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Part No. 99011-78J00-03E
September, 2006
OWNER’S MANUAL
99011-78J00-03EXL7
Printed in U.S.A.
See page 5-2
Keep With Vehicle At All Times.
Contains Important Information
On Safety, Operation & Maintenance.
SERVICE STATION INFORMATION
Fuel recommendation: Brake and clutch fluid:
Tire cold pressure:
DOT3
See the “Tire Information Label” located on the
driver’s door lock pillar.
ENGLISH
Suzuki Red: Magenta 100%, Yellow 100%
Suzuki Blue: Cyan 100%, Magenta 70%
Engine oil recommendation:
Standard: GM6094M
Viscosity: SAE 5W-30
For further details, see “Engine Oil” in the
“SERVICE AND APPEARANCE CARE” section.
2007
Engine oil with “Starburst” symbol
12.0 mm
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September, 2006
Part No. 99011-78J00-03E
Printed in U.S.A.
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This owner’s manual applies to the XL7 series:
NOTE: The illustrated model is one of the XL7 series.
© COPYRIGHT SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION 2006
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for choosing SUZUKI and welcome to our growing family. Your choice was a wise one; SUZUKI products are a great value
that will give you years of driving pleasure.
This Owner’s Manual was prepared to help you have a safe, enjoyable, and trouble-free experience with your SUZUKI. In it you will learn
about the vehicle’s operation, its safety features and maintenance requirements. Please read it carefully before operating your vehicle.
Afterwards, keep this Manual in the glove box for future reference.
Should you resell the vehicle, please leave this Manual with it for the next owner.
In addition to the Owner’s Manual, the other booklets provided with your SUZUKI explain the vehicle’s warranties. We recommend you
read them as well to familiarize yourself with this important information.
When planning the regular scheduled maintenance of your SUZUKI, we recommend you visit your local SUZUKI dealership. Their fac-
tory-trained technicians will provide the best possible service and use only genuine SUZUKI parts and accessories.
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SERVICE STATION GUIDE
1. Fuel (see section 5)
2. Engine hood (see section 5)
3. Tire changing tools (see section 5)
4. Engine oil dipstick <Yellow>
(see section 5)
5. Engine coolant (see section 5)
6. Windshield washer fluid
(see section 5)
7. Battery (see section 5)
8. Tire pressure (see tire information
label on driver’s door lock pillar)
9. Spare tire (see section 5)
Litho in U.S.A.
Part NO. 15900142 A First Printing
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
California Proposition 65 Warning
WARNING
Engine exhaust, some of its constitu-
ents, and certain product compo-
nents contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and birth defects or
other reproductive harm.
SEATS AND RESTRAINT SYSTEMS 1
FEATURES AND CONTENTS 2
INSTRUMENT PANEL 3
DRIVING YOUR VEHICLE 4
SERVICE AND APPEARANCE CARE 5
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE 6
GENERAL INFORMATION 7
INDEX 8
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LOCATION OF WARNING
MESSAGES
Read and follow all of the warnings (labels
etc.) on your vehicle. Make sure you
understand all of them. Keep them on the
vehicle. Do not remove the messages for
any reason. If a label comes off or the
messages become difficult to read, have it
corrected by your SUZUKI dealer.
1. Airbag warning labels
(on both sunvisors)
2. Jacking warning label
3. Brake fluid cap message
4. Surge tank cap message
5. Dynamo meter warning label
6. Air conditioner warning label
7. Battery label
8. Air bag warning tag
9. Side air bag warning label
10. Side air bag warning label
(3 seats model only)
11. Pretensioner warning label
12. Second seat folding warning label
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FOREWORD
All information in this manual is based
on the latest product information avail-
able at the time of publication. Due to
improvements or other changes, there
may be discrepancies between informa-
tion in this manual and your vehicle.
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
reserves the right to make production
changes at any time, without notice and
without incurring any obligation to
make the same or similar changes to
vehicles previously built or sold.
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
believes in conservation and protection of
Earth’s natural resources.
To that end, we encourage every vehicle
owner to recycle, trade in, or properly dis-
pose of, as appropriate, used motor oil,
coolant, and other fluids, batteries and
tires.
IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH
YOUR SUZUKI:
Please review the New Vehicle Warranty
Information booklet supplied with your
SUZUKI. Should you have a question or
problem regarding the warranty or service
of your vehicle, please take the following
action:
Consult the Service Manager and the
Owner of the Suzuki Automotive Dealer-
ship. Explain your problem and ask for
their assistance in resolving your problem.
The Owner of the dealership is in the very
best position to assist you as he or she is
vitally concerned with your continued satis-
faction.
If you are still in need of additional informa-
tion, or if you are dissatisfied, request that
your dealer arrange a meeting with your
District Service Manager.
If, after doing so, you still require further
assistance, and you purchased your
SUZUKI in the continental United States,
please contact the American Suzuki Cus-
tomer Relations Department by telephone
at 1-800-934-0934 or in writing at:
American Suzuki Motor Corporation
Automotive Customer Relations
3251 East Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821-6795
If you purchased your SUZUKI in Canada
please contact the Suzuki Canada Cus-
tomer Relations Department by telephone
at 1-905-889-2677 extension 2254 or in
writing at:
Suzuki Canada Inc.
Customer Relations
100 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, On
L4B 1J6
In the event you require assistance related
to your SUZUKI, while temporarily travel-
ling in either the United States or Canada,
you may wish to contact the Suzuki Cus-
tomer Relations Department directly of the
country in which you are temporarily oper-
ating your vehicle.
Please be certain to provide us with the fol-
lowing information: the model, Vehicle
Identification Number, mileage, accesso-
ries involved, event dates, your concern,
and any other comments which you may
have. When we receive your correspon-
dence, we will be pleased to contact the
Owner of your dealership and assist in
resolving your concern.
For owners outside the continental United
States, please refer to the distributor’s
address listed in your Warranty Information
booklet.
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IMPORTANT
WARNING/CAUTION/NOTE
Please read this manual and follow its
instructions carefully. To emphasize spe-
cial information, the symbol and the
words WARNING, CAUTION and NOTE
have special meanings. Pay special atten-
tion to the messages highlighted by these
signal words:
NOTE:
Indicates special information to make
maintenance easier or instructions clearer.
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The circle with a slash in this manual
means “Don’t do this” or “Don’t let this hap-
pen”.
MODIFICATION WARNING
WARNING
Indicates a potential hazard that
could result in death or injury.
CAUTION
Indicates a potential hazard that
could result in vehicle damage.
WARNING
Do not modify this vehicle. Modifica-
tion could adversely affect safety,
handling, performance or durability
and may violate governmental regu-
lations. In addition, damage or perfor-
mance problems resulting from
modification may not be covered
under warranty.
CAUTION
Improper installation of mobile com-
munication equipment such as cellu-
lar telephones or CB (Citizen’s Band)
radios may cause electronic interfer-
ence with your vehicle’s ignition sys-
tem, resulting in vehicle performance
problems. Consult your SUZUKI
dealer or qualified service technician
for advice on installing such mobile
communication equipment.
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Vehicle Symbols
Your vehicle has components and labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols, used on your vehicle, are shown along with the text
describing the operation or information relating to a specific component, control, message, gauge or indicator.
If you need help figuring out a specific name of a component, gauge or indicator, reference the following topics:
Seats and Restraint Systems in Section
1
Features and Controls in Section 2
Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3
Climate Controls in Section 3
Warning Lights, gauges and Indicators
in Section 3
Audio System(s) in Section 3
Engine Compartment Overview in Sec-
tion 5
These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle:
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SEATS AND RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
Front Seats .......................................................................... 1-1
Rear Seats ............................................................................ 1-6
Safety Belts .......................................................................... 1-9
Child Restraints ................................................................... 1-18
Airbag System ..................................................................... 1-33
Restraint System Check ..................................................... 1-42
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Front Seats
Manual Seats
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Lift the bar located under the front of the
seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where
you want it and release the bar. Try to
move the seat with your body to be sure
the seat is locked in place.
Driver Seat Height Adjuster
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If your vehicle has a manual driver seat
height adjuster, it is located on the out-
board side of the seat near the front of the
seat cushion. To raise the seat, move the
lever upward repeatedly until the seat is at
the desired height. To lower the seat, move
the lever downward repeatedly until the
seat is at the desired height.
Power Seat
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If the vehicle has a power seat, the control
used to operate it is located on the out-
board side of the driver’s seat. To adjust
the seat do any of the following:
Move the seat forward or rearward by
sliding the control forward or rearward.
Raise or lower the front part of the seat
cushion by moving the front of the con-
trol up or down.
Raise or lower the rear part of the seat
cushion by moving the rear of the control
up or down.
WARNING
You can lose control of the vehicle if
you try to adjust a manual driver’s
seat while the vehicle is moving. The
sudden movement could startle and
confuse you, or make you push a
pedal when you do not want to.
Adjust the driver’s seat only when the
vehicle is not moving.
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Manual Lumbar
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If your vehicle has this feature, the knob is
located on the front of the driver seat lower
cushion on the inboard side.
Turn the knob clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the lumbar
support.
Heated Seats
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If your vehicle has heated seats, the
switches are located on the instrument
panel near the climate controls.
The ignition must be on for the heated
seats to operate.
Press the switch, nearest to the seat, once
to turn the heated seat on to the high set-
ting. Both indicator lights will be lit. Press
the switch a second time to turn the heated
seat to the low setting. One indicator light
will be lit. Press the switch a third time to
turn the heated seat off.
Manual Reclining Seatbacks
WARNING
You can lose control of the vehicle if
you try to adjust a manual driver’s
seat while the vehicle is moving. The
sudden movement could startle and
confuse you, or make you push a
pedal when you do not want to.
Adjust the driver’s seat only when the
vehicle is not moving.
WARNING
If the 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 seatback to be sure it
is locked.
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Driver’s seat with manual recline and
manual height adjuster shown
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To adjust the seatback on the driver’s seat,
lift the lever on the rear outboard side of
the seat and move the seatback to the
desired position. Then release the lever to
lock the seatback in place.
Passenger seat with folding seatback
option shown
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To adjust the seatback on the front passen-
ger’s seat, lift the lever on the outboard
side of the seat and move the seatback to
the desired position. Then release the
lever to lock the seatback in place. If your
front passenger’s seat is a flat folding seat,
you must fully raise the lever to disengage
the seatback.
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WARNING
Sitting in a reclined position when
your vehicle is in motion can be dan-
gerous. Even if you buckle up, your
safety belts cannot do their job when
you are reclined like this.
The shoulder belt cannot do its job
because it 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.
The lap belt cannot do its job either.
In a crash, the belt could go up over
your abdomen. The belt forces would
be there, not at your pelvic bones.
This could cause serious internal
injuries.
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Do not have a seatback reclined if your
vehicle is moving.
Head Restraints
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Adjust the head restraint so that the top of
the restraint is at the same height as the
top of the occupant’s head. This position
reduces the chance of a neck injury in a
crash.
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Pull the head restraint up to raise it. To
lower the head restraint, press the button,
located on the top of the seatback, and
push the restraint down.
The third row head rests adjust like the
front seat head restraints.
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The third row seat head rests can be
removed from the seatback. To do this,
press the button, located on the top of the
seatback, and pull them out from the seat-
back. Store the head rest, front side facing
up, in the compartment behind the third
row, by inserting the head rest posts into
the slots in the storage area.
WARNING
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For proper protection when the vehi-
cle is in motion, have the seatback
upright. Then sit well back in the seat
and wear your safety belt properly.
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Passenger Folding Seatback
The front passenger’s seatback may fold
flat.
To fold the seatback, do the following:
1) Lower the head restraint all the way.
2) Lift the bar under the front of the seat to
unlock it. Slide the seat as far back as it
will go and release the bar. Try to move
the seat back and forth to make sure it
is locked into place.
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3) Lift the recliner lever, located on the
outboard side of the seat, up fully and
fold the seatback forward until it disen-
gages.
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4) Continue to fold the seat forward until it
locks in the folded position.
5) Pull up on the seatback to be sure it is
locked.
WARNING
If you fold the seatback forward to
carry longer objects, such as skis, be
sure any such cargo is not near an
airbag. In a crash, an inflating airbag
might force that object toward a per-
son. This could cause severe injury
or even death. Secure objects away
from the area in which an airbag
would inflate. For more information,
refer to “Where Are the Airbags?” in
this section and refer to “Loading
Your Vehicle” in “Your Driving, the
Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driv-
ing Your Vehicle” section.
WARNING
Things you put on this seatback can
strike and injure people in a sudden
stop or turn, or in a crash. Remove or
secure all items before driving.
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To raise the seatback, do the following:
1) Lift the recliner lever, located on the
outboard side of the seat, up fully and
push up on the seatback.
2) Continue raising the seatback until the
seatback re-engages.
3) Push and pull on the seatback to make
sure it is locked in place.
The recliner lever is also used to recline
the seatback while a passenger is seated.
Refer to “Manual Reclining Seatbacks” in
this section.
Rear Seats
Split Folding the Second Row Seat
The second row split bench seatbacks
have four available positions – folded for-
ward, upright, partially reclined, or fully
reclined. Both of the seatbacks can be
moved to any of the four positions indepen-
dent of the other seatback position.
To fold the seatback down, do the follow-
ing:
1) Ensure all three of the safety belts are
unbuckled and removed from the child
comfort guide, and the front seatbacks
are not reclined.
2) Lower the headrest.
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3) Lift the lever located on the top of the
seatback to release the seatback.
4) Fold the seatback forward.
WARNING
If the 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 seatback to be sure it
is locked.
WARNING
If the 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 seatback to be sure it
is locked.
WARNING
A safety belt that is improperly
routed, not properly attached, or
twisted will not provide the protection
needed in a crash. The person wear-
ing the belt could be seriously
injured. After raising the rear seat-
back, always check to be sure that
the safety belts are properly routed
and attached, and are not twisted.
CAUTION
Folding a rear seat with the safety
belts still fastened may cause dam-
age to the seat or the safety belts.
Always unbuckle the safety belts and
return them to their normal stowed
position before folding a rear seat.
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5) Push and pull on the seatback to make
sure it is locked.
To recline the seatback, do the following:
1) Lift and hold the lever located on top of
the seatback.
2) Tilt the seatback rearward, then release
the lever when the seatback is in the
desired position.
3) Push and pull on the seatback to make
sure it is locked.
Folding and Tumbling the Seat(s)
To fold and tumble the seat, do the follow-
ing:
1) Make sure that there is nothing under,
in front of, or on the seat.
2) Fold the seatback forward.
Leaving the seatback in this position
creates a flat load floor.
If the seatback cannot fold flat, try mov-
ing the front seat forward and/or put the
front seatback in the upright position.
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3) Use the pullstrap to release the rear of
the seat from the floor. As you use the
pullstrap, pull forward on the seat to lift
it into its tumbled position.
Returning the Seat(s) to the Sitting
Position
To return the seat to the sitting position, do
the following:
1) Pull the seat down until it latches to the
floor. Push and pull on the seat cushion
to make sure it is locked.
2) Lift the seatback and push it rearward.
Push and pull on the seatback to make
sure it is locked.
WARNING
Be sure to return the seat to the pas-
senger seating position when fin-
ished. Push and pull on the seat to
make sure it is locked into place.
Never use the third row seating posi-
tion while the second row is folded,
or folded and tumbled. This could
cause injury in a sudden stop or
crash.
CAUTION
Folding a rear seat with the safety
belts still fastened may cause dam-
age 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.
WARNING
If the 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 seatback to be sure it
is locked.
Do not hit or entrap any part of a third
row seat occupant’s body when
returning the folded or tumbled sec-
ond row seat to the floor.
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Third Row Seat
If the vehicle has a third row seat, the seat-
back(s) can be folded.
Folding the Seatback(s)
To fold the seatback, do the following:
1) Remove all items on the seat cushion.
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2) Lift the lever, located on the top of the
seatback on the outboard side of the
seat and fold the seatback forward.
Unfolding the Seatback(s)
To return the seatback to the upright posi-
tion, do the following:
1) Open the liftgate to access the pullstrap
for the seat.
2) Use the pullstrap on the seatback to
pull the seatback up until it locks into
the upright position.
3) Push and pull on the seatback to make
sure it is locked.
WARNING
Be sure to return the seat to the pas-
senger seating position when fin-
ished. Push and pull on the seat to
make sure it is locked into place.
Never use the third row seating posi-
tion while the second row is folded,
or folded and tumbled. This could
cause injury in a sudden stop or
crash.
CAUTION
Folding a rear seat with the safety
belts still fastened may cause dam-
age 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.
WARNING
If the 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 seatback to be sure it
is locked.
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Safety Belts
Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone
This part of the manual tells you how to
use safety belts properly. It also tells you
some things you should not do with safety
belts.
Your vehicle has indicators to remind you
and your passengers to buckle your safety
belts. Refer to “Safety Belt Reminder Light”
and “Passenger Safety Belt Reminder
Light” in “Warning Lights, Gages, and Indi-
cators” in the “Instrument Panel” section.
In most states and in all Canadian prov-
inces, the law says to wear safety belts.
Here is why: They work.
You never know if you will be in a crash. If
you do have a crash, you do not know if it
will be a bad one.
A few crashes are mild, and some crashes
can be so serious that even buckled up, a
person would not survive. But most
crashes are in between. In many of them,
people who buckle up can survive and
sometimes walk away. Without belts they
could have been badly hurt or killed.
After more than 40 years of safety belts in
vehicles, the facts are clear. In most
crashes buckling up does matter ... a lot!
Why Safety Belts Work
When you ride in or on anything, you go as
fast as it goes.
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Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it is
just a seat on wheels.
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Put someone on it.
WARNING
Do not let anyone ride where he or
she cannot wear a safety belt prop-
erly. If you are in a crash and you are
not wearing a safety belt, your inju-
ries can be much worse. You can hit
things inside the vehicle or be
ejected from it. You can be seriously
injured or killed. In the same crash,
you might not be, if you are buckled
up. Always fasten your safety belt,
and check that your passengers’
belts are fastened properly too.
WARNING
It is extremely dangerous to ride in a
cargo area, inside or outside of a
vehicle. In a collision, people riding
in these areas are more likely to be
seriously injured or killed. Do not
allow people to ride in any area of
your vehicle that is not equipped with
seats and safety belts. Be sure every-
one in your vehicle is in a seat and
using a safety belt properly.
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Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle.
The rider does not stop.
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The person keeps going until stopped by
something. In a real vehicle, it could be the
windshield...
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or the instrument panel...
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or the safety belts!
With safety belts, you slow down as the
vehicle does. You get more time to stop.
You stop over more distance, and your
strongest bones take the forces. That is
why safety belts make such good sense.
Questions and Answers About
Safety Belts
Question:
Will I be trapped in the vehicle after an
accident if I am wearing a safety belt?
Answer:
You could be – whether you are wearing a
safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a
safety belt, even if you are upside down.
And your chance of being conscious dur-
ing and after an accident, so you can
unbuckle and get out, is much greater if
you are belted.
Question:
If my vehicle has airbags, why should I
have to wear safety belts?
Answer:
Airbags are supplemental systems only; so
they work with safety belts – not instead of
them. Every airbag system ever offered for
sale has required the use of safety belts.
Even if you are in a vehicle that has air-
bags, you still have to buckle up to get the
most protection. That is true not only in
frontal collisions, but especially in side and
other collisions.
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Question:
If I am a good driver, and I never drive
far from home, why should I wear safety
belts?
Answer:
You may be an excellent driver, but if you
are in an accident – even one that is not
your fault – you and your passengers can
be hurt. Being a good driver does not pro-
tect you from things beyond your control,
such as bad drivers.
Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40
km) of home. And the greatest number of
serious injuries and deaths occur at
speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h).
Safety belts are for everyone.
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
This part is only for people of adult size.
Be aware that there are special things to
know about safety belts and children. And
there are different rules for smaller children
and babies. If a child will be riding in your
vehicle, refer to “Older Children” or “Infants
and Young Children” in this section. Follow
those rules for everyone’s protection.
First, you will want to know which restraint
systems your vehicle has.
We will start with the driver position.
Driver Position
Lap-Shoulder Belt
The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here is
how to wear it properly.
1) Close and lock the door.
2) Adjust the seat so you can sit up
straight. To see how, see “Seats” in the
Index.
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3) 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.
4) 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, refer to “Safety Belt Extender”
in this section.
Make sure the release button on the
buckle is positioned so you would be
able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly
if you ever had to.
5) Move the shoulder belt height adjuster
to the height that is right for you.
Improper shoulder belt height adjust-
ment could reduce the effectiveness of
the safety belt in a crash. Refer to
“Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment” in
this section.
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6) To make the lap part tight, pull up on
the shoulder belt.
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It may be necessary to pull stitching on the
safety belt through the latch plate to fully
tighten the lap belt on smaller occupants.
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The lap part of the belt should be worn 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 at
your abdomen. This could cause serious
or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt
should go over the shoulder and across
the chest. These parts of the body are best
able to take belt restraining forces.
The safety belt locks if there is a sudden
stop or crash.
Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not
give nearly as much protection this way.
Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The lap belt is too loose. It will not give
nearly as much protection this way.
WARNING
You can be seriously hurt if your
shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash,
you would move forward too much,
which could increase injury. The
shoulder belt should fit against your
body.
WARNING
You can be seriously hurt if your lap
belt is too loose. In a crash, you
could slide under the lap belt and
apply force at your abdomen. This
could cause serious or even fatal
injuries. The lap belt should be worn
low and snug on the hips, just touch-
ing the thighs.
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Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The belt is buckled in the wrong place.
Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It
should be worn over the shoulder at all
times.
Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The belt is twisted across the body.
WARNING
You can be seriously injured if your
belt is buckled in the wrong place like
this. In a crash, the belt would go up
over your abdomen. The belt forces
would be there, not at the pelvic
bones. This could cause serious
internal injuries. Always buckle your
belt into the buckle nearest you.
WARNING
You can be seriously injured if you
wear the shoulder belt under your
arm. In a crash, your body would
move too far forward, which would
increase the chance of head and neck
injury. Also, the belt would apply too
much force to the ribs, which are not
as strong as shoulder bones. You
could also severely injure internal
organs like your liver or spleen.
WARNING
You can be seriously injured by a
twisted belt. In a crash, you would
not have the full width of the belt to
spread impact forces. If a belt is
twisted, make it straight so it can
work properly, or ask your dealer to
fix it.
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To unlatch the belt, push the button on the
buckle. The belt should go back out of the
way.
Before you close the door, be sure the belt
is out of the way. If you slam the door on it,
you can damage both the belt and your
vehicle.
Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment
Before you begin to drive, move the shoul-
der belt height adjuster to the height that is
right for you.
Adjust the height so that the shoulder por-
tion of the belt is centered on your shoul-
der. The belt should be away from your
face and neck, but not falling off your
shoulder. Improper shoulder belt height
adjustment could reduce the effectiveness
of the safety belt in a crash.
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To move it up or down, squeeze the
release buttons (A) together and move the
height adjuster to the desired position.
After you move the height adjuster to
where you want it, try to move it up or
down without squeezing the release but-
tons to make sure it has locked into posi-
tion.
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.
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A pregnant woman should wear a lap-
shoulder belt, and the lap portion should
be worn as low as possible, below the
rounding, throughout the pregnancy.
The best way to protect the fetus is to pro-
tect 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 prop-
erly.
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Right Front Passenger Position
To learn how to wear the right front pas-
senger’s safety belt properly, refer to
“Driver Position” in this section.
The right front passenger’s safety belt
works the same way as the driver’s safety
belt – except for the following.
If you ever pull the shoulder portion of the
belt out all the way, you will engage the
child restraint locking feature. If this hap-
pens, just let the belt go back all the way
and start again.
