARNING!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
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, particularly with high output engines.
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.).
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Traction
When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a
wedge of water to build up between the tire and road
surface. This is hydroplaning and may cause partial or
complete loss of vehicle control and stopping ability. To
reduce this possibility, the following precautions should
be observed:
1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are
slushy.
2. Slow down if 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.
NOTE: If so equipped, turn on the Traction Control
System to accelerate on slippery surfaces.
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FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn
the system off before attempting to “rock” the vehicle.
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.
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 (55 km/h).
TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
Flat bed towing is the preferred towing method. If a flat
bed towing vehicle is not available, a wheel lift towing
vehicle may be used.
Rear towing is not recommended with the front wheels
on the ground, as transaxle damage can result. If rear
towing is the only alternative, a front end dolly must be
used.
CAUTION!
Do not use sling type towing equipment. Damage to
the fascia and air dam may result.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
TOWING THIS VEHICLE BEHIND ANOTHER
VEHICLE (Flat towing with all four wheels on the
ground)
Automatic Transaxle
Your vehicle may be towed under the following conditions: The gear selector must be in NEUTRAL, the
distance to be towed must not exceed 15 miles (25 km),
and the towing speed must not exceed 25 mph (40
km/h). If the transaxle is not operative, or if the vehicle
is to be towed more than 15 miles (25 km), the vehicle
must be towed with the front wheels off the ground.
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CAUTION!
If the vehicle being towed requires steering, the
ignition switch must be in the OFF position, not in
the LOCK or ACCESSORY positions.
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.
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CONTENTS
䡵 2.4L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
▫ Power Steering — Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
䡵 2.7L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
▫ Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System — OBD II . . . . . . 215
▫ Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 224
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 236
▫ Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
▫ Fuel System Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
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▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
䡵 Convertible Top Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
䡵 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
▫ Headlight Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
▫ Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
▫ Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
▫ General Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
▫ Fog Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
▫ Cloth Top Additional Cleaning Procedure . . . . 247
▫ Center Stoplight Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . 255
▫ Cloth Top Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
▫ Rear Light Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
▫ Weather Strip Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
▫ License Plate Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . 257
䡵 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
▫ Headlight Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Underhood Fuses
(Power Distribution Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
䡵 Fluids And Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
䡵 Replacement Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
䡵 Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine Parts . . . . . . . 258
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
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2.4L ENGINE
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2.7L ENGINE
2.7L 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.
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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:
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.
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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.
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REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar 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 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.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the proper equipment.
If you have any doubt about your ability to perform
a service job, take your vehicle to a competent
mechanic.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the required maintenance
services determined by the engineers who designed your
vehicle.
Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed
maintenance intervals, there are other items that should
operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance.
However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it
could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance.
These items should be inspected if a malfunction is
observed or suspected.
Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper lubrication of your vehicle’s engine, the
engine oil must be maintained, at the correct level. Check
the oil level at regular intervals, such as every fuel stop.
The best time to check the oil level is about 5 minutes
after a fully warmed engine is shut off or before starting
the engine after it has sat overnight.
Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the
dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at
the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on these
engines.
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• 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 (16.2 km)
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C)
• Trailer towing
Engine Oil Dipstick
CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling will cause aeration or
loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
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.
• 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” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
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If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil
at every interval shown on schedule ⬙A⬙ of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change
intervals exceed 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months
whichever comes first.
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, we recommend engine oils
that are API Certified and meet the requirements of
DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the specification MS6395.
American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil
Identification Symbol
This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). We
only recommend API Certified engine oils that meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar
or an equivalent oil meeting the
specification MS-6395.
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Engine Oil Viscosity (SAE Grade)
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Synthetic Engine Oils
You may use synthetic engine oils provided that the
recommended oil quality requirements are met and the
recommended maintenance intervals for oil and filter
changes are followed.
Materials Added To Engine Oils
The manufacturer strongly recommends against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to
engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and it’s
performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
Engine Oil Fill Cap
SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 engine oils are recommended for all operating temperatures. These engine
oils are designed to improve low temperature starting
and vehicle fuel economy. Refer to the engine oil filler
cap for the preferred engine oil viscosity grade for each
vehicle.
Lubricants which do not have both, the engine oil certification mark and the correct SAE viscosity grade number should not be used.
Disposing of Used Engine Oil and Oil Filters
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.
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Engine Oil Filter Selection
All manufacturer’s 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.
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. Check the specifications section for the proper type
of spark plug for use in your vehicle.
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.
Engine Air Cleaner Filter
Under normal driving conditions, replace the air 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”.
Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or
glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage
which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is required, adjust the belts according to the specifications
and procedures shown in the Service Manual.
Special tools are required to properly measure tension
and to restore belt tension to factory specifications. Also,
check belt routing to make sure there is no interference
between the belts and other engine components.
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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.
Engine Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the
speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an
excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank,
frequent filter replacement may be necessary.
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.
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Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly serviced to assure
proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst
damage.
CAUTION!
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.
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WARNING!
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, to the manufacturer’s specifications, should be
obtained immediately.
