2014 Cadillac ATS Owner Manual

2014 Cadillac ATS Owner Manual
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In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4
Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15
Performance and
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21
Keys, Doors, and
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-34
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1
Additional Storage Features . . . 4-3
Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-25
Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-31
Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-42
Universal Remote System . . . . 5-47
Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-20
Trademarks and License
Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-32
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1
Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-16
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-25
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . 9-28
Drive Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-29
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-30
Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-34
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38
Driver Assistance Systems . . . 9-50
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-63
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-69
Conversions and Add-Ons . . . 9-74
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Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-44
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-77
Towing the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . 10-79
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82
Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Cadillac Premium Care
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-3
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3
Special Application
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9
Additional Maintenance
and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-10
Recommended Fluids,
Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-13
Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-16
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1
Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-1
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-12
Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14
OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1
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Introduction
The names, logos, emblems,
slogans, vehicle model names, and
vehicle body designs appearing in
this manual including, but not limited
to, GM, the GM logo, the CADILLAC
Crest and Wreath, and CADILLAC
ATS are trademarks and/or service
marks of General Motors LLC, its
subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors.
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 Car Division
wherever it appears in this manual.
Keep this manual in the vehicle for
quick reference.
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Canadian Vehicle Owners
Propriétaires Canadiens
A French language manual can be
obtained from your dealer, at
www.helminc.com, or from:
On peut obtenir un exemplaire de
ce guide en français auprès du
concessionnaire ou à l'adresse
savant:
Helm, Incorporated
Attention: Customer Service
47911 Halyard Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170
Using this Manual
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.
Litho in U.S.A.
Part No. 22839997 A First Printing
©
2013 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Danger, Warnings, and
Cautions
{ Danger
Text marked { Danger provides
information on risk of fatal injury.
Disregarding this information may
endanger life.
{ Caution
Text marked { Caution provides
information that may indicate a
hazard that could result in injury
or death. It could also result in
possible damage to the vehicle.
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.
{ Warning
Text marked { Warning provides
information on risk of accident or
injury. Disregarding this
information may lead to injury.
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.”
* : 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.
9 : Airbag Readiness Light
# : Air Conditioning
G : Air Conditioning
Refrigerant Oil
I : Certified Technician
" : Charging System
I : Cruise Control
B : Engine Coolant Temperature
O : Exterior Lamps
H : Flammable
. : Fuel Gauge
+ : Fuses
3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam
! : Antilock Brake System (ABS)
g : Audio Steering Wheel Controls
Changer
$:
LATCH System Child
Restraints
or OnStar®
Brake System Warning Light
(:
j:
Heated Steering Wheel
* : Malfunction Indicator Lamp
: : Oil Pressure
O : Power
/ : Remote Vehicle Start
> : Safety Belt Reminders
7 : Tire Pressure Monitor
d : Traction Control/StabiliTrak®
M : Windshield Washer Fluid
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In Brief
Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel Overview . . . . 1-2
Initial Drive Information
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Second Row Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Head Restraint Adjustment . . . . 1-9
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Passenger Sensing System . . . 1-9
Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Steering Wheel
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . 1-12
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Vehicle Features
Radio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Portable Audio Devices . . . . . .
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering Wheel Controls . . . . .
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Infotainment System . . . . . . . . .
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lane Departure
Warning (LDW) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-15
1-15
1-16
1-16
1-16
1-17
1-18
1-18
1-19
1-19
Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Vision
Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . .
Active Emergency Braking
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Universal Remote System . . .
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-1
1-19
1-19
1-19
1-20
1-20
1-20
1-20
Performance and Maintenance
Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . .
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . .
E85 or FlexFuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving for Better Fuel
Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . .
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1-21
1-22
1-22
1-23
1-23
1-24
1-24
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Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel Overview
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1. Air Vents on page 8-10.
7. Infotainment
2. Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6-1.
8. Light Sensor. See Automatic
Headlamp System on page 6-4.
Turn Signal Lever. See Turn and
Lane-Change Signals on
page 6-6.
3. Cruise Control on page 9-38.
9. Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Base) on page 8-1 or
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Uplevel) on page 8-5.
Adaptive Cruise Control on
page 9-41 (If Equipped).
10. Instrument Panel Illumination
Control on page 6-6.
Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System on page 9-55 (If
Equipped).
11. Hood Release (Out of View).
See Hood on page 10-5.
Heated Steering Wheel on
page 5-4.
Steering Wheel Controls on
page 5-3.
4. Instrument Cluster on page 5-9.
Driver Information Center (DIC)
Display. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5-25.
5. Steering Wheel Controls on
page 5-3.
6. Windshield Wiper/Washer on
page 5-4.
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15. Electric Parking Brake (If
Equipped, Automatic
Transmission). See Parking
Brake (Electric) on page 9-31
or Parking Brake (Manual) on
page 9-33.
16. Head-Up Display (HUD) on
page 5-28 (If Equipped).
17. Steering Wheel Adjustment on
page 5-2.
18. Horn on page 5-4.
12. Data Link Connector (DLC)
(Out of View). See Malfunction
Indicator Lamp on page 5-15.
19. ENGINE START/STOP Button.
See Ignition Positions on
page 9-17.
13. Parking Assist Button. See
Driver Assistance Systems on
page 9-50.
20. Heated Front Seats on
page 3-9 (If Equipped).
Lane Departure Warning
(LDW) on page 9-61.
14. Tap Shift Controls (If
Equipped). See Manual Mode
on page 9-27.
21. Storage Bin. See Instrument
Panel Storage on page 4-1.
22. Shift Lever. See Automatic
Transmission on page 9-25 or
Manual Transmission on
page 9-28 (If Equipped).
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23. Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
Electric Parking Brake (If
Equipped, Manual
Transmission). See Parking
Brake (Electric) on page 9-31
or Parking Brake (Manual) on
page 9-33.
24. MODE Button. See Driver
Mode Control on page 9-36.
25. Instrument Panel Storage on
page 4-1.
26. Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 6-5.
Initial Drive
Information
Press and hold L for
three seconds to sound the panic
alarm.
This section provides a brief
overview about some of the
important features that may or may
not be on your specific vehicle.
Press L again or start the vehicle
to cancel the panic alarm.
For more detailed information, refer
to each of the features which can be
found later in this owner manual.
Y : Press and hold to release
the trunk.
Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System
The RKE transmitter may be used
to lock and unlock the doors from up
to 60 m (197 ft) away from the
vehicle.
Q:
K:
Press to lock all doors.
Press to unlock the driver door
or all doors, depending on the
vehicle personalization settings.
See Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
L : Press and release initiate
vehicle locator.
With Remote Start Shown, Without
Similar
Press the key release button near
the bottom of the transmitter to
remove the key. The key can be
used for the driver door and the
glove box.
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See Keys on page 2-2 and Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
Remote Vehicle Start
If equipped, this feature the engine
can be started from outside of the
vehicle.
Starting the Vehicle
1. Press and release
RKE transmitter.
Q on the
2. Immediately press and hold /
for at least four seconds or until
the turn signal lamps flash.
3. Press the brake pedal and select
the ON/RUN/START ignition
mode to drive the vehicle.
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.
Door Locks
To lock or unlock a door manually:
.
From the outside, if the vehicle
is equipped with keyless access,
press the button on the door
handle when the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter
is within range. See Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
.
Use the key in the front driver
door. The key cylinder is
covered by a cap. See Door
Locks on page 2-11.
.
From the inside, to lock a rear
door push down on the door lock
knob on top of the door. To
unlock a door, pull once on the
door handle to unlock it, and
again to open it.
Canceling a Remote Start
To cancel a remote start, do any of
the following:
.
Press and hold / until the
parking lamps turn off.
.
Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
.
Turn the vehicle on and then off.
See Remote Vehicle Start on
page 2-10.
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Power Door Locks
Trunk
Windows
To open the trunk, press | from
inside the vehicle or press i
on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter, or push the touch pad
on the rear of the trunk above the
license plate. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation on
page 2-3 and Trunk on page 2-16.
The power windows only operate
with the ignition in ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/START,
or when Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) is active. See Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on
page 9-21.
From the outside, press Q or K on
the RKE transmitter. See Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
From the inside, press Q or K.
The indicator light in the switch will
illuminate when activated. See
Power Door Locks on page 2-13.
The power window switches on the
driver door control all the windows.
Each passenger door has a switch
that controls only that window.
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Press the switch to lower the
window. Pull the switch up to raise
it. See Power Windows on
page 2-23.
Seat Adjustment
Power Seats
.
Raise or lower the seat by
moving the rear of the control up
or down.
.
If available, raise or lower the
front part of the seat cushion by
moving the front of the control
up or down.
See Power Seat Adjustment on
page 3-4.
Lumbar Adjustment
To adjust the seat:
.
Move the seat forward or
rearward by sliding the control
forward or rearward.
1-7
To adjust the lumbar and bolster
support:
.
Press and hold the control
forward or rearward to increase
or decrease lumbar support.
.
Press and hold the control up or
down to increase or decrease
seatback bolster support,
if available.
See Lumbar Adjustment on
page 3-5.
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Reclining Seatbacks
Memory Features
See Rear Seats on page 3-10.
Heated Seats
To adjust the seatback:
.
Tilt the top of the control
rearward to recline.
.
Tilt the top of the control forward
to raise.
See Reclining Seatbacks on
page 3-5.
If equipped, the "1," "2," SET, and
B (Exit) buttons on the driver door
are used to manually save and
recall memory settings for the driver
seat and outside mirrors.
See Memory Seats on page 3-6 and
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Second Row Seats
On some models, the rear
seatbacks can be folded down to
increase cargo space.
Uplevel Buttons Shown, Base
Buttons Similar
If available, the buttons are near the
climate controls on the center stack.
To operate, the ignition must be in
ON/RUN/START.
Press J /M or z /L to heat the
driver or passenger seat cushion
and seatback.
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Press the button once for the
highest setting. With each press of
the button, the seat will change to
the next lower setting, and then to
the off setting. The indicator lights
next to the buttons indicate three for
the highest setting and one for the
lowest. If the heated seats are on
high, the level may automatically be
lowered after approximately
30 minutes.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH System) on
page 3-42.
See Head Restraints on page 3-2
and Power Seat Adjustment on
page 3-4.
.
Safety Belts
Passenger Sensing
System
See Heated Front Seats on
page 3-9.
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United States
Head Restraint
Adjustment
Do not drive until the head restraints
for all occupants are installed and
adjusted properly.
To achieve a comfortable seating
position, change the seatback
recline angle as little as necessary
while keeping the seat and the head
restraint height in the proper
position.
Refer to the following sections for
important information on how to use
safety belts properly:
.
Safety Belts on page 3-12.
.
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly on page 3-13.
.
Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3-14.
Canada and Mexico
The passenger sensing system
will turn off the front outboard
passenger frontal airbag and knee
airbag under certain conditions.
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No other airbag is affected by the
passenger sensing system. See
Passenger Sensing System on
page 3-28.
The passenger airbag status
indicator lights on the overhead
console are visible when the vehicle
is started. See Passenger Airbag
Status Indicator on page 5-14.
1. Move the selector switch to
L (Left) or R (Right) to choose
the driver or passenger mirror.
2. Press one of the four arrows to
move the mirror.
3. Move the selector switch to
deselect the mirror.
Mirror Adjustment
The vehicle has manual folding
mirrors. See Folding Mirrors on
page 2-22.
Exterior Mirrors
Interior Mirrors
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Adjustment
Adjust the rearview mirror for a
clear view behind the vehicle.
Manual Rearview Mirror
For vehicles with a manual rearview
mirror, push the tab forward for
daytime use and pull it for nighttime
use to avoid glare from the
headlamps from behind. See
Manual Rearview Mirror on
page 2-22.
Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror
For vehicles with an automatic
dimming rearview mirror, the mirror
will automatically reduce the glare
from the headlamps from behind.
The dimming feature comes on
when the vehicle is started. See
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
on page 2-22.
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Steering Wheel
Adjustment
1-11
Interior Lighting
Reading Lamps
Dome Lamp
There are reading lamps on the
overhead console and over the rear
passenger doors. These lamps
come on when any door is opened.
To manually turn the reading lamps
on or off:
The dome lamp is in the overhead
console.
To adjust the steering wheel:
1. Pull the lever down.
2. Move the steering wheel up
or down.
To change the dome lamp settings,
press the following:
3. Pull or push the steering wheel
closer or away from you.
OFF: Turns the lamp off, even
when a door is open.
Press m or n next to each
overhead console reading lamp.
4. Pull the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in place.
DOOR: The lamp comes on when
a door is opened.
Press the lamp lens to turn the rear
passenger reading lamps on or off.
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving.
ON: Turns the lamp on.
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In Brief
For more information on interior
lighting, see Instrument Panel
Illumination Control on page 6-6.
Exterior Lighting
The exterior lamp control is on the
turn signal lever.
Turn the control to the following
positions:
O : Turns off the exterior lamps.
The knob returns to the AUTO
position after it is released. Turn to
O again to reactivate the AUTO
mode. In Canada, the headlamps
will automatically reactivate when
the vehicle is shifted out of P (Park)
on automatic transmission vehicles,
and when the parking brake is
released on manual transmission
vehicles.
AUTO: Automatically turns the
exterior lamps on and off,
depending on outside lighting.
; : Turns on the parking lamps
including all lamps, except the
headlamps.
5 : Turns on the headlamps
together with the parking lamps and
instrument panel lights.
See Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6-1 and Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) on page 6-4.
Windshield Wiper/Washer
With the ignition in ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/START,
move the lever to select the wiper
speed.
HI: Use for fast wipes.
LO: Use for slow wipes.
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INT: Move the lever up to INT for
intermittent wipes, then turn the
x INT band up for more frequent
wipes or down for less frequent
wipes.
OFF: Use to turn the wipers off.
1X : For a single wipe, briefly move
the lever down. For several wipes,
hold the lever down.
nL:
Pull the lever toward you to
spray windshield washer fluid and
activate the wipers.
See Windshield Wiper/Washer on
page 5-4.
Base
1. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
7. Driver and Passenger
Heated Seats (If Equipped)
Climate Controls
2. Fan Control
8. AC (Air Conditioning)
For vehicles with one of these
systems, it controls the heating,
cooling, and ventilation.
3. AUTO (Automatic Operation)
9. Defrost
4. Air Delivery Mode Control
10. Rear Window Defogger
5. OFF (Fan)
11. Recirculation
6. SYNC (Synchronized
Temperature)
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Transmission
Automatic Transmission
Driver Shift Control (DSC) or
Tap Shift
Uplevel
1. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
5. AUTO (Automatic Operation)
2. Fan Control
7. Rear Window Defogger
3. OFF (Fan)
8. Recirculation
4. Driver and Passenger Heated
Seats (If Equipped)
See Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Base) on page 8-1 or Dual
Automatic Climate Control System
(Uplevel) on page 8-5.
6. Defrost
Vehicles equipped with DSC allow
shifting an automatic transmission
similar to a manual transmission.
DSC can be enabled through the
shift lever, or the tap shift controls
on the back of the steering wheel
(if equipped). See Manual Mode on
page 9-27.
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Vehicle Features
Radio(s)
O : Press to turn the system on
Favorites
Favorites can be stored including
radio stations and media.
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SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Service
See “Manage Favorites” under
Home Page on page 7-5.
SiriusXM is a satellite radio service
based in the 48 contiguous United
States and 10 Canadian provinces.
SiriusXM satellite radio has a wide
variety of programming and
commercial-free music, coast to
coast, and in digital-quality sound.
A fee is required to receive the
SiriusXM service.
MENU: Press to select a menu.
Setting the Clock
For more information refer to:
MEDIA: Press to change the audio
source between CD, USB, SD Card,
and AUX.
See Clock (Base Radio) on
page 5-6 or Clock (Uplevel Radio)
on page 5-7.
.
www.siriusxm.com or call
1-866-635-2349 (U.S.).
.
7:
Satellite Radio
www.xmradio.ca or call
1-877-209-0079 (Canada).
6 : Press to seek the next station
or track.
Vehicles with a SiriusXM® satellite
radio tuner and a valid SiriusXM
satellite radio subscription can
receive SiriusXM programming.
and off. Turn to increase or
decrease the volume.
RADIO: Press to choose between
FM, AM, and SiriusXM®,
if equipped.
{:
Press to go to the Home Page.
Press to seek the previous
station or track.
See Overview on page 7-3 about
these and other radio features.
To display the favorites page,
press the FAV button on the radio
faceplate. Continue pressing the
FAV button to toggle through the
remaining visible favorite pages.
See Satellite Radio on page 7-10.
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Portable Audio Devices
Bluetooth®
This vehicle has a 3.5 mm (1/8 in)
auxiliary input and a USB port in the
center console under the armrest,
and if equipped, one USB port in the
storage behind the climate control
system, see Instrument Panel
Storage on page 4-1. External
devices such as iPods®, laptop
computers, MP3 players, CD
changers, and USB storage devices
may be connected, depending on
the audio system.
The Bluetooth system allows users
with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
to make and receive hands-free
calls using the vehicle audio system
and controls.
See Auxiliary Jack on page 7-19
and USB Port on page 7-16.
Steering Wheel Controls
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.
See Bluetooth (Infotainment
Controls) on page 7-22 or Bluetooth
(Voice Recognition) on page 7-26 or
Bluetooth (Overview) on page 7-20.
If equipped, with audio steering
wheel controls, some audio controls
can be adjusted at the steering
wheel.
g : Press to talk or interact with
OnStar® and Bluetooth®. See
OnStar Overview on page 14-1 and
Bluetooth (Infotainment Controls) on
page 7-22 or Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition) on page 7-26 or
Bluetooth (Overview) on page 7-20.
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In Brief
c : Press to decline an incoming
call, or end a current call. Press to
mute or unmute the infotainment
system.
SEL: Press to select a highlighted
menu item.
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Cruise Control
C or B : Press to go to the next or
previous favorite when listening to
the radio. Press to go to the next or
previous track when listening to a
media source.
x + or x −:
Press to increase or
decrease the volume.
See Steering Wheel Controls on
page 5-3.
J:
S or T :
Press the five-way control
to the left or right to go to the
previous or next area in the display
or to the previous or next menu.
y or z : Press the five-way
control up or down to go up or down
in a list. Press to go up or down
a page.
Press to turn the system on
and off. A white cruise control
indicator appears in the instrument
cluster when cruise is turned on.
+RES: Press the control up briefly
to resume to make the vehicle
resume to a previously set speed or
press and hold to accelerate.
If cruise control is already active,
use to increase vehicle speed. To
increase speed by 1 km/h (1 mph),
press +RES up to the first detent.
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To increase speed to the next
5 km/h (5 mph) mark on the
speedometer, press +RES up to the
second detent.
SET−: Press the control down
briefly to set the speed and activate
cruise control. If cruise control is
already active, use to decrease
vehicle speed. To decrease speed
by 1 km/h (1 mph), press SET−
down to the first detent. To decrease
speed to the next 5 km/h (5 mph)
mark on the speedometer, press
SET− down to the second detent.
*:
Press to disengage cruise
control without erasing the set
speed from memory.
See Cruise Control on page 9-38 or
Adaptive Cruise Control on
page 9-41 (if equipped).
Infotainment System
See the infotainment manual for
information on the radio, audio
players, phone, navigation system,
and voice or speech recognition.
There is also information on settings
and downloadable applications (if
equipped).
Driver Information
Center (DIC)
The DIC display is in the instrument
cluster. It shows the status of many
vehicle systems.
y or z : Press to move up or
down in a list.
S or T :
Press to move between
the interactive display zones in the
cluster. Press S to go back to the
previous menu.
SEL: Press to open a menu or
select a menu item. Press and hold
to reset values on certain screens.
See Driver Information Center (DIC)
on page 5-25.
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Forward Collision Alert
(FCA) System
indicator will change to amber and
flash. In addition, the driver seat will
pulse or beeps will sound.
If equipped, FCA is intended to help
avoid or reduce the harm caused by
front-end crashes. FCA provides a
green indicator when a vehicle is
detected directly ahead. It provides
a flashing visual alert and pulses
the driver seat, or beeps, when
approaching a vehicle directly
ahead too quickly. FCA also
provides a visual alert if following
another vehicle much too closely.
See Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
on page 9-61.
See Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System on page 9-55.
Lane Departure
Warning (LDW)
If equipped, LDW is intended to help
avoid unintentional lane departures
at speeds of 56 km/h (35 mph) or
greater. LDW uses a camera sensor
to detect the lane markings. The
LDW indicator, @, appears green if
a lane marking is detected. If the
vehicle departs the lane, the
Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA)
If equipped, SBZA will detect
vehicles in the next lane over in
the vehicle's side blind zone area.
When this happens, the SBZA
display will light up in the
corresponding outside side mirror
and will flash if the turn signal is on.
See Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
on page 9-59.
Rear Vision
Camera (RVC)
If equipped, RVC displays a view of
the area behind the vehicle, on the
center stack display, when the
vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse).
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See Assistance Systems for Parking
or Backing on page 9-50.
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
If equipped, Ultrasonic Rear Parking
Assist (URPA) uses sensors on the
rear bumper to assist with parking
and avoiding objects while in
R (Reverse). It operates at speeds
less than 8 km/h (5 mph). URPA
may display a warning triangle on
the Rear Vision Camera screen and
a graphic on the instrument cluster
to provide the object distance. In
addition, multiple beeps or seat
pulses may occur if very close to
an object.
The vehicle may also have the Front
Parking Assist system, a higher
speed Backing Warning System,
and the Rear Automatic Braking
system.
See Driver Assistance Systems on
page 9-50.
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In Brief
Active Emergency
Braking System
If the vehicle has Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) it also has the Active
Emergency Braking System, which
includes Intelligent Brake
Assist (IBA) and the Automatic
Collision Preparation (ACP) System.
These systems can provide a boost
to braking or automatically brake the
vehicle to help avoid or lessen the
severity of crashes.
.
On the rear of the center floor
console.
Lift the cover to access the
accessory power outlet.
See Power Outlets on page 5-7.
Universal Remote System
Sunroof
If equipped, the ignition must be in
ON/RUN or ACC/ACCESSORY,
or Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
must be active, to operate the
sunroof. See Ignition Positions on
page 9-17 and Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) on page 9-21.
Power Outlets
The accessory power outlets can be
used to plug in electrical equipment,
such as a cell phone or MP3 player.
The vehicle has two accessory
power outlets:
Inside the front storage bin
below the climate control
system.
Read the instructions completely
before attempting to program the
Universal Remote system. Because
of the steps involved, it may be
helpful to have another person
available to assist you with
programming the Universal Remote
system.
See Universal Remote System on
page 5-47.
See Active Emergency Braking
System on page 9-57.
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If equipped, 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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Open/Close: Press the rear or
front of the switch (1) to the first
detent and hold to open or close
the sunroof.
Express Open/Express Close:
Press the rear or front of the
switch (1) to the second detent and
release to express open or express
close the sunroof.
1. SLIDE Switch
2. TILT Switch
Vent Feature: Press the rear of the
switch (2) and release to express
open the vent. Press the front of the
switch (2) and release to express
close the vent.
Manually open the sunshade.
See Sunroof on page 2-26.
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Performance and
Maintenance
Traction Control/
Electronic Stability
Control
The traction control system limits
wheel spin. The system is on when
the vehicle is started.
The StabiliTrak system assists with
directional control of the vehicle in
difficult driving conditions. The
system is on when the vehicle
is started.
.
To turn off traction control, press
and release g on the center
console. i illuminates in the
instrument cluster.
.
Press and release g again to
turn traction control back on.
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To turn off both Traction Control
and StabiliTrak, press and
hold g until g and i illuminate
in the instrument cluster.
Press and release g again to
turn on both systems.
See Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
Tire Pressure Monitor
This vehicle may have a Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
stop as soon as possible and inflate
the tires to the recommended
pressure shown on the Tire and
Loading Information label. See
Vehicle Load Limits on page 9-12.
The warning light will remain on until
the tire pressure is corrected.
The low tire pressure warning light
may come on in cool weather when
the vehicle is first started, and then
turn off as the vehicle is driven. 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. Maintain
the correct tire pressures.
See Tire Pressure Monitor System
on page 10-54.
The low tire pressure warning light
alerts to a significant loss in
pressure of one of the vehicle's
tires. If the warning light comes on,
Engine Oil Life System
The engine oil life system calculates
engine oil life based on vehicle use
and displays the CHANGE ENGINE
OIL SOON message when it is time
to change the engine oil and filter.
The oil life system should be reset
to 100% only following an oil
change.
Resetting the Oil Life System
1. Using the DIC controls on the
right side of the steering wheel,
display REMAINING OIL LIFE
on the DIC. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25. When remaining
oil life is low, the CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message
will appear on the display. See
Engine Oil Messages on
page 5-34.
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2. Press SEL on the DIC controls
and hold SEL down for a few
seconds to clear the CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message
and reset the oil life at 100%.
Be careful not to reset the oil life
display accidentally at any time
other than after the oil is
changed. It cannot be reset
accurately until the next oil
change.
The oil life system can also be reset
as follows:
1. Turn the ignition on with the
engine off.
2. Fully press and release the
accelerator pedal three times
within five seconds.
If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL
SOON message is not on, the
system is reset.
See Engine Oil Life System on
page 10-13.
E85 or FlexFuel
Vehicles with a yellow fuel cap can
use either unleaded gasoline or
ethanol fuel containing up to
85% ethanol (E85). See E85 or
FlexFuel on page 9-65. For all other
vehicles, use only the unleaded
gasoline described under
Recommended Fuel on page 9-64.
Driving for Better Fuel
Economy
Driving habits can affect fuel
mileage. Here are some driving tips
to get the best fuel economy
possible.
.
Avoid fast starts and accelerate
smoothly.
.
Brake gradually and avoid
abrupt stops.
.
Avoid idling the engine for long
periods of time.
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When road and weather
conditions are appropriate, use
cruise control.
.
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.
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Roadside Service
OnStar®
U.S.: 1-800-224-1400
If equipped, this vehicle has a
comprehensive, in-vehicle system
that can connect to a live Advisor
for Emergency, Security, Navigation,
Connection, and Diagnostic
Services. See OnStar Overview on
page 14-1.
Canada: 1-800-882-1112
TTY Users (U.S. Only):
1-888-889-2438
New Cadillac owners are
automatically enrolled in the
Roadside Service Program.
See Roadside Service on
page 13-5.
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Keys, Doors, and Windows
Keys, Doors, and
Windows
Keys and Locks
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . 2-10
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . 2-14
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Doors
Interior Mirrors
Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Vehicle Security
Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle Alarm System . . . . . . .
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Immobilizer Operation . . . . . . .
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2-18
2-19
2-19
Exterior Mirrors
Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Park Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2-1
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2-21
2-22
2-22
2-22
Interior Rearview Mirrors . . . . . 2-22
Manual Rearview Mirror . . . . . . 2-22
Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Windows
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25
Roof
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
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Keys and Locks
Keys
{ Warning
Leaving children in a vehicle with
a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter is dangerous and
children or others could be
seriously injured or killed. They
could operate the power windows
or other controls or make the
vehicle move. The windows will
function with the RKE transmitter
in the vehicle, and children or
others could be caught in the path
of a closing window. Do not leave
children in a vehicle with an RKE
transmitter.
To remove the key, press the button
near the bottom of the transmitter,
and pull the key out. Never pull the
key out without pressing the button.
See your dealer if a new key is
needed.
Contact Roadside Service if locked
out of the vehicle. See Roadside
Service on page 13-5.
This key, inside the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter, is used for
the driver door and glove box.
With an active OnStar subscription,
an OnStar Advisor may remotely
unlock the vehicle. See OnStar
Overview on page 14-1.
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Keys, Doors, and Windows
Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System
Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System Operation
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
The RKE transmitter functions may
work up to 60 m (197 ft) away from
the vehicle.
If there is a decrease in the RKE
operating range:
.
Check the distance. The
transmitter may be too far from
the vehicle.
.
Check the location. Other
vehicles or objects may be
blocking the signal.
.
Check the transmitter's battery.
See “Battery Replacement” later
in this section.
.
Keep in mind that other conditions,
such as those previously stated, can
impact the performance of the
transmitter.
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indicate locking. See “Remote
Locking, Unlocking, Starting” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
If the driver door is open when Q is
pressed and “Unlocked Door Anti
Lock Out” is enabled through the
vehicle personalization, all doors will
lock and then the driver door will
immediately unlock. See “Unlocked
Door Anti Lock Out” under Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42. If the
passenger door is open when Q is
pressed, all doors lock.
Pressing Q may also arm the
theft-deterrent system. See Vehicle
Alarm System on page 2-18.
If the transmitter is still not
working correctly, see your
dealer or a qualified technician
for service.
With Remote Start Shown, Without
Similar
Q (Lock):
Press to lock all doors.
The turn signal indicators may flash
and/or the horn may sound to
K (Unlock): Press to unlock the
driver door or all doors. When
remotely unlocking the vehicle at
night, the headlamps and back-up
lamps will come on for about
30 seconds to light your approach to
the vehicle. The turn signal
indicators may flash to indicate
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unlocking. Memory seat positions
may be recalled when unlocking the
vehicle.
turn signal lamps flash for
30 seconds, or until L is pressed
again or the vehicle is started.
See “Remote Locking, Unlocking,
Starting” under Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
Y (Remote Trunk Release):
Press and hold to release the trunk.
Pressing K will disarm the
theft-deterrent system. See Vehicle
Alarm System on page 2-18.
/ (Remote Start): If equipped,
press and release Q and then
immediately press and hold / for at
least four seconds to start the
engine from outside the vehicle
using the RKE transmitter. See
Remote Vehicle Start on page 2-10.
L (Vehicle Locator/Panic
Alarm): Press and release to
initiate vehicle locator. The exterior
lamps flash and the horn chirps
three times. Press and hold L for
three seconds to sound the panic
alarm. The horn sounds and the
Keyless Access Operation
Some vehicles have the Keyless
Access system that lets you lock
and unlock the doors and access
the trunk without removing the RKE
transmitter from your pocket, purse,
briefcase, etc. The RKE transmitter
must be within 1 m (3 ft) of the door
being opened. If the vehicle has this
feature, there will be a button on the
outside door handles.
The Keyless Access system can be
programmed to unlock all doors on
the first lock/unlock press from the
driver door. See Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
Keyless Unlocking/Locking from
the Driver Door
When the doors are locked and the
RKE transmitter is within 1 m (3 ft)
of the door handle, pressing the
lock/unlock button on the driver door
handle will unlock the driver door.
If the lock/unlock button is pressed
again within five seconds, all
passenger doors will unlock.
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Similar
Pressing the lock/unlock button will
cause all doors to lock if any of the
following occur:
.
It has been more than
five seconds since the first lock/
unlock button press.
.
Two lock/unlock button presses
were used to unlock all doors.
.
Any vehicle door has opened
and all doors are now closed.
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Keyless Unlocking/Locking from
the Passenger Doors
Temporary Disable Passive
Locking Feature
When the doors are locked and the
RKE transmitter is within 1 m (3 ft)
of the door handle, pressing the
lock/unlock button on a passenger
door handle will unlock all doors.
Pressing the lock/unlock button will
cause all doors to lock if any of the
following occur:
Temporarily disable the passive
locking by pressing and holding K
on the interior door switch with a
door open for at least four seconds,
or until three chimes are heard.
Passive locking will then remain
disabled until Q on the interior door
is pressed, or until the vehicle is
turned on.
.
The lock/unlock button was used
to unlock all doors.
.
Any vehicle door has opened
and all doors are now closed.
Passive Locking
If equipped with Keyless Access,
this feature will lock the vehicle
several seconds after all doors are
closed, if the vehicle is off and at
least one RKE transmitter has been
removed from the interior or none
remain in the interior.
To customize the doors to
automatically lock when exiting the
vehicle, see “Remote Lock, Unlock,
Start” under Vehicle Personalization
on page 5-42.
Keyless Trunk Opening
Press the touch pad on the trunk
handle to open the trunk if the RKE
transmitter is within 1 m (3 ft).
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Programming Transmitters to
the Vehicle
Only RKE transmitters programmed
to the vehicle will work. If a
transmitter is lost or stolen, a
replacement can be purchased and
programmed through your dealer.
The vehicle can be reprogrammed
so that lost or stolen transmitters no
longer work. Each vehicle can have
up to eight transmitters matched
to it.
Programming with a Recognized
Transmitter
A new transmitter can be
programmed to the vehicle when
there is one recognized transmitter.
To program, the vehicle must be off
and all transmitters, both currently
recognized and new, must be
with you.
1. Place the recognized
transmitter(s) in the cupholder.
2. Remove the key lock cylinder
cap. See Door Locks on
page 2-11. Insert the vehicle key
into the key lock cylinder on the
driver door handle, then turn the
key counterclockwise to the
unlock position five times within
10 seconds.
The Driver Information
Center (DIC) displays READY
TO LEARN ELECTRONIC
KEY #2, 3, 4, ETC.
3. Place the new transmitter into
the transmitter pocket. The
center console storage area will
need to be opened to access the
transmitter pocket.
4. Press the ENGINE START/
STOP button. When the
transmitter is learned, the DIC
display will show that it is ready
to program the next transmitter.
5. Remove the transmitter from the
transmitter pocket and press K
or Q on the transmitter.
To program additional
transmitters, repeat Steps 3–5.
When all additional transmitters
are programmed, press and hold
the ENGINE START/STOP
button for approximately
12 seconds to exit
programming mode.
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Programming without a
Recognized Transmitter
If there are no currently recognized
transmitters available, follow this
procedure to program up to eight
transmitters. This feature is not
available in Canada. This procedure
will take approximately 30 minutes
to complete. The vehicle must
be off and all transmitters to be
programmed must be with you.
1. Remove the key lock cylinder
cap. See Door Locks on
page 2-11. Insert the vehicle key
into the key lock cylinder on the
driver door handle, then turn the
key counterclockwise to the
unlock position five times within
10 seconds.
The Driver Information Center
(DIC) displays REMOTE LEARN
PENDING, PLEASE WAIT.
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2. Wait for 10 minutes until the
DIC displays PRESS ENGINE
START BUTTON TO LEARN
and then press the ENGINE
START/STOP button.
The DIC display will again show
REMOTE LEARN PENDING,
PLEASE WAIT.
3. Repeat Step 2 two additional
times. After the third time all
previously known transmitters
will no longer work with the
vehicle. Remaining transmitters
can be relearned during the
next steps.
The DIC display should now
show READY FOR REMOTE
# 1.
4. Place the new transmitter in the
transmitter pocket. The center
console storage area will need
to be opened to access the
transmitter pocket.
5. Press the ENGINE START/
STOP button. When the
transmitter is learned, the DIC
display will show that it is ready
to program the next transmitter.
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Battery Replacement
6. Remove the transmitter from the
transmitter pocket and press K
or Q on the transmitter.
{ Caution
To program additional
transmitters, repeat Steps 4–6.
When replacing the battery, do
not touch any of the circuitry on
the transmitter. Static from your
body could damage the
transmitter.
When all additional transmitters
are programmed, press and hold
the ENGINE START/STOP
button for approximately
12 seconds to exit
programming mode.
Starting the Vehicle with a Low
Transmitter Battery
If the transmitter battery is weak or if
there is interference with the signal,
the DIC may display a message
when you try to start the vehicle.
See Key and Lock Messages on
page 5-35.
To start the vehicle:
1. Open the center console storage
area and the storage tray.
2. Place the transmitter in the
transmitter pocket.
3. With the vehicle in P (Park) or
N (Neutral), press the brake
pedal and the ENGINE START/
STOP button.
Replace the transmitter battery
as soon as possible.
Replace the battery if the REPLACE
BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY
message displays in the DIC.
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1. Press the button near the bottom
of the transmitter and pull the
key out.
2. Use the oval base of the key
blade to separate the two halves
of the transmitter.
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3. Remove the old battery. Do not
use a metal object.
4. Insert the new battery on the
back housing, positive side
facing down. Replace with a
CR2032 or equivalent battery.
5. Align the key release button and
snap the transmitter back
together.
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Remote Vehicle Start
If equipped, this feature allows the
engine to be started from outside
the vehicle.
/ (Remote Vehicle Start):
This button will be on the RKE
transmitter if the vehicle has
remote start.
The climate control system will
use the previous settings during a
remote start. The rear window
defogger may come on during
remote start based on cold ambient
conditions. The rear defog indicator
light does not come on during
remote start.
Laws in some local communities
may restrict the use of remote
starters. For example, some laws
may require a person using remote
start to have the vehicle in view.
Check local regulations for any
requirements.
If your vehicle is low on fuel, do
not use the remote start feature.
The vehicle may run out of fuel.
The RKE transmitter range may be
less while the vehicle is running.
Other conditions can affect the
performance of the transmitter.
See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System on page 2-3.
Starting the Engine Using Remote
Start
1. Press and release
RKE transmitter.
Q on the
2. Immediately press and hold /
for at least four seconds or until
the turn signal lamps flash. This
confirms the request to remote
start the vehicle has been
received. If the vehicle's lamps
are not visible, press and
hold / for at least four seconds.
During the remote start, the
doors will be locked and the
parking lamps will remain on as
long as the engine is running.
The engine will shut off after
10 minutes unless a time
extension is done or the ignition
is put in ON/RUN/START.
3. Press the brake pedal and select
the ON/RUN/START ignition
mode to drive the vehicle.
Extending Engine Run Time
The engine run time can also be
extended by another 10 minutes,
if during the first 10 minutes
Steps 1–3 are repeated while
the engine is still running. This
provides a total of 20 minutes.
The remote start can only be
extended once.
A maximum of two remote starts,
or a remote start with an extension,
are allowed between ignition cycles.
The vehicle's ignition must be
changed to ON/RUN/START and
then back to OFF before the remote
start procedure can be used again.
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Canceling a Remote Start
.
The oil pressure is low.
To cancel a remote start, do any of
the following:
.
Two remote vehicle starts or a
start with an extension have
already been used.
.
Press and hold / until the
parking lamps turn off.
.
Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
.
Turn the vehicle on and then
back off.
Conditions in Which Remote Start
Will Not Work
The remote start will not operate if
any of the following occur:
.
The ignition is in any mode other
than OFF.
.
The transmitter is in the vehicle.
.
The hood is not closed.
.
The hazard warning flashers
are on.
.
There is an emission control
system malfunction.
.
The engine coolant temperature
is too high.
.
Warning (Continued)
.
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.
.
Outsiders can easily enter
through an unlocked door
when slowing or stopping the
vehicle. Lock the doors to
help prevent this from
happening.
The vehicle is not in P (Park).
Door Locks
{ Warning
Unlocked doors can be
dangerous.
.
Passengers, especially
children, can easily open the
doors and fall out of a moving
vehicle. 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.
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Keyless Access
Key Cylinder Access
To access the key cylinder:
1. Pull the door handle (1) to the
open position.
If equipped, use the Keyless Access
system to lock and unlock the door.
When the doors are locked and the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter is within 1 m (3 ft) of the
driver door handle, press the lock/
unlock button. When unlocking from
the driver door, the first press
unlocks that door; press again
within five seconds to unlock all
passenger doors. See Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
2. Insert the key (4) into the slot (3)
on the bottom of the cap (2) and
pry outward.
3. Move the cap (2) rearward and
remove.
4. Use the key (4) in the cylinder.
To replace the cap:
1. Pull the door handle to the open
position.
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Power Door Locks
2. Insert the two tabs (7) at the
back of the cap (8) between the
seal (5) and the metal base (6).
3. Move the cap forward and press
to snap the cap in place.
4. Release the door handle.
Inside the Vehicle
On the rear doors, push down on
the door lock knob to lock the door
manually. Pull once on the door
handle to unlock the door and again
to open the door.
Press the power door lock switch to
lock or unlock all doors
automatically. See Power Door
Locks on page 2-13.
Q (Lock):
Press to lock the doors.
The indicator light in the switch will
illuminate when activated.
K (Unlock): Press to unlock the
doors.
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Delayed Locking
This feature delays the actual
locking of the doors until
five seconds after all doors are
closed.
Delayed locking can only be turned
on when the Unlocked Door Anti
Lockout feature has been turned off.
When Q is pressed on the power
door lock switch with the door open,
a chime will sound three times
indicating that delayed locking is
active.
The doors will then lock
automatically five seconds after all
doors are closed. If a door is
reopened before five seconds have
elapsed, the five-second timer will
reset once all the doors are closed
again.
Press Q on the door lock switch
again, or press Q on the RKE
transmitter, to override this feature
and lock the doors immediately.
Delayed locking can be
programmed through the Driver
Information Center (DIC). See
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
The power door locks can be
programmed through the Driver
Information Center (DIC). See
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Automatic Door Locks
Lockout Protection
The vehicle is programmed so that
when the doors are closed, the
ignition is on, and the shift lever is
moved out of P (Park) for automatic
transmissions, or the vehicle speed
is above 13 km/h (8 mph) for
manual transmissions, the doors
will lock.
If the vehicle is in ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/START
with the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter in the
vehicle and the power door lock
switch is pressed with the driver
door open, all the doors will lock
and only the driver door will unlock.
To unlock the doors:
If the vehicle is off with the RKE
transmitter in the vehicle and the
power door lock switch is pressed
with the driver door open, all the
doors will lock and only the driver
door will unlock after closing all of
the doors.
.
Press an unlock switch on
a door.
.
For vehicles with an automatic
transmission, shift the
transmission into P (Park)
.
For vehicles with a manual
transmission, turn the vehicle off.
This feature can be manually
overridden with the driver door open
by pressing and holding Q on the
power door lock switch.
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Unlocked Door Anti Lock Out
Safety Locks
When this feature is on and door
locking is requested with the driver
door open, all doors will lock and
only the driver door will unlock. The
driver door must be closed before
locking is requested for all doors to
remain locked. When this feature is
off, the Delayed Door Lock menu
will be available.
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Press v { to activate the safety
locks on the rear doors. The
indicator light in the switch will
illuminate when activated.
The rear door power windows are
also disabled. See Power Windows
on page 2-23.
Press v { again to deactivate the
lockout switch.
This feature can also be
programmed. See Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
The rear door safety locks prevent
passengers from opening the rear
doors from inside the vehicle.
If an inside rear door handle is
being pulled at the same time the
safety lock is deactivated, only that
door will remain locked and the
indicator light may flash. Release
the handle, then press the safety
lock twice to deactivate the safety
locks.
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Warning (Continued)
Trunk
.
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 Systems” in the
Index.
.
If the vehicle is equipped with
a power liftgate, disable the
power liftgate function.
{ Warning
Exhaust gases can enter the
vehicle if it is driven with the
liftgate or 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.
If the vehicle must be driven with
the liftgate or trunk/hatch open:
.
Close all of the windows.
.
Fully open the air outlets on
or under the instrument
panel.
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See Engine Exhaust on
page 9-24.
Trunk Lock Release
To open the trunk, press | from
inside the vehicle or press i
on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter, or push the touch pad
on the rear of the trunk above the
license plate.
With the Keyless Access system,
if the vehicle is locked, the RKE
transmitter must be within 1 m (3 ft)
of the trunk for it to be recognized;
then the trunk can be opened by the
touch pad on the rear of the trunk
above the license plate.
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If the vehicle is ever without power,
the trunk area can still be accessed.
Through the rear seat pass-through
door, if equipped:
1. Fold the rear armrest down and
open the pass-through door. See
Rear Seat Pass-Through Door
on page 3-12.
2. Reach inward through the
opening to locate the emergency
trunk release handle. See
“Emergency Trunk Release
Handle” following.
3. Pull the release handle toward
the front of the vehicle to open
the trunk.
By folding the rear seat, if equipped:
1. Fold down the rear seatback.
See Rear Seats on page 3-10.
2. Reach inward through the
opening to locate the emergency
trunk release handle.
3. Pull the release handle toward
the front of the vehicle to open
the trunk.
Emergency Trunk Release
Handle
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{ Caution
Do not use the emergency trunk
release handle as a tie-down or
anchor point when securing items
in the trunk as it could damage
the handle.
There is a glow-in-the-dark
emergency trunk release handle on
the trunk lid. This handle will glow
following exposure to light. Pull the
release handle to open the trunk
from the inside.
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Vehicle Security
This vehicle has theft-deterrent
features; however, they do not make
the vehicle impossible to steal.
Fast Flash: Vehicle is unsecured.
A door, the hood, or the trunk
is open.
The vehicle alarm system will not
arm if the doors are locked with
the key.
Slow Flash: Alarm system is
armed.
If the driver door is opened without
first unlocking with the RKE
transmitter, the horn will chirp and
the lights will flash to indicate
pre-alarm. If the vehicle is not
started, or the door is not unlocked
by pressing K on the RKE
transmitter during the 10-second
pre-alarm, the alarm will be
activated.
Vehicle Alarm System
Arming the Alarm System
This vehicle has an anti-theft alarm
system.
1. Turn off the vehicle.
2. Lock the vehicle in one of
three ways:
.
The indicator light, on the
instrument panel near the
windshield, indicates the status of
the system.
Off: Vehicle system is disarmed.
On Solid: Vehicle is secured
during the delay to arm the system.
Use the RKE transmitter.
.
Use the Keyless Access
system.
.
With a door open, press Q
on the interior of the door.
3. After 30 seconds the alarm
system will arm, and the
indicator light will begin to slowly
flash indicating the alarm system
is operating. Pressing Q on the
RKE transmitter a second time
will bypass the 30-second delay
and immediately arm the alarm
system.
The alarm will also be activated if a
passenger door, the trunk, or the
hood is opened without first
disarming the system. When the
alarm is activated, the turn signals
flash and the horn sounds for about
30-seconds. the alarm system will
then re-arm to monitor for the next
unauthorized event.
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Disarming the Alarm System
To disarm the alarm system or turn
off the alarm if it has been activated,
do one of the following:
K on the RKE transmitter.
.
Press
.
Unlock the vehicle using the
Keyless Access system.
.
Start the vehicle.
To avoid setting off the alarm by
accident:
.
.
Lock the vehicle after all
occupants have left the vehicle
and all doors are closed.
Always unlock a door with the
RKE transmitter or use the
Keyless Access system.
Unlocking the driver door with the
key will not disarm the system or
turn off the alarm.
How to Detect a Tamper
Condition
If K is pressed on the transmitter
and the horn chirps three times, a
previous alarm occurred while the
system was armed.
If the alarm has been activated, a
message will appear on the DIC.
See Security Messages on
page 5-39.
Power Sounder and Inclination
Sensor
In addition to the standard
theft-deterrent system features, this
system may also have a power
sounder and inclination sensor.
The power sounder provides an
audible alarm which is distinct from
the vehicle’s horn. It has its own
power source, and can sound an
alarm if the vehicle’s battery is
compromised.
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The inclination sensor can set off
the alarm if it senses movement of
the vehicle, such as a change in
vehicle orientation.
Immobilizer
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
Immobilizer Operation
This vehicle has a passive
theft-deterrent system.
The system does not have to be
manually armed or disarmed.
The vehicle is automatically
immobilized when the vehicle is
turned off.
The immobilization system is
disarmed when the pushbutton start
is activated to enter the ACC/
ACCESSORY mode or the ON/
RUN/START mode and a valid
transmitter is present in the vehicle.
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When trying to start the vehicle, the
security light comes on briefly when
the ignition is turned on.
The security light, in the instrument
cluster, comes on if there is a
problem with arming or disarming
the theft-deterrent system.
The system has one or more
RKE transmitters matched to an
immobilizer control unit in the
vehicle. Only a correctly matched
RKE transmitter will start the
vehicle. If the transmitter is ever
damaged, you may not be able to
start your vehicle.
If the engine does not start and the
security light stays on, there is a
problem with the system. Turn the
ignition off and try again.
If the vehicle will not change ignition
modes (ACC/ACCESSORY, ON/
RUN/START, OFF), and the RKE
transmitter appears to be
undamaged, try another transmitter.
Or, you may try placing the
transmitter in the transmitter pocket
located in the center console. See
Key and Lock Messages on
page 5-35.
If the ignition modes will not change
with the other transmitter, your
vehicle needs service. If the ignition
does change modes, the first
transmitter may be faulty. See your
dealer.
It is possible for the immobilizer
system to learn new or replacement
RKE transmitters. Up to eight
transmitters can be programmed for
the vehicle. To program additional
transmitters, see “Programming
Transmitters to the Vehicle” under
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 2-3.
Do not leave the key or device
that disarms or deactivates the
theft-deterrent system in the vehicle.
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Exterior Mirrors
Power Mirrors
Exterior Automatic Dimming
Mirror
If equipped, there is a driver side
exterior automatic dimming mirror
that will automatically adjust for the
glare of headlamps behind.
Convex Mirrors
{ Caution
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.
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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Memory Mirrors
If equipped, there are exterior
memory mirrors. See Memory Seats
on page 3-6.
Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA)
1. Move the selector switch to
L (Left) or R (Right) to choose
the driver or passenger mirror.
2. Press one of the four arrows to
move the mirror.
3. Move the selector switch to
deselect the mirror.
) to
If equipped, there is Side Blind Zone
Alert. See Side Blind Zone Alert
(SBZA) on page 9-59.
Turn Signal Indicator
If equipped, there are turn signal
indicators on the mirror housings.
The indicator will flash when a turn
signal or the hazard warning
flashers are used.
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Folding Mirrors
Park Tilt Mirrors
Manual Folding Mirrors
If equipped with the memory
package, the passenger and/or
driver mirror tilts to a preselected
position when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse). This feature allows the
driver to view the curb when parallel
parking. The mirror(s) return to the
original position when the vehicle is
shifted out of R (Reverse), the
ignition is turned off or to OFF/
LOCK, or if the vehicle is driven in
reverse above a predetermined
speed.
The mirrors can be folded inward
toward the vehicle to prevent
damage when going through an
automatic car wash. Push the mirror
outward to return it to the original
position.
Heated Mirrors
= (Rear Window Defogger):
Press to heat the mirrors.
See Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Base) on page 8-1 or Dual
Automatic Climate Control System
(Uplevel) on page 8-5.
Turn this feature on or off through
vehicle personalization. See Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
Interior Mirrors
Interior Rearview Mirrors
Adjust the rearview mirror for a clear
view of the area behind your
vehicle.
Do not spray glass cleaner directly
on the mirror. Use a soft towel
dampened with water.
Manual Rearview Mirror
If equipped with a manual rearview
mirror, push the tab forward for
daytime use and pull it for nighttime
use to avoid glare from the
headlamps from behind.
Automatic Dimming
Rearview Mirror
If equipped, automatic dimming
reduces the glare of headlamps
from behind. The dimming feature
comes on when the vehicle is
started.
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Power Windows
Windows
{ Warning
{ Warning
Never leave a child, a helpless
adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle,
especially with the windows
closed in warm or hot weather.
They can be overcome by the
extreme heat and suffer
permanent injuries or even death
from heat stroke.
Children could be seriously
injured or killed if caught in the
path of a closing window. Never
leave the Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitter in a vehicle with
children. When there are children
in the rear seat, use the window
lockout switch to prevent
operation of the windows.
See Keys on page 2-2.
The vehicle aerodynamics are
designed to improve fuel economy
performance. This may result in a
pulsing sound when either rear
window is down and the front
windows are up. To reduce the
sound, open either a front window
or the sunroof, if equipped.
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Keys, Doors, and Windows
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
by briefly pressing or pulling the
switch.
The power windows only
operate with the ignition in ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/START,
or when Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) is active. See Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on
page 9-21.
The power window switches on the
driver door control all the windows.
Each passenger door has a switch
that controls only that window.
Press the switch to lower the
window. Pull the switch up to
raise it.
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 after the
obstruction or condition is removed.
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.
The anti-pinch feature can be
overridden when the ignition is in
ON/RUN/START. 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 reactivated.
In this mode, the window can close
on an object in its path. Use care
when using the override mode.
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Keys, Doors, and Windows
Programming the Power
Windows
Window Lockout
If the vehicle battery has been
recharged or disconnected, or is not
working, the front power windows
may need to be reprogrammed for
the express-up feature to work.
Before reprogramming, replace or
recharge the vehicle battery.
Press v { again to deactivate the
lockout switch.
If the indicator light flashes, the
feature may not be working properly.
1. With the ignition in ON/RUN or
ACC/ACCESSORY, or when
RAP is active, close all doors.
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 v { to activate the window
lockout. The indicator light in the
switch will illuminate when
activated.
The rear door safety locks are also
disabled. See Safety Locks on
page 2-15.
To program:
2. Press down the power window
switch until the window is
fully open.
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This feature prevents the rear
passenger windows from operating,
except from the driver position.
Sun Visors
Pull the visor toward you, or move it
to the side to help reduce glare.
To use the lighted mirror, lift the
cover.
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Roof
Sunroof
If equipped with a sunroof, the
ignition must be in ON/RUN or
ACC/ACCESSORY, or in Retained
Accessory Power (RAP), to operate
the sunroof. See Ignition Positions
on page 9-17 and Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on
page 9-21.
Open/Close: Press the rear or
front of the switch (1) to the first
detent and hold to open or close
the sunroof.
Express Open/Express Close:
Press the rear or front of the
switch (1) to the second detent and
release to express open or express
close the sunroof.
Vent Feature: Press and hold the
front of the switch (2) to vent the
sunroof. The sunshade must be
manually opened. Press and hold
the rear of the switch (2) to close
the sunroof vent.
Anti-Pinch Feature
If an object is in the path of the
sunroof when 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 then
retracts away from the object.
1. SLIDE Switch
2. TILT Switch
Dirt and debris may collect on the
sunroof seal or in the track. This
could cause an issue with sunroof
operation or noise. It could also
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 the sunroof.
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Seats and Restraints
Seats and
Restraints
Head Restraints
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Front Seats
Power Seat Adjustment . . . . . . .
Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . .
Thigh Support Adjustment . . . .
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . .
Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Heated Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . .
3-4
3-5
3-5
3-5
3-6
3-9
Rear Seats
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Rear Seat
Pass-Through Door . . . . . . . . 3-12
Safety Belts
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Belt Use During
Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . .
Safety System Check . . . . . . . .
Safety Belt Care . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing Safety Belt System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . .
3-14
3-19
3-19
3-19
3-20
3-20
Airbag System
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . 3-23
When Should an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
What Makes an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-25
How Does an Airbag
Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
What Will You See after an
Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
Passenger Sensing
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
3-1
Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . 3-32
Airbag System Check . . . . . . . . 3-33
Replacing Airbag System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-34
Child Restraints
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Infants and Young
Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Child Restraint Systems . . . . .
Where to Put the Restraint . . .
Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH
System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing LATCH System
Parts After a Crash . . . . . . . . .
Securing Child Restraints
(Front Passenger Seat) . . . .
Securing Child Restraints
(Rear Seat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3-34
3-37
3-39
3-41
3-42
3-48
3-48
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Head Restraints
{ Warning
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.
The height of the head restraint can
be adjusted. Pull the head restraint
up to raise it. Try to move the head
restraint to make sure that it is
locked in place.
Front Seats
To lower the head restraint, press
the button located on the side of
the head restraint, push the head
restraint down, and release the
button. Pull and push on the head
restraint after the button is released
to make sure that it is locked in
place.
The vehicle's front seats have
adjustable head restraints in the
outboard seating positions.
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Try to move the head restraint after
the button is released to make sure
that it is locked in place.
The front seat outboard head
restraints are not designed to be
removed.
Rear Seats
The vehicle's rear seats have
adjustable head restraints in the
outboard seating positions.
The head restraints can be adjusted
forward or rearward. To adjust the
head restraint forward, grasp the
head restraint and pull it forward to
the desired locking position. To
adjust the head restraint rearward,
press the button located on the side
of the head restraint and move the
head restraint rearward until the
desired locking position is reached.
The height of the head restraint can
be adjusted. Pull the head restraint
up to raise it. Try to move the head
restraint to make sure that it is
locked in place.
To lower the head restraint, press
the button, located on the top of the
seatback, and push the head
restraint down. Try to move the
head restraint after the button is
released to make sure that it is
locked in place.
Rear outboard head restraints are
not designed to be removed.
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Front Seats
Power Seat Adjustment
{ Warning
You can lose control of the
vehicle if you try to adjust a driver
seat while the vehicle is moving.
Adjust the driver seat only when
the vehicle is not moving.
.
Raise or lower the seat by
moving the rear of the control up
or down.
.
If available, raise or lower the
front part of the seat cushion by
moving the front of the control
up or down.
To adjust the seatback, see
Reclining Seatbacks on page 3-5.
To adjust the lumbar support, see
Lumbar Adjustment on page 3-5.
To adjust the seat:
.
Move the seat forward or
rearward by sliding the control
forward or rearward.
Some vehicles are equipped with a
Safety Alert Seat. This feature
activates a vibrating pulse alert in
the driver seat to help the driver
avoid crashes. See Driver
Assistance Systems on page 9-50.
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Lumbar Adjustment
To adjust the lumbar and bolster
support:
.
.
Press and hold the control
forward or rearward to increase
or decrease lumbar support.
Press and hold the control up or
down to increase or decrease
seatback bolster support,
if available.
Thigh Support
Adjustment
3-5
Reclining Seatbacks
To adjust the seatback:
If available, adjust the manual leg
extension by pulling up on the lever,
and then pulling or pushing on the
support to lengthen or shorten it.
Release the lever to lock it in place.
.
Tilt the top of the control
rearward to recline.
.
Tilt the top of the control forward
to raise.
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{ Warning
Sitting in a reclined position when
the vehicle is in motion can be
dangerous. Even when buckled
up, the safety belts cannot do
their job.
The shoulder belt will not be
against your body. Instead, it will
be in front of you. In a crash, you
could go into it, receiving neck or
other injuries.
Warning (Continued)
Memory Seats
For proper protection when the
vehicle is in motion, have the
seatback upright. Then sit well
back in the seat and wear the
safety belt properly.
The lap belt could go up over
your abdomen. The belt forces
would be there, not at your pelvic
bones. This could cause serious
internal injuries.
(Continued)
If equipped, the "1," "2," SET,
and B (Exit) buttons on the driver
door are used to manually save and
recall memory settings for the driver
seat and outside mirrors.
Do not have a seatback reclined if
the vehicle is moving.
