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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
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INTRODUCTION
CONTENTS
䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
䡵 How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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INTRODUCTION
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
the operation and maintenance of your Crossfire. 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.
When it comes to service, remember that your authorized
dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained
technicians and genuine Mopar威 parts, and is interested
in your satisfaction.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is located beneath the left front corner of the instrument panel, visible
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
Automobile Information Disclosure Label affixed to a
window on your vehicle. Save this label as a convenient
record of your vehicle identification number and optional
equipment.
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CONTENTS
䡵 A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Start Lockout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
䡵 Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Obtaining Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
䡵 Glove Compartment Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ To Use The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Central Locking Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Automatic Central Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
䡵 Security Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ General Notes On The Central Locking System .13
▫ Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Emergency Unlocking Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
䡵 Decklid Internal Emergency Release
- Roadster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
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▫ Opening The Decklid During Top Operation . . .20
▫ Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . .29
䡵 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ Power Window Operation With The
Convertible Top Switch (Roadster Only) . . . . . .22
䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . .46
䡵 Rear Liftgate/Decklid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make
Outside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
You can insert the double-sided keys into the locks with
either side up.
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 only from an authorized
dealer. Ask your dealer for these numbers and keep them
in a safe place.
CAUTION!
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition and lock all the
doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
NOTE: To avoid discharging the battery, the key must
be removed from the ignition when the vehicle is parked.
Keys
Included with your vehicle are two remote controls with
folding keys. The remote control operates all locks on the
vehicle, including the locking fuel filler door.
To release the key from the folded position, press the
button. The key unfolds from the fob.
The transmitter for the remote control is located in the
key fob.
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Obtaining Replacement Keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking
system requiring a special key manufacturing process.
For security reasons, replacement keys can only be obtained from your authorized dealer.
Important!
Removing the key from the steering lock activates the
start lock-out. The engine cannot be started.
Turning the key in the steering lock to the ON/RUN
position deactivates the start lock-out.
NOTE: In case the engine cannot be started, and START
and ERROR are shown in the odometer display field, the
system is not operational. Contact an authorized dealer.
Ignition Key Removal
Turn the key to the LOCK position and remove the key.
NOTE: For vehicles with automatic transmissions, if
you try to remove the key before you place the shift lever
in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarily in the
key cylinder. If this occurs, turn the key clockwise
slightly, then remove the key as described.
Key-In-Ignition Reminder
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition
sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.
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GLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK
The glove compartment can be locked by turning the key
straight up to the vertical or right position, and then
removing the key.
To unlock the glove compartment, turn the key to the
horizontal or left position, and then remove the key.
DOOR LOCKS
The vehicle doors can be locked when the doors are
closed by either manually pressing the button down at
the top of the door panel, pressing and releasing the
bottom portion of the central locking switch located in
the console, or by pressing and releasing the Lock
transmit button on the key fob. Also, by turning the key
clockwise in the driver’s door, both doors, liftgate/
decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster
only) will lock.
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The doors can be unlocked by pulling on the inside door
handle, pressing and releasing the top portion of the
central locking switch located in the console, or by
pressing and releasing the Unlock transmit button on the
key fob. Both doors can also be unlocked by turning the
key counterclockwise in the driver’s door.
NOTE: In case of a malfunction in the central locking
system, the doors can be locked and unlocked individually. To lock, turn the key in the driver’s door lock
clockwise, or push down the lock buttons. To unlock,
turn the key in the driver’s door lock counterclockwise,
or pull the inside door handles.
NOTE: If the key in the ignition switch is in the
ON/RUN position, the vehicle cannot be locked or
unlocked with the remote control.
WARNING!
When you lock the vehicle, both door lock buttons
should move down. If either one stays up, the respective
door is not properly closed. You should then unlock the
vehicle, open and reclose the door, and lock the vehicle
again.
Each individual door can be locked with the respective
door lock button - the driver’s door can only be locked
when it is closed. If the vehicle has previously been
locked from the outside, only the door being opened
from the inside will unlock, and the alarm will come on.
The other door, the rear liftgate/decklid, fuel filler door,
and center console (roadster only) will remain locked.
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive and
when you park and leave the vehicle.
Central Locking Switch
The central locking switch is located in the console. The
doors and rear liftgate/decklid can only be locked with
the central locking switch if both doors are closed.
If the vehicle was previously locked with the remote
control or key, the doors and rear liftgate/decklid cannot
be unlocked with the central locking switch. If the vehicle
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was previously locked with the central locking switch,
the complete vehicle is unlocked when a door is opened
from the inside.
locking feature and neither door is opened, the doors
remain unlocked even at vehicle speeds of approximately
9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
NOTE: The fuel filler door and center console (roadster
only) cannot be locked or unlocked with the central
locking switch.
NOTE: If you attempt to lock the doors with the key in
the ignition and the driver’s door open, the doors will not
lock.
Automatic Central Locking
The central locking switch also operates the automatic
central locking feature. With the automatic central locking feature activated, the doors and rear liftgate/decklid
are locked at vehicle speeds of approximately 9 mph (15
km/h) or more; however, the fuel filler door remains
unlocked.
General Notes On the Central Locking System
If the key in the ignition switch is in the ON/RUN
position, the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with
the remote control.
To activate this feature, turn the key to the ON/RUN
position and hold the upper portion of the switch for a
minimum of five seconds. To deactivate, turn the key to
the ON/RUN position and hold the lower portion of the
switch for a minimum of five seconds.
NOTE: If the doors are unlocked with the central
locking switch after activating the automatic central
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked at any time
with the remote control, it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the remote.
NOTE: To help prevent the vehicle battery from discharging during short periods of inactivity, perform the
following:
1. Make sure that the rear liftgate/decklid, hood and
doors are completely closed.
2. Make sure that remote transmitter is operating and
that the battery is good.
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3. Make sure that the hood, rear liftgate/decklid and
door switches are in adjustment.
Perform the quick system check which follows: Use
the remote transmitter to set the alarm. If the parking
lamps flash three times, the system is operating properly. If not, there is a problem with a switch or the
system. See your authorized dealer for service.
Emergency Unlocking Feature
In the case of an accident, the doors unlock automatically
a short time after a strong deceleration is detected, such
as in a collision (this is intended to aid rescue and exit).
However, the key must still be in the ignition.
Start Lockout
Removing the key from the ignition switch activates the
start lockout. The engine cannot be started. Turning the
key to the ON/RUN position deactivates the start lockout. If the engine cannot be started, and the messages
START and ERROR are shown in the odometer display
field, the system is not operational. Contact an authorized dealer.
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
This feature allows you to lock or unlock the vehicle from
remote locations using a hand-held transmitter located in
the key fob. You don’t have to point the transmitter at the
vehicle to activate the system. The vehicle doors, rear
liftgate/decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster only) can be locked and unlocked using the remote
control.
To Unlock the Doors:
Press and release the unlock button on the key fob.
NOTE: If within 40 seconds of unlocking with the key
fob, neither door is opened, the key is not inserted in the
ignition switch, or the central locking switch is not
activated, the vehicle will automatically lock.
Press the Unlock transmit button on the key fob once to
unlock driver’s door, rear liftgate/decklid, fuel filler
door, and center console (roadster only). Press the Unlock
transmit button twice to unlock both doors, rear liftgate/
decklid, fuel filler door, and center console (roadster
only).
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If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing
the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change
the batteries in the remote control.
To Lock The Doors:
Press the Lock button on the key fob once. All turn signal
lights blink three times to indicate that the vehicle is
locked. If the turn signal lights do not blink, a door or
rear liftgate/decklid is not closed properly.
The entire vehicle, including the fuel filler door, may be
locked or unlocked by using the key in the driver’s door.
The doors and liftgate/decklid can be locked or unlocked
by pressing the central locking switch located in the
center console.
Panic Alarm
The panic alarm unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the
interior lights, flashes the foglights and sounds the horn
for about three minutes or until the alarm is turned off.
The vehicle can be driven while in the Panic mode.
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To Use the Panic Alarm:
Press and hold the Panic button to activate the alarm.
Press and hold the Panic button or unlock the door with
the key to deactivate the alarm. The alarm will also shut
off after three minutes or when vehicle speed reaches 15
mph (24 km/h).
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement Lithium battery is Panasonic威 CR 2025 or equivalent.
To change the batteries:
General Information
This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
• Press release button (2) on the key fob. The key folds
out.
• Press the battery cover (1) in the direction of the arrow.
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• Remove the old batteries.
approximately 30 seconds, insert the key in the ignition
and turn it to the ON/RUN position. The remote control
should once again be operational.
SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM
The system monitors the doors, rear liftgate/decklid,
hood, and ignition for unauthorized operation. The security alarm system is automatically armed or disarmed
with the remote control or any of your vehicle’s keys by
locking or unlocking the vehicle.
• Insert the new batteries in the direction of the arrow
with the positive symbol facing upwards.
• Replace the battery cover and press on it until you feel
it engage.
NOTE: Only replace the batteries in pairs.
The system may have to be resynchronized if the transmitter is without voltage for several minutes. To synchronize, aim the transmitter eye at the vehicle and briefly
press either the Lock or the Unlock button twice. Within
The antitheft alarm is armed within approximately 10
seconds after locking the vehicle. A blinking light in the
tow away alarm switch indicates that the alarm is armed.
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when a
door, the rear liftgate/decklid, the hood, or the glove
compartment is opened, or if someone attempts to raise
the vehicle for towing. The alarm will flash the exterior
lamps for approximately three minutes and sound an
audible alarm for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even
if the activating element is immediately closed.
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Tow-Away Alarm
The tow-away alarm switch is located on the console. To
deactivate for towing or jacking up the vehicle, press and
release the upper portion of the switch. Press and release
the upper portion to activate it again.
After the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when
someone attempts to raise the vehicle. The alarm will
flash the exterior lamps for approximately three minutes
and sound an audible alarm for 30 seconds. The alarm
will stay on even if the vehicle is immediately lowered.
To cancel the alarm, insert the key into the ignition switch
or press a transmit button on the key fob.
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature when
parking on a surface subject to movement (such as a
ferry), switch off the tow-away alarm. To do so, turn the
key in the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK or ACC
position, or remove the key from the ignition switch.
Press the tow-away alarm switch and the indicator light
will illuminate briefly. Exit the vehicle, and lock the
vehicle with the key or the remote control.
The tow-away alarm remains switched off until the
vehicle is locked again with the key or the remote control,
at which time it is automatically reactivated.
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DECKLID INTERNAL EMERGENCY RELEASE ROADSTER
As a security measure, a Decklid Internal Emergency
Release lever is built into the decklid latching mechanism. In the event of an individual being locked inside
the trunk, the decklid can be easily opened by pulling on
the glow-in-the-dark handle attached to the decklid
latching mechanism. See picture.
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the trunk by
climbing into the trunk from outside. Always close
the decklid when your vehicle is unattended. Once
in the trunk, young children may not be able to
escape. If trapped in the trunk, children can die from
suffocation or heat stroke.
WARNING!
If the battery voltage drops below the minimum
threshold during the convertible top operation, the
Trunk Internal Emergency Release will not function.
WARNING!
The Trunk Internal Emergency Release will not
function during the convertible top operation. However, if access to the trunk is required during the
convertible top operation follow the procedure below.
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CAUTION!
It is possible for the decklid to contact the tonneau
cover if opened during the top operation.
CAUTION!
The tops hydraulic pressure will also be released
during this procedure which will allow the top and
tonneau cover to slowly collapse.
Opening the Decklid During Top Operation
The decklid can be opened during the top operation by
following this procedure.
1. Turn the ignition “ON”.
2. Push down and hold the convertible top switch.
3. Turn the ignition “OFF’ and continue to push down on
the convertible top switch for 5 seconds.
4. After five seconds the decklid will be released and can
be opened.
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POWER WINDOWS
The power window switches are located in the console.
To operate, turn the key in the ignition switch to the ACC
or ON/RUN position. Press the switch in to the resistance point to open; release the switch when the window
is in the desired position.
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For express opening of windows, press the switch past
the resistance point and release; the window lowers to
the fully open position. To interrupt the procedure,
briefly press the switch again and release.
When closing the windows, be sure that there is no
danger of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure.
WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key
from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle. Do
not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment can cause serious personal injury.
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Power Window Operation With The Convertible
Top Switch (Roadster Only)
The power windows can also be operated by using the
convertible top switch.
To operate, turn the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position. Press down on the rear of the convertible top switch twice to open the windows.
Press down on the front of the convertible top switch
twice to close the windows.
REAR LIFTGATE/DECKLID RELEASE
You can open the rear liftgate/decklid by using the
handle located on the liftgate/decklid just above the rear
license plate pocket.
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the rear cargo
area by climbing into the rear cargo area from
outside. Always close the liftgate/decklid when your
vehicle is unattended. Once in the cargo area, young
children may have difficulty leaving the vehicle. If
trapped in the cargo area, children can die from
suffocation or heat stroke.
OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the lap/
shoulder seat belts for the driver and passenger, emergency tensioning retractors for the seat belts, and front
and side airbags for the driver and passenger. If you will
be carrying children too small for adult-size belts, the
passenger side seat belt also can be used to hold infant
and child restraint systems.
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Please pay close attention to the information in this
section. It tells you how to use your restraint system
properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as
possible.
WARNING!
In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer
much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or
other occupants, or you can be thrown out of the
vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your
vehicle are buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen
far away from home or on your street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives. They also
can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some
of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown
from the vehicle. Seat belts provide protection from that,
and they reduce the risk of injury caused by striking the
inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle needs
to be buckled up all the time.
Lap/Shoulder Belts
Each seating position is equipped with a combined
lap/shoulder belt system.
The belt webbing retractor will lock only during very
sudden stops or impacts. This feature allows the shoulder
part of the belt to move freely with you under normal
conditions. But, in a collision, the belt will lock and
reduce the risk of your striking the inside of the vehicle or
being thrown out. The seat belts are also equipped with
emergency tensioning retractors. These tensioning retractors are located in each belt’s inertia reel and become
operationally ready with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ACC or ON/RUN positions. The emergency tensioning retractors are designed to activate during frontal and rear impacts. They remove slack from the
belts in such a way that the seat belts fit more snugly
against the body, restricting its forward movement as
much as possible.
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In cases of other frontal impacts, rollovers, certain side
impacts, rear collisions or other accidents without sufficient frontal or rear impact forces, the emergency tensioning retractors will not be activated. The driver and
passenger will then be protected by the fastened seat
belts and inertia reel in the usual manner.
WARNING!
• Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat
belts are designed to go around the large bones of
your body. These are the strongest parts of your
body and can take the forces of a collision the
best. Wearing your belt in the wrong place could
make your injuries in a collision much worse. You
might suffer internal injuries, or you could even
slide out of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to wear your seat belt safely and to keep
your passengers safe, too.
• Two people should never be belted into a single
seat belt. People belted together can crash into one
another in an accident, hurting one another badly.
Never use a lap/shoulder belt or a lap belt for
more than one person, no matter what their size.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the seat.
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3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”
2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of your seat.
Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch
plate up the webbing as far as necessary to make the belt
go around your lap.
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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
a little on the shoulder belt, as shown.
5. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate
away from you and pull on the lap belt. Remember that
a snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a
collision.
6. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
7. To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle.
The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position.
If necessary, slide the latch plate down the webbing to
allow it to retract fully.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
• A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will
not protect you properly. The lap portion could
ride too high on your body, possibly causing
internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the
buckle nearest you.
• A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well.
In a sudden stop you could move too far forward,
increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat
belt snugly.
• A belt that is worn under your arm is very
dangerous. Your body could strike the inside
surfaces of the vehicle in a collision, increasing
head and neck injury. A belt worn under the arm
can cause internal injuries. Ribs aren’t as strong as
shoulder bones. Wear the belt over your shoulder
so that your strongest bones will take the force in
a collision.
• A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect you from injury during a collision. You are
more likely to hit your head in a collision if you
do not wear your shoulder belt. The lap and
shoulder belt are meant to be used together.
• A 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 an authorized dealer and
have it fixed.
WARNING!
Seat belt systems must always be replaced after an
impact severe enough to fire the emergency locking
retractors. If there is any question about the condition of your seat belt system, take the vehicle to an
authorized dealer for an inspection.
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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. Seat belt
assemblies must be replaced after an accident if they
have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.)
Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts
throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short even when fully extended, an
authorized dealer can provide you with a seat belt
extender. This extender should be used only if the
existing belt is not long enough. When it is not required,
remove the extender and store it.
WARNING!
Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use the
extender when the lap belt is not long enough when
it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended
seating positions. Remove and store the extender
when not needed.
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Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
The vehicle is also equipped with side airbags, located in
the driver and passenger doors. Side airbags also work
with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
WARNING!
This vehicle has airbags for the driver and passenger as a
supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver’s
airbag is mounted in the steering wheel. The passenger
frontal airbag is mounted in the instrument panel, under
a cover marked SRS/AIRBAG.
These airbags inflate in higher speed frontal impacts.
They work with the instrument panel knee bolster and
the seat belts to provide improved protection for the
driver and passenger.
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You
may damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
• Do not place objects between you and the side
airbags; the performance could be adversely affected and/or objects could be pushed into you,
causing serious injury.
• Do not attach cup holders or any other objects on
or around the door. The inflating side airbag
could drive objects into occupants, causing serious injury.
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The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy only in moderate
to severe front collisions. In certain types of collisions,
both the front and side airbags may be triggered. But
even in collisions where the airbags work, you need the
seat belts to keep you in the right position for the airbags
to protect you properly.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
1. Infants in rear-facing child safety seats should NEVER
ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger frontal
airbag unless the airbag is shut OFF. See “Passenger
Airbag On/Off Switch” and “To Shut Off the Passenger
Airbag.” The rear-facing seat places them too close to the
passenger air bag in the event of a crash. An airbag
deployment can cause severe injury or death to infants in
this position.
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see section on “Child Restraint”) should
be secured in child safety seats or booster seats that are
appropriate for the child’s age, height, and weight.
Older children who do not use child safety seats or
booster seats should ride properly buckled. Never allow
children to place the shoulder belt behind them or under
the arm.
If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the vehicle,
move the seat as far back as possible, shut off the
passenger airbag, and use the proper child restraint. See
the section on “Child Restraint.”
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint or belt-positioning booster seat to make
sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder belts
properly.
3. The driver and passenger seats should be moved back
as far as practical to allow the front airbags room to
inflate.
4. Do not lean against the door, as the side airbags will
inflate forcefully into the space between you and the
door. (See the section on “Side Airbags.”)
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WARNING!
• Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won’t deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you
have airbags.
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during airbag deployment could cause
serious injury.
• Airbags need room to inflate. Sit back, comfortably extending your arms to reach the steering
wheel or instrument panel.
• The side airbags also need room to inflate. Do not
lean against the door. Sit upright in the center of
the seat.
Airbag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
• Airbag control module and internal crash sensor
• AIRBAG readiness light
• Driver and passenger frontal airbag/inflator units
• Driver and passenger side airbag/inflator units
• Passenger airbag On/Off switch and indicator light
• Unique steering wheel and column
• Unique instrument panel
• Interconnecting wiring
• Knee impact bolster
• Side impact sensors
How the Front Airbag System Works
• A crash sensor in the occupant compartment determines if a frontal impact is severe enough to require
the airbag. The sensor will not detect side, roll over, or
rear impacts. The sensor is connected to the diagnostic
unit and to the airbag/inflator unit.
• The Occupant Restraint Controller monitors the readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the
ignition switch is in the START or ON/RUN positions.
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These include all of the items listed above except the
knee bolster, the instrument panel, and the steering
wheel and column.
• The Occupant Restraint Controller also turns on the
AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for four seconds
when the ignition is first turned on, then turns the
light off. If it detects a malfunction in any part of the
system, it turns on the light either momentarily or
continuously depending on the condition that is
present at the time.
• The airbag/inflator units are in the center of the
steering wheel and in the instrument panel. The words
SRS/AIRBAG are embossed on the airbag covers.
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.
WARNING!
Do not put anything on or around the airbag covers
or attempt to manually open them. You may damage
the airbags and you could be injured because the
airbags are not there to protect you. These protective
covers are designed to open only when the airbags
are inflated.
• When the crash sensor detects an impact requiring the
airbags, it signals the inflator units. A large quantity of
nontoxic nitrogen 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
then quickly deflate while helping to restrain the
driver and passenger. The airbag gas is vented
through the airbag material towards the instrument
panel. In this way the airbags do not interfere with
your control of the vehicle.
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• The knee impact bolster helps protect the knees and
working with the seat belts, position you for the best
interaction with the airbags.
The airbag system is designed to deploy when the impact
sensors detect a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to
help restrain the driver and passenger, and then to
immediately deflate.
NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to
need airbag protection will not activate the system. This
does not mean something is wrong with the airbag
system.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
If a Deployment Occurs
WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible.
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The abrasions
are similar to friction rope burns or those you might
get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium floor. They
are not caused by contact with chemicals. They are not
permanent and normally heal quickly. However, if you
haven’t healed significantly within a few days, or if
you have any blistering, see your doctor immediately.
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• As the airbags deflate, you may see some smoke-like
particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the
process that generates the nontoxic nitrogen gas used
for airbag inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or
eye irritation, rinse the area with cool water. For nose
or throat irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation
continues, see your doctor. If these particles settle on
your clothing, follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have been deployed. If you are involved in
another collision, the airbags will not be in place to
protect you.
How the Side Impact Airbag System Works
• The side impact airbags are located in the doors above
the armrest.
• Separate crash sensors in the vehicle determine if a
side impact is severe enough to require the airbag on
the side of the vehicle subjected to an impact. As with
the frontal system, the sensors are connected to the
diagnostic unit and the airbag/inflator units.
• When a side impact above a predetermined threshold
occurs, the sensors signal the inflator on the impacted
side of the vehicle. A large quantity of nontoxic
nitrogen gas is generated to inflate the airbag. The
door panel opens to allow the airbag to inflate to its
full size.
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WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You
may damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
• 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.
• The operational readiness of the side airbag system is
verified by the airbag indicator light in the instrument
cluster when turning the key in the ignition switch to
the ON/RUN position. If no fault is detected, the light
will go out after approximately four seconds. After the
light goes out, the system continues to monitor the
components and circuitry of the airbag system and
will indicate a malfunction by coming on again. If the
light does not come on at all, or if it fails to go out after
the four seconds, or if it comes on thereafter, a malfunction in the system has been detected. See your
authorized dealer for service.
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WARNING!
• The door mounted side airbag deploys with considerable force. Being too close to the door panel
during airbag deployment could cause serious
injury or death.
• All occupants must be in the appropriate restraint
for their size and age, especially children 12 and
under.
• To help avoid the potential for serious injury and
death should the side airbag be activated, please
follow these guidelines:
1. Occupants, especially children, should never lean
against the door in the area where the side airbag
inflates;
2. Occupants need to sit upright in the center of the
seat to give the side airbag room to inflate;
3. Always use the appropriate restraint for the occupant and ensure it is properly used.
Passenger Front Airbag On/Off Switch
The on/off switch is located at the right end of the
instrument panel and is accessible by opening the passenger door.
The on/off switch is to be used only when the passenger
is:
• an infant (less than 1 year old),
• a child, age 1 to 12,
• an adult with a medical condition which makes passenger airbag inflation (deployment) a greater risk for
the passenger than the risk of hitting the dashboard
(instrument panel) or windshield in a crash.
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If the airbag is turned off when there is any other
occupant at that position, the supplemental restraint
provided by the airbag will not be available.
To turn OFF the passenger front airbag, use the on/off
switch located on the instrument panel.
NOTE: When the passenger airbag is turned off, the
yellow airbag off light will illuminate.
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To Shut Off the Passenger Airbag:
To Turn On the Passenger Airbag:
• Place the ignition key in the on/off switch, turn the
key clockwise, and remove the key from the switch.
This will shut off the passenger front airbag.
• Place the ignition key in the on/off switch, turn the
key counterclockwise, and remove the key from the
switch. This will turn on the passenger airbag. The
Passenger Airbag Off light on the console will turn off,
or will not be illuminated when the ignition is turned
to the ON position.
• The air bag will remain off until the switch is turned
back to the ON position.
• The switch does NOT turn off the side airbag.
WARNING!
The airbag may malfunction and serious injury
could result if key is left in the airbag shut off
switch. Always remove the key.
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Maintaining Your Airbag System
WARNING!
• Modifications to any part of the airbag system
could cause it to fail when you need it. You could
be injured because the airbag is not there to
protect you. Do not modify the components or
wiring, including adding any kind of badges or
stickers to the airbag covers. Do not modify the
front bumper or vehicle body structure.
• You need proper knee impact protection in a
collision. Do not mount or locate any aftermarket
equipment on or behind the knee impact bolster.
• You can be injured if you are too close to either
airbag cover when the airbags inflate. It is dangerous to try to repair any part of the airbag
system yourself. Don’t try to repair the airbag
system. Be sure to tell anyone who works on your
vehicle that it has airbags.
Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready for
your protection in case of a collision. While the
airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is
designed to be maintenance free, if any of the
following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the
system immediately.
• The AIRBAG light does not come on or flickers during
the four seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the four second
interval.
• The light flickers or comes on and remains on while
driving.
Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the
time, babies and children, too. Every state in the United
States and all Canadian provinces require that small
children ride in proper restraint systems. This is the law,
and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.
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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 Child Restraints
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Always check the child
seat Owner’s Manual to ensure you have the right seat
for your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your
child:
• Safety experts recommend that children ride
rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least
one year old and weigh at least 9 kg (20 lbs.). Two
types of child restraints can be used rearward-facing:
infant carriers and “convertible” child seats.
• The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the
vehicle. It is recommended for children who weigh up
to about 20 lbs. (9 kg). “Convertible” child seats can be
used either rearward-facing or forward-facing in the
vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher
weight limit in the rearward-facing direction than
infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 20 lbs. (9 kg) but are
less than one year old. Both types of child restraints are
held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the
LATCH child restraint anchorage system. (See the
LATCH - Child Seat Anchorage System section.)
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with the front passenger
airbag unless the airbag is turned off. An airbag
deployment could cause severe injury or death to
infants in this position.
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WARNING!
• A rearward facing infant restraint must not be
used unless the passenger airbag has been shut
off. A rearward facing infant restraint may be
struck by a deploying passenger airbag which
may cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.
• Improper installation can lead to failure of a child
restraint. It could come loose in a collision. The
child could be badly injured or killed. Follow the
manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing
a child restraint.
Here are some tips on getting the most out of your child
restraint:
• Before buying any restraint system, make sure that it
has a label certifying that it meets all applicable Safety
Standards. We also recommend that you make sure
that you can install the child restraint in the vehicle
where you will use it before you buy it.
• The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s
weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for
weight and height limits.
• Carefully follow the instructions that come with the
restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may
not work when you need it.
• Buckle the child into the seat according to the seat
manufacturer’s directions.
• When your child restraint is not in use, secure it in the
vehicle with the seat belt or remove it from the vehicle.
Do not leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or
collision, it could strike the occupants and cause
serious personal injury.
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Older Children and Child Restraints
Children who weigh more than 20 lbs. (9 kg) and who are
older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible child
seats used in the forward-facing direction are for children
who weigh 20 to 40 lbs. (9 to 18 kg) and who are older
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than one year. These child seats are also held in the
vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the LATCH child
restraint anchorage system. (See LATCH - Child Seat
Anchorage System section.)
The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing
more than 40 lbs. (18 kg), but who are still too small to fit
the vehicle’s seat belts properly. If the child cannot sit
with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the
child’s back is against the seat back, they should use a
belt-positioning booster seat. The child and beltpositioning booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt.
Children Too Large For Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
seat back, should use the lap/shoulder belt.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
• Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming or
slouching can move the belt out of position.
• If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the
child closer to the center of the vehicle. Never allow a
child to put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind
their back.
LATCH - Child Seat Anchorage System (Lower
Anchors and Tether for Children)
Your vehicle’s passenger seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of the child restraint
without using the vehicle’s belts, instead securing the
child restraint using lower anchorages and upper tether
straps from the child restraint to the vehicle structure.
LATCH-compatible child restraints are now available.
Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. These
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are general instructions, and not all child restraint systems will be installed exactly as described here. Again,
carefully follow the installation instructions that were
provided with the child restraint system.
The passenger seat tether anchorage is located on the
back of the seat cushion frame. It is visible by moving the
passenger seat forward in the vehicle.
The passenger seat lower anchorages are round bars,
located at the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the
seat back, and are just visible when you lean in to install
the child restraint. You will easily feel them if you run
your finger along the intersection of the seat back and
seat cushion surfaces.
Many, but not all LATCH-Compatible child restraint
systems will be equipped with separate straps on each
side, with each having a hook or connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a means of adjusting
the tension in the strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints
and some rear-facing infant restraints will also be
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equipped with a tether strap, a hook for attachment to the
tether strap anchorage and a means of adjusting the
tension of the strap.
You will first loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and
on the tether strap so that you can more easily attach the
hooks or connectors to the vehicle anchorages. Next, you
can attach the tether strap to the anchor by moving the
passenger seat forward. Route the child restraint tether
directly over the top of the seat, through the strap near
the top of the seat back, and attach the hook to the anchor
bar. Recline the seat back and move the passenger seat as
far rearward as possible. Next, attach the lower hooks to
the passenger seat lower anchor bars by pushing aside
the seat cover material. Finally, tighten all three straps as
you push the child restraint rearward and downward
into the seat, removing slack in the straps according to
the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
WARNING!
Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
Installing Child Restraints Using the Vehicle Seat
Belt
Child restraints can be securely fastened in the passenger
seat using the seat belts. For this purpose, the passenger
seat belt retractor provides two modes of operation normal emergency locking and automatic locking. For
child restraint installation, the retractor switches to automatic locking when the belt is pulled out to the full extent
of its travel. As the belt retracts, the retractor locks to
prevent the belt from being pulled out again. Pulling the
belt snugly over the child restraint toward the retractor
secures the restraint in place. When the belt retracts fully
after child restraint removal, normal (emergency locking)
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retractor action is restored. Any seat belt system will
loosen with time, so check the belt occasionally and pull
it tight if necessary.
If your child restraint is equipped with a tether strap,
attach it to the vehicle by first moving the seat back fully
forward. Next, route the child restraint tether directly
over the top of the seat, through the strap near the top of
the seat back, and attach the hook to the anchor bar.
Recline the seat back and move the passenger seat as far
rearward as possible. Remove slack in the tether strap as
you push the child restraint downward and rearward,
following the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
Child Restraint Tether Anchor - General
Information
Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection to tether anchors have been available for some
time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will
provide add-on tether strap kits for certain of their older
products. There is a tether strap anchor behind the
passenger seat.
To attach the tether strap to the anchor, move the
seatback fully forward. Pass the child restraint tether
hook over the top of the seat, through the strap near the
top of the seat back, and attach it to the anchor bar behind
the passenger seat, below the seatback. After securing the
tether hook to the bar, recline the seatback fully rearward
and move the seat to its most rearward position.
Install the child restraint and return the seatback to an
upright position. Remove slack from the tether strap
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s directions.
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WARNING!
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor position directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
Transporting Pets
Deploying airbags could harm your pet. An unrestrained
pet will be thrown about and possibly injured, or injure a
passenger during panic braking or in a collision.
Pets should be restrained in pet harnesses or pet carriers
that are secured by seat belts.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
The engine in your new Crossfire does not require a long
break-in period. Following these few simple guidelines is
all that is necessary for a good break-in.
• Drive your vehicle at moderate vehicle and engine
speeds during the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
• Do not make any full throttle starts and avoid full
throttle acceleration.
• Use the proper transmission gear for your speed
range.
• Avoid excessive idling.
• Check the engine oil level at every fuel fill.
NOTE: A new engine may consume some oil during the
first few thousand miles of operation. This should be
considered as a normal part of the break-in and not an
indication of a problem.
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Adjust the heating or cooling system to force outside
air into the vehicle. Set the blower at high speed.
SAFETY TIPS
Exhaust Gas
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing (CO)
follow the safety tips below.
• Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined
areas any longer than needed to move your vehicle in
or out of the area.
• If it is necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running, adjust your heating or cooling controls to force outside air into the vehicle. Set the blower
at high speed.
• To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close
the rear liftgate/decklid while driving. However, if for
some reason it must remain open, close all windows.
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.
Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if
they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.). If there is any question regarding belt or retractor
condition, see your authorized dealer.
Airbag Light
The light should come on and remain on for
four seconds as a bulb check when the ignition
switch is first turned ON. If the bulb is not lit
during starting, have it replaced. If the light
stays on or comes on while driving, have the system
checked by an authorized dealer.
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Defrosters
Check operation by pressing the A/C control button,
selecting the defrost mode and placing the blower control
on high speed. You should be able to feel the air directed
against the windshield.
Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
the Vehicle
Tires
Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear
patterns. Check for stones, nails, glass, or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness and tires for
proper pressure.
Lights
Have someone observe the operation of exterior lights
while you work the controls. Check turn signal and high
beam indicator lights on the instrument panel.
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline fumes are
present, the cause should be corrected immediately.
NOTE: Use of the air conditioning may cause puddles
of water to form under the vehicle.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
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䡵 Convertible Top Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
▫ To Lower The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
▫ To Raise The Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
▫ Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Convertible Top Lamp And Audible Signal
Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Heated Remote Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .67
䡵 Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
▫ Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
䡵 Cupholder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ Outside Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Power Remote Control Outside Mirrors . . . . . .68
▫ Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Driver Eight-Way Power Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Passenger Four-Way Power Seat . . . . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
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䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
▫ Mist Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
䡵 Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72
䡵 Telescoping Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Front Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
䡵 Tire Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Battery Saver Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
䡵 Brake Assist System (BAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
▫ Instrument Panel Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
䡵 Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . . . . . .83
▫ Night Security Illumination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ Synchronizing ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
䡵 Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
䡵 Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Headlights And Parking Lights . . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Where Applicable) . . .74
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Standing Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Using Speed Control On Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
䡵 Multifunction Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
䡵 Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Programming The Universal Transceiver . . . . . .90
▫ Headlight Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ Gate Operator/Canadian Programming . . . . . .92
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Using The Universal Transceiver . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Windshield Wipers And Washer . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Erasing Universal Transceiver Buttons . . . . . . . .93
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▫ Reprogramming a Single Button . . . . . . . . . . . .93
䡵 Umbrella Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
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CONVERTIBLE TOP OPERATION
WARNING!
The convertible top does not provide the structural
protection that a reinforced metal roof does and the
fabric top cannot be expected to prevent the ejection
of the occupants of a vehicle in a collision. Therefore, it is important that all occupants wear their seat
belts at all times when riding in a convertible.
Studies have shown that it is generally safer to
remain inside a vehicle during a collision than to be
ejected from the vehicle.
For safety reasons, the convertible top should only be
opened and closed when the vehicle is standing still. Top
operation is allowed up to a maximum of 9 mph (15
km/h). Above this speed, top operation will cease and an
audible warning will sound. The top operation can be
resumed after the vehicle is below the maximum speed
by pressing the convertible top switch again.
WARNING!
Before operating the switch for the convertible top,
make sure that no persons can be injured by the
moving parts (convertible top frame and tonneau
cover).
Hands must never be placed near the sport bar,
convertible top frame, upper windshield area, shelf
behind sport bar, or convertible top storage compartment while the convertible top is being raised or
lowered. Serious personal injury may occur.
If potential danger exists, release the convertible top
switch. This immediately interrupts the raising or
lowering procedure. You then can operate the convertible top switch to raise or lower the convertible
top away from the danger zone.
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CAUTION!
When opening and closing the convertible top, make
sure that:
• There is sufficient clearance of at least 6 ft. (1.8m)
for the convertible top to move up.
• Nothing is placed on the tonneau cover.
• The outside temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
Otherwise the convertible top and other parts of the
vehicle could be damaged.
CAUTION!
Use caution when putting items into the storage
compartment with the top in the closed position. The
tonneau cover extensions are exposed and can be
damaged if luggage or other items are pushed to far
into the storage compartment.
To Lower The Top:
WARNING!
Top operation can be suspended for a maximum of
10 minutes. Thirty seconds before the end of this
period an audible warning will begin to sound
continuously. At the end of this period, hydraulic
pressure will be released and the top and tonneau
cover will slowly collapse. Hands should be kept
away from moving parts of the top compartment
mechanism to avoid injury as hydraulic pressure is
reestablished. In order to re-initialize the top cycle,
the tonneau cover must be moved to its full open
position manually and lower the top assembly into
the storage compartment. Once the top is lowered
into the storage compartment, lower the tonneau
cover to its closed position. The hydraulic pressure
can now be reestablished by turning the ignition to
the ON/RUN position and pushing down on the
convertible top switch twice. Refer to Convertible
Top Emergency Operation in the What To Do In
Emergencies section of this manual.
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CAUTION!
CAUTION!
To avoid possible damage to the tonneau cover and
convertible top, do not allow the convertible top to
remain in the suspended position. After approximately 10 minutes in the suspended position an
audible beep will be heard and the hydraulic pressure will be released which will allow the top and
the tonneau cover to lower. The convertible top
switch can be pressed to cancel this operation.
To fully insure that no damage occurs, be sure that
the vehicle is at a complete stop before attempting to
lower or raise the top.
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to either the top or the rear window, check the tonneau cover area at the rear of the
vehicle interior to be sure that it is clear of debris or
other items. Do not use the tonneau cover area for
other storage purposes.
NOTE: If the top does not operate or stops during the
raising or lowering procedure, start the engine and
continue operation.
1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is
unfolded and secured in the vertical position. A slow
audible information signal will be heard and the convertible top switch lamp will flash slowly if the cargo
compartment divider is not in the vertical position. If the
divider is in its stowed position, first unfold the panels
towards the rear of the vehicle. Pull up on the vertical
panel using the center cutout shown, and hook the pins
at the top into the brackets mounted to the cargo compartment trim on each side near the forward edge of the
decklid opening. The pins must be hooked in these
brackets in order for the top to operate.
NOTE: See label attached to underside of decklid.
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2. Make sure the decklid is closed.
3. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position.
CAUTION!
Be sure to turn the ignition to the “ON/RUN”
position before releasing the top from the windshield header. The windows will not go down if the
top is released from the header without the ignition
turned “ON”. The side windows can be damaged if
the doors are opened or closed with the windows up
and the top released from the windshield header and
pushed to the overcenter position.
4. Unlock the top from the windshield header by pushing the latch handle release button, pulling the latch
handle down and turning it clockwise just over one
quarter turn.
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NOTE: Once the release handle is rotated, the windows
will automatically go down.
5. Push up on the convertible top latch handle to create a
gap between the header and top of approximately 8
inches (200 mm). As soon as the top is free, rotate the
latch handle counterclockwise just over one quarter turn
and push it up into the stored position.
NOTE: Failure to perform any of these steps will
prevent the top from operating with the convertible top
switch and will cause an audible information signal to
sound.
6. Push down on the rear of the convertible top switch to
begin top operation. The rear of the top will unlatch and
the tonneau cover will open before the top begins to fold.
Hold the switch down until the convertible top is completely lowered into its storage compartment and the
tonneau cover is closed and latched. A single audible
signal will sound to indicate completion of the top
opening operation.
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NOTE: Once the top is lowered and the audible signal
is heard, you can continue to push the convertible top
switch down or push it within 2 seconds to raise the
windows.
The windows can also be closed/opened later using the
power window switches.
CAUTION!
To prevent mildew, the convertible top must be dry
before lowering it into the storage compartment.
Do not lower a frozen convertible top until thawed
and dry. Doing so may result in damage not covered
by the DaimlerChrysler Limited Warranty.
CAUTION!
Do not place anything on the tonneau cover.
The tonneau cover must never be used as a seating
area.
To Raise The Top:
1. Make sure the rear cargo compartment divider is still
secured in the vertical position.
2. Make sure the decklid is closed.
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3. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position and
press down on the front of the convertible top switch.
NOTE: If the top is latched to the windshield header
before the rear of the top is properly latched, an audible
warning will sound.
5. Push the latch handle release button, pull the latch
handle down from the storage position and turn it
clockwise just over one quarter turn.
6. Pull the latch handle and convertible top down to
engage the top with the header.
4. If the windows are raised, they will lower as soon as
the convertible switch is pressed down. The tonneau
cover will open, and the top will then close until it
reaches approximately 8 inches (200 mm) from the
header. The tonneau cover will then close and the rear of
the top will close and latch. At the completion of this
cycle, a single audible signal will sound.
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7. When the top engages to the header, turn the latch
handle counterclockwise just over one quarter turn to the
lock position and push the latch handle up to the stored
position. The top is now secured in the closed position.
NOTE: The convertible top switch indicator will light
up and an audible warning will be heard if you start
driving the vehicle without the top fully locked in the
closed position.
8. Once the top has been raised and locked, the cargo
compartment divider can be unhooked and folded forward to increase the cargo compartment capacity. Follow
the steps shown on the label affixed to the decklid trim.
WARNING!
To prevent possible accidents, drive the vehicle only
with the convertible top either completely closed
and locked, or fully lowered into its storage compartment.
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CAUTION!
Once the cargo compartment divider is folded forward to increase the cargo compartment capacity, the
tonneau cover flaps are exposed and can be damaged
by long items being put into the cargo compartment.
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Convertible Top Lamp and Audible Signal Chart
Below is a table containing all of the visual and audible
signals that can be seen or heard during top operation or
if a fault is present.
Visual and Audible Signals
Operation Mode or
Fault
Single audible signal is
Roof reaches fully open
heard
position
Roof reaches fully
closed position
Convertible top switch lamp Decklid open
flashes slowly and a slow
audible beep is heard
Cargo compartment
divider not secured in
vertical position
Top latched at windshield header before
top cycle is complete
Top unlatched but not
pushed up from windshield header
Vehicle speed greater
than 9 mph (15 km/h)
while trying to initiate
top operation
Battery voltage less
than 10.6 Volts
Convertible top switch lamp Maximum hydraulic
flashes quickly and a quick pump run-time reached
audible beep is heard
Power window motor(s) inoperative
Vehicle speed greater
than 9 mph (15 km/h)
during top operation
Top operation suspended longer than 10
minutes
Convertible top switch lamp General top control
flashes rapidly
module fault
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CONSOLE FEATURES
The console has a power outlet/cigar lighter, an ash tray
with a coin holder, a cupholder, and the passenger airbag
light. In addition, there are switches to control the heated
seats, electronic stability program (ESP), hazard flashers,
central locking, rear defroster and towing alarm.
Operating controls for the heating and air conditioning
systems, power windows, power mirrors, convertible top
switch (if equipped), and the automatic transmission
program mode selector switch (if equipped) are also
located in the console.
Storage Compartments
There is a storage compartment in the console. To open
the storage compartment, lift the lid with the finger
depressions on either side. To close, lower the lid until
the lock engages.
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A cargo net for storage is located in the footwell area on
the passenger side.
WARNING!
Keep compartment lids closed. This will help to
prevent stored objects from being thrown about and
injuring vehicle occupants during an accident.
Ashtray
Lightly touch the bottom of the ashtray cover. The
ashtray will open automatically.
To remove the ashtray insert, pull the ashtray past the
detent. Hold both sides of the insert, and pull up. To
install the ashtray, place it in the frame and push down to
engage.
Additionally, storage pockets are located on the wall
behind each seat and on each door panel.
A storage pouch is located on the rear wall between the
seats, and the driver’s sunvisor has a document strap.
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WARNING!
Remove the ashtray only with the vehicle stopped
and the ignition off. Otherwise, the vehicle might
move unexpectedly as a result of unintended contact
with the gear selector lever.
Coin Holder
With the ashtray open, folding down the cover plate
reveals the coin holder, which can accommodate nine
coins in various sizes up to a U.S. quarter. The coin slots
are shaped to retain the coins, and the cover plate ensures
that the coins remain in the coin holder.
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Power Outlet/Cigar Lighter
The dual-purpose power outlet is located in the console,
next to the passenger airbag off warning light. The power
outlet can accommodate a lighter or electrical accessories
up to a maximum of 15 amps. The outlet is protected by
a 15 amp fuse, located behind the fuse cover on the left
end of the instrument panel.
The lighter will operate only when the ignition switch is
in the ON/ACC position. It heats up when pushed in and
pops out automatically when ready for use. To preserve
the heating element, do not hold the lighter in the heating
position.
Glove Compartment
To lock the glove compartment, turn the key to the right
and remove. To unlock, turn the key to the left and
remove.
Pull on the handle to open the glove compartment.
CUPHOLDER
The cupholder is located in the console. To open the
cupholder, gently press downward on the front edge of
the top panel, and then release. The cupholder will open
automatically.
When the cupholder is no longer needed, push forward
on the top edge of the door and rotate it down into the
console until it engages.
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The cupholder is designed to hold beverage containers
up to 20 oz. (1 L).
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.
CAUTION!
Only use containers that fit into the cupholder.
Overfilled containers could spill during vehicle maneuvers.
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
with the glare control set in the day position (toward
windshield).
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Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature
All exterior mirrors are hinged to move forward or
rearward to resist damage. The hinges have three detent
positions: full forward, full rearward, and normal.
Heated Remote Control Mirrors
Both outside mirrors are heated to melt frost or ice when
the Rear Window Defroster switch is depressed.
Outside Mirrors
Adjust the outside mirrors to center on the adjacent lane
of traffic, with a slight overlap of the view seen in the
inside mirror.
WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the passenger side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they actually are. Relying too much on your
passenger side mirror could cause you to collide
with another vehicle or other object. Use your inside
mirror to judge the size or distance of objects seen in
the convex mirror.
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Power Remote Control Outside Mirrors
The mirrors can be adjusted by using the remote control
located in the console. Rotate the switch to the right to
select the right mirror, rotate to the left to select the left
mirror. Then use the switch to adjust the selected mirror
to the desired direction.
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Vanity Mirrors
SEATS
Driver Eight-Way Power Seat
The switches to adjust the power seats are located on the
outboard side of each seat. The driver’s seat features
eight-way power adjustment - horizontal, vertical, cushion tilt and back angle.
A vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use the mirror,
rotate the sun visor down and slide open the mirror
cover.
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Passenger Four-Way Power Seat
The switches to adjust the passenger seat are also on the
outboard side of the seat. The passenger seat provides
four-way adjustment - horizontal and back angle.
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Heated Seats
This feature heats the driver and passenger seats. The
controls for the heated seats are located on the instrument
panel, below the radio.
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To open the hood, pull the release lever located inside
your vehicle, below the instrument panel.
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After turning the ignition switch ON, you can choose the
HI, LO, or OFF setting. Indicators on the switches show
which setting has been selected.
The heated seats setting will automatically switch from
HI to LO after approximately 5 minutes.
Then, reach under the hood and pull upward on the
safety latch and lift the hood.
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To prevent possible damage, close the hood by dropping
it from approximately 12 inches (30 cm).
WARNING!
If the hood is not fully latched, it could fly up when
the vehicle is moving, and block your forward vision. You could have a collision. Be sure all hood
latches are fully latched before driving.
INTERIOR LIGHTS
A two-position mode selector switch controls the interior
lights located in the overhead console.
The AUTO mode turns the lights on when a door is open
or ajar, or when locking or unlocking the vehicle. AUTO
mode also has a “fade to off” feature. When the doors are
closed or locked, they gradually “fade” off.
The OFF position turns off the interior lights feature.
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Front Map/Reading Lights
These lights are located between the sun visors. A single
centrally located switch operates both lights.
Instrument Panel Lighting
With the parking lights or headlights on, rotate the
dimmer control to the left of the speedometer to increase
or decrease brightness of the instrument panel.
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Battery Saver Feature
To prevent battery drain if a door is left open or ajar, the
interior lights will turn off automatically after 15 minutes.
After the door is closed, the interior lights will return to
their normal function.
Night Security Illumination
For added security when exiting the vehicle after driving
with the exterior lights on, the lights will switch on again
for approximately 30 seconds after closing the last door.
The lights-on timing can be changed at your authorized
dealer.
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EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Headlights and Parking Lights
When the headlight switch is turned clockwise from OFF
to the first position, the parking lights, taillights, side
marker lights, license plate lights and instrument panel
lights are all illuminated.
Lights-On Reminder
If the headlights or parking lights are left on after the
ignition is turned off, a warning will sound if the driver’s
door is opened.
Daytime Running Lights (Where Applicable)
The low beam headlights, parking lights, side marker
lights, taillights and license plate lights are automatically
switched on whenever the vehicle is started and the
transmission gear selector is in a driving position.
For nighttime driving, the exterior lights switch should
be in the low beam position to permit activation of the
high beam headlights.
The headlights turn on when the switch is turned to the
second position.
Fog Lights
To operate the fog lights, pull the headlight
switch out one stop, with the parking lights
and/or low beam headlights on. A light to the
lower left of the headlight switch will illuminate when the fog lights are on.
To turn off the fog lights, push the headlight switch in
fully. Selecting high beam headlights will also turn off the
fog lights.
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Standing Lights
When the vehicle is parked on the street, the standing
lights (left or right side parking lights) can be turned on,
making your vehicle more visible to passing vehicles.
MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER
To operate the standing lights, turn the headlight switch
counterclockwise one stop (right lamps) or two stops (left
lamps) from the OFF position. To turn off the standing
lights, return the headlight switch to the OFF position.
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The standing lights cannot be operated when the ignition
switch is in the ON/RUN position.
CAUTION!
Standing lamps are intended for short term use
when parking. If these lights are left on for a long
period of time, your car’s battery may drain, causing
a possible starting problem. Assure that the headlamp switch is in the OFF position when leaving the
vehicle.
Turn Signals
Move the multifunction control lever up to activate the
right turn signal; move the lever down to activate the left
turn signal. An arrow on the inside of the speedometer
will flash to indicate operation.
To signal minor directional changes, such as changing
lanes, move the control lever just to the point of resistance, and hold it there.