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 (2.4L Only) 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 Positive Crankshaft Ventilation (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.
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Maintenance-Free Battery
The top of the MAINTENANCE-FREE battery is permanently sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is
periodic maintenance required.
NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment behind
the left front fender and is accessible without removing
the tire and wheel. Remote battery terminals are located
in the engine compartment for jump starting.
Battery Location
To access the battery, turn the steering wheel fully to the
right and remove the inner fender shield.
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WARNING!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling. 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.
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CAUTION!
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.
Air Conditioner
Check the air conditioning system at the start of the
warm weather season.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with
a gentle water spray from behind the radiator and
through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia
protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing
air conditioning performance.
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.
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WARNING!
Fluid level should be checked on a level surface with
the engine off to prevent injury from moving parts,
and to insure accurate fluid level reading. Do not
overfill. Use only manufacturer’s recommended
fluid.
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”.
Before removing the reservoir cap, wipe the outside of
the cap and reservoir so that no dirt can fall into the
reservoir.
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Fluid level should be maintained at the proper level
indicated on the side of the reservoir. If necessary, add
fluid to restore to the proper indicated level. With a clean
cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all surfaces. Refer to
Fluids, Lubricants, and Genuine Parts for correct fluid
type.
Suspension Ball Joints
There are two upper front and rear suspension ball joints.
Inspect these ball joints whenever under vehicle service is
done. If the seals are damaged, the ball joint should be
replaced.
Body Mechanism Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, liftgate 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.
Hood Latch
When performing other under hood services, the hood
latch release mechanism and safety catch should be
inspected, cleaned, and lubricated.
It is important to maintain proper lubrication to insure
that the hood mechanisms work properly and safely.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be applied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas.
External Lock Cylinders
Lubricate the external lock cylinders twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small amount of
lubricant, such as Mopar Lock Cylinder Lubricant or
equivalent directly into the lock cylinder (avoid excess
lubricant). Insert the key into the lock cylinder and rotate
from the unlocked to the locked position; without adding
more lubricant. Repeat this procedure three or four times.
Wipe all the lubricant off the key with a clean cloth, to
avoid soiling clothing.
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If you use a lubricant that cannot be dispensed directly
into the lock cylinder, apply a small amount of the
lubricant to the key. Insert the key into the lock cylinder,
then proceed as described above, to distribute the lubricant within the lock cylinder. Pay attention to trunk
hinges, especially during cold weather, to ensure ease of
trunk operation.
Other Body Mechanisms
The following body mechanisms should be inspected
and, if necessary, all pivot and sliding contact areas of
these components should be lubricated with the lubricant
specified as follows:
Engine Oil
• Door hinges
• Hood hinges
• Trunk hinges
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Smooth White Body Lubricant - Such as Mopar
Spray White Lube or equivalent:
• Hood hinge springs and links
• Lock cylinders
• Parking brake mechanism
• Trunk latches
• Ash tray
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. This will remove accumulations of salt or road film.
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. Keep the blade
rubber out of contact with petroleum products such as
engine oil, gasoline, etc.
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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
• Lift the wiper arm away from the glass.
• Push the release tab and slide the wiper blade assembly away from the wiper arm. Gently place the wiper
arm on the windshield.
• Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip
until it locks in place.
Windshield Washers
The fluid reservoir in the engine compartment should be
checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the
reservoir with windshield antifreeze (not radiator antifreeze) rated not to freeze at -25°F (-31°C). Operate the
system for a few seconds to flush out the residual water.
Washer Fluid Reservoir
WARNING!
Commercially available windshield washer solvents
are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care
must be exercised when filling or working around
the washer solution.
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Exhaust System
The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into
the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust
system.
If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system;
or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle; or
when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged;
have a competent mechanic inspect the complete exhaust
system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged,
deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams or
loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep
into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the
exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
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WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing CO, follow the preceding safety tips.
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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 controlled
by both the temperature of the engine cooling
system and the pressure in the air conditioning
system 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 any accumulation of bugs, leaves, etc. If dirty, clean by gently
spraying water from a garden hose vertically down the
face of the condenser.
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.
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 or 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. Properly dispose of old
antifreeze solution.
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Selection Of Coolant
Use only the manufacturer’s recommended coolant, refer
to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
coolant type.
CAUTION!
Mixing of coolants other than specified HOAT engine coolants, may result in engine damage and may
decrease 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.
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Adding Coolant
Your vehicle has been built with an improved engine
coolant that allows extended maintenance intervals. This
coolant can be used up to 5 Years or 100,000 miles before
replacement. To prevent reducing this extended maintenance period, it is important that you use the same
coolant throughout the life of your vehicle. Please review
these recommendations for using Hybrid Organic Additive Technology (HOAT) coolant.
When adding coolant, a minimum solution of 50% recommended Mopar Antifreeze/ Coolant 5 Year/100,000
Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology), or equivalent, in water should be used. Use higher
concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if temperatures below
⫺34°F (⫺37°C ) are anticipated.
Use only high purity water such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/engine coolant solution.
