Dodge 2004 Neon SRT4 Owner`s manual

Dodge 2004 Neon SRT4 Owner`s manual
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INTRODUCTION
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
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STARTING AND OPERATING
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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INDEX
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CONTENTS
m Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
m Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
m How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
m Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . 6
m Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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INTRODUCTION
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this manual will help
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold, so that the new owner will be
aware of all safety warnings.
When it comes to service, remember that your dealer
knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine Mopart parts, and is interested in
your satisfaction.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a
complete listing of all subjects.
Consult the following table for a description of the
symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout
this owner’s manual:
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do
not read this entire manual you may miss important
information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on a laser
etched plate, located on the left front corner of the
instrument panel, visible through the windshield. This
number also appears on the vehicle registration or title.
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
m A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Locking Doors With The Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
m Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Child-Protection Door Lock System
(Rear Doors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
m Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ To Manually Lock The Steering Wheel . . . . . . .12
▫ To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .12
m Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
m Internal Emergency Trunk Lid Release . . . . . . .15
m Remote Trunk Lid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
m Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Horn Chirp Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
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▫ To Unlock The Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbags . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . .17
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
m Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
m Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .24
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure . . . . .25
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
▫ Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
m Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . .42
m 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
The dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key
code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can
be used to order duplicate keys from your dealer. Ask
your dealer for these numbers and keep them in a safe
place.
The double sided keys
may be inserted into the
locks with either side up.
Locking Doors With The Key
You can insert the key with either side up. To lock the
door, turn the key rearward. To unlock the door, turn the
key forward. See Section 7, Body Mechanism Lubrication
of this manual for external lock lubrication.
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Key-In-Ignition Reminder
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition
switch, sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.
NOTE: With the driver’s door open, and the key in the
ignition, the power door locks will not lock via the
interior door lock switch.
SENTRY KEY
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized operation of the vehicle by disabling the engine.
The system will shut the engine off after 2 seconds of
running if an invalid key is used to start the vehicle. This
system utilizes ignition keys which have an electronic
chip (transponder) embedded into them. Only keys that
have been programmed to the vehicle can be used to start
and operate the vehicle.
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System does not need to be
armed or activated. Operation of the system is automatic
regardless of whether or not the vehicle is locked or
unlocked. During normal operation, the Theft Alarm/
Immobilizer Light will come on for three (3) seconds
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immediately after the ignition switch is turned on for a
bulb check. Afterwards, if the bulb remains on, this
indicates a problem with the electronics.
If the bulb begins to flash after the bulb check, this
indicates that an invalid key has been used to start the
vehicle. Both of these conditions will result in the engine
being shut off after two (2) seconds of running.
Keep in mind that a key which has not been programmed
is also considered an invalid key even if it is cut to fit the
ignition lock cylinder for that vehicle.
• Exxon/Mobil Speed Pass,™ additional Sentry Keys, or
any other transponder equipped components on the
same keychain will not cause a key-related (transponder) fault unless the additional part is physically held against the ignition key being used
when starting the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or
other RF electronics will not cause interference with
this system.
All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have
been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
Replacement Keys
If the Theft Alarm/Immobilizer Light comes on during
normal vehicle operation (vehicle has been running for
longer than 10 seconds), a fault has been detected in the
electronics and the vehicle should be serviced as soon as
possible.
NOTE: 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.
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.
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
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consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle
electronics. A blank key is one which has never been
programmed.
NOTE: When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer
System serviced, bring all vehicle keys with you to the
dealer.
Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid sentry keys by doing the following:
1. Cut the additional Sentry Key Transponder blank(s) to
match the ignition switch lock cylinder key code.
2. Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no
longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and
remove the first key.
3. Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition
switch ON within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime
will sound and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash.
Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the second key.
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4. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition switch and
turn the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10
seconds a single chime will sound. The Theft Alarm Light
will stop flashing, turn on for 3 seconds; then turn off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this
process to program up to a total of 8 keys.
General Information
The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15
and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is
subject to the following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
• This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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STEERING WHEEL LOCK
Your vehicle is equipped with a passive steering wheel
lock. This lock prevents steering the vehicle without the
ignition key. If the steering wheel is rotated no more than
1/2 turn in either direction and the key is not in the
ignition switch, the steering wheel will lock.
To manually lock the steering wheel:
With the engine running, rotate the steering wheel 1/2
turn, turn off the engine and remove the key. Turn the
steering wheel slightly in either direction until the lock
engages.
To release the steering wheel lock:
Insert the key in the ignition switch and start the engine.
If the key is difficult to turn, rotate the wheel slightly to
the right or left to disengage the lock.
NOTE: If you turned the wheel to the right to engage
the lock, you must turn the wheel slightly to the right to
disengage it. If you turned the wheel to the left to engage
the lock, turn the wheel slightly to the left to disengage it.
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition and lock all the doors
when leaving the vehicle unattended.
DOOR LOCKS
Manual Door Locks
All doors are equipped with a rocker-type interior door
lock. To lock a door when leaving your vehicle, press the
rocker switch to the LOCK position and close the door.
NOTE: To avoid accidentally locking your keys in the
vehicle, make sure you have them with you before
closing any door.
WARNING!
For personal security, and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive as well
as when you park and leave the vehicle.
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WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.
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Power Door Locks
A power door lock switch is on each front door panel.
Press this switch to lock or unlock the doors.
Automatic Door Locks
The doors will lock automatically if:
1. all doors are closed,
2. vehicle speed is above 15 mph (24 km/h),
3. the accelerator pedal is depressed.
The Automatic Door Locks can be enabled or disabled by
performing the following procedure:
1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.
2. Cycle the ignition switch ON/OFF rapidly four times
ending in the Off position.
3. Depress the power door lock switch to LOCK.
4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the
programming.
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Child-Protection Door Lock System (Rear Doors)
WARNING!
Avoid trapping anyone in a vehicle in a collision.
Remember that the rear doors can only be opened
from the outside when the child protection locks are
engaged.
NOTE: For emergency exit with the system engaged,
move the door lock rocker switch to the UNLOCK
position, roll down the window and open the door with
the outside door handle.
To provide a safer environment for children riding in the
rear seat, the rear doors of your vehicle have the childprotection door lock system.
To use the system, open each rear door and slide the
control UP to engage the locks and DOWN to disengage
the child-protection locks. When the system on a door is
engaged, that door can only be opened by using the
outside door handle even if the inside door lock is in the
unlocked position.
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INTERNAL EMERGENCY TRUNK LID RELEASE
WARNING!
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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.
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 lever attached to the trunk latching
mechanism. See picture below.
REMOTE TRUNK LID RELEASE
You can open the trunk from inside the vehicle by
pressing a switch located inside the glove compartment.
NOTE: The remote trunk release feature will operate
with the ignition switch in all positions. The remote trunk
release will not operate above 5 mph.
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REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and
trunk or activate the panic alarm from distances up to
about 23 feet (7 meters) using a hand held transmitter.
To Lock the Doors
Press and release the LOCK button to lock all doors. The
park/lamps will flash and the horn will chirp to acknowledge the signal.
Horn Chirp Feature
The horn chirp that signals that the doors have been
locked can be toggled on or off by using the following
procedure:
NOTE: A slight delay of up to two seconds can occur
before the doors or trunk will unlock.
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. The interior lights also come on and
remain on for about 30 seconds when you unlock the
doors.
NOTE: You may turn off this feature and unlock all
doors with one press of the button by following the
procedure shown in the Central Locking/Unlocking
paragraph.
1. Insert the ignition key and turn the switch to the
ON/RUN position.
2. Press and hold the UNLOCK button on the transmitter
for 4 to 10 seconds.
3. Continue to hold the UNLOCK button and press the
LOCK button.
4. Release both buttons.
A chime will sound to signify that the feature has been
successfully completed.
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To Unlock the Trunk
Press the TRUNK button on the transmitter twice to
unlock the trunk.
NOTE: A slight delay of up to two seconds can occur
before the trunk unlatches.
Using The Panic Alarm
To turn on the panic alarm feature, press and release the
PANIC button. When the panic alarm is on the headlights
and park/lamps will flash, the horn will pulse on and off
and the interior lights will turn on.
The panic alarm will stay on for 3 minutes unless you
press the PANIC button a second time, or until vehicle
speed reaches 15 mph (24 km/h).
NOTE: When you turn off the panic alarm by pressing
the PANIC button a second time, you may have to be
closer to the vehicle due to the radio frequency noises of
the system.
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Programming Additional Transmitters
Up to four transmitters can be programmed to your
vehicle. Your new vehicle was shipped with two transmitters. See your dealer for additional transmitters.
Additional transmitters can be programmed to the system by using the following procedure:
1. Insert the key into the ignition and turn the switch to
the RUN position.
2. Press and hold the UNLOCK button on the transmitter
for between four and ten seconds.
3. Continue to hold the UNLOCK button and press the
PANIC button. A chime will sound to indicate that the
transmitter programming mode has been entered.
4. Press a button on all transmitters to be programmed to
the system, including any previously programmed transmitters. A chime will sound when each transmitter has
been programmed.
5. Turn the ignition switch off to exit the transmitter
programming mode.
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General Information
This device complies with FCC rules part 15. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference and (2) This device
must accept any interference that may be received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
1. With the transmitter buttons facing down, use a thin
coin or similar object to pry the two halves of the
transmitter apart. Make sure not to damage the rubber
gasket during removal.
If your transmitter fails to operate from a normal distance, check for these two conditions.
1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of
batteries is from one to two years.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, and some mobile or CB radios.
Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement battery is 2016 or its
equivalent.
NOTE: Do not touch the battery terminals that are on
the back housing or the printed circuit board.
2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the
new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause
battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it with
rubbing alcohol.
3. To reassemble the transmitter case, snap two halves
together. Make sure there is an even gap between the two
halves. Test transmitter operation.
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POWER WINDOWS
The window switches on the driver’s door panel control
both front windows. The switch on the passenger’s door
panel controls the passenger’s window.
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OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front
and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, front
airbags for both the driver and front passenger and side
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.
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WARNING!
In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer
much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or
other passengers, or you can be thrown out of the
vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your
vehicle are buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen
far away from home or on your own street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives, and that
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 the seats in your vehicle are equipped with Lap/
Shoulder Belts.
The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during
very sudden stops or collisions. This feature allows the
shoulder part of the belt to move freely with you under
normal conditions. But in a collision, the belt will lock
and reduce 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 lap belt for more
than one person, no matter what their size.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the seat.
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2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the front
seat, next to your arm in the rear 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 to go around
your lap.
3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”
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 will not protect you
from injury during a collision. You are more likely to
hit your head in a collision if you do not wear your
shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to
be used together.
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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
on the shoulder belt. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight,
tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt. A snug belt
reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.
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WARNING!
• A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of
internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won’t
be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across your
abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as possible and keep it snug.
• A twisted belt can’t do its job as well. In a collision
it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is straight.
If you can’t straighten a belt in your vehicle, take it
to your dealer and have it fixed.
5. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
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.
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WARNING!
A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision
and leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt
system periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose
parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately.
Do not disassemble or modify the system. Front seat
belt assemblies must be replaced after a collision.
Rear seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a
collision if they have been damaged (bent retractor,
torn webbing, etc.).
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage
In the driver and front passenger seats, the shoulder belt
can be adjusted upward or downward to position the belt
away from your neck. Push up or down on the anchorage
button to release the anchorage, and then move it up or
down to the position that serves you best.
As a guide, if you are shorter than average, you will
prefer a lower position, and if you are taller than average,
you’ll prefer a higher position. When you release the
anchorage, try to move it up or down to make sure that
it is locked in position.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure
Use the following procedure to untwist a twisted lap/
shoulder belt.
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1. Position the latch plate as close as possible to the
anchor point.
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2. At about 6 to 12 inches above the latch plate, grasp and
twist the belt webbing 180° to create a fold that begins
immediately above the latch plate.
4. Continue to slide the latch plate up until it clears the
folded webbing.
3. Slide the latch plate upward over the folded webbing.
The folded webbing must enter the slot at the top of the
latch plate.