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To operate the turn signals continuously, move the control lever up or down past the point of resistance. The
operation is automatically canceled when the steering
wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
If one of the turn signal lights fail, the turn signal
indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than
normal rate. If an indicator fails to light when the control
lever is moved, it may mean that the fuse or indicator
bulb is defective.
Headlight Dimmer Switch
Push the multifunction control lever toward the instrument panel to turn the headlights to high beam. Pull the
lever toward you to switch to low beam.
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Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the multifunction control lever toward the
steering wheel. This will cause the headlights to turn on
at high beam and remain on until the control lever is
released.
Windshield Wipers And Washer
The wipers and washer are operated by a switch in the
multifunction control lever. Turn the end of the lever to
select desired wiper speed: off, intermittent, normal, or
fast.
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Push the end of the lever inward and hold it to activate
the wiper and washer together.
WARNING!
Mist Function
Push the end of the multifunction control lever inward
briefly for a single wipe without adding washer fluid.
Use this feature only when the windshield is wet.
Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield
could lead to an accident. You might not see other
vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of
the windshield during freezing weather, warm the
windshield with the defroster before and during
windshield washer use.
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TELESCOPING STEERING COLUMN
Unlock the steering column by pulling out the handle
located directly below the column. The indicator light
located in the instrument cluster will come on. To
lengthen or shorten the steering column, pull out or push
in the steering wheel. Lock the steering column in
position by pushing the handle in until it engages. The
indicator light in the instrument cluster will go out.
WARNING!
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. The
telescoping adjustment must be locked while driving. Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or
driving without the telescoping adjustment locked
could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
NOTE: If the indicator light in the instrument cluster
does not go out after starting the engine, the telescoping
column is not locked properly. Do not drive the vehicle
until you have properly locked the steering column.
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TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR SYSTEM
The Tire Pressure Monitor (TPM) system uses wireless
technology to monitor tire pressure levels. Sensors
mounted to each wheel as part of the valve stem transmit
tire pressure readings to a receiver located inside the
vehicle.
NOTE: The TPM system can inform you about a low
tire pressure condition, but it does not replace normal tire
maintenance. The TPM system is not intended to provide
you with notification of rapid tire pressure loss.
CAUTION!
The TPM system is designed to monitor your tire
pressure and will not function as a tire pressure
gauge. After adjusting the air pressure in a tire, there
will be a delay before the system updates the display.
The TPM system will cause the indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster to illuminate whenever the pressure in
one tire falls 25% below the recommended pressure
shown on the vehicle’s tire label.
NOTE: The pressure in your tires changes with temperature. A significant decrease in temperature could
reduce cold inflation pressure below the TPM setpoint.
For example, tires inflated to the proper cold inflation
pressure on a warm day or in a warm garage could
illuminate the TPM indicator lamp on the following day
if the temperature is very cold. ALWAYS check the
pressure in your tires if the TPM lamp is illuminated.
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NOTE: The standard TIREFIT system (refer to What To
Do In Emergencies for more information) is specifically
designed to operate in conjunction with the TPM system,
and will not damage the sensors.
If your tire pressure is low, you should correct your tire
inflation pressure as soon as possible and inspect all of
your tires. Low tire pressure will cause the tire pressure
light to illuminate and the alert will sound. They will
remain on for the rest of the driving cycle, or until the tire
pressure is corrected.
CAUTION!
The TPM system has been optimized for the original
equipment tires and wheels. TPM system pressures
have been established for the tire size equipped on
your vehicle. Undesirable operation or sensor damage may result when using replacement equipment
that is not of the same size, type, and/or style.
Aftermarket wheels can cause sensor damage. Do
not use aftermarket tire sealant or balance beads, as
damage to the sensors may result.
In addition to monitoring tire pressures, the TPM system
also monitors faults within the system. If the TPM light
and alarm continue after the tire pressure has been
corrected, see your authorized dealer.
This device 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 that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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NOTE: Changes and modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
BRAKE ASSIST SYSTEM (BAS)
WARNING!
BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking
efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of
the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
The BAS cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, following
another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a
safe, attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of a BAS-equipped vehicle
must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or
the safety of others.
The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers. The
system applies maximum power boost to the brakes
more quickly in emergency braking conditions than
might otherwise be afforded solely by the driver’s braking style. This can help reduce braking distances. The
BAS complements the antilock brake system (ABS). Applying the brakes very quickly results in maximum BAS
assistance. To receive the benefit of the system, you must
apply continuous full braking power during the stopping
sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure.
Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
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The malfunction indicator lamp for the Electronic Stability Program is combined with the BAS. The yellow
BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instrument
cluster and the yellow ESP warning light in the speedometer dial come on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position. They should go out
with the engine running. If the BAS/ESP malfunction
indicator light comes on continuously with the engine
running, a malfunction has been detected in either system.
If the malfunction indicator light stays illuminated, have
the BAS and ESP checked at your authorized dealer as
soon as possible.
ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP)
WARNING!
ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the traction
afforded. The ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, or
hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful
driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of an
ESP-equipped vehicle must never be exploited in a
reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or the safety of others.
The ESP enhances directional control and reduces driving
wheel spin of the vehicle under various driving conditions.
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The ESP system corrects for over/understeering of the
vehicle by applying brakes to the appropriate wheel.
Engine torque is also limited. The ESP warning light,
located in the instrument cluster, starts to flash as soon as
the tires lose traction and the wheels begin to spin.
To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand or gravel,
switch off the ESP system by pressing the upper half of
the ESP switch.
With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque
reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the enhanced
vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable. ESP always operates under braking, even with the switch in the
OFF position. If one drive wheel loses traction and begins
to spin, the brake is applied by the ESP system until the
wheel regains sufficient traction. The traction control
engages at approximately 24 mph (40 km/h), and
switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h).
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If the ESP warning light begins to flash during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator and apply as little throttle
as possible. Be sure to adapt your speed and driving to
the prevailing road conditions. When the ESP warning
light is illuminated continuously, the ESP is switched off.
To return to the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP,
press the lower half of the switch (the ESP warning light
in the speedometer dial goes out). Avoid spinning one
drive wheel. This may cause serious damage to the drive
train and is not covered by the DaimlerChrysler warranty.
CAUTION!
If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised, the
engine must be shut off (key in the ignition switch to
the OFF/LOCK or ACC position). Otherwise the ESP
will immediately be engaged and will apply the rear
wheel brakes.
Synchronizing ESP
If the power supply was interrupted (battery disconnected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light may be illuminated with the engine running. To
re-synchronize the ESP, and cancel the malfunction indicator light, the steering angle sensor will need to be
recalibrated.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
2. Rotate the steering wheel to the center position.
3. Rotate the steering wheel completely to the left, and
then rotate the steering wheel completely to the right.
4. Bring the steering wheel back to the center position.
5. The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light will go out.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light is still illuminated, the vehicle should be serviced at an authorized
dealer.
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ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
The electronic speed control automatically maintains the
set speed by actively regulating the throttle setting. Any
speed above approximately 20 mph (30 km/h) can be
maintained with the electronic speed control by operating the lever.
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To accelerate and set a speed, lift the lever up. Lift and
hold the lever to accelerate, or lift and release to set a
speed. To decelerate and set a speed, press the lever
down. Press down and hold the lever to decelerate, or
press down and release to set a speed.
WARNING!
Leaving the electronic speed control system on when
not in use is dangerous. You could accidentally set
the system or cause it to go faster than you want. You
could lose control and have an accident. Always
leave the system OFF when you are not using it.
To Vary The Speed Setting
If a set speed needs to be adjusted slightly, lift up or hold
down the speed control lever briefly until the desired
speed is reached. A single tap on the lever up or down
will change the speed in 0.6 mph (1 km/h) increments.
When the lever is released, the newly set speed remains.
To increase the speed for passing, use the accelerator.
After the accelerator is released, the previously set speed
will resume automatically.
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To Deactivate
A soft tap on the brake pedal, or normal brake pressure
while slowing the vehicle, will deactivate the speed
control without erasing the memory. Pushing the speed
control lever forward or turning the key in the ignition
switch to the OFF/LOCK position will turn off the speed
control and erase the memory.
To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, pull the speed control
lever toward you, and then release. The resume feature
can be used at any speed above 20 mph (30 km/h).
NOTE: Moving the gear selector lever to the “N”
position will switch the speed control off.
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Using Speed Control On Hills
Your vehicle is equipped with interactive speed control.
This feature activates when driving up or down hills with
the speed control engaged and the driver’s foot off the
accelerator.
WARNING!
Speed control can be dangerous where the system
can’t maintain a constant speed. Your vehicle could
go too fast for the conditions, and you could lose
control. An accident could be the result. Don’t use
speed control in heavy traffic or on roads that are
winding, icy, snow-covered, or slippery.
On a downgrade or an upgrade, downshifting will occur
automatically to allow the engine’s braking power to
maintain the set speed. When more level roadway is
reached, the transmission will automatically upshift to
fifth gear.
NOTE: On very steep hills, a greater speed loss or gain
may occur. It may be preferable to drive without speed
control.
GARAGE DOOR OPENER
The HomeLink威 Universal Transceiver replaces up to
three remote controls (hand-held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized
gates, or home lighting. The transceiver triggers these
devices at the push of a button. The transceiver operates
off your vehicle’s battery and charging system: no batteries are needed.
For additional information on HomeLink威, call 1–800–
355–3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
A moving garage door can cause injury to people and
pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be
seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver
with a garage door opener that has a “stop and
reverse” feature, as required by federal safety standards. This includes most garage door opener models manufactured after 1982. Do not use a garage
door opener without these safety features, as it could
cause injury or death. Call toll-free 1–800–355–3515
or, on the internet at www.homelink.com for safety
information and assistance.
Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Do not run the vehicle’s engine while
programming the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause
serious injury or death.
Programming The Universal Transceiver
For best results, install a new battery in the hand-held
transmitter before programming. If your garage door
opener (located in the garage) is equipped with an
antenna, make sure that the antenna is hanging straight
down.
1. Turn off the engine.
WARNING!
Your motorized door or gate will open and close
while you are programming the universal transceiver. Do not program the transceiver if people or
pets are in the path of the door or gate. A moving
door or gate can cause serious injury or death to
people and pets or damage to objects.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position.
3. Erase the factory test codes by pressing the two
outside buttons. Release the buttons when the light in the
overhead console display begins to flash (about 20 seconds).
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NOTE: Step 3 does not have to be followed to program
additional hand-held transmitters.
4. Choose one of the three buttons to program. Place the
hand-held controller 1–3 inches (25–76 mm) from the
universal transceiver while keeping its indicator light in
view.
NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers
may require you to replace this Programming Step 5 with
procedures noted in the “Gate Operator/Canadian Programming” section.
6. The indicator light in the universal transceiver will
begin to flash, first slowly and then rapidly. Release both
buttons after the indicator light changes from slow to
rapid flash. If, after 90 seconds, the indicator does not
flash rapidly or goes out, return to Step 1 and repeat the
procedure.
7. Press and hold the just programmed universal transceiver button and observe the indicator light. If the
indicator stays on constantly, programming is complete
and your device should activate when the universal
transceiver button is pressed and released.
5. Using both hands, press the hand-held transmitter
button and the desired universal transceiver button. Do
not release the buttons until Step 6 has been completed.
NOTE: To program the remaining two universal transceiver buttons, begin with Programming Step 4. Do not
repeat Steps 1, 2, and 3.
If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds
and then turns to a constant light, continue with
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Programming Steps 8-10 to complete programming of
a rolling code equipped device (most commonly a
garage door opener).
8. At the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit)
in the garage, locate the “learn” or “smart” button. This
can usually be found where the hanging antenna wire is
attached to the motor-head unit.
9. Firmly press and release the “learn” or “smart” button. (The name and color of the button may vary by
manufacturer.)
NOTE: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate Step 10.
10. Return to the vehicle and firmly press, hold for two
seconds and release the programmed universal transceiver button. Repeat the “press/hold/release” sequence
a second time, and, depending on the brand of the garage
door opener (or other rolling code equipped device),
repeat this sequence a third time to complete the programming.
The universal transceiver should now activate your rolling code equipped device.
If you do not successfully program the universal transceiver to learn the signal of your hand-held transmitter,
call toll free for customer assistance at 1-800-355-3515, or
on the internet at www.homelink.com.
Gate Operator/Canadian Programming
Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter signals to “time-out” (or quit) after several seconds of
transmission. This may not be long enough for the
universal transceiver to pick up the signal during programming. Similar to this Canadian law, some U.S. gate
operators are designed to “time-out” in the same manner.
If you live in Canada or you are having difficulties
programming a gate operator by using the programming
procedures (regardless of where you live), replace Programming Step 5 with the following:
NOTE: If programming a garage door opener or gate
operator, it is advised to unplug the device during the
“cycling” process to prevent possible overheating.
5. Continue to press and hold the universal transceiver
button while you press and release every two seconds
(“cycle”) your hand-held transmitter until the frequency
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signal has successfully been accepted by the universal
transmitter. (The indicator light will flash slowly and
then rapidly.) Proceed with Programming Step 6 to
complete.
Using the Universal Transceiver
To operate the universal transceiver, simply press and
release the programmed button. Activation will now
occur for the programmed device (i.e. garage door opener,
gate operator, security system, entry door lock, home/
office lighting, etc.) For convenience, the hand-held transmitter of the device may also be used at any time.
Erasing Universal Transceiver Buttons
To erase programming from the three buttons (individual
buttons cannot be erased but can be reprogrammed – see
below), follow this procedure:
• Press and hold the two outer universal transceiver
buttons until the indicator light begins to flash after 20
seconds. Release both buttons. Do not hold for longer
than 30 seconds. The universal transceiver is now in
the program (or learning) mode and can be programmed at any time beginning with Programming
Step 4.
Reprogramming a Single Button
To program a device using a universal transceiver button
previously programmed, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the desired universal transceiver button. DO NOT release the button.
2. The indicator light will begin to flash after 20 seconds.
Without releasing the universal transceiver button, proceed with Programming Step 4.
Security
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
To erase all of the previously programmed frequencies,
hold down both outside buttons until the light begins to
flash.
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
UMBRELLA HOOK
Your Crossfire is equipped with an umbrella hook. This
feature is located behind and between the two seats, just
above the map pocket.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Driver – L/R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
䡵 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Telephone Mute Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . 118
䡵 Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
䡵 Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
䡵 “Infinity Modulus” AM/FM Stereo Radio With
Single-Disc CD Player And GPS Navigation . . 110
䡵 Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
䡵 “Infinity Modulus” AM/FM Stereo Radio With
Single-Disc CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
▫ Infinity Modulus Entertainment Systems . . . . . 111
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ User Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
▫ User Memory (User – 1, 2, 3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
▫ Mono/Stereo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . 119
▫ Temperature Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Fan Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Basic Setting - Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
▫ Basic Setting - Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Dust Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
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INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
The instrument cluster displays are activated by either
opening the door, pressing the left button within the
cluster, or turning the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position.
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
1. Low Windshield Washer System Fluid Level
Warning Light
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, the indicator light
comes on. It should go out when the engine
is running.
If the indicator light does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, the fluid reservoir
is less than 1⁄4 filled.
The reservoir should be refilled at the next opportunity
with commercially available premixed windshield
washer solvent/antifreeze or water, depending on ambient temperature.
The reservoir for the windshield washer system is located
in the engine compartment and the cap is marked with
the above symbol.
WARNING!
Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt
to fill to the top of the filler neck. Fluid may leak out
onto the floor or driveway causing a potential slip
and fall hazard. When the indicator light first illuminates, the maximum fill amount is 1 Gallon (4
Liters).
2. Low Tire Pressure Indicator Light
The tire pressure monitor (TPM) system uses
wireless technology to monitor tire pressure
levels. Sensors, mounted to each wheel as
part of the valve stem, transmit tire pressure
readings to a receiver located in the vehicle.
If the light is illuminated, the pressure in one of the tires
on the vehicle has dropped to at least 25% below the
recommended pressure on the vehicle’s tire label. Additionally, the indicator light will illuminate if a fault has
been detected in the TPM system.
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CAUTION!
level in the reservoir or the coolant temperature is too
high (see the Temperature gauge section).
The TPM system is designed to monitor your tire
pressure and will not function as a tire pressure
gauge. After adjusting the air pressure in a tire, there
will be a delay before the system updates the display.
To check the coolant level, the vehicle must be parked on
level ground and the engine stopped.
Check coolant level only when the coolant is cold.
WARNING!
NOTE: The TPM system can inform you about a low
tire pressure condition, but it does not replace normal tire
maintenance. The TPM system is not intended to provide
you with notification of rapid pressure loss.
NOTE: The pressure in your tires changes with temperature. A significant decrease in temperature could
reduce cold inflation pressure below the TPM setpoint.
ALWAYS check the pressure in your tires if the TPM
lamp is illuminated.
3. Coolant Indicator Light
This indicator illuminates when the engine
coolant has dropped below the required
You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant or
steam from your radiator. If you see or hear steam
coming from under the hood, don’t open the hood
until the radiator has had time to cool. Never try to
open a cooling system pressure cap when the radiator or coolant bottle is hot.
4. Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
This gauge shows engine coolant temperature. Any reading between the Hot and Cold gauge marks show that the
engine cooling system is operating properly. The gauge
pointer may show a higher temperature when driving in
hot weather, up mountain grades, or in heavy stop-andgo-traffic.
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If the pointer rises to the red (Hot) area, stop the vehicle
and turn off the engine until the problem is corrected.
CAUTION!
Continuing to drive with an overheated engine cooling system can cause damage to the engine or other
components.
5. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition is in the ON/RUN position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in the tank.
The arrow to the right of the gas pump symbol shows
which side of the vehicle the fuel filler door is located on.
6. Turn Signal Indicators
To signal minor directional changes, such as
changing lanes, move the multifunction control lever to the point of resistance only and
hold it there. The arrows will flash in unison
with the corresponding exterior turn signal.
To operate the turn signals continuously, move the multifunction control lever past the point of resistance up or
down. The switch is automatically canceled when the
steering wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
The arrows in the instrument cluster will flash in unison
with the respective exterior turn signal.
7. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Indicator
Light
The yellow ESP indicator light in the speedometer dial comes on with the key in the ignition
switch turned to the ON/RUN position. It
should go out with the engine running.
If the ESP indicator light flashes during acceleration,
apply as little throttle as possible. While driving, ease up
on the accelerator. Adapt your speed and driving to the
prevailing road conditions, and do not switch off the ESP.
8. Speedometer
The speedometer shows the vehicle speed in miles-perhour and kilometers-per-hour.
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9. Tachometer
This gauge shows engine speed in revolutions-perminute (RPM) times 1,000.
The red markings on the tachometer indicate excessive
engine speed. Ease off on the accelerator before reaching
the red area.
10. Brake System Warning Light
The dual brake system provides a reserve
braking capability if a failure occurs in a
portion of the hydraulic system.
This light monitors both the brake fluid level and the
parking brake. If the light comes on, it indicates either
that the parking brake is on or there is a low fluid level in
the brake master cylinder. Since this vehicle is equipped
with anti-lock brakes (ABS), the brake light may also
indicate reduced braking performance due to the loss of
electronic brake proportioning. If the parking brake is off
and the light remains on, have the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
The warning light should be checked frequently to assure
that it is operating properly. This can be done by turning
the ignition switch to START. The light should come on.
If the red brake light does not come on when the ignition
is turned to the ON/RUN position, have the brake light
repaired promptly.
WARNING!
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. Part of the brake system may have failed. It will
take longer to stop the vehicle. You could have an
accident. Have the vehicle checked immediately.
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
The brake warning light will come on if the ABS light is
not functioning and there is an ABS system malfunction.
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11. Light Outage Indicator
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, an indicator light
comes on. It should go out when the engine
is running. If the indicator light does not go
out after starting the engine, or if it comes on while
driving, it indicates a failure in the parking light,
taillight, stoplight, or low beam headlight.
The indicator light will come on when the exterior light
fails. If a brake light fails, the light outage indicator will
come on when applying the brake and stays on until the
engine is turned off.
NOTE: If additional lighting equipment is installed
(e.g., auxiliary headlights, etc.) be certain to connect into
the fuse before the failure indicator monitoring unit in
order to avoid damaging the system.
12. Antilock Warning Indicator Light
The ABS warning indicator light comes on
with the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, and should go out
with the engine running.
If the ABS warning indicator light comes on while the
engine is running, it indicates that the ABS has detected
a malfunction and has switched off. In this case, the brake
system functions in the usual manner, but without antilock assistance.
If the ABS light is on, have the system checked at your
authorized dealer as soon as possible.
13. Brake Assist Indicator Light
The indicator light for the Brake Assist System (BAS) is combined with the Electronic
Stability Program (ESP). This yellow indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on with the
key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/RUN
position. The BAS/ESP warning indicator light also
comes on when a malfunction is detected in either the
Brake Assist System or the Electronic Stability Program. It should go out with the engine running. If the
BAS/ESP indicator light comes on continuously, see
an authorized dealer as soon as possible.
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14. Seat Belt Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition, the light comes
on, and a warning sounds for a short time if
the driver’s seat belt is not fastened.
After starting the engine, the seat belt indicator light
blinks and a chime sounds periodically for up to 90
seconds to remind the driver and passenger to fasten the
seat belts. Fastening the seat belts will extinguish the
light and silence the chime.
The seat belt indicator light will remain lit until the seat
belts are fastened.
15. Charging System Indicator Light
Should the charging system indicator light
fail to come on prior to starting when the key
is in the ignition switch in the ON/RUN
position, or should it fail to go out after
starting or during operation, it indicates a malfunction
that must be repaired immediately at an authorized
dealer.
If the charging system indicator light comes on, or a loss
of power steering assistance is noticeable while the
engine is running, this may indicate that the accessory
drive belt has broken. Should this condition occur, the
belt must be replaced before continuing to operate the
vehicle.
CAUTION!
The accessory drive belt also drives the water pump.
Operating the vehicle with a failed belt can cause
engine overheating and possible severe engine damage.
16. High Beam Indicator Light
This indicator will illuminate when the
headlights are in the high beam setting.
To activate the high beams, push the multifunction
control lever past the point of resistance, toward the
instrument panel.
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17. Electronic Digital Clock
A digital readout in the instrument cluster shows the
time in hours and minutes whenever the ignition switch
is in the ON/RUN or ACC position.
20. Trip Odometer, Flexible Service System (FSS)
Indicator
This display shows the distance traveled since last reset.
When the ignition switch is in the OFF/LOCK position,
timekeeping is accurately maintained.
• Press the button to the left of the display once (with
the key in the ON/RUN position).
The display can be adjusted with the knob/button located to the left of the clock.
• Press the button twice (with the key removed or in
the OFF/LOCK or ACC position).
18. Gear Indicator
For automatic transmission vehicles, the current gear
shift selector range is indicated in the gear range indicator display.
19. Push Button for Time Setting
To adjust the time display, turn the key in the ignition
switch to the ON/RUN or ACC position. The knob/
button located just to the left of the clock is used to
change the time. Pull out the knob and turn it to the left
for hour adjustment; pull out the knob and turn it to the
right for minute adjustment.
To reset:
21. Main Odometer, Flexible Service System (FSS)
This shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven.
U.S. Federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
correct distance that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, if the odometer reading is changed during repair or
replacement be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after service so that the correct distance can be
determined.
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22. Push Button for Activating the Instrument
Cluster, Intensity of Instrument Lights, for Resetting
Trip Odometer and Flexible Service System (FSS)
Indicator
Press the knob/button to illuminate the display. To vary
the intensity of the instrument cluster lights, rotate the
knob/button.
To reset the trip odometer, press the knob/button once
with the key in the ON/RUN position. Press the knob/
button twice with the key removed or in the OFF/LOCK
or ACC position.
The FSS permits a flexible service schedule that is directly
related to the operating conditions of the vehicle.
There are two symbols which will appear in the
main odometer display field prior to the next
suggested service. This symbol represents Service A.
This second symbol represents Service B.
Depending on operating conditions throughout the year, the next service is calculated and
displayed next to this symbol in days remaining before the next service is required.
Likewise, the next service may be calculated
and displayed next to this symbol as distance
remaining before the next service is required.
The counter can also be reset by any individual after the
indicated service has been performed. To do so:
1. Turn key to the ON/RUN position.
2. Within one second press the knob/button twice.
3. The present status for days or distance is displayed. Within 10 seconds turn the key to OFF/
LOCK.
4. Press and hold the knob/button, while turning
the key to ON/RUN again. The present status for
days or distance is displayed once more. Continue
to hold the knob/button.
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After approximately 10 seconds, a signal sounds and
the display shows 7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000 km) for
approximately 10 seconds.
5. Release the knob/button.
If the FSS counter was inadvertently reset, have an
authorized dealer correct it.
The message is displayed for approximately 10 seconds when turning the key to the ON/RUN position,
or while driving when reaching the service warning
threshold. It can be canceled manually by pressing the
knob/button.