When the safety belt is not in use, slide the
latch plate up the safety belt webbing. The
latch plate should rest on the stitching on
the safety belt, near the guide loop.
Rear Seat Passengers
It is very important for rear seat passen-
gers to buckle up! Accident statistics show
that unbelted people in the rear seat are
hurt more often in crashes than those who
are wearing safety belts.
Rear passengers who are not safety belted
can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash.
And they can strike others in the vehicle
who are wearing safety belts.
Lap-Shoulder Belt
All rear seat positions have lap-shoulder
belts. Here is how to wear one properly.
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1) Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt
across you. Do not let it get twisted.
The 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.
2) Push the latch plate into the buckle until
it clicks.
Pull up on the latch plate to make sure
it is secure.
When the shoulder belt is pulled out all
the way, it will lock. If it does, let it go
back all the way and start again.
If the belt is not long enough, refer to
“Safety Belt Extender” in this section.
Make sure the release button on the
buckle is positioned so you would be
able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly
if you ever had to.
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3) To make the lap part tight, pull up on
the shoulder part.
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The lap part of the belt should be worn low
and snug on the hips, just touching the
thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the
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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 at
your abdomen. This could cause serious
or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt
should go over the shoulder and across
the chest. These parts of the body are best
able to take belt restraining forces.
The safety belt locks if there is a sudden
stop or a crash.
Question:
What is wrong with this?
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Answer:
The belt is over an armrest.
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To unlatch the belt, push the button on the
buckle.
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides
Rear shoulder belt comfort guides may
provide added safety belt comfort for older
children who have outgrown booster seats
and for some adults. When installed on a
shoulder belt, the comfort guide positions
the belt away from the neck and head.
There is one guide available for each out-
board passenger position in the rear seat.
Here is how to install a comfort guide to
the safety belt:
1) Remove the guide from its storage clip
on the back of the seatback.
WARNING
You can be seriously hurt if your
shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash,
you would move forward too much,
which could increase injury. The
shoulder belt should fit against your
body.
WARNING
You can be seriously injured if your
belt goes over an armrest like this.
The belt would be much too high. In a
crash, you can slide under the belt.
The belt force would then be applied
at the abdomen, not at the pelvic
bones, and that could cause serious
or fatal injuries. Be sure the belt goes
under the armrests.
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2) Slide the guide under and past the belt.
The elastic cord must be under the belt.
Then, place the guide over the belt, and
insert the two edges of the belt into the
slots of the guide.
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3) Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it
lies flat. The elastic cord must be under
the belt and the guide on top.
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4) Buckle, position, and release the safety
belt as described in “Rear Seat Passen-
gers” in this section. Make sure that the
shoulder belt crosses the shoulder.
To remove and store the comfort guide,
squeeze the belt edges together so that
you can take them out of the guide. Slide
the guide back onto its storage clip located
on the seatback.
WARNING
A safety belt that is not properly worn
may not provide the protection
needed in a crash. The person wear-
ing 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.
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Safety Belt Pretensioners
Your vehicle has safety belt pretensioners
for the driver and right front passenger.
Although you cannot see them, they are
part of the safety belt assembly. They help
tighten the safety belts during the early
stages of a moderate to severe frontal,
near frontal, rear or side crash, or a roll-
over if the threshold conditions for preten-
sioner activation are met.
Pretensioners work only once. If they acti-
vate in a crash, you will need to get new
ones, and probably other new parts for
your safety belt system. Refer to “Replac-
ing Restraint System Parts After a Crash”
in this section.
Safety Belt Extender
If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around
you, you should use it.
But if a safety belt is not long enough, your
dealer will order you an extender. When
you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat
you will wear, so the extender will be long
enough for you. To help avoid personal
injury, do not let someone else use it, and
use it only for the seat it is made to fit. The
extender has been designed for adults.
Never use it for securing child seats. To
wear it, just attach it to the regular safety
belt. For more information see the instruc-
tion sheet that comes with the extender.
Child Restraints
Older Children
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Older children who have outgrown booster
seats should wear the vehicle’s safety
belts.
Question:
What is the proper way to wear safety
belts?
Answer:
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. It should
never be worn over the abdomen, which
could cause severe or even fatal internal
injuries in a crash.
According to accident statistics, children
are safer when properly restrained in the
rear seating positions than in the front
seating positions.
In a crash, children who are not buckled up
can strike other people who are buckled
up, or can be thrown out of the vehicle.
Older children need to use safety belts
properly.
WARNING
Never do this.
Here two children are wearing the
same belt. The belt cannot properly
spread the impact forces. In a crash,
the two children can be crushed
together and seriously injured. A belt
must be used by only one person at a
time.
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Question:
What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder
belt, but the child is so small that the
shoulder belt is very close to the child’s
face or neck?
Answer:
If the child is sitting in a seat next to a win-
dow, move the child toward the center of
the vehicle. Also refer to “Rear Safety Belt
Comfort Guides” in this section. If the child
is sitting in the center rear seat passenger
position, move the child toward the safety
belt buckle. In either case, be sure that the
shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder,
so that in a crash the child’s upper body
would have the restraint that belts provide.
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Wherever the child sits, the lap portion of
the belt should be worn low and snug on
the hips, just touching the child’s thighs.
This applies belt force to the child’s pelvic
bones in a crash.
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.
Every time infants and young children ride
in vehicles, they should have the protection
provided by appropriate restraints. Young
children should not use the vehicle’s adult
safety belts alone, unless there is no other
choice. Instead, they need to use a child
restraint.
WARNING
Never do this.
Here a child is sitting in a seat that
has a lap-shoulder belt, but the
shoulder part is behind the child. If
the child wears the belt in this way, in
a crash the child might slide under
the belt. The belt’s force would then
be applied right on the child’s abdo-
men. That could cause serious or
fatal injuries. 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.
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Question:
What are the different types of add-on
child restraints?
Answer:
Add-on child restraints, which are pur-
chased by the vehicle’s owner, are avail-
able in four basic types. Selection of a
particular restraint should take into consid-
eration 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.
WARNING
People should never hold a baby in
their arms while riding in a vehicle. A
baby does not weigh much – until a
crash. During a crash a baby will
become so heavy it is not possible to
hold it. For example, in a crash at
only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12 lb (5.5 kg)
baby will suddenly become a 240 lb
(110 kg) force on a person’s arms. A
baby should be secured in an appro-
priate restraint.
WARNING
Children who are up against, or very
close to, any airbag when it inflates
can be seriously injured or killed. Air-
bags plus lap-shoulder belts offer
protection for adults and older chil-
dren, but not for young children and
infants. Neither the vehicle’s safety
belt system nor its airbag system is
designed for them. Young children
and infants need the protection that a
child restraint system can provide.
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The restraint manufacturer’s instructions
that come with the restraint state the
weight and height limitations for a particu-
lar child restraint. In addition, there are
many kinds of restraints available for chil-
dren with special needs.
Child Restraint Systems
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An infant car bed (A), a special bed made
for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant
restraint system designed to restrain or
position a child on a continuous flat sur-
face. Make sure that the infant’s head rests
toward the center of the vehicle.
WARNING
Newborn infants need complete sup-
port, including support for the head
and neck. This is necessary because
a newborn infant’s neck is weak and
its head weighs so much compared
with the rest of its body. In a crash,
an infant in a rear-facing seat settles
into the restraint, so the crash forces
can be distributed across the stron-
gest part of an infant’s body, the back
and shoulders. Infants always should
be secured in appropriate infant
restraints.
WARNING
The body structure of a young child
is quite unlike that of an adult or
older child, for whom the safety belts
are designed. A young child’s hip
bones are still so small that the vehi-
cle’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. Young
children always should be secured in
appropriate child restraints.
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A rear-facing infant seat (B) 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.
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A forward-facing child seat (C–E) provides
restraint for the child’s body with the har-
ness and also sometimes with surfaces
such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields.
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A booster seat (F–G) is a child restraint
designed to improve the fit of the vehicle’s
safety belt system. Some booster seats
have a shoulder belt positioner, and some
high-back booster seats have a five-point
harness. A booster seat can also help a
child to see out the window.
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Question:
How Should I Use a Child Restraint?
Answer:
A child restraint system is any device
designed for use in a motor vehicle to
restrain, seat, or position children. A built-
in child restraint system is a permanent
part of the motor vehicle. An add-on child
restraint system is a portable one, which is
purchased by the vehicle’s owner. To help
reduce injuries, an add-on child restraint
must be secured in the vehicle. With built-
in or add-on child restraints, the child has
to be secured within the child restraint.
When choosing an add-on child restraint,
be sure the child restraint is designed to be
used in a vehicle. If it is, it will have a label
saying that it meets federal motor vehicle
safety standards. Then follow the instruc-
tions for the restraint. You may find these
instructions on the restraint itself or in a
booklet, or both.
Securing an Add-on Child Restraint
in the Vehicle
To help reduce the chance of injury, the
child restraint must be secured in the vehi-
cle. 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. Refer to “Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH)” in this section for more informa-
tion. A child 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 manu-
facturer.
Keep in mind that an unsecured child
restraint can move around in a collision or
sudden stop and injure people in the vehi-
cle. Be sure to properly secure any child
restraint in your vehicle – even when no
child is in it.
Securing the Child Within the Child
Restraint
There are several systems for securing the
child within the child restraint. One system,
the three-point harness, has straps that
come down over each of the infant’s shoul-
ders and buckle together at the crotch. The
five-point harness system has two shoul-
der straps, two hip straps, and a crotch
strap. A shield may take the place of hip
straps. A T-shaped shield has shoulder
straps that are attached to a flat pad which
rests low against the child’s body. A shelf-
or armrest-type shield has straps that are
attached to a wide, shelf-like shield that
swings up or to the side.
Because there are different systems, it is
important to refer to the instructions that
come with the restraint. A child can be
WARNING
A child can be seriously injured or
killed in a crash if the child restraint
is not properly secured in the vehicle.
Make sure the child restraint is prop-
erly installed in the vehicle using the
vehicle’s safety belt or LATCH sys-
tem, following the instructions that
came with that restraint, and also the
instructions in this manual.
WARNING
A child can be seriously injured or
killed in a crash if the child is not
properly secured in the child
restraint. Make sure the child is prop-
erly secured, following the instruc-
tions that came with that restraint.
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endangered in a crash if the child is not
properly secured in the child restraint.
Where to Put the Restraint
Accident statistics show that children are
safer if they are restrained in the rear
rather than the front seat. We recommend
that child restraints be secured in a rear
seat, including an infant riding in a rear-
facing infant seat, a child riding in a for-
ward-facing child seat and an older child
riding in a booster seat. Never put a rear-
facing child restraint in the front passenger
seat. Here is why:
There is limited space in the third row rear
seating area. If you want to secure a child
restraint in a rear seating position in the
third row, be sure to study the instructions
that came with your child restraint to see if
there is enough room to secure your seat
properly. If the length of the seat cushion is
too short for your child restraint and you
cannot install it in accordance with the
child restraint manufacturers instructions,
secure it in the second row.
If you need to secure more than one child
restraint in the rear seat, review the follow-
ing illustrations.
NOTE:
Depending on where you place the child
restraint or the size of the child restraint,
you may not be able to access certain
safety belt assemblies for additional pas-
sengers or LATCH anchors for child
restraints. For more information about
where to place the child restraint, refer to
“Lower Anchor and Top Tether Anchor
Locations” in this section.
Configurations for Use of Two
Child Restraints
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A. Child restraint using LATCH
B. Occupant prohibited
WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger's airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
right front passenger's frontal airbag
if the system detects a rear-facing
child restraint, no system is fail-safe,
and no one can guarantee that an air-
bag will not deploy under some
unusual circumstance, even though
it is turned off. We recommend that
rear-facing child restraints be
secured in the rear seat, even if the
airbag is off.
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WARNING
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If you need to secure a forward-fac-
ing child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front passen-
ger seat as far back as it will go. It is
better to secure the child restraint in
a rear seat.
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A. Occupant prohibited
B. Child restraint using LATCH
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A. Child restraint using LATCH
B. No occupant recommended
C. Child restraint or occupant using safety
belt
Configurations for Use of Three
Child Restraints
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A. Child restraint or occupant using safety
belt
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A. Child restraint or occupant using safety
belt
B. Child restraint using LATCH
Wherever you install a child restraint, 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 vehi-
cle. Be sure to properly secure any child
restraint in your vehicle – even when no
child is in it.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH)
The LATCH system holds a child restraint
during driving or in a crash. This system is
designed to make installation of a child
restraint easier. The LATCH system uses
anchors in the vehicle and attachments on
the child restraint that are made for use
with the LATCH system.
Make sure that a LATCH-compatible child
restraint is properly installed using the
anchors, or use the vehicle’s safety belts to
secure the restraint, following the instruc-
tions that came with that restraint, and also
the instructions in this manual. When
installing a child restraint with a top tether,
you must also use either the lower anchors
or the safety belts to properly secure the
child restraint. A child restraint must never
be installed using only the top tether and
anchor.
In order to use the LATCH system in your
vehicle, you need a child restraint that has
LATCH attachments. The child restraint
manufacturer will provide you with instruc-
tions on how to use the child restraint and
its attachments. The following explains
how to attach a child restraint with these
attachments in your vehicle.
Not all vehicle seating positions or child
restraints have lower anchors and attach-
ments or top tether anchors and attach-
ments.
Lower Anchors
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Lower anchors (A) are metal bars built into
the vehicle. There are two lower anchors
for each LATCH seating position that will
accommodate a child restraint with lower
attachments (B).
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Top Tether Anchor
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A top tether (A, C) anchors the top of the
child restraint to the vehicle. A top tether
anchor is built into the vehicle. The top
tether attachment (B) on the child restraint
connects to the top tether anchor in the
vehicle in order to reduce the forward
movement and rotation of the child
restraint during driving or in a crash.
Your child restraint may have a single
tether (A) or a dual tether (C). Either will
have a single attachment (B) to secure the
top tether to the anchor.
Some child restraints that have a top tether
are designed for use with or without the top
tether being attached. Others require the
top tether always to be attached. In Can-
ada, the law requires that forward-facing
child restraints have a top tether, and that
the tether be attached. In the United
States, some child restraints also have a
top tether. Be sure to read and follow the
instructions for your child restraint.
If the child restraint does not have a top
tether, one can be obtained, in kit form, for
many child restraints. Ask the child
restraint manufacturer whether or not a kit
is available.
Lower Anchor and -Top Tether Anchor
Locations
Second Row Seat
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(Top Tether Anchor):
Seating positions with top tether anchors.
(Lower Anchor):
Seating positions with two lower anchors.
Each second row seating position has
exposed metal anchors located in the
crease between the seatback and the seat
cushion.
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The top tether anchors for each second
row seating position are located on the
base of the seatback. Be sure to use an
anchor located on the same side of the
vehicle as the seating position where the
child restraint will be placed.
Do not secure a child restraint in the right
front passenger’s position or the third row,
if a national or local law requires that the
top tether be attached, or if the instructions
that come with the child restraint say that
the top tether must be attached. There is
no place to attach the top tether in this
position.
Accident statistics show that children are
safer if they are restrained in the rear
rather than the front seat. Refer to “Where
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to Put the Restraint” in this section for
additional information.
Securing a Child Restraint
Designed for the LATCH System
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A. Passenger’s side rear seat lower
anchors
B. Center rear seat lower anchors
C. Driver’s side rear seat lower anchors
Make sure to attach the child restraint at
the proper anchor location.
This system is designed to make installa-
tion 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 attach-
ments to the lower anchors. If the child
restraint does not have lower attach-
ments or the desired seating position
does not have lower anchors, secure
WARNING
If a LATCH-type child restraint is not
attached to anchors, the restraint will
not be able to protect the child cor-
rectly. In a crash, the child could be
seriously injured or killed. Make sure
that a LATCH-type child restraint is
properly installed using the anchors,
or use the vehicle’s safety belts to
secure the restraint, following the
instructions that came with that
restraint, and also the instructions in
this manual.
WARNING
Each top tether anchor and lower
anchor in the vehicle is designed to
hold only one child restraint. Attach-
ing 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 oth-
ers could be injured if this happens.
To help prevent injury to people and
damage to your vehicle, attach only
one child restraint per anchor.
WARNING
Children can be seriously injured or
strangled if a shoulder belt is
wrapped around their neck and the
safety belt continues to tighten.
Secure any unused safety belts
behind the child restraint so children
cannot reach them. Pull the shoulder
belt all the way out of the retractor to
set the lock, if your vehicle has one,
after the child restraint has been
installed. Be sure to follow the
instructions of the child restraint
manufacturer.
CAUTION
Contact between the child restraint or
the LATCH attachment parts and the
vehicle’s safety belt assembly may
cause damage to these parts. Make
sure when securing unused safety
belts behind the child restraint that
there is no contact between the child
restraint or the LATCH attachment
parts and the vehicle’s safety belt
assembly.
Folding an empty rear seat with the
safety belts secured may cause dam-
age to the safety belt or the seat.
When removing the child restraint,
always remember to return the safety
belts to their normal, stowed position
before folding the rear seat.
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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. Find the lower anchors for the
desired seating position.
2. Put the child restraint on the seat.
3. Attach and tighten the lower attach-
ments on the child restraint to the
lower anchors.
2) If the child restraint manufacturer rec-
ommends that the top tether be
attached, attach and tighten the top
tether to the top tether anchor, if your
vehicle has one. Refer to the child
restraint instructions and the following
steps:
1. Find the top tether anchor.
2. Route, attach and tighten the top
tether according to your child
restraint instructions and the follow-
ing instructions:
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If the position you are using has an adjust-
able head restraint and you are using a
dual tether, route the tether around the
head restraint.
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If the position you are using has an adjust-
able head restraint and you are using a
single tether, raise the head restraint and
route the tether under the head restraint
and in between the head restraint posts.
3) Push and pull the child restraint in dif-
ferent directions to be sure it is secure.
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear
Seat Position
There is limited space in the third row rear
seating area. If you want to secure a child
restraint in a rear seating position in the
third row, be sure to study the instructions
that came with your child restraint to see if
there is enough room to secure your seat
properly. If the length of the seat cushion is
too short for your child restraint and you
cannot install it in accordance with the
child restraint manufacturers instructions,
secure it in the second row.
If your child restraint has the LATCH sys-
tem, refer to “Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH)” in this section.
There are no top tether anchors in the third
row seating positions. Do not secure a
child restraint in the third row if a national
or local law requires that a top tether be
anchored or if the instructions that come
with the restraint say that the top tether
must be anchored.
If your child restraint does not have the
LATCH system, you will be using the lap-
shoulder belt to secure the child restraint in
this position. Be sure to follow the instruc-
tions that came with the child restraint.
Secure the child in the child restraint when
and as the instructions say.
If you are using a rear-facing child restraint
in the second row center position, install
the armrest retention strap.
1) Put the child restraint on the seat.
2) Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap
and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s
safety belt through or around the
restraint. The child restraint instructions
will show you how.
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3) Buckle the belt. Make sure the release
button is positioned so you would be
able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly
if you ever had to.
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4) Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the
way out of the retractor to set the lock.
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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. If you are using
a forward-facing child restraint, you
may find it helpful to use your knee to
push down on the child restraint as you
tighten the belt.
6) If your child restraint has a top tether,
and the position that you are using has
a top tether anchor, attach and tighten
the top tether to the top tether anchor.
Refer to the instructions that came with
the child restraint and to “Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH)” in this section.
7) Push and pull the child restraint in dif-
ferent directions to be sure it is secure.
To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle
the vehicle's safety belt and let it go back
all the way. The safety belt will move freely
again and be ready to work for an adult or
larger child passenger.
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Securing a Child Restraint in the
Right Front Seat Position
Your vehicle has a right front passenger's
airbag. A rear seat is a safer place to
secure a forward-facing child restraint.
Refer to “Where to Put the Restraint” in
this section.
In addition, your vehicle has a passenger
sensing system. The passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the right
front passenger’s frontal airbag when an
infant in a rear-facing infant seat or a small
child in a forward-facing child restraint or
booster seat is detected. Refer to “Passen-
ger Sensing System” in this section and
“Passenger Airbag Status Indicator” in
“Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators” in
the “Instrument Panel” section for more
information on this including important
safety information.
A label on your sun visor says, “Never put
a rear-facing child seat in the front.” This is
because the risk to the rear-facing child is
so great, if the airbag deploys.
If your vehicle does not have a rear seat
that will accommodate a rear-facing child
restraint, never put a child in a rear-facing
child restraint in the right front passenger
seat unless the passenger airbag status
indicator shows off and the airbag is off.
Here is why:
If you need to secure a forward-facing
child restraint in the right front seat posi-
tion, move the seat as far back as it will go
before securing the forward-facing child
WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger's airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
right front passenger's frontal airbag
if the system detects a rear-facing
child restraint, no system is fail-safe,
and no one can guarantee that an air-
bag will not deploy under some
unusual circumstance, even though it
is turned off. We recommend that
rear-facing child restraints be
secured in the rear seat, even if the
airbag is off.
If you need to secure a forward-fac-
ing child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front passen-
ger seat as far back as it will go. It is
better to secure the child restraint in
a rear seat.
WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger's airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Be sure the airbag is off before using
a rear-facing child restraint in the
right front seat position.
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
passenger's frontal airbag if the sys-
tem detects a rear-facing child
restraint, no system is fail-safe, and
no one can guarantee that an airbag
will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-
facing child restraints be transported
in vehicles with a rear seat that will
accommodate a rear-facing child
restraint, whenever possible.
If you need to secure a forward-fac-
ing child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front passen-
ger seat as far back as it will go. It is
better to secure the child restraint in
a rear seat.
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restraint. Refer to “Manual Seats” in this
section.
If your child restraint has the LATCH sys-
tem, refer to “Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH)” in this section.
There is no top tether anchor at the right
front seating position. Do not secure a
child seat in this position 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
tether must be anchored. Refer to “Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH)” in this section if the child
restraint has a top tether.
You will be using the lap-shoulder 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 instruc-
tions say.
1) Your vehicle has a right front passen-
ger’s frontal airbag. Refer to “Passen-
ger Sensing System” in this section. We
recommend that rear-facing child
restraints be secured in a rear seat,
even if the airbag is off. If your child
restraint is for ward-facing, move the
seat as far back as it will go before
securing the child restraint in this seat.
Refer to “Manual Seats” in this section.
When the passenger sensing system
has turned off the right front passen-
ger’s frontal airbag, the off indicator in
the passenger airbag status indicator
should light and stay lit when you turn
the ignition to RUN or START. Refer to
“Passenger Airbag Status Indicator” in
“Warning Lights, Gages, and Indica-
tors” in the “Instrument Panel” section.
2) Put the child restraint on the seat.
3) Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap
and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s
safety belt through or around the
restraint. The child restraint instructions
will show you how.
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4) Buckle the belt. Make sure the release
button is positioned so you would be
able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly
if you ever had to.
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5) Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the
way out of the retractor to set the lock.
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6) To tighten the belt, push down on the
child restraint, pull the shoulder portion
of the belt to tighten the lap portion of
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the belt, and feed the shoulder belt
back into the retractor. If you are using
a forward-facing child restraint, you
may find it helpful to use your knee to
push down on the child restraint as you
tighten the belt. You should not be able
to pull more of the belt from the retrac-
tor once the lock has been set.
7) Push and pull the child restraint in dif-
ferent directions to be sure it is secure.
8) If the airbag is off, the off indicator on
the instrument panel will be lit and stay
lit when the key is turned to RUN or
START.
If a child restraint has been installed and
the on indicator is lit, turn the vehicle off.