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.
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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
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.
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Driver and Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbags
This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and
front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s front airbag is mounted in the
center of the steering wheel. The passenger’s front airbag
is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove
compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on
the airbag covers.
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.
NOTE: The front airbags are certified to the Federal
regulations that allow less forceful deployment.
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If the vehicle is equipped with side airbags, they are
located inside the driver and front passenger seats, and
their covers are also labeled SRS AIRBAG.
NOTE: Airbag covers may not be obvious in the
interior trim; but they will open to allow airbag deployment.
WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You
may damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers for the airbag cushions are
designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not use accessory seat covers or place objects
between you and the side airbags; the performance could be adversely affected and/or objects
could be pushed into you, causing serious injury.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not attach cup holders or any other objects on or
around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive the objects into occupants, causing serious
injury.
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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. Side airbags also work
with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy in moderate to
severe frontal collisions. If your vehicle is equipped, the
side airbag on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered in
moderate to severe side collisions. In certain types of
collisions, both the front and side airbags may be triggered. But even in collisions where the airbags work, you
need the seat belts to keep you in the right position for
the airbags to protect you properly.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize the
risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
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1. Children 12 years old and under should always ride
buckled up in a rear seat.
Infants in rear facing child restraints (designed for children up to 20 lbs (9 kg) and less than one year old) 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’s seat belt (see section on Child Restraint) should
be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or beltpositioning booster seats.
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.
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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.
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder
belts properly.
3. The driver and front passenger seats should be
moved back as far as practical to allow the front airbags
room to inflate.
4. If your vehicle has side airbags, do not lean against
the door, airbags will inflate forcefully into the space
between you and the door.
WARNING!
• Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won’t deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you
have airbags.
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during airbag deployment could cause
serious injury. Airbags need room to inflate. Sit
back, comfortably extending your arms to reach
the steering wheel or instrument panel.
• If the vehicle has side airbags, they also need
room to inflate. Do not lean against the door. Sit
upright in the center of the seat.
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Airbag System Components
The front airbag system consists of the following:
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• Side Airbag in the Passenger’s Seat
• Airbag Control Module (ACM)
• Right and Left Side Impact Airbag Control Modules
(SIACM)
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Driver Airbag
How The Airbag System Works
Front Airbag System
• Passenger Airbag
• Steering Wheel and Column
• Instrument Panel
• Crash Sensor
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Knee Impact Bolsters
The side airbag system, if equipped, consists of the
following:
• AIRBAG Readiness Light (shared with the front airbag
system)
• Side Airbag in the Driver’s Seat
• The front Airbag Control Module determines if a
frontal collision is severe enough to require the airbags
to inflate.
• The Airbag Control Module is not designed to detect
side, 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 ON/RUN positions.
These include all of the items listed above except the
knee bolsters, the instrument panel, and the steering
wheel and column. If the key is in the OFF position, in
the ACC position, or not in the ignition switch, the
airbags are not on and will not inflate.
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• The Airbag Control Module also turns on the AIRBAG
light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when
the ignition switch is first turned to ON/RUN, 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 is generated to inflate
the airbags. The airbag covers separate and fold out of
the way as the airbags inflate to their full size. The
airbags fully inflate in about 50 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 the airbag material
towards the instrument panel. 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.
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• The knee impact bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the front
airbag.
However, if you have not healed significantly within a
few days, or if you have any blistering, see your doctor
immediately.
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.
• As the airbags deflate you may see some smoke-like
particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the
process that generates the nontoxic gas used for airbag
inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin,
eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or eye irritation,
rinse the area with cool water. For nose or throat
irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation continues,
see your doctor. If these particles settle on your
clothing, follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
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.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and front
passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The
abrasions are similar to friction rope burns or those
you might get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium
floor. They are not caused by contact with chemicals.
They are not permanent and normally heal quickly.
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have deployed. If you are involved in another
collision, the airbags will not be in place to protect you.
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WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible.
Side Airbag System — If Equipped
• The Side Impact Airbag Control Modules determine if
a side collision is severe enough to require the airbag
to inflate. The Side Impact Airbag Control Modules is
not designed to detect roll over, front, or rear impacts.
• The Side Impact Airbag Control Module monitors the
readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in the START or ON/RUN
positions. These include all of the items listed above. If
the left or right SIACM detects a malfunction in any
part of the system, it will send a message to the frontal
ACM to turn the Airbag Light on. The Airbag Control
Module also turns on the AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch
is first turned on as a diagnostic or system check, then
turns the light off.
• In moderate to severe side collisions, the side airbag
inflator on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered by
the appropriate SIACM, releasing a quantity of nontoxic gas. The inflating side airbag exits through the
seat seam into the space between the occupant and the
door. The side airbag moves at a very high speed and
with such a high force, that it could injure you if you
are not seated properly, or if items are positioned in
the area where the side airbag inflates. This especially
applies to children.
Enhanced Accident Response Time — If Equipped
If the airbags deploy after an impact and the electrical
system remains functional, vehicles equipped with
power door locks will unlock automatically. In addition,
approximately 10 seconds after the vehicle has stopped
moving, the interior lights will light until the ignition
switch is turned off.
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Maintaining Your Airbag Systems
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 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.
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Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready to inflate 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
immediately:
• The AIRBAG light does not come on or flickers during
the 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the 6 to 8 second
interval.
• The light flickers or comes on and remains on while
driving.
Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up at all
times — babies and children, too. Every state in the
United States and all Canadian provinces require that
small children ride in proper restraint systems. This is the
law, and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.
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Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash
statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in
the rear seats, rather than in the front.
WARNING!
In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny
baby, can become a missile inside the vehicle. The
force required to hold even an infant on your lap
could become so great that you could not hold the
child, no matter how strong you are. The child and
others could be badly injured. Any child riding in
your vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the
child’s size.
Infants And Small Children
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Always check the child
seat Owner’s Manual to ensure you have the right seat
for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your
child:
• Safety experts recommend that children ride
rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least
one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Two types
of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant
carriers and “convertible” child seats. Both types of
child restraints are held in the vehicle by the lap/
shoulder belt or the LATCH child restraint anchorage
system.
• The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the
vehicle. It is recommended for children who weigh up
to about 20 lbs (9 kg). “Convertible” child seats can be
used either rearward-facing or forward-facing in the
vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher
weight limit in the rearward-facing direction than
infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) but are
less than one year old.
• 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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• Children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) and who
are older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible
child seats used in the forward-facing direction are for
children who weigh 20 to 40 lbs (9 to 18 kg) and who
are older than one year. These child seats are also held
in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the LATCH
child restraint anchorage system.
• 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 booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt. (Some booster seats are equipped
with a front shield and are held in the vehicle by the
lap portion).
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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.
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• The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s
weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for
weight and height limits.
• Carefully follow the instructions that come with the
restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may
not work when you need it.
The passenger seat belts are equipped with 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 pulling and
pushing on the restraint loosens the belt, 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.
• 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.
LATCH —L ower Anchors and Tether for CHildren
Your vehicle’s rear seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH, which stands
for Lower Anchors and Tether for Children. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of the child restraint
without using the vehicle seat belt. All three rear seating
positions have exclusive lower anchorages. These are
round bars, located at the rear of the seat cushion where
it meets the seat back, and just visible when you lean into
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the rear seat to install the child restraint. You will easily
feel them if you run your finger along the intersection of
the surfaces. The lower strap hooks are passed over the
top of each bar, pushing aside the seat cover material.
In addition, there are tether strap anchorages
behind each rear seating position located in the
panel between the rear seat back and the rear
window — under a hinged plastic cover with
this symbol on it. (Shown to the left) In recent years, only
the tether anchorage has been provided in new vehicles.
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To attach a child restraint tether strap:
1. Lift the cover over the anchor directly behind the seat
where you are placing the child restraint.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
for the strap between the anchor and the child seat. If
your vehicle is equipped with adjustable rear head
restraints, raise the head restraint and, where possible,
route the tether strap under the head restraint and
between the two posts. If not possible, lower the head
restraint and pass the tether strap around the outboard
side of the head restraint.
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3. Attach the tether strap hook (A) of the child restraint to
the anchor (B) and remove slack in the tether strap
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
WARNING!
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.
Child restraint systems having attachments designed to
connect to the lower anchorages are now available. Child
restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection
to the top tether anchorage have been available for some
time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will
provide add-on tether strap kits for some of their older
products. Tether anchorage kits are also available for
most older vehicles.
Because the lower anchorages are to be introduced to
passenger carrying vehicles over a period of years, child
restraint systems having attachments for those anchorages will continue to have features for installation in
vehicles using the lap or lap/shoulder belt. They will also
have tether straps, and you are urged to take advantage
of all of the available attachments provided with your
child restraint in any vehicle.
Installing the Child Restraint System
While there are LATCH anchorages at all three rear
seating positions, do not install child restraints at all three
positions at the same time. The anchorages are not
designed to restrain three child restraints at one time.
Instead, you may install one child restraint at the center
position, or two child restraints at the right and left
positions.
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WARNING!
Do not install child restraint systems equipped with
LATCH attachments at all three rear seating positions at one time. The LATCH anchorages are designed to restrain no more than two child restraints
at a time in the event of a collision.
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Many,
but not all, restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
connector and a means for adjusting the tension in the
strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints and some
rearward-facing infant restraints will also be equipped
with a tether strap, a hook and means for adjusting the
tension in the strap.
In general, you will first loosen the adjusters on the lower
straps and tether straps so that you can more easily attach
the hook or connector to the lower anchorages and tether
anchorages. Then tighten all three straps as you push the
child restraint rearward and downward into the seat.
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Not all child restraint systems will be installed as we
have described here. Again, carefully follow the instructions that come with the child restraint system.
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.
NOTE: If your child restraint seat is not LATCH
compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat
belts.
Children Too Large For Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
seat back, should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
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• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
• Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming or
slouching can move the belt out of position.
• If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the
child closer to the center of the vehicle. Never allow a
child to put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind
their back.
Transporting Pets
Airbags deploying in the front seat could harm your pet.
An unrestrained pet will be thrown about and possibly
injured, or injure a passenger during panic braking or in
a collision.
Pets should be restrained in the rear seat in pet harnesses
or pet carriers that are secured by seat belts.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
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. The
manufacturer recommends the use of Mobil 1t 10W30
synthetic engine oil.
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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.
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.
SAFETY TIPS
To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close the
trunk while driving. However, if for some reason it must
remain open, close all windows. Adjust the heating or
cooling system to force outside air into the vehicle. Set
the blower at high speed.
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.
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.
Front seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a
collision. Rear seat belt assemblies must be replaced after
a collision if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn
webbing, etc.). If there is any question regarding belt or
retractor condition, replace the belt.
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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 to ON/RUN. If the bulb is
not lit during starting, have it replaced. If the light stays
on or comes on while driving, have the system checked
by an authorized dealer.
Defrosters
Check operation by selecting the defrost mode and place
the blower control on high speed. You should be able to
feel the air directed against the windshield.
Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
The Vehicle
Tires
Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear
patterns. Check for stones, nails, glass, or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness, and tires (including spare) for proper pressure.
Lights
Have someone observe the operation of exterior lights
while you work the controls. Check turn signal and high
beam indicator lights on the instrument panel.
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline fumes are
present, the cause should be corrected immediately.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
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m Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Front Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
▫ Outside Mirror — Driver’s Side . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
▫ Outside Mirror — Passenger’s Side . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ Electric Remote-Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .48
m Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
▫ Front Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
▫ Reclining Bucket Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
▫ Folding Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
m To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
m Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) . . . . . .54
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Headlight Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
m Windshield Wipers And Washers . . . . . . . . . . .55
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▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Hi Speed Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Mist Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
m Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Intermittent Wiper System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
m Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Lo Speed Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Ash Receiver And Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . .58
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
MIRRORS
Inside Day/Night Mirror
Adjust the mirror to center on the view through the rear
window. A two point pivot system allows for horizontal
and vertical mirror adjustment.