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Storing Memory Positions
To save positions to the “1” and “2”
buttons:
1. Adjust the driver seat and
outside mirrors to the desired
driving positions.
2. Press and hold SET and “1” at
the same time until a beep
sounds.
3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a
second driver using “2.”
To save positions to the B (Exit)
button and Easy Exit features:
1. Adjust the driver seat and
outside mirrors to the desired
positions for getting out of the
vehicle.
2. Press and hold SET and B at
the same time until a beep
sounds.
Manually Recalling Memory
Positions
If the vehicle is off, or in ON/RUN/
START but not in P (Park) (or
parking brake is not set on a manual
transmission), press and hold "1,"
"2," or B to manually recall the
previously stored memory positions.
Releasing "1,” "2," or B before the
stored positions are reached stops
the recall.
If the vehicle is in ON/RUN/START
and in P (Park) (or parking brake is
set on a manual transmission),
press and release “1,” “2,” or B to
manually recall the previously
stored memory positions. Placing
the ignition in OFF before the stored
positions are reached stops the
recall.
If something has blocked the driver
seat while recalling a memory
position, the recall may stop.
Remove the obstruction; then press
and hold the appropriate manual
control for the memory item that is
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not recalling for two seconds. 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.
Automatically Recalling Memory
Positions (Auto Memory Recall)
The Auto (Automatic) Memory
Recall feature automatically recalls
the current driver’s previously stored
“1” or “2” position when entering the
vehicle.
Depending upon the Auto Memory
Recall feature enabled in the vehicle
personalization menu, memory “1”
or “2” positions are recalled in the
following ways:
To activate the recall when the
ignition is off, and On - Driver Door
Open is selected in the vehicle
personalization menu:
.
On vehicles with RKE, press K
on the RKE transmitter and open
the door.
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.
.
Seats and Restraints
On vehicles with Keyless
Access, press the lock/unlock
button on the outside driver door
handle and open the driver door.
The RKE transmitter must be
present for the recall to activate.
If the driver door is already
open, press K on the RKE
transmitter to activate the recall.
To activate the recall at ignition ON,
the transmission must be P (Park)
(or parking brake set if manual
transmission) and On - At Ignition
On is selected in the vehicle
personalization menu:
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Place the ignition in ON/RUN/
START.
See Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
To stop recall movement, press one
of the memory, power mirror,
or power seat controls. If On - At
Ignition On is selected in the vehicle
personalization menu, placing the
ignition in OFF also stops the recall.
If something has blocked the driver
seat while recalling a memory
position, the recall may stop.
Remove the obstruction; then press
and hold the appropriate manual
control for the memory item that is
not recalling for two seconds. Try
recalling the memory position again
by opening the driver door and
pressing K on the RKE transmitter.
If the memory position is still not
recalling, see your dealer for
service.
Easy Exit Recall
If programmed on in the vehicle
personalization menu, the Easy Exit
feature automatically moves the
driver seat and outside mirrors to
the memory positions saved to the
B (Exit) button. See “Storing
Memory Positions” listed previously.
See also Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Easy Exit recall automatically
activates when one of the following
occurs:
.
The vehicle is turned off and the
driver door is opened within a
short time.
.
The vehicle is turned off with the
driver door open.
If something has blocked the driver
seat while recalling the exit position,
the recall may stop. Remove the
obstruction; then press and hold the
appropriate manual control for the
exit feature not recalling for
two seconds. Try recalling the exit
position again. If the exit position is
still not recalling, see your dealer for
service.
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Heated Front Seats
Press the button once for the
highest setting. With each press of
the button, the seat will change to
the next lower setting, and then to
the off setting. The indicator lights
next to the buttons indicate three for
the highest setting and one for the
lowest. If the heated seats are on
high, the level may automatically be
lowered after approximately
30 minutes.
{ Warning
If you cannot feel temperature
change or pain to the skin, the
seat heater may cause burns. To
reduce the risk of burns, people
with such a condition should use
care when using the seat heater,
especially for long periods of
time. Do not place anything on
the seat that insulates against
heat, such as a blanket, cushion,
cover, or similar item. This may
cause the seat heater to
overheat. An overheated seat
heater may cause a burn or may
damage the seat.
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Uplevel Buttons Shown, Base
Buttons Similar
If available, the buttons are near the
climate controls on the center stack.
To operate, the ignition must be in
ON/RUN/START.
Press J /M or z /L to heat the
driver or passenger seat cushion
and seatback.
When this feature is off, the heated
seat symbol on the button is white.
When the heated seat is turned on,
the symbol turns red.
The passenger seat may take
longer to heat up.
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Remote Start Heated Seats
When it is cold outside, the heated
seats can be turned on
automatically during a remote start.
They are canceled when the ignition
is turned on. Press the button to use
the heated seats after the vehicle is
started.
The heated seat indicator lights do
not turn on during a remote start.
The temperature performance of an
unoccupied seat may be reduced.
This is normal.
The heated seats will not turn
on during a remote start unless
they are enabled in the vehicle
personalization menu. See Remote
Vehicle Start on page 2-10 and
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Rear Seats
To fold the seatback:
Folding the Seatback
On some vehicles, either side of the
seatback can be folded for more
cargo space. Fold a seatback only
when the vehicle is not moving.
{ Caution
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.
1. Disconnect the rear safety belt
mini-latch using a key in the slot
on the mini-buckle, and let the
belt retract.
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Raising the Seatback
{ 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. Pull the lever on top of the
seatback toward you to unlock
the seatback.
A red tab near the seatback
lever raises when the seatback
is unlocked.
3. Fold the seatback forward.
Repeat Steps 2–3 to fold the
other seatback, if desired.
{ 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.
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To raise a seatback:
1. Lift the seatback up. Make sure
the center safety belt and latch
do not get trapped behind the
seat. Push the seatback
rearward to lock it in place.
A red tab near the seatback
lever retracts when the seatback
is locked in place.
2. Push and pull the top of the
seatback to be sure it is locked
into position.
3. Reconnect the center safety belt
mini-latch to the mini-buckle. Do
not let the belt twist.
4. Pull on the center safety belt to
make sure the mini-latch is
secure.
5. Repeat the steps to raise the
other seatback, if necessary.
When the seat is not in use, it
should be kept in the upright, locked
position.
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Rear Seat
Pass-Through Door
Safety Belts
This section of the manual
describes how to use safety belts
properly. It also describes some
things not to do with safety belts.
{ Warning
Some vehicles have a rear seat
pass-through door in the center of
the rear seatback. Fold down the
center armrest and pull the latch to
open the door.
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, injuries can be much
worse than if you are wearing
safety belts. You can be seriously
injured or killed by hitting things
inside the vehicle harder or by
being ejected from the vehicle.
In addition, anyone who is not
buckled up can strike other
passengers in the vehicle.
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Warning (Continued)
It is extremely dangerous to ride
in a cargo area, inside or outside
of a vehicle. In a collision,
passengers riding in these areas
are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed. Do not allow
passengers to ride in any area of
the vehicle that is not equipped
with seats and safety belts.
Always wear a safety belt, and
check that all passenger(s) are
restrained properly too.
This vehicle has indicators as a
reminder to buckle the safety belts.
See Safety Belt Reminders on
page 5-13.
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Why Safety Belts Work
safety belts. That is why wearing
safety belts makes such good
sense.
Questions and Answers About
Safety Belts
Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle
after a crash if I am wearing a
safety belt?
When riding in a vehicle, you travel
as fast as the vehicle does. If the
vehicle stops suddenly, you keep
going until something stops you.
It could be the windshield, the
instrument panel, or the safety belts!
When you wear a safety belt, you
and the vehicle slow down together.
There is more time to stop because
you stop over a longer distance and,
when worn properly, your strongest
bones take the forces from the
A: You could be — whether you are
wearing a safety belt or not.
Your chance of being conscious
during and after a crash, so you
can unbuckle and get out, is
much greater if you are belted.
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.
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Also, in nearly all states and in
all Canadian provinces, the law
requires wearing safety belts.
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly
This section is only for people of
adult size.
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 3-34 or Infants
and Young Children on page 3-37.
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.
There are important things to know
about wearing a safety belt properly.
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Wear the shoulder belt 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.
{ Warning
You can be seriously injured,
or even killed, by not wearing
your safety belt properly.
Lap-Shoulder Belt
All seating positions in the vehicle
have a lap-shoulder belt.
If you are using a rear center
seating position with a detachable
safety belt and the safety belt is
not attached, see “Folding the
Seatback” under Rear Seats on
page 3-10 for instructions on
reconnecting the safety belt to the
mini-buckle.
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Sit up straight and always keep
your feet on the floor in front
of you.
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Never allow the lap or
shoulder belt to become
loose or twisted.
The following instructions explain
how to wear a lap-shoulder belt
properly.
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Always use the correct buckle
for your seating position.
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Wear the lap part of the belt low
and snug on the hips, just
touching the thighs. In a 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.
Never wear the shoulder belt
under both arms or behind
your back.
.
Never route the lap or
shoulder belt over an
armrest.
1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is
adjustable, so you can sit up
straight. To see how, see “Seats”
in the Index.
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If the shoulder portion of a
passenger belt 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.
2. Pick up the latch plate and pull
the belt across you. Do not let it
get twisted.
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.
3. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.
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 3-19.
If the belt stops before it reaches
the buckle, tilt the latch plate and
keep pulling the safety belt until
it can be buckled.
Position the release button on
the buckle so that the safety belt
could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.
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Safety Belt Pretensioners
4. 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.
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
safety belt and the vehicle.
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, on vehicles
with side impact and roof-rail
airbags, safety belt pretensioners
can help tighten the safety belts in a
side crash or a rollover event.
Pretensioners work only once. If the
pretensioners activate in a crash,
the pretensioners and possibly other
parts of the safety belt system will
need to be replaced. See Replacing
Safety Belt System Parts after a
Crash on page 3-20.
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Rear Safety Belt Comfort
Guides
This vehicle may have rear safety
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 for each outside
passenger position in the rear seat.
To install a comfort guide to the
safety belt:
2. Place the guide over the belt,
and insert the two edges of the
belt into the slots of the guide.
1. Remove the guide from its
storage pocket on the side of
the seat.
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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.
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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A safety belt that is not properly
worn may not provide the
protection needed in a crash.
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4. Buckle, position, and release
the safety belt as described
previously in this section. Make
sure the shoulder portion of the
belt is on the shoulder and not
falling off of it. The belt should
be close to, but not contacting,
the neck.
To remove and store the comfort
guide, squeeze the belt edges
together so that the safety belt can
be removed from the guide. Store
the guide in its storage pocket on
the side of the seatback.
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Safety Belt Use During
Pregnancy
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.
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.
Safety Belt Extender
If the vehicle's safety belt will fasten
around you, you should use it.
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.
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. See the instruction sheet that
comes with the extender.
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Safety System Check
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.
Make sure the safety belt reminder
light is working. See Safety Belt
Reminders on page 5-13.
Keep safety belts clean and dry.
See Safety Belt Care on page 3-20.
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Safety Belt Care
Keep belts clean and dry.
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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.
Replacing Safety Belt
System Parts after a
Crash
{ Warning
A crash can damage the safety
belt system in the vehicle.
A damaged safety belt system
may not properly protect the
person using it, resulting in
serious injury or even death in a
crash. To help make sure the
safety belt systems are working
properly after a crash, have them
inspected and any necessary
replacements made as soon as
possible.
After a minor crash, replacement of
safety belts may not 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.
New parts and repairs may be
necessary even if the safety belt
system was not being used at the
time of the crash.
Have the safety belt pretensioners
checked if the vehicle has been in a
crash, or if the airbag readiness light
stays on after you start the vehicle
or while you are driving. See Airbag
Readiness Light on page 5-13.
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Airbag System
The vehicle may have the following
airbags:
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 front
outboard passenger.
Seat-mounted side impact
airbags for the second row
outboard passengers.
All vehicle airbags have the word
AIRBAG on the trim or on a label
near the deployment opening.
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A knee airbag for the driver.
.
A knee airbag for the front
outboard passenger.
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A seat-mounted side impact
airbag for the driver.
For frontal airbags, the word
AIRBAG is on the center of the
steering wheel for the driver and on
the instrument panel for the front
outboard passenger.
.
A seat-mounted side impact
airbag for the front outboard
passenger.
For knee airbags, the word AIRBAG
is on the lower part of the
instrument panel.
.
A roof-rail airbag for the driver
and the passenger seated
directly behind the driver.
.
A roof-rail airbag for the front
outboard passenger and the
passenger seated directly
behind the front outboard
passenger.
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For seat-mounted side impact
airbags, the word AIRBAG is on the
side of the seatback closest to
the door.
For roof-rail airbags, the word
AIRBAG is on the ceiling 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:
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You can be severely injured or
killed in a crash if you are not
wearing your safety belt, even
with airbags. Airbags are
designed to work with safety
belts, not replace them. Also,
airbags are not designed to inflate
in every crash. In some crashes
safety belts are the only restraint.
See When Should an Airbag
Inflate? on page 3-24.
Wearing your safety belt during a
crash helps reduce the chance of
hitting things inside the vehicle or
being ejected from it. Airbags are
“supplemental restraints” to the
safety belts. Everyone in the
vehicle should wear a safety belt
properly, whether or not there is
an airbag for that person.
{ Warning
{ Warning
Because airbags inflate with great
force and 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 any
airbag, as you would be if sitting
on the edge of the seat or leaning
forward. Safety belts help keep
you in position before and during
a crash. Always wear a safety
belt, even with airbags. The driver
should sit as far back as possible
while still maintaining control of
the vehicle.
Children who are up against,
or very close to, any airbag when
it inflates can be seriously injured
or killed. Always secure children
properly in the vehicle. To read
how, see Older Children on
page 3-34 or Infants and Young
Children on page 3-37.
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.
There is an airbag readiness light
on the instrument 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 5-13.
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Where Are the Airbags?
The driver frontal airbag is in the
center of the steering wheel.
The front outboard passenger
frontal airbag is in the passenger
side instrument panel.
The driver knee airbag is below the
steering column. The front outboard
passenger knee airbag is below the
glove box.
Driver Side Shown, Passenger
Side Similar
The seat-mounted side impact
airbags for the driver and front
outboard passenger are in the side
of the seatbacks closest to the door.
The roof-rail airbags for the driver,
front outboard passenger, and
second row outboard passengers
are in the ceiling above the side
windows.
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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.
Rear Seat Driver Side Shown,
Passenger Side Similar
On vehicles with second row
seat-mounted side impact airbags,
they are in the sides of the rear
seatback closest to the door.
{ 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
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Do not use seat accessories that
block the inflation path of a
seat-mounted side impact airbag.
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.
When Should an Airbag
Inflate?
This vehicle is equipped with
airbags. See Airbag System on
page 3-21. Airbags are designed to
inflate if the impact exceeds the
specific airbag system’s 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 restraint
the occupants. The vehicle has
electronic frontal sensors that help
the airbag system determine the
severity of the impact. Deployment
thresholds can vary with specific
vehicle design.
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
front outboard passenger's head
and chest.
Whether the frontal airbags will or
should inflate is not based primarily
on how fast the vehicle is traveling.
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It depends on what is hit, the
direction of the impact, and how
quickly the vehicle slows down.
Frontal airbags may inflate at
different crash speeds depending on
whether the vehicle hits an object
straight on or at an angle, and
whether the object is fixed or
moving, rigid or deformable, narrow
or wide.
Frontal airbags are not intended to
inflate during vehicle rollovers, in
rear impacts, or in many side
impacts.
In addition, the vehicle has
advanced technology frontal
airbags. Advanced technology
frontal airbags adjust the restraint
according to crash severity.
Knee airbags are designed to inflate
in moderate to severe frontal
impacts. Knee airbags are not
designed to inflate during vehicle
rollovers, in rear impacts, or in many
side impacts.
The vehicle also has a seat position
sensor that enables the sensing
system to monitor the position of the
front outboard passenger seat. The
passenger seat position sensor and
the passenger safety belt buckle
provide information that is used to
determine if the passenger knee
airbag should inflate.
Seat-mounted side impact airbags
are designed to inflate in moderate
to severe side crashes, depending
on the location of the impact.
Seat-mounted side impact airbags
are not designed to inflate in frontal
impacts, near-frontal impacts,
rollovers, or rear impacts.
A seat-mounted side impact airbag
is designed to inflate on the side of
the vehicle that is struck.
Roof-rail airbags are designed to
inflate in moderate to severe side
crashes, depending on the location
of the impact. In addition, these
roof-rail airbags are designed to
inflate during a rollover or in a
severe frontal impact. Roof-rail
airbags are not designed to inflate in
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rear impacts. Both roof-rail airbags
will inflate when either side of the
vehicle is struck or if the sensing
system predicts that the vehicle is
about to roll over on its side, or in a
severe frontal impact.
In any particular crash, no one can
say whether an airbag should have
inflated simply because of the
vehicle damage or repair costs.
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. The inflator, the airbag,
and related hardware are all part of
the airbag module.
For airbag locations, see Where Are
the Airbags? on page 3-23.
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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 by
distributing the force of the impact
more evenly over the
occupant's body.
Rollover capable roof-rail airbags
are designed to help contain the
head and chest of occupants in the
outboard seating positions in the
first and second rows. 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 3-24.
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 inflate. Some components of
the airbag module may be hot for
several minutes. For location of the
airbags, see Where Are the
Airbags? on page 3-23.
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.
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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, turn on the
hazard warning flashers, and shut
off the fuel system after the airbags
inflate. You can lock the doors, turn
off the interior lamps, and turn off
the hazard warning flashers by
using the controls for those
features.
{ 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.
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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 13-14 and Event Data
Recorders on page 13-14.
.
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 (Continued)
Use caution if you should attempt
to restart the engine after a crash
has occurred.
In many crashes severe enough to
inflate the airbag, windshields are
broken by vehicle deformation.
Additional windshield breakage may
also occur from the front outboard
passenger airbag.
.
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 the vehicle covers the need
to replace other parts.
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Passenger Sensing
System
The vehicle has a passenger
sensing system for the front
outboard passenger position. The
passenger airbag status indicator
will light on the overhead console
when the vehicle is started.
United States
Canada and Mexico
The words ON and OFF or the
symbol for on and off will be visible
during the system check. When the
system check is complete, either the
word ON or OFF, or the symbol for
on and off will be visible. See
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
on page 5-14.
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 inflates.
The passenger sensing system
turns off the front outboard
passenger frontal airbag and knee
airbag, under certain conditions.
No other airbag is affected by the
passenger sensing system.
{ Warning
The passenger sensing system
works with sensors that are part of
the front outboard passenger seat.
The sensors are designed to detect
the presence of a properly seated
occupant and determine if the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag should be allowed
to inflate or not.
According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly
secured in a rear seat in a correct
child restraint for their weight
and size.
Whenever possible, children aged
12 and under should be secured in
a rear seating position.
A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the passenger frontal
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
passenger frontal airbag inflates
and the passenger seat is in a
forward position.
Even if the passenger sensing
system has turned off the front
outboard passenger airbag(s), no
system is fail-safe. No one can
guarantee that an airbag will not
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A front outboard passenger
takes his/her weight off of the
seat for a period of time.
.
There is a critical problem with
the airbag system or the
passenger sensing system.
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inflate under some unusual
circumstance, even though the
airbag(s) are off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the
airbag(s) are off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the front outboard passenger
seat, always move the seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.
The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn off the front
outboard passenger airbag and
knee airbag if:
.
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The front outboard passenger
seat is unoccupied.
The system determines that an
infant is present in a child
restraint.
When the passenger sensing
system has turned off the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag, the off indicator
will light and stay lit to remind you
that the airbags are off. See
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
on page 5-14.
The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn on the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag anytime the system
senses that a person of adult size is
sitting properly in the front outboard
passenger seat.
When the passenger sensing
system has allowed the airbags to
be enabled, the on indicator will light
and stay lit as a reminder that the
airbags are active.
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For some children, including
children in child restraints, and for
very small adults, the passenger
sensing system may or may not turn
off the front outboard passenger
frontal airbag and knee airbag,
depending upon the person’s
seating posture and body build.
Everyone in the 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 5-13 for more
information, including important
safety information.
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If the On Indicator Is Lit for a
Child Restraint
The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn off the front
outboard passenger airbags if the
system determines that an infant is
present in 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 Child Restraints (Front
Passenger Seat) on page 3-48
or Securing Child Restraints
(Rear Seat) on page 3-52.
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.
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 3-2.
6. Restart the vehicle.
The passenger sensing system
may or may not turn off the
airbags for a child in a child
restraint depending upon the
child's size. It is better to secure
a child restraint in a rear seat.
If the Off Indicator Is Lit for an
Adult-Sized Occupant
If a person of adult size is sitting in
the front outboard passenger seat,
but the off indicator is lit, it could be
because that person is not sitting
properly in the seat. Use the
following steps to allow the system
to detect that person and enable the
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front outboard passenger frontal
airbag and knee 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.
Also, remove laptops, or other
electronic devices.
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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If the front outboard passenger
airbag is turned off for an
adult-sized occupant, the airbag
will not be able to inflate and help
protect that person in a crash,
resulting in an increased risk of
serious injury or even death. An
adult-sized occupant should not
ride in the front outboard
passenger seat, if the passenger
airbag off indicator is lit.
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.
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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. 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
the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 3-32 for more information
about modifications that can affect
how the system operates.
A wet seat can affect the
performance of the passenger
sensing system. Here is how:
.
The passenger sensing system
may turn off the passenger
frontal airbag and passenger
knee airbag when liquid is
soaked into the seat. If this
happens, the off indicator will
be lit, and the airbag readiness
light on the instrument panel will
also be lit.
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Liquid pooled on the seat that
has not soaked in may make it
more likely that the passenger
sensing system will turn on the
passenger frontal airbag and
passenger knee airbag while a
child restraint or child occupant
is on the seat. If the passenger
frontal airbag and passenger
knee airbag are turned on, the
on indicator will be lit.
If the passenger seat gets wet, dry
the seat immediately. If the airbag
readiness light is lit, do not install a
child restraint or allow anyone to
occupy the seat. See Airbag
Readiness Light on page 5-13 for
important safety information.
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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{ Warning
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
vehicle 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.
Servicing the
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 13-11.
Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
Adding accessories that change the
vehicle's frame, bumper system,
height, front end, or side sheet
metal, may keep the airbag system
from working properly. The
operation of the airbag system can
also be affected by changing any
parts of the front seats, safety belts,
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the airbag sensing and diagnostic
module, steering wheel, instrument
panel, any of the airbag modules,
ceiling or pillar garnish trim,
overhead console, front sensors,
side impact sensors, or airbag
wiring.
Your dealer and the service manual
have information about the location
of the airbag sensors, sensing and
diagnostic module, and airbag
wiring.
In addition, the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
front outboard 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. 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 3-28.
The vehicle has rollover roof-rail
airbags, see Different Size Tires
and Wheels on page 10-62.
If your vehicle needs to be modified
because you have a disability and
you have questions about whether
the modifications will affect the
vehicle's airbag system, or if you
have questions about whether the
airbag system will be affected if the
vehicle is modified for any other
reason, call Customer Assistance.
See Customer Assistance Offices
on page 13-3.
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Airbag System Check
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 5-13.
{ Caution
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
coverings, have the airbag
covering and/or airbag module
replaced. For the location of the
airbags, see Where Are the
Airbags? on page 3-23. See your
dealer for service.
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Replacing Airbag System
Parts after a Crash
{ Warning
A crash can damage the airbag
systems in the vehicle.
A damaged airbag system may
not work properly and may not
protect you and your
passenger(s) in a crash, resulting
in serious injury or even death.
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Warning (Continued)
To help make sure the airbag
systems are working properly
after a crash, have them
inspected and any necessary
replacements made as soon as
possible.
Child Restraints
Older Children
If an airbag inflates, you will need to
replace airbag system parts. See
your dealer for service.
If the airbag readiness light stays on
after the vehicle is started or comes
on when you are driving, the airbag
system may not work properly. Have
the vehicle serviced right away. See
Airbag Readiness Light on
page 5-13.
Older children who have outgrown
booster seats should wear the
vehicle safety belts.
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The manufacturer 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 fit test below:
.
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 3-14. 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 the length of the
trip? If yes, continue. If no,
return to the booster seat.
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.
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Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort
Guides” under Lap-Shoulder Belt on
page 3-14.
According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly
restrained in a rear seating position.
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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{ Warning
Warning (Continued)
Never allow more than one child
to wear the same safety belt. The
safety belt cannot properly spread
the impact forces. In a crash, they
can be crushed together and
seriously injured. A safety belt
must be used by only one person
at a time.
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.
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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.
{ 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.
Every time infants and young
children ride in vehicles, they should
have the protection provided by
appropriate child restraints. Neither
the vehicle's safety belt system nor
its airbag system is designed
for them.
Children who are not restrained
properly can strike other people,
or can be thrown out of the vehicle.
{ Warning
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.
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Warning (Continued)
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
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. 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.
Q: What are the different types of
add-on child restraints?
A: Add-on child restraints, which
are purchased by the vehicle
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
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.
{ Warning
To reduce the risk of neck and
head injury during a crash, infants
need complete support. In a
crash, if an infant is in a
rear-facing child restraint, 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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{ Warning
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
Forward-Facing Child Seat
Rear-Facing Infant Seat
A rear-facing infant seat 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 provides
restraint for the child's body with the
harness.
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Securing an Add-On Child
Restraint in the Vehicle
{ Warning
Booster Seats
A booster seat 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.
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 safety belt or
LATCH system, following the
instructions that came with that
child restraint and the instructions
in this manual.
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 System) on page 3-42.
Children can be endangered in a
crash if the child restraint is not
properly secured in the vehicle.
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.
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.
In some areas of the United States
and Canada, Certified Child
Passenger Safety Technicians
(CPSTs) are available to inspect
and demonstrate how to correctly
use and install child restraints. In
the U.S., refer to the National
Highway Traffic Safety
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Administration (NHTSA) website to
locate the nearest child safety seat
inspection station. For CPST
availability in Canada, check with
Transport Canada or the Provincial
Ministry of Transportation office.
Securing the Child Within the
Child Restraint
{ Warning
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.
Where to Put the
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.
Whenever possible, children aged
12 and under should be secured in
a rear seating position.
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 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
front passenger airbag inflates
and the passenger seat is in a
forward position.
Even if the passenger sensing
system has turned off the front
passenger frontal airbag, no
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Warning (Continued)
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 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 3-28 for additional
information.
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.
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Child restraints and booster seats
vary considerably in size, and some
may fit in certain seating positions
better than others. Always make
sure the child restraint is properly
secured.
Depending on where you place the
child restraint and the size of the
child restraint, you may not be able
to access adjacent safety belt
assemblies or LATCH anchors for
additional passengers or child
restraints. Adjacent seating
positions should not be used if the
child restraint prevents access to or
interferes with the routing of the
safety belt.
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
the vehicle — even when no child is
in it.
Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children
(LATCH System)
The LATCH system secures a child
restraint during driving or in a crash.
LATCH attachments on the child
restraint are used to attach the child
restraint to the anchors in the
vehicle. The LATCH system is
designed to make installation of a
child restraint easier.
In order to use the LATCH system in
your vehicle, you need a child
restraint that has LATCH
attachments. LATCH-compatible
rear-facing and forward-facing child
seats can be properly installed
using either the LATCH anchors or
the vehicle’s safety belts. Do not
use both the safety belts and the
LATCH anchorage system to secure
a rear-facing or forward-facing
child seat.
Booster seats use the vehicle’s
safety belts to secure the child in
the booster seat. If the manufacturer
recommends that the booster seat
be secured with the LATCH system,
this can be done as long as the
booster seat can be positioned
properly and there is no interference
with the proper positioning of the
lap-shoulder belt on the child.
Make sure to follow the instructions
that came with the child 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 installed using only the top
tether and anchor.
The LATCH anchorage system can
be used until the combined weight
of the child plus the child restraint is
29.5 kg (65 lbs). Use the safety belt
alone instead of the LATCH
anchorage system once the
combined weight is more than
29.5 kg (65 lbs).
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The following explains how to attach
a child restraint with these
attachments in the vehicle.
Top Tether Anchor
Not all vehicle seating positions or
child restraints have lower anchors
and attachments or top tether
anchors and attachments.
Lower Anchors
Lower anchors (1) 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 (2).
A top tether (3, 4) anchors the top of
the child restraint to the vehicle.
A top tether anchor is built into the
vehicle. The top tether
attachment (2) 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.
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The child restraint may have a
single tether (3) or a dual tether (4).
Either will have a single
attachment (2) to secure the top
tether to the anchor.
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.
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Lower Anchor and Top Tether
Anchor Locations
To assist in locating the lower
anchors, each seating position with
lower anchors has two labels, near
the crease between the seatback
and the seat cushion.
The outboard lower anchors are
behind the vertical openings in the
seat trim.
Rear Seat
I (Top Tether Anchor):
Seating
positions with top tether anchors.
H (Lower Anchor): Seating
positions with two lower anchors.
To assist in locating the top tether
anchors, the top tether anchor
symbol is on the cover.
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that the top tether be attached, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top tether
must be attached.
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 3-41 for
additional information.
The top tether anchors are behind
the rear seat, on the filler panel.
Open the covers to access the
anchors. Be sure to use an anchor
on the same side of the vehicle as
the seating position where the
child restraint will be placed.
Do not secure a child restraint in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
Securing a Child Restraint
Designed for the LATCH
System
{ Warning
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
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anchors, or use the vehicle safety
belts to secure the restraint,
following the instructions that
came with the child restraint and
the instructions in this manual.
{ 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.
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Caution (Continued)
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 the vehicle has one, after the
child restraint has been installed.
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.
{ Caution
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.
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If you need to secure more than one
child restraint in the rear seat, see
Where to Put the Restraint on
page 3-41.
This system is designed to make
the installation of child restraints
easier. When using lower anchors,
do not use the vehicle's safety belts.
Instead, use the vehicle's anchors
and child restraint attachments to
secure the restraints. Some
restraints also use another vehicle
anchor to secure a top tether.
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.
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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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 equipped. Refer to the
child restraint instructions and
the following steps:
2.1. Find the top tether anchor.
2.2. Open the top tether anchor
cover to expose the anchor.
2.3. 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.
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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.
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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.
head restraint and around
the headrest or head
restraint posts.
3. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
LATCH path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. There should be no
more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of
movement for proper installation.
Replacing LATCH System
Parts After a Crash
{ Warning
If the position you are using
has an adjustable headrest
or head restraint and you
are using a dual tether,
raise the headrest or head
restraint and route the
tether under the headrest or
A crash can damage the LATCH
system in the vehicle. A damaged
LATCH system may not properly
secure the child restraint,
resulting in serious injury or even
death in a crash. To help make
sure the LATCH system is
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working properly after a crash,
see your dealer to have the
system inspected and any
necessary replacements made as
soon as possible.
If the vehicle has the LATCH system
and it was being used during a
crash, new LATCH system parts
may be needed.
New parts and repairs may be
necessary even if the LATCH
system was not being used at the
time of the crash.
Securing Child Restraints
(Front Passenger Seat)
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 3-41.
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In addition, the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system which is
designed to turn off the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag under certain
conditions. See Passenger Sensing
System on page 3-28 and
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
on page 5-14.
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 passenger frontal
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
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passenger frontal airbag inflates
and the passenger seat is in a
forward position.
Even if the passenger sensing
system has turned off the front
outboard passenger airbag(s), no
system is fail-safe. No one can
guarantee that an airbag will not
inflate under some unusual
circumstance, even though the
airbag(s) are off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the
airbag(s) are off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the front outboard passenger
seat, always move the seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.
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If the child restraint has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3-42 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 System) on page 3-42 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.
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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 rearward as
far back as it will go and raise
the seat upward as far up as it
will go, before securing the
forward-facing child restraint.
When the passenger sensing
system has turned off the front
outboard passenger frontal
airbag and knee airbag, the off
indicator on the passenger
airbag status indicator should
light and stay lit when you start
the vehicle. See Passenger
Airbag Status Indicator on
page 5-14.
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.
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.
Tilt the latch plate to adjust the
belt if needed.
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7. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.
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.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 5 and 6.
If the airbags are off, the off
indicator in the passenger airbag
status indicator will come on and
stay on when the vehicle is started.
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 3-28.
To remove the child restraint,
unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and
let it return to the stowed position.
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Securing Child Restraints
(Rear Seat)
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 has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3-42 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 System) on
page 3-42 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.
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 more than one child restraint
needs to be installed in the rear
seat, be sure to read Where to Put
the Restraint on page 3-41.
1. Put the child restraint on
the seat.
2. Pick up the latch plate, and run
the lap and shoulder portions of
the vehicle safety belt through or
around the restraint. The child
restraint instructions will show
you how.
3. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks. If the latch
plate will not go fully into the
buckle, check if the correct
buckle is being used.
Position the release button on
the buckle so that the safety belt
could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.
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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
System) on page 3-42 for more
information.
4. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.
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.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 4 and 5.
7. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
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.
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Storage
Storage
Storage
Compartments
Storage Compartments
Storage Compartments . . . . . . .
Instrument Panel Storage . . . . .
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Armrest Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4-1
4-1
4-2
4-2
Additional Storage Features
Cargo Tie-Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
4-1
Instrument Panel Storage
{ Warning
Do not store heavy or sharp
objects in storage compartments.
In a crash, these objects may
cause the cover to open and
could result in injury.
To access, push on the cover and
release. There is an accessory
power outlet inside. See Power
Outlets on page 5-7.
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Keep the storage area closed when
not in use.
Armrest Storage
Touch the bottom of the climate
control system panel again until the
door automatically starts to close.
Glove Box
To open the glove box, lift up on
the lever. Use the key to lock and
unlock it. The glove box may have a
compact disc player inside.
If equipped, there may be storage
behind the climate control system.
Touch the bottom of the climate
control system panel until the door
automatically starts to open. There
is a USB port inside. See USB Port
on page 7-16.
Front Armrest
Push the button and lift to access
the storage area. There is a USB
port, SD card reader and auxiliary
jack inside. See USB Port on
page 7-16, SD Card Reader on
page 7-19, and Auxiliary Jack on
page 7-19.
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Additional Storage
Features
Cargo Tie-Downs
Rear Armrest
Pull the armrest down and lift the
cover to access the storage area.
The cargo tie-downs can be used to
secure small loads inside the trunk.
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Instruments and Controls
Instruments and
Controls
Controls
Steering Wheel Adjustment . . .
Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . .
Heated Steering Wheel . . . . . . .
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . .
Headlamp Washer . . . . . . . . . . . .
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Clock (Base Radio) . . . . . . . . . . .
Clock (Uplevel Radio) . . . . . . . . .
Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5-2
5-3
5-4
5-4
5-4
5-6
5-6
5-6
5-7
5-7
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Engine Coolant Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . 5-13
Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . 5-13
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Charging System Light . . . . . . 5-15
Malfunction
Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Brake System Warning
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Parking Brake Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Service Electric Parking Brake
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19
Lane Departure Warning
(LDW) Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20
Vehicle Ahead Indicator . . . . . . 5-20
Traction Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20
StabiliTrak® OFF Light . . . . . . . 5-21
Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light . . . . 5-21
Engine Coolant Temperature
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21
Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-22
Engine Oil Pressure Light . . . . 5-22
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . 5-23
Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . 5-24
5-1
Adaptive Forward Lighting
(AFL) Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Lamps On Reminder . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Cruise Control Light . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Information Displays
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25
Head-Up Display (HUD) . . . . . 5-28
Vehicle Messages
Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery Voltage and Charging
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake System Messages . . . .
Compass Messages . . . . . . . . .
Cruise Control Messages . . . .
Door Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . .
Engine Cooling System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Oil Messages . . . . . . . .
Engine Power Messages . . . .
Fuel System Messages . . . . . .
Key and Lock Messages . . . . .
Lamp Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Object Detection System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ride Control System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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5-32
5-32
5-33
5-33
5-33
5-34
5-34
5-35
5-35
5-35
5-36
5-36
5-38
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Airbag System Messages . . . .
Security Messages . . . . . . . . . .
Service Vehicle Messages . . .
Starting the Vehicle
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transmission Messages . . . . .
Vehicle Reminder
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle Speed Messages . . . .
Washer Fluid Messages . . . . .
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5-39
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5-40
5-40
5-41
Controls
3. Pull or push the steering wheel
closer or away from you.
Steering Wheel
Adjustment
4. Pull the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in place.
5-41
5-41
5-42
Vehicle Personalization
Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . 5-42
Universal Remote System
Universal Remote System . . . 5-47
Universal Remote System
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-47
Universal Remote System
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-50
To adjust the steering wheel:
1. Pull the lever down.
2. Move the steering wheel up
or down.
Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving.
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Steering Wheel Controls
c (End Call): Press to decline an
incoming call, or end a current call.
Press to mute or unmute the
infotainment system.
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y or z (Next or Previous):
Press the five-way control up or
down to go up or down in a list.
Press to go up or down a page.
SEL (Select): Press to select a
highlighted menu option.
C or B (Next or Previous
Favorite): Press to go to the next
or previous favorite when listening
to the radio. Press to go to the next
or previous track when listening to a
media source.
x + or x − (Volume):
If equipped with audio steering
wheel controls, some audio controls
can be adjusted at the steering
wheel.
g (Push to Talk):
Press to talk
or interact with OnStar® and
Bluetooth®. See OnStar Overview
on page 14-1 and Bluetooth
(Infotainment Controls) on
page 7-22 or Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition) on page 7-26 or
Bluetooth (Overview) on page 7-20.
Press to
increase or decrease the volume.
S or T (Previous or Next):
Press
the five-way control to the left or
right to go to the previous or next
area in the display or to the previous
or next menu.
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Heated Steering Wheel
( (Heated 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 be fully heated.
Horn
Press a on the steering wheel pad
to sound the horn.
Windshield Wiper/Washer
INT: (Intermittent Wipes): Move
the lever up to INT for intermittent
wipes, then turn the x INT band
up for more frequent wipes or down
for less frequent wipes.
With the ignition in ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN/START,
move the windshield wiper lever to
select the wiper speed.
If the windshield wipers are in use
for about six seconds while driving,
the exterior lamps come on
automatically if the exterior
lamp control is in AUTO. See
“Wiper-Activated Headlamps” later
in this section.
HI: Use for fast wipes.
OFF: Use to turn the wipers off.
LO: Use for slow wipes.
1X (Mist): For a single wipe, briefly
move the wiper lever down. For
several wipes, hold the wiper
lever down.
Clear snow and ice from the wiper
blades and windshield before using
them. If frozen to the windshield,
carefully loosen or thaw them.
Damaged blades should be
replaced. See Wiper Blade
Replacement on page 10-30.
Heavy snow or ice can overload the
wiper motor.
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Wiper Parking
If the ignition is put in OFF while the
wipers are on LO, HI, or INT, they
will immediately stop.
If the windshield wiper lever is then
moved to OFF before the driver
door is opened or within 10 minutes,
the wipers will restart and move to
the base of the windshield.
If the ignition is put in OFF while the
wipers are performing wipes due to
windshield washing, the wipers
continue to run until they reach the
base of the windshield.
INT (Rainsense Wipe Sensitivity
Control): Move the windshield
wiper lever to INT. Turn the x INT
band on the wiper lever to adjust the
sensitivity.
Keep this area of the windshield
clear of debris to allow for best
system performance.
Wiper Arm Assembly Protection
When using an automatic car wash,
move the windshield wiper lever to
OFF. This disables the automatic
Rainsense windshield wipers.
With Rainsense, if the transmission
is in N (Neutral) and the vehicle
speed is very slow, the wipers will
automatically stop at the base of
the windshield.
.
Turn the band up for more
sensitivity to moisture.
.
Turn the band down for less
sensitivity to moisture.
.
Move the windshield wiper lever
out of the INT position to
deactivate Rainsense.
Rainsense™
If equipped with Rainsense, a
sensor near the top center of the
windshield detects the amount of
water on the windshield and
controls the frequency of the
windshield wiper.
5-5
This feature can be changed. See
“Comfort and Convenience” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
The wiper operations return to
normal when the transmission is no
longer in N (Neutral) or the vehicle
speed has increased.
n L (Windshield Washer): Pull
the windshield wiper lever toward
you to spray windshield washer fluid
and activate the wipers. The wipers
will continue until the lever is
released or the maximum wash time
is reached. When the windshield
wiper lever is released, additional
wipes may occur depending on how
long the windshield washer had
been activated. See Washer Fluid
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on page 10-23 for information on
filling the windshield washer fluid
reservoir.
{ Warning
In freezing weather, do not use
the washer until the windshield is
warmed. Otherwise the washer
fluid can form ice on the
windshield, blocking your vision.
Headlamp Washer
If equipped with headlamp washers,
they are located to the side of the
headlamps.
The headlamps must be on in order
to use the headlamp washers. If the
headlamps are not on, only the
windshield will be washed.
Pull the wiper lever toward you
and hold briefly to activate. The
headlamp washers will spray once,
pause, and spray again. The
headlamp washer will spray again
after five windshield wash cycles.
To refill the windshield washer fluid,
see Washer Fluid on page 10-23.
Clock (Base Radio)
Compass
To set the time:
The vehicle may have a compass
display on the Driver Information
Center (DIC). The compass receives
its heading and other information
from the Global Positioning
System (GPS) antenna,
StabiliTrak®, and vehicle speed
information.
The compass system is designed to
operate for a certain number of
miles or degrees of turn before
needing a signal from the GPS
satellites. When the compass
display shows CAL, drive the
vehicle for a short distance in an
open area where it can receive a
GPS signal. The compass system
will automatically determine when a
GPS signal is restored and provide
a heading again. See Compass
Messages on page 5-33 for the
messages that may be displayed for
the compass.
Setting the Time
1. Select Settings from the Home
Page and select Set Time.
2. Turn the MENU knob to increase
or decrease the hour.
3. Press the MENU knob to go to
the next option. Press S BACK
to go to the last menu and save
the changes.
AUTO SET
In the Set Time view, push on the
area just above the chrome bar and
below the "AUTO SET" screen
button to turn on/off the Auto Time
adjust capability.
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Clock (Uplevel Radio)
To set the date:
The infotainment system controls
are used to access the time and
date settings through the menu
system. See “Home Page” in the
infotainment manual for information
about how to use the menu system.
1. Press the SETTINGS screen
button and press Time and Date.
Setting the Time
To set the time:
1. From the Home Page, press the
SETTINGS screen button and
press Time and Date.
2. Press Set Time and press + or −
to increase or decrease hours,
minutes, and AM or PM. Press
12Hr or 24Hr for 12 or 24 hour
clock.
3. Press } to go back to the
previous menu.
If auto timing is set, the time
displayed on the clock may not
update immediately when driving
into a new time zone.
2. Press Set Date and press + or −
to increase or decrease month,
day, or year.
3. Press } to go back to the
previous menu.
Power Outlets
The accessory power outlets can be
used to plug in electrical equipment,
such as a cell phone or MP3 player.
The vehicle has two accessory
power outlets:
.
Inside the front storage bin
below the climate control
system.
.
On the rear of the center floor
console.
Lift the cover to access the
accessory power outlet.
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Certain accessory power plugs
may not be compatible with the
accessory power outlet and could
overload vehicle or adapter fuses.
If a problem is experienced, see
your dealer.
When adding electrical equipment,
be sure to follow the proper
installation instructions included
with the equipment. See Add-On
Electrical Equipment on page 9-74.
{ Caution
Hanging heavy equipment from
the power outlet can cause
damage not covered by the
vehicle warranty. The power
outlets are designed for
accessory power plugs only, such
as cell phone charge cords.
Always unplug electrical equipment
when not in use and do not plug in
equipment that exceeds the
maximum 20 amps rating.
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Warning Lights,
Gauges, and
Indicators
Gauges can indicate when there
could be a problem with a vehicle
function. Often gauges and warning
lights work together to indicate a
problem with the vehicle.
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.
When one of the warning lights
comes on and stays on while
driving, or when one of the gauges
shows there may 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.
Warning lights come on when there
could be a problem with a vehicle
function. Some warning lights come
on briefly when the engine is started
to indicate they are working.
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Instrument Cluster
English Shown, Metric Similar
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Cluster Application Displays
Navigation
Settings
The cluster has three interactive
display zones.
If there is no active route, a
compass will be displayed. If there
is an active route, press SEL to end
route guidance or turn the voice
prompts on or off.
Press SEL while the Settings
application page is displayed to
enter the Settings menu.
Use the five-way control on the
right steering wheel control to move
between the different display zones
and scroll through the different
displays.
The left and right zones display
Driver Information Center (DIC)
information. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5-25.
The center zone displays
application information for
navigation, audio, phone,
or settings. A speedometer can also
be displayed in this center zone.
Audio
While the Audio application page is
displayed, press SEL to enter the
Audio menu. In the Audio menu
search for music, select from
favorites, or change the audio
source.
Phone
While the Phone application page is
displayed, press SEL to enter the
Phone menu. In the Phone menu,
if there is no active phone call, view
recent calls, select from favorites,
or scroll through contacts. If there is
an active call, mute the phone or
switch to handset operation.
Units: Press SEL while Units is
highlighted to enter the Units menu.
Choose English or metric units by
pressing SEL while the desired item
is highlighted. A checkmark will be
displayed next to the selected item.
Info Pages: Press SEL while Info
Pages is highlighted to select the
items to be displayed in the DIC
information displays. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25.
Open Source Software: Press
SEL while Open Source Software is
highlighted to display open source
software information.
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Speedometer
The speedometer shows the
vehicle's speed in either kilometers
per hour (km/h) or miles per
hour (mph).
Odometer
The odometer shows how far the
vehicle has been driven, in either
kilometers or miles.
This vehicle has a tamper-resistant
odometer. If the vehicle needs a
new cluster installed, the new
odometer is set to the mileage of
the old odometer. If this is not
possible, it is set at zero and a label
is put on the driver door to show the
old mileage reading.
Trip Odometer
The trip odometer can show how far
the vehicle has been driven since
the trip odometer was last reset.
The trip odometer is accessed and
reset through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25.
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Fuel Gauge
Tachometer
The tachometer displays the engine
speed in revolutions per
minute (rpm).
{ Caution
If the engine is operated with the
tachometer in the shaded warning
area, the vehicle could be
damaged, and the damages
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. Do not operate
the engine with the tachometer in
the shaded warning area.
When the ignition is on, the fuel
gauge indicates about how much
fuel is left in the tank.
There is an arrow near the fuel
gauge pointing to the side of the
vehicle the fuel door is on.
When the indicator nears empty, the
low fuel light comes on. There still is
a little fuel left, but the vehicle
should be refueled soon.
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Here are four things that some
owners ask about. None of these
show a problem with the fuel gauge:
.
At the service station, the fuel
pump shuts off before the gauge
reads full.
.
It takes a little more or less fuel
to fill up than the 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.
.
.
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The gauge moves a little while
turning a corner or speeding up.
The gauge takes a few seconds
to stabilize after the ignition is
turned on, and goes back to
empty when the ignition is
turned off.
Engine Coolant
Temperature Gauge
English
Metric
This gauge measures the
temperature of the vehicle's engine.
While driving under normal
operating conditions, if the needle
moves into the shaded area, the
engine is too hot. Pull off the road,
stop the vehicle, and turn off the
engine as soon as possible.
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Safety Belt Reminders
Driver Safety Belt Reminder
Light
There is a driver safety belt
reminder light on the instrument
cluster.
Passenger Safety Belt
Reminder Light
There is a passenger safety belt
reminder light near the passenger
airbag status indicator. See
Passenger Sensing System on
page 3-28.
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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
When the vehicle is started, this
light flashes and a chime may come
on to remind the driver to fasten
their safety belt. Then the light stays
on solid until the belt is buckled.
This cycle may continue several
times if the driver remains or
becomes unbuckled while the
vehicle is moving.
When the vehicle is started, this
light flashes and a chime may come
on to remind passengers to fasten
their safety belt. Then the light stays
on solid until the belt is buckled.
This cycle continues several times if
the passenger remains or becomes
unbuckled while the vehicle is
moving.
If the driver safety belt is buckled,
neither the light nor the chime
comes on.
If the passenger safety belt is
buckled, neither the chime nor the
light comes on.
This light shows if there is an
electrical problem with the airbag
system. The system check includes
the airbag sensor(s), passenger
sensing system, 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 3-21.
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The airbag readiness light comes on
for several seconds when the
vehicle is started. If the light does
not come on then, have it fixed
immediately.
{ Warning
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, a Driver Information Center
(DIC) message may also come on.
See Airbag System Messages on
page 5-39.
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator
The vehicle has a passenger
sensing system. See Passenger
Sensing System on page 3-28 for
important safety information. The
passenger airbag status indicator is
in the overhead console.
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Canada and Mexico
When the vehicle is started, the
passenger airbag status indicator
will light ON and OFF, or the symbol
for on and off for several seconds
as a system check. Then, after
several more seconds, the status
indicator will light either ON or OFF,
or the on or off symbol to let you
know the status of the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag.
If the word ON or the on symbol is
lit on the passenger airbag status
indicator, it means that the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag are allowed to
inflate.
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 front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
and knee airbag.
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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.
Charging System Light
See Battery Voltage and Charging
Messages on page 5-32.
If a short distance must be driven
with the light on, be sure to turn off
all accessories, such as the radio
and air conditioner.
{ Warning
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 5-13 for more
information, including important
safety information.
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The charging system light comes on
briefly when the ignition is turned
on, but the engine is not running, as
a check to show the light is working.
It should go out when the engine is
started.
If the light stays on, or comes on
while driving, there may be a
problem with the electrical charging
system. Have it checked by your
dealer. Driving while this light is on
could drain the battery.
When this light comes on, or is
flashing, the Driver Information
Center (DIC) also displays a
message.
Malfunction
Indicator Lamp
A computer system called OBD II
(On-Board Diagnostics-Second
Generation) monitors the operation
of the vehicle to ensure emissions
are at acceptable levels, helping to
maintain a clean environment. The
malfunction indicator lamp comes
on when the vehicle is placed in
Service Only Mode, as a check to
show it is working. If it does not,
have the vehicle serviced by your
dealer. See Ignition Positions on
page 9-17.
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If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on while the engine is
running, this indicates that the
OBD II system has detected a
problem and diagnosis and
service might be 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 also
assists the service technician in
correctly diagnosing any
malfunction.
{ Caution
Caution (Continued)
If the vehicle is continually driven
with this light on, 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.
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 10-3.
{ Caution
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.
(Continued)
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.
To prevent more serious damage to
the vehicle:
.
Reduce vehicle speed.
.
Avoid hard accelerations.
.
Avoid steep uphill grades.
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If towing a trailer, reduce the
amount of cargo being hauled as
soon as it is possible.
If the light continues to flash, find a
safe place to stop and 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.
The following may correct an
emission control system
malfunction:
.
Check that the fuel cap is fully
installed. See Filling the Tank on
page 9-66. 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 the
light off.
.
Check that good quality fuel is
used. Poor fuel quality causes
the engine not to run as
efficiently as designed and may
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.
If one or more of these conditions
occurs, change the fuel brand used.
It may require at least one full tank
of the proper fuel to turn the light off.
See Recommended Fuel on
page 9-64.
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.
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Emissions Inspection and
Maintenance Programs
Depending on where you live,
your vehicle may be required to
participate in an emission control
system inspection and maintenance
program. For the inspection, the
emission system test equipment will
likely connect 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.
The vehicle may not pass
inspection if:
.
The malfunction indicator lamp is
on with the engine running, or if
the vehicle is placed in Service
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Only Mode and the malfunction
indicator lamp does not come
on. See your dealer for
assistance in verifying proper
operation of the malfunction
indicator lamp.
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The OBD II (On-Board
Diagnostics) system determines
that critical emission control
systems have not been
completely diagnosed. The
vehicle would be considered not
ready for inspection. This can
happen if the 12-volt battery has
recently been replaced or run
down. The diagnostic system is
designed to evaluate 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 for lack of OBD II
system readiness, your dealer
can prepare the vehicle for
inspection.
Brake System Warning
Light
The vehicle brake system consists
of two hydraulic circuits. If one
circuit is not working, the remaining
circuit can still work to stop the
vehicle. For normal braking
performance, both circuits need to
be working.
If the warning light comes on, there
is a brake problem. Have the brake
system inspected right away.
{ 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.
Parking Brake Light
Metric
English
This light comes on briefly when the
vehicle is turned on. If it does not
come on then, have it fixed so it will
be ready to warn if there is a
problem.
If the light comes on and stays on,
there is a base brake problem.
Metric
English
This light comes on when the
parking brake is applied. If the light
continues flashing after the parking
brake is released, or while driving,
there is a problem with the Electric
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Parking Brake system or another
system. A message may also
display in the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See Brake System
Messages on page 5-32.
If the light does not come on,
or remains flashing, see your dealer.
Service Electric Parking
Brake Light
reduced level. The vehicle can still
be driven, but should be taken to a
dealer as soon as possible. See the
information for the Electric Parking
Brake under Parking Brake
(Electric) on page 9-31 or Parking
Brake (Manual) on page 9-33. If a
message displays in the Driver
Information Center (DIC), see Brake
System Messages on page 5-32.
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) Warning Light
This light should come on briefly
when the vehicle is in ON/RUN. If it
does not come on, have it fixed so it
will be ready to warn if there is a
problem.
If this light stays on, there is a
problem with the Electric Parking
Brake system or another system on
the vehicle that is causing the
parking brake system to work at a
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If the light comes on while driving,
stop as soon as it is safely possible
and turn off the vehicle. 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. A chime may
also sound when the light comes on
steady.
If the ABS light is the only light on,
the vehicle has regular brakes, but
the antilock brakes are not
functioning.
If both the ABS and the brake
system warning light are on, the
vehicle's antilock brakes are not
functioning and there is a problem
with the regular brakes. See your
dealer for service.
This light comes on briefly when the
engine is started.
If the light does not come on, have it
fixed so it will be ready to warn if
there is a problem.
If the ABS light stays on, turn the
ignition off.
See Brake System Warning Light on
page 5-18 and Brake System
Messages on page 5-32.
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Lane Departure Warning
(LDW) Light
If equipped, this light briefly comes
on while starting the vehicle.
If it does not, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer. If the
system is working normally, the
indicator light then turns off.
This light comes on green when the
system is on and ready to operate.
When the system determines that
the vehicle is leaving its lane
without using the turn signal, this
light will change to amber and flash.
See Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
on page 9-61.
Vehicle Ahead Indicator
Traction Off Light
If equipped, this light in the Driver
Information Center (DIC) displays
green when a vehicle is detected
ahead.
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
turns off.
This light will display amber when
you are following a vehicle ahead
much too closely.
See Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System on page 9-55.
The traction off light comes on when
the Traction Control System (TCS)
has been turned off by pressing and
releasing the TCS/StabiliTrak
button.
This light and the StabiliTrak OFF
light come on when StabiliTrak is
turned off.
If the TCS is off, wheel spin is not
limited. Adjust driving accordingly.
See Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
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StabiliTrak® OFF Light
Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light
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If the indicator/warning light is on
and flashing, the TCS and/or the
StabiliTrak system is actively
working.
See Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
This light comes on briefly while
starting the engine. If it does not,
have the vehicle serviced by your
dealer.
This light comes on when the
StabiliTrak system is turned off.
If StabiliTrak is off, the Traction
Control System (TCS) is also off.
If the StabiliTrak and TCS are off,
the system does not assist in
controlling the vehicle. Turn on the
TCS and the StabiliTrak systems
and the warning light turns off.
See Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
This light comes on briefly when the
engine is started.
Engine Coolant
Temperature Warning
Light
If the light does not come on, have
the vehicle serviced by your dealer.
If the system is working normally,
the indicator light turns off.
If the light is on and not flashing, the
TCS, and potentially the StabiliTrak
system have been disabled. A DIC
message may display. Check the
DIC messages to determine which
feature(s) is no longer functioning
and whether the vehicle requires
service.
This light comes on briefly while
starting the vehicle.
If it does not, have the vehicle
serviced by the dealer. If the system
is working normally the indicator
light goes off.
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{ Caution
The engine coolant temperature
warning light indicates that the
vehicle has overheated. Driving
with this light on can damage the
engine and it may not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. See
Engine Overheating on
page 10-22.
The engine coolant temperature
warning light comes on when the
engine has overheated.
If this happens, pull over and turn
off the engine as soon as possible.
See Engine Overheating on
page 10-22.
Tire Pressure Light
For vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), this light
comes on briefly when the engine is
started. It provides information
about tire pressures and the TPMS.
When the Light Is On Steady
This indicates that one or more of
the tires are significantly
underinflated.
A Driver Information Center (DIC)
tire pressure message may also
display. See Tire Messages on
page 5-40. Stop as soon as
possible, and inflate the tires to the
pressure value shown on the Tire
and Loading Information label. See
Tire Pressure on page 10-52.
When the Light Flashes First and
Then Is On Steady
If the light flashes for about a minute
and then stays on, there may be a
problem with the TPMS. If the
problem is not corrected, the light
will come on at every ignition cycle.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation on page 10-55.
Engine Oil Pressure Light
{ Caution
Lack of proper engine oil
maintenance can damage the
engine. Driving with the engine
oil low can also damage the
engine. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Check the oil level as soon as
possible. Add oil if required, but if
the oil level is within the operating
range and the oil pressure is still
low, have the vehicle serviced.
Always follow the maintenance
schedule for changing engine oil.
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This light should come on briefly as
the engine is started. If it does not
come on, have the vehicle serviced
by your dealer.
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 might have
some other system problem. See
your dealer.
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Low Fuel Warning Light
Security Light
This light is near the fuel gauge and
comes on briefly when the ignition is
turned on as a check to show it is
working.
The security light should come on
briefly as the engine is started. If it
does not come on, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer. If the
system is working normally, the
indicator light turns off.
It also comes on when the fuel tank
is low on fuel. The light turns off
when fuel is added. If it does not,
have the vehicle serviced.
If the light stays on and the engine
does not start, there could be a
problem with the theft-deterrent
system. See Immobilizer Operation
on page 2-19.