Once the suggested term has passed, the message plus
either the symbol for Service A or the symbol for
Service B preceded by a – (minus symbol) blinks for
approximately 30 seconds and a signal sounds every
time when turning the key to the ON/RUN position.
The FSS display can also be called up for approximately 10 seconds with the display illuminated by
pressing the knob/button twice within one second.
Following a completed A or B service your authorized
dealer sets the counter to 7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000
km).
NOTE: When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or
more days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any
such days not counted by FSS can be added by your
authorized dealer.
The interval between services is determined by the type
of vehicle operation. Driving at extreme speeds, and cold
starts combined with short distance driving in which the
engine does not reach normal operating temperature,
reduce the interval between services.
However you choose to set your reference numbers, the
scheduled services as posted in the Service Booklet must
be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
23. Outside Temperature Display
The temperature display is located on the left side of the
instrument cluster, below the fuel and engine temperature gauges.
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The sensor for the outside temperature indicator is
located in the front fascia area. Due to its location, the
sensor can be affected by road or engine heat during
idling or slow driving. This means that the accuracy of
the displayed temperature can only be verified by comparison to a thermometer placed next to the sensor, not
by comparison to external displays (e.g., bank signs, etc.).
Adaptation to ambient temperature takes place in steps
and depends on the prevailing driving conditions (stopand- go or moderate, constant driving) and amount of
temperature change.
WARNING!
The outside temperature indicator is not designed to
serve as an ice-warning device and is unsuitable for
that purpose. Indicated temperatures just above the
freezing point do not guarantee that the road surface
is free of ice.
24. Airbag Light
The operational readiness of the airbag system is verified by the airbag indicator light
in the instrument cluster when turning the
key in the ignition switch to the ACC or
ON/RUN position. If no fault is detected, the light
will go out after approximately 4 seconds. After the
lamp goes out, the system continues to monitor the
components and circuitry of the airbag system and
will indicate a malfunction by coming on again.
The light will come on and remain on for 4 seconds as a
bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned ON. If
the bulb is not lit during starting, have it replaced. If the
light stays on, or comes on while driving, have the
system checked by an authorized dealer.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
In the event a malfunction of the airbag is indicated,
the airbag may not be operational. For your safety,
we strongly recommend that you visit an authorized
dealer immediately to have the system checked;
otherwise the airbag may not be activated when
needed in an accident, which could result in serious
or fatal injury, or it might deploy unexpectedly and
unnecessarily which could also result in injury.
Do not drive the vehicle until you have properly
locked the steering column.
25. Telescoping Wheel Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition and turned to the
ON/RUN position, the indicator light in the
instrument cluster comes on. It should go
out when the engine is running. If the indicator light does not go out after starting the engine, the
telescoping steering column is not locked properly.
26. Check Engine Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic
system that monitors the emissions and engine control systems. If a problem is detected in one of
these systems, the Check Engine light will come on.
The light comes on and stays on briefly as a bulb check
when the ignition is first turned on.
Certain conditions, such as a loose or missing gas cap, or
poor fuel quality may illuminate the light after the engine
is started. Be sure the gas cap is tightened every time you
refuel.
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If the Check Engine light remains on continuously and
the vehicle is driving normally, you may still drive the
vehicle. In most situations, the vehicle will not require
towing. However, we recommend that you have the
system checked at an authorized dealer as soon as
possible.
If the vehicle is not driving normally, and the Check
Engine light flashes or remains on continuously, it is an
alert to serious conditions that could lead to loss of power
or severe catalytic converter damage. The vehicle should
be serviced at an authorized dealer as soon as possible.
27. Brake Wear Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition and turned to the
ON/RUN position, the brake wear indicator
light comes on. The light goes out when the
engine is running.
If the indicator light comes on during braking, this
indicates the brake pads are worn down.
Have the brake system checked at your authorized dealer
as soon as possible.
28. Oil Level Indicator Light
With the key in the ignition switch turned to
the ON/RUN position, the oil level indicator
light comes on. It should go out immediately
when the engine is running. If the light does
not go out, or comes on while driving, the engine oil
level has dropped to approximately the minimum
mark on the dipstick.
CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL
A sensor in the oil pan allows oil level to be checked
without opening the hood. It provides an accurate measurement of oil level, whereas the low engine oil level
indicator warns that oil level is definitely too low. With
the vehicle parked on a level surface, the engine is
warmed up and shut off for approximately five minutes.
When the ignition switch is turned to the ON/RUN
position, an ISO oil level icon appears in the trip odometer window and a “clock” icon in the cumulative
odometer display. Pressing the knob to the left of the
speedometer twice within one second displays one of the
following messages:
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• OK
• -1.0 Q (-1.0L)
• -1.5 Q (-1.5L)
• -2.0 Q (-2.0L)
• HI
The indicated amount of oil must be added to the engine
if the message -2.0 Q (-2.0L) blinks and a signal sounds.
The HI message indicates that the excess oil must be
removed from the pan to avoid possible engine or
catalytic converter damage. If the ISO oil level icon and
“clock” icon remain on when attempting to check oil
level and no message follows, or if the low engine oil
level warning lamp comes on, a malfunction in the
engine oil level system is indicated. A conveniently
located dipstick allows manual checking of the oil level.
If no leaks are noted, continue to drive to the nearest
service station where the engine oil should be topped to
the “full” mark on the dipstick with an approved oil.
29. Low Fuel Warning Light
When the fuel level drops to about 2 gallons (7.5
liters), this symbol will light and remains lit until
fuel is added.
“INFINITY MODULUS” AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER AND GPS
NAVIGATION
(OPTIONAL - See separate User’s Manual)
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“INFINITY MODULUS” AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH SINGLE-DISC CD PLAYER
INFINITY MODULUS Entertainment Systems
A premium Infinity Modulus AM/FM stereo, single-disc
CD audio system is standard equipment in your Crossfire. It feeds a six-channel, 240-watt amplifier with dual
subwoofers mounted in the back panel behind the seats,
and four door-mounted speakers.
Power/Volume Control
To activate the audio system, press the ON/OFF knob on
the left. If the unit was switched off using the ignition
switch, it will switch on again with the ignition switch.
Press the ON/OFF knob within three seconds of turning
the ignition switch off to prevent the radio from switching off.
The unit can also be operated without the ignition switch
turned on by pressing the ON/OFF knob, but it will
switch off automatically after one hour.
The volume is controlled by rotating the ON/OFF knob
to the left or right.
Audio (AUD) Settings
• Bass (BASS)
Press the AUD button repeatedly until BASS appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
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• Treble (TREB)
Press the AUD button repeatedly until TREB appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
• Balance (BAL)
Press the AUD button repeatedly until BAL appears.
Rotate the right rotary control for the desired level
(from -9 to +9).
• Linear adjustment (LINEAR)
The tone values for the set signal source (e.g., radio/
FM) are set to “0” (mean value). Press and hold the
AUD button for more than 4 seconds until FM LINEAR appears (which affects FM only). Press and hold
the AUD button for more than eight seconds until ALL
LINEAR appears (which affects both radio and CD).
• Mute function (MUTE)
To activate the mute function in all modes and wavebands, press the TP button. The mute function is
cancelled by either pressing the TP button again, or by
turning the volume control.
NOTE: After six seconds without any action, or by
pressing OPT, CD, AM, FM, or TP, the current setting is
cancelled, and the new setting is stored.
FM1 – FM2 – FM AS – BEST FM
The system has four FM memory modes that can be
selected by repeatedly pressing the FM button.
FM1 – One of ten memorized FM station frequencies can
be selected by pressing a multifunction button.
FM2 – A second set of ten memorized FM station
frequencies can be selected by pressing a multifunction
button.
FM AS – An autostore feature will store the 9 current
stations with the strongest signal on station buttons 1-9 in
the order of their signal quality.
Press the FM button repeatedly until FM AS is displayed
to perform an autostore scan. Press the multifunction
button labeled AS repeatedly until AS-SEEK is displayed.
To select the stored stations, press the 1-9 buttons.
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BEST FM – The BEST FM function automatically memorizes and continuously updates the frequencies of stations in order of their signal strength.
The strongest station comes up first when BEST FM is
selected. Stations with stronger or weaker signals are
selected by turning the right rotary knob.
To select the displayed station, press the right rotary
control/push button.
Tuning FM stations – Rotating the right rotary control to
the right or left will change the FM frequency to the next
higher or lower station with a strong signal. To manually
step through each frequency or tune in a station with a
weaker signal, press the MAN button first, and then
rotate the rotary control right or left.
Storing FM stations – 10 frequencies can be stored on FM
1 and on FM 2 by pressing a multifunction button for
three seconds; a tone will confirm that the selection was
set.
Scan Search FM (SC) – To activate, press the right rotary
control/push button until SC is displayed.
Beginning with the currently set frequency, the next
station scanned will be heard for eight seconds. Press the
right rotary control/push button if you wish to keep the
current station. Once the scan begins, it will continue
until either a station or program is retained or until
another mode is selected.
Radio Data System (RDS) Stations
PTY (Program Type)
The program type of the selected station can be displayed
for 10 seconds, or scanned in order of ascending frequency for eight seconds each.
To activate, press the OPT button in FM mode, then press
the multifunction PT button. You can pre-select one of the
currently available PTY by turning the right rotary
control/push button and the program type scan search
begins.
Press the button again to keep the received program. If
the selected station does not transmit a PTY identification, the display will show NO PTY. If all criteria for
evaluating RDS are not met, the unit will only display the
frequency.
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The following are examples of program types displayed:
• REL MUSC – Religious Music
• NEWS – News Service
• TOP 40 – Top 40
• SOFT – Soft Music
• REL TALK – Religious Talk
• INFORM – Information Programs
• COUNTRY – Country Music
• NOSTALGA – Nostalgia
• PERSNLTY – Personality
• SPORTS – Sports Reports
• OLDIES – Oldies Format
• JAZZ – Jazz Music
• PUBLIC – Public Radio
• TALK – Talk Programs
• WEATHER – Weather Forecast
• CLASSICL – Classical
• PTY 24-28 – Not Specified
• ROCK – Rock Music
• NO PTY – No Program Type
• R B – R&B
AM-AM AS
The system has two AM modes available. Press the AM
button repeatedly until the band or operation mode is
selected. To search in this mode, press the right rotary
control/push button and the abbreviation SC is displayed. Receivable stations can be heard for eight seconds. Press the control again to keep the received station.
• CLS ROCK – Classic Rock
• SOFT R B – Soft R&B
• ADLT HIT – Adult Hits
• LANGUAGE – Language Program
• SOFT RCK – Soft Rock
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Once the scan search begins, it will continue until either
a station is retained or until another mode is selected.
Tuning AM stations – Rotating the right rotary control to
the right or left will change the AM frequency to the next
higher or lower station with a strong signal. To manually
step through each frequency or tune in a station with a
weaker signal, press the MAN button first, and then
rotate the rotary control right or left.
Storing AM stations – 10 frequencies can be stored on AM
by pressing a multifunction button for three seconds; a
tone will confirm that the selection was set.
AM AS – An autostore feature will store the 9 current
stations with the strongest signal on station buttons 1-9 in
the order of their signal quality. Press the AM button
repeatedly until AM AS is displayed to perform an
autostore scan. Press the multifunction button labeled AS
repeatedly until AS-SEEK is displayed. To select the
stored stations, press the 1-9 buttons.
General Information
This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference,
2. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
To activate the CD function, press the CD button; CDS is
shown in the display. If no CD disc is present, the display
briefly shows NO CDS and the radio mode remains
active.
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Insert the CD into the slot with the printed side up. The
unit will display the number of tracks and total playback
time. After the last track has been played back, the unit
automatically begins to play the first track again.
To eject a disc, briefly press and release the
EJT button.
If the power is turned off, the disc will remain in the CD
slot for protection.
Features of the CD player:
• Skipping Tracks
Turn the right rotary control/push button. Turn further to the left or right to skip multiple tracks. If a track
was played for less than eight seconds, the system will
skip to the next track.
• Scan Tracks (SC)
Push the right rotary control/push button until the
display shows SC. All tracks are played back for eight
seconds each. Press the button again to cancel this
feature.
• Fast Forward/Rewind (<<, >>)
Press and hold the multifunction button >> for audible
fast forward play. Press and hold the multifunction
button << for audible fast rewind play. The relative
time is displayed during this operation and continues
for an additional eight seconds after releasing the
function button.
• Relative Time Display (T)
Press the multifunction button T for the time of the
currently playing track to be displayed for approximately eight seconds.
• Random Play (RP)
Press the multifunction button RP for random generation of the next track to be played. Press the button
again to cancel the feature.
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NOTE: To protect the unit from excessive heat, a
temperature protection device has been integrated into
the circuitry. When a high operating temperature is
detected, CD TEMP is displayed for eight seconds and
the unit switches back to the last source (AM or FM).
Allow sufficient cool down time and retry.
User Menu
The following functions can be customized to your
personal needs in the user menu:
• USER – User Memory
• M/S – Mono/Stereo Setting
• DRIVER – Left/Right Hand Drive Setting
• PHONE – Telephone Characteristics
• LED – LED Setting
To enter the USER menu, press the OPT button for more
than three seconds. USER then appears on the display,
and another user action must be entered within six
seconds or this menu is exited automatically. Your current setting can be cancelled and the selections made will
be saved by pressing either the CD, AM, FM or TP
buttons momentarily.
User Memory (USER – 1, 2, 3)
You can program up to three user memories, which saves
the sound settings, and the last received station when the
unit is switched off. To activate, first enter the user menu.
One of the three users can now be selected by turning the
right rotary/push button. You can also call up the
Mono/Stereo setting by pressing the right rotary/push
button at this time.
Mono/Stereo
In order to suppress reception-related interference, three
different parameters can be set to optimize reception.
To activate, call up the user menu, then press the right
rotary control/push button repeatedly until STEREO,
STO AUTO or MONO is displayed (depending on the
currently selected setting, you may need to turn the knob
also for your selection).
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• STO AUTO – Setting for normal operation. The unit
switches from stereo to mono and back, depending on
the reception conditions (for nearly all reception areas,
this is the optimal setting).
• STEREO – Setting for exceptional conditions. The unit
is constantly set for stereo reception (primarily for
private broadcasters in urban areas).
• MONO – Setting for receptions with constant reflection, the unit is constantly set for monaural reception.
You can also call up the Setting DRIVER mode by
pressing the right rotary/push button at this time.
Driver – L/R
If a telephone with hands-free operation is installed, the
call is routed through the speaker system. The setting
DRIVER is used to set the appropriate speaker side (left
or right).
To activate, call up the user menu, then press the right
rotary control/push button repeatedly until DRIVER L or
DRIVER R is displayed (depending on the currently
selected setting, you may need to turn the knob also for
your selection). You can also call up the Telephone mute
characteristics mode by pressing the right rotary/push
button at this time.
Telephone mute characteristics
If a telephone with hands-free operation is installed, the
call may be routed through the speaker system. This
eliminates the need for an additional speaker (if the
signal lines are connected to the unit). The following
settings are available:
• PH MUTE – Switching radio to mute.
• AUDIO PH – Telephone call via the car radio.
Call up the user menu, then press the right rotary
control/push button repeatedly until AUDIO PH or PH
MUTE is displayed (depending on the currently selected
setting, you may need to turn the knob also for your
selection).
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COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
2. If the disc is stained, clean the surface with a soft cloth,
wiping from center to edge.
3. Do not apply paper or tape to the disc; avoid scratching the disc.
4. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, cleaners,
or antistatic sprays.
5. Store the disc in its case after playing.
6. Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight.
7. Do not store the disc where temperatures may become
too high.
RADIO ANTENNA
The radio antenna is located in the rear liftgate glass on
the coupe vehicles and mounted on the left rear body
panel on the roadster vehicles. The antenna requires no
maintenance.
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
5. Air Conditioning ON/OFF
6. Rear Window Defroster
7. Air Distribution (Mode) Control
The climate control system allows you to balance the
temperature, amount and direction of the air circulating
throughout the vehicle.
The system is always at operational readiness, except
when manually switched off. The climate control only
operates with the engine running.
1. Driver Temperature Control
2. Passenger Temperature Control
3. Fan Speed Control
4. Air Recirculation/REST
The climate control removes a considerable amount of
moisture from the air during operation in the air conditioning mode, therefore it is considered normal operation
for water to drip on the ground through ducts in the
underbody.
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The settings and controls are as follows:
Temperature Control
Use the driver or passenger temperature control to
regulate the temperature of the air inside the passenger
compartment. The blue area of the control indicates
cooler temperatures, while the red area indicates warmer
temperatures.
The temperature selector should be left at the desired
temperature setting so that the system can automatically
reach that selection as quickly as possible. The inside
temperature will not heat or cool any quicker by setting
the selector higher or lower upon initial start up.
Fan Control
Use this control to regulate the amount of air
volume moving through the system in any
mode you select. Turn the control clockwise to
increase fan speed; counterclockwise to decrease fan speed.
Basic Setting - Heater
Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch and set the fan control at
least to position 2 to prevent windows from
fogging up. Set the air distribution control switch to the
tri-level setting. Turn the defroster outlets for the side
windows to the detent positions. Open center air outlets
as desired.
Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch. Then select the panel
setting on the air distribution control switch to
force air from the panel outlets.
Select a temperature for each side of the passenger compartment. Select air volume with
the fan control switch. Then select the Bi-Level
setting on the air distribution control switch to
force air from both the upper panel outlets and the floor
outlets.
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Basic Setting - Air Conditioner
Press the air conditioning ON/OFF switch. The
light in the switch will illuminate. Select a
temperature for each side of the passenger
compartment. Select the air volume with the
fan control switch, at least to position 1. Set the air
distribution control switch to one of the positions shown
above. Open center air outlets. Open left and right side
air outlets.
NOTE: The dot between the air distribution control
icons is a mix position between the two modes.
Slight changes in engine speed or power may be noticed
when the compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence,
since the compressor will cycle on and off to maintain
comfort and increase fuel economy.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects.
Defrosting
Set the temperature selectors to the maximum
heating position, set the fan control to position 5,
and the air distribution to the defrost position. Close the
center air outlets. Close the left and right side air outlets.
Turn the defroster outlets for the side windows to the
detent position.
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Defogging Windows Fogged Up On Inside
Press the A/C button; the indicator light should illuminate. Switch off the air recirculation; the indicator light
should go out. Set the air distribution control switch to
the defrost position. Increase air volume with the fan
control switch. Close the center, left, and right side air
outlets. Turn the defroster outlets for the side windows to
the detent position.
Windshield Fogged Up On Outside
Switch on the windshield wipers. Set the air distribution
control switch to the defrost position. Increase air volume
with the fan control switch. Close the center and right
side air outlets. Turn the defroster outlets for the side
windows to the detent position.
Ventilation
To receive outside air through the panel outlets, turn off
the Air Conditioning ON/OFF switch. The light in the
switch should be off. Set the controls as above for basic
air conditioning.
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Climate Control - OFF
To switch the climate control off, set the air volume
control switch to position 0. The fresh air supply to the
vehicle interior is shut off. While driving, use this setting
only temporarily, otherwise the windshield could fog up.
Rear Window Defroster
Turn the key in the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position. To select, press the rear
window defroster button once and release. The
indicator light in the switch should illuminate.
To cancel, press the rear window defroster button again
and release.
NOTE: Heavy accumulation of snow and ice should be
removed before activating the defroster. The rear window defroster uses a large amount of power. To keep the
battery drain to a minimum, turn off the defroster as soon
as the window is clear. The defroster is automatically
turned off after a maximum of 12 minutes of operation.
If several components in the vehicle are consuming
power simultaneously, or the battery is only partially
charged, it is possible that the defroster will automatically turn itself off. When this happens, the indicator light
inside the switch starts blinking. As soon as the battery
has sufficient voltage, the defroster automatically turns
itself back on.
CAUTION!
To avoid damaging the electrical conductors, do not
use scrapers, sharp instruments, or abrasive window
cleaners on the interior surface of the rear window.
Labels can be peeled off by soaking with warm
water.
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Air Recirculation/REST
This mode can be selected to temporarily reduce the entry of annoying odors or dust into
the vehicle’s interior. Outside air does not flow
into the vehicle’s interior. To select, press the
recirculation button. To cancel, press the recirculation
button again.
Residual Engine Heat Utilization (REST)
With the engine switched off, it is possible to
continue heating the interior for a short while.
Air volume is controlled automatically. Select a
temperature for each side of the passenger
compartment. Set the air distribution control switch to
the desired position.
The system will automatically switch from recirculated
air to fresh air after approximately five minutes at
outside temperatures below approximately 40°F (5°C);
after approximately 30 minutes, at outside temperatures
above approximately 40°F (5°C); after approximately five
minutes, if the A/C button is pressed.
To select, turn the key in the ignition switch to the ACC
or the OFF/LOCK position or remove. Press the recirculation button. The indicator light in the button illuminates. This function selection will not activate if the
battery charge level is insufficient.
At high outside temperatures, the system automatically
engages the recirculated air mode for approximately 30
minutes, thereby increasing the cooling capacity performance. Press the recirculation button again to extend the
recirculated air mode.
To cancel, press the recirculation button. The indicator
light in the button goes out. The system will automatically shut off if you turn the key in the ignition switch to
the ON/RUN position, after approximately 30 minutes,
or if the battery voltage drops.
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NOTE: This vehicle is equipped with an air conditioner
system that uses R-134a (HFC: hydrofluorocarbon) as a
refrigerant. Repairs should always be performed by a
qualified technician, and refrigerant should be collected
in a recovery system for recycling.
Dust Filter
Nearly all dust particles and pollen are filtered out before
outside air enters the passenger compartment through
the air distribution system.
NOTE: Keep the air intake grille in front of windshield
free of snow and debris.
Operating Tips
STARTING AND OPERATING
CONTENTS
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Neutral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Extremely Cold Weather
(Below -20°F Or -29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ AutoStick威 Gear Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
䡵 Transmission Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
▫ Stopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ Maneuvering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
▫ Park Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
▫ Reverse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Gear Ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Program Mode Selector Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode) . . . 137
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Brake Assist System (BAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Synchronizing ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
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▫ ESP Control Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . 156
▫ Brake Pad Break-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
䡵 Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
䡵 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
▫ Sulfur In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ Tire Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ Original Equipment Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
▫ Roof Luggage Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
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STARTING PROCEDURES
WARNING!
NOTE: Due to the starter non-repeat feature, the key
must be turned completely to the left before attempting
to start the engine again.
Do not leave animals or children inside parked
vehicles in hot weather; interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
Be sure that the parking brake is engaged and that
selector lever is in the NEUTRAL or PARK position. Turn
the key in the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
Apply the brakes before shifting into any driving gear.
Normal Starting
Do not depress the accelerator. Simply turn the key in the
ignition switch clockwise to the START position and
release when the engine starts. If the engine will not run,
turn the key counterclockwise to the OFF/LOCK position and repeat the starting procedure. If there are several
unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the
nearest authorized dealer.
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Extremely Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C)
For reliable starting in areas where temperatures frequently drop below -20°F (-29°C), we recommend the use
of an externally powered battery and an electric engine
block heater. Advice on these items and installation is
available at your authorized dealer.
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If Engine Fails to Start
CAUTION!
Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way.
Pushing with another vehicle may damage the transmission or the rear of your vehicle. See Section 6 of
this manual for proper jump-starting procedures.
WARNING!
Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the
throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start
the vehicle. This could result in a flash fire, causing
serious personal injury.
If the engine fails to start after you have followed the
Normal Starting procedure, it may be flooded. Push the
accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there
while cranking the engine. This should clear any excess
fuel in case the engine is flooded.
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the starter, do not crank the
engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 to
15 seconds before trying again.
If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not
have enough power to continue running when the key is
released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Release the
accelerator pedal and the key once the engine is running
smoothly.
If the engine shows no sign of starting after two 15second periods of cranking with the accelerator pedal
held to the floor, the Normal Starting procedure should
be repeated.
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After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up.
Automatic Transmission
TRANSMISSION SHIFTING
WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle, always remove the key
from the ignition switch, and lock the vehicle. Do
not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Children could move
the gearshift lever, which could result in an accident
or serious injury.
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The automatic transmission selects individual gears automatically, dependent upon:
• Selector lever position
• Program mode selector switch
• Accelerator position
• Vehicle speed
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The gear shifting process is continuously adapted, dependent on the driving style, the driving situation and
the road characteristics.
The selector lever is automatically locked while in the
PARK position. To move the selector lever out of the
PARK position, the brake pedal must be firmly depressed
before the shift lock will release.
Shift the selector lever to the desired position only when
the engine is idling normally and the brake pedal is
applied. Do not release the brake until ready to drive. The
vehicle may otherwise accelerate quickly when the selector lever is in DRIVE or REVERSE position.
NOTE: After selecting any driving position, wait a
moment to allow the gear to fully engage before accelerating, especially when the engine is cold.
WARNING!
It is dangerous to shift the selector lever out of PARK
or NEUTRAL if the engine speed is higher than idle
speed. If your foot is not firmly on the brake pedal,
the vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in
reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle and hit
someone or something. Only shift into gear when
the engine is idling normally and when your foot is
firmly on the brake pedal.