Remove the child restraint from the vehicle
and reinstall the child restraint.
If, after reinstalling the child restraint and
restarting the vehicle, the on indicator is
still lit, check to make sure that the vehi-
cle’s seatback is not pressing the child
restraint into the seat cushion. If this hap-
pens, slightly recline the vehicle’s seatback
and adjust the seat cushion if possible.
Also make sure the child restraint is not
trapped under the vehicle head restraint. If
this happens, adjust the head restraint.
If the on indicator is still lit, secure the child
in the child restraint in a rear seat position
in the vehicle if one is available and check
with your dealer.
To remove the child restraint, if the top
tether is attached to the top tether anchor,
disconnect it. Unbuckle the vehicle’s safety
belt and let it go back all the way. The
safety belt will move freely again and be
ready to work for an adult or larger child
passenger.
Airbag System
Your vehicle has a frontal airbag for the
driver and a frontal airbag for the right front
passenger. Your vehicle also has roof-
mounted rollover airbags designed for
either side impact or rollover deployment.
Roof-mounted rollover airbags are avail-
able for the driver and the passenger
seated directly behind the driver and for
the right front passenger and the passen-
ger seated directly behind that passenger.
For roof-mounted rollover airbags, the
word AIRBAG will appear along the head-
liner or trim.
Also, if your vehicle has a third row pas-
senger seat, your vehicle will have third
row roof-mounted rollover airbags.
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.
Here are the most important things to
know about the airbag system:
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WARNING
You can be severely injured or killed
in a crash if you are not wearing your
safety belt – even if you have airbags.
Wearing your safety belt during a
crash helps reduce your chance of
hitting things inside the vehicle or
being ejected from it. Airbags are
“supplemental restraints” to the
safety belts. All airbags are designed
to work with safety belts but do not
replace them.
Frontal airbags for the driver and
right front passenger are designed to
deploy in moderate to severe frontal
and near frontal crashes. They are
not designed to inflate in rollover,
rear crashes, or in many side
crashes. And, for some unrestrained
occupants, frontal airbags may pro-
vide less protection in frontal
crashes than more forceful airbags
have provided in the past.
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Roof-mounted rollover airbags are
designed to inflate in moderate to
severe crashes where something hits
the side of your vehicle, during a
vehicle rollover, or in a severe frontal
impact. They are not designed to
inflate in rear crashes. If your vehicle
has roof-mounted airbags, they are
designed to provide both side impact
protection and rollover protection.
Everyone in your vehicle should wear
a safety belt properly – whether or
not there is an airbag for that person.
WARNING
Both frontal and roof-mounted roll-
over airbags inflate with great force,
faster than the blink of an eye. If you
are too close to an inflating airbag, as
you would be if you were leaning for-
ward, it could seriously injure you.
Safety belts help keep you in position
for airbag inflation before and during
a crash. Always wear your safety belt
even with frontal airbags. The driver
should sit as far back as possible
while still maintaining control of the
vehicle. Occupants should not lean
on or sleep against the door in the
first or second row seats, or the rear
windows in the third row seat, if your
vehicle has roof-mounted rollover air-
bags.
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There is an airbag readiness light on the
instrument panel cluster, which shows the
airbag symbol.
The system checks the airbag electrical
system for malfunctions. The light tells you
if there is an electrical problem. Refer to
“Airbag Readiness Light” in “Warning
Lights, Gages, and Indicators” in the
“Instrument Panel” section for more infor-
mation.
Where Are the Airbags?
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The driver’s airbag is in the middle of the
steering wheel.
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The right front passenger’s airbag is in the
instrument panel on the passenger’s side.
WARNING
Anyone who is up against, or very
close to, any airbag when it inflates
can be seriously injured or killed. Air-
bags plus lap-shoulder belts offer the
best protection for adults, but not for
young children and infants. Neither
the vehicle’s safety belt system nor
its airbag system is designed for
them. Young children and infants
need the protection that a child
restraint system can provide. Always
secure children properly in your vehi-
cle. To read how, refer to “Older Chil-
dren” or “Infants and Young
Children” in this section.
Occupants should not lean on or
sleep against the door in the first or
second row seats, or the rear win-
dows in the third row seat, if your
vehicle has roof-mounted rollover
airbags.
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The roof-mounted rollover airbag for the
driver and the person seated directly
behind the driver is located in the ceiling
above the side windows.
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The roof-mounted rollover airbag for the
right front passenger and the person
directly behind that passenger is located in
the ceiling above the side windows.
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If your vehicle has a third row seat, the
roof-mounted rollover airbag is located in
the ceiling above the rear windows for the
outside passenger positions.
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When Should an Airbag Inflate?
The driver’s and right front passenger’s
frontal airbags are designed to inflate in
moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal
crashes. But they are designed to inflate
only if the impact exceeds a predetermined
deployment threshold. Deployment thresh-
olds take into account a variety of desired
deployment and non-deployment events
and are used to predict how severe a crash
is likely to be in time for the airbags to
inflate and help restrain the occupants.
Whether your frontal airbags will or should
deploy is not based on how fast your vehi-
cle is traveling. It depends largely on what
you hit, the direction of the impact and how
quickly your vehicle slows down.
In addition, your vehicle has “dual-stage”
frontal airbags, which adjust the restraint
according to crash severity. Your vehicle
has electronic frontal sensors which help
the sensing system distinguish between a
moderate frontal impact and a more severe
frontal impact. For moderate frontal
impacts, these airbags inflate at a level
less than full deployment. For more severe
frontal impacts, full deployment occurs. If
the front of your vehicle goes straight into a
wall that does not move or deform, the
threshold level for the reduced deployment
is about 11 to 16 mph (17 to 26 km/h), and
the threshold level for a full deployment is
about 20 to 25 mph (32 to 40 km/h). The
threshold level can vary, however, with
specific vehicle design, so that it can be
somewhat above or below this range.
Frontal airbags may inflate at different
crash speeds. For example:
If the vehicle hits a stationary object, the
airbags could inflate at a different crash
speed than if the vehicle hits a moving
object.
If the vehicle hits an object that deforms,
the airbags could inflate at a different
crash speed than if the vehicle hits an
object that does not deform.
If the vehicle hits a narrow object (like a
pole) the airbags could inflate at a differ-
ent crash speed than if the vehicle hits a
wide object (like a wall).
If the vehicle goes into an object at an
angle the airbags could inflate at a differ-
ent crash speed than if the vehicle goes
straight into the object.
The frontal airbags (driver and right front
passenger) are not intended to inflate dur-
ing vehicle rollovers, rear impacts, or in
many side impacts.
Your vehicle has roof-mounted rollover air-
bags and a rollover sensor. Refer to “Air-
bag System” in this section. These
“rollover capable” airbags are intended to
inflate in moderate to severe side crashes,
during a rollover or in a severe frontal
impact. A roof-mounted rollover airbag will
inflate if the crash severity is above the
system’s designed “threshold level.” The
threshold level can vary with specific vehi-
cle design. Roof-mounted rollover airbags
are not intended to inflate in rear impacts.
Both roof-mounted rollover airbags will
deploy when either side of the vehicle is
struck or during a rollover, or in a severe
frontal impact.
In any particular crash, no one can say
whether an airbag should have inflated
simply because of the damage to a vehicle
or because of what the repair costs were.
For frontal airbags, inflation is determined
by what the vehicle hits, the angle of the
WARNING
If something is between an occupant
and an airbag, the bag might not
inflate properly or it might force the
object into that person causing
severe injury or even death. The path
of an inflating airbag must be kept
clear. Do not put anything between
an occupant and an airbag, and do
not attach or put anything on the
steering wheel hub or on or near any
other airbag covering. And, if your
vehicle has roof-mounted rollover
airbags, never secure anything to the
roof of your vehicle by routing the
rope or tie down through any door or
window opening. If you do, the path
of an inflating side impact airbag will
be blocked. The path of an inflating
airbag must be kept clear.
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impact, and how quickly the vehicle slows
down. For roof-mounted rollover airbags,
inflation is determined by the location and
severity of the impact or a rollover event.
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
In an impact of sufficient severity, the air-
bag sensing system detects that the vehi-
cle is in a crash. In the case of a roof-
mounted rollover airbag, the sensing sys-
tem detects that the vehicle is about to roll
over or has been in a severe frontal or side
impact. The sensing system triggers a
release of gas from the inflator, which
inflates the airbag. The inflator, airbag, and
related hardware are all part of the airbag
modules inside the steering wheel and in
the instrument panel in front of the right
front passenger. For vehicles with roof-
mounted rollover airbags, the airbag mod-
ules are located in the ceiling of the vehi-
cle, near the side windows.
If your vehicle has a third row seat with
roof-mounted rollover airbags, the airbag
modules are located inside the rear-most
pillar trim and above in the ceiling above
the fixed rear glass.
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
In moderate to severe frontal or near fron-
tal collisions, even belted occupants can
contact the steering wheel or the instru-
ment panel. In moderate to severe side
collisions, even belted occupants can con-
tact the inside of the vehicle. Airbags sup-
plement the protection provided by safety
belts. Airbags distribute the force of the
impact more evenly over the occupant's
upper body, stopping the occupant more
gradually. But the frontal airbags would not
help you in many types of collisions,
including rollovers, rear impacts, and many
side impacts, primarily because an occu-
pant's motion is not toward the airbag.
Roof-mounted rollover airbags would not
help you in many types of collisions,
including many frontal or near frontal colli-
sions, and rear impacts.
Airbags should never be regarded as any-
thing more than a supplement to safety
belts, and then only in moderate to severe
frontal or near-frontal collisions for the
driver's and right front passenger’s frontal
airbags, and only in moderate to severe
side collisions or rollovers for vehicles with
roof-mounted rollover airbags.
What Will You See After an Airbag
Inflates?
After a frontal airbag inflates, it quickly
deflates, so quickly that some people may
not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-
mounted rollover airbags may still be at
least partially inflated minutes after the
vehicle comes to rest. Some components
of the airbag module – the steering wheel
hub for the driver's airbag, the instrument
panel for the right front passenger's airbag,
and the area along the ceiling of the vehi-
cle near the side windows for vehicles with
roof-mounted side impact airbags – may
be hot for a short time. The parts of the air-
bag 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.
Your vehicle has a feature that may auto-
matically unlock the doors, turn the interior
lamps on, and flash the hazard warning
flashers when the airbags inflate. You can
lock the doors again, turn the interior
lamps off, and turn off the hazard warning
flashers by using the controls for those
features.
WARNING
When an airbag inflates, there may be
dust in the air. This dust could cause
breathing problems for people with a
history of asthma or other breathing
trouble. To avoid this, everyone in the
vehicle should get out as soon as it is
safe to do so. If you have breathing
problems but cannot get out of the
vehicle after an airbag inflates, then
get fresh air by opening a window or
a door. If you experience breathing
problems following an airbag deploy-
ment, you should seek medical atten-
tion.
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In many crashes severe enough to inflate
the airbag, windshields are broken by vehi-
cle deformation. Additional windshield
breakage may also occur from the right
front passenger airbag.
Airbags are designed to inflate only
once. After an airbag inflates, you will
need some new parts for your airbag
system. If you do not get them, the air-
bag system will not be there to help pro-
tect you in another crash. A new system
will include airbag modules and possibly
other parts. The service manual for your
vehicle covers the need to replace other
parts.
Your vehicle has a crash sensing and
diagnostic module which records infor-
mation after a crash.
Let only qualified technicians work on
the airbag system. Improper service can
mean that an airbag system will not work
properly. See your dealer for service.
Passenger Sensing System
Your vehicle has a passenger sensing sys-
tem for the right front passenger. The pas-
senger airbag status indicator will be
visible when you start your vehicle in the
instrument panel.
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The words ON and OFF, or the symbol for
on and off, will be visible during the system
check. When the system check is com-
plete, either the word ON or the word OFF,
or the symbol for on or the symbol for off,
will be visible. Refer to “Passenger Airbag
Status Indicator” in “Warning Lights,
Gages, and Indicators” in the “Instrument
Panel” section.
The passenger sensing system will turn off
the right front passenger’s frontal airbag
under certain conditions. The driver’s air-
bags are not part of the passenger sensing
system.
The passenger sensing system works with
sensors that are part of the right front pas-
senger’s seat and safety belt. The sensors
are designed to detect the presence of a
properly seated occupant and determine if
the passenger’s frontal airbag should be
enabled (may inflate) or not.
Accident statistics show that children are
safer if they are restrained in the rear
rather than the front seat. We recommend
that child restraints be secured in a rear
seat, including an infant riding in a rear-
facing infant seat, a child riding in a for-
ward-facing child seat, and an older child
riding in a booster seat.
There is a label on your sun visor that
says, “Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to the
rear-facing child is so great, if the airbag
deploys.
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If your vehicle does not have a rear seat
that will accommodate a rear-facing child
restraint, never put a child in a rear-facing
child restraint in the right front passenger
seat unless the passenger airbag status
indicator shows off and the airbag is off.
Here is why:
The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn off the right front passen-
ger’s frontal airbag if:
The right front passenger seat is unoc-
cupied.
The system determines that an infant is
present in a rear-facing infant seat.
The system determines that a small child
is present in a forward-facing child
restraint.
The system determines that a small child
is present in a booster seat.
A right front passenger takes his/her
weight off of the seat for a period of time.
The right front passenger seat is occu-
pied by a smaller person, such as a child
who has outgrown child restraints.
Or, if there is a critical problem with the
airbag system or the passenger sensing
system.
When the right front passenger’s frontal
airbag has been turned off by the passen-
ger sensing system, the off indicator will
light and stay lit to remind you that the air-
bag is off.
If a child restraint has been installed and
the on indicator is lit, turn the vehicle off.
Remove the child restraint from the vehicle
and reinstall the child restraint following the
child restraint manufacturer’s directions
and refer to “Securing a Child Restraint in
the Right Front Seat Position” in this sec-
tion.
WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger’s airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
passenger’s frontal airbag if the sys-
tem detects a rear-facing child
restraint, no system is fail-safe, and
no one can guarantee that an airbag
will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-
facing child restraints be secured in
the rear seat, even if the airbag is off.
If you need to secure a forward-fac-
ing child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front passen-
ger seat as far back as it will go. It is
better to secure the child restraint in
a rear seat.
WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger’s airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Be sure the airbag is off before using
a rear-facing child restraint in the
right front seat position.
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
passenger’s frontal airbag if the sys-
tem detects a rear-facing child
restraint, no system is fail-safe, and
no one can guarantee that an airbag
will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-
facing child restraints be trans-
ported in vehicles with a rear seat
that will accommodate a rear-facing
child restraint, whenever possible.
If you need to secure a forward-fac-
ing child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front passen-
ger 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, after reinstalling the child restraint and
restarting the vehicle, the on indicator is
still lit, check to make sure that the vehi-
cle’s seatback is not pressing the child
restraint into the seat cushion. If this hap-
pens, slightly recline the vehicle’s seatback
and adjust the seat cushion if possible.
Also make sure the child restraint is not
trapped under the vehicle head restraint. If
this happens, adjust the head restraint.
If the on indicator is still lit, secure the child
in the child restraint in a rear seat position
in the vehicle if one is available and check
with your dealer.
The passenger sensing system is
designed to enable (may inflate) the right
front passenger’s frontal airbag anytime
the system senses that a person of adult
size is sitting properly in the right front pas-
senger’s seat. When the passenger sens-
ing system has allowed the airbag to be
enabled, the on indicator will light and stay
lit to remind you that the airbag is active.
For some children who have outgrown
child restraints and for very small adults,
the passenger sensing system may or may
not turn off the right front passenger’s fron-
tal airbag, depending upon the person’s
seating posture and body build. Everyone
in your vehicle who has outgrown child
restraints should wear a safety belt prop-
erly – whether or not there is an airbag for
that person.
If a person of adult-size is sitting in the
right front passenger’s seat, but the off
indicator is lit, it could be because that per-
son is not sitting properly in the seat. If this
happens, turn the vehicle off and ask the
person to place the seatback in the fully
upright position, then sit upright in the seat,
centered on the seat cushion, with the per-
son’s legs comfortably extended. Restart
the vehicle and have the person remain in
this position for about two minutes. This
will allow the system to detect that person
and then enable the passenger’s airbag.
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A thick layer of additional material, such as
a blanket, or aftermarket equipment such
as seat covers, seat heaters, and seat
massagers, can affect how well the pas-
senger sensing system operates. Remove
any additional material from the seat cush-
ion before reinstalling or securing the child
restraint and before a small occupant,
including a small adult, sits in the passen-
ger position. You may want to consider not
using seat covers or other aftermarket
equipment. Refer to “Adding Equipment to
Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle” in this sec-
tion for more information about modifica-
tions that can affect how the system
operates.
WARNING
If the airbag readiness light in the
instrument panel cluster ever comes
on and stays on, it means that some-
thing may be wrong with the airbag
system. If this ever happens, have
the vehicle serviced promptly,
because an adult-size person sitting
in the right front passenger’s seat
may not have the protection of the
frontal airbag. Refer to “Airbag
Readiness Light” in “Warning Lights,
Gages, and Indicators” in the “Instru-
ment Panel” section for more on this,
including important safety informa-
tion.
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Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle
Airbags affect how your vehicle should be
serviced. There are parts of the airbag
system in several places around your vehi-
cle. You do not want the system to inflate
while someone is working on your vehicle.
Your dealer and the service manual have
information about servicing your vehicle
and the airbag system.
The airbag system does not need regular
maintenance.
Adding Equipment to Your Airbag-
Equipped Vehicle
Question:
Is there anything I might add to the front
or sides of the vehicle that could keep
the airbags from working properly?
Answer:
Yes. If you add things that change your
vehicle’s frame, bumper system, height,
front end or side sheet metal, they may
keep the airbag system from working prop-
erly. Also, the airbag system may not work
properly if you relocate any of the airbag
sensors. If you have any questions about
this, you should contact Customer Assis-
tance before you modify your vehicle.
Question:
Because I have a disability, I have to get
my vehicle modified. How can I find out
whether this will affect my airbag sys-
tem?
Answer:
Changing or moving any parts of the front
seats, safety belts, the airbag sensing and
diagnostic module, rollover sensor module,
steering wheel, instrument panel, over-
head console, ceiling headliner, ceiling
and pillar garnish trim, roof-mounted roll-
over airbag modules, or airbag wiring can
affect the operation of the airbag system. If
you have questions, call Customer Assis-
tance.
Restraint System Check
Checking the Restraint Systems
Now and then, make sure the safety belt
reminder light and all your belts, buckles,
latch plates, retractors and anchorages are
working properly. Look for any other loose
or damaged safety belt system parts. If you
see anything that might keep a safety belt
system from doing its job, have it repaired.
Keep safety belts clean and dry. Refer to
“Care of Safety Belts” in “Appearance
Care” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section for more information.
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.
Also look for any opened or broken airbag
covers, and have them repaired or
replaced. The airbag system does not
need regular maintenance.
WARNING
Stowing of articles under the passen-
ger’s seat or between the passen-
ger’s seat cushion and seatback may
interfere with the proper operation of
the passenger sensing system.
WARNING
For up to 10 seconds, after the igni-
tion is turned off and the battery is
disconnected, an airbag can still
inflate during improper service. You
can be injured if you are close to an
airbag when it inflates. Avoid yellow
connectors. They are probably part of
the airbag system. Be sure to follow
proper service procedures, and make
sure the person performing work for
you is qualified to do so.
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Replacing Restraint System Parts
After a Crash
If you have had a crash, do you need new
belts or LATCH system parts?
After a very minor collision, nothing may be
necessary. But if the belts were stretched,
as they would be if worn during a more
severe crash, then you need new parts.
If the LATCH system was being used dur-
ing a more severe crash, you may need
new LATCH system parts.
If belts are cut or damaged, replace them.
Collision damage also may mean you will
need to have LATCH system, safety belt or
seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts
and repairs may be necessary even if the
belt or LATCH system was not being used
at the time of the collision.
If an airbag inflates, you will need to
replace airbag system parts. See the part
on the airbag system earlier in this section.
If the frontal airbags inflate you will also
need to replace the driver and front pas-
senger’s safety belt retractor assembly. Be
sure to do so. Then the new retractor
assembly will be there to help protect you
in a collision.
After a crash you may need to replace the
driver and front passenger’s safety belt
retractor assemblies, even if the frontal air-
bags have not deployed. The driver and
front passenger’s safety belt retractor
assemblies contain the safety belt preten-
sioners. Have your safety belt pretension-
ers checked if your vehicle has been in a
collision, or if your airbag readiness light
stays on after you start your vehicle or
while you are driving. Refer to “Airbag
Readiness Light” in “Warning Lights,
Gages, and Indicators” in the “Instrument
Panel” section.
CAUTION
If you damage the covering for the
driver’s or the right front passenger’s
airbag, or the side impact airbag cov-
ering on the ceiling near the side win-
dows, the airbag may not work
properly. You may have to replace the
airbag module in the steering wheel,
both the airbag module and the
instrument panel for the right front
passenger’s airbag, or side impact
airbag module and ceiling covering
for roof-mounted rollover airbags. Do
not open or break the airbag cover-
ings.
WARNING
A crash can damage the restraint
systems in your vehicle. A damaged
restraint system may not properly
protect the person using it, resulting
in serious injury or even death in a
crash. To help make sure your
restraint systems are working prop-
erly after a crash, have them
inspected and any necessary
replacements made as soon as pos-
sible.
FEATURES AND CONTROLS
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Keys ...................................................................................... 2-1
Doors and Locks ................................................................. 2-5
Windows .............................................................................. 2-8
Theft-Deterrent Systems .................................................... 2-9
Daily Inspection Checklist .................................................. 2-11
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ................................ 2-12
Mirrors .................................................................................. 2-20
Storage Areas ...................................................................... 2-21
Sunroof ................................................................................ 2-24
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Keys
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One key is used for the ignition and all of
the locks.
Key code information can be obtained by
your dealer. These code numbers can be
used to make new keys. Additional keys
that are needed can be made at any retail
service facility provided you have the key
code information. Store this information in
a safe place, but not in your vehicle.
Have extra keys made. Your service parts
department can make extra keys for you.
NOTE:
If you ever lock your keys in your vehicle,
you may have to damage the vehicle to get
in. Be sure you have spare keys.
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System
The remote keyless entry system operates
on a radio frequency subject to Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
Rules and with Industry Canada.
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the fol-
lowing two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful inter-
ference.
• This device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of
the device.
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry Canada. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
This device may not cause interference.
• This device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of
the device.
Changes or modifications to this system by
other than an authorized service facility
could void authorization to use this equip-
ment.
At times you may notice a decrease in
range. This is normal for any remote key-
less entry system. If the transmitter does
not work or if you have to stand closer to
your vehicle for the transmitter to work, try
this:
Check the distance. You may be too far
from your vehicle. You may need to
stand closer during rainy or snowy
weather.
• Check the location. Other vehicles or
objects may be blocking the signal. Take
a few steps to the left or right, hold the
transmitter higher, and try again.
Check to determine if battery replace-
ment or resynchronization is necessary.
Refer to “Battery Replacement” and
“Resynchronization” under “Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation”
in this section.
If you are still having trouble, see your
dealer or a qualified technician for ser-
vice.
WARNING
Leaving children in a vehicle with the
ignition key is dangerous for many
reasons, children or others could be
badly injured or even killed. They
could operate the power windows or
other controls or even make the vehi-
cle move. The windows will function
with the keys in the ignition and they
could be seriously injured or killed if
caught in the path of a closing win-
dow. Do not leave the keys in a vehi-
cle with children.
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Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation
The vehicle’s doors can be locked and
unlocked from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 65
feet (20 m) away with the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter.
