OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Exhaust Gas Warning ......................................................... 5-1 Daily Inspection Checklist .................................................. 5-1 Engine Oil Consumption .................................................... 5-2 Starting the Engine ............................................................. 5-3 Using the Transaxle ............................................................ 5-5 Braking ..................................•.............................................. 5-5 Running-in ........................................................................... 5-8 Catalytic Converter (if equipped) ....................................... 5-8 Improving Fuel Economy ................................................... 5-9 60G408 - OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Exhaust Gas Warning A. WARNING Avoid breathing exhaust gases. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, a potentially lethal gas that is colorless and odorless. Since carbon monoxide is difficult to detect by itself, be sure to take the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide from entering your vehicle. • Do not leave the engine running in garages or other confined areas. (Continued) 5-1 A. WARNING (Continued) • Do not park with the engine running for a long period of time, even in an open area. If it is necessary to sit for a short time in a parked vehicle with the engine running, make sure the air intake selector is set to "FRESH AIR" and the blower is at high speed. • Avoid operating the vehicle with the tail gate or trunk open. If it is necessary to operate the vehicle with the tail gate or trunk open, make sure the sunroof (if equipped) and all windows are closed, and the blower is at high speed with the air intake selector set to "FRESH AIR". • To allow proper operation of your vehicle's ventilation system, keep the air inlet grille in front of the windshield clear of snow, leaves or other obstructions at all times. • Keep the exhaust tailpipe area clear of snow and other material to help reduce the buildup of exhaust gases under the vehicle. This is particularly important when parked in blizzard conditions. • Have the exhaust system inspected periodically for damage and leaks. Any damage or leaks should be repaired immediately. Daily Inspection Checklist Before Driving 60A1B7S 1) Make sure that windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors are clean and unobstructed. 2) Visually check the tires for the following points: - the depth of the tread groove - abnormal wear, cracks and damage - loose wheel nuts - existence of foreign material such as nails, stones, etc. Refer to "Tires" in "INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE" section for details. 3) Look for fluid and oil leaks. NOTE: It is normal for water to drip from the air conditioning system after use. OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE 4) Make sure the hood is fully closed and latched. 5) Check the headlights, turn signal lights, brake lights and horn for proper operation. 6) Adjust the seat and adjustable head restraint (if equipped). 7) Check the brake pedal and the parking brake lever. 8) Adjust the mirrors. 9) Make sure that you and all passengers have properly fastened your seat belts. 10)Make sure that all warning lights come on as the key is turned to the "ON" or "START" position. 11 )Check all gauges. 12)Make sure that the BRAKE SYSTEM WARNING light turns off when the parking brake is released. item "All latches, hinges and locks" of "CHASSIS AND BODY" in the "Periodic Maintenance Schedule" in the "INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE" section for lubrication schedule. A WARNING Make sure the hood is fully closed and latched before driving. If it is not, it can fly up unexpectedly during driving, obstructing your view and resulting in an accident. Once a month, or each time you fill your fuel tank, check the tire pressure using a tire pressure gauge. Also check the tire pressure of the spare tire. Engine Oil Consumption It is normal for the engine to consume some engine oil during normal vehicle operation. The amount of engine oil consumed depends on the viscosity of the oil, the quality of the oil and the conditions the vehicle is driven under. More oil is consumed during high-speed driving and when there is frequent acceleration and deceleration. Under high loads, your engine also will consume more oil. A new engine also consumes more oil, since its pistons, piston rings and cylinder walls have not yet become conditioned. New engines reach the normal level of oil consumption only after approximately 5000 km (3000 miles) driving. Once a week, or each time you fill your fuel tank, perform the following under-hood checks: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Engine oil level Coolant level Brake fluid level Battery solution level Windshield washer fluid level Hood latch operation Pull the hood release handle inside the vehicle. Make sure that you