Dodge 2004 Intrepid Automobile User Manual

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
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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 new vehicle. It is
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this manual will help
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold.
When it comes to service, remember that your manufacturers dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factorytrained technicians and genuine Mopar威 parts, and is
interested in your satisfaction.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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 on a stamped
plate at 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
▫ Automatic (Rolling) Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer— If Equipped . . 9
▫ Automatic Unlock On Exit (Only Available If
Automatic Door Locks Enabled) . . . . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ Floor Shift Ignition Interlock System — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
䡵 Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Enable/Disable Lamp Flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
䡵 Glove Compartment Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
䡵 Illuminated Entry System — If Equipped . . . . .14
▫ Enable/Disable Horn Chirp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ To Unlock The Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Enable/Disable Trunk Press And Hold . . . . . . .19
▫ Central Locking Feature — If Equipped . . . . . .15
▫ Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ “Child-Protection” Lock System (Rear Doors) . .16
▫ To Use The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
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▫ To Program Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . . .20
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Transmitter Linked To Memory Programming . .21
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .33
䡵 Security Alarm System— If Equipped . . . . . . . .23
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .24
䡵 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
䡵 Remote Trunk Lid Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
䡵 Trunk Safety Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Trunk Emergency Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . .47
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside
The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
▫ 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.
have been programmed to the vehicle can be used to start
and operate the vehicle for more than the two second
validation time period.
The dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key
code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can
be used to order duplicate keys from your dealer or a
locksmith. Ask your dealer for these numbers and keep
them in a safe place.
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System does not need to be
armed or activated. Operation of the system is automatic
regardless of whether or not the vehicle is locked or
unlocked. During normal operation, the Sentry Key
Indicator light, located on the instrument panel upper
cover, will come on for 3 seconds immediately after the
ignition is turned on for a bulb check. Afterwards, if the
bulb remains on solid, this indicates a problem with the
electronics. If the bulb begins to flash after the bulb check,
this indicates that an invalid key has been used to start
the vehicle or there is a communication failure between
the transponder and the Sentry Key Immobilizer module.
Both of these conditions will result in the engine being
shut down after 2 seconds of running. Keep in mind that
a key which has not been programmed is also considered
an invalid key even if it is cut to fit the ignition for that
vehicle. All of the keys provided with your new vehicle
have been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
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.
Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer— If Equipped
The Sentry Key Immobilizer System prevents unauthorized operation of the vehicle by disabling the engine.
The system will shut the engine down after 2 seconds of
running if an invalid key is used to start the vehicle. This
system utilizes ignition keys which have an electronic
chip (transponder) embedded into them. Only keys that
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If the Sentry Key Immobilizer System indicator light
comes on during normal vehicle operation (it has been
running for longer than 10 seconds) a fault has been
detected in the electronics and the vehicle should be
serviced as soon as possible.
NOTE:
• The Sentry Immobilizer System is not compatible with
remote starting systems. Use of these systems may
result in vehicle starting problems and loss of security
protection.
• Mobil SpeedPass, additonal sentry keys, or any other
transponder equipped components on the same keychain will not cause a key-related (transponder)
fault unless the additional part is physically held
against the ignition key being used when starting
the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other RF Electronics will also not cause interference with this
system.
The Theft Alarm Light, located on top of the instrument
panel, will illuminate for about 3 seconds when the
ignition switch is first turned to the On position. If the
vehicle electronics do not receive a valid signal from the
ignition key, the theft alarm light will flash continuously
to signal that the vehicle has been immobilized. If the
Theft Alarm Light remains On during vehicle operation,
it indicates a fault in the system electronics.
All of the keys provided with your new vehicle have
been programmed to the vehicle electronics.
Important Note about Service
A four digit PIN is needed to service the Sentry Key
Immobilizer System. This number can be obtained by the
dealership. However, this number can also be found on
your customer invoice that you were given upon receipt
of your vehicle. YOU MUST BRING ALL SENTRY KEYS
that are programmed to your vehicle directly to your
dealership for service.
Replacement Keys
NOTE: Only keys that have been programmed to the
vehicle electronics can be used to start the vehicle. Once
a Sentry Key has been programmed to a vehicle, it can
not be programmed to any other vehicle.
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At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided
with a four digit PIN number. This number is required
for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may
be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the
Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure
consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle
electronics. A blank key is one which has never been
programmed.
NOTE: When having the Sentry Key System serviced,
bring all vehicle keys to the dealer.
Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid keys by doing the following:
1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition and turn the
ignition On for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15
seconds.
Turn the ignition Off and remove the first key.
2. Insert the second valid key and switch the ignition On
within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime will sound
and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash.
Turn the ignition Off and remove the second key.
3. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition and switch
the ignition On within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds a
single chime will sound. The Theft Alarm Light will stop
flashing, and turn On for 3 seconds; then turn Off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this
process to program up to a total of 8 keys.
CAUTION!
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove the key from the ignition, lock the doors,
close the windows, and raise the top when leaving
the vehicle unattended.
General Information
The Sentry Key system complies with FCC rules part 15
and with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions:
1. this device may not cause harmful interference
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2. this device must accept any interference that may be
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
Turn the key to the Lock position and remove the key.
Ignition Key Removal
Place the shift lever in Park and make sure that the shift
knob push-button (vehicles with floor shift) is in the out
position.
NOTE: If you try to remove the key before you place
the lever in Park, the key may become trapped temporarily in the key cylinder. If this occurs, 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
and is in the OFF, LOCK, or ACC position, sounds a
signal to remind you to remove the key.
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Floor Shift Ignition Interlock System — If
Equipped
This system prevents the key from being removed unless
the shift lever is in PARK and the shift knob push button
is out. It also prevents shifting out of PARK unless the
key is in the OFF or RUN positions.
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GLOVE COMPARTMENT LOCK
The glove box lock has been designed so that the key can
be inserted only about half way. Do not force the key past
this point.
ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED
The interior lights will come on when you unlock the
vehicle with the remote keyless entry (if so equipped) or
central unlock (if so equipped). They will remain on for
about 30 seconds after all doors are closed then fade to
off.
The lights also will fade to off if you turn on the ignition
after you close all the doors.
DOOR LOCKS
Power Door Locks
There is a door lock switch on each front door trim panel.
Press this switch to lock or unlock the four doors.
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If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the
ignition switch, with the ignition switch in the ACC,
LOCK, or OFF position, and the driver’s door is open, the
doors will not lock. A chime will sound as a reminder to
remove the keys.
WARNING!
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive and
when you park and leave the vehicle.
The rear doors cannot be opened from inside the vehicle
until you pull up the lock plungers.
Central Locking Feature — If Equipped
Turning the key in the driver’s door to the unlock
position once will unlock only the driver’s door. Turning
the driver’s door lock to the unlock position twice within
five seconds, will unlock all doors.
Locking either front door with the key will lock all doors
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“Child-Protection” Lock System (Rear Doors)
NOTE: For emergency exit with the system engaged,
move the lock plunger up (unlocked position), lower the
window and open the door with the outside door handle.
WARNING!
Avoid trapping anyone in the vehicle in a collision.
Remember that the rear doors can only be opened
from the outside when the child protection locks are
engaged.
To provide a safer environment for small children riding
in the rear seat, the rear doors of your vehicle have the
“child-protection” door lock system.
To use the system, open each rear door and use a key to
move the control near the door latch UP to the “Engage”
position as shown on the door label. When the system on
a door is engaged, that door can be opened only by using
the outside door handle. This will occur even though the
inside door lock is in the unlocked position.
Automatic (Rolling) Door Locks
On vehicles equipped with an EVIC (Electronic Vehicle
Information Center), these functions can be selected at
the EVIC using the Customer Programmable Features.
Refer to the EVIC-Customer Programmable Features for
details.
The doors will lock automatically, as delivered from the
factory, if:
1. The transaxle is in gear,
2. all doors are closed,
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3. vehicle speed is above 15 m.p.h. (24 km/h),
3. Depress the power door lock switch to lock the doors.
4. the accelerator pedal is depressed.
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The Automatic Door Locks can be disabled or re-enabled
by performing the same following procedure:
1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.
2. Cycle the ignition switch between OFF and ON/RUN
and back to OFF 4 times ending up in the OFF position.
4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the
programming.
Automatic Unlock on Exit (Only Available if
Automatic Door Locks Enabled)
This feature will unlock all the doors when the driver’s
door is opened and the ignition switch is in the LOCK
position. This function is disabled as delivered from the
factory. Automatic Unlock on Exit can be enabled or
disabled by performing the following procedure:
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1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition.
2. Cycle the ignition switch between ON/RUN and OFF
4 times ending up in the OFF position.
Remote Keyless Entry
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and
unlock the trunk from distances up to 40 feet (12 meters)
using a transmitter. You don’t have to point the transmitter at the vehicle to activate the system.
To unlock the doors:
Press and release the unlock button on the transmitter.
3. Depress the power door unlock switch to unlock the
doors.
4. A single chime will indicate the completion of the
programming.
NOTE: The system may be programmed to unlock all
the doors upon the first press of the Unlock button. To
toggle between the first press unlock of driver’s door to
unlock of all doors, perform the following procedure:
1. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Unlock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Lock button.
3. Release both buttons.
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Enable/Disable Lamp Flash:
The Lamp Flash can be enabled or disabled by performing the following procedure:
To unlock the trunk:
Press and hold the trunk button on the transmitter to
unlatch the trunk.
1. Press and hold the Lock button on the transmitter.
Enable/Disable Trunk Press and Hold:
The transmitter can be programmed to unlatch the trunk
immediately upon activation of the Trunk button (without pressing and holding) by performing the following
procedure:
2. Continue to hold the Lock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Trunk button.
3. Release both buttons.
To lock the doors:
Press and release the LOCK button to lock all doors.
Enable/Disable Horn chirp:
The horn chirp feature can be enabled or disabled by
performing the following procedure:
1. Press and hold the Lock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Lock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Unlock button.
3. Release both buttons.
NOTE: To enable/disable the Lamp Flash, see procedure described above.
1. Press and hold the Unlock button on the transmitter.
2. Continue to hold the Unlock button, wait at least 4 but
no longer than 10 seconds, then press the Trunk button.
3. Release both buttons.
Panic Alarm
The panic alarm unlocks the driver’s door, turns on the
interior lights, flashes the headlights and sounds the horn
for about 3 minutes or until the alarm is turned off. 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
itself off after 3 minutes or when vehicle speed reaches 15
m.p.h. (24 km/h).
To Program Additional Transmitters:
Up to 4 transmitters can be programmed to your vehicle.
To program a transmitter, perform the following procedure.
On vehicles equipped with an EVIC (Electronic Vehicle
Information Center), these functions can be selected at
the EVIC using the Customer Programmable Features.
Refer to EVIC— Customer Programmable Features for
details.
NOTE: When entering program mode, all previously
programmed transmitters are erased from memory,
therefore you must reprogram ALL the transmitters
when you enter program mode.
1. With the vehicle in Park, turn the Ignition switch to the
ON position.
2. Using a previously programmed transmitter, press the
Unlock button on the transmitter. Continue to hold the
Unlock button, wait at least 4 but no longer than 10
seconds, then press and hold the Panic button for at least
one second. Release both buttons simultaneously. You
will hear a chime to signal that you can proceed with
programming the new transmitter.
3. One by one with each transmitter (includes previously
programmed as well as the new transmitter), press and
release the lock and unlock buttons simultaneously. You
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will hear a chime after each transmitter has been successfully programmed. You will have 30 seconds to finish
programming all new transmitters. A chime will sound
when the 30 seconds is over or the ignition switch is
turned to the Lock position.
Transmitter Linked to Memory Programming
Your remote transmitters can be programmed to return
the driver’s seat, mirrors, and radio presets to the saved
position when the Unlock button is pressed and released.
NOTE: When newly purchased (or replacement) transmitters are programmed into the vehicle, the first transmitter programmed will be associated with memory
setting 1, and the second transmitter programmed will be
associated with memory setting 2. Additional transmitters will not be associated with a memory setting.
To program your transmitters, perform the following:
1. Insert key into the igniton and turn the key to the
On/Run position.
2. Adjust the seat and side view mirrors to the desired
position. Program the radio preset buttons to the desired
stations.
3. Press and release the Set (S) button on the memory
seat switch, then press and release memory button 1 or 2.
4. Press and release the Lock button on the transmitter.
This will link the transmitter to the desired memory
setting.
5. Do not press any buttons for 10 seconds.
NOTE: Your transmitters may be unlinked from your
memory settings by following the procedure above except pressing the Unlock button on the transmitter in step
4 above. On vehicles equipped with an EVIC (Electronic
Vehicle Information Center), these functions can be selected at the EVIC using the Customer Programmable
Features. Refer to EVIC-Customer Programmable Features for details. When newly purchased (or replacement)
transmitters are programmed into the vehicle, the first
transmitter trained will be associated with memory setting 1, and the second transmitter trained will be associated with memory setting 2. Additional transmitters will
not be associated with a memory setting.
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General Information
This transmitter complies with FCC rules part 15 and
with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device may not
cause harmful interference and (2) This device must
accept any interference that may be received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
If your Remote Lock Control fails to operate from a
normal distance, check for these two conditions:
1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of
batteries is from one to two years.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, and some mobile or CB radios.
Transmitter Battery Service
The recommended replacement battery is DL 2016 or its
equivalent.
• Pry the transmitter halves apart with a dime or similar
object. Make sure not to damage the rubber gasket
during removal.
• Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the
new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause
battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it
with rubbing alcohol.
• Reassemble the transmitter case. Snap the halves together and test transmitter operation.
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SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM— IF EQUIPPED
The system monitors the doors, trunk key cylinder, and
ignition for unauthorized operation.
If something triggers the alarm, the system will signal for
up to 18 minutes. For the first 3 minutes the horn will
sound and the headlights, park and tail lights and the
SET light will flash. The horn will stop and if the source
of the trigger is still present, the lights will continue to
flash for another 15 minutes.
NOTE: The engine will not start until you disarm the
system.
To set the alarm:
1. Remove the keys from the ignition switch and get out
of the vehicle.
2. Lock the door using either the door key, power door
lock switch, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all
doors.
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3. The SET light on the top of the instrument panel will
flash rapidly for 16 seconds. This shows that the system
is arming. If the light comes on but does not flash, the
system is still armed, but there is a problem in the trunk
circuit. After 16 seconds the SET light will continue to
flash slowly. This shows that the system is fully armed.
To disarm the system:
Unlock a front door using either the key or the Keyless
Entry Transmitter.
Tamper Alert
If the horn sounds 3 times when you unlock a front door
using either a key or the Keyless Entry Transmitter, the
alarm had been triggered. Check the vehicle for tampering.
Security System Manual Override
The system will not arm if you lock the doors using the
manual lock control.
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POWER WINDOWS
Window controls on the driver’s door control all door
windows.
The driver’s window switch has an Auto Down feature.
Press the window switch past the detent, release, and the
window will go down automatically. Press the switch a
second time in either direction to stop the window.
To open the window part way, press the window switch
to the detent and release it when you want the window to
stop.
The window lock switch on the driver’s door allows you
to disable the window control on the other doors.
REMOTE TRUNK LID RELEASE
You can open the trunk lid from inside the vehicle by
pressing the switch on the left side of the instrument
panel. The transmission must be in Park before the
switch will operate.
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TRUNK SAFETY WARNING
WARNING!
Do not allow children to have access to the trunk,
either by climbing into the trunk from outside, or
through the inside of the vehicle. Always close the
trunk lid when your vehicle is unattended. Once in
the trunk, young children may not be able to escape,
even if they entered through the rear seat. If trapped
in the trunk, children can die from suffocation or
heat stroke.
Trunk Emergency Release
The trunk of your vehicle is equipped with an emergency
release handle. It is located on the inside of the trunk lid,
near the latch, and is coated so that it glows in a darkened
trunk. Pull on the handle to open the trunk.
OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front
and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, front
airbags for both the driver and front passenger and side
airbags, if equipped, for both the driver and right front
passenger. If you will be carrying children too small for
adult-size belts, your seat belts also can be used to hold
infant and child restraint systems.
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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 passengers, or you can be thrown out of the
vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your
vehicle are buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision which includes you. This can
happen far away from home or on your own street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives. And they
can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision. Some
of the worst injuries happen when people are thrown
from the vehicle. Seat belts 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
All seating positions in your vehicle are equipped with
Lap/Shoulder Belts.
The belt webbing retractor will lock only during very
sudden stops or collisions. This feature allows the shoulder part of the belt to move freely with you under normal
conditions. But in a collision, the belt will lock and reduce
your risk of striking the inside of the vehicle or being
thrown out.
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WARNING!
• Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat
belts are designed to go around the large bones of
your body. These are the strongest parts of your
body and can take the forces of a collision the
best. Wearing your belt in the wrong place could
make your injuries in a collision much worse. You
might suffer internal injuries, or you could even
slide out of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to wear your seat belt safely and to keep
your passengers safe, too.
• Two people should never be belted into a single
seat belt. People belted together can crash into one
another in an accident, hurting one another badly.
Never use a lap/shoulder belt or a lap belt for
more than one person, no matter what their size.
Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the front seat.
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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 allow the belt
go around your lap.
3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a ”click.”
WARNING!
• A belt that is buckled into the wrong buckle will
not protect you properly. The lap portion could ride
too high on your body, possibly causing internal
injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle
nearest you.
• A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well.
In a sudden stop you could move too far forward,
increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat
belt snugly.
• A belt that is worn under your arm is very
dangerous. Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the vehicle in a collision, increasing head
and neck injury. A belt worn under the arm can cause
internal injuries. Ribs aren’t as strong as shoulder
bones. Wear the belt over your shoulder so that your
strongest bones will take the force in a collision.
• A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect
you from injury during a collision. You are more
likely to hit your head in a collision if you do not
wear your shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt
are meant to be used together.
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4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
a bit on the shoulder belt, as shown. To loosen the lap belt
if it is too tight, tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt.
A snug belt reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a
collision.
WARNING!
• A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of
internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won’t
be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across your
abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as possible and keep it snug.
• A twisted belt can’t do its job as well. In a collision
it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is straight.
If you can’t straighten a belt in your vehicle, take it
to your dealer and have it fixed.
5. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
6. To release the belt, push the red button marked PRESS
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!
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.).
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage
In the front seats, the shoulder belt can be adjusted
upward or downward to position the belt away from
your neck. Push the lever above the webbing upward to
release the anchorage, and then move it up or down to
the position that serves you best.
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As a guide, if you are shorter than average, you will
prefer a lower position, and if you are taller than average,
you’ll prefer a higher position. When you release the
anchorage, try to move it up or down to make sure that
it is locked in position.
In the rear seat, move toward the center of the seat to
position the belt away from your neck.
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Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use the seat belts
throughout their pregnancy. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug across the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended and
when the adjustable upper shoulder belt anchorage (if so
equipped) is in its lowest position, your dealer can
provide you with a seat belt extender. This extender
should be used only if the existing belt is not long
enough. When it is not required, remove the extender
and store it.
WARNING!
Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use 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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Driver and Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag
This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and
front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s front airbag is mounted in the
center of the steering wheel. The passenger’s front airbag
is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove
compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on
the airbag covers.
If the vehicle is equipped with side airbags, they are
located inside the driver and front passenger seats, and
their covers are also labeled SRS AIRBAG.
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WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You
may damage the airbags and you could be injured
because the airbags are not there to protect you.
These protective covers are designed to open only
when the airbags are inflated.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not use accessory seat covers or place objects
between you and the side airbags; the performance could be adversely affected and/or objects
could be pushed into you, causing serious injury.
• If your vehicle is equipped with side airbags, do
not attach cup holders or any other objects on or
around the door. The inflating side airbag could
drive the objects into occupants, causing serious
injury.
Airbags inflate in moderate to high speed impacts. Along
with the seat belts, front airbags work with the instrument panel knee bolsters to provide improved protection
for the driver and front passenger. Side airbags also work
with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy only in moderate
to severe frontal 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 positon for the airbags
to protect you properly.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
1. Children 12 years old and under should always ride
buckled up in the rear seat.
Infants in rear-facing child restraints (designed for children up to 20 lbs. [9kg.] and at least one year old) should
NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front airbag. An airbag deployment could cause
serious injury or death to an infant in that position.
Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see section on “Child Restraint”) should
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be secured in the rear seat in child restraints or beltpositioning booster seats appropriate for the size and age
of the child.