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the
small control under the mirror to the night position
(toward rear of vehicle). The mirror should be adjusted
while set in the day position (toward windshield).
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Outside Mirror — Driver’s Side
Adjust the outside mirror to center on the adjacent lane of
traffic, with a slight overlap of the view obtained on the
inside mirror.
Outside Mirror — Passenger’s Side
Adjust the convex outside mirror so you can just see the
side of your vehicle in the part of the mirror closest to the
vehicle.
WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the passenger side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they really are. Relying too much on your
passenger side mirror could cause you to collide
with another vehicle or other object. Use your inside
mirror when judging the size or distance of a vehicle
seen in this convex mirror.
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Electric Remote-Control Mirrors
Use the mirror select switch, located on the drivers door
trim panel, to adjust the view obtained in the outside
mirrors. Press the rocker knob to the L or R for Left or
Right mirror selection. Use the center off position to
guard against accidentally moving a mirror position.
SEATS
Front Seat Adjustment
The adjusting bar is at the front of the seats, near the
floor. Pull the bar up to move the seat to the desired
position.
Select a mirror and press one of the four arrows for the
direction you want the mirror to move.
Using body pressure, move forward and rearward on the
seat to be sure the seat adjusters have latched after the
adjustment bar is released.
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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.
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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. Lean
forward and lift the lever to return the seatback to its
normal position.
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Folding Rear Seat
To provide additional storage area, the center of each rear
seatback can be folded forward. Pull on the loops shown
in the picture to fold down either or both seatbacks.
WARNING!
• It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision,
people riding in these areas are more likely to be
seriously injured or killed.
• Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seatbelts.
• Be sure that everyone in your vehicle is in a seat
and using a seatbelt properly.
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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 driver’s side of
the instrument panel.
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Then lift the safety catch located under the front edge of
the hood, near the center and raise the hood.
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Use the hood prop rod to secure the hood in the open
position as shown. 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.
LIGHTS
Front Map/Reading Lights
These lights, located under the rearview mirror, can be
turned on by means of switches located at the base of the
rearview mirror.
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.
NOTE: The map lights will remain on when the ignition
switch is in the Run or Accessory positions.
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Interior Lights
The interior lights come on when a door is opened.
The interior lights will automatically turn off in about 8
minutes if a door is left open or the dimmer control is left
in the Dome light position. Turn the ignition switch ON
to restore the interior light operation.
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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.
Dimmer Control
With the park lights or headlights
on, rotating the dimmer control
for the interior lights on the MultiFunction Control Lever upward
will increase the brightness of the
instrument panel lights.
Daytime Brightness Feature
Certain instrument panel components can be illuminated
at full brightness during the daytime. These are the
Odometer and Radio. This can be helpful when driving
with your headlights on during the daytime such as in a
parade or a funeral procession. To activate this feature,
rotate the dimmer ring on the left stalk one detent lower
than the dome light.
Multi-Function Control Lever
The Multi-Function Control Lever controls the operation
of the headlights, parking lights, turn signals, headlight
beam selection, instrument panel light dimming, interior
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lights, the passing lights, and fog lights. The lever is
located on the left side of the steering column.
Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel
Lights
Turn the end of the Multi-Function Control Lever to the
first detent for parking light operation. Turn to the
second detent for headlight operation.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only)
The front fog lights will come on as Daytime Running
Lights whenever the ignition is on, the headlights are off,
and the parking brake is off. The headlight switch must
be used for normal night time driving.
Lights-on Reminder
If the headlights or parking lights are on after the ignition
is turned OFF, a chime will sound when the driver’s door
is opened. Leaving the headlights on for an extended
period of time will discharge the battery resulting in
reduced battery life and possible inability to start the
vehicle.
Fog Lights
The front fog light switch is on the Multi-Function
Control Lever. To activate the front fog lights, turn
on the headlights and pull out the end of the
control lever.
To change the brightness of the instrument panel lights,
rotate the center portion of the Multi-Function Control
Lever up or down.
NOTE: The fog lights will only operate with the headlights on low beam. Selecting high beam headlights or
park lights will turn off the fog lights.
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Turn Signals
Move the Multi-Function Control Lever up or down to
detent and the arrows on each side of the instrument
cluster flash to show proper operation of the front and
rear turn signal lights. You can signal a lane change by
moving the lever partially up or down.
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHERS
The wipers and washers are operated by a switch
in the control lever. Move the control lever up to
select the desired wiper speed.
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If either light remains on and does not flash, or there is a
very fast flash rate, check for a defective outside light
bulb. If an indicator fails to light when the lever is
moved, it would suggest that the fuse or indicator bulb is
defective.
Headlight Dimmer Switch
Pull the Multi-Function Control Lever towards you to
switch the headlights to HIGH beam. Pull the control
lever a second time to switch the headlights to LOW
beam.
Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the Multi-Function Control Lever toward
you. This will cause the headlights to turn on at high
beam and remain on until the lever is released.
Windshield Washers
To use the washer, pull the control lever toward you and
hold while spray is desired. If the lever is pulled while in
the delay range, the wiper will operate in low speed for
two wipe cycles after the lever is released, and then
resume the intermittent interval previously selected.
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If the lever is pulled while in the OFF position, the wipers
will operate for two wipe cycles, then turn OFF.
CAUTION!
• In cold weather, always turn off the wiper switch
and allow the wipers to return to the park position
before turning off the engine. If the wiper switch
is left on and the wipers freeze to the windshield,
damage to the wiper motor may occur when the
vehicle is restarted.
Mist Function
Push down on the wiper control lever to activate a single
wipe to clear the windshield of road mist or spray from
a passing vehicle. The wiper blade will continue to wipe
until you release the stalk.
Intermittent Wiper System
Use the intermittent wiper when weather conditions
make a single wiping cycle, with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. Move the lever to the first detent
(DEL) position, then select the delay interval by turning
the end of the stalk. Rotate the end upward to decrease
the delay time and downward to increase it. The delay
can be regulated from a maximum of approximately 18
seconds between cycles, to a second between cycles.
Lo Speed Wipers
Move the wiper stalk upward to the 2nd detent to obtain
a low speed wiper function.
Hi Speed Wipers
Move the wiper stalk upward to the 3rd position to
obtain the fastest wiper speed.
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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. Pull the lever back towards you to lock the
column firmly in place.
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WARNING!
Tilting the steering column while the vehicle is
moving is dangerous. Without a stable steering column, you could lose control of the vehicle and have
an accident. Adjust the column only while the vehicle is stopped. Be sure it is locked before driving.
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CONSOLE FEATURES
The Standard console with armrest has two front cup
holders and a front storage tray. There are two additional
cupholders; one is molded in the center of the console to
hold large cups, and the other is on the underside of the
console lid to serve passengers in the rear seat. The
underside console lid also has an integral tissue pack
holder. The covered storage area has CD and cassette
holders.
Ash Receiver and Cigar Lighter
When the Smoker’s Package is ordered from your authorized dealer, an ash receiver tray and a cigar lighter
element are furnished. The lighter element can be inserted in the auxiliary power outlet. The ash receiver fits
snugly in a cupholder position. To clean the ash receiver,
lift it from the cupholder.
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CONTENTS
m Instrument Panel Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
m Instrument Cluster—Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
m Instrument Cluster Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . .63
m Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Clock Setting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
m Radio General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Two Types Of Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Electrical Disturbances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ AM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ FM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
m Sales Code RBK—AM/ FM Stereo Radio With
CD Player And CD Changer Controls — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
▫ CD Changer Operation — If Equipped . . . . . . .73
m Satellite Radio — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ System Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ENS/SID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ Selecting Satellite Mode In RBB And RBK
Radios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
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▫ Selecting Satellite Mode In RBP, RBU, RAZ,
And RBQ Radios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Selecting a Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Storing And Selecting Pre-Set Channels . . . . . . .76
▫ Using The PTY (Program Type) Button (If
Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ PTY Button 9Scan9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ PTY Button 9Seek9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ Satellite Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ Reception Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
m Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
m Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . .77
m Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
m Electric Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . .83
m Turbo Boost Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
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INSTRUMENT PANEL FEATURES
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER—TURBO
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTIONS
1. Fog Light Indicator
This light shows when the fog lights are ON.
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The operation of the Brake Warning light can be checked
by turning the ignition key from the OFF to the ON
position. The light should illuminate for three seconds, or
until the engine is started, whichever comes first. The
light should then go out unless the parking brake is
applied or a brake fault is detected. If the light does not
illuminate, have the light inspected and serviced as soon
as possible.
2. Brake System Warning Light
This light monitors various brake functions,
including brake fluid level and parking brake
application. If the brake light comes on, it may
indicate that the parking brake is applied, or there is a
low brake fluid level. It may also indicate an ABS
malfunction that could lead to reduced braking performance.
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
WARNING!
If the parking brake is off and the light remains on, have
the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. A significant decrease in braking performance
or vehicle stability during braking may occur. It will
take you longer to stop the vehicle or will make your
vehicle harder to control. You could have an accident. Have the vehicle checked immediately.
3. Anti-Lock Warning Light (ABS)
This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System
(ABS) described elsewhere in this manual. This
light will come on when the ignition key is turned to
the ON position and may stay on for as long as four
seconds.
The light will also come on when the parking brake is
applied with the ignition in the ON position.
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If the ABS light remains on or comes on during driving,
it indicates that the Anti-Lock portion of the brake system
is not functioning and that service is required, however,
the conventional brake system will continue to operate
normally provided that the BRAKE warning light is not
on.
If the ABS light is on, the brake system should be serviced
as soon as possible to restore the benefit of Anti-Lock
Brakes.
The warning light should be checked frequently to assure
that it is operating properly. Turn the ignition key to a
point midway between ON and START. The light should
come on. If the light does not come on, have the system
checked by an authorized dealer.
4. Speedometer
Indicates vehicle speed.
5. Turn Signal Indicators
The arrows will flash in unison with the exterior turn
signal, when using the turn signal lever.
6. 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.
7. Tachometer
The silver area of the scale shows the permissible engine
revolutions-per-minute (rpm x 1000) for each gear range.
Before reaching the red area, ease up on the accelerator to
prevent engine damage.
8. Oil Pressure Light
Shows low engine oil pressure. The light will
come on and remain on when the ignition key is
turned from OFF to the ON position, and the light will
turn off after the engine is started. If the bulb does not
come on during starting, have the system checked by
an authorized dealer.
If the light comes on and remains on while driving, stop
the vehicle and shut off the engine. DO NOT OPERATE
THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE CAUSE IS CORRECTED.
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The light does not show the quantity of oil in the engine.
This can be determined using the procedure shown in
Section 7.
come on during starting, stays on, or comes on while
driving, have the system checked by an authorized
dealer.
9. Seat Belt Reminder Light
When the ignition key is first turned on, this
light will come on for about six seconds. A
chime will sound if you have not pulled the
shoulder belt out of the retractor. This is a reminder to
“buckle up”. If you do not buckle up, the light will
remain on.
12. Theft Alarm Light
This light will flash rapidly for several seconds when the
alarm system is arming. The light will begin to flash
slowly indicating that the system is armed.
10. Charging System Light
This light shows the status of the electrical
charging system. The light should come on
briefly when the ignition is first turned on and remain
on briefly as a bulb check. If the light stays on or
comes on while driving, it means that there is a
problem with the charging system. Obtain SERVICE
IMMEDIATELY.
11. Airbag Light
The light comes on and remains on for 6 to 8
seconds as a bulb check when the ignition
switch is first turned ON. If the light does not
13. Fuel Door Reminder
This symbol is a reminder that the Fuel Filler Door is
located on the passenger’s side of the vehicle
14. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition key is in the ON position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in
the fuel tank.
15. Low Fuel Light
When the fuel level drops to about 1/8 tank, the
fuel symbol will light and a single chime will
sound. The light will remain on until fuel is
added. If the fuel level drops to about 1/2 gallon, the
fuel symbol will begin to flash and the chime will
sound several times.
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16. Malfunction Indicator Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic
system called OBD that monitors engine control systems. The light will illuminate briefly
when the key is in the ON/RUN position before
engine start. If the bulb does not come on when
turning the key from OFF to ON/RUN, have the
condition checked promptly.
