Owner`s Manual

Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV Owner Manual - 2010
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In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Performance and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22
Seats and Restraint System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-49
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-74
Restraint System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-91
Features and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Doors and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18
Theft-Deterrent Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Object Detection Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-46
Universal Home Remote System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Instrument Panel Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators . . . . . . . . . 4-27
Driver Information Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41
Audio System(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
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Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Features and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Navigation Audio System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-60
Voice Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-86
Driving Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Your Driving, the Road, and the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-38
Service and Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7
Checking Things Under the Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-14
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-49
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-51
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-52
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-54
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . 7-57
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-58
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-99
Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-108
Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-109
Capacities and Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-117
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2
Customer Assistance Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1
Customer Assistance and Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1
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Canadian Owners
Propriétaires Canadiens
A French language copy of this manual can be obtained
from your dealer or from:
On peut obtenir un exemplaire de ce guide en français
auprès du concessionnaire ou à l'adresse suivante:
GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem,
CADILLAC, the CADILLAC Crest & Wreath, and the
names ESCALADE and ESV are registered trademarks
of General Motors LLC.
This manual describes features that may or may not be
on your specific vehicle either because they are
options that you did not purchase or due to changes
subsequent to the printing of this owner manual. Please
refer to the purchase documentation relating to your
specific vehicle to confirm each of the features found
on your vehicle. For vehicles first sold in Canada,
substitute the name “General Motors of Canada
Limited” for Cadillac Motor Division wherever it appears
in this manual.
Helm, Incorporated
P.O. Box 07130
Detroit, MI 48207
1-800-551-4123
Numéro de poste 6438 de langue française
www.helminc.com
Index
To quickly locate information about the vehicle, use the
index in the back of the manual. It is an alphabetical list
of what is in the manual and the page number where it
can be found.
Keep this manual in the vehicle for quick reference.
Litho in U.S.A.
Part No. 25854764 B Second Printing
©
2010 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Safety Warnings and Symbols
A circle with a slash
through it is a safety
symbol which means
“Do Not,” “Do not do this,”
or “Do not let this
happen.”
Warning messages found on vehicle labels and in this
manual describe hazards and what to do to avoid or
reduce them.
Danger indicates a hazard with a high level of risk
which will result in serious injury or death.
Warning or Caution indicates a hazard that could result
in injury or death.
{ WARNING:
These mean there is something that could hurt
you or other people.
Notice: This means there is something that could
result in property or vehicle damage. This would not
be covered by the vehicle's warranty.
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Vehicle Symbols
The vehicle has components and labels that use
symbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along with
the text describing the operation or information relating
to a specific component, control, message, gauge,
or indicator.
M : This symbol is shown when you need to see your
owner manual for additional instructions or information.
* : This symbol is shown when you need to see a
service manual for additional instructions or information.
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Vehicle Symbol Chart
Here are some additional symbols that may be found on
the vehicle and what they mean. For more information
on the symbol, refer to the index.
0 : Adjustable Pedals
9 : Airbag Readiness Light
# : Air Conditioning
! : Antilock Brake System (ABS)
g : Audio Steering Wheel Controls or OnStar®
$ : Brake System Warning Light
" : Charging System
I : Cruise Control
B : Engine Coolant Temperature
O : Exterior Lamps
# : Fog Lamps
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. : Fuel Gauge
+ : Fuses
3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
j : LATCH System Child Restraints
* : Malfunction Indicator Lamp
: : Oil Pressure
g : Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors
} : Power
/ : Remote Vehicle Start
> : Safety Belt Reminders
7 : Tire Pressure Monitor
_ : Tow/Haul Mode
F : Traction Control
M : Windshield Washer Fluid
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Section 1
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Second Row Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Third Row Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Head Restraint Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Safety Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Sensing System for Passenger Airbag . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
In Brief
Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Portable Audio Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driver Information Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Vision Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Universal Remote System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Performance and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving for Better Fuel Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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1-21
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1-22
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Instrument Panel
United States version shown; Canada similar.
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The main components of the instrument panel are the following:
A. Outlet Adjustment on page 4‑25.
L. Exterior Lamps on page 4‑11.
B. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever on page 4‑4.
M. Dome Lamp Override on page 4‑17. Instrument
Panel Brightness on page 4‑16. Fog Lamps on
page 4‑16.
C. Instrument Panel Cluster on page 4‑28.
D. Hazard Warning Flashers on page 4‑3.
E. Shift Lever and Range Selection Mode. See
Automatic Transmission Operation on page 3‑32.
F. Tow/Haul Mode on page 3‑36.
G. Driver Information Center (DIC) Buttons. See
Driver Information Center (DIC) on page 4‑41.
H. Analog Clock on page 4‑20.
I. Audio System(s) on page 4‑68.
J. StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6. Rear Park Aid
Disable Button. See Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA) on page 3‑46.
K. Tilt Wheel on page 4‑3.
N. Automatic Transfer Case Control. See Escalade
Two‐Mode Hybrid Supplement for more
information.
O. Cruise Control on page 4‑8. Heated Steering
Wheel on page 4‑4 (If Equipped).
P. Horn on page 4‑3.
Q. Audio Steering Wheel Controls on page 4‑106.
R. Dual Automatic Climate Control System on
page 4‑20.
S. Pedal Adjust Button. See Adjustable Throttle and
Brake Pedal on page 3‑30. Power Assist Steps
on page 3‑17 (If Equipped).
T. Glove Box on page 3‑62.
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Initial Drive Information
This section provides a brief overview about some of
the important features that may or may not be on your
specific vehicle.
For more detailed information, refer to each of the
features which can be found later in this owner manual.
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
The RKE transmitter is used to remotely lock and
unlock the doors from up to 60 m (195 feet) away from
the vehicle.
Press K to unlock the
driver door. Press K
again within five seconds
to unlock all remaining
doors.
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Lock and unlock feedback can be personalized.
& to open or close the liftgate.
Press and hold m to open the liftglass.
Press L and release to locate the vehicle.
Press L and hold for three seconds to sound the panic
Press and hold
alarm.
Press
L again to cancel the panic alarm.
See Keys on page 3‑3 and Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System Operation on page 3‑4.
Remote Vehicle Start
With this feature the engine can be started from outside
of the vehicle.
Starting the Vehicle
1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle.
2. Press
Q.
3. Immediately after completing Step 2, press and
hold / until the turn signal lamps flash.
Press
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Q to lock all doors.
When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn on
and remain on as long as the engine is running. The
doors will be locked and the climate control system may
come on.
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The engine will continue to run for 10 minutes. Repeat
the steps for a 10-minute time extension. Remote start
can be extended only once.
Power Door Locks
Canceling a Remote Start
K : Press to unlock the doors.
Q : Remove the key from the ignition and press to lock
To cancel a remote start:
.
Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle and press
and hold / until the parking lamps turn off.
.
Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
.
Turn the ignition on and then back off.
See Remote Vehicle Start on page 3‑7.
If available, these switches are located on the front
doors.
the doors.
For more information, see:
.
Programmable Automatic Door Locks on
page 3‑11.
.
Rear Door Security Locks on page 3‑11.
Door Locks
There are several ways to lock and unlock the vehicle.
From outside, use the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter or the key in the driver door. From inside,
use the power door locks or the manual door locks. To
lock or unlock the door with the manual locks, push
down or pull up on the manual lock knob.
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Liftgate
Power Liftgate
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There are several ways to open and close the power
liftgate:
.
Press and hold & on the RKE transmitter until
the liftgate starts moving.
.
Press & on the overhead console inside the
vehicle.
.
Press the touchpad switch (B) on the outside
liftgate handle to open.
.
Press the
close.
l button next to the liftgate latch to
To disable the power liftgate function, press OFF on the
overhead console.
Liftglass
There are two ways to unlatch the liftglass:
Use the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or the
power door lock switches to unlock the liftgate.
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Press the button on the underside of the underside
of the license plate applique (A).
.
Press
m on the RKE transmitter.
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Seat Adjustment
The power window
switches are located on
the driver door. In
addition, each passenger
door has a switch for its
own window.
Front Seats
Power Seats
Press the switch to lower the window. Pull the switch up
to raise it.
For more information, see:
.
Windows on page 3‑18.
.
Power Windows on page 3‑19.
The power seat controls are located on the outboard
side of the front seats.
Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the control
forward or rearward.
Raise or lower the front or rear part of the cushion by
moving the front or rear part of the control up or down.
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Raise or lower the entire seat by moving the entire
control up or down.
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Power Reclining Seatbacks
See Power Seats on page 2‑4.
Power Lumbar
To recline the seatback, tilt the top of the control
rearward.
To increase lumbar support, press and hold the front of
the control. To decrease, press and hold the rear of the
control.
To raise the height of the support, press and hold the
top of the control. To lower, press and hold the bottom
of the control.
See Power Lumbar on page 2‑5.
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To bring the seatback forward, tilt the top of the control
forward.
See Power Reclining Seatbacks on page 2‑8.
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Second Row Seats
Memory Features
The controls for this
feature are located on the
driver door, and are used
to program and recall
memory settings for the
driver seat, outside
mirrors, steering wheel
position, and the
adjustable throttle and
brake pedal feature, if the
vehicle has it.
If the vehicle has a 60/40 split bench or buckets seats,
the seat(s) can be folded for additional cargo space or
folded and tumbled for easy entry and exit to the third
row seats, if the vehicle has them. If the vehicle has
bucket seats, the seatbacks can be also be reclined.
These seats will have either the manual fold and tumble
feature or the automatic seat release fold and tumble
feature.
For more information, see 60/40 Split Bench Seat on
page 2‑10 or Bucket Seats on page 2‑15.
Third Row Seats
For more information, see Memory Features on
page 2‑6.
If the vehicle has a third row seat, the seatback(s) can
be folded and the entire seat can be tumbled,
or removed from the vehicle.
For detailed instructions, see Third Row Seat on
page 2‑21.
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Rear Seats
Front Seats
On vehicles with heated
and cooled front seats,
the controls are located
on the climate control
panel.
The heated rear seat
controls are located on
the Rear Sear Audio
(RSA) panel.
M (Heated Seat): Press to heat the seat cushion and to
cycle through the three temperature settings.
See Heated Seats on page 2‑10.
{ (Cooled Seat): Press to cool the entire seat.
+ (Heated Seatback): Press to heat the
seatback only.
z (Heated Seat and Seatback):
Press to heat the seat
and seatback.
Continue to press the desired button to cycle through
the temperature settings: high (three indicator lights),
medium (two indicator lights), low (one indicator light),
and off (no lights).
See Heated and Cooled Seats on page 2‑5.
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Head Restraint Adjustment
Do not drive until the head restraints for all occupants
are installed and adjusted properly.
For more information see Head Restraints on
page 2‑2.
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Sensing System for Passenger
Airbag
The passenger sensing system, if equipped, will turn off
the right front passenger frontal airbag under certain
conditions. The driver airbags, seat‐mounted side
impact airbags, if equipped, and roof‐rail airbags are not
affected by this.
If the vehicle has one of the indicators pictured in the
following illustrations, then the vehicle has a passenger
sensing system for the right front passenger position.
The passenger airbag status indicator, if equipped, will
be visible on the overhead console when the vehicle is
started.
Refer to the following sections for important information
on how to use safety belts properly.
.
Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone on page 2‑26.
.
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly on page 2‑30.
.
Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 2‑39.
.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
on page 2‑59.
United States
Canada
See Passenger Sensing System on page 2‑84 for
important information.
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Mirror Adjustment
Power Foldaway Mirrors
Exterior Mirrors
To fold the mirrors:
Vehicles with outside
power mirrors and
foldaway mirrors have
controls located on the
driver door.
1. Press (C) to fold the mirrors out to the driving
position.
2. Press (D) to fold the mirrors in to the folded
position.
The dimming feature automatically adjusts the driver
outside mirror for the glare of the headlamps behind
your vehicle. See Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
on page 3‑43 for more information.
Interior Mirror
1. Press (A) or (B) to select the driver or passenger
side mirror.
2. Press one of the four arrows located on the control
pad to adjust the mirror.
3. Press the opposite side to get the control pad to a
neutral position.
Vehicles with a manual rearview mirror can be adjusted
to see clearly behind the vehicle. Hold the mirror in the
center to move it up or down and side to side. To
reduce headlamp glare during nighttime use, move the
lever at the bottom of the mirror to the right. Move it to
the left for daytime use.
Vehicles with an automatic dimming rearview mirror.
The dimming feature reduces the glare of lights from
behind the vehicle. The dimming feature comes on and
the indicator light illuminates each time the vehicle is
started.
See Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror on page 3‑43
for more information.
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Steering Wheel Adjustment
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Interior Lighting
Dome Lamps
The dome lamps come on when any door is opened.
They turn off after all the doors are closed.
The dome lamps can also be turned on by turning the
instrument panel brightness knob, located on the
instrument panel to the left of the steering column,
clockwise to the farthest position. In this position, the
dome lamps remain on whether a door is opened or
closed.
The power tilt wheel control is located on the left side of
the steering column.
Push the control up or down to tilt the steering wheel up
or down.
See Tilt Wheel on page 4‑3.
k : The dome lamp override button is located next to
the exterior lamps control.
Press the button in and the dome lamps remain off
when a door is opened. Press the button again to return
it to the extended position so that the dome lamps come
on when a door is opened.
Reading Lamps
For vehicles with reading lamps in the overhead
console, press the button located next to the lamp to
turn it on or off.
The vehicle may also have reading lamps in other
locations. The lamps cannot be adjusted.
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For more information about interior lamps, see:
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Dome Lamps on page 4‑17.
AUTO: Automatically turns on the headlamps at normal
brightness, along with the parking lamps and taillamps.
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Reading Lamps on page 4‑17.
;: Turns on the parking lamps and taillamps.
.
Instrument Panel Brightness on page 4‑16.
2: Turns on the headlamps, parking lamps, and
taillamps.
Exterior Lighting
For more information, see:
The exterior lamps
control is located on the
instrument panel to the
left of the steering wheel.
9 : Turns off the automatic headlamps and daytime
running lamps (DRL). Turning the headlamp control to
the off position again will turn the automatic headlamps
or DRL back on.
For vehicles first sold in Canada, the off position only
works when the vehicle is shifted into the P (Park)
position.
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Exterior Lamps on page 4‑11.
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Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) on page 4‑15.
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Fog Lamps on page 4‑16.
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Windshield Wiper/Washer
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Climate Controls
The heating, cooling, and ventilation in the vehicle can
be controlled with this system.
The lever is on the left side of the steering column.
8:
Single wipe, turn to 8, then release. Several
wipes, hold the band on 8 longer.
Climate Control with Cooled
and Heated Seats shown
9 : Turns the windshield wipers off.
6 : Turn the band up for more frequent wipes or down
A. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
for less frequent wipes.
B. AUTO
G. Heated and
Cooled Seats
] : Slow wipes.
? : Fast wipes.
L : Push the paddle at the top of the lever to spray
C. Defrost
H. Fan Control
washer fluid on the windshield.
F. Air Conditioning
D. Air Recirculation
I. REAR
E. Rear Window
Defogger
J. Air Delivery
Mode Control
See Windshield Wipers on page 4‑6 and Windshield
Washer on page 4‑7.
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See Dual Automatic Climate Control System on
page 4‑20 and Rear Air Conditioning and Heating
System and Electronic Climate Controls on page 4‑26
(If Equipped).
Transmission
Driver Shift Control (DSC)
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page 4‑41 and DIC Operation and Displays on
page 4‑42 for more information. This is the highest
attainable range with all lower gears accessible. As an
example, when 4 (Fourth) gear is selected, 1 (First)
through 4 (Fourth) gears are available.
Press the plus/minus buttons, located on the steering
column shift lever, to select the desired range of gears
for current driving conditions. See Automatic
Transmission Operation on page 3‑32.
While using DSC, cruise control and the tow/haul mode
can be used.
Grade Braking is not available when DSC is active. See
Tow/Haul Mode on page 3‑36.
Vehicle Features
Satellite Radio
XM is a satellite radio service that is based in the
48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian
provinces. XM satellite radio has a wide variety of
programming and commercial-free music,
coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound.
The DSC switch is located on the shift lever. To enable
the DSC feature, move the column shift lever to the M
(Manual) position. The Driver Information Center (DIC)
display will show the message MANUAL SHIFT on the
first line and the current gear will be displayed on the
second line. See Driver Information Center (DIC) on
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A fee is required to receive the XM service.
For more information, refer to:
.
www.xmradio.com or call 1-800-929-2100 (U.S.)
.
www.xmradio.ca or call 1-877-438-9677 (Canada)
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Portable Audio Devices
w/x:
This vehicle may have an auxilliary input, located on the
audio faceplate and a USB port located in the center
console. External devices such as iPod®, laptop
computers, MP3 players, CD changers, USB storage
device, etc. can be connected to the auxiliary port using
a 3.5 mm (1/8 in.) input jack or the USB port depending
on the audio system.
b g : Press to silence the vehicle speakers only. Press
again to turn the sound on. Press and hold longer than
two seconds to interact with OnStar® or Bluetooth
systems.
Press to change favorite radio stations, select
tracks on a CD/DVD, or to navigate tracks or folders on
an iPod® or USB device.
See “Using the Auxiliary Input Jack” and “Using the
USB Port” under Auxiliary Devices on page 5‑85.
e − e : Increases or decreases volume.
c : Press to reject an incoming call, or to end a call.
Steering Wheel Controls
SRCE : Press to switch between the radio, CD, and for
vehicles with, DVD, front auxiliary, and rear auxiliary.
Audio steering wheel
control functions could
differ depending on the
vehicle's options. Some
audio controls can be
adjusted at the steering
wheel.
+
¨ : Press to seek the next radio station, the next track
or chapter while sourced to the CD or DVD slot, or to
select tracks and folders on an iPod® or USB device.
For more information, see Audio Steering Wheel
Controls on page 4‑106.
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Bluetooth®
Driver Information Center (DIC)
For vehicles with an in-vehicle Bluetooth system, it
allows users with a Bluetooth enabled cell phone to
make and receive hands-free calls using the vehicle’s
audio system and controls.
The DIC display is located at the bottom of the
instrument panel cluster. It shows the status of many
vehicle systems and enables access to the
personalization menu.
The Bluetooth enabled cell phone must be paired with
the in-vehicle Bluetooth system before it can be used in
the vehicle. Not all phones will support all functions. For
more information visit www.gm.com/bluetooth.
The DIC buttons are
located on the instrument
panel, next to the steering
wheel.
For more information, see Bluetooth® on page 4‑68.
Navigation System
The vehicle's navigation system provides detailed maps
of most major freeways and roads throughout the
United States and Canada. After a destination has been
set, the system provides turn-by-turn instructions for
reaching the destination. In addition, the system can
help locate a variety of points of interest (POI), such as
banks, airports, restaurants, and more.
See Navigation System in the owner's manual for more
information.
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3 (Trip/Fuel):
Press this button to display the
odometer, trip odometer, fuel range, average economy,
fuel used, timer, and transmission temperature. The
compass and outside air temperature will also be shown
in the display. The temperature will be shown in °F or
°C depending on the units selected.
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T (Vehicle Information):
Press this button to display
the oil life, units, side blind zone system on/off, tire
pressure readings for vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter programming, compass zone setting, and
compass recalibration.
U (Customization): Press this button to customize the
feature settings on your vehicle. See DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58 for more information.
V (Set/Reset) :
Press this button to set or reset certain
functions and to turn off or acknowledge messages on
the DIC.
For more information, see Driver Information Center
(DIC) on page 4‑41.
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Vehicle Customization
Some vehicle features can be programmed by using the
DIC buttons next to the steering wheel. These features
include:
.
Language
.
Door Lock and Unlock Settings
.
RKE Lock and Unlock Feedback
.
Lighting
.
Chime Volume
.
Memory Features
.
Remote Start
.
Digital Speedometer Display
See DIC Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58.
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Cruise Control
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SET − : Press to set the speed or make the vehicle
decelerate.
[:
Press to cancel cruise control without erasing the
set speed from memory.
See Cruise Control on page 4‑8.
Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
This feature may alert you to vehicles located in your
side blind zone. When the system detects a vehicle in
the side blind zone, an amber SBZA display will light up
in the corresponding outside side mirror.
The system is enabled at every vehicle startup. It can
be disabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC).
Cruise Control shown with
Heated Steering Wheel
Button (If Equipped)
The cruise control buttons are located on left side of the
steering wheel.
T : Turns the system on or off. The indicator light is
on when cruise control is on and turns off when cruise
control is off.
+ RES : Press to make the vehicle accelerate or
resume a previously set speed.
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If the message SIDE BLIND ZONE SYSTEM
UNAVAILABLE appears on the DIC, the system has
been disabled because the sensor is blocked and
cannot detect vehicles in the blind zone. The sensor
may be blocked by mud, dirt, snow, ice, slush, or even
heavy rainstorms. This message may also activate
during heavy rain or due to road spray. The vehicle
does not need service.
See Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on page 3‑48 for
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Rear Vision Camera (RVC)
The rear vision camera displays a view of the area
behind the vehicle on the navigation screen when the
vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse). Once shifted out of
R (Reverse), the navigation screen will go back to the
last screen that had been displayed, after a delay.
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The vehicle has three accessory power outlets located:
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Inside the floor console storage bin.
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On the rear of the floor console.
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In the rear cargo area on the passenger side.
To clean the camera lens, located above the license
plate, rinse it with water and wipe it with a soft cloth.
The accessory power outlets are powered, even when
the ignition is in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use power
outlets while the ignition is in LOCK/OFF may cause the
vehicle's battery to run down.
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
Universal Remote System
This feature uses sensors on the rear bumper to
detect objects while parking the vehicle. URPA comes
on automatically when the shift lever is moved into
R (Reverse) and operates at speeds less than 8 km/h
(5 mph). URPA uses audio beeps to provide distance
and system information.
Keep the sensors on the vehicle's rear bumper clean to
ensure proper operation.
The system can be disabled by pressing the rear park
aid disable button located next to the radio.
See Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) on
page 3‑46 for more information.
Power Outlets
The Universal Home Remote System allows for garage
door openers, security systems, and home automation
devices to be programmed to work with these buttons in
the vehicle.
See Universal Home Remote System on page 3‑55.
The accessory power outlets let you plug in auxiliary
electrical equipment, such as a cellular telephone.
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Performance and Maintenance
Tire Pressure Monitor
StabiliTrak® System
This vehicle may have a Tire Pressure Monitor
System (TPMS).
The vehicle may have a traction control system that
limits wheel spin and the StabiliTrak system that assists
with directional control of the vehicle in difficult driving
conditions. Both systems turn on automatically every
time the vehicle is started.
5 on
.
To turn off traction control, press and release
the instrument panel. F illuminates and the
appropriate DIC message displays. See DIC
Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49.
.
To turn off both traction control and Electronic
Stability Control, press and hold 5 until F
illuminates and the appropriate DIC message
displays. See DIC Warnings and Messages on
page 4‑49.
.
Press and release the button again to turn on both
systems.
For more information, see StabiliTrak® System on
page 6‑6.
The TPMS warming light
alerts you to a significant
loss in pressure of one of
the vehicles tires.
If the warning light comes on, stop as soon as possible
and inflate the tires to the recommended pressure
shown on the tire loading information label. See
Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32. The warning light
will remain on until the tire pressure is corrected.
During cooler conditions, the low tire pressure warning
light may appear when the vehicle is first started and
then turn off. This may be an early indicator that the tire
pressures are getting low and the tires need to be
inflated to the proper pressure.
The TPMS does not replace normal monthly tire
maintenance. It is the driver’s responsibility to maintain
correct tire pressures.
See Tire Pressure Monitor System on page 7‑67 and
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on page 7‑68.
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Engine Oil Life System
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
The engine oil life system calculates engine oil life
based on vehicle use and displays a DIC message
when it is necessary to change the engine oil and filter.
The oil life system should be reset to 100% only
following an oil change.
Driving habits can affect fuel mileage. Here are some
driving tips to get the best fuel economy possible.
Resetting the Oil Life System
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Avoid fast starts and accelerate smoothly.
.
Brake gradually and avoid abrupt stops.
.
Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time.
.
When road and weather conditions are
appropriate, use cruise control, if equipped.
.
Always follow posted speed limits or drive more
slowly when conditions require.
.
Keep vehicle tires properly inflated.
.
Combine several trips into a single trip.
.
Replace the vehicle's tires with the same TPC
Spec number molded into the tire's sidewall near
the size.
.
Follow recommended scheduled maintenance.
1. Display the OIL LIFE REMAINING on the DIC.
2. Press and hold the SET/RESET button on the DIC
for more than five seconds. The oil life will change
to 100%.
See Engine Oil Life System on page 7‑20.
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge and a yellow fuel
cap can use either unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel
containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). See Fuel E85
(85% Ethanol) on page 7‑9. For all other vehicles, use
only the unleaded gasoline described under Gasoline
Octane on page 7‑8.
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Roadside Service
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OnStar®
U.S. or Canada: 1-800-882-1112
TTY Users: 1-888-889-2438
As the owner of a new Cadillac, you are automatically
enrolled in the Roadside Service program which is
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Roadside Service and OnStar
If you have a current OnStar subscription, press the
OnStar button and the current GPS location will be sent
to an OnStar Advisor who will assess your problem,
contact Roadside Service, and relay exact location to
get you the help you need.
OnStar® uses several innovative technologies and live
advisors to provide a wide range of safety, security,
navigation, diagnostics, and calling services.
Online Owner Center
In a crash, built in sensors can automatically alert an
OnStar advisor who is immediately connected to the
vehicle to see if you need help.
The Online Owner Center is a complimentary service
that includes online service reminders, vehicle
maintenance tips, online owner manual, special
privileges and more.
Sign up today at: www.gmownercenter.com/cadillac
(U.S.) or www.gm.ca (Canada).
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How OnStar Service Works
Q : This blue button connects you to a specially
trained OnStar advisor to verify your account
information and to answer questions.
] : Push this red emergency button to get priority help
from specially trained OnStar emergency advisors.
X:
Push this button for hands‐free, voice‐activated
calling and to give voice commands for turn‐by‐turn
navigation.
Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle
Diagnostics, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside
Assistance, Turn‐by‐Turn Navigation and Hands‐Free
Calling are available on most vehicles. Not all OnStar
services are available on all vehicles. For more
information see the OnStar Owner's Guide or visit
www.onstar.com (U.S.) or www.onstar.ca (Canada),
contact OnStar at 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1‐888‐466‐7827)
or TTY 1‐877‐248‐2080, or press Q to speak with an
OnStar advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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For a full description of OnStar services and system
limitations, see the OnStar Owner's Guide in the
glove box.
OnStar service is subject to the OnStar terms and
conditions included in the OnStar Subscriber
Information.
OnStar service cannot work unless the vehicle is in a
place where OnStar has an agreement with a wireless
service provider for service in that area. OnStar service
also cannot work unless the vehicle is in a place where
the wireless service provider OnStar has hired for that
area has coverage, network capacity and reception
when the service is needed, and technology that is
compatible with the OnStar service. Not all services are
available everywhere, particularly in remote or enclosed
areas, or at all times.
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The OnStar system can record and transmit vehicle
information. This information is automatically sent to an
OnStar call center when Q is pressed, ] is pressed,
or if the airbags or ACR system deploy. This information
usually includes the vehicle's GPS location and, in the
event of a crash, additional information regarding the
crash that the vehicle was involved in (e.g. the direction
from which the vehicle was hit). When the virtual
advisor feature of OnStar hands-free calling is used, the
vehicle also sends OnStar the vehicle's GPS location
so they can provide services where it is located.
Location information about the vehicle is only available
if the GPS satellite signals are unobstructed and
available.
The vehicle must have a working electrical system,
including adequate battery power, for the OnStar
equipment to operate. There are other problems OnStar
cannot control that may prevent OnStar from providing
OnStar service at any particular time or place. Some
examples are damage to important parts of the vehicle
in a crash, hills, tall buildings, tunnels, weather or
wireless phone network congestion.
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OnStar Steering Wheel Controls
This vehicle may have a Talk/Mute button that can be
used to interact with OnStar hands-free calling. See
Audio Steering Wheel Controls on page 4‑106 for more
information.
On some vehicles, the mute button can be used to dial
numbers into voice mail systems, or to dial phone
extensions. See the OnStar Owner's Guide for more
information.
Your Responsibility
Increase the volume of the radio if the OnStar advisor
cannot be heard.
If the light next to the OnStar buttons is red, the system
may not be functioning properly. Press Q and request a
vehicle diagnostic. If the light appears clear (no light is
appearing), your OnStar subscription has expired and
all services have been deactivated. Press Q to confirm
that the OnStar equipment is active.
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Section 2
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Seats and Restraint System
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Power Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Power Lumbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Heated and Cooled Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Power Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
60/40 Split Bench Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Bucket Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Third Row Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-48
Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-49
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-49
Infants and Young Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-52
Child Restraint Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-55
Where to Put the Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-57
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat
Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front
Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front
Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When Should an Airbag Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What Makes an Airbag Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How Does an Airbag Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? . . .
Passenger Sensing System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . . . . .
Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Restraint System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Checking the Restraint Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing Restraint System Parts After a
Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Head Restraints
The front seats have adjustable head restraints in the
outboard seating positions.
{ CAUTION:
With head restraints that are not installed and
adjusted properly, there is a greater chance that
occupants will suffer a neck/spinal injury in a
crash. Do not drive until the head restraints for all
occupants are installed and adjusted properly.
Adjust the head restraint so that the top of the restraint
is at the same height as the top of the occupant's head.
This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a
crash.
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Push down on the head restraint after the button is
released to make sure that it is locked in place.
The head restraints are not designed to be removed.
The vehicle may also be equipped with manually tilting
head restraints in the outboard seating positions.
The rear seat has head rests that can be adjusted up
and down.
Pull the head restraint up to raise it. To lower the head
restraint, press the button, located on the top of the
seatback, and push the restraint down.
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Front Seats
Power Seats
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The power seat controls are located on the outboard
side of the front seats.
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Move the seat forward or rearward by sliding the
control forward or rearward.
.
Raise or lower the front part of the seat cushion by
moving the front of the control up or down.
.
Raise or lower the rear part of the seat cushion by
moving the rear of the control up or down.
.
Raise or lower the entire seat by moving the entire
control up or down.
The power reclining seatback control is located behind
the power seat control on the outboard side of the
seats. See Power Reclining Seatbacks on page 2‑8.
Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seat
settings to be saved and recalled. See Memory
Features on page 2‑6.
Driver Seat with Power Seat Control, Power Recline,
and Power Lumbar shown
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Power Lumbar
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Let go of the control when the lower seatback reaches
the desired level of support.
Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seat
settings to be saved and recalled. See Memory
Features on page 2‑6 for more information.
Keep in mind that as your seating position changes, as
it may during long trips, so should the position of your
lumbar support. Adjust the seat as needed.
Heated and Cooled Seats
If the front seats have the
heated and cooled seat
feature, the buttons used
to control this feature are
located on the climate
control panel.
The controls used to operate the power lumbar feature
are located on the outboard side of the seats.
.
To increase lumbar support, press and hold the
front of the control.
.
To decrease lumbar support, press and hold the
rear of the control.
.
To raise the height of the support, press and hold
the top of the control.
.
To lower the height of the support, press and hold
the bottom of the control.
{ (Cooled Seat):
To cool the entire seat, press the
button with the cooled seat symbol.
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This symbol will appear on the climate control display to
indicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cycle
through the temperature settings of high, medium, and
low and to turn the cooled seat off. Indicator bars next
to the symbol designate the level of cooling selected:
three for high, two for medium, and one for low.
+ (Heated Seatback):
To heat only the seatback,
press the button with the heated seatback symbol.
This symbol will appear on the climate control display to
indicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cycle
through the temperature settings of high, medium, and
low and to turn the heated seatback off. Indicator bars
next to the symbol designate the level of heat selected:
three for high, two for medium, and one for low.
z (Heated Seat and Seatback):
To heat the entire
seat, press the button with the heated seat and
seatback symbol.
This symbol will appear on the climate control display to
indicate that the feature is on. Press the button to cycle
through the temperature settings of high, medium, and
low and to turn the heated seat off. Indicator bars next
to the symbol designate the level of heat selected: three
for high, two for medium, and one for low.
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The heated and cooled seats will be canceled after the
ignition is turned off. If you want to use the heated and
cooled seat feature after you restart your vehicle, you
will need to press the appropriate seat button again.
Memory Features
Your vehicle has the memory package.
The controls for this
feature are located on
the driver's door, and are
used to program and
recall memory settings for
the driver's seat, outside
mirrors, steering wheel
position, and the
adjustable throttle and
brake pedal feature,
if your vehicle has it.
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To save your positions in memory, do the following:
1. Adjust the driver's seat, including the seatback
recliner and lumbar, both outside mirrors, steering
wheel, and the throttle and brake pedals to a
comfortable position.
See Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors on
page 3‑43 and Adjustable Throttle and Brake
Pedal on page 3‑30 for more information.
Not all mirrors will have the ability to save and
recall the mirror positions.
2. Press and hold button 1 until two beeps let you
know that the position has been stored.
A second seating, mirror, steering wheel position, and
throttle and brake pedal position can be programmed by
repeating the above steps and pressing button 2.
To recall the memory positions, the vehicle must be in
P (Park). Press and release either button 1 or button 2
corresponding to the desired driving position. The seat,
outside mirrors, steering wheel position, and adjustable
throttle and brake pedals will move to the position
previously stored. You will hear a single beep.
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If you use the remote keyless entry transmitter to enter
your vehicle and the remote recall memory feature is
on, automatic seat, mirror, steering wheel position, and
adjustable pedal movement will occur. See “MEMORY
SEAT RECALL” under DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information.
To stop recall movement of the memory feature at any
time, press one of the power seat controls, memory
buttons, power mirror buttons, power tilt wheel control,
or adjustable pedal switch.
If something has blocked the driver’s seat and/or the
adjustable pedals while recalling a memory position,
the driver’s seat and/or the adjustable pedals recall may
stop working. If this happens, remove the obstruction
and press the appropriate function control for
two seconds. Then try recalling the memory position
again by pressing the appropriate memory button. If the
memory position is still not recalling, see your dealer for
service.
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Easy Exit Seat
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Power Reclining Seatbacks
The control for this feature is located on the driver’s
door between buttons 1 and 2.
With the vehicle in P (Park), the exit position can be
recalled by pressing the exit button. You will hear a
single beep. The driver’s seat will move back
approximately 8 cm (3 in). To move the seat back
further, press the exit button again until the seat is all
the way back.
If the easy exit seat feature is on in the Driver
Information Center (DIC), automatic seat movement will
occur when the key is removed from the ignition. See
“EASY EXIT SEAT” under DIC Vehicle Customization
on page 4‑58 for more information.
Further programming for the memory seat feature can
be done using the DIC. You can select the automatic
easy exit seat feature or the remote memory seat recall
feature.
For programming information, see DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58.
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Driver's Seat with Power Seat Control, Power
Recline, and Power Lumbar shown
The controls for the power reclining seatback are
located on the outboard side of the front seats behind
the power seat control.
.
To recline the seatback, tilt the top of the control
rearward.
.
To bring the seatback forward, tilt the top of the
control forward.
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{ WARNING:
Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is
in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle
up, your safety belts cannot do their job when you
are reclined like this.
The shoulder belt cannot do its job. In a crash,
you could go into it, receiving neck or other
injuries.
The lap belt cannot do its job either. In a crash the
belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt
forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones.
This could cause serious internal injuries.
For proper protection when the vehicle is in
motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well
back in the seat and wear your safety belt
properly.
Do not have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is
moving.
Your vehicle has a memory function which allows seat
settings to be saved and recalled. See Memory
Features on page 2‑6.
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Rear Seats
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The heated seats will be canceled ten seconds after the
ignition is turned off. If the vehicle is restarted, the
heated seat button will need to be pressed again to
restart the feature.
Heated Seats
The rear outboard seats
have the heated seat
feature. The buttons used
to control this feature are
located on the Rear Seat
Audio (RSA) panel.
60/40 Split Bench Seat
If your vehicle has a 60/40 split bench, the seat(s) can
be folded for additional cargo space or folded and
tumbled for easy entry and exit to the third row seats,
if your vehicle has them. These seats will have either
the manual fold and tumble feature or the automatic
seat release fold and tumble feature.
Manual Fold and Tumble Feature
Driver's Side RSA Heated
Seat Button Only shown
M (Heated Seat): To heat the seat cushion, press the
button with the heated seat symbol.
A heated seat symbol will be shown in the RSA display
to indicate that the feature is on. Press the button to
cycle through the temperature settings of high, medium,
and low, and to turn it off. Indicator bars next to the
symbol will designate the level of heat selected: three
for high, two for medium, and one for low.
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Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s)
To fold and tumble the seat:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
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2. Lift the lever, located on the outboard side of the
seat, to release the seatback.
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The seatback will fold forward automatically.
Leaving the seatback in this position creates a flat
load floor.
If the seatback cannot fold flat, try moving the front
seat forward and/or put the front seatback in the
upright position.
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3. Lift the same lever
again to release the
rear of the seat from
the floor. The seat will
tumble forward.
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Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s) from the
Third Row Seats
{ WARNING:
Using the third row seating position while the
second row is folded, or folded and tumbled, could
cause injury in a sudden stop or crash. Be sure to
return the seat to the passenger seating position.
Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is
locked into place.
To fold and tumble the seat from the third rows, if your
vehicle has them:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
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Automatic Seat Release Fold and
Tumble Feature
The transmission must be in (P) for this feature
to work.
{ WARNING:
Automatically folding and tumbling the seat when
someone is sitting in the seat, could cause injury
to the person sitting there. Always make sure
there is no one sitting in the seat before pressing
the automatic seat release button.
2. Lift the lever(s), located on the bottom rear of the
second row seat(s) on the inboard side, to release
the seatback. The seatback will fold forward.
3. Lift the same lever again to release the rear of the
seat from the floor. The seat will tumble forward
automatically.
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Folding and Tumbling the Second Row
Seat(s) from the Third Row Seats or
Outside
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2. Press the automatic
seat release button
located on the panel
behind the rear doors.
{ WARNING:
Using the third row seating position while the
second row is folded, or folded and tumbled, could
cause injury in a sudden stop or crash. Be sure to
return the seat to the passenger seating position.
Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is
locked into place.
To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats,
if your vehicle has them:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
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Driver's Side Rear Panel
Button shown
One press of the button automatically folds the
seatback flat and tumbles the seat forward. There
will be a slight delay between the folding of the
seatback and the tumbling of the seat.
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Returning the Seat(s) to the Sitting
Position
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To return the seat to the sitting position:
1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. The
seatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latched
to the floor.
{ WARNING:
If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push and
pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.
A safety belt that is improperly routed, not
properly attached, or twisted will not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The person wearing
the belt could be seriously injured. After raising
the rear seatback, always check to be sure that
the safety belts are properly routed and attached,
and are not twisted.
3. Make sure that the safety belt in the center seating
position is not caught between the two seats and is
not twisted.
Bucket Seats
If your vehicle has bucket seats, the seatbacks can be
reclined, the seats can be folded for additional cargo
space, or folded and tumbled for easy entry and exit to
the third row seats, if your vehicle has them. These
seats will have either the manual fold and tumble
feature or the automatic seat release fold and tumble
feature.
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Reclining Seatbacks
To recline the seatback, do the following:
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To return the seatback to an upright position, do the
following:
1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the
seatback and the seatback will return to the upright
position.
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If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
2. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is
locked.
1. Lift the lever located on the outboard side of
the seat.
2. Move the seatback to the desired position, then
release the lever to lock the seatback in place.
3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is
locked.
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Manual Fold and Tumble Feature
Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s)
To fold and tumble the seat, do the following:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
2. Lift the lever, located on the outboard side of the
seat, to release the seatback.
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3. Lift the lever again to
release the rear of the
seat from the floor. The
seat will tumble
forward.
The seatback will fold forward. Leaving the
seatback in this position creates a flat load floor.
If the seatback cannot fold flat, try moving the front
seat forward and/or put the front seatback in the
upright position.
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Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s) from the
Third Row Seats
{ WARNING:
Using the third row seating position while the
second row is folded, or folded and tumbled, could
cause injury in a sudden stop or crash. Be sure to
return the seat to the passenger seating position.
Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is
locked into place.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
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To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats,
if your vehicle has them:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
2. Lift the lever, located
on the bottom rear of
the second row seat on
the inboard side, to
release the seatback.
The seatback will fold
forward.
3. Lift the lever again to release the rear of the seat
from the floor. The seat will tumble forward.
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Automatic Seat Release Fold and
Tumble Feature
The transmission must be in (P) for this feature
to work.
{ WARNING:
Automatically folding and tumbling the seat when
someone is sitting in the seat, could cause injury
to the person sitting there. Always make sure
there is no one sitting in the seat before pressing
the automatic seat release button.
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Folding and Tumbling the Second Row
Seat(s) from the Third Row Seats or
Outside
{ WARNING:
Using the third row seating position while the
second row is folded, or folded and tumbled, could
cause injury in a sudden stop or crash. Be sure to
return the seat to the passenger seating position.
Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is
locked into place.
To fold and tumble the seat from the third row seats,
if your vehicle has them, do the following:
1. Make sure that there is nothing under, in front of,
or on the seat.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
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2. Press the automatic
seat release button
located on the panel
behind the rear doors.
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Returning the Seat(s) to the Sitting
Position
To return the seat to the sitting position, do the
following:
1. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. The
seatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latched
to the floor.
{ WARNING:
Driver's Side Rear Panel
Button shown
One press of the button automatically folds the
seatback flat and tumbles the seat forward. There
will be a slight delay between the folding of the
seatback and the tumbling of the seat.
If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
2. Lift the seatback and push it rearward. Push and
pull on the seatback to make sure it is locked.
Third Row Seat
If the vehicle has a third row seat, the seatback(s) can
be folded and the entire seat can be tumbled,
or removed from the vehicle.
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Folding the Seatback(s)
Notice: Folding a rear seat with the safety belts still
fastened may cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed position before
folding a rear seat.
To fold the seatback, do the following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for
the seat.
2. Remove all items on the seat cushion.
3. Lift the release lever,
located on the bottom
rear of the seatback on
the outboard side of
the seat, and the
seatback will fold
forward.
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Returning the Seatback(s) to the
Upright Position
To return the seatback to the upright position, do the
following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for
the seat.
2. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into the
upright position.
{ WARNING:
If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
3. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is
locked.
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Tumbling the Third Row Seat
5. Lift the rear of the seat up from the floor.
The seat can be tumbled forward for additional cargo
space.
6. Tilt the seat fully forward to lock it into place.
To tumble the seat, do the following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for
the seat.
2. Make sure the head rests are completely lowered,
there is nothing under, in front of, or on the seat.
3. Fold the seatbacks forward using the instructions
previously listed under “Folding the Seatbacks”.
You will not be able to unlatch the seat from the
floor unless the seatback is folded down.
4. Unlatch the seat from
the floor by lifting the
lever located next to
the carrying handle on
the rear of the seat
near the bottom.
7. Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is locked.
Put the seat in this position only when necessary for
additional cargo space.
Returning the Third Row Seat from a
Tumbled Position
To return the seat to the normal seating position, do the
following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for
the seat.
2. Make sure there is nothing that could become
trapped under the seat.
3. Release the seat from the tumbled position by
lifting the lever located next to the carrying handle
at the bottom rear of the seat.
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4. Pull the seat down until it latches to the floor. The
seatback cannot be raised if the seat is not latched
to the floor.
5. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into the
upright position.
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If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
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Removing the Third Row Seat
To remove the seat, do the following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the controls for
the seat.
2. Fold the seatback forward using the instructions
listed under “Folding the Seatbacks” previously.
The seat cannot be removed unless the seatback
is folded.
3. Unlatch the seat from
the floor by pulling the
carrying handle,
located at the rear of
the seat, rearward.
6. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is
locked.
4. Roll the seat out of the vehicle. There is a track in
the floor to guide the seat wheels out of the
vehicle.
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Installing the Third Row Seat
To install the seat, do the following:
1. Open the liftgate to access the rear of the vehicle.
2. Slide the front outboard seat wheels into the track
on the floor and roll the seat forward. The front
latches should lock into place. If the latches do not
lock, try tilting the rear of the seat upward slightly.
3. Lower the rear of the seat and push down on the
seat to engage the rear floor latches.
{ WARNING:
A seat that is not locked into place properly can
move around in a collision or sudden stop. People
in the vehicle could be injured. Be sure to lock the
seat into place properly when installing it.
4. Push and pull on the seat to make sure it is locked
into place. The seatback cannot be raised to the
upright position unless the seat is secured to the
floor.
5. Pull up on the seatback until it locks into the
upright position.
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{ WARNING:
If either seatback is not locked, it could move
forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could
cause injury to the person sitting there. Always
push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they
are locked.
6. Push and pull on the seatback to make sure it is
locked.
{ WARNING:
A safety belt that is improperly routed, not
properly attached, or twisted will not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The person wearing
the belt could be seriously injured. After raising
the rear seatback, always check to be sure that
the safety belts are properly routed and attached,
and are not twisted.
7. Make sure the safety belts are returned to the
original position over the seatbacks.
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Safety Belts
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Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone
This section of the manual describes how to use safety
belts properly. It also describes some things not to do
with safety belts.
{ WARNING:
Do not let anyone ride where a safety belt cannot
be worn properly. In a crash, if you or your
passenger(s) are not wearing safety belts, the
injuries can be much worse. You can hit things
inside the vehicle harder or be ejected from the
vehicle. You and your passenger(s) can be
seriously injured or killed. In the same crash, you
might not be, if you are buckled up. Always fasten
your safety belt, and check that your passenger(s)
are restrained properly too.
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It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision,
people riding in these areas are more likely to be
seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to
ride in any area of your vehicle that is not
equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure
everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a
safety belt properly.
This vehicle has indicators as a reminder to buckle the
safety belts. See Safety Belt Reminders on page 4‑29
for additional information.
In most states and in all Canadian provinces, the law
requires wearing safety belts. Here is why:
You never know if you will be in a crash. If you do have
a crash, you do not know if it will be a serious one.
A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so
serious that even buckled up, a person would not
survive. But most crashes are in between. In many of
them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes
walk away. Without safety belts, they could have been
badly hurt or killed.
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After more than 40 years of safety belts in vehicles,
the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does
matter ... a lot!
Why Safety Belts Work
When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as
it goes.
Put someone on it.
Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it is just a seat on
wheels.
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Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider
does not stop.
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The person keeps going until stopped by something. In
a real vehicle, it could be the windshield...
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or the instrument panel...
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or the safety belts!
With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does.
You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance,
and your strongest bones take the forces. That is why
safety belts make such good sense.
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Questions and Answers About Safety
Belts
Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle after a crash if I
am wearing a safety belt?
A: You could be — whether you are wearing a safety
belt or not. But your chance of being conscious
during and after an accident, so you can unbuckle
and get out, is much greater if you are belted. And
you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you are
upside down.
Q: If my vehicle has airbags, why should I have to
wear safety belts?
A: Airbags are supplemental systems only; so they
work with safety belts — not instead of them.
Whether or not an airbag is provided, all occupants
still have to buckle up to get the most protection.
That is true not only in frontal collisions, but
especially in side and other collisions.
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Q: If I am a good driver, and I never drive far from
home, why should I wear safety belts?
A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in a
crash — even one that is not your fault — you and
your passenger(s) can be hurt. Being a good driver
does not protect you from things beyond your
control, such as bad drivers.
Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) of
home. And the greatest number of serious injuries
and deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph
(65 km/h).
Safety belts are for everyone.
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
This section is only for people of adult size.
Be aware that there are special things to know about
safety belts and children. And there are different rules
for smaller children and infants. If a child will be riding in
the vehicle, see Older Children on page 2‑49 or Infants
and Young Children on page 2‑52. Follow those rules
for everyone's protection.
It is very important for all occupants to buckle up.
Statistics show that unbelted people are hurt more often
in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts.
Occupants who are not buckled up can be thrown out of
the vehicle in a crash. And they can strike others in the
vehicle who are wearing safety belts.
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First, before you or your passenger(s) wear a safety
belt, there is important information you should know.
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crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones and
you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt.
If you slid under it, the belt would apply force on your
abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal
injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder
and across the chest. These parts of the body are best
able to take belt restraining forces.
The shoulder belt locks if there is a sudden stop or
crash.
Sit up straight and always keep your feet on the floor in
front of you. The lap part of the belt should be worn low
and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a
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Q: What is wrong with this?
{ WARNING:
You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is
too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too
much, which could increase injury. The shoulder
belt should fit snugly against your body.
A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give as
much protection this way.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
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You can be seriously hurt if your lap belt is too
loose. In a crash, you could slide under the lap
belt and apply force on your abdomen. This could
cause serious or even fatal injuries. The lap belt
should be worn low and snug on the hips, just
touching the thighs.
A: The lap belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as
much protection this way.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
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You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled
in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt
would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces
would be there, not on the pelvic bones. This
could cause serious internal injuries. Always
buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.
A: The belt is buckled in the wrong buckle.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
{ WARNING:
You can be seriously injured if your belt goes over
an armrest like this. The belt would be much too
high. In a crash, you can slide under the belt. The
belt force would then be applied on the abdomen,
not on the pelvic bones, and that could cause
serious or fatal injuries. Be sure the belt goes
under the armrests.
A: The belt is over an armrest.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
{ WARNING:
You can be seriously injured if you wear the
shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your
body would move too far forward, which would
increase the chance of head and neck injury.
Also, the belt would apply too much force to the
ribs, which are not as strong as shoulder bones.
You could also severely injure internal organs like
your liver or spleen. The shoulder belt should go
over the shoulder and across the chest.
A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should
be worn over the shoulder at all times.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
{ WARNING:
You can be seriously injured by not wearing the
lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, you would
not be restrained by the shoulder belt. Your body
could move too far forward increasing the chance
of head and neck injury. You might also slide
under the lap belt. The belt force would then be
applied right on the abdomen. That could cause
serious or fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should
go over the shoulder and across the chest.
A: The belt is behind the body.
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Q: What is wrong with this?
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You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a
crash, you would not have the full width of the belt
to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make
it straight so it can work properly, or ask your
dealer to fix it.
A: The belt is twisted across the body.
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Lap-Shoulder Belt
All seating positions in the vehicle have a lap-shoulder
belt except for the center front passenger position,
if equipped, which has a lap belt. See Lap Belt on
page 2‑47 for more information.
The lap‐shoulder belts for the first and second row
seating positions are equipped with free‐falling latch
plates. If the vehicle has a third row, the lap‐shoulder
belts have either free‐falling or cinching latch plates.
Use the following pictures to determine the latch plate
style:
Cinching Latch Plate
The following instructions explain how to wear a
lap-shoulder belt properly.
1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is adjustable, so you
can sit up straight. To see how, see “Seats” in the
Index.
2. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you.
Do not let it get twisted.
Free-Falling Latch Plate
The lap-shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt
across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt
go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt
across you more slowly.
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If the shoulder portion of a passenger belt with a
free‐falling latch plate is pulled out all the way, the
child restraint locking feature may be engaged.
If this happens, let the belt go back all the way and
start again.
Engaging the child restraint locking feature in the
right front seating position may affect the
passenger sensing system, if equipped. See
Passenger Sensing System on page 2‑84 for
more information.
If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, for
lap‐shoulder belts with cinching latch plates, tilt the
latch plate and keep pulling the safety belt until it
can be buckled.
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4. If equipped with a shoulder belt height adjuster,
move it to the height that is right for you. See
“Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment” later in this
section for instructions on use and important safety
information.
3. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.
If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into
the buckle, see if you are using the correct buckle.
Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure.
If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt
Extender on page 2‑48.
Position the release button on the buckle so that
the safety belt could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.
5. To make the lap part tight, pull up on the
shoulder belt.
It may be necessary to pull stitching on the safety
belt through the latch plate to fully tighten the lap
belt on smaller occupants.
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Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster
The vehicle has a shoulder belt height adjuster for the
driver and right front passenger positions.
Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt
is centered on the shoulder. The belt should be away
from the face and neck, but not falling off the shoulder.
Improper shoulder belt height adjustment could reduce
the effectiveness of the safety belt in a crash.
Squeeze the buttons (A)
on the sides of the height
adjuster and move the
height adjuster to the
desired position.
To unlatch the belt, push the button on the buckle. The
belt should return to its stowed position.
Before a door is closed, be sure the safety belt is out of
the way. If a door is slammed against a safety belt,
damage can occur to both the belt and the vehicle.
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The adjuster can be moved up just by pushing up on
the shoulder belt guide.
After the adjuster is set to the desired position, try to
move it down without squeezing the buttons to make
sure it has locked into position.
Safety Belt Pretensioners
This vehicle has safety belt pretensioners for front
outboard occupants. Although the safety belt
pretensioners cannot be seen, they are part of the
safety belt assembly. They can help tighten the safety
belts during the early stages of a moderate to severe
frontal, near frontal, or rear crash if the threshold
conditions for pretensioner activation are met. And,
if the vehicle has side impact airbags, safety belt
pretensioners can help tighten the safety belts in a side
crash or a rollover event.
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Pretensioners work only once. If the pretensioners
activate in a crash, they will need to be replaced, and
probably other new parts for the vehicle's safety belt
system. See Replacing Restraint System Parts After a
Crash on page 2‑92.
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides
This vehicle may have rear shoulder belt comfort
guides. If not, they are available through your dealer.
The guides may provide added safety belt comfort for
older children who have outgrown booster seats and for
some adults. When installed and properly adjusted, the
comfort guide positions the belt away from the neck
and head.
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There is one guide, if equipped, for each outside
passenger position in the second row seat and the third
row, if the vehicle has one. Here is how to install a
comfort guide to the safety belt:
Third Row
If your vehicle has a third row, remove the guide
from its storage pocket on the side of the seat.
Second Row
1. For the second row, remove the guide from its
storage clip on the interior body.
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2. Place the guide over the belt, and insert the two
edges of the belt into the slots of the guide.
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3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat.
The elastic cord must be under the belt and the
guide on top.
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{ WARNING:
A safety belt that is not properly worn may not
provide the protection needed in a crash. The
person wearing the belt could be seriously injured.
The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and
across the chest. These parts of the body are best
able to take belt restraining forces.
4. Buckle, position, and release the safety belt as
described previously in this section. Make sure that
the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder.
To remove and store the comfort guide, squeeze the
belt edges together so that the safety belt can be
removed from the guide. Slide the guide into its storage
clip on the interior body or storage pocket on the side of
the seat.
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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
Lap Belt
Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant
women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be
seriously injured if they do not wear safety belts.
This part is only for the lap belt. To learn how to wear a
lap-shoulder belt, see Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 2‑39.
A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and
the lap portion should be worn as low as possible,
below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy.
The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the
mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it is more
likely that the fetus will not be hurt in a crash. For
pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making
safety belts effective is wearing them properly.
The vehicle may have a center seating position. When
you sit in the center front seating position, you have a
lap safety belt, which has no retractor.
To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull it
along the belt.
Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap
part of a lap-shoulder belt.
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Safety Belt Extender
If the vehicle's safety belt will fasten around you, you
should use it.
But if a safety belt is not long enough, your dealer will
order you an extender. When you go in to order it, take
the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be
long enough for you. To help avoid personal injury, do
not let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat
it is made to fit. The extender has been designed for
adults. Never use it for securing child seats. To wear it,
attach it to the regular safety belt. For more information,
see the instruction sheet that comes with the extender.
To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until
the belt is snug.
If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender
on page 2‑48.
Make sure the release button on the buckle is
positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety
belt quickly if necessary.
If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into the
buckle, see if you are using the correct buckle. Be sure
that the latch plate clicks when inserted into the buckle.
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Child Restraints
Older Children
Older children who have outgrown booster seats should
wear the vehicle's safety belts.
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The manufacturer's instructions that come with the
booster seat, state the weight and height limitations for
that booster. Use a booster seat with a lap-shoulder belt
until the child passes the below fit test:
.
Sit all the way back on the seat. Do the knees
bend at the seat edge? If yes, continue. If no,
return to the booster seat.
.
Buckle the lap-shoulder belt. Does the shoulder
belt rest on the shoulder? If yes, continue. If no, try
using the rear safety belt comfort guide. See “Rear
Safety Belt Comfort Guides” under Lap-Shoulder
Belt on page 2‑39 for more information. If the
shoulder belt still does not rest on the shoulder,
then return to the booster seat.
.
Does the lap belt fit low and snug on the hips,
touching the thighs? If yes, continue. If no, return
to the booster seat.
.
Can proper safety belt fit be maintained for length
of trip? If yes, continue. If no, return to the
booster seat.
If you have the choice, a child should sit in a position
with a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint
a shoulder belt can provide.
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Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts?
A: An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and
get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can
provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face
or neck. The lap belt should fit snugly below the
hips, just touching the top of the thighs. This applies
belt force to the child's pelvic bones in a crash.
It should never be worn over the abdomen, which
could cause severe or even fatal internal injuries in
a crash.
Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides” under
Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 2‑39.
According to accident statistics, children and infants are
safer when properly restrained in the rear seating
positions than in the front seating positions.
In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike
other people who are buckled up, or can be thrown out
of the vehicle. Older children need to use safety belts
properly.
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Never do this.
Never allow two children to wear the same safety
belt. The safety belt can not properly spread the
impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be
crushed together and seriously injured. A safety
belt must be used by only one person at a time.
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{ WARNING:
Never do this.
Never allow a child to wear the safety belt with the
shoulder belt behind their back. A child can be
seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder
belt properly. In a crash, the child would not be
restrained by the shoulder belt. The child could
move too far forward increasing the chance of
head and neck injury. The child might also slide
under the lap belt. The belt force would then be
applied right on the abdomen. That could cause
serious or fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should
go over the shoulder and across the chest.
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Infants and Young Children
Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! This includes
infants and all other children. Neither the distance
traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes
the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact,
the law in every state in the United States and in every
Canadian province says children up to some age must
be restrained while in a vehicle.
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Airbags plus lap‐shoulder belts offer protection for
adults and older children, but not for young children and
infants. Neither the vehicle's safety belt system nor its
airbag system is designed for them. Every time infants
and young children ride in vehicles, they should have
the protection provided by appropriate child restraints.
Children who are not restrained properly can strike
other people, or can be thrown out of the vehicle.
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{ WARNING:
Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a
shoulder belt is wrapped around their neck and
the safety belt continues to tighten. Never leave
children unattended in a vehicle and never allow
children to play with the safety belts.
Never do this.
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Never hold an infant or a child while riding in a
vehicle. Due to crash forces, an infant or a child
will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it
during a crash. For example, in a crash at only
40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb) infant will
suddenly become a 110 kg (240 lb) force on a
person's arms. An infant should be secured in an
appropriate restraint.
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WARNING: (Continued)
If you must secure a forward-facing child restraint
in the right front seat, always move the front
passenger seat as far back as it will go.
{ WARNING:
Never do this.
Children who are up against, or very close to, any
airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or
killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in
the right front seat. Secure a rear-facing child
restraint in a rear seat. It is also better to secure
a forward-facing child restraint in a rear seat.
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Q: What are the different types of add-on child
restraints?
A: Add-on child restraints, which are purchased by the
vehicle's owner, are available in four basic types.
Selection of a particular restraint should take into
consideration not only the child's weight, height, and
age but also whether or not the restraint will be
compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will
be used.
For most basic types of child restraints, there are
many different models available. When purchasing a
child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a
motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label
saying that it meets federal motor vehicle safety
standards.
The restraint manufacturer's instructions that come
with the restraint state the weight and height
limitations for a particular child restraint. In addition,
there are many kinds of restraints available for
children with special needs.
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{ WARNING:
To reduce the risk of neck and head injury during
a crash, infants need complete support. This is
because an infant's neck is not fully developed
and its head weighs so much compared with the
rest of its body. In a crash, an infant in a
rear-facing child restraint settles into the restraint,
so the crash forces can be distributed across the
strongest part of an infant's body, the back and
shoulders. Infants should always be secured in
rear-facing child restraints.
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A young child's hip bones are still so small that
the vehicle's regular safety belt may not remain
low on the hip bones, as it should. Instead, it may
settle up around the child's abdomen. In a crash,
the belt would apply force on a body area that is
unprotected by any bony structure. This alone
could cause serious or fatal injuries. To reduce the
risk of serious or fatal injuries during a crash,
young children should always be secured in
appropriate child restraints.
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Child Restraint Systems
A rear-facing infant
seat (A) provides restraint
with the seating surface
against the back of the
infant.
The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a
crash, acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint.
A forward-facing child
seat (B) provides restraint
for the child's body with
the harness.
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Securing an Add-On Child Restraint in
the Vehicle
{ WARNING:
A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash
if the child restraint is not properly secured in the
vehicle. Secure the child restraint properly in the
vehicle using the vehicle's safety belt or LATCH
system, following the instructions that came with
that child restraint and the instructions in this
manual.
A booster seat (C-D) is a child restraint designed to
improve the fit of the vehicle's safety belt system.
A booster seat can also help a child to see out the
window.
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To help reduce the chance of injury, the child restraint
must be secured in the vehicle. Child restraint systems
must be secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or the lap
belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt, or by the LATCH
system. See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH) on page 2‑59 for more information. A child
can be endangered in a crash if the child restraint is not
properly secured in the vehicle.
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When securing an add-on child restraint, refer to the
instructions that come with the restraint which may be
on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both, and to this
manual. The child restraint instructions are important,
so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy
from the manufacturer.
Where to Put the Restraint
Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can
move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure
people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any
child restraint in the vehicle — even when no child is
in it.
We recommend that children and child restraints be
secured in a rear seat, including: an infant or a child
riding in a rear-facing child restraint; a child riding in a
forward-facing child seat; an older child riding in a
booster seat; and children, who are large enough, using
safety belts.
Securing the Child Within the Child
Restraint
According to accident statistics, children and infants are
safer when properly restrained in a child restraint
system or infant restraint system secured in a rear
seating position.
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A child can be seriously injured or killed in a crash
if the child is not properly secured in the child
restraint. Secure the child properly following the
instructions that came with that child restraint.
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A label on your sun visor says, “Never put a rear-facing
child seat in the front.” This is because the risk to the
rear-facing child is so great, if the airbag deploys.
{ WARNING:
A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be
seriously injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is because the
back of the rear-facing child restraint would be
very close to the inflating airbag. A child in a
forward-facing child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front passenger airbag
inflates and the passenger seat is in a forward
position.
The vehicle may have a passenger sensing
system which is designed to turn off the right front
passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions.
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WARNING: (Continued)
Even if the passenger sensing system,
if equipped, has turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, no system is fail-safe.
No one can guarantee that an airbag will not
deploy under some unusual circumstance, even
though it is turned off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints in a rear seat,
even if the airbag is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat,
always move the front passenger seat as far back
as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint
in a rear seat.
See Passenger Sensing System on page 2‑84
for additional information.
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Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH)
A child in a child restraint in the center front seat
can be badly injured or killed by the frontal
airbags if they inflate. Never secure a child
restraint in the center front seat. It is always better
to secure a child restraint in a rear seat.
The LATCH system holds a child restraint during
driving or in a crash. This system is designed to make
installation of a child restraint easier. The LATCH
system uses anchors in the vehicle and attachments on
the child restraint that are made for use with the LATCH
system.
Do not use child restraints in the center front seat
position.
When securing a child restraint in a rear seating
position, study the instructions that came with your child
restraint to make sure it is compatible with this vehicle.
Wherever a child restraint is installed, be sure to secure
the child restraint properly.
Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can
move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure
people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any
child restraint in your vehicle — even when no child is
in it.
Make sure that a LATCH-compatible child restraint is
properly installed using the anchors, or use the vehicle's
safety belts to secure the restraint, following the
instructions that came with that restraint, and also the
instructions in this manual. When installing a child
restraint with a top tether, you must also use either the
lower anchors or the safety belts to properly secure the
child restraint. A child restraint must never be attached
using only the top tether and anchor.
In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you
need a child restraint that has LATCH attachments.
The child restraint manufacturer will provide you with
instructions on how to use the child restraint and its
attachments. The following explains how to attach a
child restraint with these attachments in your vehicle.
Not all vehicle seating positions or child restraints have
lower anchors and attachments or top tether anchors
and attachments.
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Lower Anchors
Top Tether Anchor
Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into the vehicle.
There are two lower anchors for each LATCH seating
position that will accommodate a child restraint with
lower attachments (B).
A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the child restraint
to the vehicle. A top tether anchor is built into the
vehicle. The top tether attachment (B) on the child
restraint connects to the top tether anchor in the vehicle
in order to reduce the forward movement and rotation of
the child restraint during driving or in a crash.
Your child restraint may have a single tether (A) or a
dual tether (C). Either will have a single attachment (B)
to secure the top tether to the anchor.
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j (Lower Anchor):
Seating positions with two
lower anchors.
Some child restraints with top tethers are designed for
use with or without the top tether being attached. Others
require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada,
the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be attached. Be sure to
read and follow the instructions for your child restraint.
i (Top Tether Anchor):
Seating positions with top
tether anchors.
If the child restraint does not have a top tether, one can
be obtained, in kit form, for many child restraints. Ask
the child restraint manufacturer whether or not a kit is
available.
Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor
Locations
Second Row — Bucket
i (Top Tether Anchor):
j (Lower Anchor):
Seating positions with top
tether anchors. There is
one top tether anchor that
can be used for either the
third row center or driver
side seating position but
not both at the same time.
Seating positions with two
lower anchors.
i (Top Tether Anchor):
Seating positions with top
tether anchors.
Second Row — 60/40
Third Row — Three
Passenger
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For models with a three passenger third row seat, see
the information following for installing a child restraint
with a top tether in the third row, if your vehicle has one.
Never install two top tethers using the same top tether
anchor.
For models with 60/40 second row seating, the rear
right side passenger and center seating positions have
exposed metal anchors located in the crease between
the seatback and the seat cushion.
For models with second row bucket seats, both rear
seating positions have exposed metal anchors located
in the crease between the seatback and the seat
cushion.
Second Row Seat — Bucket
For models with bucket second row seating, the top
tether anchors are located at the bottom rear of the seat
cushion for each seating position in the second row. Be
sure to use an anchor located on the same side of the
vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint
will be placed.
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Second Row Seat — 60/40
Third Row Seat — Three Passenger
For models with 60/40 second row seating, the top
tether anchors are located at the bottom rear of the seat
cushion for each seating position in the second row. Be
sure to use an anchor located on the same side of the
vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint
will be placed.
For vehicles with a three passenger third row seat,
there is one top tether anchor located at the bottom rear
of the seat cushion that can be used for either the third
row center or driver side seating position. Never install
two top tethers using the same top tether anchor.
Do not secure a child restraint in a position without a
top tether anchor if a national or local law requires that
the top tether be attached, or if the instructions that
come with the child restraint say that the top tether must
be attached.
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According to accident statistics, children and infants are
safer when properly restrained in a child restraint
system or infant restraint system secured in a rear
seating position. See Where to Put the Restraint on
page 2‑57.
Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the
LATCH System
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If a LATCH-type child restraint is not attached to
anchors, the child restraint will not be able to
protect the child correctly. In a crash, the child
could be seriously injured or killed. Install a
LATCH-type child restraint properly using the
anchors, or use the vehicle's safety belts to
secure the restraint, following the instructions that
came with the child restraint and the instructions
in this manual.
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{ WARNING:
Do not attach more than one child restraint to a
single anchor. Attaching more than one child
restraint to a single anchor could cause the
anchor or attachment to come loose or even
break during a crash. A child or others could be
injured. To reduce the risk of serious or fatal
injuries during a crash, attach only one child
restraint per anchor.
{ WARNING:
Children can be seriously injured or strangled if a
shoulder belt is wrapped around their neck and
the safety belt continues to tighten. Buckle any
unused safety belts behind the child restraint so
children cannot reach them. Pull the shoulder belt
all the way out of the retractor to set the lock,
if your vehicle has one, after the child restraint
has been installed.
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Notice: Do not let the LATCH attachments rub
against the vehicle’s safety belts. This may damage
these parts. If necessary, move buckled safety belts
to avoid rubbing the LATCH attachments.
Do not fold the empty rear seat with a safety belt
buckled. This could damage the safety belt or the
seat. Unbuckle and return the safety belt to its
stowed position, before folding the seat.
1. Attach and tighten the lower attachments to the
lower anchors. If the child restraint does not have
lower attachments or the desired seating position
does not have lower anchors, secure the child
restraint with the top tether and the safety belts.
Refer to your child restraint manufacturer
instructions and the instructions in this manual.
1. 1. Find the lower anchors for the desired
seating position.
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2. If the child restraint manufacturer recommends that
the top tether be attached, attach and tighten the
top tether to the top tether anchor, if the vehicle
has one. Refer to the child restraint instructions
and the following steps:
2. 1. Find the top tether anchor.
2. 2. Route, attach and tighten the top tether
according to your child restraint instructions
and the following instructions:
If the position you are
using does not have a
headrest or head restraint
and you are using a
single tether, route the
tether over the seatback.
1. 2. Put the child restraint on the seat.
1. 3. Attach and tighten the lower attachments on
the child restraint to the lower anchors.
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If the position you are
using does not have a
headrest or head restraint
and you are using a dual
tether, route the tether
over the seatback.
If the position you are
using has an adjustable
headrest or head restraint
and you are using a dual
tether, route the tether
around the headrest or
head restraint.
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If the position you are
using has an adjustable
headrest or head restraint
and you are using a
single tether, raise the
headrest or head restraint
and route the tether under
the headrest or head
restraint and in between
the headrest or head
restraint posts.
3. Push and pull the child restraint in different
directions to be sure it is secure.
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Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear
Seat Position
In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child
restraints have a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.
When securing a child restraint in a rear seating
position, study the instructions that came with the child
restraint to make sure it is compatible with this vehicle.
If the child restraint does not have the LATCH system,
you will be using the safety belt to secure the child
restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the
instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure
the child in the child restraint when and as the
instructions say.
If the child restraint has the LATCH system, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on
page 2‑59 for how and where to install the child
restraint using LATCH. If a child restraint is secured in
the vehicle using a safety belt and it uses a top tether,
see Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
on page 2‑59 for top tether anchor locations.
Do not secure a child seat in a position without a top
tether anchor if a national or local law requires that the
top tether be anchored, or if the instructions that come
with the child restraint say that the top strap must be
anchored.
If more than one child restraint needs to be installed in
the rear seat, be sure to read Where to Put the
Restraint on page 2‑57.
The vehicle's lap‐shoulder belts for the first and second
row seating positions are equipped with free‐falling latch
plates. If the vehicle has a third row, the lap‐shoulder
belts have either free‐falling or cinching latch plates.
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Use the following pictures to determine the latch plate
style:
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1. Put the child restraint on the seat.
2. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and
shoulder portions of the vehicle's safety belt
through or around the restraint. The child restraint
instructions will show you how.
Free‐Falling Latch Plate
For third row seating positions, with cinching latch
plates, tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if
needed.
Cinching Latch Plate
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3. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.
Position the release button on the buckle so that
the safety belt could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.
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4. For passenger seating positions with a
lap‐shoulder belt and a free‐falling latch plate,
pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of
the retractor to set the lock. When installing a child
restraint using a lap‐shoulder belt and a cinching
latch plate, skip Step 4 and proceed to Step 5.
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6. If the child restraint has a top tether, follow the
child restraint manufacturer's instructions regarding
the use of the top tether. See Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 2‑59 for
more information.
7. Push and pull the child restraint in different
directions to be sure it is secure.
To remove the child restraint, unbuckle the vehicle
safety belt and let it return to the stowed position. If the
top tether is attached to a top tether anchor,
disconnect it.
Securing a Child Restraint in the
Center Front Seat Position
5. To tighten the belt, push down on the child
restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the
shoulder belt back into the retractor. When
installing a forward-facing child restraint, it may be
helpful to use your knee to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
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A child in a child restraint in the center front seat
can be badly injured or killed by the frontal
airbags if they inflate. Never secure a child
restraint in the center front seat. It is always better
to secure a child restraint in a rear seat.
Do not use child restraints in the center front seat
position.
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Securing a Child Restraint in the
Right Front Seat Position
This vehicle has airbags. A rear seat is a safer place to
secure a forward-facing child restraint. See Where to
Put the Restraint on page 2‑57.
In addition, the vehicle may have a passenger sensing
system which is designed to turn off the right front
passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions. See
Passenger Sensing System on page 2‑84 and
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 4‑31 for
more information, including important safety information.
A label on the sun visor says, “Never put a rear-facing
child seat in the front.” This is because the risk to the
rear-facing child is so great, if the airbag deploys.
{ WARNING:
A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be
seriously injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is because the
back of the rear-facing child restraint would be
very close to the inflating airbag. A child in a
forward-facing child restraint can be seriously
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injured or killed if the right front passenger airbag
inflates and the passenger seat is in a forward
position.
The vehicle may have a passenger sensing
system which is designed to turn off the right front
passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions.
Even if the passenger sensing system,
if equipped, has turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, no system is fail-safe.
No one can guarantee that an airbag will not
deploy under some unusual circumstance, even
though it is turned off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints in a rear seat,
even if the airbag is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat,
always move the front passenger seat as far back
as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint
in a rear seat.
See Passenger Sensing System on page 2‑84
for additional information.
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If the child restraint has the LATCH system, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on
page 2‑59 for how and where to install the child
restraint using LATCH. If a child restraint is secured
using a safety belt and it uses a top tether, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on
page 2‑59 for top tether anchor locations.
Do not secure a child seat in a position without a top
tether anchor if a national or local law requires that the
top tether be anchored, or if the instructions that come
with the child restraint say that the top strap must be
anchored.
In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child
restraints have a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.
You will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the
child restraint in this position. Follow the instructions
that came with the child restraint.
1. Move the seat as far back as it will go before
securing the forward-facing child restraint.
2. Put the child restraint on the seat.
3. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and
shoulder portions of the vehicle's safety belt
through or around the restraint. The child restraint
instructions will show you how.
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4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.
Position the release button on the buckle so that
the safety belt could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.
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5. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of
the retractor to set the lock.
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6. To tighten the belt, push down on the child
restraint, pull the shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt and feed the
shoulder belt back into the retractor. When
installing a forward-facing child restraint, it may be
helpful to use your knee to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
7. Push and pull the child restraint in different
directions to be sure it is secure.
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If the vehicle is equipped with the passenger sensing
system, and when the passenger sensing system has
turned off the right front passenger frontal airbag, the off
indicator in the passenger airbag status indicator should
light and stay lit when you start the vehicle. See
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 4‑31.
If a child restraint has been installed and the on
indicator is lit, see “If the On Indicator is Lit for a Child
Restraint” under Passenger Sensing System on
page 2‑84 for more information.
To remove the child restraint, unbuckle the vehicle
safety belt and let it return to the stowed position.
Airbag System
The vehicle has the following airbags:
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A frontal airbag for the driver.
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A frontal airbag for the right front passenger.
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A roof-rail airbag for the driver and passenger
directly behind the driver.
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A roof-rail airbag for the right front passenger and
the person seated directly behind that passenger.
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The vehicle may have the following airbags:
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A seat‐mounted side impact airbag for the driver.
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A seat‐mounted side impact airbag for the right
front passenger.
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If the vehicle has a third row seat, it will have a
third row roof-rail airbag.
All of the airbags in the vehicle will have the word
AIRBAG embossed in the trim or on an attached label
near the deployment opening.
For frontal airbags, the word AIRBAG will appear on the
middle part of the steering wheel for the driver and on
the instrument panel for the right front passenger.
With seat‐mounted side impact airbags, the word
AIRBAG will appear on the side of the seatback closest
to the door.
With roof-rail airbags, the word AIRBAG will appear
along the headliner or trim.
Airbags are designed to supplement the protection
provided by safety belts. Even though today's airbags
are also designed to help reduce the risk of injury from
the force of an inflating bag, all airbags must inflate very
quickly to do their job.
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Here are the most important things to know about the
airbag system:
{ WARNING:
You can be severely injured or killed in a crash if
you are not wearing your safety belt — even if you
have airbags. Airbags are designed to work with
safety belts, but do not replace them. Also,
airbags are not designed to deploy in every crash.
In some crashes safety belts are your only
restraint. See When Should an Airbag Inflate? on
page 2‑80.
Wearing your safety belt during a crash helps
reduce your chance of hitting things inside the
vehicle or being ejected from it. Airbags are
“supplemental restraints” to the safety belts.
Everyone in your vehicle should wear a safety belt
properly — whether or not there is an airbag for
that person.
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{ WARNING:
Airbags inflate with great force, faster than the
blink of an eye. Anyone who is up against, or very
close to, any airbag when it inflates can be
seriously injured or killed. Do not sit unnecessarily
close to the airbag, as you would be if you were
sitting on the edge of your seat or leaning forward.
Safety belts help keep you in position before and
during a crash. Always wear your safety belt,
even with airbags. The driver should sit as far
back as possible while still maintaining control of
the vehicle.
Occupants should not lean on or sleep against the
door or side windows in seating positions with
seat-mounted side impact airbags and/or roof-rail
airbags.
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{ WARNING:
Children who are up against, or very close to, any
airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or
killed. Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer
protection for adults and older children, but not for
young children and infants. Neither the vehicle's
safety belt system nor its airbag system is
designed for them. Young children and infants
need the protection that a child restraint system
can provide. Always secure children properly in
your vehicle. To read how, see Older Children on
page 2‑49 or Infants and Young Children on
page 2‑52.
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There is an airbag
readiness light on the
instrument panel cluster,
which shows the airbag
symbol.
The system checks the airbag electrical system for
malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical
problem. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 4‑30 for
more information.
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Where Are the Airbags?
The driver's frontal airbag is in the middle of the
steering wheel.
The right front passenger's frontal airbag is in the
instrument panel on the passenger's side.
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Driver Side Shown, Passenger Side Similar
Driver Side shown, Passenger Side similar
If the vehicle has seat‐mounted side impact airbags for
the driver and right front passenger, they are in the side
of the seatbacks closest to the door.
The roof-rail airbags for the driver, right front passenger,
and second row outboard passengers are in the ceiling
above the side windows.
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{ WARNING:
If something is between an occupant and an
airbag, the airbag might not inflate properly or it
might force the object into that person causing
severe injury or even death. The path of an
inflating airbag must be kept clear. Do not put
anything between an occupant and an airbag, and
do not attach or put anything on the steering
wheel hub or on or near any other airbag
covering.
Do not use seat accessories that block the
inflation path of a seat-mounted side impact
airbag.
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If the vehicle has a third row passenger seat, the
roof-rail airbags are located in the ceiling above the rear
windows for the outboard passenger positions in the
third row.
Never secure anything to the roof of a vehicle with
roof-rail airbags by routing a rope or tie down
through any door or window opening. If you do,
the path of an inflating roof-rail airbag will be
blocked.
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When Should an Airbag Inflate?
Frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to
severe frontal or near-frontal crashes to help reduce the
potential for severe injuries mainly to the driver's or right
front passenger's head and chest. However, they are
only designed to inflate if the impact exceeds a
predetermined deployment threshold. Deployment
thresholds are used to predict how severe a crash is
likely to be in time for the airbags to inflate and help
restrain the occupants.
Whether the frontal airbags will or should deploy is not
based on how fast the vehicle is traveling. It depends
largely on what you hit, the direction of the impact, and
how quickly the vehicle slows down.
Frontal airbags may inflate at different crash speeds.
For example:
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If the vehicle hits a stationary object, the airbags
could inflate at a different crash speed than if the
vehicle hits a moving object.
If the vehicle hits an object that deforms, the
airbags could inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle hits an object does not deform.
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If the vehicle hits a narrow object (like a pole), the
airbags could inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle hits a wide object (like a wall).
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If the vehicle goes into an object at an angle, the
airbags could inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle goes straight into the object.
Thresholds can also vary with specific vehicle design.
Frontal airbags are not intended to inflate during vehicle
rollovers, rear impacts, or in many side impacts.
In addition, the vehicle has dual-stage frontal airbags.
Dual-stage airbags adjust the restraint according to
crash severity. The vehicle has electronic frontal
sensors, which help the sensing system distinguish
between a moderate frontal impact and a more severe
frontal impact. For moderate frontal impacts, dual-stage
airbags inflate at a level less than full deployment. For
more severe frontal impacts, full deployment occurs.
The vehicle has a seat position sensor. Vehicles with
dual stage airbags also have seat position sensors
which enable the sensing system to monitor the position
of the driver seat.