Older children who do not use child restraints or beltpositioning booster seats should ride properly buckled
up in the rear seat. Never allow children to slide the
shoulder belt behind them or under their arm.
If a child from 1 to 12 years old must ride in the front
passenger seat because the vehicle is crowded, move the
seat as far back as possible, and use the proper child
restraint. See the section on “Child Restraint”.
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should wear their lap and shoulder belts
properly.
3. The driver and front passenger seats should be moved
back as far as practical to allow the front airbags room to
inflate.
4. If your vehicle has side airbags, do not lean against the
door, airbags will inflate forcefully into the space between you and the door.
WARNING!
• Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won’t deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you
have airbags.
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during airbag deployment could cause
serious injury.
• Airbags need room to inflate. Sit back, comfortably extending your arms to reach the steering
wheel or instrument panel.
• If the vehicle has side airbags, they also need
room to inflate. Do not lean against the door. Sit
upright in the center of the seat.
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Airbag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
• ACM (Airbag Control Module)
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
• Optional Driver and Passenger Side Airbags.
• Steering Wheel and Column
• Instrument Panel
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Crash Sensors
• Knee Impact Bolsters
The side airbag system, on vehicles so equipped, consists
of the following:
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Side Airbag in the Driver’s Seat
• Side Airbag in the Passenger’s Seat
• ACM (Airbag Control Module)
• SIACM (Side Impact Airbag Control Module)
• Interconnecting Wiring
How the Frontal Airbag System Works
• The front airbag control module determines if a frontal
collision is severe enough to require the airbags to
inflate.
• The airbag control module will not detect side, roll
over, or rear collisions.
• The airbag control module also monitors the readiness
of the electronic parts of the system whenever the
ignition switch is in the START or RUN positions.
These include all of the items listed above except the
knee bolsters, the instrument panel, and the steering
wheel and column. If the key is in the OFF position, in
the ACC position, or not in the ignition, the airbags are
not on and will not inflate.
• The airbag control module also turns on the
AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to
8 seconds when the ignition is first turned on,
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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.
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the airbags do not interfere with your control of
the vehicle.
WARNING!
• The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the airbags.
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.
If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag system is designed to deploy when the airbag
control module detects a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, to help restrain the driver and right front passenger, and then to immediately deflate.
• When the airbag control module detects an impact
requiring the front airbags, it signals the inflator units.
A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate
the airbags. The airbag covers separate and fold out of
the way as the airbags inflate to their full size. The
airbags fully inflate in about 60 milliseconds. This is
only about half of the time it takes you to blink your
eyes. The airbags then quickly deflate while helping to
restrain the driver and right front passenger. The
driver’s front airbag gas is vented towards the instrument panel. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to
need airbag protection will not activate the system. This
does not mean something is wrong with the airbag
system.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and right
front passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The
abrasions are similar to friction rope burns or those
you might get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium
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floor. They are not caused by contact with chemicals.
They are not permanent and normally heal quickly.
However, if you haven’t healed significantly within a
few days, or if you have any blistering, see your doctor
immediately.
• As the airbags deflate you may see some smoke-like
particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the
process that generates the nontoxic gas used for airbag
inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin,
eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or eye irritation,
rinse the area with cool water. For nose or throat
irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation continues,
see your doctor. If these particles settle on your
clothing, follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have been deployed. If you are involved in
another collision, the airbags will not be in place to
protect you.
WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible.
How the Side Airbag System Works
• The side impact airbag control module determines if a
side collision is severe enough to require the airbag to
inflate. The ACM will not detect rollover, front or rear
impacts.
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• The side impact airbag control module monitors the
readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in the “START” or “RUN”
positions. These include all of the items listed above
except for the AIRBAG light (which is controlled by
the frontal airbag system).
• In moderate to severe side collisions, the side airbag
inflator on the crash side of the vehicle is triggered,
releasing a quantity of nontoxic gas. The inflating side
airbag exits through the seat seam into the space
between the occupant and the door. The side airbag
moves at a very high speed and with such a high force,
that it could injure you if you are not seated properly,
or if items are positioned in the area where the side
airbag inflates. This especially applies to children.
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 bolsters.
• It is dangerous to try to repair any part of the
airbag system yourself. Be sure to tell anyone who
works on your vehicle that it has airbags.
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Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready for your
protection in an impact. While the airbag system
is designed to be maintenance free, if any of the
following occurs, have an authorized dealer service the
system immediately.
• The AIRBAG light does not come on or flickers during
the 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the 6 to 8 second
interval.
• The light flickers or comes on and remains on while
driving.
Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up 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.
Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat. According to crash statistics,
children are safer when properly restrained in the rear
seat rather than the front.
WARNING!
In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny
baby, can become a missile inside the vehicle. The
force required to hold even an infant on your lap
could become so great that you could not hold the
child, no matter how strong you are. The child and
others could be badly injured. Any child riding in
your vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the
child’s size.
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Always check the child
seat owner’s manual to ensure you have the right seat for
your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your child:
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Infants and Child Restraints
• Safety experts recommend that children ride
rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least
one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Two types
of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant
carriers and “convertible” child seats.
• The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the
vehicle. It is recommended for children who weigh up
to about 20 lbs (9 kg). “Convertible” child seats can be
used either rearward-facing or forward-facing in the
vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher
weight limit in the rearward-facing direction than
infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) but are
less than one year old. Both types of child restraints are
held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the
LATCH anchorage system. (See the LATCH — Child
Seat Anchorage System section for greater explanation.)
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger
airbag. An airbag deployment could cause severe
injury or death to infants in this position.
WARNING!
• A rearward facing infant restraint should only be
used in a rear seat. A rearward facing infant
restraint in the front seat may be struck by a
deploying passenger airbag which may cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.
• Improper installation can lead to failure of an
infant or child restraint. It could come loose in a
collision. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing an infant or child restraint.
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
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Standards. We also recommend that you try a child
restraint in the vehicle seats 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 or seat backs
and cause serious personal injury.
NOTE:
For additional information, refer
www.seatcheck.org or call 1–866–SEATCHECK.
to
Older Children and Child Restraints
Children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) and who are
older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible child
seats used in the forward-facing direction are for children
who weigh 20 to 40 lbs (9 to 18 kg) and who are older
than one year. These child seats are also held in the
vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the LATCH anchorage system. (See the LATCH — Child Seat Anchorage
System Section.)
The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing
more than 40 lbs (18 kg), but who are still too small to fit
the vehicle’s seat belts properly. If the child cannot sit
with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat cushion while the
child’s back is against the seat back, they should use a
belt-positioning booster seat. The child and beltpositioning booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt.
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Children Too Large For Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
seatback, should use the lap/shoulder belt in the rear
seat.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
• 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 behind their back or
under their arm.
LATCH – Child Seat Anchorage System (Lower
Anchors and Tether for CH ildren)
Your vehicle’s rear seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of the child restraints
without using the vehicle’s seat belts, instead securing
the child restraint using lower anchorages and upper
tether straps from the child restraint to the vehicle
structure.
LATCH-compatible child restraint systems are now available. However, because the lower anchorages are to be
introduced over a period of years, child restraint systems
having attachments for those achorages will continue to
also have features for installation using the vehicle’s seat
belts. Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for
connection tot he top tether anchorages have been available for some time. For some older child restraints, many
child restraint manufacturers offer add-on tether strap
kits or retro-fit kits. You are urged to take advantage of all
the available attachments provided with your child restraint in any vehicle.
All three rear seating positions have lower
anchorages that are capable of accomodating
LATCH-compatible child seats. These are
round bars, located at the lower area of the seat
back. Install your child seat as per child seat manufacturer recommendations.
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install the child restraint. You will easily feel them if you
run your finger alon the intersection of the seatback and
seat cushion surfaces.
In addition, there are tether strap anchorages
behind each rear seating position located in the
panel between the rear seat back and the rear
window. These tether strap anchorages are
under a hinged plastic cover with this symbol on it.
Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all
child restraint systems will be installed as described here.
Again, carefully follow the installation instructions that
were provided with the child restraint system.
The rear seat lower anchorages are round bars, located at
the rear of the seat cushion where it meets the seat back,
and are just visible when you lean into the rear seat to
Many, but not all restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a
means of adjusting the tension in the strap. Forwardfacing toddler restraints and some rear-facing infant
restraints will also be equipped with a tether strap, a
hook for attachment to the tether strap anchorage and a
means of adjusting the tension of the strap.
You will first loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and
on the tether strap so that you can more easily attach the
hooks or connectors over the top of the anchorage bars,
pushing aside the seat cover material. Then lift the tether
anchorage cover directly behind the seat where you are
placing the child restraint and attach the tether strap to
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the anchorage, being careful to route the tether strap to
provide the most direct path between the anchor and the
child restraint. If your vehicle is equipped with adjustable rear head restraints, raise the head restraint and,
where possible, route the tether strap under the head
restraint and between the two posts. If not possible,
lower the head restraint and route the tether strap around
the outboard side of the head restraint. Finally, tighten all
three straps as you push the child restraint rearward and
downward into the seat, removing slack in the straps
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
WARNING!
Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
Installing Child Restraints Using the Vehicle Seat
Belts
The passenger seat belts are equipped with cinching latch
plates which are designed to keep the lap portion of the
lap/shoulder belt tight around the child restraint so that
it is not necessary to use a locking clip. Pull up on the
shoulder portion of the lap/shoulder belt to tighten the
belt. The cinching latch plate will keep the belt tight,
however, any seat belt system will loosen with time, so
check the belt occasionally and pull it tight if necessary.
In the rear seat, you may have trouble tightening the
lap/shoulder belt on the child restraint because the
buckle or latch plate is too close to the belt path opening
on the restraint. Disconnect the latch plate from the
buckle and twist the short buckle-end belt several times
to shorten it. Insert the latch plate into the buckle with the
release button facing out.
If the belt still can’t be tightened, or if by pulling and
pushing on the restraint loosens the belt, you may need
to do something more. Disconnect the latch plate from
the buckle, turn the buckle around, and insert the latch
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plate into the buckle again. If you still can’t make the
child restraint secure, try a different seating position.
To attach a child restraint tether strap:
1. Lift the cover over the anchor directly behind the seat
where you are placing the child restraint.
If not possible, lower the head restraint and pass the
tether strap around the outboard side of the head restraint.
3. Attach the tether strap hook (A) of the child restraint to
the anchor (B) and remove slack in the tether strap
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
WARNING!
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor positions directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap.
2. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path
for the strap between the anchor and the child seat. If
your vehicle is equipped with adjustable rear head
restraints, raise the head restraint and route the tether
strap under the head restraint and between the two posts.
Transporting Pets
Airbags deploying in the front seat could harm your pet.
An unrestrained pet will be thrown about and possibly
injured, or injure a passenger during panic braking or in
a collision.
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Pets should be restrained in the rear seat in pet harnesses
or pet carriers that are secured by seat belts.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long
break-in period.
Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km).
After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55
mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable.
While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration, within the
limits of local traffic laws, contributes to a good break-in.
Wide open throttle acceleration in low gear can be
detrimental and should be avoided.
The crankcase oil installed in the engine at the factory is
a high quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil
changes should be consistent with expected climate conditions under which vehicle operations will occur. The
recommended viscosity and quality grades are in Section
7 of this manual.
Do not use non-detergent or straight mineral oils.
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles of operation. This is a normal part of the
break-in and not an indication of a problem.
SAFETY TIPS
Exhaust Gas
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing (CO)
follow the safety tips below.
• Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined
areas any longer than needed to move your vehicle in
or out of the area.
• If it is necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running, adjust your heating or cooling controls to force outside air into the vehicle. Set the blower
at high speed.
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• To avoid drawing exhaust gases into the vehicle, close
the trunk while driving. However, if for some reason it
must remain open, close all windows. Adjust the
heating or cooling system to force outside air into the
vehicle. Set the blower at high speed.
Safety Checks You Should Make Inside the
Vehicle
Seat Belts
Inspect the belt system periodically, checking for cuts,
frays and loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced
immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system.
Safety belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident
if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.). If there is any question regarding belt or retractor
condition, replace the belt.
Airbag Light
The light should come on and remain on for 6 to
8 seconds as a bulb check when the ignition
switch is first turned ON. If the bulb is not lit
during starting, have it replaced. If the light stays on or
comes on while driving, have the system checked by an
authorized dealer.
Defrosters
Check operation by selecting the defrost mode and place
the blower control on high speed. You should be able to
feel the air directed against the windshield.
Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make Outside
the Vehicle
Tires
Examine tires for excessive tread wear or uneven wear
patterns. Check for stones, nails, glass, or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall
cracks. Check wheel nuts for tightness and tires (including spare) for proper pressure.
Lights
Have someone observe the operation of exterior lights
while you work the controls. Check turn signal and high
beam indicator lights on the instrument panel.
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for
brake fluid, fuel, water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if
gasoline fumes are present, the cause should be corrected
immediately.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
䡵 Cup Holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
▫ Manual Reclining Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Front Seat Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
▫ Lumbar Support — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . .57
䡵 Coat Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
▫ Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
▫ Folding Rear Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Adjusting The Inside Day/Night Mirror . . . . . .53
䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
▫ Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped . . . .53
䡵 Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
▫ Electric Remote Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ To Turn The Interior Lights On . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
▫ Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
▫ Battery Saver Feature—Interior Lights . . . . . . . .60
䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Instrument Panel Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Manual Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
▫ Front Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Power Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
▫ Rear Seat Reading/Courtesy Lights . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Power Reclining Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . .56
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䡵 Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ To Activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Headlights And Parking Lights . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ To Set At A Desired Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Headlight Time Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Battery Saver Feature—Exterior Lights . . . . . . .63
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
▫ To Accelerate For Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) . . . . . .63
▫ Using Speed Control On Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
䡵 Multifunction Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
䡵 Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Dome/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Headlight Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
䡵 Garage Door Opener — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .70
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Programming The Universal Transceiver . . . . . .71
▫ Windshield Wipers And Washers . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ “Rolling Code” Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ Speed Sensitive Intermittent Wipers System . . . .65
▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming . . .74
䡵 Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
䡵 Traction Control Switch — If Equipped . . . . . . .66
▫ Reprogramming A Single Button . . . . . . . . . . .75
䡵 Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
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䡵 Power Sun Roof — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . .76
▫ Distance To Empty (DTE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Trip Odometer (ODO) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Sun Roof Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Elapsed Time (ET) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
䡵 Overhead Travel Information Center — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ C/T Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ US/M Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Global Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Step Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO) . . . . . . . . .78
▫ Compass/Temperature Display . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Automatic Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Manual Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Outside Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
䡵 Electrical Power Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
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CUP HOLDERS
Front Seat Cupholders
The cupholders for the 50/50 bench seat are located in
the arm rest. raise the arm rest cover and fold the
cupholders forward.
The molded cupholders for the bucket seat are located in
the forward edge of the center console.
COAT HOOK
The coat hook is located next to the Rear Seat Reading/
Courtesy Light Switch. Pull the hook down for access.
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MIRRORS
Adjusting The Inside Day/Night Mirror
Adjust the mirror to center on the view through the rear
window. A two point pivot system allows for horizontal
and vertical mirror adjustment.
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the
small control under the mirror to the night position
(toward rear of vehicle). The mirror should be adjusted
with the glare control set in the day position (toward
windshield).
Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped
This mirror will automatically adjust for annoying headlight glare from vehicles behind you. Push in the button
on the base of the mirror to activate the dimming feature.
A green light in the button will illuminate when this
feature is on.
NOTE: This feature is most effective when left in the
ON position.
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Electric Remote Control Mirrors
Press the L or R button located on the driver’s door panel
for Left or Right mirror selection.
Mirror Adjustment
Outside Mirror — Driver’s Side
Adjust the outside mirror to center on the adjacent lane of
traffic, with a slight overlap of the view obtained on the
inside mirror.
Right Side Mirror
Adjust the convex outside mirror so you can just see the
side of your vehicle. This type of mirror will give a much
wider view to the rear, and especially of the lane next to
your vehicle.
WARNING!
Tilt the mirror control up or down, or side to side to
adjust the view in the mirror.
NOTE: Place the mirror switch in the neutral position to
prevent accidental changing of the mirror setting.
Vehicles and other objects seen in the right side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they really are. Relying too much on your right
side mirror could cause you to collide with another
vehicle or other object. Use your inside mirror when
judging the size or distance of a vehicle seen in this
convex mirror.
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Illuminated Vanity Mirrors — If Equipped
An illuminated vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use
the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the
mirror cover upward. The lamps turn on automatically.
Closing the mirror cover turns off the lamps.
The seat adjusting bar is at the front of the seat, near the
floor. Pull up on the adjuster bar and move the seat to the
desired position.
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SEATS
Manual Seat Adjustment
WARNING!
Adjusting a seat while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. The sudden movement of the seat could
cause you to lose control. The seat belt might not be
properly adjusted and you could be injured. Adjust
the seat only while the vehicle is parked.
Using body pressure, move forward and rearward on the
seat to be sure the seat adjusters have latched.
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Power Seats — If Equipped
The power seat switch is on the outboard side of the
driver’s seat near the floor. Use this switch to move the
seat up or down, forward or rearward, or to tilt the seat.
The passenger’s seat will move forward or rearward.
CAUTION!
Do not place any article under a power seat as it may
cause damage to the seat controls.
Power Reclining Seats — If Equipped
The recliner control is on the outboard side of the seat.
Manual Reclining Seats
The recliner mechanism control is on the door-side of the
seat. To recline, lean forward slightly before lifting the
lever, then push back to the desired position and release
the lever. Lean forward and lift the lever to return the seat
back to its normal position.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 57
WARNING!
Do not ride with the seatback reclined so that the
shoulder belt is no longer resting against your chest.
In a collision you could slide under the seat belt and
be seriously or even fatally injured. Use the recliner
only when the vehicle is parked.
Lumbar Support — If Equipped
This feature allows you to increase or decrease the
amount of lumbar support. Turn the control level forward to increase and rearward to decrease the desired
amount of lumbar support.
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Head Restraints
Head restraints can reduce the risk of whiplash injury in
the event of impact from the rear. Adjustable restraints
should be adjusted so that the upper edge is as high as
practical.
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The head restraints have a locking button which must be
pushed in to lower the head restraint. The restraints may
be raised without pushing in the button.
Folding Rear Seats — If Equipped
To provide additional storage area, the rear seatbacks can
be folded forward. Pull the loop near the top of the seat
and fold the seatback forward. When the seat back is
folded to the upright position make sure it is latched by
strongly pulling on the top of the seat back above the seat
strap.
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WARNING!
The cargo area in the rear of the vehicle (with the
rear seatbacks in the locked-up or folded down
position) should not be used as a play area by
children when the vehicle is in motion. They could
be seriously injured in an accident. Children should
be seated and using the proper restraint system.
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To open the hood, two latches must be released. First pull
up on the hood release lever located under the instrument panel.
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Then lift up on the catch located under the front edge of
the hood, near the center.
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
To Turn The Interior Lights On:
Rotate the Dimmer Control upward to the second detent.
Rotate the switch downward to turn the interior lights
off.
To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to
close it. Use a firm downward push at the center of the
hood to ensure that both latches engage. Never drive
your vehicle unless the hood is fully closed, with both
latches engaged.
NOTE: The interior lights have a “fade to off” feature.
When the lights are turned off, they gradually “fade” off.
Battery Saver Feature—Interior Lights
The interior lights come on when a door is open or left
ajar. To prevent battery drain, if you leave a door open or
ajar these lights will turn off after 15 minutes. After you
close the door, the interior lights will again function in
the normal matter.
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NOTE: The Battery Saver Feature will not turn these
lights off if a switch was used to turn them on.
Instrument Panel Lighting
The brightness of the instrument panel lighting can be
regulated by rotating the dimmer switch.
on during the daytime such as in a parade or a funeral
procession. To activate this feature, rotate the Dimmer
Control upward to the first detent.
Front Map/Reading Lights
These lights are mounted between the sun visors. Each
light is turned On by pressing the lens. Press the lens a
second time to turn the light Off. The lights also come on
when a door is opened or the dimmer switch is turned
fully upward to the dome light position.
NOTE: The lights will remain on until the switch is
pressed a second time, so be sure they have been turned
off before leaving the vehicle.
Daytime Brightness Feature
Certain instrument panel components can be illuminated
at full brightness during the daytime. These are the
Odometer, Transmission Range Indicator, Radio, Climate
Controls, and the Overhead Travel Information Center.
This can be helpful when driving with your headlights
Rear Seat Reading/Courtesy Lights
These lights may be individually operated by a switch
next to the light. The Battery Saver feature will not turn
these lights off if the switch was used to turn them on. Be
sure the lights are off before leaving the vehicle. The
lights also come on when a door is opened or the dimmer
switch is turned to the dome light position.