cannot open the hood all the way without releasing the secondary latch. Be sure to close the hood securely after checking for proper latch operation. See the 5-2 OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Oil consumption: Max. 1.0 L per 1000 km (1 Qt. per 600 miles) When judging the amount of oil consumption, note that the oil may become diluted and make it difficult to accurately judge the true oil level. As an example, if a vehicle is used for repeated short trips, and consumes a normal amount of oil, the dipstick may not show any drop in the oil level at all, even after 1000 km (600 miles) or more of driving. This is because the oil is gradually becoming diluted with fuel or moisture, making it appear that the oil level has not changed. You should also be aware that the diluting ingredients evaporate out when the vehicle is subsequently driven at high speeds, such as on an expressway, making it appear that oil is excessively consumed after high-speed driving. Starting the Engine Starting a Cold and Warm Engine Before Starting the Engine With your foot off the accelerator pedal, crank the engine by turning the ignition key to "START'. Release the key when the engine starts. MT CAUTION • Stop turning the starter immediately after the engine has started or the starter system can be damaged. • Do not crank the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. If the engine doesn't start on the first try, wait about 15 seconds before trying again. 52LM009 1) Make sure the parking brake is set fully. 2) Manual transaxle - Shift into "N" (Neutral) and depress the clutch pedal all the way to the floor. Hold it while starting the engine. A. WARNING Make sure that the parking brake is set fully and the transaxle is in Neutral before attempting to start the engine. 5-3 If the engine does not start after 15 seconds of cranking, wait about 15 seconds, then press down the accelerator pedal to 1/3 of its travel and try cranking the engine again. Release the key. and accelerator pedal when the engine starts. If the engine still does not start, try holding the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor while cranking. This should clear the engine if it is flooded. OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Vehicle With Keyless Start System of the remote controller may be unreliable. EXAMPLE 52LM003 8OJ084 The ignition switch can be operated without using an ignition key when the remote controller is in an area of the vehicle other than the rear luggage area. To turn the ignition switch, first push in the switch. NOTE: You must push in the ignition switch to turn it from the "LOCK" position to the '~CC" position. To return to the "LOCK" position from the '~CC" position, turn the ignition switch counterclockwise while pushing in the switch. If the keyless start system blue indicator light illuminates on the instrument cluster, you can turn the ignition switch. If the red indicator light illuminates, you can not turn the ignition switch. NOTE: • The ignition switch can be turned to the '~CC" position when the keyless start system blue indicator light illuminates. The blue indicator light will illuminate for several seconds when you push in the ignition switch and then will turn off to protect the system. In this case, you must release the ignition switch and push it again to illuminate the blue indicator light. • If the keyless start system red indicator light illuminates, the remote controller may not be in the vehicle or the battery NOTE: • If the battery of the remote controller runs down or there are strong radio waves or noise, the operating range may be narrower or the remote controller may be inoperative. • If the remote controller is too close to the door glass, it may not operate. • The ignition switch may not turn when the remote controller is on the instrument panel, in the glove box, in the door pocket, in the sun visor or on the floor. CAUTION The remote controller is a sensitive electronic instrument. To avoid damaging it, do not expose it to impacts, moisture or high temperature (such as on the dashboard under direct sunlight). You can also turn the ignition switch by inserting the ignition key into the slot. 5-4 OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Using the Transaxle A Manual Transaxle 3 5 2 4 R ~ EXAMPLE 63J051 Starting off To start off, depress the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and shift into 1st gear. After releasing the parking brake, gradually release the clutch. When you hear a change in the engine's sound, slowly press the accelerator while continuing to gradually release the clutch. Shifting All forward gears are synchronized, which provides for quiet, and easy shifting. Always depress the clutch pedal all the way to the floor before shifting gears. Keep the engine speed does not rise into the red zone of the tachometer. 