Stopping
For brief stops, leave the transmission in gear and hold
the vehicle with the brake pedal. For longer stops with
the engine idling, shift into the NEUTRAL or PARK
position and hold the vehicle with the parking brake.
When stopping the vehicle uphill, do not hold it with the
accelerator; use the brake. This avoids unnecessary transmission heat build-up.
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Maneuvering
To maneuver in tight areas, control the vehicle speed by
gradually releasing the brakes. Accelerate gently and
never abruptly step on the accelerator.
NOTE: The key can be removed from the ignition
switch only with the selector lever in the PARK position.
With the key removed, the selector lever is locked in the
PARK position.
To rock a vehicle out of soft ground (mud or snow),
alternately shift from forward to reverse, while applying
only slight acceleration. Rocking a vehicle free in this
manner may cause the ABS or traction system malfunction indicator light to come on. Turn off the engine and
restart the engine to clear the malfunction indication.
Park Position
The PARK position is to be used when parking the
vehicle. Engage only with the vehicle stopped. The PARK
position is not intended to serve as a brake when the
vehicle is parked. Rather, the driver should always use
the parking brake in addition to placing the selector lever
in PARK to secure the vehicle.
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With a malfunction in the vehicle’s electrical system, the
selector lever could remain locked in the PARK position.
To unlock the selector lever manually, insert the end of
the multipurpose tool from the glove box (or ball point
pen) into the covered opening below the position “D” of
the shift pattern. While pushing the tool down, move the
selector lever out of the PARK position. After removal of
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the tool from the opening, the cover will not close fully.
Only after moving the selector lever to the “D+” and
“D-” positions does the cover return to its closed position.
Neutral
No power is transmitted from the engine to the drive
axle. When the brakes are released, the vehicle can be
moved freely (pushed or towed). Do not engage in
NEUTRAL position while driving except to coast when
the vehicle is in danger of skidding (e.g., on icy roads).
NOTE: Coasting the vehicle, or driving for any other
reason with selector lever in NEUTRAL can result in
transmission damage that is not covered by the Limited
Warranty.
Drive
The transmission automatically upshifts through fifth
gear. The DRIVE position provides optimum driving
characteristics under all normal operating conditions.
Reverse
Shift into REVERSE gear only when the vehicle is completely stopped.
Dependent on the program mode selector switch position
“S” or “W,” the maximum speed in the REVERSE gear is
different. However, it is not possible to change the
program mode while in REVERSE.
AutoStick姞 Gear selection
The transmission gear can be selected by pressing the
selector lever to the right or the left with the selector lever
in the DRIVE position. The gear currently selected is
indicated in the instrument cluster display. Briefly press
selector lever in the “D-” direction. The transmission will
shift from the current gear to the next lower gear. Shifting
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into another gear that allows for quicker acceleration or
to slow the vehicle down is possible. Downshifts can also
be performed.
Press and hold the selector lever in the “D-” direction.
The transmission will shift from the current gear directly
to the best gear for acceleration.
NOTE: To avoid overrevving the engine when the
selector lever is moved in “D-” direction, the transmission will not shift to a lower gear if the engine’s revolutions per minute limit would be exceeded.
Briefly press the selector lever in the “D+” direction. The
transmission will shift from the current gear to the next
higher gear.
Press and hold the selector lever in the “D+” direction.
The transmission will shift from the current gear directly
to gear “D.”
WARNING!
On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in order
to obtain braking action. This could result in drive
wheel slip and reduced vehicle control. Your vehicle’s ABS will not prevent this type of loss of control.
You could lose control of your vehicle and have an
accident.
NOTE: With transmission in gear “D,” “4,” or “3,”
upshifting from FIRST to SECOND to THIRD gear may
be delayed, depending on vehicle speed and engine
temperature. This allows the catalytic converter to heat
up more quickly to operating temperatures.
The delayed upshift is effective with vehicle speeds
below 31 mph (50 km/h) at partial throttle and engine
temperatures below 95°F (35°C). To prevent the engine
from laboring at low RPM when driving uphill or with
your vehicle heavily loaded, the automatic transmission will downshift when necessary to maintain engine RPM within the best torque range.
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Gear Ranges
“P” PARK
“D” OVERDRIVE
NOTE: If the key is in the ON/RUN position, you must
press the brake pedal to shift out of the PARK position.
This range should be used for most city and highway
driving. It provides the smoothest upshifts and downshifts and best fuel economy.
PARK supplements the parking brake by locking the
transmission. The engine can be started in this range.
Never attempt to use PARK while the vehicle is in
motion.
Program mode selector switch
The transmission is provided with a selector switch for
Standard “S” and Winter/Wet “W” (snow and ice) program modes.
Apply the parking brake when leaving the vehicle in this
range.
“R” REVERSE
Shift into this range only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
“N” NEUTRAL
The engine may be started in this range. Use this range
for starting your vehicle if it is moving or being towed.
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For standard mode, press the “S” symbol on the switch.
Use this mode for all regular driving. The vehicle starts
out in FIRST gear.
Depressing the accelerator pedal rapidly or nearly to the
floor while driving (kickdown position), rather than
depressing the accelerator pedal in slow, small movements, will cause the automatic transmission to shift
down into a lower gear. Rapid release of the accelerator
pedal will normally result in an upshift. This gear shifting process is dependent on the current vehicle speed.
For Winter/Wet (snow and ice) mode, press the “W”
symbol on the switch. The vehicle starts out in SECOND
gear, unless FIRST gear has been selected, or the accelerator pedal is in the kickdown position. The “W” mode
helps to improve traction and driving stability of the
vehicle. The gear shifting process occurs at lower vehicle
and engine speeds than in the “S” program mode.
CAUTION!
Never change the program mode when the selector
lever is out of the PARK position. It could result in a
change of driving characteristics for which you may
not be prepared.
Emergency Operation (Limp Home Mode)
If vehicle acceleration worsens, or the transmission no
longer shifts, the transmission is most likely operating in
Limp Home Mode which engages when there is a
malfunction of the transmission.
This condition may be accompanied by the CHECK
ENGINE light in the instrument cluster coming on.
In this mode only the SECOND gear or REVERSE gear
can be activated.
To engage SECOND gear or REVERSE:
1. Stop the vehicle.
2. Move the selector lever to the PARK position.
3. Turn off the engine.
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4. Wait approximately 10 seconds.
5. Restart the engine.
Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parking
brake is fully applied and place the gear selector in the
PARK position.
6. Move the selector lever to the DRIVE position (for
SECOND gear), or move the selector lever to the REVERSE position (for REVERSE gear).
Have the transmission checked at your authorized dealer
as soon as possible.
PARKING BRAKE
When you apply the parking brake with engine
running, the brake system warning light in the
instrument cluster will come on.
NOTE: This light, when illuminated with parking brake
application, shows only that the parking brake is on. It
does not show the degree of brake application.
NOTE: If the light remains on with the parking brake
released, a brake system malfunction is indicated. Have
the brake system serviced by an authorized dealer immediately.
To release the parking brake, slightly pull up the handle
while pushing the lock button, and guide the lever
downward to its stop. The brake warning light in the
instrument cluster should go out.
A warning sounds if you start to drive without having
released the parking brake.
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When parking on a hill, you must set the parking brake
before placing the gear selector in PARK. If you don’t, the
load on the transmission locking mechanism may make it
difficult to move the selector out of PARK. As an added
precaution, turn the front wheels toward the curb on a
downhill grade and away from the curb on an uphill
grade.
BRAKE SYSTEM
Your vehicle is equipped with power brakes as standard
equipment. In the event power assist is lost for any
reason (for example, repeated brake applications with the
engine off), the brakes will still function. The effort
required to brake the vehicle will be much greater than
that required with the power system operating.
The parking brake should always be applied when the
driver is not in the vehicle.
If either the front or rear hydraulic system loses normal
capability, the remaining system will still function with
some loss of overall braking effectiveness. This will be
evident by increased pedal travel during application,
greater pedal force required to slow or stop, and activation of the brake warning light during brake use.
WARNING!
Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged before
driving; failure to do so can lead to brake failure and
an accident.
WARNING!
Do not leave children unattended in a vehicle. A
child could be injured, or could injure others, if left
unattended.
Brake Assist System (BAS)
The BAS is designed to maximize the vehicle’s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers. Maximum power boost is applied to the brakes more quickly
in emergency braking conditions. This can help reduce
braking distances relative to what ordinary driving and
braking style might do.
The BAS complements the antilock brake system (ABS).
Applying the brakes very quickly results in maximum
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BAS assistance. To receive the benefit of the system you
must apply continuous, full braking power during the
stopping sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure.
The malfunction indicator light for the BAS is combined
with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) malfunction
indicator light.
WARNING!
BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking
efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of
the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
The BAS cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, following
another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a
safe, attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of a BAS-equipped vehicle
must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or
the safety of others.
Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position and should go out with
the engine running. If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light comes on steadily while the engine is running, a
malfunction has been detected in either the BAS or ESP
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system. As a result, it is possible that only partial engine
output will be available, and pressing the accelerator
pedal will require more effort.
If the BAS malfunctions, the brake system functions in
the usual manner, but without BAS.
With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP will be
disabled. In this condition, both malfunction indicator
lights come on while the engine is running. If the
malfunction indicator light stays illuminated, have the
BAS and ESP checked at your authorized dealer as soon
as possible.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
The ESP enhances directional control and reduces wheelspin under various driving conditions. When ESP is
active, engine torque is limited and the ESP warning light
starts to flash.
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In winter operation, the effectiveness of the ESP can be
enhanced by equipping the vehicle with DaimlerChrysler
recommended mud and snow (M+S) rated radial-ply
tires and/or snow chains.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
ESP cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase the traction
afforded. The ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, or
hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful
driver can prevent accidents. The capabilities of an
ESP equipped vehicle must never be exploited in a
reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety or the safety of others.
If the vehicle is towed with the front axle raised (see
the What To Do In Emergencies section in this
manual), the engine must be shut off (key in the
ignition switch turned to the OFF/LOCK or ACC
position). Otherwise, the ESP will immediately be
engaged and will apply the rear wheel brakes.
The ESP warning light starts to flash at any vehicle speed
as soon as the tires lose traction and the wheels begin to
spin.
If the ESP warning light flashes during acceleration, ease
up on the accelerator and apply as little throttle as
possible. While driving, adapt your speed to the prevailing road conditions.
NOTE: When the ESP warning light is illuminated
continuously, the ESP is switched off. Adapt your speed
and driving to the prevailing road conditions.
NOTE: Avoid spinning of one drive wheel. This may
cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not
covered by the DaimlerChrysler Limited Warranty.
NOTE: If the ESP warning light flashes during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator.
NOTE: ESP should not be switched off during normal
driving. Disabling of the system under normal operating
conditions will eliminate the benefits of the ESP system.
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Synchronizing ESP
If the power supply was interrupted (battery disconnected or discharged), the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light may be illuminated with the engine running. To
re-synchronize the ESP, and cancel the malfunction indicator light, the steering angle sensor will need to be
recalibrated.
ESP Control switch
The ESP control switch is located in the center console.
When the ESP is switched off, the warning light in the
instrument cluster comes on. When the ESP is switched
on, the warning light goes out.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position.
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2. Rotate the steering wheel to the center position.
3. Rotate the steering wheel completely to the left, and
then rotate the steering wheel completely to the right.
4. Bring the steering wheel back to the center position.
5. The BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light will go out.
If the BAS/ESP malfunction indicator light is still illuminated, the vehicle should be serviced at an authorized
dealer.
To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand, or gravel,
switch off the ESP by pressing the upper half of the ESP
switch. The ESP warning light will then be continuously
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illuminated. With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque reduction feature is cancelled. Therefore, the
enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable.
CAUTION!
Snow chains should never be used without the
recommended mud and snow (M+S) rated radial-ply
tires. Damage to your vehicle may result from such
usage.
ESP always operates under braking, even with the switch
in the OFF position.
If one drive wheel loses traction and begins to spin, the
ESP system will apply the brake at the affected wheel
until the wheel regains sufficient traction. The traction
control engages at approximately 24 mph (40 km/h), and
switches off at 50 mph (80 km/h).
To return to the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP,
press the lower half of the switch (the ESP warning light
goes out).
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
The ABS gives increased vehicle stability and brake
performance under most braking conditions. The system
automatically “pumps” the brakes during severe braking
conditions to prevent wheel lock-up. The system operates
to prevent wheel lock-up and help avoid skidding on
slippery surfaces.
NOTE: The ABS improves steering control of the vehicle during hard braking maneuvers.
The ABS prevents the wheels from locking up above a
vehicle speed of approximately 5 mph (8 km/h)
independent of road surface conditions.
At the instant one of the wheels is about to lock up, a
slight pulsation can be felt in the brake pedal, indicating that the ABS is in the regulating mode.
Keep firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal
while experiencing the pulsation. Continuous, steady
brake pedal pressure results in optimal braking power
while maintaining the ability to steer the vehicle.
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In the case of an emergency brake maneuver, keep
continuous full pressure on the brake pedal. In this
manner only can the ABS be most effective.
On slippery road surfaces, the ABS will respond even
with light brake pedal pressure because of the increased likelihood of locking wheels. The pulsating
brake pedal can be an indication of hazardous road
conditions and functions as a reminder to take extra
care while driving.
WARNING!
Significant over- or under-inflation of tires, or mixing sizes of front or rear tires or wheels on the
vehicle can reduce braking effectiveness. Maintain
proper tire pressure and always use the tires and
wheels specified in this manual for your vehicle.
The anti-lock brake system conducts a low-speed self-test
at about 12 mph (20 km/h). If you have your foot lightly
on the brake while this test is occurring, you may feel
slight pedal movement. The movement can be more
apparent on ice and snow. The anti-lock brake system
pump motor makes a low humming noise during operation, which is normal.
WARNING!
Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the effectiveness of the anti-lock brakes and may lead to an
accident. Pumping makes the stopping distance
longer. Just press firmly on your brake pedal when
you need to slow down or stop.
NOTE: During severe braking conditions, a pulsing
sensation may occur and a clicking noise will be heard.
This is normal, indicating that the anti-lock brake system
is functioning.
The ABS malfunction indicator light in the instrument
cluster comes on with the key in the ignition switch
turned to the ON/RUN position, and should go out with
the engine running. If the ABS light does not illuminate
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briefly during this procedure, or remains on after the
engine is running, have the system checked by an authorized dealer.
below 10 volts, the malfunction indicator light comes on
and the ABS is switched off. When the voltage is above
this value again, the malfunction indicator light should
go out and the ABS is operational. If the malfunction
indicator light stays illuminated, have the system
checked at your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
WARNING!
When the ABS malfunction indicator light in the instrument cluster comes on while the engine is running, it
indicates that the ABS has detected a malfunction and has
switched off. In this case, the brake system functions in
the usual manner, but without antilock assistance. With
the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP are also
switched off. Both malfunction indicator lights come on
with the engine running. If the charging voltage falls
ABS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from
acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking or
steering efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction
afforded. The ABS cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns,
following another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver can
prevent accidents. The capabilities of an ABSequipped vehicle must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous manner which could jeopardize
the user’s safety or the safety of others.
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WARNING!
To use your brakes and accelerator more safely,
follow these tips:
• Do not “ride” the brakes by resting your foot on
the pedal. This could overheat the brakes and
result in unpredictable braking action, longer
stopping distances, or brake damage.
• When descending mountains or hills, repeated
braking can cause brake fade with loss of braking
control. Avoid repeated heavy braking by downshifting the transmission whenever possible.
• Do not drive too fast for road conditions, especially when roads are wet or slushy. A wedge of
water can build up between the tire tread and the
road. This hydroplaning action can cause loss of
traction, braking ability, and control.
• After going through deep water or a car wash,
brakes may become wet, resulting in decreased
performance and unpredictable braking action.
Dry the brakes by gentle, intermittent pedal action while driving at very slow speeds.
Brake Pad Break-In
The brakes on your vehicle do not require a long break-in
period, but avoid repeated hard brake applications from
high speeds during initial break-in. Also avoid severe
brake loading such as may be encountered when descending long mountain grades.
POWER STEERING
The power-assisted steering system of your vehicle provides mechanical steering capability in the event power
assist is lost.
If, for some reason, the hydraulic pressure is interrupted,
it will still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these
conditions, you will observe a substantial increase in
steering effort.
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TIRES
Please take the time to read the tire warranty booklet in
your Owner’s Manual package. It contains valuable
information on tire maintenance.
Specific recommendations on guidelines for long-term
tire storage should be requested of the tire manufacturer.
Please refer to the tire warranty booklet for contact
information.
Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
1. Safety
WARNING!
Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can
cause accidents.
• Under inflation increases tire flexing and can
result in tire failure.
• Over inflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion
shock. Objects on the road and chuck holes can cause
damage that results in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle.
• Over inflated or under inflated tires can affect
vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in
loss of vehicle control.
• Unequal tire pressures from one side of the vehicle
to the other can cause the vehicle to drift to the right
or left.
Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended cold tire inflation pressure.
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2. Economy
Improper inflation pressures can cause uneven wear
patterns to develop across the tire tread. These abnormal
wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for
earlier tire replacement. Underinflation also increases tire
rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consumption.
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 the face of the driver’s door latch pillar.
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The pressure should be checked and adjusted as well as
inspecting for signs of tire wear or visible damage at least
once a month. Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to
check tire pressure. Do not make a visual judgement
when determining proper inflation. Radial tires may look
properly inflated even when they are underinflated.
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CAUTION!
After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure always reinstall the valve stem cap—if equipped. This
will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the
valve stem, which could damage the valve stem.
Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always
“cold tire inflation pressure.” Cold tire inflation pressure
is defined as the tire pressure after the vehicle has not
been driven for at least 3 hours, or driven less than 1 mile
(1.6 km) after a 3 hour period. The cold tire inflation
pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire side wall.
Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range
of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with
temperature changes.
Tire pressures change by approximately 1 psi (7 kPa) per
12°F (7°C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a garage especially in
the winter.
Example: If garage temperature = 68°F (20°C) and the
outside temperature = 32°F (0°C) then the cold tire
inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa),
which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12°F (7°C) for this
outside temperature condition.
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 elsewhere in this section 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.
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.
WARNING!
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive wheel speeds may cause tire damage or failure. A tire could explode and injure
someone. Do not spin your vehicle’s wheels faster
than 35 mph (55 km/h) when you are stuck. And
don’t let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter
what the speed.
Tire Pressure Monitor System
The Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPM) monitors
the pressure in all tires. The TPM system uses
wireless technology to monitor tire pressure levels.
Sensors, mounted to each wheel as part of the valve stem,
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transmit tire pressure readings to a computer which
monitors for low pressure. If low pressure is measured,
the TPM Indicator Light will illuminate.
The TPM system informs you of a low tire pressure
condition. If this occurs, correct your tire inflation pressure as soon as possible, and inspect all of your tires. Be
sure to use a high quality gauge when adjusting pressure.
The TPM system is designed to periodically monitor your
tire pressure but cannot be expected to function as a tire
pressure gauge. There can be a delay between the instant
you adjust the air pressure in a tire and when the system
updates the display. The TPM system is not intended to
provide you with notification of rapid air loss.
The TPM system will cause the indicator lamp in the
instrument cluster to illuminate whenever the pressure in
one tire falls 25% below the recommended pressure
shown on the tire label.
NOTE: A TPM system does not replace normal tire
maintenance.
CAUTION!
The TPM system has been optimized for the original
equipment tires and wheels. TPM system pressures
have been established for the tire size equipped on
your vehicle. Undesirable operation or sensor damage may result when using replacement equipment
that is not of the same size, type, and/or style.
Aftermarket wheels can cause sensor damage. Do
not use aftermarket tire sealant or balance beads as
damage to the sensors may result. The standard
TIREFIT system (see Tirefit Tire Repair and Jacking
Instructions in the What To Do In Emergencies
section) is specifically designed to operate in conjunction with the TPM system, and will not damage
the sensors.
NOTE: The pressure in your tires changes with temperature. A significant decrease in temperature could
reduce cold inflation pressure below the TPM setpoint.
For example, tires inflated to the proper cold inflation
pressure on a warm day or in a warm garage could
illuminate the TPM indicator lamp on the following day
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if the temperature is very cold. ALWAYS check the
pressure in your tires if the TPM lamp is illuminated.
CAUTION!
Tire Chains
The RUD-matic威 DISC is the only tire chain system
approved for use on the Chrysler Crossfire.
Damage to the vehicle may result if unapproved tire
chains are used.
Chains should only be used on the rear wheels and only
with the recommended winter mud and snow (M+S)
tires and wheels. Follow the manufacturer’s mounting
instructions.
Original Equipment Tires
Your vehicle is equipped with either sport performance
tires or all-season performance tires. The sport performance tires offer the maximum road handling capability
in dry and wet weather conditions. The all-season performance tires, while offering slightly less road handling
capability, are able to provide traction capability in snow
and ice conditions. Both types of tires are rated for high
speed operation. It is important that you know what type
of tires your vehicle is equipped with so that you
understand their traction and handling characteristics for
various road conditions. Replacement tires should be of
the same size and speed rating to continue to provide the
same level of performance you are accustomed to.
Tire chains should only be driven on snow-covered roads
at speeds not to exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). Remove
chains as soon as possible when driving on roads without
snow.
When driving with tire chains, press the ESP control
switch to OFF.
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Snow Tires
Some areas of the country require the use of snow tires
during winter. See the recommended snow type winter
tire applications in this section.
WARNING!
Your vehicle may be equipped with sport performance tires that are optimized for driving in dry and
wet weather conditions. However, these tires have
reduced traction capability in snow and ice. When
driving your Crossfire 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.
If you need snow tires, the recommended size for the
front and rear tires is the same size as the original
equipment front tires. This size tire on the rear allows the
use of tire chains on the rear wheels. Selection of this size
tire also requires the purchase of two additional wheels
with the same size specification as the original equipment front wheels.
Snow tires may have a lower speed rating than factory
equipped tires and may not match the maximum vehicle
speed.
Snow tires should not be operated at sustained speeds
over 75 mph (120 km/h).
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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 two or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be
replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
Replacement Tires
The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many
characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for
wear and correct cold tire inflation pressure. The manufacturer strongly recommends that you use tires equivalent to the originals in size, quality and performance
when replacement is needed (see the paragraph on tread
wear indicators). Refer to the Tire and Loading Information placard for the size designation of your tire. The
service description and load identification will be found
on the original equipment tire. Failure to use equivalent
replacement tires may adversely affect the safety, handling, and ride of your vehicle. We recommend that you
contact your original equipment or an authorized tire
dealer with any questions you may have on tire specifications or capability.
Sport Performance (Y speed rating) tires and All-Season
Performance (W speed rating) tires
Front 225/40 ZR18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 psi (248 kPa)
Rear 255/35 ZR19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 psi (248 kPa)
Winter tires
Front 225/40 VR18 M+S . . . . . . . . . . . 36 psi (248 kPa)
Rear 225/40 VR18 M+S. . . . . . . . . . . . 42 psi (290 kPa)
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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. Check with your authorized dealer before
replacing tires with a different size.
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.
Rotate your tires at intervals shown on the maintenance
schedules. More frequent rotation is permissible if desired. The reasons for any rapid or unusual wear should
be corrected before rotating.
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Alignment And Balance
The suspension components of your vehicle should be
inspected and aligned when needed to obtain full tire
tread mileage.
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 vehicle to pull to the left or right.
Alignment will not correct this condition. See your
authorized dealer for proper diagnosis.
Improper alignment will not cause vehicle vibration.
Vehicle vibration may be a result of tire and wheel
out-of-balance. Proper balancing will reduce vibration
and avoid tire cupping and spotty wear.
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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
Your engine is designed to meet all emissions regulations and provide satisfactory
fuel economy and optimum performance
when using high quality unleaded gasoline having an octane rating of 91 or
higher. DaimlerChrysler Corporation requires the use of 91 octane or higher premium fuel to
minimize the potential for engine damage.
Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to
your engine. However, continued heavy spark knock at
high speeds can cause damage and should be reported to
your authorized dealer immediately. Engine damage
resulting from operating with a heavy spark knock may
not be covered by the new vehicle warranty.
Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard
starting, stalling and stumble. If you experience these
problems, try another brand of gasoline before considering service for the vehicle.
Over 60 automobile manufacturers around the world
have issued and endorsed consistent gasoline specifications (the World Wide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define
fuel properties necessary to deliver enhanced emissions,
engine performance, and durability for your vehicle.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation recommends the use of
gasolines that meet the WWFC specifications if they are
available.
Reformulated Gasoline
Many areas of the country require the use of cleaner
burning fuel, referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline”.
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates and are specially blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve
air quality.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide excellent performance and durability
of engine and fuel system components.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with materials called oxygenates such as 10% ethanol, MTBE and
ETBE. Oxygenates are required in some areas of the
country during the winter months to reduce carbon
monoxide emissions. Fuels blended with these oxygenates may be used in your vehicle.