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EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Headlights And Parking Lights
Lights-On Reminder
If the headlights or parking lights are left on after the
ignition is turned Off, a chime will sound when the
driver’s door is opened.
When the headlight switch is turned clockwise
from Off to the first position, the parking lights,
taillights, side marker lights, license plate light and
instrument panel lights are all turned on. The headlights
turn on when the switch is turned to the second position.
Headlight Time Delay
This feature provides the safety of headlight illumination
for about 90 seconds when leaving your vehicle in an
unlighted area. For vehicles equipped with Electronic
Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), this is customer programmable to Off, 30, 60, or 90 seconds. (See the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) section of this
manual.)
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To activate the delay, turn off the ignition while the
headlights are still on. Then turn off the headlights within
45 seconds. The delay interval begins when the ignition is
turned off.
NOTE: Turning on the high beam headlights will turn
off the fog lights. Fog light operation will continue when
the lights return to the low beam or parking light
position.
If the headlights are turned off before the ignition, they
will go off in the normal manner.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only)
The headlights are on at a dimmer level whenever the
vehicle is started and the parking brake is released. The
lights remain on until the ignition switch is turned OFF.
Battery Saver Feature—Exterior Lights
If an exterior light is left on when the ignition switch is
moved to the Off position, it will automatically turn off
after 10 minutes. Normal operation will resume when the
ignition is turned On or when the headlight switch is
turned to another position.
Fog Lights
Turn the headlight switch to either the headlight
On or parking light On positions, then pull out the
headlight switch knob to turn on the fog lights. A
light on the switch will illuminate to show that the Fog
Lights are On.
MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER
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Turn Signals
The arrows on each side of the instrument cluster flash to
show operation of the front and rear turn signal lights. If
either light flashes at an extremely fast rate, check for a
defective outside light bulb. If both of the indicators fail
to light when the lever is moved, it would suggest that
the fuse or indicator bulbs are defective.
Headlight Dimmer Switch
Pull the multi-function control lever toward the steering
wheel to switch the headlights from high or low beam.
Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
lightly pulling the multi-function lever toward the steering wheel. This will cause the headlights to turn on at
high beam and remain on until the lever is released.
Windshield Wipers And Washers
The wipers and washers are operated by a switch in the
control lever. Turn the end of the handle to select the
desired wiper speed.
To use the washer, push the knob in when spray is
desired. If the button is pushed while in the delay range,
the wiper will operate for several seconds after the knob
is released, and then resume the intermittent interval.
If the button is pushed and held while in the OFF
position, the wiper will operate for several wipes then
turn off.
If the button is pushed while in the OFF position, the
wipers will cycle twice.
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WARNING!
Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield
could lead to an accident. You might not see other
vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of
the windshield during freezing weather, warm the
windshield with the defroster before and during
windshield washer use.
Speed Sensitive Intermittent Wipers System
Use the intermittent feature of this system when weather
conditions make a single wiping cycle, with a variable
pause between cycles, desirable.
For maximum delay between cycles, turn the control
knob into the upper end of the delay range. The delay
interval decreases as you turn the knob until it enters the
LO continual speed position. The delay can be regulated
from a maximum of about 18 seconds between cycles, to
a cycle every 1/2 second.
NOTE: Vehicle speed is monitored to calculate wiper
delay intervals. The delay between cycles is shortened
when the vehicle is moving above 10 m.p.h. and lengthened below 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h).
TILT STEERING COLUMN
To tilt the column, pull the small lever below the turn
signal control toward you and move the wheel up or
down, as desired. Release the lever to lock the wheel
firmly in place.
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WARNING!
Tilting the steering column while the vehicle is
moving is dangerous. Without a stable steering column, you could lose control of the vehicle and have
an accident. Adjust the column only while the vehicle is stopped. Be sure it is locked before driving.
TRACTION CONTROL SWITCH — IF EQUIPPED
To turn the Traction Control System Off, press the switch
located on the instrument panel, to the right of the
steering column, until the TRAC OFF light in the instrument cluster lights up.
To turn the Traction Control System On, press the switch
until the TRAC OFF light in the instrument cluster turns
off.
NOTE: Traction Control System comes on each time the
ignition switch is turned On. This will occur even if you
used the switch to turn the Traction system off during the
previous ignition cycle.
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ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
This device can be engaged to take over the accelerator
operation at speeds between 30 mph (48 km/h) and 85
mph (137 km/h). The controls are mounted on the
steering wheel.
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NOTE: You must press the ON/OFF button to activate
the system each time the engine is started.
WARNING!
To Activate:
Push the ON/OFF button to turn the system ON. The
CRUISE light in the instrument cluster will illuminate
when the system is ON.
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.
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To Set At A Desired Speed:
When the vehicle has reached the desired speed, and the
system is activated, press and release the SET button.
Release the accelerator and the vehicle will operate at the
selected speed.
Tapping the ACCEL/RESUME button once will result in
a 2 mph (3 km/h) speed increase. Each time the button is
tapped, speed will increase. For example, tapping the
button three times will increase speed by 6 mph (10
km/h), etc.
To Deactivate:
A soft tap on the brake pedal, pushing the CANCEL
button or normal brake pressure while slowing the
vehicle will deactivate the speed control without erasing
the memory. Pushing the ON/OFF button or turning off
the ignition turns the speed control system off and erases
the memory.
To decrease speed while speed control is engaged, press
and hold the COAST button. Release the button when the
desired speed is reached, and the new speed will be set.
To Resume Speed:
To resume a previously set speed, push and release the
ACCEL/RESUME button. Resume can be used at any
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
To Vary The Speed Setting:
When the speed control is engaged, speed can be increased by pressing and holding the ACCEL/RESUME
button. When the button is released, a new set speed will
be established.
Tapping the COAST button once will result in a 1 mph
speed decrease. Each time the button is tapped, speed
will decrease. For example, tapping the button 3 times
will decrease the speed by 3 mph (5 km/h), etc.
To Accelerate For Passing:
Depress the accelerator as you would normally. When the
pedal is released, the vehicle will return to the set speed.
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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.
Using Speed Control On Hills
Your vehicle is equipped with Interactive Speed Control.
This feature operates when traveling up or down hills
with the Speed Control engaged and the driver’s foot off
of the accelerator.
When Climbing A Hill
If vehicle speed drops 3 mph (5 km/h) below the Speed
Control SET speed, the transmission will downshift to
third gear. Under severe conditions the transmission may
downshift again to second gear. The transmission will
upshift as the vehicle reaches the top of the hill.
When Descending A Hill
If vehicle speed rises 3 mph (5 km/h) over the Speed
Control SET speed, the transmission will downshift to
third gear. This provides engine braking to keep vehicle
speed under control. The transmission will not downshift
below third gear to control vehicle overspeed. The transmission will upshift to fourth gear after the vehicle has
reached the bottom of the hill.
NOTE: On very steep hills, a greater speed loss or gain
may occur. It may be preferable to drive without Speed
Control.
Rolling Hills
The transmission may downshift into third gear and
remain there as the vehicle travels over rolling hills. The
transmission will upshift into fourth gear when the road
flattens out.
The transmission will resume its normal shift schedule if
you depress the accelerator pedal during any of the
above conditions.
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OVERHEAD CONSOLE
The overhead console contains dome/reading lights, an
optional universal garage door opener (HomeLink威), an
optional sunroof switch, and an optional Overhead
Travel Information System (OTIS).
Dome/Reading Lights
Located in the overhead console are two dome/reading
lights.
The dome/reading lights illuminate when a door is
opened or when the interior lights are turned on by
rotating the dimmer control located on the multi-function
lever.
The reading lights are activated by pressing on the
recessed area of the corresponding lens.
NOTE: The dome/reading lights will remain on until
the switch is pressed a second time, so be sure they have
been turned off before leaving the vehicle.
GARAGE DOOR OPENER — IF EQUIPPED
Equipped in vehicles that have the optional Overhead
Travel Information System (OTIS)
The HomeLink威 Universal Transceiver replaces up to
three remote controls (hand held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized
gates, or home lighting. It triggers these devices at the
push of a button. The Universal Transceiver operates off
your vehicle’s battery and charging system; no batteries
are needed.
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For additional information
1–800–355–3515,
or
on
www.homelink.com.
on HomeLink威,
the
internet
call
at
WARNING!
A moving garage door can cause injury to people and
pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be
seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver
with a garage door opener that has a “stop and
reverse” feature as required by federal safety standards. This includes most garage door opener models manufactured after 1982. Do not use a garage
door opener without these safety features it could
cause injury or death. Call toll-free 1–800–355–3515
or, on the Internet at www.homelink.com for safety
information or assistance.
Programming The Universal Transceiver
For best results, install a new battery in the hand held
transmitter before programming. If your garage door
opener (located in the garage) is equipped with an
antenna, make sure that the antenna is hanging straight
down.
1. Turn off the engine.
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WARNING!
NOTE: Step 2 does not have to be followed to program
additional hand held transmitters.
Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Do not run the vehicle’s exhaust while
training the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause serious injury or death.
3. Choose one of the three buttons to train. Place the
hand held controller one to three inches from the universal transceiver while keeping its indicator light in view.
WARNING!
Your motorized door or gate will open and close
while you are training the universal transceiver. Do
not train the transceiver if people or pets are in the
path of the door or gate. A moving door or gate can
cause serious injury or death to people and pets or
damage to objects.
2. 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).
4. Using both hands, press the hand held transmitter
button and the desired universal transceiver button. Do
not release the buttons until step 5 has been completed.
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NOTE: Some entry gates and garage door openers may
require you to replace step 4 with the procedures listed
under Canadian Programming.
5. The indicator light in the Universal Transceiver will
begin to flash, first slowly and then rapidly. The rapid
flashing indicates successful programming. If after 90
seconds the indicator light does not flash rapidly or goes
out, return to step 1 and repeat the procedure. To train the
other buttons, repeat steps 3 and 4. Be sure to keep your
hand held transmitters in case you need to retrain the
Universal Transceiver.
If you do not successfully program the Universal Transceiver to learn the signal of your hand held transmitter,
refer to the Rolling Code Paragraph, or call toll free for
customer assistance at 1–800–355–3515, or on the internet
at www.homelink.com.
“Rolling Code” Programming
NOTE: If your hand held transmitter appears to program the Universal Transceiver, but your garage door or
other device does not operate, and your device was
manufactured after 1996, your garage door opener or
other device may have a “Rolling Code” system.
On garage door openers with the “Rolling Code” feature,
the transmitter code changes after each use to prevent the
copying of your code.
To check if your device is protected by a “Rolling Code”
system:
• Check the owner’s manual for the device for mention
of “Rolling Codes”.
• Press and hold the programmed button on the Universal Transceiver. If the Universal Transceiver indicator
light flashes rapidly and then stays on after 2 seconds,
the device has the “Rolling Code” feature.
To train a garage door opener (or other rolling code
equipped devices) with the rolling code feature, follow
these instructions after completing the Programming
portion of this text:
NOTE: The assistance of a second person may make the
following programming procedure quicker and easier.
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1. Locate the training button on the garage door motor
head unit. The exact location and color of the button may
vary by garage door opener manufacturer. If you have
difficulty in locating the training button, check your
garage door opener manual, or call 1-800-355-3515 or, on
the Internet, at www.homelink.com.
2. Press and hold the training button on the garage door
opener head unit This will activate the “training” light.
NOTE: After completing step 2, you have 30 seconds to
start step 3.
3. Return to the Universal Transceiver in the vehicle and
firmly press and release the garage door button. Press
and release the button a second time to complete the
training process. Some garage door openers may require
you to do this procedure a third time to complete the
training.
Your garage door opener should now recognize your
Universal Transceiver. The remaining two buttons may
now be programmed if this has not previously been
done. Refer to the Programming instructions. You may
use either your Universal Transceiver or your original
hand-held transmitter to open you garage door.
Canadian Programming/Gate Programming
Canadian frequency laws, and the technology of some
entry gates, require you to press and release the hand
held transmitter button every two seconds during programming
Continue to press and hold the Universal Transceiver
button while you press and release the hand held transmitter button until the frequency signal has been learned.
The Universal Transceiver light will flash slowly and
then rapidly when the programming is successful.
NOTE: When programming such a garage door opener
or gate, unplug the device to prevent possible damage to
the garage door or gate motor.
Operation
Press and hold the desired button on the Universal
Transceiver until the garage door or other device begins
to operate. The light in the display shows that the signal
is being transmitted. The hand held transmitter may also
be used at any time.
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Reprogramming A Single Button
1. Press and hold the Universal Transceiver button to be
reprogrammed. Do not release until step 4 has been
completed.
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. When the indicator light begins to flash slowly (after
20 seconds) position the hand held transmitter 1 to 3
inches (3 to 8 cm) away from the button to be trained.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
3. Press and hold the hand held transmitter button.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
4. The Universal Transceiver indicator light will begin to
flash, first slowly, then rapidly. When the indicator lights
begin to flash rapidly, release both buttons.
Security
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
To erase all of the previously trained frequencies, hold
down both outside buttons until the green light begins to
flash.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
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POWER SUN ROOF — IF EQUIPPED
The sun roof controls are located on the overhead console.
If the sun roof is vented and you wish to open it, press
and hold the OPEN button. If the sun roof is open and
you wish to vent it, press and hold the VENT button.
The sunshade can be opened manually. It will also open
as the sun roof opens. The sunshade cannot be closed if
the sun roof is open.
WARNING!
To Open the sunroof from the Closed position, press and
release the OPEN button. The sunroof will open fully,
then stop automatically.
To Close the sunroof from an open or vent position, press
and hold the CLOSE button. The sunroof will close fully
and stop automatically. Release the CLOSE button to stop
sunroof travel at any point.
In an accident, there is a greater risk of being thrown
from a vehicle with an open sun roof. You could also
be seriously injured or killed. Always fasten your
seatbelt properly and make sure all passengers are
properly secured too.
Do not allow small children to operate the sun roof.
Never allow fingers or other body parts, or any
object to project through the sun roof opening.
Injury may result.
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Wind Buffeting
Wind buffeting can be described as the perception of
pressure on the ears or a helicopter type sound in the
ears. Your vehicle may exhibit wind buffeting with the
windows down, or the sunroof (if so equipped) in certain
open or partially open positions. This is a normal occurrence and can be minimized. If the buffeting occurs with
the rear windows open, open the front and rear windows
together to minimize the buffeting. If the buffeting occurs
with the sunroof open, adjust the sunroof opening to
minimize the buffeting.
Sun Roof Maintenance
Use only a non abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to clean
the glass panel.
OVERHEAD TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER —
IF EQUIPPED
This feature allows you to choose between a compass/
temperature display and one of five trip conditions being
monitored.
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US/M Button
Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric
measurement units.
RESET Button
Use this button to reset the following displays to zero:
Average Fuel Economy
Trip Odometer
Elapsed time.
Global Reset
If the RESET button is pressed twice within 3 seconds
while in any of the 3 resetable displays, the Global Reset
will reset all 3 displays.
Step Button
Use this button to choose or cycle through the five trip
conditions.
Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO)
This display shows the average fuel economy since the
last reset.
Distance To Empty (DTE)
This display shows the estimated distance that can be
traveled with the fuel remaining in the tank. The distance
is calculated by multiplying the amount of fuel remaining by the projected fuel economy. The distance predicted
will change every few seconds to a higher or lower
number as these factors change.
This display cannot be reset.
Trip Odometer (ODO)
This display shows the distance traveled since the last
reset.
Elapsed Time (ET)
This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time
since the last reset.
C/T Button
Use this button to select a readout of the outside temperature and one of eight compass headings that indicate
the direction in which the vehicle is facing.
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Compass/Temperature Display
This display provides the outside temperature and one of
eight compass readings to indicate the direction the
vehicle is facing.
Automatic Compass Calibration
The self calibrating feature of the compass eliminates the
need to calibrate the compass for normal conditions.
During a short initial period, the compass may appear
erratic and the CAL symbol will appear on the display.
The CAL symbol may also appear after the vehicle is
subjected to a high level of magnetism. After completing
three 360 turns at about 5 mph (8 km/h) in an area free
from large metal or metallic objects, the CAL symbol will
turn off and the compass will function normally.
Manual Compass Calibration
If the compass appears erratic and the CAL light does not
appear, you must calibrate the compass. Find an open
area away from large metal objects. With the ignition ON
and the compass/temperature displayed, press and hold
the RESET button until the CAL symbol appears (about
10 seconds). Drive slowly (about 5 mph/ 8 km/h) in 3
complete 360 circles. The CAL light will turn off and the
compass will be calibrated.
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Variance is the difference between magnetic North and
geographic North. For proper compass function, the
correct variance zone must be set. Refer to the variance
map for the correct variance zone. To check the variance
zone, the ignition must be on and the compass/
temperature displayed. Press and hold the RESET button
for about 5 seconds until VAR appears in the display. The
number displayed is the variance zone used by the
compass. To change the zone, press the STEP button to
scroll through numbers 1 through 15. Press the RESET
button after selecting the proper zone to return to the
normal compass/temperature display.
NOTE: To ensure proper compass calibration, make
sure the compass variance is properly set before manually calibrating the compass (see variance map).
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Outside Temperature
Because engine temperature can increase the displayed
temperature, temperature readings are slowly updated
when vehicle speed is below 20 MPH (30 km/h).
ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLET
Your vehicle may be equipped with a power outlet. This
is located in the center of the instrument panel if your
vehicle has bench or split bench seats. Accessories powered through this outlet are protected by a 15 amp fuse.
The outlet may be converted to a cigar lighter by installing the dealer obtained smoker’s package. The outlet is
operated by the ignition switch, when in the “run” or
“acc” positions only. You may convert the outlet from
ignition to battery power by performing the following:
• Remove the fuse cover from the left end of the
instrument panel (see the paragraph on fuses in section 7 of this manual.)
• Remove fuse #6 (its on the upper right of the fuse
block) from its “IGN” position.
• Move the fuse slightly right and insert it in the fuse #6
“BAT” location in the fuse block.
• Reinstall the fuse cover.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL
CONTENTS
䡵 Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ PTY (Program Type) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
䡵 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
䡵 Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
䡵 Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Tone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ To Set The Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ AM/FM Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
䡵 Sales Code RAZ—AM/ FM Stereo Radio With
Cassette Tape Player And CD Player — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ Operating Instructions — Radio . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Power Switch, Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Seek Button (Radio Mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory . . . . . . .96
▫ To Change From Clock To Radio Mode . . . . . . .96
▫ Operating Instructions — Tape Player . . . . . . . .96
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Fast Forward (FF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Rewind (RW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
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▫ Tape Eject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Changing Tape Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Metal Tape Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Pinch Roller Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ Noise Reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Operating Instructions — CD Player . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Inserting The Compact Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ EJT CD (Eject) Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ FF/Tune/RW Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Program Button 4 (Random Play) . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Tape CD Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Time Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Scan Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
䡵 Sales Code RBB—AM/FM Stereo Radio
With Cassette Tape Player And CD Changer
Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Power Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Electronic Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
▫ Seek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Tune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ To Set The Push-Button Memory . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Fade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Bass And Treble Tone Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ AM/FM Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ Mode Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ Cassette Player Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ CD Changer Control Capability —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
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▫ Radio Display Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ Program Button 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
䡵 Sales Code RBK—AM/ FM Stereo Radio
With CD Player And CD Changer Controls . . . 105
▫ Time Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Changing Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ Removing Discs From The CD Changer . . . . . 112
▫ CD Changer Operation — If Equipped . . . . . . 109
▫ CD Changer Operation With The
Changer Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
䡵 6 Disc CD Changer — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 110
䡵 Cassette Tape And Player Maintenance . . . . . . 112
▫ Loading The CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
䡵 Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Playing Discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . 114
▫ Seek Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
▫ FF/Tune/RW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Operation . . 114
▫ Mode Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
▫ Program Button 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Program Button 4 (Random Play) . . . . . . . . . . 111
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INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 87
Instrument Cluster
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
1. Fuel Gauge
When the ignition is in the ON position, the
pointer will show the level of fuel remaining in
the tank.
2. Low Fuel Warning Light
When the fuel level drops to about 2 gallons (8
liters), the Low Fuel symbol will light and remain lit until fuel is added. A warning chime will
sound when the light comes on.