The seat position sensor provides information that is
used to determine if the airbags should deploy at a
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The vehicle may or may not have seat‐mounted side
impact airbags. The vehicle has roof-rail airbags. See
Airbag System on page 2‑74. Seat‐mounted side
impact airbags and roof-rail airbags are intended to
inflate in moderate to severe side crashes. In addition,
these roof-rail airbags are intended to inflate during a
rollover or in a severe frontal impact. Seat‐mounted side
impact airbags and roof-rail airbags will inflate if the
crash severity is above the system's designed threshold
level. The threshold level can vary with specific vehicle
design.
Roof-rail airbags are not intended to inflate in rear
impacts. A seat‐mounted side impact airbag is intended
to deploy on the side of the veicle that is struck. Both
roof-rail airbags will deploy when either side of the
vehicle is struck or if the sensing system predicts that
the vehicle is about to roll over, or in a severe frontal
impact.
In any particular crash, no one can say whether an
airbag should have inflated simply because of the
damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs
were. For frontal airbags, inflation is determined by what
the vehicle hits, the angle of the impact, and how
quickly the vehicle slows down. For seat‐mounted side
impact and roof-rail airbags, deployment is determined
by the location and severity of the side impact. In a
rollover event, roof-rail airbag deployment is determined
by the direction of the roll.
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What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
In a deployment event, the sensing system sends an
electrical signal triggering a release of gas from the
inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the airbag causing the
bag to break out of the cover and deploy. The inflator,
the airbag, and related hardware are all part of the
airbag module.
Frontal airbag modules are located inside the
steering wheel and instrument panel. For vehicles with
seat‐mounted side impact airbags, there are airbags
modules in the side of the front seatbacks closest to the
door. For vehicles with roof-rail airbags, there are airbag
modules in the ceiling of the vehicle, near the side
windows that have occupant seating positions.
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions,
even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel
or the instrument panel. In moderate to severe side
collisions, even belted occupants can contact the inside
of the vehicle.
Airbags supplement the protection provided by safety
belts. Frontal airbags distribute the force of the impact
more evenly over the occupant's upper body, stopping
the occupant more gradually. Seat‐mounted side impact
and roof-rail airbags distribute the force of the impact
more evenly over the occupant's upper body.
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Rollover capable roof-rail airbags are designed to
help contain the head and chest of occupants in the
outboard seating positions in the first, second, and third
rows, if equipped with a third row seat. The rollover
capable roof-rail airbags are designed to help reduce
the risk of full or partial ejection in rollover events,
although no system can prevent all such ejections.
But airbags would not help in many types of collisions,
primarily because the occupant's motion is not toward
those airbags. See When Should an Airbag Inflate? on
page 2‑80 for more information.
Airbags should never be regarded as anything more
than a supplement to safety belts.
What Will You See After an Airbag
Inflates?
After the frontal airbags and seat-mounted side impact
airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that
some people may not even realize an airbag inflated.
Roof-rail airbags may still be at least partially inflated for
some time after they deploy. Some components of the
airbag module may be hot for several minutes. For
location of the airbag modules, see What Makes an
Airbag Inflate? on page 2‑81.
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The parts of the airbag that come into contact with you
may be warm, but not too hot to touch. There may be
some smoke and dust coming from the vents in the
deflated airbags. Airbag inflation does not prevent the
driver from seeing out of the windshield or being able to
steer the vehicle, nor does it prevent people from
leaving the vehicle.
{ WARNING:
When an airbag inflates, there may be dust in the
air. This dust could cause breathing problems for
people with a history of asthma or other breathing
trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the vehicle
should get out as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you have breathing problems but cannot get out
of the vehicle after an airbag inflates, then get
fresh air by opening a window or a door. If you
experience breathing problems following an airbag
deployment, you should seek medical attention.
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The vehicle has a feature that may automatically unlock
the doors, turn on the interior lamps and hazard warning
flashers, and shut off the fuel system after the airbags
inflate. You can lock the doors, turn off the interior
lamps and hazard warning flashers by using the
controls for those features.
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In many crashes severe enough to inflate the airbag,
windshields are broken by vehicle deformation.
Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the
right front passenger airbag.
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Airbags are designed to inflate only once. After an
airbag inflates, you will need some new parts for
the airbag system. If you do not get them, the
airbag system will not be there to help protect you
in another crash. A new system will include airbag
modules and possibly other parts. The service
manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace
other parts.
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The vehicle has a crash sensing and diagnostic
module which records information after a crash.
See Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy on
page 9‑19 and Event Data Recorders on
page 9‑20.
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Let only qualified technicians work on the airbag
systems. Improper service can mean that an
airbag system will not work properly. See your
dealer for service.
{ WARNING:
A crash severe enough to inflate the airbags may
have also damaged important functions in the
vehicle, such as the fuel system, brake and
steering systems, etc. Even if the vehicle appears
to be drivable after a moderate crash, there may
be concealed damage that could make it difficult
to safely operate the vehicle.
Use caution if you should attempt to restart the
engine after a crash has occurred.
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Passenger Sensing System
If the vehicle has the passenger airbag status indicator
pictured in the following illustration, then the vehicle
has a passenger sensing system for the right front
passenger position. The passenger airbag status
indicator, if equipped, is visible on the overhead console
when the vehicle is started.
In addition, if the vehicle has a passenger sensing
system for the right front passenger position, the label
on the vehicle's sun visors refers to “ADVANCED
AIRBAGS”.
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When the system check is complete, either the word
ON or OFF, or the symbol for on or off, will be visible.
See Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 4‑31.
The passenger sensing system will turn off the right
front passenger frontal airbag under certain conditions.
The driver airbag, seat‐mounted side impact airbags
(if equipped) and the roof-rail airbags are not affected
by the passenger sensing system.
The passenger sensing system works with sensors that
are part of the right front passenger seat and safety
belt. The sensors are designed to detect the presence
of a properly-seated occupant and determine if the right
front passenger frontal airbag should be enabled (may
inflate) or not.
According to accident statistics, children are safer when
properly secured in a rear seat in the correct child
restraint for their weight and size.
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Canada
The words ON and OFF, or the symbol for on and off,
will be visible during the system check. If you are using
remote start, if equipped, to start the vehicle from a
distance, you may not see the system check.
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We recommend that children be secured in a rear seat,
including: an infant or a child riding in a rear-facing child
restraint; a child riding in a forward-facing child seat; an
older child riding in a booster seat; and children, who
are large enough, using safety belts.
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A label on the sun visor says, “Never put a rear-facing
child seat in the front.” This is because the risk to the
rear-facing child is so great, if the airbag deploys.
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Secure rear-facing child restraints in a rear seat,
even if the airbag is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat,
always move the front passenger seat as far back
as it will go. It is better to secure the child restraint
in a rear seat.
{ WARNING:
A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be
seriously injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is because the
back of the rear-facing child restraint would be
very close to the inflating airbag. A child in a
forward-facing child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front passenger airbag
inflates and the passenger seat is in a forward
position.
Even if the passenger sensing system has turned
off the right front passenger frontal airbag, no
system is fail-safe. No one can guarantee that an
airbag will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though the airbag is
turned off.
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The passenger sensing system is designed to turn off
the right front passenger frontal airbag if:
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The right front passenger seat is unoccupied.
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The system determines an infant is present in a
child restraint.
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A right front passenger takes his/her weight off of
the seat for a period of time.
.
Or, if there is a critical problem with the airbag
system or the passenger sensing system.
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When the passenger sensing system has turned off the
right front passenger frontal airbag, the off indicator will
light and stay lit to remind you that the airbag is off. See
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator on page 4‑31.
The passenger sensing system is designed to turn on
(may inflate) the right front passenger frontal airbag
anytime the system senses that a person of adult size is
sitting properly in the right front passenger seat.
When the passenger sensing system has allowed the
airbag to be enabled, the on indicator will light and stay
lit to remind you that the airbag is active.
For some children, including children in child restraints,
and for very small adults, the passenger sensing
system may or may not turn off the right front passenger
frontal airbag, depending upon the person's seating
posture and body build. Everyone in your vehicle who
has outgrown child restraints should wear a safety belt
properly — whether or not there is an airbag for that
person.
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If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and
stays on, it means that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. To help avoid injury to
yourself or others, have the vehicle serviced right
away. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 4‑30
for more information, including important safety
information.
If the On Indicator is Lit for a Child
Restraint
If a child restraint has been installed and the on
indicator is lit:
1. Turn the vehicle off.
2. Remove the child restraint from the vehicle.
3. Remove any additional items from the seat such as
blankets, cushions, seat covers, seat heaters,
or seat massagers.
4. Reinstall the child restraint following the directions
provided by the child restraint manufacturer and
refer to Securing a Child Restraint in the Right
Front Seat Position on page 2‑71.
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5. If, after reinstalling the child restraint and restarting
the vehicle, the on indicator is still lit, turn the
vehicle off. Then slightly recline the vehicle
seatback and adjust the seat cushion, if adjustable,
to make sure that the vehicle seatback is not
pushing the child restraint into the seat cushion.
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If the Off Indicator is Lit for an
Adult-Size Occupant
Also make sure the child restraint is not trapped
under the vehicle head restraint. If this happens,
adjust the head restraint. See Head Restraints on
page 2‑2.
6. Restart the vehicle.
The passenger sensing system may or may not
turn off the airbag for a child in a child restraint
depending upon the child’s seating posture and
body build. It is better to secure the child restraint
in a rear seat.
If a person of adult-size is sitting in the right front
passenger seat, but the off indicator is lit, it could be
because that person is not sitting properly in the seat.
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If this happens, use the following steps to allow the
system to detect that person and enable the right front
passenger frontal airbag:
1. Turn the vehicle off.
2. Remove any additional material from the seat,
such as blankets, cushions, seat covers, seat
heaters, or seat massagers.
3. Place the seatback in the fully upright position.
4. Have the person sit upright in the seat, centered
on the seat cushion, with legs comfortably
extended.
5. Restart the vehicle and have the person remain in
this position for two to three minutes after the on
indicator is lit.
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Additional Factors Affecting System
Operation
Safety belts help keep the passenger in position on the
seat during vehicle maneuvers and braking, which helps
the passenger sensing system maintain the passenger
airbag status. See “Safety Belts” and “Child Restraints”
in the Index for additional information about the
importance of proper restraint use.
If the shoulder portion of the belt is pulled out all the
way, the child restraint locking feature will be engaged.
This may unintentionally cause the passenger sensing
system to turn the airbag off for some adult size
occupants. If this happens, let the belt go back all the
way and start again.
A thick layer of additional material, such as a
blanket or cushion, or aftermarket equipment such as
seat covers, seat heaters, and seat massagers can
affect how well the passenger sensing system operates.
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We recommend that you not use seat covers or other
aftermarket equipment except when approved by GM
for your specific vehicle. See Adding Equipment to Your
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on page 2‑90 for more
information about modifications that can affect how the
system operates.
The on indicator may be lit if an object, such as a
briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop or other
electronic device, is put on an unoccupied seat.
If this is not desired remove the object from the seat.
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Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle
Airbags affect how the vehicle should be serviced.
There are parts of the airbag system in several places
around the vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual
have information about servicing the vehicle and the
airbag system. To purchase a service manual, see
Service Publications Ordering Information on
page 9‑18.
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Stowing of articles under the passenger seat or
between the passenger seat cushion and
seatback may interfere with the proper operation
of the passenger sensing system.
For up to 10 seconds after the ignition is turned off
and the battery is disconnected, an airbag can still
inflate during improper service. You can be injured
if you are close to an airbag when it inflates. Avoid
yellow connectors. They are probably part of the
airbag system. Be sure to follow proper service
procedures, and make sure the person performing
work for you is qualified to do so.
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Adding Equipment to Your
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
Q: Is there anything I might add to or change about
the vehicle that could keep the airbags from
working properly?
A: Yes. If you add things that change the vehicle's
frame, bumper system, height, front end or side
sheet metal, they may keep the airbag system from
working properly. Changing or moving any parts of
the front seats, safety belts, the airbag sensing and
diagnostic module, steering wheel, instrument panel,
roof-rail airbag modules, ceiling headliner or pillar
garnish trim, overhead console, front sensors, side
impact sensors, rollover sensor module, or airbag
wiring can affect the operation of the airbag system.
In addition, the vehicle may have a passenger
sensing system for the right front passenger
position, which includes sensors that are part of the
passenger seat. The passenger sensing system
may not operate properly if the original seat trim is
replaced with non-GM covers, upholstery or trim,
or with GM covers, upholstery or trim designed for a
different vehicle. Any object, such as an aftermarket
seat heater or a comfort enhancing pad or device,
installed under or on top of the seat fabric, could
also interfere with the operation of the passenger
sensing system.
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This could either prevent proper deployment of the
passenger airbag(s) or prevent the passenger
sensing system from properly turning off the
passenger airbag(s). See Passenger Sensing
System on page 2‑84.
If you have any questions, call Customer
Assistance. The phone numbers and addresses for
Customer Assistance are in Step Two of the
Customer Satisfaction Procedure in this manual.
See Customer Satisfaction Procedure on page 9‑2.
If the vehicle has rollover roof-rail airbags, see
Different Size Tires and Wheels on page 7‑75 for
additional important information.
Q: Because I have a disability, I have to get my
vehicle modified. How can I find out whether this
will affect my airbag system?
A: If you have questions, call Customer Assistance.
The phone numbers and addresses for Customer
Assistance are in Step Two of the Customer
Satisfaction Procedure in this manual. See
Customer Satisfaction Procedure on page 9‑2.
In addition, your dealer and the service manual have
information about the location of the airbag sensors,
sensing and diagnostic module and airbag wiring.
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Restraint System Check
Checking the Restraint Systems
Safety Belts
Now and then, check that the safety belt reminder light,
safety belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors, and
anchorages are all working properly.
Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system
parts that might keep a safety belt system from doing its
job. See your dealer to have it repaired. Torn or frayed
safety belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip
apart under impact forces. If a belt is torn or frayed, get
a new one right away.
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Airbags
The airbag system does not need regularly scheduled
maintenance or replacement. Make sure the airbag
readiness light is working. See Airbag Readiness Light
on page 4‑30 for more information.
Notice: If an airbag covering is damaged, opened,
or broken, the airbag may not work properly. Do not
open or break the airbag coverings. If there are any
opened or broken airbag covers, have the airbag
covering and/or airbag module replaced. For the
location of the airbag modules, see What Makes an
Airbag Inflate? on page 2‑81. See your dealer for
service.
Make sure the safety belt reminder light is working.
See Safety Belt Reminders on page 4‑29 for more
information.
Keep safety belts clean and dry. See Care of Safety
Belts on page 7‑103.
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Replacing Restraint System Parts
After a Crash
{ WARNING:
A crash can damage the restraint systems in your
vehicle. A damaged restraint system may not
properly protect the person using it, resulting in
serious injury or even death in a crash. To help
make sure your restraint systems are working
properly after a crash, have them inspected and
any necessary replacements made as soon as
possible.
If the vehicle has been in a crash, do you need new
safety belts or LATCH system (if equipped) parts?
After a very minor crash, nothing may be necessary.
But the safety belt assemblies that were used during
any crash may have been stressed or damaged. See
your dealer to have the safety belt assemblies
inspected or replaced.
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If the vehicle has the LATCH system and it was being
used during a crash, you may need new LATCH system
parts.
New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the
safety belt or LATCH system (if equipped), was not
being used at the time of the crash.
If an airbag inflates, you will need to replace airbag
system parts. See the part on the airbag system earlier
in this section.
Have the safety belt pretensioners checked if the
vehicle has been in a crash, if the airbag readiness light
stays on after the vehicle is started, or while you are
driving. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 4‑30.
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Section 3
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Features and Controls
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Doors and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Programmable Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Door Security Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Liftgate/Liftglass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Power Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Power Assist Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18
Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Theft-Deterrent Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Content Theft-Deterrent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer . . . . . . . . .
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Retained Accessory Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Coolant Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Active Fuel Management™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic Transmission Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shifting Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shifting Out of Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parking Over Things That Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running the Vehicle While Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Features and Controls
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . .
Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Park Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Outside Convex Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Outside Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Object Detection Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) . . . . . . . .
Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Vision Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Universal Home Remote System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Universal Home Remote System Operation
(With Three Round LED) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storage Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Center Console Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Assist Handles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Garment Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Roof Rack System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Storage Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Seat Armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-62
3-62
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Keys
{ WARNING:
Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key
is dangerous for many reasons. Children or others
could be badly injured or even killed. They could
operate the power windows or other controls or
even make the vehicle move. The windows will
function with the keys in the ignition and children
could be seriously injured or killed if caught in the
path of a closing window. Do not leave the keys in
a vehicle with children.
The key can be used for the ignition and door locks.
See your dealer if a replacement key or additional key
is needed.
Notice: If the keys get locked in the vehicle, it may
have to be damaged to get them out. Always carry a
spare key.
If you are locked out of your vehicle, contact Roadside
Service. See Roadside Service on page 9‑8 for more
information.
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Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for
information regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry
Canada Standards RSS-210/220/310.
If there is a decrease in the RKE operating range,
try this:
.
Check the distance. The transmitter may be too far
from the vehicle. Stand closer during rainy or
snowy weather.
.
Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may
be blocking the signal. Take a few steps to the left
or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again.
.
Check the transmitter's battery. See “Battery
Replacement” later in this section.
.
If the transmitter is still not working correctly, see
your dealer or a qualified technician for service.
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Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation
The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter functions
work up to 195 feet (60 m) away from the vehicle.
There are other conditions which can affect the
performance of the transmitter. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System on page 3‑4.
With Remote Start
and Power Liftgate
and Liftglass (Without
Remote Start Similar)
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The following functions may be available if this vehicle
has the RKE system:
Q (Lock):
Press to lock all the doors.
If enabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC),
the turn signal lamps flash once to indicate locking has
occurred. If enabled through the DIC, the horn chirps
when Q is pressed again within three seconds. See DIC
Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58 for additional
information.
Pressing Q arms the content theft‐deterrent system.
See Content Theft-Deterrent on page 3‑22.
K (Unlock): Press once to unlock only the driver door.
If K is pressed again within three seconds, all
remaining doors unlock. The interior lamps may come
on and stay on for 20 seconds or until the ignition is
turned on.
If enabled through the DIC, the turn signal lamps flash
twice to indicate unlocking has occurred. See DIC
Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58. If enabled
through the DIC, the exterior lights turn on briefly if it is
dark enough outside. See “APPROACH LIGHTING”
under DIC Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58.
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Pressing K on the RKE transmitter disarms the content
theft‐deterrent system. See Content Theft-Deterrent on
page 3‑22.
/ (Remote Vehicle Start): For vehicles with this
feature, press / to start the engine from outside the
vehicle using the RKE transmitter. See Remote Vehicle
Start on page 3‑7 for additional information.
& (Power Liftgate): Press and hold to open and
close the liftgate. The taillamps flash and a chime
sounds to indicate when the liftgate is opening and
closing.
m (Liftglass): Press and hold to open the liftglass.
L (Vehicle Locator/Panic Alarm): Press and release
to locate the vehicle. The turn signal lamps flash and
the horn sounds three times.
Press and hold L for more than two seconds to
activate the panic alarm. The turn signal lamps flash
and the horn sounds repeatedly for 30 seconds.
The alarm turns off when the ignition is moved to
ON/RUN or L is pressed again. The ignition must
be in LOCK/OFF for the panic alarm to work.
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The vehicle comes with two transmitters. Each
transmitter will have a number on top of it, “1” or “2”.
These numbers correspond to the driver of the vehicle.
For example, the memory seat position for driver 1 will
be recalled when using the transmitter labeled “1”,
if enabled through the DIC. See Memory Features on
page 2‑6 and DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information.
Programming Transmitters to the
Vehicle
Only RKE transmitters programmed to this vehicle will
work. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can
be purchased and programmed through your dealer.
When the replacement transmitter is programmed to
this vehicle, all remaining transmitters must also be
reprogrammed. Any lost or stolen transmitters will no
longer work once the new transmitter is programmed.
Each vehicle can have up to eight transmitters
programmed to it. See “Relearn Remote Key” under
DIC Operation and Displays on page 4‑42 for
instructions on how to match RKE transmitters to the
vehicle.
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Battery Replacement
Replace the battery if the REPLACE BATTERY IN
REMOTE KEY message displays in the DIC. See
“REPLACE BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY” under DIC
Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49 for additional
information.
Notice: When replacing the battery, do not touch
any of the circuitry on the transmitter. Static from
your body could damage the transmitter.
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Remote Vehicle Start
This feature allows you to start the engine from outside
of the vehicle. It may also start up the vehicle's heating
or air conditioning systems and rear window defogger.
Normal operation of the system will return after the key
is turned to the ON/RUN position.
During a remote start, the climate control system will
default to a heating or cooling mode depending on the
outside temperatures.
To replace the battery:
1. Separate the transmitter with a flat, thin object
inserted into the notch, located above the
metal base.
2. Remove the old battery. Do not use a metal object.
3. Insert the new battery, positive side facing up.
Replace with a CR2032 or equivalent battery.
4. Snap the transmitter back together.
During a remote start, if your vehicle has an automatic
climate control system and heated seats, the heated
seats will turn on during colder outside temperatures
and will shut off when the key is turned to ON/RUN.
If your vehicle does not have an automatic climate
control system, during remote start, you will need to
manually turn the heated seats on and off. See Heated
and Cooled Seats on page 2‑5 for additional
information.
Laws in some communities may restrict the use of
remote starters. For example, some laws may require a
person using the remote start to have the vehicle in
view when doing so. Check local regulations for any
requirements on remote starting of vehicles.
Do not use the remote start feature if your vehicle is low
on fuel. Your vehicle may run out of fuel.
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If your vehicle has the remote start feature, the RKE
transmitter functions will have an increased range of
operation. However, the range may be less while the
vehicle is running.
There are other conditions which can affect the
performance of the transmitter, see Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System on page 3‑4 for additional
information.
/ (Remote Start): This button will be on the RKE
transmitter if you have remote start.
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3. If it is the first remote start since the vehicle has
been driven, repeat these steps, while the engine
is still running, to extend the engine running time
by 10 minutes. Remote start can be extended
one time.
After entering the vehicle during a remote start, insert
and turn the key to ON/RUN to drive the vehicle.
To manually shut off a remote start, do any of the
following:
.
Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle and press
the remote start button until the parking lamps
turn off.
.
Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
.
Turn the ignition switch on and then off.
To start the vehicle using the remote start feature:
1. Aim the transmitter at the vehicle.
2. Press and release the transmitter's lock button.
The vehicle's doors will lock. Immediately press
and hold the transmitter's remote start button until
the turn signal lights flash. If you cannot see the
vehicle's lights, press and hold the remote start
button for two to four seconds. Pressing the remote
start button again after the vehicle has started will
turn the engine off.
When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn
on and remain on while the vehicle is running.
If the vehicle is left running it will automatically shut
off after 10 minutes unless a time extension has
been done.
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The vehicle can be remote started two separate times
between driving sequences. The engine will run for
10 minutes after each remote start.
Or, you can extend the engine run time by another
10 minutes within the first 10 minute remote start time
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For example, if the lock button and then the remote start
buttons are pressed again after the vehicle has been
running for five minutes, 10 minutes are added, allowing
the engine to run for 15 minutes.
The additional ten minutes are considered a second
remote vehicle start.
After your vehicles engine has been started two times
using the remote vehicle start button, or a single remote
start with one time extension, the vehicle must be
started with the key.
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Also, the engine will turn off during a remote vehicle
start if the coolant temperature gets too high or if the oil
pressure gets low.
Vehicles that have the remote vehicle start feature are
shipped from the factory with the remote vehicle start
system enabled. The system may be enabled or
disabled through the DIC. See “REMOTE START”
under DIC Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58 for
additional information.
After the key is removed from the ignition, the vehicle
can be remote started again.
The vehicle cannot be remote started if the key is in
the ignition, the hood is not closed, or if there is an
emission control system malfunction and the check
engine light comes on.
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Doors and Locks
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WARNING: (Continued)
Door Locks
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{ WARNING:
Outsiders can easily enter through an
unlocked door when you slow down or stop
your vehicle. Locking your doors can help
prevent this from happening.
Unlocked doors can be dangerous.
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Passengers, especially children, can easily
open the doors and fall out of a moving
vehicle. When a door is locked, the handle will
not open it. The chance of being thrown out of
the vehicle in a crash is increased if the doors
are not locked. So, all passengers should
wear safety belts properly and the doors
should be locked whenever the vehicle is
driven.
Young children who get into unlocked vehicles
may be unable to get out. A child can be
overcome by extreme heat and can suffer
permanent injuries or even death from heat
stroke. Always lock the vehicle whenever
leaving it.
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There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle.
From the outside, use the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter or the key in the driver's door.
From the inside, use the power door locks or manual
door locks. To lock or unlock the door with the manual
locks, push down or pull up on the manual lock knob.
Power Door Locks
With power door locks, the switches on the front doors
can be used to lock and unlock the vehicle.
" (Unlock): Press to unlock the doors.
Q (Lock): Remove the key from the ignition and press
to lock the doors.
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Delayed Locking
Rear Door Security Locks
When locking the doors with the power lock switch and
a door or the liftgate is open, the doors will lock
five seconds after the last door is closed. You will hear
three chimes to signal that the delayed locking feature
is in use.
Your vehicle has rear door security locks. These
prevent passengers from opening the rear doors from
the inside.
The rear door security
locks are located on the
inside edge of each
rear door.
Pressing the power lock switch twice will override the
delayed locking feature and immediately lock all the
doors.
This feature will not operate if the key is in the ignition.
You can program this feature using the Driver
Information Center (DIC). See DELAY DOOR LOCK
under DIC Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58.
Programmable Automatic Door
Locks
Vehicles with an automatic lock/unlock feature enable
you to program the vehicle's power door locks. You can
program this feature through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information on DIC programming.
The rear doors must be open to access them. The label
showing lock and unlock positions is located near
the lock.
To set the locks, do the following:
1. Insert the key into the security lock slot and turn it
so the slot is in the horizontal position.
2. Close the door.
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When you want to open a rear door when the security
lock is on, do the following:
1. Unlock the door by lifting the rear door manual
lock, using the power door lock switch, or the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter, if the
vehicle has one.
2. Open the door from the outside.
To cancel the rear door security lock, do the following:
1. Unlock the door and open it from the outside.
2. Insert the key into the security lock slot and turn it
so the slot is in the vertical position.
Lockout Protection
This feature protects you from locking the key in the
vehicle when the key is in the ignition and a front door
is open.
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Liftgate/Liftglass
{ WARNING:
It can be dangerous to drive with the liftglass or
liftgate open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas
can come into your vehicle. You cannot see or
smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and
even death.
If you must drive with the liftglass or liftgate open,
or if electrical wiring or other cable connections
must pass through the seal between the body and
the liftglass or liftgate:
.
Make sure all other windows are shut.
.
Turn the fan on your heating or cooling
system to its highest speed with the
recirculation mode off. That will force outside
air into your vehicle. See Dual Automatic
Climate Control System on page 4‑20.
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If you have air outlets on or under the
instrument panel, open them all the way.
.
If your vehicle is equipped with a power
liftgate, disable the power liftgate function.
If the driver's side power door lock switch is pressed
when the driver's door is open and the key is in the
ignition, all of the doors will lock and then the driver's
door will unlock.
If the passenger's side power door lock switch is
pressed when the front passenger's door is open and
the key is in the ignition, all of the doors will lock and
then the front passenger's door will unlock.
See Engine Exhaust on page 3‑41.
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See Power Liftgate on page 3‑14 for more information
on how to use the power liftgate.
To unlock the liftgate, use the power door lock switch or
press the door unlock button on the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter twice. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 3‑4.
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To open the entire liftgate, press the power liftgate
release button on the RKE or in the vehicle. See Power
Liftgate on page 3‑14. You can also press the
touchpad on the underside of the liftgate handle (B).
The liftgate will open after a slight delay. The vehicle
must be in P (Park) to open the liftgate. To close the
liftgate, use the pull cup or pull strap as an aid.
The liftgate or liftglass cannot be opened if the rear
wipers are in motion. Attempting to open the liftgate or
liftglass while the rear wipers are in motion will cause
the release of the liftglass or liftgate to delay until the
wipers are parked off the liftglass.
Both the liftglass and liftgate have an electric latch.
If the battery is disconnected or has low voltage, the
liftglass and liftgate will not open. The liftglass and
liftgate will resume operation when the battery is
reconnected and charged.
If the battery is properly connected and has adequate
voltage, and the liftgate or liftglass still will not function,
your vehicle should be taken to a dealership for service.
On vehicles with a liftglass, press the button on the
underside of the license pocket applique (A) to open it.
The liftglass can also be opened by pressing the
liftglass release button on the RKE.
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Power Liftgate
Power Liftgate Operation
{ WARNING:
Exhaust gases can enter the vehicle if it is driven
with the liftgate, trunk/hatch open, or with any
objects that pass through the seal between the
body and the trunk/hatch or liftgate. Engine
exhaust contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) which
cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause
unconsciousness and even death.
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WARNING: (Continued)
If the vehicle must be driven with the liftgate,
or trunk/hatch open:
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Close all of the windows.
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Fully open the air outlets on or under the
instrument panel.
.
Adjust the Climate Control system to a setting
that brings in only outside air and set the fan
speed to the highest setting. See Climate
Control System in the Index.
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If the vehicle is equipped with a power liftgate,
disable the power liftgate function.
For more information about carbon monoxide, see
Engine Exhaust on page 3‑41.
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On vehicles with a power liftgate the button is located
on the overhead console.
The vehicle must be in P (Park) to use the power
liftgate feature.
& : Press the top of the button to open or close the
power liftgate.
OFF: Press the bottom of the button for manual
operation of the power liftgate.
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Notice: If you open the liftgate without checking for
overhead obstructions such as a garage door, you
could damage the liftgate or the liftgate glass.
Always check to make sure the area above and
behind the liftgate is clear before opening it.
The power liftgate can be power opened and closed in
the following ways:
.
Press and hold the power liftgate button on the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter until the
liftgate starts moving. Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 3‑4 for more
information.
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Pressing the liftgate button on the overhead
console.
.
Pressing the touchpad switch on the outside
liftgate handle.
The taillamps will flash and a chime will sound when the
power liftgate is moving.
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You or others could be injured if caught in the
path of the power liftgate. Make sure there is no
one in the way of the liftgate as it is opening and
closing.
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Pressing the buttons, or touchpad switch a second time
while the liftgate is moving reverses the direction.
l:
The liftgate can also be closed by pressing the
power liftgate button next to the liftgate latch.
Press the button a second time during liftgate operation
to reverse that operation.
The power liftgate may be temporarily disabled under
extreme temperatures, or under low battery conditions.
If this occurs, the liftgate can still be operated manually.
If you shift the transmission out of P (Park) while the
power function is in progress, the liftgate power function
will continue to completion. If you shift the transmission
out of P (Park) and accelerate before the power liftgate
latches closed, the liftgate may reverse to the open
position. Cargo could fall out of the vehicle. Always
make sure the power liftgate is closed and latched
before you drive away.
If you power open the liftgate and the liftgate support
struts have lost pressure, the lights will flash and a
chime will sound. The liftgate will stay open temporarily,
then slowly close. See your dealer for service before
using the liftgate.
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Obstacle Detection Features
If the liftgate encounters an obstacle during a power
open or close cycle, a warning chime will sound and the
liftgate will automatically reverse direction to the full
closed or open position. After removing the obstruction,
the power liftgate operation can be used again. If the
liftgate encounters multiple obstacles on the same
power cycle, the power function will deactivate, and you
must manually open or close the liftgate. The REAR
ACCESS OPEN warning message in the Driver
Information Center (DIC) will indicate that the liftgate is
open. After removing the obstructions, manually open
the liftgate to the full open position or close the liftgate
to the fully closed and latched position. The liftgate will
now resume normal power operation.
Your vehicle has pinch sensors located on the side
edges of the liftgate. If an object is caught between the
liftgate and the body and presses against this sensor,
the liftgate will reverse direction and open fully. The
liftgate will remain open until it is activated again or
closed manually. Do not force the liftgate open or closed
during a power cycle.
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Manual Operation of Power Liftgate
Power Assist Steps
To change the liftgate to manual operation, press the
switch on the overhead console to the OFF position.
Your vehicle may have power assist steps.
With the power liftgate disabled and all of the doors
unlocked, the liftgate can be manually opened and
closed.
To open the liftgate, press the touchpad on the handle
on the outside of the liftgate, and lift the gate open. To
close the liftgate, use the pull cup to lower the liftgate
and close. The liftgate latch will power close. Always
close the liftgate before driving.
If the RKE button or the power close button on the
liftgate is pressed while power operation is disabled, the
lights will flash three times, but the liftgate will not move.
The power assist steps automatically extend from
beneath the vehicle on the side in which the door has
been opened. Once the door is closed, the assist steps
automatically move back under the vehicle after a brief
delay. The vehicle must not be moving for the assist
steps to extend or retract.
The switch used to
disable the power assist
steps is located on the
center console below the
climate control system.
It is not recommended that you drive with the liftgate
open, however, if you must drive with the liftgate open,
the liftgate should be set to manual operation by
pressing the OFF switch on the center console.
The liftgate has an electric latch. If the battery is
disconnected or has low voltage, the liftgate will not
open. The liftgate will resume operation when the
battery is reconnected and charged.
The assist steps cannot be disabled in the extended
position.
If the battery is properly connected with adequate
voltage, the switch is not disabled, and the liftgate still
will not function, your vehicle should be taken to a
dealer for service.
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Windows
{ WARNING:
Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a
vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous.
They can be overcome by the extreme heat and
suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat
stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a
pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows
closed in warm or hot weather.
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Power Windows
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The power window
switches are located on
the driver door.
Leaving children in a vehicle with the keys is
dangerous for many reasons. Children or others
could be badly injured or even killed. They could
operate the power windows or other controls or
even make the vehicle move. The windows will
function and they could be seriously injured or
killed if caught in the path of a closing window. Do
not leave keys in a vehicle with children.
When there are children in the rear seat use the
window lockout button to prevent unintentional
operation of the windows.
In addition, each door has a switch for its own window.
The front power window switch operates with two
positions for both up and down movement and the rear
power window switch operates with one position for up
and two positions for down movement. Press the switch
to the first position to lower the window to the desired
level. Pull the switch up to raise the window.
The vehicle has Retained Accessory Power (RAP) that
allows you to use the power windows once the ignition
has been turned off. For more information, see Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on page 3‑28.
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Express-Down/Up Windows
Windows with the express feature allow the windows to
be raised and lowered all the way without holding the
switch.
Press or pull the switch fully and release it to activate
the express feature.
The express mode can be canceled at any time by
briefly pressing or pulling the switch.
Express Window Anti-Pinch Feature
If any object is in the path of the window when the
express‐up is active, the window will stop at the
obstruction and auto‐reverse to a preset factory
position. Weather conditions such as severe icing may
also cause the window to auto‐reverse. The window will
return to normal operation once the obstruction or
condition is removed.
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Express Window Anti‐Pinch Override
{ WARNING:
If express override is activated, the window will
not reverse automatically. You or others could be
injured and the window could be damaged. Before
you use express override, make sure that all
people and obstructions are clear of the
window path.
In an emergency, the anti‐pinch feature can be
overridden in a supervised mode. Hold the window
switch all the way up to the second position. The
window will rise for as long as the switch is held.
Once the switch is released, the express mode is
re‐activated.
In this mode, the window can still close on an object in
its path. Use care when using the override mode.
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Programming the Power Windows
Window Lockout
If the battery on the vehicle has been recharged,
disconnected, or is not working, you will need to
reprogram each front power window for the express-up
feature to work. Before reprogramming, replace or
recharge the vehicle's battery.
o (Window Lockout): The rear window lockout button
is located on the driver door near the window switches.
To program each front window, follow these steps:
1. With the ignition in ACC/ACCESSORY, ON/RUN,
or when Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is
active, close all doors.
2. Press and hold the power window switch until the
window is fully open.
3. Pull the power window switch up until the window
is fully closed.
4. Continue holding the switch up for approximately
two seconds after the window is completely closed.
The window is now reprogrammed. Repeat the process
for the other windows.
Press the right side of the button to disable the rear
window controls. The light on the button will illuminate,
indicating the feature is in use. The rear windows still
can be raised or lowered using the driver window
switches when the lockout feature is active.
To restore power to the rear windows, press the button
again. The light on the button will go out.
Sun Visors
Pull the sun visor down to block glare. Detach the sun
visor from the center mount and slide it along the rod
from side-to-side to cover the driver or passenger side
of the front window. Swing the sun visor to the side to
cover the side window. It can be moved along the rod
from side-to-side in this position also.
Lighted Visor Vanity Mirror
Your vehicle has lighted visor vanity mirrors on both the
driver's and passenger's sun visors. Pull the sun visor
down and lift the mirror cover to turn the lamps on.
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Theft-Deterrent Systems
This vehicle has theft-deterrent features, however, they
do not make it impossible to steal.
Content Theft-Deterrent
Your vehicle has a content theft-deterrent alarm system.
This is the security light.
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To arm the theft-deterrent system:
1. Open the door.
2. Lock the door with the Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitter or the power door lock switch.
The security light will come on to inform the driver
the system is arming. If a door is open when the
doors are locked, the security light will flash.
If the delayed locking feature is turned on, the
theft‐deterrent system will not start the arming
process until the last door is closed and the delay
timer has expired. See Delayed Locking on
page 3‑11.
3. Close all doors. The security light should go off
after about 30 seconds. The alarm is not armed
until the security light goes off.
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If a locked driver door is opened without using the RKE
transmitter, a ten second pre-alarm will occur. The horn
will chirp and the lights will flash. If the key is not placed
in the ignition and turned to START or the door is not
unlocked by pressing the unlock button on the RKE
transmitter during the ten second pre-alarm, the alarm
will go off. Your vehicle's headlamps will flash and the
horn will sound for about 30 seconds, then will turn off
to save the battery power.
The theft-deterrent system will not activate if the doors
are locked with the vehicle's key or the manual door
lock. It activates only if you use the power door lock
switch with the door open or the RKE transmitter. You
should also remember that you can start your vehicle
with the correct ignition key if the alarm has been
set off.
To avoid setting off the alarm by accident:
.
If you do not want to activate the theft-deterrent
system, the vehicle should be locked with the door
key after the doors are closed.
.
Always unlock the doors with the RKE transmitter.
Unlocking a door any other way will set off the
alarm if it is armed.
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Testing the Alarm
To test the alarm:
1. From inside the vehicle, lower the driver's window
and open the driver's door.
2. Activate the system by locking the doors with the
power door lock switch while the door is open,
or with the RKE transmitter.
3. Get out of the vehicle, close the door and wait for
the security light to go out.
4. Then reach in through the window, unlock the door
with the manual door lock and open the door. This
should set off the alarm.
While the alarm is set, the power door unlock switch will
not work.
If the alarm does not sound when it should but the
headlamps flash, check to see if the horn works. The
horn fuse may be blown. To replace the fuse, see Fuses
and Circuit Breakers on page 7‑110.
If the alarm does not sound or the headlamps do not
flash, the vehicle should be serviced by your dealer.
If you set off the alarm by accident, press unlock on the
RKE transmitter or place the key in the ignition and turn
it to START to turn off the alarm. The alarm will not stop
if you try to unlock a door any other way.
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PASS-Key® III+ Electronic
Immobilizer
You do not have to manually arm or disarm the system.
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for
information regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry
Canada Standards RSS-210/220/310.
When the PASS-Key® III+ system senses that someone
is using the wrong key, it prevents the vehicle from
starting. Anyone using a trial-and-error method to start
the vehicle will be discouraged because of the high
number of electrical key codes.
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic
Immobilizer Operation
Your vehicle has PASS-Key® III+ (Personalized
Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system.
PASS-Key® III+ is a passive theft-deterrent system.
The system is automatically armed when the key is
removed from the ignition.
The system is automatically disarmed when the key is
turned to ON/RUN, ACC/ACCESSORY or START from
the LOCK/OFF position.
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The security light will come on if there is a problem with
arming or disarming the theft-deterrent system.
If the engine does not start and the security light on the
instrument panel cluster comes on when trying to start
the vehicle, there may be a problem with your
theft-deterrent system. Turn the ignition off and try
again.
If the engine still does not start, and the key appears to
be undamaged, try another ignition key. At this time,
you may also want to check the fuse, see Fuses and
Circuit Breakers on page 7‑110. If the engine still does
not start with the other key, your vehicle needs service.
If your vehicle does start, the first key may be faulty.
See your dealer who can service the PASS-Key® III+ to
have a new key made. In an emergency, contact
Roadside Assistance.
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It is possible for the PASS-Key® III+ decoder to learn
the transponder value of a new or replacement key. Up
to 10 keys may be programmed for the vehicle. The
following procedure is for programming additional keys
only. If all the currently programmed keys are lost or do
not operate, you must see your dealer or a locksmith
who can service PASS-Key® III+ to have keys made
and programmed to the system.
See your dealer or a locksmith who can service
PASS-Key® III+ to get a new key blank that is cut
exactly as the ignition key that operates the system.
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To program the new additional key:
1. Verify that the new key has a
1 stamped on it.
2. Insert the original, already programmed, key in the
ignition and start the engine. If the engine will not
start, see your dealer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn the key to
LOCK/OFF, and remove the key.
4. Insert the new key to be programmed and turn it to
the ON/RUN position within five seconds of turning
the ignition to the LOCK/OFF position in Step 3.
The security light will turn off once the key has
been programmed.
5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if additional keys are to
be programmed.
If you lose or damage your PASS-Key® III+ key, see
your dealer or a locksmith who can service
PASS-Key® III+ to have a new key made.
Do not leave the key or device that disarms or
deactivates the theft deterrent system in the vehicle.
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Starting and Operating Your
Vehicle
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Avoid making hard stops for the first
200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time the
new brake linings are not yet broken in. Hard
stops with new linings can mean premature
wear and earlier replacement. Follow this
breaking-in guideline every time you get new
brake linings.
.
Do not tow a trailer during break-in. See
Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42 for the trailer
towing capabilities of the vehicle and more
information.
New Vehicle Break-In
Notice: The vehicle does not need an elaborate
break-in. But it will perform better in the long run if
you follow these guidelines:
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Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or less
for the first 500 miles (805 km).
.
Do not drive at any one constant speed,
fast or slow, for the first 500 miles (805 km).
Do not make full-throttle starts. Avoid
downshifting to brake or slow the vehicle.
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Ignition Positions
The ignition switch has
four different positions.
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This position locks the ignition. It may also lock the
steering wheel and automatic transmission. The key
can be removed in LOCK/OFF.
Do not turn the engine off when the vehicle is moving.
This will cause a loss of power assist in the brake and
steering systems and disable the airbags.
In an emergency:
1. Brake using a firm and steady pressure. Do not
pump the brakes repeatedly. This may deplete
power assist, requiring increased brake pedal
force.
2. Shift the vehicle to neutral. This can be done while
the vehicle is moving. After shifting to neutral,
firmly apply the brakes and steer the vehicle to a
safe location.
To shift out of P (Park), the ignition must be in ON/RUN
or ACC/ACCESSORY and the regular brake pedal must
be applied.
A (STOPPING THE ENGINE/LOCK/OFF): When the
vehicle is stopped, turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF
to turn the engine off. Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
will remain active. See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 3‑28
3. Come to a complete stop, shift to P (Park), and
turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF. On vehicles with
an automatic transmission, the shift lever must
be in P (Park) to turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK/OFF position.
4. Set the parking brake. See Parking Brake on
page 3‑38
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The steering may bind with the wheels turned off center.
If this happens, move the steering wheel from right to
left while turning the key to ACC/ACCESSORY. If this
doesn't work, then the vehicle needs service.
Notice: Using a tool to force the key to turn in the
ignition could cause damage to the switch or break
the key. Use the correct key, make sure it is all the
way in, and turn it only with your hand. If the key
cannot be turned by hand, see your dealer.
B (ACC/ACCESSORY): This position lets things like
the radio and the windshield wipers operate while the
engine is off. Use this position if the vehicle must be
pushed or towed.
C (ON/RUN): This position can be used to operate the
electrical accessories and to display some instrument
panel cluster warning and indicator lights. The switch
stays in this position when the engine is running. The
transmission is also unlocked in this position on
automatic transmission vehicles.
If you leave the key in the ACC/ACCESSORY or
ON/RUN position with the engine off, the battery could
be drained. You may not be able to start the vehicle if
the battery is allowed to drain for an extended period
of time.
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D (START): This is the position that starts the engine.
When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition
switch returns to ON/RUN for driving.
A warning tone will sound when the driver door is
opened, the ignition is in ACC/ACCESSORY or
LOCK/OFF and the key is in the ignition.
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
The following vehicle accessories can be used for up to
10 minutes after the engine is turned off:
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Audio System
.
Power Windows
.
OnStar® System (if equipped)
.
Sunroof (if equipped)
These features work when the key is in ON/RUN or
ACC/ACCESSORY. Once the key is turned from
ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF, the windows and sunroof
continue to work up to 10 minutes until any door is
opened. The radio continues to work for up to
10 minutes or until the driver door is opened.
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Starting the Engine
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
Move the shift lever to P (Park) or N (Neutral). The
engine will not start in any other position. To restart
the engine when the vehicle is are already moving, use
N (Neutral) only.
Notice: Do not try to shift to P (Park) if the vehicle
is moving. If you do, you could damage the
transmission. Shift to P (Park) only when the vehicle
is stopped.
Starting Procedure
1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the
ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let
go of the key. The idle speed will go down as the
engine gets warm. Do not race the engine
immediately after starting it. Operate the engine
and transmission gently to allow the oil to warm up
and lubricate all moving parts.
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The vehicle has a Computer-Controlled Cranking
System. This feature assists in starting the engine
and protects components. If the ignition key is
turned to the START position, and then released
when the engine begins cranking, the engine will
continue cranking for a few seconds or until the
vehicle starts. If the engine does not start and the
key is held in START for many seconds, cranking
will be stopped after 15 seconds to prevent
cranking motor damage. To prevent gear damage,
this system also prevents cranking if the engine
is already running. Engine cranking can be
stopped by turning the ignition switch to the
ACC/ACCESSORY or LOCK/OFF position.
Notice: Cranking the engine for long periods of
time, by returning the key to the START position
immediately after cranking has ended, can overheat
and damage the cranking motor, and drain the
battery. Wait at least 15 seconds between each try,
to let the cranking motor cool down.
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2. If the engine does not start after 5‐10 seconds,
especially in very cold weather (below 0°F or
−18°C), it could be flooded with too much gasoline.
Try pushing the accelerator pedal all the way to the
floor and holding it there as you hold the key in
START for up to a maximum of 15 seconds. Wait at
least 15 seconds between each try, to allow the
cranking motor to cool down. When the engine
starts, let go of the key and accelerator. If the
vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the
same thing. This clears the extra gasoline from the
engine. Do not race the engine immediately after
starting it. Operate the engine and transmission
gently until the oil warms up and lubricates all
moving parts.
Notice: The engine is designed to work with the
electronics in the vehicle. If you add electrical parts
or accessories, you could change the way the
engine operates. Before adding electrical
equipment, check with your dealer. If you do not,
the engine might not perform properly. Any
resulting damage would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
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Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal
The vehicle has adjustable throttle and brake pedals
that allow you change their positions.
The feature will not operate when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse) or while using the cruise control.
The switch used to adjust the pedals is located on the
center console below the climate control system.
Press the right and left arrows to move the pedals either
closer or further from your body.
Before you start driving, fully press the brake pedal to
confirm the adjustment is right for you. While driving,
make only small adjustments.
The vehicle has a memory function which allows the
pedal positions to be saved and recalled. See Memory
Features on page 2‑6 for more information.
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Engine Coolant Heater
The engine coolant heater can provide easier starting
and better fuel economy during engine warm-up in cold
weather conditions at or below −18°C (0°F). Vehicles
with an engine heater should be plugged in at least
four hours before starting. An internal thermostat in the
plug-end of the cord may exist which will prevent engine
coolant heater operation at temperatures above
−18°C (0°F).
To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
1. Turn off the engine.
2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. The
cord is secured to the Engine Compartment Fuse
Block with a clip. Carefully remove the wire tie
which secures the electrical cord. Do not cut the
electrical cord.
3. Plug the cord into a normal, grounded 110-volt AC
outlet.
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{ WARNING:
Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet could
cause an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of
extension cord could overheat and cause a fire.
You could be seriously injured. Plug the cord into
a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt AC
outlet. If the cord will not reach, use a heavy-duty
three-prong extension cord rated for at least
15 amps.
4. Before starting the engine, be sure to unplug and
store the cord as it was before to keep it away from
moving engine parts. If you do not, it could be
damaged.
The length of time the heater should remain plugged in
depends on several factors. Ask a dealer in the area
where you will be parking the vehicle for the best advice
on this.
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Active Fuel Management™
Automatic Transmission Operation
Vehicles with V8 engines may have Active Fuel
Management™. This system allows the engine to
operate on either all or half of its cylinders, depending
on the driving conditions.
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
When less power is required, such as cruising at a
constant vehicle speed, the system will operate in the
half cylinder mode, allowing the vehicle to achieve
better fuel economy. When greater power demands are
required, such as accelerating from a stop, passing,
or merging onto a freeway, the system will maintain
full-cylinder operation.
The vehicle has a Hydra-Matic® 6L80 automatic
transmission, and has an electronic shift position
indicator within the instrument panel cluster. The
electronic shift position indicator displays when the shift
lever is moved out of P (Park).
There are several different positions for the shift lever.
If the vehicle has an Active Fuel Management™
indicator, see DIC Operation and Displays on
page 4‑42 for more information on using this display .
P (Park): This position locks the rear wheels. It is the
best position to use when you start the engine because
the vehicle cannot move easily.
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When parked on a hill, especially when the vehicle has
a heavy load, you may notice an increase in the effort to
shift out of P (Park). See Torque Lock (Automatic
Transmission) under Shifting Into Park on page 3‑39
for more information.
{ WARNING:
It is dangerous to get out of the vehicle if the shift
lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake
firmly set. The vehicle can roll.
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R (Reverse): Use this gear to back up.
Notice: Shifting to R (Reverse) while the vehicle is
moving forward could damage the transmission.
The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only after the vehicle
is stopped.
To rock the vehicle back and forth to get out of snow,
ice, or sand without damaging the transmission, see If
Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow on
page 6‑30.
Do not leave the vehicle when the engine is
running unless you have to. If you have left the
engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly.
You or others could be injured. To be sure the
vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly
level ground, always set the parking brake and
move the shift lever to P (Park). See Shifting Into
Park on page 3‑39. If you are pulling a trailer,
see Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42.
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N (Neutral): In this position, the engine does not
connect with the wheels. To restart when you are
already moving, use N (Neutral) only. Also, use
N (Neutral) when the vehicle is being towed.
{ WARNING:
Shifting into a drive gear while the engine is
running at high speed is dangerous. Unless your
foot is firmly on the brake pedal, the vehicle could
move very rapidly. You could lose control and hit
people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear
while the engine is running at high speed.
Notice: Shifting out of P (Park) or N (Neutral) with
the engine running at high speed may damage the
transmission. The repairs would not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Be sure the engine is not
running at high speed when shifting the vehicle.
D (Drive): This position is for normal driving. It provides
the best fuel economy. If you need more power for
passing, and you are:
.
Going less than about 35 mph (55 km/h), push the
accelerator pedal about halfway down.
.
Going about 35 mph (55 km/h) or more, push the
accelerator all the way down.
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By doing this, the vehicle shifts down to the next gear
and has more power.
D (Drive) can be used when towing a trailer, carrying a
heavy load, driving on steep hills, or for off-road driving.
You may want to shift the transmission to a lower gear
selection if the transmission shifts too often.
Downshifting the transmission in slippery road
conditions could result in skidding, see Skidding under
Loss of Control on page 6‑12.
M (Manual Mode): This position lets drivers select the
range of gears appropriate for current driving
conditions. See Driver Shift Control (DSC) later in this
section.
Notice: Spinning the tires or holding the vehicle in
one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal
may damage the transmission. The repair will not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. If you are stuck, do
not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the
brakes to hold the vehicle in place.
The vehicle has a shift stabilization feature that
adjusts the transmission shifting to the current driving
conditions in order to reduce rapid upshifts and
downshifts. This shift stabilization feature is designed to
determine, before making an upshift, if the engine will
be able to maintain vehicle speed by analyzing things
such as vehicle speed, throttle position and vehicle
load. If the shift stabilization feature determines that a
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current vehicle speed cannot be maintained, the
transmission does not upshift and instead holds the
current gear. In some cases, this may appear to be a
delayed shift, however the transmission is operating
normally.
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Driver Shift Control (DSC)
The vehicle's transmission uses adaptive shift controls
that compares key shift parameters to pre-programmed
ideal shifts stored in the transmissions computer. The
transmission constantly makes adjustments to improve
vehicle performance according to how the vehicle is
being used, such as with a heavy load or when
temperature changes. During this adaptive shift controls
process, shifting may feel different as the transmission
determines the best settings.
When temperatures are very cold, the Hydra-Matic ®
6L80 automatic transmission's gear shifting may be
delayed providing more stable shifts until the engine
warms up. Shifts may be more noticeable with a cold
transmission. This difference in shifting is normal.
The vehicle has Driver Shift Control (DSC). DSC
controls the vehicle's transmission and vehicle speed
while driving down hill or towing a trailer by allowing you
to select a desired range of gears.
To use this feature, do the following:
1. Move the shift lever to the M (Manual Mode).
2. Press the plus/minus button, to upshift or downshift
selecting the desired range of gears for current
driving conditions.
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The DIC display will show the message MANUAL
SHIFT on the first line and the current gear will be
displayed on the second line. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 4‑41 and DIC Operation and
Displays on page 4‑42 for more information. The
number displayed in the DIC is the highest gear that
can be used. However, the vehicle can automatically
shift to lower gears as it adjusts to driving conditions.
This means that all gears below that number are
available. When 5 (Fifth ) is selected, 1 (First) through
5 (Fifth) gears are automatically shifted by the vehicle,
but 6 (Sixth) cannot be used until the plus/minus button
located on the steering column lever is used to change
to the gear.
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Tow/Haul Mode
Grade Braking is not available when the Driver Shift
Control is active. See Tow/Haul Mode on page 3‑36 for
more information.
While using the DSC, cruise control and the tow/haul
mode can be used.
The vehicle has a tow/haul mode. The tow/haul mode
adjusts the transmission shift pattern to reduce shift
cycling, providing increased performance, vehicle
control, and transmission cooling when towing or
hauling heavy loads.
Press the button located on the end of the shift lever to
turn the tow/haul on or off. When the tow/haul is on, a
light on the instrument panel cluster will come on.
See Tow/Haul Mode Light on page 4‑40 for more
information.
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Also see “Tow Haul Mode” under Towing a Trailer on
page 6‑42 for more information.
Also see Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42 for more
information.
The tow/haul mode works with the Autoride® feature,
if the vehicle has this, to enhance the ride when
trailering or with a loaded vehicle. See Autoride® on
page 6‑42.
Cruise Grade Braking
Grade Braking
The Grade Braking shift modes can be activated by
pressing the button on the end of the shift control lever.
While in Range Selection Mode, Grade Braking is
deactivated allowing the driver to select a desired range
of gears.
Grade Braking is only active while the Tow/Haul Mode
is selected and you are not in the Range Selection
Mode. See “Tow/Haul Mode listed previously and
Automatic Transmission Operation on page 3‑32 for
more information on the Range Selection Mode. Grade
Braking assists in maintaining desired vehicle speeds
when driving on downhill grades by automatically
implementing a shift schedule that utilizes the engine
and transmission to slow the vehicle. This reduces wear
on the braking system and increases control of the
vehicle. Grade Braking monitors vehicle speed,
acceleration, engine torque and brake pedal usage.
Using this information, it detects when the vehicle is on
a downhill grade and the driver desires to slow the
vehicle by pressing the brake.
Cruise Grade Braking assists when driving on a
downhill grade. It maintains vehicle speed by
automatically implementing a shift schedule that uses
the engine and the transmission to slow the vehicle.
Cruise Grade Braking operates while Cruise Control is
engaged in Tow/Haul mode to assist in maintaining
vehicle speed under loaded vehicle conditions.
It utilizes vehicle acceleration and deviation from
desired speed to determine the correct gear for the
operating condition. If vehicle speed is above the
desired speed the transmission will downshift to slow
the vehicle. If vehicle speed is near or below desired
speed the trans will upshift, allowing vehicle speed to
increase.
While in the Range Select Mode (RSM) mode, cruise
grade braking is not available.
See Automatic Transmission Operation on page 3‑32.
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Parking Brake
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Notice: Driving with the parking brake on can
overheat the brake system and cause premature
wear or damage to brake system parts. Make sure
that the parking brake is fully released and the
brake warning light is off before driving.
To release the parking brake, hold the regular brake
pedal down, then push down momentarily on the
parking brake pedal until you feel the pedal release.
Slowly pull your foot up off the park brake pedal. If the
parking brake is not released when you begin to drive,
the brake system warning light will flash and a chime
will sound warning you that the parking brake is still on.
If you are towing a trailer and are parking on a hill, see
Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42.
Set the parking brake by holding the regular brake
pedal down, then pushing down the parking brake
pedal.
If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will
come on. See Brake System Warning Light on
page 4‑33.
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Shifting Into Park
{ WARNING:
It can be dangerous to get out of the vehicle if the
shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking
brake firmly set. The vehicle can roll. If you have
left the engine running, the vehicle can move
suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be
sure the vehicle will not move, even when you are
on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow.
If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer on
page 6‑42.
1. Hold the brake pedal down, then set the parking
brake.
2. Move the shift lever into the P (Park) position by
pulling the shift lever toward you and moving it up
as far as it will go.
3. Turn the ignition key to LOCK/OFF.
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Leaving the Vehicle With the Engine
Running
{ WARNING:
It can be dangerous to leave the vehicle with the
engine running. The vehicle could move suddenly
if the shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the
parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the
vehicle with the engine running, it could overheat
and even catch fire. You or others could be
injured. Do not leave the vehicle with the engine
running.
If you have to leave the vehicle with the engine running,
be sure the vehicle is in P (Park) and the parking brake
is firmly set. After the shift lever is moved into P (Park),
hold the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if you can
move the shift lever away from P (Park) without first
pulling it toward you. If you can, it means that the shift
lever was not fully locked into P (Park).
4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can
leave the vehicle with the ignition key in your hand,
the vehicle is in P (Park).
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Torque Lock
If you are parking on a hill and you do not shift the
transmission into P (Park) properly, the weight of the
vehicle can put too much force on the parking pawl in
the transmission. It might be difficult to pull the shift
lever out of P (Park). This is called torque lock. To
prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift
into P (Park) properly before you leave the driver seat.
To find out how, see Shifting Into Park on page 3‑39.
When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of
P (Park) before releasing the parking brake.
If torque lock does occur, you might need to have
another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some of
the pressure from the parking pawl in the transmission.
Then you should be able to pull the shift lever out of
P (Park).
Shifting Out of Park
This vehicle is equipped with an electronic shift lock
release system. The shift lock release is designed to:
.
Prevent ignition key removal unless the shift lever
is in P (Park) with the shift lever button fully
released, and
.
Prevent movement of the shift lever out of
P (Park), unless the ignition is in ON/RUN or
ACC/ACCESSORY and the regular brake pedal
is applied.
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The shift lock release is always functional except in the
case of an uncharged or low voltage (less than 9 volt)
battery.
If the vehicle has an uncharged battery or a battery with
low voltage, try charging or jump starting the battery.
See Jump Starting on page 7‑44 for more information.
To shift out of P (Park) use the following:
1. Apply the brake pedal.
2. Move the shift lever to the desired position.
If you still are unable to shift out of P (Park):
1. Ease the pressure on the shift lever.
2. While holding down the brake pedal, press the shift
lever all the way into P (Park).
3. Move the shift lever to the desired position.
If you are still having a problem shifting, then have the
vehicle serviced soon.
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Parking Over Things That Burn
{ WARNING:
Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust
parts under the vehicle and ignite. Do not park
over papers, leaves, dry grass, or other things that
can burn.
Engine Exhaust
{ WARNING:
Engine exhaust contains Carbon Monoxide (CO)
which cannot be seen or smelled. Exposure to CO
can cause unconsciousness and even death.
Exhaust may enter the vehicle if:
.
The vehicle idles in areas with poor ventilation
(parking garages, tunnels, deep snow that
may block underbody airflow or tail pipes).
.
The exhaust smells or sounds strange or
different.
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WARNING: (Continued)
.
The exhaust system leaks due to corrosion or
damage.
.
The vehicle’s exhaust system has been
modified, damaged or improperly repaired.
.
There are holes or openings in the vehicle
body from damage or after-market
modifications that are not completely sealed.
If unusual fumes are detected or if it is suspected
that exhaust is coming into the vehicle:
.
Drive it only with the windows
completely down.
.
Have the vehicle repaired immediately.
Never park the vehicle with the engine running in
an enclosed area such as a garage or a building
that has no fresh air ventilation.
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Running the Vehicle While Parked
It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you
ever have to, here are some things to know.
{ WARNING:
Idling a vehicle in an enclosed area with poor
ventilation is dangerous. Engine exhaust may
enter the vehicle. Engine exhaust contains
Carbon Monoxide (CO) which cannot be seen or
smelled. It can cause unconsciousness and even
death. Never run the engine in an enclosed area
that has no fresh air ventilation. For more
information, see Engine Exhaust on page 3‑41.
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{ WARNING:
It can be dangerous to get out of the vehicle if the
automatic transmission shift lever is not fully in
P (Park) with the parking brake firmly set. The
vehicle can roll. Do not leave the vehicle when the
engine is running unless you have to. If you have
left the engine running, the vehicle can move
suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be
sure the vehicle will not move, even when you are
on fairly level ground, always set the parking
brake and move the shift lever to P (Park).
Follow the proper steps to be sure the vehicle will not
move. See Shifting Into Park on page 3‑39.
If parking on a hill and pulling a trailer, see Towing a
Trailer on page 6‑42.
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Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors
Mirrors
Controls for the outside
power foldaway mirrors
are located on the driver
door armrest.
Manual Rearview Mirror
Hold the inside rearview mirror in the center to move it
for a clearer view behind your vehicle. Adjust the mirror
to avoid glare from the headlamps behind you. Push the
tab forward for daytime use and pull it for nighttime use.
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
This vehicle may have an automatic dimming inside
rearview mirror with OnStar®. It may also have
Intellibeam®. For more information on Intellibeam™, see
“Intellibeam™ Intelligent High‐Beam Headlamp Control
System” under Exterior Lamps on page 4‑11. For more
information on OnStar®, see the OnStar® owner's guide.
Automatic Dimming Mirror Operation
Automatic dimming reduces the glare of lights from
behind the vehicle. The dimming feature comes on and
the indicator light illuminates each time the vehicle is
started.
O (On/Off):
Press to turn the dimming feature on or off.
Mirror Adjustment
1. Press (A) or (B) to select the driver or passenger
side mirror.
2. Press one of the four arrows located on the control
pad to adjust the mirror.
3. Press the opposite side to get the control pad to a
neutral position.
Cleaning the Mirror
4. Press (C) to fold the mirrors out to the driving
position.
Do not spray glass cleaner directly on the mirror. Use a
soft towel dampened with water.
5. Press (D) to fold the mirrors in to the folded
position.
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Resetting the Power Foldaway Mirrors
Ground Illumination Lamps
Reset the power foldaway mirrors if:
The mirrors may also include ground illumination lamps
in the base of the mirror. These lamps help to see the
area near the base of the front doors when it is
dark out.
.
The mirrors are accidentally obstructed while
folding.
.
They are accidentally manually folded/unfolded.
.
The mirrors will not stay in the unfolded position.
Park Tilt Mirrors
.
The mirrors vibrate at normal driving speeds.
If the vehicle has the memory package, the passenger
and/or driver mirror tilts to a preselected position when
the vehicle is in R (Reverse). This feature lets the driver
view the curb when parallel parking. The mirror(s) return
to the original position when the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse), or the ignition is turned off or to
OFF/LOCK.
Fold and unfold the mirrors one time using the mirror
controls to reset them to their normal position.
A popping noise may be heard during the resetting of
the power foldaway mirrors. This sound is normal after
a manual folding operation.
Automatic Dimming
Adjust the driver outside mirror for the glare of the
headlamps behind your vehicle. See Automatic
Dimming Rearview Mirror on page 3‑43 for more
information.
Turn Signal Indicator
The vehicle has a turn signal indicator on the mirror. An
arrow on the mirror flashes in the direction of the turn or
lane change.
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Turn this feature on or off through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information.
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Outside Convex Mirror
{ WARNING:
A convex mirror can make things, like other
vehicles, look farther away than they really are.
If you cut too sharply into the right lane, you could
hit a vehicle on the right. Check the inside mirror
or glance over your shoulder before changing
lanes.
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Outside Heated Mirrors
< (Rear Window Defogger): Press to heat the
mirrors.
See “Rear Window Defogger” under Dual Automatic
Climate Control System on page 4‑20 for more
information.
Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system, see Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on
page 3‑48.
The passenger side mirror is convex shaped. A convex
mirror's surface is curved so more can be seen from the
driver seat.
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Object Detection Systems
Ultrasonic Rear Parking
Assist (URPA)
For vehicles with the Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA) system, it operates at speeds less than 8 km/h
(5 mph), and assists the driver with parking and
avoiding objects while in R (Reverse). The sensors on
the rear bumper are used to detect the distance to an
object up to 2.5 m (8 ft) behind the vehicle, and at least
25.4 cm (10 in) off the ground.
{ WARNING:
The Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA)
system does not replace driver vision. It cannot
detect:
.
.
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Objects that are below the bumper,
underneath the vehicle, or too close or far
from the vehicle
Children, pedestrians, bicyclists, or pets.
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WARNING: (Continued)
If you do not use proper care before and while
backing, vehicle damage, injury, or death could
occur. Even with URPA, always check behind the
vehicle before backing up. While backing, be sure
to look for objects and check the vehicle's mirrors.
How the System Works
URPA comes on automatically when the shift lever is
moved into R (Reverse). A single tone sounds to
indicate the system is working.
URPA operates only at speeds less than
5 mph (8 km/h).
An obstacle is indicated by audible beeps. The interval
between the beeps becomes shorter as the vehicle gets
closer to the obstacle. When the distance is less than
30 cm (12 in) the beeps are continuous.
To be detected, objects must be at least 25.4 cm (10 in)
off the ground and below liftgate level. Objects must
also be within 2.5 m (8 ft) from the rear bumper. This
distance may be less during warmer or humid weather.
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The system can be
disabled by pressing the
rear park aid disable
button located next to the
radio.
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PARKING ASSIST BLOCKED SEE OWNERS
MANUAL: This message can occur under the following
conditions:
.
The ultrasonic sensors are not clean. Keep the
vehicle's rear bumper free of mud, dirt, snow, ice
and slush. For cleaning instructions, see Washing
Your Vehicle on page 7‑103.
.
The park assist sensors are covered by frost or
ice. Frost or ice can form around and behind the
sensors and may not always be seen; this can
occur after washing the vehicle in cold weather.
The message may not clear until the frost or ice
has melted.
.
A trailer was attached to the vehicle, or a bicycle or
an object was hanging out of the liftgate during the
last drive cycle. Once the attached object is
removed, URPA will return to normal operation.
.
A tow bar is attached to the vehicle.
.
The vehicle's bumper is damaged. Take the vehicle
to your dealer to repair the system.
.
Other conditions may affect system performance,
such as vibrations from a jackhammer or the
compression of air brakes on a very large truck.
The indicator light will come on and PARK ASSIST OFF
displays on the Driver Information Center (DIC) to
indicate that URPA is off, see DIC Warnings and
Messages on page 4‑49.
When the System Does Not Seem to
Work Properly
If the URPA system will not activate due to a temporary
condition, the messages PARK ASSIST OFF or PARK
ASSIST BLOCKED SEE OWNERS MANUAL will be
displayed on the DIC.
SERVICE PARK ASSIST: If this message occurs, take
the vehicle to your dealer to repair the system.
PARK ASSIST OFF: This message occurs if the driver
disables the system.
If the system is still disabled, after driving forward at
least 40 km/h (25 mph), take the vehicle to your dealer.
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Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
The vehicle may have a Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system. Read this entire section before using the
system.
{ WARNING:
SBZA is only a lane changing aid and does not
replace driver vision. SBZA does not detect:
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Vehicles outside the side blind zones which
may be rapidly approaching.
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Pedestrians, bicyclists, or animals.
Failure to use proper care when changing lanes
may result in damage to the vehicle, injury,
or death. Always check the outside and rearview
mirrors, glance over your shoulder, and use the
turn signal before changing lanes.
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When the system detects a vehicle in the side blind
zone, amber SBZA displays light up in the side mirrors.
This indicates that it may be unsafe to change lanes.
Before making a lane change, always check the SBZA
display, check the outside and rearview mirrors, look
over your shoulder for vehicles and hazards, and use
the turn signal.
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SBZA Detection Zones
The SBZA sensor covers a zone of approximately one
lane over from both sides of the vehicle, 3.5 m (11 ft).
This zone starts at each side mirror and goes back
approximately 16 ft. (5.0 m). The height of the zone is
approximately between 0.5 m (1.5 ft) and 2.0 m (6 ft) off
the ground.
Use caution while changing lanes when towing a trailer,
as the SBZA detection zones do not change when a
trailer is towed.
How the System Works
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If the turn signal is activated and a vehicle is also
detected on the same side, the SBZA display will flash
to give you extra warning not to change lanes.
SBZA displays do not come on while the vehicle is
approaching or passing other vehicles. At speeds
greater then 32 km/h (20 mph), SBZA displays may
come on when a vehicle you have passed remains in or
drops back into the detection zone.
SBZA can be disabled through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See Driver Information Center (DIC) on
page 4‑41 for more information. If the SBZA is disabled
by the driver, the SBZA mirror displays will not light up
during normal driving.
When the System Does Not Seem To Work
Properly
Left Side Mirror Display
Right Side Mirror Display
When the vehicle is started, both outside mirror
displays will briefly come on to indicate that the system
is operating. When the vehicle is moving forward, the
left or right side mirror SBZA display will light up if a
vehicle is detected in that blind zone.
Occasional missed alerts can occur under normal
circumstances and will increase in wet conditions.
The system does not need to be serviced due to an
occasional missed alert. The number of missed alerts
will increase with increased rainfall or road spray.
If the SBZA displays do not light up when the system is
on and vehicles are in the blind zone, the system may
need service. Take the vehicle to your dealer.
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SBZA is designed to ignore stationary objects; however,
the system may occasionally light up due to guard rails,
signs, trees, shrubs, and other stationary objects. This
is normal system operation, the vehicle does not need
service.
SBZA does not operate when the left or right corners of
the rear bumper are covered with mud, dirt, snow, ice,
slush, or in heavy rainstorms. For cleaning instructions,
see Washing Your Vehicle on page 7‑103. If the
DIC still displays the SIDE BLIND ZONE SYSTEM
UNAVAILABLE message after cleaning the bumper, see
your dealer.
The SBZA displays may remain on if a trailer is
attached to the vehicle, or a bicycle or object is
extending out to either side of the vehicle.
When SBZA is disabled for any reason other than the
driver turning it off, the driver will not be able to turn
SBZA back on using the DIC. The SIDE BLIND ZONE
ALERT ON option will not be selectable if the conditions
for normal system operation are not met. Until normal
operating conditions for SBZA are met, you should not
rely upon SBZA while driving.
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SBZA Error Messages
The following messages may appear in the DIC:
SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT SYSTEM OFF: This
message indicates that the driver has turned the
system off.
SIDE BLIND ZONE SYSTEM UNAVAILABLE: This
message indicates that the SBZA system is disabled
either because the sensor is blocked and cannot detect
vehicles in your blind zone, or the vehicle is passing
through an open field of view area, such as the desert,
where there is insufficient data for operation. The
sensor may be blocked by mud, dirt, snow, ice, slush,
or even heavy rainstorms. This message may also
activate during heavy rain or due to road spray. The
vehicle does not need service. For cleaning, see
Washing Your Vehicle on page 7‑103.
SERVICE SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT SYSTEM: If this
message appears, both SBZA displays will remain on
indicating there is a problem with the SBZA system.
If these displays remain on after continued driving, the
system needs service. Take the vehicle to your dealer.
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FCC Information
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for FCC
information.
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Turning the Rear Vision Camera System
On or Off
To turn the rear vision camera system on or off:
Frequency of operation: 24.05GHz – 24.25GHz.
1. Shift into P (Park).
Field Strength: Not greater than 2.5V/m peak
(0.25V/m average) at a distance of 3 m.
2. Press the CONFIG hard key to enter the configure
menu options, then press the CONFIG hard key to
select Display or touch the Display screen button.
The manufacturer is not responsible for any radio or TV
interference caused by unauthorized modifications to
this equipment. Such modifications could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
3. Select the Rear Camera Options screen button.
The Rear Camera Options screen will display.
Rear Vision Camera (RVC)
This vehicle may have a Rear Vision Camera system.
Read this entire section before using it.
The rear vision camera system is designed to help the
driver when backing up by displaying a view of the area
behind the vehicle. When the driver shifts the vehicle
into R (Reverse), the video image automatically
appears on the navigation screen. Once the driver shifts
out of R (Reverse), the navigation screen will go back to
the last screen that had been displayed, after a delay.
4. Select the Video screen button. When the Video
screen button is highlighted the RVC system is on.
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The delay that is received after shifting out of
R (Reverse) is approximately 10 seconds. The delay
can be cancelled by performing one of the following:
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Pressing a hard key on the navigation system.
.
Shifting in to P (Park).
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Reach a vehicle speed of 7 mph (11 km/h).
There is a message on the rear vision camera screen
that states “Check Surroundings for Safety”.
Adjusting the Brightness and Contrast of
the Screen
To adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen,
press the CONFIG hard key while the rear vision
camera image is on the display. Any adjustments made
will only affect the rear vision camera screen.
] (Brightness) :
Touch the + (plus) or – (minus)
screen buttons to increase or decrease the brightness
of the screen.
_ (Contrast) :
Touch the + (plus) or – (minus) screen
buttons to increase or decrease the contrast of the
screen.
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Symbols
The navigation system may have a feature that lets the
driver view symbols on the navigation screen while
using the rear vision camera. The Ultrasonic Rear Park
Assist (URPA) system must not be disabled to use the
caution symbols. If URPA has been disabled and the
symbols have been turned on, the Rear Parking Assist
Symbols Unavailable error message may display. See
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) on page 3‑46.
The symbols appear when an object has been detected
by the URPA system. The symbol may cover the object
when viewing the navigation screen.
To turn the symbols on or off:
1. Make sure that URPA has not been disabled.
2. Shift into P (Park).
3. Press the CONFIG hard key to enter the configure
menu options, then press the CONFIG hard key
repeatedly until Display is selected or touch the
Display screen button.
4. Select the Rear Camera Options screen button.
The Rear Camera Options screen will display.
5. Touch the Symbols screen button. The screen
button will be highlighted when on.
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Rear Vision Camera Error Messages
Service Rear Vision Camera System: This message
can display when the system is not receiving
information it requires from other vehicle systems.
Rear Vision Camera System Unavailable: Displays
when the system is not receiving information it requires
from other vehicle systems.
If any other problem occurs or if a problem persists, see
your dealer.
{ WARNING:
The Rear Vision Camera (RVC) system does not
replace driver vision. RVC does not:
.
Detect objects that are outside the camera's
field of view, below the bumper, or underneath
the vehicle.
.
Detect children, pedestrians, bicyclists,
or pets.
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WARNING: (Continued)
Do not back the vehicle by only looking at the
RVC screen, or use the screen during longer,
higher speed backing maneuvers or where there
could be cross-traffic. Your judged distances using
the screen will differ from actual distances.
If you do not use proper care before backing up,
you could hit a vehicle, child, pedestrian, bicyclist,
or pet, resulting in vehicle damage, injury,
or death. Even though the vehicle has the RVC
system, always check carefully before backing up
by checking behind and around the vehicle.
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Rear Vision Camera Location
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The following illustration shows the field of view that the
camera provides.
The image is provided by the camera located above the
license plate.
The camera uses a special lens. The distance of the
image that appears on the screen differs from the actual
distance. The area displayed by the camera is limited.
The camera does not display objects which are close to
either corner of the bumper or under the bumper. The
area displayed on the screen can vary according to
vehicle orientation or road conditions.
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A. View displayed by the camera.
B. Corner of the rear bumper.
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When the System Does Not Seem To
Work Properly
The rear vision camera system might not work properly
or display a clear image if:
.
The RVC is turned off. See “Turning the Rear
Camera System On or Off” earlier in this section.
.
It is dark.
.
The sun or the beam of headlights is shining
directly into the camera lens.
.
Ice, snow, mud, or anything else builds up on the
camera lens. Clean the lens, rinse it with water,
and wipe it with a soft cloth.
.
The back of the vehicle is in an accident, the
position and mounting angle of the camera can
change or the camera can be affected. Be sure to
have the camera and its position and mounting
angle checked at your dealer.
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Universal Home Remote
System
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for
information regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry
Canada Standards RSS-210/220/310.
Universal Home Remote System
Operation (With Three Round LED)
This vehicle may have the Universal Home Remote
System. If there are three round Light Emitting Diode
(LED) indicator lights above the Universal Home
Remote buttons, follow the instructions below.
This system provides a way to replace up to three
remote control transmitters used to activate devices
such as garage door openers, security systems, and
home automation devices.
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Do not use this system with any garage door opener
that does not have the stop and reverse feature. This
includes any garage door opener model manufactured
before April 1, 1982.
Read the instructions completely before attempting to
program the transmitter. Because of the steps involved,
it may be helpful to have another person assist with
programming the transmitter.
Be sure to keep the original remote control transmitter
for use in other vehicles, as well as, for future
programming. Only the original remote control
transmitter is needed for Fixed Code programming.
The programmed buttons should be erased when the
vehicle is sold or the lease ends. See “Erasing
Universal Home Remote Buttons” later in this section.
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Programming Universal Home
Remote — Rolling Code
For questions or help programming the Universal Home
Remote System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go to
learcar2u.com.
Most garage door openers sold after 1996 are Rolling
Code units.
Programming a garage door opener involves
time-sensitive actions, so read the entire procedure
before starting. Otherwise, the device will time out and
the procedure will have to be repeated.
To program up to three devices:
Park the vehicle outside of the garage when
programming a garage door. Be sure that people and
objects are clear of the garage door or gate that is
being programmed.
1. From inside the vehicle, press the two outside
buttons at the same time for one to two seconds,
and immediately release them.
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3. Immediately return to the vehicle. Press and hold
the Universal Home Remote button that will be
used to control the garage door until the garage
door moves. The indicator light, above the selected
button, should slowly blink. This button may need
to be held for up to 20 seconds.
4. Immediately, within one second, release the button
when the garage door moves. The indicator light
will blink rapidly until programming is complete.
5. Press and release the same button again.
The garage door should move, confirming that
programming is successful and complete.
2. Locate in the garage, the garage door opener
receiver (motor-head unit). Locate the “Learn” or
“Smart” button. It can usually be found where the
hanging antenna wire is attached to the
motor-head unit and may be a colored button.
Press this button. After pressing this button,
complete the following steps in less than
30 seconds.
To program another Rolling Code device such as an
additional garage door opener, a security device,
or home automation device, repeat Steps 1 through 5,
choosing a different function button in Step 3 than what
was used for the garage door opener.
If these instructions do not work, the garage door
opener is probably a Fixed Code unit. Follow the
Programming instructions that follow for a Fixed Code
garage door opener.
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Programming Universal Home
Remote — Fixed Code
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To program up to three devices:
For questions or help programming the Universal Home
Remote System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go to
learcar2u.com.
Most garage door openers sold before 1996 are Fixed
Code units.
Programming a garage door opener involves
time-sensitive actions, so read the entire procedure
before starting. Otherwise, the device will time out and
the procedure will have to be repeated.
1. To verify that the garage door opener is a Fixed
Code unit, remove the battery cover on the hand
held transmitter supplied by the manufacturer of
the garage door opener motor. If there are a row of
dip switches similar to the graphic above, the
garage door opener is a Fixed Code unit. If you do
not see a row of dip switches, return to the
previous section for Programming Universal Home
Remote – Rolling Code.
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Your hand held transmitter can have between eight
to 12 dip switches depending on the brand of
transmitter.