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High-Beam On Light
This light comes on when the
high-beam headlamps are in use.
See Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer on page 6-3.
Automatic High-Beam Light
Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL) Light
This light should come on briefly as
the vehicle is started. If it does not
come on, have the vehicle serviced
by your dealer.
Lamps On Reminder
This light comes on when the
exterior lamps are in use. See
Exterior Lamp Controls on page 6-1.
Cruise Control Light
This light comes on solid when
there is a problem with the AFL
system. It flashes when the system
is switching between lighting
modes. See Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL) on page 6-5.
This light comes on when the
automatic high-beam headlamps are
in use.
The cruise control light is white
when the cruise control is on and
ready, and turns green when the
cruise control is set and active.
See Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6-1.
See Cruise Control on page 9-38.
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Adaptive Cruise Control Light
Information Displays
Driver Information
Center (DIC)
This light in the Driver Information
Center (DIC) comes on when
the Adaptive Cruise Control (if
equipped) is active. See Adaptive
Cruise Control on page 9-41.
The DIC displays are shown in the
left and right interactive display
zones on the instrument cluster.
The displays show the status of
many vehicle systems. The controls
for the DIC are on the right steering
wheel control.
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S or T :
Press to move between
the interactive display zones in the
cluster. Press S to go back to the
previous menu.
SEL (Select): Press to open a
menu or select a menu item. Press
and hold to reset values on certain
screens.
DIC Information Display
Options
The information displays on the DIC
can be turned on or off through the
Settings menu.
1. Press SEL while viewing the
Settings page in the center
display zone on the cluster.
2. Scroll to Info Pages and
press SEL.
3. Press y or z to move through
the list of possible information
displays.
y or z : Press to move up or
down in a list.
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4. Press SEL while an item is
highlighted to select or deselect
that item. When an item is
selected, a checkmark will
appear next to it.
DIC Information Displays
The following is the list of all
possible DIC information displays.
Some of the information displays
may not be available for your
particular vehicle.
Speed: The digital speedometer
shows the vehicle speed in either
kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles
per hour (mph).
Trip 1 and Trip 2: The Trip display
shows the current distance traveled,
in either kilometers (km) or
miles (mi), since the trip odometer
was last reset. The trip odometer
can be reset by pressing and
holding SEL while this display is
active.
Fuel Range: The Fuel Range
display shows the approximate
distance the vehicle can be driven
without refueling. LOW will be
displayed when the vehicle is low
on fuel. 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.
Average Fuel Economy: The
Average Fuel Economy display
shows the approximate average
liters per 100 kilometers (L/100 km)
or miles per gallon (mpg). This
number is calculated based on the
number of L/100 km (mpg) recorded
since the last time this menu item
was reset. The Average Fuel
Economy can be reset by pressing
and holding SEL while this display
is active.
Instantaneous Fuel Economy:
The Instantaneous Fuel Economy
display shows the current fuel
economy in either liters per
100 kilometers (L/100 km) or miles
per gallon (mpg). This number
reflects only the fuel economy that
the vehicle has right now and
changes frequently as driving
conditions change.
Average Speed: The Average
Speed display shows the average
speed of the vehicle in kilometers
per hour (km/h) or miles per
hour (mph). This average is
calculated based on the various
vehicle speeds recorded since the
last reset of this value. The average
speed can be reset by pressing and
holding SEL while this display is
active.
Timer: This display can be used as
a timer. To start the timer, press SEL
while this display is active. The
display will show the amount of time
that has passed since the timer was
last reset. To stop the timer, press
SEL briefly while this display is
active and the timer is running. To
reset the timer to zero, press and
hold SEL while this display is active.
Compass: The Compass display
shows the direction the vehicle is
driving.
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Turn Arrow: The Turn Arrow
display shows the next maneuver
when using route guidance.
selected speed limit is exceeded, a
pop-up warning is displayed and a
chime may sound.
Travel Time: The Travel Time
display shows the estimated time
duration remaining for the current
route.
Cruise Set Speed: The Cruise Set
Speed display shows the speed the
cruise control or Adaptive Cruise
Control is set to.
Distance to Destination: The
Distance to Destination display
shows the distance to the
destination when using route
guidance.
Follow Distance Indicator: The
current follow time to the vehicle
ahead is displayed as a time value
on this page when ACC is not
engaged. When ACC has been
engaged, the Follow Distance
Indicator page switches to the gap
setting page. This page shows the
current gap setting along with the
vehicle ahead telltale.
Speed Limit: The Speed Limit
display shows the current speed
limit. The information for this page
comes from a roadway database.
Speed Warning: The Speed
Warning display allows the driver to
set a speed that they do not want to
exceed. To set the Speed Warning,
press SEL when Speed Warning is
displayed. Press y or z to adjust
the value. This feature can be
turned off by pressing and holding
SEL while viewing this page. If the
Battery Voltage: The Battery
Voltage display shows the current
battery voltage.
Oil Life: The Oil Life display shows
an estimate of the oil's remaining
useful life. If REMAINING OIL LIFE
99% is displayed, that means 99%
of the current oil life remains.
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When the remaining oil life is low,
the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message will appear on the display.
See Engine Oil Messages on
page 5-34. The oil should be
changed as soon as possible.
See Engine Oil on page 10-11. In
addition to the engine oil life system
monitoring the oil life, additional
maintenance is recommended in
the Maintenance Schedule. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3.
Remember, the Oil Life display must
be reset 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, press and
hold SEL for several seconds while
the Oil Life display is active. See
Engine Oil Life System on
page 10-13.
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Tire Pressure: The Tire Pressure
display shows the approximate
pressures of all four tires. Tire
pressure is displayed in either
kilopascal (kPa) or in pounds per
square inch (psi). If the pressure is
low, the value for that tire is shown
in amber. See Tire Pressure Monitor
System on page 10-54 and Tire
Pressure Monitor Operation on
page 10-55.
Blank Page: The Blank Page
display allows for no information to
be displayed in the DIC display
zone(s).
If equipped with HUD, some
information concerning the
operation of the vehicle is projected
onto the windshield. The information
is projected through the HUD lens
on the driver side of the instrument
panel and focused out toward the
front of the vehicle.
Personalization on page 5-9 and
“Settings” under Instrument Cluster
on page 5-9.
{ Caution
If you try to use the HUD image
as a parking aid, you may
misjudge the distance and
damage your vehicle. Do not use
the HUD image as a parking aid.
HUD Display on the Vehicle
Windshield
Head-Up Display (HUD)
{ Warning
If the HUD image is too bright or
too high in your field of view, it
may take you more time to see
things you need to see when it is
dark outside. Be sure to keep the
HUD image dim and placed low in
your field of view.
The HUD information can be
displayed in various languages.
The speedometer reading and other
numerical values can be displayed
in either English or metric units.
The language selection is changed
through the radio and the units of
measurement is changed through
the instrument cluster. See Vehicle
The HUD may display some of the
following vehicle information and
vehicle messages or alerts:
.
Speed
.
Tachometer
.
Audio
.
Phone
.
Navigation
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Collision Alert
.
Cruise Control
Use the following settings to adjust
the HUD.
.
Lane Departure
$ (Image Adjustment):
.
Low Fuel
Some vehicle messages or alerts
displayed in the HUD may be
cleared by using the steering wheel
controls. See Vehicle Messages on
page 5-31.
Press
down or lift up to center the HUD
image. The HUD image can only be
adjusted up and down, not side
to side.
To adjust the HUD image:
1. Adjust the driver seat to a
comfortable position.
2. Start the engine.
HUD Views
There are four views in the HUD.
Some vehicle information and
vehicle messages or alerts may be
displayed in any view.
! (Display View): Press to
select the display view. Each press
will change the display view.
D (Image Brightness): Lift up
and hold to brighten the display.
Press down and hold to dim the
display. Hold down to turn the
display off.
The HUD control is to the left of the
steering wheel.
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The HUD image will automatically
dim and brighten to compensate
for outside lighting. The HUD
brightness control can also be
adjusted as needed.
The HUD image can temporarily
light up depending on the angle and
position of the sunlight on the HUD
display. This is normal.
Polarized sunglasses could make
the HUD image harder to see.
Metric
English
Speed View: This display gives the
speedometer reading (in English or
metric units), Adaptive Cruise
Control speed, Forward Collision
Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and
Vehicle Ahead indicator.
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Some information only appears on
vehicles that have these features,
and when they are active.
All HUD views may briefly display
audio information when the driver
uses the steering wheel controls to
adjust the audio settings appearing
in the instrument cluster.
Incoming phone calls appearing in
the instrument cluster, may also
display in any HUD view.
Navigation information. The
compass heading is displayed when
navigation routing is not active.
Navigation Turn-by-Turn Alerts
shown in the instrument cluster may
also be displayed in any HUD view.
Metric
Metric
Metric
English
Audio/Phone View: This display
includes the information in speed
view along with audio/phone
information. The current radio
station, media type, and incoming
calls will be displayed.
English
English
Navigation View: This display
includes the information in speed
view along with Turn-by-Turn
Performance View: This display
gives the speedometer reading (in
English or metric units), rpm
reading, transmission positions, and
gear shift indicator.
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Care of the HUD
Clean the inside of the windshield to
remove any dirt or film that could
reduce the sharpness or clarity of
the HUD image.
Clean the HUD lens with a soft cloth
sprayed with glass cleaner. Wipe
the lens gently, then dry it.
HUD Troubleshooting
Check that:
.
Nothing is covering the
HUD lens.
.
HUD brightness setting is not
too dim or too bright.
.
HUD is adjusted to the proper
height.
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Polarized sunglasses are
not worn.
Vehicle Messages
.
Windshield and HUD lens are
clean.
Messages displayed on the DIC
indicate the status of the vehicle or
some action that may be needed
to correct a condition. Multiple
messages may display one after
the other.
If the HUD image is not correct,
contact your dealer.
The windshield is part of the
HUD system. See Windshield
Replacement on page 10-30.
The messages that do not require
immediate action can be
acknowledged and cleared by
pressing SEL. The messages that
require immediate action cannot
be cleared until that action is
performed. All messages should
be taken seriously and clearing the
messages does not correct the
problem.
The following are some of the
vehicle messages that may be
displayed depending on the vehicle
content.
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Battery Voltage and
Charging Messages
BATTERY SAVER ACTIVE
This message displays when the
vehicle has detected that the battery
voltage is dropping beyond a
reasonable point. The battery saver
system starts reducing features of
the vehicle that may be noticed. At
the point that features are disabled,
this message displays. Turn off
unnecessary accessories to allow
the battery to recharge.
TRANSPORT MODE ON
RELEASE PARKING BRAKE
This message is displayed when the
vehicle is in transport mode. Some
features can be disabled while in
this mode, including Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE), remote start,
and the vehicle alarm system. Take
the vehicle to your dealer for service
to turn transport mode off.
This message is displayed if the
Electric Parking Brake is on while
the vehicle is in motion. See Parking
Brake (Electric) on page 9-31 or
Parking Brake (Manual) on
page 9-33.
Brake System Messages
BRAKE FLUID LOW
LOW BATTERY
This message is displayed when the
brake fluid level is low. See Brake
Fluid on page 10-25.
This message is displayed when the
battery voltage is low. See Battery
on page 10-26.
STEP ON BRAKE TO
RELEASE PARK BRAKE
SERVICE BATTERY
CHARGING SYSTEM
This message is displayed when
there is a fault in the battery
charging system. Take the vehicle to
your dealer for service.
This message is displayed if you
attempt to release the Electric
Parking Brake without the brake
pedal applied. See Parking Brake
(Electric) on page 9-31 or Parking
Brake (Manual) on page 9-33.
SERVICE BRAKE ASSIST
This message may be displayed
when there is a problem with the
brake boost assist system. When
this message is displayed, the brake
boost assist motor might be heard
operating and you might notice
pulsation in the brake pedal. This is
normal under these conditions. Take
the vehicle to your dealer for
service.
SERVICE PARKING BRAKE
This message is displayed when
there is a problem with the parking
brake. Take the vehicle to your
dealer for service.
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Compass Messages
Dashes may be displayed if the
vehicle temporarily loses
communication with the Global
Positioning System (GPS).
This can occur under the following
conditions:
.
Cruise Control Messages
ADAPTIVE CRUISE SET
TO XXX
This message displays when the
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
speed is set. See Adaptive Cruise
Control on page 9-41.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE
TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
This message displays when
attempting to activate Adaptive
Cruise Control (ACC) when it is
temporarily unavailable. The ACC
system does not need service.
.
The radar is not clean. Keep the
radar sensors free of mud, dirt,
snow, ice, and slush. Clean the
entire front and/or rear of the
vehicle. For cleaning
instructions, see Exterior Care
on page 10-82.
Heavy rain or snow is interfering
with the radar object detection or
camera performance.
CRUISE SET TO XXX
This message displays when the
cruise control speed is set. See
Cruise Control on page 9-38.
NO CRUISE BRAKING GAS
PEDAL APPLIED
This message displays when
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is
active and the driver is pressing the
gas pedal. When this occurs, ACC
will not brake. See Adaptive Cruise
Control on page 9-41.
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Door Ajar Messages
DOOR OPEN
A door open symbol will be
displayed on the DIC showing which
door is open. If the vehicle has been
shifted out of P (Park), a DOOR
OPEN message will also be
displayed. If the vehicle is in manual
shift mode, the DOOR OPEN
message will be displayed if the
vehicle starts to move. Close the
door completely.
HOOD OPEN
This message will display along with
a hood open symbol when the hood
is open. Close the hood completely.
TRUNK OPEN
This message will display along with
a symbol when the trunk is open.
Close the trunk completely.
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Engine Cooling System
Messages
coolant temperature warning light
will also be on. Stop and allow the
vehicle to idle until it cools down.
Center (DIC) on page 11-3, Engine
Oil on page 10-11, and Maintenance
Schedule on page 11-3.
A/C OFF ENGINE
COOLANT HOT
ENGINE OVERHEATED —
TURN VEHICLE OFF
ENGINE OIL HOT, IDLE
ENGINE
This message displays when the
engine coolant becomes hotter than
the normal operating temperature.
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. The vehicle can continue
to be driven.
This message displays and a
continuous chime sounds if the
engine cooling system reaches
unsafe temperatures for operation.
The engine coolant temperature
warning light will flash. 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.
This message displays when the
engine oil temperature is too hot.
Stop and allow the vehicle to idle
until it cools down.
If this message continues to appear,
have the system repaired by your
dealer as soon as possible to avoid
damage to the engine.
ENGINE OVERHEATED —
IDLE ENGINE
This message displays and a chime
sounds when the engine coolant
temperature is too hot. The engine
Engine Oil Messages
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 Oil Life System.
See Engine Oil Life System on
page 10-13, Driver Information
ENGINE OIL LOW — ADD OIL
On some vehicles, this message
displays when the engine oil level
may be too low. Check the oil level
before filling to the recommended
level. If the oil is not low and this
message remains on, take the
vehicle to your dealer for service.
See Engine Oil on page 10-11.
OIL PRESSURE LOW — STOP
ENGINE
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
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corrected. Check the oil as soon as
possible and have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer.
Engine Power Messages
ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED
This message 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
maximum 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.
Fuel System Messages
FUEL LEVEL LOW
This message displays when the
vehicle is low on fuel. Refuel as
soon as possible
TIGHTEN GAS CAP
This message displays when the
fuel cap is not on tight. Tighten the
fuel cap.
Key and Lock Messages
NO REMOTE KEY WAS
DETECTED PLACE KEY IN
TRANSMITTER POCKET THEN
START YOUR VEHICLE SEE
OWNER’S MANUAL FOR
DETAILS
This message displays when trying
to start the vehicle if an RKE
transmitter is not detected. The
transmitter battery may be weak.
See “Starting the Vehicle with a Low
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Transmitter Battery” under Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
NO REMOTE PRESS BRAKE
TO RESTART
This message is displayed when
attempting to turn off the vehicle
and the remote is no longer
detected. Restarting is allowed
without the remote for five minutes.
Press the brake pedal to restart
the vehicle.
NUMBER OF KEYS
PROGRAMMED
This message displays when
programming new keys to the
vehicle.
REMOTE LEFT IN VEHICLE
This message displays when
leaving the vehicle with the RKE
transmitter still inside.
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REPLACE BATTERY IN
REMOTE KEY
XXX TURN INDICATOR
FAILURE
AUTOMATIC COLLISION PREP
UNAVAILABLE
This message displays when the
battery in the RKE transmitter needs
to be replaced.
When one of the turn signals is out,
this message displays to show
which bulb needs to be replaced.
See Bulb Replacement on
page 10-31 and Replacement Bulbs
on page 10-33.
This message displays when the
Active Emergency Braking System
has been unavailable for some time.
The Active Emergency Braking
System does not need service.
Lamp Messages
AFL (ADAPTIVE FORWARD
LIGHTING) LAMPS NEED
SERVICE
This message displays when the
AFL system is disabled and needs
service. See your dealer. See
Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) on
page 6-5.
AUTOMATIC LIGHT CONTROL
ON/OFF
This message is displayed when the
exterior lamp control is in AUTO and
the lights have turned on or off. See
Automatic Headlamp System on
page 6-4.
TURN SIGNAL ON
This message is displayed if the
turn signal has been left on. Turn off
the turn signal.
This can occur under the following
conditions:
.
The radar is not clean. Keep the
radar sensors free of mud, dirt,
snow, ice, and slush. Clean the
entire front and/or rear of
the vehicle. For cleaning
instructions, see Exterior Care
on page 10-82.
.
Heavy rain or snow is interfering
with the radar object detection or
camera performance.
Object Detection System
Messages
24 GHz RADARS OFF
This message displays when driving
in certain areas where there may be
radar interference. Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC), Forward Collision
Alert (FCA), and the Active
Emergency Braking System may not
work or may not work as well. The
vehicle does not need service.
This message may also be
displayed if there is a problem with
the StabiliTrak system.
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FORWARD COLLISION
ALERT OFF
This message displays when the
Forward Collision Alert has been
turned off.
FRONT CAMERA BLOCKED
CLEAN WINDSHIELD
This message displays when the
camera is blocked. Cleaning the
outside of the windshield behind the
rearview mirror may correct the
issue. The Lane Departure Warning
system will not operate. Forward
Collision Alert (FCA) may not work
or may not work as well.
LANE DEPARTURE WARNING
UNAVAILABLE
This message displays when
attempting to activate the Lane
Departure Warning (LDW) system
when it is temporarily unavailable.
The LDW system does not need
service.
This message could be due to the
camera being blocked. Cleaning the
outside of the windshield behind the
rearview mirror may correct the
issue.
PARK ASSIST OFF
This message displays when the
Parking Assist system has been
turned off or when there is a
temporary condition causing the
system to be disabled.
REAR AUTO BRAKE AND
PARK ASSIST UNAVAILABLE
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vehicle. For cleaning
instructions, see Exterior Care
on page 10-82.
.
Heavy rain or snow is interfering
with the radar object detection or
camera performance.
See Driver Assistance Systems on
page 9-50.
SERVICE AUTOMATIC
COLLISION PREP
If this message displays, take the
vehicle to your dealer to repair the
system.
This message displays when
attempting to activate the parking
and backing features of the Driver
Assistance System when they are
temporarily unavailable. The system
does not need service.
SERVICE DRIVER ASSIST
SYSTEM
This can occur under the following
conditions:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC),
Forward Collision Alert (FCA),
Active Emergency Braking System,
Assistance Systems for Parking or
Backing, and/or Lane Departure
.
The radar is not clean. Keep the
radar sensors free of mud, dirt,
snow, ice, and slush. Clean the
entire front and/or rear of the
If this message displays, take the
vehicle to your dealer to repair the
system.
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Warning (LDW) system may not
work. Do not use these systems
until the vehicle has been repaired.
SERVICE FRONT CAMERA
If this message remains on after
continued driving, the vehicle needs
service. Do not use the Lane
Departure Warning (LDW) and
Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
features. Take the vehicle to
your dealer.
SERVICE PARK ASSIST
This message displays if there is a
problem with the Parking Assist
system. Do not use this system to
help you park. See your dealer for
service.
SERVICE REAR AUTO BRAKE
AND PARK ASSIST
This message displays if there is a
problem with the parking and
backing features of the Driver
Assistance System. Do not use this
system to help park or back the
vehicle. See your dealer for service.
SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT OFF
This message indicates that the
driver has turned the Side Blind
Zone Alert (SBZA) system off.
road spray. The vehicle does not
need service. For cleaning, see
"Washing the Vehicle" under
Exterior Care on page 10-82.
SERVICE SIDE DETECTION
SYSTEM
Ride Control System
Messages
If this message remains on after
continued driving, the vehicle needs
service. Side Blind Zone Alert
(SBZA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
(RCTA) features will not work. Take
the vehicle to your dealer.
ALL WHEEL DRIVE OFF
SIDE DETECTION SYSTEM
UNAVAILABLE
This message indicates that Side
Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) and Rear
Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are
disabled either because the sensor
is blocked and cannot detect
vehicles in the blind zone, or the
vehicle is passing through an open
area, such as the desert, where
there is insufficient data for
operation. This message may also
activate during heavy rain or due to
If the vehicle has the
All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, this
message displays when there is a
temporary condition making the
AWD system unavailable. The
vehicle will run in 2WD. This could
be caused by:
.
Loss of wheel or vehicle speed
.
AWD system overheat
.
Certain vehicle electrical
conditions
This message turns off when the
above conditions are no longer
present and the warning message
is reset.
See All-Wheel Drive on page 9-29.
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SERVICE ALL WHEEL DRIVE
This message displays if a problem
occurs with the All-Wheel-Drive
(AWD) system. The vehicle will run
in 2WD. This could be caused by:
.
An electronics problem
.
Worn out or overheated clutch
plates
.
Various electrical issues
The system may need service. See
your dealer.
SERVICE STABILITRAK
This message displays if there is a
problem with the StabiliTrak system.
See Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control on page 9-34.
SERVICE SUSPENSION
SYSTEM
This message displays when there
is a problem with the MagneRide™
system. See Driver Mode Control on
page 9-36. Have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer.
SERVICE TRACTION
CONTROL
This message displays when there
is a problem with the Traction
Control System (TCS). See Traction
Control/Electronic Stability Control
on page 9-34.
TRACTION CONTROL OFF
This message may display when the
Traction Control System (TCS) has
been turned off. See Traction
Control/Electronic Stability Control
on page 9-34.
TRACTION CONTROL ON
This message may display when the
Traction Control System (TCS) has
been turned on. See Traction
Control/Electronic Stability Control
on page 9-34.
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Airbag System Messages
SERVICE AIRBAG
This message displays if there is a
problem with the airbag system.
Take the vehicle to your dealer
for service.
Security Messages
THEFT ATTEMPTED
This message displays if the vehicle
detects a tamper condition.
Service Vehicle Messages
SERVICE AC SYSTEM
This message displays if there is a
problem with the air conditioning
system. Take the vehicle to your
dealer for service.
SERVICE POWER STEERING
This message displays if there is a
problem with the power steering
system. Take the vehicle to your
dealer for service.
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SERVICE STEERING
COLUMN LOCK
SERVICE KEYLESS START
SYSTEM
This message displays if there is a
problem with the steering column
lock. Take the vehicle to your dealer
for service.
This message is displayed if there is
a problem with the pushbutton start
system. Take the vehicle to your
dealer for service.
SERVICE VEHICLE SOON
TURN STEERING WHEEL
START VEHICLE AGAIN
This message displays if there is a
problem with the vehicle. Take the
vehicle to your dealer for service.
Starting the Vehicle
Messages
PRESS BRAKE TO START
VEHICLE
This message is displayed when
attempting to start the vehicle
without first pressing the brake
pedal.
This message may display when
you try to start the vehicle, but the
column remains locked. Try turning
the steering wheel while starting the
vehicle to unlock the steering
column. If the vehicle still does not
start, turn the steering wheel the
other way, and try starting the
vehicle again.
Tire Messages
SERVICE TIRE MONITOR
SYSTEM
This message displays if there is a
problem with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS). See Tire
Pressure Monitor Operation on
page 10-55.
TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
This message displays when the
system is learning new tires. See
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation on
page 10-55.
TIRE LOW ADD AIR TO TIRE
This message displays when the
pressure in one or more of the
tires is low.
This message also displays LEFT
FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, LEFT
REAR, or RIGHT REAR to indicate
the location of the low tire.
The low tire pressure warning
light will also come on. See Tire
Pressure Light on page 5-22.
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If a tire pressure message appears
on the DIC, stop as soon as you
can. Inflate the tires by adding air
until the tire pressure is equal to the
values shown on the Tire and
Loading Information label. See Tires
on page 10-44, Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9-12, and Tire Pressure on
page 10-52.
You can receive more than one tire
pressure message at a time. The
DIC also shows the tire pressure
values. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5-25.
Transmission Messages
SERVICE TRANSMISSION
This message displays if there is a
problem with the transmission. See
your dealer.
SHIFT DENIED
This message displays when using
the Driver Shift Control (DSC) and
attempting to shift to a gear not
appropriate for the vehicle speed
and engine revolutions per
minute (rpm). See Manual Mode on
page 9-27.
Vehicle Reminder
Messages
SHIFT TO PARK
ICE POSSIBLE DRIVE
WITH CARE
This message displays when the
transmission needs to be shifted to
P (Park). This may appear when
attempting to remove the key from
the vehicle if the vehicle is not in
P (Park).
TRANSMISSION HOT — IDLE
ENGINE
This message displays and a chime
sounds 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 when the fluid
temperature reaches a safe level.
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This message displays when ice
conditions are possible.
Vehicle Speed Messages
SELECTED SPEED LIMIT
EXCEEDED
This message is displayed when the
vehicle speed is greater than the set
speed. See "Speed Warning" under
Driver Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25.
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VEHICLE SPEED LIMITED
This message is displayed under
certain conditions when there is a
problem and the vehicle’s speed is
being limited.
Washer Fluid Messages
WASHER FLUID LOW ADD
FLUID
This message may display when the
washer fluid level is low. See
Washer Fluid on page 10-23.
Vehicle
Personalization
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
Vehicle Settings and press the
MENU knob.
Use the audio system controls to
access the personalization menus
for customizing vehicle features.
CUE Infotainment System Audio
System Controls
The following are all possible
personalization features. Depending
on the vehicle, some may not be
available.
Base Radio Audio System
Controls
MENU: Press the center of the
knob to enter the menus and select
menu items. Turn the knob to scroll
through the menus.
S BACK: Press to exit or move
backward in a menu.
To access the
personalization menu:
1. On the Home page, turn the
MENU knob to highlight Settings
and press the MENU knob.
To access the
personalization menu:
1. Press SETTINGS on the Home
page on the infotainment system
display.
2. Press Vehicle Settings.
3. Press the desired feature to
display a list of available
options.
4. Press to select the desired
feature setting.
5. Press the 0 to return to the
previous menu.
Personalization Menus
The following list of menu items may
be available:
.
Climate and Air Quality
.
Collision/Detection Systems
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Comfort and Convenience
Auto Defog
Auto Collision Preparation
.
Language
.
Lighting
.
Power Door Locks
This will turn auto defog on or off.
Only vehicles with the uplevel dual
automatic climate control system
will have this option.
.
Remote Locking, Unlocking,
Starting
Select Off or On.
.
Return to Factory Settings
Collision/Detection Systems
This feature will turn on or off the
Forward Collision Alert feature as
well as the Automatic Braking
capability of the Auto Collision
Preparation feature. With the Alert &
Brake setting, both Forward
Collision Alert as well as the
Automatic Braking capability of the
Auto Collision Preparation feature
are available. The Alert setting
disables most automatic braking
functions of the Auto Collision
Preparation feature. Some
last-second automatic braking
capability is still provided with the
Alert setting, but it is much less
likely to be triggered by most driving
conditions. Off disables all Forward
Collision Alert and Automatic
Braking capabilities of the Auto
Collision Preparation feature. See
Active Emergency Braking System
on page 9-57.
Climate and Air Quality
Select the Climate and Air Quality
menu and the following may be
displayed:
.
.
Auto Fan Max Speed
Auto Defog
Auto Fan Max Speed
This feature will set the maximum
auto fan speed.
Select Low, Medium, or High.
Select the Collision/Detection
Systems menu and the following
will be displayed (if equipped):
.
Alert Type
.
Auto Collision Preparation
.
Go Notifier
.
Side Blind Zone Alert
Alert Type
This feature will set crash alerts to
beeps or seat vibrations. This
setting affects all crash alerts
including Forward Collision, Lane
Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise
Control, Parking Assist, and
Backing Warning alerts.
Select Beeps or Safety Alert Seat.
Select Off, Alert & Brake, or Alert.
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Go Notifier
Auto Memory Recall
This feature will give a reminder that
Adaptive Cruise Control provides
when it has brought the vehicle to a
complete stop behind another
stopping vehicle, and then that
vehicle drives on.
This allows the Auto Memory Recall
feature to be turned on or off.
the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse) or the ignition is turned
to OFF.
Select Off or On. On some vehicles
select Off, On - Driver Door Open,
or On - At ignition On.
Select Off, On - Driver and
Passenger, On - Driver, or On Passenger.
Select Off or On.
Easy Exit Options
Rain Sense Wipers
Side Blind Zone Alert
This allows the Easy Exit Options
feature to be turned on or off.
This allows the Rain Sense Wipers
feature to be turned on or off.
This allows the Side Blind Zone
Alert feature to be turned on or off.
Select Off or On.
Select Disabled or Enabled.
Select Off or On.
Chime Volume
Language
Comfort and Convenience
This allows the selection of the
chime volume level.
Select the Language menu and the
following will be displayed:
Select the Comfort and
Convenience menu and the
following will be displayed:
Select a volume between 0 and 63.
.
Auto Memory Recall
.
Easy Exit Options
.
Chime Volume
.
Reverse Tilt Mirror
.
Rain Sense Wipers
When on, both the driver and
passenger, driver, or passenger
mirrors will tilt downward when the
vehicle is shifted to R (Reverse) to
improve visibility of the ground near
the rear wheels. They will return to
their previous driving position when
Reverse Tilt Mirror
.
English
.
Francais Canadien
.
Espanol Latino
Select the language. The selected
language will display on the system,
and voice recognition will reflect the
selected language.
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Lighting
Power Door Locks
Delayed Door Lock
Select the Lighting menu and the
following will be displayed:
Select Power Door Locks and the
following will be displayed:
When on, this feature will delay the
locking of the doors. To override the
delay, press the power door lock
switch on the doors.
.
Vehicle Locator Lights
.
Unlocked Door Anti Lock Out
.
Exit Lighting
.
Auto Door Unlock
.
Auto High Beam
.
Delayed Door Lock
Select Off or On.
Remote Lock, Unlock, and
Start
Vehicle Locator Lights
Unlocked Door Anti Lock Out
This allows the vehicle locator lights
to be turned on or off.
When on, this feature will keep the
driver door from locking when the
door is open. If Off is selected, the
Delayed Door Lock menu will be
available.
Select Remote Lock/Unlock and the
following may be displayed:
Select Off or On.
Exit Lighting
This allows the selection of how
long the exterior lamps stay on
when leaving the vehicle when it
is dark outside.
Select Off, 30 Seconds,
60 Seconds, or 120 Seconds.
Auto High Beam
This allows the Auto High Beam to
be turned on or off.
Select Off or On.
.
Remote Unlock Light Feedback
.
Remote Lock Feedback
Select Off or On.
.
Remote Door Unlock
Auto Door Unlock
.
Remote Start Auto Heat Seats
This allows selection of which of the
doors will automatically unlock when
the vehicle is shifted into P (Park)
(automatic transmission) or when
the vehicle is turned off (manual
transmission).
.
Passive Door Unlock
.
Passive Door Lock
.
Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder
Select Off, All Doors, or Driver Door.
Remote Unlock Light Feedback
When on, the exterior lamps will
flash when unlocking the vehicle
with the RKE transmitter.
Select Off or Flash Lights.
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Remote Lock Feedback
Passive Door Unlock
Restore Vehicle Settings
This allows selection of what type of
feedback is given when locking the
vehicle with the RKE transmitter.
This allows the selection of what
doors will unlock.
This allows selection of restoring
vehicle settings.
Select All Doors or Driver
Door Only.
Select Cancel or Continue.
Passive Door Lock
This allows selection to clear all
private information from the vehicle.
Select Off, Lights and Horn, Lights
Only, or Horn Only.
Remote Door Unlock
This allows selection of which doors
will unlock on the first press of the
unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.
This allows passive locking to be
turned on or off and selects
feedback.
Select On, On with Horn Chirp,
or Off.
Select All Doors or Driver
Door Only.
Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder
Remote Start Auto Heat Seats
This allows the remote left in vehicle
feature to be turned on or off.
If equipped and turned on, this
feature will turn the heated seats on
when using remote start on
cold days.
Select Off or On. On some vehicles
select Off, On - Driver and
Passenger, or On - Driver.
Select Off or On.
Return to Factory Settings
Select Return to Factory Settings
and the following list may display:
.
Restore Vehicle Settings
.
Clear All Private Data
.
Restore Radio Settings
Clear All Private Data
Select Cancel or Continue.
Restore Radio Settings
This allows selection to restore
radio settings.
Select Cancel or Continue.
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Universal Remote
System
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
Universal Remote System
Programming
This system can replace up to three
remote control transmitters used to
activate devices such as garage
door openers, security systems, and
home automation devices. These
instructions refer to a garage door
opener, but can be used for other
devices.
Keep the original hand-held
transmitter for use in other vehicles
as well as for future programming.
Erase the programming when
vehicle ownership is terminated.
See “Erasing Universal Remote
System Buttons” later in this
section.
Do not use the Universal Remote
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.
To program a garage door opener,
park outside directly in line with and
facing the garage door opener
receiver. Clear all people and
objects near the garage door.
Read these instructions completely
before programming the Universal
Remote system. It may help to have
another person assist with the
programming process.
If equipped, these buttons are in the
overhead console.
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Make sure the hand-held transmitter
has a new battery for quick and
accurate transmission of the
radio-frequency signal.
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Programming the Universal
Remote System
For questions or help programming
the Universal Remote system, call
1-800-355-3515 or see
www.homelink.com.
Programming involves
time-sensitive actions, and may time
out causing the procedure to be
repeated.
To program up to three devices:
1. Hold the end of the hand-held
transmitter about 3 to 8 cm (1 to
3 in) away from the Universal
Remote system buttons with the
indicator light in view. The
hand-held transmitter was
supplied by the manufacturer of
the garage door opener receiver.
2. At the same time, press and
hold both the hand-held
transmitter button and one of the
three Universal Remote system
buttons to be used to operate
the garage door. Do not release
either button until the indicator
light changes from a slow to a
rapid flash. Then release both
buttons.
Some garage door openers may
require substitution of Step 2
with the procedure under in
“Radio Signals for Canada and
Some Gate Operators” later in
this section.
3. Press and hold the newly
programmed Universal Remote
system button for five seconds
while watching the indicator light
and garage door activation.
.
If the indicator light stays on
continuously or the garage
door moves when the
button is pressed, then
programming is complete.
There is no need to
complete Steps 4–6.
.
If the indicator light does
not come on or the garage
door does not move, a
second button press may
be required. For a second
time, press and hold the
newly programmed button
for five seconds. If the light
stays on or the garage door
moves, programming is
complete.
.
If the indicator light blinks
rapidly for two seconds,
then changes to a solid light
and the garage door does
not move, continue with
programming Steps 4–6.
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Learn or Smart Button
4. After completing Steps 1–3 ,
locate the Learn or Smart button
inside the garage on the garage
door opener receiver. The name
and color of the button may vary
by manufacturer.
5. Press and release the Learn or
Smart button. Step 6 must be
completed within 30 seconds of
pressing this button.
6. Inside the vehicle, press and
hold the newly programmed
Universal Remote system button
for two seconds and then
release it. If the garage door
does not move or the lamp on
the garage door opener receiver
does not flash, press and hold
the same button a second time
for two seconds, then release it.
Again, if the door does not move
or the garage door lamp does
not flash, press and hold the
same button a third time for
two seconds, then release it.
The Universal Remote system
should now activate the
garage door.
Repeat the process for
programming the two remaining
buttons.
Radio Signals for Canada and
Some Gate Operators
For questions or programming help
call 1-800-355-3515 or see
www.homelink.com.
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Canadian radio-frequency laws and
some U.S. gate operators require
transmitter signals to time out or
quit after several seconds of
transmission. This may not be long
enough for the Universal Remote
system to pick up the signal during
programming.
If the programming did not work,
replace Step 2 under “Programming
the Universal Remote System” with
the following:
Press and hold the Universal
Remote system button while
pressing and releasing the
hand-held transmitter button every
two seconds until the signal has
been successfully accepted by the
Universal Remote system. The
Universal Remote system indicator
light will flash slowly at first and then
rapidly. Proceed with Step 3 under
“Programming the Universal Remote
System” to complete.
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Universal Remote System
Operation
Using the Universal Remote
System
Press and hold the appropriate
Universal Remote system button for
at least one-half second. The
indicator light will come on while the
signal is being transmitted.
Erasing Universal Remote
System Buttons
Erase all programmed buttons when
vehicle ownership is terminated.
To erase:
1. Press and hold the two outside
buttons until the indicator light
begins to flash. This should take
about 10 seconds.
2. Release both buttons.
Reprogramming a Single
Universal Remote System
Button
To reprogram any of the system
buttons:
1. Press and hold any one of the
buttons. Do not release the
button.
2. The indicator light will begin to
flash after 20 seconds. Without
releasing the button, proceed
with Step 1 under “Programming
the Universal Remote System.”
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Lighting
Interior Lighting
Exterior Lighting
Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . .
Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic Headlamp
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . .
Turn and Lane-Change
Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6-3
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6-4
6-4
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6-5
6-6
Instrument Panel Illumination
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Courtesy Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Exterior Lighting
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6-7
6-7
6-7
Exterior Lamp Controls
Lighting Features
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery Power Protection . . . . . .
Exterior Lighting Battery
Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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6-8
6-8
6-8
The exterior lamp control is on the
turn signal lever.
Turn the control to the following
positions:
O (Off): Turns off the exterior
lamps. The knob returns to the
AUTO position after it is released.
Turn to O again to reactivate the
AUTO mode.
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In Canada, the headlamps will
automatically reactivate when the
vehicle is shifted out of P (Park) on
automatic transmission vehicles,
and when the parking brake is
released on manual transmission
vehicles.
AUTO (Automatic): Automatically
turns the exterior lamps on and off,
depending on outside lighting.
; (Parking Lamps):
Turns on the
parking lamps including all lamps,
except the headlamps.
2 (Headlamps):
Turns on the
headlamps together with the parking
lamps and instrument panel lights.
Automatic High-Beam System
If equipped, this system turns the
vehicle's high-beam headlamps on
and off according to surrounding
traffic conditions.
The system turns the high-beam
headlamps on when it is dark
enough and there is no other
traffic present.
There is a sensor near the top
center of the windshield, which
automatically controls the system.
Keep this area of the windshield
clear of debris to allow for best
system performance.
This light comes on in the
instrument cluster when the
automatic high-beam system is
enabled.
The high-beam headlamps remain
on, under the automatic control,
until one of the following situations
occurs:
Turning On and Enabling
Automatic High Beams
.
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.
.
The vehicle's speed drops below
20 km/h (12 mph).
.
The turn signal lever is moved
forward to the high-beam
position or the Flash-to-Pass
feature is used.
To enable the automatic high-beam
system, with the turn signal lever in
the neutral position, turn the exterior
lamp control to AUTO. The blue
high-beam on light appears on the
instrument cluster when the high
beams are on.
Driving with Automatic High
Beams
The system only activates the
high beams when driving over
40 km/h (25 mph).
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See Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer on page 6-3 and
Flash-to-Pass on page 6-4.
.
The automatic high-beam
system can be disabled by the
High/Low-Beam Changer or the
Flash-to-Pass feature. If this
happens, the High/Low-Beam
Changer must be activated two
times within five seconds to
reactivate the automatic
high-beam system. The
instrument cluster light will come
on to indicate the automatic
high-beam system is reactivated.
The high beams may not turn off
automatically if the system cannot
detect other vehicle's lamps
because of any of the following:
.
.
The other vehicle's lamp(s) are
missing, damaged, obstructed
from view, or otherwise
undetected.
The other vehicle's lamp(s) are
covered with dirt, snow, and/or
road spray.
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.
The other vehicle's lamp(s)
cannot be detected due to dense
exhaust, smoke, fog, snow, road
spray, mist, or other airborne
obstructions.
This feature can be turned on or off
or the sensitivity can be changed in
vehicle personalization. See Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
.
Your vehicle's windshield is
dirty, cracked, or obstructed by
something that blocks the view
of the light sensor.
Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder
.
Your vehicle's windshield is
covered with ice, dirt, haze,
or other obstructions.
A warning chime will sound if the
exterior lamp control is left on in
either the headlamp or parking lamp
position and the driver door is
opened with the ignition off.
.
Your vehicle is loaded such that
the front end points upward,
causing the light sensor to aim
high and not detect headlamps
and taillamps.
Headlamp High/
Low-Beam Changer
2 3 (Headlamp High/Low-Beam
.
You are driving on winding or
hilly roads.
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.
Changer): Push the turn signal
lever away from you and release, to
turn the high beams on. To return to
low beams, push the lever again or
pull it toward you and release.
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Lighting
.
This indicator light turns on in the
instrument cluster when the
high-beam headlamps are on.
Flash-to-Pass
This feature allows the high-beam
headlamps to be used to signal the
driver in front of you that you want
to pass.
Pull and hold the turn signal lever
toward you to use this feature.
When this is done the following will
occur:
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If the headlamps are off or in
low-beam mode, the high-beam
headlamps will turn on. They will
stay on as long as the lever is
held there. Release the lever to
turn them off.
If the headlamps are in
high-beam mode, they will go
to low beam.
The taillamps, sidemarker lamps,
instrument panel lights, and other
lamps will not be on.
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL)
The DRL turn off when the
headlamps are turned to O or
the ignition is off.
DRL can make it easier for others to
see the front of your vehicle during
the day. Fully functional DRL are
required on all vehicles first sold in
Canada.
Automatic Headlamp
System
The DRL system turns on the
low-beam headlamps at a reduced
brightness. For vehicles with High
Intensity Discharge (HID)
headlamps, there is a dedicated
DRL. The DRL will come on when
all of the following conditions
are met:
.
The ignition is on.
.
The exterior lamp control is
in AUTO.
.
The light sensor determines it
is daytime.
.
The parking brake is released or
the vehicle is not in P (Park).
When the exterior lamp control is
set to AUTO and it is dark enough
outside, the headlamps come on
automatically.
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Lighting
There is a light sensor on top of the
instrument panel. Do not cover the
sensor, otherwise the headlamps
will come on when they are not
needed.
The system may also turn on the
headlamps when driving through a
parking garage or tunnel.
When it is bright enough outside,
the headlamps will turn off or may
change to Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL).
The automatic headlamp system
turns off when the exterior lamp
control is turned to O or the ignition
is off.
Lights On with Wipers
If the windshield wipers are
activated in daylight with the engine
on, and the exterior lamp control is
in AUTO, the headlamps, parking
lamps, and other exterior lamps
come on. The transition time for the
lamps coming on varies based on
wiper speed. When the wipers are
not operating, these lamps turn off.
Move the exterior lamp control to P
or ; to disable this feature.
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Hazard Warning Flashers
Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL)
On vehicles with the AFL system,
the headlamps pivot horizontally to
provide greater road illumination
while turning. To enable AFL, set
the exterior lamp control on the turn
signal lever to the AUTO position.
Moving the control out of the AUTO
position will deactivate the system.
AFL will operate when the vehicle
speed is greater than 3 km/h
(2 mph). AFL will not operate when
the transmission is in R (Reverse).
AFL is not immediately operable
after starting the vehicle; driving a
short distance is required to
calibrate the AFL. See Exterior
Lamp Controls on page 6-1.
| (Hazard Warning Flashers):
Press this button on the center
stack to make the front and rear turn
signal lamps flash on and off. Press
again to turn the flashers off.
The hazard warning flashers turn on
automatically if the airbags deploy.
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Lighting
Turn and Lane-Change
Signals
Raise or lower the lever until the
arrow starts to flash to signal a lane
change. Hold it there until the lane
change is completed. If the lever is
briefly pressed and released, the
turn signal flashes three times.
Interior Lighting
Instrument Panel
Illumination Control
The turn and lane-change signal
can be turned off manually by
moving the lever back to its original
position.
Move the lever all the way up or
down to signal a turn.
An arrow on the instrument cluster
flashes in the direction of the turn or
lane change.
If after signaling a turn or lane
change, the arrow flashes rapidly or
does not come on, a signal bulb
might be burned out.
Replace any burned out bulbs. If a
bulb is not burned out, check the
fuse. See Fuses and Circuit
Breakers on page 10-34.
The brightness of the instrument
panel lighting and steering wheel
controls can be adjusted.
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D (Instrument Panel
Dome Lamps
Reading Lamps
Illumination): Move the
thumbwheel up or down to brighten
or dim the lights.
The dome lamp is in the overhead
console.
There are reading lamps on the
overhead console and over the rear
passenger doors. These lamps
come on when any door is opened.
To manually turn the reading lamps
on or off:
The brightness of the displays
automatically adjusts based on
outdoor lighting. The instrument
panel illumination control will set the
lowest level to which the displays
will automatically be adjusted.
Courtesy Lamps
The courtesy lamps come on when
any door is opened and the dome
lamp is in the DOOR position.
To change the dome lamp settings,
press:
OFF: Turns the lamp off, even
when a door is open.
DOOR: The lamp comes on when
a door is opened.
ON: Turns the lamp on.
Press m or n next to each
overhead console reading lamp.
Press the lamp lens to turn the rear
passenger reading lamps on or off.
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Lighting Features
Entry Lighting
The headlamps, taillamps, license
plate lamps, outside mirror lamps,
exterior door handle lamps, dome
lamp, and most of the interior lights
turn on briefly when K is pressed
on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation on
page 2-3. When the driver door is
opened, all control lights, Driver
Information Center (DIC) lights, and
door pocket lights turn on. After
about 30 seconds the exterior lamps
turn off, then the dome lamp and
remaining interior lights dim to off.
Entry lighting can be disabled
manually by changing the ignition
out of the OFF position, or by
pressing Q on the RKE transmitter.
This feature can be changed. See
“Vehicle Locator Lights” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Exit Lighting
Battery Power Protection
The headlamps, taillamps, parking
lamps, outside mirror lamps, license
plate lamps, and exterior door
handle lamps come on at night, or in
areas with limited lighting, when the
driver door is opened after the
ignition is turned off. The dome
lamp comes on after the ignition is
changed to the OFF position. The
exterior lamps and dome lamp
remain on for a set amount of time,
then automatically turn off.
The battery saver feature is
designed to protect the vehicle's
battery.
The exterior lamps turn off
immediately by turning the exterior
lamp control off.
The exterior lamps turn off about
10 minutes after the ignition is
turned off, if the parking lamps or
headlamps have been manually left
on. This protects against draining
the battery. To restart the 10-minute
timer, turn the exterior lamp control
to the off position and then back to
the parking lamp or headlamp
position.
This feature can be changed. See
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
If some interior lamps are left on
and the ignition is turned off, the
battery rundown protection system
automatically turns the lamp off after
some time.
Exterior Lighting Battery
Saver
To keep the lamps on for more than
10 minutes, the ignition must be in
the ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN
position.
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Infotainment System
Infotainment
System
Introduction
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . 7-2
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Radio
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11
Backglass Antenna . . . . . . . . . . 7-12
Multi-Band Antenna . . . . . . . . . . 7-12
Audio Players
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SD Card Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Auxiliary Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7-13
7-16
7-19
7-19
Phone
Bluetooth (Overview) . . . . . . . . 7-20
Bluetooth (Infotainment
Controls) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-22
Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-26
Trademarks and License
Agreements
Trademarks and License
Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-32
7-1
Introduction
Infotainment
Read the following pages to
become familiar with the
infotainment system featured in
this owner manual.
{ Warning
Taking your eyes off the road
for too long or too often while
using any infotainment features
can cause a crash resulting in
injury or death. Do not give
extended attention to
infotainment tasks while
driving. Focus your attention
on driving and limit glances to
the instrument cluster or center
stack screens. Use voice
guidance whenever possible.
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The infotainment system has built-in
features intended to help with this
by disabling some functions when
driving. A grayed-out function is not
available when the vehicle is
moving. All functions are available
when the vehicle is parked.
Before driving:
.
Become familiar with the
infotainment system operation
and buttons on the faceplate.
.
Set up the audio by presetting
favorite stations, setting the
tone, and adjusting the
speakers.
.
Set up phone numbers in
advance so they can be called
easily by pressing a single
button or by using a single voice
command for vehicles equipped
with phone capability.
See Defensive Driving on page 9-3.
This vehicle’s infotainment system
may be equipped with a noise
reduction system, which can work
improperly if the audio amplifier,
engine calibrations, exhaust system,
microphones, radio, or speakers are
modified or replaced. This could
result in more noticeable engine
noise at certain speeds.
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 9-21.
The base radio is included in this
manual. See the CUE infotainment
manual for information on the
CUE radio, audio players, phone,
navigation system, and voice or
speech recognition. There is also
information on settings and
downloadable applications (if
equipped).
Theft-Deterrent Feature
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.
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Overview
1.
The infotainment system is controlled by using the buttons on the faceplate
and steering wheel controls.
FAV (Favorite Pages)
.
Infotainment System Overview
2.
3.
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Press to scroll through the
favorite pages for each
source.
O (Power/Volume)
.
Press to turn the audio on
or off.
.
Press and hold to clear the
screen and display
the time.
.
Press to mute the system.
Press again to unmute.
.
Turn the knob to adjust the
volume.
7 (Seek Previous/Fast
Reverse)
.
Press to seek to the
beginning of the current or
previous track. If the track
has been playing for less
than five seconds, it seeks
the previous track. If longer
than five seconds, the
current track starts from
the beginning.
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.
Press and hold to quickly
reverse through a track.
Release the button to return
to playing speed. See CD
Player on page 7-13.
.
4.
For AM, FM, or SiriusXM®
(if equipped), press to seek
to the previous strong
station.
6 (Seek Next/Fast Forward)
.
Press to seek the next
track.
.
Press and hold to fast
forward through a track.
Release the button to return
to playing speed. See CD
Player on page 7-13.
.
For AM, FM, or SiriusXM (if
equipped), press to seek to
the next strong station.
5. MENU
6.
.
Press to access the menu
for the current audio
source.
.
Press to select the
highlighted menu option.
.
Turn to scroll through a list.
{ (Home Page)
.
Press to change the audio
source between AM, FM,
or SiriusXM (if equipped).
8. MEDIA
.
9. PHONE
See Bluetooth (Infotainment
Controls) on page 7-22 or
Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition) on page 7-26
or Bluetooth (Overview) on
page 7-20.
.
10.
S BACK
.
Press to return to the
previous screen in
a menu.
.
On a page accessed
directly by a faceplate
button or Home Page
screen button, press S
BACK to go to the
previous menu.
See “Home Page” following
in this section.
7. RADIO
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Press to change the audio
source between CD, USB,
SD Card, and AUX.
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Home Page
7-5
NAV: Select the NAV screen icon
to display the last Turn-by-Turn
maneuver if a destination was
downloaded. See Navigation on
page 14-2.
Valet Mode:
SETTINGS: Select the SETTINGS
screen icon to display the Settings
main page. See “Setting Radio
Preferences” in this section.
2. Press the MENU knob to select
it. Do this for each one of the
four digits. Select Enter to go to
the confirmation screen.
Various functions are disabled when
the vehicle is moving.
Setting Radio Preferences
AUDIO: Select the AUDIO screen
icon to display the active source
page. The sources available are
AM, FM, SiriusXM® (if equipped),
CD, USB/iPod, AUX, and SD Card.
See AM-FM Radio on page 7-8,
Satellite Radio on page 7-10, CD
Player on page 7-13, and Auxiliary
Jack on page 7-19.
3. Re-enter the four-digit code.
Select LOCK to lock the system.
This will also lock the vehicle
storage locations, if equipped.
Time: See Clock (Base Radio) on
page 5-6 or Clock (Uplevel Radio)
on page 5-7.
Home Page Features
The infotainment system displays a
Home Page that makes it easy to
access all of the applications. Turn
the MENU knob to highlight feature
icons. Press the MENU knob to
access the feature’s options.
PHONE: Select the PHONE screen
icon to display the Phone main
page. See “PHONE” in this section.
Select the SETTINGS screen icon
to display the Settings menu and
the following may display:
Language (Current Language):
This will set the display language in
the radio, instrument cluster, and
voice recognition. Press to display a
list of languages. Press S BACK to
go back to the previous menu.
1. Type a four-digit code on the
circular numeric keypad. Turn
the MENU knob to highlight a
number.
4. Type the four-digit code to
unlock the system. Press S
BACK to go back to the
previous menu.
Radio: See “Radio Setup” later in
this section.
Vehicle: See Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
Display: Press the MENU knob to
turn the display on or off.
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Return to Factory Settings: See
“Return to Factory Settings” later in
this section.
Radio Setup
While at the active screen, such as
AM, FM, or SiriusXM (if equipped),
press and hold the area just above
the chrome bar and below one of
the preset screen buttons to save
the current station as a favorite.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar to recall a favorite
station.
From the Home Screen, turn the
MENU knob to select Settings
application and push the MENU
knob to select. Turn again to select
"Radio" settings menu and push to
select. Turn again to select
"Manage Favorites" and push
to select.
From the RADIO screen icon, the
following may be displayed:
Manage Favorites:
.
Turn the MENU knob and push
to select a Favorite.
.
Push the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
DELETE screen button to delete
a favorite.
.
While a station is highlighted,
press the MOVE screen button.
The screen button will change to
DROP. Turn the MENU knob and
the station tab will follow the
path to the desired location.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
DROP screen button to relocate
the station.
Number of Favorites Shown:
To set the number of favorites for
display, select Auto to automatically
adjust the number of Favorites
pages shown as Favorites are
added and removed. Another way to
adjust is to select a number from
5–25 to show that selection of
favorites. Press S BACK to go back
to the previous menu.
Audible Touch Feedback: Select
Audible Touch Feedback to turn
feedback Off or On. Press S BACK
to go back to the previous menu.
Auto Volume (If Equipped): This
feature adjusts the volume based on
vehicle speed. The options are Off,
Low, Medium-Low, Medium,
Medium-High, or High. Select the
desired volume. Press S BACK to
go back to the previous menu.
Bose® AudioPilot® Noise
Compensation Technology
(If Equipped): While turned ON,
AutoPilot® detects ambient noise
and vehicle speed to continuously
monitor and adjust many aspects of
the audio signal so that your music
will sound the same at a set volume
level.
The options are ON and OFF.
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This feature is most effective at
lower radio volume settings where
background noise can affect how
well the music can be heard while
being played through your 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
Bose® AudioPilot® noise
compensation technology, visit
www.bose.com//audiopilot.
Maximum Startup Volume: This
feature sets the maximum startup
volume. If the vehicle is started and
the volume is greater than this level,
the volume is adjusted to this level.
To set the maximum startup volume,
Turn the MENU knob to increase or
decrease startup volume. Press S
BACK to go back to the
previous menu.
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Rear Camera (If Equipped)
Return to Factory Settings
From the Rear Camera screen
button, the following may be
displayed:
Select Return to Factory Settings
and the following list may display:
Rear Camera Display: This
feature will turn the Rear Vision
Camera display on or off. Select
Rear Camera Display and then
select Off or On. Press S BACK to
go back to the previous menu.
Park Assist Symbols: This feature
will display symbols where objects
are detected by the Rear Parking
Assist system. Select Park Assist
Symbols, then select Off or On.
Press S BACK to go back to the
previous menu.
See Assistance Systems for Parking
or Backing on page 9-50.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert: This
feature will display an alert icon
when cross traffic is detected.
Select Rear Cross Traffic Alert, then
select Off or On. Press S BACK to
go back to the previous menu.
Restore Vehicle Settings: This
option will restore factory vehicle
personalization settings. Select
Restore Vehicle Settings. A screen
displays stating all vehicle
customization settings will be
restored to the factory settings.
Select Cancel or Continue. Press S
BACK to go back to the last menu.
Clear All Private Data: This option
clears all private information from
the vehicle. Select Clear All Private
Data. Select Cancel or Continue.
Press S BACK to go back to the
last menu.
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Restore Radio Settings: This
option will restore factory radio
settings. Select Restore Radio
Settings. A screen displays stating
all personalized radio settings will
be restored back to the factory
settings. Select Cancel or Continue.
Press S BACK to go back to the
last menu.
English and Metric Unit
Conversion
To change the display units between
English and metric units, see
Instrument Cluster on page 5-9.
Software Updates
See the following websites for
information:
Cadillac
In the U.S., see www.cadillac.com.
In Canada, see www.cadillac.ca.
Radio
AM-FM Radio
Playing the Radio
While on the audio main page,
press the RADIO button to cycle
through the radio sources: AM, FM,
or SiriusXM® (if equipped) or press
the MEDIA button to cycle through
the media sources: CD, USB, SD,
or AUX.
4. Turn the MENU knob to
highlight AM, FM, or SiriusXM (if
equipped) and press the MENU
knob to select.
Press the RADIO faceplate button
to change the active radio source.
Press the MENU knob and the
following radio settings may display:
Tone Settings:
.
Bass, Midrange, and Treble:
Turn the MENU knob and
highlight. Press the MENU knob
to select. Turn the MENU knob
to adjust.
.
Balance: Turn the MENU knob
to highlight. Press the MENU
knob to select. Turn the MENU
knob left for more sound from
the left speakers or right for
more sound from the right
speakers. The middle position
balances the sound between
the left and right speakers.
AM, FM, SiriusXM (If Equipped)
To select AM, FM, or SiriusXM (if
equipped):
1. Press
{.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the AUDIO screen icon.
3. Press the MENU knob to select.
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.
.