If your vehicle has the remote start feature
you can also start your vehicle with the
RKE transmitter. Your RKE transmitter,
with the remote start button, provides an
increased range of 195 feet (60 m) away.
However, the range may be less while the
vehicle is running. As a result, you may
need to be closer to your vehicle to turn it
off than you were to turn it on.
There are other conditions which can
affect the performance of the transmitter.
Refer to “Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System” in this section.
Remote Keyless Entry with
Remote Start
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Start
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The following functions may be available if
your vehicle has the RKE system:
(Remote Vehicle Start):
If your vehicle has this feature, it may be
started from outside the vehicle using the
RKE transmitter. See “Remote Vehicle
Start” following, for more detailed informa-
tion.
(Lock):
Press the lock button to lock the doors and
liftgate. If enabled through the Driver Infor-
mation Center (DIC), the parking lamps will
flash once to indicate locking has
occurred. If enabled through the DIC, the
horn will chirp when the lock button is
pressed again within five seconds of the
previous press of the lock button. Refer to
“DIC Vehicle Personalization” in “Driver
Information Center (DIC)” in the “Instru-
ment Panel” section for additional informa-
tion. Pressing the lock button may arm the
content theft-deterrent system. Refer to
“Content Theft-Deterrent” in this section.
(Unlock):
Press the unlock button to unlock the
driver's door. If the button is pressed again
within five seconds, all remaining doors,
and the liftgate, will unlock. The interior
lamps will come on and stay on for 20 sec-
onds or until the ignition is turned on. If
enabled through the DIC, the parking
lamps will flash once to indicate unlocking
has occurred. Refer to “DIC Vehicle Per-
sonalization” in “Driver Information Center
(DIC)” in the “Instrument Panel” section.
Pressing the unlock button on the RKE
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transmitter will disarm the content theft-
deterrent system. Refer to “Content Theft-
Deterrent” in this section.
(Vehicle Locator/Panic Alarm):
Press and release this button to locate
your vehicle. The turn signal lamps will
flash and the horn will sound three times.
Press and hold this button for more than
two seconds to activate the panic alarm.
The turn signal lamps will flash and the
horn will sound repeatedly for 30 seconds.
The alarm will turn off when the ignition is
moved to RUN or the alarm button is
pressed again. The ignition must be in
LOCK for the panic alarm to work.
The RKE transmitter is used to arm/disarm
the content theft-deterrent system. Your
vehicle’s theft-deterrent system can be
programmed to three different modes.
Refer to “Content Theft-Deterrent” in this
section.
If you accidentally set off the alarm when
entering or exiting the vehicle, you can
shut it off by pressing the lock or unlock
button once or the panic alarm button
twice.
Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle
Each RKE transmitter is coded to prevent
another transmitter from unlocking your
vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a
replacement can be purchased through
your dealer. Remember to bring any addi-
tional transmitters so they can also be re-
coded to match the new transmitter. Once
your dealer has coded the new transmitter,
the lost transmitter will not unlock your
vehicle. The vehicle can have a maximum
of four transmitters matched to it. Or, refer
to “Relearn Remote Key” under “DIC Oper-
ation and Displays” in “Driver Information
Center (DIC)” in the “Instrument Panel”
section for instructions on how to match
RKE transmitters to your vehicle.
Battery Replacement
Under normal use, the battery in your RKE
transmitter should last about four years.
The battery is weak if the transmitter will
not work at the normal range in any loca-
tion. If you have to get close to your vehi-
cle before the transmitter works, it is
probably time to change the battery.
To replace the battery in the RKE transmit-
ter, do the following:
1) Use a flat thin object to pry open the
transmitter.
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2) Once the transmitter is separated, use
a pencil or similar object to remove the
old battery. Do not use a metal object.
3) Slide the new battery into the transmit-
ter with the positive side of the battery
facing down. Use a type CR2032 bat-
tery, or equivalent type.
4) Snap the transmitter back together
tightly to be sure no moisture can enter.
5) Check the operation of the transmitter.
CAUTION
When replacing the battery, use care
not to touch any of the circuitry.
Static from your body transferred to
these surfaces may damage the
transmitter.
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Remote Vehicle Start
Your vehicle may have the remote start
feature. This feature allows you to start the
engine from outside the vehicle. Refer to
“REMOTE START” under “DIC Vehicle
Personalization” in “Driver Information
Center (DIC)” in the “Instrument Panel”
section for instructions on how to enable
and disable this feature.
During a remote start, the climate control
system will turn on at the fan, temperature,
and mode settings the vehicle was set to
when the vehicle was last turned off and
will also turn on the rear window defogger.
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 when doing so. Check local regula-
tions for any requirements on remote start-
ing of vehicles.
(Remote Vehicle Start):
Press and release the lock button and then
press and hold the remote start button to
start the vehicle.
Your RKE transmitter, with the remote start
button, provides an increased range of
operation. However, the range may be less
while the vehicle is running. As a result,
you may need to be closer to your vehicle
to turn it off, than you were to turn it on.
If your vehicle is low on fuel, do not use the
remote start feature. The vehicle may run
out of fuel.
To start the engine using the remote start
feature, do the following:
1) Aim the RKE transmitter, that has a
remote vehicle start button, at the vehi-
cle.
2) Press and release the transmitter’s lock
button, then immediately press and
hold the remote vehicle start button
until the vehicle’s turn signal lamps
flash, or for at least four seconds, if the
vehicle’s lights are not visible. The vehi-
cle’s doors will be locked. Pressing the
remote start button again after the vehi-
cle has started will turn off the ignition.
3) When the vehicle’s engine starts, the
parking lamps will turn on and remain
on while the engine is running.
4) If it is your first remote start since last
driving, repeat these steps while the
engine is still running for a 10 minute
time extension.
When you enter the vehicle during a
remote start, and the engine is still running,
turn the key to the RUN position to drive
the vehicle
.
After a remote start, the engine will auto-
matically shut off after 10 minutes unless a
time extension has been done or the vehi-
cle’s key is inserted into the ignition switch
and turned to RUN.
The maximum number of remote starts or
remote start attempts between ignition
cycles with the key is two.
If the remote start procedure is used again
before the first 10 minute time frame has
ended, the first 10 minutes will immediately
expire and the second 10 minute time
frame will start.
For example, if the lock button and then
the remote start buttons are pressed again
after the vehicle has been running for five
minutes, 10 minutes are added, allowing
the engine to run for 15 minutes.
After your vehicle’s engine has been
started two times using the remote vehicle
start button, the vehicle’s ignition switch
must be turned to RUN and then back to
LOCK using the key before the remote
start procedure can be used again.
If you enter the vehicle after a remote start,
and the engine is running, insert the key
into the ignition switch and turn it to the
RUN position to drive the vehicle.
To manually shut off the engine after a
remote start, do any of the following:
Aim the RKE transmitter at the vehicle
and press the remote start button until
the parking lamps turn off.
Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
Insert the vehicle’s key into the ignition
switch and turn the switch to RUN and
then back to LOCK.
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The remote vehicle start feature will not
operate if:
The vehicle’s key is in the ignition.
The vehicle’s hood, liftgate or doors are
not closed.
The hazard warning flashers are on.
There is an emission control system
malfunction.
The engine coolant temperature is too
high.
The oil pressure is low.
Two remote vehicle starts have already
been used. The maximum number of
remote starts or remote start attempts
between ignition cycles with the key is
two.
Vehicles that have the remote vehicle start
feature are shipped from the factory with
the remote vehicle start system enabled.
The system may be enabled or disabled
through the DIC. Refer to “REMOTE
START” under “DIC Vehicle Personaliza-
tion” in “Driver Information Center (DIC)” in
the “Instrument Panel” section for addi-
tional information.
Doors and Locks
Door Locks
There are a couple of ways to manually
lock or unlock your vehicle.
From the outside, use the key in the
driver’s door.
From the inside, use the lock control on the
door.
Power Door Locks
The power door lock switches are located
on the driver’s and front passenger’s
doors.
(Unlock):
To unlock the doors, press the unlock sym-
bol.
(Lock):
Remove the ignition key and press the lock
symbol to lock all of the doors.
WARNING
Unlocked doors can be dangerous.
Passengers, especially children,
can easily open the doors and fall
out of a moving vehicle. When a
door is locked, the handle will not
open it. You increase the chance of
being thrown out of the vehicle in a
crash if the doors are not locked.
So, wear safety belts properly and
lock the doors whenever you drive.
Young children who get into
unlocked vehicles may be unable
to get out. A child can be overcome
by extreme heat and can suffer per-
manent injuries or even death from
heat stroke. Always lock your vehi-
cle whenever you leave it.
Outsiders can easily enter through
an unlocked door when you slow
down or stop your vehicle. Locking
your doors can help prevent this
from happening.
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Delayed Locking
A chime will sound three times to indicate
a door or liftgate is open when you try to
lock the doors with the remote keyless
entry (RKE) transmitter or the power door
lock switch. The doors will not lock, and
the theft-deterrent system will not arm until
all the doors are closed and ten seconds
have passed.
The delayed locking feature can be pro-
grammed through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). Refer to “DIC Vehicle Per-
sonalization” in “Driver Information Center
(DIC)” in the “Instrument Panel” section.
Programmable Automatic Door
Locks
Your vehicle has an automatic lock/unlock
feature which enables you to program the
power door locks through the Driver Infor-
mation Center (DIC). Refer to “DIC Vehicle
Personalization” in “Driver Information
Center (DIC)” in the “Instrument Panel”
section for more information on DIC pro-
gramming.
Rear Door Security Locks
Your vehicle has rear door security locks
that prevent passengers from opening the
rear doors from the inside.
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The rear door security locks are located on
the inside edge of each rear door. You
must open the rear doors to access them.
To set the security locks, do the following:
1) Insert the key into the lock above the
rear door security lock label and turn it
to the horizontal position.
2) Close the door.
3) Repeat the steps for the other rear
door.
To open a rear door while the security lock
is on, do the following:
1) Unlock the door using the remote key-
less entry transmitter, the front door
power lock switch, or by lifting the rear
door manual lock.
2) Open the door from the outside.
To cancel the rear door security lock, do
the following:
1) Unlock the door and open it from the
outside.
2) Insert the key into the slot next to the
rear door security lock label and turn it
to the vertical position.
3) Repeat the steps for the other lock.
Lockout Protection
If you press the power door lock switch
when the key is in the ignition and any
door is open, all the doors will lock and
only the driver’s door will unlock. Be sure
to remove the key from the ignition when
locking your vehicle.
If the keyless entry transmitter is used to
lock the doors and the key is in the ignition,
a chime will sound three times. All passen-
ger doors will lock, but the driver’s door will
remain unlocked.
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Liftgate
To unlock the liftgate, press the unlock but-
ton on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter twice or use the power door
lock switch.
To lock the liftgate, press the lock button
on the RKE transmitter or use the power
door lock switch. The liftgate does not
have a key lock cylinder.
To open the liftgate, pull up on the handle
located in the center of the liftgate.
When closing the liftgate, use the molded
handles to pull the liftgate down. Push the
liftgate closed until it latches.
Liftgate Operation with Loss of Power
The liftgate is equipped with an electric
latch. If the battery is disconnected or has
low voltage, the liftgate will not open.
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To open the liftgate if this happens,
remove the interior trim plug located at the
base of the liftgate from inside the vehicle.
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Use a tool to push the service release
lever located on the latch until you hear or
feel the gate release. The liftgate can now
be opened and closed manually. You will
need to use this procedure to open the lift-
gate until the power is restored.
WARNING
It can be dangerous to drive with the
liftgate or liftglass open because car-
bon monoxide (CO) gas can come
into your vehicle. You cannot see or
smell CO. It can cause unconscious-
ness and even death. If you must
drive with the liftgate open or if elec-
trical wiring or other cable connec-
tions must pass through the seal
between the body and the liftgate or
liftglass:
• Make sure all other windows are
shut.
Turn the fan on your climate con-
trol system to its highest speed
and select the control setting that
will force outside air into your vehi-
cle. See “Climate Control System”
in the Index.
If you have air outlets on or under
the instrument panel, open them all
the way. Refer to “Engine Exhaust”
in this section.
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Windows
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Power Windows
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The window switches are located on each
side of the shift lever on the center con-
sole.
To lower a window, press the switch down.
To raise a window, pull the switch up.
The power windows operate when the igni-
tion is in RUN or ACC.
A window switch is also located on each
rear door. Press the bottom of the switch to
lower the window. Press the top of the
switch to raise the window.
Express-Down Window
The driver’s window switch has an
express-down feature that is labeled
AUTO. This allows the driver’s window to
open fully without having to continuously
press the switch. Press the switch to the
second position and the driver’s window
WARNING
Leaving children, helpless adults, or
pets in a vehicle with the windows
closed is dangerous. They can be
overcome by the extreme heat and
suffer permanent injuries or even
death from heat stroke. Never leave a
child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone
in a vehicle, especially with the win-
dows closed in warm or hot weather.
WARNING
Leaving children, helpless adults, or
pets in a vehicle with the windows
closed is dangerous. They can be
overcome from extreme heat in warm
or hot weather and suffer permanent
injuries or even death from heat
stroke.
Leaving children in a vehicle with the
ignition key is dangerous for many
reasons, children or others could be
badly injured or even killed. They
could operate the power windows or
other controls or even make the vehi-
cle move. The windows will function
with the keys in the ignition and they
could be seriously injured or killed if
caught in the path of a closing win-
dow. Do not leave keys in a vehicle
with children.
When there are children in the rear
seat use the window lockout button
to prevent unintentional operation of
the windows.
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will go all the way down. To stop the win-
dow from lowering, lift the switch all the
way up and release it.
Window Lockout
The driver’s window switches also include
a lockout switch. Press the left side of the
switch to prevent rear passengers from
using their window switches. The driver
can still control all the windows with the
lockout on. Press the right side of the win-
dow lockout switch to return to normal win-
dow operation.
Sun Visors
To block out glare, swing the sun visor
down. You can also detach the driver’s sun
visor from the center mount and slide it
along the rod from side-to-side for greater
coverage.
Visor Vanity Mirrors
Your vehicle has covered visor vanity mir-
rors on both the driver’s and passenger’s
side.
Theft-Deterrent Systems
Vehicle theft is big business, especially in
some cities. Although your vehicle has a
number of theft-deterrent features, we
know that nothing we put on it can make it
impossible to steal.
Content Theft-Deterrent
To activate the theft-deterrent system:
1) Open the door.
2) Lock the door with the power door lock
switch or the remote keyless entry
transmitter. If you are using the remote
keyless entry transmitter, the door does
not need to be open.
3) Close all doors.
Once armed, the alarm will go off if some-
one tries to enter the vehicle without using
the remote keyless entry transmitter or a
key or turns the ignition on with an incor-
rect key. The horn will sound and the turn
signal lamps will flash for approximately
two minutes.
When the alarm is armed, the trunk may
be opened with the remote keyless entry
transmitter. The power door lock switches
are disabled and the doors remain locked.
You must use your remote keyless entry
transmitter or your key to unlock the doors
when the system is armed.
Arming with the Power Lock Switch
The alarm system will arm when you use
either power lock switch to lock the doors
while any door or the trunk is open and the
key is removed from the ignition.
Arming with the Remote Keyless Entry
Transmitter
The alarm system will arm when you use
your remote keyless entry transmitter to
lock the doors, if the key is not in the igni-
tion.
Disarming with the Remote Keyless
Entry Transmitter
The alarm system will disarm when you
use your remote keyless entry transmitter
to unlock the doors.
The first time a remote unlock command is
received, three flashes will be seen and
three horn chirps heard to indicate an
alarm condition has occurred since last
arming.
Disarming with Your Key
The alarm system will disarm when you
use your key to unlock the doors or insert
your key in ignition and turn it from the
LOCK position.
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PASS-Key® III+
The PASS-Key® III+ system operates on a
radio frequency subject to Federal Com-
munications Commission (FCC) Rules and
with Industry Canada.
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the fol-
lowing two conditions:
1) This device may not cause harmful
interference.
2) This device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This device complies with RSS-210 of
Industry Canada. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
1) This device may not cause interfer-
ence.
2) This device must accept any interfer-
ence received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of
the device.
Changes or modifications to this system by
other than an authorized service facility
could void authorization to use this equip-
ment.
PASS-Key® III+ uses a radio frequency
transponder in the key that matches a
decoder in your vehicle.
PASS-Key® III+ Operation
Your vehicle has PASS-Key® III+ (Person-
alized Automotive Security System) theft-
deterrent system. PASS-Key® III+ is a pas-
sive theft-deterrent system. This means
you do not have to do anything special to
arm or disarm the system. It works when
you transition the key to RUN, ACC or
START from the LOCK position.
When the PASS-Key® III+ system senses
that someone is using the wrong key, it
prevents the vehicle from starting. Anyone
using a trial-and-error method to start the
vehicle will be discouraged because of the
high number of electrical key codes.
If the engine does not start and the secu-
rity light on the instrument panel comes on
when trying to start the vehicle, the key
may have a damaged transponder. Turn
the ignition off and try again.
If the engine still does not start, and the
key appears to be undamaged, try another
ignition key. At this time, you may also
want to check the fuse, refer to “Fuses and
Circuit Breakers” in “Electrical System” in
the “Service and Appearance Care” sec-
tion. If the engine still does not start with
the other key, your vehicle needs service.
If your vehicle does start, the first key may
be faulty. See your dealer who can service
the PASS-Key® III+ to have a new key
made. In an emergency, contact Roadside
Assistance.
It is possible for the PASS-Key® III+
decoder to “learn” the transponder value of
a new or replacement key. Up to nine addi-
tional keys may be programmed for the
vehicle. The following procedure is for pro-
gramming additional keys only. If all the
currently programmed keys are lost or do
not operate, you must see your dealer or a
locksmith who can service PASS-Key® III+
to have keys made and programmed to the
system.
See your dealer or a locksmith who can
service PASS-Key® III+ to get a new key
blank that is cut exactly as the ignition key
that operates the system.
To program the new additional key do the
following:
1) Verify that the new key has a
stamped on it.
2) Insert the original, already pro-
grammed, key in the ignition and start
the engine. If the engine will not start,
see your dealer for service.
3) After the engine has started, turn the
key to LOCK, and remove the key.
4) Insert the new key to be programmed
and turn it to the RUN position within
five seconds of removing the original
key.
5) The security light will turn off once the
key has been programmed.
6) Repeat Steps 1 through 5 if additional
keys are to be programmed.
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If you are driving and the security light
comes on and stays on, you may be able
to restart your engine. Your PASS-Key®
III+ system, however, may not be working
properly and must be serviced by your
dealer.
If you lose or damage your PASS-Key®
III+ key, see your dealer or a locksmith
who can service PASS-Key® III+ to have a
new key made.
Daily Inspection Checklist
Before Driving
1) Make sure that windows, mirrors, lights
and reflectors are clean and unob-
structed.
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 the “SERVICE AND
APPEARANCE CARE” section for details.
3) Look for oil or other fluid leaks.
NOTE:
It is normal for water to drip from the air
conditioning system after use.
4) Make sure the hood is fully closed and
latched.
5) Check the headlights, turn signal lights,
brake lights and horn for proper opera-
tion.
6) Lock all doors.
7) Adjust the seat and adjustable head
restraints (if equipped).
8) Check the brake pedal.
9) Adjust the mirrors.
10)Make sure that you and all passengers
have properly fastened your safety
belts.
11)Make sure that all warning lights come
on as the key is turned to the “ON” or
“START” position.
12)Check all gauges.
13)Make sure that the BRAKE light turns
off when the parking brake is released.
Once a week, or each time you fill your fuel
tank, perform the following under-hood
checks:
1) Engine oil level
2) Coolant level
3) Brake fluid level
4) Power steering (if equipped) fluid level
5) Windshield washer fluid level
6) 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 check-
ing for proper latch operation. Refer to
“Lubricate body components” under
“Scheduled Maintenance” in the
“Maintenance Schedule” section for the
lubrication schedule.
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.
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Starting and Operating Your
Vehicle
New Vehicle Break-In
Ignition Positions
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With the key in the ignition switch, you can
turn it to four different positions. A warning
tone will sound if you open the driver’s
door when the key has not been removed
from the ignition.
(LOCK):
You will only be able to remove your key
when the ignition is turned to LOCK.
The ignition switch cannot be turned to
LOCK unless the shift lever is in PARK (P).
ACC (Accessory):
This position operates some of your elec-
trical accessories.
(RUN):
This is the position the switch returns to
after you start your engine and release the
switch. The switch stays in the RUN posi-
tion when the engine is running. But even
when the engine is not running, you can
use RUN to operate your electrical acces-
sories and to display some warning and
indicator lights.
The battery could be drained if you leave
the key in the ACC or RUN position with
the engine off. You may not be able to start
your vehicle if the battery is allowed to
drain for an extended period of time.
(START):
This position starts the engine. When the
engine starts, release the key. The ignition
switch will return to RUN for normal driv-
ing.
Key In the Ignition
Never leave your vehicle with the keys
inside, as it is an easy target for joy riders
or thieves. If you leave the key in the igni-
CAUTION
Your vehicle does not need an elabo-
rate break-in. But it will perform bet-
ter in the long run if you follow these
guidelines:
Do not drive at any one constant
speed, fast or slow, for the first 500
miles (805 km). Do not make full-
throttle starts. Avoid downshifting
to brake, or slow, the vehicle.
• Avoid making hard stops for the
first 200 miles (322 km) or so. Dur-
ing this time your new brake linings
are not yet broken in. Hard stops
with new linings can mean prema-
ture wear and earlier replacement.
Follow this breaking-in guideline
every time you get new brake lin-
ings.
Do not tow a trailer during break-in.
Refer to “Towing a Trailer” in “Tow-
ing” in the “Driving Your Vehicle”
section for the trailer towing capa-
bilities of your vehicle and more
information.
Following break-in, engine speed and
load can be gradually increased.
CAUTION
Using a tool to force the key from the
ignition switch could cause damage
or break the key. Use the correct key
and turn the key only with your hand.
Make sure the key is in all the way. If
none of this works, then your vehicle
needs service.
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tion and park your vehicle, a chime will
sound, when you open the driver’s door.
Always remember to remove your key from
the ignition and take it with you. This will
lock your ignition and transaxle. Also,
always remember to lock the doors.
The battery could be drained if you leave
the key in the ignition while your vehicle is
parked. You may not be able to start your
vehicle after it has been parked for an
extended period of time.
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
The vehicle has Retained Accessory
Power (RAP), which will allow your vehi-
cle’s radio and windows to work when the
ignition key is in RUN or ACC. Once the
key is turned from RUN to LOCK the radio
will continue to work 10 minutes or until the
driver’s door is opened. Also, the power
windows will continue to work for up to 10
minutes or until any door is opened.
Starting the Engine
Place the transaxle in the proper gear.
Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEU-
TRAL (N). Your engine will not start in any
other position -- this is a safety feature. To
restart when you are already moving, use
NEUTRAL (N) only.
Starting Procedure
1) With your foot off the accelerator pedal,
turn the ignition key to START. When
the engine starts, let go of the key. The
idle speed will go down as your engine
gets warm. Do not race the engine
immediately after starting it. Operate
the engine and transaxle gently to allow
the oil to warm up and lubricate all mov-
ing parts.
Your vehicle has a Computer-Con-
trolled Cranking System. This feature
assists in starting the engine and pro-
tects components. If the ignition key is
turned to the START position, and then
released when the engine begins
cranking, the engine will continue
cranking for a few seconds or until the
vehicle starts. If the engine does not
start and the key is held in START for
many seconds, cranking will be stopped
after 15 seconds to prevent cranking
motor damage. To prevent gear dam-
age, this system also prevents cranking
if the engine is already running. Engine
cranking can be stopped by turning the
ignition switch to the ACC or LOCK
position.