The garage door opener receiver (motor head unit)
could also have a row of dip switches that can be
used when programming the Universal Home
Remote. If the total number of switches on the
motor head and hand held transmitter are different,
or if the dip switch settings are different, use the
dip switch settings on the motor head unit to
program the Universal Home Remote. The motor
head dip switch settings can also be used when
the original hand held transmitter is not available.
Example of Eight Dip Switches with Two Positions
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2. Write down the eight to 12 switch settings from left
to right as follows:
Example of Eight Dip Switches with Three Positions
The panel of switches might not appear exactly as
they do in the examples above, but they should be
similar.
The switch positions on the hand-held transmitter
could be labeled, as follows:
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A switch in the up position could be labeled as
“Up,” “+,” or “On.”
.
A switch in the down position could be labeled
as “Down,” “−,” or “Off.”
.
A switch in the middle position could be labeled
as “Middle,” “0,” or “Neutral.”
.
When a switch is in the up position, write “Left.”
.
When a switch is in the down position, write
“Right.”
.
If a switch is set between the up and down
position, write “Middle.”
The switch settings written down in Step 2 now
become the button strokes to be entered into
the Universal Home Remote in Step 4. Be sure
to enter the switch settings written down in
Step 2, in order from left to right, into the
Universal Home Remote, when completing
Step 4.
3. From inside your vehicle, first firmly press all three
buttons at the same time for about three seconds.
Release the buttons to put the Universal Home
Remote into programming mode.
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5. After entering all of the switch positions, again,
firmly press and release all three buttons at the
same time. The indicator lights will turn on.
6. Press and hold the button that will be used to
control the garage door until the garage door
moves. The indicator light above the selected
button should slowly blink. This button may need to
be held for up to 55 seconds.
7. Immediately release the button when the garage
door moves. The indicator light will blink rapidly
until programming is complete.
8. Press and release the same button again.
The garage door should move, confirming that
programming is successful and complete.
4. The indicator lights will blink slowly. Enter each
switch setting from Step 2 into your vehicle's
Universal Home Remote. You will have two and
one-half minutes to complete Step 4. Now press
one button on the Universal Home Remote for
each switch setting as follows:
.
If you wrote “Left,” press the left button in the
vehicle.
.
If you wrote “Right,” press the right button in
the vehicle.
.
If you wrote “Middle,” press the middle button in
the vehicle.
To program another Fixed Code device such as an
additional garage door opener, a security device,
or home automation device, repeat Steps 1-8, choosing
a different button in Step 6 than what was used for the
garage door opener.
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Using Universal Home Remote
Storage Areas
Press and hold the appropriate button for at least half of
a second. The indicator light will come on while the
signal is being transmitted.
Glove Box
Reprogramming Universal Home
Remote Buttons
Any of the three buttons can be reprogrammed by
repeating the instructions.
Erasing Universal Home Remote
Buttons
The programmed buttons should be erased when the
vehicle is sold or the lease ends.
To erase either Rolling Code or Fixed Code on the
Universal Home Remote device:
1. Press and hold the two outside buttons at the
same time for approximately 20 seconds, until the
indicator lights, located directly above the buttons,
begin to blink rapidly.
2. Once the indicator lights begin to blink, release
both buttons. The codes from all buttons will be
erased.
For help or information on the Universal Home Remote
System, call the customer assistance phone number
under Customer Assistance Offices on page 9‑6.
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Pull the bottom of the glove box handle upward to open
it. Use the key to lock and unlock the glove box.
Cupholders
Cupholders are located in the center console for the
front passengers. Press down on the access door
release to open and use the front cupholders. Push the
door back down to close it. Push down and then back
on the front cupholder to remove it for cleaning.
Heated and Cooled Cupholders
For vehicles with heated and cooled cupholders, these
are located in the front center console.
Press down on the access door release button to open
the cupholder door.
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Rear Passenger Cupholders
To set to cool mode, press and release the button the
i shows blue. Press and release again to turn it off.
To set to heat mode, press and release the button the
h shows red. Press and release again to turn it off.
Insulated containers will not work properly. Use only
non-insulated containers.
Pull down on the lid to access the cupholders in the
rear floor console.
Vehicles with the rear seat armrest may also contain
cupholders. Pull down the armrest to use the
cupholders.
Notice: When the cuphholder is turned on, the
inside receptacles are hot or cold. Temperature
variations in the cupholders may cause
condensation. To avoid damage, do not store
electronic devices or other items here.
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Center Console Storage
A console compartment is located between the bucket
seats.
The console has both an upper and lower storage bin
accessed by lifting up on the latches located at the front
of the console lid.
The console may have an accessory power outlet
inside. See Accessory Power Outlet(s) on page 4‑19.
The rear of the console also has a cupholder that
swings down for the rear seat passengers to use.
Assist Handles
Assist handles located above the rear passenger doors
can be used when getting out of the vehicle. Pull the
handles downward to use them.
Garment Hooks
There are garment hooks located on the assist handles.
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Roof Rack System
{ WARNING:
If something is carried on top of the vehicle that is
longer or wider than the roof rack— like paneling,
plywood, or a mattress— the wind can catch it
while the vehicle is being driven. The item being
carried could be violently torn off, and this could
cause a collision, and damage the vehicle. Never
carry something longer or wider than the roof rack
on top of the vehicle unless using a GM Certified
accessory carrier.
For vehicles with a roof rack, the rack can be used to
load items. For roof racks that do not have crossrails
included, GM Certified crossrails can be purchased as
an accessory. See your dealer for additional
information.
For vehicles with crossrails, they can be moved back
and forth to help secure cargo. To adjust them,
turn the knob located at each end of the crossrail
counterclockwise until the crossrail can move freely. To
secure the crossrail, turn the knob located at each end
of the crossrail clockwise until tightened. Tie the load to
the siderails or siderail supports.
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Notice: Loading cargo on the roof rack that weighs
more than 91 kg (200 lbs) or hangs over the rear or
sides of the vehicle may damage the vehicle. Load
cargo so that it rests evenly between the crossrails,
making sure to fasten cargo securely.
To prevent damage or loss of cargo when driving, check
to make sure crossrails and cargo are securely
fastened. Loading cargo on the roof rack will make the
vehicle’s center of gravity higher. Avoid high speeds,
sudden starts, sharp turns, sudden braking or abrupt
maneuvers, otherwise it may result in loss of control.
If driving for a long distance, on rough roads, or at high
speeds, occasionally stop the vehicle to make sure the
cargo remains in its place.
Do not exceed the maximum vehicle capacity when
loading the vehicle. For more information on vehicle
capacity and loading, see Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32.
To prevent damage or loss of cargo, check now and
then to make sure the luggage and cargo are still
securely fastened.
Be sure the cargo is properly loaded.
.
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Tie the load to the crossrails or the siderail
supports. Use the crossrails only to keep the load
from sliding. To move the crossrails, pull out on the
latch release handle at each end. Slide the
crossrail to the desired position balancing the force
side to side. Push the release handle back into the
latched position and slide the crossrail back and
forth slightly to be sure the latch snaps securely
into place.
.
If needed to carry long items, move the crossrails
as far apart as they will go. Tie the load to the
crossrails and the siderails or siderail supports.
Also tie the load to the bumpers. Do not tie the
load so tightly that the crossrails or siderails are
damaged.
.
After moving a crossrail, be sure it is securely
locked into the siderail.
A Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL) is located
above the glass or above the rear load doors.
If items are loaded on the roof of the vehicle, care
should be taken not to block or damage the
CHMSL unit.
If small heavy objects are placed on the roof, place
the load in the area over the rear wheels (behind
the rear side door on extended models). If needed,
cut a piece of 3/8 inch plywood to fit inside the
crossrails and siderails to spread the load.
If plywood is used, tie it to the siderail supports.
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Rear Storage Area
For vehicles with a rear storage area, it is located in the
rear cargo area of the vehicle on the driver's side trim
panel.
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There are two switches in
the overhead console that
operate the sunroof.
Turn the knobs and swing the storage door to access
the storage compartment. The door can be removed.
Rear Seat Armrest
For vehicle with an armrest/storage compartment
located by the second row seat, pull the loop at the top
of the armrest out to lower the armrest.
Push the button on the front of the armrest and pull
the top up to open the compartment.
Sunroof
Your vehicle may be equipped with a power sliding
sunroof. To open or close the sunroof, the ignition
needs to be turned to ON/RUN, or Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) must be active. When RAP is active, the
sunroof will work for 10 minutes after the ignition is
turned off, or until a front door is opened. See Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on page 3‑28 for more
information.
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Manual-Open/Manual-Close: To open the sunroof
press and hold the rear of the driver's side switch until
the sunroof reaches the desired position. To close the
sunroof, press and hold the front of the driver's side
switch until the sunroof reaches the desired position.
The sunshade will open automatically with the sunroof,
but can also be opened manually.
The sunroof has a comfort stop feature which stops the
sunroof from opening to the full-open position. From the
comfort stop position, press the rear of the driver's side
switch a second time to open the sunroof to the
full-open position.
When the sunroof is opened, an air deflector will
automatically raise. The air deflector will retract when
the sunroof is closed.
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Express-Open/Express-Close: To express-open the
sunroof, fully press and release the rear of the driver's
side switch. The sunroof will open automatically. To stop
the sunroof partway, press the switch a second time. To
express-close the sunroof, fully press and release the
front of the driver's side switch. The sunroof will close
automatically. To stop the sunroof partway, press the
switch a second time. The sunshade will open
automatically with the sunroof, but can also be opened
manually.
The sunroof has a comfort stop feature which stops the
sunroof from opening to the full-open position. From the
comfort stop position, press the rear of the driver's side
switch a second time to open the sunroof to the
full-open position.
When the sunroof is opened, an air deflector will
automatically raise. The air deflector will retract when
the sunroof is closed.
Vent: The sunroof has an express-vent open feature.
From the closed position, press the rear of the
passenger's side switch to vent the sunroof. To stop
the sunroof partway, press the switch a second time.
To close the sunroof, press and hold the front of the
passenger's side switch. To stop the sunroof partway,
release the switch.
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Anti-Pinch Feature: If an object is in the path of the
sunroof while it is closing, the anti-pinch feature will
detect the object and stop the sunroof from closing
at the point of the obstruction. The sunroof will then
open halfway, and the air deflector will raise. To close
the sunroof once it has re-opened, refer to the
“Express-Close” or “Manual-Close” functions described
previously. If the sunroof is in the vent position, and
there is an object in the path of the sunroof when it
closing, the anti-pinch feature will detect the object and
stop the sunroof. To close the sunroof once it has
re-opened, refer to the “Manual-Close” or
“Express-Close” functions described previously.
Dirt and debris may collect on the sunroof seal or in the
tracks that could cause an issue with sunroof operation,
noise or plug the water drainage system. Periodically
open the sunroof and remove any obstacles or loose
debris. Wipe the sunroof seal and roof sealing area
using a clean cloth, mild soap, and water. Do not
remove grease from sunroof.
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Section 4
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Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Tilt Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Heated Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Turn and Lane-Change Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Windshield Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
Rear Window Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Exterior Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Headlamps on Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Automatic Headlamp System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Instrument Panel Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Dome Lamp Override . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Electric Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery Run-Down Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessory Power Outlet(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ashtray(s) and Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Analog Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dual Automatic Climate Control System . . . . . . .
Outlet Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating System and
Electronic Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators . . . . . . . .
Instrument Panel Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Speedometer and Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake System Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Section 4
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light . . .
StabiliTrak® Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Malfunction Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Oil Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Fog Lamp Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cruise Control Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Highbeam On Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tow/Haul Mode Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driver Information Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DIC Operation and Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DIC Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DIC Warnings and Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DIC Vehicle Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Audio System(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
(Overhead) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-78
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
(Headrest DVD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-87
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-104
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-106
Audio Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-106
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-108
Rear Side Window Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-109
XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System . . . . . . . . 4-109
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Instrument Panel Overview
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Tilt Wheel
Hazard Warning Flashers
| (Hazard Warning Flasher): Press this button
located on top of the steering column, to make the front
and rear turn signal lamps flash on and off. This warns
others that you are having trouble. Press again to turn
the flashers off.
When the hazard warning flashers are on, the vehicle's
turn signals will not work.
Horn
To sound the horn, press the center pad on the steering
wheel.
The power tilt wheel control is located on the left side of
the steering column.
Push the control up or down to tilt the steering wheel up
or down.
To set the memory position, see Memory Features on
page 2‑6.
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Heated Steering Wheel
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Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
For vehicles with a heated steering wheel, the button for
this feature is located on the steering wheel.
( : Press to turn the heated steering wheel on or off.
A light on the button displays when the feature is
turned on.
The steering wheel takes about three minutes to start
heating.
The lever on the left side of the steering column
includes the following:
G : Turn and Lane Change Signals
5:
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
N : Windshield Wipers
L : Windshield Washer
5 : Rear Wiper Delay
Z : Rear Wiper
= : Rear Wiper Wash
Flash-to-Pass Feature.
Information for these features is on the pages following.
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Turn and Lane-Change Signals
An arrow on the
instrument panel cluster
flashes in the direction of
the turn or lane change.
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Turn Signal On Chime
If the turn signal is left on for more than 3/4 of a mile
(1.2 km), a chime will sound at each flash of the turn
signal and the message TURN SIGNAL ON will also
appear in the Driver Information Control (DIC). To turn
the chime and message off, move the turn signal lever
to the off position.
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
Move the lever all the way up or down to signal a turn.
Raise or lower the lever for less than one second until
the arrow starts to flash to signal a lane change. This
causes the turn signals to automatically flash three
times. It will flash six times if tow-haul mode is active.
Holding the turn signal lever for more than one second
will cause the turn signals to flash until you release the
lever.
53 (Headlamp High/Low Beam Changer): To
change the headlamps from low to high beam, push
the lever toward the instrument panel. To return to
low-beam headlamps, pull the multifunction lever toward
you. Then release it.
When the high beams are
on, this indicator light on
the instrument panel
cluster will also be on.
The lever returns to its starting position whenever it is
released.
If after signaling a turn or a lane change the arrows
flash rapidly or do not come on, a signal bulb could be
burned out.
Have the bulbs replaced. If the bulb is not burned out,
check the fuse. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers on
page 7‑110.
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Flash-to-Pass
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Windshield Wipers
This feature lets you use the high-beam headlamps to
signal a driver in front of you that you want to pass.
It works even if the headlamps are in the automatic
position.
To use it, pull the turn signal lever toward you, then
release it.
If the headlamps are in the automatic position or on low
beam, the high-beam headlamps will turn on. They will
stay on as long as you hold the lever toward you. The
high-beam indicator on the instrument panel cluster will
come on. Release the lever to return to normal
operation.
For vehicles with High Intensity Discharge (HID)
headlamps, the low‐beam headlamps must be on for
the flash‐to‐pass feature to work.
Turn the band with the wiper symbol to control the
windshield wipers.
8 (Mist):
Single wipe, turn to 8, then release.
Several wipes, hold the band on 8 longer.
9 (Off): Turns the windshield wipers off.
6 (Adjustable Interval Wipes): Turn the band up for
more frequent wipes or down for less frequent wipes.
] (Low Speed): Slow wipes.
? (High Speed): Fast wipes.
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Clear ice and snow from the wiper blades before using
them. If frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or
thaw them. Damaged wiper blades should be replaced.
See Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement on
page 7‑57.
Heavy snow or ice can overload the wiper motor.
A circuit breaker will stop the motor until it cools down.
Windshield Washer
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Rear Window Wiper/Washer
{ WARNING:
In freezing weather, do not use your washer until
the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer
fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your
vision.
{ WARNING:
The rear wiper control is located on the turn signal/
multifunction lever.
In freezing weather, do not use your washer until
the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer
fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your
vision.
To turn the rear wiper on, slide the lever to a wiper
position.
L (Washer Fluid): Push the paddle marked with the
windshield washer symbol at the top of the multifunction
lever, to spray washer fluid on the windshield. The
wipers clear the window and then either stop or return
to the preset speed.
9 (Off): Turns the wiper off.
5 (Rear Wiper Delay): Turns on the rear wiper delay.
Z (Rear Wiper): Turns on the rear wiper.
= (Rear Wiper Wash): To turn on the rear wiper
wash, push the button on the end of the turn signal/
multifunction lever to spray washer fluid on the rear
window. The wipers will clear the rear window and
either stop or return to your preset speed. For more
washer cycles, press and hold the button.
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The rear window wiper/washer will not operate if the
liftgate or liftglass is open or ajar. If the liftgate or
liftglass is opened while the rear wiper is on, the wiper
will return to the parked position and stop.
Cruise Control
{ WARNING:
Cruise control can be dangerous where you
cannot drive safely at a steady speed. So, do not
use the cruise control on winding roads or in
heavy traffic.
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For vehicles with an Allison® or Hydra‐Matic 6‐speed
automatic transmission, see “Grade Braking and Cruise
Grade Braking (Allison Transmission) under Tow/Haul
Mode on page 3‑36 for an explanation of how cruise
control interacts with the Range Selection Mode, tow/
haul and grade braking systems.
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak®, and the system begins to
limit wheel spin, cruise control will automatically
disengage. See StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6.
When road conditions allow the cruise control to be
safely used again, it can be turned back on.
Cruise control can be dangerous on slippery
roads. On such roads, fast changes in tire traction
can cause excessive wheel slip, and you could
lose control. Do not use cruise control on slippery
roads.
With cruise control, a speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph)
or more can be maintained without keeping your foot on
the accelerator. Cruise control does not work at speeds
below about 40 km/h (25 mph).
When the brakes are applied, cruise control is
turned off.
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Button (If Equipped)
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The cruise control buttons are located on left side of the
steering wheel.
T (On/Off):
Turns the system on or off. The indicator
light is on when cruise control is on and turns off when
cruise control is off.
+ RES (Resume/Accelerate): Press to make the
vehicle accelerate or resume to a previously set speed.
SET − (Set/Coast): Press to set the speed or make the
vehicle decelerate.
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{ WARNING:
If you leave your cruise control on when you are
not using cruise, you might hit a button and go
into cruise when you do not want to. You could be
startled and even lose control. Keep the cruise
control switch off until you want to use cruise
control.
[ (Cancel):
Press to cancel cruise control without
erasing the set speed from memory.
1. Press the
Setting Cruise Control
2. Get up to the desired speed.
Cruise control will not work if the parking brake is set,
or if the master cylinder brake fluid level is low.
3. Press the SET− button located on the steering
wheel and release it.
The cruise control light on the instrument panel cluster
comes on after the cruise control has been set to the
desired speed.
4. Take your foot off the accelerator.
I button.
Resuming a Set Speed
If the cruise control is set at a desired speed and then
the brakes are applied, this shuts off the cruise control.
But it does not need to be reset.
Once the vehicle speed reaches about 40 km/h
(25 mph) or more, press the +RES button on the
steering wheel. The vehicle returns to the previously set
speed and stays there.
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Increasing Speed While Using Cruise
Control
To increase the cruise speed while using cruise control:
.
Press and hold the +RES button on the steering
wheel until the desired speed is reached, then
release it.
.
To increase vehicle speed in small increments,
press the +RES button. Each time this is done, the
vehicle goes about 1.6 km/h (1 mph) faster.
Reducing Speed While Using Cruise
Control
To reduce the vehicle speed while using cruise control:
.
.
Press and hold the SET– button on the steering
wheel until the desired lower speed is reached,
then release it.
To slow down in very small amounts, press the
SET– button on the steering wheel briefly. Each
time this is done, the vehicle goes about 1.6 km/h
(1 mph) slower.
Passing Another Vehicle While Using
Cruise Control
Use the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle
speed. When you take your foot off the pedal, the
vehicle will slow down to the previous set cruise speed.
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Using Cruise Control on Hills
How well the cruise control will work on hills depends
upon the vehicle speed, load, and the steepness of the
hills. When going up steep hills, you might have to step
on the accelerator pedal to maintain the vehicle's
speed. When going downhill, you might have to brake
or shift to a lower gear to keep the vehicle's speed
down. When the brakes are applied the cruise control
turns off.
Ending Cruise Control
There are three ways to end cruise control:
.
Step lightly on the brake pedal.
.
Press the
.
[ button on the steering wheel.
Press the I button on the steering wheel.
Erasing Speed Memory
The cruise control set speed memory is erased when
the cruise control or the ignition is turned off.
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Exterior Lamps
The exterior lamps
control is located on
the instrument panel to
the left of the steering
wheel.
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AUTO (Automatic): Automatically turns on the
headlamps at normal brightness, together with
the following:
.
Parking Lamps
.
Instrument Panel Lights
.
Taillamps
.
License Plate Lamps
; (Parking Lamps): Turns on the parking lamps
together with the following:
It controls the following systems:
.
Instrument Panel Lights
.
Headlamps
.
Taillamps
.
Taillamps
.
License Plate Lamps
.
Parking Lamps
.
License Plate Lamps
.
Instrument Panel Lights
2 (Headlamps): Turns on the headlamps together with
the following lamps listed below.
.
Parking Lamps
The exterior lamps control has four positions:
.
Instrument Panel Lights
9 (Off):
.
Taillamps
.
License Plate Lamps
Turns off the automatic headlamps and
daytime running lamps (DRL). Turning the headlamp
control to the off position again will turn the automatic
headlamps or DRL back on.
For vehicles first sold in Canada, the off position only
works when the vehicle is shifted into the P (Park)
position.
When the headlamps are turned on while the vehicle is
on, the headlamps will turn off automatically 10 minutes
after the ignition is turned off. When the headlamps are
turned on while the vehicle is off, the headlamps will
stay on for 10 minutes before automatically turning off
to prevent the battery from being drained.
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Turn the headlamp control to off and then back to the
headlamp on position to make the headlamps stay on
for an additional 10 minutes.
IntelliBeam® Intelligent High-Beam
Headlamp Control System
For vehicles with this feature, be sure to read this entire
section before using it.
IntelliBeam® is an enhancement to the vehicle's
headlamp system. Using a digital light sensor on the
rearview mirror, this system will turn the vehicle's
high-beam headlamps on and off according to
surrounding traffic conditions.
The IntelliBeam® system turns the high-beam
headlamps on when it is dark enough, there is no other
traffic present, and the IntelliBeam ® system is enabled.
Turning On and Enabling IntelliBeam®
Press and release the IntelliBeam® button on the inside
rear view mirror. The IntelliBeam ® indicator on the
mirror will turn on to let you know the system has been
turned on. Once the system has been turned on, it will
remain on each time the vehicle is started. Additionally,
the IntelliBeam® system must be enabled.
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To enable the IntelliBeam® system, turn the exterior
lamp control to AUTO, with the turn signal/multifunction
lever in its neutral position. The High-Beam On Light
will appear on the instrument panel cluster when the
high-beams are on. See Highbeam On Light on
page 4‑40.
Driving with IntelliBeam®
IntelliBeam® will only activate your high-beams when
driving over 20 mph (32 km/h).
The high-beam headlamps will remain on, under the
automatic control of IntelliBeam®, until any of the
following situations occur:
.
The system detects an approaching vehicle's
headlamps.
.
The system detects a preceding vehicle's
taillamps.
.
The outside light is bright enough that high-beam
headlamps are not required.
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The vehicle's speed drops below 15 mph
(24 km/h).
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The headlamp stalk is moved forward to
the high-beam position. See Headlamp High/
Low-Beam Changer on page 4‑5.
When either of these conditions occur, the
IntelliBeam® feature will be disabled and the
IntelliBeam® light in the mirror will turn off until the
high-beam stalk is returned to the neutral position.
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IntelliBeam® may not turn off the high-beams if the
system cannot detect other vehicle's lamps because of
any of the following:
.
The others vehicle's lamp(s) are missing,
damaged, obstructed from view or otherwise
undetected.
.
If IntelliBeam® was using low-beams prior to this
action, the IntelliBeam® feature will be temporarily
disabled until the stalk is returned to the neutral
position.
The other vehicle's lamp(s) are covered with dirt,
snow and/or road spray.
.
The exterior lamp control is turned to any setting
except AUTO.
The other vehicle's lamp(s) cannot be detected
due to dense exhaust, smoke, fog, snow, road
spray, mist or other airborne obstructions.
.
Your vehicle's windshield is dirty, cracked or
obstructed by something that blocks the view of
the IntelliBeam light sensor.
.
Your vehicle's windshield is covered with ice, dirt,
haze or other obstructions.
.
Your vehicle is loaded such that the front end of
the vehicle points upward, causing the IntelliBeam
sensor to aim high and not detect headlamps and
taillamps.
.
You are driving on winding or hilly roads.
®
When this occurs, IntelliBeam will be disabled
until the control is turned back to the AUTO
position.
.
The IntelliBeam® system is turned off at the inside
rearview mirror.
You may need to manually disable or cancel the
high-beam headlamps by turning the low-beam
headlamps on, if any of the above conditions exist.
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Disabling and Resetting IntelliBeam® at
the Rearview Mirror
IntelliBeam® can be disabled by using the controls on
the inside rearview mirror.
AUTO 3 (On/Off): To disable the system, press this
button on the inside rearview mirror. The IntelliBeam ®
indicator will turn off and will not come back on until the
IntelliBeam® button is pressed again.
(Stalk Disable): When IntelliBeam® has turned on the
high-beams, pull or push the high-beam stalk. This will
disable IntelliBeam®. The IntelliBeam® indicator on the
mirror will turn off. To re-enable IntelliBeam ®, press the
IntelliBeam® button on the mirror.
A different sensitivity setting is available for dealer
diagnostics. This is done by pushing and holding this
button for 20 seconds until the IntelliBeam® indicator
light flashes three times. If you accidentally activate
this, the vehicle's setting will automatically be reset
each time the ignition is turned off and then on again.
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Cleaning the IntelliBeam® Light Sensor
The light sensor is located
on the inside of the
vehicle in front of the
inside rearview mirror.
Clean the light sensor window, periodically, using glass
cleaner on a soft cloth. Gently wipe the sensor window.
Do not spray glass cleaner directly on the surface of the
sensor window.
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Headlamps on Reminder
If a door is open, a reminder chime sounds when the
headlamps or parking lamps are manually turned on
and the key is out of the ignition. To turn off the chime,
turn the headlamp switch to off or AUTO and then back
on, or close and re-open the door. In the AUTO mode,
the headlamps turn off once the ignition is in LOCK/OFF
or remains on until the headlamp delay ends (if enabled
in the DIC). See “Exit Lighting” under DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for
others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
Fully functional daytime running lamps are required on
all vehicles first sold in Canada.
The DRL system comes on when the following
conditions are met:
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The ignition is on.
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The exterior lamps control is in AUTO.
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The engine is running.
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The light sensor determines it is daytime.
When the DRL system is on, only the DRL lamps are
on. The taillamps, sidemarker, instrument panel lights,
and other lamps will not be on.
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When it begins to get dark, the automatic headlamp
system switches from DRL to the headlamps.
To turn off the DRL lamps, turn the exterior lamps
control to the OFF position and then release. For
vehicles first sold in Canada, the transmission must be
in the P (Park) position, before the DRL lamps can be
turned off.
Automatic Headlamp System
When it is dark enough outside, the automatic
headlamp system turns on the headlamps at the normal
brightness, along with the taillamps, sidemarker, parking
lamps, and the instrument panel lights. The radio lights
will also be dim.
To turn off the automatic headlamp system, turn the
exterior lamps switch to the off position and then
release it. For vehicles first sold in Canada, the
transmission must be in the P (Park) position, before the
automatic headlamp system can be turned off.
The vehicle has a light sensor located on the top of the
instrument panel in the defroster grille that regulates
when the automatic headlamps turn on. Do not cover
the sensor or the headlamps will come on whenever the
ignition is on.
The system may also turn on the headlamps when
driving through a parking garage, heavy overcast
weather, or a tunnel. This is normal.
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There is a delay in the transition between the daytime
and nighttime operation of the Daytime Running Lamps
(DRL) and the automatic headlamp systems so that
driving under bridges or bright overhead street lights
does not affect the system. The DRL and automatic
headlamp system is only affected when the light sensor
detects a change in lighting lasting longer than the
delay.
If the vehicle is started in a dark garage, the automatic
headlamp system will come on immediately. Once the
vehicle leaves the garage, it takes approximately
one minute for the automatic headlamp system to
change to DRL if it is bright enough outside. During that
delay, the instrument panel cluster may not be as bright
as usual. Make sure the instrument panel brightness
control is in the full bright position. See Instrument
Panel Brightness on page 4‑16.
To idle the vehicle with the automatic headlamp system
off, turn the control to the off position.
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Fog Lamps
For vehicles with fog lamps, the control is located next
to the exterior lamps control on the instrument panel to
the left of the steering column.
# (Fog Lamps): Press the button to turn the fog lamps
on or off. A indicator light comes on in the instrument
panel cluster. The ignition must be in the ON/RUN
position for the fog lamps to come on.
When the fog lamps are turned on, the headlamps
automatically turn on.
When the headlamps are changed to high-beam, the
fog lamps also go off. When the high-beam headlamps
go off, the fog lamps will come on again.
Some localities have laws that require the headlamps to
be on along with the fog lamps.
Instrument Panel Brightness
The headlamps will also stay on after you exit the
vehicle. This feature can be programmed using the
Driver Information Center (DIC). See DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58.
D (Instrument Panel Brightness): This feature
controls the brightness of the instrument panel lights
and is located next to the exterior lamp control.
The regular headlamp system can be turned on when
needed.
Turn the knob clockwise or counterclockwise to brighten
or dim the instrument panel lights. Turning the knob to
the farthest clockwise position turns on the dome lamps.
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Push the knob to extend out and then it can be turned.
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Dome Lamps
Entry Lighting
The dome lamps come on when any door is opened.
They turn off after all the doors are closed.
The vehicle has an illuminated entry feature.
The dome lamps can also be turned on by turning the
instrument panel brightness knob, located on the
instrument panel to the left of the steering column,
clockwise to the farthest position. In this position, the
dome lamps remain on whether a door is opened or
closed.
Dome Lamp Override
The dome lamp override button is located next to the
exterior lamps control.
k (Dome Off): Press the button in and the dome
lamps remain off when a door is opened. Press the
button again to return it to the extended position so that
the dome lamps come on when a door is opened.
When the doors are opened, the dome lamps will come
on if the dome override button is in the extended
position. If the dome override button is pressed in, the
lamps will not come on.
Exit Lighting
The interior lamps come on when the key is removed
from the ignition. They turn off automatically in
20 seconds. The lights do not come on if the dome
override button is pressed in.
Reading Lamps
If the vehicle has front reading lamps, press the button
located next to the lamp to turn it on or off.
The vehicle may also have reading lamps in other
locations. The lamps cannot be adjusted.
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Electric Power Management
The vehicle has Electric Power Management (EPM) that
estimates the battery's temperature and state of charge.
It then adjusts the voltage for best performance and
extended life of the battery.
When the battery's state of charge is low, the voltage is
raised slightly to quickly bring the charge back up.
When the state of charge is high, the voltage is lowered
slightly to prevent overcharging. If the vehicle has a
voltmeter gauge or a voltage display on the Driver
Information Center (DIC), you may see the voltage
move up or down. This is normal. If there is a problem,
an alert will be displayed.
The battery can be discharged at idle if the electrical
loads are very high. This is true for all vehicles. This is
because the generator (alternator) may not be spinning
fast enough at idle to produce all the power that is
needed for very high electrical loads.
A high electrical load occurs when several of the
following are on, such as: headlamps, high beams, fog
lamps, rear window defogger, climate control fan at high
speed, heated seats, engine cooling fans, trailer loads,
and loads plugged into accessory power outlets.
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EPM works to prevent excessive discharge of the
battery. It does this by balancing the generator's output
and the vehicle's electrical needs. It can increase
engine idle speed to generate more power, whenever
needed. It can temporarily reduce the power demands
of some accessories.
Normally, these actions occur in steps or levels, without
being noticeable. In rare cases at the highest levels of
corrective action, this action may be noticeable to the
driver. If so, a Driver Information Center (DIC) message
might be displayed, such as BATTERY SAVER
ACTIVE, BATTERY VOLTAGE LOW, or LOW
BATTERY. If this message is displayed, it is
recommended that the driver reduce the electrical loads
as much as possible. See DIC Warnings and Messages
on page 4‑49.
Battery Run-Down Protection
This feature shuts off the dome lamps if they are
left on for more than 10 minutes when the ignition is in
LOCK/OFF. This helps to prevent the battery from
running down.
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Accessory Power Outlet(s)
The accessory power outlets let you plug in auxiliary
electrical equipment, such as a cellular telephone.
The vehicle has three accessory power outlets located:
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Inside the floor console storage bin.
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On the rear of the floor console.
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In the rear cargo area on the passenger side.
To use an accessory power outlet, remove the
protective cap. When not in use, always cover the
accessory power outlet with the protective cap.
Certain power accessory plugs may not be compatible
to the accessory power outlet and could result in blown
adapter or vehicle fuses. If you experience a problem,
see your dealer for additional information on the
accessory power plugs.
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The accessory power outlets are powered, even when
the ignition is in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use power
outlets while the ignition is in LOCK/OFF may cause the
vehicle's battery to run down.
Notice: Adding any electrical equipment to the
vehicle can damage it or keep other components
from working as they should. The repairs would not
be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not use
equipment exceeding maximum amperage rating of
20 amperes. Check with your dealer before adding
electrical equipment.
When adding electrical equipment, be sure to follow the
proper installation instructions included with the
equipment. Do not use equipment exceeding the
maximum amperage rating of 20 amperes.
Notice: Improper use of the power outlet can cause
damage not covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not
hang any type of accessory or accessory bracket
from the plug because the power outlets are
designed for accessory power plugs only.
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Ashtray(s) and Cigarette Lighter
Analog Clock
The front ashtray and cigarette lighter are located in the
center console near the cupholders, if the vehicle has
them. Press on the access door to open it and use the
ashtray and lighter.
The analog clock is not connected with any other
vehicle system and runs by itself.
Notice: If papers, pins, or other flammable items are
put in the ashtray, hot cigarettes or other smoking
materials could ignite them and possibly damage
the vehicle. Never put flammable items in the
ashtray.
To remove the ashtray, pull it from the center console.
Slide it back in and push down to be sure it is secure.
To use the cigarette lighter, push it in all the way, and let
go. When it is ready, it will pop back out by itself.
Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter in while it is
heating does not let the lighter back away from the
heating element when it is hot. Damage from
overheating can occur to the lighter or heating
element, or a fuse could be blown. Do not hold a
cigarette lighter in while it is heating.
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To adjust the clock, do the following:
1. Locate the adjustment button, near the lower left
corner of the clock.
2. Push and hold the adjustment button to advance
the clock hands. Holding the button down will
cause the clock to advance faster. Release the
button before you get to the desired time.
3. Push and release the button to increase the time
by one minute increments until the desired time is
reached.
Climate Controls
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System
The heating, cooling, and ventilation in the vehicle can
be controlled with this system. The vehicle also has a
flow-through ventilation system described later in this
section.
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The temperature can also be adjusted using either
temperature knob. Press the up or down arrows on the
fan switch, the defrost button, the AUTO button, driver's
side temperature knob, or the air conditioning button to
turn the system on when it is off.
Driver and Passenger Side
Temperature Knob
Climate Control with Heated and Cooled
Seats shown
A. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
F. Air Conditioning
B. AUTO
G. Heated and Cooled
Seats
C. Defrost
H. Fan Control
D. Recirculation
I. REAR
E. Rear Window
Defogger
J. Air Delivery Mode
Control
O (Off):
Press the driver side temperature knob to turn
the climate control system off. Outside air still enters the
vehicle, and is directed to the floor. This direction can
be changed by pressing the mode button.
The driver and passenger side temperature knobs are
used to adjust the temperature of the air coming
through the system on the driver or passenger's side of
the vehicle. The temperature can be adjusted even if
the system is turned off. This is possible since outside
air always flows through the system as the vehicle is
moving forward unless it is set to recirculation mode.
See “Recirculation” later in this section.
Turn the knob clockwise or counterclockwise to
increase or decrease the cabin temperature. The
display will show the temperature setting increasing or
decreasing.
Set the passenger temperature setting to match the
driver temperature setting by pressing the passenger
temperature knob.
When in defrost mode the passenger temperature
setting cannot be changed.
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Automatic Operation
AUTO (Automatic): When automatic operation is active
the system will control the inside temperature, the air
delivery, and the fan speed.
Use the steps below to place the entire system in
automatic mode:
1. Press the AUTO button.
When AUTO is selected, the display will change to
show the current temperature(s) and AUTO come
on the display. The current delivery mode and fan
speed will also be displayed for approximately
five seconds.
When AUTO is selected, the air conditioning
operation and air inlet will be automatically
controlled. The air conditioning compressor will
run when the outside temperature is over about
4°C (40°F). The air inlet will normally be set to
outside air. If it is hot outside, the air inlet may
automatically switch to recirculate inside air to
help quickly cool down the vehicle. The light on
the button comes on in recirculation.
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2. Set the driver's and passenger's temperature.
To find your comfort setting, start with a
23°C (74°F) temperature setting and allow
about 20 minutes for the system to regulate. Use
the driver or passenger temperature buttons to
adjust the temperature setting as necessary. If a
temperature setting of 15°C (60°F) is chosen, the
system remains at the maximum cooling setting.
If a temperature setting of 32°C (90°F) is chosen,
the system remains at the maximum heat setting.
Choosing either maximum setting will not cause
the vehicle to heat or cool any faster.
Be careful not to cover the sensor located on the top of
the instrument panel near the windshield. This sensor
regulates air temperature based on sun load and also
turns on the headlamps.
To avoid blowing cold air in cold weather, the system
will delay turning on the fan until warm air is available.
The length of delay depends on the engine coolant
temperature. Pressing the fan switch will override this
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Manual Operation
y 9 z (Fan Control):
Press the up or down arrows
to increase or decrease the fan speed
Pressing this button when the system is off will turn the
system on.
Pressing either arrow while using automatic operation
will place the fan in manual operation. The fan setting
will display and the AUTO light will turn off. The air
delivery will remain in automatic operation.
N (Air Delivery Mode Control): Press to change the
direction of the airflow in the vehicle. Repeatedly press
the button until the desired mode appears on the
display.
When the system is turned off, the display goes blank
after displaying the current status of the system.
H (Vent): Air is directed to the instrument panel
outlets.
) (Bi-Level): Air is divided between the instrument
panel and floor outlets. Some air is directed towards the
windshield and side window outlets. Cooler air is
directed to the upper vents and warmer air to the floor
vents.
6 (Floor): Air is directed to the floor outlets, with some
to the windshield, side window outlets, and second row
floor outlets. In this mode, the system automatically
selects outside air.
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- (Defog):
This mode clears the windows of fog or
moisture. Air is directed to the windshield, floor outlets,
and side window vents. In this mode, the system
turns off recirculation and runs the air conditioning
compressor unless the outside temperature is close to
freezing. The recirculation mode cannot be selected
while in the defog mode.
0 (Defrost): This mode removes fog or frost from
the windshield more quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and side window vents, with some
directed to the floor vents. In this mode, the system
automatically forces outside air into the vehicle and
runs the air conditioning compressor unless the outside
temperature is close to freezing. The recirculation mode
cannot be selected while in the defrost mode.
The passenger temperature control cannot be activated
while in defrost mode. If the passenger control knob is
pressed, the passenger temperature flashes three times
and will not work. If the passenger control knob is
adjusted, the driver temperature indicator changes. The
passenger temperature will not be displayed.
If vent, bi-level, or floor mode is selected again, the
climate control system displays the previous
temperature settings.
Do not drive the vehicle until all the windows are clear.
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# (Air Conditioning):
Press to turn the air
conditioning (A/C) compressor on and off. An indicator
light comes on to show that the air conditioning is on.
@ (Recirculation): Press to turn the recirculation
mode on or off. An indicator light comes on to show that
the recirculation is on.
Pressing this button when the outside temperature is
too cool for air conditioning will make the air
conditioning indicator flash three times and then turn off
indicating the air conditioning mode is not available.
If the air conditioning is on and the outside temperature
drops below a temperature which is too cool for air
conditioning to be effective, the air conditioning light
turns off to show that the air conditioning mode has
been canceled.
This mode recirculates and helps to quickly cool the air
inside the vehicle. It can be used to help prevent
outside air and odors from entering the vehicle.
On hot days, open the windows long enough to let hot
inside air escape. This helps to reduce the time it takes
for the vehicle to cool down. It also helps the system to
operate more efficiently.
The air conditioning system removes moisture from the
air, so a small amount of water might drip under the
vehicle while idling or after turning off the engine. This
is normal.
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The recirculation mode cannot be used with floor, defog,
or defrost modes. If recirculation is selected with one of
those modes, the indicator light flashes three times and
then turns off. The air conditioning compressor also
comes on when this mode is activated. While in
recirculation mode the windows may fog when the
weather is cold and damp. To clear the fog, select either
the defog or defrost mode and increase the fan speed.
The recirculation mode can also be turned off by turning
off the ignition.
REAR: For vehicles with the rear heating and air
conditioning controls. Press the REAR button to turn the
rear climate control system on or off. See Rear Air
Conditioning and Heating System and Electronic
Climate Controls on page 4‑26.
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Rear Window Defogger
Outlet Adjustment
The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to
remove fog from the rear window.
Use the air outlets located in the center and on the side
of the instrument panel to direct the airflow.
< (Rear Window Defogger): Press to turn the rear
window defogger on or off. It automatically turns off
after it has been activated. The defogger can also be
turned off by turning off the engine. Do not drive the
vehicle until all the windows are clear.
Notice: Do not use a razor blade or sharp object to
clear the inside rear window. Do not adhere
anything to the defogger grid lines in the rear glass.
These actions may damage the rear defogger.
Repairs would not be covered by your warranty.
Heated Mirrors: For vehicles with heated outside
rearview mirrors, the mirrors heat to help clear fog or
frost from the surface of the mirror when the rear
window defog button is pressed. See Outside Heated
Mirrors on page 3‑45.
Heated or Cooled Seats: For vehicles with heated and
cooled seats, see Heated and Cooled Seats on
page 2‑5.
Operation Tips
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Keep the hood and front air inlets free of ice, snow,
or any other obstruction (such as leaves). The
heater and defroster will work far better, reducing
the chance of fogging the inside of the windows.
.
When you enter a vehicle in cold weather, press
the fan up button to the maximum fan level before
driving. This helps clear the intake ducts of snow
and moisture, and reduces the chance of fogging
the inside of the window.
.
Keep the air path under the front seats clear of
objects. This helps air to circulate throughout the
vehicle.
.
Adding outside equipment to the front of the
vehicle, such as hood-air deflectors, may affect the
performance of the heating and air conditioning
system. Check with your dealer before adding
equipment to the outside of the vehicle.
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Rear Air Conditioning and Heating
System and Electronic Climate
Controls
REAR: Press the REAR button on the front climate
control system to turn the rear climate control system on
or off. An indicator comes on when the rear system
is on.
For vehicles with the rear heat and air conditioning
controls, they are integrated with the rear seat audio
controls located in the center console. The system can
be controlled from the front controls as well as the rear
controls.
The rear climate control system can also be turned off
by pressing and holding the C button. To turn the
system on from the rear seats, press any rear climate
control button, except the C button.
Mimic Mode: This mode matches the rear climate
control to the front climate control airflow settings.
It comes on when REAR is pressed the first time.
Independent Mode: This mode directs rear seating
airflow according to the settings of the rear controls.
To turn the system on from the rear, press any rear
climate control button, except the C button.
Rear Climate Control with Rear Seat Audio Controls
A. Fan Control
B. Air Delivery Mode Control
C. Temperature Control
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Automatic Operation, If Equipped.
AUTO: Press the air delivery mode button until this
setting is selected to control the inside temperature, air
delivery, and fan speed. AUTO appears in the display
when automatic operation is active.
+/− (Increase/Decrease Temperature) : Press
the + or − buttons to increase or decrease the cabin
temperature. The rear control temperature display will
show the temperature setting increasing or decreasing.
The display only indicates climate control functions
when the system is in rear independent mode.
Manual Operation
D C (Fan Control):
Press these buttons on the rear
seat audio control panel to increase or decrease the
airflow. Pressing the fan up button when the system is
off will turn the system on. The air delivery mode will
remain under automatic control.
+/− (Temperature Control): Press these buttons to
adjust the temperature of the air flowing into the
passenger area. Press the + button for warmer air and
press the − button for cooler air.
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Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators
Warning lights and gauges can signal that something is
wrong before it becomes serious enough to cause an
expensive repair or replacement. Paying attention to the
warning lights and gauges could prevent injury.
Warning lights come on when there might be or there is
a problem with one of the vehicle's functions. Some
warning lights come on briefly when the engine is
started to indicate they are working.
Gauges can indicate when there might be or there is a
problem with one of the vehicle's functions. Often
gauges and warning lights work together to indicate a
problem with the vehicle.
When one of the warning lights comes on and stays on
while driving, or when one of the gauges shows there
could be a problem, check the section that explains
what to do. Follow this manual's advice. Waiting to do
repairs can be costly and even dangerous.
N (Air Delivery Mode Control): Press the mode
button to change the direction of the airflow in the
vehicle. Repeatedly press the button until the desired
mode appears on the display. Multiple presses will cycle
through the delivery selections.
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Instrument Panel Cluster
United States version shown, Canada similar.
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Speedometer and Odometer
Tachometer
The speedometer shows the vehicle's speed in both
kilometers per hour (km/h) and miles per hour (mph).
The tachometer displays the engine speed in
revolutions per minute (rpm).
The vehicle's odometer works together with the Driver
Information Center (DIC). The Trip odometer can be set.
See “Trip Odometer” under DIC Operation and Displays
on page 4‑42 for more information.
To check the odometer mileage while the vehicle is not
running, press the trip stem on the instrument panel
cluster.
If the vehicle ever needs a new odometer installed, the
new one will be set to the correct mileage total of the
old odometer.
Safety Belt Reminders
Driver Safety Belt Reminder Light
When the engine is started, a chime sounds for several
seconds to remind a driver to fasten the safety belt,
unless the driver safety belt is already buckled.
The safety belt light
flashes for several
seconds, then comes on
solid for several more.
Trip Odometer
The trip odometer can show how far the vehicle has
been driven since the trip odometer was last set to zero.
For more information see “Trip Odometer” under DIC
Operation and Displays on page 4‑42.
This chime and light sequence are repeated if the driver
remains unbuckled and the vehicle is in motion. If the
driver safety belt is already buckled, neither the chime
nor the light comes on.
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Passenger Safety Belt Reminder Light
For vehicles equipped with the passenger safety belt
reminder light, several seconds after the engine is
started, a chime sounds for several seconds to remind
the front passenger to buckle their safety belt. The
passenger safety belt light, located on the overhead
console, comes on and stays on for several seconds,
flashes for several more seconds and then comes on
solid for several more.
This chime and light
sequence is repeated if
the passenger remains
unbuckled and the vehicle
is in motion.
If the passenger safety belt is buckled, neither the
chime nor the light comes on.
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The front passenger safety belt warning light and chime
may turn on if an object is put on the seat such as a
briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop or other
electronic device. To turn off the warning light and or
chime, remove the object from the seat or buckle the
safety belt.
Airbag Readiness Light
The system checks the airbag's electrical system for
possible malfunctions. If the light stays on it indicates
there is an electrical problem. The system check
includes the airbag sensor, the pretensioners, the
airbag modules, the wiring and the crash sensing and
diagnostic module. For more information on the airbag
system, see Airbag System on page 2‑74.
The airbag readiness light
comes on solid for a few
seconds when the engine
is started. If the light does
not come on then, have it
fixed immediately.
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In addition, if the vehicle has a passenger sensing
system for the right front passenger position, the label
on the vehicle's sun visors refers to “ADVANCED
AIRBAGS”.
If the airbag readiness light stays on after the
vehicle is started or comes on while driving, it
means the airbag system might not be working
properly. The airbags in the vehicle might not
inflate in a crash, or they could even inflate
without a crash. To help avoid injury, have the
vehicle serviced right away.
If there is a problem with the airbag system, an airbag
Driver Information Center (DIC) message can also
come on. See DIC Warnings and Messages on
page 4‑49 for more information.
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
If the vehicle has the airbag status indicator pictured in
the following illustration, then the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the right front passenger
position. The passenger airbag status indicator is on the
overhead console. See Passenger Sensing System on
page 2‑84 for important safety information.
United States
Canada
When the vehicle is started, the passenger airbag
status indicator will light ON and OFF, or the symbols
for on and off, for several seconds as a system check.
If you are using remote start, if equipped, to start the
vehicle from a distance, you may not see the system
check.
Then, after several more seconds, the status indicator
will light either ON or OFF, or either the on or off symbol
to let you know the status of the right front passenger
frontal airbag.
If the word ON or the on symbol is lit on the passenger
airbag status indicator, it means that the right front
passenger frontal airbag is enabled (may inflate).
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If the word OFF or the off symbol is lit on the airbag
status indicator, it means that the passenger sensing
system has turned off the right front passenger frontal
airbag.
If, after several seconds, both status indicator lights
remain on, or if there are no lights at all, there may be a
problem with the lights or the passenger sensing
system. See your dealer for service.
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If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and
stays on, it means that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. To help avoid injury to
yourself or others, have the vehicle serviced right
away. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 4‑30
for more information, including important safety
information.
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Charging System Light
This light comes on briefly
when the ignition key is
turned to START, but the
engine is not running, as
a check to show it is
working.
If it does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer.
The light should go out once the engine starts. If it stays
on, or comes on while driving, there could be a problem
with the charging system. A charging system message
in the Driver Information Center (DIC) can also appear.
See DIC Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49 for
more information. This light could indicate that there are
problems with a generator drive belt, or that there is an
electrical problem. Have it checked right away. If the
vehicle must be driven a short distance with the light on,
turn off accessories, such as the radio and air
conditioner.
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Brake System Warning Light
With the ignition on, the brake system warning light
comes on when the parking brake is set. If the vehicle
is driven with the parking brake engaged, a chime
sounds when the vehicle speed is greater than
3 mph (5 km/h).
The vehicle's hydraulic brake system is divided into
two parts. If one part is not working, the other part can
still work and stop the vehicle. For good braking both
parts need to be working well.
If the warning light comes on and a chime sounds there
could be a brake problem. Have the brake system
inspected by your dealer.
This light can also come on due to low brake fluid. See
Brakes on page 7‑40 for more information.
United States
This light comes on briefly when the ignition is turned to
ON/RUN. If it does not, have it fixed so it will be ready
to warn if there is a problem.
If the light comes on while driving, pull off the road and
stop carefully. The pedal could be harder to push or
could go closer to the floor. It can take longer to stop.
If the light is still on, have the vehicle towed for service.
See Towing Your Vehicle on page 6‑38.
{ WARNING:
The brake system might not be working properly if
the brake system warning light is on. Driving with
the brake system warning light on can lead to a
crash. If the light is still on after the vehicle has
been pulled off the road and carefully stopped,
have the vehicle towed for service.
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Warning Light
For vehicles with the
Antilock Brake System
(ABS), this light comes on
briefly when the engine is
started.
If it does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer.
If the system is working normally the indicator light then
goes off.
If the ABS light stays on, turn the ignition off. If the light
comes on while driving, stop as soon as it is safely
possible and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine
again to reset the system. If the ABS light stays on,
or comes on again while driving, the vehicle needs
service. If the regular brake system warning light is not
on, the vehicle still has brakes, but not antilock brakes.
If the regular brake system warning light is also on, the
vehicle does not have antilock brakes and there is a
problem with the regular brakes. See Brake System
Warning Light on page 4‑33.
For vehicles with a Driver Information Center (DIC), see
DIC Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49 for all
brake related DIC messages.
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StabiliTrak® Indicator Light
The StabiliTrak indicator
light comes on briefly
when the engine is
started.
If it does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer.
If the system is working normally the indicator light then
goes off.
If the light comes on and stays on while driving, there
might be a problem with the StabiliTrak® system and
the vehicle may need service. When this warning light is
on, the system is off and does not limit wheel spin.
The light flashes if the system is active and is working
to assist the driver with directional control of the vehicle
in difficult driving conditions.
See StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6 for more
information.
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Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
This gauge shows the
engine coolant
temperature.
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Tire Pressure Light
For vehicles with a tire
pressure monitoring
system, this light comes
on briefly when the engine
is started. It provides
information about tire
pressures and the Tire
Pressure Monitoring
System.
When the Light is On Steady
If the indicator on the gauge moves towards the shaded
area on the thermostat, it means that the engine coolant
has overheated. If the vehicle has been operating under
normal driving conditions, pull off the road, stop the
vehicle and turn off the engine as soon as possible.
See Engine Overheating on page 7‑34.
This indicates that one or more of the tires is
significantly underinflated.
A tire pressure message in the Driver Information
Center (DIC), can accompany the light. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on page 4‑41 for more
information. Stop and check the tires as soon as it is
safe to do so. If underinflated, inflate to the proper
pressure. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65
for more information.
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When the Light Flashes First and Then is
On Steady
This indicates that there may be a problem with the Tire
Pressure Monitor System. The light flashes for about a
minute and stays on steady for the remainder of the
ignition cycle. This sequence repeats with every ignition
cycle. See Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on
page 7‑68 for more information.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
A computer system called OBD II (On-Board
Diagnostics-Second Generation) monitors operation
of the fuel, ignition, and emission control systems.
It ensures that emissions are at acceptable levels for
the life of the vehicle, helping to produce a cleaner
environment.
This light should come on
when the ignition is on,
but the engine is not
running, as a check to
show it is working. If it
does not, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer.
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If the check engine light comes on and stays on, while
the engine is running, this indicates that there is an
OBD II problem and service is required.
Malfunctions often are indicated by the system before
any problem is apparent. Being aware of the light can
prevent more serious damage to the vehicle. This
system assists the service technician in correctly
diagnosing any malfunction.
Notice: If the vehicle is continually driven with this
light on, after a while, the emission controls might
not work as well, the vehicle fuel economy might
not be as good, and the engine might not run as
smoothly. This could lead to costly repairs that
might not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
Notice: Modifications made to the engine,
transmission, exhaust, intake, or fuel system of the
vehicle or the replacement of the original tires with
other than those of the same Tire Performance
Criteria (TPC) can affect the vehicle's emission
controls and can cause this light to come on.
Modifications to these systems could lead to costly
repairs not covered by the vehicle warranty. This
could also result in a failure to pass a required
Emission Inspection/Maintenance test. See
Accessories and Modifications on page 7‑4.
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improperly installed. A loose or missing fuel cap
allows fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere. A few
driving trips with the cap properly installed should
turn the light off.
This light comes on during a malfunction in one of
two ways:
Light Flashing: A misfire condition has been detected.
A misfire increases vehicle emissions and could
damage the emission control system on the vehicle.
Diagnosis and service might be required.
.
If the vehicle has been driven through a deep
puddle of water, the vehicle's electrical system
might be wet. The condition is usually corrected
when the electrical system dries out. A few driving
trips should turn the light off.
.
Make sure to fuel the vehicle with quality fuel. Poor
fuel quality causes the engine not to run as
efficiently as designed and can cause: stalling after
start-up, stalling when the vehicle is changed into
gear, misfiring, hesitation on acceleration,
or stumbling on acceleration. These conditions
might go away once the engine is warmed up.
To prevent more serious damage to the vehicle:
.
Reduce vehicle speed.
.
Avoid hard accelerations.
.
Avoid steep uphill grades.
.
If towing a trailer, reduce the amount of cargo
being hauled as soon as it is possible.
If the light continues to flash, when it is safe to do so,
stop the vehicle. Find a safe place to park the vehicle.
Turn the vehicle off, wait at least 10 seconds, and
restart the engine. If the light is still flashing, follow the
previous steps and see your dealer for service as soon
as possible.
Light On Steady: An emission control system
malfunction has been detected on the vehicle.
Diagnosis and service might be required.
An emission system malfunction might be corrected by
doing the following:
.
If one or more of these conditions occurs, change
the fuel brand used. It will require at least one full
tank of the proper fuel to turn the light off.
See Gasoline Octane on page 7‑8.
If none of the above have made the light turn off, your
dealer can check the vehicle. The dealer has the proper
test equipment and diagnostic tools to fix any
mechanical or electrical problems that might have
developed.
Make sure the fuel cap is fully installed. See Filling
the Tank on page 7‑11. The diagnostic system
can determine if the fuel cap has been left off or
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Emissions Inspection and Maintenance
Programs
Some state/provincial and local governments may have
programs to inspect the on-vehicle emission control
equipment For the inspection, the emission system test
equipment is connected to the vehicle’s Data Link
Connector (DLC).
The DLC is under the instrument panel to the left of the
steering wheel. See your dealer if assistance is needed.
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The vehicle may not pass inspection if:
.
the Malfunction Indicator Lamp is on with the
engine running, or if the light does not come on
when the ignition is turned to ON/RUN while the
engine is off.
.
the critical emission control systems have not been
completely diagnosed by the system. This can
happen if the battery has recently been replaced or
if the battery has run down. The diagnostic system
evaluates critical emission control systems during
normal driving. This can take several days of
routine driving. If this has been done and the
vehicle still does not pass the inspection, your
dealer can prepare the vehicle for inspection.
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Oil Pressure Light
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If the light comes on and stays on, it means that oil is
not flowing through the engine properly. The vehicle
could be low on oil and it might have some other
system problem.
Security Light
For information regarding
this light and the vehicle's
security system, see
Content Theft-Deterrent
on page 3‑22.
{ WARNING:
Do not keep driving if the oil pressure is low. The
engine can become so hot that it catches fire.
Someone could be burned. Check the oil as soon
as possible and have the vehicle serviced.
Front Fog Lamp Light
The fog lamp light comes
on when the fog lamps
are in use.
Notice: Lack of proper engine oil maintenance can
damage the engine. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. Always follow the
maintenance schedule for changing engine oil.
This light comes on briefly while starting the engine. If it
does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer.
If the system is working normally the indicator light then
goes off.
The light goes out when the fog lamps are turned off.
See Fog Lamps on page 4‑16 for more information.
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Lights On Reminder
This light comes on
whenever the parking
lamps are on.
See Exterior Lamps on page 4‑11 for more information.
Cruise Control Light
The cruise control light
comes on whenever the
cruise control is set.
The light goes out when the cruise control is turned off.
See Cruise Control on page 4‑8 for more information.
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Highbeam On Light
This light comes on when
the high-beam headlamps
are in use.
See Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer on page 4‑5
for more information.
Tow/Haul Mode Light
For vehicles with the
tow/haul mode feature,
this light comes on when
the Tow/Haul mode has
been activated.
For more information, see Tow/Haul Mode on
page 3‑36.
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Fuel Gauge
When the ignition is on,
the fuel gauge shows
about how much fuel the
vehicle has left in
the tank.
An arrow on the fuel gauge indicates the side of the
vehicle the fuel door is on.
The gauge will first indicate empty before the vehicle is
out of fuel, but the vehicle's fuel tank should be
filled soon.
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Here are some situations owners may experience with
the fuel gauge. None of these indicate a problem with
the fuel gauge.
.
At the gas station, the fuel pump shuts off before
the gauge reads full.
.
It takes a little more or less fuel to fill up than the
fuel gauge indicated. For example, the gauge may
have indicated the tank was half full, but it actually
took a little more or less than half the tank's
capacity to fill the tank.
.
The gauge goes back to empty when the ignition is
turned off.
Driver Information Center (DIC)
Your vehicle has a Driver Information Center (DIC).
The DIC displays information about your vehicle. It also
displays warning messages if a system problem is
detected. The DIC also allows some features to be
customized. See DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information.
All messages will appear in the DIC display located in
the center of the instrument panel cluster.
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The DIC comes on when the ignition is on. After a short
delay, the DIC will display the information that was last
displayed before the engine was turned off.
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DIC Buttons
The buttons are the trip/
fuel, vehicle information,
customization, and set/
reset buttons. The button
functions are detailed in
the following pages.
See DIC Operation and Displays on page 4‑42 and
DIC Vehicle Customization on page 4‑58 for the
displays available.
DIC Operation and Displays
The DIC has different displays which can be accessed
by pressing the DIC buttons located on the instrument
panel, next to the steering wheel.
The DIC displays trip, fuel, and vehicle system
information, and warning messages if a system problem
is detected. A digital speedometer also appears at the
bottom of the DIC display. The digital speedometer can
be enabled or disabled. See “DISPLAY DIGITAL
SPEED” under DIC Vehicle Customization on
page 4‑58 for more information.
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3 (Trip/Fuel):
Press this button to display
the odometer, trip odometer, fuel range, average
economy, fuel used, timer, transmission temperature,
instantaneous economy, and average vehicle speed.
The compass and outside air temperature will also be
shown in the display. The temperature will be shown in
°F or °C depending on the units selected.
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T (Vehicle Information):
Press this button to display
the oil life, units, side blind zone system on/off, tire
pressure readings for vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter programming, compass zone setting, and
compass recalibration.
U (Customization):
Press this button to customize the
feature settings on your vehicle. See DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58 for more information.
V (Set/Reset):
Press this button to set or reset certain
functions and to turn off or acknowledge messages on
the DIC.
Trip/Fuel Menu Items
3 (Trip/Fuel): Press this button to scroll through the
following menu items:
Odometer
Press the trip/fuel button until ODOMETER displays.
This display shows the distance the vehicle has been
driven in either miles (mi) or kilometers (km).
To switch between English and metric measurements,
see “Units” later in this section.
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Trip Odometer
Press the trip/fuel button until TRIP displays. This
display shows the current distance traveled in either
miles (mi) or kilometers (km) since the last reset for the
trip odometer.
The trip odometer can be reset to zero by pressing the
set/reset button while the trip odometer is displayed.
Fuel Range
Press the trip/fuel button until FUEL RANGE displays.
This display shows the approximate number of
remaining miles (mi) or kilometers (km) the vehicle can
be driven without refueling. The display will show LOW
if the fuel level is low.
The fuel range estimate is based on an average of the
vehicle's fuel economy over recent driving history and
the amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank. This
estimate will change if driving conditions change. For
example, if driving in traffic and making frequent stops,
this display may read one number, but if the vehicle is
driven on a freeway, the number may change even
though the same amount of fuel is in the fuel tank. This
is because different driving conditions produce different
fuel economies. Generally, freeway driving produces
better fuel economy than city driving. Fuel range cannot
be reset.
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Average Economy
Press the trip/fuel button until AVERAGE ECONOMY
displays. This display shows the approximate average
miles per gallon (mpg) or liters per 100 kilometers
(L/100 km). This number is calculated based on the
number of mpg (L/100 km) recorded since the last time
this menu item was reset. To reset AVERAGE
ECONOMY, press and hold the set/reset button.
Fuel Used
Press the trip/fuel button until FUEL USED displays.
This display shows the number of gallons (gal) or
liters (L) of fuel used since the last reset of this menu
item. To reset the fuel used information, press and hold
the set/reset button while FUEL USED is displayed.
Timer
Press the trip/fuel button until TIMER displays. This
display can be used as a timer.
To start the timer, press the set/reset button while
TIMER is displayed. The display will show the amount
of time that has passed since the timer was last reset,
not including time the ignition is off. Time will continue
to be counted as long as the ignition is on, even
if another display is being shown on the DIC. The
timer will record up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and
59 seconds (99:59:59) after which the display will return
to zero.
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To stop the timer, press the set/reset button briefly while
TIMER is displayed.
To reset the timer to zero, press and hold the set/reset
button while TIMER is displayed.
Transmission Temperature
Press the trip/fuel button until TRANS TEMP displays.
This display shows the temperature of the automatic
transmission fluid in either degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or
degrees Celsius (°C).
Instantaneous Economy
If your vehicle has this display, press the trip/fuel button
until INST ECON displays. This display shows the
current fuel economy at a particular moment and will
change frequently as driving conditions change. This
display shows the instantaneous fuel economy in miles
per gallon (mpg) or liters per 100 kilometers (L/100 km).
Unlike average economy, this screen cannot be reset.
The display may also show if the vehicle is currently in
V4, V6 or V8 mode.
Average Vehicle Speed
Press the trip/fuel button until AVERAGE SPEED
displays. This display shows the average speed in miles
per hour (MPH) or kilometers per hour (km/h).
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through the following menu items:
Remember, you must reset the OIL LIFE display
yourself after each oil change. It will not reset itself.
Also, be careful not to reset the OIL LIFE display
accidentally at any time other than when the oil has just
been changed. It cannot be reset accurately until the
next oil change. To reset the engine oil life system, see
Engine Oil Life System on page 7‑20.
Oil Life
Side Blind Zone Alert
Press the vehicle information button until OIL LIFE
REMAINING displays. This display shows an estimate
of the oil's remaining useful life. If you see 99% OIL
LIFE REMAINING on the display, that means 99% of
the current oil life remains. The engine oil life system
will alert you to change the oil on a schedule consistent
with your driving conditions.
If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system, this display allows the system to be turned on
or off. Once in this display, press the set/reset button to
select between ON or OFF. If you choose ON, the
system will be turned on. If you choose OFF, the system
will be turned off. When the SBZA system is turned off,
the DIC will display the SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT
SYSTEM OFF message as a reminder that the system
has been turned off. See DIC Warnings and Messages
on page 4‑49 and Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on
page 3‑48 for more information.
This display shows no information.
Vehicle Information Menu Items
T (Vehicle Information): Press this button to scroll
When the remaining oil life is low, the CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message will appear on the
display. See “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON” under DIC
Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49. You should
change the oil as soon as you can. See Engine Oil on
page 7‑17. In addition to the engine oil life system
monitoring the oil life, additional maintenance is
recommended in the Maintenance Schedule in this
manual. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 8‑3 for
more information.
Units
Press the vehicle information button until UNITS
displays. This display allows you to select between
English or Metric units of measurement. Once in this
display, press the set/reset button to select between
ENGLISH or METRIC units. All of the vehicle
information will then be displayed in the unit of
measurement selected.
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Tire Pressure
Battery Voltage
On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS), the pressure for each tire can be viewed in the
DIC. The tire pressure will be shown in either pounds
per square inch (psi) or kilopascals (kPa). Press the
vehicle information button until the DIC displays FRONT
TIRES PSI (kPa) LEFT ## RIGHT ##. Press the vehicle
information button again until the DIC displays REAR
TIRES PSI (kPa) LEFT ## RIGHT ##.
This display shows the current battery voltage. If the
voltage is in the normal range, the value will display. For
example, the display may read BATTERY VOLTAGE
13.2 VOLTS. If the voltage is low, the display will show
LOW. If the voltage is high, the display will show HIGH.
Your vehicle's charging system regulates voltage based
on the state of the battery. The battery voltage may
fluctuate when viewing this information on the DIC. This
is normal. See Charging System Light on page 4‑32 for
more information. If there is a problem with the battery
charging system, the DIC will display a message. See
DIC Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49.
If a low tire pressure condition is detected by the
system while driving, a message advising you to
add air to a specific tire will appear in the display.
See Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65 and DIC
Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49 for more
information.
If the tire pressure display shows dashes instead of a
value, there may be a problem with your vehicle. If this
consistently occurs, see your dealer for service.
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Oil Pressure
This display will show the oil pressure in either pounds
per square inch (psi) or kilopascals (kPa)
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Compass Zone Setting
This display allows you to match Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitters to your vehicle. This procedure will
erase all previously learned transmitters. Therefore,
they must be relearned as additional transmitters.
This display allows for setting the compass zone. See
DIC Compass on page 4‑47 for more information.
To match an RKE transmitter to your vehicle:
This display allows for calibrating the compass. See
DIC Compass on page 4‑47 for more information.
1. Press the vehicle information button until
PRESS V TO RELEARN REMOTE KEY displays.
2. Press the set/reset button until REMOTE KEY
LEARNING ACTIVE is displayed.
3. Press and hold the lock and unlock buttons on the
first transmitter at the same time for about
15 seconds.
On vehicles with memory recall seats, the first
transmitter learned will match driver 1 and the
second will match driver 2.
A chime will sound indicating that the transmitter
is matched.
4. To match additional transmitters at this time, repeat
Step 3.
Each vehicle can have a maximum of
eight transmitters matched to it.
Compass Recalibration
Blank Display
This display shows no information.
DIC Compass
Your vehicle may have a compass in the Driver
Information Center (DIC).
Compass Zone
The zone is set to zone eight upon leaving the factory.
Your dealer will set the correct zone for your location.
Under certain circumstances, such as during a long
distance cross-country trip or moving to a new state or
province, it will be necessary to compensate for
compass variance by resetting the zone through the
DIC if the zone is not set correctly.
5. To exit the programming mode, you must cycle the
key to LOCK/OFF.
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Compass variance is the difference between the earth's
magnetic north and true geographic north. If the
compass is not set to the zone where you live, the
compass may give false readings. The compass must
be set to the variance zone in which the vehicle is
traveling.
To adjust for compass variance, use the following
procedure:
Compass Variance (Zone) Procedure
1. Do not set the compass zone when the vehicle is
moving. Only set it when the vehicle is in P (Park).
Press the vehicle information button until
PRESS V TO CHANGE COMPASS ZONE
displays.
2. Find the vehicle's current location and variance
zone number on the map.
Zones 1 through 15 are available.
3. Press the set/reset button to scroll through and
select the appropriate variance zone.
4. Press the trip/fuel button until the vehicle heading,
for example, N for North, is displayed in the DIC.
5. If calibration is necessary, calibrate the compass.
See “Compass Calibration Procedure” following.
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Compass Calibration
The compass can be manually calibrated. Only calibrate
the compass in a magnetically clean and safe location,
such as an open parking lot, where driving the vehicle
in circles is not a danger. It is suggested to calibrate
away from tall buildings, utility wires, manhole covers,
or other industrial structures, if possible.
If CAL should ever appear in the DIC display, the
compass should be calibrated.
If the DIC display does not show a heading, for
example, N for North, or the heading does not change
after making turns, there may be a strong magnetic field
interfering with the compass. Such interference may be
caused by a magnetic CB or cell phone antenna mount,
a magnetic emergency light, magnetic note pad holder,
or any other magnetic item. Turn off the vehicle, move
the magnetic item, then turn on the vehicle and calibrate
the compass.
To calibrate the compass, use the following procedure:
Compass Calibration Procedure
1. Before calibrating the compass, make sure the
compass zone is set to the variance zone in which
the vehicle is located. See “Compass Variance
(Zone) Procedure” earlier in this section.
Do not operate any switches such as window,
sunroof, climate controls, seats, etc. during the
calibration procedure.
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2. Press the vehicle information button until
PRESS V TO CALIBRATE COMPASS displays.
3. Press the set/reset button to start the compass
calibration.
4. The DIC will display CALIBRATING: DRIVE IN
CIRCLES. Drive the vehicle in tight circles at less
than 5 mph (8 km/h) to complete the calibration.
The DIC will display CALIBRATION COMPLETE
for a few seconds when the calibration is complete.
The DIC display will then return to the
previous menu.
DIC Warnings and Messages
Messages are displayed on the DIC to notify the driver
that the status of the vehicle has changed and that
some action may be needed by the driver to correct the
condition. Multiple messages may appear one after
another.
Some messages may not require immediate action, but
you can press any of the DIC buttons on the instrument
panel to acknowledge that you received the messages
and to clear them from the display.
Some messages cannot be cleared from the DIC
display because they are more urgent. These
messages require action before they can be cleared.
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You should take any messages that appear on the
display seriously and remember that clearing the
messages will only make the messages disappear, not
correct the problem.
The following are the possible messages that can be
displayed and some information about them.
BATTERY LOW START VEHICLE
When the vehicle’s battery is severely discharged, this
message will display and four chimes will sound. Start
the vehicle immediately. If the vehicle is not started and
the battery continues to discharge, the climate controls,
heated seats, and audio systems will shut off and the
vehicle may require a jump start. These systems will
function again after the vehicle is started.
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
This message displays when the engine oil needs to be
changed. When you change the engine oil, be sure to
reset the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message.
See Engine Oil Life System on page 7‑20 for
information on how to reset the message. See Engine
Oil on page 7‑17 and Scheduled Maintenance on
page 8‑3 for more information.
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DRIVER DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime sounds if the driver
door is not fully closed and the vehicle is shifted out of
P (Park). Stop and turn off the vehicle, check the door
for obstructions, and close the door again. Check to see
if the message still appears on the DIC.
ENGINE HOT A/C (Air Conditioning)
TURNED OFF
This message displays when the engine coolant
becomes hotter than the normal operating temperature.
See Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge on
page 4‑35. To avoid added strain on a hot engine,
the air conditioning compressor automatically turns off.
When the coolant temperature returns to normal, the air
conditioning compressor turns back on. You can
continue to drive your vehicle.
If this message continues to appear, have the system
repaired by your dealer as soon as possible to avoid
damage to the engine.
ENGINE OIL HOT IDLE ENGINE
This message displays when the engine oil becomes
hotter than the normal operating temperature. Stop and
allow the vehicle to idle until it cools down. See Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge on page 4‑35.
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ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE
ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED
Notice: If you drive your vehicle while the engine is
overheating, severe engine damage may occur. If an
overheat warning appears on the instrument panel
cluster and/or DIC, stop the vehicle as soon as
possible. See Engine Overheating on page 7‑34 for
more information.
This message displays and a chime sounds when the
cooling system temperature gets too hot and the engine
further enters the engine coolant protection mode. See
Engine Overheating on page 7‑34 for further
information.
This message displays when the engine coolant
temperature is too hot. Stop and allow the vehicle to
idle until it cools down. See Engine Coolant
Temperature Gauge on page 4‑35.
See Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode on
page 7‑37 for information on driving to a safe place in
an emergency.
ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE
This message also displays when the vehicle's engine
power is reduced. Reduced engine power can affect the
vehicle's ability to accelerate. If this message is on, but
there is no reduction in performance, proceed to your
destination. The performance may be reduced the next
time the vehicle is driven. The vehicle may be driven at
a reduced speed while this message is on, but
acceleration and speed may be reduced. Anytime this
message stays on, the vehicle should be taken to your
dealer for service as soon as possible.
Notice: If you drive your vehicle while the engine is
overheating, severe engine damage may occur. If an
overheat warning appears on the instrument panel
cluster and/or DIC, stop the vehicle as soon as
possible. See Engine Overheating on page 7‑34 for
more information.
FUEL LEVEL LOW
This message displays and a chime sounds if the
engine cooling system reaches unsafe temperatures for
operation. Stop and turn off the vehicle as soon as it is
safe to do so to avoid severe damage. This message
clears when the engine has cooled to a safe operating
temperature.
HOOD OPEN
This message displays and a chime sounds if the fuel
level is low. Refuel as soon as possible. See Fuel
Gauge on page 4‑41 and Fuel on page 7‑7 for more
information.
This message displays and a chime sounds if the hood
is not fully closed. Stop and turn off the vehicle, check
the hood for obstructions, and close the hood again.
Check to see if the message still appears on the DIC.
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ICE POSSIBLE DRIVE WITH CARE
This message displays when ice conditions are
possible.
LEFT REAR DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime sounds if the driver
side rear door is not fully closed and the vehicle is
shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn off the vehicle,
check the door for obstructions, and close the door
again. Check to see if the message still appears on
the DIC.
OIL PRESSURE LOW STOP ENGINE
Notice: If you drive your vehicle while the engine oil
pressure is low, severe engine damage may occur.
If a low oil pressure warning appears on the Driver
Information Center (DIC), stop the vehicle as soon
as possible. Do not drive the vehicle until the cause
of the low oil pressure is corrected. See Engine Oil
on page 7‑17 for more information.
This message displays if low oil pressure levels occur.
Stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible and do not
operate it until the cause of the low oil pressure has
been corrected. Check the oil as soon as possible and
have your vehicle serviced by your dealer. See Engine
Oil on page 7‑17.
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PARKING ASSIST BLOCKED SEE
OWNERS MANUAL
If your vehicle has the Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA) system, this message displays if there is
something interfering with the park assist system. See
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) on page 3‑46
for more information.
PARKING ASSIST OFF
After the vehicle has been started, this message
displays to remind the driver that the Ultrasonic Rear
Parking Assist (URPA) system has been turned off.
Press the set/reset button to acknowledge this message
and clear it from the DIC display. To turn the URPA
system back on, see Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA) on page 3‑46.
PASSENGER DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime sounds if the front
passenger door is not fully closed and the vehicle is
shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn off the vehicle,
check the door for obstructions, and close the door
again. Check to see if the message still appears on
the DIC.
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REAR ACCESS OPEN
RIGHT REAR DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime sounds if the
liftgate or liftglass is open while the ignition is in
ON/RUN. Turn off the vehicle and check the liftgate
and liftglass. Restart the vehicle and check for the
message on the DIC display.
This message displays and a chime sounds if the
passenger side rear door is not fully closed and the
vehicle is shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn off the
vehicle, check the door for obstructions, and close the
door again. Check to see if the message still appears
on the DIC.
REMOTE KEY LEARNING ACTIVE
This message displays while you are matching a
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to your
vehicle. See “Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle”
under Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
on page 3‑4 and DIC Operation and Displays on
page 4‑42 for more information.
REPLACE BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY
This message displays if a Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitter battery is low. The battery needs to
be replaced in the transmitter. See “Battery
Replacement” under Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 3‑4.
SERVICE AIR BAG
This message displays if there is a problem with the
airbag system. Have your dealer inspect the system for
problems. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 4‑30
and Airbag System on page 2‑74 for more information.
SERVICE BATTERY CHARGING
SYSTEM
On some vehicles, this message displays if there is a
problem with the battery charging system. Under certain
conditions, the charging system light may also turn on
in the instrument panel cluster. See Charging System
Light on page 4‑32. Driving with this problem could
drain the battery. Turn off all unnecessary accessories.
Have the electrical system checked as soon as
possible. See your dealer.
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SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM
SERVICE PARKING ASSIST
This message displays along with the brake system
warning light if there is a problem with the brake
system. See Brake System Warning Light on
page 4‑33. If this message appears, stop as soon as
possible and turn off the vehicle. Restart the vehicle
and check for the message on the DIC display. If the
message is still displayed or appears again when you
begin driving, the brake system needs service as soon
as possible. See your dealer.
This message displays if there is a problem with the
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) system. Do not
use this system to help you park. See Ultrasonic Rear
Parking Assist (URPA) on page 3‑46 for more
information. See your dealer for service.
SERVICE BRAKES SOON
This message displays if there is a problem with the
brake system. If this message appears, stop as soon as
possible and turn off the vehicle. Restart the vehicle
and check for the message on the DIC display. If the
message is still displayed or appears again when you
begin driving, the brake system needs service. See
your dealer.
SERVICE LEFT HEADLAMP ASSEMBLY
On some models, this message will be displayed when
the left headlamp is out and needs to be serviced. See
LED Lighting on page 7‑55 for more information.
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SERVICE RIGHT HEADLAMP
ASSEMBLY
On some models, this message will be displayed when
the right headlamp is out and needs to be serviced. See
LED Lighting on page 7‑55 for more information.
SERVICE SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT
SYSTEM
If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system and this message displays, both SBZA displays
will remain on indicating there is a problem with the
SBZA system. If these displays remain on after
continued driving, the system needs service. See your
dealer. See Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on page 3‑48
for more information.
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SERVICE STABILITRAK
®
If your vehicle has StabiliTrak and this message
displays, it means there may be a problem with the
StabiliTrak system. If you see this message, try to
reset the system. Stop; turn off the engine for at least
15 seconds; then start the engine again. If this message
still comes on, it means there is a problem. You should
see your dealer for service. The vehicle is safe to drive,
however, you do not have the benefit of StabiliTrak, so
reduce your speed and drive accordingly.
SERVICE SUSPENSION SYSTEM
This message displays when the Road Sensing
Suspension (RSS) system is not operating properly.
Have your vehicle serviced by your dealer.
SERVICE THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM
This message displays when there is a problem with
the theft-deterrent system. The vehicle may or may
not restart so you may want to take the vehicle to
your dealer before turning off the engine. See
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer Operation on
page 3‑24 for more information.
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SERVICE TIRE MONITOR SYSTEM
On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS), this message displays if a part on the TPMS is
not working properly. The tire pressure light also flashes
and then remains on during the same ignition cycle.
See Tire Pressure Light on page 4‑35. Several
conditions may cause this message to appear. See Tire
Pressure Monitor Operation on page 7‑68 for more
information. If the warning comes on and stays on,
there may be a problem with the TPMS. See your
dealer.
SERVICE TRACTION CONTROL
If your vehicle has StabiliTrak, this message displays
when there is a problem with the Traction Control
System (TCS). When this message displays, the
system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving
accordingly. See your dealer for service. See
StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6 for more
information.
SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT
SYSTEM OFF
If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system, this message displays when the SBZA system
has been turned off. See Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
on page 3‑48 and DIC Operation and Displays on
page 4‑42 for more information.