Certain conditions such as a loose or missing gas cap,
poor fuel quality, etc., may illuminate the light after
engine start. The vehicle should be serviced if the light
stays on through several of your typical driving cycles. In
most situations, the vehicle will drive normally and will
not require towing.
If the Malfunction Indicator Light flashes when the
engine is running, serious conditions may exist that
could lead to immediate loss of power or severe catalytic
converter damage. The vehicle should be serviced as
soon as possible if this occurs.
17. Odometer/Trip Odometer Reset Knob
Press this knob to switch between the odometer and trip
odometer. While the trip odometer is being displayed,
press and hold this knob for a few seconds to reset the
trip odometer to zero miles/kilometers.
18. Odometer/Trip Odometer
Shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven.
U.S. Federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
correct mileage that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, if the odometer reading changes during repair or
replacement, be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after the service so the correct mileage can be
determined.
19. Door Ajar Indicator
This vacuum fluorescent indicator illuminates when a
door is not completely closed. If the door is open for more
than 8 minutes and the ignition key is in the OFF
position, the indicator will turn off.
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20. Trip Indicator
This light will illuminate when the Trip Odometer is in
use.
pointer drops back into the normal range. If the pointer
remains on the H (red) mark, turn the engine off immediately and call for service.
21. Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge shows engine coolant
temperature.
Normal operating range should be
within one notch above or one notch
below the 200 degree mark. The
gauge pointer may show a higher
than normal temperature when driving in hot weather, up mountain
grades, or in heavy stop and go
traffic.
There are steps that you can take to slow down an
impending overheat condition. If your air conditioning is
on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the engine cooling system and turning off the A/C
removes this heat. You can also turn the Temperature
control to maximum heat, the Mode control to Floor and
the Fan control to High. This allows the heater core to act
as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat
from the engine cooling system.
If the pointer rises to the H (red) mark, the instrument
cluster will sound a chime. Pull off to the side of the road
at a safe area. With the vehicle in Park (automatic
transmission), or with the vehicle in neutral and the
emergrncy brake applied (manual transmission), idle the
vehicle with the air conditioner turned off until the
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ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
RADIO GENERAL INFORMATION
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout shows the time in hours and
minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or
ACC position.
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.
When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, or when
the radio frequency is being displayed, time keeping is
accurately maintained.
Clock Setting Procedure
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON or ACC position.
Using the tip of a ballpoint pen or similar object, press
either the hour (H) or minute (M) buttons on the radio.
The display will show TIME.
2. Press the H button to set hours or the M button to set
minutes. The time setting will increase each time you
press a button.
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.
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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.
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SALES CODE RBK—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER
CONTROLS — IF EQUIPPED
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.
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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.
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Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button in will bypass stations without stopping until you release it.
Bass and Treble Tone Control
The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass
band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right.
Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at
the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid
position provides a flat frequency response.
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.
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.
Balance
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
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.
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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.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
General Information
This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference,
2. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressively approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the volume control ON before the CD player
will operate.
Inserting The Compact Disc
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept only 4.75 inch (12 cm)
discs only. The use of other sized discs may damage
the CD player mechanism.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day.
If the power is ON, the unit will switch from radio to CD
mode and begin to play when you insert the disc. The
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display will show the track number and index time in
minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track 1.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
EJT — Eject
Press the EJT button and the disc will unload and move
to the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to
the radio mode.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The unit will continue in radio mode.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Random Play — RND
Press the RND button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
compact disc in random order to provide an interesting
change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press the RND button 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 “SA” will appear in your radio
display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite mode.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
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CD Changer Operation — If Equipped
MODE
Press the MODE button to select between the cassette
tape player, CD player, and the CD changer (if equipped).
Disc/Program Button 1
Press the DISC (button 1) button to play the next available disc.
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 selections
on the currently playing compact disc in random order to
provide an interesting change of pace.
Press the top of the SEEK button to move to the next
randomly selected track.
Press the RND (button 4) button a second time to stop
Random Play.
FF/RW — TUNE
Press FF/TUNE/RW to skip through the tracks in the
desired direction, until the button is released (it will not
stop at the beginning/end of any track until you release
the button).
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Disc/Program Button 5
Press the DISC (button 5) button to play the previous
disc.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
Time
Press the TIME button to switch between time of day and
CD track time.
Scan
Press the SCAN button to play 10 seconds of each track.
Press the SCAN button a second time to cancel the
feature.
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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).
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 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, 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 and RBK Radios
Press the MODE button repeatedly until 9S A9 appears in
the display. A CD or tape may remain in the radio while
in the Satellite radio mode.
Selecting Satellite Mode in RBP, RBU, RAZ, and
RBQ Radios
Press the MODE button repeatedly until the word
9SIRIUS9 appears in the display. These radios will also
display the following:
• After 3 seconds, the current channel name and channel
number will be displayed for 5 seconds.
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• 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.
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 9SCAN9 will
appear in the display between each channel change. Press
the SCAN button a second time to stop the search.
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 (SEEK(
When the desired program is obtained, press the 9SEEK9
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 (SCAN(
When the desired program type is obtained, press the
9SCAN9 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 9SCAN9
button a second time to stop the search.
NOTE: Pressing the 9SEEK9 or 9SCAN9 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. Metal objects
placed within the line of sight of the antenna will cause
decreased performance. Larger luggage items should be
placed as far forward as possible. 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.
• Dense tree coverage may interrupt reception in the
form of short audio mutes.
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• Driving under wide bridges or along tall buildings can
cause intermittent reception.
7. Do not store the disc where temperatures may become
too high.
• Placing objects over or too close to the antenna can
cause signal blockage.
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.
COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
2. If the disc is stained, clean the surface with a soft cloth,
wiping from center to edge.
3. Do not apply paper or tape to the disc; avoid scratching the disc.
4. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, cleaners,
or antistatic sprays.
5. Store the disc in its case after playing.
6. Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight.
RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular
phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your radio. This condition may be lessened
or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna.
This condition is not harmful to the radio. If your radio
performance does not satisfactorily “clear” by the repositioning of the antenna, it is recommended that the radio
volume be turned down or off during cellular phone
operation.
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CLIMATE CONTROLS
Air Conditioning
The Air Conditioning System allows you to balance the
temperature, amount, and direction of air circulating
throughout the vehicle.
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere.
The controls are as follows:
Fan and Air Conditioning Control
Use this control to regulate
the amount of air forced
through the system in any
mode you select. The fan
speeds to the left of the OFF
position are for Air Conditioning. Choosing one of these
speeds turns on the air conditioning compressor. The fan
speed increases as you move
the control counterclockwise from the OFF position.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor will not engage
until the engine has been running for about 10 seconds.
Fan speeds to the right of OFF are for heater or ventilation operation. The fan speed increases as you move the
control clockwise from the OFF position.
Mode Control (Air Direction)
The mode control allows you
to choose from several patterns of air distribution. You
can select either a primary
mode, as identified by the
symbols, or a blend of two of
these modes. The center point
between modes gives an even
blend of both modes. The
closer the control is to a particular mode, the more air distribution you receive from
that mode.
Panel
Air is directed through the outlets in the instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to direct
air flow.
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Bi-Level
Air is directed through the panel and floor outlets.
NOTE: There is a difference in temperature between the
upper and lower outlets for added comfort. The warmer
air goes to the floor outlets. This feature gives improved
comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
NOTE: If you choose either the Mix or Defrost modes
while the Circulation control is in the Recirculation
Mode, the system will automatically switch to the Outside Air mode and the knob will move to that position.
Floor
Air is directed through the floor outlets and side
window demist outlets with a small amount
through the defrost outlet.
Mix
Air is directed through the floor, defrost and side
window demist outlets. This setting works best
in cold or snowy conditions that require extra
heat at the windshield. This setting is good for maintaining comfort while reducing moisture on the windshield.
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Defrost
Air is directed through the windshield and side
window demist outlets. Use this mode with
maximum fan and temperature settings for best windshield and side window defrosting.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor operates in
both Mix and Defrost or a blend of these modes even if
the fan switch is not in the A/C position. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the windshield. To improve fuel
economy, use these modes only when necessary.
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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NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser located in front of the radiator, for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with a gentle water spray
from behind the radiator and through the condenser.
Fabric front fascia protectors may reduce air flow to the
condenser, reducing air conditioning performance.
Circulation Control
Use this control to choose between outside air intake or
recirculation of the air inside
the vehicle. Only use the recirculate mode to temporarily
block out any outside odors,
smoke, or dust and to cool the
interior rapidly upon initial
start up in very hot or humid
weather.
This control only operates in the Outside Air and Recirculate modes; there is no in between position. Do not
place the control between these positions.
NOTE: Continuous use of the recirculate mode may
make the inside air stuffy and window fogging may
occur. Extended use of this mode is not recommended.
In cold weather, the use of the Recirculate position will
cause windows to fog on the inside because of moisture
build up inside the vehicle. For maximum defogging,
select the Outside Air position.
If the mode control is in the range between Mix and
Defrost and you choose the Recirculate mode, the mode
control knob will automatically move to the Mix position.
NOTE: If you choose either the Mix or Defrost modes
and the Circulation control is in the Recirculate Mode, the
system will automatically switch to the Outside Air
position.
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Operating Tips
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Window Fogging
Vehicle side windows tend to fog on the inside in mild
rainy or humid weather. To clear the windows, use the
A/C, PANEL and blower controls. Direct the panel
outlets toward the side windows. Do not use recirculate
without A/C for long periods as fogging may occur.
Outside Air Intake
When operating the system during the winter months,
make sure the air intake, directly in front of the windshield, is free of ice, slush, snow or other obstructions
such as leaves. Leaves collected in the air-intake plenum
may reduce air flow and plug the plenum water drains.
Interior fogging on the windshield can be quickly removed by using the defrost position.
The blower air will heat faster in cold weather if you use
only a low blower speed for the first few minutes of
vehicle operation.
If the fogging problem persists, clean the inside window
surfaces. The cause of undue fogging may be dirt collecting on the inside surface of the glass
NOTE: In cold weather, the use of the recirculate
position will cause windows to fog on the inside because
of moisture build up inside the vehicle. For maximum
defogging, use the Outside Air position.
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.
Side Window Demisters
A side window demister outlet is at each end of the
instrument panel. These nonadjustable outlets direct air
toward the side windows when the system is in either the
FLOOR, MIX, or DEFROST mode. The air is directed at
the area of the windows through which you view the
outside mirrors.
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ELECTRIC REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER
A push-button at the center of the instrument
panel, below the radio, turns the defroster ON or
OFF. An amber light shows that the defroster is on.
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 10
minutes of operation. Each following activation of the
defroster will last for five minutes.
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CAUTION!
To avoid damaging the electrical conductors, do not
use scrapers, sharp instruments, or abrasive window
cleaners on the interior surface of the rear window.
Labels can be peeled off after soaking with warm
water.
TURBO BOOST GAUGE
Your vehicle is equipped with a boost gauge that indicates the intake manifold pressure relative to barometric
pressure. The engine management system in your vehicle
intelligently regulates intake manifold pressure based on
environmental (ambient) and engine operating conditions. With the accelerator pedal fully depressed, it is
normal for the maximum intake manifold pressure
(boost) to vary from 11 to 15 psi.
If low octane fuel (below the recommended 91 octane
(R+M)/2)) is used, boost will be reduced significantly.
Normal boost levels will return once the recommended
fuel is used and the engine controller adapts to the fuel
octane level.
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CONTENTS
m Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
m Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
m Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Starting In Cold Weather
(Below 32°F Or 0°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Extremely Cold Weather
(Below -20°F Or -29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Turbocharger “Cool Down” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
m Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
▫ Recommended Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
m Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
m Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 100
m Tires—General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
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▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ 2.4L Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Spark Knock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
▫ Sulfur In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
m Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
m Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
m Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Fuel Tank Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
m Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . 112
m Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
m Selecting Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
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STARTING PROCEDURES
Before starting your vehicle, adjust your seat, adjust both
inside and outside mirrors, and fasten your seat belts.