The use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of
corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.
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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.
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.
• Do not use a pressure cap other than the one
specified for your vehicle. Personal injury or
engine damage may result.
Disposal of Used Engine Coolant
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
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ground. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately. Clean up any ground spills immediately.
Coolant Level
The coolant bottle provides a quick visual method for
determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the
engine off and cold, the level of the coolant in the bottle
should be between the ranges indicated on the bottle.
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
service attendant of this. As long as the engine operating
temperature is satisfactory, the coolant bottle need only
be checked once a month. Heater performance may also
be adversely affected by low coolant levels.
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, it should be added to the coolant bottle. Do
not overfill. Special procedures are required when filling
the engine cooling system of the 2.7L Engine. See your
authorized dealer for details.
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Points To Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles (a
few kilometers) of operation, you may observe vapor
coming from the front of the engine compartment. This is
normally a result of moisture from rain, snow, or high
humidity accumulating on the radiator and being vaporized when the thermostat opens, allowing hot coolant 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 radiator and in the
coolant recovery bottle. If antifreeze needs to be
added, contents of coolant recovery bottle must also be
protected against freezing.
• If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the
level in the coolant recovery bottle does not drop when
the engine cools, the cooling system should be pressure tested for leaks.
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• Maintain coolant concentration at 50% HOAT 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 overflow hoses are not kinked or obstructed.
• Keep the front of the radiator clean. If your vehicle is
equipped with air conditioning, keep the front of the
condenser clean, also.
• Do not change the thermostat for summer or winter
operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install
ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may
result in unsatisfactory coolant performance, poor 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, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions,
and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
Pay particular attention to those 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 they are secure and no leaks
are present. Components should be replaced immediately if there is any evidence of degradation that could
cause failure.
Brakes
In order to assure brake system performance, all brake
system components should be inspected periodically.
Suggested service intervals can be found in section 8.
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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 may not have your full
braking capacity in an emergency.
Brake and Power Steering System Hoses
When servicing the vehicle for scheduled maintenance,
inspect surface of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of
heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber,
cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasion, 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.
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
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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 hose is replaced based
on leakage.
NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done
whenever the brake system is serviced and every engine
oil change.
WARNING!
Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any signs of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
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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 shows system failure.
Use only manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid, refer
to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid
type.
WARNING!
Use of a brake fluid that has a lower initial boiling
point than MOPAR DOT 3 Brake Fluid or that is
unidentified as to DOT FMVSS specification may
result in sudden brake failure during hard or prolonged braking. You could have an accident.
WARNING!
Brake Fluid Reservoir
Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before
removing the cap. If necessary, fill brake fluid reservoir to
the top of the fill mark chevron. With disc brakes, fluid
level can be expected to fall as the brake pads wear.
However, low fluid level may be caused by a leak and a
checkup may be needed.
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.
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Do not allow petroleum base fluid to contaminate the
brake fluid as seal damage will result!
Fuel System Hoses
Electronic Fuel Injection high pressure fuel systems are
designed with hoses and clamps which have unique
material characteristics to provide adequate sealing and
resist attack by deteriorated gasoline.
You are urged to use only manufacturer specified hoses
and clamps, or their equivalent in material and specification, in any fuel system servicing. It is mandatory to
replace all clamps that have been loosened or removed
during service. Care should be taken in installing new
clamps to insure they are properly torqued.
Automatic Transmission
Your front wheel drive vehicle has a transmission and
differential assembly contained within a single housing.
This is referred to as a “Transaxle.”
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Selection of Lubricant
It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the
transmission to assure optimum transmission performance. Use only manufacturers recommended transmission fluid, refer to 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.
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
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
fluid type.
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Procedure For Checking Fluid Level
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.
To properly check the automatic transaxle fluid level, the
following procedure must be used:
• The vehicle must be on level ground.
• The engine should be running at curb idle speed for a
minimum of 60 seconds.
• Fully apply parking brake.
• Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear
position ending with the lever in P (PARK).
• Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until seated.
Remove dipstick and note reading.
• If the fluid is cold (80°F / 27°C), the reading should be
in the cross hatched area marked “COLD” (between
the lower two holes in the dipstick).
• If the fluid is hot (180°F / 82°C), the reading should be
in the cross hatched area marked ”HOT” (between the
upper two holes in the dipstick).
• If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmission fluid to bring to the proper level.
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” — No change necessary.
Maintenance schedule “B” — Every 60,000 miles (96 000
km) change fluid and filter under the following conditions:
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• 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
TThe manufacture strongly recommends against the addition of any 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.
Fluid Level Check
Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug. The fluid
level should be between the bottom of the fill hole and a
point not more than 4.0 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
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the vehicle. Fluid changes are not necessary unless the
lubricant has become contaminated with water. If contaminated with water, the fluid should be changed immediately.
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.
The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
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What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
The most common causes are:
CAUTION!
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• Stone and gravel impact.
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials
such as steel wool or scouring powder, which will
scratch metal and painted surfaces.
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
Special Care
Washing
• If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive
near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once
a month.