2) If the engine does not start after 5-10
seconds, especially in very cold
weather (below 0°F –18°C), it could be
flooded with too much gasoline. Try
pushing the accelerator pedal all the
way to the floor and holding it there as
you hold the key in START for up to a
maximum of 15 seconds. Wait at least
15 seconds between each try, to allow
the cranking motor to cool down. When
the engine starts, let go of the key and
accelerator. If the vehicle starts briefly
but then stops again, do the same
thing. This clears the extra gasoline
from the engine. Do not race the engine
immediately after starting it. Operate
the engine and transaxle gently until
CAUTION
Shifting into PARK (P) with the vehi-
cle moving could damage the tran-
saxle. Shift into PARK (P) only when
your vehicle is stopped.
CAUTION
Cranking the engine for long periods
of time, by returning the key to the
START position immediately after
cranking has ended, can overheat
and damage the cranking motor, and
drain the battery. Wait at least 15 sec-
onds between each try, to allow the
cranking motor to cool down.
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the oil warms up and lubricates all mov-
ing parts.
Engine Coolant Heater
If your vehicle has this feature, in very cold
weather 0°F (–18°C) or colder, the engine
coolant heater can help. You will get easier
starting and better fuel economy during
engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant
heater should be plugged in a minimum of
four hours prior to starting your vehicle. At
temperatures above 32°F (0°C), use of the
coolant heater is not required. Your vehicle
may also have an internal thermostat in
the plug end of the cord. This will prevent
operation of the engine coolant heater
when the temperature is at or above 0°F (–
18°C) as noted on the cord.
To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
1) Turn off the engine.
2) Open the hood and unwrap the electri-
cal cord. The cord is located on the
passenger’s side of the engine com-
partment, near the radiator.
3) Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt
AC outlet.
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.
How long should you keep the coolant
heater plugged in? The answer depends
on the outside temperature, the kind of oil
you have, and some other things. Instead
of trying to list everything here, we ask that
you contact your dealer in the area where
you will be parking your vehicle. The
dealer can give you the best advice for that
particular area.
Automatic Transaxle Operation
The shift lever for the automatic transaxle
is located on the console between the
seats.
Maximum engine speed is limited when
the vehicle is in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL
(N) to protect driveline components from
improper operation.
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There are several different positions for the
shift lever. When using the manual shift
mode a number will also appear on the tell-
tale line below the gear selections. For
more information on the manual shift
option see “Manual Shift Mode” in this sec-
tion.
PARK (P):
This position locks the front wheels. It is
the best position to use when the engine is
CAUTION
Your engine is designed to work with
the electronics in your vehicle. If you
add electrical parts or accessories,
you could change the way the engine
operates. Before adding electrical
equipment, check with your dealer. If
you do not, your engine might not
perform properly. Any resulting dam-
age would not be covered by your
vehicle’s warranty.
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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started because the vehicle cannot move
easily.
Make sure the shift lever is fully in PARK
(P) before starting the engine. The vehicle
has an automatic transaxle shift lock con-
trol system. You must fully apply your reg-
ular brakes first and then press the shift
lever button, before you can shift from
PARK (P) when the ignition is in RUN. If
you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease
pressure on the shift lever and push the
shift lever all way into PARK (P) as you
maintain brake application. Then press the
shift lever button and move the shift lever
into another gear. Refer to “Shifting Out of
Park (P)” in this section.
REVERSE (R):
Use this gear to back up.
To rock the vehicle back and forth to get
out of snow, ice, or sand without damaging
the transaxle, refer to “If Your Vehicle is
Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section.
NEUTRAL (N):
In this position, the engine does not con-
nect with the wheels. To restart when the
vehicle is already moving, use NEUTRAL
(N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when the
vehicle is being towed.
DRIVE (D):
This position is for normal driving. It pro-
vides the best fuel economy for your vehi-
cle. If the vehicle needs more power for
passing, and it is:
Going less than 35 mph (55 km/h), push
the accelerator pedal about halfway
down.
Going about 35 mph (55 km/h) or more,
push the accelerator pedal all the way
down. The vehicle will shift down to the
next gear and have more power.
WARNING
It is dangerous to get out of your
vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in
PARK (P) with the parking brake
firmly set. Your vehicle can roll.
Do not leave your vehicle when the
engine is running unless you have to.
If you have left the engine running,
the vehicle can move suddenly. You
or others could be injured. To be sure
your vehicle will not move, even
when you are on fairly level ground,
always set your parking brake and
move the shift lever to PARK (P).
Refer to “Shifting Into Park (P)” in
this section. If you are pulling a
trailer, refer to “Towing a Trailer” in
“Towing” in the “Driving Your Vehi-
cle” section.
CAUTION
Shifting to REVERSE (R) while your
vehicle is moving forward could dam-
age the transaxle. The repairs would
not be covered by your warranty.
Shift to REVERSE (R) only after your
vehicle is stopped.
WARNING
Shifting into a drive gear while your
engine is running at high speed is
dangerous. Unless your foot is firmly
on the brake pedal, your vehicle
could move very rapidly. You could
lose control and hit people or
objects. Do not shift into a drive gear
while your engine is running at high
speed.
CAUTION
Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL
(N) while the engine is running at
high speed may damage the tran-
saxle. The repairs would not be cov-
ered by your warranty. Be sure the
engine is not running at high speeds
when shifting your vehicle.
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Downshifting the transaxle in slippery road
conditions could result in skidding, refer to
“Loss of Control” in “Your Driving, the
Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section.
MANUAL SHIFT MODE (M):
This position, available on the models with
the Manual Shift Mode (MSM), allows you
to change gears similar to a manual tran-
saxle. If your vehicle has this feature, see
“Manual Shift Mode (MSM)”.
Manual Shift Mode (MSM)
(Automatic Transaxle)
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To use this feature, do the following:
1) Move the shift lever from DRIVE (D) to
the left into the MANUAL SHIFT MODE
(M).
While driving in manual mode, the tran-
saxle will remain in the driver selected
gear.
When coming to a stop in the manual
position, the vehicle will automatically
shift into FIRST (1) gear.
A shift is required to protect the engine
or transmission or
The vehicle slows almost to a stop,
and then automatic downshift will
occur.
2) Press the shift lever forward to upshift
or rearward to downshift.
A box with the current gear will display in
the middle of the telltale line below the
gear selection.
While using the Manual Shift Mode (MSM)
feature the vehicle will have firmer shifting
and increased performance. You can use
this for sport driving or when climbing hills
to stay in gear longer or to downshift for
more power or engine braking.
The transaxle will only allow you to shift
into gears appropriate for the vehicle
speed and engine revolutions per minute
(RPM):
The transaxle will not downshift to the
next lower gear if the engine RPM is too
high.
The transaxle will not automatically shift
to the next higher gear if the engine
RPM is too high.
When coming to a stop in the manual
mode, the vehicle will automatically
downshift to the proper gear based on
speed. Upon acceleration you will need
to manually upshift to the desired gear.
CAUTION
Spinning the tires or holding the
vehicle in one place on a hill using
only the accelerator pedal may dam-
age the transaxle. If you are stuck, do
not spin the tires. When stopping on
a hill, use the brakes to hold the vehi-
cle in place.
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SECOND (2) Gear Start Feature
When accelerating your vehicle from a
stop in snowy and icy conditions, you may
want to shift into SECOND (2). A higher
gear, and light application of the gas pedal,
may allow you to gain more traction on
slippery surfaces.
With the MANUAL SHIFT MODE, the vehi-
cle can accelerate from a stop in SECOND
(2).
1) Move the shift lever from DRIVE (D)
into the MANUAL SHIFT MODE (M)
position.
2) With the vehicle stopped, press the
plus (+) paddle forward to select SEC-
OND (2). The vehicle will start from a
stop position in SECOND (2).
3) Once the vehicle is moving select the
desired drive gear.
Parking Brake
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The parking brake lever is located to the
right of the driver’s seat.
To set the parking brake, hold the brake
pedal down and pull up on the parking
brake lever. If the ignition is on, the brake
system warning light will come on.
To release the parking brake, hold the
brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake
lever up until you can press the release
button. Hold the release button in as you
move the brake lever all the way down.
Make sure to release the parking brake
before driving the vehicle.
If the parking brake is applied and the vehi-
cle is moving at least 4 mph (6 km/h), a
chime will activate to remind you to release
the parking brake.
Shifting Into Park (P)
1) Hold the brake pedal down and set the
parking brake.
2) Move the shift lever into the PARK (P)
position by holding in the button on the
shift lever and pushing it all the way
toward the front of the vehicle.
3) Turn the ignition key to LOCK.
CAUTION
If you attempt a third gear start while
trailering or towing a heavy load, you
will notice reduced engine power.
This could overheat and damage
your transaxle. Do not attempt a third
gear start while trailering or towing
your vehicle.
CAUTION
Driving with the parking brake on can
overheat the brake system and cause
premature wear or damage to brake
system parts. Verify that the parking
brake is fully released and the brake
warning light is off before driving.
WARNING
It can be dangerous to get out of your
vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in
PARK (P) with the parking brake
firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. If
you have left the engine running, the
vehicle can move suddenly. You or
others could be injured. To be sure
your vehicle will not move, even
when you are on fairly level ground,
use the steps that follow. If you are
pulling a trailer, refer to “Towing a
Trailer” in “Towing” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section.
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4) Remove the key and take it with you. If
you can leave your vehicle with the igni-
tion key in your hand, your vehicle is in
PARK (P).
Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine
Running
If you have to leave your vehicle with the
engine running, be sure your vehicle is in
PARK (P) and your parking brake is firmly
set before you leave it. After you have
moved the shift lever into PARK (P), hold
the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if
you can move the shift lever away from
PARK (P) without first pushing the button.
If you can, it means that the shift lever was
not fully locked into PARK (P).
Torque Lock
If you are parking on a hill and you do not
shift your transaxle into PARK (P) properly,
the weight of the vehicle may put too much
force on the parking pawl in the transaxle.
You may find it difficult to pull the shift
lever out of PARK (P). This is called
“torque lock.” To prevent torque lock, set
the parking brake and then shift into PARK
(P) properly before you leave the driver’s
seat. To find out how, refer to “Shifting Into
Park (P)” in this section.
When you are ready to drive, move the
shift lever out of PARK (P) before you
release the parking brake.
If torque lock does occur, you may need to
have another vehicle push yours a little
uphill to take some of the pressure from
the parking pawl in the transaxle, so you
can pull the shift lever out of PARK (P).
Shifting Out of Park (P)
Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle
shift lock control system. You have to fully
apply your regular brakes before you can
shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in
RUN.
If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease
pressure on the shift lever – push the shift
lever all the way into PARK (P), as you
maintain brake application. Then, press
the button on the shift lever and move the
shift lever into the gear you wish.
If you ever hold the brake pedal down but
still cannot shift out of PARK (P), try this:
1) Turn the key to LOCK.
2) Apply and hold the brake until the end
of Step 4.
3) Shift to NEUTRAL (N).
4) Start the vehicle and then shift to the
desired drive gear.
5) Have your vehicle fixed as soon as you
can.
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WARNING
It can be dangerous to leave your
vehicle with the engine running. Your
vehicle could move suddenly if the
shift lever is not fully in PARK (P)
with the parking brake firmly set.
And, if you leave the vehicle with the
engine running, it could overheat and
even catch fire. You or others could
be injured. Do not leave your vehicle
with the engine running.
WARNING
Things that can burn could touch hot
exhaust parts under your vehicle and
ignite. Do not park over papers,
leaves, dry grass, or other things that
can burn.
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Engine Exhaust Running the Engine While Parked
It is better not to park with the engine run-
ning. But if you ever have to, here are
some things to know.
Follow the proper steps to be sure your
vehicle will not move. Refer to “Shifting
Into Park (P)” in this section.
If you are parking on a hill and if you are
pulling a trailer, also refer to “Towing a
Trailer” in “Towing” in the “Driving Your
Vehicle” section.
WARNING
Engine exhaust can kill. It contains
the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which
you cannot see or smell. It can cause
unconsciousness and death.
You might have exhaust coming in if:
The exhaust system sounds
strange or different.
Your vehicle gets rusty under-
neath.
Your vehicle was damaged in a col-
lision.
• Your vehicle was damaged when
driving over high points on the
road or over road debris.
Repairs were not done correctly.
Your vehicle or the exhaust system
has been modified improperly.
If you ever suspect exhaust is com-
ing into your vehicle:
Drive it only with all the windows
down to blow out any CO; and
Have your vehicle fixed immedi-
ately.
WARNING
Idling the engine with the climate
control system off could allow dan-
gerous exhaust into your vehicle.
Refer to the earlier caution under
“Engine Exhaust” in this section.
Also, idling in a closed-in place can
let deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into
your vehicle even if the climate con-
trol fan is at the highest setting. One
place this can happen is a garage.
Exhaust – with CO – can come in eas-
ily. NEVER park in a garage with the
engine running.
Another closed-in place can be a bliz-
zard. Refer to “Winter Driving” in
“Your Driving, the Road, and Your
Vehicle” in the “Driving Your Vehi-
cle” section.
WARNING
It can be dangerous to get out of your
vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in
PARK (P) with the parking brake
firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Do
not leave your vehicle when the
engine is running unless you have to.
If you have left the engine running,
the vehicle can move suddenly. You
or others could be injured. To be sure
your vehicle will not move, even
when you are on fairly level ground,
always set your parking brake and
move the shift lever to PARK (P).
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Mirrors
Manual Rearview Mirror
To adjust the angle of the mirror, move the
mirror to a position that allows you see to
out of the back window. To adjust the
height of the mirror, adjust the arm that
connects the mirror to the windshield.
To reduce glare from lights behind you,
move the lever toward you to the night
position.
Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror
If the vehicle has this feature, the auto-
matic dimming mirror automatically dims to
the proper level to minimize glare at night
from lights behind your vehicle.
On/Off:
This is the on/off button. A light near the
on/off button will come on to indicate the
automatic dimming is on.
If the automatic dimming function is off,
press and hold the on/off button for four
seconds to manually turn the system back
on.
Cleaning the Mirror
When cleaning the mirror, use a paper
towel or similar material dampened with
glass cleaner. Do not spray glass cleaner
directly on the mirror as that may cause
the liquid cleaner to enter the mirror hous-
ing.
Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror with Compass
Your vehicle may have an automatic-dim-
ming rearview mirror with a compass.
Mirror Operation
When turned on, this mirror automatically
dims to the proper level to minimize glare
from any headlamps behind you after dark.
On/Off:
This is the on/off button for the automatic
dimming feature and compass. Press the
far left button, located below the mirror
face, for up to four seconds to turn the fea-
ture on and off. A light on the mirror will be
lit while the feature is turned on.
Compass Operation
Press the on/off button once to turn the
compass on or off.
There is a compass display in the window
in the upper right corner of the mirror face.
The compass displays a maximum of two
characters. For example, “NE” is displayed
for north-east.
Compass Calibration
Press and hold the on/off button down for
nine seconds to activate the compass cali-
bration mode. CAL will be displayed in the
compass window on the mirror.
The compass can be calibrated by driving
the vehicle in circles at 5 mph (8 km/h) or
less until the display reads a direction.
Compass Variance
Compass variance is the difference
between earth’s magnetic north and true
geographic north. The mirror is set to zone
eight upon leaving the factory. It will be
necessary to adjust the compass to com-
pensate for compass variance if you live
outside zone eight. Under certain circum-
stances, such as during a long distance
cross-country trip, it will be necessary to
adjust for compass variance. If not
adjusted to account for compass variance,
your compass could give false readings.
To adjust for compass variance, do the fol-
lowing:
1) Find your current location and variance
zone number on the map.
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2) Press and hold the on/off button for six
seconds. Release the button when
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ZONE is displayed. The number shown
is the current zone number.
3) Scroll through the zone numbers that
appear in the compass/temperature
window on the mirror by pressing the
on/off button. Once you find your zone
number, release the button.
After about four seconds, the mirror will
return to the compass display, and the new
zone number will be set.
Outside Power Mirrors
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The controls for the power mirrors are
located on the instrument panel.
To adjust the mirrors, do the following:
1) Move the selector switch to the left or
right to choose the driver’s or passen-
ger’s mirror.
2) Press the corresponding edges of the
round control pad to move each mirror
to the desired direction.
Adjust each outside mirror so that you can
see a little of your vehicle, and the area
behind your vehicle.
Outside Convex Mirrors
The passenger’s side mirror is convex. A
convex mirror’s surface is curved, creating
a wider area of vision for the driver.
Storage Areas
Glove Box
To open the glove box, lift the handle up.
Cupholder(s)
There are two cupholders, with removable
liners, located in front of the center console
armrest. To access, slide the cover back.
The two cupholders are located in a
removable tray. To remove the tray, press
the tab located at the front of the tray and
pull up. To replace the tray, place the two
tabs at the rear of the tray into the slots
and press the tray down. Underneath the
tray is an additional storage area.
There are cupholders located in the sec-
ond row seat armrest. To access, pull the
armrest down.
If your vehicle has the third row seat, there
will be a cupholder located next to each
side.
Sunglasses Storage Compartment
Your vehicle may have a sunglasses stor-
age compartment located near the rear-
view mirror. Push the cover to open.
Garage Door Opener Compartment
Your vehicle may have a garage door
opener compartment. It is located next to
the sunglasses storage compartment.
Push the latch to open.
WARNING
A convex mirror can make things
(like other vehicles) look farther away
than they really are. If you cut too
sharply into the right lane, you could
hit a vehicle on your right. Check
your inside mirror or glance over
your shoulder before changing lanes.
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Center Console Storage Area
Your vehicle has a center console armrest
with storage area. Use the top lever on the
front of the console to open it. There is an
additional storage area underneath the
center console. To access, use the bottom
lever and pull the console up.
Assist Handles
There are assist handles with garment
hooks located above the rear passenger
doors.
Luggage Carrier
A luggage carrier allows you to load things
on top of your vehicle. The luggage carrier
has side rails attached to the roof, sliding
crossrails (if equipped) and places to use
for tying things down. These let you load
some things on top of your vehicle, as long
as they are not wider or longer than the
luggage carrier.
The roof rack crossrails lock in five posi-
tions along the straight section of the side
rail.
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Press the levers down until the locking
mechanisms fully engage to the side rail.
Make sure each lever is in the down posi-
tion. The crossrail will not slide when prop-
erly engaged.
WARNING
If you try to carry something on top
of your vehicle that is longer or wider
than the luggage carrier – like panel-
ing, plywood, a mattress and so forth
– the wind can catch it as you drive
along. This can cause you to lose
control. What you are carrying could
be violently torn off, and this could
cause you or other drivers to have a
collision, and of course damage your
vehicle. You may be able to carry
something like this inside. But, never
carry something longer or wider than
the luggage carrier on top of your
vehicle.
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To reposition the crossrail, pull up on the
end levers on each side of the crossrail to
the upright position. This will release the
locking mechanism from the siderail. Lift
and place the crossrail into the new posi-
tion. Press the levers down until the lock-
ing mechanisms fully engage to the side
rail. Make sure each lever is in the down
position. The crossrail will not slide when
properly engaged.
Do not stand on the plastic lower body
panel when loading cargo on the luggage
carrier.
Loading cargo on the luggage carrier will
make the center of vehicle gravity higher.
Avoid high speeds, sudden starts, sharp
turns, sudden braking or abrupt maneu-
vers. This could result in loss of control of
the vehicle.
Do not exceed the maximum vehicle
capacity when loading your vehicle. For
more information on vehicle capacity and
loading, refer to “Loading Your Vehicle” in
“Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle”
in the “Driving Your Vehicle” section.
To prevent damage or loss of cargo as you
are driving, check now and then to make
sure the luggage carrier crossrails are
locked and cargo is still securely fastened.
When the luggage carrier is not in use,
store the crossrails inside the vehicle. If
not possible, lock one crossrail at the rear
most position on the siderails and lock the
other crossrail above the opening of the
rear door to reduce wind noise.
Rear Seat Armrest
Your vehicle may have a rear seat armrest
that contains two cupholders. To access
the cupholders, pull the armrest down from
the rear seatback.
Convenience Net
Your vehicle may have a rear compartment
net to prevent items from rolling under the
rear seat. There may also be four conve-
nience net tie-downs. Two tie-downs are
located on the side trim just behind the
rear seat and the other two are located on
the floor at the rear of the cargo area.
WARNING
Loading cargo on the luggage carrier
that weighs more than 220 lbs (100
kg) or hangs over the rear or sides of
the vehicle may damage your vehicle.
Load cargo so that it rests on the
slats as far forward as possible and
against the side rails, making sure to
fasten it securely.
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Sunroof
If your vehicle has this feature, the sunroof
switch is located on the headliner above
the rearview mirror. The ignition must be in
RUN or ACC, or Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) must be active, to operate
the sunroof. Refer to “Retained Accessory
Power (RAP)” in this section for more infor-
mation.
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To express-open the sunroof glass panel
and sunshade, press the switch rearward
and release it.
To stop the sunroof before it is completely
open, press the switch rearward again.
The sunshade cannot be closed with the
sunroof open.
To close the sunroof, press forward and
hold the switch until the sunroof stops, lifts,
and seals at the back of the sunroof glass.
Press forward on the switch again to make
sure the sunroof is fully closed.
To put the sunroof in the vent position, pull
down on the front of the switch. Push up on
the front of the switch to close it.
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Instrument Panel Overview ................................................ 3-1
Climate Controls ................................................................. 3-10
Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators ............................ 3-15
Driver Information Center (DIC) ......................................... 3-27
Audio System(s) .................................................................. 3-39
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The main components of your instrument
panel are the following:
A. Air Outlets. Refer to “Outlet Adjust-
ment” in this section.
B. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever. Refer
to “Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever” in
this section.
C. Cruise Controls. Refer to “Cruise
Control” in this section.
D. Instrument Panel Cluster. Refer to
“Instrument Panel Cluster” in this sec-
tion.
E. Audio Steering Wheel Controls. Refer
to “Audio Steering Wheel Controls” in
this section.
F. Windshield Wiper/Washer Lever.
Refer to “Windshield Wipers” in this
section.
G. Hazard Warning Flasher Button.
Refer to “Hazard Warning Flashers” in
this section.
H. Audio System. Refer to “Audio Sys-
tem(s)” in this section.
I. Glove Box. Refer to “Glove Box” in
“Storage Areas” in the “Features and
Controls” section.
J. Power Mirror Control. Refer to “Out-
side Power Mirrors” in “Mirrors” in the
“Features and Controls” section.
K. Instrument Panel Brightness Control.
Refer to “Instrument Panel Bright-
ness” in this section.
L. Hood Release. Refer to “Hood
Release” in “Checking Things Under
the Hood” in the “Service and Appear-
ance Care” section.
M. Tilt Wheel Lever. Refer to “Tilt Wheel”
in this section.
N. Horn. Refer to “Horn” in this section.
O. Climate Controls (If Equipped). Refer
to “Climate Control System” in this
section or Automatic Climate Controls
(If Equipped). Refer to “Automatic Cli-
mate Control System” in this section.
Heated Seats Buttons (If Equipped).
Refer to “Heated Seats” in “Front
Seats” in the “Seats and Restraint
Systems” section.
P. Driver Information Center Controls.
Refer to “DIC Operation and Displays”
in this section. Rear Window Wiper/
Washer Buttons. Refer to “Rear Win-
dow Wiper/Washer” in this section.
Fog Lamps Button. Refer to “Fog
Lamps” in this section.