3. Low Oil Pressure Light
This light indicates low engine oil pressure. The
light should come on briefly as a bulb check
when the engine is first started. If the light stays on or
comes on while driving, stop the vehicle and shut off
the engine. DO NOT operate the vehicle until the
cause is corrected. This light does not show how
much oil is in the engine. The engine oil level must be
checked under the hood.
4. TRAC ON/OFF Lights
The Traction Control On light (TRAC ON) will come on
momentarily as a bulb check when the ignition switch is
first turned ON. If the light does not come on, have the
bulb replaced.
The TRAC ON light will also come on when the system
is controlling traction.
The Traction Control Off light (TRAC OFF) will come on
momentarily as a bulb check when the ignition switch is
first turned ON. If the light does not come on, have the
bulb checked.
The TRAC OFF light will also come on when the Traction
Control switch has been used to turn the system off.
5. Trunk Ajar Light
This light indicates that the trunk is not latched
6. Tachometer
Measures engine revolutions-per-minute (R.P.M.). The
red numbers at the end on the scale show the maximum
permissible R.P.M. Ease off on the accelerator before
reaching the red area.
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7. Turn Signal Indicators
The arrow will flash in unison with the exterior
turn signal, when using the turn signal lever.
8. High Beam Indicator
This light shows that the headlights are on high
beam. Pull the turn signal lever towards the
steering wheel to switch the headlights from high or
low beam.
12. Low Washer Fluid Light
This symbol will light whenever the fluid reservoir is less than 1/4 filled. Adding washer fluid
will cause the light to go out the next time the
ignition is cycled. A warning chime will sound when
the light comes on.
13. Cruise (Speed Control) Light
This light shows that the Speed Control System is ON.
9. Seat Belt Reminder Light
The light will come on after the ignition is
turned on. The light will remain lit until the
seatbelt is fastened.
14. Temperature Light
This light warns of an overheated engine coolant condition. A warning chime will sound
when the light comes on.
10. Door Ajar Light
This light shows that a door is not completely
closed. A warning chime will sound if the vehicle
is moving with a door partially closed.
15. Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge shows engine coolant
temperature. Any reading within the 5 gauge
marks between Hot and Cold shows that the
engine cooling system is operating properly. The
gauge pointer may show a higher than normal temperature when driving in hot weather, up mountain
grades, in heavy stop and go traffic, or when towing a
trailer.
11. Speedometer
Shows vehicle speed in miles-per-hour or kilometers-perhour.
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If the pointer rises to the “H” mark, 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.
There are steps that you can take to slow down an
impending overheat condition. If your air conditioning is
on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the engine cooling system and turning off the A/C
removes this heat. You can also turn the Temperature
control to maximum heat, the Mode control to Floor and
the Fan control to High. This allows the heater core to act
as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat
from the engine cooling system.
16. Malfunction Indicator Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic
system called OBD that monitors engine and
automatic transmission control systems. The
light will illuminate when the key is in the ON
position before engine start. If the bulb does not come
on when turning the key from OFF to ON, have the
condition checked promptly.
Certain conditions such as a loose or missing gas cap or
poor fuel quality may illuminate the light after engine
start. The vehicle should be serviced if the light stays on
through several of your typical driving cycles. In most
situations the vehicle will drive normally and will not
require towing.
The Malfunction Indicator Light flashes to alert to serious
conditions that could lead to immediate loss of power or
severe catalytic converter damage. The vehicle should be
serviced as soon as possible if this occurs.
17. Trip Odometer Reset Knob
To reset the trip odometer, push the reset knob for about
two seconds.
18. Airbag Light
The light will come on and remain on for 6 to 8
seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch
is first turned ON. If the bulb is not lit during starting,
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have it replaced. If the light stays on, or comes on
while driving, have the system checked by an authorized dealer.
19. Odometer/Trip Odometer
Shows the total distance the vehicle has been driven.
U.S. Federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
correct mileage that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, if the odometer reading is changed during repair or
replacement, be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after the service so that the correct mileage can
be determined.
The Trip Odometer shows individual trip mileage and is
accessed by pressing the reset button.
20. Charging System Light
This light shows the status of the electrical
charging system. The light should come on
briefly when the ignition is first turned on and remain
on briefly as a bulb check. If the light stays on or
comes on while driving, turn off some of the vehicle’s
electrical devices, such as the Fog Lights or Rear
Defroster. If the Charging System Light remains on, it
means that the vehicle is experiencing a problem with
the charging system and should be serviced immediately. See your local authorized dealer.
21. Transmission Range Indicator
This indicator illuminates to show the automatic transmission gear selection.
22. ABS Light
This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake system
described elsewhere in this manual. The yellow
ABS light will come on when the ignition key is turned
to the ON position and may stay on for several
seconds. If the ABS light does not come on have the
system checked by an authorized dealer. The warning
light should be checked frequently to assure that it is
operating properly.
If the ABS light remains on or comes on while driving, it
indicates that the Anti-Lock portion of the brake system
is not functioning and that service is required, however,
the conventional brake system will continue to operate
normally if the red BRAKE warning light is not on.
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If the ABS light is on, the brake system should be serviced
as soon as possible to restore the benefits of Anti-Lock
brakes.
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.
23. Brake System Warning Light
The dual brake system provides a reserve
braking capability if a failure occurs in a
portion of the hydraulic system.
If the red brake light does not come on, have the system
checked by an authorized dealer.
This light monitors both the brake fluid level and the
parking brake. If the light comes on, it indicates either
that the parking brake is on or there is a low fluid level in
the brake master cylinder. On vehicles equipped with
anti-lock brakes (ABS), the brake light may also indicate
reduced braking performance. If the parking brake is off
and the light remains on, have the brake system inspected as soon as possible.
Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. 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.
The light will also come on when the parking brake is
applied with the ignition in the RUN position.
WARNING!
NOTE: This light shows only that the parking brake is
on. It does not show the degree of brake application.
In an ABS equipped vehicle, the Brake System Warning
light will come on if the ABS light is not functioning or if
the ABS system is not communicating.
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ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout indicates the time in hours
and minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or
ACC position.
SALES CODE RAZ—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD PLAYER
— IF EQUIPPED
When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, pressing
the Time button will cause the radio to display time for
several seconds, then turn off.
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To Set The Clock:
1. Use a ballpoint pen or similar object to press the hour
(H) or minute (M) buttons on the radio, The time setting
will increase each time you press the button.
Operating Instructions — Radio
2. Press any other button to exit from the clock setting
mode or it will exit the mode automatically if left alone
for 5 or 6 seconds.
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is controlled by the
ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to
operate the radio.
Power Switch, Volume Control
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the
volume control clockwise to increase the volume. The
volume will be displayed and continuously updated
while the button is pressed.
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Seek Button (Radio Mode)
Press and release the Seek button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. Holding
the button will by pass stations until you release the
button.
Tuning
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If you press and hold the button,
the radio will continue to tune until you release the
button. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
PTY (Program Type) Button
Pressing this button once will turn on the PTY mode for
5 seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time
out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing the PTY button
within 5 seconds will allow the program format type to
be selected. Many radio stations do not currently broadcast PTY information.
Toggle the PTY button to select the following format
types:
Program Type
Adult Hits
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Country
Information
Jazz
Foreign Language
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm and Blues
Religious Music
Religious Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rock
Radio Display
Adlt Hit
Classicl
Cls Rock
College
Country
Inform
Jazz
Language
News
Nostalga
Oldies
Persnlty
Public
R&B
Rel Musc
Rel Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rck
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Program Type
Soft Rhythm and Blues
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
Radio Display
Soft R&B
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
By pressing the SEEK button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will be tuned to the next frequency
station with the same selected PTY name. The PTY
function only operates when in the FM mode.
The radio display will flash “SEEK” and the selected PTY
program type when searching for the next PTY station. If
no station is found with the selected PTY program type,
the radio will return to the last preset station.
If a preset button is activated while in the PTY (Program
Type) mode, the PTY mode will be exited and the radio
will tune to the preset station.
Pressing PTY, then SCAN will scan the FM Band and stop
at all RDS stations. Each RDS station will be played for a
10 second scan once around the FM Band and stop at the
last station. The PTY icon will then turn off.
Balance
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Push in the button and it will pop out. Adjust the
balance and push the button back in. The balance will be
displayed and continuously updated while the button is
pressed.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Push in the button and it will pop out.
Adjust the balance and push the button back in. The fade
will be displayed and continuously updated while the
button is pressed.
Tone Control
Slide the Bass and/or Treble controls up or down to
adjust the sound for the desired tone. The treble, and bass
will be displayed and continuously updated while the
slide is moved.
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AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
Scan Button
Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for
the next station, in either AM or FM, pausing for 5
seconds at each listenable station before continuing to the
next.
Pressing the AM/FM button continues the search in the
alternate frequency band.
To stop the search, press SCAN a second time.
To Set The Radio Push-button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the
push-button you wish to lock onto this station and press
and release that button. If a station is not selected within
5 seconds after pressing the SET button, the station will
continue to play but will not be locked into push-button
memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into memory. You can recall the
stations stored in SET 2 memory by pressing the pushbutton twice.
To Change From Clock To Radio Mode
Press the Time button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
Operating Instructions — Tape Player
Insert the cassette with the exposed tape side toward the
right and the mechanical action of the player will gently
pull the cassette into the play position.
NOTE: When subjected to extremely cold temperatures,
the tape mechanism may require a few minutes to warm
up for proper operation. Sometimes poor playback may
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be experienced due to a defective cassette tape. Clean and
demagnetize the tape heads at least twice a year.
Seek Button
Press the SEEK button up for the next selection on the
tape and down to return to the beginning of the current
selection.
Tape Eject
Press the EJT Tape button and the cassette will disengage
and eject from the radio.
Scan Button
Press this button to play 10 seconds of each selection.
Press the scan button a second time to cancel the feature.
Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track
number to skip forward or backward 1 to 6 selections.
Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to
move 2 selections, etc.
Changing Tape Direction
If you wish to change the direction of tape travel (side
being played), press the PTY button. The lighted arrow in
the display window will show the new direction.
Fast Forward (FF)
Press the FF button up momentarily to advance the tape
in the direction that it is playing. The tape will advance
until the button is pressed again or the end of the tape is
reached. At the end of the tape, the tape will play in the
opposite direction.
Metal Tape Selection
If a standard metal tape is inserted into the player, the
player will automatically select the correct equalization
and the 70 symbol will appear in the display window.
Rewind (RW)
Press the RW button momentarily to reverse the tape
direction. The tape will reverse until the button is pressed
again or until the end of the tape is reached. At the end of
the tape, the tape will play in the opposite direction.
Pinch Roller Release
If ignition power or the radio ON/OFF switch are turned
off, the pinch roller will automatically retract to protect
the tape from any damage. When power is restored to the
tape player, the pinch roller will automatically reengage
and the tape will resume play.
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Noise Reduction
The Dolby Noise Reduction System* is on whenever the
tape player is on, but may be switched off.
To turn off the Dolby Noise reduction System: Press the
Dolby button (button 2) after you insert the tape. The NR
light in the display will go off when the Dolby System is
off. The Dolby System is automatically reactivated each
time a tape is inserted.
* ”Dolby” noise reduction manufactured under license
from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Operating Instructions — CD Player
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the volume control ON before the CD player
will operate.
Inserting The Compact Disc
The CD player contained within the radio is not a
multi-disc changer, and will only accept one CD. Gently
insert one CD into the CD player with the CD label facing
up. The CD will automatically be pulled into the CD
Player.
If the volume control is ON, the unit will switch from
radio to CD mode and begin to play. The display will
show the track number and index time in minutes and
seconds. Play will begin at the start of track one.
NOTE:
• You may eject a disc with the radio OFF. The ignition
switch must be in the ON or ACC position to insert a
disc with the radio OFF.
• If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the CD will automatically be pulled into the CD
Player and the display will show the time of day. If
you insert a disc with the ignition OFF, the display will
show the time of day for about 5 seconds, then go out.
Seek Button
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first 10 seconds of the current selection.
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EJT CD (Eject) Button
Press this button and the disc will unload and move to
the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to the
radio mode.
Press TUNE FF to fast forward through the tracks. Press
the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward
feature. If TUNE RW is pressed, the current track will
reverse to the beginning of the track and begin playing.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The radio mode will continue to appear.
Press button 4 a second time to stop Random Play.
The disc can be ejected with the radio OFF.
FF/TUNE/RW Button
Press FF (Fast Forward) once and the CD player will
begin to fast forward until FF is pressed again or RW or
another CD button is pressed. The RW (Reverse) button
works in a similar manner.
Program Button 4 (Random Play)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
compact disc in random order to provide an interesting
change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
MODE
Press the MODE button to select between the tape player,
CD player, or satellite radio (if equipped).
To select Satellite Radio (if equipped), press the MODE
button until the word SIRIUS appears. The following will
be displayed in this order: After three seconds, the
current channel name and number will be displayed for
five seconds. The current program type and channel
number will then be displayed for five seconds. The
current channel name and number will then be displayed
until an action occurs. A CD or tape may remain in the
player while in the Satellite Radio mode.
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Tape CD Button
Press this button to select between CD player and Tape
player.
Time Button
Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD
playing time to time of day.
Scan Button
Press this button to play the first 10 seconds of each track.
To stop the scan function, press the button a second time.
SALES CODE RBB—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD
CHANGER CAPABILITY
Operating Instructions
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through
the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position
to operate the radio.
NOTE: When first learning the control functions, the
user should set the controls as shown in the following
list.
Tone Controls…As illustrated.
Speaker Control…Centered.
Power Button
The volume control/power button pops out when
pressed, this turns the sound system ON in the mode last
used. Pushing the button back in turns the sound system
OFF.
Electronic Volume Control
The electronic volume control turns continuously (360
degrees) in either direction without stopping. Turning the
volume control to the right increases the volume and to
the left decreases it.
When the audio system is turned on, the sound will be
set at the same volume level as last played.
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For your convenience, the volume can be turned down, but
not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition is ON.
the station will continue to play but will not be locked
into push-button memory.
Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button will bypass
stations without stopping until you release it.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the push-button twice.
Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If the button is pushed and held,
the radio will continue to tune until the button is
released. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pushed.
To Set The Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
The symbol SET 1 will now show in the display window.
Select the “1–5” button you wish to lock onto this station
and press and release that button. If a button is not
selected within 5 seconds after pressing the SET button,
Every time a preset button is used a corresponding
button number will be displayed.
Balance
The balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
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Bass and Treble Tone Control
The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass
band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right.
Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at
the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid
position provides a flat frequency response.
AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
Mode Button
Press the MODE button to select between the cassette
tape player, CD changer, or the Satellite Radio (if
equipped). When the Satellite Radio (if equipped) is
selected “SA” will appear in your radio display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite or radio mode.
Cassette Player Features
With ignition OFF and the sound system OFF, you can
eject the tape cassette by pushing the EJECT button.
You can turn the tape player ON by inserting a cassette or
activating the MODE button (with a cassette in the radio),
but only when the ignition and radio are on.
Each time a cassette is inserted the tape player will begin
playing on the side of the cassette that is facing up in the
player.
Music Search
Pressing the SEEK button while playing a tape will start
the Music Search mode. Press the SEEK button up for the
next selection on the tape and down to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the tape is within
the first 5 seconds of the current selection.
The SEEK symbol appears on the display when Music
Search is in operation. Music Search shuts off automatically when a selection has been located.
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Selective Music Search
Press the SEEK button up or down to move the track
number to skip forward or backward 1 to 7 selections.
Press the SEEK button once to move 1 selection, twice to
move 2 selections, etc.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Pressing the TUNE button up or down momentarily
activates Fast Forward or Rewind and makes the directional arrows appear on the display.
display. Each time a tape is inserted the Dolby will turn
ON.
* “Dolby” noise reduction manufactured under license
from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Dolby
and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
To stop Fast Forward or Rewind, press the TUNE button
again.
CD Changer Control Capability — If Equipped
This radio is compatible with a remote mounted CD
changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate
this CD changer.
Time Button
Press the time button to toggle between station frequency
and time of day.
Mode Button
To activate the CD changer, press the MODE button until
CD information appears on the display.
Pressing this button while playing a cassette tape will
change the side of the tape being played.
Push-Button
While the CD changer is playing, press the NUMBER 1
push-button or the NUMBER 5 push-button to select a
disc numbered higher or lower than the one currently
being played.
NR (Noise Reduction)
Pushing the Number 2 Pre-set button when a tape is
playing deactivates the Dolby Noise Reduction System*.
When Dolby is ON, the NR symbol appears on the
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Seek Button
Press the SEEK up or down to select another track on the
same disc. A SEEK symbol will appear on the display.
Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons
Press and hold the FF button for fast forward. Press and
hold the RW button for fast reverse.
The audio output can be heard when fast forward and
fast reverse are activated.
As a safeguard and to protect your CD player, one of the
following warning symbols may appear on your display.
A CD HOT symbol indicates the player is too hot.
CD HOT will pause the operation. Play can be resumed
when the operating temperature is corrected or another
MODE is selected.
An ERR symbol will appear on the display if the laser is
unable to read the Disc data for the following reasons:
Random Play (RND)
Press the Random button to play the tracks on the disc in
random order for an interesting change of pace.
• Excessive vibration
Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second
time or by ejecting the CD from the changer.
• Damaged disc
CD Diagnostic Indicators
When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may
skip momentarily. Skipping will not damage the disc or
the player, and play will resume automatically.
• Disc inserted upside down
• Water condensation on optics
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Radio Display Messages
Your radio has been designed to display certain messages
when a problem is detected with the CD player.
SALES CODE RBK—AM/ FM STEREO RADIO
WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER
CONTROLS
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Radio Operation
Power/Volume Control
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the
volume control clockwise to increase the volume.
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through
the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position
to operate the radio.
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Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button in will bypass stations without stopping until you release it.
Bass and Treble Tone Control
The tone controls consist of 2 separate bands. The bass
band is on the left, and the treble band is on the right.
Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at
the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid
position provides a flat frequency response.
Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If you press and hold the button,
the radio will continue to tune until you release the
button. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
AM/FM Selection
Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The
operating mode will be displayed next to the station
frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
Balance
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the “1–5”
button you wish to lock onto this station and press and
release that button. If a button is not selected within 5
seconds after pressing the SET button, the station will
continue to play but will not be locked into push-button
memory.
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You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 10 AM and 10 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the push-button twice. Every time a preset
button is used a corresponding button number will be
displayed.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
General Information
This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference,
2. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressively approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the volume control ON before the CD player
will operate.
Inserting The Compact Disc
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs
only. The use of other sized discs may damage the
CD player mechanism.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day.
If the power is ON, the unit will switch from radio to CD
mode and begin to play when you insert the disc. The
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display will show the track number and index time in
minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track
one.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
EJT — Eject
Press the EJT button and the disc will unload and move
to the entrance for easy removal. The unit will switch to
the radio mode.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The unit will continue in radio mode.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Random Play — RND/Program Button 4
Press the RND (button 4) button while the CD is playing
to activate Random Play. This feature plays the selections
on the compact disc in random order to provide an
interesting change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press the RND (button 4) button a second time to stop
Random Play.
Mode
Press the MODE button repeatedly to select between the
CD player, the optional remote CD changer and the
Satellite Radio (if equipped). When Satellite Radio (if
equipped) is selected “SA” will appear in your radio
display.
A CD or tape may remain in the player while in the
Satellite mode.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
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CD Changer Operation — If Equipped
MODE
Press the MODE button to select between the cassette
tape player, CD player, and the CD changer (if equipped).
Disc/Program Button 1
Press the DISC (button 1) button to play the next available disc.
Random Play — RND/Program Button 4
Press the RND (button 4) button while the CD is playing
to activate Random Play. This feature plays the selections
on the currently playing compact disc in random order to
provide an interesting change of pace.
Press the top of the SEEK button to move to the next
randomly selected track.
Press the RND (button 4) button a second time to stop
Random Play.
FF/RW — TUNE
Press FF/TUNE/RW to skip through the tracks in the
desired direction, until the button is released (it will not
stop at the beginning/end of any track until you release
the button).
Disc/Program Button 5
Press the DISC (button 5) button to play the previous
disc.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
Time
Press the TIME button to switch between time of day and
CD track time.
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6 DISC CD CHANGER — IF EQUIPPED
The CD changer is located below the radio in the
instrument panel. The changer plays only 4 3⁄4 inch (12
cm) discs. The changer holds up to 6 discs. Each disc is
loaded and ejected through a single slot in front of the
changer. Each disc has a numbered button with an amber
light above it which, when illuminated, indicates that a
disc is loaded in that particular chamber.