• 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 or equivalent to remove road
film and stains and to polish your vehicle. Take care
never to scratch the paint.
• 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.
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• Use Mopar touch up paint or equivalent on scratches
or chips as soon as possible. Your dealer has touch up
paint to match the color of your vehicle.
Never use cleaners that contain acid, oven cleaners or
any abrasive metal cleaner as they will cause permanent staining and/or corrosion.
• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible.
The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• Aluminum wheels should be cleaned regularly with
mild soap and water to prevent corrosion. To remove
heavy soil, select a non abrasive, non acidic cleaner. Do
not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid automatic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh
brushes that may damage the wheels’ protective finish.
• Your painted and chrome aluminum wheels should be
treated as you would treat the finish on your car.
Always use a soft non-abrasive cloth with a mild dish
washing soap and water when cleaning your wheels.
Never use scouring pads, steel wool or a bristle brush.
• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
Interior Care
Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner or equivalent to clean fabric
upholstery and carpeting.
Use Mopar Vinyl Cleaner or equivalent to clean vinyl or
leather upholstery.
Mopar Vinyl Cleaner or equivalent is specifically recommended for vinyl trim.
Use mild (Ivory Flake) solution or equivalent to clean all
surfaces. Wipe with clear water and soft (lint free) cloth.
Do not use cleaners, conditioners and protectants containing silicon or bleach as these may cause gloss level
increases and/or discoloration.
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You should not increase the gloss level, especially on top
of the instrument panel top surface. Higher gloss levels
will increase the reflectivity in the windshield that could
decrease visibility under bright light driving conditions.
WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
Leather Seat Care and Cleaning
CAUTION!
Never use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents,
detergents, or ammonia based cleaners to clean the
leather. The leather has already been pretreated. The
application of any leather conditioner may damage
the factory applied top coat.
Leather is best preserved by regular cleaning with a
damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt can act as an
abrasive and damage the leather surface and should be
removed immediately with a damp cloth. Stubborn soils
can be removed easily with a soft cloth and Mopar Total
Clean or equivalent. Care should be taken to avoid
soaking the leather with any liquid.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and
reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To
remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
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Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
Instrument Panel Cover
The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which
minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use
protectants or other products which may cause undesirable reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the
low glare surface.
Cleaning Wood Trim
Your vehicle’s wood trim requires no specific maintenance. Your wood trim can be cleaned as needed using
regularly available automotive interior cleaning and protecting products. Using a mild soap and water solution is
also acceptable. Excess cleaning materials should be
wiped dry with a soft terry cloth. Any harsh detergents,
abrasives, abrasive cleaners, cleansers, or chemicals
should be avoided, as these will damage the wood trim.
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Cleaning Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses
The lenses in front of the instruments in this vehicle are
molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care
must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic.
• Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
• 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.
Replace the belts if they appear frayed or worn or if the
buckles do not work properly.
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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.
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!
Avoid high pressure car washes, as they can damage
the top material. Also, increased water pressure may
force water past the weather strips.
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
a soft, natural bristle scrub brush, and a mild soap
solution such as liquid dish washing soap. Do not use
detergent.
CAUTION!
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.
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Vacuuming the top with a wet/dry shop vacuum will
decrease the top’s drying time, ensure removal of all dirt,
and delete streaks in the material. Multiple cleanings
may be necessary to remove stubborn stains. If stains
persist, contact your local dealership for further suggestions.
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.
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.
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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.
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FUSES
Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center)
A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine
compartment, near the air cleaner. This information applies to vehicles built without the fuse and relay numbering embossed on the Power Distribution Center Top
Cover.
Interior Fuses
Fuse Panel Cover
The fuse access panel is behind the end cover at the left
side of the instrument panel. To remove the panel, pull it
out, as shown.
Power Distribution Center
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Cavity
1
2
3
4
Fuse
Circuit
30 Amp
Blower Motor
Green
10 Amp Red Right High Beam Headlight, High Beam Indicator
10 Amp Red Left High Beam Headlight
15 Amp
Power Door Lock Switch
Blue
Illumination, Power Top
Switch, Transmission
Range Switch, Daytime
Running Light Module
(Canada), Power Windows, Anti-lock Brake
System Module
Cavity
5
6
7
8
9
10
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Fuse
Circuit
10 Amp Red Power Door Lock and
Door Lock Arm/Disarm
Switches, Vanity, Reading, Map, Rear Seating,
Ignition, and Trunk
Lights, Illuminated Entry,
Radio, Power Antenna,
Data Link Connector,
Body Control Module,
Power Amplifier
10 Amp Red Heated Rear Window
Indicator
20 Amp Yel- Instrument cluster illumilow
nation, Park and tail
Lights
20 Amp Yel- Power Receptacle, Horns,
low
Ignition, Fuel, Start
15 Amp
Power Door Lock Motors
Blue
(Body Control Module)
20 Amp Yel- Daytime Running Light
low
Module (Canada)
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Cavity
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Fuse
Circuit
10 Amp Red Instrument Cluster,
Transmission Control,
Park/Neutral Switch,
Body Control Module
10 Amp Red Left Low beam Headlight
20 Amp Yel- Right Low Beam Headlow
light, Fog Light Switch
10 Amp Red Radio
10 Amp Red Turn Signal and Hazard
Flashers, Wiper Switch,
Seat Belt Control Module,
Wiper Relays, Rear Window Defroster Relay
10 Amp Red Airbag Control Module
10 Amp
Airbag Control Module
20 Amp
Power Seat Switch, ReC/BRKR
mote Trunk Release
30 Amp
Power Windows
C/BRKR
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 are leaving your vehicle dormant for more than 21
days you may want to take steps to protect your battery.