Q. Power Window Switches. Refer to
“Power Windows” in “Windows” in the
“Features and Controls” section.
R. Traction Control System Button. Refer
to “Traction Control System (TCS)” in
“Your Driving, the Road, and Your
Vehicle” in the “Driving Your Vehicle”
section.
S. Shift Lever. Refer to “Shifting Into
Park (P)” in “Starting and Operating
Your Vehicle” in the “Features and
Controls” section.
T. Passenger Airbag Status Indicator.
Refer to “Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator” in this section.
U. Accessory Power Outlet. Refer to
“Accessory Power Outlet(s)” in this
section.
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Hazard Warning Flashers
The hazard warning flashers let you warn
the police and others that you have a prob-
lem. The front and rear turn signal lamps
will flash on and off.
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The hazard warning flasher button is
located in the center of the instrument
panel.
The hazard warning flashers work no mat-
ter what position the key is in, and even if
the key is not in the ignition switch.
Press the button to make the front and rear
turn signal lamps flash on and off. Press
the button again to turn the flashers off.
While the hazard warning flashers are on,
the turn signals do not work.
Other Warning Devices
If you carry reflective triangles, you can set
them up at the side of the road about 300
feet (100 m) behind your vehicle.
Horn
Press near or on the horn symbols on your
steering wheel pad to sound the horn.
Tilt Wheel
Your vehicle has a tilt wheel that allows you
to adjust the steering wheel.
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The lever to tilt the steering wheel is
located on the left side of the steering col-
umn.
To tilt the wheel, hold the steering wheel
and push the lever down. Then, move the
steering wheel to a comfortable position
and pull the lever up firmly to lock the col-
umn in place.
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
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The lever on the left side of the steering
column includes the following:
Turn and Lane-Change Signals.
Refer to “Turn and Lane-Change Sig-
nals” in this section.
Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer. Refer to “Headlamp High/Low-
Beam Changer” in this section.
Flash-to-Pass. Refer to “Flash-to-Pass”
in this section.
Exterior Lamp Control. Refer to
“Headlamps” in this section.
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
The turn signal has two upward (for right)
and two downward (for left) positions.
These positions allow you to signal a turn
or a lane change.
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To signal a turn, move the lever all the way
up or down. When the turn is finished, the
lever will return automatically.
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An arrow on the instrument panel cluster
will flash in the direction of the turn or lane
change.
To signal a lane change, raise or lower the
lever until the arrow starts to flash. Hold it
there until you complete the lane change.
The lever will return by itself when you
release it.
As you signal a turn or a lane change, if
the arrows flash rapidly, a signal bulb may
be burned out and other drivers won’t see
your turn signal.
If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help
avoid an accident. If the arrows do not go
on at all when you signal a turn, check the
fuse, refer to “Fuses and Circuit Breakers”
in “Electrical System” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section and for burned-
out bulbs.
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
To change the headlamps from low beam
to high, push the turn signal lever away
from you. To change from high beam to low
beam, pull the turn signal lever towards
you. To flash the high beams from low
beam, pull the turn signal lever all the way
towards you. Then release it.
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When the high beams are on, this light on
the instrument panel cluster will also be
on.
Flash-to-Pass
This feature lets you use your high-beam
headlamps to signal a driver in front of you
that you want to pass.
To flash the high beams from low beam,
pull the turn signal/multifunction lever all
the way towards you. Then release it.
Windshield Wipers
Be sure to clear ice and snow from the
wiper blades before using them. If the
wiper blades are frozen to the windshield,
gently loosen or thaw them. If the blades
do become damaged, install new blades or
blade inserts. Refer to “Windshield Wiper
Blade Replacement” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section.
Heavy snow or ice can overload the wiper
motor. A circuit breaker will stop the motor
until it cools down. Clear away snow or ice
to prevent an overload.
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Use the lever on the right side of the steer-
ing column to operate the windshield wip-
ers.
(High Speed):
Move the lever to this position for steady
wiping at high speed.
(Low Speed):
Move the lever to this position for steady
wiping at low speed.
(Delay):
Move the lever to this position to set a
delay between wipes.
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(Delay Adjustment):
Move the lever to the delay position to
choose a delayed wiping cycle. Turn the
intermittent adjust band down for a longer
delay or up for a shorter delay.
(Off):
Move the lever to this position to turn off
the windshield wipers.
(Mist):
Move the lever all the way down to mist
and release for a single wiping cycle. The
windshield wipers will stop after one wipe
and then return to the original position. If
more wipes are needed, hold the lever on
mist longer.
Windshield Washer
There is a button marked with the wind-
shield washer symbol at the end of the
windshield wiper lever. Press this button to
spray washer fluid on the windshield. The
wipers will run for a few cycles to clear the
window and then either stop or return to
your preset speed. For more wash cycles,
press and hold the button longer.
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
The rear wiper and rear wash buttons are
located in the switchbank above the shift
lever.
(Rear Wiper):
Press this button to turn the rear wiper on
and off. When the button is on, the rear
wiper will run continuously at a preset
speed.
(Wash):
Press this button to spray washer fluid on
the rear window. The window wiper will
also come on. Release the button when
enough fluid has been sprayed on the win-
dow. The rear wiper will run a few more
cycles after it is released. If the rear wiper
function was already on, prior to pressing
the wash button, it will continue to stay on
until you press the wiper button again.
The rear window washer uses the same
fluid that is in the windshield washer reser-
voir. Refer to “Windshield Washer Fluid” in
“Checking Things Under the Hood” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section.
Cruise Control
With cruise control, you can maintain a
speed of about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more
without keeping your foot on the accelera-
tor. This can really help on long trips.
Cruise control does not work at speeds
below 25 mph (40 km/h).
Setting Cruise Control
WARNING
In freezing weather, do not use your
washer until the windshield is
warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid
can form ice on the windshield,
blocking your vision.
WARNING
Cruise control can be dangerous
where you cannot drive safely at a
steady speed. So, do not use your
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 con-
trol on slippery roads.
WARNING
If you leave your cruise control on
when you are not using cruise, you
might hit a button and go into cruise
when you do not want to. You could
be startled and even lose control.
Keep the cruise control switch off
until you want to use cruise control.
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The cruise control buttons are located on
the left side of the steering wheel.
(On/Off):
Press this button to turn the cruise control
system on and off. The indicator light is on
when cruise control is on and turns off
when cruise control is off.
+RES (Resume):
Press this button to resume a set speed
and to accelerate the speed.
SET– (Set):
Press this button to set a speed and to
decrease the speed.
(Cancel):
Press this button to cancel cruise control
without erasing the set speed from mem-
ory.
Setting Cruise Control
The cruise control light on the instrument
panel cluster will come on after the cruise
control has been set to the desired speed.
1) Press the on/off button to turn cruise
control on.
2) Get up to the speed you want.
3) Press the SET– button and release it.
4) Take your foot off the accelerator pedal.
When the brakes are applied, the cruise
control shuts off.
If the vehicle is in cruise control and the
Traction Control System (TCS) begins to
limit wheel spin, the cruise control will
automatically disengage. Refer to “Traction
Control System (TCS)” in “Your Driving,
the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section. When road condi-
tions allow, the cruise control can be used
again.
Resuming a Set Speed
Suppose you set your cruise control at a
desired speed and then you apply the
brakes. This shuts off the cruise control.
The cruise symbol in the instrument panel
cluster will also go off indicating cruise is
no longer engaged. To return to your previ-
ously set speed, you do not need to go
through the set process again.
Once you are driving about 25 mph (40
km/h) or more, press the +RES button on
your steering wheel. The vehicle will go
back to the previous set speed and stay
there.
Increasing Speed While Using Cruise
Control
There are two ways to go to a higher
speed.
Press and hold the +RES button on the
steering wheel until you reach your new
desired speed, then release it.
To increase vehicle speed in small
amounts, press the +RES button. Each
time you do this, you will go about 1 mph
(1.6 km/h) faster.
Reducing Speed While Using Cruise
Control
To reduce your speed while using cruise
control:
Press and hold the SET– button on the
steering wheel until the desired lower
speed is reached, then release it.
To slow down in very small amounts,
push the SET– button on the steering
wheel briefly. Each time you do this, the
vehicle will go about 1 mph (1.6 km/h)
slower.
Passing Another Vehicle While Using
Cruise Control
Use the accelerator pedal to increase your
speed. When you take your foot off the
pedal, your vehicle will slow down to the
cruise control speed you set earlier. How-
ever, if you use the accelerator to increase
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the vehicle’s speed for approximately 60
seconds, cruise control will disengage.
Using Cruise Control on Hills
How well your cruise control will work on
hills depends upon your speed, load, and
the steepness of the hills. When going up
steep hills, you may have to step on the
accelerator pedal to maintain your vehi-
cle’s speed. When going downhill, you may
have to brake or shift to a lower gear to
limit the vehicle’s speed. Of course, apply-
ing the brakes ends cruise control. Many
drivers find this to be too much trouble and
do not use cruise control on steep hills.
Ending Cruise Control
There are three ways to end cruise control:
Step lightly on the brake pedal.
Press the cancel button on the steering
wheel.
Press the On/Off button on the steering
wheel.
Erasing Speed Memory
When the cruise control or the ignition is
turned off, the cruise control set speed
memory is erased.
Headlamps
The exterior lamp control is located on the
turn signal/multifunction lever.
(Exterior Lamp Control):
Turn the control with this symbol on it to
operate the exterior lamps.
The exterior lamp control has the following
positions:
AUTO (Off/Automatic Headlamps):
Turn the control to this position to put the
headlamps in automatic mode. Automatic
mode will turn the exterior lamps on and off
depending upon how much light is avail-
able outside of the vehicle.
(Parking Lamps):
Turn the control to this position to turn on
the parking lamps together with the follow-
ing:
Sidemarker Lamps
• Taillamps
License Plate Lamps
Instrument Panel Lights
(Headlamps):
Turning the control to this position turns on
the headlamps, together with the previ-
ously listed lamps and lights.
Headlamps on Reminder
If you open the driver’s door with the igni-
tion off and the lamps on, you will hear a
warning chime.
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make
it easier for others to see the front of your
vehicle during the day. DRL can be helpful
in many different driving conditions, but
they can be especially helpful in the short
periods after dawn and before sunset.
Fully functional daytime running lamps are
required on all vehicles first sold in Can-
ada.
A light sensor on top of the instrument
panel makes the DRL work, so be sure it is
not covered.
The DRL system’s automatic headlamp
control will make the low-beam headlamps
come on at a reduced brightness when the
following conditions are met:
The ignition is in RUN.
The exterior lamps control is in AUTO.
The engine is running.
When the DRL are on, only the low-beam
headlamps, at a reduced level of bright-
ness, will be on. The headlamps, taillamps,
sidemarker, and other lamps will not be on.
The instrument panel and cluster will also
not be lit.
When it is dark enough outside, the DRL
will turn off and the headlamps and parking
lamps will turn on. The other lamps that
come on with the headlamps will also
come on.
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When it is bright enough outside, the head-
lamps will go off and the DRL will come on.
As with any vehicle, you should turn on the
regular headlamp system when you need
it.
Automatic Headlamp System
When it is dark enough outside and the
exterior lamps control is in the automatic
position, the headlamps will come on auto-
matically. Refer to “Headlamps” in this sec-
tion.
Your vehicle has a light sensor located on
top of the instrument panel. Make sure it is
not covered, or the headlamps will be on
when you do not need them.
The system may also turn on the head-
lamps when driving through a parking
garage or tunnel.
Fog Lamps
If your vehicle has this feature, use your
fog lamps for better visibility in foggy or
misty conditions.
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The button for your fog lamps is located on
the center console; to the right of the rear
wipe and rear wash switches and above
the shift lever.
Push the button to turn the fog lamps on or
off.
When using fog lamps, the parking lamps
or low-beam headlamps must be on.
A light on the button will come on when the
fog lamps are on. Fog lamps will go off
whenever you turn the high-beam head-
lamps on. When the high-beam head-
lamps are turned off, the fog lamps will
come on again.
Some localities have laws that require the
headlamps to be on along with the fog
lamps.
Instrument Panel Brightness
This feature controls the brightness of the
instrument panel lights.
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The control for this feature is located on
the instrument panel to the left of the steer-
ing column.
Turn the control to the right to brighten the
lights or to the left to dim them.
Dome Lamp
The dome lamp switch has three positions.
(Off):
The lamp will not come on as long as the
switch is in this position.
AUTO (Auto):
The lamp will come on when a door is
opened. Refer to “Entry Lighting” in this
section.
(On):
The lamp will stay on as long as the switch
is in this position.
Entry Lighting
If the dome lamp is in the AUTO position,
the dome lamp and the cargo lamp inside
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your vehicle will come on when any door is
opened. In addition, the light will come on
when the remote keyless entry unlock but-
ton is pressed. It will stay on for 20 sec-
onds or until a door is opened. After the
door is opened the light will remain on and
stay on for 20 seconds after the doors are
closed, or until you put the key in the igni-
tion and turn the key to RUN.
Map Lamps
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Your vehicle may have lamps located on
the headliner above the rearview mirror.
Push on the lens in the lamp to turn them
on and off.
Cargo Lamp
The cargo lamp is located over the rear
compartment, and is controlled by the
dome lamp. Refer to “Dome Lamp” in this
section.
Electric Power Management
The vehicle has Electric Power Manage-
ment (EPM) that estimates the battery’s
temperature and state of charge. It then
adjusts the voltage for best performance
and extended life of the battery.
When the battery’s state of charge is low,
the voltage is raised slightly to quickly put
the charge back in. When the state of
charge is high, the voltage is lowered
slightly to prevent overcharging. If the vehi-
cle has a voltmeter gage or voltage display
on the Driver Information Center (DIC), you
may see the voltage move up or down.
This is normal. If there is a problem, an
alert will be displayed.
The battery can be discharged at idle if the
electrical loads are very high. This is true
for all vehicles. This is because the gener-
ator (alternator) may not be spinning fast
enough at idle to produce all the power
that is needed for very high electrical
loads.
A high electrical load occurs when several
of the following loads are on: headlamps,
high beams, fog lamps, rear window defog-
ger, climate control fan at high speed,
heated seats, engine cooling fans, trailer
loads, and loads plugged into accessory
power outlets.
EPM works to prevent excessive discharge
of the battery. It does this by balancing the
generator’s output and the vehicle’s electri-
cal needs. It can increase engine idle
speed to generate more power, whenever
needed. It can temporarily reduce the
power demands of some accessories.
Normally, these actions occur in steps or
levels, without being noticeable. In rare
cases at the highest levels of corrective
action, this action may be noticeable to the
driver. If so, a Driver Information Center
(DIC) message might be displayed, such
as Battery Saver Active or Service Battery
Charging System. If this message is dis-
played, it is recommended that the driver
reduce the electrical loads as much as
possible. Refer to “DIC Warnings and Mes-
sages” in this section.
Battery Run-Down Protection
Your vehicle has a battery saver feature
designed to protect the vehicle’s battery.
When any interior lamp is left on and the
ignition is turned off, the battery rundown
protection system will automatically turn
the lamp off after 20 minutes. This will
avoid draining the battery. This vehicle also
has a retained accessory power feature. If
the radio is on, it will turn off after 10 min-
utes or if any door on the vehicle is
opened. Refer to “Retained Accessory
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Power (RAP)” in “Starting and Operating
Your Vehicle” in the “Features and Con-
trols” section.
Accessory Power Outlet(s)
The accessory power outlets can be used
to connect electrical equipment such as a
cellular phone or CB radio.
Your vehicle may have four accessory
power outlets. They are located on the
instrument panel below the climate con-
trols, inside the front center console stor-
age bin under the cupholders, at the rear
of the center console, and in the rear cargo
area.
To use the outlets, remove the cover.
When not in use, always cover the outlet
with the protective cap.
Certain electrical accessories may not be
compatible with the accessory power out-
lets and could result in blown vehicle or
adapter fuses. If you experience a prob-
lem, see your dealer for additional informa-
tion on the accessory power outlet.
When adding electrical equipment, be sure
to follow the installation instructions
included with the equipment.
Climate Controls
Automatic Climate Control System
With this system you can control the heat-
ing, cooling, and ventilation for the vehicle.
Automatic Climate Control System
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CAUTION
Leaving electrical equipment on for
extended periods will drain the bat-
tery. Always turn off electrical equip-
ment when not in use and do not plug
in equipment that exceeds the maxi-
mum amperage rating.
CAUTION
Adding any electrical equipment to
your vehicle may damage it or keep
other components from working as
they should. The repairs would not be
covered by your warranty. Do not use
equipment exceeding maximum
amperage rating of 20 amperes.
Check with your dealer before adding
electrical equipment.
CAUTION
Improper use of the power outlet can
cause damage not covered by your
warranty. Do not hang any type of
accessory or accessory bracket from
the plug because the power outlets
are designed for accessory power
plugs only.
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Automatic Climate Control System with
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating Sys-
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Automatic Operation
AUTO (Automatic Fan):
When this position is selected on the fan
control, the system automatically adjusts
the fan speed.
Temperature Setting:
The system uses the outside temperature,
passenger compartment air temperature,
and solar load sensors to maintain the
chosen temperature setting.
AUTO (Automatic Mode):
1) Turn the fan and mode control to the
AUTO position.
2) Adjust the temperature to a comfortable
setting between 31°F (16°C) and 89°F
(31°C). Choosing the coldest or warm-
est temperature setting does not cause
the system to heat or cool any faster. In
cold weather; the system starts at lower
fan speeds to avoid blowing cold air into
the vehicle until warmer air is available.
The system begins blowing air at the
floor, but can change modes automati-
cally as the vehicle warms up to main-
tain the chosen temperature setting.
The length of time needed to warm the
interior depends on the outside temper-
ature and temperature of the vehicle.
3) Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the system to
stabilize in order for the system to regu-
late automatically. Then adjust the tem-
perature as necessary to find your
comfort setting. Do not cover the solar
sensor located in the center of the
instrument panel near the windshield.
For more information on the solar sen-
sor, refer to “Sensors” later in this sec-
tion.
(AUTO RECIRCULATION):
Using the previous temperature setting,
the system automatically controls the air
inlet to supply fresh outside air or recircu-
late the interior air to cool the car faster.
The indicator light on the recirculation but-
ton lights whenever the system switches to
recirculation. Switch to outside air by
pressing the outside air button, if the vehi-
cle has a rear climate control system, or by
pressing the recirculation button. See AUX
for more information. The next time AUTO
fan or mode is selected, the air inlet resets
back to AUTO operation.
Manual Operation
(Fan):
Turn the left knob to increase or decrease
the fan speed. In any setting other than off,
the fan runs continuously with the ignition
on. To turn off the air completely, turn the
fan to 0 and select the recirculation button.
Temperature Control:
Turn the center knob to increase or
decrease the temperature inside your vehi-
cle.
Use the right knob to select from the fol-
lowing modes:
There is one position between each mode
to finely adjust airflow position.
(Vent):
This mode directs air to the instrument
panel outlets.
(Bi-Level):
This mode directs approximately half of the
air to the instrument panel outlets, and
then directs the remaining air to the floor
outlets.
(Floor):
This mode directs most of the air to the
floor outlets with some air directed to the
windshield and side window outlets.
The right knob can also be used to select
the defrost and defog modes that are
described in this section.
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The modes can also be selected by press-
ing the following buttons:
AUX (Auxiliary):
This button is on a vehicle that has the
Rear Climate Control System. Press it to
turn on the rear heating and air condition-
ing. Refer to “Rear Air Conditioning and
Heating System” in this section for more
information.
(Outside Air):
Press this button to turn on the outside air
mode. While this mode is on, outside air
circulates throughout the vehicle. An indi-
cator light in the button comes on when
this button is pressed. The outside air
mode can be used with all modes, but it
cannot be used with the recirculation
mode.
(Recirculation):
Press this button to recirculate cabin air
through the vehicle. It can be used to pre-
vent outside air and odors from entering
the vehicle or to help heat or cool the air
inside the vehicle more quickly. An indica-
tor light above the symbol comes on in this
mode. Operation in this mode during peri-
ods of high humidity and cool outside tem-
peratures can result in increased window
fogging. If window fogging is experienced,
select the defrost mode.
The recirculation mode cannot be used
with outside air, floor, defog, or defrost
modes.
If your vehicle has a Rear Climate Control
System, use this button to switch between
outside air and recirculation.
(Air Conditioning):
Press this button to turn the air condition-
ing system on or off. When this button is
pressed, an indicator light on the button
comes on to let you know the air condition-
ing is activated.
On hot days, open the windows to let hot
inside air escape, then close them. This
helps to reduce the time it takes for the
vehicle to cool down. It also helps the sys-
tem to operate more efficiently.
The air conditioning system removes mois-
ture from the air, so you might notice a
small amount of water dripping underneath
the vehicle while idling or after turning off
the engine. This is normal.
(Heated Seats):
If your vehicle has heated seats, refer to
“Heated Seats” in the “Seats and Restraint
Systems” section for more information.
Defogging and Defrosting
Fog or frost on the inside of windows is a
result of high humidity (moisture) condens-
ing on the cool window glass. This can be
minimized if the climate control system is
used properly. To avoid fogging windows
on rainy and humid days at temperatures
above freezing, run the air conditioning
compressor. It is best to avoid the use of
the recirculation mode, except when maxi-
mum A/C performance is needed or for
short times to avoid exterior odors.
Use the floor/defog mode to clear the win-
dows of fog or moisture and warm the pas-
sengers. Use the defrost mode to remove
fog or frost from the windshield more
quickly.
When either of these modes or the floor
mode is selected, the system runs the air
conditioning compressor and cancels recir-
culation mode to dry the air; however, the
recirculation light stays on. For best
results, clear all snow and ice from the
windshield before defrosting.
Turn the right knob to select the defog or
defrost mode.
(Floor/Defog):
This mode directs about half of the air to
the floor outlets and the remaining air to
the windshield and the side window out-
lets.
(Defrost):
This mode directs most of the air to the
windshield and the side window outlets.
Rear Window Defogger
The rear window defogger uses a warming
grid to remove fog from the rear window.
The rear window defogger only works
when the ignition is in RUN.
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(Rear):
Press this button to turn the rear window
defogger on or off. An indicator light on the
button comes on to let you know that the
rear window defogger is activated.
The rear window defogger only works
when the ignition is in RUN. The rear win-
dow defogger stays on for approximately
15 minutes after the button is pressed,
unless the ignition is turned to ACC or
LOCK. If turned on again, the defogger
only runs for about five minutes before
turning off. The defogger can also be
turned off by pressing the button again or
by turning off the engine.
Outlet Adjustment
Use the louvers located on the air outlets
to change the direction of the airflow.
Operation Tips
Clear away any ice, snow, or leaves from
the air inlets at the base of the vehicle
that may block the flow of air into your
vehicle.
Do not use any non-SUZUKI approved
hood deflectors that could adversely
affect the performance of the system.
Keep the path under the front seats clear
of objects to help circulate the air inside
of your vehicle more effectively.
Rear Air Conditioning and Heating
System
If your vehicle has this system, the rear
controls are three knobs located on the
rear of the center floor console. The sys-
tem can be controlled from the front con-
trols as well as the rear controls.
To turn the system on, press the AUX but-
ton on the front climate control system, an
indicator light will be lit. Pressing the AUX
button the first time will turn the rear sys-
tem on in a mimic mode. In this mode, the
airflow in the rear will be similar to the air-
flow direction, temperature, and fan speed
of the front controls. The rear system can
be turned off by pressing the AUX button
again or by turning the rear fan control
knob counterclockwise all the way.
If the rear controls are adjusted after the
AUX button is pressed, the system will
enter a rear independent mode. Airflow in
the rear is then directed according to the
settings of the rear controls.