Loading the CD Changer
When inserting the first CD into the changer if the radio
is on, wait until the single slot is illuminated on both
sides and simply insert the first disc.
To insert additional CDs into the changer, the instructions
follow:
1. Select and press any numbered button without an
illuminated light above it.
2. Insert the CD while the light above the chosen button
is flashing and the two lights on either side of the slot are
illuminated.
3. Upon insertion, the CD will begin to play, and both the
button light and the lights in the corner of the loading
slot will illuminate.
4. Repeat the process for loading any additional CDs.
The CD player will stop while additional CDs are loaded.
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Playing Discs
The radio will show the CD number, the CD track
number, and the Track Time Elapsed while the radio is in
the CD mode. If more than one CD is loaded in the
changer, the changer will automatically play the next disc
after playing the last track of the current disc.
Seek Button
Press the top of this button on the radio once to play the
next track. Press the bottom of the button once to return
to the beginning of the current track. Press the bottom of
the button twice to play the previous track.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press the FF (fast forward) button and the CD player will
fast forward through the tracks until the button is released. Press the RW (rewind) button and the CD player
will reverse through the tracks until the button is released.
Mode Button
Press this button to toggle between radio and cd modes.
Program Button 1
Press this button to play the next available disc.
Program Button 4 (Random Play)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
current compact disc in random order to provide an
interesting change of pace. The CD changer stays in the
random play mode when changing to the next disc.
NOTE: The changer will not random play between
discs.
Press the top of the Seek button once to move to the next
randomly selected track. Press the bottom of the Seek
button to go back to the beginning of the track.
Press button 4 a second time to stop random play.
Program Button 5
Press this button to play the previous disc.
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Time Button
Press this button to switch between time of day and CD
track time.
Changing Modes
While in the radio mode, if a cassette is loaded, press the
Mode button to switch to the tape mode. If a CD is
loaded, press the Mode button to select the CD mode. If
neither a tape nor CD is loaded, the radio will ignore the
command.
• Inserting either a tape or CD automatically starts that
mode of play.
• Pressing the AM/FM button while in the tape or CD
mode will select the radio mode.
• If in the CD mode and the last CD is ejected, the radio
will tune to the last station selected.
Removing Discs from the CD Changer
If there is a single CD in the changer, press the EJT button
and the CD will eject. If the CD is not removed within 15
seconds, it will automatically reload into the CD changer.
To eject additional CDs from the changer, first select the
numbered button where the CD is located and then press
the EJT button.
CD Changer Operation with the Changer Off
The CD changer is able to load and eject discs with the
ignition power off. However, while the ignition is off, one
of the six numbered buttons must be pressed first.
CASSETTE TAPE AND PLAYER MAINTENANCE
To keep the cassette tapes and player in good condition,
take the following precautions:
1. Do not use cassette tapes longer than C-90; otherwise,
sound quality and tape durability will be greatly diminished.
2. Keep the cassette tape in its case to protect from
slackness and dust when it is not in use.
3. Keep the cassette tape away from direct sunlight, heat
and magnetic fields such as the radio speakers.
4. Before inserting a tape, make sure that the label is
adhering flatly to the cassette.
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5. A loose tape should be corrected before use. To rewind
a loose tape, insert the eraser end of a pencil into the tape
drive gear and twist the pencil in the required directions.
COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
Maintain your cassette tape player. The head and capstan
shaft in the cassette player can pick up dirt or tape
deposits each time a cassette is played. The result of
deposits on the capstan shaft may cause the tape to wrap
around and become lodged in the tape transport. The
other adverse condition is low or “muddy” sound from
one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were
turned all the way down. To prevent this, you should
periodically clean the head with a commercially available
WET cleaning cassette.
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
As preventive maintenance, clean the head about every
30 hours of use. If you wait until the head becomes very
dirty (noticeably poor sound), it may not be possible to
remove all deposits with a simple WET cleaning cassette.
2. 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.
NOTE: If you experience difficulty in playing a particular disc, it may be damaged, oversized, or have theft
protection encoding. Try a known good disc before
considering disc player service.
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RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular
phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your radio. This condition may be lessened
or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna.
This condition is not harmful to the radio. If your radio
performance does not satisfactorily “clear” by the repositioning of the antenna, it is recommended that the radio
volume be turned down or off during cellular phone
operation.
CLIMATE CONTROLS
Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Operation
The Air Conditioning System allows you to balance the
temperature, amount, and direction of the air circulating
throughout the vehicle.
The controls are as follows:
Fan Control
Use this control to regulate the amount of air forced
through the system in any mode you select. Turn the
control clockwise to increase fan speed. Turn the control
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to the O (Off) position to shut off the fan and to prevent
any outside air from entering the vehicle. This also turns
off the A/C compressor.
Temperature Control
Use this 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.
Mode Control
Use this control to direct the flow of air as follows:
NOTE: The dot between the mode control icons is a mix
position between the two modes.
Recirculate
Air is recirculated inside the vehicle. You may
choose between Bi-Level and Panel air outlets
while in this mode. Use this mode to temporarily
block out any outside odors, smoke, or dust and to
cool the interior rapidly upon initial start up in very
hot or humid weather.
Panel Recirculation
Directs all air through the panel outlets.
Bi-Level Recirculation
Directs air through the panel and floor outlets.
NOTE: Continuous use of the Recirculate modes may
make the inside air stuffy. Use of these modes for longer
than fifteen minutes is not recommended.
The A/C compressor turns on automatically when this
mode is selected. This is to help reduce moisture build up
on the windshield.
Panel
Air is directed through the outlets in the instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to direct
air flow.
Bi-Level
Air is directed through the instrument panel and
floor outlets. A small amount of air is also
directed through the defrost outlets.
NOTE: There is a varying temperature differential
between the upper and lower outlets for added comfort.
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The warmer air goes to the floor outlets. This feature
provides improved comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
Floor
Air is directed through the floor outlets with a
lesser amount through the defrost and side window demist outlets.
Mix
Air is directed through the floor, defrost, and
side window demist outlets. This setting works
best in cold or snowy conditions that require
extra heat at the windshield. This setting is good for
maintaining comfort while reducing moisture on the
windshield.
Windshield Defrost
Air is directed through the windshield and side
window demist outlets. Use this mode with
maximum fan and temperature settings for best windshield and side window defrosting.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor operates in
this mode. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the
windshield. To improve fuel economy, leave in the Defrost mode only when necessary.
A/C Pushbutton
With the fan control in the ON position, pushing the A/C button turns on the air conditioning compressor. An indicator light above the
button shows that the Air Conditioning compressor is
on. Conditioned air is now directed through the
outlets selected. Pushing the button a second time
turns the compressor OFF.
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.
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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.
NOTE: See Operating Tips chart (for both Manual A/C
and ATC systems) at the end of this section for suggested
control settings in different weather conditions.
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.
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) — If
Equipped
Rear Window Defroster
Press the button once to turn on the Rear Window
Defroster and a second time to turn it off. A light
above the button shows that the Rear Defroster is On.
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 15
minutes of operation. Each later activation will allow 7
1/2 minutes of operation.
The ATC system can maintain a steady comfort level in
various weather conditions with a simple two step operation. Press the AUTO button and select your comfort
setting. The system will automatically control comfort by
varying temperature, fan speed, and Mode.
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You also may choose to customize your comfort by
selecting the fan speed and Mode. This will place the
system into manual operation
Interior ATC Sensors
There are two interior sensors in the vehicle. The Sun
Sensor is mounted in the center of the instrument panel
near the windshield glass. The In-Car Temperature Sensor is mounted behind the ATC control panel. These
sensors transmit data on sun strength and vehicle interior
temperatures to enhance system performance.
CAUTION!
Do not cover either sensor with any foreign material
as improper operation of the system will result.
Level Of Automatic Control
72°F (22°C) is the recommended setting for maximum
comfort for the average person, however, this may vary.
NOTE: The temperature setting can be adjusted at any
time without affecting automatic control operation.
The control also will show what Mode the system is in by
the figure shown in the display.
NOTE: The Mode can change when the system is in the
Auto Mode. This will be indicated in changes in the
display window. This shows automatic changes in air
direction.
Fan Control
Use this control to regulate the amount of air forced
through the system in any mode you select. Turn the
control clockwise to increase fan speed.
In ambient temperatures below 70°F (21°C), fan operation is delayed when the engine is first started. The fan
will automatically start when the engine coolant is warm
enough to heat the air. This feature can be defeated by
turning the fan control.
AUTO Control
Press the top of the button to turn the ATC system On.
Press the lower portion of the button to turn the entire
system Off.
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Comfort Control
Use this control to regulate the comfort inside the passenger compartment. Press the top of the switch to raise
the temperature selection and the bottom of the switch to
lower it. The comfort setting range is from Lo, 60, 61,....to
89,90, Hi, for automatic temperature control. You can
select a very hot or cold comfort setting by holding the
comfort control until it reaches its highest or lowest
levels.
The system adjusts to bring the interior conditions to the
desired comfort level. All comfort settings are automatic;
even Hi and Low.
NOTE: You can change the display from U.S. to metric
units by pressing the Mix and Panel mode buttons
simultaneously or by pressing the English/Metric button
on the overhead console.
Air Conditioning Button
Press this button to turn on the air conditioning
compressor. A snow flake symbol in the display
shows that the compressor is on. Compressor
operation is automatic when you press the Auto button.
The compressor can operate at any temperature above
32°F (0°C).
With the compressor off and the temperature set at Lo, air
entering the vehicle will be slightly warmer than the air
outside the vehicle.
NOTE: The compressor will not engage until the engine
has been running for several seconds. Slight changes in
engine speed or power may be noticed when the compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence since the
compressor will cycle on and off to maintain comfort and
improve fuel economy.
Recirculate Button
Press this button to recirculate the air inside the
vehicle. Outside air is prevented from entering the
vehicle. Recirculation is automatically controlled when
the system is in Auto Mode. Use this mode to temporarily
block out any outside odors, smoke, or dust.
Manual control of Recirculation is possible only in Panel,
Floor, and Bi-Level modes. It will not operate in Mix, or
Defrost modes.
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NOTE: The Recirc button light will blink if you try to
use it in the Mix or Defrost modes.
Air Direction Buttons (Mode)
These buttons allow you to select from five air distribution patterns. These buttons should be used only when
you can not achieve comfort or visibility in Auto operation. A symbol in the display window will show which
mode is operating.
cold or snowy conditions that require extra heat at the
windshield. This setting is good for maintaining comfort while reducing moisture on the windshield. The
compressor is on in this mode.
Bi-Level
Air is directed through both the panel and floor
outlets. This mode is not recommended when
heat is required in very cold temperatures.
Panel
Air is directed through the outlets in the instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to direct
air flow. This mode is not recommended when heat is
required.
NOTE: There is a varying difference in temperature
between the upper and lower outlets for added comfort.
The warmer air goes to the floor outlets. This feature
provides improved comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
Floor
Windshield Defrost
Air is directed through the defrost outlets and
side window demist outlets. A small amount of
air also is directed through the floor outlets. Use this
mode with maximum fan and comfort level settings
for best windshield and side window defrosting. The
defrost symbol will glow in amber to show that the
defroster is on.
Air is directed through the floor outlets with a
lesser amount through the Defrost and side
window demist outlets. This mode is recommended
when heat is desired.
Mix
Air is directed through the floor, defrost, and
side window demist outlets. Use this setting in
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NOTE: The air conditioning compressor is on in this
mode. This dehumidifies the air to help dry the windshield. To improve fuel economy, leave in the defrost
mode only when necessary.
Rear Window Defroster
Press the button once to turn on the Rear Window
Defroster and a second time to turn it off. An
indicator light to the right of the control shows that the
defroster is on.
NOTE: The defroster turns off automatically after 15
minutes of operation. Each later activation will allow 7
1/2 minutes of operation.
CAUTION!
To avoid damaging the electrical conductors, do not
use scrapers, sharp instruments, or abrasive window
cleaners on the interior surface of the rear window.
Labels can be peeled off by soaking with warm
water.
Window Fogging
In mild but rainy or humid weather, your windows may
fog up on the inside. You can remove this fog by pressing
the Defrost button. The Mix mode can be used to
maintain a clear windshield and provide sufficient heating. If side window fogging becomes a problem, increase
blower speed. The compressor will remain on during
these conditions.
Hot Weather Automatic Recirculation
The system will automatically recirculate the air inside
the vehicle when the interior is very warm. This will
provide maximum cooling. The system will also occasionally return to REC on hot, humid days to maintain
occupant comfort.
NOTE: See Operating Tips chart (for both Manual A/C
and ATC systems) at the end of this section for suggested
control settings in different weather conditions.
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Side Window Demisters
Side window demisters are located on the instrument
panel. These non adjustable outlets direct air toward the
side windows in any mode except Panel or Panel Recirculation. The air is directed toward the area of the side
windows through which you view the outside rearview
mirrors.
Rear Seat Air Outlets
The center console on vehicles with bucket seats has
upper and lower outlets located on the rear of the
console.
Air is directed through the outlets in all Modes. A control
can be used to direct the flow of air to either the upper or
lower outlets.
On vehicles with 50/50 bench seats, air is routed under
the seats.
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Operating Tips (Manual A/C and ATC)
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Outside Air Intake
Make sure that the air intake directly in front of the
windshield is free of obstructions. Leaves, snow, etc.,
could block air flow into the vehicle.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Extremely Cold Weather
(Below -20°F Or -29°C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) —
If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
䡵 Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
䡵 Traction Control— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Engine Block Heater — Optional U.S. And
Standard Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
䡵 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
䡵 Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
▫ Transaxle Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
▫ Gear Ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ High Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
▫ Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
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▫ Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
▫ Sulfur In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . 142
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ Luggage Racks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ Warranty Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
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STARTING PROCEDURES
WARNING!
Do not leave children or animals inside parked
vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
The gear selector must be in the NEUTRAL or PARK
position before you can start the engine. Apply the brakes
before shifting to any driving gear.
Normal Starting
Normal Starting of either a cold or a warm engine does
not require pumping or depressing the accelerator pedal.
Simply turn the key to the “START” position and release
when the engine starts. If the engine has not started
within 3 seconds, slightly depress the accelerator pedal
while continuing to crank. If the engine fails to start
within 15 seconds, turn the key to the “OFF” position,
wait 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat the normal starting
procedure.
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Extremely Cold Weather (below -20°F or -29°C)
For reliable starting at these temperatures, use externally
powered battery and electric engine block heaters that
are available from your 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 transaxle or the rear of your vehicle. See Section 6 of this
manual for the proper jump starting procedures.
If the engine fails to start after following 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.
WARNING!
Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the
throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start
the vehicle. This could result in flash fire causing
serious personal injury.
If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not
have enough power to continue running when the key is
released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Release the
accelerator pedal and the key once the engine is running
smoothly.
If the engine shows no sign of starting after two 15
second periods of cranking with the accelerator pedal
held to the floor, the Normal Starting procedure should
be repeated.
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After Starting
The idle speed will automatically decrease as the engine
warms up. At cooler ambient temperatures, the idle
speed for the 2.7L engine may increase during extended
idles for improved heater performance.
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER — Optional U.S. and
Standard Canada
These heaters use a common power cord which is stored
under the hood, behind the Air Cleaner housing. Plug the
cord into any 110 volt AC outlet and both heaters will be
energized. Use the heaters when temperatures below 0°F
(-18°C) are expected to last for several days.
AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE
Brake/Transmission Interlock
This interlock system prevents you from moving the gear
selector out of the Park position unless the brake pedal is
pressed. This system is active only while the key is in the
RUN position.
CAUTION!
Damage to the transaxle may occur if the following
precautions are not observed:
• Shift into PARK only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
• Shift into or out of REVERSE only after the vehicle has
come to a complete stop and the engine is at idle
speed.
• Do not shift from REVERSE, PARK or NEUTRAL into
any forward gear when the engine is above idle speed.
• Before shifting into any gear, make sure your foot is
firmly on the brake pedal.
The electronically controlled transaxle provides a precise
shift schedule. The transaxle electronics are selfcalibrating. Therefore, the first few shifts on a new
vehicle may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal
condition, and precision shifts will develop within a few
shift cycles.
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Transaxle Reset Mode
The transaxle is monitored for abnormal conditions. If a
condition is detected that could cause damage, the transaxle automatically shifts into second gear. The transaxle
remains in second gear despite the forward gear selected.
Park (P), Reverse (R), and Neutral (N) will continue to
operate. This Reset feature allows the vehicle to be driven
to a dealer for service without damaging the transaxle.
NOTE: If the key is in the RUN position, you must
press the brake pedal to shift out of the “P” Park position.
If the problem has been momentary, the transaxle can be
reset to regain all forward gears.
Apply parking brake when leaving vehicle in this range.
• Stop the vehicle and shift into PARK (P).
• Turn the key to OFF then start the engine.
• Shift into “D” and resume driving.
NOTE: Even if the transaxle can be reset, we recommend that you visit a dealer at your earliest possible
convenience. Your dealer has diagnostic equipment to
determine if the problem could recur.
If the transaxle cannot be reset, dealer service is required.
Gear Ranges
“P” Park
Supplements the parking brake by locking the transaxle.
Engine can be started in this range. Never attempt to use
PARK while vehicle is in motion.
WARNING!
Your vehicle could move and injure you and others if
it is not completely in Park (P). Check by trying to
move the gearshift lever back and forth without
depressing the shift button after you have set it in P.
Make sure it is in Park before leaving the vehicle.
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WARNING!
Never use the Park position as a substitute for the
parking brake. Always apply the parking brake fully
when parked to guard against vehicle movement and
possible injury or damage.
“R” Reverse
Shift into this range only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
under heavy loading conditions (in hilly terrain, traveling into strong head winds, or while towing heavy
trailers, use the “3” range).
“3” Drive
This range eliminates shifts into Overdrive. The transaxle
will operate normally in first and second while in this
range.
“N” Neutral
The engine may be started in this range. Use this range
for starting your vehicle if it is moving or is being towed.
A delayed shift from second to third will occur at speeds
of about 31 to 38 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and low levels of
accelerator pedal travel. An early down-shift from third
to second will occur at a speed of about 34 to 30 mph (54
to 48 km/h). This is done to provide second gear engine
braking at speeds less than 30 mph (48 km/h).
Overdrive
This range should be used for most city and highway
driving. It provides smoothest up shifts and down shifts
and best fuel economy.
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve performance, fuel economy, and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up.
When frequent transaxle shifting occurs when using the
Overdrive range, such as when operating the vehicle
Use the “3” range when descending steep grades to
prevent brake system distress.
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“L” Low
This range should be used for maximum engine braking
when descending steep grades. In this range, up-shifts
will occur only to prevent engine over speed while down
shifts occur as early as possible.
NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is
applied. It does not show the degree of brake application.
PARKING BRAKE
When the parking brake is applied with the ignition on,
the red Brake light in the instrument cluster will come on.
To release the parking brake, pull the release lever
located on the lower edge of the instrument panel.
Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parking
brake is fully applied and place the gear selector in the
Park position.
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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.
The parking brake should always be applied when the
driver is not in the vehicle.
WARNING!
• Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for several reasons. A child or others could
be injured. Children should be warned not to
touch the parking brake or the gear selector. Don’t
leave the keys in the ignition. A child could
operate power windows, other controls, or move
the vehicle.
• Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged
before driving; failure to do so can lead to brake
failure and an accident.
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BRAKE SYSTEM
Your vehicle is equipped with power brakes as standard
equipment. In the event you lose power assist 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 substantially increased over that required with the power system operating.
If either of the two hydraulic systems lose normal capability, the remaining system will still function with some
loss of overall braking effectiveness. This will be evident
by increased pedal travel during application, greater
pedal force required to slow or stop, and activation of the
Brake Warning Lamp during brake use.
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) — If Equipped
The ABS gives increased vehicle stability and brake
performance under most braking conditions. The system
automatically “pumps” the brakes during severe braking
conditions to prevent wheel lock-up.
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All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same size and
tires must be properly inflated to produce accurate
signals for the ABS computer. However, the system will
compensate when the compact spare is in use.
During stops where ABS is activated, a vibration of the
brake pedal may be felt and associated system noises
may be heard.
WARNING!
Pumping of the brake pedal will diminish the effectiveness of Anti-lock brakes and may lead to an
accident. Pumping makes the stopping distance
longer. Just press firmly on your brake pedal when
you need to slow down or stop.
POWER STEERING
Your vehicle is equipped with power assisted steering as
standard equipment. 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.