You may:
• Disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
• Anytime you store your vehicle, or keep it out of
service (i.e. vacation) for two weeks or more, run the
air conditioning system at idle for about five minutes
in the fresh air and high blower setting. This will
insure adequate system lubrication to minimize the
possibility of compressor damage when the system is
started again.
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REPLACEMENT LIGHT BULBS
LIGHT BULBS — Interior
Bulb Number
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 194
ABS Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 161
Fog Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 161
Floor Console, Courtesy Light, Door Courtesy Light,
Trunk Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 562
Climate Control Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Traction Control Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC161
LIGHT BULBS — Exterior
Bulb Number
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9007
Park/Turn Signal (Front) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157A
Side/Marker (Front) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Turn Signal (Rear) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3757A
Fog Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 880L
Center Stop Light (CHMSL) . . . . . . Dealer Service Item
Tail/Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157
Tail Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W3W/2821
Back Up Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W16W/921
License Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W/2825
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BULB REPLACEMENT
Headlight Bulb Replacement
1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight mounting screws.
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2. Remove the push-in fasteners by prying under the
head of the fasteners with a flat bladed tool.
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3. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the
fender as shown in the picture. This will free the ball stud
from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle.
4. Turn the retaining ring counterclockwise and remove
the bulb and socket assembly.
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6. If the bulb comes in contact with any oily surface,
clean the bulb with rubbing alcohol.
7. Reinsert the bulb and socket assembly and turn the
retaining ring clockwise to secure the bulb.
8. Reinstall the headlight assembly.
Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb Replacement
1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight assembly mounting screws. Pull the headlight assembly away
from the vehicle.
5. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace the bulb.
CAUTION!
Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil
contamination will severely shorten bulb life.
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2. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the
fender as shown in the picture. This will free the ball stud
from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle.
3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove the
bulb and socket assembly.
4. Pull the bulb out of the socket, replace the bulb, and
reinstall the bulb and socket to the headlight assembly.
Reinstall the headlight assembly.
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Fog Light Bulb Replacement
1. Remove the screw securing the light assembly to the
front fascia.
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4. Turn the bulb and socket assembly counterclockwise
to remove it from the housing.
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2. Pull the bulb and socket assembly away from the
vehicle to expose the bulb and socket assembly.
3. Disconnect the wiring connector from the bulb and
socket assembly.
5. Install the new bulb and socket assembly, reattach the
wiring connector, and reinstall the fog light assembly.
Center Stoplight Bulb Replacement
You may wish to see your dealer for service of this light.
A detailed service procedure is contained in the manufacturer’s Service Manual. Information on purchasing a
Service Manual can be found at the back of this Owner’s
Manual.
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Rear Light Bulb Replacement
1. Open the trunk and pull the trunk liner away to
expose the wiring connector and light housing plastic
retainers.
2. Disconnect the wiring connector as shown and remove the plastic retainers. Remove the light housing
from the vehicle.
3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it
from the housing. Remove the bulb and reinstall the bulb
and socket assembly.
4. Reinstall the light housing and reconnect the wiring
connector. Push the trunk liner back into place.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
License Plate Bulb Replacement
1. Locate both small slots on the outboard side of the
license lamp. Using a small screwdriver, remove the
entire housing.
2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it
from the housing. Pull the bulb out of the socket. Replace
the bulb and snap it back into place on the housing of the
chrome appliqué.
Headlight Aiming
The headlights on your new vehicle were aimed at the
factory. The factory setting was made at a no load setting.
A great increase in weight will change the aiming and it
may be necessary to readjust the headlights if carrying an
excessive amount of weight in the trunk, rear seats or
pulling a trailer. To readjust the headlights first mark the
position of the headlights on a wall prior to loading the
vehicle. Load the vehicle and then readjust the headlights
to the original position. If any further adjustments are
necessary contact your manufacturer’s dealer. A detailed
service procedure is contained in the manufacturer’s
Service Manual. Information on purchasing a Service
Manual can be found at the back of this Owner’s Manual.
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FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES
Fuel (approximate)
2.4 and 2.7 Liter Engines (87 Octane)
Engine Oil-With Filter
2.4 and 2.7 Liter Engines (Refer
to the engine oil fill cap for the
correct SAE grade)
Cooling System *
2.4 Liter Engines* (Mopar威
Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/
100,000 Mile Formula) or
equivalent.