Fade: Turn the MENU knob to
highlight. Press the MENU knob
to select. Turn the MENU knob
to the left for more sound from
the front speakers and to the
right for more sound from the
rear speakers. The middle
position balances the sound
between the front and rear
speakers.
EQ (Equalizer): Turn the MENU
knob to highlight. Turn the
MENU knob to scroll through the
options. Press the MENU knob
to select. Press the S BACK
button to go back to the
previous menu.
Station List: Select to display a list
of AM or FM stations. Press S
BACK to go to the previous menu.
Auto Volume: If equipped, this
feature adjusts the volume based on
the vehicle speed. Select the level
between off, low, medium-low,
medium, medium-high, and high.
Press S BACK to go to the
previous menu.
Bose® AudioPilot® Noise
Compensation Technology (If
Equipped): While turned ON,
AutoPilot® detects ambient noise
and vehicle speed to continuously
monitor and adjust many aspects of
the audio signal so that your music
will sound the same at a set volume
level.
The options are ON and OFF.
This feature is most effective at
lower radio volume settings where
background noise can affect how
well the music can be heard while
being played through your 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
Bose® AudioPilot® noise
compensation technology, visit
www.bose.com//audiopilot.
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EQ (Equalizer) Settings: For
vehicles equipped with a Bose
Sound System the available choices
are Manual and Talk.
DSP Modes: If equipped with a
Bose® Surround Sound System, it
will have the following four DSP
modes:
.
Normal: Adjusts the audio to
normal mode. This provides the
best sound quality for all seating
positions.
.
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.
.
Centerpoint®: Turns on Bose
Centerpoint® surround
technology.
Centerpoint creates a surround
sound from nearly any audio
source; existing CD collection,
satellite radio, and audio players.
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Options for SiriusXM Only
Storing Radio Station Presets
XM View: XM view allows the
channel list to be viewed by channel
name, artist playing on channel,
or song playing on channel. Turn
the MENU knob to highlight XM
view and press the MENU knob to
select. Press S BACK to go to the
previous menu.
Favorites are stored in the favorites
area at the bottom of the screen.
Channel List: Select to display a
list of SiriusXM channels. Turn the
MENU knob to highlight and press
the MENU knob to select. Press S
BACK to go to the previous menu.
Also see the radio settings common
for all sources earlier in this section.
Finding a Station
Seeking a Station
Press 7 or 6 to search for the
previous or next strongest station.
Tuning a Station
Turn the MENU knob to manually
find a station.
Up to 25 preset stations can be
stored under the following:
AM, FM, or SiriusXM
(if equipped): While on the active
source main page, such as AM, FM,
and SiriusXM (if equipped), press
and hold the area just above the
chrome bar and below one of the
preset screen buttons to save the
current station as a favorite. Press
the area just above the chrome bar
to recall a favorite station.
Favorites
Favorites can be stored including
radio stations and media.
To display the favorites page, press
the FAV button on the radio
faceplate.
From Settings press the MENU
knob and push to select Manage
Favorites. The Manage Favorites
feature has the options of moving or
deleting a favorite and how many
favorite pages to display. See
“Manage Favorites” under Home
Page on page 7-5.
Satellite Radio
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
Service
Vehicles with a SiriusXM satellite
radio tuner and a valid SiriusXM
satellite radio subscription can
receive SiriusXM programming.
SiriusXM is a satellite radio service
based in the 48 contiguous United
States and 10 Canadian provinces.
SiriusXM satellite radio has a wide
variety of programming and
commercial-free music, coast to
coast, and in digital-quality sound.
A service fee is required to
receive the SiriusXM service.
See www.siriusxm.com or call
1-866-635-2349 in the U.S.
In Canada, see www.xmradio.ca or
call 1-877-209-0079.
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When SirisuXM is active, the
channel name and number, song
title, and artist display on the
screen.
Browsing SiriusXM Channels
To browse the SiriusXM channels:
1. While XM is the active source,
press the MENU knob.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
XM Channel List. Press the
MENU knob to select.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the desired channel and push to
select that channel for playback.
SiriusXM Messages
XL (Explicit Language
Channels): These stations, or any
others, can be blocked by request,
by calling 1-866-635-2349 in the
U.S., and 1-877-209-0079 in
Canada.
Loading XM: The audio system is
acquiring and processing audio and
text data. No action is needed.
Channel Off Air: This station is not
currently in service.
Channel Not Authorized: This
station is blocked or cannot be
received.
Channel Not Available: This
previously assigned station is no
longer assigned.
No XM Signal/Reception May Be
Blocked: The vehicle may be in a
location where the SiriusXM signal
is being blocked. When the vehicle
is moved into an open area, the
signal should return.
XM Radio ID: If tuned to station 0,
this message displays with the XM
radio eight-digit radio ID label. This
label is needed to activate the
service.
Check XM Antenna: If this
message does not clear within a
short period of time, the receiver or
antenna could have a fault. Consult
with your dealer.
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Radio Reception
Frequency interference and static
can occur during normal radio
reception if items such as 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.
FM
FM signals only reach about 16 to
65 km (10 to 40 mi). 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.
AM
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. Static can also occur
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when things like storms and power
lines interfere with radio reception.
When this happens, try reducing the
treble on the radio.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Service
SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service
provides digital radio reception. 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
SiriusXM signal for a period of time.
Cell Phone Usage
Cell phone usage, such as making
or receiving phone calls, charging,
or just having the phone on may
cause static interference in the
radio. Unplug the phone or turn it off
if this happens.
Backglass Antenna
The AM-FM antenna is integrated
with the rear window defogger in the
rear window. Do not scratch the
inside surface or damage the lines
in the glass. If the inside surface is
damaged, it could interfere with
radio reception. For proper radio
reception, the antenna connector
needs to be properly attached to the
post on the glass.
If attaching a cell phone antenna to
the glass, attach it between the grid
lines.
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Using a razor blade or sharp
object to clear the inside rear
window can damage the rear
window antenna and/or the rear
window defogger. Repairs would
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Do not clear the inside
rear window with sharp objects.
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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 backglass antenna due to
metallic tinting materials will not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty.
Multi-Band Antenna
The roof antenna is for OnStar,
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (U.S. and
Canada only), and GPS (Global
Positioning System). Keep clear of
obstructions for clear reception.
If the vehicle has a sunroof, and it is
open, reception can also be
affected.
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Audio Players
CD Player
The player can be used for CD and
MP3 audio.
With the vehicle on, insert a disc
into the slot, label side up. Press the
MEDIA button to select CD as a
source.
The system is capable of playing:
.
Most audio CDs
.
CD-R
.
CD-RW
.
MP3 or unprotected WMA
formats
When playing any compatible
recordable disc, the sound quality
can be reduced due to disc quality,
the method of recording, the quality
of the music that has been
recorded, or the way the disc has
been handled.
There can be increased skipping,
difficulty in recording tracks,
difficulty in finding tracks, and/or
difficulty in loading and ejecting.
If these problems occur, check the
disc for damage or try a known
good disc.
To avoid damage to the CD player:
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Loading and Ejecting Discs
To load a disc:
1. Turn the vehicle on.
2. Insert a disc into the slot, label
side up. The player pulls it in the
rest of the way. If the disc is
damaged or improperly loaded,
there is an error and the disc
ejects.
.
Do not use scratched or
damaged discs.
.
Do not apply labels to discs. The
labels could get caught in the
player.
Playing an Audio CD
.
Insert only one disc at a time.
.
Keep the loading slot free of
foreign materials, liquids, and
debris.
.
Use a marking pen to label the
top of the disc.
On the CD main page, a track
number displays at the beginning of
each track or Song, Artist, and
Album information displays when
available.
Press the MEDIA button on the
faceplate until CD is selected.
Use the following buttons to control
disc playback:
t or 7 (Seek Previous/Fast
Reverse): While on the CD main
page, press just above the chrome
bar and below the t.
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Press to seek to the beginning of
the current or previous track.
If the track has been playing for
less than five seconds, it seeks
to the previous track. If longer
than five seconds, the current
track starts from the beginning.
Press and hold to fast reverse
through a track. Release the
button to return to playing
speed. Elapsed time displays.
u or 6 (Seek Next/Fast
Forward): While on the CD main
page, press just above the chrome
bar and below the u.
.
Press to seek to the next track.
.
Press and hold to fast forward
through a track. Release the
button to return to playing
speed. Elapsed time displays.
j /r (Pause/Play): Pauses and
plays content while on the CD main
page. Press just above the chrome
bar and below pause/play to pause.
Press again to resume.
Z (Shuffle): Press just above the
chrome bar and below the Z to
play the songs in random order.
Press again to turn off.
If a Blu-ray Disc® or DVD disc is
loaded into the CD player and the
CD screen button is selected, a
message comes on the screen to
use the Video application. The
Video application is only available
on vehicles with rear seat
entertainment.
CD Menu
While on the CD main page, press
the MENU knob to display the CD
menu and the following may display:
Browse: Select to display the files
or songs on the CD. See “Browse
CD Media” later in this section.
Tone Settings: Select to adjust
Bass, Midrange, Treble, Balance,
Fade, and EQ (Equalizer). See
“Tone Settings” under AM-FM Radio
on page 7-8.
Auto Volume: If equipped, this
feature adjusts the volume based on
the vehicle speed. Select the level
between off, low, medium-low,
medium, medium-high, and high.
Press S BACK to go to the
previous menu.
Bose® AudioPilot®: If equipped,
this feature can be turned on or off.
See “Bose® AudioPilot®” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
EQ (Equalizer) Settings:
If equipped, this feature adjusts the
pre-defined EQ modes. See “EQ
(Equalizer) Settings” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
DSP Modes: If equipped with a
Bose® Surround Sound System, this
feature adjusts DSP modes. See
“DSP Modes” in AM-FM Radio on
page 7-8.
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Error Messages
If Disc Error displays and/or the disc
comes out, it could be for one of the
following reasons:
.
.
.
The disc has an invalid or
unknown format.
The disc is very hot. Try the disc
again when the temperature
returns to normal.
The road is very rough. Try the
disc again when the road is
smoother.
.
The disc is dirty, scratched, wet,
or upside down.
.
The air is very humid. Try the
disc again later.
.
There was a problem while
burning the disc.
.
The label is caught in the
CD player.
If Disc Player Error displays, it could
be for one of the following reasons:
.
.
The player temperature is
too high.
There are load or eject errors.
If the CD is not playing correctly, for
any other reason, try a known
good CD.
If any error continues, contact your
dealer.
Playing an MP3 CD
To play an MP3 CD, follow the same
instructions as “Playing an
Audio CD.”
The following guidelines must be
met when creating an MP3 disc,
otherwise the CD might not play:
.
Sampling rate: 16 kHz,
22.05 kHz, 24 kHz, 32 kHz,
44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz.
.
Bit rates supported: 8, 16, 24,
32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112,
128, 144, 160, 192, 224, 256,
and 320 kbps.
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Maximum number of folders:
eight folders with 255 files
per folder.
.
Maximum of 1,000 files on
a disc.
.
Recorded on a CD-R or CD-RW.
Root Directory
The root directory is treated as a
folder. All files contained directly
under the root directory are
accessed prior to any root directory
folders.
Empty Folders
If a root directory or folder is empty
or contains only folders, the player
advances to the next folder in the
file structure that contains a
compressed audio file. The empty
folder(s) are not displayed or
numbered.
No Folder
When the CD only contains
compressed audio files without any
folders or playlists, all files are
under the root folder.
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USB Port
Playing from a USB
A USB mass storage device or
Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)
device can be connected to the
USB port.
The USB port is in the center
console under the armrest and if
equipped, in the storage behind the
climate control system, see
Instrument Panel Storage on
page 4-1.
When connecting a non-Apple
device to the USB port in the center
console the message “This USB
port only supports Apple Devices”
will appear. Connect the device to
the other port to initiate playback.
Both ports are capable of charging
devices.
USB MP3 Player and USB Drives
.
The USB MP3 players and USB
drives connected must comply
with the USB Mass Storage
Class specification (USB MSC).
.
Hard disc drives are not
supported.
To play a USB device:
.
Connect the USB.
.
Press the MEDIA button on the
faceplate until the connected
device is shown.
While the USB source is active, use
the icons on the screen to operate
USB function:
.
.
.
.
t (Seek Previous/Fast
Reverse)
u (Seek Next/Fast Forward)
j /r (Play/Pause)
Z (Shuffle)
For information on how to use the
screen icons, see “Playing an
Audio CD.”
USB Menu
Press the MENU knob to display the
USB menu and the following may
display:
Browse: Select to display the files
and folders on the USB device.
Tone Settings: Select to adjust
Bass, Midrange, Treble, Balance,
Fade, and EQ (Equalizer). See
“Tone Settings” under “Playing an
Audio CD.”
Auto Volume: If equipped, see
“Playing an Audio CD.”
Bose® AudioPilot®: If equipped,
this feature can be turned on or off.
See “Bose® AudioPilot®” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
EQ (Equalizer) Settings:
If equipped, this feature adjusts the
pre-defined EQ modes. See “EQ
(Equalizer) Settings” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
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DSP Modes: If equipped with a
Bose® Surround Sound System, this
feature adjusts the DSP modes.
See “DSP Modes” in AM-FM Radio
on page 7-8.
Playing from an iPod®
This feature supports the following
iPod models:
.
iPod nano® (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and
4th generation)
.
iPod with video (5.0 and 5.5
generation).
.
iPod classic® (6th generation)
.
iPod touch® (1st and 2nd
generation)
There may be problems with
operation and function in the
following situations:
.
When connecting an iPod on
which a more recent version of
the firmware is installed than is
supported by the infotainment
system.
.
When connecting an iPod on
which firmware from other
providers is installed.
To connect and control an iPod:
1. Connect one end of the standard
iPod USB cable to the iPod's
dock connector.
2. Connect the other end to a USB
port in the center console or in
the center stack storage bin.
3. Press the MEDIA button to
select the source.
iPod music information displays on
the radio’s display and begins
playing through the vehicle’s audio
system.
The iPod battery recharges
automatically while the vehicle is on.
When the vehicle is off while an
iPod is connected using the iPod
USB cable, the iPod battery stops
charging and the iPod automatically
turns off.
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If the iPod is an unsupported model,
it can still be listened to in the
vehicle by connecting to the
auxiliary input jack using a standard
3.5 mm (1/8 in) stereo cable.
iPod Menu
Press the MENU knob to display the
iPod Menu and the following may
display:
Browse: Select to display the files
or songs on the iPod. See “Browse
iPod Media” later in this section.
Tone Settings: Select to adjust
Bass, Midrange, Treble, Balance,
Fade, and EQ (Equalizer). See
“Tone Settings” under “Playing an
Audio CD.”
Auto Volume: If equipped, see
“Playing an Audio CD.”
Bose® AudioPilot®: If equipped,
this feature can be turned on or off.
See “Bose® AudioPilot®” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
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EQ (Equalizer) Settings:
If equipped, this feature adjusts the
pre-defined EQ modes. See “EQ
(Equalizer) Settings” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
DSP Modes: If equipped with a
Bose® Surround Sound System, this
feature adjusts the DSP modes.
See “DSP Modes” in AM-FM Radio
on page 7-8.
Browse iPod Media
Use the following to browse:
Playlists:
1. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to view the playlists
stored on the iPod.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select a playlist
name to view a list of all songs
in the playlist.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select the song
from the list to begin playback.
Artists:
Genres:
1. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to view the artists
stored on the iPod.
1. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to view the genres
stored on the iPod.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select an artist
name to view a list of all albums
by the artist.
2. Turn the MENU knob to select a
genre name to view a list of
artists of that genre.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select the album
from the list.
4. To begin playback, select a song
from the album.
Albums:
1. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to view the albums
stored on the iPod.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select an album
name to view a list of all songs
on the album.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select the song
from the list to begin playback.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
an artist and press to select to
view albums by that artist.
4. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select an album to
view songs.
5. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select the song
from the list to begin playback.
Songs:
1. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to view a list of all
songs stored on the iPod.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
and press to select the song
from the list to begin playback.
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Playing from an iPhone®
or iPad®
Playing Music from the SD Card
This feature supports iPhone 3G,
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad.
An SD card is played the same way
a USB device is played. See USB
Port on page 7-16.
Follow the same instructions as
stated earlier for using an iPod.
Auxiliary Jack
SD Card Reader
This vehicle has an SD card reader
in the center console.
Set up any SD card while the
vehicle is in P (Park).
1. Plug the SD card into the reader.
2. Press the MEDIA button to
select the SD device.
If an SD card has already been
connected, but a different source is
currently active, press the MEDIA
screen button repeatedly to cycle
through all of the available audio
source screens, until the SD card
screen is selected.
This vehicle has an AUX port in the
center console under the armrest.
Possible auxiliary audio sources
include:
.
Laptop computer
.
Audio music player
This jack is not an audio output.
Do not plug headphones into the
auxiliary input jack. Auxiliary
devices should be set up while
the vehicle is in P (Park).
Connect a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable
from the auxiliary device to the
auxiliary input jack.
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If an auxiliary device has already
been connected, but a different
source is currently active, press the
MEDIA faceplate button repeatedly
to scroll through all of the available
audio source screens, until the AUX
source screen is selected.
Playing from the AUX Port
An auxiliary device is played
through the audio system and
controlled through the device itself.
AUX Menu
Press the MENU knob to display the
AUX menu and the following may
display:
Tone Settings: Select to adjust
Bass, Midrange, Treble, Balance,
Fade, and EQ (Equalizer). See
“Tone Settings” under “Playing an
Audio CD.”
Auto Volume: If equipped, see
“Playing an Audio CD.”
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Bose® AudioPilot®: If equipped,
this feature can be turned on or off.
See “Bose® AudioPilot®” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
Phone
EQ (Equalizer) Settings:
If equipped, this feature adjusts the
pre-defined EQ modes. See “EQ
(Equalizer) Settings” in AM-FM
Radio on page 7-8.
Instructions for using the cell phone
may differ between infotainment
systems. For vehicles with the
CUE infotainment system, see the
CUE infotainment manual.
DSP Modes: If equipped with a
Bose® Surround Sound System, this
feature adjusts the DSP modes.
See “DSP Modes” in AM-FM Radio
on page 7-8.
Bluetooth-capable systems can
interact with many cell phones,
allowing:
Bluetooth (Overview)
.
Placement and receipt of calls in
a hands-free mode.
.
Sharing of the cell phone’s
address book or contact list with
the vehicle.
To minimize driver distraction,
before driving, and with the vehicle
parked:
.
Become familiar with the
features of the cell phone.
Organize the phone book and
contact lists clearly and delete
duplicate or rarely used entries.
If possible, program speed dial
or other shortcuts.
.
Review the controls and
operation of the infotainment
system.
.
Pair cell phone(s) to the vehicle.
The system may not work with
all cell phones. See “Pairing” in
this section.
.
If the cell phone has voice
dialing capability, learn to use
that feature to access the
address book or contact list.
See “Voice Pass-Thru” in this
section.
.
See “Storing and Deleting Phone
Numbers” in this section.
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When using a cell phone, it can
be distracting to look too long or
too often at the screen of the
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phone or the infotainment
(navigation) system. Taking your
eyes off the road too long or too
often could cause a crash
resulting in injury or death.
Focus your attention on driving.
Vehicles with a Bluetooth system
can use a Bluetooth-capable cell
phone with a Hands-Free Profile to
make and receive phone calls. The
infotainment system and voice
recognition are used to control the
system. The system can be used
while in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY. 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 work
with the Bluetooth system. See
www.gm.com/bluetooth for more
information about compatible
phones.
Bluetooth Controls
Use the buttons on the faceplate
and the steering wheel to operate
the Bluetooth system.
Steering Wheel Controls
g (Push to Talk): Press to answer
incoming calls and start voice
recognition.
c (End Call): Press to end a call,
reject a call, or cancel an operation.
Press to mute or unmute the
infotainment system.
Infotainment System Controls
For information about how to
navigate the menu system using the
infotainment controls, see Overview
on page 7-3.
MENU: Turn to scroll through the
phone menu, including Contact,
Recent Calls, Keypad, and
Bluetooth Devices. Press to select
an entry and dial when appropriate.
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{ (Home Page):
Press to go to the
Home Page. See Home Page on
page 7-5.
PHONE: Press to enter the phone
main menu. See Bluetooth
(Infotainment Controls) on
page 7-22 or Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition) on page 7-26 or
Bluetooth (Overview) on page 7-20.
Voice Recognition
The voice recognition system uses
commands to control the system
and dial phone numbers.
Noise: The system may not
recognize voice commands if there
is too much background noise.
When to Speak: A tone sounds to
indicate that the system is ready for
a voice command. Wait for the tone
and then speak.
How to Speak: Speak clearly in a
calm and natural voice.
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Audio System
When using the Bluetooth system,
sound comes through the vehicle's
front audio system speakers and
overrides the audio system. Use the
O knob during a call to change the
volume level. The system maintains
a minimum volume level.
Bluetooth Audio Quality
Bluetooth (Infotainment
Controls)
For information about how to
navigate the menu system using the
infotainment controls, see Overview
on page 7-3.
To switch between handset mode,
use the OnStar command,
“transfer call.”
See www.gm.com/bluetooth.
A Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
must be paired to the Bluetooth
system and then connected to the
vehicle before it can be used. See
your cell phone manufacturer's user
guide for Bluetooth functions before
pairing the cell phone. If a Bluetooth
phone is not connected, calls can
be made using OnStar Hands-Free
Calling, if available. SeeOnStar
Overview on page 14-1.
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.
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Up to five cell phones can be
paired to the Bluetooth system.
.
The pairing process is disabled
when the vehicle is moving.
.
Pairing only needs to be
completed once, unless the
pairing information on the cell
phone changes or the cell phone
is deleted from the system.
.
Only one paired cell phone can
be connected to the Bluetooth
system at a time.
.
If multiple paired cell phones are
within range of the system, the
system connects to the first
available paired cell phone in the
order that they were newly
paired to the system. To link to a
different paired phone, see
“Connecting to a Different
Phone” after in this section.
Switching to Handset or
Handsfree Mode
Turn off the Echo and Noise
cancellation feature on your phone,
if supported, for the best hands-free
performance.
Other Information
Pairing Information
Pairing
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Pairing a Phone or Device
1. From the Home Page, turn the
MENU knob to access the
PHONE screen button, then
press the MENU knob to select
the PHONE screen button. If a
device has been previously
paired, the main Phone menu
will be shown. If no devices
have been paired, Step two can
be skipped.
2. Turn the MENU knob and press
to select Manage Phones.
3. Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the PAIR
screen button. A four-digit
Personal Identification Number
(PIN) appears on the display.
The PIN is used in Step 5.
4. Start the pairing process on the
cell phone to be paired to the
vehicle. See the cell phone
manufacturer's user guide for
information on this process.
5. Locate the device named “Your
Vehicle” in the list on the cell
phone. Follow the instructions
on the cell phone to enter the
PIN provided in Step 3. The
system recognizes the new
connected phone after the
pairing process is complete.
6. If the phone prompts to accept
connection or allow phone book
download, select always accept
and allow. The phone book may
not be available if not accepted.
7. Repeat steps 1–6 to pair
additional phones or devices.
Listing All Paired and Connected
Phones
1. To list all paired devices, turn the
MENU knob, then press to
select the PHONE screen
button.
2. Turn the MENU knob and press
to select Manage Phones.
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Deleting a Paired Phone
1. From the Home Page, turn the
MENU knob, then press to
select the PHONE screen button
or press the PHONE button on
the faceplate.
2. Turn the MENU knob and press
to select Manage Phones.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the phone to be deleted.
4. Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
DELETE screen button to delete
the highlighted device.
5. A confirmation screen is
displayed. Press the button just
below the DELETE screen
button to confirm deletion.
Connecting to a Different Phone
1. From the Home Page, turn the
MENU knob, then press to
select the PHONE screen button
or press the PHONE button on
the faceplate.
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2. Turn the MENU knob and press
to select Manage Phones.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the phone to be connected.
4. Press the button just below the
CONNECT screen button to
connect to the highlighted
device.
Phone Menu
Once a phone is connected and
selected, the following may display:
Recent Calls: Turn the MENU
knob to highlight Recent Calls and
press to select.
Contacts: Turn the MENU knob to
highlight Contacts and press to
select.
Keypad: Turn the MENU knob to
highlight Keypad and press to
select.
Active Call: Turn the MENU knob
to highlight Active Call and press to
select and display the active call
screen.
Manage Phones: Turn the MENU
knob to highlight Manage Phones
and press to select.
Making a Call Using Contacts
and Recent Calls
For cell phones that support the
Contacts and Recent Calls feature,
the Bluetooth system can use the
contacts stored on your cell phone
to make calls. See your cell phone
manufacturer’s user guide or
contact your wireless provider to
find out if this feature is supported
by your phone.
If the phone prompts to allow phone
book download during the pairing
process, select Always Accept and
Allow. The phone book may not be
available if not accepted.
When a cell phone supports the
phone book feature, the Contacts
and Recent Calls menus are
automatically available.
The Contacts menu allows you to
access the phone book stored in the
cell phone to make a call.
The Recent Calls menu allows you
to access the phone numbers from
the Incoming Calls, Outgoing Calls,
and Missed Calls menus on the cell
phone to make a call.
To make a call using the
Contacts menu:
1. Turn the MENU knob, then press
to select the PHONE screen
button, or press the PHONE
button on the faceplate.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
Contacts and press to select.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the letter group and press to
select.
4. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the contact and press to select.
5. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the desired number, then press
the MENU knob to call the
contact.
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To make a call using the Recent
Calls menu:
Making a Call Using the
Keypad
1. From the Home Page, turn the
MENU knob, then press to
select the PHONE screen
button.
To make a call:
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
Recent Calls and press to
select.
If necessary, select between
Missed, Recent, and Sent calls
by turning the MENU knob to
highlight the desired screen
button, then pressing the MENU
knob to select it.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the contact or the phone
number.
1. Turn the MENU knob, then press
to select the PHONE screen
button.
2. Turn the MENU knob and press
to select Keypad.
3. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the first digit and press to select.
Continue this process through
the number. To call, press the
area just above the chrome bar
and below the CALL screen
button.
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Accepting or Declining a Call
When an incoming call is received,
the infotainment system mutes and
a ring tone is heard in the vehicle.
Accepting a Call
To accept a call, do one of the
following:
.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
ANSWER screen button.
.
Press g on the steering wheel
controls.
Declining a Call
To decline a call, do one of the
following:
.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
IGNORE screen button.
.
Press c on the steering wheel
controls or do nothing.
4. Press the MENU knob to call the
contact.
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Call Waiting
Ending a Call
Call waiting must be supported on
the Bluetooth phone and enabled by
the wireless service carrier to work.
To end a call, do one of the
following:
To accept a call waiting call, do one
of the following:
.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
SWITCH screen button.
Press g on the steering wheel
controls.
Declining a Call Waiting Call
To decline a call waiting call, do one
of the following:
.
.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
IGNORE screen button.
Press c on the steering wheel
controls or do nothing
From the PHONE main menu, turn
the MENU knob to highlight “Active
Call” and press to select.
.
Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
END screen button.
Bluetooth (Voice
Recognition)
.
Press c on the steering wheel
controls.
Using Voice Recognition
Accepting a Call Waiting Call
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(DTMF) Tones
The in-vehicle Bluetooth system can
send numbers during a call. This is
used when calling a menu-driven
phone system.
1. Press the area just above the
chrome bar and below the
KEYPAD screen button.
2. Turn the MENU knob to highlight
the first digit and press to select.
If not initially in the phone
application, from the Home Page,
turn the MENU knob, then press to
select the PHONE screen button.
To use voice recognition, press g
on the steering wheel. Use the
commands below for the various
voice features. For additional
information, say “Help” while you
are in a voice recognition menu.
Pairing
A Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
must be paired to the Bluetooth
system and then connected to the
vehicle before it can be used. See
your cell phone manufacturer's user
guide for Bluetooth functions before
pairing the cell phone. If a Bluetooth
phone is not connected, calls can
be made using OnStar Hands-Free
Calling, if available. See OnStar
Overview on page 14-1.
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Pairing a Phone
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth.”
3. Say “Pair.” The system responds
with instructions and a four-digit
Personal Identification Number
(PIN). The PIN is used in Step 5.
4. Start the pairing process on the
cell phone that you want to pair.
For help with this process, see
your cell phone manufacturer's
user guide.
5. Locate the device named “Your
Vehicle” in the list on the cell
phone. Follow the instructions
on the cell phone to enter the
PIN provided in Step 3. After the
PIN is successfully entered, the
system prompts you to provide a
name for the paired cell phone.
This name will be used to
indicate which phones are
paired and connected to the
vehicle. The system responds
with “<Phone name> has been
successfully paired” after the
pairing process is complete.
6. Repeat Steps 1−5 to pair
additional phones.
Listing All Paired and Connected
Phones
The system can list all cell phones
paired to it. If a paired cell phone is
also connected to the vehicle, the
system responds with “is connected”
after that phone name.
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
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3. Say “Delete.” The system asks
for which phone to delete.
4. Say the name of the phone to
delete.
Connecting to a Different Phone
To connect to a different cell phone,
the Bluetooth system looks for the
next available cell phone in the
order in which all available cell
phones were paired. This may need
to be repeated depending on how
many cell phones have been
connected.
2. Say “Bluetooth.”
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
3. Say “List.”
2. Say “Bluetooth.”
Deleting a Paired Phone
If the phone name to delete is
unknown, see “Listing All Paired
and Connected Phones.”
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth.”
3. Say “Change phone.”
.
If another cell phone is
found, the response will be
“<Phone name> is now
connected.”
.
If another cell phone is not
found, the original phone
remains connected.
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Storing and Deleting Phone
Numbers
The following commands are used
to delete and store phone numbers.
Store: This command will store a
phone number, or a group of
numbers as a name tag.
Digit Store: This command allows
a phone number to be stored as a
name tag by entering the digits one
at a time.
Delete: This command is used to
delete individual name tags.
Delete All Name Tags: This
command deletes all stored name
tags in the Hands-Free Calling
Directory and the Destinations
Directory.
Using the “Store” Command
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Store.”
3. Say the entire phone number or
a group of digits all at once with
no pauses, then follow the
directions given by the system to
save a name tag for this number.
Using the “Digit Store” Command
If an unwanted number is
recognized by the system, say
“Correction” at any time to clear the
last number.
To hear all of the digits recognized
by the system, say “Verify” at
any time.
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Digit Store.”
3. Say each digit, one at a time.
After each digit is entered, the
system repeats back the digit it
heard followed by a tone. After
the last digit has been entered,
say “Store,” and then follow the
directions given by the system to
save a name tag for this number.
Using the “Delete” Command
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Delete.”
3. Say the name tag you want
to delete.
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Using the “Delete All Name Tags”
Command
This command deletes all stored
name tags in the Hands-Free
Calling Directory and the
Destinations Directory.
To delete all name tags:
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Delete all name tags.”
Listing Stored Numbers
The list command will list all the
stored numbers and name tags.
Making a Call
Calls can be made using the
following commands.
Dial or Call: The dial or call
command can be used
interchangeably to dial a phone
number or a stored name tag.
Digit Dial: This command allows a
phone number to be dialed by
entering the digits one at a time.
Re-dial: This command is used to
dial the last number used on the
cell phone.
Using the “List” Command
Using the “Dial” or “Call”
Command
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Directory.”
2. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
3. Say “Hands-Free Calling.”
3. Say the entire number without
pausing or say the name tag.
4. Say “List.”
Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.
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Calling 911 Emergency (US and
Canada)
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
3. Say “911.”
4. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
Calling 066 Emergency (Mexico)
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
3. Say “066.”
4. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
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Using the “Digit Dial” Command
The digit dial command allows a
phone number to be dialed by
entering the digits one at a time.
After each digit is entered, the
system repeats back the digit it
heard followed by a tone.
Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.
Using the “Re-dial” Command
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
If an unwanted number is
recognized by the system, say
“Correction” at any time to clear
the last number.
2. After the tone, say “Re-dial.”
The system dials the last
number called from the
connected cell phone.
To hear all of the numbers
recognized by the system, say
“Verify” at any time.
Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
Receiving a Call
2. Say “Digit Dial.”
3. Say each digit, one at a time.
After each digit is entered, the
system repeats back the digit it
heard followed by a tone. After
the last digit has been entered,
say “Dial.”
When an incoming call is received,
the audio system mutes and a ring
tone is heard in the vehicle.
.
.
g to answer the call.
Press c to ignore a call.
Press
Call Waiting
Call waiting must be supported on
the cell phone and enabled by the
wireless service carrier.
.
Press g to answer an incoming
call when another call is active.
The original call is placed
on hold.
.
Press g again to return to the
original call.
.
To ignore the incoming call, no
action is required.
.
Press c to disconnect the
current call and switch to the call
on hold.
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Three-Way Calling
Ending a Call
Three-way calling must be
supported on the cell phone and
enabled by the wireless service
carrier.
Press
1. While on a call, press
g.
2. Say “Three-way 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 g to link all callers
together.
c to end a call.
Transferring a Call
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To Transfer Audio from the
Bluetooth System to a Cell Phone
During a call with the audio in
the vehicle:
g.
Audio can be transferred between
the Bluetooth system and the cell
phone.
1. Press
The cell 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
ignition is turned to ON/RUN.
To Transfer Audio to the Bluetooth
System from a Cell Phone
2. Say “Transfer Call.”
During a call with the audio on the
cell phone, press g. The audio
transfers to the vehicle. If the audio
does not transfer to the vehicle, use
the audio transfer feature on the
cell phone. See your cell phone
manufacturer's user guide for more
information.
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Voice Pass-Thru
Voice pass-thru allows access to the
voice recognition commands on the
cell phone. See your cell phone
manufacturer's user guide to see if
the cell phone supports this feature.
To access contacts stored in the cell
phone:
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Bluetooth.”
3. Say “Voice.” The system
responds “OK, accessing
<phone name>.”
The cell phone's normal prompt
messages will go through their cycle
according to the phone's operating
instructions.
Dual Tone Multi-Frequency
(DTMF) Tones
The Bluetooth system can send
numbers and the numbers stored as
name tags during a call. You can
use this feature when calling a
menu-driven phone system.
Account numbers can also be
stored for use.
Trademarks and
License Agreements
FCC Information
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
Sending a Number or Name Tag
During a Call
1. Press g. The system responds
“Ready,” followed by a tone.
2. Say “Dial.”
3. Say the number or name tag
to send.
Clearing the System
Unless information is deleted out of
the in-vehicle Bluetooth system, it
will be retained indefinitely.
This includes all phone pairing
information. For information on how
to delete this information, see
“Deleting a Paired Phone.”
“Made for iPod” and “Made for
iPhone” mean that an electronic
accessory has been designed to
connect specifically to iPod or
iPhone and has been certified by
the developer to meet Apple
performance standards.
iPod and iPhone are trademarks of
Apple Computer, Inc., registered in
the U.S. and other countries.
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Fees and Taxes: Subscription fee,
taxes, one time activation fee, and
other fees may apply. Subscription
fee is consumer only. All fees and
programming subject to change.
Subscriptions subject to Customer
Agreement available at
www.siriusxm.com. SiriusXM®
service only available in the
48 contiguous United States and
Canada.
In Canada: Some deterioration of
service may occur in extreme
northern latitudes. This is beyond
the control of SiriusXM® Satellite
Radio.
Explicit Language Notice: Channels
with frequent explicit language are
indicated with an “XL” preceding the
channel name. Channel blocking is
available for SiriusXM Satellite
Radio receivers by notifying
SiriusXM:
.
.
USA Customers — Visit
www.siriusxm.com or call
1-866-635-2349.
Canadian Customers — Visit
www.xmradio.ca or call
1-877-209-0079.
It is prohibited to copy, decompile,
disassemble, reverse engineer,
hack, manipulate, or otherwise
make available any technology or
software incorporated in receivers
compatible with the SiriusXM®
Satellite Radio System or that
support the SiriusXM website, the
Online Service or any of its content.
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Furthermore, the AMBER voice
compression software included in
this product is protected by
intellectual property rights including
patent rights, copyrights, and trade
secrets of Digital Voice
Systems, Inc.
General Requirements:
1. A License Agreement from
SiriusXM is required for any
product that incorporates
SiriusXM Technology and/or for
use of any of the SiriusXM
marks to be manufactured,
distributed, or marketed in the
SiriusXM service Area.
2. For products to be distributed,
marketed, and/or sold in
Canada, a separate agreement
is required with Canadian
Satellite Radio Inc. (operating as
SiriusXM Canada).
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Climate Controls
Climate Controls
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Climate Control Systems
Dual Automatic Climate Control System (Base)
Climate Control Systems
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Base) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System (Uplevel) . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5
If equipped with this system, it controls the heating, cooling, and ventilation.
Air Vents
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Maintenance
Passenger Compartment Air
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
1. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
7. Driver and Passenger Heated
Seats (If Equipped)
2. Fan Control
8. AC (Air Conditioning)
3. AUTO (Automatic Operation)
9. Defrost
4. Air Delivery Mode Control
10. Rear Window Defogger
5. OFF (Fan)
11. Recirculation
6. SYNC (Synchronized
Temperature)
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Automatic Operation
The system automatically controls
the fan speed, air delivery, air
conditioning, and recirculation in
order to heat or cool the vehicle to
the desired temperature.
When the indicator light is on or
AUTO is displayed on the screen,
the system is in full automatic
operation. If the air delivery mode or
fan setting is manually adjusted, the
auto indicator turns off and the
display will show the selected
settings.
For automatic operation:
1. Press AUTO.
2. Set the temperature. Allow the
system time to stabilize. Then
adjust the temperature as
needed for best comfort.
To improve fuel efficiency and to
cool the vehicle faster, recirculation
may be automatically selected in
warm weather. The recirculation
light will not come on. Press @ to
select recirculation; press it again to
select outside air.
passenger settings are adjusted, the
temperatures are unlinked and the
SYNC indicator turns off.
English units can be changed to
metric units through the instrument
cluster. See “Settings” under
Instrument Cluster on page 5-9.
Manual Operation
OFF (Fan): Press to turn the fan on
or off. The temperature control and
air delivery mode can still be
adjusted.
w orx (Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls): The
temperature can be adjusted
separately for the driver and the
passenger. Press to increase or
decrease the temperature. Press
and hold to rapidly increase or
decrease the temperature.
SYNC (Synchronized
Temperature): Press SYNC to link
all climate zone settings to the
driver settings. The SYNC indicator
will be lit. Adjust the driver side
temperature control to change the
linked temperature. When the
z 9 or 9 y (Fan Control):
Press the fan control buttons to
increase or decrease the fan speed.
Press and hold the buttons to adjust
speed more quickly. The fan speed
setting displays. Pressing either
button cancels automatic fan control
and the fan can be controlled
manually. Press AUTO to return to
automatic operation. To turn off the
fan, press OFF.
z N y (Air Delivery Mode
Control): Press the air delivery
mode buttons to change the
direction of the airflow. Selecting
any of the air delivery modes
cancels automatic air delivery
control and the direction of the
airflow can be controlled manually.
Press AUTO to return to automatic
operation.
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To change the current mode, select
one of the following:
Y (Vent): Air is directed to the
instrument panel outlets.
\ (Bi-Level):
Air is divided
between the instrument panel
outlets and the floor outlets.
[ (Floor):
Air is directed to the
floor outlets, with some air to the
windshield and side windows.
- (Defog):
Clears the windows of
fog or moisture. Air is directed to the
windshield, side windows and floor
outlets. Some air may go to the rear
floor outlets.
0 (Defrost):
Press the 0 button
to turn on or off. This clears the
windshield of fog or frost more
quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and side windows.
A/C (Air Conditioning): Press to
turn the air conditioning on or off.
If the fan is turned off, the air
conditioner will not run.
Outside temperatures below
freezing may also prevent the air
conditioner from running.
Press AUTO to return to automatic
operation and the air conditioner
runs as needed. When the indicator
light is on, the air conditioner runs
automatically to cool the air inside
the vehicle or to dry the air needed
to defog the windshield faster.
Automatic Air Recirculation:
When the AUTO indicator light is
on, the air is automatically
recirculated as needed to help
quickly cool the inside of the
vehicle.
@ (Recirculation): Press to
alternate between recirculating air
inside the vehicle or pulling in
outside air. The indicator light on the
button is lit when recirculation mode
is active. This helps to quickly cool
the air inside the vehicle or prevent
outside air and odors from entering.
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Pressing this button cancels
automatic recirculation. Press AUTO
to return to automatic operation;
recirculation runs automatically as
needed.
Manual recirculation mode is not
available when in Defrost or Defog
modes.
Auto Defog: The climate control
system may have a sensor to
automatically detect high humidity
inside the vehicle. When high
humidity is detected, the climate
control system may adjust to
outside air supply and turn on the
air conditioner. If the climate control
system does not detect possible
window fogging, it returns to normal
operation. To turn Auto Defog off or
on, see “Climate and Air Quality”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
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Rear Window Defogger
= REAR (Rear Window
Defogger): Press to turn the rear
window defogger on or off.
The rear window defogger turns
off automatically after about
10 minutes. If turned on again it
runs for about five minutes before
turning off.
The upper region of gridlines on the
rear window are antenna lines and
are not intended to heat when the
defogger is activated.
The heated outside mirrors turn on
when the rear window defogger
button is on. They help to clear fog
or frost from the surface of the
mirrors.
{ Caution
Do not try to clear frost or other
material from the inside of the
front windshield and rear window
with a razor blade or anything
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Caution (Continued)
Sensors
else that is sharp. This may
damage the rear window
defogger grid and affect the
radio's ability to pick up stations
clearly. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
M or L (Driver and Passenger
Heated Seats, If Equipped):
Press M or L to heat the driver or
passenger seat. See Heated Front
Seats on page 3-9.
Remote Start Climate Control
Operation: If equipped with the
remote vehicle start feature, the
climate control system may run
when the vehicle is started remotely.
The system uses the driver's
previous settings to heat or cool the
inside of the vehicle. See Remote
Vehicle Start on page 2-10.
The rear window defogger turns on
if it is cold outside.
The solar sensor monitors the
solar heat.
The climate control system uses
the sensor information to adjust
the temperature, fan speed,
recirculation, and air delivery mode
for best comfort.
If the sensor is covered, the
automatic climate control system
may not work properly.
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8-5
Dual Automatic Climate Control System (Uplevel)
The climate control buttons and the touch screen are used to adjust the
heating, cooling, and ventilation.
Climate Touch Screen Controls
1. Outside Air Temperature Display
Climate Control Buttons
2. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Displays
3. Fan Control
1. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls
5. AUTO (Automatic Operation)
6. Defrost
4. SYNC (Synchronized
Temperature)
2. Fan Control
7. Rear Window Defogger
5. AC Mode (Air Conditioning)
3. OFF (Fan)
8. Recirculation
6. Climate Control Selection
(Application Tray Button)
4. Driver and Passenger Heated
Seats (If Equipped)
7. Air Delivery Mode Control
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Climate Control Touch Screen
The fan, air delivery mode, A/C
mode, and SYNC settings can be
controlled by pressing CLIMATE on
the infotainment home screen or the
climate button in the touch screen
application tray. A selection can
then be made on the front climate
control page displayed. See the
infotainment manual.
Climate Control Status Screen
adjusted. The air delivery mode can
be adjusted on the climate control
status screen.
Automatic Operation
The system automatically controls
the fan speed, air delivery, air
conditioning, and recirculation in
order to heat or cool the vehicle to
the desired temperature.
When the indicator light is on or
AUTO is displayed on the touch
screen, the system is in full
automatic operation. If the air
delivery mode or fan setting is
manually adjusted, the auto
indicator turns off and the display
will show the selected settings.
Auto operation can be turned off
individually for climate settings.
For automatic operation:
1. Press AUTO.
The climate control status screen
appears briefly when the climate
control buttons on the faceplate are
2. Set the temperature. Allow the
system time to stabilize. Then
adjust the temperature as
needed for best comfort.
To improve fuel efficiency and to
cool the vehicle faster, recirculation
may be automatically selected in
warm weather. The recirculation
light will not come on. Press @ to
select recirculation; press it again to
select outside air.
English units can be changed to
metric units through the instrument
cluster. See “Settings” under
Instrument Cluster on page 5-9.
OFF (Fan): Press to turn the fan on
or off. The temperature control and
air delivery mode can still be
adjusted.
w orx (Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls): The
temperature can be adjusted
separately for the driver and the
passenger. Press to increase or
decrease the temperature. Press
and hold to rapidly increase or
decrease the temperature.
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SYNC (Synchronized
Temperature): Press SYNC on the
touch screen to link all climate zone
settings to the driver settings. Adjust
the driver side temperature control
to change the linked temperature.
When the passenger settings are
adjusted, the SYNC button is
displayed when the temperatures
are unlinked.
Manual Operation
z 9 or 9 y (Fan Control):
Press the fan control buttons or the
touch screen fan control, to increase
or decrease the fan speed. Press
and hold the buttons or the touch
screen control to adjust speed more
quickly. The fan speed setting
displays. Pressing either button
cancels automatic fan control and
the fan can be controlled manually.
Press AUTO to return to automatic
operation. To turn off the fan and
climate control system, press and
hold the fan down button or touch
screen fan control until it is off.
Air Delivery Mode Control: Press
the CLIMATE touch screen button to
select climate control. Press the air
delivery mode touch screen button
to change the direction of the
airflow. The selected air delivery
mode button is lit. Pressing any of
the air delivery buttons cancels
automatic air delivery control and
the direction of the airflow can be
controlled manually. Press AUTO to
return to automatic operation.
To change the current mode, select
one of the following:
Y (Vent): Air is directed to the
instrument panel outlets.
\ (Bi-Level):
Air is divided
between the instrument panel
outlets and the floor outlets.
[ (Floor):
Air is directed to the
floor outlets, with some air to the
windshield and side windows.
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- (Defog): Clears the windows of
fog or moisture. Air is directed to the
windshield, side windows and floor
outlets. Some air may go to the rear
floor outlets.
0 (Defrost):
Press the 0 button
to turn on or off. This clears the
windshield of fog or frost more
quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and side windows.
A/C Mode (Air Conditioning):
Press the A/C Mode touch screen
control to turn the automatic air
conditioning on or off. If the fan is
turned off, the air conditioner will not
run. Outside temperatures below
freezing may also prevent the air
conditioner from running.
Press AUTO to return to automatic
operation and the air conditioner
runs as needed.
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Automatic Air Recirculation:
When the AUTO indicator light is
on, the air is automatically
recirculated as needed to help
quickly cool the inside of the
vehicle.
The climate control system may
have a sensor to detect air pollution.
In auto recirculation control, the Air
Quality Control system may operate.
To adjust the sensitivity of the Air
Quality Control, see “Climate and
Air Quality” under Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
@ (Recirculation): Press to
alternate between recirculating air
inside the vehicle or pulling in
outside air. The indicator light on the
button is lit when recirculation mode
is active. This helps to quickly cool
the air inside the vehicle or prevent
outside air and odors from entering.
Pressing this button cancels
automatic recirculation. Press AUTO
to return to automatic operation;
recirculation runs automatically as
needed.
Manual recirculation mode is not
available when in Defrost or Defog
modes.
Auto Defog: The climate control
system may have a sensor to
automatically detect high humidity
inside the vehicle. When high
humidity is detected, the climate
control system may adjust to
outside air supply and turn on the
air conditioner. If the climate control
system does not detect possible
window fogging, it returns to normal
operation. To turn Auto Defog off or
on, see “Climate and Air Quality”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Rear Window Defogger
= REAR (Rear Window
Defogger): Press to turn the rear
window defogger on or off.
The rear window defogger
turns off automatically after about
10 minutes. If turned on again it
runs for about five minutes before
turning off. At higher vehicle
speeds, the rear window defogger
may stay on continuously.
The rear window defogger can be
set to automatic operation. See
“Climate and Air Quality” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42. When Auto Rear Defog
is selected, the rear window
defogger turns on automatically
when the interior temperature is
cold and the outside temperature is
about 4°C (40°F) and below.
The auto rear defogger turns off
automatically after about
10 minutes. At higher vehicle
speeds, the rear window defogger
may stay on continuously.
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The upper gridlines on the rear
window are antenna lines and are
not intended to heat when the
defogger is activated.
The heated outside mirrors turn on
when the rear window defogger
button is on. They help to clear fog
or frost from the surface of the
mirrors.
{ Caution
Do not try to clear frost or other
material from the inside of the
front windshield and rear window
with a razor blade or anything
else that is sharp. This may
damage the rear window
defogger grid and affect the
radio's ability to pick up stations
clearly. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
J or z (Driver and Passenger
Heated Seats, If Equipped):
Press J or z to heat the driver or
passenger seat cushion and
seatback. See Heated Front Seats
on page 3-9.
Remote Start Climate Control
Operation: If equipped with the
remote vehicle start feature, the
climate control system may run
when the vehicle is started remotely.
The system uses the driver's
previous settings to heat or cool the
inside of the vehicle. See Remote
Vehicle Start on page 2-10.
The rear window defogger turns on
if it is cold outside.
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Sensors
The solar sensor monitors the
solar heat.
The climate control system uses
the sensor information to adjust
the temperature, fan speed,
recirculation, and air delivery mode
for best comfort.
If the sensor is covered, the
automatic climate control system
may not work properly.
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Air Vents
Operation Tips
Adjustable air vents are in the
center and on the side of the
instrument panel.
.
Clear away any ice, snow,
or leaves from air inlets at the
base of the windshield that could
block the flow of air into the
vehicle.
.
Keep the path under the front
seats clear of objects to help
circulate the air inside the
vehicle more effectively.
.
Use of non-GM approved hood
deflectors can adversely affect
the performance of the system.
Check with your dealer before
adding equipment to the outside
of the vehicle.
.
Do not attach any devices to the
air vent slats. This restricts
airflow and may cause damage
to the air vents.
Move the slats (2) to change the
direction of the airflow.
Use the thumbwheels (1) near the
air vents to open or close off the
airflow.
Additional air vents are beneath the
windshield and the driver side and
passenger side door windows.
These are fixed and cannot be
adjusted.
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Maintenance
Passenger Compartment
Air Filter
The filter removes dust, pollen, and
other airborne irritants from outside
air that is pulled into the vehicle.
The filter should be replaced as part
of routine scheduled maintenance.
See Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3.
See your dealer regarding
replacement of the filter.
Service
This vehicle may have the new
environmentally friendly refrigerant,
R1234yf. This refrigerant has a
significantly reduced global warming
impact on the environment,
compared to the traditional
automotive refrigerant, R-134a.
All vehicles have a label underhood
that identifies the refrigerant used in
the vehicle.
The refrigerant system should only
be serviced by trained and certified
technicians. The air conditioning
evaporator should never be repaired
or replaced by one from a salvage
vehicle. It should only be replaced
by a new evaporator to ensure
proper and safe operation.
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During service, all refrigerants
should be reclaimed with proper
equipment. Venting refrigerants
directly to the atmosphere is harmful
to the environment and may also
create unsafe conditions based on
inhalation, combustion, frostbite,
or other health-based concerns.
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Driving and
Operating
Driving Information
Distracted Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Drunk Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Track Events and Competitive
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
Driving on Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . 9-7
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . 9-9
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9
If the Vehicle Is Stuck . . . . . . . . 9-11
Vehicle Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . 9-12
9-21
9-22
9-23
9-23
9-23
Engine Exhaust
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Running the Vehicle While
Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Automatic Transmission
Automatic Transmission . . . . . 9-25
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27
Manual Transmission
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . 9-28
Drive Systems
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-29
Brakes
Starting and Operating
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . .
Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shifting Into Park (Automatic
Transmission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shifting out of Park . . . . . . . . . .
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parking over Things
That Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9-16
9-17
9-19
9-21
Antilock Brake
System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-30
Parking Brake (Electric) . . . . . . 9-31
9-1
Parking Brake (Manual) . . . . . . 9-33
Brake Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33
Hill Start Assist (HSA) . . . . . . . 9-34
Ride Control Systems
Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-34
Driver Mode Control . . . . . . . . . 9-36
Limited-Slip Rear Axle . . . . . . . 9-38
Cruise Control
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38
Adaptive Cruise Control . . . . . 9-41
Driver Assistance Systems
Driver Assistance
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Assistance Systems for
Parking or Backing . . . . . . . . .
Assistance Systems for
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Active Emergency Braking
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lane Departure
Warning (LDW) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9-50
9-50
9-55
9-55
9-57
9-59
9-61
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Fuel
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-63
Recommended Fuel . . . . . . . . . 9-64
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . 9-65
California Fuel
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-65
Fuels in Foreign Countries . . . 9-65
Fuel Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-65
E85 or FlexFuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-65
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-66
Filling a Portable Fuel
Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-68
Trailer Towing
General Towing
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Driving Characteristics and
Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer Towing (With
V6 Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer Towing (With L4
Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Towing Equipment . . . . . . . . . . .
9-69
9-69
Driving Information
Distracted Driving
Distraction comes in many forms
and can take your focus from the
task of driving. Exercise good
judgment and do not let other
activities divert your attention
away from the road. Many local
governments have enacted laws
regarding driver distraction. Become
familiar with the local laws in
your area.
To avoid distracted driving, always
keep your eyes on the road, hands
on the wheel, and mind on the drive.
.
9-72
9-73
9-73
Conversions and Add-Ons
Add-On Electrical
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74
.
Do not use a phone in
demanding driving situations.
Use a hands-free method to
place or receive necessary
phone calls.
Watch the road. Do not read,
take notes, or look up
information on phones or
other electronic devices.
.
Designate a front seat
passenger to handle potential
distractions.
.
Become familiar with vehicle
features before driving, such as
programming favorite radio
stations and adjusting climate
control and seat settings.
Program all trip information into
any navigation device prior to
driving.
.
Wait until the vehicle is parked
to retrieve items that have fallen
to the floor.
.
Stop or park the vehicle to tend
to children.
.
Keep pets in an appropriate
carrier or restraint.
.
Avoid stressful conversations
while driving, whether with a
passenger or on a cell phone.
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{ Warning
Taking your eyes off the road too
long or too often could cause a
crash resulting in injury or death.
Focus your attention on driving.
Refer to the Infotainment manual
and Infotainment section for more
information on using that system,
including pairing and using a cell
phone
.
Allow enough following distance
between you and the driver in
front of you.
.
Focus on the task of driving.
Drunk Driving
Death and injury associated with
drinking and driving is a global
tragedy.
{ Warning
9-3
Control of a Vehicle
Braking, steering, and accelerating
are important factors in helping to
control a vehicle while driving.
Braking
Braking action involves perception
time and reaction time. Deciding to
push the brake pedal is perception
time. Actually doing it is
reaction time.
Defensive driving means “always
expect the unexpected.” The first
step in driving defensively is to wear
the safety belt. See Safety Belts on
page 3-12.
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.
Average driver reaction time is
about three-quarters of a second.
In that time, a vehicle moving at
100 km/h (60 mph) travels 20 m
(66 ft), which could be a lot of
distance in an emergency.
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.
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.
.
Keep enough distance between
you and the vehicle in front
of you.
.
Avoid needless heavy braking.
.
Keep pace with traffic.
Defensive Driving
.
Helpful braking tips to keep in mind
include:
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If the engine ever stops while the
vehicle is being driven, brake
normally but do not pump the
brakes. Doing so could make the
pedal harder to push down. If the
engine stops, there will 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.
At faster speeds, the steering effort
increases to provide a sport-like
feel to the steering. This provides
maximum control and stability.
Steering
Electric Power Steering
Variable Effort Steering
The vehicle has electric power
steering. It does not have power
steering fluid. Regular maintenance
is not required.
Some vehicles have a steering
system that varies the amount of
effort required to steer the vehicle in
relation to the speed of the vehicle.
The amount of steering effort
required is less at slower speeds
to make the vehicle more
maneuverable and easier to park.
If the vehicle seems harder to steer
than normal when parking or driving
slowly, there may be a problem with
the system. You will still have power
steering, but steering will be stiffer
than normal at slow speeds. See
your dealer for service.
If power steering assist is lost due
to a system malfunction, the vehicle
can be steered, but may require
increased effort. See your dealer if
there is a problem.
If the steering wheel is turned until it
reaches the end of its travel and is
held against that position for an
extended period of time, power
steering assist may be reduced.
If steering assist is used for an
extended period of time, power
assist may be reduced.
Normal use of the power steering
assist should return when the
system cools down.
See specific vehicle steering
messages under Vehicle Messages
on page 5-31.
See your dealer if there is a
problem.
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Curve Tips
.
Take curves at a reasonable
speed.
.
Reduce speed before entering
a curve.
.
Maintain a reasonable steady
speed through the curve.
.
Wait until the vehicle is out of
the curve before accelerating
gently into the straightaway.
Off-Road Recovery
.
.
There are some situations when
steering around a problem may
be more effective than braking.
Holding both sides of the
steering wheel allows you to turn
180 degrees without removing
a hand.
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
allows steering while braking.
2. Turn the steering wheel about
one-eighth of a turn, until the
right front tire contacts the
pavement edge.
3. Turn the steering wheel to go
straight down the roadway.
Loss of Control
Skidding
There are three types of skids that
correspond to the vehicle's three
control systems:
Steering in Emergencies
.
9-5
The vehicle's right wheels can drop
off the edge of a road onto the
shoulder while driving. Follow
these tips:
1. Ease off the accelerator and
then, if there is nothing in the
way, steer the vehicle so that it
straddles the edge of the
pavement.
.
Braking Skid — wheels are not
rolling.
.
Steering or Cornering Skid —
too much speed or steering in a
curve causes tires to slip and
lose cornering force.
.
Acceleration Skid — too much
throttle causes the driving
wheels to spin.
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Driving and Operating
Defensive drivers avoid most skids
by taking reasonable care suited to
existing conditions, and by not
overdriving those conditions.
But skids are always possible.
If the vehicle starts to slide, follow
these suggestions:
.
.
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Ease your foot off the
accelerator pedal and steer the
way you want the vehicle to go.
The vehicle may straighten out.
Be ready for a second skid if it
occurs.
Slow down and adjust your
driving according to weather
conditions. Stopping distance
can be longer and vehicle
control can be affected when
traction is reduced by water,
snow, ice, gravel, or other
material on the road. 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.