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SIDE BLIND ZONE SYSTEM
UNAVAILABLE
If your vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system, this message displays when the SBZA system
is disabled because the sensor is blocked and cannot
detect vehicles in your blind zone. The sensor may be
blocked by mud, dirt, snow, ice, or slush. This message
may also display during heavy rain or due to road spray.
It may also come on when driving in isolated areas with
no guardrails, trees, or road signs and light traffic.
Your vehicle does not need service. For cleaning
instructions, see Washing Your Vehicle on page 7‑103.
See Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on page 3‑48 for
more information.
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you are driving in extreme off-road conditions and
require more wheel spin. See If Your Vehicle is Stuck in
Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow on page 6‑30. To turn the
StabiliTrak system on or off, see StabiliTrak® System
on page 6‑6.
There are several conditions that can cause this
message to appear.
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One condition is overheating, which could occur if
StabiliTrak activates continuously for an extended
period of time.
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The message also displays if the brake system
warning light is on. See Brake System Warning
Light on page 4‑33.
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The message could display if the stability system
takes longer than usual to complete its diagnostic
checks due to driving conditions.
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The message displays if an engine or vehicle
related problem has been detected and the vehicle
needs service. See your dealer.
STABILITRAK OFF
If your vehicle has StabiliTrak, this message displays
when you turn off StabiliTrak, or when the stability
control has been automatically disabled. To limit wheel
spin and realize the full benefits of the stability
enhancement system, you should normally leave
StabiliTrak on. However, you should turn StabiliTrak off
if your vehicle gets stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow and
you want to rock your vehicle to attempt to free it, or if
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The message turns off as soon as the conditions that
caused the message to be displayed are no longer
present.
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TIGHTEN GAS CAP
TIRE LOW ADD AIR TO TIRE
This message may display along with the check engine
light on the instrument panel cluster if the vehicle's fuel
cap is not tightened properly. See Malfunction Indicator
Lamp on page 4‑36. Reinstall the fuel cap fully. See
Filling the Tank on page 7‑11. The diagnostic system
can determine if the fuel cap has been left off or
improperly installed. A loose or missing fuel cap allows
fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere. A few driving
trips with the cap properly installed should turn this light
and message off.
On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS), this message displays when the pressure in
one or more of the vehicle's tires is low. This message
also displays LEFT FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, LEFT
REAR, or RIGHT REAR to indicate which tire needs to
be checked. The low tire pressure warning light will also
come on. See Tire Pressure Light on page 4‑35. You
can receive more than one tire pressure message at a
time. To read the other messages that may have been
sent at the same time, press the set/reset button. If a
tire pressure message appears on the DIC, stop as
soon as you can. Have the tire pressures checked and
set to those shown on the Tire Loading Information
label. See Tires on page 7‑58, Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32, and Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65.
The DIC also shows the tire pressure values. See DIC
Operation and Displays on page 4‑42.
TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
On vehicles with the Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS), this message displays when the TPMS is
re-learning the tire positions on your vehicle. The tire
positions must be re-learned after rotating the tires or
after replacing a tire or sensor. See Tire Inspection and
Rotation on page 7‑71, Tire Pressure Monitor System
on page 7‑67, and Inflation - Tire Pressure on
page 7‑65 for more information.
TRACTION CONTROL OFF
If your vehicle has StabiliTrak, this message displays
when the Traction Control System (TCS) is turned off.
Adjust your driving accordingly. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 6‑6 for more information.
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TRANSMISSION HOT IDLE ENGINE
WASHER FLUID LOW ADD FLUID
Notice: If you drive the vehicle while the
transmission fluid is overheating and the
transmission temperature warning is displayed on
the instrument panel cluster and/or DIC, you can
damage the transmission. This could lead to costly
repairs that would not be covered by the warranty.
Do not drive your vehicle with overheated
transmission fluid or while the transmission
temperature warning is displayed.
This message displays when the windshield washer
fluid is low. Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir as
soon as possible. See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 7‑16 for the location of the windshield washer
fluid reservoir. Also, see Windshield Washer Fluid on
page 7‑39 for more information.
This message displays along with four chimes if the
transmission fluid in the vehicle gets hot. Driving with
the transmission fluid temperature high can cause
damage to the vehicle. Stop the vehicle and let it idle to
allow the transmission to cool. This message clears and
the chime stops when the fluid temperature reaches a
safe level.
DIC Vehicle Customization
Your vehicle may have customization capabilities that
allow you to program certain features to one preferred
setting. Customization features can only be
programmed to one setting on the vehicle and cannot
be programmed to a preferred setting for two different
drivers.
TURN SIGNAL ON
All of the customization options may not be available on
your vehicle. Only the options available will be
displayed on the DIC.
This message displays and a chime sounds if a turn
signal is left on for 3/4 of a mile (1.2 km). Move the turn
signal/multifunction lever to the off position.
The default settings for the customization features were
set when your vehicle left the factory, but may have
been changed from their default state since then.
The customization preferences are automatically
recalled.
To change customization preferences, use the following
procedure.
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Entering the Feature Settings Menu
1. Turn the ignition on and place the vehicle in
P (Park).
To avoid excessive drain on the battery, it is
recommended that the headlamps are turned off.
2. Press the customization button to scroll through
the available customizable options.
Feature Settings Menu Items
The following are customization features that allow you
to program settings to the vehicle:
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DISPLAY LANGUAGE
This feature allows you to select the language in which
the DIC messages will appear.
Press the customization button until the DISPLAY
LANGUAGE screen appears on the DIC display. Press
the set/reset button once to access the settings for this
feature. Then press the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
ENGLISH (default): All messages will appear in
English.
DEUTSCH: All messages will appear in German.
DISPLAY IN ENGLISH
ITALIANO: All messages will appear in Italian.
This feature will only display if a language other than
English has been set. This feature allows you to change
the language in which the DIC messages appear to
English.
FRANCAIS: All messages will appear in French.
Press the customization button until the PRESS V TO
DISPLAY IN ENGLISH screen appears on the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button once to display all
DIC messages in English.
CHINESE: All messages will appear in Chinese.
ESPANOL: All messages will appear in Spanish.
ARABIC: All messages will appear in Arabic.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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AUTO DOOR LOCK
AUTO DOOR UNLOCK
This feature allows you to select when the vehicle's
doors will automatically lock. See Programmable
Automatic Door Locks on page 3‑11 for more
information.
This feature allows you to select whether or not to turn
off the automatic door unlocking feature. It also allows
you to select which doors and when the doors will
automatically unlock. See Programmable Automatic
Door Locks on page 3‑11 for more information.
Press the customization button until AUTO DOOR
LOCK appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to scroll through the
following settings:
SHIFT OUT OF PARK (default): The doors will
automatically lock when the vehicle is shifted out of
P (Park).
AT VEHICLE SPEED: The doors will automatically lock
when the vehicle speed is above 8 mph (13 km/h) for
three seconds.
Press the customization button until AUTO DOOR
UNLOCK appears on the DIC display. Press the
set/reset button once to access the settings for this
feature. Then press the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF: None of the doors will automatically unlock.
DRIVER AT KEY OUT: Only the driver's door will
unlock when the key is taken out of the ignition.
DRIVER IN PARK: Only the driver's door will unlock
when the vehicle is shifted into P (Park).
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
ALL AT KEY OUT: All of the doors will unlock when the
key is taken out of the ignition.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
ALL IN PARK (default): All of the doors will unlock
when the vehicle is shifted into P (Park).
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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REMOTE DOOR LOCK
This feature allows you to select the type of feedback
you will receive when locking the vehicle with the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. You will not
receive feedback when locking the vehicle with the RKE
transmitter if the doors are open. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 3‑4 for more
information.
Press the customization button until REMOTE DOOR
LOCK appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to scroll through the
following settings:
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NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK
This feature allows you to select the type of feedback
you will receive when unlocking the vehicle with the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. You will not
receive feedback when unlocking the vehicle with the
RKE transmitter if the doors are open. See Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 3‑4
for more information.
LIGHTS ONLY: The exterior lamps will flash when you
press the lock button on the RKE transmitter.
Press the customization button until REMOTE DOOR
UNLOCK appears on the DIC display. Press the
set/reset button once to access the settings for this
feature. Then press the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
HORN ONLY: The horn will sound on the second press
of the lock button on the RKE transmitter.
LIGHTS OFF: The exterior lamps will not flash when
you press the unlock button on the RKE transmitter.
HORN & LIGHTS (default): The exterior lamps will
flash when you press the lock button on the RKE
transmitter, and the horn will sound when the lock
button is pressed again within five seconds of the
previous command.
LIGHTS ON (default): The exterior lamps will flash
when you press the unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.
OFF: There will be no feedback when you press the
lock button on the RKE transmitter.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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DELAY DOOR LOCK
EXIT LIGHTING
This feature allows you to select whether or not the
locking of the vehicle's doors and liftgate will be
delayed. When locking the doors and liftgate with the
power door lock switch and a door or the liftgate is
open, this feature will delay locking the doors and
liftgate until five seconds after the last door is closed.
You will hear three chimes to signal that the delayed
locking feature is in use. The key must be out of the
ignition for this feature to work. You can temporarily
override delayed locking by pressing the power door
lock switch twice. See Delayed Locking on page 3‑11
for more information.
This feature allows you to select the amount of time you
want the exterior lamps to remain on when it is dark
enough outside. This happens after the key is turned
from ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF.
Press the customization button until DELAY DOOR
LOCK appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to scroll through the
following settings:
OFF: There will be no delayed locking of the vehicle's
doors.
ON (default): The doors will not lock until five seconds
after the last door or the liftgate is closed.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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Press the customization button until EXIT LIGHTING
appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this feature. Then press
the customization button to scroll through the following
settings:
OFF: The exterior lamps will not turn on.
30 SECONDS (default): The exterior lamps will stay on
for 30 seconds.
1 MINUTE: The exterior lamps will stay on for
one minute.
2 MINUTES: The exterior lamps will stay on for
two minutes.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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APPROACH LIGHTING
AUTO HIGH BEAMS
This feature allows you to select whether or not to have
the exterior lights turn on briefly during low light periods
after unlocking the vehicle using the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter.
If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to select to
have the Intellibeam® system turned off or on. See
Exterior Lamps on page 4‑11 for more information.
Press the customization button until APPROACH
LIGHTING appears on the DIC display. Press the
set/reset button once to access the settings for this
feature. Then press the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF: The exterior lights will not turn on when you
unlock the vehicle with the RKE transmitter.
ON (default): If it is dark enough outside, the exterior
lights will turn on briefly when you unlock the vehicle
with the RKE transmitter.
The lights will remain on for 20 seconds or until the lock
button on the RKE transmitter is pressed, or the vehicle
is no longer off. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 3‑4 for more information.
Press the customization button until AUTO HIGH
BEAMS appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to scroll through the
following settings:
OFF (default): The Intellibeam® system will be
turned off.
ON: The Intellibeam® system will be turned on.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
NO CHANGE : No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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CHIME VOLUME
PARK TILT MIRRORS
This feature allows you to select the volume level of the
chime.
This feature allows you to select whether or not the
outside mirror(s) will automatically tilt down when the
vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse). See Outside Power
Foldaway Mirrors on page 3‑43 for more information.
Press the customization button until CHIME VOLUME
appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this feature. Then press
the customization button to scroll through the following
settings:
NORMAL: The chime volume will be set to a normal
level.
LOUD: The chime volume will be set to a loud level.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
There is no default for chime volume. The volume will
stay at the last known setting.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
Press the customization button until PARK TILT
MIRRORS appears on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the settings for this feature.
Then press the customization button to scroll through
the following settings:
OFF (default): Neither outside mirror will be tilted down
when the vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse).
DRIVER MIRROR: The driver's outside mirror will be
tilted down when the vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse).
PASSENGER MIRROR: The passenger's outside
mirror will be tilted down when the vehicle is shifted into
R (Reverse).
BOTH MIRRORS: The driver's and passenger's outside
mirrors will be tilted down when the vehicle is shifted
into R (Reverse).
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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EASY EXIT RECALL
If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to select
your preference for the automatic easy exit seat feature.
See Memory Features on page 2‑6 for more
information.
Press the customization button until EASY EXIT
RECALL appears on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the settings for this feature.
Then press the customization button to scroll through
the following settings:
DOOR BUTTON ONLY: No automatic seat exit recall
will occur. The recall will only occur after pressing the
easy exit seat button.
BUTTON AND KEY OUT (default): If the features are
enabled through the EASY EXIT SETUP menu, the
driver's seat will move back, and if the vehicle has the
power tilt wheel feature, the power steering column will
move up when the key is removed from the ignition or
after pressing the easy exit seat button.
The automatic easy exit seat movement will only occur
one time after the key is removed from the ignition.
If the automatic movement has already occurred, and
you put the key back in the ignition and remove it again,
the seat and steering column will stay in the original exit
position, unless a memory recall took place prior to
removing the key again.
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NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
EASY EXIT SETUP
If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to select
which areas will recall with the automatic easy exit seat
feature. It also allows you to turn off the automatic easy
exit feature. See Memory Features on page 2‑6 and
“EASY EXIT RECALL” earlier for more information.
Press the customization button until EASY EXIT SETUP
appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this feature. Then press
the menu up/down button to scroll through the following
settings:
OFF: No automatic seat exit will recall.
SEAT ONLY: The driver's seat will recall.
TILT ONLY: The steering wheel tilt feature will recall.
SEAT & TILT (default): The driver's seat and the
steering wheel tilt feature will recall.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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MEMORY SEAT RECALL
REMOTE START
This feature allows you to select your preference for the
remote memory seat recall feature. See Memory
Features on page 2‑6 for more information.
If your vehicle has this feature, it allows you to turn the
remote start off or on. The remote start feature allows
you to start the engine from outside of the vehicle using
the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. See
Remote Vehicle Start on page 3‑7 for more
information.
Press the customization button until MEMORY SEAT
RECALL appears on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the settings for this feature.
Then press the customization button to scroll through
the following settings:
OFF (default): No remote memory seat recall will
occur.
ON: The driver's seat, and on some vehicles, the
outside mirrors will automatically move to the stored
driving position when the unlock button on the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is pressed. On some
vehicles with the adjustable throttle and brake pedal
feature, the pedals will also automatically move. See
“Relearn Remote Key” under DIC Operation and
Displays on page 4‑42 for more information on
matching transmitters to driver ID numbers.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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Press the customization button until REMOTE START
appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this feature. Then press
the customization button to scroll through the following
settings:
OFF: The remote start feature will be disabled.
ON (default): The remote start feature will be enabled.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
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DISPLAY DIGITAL SPEED
This feature allows you to enable or disable the digital
speedometer on the DIC.
Press the customization button until DISPLAY DIGITAL
SPEED appears on the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to scroll through the
following settings:
OFF: The digital speedometer will be disabled.
ON (default): The digital speedometer will be enabled.
NO CHANGE: No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
FACTORY SETTINGS
This feature allows you to set all of the customization
features back to their factory default settings.
Press the customization button until FACTORY
SETTINGS appears on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the settings for this feature.
Then press the customization button to scroll through
the following settings:
RESTORE ALL (default): The customization features
will be set to their factory default settings.
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DO NOT RESTORE: The customization features will
not be set to their factory default settings.
To select a setting, press the set/reset button while the
desired setting is displayed on the DIC.
EXIT FEATURE SETTINGS
This feature allows you to exit the feature
settings menu.
Press the customization button until PRESS V TO EXIT
FEATURE SETTINGS appears in the DIC display.
Press the set/reset button once to exit the menu.
If you do not exit, pressing the customization button
again will return you to the beginning of the feature
settings menu.
Exiting the Feature Settings Menu
The feature settings menu will be exited when any of
the following occurs:
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The vehicle is no longer in ON/RUN.
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The trip/fuel or vehicle information DIC buttons are
pressed.
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The end of the feature settings menu is reached
and exited.
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A 40 second time period has elapsed with no
selection made.
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Audio System(s)
Read the following pages to become familiar with the
audio system's features.
{ WARNING:
Taking your eyes off the road for extended periods
could cause a crash resulting in injury or death to
you or others. Do not give extended attention to
entertainment tasks while driving.
This system provides access to many audio and non
audio listings.
To minimize taking your eyes off the road while driving,
do the following while the vehicle is parked:
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Become familiar with the operation and controls of
the audio system.
.
Set up the tone, speaker adjustments, and preset
radio stations.
For more information, see Defensive Driving on
page 6‑2.
This vehicle's audio system may be equipped with a
noise reduction system which can work improperly if the
audio amplifier, engine calibrations, exhaust system,
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microphones, radio, or speakers are modified or
replaced. This could result in more noticeable engine
noise at certain speeds.
Notice: Contact your dealer before adding any
equipment.
Adding audio or communication equipment could
interfere with the operation of the vehicle's engine,
radio, or other systems, and could damage them.
Follow federal rules covering mobile radio and
telephone equipment.
The vehicle has Retained Accessory Power (RAP). With
RAP, the audio system can be played even after the
ignition is turned off. See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 3‑28 for more information.
Bluetooth®
Vehicles with a Bluetooth system can use a
Bluetooth capable cell phone with a Hands Free
Profile to make and receive phone calls. The system
can be used while the key is in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY position. The range of the Bluetooth
system can be up to 9.1 m (30 ft). Not all phones
support all functions, and not all phones are guaranteed
to work with the in-vehicle Bluetooth system.
See www.gm.com/bluetooth for more information
on compatible phones.
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Voice Recognition
Bluetooth Controls
The Bluetooth system uses voice recognition to
interpret voice commands to dial phone numbers and
name tags.
Use the buttons located on the steering wheel to
operate the in‐vehicle Bluetooth system. See Audio
Steering Wheel Controls on page 4‑106 for more
information.
Noise: Keep interior noise levels to a minimum. The
system may not recognize voice commands if there is
too much background noise.
b g (Push To Talk) : Press to answer incoming calls,
to confirm system information, and to start speech
recognition.
When to Speak: A short tone sounds after the system
responds indicating when it is waiting for a voice
command. Wait until the tone and then speak.
c x (Phone On Hook): Press to end a call, reject a
call, or to cancel an operation.
How to Speak: Speak clearly in a calm and natural
voice.
Pairing
Audio System
When using the in‐vehicle Bluetooth system, sound
comes through the vehicle's front audio system
speakers and overrides the audio system. Use the
audio system volume knob, during a call, to change the
volume level. The adjusted volume level remains in
memory for later calls. To prevent missed calls, a
minimum volume level is used if the volume is turned
down too low.
A Bluetooth enabled cell phone must be paired to the
in‐vehicle Bluetooth system first and then connected
to the vehicle before it can be used. See the cell phone
manufacturers user guide for Bluetooth functions
before pairing the cell phone. If a Bluetooth phone is
not connected, calls will be made using OnStar ®
Hands‐Free Calling, if available. Refer to the OnStar
owner's guide for more information.
Pairing Information:
.
Up to five cell phones can be paired to the
in‐vehicle Bluetooth system.
.
The pairing process is disabled when the vehicle is
moving.
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The in‐vehicle Bluetooth system automatically links
with the first available paired cell phone in the
order the phone was paired.
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Only one paired cell phone can be connected to
the in‐vehicle Bluetooth system at a time.
.
Pairing should only need to be completed once,
unless changes to the pairing information have
been made or the phone is deleted.
To link to a different paired phone, see Linking to a
Different Phone later in this section.
Pairing a Phone
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth”. The system responds with
“Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone.
3. Say “Pair”. The system responds with instructions
and a four digit PIN number. The PIN number will
be used in Step 4.
4. Start the Pairing process on the cell phone that will
be paired to the vehicle. Reference the cell phone
manufacturers user guide for information on this
process.
Locate the device named “General Motors” in the
list on the cellular phone and follow the instructions
on the cell phone to enter the four digit PIN
number that was provided in Step 3.
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5. The system prompts for a name for the phone. Use
a name that best describes the phone. This name
will be used to indicate which phone is connected.
The system then confirms the name provided.
6. The system responds with “<Phone name> has
been successfully paired” after the pairing process
is complete.
7. Repeat Steps 1 through 7 for additional phones to
be paired.
Listing All Paired and Connected Phones
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth”. The system responds with
“Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone.
3. Say “List”. The system lists all the paired Bluetooth
devices. If a phone is connected to the vehicle, the
system will say “Is connected” after the connected
phone.
Deleting a Paired Phone
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth”. The system responds with
“Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone.
3. Say “Delete”. The system asks which phone to
delete followed by a tone.
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4. Say the name of the phone to be deleted. If the
phone name is unknown, use the “List” command
for a list of all paired phones. The system responds
with “Would you like to delete <phone name>? Yes
or No” followed by a tone.
5. Say “Yes” to delete the phone. The system
responds with “OK, deleting <phone name>”.
Linking to a Different Phone
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth”. The system responds with
“Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone.
3. Say “Change phone”. The system responds with
“Please wait while I search for other phones”.
.
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If another phone is found, the response will be
“<Phone name> is now connected”.
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The system uses the following commands to store and
retrieve phone numbers:
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Store
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Digit Store
.
Directory
Using the Store Command
The store command allows a phone number to be
stored without entering the digits individually.
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Store”. The system responds with “Store,
number please” followed by a tone.
3. Say the complete phone number to be stored at
once with no pauses.
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If the system recognizes the number it
responds with “OK, Storing” and repeats the
phone number.
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If the system is unsure it recognizes the phone
number, it responds with “Store” and repeats
the number followed by “Please say yes or no”.
If the number is correct, say “Yes”. If the
number is not correct, say “No”. The system will
ask for the number to be re‐entered.
If another phone is not found, the original
phone remains connected.
Storing Name Tags
The system can store up to thirty phone numbers as
name tags that are shared between the Bluetooth and
OnStar systems.
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4. After the system stores the phone number, it
responds with “Please say the name tag” followed
by a tone.
5. Say a name tag for the phone number. The name
tag is recorded and the system responds with
“About to store <name tag>. Does that
sound OK?”.
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If the name tag does not sound correct, say
“No” and repeat Step 5.
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If the name tag sounds correct, say “Yes” and
the name tag is stored. After the number is
stored the system returns to the main menu.
Using the Digit Store Command
The digit store command allows a phone number to be
stored by entering the digits individually.
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Digit Store”. The system responds with
“Please say the first digit to store” followed by
a tone.
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3. Say the first digit to be stored. The system will
repeat back the digit it heard followed by a tone.
Continue entering digits until the number to be
stored is complete.
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If an unwanted number is recognized by the
system, say “Clear” at any time to clear the last
number.
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To hear all of the numbers recognized by the
system, say “Verify” at any time and the system
will repeat them.
4. After the complete number has been entered, say
“Store”. The system responds with “Please say the
name tag” followed by a tone.
5. Say a name tag for the phone number. The name
tag is recorded and the system responds with
“About to store <name tag>. Does that
sound OK?”.
.
If the name tag does not sound correct, say
“No” and repeat Step 5.
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If the name tag sounds correct, say “Yes” and
the name tag is stored. After the number is
stored the system returns to the main menu.
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Using the Directory Command
The directory command lists all of the name tags stored
by the system. To use the directory command:
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3. Say the name tag to be deleted. The system
responds with “Would you like to delete, <name
tag>? Please say yes or no”.
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If the name tag is correct, say “Yes” to delete
the name tag. The system responds with
“OK, deleting <name tag>, returning to the
main menu.”
.
If the name tag is incorrect, say “No”. The
system responds with “No. OK, let's try again,
please say the name tag.”
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Directory”. The system responds with
“Directory” and then plays back all of the stored
name tags. When the list is complete, the system
returns to the main menu.
Deleting Name Tags
Using the Delete All Name Tags Command
The system uses the following commands to delete
name tags:
.
Delete
The delete all name tags command deletes all stored
phone book name tags and route name tags for OnStar
(if present).
.
Delete all name tags
To use the delete all name tags command:
Using the Delete Command
The delete command allows specific name tags to be
deleted.
To use the delete command:
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Delete”. The system responds with “Delete,
please say the name tag” followed by a tone.
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Delete all name tags”. The system responds
with “You are about to delete all name tags stored
in your phone directory and your route destination
directory. Are you sure you want to do this? Please
say yes or no.”
.
Say “Yes” to delete all name tags.
.
Say “No” to cancel the function and return to
the main menu.
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Making a Call
Calls can be made using the following commands:
.
Dial
.
Digit Dial
.
Call
.
Re‐dial
Using the Dial Command
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Dial”. The system responds with “Dial using
<phone name>”. “Number please” followed by
a tone.
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Using the Digit Dial Command
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Digit Dial”. The system responds with “Digit
dial using <phone name>, please say the first digit
to dial” followed by a tone.
3. Say the digit to be dialed one at a time. Following
each digit, the system will repeat back the digit it
heard followed by a tone.
4. Continue entering digits until the number to be
dialed is complete. After the whole number has
been entered, say “Dial”. The system responds
with “OK, Dialing” and dials the number.
.
If an unwanted number is recognized by the
system, say “Clear” at any time to clear the last
number.
.
To hear all of the numbers recognized by the
system, say “Verify” at any time and the system
will repeat them.
3. Say the entire number without pausing.
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If the system recognizes the number, it
responds with “OK, Dialing” and dials the
number.
If the system does not recognize the number, it
confirms the numbers followed by a tone. If the
number is correct, say “Yes”. The system
responds with “OK, Dialing” and dials the
number. If the number is not correct, say “No”.
The system will ask for the number to be
re‐entered.
Using the Call Command
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Call”. The system responds with “Call using
<phone name>. Please say the name tag” followed
by a tone.
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3. Say the name tag of the person to call.
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If the system clearly recognizes the name tag it
responds with “OK, calling, <name tag>” and
dials the number.
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If the system is unsure it recognizes the right
name tag, it confirms the name tag followed by
a tone. If the name tag is correct, say “Yes”.
The system responds with “OK, calling, <name
tag>” and dials the number. If the name tag is
not correct, say “No”. The system will ask for
the name tag to be re‐entered.
Once connected, the person called will be heard
through the audio speakers.
Using the Re‐dial Command
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. After the tone, say “Re‐dial”. The system responds
with “Re‐dial using <phone name>” and dials the
last number called from the connected Bluetooth
phone.
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Receiving a Call
When an incoming call is received, the audio system
mutes and a ring tone is heard in the vehicle.
.
.
b g and begin speaking to answer the call.
Press c x to ignore a call.
Press
Call Waiting
Call waiting must be supported on the Bluetooth phone
and enabled by the wireless service carrier to work.
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Press b g to answer an incoming call when
another call is active. The original call is placed
on hold.
.
Press
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To ignore the incoming call, continue with the
original call with no action.
.
Press c x to disconnect the current call and
switch to the call on hold.
b g again to return to the original call.
Once connected, the person called will be heard
through the audio speakers.
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Three‐Way Calling
To Mute a call
Three‐Way Calling must be supported on the Bluetooth
phone and enabled by the wireless service carrier
to work.
1. While on a call press b g. The system responds
with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Three‐way call”. The system responds with
“Three‐way call, please say dial or call”.
3. Use the dial or call command to dial the number of
the third party to be called.
4. Once the call is connected, press
the callers together.
b g to link all
Ending a Call
Press c x to end a call.
Muting a Call
During a call, all sounds from inside the vehicle can be
muted so that the person on the other end of the call
cannot hear them.
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1. Press b g. The system responds with “Ready”
followed by a tone.
2. Say “Mute Call”. The system responds with
“Call muted”.
To Cancel Mute
1. Press b g. The system responds with “Ready”
followed by a tone.
2. After the tone, say “Mute Call”. The system
responds with “Resuming call”.
Transferring a Call
Audio can be transferred between the in‐vehicle
Bluetooth system and the cell phone.
To Transfer Audio to the Cell Phone
During a call with the audio in the vehicle:
1. Press b g. The system responds with “Ready”
followed by a tone.
2. Say “Transfer Call.” The system responds with
“Transferring call” and the audio will switch from
the vehicle to the cell phone.
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To Transfer Audio to the In-Vehicle
Bluetooth System
Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF)
Tones
The cellular phone must be paired and connected with
the Bluetooth system before a call can be transferred.
The connection process can take up to two minutes
after the key is turned to the ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY position.
The in‐vehicle Bluetooth system can send numbers and
numbers stored as name tags during a call. This is used
when calling a menu driven phone system. Account
numbers can be programmed into the phonebook for
retrieval during menu driven calls.
During a call with the audio on the cell phone,
press b g for more than two seconds. The audio
switches from the cell phone to the vehicle.
Sending a Number During a Call
Voice Pass-Thru
Voice Pass‐Thru allows access to the voice recognition
commands on the cell phone. See the cell phone
manufacturers user guide to see if the cell phone
supports this feature. This feature can be used to
verbally access contacts stored in the cell phone.
1. Press and hold b g for two seconds. The system
responds with “Ready” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth”. The system responds with
“Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone.
3. Say “Voice”. The system responds with
“OK, accessing <phone name>”.
.
1. Press b g. The system responds with “Ready”
followed by a tone.
2. Say “Dial”. The system responds with “Say a
number to send tones” followed by a tone.
3. Say the number to send.
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If the system clearly recognizes the number it
responds with “OK, Sending Number” and the
dial tones are sent and the call continues.
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If the system is not sure it recognized the
number properly, it responds “Dial Number,
Please say yes or no?” followed by a tone.
If the number is correct, say “Yes”. The system
responds with “OK, Sending Number” and the
dial tones are sent and the call continues.
The cell phone's normal prompt messages will
go through its cycle according to the phone's
operating instructions.
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Sending a Stored Name Tag During a Call
1. Press b g. The system responds with “Ready”
followed by a tone.
2. Say “Send name tag.” The system responds with
“Say a name tag to send tones” followed by a tone.
3. Say the name tag to send.
.
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If the system clearly recognizes the name tag it
responds with “OK, Sending <name tag>” and
the dial tones are sent and the call continues.
If the system is not sure it recognized the name
tag properly, it responds “Dial <name tag>,
Please say yes or no?” followed by a tone.
If the name tag is correct, say “Yes”. The
system responds with “OK, Sending <name
tag>” and the dial tones are sent and the call
continues.
Clearing the System
Unless information is deleted out of the in‐vehicle
Bluetooth system, it will be retained indefinitely. This
includes all saved name tags in the phonebook and
phone pairing information. For information on how to
delete this information, see the above sections on
Deleting a Paired Phone and Deleting Name Tags.
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Other Information
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the
Bluetooth® SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by
General Motors is under license. Other trademarks and
trade names are those of their respective owners.
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for FCC
information.
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)
System (Overhead)
The vehicle may have an Overhead DVD Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) system. The RSE system works
with the vehicle's audio system. The DVD player is part
of the front radio. The RSE system includes a radio with
a DVD player, a video display screen, and if the vehicle
has a third row seat, it could have a second video
display screen, audio/video jacks, two wireless
headphones, and a remote control. See Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information on
the vehicle's audio/DVD system.
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Driver Control of the Audio System
Headphones
The driver has basic control of the whole audio system.
Press and hold O for more than two seconds to turn off
the radio, RSE, and the RSA (rear seat audio). See
Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60 for more
information.
The RSE includes two 2-channel wireless headphones
that are dedicated to this system. Channel 1 is
dedicated to the DVD player, while Channel 2 is
dedicated to RSA selections. These headphones are
used to listen to media such as CDs, DVDs, MP3s,
DVDAs, radio, any auxiliary source connected to A/V
jacks, or the auxiliary input jack, if the vehicle has this
feature. The wireless headphones have an On/Off
button, channel 1/2 switch, and a volume control.
Before Driving
The RSE is designed for rear seat passengers only. The
driver cannot safely view the video screen while driving
and should not try to do so.
In severe or extreme weather conditions the RSE
system might not work until the temperature is within
the operating range. The operating range for the RSE
system is above −4°F (−20°C) or below 140°F (60°C).
If the temperature of the vehicle is outside of this range,
heat or cool the vehicle until the temperature is within
the operating range of the RSE system.
If the vehicle has a third row video screen display, it has
two additional headphones.
Push the power button to turn on the headphones. An
indicator light located on the headphones comes on.
If the light comes on but, there is intermittent sound
and/or static on the headphones, or if the indicator light
does not come on, the batteries might need to be
replaced. See “Battery Replacement” later in this
section for more information. Switch the headphones to
Off when not in use.
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The infrared transmitters are located at the rear of the
RSE overhead console. The headphones shut off
automatically to save the battery power if the RSE
system and the RSA are shut off or if the headphones
are out of range of the transmitters for more than
3 minutes. If you move too far forward or step out of the
vehicle, the headphones lose the audio signal.
The headphones may automatically turn off after
four hours of continuous use.
To adjust the volume on the headphones, use the
volume control located on the right side.
For optimal audio performance, the headphones must
be worn correctly. Headphones should be worn with
headband over the top of the head for best audio
reception. The symbol L (Left) appears on the upper left
side, above the ear pad and should be positioned on
the left ear. The symbol R (Right) appears on the upper
right side, above the ear pad and should be positioned
on the right ear.
Notice: Do not store the headphones in heat or
direct sunlight. This could damage the headphones
and repairs will not be covered by the warranty.
Storage in extreme cold can weaken the batteries.
Keep the headphones stored in a cool, dry place.
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If the foam ear pads attached to the headphones
become worn or damaged, the pads can be replaced
separately from the headphone set. See your dealer for
more information.
Battery Replacement
To change the batteries on the headphones:
1. Turn the screw to loosen the battery door located
on the left side of the headphones. Slide the
battery door open.
2. Replace the two batteries in the compartment.
Make sure that they are installed correctly, using
the diagram on the inside of the battery
compartment.
3. Replace the battery door and tighten the door
screw.
If the headphones are to be stored for a long period of
time, remove the batteries and keep them in a cool, dry
place.
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Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks
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The A/V jacks are color coded to match typical home
entertainment system equipment. The yellow jack (A) is
for the video input. The white jack (B) is for the left
audio input. The red jack (C) is for the right audio input.
Power for auxiliary devices is not supplied by the radio
system.
The A/V jacks are located on the rear of the floor
console. The A/V jacks allow audio or video signals to
be connected from an auxiliary device such as a
camcorder or a video game unit to the RSE system.
Adapter connectors or cables (not included) may be
required to connect the auxiliary device to the A/V
jacks. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for
proper usage.
To use the auxiliary inputs of the RSE system, connect
an external auxiliary device to the color-coded A/V jacks
and turn both the auxiliary device and the video screen
power on. If the video screen is in the DVD player
mode, pressing the AUX (auxiliary) button on the
remote control switches the video screen from the DVD
player mode to the auxiliary device. The radio plays the
audio of the connected auxiliary device by sourcing to
auxiliary. See Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60
for more information.
For optimal sound quality, increase the portable audio
device's volume to the loudest level. Higher levels of
volume decreases audio distortion.
It is always best to power a portable audio device
through its own battery while playing.
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How to Change the RSE Video Screen
Settings
The screen display mode (normal, full, and zoom),
screen brightness, and setup menu language can be
changed from the on screen setup menu. To change
any feature, perform the following:
z button on the remote control.
Use the remote control Q, R, q, r navigation
arrows and the r button to use the setup menu.
Press the z button again to remove the setup
1. Press the
2.
3.
menu from the screen.
Audio Output
Audio from the DVD player or auxiliary inputs can be
heard through the following possible sources:
.
Wireless Headphones
.
Vehicle Speakers
.
Vehicle wired headphone jacks on the rear seat
audio system, if the vehicle has this feature.
The RSE system always transmits the audio signal to
the wireless headphones, if there is audio available.
See “Headphones” earlier in this section for more
information.
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The DVD player is capable of outputting audio to the
wired headphone jacks on the RSA system, if the
vehicle has this feature. The DVD player can be
selected as an audio source on the RSA system.
See Rear Seat Audio (RSA) on page 4‑104 for more
information.
When a device is connected to the A/V jacks, the rear
seat passengers are be able to hear audio from the
auxiliary device through the wireless or wired
headphones. The front seat passengers are able to
listen to playback from this device through the vehicle
speakers by selecting AUX as the source on the radio.
Video Screen(s)
The video screen(s) are located in the overhead
console.
To use the video screen(s):
1. Push the release button located on the overhead
console.
2. Move the screen to the desired position.
When the video screen is not in use, push it up into its
locked position.
If a DVD is playing and the screen is raised to its locked
position, the screen remains on, this is normal, and the
DVD continues to play through the previous audio
source. Use the remote control power button or eject
the disc to turn off the screen.
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The overhead console contains the IR (infrared)
transmitters for the wireless headphones and the IR
receivers for the remote control. They are located at the
rear of the console.
Notice: Avoid directly touching the video screen, as
damage may occur. See “Cleaning the Video
Screen” later in this section for more information.
Remote Control
To use the remote control, aim it at the transmitter
window at the rear of the overhead console and press
the desired button. Direct sunlight or very bright light
can affect the ability of the RSE transmitter to receive
signals from the remote control. If the remote control
does not seem to be working, the batteries may need to
be replaced. See “Battery Replacement” later in this
section. Objects blocking the line of sight can also affect
the function of the remote control.
If a CD or DVD is in the Radio DVD slot, the remote
control power button can be used to turn on the video
screen display and start the disc. The radio can also
turn on the video screen display. See Navigation Audio
System on page 5‑60 for more information.
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Notice: Storing the remote control in a hot area or
in direct sunlight can damage it, and the repairs will
not be covered by the warranty. Storage in extreme
cold can weaken the batteries. Keep the remote
control stored in a cool, dry place.
If the remote control becomes lost or damaged, a new
universal remote control can be purchased. If this
happens, make sure the universal remote control uses
a code set of Toshiba®.
Remote Control Buttons
O (Power): Press to turn the video screen on and off.
P (Illumination): Press to turn the remote control
backlight on. The backlight automatically times out after
7 to 10 seconds if no other button is pressed while the
backlight is on.
v (Title): Press to return the DVD to the main menu of
the DVD. This function can vary for each disc.
y (Main Menu):
Press to access the DVD menu.
The DVD menu is different on every DVD. Use the
navigation arrows to move the cursor around the DVD
menu. After making a selection press the enter button.
This button only operates when using a DVD.
Q, R , q , r (Menu Navigation Arrows): Use the
arrow buttons to navigate through a menu.
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r (Enter):
Press to select the choice that is
highlighted in any menu.
z (Display Menu):
Press to adjust the brightness,
screen display mode (normal, full, or zoom), and display
the language menu.
q (Return): Press to exit the current active menu and
return to the previous menu. This button operates only
when the display menu or a DVD menu is active.
c (Stop):
Press to stop playing, fast reversing, or fast
forwarding a DVD. Press twice to return to the
beginning of the DVD.
s (Play/Pause): Press to start playing a DVD. Press
while a DVD is playing to pause it. Press again to
continue playing the DVD.
When the DVD is playing, depending on the radio,
perform slow play by pressing the play/pause button
then pressing the fast forward button. The DVD
continues playing in a slow play mode. Depending on
the radio, perform reverse slow play by pressing the
play/pause button and then pressing the fast reverse
button. To cancel slow play mode, press the play/pause
button.
t (Previous Track/Chapter): Press to return to the
start of the current track or chapter. Press again to go to
the previous track or chapter. This button might not
work when the DVD is playing the copyright information
or the previews.
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u (Next Track/Chapter): Press to go to the beginning
of the next chapter or track. This button might not work
when the DVD is playing the copyright information or
the previews.
r (Fast Reverse): Press to fast reverse the DVD
or CD. To stop fast reversing a DVD video, press the
play/pause button. To stop fast reversing a DVD audio
or CD, release the fast reverse button. This button
might not work when the DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.
[ (Fast Forward):
Press to fast forward the DVD or
CD. To stop fast forwarding a DVD video, press the
play/pause button. To stop fast forwarding a DVD audio
or CD, release the fast forward button. This button
might not work when the DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.
e (Audio):
Press to change audio tracks on DVDs that
have this feature when the DVD is playing. The format
and content of this function vary for each disc.
{ (Subtitles): Press to turn ON/OFF subtitles and to
move through subtitle options when a DVD is playing.
The format and content of this function varies for
each disc.
AUX (Auxiliary): Press to switch the system between
the DVD player and an auxiliary source.
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If the vehicle has a third row video screen, the AUX
button controls the source display on the second row
video screen, and the third row video screen as
described in the table below:
Aux Button
Press
Default State
(No Press)
Second Row
Screen
Third Row
Screen
DVD Media
DVD Media
First Press
Aux Video
Source
Aux Video
Source
Second Press
DVD Media
Aux Video
Source
Third Press
Aux Video
Source
DVD Media
Fourth Press
Return to Default
State
Return to Default
State
d (Camera): Press to change camera angles on DVDs
that have this feature when a DVD is playing. The
format and content of this function varies for each disc.
\ (Clear):
Press within three seconds after entering a
numeric selection, to clear all numeric inputs.
} 10 (Double Digit Entries):
Press to select chapter or
track numbers greater than 9. Press this button before
entering the number.
Battery Replacement
To change the remote control batteries:
1. Slide the rear cover back on the remote control.
2. Replace the two batteries in the compartment.
Make sure that they are installed correctly, using
the diagram on the inside of the battery
compartment.
3. Replace the battery cover.
If the remote control is to be stored for a long period of
time, remove the batteries and keep them in a cool, dry
place.
1 through 0 (Numeric Keypad): The numeric keypad
provides the capability of direct chapter or track number
selection.
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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart
Problem
Recommended Action
No power.
The ignition might not
be turned ON/RUN or in
ACC/ACCESSORY.
The picture does not fill the
screen. There are black
borders on the top and
bottom or on both sides or
it looks stretched out.
Check the display mode
settings in the setup menu
by pressing the display
menu button on the remote
control.
In auxiliary mode, the
picture moves or scrolls.
Check the auxiliary input
connections at both
devices.
The remote control does
not work.
Check to make sure there
is no obstruction between
the remote control and the
transmitter window.
Check the batteries to
make sure they are not
dead or installed
incorrectly.
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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart (cont'd)
Problem
Recommended Action
After stopping the player,
I push Play but sometimes
the DVD starts where I left
off and sometimes at the
beginning.
If the stop button was
pressed one time, the DVD
player resumes playing
where the DVD was
stopped. If the stop button
was pressed two times the
DVD player begins to play
from the beginning of
the DVD.
The auxiliary source is
running but there is no
picture or sound.
Check that the RSE video
screen is in the auxiliary
source mode.
Check the auxiliary input
connections at both
devices.
Sometimes the wireless
headphone audio cuts out
or buzzes.
Check for obstructions, low
batteries, reception range,
and interference from
cellular telephone towers or
by using a cellular
telephone in the vehicle.
Check that the headphones
are on correctly using the
L (left) and R (right) on the
headphones.
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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart (cont'd)
Problem
I lost the remote and/or the
headphones.
The DVD is playing, but
there is no picture or
sound.
Recommended Action
See your dealer for
assistance.
Check that the RSE video
screen is sourced to the
DVD player.
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It might be necessary to turn off the DVD player when
operating one of these devices in or near the vehicle.
*Excludes the OnStar® System.
Cleaning the RSE Overhead Console
When cleaning the RSE overhead console surface, use
only a clean cloth dampened with clean water.
DVD Display Error Messages
Cleaning the Video Screen
The DVD display error message depends on which
radio the vehicle has. The video screen might display
one of the following:
When cleaning the video screen, use only a clean cloth
dampened with clean water. Use care when directly
touching or cleaning the screen, as damage can result.
Disc Load/Eject Error: Displays when there are disc
load or eject problems.
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)
System (Headrest DVD)
Disc Format Error: Displays if the disc is inserted with
the disc label wrong side up, or if the disc is damaged.
Disc Region Error: Displays, if the disc is not from a
correct region.
No Disc Inserted: Displays, if no disc is present when
Z or DVD AUX is pressed on the radio.
DVD Distortion
Video distortion may occur when operating cellular
phones, scanners, CB radios, Global Position Systems
(GPS)*, two-way radios, mobile fax, or walkie talkies.
Vehicles with an RSE system include two head restraint
video display screens with integrated DVD players,
auxiliary inputs, two wireless headphones, and a remote
control. This system works independently from the
vehicle's Overhead DVD RSE system. See the vehicle's
owners manual for information about the Overhead
DVD RSE system.
The vehicle has a feature called Retained Accessory
Power (RAP). With RAP, the RSE system can be played
even after the ignition is turned off. See “Retained
Accessory Power (RAP)” in the owners manual for more
information.
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Video Display Screens
Using the RSE System
The video display screens are located on the backside
of each head restraint.
DVD Player: The loading slot for the DVD player is
located at the top of the head restraint. Insert the disc
partially into the loading slot with the printed side facing
the rear of the vehicle. The DVD player automatically
draws the disc in, “Loading” displays on the screen
along with a disc indicator, and playback starts. If the
disc is inserted incorrectly, the DVD player ejects the
disc and No Disc displays.
Notice: Avoid directly touching the video screen, as
damage can occur. See “Cleaning the Video
Screens” later in this section for more information.
Some DVDs do not allow fast forwarding or skipping of
the copyright information or previews. If the DVD does
not begin playing at the main title, refer to the on-screen
instructions.
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The DVD player can be controlled by using the buttons
located below the video display screen or by using the
buttons on the system’s remote control. See “Remote
Control” later for more information.
The following discs are compatible with the DVD player:
.
DVD-Video: A DVD that has video.
.
CD-DA: A CD that has music or sound
content only.
.
CD-Video: A CD that has a movie.
.
CD-R/RW: A disc that has audio files such as
CD-R with downloaded MP3 files, MPEG, or JPEG
files.
The DVD player and discs are coded by global region.
The DVD players are set to Region 1. Discs with other
region codes will not work in the players.
If an error message displays on the video screen, see
“DVD Messages” later in this section.
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While the vehicle is moving, passengers should not
unfasten their safety belts to make adjustments to the
video screen control buttons. See “Safety Belts” under,
Seats and Restraint Systems in the vehicle’s owner
manual. Use the remote control for any necessary
adjustments. See “Remote Control” later in this
supplement.
POWER O : Press to turn the power on or off. Each
video screen can be powered on or off independently.
EJECT
X:
Press to eject a disc from the DVD slot.
If a disc is ejected from the player, but not removed, it
will automatically reload into the player. Another way to
reload a disc that has been ejected, but not removed
from the DVD player, is to press the eject button or the
play button.
PLAY r : Press this button located below the video
display screen to start playback of a disc. On DVDs and
video CDs with playback control (PBC), menu screens
can display automatically. It might be necessary to
press the play button again to begin play.
There is a play position memory feature for DVD and
video CD only. If the DVD player is turned off and then
turned back on, the DVD player resumes playback
where the disc stopped. The play position memory is
erased if the disc is removed.
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STOP
c:
Press once to stop playing a DVD.
There is a pre-stop feature for DVD and video CD only.
This feature resumes playback of the disc where it was
stopped. Press the stop button once during disc
playback and c displays on the DVD startup screen.
This icon disappears after a few seconds. Press the
stop button a second time, or eject the disc, to cancel
the pre-stop feature and to clear the disc position
memory.
SOURCE: Press to select between Monitor 3,
Monitor 4, or the AV INPUT.
Each video display screen can be adjusted
independently, as well as display information from both
DVD players and both A/V inputs.
Infrared Remote Sensor: Located in the top center of
the video display screen. Do not block the signal from
the remote to the sensor.
Infrared Transmitters: Located in the top center of the
video display screen. Do not block the signal from the
headphones to the transmitter.
Video Display Screen: Located on the back of each
headrest.
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AV OUTPUT (Audio/Video Output Jack): Located on
the lower left side of the screen and is identified on the
video screen panel as the AV OUTPUT.
Headphone Jack : Wired headphones can be plugged
into the headphone jack with one-eighth inch stereo
plugs.
AV INPUT: (Audio/Video Input Jack): The audio/video
input jack is located below the video display screen and
allows viewing of auxiliary sources such as portable
DVD players, game stations, or video cameras, on each
screen.
.
Video Input — The yellow connector is used for
video input.
.
L Audio — The white connector is used for the left
side audio.
.
R Audio — The red connector is used for the right
side audio.
Level Lock and Release Latch: The viewing angle of
the video screen can be adjusted by releasing the latch
and gently moving the screen. Then lock it into a secure
position.
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Vehicle Speakers
Audio from the DVD player or an auxiliary device can
be heard through the vehicle speakers or the wireless/
wired headphones, while the radio is tuned to one of the
six frequencies selected on the Sound Around portion
of the system’s remote control. See “Remote Control”
later in this supplement.
Only one audio source can be heard through the
vehicle’s speakers at a time. The audio source being
used is specified by the A/V (audio/video) source
selected on the driver side head restraint video display
screen.
To turn the RSE system audio output to the vehicle’s
speakers, press Sound Around ON, on the system’s
remote control. The audio from the RSE system can be
heard through the wireless/wired headphones and the
vehicle’s speakers at the same time. The volume on the
radio can vary when switching between the radio, CD,
DVD, MP3, or an auxiliary device.
Wireless Headphones
The two wireless headphones included with the
Headrest DVD RSE system will only work with the
Headrest DVD RSE system and are marked for
channel 3 and 4. The wireless headphones must be
used within a line of sight of the transmitter that is
located above the video display screen.
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3‐4 Channel Selector: This is located on the right
earpiece. Either Channel 3 or 4 can be selected with
the channel selector. The driver side monitor is
designated as Channel 3, and the passenger side as
Channel 4. Set the channel selector switch according to
the video display screen being viewed. The message,
“To listen to this monitor tune your headphones to
Channel 3 (or 4)” displays for five seconds then
disappears when the video display screen is turned on.
OFF/ON (Power): Turn the power switch located on the
earpiece to turn the wireless headphones on or off.
Each headphone has a light to indicate ON. If the light
does not come on, the batteries may need to be
replaced. See “Battery Replacement” under Rear Seat
Entertainment System in the vehicle’s owner manual.
The headphones shut off automatically if the RSE
system is turned off or if the headphones are out of
range of the transmitter for more than three minutes.
VOL 0 (Volume): Use to adjust the volume on the
headphones.
Notice: Do not store the headphones in heat or
direct sunlight. This could damage the headphones
and repairs will not be covered by the warranty.
Storage in extreme cold can weaken the batteries.
Keep the headphones stored in a cool, dry place.
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Remote Control Buttons
To use the remote control, aim at the remote sensor
located on top center of the video display screen and
press the desired button.
Objects blocking the line-of-sight can affect the function
of the remote control. Direct or very bright light can
affect the ability of the transmitter to receive signals
from the remote control. If the remote control does not
seem to be working, the batteries might need to be
replaced. See “Battery Replacement” following this
section.
The remote control provided with the Headrest DVD
RSE system, is not a universal remote control and will
not control other equipment.
Notice: Storing the remote control in a hot area or
in direct sunlight can damage it, and the repairs will
not be covered by the warranty. Storage in extreme
cold can weaken the batteries. Keep the remote
control stored in a cool, dry place.
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POWER: Press to turn the Headrest DVD RSE system
on and off.
SOURCE: Press to select between Monitor 3,
Monitor 4, or AV INPUT. Any video equipment
connected to the AV inputs automatically overrides
the source selection.
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SETUP: Press to change the default settings, see
“Using the RSE On-Screen Display (OSD) Menus” later
in this manual. There are four main menu screens, each
screen displays a menu to select different setting
options. The screens are:
1. General Setup — adjusts screen settings.
2. Audio Setup — sets the language.
3. Preference Screen — sets the subtitles and
parental controls.
4. Password Setup — allows a password to be set.
Press SETUP again to exit.
EJECT
X:
Press to eject or reload a disc.
DVD-Video Screen 3: Press the DVD button located
under 3 to transmit IR codes for DVD mode on Video
Screen 3.
TV-Video Screen 3: This button is not used with the
system.
DVD-Video Screen 4: Press the DVD button located
under 4 to transmit IR codes for DVD mode on Video
Screen 4.
TV-Video Screen 4: This button is not used with the
system.
SOUND AROUND ON/OFF: Press to turn the FM
Transmitter power on or off.
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MUTE > (For DVD Only): Press to turn off the
headphone sound. Press again to turn the sound on
again.
PIX (Picture Selection): Press to adjust the picture’s
On Screen Display (OSD). Each time this button is
pressed, the picture adjustment OSD, cycles through
bars for BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, COLOR, and
TINT. Use the right/left navigation arrows to adjust the
setting. This feature automatically shuts off id another
button is pressed or adjustments are not made within
six seconds.
SOUND AROUND SELECT: Press to select an
FM transmitter channel. The SOUND AROUND
SELECT lets the DVD audio play over the vehicle’s
sound system by tuning the radio to one of the six FM
frequencies listed below.
.
CH1 : 88.3MHz
.
CH2 : 88.7MHz
.
CH3 : 89.1MHz
.
CH4 : 89.5MHz
.
CH5 : 89.9MHz
.
CH6 : 90.3MHz
MENU: Press to enter the DVD disc menu while the
disc is playing.
Q, R , q , r (Navigation Arrows): Press to navigate
through menus.
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ENTER: Press to enter a selected function or to begin
playback of the disc.
AUDIO: Press to select a different language for discs
that are recorded with different languages.
REPEAT 7 : Press to repeat part or all of a chapter,
title, track, or the entire disc after using the A‐B button
to setup repeat preset sections.
0‐9 (Numbers): The numbers located on the lower left
side of the remote control can be used to enter
numbered menu options, channels, or track numbers.
RETURN
8:
This button is not used with the system.
A‐B: This button is used to setup repeat preset
sections. Press this button once while the disc is
playing to select the starting position. Press a second
time to select the end position. Press a third time to turn
the function off. To view the preset section, press 7.
GOTO: Press to enter the GOTO menu to choose a
desired title, chapter, track, or song inside the disc.
DISPLAY: Press to scroll through display information on
the upper left corner of the screen, such as title,
chapter/track, time elapsed, and time remaining, or to
turn off the display
AUTO MEMORY: This button is not used with the
system.
PROGRAM: Press to edit a playback program
containing desired titles in the DVD or tracks in
the CD-DA.
SEARCH/SKIP: This button is not used with the
system.
3D: Press to change between different 3D audio modes
for DVD or CD.
ERASE/ADD: This button is not used with the system.
The options for DVD are: Off, Rock, Pop, Live, Dance,
Techno, Classic, and Soft.
R-S: This button is not used with the system.
TITLE: Press to enter the disc title mode. The title
feature is disc-specific, and may not be available on
all discs.
The options for CD are: Off, Concert, Living room, Hall,
Bathroom Cave, Arena, and Church.
SUBTITLE: Press to change the subtitle language to
another available language or to turn subtitles off.
PLAY/PAUSE r / j : Press to start playback of the
disc, or to pause playback.
ANGLE: Press to select a different viewing angle for
discs that are recorded with different camera angles.
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STOP
c:
Press to stop playback of a disc.
.
To resume disc playback, press PLAY.
.
To start playback from the beginning of the disc,
press STOP, STOP, then PLAY .
ZOOM: Press to either enlarge the viewed image by
2X, 3X, and 4X, or reduce the image by 1/2X, 1/3X, and
1/4X.
PBC (Playback Control): Press to turn video CD
playback control on or off.
FR r (Fast Reverse): Press to fast reverse the disc.
Press multiple times to choose between 2X, 4X, 8X,
16X, and 32X speeds.
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Battery Replacement
To change batteries in the remote control:
1. Turn the remote control face down.
2. Press down on the ridged area of the battery cover
and slide it off.
3. Install two AAA batteries into the battery
compartment.
4. Slide the cover back on until it clicks.
If the remote control is to be stored for a long period of
time, remove the batteries and keep it in a cool, dry
place.
FF [ (Fast Forward): Press to fast forward the disc.
Press multiple times to choose between 2X, 4X, 8X,
16X, and 32X speeds.
PREV g (Previous): Press to play the previous
chapter or track. To return to previous chapters or tracks
one at a time, press and release multiple times until the
desired chapter or track is reached.
NEXT l : Press to play the next chapter or track. To
go to the next chapter or track one at a time, press and
release multiple times until the desired chapter or track
is reached.
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Using the RSE On-Screen Display
(OSD) Menus
Use the OSD setup display menus for:
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Initial setup
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Display setup
.
Parental control setup
.
Adjusting the picture quality
.
Setting the various outputs
.
On‐screen display language
To use the OSD menus while using the DVD player or
an auxiliary device:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control to
display the icons and pages on the display screen.
2. Select the desired page by using the left/right
navigation arrows to move the cursor.
3. Press the SETUP button again on the remote
control to cancel use of the setup display.
Not all DVDs support all of the feature defaults in the
setup menus. If a feature is not supported, the defaults
are provided by the DVD media.
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To set the language for the OSD:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control.
2. Use the left/right navigation arrows to navigate the
General Setup Page, then use the down navigation
arrow to select the OSD language.
3. Press the right navigation arrow and then use the
up/down navigation arrows to select English,
French, or Spanish.
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To set the TV display:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control.
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The display options are:
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Normal/PS (Pan and Scan): This displays the
wide picture on the screen with a portion of the
left and right sides removed.
.
Normal/LB (Letter-Box): This displays the wide
picture with black bands on the upper and
lower portions of the screen.
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Wide (16:9): This option is chosen if the video
screen panel is wide screen.
2. Use the left/right navigation arrows to navigate the
General Setup Page.
3. Press the down navigation arrow to select TV
Display sub-menu and to adjust the screen setting.
4. Press the right navigation arrow and then use the
up/down navigation arrows to select a display
option.
5. Press ENTER on the remote control to confirm the
screen.
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To reset all options to factory defaults:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control.
2. Use the left/right and down navigation arrows on
the remote control to select the Default sub-menu
under the Preference Page.
3. Press the right navigation arrow, then press
ENTER to reset.
This function will not affect the parental setting.
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Settings for Parental Control
Use the SETUP MENU to access the parental control
feature. It allows for control of the type of movie rating
content (from G to Adult) that can be viewed and is only
accessible when no disc is loaded.
To setup the Parental Control:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control.
2. Use the left/right and down navigation arrows on
the remote control to select the Parental sub-menu
under the Preference Page.
3. Press the SETUP button, and use the right and up/
down navigation arrows to select any one of the
available Rating settings from the display menu.
The Rating settings are:
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Kid SAF
.
G
.
PG 13
.
PG R
.
R
.
NC 17
.
ADULT
4. Press the ENTER button to confirm the selection.
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To create a six digit password, use the numeric keypad
on the remote control. Press the ENTER button to
confirm. The default password is 136900.
To change the Parental Control Password:
1. Press the SETUP button on the remote control
2. Navigate to the Password sub-menu under the
Password Setup Page.
3. Press the right navigation arrow, then press
ENTER.
4. At the Old Password option, enter the old
password or the default password (136900).
5. At the New Password option, enter the new
password (six digits) using numeric buttons.
If a disc is inserted into the DVD compartment slot and
it exceeds the Parental Setting, the following message
appears on display:
The Parental Setting of this player prohibits play. Would
you like to allow this disc to play?
6. At the Confirm PWD option, confirm the new
password by entering the new password again.
7. Scroll to the OK button and press ENTER. The
message “Your password has been changed”
displays.
If yes if selected, the six digit password must be entered
for the disc to play. If the wrong password is entered,
the following message appears:
This movie will not play due to the Parental Setting of
the player.
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Playing Audio CD
When an audio CD is playing, the display shows the
current track and the amount of time that track has been
playing, the total amount of time on the disc, and the
current time running on the disc.
DISPLAY: Press to choose from the following display
options:
1. Press DISPLAY once and Single Elapsed appears
along with the current track playing and the length
of time for that track.
2. Press DISPLAY twice and Single Remain appears
along with the current track playing and the amount
of time left on the track.
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REPEAT: Press to toggle between Track and All. The
default for repeat is OFF.
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Track repeats the track that is playing.
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All repeats the disc that is playing.
Playing MP3 CD
MP3 is the format for storing digital audio. An audio CD
quality song can be compressed into the MP3 format
with very little loss of quality, while taking up much less
space. CD-R/RW discs that have been encoded in MP3
format can be played on the DVD player. See “Using an
MP3” under the Audio System(s) section in the vehicle’s
owner manual.
3. Press DISPLAY three times and Total Elapsed
appears along with the current track playing and
the total time that has played on the CD.
4. Press DISPLAY four times and Total Remain
appears along with the current track playing and
the amount of time left on the CD.
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Selecting Folders and Songs
When an MP3 disc is inserted in the player, the
navigation screen appears. The folders and songs can
be changed by navigating through the file system. The
DVD player plays the songs in the order they were
burned to the disc.
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3. Press the up or down navigation arrows to go
through the song list and highlight the desired
song. Press ENTER to begin the playback of the
selected song.
Skipping a Song
NEXT: Press to go to the next song.
PREV (Previous): Press to return to the beginning of
the song that is currently playing. Press PREV twice to
go to the previous song.
Selecting a Play Mode
The order the songs are played can be temporarily
chosen on a disc. The FOLDER play mode is the
default. Press the REPEAT button to access the play
mode options.
The play mode options are:
1. Press STOP if a disc is playing. Press the up or
down navigation arrows on the remote control to
go through the folder list on the left side of the
screen.
2. Press ENTER when the desired folder is
highlighted.
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Single — Play a selected song.
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Folder — Play the folder in the order the songs
were recorded.
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Shuffle — Play the songs in random order, from
within the selected folder.
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Using the REPEAT Feature
REPEAT: Press to change between Repeat One and
Repeat Folder.
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Repeat One — Repeats the song that is playing.
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Repeat Folder — Repeats the folder that is
playing.
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Problem
No picture
Recommended Action
.
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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart
Problem
IR Sensor Inoperative
Recommended Action
.
.
.
.
Check that the
batteries are good
in the remote
control.
Check that the
remote Control IR
Sensor is not
blocked.
Aim the remote
control toward the
IR Sensor being
controlled.
Select the correct
screen, 3 or 4.
No Sound
.
.
Check that the
correct video input
mode is selected.
Check that the
video cable is
plugged into the
jack securely.
Check that the
correct audio input
mode is selected.
Check that the
audio cable is
securely plugged
into the jack.
Cleaning the Video Screens
The video display screens are made of a specially
coated glass and can be scratched or damaged by
abrasive products, solvents, or ammonia-based window
cleaners. Clean with a soft, lint-free, cotton cloth that
has been slightly dampened with warm water. Dry the
screens by wiping with a clean dry cotton cloth.
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Cleaning the Components
Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
Use care when touching or cleaning the components
such as the DVD player or the discs.
Vehicles with this feature allow the rear seat
passengers to listen to and control any of the music
sources: radio, CDs, DVDs, or other auxiliary sources.
The rear seat passengers can control the same music
sources the front seat passengers are listening to (dual
control) or a different source. For example, rear seat
passengers can listen to and control a CD through the
headphones, while the driver listens to the radio through
the speakers. The rear seat passengers have control of
the volume for each set of headphones.
Do not use DVD lens cleaners for DVD players because
the lens of the DVD optics can become contaminated
by lubricants.
Handle CDs and DVDs carefully. Store them in their
original cases or other protective cases and away from
direct sunlight and dust. The DVD player scans the
bottom surface of the disc. If the surface of a CD or
DVD is damaged, such as cracked, broken,
or scratched, the CD or DVD may not play properly or
not at all. If the surface of a CD or DVD is soiled, take a
soft, lint free cloth or dampen a clean, soft cloth in a
mild, neutral detergent solution mixed with water, and
clean it. Make sure the wiping process starts from the
center to the edge.
Do not touch the bottom side of a CD or DVD while
handling it; this could damage the surface. Pick up CDs
or DVDs by grasping the outer edges or the edge of the
hole and the outer edge.
The radio functionality is controlled by both the RSA
and the front radio, only one band can be tuned to at
one time. Changing the band on the RSA or the front
radio will change band on the other system.
RSA functions can be operated even when the main
radio is off.
Audio can be heard through wired headphones (not
included) plugged into the jacks on the RSA. If the
vehicle has this feature, audio can also be heard on
Channel 2 of the wireless headphones.
The audio system allows the rear speakers to continue
playing even when the RSA audio is active through the
headphones.
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To listen to an iPod or portable audio device through the
RSA, attach the iPod or portable audio device to the
auxiliary input (if available), located below the RSA.
Turn the iPod on, then choose the auxiliary input with
the RSA SRCE button.
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SRCE (Source): Press this button to switch between
the radio (AM/FM), XM™ (if equipped), CD, and if the
vehicle has these features, DVD, and rear auxiliary.
© ¨ (Seek): When listening to FM, AM, or XM
(if equipped), press either the left © or right ¨ seek
arrow to go to the previous or to the next station or
channels and stay there. This function is inactive, with
some radios, if the front seat passengers are listening
to the radio.
Press and hold either the left © or right ¨ seek arrow
until the display flashes, to tune to an individual station.
The display stops flashing after the buttons have not
been pushed for more than two seconds. This function
is inactive, with some radios, if the front seat
passengers are listening to the radio.
P (Power): Press the
and off.
P button to turn RSA on
Volume: Turn this knob to increase or to decrease the
volume of the wired headphones. The left knob controls
the left headphones and the right knob controls the right
headphones.
While listening to a disc, press the right ¨ seek arrow to
go to the next track or chapter on the disc. Press the
left © seek arrow to go back to the start of the current
track or chapter (if more than ten seconds have played).
This function is inactive, with some radios, if the front
seat passengers are listening to the disc.
When a DVD video menu is being displayed, press
either the left © or right ¨ seek arrow to perform a cursor
up or down on the menu. Hold the left © or right ¨ seek
arrow to perform a cursor left or right on the menu.
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PROG (Program): Press this button to go to the next
preset radio station or channel set on the main radio.
This function is inactive, with some radios, if the front
seat passengers are listening to the radio.
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Audio Steering Wheel Controls
Vehicles with audio
steering wheel controls
could differ depending on
the vehicle's options.
Some audio controls can
be adjusted at the
steering wheel.
When a CD or DVD audio disc is playing, press this
button to go to the beginning of the CD or DVD audio.
This function is inactive, with some radios, if the front
seat passengers are listening to the disc.
When a disc is playing in the CD or DVD changer, press
this button to select the next disc, if multiple discs are
loaded. This function is inactive, with some radios, if the
front seat passengers are listening to the disc.
When a DVD video menu is being displayed, press the
PROG button to perform the menu function, enter.
Theft-Deterrent Feature
w / x (Next / Previous):
THEFTLOCK® is designed to discourage theft of the
vehicle's radio by learning a portion of the Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN). The radio does not operate
if it is stolen or moved to a different vehicle.
To select tracks on an iPod or USB device, see
“Navigating an iPod or USB Device” later in this section.
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or favorite radio stations, select tracks/chapters on a
CD/DVD, or to navigate an iPod® or USB device.
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Radio
To scan available radio stations:
To select preset or favorite radio stations:
Press and release w or x to go to the next or previous
radio station stored as a preset or favorite.
¨ again.
While listening to a CD press and release ¨ to select
2. To stop the SCAN function, press
CD/DVD
To select tracks/chapters on a CD/DVD:
Press and release
track/chapter.
w or x to go to the next or previous
b g (Mute/Push to Talk): Press to silence the vehicle
speakers only. Press again to turn the sound on.
®
For vehicles with Bluetooth or OnStar systems, press
and hold for longer than two seconds to interact with
those systems. See Bluetooth® on page 4‑68 and the
OnStar Owner's Guide for more information.
c (End):
1. Press and hold ¨ until a beep is heard, to place
the radio into SCAN mode, a station will play for
five seconds before moving to the next station.
Press to reject an incoming call, or end a
current call.
SRCE (Source/Voice Recognition): Press to switch
between the radio, CD, DVD, and rear auxiliary,
if equipped.
Press and hold this button for longer than one second
to initiate voice recognition. See Voice Recognition on
page 5‑86 for more information.
the next disc.
+ e − e (Volume): Press to increase or to decrease
the volume.
Navigating an iPod or USB Device
Audio steering wheel controls can be used to navigate
an iPod or USB device while on the main audio screen
or the music navigator screen.
Main Audio Screen
Press and release
previous track.
w or x to select the next or
Press and hold w or x to select the next or previous
category/folder, if available.
Press and release
¨ to enter the music navigator menu.
¨ (Seek): Press to go to the next radio station while in
AM, FM, or XM™.
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Music Navigator Screen
AM
To enter the music navigator screen, press and
release ¨ while on the main audio screen. While using
the music navigator screen, the track currently playing
continues to play until the next track is selected.
The range for most AM stations is greater than for FM,
especially at night. The longer range can cause station
frequencies to interfere with each other. For better radio
reception, most AM radio stations boost the power
levels during the day, and then reduce these levels
during the night. Static can also occur when things like
storms and power lines interfere with radio reception.
When this happens, try reducing the treble on the radio.
To move up or down the list of tracks or folders:
.
Press and release
or folder at a time.
.
Press and hold
w or x to highlight one track
w or x to scroll through the list.
To select the highlighted track or folder press and
release ¨.
To move back to the previous folder, press and hold ¨.
Radio Reception
Frequency interference and static can occur during
normal radio reception if items such as cell phone
chargers, vehicle convenience accessories, and
external electronic devices are plugged into the
accessory power outlet. If there is interference or static,
unplug the item from the accessory power outlet.
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FM Stereo
FM signals only reach about 10 to 40 miles
(16 to 65 km). Although the radio has a built-in electronic
circuit that automatically works to reduce interference,
some static can occur, especially around tall buildings
or hills, causing the sound to fade in and out.
XM™ Satellite Radio Service
XM Satellite Radio Service gives digital radio reception
from coast-to-coast in the 48 contiguous United States,
and in Canada. Just as with FM, tall buildings or hills
can interfere with satellite radio signals, causing the
sound to fade in and out. In addition, traveling or
standing under heavy foliage, bridges, garages,
or tunnels may cause loss of the XM signal for a period
of time.
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Cellular Phone Usage
Cellular phone usage may cause interference with
the vehicle's radio. This interference may occur
when making or receiving phone calls, charging the
phone's battery, or simply having the phone on. This
interference causes an increased level of static while
listening to the radio. If static is received while listening
to the radio, unplug the cellular phone and turn it off.
Rear Side Window Antenna
The AM-FM antenna is located in the passenger rear
side windows. Make sure the inside surfaces of the rear
side windows are not scratched and that the lines on
the glass are not damaged. If the inside surfaces are
damaged, they could interfere with radio reception.
If a cellular telephone antenna needs to be attached to
the glass, make sure that the grid lines for the AM-FM
antenna are not damaged. There is enough space
between the grid lines to attach a cellular telephone
antenna without interfering with radio reception.
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Notice: Using a razor blade or sharp object to clear
the inside of the rear side windows may affect radio
reception or damage the rear side window antenna.
Repairs would not be covered by the warranty. Do
not clear the inside of the rear side windows with
sharp objects.
Notice: Do not apply aftermarket glass tinting with
metallic film. The metallic film in some tinting
materials will interfere with or distort the incoming
radio reception. Any damage caused to the antenna
due to metallic tinting materials will not be covered
by the warranty.
XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna
System
The XM Satellite Radio antenna is located on the roof of
the vehicle. Keep the antenna clear of obstructions for
clear radio reception.
If the vehicle has a sunroof, the performance of the XM
system may be affected if the sunroof is open.
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Section 5
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Navigation System
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Navigation System Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Cleaning the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Features and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Using the Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
Destination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Configure Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-42
Global Positioning System (GPS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-57
Vehicle Positioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Problems with Route Guidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If the System Needs Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ordering Map DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Database Coverage Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigation Audio System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DVD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Care of Your CDs and DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Auxiliary Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Voice Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Navigation System Overview
Screen shown with Map Disc Inserted
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A. FULL MAP Touch Screen Button. See “NAV” under
“Hard Keys” under Using the Navigation System
on page 5‑12 for more information.
K. CD/DVD Video/Audio Slot. See CD Player on
page 5‑68 or DVD Player on page 5‑75 for more
information.
B. No GPS Symbol. See Symbols on page 5‑17 for
more information.
L.
O / n (Power/Volume) Knob. See Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information.
C. North Up/Heading Up Symbol. See Symbols on
page 5‑17 for more information.
M.
M (Disc Up/Down) Key. See “Hard Keys” under
Using the Navigation System on page 5‑12 for
more information.
D. Map Scale. See “Map Scales” under Maps on
page 5‑14 for more information.
E.
0 (Zoom In) Touch Screen Button. See “Map
Scales” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
F. Mark Touch Screen Button. See “Adding
Destinations to the Address Book” under
Destination on page 5‑24 for more information.
G.
Z (DVD Map Disc Eject) Key. See Maps on
page 5‑14 for more information.
H. Map DVD Slot. See “Installing the Map DVD” under
Maps on page 5‑14 for information on how to
install and eject a map DVD.
I.
M (Load) Key. See CD Player on page 5‑68 or
DVD Player on page 5‑75 for more information.
J.
Z (CD/DVD Video/Audio Eject) Key. See CD
Player on page 5‑68 or DVD Player on page 5‑75
for more information.
N. AUDIO Key. See Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60 for more information.
O. FAV (Favorite) Key. See “Storing Radio Station
Presets” under Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60 for more information.
P.
5 (Phone) Key. See the OnStar® owner guide and
Bluetooth® on page 4‑68 for more information.
Q.
e (Sound) Key. See “Sound Menu” under
Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60 for more
information.
R. Source (AM, FM, XM, CD, etc.) Touch Screen
Button. See Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60 for more information.
S. Clock Touch Screen Button. See “Setting the
Clock” under Configure Menu on page 5‑42 for
more information.
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T. POI (Point of Interest) Touch Screen Button. See
“Displaying Points of Interest (POI) on the Map
Screen” under Symbols on page 5‑17 for more
information.
U.
1 (Zoom Out) Touch Screen Button. See “Map
Scales” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
V.
y © ¨ z (Seek) Key (Previous/Next). See
Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60 for more
information.
W.
w (Tune) Knob. See Navigation Audio System
on page 5‑60 for more information.
X. NAV (Navigation) Key. See “Hard Keys” under
Using the Navigation System on page 5‑12 for
more information.
Y. RPT (Repeat) Key. See “Hard Keys” under Using
the Navigation System on page 5‑12 for more
information.
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Getting Started
Read this manual thoroughly to become familiar with
how the navigation system operates.
The navigation system includes navigation and audio
functions.
While entering the vehicle or when turning the vehicle
off, some DVD Map Disc noise is normal.
Keeping your eyes on the road and your mind on the
drive is important for safe driving. The navigation
system has built-in features intended to help keep your
eyes on the road and mind on the drive. Some features
may be disabled while driving. Note that these functions
will be grayed-out. A grayed-out function indicates it is
not available when the vehicle is moving.
All functions are available when the vehicle is parked.
Do the following before driving:
.
Become familiar with the navigation system
operation, hard keys on the faceplate, and
touch-sensitive screen buttons of the navigation
system.
.
Set up the audio by presetting favorite stations,
setting the tone, and adjusting the speakers.
Z. DEST (Destination) Key. See Destination on
page 5‑24 for more information.
AA. CONFIG (Configure) Key. See Configure Menu on
page 5‑42 for more information.
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.
Set up the navigation features before beginning
driving, such as entering an address or a preset
destination.
Set up your phone numbers in advance so they
can be called easily with the press of a single
button or a single voice command (for navigation
systems equipped with phone capability).
{ WARNING:
Taking your eyes off the road too long or too often
while using the navigation system could cause a
crash resulting in injury or death to you or others.
Focus your attention on driving.
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Use the navigation system to:
.
Plan a route.
.
Select a destination using various methods and
choices.
.
Follow turn-by-turn route and map guidance with
voice prompts, only if permitted by traffic laws,
controls, and conditions.
You should always be alert and obey traffic and
roadway laws and instructions, regardless of the
guidance from the navigation system. Because the
navigation system uses street map information that
does not include all traffic restrictions or the latest road
changes, it may suggest using a road that is now closed
for construction or a turn that is prohibited by signs at
the intersection. Because the system uses limited
information, you must always evaluate whether
following the system's directions is safe and legal for
the current conditions.
Avoid looking too long or too often at the moving
map on the navigation screen. This could cause a
crash and you or others can be injured or killed.
Use the turn-by-turn voice guidance directions
whenever possible.
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When the navigation system is turned on, a screen may
appear with the information below, and you must read
and acknowledge the information it contains.
{ WARNING:
Taking your eyes off the road for extended periods
could cause a crash resulting in injury or death to
you or others.
To help avoid a crash in which you or others could be
killed:
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Always concentrate on your driving first by keeping
your eyes and mind on the road, and your hands
on the wheel.
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Follow system directions only if permitted by traffic
laws, controls, and conditions.
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Before using this system, read the owner manual
and learn how it operates.
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Some system controls cannot be used the when
vehicle is moving.
After you acknowledge the start up information you will
be able to access the NAV (navigation) and DEST
(destination) functions. Once accessed, you can enter
or delete information in the navigation system or access
other functions. See instructions later in this section.
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Every fifty times the vehicle is started and the
navigation system is turned on, the Caution screen
appears. After reading the caution, select OK to load
the map DVD information. If OK is not selected, all
hard keys except for NAV (Navigation) and DEST
(Destination) can be accessed. You can also press the
NAV hard key to have this Caution screen appear.
When getting started, set the navigation system to your
preference or delete information you may have entered
using various options.
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Language — English/Metric
To change the language of the navigation screens, see
Driver Information Center (DIC) on page 4‑41 for more
information.
To change the navigation screens from English or
metric, see DIC Operation and Displays on page 4‑42
for more information.
Deleting Personal Information
This navigation system can record and store personal
information such as names and addresses. Delete this
information when selling your vehicle or returning a
leased vehicle. See “Edit Address Book — Edit/View”
under Configure Menu on page 5‑42 for deleting
information from the address book.
Limit Features While Driving
The navigation system may have this feature.
Touch the Limit Features While Driving screen button to
turn the ability to limit functions on and off while driving.
When this screen button is highlighted, the following
functions are limited while driving:
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Music Navigator Scrolling
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Radio Category Scrolling
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Navigation Menu Scrolling and some functions
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See “Category” under Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60 for more information. See “From Map” under
Destination on page 5‑24 for more information.
Some functions will remain limited regardless of the
setting.
Storing Radio Station Presets
To set preset radio stations, do the following:
1. Press
O to turn the system on.
2. Press the AUDIO hard key and select the desired
band (AM, FM, or XM (if equipped)).
3. Use the w (tuning) knob or the SEEK arrows to
tune to the desired station.
4. Press and hold one of the five preset screen
buttons, at the bottom of the screen, until a beep is
heard or if the station displays on the selected
preset button.
5. Repeat the steps for each preset.
See “Storing Radio Station Presets” under Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information.
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Setting the Clock
The navigation system time and the analog clock
operate independently. Changing the time through the
navigation system does not change the time on the
analog clock. See Analog Clock on page 4‑20 to
change the analog clock time.
To set the time for the navigation system:
1. Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure
menu options, then press the CONFIG key
repeatedly until the time is selected or touch the
time screen button.
2. Press the Hours and Minutes − (minus) and
+ (plus) signs to decrease or to increase the time.
See “Setting the Clock” under Configure Menu on
page 5‑42 for more information.
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Entering an Address and Point of
Interest, and Storing Preset
Destinations
Entering an Address
Enter a destination by inputting the city name first:
1. If the radio is already on with a map disc inserted,
skip to Step 5.
2. Press
O to turn the system on.
3. Insert the DVD map disc. See “Installing the Map
DVD” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
4. A caution may appear. Touch the OK screen button
to proceed.
5. Press the DEST hard key.
6. Press the
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7. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
8. Once a state or province has been selected the
City name category is automatically selected for
entry.
If five or less names are available, a list displays.
If more than five are available, the List screen
button displays a number. This number represents
the number of available cities. Select this button to
view the list and select a city.
9. Once a city has been selected the Street name
category is automatically selected for entry.
If five or less streets are available for the selected
city, the system displays the list of streets. If more
than five streets are available the system displays
the alpha keyboard. Start entering the street name.
If five or less names are available, a list displays.
If more than five are available, the List screen
button displays a number. This button represents
the number of available streets. Select this button
to view the list and select a street.
10. Once a street has been selected, select the
House # screen button to enter the house number.
The system displays the house number range that
is available for the street.
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11. Select the Go screen button. A map screen, with
the destination marked appears.
12. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
13. Select the Start Guidance screen button. You are
now ready to start your route.
See “Address Entry” under Destination on page 5‑24
for more information.
Entering a Point of Interest (POI)
To set a destination by entering a Point of Interest
(POI), do the following:
1. If the radio is already on with a map disc inserted,
skip to Step 5.
2. Press
O to turn the system on.
3. Insert the DVD map disc. See “Installing the Map
DVD” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
4. A caution may appear. Touch the OK screen button
to proceed.