5-5 WARNING • Reduce your speed and downshift to a lower gear before going down a long or steep hill. A lower gear will allow the engine to provide braking. Avoid riding the brakes or they may overheat, resulting in brake failure. • When driving on slippery roads, be sure to slow down before downshifting. Excessive and or sudden changes in engine speed may cause loss of traction, which could cause you to lose control. • Make sure that the vehicle is completely stationary before you shift into reverse. CAUTION • To help avoid clutch damage, do not use the clutch pedal as a footrest while driving or use the clutch to keep the vehicle stationary on a hill. Depress the clutch fully when shifting. • When shifting or starting off, do not race the engine. Racing the engine can shorten engine life and affect smooth shifting. Braking 60G165S The distance needed to bring any vehicle to a halt increases with the speed of the vehicle. The braking distance needed, for example, at 60 km/h (37 mph) will be approximately 4 times greater than the braking distance needed at 30 km/h (19 mph). Start to brake the vehicle when there is plenty of distance between your vehicle and the stopping point, and slow down gradually. OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE A WARNING If water gets into the brake drums, brake performance may become poor and unpredictable. After driving through water or washing the underside of the vehicle, test the brakes while driving at a slow speed to see if they have maintained their normal effectiveness. If the brakes are less effective than normal, dry them by repeatedly applying the brakes while driving slowly until the brakes have regained their normal effectiveness. A WARNING Even without reserve power in the brake system, you can still stop the vehicle by pressing the brake pedal harder than normally required. However, the stopping distance may be longer. Brake Assist System When you slam the brakes on, the brake assist system judges as an emergency stop and provides more powerful braking for a driver who cannot hold down the brake pedal firmly. Power Assisted Brakes Your vehicle has power assisted brakes. If NOTE: power assistance is lost due to a stalled If you depress the brakes forcefully, you may hear a clicking sound in the brake engine or other failures, the system is still fully operational on reserve power and you pedal. This is normal and indicates that the brake assist system is activated properly. can bring the vehicle to a complete stop by pressing the brake pedal once and holding it down. The reserve power is partly used Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) up when you depress the brake pedal and ASS will help you avoid skidding by elecreduces each time the pedal is pressed. tronically controlling braking pressure. It Apply smooth and even pressure to the . will also help you maintain steering control pedal. Do not pump the pedal. when braking on slippery surfaces or when braking hard. The ASS works automatically, so you do not need any special braking technique. Just push the brake pedal down without pumping. The ASS will operate whenever it senses that the wheels are locking up. You may feel the brake pedal moves a little while the ASS is operating. NOTE: The ABS will not work if vehicle speed is under 5 - 6 kmlh (3 - 4 mph). A WARNING • On some types of loose surfaces (such as gravel, snow-covered roads, etc.) the stopping distance required for an ASS-equipped vehicle may be slightly greater than for a comparable vehicle with a conventional brake system. With a conventional brake system, skidding tires are able to "plow" the gravel or snow layer, shortening the stopping distance. ASS minimizes this resistance effect. Allow for extra stopping distance when driving on loose surfaces. • On regular paved roads, some drivers may be able to obtain slightly shorter stopping distances with conventional brake systems than with ASS. • In both of the above conditions, ASS will still offer the advantage of helping you maintain directional control. However, remember that ASS will not compensate for bad road or weather conditions or poor driver judgment. Use good judgment and do not drive faster than conditions will safely allow. 5-6 OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE (8) A or ABS (2) (1) (CD) BRAKE (3) 65D451 (1) ABS warning light Type 1 (2) ABS warning light Type 2 (3) Brake system warning light A WARNING • If the ABS warning light «1) or (2)) on the instrument panel comes on and stays on while driving, there may be a problem with the ABS system. Ask your SUZUKI dealer to inspect the ABS system immediately. If the ABS system becomes inoperative, the brake system will function as an ordinary brake system that has no ABS. (Continued) 5-7 WARNING (Continued) • If the ABS warning light «1) or (2)) and the Brake system warning light (3) on the instrument panel simultaneously stays on or comes on when driving, both anti-lock function and rear brake force control function (Proportioning valve function) of the ABS system may have failed. If so, the rear wheels may easily skid or the vehicle can even spin in the worst case when braking on a slippery road or when hard braking even on a dry paved road. Ask