.
Try 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.
Because the fluid temperatures may
be higher, it is necessary to change
the rear axle fluid every 24 hours of
racing or competitive driving. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
Remember: Antilock brakes help
avoid only the braking skid.
{ Caution
During a first time track or
racing event, high rear axle
temperatures can occur. Damage
could be caused to the rear axle
and would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
Track Events and
Competitive Driving
Competitive driving may affect the
vehicle warranty. See the warranty
manual before using the vehicle for
competitive driving.
Do not drive as long or as fast the
first time the vehicle is driven on
the track or raced.
{ Caution
Low oil levels can damage the
engine. If using the vehicle for
competitive driving, the engine
may use more oil than it would
with normal use. Check the oil
level often during competitive
driving.
For 2.0L Engine Only:
.
Keep the level at or near 1 L
(1 qt) above the upper mark that
shows the proper operating
range on the engine oil dipstick.
.
Use a 600 W fan in addition to
the production option V03.
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.
Gasolines with a Pump Octane
((R+M)/2) of 99 or greater and
ethanol content below 15%
volume must be used for
competitive driving to protect
against engine damage. Colder
spark plug ratings should also
be used. Consult your dealer.
For 3.6L Engine Only:
.
.
.
Keep the level at or near 0.5 L
(0.5 qt) above the upper mark
that shows the proper operating
range on the engine oil dipstick.
Install an engine oil cooler kit,
including engine oil cooler lines
and oil filter adapter.
Install a heavy duty fan. This
requires electrical changes to
the vehicle. Contact your dealer.
{ Caution
Failure to change the brake fluid
and transfer case fluid after any
performance or race track driving
(Continued)
driving on public roads. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
Caution (Continued)
could result in damage not
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Have the brake fluid and transfer
case fluid changed by your dealer
after any performance or race
track driving. See Recommended
Fluids and Lubricants on
page 11-13.
For vehicles equipped with front
Brembo brake systems:
.
.
Performance/racing brake pads
are required prior to racing or
closed track driving. Vehicles
with option code Y4Q have
performance brake pads.
Before racing, replace existing
brake fluid with a qualified racing
brake fluid from a sealed
container. Brake fluid with a dry
boiling point >279°C (534°F) is
qualified. If racing brake fluid is
used, replace it with GM
approved brake fluid before
9-7
.
Do not use silicone-based fluids.
If racing brake fluid is in the vehicle
and the age of the brake fluid is
over a month old or unknown,
replace the brake fluid before
racing/closed track driving.
.
The rear axle lubricant should be
replaced with new lubricant.
.
Additional cooling capacity is
also required for continuous
competitive driving.
Driving 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.
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{ Warning
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 the
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.
Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is dangerous. Water
can build up under the 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 the 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.
.
Have good tires with proper
tread depth. See Tires on
page 10-44.
.
Turn off cruise control.
Highway Hypnosis
Always be alert and pay attention to
your surroundings while driving.
If you become tired or sleepy, find a
safe place to park the vehicle
and rest.
Other driving tips include:
Other Rainy Weather Tips
.
Keep the vehicle well ventilated.
Besides slowing down, other wet
weather driving tips include:
.
Keep the interior
temperature cool.
.
Keep your eyes moving — scan
the road ahead and to the sides.
.
Check the rearview mirror and
vehicle instruments often.
.
Allow extra following distance.
.
Pass with caution.
.
Keep windshield wiping
equipment in good shape.
.
Keep the windshield washer fluid
reservoir filled.
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Hill and Mountain Roads
{ Warning
Driving on steep hills or through
mountains is different than driving
on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for
driving in these conditions include:
.
Keep the vehicle serviced and in
good shape.
.
Check all fluid levels and brakes,
tires, cooling system, and
transmission.
.
Shift to a lower gear when going
down steep or long hills.
Coasting downhill in N (Neutral)
or with the ignition off is
dangerous. This can cause
overheating of the brakes and
loss of steering. Always have the
engine running and the vehicle
in gear.
.
{ Warning
Using the brakes to slow the
vehicle on a long downhill slope
can cause brake overheating, can
reduce brake performance, and
could result in a loss of braking.
Shift the transmission to a lower
gear to let the engine assist the
brakes on a steep downhill slope.
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.
.
Be alert on top of hills;
something could be in your lane
(stalled car, accident).
.
Pay attention to special road
signs (falling rocks area, winding
roads, long grades, passing or
no-passing zones) and take
appropriate action.
9-9
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.
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The Antilock Brake System (ABS)
improves vehicle stability during
hard stops on 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.
See Antilock Brake System (ABS)
on page 9-30.
Turn off cruise control on slippery
surfaces.
Blizzard Conditions
Being stuck in snow can be a
serious situation. Stay with the
vehicle unless there is help nearby.
If possible, use Roadside Service.
See Roadside Service on
page 13-5. To get help and keep
everyone in the vehicle safe:
.
Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
.
Tie a red cloth to an outside
mirror.
{ Warning
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.
If the vehicle is stuck in the snow:
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Warning (Continued)
.
Clear away snow from around
the base of your vehicle,
especially any that is blocking
the exhaust pipe.
.
Check again from time to
time to be sure snow does
not collect there.
.
Open a window about 5 cm
(2 in) on the side of the
vehicle that is away from the
wind to bring in fresh air.
.
Fully open the air outlets on
or under the instrument
panel.
.
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 Systems” in
the Index.
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Warning (Continued)
For more information about
carbon monoxide, see Engine
Exhaust on page 9-24.
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.
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
Slowly and cautiously spin the
wheels to free the vehicle when
stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow.
If stuck too severely for the traction
system to free the vehicle, turn the
traction system off and use the
rocking method. See Traction
Control/Electronic Stability Control
on page 9-34.
{ Warning
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 56 km/h (35 mph).
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Rocking the Vehicle to Get
it Out
Turn the steering wheel left and
right to clear the area around the
front wheels. Turn off any traction
system. Shift back and forth
between R (Reverse) and a low
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. If the
vehicle does need to be towed out,
see Towing the Vehicle on
page 10-79.
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Vehicle Load Limits
It is very important to know how
much weight the 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 the vehicle show
how much weight it may
properly carry, the Tire and
Loading Information label and
the Certification label.
Warning (Continued)
vehicle handles. This could
cause loss of control and a
crash. Overloading can also
shorten the life of the vehicle.
Tire and Loading Information
Label
{ Warning
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).
This can cause systems to
break and change the way the
(Continued)
Label Example
1. Number of Occupant Seating
Positions
2. Maximum Vehicle Capacity
Weight
3. Size of the Original Equipment
Tires
4. Recommended Cold Tire
Inflation Pressure
A vehicle-specific Tire and
Loading Information label is
attached to the vehicle's center
pillar (B-pillar). The Tire and
Loading Information label shows
the number of occupant seating
positions (1), and the maximum
vehicle capacity weight (2) in
kilograms and pounds.
The Tire and Loading
Information label also shows the
tire size of the original
equipment tires (3) and the
recommended cold tire inflation
pressures (4). For more
information on tires and inflation
see Tires on page 10-44 and
Tire Pressure on page 10-52.
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There is also important loading
information on the Certification
label. It tells you the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
and the Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) for the front and
rear axle. See “Certification
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.
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.
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6. If your vehicle will be towing
a trailer, load from your trailer
will be transferred to your
vehicle. Consult this manual
to determine how this
reduces the available cargo
and luggage load capacity of
your vehicle.”
See Trailer Towing (With
V6 Engine) on page 9-72 or
Trailer Towing (With L4 Engine)
on page 9-73 for important
information on towing a trailer,
towing safety rules, and
trailering tips.
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Example 1
1. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 1 = 453 kg
(1,000 lbs).
2. Subtract Occupant Weight @
68 kg (150 lbs) × 2 = 136 kg
(300 lbs).
3. Available Occupant and
Cargo Weight = 317 kg
(700 lbs).
Example 2
1. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 2 = 453 kg
(1,000 lbs).
2. Subtract Occupant Weight @
68 kg (150 lbs) × 5 = 340 kg
(750 lbs).
3. Available Cargo Weight =
113 kg (250 lbs).
Example 3
1. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 3 = 453 kg
(1,000 lbs).
2. Subtract Occupant Weight @
91 kg (200 lbs) × 5 = 453 kg
(1,000 lbs).
3. Available Cargo Weight =
0 kg (0 lbs).
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Refer to the vehicle's Tire and
Loading Information label for
specific information about the
vehicle's capacity weight and
seating positions. The combined
weight of the driver, passengers,
and cargo should never exceed
the vehicle's capacity weight.
Certification Label
the vehicle, called the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
The GVWR includes the weight
of the vehicle, all occupants,
fuel, and cargo. Never exceed
the GVWR for the vehicle, or the
Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR) for either the front or
rear axle.
And, if there is a heavy load, it
should be spread out. See
“Steps for Determining Correct
Load Limit” earlier in this
section.
{ Warning
Label Example
A vehicle-specific Certification
label is attached to the vehicle's
center pillar (B-pillar). The label
tells the gross weight capacity of
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).
(Continued)
9-15
Warning (Continued)
This can cause systems to
break and change the way the
vehicle handles. This could
cause loss of control and a
crash. Overloading can also
shorten the life of the vehicle.
If you put things inside the
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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{ Warning
Things inside the 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 the vehicle. In the
cargo area, put them as
far forward as possible.
Try to spread the weight
evenly.
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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.
Warning (Continued)
Starting and
Operating
Do not leave an
unsecured child restraint
in the vehicle.
New Vehicle Break-In
.
Secure loose items in
the vehicle.
.
Do not leave a seat folded
down unless needed.
Follow these recommended
guidelines during the first
2 414 km (1,500 mi) of driving this
vehicle. Parts have a break-in
period and performance will be
better in the long run.
For the first 2 414 km (1,500 mi):
.
Avoid full throttle starts and
abrupt stops.
.
Do not exceed 4000 engine rpm.
.
Avoid driving at any one
constant speed, fast or slow.
.
Avoid downshifting to brake or
slow the vehicle when the
engine speed will exceed
4000 rpm.
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.
.
.
Do not let the engine labor.
Never lug the engine in high
gear at low speeds. With a
manual transmission, shift to the
next lower gear. This rule
applies at all times, not just
during the break-in period.
Ignition Positions
antenna signal causing interference
to the Keyless Access system.
See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 2-3.
To shift out of P (Park), the vehicle
must be in ON/RUN and the brake
pedal must be applied.
Check engine oil with every
refueling and add if necessary.
Oil and fuel consumption may be
higher than normal during the
first 2 414 km (1,500 mi).
New brake linings also need a
break-in period. Avoid making
hard stops during the first
322 km (200 mi). This is
recommended every time brake
linings are replaced.
9-17
Stopping the Engine/OFF (No
Indicator Lights): When the
vehicle is stopped, press the
ENGINE START/STOP button once
to turn the engine off.
The vehicle has an electronic
keyless ignition with pushbutton
start.
Pressing the button cycles it through
three modes: ACC/ACCESSORY,
ON/RUN/START, and Stopping the
Engine/OFF.
The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter must be in the vehicle
for the system to operate. If the
pushbutton start is not working, the
vehicle may be near a strong radio
If the vehicle is in P (Park), the
ignition will turn off, and Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) will remain
active. See Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) on page 9-21.
Automatic Transmission
If the vehicle is not in P (Park),
the ignition will return to ACC/
ACCESSORY and display a
message in the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See Transmission
Messages on page 5-41. When the
vehicle is shifted into P (Park), the
ignition system will switch to OFF.
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Manual Transmission
If the vehicle is stationary, the
ignition will turn OFF, and Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) will remain
active. See Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) on page 9-21.
The vehicle may have an electric
steering column lock. The lock is
activated when the vehicle is
switched to OFF and either front
door is opened. A sound may be
heard as the lock actuates or
releases. The steering column lock
may not release with the wheels
turned off center. If this happens,
the vehicle may not start. Move the
steering wheel from left to right
while attempting to start the vehicle.
If this does not work, the vehicle
needs service.
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.
If the vehicle must be shut off in an
emergency:
{ Warning
1. Brake using a firm and steady
pressure. Do not pump the
brakes repeatedly. This may
deplete power assist, requiring
increased brake pedal force.
Turning off the vehicle while
moving may cause loss of power
assist in the brake and steering
systems and disable the airbags.
While driving, only shut the
vehicle off in an emergency.
2. Shift the vehicle to N (Neutral).
This can be done while the
vehicle is moving. After shifting
to N (Neutral), firmly apply the
brakes and steer the vehicle to a
safe location.
3. Come to a complete stop. Shift
to P (Park) with an automatic
transmission, or Neutral with a
manual transmission. Turn the
ignition to LOCK/OFF.
4. Set the parking brake. See
Parking Brake (Electric) on
page 9-31 or Parking Brake
(Manual) on page 9-33.
If the vehicle cannot be pulled over,
and must be shut off while driving,
press and hold the ENGINE START/
STOP button for longer than
two seconds, or press twice within
five seconds.
ACC/ACCESSORY (Amber
Indicator Light): This mode allows
you to use some electrical
accessories when the engine is off.
With the ignition off, pressing the
button one time without the brake
pedal applied will place the ignition
system in ACC/ACCESSORY.
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The ignition will switch from ACC/
ACCESSORY to OFF after
five minutes to prevent battery
rundown.
ON/RUN/START (Green Indicator
Light): This mode is for driving and
starting. With the ignition off, and
the brake pedal applied, pressing
the button once will place the
ignition system in ON/RUN/START.
Once engine cranking begins,
release the button. Engine cranking
will continue until the engine starts.
See Starting the Engine on
page 9-19. The ignition will then
remain in ON/RUN.
Service Only Mode
This power mode is available for
service and diagnostics, and to
verify the proper operation of the
malfunction indicator lamp as may
be required for emission inspection
purposes. With the vehicle off, and
the brake pedal not applied,
pressing and holding the button for
more than five seconds will place
the vehicle in Service Only Mode.
The instruments and audio systems
will operate as they do in ON/RUN,
but the vehicle will not be able to be
driven. The engine will not start in
Service Only Mode. Push the button
again to turn the vehicle off.
Starting the Engine
Place the transmission in the
proper gear.
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{ Caution
If you add electrical parts or
accessories, you could change
the way the engine operates. Any
resulting damage would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
See Add-On Electrical Equipment
on page 9-74.
Automatic Transmission
Manual Transmission
Move the shift lever to P (Park) or
N (Neutral). The engine will not start
in any other position. To restart the
vehicle when it is already moving,
use N (Neutral) only.
The shift lever should be in Neutral
and the parking brake engaged.
Hold the clutch pedal down to the
floor and start the engine. The
vehicle will not start if the clutch
pedal is not all the way down.
{ Caution
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.
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Starting Procedure (Keyless
Access)
1. If the vehicle has the Keyless
Access system, the transmitter
must be in the vehicle. Put your
foot on the brake pedal and
push the ENGINE START/STOP
button. When the engine begins
cranking, let go of the button.
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.
If the transmitter is not in the
vehicle or something is
interfering with the transmitter,
the Driver Information Center
(DIC) will display a message.
See Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System Operation on
page 2-3 and Key and Lock
Messages on page 5-35.
If the battery in the RKE
transmitter needs replacing, a
DIC message displays. The
vehicle can still be driven. See
“Starting the Vehicle with a Low
Transmitter Battery” in Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2-3.
The vehicle has a
Computer-Controlled Cranking
System. This feature assists in
starting the engine and protects
components. If the START
button is pressed, 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 button is pressed
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 pressing the START button a
second time.
{ Caution
Cranking the engine for long
periods of time, by pressing the
ENGINE START/STOP button
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.
2. If the engine does not start after
five to 10 seconds, especially in
very cold weather (below −18°C
or 0°F), 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 press the START button,
for up to a maximum of
15 seconds. Wait at least
15 seconds between each try, to
allow the cranking motor to cool
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down. When the engine starts,
let go of the button and the
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.
Engine Heater
Vehicles with the engine coolant
heater can use this option in cold
weather conditions at or below −18°
C (0°F) for easier starting and
better fuel economy during engine
warm-up. Plug in the coolant heater
at least four hours before starting
your vehicle. 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
clipped to the diagonal brace on
the passenger side of the engine
compartment.
3. Plug it into a normal, grounded
110-volt AC outlet.
{ 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.
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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.
Contact your dealer for information
on how long to use the heater in
your particular area.
Retained Accessory
Power (RAP)
These accessories can be used
after the engine is turned off:
.
Audio system (up to 10 minutes
or driver door is opened).
.
Power windows, sunroof (if
equipped), and power outlets (up
to 10 minutes or any door is
opened).
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Shifting Into Park
(Automatic Transmission)
Use this procedure to shift into
P (Park):
1. Hold the brake pedal down and
set the parking brake.
See Parking Brake (Electric) on
page 9-31 or Parking Brake
(Manual) on page 9-33.
2. Move the shift lever into P (Park)
by holding in the button on the
shift lever and pushing the lever
all the way toward the front of
the vehicle.
3. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
4. Take the Remote Keyless
Access (RKE) transmitter
with you.
Leaving the Vehicle with the
Engine Running (Automatic
Transmission)
{ Warning
It can be dangerous to leave the
vehicle with the engine running.
It could overheat and catch fire.
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.
Do not leave the vehicle when the
engine is running. 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 (Automatic
Transmission) on page 9-22.
(Continued)
Warning (Continued)
If you are towing a trailer, see
Driving Characteristics and
Towing Tips on page 9-69.
If you have to leave the vehicle with
the engine running, the vehicle must
be in P (Park) and the parking brake
set. After shifting into P (Park), try to
move the shift lever without first
pushing the button on the shift lever.
If you can, the shift lever was not
fully locked into P (Park).
Torque Lock (Automatic
Transmission)
Torque lock is when the weight
of the vehicle puts too much
force on the parking pawl in the
transmission. This happens when
parking on a hill and shifting the
transmission into P (Park) is not
done properly and then it is difficult
to shift out of P (Park). To prevent
torque lock, set the parking brake
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and then shift into P (Park). To find
out how, see "Shifting Into Park"
listed previously.
If torque lock does occur, the
vehicle may need to be pushed
uphill by another vehicle to relieve
the parking pawl pressure, so you
can shift 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 movement of the shift lever
out of P (Park), unless the ignition is
in ON/RUN and the brake pedal is
applied.
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 10-77.
To shift out of P (Park):
1. Apply the brake pedal.
2. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN.
3. Release the parking brake.
See Parking Brake (Electric) on
page 9-31 or Parking Brake
(Manual) on page 9-33.
4. Press the shift lever button.
5. Move the shift lever.
If unable to shift out of P (Park):
1. Fully release the shift lever
button.
2. While holding down the brake
pedal, press the shift lever
button again.
3. Move the shift lever.
If the shift lever will not move from
P (Park), consult your dealer or a
professional towing service.
Parking
If the vehicle has a manual
transmission, before getting out of
the vehicle, move the shift lever into
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R (Reverse) if parking on a downhill
slope. On a level surface or an
uphill slope, use 1 (First) gear. Apply
the parking brake. Turn the wheels
toward the curb for a downhill slope,
or away from the curb for an uphill
slope. Once the shift lever has been
placed into gear with the clutch
pedal pressed in, turn the ignition to
LOCK/OFF, and release the clutch.
If parking on a hill, or if the vehicle
is pulling a trailer, see Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips on
page 9-69.
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.
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Engine Exhaust
{ Warning
Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide (CO) which cannot be
seen or smelled. Exposure to CO
can cause unconsciousness and
even death.
Warning (Continued)
.
.
Exhaust may enter the vehicle if:
.
.
.
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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.
The exhaust system leaks
due to corrosion or damage.
(Continued)
The vehicle exhaust system
has been modified, damaged,
or improperly repaired.
There are holes or openings
in the vehicle body from
damage or aftermarket
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.
Running the Vehicle
While Parked
It is better not to park with the
engine running.
If the vehicle is left with the engine
running, follow the proper steps to
be sure the vehicle will not move.
See Shifting Into Park (Automatic
Transmission) on page 9-22 and
Engine Exhaust on page 9-24. If the
vehicle has a manual transmission,
see Parking on page 9-23.
If parking on a hill and pulling a
trailer, see Driving Characteristics
and Towing Tips on page 9-69.
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Automatic
Transmission
P (Park): This position locks the
rear wheels. Use this position when
starting the engine because the
vehicle cannot move easily.
{ 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.
Do not leave the vehicle when the
engine is running. 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 (Automatic
Transmission) on page 9-22 and
Driving Characteristics and
Towing Tips on page 9-69.
Make sure the shift lever is fully in
P (Park) before starting the engine.
The vehicle has an electronic shift
lock release system. Fully apply the
regular brakes first and then press
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the shift lever button before shifting
from P (Park) with the ignition in
ON/RUN. If you cannot shift out of
P (Park), ease pressure on the shift
lever and push the shift lever all the
way into P (Park) as you maintain
brake application. Then press the
shift lever button and move the shift
lever into another gear. See Shifting
out of Park on page 9-23.
{ Caution
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.
R (Reverse): Use this gear to
back up.
At low vehicle speeds, R (Reverse)
can be used to rock the vehicle
back and forth to get out of snow,
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ice, or sand without damaging the
transmission. See If the Vehicle Is
Stuck on page 9-11.
{ Caution
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.
N (Neutral): In this position, the
engine does not connect with the
wheels. To restart when the vehicle
is already moving, use N (Neutral)
only. You can 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.
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 55 km/h
(35 mph), push the accelerator
pedal about halfway down.
Going about 55 km/h (35 mph) or
more, push the accelerator all
the way down.
The transmission will shift down
to a lower gear and have more
power.
Downshifting the transmission in
slippery road conditions could result
in skidding; see “Skidding” under
Loss of Control on page 9-5.
{ Caution
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.
While in Sport Mode, the vehicle
monitors driving behavior, and
automatically enables Performance
Shift Features when spirited driving
is detected. These features maintain
lower transmission gears to
increase available engine braking
and improve acceleration response.
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The vehicle will exit these features
and return to normal operation after
a short period when no spirited
driving is detected. See Driver Mode
Control on page 9-36.
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3. To cancel DSC, move the shift
lever back to D (Drive).
Tap Shift
Manual Mode
Driver Shift Control (DSC)
{ Caution
Driving with the engine at a high
rpm without upshifting while using
Driver Shift Control (DSC), could
damage the vehicle. Always
upshift when necessary while
using DSC.
Vehicles with DSC may either use
the shift lever or the tap shift
controls on the back of the steering
wheel (if equipped) to manually shift
the automatic transmission.
To use DSC using the shift lever:
1. Move the shift lever to the left
from D (Drive) to M (Manual
Mode). The transmission will be
in Manual Mode and will hold the
current gear.
2. Move the shift lever forward to
upshift or rearward to downshift.
If equipped, the tap shift controls
are on the back of the steering
wheel.
To use DSC using the tap shift
controls:
1. Move the shift lever to the left
from D (Drive) to M (Manual
Mode). The transmission will be
in Manual Mode and will hold the
current gear.
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2. Pull the control toward you to
shift. Pull the left control to
(−) downshift, and the right
control to (+) upshift.
3. To cancel DSC, move the shift
lever back to D (Drive).
Tap Shift Mode can also be used
temporarily while driving in
D (Drive). Pull either the (+) upshift
or (−) downshift control.
To cancel Tap Shift Mode, hold
the (+) upshift control for
two seconds. If no action is taken,
the vehicle returns to automatic
shifting after a brief period of driving
at a steady speed, or when the
vehicle comes to a stop.
While using the DSC feature, the
vehicle will have firmer, quicker
shifting. This can be used for sport
driving, climbing or descending hills,
staying in gear longer, downshifting
for more power, or engine braking.
The transmission will only allow
shifting into gears appropriate for
the vehicle speed and engine
revolutions per minute (rpm). The
transmission will not automatically
shift to the next lower or higher gear
if the engine rpm is too high or
too low.
Manual Transmission
If the vehicle has a manual
transmission, the shift lever is
located on the center console
between the front seats.
If shifting is prevented for any
reason, a DIC message will appear.
See Transmission Messages on
page 5-41.
When accelerating the vehicle from
a stop in snowy and icy conditions,
it is suggested to shift into second
gear. A higher gear allows the
vehicle to gain more traction on
slippery surfaces. See Driver Mode
Control on page 9-36.
1 (First): Press the clutch pedal
and shift into 1 (First). Slowly let up
on the clutch pedal while pressing
on the accelerator pedal.
After a complete stop, if it is hard to
shift into 1 (First), let up on the
clutch pedal, then press it back
down and shift into 1 (First).
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2 (Second): Press the clutch pedal
and let up on the accelerator pedal,
then shift into 2 (Second). Then,
slowly let up on the clutch pedal
while accelerating.
3 (Third), 4 (Fourth), 5 (Fifth), and
6 (Sixth): Shift into 3 (Third),
4 (Fourth), 5 (Fifth), and 6 (Sixth) the
same as 2 (Second).
To stop, let up on the accelerator
pedal and press the brake pedal.
Just before the vehicle stops, press
the clutch pedal and the brake
pedal, and shift to Neutral.
Neutral: Use this position when
you start or idle the engine. The
shift lever is in Neutral when it is
centered in the shift pattern, not in
any gear.
R (Reverse): To back up, press
down the clutch pedal, completely
stop the vehicle, and shift into
R (Reverse). Let up on the clutch
pedal slowly while pressing the
accelerator pedal.
{ Warning
If you skip a gear when
downshifting, you could lose
control of the vehicle. You could
injure yourself or others. Do not
shift down more than one gear at
a time when downshifting.
{ Caution
When downshifting, if more than
one gear is skipped, or the engine
is racing when the clutch pedal is
released, the engine, clutch,
driveshaft or transmission could
be damaged.
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Drive Systems
All-Wheel Drive
Vehicles with this feature always
send engine power to all four
wheels. It is fully automatic, and
adjusts itself as needed for road
conditions.
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Brakes
Antilock Brake
System (ABS)
This vehicle has ABS, an advanced
electronic braking system that helps
prevent a braking skid.
When the vehicle begins to
drive away, ABS checks itself.
A momentary motor or clicking noise
might be heard while this test is
going on, and it might even be
noticed that the brake pedal moves
a little. This is normal.
If there is a problem with ABS, this
warning light stays on. See Antilock
Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
on page 5-19.
If driving safely on a wet road and it
becomes necessary to slam on the
brakes and continue braking to
avoid a sudden obstacle, 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 wheel.
ABS can change the brake pressure
to each wheel, as required, faster
than any driver could. This can help
you 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.
Using ABS
Do not pump the brakes. Just hold
the brake pedal down firmly and let
ABS work. You might hear the ABS
pump or motor operating and feel
the brake pedal pulsate, but this is
normal.
Braking in Emergencies
ABS allows you to steer and brake
at the same time. In many
emergencies, steering can help
more than even the very best
braking.
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Parking Brake (Electric)
Automatic Transmission
Manual Transmission
If equipped with an Electric Parking
Brake (EPB), the switch is on the
center console for manual
transmission vehicles, or on the left
side of the instrument panel for
automatic transmission vehicles.
The EPB can always be activated,
even if the ignition is off. To prevent
draining the battery, avoid repeated
cycles of the EPB when the engine
is not running.
The system has a red parking brake
status light and an amber parking
brake warning light. See Parking
Brake Light on page 5-18 and
Service Electric Parking Brake Light
on page 5-19. There are also
parking brake-related Driver
Information Center (DIC) messages.
See Brake System Messages on
page 5-32. In case of insufficient
electrical power, the EPB cannot be
applied or released.
Before leaving the vehicle, check
the red parking brake status light to
ensure that the parking brake is
applied.
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EPB Apply
To apply the EPB:
1. Be sure the vehicle is at a
complete stop.
2. Lift up the EPB switch
momentarily.
The red parking brake status light
will flash and then stay on once the
EPB is fully applied. If the red
parking brake status light flashes
continuously, then the EPB is only
partially applied or there is a
problem with the EPB. A DIC
message will display. Release the
EPB and try to apply it again. If the
light does not come one, or keeps
flashing, have the vehicle serviced.
Do not drive the vehicle if the red
parking brake status light is flashing.
See your dealer. See Parking Brake
Light on page 5-18.
If the amber parking brake warning
light is on, lift up on the EPB switch
and hold it up. Continue to hold the
switch until the red parking brake
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status light remains on. If the amber
parking brake warning light is on,
see your dealer.
If the EPB is applied while the
vehicle is moving, the vehicle will
decelerate as long as the switch is
held up. If the switch is held up until
the vehicle comes to a stop, the
EPB will remain applied.
The vehicle may automatically apply
the EPB in some situations when
the vehicle is not moving. This is
normal, and is done to periodically
check the correct operation of the
EPB system.
If the EPB fails to apply, the rear
wheels should be blocked to
prevent vehicle movement.
EPB Release
To release the EPB:
1. Place the ignition in the ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN
position.
2. Apply and hold the brake pedal.
3. Push down momentarily on the
EPB switch.
The EPB is released when the red
parking brake status light is off.
If the amber parking brake warning
light is on, release the EPB by
pushing down on the EPB switch
and holding it down. Continue to
hold the switch until the red parking
brake status light is off. If either light
stays on after release is attempted,
see your dealer.
{ Caution
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.
Automatic EPB Release
The EPB will automatically release if
the vehicle is running, placed into
gear, and an attempt is made to
drive away. Avoid rapid acceleration
when the EPB is applied, to
preserve parking brake lining life.
The EPB can also be used to
prevent roll back for vehicles with a
manual transmission taking off on a
hill. When no roll back is desired, an
applied EPB will allow both feet to
be used for the clutch and
accelerator pedals in preparation for
starting the vehicle moving in the
intended direction. In this case,
there is no need to push the switch
to release the EPB.
If parking on a hill, or if the vehicle
is pulling a trailer, see Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips on
page 9-69.
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Parking Brake (Manual)
{ Caution
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 set the parking brake, hold the
regular brake pedal down, then
push the parking brake pedal down.
If the ignition is on, the brake
system warning light will come on.
See Brake System Warning Light on
page 5-18.
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 parking brake pedal.
If the parking brake is not released
when you begin to drive, the brake
system warning light will be on 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 Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips on
page 9-69.
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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 pulsation 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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Hill Start Assist (HSA)
This vehicle has an HSA feature,
which may be useful when the
vehicle is stopped on a grade. This
feature is designed to prevent the
vehicle from rolling, either forward or
rearward, during vehicle drive off.
After the driver completely stops
and holds the vehicle in a complete
standstill on a grade, HSA will be
automatically activated. During the
transition period between when the
driver releases the brake pedal and
starts to accelerate to drive off on a
grade, HSA holds the braking
pressure for a maximum of
two seconds to ensure that there is
no rolling. The brakes will
automatically release when the
accelerator pedal is applied within
the two-second window. It will not
activate if the vehicle is in a drive
gear and facing downhill, or if the
vehicle is facing uphill and in
R (Reverse).
Ride Control Systems
Traction Control/
Electronic Stability
Control
System Operation
The vehicle has a Traction Control
System (TCS) and StabiliTrak®, an
electronic stability control system.
These systems help limit wheel slip
and assist the driver in maintaining
control, especially on slippery road
conditions.
TCS activates if it senses that any
of the drive wheels are spinning or
beginning to lose traction. When this
happens, TCS applies the brakes to
the spinning wheels and reduces
engine power to limit wheel spin.
StabiliTrak activates when the
vehicle senses a difference between
the intended path and the direction
the vehicle is actually traveling.
StabiliTrak selectively applies
braking pressure to any one of the
vehicle wheel brakes to assist the
driver in keeping the vehicle on the
intended path.
If cruise control is being used and
traction control or StabiliTrak begins
to limit wheel spin, cruise control will
disengage. Cruise control may be
turned back on when road
conditions allow.
Both systems come on
automatically when the vehicle is
started and begins to move. The
systems may be heard or felt while
they are operating or while
performing diagnostic checks. This
is normal and does not mean there
is a problem with the vehicle.
It is recommended to leave both
systems on for normal driving
conditions, but it may be necessary
to turn TCS off if the vehicle gets
stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow.
See If the Vehicle Is Stuck on
page 9-11 and “Turning the Systems
Off and On” later in this section.
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If
d comes on and stays on:
1. Stop the vehicle.
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Turning the Systems Off
and On
2. Turn the engine off and wait
15 seconds.
The indicator light for both systems
is in the instrument cluster. This
light will:
.
Flash when TCS is limiting
wheel spin.
.
Flash when StabiliTrak is
activated.
.
Turn on and stay on when either
system is not working.
If either system fails to turn on or to
activate, a message displays in the
Driver Information Center (DIC), and
d comes on and stays on to
indicate that the system is inactive
and is not assisting the driver in
maintaining control. The vehicle is
safe to drive, but driving should be
adjusted accordingly.
3. Start the engine.
Drive the vehicle. If d comes on
and stays on, the vehicle may need
more time to diagnose the problem.
If the condition persists, see your
dealer.
Manual Transmission TCS/
StabiliTrak Button Shown,
Automatic Transmission TCS/
StabiliTrak Button Similar
The button for TCS and StabiliTrak
is on the center console, behind the
shift lever.
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{ Caution
Do not repeatedly brake or
accelerate heavily when TCS is
off. The vehicle driveline could
be damaged.
To turn off only TCS, press and
release the g button. The Traction
Off light i displays in the
instrument cluster. To turn TCS on
again, press and release the g
button. The Traction Off light i
displayed in the instrument cluster
will turn off.
If TCS is limiting wheel spin when
the g button is pressed, the system
will not turn off until the wheels stop
spinning.
To turn off both TCS and StabiliTrak,
press and hold the g button until
the Traction Off light i and
StabiliTrak Off Light g come on and
stay on in the instrument cluster. To
turn TCS and StabiliTrak on again,
press and release the g button. The
Traction Off light i and StabiliTrak
Off Light g in the instrument cluster
turn off.
To turn TCS and StabiliTrak on
again, press and release the g
button. The Traction Off light i and
StabiliTrak Off Light g in the
instrument cluster turn off.
Adding accessories can affect the
vehicle performance. See
Accessories and Modifications on
page 10-3.
Driver Mode Control
Driver Mode Control attempts to add
a sportier feel, provide a more
comfortable ride, or assist in
different weather conditions or
terrain. This system simultaneously
changes the software calibration of
various sub-systems. Depending on
the option package, available
features, and mode selected, the
suspension, steering, and
powertrain will change calibrations
to achieve the desired mode
characteristics. If the vehicle is
equipped with MagneRide™,
selecting the various Driver Modes
adjusts the ride of the vehicle to
enhance the ride performance for
the road conditions and the
selected mode.
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Manual Transmission Mode
Button Shown, Automatic
Transmission Mode Button Similar
The Driver Mode Control has three
modes: Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice.
Snow/Ice mode is only available on
automatic transmission vehicles.
Press the MODE button on the
center console to make a mode
selection. The first press of the
button will show the current mode.
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Subsequent presses will scroll
though the available modes. The
Tour and Sport modes will feel
similar on a smooth road. Select a
new setting whenever driving
conditions change.
Transmission on page 9-25. The
steering will change to provide more
precise control. If the vehicle has
MagneRide, the suspension will
change to provide better cornering
performance.
Tour Mode
Snow/Ice Mode
Use for normal city and highway
driving to provide a smooth,
soft ride.
Use when more traction is needed
during slippery conditions. The
transmission will use 2 (Second)
gear instead of 1 (First) gear when
accelerating from a stop. The
vehicle will upshift normally when
the vehicle is moving.
Sport Mode
Use where road conditions or
personal preference demand a
more controlled response.
When selected, the Sport mode
indicator will display in the Driver
Information Center (DIC).
When in Sport mode, the vehicle will
shift automatically but hold a lower
gear longer than it would in the
normal driving mode based on
braking, throttle input, and vehicle
lateral acceleration. See Automatic
When selected, the Snow/Ice mode
indicator will display in the DIC.
This feature is not intended for use
when the vehicle is stuck in sand,
mud, ice, snow or gravel. If the
vehicle becomes stuck, see If the
Vehicle Is Stuck on page 9-11.
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Limited-Slip Rear Axle
Vehicles with a limited-slip rear axle
can give more traction on snow,
mud, ice, sand, or gravel. When
traction is low, this feature allows
the drive wheel with the most
traction to move the vehicle. The
limited-slip rear axle also gives the
driver enhanced control when
cornering hard or completing a
maneuver, such as a lane change.
Limited-slip rear axle fluid should be
changed at intervals listed in
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3.
Cruise Control
{ Warning
Cruise control can be dangerous
where you cannot drive safely at
a steady speed. Do not use the
cruise control on winding roads or
in heavy traffic.
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).
If the brakes are applied, the cruise
control disengages.
If equipped with a manual
transmission, the cruise control will
remain active when the gears are
shifted. The cruise is deactivated if
the clutch is depressed for several
seconds.
If the StabiliTrak® system begins to
limit wheel spin while using cruise
control, the cruise control
automatically disengages. See
Traction Control/Electronic Stability
Control on page 9-34. If a collision
alert occurs when cruise control is
activated, cruise control is
disengaged. See Forward Collision
Alert (FCA) System on page 9-55.
When road conditions allow the
cruise control to be safely used, you
can apply the cruise control again.
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(5 mph) mark on the speedometer,
press +RES up to the second
detent.
J (On/Off):
Press to turn the
system on and off. A white cruise
control indicator appears in the
instrument cluster when cruise is
turned on.
+RES (Resume/Accelerate):
Press the control up briefly to
resume to make the vehicle resume
to a previously set speed or press
and hold to accelerate. If cruise
control is already active, use to
increase vehicle speed. To increase
speed by 1 km/h (1 mph), press
+RES up to the first detent. To
increase speed to the next 5 km/h
SET− (Set/Coast): Press the
control down briefly to set the speed
and activate cruise control. If cruise
control is already active, use to
decrease vehicle speed. To
decrease speed by 1 km/h (1 mph),
press SET− down to the first detent.
To decrease speed to the next
5 km/h (5 mph) mark on the
speedometer, press SET− down to
the second detent.
* (Cancel):
Press to disengage
cruise control without erasing the
set speed from memory.
Setting Cruise Control
If the cruise button is on when not in
use, it could get bumped and go into
cruise when not desired. Keep the
cruise control button off when cruise
is not being used.
1. Press
J.
2. Get up to the desired speed.
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3. Press and release the SET−
control on the steering wheel.
4. Remove foot from the
accelerator.
When the cruise control has been
set to the desired speed, the cruise
control indicator appears green on
the instrument cluster and a cruise
set speed message appears on the
Head-Up Display (HUD),
if equipped.
Resuming a Set Speed
If the cruise control is set at a
desired speed and then the brakes
are applied, the cruise control is
disengaged without erasing the set
speed from memory.
Once the vehicle speed reaches
about 40 km/h (25 mph) or more,
press +RES up to the first detent
briefly on the steering wheel. The
vehicle returns to the previous set
speed.
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Increasing Speed While Cruise
Control is at a Set Speed
Reducing Speed While Cruise
Control is at a Set Speed
If the cruise control system is
already activated:
If the cruise control system is
already activated:
Press and hold +RES up until
the desired speed is reached,
then release it.
.
.
To increase vehicle speed in
small increments, briefly press
+RES up to the first detent. For
each press, the vehicle goes
about 1 km/h (1 mph) faster.
.
To decrease the vehicle speed in
small increments, briefly press
SET− down to the first detent.
For each press, the vehicle goes
about 1 km/h (1 mph) slower.
.
To increase vehicle speed in
larger increments, briefly press
+RES up to the second detent.
For each press, the vehicle
speed increases to the next
5 km/h (5 mph) mark on the
speedometer.
.
To decrease the vehicle speed in
larger increments, briefly press
SET− down to the second
detent. For each press, the
vehicle speed decreases to the
next 5 km/h (5 mph) mark on the
speedometer.
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The speedometer reading can be
displayed in either English or metric
units. See Instrument Cluster on
page 5-9. The increment value used
depends on the units displayed.
Press and hold SET− down until
the desired lower speed is
reached, then release it.
The cruise control system may
automatically brake to slow the
vehicle down.
The speedometer reading can be
displayed in either English or metric
units. See Instrument Cluster on
page 5-9. The increment value used
depends on the units displayed.
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
previously set cruise speed. While
pressing the accelerator pedal or
shortly following the release to
override cruise control, briefly
applying the SET– switch will result
in cruise control set to the current
vehicle speed.
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 speed. When going
downhill, the cruise control system
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may automatically brake to slow the
vehicle down. Also, you may have
to brake or shift to a lower gear to
keep the vehicle speed down. If the
brake is applied, the cruise control
disengages.
Adaptive Cruise Control
.
Step lightly on the brake pedal
(manual and automatic
transmissions).
.
Depress the clutch pedal for
several seconds or shift to
Neutral (manual transmissions).
If equipped with Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC), it allows the driver to
select the cruise control set speed
and following gap. Read this entire
section before using this system.
The following gap is the following
time between your vehicle and a
vehicle detected directly ahead in
your path moving in the same
direction. If no vehicle is detected in
your path, ACC works like regular
cruise control. ACC uses camera
and radar sensors. See Radio
Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
.
Press
*.
Press J.
ACC will not engage if the TCS or
StabiliTrak electronic stability control
system is disabled.
Ending Cruise Control
There are four ways to end cruise
control:
.
Erasing Speed Memory
The cruise control set speed is
erased from memory if J is
pressed or if the ignition is
turned off.
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{ Warning
ACC has limited braking ability
and may not have time to slow
the vehicle down enough to avoid
a collision with another vehicle
you are following. This can occur
when vehicles suddenly slow or
stop ahead, or enter your lane.
Also see “Alerting the Driver” in
this section. Complete attention is
always required while driving and
you should be ready to take
action and apply the brakes. See
Defensive Driving on page 9-3.
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SET– (Set/Coast): Press the
control down briefly to set the speed
and activate ACC or to decrease
vehicle speed if ACC is already
activated. To decrease speed by
1 km/h (1 mph), press SET− down to
the first detent. To decrease speed
to the next 5 km/h (5 mph) mark on
the speedometer, press SET− down
to the second detent.
{ Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control will not
detect or brake for children,
pedestrians, animals, or other
objects.
Do not use Adaptive Cruise
Control when:
.
.
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On winding and hilly roads or
when the sensors are
blocked by snow, ice, or dirt.
The system may not detect a
vehicle ahead. Keep the
entire front of the vehicle
clean.
Visibility is low, such as in
fog, rain, or snow conditions.
Adaptive Cruise Control
performance is limited under
these conditions.
On slippery roads where fast
changes in tire traction can
cause excessive wheel slip.
* (Cancel):
] (On/Off): Press to turn the
system on or off. The indicator turns
white on the instrument cluster
when ACC is turned on.
+RES (Resume/Accelerate):
Press the control up briefly to
resume the previous set speed or to
increase vehicle speed if ACC is
already activated. To increase
speed by 1 km/h (1 mph), press
+RES up to the first detent. To
increase speed to the next 5 km/h
(5 mph) mark on the speedometer,
press +RES up to the second
detent.
Press to disengage
ACC without erasing the set speed
from memory.
3 (Follow Distance Gap): Press
to select a following gap time (or
distance) setting for ACC of Far,
Medium, or Near.
Setting Adaptive Cruise Control
If cruise control is on when not in
use, the cruise on/off control could
get pressed and cruise control could
become active when not desired.
Keep the cruise control off when
cruise is not being used.
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Increasing Speed While ACC is at
a Set Speed
Select the set speed desired for
cruise. This is the vehicle speed
when no vehicle is detected in its
path slower than the set speed.
If ACC is already activated, do one
of the following:
ACC will not set at a speed less
than 25 km/h (16 mph).
To set ACC:
1. Press
].
2. Get up to the desired speed.
3. Press and release the SET–
control on the steering wheel.
4. Remove foot from the
accelerator.
After ACC is set, it may immediately
apply the brakes if a vehicle ahead
is detected closer than the selected
following gap.
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The ACC indicator displays in the
instrument cluster and Head-Up
Display (HUD). When the ACC is
active, the indicator will be lit green.
Be mindful of speed limits,
surrounding traffic speeds, and
weather conditions when selecting
the set speed.
When the accelerator pedal is
pressed, ACC will not brake
because it is overridden.
A warning message will appear
on the Driver Information Center
(DIC) and the Head-Up Display
(HUD). See Cruise Control
Messages on page 5-33.
Resuming a Set Speed
If the ACC is set at a desired speed
and then the brakes are applied, the
ACC is disengaged without erasing
the set speed from memory.
To begin using ACC again, press
+RES up briefly on the steering
wheel. The vehicle returns to the
previous set speed.
Use the accelerator to get to the
higher speed. Press SET– down.
Release the control and the
accelerator pedal. The vehicle
will now cruise at the higher
speed.
.
Press and hold +RES up until
the desired set speed appears
on the display, then release it.
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To increase vehicle speed in
small increments, press +RES
up to the first detent. For each
press, the vehicle goes 1 km/h
(1 mph) faster.
To increase vehicle speed in
larger increments, press +RES
up to the second detent. For
each press, the vehicle speed
increases to the next 5 km/h
(5 mph) mark on the
speedometer.
When it is determined that there is
no vehicle ahead inside the selected
following gap, then the vehicle
speed will increase to the set speed.
The speedometer reading can be
displayed in either English or metric
units. See Instrument Cluster on
page 5-9. The increment value used
depends on the units displayed.
Reducing Speed While ACC is at a
Set Speed
If ACC is already activated, do one
of the following:
.
Use the brake to get to the
desired lower speed. Press
SET– down and release the
accelerator pedal. The vehicle
will now cruise at the lower
speed.
.
Press and hold SET– down until
the desired lower speed is
reached, then release it.
.
To decrease the vehicle speed in
small increments, press SET−
down to the first detent. For
each press, the vehicle goes
about 1 km/h (1 mph) slower.
.
To decrease the vehicle speed in
larger increments, press SET−
down to the second detent. For
each press, the vehicle speed
decreases to the next 5 km/h
(5 mph) mark on the
speedometer.
The speedometer reading can be
displayed in either English or metric
units. See Instrument Cluster on
page 5-9. The increment value used
depends on the units displayed.
Selecting the Follow Distance
When a slower moving vehicle is
detected ahead within the selected
following gap, ACC will adjust the
vehicle's speed and attempt to
maintain the follow distance gap
selected.
Press 3 on the steering wheel to
adjust the following gap. Each press
cycles the gap button through three
settings: Far, Medium, or Near.
When pressed, the current gap
setting displays briefly on the
instrument cluster and HUD. The
gap setting will be maintained until it
is changed.
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Since each gap setting corresponds
to a following time (Far, Medium,
or Near), the following distance will
vary based on vehicle speed. The
faster the vehicle speed, the further
back your vehicle will follow a
vehicle detected ahead. Consider
traffic and weather conditions when
selecting the following gap. The
range of selectable gaps may not be
appropriate for all drivers and
driving conditions.
Changing the gap setting
automatically changes the alert
timing sensitivity (Far, Medium,
or Near) for the Forward Collision
Alert (FCA) feature. See Forward
Collision Alert (FCA) System on
page 9-55.
Alerting the Driver
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See “Collision/Detection Systems”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
See Defensive Driving on page 9-3.
Approaching and Following a
Vehicle
If ACC is engaged, driver action
may be required when:
.
ACC cannot apply sufficient
braking because of approaching
a vehicle too rapidly.
.
A temporary condition prohibits
ACC from operating. See
Vehicle Messages on page 5-31.
.
A malfunction is detected in the
system. See Vehicle Messages
on page 5-31.
When any of these conditions occur,
the collision alert symbol on the
HUD will flash on the windshield.
Either eight beeps will sound from
the front, or both sides of the Safety
Alert Seat will pulse five times.
The vehicle ahead symbol is in the
instrument cluster and HUD display.
The vehicle ahead symbol only
displays when a vehicle is detected
in your vehicle’s path moving in the
same direction.
If this symbol is not displaying, ACC
will not respond to or brake to
vehicles ahead.
ACC automatically slows the vehicle
down and adjusts vehicle speed to
follow the vehicle in front at the
selected follow gap. The vehicle
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speed increases or decreases to
follow the vehicle in front of you, but
will not exceed the set speed. It may
apply limited braking, if necessary.
When braking is active, the brake
lamps will come on. The automatic
braking may feel or sound different
than if the brakes were applied
manually. This is normal.
Stationary or Very Slow-Moving
Objects
{ Warning
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
may not detect and react to
stopped or slow-moving vehicles
ahead of you. For example, the
system may not brake for a
vehicle that it has never detected
moving. This can occur in
stop-and-go traffic or when a
vehicle suddenly appears due to
a vehicle ahead changing lanes.
Your vehicle may not stop and
could cause a crash.
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Warning (Continued)
Use caution when using ACC.
Your complete attention is always
required while driving and you
should be ready to take action
and apply the brakes.
ACC Automatically Disengages
ACC may automatically disengage
and the driver will need to manually
apply the brakes to slow the
vehicle when:
.
The sensors are blocked.
.
The Traction Control System
(TCS) or electronic stability
control system has activated or
been disabled.
.
No traffic or other objects are
being detected.
.
There is a fault in the system.
The ACC active symbol will not be
displayed when ACC is no longer
active.
Notification to Resume ACC
ACC will maintain a follow gap
behind a detected vehicle and slow
your vehicle to a stop behind that
vehicle.
If the stopped vehicle ahead has
driven away and ACC has not
resumed, the vehicle ahead symbol
will flash as a reminder to check
traffic before proceeding. In
addition, the left and right sides of
the Safety Alert Seat will pulse three
times, or three beeps will sound.
See ”Alert Type” and “Go Notifier” in
“Collision/Detection Systems” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
When the vehicle ahead drives
away, press RES+ or the
accelerator pedal to resume ACC.
If stopped for more than
two minutes or if the driver door is
opened and the driver safety belt is
unbuckled, the ACC automatically
applies the electric parking brake to
hold the vehicle. The electric
parking brake status light will
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turn on. See Parking Brake
(Electric) on page 9-31 or Parking
Brake (Manual) on page 9-33. To
resume ACC and release the
electric parking brake, press the
accelerator pedal. ACC can be
resumed when the vehicle is
traveling greater than 25 km/h
(16 mph).
A DIC warning message may
display indicating to shift to P (Park)
before exiting the vehicle. See
Vehicle Messages on page 5-31.
{ Warning
If ACC has stopped the vehicle,
and if ACC is disengaged, turned
off, or canceled, the vehicle will
no longer be held at a stop. The
vehicle can move. When ACC is
holding the vehicle at a stop,
always be prepared to manually
apply the brakes.
{ Warning
Leaving the vehicle without
placing it in P (Park) can be
dangerous. Do not leave the
vehicle while it is being held at a
stop by ACC. Always place the
vehicle in P (Park) and turn off
the ignition before leaving the
vehicle.
ACC Override
If using the accelerator pedal while
ACC is active, a DIC warning
message will indicate that automatic
braking will not occur. See Vehicle
Messages on page 5-31. ACC will
resume operation when the
accelerator pedal is not being
pressed.
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{ Warning
The ACC will not automatically
apply the brakes if your foot is
resting on the accelerator pedal.
You could crash into a vehicle
ahead of you.
Curves in the Road
{ Warning
On curves, ACC may not detect a
vehicle ahead in your lane. You
could be startled if the vehicle
accelerates up to the set speed,
especially when following a
vehicle exiting or entering exit
ramps. You could lose control of
the vehicle or crash. Do not use
ACC while driving on an entrance
or exit ramp. Always be ready to
use the brakes if necessary.
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{ Warning
On curves, ACC may respond to
a vehicle in another lane, or may
not have time to react to a vehicle
in your lane. You could crash into
a vehicle ahead of you, or lose
control of your vehicle. Give extra
attention in curves and be ready
to use the brakes if necessary.
Select an appropriate speed while
driving in curves.
ACC may operate differently in a
sharp curve. It may reduce the
vehicle speed if the curve is
too sharp.
ACC may detect a vehicle that is
not in your lane and apply the
brakes.
When following a vehicle and
entering a curve, ACC may not
detect the vehicle ahead and
accelerate to the set speed. When
this happens the vehicle ahead
symbol will not appear.
ACC may occasionally provide an
alert and/or braking that is
considered unnecessary. It could
respond to vehicles in different
lanes, signs, guardrails, and other
stationary objects when entering or
exiting a curve. This is normal
operation. The vehicle does not
need service.
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Other Vehicle Lane Changes
Do Not Use ACC on Hills and
When Towing a Trailer
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].
Erasing Speed Memory
The cruise control set speed is
erased from memory if ] is
pressed or if the ignition is
turned off.
Cleaning the Sensing System
ACC will not detect a vehicle ahead
until it is completely in the lane. The
brake may need to be manually
applied.
Do not use ACC when driving on
steep hills or when towing a trailer.
ACC will not detect a vehicle in the
lane while driving on steep hills. The
driver will often need to take over
acceleration and braking on steep
hills, especially when towing a
trailer. If the brakes are applied, the
ACC disengages.
Ending ACC
There are three ways to
disengage ACC:
.
Step lightly on the brake pedal.
.
Press
*.
The camera sensor on the back of
the rearview mirror and the radar
sensors on the front of the vehicle
can become blocked by snow, ice,
dirt, or mud. These areas need to
be cleaned for ACC to operate
properly.
For cleaning instructions, see
“Washing the Vehicle” under
Exterior Care on page 10-82.
System operation may also be
limited under snow, heavy rain,
or road spray conditions.
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Driver Assistance
Systems
This vehicle may have features that
work together to help avoid crashes
or reduce crash damage while
driving, backing, and parking. Read
this entire section before using
these systems.
{ Warning
Do not rely on the Driver
Assistance Systems. These
systems do not replace the need
for paying attention and driving
safely. You may not hear or feel
alerts or warnings provided by
these systems. Failure to use
proper care when driving may
result in injury, death, or vehicle
damage. See Defensive Driving
on page 9-3.
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Warning (Continued)
Under many conditions, these
systems will not:
.
Detect children, pedestrians,
bicyclists, or animals.
.
Detect vehicles or objects
outside the area monitored by
the system.
.
Work at all driving speeds.
.
Warn you or provide you with
enough time to avoid a crash.
.
Work under poor visibility or
bad weather conditions.
.
Work if the detection sensor
is not cleaned or is covered
by ice, snow, mud, or dirt.
Complete attention is always
required while driving, and you
should be ready to take action
and apply the brakes and/or steer
the vehicle to avoid crashes.
Audible or Safety Alert Seat
Some driver assistance features
alert the driver of obstacles by
beeping. To change the volume of
the warning chime, see “Comfort
and Convenience” under Vehicle
Personalization on page 5-42.
If equipped with the Safety Alert
Seat, the driver seat cushion may
provide a vibrating pulse alert
instead of beeping. To change this,
see “Collision/Detection Systems”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Assistance Systems for
Parking or Backing
When the vehicle is in R (Reverse),
the Rear Vision Camera (RVC) and
Rear Parking Assist may help the
driver to avoid a crash or to reduce
crash damage while parking or
backing. Some models may also
have the Rear Automatic Braking
and Backing Warning System, Rear
Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and/or
Front Parking Assist.
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When the vehicle is shifted into
R (Reverse), the RVC displays an
image of the area behind the vehicle
in the center stack display. When
the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse), the screen returns to
the previous content, after a short
delay. To see the previous content
sooner, press one of the radio
buttons. If the message Service
Rear Camera System is displayed,
the vehicle may need service.
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Warning (Continued)
or where there could be cross
traffic. Failure to use proper care
before backing may result in
injury, death, or vehicle damage.
Always check behind and around
the vehicle before backing.
1. View Displayed by the Camera
2. Corners of the Rear Bumper
Displayed images may be farther or
closer than they appear. The area
displayed is limited and objects that
are close to either corner of the
bumper or under the bumper do
not display.
Warning
The RVC system does not display
children, pedestrians, bicyclists,
animals, or any other object
located outside the camera's field
of view, below the bumper,
or under the vehicle. Perceived
distances may be different from
actual distances. Do not back the
vehicle using only the RVC
screen, during longer, higher
speed backing maneuvers,
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1. View Displayed by the Camera
A warning triangle may display on
the RVC screen to show where the
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA) has detected an object.
This triangle changes from amber to
red and increases in size the closer
the object.
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On vehicles with the Rear Cross
Traffic Alert (RCTA), a triangle with
an arrow may also display on the
RVC screen to warn of traffic
coming from either direction. This
system detects objects coming from
up to 20 m (65 ft) from the left or
right side behind the vehicle. When
an object is detected, either three
beeps sound from the left or right
side or three Safety Alert Seat
pulses occur on the left or right side,
depending on the direction of the
detected vehicle.
Use caution while backing up when
towing a trailer, as the RCTA
detection zones that extend out
from the back of the vehicle do not
move further back when a trailer is
towed.
With URPA, as the vehicle backs up
at speeds of less than 8 km/h
(5 mph), the sensors on the rear
bumper detect objects up to 2.5 m
(8 ft) behind the vehicle that are
within a zone 25 cm (10 in) high off
the ground and below bumper level.
If the vehicle has the Front Parking
Assist, it also detects objects 1.2 m
(4 ft) in front of the vehicle. These
detection distances may be less
during warmer or humid weather.
{ Warning
The parking assist system does
not detect children, pedestrians,
bicyclists, animals, or objects
located below the bumper or that
are too close or too far from the
vehicle. It is not available at
speeds greater than 8 km/h
(5 mph). To prevent injury, death,
or vehicle damage, even with
parking assist, always check the
area around the vehicle and
check all mirrors before moving
forward or backing.
The vehicle may have an instrument
cluster parking assist display with
bars that show “distance to object”
and object location information for
URPA, and on some vehicles, for
the Front Parking Assist system.
As the object gets closer, more bars
light up and the bars change color
from yellow to amber to red. When
an object is first detected in the rear,
one beep will be heard from the
rear, or both sides of the Safety
Alert Seat will pulse two times.