Manual Transaxle
Place the gear selector in NEUTRAL, press the clutch
pedal to the floor, and fully apply the parking brake
before starting the engine.
CAUTION!
NOTE: The engine will not start unless the clutch pedal
is pressed to the floor.
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.
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 5 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.
Starting in Cold Weather (Below 32°F or 0°C)
Slightly depress and hold the accelerator before starting
the engine. Turn the key to the START position. When the
engine starts, release the key, then the accelerator pedal.
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If the engine fails to start within 15 seconds, turn the key
OFF wait 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat the normal
starting procedure.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Unburned fuel could enter the catalytic
converter and once the engine has started, ignite and
damage the converter and vehicle. If the vehicle has
a discharged battery, booster cables may be used to
obtain a start from another vehicle. This type of start
can be dangerous if done improperly, so follow the
procedure carefully. See section 6 of this manual for
jump starting instructions.
Extremely Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C)
To insure reliable starting at these temperatures, use of an
externally powered electric engine block heater (available
from your dealer) is recommended.
If Engine Fails to Start
If the engine fails to start after you have followed the
“NORMAL STARTING” procedure, it may be flooded.
Push the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and
hold it there. Crank the engine for no more than 15
seconds. This should clear any excess fuel in case the
engine is flooded. Leave the ignition key in the ON
position, release the accelerator pedal and repeat the
“NORMAL STARTING” procedure.
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.
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CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the starter, do not crank the
engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 to
15 seconds before trying again.
After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up.
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Turbocharger “Cool Down”
NOTE: Letting the engine idle after severe operation
allows the turbine housing to cool to normal operating
temperature.
The following chart should be used as a guide in determinning the amount of engine idle time required to
sufficiently cool down the turbocharger before shut
down, depending upon the type of driving and the
amount of cargo.
TURBOCHARGER (COOL DOWN( CHART
Driving Conditions
Idle Time (in minutes) Before Shut Down
Normal Driving
Not required.
Aggressive Driving or Heavily Loaded
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MANUAL TRANSAXLE
NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged and the
gear selector placed in REVERSE before leaving the
vehicle, especially on an incline.
NOTE: Clutch must be depressed for engine to start.
Fully depress the clutch pedal before you shift gears. As
you release the clutch pedal, lightly depress the accelerator pedal.
Use each gear in numerical order - do not skip a gear. Be
sure the transaxle is in FIRST gear, (not THIRD), when
starting from a standing position. Damage to the clutch
can result from starting in THIRD.
For most city driving you will find it easier to use only
the lower gears. For steady highway driving with light
accelerations, 5th gear is recommended.
STARTING AND OPERATING
Never drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal, or
try to hold the vehicle on a hill with the clutch pedal
partially engaged. This will cause abnormal wear on the
clutch.
Never shift into REVERSE until the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
NOTE: During cold weather, until the transaxle lubricant has warmed, you may have difficulty shifting. This
is normal and not harmful to the transaxle.
Recommended Shift Speeds
To use your manual transaxle for optimal fuel economy,
it should be upshifted as listed in tables 1 and 2.
TABLE 1-MANUAL TRANSAXLE RECOMMENDED
SHIFT SPEEDS
IN MPH (KM/H)
ENGINE
NORMAL ACCELERATION SHIFT
SPEEDS
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
14
23
29
45
2.4L
TURBO
(23)
(37)
(47)
(72)
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TABLE 2-MANUAL TRANSAXLE RECOMMENDED
SHIFT SPEEDS
IN MPH (KM/H)
ENGINE
CRUISE SHIFT SPEEDS
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
12
18
25
32
2.4L
TURBO (19)
(29)
(40)
(51)
For improved performance, your manual transaxle may
be upshifted up to the maximum speeds listed in table 3
(within legal speed limits).
TABLE 3-MANUAL TRANSAXLE RECOMMENDED
SHIFT SPEEDS
IN MPH (KM/H)
ENGINE
MAXIMUM PERFORMANCESHIFT
SPEEDS
SIZE
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
4 to 5
30
50
80
110
2.4L
(48)
(80)
(129)
(177)
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If you exceed these speeds, you may notice the engine cut
in and out. This is caused by an electronic limiter in the
engine computer. The engine will run normally when
you reduce engine speed.
PARKING BRAKE
When the parking brake is applied with the
ignition on, the Brake Light in the instrument
cluster will come on.
Downshifting
Proper downshifting may improve fuel economy and
prolong engine life.
NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
CAUTION!
If you skip more than one gear while downshifting
or downshift at too high an engine speed, you could
damage the engine, transaxle, or clutch.
To maintain a safe speed and prolong brake life, shift
down to 2nd or 1st when descending a steep grade.
When turning a corner, or driving up a steep grade, shift
down early so that the engine will not be overburdened.
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 Reverse (manual
transaxle). 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.
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WARNING!
When parking on a hill,, 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.
• 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.
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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
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)
The ABS gives increased vehicle stability and brake
performance under most braking conditions. The system
automatically “pumps” the brakes during severe braking
conditions to prevent wheel lock up.
All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same size and
tires must be properly inflated to produce accurate
signals for the computer. However, the system will
compensate when the compact spare is in use.
During stops where ABS is activated, a vibration of the
brake pedal may be felt and associated system noises
may be heard.
NOTE: Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the
effectiveness of Anti-lock brakes and may lead to an
accident. Pumping makes the stopping distance longer.
Just press firmly on your brake pedal when you need to
slow down or stop.
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WARNING!
• Anti-lock system (ABS) cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from acting on the vehicle, nor
can it increase braking or steering efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of the vehicle
brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
• The ABS cannot prevent accidents, including
those resulting from excessive speed in turns,
following another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver
can prevent accidents.
• The capabilities of an ABS equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
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POWER STEERING
The power assisted steering system of your SRT-4 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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TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Tire Markings
• European Metric tire sizing is based on European
design standards. Tires designed to this standard have
the tire size molded into the sidewall beginning with
the section width. The letter 9P9 is absent from this tire
size designation. Example: 215/65R15 96H
• LT(Light Truck)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S.
design standards. The size designation for LT-Metric
tires is the same as for P-Metric tires except for the
letters “LT” that are molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: LT235/85R16.
NOTE:
• P(Passenger)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S. design
standards. P-Metric tires have the letter “P” molded
into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: P215/65R15 95H.
• Temporary Spare tires are high pressure compact
spares designed for temporary emergency use only.
Tires designed to this standard have the letter “T”
molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: T145/80D18 103M.
• High Flotation tire sizing is based on U.S. design
standards and 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
(....blank....( = Passenger car tire based on European design standards
LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards
T = Temporary Spare tire
31 = Overall Diameter in Inches (in)
215 = Section Width in Milimeters (mm)
65 = Aspect Ratio in Percent (%)
—Ratio of section height to section width of tire.
10.5 = Section Width in Inches (in)
R = Construction Code
—9R9 means Radial Construction.
—9D9 means Diagonal or Bias Construction.
15 = Rim Diameter in Inches (in)
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EXAMPLE:
Service Description:
95 = Load Index
—A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry.
H = Speed Symbol
—A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding
to its load index under certain operating conditions.
—The maximum speed corresponding to the Speed Symbol should only be achieved under specified operating conditions. (ie. tire pressure, vehicle loading, road conditions and
posted speed limits).
Load Identification:
(....blank....( = 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.
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Look for the TIN on the outboard side of black sidewall
tires as mounted on the vehicle. If the TIN is not found on
the outboard side then you will find it on the inboard side
of the tire.
EXAMPLE:
DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301
DOT = Department of Transportation
—This symbol certifies that the tire is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation tire
safety standards, and is approved for highway use.
MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location.(2 digits)
L9 = Code representing the tire size.(2 digits)
ABCD = Code used by tire manufacturer.(1 to 4 digits)
03 = Number representing the week in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—03 means the 3rd week.
01 = Number representing the year in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—01 means the year 2001.
—Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were only required to have 1 number to represent the year in
which the tire was manufactured. Example: 031 could represent the 3rd week of 1981 or 1991.
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Tire Loading and Tire Pressure
Tire and Loading Information Placard
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: Some vehicles have a “Tire and Loading Information” placard located on the driver’s side “B” pillar.
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 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, see 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.
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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. (1400–750 (5 x 150) =
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
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 tire is dangerous. Overloading
can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and
increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the
recommended load capacity for your vehicle-never
overload them.
TIRES—GENERAL INFORMATION
Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
1. Safety—
WARNING!
Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can
cause accidents.
• Under inflation increases tire flexing and can
result in tire failure.
• Over inflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion
shock. Objects on the road and chuck holes can cause
damage that results in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle.
• Overinflated or under inflated tires can affect
vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in
loss of vehicle control.
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 for passenger cars
is listed on either the face of the driver’s door or the
driver’s side “B” pillar. For vehicles other than passenger
cars, the cold tire inflation pressures are listed on either
the “B” pillar, the Certification Label or in the Tire
Inflation Pressures brochure in the glove compartment.
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B-PILLAR 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 underinflated.
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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 1mile
(1 km) after a 3 hour period. The cold tire inflation
pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire side wall.
Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range
of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with
temperature changes.
Tire pressures change by approximately 1 psi (7 kPa) per
12° F (7° C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a garage especially in
the winter.
Example: If garage temperature = 68° F (20° C) and the
outside temperature = 32° F (0° C) then the cold tire
inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa),
which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12° F (7° C) for this
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).
Radial-Ply Tires
WARNING!
Combining radial ply tires with other types of tires
on your vehicle will cause your vehicle to handle
poorly. The instability could cause an accident. Always use radial tires in sets of four. Never combine
them with other types of tires.
Cuts and punctures in radial tires are repairable only in
the tread area because of sidewall flexing. Consult your
authorized tire dealer for radial tire repairs.
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Compact Spare Tire
The compact spare is for temporary emergency use with
radial tires. It is engineered to be used on your style
vehicle only. Since this tire has limited tread life, the
original tire should be repaired (or replaced) and reinstalled at the first opportunity.
WARNING!
Temporary use spare tires are for emergency use
only. With these tires, do not drive more than 50 mph
(80 km/h). Temporary-use spare tires have a total
tread life of 3,000 miles (4 800 km). 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.
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.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
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.
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive wheel speeds may cause tire damage or failure. A tire could explode and injure
someone. Do not spin your vehicle’s wheels faster
than 35 mph (55km/h) when you are stuck. And don’t
let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter what the
speed.
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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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 indicators appear
in 2 or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
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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.
CAUTION!
Damage to the vehicle may result if tire chains are
used.
Snow Tires
Some areas of the country require the use of snow tires
during winter. Some standard tires are of the all season
type and satisfy this requirement as indicated by the M+S
designation on the tire sidewall.
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WARNING!
The SRT-4 is equipped with tires that are optimized
for driving in dry and wet weather conditions.
However, these tires have reduced traction capability
in snow and ice. When driving an SRT–4 in these
conditions with these tires, you must take special
care to maintain control and avoid accidents. We
recommend that you equip your vehicle with
“SNOW” or “ALL SEASON” tires on all four wheels
for driving in snowy and icy conditions. It is necessary to select tires equivalent in size and load rating
to the original equipment tires. “SNOW” tires may
have lower speed rating than factory equipped tires
and may not match the maximum vehicle speed. Do
not use tires or wheels other than the size recommended by the manufacturer for this vehicle.
If you need snow tires, select tires equivalent in size and
load rating to the original equipment tires. Refer to the
tire pressure label for inflation pressure.
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Snow tires may have a lower speed rating than factory
equipped tires and may not match the maximum vehicle
speed.
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).
Tire Rotation Recommendations
Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at
different loads and perform different steering, driving
and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at
unequal rates, and tend to develop irregular wear patterns.
These effects can be reduced by timely rotation of tires.
The benefits of rotation are especially worthwhile with
aggressive tread designs such as those on all season type
tires. Rotation will increase tread life, help to maintain
mud, snow and wet traction levels, and contribute to a
smooth, quiet ride.
