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
Exhaust Gas 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.
• 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
1) Make sure that windows, mirrors, lights
and reflectors are clean and unobstructed.
2) Visually check the tires for the following
- 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.
It is normal for water to drip from the air
conditioning system after use.
4) Make sure the hood is fully closed and
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
section for lubrication schedule.
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
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
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
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
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.
• 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.
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.
Make sure that the parking brake is
set fully and the transaxle is in Neutral before attempting to start the
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.
Vehicle With Keyless Start System
of the remote controller may be unreliable.
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.
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.
• 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
• 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.
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
You can also turn the ignition switch by
inserting the ignition key into the slot.
Using the Transaxle
Manual Transaxle
2 4
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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
• When shifting or starting off, do not
race the engine. Racing the engine
can shorten engine life and affect
smooth shifting.
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
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.
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
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
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.
The ABS will not work if vehicle speed is
under 5 - 6 kmlh (3 - 4 mph).
• 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.
(1) ABS warning light Type 1
(2) ABS warning light Type 2
(3) Brake system warning light
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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
• Start off from a stop slowly. Avoid
full throttle starts.
• Avoid hard braking, especially during the first 320 km (200 miles) of
• 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
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
• 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.
Improving Fuel Economy
The following instructions will help you
improve fuel economy.
Keep the air cleaner clean
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.
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.
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.
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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