5. Press the DEST hard key.
6. Press the
i Point of Interest screen button.
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7. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
8. Enter the specific title of the POI in the POI name
space (e.g. Washington Monument).
If five or less names are available, a list displays.
If more than five are available, the List screen
button displays a number. This button represents
the number of available POIs. Select this button to
view the list.
9. Select the Go screen button next to the POI.
A map screen, with the destination marked
appears.
10. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
11. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Point of Interest (POI)” under Destination on
page 5‑24 for more information.
Storing Preset Destinations
1. If the radio is already on with a map disc inserted,
skip to Step 5.
2. Press
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O to turn the system on.
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3. Insert the DVD map disc. See “Installing the Map
DVD” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
4. A caution may appear. Touch the OK screen button
to proceed.
5. Press the DEST hard key.
Enter a destination. See Destination on page 5‑24
for more information on how to enter a destination.
6. Press the DEST hard key, the Route screen
displays. Press the Final Destination or Stopover
screen button. The information screen displays for
that location. Press the Add to Address Book
screen button. The address book screen appears.
7. Select the Name screen button. An alpha-keyboard
displays. Enter the name. Select the Back screen
button.
8. Press and hold one of the screen buttons at the
bottom of the screen until the name appears in the
screen button on the display.
The name appears in that preset destination
screen button and is now available to select from
the Destination Entry screen. See “Using Your
Stored Preset Destinations” next in this section to
select it as a destination.
See “Adding or Changing Preset Destinations”
under Destination on page 5‑24 for more
information on how to add preset destinations.
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Using Your Stored Preset Destinations
Canceling Guidance
These destinations are available for selection while
driving.
Guidance is canceled once the final destination is
reached. To cancel guidance prior to arrival at the final
destination:
1. If the radio is already on with a map disc inserted,
skip to Step 5.
2. Press
O to turn the system on.
3. Insert the DVD map disc. See “Installing the Map
DVD” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
4. A caution may appear. Touch the OK screen button
to proceed.
5. Press the DEST hard key.
6. Select one of the available preset destination
screen buttons. A map screen, with the destination
marked appears.
7. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
8. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Preset Destination” under Destination on
page 5‑24 for more information.
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Press the Cancel Guidance screen button.
3. Press OK to confirm.
Guidance Volume
Adjust the volume of voice guidance prompts:
1. Press the CONFIG hard key to enter the menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly
until Nav is selected or touch the Nav screen
button.
2. Press the Voice Prompt screen button.
3. Press the + (plus) or – (minus) screen buttons to
increase or to decrease the volume of the voice
prompts. The system responds with the adjusted
voice level.
See “Voice Prompt ” under Configure Menu on
page 5‑42 for more information.
Cleaning the Display
Use a soft clean cotton cloth dampened with clean
water.
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Features and Controls
Using the Navigation System
This section presents basic information needed to
operate the navigation system.
Use the hard keys located on the navigation system
along with the available touch-sensitive screen buttons
on the navigation screen to operate the system. See
Navigation System Overview on page 5‑2 for more
information.
Once the vehicle is moving, various functions are
disabled to reduce driver distractions.
Hard Keys
The following hard keys are located on the navigation
system:
O / n (Power/Volume):
Press to turn the system
on and off. Turn to increase or decrease the volume to
the audio system.
Press and hold for more than two seconds to turn off
the navigation system, the Rear Seat Entertainment
(RSE), and Rear Seat Audio (RSA). If the vehicle has
not been tuned off, the RSE and the RSA can be turned
back on by pressing this knob and continues play of the
last active source.
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w (Tune):
Turn to go to the next or previous radio
station or disc track or chapter. See Navigation Audio
System on page 5‑60, CD Player on page 5‑68,
or DVD Player on page 5‑75 for more information.
Z (DVD Map Disc Eject):
Press to eject the DVD
map disc. This button is located next to the upper disc
slot. See Maps on page 5‑14 for more information.
M (Load):
Press to load CDs or audio/video DVDs. See
CD Player on page 5‑68 or DVD Player on page 5‑75
for more information.
Z (CD/DVD Eject):
Press to eject CDs or audio/video
DVDs. This button is located under the load button. See
CD Player on page 5‑68 or DVD Player on page 5‑75
for more information.
M (Disc Up/Down):
Press the up or down arrows to go
to the next or previous disc.
AUDIO: Press to access the full Audio screen to
change AM, FM, XM™ Satellite Radio Service (if
equipped), CD/DVD, and auxiliary input. See “Audio”
under Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60 for more
information.
FAV (Favorite): Press to access the preset stations.
See “Storing Radio Station Presets” under Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information.
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5 (Phone):
Press to access calling through OnStar®.
See the OnStar® owner guide and Bluetooth® on
page 4‑68 for more information.
e (Sound): Press to access the Sound screen to
adjust bass, midrange, treble, and Digital Signal
Processing (DSP). See “Sound Menu” under Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information.
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y © ¨ z (Seek): Press the seek arrows to seek and
scan radio stations, to seek tracks on a CD, and to seek
chapters on a DVD. See Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60, CD Player on page 5‑68, or DVD Player
on page 5‑75 for more information.
Touch-Sensitive Screen Buttons
DEST (Destination): Press to access the Destination
Entry screen to plan a destination. See Destination on
page 5‑24 for more information.
Touch-sensitive screen buttons are located on the
screen. When a screen button has been selected, a
beep sounds. Screen buttons are highlighted when a
feature is available.
CONFIG (Configure Menu): Press to adjust features
for sound, radio, navigation, and the display. See
Configure Menu on page 5‑42 for more information.
Alpha-Numeric Keyboard
NAV (Navigation): Press to view your vehicle's current
position on the map screen. Each press of this key
cycles through Full Map and the tab that displays the
current audio source (AM, FM, CD, etc.). Full Map
displays the screen in full map view. Selecting the audio
tab splits the screen between the map screen and the
current audio source screen menu. See “Audio” under
Navigation Audio System on page 5‑60 for more
information.
RPT (Navigation Repeat): Press to repeat the last
voice guidance prompt.
Letters of the alphabet, symbols, punctuation, and
numbers, when available, displays on the navigation
screen as an alpha or numeric keyboard. The alpha
keyboard displays when the system requires entry of a
city or street name.
All characters are touch-sensitive screen buttons. Touch
a character to select it.
A-Y (Accent Alphabet): Select to enter letters with
accent symbols. This button may toggle to A-Z.
A-Z (Alphabet): Select to enter letters from the
alphabet. This button may toggle to A-Y.
0-9 (Numbers): Select to enter numbers.
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U (Space):
Select to enter a space between
characters or the words of a name.
Backspace: Select if an incorrect character has been
entered.
To make name entries easier, the system only highlights
the characters that can follow the last one entered. For
example, if a Z is entered, a T may not be available for
selection.
If a name does not display after entry, it may need to be
entered differently or the map DVD disc may not contain
that information. See Database Coverage Explanations
on page 5‑59 for more information.
Maps
This section includes basic information that you need to
know about the map database.
The maps are stored on a DVD. The United States,
Canada, and Puerto Rico are contained on one disc.
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Detailed Areas
Road network attributes are contained in the map
database for detailed areas. Attributes include
information such as street names, street address, turn
restrictions, etc. A detailed area includes all major
highways, service roads, and residential roads. The
detailed areas include points of interest (POI) such
as: restaurants, airports, banks, hospitals, police
stations, gas stations, tourist attractions, historical
monuments, etc. The map database may not include
data for newly constructed areas or map database
corrections that are completed after the production of
the disc. The navigation system provides full route
guidance in the detailed map areas.
Limited Guidance Areas
Any area that is not classified as detailed, is a limited
guidance area. Limited guidance streets are displayed
on the map but route guidance may not be given on
these streets. Some POI categories, such as the city
center POI category, and some street addresses are
included in the limited guidance areas.
The navigation system informs through voice prompts
when you are traveling into a limited guidance area
where route guidance is not available. The street maps
and the directional arrow displayed on the navigation
system can then be used to determine the remaining
route to your destination.
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Installing the DVD Map Disc
DVD Map Disc Messages
When a DVD Map Disc is installed, noise from the disc
may occur, this is normal system operation.
If Disc Read Error appears on the display and/or the
map disc comes out, it could be for one of the following
reasons:
The navigation system in this vehicle uses a DVD to
store map information. When the system loads data
from the disc, you may hear a very slight buzz sound
from the navigation system. The sound is similar to that
of a CD player seeking through different tracks. This is
normal operation and may occur more frequently with
the use of XM NavTraffic.
Your dealer may have installed the map DVD. If the
map DVD was not installed, do the following to load it:
1. Turn the ignition on.
2. Press the O (power) knob to turn the navigation
system on or press the NAV, DEST, or MENU hard
keys. If the MENU hard key is selected, press and
hold until the NAV screen is active, or select the
NAV tab manually.
3. Load the map DVD partway into the slot located
just below the screen. The system will pull it in.
.
If the map disc was installed into the CD slot. See
“Installing the DVD Map Disc” previously.
.
It is very hot, when the temperature returns to
normal, the map disc should play.
.
You are driving on a very rough road. When the
road becomes smoother, the map disc should play.
.
The map disc is dirty, scratched, wet,
or upside down.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if an error cannot be
corrected, contact your dealer.
Ejecting the DVD Map Disc
Z (DVD Map Disc Eject): Press twice to eject the
DVD map disc. This button is located next to the upper
disc slot.
4. Touch the OK screen button to agree to the
Caution screen, if it appears. If the map is in split
screen mode, you must push the NAV tab button to
get the full map screen.
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Handling the DVD Map Disc
Map Adjustments
When handling the DVD map disc, be careful of the
following:
The system lets you adjust the scale of view on the
map. Also, as you drive, the map scrolls automatically
based on the direction of travel.
.
Handle the disc very carefully to avoid
contamination or flaws. Signals may not read out
properly if the disc gets contaminated or flawed.
.
If the disc gets soiled, use a soft cloth to gently
wipe it out from the center of the disc to the
outside. Do not use photographic record cleaner,
solvents, or other cleaners.
.
Do not use the disc to rest on while writing or
drawing using any writing utensil or attach a seal to
any of the sides or the disc.
.
Do not keep the disc in direct sunlight, high
temperatures, or humidity.
.
After using the disc, place it back into the
original case.
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Map Scales
+ / − (Zoom In/Zoom Out): Touch the zoom in or out
screen buttons or the scale on the bar to change the
level of map detail. The scale appears on the screen
once the zoom in or zoom out screen buttons are
selected. The system adjusts the map accordingly.
The scale of a map can range from 1/32 mi. (50 m) to
256 mi. (400 km). To change English or metric, see DIC
Operation and Displays on page 4‑42 for more
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Scrolling the Map
Touch anywhere on the
map screen and the scroll
symbol appears. Use this
feature to scroll across
the map.
Move your finger in any direction on the map screen
and the map continues to scroll in that direction until
you remove your finger from the screen.
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While scrolling on the map, press the GO screen button
to calculate the route from the current position to the
destination mark.
Symbols
The following symbols are the most common symbols
that appear on a map screen.
The vehicle is shown as
this symbol. It indicates
the current position and
the direction the vehicle is
traveling on the map.
If scrolling while the vehicle is in P (Park), the system
scrolls initially at a slower rate. It increases if you
continue touching the map screen.
If scrolling while the vehicle is in motion, there is one
scroll speed and a limited distance to scroll. Keep
touching the map screen to scroll for a longer distance.
If you have used the scroll feature to scroll the map and
the vehicle icon disappears off the screen, press the
NAV (Navigation) key to return to the current vehicle
location on the map.
The destination symbol
appears on the map, after
a route has been planned,
marking the final
destination.
The scroll feature on the map can be used to set a
destination. See “From Map” under Destination on
page 5‑24 for more information.
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The stopover symbol
displays on the map after
a stopover has been
added to the route.
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The distance and time
to destination symbol
indicates the distance
and the estimated time
remaining to the final
destination, depending on
the option selected.
The stopover symbols are numbered one through three,
depending on how many stopovers have been set.
The distance to
destination symbol
indicates the distance to
the final destination.
The straight line to
distance symbol indicates
the straight-line distance
to the destination.
This symbol appears when the time to the destination is
not available or while you are scrolling on the map.
This symbol appears before you start driving on the
route or if on a road where navigation guidance cannot
be given.
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The north up symbol
indicates the map with
North Up, known as North
Up mode.
While in North Up mode, the vehicle icon follows the
north direction on the map regardless of which direction
the vehicle is traveling. Select this screen symbol to
switch between North Up, Heading Up, and 3–D view
modes.
The heading up symbol
indicates that the vehicle
is traveling up on the map
and is known as Heading
Up mode.
The shaded triangle indicates the North direction. While
in Heading Up mode the direction at the top of the
screen and the way the vehicle icon is heading
indicates the direction the vehicle is traveling. Select
this screen symbol to switch between Heading Up,
North Up, and 3–D view modes.
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Three-dimensional (3–D) view mode changes the
appearance of the map display to a road level view.
The No GPS symbol
appears when the vehicle
is acquiring or not
receiving a Global
Positioning System (GPS)
satellite signal.
See Global Positioning System (GPS) on page 5‑57 for
more information.
Select the Mark screen
button to store the
location on the screen
in the address book.
The system automatically stores the point in the
address book. See “Adding Destinations to the Address
Book” under Destination on page 5‑24 for more
information.
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Displaying Points of Interest (POI) on the
Map Screen
Select the POI screen
button to display or delete
POI icons from the map.
Displaying POI icons on the map shows where POIs
(e.g. restaurants, gas stations, etc.) are located. This
screen appears after selecting the POI screen button.
1. Select one of the POI categories to display the POI
icon at the top of the map screen. Select the POI
category again to delete the POI icon.
2. Up to five categories can display on the map
screen.
3. Press the Show POI screen button to add more
POI icons.
More: Select to view more POI categories.
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POI Close to:
1. Once a category has been selected, touch this
button to display the list of available POIs for the
selected POI category. The list provides the POI
icon, the name, the direction, and the distance to
the POI from the vehicle's current position.
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Select a POI name to receive information about the
POI. From this screen you can select: Address Book,
Go, Map, or Call (if Bluetooth® or OnStar® personal
calling is activated).
Address Book: Press to add this POI to the address
book. See “Nav” under Configure Menu on page 5‑42
for information on editing address book entries.
Go: Select to make this POI a destination or a
stopover.
Map: Select to display the map showing the location of
the POI.
Call: Select to dial the phone number using your
Bluetooth® phone (if “paired” with the vehicle) or the
OnStar HandsFree Calling system. For more
information about Bluetooth calling, see Bluetooth® on
page 4‑68. For more information about OnStar
HandsFree calling, see the OnStar Owner Guide.
OK: Select to display the map screen.
Show POI: Select to display or remove the POI icons
from the map screen.
2. Use the scroll arrows to move up and down the list.
3. Use the sorting screen buttons: Dist (distance),
Icon, Name, and on Route as needed.
Go: Select this screen button, next to the desired POI,
to make this POI a destination or a stopover.
List all Categories: Select to list all POIs sorted
alphabetically.
Delete: To delete a specific POI category, select the
category.
Clear All: Select this screen button to clear all selected
POI categories.
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Driving on a Route
When driving on a routed destination, the map screen
automatically displays the next maneuver.
The pop-up displays the
next maneuver direction
and the distance from it.
When approximately 1/4 mi (400 m) from the next
maneuver, the screen displays the name and a detailed
view of it.
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3–D Lane Guidance
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Dual Mode
This dual screen symbol
displays when the screen
is in dual mode.
Dual mode displays the route on half of the screen and
a maneuver or Interstate Exit list on the other half. The
Interstate Exit list advises of approaching exits. Press
this button to switch between dual screen and full
screen which displays the entire route.
Some major metropolitan areas may include a 3–D lane
guidance feature for highway exits and junctions. This
feature gives you an enhanced representation of the
exits and junctions on the route. Cities that include this
feature are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit,
and San Francisco, and may also include Philadelphia,
Washington D.C., and other major highway junctions.
Auto Reroute
When a destination is set but is off the planned route,
the system automatically plans a new route and begins
to reroute. The new route is highlighted on the screen.
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Destination
Press the DEST key to access the Destination Entry
screen. From this screen, you can select from several
options to plan a route by entering destination points.
To enter a destination by inputting the city name first:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
To enter a destination, choose from one of the following
destination entry methods:
Address Entry
2 Address Entry: Enter either a city or street to use
the address entry destination method.
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3. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
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4. Once a state or province has been selected the
City name category is automatically selected for
entry.
Enter the City Name or touch the Last 5 Cities
screen button.
The Last 5 Cities screen displays a list of the last
five city names that had been entered. Select a city
from the list and it appears in the City name area.
If using the alpha keyboard, finish entering the city
name. If five or less names are available, a list
displays. If more than five are available, the List
screen button displays a number. This number
represents the number of available cities. Select
this button to view the list and select a city.
5. Once a city has been selected the Street name
category is automatically selected for entry.
Start entering the street name. If five or less names
are available, a list displays. If more than five are
available, the List screen button displays a
number. This number represents the number of
available streets. Select this button to view the list.
6. Once a street has been selected, press the
House # screen button to enter the house number.
The system displays the house number range that
is available for the street.
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8. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
9. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
To enter a destination by entering the street name first:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
2 screen button.
3. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
4. Select the Street screen button and start entering
the street name or touch the Last 5 Streets screen
button.
If the street name is common, the city might need
to be entered first.
The Last 5 Streets screen displays a list of the last
five street names that had been entered. Select a
street from the list and it appears in the Street
name area.
7. Select the Go screen button. The map screen, with
the destination marked displays.
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If using the alpha keyboard, finish entering the
street name. If five or less names are available, a
list displays. If more than five are available, the List
screen button displays a number. This number
represents the number of available streets. Select
this button to view the list and select a street.
5. Once a street has been selected, select the House
# screen button to enter the house number. The
system displays the house number range that is
available for the street.
6. Once the house number is selected, the city name
automatically populates. If there is more than one
city available for selection, a list of cities display.
Select the city.
7. Select the Go screen button. The map screen, with
the destination marked displays.
8. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
9. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
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To enter a destination by entering a cross street:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
2 screen button.
3. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
4. Select the Street screen button and start entering
the street name or touch the Last 5 Streets screen
button.
If the street name is common, the city might need
to be entered first.
The Last 5 Streets screen displays a list of the last
five street names that had been entered. Select a
street from the list and it appears in the Street
name area.
If using the alpha keyboard, finish entering the
street name. If five or less names are available, a
list displays. If more than five are available, the List
screen button displays a number. This number
represents the number of available streets. Select
this button to view the list and select a street.
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5. Once a street has been selected, select the Cross
Street screen button and start entering the cross
street name. If five or less names are available, a
list displays. If more than five are available, the List
screen button displays a number. This number
represents the number of available streets. Select
this button to view the list and select a street.
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Point of Interest (POI)
The Point of Interest (POI) destination entry method lets
you select a destination from the POI list.
6. Select the Go screen button. The map screen, with
the destination marked displays.
7. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
8. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
i Point of Interest:
Touch to access the POI (Point of
Interest) screen. From this screen you have two options
to select/enter a destination. Enter the name using the
alpha keyboard or select a category from the
category list.
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To use the point of interest destination entry method by
entering the name:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
i screen button.
3. Select the state/province screen button, if needed,
to change the current state or province. A list of all
of the available states and provinces appear.
Select the state or province.
4. Enter the POI name.
If five or less names are available, a list displays.
If more than five are available, the List screen
button displays a number. This number represents
the number of available POIs. Select this button to
view the list.
5. Select the Go screen button next to the POI. The
map screen, with the destination marked displays.
6. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
7. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
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To use the point of interest destination entry method by
selecting a category:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
i screen button.
3. Select the Browse POI Categories screen button to
view the list of POI categories.
4. Select a category.
The system displays available POI names in the
selected category.
5. Select the Go screen button next to the POI. The
map screen, with the destination marked displays.
6. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
7. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
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Address Book
The address book entry method lets you select a
destination by selecting an address that has been
stored in the address book.
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To use the address book entry method:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
g screen button.
A list of the address book addresses display.
3. Select the Go screen button next to the
destination. The map screen, with the destination
marked displays.
4. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
5. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
See “Adding Destinations to the Address Book”
later in this section.
g Address Book: Touch to access the Address Book
screen. From this screen an address that already exists
can be selected as the destination.
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Previous Destination
The previous destination entry method lets you select a
destination from a list of previous destination points.
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To use the previous destination entry method:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the
/ screen button.
3. Select a previous destination from the list. Use the
arrow to the right of the destination to view the
entire destination name as necessary. Use the
scroll arrows to the left to scroll through the list.
4. Select the Go screen button next to the
destination. The map screen, with the destination
marked displays.
5. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
6. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
/ Previous Destination:
Touch to access the Previous
Destination screen. The system stores up to 20 points
that have been previously entered. As new destinations
are entered, the system automatically deletes the oldest
destinations and adds the new destinations.
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From Map
This destination entry method allows you to select a
destination by scrolling on the map.
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3. Use the 0 / 1 screen buttons and touch on the
map to find the area that you would like to select
as your destination.
Pressing/holding and dragging your finger on the
map activates fast scrolling.
4. Press/touch once on the area that you would like
to set as your destination.
The map screen displays the address information.
5. Select the Go screen button. The map screen, with
the destination marked displays.
6. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
7. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
) From Map: Touch to enter the From Map destination
entry method.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
To use this destination entry method:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the ) screen button. A map screen displays
with the scrolling symbol.
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Map Coordinates
The coordinates destination entry method lets you
select a destination by entering latitude and longitude
coordinates.
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4. Select Latitude and select either N (north) or
S (south) to enter the direction of the latitude
coordinate. Enter the numeric portion of the
latitude coordinate.
5. Select Longitude and select either E (east) or
W (west) next to enter the direction of the longitude
coordinate. Enter the numeric portion of the
longitude coordinate.
6. Once both coordinates are entered, select the
Go screen button. The map screen, with the
destination marked displays.
7. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
8. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
Map Coordinates: Touch to access the Coordinates
Entry screen.
To use the coordinates destination entry method:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the From Map screen button.
3. Select the Map Coordinates screen button.
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Preset Destination
The preset destination entry method lets you set a
destination by selecting from one of five previously
stored destinations. Besides voice tagged destinations,
these are the only destinations available to set while the
vehicle is moving. If a destination is not set for one of
the screen buttons, the button is dimmed and not
available for use. See “Adding or Changing Preset
Destinations” later in this section for information on how
to add a preset destination.
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To use the preset destination entry method:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the desired preset destination screen
button. The screen buttons are labeled with the
name that was selected for the destination when it
was stored. The map screen, with the destination
marked displays.
3. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
4. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
See “Getting Started on Your Route” later in this
section for more information.
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Map Destination Screen Functions
OnStar® Destination Download
If the map screen is used to show destination, it will
have map screen capabilities such as Go, Mark, Zoom,
Scroll, etc. The address is shown at the top of the
screen.
OnStar® Destination Download (if equipped) is a service
available for OnStar* subscribers that makes operating
your navigation system much simpler. It allows
subscribers to request and receive navigation
assistance on-the-go.
Using OnStar® Destination Download
Press the blue OnStar button and an Advisor can locate
a point-of-interest or an address and download the
necessary information or coordinates to your navigation
system. Once the destination is downloaded, the
navigation system will search for the address in the
mapping disc's database. When the address is found, it
will be shown on your navigation system's screen along
with the buttons described below.
Destination Map Screen
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Select Add to Address Book, the navigation
system copies the downloaded destination to the
address book and displays the new address book
entry.
.
Select Back, the navigation system cancels your
OnStar Destination Download and returns to the
previous screen. The downloaded address will not
be added to the previous destinations
Route Guidance Not Active
OnStar Download Screen
.
Select Go, the navigation system calculates
route(s). Select a route (i.e. Shortest Route), and
Start Guidance.
.
Select Map, the navigation system displays the
Destination Map Screen.
.
Select Call, the navigation system initiates a call
to your destination with your Bluetooth phone (if
available) or OnStar Hands-Free Calling (if minutes
are available).
If an OnStar destination is downloaded while route
guidance is not active, the navigation system displays
an OnStar Destination Download Screen and operations
will continue as outlined in the Using OnStar
Destination Download section:
Route Guidance Active
If OnStar downloads a destination while route guidance
is already active, the navigation system adds the
downloaded destination as the next waypoint in the
existing route. All features such as Call and Add to
Address Book will be available for the waypoint. Refer
to the section on Waypoints for more information.
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Previous Destinations
Map Destination Screen Functions
Previous OnStar Destination Downloads are saved
under Previous Destinations in the navigation system
where they can be accessed or saved to the
address book.
If the map screen is used to show destination, it will
have map screen capabilities such as Go, Mark, Zoom,
Scroll, etc. The address is shown at the top of the
screen.
Important Notes regarding OnStar Destination
Download:
.
If the navigation system is turned off when the
destination download is attempted, the navigation
system will automatically turn on and display the
OnStar Destination Download Screen. The radio
will remain on after the download occurs.
.
If OnStar downloads a destination and the address
is not found in the mapping disc’s database and
routing by coordinates is not available, the Go
and Map buttons gray out and routing will not be
available. Press the blue OnStar button for further
assistance.
.
The Call button grays out when there is no phone
number available for your destination and while
connected to OnStar.
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Getting Started on Your Route
Turn List
Once a destination has been entered, there are several
functions that can be performed. Press the DEST hard
key to access the Route screen.
Turn List: Touch to view the list of turn maneuvers for
the entire route and to avoid turns on the route.
r / q (Scroll Arrows): Touch the up and down
arrows to scroll through the list of maneuvers.
Avoid: Touch this screen button, next to the adjacent
street name, to avoid the maneuver.
The map screen displays. The route recalculates
without this maneuver.
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r / [ (Fast Forward Scroll):
Select to scroll to the
next stopover or to the final destination. The u (fast
forward skip) button changes to a fast speed fast
forward.
u (Fast Forward Skip): Select to go to the next
stopover or to the final destination.
Detour
Detour: Select this screen button from the Route
screen, then select to detour 1 mile, 3 miles, or 5 miles
(1 km, 3 km, 5 km) around the current route. This can
also be selected to detour the whole route if necessary.
The detour option is only available while driving on a
current planned route.
Route Preview: Select to preview the entire route in
either direction.
t (Reverse Skip) :
Select to go back to the start point
or previous stopover.
q / r (Reverse Scroll):
Select to scroll to the start
point or previous stopover. The t (reverse skip) button
changes to a fast reverse screen button.
j (Pause):
Select to pause the route preview, while in
reverse or fast forward scroll.
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Voice Volume
Select this screen button from the Route screen to turn
voice guidance on or off and to change the volume of
voice prompts. See “Nav” under Configure Menu on
page 5‑42 for more information.
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Add Stopover
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To add a stopover:
1. Press the DEST hard key.
2. Select the Add Stopover screen button. This button
only appears if a route has been calculated.
3. Using the desired method of entering a destination,
enter the stopover. See “Destination” previously for
more information.
4. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
5. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
Add Stopover: Select this screen button from the
Route screen. This feature allows up to three stopovers
to be added to the current route between the start point
and final destination. Once a stopover has been added,
the points can be edited or deleted.
6. To add the second and third stopovers, press the
DEST hard key, then select the Add screen button,
where the next waypoint should appear on the
route.
7. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
8. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
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1. Press the DEST hard key.
Adding Destinations to the
Address Book
2. Select the Delete screen button for the desired
stopover to delete.
There are two ways to add a destination to the
address book:
To delete a stopover from the current route:
3. The system displays a pop-up confirmation
message. Touch Yes to delete the stopover; touch
No to cancel this operation.
.
To add the current vehicle position to the address
book, press the Mark screen button from the map
screen. The system automatically saves the
current vehicle information in the address book.
When scrolling on the map the Mark screen button
automatically adds the current scrolled position
information in the address book.
.
Press the Add to Address Book screen button
when available on POI information screens,
Destination Entry screens, or POI screens. The
system automatically saves this information in the
address book.
4. Select the route preference (Fastest, Shortest,
or Other). The system calculates and highlights the
route.
5. Select the Start Guidance screen button. The route
is now ready to be started.
Suspend Guidance
Press this screen button, from the Route screen, to put
the current route on hold.
Resume Guidance
Press this screen button, from the Route screen, to
resume guidance on the current route.
Cancel Guidance
Press this screen button, from the Route screen, to
cancel the current route.
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Adding or Changing Preset
Destinations
This feature allows additions or changes one of five
preset destinations. When a destination has been
added as a preset destination, it is available to select
from the Destination Entry screen. See “Preset
Destination” previously for information on how to select
a preset destination as a final destination.
To store the current vehicle position as a preset
destination:
1. Select the Mark screen button from the map
screen to add the current vehicle position to the
address book. The Address Book screen appears.
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To store an address book entry as a preset destination:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the Nav screen button or press the CONFIG
key until Nav is selected or touch the Nav screen
button.
3. Select the Edit/View screen button.
4. Select the address book entry to be stored as the
preset destination. Select the Name screen button
to add a name, if needed.
5. Press and hold one of the buttons at the bottom of
the screen until the name appears in that preset
destination screen button. It is now available to
select from the Destination Entry screen.
2. Select the Name screen button. An alpha-keyboard
displays. Enter the name. Press the OK screen
button then the Back screen button to return to the
address book information screen.
3. Press and hold one of the buttons at the bottom of
the screen until the name appears in that preset
destination screen button. It is now available to
select from the Destination Entry screen.
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Configure Menu
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Sound
Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until
Sound is selected or touch the Sound screen button to
make speaker and DSP (Digital Signal Processing)
adjustments. See “Sound Menu” under, Navigation
Audio System on page 5‑60 for more information.
Radio
Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until
Radio is selected or touch the Radio screen button to
make changes for radio information displayed, preset
pages, XM™ categories, and Bose® AudioPilot®. See
“Radio Menu” under, Navigation Audio System on
page 5‑60 for more information.
Press the CONFIG (Configure) hard key to adjust
several of the system's features and preferences.
The last selected CONFIG screen is the screen that
displays: Sound, Radio, Nav (navigation), Display,
or Time.
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Nav (Navigation)
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Voice Prompt
Voice Prompt: Touch the Voice Prompt screen button
to change the volume of the voice prompts or to turn
voice guidance on and off.
Volume: Touch the + (plus) or − (minus) screen buttons
to increase or to decrease the volume of the voice
prompts. The system will respond with the adjusted
voice level.
Voice Guidance: Touch the On or Off screen buttons to
turn voice instructions on and off while traveling on a
planned route.
Route Preference
Touch the Route Preference screen button to change
route options when the system calculates a route.
Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until
Nav is selected or touch the Nav screen button.
Allow Major Roads: This feature allows the system to
use major roads when calculating a planned route.
Allow toll road: This feature allows the system to use
toll roads when calculating a planned route.
Allow ferry: This feature allows the system to use
ferries when calculating a planned route.
Allow time and seasonal restricted road: This feature
allows the system to use time restricted and seasonal
roads when calculating a planned route.
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Edit Address Book — How to Add
To add an address to the address book, see “Adding
Destinations to the Address Book” under Destination on
page 5‑24.
Edit Address Book — Edit/View
To edit the name of an address book:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
4. Select the Address book entry.
5. Touch the Name screen button and use the alpha
keyboard to edit or add the name.
6. Touch the OK screen button to save your changes,
then touch the Back screen button to return to the
Address Book information screen.
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To add or change the phone number of an address
book entry:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
4. Select the address book entry to change.
5. Touch the Phone # screen button and use the
numeric keyboard to input or change the phone
number.
6. Touch the OK screen button to save your changes,
then touch the Back screen button to return to the
Address Book information screen.
To change the map icon of an address book entry:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
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4. Select the Add Voice Tag screen button.
5. The system will ask for you to state the name. You
will have four seconds to state the name. The
system will respond back with the name and
prompt you to repeat the name for confirmation.
To delete an address book entry:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
4. Select the address book entry to delete.
5. Press the Delete screen button to delete the
address book entry.
6. A confirmation pop-up will display. Select Ok to
delete; select Cancel to cancel the operation.
To delete the entire address book:
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
4. Select the address book entry to change.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
5. Select the Icon screen button.
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
6. Select an icon from the list.
4. A list of all the address book entries will display.
Press and hold the Clear All screen button.
To add a voice tag to an address book entry:
1. Select the CONFIG hard key.
2. Select the NAV screen button.
5. A confirmation pop-up will display. Select Ok to
delete; select Cancel to cancel the operation.
3. Select the Edit/View Address Book screen button.
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Map Database Information
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Off-Road Mode
To turn the Off-road mode on or off, do the following:
1. Press the CONFIG hard key.
2. Press the Nav screen button.
3. Press the Off-Road mode screen button. The
button will be highlighted when the feature is on.
When the off-road mode is turned on, the navigation
system will show the path being traveled by the vehicle
when not on a marked road. This path will be a
simulation since the map database coverage will not
have these roads on the DVD. This path will be stored
in the navigation system's memory, see “Previous
Destination” under Destination on page 5‑24 for more
information.
Touch the Map Database Information screen button to
view the coverage areas of the map DVD.
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See “Off-Road Driving” in the Index of your vehicle's
owner manual for more information about off-road
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Traffic Options
Read the following Options descriptions to understand
how the XM NavTraffic™ operates.
XM NavTraffic™ (USA and Canada)
Vehicles with the navigation system have an XM
NavTraffic™ receiver. XM NavTraffic™ is a subscription
service provided via XM™ Satellite Radio. XM
NavTraffic™ provides real-time traffic information fully
integrated to the navigation system to display current
traffic conditions for a driver’s chosen route. XM
NavTraffic™ allows drivers to make the most informed,
timesaving routing decisions.
If the Traffic touch screen button is pressed or if an
attempt is made to turn on the traffic display in the
Navigation Setup Menu without a subscription, a
Caution screen displays indicating that XM traffic is not
activated.
Three types of traffic information for major roadways are
displayed on the navigation system:
.
Unscheduled traffic incident data, such as
accidents and disabled vehicles
.
Scheduled traffic incident data, such as road
construction and road closures
.
Traffic flow information (rate of speed data)
Traffic information is delivered to the vehicle by the
XM™ Radio satellites. XM NavTraffic™ makes it
possible for the navigation system to provide
continuously updated traffic information personalized for
a driver’s needs.
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XM NavTraffic™ currently broadcasts the traffic
information for many markets nationally, and the service
may be available in more cities in the future. Visit
xmnavtraffic.com for more details on local coverage.
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Traffic Icon
The Traffic Icon appears on the Traffic Tab, next to the
word Traffic, when traffic is found in the local area.
A service fee is required in order to receive the XM
NavTraffic™ service.
Turning XM NavTraffic™ On and Off
To turn traffic on or off:
1. Press the CONFIG hard key, then press the
CONFIG key repeatedly until Nav is selected or
press the Nav screen button.
2. Touch the Traffic Options button.
The Traffic Icon has three different condition displays.
These are:
Condition
3. Touch the Traffic button. This button is highlighted
when it is active.
Selecting Alert for Approaching Traffic Events
enables the system to show a pop-up screen that
notifies of possible traffic issues ahead.
When this feature is highlighted, while traveling on
a route, accidents located on the route are
indicated and can be avoided.
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.
.
.
No XM NavTraffic™
subscription.
No Traffic is found in
the local area.
The Traffic Feature
is turned off.
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Condition
Traffic Status Icon
Traffic events are in the
area, but none are on route.
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if travelling on a major interstate, the system lists events
immediately ahead on the interstate first. Then all other
traffic events follow. Not all traffic conditions may be
listed.
To view the traffic condition location and information on
the map:
Traffic events are on route.
Locations and Information of Traffic
Conditions
The system may take some time to sort the information.
The list of traffic conditions display in the order of
distance from the vehicle, up to approximately 75 mi
(125 km). With a route planned, the system defaults to
list traffic events on your route. Without a route planned,
1. Press the NAV key, then press the NAV key
repeatedly until Traffic is selected, or touch the
Traffic screen button. A list of traffic conditions with
distance from the vehicle's current position
displays.
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An arrow may appear before the distance. The
arrow indicates the distance is a straight line
distance and it shows the direction of the event
from the current vehicle's position. If no arrow
appears, the distance indicates how far the event
is ahead on current Interstate highway or route.
While the vehicle is moving, the traffic list up or
down, scroll arrows are limited to a maximum of
four pages. No more than four pages of traffic
events may be viewed while the vehicle is moving.
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Options
Select the Options screen button. A Traffic Options
menu displays. Select the desired traffic related option.
2. Select a traffic condition to get more detailed
information of the event.
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Traffic: Select to enable or disable the traffic function.
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Show Traffic ICONS: Select to display traffic icons on
the map screen. This function allows which traffic
information displays.
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Yellow indicates slightly impaired traffic flow with
average speed between 25 and 45 mph.
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Green indicates normal traffic flow with average
speed above 45 mph.
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Orange indicates construction.
Traffic flow data arrows display on the map when scaled
up to eight miles.
Closed Road, Traffic Delays, Incidents, and
Advisories — These four touch screen buttons are
used to select the traffic event ICONS that appear on
the map screens.
Alert for Approaching Traffic Events: When On, if an
approaching traffic event is within the alert range, one of
two traffic alert pop-up screens display:
Traffic Flow Status — This touch screen button is used
to enable or disable the green, yellow, red and orange
arrows shown beside the roads and used to show the
traffic flow or extent of a traffic event.
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Black indicates a closed road segment
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Red indicates significantly impaired traffic flow with
average speed of less than 25 mph.
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With no route planned, while on expressways,
Approaching Traffic Event without Avoid screen
displays.
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With route planned, Traffic Event on Route screen
displays.
If the Alert for Approaching Traffic Events is Off, the
alert pop-up screen does not display.
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On-Route
Refresh
Select the On Route touch screen button to display all
events ahead on the current active route. If no traffic
events have been reported on route, No Traffic Events
Reported On route displays.
Select the Refresh touch screen button to update the
screen with all of the latest traffic events, miles, etc.
Traffic events update approximately every two minutes.
To update the events immediately, press the Refresh
touch screen button.
Scrolling to Traffic Events on the Map
Name
Select the Name touch screen button to display traffic
events in the order of distance. The closest event is
shown first.
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While scrolling the map, traffic condition icons may
appear. Traffic events may appear up to 75 mi (125 km)
from your current position. To receive information about
the traffic condition, place the cross hairs over the traffic
condition icon.
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After selecting the INFO (information) screen button,
the type of traffic condition, the street name, and a
description of the traffic condition displays. See
“Scrolling the Map” under Maps on page 5‑14 for more
information.
To display traffic events in another state or a great
distance away, scroll to the desired area, and then stop
scrolling. Wait for the traffic to update. It may take up to
two minutes before traffic in this new area can be
received and displayed.
Traffic Event Display Categories
The following are traffic condition categories and
symbols that can appear on the display:
Category 1, Road Closure:
q (Road Closed):
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Category 3, Incidents:
p (Alert):
Object in the roadway, disabled vehicle,
or dangerous road conditions.
t (Accident): Roadway obstructed due to accident.
s (Road Works): Delayed traffic due to construction.
Category 4, Advisories:
j / r (Road Condition): Delayed or stopped traffic,
lane blocked or closed due to a road condition.
k (Weather): Heavy rain, snow, or fog weather
condition.
m (Parking): Available parking area.
l (Information): Special event, general information,
or warning.
Road and/or ramps closed.
Category 2, Traffic Delayed:
o (Stopped Traffic):
Traffic stopped, stop and go
traffic, delayed and congested traffic.
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Detailed Traffic Event Screens
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Back, Map, More, and Avoid
These buttons have common functions across all three
Detailed Traffic Event screens.
Back: Press to return to the previous screen.
Map: If available, press to display the related traffic
event on the map.
Traffic Event Screen
The detailed Traffic Event screens are used to display
additional details of a traffic event condition. This
screen may display if:
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Scrolling to an event on the map and then
pressing INFO.
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Selecting a traffic event listed on the Traffic Event
List screen.
The Traffic Event screen may display when approaching
a traffic event.
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Map Traffic Event Icon with Back Screen
More: Press to display more of the traffic event
description, if the whole event does not fit in the given
display.
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Avoid: This button is used to avoid the location of an
event on the route. If selected, a new route is calculated
and the related traffic event is avoided. After the new
route has been calculated, the navigation system goes
to the full map screen and shows the new route.
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Display
The Avoid button is only available if the event is on the
route ahead.
Traffic Voice Prompts
The traffic voice prompts are part of the current
navigation voice prompts. If the navigation voice
prompts are turned off, all traffic prompts are also
turned off.
If the voice prompts are on, whenever an Alert for
Approaching Traffic is displayed, the system gives the
related voice prompt. The content of the voice prompt
depends on actual traffic event data.
The RPT (Repeat) hard key is for navigation traffic
maneuvers only. It is not used to repeat traffic prompts.
During a traffic voice prompt, if RPT is pressed, the
current prompt playback cancels.
Traffic prompts are disabled during OnStar® or Voice
Recognition activity.
Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until
Display is selected or touch the Display screen button.
Display Off
Touch this screen button to turn the display off. Press
any hard key to view the display.
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Brightness/Contrast/Mode
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Auto (Automatic): Touch this screen button for the
system to automatically adjust the screen background
depending on exterior lighting conditions.
Night: Touch this screen button and the system makes
the map background darker.
Day: Touch this screen button and the system makes
the map background brighter.
Setting the Clock
The navigation system time and the analog clock
operate independently. Changing the time through the
navigation system does not change the time on the
analog clock. See Analog Clock on page 4‑20 to
change the analog clock time.
Touch this screen button to change the brightness,
contrast, and mode of the display.
] (Brightness):
Touch the + (plus) or − (minus) screen
buttons to increase or decrease the brightness of the
screen.
_ (Contrast): Touch the + (plus) or − (minus) screen
buttons to increase or decrease the contrast of the
screen.
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Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
options, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until the
time is selected or touch the time screen button.
Hours: Press the − (minus) or + (plus) signs to
decrease or increase the hours.
Minutes: Press the − (minus) or + (plus) signs to
decrease or increase the minutes.
12/24 Format: Select the 12 screen button for standard
time; select the 24 screen button for military time.
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Global Positioning System (GPS)
The navigation system determines the position of the
vehicle by using satellite signals, various vehicle
signals, and map data.
At times, other interferences such as the satellite
condition, road configuration, the condition of the
vehicle and/or other circumstances can interfere with
the navigation system's ability to determine the accurate
position of the vehicle.
The GPS shows the current position of the vehicle
using signals sent by the GPS Satellites of the United
States Department of Defense. When the vehicle is not
receiving signals from the satellites, a symbol appears
on the map screen. Refer to Symbols on page 5‑17.
This system may not be available or interferences may
occur if any of the following are true:
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Signals are obstructed by tall buildings, trees, large
trucks, or a tunnel.
Objects are located on the front dash of the
vehicle.
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Satellites are being repaired or improved.
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After-market glass tinting has been applied to the
vehicle's windshield.
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Notice: Do not apply after-market glass tinting to
the vehicle's windows. Glass tinting interferes with
the system's ability to receive GPS signals and
causes the system to malfunction. The window
might have to be replaced to correct the problem.
This would not be covered by the warranty.
For more information if the GPS is not functioning
properly, see If the System Needs Service on
page 5‑59 and Problems with Route Guidance on
page 5‑58.
Vehicle Positioning
At times, the position of the vehicle on the map may be
inaccurate due to one or more of the following reasons:
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Road system has changed.
.
Vehicle is driving on slippery road surfaces such as
in sand, gravel, and/or snow.
.
Vehicle is traveling on winding roads.
.
Vehicle is on a long straight road.
.
Vehicle is approaching a tall building or a large
vehicle.
.
Surface streets run parallel to a freeway.
.
Vehicle has just been transferred by a vehicle
carrier or a ferry.
.
Current position calibration is set incorrectly.
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Vehicle is traveling at high speed.
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Vehicle changes directions more than once,
or when the vehicle is turning on a turn table in a
parking lot.
.
Vehicle is entering and/or exiting a parking lot or a
garage.
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GPS signal is not received.
.
Roof carrier is installed on the vehicle.
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Vehicle is being driven with tire chains.
.
Tires are replaced.
.
Tire pressure for the tires is incorrect.
.
Tires are worn.
.
First time the map DVD is inserted.
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Battery is disconnected for several days.
.
Vehicle is driving in heavy traffic where driving is at
low speeds, and the vehicle is stopped and started
repeatedly.
See your dealer if other problems occur.
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Problems with Route Guidance
Inappropriate route guidance may occur under one or
more of the following conditions:
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You have not turned onto the road indicated.
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Route guidance may not be available when using
automatic rerouting for the next right or left turn.
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The route may not be changed when using
automatic rerouting.
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There is no route guidance when turning at an
intersection.
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Plural names of places may be announced
occasionally.
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It may take a long time to operate automatic
rerouting during high-speed driving.
.
Automatic rerouting may display a route returning
to the set stopover if you are heading for a
destination without passing through a set stopover.
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The route prohibits the entry of a vehicle due
to a regulation by time or season or any other
regulation which may be given.
.
Some routes may not be searched.
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The route to the destination may not be shown if
there are new roads, if roads have recently
changed, or if certain roads are not listed on the
map DVD. See Ordering Map DVDs on page 5‑59.
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To recalibrate the vehicle's position on the map, see
your dealer.
If the System Needs Service
If your system needs service and you have followed the
steps listed here and still are experiencing problems,
see your dealer for assistance.
Ordering Map DVDs
The map DVD in your vehicle is the most up-to-date
information available when your vehicle was produced.
The map DVD is updated periodically, provided that the
map information has changed.
If you have any questions about the operation of
the navigation system or the update process, contact
the GM Nav Disc Center toll‐free phone number,
1‐877‐NAV‐DISC (1‐877‐628‐3472) or go to the center's
website, gmnavdisc.com. If you need any updates or a
replacement disc, because the current disc is lost,
damaged, or needs to be updated, call the GM Nav
Disc Center or order a new disc online. To order a disc,
have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) available.
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This helps the center make sure you receive the correct
and most up-to-date DVD map disc for your vehicle.
See “Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)” in the Index of
your vehicle's owner manual for more information.
After receiving the updated disc, replace the old disc in
the navigation system. See “Installing the DVD Map
Disc” and “Ejecting the DVD Map Disc” under Maps on
page 5‑14. Dispose of the old disc to avoid confusion
about which disc is the most current.
Database Coverage Explanations
Coverage area depends upon the map detail available.
Some areas have greater map detail than others. The
navigation system works only as well as the information
provided on the map disc. See Ordering Map DVDs on
page 5‑59 on how to obtain updated map information.
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Navigation Audio System
Notice: Before adding any sound equipment to the
vehicle, such as an audio system, CD player, CB
radio, mobile telephone, or two-way radio, make
sure that it can be added by checking with your
dealer. Also, check federal rules covering mobile
radio and telephone units. If sound equipment can
be added, it is very important to do it properly.
Added sound equipment can interfere with the
operation of the vehicle's engine, radio, or other
systems, and even damage them. The vehicle's
systems can interfere with the operation of sound
equipment that has been added.
Notice: The chime signals related to safety belts,
parking brake, and other functions of the vehicle
operate through the navigation system. If that
equipment is replaced or additional equipment is
added to the vehicle, the chimes may not work.
Make sure that replacement or additional equipment
is compatible with the vehicle before installing it.
See “Accessories and Modifications” in the
vehicle's owner manual.
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Playing the Radio
O / n (Power/Volume):
Press to turn the audio
system on and off. Turn to increase or to decrease the
volume.
Press and hold for more than two seconds to turn off
the navigation system, the Rear Seat Entertainment
(RSE) video screen, and Rear Seat Audio (RSA). If the
vehicle has not been turned off, press this knob to turn
RSE and RSA back on and to continue playback of the
last active source.
w (Tuning Knob):
Turn to go to the next or previous
frequency or disc track or chapter. See CD Player on
page 5‑68 or DVD Player on page 5‑75 for more
information.
AUDIO: Press to display the audio screen. Press to
switch between AM, FM, or XM, if equipped, DISC,
or AUX (Auxiliary), or touch the screen button. See CD
Player on page 5‑68, DVD Player on page 5‑75, and
Auxiliary Devices on page 5‑85 for more information.
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Finding a Station
FM source shown, other sources similar
AM source shown, other sources similar
If viewing a map screen, touch the source screen
(AM, FM, XM, CD, etc.) button. The display splits
between the audio screen and the map screen. All
station-changing functions can be performed from this
screen.
If you do not want to view a split screen or you are not
on a map screen, press the AUDIO hard key.
AM/FM/XM: Touch the source (AM, FM, or XM,
if equipped) screen button or press the AUDIO key
repeatedly until the desired source is highlighted.
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from the category list. Removed categories do not
appear on the category list screen or when the right and
left arrow category screen buttons are used.
FM lists may also contain a category to select if
stations in the broadcast area support Radio Data
Systems (RDS).
2 Refresh List:
Touch to refresh the list of AM or FM
stations.
When viewing a map screen, the name of the station or
channel displays.
y © ¨ z (Seek): To seek stations, press the up or
down arrows to go to the next or previous station.
FM source shown, other sources similar
Category: Touch the screen button, located in the
middle of the screen, to receive a list of all of the
selected band stations in the area. Use the up and
down arrows to scroll the frequencies. Touch the
desired frequency.
XM lists also contain a category to select and the
stations or channels that have broadcasts that relate to
that category. For XM, touch the left and right arrow
screen buttons to change categories. The station
information appears on the display. See “Radio Menu”
later in this section to add and remove XM categories
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To scan stations, press and hold either arrow for more
than two seconds. The radio goes to a station, plays for
a few seconds, then goes to the next station. To stop
scanning, press either arrow again.
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Storing Radio Station Presets
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Sound Menu
This feature stores a mix of up to 30 AM, FM, and
XM (if equipped) preset stations. To store presets:
1. Press
O to turn the system on.
2. If viewing a map screen, touch the source screen
button, press the AUDIO key, or press the FAV
(favorite) key.
3. Select the band.
4. Seek, scan, or tune to the desired station, to select
the station.
5. Press and hold one of the preset screen buttons
for more than two seconds or until a beep is heard.
6. Repeat the steps for each preset.
e (Sound): Press this key or press the CONFIG key to
access the Sound menu to adjust the treble, midrange,
bass, fade, balance, and Digital Signal Processing
(DSP). The system automatically stores audio
adjustment settings as changes are made for each
audio source including AM, FM, XM (if equipped), CD,
and AUX.
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Setting the Tone
Select from the following DSP settings:
TREBLE: Touch the plus (+) or minus (−) sign to
increase or decrease the treble. If a station is weak or
has static, decrease the treble.
Normal: Adjusts the audio for normal mode. This
provides the best sound quality for all seating positions.
MID (Midrange): Touch the plus (+) or minus (−) sign to
increase or decrease the midrange.
BASS: Touch the plus (+) or minus (−) sign to increase
or decrease the bass.
Adjusting the Speakers
L/R (Left/Right) (Balance): To adjust the balance
between the left and the right speakers, touch and hold
the L or R screen buttons.
Front/Rear (Fade): To adjust the fade between the
front and the rear speakers, touch and hold the Front or
Rear screen buttons.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
The system has Digital Signal Processing (DSP). DSP
provides a choice of four different listening experiences.
DSP can be used while listening to the audio system.
Not all DSP modes are available for all source types.
The type of DSP selected is displayed on the
status line.
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Surround (Centerpoint®): Enables Bose Centerpoint
signal processing that produces a surround sound
listening experience from a CD or XM stereo digital
audio source. Centerpoint delivers five independent
audio channels from conventional two channel stereo
recordings (not available for AM or FM).
Driver: Adjusts the audio to give the driver the best
possible sound quality.
Rear: Adjusts the audio to give the rear seat occupants
the best possible sound quality.
2 CH. (Channel): Enhances surround sound.
5.1 CH. (Channel): Gives a full affect of surround
sound listening. This button is only available when
playing DVD video and DVD audio discs that support
5.1 audio and the RSA is off.
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Radio Menu
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Limit Features While Driving
Touch the Limit Features While Driving screen button to
turn on and off the ability to limit functions while driving.
When this screen button is highlighted, the following
functions will be limited while driving:
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Music Navigator Scrolling
.
Radio Category Scrolling
.
Navigation Menu Scrolling and some functions
Number of Preset Pages
Touch the Number of Preset Pages screen button to
change the number of preset pages, 1 through 6. Each
preset page can contain five preset stations. Touch the
desired numbered screen button.
Press the CONFIG key to enter the configure menu
screen, then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until
Radio is selected or touch the Radio screen button
to make changes for radio information displayed or to
limit features while driving, number of preset pages,
XM categories, and Bose® AudioPilot®.
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Bose® AudioPilot®
®
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Remove/Add XM Categories
®
AudioPilot: The Bose AudioPilot noise
compensation technology.
2. Press the Automatic Volume Control screen button
to access the AudioPilot menu.
Touch the Remove/Add XM Categories screen button to
remove or add XM categories when selecting XM
categories from the category list screen. The list of XM
categories appear on the screen. Use the up and down
arrow screen buttons to scroll through the list. The
categories to remove are highlighted and the categories
to add are dark in color. Touch the category to be added
or removed. Touch the Restore All Categories screen
button to add all categories that have been removed.
3. Press the ON screen button.
Radio Data System (RDS)
To use AudioPilot®:
1. Press the CONFIG key to enter the menu screen,
then press the CONFIG key repeatedly until Radio
is selected or touch the Radio screen button
To turn it off, touch the OFF screen button. When on,
AudioPilot® continuously adjusts the audio system
equalization, to compensate for background noise, so
that the music sound is consistent at the set volume
level.
This feature is most effective at lower volume settings
where background noise can affect how well the music
being played is heard through the vehicle's audio
system. At higher volume settings, where the music is
much louder than the background noise, there may be
little or no adjustments by AudioPilot®. For more
information on AudioPilot®, visit bose.com/audiopilot.
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The audio system has a Radio Data System (RDS).
RDS features are available for use only on FM stations
that broadcast RDS information. With RDS, the radio
can do the following:
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Receive announcements concerning local and
national emergencies
.
Display messages from radio stations
This system relies on receiving specific information from
these stations and only works when the information is
available. In rare cases, a radio station may broadcast
incorrect information that causes the radio features to
work improperly. If this happens, contact the radio
station.
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The RDS system is always on. When information is
broadcast from the FM station that is playing, the station
name or call letters displays on the audio screen.
XM™ Satellite Radio Service
XM™ is a satellite radio service that is based in the
48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian
provinces. XM Satellite Radio has a wide variety
of programming and commercial-free music,
coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. During
your trial or when you subscribe, you will get unlimited
access to XM Radio Online while not in the vehicle.
A service fee is required to receive the XM service.
For more information, contact XM at xmradio.com or
call 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and xmradio.ca or call
1-877-438-9677 in Canada.
When XM™ is active, the channel name and number,
song title, and artist displays on the screen.
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XM™ Radio Messages
XL (Explicit Language Channels): XL on the radio
display, after the channel name, indicates content
with explicit language. These channels, or any others,
can be blocked at a customer's request by calling
1‐800‐852‐XMXM (9696).
XM Updating: The encryption code in the receiver is
being updated and no action is required.
No XM signal: The vehicle is in a location that is
blocking the XM™ signal. When the vehicle is moved
into an open area, the signal should return.
Loading XM: The audio system is processing audio
and text data received. No action is needed.
Channel Off Air: This channel is not currently in
service.
Channel Unauth : This channel is blocked or cannot
be received with your XM Subscription package.
Channel Unavail: This previously assigned channel is
no longer assigned.
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No Artist Info: No artist information is available.
The system is working properly.
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CD Player
No Title Info: No song title information is available.
The system is working properly.
The player can be used for CD, MP3, DVD audio, and
as a DVD video player. See DVD Player on page 5‑75
for more information about DVD audio and video.
No CAT Info: No category information is available.
The system is working properly.
Six-Disc CD Player
CAT Not Found: There are no channels available for
the selected category. The system is working properly.
No Information: No text or informational messages are
available. The system is working properly.
XM Theftlocked: The XM™ receiver may have
previously been in another vehicle. For security
purposes, XM™ receivers cannot be swapped between
vehicles. If this message is received after having your
vehicle serviced, check with your dealer.
XM Radio ID: If tuned to channel 0, this message will
alternate with the XM™ Radio eight digit radio ID label.
This label is needed to activate the service.
Unknown: If this message is received when tuned to
channel 0, there may be a receiver fault. Consult with
your dealer.
Check XM Receiver: If this message does not clear
within a short period of time, the receiver may have a
fault. Consult with your dealer.
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While playing a CD, the navigation system is available.
When you insert a CD, the CD tab displays. If a DSP
setting is selected for the CD, it activates each time you
play a CD.
If the ignition or radio is turned off with a CD in the
player, it stays in the player. When the ignition or radio
is turned on, the CD starts playing where it stopped, if it
was the last selected audio source.
As each new track starts to play, the track number
displays.
If an error appears on the display, see “CD Messages”
later in this section.
If viewing a map screen, touch the CD screen button.
The display will split between the audio screen and the
map screen. If you do not want to view a split screen or
you are not on a map screen, press the AUDIO key
then press the AUDIO key repeatedly until CD is
selected or touch the CD screen button.
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M (Load):
To load one disc, do the following:
1. Press the load hard key and follow the screen
message displayed.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it into the first available slot
and start playing. The system will display the type
of disc inserted.
To load multiple discs, do the following:
1. Press and hold the load hard key and follow the
screen message displayed.
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Z (Eject):
To eject a disc, do the following:
1. Press the eject hard key.
2. The system displays “Ejecting Disc”.
Press the DISC screen button to display the Disc
Changer screen. Select the disc to eject. If a
selection is not made, the system will eject the disc
from the current slot. If the disc is not removed
from the slot, the system pulls it back in after
10 seconds and starts playing it.
To eject all discs, press and hold the eject hard key.
The system displays the disc number being ejected.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it in.
3. Once a disc is loaded, the system will display
“Insert Disc (number)” again. Load the next disc.
Repeat this procedure for each disc. The player
takes up to six discs, do not try to load more than
six. The system does not display the disc types
when loading all, until the discs have been read by
the system.
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Playing an Audio CD
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r (Rewind): Touch and hold this button to rewind
quickly through a track selection. You will hear sound
at a reduced volume. Release this button to stop
rewinding. The display will show the elapsed time of
the track.
[ (Forward):
Touch and hold this button to fast
forward quickly through a track selection. You will hear
sound at a reduced volume. Release this button to stop
fast forwarding. The display will show the elapsed time
of the track.
j / r (Pause/Play): Touch this button to pause the
CD. This button will then change to the play button.
Touch the play button to play the CD.
Random: Touch this button to hear the tracks in
random, rather than sequential, order. Touch Random
again to turn off random play.
DISC: Touch this screen button to view the list of
loaded disc(s). Select the disc to play.
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y © ¨ z (Seek): To seek tracks, press the up arrow to
go to the next track. Press the down arrow to go to the
start of the current track, if more than eight seconds
have played. If either arrow is pressed more than once,
the player continues moving backward or forward
through the CD. The sound mutes while seeking.
w (Tuning Knob):
Turn this knob counterclockwise
one notch to go to the start of the current track, turn it
again to go to the previous track. Turn this knob
clockwise to go to the next track.
When playing an audio CD the rear seat operator can
power on the RSE video screen and use the remote
control to navigate through the tracks on the CD.
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Using an MP3 CD
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It is recommended that there is a maximum of
192 files on a disc.
MP3 Format
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The files can be recorded on a CD-R or CD-RW
with a maximum capacity of 700MB.
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DVD with MP3 are not playable on this system.
There are guidelines that must be met, when creating
an MP3 disc. If the guidelines are not met when
recording a CD-R(W), the CD may not play. The
guidelines are:
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Sampling rate: 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz, 32 kHz,
and 44.1 kHz.
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Bit rates supported: 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112,
128, 160, 192, 224, 256, and 320 kbps.
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ID3 tag information is displayed by the radio if it is
available. The radio supports ID3 tag information
v1.0, v1.1, or v2.0. The radio will display a
filename, song name, artist name, album name,
and directory name.
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Maximum 32 characters, including spaces, in a file
or folder name.
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Maximum number of folders is 100 with a
maximum hierarchy of eight folders.
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Create a folder structure that makes it easy to find
songs while driving. Organize songs by albums
using one folder for each album. Each folder or
album should contain 18 songs or less.
Root Directory
The root directory will be treated as a folder. If the root
directory has compressed audio files, the directory will
be displayed as No Folder or ALL.
Empty Directory or Folder
If a root directory or a folder exists somewhere in the
file structure that contains only folders/subfolders and
no compressed files directly beneath them, the player
will advance to the next folder in the file structure that
contains compressed audio files and the empty folder
will not be displayed or numbered.
No Folder
When the CD contains only compressed files, the files
will be located under the root folder. The next and
previous folder functions will have no function on a CD
that was recorded without folders or playlists. When
displaying the name of the folder the radio will display
No Folder.
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Order of Play
Play will begin from the first track under the root
directory. When all tracks from the root directory have
been played, play will continue from files according to
their numerical listing. After playing the last track from
the last folder, play will begin again at the first track of
the first folder or root directory.
When play enters a new folder, the display will not
automatically show the new folder name. The new track
name will appear on the display.
File System and Naming
The song name that will display will be the song name
that is contained in the ID3 tag. If the song name is not
present in the ID3 tag, then the radio will display the file
name without the extension (such as .mp3) as the
track name.
Track names longer than 32 characters or four pages
will be shortened. The display will not show parts of
words on the last page of text and the extension of the
filename will not display.
Playing an MP3
While playing a CD, the navigation system is available.
When you insert a CD, the CD tab will display. If you
select a DSP setting for the CD, it will be activated each
time you play a CD.
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If you turn off the ignition or radio with a CD in the
player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the
ignition or radio, the CD will start playing where it
stopped, if it was the last selected audio source.
As each new track starts to play, the track number will
appear on the display.
If an error appears on the display, see “CD Messages”
later in this section.
If viewing a map screen, touch the CD screen button.
The display will split between the audio screen and the
map screen. If you do not want to view a split screen or
you are not on a map screen, press the AUDIO key
then press the AUDIO key repeatedly until CD is
selected or touch the CD screen button.
M (Load):
To load one disc, do the following:
1. Press the load hard key and follow the screen
message displayed.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it into the first available slot
and start playing. The system will display the type
of disc inserted.
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To load multiple discs, do the following:
1. Press and hold the load hard key and follow the
screen message displayed.
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To eject all discs at once, press and hold the eject hard
key. The system will display the disc number being
ejected.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it in.
3. Once a disc is loaded, the system will display
“Insert Disc (number)” again. Load the next disc.
Repeat this procedure for each disc. The player
takes up to six discs, do not try to load more than
six. The system will not display the disc types
when loading all, until the discs have been read by
the system.
Once all discs have been inserted, the system will
start playing the last loaded disc.
Z (Eject):
To eject a disc, do the following:
1. Press the eject hard key.
2. The system will display “Ejecting Disc”.
Press the DISC screen button to display the Disc
Changer screen. Select the disc to eject. If a
selection is not made, the system will eject the disc
from the current slot. If the disc is not removed
from the slot, the system will pull it back in after
10 seconds and start playing it.
j / r (Pause/Play): Touch this button to pause the
CD. This button will then change to the play button.
Touch the play button to play the CD.
Random: Touch this button to hear the tracks in
random, rather than sequential, order. Touch Random
again to turn off random play.
DISC: Touch this screen button to view the list of
loaded disc(s). Select the disc to play.
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r (Rewind): Touch and hold this button to rewind
quickly through a track selection. You will hear sound
at a reduced volume. Release this button to stop
rewinding. The display will show the elapsed time
of the track.
[ (Forward):
Touch and hold this button to fast
forward quickly through a track selection. You will hear
sound at a reduced volume. Release this button to stop
fast forwarding. The display will show the elapsed time
of the track.
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When playing an MP3 the rear seat operator can power
on the RSE video screen and use the remote control to
navigate through the MP3.
CD Messages
If Disc Read Error appears on the display and/or the CD
comes out, it could be for one of the following reasons:
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If a disc was inserted with an invalid or unknown
format.
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If the map DVD disc was installed into the CD slot.
See “Installing the Map DVD” under Maps on
page 5‑14 for more information.
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It is very hot. When the temperature returns to
normal, the CD should play.
.
You are driving on a very rough road. When the
road becomes smoother, the CD should play.
.
The CD is dirty, scratched, wet, or upside down.
.
The air is very humid. If so, wait about an hour and
try again.
.
There may have been a problem while burning
the CD.
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The label may be caught in the CD player.
q r (Folder/Artist/Album):
Select the left or right
arrow to go to the previous or next folder, artist,
or album on the disc.
Press the middle screen button, with the folder, artist,
or album name, to sort the MP3 by folder, artist,
or album. It may take a few minutes for the system to
sort the MP3.
y © ¨ z (Seek):
To seek tracks, press the up arrow to
go to the next track. Press the down arrow to go to the
start of the current track, if more than eight seconds
have played. If either arrow is pressed more than once,
the player will continue moving backward or forward
through the CD. The sound will mute while seeking.
w (Tuning Knob):
Turn this knob counterclockwise
one notch to go to the start of the current track, turn it
again to go to the previous track. Turn this knob
clockwise to go to the next track.
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If the CD is not playing correctly, for any other reason,
try a known good CD.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if an error cannot be
corrected, contact your dealer.
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DVD Player
The player can be used for DVD audio and DVD video.
DVD video will not display on the navigation screen
unless the vehicle is in PARK (P). It will operate on the
rear seat entertainment screens while the vehicle is
moving. The Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) video
screen will start play of the DVD when a DVD video has
been inserted into the navigation system. The DVD
player can be controlled by the buttons on the
navigation system, the Rear Seat Audio (RSA) system,
and the remote control. The DVD player can also be
used for the rear seat passengers with the radio off. The
rear seat passengers can power on the video screen
and use the remote control to navigate the disc. See
“Rear Seat Entertainment System” in the Index of your
vehicle's owner manual for more information.
The DVD player is only compatible with DVDs of the
appropriate region code that is printed on the jacket of
most DVDs.
The DVD slot is compatible with most audio CDs,
CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R/RW,
DVD+R/RW media along with MP3 and WMA formats.
If an error appears on the display, see “DVD Messages”
later in this section.
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M (Load):
To load one disc, do the following:
1. Press the load hard key and follow the screen
message displayed.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it into the first available slot
and start playing. The system will display the type
of disc inserted.
To load multiple discs, do the following:
1. Press and hold the load hard key and follow the
screen message displayed.
2. When the system displays “Insert Disc (number)”,
insert the disc partway into the slot, label side up.
The system will pull it in.
3. Once a disc is loaded, the system will display
“Insert Disc (number)” again. Load the next disc.
Repeat this procedure for each disc. The player
takes up to six discs, do not try to load more than
six. The system will not display the disc types
when loading all, until the discs have been read by
the system.
Once all discs have been inserted, the system will
start playing the last loaded disc.
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Z (Eject):
To eject a disc, do the following:
1. Press the eject hard key.
2. The system will display “Ejecting Disc”.
Press the DISC screen button to display the Disc
Changer screen. Select the disc to eject. If a
selection is not made, the system will eject the disc
from the current slot. If the disc is not removed
from the slot, the system will pull it back in after
10 seconds and start playing it.
To eject all discs at once, press and hold the eject hard
key. The system will display the disc number being
ejected.
Playing a DVD
There are three ways to play a DVD:
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Once a DVD is inserted, the system will
automatically start play of the DVD.
.
If you are on a map screen, touch the DVD screen
button.
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Press the AUDIO hard key, then touch the DVD
screen button.
When a DVD is loaded, the rear seat passengers can
power on the RSE video screen and use the remote
control to navigate through the DVD.
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O / 3 (Power/Volume): Press this knob to turn the
system on and off. Turn the knob to increase or
decrease the volume of the audio system.
Press and hold this knob for more than two seconds to
turn off the navigation system, RSE video screen, and
RSA. If the vehicle has not been tuned off, the RSE and
the RSA can be turned back on by pressing this knob
and will continue play of the last active source.
DVD Menu Options
Once a DVD starts to play, the menu options and cursor
screen buttons will automatically appear. To display the
menu Options screen button while a DVD is playing,
touch anywhere on the screen.
Options: Select this screen button to view the menu
option screen buttons. Menu options are available when
they are highlighted. Some menu options are only
available when the DVD is not playing.
Cursor: Touch this button to access the cursor menu.
The arrows and other cursor options allow you to
navigate the DVD menu options. The cursor menu
options are only available if a DVD has a menu. Use the
cursor menu to start a DVD video from the disc
main menu.
q, Q , r , R (Arrow Buttons):
Use these arrow
buttons to move around the DVD menu.
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Enter: Touch this button to select the highlighted
option.
Return: Touch this button to go back to the previous
DVD menu.
Back: Touch this button to go back to the main DVD
display screen.
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[ (Forward):
Touch and release this button to
advance rapidly through the scene, chapters, and titles.
Touch this button again to increase the fast forwarding
speed. Touch the play button to stop fast forwarding.
This button may not work when the DVD is playing the
copyright information or the previews.
Move: Touch this button to move the cursor buttons
back and forth from the bottom-right corner to the
top-left corner of the screen.
j / r (Pause/Play): Touch this button to pause the
DVD. This button will then change to the play button.
Touch the play button to play the DVD. Touch this
button in a DVD disc main menu to start the movie.
c (Stop):
Touch this button to stop play of the DVD.
Press the play button to continue playing the DVD from
where the DVD was stopped. Press this button twice to
return to the beginning of the DVD.
DISC: Touch this screen button to view the list of
loaded disc(s). Select the disc to play.
r (Rewind): Touch and release this button to rewind
through the scene, chapters, and titles. Touch this
button again to increase the rewinding speed. Touch the
play button to stop rewinding. This button may not work
when the DVD is playing the copyright information or
the previews.
Hide Options: Press this screen button to remove all
menu options from the display, except Options and
Cursor.
Top Menu: Touch this button to display the first menu
of the DVD. This is not available on all DVDs.
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Menu: Touch this button to display the DVD menu of
the current area of the DVD that is playing. This button
is not available for DVD audio.
Audio: Press this button to display the audio options.
Select the audio options that best improve sound
quality. This is not available on all DVDs or when the
DVD is stopped. This button is not available for DVD
audio.
Subtitle: Touch this button to playback the video with
subtitles. This is not available on all DVDs or when the
DVD is stopped. This button is not available for DVD
audio.
Angle: Touch this button to adjust the viewing angle of
the DVD. Repeatedly press this button to toggle through
the angles. This is not available on all DVDs or when
the DVD is stopped. This button is not available for
DVD audio.
q (Previous Scene): Press this button to go to the
previous scene. This button does not work when the
DVD is stopped. This button is not available for DVD
video.
r (Next Scene): Press this button to go to the next
scene. This button does not work when the DVD is
stopped. This button is not available for DVD video.
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Search: Touch this button to display the search screen.
Select Title or Chapter Search for DVD video and
Group or Track for DVD audio. The keyboard allows
you to type in the title/chapter/group/track number that
you would like to watch or listen to. This button does
not work when the DVD is stopped.
Setup: Touch this button to display the DVD Setup
screen. This button is only available when the DVD is
not playing. The DVD Setup screen allows you to
change the brightness, contrast, and mode, change the
viewing on the monitor and to change the initial
settings; language, parental level, and aspect.
! (Brightness): Touch the up or down screen arrows
to increase or decrease the brightness of the navigation
screen.
_ (Contrast): Touch the up or down screen arrows to
increase or decrease the contrast of the navigation
screen.
Auto (Automatic): Touch this screen button for the
system to automatically adjust the navigation screen
background depending on exterior lighting conditions.
Night: Touch this screen button and the system will
make the navigation screen background brighten.
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Day: Touch this screen button and the system will
make the navigation screen background darken.
Monitor: From the DVD Setup screen, touch this button
to adjust the viewing angle of the DVD on the
navigation screen. This is not available on all DVDs.
This button is not available for DVD audio
Touch the e button to close the screen in from the left
and right sides.
Touch the J button to fill the screen on the left and
right sides.
Touch the
bottom.
d button to fill the screen on the top and
Settings: From the DVD Setup screen, touch this
button to change the default audio, subtitle, and menu
languages, parental level, audio, and to view the aspect
of the DVD. These settings are not available on all
DVDs. This button is not available for DVD audio.
Audio Language: Touch English, Francais, Espanol,
Italiano, or Deutsch to change the default language that
the DVD player uses for each disc. The audio language
must be available on the disc. The audio language may
vary for each DVD.
Subtitle Language: Touch English, Francais, Espanol,
Italiano, or Deutsch to change the default language of
the subtitles that the DVD player uses for each disc.
The subtitle language must be available on the disc.
The subtitle language may vary for each DVD.
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Menu Language: Touch English, Francais, Espanol,
Italiano, or Deutsch to change the default language of
the DVD video menus. The menu language must be
available on the disc. The menu language may vary for
each DVD.
Parental Level: Touch this button to change the rating
level to only allow the play of DVDs with a certain
rating. The rating selection is 1 through 8, with 1 Kids
Safe being a G rating. If the 1 is selected, any DVD with
a rating above G will not be able to be viewed without
entering a password.
When the parental level is first entered a keyboard will
appear on the display and a four-digit password will
need to be created. Type in a password that you will be
able to remember. Once the password is created, you
can then select a rating level.
If you would like to change the rating level, press the
Parental Level button, then press the Password button.
Type in the password and then change the rating level.
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y (Next Track/Chapter): Press this hard key to go to
the next track or chapter. This button may not work
when the DVD is playing the copyright information or
the previews.
z (Previous Track/Chapter): Press this hard key to
return to the start of the current track or chapter. Press
this button again to go to the previous track or chapter.
This button may not work when the DVD is playing the
copyright information or the previews.
w (Tuning Knob):
Turn this knob counterclockwise
one notch to go to the start of the current chapter/track,
turn it again to go to the previous chapter/track. Turn
this knob clockwise to go to the next chapter/track.
DVD Messages
If Disc Read Error appears on the display and/or the
DVD comes out, it could be for one of the following
reasons:
.
If a disc was inserted with an invalid or unknown
format.
This may not be available on all DVDs.
.
If the disc is not from a correct region.
Aspect: Touch this button to change the aspect ratio of
the DVD. This may not be available on all DVDs.
.
If the map DVD disc was installed into the DVD
audio/video slot. See “Installing the Map DVD”
under Maps on page 5‑14 for more information.
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It is very hot. When the temperature returns to
normal, the DVD should play.
If the password has been forgotten, contact your dealer.
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You are driving on a very rough road. When the
road becomes smoother, the DVD should play.
.
The DVD is dirty, scratched, wet, or upside down.
.
The air is very humid. If so, wait about an hour and
try again.
.
There may have been a problem while burning
the DVD.
.
The label may be caught in the DVD player.
If the DVD is not playing correctly, for any other reason,
try a known good DVD.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if an error cannot be
corrected, contact your dealer.
Connecting a USB Storage Device
or iPod®
The USB Port, located in the center console, can be
used to control an iPod® or a USB storage device.
To avoid connection problems, extension cords are not
recommended. Use only the cable that came with the
device.
To connect a USB storage device, connect the device to
the USB port located in the center console.
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To connect an iPod®, connect one end of the USB cable
that came with the iPod to the iPod’s dock connector
and connect the other end to the USB port. If the
vehicle is on and the USB connection works, “OK to
disconnect” and a GM logo may appear on the iPod and
iPod appears on the radio's display. The iPod music
appears on the radio’s display and begins playing.
The iPod charges while it is connected to the vehicle if
the vehicle is in the ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN
position. When the vehicle is turned off, the iPod
automatically powers off and will not charge or draw
power from the vehicle's battery.
USB Supported File and Folder Structure
The guidelines that must be met while using USB
supported files and folders are:
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Up to 700 folders.
.
Up to 8 folders in depth.
.
Up to 65,535 files.
.
Folder and file names up to 64 bytes.
.
Files with an .mp3 or .wma file extension.
.
AAC files stored on an iPod.
.
FAT16
.
FAT32
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Using the Navigation Audio System to
Control a USB Storage Device or iPod®
The navigation audio system can control a USB storage
device or an iPod by using the radio touch screens and
steering wheel controls.
1. Touch the AUX buttton and then the USB button.
4. Select an Artist, Album, or Track from that list.
5. Touch the up or down arrows located on the side of
the screen to select one item at a time, or touch
the top or bottom arrow to jump 10 percent up or
down the list.
6. Touch the Back button to go back to the previous
screen.
2. Press center screen button to enter the music
navigator main screen.
3. Touch or tap the left or right arrow to select desired
Category such as: Artist, Album, Genre, etc. A list
of that category will display.
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7. Touch the Exit button to go back to the main audio
screen.
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8. Touch the left or right arrow to select desired
Category such as: Artist, Album, Genre, etc. A list
of that category will display.
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A warning message will display for a few seconds.
The iPod or USB storage device should not be pulled
out from the USB dock. To safely remove it, touch Eject.
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Care of Your CDs and DVDs
If playing recorded media such as a CD or DVD, the
sound quality may be reduced due to CD or DVD
quality, the method of recording, the quality of the music
that has been recorded, recording speed, max media
recording speed, and the way the CD or DVD has been
handled. There may be an increase in skipping,
difficulty in finding tracks, and/or difficulty in loading and
ejecting. If these problems occur, check the bottom
surface of the CD or DVD. If the surface is damaged,
such as cracked, broken, or scratched, it will not play
properly. If the surface is soiled, see “Care of Your CDs
and DVDs” in the Index of the vehicle's owner manual.
A message to safely remove the device displays.
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If there is no apparent damage, try a known good CD
or DVD.
Notice: If a label is added to a CD or DVD, or more
than one CD or DVD is inserted into the slot at a
time, or an attempt is made to play scratched or
damaged CDs or DVDs, the player could be
damaged. While using the CD or DVD player, use
only CDs or DVDs in good condition without any
label, load one CD or DVD at a time, and keep the
player and the loading slot free of foreign materials,
liquids, and debris.
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Do not add any label to a CD or DVD, it could get
caught in the player. If a CD or DVD is recorded on a
personal computer and a description label is needed, try
labeling the top of the recorded CD or DVD with a soft
marker.
Auxiliary Devices
The vehicle may have a rear entertainment system
(RSE) with a second and third row screen. The RSE
has audio adapters to allow you to connect auxiliary
devices. The audio can be heard through the speakers
or through the wireless or wired headphones. See
“Audio/Video Jacks” under, Rear Seat Entertainment
(RSE) System (Overhead) on page 4‑78 or Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System (Headrest DVD) on
page 4‑87 for more information.
Drivers are encouraged to set up any auxiliary device
while the vehicle is in P (Park). See Defensive Driving
on page 6‑2 for more information on driver distraction.
To switch the RSE system to use an auxiliary device:
1. Connect the auxiliary device to the RSE system,
for the second or third row.
2. Press the AUDIO key then press the AUDIO key
repeatedly until AUX (auxiliary) is selected or touch
the AUX screen button. An auxiliary device must
be connected for the AUX screen button to appear
as an option to select.
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3. For the second row display select the Rear AUX
screen button next to Rear Display 1 and for the
third row display select the Rear AUX screen
button next to Rear Display 2. Each screen works
independently of the other. The second row screen
can watch a DVD while the third row screen can
use the auxiliary device.
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To use voice recognition, do the following:
1. Push and hold the
SRCE button on the
steering wheel until
you hear a beep. The
audio system mutes.
The rear seat passengers can also use the remote
control to change the functions of the RSE. See Rear
Seat Entertainment (RSE) System (Overhead) on
page 4‑78 or Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
(Headrest DVD) on page 4‑87 for more information.
Voice Recognition
The navigation system's voice recognition allows for
hands-free operation of the navigation system, audio
system, and OnStar® features. The DVD map disc
must be installed in the navigation system for voice
recognition to work. See “Installing the DVD Map Disc”
under Maps on page 5‑14 for more information.
Voice recognition can be used when the ignition is on or
when Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See
“Retained Accessory Power (RAP)” in the Index of your
vehicle's owner manual for more information.
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2. Clearly state one of the commands listed on the
following pages.
Helpful Hints for Stating Commands
.
When a multiple command is available, choose the
command that works best.
.
Words that are in brackets are optional. For
example, for the command Radio [band] [select]
FM, stating Radio FM or Radio select FM are both
valid commands.
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When the system recognizes the command the
system does one of the following:
Voice Recognition Commands
‐ Perform the function.