Follow the recommended tire rotation frequency for your
type of driving found in the “Maintenance Schedules”
Section of this manual. More frequent rotation is permissible if desired.
Your SRT-4 is equipped with directional tread pattern
tires. These tires are designed to optimize dry handling as
well as wet performance. To obtain the full benefits of
this design, the tires must be installed so that they rotate
in the correct direction. The rotation direction of this type
of tire is indicated by arrows on the side wall of the tire.
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The required rotation method for directional tires is to
swap the front tire with the rear on the same side of the
vehicle. Do not cross switch tires without dismounting
the tires and re-mounting them in the correct rotational
direction.
SELECTING FUEL
2.4L TURBO
Your engine is designed to meet all emission regulations and provide excellent fuel
economy and performance when using
high quality unleaded gasoline having an
octane rating of 91. The purchase of higher
octane is not recommended.
High quality unleaded gasoline having a minumum
octane rating of 87 may safely be used for your vehicle.
Use of these lower octane gasolines, however, may result
in reduced acceleration performance.
If low octane fuel (below the recommended 91 octane
(R+M)/2)) is used, boost will be reduced significantly.
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Normal boost levels will return once the recommended
fuel is used and the engine controller adapts to the fuel
octane level.
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. Engine damage resulting from operation with a
heavy spark knock may not be covered by the new
vehicle warranty.
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.
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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 specifically 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 for the 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.
CAUTION!
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Gasoline containing methanol may damage critical fuel
system components.
Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline
blends are not the responsibility of The manufacturer and
may not be covered by the vehicle warranty. While MTBE
is an oxygenate made from Methanol, it does not have
the negative effects of Methanol.
MMT in Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasoline to increase octane. Gasolines
blended with MMT provide 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 that gasolines free of MMT be used in your
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vehicle. The MMT content of gasoline may not be indicated on the gasoline pump, therefore you should ask
your gasoline retailer whether or not his/her gasoline
contains MMT.
brand of unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if the problem is fuel related prior to returning your
vehicle to an authorized dealer for service.
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.
CAUTION!
MMT is prohibited in both Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
If the Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light is
flashing, immediate service is required. See the On
Board Diagnostics paragraph in the Maintenance
section of this manual.
Sulfur in Gasoline
Your vehicle may have been designed to meet California
low emission standards with cleaner burning California
reformulated gasoline with low sulfur. This vehicle may
be sold nationwide. Your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting Federal specifications, but emission
control system performance may be adversely affected.
Materials Added to Fuel
All gasoline sold in the United States is required to
contain effective detergent additives. Use of additional
detergents or other additives is not needed under normal
conditions and would result in unnecessary cost. Therefore you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
Gasoline sold outside of California is permitted to have
higher sulfur levels which may affect the performance of
the vehicle’s catalytic converter. This may cause the
Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light to illuminate.
The manufacturer recommends that you try a different
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ADDING FUEL
CAUTION!
NOTE: The fuel tank filler tube has a restricting door
about 2 inches (50 mm) down from the opening. If fuel is
poured from a portable container, the container should
have a flexible nozzle long enough to force open the
restricting door.
Fuel Tank Filler Cap
The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door, on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. If the gas cap is lost or damaged,
be sure the replacement cap has been designed for use
with this vehicle.
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.
A poorly fitting gas cap may cause the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp to turn on.
NOTE: When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the
fuel tank is full.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
NOTE: Tighten the gas cap about 1/4 turn until you
hear one click. This is an indication that the cap is
properly tightened.
If the gas cap is not tightened properly, the Malfunction Indicator light will come on. Be sure the gas cap is
tightened every time the vehicle is fueled.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
• Remove the fuel tank filler tube cap (gas cap)
slowly to prevent fuel spray from the filler neck
which may cause injury.
• The volatility of some gasolines may cause a build
up of pressure in the fuel tank that may increase
while you drive. This pressure can result in a
spray of gasoline and/or vapors when you remove
the cap from a hot vehicle. Removing the cap
slowly allows the pressure to vent and prevents
fuel spray.
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank filled.
• Never add fuel when the engine is running.
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.
• Turn off engine.
• Rotate the gas cap to the left to remove.
• To replace the cap, insert it into the filler neck and
tighten to the right until at least one click is heard.
VEHICLE LOADING
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Rear Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 lbs. (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . 865 lbs. (392 kg)
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CONTENTS
m Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
m If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
m Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
m Jacking And Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
m Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ With Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
▫ Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Without The Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
m Jump-Starting Procedures Due To A Low
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
▫ Towing This Vehicle Behind Another Vehicle
(Flat Towing With All Four Wheels On The
Ground) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
m Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
▫ Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
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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.
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
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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.
CAUTION!
Driving with a hot cooling system could damage
your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads over 250
degrees (in the red zone), pull over and stop the
vehicle. Idle the vehicle with the air conditioner
turned off until the pointer drops back into the
normal range. If the pointer remains above 250
degrees (in the red zone), turn the engine off immediately, and call for service.
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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.
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 REVERSE.
• Turn on the Hazard Warning Flasher.
• Block both the front and rear
of the wheel diagonally opposite the jacking position. For
example, if changing the right
front tire, block the left rear
wheel.
• Passengers should not remain in the vehicle while the
vehicle is being jacked.
Instructions
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.
1. Remove the spare wheel, scissors jack and lug wrench
from stowage.
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CAUTION!
Do not attempt to raise the vehicle by jacking on the
crossmember below the radiator or on the front
suspension crossmember.
3. Jack saddle support must be positioned in between
locating darts at the front of the vehicle and behind
locating dart at the rear. Turn the jack screw to the right
until the jack head is properly engaged with the lift area
closest to the wheel to be changed.
2. Loosen, but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning
them to the left one turn while the wheel is still on the
ground.
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Do not raise the vehicle until you are sure the jack is
securely engaged.
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.
5. Remove the wheel nuts and pull the wheel and wheel
covers where applicable off the hub. Install the spare
wheel and wheel nuts with the cone shaped end of the
nuts toward the wheel. Lightly tighten the nuts. To avoid
the risk of forcing the vehicle off the jack, do not tighten
the nuts fully until the vehicle has been lowered.
4. Raise the vehicle by turning the jack screw to the right.
Raise the vehicle only until the tire clears the surface.
Miminum tire lift provides maximum vehicle stability.
WARNING!
To avoid possible personal injury, handle the wheel
covers with care to avoid contact with any sharp
edges.
6. Lower the vehicle by turning the jack screw to the left.
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7. Finish tightening the nuts. Push down on the wrench
while tightening the wheel nuts. Alternate nuts until each
nut has been tightened twice. Correct wheel nut torque is
100 ft. lbs. (135 N·m.). If you are not sure about the
tightness, have them checked with a torgue wrench by
your dealer or at a service station.
8. Remove the wheel blocks and lower the jack until it is
free. Stow the lug wrench, replaced tire, and jack. Secure
all parts using the means provided.
WARNING!
A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the spare tire in
the places provided.
9. Adjust the tire pressure as soon as possible.
NOTE: The spare tire well is designed to hold the
compact spare tire or a deflated (flat) tire. A fully inflated
tire will not fit in the spare tire well.
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JUMP-STARTING PROCEDURES DUE TO A LOW
BATTERY
WARNING!
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.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. 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.
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1. Wear eye protection and remove any metal jewelry
such as watch bands or bracelets that might make an
inadvertent electrical contact.
2. When boosting from a battery in another vehicle, park
that vehicle within booster cable reach but without
letting the vehicles touch. Set parking brake, place transaxle in NEUTRAL and turn ignition to OFF for both
vehicles.
3. Turn off the heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive
terminal of the booster battery. Connect the other end to
the positive terminal of the discharged battery.
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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WARNING!
WARNING!
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not
allow battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing.
Don’t lean over battery when attaching clamps or
allow the clamps to touch each other. If acid splashes
in eyes or on skin, flush the contaminated area
immediately with large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. Keep flame or spark away
from the vent holes. Do not use a booster battery or
any other booster source with an output that exceeds
12 volts.
Do not connect the cable to the negative post of the
discharge 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.
5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative terminal
of the booster battery and then to the engine of the
vehicle with the discharged battery. Make sure you have
a good contact on the engine.
6. Since your vehicle is equipped with senrty key immobilizer, turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position
for 3 seconds prior to moving the ignition switch to the
crank position and starting the vehicle.
7. Start the engine in the vehicle that has the booster
battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the
engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.
8. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fan.
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WARNING!
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;
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.).
3. Damage to charging system of booster vehicle or
of immobilized vehicle.
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.
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.
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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.
FREEING A STUCK 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.
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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 (55km/h) when you are stuck. And don’t
let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter what the
speed.
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CAUTION!
Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast
may lead to transaxle overheating and failure. It can
also damage the tires. Do not spin the wheels above
35 mph (55km/h).
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TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
With Ignition Key
Your vehicle may be towed if the gearshift lever is in
NEUTRAL. If the transaxle is not operative, the vehicle
must be towed with the front wheels off the ground.
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.
Without The Ignition Key
Special care must be taken when the vehicle is towed
with the ignition in the LOCK position. A dolly should be
used under the front wheels if the rear wheels are raised.
Proper towing equipment is necessary to prevent damage to the vehicle.
Towing This Vehicle Behind Another Vehicle (Flat
Towing With All Four Wheels On The Ground)
Your vehicle may be towed at any legal highway speed,
for any distance, if the transaxle is in neutral.
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CONTENTS
m 2.4L Turbo Charged Engine Compartment . . . . 133
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
m Onboard Diagnostic System — OBD II . . . . . . 134
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
m Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Power Steering Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
m Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
m Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
m Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ Ignition Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Fuel Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Air Cleaner Element (Filter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Front Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . 146
▫ Windshield Washer Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Windshield Washer Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
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▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 152
▫ Headlight Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
▫ Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Front Park/Turn Signal Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
▫ Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Front Sidemarker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Tail/Stop, Rear Turn Signals And Back-Up
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
m Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . 164
▫ Underhood Fuses
(Power Distribution Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
m Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
m Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And
Genuine Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
m Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
m Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
m Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
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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, and engine control
systems. When these systems are operating properly,
your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel
economy, as well as engine emissions well within current
government regulations.
If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system
will turn on the “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 driveable and not
need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as
possible.
CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the “Malfunction Indicator
Light” on could cause further damage to the emission control system. It could also affect fuel economy
and driveability. The vehicle must be serviced before
any emissions tests can be performed.
If the “Malfunction Indicator Light” is flashing,
severe catalytic converter damage and power loss
will soon occur. Immediate service is required.
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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vehicle serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M
station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on
with the engine running.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar 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 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.
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.
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Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper engine lubrication, the engine oil must
be maintained at the correct level. Check the oil level at
regular intervals, such as every fuel stop.
The best time to check the engine oil level is about 5
minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off, or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
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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.
CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling will cause aeration or
loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
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Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
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Change Engine Oil
Road conditions and your kind of driving affects the
interval at which your oil should be changed. Check the
following list to decide if any apply to you.
• Day and night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C)
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
9Maintenance Schedules9 section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil
at every interval shown on schedule 9A9 of the 9Maintenance Schedules9 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
• 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,
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, the manufacture only
recommends engine oils that are API certified and meet
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the requirements of DaimlerChrysler Material Standard
MS-6395. Use Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the
specification MS-6395.
The manufacturer recommends the use of Mobil 1t
10W30 synthetic engine oil.
American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil
Identification Symbol
This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). The
manufacture only recommends
API Certified engine oils that
meet
the
requirements
of
DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar or an
equivalent oil meeting the specification MS-6395.
Engine Oil Viscosity Chart
The proper SAE viscosity grade of engine oil should be
selected based on the following recommendation and be
within the operating temperature shown in the engine oil
viscosity chart.
Synthetic Engine Oils
There are a number of engine oils being promoted as
either synthetic or semi-synthetic. If you chose to use
such a product, use only those oils that meet the American Petroleum Institute (API) and SAE viscosity standard. Follow the service schedule that describes your
driving type.
Materials Added To Engine Oils
The manufacture strongly recommends against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to
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the engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and
it’s performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
Disposing of Used Engine Oil
Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil from
your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can
present a problem to the environment. Contact your
dealer, service station, or governmental agency for advice
on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in
your area.
Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tension
At the mileage shown in the maintenance schedules,
check all drive belts for condition and proper tension.
Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure.
Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or
glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage
which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is required, adjust the belts according to the specifications
and procedures shown in the Service Manual.
Engine Oil Filter
The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine
oil change.
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.
Engine Oil Filter Selection
All of this manufacturers engines have a full-flow type
disposable oil filter. Use a filter of this type for replacement. The quality of replacement filters varies considerably. Only high quality filters should be used to assure
most efficient service. Mopar Engine Oil Filters are high
quality oil filters and are recommended.
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.
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Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel
only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the
catalyst as an emission control device.
Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly tuned 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, including a tune up to manufacturers 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.
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Engine Timing Belt
Replace the engine timing belt at the intervals described
in the appropriate maintenance schedule.
Ignition Wiring System
The ignition cables should be kept clean and properly
connected. Terminals should be fully seated. Cracked,
damaged, or faulty cables should be replaced.
Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits. As vehicle
mileage builds up, the PCV valve and passages may
accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly,
replace it with a new valve. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
CLEAN THE OLD PCV VALVE!
Check ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the
speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an
excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank,
frequent filter replacement may be necessary.
Air Cleaner Element (Filter)
Under normal driving conditions, replace the filter at the
intervals shown on Schedule “A”. If, however, you drive
the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe conditions,
the filter element should be inspected periodically and
replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on Schedule
“B”.
WARNING!
The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection
in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air
cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or
maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the
engine compartment before starting the vehicle with
the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in
serious personal injury.
Maintenance-Free Battery
The top of the MAINTENANCE-FREE battery is permanently sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is
periodic maintenance required.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
When servicing the battery, always reinstall the
battery thermowrap. The thermowrap provides battery heat protection and will extend overall battery
life. Failure to reinstall the thermowrap can result in
evaporative loss of the battery fluid.
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!
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.
Refrigerant Recovery And Recycling
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere. The manufacturer recommends
that air conditioning service be done by facilities using
refrigerant recycling and recovery equipment that meets
SAE standard J1991.
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Power Steering Fluid 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
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WARNING!
Fluid level should be checked on a level surface and
with the engine off to prevent injury from moving
parts and to insure accurate fluid level reading. Do
not overfill. Use only manufacturers recommended
power steering fluid.
If necessary, add fluid to restore to the proper indicated
level. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all
surfaces. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and
Genuine Parts for correct fluid types.
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Front Suspension Ball Joints
There are two front suspension lower ball joints that are
permanently lubricated. Inspect these ball joints whenever under-vehicle service is done. Damaged seals
should be replaced to prevent leakage or grease contamination.
Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, trunk and hood hinges, should be
lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy operation
and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be
wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating
excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular
attention should also be given to hood latching components to insure proper function. When performing other
underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism
and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated.
The external lock cylinders should be lubricated twice a
year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small
amount of a high quality lubricant such as Mopart Lock
Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
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Windshield Wiper Blades
Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the
windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a
mild non abrasive cleaner, or use the washer solvent. This
will remove accumulations of salt or road film and help
reduce streaking and smearing.
Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods
may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use
washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt
from a dry windshield. Avoid using the wiper blades to
remove frost or ice from the windshield. Make sure that
they are not frozen to the glass before turning them on to
avoid damaging the blade. Keep the blade rubber out of
contact with petroleum products such as engine oil,
gasoline, etc.
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
1. Lift the wiper arm away from the glass.
2. Rotate the blade 45 degrees to gain access to the
release tab.
3. Push the release tab shown in the picture and slide the
wiper blade assembly down along the arm. Gently place
the wiper arm on the windshield.
4. Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip
until it locks in place.
Windshield Washer Aiming
To change the aim of the windshield washers, place a
safety pin into the nozzle opening and move the nozzle
slightly. Continue making slight adjustments until you
obtain the desired pattern.
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Windshield Washer Reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir is located in the engine
compartment and should be checked for fluid level at
regular intervals. Fill the reservoir with windshield
washer solvent (not radiator antifreeze)
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 of broken, damaged,
deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams or
loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep
into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the
exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
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WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide which is colorless and odorless. Breathing
it can make you unconscious and can eventually
poison you. Follow the above precautions to keep
your exhaust system as safe as possible.
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Cooling System
WARNING!
• When working near the radiator cooling fan, disconnect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition key
to the OFF position. The fan is temperature controlled and can start at any time the ignition key is
in the ON position.
• You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant
or steam from your radiator. If you see or hear
steam coming from under the hood, don’t open
the hood until the radiator has had time to cool.
Never try to open a cooling system pressure cap
when the radiator is hot.
Coolant Checks
Check coolant protection every 12 months (before the
onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If coolant is
dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be
drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant.
Check the front of the radiator for an accumulation of
bugs, leaves, etc. Clean the radiator by gently spraying
water from a garden hose at the back of the core.
Check the recovery bottle tank tubing for condition and
tightness of connection at the bottle and radiator. Inspect
the entire system for leaks.
With the engine at normal operating temperature (but
not running), check the cooling system pressure cap for
proper vacuum sealing by draining a small amount of
coolant from the radiator drain cock. If the cap is sealing
properly, the coolant will begin to drain from the reserve
tank. Do not remove the cap when the cooling system is
hot.
Cooling System — Drain, Flush and Refill
At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules,
the system should be drained, flushed and refilled.
If the solution is dirty and contains a considerable
amount of sediment, clean and flush with a reliable
cooling system cleaner. Follow with a thorough rinsing to
remove all deposits and chemicals. Discard oil antifreeze
solution.
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Engine Coolant Disposal
Used ethylene glycol based engine coolant is a regulated
substance requiring proper disposal. Check with your
local authorities to determine the disposal rules for your
community. Do not store ethylene glycol based engine
coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in
puddles on the ground. Prevent ingestion by animals or
children. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately.
Selection Of Coolant
Use only the manufacturers recommended coolant, refer
to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for correct coolant type.
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CAUTION!
Mixing of coolants other than specified (nonHOAT), may result in engine damage that may not
be covered under the new vehicle warranty, and
decreased corrosion protection. If a non-HOAT coolant is introduced into the cooling system in an
emergency, it should be replaced with the specified
coolant as soon as possible.
Do not use plain water alone or alcohol base antifreeze products. Do not use additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator coolant and may plug the
radiator.
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
When adding coolant, a minimum solution of 50% ethylene glycol antifreeze coolant in water should be used.
Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if temperatures below –34°F (-37°C) are anticipated.
The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any
accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.
Use only high purity water such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/antifreeze solution. The
use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of
corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.
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.
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 reserve tank.
WARNING!
Coolant Level
The coolant bottle provides a quick visual method for
determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the
engine idling, and warm to normal operating temperature, the level of the coolant in the bottle should be
between the “FULL” and “ADD” marks.
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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.
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Points to Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles of
operation, you may observe vapor coming from the front
of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of
moisture from rain, snow, or high humidity accumulation on the radiator and being vaporized when the
thermostat opens, allowing hot water to enter the radiator.
If an examination of your engine compartment shows no
evidence of radiator or hose leaks, the vehicle may be
safely driven. The vapor will soon dissipate.
A. Do not overfill the coolant bottle.
B. Check coolant freeze point in the system.
C. If frequent coolant additions are required, the cooling
system should be pressure tested for leaks.
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, it should be added to the coolant bottle. Do
not overfill.
D. Maintain coolant concentration at 50% ethylene glycol
antifreeze (minimum) in water for proper corrosion protection of your engine which contains aluminum components.
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E. Make sure that the radiator and coolant bottle hoses
are not kinked or obstructed.
F. Keep the front of the radiator and air conditioning
condenser clean.
G. 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, tear, cuts, abrasions,
and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
Pay particular attention to the hoses nearest to high heat
sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or
moving component that may cause heat damage or
mechanical wear.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
Inspect all hose connections such as clamps and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks are
present.
Components should be replaced immediately if there is
any evidence of degradation that could cause failure.
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Brake System
In order to assure brake system performance, all brake
system components should be inspected periodically.
Suggested service intervals can be found in the Maintenance Section.
attention should be made to examining those hose surfaces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust
manifold.
WARNING!
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
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.
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.
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, abrasions, and excessive
swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done
whenever the brake system is serviced and every engine
oil change.
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WARNING!
Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any signs of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
Brake Master Cylinder
The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked
when performing under hood services, or immediately if
the brake system warning lamp is on.
Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before
removing the cap. If necessary, add fluid to bring the
fluid level up to the requirements described on the brake
fluid reservoir. Fluid level can be expected to fall as the
brake pads wear. Brake fluid level should be checked
when pads are replaced. However, low fluid level may be
caused by a leak and a checkup may be needed.
Use only manufacturers recommended brake fluid, refer
to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for correct fluid type.
WARNING!
Use of a brake fluid that may have a lower initial
boiling point or unidentified as to specification, may
result in sudden brake failure during hard prolonged braking. You could have an accident.
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WARNING!
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in
spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the
brake fluid catching fire.
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter.
Do not allow petroleum based fluid to contaminate the
brake fluid as seal damage will result!
Manual Transaxle
Lubricant Selection
Use only manufacturers recommended transmission
fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and
Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.
Fluid Level Check
Check the fluid level by removing the fill plug. The fluid
level should be between the bottom of the fill hole and a
point not more that 3/16” (4.76 mm) below the bottom of
the hole.
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Add fluid, if necessary, to maintain the proper level.
Frequency of Fluid Change
Under normal operating conditions, the fluid installed at
the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of
the vehicle. Fluid changes are not necessary unless the
following conditions exist:
• The lubricant has become contaminated with water. If
contaminated with water, the fluid should be changed
immediately.
• If severe usage has occurred, refer to Maintenance
Schedule “B” in Section 8 of this manual.
Appearance Care and Protection from Corrosion
Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body car 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 you vehicle. Outside parking,
which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants,
road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme
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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.
Washing
• Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and
rinse the panels completely with clear water.
• If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
• Use Mopar auto polish to remove road film and stains
and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to scratch
the paint.
The most common causes are:
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• Stone and gravel impact.
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
• Salt in the air near sea coast localities.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
CAUTION!
Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials such
as steel wool or scouring powder, which will scratch
metal and painted surfaces. Many wheel cleaners
contain acids that may harm the wheel surface.
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Special Care
• If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive
near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once
a month.
• It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges
of the doors, rocker panels and rear deck lid be kept
clear and open.
• If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint,
touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is
considered the responsibility of the owner.
• Use Mopar touch up paint on scratches or chips as
soon as possible. Your dealer has touch up paint to
match the color of your vehicle.
• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating, have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
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• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
Wheel And Wheel Trim Care
All wheels and wheel trim, especially Aluminum and
Chrome plated, should be cleaned regularly, using mild
soap and water to maintain their luster and to prevent
corrosion. Wash them with the same soap solution as the
body of your vehicle. Rinse wheels thoroughly.
When cleaning extremely dirty wheels, care must be
taken in the selection of tire and wheel cleaning chemicals and equipment to prevent damage to the wheels.
Only Mopar Wheel Cleaners are recommended. Any of
the “DO NOT USE” items listed below can damage
wheels and wheel trim.
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DO NOT USE:
• Any abrasive cleaner
• Any abrasive cleaning pad (such as steel wool) or
abrasive brush
• Any cleaner that contains an acid which can react with
and discolor the chrome surface.
CAUTION!
Many wheel cleaners contain acids that may harm
the wheel surface.
• Oven cleaner
• A car wash that uses carbide-tipped wheel cleaning
brushes or acidic solutions.
Interior Care
Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery and
carpeting.
Use Mopar Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery.
Mopar Vinyl Cleaner is specifically recommended for
vinyl trim.
Your leather upholstery can be best preserved by regular
cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt
can act as an abrasive and damage the leather upholstery
and should be removed promptly with a damp cloth.