When an object is very close
(<0.6 m (2 ft) in the vehicle rear,
or <0.3 m (1 ft) in the vehicle front),
five beeps will sound from the rear
or front depending where the object
is detected, or both sides of the
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Safety Alert Seat will pulse five
times. Beeps for Front Parking
Assist are higher pitched than for
Rear Parking Assist.
Vehicles with Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) have the Backing
Warning System, which is designed
to help avoid backing crashes. The
system can warn of rear objects
when backing up at speeds greater
than 8 km/h (5 mph).
The Backing Warning System will
beep once from the rear when a
potential object threat is first
detected, or pulse twice on both
sides of the Safety Alert Seat. When
the system detects a potential
imminent crash, beeps will be heard
from the rear, or five pulses will be
felt on both sides of the Safety Alert
Seat. There may also be a brief,
sharp application of the brakes.
{ Warning
The Backing Warning System
only operates at speeds greater
than 8 km/h (5 mph). It does not
detect children, pedestrians,
bicyclists, animals, or objects
below the bumper or that are too
close or too far from the vehicle.
In some situations, such as at
higher backing speeds, there may
not be enough time for the short,
sharp application of the vehicle
brake system to occur. To prevent
injury, death, or vehicle damage,
even with the Backing Warning
System, always check the area
around the vehicle and check all
mirrors before backing.
Vehicles with Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) also have the Rear
Automatic Braking system, which is
designed to help avoid or reduce
the harm caused by backing
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crashes. If the system detects the
vehicle is backing too fast to avoid a
crash with a detected object, it may
automatically brake hard to a stop.
{ Warning
Rear Automatic Braking may not
avoid many types of backing
crashes. Do not wait for the
automatic braking to apply. This
system is not designed to replace
driver braking, but only acts when
the vehicle may not stop in time.
The system, in some situations or
environments, may not brake or
may not brake in time to avoid a
crash. It does not detect children,
pedestrians, bicyclists, animals,
or objects below the bumper or
that are too close or too far from
the vehicle. To prevent injury,
death, or vehicle damage, even
with Rear Automatic Braking,
always check the area around the
vehicle before and while backing.
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Pressing the brake pedal after the
vehicle comes to a stop will release
the Rear Automatic Braking. If the
brake pedal is not pressed within
two seconds after the stop, the
electric parking brake is set.
Release the electric parking brake.
When it is safe, pressing the
accelerator pedal firmly at any time
will override the Rear Automatic
Braking.
{ Warning
There may be instances where
unexpected or undesired
automatic braking occurs. If this
happens, either press the brake
pedal or firmly press the
accelerator pedal to release the
brakes from the Rear Automatic
Braking system. Before releasing
the brakes, check the RVC
screen and check the area
around the vehicle to make
sure it is safe to proceed.
Turning the Features On or Off
The X button to the left of the
steering wheel is used to turn on or
off the Front and Rear Parking
Assist, Rear Automatic Braking, and
Backing Warning System at the
same time. The indicator light next
to the button comes on when the
features are on and turns off when
the features have been disabled.
Turn off parking assist when towing
a trailer.
The Rear Vision Camera (RVC), the
parking assist symbols, guidance
lines, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
(RCTA) can be turned on or off
through the Settings menu on the
infotainment system:
1. On the infotainment system,
press the Settings screen
button, or turn the MENU knob
to highlight Settings and
press MENU.
2. Select Rear Camera.
3. Press Rear Camera Display,
Park Assist Symbols, Guidance
Lines, or Rear Cross Traffic Alert
and then select OFF or ON.
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Assistance Systems for
Driving
If equipped, when driving the
vehicle forward, Forward Collision
Alert (FCA), Lane Departure
Warning (LDW), Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA), and/or the Active
Emergency Braking System can
help to avoid a crash or reduce
crash damage.
Forward Collision Alert
(FCA) System
The FCA system may help to avoid
or reduce the harm caused by
front-end crashes. FCA provides a
flashing red alert on the windshield,
and beeps or pulses the Safety Alert
Seat when approaching a vehicle
directly ahead too quickly. FCA also
provides a visual alert if following
another vehicle much too closely.
FCA detects vehicles within a
distance of approximately 60 m
(197 ft) and operates at speeds
above 40 km/h (25 mph).
If the vehicle has Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC), it can detect vehicles
to distances of approximately 110 m
(360 ft) and operates at all speeds.
See Adaptive Cruise Control on
page 9-41.
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of “Collision/Detection Systems”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
Detecting the Vehicle Ahead
{ Warning
FCA is a warning system and
does not apply the brakes. When
approaching a slower-moving or
stopped vehicle ahead too rapidly,
or when following a vehicle too
closely, FCA may not provide a
warning with enough time to help
avoid a crash. FCA does not warn
of pedestrians, animals, signs,
guardrails, bridges, construction
barrels, or other objects. Be ready
to take action and apply the
brakes. For more information, see
Defensive Driving on page 9-3.
FCA can be disabled through
vehicle personalization. See the
“Auto Collision Preparation” portion
FCA warnings will not occur unless
the FCA system detects a vehicle
ahead. The vehicle-ahead indicator
will display green when a vehicle is
detected in front. Vehicles may not
be detected on curves, highway exit
ramps, or hills; or due to poor
visibility. FCA will not detect another
vehicle ahead until it is completely
in the driving lane.
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{ Warning
FCA does not provide a warning
to help avoid a crash, unless it
detects a vehicle. FCA may not
detect a vehicle ahead if the FCA
sensor is blocked by dirt, snow,
or ice, or if the windshield is
damaged. It may also not detect a
vehicle on winding or hilly roads,
or in conditions that can limit
visibility such as fog, rain,
or snow, or if the headlamps or
windshield are not cleaned or in
proper condition. Keep the
windshield, headlamps, and FCA
sensors clean and in good repair.
Collision Alert
With Head-Up Display
Without Head-Up Display
When your vehicle approaches
another vehicle too rapidly, the
red lights, or the red collision alert
symbol on the HUD, will flash on the
windshield. Either eight beeps will
sound from the front, or both sides
of the Safety Alert Seat will pulse
five times.
Tailgating Alert
The vehicle-ahead indicator will
display amber when you are
following a vehicle ahead much
too closely.
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Selecting the Alert Timing
With Adaptive Cruise Control
Press the collision alert/following
gap button on the steering wheel to
set the FCA timing to Far, Medium,
Near, or on some vehicles, Off. The
first button press shows the current
setting on the DIC. Additional button
presses will change this setting. The
chosen setting will remain until it is
changed and will affect the timing of
both the Collision Alert and the
Tailgating Alert features. The timing
of both alerts will vary based on
vehicle speed. The faster the
vehicle speed, the farther away the
alert will occur. Consider traffic and
weather conditions when selecting
the alert timing. The range of
selectable alert timing may not be
appropriate for all drivers and
driving conditions.
Changing the FCA timing setting
automatically changes the following
gap setting (Far, Medium, or Near)
for the Adaptive Cruise Control
(ACC) feature.
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Unnecessary Alerts
FCA may provide unnecessary
alerts for turning vehicles, vehicles
in other lanes, objects that are not
vehicles, or shadows. These alerts
are normal operation and the
vehicle does not need service.
Cleaning the System
If the FCA system does not seem to
operate properly, cleaning the
outside of the windshield in front of
the camera sensor and the front of
the vehicle may correct the issue.
Active Emergency
Braking System
If the vehicle has Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) it also has the Active
Emergency Braking System, which
includes Intelligent Brake
Assist (IBA) and the Automatic
Collision Preparation (ACP) System.
These systems can provide a boost
to braking or automatically brake the
vehicle to help avoid or lessen the
severity of crashes.
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Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA)
IBA may activate when the brake
pedal is applied quickly by providing
a boost to braking based on the
speed of approach and distance to
a vehicle ahead.
Minor brake pedal pulsations or
pedal movement during this time is
normal and the brake pedal should
continue to be applied as needed.
IBA will automatically disengage
only when the brake pedal is
released.
{ Warning
IBA may increase vehicle braking
in situations when it may not be
necessary. You could block the
flow of traffic. If this occurs, take
your foot off the brake pedal and
then apply the brakes as needed.
Automatic Collision
Preparation (ACP) System
ACP may help reduce crash
damage by applying the vehicle’s
brake system and has a detection
range of approximately 60 m
(197 ft). Braking can only occur if a
vehicle is detected ahead in your
path. This is shown by the FCA
vehicle-ahead indicator being lit.
See Forward Collision Alert (FCA)
System on page 9-55.
{ Warning
ACP is an emergency crash
preparation feature and is not
designed to avoid crashes.
Do not rely on ACP to brake
the vehicle.
ACP may not:
.
Respond to stopped vehicles,
pedestrians, or animals.
.
Detect a vehicle ahead on
winding or hilly roads.
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Warning (Continued)
.
Detect a stopped or
slow-moving vehicle or
other object ahead.
.
Detect a vehicle when
weather limits visibility, such
as in fog, rain, or snow. In
these situations, ACP sensor
performance is limited.
Complete attention is always
required while driving, and you
should be ready to take action
and apply the brakes and/or steer
the vehicle to avoid crashes.
Brake Preparation
When quickly approaching a vehicle
ahead, Brake Preparation reduces
brake response time by having the
brake system prepared for driver
braking to occur more rapidly.
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Automatic Braking
In some imminent front-end crash
situations, if the driver has not
applied the brakes, Automatic
Braking applies the brakes to help
reduce crash damage. It may even
help avoid some very low speed
crashes.
Automatic Braking may slow the
vehicle to a complete stop to try to
avoid a potential crash. If this
happens, Automatic Braking will
engage the Electric Parking Brake
(EPB) to hold the vehicle at a stop.
Release the EPB. A firm press of
the accelerator pedal will also
release Automatic Braking and
the EPB.
{ Warning
Automatic Braking may
automatically brake the vehicle in
situations where it may be
unnecessary. It could respond to
a turning vehicle ahead,
guardrails, signs, and other
non-moving objects. This could
be uncomfortable and startling. To
override Automatic Braking, firmly
press the accelerator pedal, if it is
safe to do so.
Automatic Braking can be disabled
or reduced through vehicle
personalization. See the “Auto
Collision Preparation” portion of
“Collision/Detection Systems” under
Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42.
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{ Warning
Using the Automatic Collision
Preparation System while towing
a trailer could cause you to lose
control of the vehicle and crash.
Turn the system off when towing
a trailer.
Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA)
If equipped, the Side Blind Zone
Alert system is a lane-changing aid
that assists drivers with avoiding
crashes that occur with vehicles in
the side blind zone (or spot) areas.
The SBZA warning display will light
up in the corresponding outside side
mirror and will flash if the turn signal
is on.
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{ Warning
SBZA does not alert the driver to
vehicles rapidly approaching
outside of the side blind zones,
pedestrians, bicyclists,
or animals. It may not provide
alerts when changing lanes under
all driving conditions. Failure to
use proper care when changing
lanes may result in injury, death,
or vehicle damage. Before
making a lane change, always
check mirrors, glance over your
shoulder, and use the turn
signals.
SBZA Detection Zones
over that is in the side blind zone.
This indicates it may be unsafe to
change lanes. Before making a lane
change, check the SBZA display,
check mirrors, glance over your
shoulder, and use the turn signals.
Left Side Mirror Right Side Mirror
Display
Display
The SBZA sensor covers a zone of
approximately one lane over from
both sides of the vehicle, or 3.5 m
(11 ft). The height of the zone is
approximately between 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
and 2 m (6 ft) off the ground. This
zone starts at approximately the
middle of the vehicle and goes back
5 m (16 ft).
How the System Works
The SBZA symbol lights up in the
side mirrors when the system
detects a vehicle in the next lane
When the vehicle is started, both
outside mirror SBZA displays will
briefly come on to indicate the
system is operating. When the
vehicle is moving forward, the leftor right-side mirror display will light
up if a vehicle is detected in that
blind zone. If the turn signal is
activated in the same direction of a
detected vehicle, this display will
flash as an extra warning not to
change lanes.
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SBZA can be disabled through
vehicle personalization. See
“Collision/Detection Systems”
under Vehicle Personalization on
page 5-42. If SBZA is disabled by
the driver, the SBZA mirror displays
will not light up.
When the System Does Not
Seem to Work Properly
SBZA displays may not come on
when passing a vehicle quickly or
when towing a trailer. The SBZA
detection zones that extend back
from the side of the vehicle do not
move further back when a trailer is
towed. Use caution while changing
lanes when towing a trailer. SBZA
may alert to objects attached to the
vehicle, such as a trailer, bicycle,
or object extending out to either side
of the vehicle. This is normal system
operation; the vehicle does not need
service.
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SBZA may not always alert the
driver to vehicles in the side blind
zone, especially in wet conditions.
The system does not need to be
serviced. The system may light up
due to guardrails, signs, trees,
shrubs, and other non-moving
objects. This is normal system
operation; the vehicle does not
need service.
When SBZA is disabled for any
reason other than the driver turning
it off, the Side Blind Zone Alert On
option will not be available on the
personalization menu.
SBZA may not operate when the
SBZA sensors in the left or right
corners of the rear bumper are
covered with mud, dirt, snow, ice,
or slush, or in heavy rainstorms. For
cleaning instructions, see "Washing
the Vehicle" under Exterior Care on
page 10-82. If the DIC still displays
the system unavailable message
after cleaning both sides of the
vehicle toward the rear corners of
the vehicle, see your dealer.
Lane Departure
Warning (LDW)
If the SBZA displays do not light up
when vehicles are in the blind zone
and the system is clean, the system
may need service. Take the vehicle
to your dealer.
When the vehicle crosses a
detected lane marking, the LDW
indicator will flash and either three
beeps will be sounded from the left
or right side, or three Safety Alert
Seat pulses will occur on the left or
FCC Information
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
If equipped, LDW may help avoid
crashes due to unintentional lane
departures. It may provide a
warning if the vehicle is crossing a
detected lane marking without using
a turn signal. LDW uses a camera
sensor to detect the lane markings.
It only operates at speeds of
56 km/h (35 mph) or greater.
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right side of the seat, depending on
the lane departure direction. LDW
will not warn if the turn signal is on
in the departure direction, or if a
sharp maneuver is made.
{ Warning
The LDW system is an aid to help
the vehicle stay in the driving
lane. It does not steer the vehicle.
The LDW system may not:
.
Provide enough time to avoid
a crash.
.
Detect lane markings under
bad weather conditions or if
the windshield is dirty.
.
Detect lane markings and will
not detect road edges.
.
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Warn that the vehicle is
crossing a lane marking if the
system does not detect the
lane marking.
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Warning (Continued)
If LDW only detects lane
markings on one side of the
road, it will only warn you when
departing the lane on the side
where it has detected a lane
marker. Even with LDW, always
keep your attention on the road
and maintain proper vehicle
position within the lane, or vehicle
damage, injury, or death could
occur. Always keep the
windshield clean and do not use
LDW in bad weather conditions.
How the System Works
The LDW camera sensor is on the
windshield ahead of the rearview
mirror.
To turn LDW on and off, press @ to
the left of the steering wheel. The
control indicator will light when LDW
is on.
When the vehicle is started, the
LDW indicator on the instrument
cluster will come on briefly.
If LDW is on, the LDW indicator will
appear green if the system detects
a left or right lane marking while the
vehicle is traveling at
56 km/h (35 mph) or greater. If the
vehicle crosses a detected lane
marking without using the turn
signal, this indicator will change to
amber and flash. In addition, three
beeps will sound from the left or
right side, or the Safety Alert Seat
will pulse three times on either the
left or right side of the seat,
depending on the lane departure
direction.
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When the System Does Not
Seem to Work Properly
If the LDW symbol does not appear
when the system is on and the
vehicle is traveling at least
56 km/h (35 mph):
.
The lane markings on the road
may not be seen.
.
The camera sensor may be
blocked by dirt, snow, or ice.
.
The windshield may be
damaged.
.
The weather may be limiting
visibility.
This is normal operation; the vehicle
does not need service. Clean the
windshield.
Lane markings may not be detected
on curves, highway exit ramps,
or hills; or due to poor visibility.
If the LDW camera system does not
seem to operate properly, cleaning
the outside of the windshield in front
of the camera sensor may correct
the issue.
{ Warning
LDW does not provide a warning
to help avoid a crash, unless it
detects the lane markings. LDW
may not detect the lane markings
if the camera sensor is blocked
by dirt, snow, or ice, or if the
windshield is damaged. It may
also not detect a lane on winding
or hilly roads, or in conditions that
can limit visibility such as fog,
rain, or snow, or if the headlamps
or windshield are not cleaned or
in proper condition. Keep the
windshield, headlamps, and
camera sensors clean and in
good repair.
LDW warnings may occur due to tar
marks, shadows, cracks in the road,
or other road imperfections. This is
normal system operation; the
vehicle does not need service.
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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 using TOP TIER
Detergent Gasolines. See
www.toptiergas.com for a list of
TOP TIER Detergent Gasolines.
If the vehicle has a yellow fuel cap,
E85 or flex fuel can be used in the
vehicle. See E85 or FlexFuel on
page 9-65.
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Recommended Fuel
If the vehicle has a 2.5L L4 engine
or a 3.6L V6 engine, 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.
If the vehicle has the 2.0L
L4 engine, 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, a
heavy knocking noise might be
heard when driving. 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.
Use of Seasonal Fuels
Use summer and winter fuels in the
appropriate season. Driving or
starting could be affected if the
incorrect fuel is used. Drive the
vehicle with the engine running until
the fuel is a half tank or less, then
refuel with the current seasonal fuel.
Prohibited Fuels
Gasolines containing oxygenates,
such as ethers and ethanol, as well
as reformulated gasolines are
available in some cities. If these
gasolines comply with the
previously described specification,
then they are acceptable to use.
However, E85 (85% ethanol) and
other fuels containing more than
15% ethanol must be used only in
flex fuel vehicles.
{ Caution
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). Do not use
gasolines with MMT as they can
reduce spark plug life and affect
emission control system
performance. The malfunction
indicator lamp may turn on. If this
occurs, see your dealer for service.
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Gasoline Specifications
At a minimum, gasoline should
meet ASTM specification D 4814.
Some gasolines contain an
octane-enhancing additive called
methylcyclopentadienyl manganese
tricarbonyl (MMT). We recommend
against the use of gasolines
containing MMT. See “Prohibited
Fuels" in Recommended Fuel on
page 9-64.
California Fuel
Requirements
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 may not pass a smog-check
test. See Malfunction Indicator
Lamp on page 5-15. 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 may not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Fuels in Foreign
Countries
If planning to drive in countries
outside the U.S. or Canada, the
proper fuel might be hard to find.
Check regional auto club or fuel
retail brand websites for availability
in the country where driving. Never
use leaded gasoline, fuel containing
methanol, or any other fuel not
recommended. Costly repairs
caused by use of improper fuel
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
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Fuel Additives
To keep fuel systems clean,
TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is
recommended. See Fuel on
page 9-63.
If TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is
not available, one bottle of Fuel
System Treatment PLUS, part
number 88861013, added to the fuel
tank at every engine oil change, can
help. Fuel System Treatment PLUS
is the only gasoline additive
recommended by General Motors.
It is available at your dealer.
Do not use additives with E85 or
FlexFuel.
E85 or FlexFuel
Vehicles with a yellow fuel cap can
use either unleaded gasoline or fuel
containing up to 85% ethanol (E85).
All other vehicles should use only
the unleaded gasoline as described
in Recommended Fuel on
page 9-64.
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The use of E85 or FlexFuel is
encouraged when the vehicle is
designed to use it. E85 or FlexFuel
is made from renewable sources.
To help locate fuel stations
that carry E85 or FlexFuel, the
U.S. Department of Energy has an
alternative fuel website. See
www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/locator/
stations.
E85 or FlexFuel should meet
ASTM Specification D 5798 or
CAN/CGSB–3.512 in Canada.
Do not use the fuel if the ethanol
content is greater than 85%. Fuel
mixtures that do not meet ASTM or
CGSB specifications can affect
driveability and could cause the
malfunction indicator lamp to
come on.
The starting characteristics of E85
or FlexFuel make it unsuitable for
use when temperatures fall below
−18°C (0°F). Use gasoline or add
gasoline to the E85 or FlexFuel.
Because E85 or FlexFuel has
less energy per liter (gallon) than
gasoline, the vehicle will need to be
refilled more often. See Filling the
Tank on page 9-66.
{ Caution
Some additives are not
compatible with E85 or FlexFuel
and can harm the vehicle's fuel
system. Do not add anything to
E85 or FlexFuel. Damage caused
by additives would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty.
{ Caution
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.
Filling the Tank
{ Warning
Fuel vapors and fuel fires burn
violently and can cause injury
or death.
.
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.
.
Keep sparks, flames, and
smoking materials away
from fuel.
.
Do not leave the fuel pump
unattended.
.
Do not reenter the vehicle
while pumping fuel.
.
Keep children away from the
fuel pump and never let
children pump fuel.
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Warning (Continued)
.
Fuel can spray out if the fuel
cap is opened too quickly.
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 tethered fuel cap,
turn it slowly counterclockwise.
While refueling, hang the tethered
fuel cap from the hook on the
fuel door.
If the fuel cap is not installed
properly, a message will appear on
the Driver Information Center
display. See Fuel System Messages
on page 5-35.
When reinstalling the cap, turn it
clockwise until it clicks once,
otherwise the malfunction indicator
lamp could turn on. See Malfunction
Indicator Lamp on page 5-15.
Be careful not to spill fuel. Do not
top off or overfill the tank and wait a
few seconds after you have finished
The cap is behind the fuel door on
the passenger side of the vehicle.
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pumping before removing the
nozzle. Clean fuel from painted
surfaces as soon as possible. See
Exterior Care on page 10-82.
When replacing the fuel cap, turn it
clockwise until it clicks once. 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 5-15.
{ 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.
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{ Caution
If a new fuel cap is needed, be
sure to get the right type of cap
from your dealer. The wrong type
of fuel cap might not fit properly,
might cause the malfunction
indicator lamp to light, and could
damage the fuel tank and
emissions system. See
Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
page 5-15.
Filling a Portable Fuel
Container
{ Warning
Filling a portable fuel container
while it is in the vehicle can cause
fuel vapors that can ignite either
by static electricity or other
means. You or others could be
badly burned and the vehicle
could be damaged. Always:
.
Use approved fuel
containers.
.
Remove the container from
the vehicle, trunk, or pickup
bed before filling.
.
Place the container on the
ground.
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Warning (Continued)
.
Place the nozzle inside the
fill opening of the container
before dispensing fuel, and
keep it in contact with the fill
opening until filling is
complete.
.
Fill the container no more
than 95% full to allow for
expansion.
.
Do not smoke, light matches,
or use lighters while
pumping fuel.
.
Avoid using cell phones or
other electronic devices.
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Trailer Towing
General Towing
Information
Only use towing equipment that
has been designed for the vehicle.
Contact your dealer or trailering
dealer for assistance with preparing
the vehicle for towing a trailer. Read
the entire section before towing a
trailer.
For towing a disabled vehicle, see
Towing the Vehicle on page 10-79.
For towing the vehicle behind
another vehicle such as a motor
home, see Recreational Vehicle
Towing on page 10-80.
Driving Characteristics
and Towing Tips
Driving with a Trailer
When towing a trailer:
.
Become familiar with the state
and local laws that apply to
trailer towing.
.
Do not tow a trailer during the
first 800 km (500 mi) to prevent
damage to the engine, axle,
or other parts.
.
Then during the first 800 km
(500 mi) of trailer towing, do not
drive over 80 km/h (50 mph) and
do not make starts at full throttle.
.
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.
.
Do not use Adaptive Cruise
Control when towing.
.
The Automatic Collision
Preparation System should be
set to Off when towing. See
Active Emergency Braking
System on page 9-57.
.
Turn off Park Assist when
towing.
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{ 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.
When towing a trailer:
.
Do not drive with the liftgate,
trunk/hatch, or rear-most
window open.
.
Fully open the air outlets on
or under the instrument
panel.
.
Also adjust the climate
control system to a setting
that brings in only outside air.
See “Climate Control System”
in the Index.
For more information about
Carbon Monoxide, see Engine
Exhaust on page 9-24.
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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.
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.
Backing Up
Hold the bottom of the steering
wheel with one hand. 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
{ Caution
Making very sharp turns while
trailering could cause the trailer to
come in contact with the vehicle.
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Caution (Continued)
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
cluster will still flash for turns. It is
important to check occasionally to
be sure the trailer bulbs are still
working.
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.
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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.
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 10-22.
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.
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 Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3. Things that are
especially important in trailer
operation are automatic
transmission fluid, engine oil, axle
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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.
Trailer Towing (With
V6 Engine)
Before pulling a trailer, three
important considerations have to do
with weight:
.
Weight of the trailer.
.
Weight of the trailer tongue.
.
Total weight on your vehicle's
tires.
Weight of the Trailer
How heavy can a trailer safely be?
It should never weigh more than
454 kg (1,000 lb). But even that can
be too heavy.
It depends on how the rig is used.
For example, 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.
Maximum trailer weight is calculated
assuming only the driver is in the
tow vehicle and it has all the
required trailering equipment.
The weight of additional optional
equipment, passengers, and
cargo in the tow vehicle must be
subtracted from the maximum
trailer weight.
Ask your dealer for trailering
information or advice, or write us at
our Customer Assistance Offices.
See Customer Assistance Offices
on page 13-3.
Weight of the Trailer Tongue
The tongue load (1) of any trailer is
an important weight to measure
because it affects the total gross
weight of the vehicle. 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.
If there are a lot of options,
equipment, passengers, or cargo in
the vehicle, it will reduce the tongue
weight the vehicle can carry, which
will also reduce the trailer weight the
vehicle can tow. If towing a trailer,
the tongue load must be added to
the GVW because the vehicle will
be carrying that weight, too. See
Vehicle Load Limits on page 9-12.
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The trailer tongue (1) should weigh
10 percent of the total loaded trailer
weight (2).
Trailer Towing
(With L4 Engine)
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.
The vehicle is neither designed nor
intended to tow a trailer.
Total Weight on Your Vehicle's
Tires
Be sure the vehicle's tires are
inflated to the upper limit for cold
tires. These numbers can be found
on the Tire and Loading Information
label. See Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9-12. Make sure not to go over
the GVW limit for the vehicle,
including the weight of the trailer
tongue.
Towing Equipment
Hitches
Use the correct hitch equipment.
See your dealer or a hitch dealer
for assistance.
.
.
The rear bumper on the vehicle
is not intended for hitches. Do
not attach rental hitches or other
bumper-type hitches to it. Use
only a frame-mounted hitch that
does not attach to the bumper.
Will any holes be made in the
body of the vehicle when the
trailer hitch is installed? If so,
seal the holes when the hitch is
removed. If the holes are not
sealed, dirt, water, and deadly
carbon monoxide (CO) from the
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exhaust can get into the vehicle.
See Engine Exhaust on
page 9-24.
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.
Leave enough slack so the rig can
turn. Never allow safety chains to
drag on the ground.
Trailer Brakes
Does the trailer have its own
brakes? Be sure to read and follow
the instructions for the trailer brakes
so they are installed, adjusted, and
maintained properly.
Because the vehicle has antilock
brakes, do not tap into the vehicle's
brake system. If this is done, both
brake systems will not work well,
or at all.
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Conversions and
Add-Ons
Add-On Electrical
Equipment
{ Caution
Some electrical equipment can
damage the vehicle or cause
components to not work and
would not be covered by the
warranty. Always check with your
dealer before adding electrical
equipment.
Add-on equipment can drain the
vehicle's 12-volt 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 the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle on page 3-32 and Adding
Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle on page 3-32.
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Vehicle Care
General Information
General Information . . . . . . . . . .
California Proposition
65 Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
California Perchlorate
Materials Requirements . . . .
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10-3
10-3
10-3
10-3
Vehicle Checks
Doing Your Own
Service Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-5
Engine Compartment
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . 10-13
Automatic Transmission
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Manual Transmission
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Hydraulic Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . 10-16
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Engine Overheating . . . . . . . . 10-22
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-26
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-27
Starter Switch Check . . . . . . . 10-28
Automatic Transmission Shift
Lock Control Function
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-29
Park Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check . . . . . . . . 10-29
Wiper Blade
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30
Windshield Replacement . . . 10-30
Headlamp Aiming
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
10-1
Bulb Replacement
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . .
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
High Intensity Discharge
(HID) Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LED Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Back-Up Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . .
License Plate Lamp . . . . . . . .
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . .
10-31
10-31
10-31
10-31
10-32
10-32
10-33
Electrical System
Electrical System
Overload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Compartment Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Compartment Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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10-34
10-34
10-38
10-41
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Wheels and Tires
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-44
All-Season Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Winter Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Run-Flat Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Summer Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-47
Tire Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . 10-47
Tire Designations . . . . . . . . . . . 10-48
Tire Terminology and
Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-52
Tire Pressure for High-Speed
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-53
Tire Pressure Monitor
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54
Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-55
Tire Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Tire Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-60
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-61
Different Size Tires and
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-62
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63
Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-64
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-65
Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . 10-67
Tire Sealant and
Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Storing the Tire Sealant and
Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . 10-76
Jump Starting
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-77
Towing the Vehicle
Towing the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . 10-79
Recreational Vehicle
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-80
Appearance Care
Exterior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82
Interior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-87
Floor Mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-91
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General Information
For service and parts needs, visit
your dealer. You will receive
genuine GM parts and GM-trained
and supported service people.
Genuine GM parts have one of
these marks:
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, safety belt pretensioners,
and lithium batteries contained in
Remote Keyless Entry transmitters,
may contain perchlorate materials.
Special handling may be necessary.
For additional information, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate.
California Proposition
65 Warning
Most motor vehicles, including this
one, contain and/or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
Accessories and
Modifications
Adding non‐dealer accessories or
making modifications to the vehicle
can affect vehicle performance and
safety, including such things as
airbags, braking, stability, ride and
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handling, emissions systems,
aerodynamics, durability, and
electronic systems like antilock
brakes, traction control, and stability
control. These accessories or
modifications could even cause
malfunction or damage not covered
by the vehicle warranty.
Damage to vehicle components
resulting from modifications or the
installation or use of non‐GM
certified parts, including control
module or software modifications, is
not covered under the terms of the
vehicle warranty and may affect
remaining warranty coverage for
affected parts.
GM Accessories are designed to
complement and function with other
systems on the vehicle. See your
dealer to accessorize the vehicle
using genuine GM Accessories
installed by a dealer technician.
Also, see Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 3-32.
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Vehicle Care
Vehicle Checks
Doing Your Own
Service Work
{ Warning
It can be dangerous to work on
your vehicle if you do not have
the proper knowledge, service
manual, tools, or parts. Always
follow owner manual procedures
and consult the service manual
for your vehicle before doing any
service work.
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 13-11.
Keep a record with all parts receipts
and list the mileage and the date of
any service work performed. See
Maintenance Records on
page 11-16.
This vehicle has an airbag system.
Before attempting to do your own
service work, see Servicing the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 3-32.
Even small amounts of
contamination can cause damage
to vehicle systems. Do not allow
contaminants to contact the fluids,
reservoir caps, or dipsticks.
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Hood
To close the hood:
To open the hood:
Before closing the hood, be sure all
filler caps are on properly. Then,
bring the hood from full open to
within 152 mm (6 in) of the closed
position. Pause, then push the front
center of the hood with a swift, firm
motion to fully close the hood.
1. Pull the hood release handle
inside the vehicle. It is on the
lower left side of the instrument
panel.
2. Go to the front of the vehicle and
move the secondary hood
release lever toward the right
side of the vehicle.
3. Lift the hood.
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Engine Compartment Overview
2.0L L4 Engine
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1. Windshield Washer Fluid
Reservoir. See Washer Fluid on
page 10-23.
2. Positive (+) Battery Terminal.
See Battery on page 10-26.
3. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap. See Cooling
System on page 10-17.
4. Engine Compartment Fuse
Block on page 10-34.
5. Engine Cooling Fan (Out of
View). See Cooling System on
page 10-17.
6. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
7. Engine Oil Dipstick. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
8. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10-16.
9. Brake/Clutch Fluid Reservoir.
See Brakes on page 10-24 and
Hydraulic Clutch on page 10-15.
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1. Windshield Washer Fluid
Reservoir. See Washer Fluid on
page 10-23.
2. Positive (+) Battery Terminal.
See Battery on page 10-26.
3. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap. See Cooling
System on page 10-17.
4. Engine Compartment Fuse
Block on page 10-34.
5. Engine Cooling Fan (Out of
View). See Cooling System on
page 10-17.
6. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
7. Engine Oil Dipstick. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
8. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10-16.
9. Brake/Clutch Fluid Reservoir.
See Brakes on page 10-24 and
Hydraulic Clutch on page 10-15.
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1. Windshield Washer Fluid
Reservoir. See Washer Fluid on
page 10-23.
2. Positive (+) Battery Terminal.
See Battery on page 10-26.
3. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap. See Cooling
System on page 10-17.
Engine Oil
Checking Engine Oil
To ensure proper engine
performance and long life, careful
attention must be paid to engine oil.
Following these simple, but
important steps will help protect
your investment:
It is a good idea to check the engine
oil level at each fuel fill. In order to
get an accurate reading, the vehicle
must be on level ground. The
engine oil dipstick handle is a loop.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10-6 for the location of the
engine oil dipstick.
.
4. Engine Compartment Fuse
Block on page 10-34.
5. Engine Cooling Fan (Out of
View). See Cooling System on
page 10-17.
Check the engine oil level
regularly and maintain the
proper oil level. See “Checking
Engine Oil” and “When to Add
Engine Oil” in this section.
.
Change the engine oil at the
appropriate time. See Engine Oil
Life System on page 10-13.
.
Always dispose of engine oil
properly. See “What to Do with
Used Oil” in this section.
8. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10-16.
9. Brake/Clutch Fluid Reservoir.
See Brakes on page 10-24 and
Hydraulic Clutch on page 10-15.
Always use engine oil approved
to the proper specification and of
the proper viscosity grade. See
“Selecting the Right Engine Oil”
in this section.
.
6. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
7. Engine Oil Dipstick. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11.
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1. If the engine has been running
recently, turn off the engine and
allow several minutes for the oil
to drain back into the oil pan.
Checking the oil level too soon
after engine shutoff will not
provide an accurate oil level
reading.
{ Warning
The engine oil dipstick handle
may be hot; it could burn you.
Use a towel or glove to touch the
dipstick handle.
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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.
When to Add Engine Oil
If the oil is below the cross-hatched
area at the tip of the dipstick, add
1 L (1 qt) of the recommended oil
and then recheck the level. See
“Selecting the Right Engine Oil” in
this section for an explanation of
what kind of oil to use. For engine
oil crankcase capacity, see
Capacities and Specifications on
page 12-2.
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Do not add too much oil. Oil
levels above or below the
acceptable operating range
shown on the dipstick are harmful
to the engine. If you find that you
have an oil level above the
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operating range, i.e., 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. You should drain
out the excess oil or limit driving
of the vehicle and seek a service
professional to remove the
excess amount of oil.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10-6 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.
Selecting the Right Engine Oil
Selecting the right engine oil
depends on both the proper oil
specification and viscosity grade.
See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
Specification
Use and ask for licensed engine oils
with the dexos1® approved
certification mark. Engine oils
meeting the requirements for the
vehicle should have the dexos1
approved certification mark. This
certification mark indicates that the
oil has been approved to the dexos1
specification.
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{ Caution
Failure to use the recommended
engine oil can result in engine
damage not covered by the
vehicle warranty. Check with your
dealer or service provider on
whether the oil is approved to the
dexos1 specification.
Viscosity Grade
SAE 5W-30 is the best viscosity
grade for the 2.0L L4 engine and
the 3.6L V6 engine. SAE 5W-20 is
the best viscosity grade for the
2.5L L4 engine. Do not use other
viscosity grade oils such as
SAE 10W-30, 10W-40, or 20W-50.
Cold Temperature Operation: In an
area of extreme cold, where the
temperature falls below −29°C
(−20°F), an SAE 0W-30 oil may be
used. An oil of this viscosity grade
will provide easier cold starting for
the engine at extremely low
temperatures.
When selecting an oil of the
appropriate viscosity grade, always
select an oil of the correct
specification. See “Specification”
earlier in this section for more
information.
Engine Oil Additives/Engine
Oil Flushes
Do not add anything to the oil. The
recommended oils with the dexos
specification and displaying the
dexos certification mark 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.
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.
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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 or 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.
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 a combination of factors which
include engine revolutions, engine
temperature, and miles driven.
Based on driving conditions, the
mileage at which an oil change is
indicated can vary considerably.
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For the oil life system to work
properly, the system must be reset
every time the oil is changed.
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
Engine Oil Messages on page 5-34.
Change the oil as soon as possible
within the next 1 000 km (600 mi).
It is possible that, if driving under
the best conditions, the oil life
system might indicate that an oil
change is not necessary for up to a
year. 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 and reset the system. It is also
important to check the oil regularly
over the course of an oil drain
interval and keep it at the proper
level.
If the system is ever reset
accidentally, the oil must be
changed at 5 000 km (3,000 mi)
since the last oil change.
Remember to reset the oil life
system whenever the oil is changed.
How to Reset the Engine Oil
Life System
Reset the system whenever the
engine oil is changed so that the
system can calculate the next
engine oil change. To reset the
system:
1. Using the DIC controls on the
right side of the steering wheel,
display REMAINING OIL LIFE
on the DIC. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25. When remaining oil
life is low, the CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message
will appear on the display. See
Engine Oil Messages on
page 5-34.
2. Press SEL on the DIC controls
and hold SEL down for a few
seconds to clear the CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message
and reset the oil life at 100%.
Be careful not to reset the oil life
display accidentally at any time
other than after the oil is
changed. It cannot be reset
accurately until the next oil
change.
The oil life system can also be reset
as follows:
1. Turn the ignition on with the
engine off.
2. Fully press and release the
accelerator pedal three times
within five seconds.
If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL
SOON message is not on, the
system is reset.
The system is reset when the
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message is off.
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If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message comes back on when the
vehicle is started, the engine oil life
system has not been reset. Repeat
the procedure.
Automatic Transmission
Fluid
How to Check Automatic
Transmission Fluid
It is not necessary to check the
transmission fluid level.
A transmission fluid leak is the
only reason for fluid loss. If a leak
occurs, take the vehicle to your
dealer and have it repaired as soon
as possible.
The vehicle is not equipped with a
transmission fluid level dipstick.
There is a special procedure for
checking and changing the
transmission fluid. Because this
procedure is difficult, this should be
done at the dealer. Contact the
dealer for additional information.
Change the fluid and filter at the
intervals listed in Maintenance
Schedule on page 11-3, and
be sure to use the fluid listed in
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
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Hydraulic Clutch
Manual Transmission
Fluid
For vehicles with a manual
transmission, it is not necessary to
regularly check brake/clutch fluid
unless there is a leak suspected.
Adding fluid will not correct a leak.
A fluid loss in this system could
indicate a problem. Have the
system inspected and repaired.
How to Check Manual
Transmission Fluid
When to Check and What
to Use
It is not necessary to check the
manual transmission fluid level.
A transmission fluid leak is the only
reason for fluid loss. If a leak
occurs, take the vehicle to your
dealer and have it repaired as soon
as possible. See Recommended
Fluids and Lubricants on page 11-13
for the proper fluid to use.
The brake/hydraulic clutch fluid
reservoir cap has either a symbol or
text specifying the type of brake
fluid. The common brake/clutch fluid
reservoir is filled with GM approved
DOT 3 brake fluid as indicated on
the reservoir cap. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10-6 for reservoir location.
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How to Check and Add Fluid
Visually check the brake/clutch fluid
reservoir to make sure the fluid level
is at the MIN (minimum) line on the
side of the reservoir. The brake/
hydraulic clutch fluid system should
be closed and sealed.
Do not remove the cap to check the
fluid level or to top off the fluid level.
Remove the cap only when
necessary to add the proper fluid
until the level reaches the MIN line.
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
The engine air cleaner/filter is in the
engine compartment on the driver
side of the vehicle. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10-6 for location.
When to Inspect the Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter
To inspect or replace the air cleaner/
filter:
Inspect the air cleaner/filter at the
scheduled maintenance intervals.
See Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3. If you are driving in
dusty/dirty conditions, inspect the
filter at each engine oil change.
How to Inspect the Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter
To inspect the engine air cleaner/
filter, remove the filter from the
vehicle and lightly shake the filter to
release loose dust and dirt. If the
filter remains covered with dirt, a
new filter is required.
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Engine Similar
1. Remove the four screws and lift
the cover out of the assembly.
2. Inspect or replace the engine air
cleaner/filter.
3. Lower the cover and secure with
the four screws.
See Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3 for replacement intervals.
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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.
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Cooling System
The cooling system allows the
engine to maintain the correct
working temperature.
2.5L L4 LCV Engine
{ Caution
If the air cleaner/filter is off, dirt
can easily get into the engine,
which could damage it. Always
have the air cleaner/filter in place
when you are driving.
1. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap
2.0L L4 LTG Engine
1. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap
2. Engine Cooling Fan
(Out of View)
2. Engine Cooling Fan
(Out of View)
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Caution (Continued)
Heater and radiator hoses, and
other engine parts, can be very
hot. Do not touch them. If you do,
you can be burned.
Any repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Always
use DEX-COOL (silicate-free)
coolant in the vehicle.
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.
1. Engine Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap
2. Engine Cooling Fan
(Out of View)
{ 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.
{ Caution
Using coolant other than
DEX-COOL® can cause
premature engine, heater core,
or radiator corrosion. In addition,
the engine coolant could require
changing sooner.
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Engine Coolant
The cooling system in the vehicle is
filled with DEX-COOL engine
coolant. See Maintenance Schedule
on page 11-3 and Recommended
Fluids and Lubricants on
page 11-13.
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 10-22.
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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 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. This mixture:
.
Gives freezing protection down
to −37°C (−34°F), outside
temperature.
.
Gives boiling protection up to
129°C (265°F), engine
temperature.
.
Protects against rust and
corrosion.
.
Will not damage aluminum parts.
.
Helps keep the proper engine
temperature.
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If improper coolant mixture,
inhibitors, or additives are used in
the vehicle cooling system, the
engine could overheat and be
damaged. Too much water in the
mixture can freeze and crack
engine cooling parts. The repairs
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. Use only the
proper mixture of engine coolant
for the cooling system. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
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Never dispose of engine coolant by
putting it in the trash, pouring it on
the ground, or into sewers, streams,
or bodies of water. Have the coolant
changed by an authorized service
center, familiar with legal
requirements regarding used
coolant disposal. This will help
protect the environment and your
health.
Checking Coolant
The vehicle must be on a level
surface when checking the coolant
level.
It is normal to see coolant moving in
the upper coolant hose return line
when the engine is running. It is
also normal to see bubbles entering
the surge tank through the
small hose.
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.
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If coolant is visible but the coolant
level is not at or above the COLD
FILL line, add a 50/50 mixture of
clean drinkable water and
DEX-COOL coolant.
DEX-COOL coolant at the coolant
surge tank, but be sure the cooling
system, including the coolant surge
tank pressure cap, is cool before
you do it.
Be sure the cooling system is cool
before this is done.
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If no coolant is visible in the coolant
surge tank, add coolant as follows:
How to Add Coolant to the
Coolant Surge Tank
{ Caution
This vehicle has a specific
coolant fill procedure. Failure to
follow this procedure could cause
the engine to overheat and be
severely damaged.
If no problem is found, check to see
if coolant is visible in the coolant
surge tank. If coolant is visible but
the coolant level is not at the bottom
of the fill neck, add a 50/50 mixture
of clean, drinkable water and
Steam and scalding liquids from a
hot cooling system can blow out
and burn you badly. 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.
{ 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.
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Warning (Continued)
The 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.
{ Caution
In cold weather, water can freeze
and crack the engine, radiator,
heater core, and other parts. Use
the recommended coolant and
the proper coolant mixture.
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{ 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.
1. Remove the coolant surge tank
pressure cap from the top
chamber 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. If you hear a
hiss, wait for that to stop. This
will allow any pressure still
left to be vented out the
discharge hose.
2. Keep turning the pressure cap
slowly and remove it. Open the
surge tank service port cap to
the lower chamber
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3. Fill the surge tank top chamber
with the proper DEX-COOL
coolant mixture to the bottom of
the fill neck. The top chamber
needs to be completely full. Fill
the surge tank bottom chamber
through the service port to
approximately half.
4. With the coolant surge tank
pressure cap off and the surge
tank service port cap open, 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 top
chamber may be lower. If the
level is lower, add more of the
proper DEX-COOL coolant
mixture to the surge tank top
chamber until the level reaches
the bottom of the fill neck.
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5. Replace the surge tank pressure
cap tightly and close the surge
tank service port cap.
{ Caution
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.
Check the level in the surge tank
top and bottom chambers when the
cooling system has cooled down.
If the coolant is not at the proper
levels, repeat Steps 1–3 and
reinstall the pressure cap and close
the service port. If the coolant still is
not at the proper levels when the
system cools down again, see
your dealer.
Engine Overheating
The vehicle has an indicator to warn
of the engine overheating.
If the decision is made not to lift the
hood when this warning appears,
get service help right away. See
Roadside Service on page 13-5.
If the decision is made to lift the
hood, make sure the vehicle is
parked on a level surface.
Then check to see if the engine
cooling fan is running. If the engine
is overheating, the fan should be
running. If it is not, do not continue
to run the engine. Have the vehicle
serviced.
{ Caution
Running the engine without
coolant may cause damage or a
fire. Vehicle damage would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
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. Just 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
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.
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If No Steam Is Coming from
the Engine Compartment
If an engine overheat warning is
displayed but no steam can be seen
or heard, the problem may not be
too serious. Sometimes the engine
can get a little too hot when the
vehicle:
.
Climbs a long hill on a hot day.
.
Stops after high-speed driving.
.
Idles for long periods in traffic.
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.
3. When it is safe to do so, pull off
the road, shift to P (Park) or
N (Neutral) for an automatic
transmission or Neutral for a
manual transmission, and let the
engine idle.
If the overheat warning no longer
displays, the vehicle can be driven.
Continue to drive the vehicle slowly
for about 10 minutes. Keep a safe
vehicle distance from the vehicle in
front. If the warning does not come
back on, continue to drive normally
and have the cooling system
checked for proper fill and function.
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Washer Fluid
What to Use
When windshield washer fluid is
needed, be sure to read the
manufacturer's instructions before
use. If operating the vehicle in an
area where the temperature may fall
below freezing, use a fluid that has
sufficient protection against
freezing.
Adding Washer Fluid
If the warning continues, pull over,
stop, and park the vehicle
right away.
If there is no sign of steam, idle the
engine for three minutes while
parked. If the warning is still
displayed, turn off the engine until it
cools down.
Open the cap with the washer
symbol on it. Add washer fluid until
the tank is full. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10-6 for reservoir location.
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{ Caution
.
.
.
.
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Do not use engine coolant
(antifreeze) in the windshield
washer. It can damage the
windshield washer system
and paint.
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.
When using concentrated
washer fluid, follow the
manufacturer instructions for
adding water.
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.
Brakes
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 when 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.
{ Caution
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.
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. See Capacities and
Specifications on page 12-2.
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 time the brakes are applied,
with or without the vehicle moving,
the brakes adjust for wear.
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Replacing Brake System Parts
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, be sure to get
new, approved replacement parts.
If this is not done, the brakes might
not work properly. For example,
installing disc brake pads that are
wrong for the vehicle, can change
the balance between the front and
rear brakes — for the worse. The
braking performance expected can
change in many other ways if the
wrong replacement brake parts are
installed.
Brake Fluid
The brake/clutch master cylinder
reservoir is filled with DOT 3 brake
fluid as indicated on the reservoir
cap. See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 10-6 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/clutch
hydraulic system can also cause
a low fluid level. Have the brake/
clutch hydraulic system fixed,
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since a leak means that sooner
or later the brakes will not
work well.
Do not top off the brake/clutch 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 fluid, as
necessary, only when work is done
on the brake/clutch 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/clutch
hydraulic system.
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Checking Brake Fluid
The brake/clutch fluid can be
checked without taking off the cap
by looking at the brake/clutch fluid
reservoir.
The fluid level should be above
MIN. If it is not, have the brake/
clutch hydraulic system checked to
see if there is a leak.
After work is done on the brake/
clutch hydraulic system, make sure
the level is above MIN but not over
the MAX mark.
When the brake/clutch fluid falls to a
low level, the brake warning light
comes on. See Brake System
Warning Light on page 5-18.
What to Add
Use only new GM approved DOT 3
brake fluid from a sealed container.
See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
Always clean the brake/clutch 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/clutch hydraulic system, the
brakes might not work well. This
could cause a crash. Always use
the proper brake/clutch fluid.
{
.
Caution (Continued)
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.
Battery
Caution
Using the wrong fluid can
badly damage brake/clutch
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
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The battery is in the trunk, beneath
the trim panel, on the driver side of
the vehicle. Refer to the
replacement number shown on the
original battery label when a new
battery is needed.
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{ Warning
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.
After a power loss, such as
disconnecting the battery or
removing the maxi fuses in the
power distribution fuse block, the
following steps must be performed
to calibrate the electronic throttle
control. If this is not done, the
engine will not run properly.
1. Turn the ignition on but do not
start the engine.
2. Leave the ignition on for at
least three minutes so that the
electronic throttle control will
cycle and relearn its home
position.
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3. Turn the ignition off.
All-Wheel Drive
4. Start and run the engine for at
least 30 seconds.
If the vehicle is equipped with
All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), this is an
additional system that needs
lubrication.
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 10-77 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.
Transfer Case
When to Check Lubricant
It is not necessary to regularly
check the transfer case fluid unless
a leak is suspected or an unusual
noise is heard. A fluid loss could
indicate a problem. Have it
inspected and repaired.
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How to Check Lubricant
1. Fill Plug
2. Drain Plug
To get an accurate reading, the
vehicle should be on a level
surface.
If the level is below the bottom of
the fill plug hole, on the transfer
case, some lubricant will need to be
added. Add enough lubricant to
raise the level to the bottom of the
fill plug hole. Use care not to
overtighten the fill plug.
What to Use
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule
to determine what kind of lubricant
to use. See Recommended Fluids
and Lubricants on page 11-13.
Starter Switch 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.
2. Firmly apply both the parking
brake and the regular brake.
See Parking Brake (Electric) on
page 9-31 or Parking Brake
(Manual) on page 9-33.
Do not use the accelerator
pedal, and be ready to turn off
the engine immediately if it
starts.
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3. For automatic transmission
vehicles, 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.
For manual transmission
vehicles, put the shift lever in
Neutral, push the clutch pedal
down halfway, and try to start
the engine. The vehicle should
start only when the clutch pedal
is pushed down all the way to
the floor. If the vehicle starts
when the clutch pedal is not
pushed all the way down,
contact your dealer for service.
Automatic Transmission
Shift Lock Control
Function Check
{ Warning
normal effort. If the shift lever
moves out of P (Park), contact
your dealer for service.
Park Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check
When you are doing this
inspection, the vehicle could
move suddenly. If the vehicle
moves, you or others could be
injured.
{ 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.
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 the parking brake.
Be ready to apply the regular
brake immediately if the vehicle
begins to move.
3. With the engine off, turn the
ignition on, but do not start the
engine. Without applying the
regular brake, try to move the
shift lever out of P (Park) with
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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.
.
To check the parking brake's
holding ability: With the engine
running and the transmission in
N (Neutral), slowly remove foot
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pressure from the regular brake
pedal. Do this until the vehicle is
held by the parking brake only.
.
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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.
To replace the windshield wiper
blade:
1. Pull the windshield wiper
assembly away from the
windshield.
Contact your dealer if service is
required.
Allowing the wiper blade arm to
touch the windshield when no
wiper blade is installed could
damage the windshield. Any
damage that occurs would not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Do not allow the
wiper blade arm to touch
the windshield.
5. Reverse Steps 1–3 for wiper
blade replacement.
Wiper Blade Replacement
Windshield Replacement
Windshield wiper blades should be
inspected for wear and cracking.
See Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3.
Replacement blades come in
different types and are removed in
different ways. For proper type and
length, see Maintenance
Replacement Parts on page 11-15.
4. Remove the wiper blade.
2. Lift up on the latch in the middle
of the wiper blade where the
wiper arm attaches.
3. With the latch open, pull the
wiper blade down toward the
windshield far enough to release
it from the J-hooked end of the
wiper arm.
The windshield is part of the HUD
system. If the vehicle has to have
the windshield replaced, get one
that is designed for HUD or the
HUD image may look out of focus.
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Headlamp Aiming
Bulb Replacement
Headlamp aim has been preset and
should need no further adjustment.
For the proper type of replacement
bulbs, see Replacement Bulbs on
page 10-33.
If the vehicle is damaged in a crash,
the headlamp aim may be affected.
If adjustment to the headlamps is
necessary, see your dealer.
For any bulb‐changing procedure
not listed in this section, contact
your dealer.
Halogen Bulbs
{ Warning
Halogen bulbs have pressurized
gas inside and can burst if you
drop or scratch the bulb. You or
others could be injured. Be sure
to read and follow the instructions
on the bulb package.
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High Intensity Discharge
(HID) Lighting
{ Warning
The 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.
After an HID headlamp bulb has
been replaced, the beam might be a
slightly different shade than it was
originally. This is normal.
LED Lighting
This vehicle has several LED lamps.
For replacement of any LED lighting
assembly, contact your dealer.
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Back-Up Lamps
To replace one of these bulbs:
License Plate Lamp
1. Reach under the rear fascia and
locate the back-up lamp
assembly.
2. Remove the bulb socket (1) by
turning counterclockwise and
pulling straight out of the lamp
assembly (2).
3. Pull the bulb out of the socket.
4. Install the new bulb in the bulb
socket.
1. Back-Up Bulb Socket
5. Install the bulb socket by turning
clockwise.
Lamp Assembly
2. Back-Up Lamp Assembly
Bulb Assembly
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1. Bulb Socket
2. Bulb
3. Lamp Assembly
To replace one of these bulbs:
1. Push the lamp assembly (3)
toward the center of the vehicle.
2. Pull the lamp assembly down
to remove.
5. Push the replacement bulb
straight into the bulb socket and
turn the bulb socket clockwise to
install it into the lamp assembly.
6. Push the lamp assembly back
into position until the release tab
locks into place.
Replacement Bulbs
Bulb
Number
3. Turn the bulb socket (1)
counterclockwise to remove it
from the lamp assembly (3).
Back-Up Lamp
4. Pull the bulb (2) straight out of
the bulb socket (1).
921
(W16W)
License Plate Lamp
W5W LL
Exterior Lamp
For replacement bulbs not listed
here, contact your dealer.
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Electrical System
Electrical System
Overload
The vehicle has fuses and circuit
breakers to protect against an
electrical system overload.
When the current electrical load is
too heavy, the circuit breaker opens
and closes, protecting the circuit
until the current load returns to
normal or the problem is fixed. This
greatly reduces the chance of circuit
overload and fire caused by
electrical problems.
Fuses and circuit breakers protect
power devices in the vehicle.
Replace a bad fuse with a new one
of the identical size and rating.
If there is a problem on the road and
a fuse needs to be replaced, the
same amperage fuse can be
borrowed. Choose some feature of
the vehicle that is not needed to use
and replace it as soon as possible.
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Headlamp Wiring
An electrical overload may cause
the lamps to go on and off, or in
some cases to remain off. Have the
headlamp wiring checked right away
if the lamps go on and off or
remain off.
Windshield Wipers
If the wiper motor overheats due to
heavy snow or ice, the windshield
wipers will stop until the motor cools
and will then restart.
Although the circuit is protected
from electrical overload, overload
due to heavy snow or ice may
cause wiper linkage damage.
Always clear ice and heavy snow
from the windshield before using the
windshield wipers.
If the overload is caused by an
electrical problem and not snow or
ice, be sure to get it fixed.
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers
Engine Compartment
Fuse Block
The wiring circuits in the vehicle are
protected from short circuits by a
combination of fuses and circuit
breakers. This greatly reduces the
chance of damage caused by
electrical problems.
The underhood fuse block is on the
passenger side of the engine
compartment.
To check a fuse, look at the
silver-colored band inside the fuse.
If the band is broken or melted,
replace the fuse. Be sure to replace
a bad fuse with a new one of the
identical size and rating.
Fuses of the same amperage can
be temporarily borrowed from
another fuse location, if a fuse goes
out. Replace the fuse as soon as
possible.
To identify and check fuses, circuit
breakers, and relays, see Engine
Compartment Fuse Block on
page 10-34, Instrument Panel Fuse
Block on page 10-38, and Rear
Compartment Fuse Block on
page 10-41.
Lift the fuse block cover to access
the fuses.
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The vehicle may not be equipped
with all of the fuses and relays
shown.
{ Caution
Spilling liquid on any electrical
component on the vehicle may
damage it. Always keep the
covers on any electrical
component.