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CAUTION!
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of
these blends may result in starting and drivability
problems and may damage critical fuel system components.
Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline
blends are not the responsibility of DaimlerChrysler
Corporation and may not be covered by the Limited
Warranty. While MTBE is an oxygenate made from
Methanol, it does not have the negative effects of Methanol.
MMT in Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasolines to increase the octane number. Gasolines blended with MMT offer no performance
advantage beyond gasolines of the same octane number
without MMT. Gasolines blended with MMT have shown
to reduce spark plug life and reduce emission system
performance in some vehicles. DaimlerChrysler Corporation recommends using gasolines without MMT. Since
the MMT content of gasoline may not be indicated on the
pump, you should ask your gasoline retailer whether or
not his/her gasoline contains MMT.
MMT is prohibited in both Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
In Canada, MMT can be used at levels higher than those
allowed in the United States. For this reason, it is even
more important to look for gasolines without MMT in
Canada.
Materials Added to Fuel
All gasoline sold in the United States is required to
contain effective detergent additives. Use of additional
detergents or other additives is not needed under normal
conditions and would result in unnecessary cost. Therefore, you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
Sulfur in Gasoline
If you live in the Northeast United States, your vehicle
may have been designed to meet California low emission
standards with cleaner burning California reformulated
gasoline with low sulfur. If such fuels are not available in
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states adopting California emission standards, your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting Federal
specifications, but emission control system performance
may be adversely affected.
ADDING 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 light to illuminate. DaimlerChrysler
Corporation recommends that you try a different brand
of unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if
the problem is fuel-related prior to returning your vehicle
to an authorized dealer for service.
Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is located under the fuel filler door, on the
passenger’s side of the vehicle. To open the door, be sure
it is unlocked, then gently press the rear edge of the door
until a click can be heard, then release. The door rear
edge will spring open enough to grasp and pull it
completely open. If the central locking system does not
release the fuel filler door, see your authorized dealer for
service. If the gas cap is lost or damaged, be sure the
replacement cap has been designed for use with this
vehicle.
CAUTION!
CAUTION!
If the CHECK ENGINE Light is flashing, immediate
service is required. See the Onboard Diagnostic
System (OBDII) paragraph in the Maintaining Your
Vehicle section of this manual.
Damage to the fuel system or emission control
system could result from using an improper gas cap.
A poorly fitting cap could let impurities into the fuel
system. The CHECK ENGINE light will come on if
the gas cap is not properly secured.
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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.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
With the key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/
RUN position, the fuel reserve warning light comes on. It
should go out immediately when the engine is running.
If the warning light does not go out after starting the
engine, or if it comes on while driving, it indicates that
the fuel level is down to the reserve quantity of approximately 2.1 gallons (8 liters).
Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can
cause the CHECK ENGINE light to illuminate.
NOTE:
• When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the fuel
tank is full.
• Tighten the gas cap until you hear a single click. This
is an indication that the gas cap is properly tightened.
The CHECK ENGINE light will come on if the gas cap
is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas cap is
tightened each time the vehicle is refueled.
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WARNING!
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank is filled.
• Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
• A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is inside of a vehicle. You
could be burned. Always place gas containers on
the ground outside the vehicle while filling.
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VEHICLE LOADING
The load carrying capacity of your vehicle is in the
following chart and on the tire pressure label attached to
the driver door pillar.
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Cargo Capacity (with two persons) . . . . 115 lbs. (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . 415 lbs. (188 kg)
Roof Luggage Rack
Convertible Top Vehicles
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the convertible top, DO NOT
carry any loads on the convertible top.
Coupe Vehicles
External racks do not increase the total load carrying
capacity of the vehicle. Be sure that the total occupant
and luggage load inside the vehicle, plus the load on the
roof luggage rack, do not exceed the rated vehicle capacity. The maximum recommended roof load for your
vehicle is 110 lbs. (50 kg).
CAUTION!
• To prevent damage to the roof of your vehicle, DO
NOT carry any loads on the roof luggage rack
which may come in contact with the roof panel.
The load should be secured and placed on top of
the rack, not directly on the roof. If it is necessary
to place some part of the load on the roof, place a
blanket or some other protection between the load
and the roof surface.
• To avoid damage to the roof luggage rack and
vehicle, do not exceed the rated load capacity of
your roof luggage rack system maximum load
capacity. Always distribute heavy loads as evenly
as possible and secure the load appropriately.
• Long loads which extend over the windshield, such
as wood panels or surfboards, should be carefully
secured to both the front and rear of the vehicle.
• Travel at reduced speeds and turn corners carefully
when carrying large or heavy loads on the roof
luggage rack. Wind forces, due to natural causes or
nearby truck traffic, can add sudden upward loads.
This is especially true on large flat loads and may
result in damage to the cargo or your vehicle.
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WARNING!
TRAILER TOWING
Trailer towing with your Crossfire is not recommended.
Cargo must be securely tied before driving your
vehicle. Improperly secured loads can fly off the
vehicle, particularly at high speeds, resulting in
personal injury or property damage. Follow the roof
luggage rack “Cautions” when carrying cargo on
your roof rack.
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
䡵 If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
䡵 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
䡵 TIREFIT Tire Repair And Jacking . . . . . . . . . . 167
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
▫ TIREFIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
▫ Towing Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
▫ Jack Location And Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
䡵 Convertible Top Emergency Operation . . . . . . 182
䡵 Jump-Starting The Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
▫ Relieving Hydraulic Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
䡵 Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
The flasher switch is located in the console. Push in
the flasher switch and all front and rear directional
signals will flash. Press the flasher switch a second
time to turn the flashers off.
NOTE: With extended use, the flasher may run down
your battery.
IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS
During severe operating conditions and stop-and-go city
traffic, the coolant temperature may rise close to the red
area on the gauge.
The engine should not be operated with the coolant
temperature in the red area. Doing so may cause serious
damage which is not covered by the DaimlerChrysler
Limited Warranty.
In any of the following situations, you can reduce the
potential for overheating by taking the appropriate action.
Do not use this emergency warning system when the
vehicle is in motion. Use it when your vehicle is disabled
and is creating a safety hazard for other motorists.
If it is necessary to leave the vehicle to go for service, the
flasher system will continue to operate with the ignition
key removed and the vehicle locked.
• On the highways – Slow down and use the highest
gear possible.
• In city traffic – While stopped, put the transmission in
Neutral, but do not increase engine idle speed.
• In city traffic – While moving, shift into the highest
gear possible to reduce engine RPM.
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NOTE: There are steps that you can take to slow down
an impending overheat condition. If your air conditioner
is on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the cooling system and turning off the A/C removes this
heat. You can also turn the temperature control to maximum heat, the mode control to floor, and the fan control
to high. This allows the heater core to act as a supplement
to the radiator and aids in removing heat from the
cooling system.
WARNING!
A hot cooling system is dangerous. You or others
could be badly burned by steam or boiling coolant.
If your temperature gauge pointer is in the red area,
turn off the engine immediately. You may want to
call an authorized dealer for service. If you decide to
look under the hood yourself, see Section 7 of this
manual. Follow the warnings under the Cooling
System Pressure Cap paragraph.
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CAUTION!
Driving with a hot cooling system could damage
your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “H,” pull
over and stop the vehicle. Idle the vehicle with the
air conditioner turned off until the pointer drops
back into the normal range. If the pointer remains on
the “H,” turn the engine off immediately, and call for
service.
TIREFIT TIRE REPAIR AND JACKING
TIREFIT
Small punctures, particularly those in the tread, can be
sealed with TIREFIT. Foreign objects (e.g., screws or
nails) should not be removed from the tire. TIREFIT can
be used in outside temperatures down to approximately
-4°F (-20°C).
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WARNING!
1. TIREFIT sealant bottle
2. Air pump flap
3. Recess in air pump
4. Power plug and cable
5. Air pump hose with pressure gauge
6. Hose connection on sealant bottle
Cuts or punctures larger than approximately 0.16 in. (4
mm), tire damage caused by driving with extremely
low tire pressure or on a flat tire, or a damaged wheel
can pose a hazard while driving. TIREFIT should not
be used in such circumstances. Do not drive the
vehicle under such circumstances. Contact your nearest authorized dealer for assistance.
Take care not to allow the contents of TIREFIT to
come in contact with hair, eyes or clothing. TIREFIT is
harmful if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through
the skin: It causes skin, eye and respiratory irritation.
Any contact with eyes or skin should be flushed
immediately with plenty of water. If clothing comes
in contact with TIREFIT, change clothing as soon as
possible.
In case of allergic reaction or rash, consult a physician
immediately. Keep TIREFIT out of reach of children.
If swallowed, rinse mouth immediately with plenty
of water and drink plenty of water. Do not induce
vomiting! Consult a physician immediately.
Keep away from open flame or heat source.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 169
Sealing tire with TIREFIT
1. Set the parking brake and turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
10. Insert the power plug (4) into the power point on the
instrument panel.
11. Turn the ignition key to the ON/RUN position.
2. Move the transmission selector lever to the PARK
position and turn off the engine.
12. Press the switch on the air pump to 1. The air pump
should start to inflate the tire.
3. Remove the TIREFIT kit and electric air pump from
the area below the cargo compartment carpet.
13. After five minutes, the tire should be inflated to at
least 26 psi (180 kPa) on the pressure gauge.
4. Open flap (2) on the electric air pump.
14. If the tire doesn’t inflate to this level, press the air
pump switch to 0, disconnect the TIREFIT system from
the tire, and drive the vehicle back and forth approximately 30 feet (9.1 m) to distribute the sealant more
evenly within the tire.
5. Pull the power plug (4) and air hose (5) along with the
pressure gauge out of the air pump housing.
6. Screw the air hose (5) onto the hose connection on the
TIREFIT sealant bottle (1).
7. Holding the sealant bottle by the top, insert it downwards into the recess (3) on the air pump.
8. Unscrew the valve cap from the valve on the deflated
tire.
9. Screw the filler hose from the sealant bottle on the tire
valve.
15. Attach the air pump hose directly to the tire, press the
switch to 1, and inflate the tire again. NOTE: If a tire
pressure of 26 psi (180 kPa) is not reached after five
minutes, the tire is too badly damaged. Do not attempt to
drive the vehicle further, and call for assistance.
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16. If a tire pressure of 26 psi (180 kPa) is obtained, press
the air pump switch to 0, turn the ignition switch to the
OFF/LOCK position, and disconnect the TIREFIT system.
17. Drive the vehicle for about 10 minutes to ensure
optimum distribution of the tire sealant within the tire.
18. Check the pressure in the tire. If the pressure is above
19 psi (130 kPa), inflate the tire to the pressure indicated
on the tire pressure label on the driver side latch pillar.
19. Have the tire inspected at the earliest opportunity at
an authorized dealer or tire service center.
NOTE: Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) until the tire
has been inspected.
NOTE: If a pressure of at least 19 psi (130 kPa) cannot
be maintained in the tire, the tire is too badly damaged.
Do not attempt to drive the vehicle further, and call for
assistance.
NOTE: Do not operate the electric air pump for more
than eight minutes to avoid overheating. The air pump
may be used again once it has cooled down.
NOTE: Replace the TIREFIT sealant bottle once every
four years to assure optimum operation of the system.
NOTE: If TIREFIT is liquid, clean water and a damp
cloth will remove the material from the vehicle or tire and
wheel components. Once TIREFIT sealing material has
dried, it can easily be peeled off and properly discarded.
Preparations for Jacking
WARNING!
Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The
vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You
could be crushed. Never get any part of your body
under a vehicle that is on a jack. Never start or run
the engine while the vehicle is on a jack. If you need
to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service
facility where it can be raised on a lift.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 171
WARNING!
Do not attempt to repair a tire on the side of the
vehicle close to traffic. Pull far enough off the road to
avoid the danger of being hit when operating the
jack or repairing a tire.
Jacking the vehicle should only be necessary in the event
that a tire has been severely damaged, and must be
replaced. (See TIREFIT Tire Repair section for a description of cuts and punctures that may be repairable with
TIREFIT.)
• Turn on the hazard warning flashers and park the
vehicle on a firm, level surface; avoid ice or slippery
areas.
• Firmly set the parking brake and shift the transmission
selector lever into PARK.
• Turn off the engine.
• Block the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire.
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• Passengers must not remain in the vehicle when the
vehicle is jacked.
NOTE: The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up
the vehicle at the specified jack location points built
beneath either side of the vehicle.
Jack Location and Instructions
1. Remove the jack and jack handle from stowage beneath the cargo compartment carpet.
2. The lifting points for the jack are located beneath the
outer edge of the body side, directly behind the front
wheel housings, and in front of the rear wheel housings.
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NOTE: Do not raise the vehicle until you are sure the
jack is securely engaged, as shown.
3. Holding the jack, insert the cradle under the lifting
points. Crank the handle clockwise until the jack base
meets the ground. Place the jack on firm ground. Position
the jack so that it is always level, even if the vehicle is
parked on an incline. Raise the vehicle only until the tire
just clears the surface. Minimum tire lift provides maximum stability.
4. Replace the tire.
5. Lower the vehicle by cranking the handle counterclockwise, then remove the jack assembly.
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NOTE: Before storing the jack, it should be fully
collapsed.
6. Ensure proper tire pressure.
WARNING!
Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make
the vehicle less stable. It could slip off the jack and
hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough
to make the necessary repair.
WARNING!
A loose jack or tool thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and tools in the
places provided.
JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY
WARNING!
Take care to avoid the radiator cooling fan whenever
the hood is raised. It can start any time the ignition
switch is on. You can be hurt by the fan.
CAUTION!
Do not try to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Your vehicle cannot be started this way.
Pushing with another vehicle may damage the transmission or the rear of your vehicle. If your vehicle
has a discharged (dead) battery, booster cables may
be used to obtain a start from another vehicle. This
type of start can be dangerous if done improperly, so
follow the procedure carefully.
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WARNING!
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not
allow battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing.
Don’t lean over battery when attaching clamps or
allow the clamps to touch each other. If acid splashes
in eyes or on skin, flush contaminated area immediately with large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas that is flammable
and explosive. Keep flame or spark away from the
vent holes. Do not use a booster battery or any other
booster source with an output that exceeds 12 volts.
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1. Wear eye protection and remove any metal jewelry
such as watch bands or bracelets that might make an
inadvertent electrical contact.
2. When boost is provided by a battery in another
vehicle, park that vehicle within booster cable reach but
without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake,
place the transmission in Neutral and turn the ignition
OFF for both vehicles.
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3. Turn off the heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
6. Start the engine in the vehicle which has the booster
battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the
engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.
7. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fans.
NOTE: If engine does not run after several unsuccessful
starting attempts, have it checked at the nearest authorized dealer.
DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES
WARNING!
4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive
jump-start attachment of the booster battery. Connect the
other end of the same cable to the positive jump-start
attachment of the discharged battery.
5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative jumpstart attachment of the booster battery and then to the
engine of the vehicle with the discharged battery. Make
sure you have good contact on the engine.
Rapid acceleration on slippery surfaces is dangerous. You could lose control of the vehicle and possibly have an accident. Accelerate slowly and carefully
whenever there is likely to be poor traction (ice,
snow, rain, mud, loose sand, etc.).
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Traction
When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a
wedge of water to build up between the tire and road
surface. This is hydroplaning and may cause partial or
complete loss of vehicle control and stopping ability. To
reduce this possibility, the following precautions should
be observed:
1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are
slushy.
2. Slow down if the road has standing water or puddles.
3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become
visible.
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
In order to free a stuck vehicle you must turn off the
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) before attempting to
“rock” the vehicle.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, sand or snow, it
can often be moved by a rocking motion. Turn your
steering wheel right and left to clear the area around the
front wheels. Then shift back and forth between Reverse
and Drive. Usually the least accelerator pedal pressure to
maintain the rocking motion without spinning the
wheels is most effective.
NOTE: ESP should be turned on again after freeing the
vehicle from a stuck condition.
4. Keep tires properly inflated.
5. Maintain enough distance between your vehicle and
the vehicle in front to avoid a collision in a sudden stop.
CAUTION!
Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast
may lead to transmission/axle overheating and failure. It can also damage the tires. Do not spin the
wheels above 30 mph (48 km/h).
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TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
We recommend that the vehicle be transported using flat
bed equipment. This method is preferable to other types
of towing.
CAUTION!
Important! If towing the vehicle, please note the
following: With the automatic central locking activated and the key in the ignition switch turned to the
ON/RUN position, the vehicle doors lock if the left
front wheel and the right rear wheel are turning at
vehicle speeds of approximately 9 mph (15 km/h) or
more. To prevent the vehicle door locks from locking, deactivate the automatic central locking.
CAUTION!
If the vehicle is towed with the front wheels raised,
the engine must be shut off (key in the ignition
switch turned to the OFF/LOCK or ACC positions).
Otherwise, the ESP will immediately be engaged
and will apply the rear wheel brakes. Switch off the
tow-away alarm as well as the automatic central
locking system.
Towing restrictions for vehicles with automatic transmission: The vehicle may be towed with all wheels on the
ground and the transmission selector lever in the Neutral
position for distances up to 30 miles (48 km) and at a
speed not to exceed 30 mph (48 km/h). The key must be
turned to the ON/RUN position in the ignition. To be
certain to avoid a possibility of damage to the transmission, however, we recommend the drive shaft be disconnected at the rear axle drive flange for any towing
beyond a short tow to a nearby garage.
Always comply with applicable state or local towing
ordinances.
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CAUTION!
• Do not attempt to tow this vehicle from the front
with sling-type towing equipment. Damage to the
front fascia will result.
• Always use wheel lift equipment when towing
from the front. The only other approved method
of towing is with a flatbed truck.
• Do not tow the vehicle from the rear. Damage to
the rear sheet metal and fascia will occur.
• Do not push or tow this vehicle with another
vehicle as damage to the bumper fascia and transmission may result.
Towing Eyes
The vehicle is equipped with front and rear towing eyes
to allow towing with the wheels on the ground or to
allow the vehicle to be easily drawn up on a flatbed tow
truck. The rear towing eye is located on the right side of
the vehicle below the rear fascia. The front hook is
located behind the lower grille in the fascia. For access, a
snap-in grille must be removed using the multifunction
tool from the glovebox.
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Insert the tool (or similar sized screwdriver) into the slot
in the grille as shown (the tool must be inserted far
enough to engage the clip on the left side of the grille).
Push the tool to the left to disengage the clip and detach
the grille. The front towing eye is now accessible.
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Tow-Away Alarm
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior
vehicle lights will flash and an alarm will sound when
anyone attempts to raise the vehicle for towing. The
alarm will last approximately three minutes in the form
of flashing exterior lights. At the same time, an alarm will
sound for 30 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the
vehicle is immediately lowered. To cancel the alarm,
insert the key in the ignition switch or press the transmit
button on the key fob.
To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm feature, press
the tow-away alarm switch to turn off the tow-away
alarm before towing the vehicle, or when parking on a
surface subject to movement, such as a ferry or auto train.
To do so, turn the key in the ignition switch to the
OFF/LOCK or ACC positions, or remove key from the
ignition switch. Press the upper half of the tow-away
alarm switch. The indicator light will illuminate briefly.
Then, exit the vehicle and lock with a key or the remote
control. The tow-away alarm remains switched off until
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the vehicle is locked again with a key or the remote
control, at which time it is automatically reactivated.
CONVERTIBLE TOP EMERGENCY OPERATION
If the convertible top cannot be closed using the convertible top switch, check the following:
• Is the decklid closed properly?
• Is there sufficient battery voltage? Start the engine if
necessary.
• Is the rear cargo compartment divider secured in the
vertical position?
If the power convertible top operation does not function
properly, you can close the convertible top manually.
NOTE: The multifunction tool from the glovebox is
required for this job.
CAUTION!
Manually closing the convertible top is a complicated and technically demanding procedure. Closing
the convertible top manually should be performed
with great care by two people. Close the convertible
top manually in emergency cases only. Otherwise,
visit an authorized DaimlerChrysler Dealer.
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Relieving Hydraulic Pressure
1. Lower the windows and open the doors.
NOTE: The hydraulic pressure must be relieved before
the top can manually be raised or lowered.
2. Turn the ignition key off.
1. Turn the ignition to the “ON” position.
2. Push down on the convertible top switch and hold in
that position.
3. Turn the ignition “OFF” and continue to push down
on the switch for 5 seconds.
4. After 5 seconds the hydraulic system pressure will be
relieved.
WARNING!
It is important that a second person assist you to
close the convertible top manually to prevent injuries.
CAUTION!
Ensure that the decklid is closed while raising the
convertible top manually to prevent the possibility
of contact between the decklid and the tonneau
cover.
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WARNING!
Do not place your hands near the convertible top
frame, upper windshield area, or the convertible top
storage compartment while the convertible top is
being raised and locked. Serious personal injury
may occur.
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3. Unlock the storage compartment by placing the tool
on the bolt between the backrest and the tonneau cover.
Turn the wrench in the direction of the arrow to its stop
and remove the tool.
5. Pull up hard on the upper section of the convertible
top to move it out of its storage compartment.
NOTE: Do not let go of the convertible top as it may fall
back into the convertible top storage compartment.
4. Open the tonneau cover and secure it in the upright
position.
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6. Move the convertible top toward the windshield
header.
8. Place the rear window section of the convertible top in
its vertical position.
9. Close the tonneau cover by placing hands near the
edges (arrows) and slowly lowering it. The tonneau cover
must lock in the first notch of the compartment cover
catch.
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WARNING!
Do not place your hands in the convertible top frame
areas. Serious personal injury may occur.
7. Do not place the convertible top frame onto windshield header.
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10. Lock the convertible top storage compartment by
placing the tool on the bolt between the backrest and the
tonneau cover. Turn the wrench in the direction of the
arrow to its stop and remove the tool.
11. Lower the rear window section of the convertible top
down and lock into the tonneau cover.
12. Press latch handle release button and fold down the
locking latch handle.
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13. Turn the latch handle just past one quarter turn
clockwise and pull the convertible top frame carefully
down until it meets the windshield header attachment
points.
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15. Fold the latch handle up until the release button
engages.
14. Turn the latch handle counterclockwise to the stop in
order to lock the convertible top.
The convertible top is now locked onto the windshield
header.
NOTE: Have the convertible top operation checked at
your authorized DaimlerChrysler Dealer as soon as possible.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
䡵 3.2L SRT Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
▫ Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) . . . . . . . 192
▫ Chassis Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
▫ Ignition Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
▫ Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . 205
▫ Windshield Washer Reservoir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 211
▫ Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
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▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
▫ Front Turn Signal And Parking/Standing
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
䡵 Convertible Top Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
▫ Front And Rear Sidemarker Lights . . . . . . . . . 229
▫ Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ Tail, Stop, Back Up And Turn Signal Lights . . . 230
▫ General Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ License Plate Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
▫ Weather Strip Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
▫ Headlight Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
䡵 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses . . . . . 221
䡵 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
▫ Relay Control Module Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
䡵 Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
䡵 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
䡵 Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Interior Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Exterior Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
䡵 Exterior Light Bulb Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
▫ Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 191
3.2L SRT ENGINE
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II)
To meet new government regulations and promote
cleaner air, your Crossfire is equipped with a sophisticated onboard diagnostic system called OBD II. This
system monitors the performance of the emissions and
engine control systems. When these systems are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emissions
well within current government regulations.
If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system
will turn on the CHECK ENGINE Light. It will also store
diagnostic codes and other information to assist your
service technician in making repairs. Although your
vehicle will usually be drivable and not need towing, see
your authorized dealer for service as soon as possible.
CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the CHECK ENGINE light
on could cause further damage to the emission
control system. It could also affect fuel economy and
drivability. The vehicle must be serviced before any
state emissions tests can be performed.
If the CHECK ENGINE light is flashing, severe catalytic
converter damage and power loss will soon occur. Immediate service is required.
If the gas cap is not tightened properly, the CHECK
ENGINE light may come on. Be sure the gas cap is
tightened every time you add fuel. Tighten the cap until
you hear it “click” once.
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EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
PROGRAMS
In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass
an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system.
Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration.
For states which have an I/M (Inspection and
Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies
the following: the CHECK ENGINE Light is functioning
and is not on when the engine is running, and that the
OBD (Onboard Diagnostic) system is ready for testing.
Normally, the OBD system will be ready. The OBD
system may not be ready if your vehicle was recently
serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery
replacement. If the OBD system should be determined
not ready for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test.
Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test
which you can use prior to going to the test station. To
check if your vehicle’s OBD system is ready, you must do
the following:
1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position, but do not
crank or start the engine.
3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start
this test over.
4. As soon as you turn your key to the ON/RUN
position, you will see your CHECK ENGINE light come
on as part of a normal bulb check.
5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will
happen:
a. The CHECK ENGINE light will flash for about 10
seconds and then return to being fully illuminated
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.
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b. The CHECK ENGINE light will not flash at all
and will remain fully illuminated until you turn off
the ignition key or start the engine. This means that
your vehicle’s OBD system is ready and you can
proceed to the I/M station.