TRACTION CONTROL— IF EQUIPPED
The Traction Control System reduces wheel slip and
maintains traction at the driving (front) wheels. The
system reduces wheel slip by engaging the brake on the
wheel that is losing traction while spinning. The traction
system operates at speeds below 35 mph (56 km/h).
The system is always in the “stand by” mode unless:
• The Traction Control switch has been used to turn the
system off;
• There is a Anti-Lock Brake System malfunction;
• There is a Traction Control System malfunction;
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• The system has been deactivated to prevent damage to
the brake system due to overheated brake temperatures.
NOTE: Extended heavy use of Traction Control may
cause the system to deactivate and turn on the Traction
Control OFF Light, indicated by TRAC OFF , located in
the instrument cluster.
This is to prevent overheating of the brake system and is
a normal condition. After cooling, the system will automatically reactivate and turn off the TRAC OFF Light.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, ice, or snow, turn
the Traction Control System Off before attempting to
“rock” the vehicle free.
TIRES
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
1. Safety—
WARNING!
• Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can
cause accidents.
• Under inflation increases tire flexing and can
result in tire failure.
• Over inflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion
shock. Objects on the road and chuck holes can cause
damage that results in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle.
• Overinflated or under inflated tires can affect
vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in
loss of vehicle control.
• Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended 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. Under inflation also increases
tire rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consumption.
Tire Inflation Pressures
The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is listed on a
label attached to the rear face of the driver’s door. The
pressure should be checked and adjusted at least once
every month. Check more often if subject to a wide range
of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with
temperature changes.
3. Ride Comfort and Vehicle Stability—
Proper tire inflation contributes to a comfortable ride.
Over inflation produces a jarring and uncomfortable ride.
Both under-inflation and over inflation affect the stability
of the vehicle and can produce a feeling of sluggish
response or over-responsiveness in the steering.
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Unequal tire pressures can cause erratic and unpredictable steering response.
Unequal tire pressure from side to side may cause the
vehicle to drift left or right.
Inflation pressures specified on the label are always “cold
inflation pressure”. Cold inflation pressure is defined as
the tire pressure after the vehicle has not been driven for
at least 3 hours, or driven less than a mile after a 3 hour
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period. The cold inflation pressure must not exceed the
maximum values molded into the tire side wall.
WARNING!
Tire pressure may increase from 2 to 6 psi [.13 to.41
bars](14 to 41 kPa) during operation. Do NOT reduce this
normal pressure build up or your tire pressure will be too
low.
High speed driving with your vehicle under 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).
The tire pressures shown on the tire label apply only to
the tire sizes listed on the label.
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, correct tire inflation pressure is very important.
Radial-Ply Tires
WARNING!
Combining radial ply tires with other 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
tire dealer for radial tire repairs.
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Compact Spare Tire
Maintain the compact spare tire inflation pressure at 60
psi [4.1 bars](414 kPa). Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
while the compact spare is installed on the vehicle.
Do not install a wheel cover or attempt to mount a
conventional tire on the compact spare wheel, since the
wheel is designed specifically for the compact spare.
Because of the reduced ground clearance, do not take
your vehicle through an automatic car wash with the
compact spare installed.
WARNING!
Temporary-use spare tires are for emergency use
only. With the compact spare tire assembly installed
on your vehicle, do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h ).
Vehicle handling and braking performance will be
reduced. Also, do not drive more than 50 miles (80
km) with the compact spare installed. Failure to
follow compact spare tire warning may result in an
accident and/or fatal injury. Temporary-use spare
tires have a total tread life of 2,000 miles (3 200 km).
Be sure to follow the warnings, which apply to your
spare. Failure to do so could result in spare tire
failure and loss of vehicle control.
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Tire Spinning
When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not
spin your vehicle’s wheels above 30 mph. (48 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 30 mph (48 km/h) when you are stuck. And
don’t let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter
what the speed.
Tire Chains
Due to limited clearance, tire chains are not recommended.
CAUTION!
Damage to the vehicle may result if tire chains are
used.
Snow Tires
Some areas of the country require the use of snow tires
during winter. Standard tires are of the all season type
and satisfy this requirement as indicated by the M+S
designation on the tire sidewall.
If you need snow tires, see the tire pressure label for
size(s) and inflation pressure(s).
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 2 or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
Replacement Tires
The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many
characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for
wear and correct 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). 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 dealer on any questions you may have on tire
specifications or capability.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
• Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than
Replacing original tires with tires of a different size
may result in false speedometer and odometer readings. Check with your dealer before replacing tires
with a different size.
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 smaller than the minimum tire size
listed on your vehicle’s tire label located on the
driver’s door. Using a smaller tire 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.
• Overloading your tires is dangerous. Like under
inflation, overloading can cause tire failure. Use
tires of the recommended load capacity for your
vehicle and never overload them.
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.
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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.
• 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 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.
The suggested rotation method is the “forward-cross”
shown in the diagram.
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;
FUEL REQUIREMENTS
Your engine is designed to meet all emissions regulations and provide excellent
fuel economy and performance when using high quality regular unleaded gasoline
having an octane rating of 87. The use of
premium gasoline is not recommended.
The use of premium gasoline will provide no benefit over
high quality regular and mid-grade gasolines, and in
some circumstances may result in poorer performance.
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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 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 regular gasoline before
considering service for the vehicle.
Over 40 automobile manufacturers around the world
have issued and endorsed consistent gasoline specifications (the World Wide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define
fuel properties necessary to deliver enhanced emissions,
engine performance, and durability for your vehicle. The
manufacturer recommends the use of gasolines that meet
the WWFC specifications if they are available.
Reformulated Gasoline
Many areas of the country require the use of cleaner
burning fuel referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline”.
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates, and are specially blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve
air quality.
The manufacturer supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide excellent performance and durability of engine and
fuel system components.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with materials called oxygenates such as 10% ethanol, MTBE and
ETBE. Oxygenates are required in some areas of the
country during the winter months to reduce carbon
monoxide emissions. Fuels blended with these oxygenates may be used in your vehicle.
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CAUTION!
you should ask your gasoline retailer whether or not
his/her gasoline contains MMT.
DO NOT use gasolines containing Methanol. Use of
these blends may result in starting and driveability
problems and may damage critical fuel system components.
It is even more important to look for gasolines without
MMT in Canada because MMT can be used at higher
levels than allowed in the United States.
Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline
blends are not the responsibility of the manufacturer and
may not be covered by the vehicle warranty. While MTBE
is an oxygenate made from Methanol, it does not have
the negative effects of Methanol.
MMT in Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasoline to increase the octane number. Gasolines blended with MMT offer no performance
advantage beyond gasolines of the same octane number
without MMT. Gasolines blended with MMT have shown
to reduce spark plug life and reduce emission system
performance in some vehicles. The manufacturer recommends using gasolines without MMT. Since the MMT
content of gasoline may not be indicated on the pump,
MMT is prohibited in both Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
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
states adopting California emission standards, your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting Federal
specifications, but emission control system performance
may be adversely affected.
Gasoline sold outside of California is permitted to have
higher sulfur levels which may affect the performance of
the vehicle’s catalytic converter. This may cause the
Malfunction Indicator Light to illuminate. The manufacturer recommends that you try a different brand of
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unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if the
problem is fuel related prior to returning your vehicle to
an authorized dealer for service.
CAUTION!
If the Malfunction Indicator Light is flashing, immediate service is required. See the On Board Diagnostics paragraph in the Maintenance section of this
manual.
Materials Added to Fuel
All gasoline sold in the United States is required to
contain effective detergent additives. Use of additional
detergents or other additives is not needed under normal
conditions and would result in additional cost. Therefore
you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
Adding Fuel
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.
NOTE: When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the
fuel tank is full.
NOTE: Tighten the gas cap until you hear a “clicking”
sound. This is an indication that the gas cap is properly
tightened.
The Malfunction Indicator light will come on if the gas
cap is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas cap
is tightened each time the vehicle is refueled.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is inside of a vehicle. You
could be burned. Always place gas containers on the
ground while filling.
A poorly fitting gas cap may cause the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp to turn on.
WARNING!
Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door, on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. If the gas cap is lost or damaged,
be sure the replacement cap is for use with this vehicle.
CAUTION!
Damage to the fuel system or emission control
system could result from using an improper fuel
tank filler tube cap (gas cap). A poorly fitting cap
could let impurities into the fuel system. The Malfunction Indicator light will come on if the gas cap is
not properly secured.
• Never have any smoking materials lit in or near
the vehicle when the gas cap is removed or the
tank filled.
• Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
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VEHICLE LOADING
The load carrying capacity of your vehicle is shown in the
following sample chart and on the tire pressure label
attached to the driver’s door.
Vehicle Loading Capacities
Front Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 or 3
Rear Seat Occupants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Luggage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 lbs. (52 kg)
Rated Vehicle Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . 865 lbs. (392 kg)
Luggage Racks
External racks do not increase the total load carrying
capacity of the vehicle. Be sure the total occupant and
luggage load inside the vehicle, plus that on the external
rack, do not exceed the rated vehicle capacity shown on
the Vehicle Loading Capacity chart.
TRAILER TOWING
Warranty Requirements
The Manufacturer’s Passenger Vehicle Warranty will
apply to vehicles used to tow trailers for non-commercial
use. However the following conditions must be met:
• The maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed
32 square feet (2.97 square meters)
• The maximum trailer load for vehicles equipped with
3.5L engines is: 2,000 lbs (900 kg)
• The maximum trailer load for vehicles equipped with
2.7L engines is: 1,500 lbs (680 kg)
• For vehicles equipped with 2.7L engines: when driving in hot weather (more than 95°F, 35°C), maximum
vehicle speed when towing a trailer should not exceed
65 mph.
• The ”D” range can be selected when towing. However,
if frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3”
range MUST be selected.
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NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve performance and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive
shifting and heat build up.
• For vehicles equipped with autostick, by using the
autostick mode, and selecting a specific gear range,
frequent shifting can be avoided. The highest gear
range should be selected that allows for adequate
performance. For example, choose “4” if the desired
speed can be maintained. Choose “3” or “2” if needed
to maintain the desired speed.
• Extended driving at high RPMs should be avoided to
prevent excess heat generation. A reduction in vehicle
speed may be required to avoid extended driving at
high RPMs.
• Return to a higher gear range or vehicle speed when
road conditions and RPM level allow.
• The trailer tongue load must be considered as part of
the tow vehicle load capacity when loading the vehicle.
• If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs. (450 kg), it
should have its own brakes.
WARNING!
Connecting trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic
brake lines can overload your brake system and
cause it to fail. You might not have brakes when you
need them and could have an accident.
• Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer
size, stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are
recommended for motoring safety.
• The automatic transmission fluid, filter, and hypoid
differential fluid should be changed per Maintenance
Schedule “B” if you tow a trailer.
• If your Engine Coolant Light comes on, see the paragraph on Overheating in Section 6 of this manual.
NOTE: Check the automatic transmission fluid level
before all towing. Fluid discoloration, or a burnt odor,
shows the need for a transmission fluid and filter change.
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Jump-Starting The Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
䡵 If Your Engine Overheats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Driving On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
䡵 Jacking And Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
▫ Preparations For Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
▫ Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
▫ Jacking And Changing a Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
䡵 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Compact Spare Tire-For Temporary Emergency
Use Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
▫ Wheel Cover Installation (If Required) . . . . . . 157
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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
The flasher switch is on the steering column, just
behind the steering wheel. 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.
If it is necessary to leave the vehicle to go for service, the
flasher system will continue to operate with the ignition
key removed and the vehicle locked.
NOTE: With extended use, the flasher may run down
your battery.
IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS
In any of the following situations, you can reduce the
potential for overheating by taking the appropriate action.
• On the highways — Slow down.
• In city traffic — While stopped, put transaxle in
neutral, but do not increase engine idle speed.
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.
NOTE: There are steps that you can take to slow down
an impending overheat condition. If your air conditioner
is on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to
the engine cooling system and turning off the A/C
removes this heat. You can also turn the Temperature
control to maximum heat, the Mode control to floor, and
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the fan control to High. This allows the heater core to act
as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat
from the engine cooling system.
CAUTION!
Driving with a hot cooling system could damage
your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “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.
WARNING!
A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You or
others could be badly burned by steam or boiling
coolant. You may want to call a service center if your
vehicle overheats. If you decide to look under the
hood yourself, see Section 7, Maintenance, of this
manual. Follow the warnings under the Cooling
System Pressure Cap paragraph.
JACKING AND TIRE CHANGING
WARNING!
Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The
vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You
could be crushed. Never get any part of your body
under a vehicle that is on a jack. Never start or run
the engine while the vehicle is on a jack. If you need
to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service
center where it can be raised on a lift.
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Preparations For Jacking
• Turn on the Hazard Warning Flashers and park the
vehicle on a firm level surface, avoiding ice or slippery
areas.
• Put the gear shift in PARK (Automatic transmission)
or REVERSE (Manual Transmission).
• Set the parking brake and turn off the engine.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the
vehicle close to moving traffic. Pull far enough off
the road to avoid the danger of being hit when
operating the jack or changing the wheel.
Jacking and Changing a Tire
1. Block the wheel diagonally
opposite the flat tire. Passengers
should not remain in the vehicle
when the vehicle is being jacked.
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2. Remove the spare tire, scissors, jack and lug wrench.
3. Before raising the vehicle, use the lug wrench to loosen
the lug nuts of the flat tire.
4. Turn the jack screw clockwise to firmly engage the jack
saddle with the lift area of the sill flange, use the lift area
closest to the flat tire.
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5. Raise the vehicle just enough to remove the flat tire
and install the spare tire.
6. Remove the lug nuts, wheel cover (if equipped) and
tire. Remove the cover by hand, do not pry off.
7. Mount the spare tire. For vehicles equipped with
wheel covers, see the wheel cover installation instructions. Do not attempt to install a wheel cover on a
compact spare.
8. Tighten all the lug nuts on the mounting studs.
9. Lower the vehicle to the ground by turning the jack
handle counterclockwise.
10. Fully tighten the lug nuts. Torque the wheel lug nuts
to 100 ft/lb. (135N. m).
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11. Store the flat tire, jack and tools.
WARNING!
Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make
the vehicle less stable. It could slip off the jack and
hurt someone near it. Raise the vehicle only enough
to remove the tire.
• Avoid driving more than 50 miles (80 km) before
replacing tire and wheel.
• This tire is designed as an emergency spare only-do
not exceed 50 MPH (80 km/h) speed.
Wheel Cover Installation (If Required)
WARNING!
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A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could endanger the occupants of the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the spare tire in
the places provided.
Compact Spare Tire-For Temporary Emergency
Use Only
• Keep tire inflated to 60 PSI (414 KPa) Cold Inflation
Pressure.
1. Tighten the two lug nuts on the mounting studs on
each side of the stud which is in alignment with the valve
stem.
2. Align the valve notch in the wheel cover with the
valve stem on the wheel.
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3. Install the cover by hand, snapping the cover over the
two lug nuts. Do not use a hammer or excessive force to
install the cover.
4. Return to Changing a Tire Section, Item #8 above.
JUMP-STARTING THE BATTERY
WARNING!
Take care to avoid the radiator cooling fan whenever
the hood is raised. It can start anytime the ignition
switch is on. You can be hurt by the fan.
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 transaxle 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 the contaminated area
immediately with large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. Keep flame or spark away
from the vent holes. Do not use a booster battery or
any other booster source with an output that exceeds
12 volts.
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NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment in front
of the tire in the right front fender and is accessible
through the engine compartment. The tire and wheel
need not be removed to gain access to the battery.
Remote jump starting terminals are located in the
engine compartment.
Remote Jump Starting Terminals
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Check the Battery Test Indicator. If a light or bright
colored dot is visible in the indicator, DO NOT jump-start
the battery.
If the indicator is dark or shows a green dot, proceed as
follows:
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 parking brake,
place automatic transaxle in PARK, and turn ignition to
OFF for both vehicles.
3. Turn off heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
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.
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5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative jump start
attachment of the booster battery and then to the engine
of the vehicle with the discharged battery. Make sure you
have a good contact on the engine.
6. 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 fan.
DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES
Acceleration
Rapid acceleration on snow covered, wet, or other slippery surfaces may cause the front wheels to pull erratically to the right or left. This phenomenon occurs when
there is a difference in the surface traction under the front
(driving) wheels.
WARNING!
Rapid acceleration on slippery surfaces is dangerous. Unequal traction can cause sudden pulling of
the front wheels. You could lose control of the
vehicle and possibly have an accident. Accelerate
slowly and carefully whenever there is likely to be
poor traction (ice, snow, wet, mud, loose sand, etc.).
Traction
When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a
wedge of water to build up between the tire and road
surface. This is known as hydroplaning and may cause
partial or complete loss of vehicle control and stopping
ability. To reduce this possibility, the following precautions should be observed:
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1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are
slushy.
2. Slow down if road has standing water or puddles.
3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become
visible.
4. Keep tires properly inflated.
5. Maintain sufficient distance between your vehicle and
the vehicle in front of you to avoid a collision in a sudden
stop.
NOTE: If so equipped, turn on the Traction Control
System to accelerate on slippery surfaces.
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn
the system off before attempting to “rock” the vehicle.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in mud, sand or snow, it
can often be moved by a rocking motion. Turn your
steering wheel right and left to clear the area around the
front wheels. Then shift back and forth between Reverse
and Drive. Usually the least accelerator pedal pressure to
maintain the rocking motion without spinning the
wheels is most effective.
CAUTION!
Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast
may lead to transmission 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
Only two ways of towing are approved; front towing and
flat bed towing.
If damage to the vehicle prevents towing from the front,
move the vehicle onto a flat bed tow truck.
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 flat bed 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 transaxle may result.
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
䡵 2.7L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
䡵 3.5L Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) . . . . . . . 169
▫ Power Steering Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Chassis Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Fuel Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Air Cleaner Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Drive Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 191
▫ Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
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▫ Fuel System Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
▫ Fog Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
▫ Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
▫ Center Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
▫ Tail, Stop, Back Up, And Turn Signal Lights . . 207
䡵 Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Fuse Block Relays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
▫ Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
▫ License Plate Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
䡵 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
䡵 Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
䡵 Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
䡵 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
䡵 Exterior Light Bulb Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
▫ Headlight Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
▫ Front Park, Turn Signal And Side
Marker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
▫ Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
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2.7L ENGINE
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3.5L ENGINE
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II)
To meet new government regulations and promote
cleaner air, your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated
onboard diagnostic system called OBD II. This system
monitors the performance of the emissions, engine, and
automatic transaxle control systems. When these systems
are operating properly, your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel economy, as well as engine
emissions well within current government regulations.
If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system
will turn on the Malfunction Indicator or Service Engine
Soon Light. It will also store diagnostic codes and other
information to assist your service technician in making
repairs. Although your vehicle will usually be driveable
and not need towing, see your dealer for service as soon
as possible.
CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the light on could cause
further damage to the emission control system. It
could also affect fuel economy and driveability. The
vehicle must be serviced before any state emissions
tests can be performed.
If the 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 light may
come on. Be sure the gas cap is tightened every time you
add fuel. Tighten the cap until you hear it “click.”
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EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
PROGRAMS
In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass
an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system.
Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration.
For states which have an I/M (Inspection and
Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies the
following: the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)
is functioning and is not on when the engine is running,
and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready
for testing.
Normally, the OBD system will be ready. The OBD
system may not be ready if your vehicle was recently
serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery
replacement. If the OBD system should be determined
not ready for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test.
Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test
which you can use prior to going to the test station. To
check if your vehicle’s OBD system is ready, you must do
the following:
1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON position, but do not crank
or start the engine.
3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start
this test over.
4. As soon as you turn your key to the ON position, you
will see your MIL symbol come on as part of a normal
bulb check.
5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will
happen:
a. The MIL will flash for about 10 seconds and then
return to being fully illuminated until you turn off
the ignition key or start the engine. This means that
your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready and you
should not proceed to the I/M station.
b. The MIL will not flash at all and will remain fully
illuminated until you turn off the ignition key or
start the engine. This means that your vehicle’s OBD
system is ready and you can proceed to the I/M
station.
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If your OBD system is not ready, you should see your
authorized dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was
recently serviced or had a battery failure or replacement,
you may need to do nothing more than drive your
vehicle as you normally would in order for your OBD
system to update. A recheck with the above test routine
may then indicate that the system is now ready.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar威 parts for normal/scheduled
maintenance and repairs is highly recommended to insure the designed performance. Damage or failures
caused by the use of non-Mopar威 parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer’s
warranty.