2.7 Liter Engines (Mopar威
Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/
100,000 Mile Formula) or
equivalent.
* Includes 1 qt. for coolant tank.
U.S.
Metric
16 Gallons
61 Liters
5 qts.
4.7 Liters
8 qts.
7.5 Liters
9.5 qts.
9.0 Liters
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FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Spark Plugs
Oil Filter (2.4L Engine)
Oil Filter (2.7L Engine)
Fuel Selection
Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part
Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology) or equivalent.
Use API Certified engine oil. SAE 5W-20 and SAE 5W-30 are recommended.
Refer to the engine oil fill cap for the correct SAE grade meeting
DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label under the engine
hood.
Mopar威 Oil Filter (P/N 4105409) or equivalent.
Mopar威 Oil Filter (P/N 5281090) or equivalent.
87 Octane
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
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Chassis
Component
Automatic Transaxle
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Steering Gear & Linkage, Ball
Joints, Prop Shafts & Yokes, Wheel
Bearings
Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part
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 Power Steering Fluid + 4, Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission
Fluid.
Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lubricant NLGI Grade 2 or equivalent.
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▫ Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
䡵 Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
▫ Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 C
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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
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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 SCHEDULES
There are two maintenance schedules that show the
required service for your vehicle.
First is Schedule “B”. It is for vehicles that are operated
under the conditions that are listed below and at the
beginning of the schedule.
• Day or 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.〫
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).〫
• Off-road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
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 of the
“Maintenance Schedules” section of this manual.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then flush and
replace the engine coolant every 100,000 miles (160,000
km) or 60 months, whichever comes first, and follow
schedule B of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this
manual.
NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions
listed for Schedule ⬙B⬙.
Second is Schedule “A”. It is for vehicles that are not
operated under any of the conditions listed under Schedule ⬙B⬙.
Use the schedule that best describes your driving conditions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the
interval that occurs first.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change
intervals exceed 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever
comes first.
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Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
At Each Stop for Fuel
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warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while
the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level reading. Add oil only when the
level is at or below the ADD or MIN mark.
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Once a Month
• Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or
damage.
• Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals
as required.
• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
master cylinder, and transaxle and add as needed.
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• 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.
• Inspect the brake linings, hoses and calipers.
• Inspect the CV joints and front and rear suspension
components.
• Check the automatic transmission fluid level.
• Check the brake master cylinder fluid level.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
NOTE: In 2.7L Engines equipped with Flex Fuel Engine
(FFV), change engine oil every 5 months or 5,000 miles,
whichever comes first. This applies to both Maintenance
Schedule A and B.
SCHEDULE “B”
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SCHEDULE “B”
Follow schedule “B” 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 〫.
• Taxi, police or delivery service (commercial ser- I
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• Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
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” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
• 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
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).
• Trailer towing.〫
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A replaced at 3 months.
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Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Rotate the tires.
3,000
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6,000
(10 000)
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9,000
(15 000)
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12,000
(20 000)
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15,000
(25 000)
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18,000
(30 000)
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SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not
replaced at 3 months.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect and check tension for power steering
belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. *
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Rotate the tires.
21,000
(35 000)
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24,000
(40 000)
X
27,000
(45 000)
X
X
X
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30,000
(50 000)
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33,000
(55 000)
X
36,000
(60 000)
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A replaced at 3 months.
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Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Rotate the tires.
39,000
(65 000)
X
42,000
(70 000)
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45,000
(75 000)
X
48,000
(80 000)
X
51,000
(85 000)
X
54,000
(90 000)
X
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SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not replaced at 3 months.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect and check tension for power steering belt
(2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Replace the ignition cables on 2.4 liter engine.
Replace the accessory drive belts on the 2.7 liter
engine.
Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter engine.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡
Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter.〫
Rotate the tires.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months, if
not done at 100,000 miles.
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60,000
63,000
66,000
69,000
72,000
(95 000) (100 000) (105 000) (110 000) (115 000) (120 000)
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Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect and check tension for power steering
belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required.
Replace the engine timing belt on 2.4 liter
engine.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve.
Rotate the tires.
75,000
78,000
81,000
84,000
87,000
(125 000) (130 000) (135 000) (140 000) (145 000)
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90,000
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SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, if not
replaced at 3 months.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if
necessary.*
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Replace the spark plugs on the 2.7 liter engine.
Check and re-tension accessory drive belts on
2.7 liter engine.
Replace the accessory drive belts on 2.4 liter
engine.
Rotate the tires.
Flush and replace the engine coolant, if not
replaced at 60 months.
93,000
96,000
99,000
100,000
102,000
(155 000) (160 000) (165 000) (170 000) (175 000)
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105,000
(180 000)
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E Replace the air cleaner filter.
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Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter engine.
Replace the ignition cables on the 2.4 liter engine.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear
drums and shoes.
Replace the accessory drive belts on 2.7 liter engine.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *
Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter.〫
Flush and replace engine coolant at 120 months, if not
done at 100,000 miles.