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Fan Knob
Turn the left knob clockwise or counter-
clockwise to increase or decrease the fan
speed. Turn the knob all the way counter-
clockwise to turn the rear system off.
Temperature Knob
The middle knob on the control panel lets
you select the temperature of the air flow-
ing into the passenger area. Turn the knob
clockwise toward the red area for warmer
air. Turn the knob counterclockwise toward
the blue area for cooler air.
CAUTION
Do not use anything sharp on the
inside of the rear window. If you do,
you could cut or damage the warm-
ing grid, and the repairs would not be
covered by your warranty. Do not
attach a temporary vehicle license,
tape, a decal or anything similar to
the defogger grid.
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Mode Knob
The right knob on the control panel lets
you to choose the direction of air delivery.
(Vent):
This setting directs the air through the
headliner outlets.
(Bi-Level):
This setting directs the air through the floor
outlets, as well as the headliner outlets.
The rear system floor outlets are located
near third row seats. The flow can be
divided between vent and floor outlets
depending upon where the knob is placed
between the settings.
(Floor):
This setting directs most of the air through
the floor outlets. The rear system floor out-
lets are located near third row seats.
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
Outside air is routed through a passenger
compartment air filter before entering the
vehicle. This filter removes certain parti-
cles from the air, including pollen and dust
particles. Reductions in airflow, which may
occur more quickly in dusty areas, indicate
that the filter needs to be replaced early.
The filter should be replaced as part of
routine scheduled maintenance. Refer to
“Scheduled Maintenance” in “Mainte-
nance Schedule” in the “Maintenance
Schedule” section for when to replace the
filter.
To change the passenger compartment air
filter, use the following steps:
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1) Remove the push pins from the rear of
the passenger’s side air inlet panel. It is
located in the rear of the engine com-
partment on the passenger side of the
vehicle.
2) Open the hood.
3) Remove the push pins from the top and
forward edge of the passenger’s side
air inlet panel.
4) Remove the air inlet panel.
5) Remove the filter from the filter housing
by pressing the release tab at the
inboard edge of the filter housing.
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6) Remove the filter from the vehicle.
7) Install a new passenger compartment
air filter. For the type of filter to use refer
to “Normal Maintenance Replacement
Parts” in “Maintenance Schedule” in the
“Maintenance Schedule” section.
8) Reverse Steps 1 through 5.
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Warning Lights, Gages, and
Indicators
This part describes the warning lights and
gages that may be on your vehicle. The
pictures will help you locate them.
Warning lights and gages can signal that
something is wrong before it becomes seri-
ous enough to cause an expensive repair
or replacement. Paying attention to your
warning lights and gages could also save
you or others from injury.
Warning lights come on when there may
be or is a problem with one of your vehi-
cle’s functions. As you will see in the
details on the following pages, some warn-
ing lights come on briefly when you start
the engine just to let you know they are
working. If you are familiar with this sec-
tion, you should not be alarmed when this
happens.
Gages can indicate when there may be or
is a problem with one of your vehicle’s
functions. Often gages and warning lights
work together to let you know when there
is a problem with your vehicle.
When one of the warning lights comes on
and stays on when you are driving, or
when one of the gages shows there may
be a problem, check the section that tells
you what to do about it. Please follow this
manual’s advice. Waiting to do repairs can
be costly and even dangerous. So please
get to know your warning lights and gages.
They are a big help.
Instrument Panel Cluster
Your instrument panel cluster is designed
to let you know at a glance how your vehi-
cle is running. You will know how fast you
are going, how much fuel you are using,
and many other things you will need to
drive safely and economically.
United States version shown,
Canada similar
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Speedometer and Odometer
Your speedometer lets you see your speed
in both miles per hour (mph) and kilome-
ters per hour (km/h).
Your odometer shows how far your vehicle
has been driven, in either miles (used in
the United States) or kilometers (used in
Canada).
Your vehicle has a tamper resistant odom-
eter. The digital odometer will read 999999
if someone tries to turn it back.
You may wonder what happens if your
vehicle needs a new odometer installed. If
the new one can be set to the mileage total
of the old odometer, then it must be. If not,
then it is set at zero and a label must be
put on the driver’s door to show the old
mileage reading when the new odometer
was installed.
Trip Odometer
Your trip odometer is located in the Driver
Information Center and shows how far your
vehicle has been driven since the trip
odometer was last reset. For more infor-
mation refer to “DIC Operation and Dis-
plays” in this section.
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Tachometer
The tachometer shows your engine speed
in revolutions per minute (rpm).
Safety Belt Reminder Light
When the key is turned to RUN or START,
a chime will come on for several seconds
to remind people to fasten their safety
belts, unless the driver’s safety belt is
already buckled.
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The safety belt light will also come on and
stay on for several seconds, then it will
flash for several more.
If the driver’s belt is already buckled, nei-
ther the chime nor the light will come on.
Passenger Safety Belt Reminder
Light
Several seconds after the key is turned to
RUN or START, a chime will sound for sev-
eral seconds to remind the front passenger
to buckle their safety belt. This would only
occur if the passenger airbag is enabled.
Refer to “Passenger Sensing System” in
“Airbag System” in the “Seats and
Restraint Systems” section for more infor-
mation. The passenger safety belt light will
also come on and stay on for several sec-
onds, then it will flash for several more.
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This chime and light will be repeated if the
passenger remains unbuckled and the
vehicle is in motion.
If the passenger’s safety belt is buckled,
neither the chime nor the light will come
on.
Airbag Readiness Light
There is an airbag readiness light on the
instrument panel, which shows the airbag
symbol. The system checks the airbag’s
electrical system for malfunctions. The
light tells you if there is an electrical prob-
lem. The system check includes the airbag
sensor, the airbag modules, the wiring and
the crash sensing and diagnostic module.
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This light will come on when you start your
vehicle, and it will flash for a few seconds.
Then the light should go out. This means
the system is ready.
If the airbag readiness light stays on after
you start the vehicle or comes on when
you are driving, your airbag system may
not work properly. Have your vehicle ser-
viced right away.
CAUTION
If you operate the engine with the
tachometer in the solid red area, your
vehicle could be damaged. The dam-
ages would not be covered by your
warranty. Do not operate the engine
in the solid red area.
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The airbag readiness light should flash for
a few seconds when you turn the ignition
key to RUN. If the light does not come on
then, have it fixed so it will be ready to
warn you if there is a problem.
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
Your vehicle has the passenger sensing
system. Your instrument panel has a pas-
senger airbag status indicator.
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When the ignition key is turned to RUN or
START, the passenger airbag status indi-
cator 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 either the on or off
symbol to let you know the status of the
right front passenger’s frontal airbag.
There is a label on your sun visor that
says, “Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to the
rear-facing child is so great if the airbag
deploys.
If your vehicle does not have a rear seat
that will accommodate a rear-facing child
restraint, never put a child in a rear-facing
child restraint in the right front passenger
seat unless the passenger airbag status
indicator shows off and the airbag is off.
Here is why:
WARNING
If the airbag readiness light stays on
after you start your vehicle, it means
the airbag system may not be work-
ing properly. The airbags in your
vehicle may not inflate in a crash, or
they could even inflate without a
crash. To help avoid injury to yourself
or others, have your vehicle serviced
right away if the airbag readiness
light stays on after you start your
vehicle.
WARNING
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
passenger’s frontal airbag if the sys-
tem detects a rear-facing child
restraint, no system is fail-safe, and
no one can guarantee that an airbag
will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-
facing child restraints be secured in
the rear seat, even if the airbag is off.
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If the word ON or the on symbol is lit on the
passenger airbag status indicator, it means
that the right front passenger’s frontal air-
bag is enabled (may 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 right front passenger’s frontal air-
bag. Refer to “Passenger Sensing System”
in “Airbag System” in the “Seats and
Restraint Systems” section for more on
this, including important safety information.
If, after several seconds, all 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.
WARNING
Even though the passenger sensing
system is designed to turn off the
passenger’s frontal airbag if the sys-
tem detects a rear-facing child
restraint, no system is fail-safe, and
no one can guarantee that an airbag
will not deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off. We recommend that rear-
facing child restraints be trans-
ported in vehicles with a rear seat
that will accommodate a rear-facing
child restraint, whenever possible.
WARNING
If the on indicator comes on when
you have a rear-facing child restraint
installed in the right front passen-
ger’s seat, it means that the passen-
ger sensing system has not turned
off the passenger’s frontal airbag. A
child in a rear-facing child restraint
can be seriously injured or killed if
the right front passenger’s airbag
inflates. This is because the back of
the rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating airbag.
Do not use a rear-facing child
restraint in the right front passen-
ger’s seat if the airbag is turned on.
WARNING
If the off indicator and the airbag
readiness light ever come on
together, it means that something
may be wrong with the airbag sys-
tem. If this ever happens, have the
vehicle serviced promptly, because
an adult-size person sitting in the
right front passenger seat may not
have the protection of the frontal air-
bag. Refer to “Airbag Readiness
Light” in this section.
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Battery Warning Light
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Your vehicle has a battery warning light.
If this light comes on while you are driving,
be sure to turn off accessories such as the
radio and climate control system. Have
your vehicle serviced right away. The SER-
VICE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM
message may also appear in the Driver
Information Center. Refer to “DIC Warn-
ings and Messages” in this section for
more information.
Brake System Warning Light
Your vehicle’s hydraulic brake system is
divided into two parts. If one part is not
working, the other part can still work and
stop you. For good braking, though, you
need both parts working well.
If the brake system warning light comes
on, there is a brake problem. Have your
brake system inspected right away.
United States
1240159
Canada
861215
The brake light is located in the instrument
panel cluster.
This light should come on briefly when you
turn the ignition key to RUN. If it does not
come on then, have it fixed so it will be
ready to warn you if there is a problem.
When the ignition is on, the brake light will
come on when you set your parking brake.
The light will stay on if your parking brake
does not release fully. A chime will also
sound if the parking brake is not fully
released and the vehicle is moving. If it
stays on after your parking brake is fully
released, it means you have a brake prob-
lem.
The brake light will also come on to indi-
cate a low brake fluid level. Refer to
“Brakes” in “Checking Things Under the
Hood” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section for more information.
If the light comes on while you are driving,
pull off the road and stop carefully. You
may notice that the pedal is harder to push
or the pedal may go closer to the floor. It
may take longer to stop. If the light is still
on, have the vehicle towed for service.
Refer to “Towing Your Vehicle” in “Towing”
in the “Driving Your Vehicle” section.
WARNING
Your brake system may not be work-
ing properly if the brake system
warning light is on. Driving with the
brake system warning light on can
lead to an accident. If the light is still
on after you have pulled off the road
and stopped carefully, have the vehi-
cle towed for service.
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Anti-Lock Brake System Warning
Light
807057
With the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS),
the light will come on when your engine is
started and stay on for several seconds.
This is normal.
If the ABS warning light comes on and
stays on, there may be a problem with the
anti-lock portion of the brake system. If the
brake system warning light is not on, you
still have brakes, but you do not have anti-
lock brakes. Refer to “Brake System Warn-
ing Light” in this section for more informa-
tion.
If the light stays on, turn the ignition to
LOCK. If the light comes on when you are
driving, stop as soon as possible and turn
the ignition off. Then start the engine again
to reset the system. If the light still stays
on, or comes on again while you are driv-
ing, your vehicle needs service. If the regu-
lar brake system warning light is not on,
you still have brakes, but you do not have
anti-lock brakes. If the regular brake sys-
tem warning light is also on, you do not
have anti-lock brakes and there is a prob-
lem with your regular brakes. Refer to
“Brake System Warning Light” in this sec-
tion for more information.
The ABS warning light should come on
briefly when you turn the ignition key to
RUN. If the light does not come on then,
have it fixed so it will be ready to warn you
if there is a problem.
Traction Control System (TCS)
Warning Light
1545635
Your vehicle has a traction control system
warning light.
This light will come on when your traction
control system is limiting wheel spin. You
may feel or hear the system working, but
this is normal. This light may also come on
after extended heavy braking indicating the
brakes have become too hot to limit wheel
spin.
If the traction control system warning light
comes on and stays on for an extended
period of time when the system is turned
on, your vehicle needs service. Refer to
“Traction Control System (TCS)” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section for more
information.
Engine Coolant Temperature
Warning Light
808241
The engine coolant temperature warning
light will come on when the engine has
overheated.
If this happens you should pull over and
turn off the engine as soon as possible.
Refer to “Engine Overheating” in “Check-
ing Things Under the Hood” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section for more
information.
NOTE:
Driving with the engine coolant tempera-
ture warning light on could cause your
vehicle to overheat. Refer to “Engine Over-
heating” in “Checking Things Under the
Hood” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section. Your vehicle could be dam-
aged, and it might not be covered by your
warranty. Never drive with the engine cool-
ant temperature warning light on.
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This light will also come on when starting
your vehicle. If it does not, have your vehi-
cle serviced.
Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
1716501
This gage shows the engine coolant tem-
perature. If the pointer moves towards the
H, the engine is too hot.
A temperature indicator light will turn on
and a chime will sound.
If you have been operating your vehicle
under normal driving conditions, and the
temperature indicator light comes on, you
should pull off the road, stop your vehicle
and turn off the engine as soon as possi-
ble.
Tire Pressure Light
1198521
This light will come on briefly when you
turn the ignition to RUN.
This light will also come on when one or
more of your tires are significantly underin-
flated.
A CHECK TIRE PRESSURE DIC mes-
sage will accompany the light.
Stop and check your tires as soon as it is
safe to do so. If underinflated, inflate to the
proper pressure. Refer to “Tires” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section for
more information.
This light will flash for 60 seconds and then
turn on solid if a problem is detected with
the Tire Pressure Monitor system.
Refer to “Tire Pressure Monitor System” in
“Tires” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section for more information.
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Check Engine Light
805353
Your vehicle has a computer which moni-
tors operation of the fuel, ignition, and
emission control systems.
This system is called OBD II (On-Board
Diagnostics-Second Generation) and is
intended to assure that emissions are at
acceptable levels for the life of the vehicle,
helping to produce a cleaner environment.
The check engine light comes on to indi-
cate that there is a problem and service is
required. Malfunctions often will be indi-
cated by the system before any problem is
apparent. This may prevent more serious
damage to your vehicle. This system is
also designed to assist your service techni-
cian in correctly diagnosing any malfunc-
tion.
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This light should come on, as a check to
show you it is working, when the ignition is
on and the engine is not running. If the
light does not come on, have it repaired.
This light will also come on during a mal-
function in one of two ways:
Light Flashing
A misfire condition has been detected. A
misfire increases vehicle emissions and
may damage the emission control sys-
tem on your vehicle. Diagnosis and ser-
vice may be required.
Light On Steady
An emission control system malfunction
has been detected on your vehicle. Diag-
nosis and service may be required.
If the Light is Flashing
The following may prevent more serious
damage to your vehicle:
Reducing vehicle speed
Avoiding hard accelerations
Avoiding steep uphill grades
If you are towing a trailer, reduce the
amount of cargo being hauled as soon
as it is possible
If the light stops flashing and remains on
steady, see “If the Light Is On Steady” fol-
lowing.
If the light continues to flash, when it is
safe to do so, stop the vehicle. Find a safe
place to park your vehicle. Turn the key off,
wait at least 10 seconds and restart the
engine. If the light remains on steady, see
“If the Light Is On Steady” following. If the
light is still flashing, follow the previous
steps, and see your dealer for service as
soon as possible.
If the Light Is On Steady
You may be able to correct the emission
system malfunction by considering the fol-
lowing:
Did you recently put fuel into your vehicle?
If so, reinstall the fuel cap, making sure to
fully install the cap. Refer to “Filling the
Tank” in “Fuel” in the “Service and Appear-
ance Care” section. The diagnostic system
can determine if the fuel cap has been left
off or improperly installed. A loose or miss-
ing fuel cap will allow fuel to evaporate into
the atmosphere. A few driving trips with the
cap properly installed should turn the light
off.
Did you just drive through a deep puddle of
water?
If so, your electrical system may be wet.
The condition will usually be corrected
when the electrical system dries out. A few
driving trips should turn the light off.
Have you recently changed brands of fuel?
If so, be sure to fuel your vehicle with qual-
ity fuel. Refer to “Gasoline Octane” in
“Fuel” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section. Poor fuel quality will cause
your engine not to run as efficiently as
designed. You may notice this as stalling
after start-up, stalling when you put the
vehicle into gear, misfiring, hesitation on
CAUTION
If you keep driving your vehicle with
this light on, after awhile, the emis-
sion controls might not work as well,
your vehicle’s 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 your warranty.
CAUTION
Modifications made to the engine,
transaxle, exhaust, intake, or fuel
system of your vehicle or the replace-
ment of the original tires with other
than those of the same Tire Perfor-
mance Criteria (TPC) can affect your
vehicle’s emission controls and may
cause this light to come on. Modifica-
tions to these systems could lead to
costly repairs not covered by your
warranty. This may also result in a
failure to pass a required Emission
Inspection/Maintenance test. Refer to
“Accessories and Modifications” in
“Service” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section.
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acceleration, or stumbling on acceleration.
(These conditions may go away once the
engine is warmed up.) This will be
detected by the system and cause the light
to turn on.
If you experience one or more of these
conditions, change the fuel brand you use.
It will require at least one full tank of the
proper fuel to turn the light off.
If none of the above steps have made the
light turn off, your dealer can check the
vehicle. Your dealer has the proper test
equipment and diagnostic tools to fix any
mechanical or electrical problems that may
have developed.
Emissions Inspection and Maintenance
Programs
Some state/provincial and local govern-
ments have or may begin programs to
inspect the emission control equipment on
your vehicle. Failure to pass this inspection
could prevent you from getting a vehicle
registration.
Here are some things you need to know to
help your vehicle pass an inspection:
Your vehicle will not pass this inspection if
the check engine light is on or not working
properly.
Your vehicle will not pass this inspection if
the OBD (on-board diagnostic) system
determines that critical emission control
systems have not been completely diag-
nosed by the system. The vehicle would be
considered not ready for inspection. This
can happen if you have recently replaced
your battery or if your battery has run
down. The diagnostic system is designed
to evaluate critical emission control sys-
tems during normal driving. This may take
several days of routine driving. If you have
done this and your vehicle still does not
pass the inspection for lack of OBD system
readiness, your dealer can prepare the
vehicle for inspection.
Oil Pressure Light
808235
If you have a low engine oil pressure prob-
lem, this light will stay on after you start
your engine, or come on when you are
driving. This indicates that your engine is
not receiving enough oil.
The engine could be low on oil, or could
have some other oil problem. Have it fixed
immediately.
The oil light could also come on in three
other situations:
When the ignition is on but the engine is
not running, the light will come on as a
test to show you it is working, but the
light will go out when you turn the igni-
tion to START. If it does not come on with
the ignition on, you may have a problem
with the fuse or bulb. Have it fixed right
away.
If the vehicle is idling at a stop sign, the
light may blink on and then off.
If you make a hard stop, the light may
come on for a moment. This is normal.
WARNING
Do not keep driving if the oil pressure
is low. If you do, your engine can
become so hot that it catches fire.
You or others could be burned. Check
your oil as soon as possible and have
your vehicle serviced.
CAUTION
Lack of proper engine oil mainte-
nance may damage the engine. The
repairs would not be covered by your
warranty. Always follow the mainte-
nance schedule in this manual for
changing engine oil.
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Change Engine Oil Light
806876
If this light comes on and stays on for 30
seconds, it means that service is required
for your vehicle.
After having the oil changed you will need
to reset the light. Refer to “Engine Oil” in
“Checking Things Under the Hood” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” and
“Scheduled Maintenance” in “Mainte-
nance Schedule” in the “Maintenance
Schedule” section for more information.
Security Light
811473
Your vehicle has a theft-deterrent system.
With this system, the security light will
flash as you open the door if your ignition
is off.
This light will come on briefly when the
vehicle is turned on.
For more information, refer to “PASS-Key®
III+ Operation” in “Theft-Deterrent Sys-
tems” in the “Features and Controls” sec-
tion.
Fog Lamp Light
808603
The fog lamp light will come on when the
fog lamps are in use.
The light will go out when the fog lamps
are turned off. Refer to “Fog Lamps” in this
section for more information.
Cruise Control Light
806861
This light comes on whenever you set the
cruise control.
The light goes out when the cruise control
is turned off. Refer to “Cruise Control” in
this section for more information.
Reduced Engine Power Light
1278022
Your vehicle has a reduced engine power
light.
This light, along with the service vehicle
soon light, will be displayed when a notice-
able reduction in the vehicle’s performance
may occur. Stop the vehicle and turn off
the ignition. Wait for 10 seconds and
restart your vehicle. This may correct the
condition. Refer to “Service Vehicle Soon
Light” in this section for more information.
The vehicle may be driven at a reduced
speed when the reduced engine power
light is on, but acceleration and speed may
be reduced. The performance may be
reduced until the next time you drive your
vehicle. If this light stays on, see your
SUZUKI dealer as soon as possible for
diagnosis and repair.
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Highbeam On Light
808597
This light comes on when the high-beam
headlamps are in use.
Refer to “Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer” in this section.
Service All-Wheel Drive Light
1710820
This light is located in the center of your
instrument panel cluster.
This light and the SERVICE ALL WHEEL
DRIVE message in the Driver Information
Center (DIC) will come on and stay on to
indicate that there may be a problem with
the drive system and service is required.
Refer to “All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System”
in “Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehi-
cle” in the “Driving Your Vehicle” section
and “DIC Warnings and Messages” in this
section for more information.
All-Wheel Drive Disabled Light
1710823
This light will come on when the rear drive
system is overheating.
An ALL WHEEL DRIVE OFF message will
appear in the Driver Information Center
(DIC) too. This light will turn off when the
rear drive system cools down. If this light
stays on for a while, you need to reset the
light. To reset the light, turn the ignition off
and then back on again. If the light stays
on, see your dealer right away.
Refer to “All-Wheel Drive” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section and “DIC
Warnings and Messages” in this section for
more information.
Gate Ajar Light
1326999
If this light comes on, your liftgate is not
completely closed. Driving with the liftgate
open can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to
enter the vehicle.
Refer to “Engine Exhaust” in “Starting and
Operating Your Vehicle” in the “Features
and Controls” section for more information.
Door Ajar Light
1734979
This light will come on when a door is ajar.
Do not drive with a door ajar.
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Service Vehicle Soon Light
1254434
This light will come on if a condition exists
that may require the vehicle to be taken in
for service.
If the light comes on, see your dealer for
service as soon as possible.
Fuel Gage
1716499
When the ignition is on, the fuel gage tells
you about how much fuel you have left in
your fuel tank.
When the indicator nears empty, the low
fuel light will come on. You still have a little
fuel left, but you should get more soon.
Refer to “Low Fuel Warning Light” in this
section for more information.
Here are four things that some owners ask
about. None of these show a problem with
your fuel gage:
At the service station, the fuel pump
shuts off before the gage reads full.
It takes a little more or less fuel to fill up
than the gage indicated. For example,
the gage may have indicated the tank
was half full, but it actually took a little
more or less than half the tank’s capacity
to fill the tank.
The gage moves a little when you turn a
corner or speed up.
The gage takes a few seconds to stabi-
lize after the ignition is turned on, and
will go back to empty when you turn the
ignition off.
For your fuel tank capacity, refer to “Capac-
ities and Specifications” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section.
Low Fuel Warning Light
1406936
This light is located below the fuel gage.
This light also comes on when the fuel tank
is low on fuel. When you add fuel the light
should go off. If it does not, have your vehi-
cle serviced.
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Driver Information Center
(DIC)
Your vehicle has a Driver Information Cen-
ter (DIC).