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Number
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Usage
Number
Usage
1
Not Used
16
Not Used
2
Not Used
*17
Headlamp Washer
3
Not Used
18
Not Used
4
Body Control
Module 6
19
Antilock Brake
System Pump
5
Not Used
20
6
Driver Power Seat
Antilock Brake
System Valve
*21
AIR Pump
22
Not Used
23
Wiper Control
Relay
24
Wiper Speed
Relay
25
Engine Control
Module Relay
7
Not Used
*8
Headlamp Washer
Relay
9
Not Used
10
Not Used
11
Not Used
12
Not Used
13
Passenger
Power Seat
14
Body Control
Module 5
15
Passive Entry/
Passive Start
Number
Usage
*29
AFS AHL/
Pedestrian
Protection
30
Passenger Window
Switch
31
Body Control
Module 7
32
Sunroof
33
Front Wiper
34
AOS Display/MIL
Ignition
35
Rear Electrical
Center Ignition
36
Spare PT Fuse
37
Oxygen Sensor
38
Ignition Coils/
Injectors
*26
AIR Pump Relay
27
Spare/Heated
Seat 2
39
Ignition Coils/
Injectors/Spare
28
Body Control
Module 1/Spare
40
Engine Control
Module
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Number
Usage
Number
Usage
Number
Usage
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41
Fuel Heater
*54
AIR Solenoid
*65
*42
AIR Solenoid Relay
55
43
Washer
Transmission
Control Module/
Spare
Right High Intensity
Discharge
Headlamp
66
44
Rear Washer Relay
45
Front Washer Relay
Headlamp Low
Relay
Headlamp High
Left/Right
67
Horn
46
Not Used
68
Horn Relay
47
Instrument Panel
Body Ignition
69
Cooling Fan
70
Aero Shutter
71
Transmission
Control Module
Ignition
48
Fuel System
Control Module
Ignition
49
Heated Steering
Wheel
*50
Steering
Column Lock
*51
Coolant Pump
*52
Coolant Pump
Relay
53
Air Conditioning
Compressor Clutch
*56
57
Headlamp high
Relay
58
Starter
59
Starter Relay
60
Run/Crank Relay
*61
Vacuum Pump
Relay
72
62
Air Conditioning
Control Relay
Engine Control
Module Ignition
*73
*63
Adaptive Headlamp
Leveling
Brake
Vacuum Pump
74
Not Used
*64
Left High Intensity
Discharge
Headlamp
* Optional
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Instrument Panel Fuse
Block
The instrument panel fuse block is
in the end of the driver side of the
instrument panel.
To install the end cover, insert the
tabs on the back of the cover into
the slots in the instrument panel at
the points shown. Align the clips
with the slots in the instrument
panel, and press the cover into
place.
To access the fuses, remove the
end panel by gently prying with a
plastic tool near each clip, beginning
at the point shown.
The vehicle may not be equipped
with all of the fuses and relays
shown.
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Mini Fuses
10-39
Usage
2
Spare
3
Electric Steering
Column Lock
4
Data Link
Connector
5
Heater, Ventilation,
and Air Conditioning
Control
6
Tilt and Telescope
Steering Column
8
Spare
9
Spare
10
Shunt
11
Spare
12
Spare
13
Spare
14
Spare
15
Spare
16
Spare
17
Spare
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Mini Fuses
Usage
Mini Fuses
Usage
18
Spare
27
Switches
19
Spare
28
Spare
20
Spare
29
Spare
21
Spare
30
Spare
22
Sensing Diagnostic
Module/Automatic
Occupant Sensing
23
Radio/DVD/Heater,
Ventilation, and Air
Conditioning
24
Display
25
Heated Steering
Wheel
26
Spare
J Case
Fuses
Usage
Circuit
Breakers
Usage
CB1
Retained Accessory
Power/Accessory
Power Outlet Power
CB7
Spare
Relays
Usage
K10
Retained Accessory
Power/Accessory
31
Spare
32
Spare
K605
Spare
33
Front Heater,
Ventilation, and Air
Conditioning Blower
K644
Glovebox Release
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Rear Compartment Fuse
Block
The rear compartment fuse block is
behind a cover on the driver side of
the rear compartment.
The vehicle may not be equipped
with all of the fuses, relays, and
features shown.
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Number
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Vehicle Care
Usage
Number
Usage
Number
Usage
1
Not Used
11
Trailer Connector
22
Not Used
2
Left Window
12
23
Canister Vent
3
Body Control
Module 8
OnStar (If
Equipped)
24
13
Right Window
Body Control
Module 2
4
AC Inverter
14
Rear Vision Camera
Passive Entry
Passive Start
Battery 1
Electric Parking
Brake
25
5
26
Not Used
15
Not Used
27
SBZA/LDW/EOCM
16
Trunk Release
Body Control
Module 4
28
Trailer/Sunshade
17
Run Relay
29
Not Used
18
Logistics Relay
30
19
Logistics Fuse
Semi-Active
Damping System
20
Rear Window
Defogger Relay
31
Transfer Case
Control Module
21
Mirror Window
Module
32
Theft Module/
Universal Garage
Door Opener/Rain
Sensor
6
7
Heated Mirrors
8
Amplifier
9
Rear Window
Defogger
10
Not Used
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Number
Usage
Number
Usage
33
UPA
40
Not Used
34
Radio/DVD
41
Not Used
35
Not Used
42
36
Trailer
Memory Seat
Module
37
Fuel Pump/Fuel
System Control
Module
38
Not Used
39
Not Used
43
Body Control
Module 3
44
Not Used
45
Battery Regulated
Voltage Control
Number
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Usage
46
Engine Control
Module Battery
47
Not Used
48
Not Used
49
Trailer Module
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Wheels and Tires
Warning (Continued)
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Tires
Every new GM vehicle has
high-quality tires made by a
leading tire manufacturer.
See the warranty manual for
information regarding the tire
warranty and where to get
service. For additional
information refer to the tire
manufacturer.
There could be a blowout and
a serious crash. See Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9-12.
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Poorly maintained and
improperly used tires are
dangerous.
Overloading the tires can
cause overheating as a
result of too much flexing.
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Underinflated tires pose
the same danger as
overloaded tires. The
resulting crash could
cause serious injury.
Check all tires frequently
to maintain the
recommended pressure.
Tire pressure should be
checked when the tires
are cold.
Overinflated tires are more
likely to be cut, punctured,
or broken by a sudden
impact — such as when
hitting a pothole. Keep
tires at the recommended
pressure.
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Warning (Continued)
Worn or old tires can
cause a crash. If the tread
is badly worn,
replace them.
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Replace any tires that
have been damaged by
impacts with potholes,
curbs, etc.
.
Improperly repaired tires
can cause a crash. Only
the dealer or an
authorized tire service
center should repair,
replace, dismount, and
mount the tires.
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Do not spin the tires in
excess of 56 km/h
(35 mph) on slippery
surfaces such as snow,
mud, ice, etc. Excessive
spinning may cause the
tires to explode.
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See Tire Pressure for
High-Speed Operation on
page 10-53 for inflation pressure
adjustment for high-speed
driving.
All-Season Tires
This vehicle may come with
all-season tires. These tires are
designed to provide good overall
performance on most road surfaces
and weather conditions. Original
equipment tires designed to GM's
specific tire performance criteria
have a TPC specification code
molded onto the sidewall. Original
equipment all-season tires can be
identified by the last two characters
of this TPC code, which will
be “MS.”
Consider installing winter tires on
the vehicle if frequent driving on
snow or ice-covered roads is
expected. All-season tires provide
adequate performance for most
winter driving conditions, but they
may not offer the same level of
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Use only radial ply tires of the
same size, load range, and
speed rating as the original
equipment tires.
traction or performance as winter
tires on snow or ice-covered roads.
See Winter Tires on page 10-45.
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Winter Tires
Winter tires with the same speed
rating as the original equipment tires
may not be available for H, V, W, Y,
and ZR speed rated tires. If winter
tires with a lower speed rating are
chosen, never exceed the tire's
maximum speed capability.
This vehicle was not originally
equipped with winter tires. Winter
tires are designed for increased
traction on snow and ice-covered
roads. Consider installing winter
tires on the vehicle if frequent
driving on snow or ice-covered
roads is expected. See your dealer
for details regarding winter tire
availability and proper tire selection.
Also, see Buying New Tires on
page 10-61.
With winter tires, there may be
decreased dry road traction,
increased road noise, and shorter
tread life. After changing to winter
tires, be alert for changes in vehicle
handling and braking.
If using winter tires:
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Use tires of the same brand and
tread type on all four wheel
positions.
Run-Flat Tires
This vehicle, when new, may have
had run-flat tires. There is no spare
tire, no tire changing equipment,
and no place to store a tire in the
vehicle.
The vehicle also has a Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
that indicates a loss of tire pressure
in any of the tires.
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{ Warning
If the low tire warning light
displays on the instrument cluster,
the handling capabilities will be
reduced during severe
maneuvers. Driving too fast could
cause loss of control and you or
others could be injured. Do not
drive over 90 km/h (55 mph) when
the low tire warning light is
displayed. Drive cautiously and
check the tire pressures as soon
as possible.
Run-flat tires can be driven on with
no air pressure. There is no need to
stop on the side of the road to
change the tire. Continue driving;
however, do not drive too far or too
fast. Driving on the tire may not be
possible if there is permanent
damage. To prevent permanent
damage, keep speed below
80 km/h (50 mph). With a light load
the vehicle can be driven up to
100 km (60 mi); with a moderate
load 80 km (50 mi); and a heavy
load 45 km (25 mi). As soon as
possible, contact the nearest
authorized GM or run-flat servicing
facility for inspection and repair or
replacement.
When driving on a deflated run-flat
tire, avoid potholes and other road
hazards that could damage the tire
and/or wheel beyond repair. When a
tire has been damaged, or driven
any distance while deflated, check
with an authorized run-flat tire
service center to determine whether
the tire can be repaired or should be
replaced. To maintain the run-flat
feature, all replacement tires must
be run-flat tires.
To locate the nearest GM or run-flat
servicing facility, call Customer
Assistance.
The valve stems on run-flat tires
have sensors that are part of the
TPMS. See Tire Pressure Monitor
System on page 10-54. These
sensors contain batteries that are
designed to last for 10 years under
normal driving conditions. See your
dealer for wheel or sensor
replacement.
{ Caution
Using liquid sealants can damage
the tire valves and tire pressure
monitor sensors in the run-flat
tires. This damage is not covered
by the vehicle warranty. Do not
use liquid sealants in run-flat
tires.
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Summer Tires
This vehicle may come with high
performance summer tires. These
tires have a special tread and
compound that are optimized for
maximum dry and wet road
performance. This special tread and
compound will decrease
performance in cold climates, and
on ice and snow. We recommend
installing winter tires on the vehicle
if frequent driving in cold
temperatures or on snow or ice
covered roads is expected. See
Winter Tires on page 10-45.
Tire Sidewall Labeling
Useful information about a tire is
molded into its sidewall. The
examples show a typical
passenger tire sidewall.
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criteria have a TPC specification
code molded onto the sidewall.
GM's TPC specifications meet or
exceed all federal safety
guidelines.
Passenger (P-Metric) Tire Example
(1) Tire Size: The tire size 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.
(2) TPC Spec (Tire
Performance Criteria
Specification): Original
equipment tires designed to
GM's specific tire performance
(3) 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.
DOT Tire Date of
Manufacture: The last four
digits of the TIN indicate the tire
manufactured date. The first two
digits represent the week
(01-52) and the last two digits,
the year. For example, the third
week of the year 2010 would
have a four-digit DOT date
of 0310.
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(4) Tire Identification Number
(TIN): The letters and numbers
following the 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.
(5) Tire Ply Material : The type
of cord and number of plies in
the sidewall and under the tread.
(6) 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 10-63.
(7) Maximum Cold Inflation
Load Limit: Maximum load that
can be carried and the
maximum pressure needed to
support that load.
Tire Designations
Tire Size
The following is an example of a
typical passenger vehicle
tire size.
(1) 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.
(2) Tire Width: The three-digit
number indicates the tire section
width in millimeters from
sidewall to sidewall.
(3) Aspect Ratio: A two-digit
number that indicates the tire
height-to-width measurements.
For example, if the tire size
aspect ratio is 60, as shown in
item 3 of the illustration, it would
mean that the tire's sidewall is
60 percent as high as it is wide.
(4) 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.
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(5) Rim Diameter : Diameter of
the wheel in inches.
(6) Service Description: These
characters represent the load
index and speed rating of the
tire. The load index represents
the load carrying capacity a tire
is certified to carry. The speed
rating is the maximum speed a
tire is certified to carry a load.
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 kPa (kilopascal)
or psi (pounds per square inch).
Accessory Weight: The
combined weight of optional
accessories. Some examples of
optional accessories are
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automatic transmission, power
windows, power seats, and air
conditioning.
before a tire has built up heat
from driving. See Tire Pressure
on page 10-52.
Aspect Ratio: The relationship
of a tire's height to its width.
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 between the plies and the
tread. Cords may be made from
steel or other reinforcing
materials.
Bead: The tire bead contains
steel wires wrapped by steel
cords that hold the tire onto
the rim.
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.
Cold Tire Pressure: The
amount of air pressure in a tire,
measured in kPa (kilopascal)
or psi (pounds per square inch)
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.
GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9-12.
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GAWR FRT: Gross Axle Weight
Rating for the front axle. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9-12.
GAWR RR: Gross Axle Weight
Rating for the rear axle. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9-12.
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.
Maximum Load Rating: The
load rating for a tire at the
maximum permissible inflation
pressure for that tire.
Maximum Loaded Vehicle
Weight: The sum of curb
weight, accessory weight,
vehicle capacity weight, and
production options weight.
Normal Occupant Weight: The
number of occupants a vehicle
is designed to seat multiplied by
68 kg (150 lb). See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9-12.
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.
Recommended Inflation
Pressure: Vehicle
manufacturer's recommended
tire inflation pressure as shown
on the tire placard. See Tire
Pressure on page 10-52 and
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9-12.
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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.
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.
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 1.6 mm
(1/16 in) of tread remains. See
When It Is Time for New Tires
on page 10-60.
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 10-63.
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Vehicle Capacity Weight: The
number of designated seating
positions multiplied by
68 kg (150 lb) plus the rated
cargo load. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9-12.
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
capacity weight and the original
equipment tire size and
recommended inflation pressure.
See “Tire and Loading
Information Label” under Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9-12.
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Tire Pressure
Caution (Continued)
Tires need the correct amount of
air pressure to operate
effectively.
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Neither tire underinflation nor
overinflation is good.
Underinflated tires, or tires
that do not have enough air,
can result in:
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Tire overloading and
overheating which could
lead to a blowout.
Premature or
irregular wear.
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Poor handling.
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Reduced fuel economy.
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Overinflated tires, or tires that
have too much air, can
result in:
.
Unusual wear.
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Poor handling.
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Rough ride.
.
Needless damage from
road hazards.
The Tire and Loading
Information label on the vehicle
indicates the original equipment
tires and the correct cold tire
inflation pressures. The
recommended pressure is the
minimum air pressure needed to
support the vehicle's maximum
load carrying capacity.
For additional information
regarding how much weight the
vehicle can carry, and an
example of the Tire and Loading
Information label, see Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9-12. How
the vehicle is loaded affects
vehicle handling and ride
comfort. Never load the vehicle
with more weight than it was
designed to carry.
When to Check
Check the tires once a month
or more.
How to Check
Use a good quality pocket-type
gauge to check the tire
pressure. Proper tire inflation
cannot be determined by looking
at the tire. Check the tire
inflation pressure when the tires
are cold, meaning the vehicle
has not been driven for at least
three hours or no more than
1.6 km (1 mi).
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Remove the valve cap from the
tire valve stem. Press the tire
gauge firmly onto the valve to
get the 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 inflation pressure is low,
add air until the recommended
pressure is reached. If the
inflation pressure in high, press
on the metal stem in the center
of the tire valve to release air.
Re-check the tire pressure with
the tire gauge.
Return the valve caps on the
valve stems to keep out dirt and
moisture and prevent leaks.
Tire Pressure for
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 buildup
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.
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Vehicles with P225/45R17 and
225/40R18 92V size tires require
inflation pressure adjustment when
driving the vehicle at speeds of
160 km/h (100 mph) or higher.
Set the cold inflation pressure to
280 kPa (41 psi).
Vehicles with 225/40RF18 88W and
255/35RF18 90W size tires require
inflation pressure adjustment when
driving the vehicle at speeds of
160 km/h (100 mph) or higher.
Set the cold inflation pressure to
300 kPa (44 psi).
Return the tires to the
recommended cold tire inflation
pressure when high-speed driving
has ended. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9-12 and Tire Pressure on
page 10-52.
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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 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.
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
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For additional information and
details about the DIC operation and
displays see Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5-25.
alternate tires and wheels allow the
TPMS to continue to function
properly.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation on page 10-55.
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation
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 tires and transmits the tire
pressure readings to a receiver
located in the vehicle.
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When a low tire pressure condition
is detected, the TPMS illuminates
the low tire pressure warning light
on the instrument cluster. If the
warning light comes on, stop as
soon as possible and inflate the
tires to the recommended pressure
shown on the Tire and Loading
Information label. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9-12.
A message to check the pressure in
a specific tire displays in the Driver
Information Center (DIC). 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.
The low tire pressure warning light
may come on in cool weather when
the vehicle is first started, and then
turn off as the vehicle is driven. This
could be an early indicator that the
air pressure is getting low and
needs to be inflated to the proper
pressure.
A Tire and Loading Information
label, attached to your vehicle,
shows the size of the original
equipment tires and the correct
inflation pressure for the tires when
they are cold. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9-12, for an example
of the Tire and Loading Information
label and its location. Also see Tire
Pressure on page 10-52.
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The TPMS can warn about a
low tire pressure condition but it
does not replace normal tire
maintenance. See Tire Inspection
on page 10-58, Tire Rotation on
page 10-58 and Tires on
page 10-44.
{ Caution
Tire sealant materials are not all
the same. A non-approved tire
sealant could damage the TPMS
sensors. TPMS sensor damage
caused by using an incorrect tire
sealant is not covered by the
vehicle warranty. Always use only
the GM approved tire sealant
available through your dealer or
included in the vehicle.
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 also
displays. The malfunction light and
DIC warning message come on at
each ignition cycle until the problem
is corrected. Some of the conditions
that can cause these to come
on are:
.
Factory-installed Tire Inflator Kits
use a GM approved liquid tire
sealant. Using non-approved tire
sealants could damage the TPMS
sensors. See Tire Sealant and
replaced and the sensor
matching process is performed
successfully. See “TPMS Sensor
Matching Process” later in this
section.
Compressor Kit on page 10-68 for
information regarding the inflator kit
materials and instructions.
One of the road tires has been
replaced with the spare tire.
The spare tire does not have a
TPMS sensor. The malfunction
light and DIC message should
go off after the road tire is
.
The TPMS sensor matching
process was not done or not
completed successfully after
rotating the tires. The
malfunction light and the DIC
message should go off after
successfully completing the
sensor matching process. See
"TPMS Sensor Matching
Process" later in this section.
.
One or more TPMS sensors are
missing or damaged. The
malfunction light and the DIC
message 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 the original equipment
tires or wheels. Tires and wheels
other than those recommended
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could prevent the TPMS from
functioning properly. See Buying
New Tires on page 10-61.
.
Operating electronic devices or
being near facilities using radio
wave frequencies similar to the
TPMS could cause the TPMS
sensors to malfunction.
If the TPMS is not functioning
properly 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.
message should go off at the next
ignition cycle. The sensors are
matched to the tire/wheel positions,
using a TPMS relearn tool, in the
following order: driver side front tire,
passenger side front tire, passenger
side rear tire, and driver side rear.
See your dealer for service or to
purchase a relearn tool.
There are two minutes to match the
first tire/wheel position, and
five minutes overall to match all four
tire/wheel positions. If it takes
longer, the matching process stops
and must be restarted.
TPMS Sensor Matching
Process
The TPMS sensor matching
process is:
Each TPMS sensor has a unique
identification code. The identification
code needs to be matched to a new
tire/wheel position after rotating the
vehicle’s tires or replacing one or
more of the TPMS sensors. The
TPMS sensor matching process
should also be performed after
replacing a spare tire with a road
tire containing the TPMS sensor.
The malfunction light and the DIC
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Place the vehicle power mode in
ON/RUN/START. See Ignition
Positions on page 9-17.
3. Make sure the Tire Pressure info
display option is turned on. The
info displays on the DIC can be
turned on and off through the
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Settings menu. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25.
4. Use the five-way DIC control on
the right side of the steering
wheel to scroll to the Tire
Pressure screen under the
DIC info page. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5-25.
5. Press and hold the SEL button
in the center of the five-way
DIC control.
The horn sounds twice to signal
the receiver is in relearn mode
and the TIRE LEARNING
ACTIVE message displays on
the DIC screen.
6. Start with the driver side
front tire.
7. Place the relearn tool against
the tire sidewall, near the valve
stem. Then press the button to
activate the TPMS sensor.
A horn chirp confirms that the
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sensor identification code has
been matched to this tire and
wheel position.
8. Proceed to the passenger side
front tire, and repeat Step 7.
9. Proceed to the passenger side
rear tire, and repeat Step 7.
10. Proceed to the driver side rear
tire, and repeat Step 7. 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.
Tire Inspection
We recommend that the tires,
including the spare tire, if the
vehicle has one, be inspected
for signs of wear or damage at
least once a month.
Replace the tire if:
.
The indicators at three or
more places around the tire
can be seen.
.
There is cord or fabric
showing through the tire's
rubber.
.
11. Shut the ignition off.
12. Set all four tires to the
recommended air pressure
level as indicated on the Tire
and Loading Information label.
.
The tread or sidewall is
cracked, cut, or snagged
deep enough to show cord or
fabric.
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.
Tire Rotation
If the vehicle has non-directional
tires, they should be rotated
every 12 000 km/7,500 mi. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11-3.
Tires are rotated to achieve a
uniform wear for all tires. The
first rotation is the most
important.
Anytime unusual wear is
noticed, rotate the tires as soon
as possible, check for proper tire
inflation pressure, and check for
damaged tires or wheels. If the
unusual wear continues after the
rotation, check the wheel
alignment.
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See When It Is Time for New
Tires on page 10-60 and Wheel
Replacement on page 10-65.
Directional tires should not be
rotated. Each tire and wheel
should be used only in the
position it is in. Directional tires
will have an arrow on the tire
indicating the proper direction of
rotation or will have “left” or
“right” molded on the sidewall.
Use this rotation pattern if the
vehicle has different size tires
on the front and rear and they
are non-directional.
Different tire sizes should not be
rotated front to rear.
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If the vehicle has a compact
spare tire, do not include it in the
tire rotation.
Adjust the front and rear tires to
the recommended inflation
pressure on the Tire and
Loading Information label after
the tires have been rotated. See
Tire Pressure on page 10-52
and Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9-12.
Reset the Tire Pressure Monitor
System. See Tire Pressure
Monitor Operation on
page 10-55.
Use this rotation pattern when
rotating tires of the same size
installed on all four wheel
positions.
Check that all wheel nuts are
properly tightened. See “Wheel
Nut Torque” under Capacities
and Specifications on
page 12-2.
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{ 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, a cloth or a paper
towel can be used; however, use
a scraper or wire brush later to
remove all rust or dirt.
Lightly coat the center of the
wheel hub with wheel bearing
grease after a wheel change or
tire rotation to prevent corrosion
or rust build-up. Do not get
grease on the flat wheel
mounting surface or on the
wheel nuts or bolts.
When It Is Time for New
Tires
Factors such as maintenance,
temperatures, driving speeds,
vehicle loading, and road conditions
affect the wear rate of the tires.
Treadwear indicators are one way to
tell when it is time for new tires.
Treadwear indicators appear when
the tires have only 1.6 mm (1/16 in)
or less of tread remaining. See Tire
Inspection on page 10-58 and Tire
Rotation on page 10-58.
The rubber in tires ages over time.
This also applies to the spare tire,
if the vehicle has one, even if it is
never used. Multiple factors
including temperatures, loading
conditions, and inflation pressure
maintenance affect how fast aging
takes place. GM recommends that
tires, including the spare if
equipped, be replaced after
six years, regardless of tread wear.
The tire manufacturer date is the
last four digits of the DOT Tire
Identification Number (TIN) which is
molded into one side of the tire
sidewall. The first two digits
represent the week (01–52) and
the last two digits, the year. For
example, the third week of the year
2010 would have a four-digit DOT
date of 0310.
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Vehicle Storage
Tires age when stored normally
mounted on a parked vehicle. Park
a vehicle that will be stored for at
least a month in a cool, dry, clean
area away from direct sunlight to
slow aging. This area should be
free of grease, gasoline, or other
substances that can deteriorate
rubber.
Parking for an extended period can
cause flat spots on the tires that
may result in vibrations while
driving. When storing a vehicle for
at least a month, remove the tires or
raise the vehicle to reduce the
weight from the tires.
Buying New Tires
GM has developed and matched
specific tires for the vehicle. The
original equipment tires installed
were designed to meet General
Motors Tire Performance Criteria
Specification (TPC Spec)
system rating. When
replacement tires are needed,
GM strongly recommends
buying tires with the same TPC
Spec rating.
GM's exclusive TPC Spec
system considers over a dozen
critical specifications that impact
the overall performance of the
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 MS for mud
and snow. See Tire Sidewall
Labeling on page 10-47, for
additional information.
GM recommends replacing worn
tires in complete sets of four.
Uniform tread depth on all tires
will help to maintain the
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performance of the vehicle.
Braking and handling
performance may be adversely
affected if all the tires are not
replaced at the same time.
If proper rotation and
maintenance have been done,
all four tires should wear out at
about the same time. See Tire
Rotation on page 10-58 for
information on proper tire
rotation. However, if it is
necessary to replace only one
axle set of worn tires, place the
new tires on the rear axle.
Winter tires with the same speed
rating as the original equipment
tires may not be available for H,
V, W, and ZR speed rated tires.
Never exceed the winter tire's
maximum speed capability when
using winter tires with a lower
speed rating.
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{ Warning
Tires could explode during
improper service. Attempting
to mount or dismount a tire
could cause injury or death.
Only your dealer or authorized
tire service center should
mount or dismount the tires.
Using bias-ply tires on the
vehicle may cause the wheel
rim flanges to develop cracks
after many miles of driving.
A tire and/or wheel could fail
suddenly and cause a crash.
Use only radial-ply tires with
the wheels on the vehicle.
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If the vehicle tires must be
replaced with a tire that does not
have a TPC Spec number, make
sure they are the same size,
load range, speed rating, and
construction (radial) as the
original tires.
Mixing tires of different sizes
(other than those originally
installed on the vehicle), brands,
or types may cause loss of
control of the vehicle, resulting in
a crash or other vehicle damage.
Use the correct size, brand, and
type of tire on all four wheels.
Vehicles that have a tire
pressure monitoring system
could give an inaccurate
low-pressure warning if non-TPC
Spec rated tires are installed.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation on page 10-55.
The Tire and Loading
Information label indicates the
original equipment tires on the
vehicle. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9-12, for the label
location and more information
about the Tire and Loading
Information label.
Different Size Tires and
Wheels
If wheels or tires are installed that
are a different size than the original
equipment wheels and tires, vehicle
performance, including its braking,
ride and handling characteristics,
stability, and resistance to rollover
may be affected. If the vehicle has
electronic systems such as antilock
brakes, rollover airbags, traction
control, electronic stability control,
or All-Wheel Drive, the performance
of these systems can also be
affected.
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If different sized wheels are used,
there may not be an acceptable
level of performance and safety if
tires not recommended for those
wheels are selected. This
increases the chance of a crash
and serious injury. Only use GM
specific wheel and tire systems
developed for the vehicle, and
have them properly installed by a
GM certified technician.
See Buying New Tires on
page 10-61 and Accessories and
Modifications on page 10-3.
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 tires,
compact spare tires, tires with
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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.
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
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graded 150 would wear one and
one-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
The traction grades, from
highest to lowest, are AA, A, B,
and C. Those grades represent
the tire's ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under
controlled conditions on
specified government test
surfaces of asphalt and
concrete. A tire marked C may
have poor traction performance.
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
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.
Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance
The tires and wheels were aligned
and balanced at the factory to
provide the longest tire life and best
overall performance. Adjustments to
wheel alignment and tire balancing
are not necessary on a regular
basis. Consider an alignment check
if there is unusual tire wear or the
vehicle is significantly pulling to one
side or the other. Some slight pull to
the left or right, depending on the
crown of the road and/or other road
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surface variations such as troughs
or ruts, is normal. If the vehicle is
vibrating when driving on a smooth
road, the tires and wheels may 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.
Some aluminum wheels can be
repaired. See your dealer if any of
these conditions exist.
Your dealer will know the kind of
wheel that is needed.
Each new wheel should have the
same load-carrying capacity,
diameter, width, offset and be
mounted the same way as the
one it replaces.
Replace wheels, wheel bolts, wheel
nuts, or Tire Pressure Monitor
System (TPMS) sensors with new
GM original equipment parts.
{ Warning
Using the wrong replacement
wheels, wheel bolts, or wheel
nuts can be dangerous. It could
affect the braking and handling of
the vehicle. Tires can lose air,
and cause loss of control, causing
a crash. Always use the correct
wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel
nuts for replacement.
{ Caution
The wrong wheel can also cause
problems with bearing life, brake
cooling, speedometer or
odometer calibration, headlamp
aim, bumper height, vehicle
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ground clearance, and tire
clearance to the body and
chassis.
{ Warning
Never use oil or grease on studs
or the threads of the wheel nuts.
The wheel nuts might come loose
and the wheel could fall off,
causing a crash.
{ Warning
Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly
tightened wheel nuts can cause
the wheel to become loose and
even come off. This could lead to
a crash. Be sure to use the
correct wheel nuts. If you have to
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replace them, be sure to get new
GM original equipment
wheel nuts.
{ Caution
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.
Used Replacement Wheels
{ Warning
Replacing a wheel with a used
one is dangerous. How it has
been used or how far it has been
driven may be unknown. It could
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fail suddenly and cause a crash.
When replacing wheels, use a
new GM original equipment
wheel.
Tire Chains
{ Warning
If the vehicle has 225/40R18,
225/40RF18, 255/35RF18,
225/35R19, or 255/30R19 size
tires, 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
loss of control and a crash. Use
another type of traction device
only if its manufacturer
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recommends it for the vehicle's
tire size combination and road
conditions. Follow that
manufacturer's instructions.
To avoid vehicle damage, drive
slow and readjust or remove the
traction device if it contacts the
vehicle. Do not spin the wheels.
If traction devices are used, install
them on the rear tires.
{ Caution
If the vehicle is equipped with a
tire size other than 225/40R18,
225/40RF18, 255/35RF18, 225/
35R19, or 255/30R19, use tire
chains only where legal and only
when necessary. Use low profile
chains that add no more than
12 mm thickness to the tire tread
and inner sidewall. Use chains
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that are the proper size for the
tires. Install them on the tires of
the rear axle. Don't use chains on
the tires of the front axle. Tighten
them as tightly as possible with
the ends securely fastened. Drive
slowly and follow the chain
manufacturer's instructions. If the
chains contact the vehicle, stop
and retighten them. If the contact
continues, slow down until it
stops. Driving too fast or spinning
the wheels with chains on will
damage the vehicle.
Special tools and procedures are
required to service a run-flat tire.
If these special tools and
procedures are not used, injury or
vehicle damage may occur.
Always be sure the proper tools
and procedures, as described in
the service manual, are used.
If a Tire Goes Flat
If the vehicle has run-flat tires, there
is no need to stop on the side of the
road to change a flat tire. See
Run-Flat Tires on page 10-45.
It is unusual for a tire to blow out
while driving, especially if the tires
are maintained properly. See Tires
on page 10-44. If air goes out of a
tire, it is much more likely to leak
out slowly. But if there is ever 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 off the
road, if possible.
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A rear blowout, particularly on a
curve, acts much like a skid and
may require the same correction as
used in a skid. Stop pressing the
accelerator pedal and steer to
straighten the vehicle. It may be
very bumpy and noisy. Gently brake
to a stop, well off the road,
if possible.
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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.
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If this vehicle does not have run-flat
tires and a tire goes flat, avoid
further tire and wheel damage by
driving slowly to a level place, well
off the road, if possible. Turn on the
hazard warning flashers. See
Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 6-5.
1. Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.
2. Set the parking brake firmly.
3. Put an automatic transmission in
P (Park) or a manual
transmission in 1 (First) or
R (Reverse).
{ Warning
Driving on a flat tire will cause
permanent damage to the tire.
Re-inflating a tire after it has been
driven on while severely
underinflated or flat may cause a
blowout and a serious crash.
Never attempt to re-inflate a tire
that has been driven on while
severely underinflated or flat.
Have your dealer or an authorized
tire service center repair or
replace the flat tire as soon as
possible.
4. Turn off the ignition.
5. Inspect the flat tire.
If this vehicle has a tire sealant kit
and the tire has been separated
from the wheel, has damaged
sidewalls, or has a puncture larger
than 6 mm (0.25 in), the tire is too
severely damaged for the tire
sealant and compressor kit to be
effective. If the tire has a puncture
less than 6 mm (0.25 in) in the tread
area of the tire, see Tire Sealant
and Compressor Kit on page 10-68.
Tire Sealant and
Compressor Kit
{ 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 9-24.
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{ Warning
Overinflating a tire could cause
the tire to rupture and you or
others could be injured. Be sure
to read and follow the tire sealant
and compressor kit instructions
and inflate the tire to its
recommended pressure. Do not
exceed the recommended
pressure.
{ Warning
Storing the tire sealant and
compressor kit 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 the tire
sealant and compressor kit in its
original location.
If this vehicle has a tire sealant and
compressor kit, there may not be a
spare tire or tire changing
equipment, and on some vehicles
there may not be a place to store
a tire.
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The kit includes:
The tire sealant and compressor
can be used to temporarily seal
punctures up to 6 mm (0.25 in) in
the tread area of the tire. It can also
be used to inflate an
underinflated tire.
If the tire has been separated from
the wheel, has damaged sidewalls,
or has a large puncture, the tire is
too severely damaged for the tire
sealant and compressor kit to be
effective. See Roadside Service on
page 13-5.
Read and follow all of the tire
sealant and compressor kit
instructions.
1. Selector Switch (Sealant/Air or
Air Only)
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2. On/Off Button
3. Pressure Gauge
4. Pressure Deflation Button
5. Tire Sealant Canister
6. Sealant/Air Hose (Clear)
7. Air Only Hose (Black)
8. Power Plug
9. Canister Release Button (Under
Sealant/Air Hose)
Tire Sealant
Read and follow the safe handling
instructions on the label adhered to
the sealant canister.
Check the tire sealant expiration
date on the sealant canister. The
sealant canister should be replaced
before its expiration date.
Replacement sealant canisters are
available at your local dealer. See
“Removal and Installation of the
Sealant Canister” following.
There is only enough sealant to seal
one tire. After usage, the sealant
canister and sealant/air hose
assembly must be replaced. See
“Removal and Installation of the
Sealant Canister” following.
Using the Tire Sealant and
Compressor Kit to Temporarily
Seal and Inflate a
Punctured Tire
Follow the directions closely for
correct sealant usage.
1. Selector Switch (Sealant/Air or
Air Only)
2. On/Off Button
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3. Pressure Gauge
4. Pressure Deflation Button
5. Tire Sealant Canister
6. Sealant/Air Hose (Clear)
7. Air Only Hose (Black)
8. Power Plug
9. Canister Release Button (Under
Sealant/Air Hose)
When using the tire sealant and
compressor kit during cold
temperatures, warm the kit in a
heated environment for five minutes.
This will help to inflate the tire
faster.
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 6-5.
See If a Tire Goes Flat on
page 10-67 for other important
safety warnings.
Do not remove any objects that
have penetrated the tire.
1. Remove the tire sealant and
compressor kit from its storage
location. See Storing the Tire
Sealant and Compressor Kit on
page 10-76.
2. Unwrap the sealant/air hose (6)
and the power plug (8).
3. Place the kit on the ground.
Make sure the tire valve stem is
positioned close to the ground
so the hose will reach it.
4. Remove the valve stem cap from
the flat tire by turning it
counterclockwise.
5. Attach the sealant/air hose (6)
onto the tire valve stem. Turn it
clockwise until it is tight.
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6. Plug the power plug (8) into the
accessory power outlet in the
vehicle. Unplug all items from
other accessory power outlets.
See Power Outlets on page 5-7.
If the vehicle has an accessory
power outlet, do not use the
cigarette lighter.
If the vehicle only has a cigarette
lighter, use the cigarette lighter.
Do not pinch the power plug
cord in the door or window.
7. Start the vehicle. The vehicle
must be running while using the
air compressor.
8. Press and turn the selector
switch (1) counterclockwise to
the Sealant + Air position.
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9. Press the on/off button (2) to
turn the tire sealant and
compressor kit on.
The compressor will inject
sealant and air into the tire.
The pressure gauge (3) will
initially show a high pressure
while the compressor pushes the
sealant into the tire. Once the
sealant is completely dispersed
into the tire, the pressure will
quickly drop and start to rise
again as the tire inflates with
air only.
10. Inflate the tire to the
recommended inflation
pressure using the pressure
gauge (3). The recommended
inflation pressure can be found
on the Tire and Loading
Information label. See Tire
Pressure on page 10-52.
The pressure gauge (3) may
read higher than the actual tire
pressure while the compressor
is on. Turn the compressor off
to get an accurate pressure
reading. The compressor may
be turned on/off until the
correct pressure is reached.
{ Caution
If the recommended pressure
cannot be reached after
approximately 25 minutes, the
vehicle should not be driven
farther. The tire is too severely
damaged and the tire sealant and
compressor kit cannot inflate the
tire. Remove the power plug from
the accessory power outlet and
unscrew the inflating hose from
the tire valve. See Roadside
Service on page 13-5.
11. Press the on/off button (2) to
turn the tire sealant and
compressor kit off.
The tire is not sealed and will
continue to leak air until the
vehicle is driven and the
sealant is distributed in the tire,
therefore, Steps 12–18 must be
done immediately after
Step 11.
Be careful while handling the
tire sealant and compressor kit
as it could be warm after
usage.
12. Unplug the power plug (8) from
the accessory power outlet in
the vehicle.
13. Turn the sealant/air hose (6)
counterclockwise to remove it
from the tire valve stem.
14. Replace the tire valve
stem cap.
15. Replace the sealant/air hose
(6), and the power plug (8)
back in their original location.
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19. Stop at a safe location and
check the tire pressure. Refer
to Steps 1–11 under “Using the
Tire Sealant and Compressor
Kit without Sealant to Inflate a
Tire (Not Punctured).”
16. If the flat tire was able to inflate
to the recommended inflation
pressure, remove the
maximum speed label from the
sealant canister (5) and place it
in a highly visible location. Do
not exceed the speed on this
label until the damaged tire is
repaired or replaced.
If the tire pressure has fallen
more than 68 kPa (10 psi)
below the recommended
inflation pressure, stop driving
the vehicle. The tire is too
severely damaged and the tire
sealant cannot seal the tire.
See Roadside Service on
page 13-5.
17. Return the equipment to its
original storage location in the
vehicle.
If the tire pressure has not
dropped more than 68 kPa
(10 psi) from the recommended
inflation pressure, inflate the
tire to the recommended
inflation pressure.
18. Immediately drive the vehicle
8 km (5 mi) to distribute the
sealant in the tire.
20. Wipe off any sealant from the
wheel, tire, and vehicle.
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21. Dispose of the used sealant
canister (5) and sealant/air
hose (6) assembly at a local
dealer or in accordance with
local state codes and practices.
22. Replace with a new canister
assembly available from your
dealer.
23. After temporarily sealing the
tire using the tire sealant and
compressor kit, take the
vehicle to an authorized dealer
within 161 km (100 mi) of
driving to have the tire repaired
or replaced.
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Using the Tire Sealant and
Compressor Kit without
Sealant to Inflate a Tire
(Not Punctured)
3. Pressure Gauge
4. Pressure Deflation Button
5. Tire Sealant Canister
6. Sealant/Air Hose (Clear)
To use the air compressor to inflate
a tire with air only and not sealant:
7. Air Only Hose (Black)
8. Power Plug
9. Canister Release Button (Under
Sealant/Air Hose)
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 6-5.
See If a Tire Goes Flat on
page 10-67 for other important
safety warnings.
1. Remove the tire sealant and
compressor kit from its storage
location. See Storing the Tire
Sealant and Compressor Kit on
page 10-76.
1. Selector Switch (Sealant/Air or
Air Only)
2. On/Off Button
2. Unwrap the air only hose (7) and
the power plug (8).
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3. Place the kit on the ground.
Make sure the tire valve stem is
positioned close to the ground
so the hose will reach it.
4. Remove the tire valve stem cap
from the flat tire by turning it
counterclockwise.
5. Attach the air only hose (7) onto
the tire valve stem by turning it
clockwise until it is tight.
6. Plug the power plug (8) into the
accessory power outlet in the
vehicle. Unplug all items from
other accessory power outlets.
See Power Outlets on page 5-7.
If the vehicle has an accessory
power outlet, do not use the
cigarette lighter.
If the vehicle only has a cigarette
lighter, use the cigarette lighter.
Do not pinch the power plug
cord in the door or window.
7. Start the vehicle. The vehicle
must be running while using the
air compressor.
8. Press and turn the selector
switch (1) clockwise to the Air
Only position.
9. Press the on/off button (2) to
turn the compressor on.
The compressor will inflate the
tire with air only.
10. Inflate the tire to the
recommended inflation
pressure using the pressure
gauge (3). The recommended
inflation pressure can be found
on the Tire and Loading
Information label. See Tire
Pressure on page 10-52.
The pressure gauge (3) may
read higher than the actual tire
pressure while the compressor
is on. Turn the compressor off
to get an accurate reading. The
compressor may be turned on/
off until the correct pressure is
reached.
If you inflate the tire higher
than the recommended
pressure you can adjust the
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excess pressure by pressing
the pressure deflation
button (4) until the proper
pressure reading is reached.
This option is only functional
when using the air only
hose (7).
11. Press the on/off button (2) to
turn the tire sealant and
compressor kit off.
Be careful while handling the
tire sealant and compressor kit
as it could be warm after
usage.
12. Unplug the power plug (8) from
the accessory power outlet in
the vehicle.
13. Disconnect the air only hose
(7) from the tire valve stem, by
turning it counterclockwise, and
replace the tire valve stem cap.
14. Replace the air only hose (7)
and the power plug (8) and
cord back in its original
location.
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15. Place the equipment in the
original storage location in the
vehicle.
Removal and Installation of the
Sealant Canister
To remove the sealant canister:
1. Unwrap the sealant hose.
2. Press the canister release
button (9).
3. Pull up and remove the canister.
4. Replace with a new canister
which is available from your
dealer.
5. Push the new canister into
place.
The tire sealant and compressor kit
has an accessory adapter located in
a compartment on the bottom of its
housing that may be used to inflate
air mattresses, balls, etc.
Storing the Tire Sealant
and Compressor Kit
To access the tire sealant and
compressor kit:
1. Open the trunk. See Trunk on
page 2-16.
2. Lift the cover.
3. Remove the strap.
4. Remove the tire sealant and
compressor kit.
To store the tire sealant and
compressor kit, reverse the steps.
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Jump Starting
For more information about the
vehicle battery, see Battery on
page 10-26.
If the battery has run down, try to
use another vehicle and some
jumper cables to start your vehicle.
Be sure to use the following steps to
do it safely.
{ Caution
Ignoring these steps could result
in costly damage to the vehicle
that would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. Trying to start
the vehicle by pushing or pulling it
will not work, and it could damage
the vehicle.
{ Warning
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.
4. Discharged Battery Negative
Grounding Point
The jump start positive post (1) and
negative post (2) are on the battery
of the vehicle providing the jump
start.
The jump start positive post (3) and
the negative grounding point (4) for
the discharged battery are on the
passenger side of the vehicle.
The positive jump start connection
for the discharged battery is under a
red cover. Remove the cover to
expose the terminal.
Batteries can hurt you. They can
be dangerous because:
.
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1. Check the other vehicle. It must
have a 12-volt battery with a
negative ground system.
{ Caution
1. Good Battery Positive Post
2. Good Battery Negative Post
3. Discharged Battery Positive Post
If the other vehicle does not have
a 12-volt system with a negative
ground, both vehicles can be
damaged. Only use a vehicle that
has a 12-volt system with a
negative ground for jump starting.
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2. Position the two vehicles so that
they are not touching.
3. Set the parking brake firmly and
put the shift lever in P (Park)
with an automatic transmission,
or Neutral with a manual
transmission. See Shifting Into
Park (Automatic Transmission)
on page 9-22 with an automatic
transmission, or Parking on
page 9-23 with a manual
transmission.
{ Caution
If any accessories are left on or
plugged in during the jump
starting procedure, they could be
damaged. The repairs would not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Whenever possible, turn
off or unplug all accessories on
either vehicle when jump starting.
4. Set the ignition to OFF. Turn off
all lights and accessories in both
vehicles, except the hazard
warning flashers if needed.
{ 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
Using a match 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
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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.
{ 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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5. Connect one end of the red
positive (+) cable to the
positive (+) terminal on the
discharged battery.
6. Connect the other end of the red
positive (+) cable to the
positive (+) terminal of the good
battery.
7. Connect one end of the black
negative (–) cable to the
negative (–) terminal of the good
battery.
8. Connect the other end of the
black negative (–) cable to the
negative (–) grounding point for
the discharged battery.
9. Start the engine in the vehicle
with the good battery and run
the engine at idle speed for at
least four minutes.
10. Try to start the vehicle that had
the dead battery. If it will not
start after a few tries, it
probably needs service.
{ Caution
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
Reverse the sequence exactly when
removing the jumper cables.
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Towing the Vehicle
{ Caution
Incorrectly towing a disabled
vehicle may cause damage. The
damage would not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Do not lash
or hook to the chassis
components — including the front
and rear subframes, suspension
control arms, and links — during
towing and recovery of a disabled
vehicle, or when securing the
vehicle to a flatbed car carrier.
Use the proper nylon strap
harnesses around the tires to
secure them to the flatbed car
carrier.
Have the vehicle towed on a flatbed
car carrier. A wheel lift tow truck
could damage the vehicle.
Consult your dealer or a
professional towing service if the
disabled vehicle must be towed.
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Use the tow eye for towing a
disabled vehicle or loading it onto a
flatbed car carrier. The tow eye
should not be used to recover a
vehicle from an off road situation.
{ Caution
Improper use of the tow eye can
cause vehicle damage. Use
caution and low speeds to
prevent damage to the vehicle.
Carefully open the cover in the front
or rear fascia by using the small
notch that conceals the tow eye
socket.
Install the tow eye into the socket by
turning it clockwise until it stops.
When the tow eye is removed,
reinstall the cover with the notch in
the original position.
To tow the vehicle behind another
vehicle for recreational purposes,
such as behind a motor home, see
“Recreational Vehicle Towing” in
this section.
Recreational Vehicle
Towing
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 and
dolly towing. Dinghy towing is
towing the vehicle with all four
wheels on the ground. Dolly towing
is 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:
.
What is the towing capacity of
the towing vehicle? Be sure to
read the tow vehicle
manufacturer's
recommendations.
.
What is the distance that will be
traveled? Some vehicles have
restrictions on how far and how
long they can tow.
.
Is the proper towing equipment
going to be used? See your
dealer or trailering professional
for additional advice and
equipment recommendations.
.
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.
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Dinghy Towing
{ Caution
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Dolly Towing
(Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicles)
If the vehicle is towed with all four
wheels on the ground, the
drivetrain components could be
damaged. The repairs would not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Do not tow the vehicle
with all four wheels on the
ground.
The vehicle was not designed to be
towed with all four wheels on the
ground. If a rear-wheel-drive vehicle
must be towed, a dolly or a trailer
should be used. If an all-wheel-drive
vehicle must be towed, a trailer
should be used. See “Dolly Towing”
following for more information.
Use the following procedure to dolly
tow a rear-wheel-drive vehicle from
the rear:
1. Attach the dolly to the tow
vehicle following the dolly
manufacturer's instructions.
2. Put the rear wheels on the dolly.
3. Firmly set the parking brake.
See Parking Brake (Electric) on
page 9-31 or Parking Brake
(Manual) on page 9-33.
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4. Put the vehicle in P (Park).
Appearance Care
5. Securely attach the vehicle
being towed to the dolly.
Exterior Care
6. Clamp the steering wheel in a
straight-ahead position with a
clamping device designed for
towing.
Locks
Locks are lubricated at the factory.
Use a de-icing agent only when
absolutely necessary, and have the
locks greased after using. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13.
7. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
Dolly Towing (All-Wheel-Drive
Vehicles)
{ Caution
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 can only be
towed with all four wheels on a
trailer.
Washing the Vehicle
To preserve the vehicle's finish,
wash it often and out of direct
sunlight.
{ Caution
Do not use petroleum-based,
acidic, or abrasive cleaning
agents as they can damage the
vehicle's paint, metal, or plastic
parts. If damage occurs, it would
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Approved cleaning
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products can be obtained
from your dealer. Follow all
manufacturer directions regarding
correct product usage, necessary
safety precautions, and
appropriate disposal of any
vehicle care product.
{ Caution
Avoid using high-pressure
washes closer than 30 cm (12 in)
to the surface of the vehicle. Use
of power washers exceeding
8,274 kPa (1,200 psi) can result
in damage or removal of paint
and decals.
Thee symbol is on any
underhood compartment electrical
center that should not be power
washed. This could cause damage
that would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
If using an automatic car wash,
follow the car wash instructions. The
windshield wiper and rear window
wiper, if equipped, must be off.
Remove any accessories that may
be damaged or interfere with the
car wash equipment.
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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Finish Care
Application of aftermarket clearcoat
sealant/wax materials is not
recommended. If painted surfaces
are damaged, see your dealer to
have the damage assessed and
repaired. 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.
Occasional hand waxing or mild
polishing should be done to remove
residue from the paint finish. See
your dealer for approved cleaning
products.
Do not apply waxes or polishes to
uncoated plastic, vinyl, rubber,
decals, simulated wood, or flat paint
as damage can occur.
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{ Caution
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.
To keep the paint finish looking new,
keep the vehicle garaged or
covered whenever possible.
Protecting Exterior Bright Metal
Moldings
{
The bright metal moldings on the
vehicle are aluminum. To prevent
damage always follow these
cleaning instructions:
.
Be sure the molding is cool to
the touch before applying any
cleaning solution.
.
Use a cleaning solution
approved for aluminum. Some
cleaners are highly acidic or
contain alkaline substances and
can damage the moldings.
Use only lukewarm or cold water, a
soft cloth, and a car washing soap
to clean exterior lamps, lenses and
emblems. Follow instructions under
"Washing the Vehicle" previously in
this section.
Lamp covers are made of plastic,
and some have a UV protective
coating.
.
Always dilute a concentrated
cleaner according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
.
Do not use chrome cleaners.
Use only lukewarm water, a soft
cloth, and mild car washing soap to
clean exterior lamps and lenses. Do
not clean or wipe them while they
are dry.
.
Do not use cleaners that are not
intended for automotive use.
Do not use any of the following on
lamp covers:
.
Use a nonabrasive wax on the
vehicle after washing to protect
and extend the molding finish.
.
Abrasive or caustic agents.
.
Washer fluids and other cleaning
agents in higher concentrations
than suggested by the
manufacturer.
.
Solvents, alcohols, fuels,
or other harsh cleaners.
Caution
Failure to clean and protect the
bright metal moldings can result
in a hazy white finish or pitting.
This damage would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/
Lenses and Emblems
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.
Ice scrapers or other hard items.
.
Aftermarket appearance caps or
covers while the lamps are
illuminated, due to excessive
heat generated.
{ Caution
Failure to clean lamps properly
can cause damage to the lamp
cover that would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty.
Air Intakes
Clear debris from the air intakes,
between the hood and windshield
when washing the vehicle.
Windshield and Wiper Blades
Clean the outside of the windshield
with glass cleaner.
Clean rubber blades using a lint-free
cloth or paper towel soaked with
windshield washer fluid or a mild
detergent. Wash the windshield
thoroughly when cleaning 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. Damage can be
caused by extreme dusty
conditions, sand, salt, heat, sun,
snow, and ice.
Weatherstrips
Apply Dielectric silicone grease on
weatherstrips to make them last
longer, seal better, and not stick or
squeak. Lubricate weatherstrips at
least once a year. Hot, dry climates
may require more frequent
application. Black marks from
rubber material on painted surfaces
can be removed by rubbing with a
clean cloth. See Recommended
Fluids and Lubricants on
page 11-13.
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Tires
Use a stiff brush with tire cleaner to
clean the tires.
{ Caution
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.
Wheels and Trim — Aluminum
or Chrome
Use a soft, clean cloth with mild
soap and water to clean the wheels.
After rinsing thoroughly with clean
water, dry with a soft, clean towel.
A wax may then be applied.
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{ Caution
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 chrome with
soap and water after exposure.
{ Caution
To avoid surface damage, do not
use strong soaps, chemicals,
abrasive polishes, cleaners,
brushes, or cleaners that contain
acid on aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels. Use only
approved cleaners. Also, never
drive a vehicle with aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels through an
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automatic car wash that uses
silicone carbide tire cleaning
brushes. Damage could occur
and the repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Steering, Suspension, and
Chassis Components
Visually inspect the front and rear
suspension and steering system for
damaged, loose, or missing parts or
signs of wear. If equipped, inspect
the hydraulic power steering for
proper hook-up, binding, leaks,
cracks, chafing, etc. Visually check
constant velocity joints, rubber
boots, and axle seals for leaks.
Body Component Lubrication
Lubricate all key lock cylinders,
hood hinges, liftgate hinges, and the
steel fuel door hinge unless the
components are plastic. Applying
silicone grease on weatherstrips
with a clean cloth will make them
last longer, seal better, and not stick
or squeak.
Underbody Maintenance
At least twice a year, Spring and
Fall, use plain water to flush dirt and
debris from the vehicle's underbody.
Your dealer or an underbody car
washing system can do this. If not
removed, rust and corrosion can
develop.
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.
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Finish Damage
Quickly repair minor chips and
scratches with touch-up materials
available from your dealer to avoid
corrosion. Larger areas of finish
damage can be corrected in your
dealer's body and paint shop.
Chemical Paint Spotting
Airborne pollutants can fall upon
and attack painted vehicle surfaces
causing blotchy, ring-shaped
discolorations, and small, irregular
dark spots etched into the paint
surface. See “Finish Care”
previously in this section.
Interior Care
To prevent dirt particle abrasions,
regularly clean the vehicle's interior.
Immediately remove any soils. Note
that newspapers or dark garments
that can transfer color to home
furnishings can also permanently
transfer color to the vehicle's
interior.
Use a soft bristle brush to remove
dust from knobs and crevices on the
instrument cluster. Using a mild
soap solution, immediately remove
hand lotions, sunscreen, and insect
repellent from all interior surfaces or
permanent damage may result.
Your dealer may have products for
cleaning the interior. Use cleaners
specifically designed for the
surfaces being cleaned to prevent
permanent damage. Apply all
cleaners directly to the cleaning
cloth. Do not spray cleaners directly
on any switches or controls.
Cleaners should be removed
quickly. Never allow cleaners to
remain on the surface being
cleaned for extended periods
of time.
Cleaners may contain solvents that
can become concentrated in the
interior. Before using cleaners, read
and adhere to all safety instructions
on the label. While cleaning the
interior, maintain adequate
ventilation by opening the doors and
windows.
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To prevent damage, do not clean
the interior using the following
cleaners or techniques:
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Never use a razor or any other
sharp object to remove a soil
from any interior surface.
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Never use a brush with stiff
bristles.
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Never rub any surface
aggressively or with excessive
pressure.
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Do not use laundry detergents or
dishwashing soaps with
degreasers. For liquid cleaners,
use approximately 20 drops per
3.8 L (1 gal) of water.
A concentrated soap solution will
leave a residue that creates
streaks and attracts dirt. Do not
use solutions that contain strong
or caustic soap.
.
Do not heavily saturate the
upholstery when cleaning.
.
Do not use solvents or cleaners
containing solvents.
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Interior Glass
Coated Moldings
To clean:
To clean, use a terry cloth fabric
dampened with water. Wipe droplets
left behind with a clean dry cloth.
Commercial glass cleaners may be
used, if necessary, after cleaning
the interior glass with plain water.
Coated moldings should be cleaned.
1. Saturate a clean lint-free
colorfast cloth with water or club
soda. Microfiber cloth is
recommended to prevent lint
transfer to the fabric or carpet.
{ Caution
To prevent scratching, never use
abrasive cleaners on automotive
glass. Abrasive cleaners or
aggressive cleaning may damage
the rear window defogger.
Cleaning the windshield with water
during the first three to six months
of ownership will reduce tendency
to fog.
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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When lightly soiled, wipe with a
sponge or soft lint-free cloth
dampened with water.
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When heavily soiled, use warm
soapy water.
Fabric/Carpet/Suede
Start by vacuuming the surface
using a soft brush attachment. If a
rotating brush attachment is being
used during vacuuming, only use it
on the floor carpet. Before cleaning,
gently remove as much of the soil
as possible using one of the
following techniques:
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Gently blot liquids with a paper
towel. Continue blotting until no
more soil can be removed.
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For solid soils, remove as much
as possible prior to vacuuming.
2. Remove excess moisture by
gently wringing until water does
not drip from the cleaning cloth.
3. Start on the outside edge of the
soil and gently rub toward the
center. Fold the cleaning cloth to
a clean area frequently to
prevent forcing the soil in to the
fabric.
4. Continue gently rubbing the
soiled area until there is no
longer any color transfer from
the soil to the cleaning cloth.
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5. If the soil is not completely
removed, use a mild soap
solution followed only by club
soda or plain water.
If the soil is not completely
removed, it may be necessary to
use a commercial upholstery
cleaner or spot lifter. Test a small
hidden area for colorfastness before
using a commercial upholstery
cleaner or spot lifter. If ring
formation occurs, clean the entire
fabric or carpet.
Following the cleaning process, a
paper towel can be used to blot
excess moisture.
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Cleaning High Gloss Surfaces
and Vehicle Information and
Radio Displays
Do not use bleach or fabric softener.
Rinse thoroughly and air dry before
next use.
For vehicles with high gloss
surfaces or vehicle displays, use a
microfiber cloth to wipe surfaces.
Before wiping the surface with the
microfiber cloth, use a soft bristle
brush to remove dirt that could
scratch the surface. Then use the
microfiber cloth by gently rubbing to
clean. Never use window cleaners
or solvents. Periodically hand wash
the microfiber cloth separately,
using mild soap.
{ Caution
Do not attach a device with a
suction cup to the display. This
may cause damage and would
not be covered by the warranty.
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Instrument Panel, Leather,
Vinyl, Other Plastic Surfaces
and Low Gloss Paint Surfaces
Use a soft microfiber cloth
dampened with water to remove
dust and loose dirt. For a more
thorough cleaning, use a soft
microfiber cloth dampened with a
mild soap solution.