Stubborn soils can be removed easily with a soft cloth
and Mopar Total Clean. Care should be taken to avoid
soaking your leather upholstery with any liquid. Please
do not use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia based cleaners to clean your leather
upholstery. Application of a leather conditioner is not
required to maintain the original condition.
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WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and
reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To
remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when
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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 Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses
The lenses in front of the instruments in the vehicle are
molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care
must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic.
1. Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content of abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
2. Dry with a soft tissue.
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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.
FUSES
Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center)
A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine
compartment; next to the battery. A label identifying the
components and circuits is located on the underside of
the cover.
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Interior Fuses
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. A diagram identifying the components
and circuits is located on the inside of the cover.
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CAUTION!
When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use
only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The
use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may
result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a
properly rated fuse continues to blow, it shows a
problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
VEHICLE STORAGE
If you will not be using your vehicle for more than 21
days you may want to take steps to preserve your battery.
You may:
• Disengage the mini fuse in the Power Distribution
Center labeled IOD (Ignition Off-Draw).
• Or, disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
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REPLACEMENT BULBS
LIGHT BULBS — Inside
Bulb No.
ABS Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Airbag Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Brake System Warning Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Console Gear Selector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Dome Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T579
Glove Box. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Front Fog Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Instrument Cluster Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Low Fuel Indicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Low Oil Pressure Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Rear Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T906
Seat Belt Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Security Alarm Indicator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
TRAC OFF Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
Turn Signal Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
Voltage Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LED
All the inside bulbs are brass or glass wedge base.
Aluminum base bulbs are not approved and should not
be used for replacement.
LIGHTS BULBS — Outside
Bulb No.
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9007
Front Park/Turn Signal Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 4157NAK
Front Side Marker Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Front Fog Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9145/H10
Center High Mounted Stop Light
(CHMSL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921–W16W
Rear Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Light . . . . . . 3157–P27/7W
Backup Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921–W16W
License Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
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BULB REPLACEMENT
Headlight Bulb Replacement
CAUTION!
Do not touch the new headlight bulb with your
fingers. Oil contamination will severely shorten
bulb life.
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2. Remove two screws from the headlight assembly and
remove the assembly from the vehicle.
NOTE: The headlight assembly is located to the fender
by a molded pin. Pull the outboard side of the headlight
straight out until the molded pin clears the fender, then
slide the headlight out from behind the bumper fascia
and grille.
1. Remove the three upper fascia screws.
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3. Disconnect the electrical connector.
4. Remove the retaining ring and replace the bulb.
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Front Park/Turn Signal Lights
Tail/Stop, Rear Turn Signals and Back-up Lights
1. Remove the headlight assembly
1. Open the trunk and move the trunk liner away from
the rear light mounting area.
2. Twist the bulb socket 1/4 turn and remove.
3. Pull the bulb from the socket and replace.
Front Sidemarker Light
1. Remove the screws and push-pins from the front
fender splash shield.
2. Reach between the fender and the splash shield, grasp
the bulb and socket assembly and turn it counterclockwise. Remove the bulb and socket assembly from the
light housing.
3. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace the bulb.
Reinstall the bulb and socket assembly and replace the
fender splash shield.
2. Twist the bulb socket 1/4 turn to remove it from the
housing.
3. Pull bulb from socket and replace
Center High Mounted Stop Light
1. Twist the socket 1/4 turn and remove it from the
housing.
2. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace.
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FLUID CAPACITIES
Fuel (Approximate)
Engine Oil
2.4 Liter Turbo Charged Engines
Cooling System *
2.4 Liter Turbo Charged Engines
* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
U.S.
12.5 Gallons
Metric
47.5 Liters
5.0 qts
4.8 Liters
8.1 qts
7.7 Liters
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RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Fuel Selection
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Mopart Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology)
Use Mobil 1t 10W30 synthetic engine oil.
Mopar 4781452AA or equiv.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label in the engine compartment.
91 Octane.
Chassis
Component
Manual Transmission Fluid
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts.
Mopart ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Mopart DOT 3 and SAE J1703 should be used. If DOT 3 brake fluid is not
available, then DOT 4 or DOT 4+ is acceptable. Use only recommended
brake fluids.
Mopart ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
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▫ Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
m Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 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
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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 SCHEDULE
There are three maintenance schedules that show 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
9Maintenance Schedules9 section of this manual.
NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions
listed for Schedule 9B9.
Second is Schedule “A”. It is for vehicles that are not
operated under any of the conditions listed under Schedule 9B9
Use the schedule that best describes your driving conditions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the
interval that occurs first.
CAUTION!
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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At Each Stop for Fuel
• Check the engine oil level about 5 minutes after a fully
warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while
the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level reading. Add oil only when the
level is at or below the ADD or MIN mark.
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• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
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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.
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At Each Oil Change
• Change the engine oil filter.
• Inspect the exhaust system.
• Inspect the brake hoses.
• Inspect the CV joints and front suspension components.
• Check the manual transaxle fluid level and fill plug
condition.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
• Rotate the tires at each oil change interval shown on
SCHEDULE “A” 5,000 miles (8 000 km), or every other
interval shown on SCHEDULE “B” 6,000 miles (10,000
km).
SCHEDULE “B”
SCHEDULE “B”
Follow schedule “B” If you usually operate your vehicle
under one or more of the following conditions.
Change the manual transaxle fluid every 48,000 miles (77
000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated under one or
more of the conditions marked with an †.
• Day 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 (16.2 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).
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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
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3,000
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6,000
(10 000)
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9,000
(14 000)
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12,000
(19 000)
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15,000
(24 000)
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18,000
(29 000)
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SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
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Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace as necessary.*
Replace the make-up air filter (located inside
the air cleaner).
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
21,000
(34 000)
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24,000
(38 000)
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27,000
(43 000)
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30,000
(48 000)
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33,000
(53 000)
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Change the manual transaxle fluid.
Inspect and replace, if required, the the
make-up air filter (located inside the air
cleaner).
39,000
(62 000)
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42,000
(67 000)
X
45,000
(72 000)
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48,000
(77 000)
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51,000
(82 000)
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54,000
(86 000)
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Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the make-up air filter (located inside
the air cleaner).
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
57,000
(91 000)
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60,000
(96 000)
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63,000
66,000
69,000
(101 000) (106 000) (110 000)
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Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not required if previously changed. * ‡
Replace the engine timing belt. *
Inspect and replace, if required, the make-up
air filter (located inside the air cleaner).
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
75,000
78,000
81,000
84,000
87,000
(120 000) (125 000) (130 000) (134 000) (139 000)
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SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the brake linings.
Change the brake fluid. If vehicle is used for trailer
towing.
Inspect the engine air cleaner filter and replace as
necessary.*
Change the manual transaxle fluid.
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 60 months
or 102,000 miles.
Inspect and replace, if required, the make-up air
filter (located inside the air cleaner).
93,000
(149 000)
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* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
96,000
(154 000)
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99,000
(158 000)
X
102,000
(163 000)
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105,000
(168 000)
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Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
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Replace the spark plugs.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Replace the make-up air filter (located inside
the air cleaner).
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
5,000
(8 000)
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10,000
(16 000)
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15,000
(24 000)
[12]
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20,000
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[18]
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25,000
(40 000)
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30,000
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[24]
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Miles
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[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the brake linings.
35,000
(56 000)
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40,000
(64 000)
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45,000
(72 000)
[36]
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50,000
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[42]
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Replace the spark plugs and ignition cables.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not
required if previously changed. * ‡
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 60 months,
regardless of mileage.
Replace the make-up air filter (located inside the
air cleaner).
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
60,000
(96 000)
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65,000
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70,000
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75,000
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80,000
(128
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[66]
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85,000
(136 000)
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SCHEDULE “A”
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the brake linings.
Replace the engine air cleaner filter.
Replace the spark plugs.
Adjust the generator drive belt tension.
Inspect the tie rod ends and boot seals.
Inspect the PCV valve and replace if necessary. Not required if
previously changed. * ‡
Flush and replace the engine coolant if not done at 60 months.
Replace the make-up air filter (located inside the air cleaner).
Replace the engine timing belt.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
90,000
(144 000)
[72]
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95,000
(156 000)
[78]
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100,000
(160 000)
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CONTENTS
m Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
m Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
m Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
m Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire
Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
m If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Treadwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
m Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Traction Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
m Mopart Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ Temperature Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
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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.
Your selling dealer is best equipped and most anxious to
provide prompt resolution for any warranty issue or
related matter that you may experience. 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.
The manufacturer has empowered its dealers to make
warranty and repair decisions that ensure you are not
inconvenienced. There is no need for you to wait for a
decision from the manufacturer. If a special circumstance
occurs that requires information from the manufacturer,
we have asked the dealer’s service management to make
the contact on your behalf.
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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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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
See your manufacturer’s Warranty Information Booklet
for information on warranty coverage and transfer of
warranty.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
MOPART PARTS
Mopart fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from your dealer. They will help you keep your
vehicle operating at its best.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In the 50 United States and Washington D.C.: If you
believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause
a crash or cause injury or death, you should immediately
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying the manufacturer.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in
a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy
campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer, and the
manufacturer.
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To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington DC area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, Washington DC 20590. You can also
obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
In Canada:
If you believe that your vehicle has a safety defect, you
should contact the Customer Service Department immediately. Canadian customers who wish to report a safety
defect to the Canadian government should write to
Transport Canada, Motor Vehicle Defect Investigations
and Recalls, 2780 Sheffield Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1B
3V9.
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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.
Traction Grades
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B, and
C, and they represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.
All Passenger Car Tires Must Conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in Addition to These Grades.
WARNING!
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.
The traction grade is based on braking (straightahead) traction tests and does not include cornering
(turning) performance.
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Temperature Grades
The temperature grades are A (highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and
its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the
tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive
temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C
corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel
than the minimum required by law.
WARNING!
The temperature grade is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive
speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either
separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.
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INDEX
ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . 150
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Air Cleaner, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78,144
Air Conditioning Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,44,65
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Airbag, Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Alarm, Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Alterations/Modifications, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Antenna, Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . 165,166
Anti-Lock Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Ashtrays and Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Keyless Transmitter Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 18
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Belts, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94,153
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . . 42
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162,163
Caps, Filler
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
INDEX
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72,73
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69,71
Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Child Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160,161
Cleaning
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Cool Down, Turbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149,166
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
193
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148,150
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150,151
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Rubber and Plastic Components . . . . . . . . . . 152
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . 142
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,79
Dimmer Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Disposal
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
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INDEX
Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Electric Remote Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Emergency, In Case of
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Emergency Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . 168
Engine
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,165,166
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140,166
Flooded Engine Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Fluid, Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Fluid Level Checks
Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54,63
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113,166
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
INDEX
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Gas Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
Gasoline, Reformulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Gauges
Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Turbo Boost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83,113
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Hood Prop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
195
Ignition
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,63
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Intermittent Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Key, Programming
Key, Replacement
Key, Sentry . . . . .
Key-In Reminder .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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INDEX
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lane Change and Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Lead Free Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Leaks, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162,163
Lighter, Cigar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35,44,65
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Center Mounted Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,55
Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Exterior Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Headlights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Map Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Rear Servicing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Rear Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Side Marker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55,64,164
Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Child Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
INDEX
Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Maintenance Schedule
Schedule 9A9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Schedule 9B9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66,134
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,90,155
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Frequency of Fluid Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Lubricant Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Modifications/Alterations, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,187
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,55
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Odometer
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
197
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Oil Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Operator Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Outside Air Intake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,188
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . 100
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Power
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95,145
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Programming Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68,69
Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Radio, Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Reclining Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Remote Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Anchorage . . . . . . 24
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Untwisting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Rear Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Reclining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
INDEX
Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Shift Speeds, Manual Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Shoulder Belt Upper Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Side Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Side Window Demisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Snow Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Steering
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Tilt Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Storage, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
199
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . 27
Synthetic Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . 67,121
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . . 100
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44,104,189
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Compact Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,101
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
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INDEX
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Towing
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Transaxle
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,90
Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Trip Odometer Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Trunk Release Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Trunk Release, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Trunk Release Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Turbo Boost Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83,113
Turbo Cool Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55,64
Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Wheel and Wheel Trim Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Window Fogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Windows
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Windshield Washer Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Wiring, Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
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