If your OBD system is not ready, you should see your
authorized dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was
recently serviced or had a battery failure or replacement,
you may need to do nothing more than drive your
vehicle as you normally would in order for your OBD
system to update. A recheck with the above test routine
may then indicate that the system is now ready.
Regardless of whether your vehicle’s OBD system is
ready or not ready, if the CHECK ENGINE light is
illuminated during normal vehicle operation, you should
have your vehicle serviced before going to the I/M
station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the
CHECK ENGINE light is on with the engine running.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar威 parts for normal/scheduled
maintenance and repairs is highly recommended to insure the designed performance. Damage or failures
caused by the use of non-Mopar威 parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the warranty offered
by DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
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 Crossfire.
Refer to these manuals before attempting any procedure
yourself.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the proper equipment.
If you have any doubt about your ability to perform
a service job, take your vehicle to a competent
technician.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the maintenance service
recommended by the engineers who designed your vehicle.
Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed
maintenance intervals, there are other items that should
operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance.
However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it
could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance.
These items should be inspected if a malfunction is
observed or suspected.
Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper engine lubrication, the engine oil must
be maintained at the correct level. Check the oil level at
regular intervals, such as every fuel stop.
You can check the oil level using the procedure described
in Checking Engine Oil Level in the Understanding Your
Instrument Panel section, or by checking the engine oil
dipstick.
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The best time to check the engine oil level is about 5
minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off, or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
the oil level between the MIN and MAX markings on the
dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at
the MIN mark will result in a MAX reading on this
engine.
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Change Engine Oil
The oil change interval for your Crossfire is initially set at
7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000 km).
The Flexible Service System (FSS) in your vehicle evaluates engine temperature, oil level, vehicle speed, engine
speed, distance driven, and the time elapsed since your
last service. It determines when your vehicle needs
maintenance service and alerts you in advance. The next
necessary service is indicated by the FSS in your instrument cluster.
NOTE: Also see the FSS system details in the Understanding Your Instrument Panel section of this manual.
Very light duty driving cycles (most trips more than 10
miles [16 km] at moderate speeds in moderate temperature conditions) can extend the service interval beyond
7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000 km).
If ANY of the following apply to your driving, the oil
change interval can be reduced significantly:
• Day and night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C)
• Stop-and-go driving
• Extensive engine idling
• Driving in dusty conditions
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km)
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90°F (32°C)
• Taxi, Police, or delivery service (commercial service)
Observe the oil change interval indicated by your FSS
system. This system will monitor the driving conditions
seen by your vehicle, and will recommend the best
interval for servicing your vehicle to maintain it in top
condition.
CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause
oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
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Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, only use synthetic engine
oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as Mobil 1
SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an oil change at the
proper interval if an unapproved engine oil is used;
engine damage and reduced engine life may result.
Materials Added To Engine Oils
Do not add materials (other than leak detection dyes) to
engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and its
performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
Disposing of Used Engine Oil
Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil from
your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can
present a problem to the environment. Contact your
dealer, service station, or governmental agency for advice
on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in
your area.
Engine Oil Filter
The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine
oil change.
Engine Oil Filter Selection
All DaimlerChrysler Corporation engines have a fullflow type disposable oil filter. Use a filter of this type for
replacement. The quality of replacement filters varies
considerably. Only high quality filters should be used to
assure most efficient service. Mopar威 Engine Oil Filters
are high quality oil filters and are recommended.
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Drive Belts - Check Condition and Tension
At the distance shown in the maintenance schedules,
check all drive belts for condition and proper tension.
Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure.
Engine Air Cleaner Filter
Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at
each interval called out by FSS.
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.
WARNING!
Special tools are required to properly measure tension
and to restore belt tension to factory specifications. Also,
check belt routing to make sure there is no interference
between the belts and other engine components.
Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New plugs should be installed at the distance specified in the appropriate maintenance chart. 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.
The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection
in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air
cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or
maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the
engine compartment before starting the vehicle with
the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in
serious personal injury.
Engine Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the
speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an
excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank,
frequent filter replacement may be necessary. See your
authorized dealer for service.
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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 serviced to assure
proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst
damage.
If the CHECK ENGINE light is flashing, immediate
service is required.
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.
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.
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In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning
engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop
the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool.
Service, including a tune up to DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s specifications, should be obtained immediately.
To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
• Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition
when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle is in
motion.
• Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the
vehicle.
• Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires
disconnected for a prolonged period.
Ignition Wiring System
The ignition cables should be kept clean and properly
connected. Terminals should be fully seated. Cracked,
damaged, or faulty cables should be replaced.
Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits.
Check ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
Maintenance-Free Battery
The top of the maintenance-free battery is permanently
sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is periodic
maintenance required.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
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.
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.
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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.
Power Steering Fluid
No power steering fluid service is required. The system is
filled at the factory with Pentosin CHF 11S. Steering noise
and reduced component life may result if an unapproved
fluid is used.
WARNING!
The air conditioning system contains refrigerant
under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury
or damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any
repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be
done by an experienced repair person.
Refrigerant Recovery And Recycling
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere. The DaimlerChrysler Corporation recommends that air conditioning service be done by
facilities using refrigerant recycling and recovery equipment that meets SAE standard J1991.
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Drive Shaft Universal Joints
Your vehicle has four constant velocity universal joints.
Periodic lubrication of these joints is not required. However, the joint boots should be inspected for external
leakage or damage when other maintenance is performed.
If leakage or damage is evident, replace the universal
joint boot and grease immediately.
Chassis Lubrication
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.
Steering Linkage
Inspect tie rod ends whenever the vehicle is serviced.
They are permanently lubricated and do not require
periodic lubrication.
Continued operation could result in failure of the universal joint due to water and dirt contamination of the
grease. This would require complete replacement of the
joint assembly.
Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, and rear liftgate / decklid hinges,
should be lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy
operation and to protect against rust and wear.
Hood Latch
When performing other under hood services, the hood
latch release mechanism and safety catch should be
inspected, cleaned, and lubricated.
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It is important to maintain proper lubrication to insure
that the hood mechanisms work properly and safely.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, NLGI Grade 2, should be applied sparingly to all pivot and sliding contact areas.
Driver’s Door Lock Cylinder
The driver’s door lock cylinder should be lubricated
twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a
small amount of a high quality lubricant, such as Mopar威
Lock Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder
(avoid excess lubricant).
Insert the key into the lock cylinder and rotate from the
unlocked to the locked position without adding more
lubricant. Repeat this procedure three or four times. Wipe
all the lubricant off the key with a clean cloth, to avoid
soiling clothing.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the
windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a
mild non-abrasive cleaner, or use the washer solvent.
This will remove accumulations of salt or road film and
help reduce streaking 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 as shown in the illustration and
slide the wiper blade assembly down along the arm.
Gently place the wiper arm on the windshield.
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4. Install the new blade assembly onto the wiper arm tip
until it locks in place.
Windshield Washer Reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir is located in the engine
compartment and should be checked for fluid level at
regular intervals. Fill the reservoir with windshield
washer solvent (not radiator antifreeze) rated not to
freeze at -25°F (-31°C). Operate the system for a few
seconds to flush out the residual water.
WARNING!
Do not overfill the washer reservoir. Do not attempt
to fill to the top of the filler neck. Fluid may leak out
onto the floor or driveway causing a potential slip
and fall hazard. When the indicator light first illuminates, the maximum fill amount is 1 gallon or 4
liters.
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WARNING!
Commercially available windshield washer solvents
are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care
must be exercised when filling or working around
the washer solution.
Exhaust System
The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into
the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust
system.
If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system,
or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle, or
when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged,
have a competent technician inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams
or loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep
into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the
exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide which is colorless and odorless. Breathing
it can make you unconscious and can eventually
poison you. Follow the above precautions to keep
your exhaust system as safe as possible.
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Cooling System
WARNING!
• When working near the radiator cooling fan, disconnect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition
switch to the OFF position. The fan is temperature
controlled and can start at any time the ignition
key is in the ON position.
• You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant
or steam from your radiator. If you see or hear
steam coming from under the hood, don’t open
the hood until the radiator has had time to cool.
Never try to open a cooling system pressure cap
when the radiator is hot.
Coolant Checks
Check coolant protection every 12 months (before the
onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If the coolant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be
drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant.
Check the front of the radiator and condenser for an
accumulation of bugs, leaves, etc. Clean the radiator and
condenser by gently spraying water from a garden hose
at the back of the radiator core.
Check the recovery bottle tank tubing for condition and
tightness of connection at the bottle and radiator. Inspect
the entire system for leaks.
Cooling System - Drain, Flush and Refill
At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules,
the system should be drained, flushed and refilled.
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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.
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 coolant approved to MB 325.0, such as Valvoline
GO5, or an equivalent extended life coolant. Refer to the
recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for
correct coolant type.
CAUTION!
Failure to use the proper antifreeze could cause
radiator plugging and engine overheating. Do not
mix antifreeze brands or types. Do not use plain
water alone or alcohol base antifreeze products. Do
not use additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator
coolant and may plug the radiator.
Adding Coolant
When adding coolant, a minimum solution of 50% ethylene glycol antifreeze coolant and water should be used.
Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if temperatures below -34°F (-37°C) are anticipated.
Use only high purity water, such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/antifreeze solution. The
use of lower quality water will reduce the amount of
corrosion protection in the engine cooling system.
NOTE: Mixing coolant types other than Mopar威 products will decrease the life of the engine coolant and will
require more frequent coolant changes.
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Please note that it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain the proper level of protection against freezing,
according to the temperatures occurring in the area
where the vehicle is operated.
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.
The cap should be inspected and cleaned if there is any
accumulation of foreign material on the sealing surfaces.
WARNING!
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN WHEN HOT”
near the cooling system reservoir cap are a safety
precaution. Never add coolant when the engine is
overheated. Do not loosen or remove the cap to cool
an overheated engine. Heat causes pressure to build
up in the cooling system. To prevent scalding or
injury, do not remove the pressure cap while the
system is hot or under pressure.
WARNING!
Do not use a pressure cap other than the one specified for your vehicle. Personal injury or engine
damage may result.
Points to Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles/
kilometers of operation, you may observe vapor coming
from the front of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of moisture from rain, snow, or high
humidity accumulation on the radiator and being vaporized when the thermostat opens, allowing hot water to
enter the radiator.
If an examination of your engine compartment shows no
evidence of radiator or hose leaks, the vehicle may be
safely driven. The vapor will soon dissipate.
• Do not overfill the coolant bottle.
• Check coolant freeze point in the system.
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• If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the
level in the recovery bottle does not drop when the
engine cools, the cooling system should be pressure
tested for leaks.
• Maintain a coolant concentration of a minimum of 50%
ethylene glycol Extended Life Coolant and high quality water with recommended antifreeze for proper
corrosion protection of your engine cooling system
that contains aluminum components.
• Make sure that the radiator and coolant bottle hoses
are not kinked or obstructed.
• Keep the front of the radiator clean. If your vehicle has
air conditioning, keep the front of the condenser clean,
also.
• Do not change the thermostat for summer or winter
operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install
ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may
result in unsatisfactory coolant performance, poor fuel
economy, and increased emissions.
Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses
Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence
of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots,
brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions,
and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
Pay particular attention to the hoses nearest to high heat
sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or
moving component that may cause heat damage or
mechanical wear.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed. Inspect all hose connections such as clamps
and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks
are present. Components should be replaced immediately if there is any evidence of degradation that could
cause failure.
Brakes
In order to assure brake system performance, all brake
system components should be inspected periodically.
Suggested service intervals can be found in the Maintenance section.
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WARNING!
Riding the brakes can lead to brake failure and
possibly an accident. Driving with your foot resting
or riding on the brake pedal can result in abnormally
high brake temperatures, excessive lining wear, and
possible brake damage. You wouldn’t have your full
braking capacity in an emergency.
Brake and Power Steering System Hoses
When servicing the vehicle for scheduled maintenance,
inspect surface of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of
heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber,
cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive
swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular
attention should be made to examining those hose surfaces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust
manifold.
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid,
and brake fluid are used during assembly plant operations to ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. Therefore, oil wetness at the hose-coupling area is not necessarily an indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot
fluid when systems are under pressure (during vehicle
operation) should be noted before a hose is replaced
based on leakage.
NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done
whenever the brake system is serviced and at every
engine oil change.
WARNING!
Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any signs of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
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Brake Master Cylinder
The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked
when performing under hood services, or immediately if
the brake system warning light is on.
Be sure to clean the top of the master cylinder area before
removing the cap. If necessary, add fluid to bring the
fluid level up to the requirements described on the brake
fluid reservoir. Fluid level can be expected to fall as the
brake pads wear. Brake fluid level should be checked
when pads are replaced. However, low fluid level may be
caused by a leak and a checkup may be needed.
Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake
fluid with: minimum dry boiling point (ERBP) 500°F,
minimum wet boiling point (WERBP) 356°F, maximum
viscosity 1500 mm 2/s, conforming to FMVSS 116 and
ISO 4925.
WARNING!
Use of a brake fluid that may have a lower initial
boiling point or unidentified as to specification, may
result in sudden brake failure during hard prolonged braking. You could have an accident.
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WARNING!
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter. Use of contaminated fluid may result in reduced
brake performance or a sudden brake failure. You
could have an accident.
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CAUTION!
CAUTION!
Do not allow petroleum-based fluid to contaminate
the brake fluid as seal damage will result!
Using a transmission fluid other than the fluid
recommended by DaimlerChrysler Corporation may
cause deterioration in transmission shift quality
and/or torque converter shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than that recommended by the
DaimlerChrysler Corporation will result in more
frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
section for correct fluid type.
Automatic Transmission
The fluid in the automatic transmission should be
changed at 80,000 miles (129,000 km), along with the
transmission fluid filter. After that, the transmission fluid
is filled for life.
Selection of Lubricant
It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the
transmission to assure optimum transmission performance. Use only ATF approved to MB 236.10, MB 236.12.
Synthetic Dexron III威 Automatic Transmission Fluid may
be substituted. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for the correct fluid type.
It is important that the transmission fluid be maintained
at the prescribed level using the recommended fluid.
Fluid Level Check
Regular automatic transmission fluid level checks and
changes are not required. For this reason the dipstick is
omitted.
If you notice fluid loss or gear shift malfunction, have
your authorized dealer check the transmission fluid level.
Fluid and Filter Changes
Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be
changed at 80,000 miles (129,000 km). The fluid is then
filled for life.
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NOTE: Refer to Section 8 of this manual for Maintenance Schedules.
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation
Appearance Care and Protection from Corrosion
• Insects, tree sap and tar
Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body protection requirements vary according to
geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make
roads passable in snow and ice, and those that are
sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons,
are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside
parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants, road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated,
extreme hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and
underbody protection.
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities
The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
The most common causes are:
• Stone and gravel impact
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants
• Bird droppings
Washing
• Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and
rinse the panels completely with clear water.
• If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.
• Use Mopar威 auto polish to remove road film and
stains and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to
scratch the paint.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
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CAUTION!
Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials
such as steel wool or scouring powder, which will
scratch metal and painted surfaces.
Special Care
• If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive
near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once
a month.
• It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges
of the doors, rocker panels and rear liftgate / decklid
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威 touch-up paint on scratches or chips as
soon as possible. Your dealer has touch-up paint to
match the color of your vehicle.
• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating, have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• Aluminum wheels should be cleaned regularly with
mild soap and water to prevent corrosion. To remove
heavy soil, select a non-abrasive, non-acidic cleaner.
Do not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid
automatic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh
brushes that may damage the wheels’ protective finish.
Wheel And Wheel Trim Care
All wheels and wheel trim, especially Aluminum, should
be cleaned regularly, using mild soap and water to
maintain their luster and to prevent corrosion. Wash
them with the same soap solution as the body of your
vehicle. Rinse the wheels thoroughly.
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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威 Wheel Cleaners are recommended. Any of
the “DO NOT USE” items listed below can damage
wheels and wheel trim.
DO NOT USE:
• Any abrasive cleaner
• Any abrasive cleaning pad (such as steel wool) or
abrasive brush
• Any cleaner that contains an acid which can react with
and discolor the chrome surface.
• Oven cleaner
• A car wash that uses carbide-tipped wheel cleaning
brushes or acidic solutions.
CAUTION!
Many wheel cleaners contain acids that may harm
the wheel surface.
Interior Care
Use Mopar威 Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery
and carpeting.
Use Mopar威 Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery.
Mopar威 Vinyl Cleaner is specifically recommended for
vinyl trim.
Leather Seat Care and Cleaning
Leather is best preserved by regular cleaning with a
damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt can act as an
abrasive and damage the leather surface and should be
removed immediately with a damp cloth. Stubborn soils
can be removed easily with a soft cloth and Mopar威 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
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ammonia based cleaners to clean your leather upholstery.
Application of a leather conditioner is not required to
maintain the original condition.
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.
CAUTION!
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
The use of vinyl, leather or plastic protectants may
cause excessive gloss and/or discoloration of interior
trim parts.
WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive-type cleaner. Use caution when
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
Instrument Panel Cover
The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which
minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use
protectants or other products which may cause undesirable reflections. Use soap and warm water to restore the
low glare surface.
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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.
• Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
• Dry with a soft tissue.
Seat Belt Maintenance
Do not bleach, dye or clean the belts with chemical
solvents or abrasive cleaners. This will weaken the fabric.
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.
CONVERTIBLE TOP CARE
CAUTION!
Due not use sharp-edged instruments to remove
snow or ice from the soft top.
NOTE: Place a suitable cover over the top if you are
going to park the vehicle outside for a extended period of
time.
Immediate removal of any contaminant is recommended.
Regular washing of the top will enhance its life and
appearance, and make successive cleanings easier. Do not
subject the top to excessive heat. Frequently vacuum the
top and cargo compartment divider.
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Washing
General Cleaning
CAUTION!
• Remove bird droppings immediately. The organic
acid can damage the material and cause the top to
leak.
• Never use a power washer to clean the top, as you
may damage the top material.
• If an automatic car wash is used, never use hotwax.
Hand washing is highly recommended. Automatic car
washing equipment can damage the top material. If you
must use an automatic car wash, soft cloth systems are
preferred.
CAUTION!
Do not use any of the following to clean the top:
• Gasoline
• Paint Thinner
• Tar and Stain Removers
• Glass Cleaner
• Similar Organic Solvents
• Abrasive Type Cleaners or Bleaches
The following methods are sufficient if the top is only
lightly soiled:
Dry Cleaning
Brush the dry top with a soft-bristled brush from front to
rear of the vehicle.
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Wet Cleaning
Wash with clear water or with a mild detergent and an
ample supply of luke warm water by wiping with a
soft-bristled brush or sponge from front to rear. Then
rinse thoroughly with clear water.
Allow the top to dry before lowering. Vacuuming the top
with a wet/dry shop vacuum will decrease the top’s
drying time, ensure removal of all dirt, and delete streaks
in the material. Multiple cleanings may be necessary to
remove stubborn stains. If stains persist, contact your
local dealership for further suggestions.
Weather Strip Care
Lubricate all top and door glass weather strips periodically with Mopar Weather Strip Lubricant (part number
4773427), to keep them soft and pliable.
FUSES
Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses
The underhood accesseory fuse block fuses are located
under the hood on the driver’s side, between the brake
master cylinder and the left front fender.
To remove the lid, squeeze the tabs together located at the
front of the fusebox. Then lift the lid up by the tabs. The
lid will then slide off the top of the fuse box. To replace
the lid, place the two hinge-like tabs at the rear of the lid
under the tabs on the fusebox. Push down on the front of
the lid until the tabs at the front click.
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CAUTION!
When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use
only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The
use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may
result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a
properly rated fuse continues to blow, it shows a
problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
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Underhood Accessory Fuse Block Fuses
Cavity
1
2
3
4
5
5
6
6
7
Fuse
5 Amp
Beige
5 Amp
Beige
5 Amp
Beige
7.5 Amp
Brown
15 Amp
Blue
25 Amp
White
5 Amp
Beige
40 Amp
Orange
5 Amp
Beige
Circuits
Garage Door Opening Signal,
TPM and Seat Heater
Occupant Restraint Controller
Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator, Safety Restraint System
and Indicator, Passenger Airbag
Off
Heated Mirror
Radio (Coupe)
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Roof Control Module (Roadster)
Exterior Mirror Adjustment, Left
And Right (Coupe)
Roof Hydraulic Unit (Roadster)
Electronic Transmission Control
(Park/Reversing Lock) and BCM
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Cavity
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Fuse
15 Amp
Blue
10 Amp
Red
5 Amp
Beige
15 Amp
Blue
10 Amp
Red
10 Amp
Red
10 Amp
Red
5 Amp
Beige
40 Amp
Orange
Circuits
Radio
Cavity
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Roof Light, Horn, Anti-Theft
Alarm, Cargo Lamp and Tire
Pressure Control
Speed Control
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Ignition Coil 6 Cyl.
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Heated Washer Nozzles
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Charge Air Cooler Circulation
Pump
Diagnostic Socket
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Residual Engine Heat Utilization
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Spare
Electronic Stability Program
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30
Fuse
40 Amp
Orange
40 Amp
Orange
30 Amp
Green
30 Amp
Green
30 Amp
Green
15 Amp
Blue
30 Amp
Green
20 Amp
Yellow
20 Amp
Yellow
15 Amp
Blue
Circuits
Electronic Stability Program
Power Window
Wiper Motor
Seat Adjustment Right Side
Seat Adjustment Left Side
Sound Booster (Amplifier)
Seat Heater
Pneumatic Control Unit, Rear
Window Defroster
Central Locking
Spare (Coupe)
Radio (Roadster)
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Cavity
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34
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35
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Fuse
15 Amp
Blue
15 Amp
Blue
5 Amp
Beige
30 Amp
Green
15 Amp
Blue
30 Amp
Green
5 Amp
Beige
5 Amp
Beige
Circuits
Cigar Lighter, Glove Compartment Light
Wiper, Washer Pump, Headlight
Flasher
Climate Control
Relay Control Module Fuses
Spare (Coupe)
Climate Control (Roadster)
Radio Frequency Remote Control,
Hazard Warning Flasher, Instrument Cluster, Climate Control
Climate Control (Coupe)
Exterior Mirror Adjustment
(Roadster)
Circulating Air, Instrument Cluster, Radio Frequency Remote
Control, Climate Control
The relay control module fuses are located in the Control
Module Box next to the battery in the engine compartment. Slide the control module box cover retaining clips
forward and lift the cover from the control module box to
gain access to the relay control module fuses.
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Interior Fuses
Relay Control Module
Cavity Fuse
1
15 Amp Blue
2
15 Amp Blue
3
15 Amp Blue
4
40 Amp
Orange
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15 Amp Blue
6
15 Amp Blue
Fuses
Circuits
Traction System
Engine Control 2
Engine Control 1
Air Pump
Fuel Pump
Horn
The fuse access door is located on the end of the
instrument panel on the driver’s side behind the trim
panel cover. Use a coin or flat blade screwdriver to open
and close this access door.
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Cavity
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Interior
Cavity
1
2
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Fuses
Fuse
Circuits
Not Assigned
15 Amp Blue Brake Lamp/Speed Control
7.5 Amp
Right High Beam, High Beam
Brown
Indicator Light
15 Amp Blue Reverse/Turn signal Light
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Fuse
7.5 Amp
Brown
15 Amp Blue
7.5 Amp
Brown
15 Amp Blue
15 Amp Blue
7.5 Amp
Brown
7.5 Amp
Brown
Circuits
Left High Beam
Right Low Beam
Right Parking/Tail Light Side
Marker
Left Low Beam
Fog Light
Left Parking/Tail Light Side
Marker
License Plate/Instrument
Cluster Lighting/Symbol
Lighting
Not Used - Spare Fuse
Not Used - Spare Fuse
Not Used - Spare Fuse
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REPLACEMENT BULBS
EXTERIOR LIGHT BULB SERVICE
Interior Light Bulbs
For lighted switches and interior lights, see your authorized dealer for servicing requirements.
Headlights
Exterior Light Bulbs
Bulb
Bulb No.
Headlight - High and Low Beam . . . . . . 12V55W H7U
Front Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y21W
Front Parking/Standing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Front Side Marker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Rear Marker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W5W
Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) . . . . . LED
Front Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HB455W
Rear Turn Signal Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y21W
Rear Tail and Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21/5W
Backup Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21W
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
WARNING!
Halogen lamps contain pressurized gas. A bulb can
explode if you:
• Touch or move it when hot
• Drop the bulb
• Scratch the bulb
Wear eye and hand protection.
NOTE: To prevent a possible electrical short circuit,
switch off light prior to replacing a bulb.
1. Push the tab down at the top end of the cover and
remove.
2. Disconnect the electrical connector.
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3. Release the spring clamps holding the bulb in place,
and pull out the bulb. Replace the bulb and reverse the
removal procedure exactly.