{ Caution
Soaking or saturating leather,
especially perforated leather, as
well as other interior surfaces,
may cause permanent damage.
Wipe excess moisture from these
surfaces after cleaning and allow
them to dry naturally. Never use
heat, steam, spot lifters, or spot
removers.
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Do not use cleaners that contain
silicone or wax-based products.
Cleaners containing these
solvents can permanently change
the appearance and feel of
leather or soft trim and are not
recommended.
the vehicle, blot immediately and
clean with a soft cloth dampened
with a mild soap solution.
Damage caused by air fresheners
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
Do not use cleaners that increase
gloss, especially on the instrument
panel. Reflected glare can decrease
visibility through the windshield
under certain conditions.
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Use of air fresheners may cause
permanent damage to plastics
and painted surfaces. If an air
freshener comes in contact with
any plastic or painted surface in
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Cargo Cover and
Convenience Net
Wash with warm water and mild
detergent. Do not use chlorine
bleach. Rinse with cold water, and
then dry completely.
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Care of Safety Belts
Keep belts clean and dry.
Use the following guidelines for
proper floor mat usage.
.
The original equipment floor
mats were designed for your
vehicle. If the floor mats need
replacing, it is recommended
that GM certified floor mats be
purchased. Non-GM floor mats
may not fit properly and may
interfere with the pedals. Always
check that the floor mats do not
interfere with the pedals.
.
Use the floor mat with the
correct side up. Do not turn
it over.
.
Do not place anything on top of
the driver side floor mat.
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Use only a single floor mat on
the driver side.
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Do not place one floor mat on
top of another.
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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.
Floor Mats
{ Warning
If a floor mat is the wrong size or
is not properly installed, it can
interfere with the pedals.
Interference with the pedals can
cause unintended acceleration
and/or increased stopping
distance which can cause a crash
and injury. Make sure the floor
mat does not interfere with
the pedals.
The driver side floor mat is held in
place by button-type retainers.
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Removing and Replacing the
Floor Mats
1. Pull up on the rear of the floor
mat to unlock the retainers and
remove.
2. Reinstall by lining up the floor
mat retainer openings over the
carpet retainers and snap into
position.
3. Make sure the floor mat is
properly secured in place.
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Service and
Maintenance
Additional Maintenance
and Care
General Information
Recommended Fluids,
Lubricants, and Parts
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Cadillac Premium Care
Maintenance
Cadillac Premium Care
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-3
Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3
Special Application Services
Special Application
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9
Additional Maintenance
and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-10
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13
Maintenance Replacement
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-15
Maintenance Records
Maintenance Records . . . . . . 11-16
11-1
General Information
Your vehicle is an important
investment. This section describes
the required maintenance for the
vehicle. Follow this schedule to help
protect against major repair
expenses resulting from neglect or
inadequate maintenance. It may
also help to maintain the value of
the vehicle if it is sold. It is the
responsibility of the owner to have
all required maintenance performed.
Your dealer has trained technicians
who can perform required
maintenance using genuine
replacement parts. They have
up-to-date tools and equipment for
fast and accurate diagnostics.
Many dealers have extended
evening and Saturday hours,
courtesy transportation, and online
scheduling to assist with
service needs.
Your dealer recognizes the
importance of providing
competitively priced maintenance
and repair services. With trained
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technicians, the dealer is the place
for routine maintenance such as oil
changes and tire rotations and
additional maintenance items like
tires, brakes, batteries, and wiper
blades.
{ Caution
Damage caused by improper
maintenance can lead to costly
repairs and may not be covered
by the vehicle warranty.
Maintenance intervals, checks,
inspections, recommended fluids,
and lubricants are important to
keep the vehicle in good working
condition.
The Tire Rotation and Required
Services are the responsibility of the
vehicle owner. It is recommended to
have your dealer perform these
services every 12 000 km/7,500 mi.
Proper vehicle maintenance helps to
keep the vehicle in good working
condition, improves fuel economy,
and reduces vehicle emissions.
Because of the way people use
vehicles, maintenance needs vary.
There may need to be more
frequent checks and services.
The Additional Required Services Normal are for vehicles that:
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Carry passengers and cargo
within recommended limits on
the Tire and Loading Information
label. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9-12.
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Are driven on reasonable road
surfaces within legal driving
limits.
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Use the recommended fuel. See
Recommended Fuel on
page 9-64.
Refer to the information in the
Maintenance Schedule Additional
Required Services - Normal chart.
The Additional Required Services Severe are for vehicles that are:
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Mainly driven in heavy city traffic
in hot weather.
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Mainly driven in hilly or
mountainous terrain.
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Frequently towing a trailer.
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Used for high speed or
competitive driving.
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Used for taxi, police, or delivery
service.
Refer to the information in the
Maintenance Schedule Additional
Required Services - Severe chart.
{ Warning
Performing maintenance work can
be dangerous and can cause
serious injury. Perform
maintenance work only if the
required information, proper tools,
and equipment are available.
If they are not, see your dealer to
have a trained technician do the
work. See Doing Your Own
Service Work on page 10-4.
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Cadillac Premium
Care Maintenance
Your vehicle comes with the
Cadillac Premium Care
Maintenance. It is a maintenance
program that covers select
maintenance services during the
first 4 years or 80 000 km
(50,000 mi), whichever comes first.
Cadillac Premium Care
Maintenance covers routine
maintenance services, when
scheduled in accordance with the
owner manual, including:
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Oil changes based on the
vehicle's oil life monitor system.
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Tire rotation every 12 000 km
(7,500 mi).
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Engine air cleaner filter
replacement.
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Passenger compartment air filter
replacement.
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Multi‐point vehicle inspection
(MPVI) performed by a qualified
technician.
Cadillac requires that all Cadillac
Premium Care Maintenance
services be performed by a Cadillac
authorized service dealer.
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Maintenance
Schedule
Owner Checks and Services
At Each Fuel Stop
.
Check the engine oil level. See
Engine Oil on page 10-11.
Once a Month
.
Check the tire inflation
pressures. See Tire Pressure on
page 10-52.
.
Inspect the tires for wear. See
Tire Inspection on page 10-58.
.
Check the windshield washer
fluid level. See Washer Fluid on
page 10-23.
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Engine Oil Change
When the CHANGE ENGINE OIL
SOON message displays, have the
engine oil and filter changed within
the next 1 000 km/600 mi. If driven
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 trained dealer
technician can perform this work.
If the engine oil life system is reset
accidentally, service the vehicle
within 5 000 km/3,000 mi since the
last service. Reset the oil life
system when the oil is changed.
See Engine Oil Life System on
page 10-13.
Tire Rotation and Required
Services Every 12 000 km/
7,500 mi
Rotate the tires, if recommended for
the vehicle, and perform the
following services. See Tire
Rotation on page 10-58.
.
Check engine oil level and oil
life percentage. If needed,
change engine oil and filter, and
reset oil life system. See Engine
Oil on page 10-11 and Engine
Oil Life System on page 10-13.
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Check engine coolant level. See
Engine Coolant on page 10-18.
.
Check windshield washer fluid
level. See Washer Fluid on
page 10-23.
.
Visually inspect windshield wiper
blades for wear, cracking,
or contamination. See Exterior
Care on page 10-82. Replace
worn or damaged wiper blades.
See Wiper Blade Replacement
on page 10-30.
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Check tire inflation pressures.
See Tire Pressure on
page 10-52.
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Inspect tire wear. See Tire
Inspection on page 10-58.
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Visually check for fluid leaks.
.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter.
See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10-16.
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Inspect brake system.
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Visually inspect steering,
suspension, and chassis
components for damaged, loose,
or missing parts or signs of
wear. See Exterior Care on
page 10-82.
Check restraint system
components. See Safety System
Check on page 3-19.
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Visually inspect fuel system for
damage or leaks.
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Visually inspect exhaust system
and nearby heat shields for
loose or damaged parts.
.
Lubricate body components. See
Exterior Care on page 10-82.
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Check starter switch. See Starter
Switch Check on page 10-28.
.
Check automatic transmission
shift lock control function. See
Automatic Transmission Shift
Lock Control Function Check on
page 10-29.
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Check parking brake and
automatic transmission park
mechanism. See Park Brake and
P (Park) Mechanism Check on
page 10-29.
Check accelerator pedal for
damage, high effort, or binding.
Replace if needed.
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Visually inspect gas strut for
signs of wear, cracks, or other
damage. Check the hold open
ability of the strut. See your
dealer if service is required.
.
Check tire sealant expiration
date, if equipped. See Tire
Sealant and Compressor Kit on
page 10-68.
.
Inspect sunroof track and seal,
if equipped. See Sunroof on
page 2-26.
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Replace passenger compartment air filter. (1)
3 6 0 0 0 k m/2 2 ,5 0 0 mi
4 8 0 0 0 k m/3 0 ,0 0 0 mi
6 0 0 0 0 k m/3 7 ,5 0 0 mi
7 2 0 0 0 k m/4 5 ,0 0 0 mi
8 4 0 0 0 k m/5 2 ,5 0 0 mi
9 6 0 0 0 k m/6 0 ,0 0 0 mi
1 0 8 0 0 0 k m/6 7 ,5 0 0 mi
1 2 0 0 0 0 k m/7 5 ,0 0 0 mi
1 3 2 0 0 0 k m/8 2 ,5 0 0 mi
1 4 4 0 0 0 k m/9 0 ,0 0 0 mi
1 5 6 0 0 0 k m/9 7 ,5 0 0 mi
1 6 8 0 0 0 k m /1 0 5 ,0 0 0 mi
1 8 0 0 0 0 k m /11 2 ,5 0 0 mi
1 9 2 0 0 0 k m /1 2 0 ,0 0 0 mi
2 0 4 0 0 0 k m /1 2 7 ,5 0 0 mi
2 1 6 0 0 0 k m /1 3 5 ,0 0 0 mi
2 2 8 0 0 0 k m /1 4 2 ,5 0 0 mi
2 4 0 0 0 0 k m /1 5 0 ,0 0 0 mi
Rotate tires and perform Required Services.
Check engine oil level and oil life percentage.
Change engine oil and filter, if needed.
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Additional Required
Services - Normal
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Footnotes — Maintenance
Schedule Additional Required
Services - Normal
(1) Or every two years, whichever
comes first. More frequent
replacement may be needed if the
vehicle is driven in areas with heavy
traffic, areas with poor air quality,
or areas with high dust levels.
Replacement may also be needed if
there is a reduction in air flow,
excessive window fogging, or odors.
(2) Check all fuel and vapor lines
and hoses for proper hook-up,
routing, and condition.
(3) Or every four years, whichever
comes first.
(4) Do not directly power wash 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.
(5) Or every five years, whichever
comes first. See Cooling System on
page 10-17.
(6) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first. Inspect for fraying,
excessive cracking, or damage;
replace, if needed.
(7) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first.
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8 4 0 0 0 k m/5 2 ,5 0 0 mi
9 6 0 0 0 k m/6 0 ,0 0 0 mi
1 0 8 0 0 0 k m/6 7 ,5 0 0 mi
1 2 0 0 0 0 k m/7 5 ,0 0 0 mi
1 3 2 0 0 0 k m/8 2 ,5 0 0 mi
1 4 4 0 0 0 k m/9 0 ,0 0 0 mi
1 5 6 0 0 0 k m/9 7 ,5 0 0 mi
1 6 8 0 0 0 k m/1 0 5 ,0 0 0 mi
1 8 0 0 0 0 k m/11 2 ,5 0 0 mi
1 9 2 0 0 0 k m/1 2 0 ,0 0 0 mi
2 0 4 0 0 0 k m/1 2 7 ,5 0 0 mi
2 1 6 0 0 0 k m/1 3 5 ,0 0 0 mi
2 2 8 0 0 0 k m/1 4 2 ,5 0 0 mi
2 4 0 0 0 0 k m/1 5 0 ,0 0 0 mi
Rotate tires and perform Required Services.
Check engine oil level and oil life percentage.
Change engine oil and filter, if needed.
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Maintenance Schedule
Additional Required
Services - Severe
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Footnotes — Maintenance
Schedule Additional Required
Services - Severe
(1) Or every two years, whichever
comes first. More frequent
replacement may be needed if the
vehicle is driven in areas with heavy
traffic, areas with poor air quality,
or areas with high dust levels.
Replacement may also be needed if
there is a reduction in air flow,
excessive window fogging, or odors.
(2) Check all fuel and vapor lines
and hoses for proper hook-up,
routing, and condition.
(3) Or every four years, whichever
comes first.
(4) Do not directly power wash 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.
(5) Or every five years, whichever
comes first. See Cooling System on
page 10-17.
(6) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first. Inspect for fraying,
excessive cracking, or damage;
replace, if needed.
(7) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first.
11-9
Special Application
Services
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Severe Commercial Use
Vehicles Only: Lubricate chassis
components every 5 000 km/
3,000 mi.
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Have underbody flushing service
performed once a year. See
"Underbody Maintenance" in
Exterior Care on page 10-82.
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Additional
Maintenance and Care
Your vehicle is an important
investment and caring for it properly
may help to avoid future costly
repairs. To maintain vehicle
performance, additional
maintenance services may
be required.
It is recommended that your dealer
perform these services — their
trained dealer technicians know
your vehicle best. Your dealer can
also perform a thorough
assessment with a multi-point
inspection to recommend when
your vehicle may need attention.
The following list is intended to
explain the services and conditions
to look for that may indicate
services are required.
Battery
Brakes
The battery supplies power to start
the engine and operate any
additional electrical accessories.
Brakes stop the vehicle and are
crucial to safe driving.
.
To avoid break-down or failure to
start the vehicle, maintain a
battery with full cranking power.
.
Trained dealer technicians have
the diagnostic equipment to test
the battery and ensure that the
connections and cables are
corrosion-free.
Belts
.
Belts may need replacing if
they squeak or show signs of
cracking or splitting.
.
Trained dealer technicians have
access to tools and equipment
to inspect the belts and
recommend adjustment or
replacement when necessary.
.
Signs of brake wear may include
chirping, grinding, or squealing
noises, or difficulty stopping.
.
Trained dealer technicians have
access to tools and equipment
to inspect the brakes and
recommend quality parts
engineered for the vehicle.
Fluids
Proper fluid levels and approved
fluids protect the vehicle’s systems
and components. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13 for
GM approved fluids.
.
Engine oil and windshield
washer fluid levels should be
checked at every fuel fill.
.
Instrument cluster lights may
come on to indicate that fluids
may be low and need to be
filled.
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Hoses
Shocks and Struts
Hoses transport fluids and should
be regularly inspected to ensure
that there are no cracks or leaks.
With a multi-point inspection, your
dealer can inspect the hoses and
advise if replacement is needed.
Shocks and struts help aid in control
for a smoother ride.
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Signs of wear may include
steering wheel vibration, bounce/
sway while braking, longer
stopping distance, or uneven
tire wear.
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As part of the multi-point
inspection, trained dealer
technicians can visually inspect
the shocks and struts for signs
of leaking, blown seals,
or damage, and can advise
when service is needed.
Lamps
Properly working headlamps,
taillamps, and brake lamps are
important to see and be seen on
the road.
.
.
Signs that the headlamps need
attention include dimming, failure
to light, cracking, or damage.
The brake lamps need to be
checked periodically to ensure
that they light when braking.
With a multi-point inspection,
your dealer can check the lamps
and note any concerns.
Tires
Tires need to be properly inflated,
rotated, and balanced. Maintaining
the tires can save money and fuel,
and can reduce the risk of tire
failure.
.
Signs that the tires need to be
replaced include three or more
visible treadwear indicators; cord
or fabric showing through the
11-11
rubber; cracks or cuts in the
tread or sidewall; or a bulge or
split in the tire.
.
Trained dealer technicians can
inspect and recommend the
right tires. Your dealer can also
provide tire/wheel balancing
services to ensure smooth
vehicle operation at all speeds.
Your dealer sells and services
name brand tires.
Vehicle Care
To help keep the vehicle looking like
new, vehicle care products are
available from your dealer. For
information on how to clean and
protect the vehicle’s interior and
exterior, see Interior Care on
page 10-87 and Exterior Care on
page 10-82.
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Service and Maintenance
Wheel Alignment
Windshield
Wiper Blades
Wheel alignment is critical for
ensuring that the tires deliver
optimal wear and performance.
For safety, appearance, and the
best viewing, keep the windshield
clean and clear.
Wiper blades need to be cleaned
and kept in good condition to
provide a clear view.
.
.
Signs that the alignment may
need to be adjusted include
pulling, improper vehicle
handling, or unusual tire wear.
Your dealer has the required
equipment to ensure proper
wheel alignment.
.
Signs of damage include
scratches, cracks, and chips.
.
Trained dealer technicians can
inspect the windshield and
recommend proper replacement
if needed.
.
Signs of wear include streaking,
skipping across the windshield,
and worn or split rubber.
.
Trained dealer technicians can
check the wiper blades and
replace them when needed.
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Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
Usage
Fluid/Lubricant
Engine Oil
Use only engine oil licensed to the dexos1 specification of the proper
SAE viscosity grade. ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend is recommended.
See Engine Oil on page 10-11.
Engine Coolant
50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL Coolant.
See Engine Coolant on page 10-18.
Hydraulic Brake System
Windshield Washer
Hydraulic Clutch System
DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 19299818, in
Canada 19299819).
Automotive windshield washer fluid that meets regional freeze protection
requirements.
DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 19299818, in
Canada 19299819).
Manual Transmission
DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Automatic Transmission
DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Transfer Case (All-Wheel Drive)
Rear Axle (Non-Limited
Slip Differential)
Transfer Case Fluid (GM Part No. 88861950, in Canada 88861951).
Gear DEXRON MTF 75W-90 (GM Part No. 88863089, in
Canada 88863090).
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Usage
Rear Axle
(Limited Slip Differential)
Fluid/Lubricant
DEXRON LS Gear 75W-90 (GM Part No. 88862624, in
Canada 88862625).
Rear Axle/Front Axle
(All-Wheel Drive)
Gear DEXRON MTF 75W-90 (GM Part No. 88863089, in
Canada 88863090).
Chassis Lubrication
Chassis Lubricant (GM Part No. 12377985, in Canada 88901242) or
lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.
Key Lock Cylinders
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).
Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary
Latch, Pivots, Spring Anchor,
and Release Pawl
Hood and Door Hinges
Weatherstrip Conditioning
Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 89021668, in
Canada 89021674) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2,
Category LB or GC-LB.
Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).
Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or
Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM Part No. 12345579, in Canada 10953481).
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Maintenance Replacement Parts
Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer.
Part
GM Part Number
ACDelco Part Number
20857930
A3178C
2.0L L4 Engine
12640445
PF64
2.5L L4 Engine
12640445
PF64
3.6L V6 Engine
25177917
PF2129
13356916
CF185
2.0L L4 Engine
12647827
41-125
2.5L L4 Engine
12627160
41-115
3.6L V6 Engine
12622561
41-109
Driver Side – 55 cm (21.7 in)
22905714
—
Passenger Side – 45 cm (17.7 in)
25882578
—
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
Engine Oil Filter
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
Spark Plugs
Wiper Blades
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Maintenance Records
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.
Date
Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Date
Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Service and Maintenance
Odometer
Reading
Serviced By
Maintenance Stamp
Services Performed
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Technical Data
Technical Data
Vehicle Identification
Vehicle Identification
Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN)
Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Service Parts Identification
Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Vehicle Data
Capacities and
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Engine Drive Belt Routing . . . 12-4
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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 12-2 for the vehicle's
engine code.
Service Parts
Identification Label
This label, on the load floor under
the spare tire cover in the trunk, has
the following information:
This legal identifier is in the front
corner of the instrument panel, on
the left side of the vehicle. It can be
seen through the windshield from
outside. The VIN also appears on
the Vehicle Certification and Service
Parts labels and certificates of title
and registration.
.
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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Vehicle Data
Capacities and Specifications
The following approximate capacities are given in metric and English conversions. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11-13 for more information.
Application
Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Capacities
Metric
English
For the air conditioning system refrigerant type and
charge amount, see the refrigerant label under the
hood. See your dealer for more information.
Cooling System– Engine
2.0L L4 Engine
7.6 L
8.0 qt
2.5L L4 Engine
6.6 L
7.0 qt
3.6L V6 Engine
10.2 L
10.8 qt
2.0L L4 Engine RWD
4.7 L
5.0 qt
2.0L L4 Engine AWD
5.7 L
6.0 qt
2.5L L4 Engine
4.7 L
5.0 qt
3.6L V6 Engine
5.7 L
6.0 qt
Engine Oil with Filter
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Capacities
Application
Metric
English
Fuel Tank
62.5 L
16.5 gal
Transfer Case – AWD
0.8 L
0.8 qt
Rear Axle (with limited slip)
1.0 L
1.0 qt
6.0 L
6.4 qt
140 Y
100 lb ft
Transmission Fluid (Pan Removal and Filter Replacement)
6-Speed Automatic
Wheel Nut Torque
All capacities are approximate. When adding, be sure to fill to the approximate level, as recommended in this
manual. Recheck fluid level after filling.
Engine Specifications
Engine
VIN Code
Transmission
Spark Plug Gap
2.0L L4 Engine
X
Automatic
Manual
0.9 mm (0.035 in)
2.5L L4 Engine
A
Automatic
1.1 mm (0.043 in)
3.6L V6 Engine
3
Automatic
1.1 mm (0.043 in)
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Technical Data
Engine Drive Belt Routing
3.6L V6 Engine
2.0L and 2.5L L4 Engines
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Customer Information
Customer
Information
Customer Information
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-1
Customer Assistance
Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-3
Customer Assistance for Text
Telephone (TTY) Users . . . . . 13-4
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . 13-4
GM Mobility Reimbursement
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Scheduling Service
Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7
Courtesy Transportation
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-8
Collision Damage Repair . . . . 13-9
Service Publications
Ordering Information . . . . . . 13-11
Reporting Safety Defects
Reporting Safety Defects to
the United States
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-12
Reporting Safety Defects to
the Canadian
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
Reporting Safety Defects to
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy
Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . 13-14
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-15
Infotainment System . . . . . . . . 13-15
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . 13-15
Radio Frequency
Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-15
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Customer 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 your 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
your dealership or the general
manager.
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Customer Information
STEP TWO: If after contacting a
member of dealership management,
it appears your concern cannot be
resolved by your 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 Care 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:
.
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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.
STEP THREE — U.S. Owners:
Both General Motors and your
dealer are committed to making
sure you are completely satisfied
with the 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.
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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Customer Information
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 Care
Centre, 1-888-446-2000 (English),
1-800-263-7854 (French),
or write to:
Customer Assistance
Offices
Mediation/Arbitration Program
c/o Customer Care Centre
General Motors of Canada Limited
Mail Code: CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
United States and Puerto Rico
The inquiry should be accompanied
by the Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN).
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:
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 Service: 1-800-224-1400
From U.S. Virgin Islands:
1-800-496-9994
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Canada
General Motors of Canada Limited
Canadian Cadillac Customer Care
Centre, Mail Code: CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
www.gm.ca
1-888-446-2000 (English)
1-800-263-7854 (French)
Roadside Service: 1-800-882-1112
Overseas
Contact the local General Motors
Business Unit.
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.
Online Owner Center
Online Owner Experience
(U.S.) my.cadillac.com
The Cadillac online owner
experience is a one-stop resource
that allows interaction with Cadillac
and keeps important vehicle-specific
information in one place.
Membership Benefits
E (Vehicle Information):
Download owner manuals and view
vehicle-specific how-to videos.
G (Maintenance Information):
View maintenance schedules,
required alerts, OnStar onboard
vehicle diagnostic information, and
schedule service appointments.
I (Service History):
View
printable dealer-recorded service
records and self-recorded service
records.
D (Preferred Dealer
Information): Select a preferred
dealer and view dealer location,
maps, phone numbers, and hours.
J (Warranty Tracking
Information): Track the vehicle’s
warranty information.
J (Recall Information):
View
active recalls or search by Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN). See
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
on page 12-1.
H (Other Account Information):
View GM Card, SiriusXM Satellite
radio, and OnStar account
information.
F (Live Chat Support):
Chat live
with online help representatives.
Visit my.cadillac.com to register your
vehicle.
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Cadillac Owner Centre
(Canada) cadillacowner.ca
GM Mobility
Reimbursement Program
Take a trip to the Cadillac Owner
Centre:
.
Chat live with online help
representatives.
.
Locate owner resources such as
lease-end, financing, and
warranty information.
.
Retrieve favorite articles,
quizzes, tips, and multimedia
galleries organized into the
Features and Auto Care
Sections.
.
Download owner manuals.
.
Find Cadillac-recommended
maintenance services.
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General Motors of Canada also has
a Mobility Program. Visit www.gm.ca
or call 1-800-GM-DRIVE (463-7483)
for details. TTY users call
1-800-263-3830.
Roadside Service
U.S.: 1-800-224-1400.
Canada: 1-800-882-1112.
This program is available to
qualified applicants for cost
reimbursement of eligible
aftermarket adaptive equipment
required for the 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.
Text Telephone (TTY) Users
(U.S. Only): 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:
.
Your name, home address, and
home telephone number.
.
Telephone number of your
location.
.
Location of the vehicle.
.
Model, year, color, and license
plate number of the vehicle.
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.
Odometer reading, Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN), and
delivery date of the vehicle.
claims are made too often, or the
same type of claim is made many
times.
.
Description of the problem.
Cadillac Owner Privileges™
Coverage
.
Services are provided up to 6 years/
110 000 km (70,000 mi), whichever
comes first.
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
Emergency Fuel Delivery:
Delivery of enough fuel for the
vehicle to get to the nearest
service station.
.
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.
.
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.
.
Flat Tire Change: Service to
change a flat tire with a 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.
.
Battery Jump Start: Service to
jump start a dead battery.
.
Trip Interruption Benefits and
Service: If your trip is
interrupted due to a warranty
failure, incidental expenses may
be reimbursed during the
6 years/110 000 km (70,000 mi)
Powertrain warranty period.
Items considered are hotel,
meals, and rental car.
Cadillac Technician Roadside
Service (U.S. Only)
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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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.
Services Specific to
Canadian-Purchased Vehicles
Services Not Included in
Roadside Service
.
.
Impound towing caused by
violation of any laws.
.
Legal fines.
.
Mounting, dismounting,
or changing of snow tires,
chains, or other traction devices.
.
Towing or services for vehicles
driven on a non-public road or
highway.
.
.
.
Fuel delivery: Reimbursement
is approximately $5 Canadian.
Diesel fuel delivery may be
restricted. Propane and other
fuels are not provided through
this service.
Lock-Out Service: Vehicle
registration is required.
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
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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.
Scheduling Service
Appointments
When the vehicle requires warranty
service, contact your dealer and
request an appointment. By
scheduling a service appointment
and advising the service consultant
of your transportation needs, your
dealer can help minimize your
inconvenience.
If the 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.
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If your 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
same-day repair.
entitled “Limited Warranty and
Owner Assistance Information”
furnished with each new vehicle
provides detailed warranty coverage
information.
Courtesy Transportation
Program
Transportation Options
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.
Several Courtesy Transportation
options are available to assist in
reducing inconvenience when
warranty repairs are required.
Courtesy Transportation is not a
part of the New Vehicle Limited
Warranty. A separate booklet
Warranty service can generally be
completed while you wait. However,
if you are unable to wait, GM helps
to minimize inconvenience by
providing several transportation
options. Depending on the
circumstances, your dealer can
offer 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 your dealer's area.
Public Transportation or Fuel
Reimbursement
If the vehicle requires overnight
warranty repairs, and public
transportation is used instead of
your 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.
Courtesy Rental Vehicle
Your dealer may arrange to provide
you with a courtesy rental vehicle or
reimburse you for a rental vehicle
that you obtain if the vehicle is kept
for an overnight warranty repair.
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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.
It may not be possible to provide a
like vehicle as a courtesy rental.
Additional Program
Information
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.
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.
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ensure that the vehicle's designed
appearance, durability, and safety
are preserved. The use of Genuine
GM parts can help maintain the
GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Collision Parts
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 the vehicle's originally
designed appearance and safety
performance; however, the history of
these parts is not known. Such parts
are not covered by the GM New
Vehicle Limited Warranty, and any
related failures are not covered by
that warranty.
Genuine GM Collision parts are new
parts made with the same materials
and construction methods as the
parts with which the vehicle was
originally built. Genuine GM
Collision parts are the best choice to
Aftermarket collision parts are also
available. These are made by
companies other than GM and may
not have been tested for the vehicle.
As a result, these parts may fit
poorly, exhibit premature durability/
Collision Damage Repair
If the 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 the vehicle resale
value, and safety performance can
be compromised in subsequent
collisions.
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corrosion problems, and may not
perform properly in subsequent
collisions. Aftermarket parts are not
covered by the 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.
Insuring the Vehicle
Protect your investment in the 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 the 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 the
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 a Crash Occurs
If the 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 the lease carefully, as
you may be charged at the end of
the lease for poor quality repairs.
Gather the following information:
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.
Give only the necessary information
to police and other parties involved
in the crash.
For emergency towing see
Roadside Service on page 13-5.
.
Driver name, address, and
telephone number.
.
Driver license number.
.
Owner name, address, and
telephone number.
.
Vehicle license plate number.
.
Vehicle make, model, and
model year.
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.
Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN).
.
Insurance company and policy
number.
.
General description of the
damage to the other vehicle.
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 3-26.
Managing the Vehicle Damage
Repair Process
In the event that the 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 the
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
the GM vehicle warranty.
Service Publications
Ordering Information
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
the repair professional, and insist on
Genuine GM parts. Remember,
if the 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.
Service Manuals
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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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 the vehicle.
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Owner Information
Current and Past Models
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.
Technical Service Bulletins and
Manuals are available for current
and past model GM vehicles.
In-Portfolio: Includes a Portfolio,
Owner Manual, and Warranty
Manual.
RETAIL SELL PRICE:
$35.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees.
Without Portfolio: Owner
Manual only.
RETAIL SELL PRICE:
$25.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees.
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), see
Helm, Inc. at: www.helminc.com.
Or write to:
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Attention: Customer Service
47911 Halyard Drive
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Prices are subject to change
without notice and without incurring
obligation. Allow ample time for
delivery.
All listed prices are quoted in
U.S. funds. Make checks
payable in U.S. funds.
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 from
http://www.safercar.gov.
Reporting Safety Defects
to the Canadian
Government
If you live in Canada, and you
believe that the vehicle has a safety
defect, notify Transport Canada
immediately, and notify General
Motors of Canada Limited.
Call Transport Canada at
1-800-333-0510 or write to:
Transport Canada
Road Safety Branch
80 rue Noel
Gatineau, QC J8Z 0A1
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Reporting Safety Defects
to General Motors
In addition to notifying NHTSA (or
Transport Canada) in a situation like
this, notify General Motors.
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 Care
Centre, Mail Code: CA1-163-005
General Motors of Canada Limited
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
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Vehicle Data
Recording and
Privacy
The vehicle has a number of
computers that record information
about the vehicle’s performance and
how it is driven. For example, the
vehicle uses computer modules to
monitor and control engine and
transmission performance, to
monitor the conditions for airbag
deployment and deploy them in a
crash, and, if equipped, to provide
antilock braking to help the driver
control the vehicle. These modules
may store data to help the dealer
technician service the vehicle.
Some modules may also store data
about how the vehicle is operated,
such as rate of fuel consumption or
average speed. These modules may
retain personal preferences, such as
radio presets, seat positions, and
temperature settings.
Event Data Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with 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 air
bag 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
depressing the accelerator and/
or brake pedal; and,
.
How fast the vehicle was
traveling.
These data can help provide a
better understanding of the
circumstances in which crashes and
injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data are
recorded by your vehicle only if a
non-trivial crash situation occurs; no
data are recorded by the EDR under
normal driving conditions and no
personal data (e.g., name, gender,
age, and crash location) are
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,
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if the vehicle is leased, with the
consent of the lessee; in response
to an official request by 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.
OnStar®
If the vehicle is equipped with
OnStar® and has an active
subscription, additional data may be
collected through the OnStar
system. This includes information
about the vehicle’s operation; about
collisions involving the vehicle; the
use of the vehicle and its features;
and, in certain situations, the
location and approximate GPS
speed of the vehicle. Refer to the
OnStar Terms and Conditions and
Privacy Statement on the OnStar
website.
Infotainment System
If the vehicle is equipped with a
navigation system as part of the
infotainment system, use of the
system may result in the storage of
destinations, addresses, telephone
numbers, and other trip information.
See the infotainment manual for
information on stored data and for
deletion instructions.
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 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitters for remote door locking/
unlocking and starting, and
in-vehicle transmitters for garage
door openers. RFID technology in
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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‐GEN/210/220/310.
Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
1. The device may not cause
harmful 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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OnStar
OnStar
OnStar Overview
OnStar Overview
OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar Services
Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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OnStar Additional Information
OnStar Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
If equipped, this vehicle has a
comprehensive, in-vehicle system
that can connect to a live Advisor
for Emergency, Security, Navigation,
Connection, and Diagnostic
Services.
The OnStar system status light is
next to the OnStar buttons. If the
status light is:
.
Solid Green: System is ready.
.
Flashing Green: On a call.
.
Red: Indicates a problem.
Press Q or call 1-888-4-ONSTAR
(1-888-466-7827) to speak to an
Advisor.
Press
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= to:
.
Make a call, end a call,
or answer an incoming call.
.
Give OnStar Hands-Free Calling
voice commands.
.
Give OnStar Turn-by-Turn
Navigation voice commands.
Requires the available Directions
and Connections service plan.
Press Q to connect to a live
Advisor to:
.
Verify account information or
update contact information.
.
Get driving directions. Requires
the available Directions and
Connections service plan.
.
Receive On-Demand
Diagnostics for a check of the
vehicle’s key operating systems.
.
Receive Roadside Assistance.
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OnStar
Press the OnStar Emergency
button > to get a priority
connection to an Emergency
Advisor available 24/7 to:
.
Get help for an emergency.
.
Be a Good Samaritan or
respond to an AMBER Alert.
.
Get assistance in severe
weather or other crisis and
evacuation routes.
OnStar Services
Navigation
Emergency
OnStar navigation requires the
Directions and Connections
service plan.
With Automatic Crash Response,
the built-in system can automatically
connect to help in most crashes,
even if help cannot be requested.
Press > to connect to an
Emergency Advisor. GPS
technology is used to identify the
vehicle location and can provide
critical information to emergency
personnel. The Advisor is also
trained to offer critical assistance in
emergency situations.
Security
OnStar provides services like Stolen
Vehicle Assistance, Remote Ignition
Block, and Roadside Assistance,
if equipped. OnStar can unlock the
vehicle doors remotely, if equipped
with automatic door locks, and can
help police locate the vehicle if it is
stolen.
Press Q to receive directions or
have them sent to the vehicle
navigation screen, if equipped.
Destinations can also be forwarded
to the vehicle from MapQuest.com.
The OnStar mapping database is
continuously updated. For coverage
maps, see www.onstar.com (U.S.)
or www.onstar.ca (Canada).
Turn-by-Turn Navigation
1. Press Q to connect to a live
Advisor.
2. Request directions.
3. Directions are downloaded to
the vehicle.
4. Follow the voice-guided
commands.
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Using Voice Commands
During a Planned Route
Cancel Route
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone. Say
“Cancel route.” System
responds: “Do you want to
cancel directions?”
2. Say “Yes.” System responds:
“OK, request completed, thank
you, goodbye.”
Route Preview
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
2. Say “Route preview.” System
responds with the next three
maneuvers.
Repeat
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
2. Say “Repeat.” System responds
with the last direction given, then
responds with “OnStar ready,”
then a tone.
Get My Destination
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
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After the call ends, press the “Go”
button on the navigation screen to
begin driving directions.
If directions are downloaded to the
navigation system, the route can
only be canceled through the
navigation system.
2. Say “Get my destination.”
System responds with address
and the distance to the
destination, then responds with
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
Destinations can also be
downloaded on the go. For
information about eNav, Destination
Download, and coverage maps see
www.onstar.com (U.S.) or
www.onstar.ca (Canada).
Other Navigation Services
Available from OnStar
Connections
OnStar eNav: Allows subscribers
to send destinations from
MapQuest.com to their Turn-by-Turn
Navigation or screen-based
navigation system. When ready, the
directions will be downloaded to the
vehicle.
OnStar Hands-Free Calling allows
calls to be made and received from
the vehicle. The vehicle can also be
controlled through the OnStar
RemoteLink® mobile app.
For coverage maps, see
www.onstar.com (U.S.) or
www.onstar.ca (Canada).
Destination Download: Press Q,
then request the Advisor to
download directions to the
navigation system in the vehicle.
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OnStar
OnStar Mobile App
Calling 911 Emergency
Download the OnStar RemoteLink
mobile app to select Apple®,
Android™, and BlackBerry® devices
to check vehicle fuel level, oil life,
or tire pressure; to start the vehicle
(if equipped) or unlock it; or to
connect to an OnStar Advisor.
For OnStar RemoteLink information
and compatibility, see
www.onstar.com (U.S.) or
www.onstar.ca (Canada).
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar Ready,” followed by
a tone.
Hands-Free Calling
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”
2. Say “Call.” System responds:
“Please say the name or number
to call.”
3. Say the entire number without
pausing, including a “1” and the
area code. System responds:
“OK calling.”
Store a Name Tag for Speed
Dialing
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”
2. Say “Call.” System responds:
“Please say the name or number
to call.”
2. Say “Store.” System responds:
“Please say the number you
would like to store.”
3. Say “911” without pausing.
System responds: “911.”
3. Say the entire number without
pausing. System responds:
“Please say the name tag.”
4. Say “Call.” System responds:
“OK, dialing 911.”
Retrieve My Number
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”
2. Say “My number.” System
responds: “Your OnStar
Hands-Free Calling number is,”
then says the number.
End a Call
Press =. System responds: “Call
ended.”
4. Pick a name tag. System
responds: “About to store <name
tag>. Does that sound OK?”
5. Say “Yes” or say “No” to try
again. System responds: “OK,
storing <name tag>.”
Place a Call Using a Stored
Number
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”
2. Say “Call <name tag>.” System
responds: “OK, calling
<name tag>.”
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Verify Minutes and Expiration
Press = and say “Minutes” then
“Verify” to check how many minutes
remain and their expiration date.
Diagnostics
OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics will
perform a vehicle check every
month. It will check the engine,
transmission, antilock brakes, and
major vehicle systems. It also
checks the tire pressures, if the
vehicle is equipped with the Tire
Pressure Monitoring System. If an
On-Demand Diagnostics check is
needed between e-mails, press Q,
and an Advisor can run a check.
OnStar Additional
Information
Transferring Service
Press Q to request account transfer
eligibility information. The Advisor
can assist in canceling or removing
account information. If OnStar
receives information that vehicle
ownership has changed, OnStar
may send a voice message to the
vehicle, requesting updated account
information.
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How OnStar Service Works
Automatic Crash Response,
Emergency Services, 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
everywhere or on all vehicles. For
more information, a full description
of OnStar services, system
limitations, and OnStar terms and
conditions:
Reactivation for Subsequent
Owners
.
Call 888-4-ONSTAR
(888-466-7827).
Press Q and follow the prompts to
speak to an Advisor as soon as
possible after acquiring the vehicle.
The Advisor will update vehicle
records and will explain the OnStar
service offers and options available.
.
See www.onstar.com (U.S.).
.
See www.onstar.ca (Canada).
.
Call TTY 1-877-248-2080.
.
Press Q to speak with an
Advisor.
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OnStar
OnStar services require a vehicle
electrical system, wireless service,
and GPS satellite technologies to be
available and operating for features
to function properly. These systems
may not operate if the battery is
discharged or disconnected.
OnStar service cannot work unless
your vehicle is in a place where
OnStar has an agreement with a
wireless service provider for service
in that area, and the wireless
service provider has coverage,
network capacity, reception, and
technology compatible with OnStar
service. Service involving location
information about the vehicle cannot
work unless GPS signals are
available, unobstructed, and
compatible with the OnStar
hardware. OnStar service may not
work if the OnStar equipment is not
properly installed or it has not been
properly maintained. If equipment or
software is added, connected,
or modified, OnStar service may not
work. Other problems beyond the
control of OnStar may prevent
service such as hills, tall buildings,
tunnels, weather, electrical system
design and architecture of the
vehicle, damage to the vehicle in a
crash, or wireless phone network
congestion or jamming.
TTY Users
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13-15.
OnStar has the ability to
communicate to the deaf,
hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired
customers while in the vehicle. The
available dealer-installed TTY
system can provide in-vehicle
access to all of the OnStar services,
except Virtual Advisor and OnStar
Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
Services for People with
Disabilities
OnStar.com (U.S.) or
OnStar.ca (Canada)
Advisors provide services to help
subscribers with physical disabilities
and medical conditions.
The website provides access to
account information, allows
management of the OnStar
subscription, and viewing of videos
of each service. Get subscription
plan pricing and sign up for OnStar
Vehicle Diagnostics. Click on the
“My Account” tab on the home
page. The website navigation and
services provided may vary by
country.
Press
Q for help with:
.
Locating a gas station with an
attendant to pump gas.
.
Finding a hotel, restaurant, etc.,
that meets accessibility needs.
.
Providing directions to the
closest hospital or pharmacy in
urgent situations.
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OnStar Personal Identification
Number (PIN)
A PIN is needed to access some of
the OnStar services, like Remote
Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle
Assistance. You will be prompted to
change the PIN the first time when
speaking with an Advisor. To
change the OnStar PIN, call OnStar
and provide the Advisor with the
current number.
Warranty
OnStar equipment may be
warranted as part of the New
Vehicle Limited Warranty. The
manufacturer of the vehicle
furnishes detailed warranty
information.
Languages
The vehicle can be programmed to
respond in multiple languages.
Press Q and ask an Advisor.
Advisors are available in English,
Spanish and French. Available
languages may vary by country.
Potential Issues
OnStar cannot perform Remote
Door Unlock or Stolen Vehicle
Assistance after the vehicle has
been off continuously for five days.
After five days, OnStar can contact
Roadside Assistance and a
locksmith to help gain access to
the vehicle.
Global Positioning
System (GPS)
.
Obstruction of the GPS can
occur in a large city with tall
buildings; in parking garages;
around airports; in tunnels,
underpasses, or parking
garages; or in an area with very
dense trees. If GPS signals are
not available, the OnStar system
should still operate to call
OnStar. However, OnStar could
have difficulty identifying the
exact location.
14-7
.
In emergency situations, OnStar
can use the last stored GPS
location to send to emergency
responders.
.
A temporary loss of GPS can
cause loss of the ability to send
a Turn-by-Turn Navigation route.
The Advisor may give a verbal
route or may ask for a call back
after the vehicle is driven into an
open area.
Cellular and GPS Antennas
Avoid placing items over or near the
antenna to prevent blocking cellular
and GPS signal reception. Cellular
reception is required for OnStar to
send remote signals to the vehicle.
Unable to Connect to OnStar
Message
If there is limited cellular coverage
or the cellular network has reached
maximum capacity, this message
may come on. Press Q to try the
call again or try again after driving a
few miles into another cellular area.
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Vehicle and Power Issues
Privacy
All rights reserved.
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED
“AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF
ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE
AND NONINFRINGEMENT OF
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. IN NO
EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR
COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM,
DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF
CONTRACT, TORT OR
OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION
WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE
USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN
THE SOFTWARE.
The complete OnStar Privacy
Statement may be found at
www.onstar.com (U.S.),
or www.onstar.ca (Canada).
Privacy-sensitive users of wireless
communications are cautioned that
the privacy of any information sent
Permission to use, copy, modify,
and distribute this software for any
purpose with or without fee is
hereby granted, provided that the
above copyright notice and this
permission notice appear in
all copies.
Except as contained in this notice,
the name of a copyright holder
shall not be used in advertising or
otherwise to promote the sale, use
or other dealings in this Software
without prior written authorization of
the copyright holder.
OnStar services require a vehicle
electrical system, wireless service,
and GPS satellite technologies to be
available and operating for features
to function properly. These systems
may not operate if the battery is
discharged or disconnected.
Add-on Electrical Equipment
The OnStar system is integrated
into the electrical architecture of the
vehicle. Do not add any electrical
equipment. See Add-On Electrical
Equipment on page 9-74. Added
electrical equipment may interfere
with the operation of the OnStar
system and cause it to not operate.
via wireless cellular communications
cannot be assured. Third parties
may unlawfully intercept or access
transmissions and private
communications without consent.
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INDEX
A
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Accessory Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Active Emergency
Braking System . . . . . . . . 1-20, 9-57
Adaptive Cruise Control . . . . . . . 9-41
Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Adaptive Forward Lighting
(AFL) Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Add-On Electrical
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74
Additional Information
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-5
Adjustments
Lumbar, Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Thigh Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine . . . . . 10-16
Air Filter, Passenger
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Airbag System
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-33
How Does an Airbag
Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-26
Passenger Sensing
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-28
What Makes an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-25
What Will You See after an
Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-26
When Should an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-24
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . .3-23
Airbags
Adding Equipment to the
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-32
Passenger Status Indicator . . .5-14
Readiness Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
Servicing Airbag-Equipped
Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-32
System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-21
Alarm
Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Alert
Side Blind Zone (SBZA) . . . . . .9-59
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . 10-27, 9-29
i-1
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Antenna
Multi-band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-12
Antilock Brake
System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-30
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-19
Appearance Care
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-87
Armrest Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Assistance Systems for
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-55
Assistance Systems for
Parking and Backing . . . . . . . . . 9-50
Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13
CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-13
Audio System
Backglass Antenna . . . . . . . . . . .7-12
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . . 7-2
Automatic
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Headlamp System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-25
Transmission Fluid . . . . . . . . . 10-15
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INDEX
Automatic Transmission
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-27
Shift Lock Control
Function Check . . . . . . . . . . . 10-29
Auxiliary Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-19
B
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-26
Exterior Lighting Battery
Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-77
Power Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Voltage and Charging
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-32
Blade Replacement, Wiper . . . 10-30
Bluetooth
Overview . . . . . . . . . 7-20,
. . . 7-22, 7-26
Brake
System Warning Light . . . . . . . .5-18
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Antilock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-30
Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-33
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-31, 9-33
System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-32
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Braking System
Active Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . .1-20
Break-In, New Vehicle . . . . . . . . . 9-16
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Back-up Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-32
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Headlamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
High Intensity Discharge
(HID) Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
License Plate Lamps . . . . . . . 10-32
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-61
C
Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
California
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . .9-65
Perchlorate Materials
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Canadian Vehicle Owners . . . . . . . . iii
Capacities and
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Carbon Monoxide
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-24
Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-16
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9
Card Reader
SD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-19
Cargo
Tie-Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Cautions, Danger, and
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66
Charging System Light . . . . . . . . 5-15
Check
Engine Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Child Restraints
Infants and Young
Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-37
Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . .3-42
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-34
Securing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-48, 3-52
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-39
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
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INDEX
Cleaning
Exterior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82
Interior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-87
Climate Control Systems
Dual Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1, 8-5
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6, 5-7
Cluster, Instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Clutch, Hydraulic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Collision Damage Repair . . . . . . 13-9
Compartments
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33
Compressor Kit, Tire
Sealant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Connections
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-3
Control
Traction and Electronic
Stability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-34
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
Coolant
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Engine Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Engine Temperature
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Engine Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-34
Courtesy Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Courtesy Transportation
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-8
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33
Cruise Control, Active . . . . . . . . . 9-41
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . 13-4
Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-3
Text Telephone (TTY)
Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-4
Customer Information
Service Publications
Ordering Information . . . . . . .13-11
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-1
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D
Damage Repair, Collision . . . . . . 13-9
Danger, Warnings, and
Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Data Recorders, Event . . . . . . . 13-14
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Diagnostics
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-5
Distracted Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Door
Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Power Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-13
Rear Seat Pass-Through . . . . .3-12
Drive Belt Routing, Engine . . . . . 12-4
Drive Systems
All-Wheel Drive . . . . . . 10-27, 9-29
Driver Assistance Systems . . . . 9-50
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25
Driver Mode Control . . . . . . . . . . . 9-36
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INDEX
Driving
Assistance Systems . . . . . . . . . .9-55
Characteristics and
Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Defensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Drunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
For Better Fuel Economy . . . . .1-23
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . 9-9
If the Vehicle is Stuck . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Vehicle Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . .9-12
Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7
Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9
Dual Automatic Climate
Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1, 8-5
E
E85 or FlexFuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-65
Electrical Equipment,
Add-On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74
Electrical System
Engine Compartment
Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38
Overload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Rear Compartment Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-41
Emergency
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . . . . . . . . 10-16
Check and Service Engine
Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Compartment Overview . . . . . . .10-6
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Coolant Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Coolant Temperature
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Engine (cont'd)
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Cooling System Messages . . .5-34
Drive Belt Routing . . . . . . . . . . . .12-4
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-24
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-21
Oil Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-13
Oil Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-34
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-22
Power Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-35
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-22
Running While Parked . . . . . . . .9-24
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-19
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Equipment, Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-73
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . . . 13-14
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Extender, Safety Belt . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lamps Off Reminder . . . 6-3
Exterior Lighting Battery
Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
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F
Features
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Filter,
Engine Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . 10-16
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Flashers, Hazard Warning . . . . . . 6-5
Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-67
FlexFuel
E85 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-65
Floor Mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-91
Fluid
Automatic Transmission . . . . 10-15
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25
Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Forward Collision Alert
(FCA) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-55
Front Seats
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-63
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-65
Economy Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-23
Filling a Portable Fuel
Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-68
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-66
Foreign Countries . . . . . . . . . . . .9-65
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . .9-65
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . .5-23
Recommended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-64
Requirements, California . . . . .9-65
System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-35
Fuses
Engine Compartment
Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38
Rear Compartment Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-41
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Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . 5-47
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-47
Gasoline
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-65
Gauges
Engine Coolant
Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Warning Lights and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
General Information
Service and Maintenance . . . . . 11-1
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
GM Mobility Reimbursement
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
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H
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . . . 6-5
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Head-up Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28
Headlamps
Adaptive Forward
Lighting (AFL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
High Intensity Discharge
(HID) Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . .5-24
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . 6-3
Lamps On Reminder . . . . . . . . .5-24
Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
Heated
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Heated Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Heater
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-21
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
High-Speed Operation . . . . . . . . 10-53
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . . 9-9
Hill Start Assist (HSA) . . . . . . . . . 9-34
Home Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-5
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Hydraulic Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
I
Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
Indicator
Vehicle Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-20
Infants and Young Children,
Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-37
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . . 13-15
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Instrument Panel
Storage Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Instrument Panel Overview . . . . . 1-2
Interior Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . 2-22
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J
Jack
Auxiliary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-19
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-77
K
Key and Lock Messages . . . . . . . 5-35
Keyless Entry
Remote (RKE) System . . . . . . . . 2-3
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
L
Labeling, Tire Sidewall . . . . . . . . 10-47
Lamps
Courtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Daytime Running (DRL) . . . . . . . 6-4
Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Exterior Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Lamps (cont'd)
Exterior Lighting Battery
Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
License Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-32
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . .5-15
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-36
On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Lane Departure
Warning (LDW) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-61
Lane Departure Warning
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
LATCH System
Replacing Parts after a
Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-48
LATCH, Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . . . 3-42
LED Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Light
Adaptive Forward Lighting
(AFL) Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
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Lighting
Adaptive Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Illumination Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
LED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Lights
Airbag Readiness . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-19
Brake System Warning . . . . . . .5-18
Charging System . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Engine Coolant
Temperature Warning . . . . . . .5-21
Engine Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . .5-22
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
High-Beam On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . 6-3
Lane Departure Warning . . . . . .5-20
Low Fuel Warning . . . . . . . . . . . .5-23
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . .5-13
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-23
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Lights (cont'd)
Service Electric Parking
Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-19
StabiliTrak® OFF . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-22
Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Traction Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-20
Limited-Slip Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . 9-38
Locks
Automatic Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-13
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-15
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . . . 5-23
Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH
System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-42
Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
M
Maintenance
Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-16
Maintenance Schedule
Recommended Fluids
and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13
Malfunction Indicator Lamp . . . . 5-15
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . 9-28
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Messages
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Battery Voltage and
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-32
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-32
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33
Engine Cooling System . . . . . . .5-34
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-34
Engine Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-35
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-35
Messages (cont'd)
Key and Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-35
Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-36
Object Detection System . . . . .5-36
Ride Control System . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Service Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Starting the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-31
Vehicle Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Vehicle Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-42
Mirrors
Automatic Dimming
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Convex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-21
Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Manual Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Park Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-21
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Mirrors, Interior Rearview . . . . . . 2-22
Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-36
Driver Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-36
Monitor System, Tire
Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54
Multi-band Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-12
N
Navigation
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . . . 9-16
O
Object Detection System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-36
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Off-Road
Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Oil
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . 10-13
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-34
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-22
Older Children, Restraints . . . . . 3-34
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . . . 13-4
OnStar®
System, In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-24
OnStar® Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
OnStar® Connections . . . . . . . . . . 14-3
OnStar® Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
OnStar® Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar® Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar® Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar® Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
Ordering
Service Publications . . . . . . . . .13-11
Outlets
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . 10-22
Overview, Infotainment
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
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P
Park
Shifting Into . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-22
Shifting Out of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-23
Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-31, 9-33
Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check . . . . . . . . 10-29
Over Things That Burn . . . . . . .9-23
Parking Brake
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
Parking or Backing
Assistance Systems . . . . . . . . . .9-50
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
Passenger Compartment Air
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
Passenger Sensing System . . . 3-28
Perchlorate Materials
Requirements, California . . . . . 10-3
Personalization
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-42
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Phone
Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . 7-20,
. . . 7-22, 7-26
Port
USB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-16
Power
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-13
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-21
Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Protection, Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Retained Accessory (RAP) . . .9-21
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-23
Pregnancy, Using Safety
Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Privacy
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . 13-15
Program
Courtesy Transportation . . . . . .13-8
Proposition 65 Warning,
California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
R
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . . 13-15
Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-15
Radios
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11
Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-10
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Rear Axle
Limited-Slip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-38
Rear Seat
Pass-Through Door . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . .2-22
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Recommended
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-64
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-13
Records
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-16
Recreational Vehicle
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-80
Reimbursement Program,
GM Mobility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Replacement Parts
Airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-34
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-15
Replacing Airbag System . . . . . . 3-34
Replacing LATCH System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . 3-48
Replacing Safety Belt
System Parts after a Crash . . . 3-20
Reporting Safety Defects
Canadian Government . . . . . . 13-13
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . 13-12
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Restraints
Where to Put . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-41
Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Ride Control Systems
Limited Slip Rear Axle . . . . . . . .9-38
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Roads
Driving, Wet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7
Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Roof
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-26
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Routing, Engine Drive Belt . . . . . 12-4
Run-Flat Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Running the Vehicle While
Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
S
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-20
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-19
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-13
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . .3-14
Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
Replacing after a Crash . . . . . .3-20
Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . .3-19
Safety Defects Reporting
Canadian Government . . . . . . 13-13
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . 13-12
Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Safety System Check . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Scheduling Appointments . . . . . . 13-7
SD Card Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-19
Sealant Kit, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
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Seats
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Heated Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Lumbar Adjustment, Front . . . . . 3-5
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Power Adjustment, Front . . . . . . 3-4
Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-10
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Securing Child
Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-48, 3-52
Security
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-23
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Vehicle Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Doing Your Own Work . . . . . . . .10-4
Engine Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Maintenance Records . . . . . . .11-16
Maintenance, General
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Parts Identification Label . . . . .12-1
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Service (cont'd)
Publications Ordering
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-11
Scheduling Appointments . . . . .13-7
Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Service Electric Parking
Brake Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19
Servicing the Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
Shift Lock Control Function
Check, Automatic
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-29
Shifting
Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-22
Out of Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-23
Side Blind Zone
Alert (SBZA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59
Signals, Turn and
Lane-Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Software Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
Specifications and
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
StabiliTrak
OFF Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Start Assist, Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-34
Start Vehicle, Remote . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Starter Switch Check . . . . . . . . . 10-28
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Starting the Vehicle
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-40
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Heated Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Wheel Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Wheel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
Storage Areas
Armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Storing the Tire Sealant
and Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . 10-76
Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-26
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
System
Active Emergency Braking . . . .9-57
Forward Collision
Alert (FCA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-55
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . 13-15, 7-1
Systems
Driver Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-50
T
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Text Telephone (TTY) Users . . . 13-4
Theft-Deterrent Systems . . . . . . . 2-19
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-19
Thigh Support Adjustment . . . . . . 3-5
Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6, 5-7
Tires
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-61
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66
Designations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-48
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-62
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . 10-67
Inflation Monitor System . . . . 10-55
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-53
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-22
Pressure Monitor System . . . 10-54
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Run-Flat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
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Tires (cont'd)
Sealant and
Compressor Kit . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Sealant and Compressor
Kit, Storing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-76
Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . . . . . . 10-47
Terminology and
Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63
Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-64
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-65
When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-60
Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Towing
Driving Characteristics . . . . . . . .9-69
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-73
General Information . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Recreational Vehicle . . . . . . . . 10-80
Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-72, 9-73
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-79
Track Events and
Competitive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
Traction
Control System (TCS)/
StabiliTrak® Light . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Limited-Slip Rear Axle . . . . . . . .9-38
Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-20
Traction Control/Electronic
Stability Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-34
Trailer
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-72, 9-73
Transmission
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-25
Fluid, Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Fluid, Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Transportation Program,
Courtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-8
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Turn and Lane-Change
Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
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U
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63
Universal Remote System . . . . . 5-47
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-50
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-47
Updates
Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8
USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16
Using This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
V
Vehicle
Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Canadian Owners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iii
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Identification
Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-1
Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-12
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-31
Personalization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-42
Reminder Messages . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Remote Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
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Vehicle (cont'd)
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Speed Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-79
Vehicle Ahead Indicator . . . . . . . 5-20
Vehicle Care
Storing the Tire Sealant
and Compressor Kit . . . . . . . 10-76
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-52
Ventilation, Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-25
W
Warning
Brake System Light . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
Lane Departure (LDW) . . . . . . .9-61
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Cautions and Danger . . . . . . . . . . . .iv
Hazard Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-42
Washer, Headlamps . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
Wheels
Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-64
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-62
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-60
Where to Put the Restraint . . . . 3-41
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-23
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-23
Windshield
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30
Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Winter
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9
Winter Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . 10-30
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