Regardless of whether your vehicle’s OBD system is
ready or not ready, if the MIL symbol is illuminated
during normal vehicle operation, you should have your
vehicle serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M
station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on
with the engine running.
DEALER SERVICE
Your dealer has the qualified service personnel, special
tools and equipment to perform all service operations in
an expert manner. Service Manuals are available which
include detailed service information for your vehicle.
Refer to these manuals before attempting any procedure
yourself.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the proper equipment.
If you have any doubt about your ability to perform
a service job, take your vehicle to a competent
mechanic.
Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper lubrication of your vehicle’s engine, the
engine oil must be maintained, at the correct level. Check
the oil level at regular intervals, such as every fuel stop.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the required maintenance
services determined by the engineers who designed your
vehicle.
Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed
maintenance intervals, there are other items that should
operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance.
However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it
could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance.
These items should be inspected if a malfunction is
observed or suspected.
2.7L Engine Oil Dipstick
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3.5L Engine Oil Dipstick
The best time to check the oil level is about 5 minutes
after a fully warmed up engine is shut off or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
Engine Oil Dipstick
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Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground also
will improve the accuracy of the oil level readings.
Maintain the oil level between the MIN and MAX
markings on the dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when
the reading is at the MIN mark will result in a MAX
reading on these engines.
3.5L Engine Oil Fill
Change Engine Oil
Road conditions and your kind of driving affects the
interval at which your oil should be changed.
• Day or night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C)
2.7L Engine Oil Fill
• Stop and go driving
• Extensive engine idling
• Driving in dusty conditions
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km)
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• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather above 90°F (32°C)
• Trailer towing
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial operation)
CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause
oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
• Off road or desert operation
• If equipped for and operating with E —85 (ethanol)
fuel
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil
at every interval shown on schedule ⬙A⬙ of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change
intervals exceed 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months
whichever comes first.
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, we only recommend engine oils that are API Certified and meet the requirements
of DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395. Use
Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the specification
MS-6395.
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American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil
Identification Symbol
This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). We
only recommend API Certified engine oils that meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler’s Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar
or an equivalent oil meeting the
specification MS-6395.
Engine Oil Viscosity Charts
2.7L Engine Oil Chart
NOTE: The first viscosity chart (5W-30 Preferred) is for
the 2.7L Engine only while the next chart (10W-30 Preferred) is for the 3.5L Engine only.
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SAE 5W-30 oil is preferred for use in 2.7L engines within
the operating temperatures shown in the viscosity chart.
You are encouraged to use SAE 5W-30 oils to aid in low
temperature starting and for improved fuel economy.
Synthetic Engine Oils
There are a growing number of engine oils being promoted as either synthetic or semi-synthetic. If you choose
to use such a product, use only those oils that meet the
American Petroleum Institute (API) and SAE viscosity
standard. Follow the service schedule that describes your
driving type.
3.5L Engine Oil Chart
The proper SAE viscosity grade of engine oil should be
selected based on the following recommendations and be
within the operating temperature shown in the engine oil
viscosity charts.
SAE 10W-30 oil is preferred for use in 3.5L engines within
the operating temperatures shown in the viscosity chart.
SAE 5W-30 engine oil is allowed for use in the 3.5L
engine during cold weather only to improve cold
weather starting.
Materials Added To Engine Oils
The manufacturer strongly recommends against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to
engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and it’s
performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
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
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on how and where used oil can be safely discarded in
your area.
Engine Oil Filter
The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine
oil change.
Engine Oil Filter Selection
All of this manufacturer’s engines have a full-flow type
disposable oil filter. Use a filter of this type for replacement. The quality of replacement filters varies considerably. Only high quality filters should be used to assure
most efficient service. Mopar Engine Oil Filters are high
quality oil filters and are recommended.
Drive Belts – Check Condition and Tension
At the mileage shown in the maintenance schedules,
check all drive belts for condition and proper tension.
Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure.
Inspect the drive belts for evidence of cuts, cracks, or
glazing and replace them if there is any sign of damage
which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is required, adjust the belts according to the specifications
and procedures shown in the Service Manual. See the
Consumer Assistance section for information on ordering
a Service Manual.
Special tools are required to properly measure tension
and to restore belt tension to factory specifications. Also,
check belt routing to make sure there is no interference
between the belts and other engine components.
Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New plugs should be installed at the mileage 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.
Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel
only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the
catalyst as an emission control device.
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Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to seek service to assure proper catalyst operation
and prevent possible catalyst damage. If the Malfunction
Indicator 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.
In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning
engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop
the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool.
Service, including a tune up to manufacturers specifications, should be obtained immediately.
To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
• Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition
when the transaxle is in gear and the vehicle is in
motion.
• Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the
vehicle.
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Engine Timing Belt
Replace the engine timing belt at the intervals described
in the appropriate maintenance schedule.
Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits. As vehicle
mileage builds up, the PCV valve and passages may
accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly,
replace it with a new valve. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
CLEAN THE OLD PCV VALVE!
Check ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause hard starting or limit the
speed at which a vehicle can be driven. Should an
excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank,
frequent replacement of the fuel filter which is mounted
in the fuel tank may be necessary. See your dealer for
service.
Air Cleaner Filter
Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at
the intervals shown on Schedule “A”. If, however, you
drive the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe conditions, the filter element should be inspected periodically and replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on
Schedule “B”.
WARNING!
The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection
in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air
cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or
maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the
engine compartment before starting the vehicle with
the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in
serious personal injury.
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Maintenance-Free Battery
The top of the MAINTENANCE-FREE battery is permanently sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is
periodic maintenance required.
NOTE: The battery is stored in a compartment in front
of the tire in the right front fender and is accessible
through the engine compartment. The tire and wheel
need not be removed to access the battery.
To access the battery:
1. Turn the steering wheel fully to the right.
WARNING!
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.
2. Remove the battery access panel from the inner fender
shield.
3. Remove the air cleaner.
4. Move the battery into the opening and lift it out.
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WARNING!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
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CAUTION!
It is essential when replacing the cables on the
battery that the positive cable is attached to the
positive post and the negative cable is attached to the
negative post. Battery posts are marked positive (+)
and negative (-) and identified on the battery case.
Cable clamps should be tight on the terminal posts
and free of corrosion. Apply grease to posts and
clamps after tightening. If a “fast charger” is used
while the battery is in the vehicle, disconnect both
vehicle battery cables before connecting the charger
to battery. Do not use a “fast charger” to provide
starting voltage as battery damage can result.
Air Conditioner
Check the air conditioning system at the start of the
warm weather season.
NOTE: If your air conditioning performance seems
lower than expected, check the front of the A/C condenser for an accumulation of dirt or insects. Clean with
a gentle water spray from behind the radiator and
through the condenser as required. Fabric front fascia
protectors may reduce air flow to the condenser, reducing
air conditioning performance.
WARNING!
The air conditioning system contains refrigerant
under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal injury
or damage to the system, adding refrigerant or any
repair requiring lines to be disconnected should be
done by an experienced repairman.
Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere. The manufacturer recommends
that air conditioning service be done by facilities using
refrigerant recyling and recovery equipment that meets
SAE standard J1991.
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Power Steering Fluid Check
WARNING!
fluid to restore to the proper indicated level. With a clean
cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all surfaces. See your
dealer for the correct power steering fluid for your
vehicle.
Fluid level should be checked with the engine off to
prevent injury from moving parts. Do not overfill.
Use only manufacturer’s recommended power steering fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants
and Genuine Parts for the correct fluid type.
During scheduled maintenance, check the power steering
fluid level at the power steering fluid reservoir.
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Before removing the reservoir cap, wipe the outside of
the cap and reservoir so that no dirt can fall into the
reservoir.
Fluid level should be maintained at the proper level
indicated on the side of the reservoir. If necessary, add
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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.
3.5L Power Steering Reservoir
Chassis Lubrication
Front Suspension Ball Joints
Inspect these ball joints whenever your vehicle is serviced. They are permanently lubricated and do not
require periodic lubrication.
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 Mechanism Lubrication
Body and other operating mechanisms and linkages
should be inspected, cleaned, and lubricated, as required,
to maintain ease of operation and to provide protection
against rust and wear.
Before the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be wiped clean to remove dust and grit;
after lubricating, excess oil or grease should be removed.
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Hood Latch
When performing other under hood services, the hood
latch release mechanism and safety catch should be
inspected, cleaned, and lubricated.
then proceed as described above, to distribute the lubricant within the lock cylinder. Pay attention to trunk
hinges, especially during cold weather, to ensure ease of
trunk operation.
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.
Other Body Mechanisms
The following body mechanisms should be inspected
and, if necessary, all pivot and sliding contact areas of
these components should be lubricated with the lubricant
specified as follows:
External Lock Cylinders
Lubricate the external lock cylinders twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small amount of
lubricant, such as Mopar Lock Cylinder Lubricant 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.
If you use a lubricant that cannot be dispensed directly
into the lock cylinder, apply a small amount of the
lubricant to the key. Insert the key into the lock cylinder,
Engine Oil
• Door hinges
• Hood hinges
• Trunk hinges
Smooth White Body Lubricant - Such as Mopar
Spray White Lube:
• Hood hinge springs and links
• Lock cylinders
• Parking brake mechanism
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• Trunk latches
• Ash tray
• Door Check Straps
Windshield Wiper Blades
Clean the rubber edges of the wiper blades and the
windshield periodically with a sponge or soft cloth and a
mild non abrasive cleaner. This will remove accumulations of salt or road film.
Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods
may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use
washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt
from a dry windshield. Avoid using the wiper blades to
remove frost or ice from the windshield. Keep the blade
rubber out of contact with petroleum products such as
engine oil, gasoline, etc.
Windshield Washers
The fluid reservoir in the engine compartment should be
checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the
reservoir with windshield antifreeze (not radiator antifreeze) rated not to freeze at -25°F (-31°C). Operate the
system for a few seconds to flush out the residual water.
WARNING!
Commercially available windshield washer solvents
are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care
must be exercised when filling or working around
the washer solution.
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Exhaust System
The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into
the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust
system.
If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system;
or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle; or
when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged;
have a competent mechanic inspect the complete exhaust
system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged,
deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams or
loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep
into the passenger compartment. In addition, inspect the
exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide which is colorless and odorless. Breathing
it can make you unconscious and can eventually
poison you. Follow the above precautions to keep
your exhaust system as safe as possible.
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Cooling System
WARNING!
• When working near the radiator cooling fan, disconnect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition key
to the OFF position. The fan is temperature controlled and can start at any time the ignition key is
in the ON position.
• You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant
or steam from your radiator. If you see or hear
steam coming from under the hood, don’t open
the hood until the radiator has had time to cool.
Never try to open a cooling system pressure cap
when the radiator is hot.
Coolant Checks
Check coolant protection every 12 months (before the
onset of freezing weather, where applicable). If coolant is
dirty or rusty in appearance, the system should be
drained, flushed and refilled with fresh coolant.
Check the front of the radiator and condenser for any
accumulation of bugs, leaves, etc. Clean the radiator and
condenser by gently spraying water from a garden hose
at the back of the core.
Check the engine cooling system hoses for condition and
tightness of connection. Inspect the entire system for
leaks. Any hoses that show cuts or severe abrasion must
be replaced.
Cooling System — Drain, Flush and Refill
At the intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules (5
years/100,000 miles), the system should be drained,
flushed and refilled.
If the solution is dirty and contains a considerable
amount of sediment, clean and flush with a reliable
cooling system cleaner. Follow with a thorough rinsing to
remove all deposits and chemicals.
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
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coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in
puddles on the ground. Prevent ingestion by animals or
children. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately.
Selection Of Coolant
Use only the manufacturer’s recommended coolant. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts section for the 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 in water should be used.
Higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) may be used if
temperatures below -37°F (-38°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 will decrease the life of the
engine coolant and will require more frequent engine
coolant changes.
Please note that it is the owner’s responsibility to maintain the proper level of protection against freezing according to the temperatures occurring in the area where
the vehicle is operated.
Cooling System Pressure Cap
The cap must be fully tightened to prevent loss of
coolant, and to 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.
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WARNING!
engine Off and cold, the level of the coolant in the bottle
should be between the MIN and MAX cold fill lines.
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the
cooling system pressure cap are a safety precaution.
Never add coolant when the engine is overheated.
Do not loosen or remove the cap to cool an overheated engine. Heat causes pressure to build up in
the cooling system. To prevent scalding or injury, do
not remove the pressure cap while the system is hot
or under pressure.
WARNING!
Do not use a pressure cap other than the one specified for your vehicle. Personal injury or engine
damage may result.
Coolant Level
The coolant bottle provides a quick visual method for
determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, it should be added to the coolant bottle. Do
not overfill.
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Points to Remember
NOTE: When the vehicle is stopped after a few miles of
operation, you may observe vapor coming from the front
of the engine compartment. This is normally a result of
moisture from rain, snow, or high humidity accumulating on the radiator and being vaporized when the
thermostat opens, allowing hot water to enter the radiator.
If an examination of your engine compartment shows no
evidence of radiator or hose leaks, the vehicle may be
safely driven. The vapor will soon dissipate.
• Do not overfill the coolant bottle.
• Check coolant freeze point in the system.
• If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the
level in the recovery bottle does not drop when the
engine cools, the cooling system should be pressure
tested for leaks.
• Maintain coolant concentration of a minimum of 50%
ethylene glycol 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 and air conditioning
condenser clean.
• 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 engine cooling performance,
poor gas mileage, and increased emissions.
Hoses and Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses
Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence
of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots,
brittle rubber, cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions,
and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
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Pay particular attention to those hoses nearest to high
heat sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose
routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or
moving component that may cause heat damage or
mechanical wear.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed. Inspect all hose connections such as clamps
and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks
are present. Components should be replaced immediately if there is any evidence of degradation that could
cause failure.
Brake System
In order to assure brake system performance, all brake
system components should be inspected periodically.
Suggested service intervals can be found in Section 8.
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 for evidence of heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber, cracking,
checking, tears, cuts, abrasion, and excessive swelling
suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular attention
should be made to examining those hose surfaces nearest
to high heat sources, such as the exhaust manifold.
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
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NOTE: Often, fluids such as oil, power steering fluid, and
brake fluid are used during assembly plant operations to
ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. Therefore, oil
wetness at the hose-coupling area is not necessarily an
indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot fluid when
systems are under pressure (during vehicle operation)
should be noted before hose is replaced based on leakage.
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. With disc brakes, fluid level can be
expected to fall as the brake pads wear. However, low
fluid level may be caused by a leak and a checkup may be
needed.
NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done
whenever the brake system is serviced and every engine
oil change.
WARNING!
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Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any signs of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
Brake Master Cylinder
The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked
when performing under hood services, or immediately if
the brake system warning lamp shows system failure.
Use only the manufacturer’s recommended brake fluid.
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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.
You are urged to use only manufacturer specified hoses
and clamps, or their equivalent in material and specification, in any fuel system servicing. It is mandatory to
replace all clamps that have been loosened or removed
during service. Care should be taken in installing new
clamps to insure they are properly torqued.
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter.
Automatic Transaxle
All front wheel drive vehicles have a transaxle and
differential assembly contained within a single housing.
WARNING!
Do not allow petroleum base fluid to contaminate the
brake fluid as seal damage will result!
Fuel System Hoses
Electronic Fuel Injection high pressure fuel systems are
designed with hoses and clamps which have unique
material characteristics to provide adequate sealing and
resist attack by deteriorated gasoline.
Selection of Lubricant
It is important that the proper lubricant is used in the
transaxle to assure optimum transaxle performance. Use
only the manufacturer’s recommended transmission
fluid. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and
Genuine Parts section for correct fluid type. It is important that the transmission fluid be maintained at the
prescribed level using the recommended fluid.
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CAUTION!
Using a transmission fluid other than the manufacturer’s recommended fluid may cause deterioration
in transmission shift quality and/or torque converter
shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than that
recommended by the manufacturer will result in
more frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to the
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
section for the correct fluid type.
Fluid Level Check
The fluid level in the automatic transaxle should be
checked whenever the vehicle is serviced. Operation with
an improper fluid level will greatly reduce the life of the
transaxle and of the fluid.
2.7L Transmission Dipstick
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• Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear
position ending with the lever in P (PARK).
• Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert until seated.
Remove dipstick and note reading.
• If the fluid is hot (180° F / 82° C) , the reading should
be in the cross hatched area marked ”HOT” (between
the upper two holes in the dipstick).
• If the fluid is cold (80° F / 27° C) , the reading should
be in the cross hatched area marked “COLD” (between
the lower two holes in the dipstick).
3.5L Transmission Dipstick
Procedure For Checking Fluid Level
To properly check the automatic transaxle fluid level, the
following procedure must be used:
• The vehicle must be on level ground.
• The engine should be running at curb idle speed for a
minimum of 60 seconds.
• Fully apply parking brake.
• If the fluid level shows low, add sufficient transmission fluid to bring to the proper level.
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CAUTION!
If the transaxle is disassembled for any reason, the fluid
and filter should be changed.
Do not overfill. Dirt and water in the transaxle can
cause serious damage. To prevent dirt and water
from entering the transaxle after checking or replenishing fluid, make certain that the dipstick cap is
seated properly.
Special Additives
The manufacturer recommends against the addition of
any fluid additives to the transaxle. The only exception to
this policy is the use of special dyes to aid in detecting
fluid leaks. The use of transmission sealers should be
avoided as they may adversely affect seals.
Fluid and Filter Changes
Automatic transmission fluid and filter should be
changed as follows:
Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion
Maintenance schedule “A” — No change necessary
Maintenance schedule “B” — Every 60,000 miles (96 000
km) change fluid and filter under the following conditions:
• Police, taxi, limousine, commercial type operation, or
trailer towing where the vehicle is driven regularly for
more than 45 minutes of continuous operation.
NOTE: Refer to Section 8 of this manual for maintenance schedules.
Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body care requirements vary according to geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make roads
passable in snow and ice, and those that are sprayed on
trees and road surfaces during other seasons, are highly
corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside parking,
which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants,
road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme
hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will
have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and underbody protection.
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The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
The most common causes are:
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.
• Use Mopar auto polish to remove road film and stains
and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to scratch
the paint.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
• Stone and gravel impact.
CAUTION!
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
• 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.
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.
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• It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges
of the doors, rocker panels and rear deck lid be kept
clear and open.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
deicer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• 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.
• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
• Use Mopar touch up paint on scratches or chips as
soon as possible. Your dealer has touch up paint to
match the color of your vehicle.
• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible.
The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
• 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.
Interior Care
Use Mopar Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery and
carpeting.
Use a mild soap and warm water solution to clean vinyl
or leather upholstery. For stubborn stains, use Mopar
Vinyl Cleaner.
Mopar Vinyl Cleaner is specifically recommended for
vinyl trim.
WARNING!
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
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CAUTION!
The use of vinyl, leather or plastic protectants may
cause excessive gloss and/or discoloration of interior
trim parts.
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 Total
Clean. Care should be taken to avoid soaking the leather
with any liquid. Please do not use polishes, oils, cleaning
fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia based cleaners
to clean the leather. Application of a leather conditioner is
not required to maintain the original condition.
Cleaning Headlights
Your vehicle has plastic headlights that are lighter and
less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and
reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To
remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other aggressive material to clean the lenses.
Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
defrosters. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
Instrument Panel Cover
The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which
minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use
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 this vehicle are
molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care
must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic.
FUSES
The fuse block is behind the end cover at the left side of
the instrument panel. Pull the cover straight away from
the instrument panel for access to the fuses.
• 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.
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Fuse Block Relays
The location and identification of fuse block relays can be
found on the inside of the instrument panel end cover.
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Underhood Fuses
A Power Distribution center is located in the engine
compartment. This center contains fuses and relays for
circuits that operate only under the hood. A label which
identifies these components is located on the underside
of the cover.