Rotate the tires.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
108,000
111,000
114,000
117,000
120,000
(185 000) (190 000) (195 000) (200 000) (205 000)
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Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
SCHEDULE “A”
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Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if
necessary.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Rotate the tires.
6,000
(10 000)
[6]
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12,000
(20 000)
[12]
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X
18,000
(30 000)
[18]
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24,000
(40 000)
[24]
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X
30,000
(50 000)
[30]
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36,000
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A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
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Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect and check tension for power steering
belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 60
months, if not done at 100,000 miles.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. *‡
Replace the ignition cables on 2.4 liter engine.
Replace the accessory drive belts in 2.7 liter
engine.
Rotate the tires.
42,000
(70 000)
[42]
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48,000
(80 000)
[48]
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X
54,000
(90 000)
[54]
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60,000
66,000
72,000
(100 000) (110 000) (120 000)
[60]
[66]
[72]
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SCHEDULE “A”
Miles
78,000
(Kilometers)
(130 000)
[Months]
[78]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
X
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if
X
required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings,
rotors, rear drums and shoes.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.7 liter engine.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. *‡
Check and re-tension alternator drive belts on
2.7 liter engine.
Replace the accessory drive belts on 2.4L engine.
Rotate the tires.
X
Flush and replace the engine coolant, if not
replaced at 60 months.
84,000
(140 000)
[84]
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X
90,000
96,000
100,000
102,000
(150 000) (160 000) (170 000) (180 000)
[90]
[96]
[102]
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275 M
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A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
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E Replace the air cleaner filter.
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108,000
(190 000)
[108]
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‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
120,000
(210 000)
[120]
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Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums
and shoes.
Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡
Replace the engine timing belt on 2.4 liter engine.
Replace the accessory drive belts in 2.7 liter engine.
Replace the ignition cables on 2.4 liter engine.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 120 months, if not done at
100,000 miles.
Rotate the tires.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
114,000
(200 000)
[114]
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Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
SCHEDULE “A”
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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䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
䡵 Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire
Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Treadwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
䡵 Warranty Information (U.S. Vehicles Only) . . . 282
▫ Traction Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
▫ Temperature Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
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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.
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 your 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 YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
• 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
DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation Customer
Center
P.O. Box 21–8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004
Phone: (800) 992-1997
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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.
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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
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.
We appreciate that you have made a major investment
when you purchased your new vehicle. Your dealer has
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 (U.S. Vehicles Only)
See the Warranty Information Booklet for the terms and
provisions of DaimlerChrysler’s warranties applicable to
this vehicle.
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.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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 1–888–327–4236 (TTY: 1–800–424–
9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov. 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.
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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.
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
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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.
Call Toll Free at:
• 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.)
• 1–800–387–1143 (Canada)
Or
Visit us on the World Wide Web at:
• www.techauthority.daimlerchrysler.com
• 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.
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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 AA, A, B,
and C. Those grades 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!
The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests, and does not
include acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or
peak traction characteristics.
Temperature Grades
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C,
representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat
and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under
controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory
test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the
material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and
excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The
grade C corresponds to a level of performance which all
passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test
wheel than the minimum required by law.
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WARNING!
The temperature grade for this tire 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.
INDEX
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INDEX
About Your Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . 233
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Adding Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Additives, Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Aiming Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Air Cleaner, Engine (Engine Air Cleaner Filter) . 222
Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,136
Air Conditioning Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Air Conditioning, Operating Tips . . . . . . . . 135,141
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,226
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,32
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,34,43,89
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Alarm Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Alarm, Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Alarm System (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . 19,94
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Alterations/Modifications, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Antenna, Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . 233,257
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Anti-Theft Security Alarm (Theft Alarm) . . . . . . 19
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Automatic Dimming Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,15
Automatic Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) . . . . . . . 129
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . 149,151,209,239,259
Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Fluid and Filter Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Interlock System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,150
Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Selection Of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239,259
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Special Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
INDEX
Autostick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Auxiliary Power Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Emergency Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206,225
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Keyless Transmitter Replacement (RKE) . . . . . 18
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204,225
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Belts, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Boot, Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155,236
Anti-Lock (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
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Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . 149,151
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . . 42
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Capacities, Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . 257
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Capacity, Cargo Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Caps, Filler
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Oil (Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Radiator (Coolant Pressure) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Car Washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Carpeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Cassette Tape and Player Maintenance . . . . . . . 128
Cassette Tape Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,109,112
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
CD (Compact Disc) Changer . . . . . . 108,113,118,120
CD (Compact Disc) Player . . . . . . . 105,114,116,127
Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Central Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
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INDEX
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Chart, Tire Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Check Engine Light
(Malfunction Indicator Light) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Checking Your Vehicle For Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34,36,39,40
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Cleaning
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Wood Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Compact Disc (CD) Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Compact Disc (CD) Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Compact Disc (CD) Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,105
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Console, Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Convertible Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Convertible Top Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Coolant Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Coolant Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232,235
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Rubber and Plastic Components . . . . . . . . . . 236
Selection of Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . 233,257,258
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
INDEX
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . 224
Cruise Control (Speed Control) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Cruise Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,132,138
Diagnostic System, Onboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Dimmer Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Dipsticks
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Disposal
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Door Ajar Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Door Opener, Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
E-85 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Electrical Outlet, Auxiliary (Power Outlet) . . . . . 79
Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Electronic Speed Control (Cruise Control) . . . . . . 72
Emergency Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Emergency, In Case of