The following list shows all of the voice commands
available for the navigation system with a brief
description of each. The commands are listed with the
optional words in brackets. To use the voice commands,
refer to the instructions listed previously.
‐ Ask you to confirm your choice.
‐ Issue an error message “Did not recognize.
Voice Recognition Canceled.”
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If you experience difficulty with the system
recognizing a command, try saying it more softly,
and wait for a few seconds after the beep,
or repeat the command.
Background noise may cause voice commands to
be misunderstood, including airflow noise
from wind.
To use the voice recognition system, the map DVD
must be loaded and the navigation system must
be on.
This system is able to recognize commands in three
different languages. The system only recognizes
commands based on the language selected from the
Driver Information Center (DIC). See DIC Vehicle
Customization on page 4‑58 for more information.
Voice Tag Commands
The following are voice tag commands that can be
accessed by clearly stating the commands exactly as
they are written. There are up to 40 voice tag entries for
destinations.
Navigation go to [destination], navigation select:
These commands instruct the system to select a
destination saved under the voice tag you have stored.
The system prompts for a destination name then waits
for you to state the name.
If not currently driving on a route, the system
automatically creates the voice tag destination as
the final destination. If driving on a route, the system
automatically creates the voice tag destination as a
stopover. Up to three stopovers can be created.
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Storing Voice Tags
Radio Commands
From the address book entry information page, press
the Add Voice tag screen button. The system responds
“Name Please?” and you will have four seconds to
record a name. The system asks for confirmation of the
name before saving it as a voice tag.
The following are radio commands that can be
accessed by clearly stating the commands exactly as
they are written.
Navigation Help
Navigation Help: This command instructs the system
to assist with navigation commands.
Display Commands
Use the following display commands to set the
display mode.
Display [set] day [mode]: Sets the display to
daytime mode.
Display [set] night [mode]: Sets the display to
night mode.
Display [set] auto [mode]: Sets the display to
automatic mode. The system changes between day
and night mode automatically.
System help: Instructs the system to assist with
display commands.
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Radio [band] [select] AM, radio [band] [select] FM,
radio [band] [select] XM, radio [band] [select]
satellite: Instructs the system to go to either the AM,
FM, or XM (if equipped).
Radio [select] (frequency) AM, radio [select]
(frequency) FM: Instructs the system to go to a specific
frequency on either AM or FM.
Radio [select] (channel) XM, radio [select] (channel)
satellite: Instructs the system to go to a specific
channel on the XM™ band (if equipped).
Radio help: Instructs the system to assist with radio
commands.
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CD Commands
Auxiliary Commands
The following are CD, MP3, and DVD commands that
can be accessed by clearly stating the commands
exactly as they are written.
The following auxiliary commands can be accessed
by clearly stating the commands exactly as they are
written. The commands are available when the auxiliary
source is available.
CD, DVD, Disc: Use this command to select a CD,
DVD, or disc that is currently loaded.
CD, DVD, Disc, [select] track (one, two, three, etc.):
Instructs the system to select a specific track number.
CD, DVD, Disc select next folder: Use this command
to select the next folder on the MP3 or audio DVD.
Aux, Auxiliary: Use this command to select the
auxiliary device, when a device is connected.
Voice Help
Voice help: Provides a description of help commands
that can be used.
CD, DVD, Disc select previous folder: Use this
command to select the previous folder on the MP3 or
audio DVD.
CD help, DVD help, Disc help: Instructs the system to
assist with CD and DVD commands.
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Section 6
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Driving Your Vehicle
Your Driving, the Road, and the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Drunk Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Antilock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Braking in Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Magnetic Ride Control™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Road Sensing Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Locking Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Off-Road Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
Driving at Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Before Leaving on a Long Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice,
or Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recovery Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recreational Vehicle Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Level Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Autoride® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing a Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Your Driving, the Road, and the
Vehicle
Defensive Driving
Defensive driving means “always expect the
unexpected.” The first step in driving defensively is to
wear your safety belt — See Safety Belts: They Are for
Everyone on page 2‑26.
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Assume that other road users (pedestrians,
bicyclists, and other drivers) are going to be
careless and make mistakes. Anticipate what they
might do and be ready. In addition:
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Allow enough following distance between you
and the driver in front of you.
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Focus on the task of driving.
Driver distraction can cause collisions resulting in
injury or possible death. These simple defensive
driving techniques could save your life.
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Drunk Driving
{ WARNING:
Drinking and then driving is very dangerous. Your
reflexes, perceptions, attentiveness, and judgment
can be affected by even a small amount of
alcohol. You can have a serious — or even
fatal — collision if you drive after drinking. Do not
drink and drive or ride with a driver who has been
drinking. Ride home in a cab; or if you are with a
group, designate a driver who will not drink.
Death and injury associated with drinking and driving is
a global tragedy.
Alcohol affects four things that anyone needs to drive a
vehicle: judgment, muscular coordination, vision, and
attentiveness.
Police records show that almost 40 percent of all motor
vehicle-related deaths involve alcohol. In most cases,
these deaths are the result of someone who was
drinking and driving. In recent years, more than
17,000 annual motor vehicle-related deaths have
been associated with the use of alcohol, with about
250,000 people injured.
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For persons under 21, it is against the law in every
U.S. state to drink alcohol. There are good medical,
psychological, and developmental reasons for
these laws.
The obvious way to eliminate the leading highway
safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol and
then drive.
Medical research shows that alcohol in a person's
system can make crash injuries worse, especially
injuries to the brain, spinal cord, or heart. This means
that when anyone who has been drinking — driver or
passenger — is in a crash, that person's chance of
being killed or permanently disabled is higher than if the
person had not been drinking.
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Control of a Vehicle
The following three systems help to control the vehicle
while driving — brakes, steering, and accelerator. At
times, as when driving on snow or ice, it is easy to ask
more of those control systems than the tires and road
can provide. Meaning, you can lose control of the
vehicle. See StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6.
Adding non‐dealer/non‐retailer accessories can affect
vehicle performance. See Accessories and
Modifications on page 7‑4.
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Braking
See Brake System Warning Light on page 4‑33.
Braking action involves perception time and reaction
time. Deciding to push the brake pedal is perception
time. Actually doing it is reaction time.
Average reaction time is about three‐fourths of a
second. But that is only an average. It might be less
with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or
more with another. Age, physical condition, alertness,
coordination, and eyesight all play a part. So do alcohol,
drugs, and frustration. But even in three‐fourths of a
second, a vehicle moving at 100 km/h (60 mph) travels
20 m (66 feet). That could be a lot of distance in an
emergency, so keeping enough space between the
vehicle and others is important.
And, of course, actual stopping distances vary greatly
with the surface of the road, whether it is pavement or
gravel; the condition of the road, whether it is wet, dry,
or icy; tire tread; the condition of the brakes; the weight
of the vehicle; and the amount of brake force applied.
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Avoid needless heavy braking. Some people drive in
spurts, heavy acceleration followed by heavy braking,
rather than keeping pace with traffic. This is a mistake.
The brakes might not have time to cool between hard
stops. The brakes will wear out much faster with a lot
of heavy braking. Keeping pace with the traffic and
allowing realistic following distances eliminates a lot of
unnecessary braking. That means better braking and
longer brake life.
If the engine ever stops while the vehicle is being
driven, brake normally but do not pump the brakes.
If the brakes are pumped, the pedal could get harder to
push down. If the engine stops, there will still be some
power brake assist but it will be used when the brake is
applied. Once the power assist is used up, it can take
longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder
to push.
Adding non‐dealer/non‐retailer accessories can affect
vehicle performance. See Accessories and
Modifications on page 7‑4.
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Antilock Brake System (ABS)
This vehicle has the Antilock Brake System (ABS), an
advanced electronic braking system that helps prevent
a braking skid.
When the engine is started and the vehicle begins to
drive away, ABS checks itself. A momentary motor or
clicking noise might be heard while this test is going on.
This is normal.
If there is a problem with
ABS, this warning light
stays on. See Antilock
Brake System (ABS)
Warning Light on
page 4‑34.
Along with ABS, the vehicle has a Dynamic Rear
Proportioning (DRP) system. If there is a DRP problem,
both the brake and ABS warning lights come on
accompanied by a 10‐second chime. The lights and
chime will come on each time the ignition is turned on
until the problem is repaired. See your dealer for
service.
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Let us say the road is wet and you are driving safely.
Suddenly, an animal jumps out in front of you. You slam
on the brakes and continue braking. Here is what
happens with ABS:
A computer senses that the wheels are slowing down.
If one of the wheels is about to stop rolling, the
computer will separately work the brakes at each front
wheel and at both rear wheels.
ABS can change the brake pressure to each wheel, as
required, faster than any driver could. This can help the
driver steer around the obstacle while braking hard.
As the brakes are applied, the computer keeps
receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking
pressure accordingly.
Remember: ABS does not change the time needed to
get a foot up to the brake pedal or always decrease
stopping distance. If you get too close to the vehicle in
front of you, there will not be enough time to apply the
brakes if that vehicle suddenly slows or stops. Always
leave enough room up ahead to stop, even with ABS.
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Using ABS
StabiliTrak® System
Do not pump the brakes. Just hold the brake pedal
down firmly and let antilock work. The brakes might
vibrate or some noise might be heard, but this is
normal.
The vehicle has a vehicle stability enhancement system
called StabiliTrak. It is an advanced computer controlled
system that assists the driver with directional control of
the vehicle in difficult driving conditions.
Braking in Emergencies
StabiliTrak activates when the computer senses a
discrepancy between the intended path and the
direction the vehicle is actually traveling. StabiliTrak
selectively applies braking pressure at any one of the
vehicle's brakes to assist the driver with keeping the
vehicle on the intended path.
ABS allows the driver to steer and brake at the same
time. In many emergencies, steering can help more
than even the very best braking.
Brake Assist
This vehicle has a Brake Assist feature designed to
assist the driver in stopping or decreasing vehicle
speed in emergency driving conditions. This feature
uses the stability system hydraulic brake control module
to supplement the power brake system under conditions
where the driver has quickly and forcefully applied the
brake pedal in an attempt to quickly stop or slow down
the vehicle. The stability system hydraulic brake control
module increases brake pressure at each corner of the
vehicle until the ABS activates. Minor brake pedal
pulsations or pedal movement during this time is normal
and the driver should continue to apply the brake pedal
as the driving situation dictates The Brake Assist
feature will automatically disengage when the brake
pedal is released or brake pedal pressure is quickly
decreased.
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When the vehicle is started and begins to move, the
system performs several diagnostic checks to insure
there are no problems. The system may be heard or felt
while it is working. This is normal and does not mean
there is a problem with the vehicle. The system should
initialize before the vehicle reaches 20 mph (32 km/h).
In some cases, it may take approximately two miles of
driving before the system initializes.
If cruise control is being used when StabiliTrak
activates, the cruise control automatically disengages.
The cruise control can be re-engaged when road
conditions allow. See Cruise Control on page 4‑8.
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If the system fails to turn on or activate, the StabiliTrak
light along with one of the following messages will be
displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC):
TRACTION CONTROL OFF, SERVICE TRACTION
CONTROL, STABILITRAK OFF, SERVICE
STABILITRAK. If these DIC messages appear, make
sure the StabiliTrak system has not been turned off
using the StabiliTrak on/off button. Then turn the vehicle
off, wait 15 seconds, and then turn it back on again to
reset the system. If any of these messages still appear
on the Driver Information Center (DIC), the vehicle
should be taken in for service. For more information on
the DIC messages, see Driver Information Center (DIC)
on page 4‑41.
The StabiliTrak light will
flash on the instrument
panel cluster when the
system is both on and
activated.
The system may be heard or felt while it is working; this
is normal.
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The traction control
disable button is located
on the instrument panel
below the climate
controls.
The traction control part of StabiliTrak can be turned
off by pressing and releasing the StabiliTrak button if
both systems (traction control and StabiliTrak) were
previously on. To disable both traction control and
StabiliTrak, press and hold the button for five seconds.
Traction control and StabiliTrak can be turned on by
pressing and releasing the StabiliTrak button if not
automatically shut off for any other reason.
When the TCS or StabiliTrak system is turned off,
the StabiliTrak light and the appropriate TCS off or
StabiliTrak off message will be displayed on the DIC to
warn the driver. The vehicle will still have brake-traction
control when traction control is off, but will not be able
to use the engine speed management system. See
“Traction Control Operation” next for more information.
When the traction control system has been turned off,
system noises may still be heard as a result of the
brake-traction control coming on.
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It is recommended to leave the system on for normal
driving conditions, but it may be necessary to turn the
system off if the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, ice or
snow, and you want to “rock” the vehicle to attempt to
free it. It may also be necessary to turn off the system
when driving in extreme off-road conditions where high
wheel spin is required. See If Your Vehicle is Stuck in
Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow on page 6‑30.
Notice: If the wheel(s) of one axle is allowed to spin
excessively while the StabiliTrak®, ABS, brake
warning lights, and any relevant DIC messages are
displayed, the transfer case could be damaged.
The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Reduce engine power and do not spin the
wheel(s) excessively while these lights and
messages are displayed.
Traction Control Operation
The traction control system may activate on dry or
rough roads or under conditions such as heavy
acceleration while turning or abrupt upshifts/downshifts
of the transmission. When this happens, a reduction in
acceleration may be noticed, or a noise or vibration may
be heard. This is normal.
The traction control system is part of the StabiliTrak
system. Traction control limits wheel spin by
reducing engine power to the wheels (engine speed
management) and by applying brakes to each individual
wheel (brake-traction control) as necessary.
The traction control system is enabled automatically
when the vehicle is started. It will activate and the
StabiliTrak light will flash if it senses that any of the
wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction while
driving. If traction control is turned off, only the
brake-traction control portion of traction control will
work. The engine speed management will be disabled.
In this mode, engine power is not reduced automatically
and the driven wheels can spin more freely. This can
cause the brake-traction control to activate constantly.
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If cruise control is being used when the system
activates, the StabiliTrak light will flash and cruise
control will automatically disengage. Cruise control may
be reengaged when road conditions allow. See Cruise
Control on page 4‑8.
StabiliTrak may also turn off automatically if it
determines that a problem exists with the system. If the
problem does not clear itself after restarting the vehicle,
see your dealer for service.
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Magnetic Ride Control™
The vehicle may have the MagneRide control system.
MagneRide constantly checks speed, wheel position,
lift/dive and steering of the vehicle. The damping force
for each shock absorber and adjustment level is chosen
for the best ride and handling.
MagneRide also works with the tow/haul switch that,
when engaged, will provide more firmness from the
shock absorbers. This added control gives better ride
and handling when carrying heavy loads or towing a
trailer. See Tow/Haul Mode on page 3‑36 for more
information.
Road Sensing Suspension
The Road Sensing Suspension (RSS) feature provides
superior vehicle ride and handling under a variety of
passenger and loading conditions.
The system is fully automatic and uses a computer
controller to continuously monitor vehicle speed, wheel
to body position, lift/dive and steering position of the
vehicle. The controller then sends signals to each shock
absorber to independently adjust the damping level to
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RSS also interacts with the tow/haul mode that, when
engaged, will provide additional control of the shock
absorbers. This additional control results in better ride
and handling characteristics when the vehicle is loaded
or towing a trailer. See “Tow/Haul Mode” under Towing a
Trailer on page 6‑42.
Locking Rear Axle
Vehicles with a locking rear axle can give more traction
on snow, mud, ice, sand or gravel. It works like a
standard axle most of the time, but when traction is low,
this feature will allow the rear wheel with the most
traction to move the vehicle.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System
If the vehicle has this feature, engine power is sent to
all four wheels when extra traction is needed. This is
like four-wheel drive, but there is no separate lever or
switch to engage or disengage the front axle. It is fully
automatic, and adjusts itself as needed for road
conditions.
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see “Four-Wheel
Drive” in the Two-mode Hybrid Supplement.
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Steering
Steering in Emergencies
Power Steering
There are times when steering can be more effective
than braking. For example, you come over a hill and
find a truck stopped in your lane, or a car suddenly pulls
out from nowhere, or a child darts out from between
parked cars and stops right in front of you. These
problems can be avoided by braking — if you can
stop in time. But sometimes you cannot stop in time
because there is no room. That is the time for evasive
action — steering around the problem.
If the vehicle is a Two‐mode Hybrid, see the Two‐mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
If power steering assist is lost because the engine stops
or the system is not functioning, the vehicle can be
steered but it will take more effort.
Steering Tips
It is important to take curves at a reasonable speed.
Traction in a curve depends on the condition of the tires
and the road surface, the angle at which the curve is
banked, and vehicle speed. While in a curve, speed is
the one factor that can be controlled.
If there is a need to reduce speed, do it before entering
the curve, while the front wheels are straight.
Try to adjust the speed so you can drive through the
curve. Maintain a reasonable, steady speed. Wait to
accelerate until out of the curve, and then accelerate
gently into the straightaway.
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The vehicle can perform very well in emergencies
like these. First, apply the brakes. See Braking on
page 6‑4. It is better to remove as much speed as
possible from a collision. Then steer around the
problem, to the left or right depending on the space
available.
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Off-Road Recovery
The vehicle's right wheels can drop off the edge of a
road onto the shoulder while driving.
An emergency like this requires close attention and a
quick decision. If holding the steering wheel at the
recommended 9 and 3 o'clock positions, it can be
turned a full 180 degrees very quickly without removing
either hand. But you have to act fast, steer quickly, and
just as quickly straighten the wheel once you have
avoided the object.
The fact that such emergency situations are always
possible is a good reason to practice defensive driving
at all times and wear safety belts properly.
If the level of the shoulder is only slightly below the
pavement, recovery should be fairly easy. Ease off the
accelerator and then, if there is nothing in the way, steer
so that the vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement.
Turn the steering wheel 8 to 13 cm (3 to 5 inches),
about one-eighth turn, until the right front tire contacts
the pavement edge. Then turn the steering wheel to go
straight down the roadway.
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Passing
Skidding
Passing another vehicle on a two-lane road can be
dangerous. To reduce the risk of danger while passing:
In a skid, a driver can lose control of the vehicle.
Defensive drivers avoid most skids by taking
reasonable care suited to existing conditions, and by
not overdriving those conditions. But skids are always
possible.
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Look down the road, to the sides, and to
crossroads for situations that might affect a
successful pass. If in doubt, wait.
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Watch for traffic signs, pavement markings, and
lines that could indicate a turn or an intersection.
Never cross a solid or double‐solid line on your
side of the lane.
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Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to
pass. Doing so can reduce your visibility.
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Wait your turn to pass a slow vehicle.
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When you are being passed, ease to the right.
Loss of Control
Let us review what driving experts say about what
happens when the three control systems — brakes,
steering, and acceleration — do not have enough
friction where the tires meet the road to do what the
driver has asked.
In any emergency, do not give up. Keep trying to steer
and constantly seek an escape route or area of less
danger.
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The three types of skids correspond to the vehicle's
three control systems. In the braking skid, the wheels
are not rolling. In the steering or cornering skid, too
much speed or steering in a curve causes tires to slip
and lose cornering force. And in the acceleration skid,
too much throttle causes the driving wheels to spin.
Remember: Any traction control system helps avoid
only the acceleration skid. If the traction control system
is off, then an acceleration skid is best handled by
easing your foot off the accelerator pedal.
If the vehicle starts to slide, ease your foot off the
accelerator pedal and quickly steer the way you want
the vehicle to go. If you start steering quickly enough,
the vehicle may straighten out. Always be ready for a
second skid if it occurs.
Of course, traction is reduced when water, snow, ice,
gravel, or other material is on the road. For safety, slow
down and adjust your driving to these conditions. It is
important to slow down on slippery surfaces because
stopping distance will be longer and vehicle control
more limited.
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While driving on a surface with reduced traction, try
your best to avoid sudden steering, acceleration,
or braking, including reducing vehicle speed by shifting
to a lower gear. Any sudden changes could cause the
tires to slide. You may not realize the surface is slippery
until the vehicle is skidding. Learn to recognize warning
clues — such as enough water, ice, or packed snow on
the road to make a mirrored surface — and slow down
when you have any doubt.
Remember: Antilock brakes help avoid only the
braking skid.
Off-Road Driving
Vehicles with all‐wheel drive can be used for off‐road
driving. Vehicles without all‐wheel drive and vehicles
with 22‐inch tire/wheel assemblies should not be driven
off-road except on a level, solid surface.
Many of the vehicle design features that help make the
vehicle more responsive on paved roads during poor
weather conditions also help make it better suited for
off‐road use than conventional passenger vehicles. The
vehicle does not have features usually thought to be
necessary for extended or severe off‐road use such as
special underbody shielding and transfer case low gear
range.
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The airbag system is designed to work properly under a
wide range of conditions, including off‐road usage.
Always wear your safety belt and observe safe driving
speeds, especially on rough terrain.
Drinking and driving can be very dangerous on any
road and this is certainly true for off-road driving. At the
very time you need special alertness and driving skills,
your reflexes, perceptions, and judgment can be
affected by even a small amount of alcohol. You could
have a serious — or even fatal — accident if you drink
and drive or ride with a driver who has been drinking.
Off-roading can be great fun but has some definite
hazards. The greatest of these is the terrain itself. When
off-road driving, traffic lanes are not marked, curves are
not banked, and there are no road signs. Surfaces can
be slippery, rough, uphill, or downhill.
Avoid sharp turns and abrupt maneuvers. Failure to
operate the vehicle correctly off‐road could result in loss
of vehicle control or vehicle rollover.
Off-roading involves some new skills. That is why it is
very important that you read these driving tips and
suggestions to help make off-road driving safer and
more enjoyable.
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Before You Go Off-Roading
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Have all necessary maintenance and service
work done.
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Make sure there is enough fuel, that fluid levels are
where they should be, and that the spare tire, if the
vehicle has one, is fully inflated.
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Be sure to read all the information about
all-wheel-drive vehicles in this manual.
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Make sure all underbody shields, if the vehicle has
them, are properly attached.
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Know the local laws that apply to off-roading where
you will be driving or check with law enforcement
people in the area.
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Be sure to get the necessary permission if you will
be on private land.
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If you think you will need some more ground clearance
at the front of your vehicle, you can remove the front
fascia lower air dam. The air dam is held in place by
two bolts and 10 snaps accessible from underneath the
front fascia.
To remove the air dam:
1. Remove the two outboard air dam bolts.
2. With a flat‐blade tool, disengage the snaps.
3. After the bolts are removed and the snaps are
disengaged, push forward on the air dam until it
is free.
Notice: Operating your vehicle for extended periods
without the front fascia lower air dam installed can
cause improper air flow to the engine. Always be
sure to replace the front fascia air dam when you
are finished off-road driving.
After off-roading, be sure to reinstall the air dam:
1. Line up the snaps and push the air dam rearward
to engage the snaps.
2. Install the two outboard bolts.
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Loading Your Vehicle for Off-Road
Driving
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There are some important things to remember about
how to load your vehicle.
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The heaviest things should be on the floor, forward
of the rear axle. Put heavier items as far forward
as you can.
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Be sure the load is properly secured, so things are
not tossed around.
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Cargo on the load floor piled higher than the
seatbacks can be thrown forward during a
sudden stop. You or your passengers could
be injured. Keep cargo below the top of the
seatbacks.
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Unsecured cargo on the load floor can be
tossed about when driving over rough terrain.
You or your passengers can be struck by
flying objects. Secure the cargo properly.
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Heavy loads on the roof raise the vehicle's
center of gravity, making it more likely to roll
over. You can be seriously or fatally injured if
the vehicle rolls over. Put heavy loads inside
the cargo area, not on the roof. Keep cargo in
the cargo area as far forward and low as
possible.
You will find other important information under Loading
the Vehicle on page 6‑32 and Tires on page 7‑58.
Environmental Concerns
Off-road driving can provide wholesome and satisfying
recreation. However, it also raises environmental
concerns. We recognize these concerns and urge every
off-roader to follow these basic rules for protecting the
environment:
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Always use established trails, roads, and areas
that have been specially set aside for public
off-road recreational driving and obey all posted
regulations.
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Avoid any driving practice that could damage
shrubs, flowers, trees, or grasses or disturb
wildlife. This includes wheel-spinning, breaking
down trees, or unnecessary driving through
streams or over soft ground.
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Always carry a litter bag and make sure all refuse
is removed from any campsite before leaving.
Getting Familiar with Off-Road Driving
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Take extreme care with open fires (where
permitted), camp stoves, and lanterns.
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Never park your vehicle over dry grass or other
combustible materials that could catch fire from the
heat of the vehicle's exhaust system.
It is a good idea to practice in an area that is safe and
close to home before you go into the wilderness.
Off-roading requires some new and different skills.
Traveling to Remote Areas
It makes sense to plan your trip, especially when going
to a remote area. Know the terrain and plan your route.
Get accurate maps of trails and terrain. Check to see if
there are any blocked or closed roads.
It is also a good idea to travel with at least one other
vehicle in case something happens to one of them.
For vehicles with a winch, be sure to read the winch
instructions. In a remote area, a winch can be handy if
you get stuck but you will want to know how to use it
properly.
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Tune your senses to different kinds of signals.
Your eyes need to constantly sweep the terrain for
unexpected obstacles. Your ears need to listen for
unusual tire or engine sounds. Use your arms, hands,
feet, and body to respond to vibrations and vehicle
bounce.
Controlling the vehicle is the key to successful off-road
driving. One of the best ways to control the vehicle is to
control the speed. At higher speeds:
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You approach things faster and have less time to
react.
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There is less time to scan the terrain for obstacles.
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The vehicle has more bounce when driving over
obstacles.
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More braking distance is needed, especially on an
unpaved surface.
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Some things to consider:
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When you are driving off-road, bouncing and
quick changes in direction can easily throw you
out of position. This could cause you to lose
control and crash. So, whether you are driving on
or off the road, you and your passengers should
wear safety belts.
Scanning the Terrain
Off-road driving can take you over many different kinds
of terrain. Be familiar with the terrain and its many
different features.
Surface Conditions: Off-roading surfaces can be
hard-packed dirt, gravel, rocks, grass, sand, mud, snow,
or ice. Each of these surfaces affects the vehicle's
steering, acceleration, and braking in different ways.
Depending on the surface, slipping, sliding, wheel
spinning, delayed acceleration, poor traction, and longer
braking distances can occur.
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Is the path ahead clear?
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Will the surface texture change abruptly up ahead?
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Does the travel take you uphill or downhill?
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Will you have to stop suddenly or change direction
quickly?
When driving over obstacles or rough terrain, keep a
firm grip on the steering wheel. Ruts, troughs, or other
surface features can jerk the wheel out of your hands.
When driving over bumps, rocks, or other obstacles, the
wheels can leave the ground. If this happens, even with
one or two wheels, you cannot control the vehicle as
well or at all.
Because you will be on an unpaved surface, it is
especially important to avoid sudden acceleration,
sudden turns, or sudden braking.
Off-roading requires a different kind of alertness from
driving on paved roads and highways. There are no
road signs, posted speed limits, or signal lights. Use
good judgment about what is safe and what is not.
Surface Obstacles: Unseen or hidden obstacles can
be hazardous. A rock, log, hole, rut, or bump can startle
you if you are not prepared for them. Often these
obstacles are hidden by grass, bushes, snow, or even
the rise and fall of the terrain itself.
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Driving on Hills
Off-road driving often takes you up, down, or across a
hill. Driving safely on hills requires good judgment and
an understanding of what the vehicle can and cannot
do. There are some hills that simply cannot be driven,
no matter how well built the vehicle.
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Many hills are simply too steep for any vehicle.
If you drive up them, you will stall. If you drive
down them, you cannot control your speed. If you
drive across them, you will roll over. You could be
seriously injured or killed. If you have any doubt
about the steepness, do not drive the hill.
Approaching a Hill
When you approach a hill, decide if it is too steep to
climb, descend, or cross. Steepness can be hard to
judge. On a very small hill, for example, there may be a
smooth, constant incline with only a small change in
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elevation where you can easily see all the way to the
top. On a large hill, the incline may get steeper as you
near the top, but you might not see this because the
crest of the hill is hidden by bushes, grass, or shrubs.
Consider this as you approach a hill:
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Is there a constant incline, or does the hill get
sharply steeper in places?
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Is there good traction on the hillside, or will the
surface cause tire slipping?
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Is there a straight path up or down the hill so you
will not have to make turning maneuvers?
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Are there obstructions on the hill that can block
your path, such as boulders, trees, logs, or ruts?
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What is beyond the hill? Is there a cliff, an
embankment, a drop-off, a fence? Get out and
walk the hill if you do not know. It is the smart way
to find out.
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Is the hill simply too rough? Steep hills often have
ruts, gullies, troughs, and exposed rocks because
they are more susceptible to the effects of erosion.
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Driving Uphill
Once you decide it is safe to drive up the hill:
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Use a low gear and get a firm grip on the steering
wheel.
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Get a smooth start up the hill and try to maintain
speed. Not using more power than needed can
avoid spinning the wheels or sliding.
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Attach a flag to the vehicle to be more visible to
approaching traffic on trails or hills.
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Sound the horn as you approach the top of the hill
to let opposing traffic know you are there.
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Use headlamps even during the day to make the
vehicle more visible to oncoming traffic.
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Turning or driving across steep hills can be
dangerous. You could lose traction, slide
sideways, and possibly roll over. You could be
seriously injured or killed. When driving up hills,
always try to go straight up.
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Try to drive straight up the hill if at all possible.
If the path twists and turns, you might want to find
another route.
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Ease up on the speed as you approach the top of
the hill.
Driving to the top (crest) of a hill at full speed can
cause an accident. There could be a drop-off,
embankment, cliff, or even another vehicle. You
could be seriously injured or killed. As you near
the top of a hill, slow down and stay alert.
If the vehicle stalls, or is about to stall, and you cannot
make it up the hill:
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Push the brake pedal to stop the vehicle and keep
it from rolling backwards and apply the parking
brake.
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If the engine is still running, shift the transmission
to R (Reverse), release the parking brake, and
slowly back down the hill in R (Reverse).
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If the engine has stopped running, you need to
restart it. With the brake pedal pressed and the
parking brake still applied, shift the transmission
to P (Park) and restart the engine. Then, shift to
R (Reverse), release the parking brake, and slowly
back down the hill as straight as possible in
R (Reverse).
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While backing down the hill, put your left hand
on the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position so
you can tell if the wheels are straight and can
maneuver as you back down. It is best to back
down the hill with the wheels straight rather than in
the left or right direction. Turning the wheel too far
to the left or right will increase the possibility of a
rollover.
Things not to do if the vehicle stalls, or is about to stall,
when going up a hill:
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Never attempt to prevent a stall by shifting into
N (Neutral) to rev-up the engine and regain forward
momentum. This will not work. The vehicle can roll
backward very quickly and could go out of control.
Never try to turn around if about to stall when
going up a hill. If the hill is steep enough to stall
the vehicle, it is steep enough to cause it to roll
over. If you cannot make it up the hill, back straight
down the hill.
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If, after stalling, you try to back down the hill and decide
you just cannot do it, set the parking brake, put your
transmission in P (Park), and turn off the engine. Leave
the vehicle and go get some help. Exit on the uphill side
and stay clear of the path the vehicle would take if it
rolled downhill.
Driving Downhill
When off-roading takes you downhill, consider:
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How steep is the downhill? Will I be able to
maintain vehicle control?
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What is the surface like? Smooth? Rough?
Slippery? Hard-packed dirt? Gravel?
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Are there hidden surface obstacles? Ruts? Logs?
Boulders?
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What is at the bottom of the hill? Is there a hidden
creek bank or even a river bottom with large
rocks?
If you decide you can go down a hill safely, try to keep
the vehicle headed straight down. Use a low gear so
engine drag can help the brakes so they do not have to
do all the work. Descend slowly, keeping the vehicle
under control at all times.
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Heavy braking when going down a hill can cause
your brakes to overheat and fade. This could
cause loss of control and a serious accident.
Apply the brakes lightly when descending a hill
and use a low gear to keep vehicle speed under
control.
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Vehicles are much more likely to stall when going uphill,
but if it happens when going downhill:
1. Stop the vehicle by applying the regular brakes
and apply the parking brake.
2. Shift to P (Park) and, while still braking, restart the
engine.
3. Shift back to a low gear, release the parking brake,
and drive straight down.
4. If the engine will not start, get out and get help.
Things not to do when driving down a hill:
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When driving downhill, avoid turns that take you
across the incline of the hill. A hill that is not too
steep to drive down might be too steep to drive
across. The vehicle could roll over.
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Never go downhill with the transmission in
N (Neutral), called free-wheeling. The brakes will
have to do all the work and could overheat
and fade.
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Driving Across an Incline
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Surface conditions can be a problem. Loose
gravel, muddy spots, or even wet grass can cause
the tires to slip sideways, downhill. If the vehicle
slips sideways, it can hit something that will trip
it — a rock, a rut, etc. — and roll over.
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Hidden obstacles can make the steepness of the
incline even worse. If you drive across a rock with
the uphill wheels, or if the downhill wheels drop
into a rut or depression, the vehicle can tilt
even more.
An off-road trail will probably go across the incline of a
hill. To decide whether to try to drive across the incline,
consider the following:
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Driving across an incline that is too steep will
make your vehicle roll over. You could be
seriously injured or killed. If you have any doubt
about the steepness of the incline, do not drive
across it. Find another route instead.
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A hill that can be driven straight up or down
might be too steep to drive across. When going
straight up or down a hill, the length of the wheel
base — the distance from the front wheels to the
rear wheels — reduces the likelihood the vehicle
will tumble end over end. But when driving across
an incline, the narrower track width — the distance
between the left and right wheels — might not
prevent the vehicle from tilting and rolling over.
Driving across an incline puts more weight on the
downhill wheels which could cause a downhill slide
or a rollover.
For these reasons, carefully consider whether to try to
drive across an incline. Just because the trail goes
across the incline does not mean you have to drive it.
The last vehicle to try it might have rolled over.
If you feel the vehicle starting to slide sideways, turn
downhill. This should help straighten out the vehicle and
prevent the side slipping. The best way to prevent this
is to “walk the course” first, so you know what the
surface is like before driving it.
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Stalling on an Incline
{ WARNING:
Getting out on the downhill (low) side of a vehicle
stopped across an incline is dangerous. If the
vehicle rolls over, you could be crushed or killed.
Always get out on the uphill (high) side of the
vehicle and stay well clear of the rollover path.
If the vehicle stalls when crossing an incline, be sure
you, and any passengers, get out on the uphill side,
even if the door there is harder to open. If you get out
on the downhill side and the vehicle starts to roll over,
you will be right in its path.
If you have to walk down the slope, stay out of the path
the vehicle will take if it does roll over.
Driving in Mud, Sand, Snow, or Ice
When you drive in mud, snow, or sand, the wheels do
not get good traction. Acceleration is not as quick,
turning is more difficult, and braking distances are
longer.
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When driving on sand, wheel traction changes. On
loosely packed sand, such as on beaches or sand
dunes, the tires will tend to sink into the sand. This
affects steering, accelerating, and braking. Drive at a
reduced speed and avoid sharp turns or abrupt
maneuvers.
Hard packed snow and ice offer the worst tire traction.
On these surfaces, it is very easy to lose control. On
wet ice, for example, the traction is so poor that you will
have difficulty accelerating. And, if the vehicle does get
moving, poor steering and difficult braking can cause it
to slide out of control.
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Driving on frozen lakes, ponds, or rivers can be
dangerous. Underwater springs, currents under
the ice, or sudden thaws can weaken the ice. Your
vehicle could fall through the ice and you and your
passengers could drown. Drive your vehicle on
safe surfaces only.
It is best to use a low gear when in mud — the deeper
the mud, the lower the gear. In really deep mud, keep
the vehicle moving so it does not get stuck.
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Driving in Water
{ WARNING:
Driving through rushing water can be dangerous.
Deep water can sweep your vehicle downstream
and you and your passengers could drown. If it is
only shallow water, it can still wash away the
ground from under your tires, and you could lose
traction and roll the vehicle over. Do not drive
through rushing water.
Heavy rain can mean flash flooding, and flood waters
demand extreme caution.
Find out how deep the water is before driving through it.
Do not try it if it is deep enough to cover the wheel
hubs, axles, or exhaust pipe — you probably will not get
through. Deep water can damage the axle and other
vehicle parts.
If the water is not too deep, drive slowly through it. At
faster speeds, water splashes on the ignition system
and the vehicle can stall. Stalling can also occur if you
get the tailpipe under water. If the tailpipe is under
water, you will never be able to start the engine. When
going through water, remember that when the brakes
get wet, it might take longer to stop. See Driving in Rain
and on Wet Roads on page 6‑25.
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After Off-Road Driving
Remove any brush or debris that has collected
on the underbody, chassis, or under the hood.
These accumulations can be a fire hazard.
After operation in mud or sand, have the brake linings
cleaned and checked. These substances can cause
glazing and uneven braking. Check the body structure,
steering, suspension, wheels, tires, and exhaust system
for damage and check the fuel lines and cooling system
for any leakage.
The vehicle requires more frequent service due to
off-road use. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule for
additional information.
Driving at Night
Night driving is more dangerous than day driving
because some drivers are likely to be impaired — by
alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by
fatigue.
Night driving tips include:
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Drive defensively.
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Do not drink and drive.
.
Reduce headlamp glare by adjusting the inside
rearview mirror.
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Slow down and keep more space between you and
other vehicles because headlamps can only light
up so much road ahead.
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Watch for animals.
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When tired, pull off the road.
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Do not wear sunglasses.
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Avoid staring directly into approaching headlamps.
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Keep the windshield and all glass on your vehicle
clean — inside and out.
.
Keep your eyes moving, especially during turns or
curves.
No one can see as well at night as in the daytime.
But, as we get older, these differences increase.
A 50-year-old driver might need at least twice as much
light to see the same thing at night as a 20-year-old.
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Wet brakes can cause crashes. They might not
work as well in a quick stop and could cause
pulling to one side. You could lose control of the
vehicle.
After driving through a large puddle of water or a
car/vehicle wash, lightly apply the brake pedal
until the brakes work normally.
Flowing or rushing water creates strong forces.
Driving through flowing water could cause your
vehicle to be carried away. If this happens, you
and other vehicle occupants could drown. Do not
ignore police warnings and be very cautious about
trying to drive through flowing water.
Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
Rain and wet roads can reduce vehicle traction and
affect your ability to stop and accelerate. Always drive
slower in these types of driving conditions and avoid
driving through large puddles and deep‐standing or
flowing water.
Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is dangerous. Water can build up under
your vehicle's tires so they actually ride on the water.
This can happen if the road is wet enough and you are
going fast enough. When your vehicle is hydroplaning, it
has little or no contact with the road.
There is no hard and fast rule about hydroplaning.
The best advice is to slow down when the road is wet.
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Other Rainy Weather Tips
Besides slowing down, other wet weather driving tips
include:
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Tires: Are treads good? Are tires inflated to
recommended pressure?
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Weather and Maps: Safe to travel? Have
up-to-date maps?
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Allow extra following distance.
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Pass with caution.
Highway Hypnosis
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Keep windshield wiping equipment in good shape.
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Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir filled.
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Have good tires with proper tread depth. See Tires
on page 7‑58.
Always be alert and pay attention to your surroundings
while driving. If you become tired or sleepy, find a safe
place to park your vehicle and rest.
Other driving tips include:
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Keep the vehicle well ventilated.
.
Before Leaving on a Long Trip
Keep interior temperature cool.
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To prepare your vehicle for a long trip, consider having
it serviced by your dealer before departing.
Keep your eyes moving — scan the road ahead
and to the sides.
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Check the rearview mirror and vehicle instruments
often.
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Turn off cruise control.
Things to check on your own include:
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Windshield Washer Fluid: Reservoir full? Windows
clean — inside and outside?
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Wiper Blades: In good shape?
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Fuel, Engine Oil, Other Fluids: All levels checked?
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Lamps: Do they all work and are lenses clean?
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Hill and Mountain Roads
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Driving on steep hills or through mountains is different
than driving on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for driving in
these conditions include:
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Keep the vehicle serviced and in good shape.
.
Check all fluid levels and brakes, tires, cooling
system, and transmission.
.
Going down steep or long hills, shift to a
lower gear.
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If you do not shift down, the brakes could get so
hot that they would not work well. You would then
have poor braking or even none going down a hill.
You could crash. Shift down to let the engine
assist the brakes on a steep downhill slope.
Coasting downhill in N (Neutral) or with the
ignition off is dangerous. The brakes will have to
do all the work of slowing down and they could
get so hot that they would not work well. You
would then have poor braking or even none going
down a hill. You could crash. Always have the
engine running and the vehicle in gear when
going downhill.
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Stay in your own lane. Do not swing wide or cut
across the center of the road. Drive at speeds that
let you stay in your own lane.
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Top of hills: Be alert — something could be in your
lane (stalled car, accident).
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Pay attention to special road signs (falling rocks
area, winding roads, long grades, passing or
no-passing zones) and take appropriate action.
See Off-Road Driving on page 6‑13 for information
about driving off-road.
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Winter Driving
Driving on Snow or Ice
Drive carefully when there is snow or ice between the
tires and the road, creating less traction or grip. Wet ice
can occur at about 0°C (32°F) when freezing rain
begins to fall, resulting in even less traction. Avoid
driving on wet ice or in freezing rain until roads can be
treated with salt or sand.
Drive with caution, whatever the condition. Accelerate
gently so traction is not lost. Accelerating too quickly
causes the wheels to spin and makes the surface under
the tires slick, so there is even less traction.
Try not to break the fragile traction. If you accelerate too
fast, the drive wheels will spin and polish the surface
under the tires even more.
The StabiliTrak® System on page 6‑6 improves the
ability to accelerate on slippery roads, but slow down
and adjust your driving to the road conditions. When
driving through deep snow, turn off the traction control
part of the StabiliTrak® System to help maintain vehicle
motion at lower speeds.
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The Antilock Brake System (ABS) on page 6‑5
improves vehicle stability during hard stops on a
slippery roads, but apply the brakes sooner than when
on dry pavement.
Allow greater following distance on any slippery road
and watch for slippery spots. Icy patches can occur on
otherwise clear roads in shaded areas. The surface of a
curve or an overpass can remain icy when the
surrounding roads are clear. Avoid sudden steering
maneuvers and braking while on ice.
Turn off cruise control, if equipped, on slippery surfaces.
Blizzard Conditions
Being stuck in snow can be in a serious situation. Stay
with the vehicle unless there is help nearby. If possible,
use the Roadside Service on page 9‑8. To get help
and keep everyone in the vehicle safe:
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Turn on the Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 4‑3.
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Tie a red cloth to an outside mirror.
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WARNING: (Continued)
Snow can trap engine exhaust under the vehicle.
This may cause exhaust gases to get inside.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide (CO)
which cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause
unconsciousness and even death.
For more information about carbon monoxide, see
Engine Exhaust on page 3‑41.
If the vehicle is stuck in the snow:
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Clear away snow from around the base of
your vehicle, especially any that is blocking
the exhaust pipe.
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Check again from time to time to be sure
snow does not collect there.
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Open a window about 5 cm (two inches) on
the side of the vehicle that is away from the
wind to bring in fresh air.
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Fully open the air outlets on or under the
instrument panel.
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Adjust the Climate Control system to a setting
that circulates the air inside the vehicle and
set the fan speed to the highest setting. See
Climate Control System in the Index.
(Continued)
Snow can trap exhaust gases under your vehicle.
This can cause deadly CO (carbon monoxide) gas
to get inside. CO could overcome you and kill you.
You cannot see it or smell it, so you might not
know it is in your vehicle. Clear away snow from
around the base of your vehicle, especially any
that is blocking the exhaust.
Run the engine for short periods only as needed to
keep warm, but be careful.
To save fuel, run the engine for only short periods as
needed to warm the vehicle and then shut the engine
off and close the window most of the way to save heat.
Repeat this until help arrives but only when you feel
really uncomfortable from the cold. Moving about to
keep warm also helps.
If it takes some time for help to arrive, now and then
when you run the engine, push the accelerator pedal
slightly so the engine runs faster than the idle speed.
This keeps the battery charged to restart the vehicle
and to signal for help with the headlamps. Do this as
little as possible to save fuel.
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If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand,
Mud, Ice, or Snow
Slowly and cautiously spin the wheels to free the
vehicle when stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow. See
Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out on page 6‑30.
If the vehicle has a traction system, it can often help to
free a stuck vehicle. Refer to the vehicle's traction
system in the Index. If stuck too severely for the traction
system to free the vehicle, turn the traction system off
and use the rocking method.
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If the vehicle's tires spin at high speed, they can
explode, and you or others could be injured.
The vehicle can overheat, causing an engine
compartment fire or other damage. Spin the
wheels as little as possible and avoid going above
55 km/h (35 mph) as shown on the speedometer.
For information about using tire chains on the vehicle,
see Tire Chains on page 7‑78.
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Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out
Turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the area
around the front wheels. Turn off any traction or stability
system. Shift back and forth between R (Reverse) and a
forward gear, spinning the wheels as little as possible.
To prevent transmission wear, wait until the wheels stop
spinning before shifting gears. Release the accelerator
pedal while shifting, and press lightly on the accelerator
pedal when the transmission is in gear. Slowly spinning
the wheels in the forward and reverse directions causes
a rocking motion that could free the vehicle. If that does
not get the vehicle out after a few tries, it might need to
be towed out. Recovery hooks can be used, if the
vehicle has them. If the vehicle does need to be towed
out, see Towing Your Vehicle on page 6‑38.
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Recovery Hooks
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These hooks, when used, are under a lot of force.
Always pull the vehicle straight out. Never pull on
the hooks at a sideways angle. The hooks could
break off and you or others could be injured from
the chain or cable snapping back.
Notice: Never use recovery hooks to tow the
vehicle. Your vehicle could be damaged and it
would not be covered by warranty.
For vehicles with recovery hooks at the front of the
vehicle, you can use them if you are stuck off-road and
need to be pulled to some place where you can
continue driving.
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Loading the Vehicle
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Tire and Loading Information Label
It is very important to know how much weight your
vehicle can carry. This weight is called the vehicle
capacity weight and includes the weight of all
occupants, cargo, and all nonfactory-installed
options. Two labels on your vehicle show how
much weight it was designed to carry, the Tire and
Loading Information label and the Certification/Tire
label.
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Do not load the vehicle any heavier than the
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR),
or either the maximum front or rear Gross
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). If you do, parts
on the vehicle can break, and it can change
the way the vehicle handles. These could
cause you to lose control and crash. Also,
overloading can shorten the life of the
vehicle.
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Label Example
A vehicle specific Tire and Loading Information
label is attached to the center pillar (B-pillar).
With the driver's door open, you will find the label
attached below the door lock post (striker).
The tire and loading information label shows the
number of occupant seating positions (A), and the
maximum vehicle capacity weight (B) in kilograms
and pounds.
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The Tire and Loading Information label also
shows the size of the original equipment tires (C)
and the recommended cold tire inflation
pressures (D). For more information on tires and
inflation see Tires on page 7‑58 and Inflation - Tire
Pressure on page 7‑65 .
There is also important loading information on the
vehicle Certification/Tire label. It tells you the
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the front
and rear axles. See “Certification/Tire Label” later
in this section.
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
1. Locate the statement “The combined weight
of occupants and cargo should never exceed
XXX kg or XXX lbs” on your vehicle's placard.
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver
and passengers that will be riding in your
vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver
and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
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4. The resulting figure equals the available
amount of cargo and luggage load capacity.
For example, if the “XXX” amount equals
1400 lbs and there will be five 150 lb
passengers in your vehicle, the amount of
available cargo and luggage load capacity is
650 lbs (1400 − 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs).
5. Determine the combined weight of luggage
and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That
weight may not safely exceed the available
cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in
Step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load
from your trailer will be transferred to your
vehicle. Consult this manual to determine
how this reduces the available cargo and
luggage load capacity of your vehicle. See
Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42 for important
information on towing a trailer, towing safety
rules and trailering tips.
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Example 1
Item
A
B
C
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Description
Vehicle Capacity
Weight for
Example 1 =
Subtract Occupant
Weight @ 150 lbs
(68 kg) × 2 =
Available Occupant
and Cargo Weight =
Example 2
Total
Item
1,000 lbs
(453 kg)
A
300 lbs (136 kg)
B
700 lbs (317 kg)
C
Description
Vehicle Capacity
Weight for
Example 2 =
Subtract Occupant
Weight @ 150 lbs
(68 kg) × 5 =
Available Cargo
Weight =
Total
1,000 lbs
(453 kg)
750 lbs (136 kg)
250 lbs (113 kg)
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The combined weight of the driver, passengers,
and cargo should never exceed your vehicle's
capacity weight.
Certification/Tire Label
Example 3
Item
A
B
C
Description
Vehicle Capacity
Weight for
Example 3 =
Subtract Occupant
Weight @ 200 lbs
(91 kg) × 5 =
Available Cargo
Weight =
Total
1,000 lbs
(453 kg)
1,000 lbs
(453 kg)
0 lbs (0 kg)
Refer to your vehicle's tire and loading information
label for specific information about your vehicle's
capacity weight and seating positions.
A vehicle specific Certification/Tire label is
attached to the rear edge of the driver's door.
The label shows the size of your vehicle's original
tires and the inflation pressures needed to obtain
the gross weight capacity of your vehicle. This is
called Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle,
all occupants, fuel, and cargo.
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The Certification/Tire label also tells you the
maximum weights for the front and rear axles,
called Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). To find
out the actual loads on your front and rear axles,
you need to go to a weigh station and weigh your
vehicle. Your dealer can help you with this. Be
sure to spread out your load equally on both sides
of the center line.
Never exceed the GVWR for your vehicle, or the
GAWR for either the front or rear axle.
And, if you do have a heavy load, you should
spread it out.
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Do not load the vehicle any heavier than
the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR),
or either the maximum front or rear Gross
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). If you do, parts
on the vehicle can break, and it can change
the way the vehicle handles. These could
cause you to lose control and crash. Also,
overloading can shorten the life of the
vehicle.
Your warranty does not cover parts or
components that fail because of overloading.
The label will help you decide how much cargo
and installed equipment your truck can carry.
Using heavier suspension components to get
added durability might not change your weight
ratings. Ask your dealer to help you load your
vehicle the right way.
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If you put things inside your vehicle — like
suitcases, tools, packages, or anything
else — they will go as fast as the vehicle goes.
If you have to stop or turn quickly, or if there is a
crash, they will keep going.
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Things you put inside your vehicle can strike
and injure people in a sudden stop or turn,
or in a crash.
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Put things in the cargo area of your
vehicle. Try to spread the weight evenly.
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Never stack heavier things, like
suitcases, inside the vehicle so that some
of them are above the tops of the seats.
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Do not leave an unsecured child restraint
in your vehicle.
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When you carry something inside the
vehicle, secure it whenever you can.
.
Do not leave a seat folded down unless
you need to.
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There is also important loading information for
off-road driving in this manual. See “Loading Your
Vehicle for Off-Road Driving” under Off-Road
Driving on page 6‑13.
Add-On Equipment
When you carry removable items, you may need
to put a limit on how many people you can carry
inside your vehicle. Be sure to weigh your vehicle
before you buy and install the new equipment.
Notice : Overloading the vehicle may cause
damage. Repairs would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. Do not overload the vehicle.
Remember not to exceed the Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) of the front or rear axle.
Automatic Level Control
The automatic level control rear suspension
comes as a part of the Road Sensing Suspension.
See Road Sensing Suspension on page 6‑9.
This type of level control is fully automatic and will
provide a better leveled riding position as well as
better handling under a variety of passenger and
loading conditions. An air compressor connected
to the rear shocks will raise or lower the rear of
the vehicle to maintain proper vehicle height.
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The system is activated when the ignition key is
turned to RUN and will automatically adjust
vehicle height thereafter. The system may exhaust
(lower vehicle height) for up to 10 minutes after
the ignition key has been turned to LOCK. You
may hear the air compressor operating when the
height is being adjusted.
If a weight-distributing hitch is being used, it is
recommended to allow the shocks to inflate,
thereby leveling the vehicle prior to adjusting the
height. See “Weight distributing Hitches and
Weight Carrying Hitches” under Towing a Trailer
on page 6‑42.
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Recreational Vehicle Towing
If the vehicle has a two–mode hybrid engine, see the
Two–mode Hybrid manual for more information.
Recreational vehicle towing means towing the vehicle
behind another vehicle – such as behind a motorhome.
The two most common types of recreational vehicle
towing are known as “dinghy towing” (towing the vehicle
with all four wheels on the ground) and “dolly towing”
(towing the vehicle with two wheels on the ground and
two wheels up on a device known as a “dolly”).
Here are some important things to consider before
recreational vehicle towing:
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What is the towing capacity of the towing vehicle?
Be sure to read the tow vehicle manufacturer's
recommendations.
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What is the distance that will be travelled? Some
vehicles have restrictions on how far and how long
they can tow.
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Is the proper towing equipment going to be used?
See your dealer or trailering professional for
additional advice and equipment
recommendations.
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Is the vehicle ready to be towed? Just as preparing
the vehicle for a long trip, make sure the vehicle is
prepared to be towed. See Before Leaving on a
Long Trip on page 6‑26.
Towing
Towing Your Vehicle
To avoid damage, the disabled vehicle should be towed
with all four wheels off the ground. Consult your dealer
or a professional towing service if the disabled vehicle
must be towed. See Roadside Service on page 9‑8.
To tow the vehicle behind another vehicle for
recreational purposes (such as behind a motorhome),
see “Recreational Vehicle Towing” following.
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All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Dinghy and Dolly Towing
Notice: Towing an all-wheel-drive vehicle with all
four wheels on the ground, or even with only two of
its wheels on the ground, will damage drivetrain
components. Do not tow an all-wheel-drive vehicle
with any of its wheels on the ground.
All-wheel-drive vehicles are not designed to be towed
with any wheels on the ground. If the vehicle must be
towed, see Towing Your Vehicle previously.
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Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Dinghy Towing
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To dolly tow a two‐wheel‐drive vehicle, the vehicle must
be towed with the rear wheels on the dolly. See “Dolly
Towing (Rear Wheels Off the Ground)” following.
Dolly Towing (Front Wheels Off the Ground)
Notice: If a two-wheel-drive vehicle is towed with all
four wheels on the ground, the transmission could
be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Do not tow a two-wheel-drive
vehicle with all four wheels on the ground.
Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be towed
with all four wheels on the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed.
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Notice: If a two-wheel-drive vehicle is towed with
the rear wheels on the ground, the transmission
could be damaged. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. Never tow the
vehicle with the rear wheels on the ground.
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Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not be towed with
the rear wheels on the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication
while being towed.
Dolly Towing (Rear Wheels Off the Ground)
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4. Put the transmission in P (Park).
5. Secure the vehicle to the dolly following the
manufacturer's instructions.
6. Use an adequate clamping device designed for
towing to ensure that the front wheels are locked
into the straight position.
7. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
Level Control
Automatic Level Control
The automatic level control rear suspension is available
on light‐duty vehicles and comes as a part of the
Autoride® suspension, if equipped.
Use the following procedure to dinghy tow a
two-wheel-drive vehicle from the rear:
1. Attach the dolly to the tow vehicle following the
dolly manufacturer's instructions.
2. Drive the rear wheels onto the dolly.
This type of level control is fully automatic and will
provide a better leveled riding position as well as better
handling under a variety of passenger and loading
conditions. An air compressor connected to the rear
shocks will raise or lower the rear of the vehicle to
maintain proper vehicle height. The system is activated
when the ignition key is turned to ON/RUN and will
automatically adjust vehicle height thereafter. The
system may exhaust (lower vehicle height) for up to
ten minutes after the ignition key has been turned off.
You may hear the air compressor operating when the
height is being adjusted.
3. Firmly set the parking brake. See Parking Brake
on page 3‑38.
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If a weight‐distributing hitch is being used, it is
recommended to allow the shocks to inflate, thereby
leveling the vehicle prior to adjusting the hitch.
Autoride®
With this feature, improved vehicle ride and handling is
provided under a variety of passenger and loading
conditions.
The system is fully automatic and uses a computer
controller to continuously monitor vehicle speed, wheel
to body position, lift/dive and steering position of the
vehicle. The controller then sends signals to each shock
absorber to independently adjust the damping level to
provide the optimum vehicle ride.
Autoride also interacts with the tow/haul mode that,
when activated, will provide additional control of the
shock absorbers. This additional control results in better
ride and handling characteristics when the vehicle is
loaded or towing a trailer. See “Tow/Haul Mode” under
Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42 for more information.
Towing a Trailer
If the vehicle has a two–mode hybrid engine, see the
Two–mode Hybrid manual for more information.
Do not tow a trailer during break‐in. See New Vehicle
Break-In on page 3‑26 for more information.
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{ WARNING:
The driver can lose control when pulling a trailer if
the correct equipment is not used or the vehicle is
not driven properly. For example, if the trailer is
too heavy, the brakes may not work well — or
even at all. The driver and passengers could be
seriously injured. The vehicle may also be
damaged; the resulting repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. Pull a trailer only
if all the steps in this section have been followed.
Ask your dealer for advice and information about
towing a trailer with the vehicle.
Notice: Pulling a trailer improperly can damage the
vehicle and result in costly repairs not covered by
the vehicle warranty. To pull a trailer correctly,
follow the advice in this section and see your dealer
for important information about towing a trailer with
the vehicle.
To identify the trailering capacity of the vehicle, read the
information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later
in this section.
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Trailering is different than just driving the vehicle by
itself. Trailering means changes in handling,
acceleration, braking, durability and fuel economy.
Successful, safe trailering takes correct equipment, and
it has to be used properly.
.
Then, during the first 500 miles (800 km) that a
trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h)
and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps
the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at
the heavier loads.
The following information has many time-tested,
important trailering tips and safety rules. Many of
these are important for your safety and that of your
passengers. So please read this section carefully before
pulling a trailer.
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Vehicles can tow in D (Drive). Shift the
transmission to a lower gear if the transmission
shifts too often under heavy loads and/or hilly
conditions.
.
If the vehicle has the Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
system and it doesn't seem to be working properly
while pulling a trailer, turn the system off. See Side
Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) on page 3‑48 for more
information.
Pulling A Trailer
Here are some important points:
.
There are many different laws, including speed
limit restrictions, having to do with trailering. Make
sure the rig will be legal, not only where you live
but also where you will be driving. A good source
for this information can be state or provincial
police.
.
Consider using a sway control. See “Hitches” later
in this section.
.
Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles
(800 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine,
axle or other parts could be damaged.
Important considerations that have to do with weight:
.
The weight of the trailer
.
The weight of the trailer tongue
.
The weight on the vehicle's tires
.
And the weight of the trailering combination
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Weight of the Trailer
How heavy can a trailer safely be?
It depends on how the rig is used. Speed, altitude, road
grades, outside temperature and how much the vehicle
is used to pull a trailer are all important. It can depend
on any special equipment on the vehicle, and the
amount of tongue weight the vehicle can carry. See
“Weight of the Trailer Tongue” later in this section for
more information.
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Trailer weight rating (TWR) is calculated assuming the
tow vehicle has only the driver but all required trailering
equipment. Weight of additional optional equipment,
passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle must be
subtracted from the trailer weight rating.
Use the following chart to determine how much the
vehicle can weigh, based upon the vehicle model and
options.
Vehicle
Axle Ratio
Maximum Trailer Weight
GCWR*
Escalade 2WD 6.2L V8
3.42
8,300 lbs (3 765 kg)
14,000 lbs (6 350 kg)
Escalade AWD 6.2L V8
3.42
8,100 lbs (3 674 kg)
14,000 lbs (6 350 kg)
Escalade ESV 2WD 6.2L V8
3.42
7,600 lbs (3 447 kg)
14,000 lbs (6 350 kg)
Escalade ESV AWD 6.2L V8
3.42
7,800 lbs (3 538 kg)
14,000 lbs (6 350 kg)
*The Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the total allowable weight of the completely loaded vehicle and
trailer including any passengers, cargo, equipment and conversions. The GCWR for the vehicle should not be
exceeded.
Ask your dealer for trailering information or advice,
or write us at our Customer Assistance Offices. See
Customer Assistance Offices on page 9‑6 for more
information.
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Weight of the Trailer Tongue
The tongue load (A) of any trailer is very important
because it is also part of the vehicle weight. The Gross
Vehicle Weight (GVW) includes the curb weight of the
vehicle, any cargo carried in it, and the people who will
be riding in the vehicle as well as trailer tongue weight.
Vehicle options, equipment, passengers and cargo in
the vehicle reduce the amount of tongue weight the
vehicle can carry, which will also reduce the trailer
weight the vehicle can tow. See Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32 for more information about the vehicle's
maximum load capacity.
Trailer tongue weight (A) should be 10 percent to
15 percent and fifth wheel or gooseneck kingpin weight
should be 15 to 25 percent of the loaded trailer weight
up to the maximums for vehicle series and hitch type
shown below:
Hitch Type
Maximum
Vehicle Series
Tongue Weight
1500
Weight Carrying
272 kg (600 lbs)
1500
Weight Distributing 499 kg (1,100 lbs)
Do not exceed the maximum allowable tongue weight
for the vehicle. Choose the shortest hitch extension that
will position the hitch ball closest to the vehicle. This will
help reduce the effect of trailer tongue weight on the
rear axle.
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Trailering may be limited by the vehicle's ability to carry
tongue weight. Tongue or kingpin weight cannot cause
the vehicle to exceed the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating) or the RGAWR (Rear Gross Axle Weight
Rating). See “Total Weight on the Vehicle's Tires” later
in this section for more information.
After loading the trailer, weigh the trailer and then the
tongue, separately, to see if the weights are proper.
If they are not, adjustments might be made by moving
some items around in the trailer.
Total Weight on the Vehicle's Tires
Be sure the vehicle's tires are inflated to the inflation
pressures found on the Certification label on the driver
door or see Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32 for more
information. Make sure not to exceed the GVWR limit
for the vehicle, or the RGAWR, with the tow vehicle and
trailer fully loaded for the trip including the weight of the
trailer tongue. If using a weight distributing hitch, make
sure not to exceed the RGAWR before applying the
weight distribution spring bars.
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Weight of the Trailering Combination
It is important that the combination of the tow
vehicle and trailer does not exceed any of its weight
ratings — GCWR, GVWR, RGAWR, Trailer Weight
Rating or Tongue Weight. The only way to be sure it is
not exceeding any of these ratings is to weigh the tow
vehicle and trailer combination, fully loaded for the trip,
getting individual weights for each of these items.
Hitches
The correct hitch equipment helps maintain combination
control. Most small-to-medium trailers can be towed
with a weight carrying hitch which simply features a
coupler latched to the hitch ball. Larger trailers may
require a weight distributing hitch that uses spring bars
to distribute the trailer tongue weight among the two
vehicle and trailer axles. See “Weight of the Trailer
Tongue” earlier in this section for rating limits with
various hitch types.
If a step-bumper hitch will be used, the bumper could
be damaged in sharp turns. Make sure there is ample
room when turning to avoid contact between the trailer
and the bumper.
Consider using sway controls with any trailer. Ask a
trailering professional about sway controls or refer to
the trailer manufacturer's recommendations and
instructions.
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Weight‐Distributing Hitch Adjustment
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Hitch Cover
The vehicle may have a hitch cover. To remove the
hitch cover:
A: Body to Ground Distance
B: Front of Vehicle
When using a weight-distributing hitch, the spring bars
should be adjusted so the distance (A) is the same after
coupling the trailer to the tow vehicle and adjusting the
hitch.
1. Turn the fasteners on the lower tabs 90 degrees
counterclockwise.
2. Lift the lower edge of the cover about 45 degrees.
3. Pull the cover downward to disengage the upper
attachments.
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To reinstall the hitch cover:
1. Hold the cover at a 45 degree angle to the vehicle
and push the upper tabs in the hitch cover into the
chrome slots in the fascia.
2. Move the bottom of the cover forward until the
lower tabs line up with the lower fascia slots.
3. Snap the hitch cover into place by pushing the
upper corners forward.
4. Turn the fasteners on the lower tabs 90 degrees
clockwise to lock the cover in place.
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Safety Chains
Always attach chains between the vehicle and the
trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the
trailer to help prevent the tongue from contacting the
road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Instructions
about safety chains may be provided by the hitch
manufacturer or by the trailer manufacturer. If the trailer
being towed weighs up to 5,000 lbs (2 271 kg) with a
factory-installed step bumper, safety chains may be
attached to the attaching points on the bumper,
otherwise, safety chains should be attached to holes on
the trailer hitch platform. Always leave just enough
slack so the combination can turn. Never allow safety
chains to drag on the ground.
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Tow/Haul Mode
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Tow/Haul is a feature that assists when pulling a heavy
trailer or a large or heavy load. See Tow/Haul Mode on
page 3‑36 for more information.
Tow/Haul is designed to be most effective when the
vehicle and trailer combined weight is at least
75 percent of the vehicle's Gross Combined Weight
Rating (GCWR). See “Weight of the Trailer” earlier in
the section. Tow/Haul is most useful under the following
driving conditions:
Pressing this button at the end of the shift lever turns on
and off the tow/haul mode.
This indicator light on the
instrument panel cluster
comes on when the tow/
haul mode is on.
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When pulling a heavy trailer or a large or heavy
load through rolling terrain.
.
When pulling a heavy trailer or a large or heavy
load in stop and go traffic.
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When pulling a heavy trailer or a large or heavy
load in busy parking lots where improved low
speed control of the vehicle is desired.
Operating the vehicle in Tow/Haul when lightly loaded
or with no trailer at all will not cause damage. However,
there is no benefit to the selection of Tow/Haul when the
vehicle is unloaded. Such a selection when unloaded
may result in unpleasant engine and transmission
driving characteristics and reduced fuel economy.
Tow/Haul is recommended only when pulling a heavy
trailer or a large or heavy load.
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Trailer Brakes
A loaded trailer that weighs more than 2,000 lbs
(900 kg) needs to have its own brake system that is
adequate for the weight of the trailer. Be sure to read
and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so they
are installed, adjusted and maintained properly.
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To maximize safety when towing a trailer:
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Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks
and make necessary repairs before starting
a trip.
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Never drive with the liftgate, trunk/hatch,
or rear-most window open.
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Fully open the air outlets on or under the
instrument panel.
.
Adjust the Climate Control system to a setting
that brings in only outside air and set the fan
speed to the highest setting. See Climate
Control System in the Index.
®
Since the vehicle is equipped with StabiliTrak , the
trailer brakes cannot tap into the vehicle's hydraulic
system.
Driving with a Trailer
{ WARNING:
When towing a trailer, exhaust gases may collect
at the rear of the vehicle and enter if the liftgate,
trunk/hatch, or rear-most window is open.
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide (CO)
which cannot be seen or smelled. It can cause
unconsciousness and even death.
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For more information about carbon monoxide, see
Engine Exhaust on page 3‑41.
Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of
experience. The combination you are driving is longer
and not as responsive as the vehicle itself. Get
acquainted with the handling and braking of the rig
before setting out for the open road.
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Before starting, check all trailer hitch parts and
attachments, safety chains, electrical connectors,
lamps, tires and mirrors. If the trailer has electric
brakes, start the combination moving and then apply
the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the
brakes work.
During the trip, check occasionally to be sure that the
load is secure and the lamps and any trailer brakes
still work.
Following Distance
Stay at least twice as far behind the vehicle ahead as
you would when driving the vehicle without a trailer.
This can help to avoid heavy braking and sudden turns.
Passing
More passing distance is needed when towing a trailer.
The combination will not accelerate as quickly and is
longer so it is necessary to go much farther beyond the
passed vehicle before returning to the lane.
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Backing Up
Hold the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand.
Then, to move the trailer to the left, move that hand to
the left. To move the trailer to the right, move your hand
to the right. Always back up slowly and, if possible,
have someone guide you.
Making Turns
Notice: Making very sharp turns while trailering
could cause the trailer to come in contact with the
vehicle. The vehicle could be damaged. Avoid
making very sharp turns while trailering.
When turning with a trailer, make wider turns than
normal. Do this so the trailer will not strike soft
shoulders, curbs, road signs, trees or other objects.
Avoid jerky or sudden maneuvers. Signal well in
advance.
If the trailer turn signal bulbs burn out, the arrows on the
instrument panel will still flash for turns. It is important to
check occasionally to be sure the trailer bulbs are still
working.
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Driving On Grades
Reduce speed and shift to a lower gear before starting
down a long or steep downgrade. If the transmission is
not shifted down, the brakes might get hot and no
longer work well.
Vehicles can tow in D (Drive). Shift the transmission to
a lower gear if the transmission shifts too often under
heavy loads and/or hilly conditions.
The tow/haul mode may be used if the transmission
shifts too often. See Tow/Haul Mode on page 3‑36.
When towing at high altitude on steep uphill grades,
consider the following: Engine coolant will boil at a
lower temperature than at normal altitudes. If the engine
is turned off immediately after towing at high altitude on
steep uphill grades, the vehicle may show signs similar
to engine overheating. To avoid this, let the engine run
while parked, preferably on level ground, with the
automatic transmission in P (Park) for a few minutes
before turning the engine off. If the overheat warning
comes on, see Engine Overheating on page 7‑34.
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Parking on Hills
{ WARNING:
Parking the vehicle on a hill with the trailer
attached can be dangerous. If something goes
wrong, the rig could start to move. People can be
injured, and both the vehicle and the trailer can be
damaged. When possible, always park the rig on
a flat surface.
If parking the rig on a hill:
1. Press the brake pedal, but do not shift into P (Park)
yet. Turn the wheels into the curb if facing downhill
or into traffic if facing uphill.
2. Have someone place chocks under the trailer
wheels.
3. When the wheel chocks are in place, release the
regular brakes until the chocks absorb the load.
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4. Reapply the brake pedal. Then apply the parking
brake and shift into P (Park).
5. Release the brake pedal.
{ WARNING:
It can be dangerous to get out of the vehicle if the
shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking
brake firmly set. The vehicle can roll.
If the engine has been left running, the vehicle
can move suddenly. You or others could be
injured. To be sure the vehicle will not move, even
when on fairly level ground, always put the shift
lever fully in P (Park) with the parking brake
firmly set.
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Leaving After Parking on a Hill
1. Apply and hold the brake pedal.
2. Start the engine
3. Shift into a gear
4. Release the parking brake
5. Let up on the brake pedal.
6. Drive slowly until the trailer is clear of the chocks.
7. Stop and have someone pick up and store the
chocks.
Maintenance When Trailer Towing
The vehicle needs service more often when pulling a
trailer. See this manual's Maintenance Schedule or
Index for more information. Things that are especially
important in trailer operation are automatic transmission
fluid, engine oil, axle lubricant, belts, cooling system
and brake system. It is a good idea to inspect these
before and during the trip.
Check periodically to see that all hitch nuts and bolts
are tight.
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Trailer Wiring Harness
Heavy-Duty Trailer Wiring Harness Package
The vehicle has a seven-pin universal heavy-duty trailer
connector attached to the rear bumper beam next to the
integrated trailer hitch.
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The seven-wire harness contains the following trailer
circuits:
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Yellow: Left Stop/Turn Signal
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Dark Green: Right Stop/Turn Signal
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Brown: Taillamps
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White: Ground
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Light Green: Back-up Lamps
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Red: Battery Feed*
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Dark Blue: Trailer Brake*
*The fuses for these two circuits are installed in the
underhood electrical center, but the wires are not
connected. They should be connected by your dealer or
a qualified service center.
If charging a remote (non-vehicle) battery, press the
tow/haul mode button located at the end of the shift
lever. This will boost the vehicle system voltage and
properly charge the battery. If the trailer is too light for
tow/haul mode, turn on the headlamps as a second way
to boost the vehicle system and charge the battery.
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Electric Brake Control Wiring
Provisions
These wiring provisions are included with the vehicle as
part of the trailer wiring package. These provisions are
for an electric brake controller. The instrument panel
contains blunt cut wires near the data link connector for
the trailer brake controller. The harness contains the
following wires:
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Dark Blue: Brake Signal to Trailer Connector
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Red/Black: Battery
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Light Blue/White: Brake Switch
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White: Ground
It should be installed by your dealer or a qualified
service center.
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Trailer Recommendations
Subtract the hitch loads from the Cargo Weight Rating
(CWR). CWR is the maximum weight of the load the
vehicle can carry. It does not include the weight of the
people inside, but you can figure about 150 lbs. (68 kg)
for each passenger. The total cargo load must not be
more than the vehicles CWR.
Weigh the vehicle with the trailer attached, so the
GVWR or GAWR are not exceeded. If using a
weight-distributing hitch, weigh the vehicle without the
spring bars in place.
The best performance is obtained by correctly
spreading out the weight of the load and choosing the
correct hitch and trailer brakes.
For more information see Towing a Trailer on
page 6‑42.
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Section 7
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Service and Appearance Care
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
Accessories and Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
California Proposition 65 Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
California Perchlorate Materials
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
Doing Your Own Service Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6
Adding Equipment to the Outside of the
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7
Gasoline Octane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
California Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9
Fuels in Foreign Countries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11
Filling a Portable Fuel Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13
Checking Things Under the Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-14
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-15
Engine Compartment Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-20
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-22
Automatic Transmission Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overheated Engine Protection
Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Fan Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windshield Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting . . . . . . . .
LED Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Back-Up Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
License Plate Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Service and Appearance Care
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . .
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Terminology and Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inflation - Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
High-Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Inspection and Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When It Is Time for New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Different Size Tires and Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Uniform Tire Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing a Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Secondary Latch System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools . . . . . . . . .
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-99
Interior Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-99
Fabric/Carpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-100
Leather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-101
Instrument Panel, Vinyl, and Other Plastic
Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-102
Wood Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-102
Speaker Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-102
Care of Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-103
Weatherstrips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-103
Washing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-103
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-104
Finish Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-104
Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper Blades . . . . 7-105
Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels
and Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-106
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Sheet Metal Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Finish Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Underbody Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Chemical Paint Spotting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-108
Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-108
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . 7-108
Service Parts Identification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-109
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Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Add-On Electrical Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windshield Wiper Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Windows and Other Power Options . . .
Fuses and Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Center Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . .
Underhood Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Capacities and Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Service
Accessories and Modifications
For service and parts needs, visit your dealer. You will
receive genuine GM parts and GM-trained and
supported service people.
When non‐dealer/non‐retailer accessories are added to
the vehicle, they can affect vehicle performance and
safety, including such things as airbags, braking,
stability, ride and handling, emissions systems,
aerodynamics, durability, and electronic systems like
antilock brakes, traction control, and stability control.
Some of these accessories could even cause
malfunction or damage not covered by the vehicle
warranty.
Genuine GM parts have one of these marks:
Damage to vehicle components resulting from the
installation or use of non‐GM certified parts, including
control module modifications, is not covered under the
terms of the vehicle warranty and may affect remaining
warranty coverage for affected parts.
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GM Accessories are designed to complement and
function with other systems on the vehicle. Your GM
dealer can accessorize the vehicle using genuine GM
Accessories. When you go to your GM dealer and ask
for GM Accessories, you will know that GM-trained and
supported service technicians will perform the work
using genuine GM Accessories.
Also, see Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle on page 2‑90.
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California Proposition 65 Warning
Most motor vehicles, including this one, contain and/or
emit chemicals known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive
harm. Engine exhaust, many parts and systems, many
fluids, and some component wear by-products contain
and/or emit these chemicals.
California Perchlorate Materials
Requirements
Certain types of automotive applications, such as airbag
initiators, seat belt pretensioners, and lithium batteries
contained in remote keyless transmitters, may contain
perchlorate materials. Special handling may be
necessary. For additional information, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
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Doing Your Own Service Work
If this vehicle is a Two‐mode Hybrid, see the Two‐mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
{ WARNING:
You can be injured and the vehicle could be
damaged if you try to do service work on a vehicle
without knowing enough about it.
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Be sure you have sufficient knowledge,
experience, the proper replacement parts,
and tools before attempting any vehicle
maintenance task.
Be sure to use the proper nuts, bolts, and
other fasteners. English and metric fasteners
can be easily confused. If the wrong fasteners
are used, parts can later break or fall off. You
could be hurt.
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If doing some of your own service work, use the proper
service manual. It tells you much more about how to
service the vehicle than this manual can. To order the
proper service manual, see Service Publications
Ordering Information on page 9‑18.
This vehicle has an airbag system. Before attempting to
do your own service work, see Servicing Your
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on page 2‑89.
Keep a record with all parts receipts and list the mileage
and the date of any service work performed. See
Maintenance Record on page 8‑14.
Adding Equipment to the Outside of
the Vehicle
Things added to the outside of the vehicle can affect the
airflow around it. This can cause wind noise and can
affect fuel economy and windshield washer
performance. Check with your dealer before adding
equipment to the outside of the vehicle.
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Fuel
Use of the recommended fuel is an important part
of the proper maintenance of this vehicle. To help
keep the engine clean and maintain optimum vehicle
performance, we recommend the use of gasoline
advertised as TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline.
Look for the TOP TIER label on the fuel pump to ensure
gasoline meets enhanced detergency standards
developed by auto companies. A list of marketers
providing TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline can be found
at www.toptiergas.com.
Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge and a yellow fuel
cap can use either unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel
containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). See Fuel E85
(85% Ethanol) on page 7‑9. For all other vehicles, use
only the unleaded gasoline described under Gasoline
Octane on page 7‑8.
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Gasoline Octane
Gasoline Specifications
If the vehicle has the 6.0L V8 engine (VIN Code J), use
regular unleaded gasoline with a posted octane rating of
87 or higher. If the octane rating is less than 87, an
audible knocking noise, commonly referred to as spark
knock, might be heard when driving. If this occurs, use
a gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher as soon as
possible. If heavy knocking is heard when using
gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher, the engine needs
service.
At a minimum, gasoline should meet ASTM
specification D 4814 in the United States or
CAN/CGSB‐3.5 or 3.511 in Canada. Some gasolines
contain an octane-enhancing additive called
methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT).
We recommend against the use of gasolines containing
MMT. See Additives on page 7‑9 for additional
information.
If the vehicle has the 6.2L V8 engine (VIN Code F), use
premium unleaded gasoline with a posted octane rating
of 91 or higher. You can also use regular unleaded
gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher, but the vehicle's
acceleration could be slightly reduced, and a slight
audible knocking noise, commonly referred to as spark
knock, might be heard. If the octane is less than 87, you
might notice a heavy knocking noise when you drive.
If this occurs, use a gasoline rated at 87 octane or
higher as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could
damage the engine. If heavy knocking is heard when
using gasoline rated at 87 octane or higher, the engine
needs service.
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California Fuel
If the vehicle is certified to meet California Emissions
Standards, it is designed to operate on fuels that meet
California specifications. See the underhood emission
control label. If this fuel is not available in states
adopting California emissions standards, the vehicle
will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal
specifications, but emission control system performance
might be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp could
turn on and the vehicle might fail a smog‐check test.
See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on page 4‑36. If this
occurs, return to your authorized dealer for diagnosis.
If it is determined that the condition is caused by the
type of fuel used, repairs might not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
Additives
To provide cleaner air, all gasolines in the United States
are now required to contain additives that help prevent
engine and fuel system deposits from forming, allowing
the emission control system to work properly. In most
cases, nothing should have to be added to the fuel.
However, some gasolines contain only the minimum
amount of additive required to meet U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency regulations. To help keep fuel
injectors and intake valves clean, or if the vehicle
experiences problems due to dirty injectors or valves,
look for gasoline that is advertised as TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline.
For customers who do not use TOP TIER Detergent
Gasoline regularly, one bottle of GM Fuel System
Treatment PLUS, added to the fuel tank at every engine
oil change, can help clean deposits from fuel injectors
and intake valves. GM Fuel System Treatment PLUS is
the only gasoline additive recommended by General
Motors.
Also, your dealer has additives that will help correct and
prevent most deposit‐related problems.
Gasolines containing oxygenates, such as ethers and
ethanol, and reformulated gasolines might be available
in your area. We recommend that you use these
gasolines, if they comply with the specifications
described earlier. However, E85 (85% ethanol) and
other fuels containing more than 10% ethanol must not
be used in vehicles that were not designed for those
fuels.
Notice: This vehicle was not designed for fuel that
contains methanol. Do not use fuel containing
methanol. It can corrode metal parts in the fuel
system and also damage plastic and rubber parts.
That damage would not be covered under the
vehicle warranty.
Some gasolines that are not reformulated for low
emissions can contain an octane-enhancing additive
called methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl
(MMT); ask the attendant where you buy gasoline
whether the fuel contains MMT. We recommend against
the use of such gasolines. Fuels containing MMT can
reduce the life of spark plugs and the performance of
the emission control system could be affected. The
malfunction indicator lamp might turn on. If this occurs,
return to your dealer for service.