your SUZUKI dealer to inspect the ABS system immediately. Drive carefully, avoiding hard braking as much as possible. How the ABS Works A computer continuously monitors wheel speed. The computer compares the changes in wheel speed when braking. If the wheels slow suddenly, indicating a skidding situation, the computer will change braking pressure several times each second to prevent the wheels from locking. When you start. your vehicle or when you accelerate after a hard stop, you may hear a momentary motor or clicking noise as the system resets or checks itself. A WARNING The ABS may not work properly if tires or wheels other than those specified in the owner's manual are used. This is because the ABS works by comparing changes in wheel speed. When replacing tires or wheels, use only the size and type specified in this owner's manual. OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Running-in CAUTION The future performance and reliability of the engine depends on the care and restraint exercised during its early life. It is especially important to observe the following precautions during the initial 960 km (600 miles) of vehicle operation. • After starting, do not race the . engine. Warm it up gr~dually. • Avoid prolonged vehicle operation at a constant speed. Moving parts will break in better if you vary your speed. • Start off from a stop slowly. Avoid full throttle starts. • Avoid hard braking, especially during the first 320 km (200 miles) of driving. • Do not drive slowly with the transaxle in a high gear. • Drive the vehicle at moderate engine speeds. • Do not tow a trailer during the first 960 km (600 miles) of vehicle operation. Catalytic Converter (if equipped) damage to the catalyst and other vehicle components. CAUTION 54G236 The purpose of the catalytic converter is to minimize the amount of harmful pollutants in your vehicle's exhaust. Use of leaded fuel in vehicles equipped with catalytic converters is prohibited, because lead deactivates the pollutant-reducing components of the catalyst system. The converter is designed to last the life of the vehicle under normal usage and when unleaded fuel is used. No special maintenance is required on the converter. However, it is very important to keep the engine properly tuned. Engine misfiring, which can result from an improperly tuned engine, may cause overheating of the catalyst. This may result in permanent heat To minimize the possibility of catalyst or other vehicle damage: • Maintain the engine in the proper operating condition. • In the event of an engine malfunction, particularly one involving engine misfire or other apparent loss of performance, have the vehicle serviced promptly. • Do not turn off the engine or interrupt the ignition when the transaxle is in gear and the vehicle is in motion. • Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the vehicle, or coasting down a hill. • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires disconnected or removed, such as during diagnostic testing. • Do not idle the vehicle for prolonged periods if idling seems rough or there are other malfunctions. • Do not allow the fuel tank to get near the empty level. 5-8 OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE Improving Fuel Economy The following instructions will help you improve fuel economy. Keep the air cleaner clean EXAMPLE Avoid excessive idling If you are to wait for more than a minute while you are parked, stop the engine and start it again later. When warming up a cold engine, allow the engine to idle until the temperature gauge pointer comes up to the "en position (if the idling is not prohibited). In this position, the engine is sufficiently warm for starting off. .A WARNING Be careful where you park and drive; the catalytic converter and other exhaust components can get very hot. As with any vehicle, do not park or operate this vehicle in areas where combustible materials such as dry grass or leaves can come in contact with a hot exhaust system. 5-9 Avoid "fast" starts Fast starts away from lights or stop signs will consume fuel unnecessarily and shorten engine life. Start off slowly. Avoid unnecessary stops Avoid unnecessary deceleration and stopping. Try to maintain a slow, steady speed whenever possible. Slowing down and then accelerating again uses more fuel. Keep a steady cruising speed Keep as constant a speed as road and traffic conditions will permit. 60A183S A dirty air cleaner will cause the carburetion system to supply too much fuel to the engine for the amount of air being supplied. The result is waste of fuel due to incomplete combustion. Keep weight to a minimum The heavier the load, the more fuel the vehicle consumes. Take out any luggage or cargo when it is not necessary. Keep tire pressures correct Underinflation of the tires can waste fuel due to increased running resistance of the tires. Keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure shown on the label on the driver's side door or the driver's door lock pillar.
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