Front Turn Signal and Parking/Standing Lights
• Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
Push the bulb into the socket, turn counterclockwise
and remove.
• Replace the bulb, push in and twist clockwise. Reinstall the socket, and turn clockwise.
Front and Rear Sidemarker Lights
1. Push the front sidemarker assembly in and slide it
forward. Push the rear sidemarker assembly in and slide
rearward. The assembly will release from the fascia.
2. Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
Push the bulb into the socket, turn counterclockwise and
remove.
CAUTION!
Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil
contamination will severely shorten bulb life. If the
bulb comes in contact with an oily surface, clean the
bulb with rubbing alcohol.
3. Replace the light, push in and twist clockwise.
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4. Realign the two tabs and push the light in until it
engages into the lock.
License Plate Light
Tail, Stop, Back Up and Turn Signal Lights
1. Open the rear liftgate / decklid and remove the access
door in the trim panel.
2. Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull out.
3. Replace the light and return to open socket, turn
clockwise until it stops.
4. Replace the access door in the trim panel.
1. Remove the two lens assembly mounting screws.
2. Pull the bulb out of the socket.
3. Replace the bulb and reattach the lens assembly.
4. Align and resecure the two lens assembly mounting
screws.
NOTE: Be sure not to over-torque the mounting screws
or permanent damage to the lens may occur.
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NOTE: Always test the operation of all lights after
service operations have been performed to validate an
effective repair.
the vehicle and then readjust the headlights to the
original position. If any further adjustments are necessary contact your manufacturer’s dealer. A detailed service procedure is contained in the manufacturer’s Service
Manual. Information on purchasing a Service Manual can
be found at the back of this Owner’s Manual.
VEHICLE STORAGE
We recommend that you follow these guidelines before
storing your Crossfire for extended periods.
• Fill the gas tank. This will prevent water condensation
inside the tank. If you plan on storing your vehicle
more than two months, add an anti-oxidant fuel
stabilizer to the gas tank.
Headlight Aiming
The headlights on your new vehicle were aimed at the
factory. The factory setting was made at a no load setting.
A great increase in weight will change the aiming and it
may be necessary to readjust the headlights if carrying an
excessive amount of weight in the rear cargo area. To
readjust the headlights first mark the position of the
headlights on a wall prior to loading the vehicle. Load
• Change the oil to remove any corrosive combustionrelated acids in the crankcase.
• Wash and wax the vehicle to protect the finish.
• Cover the vehicle whenever possible to prevent accidental damage to the finish.
• Store the vehicle in a dry, well-ventilated location.
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• If the vehicle will be subjected to freezing temperatures, remove the battery and store it in a dry, wellventilated place. If the vehicle is not going to be driven
in the next three weeks, follow the battery recharge
procedure in the Service Manual, then disconnect the
battery at the negative terminal.
CAUTION!
Use care when disconnecting the remote positive
cable. It is connected to the battery and can short out
to any metal on the vehicle. Always tape or wrap the
exposed cable end to prevent electrical shorts.
Disconnecting the battery causes the engine control system to lose memory of some “learned” functions. The
engine may run rough when first started after a battery
disconnect until the control module “relearns” these
functions.
Check the battery every four to six weeks to ensure that
the voltage is above 12.40. Voltage will drop more rapidly
in hot temperatures. If battery voltage drops below 12.40,
follow the battery recharge procedure in the Service
Manual.
• Check that the radiator coolant level of protection is to
at least -20°F (-29°C).
• Block the wheels. Do not apply the parking brake.
• Make sure that all tires are inflated to the optimum
pressure.
• Cut blocks of plywood about the same size of the tires.
Cover each block with indoor/outdoor carpeting and
place them between the tires and concrete. This will
prevent tire flat spotting.
• For long term storage, remove the tires and put the
vehicle up on blocks. Stack the tires on plywood and
cover with a tarp to prevent flat spotting.
• Move the wiper blades away from the windshield.
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NOTE: To help prevent the battery from discharging
during shorter periods of inactivity, perform the following:
1. Make sure that the rear liftgate/decklid, hood, and
doors are completely closed.
2. Make sure that the remote transmitter is operating and
that the battery is good.
3. Make sure that the hood, rear liftgate and door
switches are in adjustment.
4. Use the remote transmitter to set the alarm.
SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Specifications
Engine Size
Mode of Operation
No. of Cylinders
Horsepower (SAE J 1349)
Bore
Stroke
Torque (SAE J 1349)
Firing Order
Compression Ratio
Spark Plugs
Spark Plug Gap
Tightening Torque
Maximum Engine Speed
Accessory Drive Belt
195.2 CID (3.2 Liters)
4–stroke engine, compressed air, gasoline injection
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3.54 in. (89.90 mm)
3.30 in. (84.00 mm)
310 ft. lbs. (420 N·m) @
3500 rpm
1–4–3–6–2–5
9.0:1
NGK IFR 6D10
0.039 in. (1.0 mm)
15-22 ft. lbs. (20-30 N·m)
6400 rpm
114.25 in. (2902 mm)
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Performance Specifications (approximate)
Maximum Speed
Acceleration 0–60 mph
(0-96 km/h)
0-100 mph-0 (0-161 km/
h-0)
158 mph (255 km/h)
5.3 seconds
< 16 seconds
Gear Ratios - 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Reverse
3.595
2.186
1.405
1.00
0.831
3.16/1.93
Body Specifications
Overall Length
Maximum Width
Maximum Width With
Mirrors
159.8 in. (4058 mm)
69.5 in. (1766 mm)
76.9 in. (1954 mm)
Overall Height
Coupe:
Roadster:
Front Track
Rear Track
Wheelbase
Front Overhang
Rear Overhang
Front Ground Clearance
Rear Ground Clearance
Turning Radius
Weight
Coupe:
Roadster:
Maximum Vehicle Load
Luggage Capacity
Coupe:
Roadster:
51.5 in. (1307 mm)
51.8 in. (1315 mm)
58.8 in. (1493 mm)
59.1 in. (1502 mm)
94.5 in. (2400 mm)
32.4 in. (822 mm)
32.9 in. (836 mm)
5.0 in. (127 mm)
5.8 in. (147 mm)
32.2 ft. (9.8 m)
3240 lbs. (1469 kg)
3328 lbs. (1509 kg)
415 lbs. (188 kg)
7.6 cu. ft. (215 l)
6.5 cu. ft. (190 l) - Top Up
3.6 cu. ft. (104 l) - Top
Down
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FLUID CAPACITIES
Fuel (Approximate)
Fuel Tank Reserve
Engine Oil (with filter)
3.2 L Supercharged Engine
Cooling System *
3.2 L Supercharged Engine
Automatic Transmission
Rear Axle
Power Steering Reservoir
Brake Reservoir
Windshield Washer Reservoir
* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
Metric
60.0 Liters
8.0 Liters
U.S.
15.8 Gallons
2.1 Gallons
8.0 Liters
8.5 Qts.
14.5 Liters
8.0 Liters
1.3 Liters
1.0 Liters
.5 Liters
7.0 Liters
15.3 Qts.
8.5 Qts.
1.4 Qts.
1.1 Qts.
.5 Qts.
7.4 Qts.
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RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Spark Plug Gap
Fuel Selection
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Use coolant approved to MB 325.0, such as Valvoline GO5, or an equivalent
extended life coolant.
Only use synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5, such as
Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an oil change at the proper
interval if an unapproved engine oil is used; engine damage and reduced
engine life may result.
Mopar威 5102905AA or equivalent
NGK IFR 6D10
0.039 in (1.0 mm)
Premium Unleaded 91 Octane
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Chassis
Component
Automatic Transmission
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Rear Axle Fluid
Tire Pressure
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Only use ATF approved to MB 236.10, MB 236.12. Synthetic Dexron III威
Transmission Fluid may be substituted.
Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, or a DOT 4 brake fluid with: minimum dry boiling point (ERBP) 500°F (260°C), minimum wet boiling point
(WERBP) 356°F (180°C), maximum viscosity 1500 mm2/s, conforming to
FMVSS 116 and ISO 4925.
No fluid service required. Filled at the factory with Pentosin CHF 11S.
Steering noise and reduced component life may result if an unapproved
fluid is used.
Only use synthetic SAE 75W-85 axle lubricant that meets MB 231.1. Reduced axle durability may result if an unapproved product is used.
Refer to label on driver’s door frame.
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Body
Component
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Hinges:
Door Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Liftgate / Decklid Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Hood Springs and Links Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Latches:
Liftgate/Decklid Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Hood/Safety Catch Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Door Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Seat Regulator and Track
Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 EP, GC-LB
Window System Components
Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Lock Cylinders
Mopar威 Lock Cylinder Lube
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
CONTENTS
䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
䡵 Regular Check-Ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
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▫ Additional Periodic Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . 247 C
䡵 Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . 241
䡵 Special Maintenance Requirements . . . . . . . . . 248 E
䡵 Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
▫ Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 U
▫ Scope Of Work For “A” Schedule Maintenance
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ Dust Filter For Heating/Ventilation
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▫ Scope Of Work For “B” Schedule Maintenance
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
䡵 FSS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
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INTRODUCTION
This is intended as a guide to the service requirements of
your vehicle.
It contains all necessary instructions concerning service
intervals and operations which have to be carried out.
Scope and frequency of maintenance work primarily
depend on the vehicle’s operating conditions. In the
interest of maintaining the vehicle’s operating safety, the
specified work should be performed regularly and in
good time.
Our vehicles are subject to ongoing development. Technical progress may also affect the scope of service work
performed.
“Daily vehicle checks” before starting a journey are the
responsibility of the driver.
WARRANTY
The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Dealer network is at
your disposal for maintenance work. Each of these workshops has the equipment and tools, the specially trained,
skilled and experienced personnel and receives regular
technical instruction from DaimlerChrysler Corporation
to ensure that your vehicle is inspected and maintained
thoroughly and in accordance with the latest procedures.
Please follow the instructions given in this Owner’s
Manual and ensure that they are observed, even if you
hand the vehicle over to a third party for use or care. By
not observing these instructions you may void your
warranty rights.
If the specified oil and maintenance services are not
carried out regularly or at the time intervals specified, a
decision as to the validity of a warranty claim can only be
made after DaimlerChrysler Corporation has investigated your claim.
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The use of Special lubricant additives is not recommended. The use of such additives may affect your
warranty rights. With regard to legal stipulations concerning emissions control, please note that engines have
to be serviced and adjusted in accordance with special
instructions and using special measuring equipment.
Modifications to or interference with the emissions control systems are not permissible.
All DaimlerChrysler Corporation dealers are familiar
with the relevant and applicable regulations.
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold
type must be done at the times or mileages specified to
assure the continued proper functioning of the emission
control system. These, and all other maintenance services
included in this manual, should be done to provide best
vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent maintenance may be needed for your Crossfire in severe
operating conditions such as dusty areas and very short
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emission control devices and systems on your vehicle
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been certified pursuant to U.S. EPA or, in the State of
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after the second service interval, and so on. In some cases
where the service interval has been extended due to very
light duty driving, a Schedule “B” service may be indicated following a previous Schedule “B” service. There
are additional service tasks required under Schedule “B.”
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Your Flexible Service System (FSS) — see Understanding
Your Instrument Panel section — should give you an
exact indication of when your vehicle should be scheduled for service and which schedule to follow.
Additional Periodic Maintenance items should also be
performed beyond the items listed in the following charts
to assure the optimum performance of your Crossfire.
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• Lubricate hood hinges, latch, and secondary latch
SCOPE OF WORK FOR “A” SCHEDULE
MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Oil Change
• Change oil and replace filter
• Reset FSS Display
Function Check
• Horn, hazard warning flashers, turn signals, and indicator lamps
• Headlamps and exterior lighting
• Windshield wipers and washer system
Inspection
• Check front and rear brake pads for lining thickness
• Check tires for damage and general condition
• Check tire inflation pressures and correct if necessary
Fluid Levels
Check fluid levels for the following systems and correct if
necessary. Should there be a loss of fluid that cannot be
explained by regular use, trace and eliminate the cause.
• Engine cooling system (check corrosion inhibitor/
antifreeze)
• Hydraulic brake system
• Power steering system
• Windshield washer system
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SCOPE OF WORK FOR “B” SCHEDULE
MAINTENANCE SERVICE
Oil Change
• Change oil and replace filter
Maintenance
• Rotate tires
• Replace dust filter
• Lubricate hood hinges, latch, and secondary latch
• Reset FSS Display
Function Check
• Horn, hazard warning flashers, turn signals, and indicator lamps
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• Check major underbody components for leakage or
damage (if there are signs of leakage, determine cause
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boots
• Windshield wipers and washer system
• Check underhood components for leakage or damage
(if there are signs of leakage determine cause and
repair)
• Check seat belts for damage and proper function
• Check condition of accessory drive belt
• Test hydraulic brakes and check parking brake function
• Check headlamp aiming, adjust if necessary
• Headlamps and exterior lighting
• Check windshield wiper blades, replace if necessary
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• Engine cooling system (check corrosion inhibitor/
antifreeze)
The oil change interval for your Crossfire is initially set at
7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000 km). Very light duty driving
cycles (most trips more than 10 miles [16 km] at moderate
speeds in moderate temperature conditions) can extend
the service interval beyond 7,000 miles (Canada: 11,000
km). If ANY of the following apply to your driving, the
oil change interval can be reduced significantly:
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− Day or night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C).
• Power steering system
− Stop and go driving.
• Windshield washer system
− Extensive engine idling.
FSS SYSTEM
The Flexible Service System (FSS) permits a flexible
service schedule that is directly related to the operating
conditions of the vehicle. See the Understanding Your
Instrument Panel section for details on how to use the
FSS.
− Driving in dusty conditions.
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Fluid Levels
Check fluid levels for the following systems and correct if
necessary. Should there be a loss of fluid that cannot be
explained by regular use, trace and eliminate the cause.
− 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).
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There are two symbols which will appear in the main
odometer display field prior to the next suggested service.
This symbol represents Service A.
This second symbol represents Service B. Service B rotates with Service A and includes
additional service tasks.
The next service is normally calculated and
displayed next to the Service A or Service B
symbol as distance remaining before the next
service is required.
Depending on operating conditions throughout the year, a clock symbol may appear next to
the service symbol. When this occurs, the next
service is calculated and displayed in days
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NOTE: When disconnecting vehicle battery for one or
more days at a time, such days will not be counted. Any
such days not counted by FSS can be added by your
authorized dealer.
The interval between services is determined by the type
of vehicle operation. Driving at extreme speeds, and cold
starts combined with short distance driving in which the
engine does not reach normal operating temperature,
reduce the interval between services.
Regardless of the service interval determined by your
FSS, the scheduled services as posted in this manual must
be followed to properly care for your vehicle.
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REGULAR CHECK-UPS
To maintain the safe operation of your vehicle, it is
recommended that you perform the following tasks on a
regular basis (i.e., weekly or whenever the vehicle is
refueled).
• Check the windshield washer solvent and add if
required.
• Inspect wiper blade condition.
• Check operation of lighting systems.
CAUTION!
• Inspect tires for unusual wear, damage, and pressure
(at least every 14 days).
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
• Mechanical assemblies (e.g., engine, transmission, etc.)
- check for leaks.
Once a Month
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. See the procedure described in Checking Your Engine Oil in the Understanding Your Instrument Panel section or under
Engine Oil in the Maintaining Your Vehicle section.
Add oil only when the level is at or below the ADD or
MIN mark.
• Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals
as required.
• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
master cylinder and power steering and add as
needed.
• Check all lights and all other electrical items for correct
operation.
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The following maintenance items should be performed
during the scheduled maintenance nearest the time
elapsed and/or distance shown. Follow the interval that
occurs first.
Every 2 years:
• Inspect body for paint damage.
• Check chassis and supporting body parts for damage
and corrosion.
At approximately every 50,000 miles (80,000 km) or 4
years:
• Check condition of driveshaft flex discs.
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At approximately 80,000 miles (129,000 km):
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• Replace spark plugs.
• Retighten locking bolts for steering (observe torque).
WARNING!
At approximately every 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 4
years:
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the right equipment. If
you have any doubt about your ability to perform a
maintenance service, take your vehicle to a competent technician.
• Replace fuel filter.
• Replace air cleaner filter element.
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SPECIAL MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
Coolant
Have the corrosion inhibitor/antifreeze concentration in
the coolant checked before the onset of winter (once a
year in countries with high prevailing temperatures).
Have the coolant replaced every five years or 100,000
miles (161,000 km).
Dust Filter for Heating/Ventilation Replacement
The dust filter is replaced during routine maintenance
service. The filter element must be replaced with “B”
Schedule service or every 18,500 miles (30,000 km) to
maintain effectiveness. However, if operating conditions
are dusty, these filters should be replaced more frequently. A cover in the HVAC unit that can be reached
from the passenger foot well provides access to the filter
element.
ENGINE OIL CHANGE AND FILTER
REPLACEMENT
The recommended oil and filter change interval is based
on FSS or 1 year. Please refer to the heading FSS System
in this section for a full description of the use and
interpretation of symbols in the FSS system. Only use
synthetic engine oils, approved to MB 229.3 or MB 229.5,
such as Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40. The FSS may not alert for an
oil change at the proper interval if an unapproved engine
oil is used; engine damage and reduced engine life may
result. Information is available from your authorized
dealer. The oil filter should always be changed when the
oil is changed.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
䡵 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
䡵 Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . 259
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 260
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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 valuable 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
DaimlerChrysler 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. Authorized
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.
DaimlerChrysler 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 DaimlerChrysler Corporation. If a
special circumstance occurs that requires information
from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation, 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.
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• 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 DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s Customer Center.
Any communication to the DaimlerChrysler Corporation’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
DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center
P.O. Box 1621
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4H6
Phone: (800) 465-2001
In Mexico contact:
A.V. 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
DaimlerChrysler Corporation 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 DaimlerChrysler Corporation by dialing 1-800-380-CHRY.
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Service Contract
You may have purchased a service contract for your
vehicle to help protect you from the high cost of
unexpected repairs after your DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s new vehicle limited warranty expires. The
DaimlerChrysler Corporation stands behind only the
DaimlerChrysler Corporation’s Service Contracts. If
you purchased a DaimlerChrysler Corporation 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
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Service Contract National Customer Hotline at 1-800-521-9922.
The DaimlerChrysler Corporation will not stand behind
any service contract that is not the DaimlerChrysler
Corporation’s Service Contract. It is not responsible for
any service contract other than the DaimlerChrysler
Corporation’s Service Contract. If you purchased a service contract that is not a DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Service Contract, and you require service after your
DaimlerChrysler Corporation’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 Crossfire. 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 DaimlerChrysler Corporation Warranty Information Booklet for more information on warranty coverage and transfer of warranty.
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MOPAR姞 PARTS
Mopar威 fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from your authorized dealer. They will help
you keep your vehicle operating at its best.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In the 50 states of the 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
DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
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
DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, Washington, D.C. 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, P.O. Box 8880, Ottawa Postal Station,
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2.
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PUBLICATION ORDER FORMS
To order the following manuals, you may use either the
website or the phone numbers listed below. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover orders are accepted. If you prefer mailing your payment, please call
for an order form.
NOTE: A street address is required when ordering
manuals. (No P.O. Boxes).
• Service Manuals.
These comprehensive service manuals provide the
information that students and professional technicians
need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving,
maintaining, servicing and repairing DaimlerChrysler
Corporation vehicles. A complete working knowledge
of the vehicle, system and/or components is written in
straightforward language with illustrations, diagrams
and charts.
• Owner’s Manuals.
These manuals have been prepared with the assistance
of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you
with specific Chrysler group vehicles. Included are
starting, operating, emergency and maintenance procedures as well as specifications, capabilities and
safety tips.
Call Toll Free at 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.) or 1–800–387–1143
(Canada)
Or
Visit us on the World Wide Web at:
www.techauthority.daimlerchrysler.com or
www.daimlerchrysler.ca/manuals
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TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Tire Markings
NOTE: European Metric tire sizing is based on European design standards. Tires designed to this standard
have the tire size molded into the sidewall beginning
with the section width. The letter ⬙P⬙ is absent from this
tire size designation. Example: 215/65R15 96H.
NOTE: 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.
Tire Sizing Chart
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.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: 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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EXAMPLE:
Size Designation:
P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards
ⴖ...blank...ⴖ = Passenger car tire based on European design standards
LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards
T = Temporary Spare tire
31 = Overall Diameter in Inches (in)
215 = Section Width in Millimeters (mm)
65 = Aspect Ratio in Percent (%)
—Ratio of section height to section width of tire.
10.5 = Section Width in Inches (in)
R = Construction Code
—⬙R⬙ means Radial Construction.
—⬙D⬙ means Diagonal or Bias Construction.
15 = Rim Diameter in Inches (in)
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Service Description:
95 = Load Index
—A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry.
H = Speed Symbol
—A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding to its load
index under certain operating conditions.
—The maximum speed corresponding to the Speed Symbol should only be achieved under specified
operating conditions. i.e. tire pressure, vehicle loading, road conditions and posted speed limits.)
Load Identification:
ⴖ...blank...ⴖ = Absence of any text on sidewall of the tire indicates a Standard Load (SL) Tire
Extra Load (XL) = Extra Load (or Reinforced) Tire
Light Load = Light Load Tire
C,D,E = Load range associated with the maximum load a tire can carry at a specified pressure
Maximum Load — Maximum Load indicates the maximum load this tire is designed to carry.
Maximum Pressure — Maximum Pressure indicates the maximum permissible cold tire inflation pressure for this
tire.
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Tire Identification Number (TIN)
The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire
however the date code may only be on one side. Tires
with white sidewalls will have the full TIN including
date code located on the white sidewall side of the tire.
Look for the TIN on the outboard side of black sidewall
tires as mounted on the vehicle. If the TIN is not found on
the outboard side then you will find it on the inboard side
of the tire.
EXAMPLE:
DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301
DOT = Department of Transportation
—This symbol certifies that the tire is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation
tire safety standards, and is approved for highway
use.
MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location. (2 digits)
L9 = Code representing the tire size. (2 digits)
ABCD = Code used by tire manufacturer. (1 to 4 digits)
03 = Number representing the week in which the tire
was manufactured. (2 digits)
—03 means the 3rd week.
01 = Number representing the year in which the tire
was manufactured. (2 digits)
—01 means the year 2001.
—Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were
only required to have 1 number to represent the year
in which the tire was manufactured. Example: 031
could represent the 3rd week of 1981 or 1991.
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Tire Loading and Tire Pressure
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.” or “Vehicle Capacity” on the Tire and Loading
Information placard. The combined weight of occupants,
cargo/luggage and trailer tongue weight (if applicable)
should never exceed the weight referenced here.
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
1. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX pounds” or
“Vehicle Capacity” 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 lbs. (1400–750 (5 x 15) =
650 lb.)
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5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo
being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely
exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity
calculated in step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your
trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this
manual to determine how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.
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.
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ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . 209
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Aiming Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Air Cleaner, Engine (Engine Air Cleaner Filter) . 199
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120,202
Air Conditioning Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148,149
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,107
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Airbag On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36,41
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Ashtrays and Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,214
Fluid and Filter Changes
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Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103,201
Saving Feature (Protection) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Belts, Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Brake Assist System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139,211
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . 46,147
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Capacity, Cargo Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
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Cargo Compartment
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111,115
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Checks, Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Cleaning
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Coin Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
Converter, Catalytic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Convertible Top Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Convertible Top Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . 182
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209,248
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Rubber and Plastic Components . . . . . . . . . . 211
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . 201
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Cylinders, Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Deck Lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
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Disposal
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Drive Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151,176
Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Electronic Stability Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Emergency, In Case of
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Emergency Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . 193,241
Engine
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195,235
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233,235
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Four-Way Hazard Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
INDEX 269
Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Gas Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Gear Ratios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Headlights
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Hood Latch Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Ignition
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Wiring System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Key-In Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Knee Bolster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Lights
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,107
Anti-Lock Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
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Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Exterior Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72,228
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Map Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74,229
Rear Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229,230
Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 108,193
Manual Override, Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . 182
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Marker Lights, Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Electric Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Exterior Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Monitor, Tire Pressure System . . . . . . . . . . . 80,151
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194,254
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
INDEX 271
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Materials Added to . . . . .
Recommendation . . . . . .
Oil Filter, Selection . . . . . . .
Onboard Diagnostic System
Overheating, Engine . . . . . .
Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
. . . . . . . . . . . . 192,193
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Pets, Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Power
Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147,203
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Program Mode Selector Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Programming Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,93
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Radio (Sound Systems) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Rear Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
Residual Engine Heat Utilization (REST) . . . . . . 125
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Restraints, Infant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Restraints, Occupant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
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Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Snow Chains (Tire Chains) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Soft Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Standing Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Cold Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Emergency (Jump Starting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Steering
Linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Storage Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Sulfur in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . 29
Telescoping Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . 167
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
TIREFIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148,256
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Balancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167,172
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
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Pressure Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80,151
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Tow-Away Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,181
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Towing Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Transmission
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,214
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Trunk Release, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Turn Signals
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Umbrella Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,93
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Vehicle Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
Washer, Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Wheel and Wheel Trim Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Windows
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Windshield Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Wiring, Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
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