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
Vehicles that have a FlexFuel badge and a yellow fuel
cap can use either unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel
containing up to 85% ethanol (E85). For all other
vehicles, use only the unleaded gasolline described
under Gasoline Octane on page 7‑8.
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We encourage the use of E85 in vehicles that are
designed to use it. The ethanol in E85 is a “renewable”
fuel, meaning it is made from renewable sources such
as corn and other crops.
11 L (3 gal) when refueling. You should drive the vehicle
immediately after refueling for at least 11 km (7 mi) to
allow the vehicle to adapt to the change in ethanol
concentration.
Many service stations will not have an 85% ethanol
fuel (E85) pump available. The U.S. Department
of Energy has an alternative fuels website
(www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/stations/) that can
help you find E85 fuel. Those stations that do have E85
should have a label indicating ethanol content. Do not
use the fuel if the ethanol content is greater than 85%.
E85 has less energy per liter (gallon) than gasoline, so
you will need to refill the fuel tank more often when
using E85 than when you are using gasoline. See
Filling the Tank on page 7‑11.
At a minimum, E85 should meet ASTM Specification
D 5798. By definition, this means that fuel labeled E85
will have an ethanol content between 70% and 85%.
Filling the fuel tank with fuel mixtures that do not meet
ASTM specifications can affect driveability and could
cause the malfunction indicator lamp to come on.
To ensure quick starts in the wintertime, the E85 fuel
must be formulated properly for your climate according
to ASTM specification D 5798. If you have trouble
starting on E85, it could be because the E85 fuel is not
properly formulated for your climate. If this happens,
switching to gasoline or adding gasoline to the fuel tank
can improve starting. For good starting and heater
efficiency below 0°C (32°F), the fuel mix in the fuel tank
should contain no more than 70% ethanol. It is best not
to alternate repeatedly between gasoline and E85.
If you do switch fuels, it is recommended that you add
as much fuel as possible — do not add less than
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Notice: Some additives are not compatible with E85
fuel and can harm the vehicle's fuel system. Do not
add anything to E85. Damage caused by additives
would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
Notice: This vehicle was not designed for fuel that
contains methanol. Do not use fuel containing
methanol. It can corrode metal parts in the fuel
system and also damage plastic and rubber parts.
That damage would not be covered under the
vehicle warranty.
Fuels in Foreign Countries
If you plan on driving in another country outside the
United States or Canada, the proper fuel might be hard
to find. Never use leaded gasoline or any other fuel not
recommended in the previous text on fuel. Costly
repairs caused by use of improper fuel would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
To check the fuel availability, ask an auto club,
or contact a major oil company that does business in
the country where you will be driving.
Filling the Tank
{ WARNING:
Fuel vapor burns violently and a fuel fire can
cause bad injuries. To help avoid injuries to you
and others, read and follow all the instructions on
the fuel pump island. Turn off the engine when
refueling. Do not smoke near fuel or when
refueling the vehicle. Do not use cellular phones.
Keep sparks, flames, and smoking materials away
from fuel. Do not leave the fuel pump unattended
when refueling the vehicle. This is against the law
in some places. Do not re-enter the vehicle while
pumping fuel. Keep children away from the fuel
pump; never let children pump fuel.
The tethered fuel cap is located behind a hinged fuel
door on the driver side of the vehicle. If the vehicle has
E85 fuel capability, the fuel cap will be yellow and
state that E85 or gasoline can be used. See Fuel E85
(85% Ethanol) on page 7‑9.
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{ WARNING:
Fuel can spray out on you if you open the fuel cap
too quickly. If you spill fuel and then something
ignites it, you could be badly burned. This spray
can happen if the tank is nearly full, and is more
likely in hot weather. Open the fuel cap slowly and
wait for any hiss noise to stop. Then unscrew the
cap all the way.
To open the fuel door, push the rearward center edge in
and release and it will open.
To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly counterclockwise.
The fuel cap has a spring in it; if the cap is released too
soon, it will spring back to the right.
While refueling, hang the tethered fuel cap from the
hook on the fuel door.
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Be careful not to spill fuel. Do not top off or overfill the
tank and wait a few seconds after you have finished
pumping before removing the nozzle. Clean fuel from
painted surfaces as soon as possible. See Washing
Your Vehicle on page 7‑103.
When replacing the fuel cap, insert the tether in its hole
before tightening the cap. Turn the fuel cap clockwise
until it clicks. It will require more effort to turn the fuel
cap on the last turn as you tighten it. Make sure the cap
is fully installed. The diagnostic system can determine if
the fuel cap has been left off or improperly installed.
This would allow fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere.
See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on page 4‑36.
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If the vehicle has a Driver Information Center (DIC), the
TIGHTEN GAS CAP message displays if the fuel cap is
not properly installed.
{ WARNING:
If a fire starts while you are refueling, do not
remove the nozzle. Shut off the flow of fuel by
shutting off the pump or by notifying the station
attendant. Leave the area immediately.
Notice: If you need a new fuel cap, be sure to get
the right type. Your dealer can get one for you.
If you get the wrong type, it may not fit properly.
This may cause the malfunction indicator lamp to
light and may damage the fuel tank and emissions
system. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
page 4‑36.
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Filling a Portable Fuel Container
{ WARNING:
Never fill a portable fuel container while it is in
the vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the
container can ignite the fuel vapor. You can be
badly burned and the vehicle damaged if this
occurs. To help avoid injury to you and others:
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Dispense fuel only into approved containers.
.
Do not fill a container while it is inside a
vehicle, in a vehicle's trunk, pickup bed, or on
any surface other than the ground.
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Bring the fill nozzle in contact with the inside
of the fill opening before operating the nozzle.
Contact should be maintained until the filling is
complete.
.
Do not smoke while pumping fuel.
.
Do not use a cellular phone while
pumping fuel.
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Checking Things Under
the Hood
{ WARNING:
An electric fan under the hood can start up and
injure you even when the engine is not running.
Keep hands, clothing, and tools away from any
underhood electric fan.
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{ WARNING:
Things that burn can get on hot engine parts and
start a fire. These include liquids like fuel, oil,
coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer and other
fluids, and plastic or rubber. You or others could
be burned. Be careful not to drop or spill things
that will burn onto a hot engine.
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Hood Release
To open the hood:
1. Pull the handle with
this symbol on it. It is
located inside the
vehicle to the lower left
of the steering wheel.
2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and locate
the secondary hood release, near the center of
the grille.
3. Push the secondary hood release to the right.
4. Lift the hood.
Before closing the hood, be sure all the filler caps
are on properly. Then bring the hood from full open
to within 152 mm (6 inches) from the closed
position, pause, then push the front center of the
hood with a swift, firm motion to fully close
the hood.
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Engine Compartment Overview
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode Hybrid manual for more information.
When you open the hood on the 6.2L engine this is what you will see:
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A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 7‑22.
L. Underhood Fuse Block on page 7‑113.
B. Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap. See
Cooling System on page 7‑27.
M. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See “Adding
Washer Fluid” under Windshield Washer Fluid on
page 7‑39.
C. Remote Positive (+) Terminal. See Jump Starting
on page 7‑44.
D. Battery on page 7‑43.
E. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When to Add Engine Oil”
under Engine Oil on page 7‑17.
F. Automatic Transmission Dipstick (Out of View).
See “Checking the Fluid Level” under Automatic
Transmission Fluid on page 7‑24.
G. Remote Negative (−) Terminal (GND) (Out of
View). See Jump Starting on page 7‑44.
H. Engine Oil Dipstick (Out of View). See “Checking
Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 7‑17.
I. Engine Cooling Fan (Out of View). See Cooling
System on page 7‑27.
J. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir (Out of View). See
Power Steering Fluid on page 7‑38.
Engine Oil
Checking Engine Oil
It is a good idea to check the engine oil level at each
fuel fill. In order to get an accurate reading, the oil must
be warm and the vehicle must be on level ground.
The engine oil dipstick handle is a yellow loop. See
Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16 for the
location of the engine oil dipstick.
1. Turn off the engine and give the oil several minutes
to drain back into the oil pan. If this is not done, the
oil dipstick might not show the actual level.
2. Pull out the dipstick and clean it with a paper towel
or cloth, then push it back in all the way. Remove it
again, keeping the tip down, and check the level.
K. Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir. See “Brake
Fluid” under Brakes on page 7‑40.
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When to Add Engine Oil
If the oil is below the cross-hatched area at the tip
of the dipstick, add at least one quart/liter of the
recommended oil. This section explains what kind of
oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see
Capacities and Specifications on page 7‑117.
Notice: Do not add too much oil. If the engine has
so much oil that the oil level gets above the
cross-hatched area that shows the proper operating
range, the engine could be damaged.
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See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 7‑16
for the location of the
engine oil fill cap.
Add enough oil to put the level somewhere in the proper
operating range. Push the dipstick all the way back in
when through.
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What Kind of Engine Oil to Use
Look for three things:
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GM4718M
This vehicle's engine requires a special oil meeting
GM Standard GM4718M. Oils meeting this
standard may be identified as synthetic. However,
not all synthetic oils will meet this GM standard.
Use only an oil that meets GM Standard
GM4718M.
Notice: Using oils that do not have the GM4718M
Standard designation can cause engine damage not
covered by the vehicle warranty.
.
SAE 5W-30
SAE 5W-30 is best for the vehicle. These numbers
on an oil container show its viscosity, or thickness.
Do not use other viscosity oils such as
SAE 20W-50.
.
American Petroleum Institute (API) starburst
symbol
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Oils meeting these
requirements should have
the starburst symbol on
the container. This symbol
indicates that the oil has
been certified by the
American Petroleum
Institute (API).
This vehicle's engine was filled at the factory with a
Mobil 1® synthetic oil meeting all requirements for this
vehicle.
Substitute Engine Oil: When adding oil to maintain
engine oil level, oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M
might not be available. You can add substitute oil
designated SAE 5W-30 with the starburst symbol at all
temperatures. Substitute oil not meeting GM Standard
GM4718M should not be used for an oil change.
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Engine Oil Additives / Engine Oil
Flushes
Do not add anything to the oil. The recommended oils
with the starburst symbol that meet GM standards are
all that is needed for good performance and engine
protection.
Engine oil system flushes are not recommended and
could cause engine damage not covered by the vehicle
warranty.
Engine Oil Life System
When to Change Engine Oil
This vehicle has a computer system that indicates when
to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on
engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on
mileage. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at
which an oil change is indicated can vary considerably.
For the oil life system to work properly, the system must
be reset every time the oil is changed.
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When the system has calculated that oil life has been
diminished, it indicates that an oil change is necessary.
A CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes on.
See DIC Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49.
Change the oil as soon as possible within the next
600 miles (1 000 km). It is possible that, if driving under
the best conditions, the oil life system might not indicate
that an oil change is necessary for over a year.
However, the engine oil and filter must be changed at
least once a year and at this time the system must be
reset. Your dealer has trained service people who will
perform this work using genuine parts and reset the
system. It is also important to check the oil regularly
and keep it at the proper level.
If the system is ever reset accidentally, the oil must be
changed at 3,000 miles (5 000 km) since the last oil
change. Remember to reset the oil life system
whenever the oil is changed.
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How to Reset the Engine Oil Life
System
The Engine Oil Life System calculates when to
change the engine oil and filter based on vehicle use.
Whenever the oil is changed, reset the system so it
can calculate when the next oil change is required.
If a situation occurs where the oil is changed prior to a
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message being turned
on, reset the system.
Always reset the engine oil life to 100% after every oil
change. It will not reset itself. To reset the Engine Oil
Life System:
1. Display the OIL LIFE REMAINING on the DIC.
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What to Do with Used Oil
Used engine oil contains certain elements that can be
unhealthy for your skin and could even cause cancer.
Do not let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Clean
your skin and nails with soap and water, or a good hand
cleaner. Wash or properly dispose of clothing or rags
containing used engine oil. See the manufacturer's
warnings about the use and disposal of oil products.
Used oil can be a threat to the environment. If you
change your own oil, be sure to drain all the oil from the
filter before disposal. Never dispose of oil by putting it in
the trash, pouring it on the ground, into sewers, or into
streams or bodies of water. Recycle it by taking it to a
place that collects used oil.
2. Press and hold the SET/RESET button on the DIC
for more than five seconds. The oil life will change
to 100%.
If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message comes
back on when the vehicle is started, the Engine Oil Life
System has not reset. Repeat the procedure.
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Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16 for
the location of the engine air cleaner/filter.
Inspect the air cleaner/filter every other oil change and
replace it at the first oil change after each 50,000 mile
(80 000 km) interval. See Scheduled Maintenance on
page 8‑3 for more information. If driving on dusty/dirty
conditions, inspect the filter at each engine oil change.
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Replacing the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
1. Locate the air cleaner/
filter assembly . See
Engine Compartment
Overview on
page 7‑16.
How to Inspect the Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter
To inspect the air cleaner/filter, remove the engine air
cleaner/filter from the vehicle by following Steps 1
through 6. When the engine air cleaner/filter is
removed, lightly shake it to release loose dust and dirt.
If the engine air cleaner/filter remains caked with dirt, a
new filter is required. Never use compressed air to
clean the filter.
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2. Loosen the four screws on the cover of the
housing and lift up the cover.
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{ WARNING:
Operating the engine with the air cleaner/filter off
can cause you or others to be burned. The air
cleaner not only cleans the air; it helps to stop
flames if the engine backfires. Use caution when
working on the engine and do not drive with the
air cleaner/filter off.
3. Remove the engine air cleaner/filter from the
housing. Care should be taken to dislodge as little
dirt as possible.
4. Clean the engine air cleaner/filter sealing surfaces
and the housing.
5. Inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter.
6. Reinstall the cover and tighten the screws.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid
When to Check and Change Automatic
Transmission Fluid
It is usually not necessary to check the transmission
fluid level. The only reason for fluid loss is a
transmission leak or overheating the transmission.
If you suspect a small leak, then use the following
checking procedures to check the fluid level. However,
if there is a large leak, then it may be necessary to have
the vehicle towed to a dealer service department and
have it repaired before driving the vehicle further.
Notice: Use of the incorrect automatic transmission
fluid may damage the vehicle, and the damages may
not be covered by the vehicle's warranty. Always
use the automatic transmission fluid listed in
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 8‑10.
Change the fluid and filter at the intervals listed in the
Maintenance Schedule. See Scheduled Maintenance
on page 8‑3. Be sure to use the transmission fluid
listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10.
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How to Check Automatic Transmission
Fluid
Notice: Too much or too little fluid can damage the
transmission. Too much can mean that some of the
fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts or
exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Too little fluid
could cause the transmission to overheat. Be sure
to get an accurate reading if checking the
transmission fluid.
Before checking the fluid level, prepare the vehicle as
follows:
1. Start the engine and park the vehicle on a level
surface. Keep the engine running.
2. Apply the parking brake and place the shift lever in
P (Park).
3. With your foot on the brake pedal, move the shift
lever through each gear range, pausing for about
three seconds in each range. Then, move the shift
lever back to P (Park).
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4. Allow the engine to idle (500 – 800 rpm) for at least
one minute. Slowly release the brake pedal.
5. Keep the engine running and press the Trip/Fuel
button or trip odometer reset stem until TRANS
TEMP (Transmission Temperature) displays on the
Driver Information Center (DIC).
6. Using the TRANS TEMP reading, determine and
perform the appropriate check procedure. If the
TRANS TEMP reading is not within the required
temperature ranges, allow the vehicle to cool,
or operate the vehicle until the appropriate
transmission fluid temperature is reached.
Cold Check Procedure
Use this procedure only as a reference to determine if
the transmission has enough fluid to be operated safely
until a hot check procedure can be made. The hot
check procedure is the most accurate method to check
the fluid level. Perform the hot check procedure at the
first opportunity. Use this cold check procedure to check
fluid level when the transmission temperature is
between 80°F and 90°F (27°C and 32°C).
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1. Locate the
transmission dipstick at
the rear of the engine
compartment, on the
passenger side of the
vehicle.
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16
for more information.
2. Flip the handle up and then pull out the dipstick
and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel.
3. Install the dipstick by pushing it back in all the way,
wait three seconds, and then pull it back out again.
4. Check both sides of the dipstick and read the lower
level. Repeat the check procedure to verify the
reading.
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Hot Check Procedure
Use this procedure to check the transmission fluid level
when the transmission fluid temperature is between
160°F and 200°F (71°C and 93°C).
The hot check is the most accurate method to check the
fluid level. The hot check should be performed at the
first opportunity in order to verify the cold check. The
fluid level rises as fluid temperature increases, so it is
important to ensure the transmission temperature is
within range.
5. If the fluid level is below the COLD check band,
add only enough fluid as necessary to bring the
level into the COLD band. It does not take much
fluid, generally less than one pint (0.5L). Do not
overfill.
1. Locate the
transmission dipstick at
the rear of the engine
compartment, on the
passenger side of the
vehicle.
6. Perform a hot check at the first opportunity after
the transmission reaches a normal operating
temperature between 160°F to 200°F (71°C
to 93°C).
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16
for more information.
7. If the fluid level is in the acceptable range, push
the dipstick back in all the way, then flip the handle
down to lock the dipstick in place.
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2. Flip the handle up and then pull out the dipstick
and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel.
3. Install the dipstick by pushing it back in all the way,
wait three seconds, and then pull it back out again.
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4. Check both sides of the dipstick and read the lower
level. Repeat the check procedure to verify the
reading.
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Consistency of Readings
Always check the fluid level at least twice using the
procedures described. Consistency (repeatable
readings) is important to maintaining proper fluid level.
If fluid is added, it may take 15 minutes or longer to
obtain an accurate reading because of residual fluid
draining down the dipstick tube. If inconsistent readings
persist, check the transmission breather to be sure it is
clean and not clogged. If readings are still inconsistent,
contact your dealer.
Cooling System
The cooling system allows the engine to maintain the
correct working temperature.
5. Safe operating level is within the HOT cross hatch
band on the dipstick. If the fluid level is not within
the HOT band, and the transmission temperature
is between 160°F and 200°F (71°C and 93°C), add
or drain fluid as necessary to bring the level into
the HOT band. If the fluid level is low, add only
enough fluid to bring the level into the HOT band.
It does not take much fluid, generally less than one
pint (0.5L). Do not overfill.
6. If the fluid level is in the acceptable range, push
the dipstick back in all the way, then flip the handle
down to lock the dipstick in place.
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{ WARNING:
An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can
start up even when the engine is not running and
can cause injury. Keep hands, clothing, and tools
away from any underhood electric fan.
A. Coolant Surge Tank
B. Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap
C. Engine Cooling Fan(s)
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{ WARNING:
Heater and radiator hoses, and other engine
parts, can be very hot. Do not touch them. If you
do, you can be burned.
Do not run the engine if there is a leak. If you run
the engine, it could lose all coolant. That could
cause an engine fire, and you could be burned.
Get any leak fixed before you drive the vehicle.
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Engine Coolant
The cooling system in the vehicle is filled with
DEX-COOL® engine coolant. This coolant is designed
to remain in the vehicle for five years or 150,000 miles
(240 000 km), whichever occurs first.
The following explains the cooling system and how to
check and add coolant when it is low. If there is a
problem with engine overheating, see Engine
Overheating on page 7‑34.
Notice: Using coolant other than DEX-COOL® can
cause premature engine, heater core, or radiator
corrosion. In addition, the engine coolant could
require changing sooner, at 50 000 km (30,000 miles)
or 24 months, whichever occurs first. Any repairs
would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
Always use DEX-COOL (silicate-free) coolant in the
vehicle.
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What to Use
{ WARNING:
Adding only plain water or some other liquid to the
cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water
and other liquids, can boil before the proper
coolant mixture will. The vehicle's coolant warning
system is set for the proper coolant mixture. With
plain water or the wrong mixture, the engine could
get too hot but you would not get the overheat
warning. The engine could catch fire and you or
others could be burned. Use a 50/50 mixture of
clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOL coolant.
Use a 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and
DEX-COOL® coolant. If using this mixture, nothing else
needs to be added. This mixture:
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Gives freezing protection down to −34°F (−37°C),
outside temperature.
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Gives boiling protection up to 265°F (129°C),
engine temperature.
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Protects against rust and corrosion.
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Will not damage aluminum parts.
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Helps keep the proper engine temperature.
Notice: If an improper coolant mixture is used,
the engine could overheat and be badly damaged.
The repair cost would not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Too much water in the mixture can freeze
and crack the engine, radiator, heater core, and
other parts.
Notice: If extra inhibitors and/or additives are used
in the vehicle's cooling system, the vehicle could be
damaged. Use only the proper mixture of the engine
coolant listed in this manual for the cooling system.
See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10 for more information.
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Checking Coolant
The vehicle must be on a level surface when checking
the coolant level.
Check to see if coolant is visible in the coolant surge
tank. If the coolant inside the coolant surge tank is
boiling, do not do anything else until it cools down.
If coolant is visible but the coolant level is not at or
above the FULL COLD mark, add a 50/50 mixture of
clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOL® coolant at the
coolant surge tank, but be sure the cooling system is
cool before this is done.
The coolant surge tank is located in the engine
compartment on the passenger side of the vehicle. See
Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16 for more
information on location.
The coolant level should be at or above the FULL
COLD mark. If it is not, you may have a leak in the
cooling system.
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How to Add Coolant to the Surge Tank
{ WARNING:
You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot
engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol
and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough.
Do not spill coolant on a hot engine.
Notice: This vehicle has a specific coolant fill
procedure. Failure to follow this procedure could
cause the engine to overheat and be severely
damaged.
{ WARNING:
An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can
start up even when the engine is not running and
can cause injury. Keep hands, clothing, and tools
away from any underhood electric fan.
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{ WARNING:
Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling
system can blow out and burn you badly. They are
under pressure, and if you turn the surge tank
pressure cap — even a little — they can come out
at high speed. Never turn the cap when the
cooling system, including the surge tank pressure
cap, is hot. Wait for the cooling system and surge
tank pressure cap to cool if you ever have to turn
the pressure cap.
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If no coolant is visible in the surge tank, add coolant as
follows:
1. You can remove the
coolant surge tank
pressure cap when
the cooling system,
including the coolant
surge tank pressure
cap and upper radiator
hose, is no longer hot.
Turn the pressure cap slowly counterclockwise
about one full turn. If you hear a hiss, wait for
that to stop. A hiss means there is still some
pressure left.
3. Fill the coolant surge tank with the proper mixture
to the FULL COLD mark.
2. Keep turning the pressure cap slowly and
remove it.
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5. Replace the pressure cap. Be sure the pressure
cap is hand-tight and fully seated.
6. Verify coolant level after engine is shut off and the
coolant is cold. If necessary, repeat coolant fill
procedure Steps 1 through 6.
Notice: If the pressure cap is not tightly installed,
coolant loss and possible engine damage may
occur. Be sure the cap is properly and tightly
secured.
Engine Overheating
The vehicle has several indicators to warn of engine
overheating.
4. With the coolant surge tank pressure cap off, start
the engine and let it run until you can feel the
upper radiator hose getting hot. Watch out for the
engine cooling fan.
By this time, the coolant level inside the coolant
surge tank may be lower. If the level is lower, add
more of the proper mixture to the coolant surge
tank until the level reaches the FULL COLD mark.
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There is a coolant temperature gauge on your vehicle's
instrument panel. See Engine Coolant Temperature
Gauge on page 4‑35.
In addition, ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE,
ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE, and a ENGINE
POWER IS REDUCED message comes on in the Driver
Information Center (DIC) on the instrument panel. See
DIC Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49.
You may decide not to lift the hood when this warning
appears, but instead get service help right away. See
Roadside Service on page 9‑8.
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If you do decide to lift the hood , make sure the vehicle
is parked on a level surface.
Then check to see if the engine cooling fans are
running. If the engine is overheating, both fans should
be running. If they are not, do not continue to run the
engine and have the vehicle serviced.
Notice: Engine damage from running your engine
without coolant is not covered by the vehicle
warranty. See Overheated Engine Protection
Operating Mode for information on driving to
a safe place in an emergency.
Notice: If the engine catches fire while driving with
no coolant, the vehicle can be badly damaged.
The costly repairs would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. See Overheated Engine Protection
Operating Mode on page 7‑37 for information on
driving to a safe place in an emergency.
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If Steam Is Coming From The Engine
Compartment
{ WARNING:
Steam from an overheated engine can burn you
badly, even if you just open the hood. Stay away
from the engine if you see or hear steam coming
from it. Turn it off and get everyone away from the
vehicle until it cools down. Wait until there is no
sign of steam or coolant before you open
the hood.
If you keep driving when the vehicles engine is
overheated, the liquids in it can catch fire. You or
others could be badly burned. Stop the engine if it
overheats, and get out of the vehicle until the
engine is cool.
See Overheated Engine Protection Operating
Mode on page 7‑37 for information on driving to
a safe place in an emergency.
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If No Steam Is Coming From The
Engine Compartment
The ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE or the
ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE message, along
with a low coolant condition, can indicate a serious
problem.
If you get an engine overheat warning, but see or
hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious.
Sometimes the engine can get a little too hot when you:
.
Climb a long hill on a hot day.
.
Stop after high-speed driving.
.
Idle for long periods in traffic.
.
Tow a trailer. See Towing a Trailer on page 6‑42.
If you get the ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE
or the ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE message
with no sign of steam, try this for a minute or so:
If the overheat warning is displayed with no sign of
steam:
1. Turn the air conditioning off.
2. Turn the heater on to the highest temperature and
to the highest fan speed. Open the windows as
necessary.
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3. In heavy traffic, let the engine idle in N (Neutral)
while stopped. If it is safe to do so, pull off the
road, shift to P (Park) or N (Neutral) and let the
engine idle.
If the temperature overheat gauge is no longer in
the overheat zone or an overheat warning no longer
displays, the vehicle can be driven. Continue to drive
the vehicle slow for about 10 minutes. Keep a safe
vehicle distance from the car in front of you. If the
warning does not come back on, continue to drive
normally.
If the warning continues, pull over, stop, and park
the vehicle right away.
If there is no sign of steam, idle the engine for
five minutes while parked. If the warning is still
displayed, turn off the engine until it cools down.
Also, see “Overheated Engine Protection Operating
Mode” later in this section.
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Overheated Engine Protection
Operating Mode
If an overheated engine condition exists and the
ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED message is displayed,
an overheat protection mode which alternates firing
groups of cylinders helps prevent engine damage. In
this mode, you will notice a loss in power and engine
performance. This operating mode allows the vehicle to
be driven to a safe place in an emergency. Driving
extended miles (km) and/or towing a trailer in the
overheat protection mode should be avoided.
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Engine Fan Noise
The vehicle has electric cooling fans. You might hear
the fans spinning at low speed during most everyday
driving. The fans can turn off if no cooling is required.
Under heavy vehicle loading, trailer towing, and/or high
outside temperatures, or if you are operating the air
conditioning system, the fans can change to high speed
and you might hear an increase in fan noise. This is
normal and indicates that the cooling system is
functioning properly. The fans change to low speed
when additional cooling is no longer required.
Notice: After driving in the overheated engine
protection operating mode, to avoid engine damage,
allow the engine to cool before attempting any
repair. The engine oil will be severely degraded.
Repair the cause of coolant loss, change the oil
and reset the oil life system. See Engine Oil on
page 7‑17.
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Power Steering Fluid
See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 7‑16
for reservoir location.
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How to Check Power Steering Fluid
To check the power steering fluid:
1. Turn the key off and let the engine compartment
cool down.
2. Wipe the cap and the top of the reservoir clean.
3. Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a
clean rag.
4. Replace the cap and completely tighten it.
5. Remove the cap again and look at the fluid level
on the dipstick.
When to Check Power Steering Fluid
It is not necessary to regularly check power steering
fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or
you hear an unusual noise. A fluid loss in this system
could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected
and repaired.
The level should be at the FULL COLD mark.
If necessary, add only enough fluid to bring the level up
to the mark.
What to Use
To determine what kind of fluid to use, see
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 8‑10.
Always use the proper fluid.
Notice: Use of the incorrect fluid may damage the
vehicle and the damages may not be covered by the
vehicle's warranty. Always use the correct fluid
listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10.
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Windshield Washer Fluid
What to Use
When windshield washer fluid needs to be added, be
sure to read the manufacturer's instructions before use.
Use a fluid that has sufficient protection against freezing
in an area where the temperature may fall below
freezing.
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Notice:
.
When using concentrated washer fluid,
follow the manufacturer's instructions for
adding water.
.
Do not mix water with ready-to-use washer
fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze
and damage the washer fluid tank and other
parts of the washer system. Also, water does
not clean as well as washer fluid.
.
Fill the washer fluid tank only three-quarters
full when it is very cold. This allows for fluid
expansion if freezing occurs, which could
damage the tank if it is completely full.
.
Do not use engine coolant (antifreeze) in the
windshield washer. It can damage the
windshield washer system and paint.
Adding Washer Fluid
The vehicle has a low washer fluid message in the DIC
that comes on when the washer fluid is low. The
message is displayed for 15 seconds at the start of
each ignition cycle. When the WASHER FLUID LOW
ADD FLUID message displays, you will need to add
washer fluid to the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
Open the cap with the
washer symbol on it. Add
washer fluid until the tank
is full. See Engine
Compartment Overview
on page 7‑16 for
reservoir location.
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Brakes
Brake Fluid
The brake master cylinder
reservoir is filled with
DOT 3 brake fluid. See
Engine Compartment
Overview on page 7‑16
for the location of the
reservoir.
There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in
the reservoir might go down:
.
The brake fluid level goes down because of normal
brake lining wear. When new linings are installed,
the fluid level goes back up.
.
A fluid leak in the brake hydraulic system can also
cause a low fluid level. Have the brake hydraulic
system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or
later the brakes will not work well.
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Do not top off the brake fluid. Adding fluid does not
correct a leak. If fluid is added when the linings are
worn, there will be too much fluid when new brake
linings are installed. Add or remove brake fluid, as
necessary, only when work is done on the brake
hydraulic system.
{ WARNING:
If too much brake fluid is added, it can spill on the
engine and burn, if the engine is hot enough. You
or others could be burned, and the vehicle could
be damaged. Add brake fluid only when work is
done on the brake hydraulic system. See
“Checking Brake Fluid” in this section.
When the brake fluid falls to a low level, the brake
warning light comes on. See Brake System Warning
Light on page 4‑33.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when
to check the brake fluid. See Scheduled Maintenance
on page 8‑3.
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Checking Brake Fluid
Check brake fluid by looking at the brake fluid reservoir.
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16.
The fluid level should be
above MIN. If it is not,
have the brake hydraulic
system checked to see if
there is a leak.
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Always clean the brake fluid reservoir cap and the area
around the cap before removing it. This helps keep dirt
from entering the reservoir.
{ WARNING:
With the wrong kind of fluid in the brake hydraulic
system, the brakes might not work well. This could
cause a crash. Always use the proper brake fluid.
Notice:
.
Using the wrong fluid can badly damage
brake hydraulic system parts. For example,
just a few drops of mineral-based oil, such
as engine oil, in the brake hydraulic system
can damage brake hydraulic system parts so
badly that they will have to be replaced. Do
not let someone put in the wrong kind of
fluid.
.
If brake fluid is spilled on the vehicle's
painted surfaces, the paint finish can be
damaged. Be careful not to spill brake fluid
on the vehicle. If you do, wash it off
immediately. See Washing Your Vehicle on
page 7‑103.
After work is done on the brake hydraulic system, make
sure the level is above the MIN but not over the
MAX mark.
What to Add
Use only new DOT 3 brake fluid from a sealed
container. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10.
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Brake Wear
This vehicle has disc brakes. Disc brake pads have
built-in wear indicators that make a high-pitched
warning sound when the brake pads are worn and new
pads are needed. The sound can come and go or be
heard all the time the vehicle is moving, except when
applying the brake pedal firmly.
{ WARNING:
The brake wear warning sound means that soon
the brakes will not work well. That could lead to a
crash. When the brake wear warning sound is
heard, have the vehicle serviced.
Notice: Continuing to drive with worn-out brake
pads could result in costly brake repair.
Some driving conditions or climates can cause a brake
squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly
applied. This does not mean something is wrong with
the brakes.
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Properly torqued wheel nuts are necessary to help
prevent brake pulsation. When tires are rotated, inspect
brake pads for wear and evenly tighten wheel nuts in
the proper sequence to torque specifications in
Capacities and Specifications on page 7‑117.
Brake linings should always be replaced as complete
axle sets.
Brake Pedal Travel
See your dealer if the brake pedal does not return to
normal height, or if there is a rapid increase in pedal
travel. This could be a sign that brake service might be
required.
Brake Adjustment
Every brake stop, the disc brakes adjust for wear.
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Replacing Brake System Parts
Battery
The braking system on a vehicle is complex. Its many
parts have to be of top quality and work well together if
the vehicle is to have really good braking. The vehicle
was designed and tested with top-quality brake parts.
When parts of the braking system are replaced — for
example, when the brake linings wear down and new
ones are installed — be sure to get new approved
replacement parts. If this is not done, the brakes might
not work properly. For example, if someone puts in
brake linings that are wrong for the vehicle, the balance
between the front and rear brakes can change — for the
worse. The braking performance expected can change
in many other ways if the wrong replacement brake
parts are installed.
If the vehicle is a Two‐mode Hybrid, see the Two‐mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
Refer to the replacement number on the original battery
label when a new battery is needed. See Engine
Compartment Overview on page 7‑16 for battery
location.
{ DANGER:
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer
and reproductive harm. Wash hands after
handling.
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Vehicle Storage
{ WARNING:
Batteries have acid that can burn you and gas
that can explode. You can be badly hurt if you
are not careful. See Jump Starting on page 7‑44
for tips on working around a battery without
getting hurt.
Infrequent Usage: Remove the black, negative (−) cable
from the battery to keep the battery from running down.
Extended Storage: Remove the black, negative (−)
cable from the battery or use a battery trickle charger.
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Jump Starting
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
If the vehicle's battery (or batteries) has run down, you
may want to use another vehicle and some jumper
cables to start your vehicle. Be sure to use the following
steps to do it safely.
{ WARNING:
Batteries can hurt you. They can be dangerous
because:
.
They contain acid that can burn you.
.
They contain gas that can explode or ignite.
.
They contain enough electricity to burn you.
If you do not follow these steps exactly, some or
all of these things can hurt you.
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Notice: Ignoring these steps could result in costly
damage to the vehicle that would not be covered by
the warranty.
Trying to start the vehicle by pushing or pulling it
will not work, and it could damage the vehicle.
1. Check the other vehicle. It must have a 12-volt
battery with a negative ground system.
Notice: If the other vehicle's system is not a 12-volt
system with a negative ground, both vehicles can
be damaged. Only use vehicles with 12-volt systems
with negative grounds to jump start your vehicle.
2. Get the vehicles close enough so the jumper
cables can reach, but be sure the vehicles are not
touching each other. If they are, it could cause a
ground connection you do not want. You would
not be able to start your vehicle, and the bad
grounding could damage the electrical systems.
To avoid the possibility of the vehicles rolling, set
the parking brake firmly on both vehicles involved
in the jump start procedure. Put the automatic
transmission in P (Park) or a manual transmission
in Neutral before setting the parking brake. If you
have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, be sure the
transfer case is in a drive gear, not in Neutral.
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Notice: If you leave the radio or other accessories
on during the jump starting procedure, they could
be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by
the warranty. Always turn off the radio and other
accessories when jump starting the vehicle.
3. Turn off the ignition on both vehicles. Unplug
unnecessary accessories plugged into the
cigarette lighter or the accessory power outlets.
Turn off the radio and all the lamps that are not
needed. This avoids sparks and helps save both
batteries. And it could save the radio!
4. Open the hood on the other vehicle and locate the
positive (+) and negative (−) terminal locations on
that vehicle.
Your vehicle has a remote positive (+) jump starting
terminal and a remote negative (−) jump starting
terminal. You should always use these remote
terminals instead of the terminals on the battery.
If the vehicle has a remote positive (+) terminal, it
is located under a red plastic cover at the positive
battery post. To uncover the remote positive (+)
terminal, open the red plastic cover.
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{ WARNING:
An electric fan can start up even when the engine
is not running and can injure you. Keep hands,
clothing and tools away from any underhood
electric fan.
{ WARNING:
The remote negative (−) terminal is a stud located
on the right front of the engine, where the negative
battery cable attaches.
See Engine Compartment Overview on page 7‑16
for more information on the location of the remote
positive (+) and remote negative (−) terminals.
Using an open flame near a battery can cause
battery gas to explode. People have been hurt
doing this, and some have been blinded. Use a
flashlight if you need more light.
Be sure the battery has enough water. You do not
need to add water to the battery installed in your
new vehicle. But if a battery has filler caps, be
sure the right amount of fluid is there. If it is low,
add water to take care of that first. If you do not,
explosive gas could be present.
Battery fluid contains acid that can burn you. Do
not get it on you. If you accidentally get it in your
eyes or on your skin, flush the place with water
and get medical help immediately.
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{ WARNING:
Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you
badly. Keep your hands away from moving parts
once the engine is running.
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6. Connect the red
positive (+) cable to the
positive (+) terminal of
the vehicle with the
dead battery. Use a
remote positive (+)
terminal if the vehicle
has one.
5. Check that the jumper cables do not have loose or
missing insulation. If they do, you could get a
shock. The vehicles could be damaged too.
Before you connect the cables, here are some
basic things you should know. Positive (+) will go to
positive (+) or to a remote positive (+) terminal if
the vehicle has one. Negative (−) will go to a
heavy, unpainted metal engine part or to a remote
negative (−) terminal if the vehicle has one.
Do not connect positive (+) to negative (−) or you
will get a short that would damage the battery and
maybe other parts too. And do not connect the
negative (−) cable to the negative (−) terminal on
the dead battery because this can cause sparks.
7. Do not let the other end touch metal. Connect it to
the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Use a
remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one.
8. Now connect the black negative (−) cable to the
negative (−) terminal of the good battery. Use a
remote negative (−) terminal if the vehicle has one.
Do not let the other end touch anything until the
next step. The other end of the negative (−) cable
does not go to the dead battery. It goes to a heavy,
unpainted metal engine part or to the remote
negative (−) terminal on the vehicle with the dead
battery.
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9. Connect the other end of the negative (−) cable to
the remote negative (−) terminal, on the vehicle
with the dead battery.
10. Now start the vehicle with the good battery and run
the engine for a while.
11. Try to start the vehicle that had the dead battery.
If it will not start after a few tries, it probably needs
service.
Notice: If the jumper cables are connected or
removed in the wrong order, electrical shorting may
occur and damage the vehicle. The repairs would
not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Always
connect and remove the jumper cables in the
correct order, making sure that the cables do not
touch each other or other metal.
Jumper Cable Removal
A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part or Remote
Negative (−) Terminal
B. Good Battery or Remote Positive (+) and Remote
Negative (−) Terminals
C. Dead Battery or Remote Positive (+) Terminal
To disconnect the jumper cables from both vehicles do
the following:
1. Disconnect the black negative (−) cable from the
vehicle that had the bad battery.
2. Disconnect the black negative (−) cable from the
vehicle with the good battery.
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3. Disconnect the red positive (+) cable from the
vehicle with the good battery.
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How to Check Lubricant
4. Disconnect the red positive (+) cable from the other
vehicle.
5. Return the remote positive (+) terminal cover, if the
vehicle has one, to its original position.
All-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case
If your vehicle is equipped with All-Wheel Drive, be
sure to perform the lubricant checks described in this
section. There are two additional systems that need
lubrication.
When to Check Lubricant
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine
how often to check the lubricant. See Scheduled
Maintenance on page 8‑3.
(A) Drain Plug (B) Filler Plug
To get an accurate reading, the vehicle should be on a
level surface.
If the level is below the bottom of the filler plug hole,
located on the transfer case, you'll need to add some
lubricant. Add enough lubricant to raise the level to
the bottom of the filler plug hole. Use care not to
overtighten the plug.
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What to Use
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How to Check Lubricant
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what
kind of lubricant to use. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 8‑10.
Rear Axle
When to Check Lubricant
It is not necessary to regularly check rear axle fluid
unless you suspect there is a leak or you hear an
unusual noise. A fluid loss could indicate a problem.
Have it inspected and repaired.
All axle assemblies are filled by volume of fluid during
production. They are not filled to reach a certain level.
When checking the fluid level on any axle, variations in
the readings can be caused by factory fill differences
between the minimum and the maximum fluid volume.
Also, if a vehicle has just been driven before checking
the fluid level, it may appear lower than normal because
fluid has traveled out along the axle tubes and has not
drained back to the sump area. Therefore, a reading
taken five minutes after the vehicle has been driven will
appear to have a lower fluid level than a vehicle that
has been stationary for an hour or two. Remember that
the rear axle assembly must be supported to get a true
reading.
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To get an accurate reading, the vehicle should be on a
level surface.
.
For Two-Wheel-Drive vehicles, the proper level is
from 0.6 inch to 1.6 inches (15 mm to 40 mm) below
the bottom of the filler plug hole, located on the
rear axle. Add only enough fluid to reach the
proper level.
.
For All-Wheel-Drive vehicles, the proper level is
from 0.04 inch to 0.75 inch (1.0 mm to 19.0 mm)
below the bottom of the filler plug hole, located on
the rear axle. Add only enough fluid to reach the
proper level.
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What to Use
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what
kind of lubricant to use. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 8‑10.
Front Axle
When to Check and Change Lubricant
It is not necessary to regularly check front axle fluid
unless you suspect there is a leak or you hear an
unusual noise. A fluid loss could indicate a problem.
Have it inspected and repaired.
How to Check Lubricant
To get an accurate reading, the vehicle should be on a
level surface.
A: Fill Plug
B: Drain Plug
.
When the differential is cold, add enough lubricant
to raise the level from 0 (0 mm) to 1/8 inch
(3.2 mm) below the filler plug hole.
.
When the differential is at operating temperature
(warm), add enough lubricant to raise the level to
the bottom of the filler plug hole.
What to Use
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what
kind of lubricant to use. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 8‑10.
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Headlamp Aiming
.
Be normally loaded with a full tank of fuel and one
person or 160 lbs (75 kg) sitting on the driver seat.
The vehicle has a visual optical headlamp aiming
system. The aim of the headlamps have been preset at
the factory and should need no further adjustment.
.
Have the tires properly inflated.
.
Have the spare tire is in its proper location in the
vehicle.
However, if the vehicle is damaged in a crash, the aim
of the headlamps may be affected and adjustment may
be necessary.
If oncoming vehicles flash their high beams at you, this
may mean the vertical aim of your headlamps needs to
be adjusted.
It is recommended that the vehicle is taken to your
dealer for service if the headlamps need to be adjusted.
It is possible however, to re-aim the headlamps as
described.
The vehicle should:
.
Be placed so the headlamps are 25 ft. (7.6 m) from
a light colored wall or other flat surface.
.
Have all four tires on a level surface which is level
all the way to the wall or other flat surface.
.
Be placed so it is perpendicular to the wall or other
flat surface.
.
Not have any snow, ice, or mud on it.
.
Be fully assembled and all other work stopped
while headlamp aiming is being performed.
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Headlamp aiming is done with the vehicle's low-beam
headlamps. The high-beam headlamps will be correctly
aimed if the low-beam headlamps are aimed properly.
To adjust the vertical aim:
1. Open the hood. See Hood Release on page 7‑15
for more information.
2. Locate the center of
the projector lens of
the low‐beam
headlamp.
3. Record the distance from the ground to the center
of the projector lens of the low‐beam headlamp.
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4. At a wall, measure from the ground upward (A) to
the recorded distance from Step 3 and mark it.
5. Draw or tape a horizontal line (B) on the wall the
width of the vehicle at the height of the mark in
Step 4.
Notice: Do not cover a headlamp to improve beam
cut-off when aiming. Covering a headlamp may
cause excessive heat build-up which may cause
damage to the headlamp.
6. Turn on the low-beam headlamps and place a
piece of cardboard or equivalent in front of the
headlamp not being adjusted. This allows only the
beam of light from the headlamp being adjusted to
be seen on the flat surface.
7. Locate the vertical headlamp aiming screws, which
are under the hood near each headlamp assembly.
The adjustment screw can be turned with a E8
Torx® socket.
8. Turn the vertical aiming screw until the headlamp
beam is aimed to the horizontal tape line. Turn it
clockwise or counterclockwise to raise or lower the
angle of the beam.
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Bulb Replacement
For the proper type of replacement bulbs, see
Replacement Bulbs on page 7‑56.
For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this
section, contact your dealer.
High Intensity Discharge (HID)
Lighting
9. Make sure that the light from the headlamp is
positioned at the bottom edge of the horizontal
tape line. The lamp on the left (A) shows the
correct headlamp aim. The lamp on the right (B)
shows the incorrect headlamp aim.
10. Repeat Steps 7 through 9 for the opposite
headlamp.
{ WARNING:
The low beam high intensity discharge lighting
system operates at a very high voltage. If you try
to service any of the system components, you
could be seriously injured. Have your dealer or a
qualified technician service them.
The vehicle may have HID headlamps. After an HID
headlamp bulb has been replaced, you may notice that
the beam is a slightly different shade than it was
originally. This is normal.
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LED Lighting
The vehicle may have LED headlamps.
For replacement of the LED lighting assembly
contact your dealer.
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2. Remove the two
screws from the
taillamp assembly.
Back-Up Lamps
To replace this bulb:
1. Open the liftgate.
See Power Liftgate on
page 3‑14 for more
information.
3. Pull the taillamp assembly rearward until you
disengage the inner pins on the taillamp assembly
from the vehicle.
4. Press the release tab, if the bulb socket has one,
and turn the socket counterclockwise to remove it
from the taillamp assembly.
5. Pull the old bulb straight out from the socket.
6. Press a new bulb into the socket, insert the socket
into the taillamp assembly and turn the socket
clockwise into the taillamp assembly until it clicks.
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7. Reinstall the taillamp assembly. When reinstalling,
make sure to line up the pins on the taillamp
assembly with the vehicle. If you do not line up the
pins correctly, you will not be able install the
taillamp assembly properly.
If you need to replace the taillamp, stoplamp, or turn
signal, you will need to see your dealer for service.
License Plate Lamp
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2. Twist and pull the license plate lamp forward
through the molding opening.
3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull the
bulb straight out of the socket.
4. Install the new bulb.
5. Reverse Steps 1 through 3 to reinstall the license
plate lamp.
Replacement Bulbs
Exterior Lamp
Back-up Lamp
License Plate Lamp
Bulb Number
7440
W5W
For replacement bulbs not listed here, contact your
dealer.
1. Remove the two screws holding each of the
license plate lamps to the molding that is part of
the liftgate.
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Windshield Wiper Blade
Replacement
Windshield wiper blades should be inspected for wear
or cracking. See Scheduled Maintenance on page 8‑3.
Replacement blades come in different types and are
removed in different ways. To replace the wiper blade
assembly:
1. Pull the windshield wiper arm connector away from
the windshield.
3. Install the new blade onto the arm connector and
make sure the grooved areas are fully set in the
locked position.
For the proper type and size, see Maintenance
Replacement Parts on page 8‑12.
2. Squeeze the grooved areas on each side of the
blade, and turn the blade assembly away from the
arm connector.
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Backglass Wiper Blade Replacement
1. Lift the wiper blade assembly up and out of the
park rest position.
4. Replace the wiper blade.
5. Return the wiper blade assembly to the park rest
position.
2. Pull the wiper blade assembly away from the
backglass. The backglass wiper blade will not lock
in a vertical position, so care should be used when
pulling it away from the vehicle.
3. Turn the wiper blade assembly, and pull it off of the
wiper arm. Hold the wiper arm in position and push
the blade away from the wiper arm.
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Tires
Your new vehicle comes with high-quality tires
made by a leading tire manufacturer. If you ever
have questions about your tire warranty and
where to obtain service, see your vehicle
Warranty booklet for details. For additional
information refer to the tire manufacturer.
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{ WARNING:
WARNING: (Continued)
.
Poorly maintained and improperly used
tires are dangerous.
.
Overloading your tires can cause
overheating as a result of too much
flexing. You could have an air-out and a
serious accident. SeeLoading the Vehicle
on page 6‑32 .
.
Underinflated tires pose the same danger
as overloaded tires. The resulting
accident could cause serious injury.
Check all tires frequently to maintain the
recommended pressure. Tire pressure
should be checked when your tires are
cold. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on
page 7‑65 .
(Continued)
.
Overinflated tires are more likely to be
cut, punctured, or broken by a sudden
impact — such as when you hit a
pothole. Keep tires at the recommended
pressure.
.
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
If your tread is badly worn, or if your tires
have been damaged, replace them.
See High-Speed Operation on page 7‑66 for
inflation pressure adjustment for high speed
driving.
22‐Inch Tires
If your vehicle has the optional 22‐inch
P285/45R22 size tires, they are classified as
touring tires and are designed for on‐road use.
The
low‐profile, wide tread design is not recommended
for off‐road driving. See Off-Road Driving on
page 6‑13, for additional information.
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Tire Sidewall Labeling
Useful information about a tire is molded into the
sidewall. The following illustration is an example
of a typical P‐Metric tire sidewall.
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(B) TPC Spec (Tire Performance Criteria
Specification): Original equipment tires designed
to GM's specific tire performance criteria have a
TPC specification code molded onto the sidewall.
GM's TPC specifications meet or exceed all
federal safety guidelines.
(C) DOT (Department of Transportation) : The
Department of Transportation (DOT) code
indicates that the tire is in compliance with the
U.S. Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards.
(D) Tire Identification Number (TIN) : The letters
and numbers following DOT code are the Tire
Identification Number (TIN). The TIN shows the
manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date
the tire was manufactured. The TIN is molded
onto both sides of the tire, although only one side
may have the date of manufacture.
Passenger (P‐Metric) Tire
(A) Tire Size: The tire size code is a combination
of letters and numbers used to define a particular
tire's width, height, aspect ratio, construction type,
and service description. See the “Tire Size”
illustration later in this section for more detail.
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(E) Tire Ply Material : The type of cord and
number of plies in the sidewall and under the
tread.
(F) Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) : Tire
manufacturers are required to grade tires based
on three performance factors: treadwear, traction,
and temperature resistance. For more information,
see Uniform Tire Quality Grading on page 7‑76.
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(G) Maximum Cold Inflation Load Limit :
Maximum load that can be carried and the
maximum pressure needed to support that load.
For information on recommended tire pressure
see Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65 and
Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
Tire Size
The following examples show the different parts of
a tire size.
Passenger (P‐Metric) Tire
(A) Passenger (P‐Metric) Tire: The United States
version of a metric tire sizing system. The letter P
as the first character in the tire size means a
passenger vehicle tire engineered to standards
set by the U.S. Tire and Rim Association.
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(B) Tire Width: The three‐digit number indicates
the tire section width in millimeters from sidewall
to sidewall.
(C) Aspect Ratio: A two‐digit number that
indicates the tire height‐to‐width measurements.
For example, if the tire size aspect ratio is 75, as
shown in item C of the light truck (LT‐Metric) tire
illustration, it would mean that the tire's sidewall is
75% as high as it is wide.
(D) Construction Code: A letter code is used to
indicate the type of ply construction in the tire.
The letter R means radial ply construction; the
letter D means diagonal or bias ply construction;
and the letter B means belted‐bias ply
construction.
(E) Rim Diameter : Diameter of the wheel in
inches.
(F) Service Description: These characters
represent the load index and speed rating of the
tire. The load index represents the load carry
capacity a tire is certified to carry. The speed
rating is the maximum speed a tire is certified to
carry a load.
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Tire Terminology and Definitions
Air Pressure: The amount of air inside the tire
pressing outward on each square inch of the tire.
Air pressure is expressed in pounds per square
inch (psi) or kilopascal (kPa).
Accessory Weight: This means the combined
weight of optional accessories. Some examples of
optional accessories are, automatic transmission,
power steering, power brakes, power windows,
power seats, and air conditioning.
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Cold Tire Pressure: The amount of air pressure
in a tire, measured in pounds per square inch (psi)
or kilopascals (kPa) before a tire has built up heat
from driving. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on
page 7‑65.
Curb Weight: The weight of a motor vehicle with
standard and optional equipment including the
maximum capacity of fuel, oil, and coolant, but
without passengers and cargo.
Belt: A rubber coated layer of cords that is
located between the plies and the tread. Cords
may be made from steel or other reinforcing
materials.
DOT Markings: A code molded into the sidewall
of a tire signifying that the tire is in compliance
with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
motor vehicle safety standards. The DOT code
includes the Tire Identification Number (TIN), an
alphanumeric designator which can also identify
the tire manufacturer, production plant, brand, and
date of production.
Bead: The tire bead contains steel wires wrapped
by steel cords that hold the tire onto the rim.
GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
See Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the plies
are laid at alternate angles less than 90 degrees
to the centerline of the tread.
GAWR FRT: Gross Axle Weight Rating for the
front axle. See Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
Aspect Ratio: The relationship of a tire's height to
its width.
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GAWR RR: Gross Axle Weight Rating for the rear
axle. See Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
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Intended Outboard Sidewall : The side of an
asymmetrical tire, that must always face outward
when mounted on a vehicle.
Kilopascal (kPa): The metric unit for air pressure.
Light Truck (LT‐Metric) Tire: A tire used on light
duty trucks and some multipurpose passenger
vehicles.
Load Index: An assigned number ranging from
1 to 279 that corresponds to the load carrying
capacity of a tire.
Maximum Inflation Pressure: The maximum
air pressure to which a cold tire can be inflated.
The maximum air pressure is molded onto the
sidewall.
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Occupant Distribution : Designated seating
positions.
Outward Facing Sidewall: The side of an
asymmetrical tire that has a particular side that
faces outward when mounted on a vehicle.
The side of the tire that contains a whitewall,
bears white lettering, or bears manufacturer,
brand, and/or model name molding that is higher
or deeper than the same moldings on the other
sidewall of the tire.
Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: A tire used on
passenger cars and some light duty trucks and
multipurpose vehicles.
Maximum Load Rating: The load rating for a tire
at the maximum permissible inflation pressure for
that tire.
Recommended Inflation Pressure : Vehicle
manufacturer's recommended tire inflation
pressure as shown on the tire placard. See
Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65 and Loading
the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
Maximum Loaded Vehicle Weight: The sum of
curb weight, accessory weight, vehicle capacity
weight, and production options weight.
Radial Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the
ply cords that extend to the beads are laid at
90 degrees to the centerline of the tread.
Normal Occupant Weight: The number of
occupants a vehicle is designed to seat multiplied
by 150 lbs (68 kg). See Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32.
Rim: A metal support for a tire and upon which
the tire beads are seated.
Sidewall: The portion of a tire between the tread
and the bead.
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Speed Rating: An alphanumeric code assigned
to a tire indicating the maximum speed at which a
tire can operate.
Traction: The friction between the tire and the
road surface. The amount of grip provided.
Tread: The portion of a tire that comes into
contact with the road.
Treadwear Indicators: Narrow bands, sometimes
called wear bars, that show across the tread of a
tire when only 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread
remains. See When It Is Time for New Tires on
page 7‑73.
UTQGS (Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Standards): A tire information system that
provides consumers with ratings for a tire's
traction, temperature, and treadwear. Ratings
are determined by tire manufacturers using
government testing procedures. The ratings are
molded into the sidewall of the tire. See Uniform
Tire Quality Grading on page 7‑76.
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Vehicle Capacity Weight: The number of
designated seating positions multiplied by 150 lbs
(68 kg) plus the rated cargo load. See Loading the
Vehicle on page 6‑32.
Vehicle Maximum Load on the Tire: Load on
an individual tire due to curb weight, accessory
weight, occupant weight, and cargo weight.
Vehicle Placard: A label permanently attached to
a vehicle showing the vehicle's capacity weight
and the original equipment tire size and
recommended inflation pressure. See “Tire and
Loading Information Label” under Loading the
Vehicle on page 6‑32.
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Inflation - Tire Pressure
If your vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the
Two-mode Hybrid manual for more information.
Tires need the correct amount of air pressure to
operate effectively.
Notice: Do not let anyone tell you that
under‐inflation or over‐inflation is all right.
It is not. If your tires do not have enough air
(under‐inflation), you can get the following:
.
Too much flexing
.
Too much heat
.
Tire overloading
.
Premature or irregular wear
.
Poor handling
.
Reduced fuel economy
If your tires have too much air (over‐inflation),
you can get the following:
.
Unusual wear
.
Poor handling
.
Rough ride
.
Needless damage from road hazards
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A vehicle specific Tire and Loading Information
label is attached to your vehicle. This label shows
your vehicle's original equipment tires and the
correct inflation pressures for your tires when they
are cold. The recommended cold tire inflation
pressure, shown on the label, is the minimum
amount of air pressure needed to support your
vehicle's maximum load carrying capacity.
For additional information regarding how much
weight your vehicle can carry, and an example of
the Tire and Loading Information label, see
Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32. How you load
your vehicle affects vehicle handling and ride
comfort. Never load your vehicle with more weight
than it was designed to carry.
When to Check
Check your tires once a month or more.
Do not forget to check the pressure of the spare
tire. SeeSpare Tire on page 7‑98 for additional
information.
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How to Check
Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to check
tire pressure. You cannot tell if your tires are
properly inflated simply by looking at them. Radial
tires may look properly inflated even when they
are underinflated. Check the tire's inflation
pressure when the tires are cold. Cold means
your vehicle has been sitting for at least
three hours or driven no more than
1 mile (1.6 km).
Remove the valve cap from the tire valve stem.
Press the tire gauge firmly onto the valve to get a
pressure measurement. If the cold tire inflation
pressure matches the recommended pressure on
the Tire and Loading Information label, no further
adjustment is necessary. If the pressure is low,
add air until you reach the recommended amount.
If you overfill the tire, release air by pushing on
the metal stem in the center of the tire valve.
Recheck the tire pressure with the tire gauge.
Be sure to put the valve caps back on the valve
stems. They help prevent leaks by keeping out dirt
and moisture.
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High-Speed Operation
{ WARNING:
Driving at high speeds, 160 km/h (100 mph) or
higher, puts an additional strain on tires.
Sustained high-speed driving causes excessive
heat build up and can cause sudden tire failure.
You could have a crash and you or others could
be killed. Some high-speed rated tires require
inflation pressure adjustment for high speed
operation. When speed limits and road conditions
are such that a vehicle can be driven at high
speeds, make sure the tires are rated for high
speed operation, in excellent condition, and set to
the correct cold tire inflation pressure for the
vehicle load.
If your vehicle has P265/65R18 or P285/45R22 size
tires and you will be driving at high speeds, speeds of
100 mph (160 km/h) or higher, set the cold inflation
pressure to 3 psi (20 kPa) above the recommended tire
pressure shown on the Tire and Loading Information
Label. When you end this high‐speed driving, return the
tires to the cold inflation pressure shown on the Tire and
Loading Information label. See Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32 and Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65.
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Tire Pressure Monitor System
The Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) uses radio
and sensor technology to check tire pressure levels.
The TPMS sensors monitor the air pressure in your
vehicle's tires and transmit tire pressure readings to a
receiver located in the vehicle.
Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be
checked monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation
pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer
on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label.
(If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size
indicated on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure
label, you should determine the proper tire inflation
pressure for those tires.)
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been
equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system
(TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when
one or more of your tires is significantly under‐inflated.
Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale
illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as
soon as possible, and inflate them to the proper
pressure. Driving on a significantly under‐inflated tire
causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Under‐inflation also reduces fuel efficiency and tire
tread life, and may affect the vehicle's handling and
stopping ability.
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Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper
tire maintenance, and it is the driver's responsibility to
maintain correct tire pressure, even if under‐inflation
has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the
TPMS low tire pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS
malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure telltale. When the
system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for
approximately one minute and then remain continuously
illuminated. This sequence will continue upon
subsequent vehicle start‐ups as long as the malfunction
exists.
When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the
system may not be able to detect or signal low tire
pressure as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur
for a variety of reasons, including the installation of
replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle
that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly.
Always check the TPMS malfunction telltale after
replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to
ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and
wheels allow the TPMS to continue to function properly.
See Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on page 7‑68 for
additional information.
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Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) and Industry Canada
See Radio Frequency Statement on page 9‑21 for
information regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules and Industry
Canada Standards RSS-210/220/310.
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
If your vehicle is a Two‐mode Hybrid, see the
Two‐mode Hybrid manual for more information.
This vehicle may have a Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS). The TPMS is designed to warn the driver when
a low tire pressure condition exists. TPMS sensors are
mounted onto each tire and wheel assembly, excluding
the spare tire and wheel assembly. The TPMS sensors
monitor the air pressure in the vehicle's tires and
transmit the tire pressure readings to a receiver located
in the vehicle.
When a low tire pressure
condition is detected, the
TPMS illuminates the low
tire pressure warning light
located on the instrument
panel cluster.
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At the same time a message to check the pressure in a
specific tire appears on the Driver Information Center
(DIC) display. The low tire pressure warning light and
the DIC warning message come on at each ignition
cycle until the tires are inflated to the correct inflation
pressure. Using the DIC, tire pressure levels can be
viewed by the driver. For additional information and
details about the DIC operation and displays see DIC
Operation and Displays on page 4‑42 and DIC
Warnings and Messages on page 4‑49.
The low tire pressure warning light may come on in cool
weather when the vehicle is first started, and then turn
off as you start to drive. This could be an early indicator
that the air pressure in the tire(s) are getting low and
need to be inflated to the proper pressure.
A Tire and Loading Information label, attached to your
vehicle, shows the size of your vehicle's original
equipment tires and the correct inflation pressure for
your vehicle's tires when they are cold. See Loading the
Vehicle on page 6‑32, for an example of the Tire and
Loading Information label and its location on your
vehicle. Also see Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 7‑65.
Your vehicle's TPMS can warn you about a low tire
pressure condition but it does not replace normal tire
maintenance. See Tire Inspection and Rotation on
page 7‑71 and Tires on page 7‑58.
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Notice: Liquid tire sealants could damage the Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) sensors. Sensor
damage caused by using a tire sealant is not
covered by your warranty. Do not use liquid tire
sealants.
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.
The TPMS sensor matching process was started
but not completed or not completed successfully
after rotating the vehicle's tires. The DIC message
and TPMS malfunction light should go off once the
TPMS sensor matching process is performed
successfully. See “TPMS Sensor Matching
Process” later in this section.
.
One or more TPMS sensors are missing or
damaged. The DIC message and the TPMS
malfunction light should go off when the TPMS
sensors are installed and the sensor matching
process is performed successfully. See your dealer
for service.
.
Replacement tires or wheels do not match your
vehicle's original equipment tires or wheels. Tires
and wheels other than those recommended for
your vehicle could prevent the TPMS from
functioning properly. See Buying New Tires on
page 7‑73.
.
Operating electronic devices or being near facilities
using radio wave frequencies similar to the TPMS
could cause the TPMS sensors to malfunction.
TPMS Malfunction Light and Message
The TPMS will not function properly if one or more of
the TPMS sensors are missing or inoperable. When the
system detects a malfunction, the low tire warning light
flashes for about one minute and then stays on for the
remainder of the ignition cycle. A DIC warning message
is also displayed. The low tire warning light and DIC
warning message come on at each ignition cycle until
the problem is corrected. Some of the conditions that
can cause the malfunction light and DIC message to
come on are:
.
One of the road tires has been replaced with the
spare tire. The spare tire does not have a TPMS
sensor. The TPMS malfunction light and DIC
message should go off once you re‐install the road
tire containing the TPMS sensor.
If the TPMS is not functioning it cannot detect or signal
a low tire condition. See your dealer for service if the
TPMS malfunction light and DIC message comes on
and stays on.
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TPMS Sensor Matching Process
Each TPMS sensor has a unique identification code.
Any time you rotate your vehicle's tires or replace one
or more of the TPMS sensors, the identification codes
will need to be matched to the new tire/wheel position.
The sensors are matched to the tire/wheel positions in
the following order: driver side front tire, passenger side
front tire, passenger side rear tire, and driver side rear
tire using a TPMS diagnostic tool. See your dealer for
service.
The TPMS sensors can also be matched to each tire/
wheel position by increasing or decreasing the tire's air
pressure. If increasing the tire's air pressure, do not
exceed the maximum inflation pressure indicated on the
tire's sidewall.
To decrease air-pressure out of a tire you can use the
pointed end of the valve cap, a pencil-style air pressure
gauge, or a key.
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You have two minutes to match the first tire/wheel
position, and five minutes overall to match all four tire/
wheel positions. If it takes longer than two minutes, to
match the first tire and wheel, or more than five minutes
to match all four tire and wheel positions the matching
process stops and you need to start over.
The TPMS sensor matching process is outlined below:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition switch to ON/RUN with the
engine off.
3. Press Q and K on the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter at the same time for
approximately five seconds. The horn sounds
twice to signal the receiver is in relearn mode and
TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message displays on
the DIC screen.
4. Start with the driver side front tire.
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5. Remove the valve cap from the valve cap stem.
Activate the TPMS sensor by increasing or
decreasing the tire's air pressure for five seconds,
or until a horn chirp sounds. The horn chirp, which
may take up to 30 seconds to sound, confirms that
the sensor identification code has been matched to
this tire and wheel position.
6. Proceed to the passenger side front tire, and
repeat the procedure in Step 5.
7. Proceed to the passenger side rear tire, and repeat
the procedure in Step 5.
8. Proceed to the driver side rear tire, and repeat the
procedure in Step 5. The horn sounds two times to
indicate the sensor identification code has been
matched to the driver side rear tire, and the TPMS
sensor matching process is no longer active. The
TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE message on the DIC
display screen goes off.
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9. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF.
10. Set all four tires to the recommended air pressure
level as indicated on the Tire and Loading
Information label.
11. Put the valve caps back on the valve stems.
Tire Inspection and Rotation
We recommend that you regularly inspect your
vehicle's tires, including the spare tire, for signs of
wear or damage. See When It Is Time for New
Tires on page 7‑73 for more information.
Tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles
(8 000 to 13 000 km). See Scheduled Maintenance
on page 8‑3.
The purpose of a regular tire rotation is to achieve
a uniform wear for all tires on the vehicle. This will
ensure that your vehicle continues to perform
most like it did when the tires were new.
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Any time you notice unusual wear, rotate your
tires as soon as possible and check wheel
alignment. Also check for damaged tires or
wheels. See When It Is Time for New Tires on
page 7‑73 and Wheel Replacement on page 7‑77.
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Reset the Tire Pressure Monitor System. See Tire
Pressure Monitor Operation on page 7‑68.
Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly
tightened. See “Wheel Nut Torque” under
Capacities and Specifications on page 7‑117.
{ WARNING:
When rotating your vehicle's tires, always use the
correct rotation pattern shown here.
Do not include the spare tire in the tire rotation.
After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front
and rear inflation pressures as shown on the Tire
and Loading Information label. See Inflation - Tire
Pressure on page 7‑65 and Loading the Vehicle on
page 6‑32.
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Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to
which it is fastened, can make wheel nuts
become loose after time. The wheel could
come off and cause an accident. When you
change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt
from places where the wheel attaches to
the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use
a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be
sure to use a scraper or wire brush later,
if needed, to get all the rust or dirt off. See
Changing a Flat Tire on page 7‑80.
Make sure the spare tire is stored securely. Push,
pull, and then try to rotate or turn the tire. If it
moves, tighten the cable. See Storing a Flat or
Spare Tire and Tools on page 7‑94.
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When It Is Time for New Tires
Various factors, such as maintenance, temperatures,
driving speeds, vehicle loading, and road conditions,
influence when you need new tires.
One way to tell when it is
time for new tires is to
check the treadwear
indicators, which appear
when your tires have only
1/16 inch (1.6 mm) or less
of tread remaining. Some
commercial truck tires
may not have treadwear
indicators.
You need new tires if any of the following statements
are true:
.
You can see the indicators at three or more places
around the tire.
.
You can see cord or fabric showing through the
tire's rubber.
.
The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut, or snagged
deep enough to show cord or fabric.
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The tire has a bump, bulge, or split.
.
The tire has a puncture, cut, or other damage that
cannot be repaired well because of the size or
location of the damage.
The rubber in tires degrades over time, even if they are
not being used. This is also true for the spare tire,
if your vehicle has one. Multiple conditions affect how
fast this aging takes place, including temperatures,
loading conditions, and inflation pressure maintenance.
With proper care and maintenance tires will typically
wear out before they degrade due to age. If you are
unsure about the need to replace your tires as they get
older, consult the tire manufacturer for more information.
Buying New Tires
GM has developed and matched specific tires for your
vehicle. The original equipment tires installed on your
vehicle, when it was new, were designed to meet
General Motors Tire Performance Criteria Specification
(TPC spec) system rating. If you need replacement
tires, GM strongly recommends that you get tires with
the same TPC Spec rating. This way, your vehicle will
continue to have tires that are designed to give the
same performance and vehicle safety, during normal
use, as the original tires.
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GM's exclusive TPC Spec system considers over a
dozen critical specifications that impact the overall
performance of your vehicle, including brake system
performance, ride and handling, traction control, and tire
pressure monitoring performance. GM's TPC Spec
number is molded onto the tire's sidewall near the tire
size. If the tires have an all‐season tread design, the
TPC spec number will be followed by an MS for mud
and snow. See Tire Sidewall Labeling on page 7‑60 for
additional information.
GM recommends replacing tires in sets of four. This is
because uniform tread depth on all tires will help keep
your vehicle performing most like it did when the tires
were new. Replacing less than a full set of tires can
affect the braking and handling performance of your
vehicle. See Tire Inspection and Rotation on page 7‑71
for information on proper tire rotation.
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{ WARNING:
Mixing tires could cause you to lose control while
driving. If you mix tires of different sizes, brands,
or types (radial and bias-belted tires), the vehicle
might not handle properly, and you could have a
crash. Using tires of different sizes, brands,
or types could also cause damage to your vehicle.
Be sure to use the same size, brand, and type of
tires on all wheels.
Your vehicle may have a different size spare than
the road tires (those originally installed on your
vehicle). When new, your vehicle included a spare
tire and wheel assembly with a similar overall
diameter as your vehicle's road tires and wheels,
so it is all right to drive on it. Because this spare
was developed for use on your vehicle, it will not
affect vehicle handling.
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{ WARNING:
If you use bias-ply tires on the vehicle, the
wheel rim flanges could develop cracks after
many miles of driving. A tire and/or wheel
could fail suddenly, causing a crash. Use
only radial-ply tires with the wheels on the
vehicle.
If you must replace your vehicle's tires with those
that do not have a TPC Spec number, make sure
they are the same size, load range, speed rating,
and construction type (radial and bias‐belted tires) as
your vehicle's original tires.
Vehicles that have a tire pressure monitoring system
may give an inaccurate low‐pressure warning if
non‐TPC spec rated tires are installed on your vehicle.
Non‐TPC Spec rated tires may give a low‐pressure
warning that is higher or lower than the proper warning
level you would get with TPC Spec rated tires. See Tire
Pressure Monitor System on page 7‑67.
Your vehicle's original equipment tires are listed on the
Tire and Loading Information Label. See Loading the
Vehicle on page 6‑32, for more information about the
Tire and Loading Information Label and its location on
your vehicle.
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Different Size Tires and Wheels
If you add wheels or tires that are a different size than
your original equipment wheels and tires, this could
affect the way your vehicle performs, including its
braking, ride and handling characteristics, stability, and
resistance to rollover. Additionally, if your vehicle has
electronic systems such as anti‐lock brakes, rollover
airbags, traction control, and electronic stability control,
the performance of these systems can be affected.
{ WARNING:
If you add different sized wheels, your vehicle
may not provide an acceptable level of
performance and safety if tires not recommended
for those wheels are selected. You may increase
the chance that you will crash and suffer serious
injury. Only use GM specific wheel and tire
systems developed for your vehicle, and have
them properly installed by a GM certified
technician.
See Buying New Tires on page 7‑73 and Accessories
and Modifications on page 7‑4 for additional
information.
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Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where applicable on
the tire sidewall between tread shoulder and
maximum section width. For example:
Treadwear 200 Traction AA
Temperature A
The following information relates to the system
developed by the United States National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which
grades tires by treadwear, traction, and
temperature performance. This applies only to
vehicles sold in the United States. The grades are
molded on the sidewalls of most passenger car
tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)
system does not apply to deep tread, winter-type
snow tires, space-saver, or temporary use spare
tires, tires with nominal rim diameters of
10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm), or to some
limited-production tires.
While the tires available on General Motors
passenger cars and light trucks may vary with
respect to these grades, they must also conform
to federal safety requirements and additional
General Motors Tire Performance Criteria (TPC)
standards.
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All Passenger Car Tires Must Conform to Federal
Safety Requirements In Addition To These
Grades.
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating
based on the wear rate of the tire when tested
under controlled conditions on a specified
government test course. For example, a tire
graded 150 would wear one and a half (1½) times
as well on the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative performance of tires
depends upon the actual conditions of their use,
however, and may depart significantly from the
norm due to variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road characteristics
and climate.
Traction – AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are
AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire's
ability to stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on specified
government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete.
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A tire marked C may have poor traction
performance. Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead
braking traction tests, and does not include
acceleration, cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
Temperature – A, B, C
The temperature grades are A (the highest), B,
and C, representing the tire's resistance to the
generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled conditions on a
specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained
high temperature can cause the material of the
tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and
excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire
failure. The grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car tires must
meet under the Federal Motor 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 for this tire is established for a
tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded.
Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive
loading, either separately or in combination, can
cause heat buildup and possible tire failure.
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Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
The tires and wheels on your vehicle were aligned and
balanced carefully at the factory to give you the longest
tire life and best overall performance. Adjustments to
wheel alignment and tire balancing will not be
necessary on a regular basis. However, if you notice
unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling to one side or
the other, the alignment might need to be checked.
If you notice your vehicle vibrating when driving on a
smooth road, the tires and wheels might need to be
rebalanced. See your dealer for proper diagnosis.
Wheel Replacement
Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked, or badly
rusted or corroded. If wheel nuts keep coming loose,
the wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel nuts should be
replaced. If the wheel leaks air, replace it (except some
aluminum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired).
See your dealer if any of these conditions exist.
Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you need.
Each new wheel should have the same load-carrying
capacity, diameter, width, offset, and be mounted the
same way as the one it replaces.
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If you need to replace any of your wheels, wheel bolts,
wheel nuts, or Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
sensors, replace them only with new GM original
equipment parts. This way, you will be sure to have the
right wheel, wheel bolts, wheel nuts, and TPMS sensors
for your vehicle.
{ WARNING:
Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel bolts,
or wheel nuts on your vehicle can be dangerous.
It could affect the braking and handling of your
vehicle, make your tires lose air and make you
lose control. You could have a collision in which
you or others could be injured. Always use the
correct wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel nuts for
replacement.
Notice: The wrong wheel can also cause problems
with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or
odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper height,
vehicle ground clearance, and tire or tire chain
clearance to the body and chassis.
See Changing a Flat Tire on page 7‑80 for more
information.
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Used Replacement Wheels
{ WARNING:
Putting a used wheel on the vehicle is dangerous.
You cannot know how it has been used or how far
it has been driven. It could fail suddenly and
cause a crash. If you have to replace a wheel, use
a new GM original equipment wheel.
Tire Chains
{ WARNING:
Do not use tire chains. There is not enough
clearance. Tire chains used on a vehicle without
the proper amount of clearance can cause
damage to the brakes, suspension, or other
vehicle parts. The area damaged by the tire
chains could cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and you or others may be injured in a
crash. Use another type of traction device only if
its manufacturer recommends it for use on the
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vehicle and tire size combination and road
conditions. Follow that manufacturer's
instructions. To help avoid damage to the vehicle,
drive slowly, re‐adjust or remove the device if it is
contacting the vehicle, and do not spin the
wheels. If you do find traction devices that will fit,
install them on the rear tires.
If a Tire Goes Flat
It is unusual for a tire to blowout while you are driving,
especially if you maintain your vehicle's tires properly.
If air goes out of a tire, it is much more likely to leak out
slowly. But if you should ever have a blowout, here are
a few tips about what to expect and what to do:
If a front tire fails, the flat tire creates a drag that pulls
the vehicle toward that side. Take your foot off the
accelerator pedal and grip the steering wheel firmly.
Steer to maintain lane position, and then gently brake to
a stop well out of the traffic lane.
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A rear blowout, particularly on a curve, acts much like a
skid and may require the same correction you would
use in a skid. In any rear blowout remove your foot from
the accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under control by
steering the way you want the vehicle to go. It may be
very bumpy and noisy, but you can still steer. Gently
brake to a stop, well off the road if possible.
{ WARNING:
Lifting a vehicle and getting under it to do
maintenance or repairs is dangerous without the
appropriate safety equipment and training. If a
jack is provided with the vehicle, it is designed
only for changing a flat tire. If it is used for
anything else, you or others could be badly
injured or killed if the vehicle slips off the jack. If a
jack is provided with the vehicle, only use it for
changing a flat tire.
If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to use the
jacking equipment to change a flat tire safely.
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Changing a Flat Tire
If your vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the
Two-mode Hybrid manual for more information.
If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire and wheel damage
by driving slowly to a level place. Turn on the hazard
warning flashers. See Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 4‑3.
{ WARNING:
Changing a tire can be dangerous. The vehicle
can slip off the jack and roll over or fall on you or
other people. You and they could be badly injured
or even killed. Find a level place to change your
tire. To help prevent the vehicle from moving:
1. Set the parking brake firmly.
2. Put the shift lever in P (Park).
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3. Turn off the engine and do not restart while
the vehicle is raised.
4. Do not allow passengers to remain in the
vehicle.
To be even more certain the vehicle will not move,
you should put blocks at the front and rear of the
tire farthest away from the one being changed.
That would be the tire, on the other side, at the
opposite end of the vehicle.
When the vehicle has a flat tire (B), use the following
example as a guide to assist you in the placement of
wheel blocks (A).
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Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
The equipment you will need is stored under the
storage tray, which is located on the driver's side trim
panel (over the rear wheelhouse).
A. Wheel Block
B. Flat Tire
The following information explains how to use the jack
and change a tire.
Regular Wheelbase shown, Extended Wheelbase
similar.
1. Remove the tray to access the tools by pulling up
on the finger depression under the jack symbol.
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The tools you will be using include the following:
2. Remove the wing nut (B) used to retain the tool
bag by turning it counterclockwise.
A. Jack
3. Turn the knob (A) on the jack counterclockwise to
release the jack and wheel blocks from the
bracket.
B. Wheel Blocks
D. Jack Handle
Extensions
C. Jack Handle
E. Wheel Wrench
4. Remove the wheel blocks and the wheel block
retainer by turning the wing nut (C)
counterclockwise.
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To access the spare tire:
1. To reach the hoist shaft access cover (C), you will
first need to remove the hitch cover. Remove it by
turning the two fasteners located at the bottom of
the cover counterclockwise and then pull the cover
down and rotate towards you.
A. Hoist Assembly
G. Tire/Wheel Retainer
B. Hoist Shaft
H. Spare Tire (Valve Stem
Pointed Down)
C. Hoist Shaft Access
Cover/Hole
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I. Hoist Shaft Access Hole
D. Jack Handle
Extensions
J. Hoist End of
Extension Tool
E. Wheel Wrench
K. Spare Tire Lock
2. Open the hoist shaft access cover (C) on the
bumper to access the spare tire lock (K).
3. To remove the spare tire lock insert the ignition
key, turn it clockwise and then pull the lock out.
F. Hoist Cable
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Be sure the hoist end (J) of the extension (D)
connects to the hoist shaft (B). The ribbed square
end of the extension is used to lower the spare tire.
6. Turn the wheel wrench (E) counterclockwise to
lower the spare tire (H) to the ground. Continue to
turn the wheel wrench until the spare tire can be
pulled out from under the vehicle.
If the spare tire does not lower to the ground, the
secondary latch is engaged causing the tire not to
lower. See Secondary Latch System on page 7‑91
for more information.
4. Assemble the two jack handle extensions (D) and
wheel wrench (E) as shown.
5. Insert the open end of
the extension (J)
through the hole in the
rear bumper (I) (hoist
shaft access hole).
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7. Use the wheel wrench
hook that allows you to
pull the hoist cable
towards you, to assist
in reaching the
spare tire.
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Once the retainer is separated from the pin, tilt the
retainer and pull it through the center of the wheel
along with the cable and latch.
8. Tilt the tire toward the vehicle with some slack in
the cable to access the tire/wheel retainer (G).