Freeing Vehicle When Stuck . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Emergency Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,21
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . 216,262
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213,214
Air Cleaner Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Block Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213,214
Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232,258
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Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178,257
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218,257,258
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,257
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Engine Oil Viscosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Entry System, Illuminated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43,180,231
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Exterior Light Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221,258
Engine Oil Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Flashers
Hazard Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Flash-To-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Flat Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Flexible Fuel Vehicles
Cruising Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181,182
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Floor Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Fluid, Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Fluid Level Checks
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Fluids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
INDEX
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts . . . . . . . . 258
Fog Light Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,91,255
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178,257
Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Fuel, Flexible . . . . . . . . . . . . See Flexible Fuel Vehicles
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Garage Door Opener (HomeLink威) . . . . . . . . . . 75
Gas Cap (Fuel Filler Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
293
Gas Gauge (Fuel Gauge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Gasoline, Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Gasoline (Fuel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Gasoline, Reformulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Gauges
Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Gearshift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,18
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Gross Axle Weight Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
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Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69,90
High Beam/Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . 69
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Time Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,69
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,136
Heater, Engine Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Hitches
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
HomeLink威 (Garage Door Opener) Transmitter . 75
Hood Prop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236,239
Ignition
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Immobilizer (Sentry Key) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86,87,88
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65,66
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Key, Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Key, Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Key, Sentry (Immobilizer) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Key-In Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tether for CHildren) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,39
INDEX
Latches
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Lead Free Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Leaks, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,64
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,34,43,89
Anti-Lock Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Automatic Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93,153
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Check Engine (Malfunction Indicator) . . . . . . . 90
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,69
Engine Temperature Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Exterior Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,91,255
Front Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253,255
Headlight Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
295
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Low Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Malfunction Indicator (Check Engine) . . . . . . . 90
Map Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Rear Servicing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Security Alarm (Theft Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251
Service Engine Soon (Malfunction Indicator) . . 90
Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,68,90
Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Locks
Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lower Anchors and
Tether for CHildren (LATCH) . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,39
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Luggage/Cargo Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Light Duty Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
Malfunction Indicator Light (Check Engine) . 90,216
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57,58
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Modifications/Alterations, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217,282
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218,257,258
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221,258
Filter Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Pressure Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,257
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Viscosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221,257
INDEX
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . 215,216
Opener, Garage Door (HomeLink威) . . . . . . . . . . 75
Operator Manual (Owner’s Manual) . . . . . . . . . . 4
Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Owner’s Manual (Operator Manual) . . . . . . . 4,283
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Paint Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Parking On Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Pets, Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . 163
Power
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Outlet (Auxiliary Electrical Outlet) . . . . . . . . . 79
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
297
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Preparation for Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Pretensioners
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Programmable Electronic Features . . . . . . . . . 75,79
Programming Transmitters
(Remote Keyless Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,75,79
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Radiator Cap (Coolant Pressure Cap) . . . . . . . . 234
Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109,115,127,129
Radio Remote Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Radio, Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Radio (Sound Systems) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,109,114
Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Reminder, Lights On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
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Reminder, Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Remote Sound System (Radio) Controls . . . . . . 126
Remote Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Restraint, Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Restraints, Occupant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Rocking Vehicle When Stuck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Safety Defects, Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Seat Belt Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22,23,40
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34,35,40
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Reclining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Security Alarm (Theft Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Selection of Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . 233,258
Sentry Key (Immobilizer) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,10
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Service Engine Soon Light
(Malfunction Indicator) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
INDEX
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Side Window Demisters (Defrosters) . . . . . . 134,139
Signals, Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170,171
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Speed Control (Cruise Control) . . . . . . . . . . . 72,89
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Cold Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Starting and Operating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Steering
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157,227
Tilt Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Steering Wheel Mounted Sound System
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Storage, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Storing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
299
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . 29
System, Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Tape Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Temperature Control, Automatic (ATC) . . . . . . . 129
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . 91,199
Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Theft System (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Time Delay, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . . 163
Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,167,284
Aging (Life of Tires) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199,200
Compact Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Flat Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199,200
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INDEX
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163,164
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158,167
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Tongue Weight/Trailer Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Top Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185,208,209
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71,89,157
Traction Control Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71,157
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Cooling System Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Hitches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Minimum Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Trailer and Tongue Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Wiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Trailer Towing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Trailer Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149,151,239
Autostick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Selection of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
Transmission
Range Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . See Transaxle
Transmitter Battery Service
(Remote Keyless Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Transmitter, Garage Door Opener (HomeLink威) . 75
Transmitter, Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . . . . . . 15
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
INDEX
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Trip Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Trip Odometer Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Trunk Release, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,21
Trunk Release Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,90
Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Unleaded Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Vehicle Theft Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . 19
Vinyl Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Viscosity, Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
301
Warning, Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Warning Flasher, Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Washer, Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69,230
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Waxing and Polishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Window Fogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69,230
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,69,229
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Wood Trim Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
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