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 indicates a
problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
Interior Fuses
Cavity Fuse
1
10 Amp Red
2
3
4
5
6
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Circuits
Transmission Controller,
Gauges, Autostick
10 Amp Red
Right High Beam Headlight
10 Amp Red
Left High Beam Headlight
10 Amp Red
Radio, CD Player
10 Amp Red
Washer Motor
15 Amp Lt. Blue Power Outlet
20 Amp Yellow Tail, License, Parking, Illumination Lights, Instrument Cluster
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Cavity Fuse
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10 Amp Red
9
10 Amp Red
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12
13
14
15
16
17
Circuits
Airbag
Turn Signal Lights, Turn
Signal/Hazard Indicator
15 Amp Lt. Blue Right Low Beam
20 Amp Yellow High Beam Relay, High
Beam Indicator, High Beam
Switch
15 Amp Lt. Blue Left Low Beam Headlight
10 Amp Red
Fuel Pump Relay, Power
Train Control Module
10 Amp Red
Cluster, Day/Night Mirror,
Sunroof, Overhead Console,
Garage Door Opener, Body
Control Module
10 Amp Red
Daytime Running Light
Module (Canada)
20 Amp Yellow Fog Light Indicator
10 Amp Red
ABS Control, Back Up
Lights, Daytime Running
Lights, A/C Heater Control,
Cavity Fuse
Circuits
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20 Amp Yellow Power Amplifier, Horn
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15 Amp Lt. Blue Overhead Console, Garage
Door Opener, Trunk, Overhead, Rear Reading, and
Visor Vanity Lights, Trunk
Release Solenoid, Power
Mirrors, Power Door Locks,
Body Control Module, Aspirator Motor
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20 Amp Yellow Brake Lights
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10 Amp Red
Leak Detection Pump, Low
Rad Relay, High Rad Relay,
A/C Clutch Relay
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10 Amp Red
Airbag
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30 Amp Green
Blower Motor, ATC Power
Module
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20 Amp
Power Window Motors
C/BRKR
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20 Amp
Power Door Lock Motors,
C/BRKR
Power Seats
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REPLACEMENT BULBS
Interior Light Bulbs
Cluster Illumination. . . .
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . .
Climate Control. . . . . . .
Overhead Console, Front
Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bulb No.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC194
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330
Reading, Courtesy, Grab
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 906
Exterior Light Bulbs
Bulb No.
Low Beam Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006
High Beam Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9005
Park, Turn, & Side Marker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157A
Fog Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3
Center Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 922
Tail, Stop, & Turn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157
Rear Side Marker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3157
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
EXTERIOR LIGHT BULB SERVICE
Headlight Replacement
1. Open the hood and remove the headlight assembly
mounting screws.
2. Pull the headlight assembly forward to access the
bulbs.
3. Turn the bulb assembly retaining ring counterclockwise and pull the bulb and socket assembly from the
housing.
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4. Remove the bulb from the socket and replace the bulb.
CAUTION!
Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil
contamination will severely shorten bulb life.
If the bulb comes into contact with any oily surface,
clean the bulbs with rubbing alcohol.
5. Reinsert the bulb and socket assembly and turn the
retaining ring clockwise to secure the bulb.
6. Reinstall the headlight assembly.
Front Park, Turn Signal and Side Marker Light
1. Open the hood and remove the headlight assembly
mounting screws.
2. Pull the headlight assembly forward to access the
bulbs.
3. Turn the bulb and socket assembly counterclockwise
and remove it from the housing.
4. Pull the bulb from the socket, install the new bulb,
reinstall the bulb and socket assembly. Reinstall the
headlight assembly.
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Fog Light
1. Remove the screw securing the fog light to the fascia
and pull the light away from the vehicle to expose the
bulb.
5. Connect the wiring connector to the new bulb and
reinstall the assembly.
Center Stop Light
1. Open the trunk and remove the trunk lid cover.
2. Remove the bulb by turning counter-clockwise. Pull
the bulb out of the light housing.
2. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove it
from the housing.
3. Pull the bulb from the socket and replace the bulb.
3. Remove the wiring connector from the bulb.
4. Insert the new bulb and turn clockwise.
4. Reinstall the bulb and socket assembly and reattach
the trunk lid cover.
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Tail, Stop, Back Up, and Turn Signal Lights
License Plate Light
1. Open the trunk and remove the fasteners securing the
light housing to the body.
1. Remove the screws securing the light to the rear fascia.
2. Pull the light housing from the body to expose the
wiring socket.
2. Remove the bulb and socket assembly and pull the
bulb from the socket.
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3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove from
the housing. Pull the bulb from the socket.
4. Replace the bulb, reinstall the socket, and reattach the
light housing.
3. Replace the bulb and reinstall the bulb and socket
assembly.
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SPECIFICATIONS
ENGINE
Oil Filter
Thermostat
Spark Plug
Spark Plug Gap
Firing Order
ALL
Mopar 5281090 or equivalent
180°F (82°C)
See Underhood Label
See Underhood Label
1-2-3-4-5-6
FLUID CAPACITIES
Fuel (Approximate)
Engine Oil with Filter
2.7 & 3.5 Liter Engine
Cooling System*
2.7 Liter Engine
3.5 Liter Engine
* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
U.S.
17 Gallons
Metric
64 Liters
5 Qts
4.7 Liters
10.5 Qts
11 Qts
10 Liters
10.5 Liters
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RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Spark Plugs
Oil Filter
Fuel Selection
Fluid, Lubricant or Genuine Part
Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology)
Use API Certified (GF-3). Refer to oil viscosity chart for correct SAE grade.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label in the engine compartment.
Mopar威 Oil Filter
87 Octane
Chassis
Component
Automatic Transmission
Axle Differential (front-rear)
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Tire Pressure
Fluid, Lubricant or Genuine Part
Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Mopar威 Hypoid Gear Lubricant (SAE 80W-90). Do not use Synthetic Gear
Lubricants.
Mopar威 DOT-3 Brake Fluid.
Mopar威 ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Refer to label on driver’s door pillar.
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Body
Component
Hinges:
Door, Hood and Trunk
Hood hinge springs and links
Latches:
Door and Hood Trunk
Door check straps
Window System Components
Lock Cylinders
Parking Brake Mechanism
Fluid, Lubricant or Genuine Part
Mopar 威 Engine Oil
Mopar 威 Spray White Lube
Mopar威 Multi-Purpose Lube NLGI Grade 2 Mopar 威 Spray White Lube
Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Mopar威 Spray White Lube
Mopar 威 Spray White Lube
Mopar威 Spray White Lube
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EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold
type must be done at the times or mileages specified to
assure the continued proper functioning of the emission
control system. These, and all other maintenance services
included in this manual, should be done to provide best
vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent mainS tenance may be needed for vehicles in severe operating
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
There are two maintenance schedules that show the
required service for your vehicle.
First is Schedule “B”. It is for vehicles that are operated
under the conditions that are listed below and at the
beginning of the schedule.
• Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
Inspection and service also should be done any time a
malfunction is suspected.
• Extensive engine idling.
NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the
emission control devices and systems on your vehicle
may be performed by any automotive repair establishment or individual using any automotive part which has
been certified pursuant to U.S. EPA or, in the State of
California, California Air Resources Board regulations.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km).
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C).〫
• Trailer towing.〫
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).〫
• Off-road or desert operation.
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NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions
listed for Schedule ⬙B⬙.
Second is Schedule “A”. It is for vehicles that are not
operated under any of the conditions listed under Schedule ⬙B⬙.
Use the schedule that best describes your driving conditions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the
interval that occurs first.
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change
intervals exceed 6000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months
whichever comes first.
CAUTION!
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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Once a Month
At Each Oil Change
• Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or
damage.
• Change the engine oil filter.
• Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals
as required.
• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
master cylinder, power steering and transaxle and add
as needed.
• Check all lights and all other electrical items for correct
operation.
• Check rubber seals on each side of the radiator for
proper fit.
• Inspect the exhaust system.
• Inspect the brake hoses.
• Inspect the CV joints and front and rear suspension
components.
• Check the automatic transmission fluid level.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
• Rotate the tires at each oil change interval shown on
Schedule “A” 6,000 miles (10 000 km) or every other
interval shown on Schedule “B” 6,000 miles (10 000
km).
SCHEDULE “B”
SCHEDULE “B”
Follow schedule “B” if you usually operate your vehicle
under one or more of the following conditions. Change
the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 60,000
miles (96 000 km) if the vehicle is usually operated under
one or more of the conditions marked with an 〫.
• Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
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fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
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M 216 SCHEDULE “B”
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T (Kilometers)
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A Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if reN
C quired.*
E Replace the air cleaner filter. *
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Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Adjust the drive belt tension.
3,000
(5 000)
X
X
6,000
(10 000)
X
X
9,000
(14 000)
X
X
12,000
(19 000)
X
X
15,000
(24 000)
X
18,000
(29 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Adjust the drive belt tension.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. *
21,000
(34 000)
X
X
24,000
(38 000)
X
X
27,000
(43 000)
X
X
30,000
(48 000)
X
33,000
(53 000)
X
X
36,000
(58 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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A
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
A Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if reN
C quired.*
E Replace the air cleaner filter. *
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Adjust the drive belt tension.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Replace the differential fluid.
39,000
(62 000)
X
X
42,000
(67 000)
X
X
45,000
(72 000)
X
48,000
(77 000)
X
X
X
X
X
51,000
(82 000)
X
X
54,000
(86 000)
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Replace the drive belts.
Replace the power steering fluid.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. * ‡
Change the automatic transaxle fluid and filter.
57,000
(91 000)
X
X
60,000
(96 000)
X
63,000
66,000
69,000
(101 000) (106 000) (110 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
72,000
(115 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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M 220 SCHEDULE “B”
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
A Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if reN
C quired.*
E Replace the air cleaner filter. *
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Replace the air cleaner filter.
Adjust the drive belt tension.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. * ‡
75,000
78,000
81,000
84,000
87,000
(120 000) (125 000) (130 000) (134 000) (139 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
90,000
(144 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B”
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Flush and replace the engine coolant.
Replace the engine timing belt (Federal Emissions).
Replace the engine timing belt (California
Emissions).
Replace the spark plugs.
Adjust the drive belt tension.
Change the differential fluid.
93,000
96,000
99,000
100,000
102,000
(149 000) (154 000) (158 000) (160 000) (163 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
221 M
105,000
(168 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
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Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
M 222 SCHEDULE “A”
A
I SCHEDULE “A”
N
T Miles
E
N (Kilometers)
A [Months]
N
C Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
E Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if reS
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quired.*
Replace the air cleaner filter. *
Adjust the drive belt tension.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Inspect and replace PCV valve if required.
6,000
(10 000)
[6]
X
X
12,000
(19 000)
[12]
X
X
18,000
(29 000)
[18]
X
X
24,000
(38 000)
[24]
X
X
30,000
(48 000)
[30]
X
36,000
(58 000)
[36]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “A”
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if
required.*
Replace the air cleaner filter. *
Replace the drive belts.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and
rotors.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months
or 100,000 miles.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV
valve. *
42,000
(67 000)
[42]
X
X
48,000
(77 000)
[48]
X
X
54,000
(86 000)
[54]
X
X
60,000
(96 000)
[60]
X
66,000
72,000
(106 000) (115 000)
[66]
[72]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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M 224 SCHEDULE “A”
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if reE quired.*
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78,000
(125 000)
[78]
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Replace the air cleaner filter. *
Adjust the drive belt tension.
Inspect the front and rear brake linings and rotors.
Replace the spark plugs.
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡
Replace the engine timing belt (Federal Emissions
equipped vehicles only).
Replace the engine timing belt (California Emissions equipped vehicles only).
Flush and replace the engine coolant at 60 months
or 100,000 miles.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
84,000
(134 000)
[84]
X
X
90,000
(144 000)
[90]
X
96,000
(154 000)
[96]
X
X
102,000
(163 000)
[102]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
SCHEDULE “A”
WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the right equipment. If
you have any doubt about your ability to perform a
service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
CONTENTS
䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
䡵 Department Of Transportation Uniform Tire
Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Treadwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
䡵 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Traction Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Temperature Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
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SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR
YOUR VEHICLE
to make these arrangements when you call for an appointment.
Prepare For The Appointment
If you’re having warranty work done, be sure to have the
right papers with you. Take your warranty folder. All
work to be performed may not be covered by the
warranty, discuss additional charges with the service
manager. Keep a maintenance log of your vehicle’s
service history. This can often provide a clue to the
current problem.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
The manufacturer and its dealers are vitally interested in
your satisfaction. We want you to be happy with our
products and services.
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
Your selling dealer is best equipped and most anxious to
provide prompt resolution for any warranty issue or
related matter that you may experience. The manufacturer’s dealers have the facilities, factory-trained technicians, special tools, and the latest information to assure
your vehicle is fixed correctly and in a timely manner.
The manufacturer has empowered its dealers to make
warranty and repair decisions that ensure you are not
inconvenienced. There is no need for you to wait for a
decision from the manufacturer. If a special circumstance
occurs that requires information from the manufacturer,
we have asked the dealer’s service management to make
the contact on your behalf.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 229
This is why you should always talk to your dealer’s
service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with
this process.
• If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the
general manager or owner of the dealership. They
want to know if you need assistance.
• If your dealership is unable to resolve the concern, you
may contact the Manufacturer’s Customer Center.
Any communication to the Manufacturer’s Customer
Center should include the following information:
• Owner’s name and address
• Owner’s telephone number (home and office)
• Dealership name
• Vehicle identification number
• Vehicle delivery date and mileage
DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation Customer
Center
P.O. Box 21–8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004
Phone: (800) 992-1997
DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center
P.O. Box 1621
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4H6
Phone —(800) 465–2001
In Mexico contact:
Av. Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma, 1240
Sante Fe C.P. 05109
Mexico, D. F.
In Mexico (915) 729–1248 or 729–1240
Outside Mexico (525) 729–1248 or 729–1240
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Customer Assistance For The Hearing Or Speech
Impaired (TDD/TTY)
To assist customers who have hearing difficulties, the
manufacturer has installed special TDD (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf) equipment at its Customer
Center. Any hearing or speech impaired customer who
has access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter
(TTY) in the United States can communicate with the
manufacturer by dialing 1–800–380–CHRY.
The manufacturer will not stand behind any service
contract that is not the manufacturer’s Service Contract. It
is not responsible for any service contract other than the
manufacturer’s Service Contract. If you purchased a
service contract that is not a manufacturer’s Service
Contract, and you require service after your manufacturer’s new vehicle limited warranty expires, please refer to
your contract documents, and contact the person listed in
those documents.
Service Contract
You may have purchased a service contract for your
vehicle to help protect you from the high cost of unexpected repairs after your manufacturer’s new vehicle
limited warranty expires. The manufacturer stands behind only the manufacturer’s Service Contracts. If you
purchased a manufacturer’s Service Contract, you will
receive Plan Provisions and an Owner Identification Card
in the mail within three weeks of your vehicle delivery
date. If you have any questions about your service
contract, call the manufacturer’s Service Contract National Customer Hotline at 1-800-521-9922.
We appreciate that you have made a major investment
when you purchased your new vehicle. Your dealer has
also made a major investment in facilities, tools, and
training to assure that you are absolutely delighted with
your ownership experience. You’ll be pleased with their
sincere efforts to resolve any warranty issues or related
concerns.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 231
WARRANTY INFORMATION
See your manufacturer’s Warranty Information Booklet
for information on warranty coverage and transfer of
warranty.
MOPAR姞 PARTS
Mopar威 fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from your dealer. They will help you keep your
vehicle operating at its best.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In the 50 United States and Washington D.C.: If you
believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause
a crash or cause injury or death, you should immediately
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying the manufacturer.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in
a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy
campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer, and the
manufacturer.
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232 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington DC area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, Washington DC 20590. You can also
obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
In Canada:
If you believe that your vehicle has a safety defect, you
should contact the Customer Service Department immediately. Canadian customers who wish to report a safety
defect to the Canadian government should write to
Transport Canada, Motor Vehicle Defect Investigations
and Recalls, 2780 Sheffield Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1B
3V9.
PUBLICATION ORDER FORMS
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 235
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM
TIRE QUALITY GRADES
The following describes the tire grading categories established by the National highway Traffic Safety Administration. The specific grade rating assigned by the tire’s
manufacturer in each category is shown on the sidewall
of the tires on your car.
Traction Grades
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B, and
C, and they represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.
All Passenger Car Tires Must Conform to Federal Safety
Requirements in Addition to These Grades.
WARNING!
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the
wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and a half (1
1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance of tires depends
upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and
may depart significantly from the norm due to variations
in driving habits, service practices and differences in road
characteristics and climate.
The traction grade is based on braking (straightahead) traction tests and does not include cornering
(turning) performance.
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Temperature Grades
The temperature grades are A (highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and
its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel.
Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the
tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive
temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The grade C
corresponds to a level of performance which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel
than the minimum required by law.
WARNING!
The temperature grade is established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive
speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either
separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup
and possible tire failure.
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238 INDEX
About Your Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) System . . . . . . . . . . . 91,134
Accident Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . 189
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Air Cleaner, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114,117
Air Conditioning Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114,117
Air Conditioning, Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,137
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Airbag Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36,37
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,40,48,90
Airbag Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Antifreeze Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Anti-Lock Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Anti-Theft Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Anti-Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Auto Down Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Automatic Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Automatic Off, Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Automatic Temperature Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,194
Fluid and Filter Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Reset Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Selection Of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Special Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Backfire, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158,181
Emergency Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158,181
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Keyless Transmitter Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 22
INDEX 239
Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159,181
Saving Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,61,63
Belts, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Brake, Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,192
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,132
Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . 129,130
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . . 47
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Capacities, Fluid . . . .
Capacity, Cargo Weight
Car Washes . . . . . . . .
Cargo Compartment
Capacity . . . . . . . . .
Luggage Carrier . . .
Carpeting . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198,199
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Cassette Tape and Player Maintenance . . . . . . . 112
Cassette Tape Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93,100,112
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103,108,109
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98,105,107
Central Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Checks, Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,42,44,45
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . 43,44
Child Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Cleaning
Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Cloth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Vinyl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
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Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Waxing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Coat Hook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Compact Disc Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93,98
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Computer, Trip/Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Console, Overhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Points to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Pressure Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Rubber and Plastic Components . . . . . . . . . . 191
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Corrosion Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Courtesy Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . 180
Cruise Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,116,120
Diagnostic System, Onboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,169
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Disabled Vehicle Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Disposal
Antifreeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Door Ajar Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,15,16
Door Locks, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Door Locks, Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
INDEX 241
Door Opener, Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Drive Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Driving
On Slippery Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
With an Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Electric Remote Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Emergency Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Emission Control System Maintenance . . 170,180,212
Engine
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Block Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Checking Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167,168
Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,188
Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88,172
Oil Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,152
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Entry System, Illuminated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,187
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Exterior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,204
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Flashers
Hazard Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Flat Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Floor Shift Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Fluid Leaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88,143
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
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Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Materials Added . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
System Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201,202
Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Gas Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Gasoline, Reformulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Gauges
Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Speedometer/Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Headlights
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Dimmer Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Time Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114,117
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Holder, Cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Homelink Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Hood Latch Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Hook, Coat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191,194
Ignition
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,12
Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
INDEX 243
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87,88
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Instrument Panel Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Key, Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Key, Sentry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Key-In Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Knee Bolster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) . . . . . 44
Latches
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Lead Free Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Leaks, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
Lights
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,48,90
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Automatic Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,61
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Battery Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,61,63
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,132
Center Mounted Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Check Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Courtesy/Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Exterior Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63,206
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Headlight Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
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Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Headlights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,60
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Low Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Low Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,169
Map Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,205
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Rear Tail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Service Engine Soon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Side Marker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66,88,136
Trunk Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,205,207
Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Locks
Child Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,15
Glove Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Luggage Carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Luggage Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Light Duty Schedule ⬙B⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Schedule ⬙A⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Schedule ⬙B⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,170
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Master Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Memory Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
INDEX 245
Electric Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171,231
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . 169,170
Opener, Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Operator Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70,77
Overhead Travel Information Center . . . . . . . . . 77
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,233
Paint Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Paint Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Parking On Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Pets, Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Power
Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Steering, Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Trunk Lid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Programmable Electronic Features . . . . . . . . . 71,75
Programming Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,71,75
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93,100,105
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Reclining Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Remote Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Restraint, Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Restraints, Occupant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Safety, Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Scheduled Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Seat Belt Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,27
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Anchorage . . . . . . 31
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Rear Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Reclining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
INDEX 247
Service Engine Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Side Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Side View Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Side Window Demisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Signals, Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Slippery Surfaces, Driving On . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
Snow Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,89
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Steering
Linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135,183
Tilt Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Sulfur in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Sun Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,77
Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag . . . . . . . 33
Synthetic Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . 153
Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Time Delay, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Timing Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,136,235
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,137
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Balancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153,154
Flat Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Pressure Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
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Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
To Open Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Trailering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66,88,135
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Transaxle
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,194
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Selection of Lubricant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Transmission
Range Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91,130
Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Transmitter, Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Transmitter Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Transporting Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Trip Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Trip Odometer Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Trunk Release, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Trunk Release Remote Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63,64,89
Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Uniform Tire Quality Grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Vehicle Theft Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Vinyl Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
INDEX 249
Warning Flasher, Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148,231
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Waxing and Polishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Windows
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Windshield Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,116,120
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,186
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,186
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
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