Separate the retainer from the guide pin by sliding
the retainer up the pin while pressing down on the
latch.
9. Put the spare tire near the flat tire.
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Removing the Flat Tire and Installing
the Spare Tire
1. Do a safety check before proceeding. See
Changing a Flat Tire on page 7‑80 for more
information.
2. To remove the center cap, place the chiseled end
of the wheel wrench in the slot on the wheel and
gently pry the cap out.
Jacking Locations (Overall View)
A. Front Position
B. Rear Position
3. Use the wheel wrench to loosen all the wheel nuts.
Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to loosen
the wheel nuts. Do not remove the wheel nuts yet.
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{ WARNING:
Getting under a vehicle when it is jacked up is
dangerous. If the vehicle slips off the jack, you
could be badly injured or killed. Never get under a
vehicle when it is supported only by a jack.
{ WARNING:
Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly
positioned can damage the vehicle and even
make the vehicle fall. To help avoid personal
injury and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the jack
lift head into the proper location before raising the
vehicle.
4. Position the jack under the vehicle as shown.
Front Position
Front Tire Flat: If the flat tire is on a front tire of
the vehicle, you will need to use the jack handle
and only one jack handle extension. Attach the
wheel wrench to the jack handle extension. Attach
the jack handle to the jack (A). Position the jack on
the frame behind the flat tire where the frame
sections overlap. Turn the wheel wrench clockwise
to raise the vehicle. Raise the vehicle far enough
off the ground so there is enough room for the
spare tire to clear the ground.
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5. Remove all of the
wheel nuts.
6. Take off the flat tire.
Rear Position
Rear Tire Flat: If the flat tire is on a rear tire of the
vehicle, you will need to use the jack handle (B)
and both jack handle extensions (C). Attach
the wheel wrench (D) to the jack handle
extensions (C). Attach the jack handle (B) to the
jack (A). Use the jacking pad (E) provided on the
rear axle. Turn the wheel wrench (D) clockwise to
raise the vehicle. Raise the vehicle far enough off
the ground so there is enough room for the spare
tire to clear the ground.
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{ WARNING:
{ WARNING:
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which it
is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose
after time. The wheel could come off and cause
an accident. When changing a wheel, remove any
rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches
to the vehicle. In an emergency, use a cloth or
a paper towel to do this; but be sure to use a
scraper or wire brush later, if needed, to get all
the rust or dirt off. See Changing a Flat Tire on
page 7‑80.
Never use oil or grease on bolts or nuts because
the nuts might come loose. The vehicle's wheel
could fall off, causing a crash.
8. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end
of the nuts toward the wheel after mounting the
spare tire.
9. Tighten each wheel nut by hand. Then use the
wheel wrench to tighten the nuts until the wheel is
held against the hub.
7. Remove any rust or dirt
from the wheel bolts,
mounting surfaces, and
spare wheel.
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10. Turn the wheel wrench counterclockwise to lower
the vehicle. Lower the jack completely.
{ WARNING:
Wheel nuts that are improperly or incorrectly
tightened can cause the wheels to become loose
or come off. The wheel nuts should be tightened
with a torque wrench to the proper torque
specification after replacing. Follow the torque
specification supplied by the aftermarket
manufacturer when using accessory locking wheel
nuts. See Capacities and Specifications on
page 7‑117 for original equipment wheel nut
torque specifications.
Notice: Improperly tightened wheel nuts can lead
to brake pulsation and rotor damage. To avoid
expensive brake repairs, evenly tighten the wheel
nuts in the proper sequence and to the proper
torque specification. See Capacities and
Specifications on page 7‑117 for the wheel nut
torque specification.
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11. Tighten the nuts
firmly in a crisscross
sequence as shown by
turning the wheel
wrench clockwise.
When you reinstall the regular wheel and tire, you must
also reinstall the center cap. Line the tab on the back of
the cap with the slot in the wheel. Place the cap on the
wheel and press until it snaps into place.
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Secondary Latch System
Your vehicle has an underbody-mounted tire hoist
assembly equipped with a secondary latch system. It is
designed to stop the spare tire from suddenly falling off
your vehicle. For the secondary latch to work, the spare
must be installed with the valve stem pointing down.
See Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools on
page 7‑94.
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To release the spare tire from the secondary latch:
1. Check under the
vehicle to see if the
cable end is visible.
If the cable is not
visible proceed to
Step 6.
{ WARNING:
Before beginning this procedure read all the
instructions. Failure to read and follow the
instructions could damage the hoist assembly and
you and others could get hurt. Read and follow
the instructions listed next.
2. If it is visible, first try to tighten the cable by turning
the wheel wrench clockwise until you hear two
clicks or feel it skip twice. You cannot overtighten
the cable.
3. Loosen the cable by turning the wrench
counterclockwise three or four turns.
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4. Repeat this procedure at least two times. If the
spare tire lowers to the ground, continue with
Step 5 of Removing the Spare Tire and Tools on
page 7‑81.
5. If the spare does not lower, turn the wrench
counterclockwise until approximately 6 inches
(15 cm) of cable is exposed.
6. Stand the wheel blocks on their shortest ends, with
the backs facing each other.
7. Place the bottom edge
of the jack (A) on the
wheel blocks (B),
separating them so that
the jack is balanced
securely.
8. Attach the jack handle, extension, and wheel
wrench to the jack and place it (with the wheel
blocks) under the vehicle toward the front of the
rear bumper.
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{ WARNING:
Someone standing too close during the procedure
could be injured by the jack. If the spare tire does
not slide off the jack completely, make sure no
one is behind you or on either side of you as you
pull the jack out from under the spare.
13. Disconnect the jack handle from the jack and
carefully remove the jack. Use one hand to push
against the spare while firmly pulling the jack out
from under the spare tire with the other hand.
9. Position the center lift point of the jack under the
center of the spare tire.
10. Turn the wrench clockwise to raise the jack until it
lifts the end fitting.
11. Continue raising the jack until the spare tire stops
moving upward and is held firmly in place. The
secondary latch has released and the spare tire is
balancing on the jack.
12. Lower the jack by turning the wheel wrench
counterclockwise. Keep lowering the jack until the
spare tire slides off the jack or is hanging by the
cable.
If the spare tire is hanging from the cable, insert
the hoist end of extension, and wheel wrench into
the hoist shaft hole in the bumper and turn the
wheel wrench counterclockwise to lower the spare
the rest of the way.
14. Turn the wheel wrench in the hoist shaft hole in the
bumper clockwise to raise the cable back up if the
cable is hanging under the vehicle.
Have the hoist assembly inspected as soon as you can.
You will not be able to store a spare or flat tire using the
hoist assembly until it has been inspected and/or
replaced.
To continue changing the flat tire, see Removing the
Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire on page 7‑86.
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Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and
Tools
{ WARNING:
Storing a jack, a tire, or other equipment in the
passenger compartment of the vehicle could
cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose
equipment could strike someone. Store all these
in the proper place.
Notice: Storing an aluminum wheel with a flat tire
under your vehicle for an extended period of time or
with the valve stem pointing up can damage the
wheel. Always stow the wheel with the valve stem
pointing down and have the wheel/tire repaired as
soon as possible.
Store the tire under the rear of the vehicle in the spare
tire carrier.
A. Hoist Assembly
G. Tire/Wheel Retainer
B. Hoist Shaft
H. Spare Tire/Flat Tire (Valve
Stem Pointed Down)
C. Hoist Shaft Access
Cover/Hole
D. Jack Handle
Extensions
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I. Hoist Shaft
Access Hole
E. Wheel Wrench
J. Hoist End of
Extension Tool
F. Hoist Cable
K. Spare Tire Lock
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1. Put the tire (H) on the ground at the rear of the
vehicle with the valve stem pointed down and to
the rear.
2. Tilt the tire toward the vehicle. Separate the tire/
wheel retainer (G) from the guide pin. Pull the pin
through the center of the wheel. Tilt the retainer
down and through the center wheel opening.
3. Assemble the two jack handle extensions (D) and
wheel wrench (E) as shown.
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4. Insert the open end of
the extension (J)
through the hole in the
rear bumper (I) (hoist
shaft access hole).
5. Raise the tire part way upward. Make sure the
retainer is fully seated across the underside of the
wheel and centered in the wheel opening.
6. Raise the tire fully against the underside of the
vehicle by turning the wheel wrench clockwise until
you hear two clicks or feel it skip twice. You cannot
overtighten the cable.
7. Make sure the tire is stored securely. Push,
pull (A), and then try to turn (B) the tire. If the tire
moves, use the wheel wrench to tighten the cable.
8. Reinstall the spare tire lock.
9. Reinstall the hoist shaft access cover.
10. Reinstall the hitch cover.
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To store the tools:
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1. Return the tools (wheel wrench, jack handle, and
jack handle extensions) to the tool bag (B).
2. Assemble wheel blocks (A) and jack (E) together
with the wing nut (F).
3. Position the jack(E) and wheel blocks (A) in the
driver's side trim panel over the wheelhouse.
4. Turn the jack knob (G) clockwise until the jack is
secured tight in the mounting bracket. Be sure to
position the holes in the base of the jack onto the
pin in the mounting bracket.
5. Use the retaining bracket (C) to fasten the tool
bag (B) on the stud and turn the wing nut (D)
clockwise to secure.
A. Wheel Blocks
E. Jack
B. Tool Bag with
Jack Tools
F. Wing Nut Retaining
Wheel Blocks
C. Retaining Bracket
G. Jack Knob
D. Wing Nut Retaining
Tool Bag
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Spare Tire
Your vehicle, when new, had a fully-inflated spare tire.
A spare tire may lose air over time, so check its inflation
pressure regularly. See Inflation - Tire Pressure on
page 7‑65 and Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32 for
information regarding proper tire inflation and loading
your vehicle. For instruction on how to remove, install or
store a spare tire, see Removing the Flat Tire and
Installing the Spare Tire on page 7‑86 and Storing a
Flat or Spare Tire and Tools on page 7‑94.
Regular Wheelbase shown, Extended Wheelbase
similar.
6. Return the storage tray to its original stored
position.
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After installing the spare tire on your vehicle, you should
stop as soon as possible and make sure the spare is
correctly inflated. The spare tire is made to perform well
at speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h) at the recommended
inflation pressure, so you can finish your trip.
Have the damaged or flat road tire repaired or replaced
as soon as you can and installed back onto your
vehicle. This way, a spare tire will be available in case
you need it again. Do not mix tires and wheels of
different sizes, because they will not fit. Keep your
spare tire and its wheel together.
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Appearance Care
Interior Cleaning
The vehicle's interior will continue to look its best if
it is cleaned often. Although not always visible, dust
and dirt can accumulate on the upholstery. Dirt can
damage carpet, fabric, leather, and plastic surfaces.
Regular vacuuming is recommended to remove
particles from the upholstery. It is important to keep
the upholstery from becoming and remaining heavily
soiled. Soils should be removed as quickly as possible.
The vehicle's interior may experience extremes of heat
that could cause stains to set rapidly.
Lighter colored interiors may require more frequent
cleaning. Use care because newspapers and garments
that transfer color to home furnishings may also transfer
color to the vehicle's interior.
When cleaning the vehicle's interior, only use cleaners
specifically designed for the surfaces being cleaned.
Permanent damage may result from using cleaners on
surfaces for which they were not intended. Use glass
cleaner only on glass. Remove any accidental
over-spray from other surfaces immediately. To prevent
over-spray, apply cleaner directly to the cleaning cloth.
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Notice: Using abrasive cleaners when cleaning
glass surfaces on the vehicle, could scratch the
glass and/or cause damage to the rear window
defogger. When cleaning the glass on the vehicle,
use only a soft cloth and glass cleaner.
Many cleaners contain solvents that may become
concentrated in the vehicle's breathing space.
Before using cleaners, read and adhere to all safety
instructions on the label. While cleaning the vehicle's
interior, maintain adequate ventilation by opening the
vehicle's doors and windows.
Dust may be removed from small buttons and knobs
using a small brush with soft bristles.
Products that remove odors from the vehicle's
upholstery and clean the vehicle's glass can be
obtained from your dealer.
Do not clean the vehicle using:
.
A knife or any other sharp object to remove a soil
from any interior surface.
.
A stiff brush. It can cause damage to the vehicle's
interior surfaces.
.
Heavy pressure or aggressive rubbing with a
cleaning cloth. Use of heavy pressure can damage
the interior and does not improve the effectiveness
of soil removal.
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.
Laundry detergents or dishwashing soaps with
degreasers can leave residue that streaks and
attracts dirt. For liquid cleaners, about 20 drops per
gallon (3.78 L) of water is a good guide. Use only
mild, neutral-pH soaps.
.
Too much cleaner that saturates the upholstery.
.
Organic solvents such as naptha, alcohol, etc. that
can damage the vehicle's interior.
Fabric/Carpet
Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment
frequently to remove dust and loose dirt. A canister
vacuum with a beater bar in the nozzle may only be
used on floor carpet and carpeted floor mats. For any
soil, always try to remove it first with plain water or club
soda. Before cleaning, gently remove as much of the
soil as possible using one of the following techniques:
.
For liquids: gently blot the remaining soil with a
paper towel. Allow the soil to absorb into the paper
towel until no more can be removed.
.
For solid dry soils: remove as much as possible
and then vacuum.
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To clean:
1. Saturate a lint-free, clean white cloth with water or
club soda.
2. Wring the cloth to remove excess moisture.
3. Start on the outside edge of the soil and gently rub
toward the center. Continue cleaning, using a clean
area of the cloth each time it becomes soiled.
4. Continue to gently rub the soiled area until the
cleaning cloth remains clean.
5. If the soil is not completely removed, use a mild
soap solution and repeat the cleaning process that
was used with plain water.
If any of the soil remains, a commercial fabric cleaner or
spot lifter may be necessary. When a commercial
upholstery cleaner or spot lifter is to be used, test a
small hidden area for colorfastness first. If the locally
cleaned area gives any impression that a ring formation
may result, clean the entire surface.
After the cleaning process has been completed, a paper
towel can be used to blot excess moisture from the
fabric or carpet.
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Leather
TEHAMA™ Leather
A soft cloth dampened with water can be used to
remove dust. If a more thorough cleaning is necessary,
a soft cloth dampened with a mild soap solution can be
used. Allow the leather to dry naturally. Do not use heat
to dry. Never use steam to clean leather. Never use
spot lifters or spot removers on leather. Many
commercial leather cleaners and coatings that are
sold to preserve and protect leather may permanently
change the appearance and feel of the leather and are
not recommended. Do not use silicone or wax-based
products, or those containing organic solvents to clean
the vehicle's interior because they can alter the
appearance by increasing the gloss in a non-uniform
manner. Never use shoe polish on leather.
The leather surface on the seat was not designed to be
aggressively cleaned using any commercial product.
Use a well wrung cloth dampened with water to remove
dust. Do not use a wet cloth or saturate the leather
surface with water. Allow the leather to dry naturally. If a
soil occurs that cannot be completely removed, allow it
to become part of the natural markings of the leather.
The leather in the vehicle was designed to have a
natural appearance and develop a more vintage
appearance with use.
Do not use heat to dry. Never use steam to clean
leather. Never use spot lifters or spot removers on
leather. It is very important to not use any commercial
leather cleaners or coatings that are sold to preserve
and protect leather. Not only are those products not
necessary, they will permanently and adversely change
the appearance and feel of the leather. Never use
silicone or wax-based products, or those containing
organic solvents to clean the vehicle's interior. Never
use shoe polish on leather.
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Instrument Panel, Vinyl, and Other
Plastic Surfaces
A soft cloth dampened with water may be used to
remove dust. If a more thorough cleaning is necessary,
a clean soft cloth dampened with a mild soap solution
can be used to gently remove dust and dirt. Never use
spot lifters or removers on plastic surfaces. Many
commercial cleaners and coatings that are sold to
preserve and protect soft plastic surfaces may
permanently change the appearance and feel of the
interior and are not recommended. Do not use silicone
or wax-based products, or those containing organic
solvents to clean the vehicle's interior because they can
alter the appearance by increasing the gloss in a
non-uniform manner.
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Some commercial products may increase gloss on the
instrument panel. The increase in gloss may cause
annoying reflections in the windshield and even make it
difficult to see through the windshield under certain
conditions.
Wood Panels
Use a clean cloth moistened in warm, soapy water (use
mild dish washing soap). Dry the wood immediately with
a clean cloth.
Speaker Covers
Vacuum around a speaker cover gently, so that the
speaker will not be damaged. Clean spots with just
water and mild soap.
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Care of Safety Belts
Washing Your Vehicle
Keep belts clean and dry.
The best way to preserve the vehicle's finish is to keep
it clean by washing it often.
{ WARNING:
Do not bleach or dye safety belts. It may severely
weaken them. In a crash, they might not be able
to provide adequate protection. Clean safety belts
only with mild soap and lukewarm water.
Weatherstrips
Silicone grease on weatherstrips will make them last
longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak. Apply
silicone grease with a clean cloth. During very cold,
damp weather frequent application may be required.
See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10.
Notice: Certain cleaners contain chemicals that can
damage the emblems or nameplates on the vehicle.
Check the cleaning product label. If it states that it
should not be used on plastic parts, do not use it on
the vehicle or damage may occur and it would not
be covered by the warranty.
Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight. Use a car
washing soap. Do not use cleaning agents that are
petroleum based or that contain acid or abrasives, as
they can damage the paint, metal or plastic on the
vehicle. Approved cleaning products can be obtained
from your dealer. Follow all manufacturers' directions
regarding correct product usage, necessary safety
precautions and appropriate disposal of any vehicle
care product.
Rinse the vehicle well, before washing and after to
remove all cleaning agents completely. If they are
allowed to dry on the surface, they could stain.
Dry the finish with a soft, clean chamois or an all-cotton
towel to avoid surface scratches and water spotting.
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High pressure car washes may cause water to enter the
vehicle. Avoid using high pressure washes closer than
12 inches (30 cm) to the surface of the vehicle. Use of
power washers exceeding 1,200 psi (8 274 kPa) can
result in damage or removal of paint and decals.
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
Use only lukewarm or cold water, a soft cloth and a car
washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses.
Follow instructions under Washing Your Vehicle on
page 7‑103.
Finish Care
Occasional waxing or mild polishing of the vehicle by
hand may be necessary to remove residue from the
paint finish. Approved cleaning products can be
obtained from your dealer.
If the vehicle has a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish, the
clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored
basecoat. Always use waxes and polishes that are
non-abrasive and made for a basecoat/clearcoat paint
finish.
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Notice: Machine compounding or aggressive
polishing on a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish may
damage it. Use only non-abrasive waxes and
polishes that are made for a basecoat/clearcoat
paint finish on the vehicle.
Foreign materials such as calcium chloride and other
salts, ice melting agents, road oil and tar, tree sap, bird
droppings, chemicals from industrial chimneys, etc., can
damage the vehicle's finish if they remain on painted
surfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible.
If necessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are
marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign
matter.
Exterior painted surfaces are subject to aging, weather
and chemical fallout that can take their toll over a period
of years. To help keep the paint finish looking new, keep
the vehicle garaged or covered whenever possible.
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Protecting Exterior Bright Metal Parts
Bright metal parts should be cleaned regularly to keep
their luster. Washing with water is all that is usually
needed. However, chrome polish may be used on
chrome or stainless steel trim, if necessary.
Use special care with aluminum trim. To avoid
damaging protective trim, never use auto or chrome
polish, steam or caustic soap to clean aluminum.
A coating of wax, rubbed to high polish, is
recommended for all bright metal parts.
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Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper
Blades
Clean the outside of the windshield and backglass with
glass cleaner.
Clean the rubber blades using a lint free cloth or paper
towel soaked with windshield washer fluid or a mild
detergent. Wash the windshield thoroughly when you
clean the blades. Bugs, road grime, sap and a buildup
of vehicle wash/wax treatments may cause wiper
streaking. Replace the wiper blades if they are worn or
damaged.
Wipers can be damaged by:
.
Extreme dusty conditions
.
Sand and salt
.
Heat and sun
.
Snow and ice, without proper removal
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Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels
and Trim
The vehicle may have either aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels.
Keep the wheels clean using a soft clean cloth with mild
soap and water. Rinse with clean water. After rinsing
thoroughly, dry with a soft clean towel. A wax may then
be applied.
Notice: Chrome wheels and other chrome trim may
be damaged if the vehicle is not washed after
driving on roads that have been sprayed with
magnesium, calcium or sodium chloride. These
chlorides are used on roads for conditions such as
ice and dust. Always wash the vehicle's chrome
with soap and water after exposure.
Notice: Using strong soaps, chemicals, abrasive
polishes, cleaners, brushes, or cleaners that contain
acid on aluminum or chrome-plated wheels, could
damage the surface of the wheel(s). The repairs
would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.
Use only approved cleaners on aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels.
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The surface of these wheels is similar to the painted
surface of the vehicle. Do not use strong soaps,
chemicals, abrasive polishes, abrasive cleaners,
cleaners with acid, or abrasive cleaning brushes
on them because they could damage the surface.
Do not use chrome polish on aluminum wheels.
Notice: Using chrome polish on aluminum wheels
could damage the wheels. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. Use chrome polish
on chrome wheels only.
Use chrome polish only on chrome-plated wheels, but
avoid any painted surface of the wheel, and buff off
immediately after application.
Notice: Driving the vehicle through an automatic
car wash that has silicone carbide tire cleaning
brushes, could damage the aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty. Never drive a
vehicle that has aluminum or chrome-plated wheels
through an automatic car wash that uses silicone
carbide tire cleaning brushes.
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Tires
Finish Damage
To clean the tires, use a stiff brush with tire cleaner.
Any stone chips, fractures or deep scratches in the
finish should be repaired right away. Bare metal will
corrode quickly and may develop into major repair
expense.
Notice: Using petroleum-based tire dressing
products on the vehicle may damage the paint finish
and/or tires. When applying a tire dressing, always
wipe off any overspray from all painted surfaces on
the vehicle.
Sheet Metal Damage
If the vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal
repair or replacement, make sure the body repair shop
applies anti-corrosion material to parts repaired or
replaced to restore corrosion protection.
Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide the
corrosion protection while maintaining the vehicle
warranty.
Minor chips and scratches can be repaired with
touch-up materials available from your dealer. Larger
areas of finish damage can be corrected in your
dealer's body and paint shop.
Underbody Maintenance
Chemicals used for ice and snow removal and dust
control can collect on the underbody. If these are not
removed, corrosion and rust can develop on the
underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan,
and exhaust system even though they have corrosion
protection.
At least every spring, flush these materials from the
underbody with plain water. Clean any areas where
mud and debris can collect. Dirt packed in close areas
of the frame should be loosened before being flushed.
Your dealer or an underbody car washing system can
do this.
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Chemical Paint Spotting
Some weather and atmospheric conditions can create a
chemical fallout. Airborne pollutants can fall upon and
attack painted surfaces on the vehicle. This damage
can take two forms: blotchy, ring-shaped discolorations,
and small, irregular dark spots etched into the paint
surface.
Although no defect in the paint job causes this, we will
repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of new
vehicles damaged by this fallout condition within
12 months or 12,000 miles (20 000 km) of purchase,
whichever occurs first.
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Vehicle Identification
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
This legal identifier is in the front corner of the
instrument panel, on the driver side. It can be seen
through the windshield from outside. The VIN also
appears on the Certification/Tire and Service Parts
labels and certificates of title and registration.
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Engine Identification
The eighth character in the VIN is the engine code. This
code identifies the vehicle's engine, specifications, and
replacement parts. See “Engine Specifications” under
Capacities and Specifications on page 7‑117 for the
vehicle's engine code.
Service Parts Identification Label
This label, on the inside of the glove box, has the
following information:
.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
.
Model designation
.
Paint information
.
Production options and special equipment
Do not remove this label from the vehicle.
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Electrical System
Add-On Electrical Equipment
Notice: Do not add anything electrical to the vehicle
unless you check with your dealer first. Some
electrical equipment can damage the vehicle and
the damage would not be covered by the vehicle's
warranty. Some add-on electrical equipment can
keep other components from working as they
should.
Add-on equipment can drain the vehicle battery, even if
the vehicle is not operating.
The vehicle has an airbag system. Before attempting to
add anything electrical to the vehicle, see Servicing
Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on page 2‑89 and
Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 2‑90.
Windshield Wiper Fuses
The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit
breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy
snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools.
If the overload is caused by some electrical problem,
have it fixed.
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Power Windows and Other Power
Options
Circuit breakers protect the power windows and other
power accessories. If the current load is too heavy, the
circuit breaker opens and then closes after a cool down
period, protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed or
goes away.
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
The wiring circuits in the vehicle are protected from
short circuits by a combination of fuses, circuit breakers
and fusible thermal links. This greatly reduces the
chance of fires caused by electrical problems.
Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the
band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure you
replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size
and rating.
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If you ever have a problem on the road and don't
have a spare fuse, you can borrow one that has the
same amperage. Just pick some feature of your vehicle
that you can get along without – like the radio or
cigarette lighter – and use its fuse, if it is the
correct amperage. Replace it as soon as you can.
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
The instrument panel fuse
block access door is
located on the driver side
edge of the instrument
panel.
Pull off the cover to access the fuse block.
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Fuses
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
The vehicle may not use all of the fuses shown.
Fuses
1
2
3
4
5
6
Usage
Rear Seats
Rear Accessory Power Outlet
Steering Wheel Controls Backlight
Driver Door Module
Dome Lamps, Driver Side Turn Signal
Driver Side Turn Signal, Stoplamp
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Usage
Instrument Panel Back Lighting
Passenger Side Turn Signal,
Stoplamp
Passenger Door Module, Driver
Unlock
Power Door Lock 2 (Unlock Feature)
Power Door Lock 2 (Lock Feature)
Stoplamps, Center-High Mounted
Stoplamp
Rear Climate Controls
Power Mirror
Body Control Module (BCM)
Accessory Power Outlets
Interior Lamps
Power Door Lock 1 (Unlock Feature)
Rear Seat Entertainment
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, Power
Liftgate
Power Door Lock 1 (Lock Feature)
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Fuses
22
23
24
25
26
Circuit Breaker
LT DR
Harness
Connector
LT DR
BODY
BODY
Usage
Driver Information Center (DIC)
Rear Wiper
Cooled Seats
Driver Seat Module, Remote Keyless
Entry System
Driver Power Door Lock (Unlock
Feature)
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Center Instrument Panel Fuse Block
The center instrument panel fuse block is located
underneath the instrument panel, to the left of the
steering column.
Top View
Usage
Driver Side Power Window Circuit
Breaker
Usage
Driver Door Harness Connection
Harness Connector
Harness Connector
Harness
Connector
BODY 2
BODY 1
BODY 3
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Usage
Body Harness Connector 2
Body Harness Connector 1
Body Harness Connector 3
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Harness
Connector
HEADLINER 3
HEADLINER 2
HEADLINER 1
SEO/UPFITTER
Circuit Breaker
Usage
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Underhood Fuse Block
Headliner Harness Connector 3
Headliner Harness Connector 2
Headliner Harness Connector 1
Special Equipment Option Upfitter
Harness Connector
Usage
CB1
Passenger Side Power Window
Circuit Breaker
CB2
Passenger Seat Circuit Breaker
CB3
Driver Seat Circuit Breaker
CB4
Rear Sliding Window
The underhood fuse block is located in the engine
compartment, on the driver side of the vehicle. Lift the
cover for access to the fuse/relay block.
If the vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the Two-mode
Hybrid manual for more information.
Notice: Spilling liquid on any electrical component
on the vehicle may damage it. Always keep the
covers on any electrical component.
To remove fuses, hold the end of the fuse between your
thumb and index finger and pull straight out.
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Fuses
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Fuses
1
2
3
4
Usage
Right Trailer Stop/Turn Lamp
Electronic Stability Suspension
Control, Automatic Level Control
Exhaust
Left Trailer Stop/Turn Lamp
Engine Controls
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
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Usage
Engine Control Module, Throttle
Control
Trailer Brake Controller
Front Washer
Oxygen Sensors
Antilock Brakes System 2
Trailer Back-up Lamps
Driver Side Low-Beam Headlamp
Engine Control Module (Battery)
Fuel Injectors, Ignition Coils
(Right Side)
Transmission Control Module
(Battery)
Vehicle Back-up Lamps
Passenger Side Low-Beam Headlamp
Air Conditioning Compressor
Oxygen Sensors
Transmission Controls (Ignition)
Fuel Pump
Fuel System Control Module
Headlamp Washer
Rear Windshield Washer
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Fuses
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
Usage
Fuel Injectors, Ignition Coils
(Left Side)
Trailer Park Lamps
Driver Side Park Lamps
Passenger Side Park Lamps
Fog Lamps
Horn
Passenger Side High-Beam
Headlamp
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Driver Side High-Beam Headlamp
Daytime Running Lamps 2
Sunroof
Key Ignition System, Theft Deterrent
System
Windshield Wiper
SEO B2 Upfitter Usage (Battery)
Electric Adjustable Pedals
Climate Controls (Battery)
Airbag System (Ignition)
Amplifier
Audio System
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Fuses
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
J-Case Fuses
57
58
Usage
Miscellaneous (Ignition), Cruise
Control
Liftgate Release
Airbag System (Battery)
Instrument Panel Cluster
Not Used
Auxiliary Climate Control (Ignition)
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp
(CHMSL)
Rear Defogger
Heated Mirrors
SEO B1 Upfitter Usage (Battery)
Cigarette Lighter, Auxiliary Power
Outlet
Automatic Level Control Compressor
Relay
Climate Controls (Ignition)
Engine Control Module, Secondary
Fuel Pump (Ignition)
Usage
Cooling Fan 1
Automatic Level Control Compressor
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J-Case Fuses
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
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Usage
Heavy Duty Antilock Braking System
Cooling Fan 2
Antilock Brake System 1
Starter
Stud 2 (Trailer Brakes)
Left Bussed Electrical Center 1
Electric Running Boards
Heated Windshield Washer System
Transfer Case
Stud 1 (Trailer Connector Battery
Power)
Mid-Bussed Electrical Center 1
Climate Control Blower
Power Liftgate Module
Left Bussed Electrical Center 2
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Relays
FAN HI
FAN LO
FAN CNTRL
HDLP LO/HID
FOG LAMP
A/C CMPRSR
STRTR
PWR/TRN
FUEL PMP
PRK LAMP
REAR DEFOG
RUN/CRANK
Usage
Cooling Fan High Speed
Cooling Fan Low Speed
Cooling Fan Control
Low-Beam Headlamp
Front Fog Lamps
Air Conditioning Compressor
Starter
Powertrain
Fuel Pump
Parking Lamps
Rear Defogger
Switched Power
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Capacities and Specifications
The following approximate capacities are given in English and metric conversions. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 8‑10 for more information.
Application
Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Cooling System
Engine Oil with Filter
Capacities
English
Metric
For the air conditioning system refrigerant charge
amount, see the refrigerant caution label located
under the hood. See your dealer for more information.
17.6 qt
16.7 L
6.0 qt†
5.7 L†
Fuel Tank
Regular
26.0 gal
98.4 L
Extended
31.5 gal
119.2 L
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Capacities
English
Metric
Transmission Fluid (Pan Removal and Replacement)
6.0 qt
5.7 L
Transfer Case Fluid
1.5 qt
1.4 L
Wheel Nut Torque
140 lb ft
190 Y
All capacities are approximate. When adding, be sure to fill to the approximate level, as recommended in this manual.
Recheck fluid after filling.
†Oil filter should be changed at every oil change.
Application
Engine Specifications
Engine
6.2L V8
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VIN Code
F
Transmission
Automatic
Spark Plug Gap
0.040 in (1.02 mm)
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Section 8
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Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scheduled Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Owner Checks and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Recommended Fluids and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Drive Belt Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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8-13
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Maintenance Schedule
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The maintenance schedule is for vehicles that:
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carry passengers and cargo within recommended
limits on the Tire and Loading Information label.
See Loading the Vehicle on page 6‑32.
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are driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal
driving limits.
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are driven off‐road in the recommended manner.
See Off-Road Driving on page 6‑13.
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use the recommended fuel. See Gasoline Octane
on page 7‑8.
Introduction
Notice: Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections,
recommended fluids, and lubricants are necessary
to keep this vehicle in good working condition.
Damage caused by failure to follow scheduled
maintenance might not be covered by the vehicle
warranty.
As the vehicle owner, you are responsible for the
scheduled maintenance in this section. We recommend
having your dealer perform these services. Proper
vehicle maintenance helps to keep the vehicle in good
working condition, improves fuel economy, and reduces
vehicle emissions for better air quality.
Because of all the different ways people use vehicles,
maintenance needs vary. The vehicle might need
more frequent checks and services. Please read the
information under Scheduled Maintenance. To keep the
vehicle in good condition, see your dealer.
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{ WARNING:
Performing maintenance work on a vehicle can be
dangerous. In trying to do some jobs, you can be
seriously injured. Do your own maintenance work
only if you have the required know-how and the
proper tools and equipment for the job. If you
have any doubt, see your dealer to have a
qualified technician do the work. See Doing Your
Own Service Work on page 7‑6.
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At your dealer, you can be certain that you will receive
the highest level of service available. Your dealer has
specially trained service technicians, uses genuine
replacement parts, as well as, up to date tools and
equipment to ensure fast and accurate diagnostics.
Scheduled Maintenance
The proper replacement parts, fluids, and lubricants to
use are listed in Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
on page 8‑10 and Maintenance Replacement Parts on
page 8‑12. We recommend the use of genuine parts
from your dealer.
Change engine oil and filter. See Engine Oil on
page 7‑17. An Emission Control Service.
Rotation of New Tires
To maintain ride, handling, and performance of the
vehicle, it is important that the first rotation service for
new tires be performed when they have 8 000 to
13 000 km (5,000 to 8,000 miles). See Tire Inspection
and Rotation on page 7‑71.
When the Change Engine Oil Soon
Message Displays
When the Change Engine Oil Soon message displays,
service is required for the vehicle as soon as possible,
within the next 1 000 km/600 miles. If driving under the
best conditions, the engine oil life system might not
indicate the need for vehicle service for more than a
year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least
once a year and the oil life system must be reset. Your
dealer has trained service technicians who will perform
this work and reset the system. If the engine oil life
system is reset accidentally, service the vehicle within
5 000 km/3,000 miles since the last service. Reset the
oil life system whenever the oil is changed. See Engine
Oil Life System on page 7‑20.
When the Change Engine Oil Soon message displays,
certain services, checks, and inspections are required.
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Every Engine Oil Change
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Engine cooling system inspection. Visual
inspection of hoses, pipes, fittings, and clamps and
replacement, if needed.
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Windshield wiper blade inspection for wear,
cracking, or contamination and windshield and
wiper blade cleaning, if contaminated. See
Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper Blades on
page 7‑105. Worn or damaged wiper blade
replacement. See Windshield Wiper Blade
Replacement on page 7‑57.
.
Body hinges and latches, key lock cylinders, rear
compartment hinges, outer tailgate handle pivot
points, and folding seat hardware lubrication.
See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on
page 8‑10. More frequent lubrication may be
required when vehicle is exposed to a corrosive
environment. Applying silicone grease on
weatherstrips with a clean cloth makes them last
longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak.
.
Change engine oil and filter. See Engine Oil on
page 7‑17. An Emission Control Service.
.
Engine coolant level check. See Engine Coolant
on page 7‑29.
.
Windshield washer fluid level check. See
Windshield Washer Fluid on page 7‑39.
.
Tire inflation check. See Inflation - Tire Pressure
on page 7‑65.
.
Tire wear inspection. See Tire Inspection and
Rotation on page 7‑71.
.
Rotate tires. See Tire Inspection and Rotation on
page 7‑71.
.
Fluids visual leak check (or every 12 months,
whichever occurs first). A leak in any system must
be repaired and the fluid level checked.
.
Engine air cleaner filter inspection. See Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter on page 7‑22.
.
Brake system inspection (or every 12 months,
whichever occurs first).
Restraint system component check. See Checking
the Restraint Systems on page 2‑91.
.
Automatic transmission fluid level check and
adding fluid, if needed. See Automatic
Transmission Fluid on page 7‑24.
.
.
Lubricate the front suspension, steering linkage,
and parking brake cable guides. Control arm ball
joints are maintenance‐free.
.
Steering and suspension inspection. Visual
inspection for damaged, loose, or missing parts or
signs of wear.
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Automatic transmission shiftlock control system
check. See Owner Checks and Services on
page 8‑8.
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Ignition transmission lock check. See Owner
Checks and Services on page 8‑8.
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Engine cooling system and pressure cap pressure
check. Radiator and air conditioning condenser
outside cleaning. See Cooling System on
page 7‑27.
.
Exhaust system and nearby heat shields
inspection for loose or damaged components.
At Each Fuel Stop
.
Engine oil level check. See Engine Oil on
page 7‑17.
.
Engine coolant level check. See Engine Coolant
on page 7‑29.
.
Windshield washer fluid level check. See
Windshield Washer Fluid on page 7‑39.
Once a Month
.
Tire inflation check. See Inflation - Tire Pressure
on page 7‑65.
.
Accelerator pedal check for damage, high effort,
or binding. Replace if needed.
.
Tire wear inspection. See Tire Inspection and
Rotation on page 7‑71.
.
Hood and liftgate support gas strut inspection for
signs of wear, corrosion, cracks, loss of lubricant,
or other damage. Check the hold open ability of
the gas strut. If necessary, replace with genuine
parts from your dealer.
Once a Year
.
Starter switch check. See Owner Checks and
Services on page 8‑8.
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Parking brake and automatic transmission P (Park)
mechanism check. See Owner Checks and
Services on page 8‑8.
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First Engine Oil Change After Every
40 000 km/25,000 Miles
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debris. During any maintenance, if a power washer
is used to clean mud and dirt from the underbody,
care should be taken to not directly spray the
transfer case output seals. High pressure water
can overcome the seals and contaminate the
transfer case fluid. Contaminated fluid will
decrease the life of the transfer case and should
be replaced.
Fuel system inspection for damage or leaks.
First Engine Oil Change After Every
80 000 km/50,000 Miles
.
Engine air cleaner filter replacement. See Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter on page 7‑22.
.
Automatic transmission fluid and filter change
(severe service) for vehicles mainly driven in heavy
city traffic in hot weather, in hilly or mountainous
terrain, when frequently towing a trailer, or used for
taxi, police, or delivery service. See Automatic
Transmission Fluid on page 7‑24.
.
Four‐wheel drive only: Transfer case fluid change
(severe service) for vehicles mainly driven when
frequently towing a trailer, or used for taxi, police,
or delivery service. Check vent hose at transfer
case for kinks and proper installation. Check to be
sure vent hose is unobstructed, clear, and free of
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Evaporative control system inspection. Check all
fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook‐up,
routing, and condition. Check that the purge valve,
if the vehicle has one, works properly. Replace as
needed. An Emission Control Service. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency or the California
Air Resources Board has determined that the
failure to perform this maintenance item will not
nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability
prior to the completion of the vehicle's useful life.
We, however, urge that all recommended
maintenance services be performed at the
indicated intervals and the maintenance be
recorded.
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First Engine Oil Change After Every
160 000 km/100,000 Miles
.
Automatic transmission fluid and filter change
(normal service). See Automatic Transmission
Fluid on page 7‑24.
.
Four‐wheel drive only: Transfer case fluid change
(normal service). Check vent hose at transfer case
for kinks and proper installation. Check to be sure
vent hose is unobstructed, clear, and free of
debris. During any maintenance, if a power washer
is used to clean mud and dirt from the underbody,
care should be taken to not directly spray the
transfer case output seals. High pressure water
can overcome the seals and contaminate the
transfer case fluid. Contaminated fluid will
decrease the life of the transfer case and should
be replaced.
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First Engine Oil Change After Every
240 000 km/150,000 Miles
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Engine cooling system drain, flush, and refill,
cooling system and cap pressure check, and
cleaning of outside of radiator and air conditioning
condenser (or every 5 years, whichever occurs
first). See Engine Coolant on page 7‑29. An
Emission Control Service.
.
Engine accessory drive belt inspection for fraying,
excessive cracks, or obvious damage and
replacement, if needed. An Emission Control
Service.
Spark plug replacement and spark plug wires
inspection. An Emission Control Service.
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Owner Checks and Services
Starter Switch Check
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could move suddenly. If the vehicle moves, you or
others could be injured.
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Automatic Transmission Shift Lock
Control System Check
{ WARNING:
When you are doing this inspection, the vehicle
could move suddenly. If the vehicle moves, you or
others could be injured.
1. Before starting this check, be sure there is enough
room around the vehicle.
1. Before starting this check, be sure there is enough
room around the vehicle. It should be parked on a
level surface.
2. Firmly apply both the parking brake and the regular
brake. See Parking Brake on page 3‑38.
2. Firmly apply the parking brake. See Parking Brake
on page 3‑38.
Do not use the accelerator pedal, and be ready to
turn off the engine immediately if it starts.
3. Try to start the engine in each gear. The vehicle
should start only in P (Park) or N (Neutral). If the
vehicle starts in any other position, contact your
dealer for service.
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Be ready to apply the regular brake immediately if
the vehicle begins to move.
3. With the engine off, turn the ignition to ON/RUN,
but do not start the engine. Without applying the
regular brake, try to move the shift lever out of
P (Park) with normal effort. If the shift lever moves
out of P (Park), contact your dealer for service.
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Ignition Transmission Lock Check
While parked, and with the parking brake set, try to turn
the ignition to LOCK/OFF in each shift lever position.
.
The ignition should turn to LOCK/OFF only when
the shift lever is in P (Park).
.
The ignition key should come out only in
LOCK/OFF.
Contact your dealer if service is required.
Parking Brake and Automatic
Transmission P (Park) Mechanism
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Park on a fairly steep hill, with the vehicle facing
downhill. Keeping your foot on the regular brake, set the
parking brake.
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To check the parking brake's holding ability: With
the engine running and the transmission in
N (Neutral), slowly remove foot pressure from the
regular brake pedal. Do this until the vehicle is held
by the parking brake only.
.
To check the P (Park) mechanism's holding ability:
With the engine running, shift to P (Park). Then
release the parking brake followed by the regular
brake.
Contact your dealer if service is required.
{ WARNING:
When you are doing this check, the vehicle could
begin to move. You or others could be injured and
property could be damaged. Make sure there is
room in front of the vehicle in case it begins to
roll. Be ready to apply the regular brake at once
should the vehicle begin to move.
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Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants
Fluids and lubricants identified below by name, part
number, or specification can be obtained from your
dealer.
Usage
Engine Oil
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Fluid/Lubricant
The engine requires a special engine
oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M.
Oils meeting this standard can be
identified as synthetic, and should
also be identified with the American
Petroleum Institute (API) Certified for
Gasoline Engines starburst symbol.
However, not all synthetic API oils
with the starburst symbol will meet
this GM standard. Look for and use
only oil that meets GM Standard
GM4718M. For the proper viscosity,
see Engine Oil on page 7‑17.
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Usage
Fluid/Lubricant
50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable
water and use only DEX-COOL®
Engine Coolant
Coolant. See Engine Coolant on
page 7‑29.
DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid
Hydraulic Brake
(GM Part No. U.S. 12377967, in
System
Canada 89021320).
Windshield
Optikleen® Washer Solvent.
Washer
GM Power Steering Fluid
Power Steering
(GM Part No. U.S. 89021184, in
System
Canada 89021186).
Automatic
DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission
Transmission Fluid.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube
Key Lock
(GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in
Cylinders
Canada 10953474).
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Usage
Chassis
Lubrication
Front and
Rear Axle
Transfer Case
Hood Hinges
Body Door
Hinge Pins,
Tailgate Hinge
and Linkage,
Folding Seats,
and Fuel Door
Hinge
Fluid/Lubricant
Chassis Lubricant
(GM Part No. U.S. 12377985, in
Canada 88901242) or lubricant
meeting requirements of NLGI #2,
Category LB or GC-LB.
SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant
(GM Part No. U.S. 89021677, in
Canada 89021678).
DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission
Fluid.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube
(GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).
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Usage
Outer Tailgate
Handle Pivot
Points
Weatherstrip
Conditioning
Weatherstrip
Squeaks
Fluid/Lubricant
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube
(GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).
Weatherstrip Lubricant
(GM Part No. U.S. 3634770, in
Canada 10953518) or Dielectric
Silicone Grease
(GM Part No. U.S. 12345579, in
Canada 992887).
Synthetic Grease with
Teflon, Superlube
(GM Part No. U.S. 12371287, in
Canada 10953437).
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube
(GM Part No. U.S. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).
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Maintenance Replacement Parts
Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer.
Maintenance Replacement Parts
Part
GM Part Number
15908916
89017524
12621258
ACDelco Part Number
A3086C
PF48
41-110
Front – 21.6 in (55.0 cm)
25877402
—
Rear – 11.8 in (30.0 cm)
25820122
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Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Wiper Blades
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Engine Drive Belt Routing
If your vehicle is a Two-mode Hybrid, see the
Two-mode Hybrid manual for more information.
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Maintenance Record
After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service, and the
type of services performed in the boxes provided. Retain all maintenance receipts.
Maintenance Record
Date
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Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Maintenance Record (cont'd)
Date
Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Maintenance Record (cont'd)
Date
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Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Section 9
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Customer Assistance Information
Customer Assistance and Information . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Customer Satisfaction Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY)
Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
Customer Assistance Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8
Scheduling Service Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Courtesy Transportation Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Collision Damage Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors . . .
Service Publications Ordering Information . . . . .
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . . .
Radio Frequency Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Customer Assistance and
Information
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your
dealer and to Cadillac. Normally, any concerns with the
sales transaction or the operation of the vehicle will be
resolved by the dealer's sales or service departments.
Sometimes, however, despite the best intentions of all
concerned, misunderstandings can occur. If your
concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction, the
following steps should be taken:
STEP ONE: Discuss your concern with a member of
dealership management. Normally, concerns can be
quickly resolved at that level. If the matter has already
been reviewed with the sales, service or parts manager,
contact the owner of the dealership or the general
manager.
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STEP TWO: If after contacting a member of dealership
management, it appears your concern cannot be
resolved by the dealership without further help, in the
U.S., call the Cadillac Customer Assistance Center at
1‐800‐458‐8006. In Canada, call the Canadian Cadillac
Customer Communication Centre at 1-888-446-2000.
We encourage you to call the toll-free number in order
to give your inquiry prompt attention. Have the following
information available to give the Customer Assistance
representative:
.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is
available from the vehicle registration or title, or the
plate at the top left of the instrument panel and
visible through the windshield.
.
Dealership name and location.
.
Vehicle delivery date and present mileage.
When contacting Cadillac, remember that your concern
will likely be resolved at a dealer's facility. That is why
we suggest following Step One first.
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STEP THREE — U.S. Owners: Both General Motors
and your dealer are committed to making sure you are
completely satisfied with your new vehicle. However,
if you continue to remain unsatisfied after following the
procedure outlined in Steps One and Two, you can file
with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Auto Line ®
Program to enforce your rights.
The BBB Auto Line Program is an out of court program
administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus
to settle automotive disputes regarding vehicle repairs
or the interpretation of the New Vehicle Limited
Warranty. Although you may be required to resort to this
informal dispute resolution program prior to filing a court
action, use of the program is free of charge and your
case will generally be heard within 40 days. If you do
not agree with the decision given in your case, you may
reject it and proceed with any other venue for relief
available to you.
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You may contact the BBB Auto Line Program using the
toll-free telephone number or write them at the following
address:
BBB Auto Line Program
Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
4200 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203-1838
Telephone: 1-800-955-5100
www.dr.bbb.org/goauto
This program is available in all 50 states and the District
of Columbia. Eligibility is limited by vehicle age, mileage
and other factors. General Motors reserves the right to
change eligibility limitations and/or discontinue its
participation in this program.
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STEP THREE — Canadian Owners: In the event that
you do not feel your concerns have been addressed
after following the procedure outlined in Steps One and
Two, General Motors of Canada Limited wants you to
be aware of its participation in a no-charge mediation/
arbitration program. General Motors of Canada Limited
has committed to binding arbitration of owner disputes
involving factory-related vehicle service claims. The
program provides for the review of the facts involved by
an impartial third party arbiter, and may include an
informal hearing before the arbiter. The program is
designed so that the entire dispute settlement process,
from the time you file your complaint to the final
decision, should be completed in approximately
70 days. We believe our impartial program offers
advantages over courts in most jurisdictions because it
is informal, quick, and free of charge.
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For further information concerning eligibility in the
Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP), call
toll-free 1‐800‐207‐0685, or call the General Motors
Customer Communication Centre, 1‐800‐263‐3777
(English), 1‐800‐263‐7854 (French), or write to:
Mediation/Arbitration Program
c/o Customer Communication Centre
General Motors of Canada Limited
Mail Code: CA1‐163‐005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
Your inquiry should be accompanied by the Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN).
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Online Owner Center
My GM Canada (Canada) — www.gm.ca
Cadillac Owner Center (U.S.) —
www.cadillacownercenter.com
My GM Canada is a password-protected section of
www.gm.ca where you can save information on GM
vehicles, get personalized offers, and use handy tools
and forms with greater ease.
Information and services customized for your specific
vehicle — all in one convenient place.
.
Digital owner manual, warranty information,
and more
.
Store online service and maintenance records
.
Find Cadillac dealers for service nationwide
.
Exclusive privileges and offers
.
Recall notices for your specific vehicle
.
OnStar® and GM Cardmember Services Earnings
summaries
Other Helpful Links:
Cadillac — www.cadillac.com
Cadillac Merchandise — www.cadillaccollection.com
Help Center — www.cadillac.com/helpcenter
.
FAQ
.
Contact Us
Here are a few of the valuable tools and services you
will have access to:
.
My Showroom: Find and save information on
vehicles and current offers in your area.
.
My Dealers: Save details such as address and
phone number for each of your preferred GM
dealers.
.
My Driveway: Access quick links to parts and
service estimates, check trade-in values,
or schedule a service appointment by adding the
vehicles you own to your driveway profile.
.
My Preferences: Manage your profile and use tools
and forms with greater ease.
To sign up, visit the My GM Canada section within
www.gm.ca.
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Customer Assistance for Text
Telephone (TTY) Users
To assist customers who are deaf, hard of hearing,
or speech-impaired and who use Text Telephones
(TTYs), Cadillac has TTY equipment available at its
Customer Assistance Center. Any TTY user can
communicate with Cadillac by dialing: 1-800-833-2622.
TTY users in Canada can dial 1-800-263-3830.
Customer Assistance Offices
Cadillac encourages customers to call the toll-free
number for assistance. However, if a customer wishes
to write or e-mail Cadillac, the letter should be
addressed to:
United States
Cadillac Customer Assistance Center
Cadillac Motor Car Division
P.O. Box 33169
Detroit, MI 48232-5169
www.Cadillac.com
1-800-458-8006
1-800-833-2622 (For Text Telephone
devices (TTYs))
Roadside Assistance: 1-800-882-1112
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From Puerto Rico:
1-800-496-9992 (English)
1-800-496-9993 (Spanish)
From U.S. Virgin Islands:
1-800-496-9994
Canada
General Motors of Canada Limited
Canadian Cadillac Customer Communication
Centre, Mail Code: CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
www.gm.ca
1-888-446-2000
1-800-263-3830 (For Text Telephone
devices (TTYs))
Roadside Assistance: 1-800-882-1112
Overseas
Please contact the local General Motors Business Unit.
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Mexico, Central America and
Caribbean Islands/Countries
(Except Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin
Islands)
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GM Mobility Reimbursement
Program
General Motors de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.
Customer Assistance Center
Av. Ejercito Nacional #843
Col. Granada
C.P. 11520, Mexico, D.F.
01-800-466-0805
Long Distance: 011-52-53 29 0805
This program is available to qualified applicants for cost
reimbursement of eligible aftermarket adaptive
equipment required for your vehicle, such as hand
controls or a wheelchair/scooter lift for the vehicle.
For more information on the limited offer, visit
www.gmmobility.com or call the GM Mobility Assistance
Center at 1-800-323-9935. Text telephone (TTY) users,
call 1-800-833-9935.
General Motors of Canada also has a Mobility Program.
Call 1-800-GM-DRIVE (463-7483) for details. TTY users
call 1-800-263-3830.
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Roadside Service
Coverage
In the United States or Canada, call 1-800-882-1112.
Services are provided up to 5 years/
160 000 km (100,000 miles), whichever comes first.
Text Telephone (TTY), U.S. only, call 1-888-889-2438.
Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Calling for Service
When calling Roadside Service, have the following
information ready:
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Your name, home address, and home telephone
number
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Telephone number of your location
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Location of the vehicle
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Model, year, color, and license plate number of the
vehicle
.
Odometer reading, Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN), and delivery date of the vehicle
.
Description of the problem
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In the U.S., anyone driving the vehicle is covered. In
Canada, a person driving the vehicle without permission
from the owner is not covered.
Roadside Service is not a part of the New Vehicle
Limited Warranty. Cadillac and General Motors of
Canada Limited reserve the right to make any changes
or discontinue the Roadside Service program at any
time without notification.
Cadillac and General Motors of Canada Limited reserve
the right to limit services or payment to an owner or
driver if they decide the claims are made too often,
or the same type of claim is made many times.
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Cadillac Owner Privileges™
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Emergency Fuel Delivery: Delivery of enough
fuel for the vehicle to get to the nearest service
station.
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Lock‐Out Service: Service to unlock the vehicle if
you are locked out. A remote unlock may be
available if you have OnStar®. For security
reasons, the driver must present identification
before this service is given.
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Emergency Tow From a Public Road or
Highway: Tow to the nearest Cadillac dealer for
warranty service, or if the vehicle was in a crash
and cannot be driven. Assistance is also given
when the vehicle is stuck in the sand, mud,
or snow.
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Flat Tire Change: Service to change a flat tire
with spare tire. The spare tire, if equipped, must be
in good condition and properly inflated. It is your
responsibility for the repair or replacement of the
tire if it is not covered by the warranty.
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Battery Jump Start: Service to jump start a dead
battery.
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Trip Routing Service: Detailed maps of North
America are provided when requested either with
the most direct route or the most scenic route.
Additional travel information is also available. Allow
three weeks for delivery.
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Trip Interruption Benefits and Service: If your
trip is interrupted due to a warranty failure,
incidental expenses may be reimbursed during the
5 years/160 000 km (100,000 miles) Powertrain
warranty period. Items considered are hotel,
meals, and rental car.
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Cadillac Technician Roadside Service
(U.S. only)
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Services Specific to Canadian‐
Purchased Vehicles
Cadillac's exceptional Roadside Service is more than
an auto club or towing service. It provides every
Cadillac owner in the United States with the advantage
of contacting a Cadillac advisor and, where available, a
Cadillac trained dealer technician who can provide
on-site service.
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Fuel delivery: Reimbursement is approximately
$5 Canadian. Diesel fuel delivery may be
restricted. Propane and other fuels are not
provided through this service.
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Lock-Out Service: Vehicle registration is
required.
A dealer technician will travel to your location within a
30 mile radius of a participating Cadillac dealership.
If beyond this radius, we will arrange to have your
car towed to the nearest Cadillac dealership. Each
technician travels with a specially equipped service
vehicle complete with the necessary Cadillac parts and
tools required to handle most roadside repairs.
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Trip Routing Service: Limit of six requests
per year.
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Trip Interruption Benefits and Service:
Pre-authorization, original detailed receipts, and
a copy of the repair orders are required. Once
authorization has been received, the Roadside
Service advisor will help you make arrangements
and explain how to receive payment.
.
Alternative Service: If assistance cannot be
provided right away, the Roadside Service advisor
may give you permission to get local emergency
road service. You will receive payment, up to $100,
after sending the original receipt to Roadside
Service. Mechanical failures may be covered,
however any cost for parts and labor for repairs
not covered by the warranty are the owner
responsibility.
Services Not Included in Roadside
Service
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Impound towing caused by violation of any laws.
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Legal fines.
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Mounting, dismounting, or changing of snow tires,
chains, or other traction devices.
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Towing or services for vehicles driven on a
non-public road or highway.
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Scheduling Service Appointments
Courtesy Transportation Program
When your vehicle requires warranty service, contact
your dealer and request an appointment. By scheduling
a service appointment and advising your service
consultant of your transportation needs, your dealer can
help minimize your inconvenience.
To enhance your ownership experience, we and our
participating dealers are proud to offer Courtesy
Transportation, a customer support program for
vehicles with the Bumper to Bumper (Base Warranty
Coverage period in Canada), extended powertrain,
and/or hybrid‐specific warranties in both the U.S.
and Canada.
If your vehicle cannot be scheduled into the service
department immediately, keep driving it until it can be
scheduled for service, unless, of course, the problem is
safety related. If it is, please call your dealership, let
them know this, and ask for instructions.
If the dealer requests you to bring the vehicle for
service, you are urged to do so as early in the work day
as possible to allow for the same day repair.
Several Courtesy Transportation options are available
to assist in reducing your inconvenience when warranty
repairs are required.
Courtesy Transportation is not a part of the New Vehicle
Limited Warranty. A separate booklet entitled “Warranty
and Owner Assistance Information” furnished with each
new vehicle provides detailed warranty coverage
information.
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Transportation Options
Warranty service can generally be completed while
you wait. However, if you are unable to wait, GM
helps to minimize your inconvenience by providing
several transportation options. Depending on the
circumstances, your dealer can offer you one of the
following:
Shuttle Service
Shuttle service is the preferred means of offering
Courtesy Transportation. Dealers may provide shuttle
service to get you to your destination with minimal
interruption of your daily schedule. This includes
one‐way or round‐trip shuttle service within reasonable
time and distance parameters of the dealer's area.
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Public Transportation or Fuel
Reimbursement
If your vehicle requires overnight warranty repairs, and
public transportation is used instead of the dealer's
shuttle service, the expense must be supported by
original receipts and can only be up to the maximum
amount allowed by GM for shuttle service. In addition,
for U.S. customers, should you arrange transportation
through a friend or relative, limited reimbursement for
reasonable fuel expenses may be available. Claim
amounts should reflect actual costs and be supported
by original receipts. See your dealer for information
regarding the allowance amounts for reimbursement of
fuel or other transportation costs.
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Courtesy Rental Vehicle
Additional Program Information
Your dealer may arrange to provide you with a
courtesy rental vehicle or reimburse you for a rental
vehicle that you obtain if your vehicle is kept for an
overnight warranty repair. Rental reimbursement will
be limited and must be supported by original receipts.
This requires that you sign and complete a rental
agreement and meet state/provincial, local, and rental
vehicle provider requirements. Requirements vary and
may include minimum age requirements, insurance
coverage, credit card, etc. You are responsible for fuel
usage charges and may also be responsible for taxes,
levies, usage fees, excessive mileage, or rental usage
beyond the completion of the repair.
All program options, such as shuttle service, may not
be available at every dealer. Please contact your dealer
for specific information about availability. All Courtesy
Transportation arrangements will be administered by
appropriate dealer personnel.
It may not be possible to provide a like vehicle as a
courtesy rental.
If your vehicle is involved in a collision and it is
damaged, have the damage repaired by a qualified
technician using the proper equipment and quality
replacement parts. Poorly performed collision repairs
diminish your vehicle's resale value, and safety
performance can be compromised in subsequent
collisions.
General Motors reserves the right to unilaterally modify,
change, or discontinue Courtesy Transportation at any
time and to resolve all questions of claim eligibility
pursuant to the terms and conditions described herein
at its sole discretion.
Collision Damage Repair
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Collision Parts
Genuine GM Collision parts are new parts made with
the same materials and construction methods as the
parts with which your vehicle was originally built.
Genuine GM Collision parts are your best choice to
ensure that your vehicle's designed appearance,
durability, and safety are preserved. The use of
Genuine GM parts can help maintain your GM New
Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Recycled original equipment parts may also be used for
repair. These parts are typically removed from vehicles
that were total losses in prior crashes. In most cases,
the parts being recycled are from undamaged sections
of the vehicle. A recycled original equipment GM part
may be an acceptable choice to maintain your vehicle's
originally designed appearance and safety performance;
however, the history of these parts is not known.
Such parts are not covered by your GM New Vehicle
Limited Warranty, and any related failures are not
covered by that warranty.
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Aftermarket collision parts are also available. These are
made by companies other than GM and may not have
been tested for your vehicle. As a result, these parts
may fit poorly, exhibit premature durability/corrosion
problems, and may not perform properly in subsequent
collisions. Aftermarket parts are not covered by your
GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty, and any vehicle
failure related to such parts is not covered by that
warranty.
Repair Facility
GM also recommends that you choose a collision repair
facility that meets your needs before you ever need
collision repairs. Your dealer may have a collision repair
center with GM-trained technicians and state‐of‐the‐art
equipment, or be able to recommend a collision repair
center that has GM-trained technicians and comparable
equipment.
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Insuring Your Vehicle
If a Crash Occurs
Protect your investment in your GM vehicle with
comprehensive and collision insurance coverage. There
are significant differences in the quality of coverage
afforded by various insurance policy terms. Many
insurance policies provide reduced protection to your
GM vehicle by limiting compensation for damage
repairs by using aftermarket collision parts. Some
insurance companies will not specify aftermarket
collision parts. When purchasing insurance, we
recommend that you ensure that your vehicle will be
repaired with GM original equipment collision parts.
If such insurance coverage is not available from your
current insurance carrier, consider switching to another
insurance carrier.
If there has been an injury, call emergency services for
help. Do not leave the scene of a crash until all matters
have been taken care of. Move the vehicle only if its
position puts you in danger, or you are instructed to
move it by a police officer.
If your vehicle is leased, the leasing company may
require you to have insurance that ensures repairs with
Genuine GM Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
parts or Genuine Manufacturer replacement parts. Read
your lease carefully, as you may be charged at the end
of your lease for poor quality repairs.
Give only the necessary information to police and other
parties involved in the crash.
For emergency towing see Roadside Service on
page 9‑8.
Gather the following information:
.
Driver's name, address, and telephone number
.
Driver's license number
.
Owner's name, address, and telephone number
.
Vehicle license plate number
.
Vehicle make, model, and model year
.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
.
Insurance company and policy number
.
General description of the damage to the other
vehicle
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Choose a reputable repair facility that uses quality
replacement parts. See “Collision Parts” earlier in this
section.
If the airbag has inflated, see What Will You See After
an Airbag Inflates? on page 2‑82.
Managing the Vehicle Damage Repair
Process
In the event that your vehicle requires damage repairs,
GM recommends that you take an active role in its
repair. If you have a pre-determined repair facility of
choice, take your vehicle there, or have it towed there.
Specify to the facility that any required replacement
collision parts be original equipment parts, either new
Genuine GM parts or recycled original GM parts.
Remember, recycled parts will not be covered by your
GM vehicle warranty.
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Insurance pays the bill for the repair, but you must
live with the repair. Depending on your policy limits,
your insurance company may initially value the repair
using aftermarket parts. Discuss this with your repair
professional, and insist on Genuine GM parts.
Remember, if your vehicle is leased, you may be
obligated to have the vehicle repaired with Genuine
GM parts, even if your insurance coverage does not
pay the full cost.
If another party's insurance company is paying for the
repairs, you are not obligated to accept a repair
valuation based on that insurance company's collision
policy repair limits, as you have no contractual limits
with that company. In such cases, you can have control
of the repair and parts choices as long as the cost stays
within reasonable limits.
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Reporting Safety Defects
Reporting Safety Defects to the
United States Government
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which
could cause a crash or could cause injury or
death, you should immediately inform the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in
addition to notifying General Motors.
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, or General Motors.
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To contact NHTSA, you may call the Vehicle
Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY:
1-800-424-9153); go to http://www.safercar.gov; or
write to:
Administrator, NHTSA
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
You can also obtain other information about motor
vehicle safety fromhttp://www.safercar.gov.
Reporting Safety Defects to the
Canadian Government
If you live in Canada, and you believe that your vehicle
has a safety defect, notify Transport Canada
immediately, and notify General Motors of Canada
Limited. Call them at 1-800-333-0510 or write to:
Transport Canada
Road Safety Branch
2780 Sheffield Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1B 3V9
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Reporting Safety Defects to General
Motors
Service Publications Ordering
Information
In addition to notifying NHTSA (or Transport Canada) in
a situation like this, notify General Motors.
Service Manuals
Call 1-800-458-8006, or write:
Cadillac Customer Assistance Center
Cadillac Motor Car Division
P.O. Box 33169
Detroit, MI 48232-5169
In Canada, call 1‐888‐446‐2000, or write:
Canadian Cadillac Customer Communication
Centre, Mail Code: CA1-163-005
General Motors of Canada Limited
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair
information on the engines, transmission, axle,
suspension, brakes, electrical, steering, body, etc.
Service Bulletins
Service Bulletins give additional technical service
information needed to knowledgeably service
General Motors cars and trucks. Each bulletin
contains instructions to assist in the diagnosis and
service of your vehicle.
Owner Information
Owner publications are written specifically for owners
and intended to provide basic operational information
about the vehicle. The Owner Manual includes the
Maintenance Schedule for all models.
In-Portfolio: Includes a Portfolio, Owner Manual, and
Warranty Booklet.
RETAIL SELL PRICE: $35.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees
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Without Portfolio: Owner Manual only.
RETAIL SELL PRICE: $25.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees
Current and Past Models
Technical Service Bulletins and Manuals are available
for current and past model GM vehicles.
ORDER TOLL FREE: 1-800-551-4123
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Eastern Time
For Credit Card Orders Only
(VISA-MasterCard-Discover), visit Helm, Inc. on the
World Wide Web at: www.helminc.com
Or you can write to:
Helm, Incorporated
P.O. Box 07130
Detroit, MI 48207
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Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy
Your GM vehicle has a number of sophisticated
computers that record information about the vehicle’s
performance and how it is driven. For example, your
vehicle uses computer modules to monitor and control
engine and transmission performance, to monitor the
conditions for airbag deployment and deploy airbags in
a crash, and, if so equipped, to provide antilock braking
to help the driver control the vehicle. These modules
may store data to help your dealer technician service
your vehicle. Some modules may also store data about
how you operate the vehicle, such as rate of fuel
consumption or average speed. These modules may
also retain the owner’s personal preferences, such as
radio pre-sets, seat positions, and temperature settings.
Prices are subject to change without notice and without
incurring obligation. Allow ample time for delivery.
Note to Canadian Customers: All listed prices are
quoted in U.S. funds. Canadian residents are to make
checks payable in U.S. funds.
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Event Data Recorders
This vehicle has an Event Data Recorder (EDR).
The main purpose of an EDR is to record, in certain
crash or near crash-like situations, such as an airbag
deployment or hitting a road obstacle, data that will
assist in understanding how a vehicle's systems
performed. The EDR is designed to record data related
to vehicle dynamics and safety systems for a short
period of time, typically 30 seconds or less. The EDR in
this vehicle is designed to record such data as:
.
How various systems in your vehicle were
operating
.
Whether or not the driver and passenger safety
belts were buckled/fastened
.
How far, if at all, the driver was pressing the
accelerator and/or brake pedal
.
How fast the vehicle was traveling
This data can help provide a better understanding of the
circumstances in which crashes and injuries occur.
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Important: EDR data is recorded by your vehicle only if
a non-trivial crash situation occurs; no data is recorded
by the EDR under normal driving conditions and no
personal data (e.g., name, gender, age, and crash
location) is recorded. However, other parties, such as
law enforcement, could combine the EDR data with the
type of personally identifying data routinely acquired
during a crash investigation.
To read data recorded by an EDR, special equipment is
required, and access to the vehicle or the EDR is
needed. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer, other
parties, such as law enforcement, that have the special
equipment, can read the information if they have access
to the vehicle or the EDR.
GM will not access this data or share it with others
except: with the consent of the vehicle owner or, if the
vehicle is leased, with the consent of the lessee; in
response to an official request of police or similar
government office; as part of GM's defense of litigation
through the discovery process; or, as required by law.
Data that GM collects or receives may also be used for
GM research needs or may be made available to others
for research purposes, where a need is shown and the
data is not tied to a specific vehicle or vehicle owner.
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OnStar®
If your vehicle is equipped with an active OnStar
system, that system may also record data in crash or
near crash‐like situations. The OnStar Terms and
Conditions provides information on data collection and
use and is available in the OnStar glove box kit, at
www.onstar.com (U.S.) or www.onstar.ca (Canada),
or by pressing the Q button and speaking to an
advisor.
Navigation System
If the vehicle has a navigation system, use of the
system may result in the storage of destinations,
addresses, telephone numbers, and other trip
information. Refer to the navigation system operating
manual for information on stored data and for deletion
instructions.
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Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID)
RFID technology is used in some vehicles for functions
such as tire pressure monitoring and ignition system
security, as well as in connection with conveniences
such as key fobs for remote door locking/unlocking and
starting, and in-vehicle transmitters for garage door
openers. RFID technology in GM vehicles does not use
or record personal information or link with any other
GM system containing personal information.
Radio Frequency Statement
This vehicle has systems that operate on a radio
frequency that comply with Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) rules and with
Industry Canada Standards RSS‐210/220/310.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. The device may not cause interference.
2. The device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Changes or modifications to any of these systems by
other than an authorized service facility could void
authorization to use this equipment.
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Accessories and Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-4
Accessory Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
Accessory Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Active Fuel Management™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
Add-On Electrical Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-109
Additives, Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-9
Adjustable Throttle and Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30
Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-22
Airbag
Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-90
Airbag System
How Does an Airbag Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-81
Passenger Sensing System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-84
Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . 2-89
What Makes an Airbag Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-81
What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . 2-82
When Should an Airbag Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-80
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-77
Airbags
Passenger Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31
Readiness Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30
System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-74
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All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-49
All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-9
Analog Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Antenna
Rear Side Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-109
Antenna, XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-109
Antilock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34
Appearance Care
Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . .7-106
Care of Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Chemical Paint Spotting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-108
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-104
Fabric/Carpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-100
Finish Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-104
Finish Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Instrument Panel, Vinyl, and Other Plastic
Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Interior Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-99
Leather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-101
Sheet Metal Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Speaker Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
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Appearance Care (cont.)
Underbody Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Washing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Weatherstrips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper Blades . . . . . . .7-105
Wood Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Assist Handles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Audio System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
Audio Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-106
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-60
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-108
Rear Seat (RSA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-104
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-106
XM™ Satellite Radio Antenna System . . . . . . . . . . .4-109
Automatic Headlamp System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Automatic Transmission
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
Autoride® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-42
Axle, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50
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B
Back-Up Lamps - Ambulance Body
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-55
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-43
Electric Power Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
Run-Down Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
Belt Routing, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13
Bench Seat, Split (60/40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
Brake
Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Pedal and Adjustable Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-40
Antilock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-38
System Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4
Braking in Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-6
Break-In, New Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
Bucket Seats, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-56
Back-Up Lamps - Ambulance Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-55
Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-52
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Bulb Replacement (cont.)
Headlamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-54
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . 7-54
License Plate Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-56
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-73
C
Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-47
California
Perchlorate Materials Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
California Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-8
Camera, Rear Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-51
Canadian Owners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Capacities and Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-117
Carbon Monoxide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12, 3-14
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-41
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-28
Care of
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Center Console Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-78
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-32
Check
Engine Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
Checking Things Under the Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-14
Chemical Paint Spotting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-108
Black plate (3,1)
Child Restraints
Infants and Young Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-52
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . . . 2-59
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-49
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat
Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-67
Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Front
Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-70
Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front
Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-71
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-55
Where to Put the Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-57
Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Cleaning
Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . .7-106
Exterior Lamps/Lenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-104
Fabric/Carpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-100
Finish Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-104
Instrument Panel, Vinyl, and Other Plastic
Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-99
Leather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-101
Speaker Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Underbody Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Washing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
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Cleaning (cont.)
Weatherstrips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Windshield, Backglass, and Wiper Blades . . . . . . .7-105
Wood Panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-102
Climate Control System
Outlet Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating System,
Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
Climate Control Systems
Dual Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Collision Damage Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-47
Content Theft-Deterrent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-3
Coolant
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-29
Engine Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
Cooled Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-5
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-27
Courtesy Transportation Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-8
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62
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Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-6
Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
Text Telephone (TTY) Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
Customer Information
Service Publications Ordering Information . . . . . . . . 9-18
Customer Satisfaction Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2
D
Damage Repair, Collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13
Data Recorders, Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-20
Database Coverage Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-59
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
DIC Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-47
Doing Your Own Service Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-6
Dome Lamp Override . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Door
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Power Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Programmable Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Door Security Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Drive Systems
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-49
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Driver Information Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41
DIC Operation and Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-42
DIC Vehicle Customization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-58
DIC Warnings and Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-49
Driving
At Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-24
Before a Long Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-26
Defensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Drunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-26
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-27
In Rain and on Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-25
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Off-Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11
Recovery Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-31
Rocking Your Vehicle to Get it Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-30
Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-28
Driving for Better Fuel Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25
Dual Automatic Climate Control System . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
DVD
Rear Seat Entertainment System . . . . . . . . . . . 4-78, 4-87
Black plate (5,1)
E
E85 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-9
EDR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Electrical Equipment, Add-On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-109
Electrical System
Center Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-112
Fuses and Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Power Windows and Other Power Options . . . . . . 7-110
Underhood Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-113
Windshield Wiper Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-109
Electronic Immobilizer
PASS-Key® III+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
Electronic Immobilizer Operation
PASS-Key® III+ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-22
Check and Service Engine Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
Compartment Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-29
Coolant Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-31
Coolant Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
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Engine (cont.)
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-27
Drive Belt Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-41
Fan Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-37
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
Overheated Protection Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . 7-37
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-34
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29
Engine Oil
Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-20
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-20
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Extender, Safety Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-48
Exterior Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
F
Features
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Filter
Engine Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-22
Finish Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-6
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Black plate (6,1)
Flashers, Hazard Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-79
Flat Tire, Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-80
Flat Tire, Storing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-94
Fluid
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-38
Windshield Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-39
Fog Lamps
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-51
Front Fog Lamps
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-7
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9
California Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9
Filling a Portable Fuel Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11
Fuels in Foreign Countries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Gasoline Octane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41
Management, Active . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
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Fuel Economy
Driving for Better . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25
Fuses
Center Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-112
Fuses and Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Instrument Panel Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Underhood Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-113
Windshield Wiper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-109
G
Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55
Garment Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Gasoline
Octane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Gauges
Engine Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Getting Started, Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-4
Global Positioning System (GPS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-57
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-7
Black plate (7,1)
H
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2
Headlamps
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-52
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-54
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Exterior Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . 7-54
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Heated
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-5
Heater
Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-31
High-Speed Operation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-66
Highbeam On Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-26
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-27
Hood
Checking Things Under . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-14
Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-15
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30
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Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27
Infants and Young Children, Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-52
Inflation - Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-65
Instrument Panel
Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-16
Instrument Panel Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28
Integrated Trailer Brake Control System (ITBC) . . . . 6-42
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-2
J
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-44
K
Keyless Entry
Remote (RKE) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-3
L
Labeling, Tire Sidewall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-60
Lamps
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-55
Daytime Running (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Dome Lamp Override . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
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Lamps (cont.)
License Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-56
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39
LATCH System for Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-59
LED Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-55
Level Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-41
Liftgate, Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Liftgate/Liftglass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Liftglass/Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Lighting
Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
LED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-55
Lights
Airbag Readiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34
Brake System Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33
Charging System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-32
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Exterior Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Front Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Highbeam On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
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Lights (cont.)
Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
StabiliTrak® Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Loading Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-32
Locking Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-9
Locks
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Programmable Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Door Security Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . . . . 2-59
Lumbar
Power Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Black plate (9,1)
M
Magnetic Ride Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-9
Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14
Maintenance Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12
Owner Checks and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Scheduled Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-3
Malfunction Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-6
Message
DIC Warnings and Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-49
Mirrors
Automatic Dimming Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Manual Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Outside Convex Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-45
Outside Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-45
Outside Power Foldaway Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Park Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-44
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Navigation
Cleaning the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
System Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Using the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Navigation System, Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
O
Object Detection, Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) . . . 3-48
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Off-Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11
Oil
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-20
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
Older Children, Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-49
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-5
OnStar, Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
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Black plate (10,1)
OnStar® System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26
Operation, Universal Home Remote System . . . . . . . 3-55
Ordering
Map DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-59
Outlet Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25
Outlets
Accessory Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Outside
Convex Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-45
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-45
Power Foldaway Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode . . . . 7-37
Overview, Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-2
Owner Checks and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-8
Owners, Canadian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
P
Paint, Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Park
Shifting Into . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-39
Shifting Out of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-40
Park Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-46
Park Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-44
Parking
Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-46
Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-38
Over Things That Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-41
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PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31
Passenger Sensing System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-84
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Perchlorate Materials Requirements, California . . . . . .7-5
Phone
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-68
Power
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-110
Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Lumbar Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Retained Accessory (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-38
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Power Assist Steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Pregnancy, Using Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Problems with Route Guidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-58
Black plate (11,1)
Program
Courtesy Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Programmable Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Proposition 65 Warning, California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-5
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Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Radios
Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-108
Theft-Deterrent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-106
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-17
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating System and
Electronic Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50
Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Rear Door Security Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Rear Seat Armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-104
Rear Seat Entertainment System . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-78, 4-87
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-104
Rear Side Window Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-109
Rear Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
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Rear Vision Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-51
Rear Window Washer/Wiper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-7
Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-43
Reclining Seatbacks, Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-8
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Recovery Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-31
Recreational Vehicle Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-38
Reimbursement Program, GM Mobility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-7
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-7
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-86
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-81
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-56
Replacement Parts
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12
Reporting Safety Defects
Canadian Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
Restraint System Check
Checking the Restraint Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-91
Replacing Restraint System Parts After a
Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-92
Retained Accessory Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
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Black plate (12,1)
Ride Control Systems
Road Sensing Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Road Sensing Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-9
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-8
Rocking Your Vehicle to Get it Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-30
Roof
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Roof Rack System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Running the Vehicle While Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-42
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Safety Belts
Care of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-103
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-48
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-30
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-39
Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Safety Belts Are for Everyone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-47
Safety Defects Reporting
Canadian Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
Safety Warnings and Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Scheduled Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-3
Scheduling Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
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Seats
60/40 Split Bench Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Bucket Seats, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Heated and Cooled Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Heated Seats - Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Power Lumbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5
Power Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Power Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Third Row Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Secondary Latch System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-91
Securing a Child Restraint
Center Front Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-70
Rear Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-67
Right Front Seat Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-71
Security
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-39
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-4
Accessories and Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
Adding Equipment to the Outside of the Vehicle . . . 7-6
Doing Your Own Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6
Engine Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
Parts Identification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-109
Publications Ordering Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
Scheduling Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 2-89
Sheet Metal Damage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-107
Black plate (13,1)
Shifting
Out of Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-40
Shifting Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-39
Side Blind Zone Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-48
Signals, Turn and Lane-Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-98
Installing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-86
Removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-81
Storing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-94
Specifications and Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-117
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Split Bench Seat (60/40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
StabiliTrak® Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34
StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-6
Start Vehicle, Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-7
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10
Heated Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Steering Wheel Controls, Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-106
Steering Wheel, Tilt Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
Steps
Power Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17
Storage
Garment Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Storage Areas
Center Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-62
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Storage Areas (cont.)
Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Rear Seat Armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Roof Rack System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-30
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-66
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-17
System
Roof Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-64
System Needs Service, If . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-59
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Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Text Telephone (TTY) Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-6
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-106
Theft-Deterrent Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Content Theft-Deterrent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
PASS-Key® III+ Electronic Immobilizer
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
Third Row Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Throttle, Adjustable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30
Tilt Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
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Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-58
Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels,
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-106
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-73
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-78
Changing a Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-80
Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-107
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-75
High-Speed Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-66
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-79
Inflation - Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-65
Inspection and Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-71
Installing the Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-86
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
Pressure Monitor Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-68
Pressure Monitor System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-67
Removing the Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-86
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-81
Secondary Latch System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-91
Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-60
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-98
Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-94
Terminology and Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-62
Uniform Tire Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-76
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Tires (cont.)
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-77
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-77
When It Is Time for New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-73
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-36
Tow/Haul Mode Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40
Towing
Recreational Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-38
Towing a Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-42
Trailer Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-55
Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-38
Traction
Magnetic Ride Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Road Sensing Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Trailer
Towing Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-55
Transmission
Fluid, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24
Transmission Operation, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
Transportation Program, Courtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
Turn and Lane-Change Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-4
Black plate (15,1)
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Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (URPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-46
Uniform Tire Quality Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-76
Universal Home Remote System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55
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Vehicle
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-32
Remote Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
Running While Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-42
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Vehicle Customization, DIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-58
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-108
Service Parts Identification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-109
Vehicle Positioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-57
Ventilation Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25
Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Voice Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-86
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Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . 4-27
Warnings
DIC Warnings and Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-49
Hazard Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Safety and Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Wheels
Alignment and Tire Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-77
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-75
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-77
When It Is Time for New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-73
Where to Put the Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-57
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
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Black plate (16,1)
Windshield
Backglass, and Wiper Blades, Cleaning . . . . . . . . .7-105
Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-39
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-57
Wiper Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-109
Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-28
Wipers
Rear Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
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XM™ Satellite Radio
Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-109