All messages will appear in the DIC display
located in the center of the instrument
panel cluster. The DIC buttons are located
on the center of the instrument panel.
The DIC comes on when the ignition is on.
After a short delay, the DIC will display the
information that was last displayed before
the engine was turned off.
The DIC displays trip, fuel, and vehicle sys-
tem information, and warning messages if
a system problem is detected. The top of
the DIC display shows the shift lever posi-
tion indicator. Refer to “Automatic Tran-
saxle Operation” in “Starting and
Operating Your Vehicle” in the “Features
and Controls” section for more information.
If your vehicle has this feature, the DIC
also displays the outside air temperature
when viewing the trip and fuel information.
If there is a problem with the system that
controls the temperature display, the num-
bers will be replaced with dashes. If this
occurs, have the vehicle serviced by your
dealer. If an abnormal temperature reading
is displayed for an extended period of time,
consult your dealer. Under certain circum-
stances, especially when the engine is
idling, a delay updating the temperature
display is normal.
The DIC also allows some features to be
personalized. Refer to “DIC Vehicle Per-
sonalization” in this section for more infor-
mation.
DIC Operation and Displays
The DIC has different displays which can
be accessed by pressing the DIC buttons
located on the center of the instrument
panel.
DIC Buttons
1657854
The buttons are the trip/fuel, vehicle infor-
mation, and set/reset buttons. The button
functions are detailed in the following
pages.
Trip/Fuel (1):
Press this button to scroll through the trip
and fuel displays. See “Trip/Fuel Menu
Items” following for more information on
these displays.
Vehicle Information (2):
Press this button to scroll through the vehi-
cle information displays and to personalize
the feature settings on your vehicle. Refer
to “Vehicle Information Menu Items” follow-
ing and “DIC Vehicle Personalization” in
this section for more information on these
displays.
Set/Reset (3):
Press this button to set or reset certain
functions and to turn off or acknowledge
messages on the DIC.
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Trip/Fuel Menu Items
Trip/Fuel (1):
Press this button to scroll through the fol-
lowing displays:
ODOMETER
Press the trip/fuel button until ODOMETER
displays. This display shows the distance
the vehicle has been driven in either miles
(mi) or kilometers (km). This display will
also show the outside air temperature in
either degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or degrees
Celsius (°C).
To change the DIC display to English or
metric units, refer to “UNITS” later in this
section.
TRIP
Press the trip/fuel button until TRIP dis-
plays. This display shows the current dis-
tance traveled in either miles (mi) or
kilometers (km) since the last reset for the
trip odometer. This display will also show
the outside air temperature in either
degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or degrees Cel-
sius (°C).
The trip odometer can be reset to zero by
pressing the set/reset button while the trip
odometer is displayed.
AVERAGE SPEED
Press the trip/fuel button until AVERAGE
SPEED displays. This display shows the
average speed of the vehicle in miles per
hour (mph) or kilometers per hour (km/h).
This average is calculated based on the
various vehicle speeds recorded since the
last reset of this value. To reset the value,
press and hold the set/reset button. The
display will return to zero.
AVG (Average) ECONOMY
Press the trip/fuel button until AVG ECON-
OMY displays. This display shows the
approximate average miles per gallon
(mpg) or liters per 100 kilometers (L/100
km). This number is calculated based on
the number of mpg (L/100 km) recorded
since the last time this menu item was
reset. To reset this display, press and hold
the set/reset button. The display will return
to zero.
RANGE
Press the trip/fuel button until RANGE dis-
plays. This display shows the approximate
number of remaining miles (mi) or kilome-
ters (km) the vehicle can be driven without
refueling.
The fuel range estimate is based on an
average of the vehicle’s fuel economy over
recent driving history and the amount of
fuel remaining in the fuel tank. This esti-
mate will change if driving conditions
change. For example, if driving in traffic
and making frequent stops, this display
may read one number, but if the vehicle is
driven on a freeway, the number may
change even though the same amount of
fuel is in the fuel tank. This is because dif-
ferent driving conditions produce different
fuel economies. Generally, freeway driving
produces better fuel economy than city
driving.
If your vehicle is low on fuel, the FUEL
LEVEL LOW message will be displayed.
Refer to “FUEL LEVEL LOW” under “DIC
Warnings and Messages” in this section for
more information.
Blank Display
This display shows no information.
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Vehicle Information Menu Items
Vehicle Information (2):
Press this button to scroll through the fol-
lowing displays:
OIL LIFE
Press the vehicle information button until
OIL LIFE REMAINING displays. This dis-
play shows an estimate of the oil’s remain-
ing useful life. If you see 99% OIL LIFE
REMAINING on the display, that means
99% of the current oil life remains. The
engine oil life system will alert you to
change your oil on a schedule consistent
with your driving conditions.
When the remaining oil life is low, the
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON message
will appear on the display. Refer to
“CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON” under
“DIC Warnings and Messages” in this sec-
tion. You should change your oil as soon
as possible. Refer to “Engine Oil” in
“Checking Things Under the Hood” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section. In
addition to the engine oil life system moni-
toring the oil life, additional maintenance is
recommended in the Maintenance Sched-
ule in this manual. Refer to “Scheduled
Maintenance” in “Maintenance Schedule”
in the “Maintenance Schedule” section for
more information.
Remember, you must reset the OIL LIFE
yourself after each oil change. It will not
reset itself. Also, be careful not to reset the
OIL LIFE 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,
refer to “Engine Oil Life System” in “Check-
ing Things Under the Hood” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section.
UNITS
Press the vehicle information button until
UNITS displays. This display allows you to
select between English or Metric units of
measurement. Once in this display, press
the set/reset button to select between
ENGLISH or METRIC units.
FRONT TIRES or REAR TIRES
The pressure for each tire can be viewed in
the DIC. The tire pressure will be shown in
either pounds per square inch (psi) or kilo-
pascals (kPa). Press the vehicle informa-
tion button until the DIC shows FRONT
TIRES PSI (kPa) LF ## (###) RF ## (###).
Press the vehicle information button again
until the DIC displays REAR TIRES PSI
(kPa) LR ## (###) RR ## (###).
If a low or high tire pressure condition is
detected by the system while driving, a
message advising you to check the pres-
sure in a specific tire will appear in the dis-
play. Refer to “Inflation - Tire Pressure” in
“Tires” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section and “DIC Warnings and
Messages” in this section for more infor-
mation.
If the tire pressure display shows dashes
instead of a value, there may be a problem
with your vehicle. If this consistently
occurs, see your dealer for service.
BATTERY
Press the vehicle information button until
BATTERY displays. This display shows the
current battery voltage. If the voltage is
low, the display will show LOW. If the volt-
age is high, the display will show HIGH.
Your vehicle’s charging system regulates
voltage based on the state of the battery.
The battery voltage may fluctuate when
viewing this information on the DIC. This is
normal. Refer to “Battery Warning Light” in
this section for more information.
If there is a problem with the battery charg-
ing system, the DIC will display SERVICE
BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM. Refer to
“SERVICE BATTERY CHARGING SYS-
TEM” under “DIC Warnings and Mes-
sages” in this section. Also, refer to
“Electric Power Management” in this sec-
tion for more information.
TIRE LOCATIONS
After rotating the tires or after replacing a
tire or sensor, the system must re-learn the
tire positions. To re-learn the tire positions,
refer to “Tire Pressure Monitor System” in
“Tires” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section. Refer to “Tire Inspection
and Rotation” in “Tires” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section and “DIC Warn-
ings and Messages” in this section for
more information.
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RELEARN REMOTE KEY
This display allows you to match the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to
your vehicle. To match a RKE transmitter
to your vehicle, do the following:
1) Make sure the vehicle is in PARK (P).
2) Press the vehicle information button
until PRESS TO RELEARN
REMOTE KEY displays.
3) Press the set/reset button.
The message REMOTE KEY LEARN-
ING ACTIVE will display.
4) Press and hold the lock and unlock but-
tons on the first transmitter at the same
time for about 15 seconds.
A chime will sound indicating that the
transmitter is matched.
5) To match additional transmitters at this
time, repeat Step 3.
Each vehicle can have a maximum of
four transmitters matched to it.
6) To exit the programming mode, you
must cycle the key to LOCK.
Blank Display
This display shows no information.
PERSONALIZATION
This display allows you to personalize the
feature settings on your vehicle. Refer to
“DIC Vehicle Personalization” in this sec-
tion for more information.
DIC Warnings and Messages
Messages are displayed on the DIC to
notify the driver that the status of the vehi-
cle has changed and that some action may
be needed by the driver to correct the con-
dition. Multiple messages may appear one
after another. Some messages may not
require immediate action, but you can
press the set/reset button to acknowledge
that you received the messages and to
clear them from the display. Pressing any
of the DIC buttons also acknowledge and
clear any messages. Some messages
cannot be cleared from the DIC display
because they are more urgent. These
messages require action before they can
be cleared. You should take any messages
that appear on the display seriously and
remember that clearing the messages will
only make the messages disappear, not
correct the problem. The following are the
possible messages that can be displayed
and some information about them.
ALL WHEEL DRIVE OFF
If your vehicle has the All-Wheel Drive
(AWD) system, this message displays
along with the All-Wheel Drive Disabled
light when the rear drive system is over-
heating. This message turns off when the
rear drive system cools down. If the warn-
ing message stays on for a while, you need
to reset the warning message. To reset the
warning message, turn the ignition off and
then back on again. If the message stays
on, see your dealer right away. Refer to
“All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section and “All-
Wheel Drive Disabled Light” in this section
for more information.
BATTERY SAVER ACTIVE
This message displays when the charging
system detects that the battery is being
drained. You may notice that the vehicle
attempts to reduce the drain for you by
turning off accessories, such as interior
fans, rear defogger, and heated seats. Turn
off all accessories. If the vehicle is not run-
ning, start and run the engine for at least
10 minutes to allow the battery to
recharge. If the engine is running and the
condition persists, see your dealer immedi-
ately.
BUCKLE PASSENGER SEATBELT
This message reminds you to buckle the
passenger’s safety belt. Refer to “Passen-
ger Sensing System” in “Airbag System” in
the “Seats and Restraint Systems” section.
This message displays and a chime
sounds when the ignition is on, the driver’s
safety belt is buckled, the passenger’s
safety belt is unbuckled with the passenger
airbag enabled, and the vehicle is in
motion. You should have the passenger
buckle their safety belt.
This reminder will be repeated if the igni-
tion is on, the vehicle is in motion, the
driver is buckled and the passenger is still
unbuckled, and the passenger airbag is
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enabled. If the passenger’s safety belt is
already buckled, this message and chime
will not come on.
BUCKLE SEATBELT
This message reminds you to buckle the
driver’s safety belt.
This message displays and a chime
sounds when the ignition is on, the driver’s
safety belt is unbuckled, and the vehicle is
in motion. You should buckle your safety
belt.
If the driver remains unbuckled when the
ignition is on and the vehicle is in motion,
the reminder will be repeated. If the driver’s
safety belt is already buckled, this mes-
sage and chime will not come on.
This message is an additional reminder to
the Safety Belt Reminder Light in the
instrument panel cluster. Refer to “Safety
Belt Reminder Light” in this section.
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
This message displays when service is
required for the vehicle. See your dealer.
Refer to “Engine Oil” in “Checking Things
Under the Hood” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section and “Scheduled
Maintenance” in “Maintenance Schedule”
in the “Maintenance Schedule” section for
more information.
Acknowledging this message will not reset
the OIL LIFE REMAINING display. That
must be done at the OIL LIFE screen
under the vehicle information menu. Refer
to “OIL LIFE” under “DIC Operation and
Displays” in this section and “Engine Oil
Life System” in “Checking Things Under
the Hood” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section for more information.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE
This message displays when the tire pres-
sure in one of the tires needs to be
checked. This message also displays
LEFT FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, LEFT
REAR, or RIGHT REAR to indicate which
tire needs to be checked. You can receive
more than one tire pressure message at a
time. To read the other messages that may
have been sent at the same time, press the
set/reset button. If a tire pressure message
appears on the DIC, stop as soon as you
can. Have the tire pressures checked and
set to those shown on the Tire Loading
Information label. Refer to “Tires” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section,
“Loading Your Vehicle” in “Your Driving, the
Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section, and “Inflation - Tire
Pressure” in “Tires” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section. The DIC dis-
play also shows the tire pressure values for
the front and rear tires by pressing the
vehicle information button. Refer to “DIC
Operation and Displays” in this section. If
the tire pressure is low, the low tire pres-
sure warning light comes on. Refer to “Tire
Pressure Light” in this section.
DRIVER DOOR OPEN
This message displays when the driver’s
door is not closed properly. When this
message appears, make sure that the
driver’s door is closed completely.
ENGINE HOT A/C (Air Conditioning)
OFF
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 is automatically turned off.
When the coolant temperature returns to
normal, the A/C operation automatically
resumes. You can continue to drive your
vehicle.
ENGINE OVERHEATD (Overheated)
IDLE ENGINE
NOTE:
If you drive your vehicle while the engine is
overheating, severe engine damage may
occur. If an overheat warning appears on
the instrument panel cluster and/or DIC,
stop the vehicle as soon as possible. Do
not increase the engine speed above nor-
mal idling speed. Refer to “Engine Over-
heating” in “Checking Things Under the
Hood” in the “Service and Appearance
Care” section for more information.
This message displays when the engine
coolant temperature is too hot. Stop and
allow the vehicle to idle until it cools down.
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ENGINE OVERHEATD (Overheated)
STOP ENGINE
NOTE:
If you drive your vehicle while the engine is
overheating, severe engine damage may
occur. If an overheat warning appears on
the instrument panel cluster and/or DIC,
stop the vehicle as soon as possible. Refer
to “Engine Overheating” in “Checking
Things Under the Hood” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section for more
information.
This message displays along with a contin-
uous chime when the engine has over-
heated. Stop and turn the engine off
immediately to avoid severe engine dam-
age. Refer to “Engine Overheating” in
“Checking Things Under the Hood” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section.
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 accel-
eration and speed may be reduced. Any-
time this message stays on, the vehicle
should be taken to your dealer for service
as soon as possible.
FUEL LEVEL LOW
This message displays when your vehicle
is low on fuel. Refill the fuel tank as soon
as possible. Refer to “Fuel Gage” in this
section and “Filling the Tank” in “Fuel” in
the “Service and Appearance Care” sec-
tion for more information.
HOOD OPEN
This message displays on some vehicles
when the hood is not closed properly.
When this message appears, make sure
that the hood is closed completely. Refer to
“Hood Release” in “Checking Things
Under the Hood” in the “Service and
Appearance Care” section.
ICE POSSIBLE DRIVE WITH CARE
This message displays when the outside
air temperature is cold enough to create
icy road conditions. Adjust your driving
accordingly.
LIFTGATE OPEN
This message displays when the liftgate is
not closed completely. Make sure that the
liftgate is closed completely. Refer to “Lift-
gate” in “Doors and Locks” in the “Features
and Controls” section.
OIL PRSSURE (Pressure) LOW STOP
ENGINE
This message displays when the vehicle’s
engine oil pressure is low. The oil pressure
light also appears on the instrument panel
cluster. Refer to “Oil Pressure Light” in this
section.
Stop the vehicle immediately, as engine
damage can result from driving a vehicle
with low oil pressure. Have the vehicle ser-
viced by your dealer as soon as possible
when this message is displayed.
PASSENGER DOOR FRONT/REAR
OPEN
This message displays when one or more
of the passenger’s doors are not closed
properly. When this message appears,
make sure that all passenger doors are
closed completely.
CAUTION
If you drive your vehicle while the
engine oil pressure is low, severe
engine damage may occur. If a low oil
pressure warning appears on the
Driver Information Center (DIC), stop
the vehicle as soon as possible. Do
not drive the vehicle until the cause
of the low oil pressure is corrected.
Refer to “Engine Oil” in “Checking
Things Under the Hood” in the “Ser-
vice and Appearance Care” section
for more information.
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REMOTE KEY LEARNING ACTIVE
This message displays while you are
matching a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter to your vehicle. Refer to
“LEARN REMOTE KEY” under “DIC Oper-
ation and Displays” in this section for more
information.
SERVICE A/C (Air Conditioning) SYS-
TEM
This message displays when there is a
problem detected in the air conditioning
system. Have the vehicle serviced by your
dealer.
SERVICE AIR BAG
This message displays when there is a
problem with the airbag system. Have your
vehicle serviced by your dealer immedi-
ately. Refer to “Airbag Readiness Light” in
this section for more information.
SERVICE ALL WHEEL DRIVE
If your vehicle has the All-Wheel Drive
(AWD) system, this message displays
along with the service all-wheel drive light
if a problem occurs with this system. Refer
to “Service All-Wheel Drive Light” in this
section. If this message appears, stop as
soon as possible and turn off the vehicle.
Restart the vehicle and check for the mes-
sage on the DIC display. If the message is
still displayed or appears again when you
begin driving, the AWD system needs ser-
vice. See your dealer.
SERVICE BATTERY CHARGING SYS-
TEM
This message displays when there is a
problem with the generator and battery
charging systems. Driving with this prob-
lem could drain the vehicle’s battery. Turn
off all unnecessary accessories. Stop and
turn off the vehicle as soon as it is safe to
do so. Have the electrical system checked
by your dealer immediately.
Connecting a battery charger to your vehi-
cle while the ignition is in any position
other than LOCK may cause this message
to appear. If you need to charge your vehi-
cle, make sure that the key is in LOCK or
out of the ignition during charging.
SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM
This message displays and a chime
sounds when the brake fluid level is low.
The brake system warning light also
appears on the instrument panel cluster
when this message appears on the DIC.
Refer to “Brake System Warning Light” in
this section. Have the brake system ser-
viced by your dealer as soon as possible.
SERVICE STABILITY CTRL (Control)
This message displays if there has been a
problem detected with the Electronic Sta-
bility Control (ESC) system. A warning light
also appears on the instrument panel clus-
ter. Refer to “Traction Control System
(TCS) Warning Light” in this section. Refer
to “Electronic Stability Control” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section for more
information.
If this message turns on while you are driv-
ing, pull off the road as soon as possible
and stop carefully. Try resetting the system
by turning the ignition off and then back on.
If this message still stays on or turns back
on again while you are driving, your vehicle
needs service. Have the ESC system
inspected by your dealer as soon as possi-
ble.
SERVICE THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM
This message displays when there is a
problem with the theft-deterrent system. A
fault has been detected in the system
which means that the system is disabled
and it is not protecting the vehicle. The
vehicle usually restarts; however, you may
want to take the vehicle to your dealer
before turning off the engine. Refer to
“PASS-Key® III+ Operation” in “Theft-
Deterrent Systems” in the “Features and
Controls” section for more information.
SERVICE TIRE MONITOR SYSTEM
This message displays if a part on the Tire
Pressure Monitor (TPM) system is not
working properly. If you drive your vehicle
while any of the four sensors are missing
or inoperable, the warning comes on in
about 20 minutes. A sensor would be miss-
ing, for example, if you put different wheels
on your vehicle without transferring the
sensors. If the warning comes on and
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stays on, there may be a problem with the
TPM. See your dealer.
SERVICE TRACTION CONTROL
This message displays when the Traction
Control System (TCS) is not functioning
properly. A warning light also appears on
the instrument panel cluster. Refer to
“Traction Control System (TCS) Warning
Light” in this section and “Traction Control
System (TCS)” in “Your Driving, the Road,
and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving Your Vehi-
cle” section for more information. Have the
TCS serviced by your dealer as soon as
possible.
SERVICE VEHICLE SOON
This message displays when a non-emis-
sions related malfunction occurs. Have the
vehicle serviced by your dealer as soon as
possible.
STABILITY CTRL (Control) NOT READY
This message may display and a warning
light on the instrument panel cluster may
be on after first driving the vehicle and
exceeding 30 mph (48 km/h) for 30 sec-
onds. Refer to “Traction Control System
(TCS) Warning Light” in this section. The
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system
is not functional until the light has turned
off. Refer to “Electronic Stability Control” in
“Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle”
in the “Driving Your Vehicle” section for
more information.
STABILITY CTRL (Control) OFF
This message displays any time the Elec-
tronic Stability Control (ESC) system turns
off. When this message has been dis-
played, ESC is no longer available to assist
you with directional control of the vehicle.
Adjust your driving accordingly. Refer to
“Electronic Stability Control” in “Your Driv-
ing, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section.
This message displays only while the igni-
tion is in RUN.
Any of the following conditions may cause
the ESC system to turn off:
The ESC system is turned off by press-
ing and holding the traction control but-
ton. Refer to “Electronic Stability Control”
in “Your Driving, the Road, and Your
Vehicle” in the “Driving Your Vehicle”
section for more information.
The battery is low.
• There is an ESC system failure. See
your dealer for service.
STARTING DISABLD (Disabled) SER-
VICE THRTTLE (Throttle)
This message displays if the starting of the
engine is disabled due to the electronic
throttle control system. Have your vehicle
serviced by your dealer immediately.
This message only appears while the igni-
tion is in RUN, and will not disappear until
the problem is resolved.
This message cannot be acknowledged.
THEFT ATTEMPTED
This message displays if the content theft-
deterrent system has detected a break-in
attempt while you were away from your
vehicle. Refer to “Content Theft-Deterrent”
in “Theft-Deterrent Systems” in the “Fea-
tures and Controls” section for more infor-
mation.
TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
This message displays when the Tire Pres-
sure Monitor (TPM) system is re-learning
the tire positions. Refer to “Tire Pressure
Monitor System” in “Tires” in the “Service
and Appearance Care” section. The tire
positions must be re-learned after rotating
the tires or after replacing a tire or sensor.
Refer to “Tire Inspection and Rotation” and
“Inflation - Tire Pressure” in “Tires” in the
“Service and Appearance Care” section for
more information.
TRACTION CONTROL OFF
This message displays when the Traction
Control System (TCS) turns off. Refer to
“Traction Control System (TCS)” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section for more
information.
This message only displays while the igni-
tion is in RUN and disappears after 10 sec-
onds, unless it is acknowledged or an
urgent warning appears.
Any of the following conditions may cause
the TCS to turn off:
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The TCS is turned off by pressing the
traction control button. Refer to “Traction
Control System (TCS)” in “Your Driving,
the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driv-
ing Your Vehicle” section for more infor-
mation.
The battery is low.
There is a TCS failure. See your dealer
for service.
TRACTION CONTROL ON
This message displays when the Traction
Control System (TCS) turns on. Refer to
“Traction Control System (TCS)” in “Your
Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” section for more
information.
TURN SIGNAL ON
This message displays as a reminder to
turn off the turn signal if you drive your
vehicle for more than about 0.75 mile (1.2
km) with a turn signal on. Refer to “Turn
Signal/Multifunction Lever” in this section.
This message displays and a chime
sounds only when the ignition is in RUN.
The message will not disappear until the
turn signal is manually turned off, or a turn
is completed.
DIC Vehicle Personalization
Your vehicle has personalization capabili-
ties that allow you to program certain fea-
tures to one preferred setting.
All of the personalization options may not
be available on your vehicle. Only the
options available will be displayed on the
DIC.
The default settings for the personalization
features were set when your vehicle left
the factory, but may have been changed
from their default state since then.
The personalization preferences are auto-
matically recalled.
To change personalization preferences,
use the following procedure.
Entering the Feature Settings Menu
1) Turn the ignition on and place the vehi-
cle in PARK (P).
To avoid excessive drain on the battery,
it is recommended that the headlamps
are turned off.
2) Press the vehicle information button
until FEATURE SETTINGS PRESS
TO SELECT appears on the DIC dis-
play.
3) Press the set/reset button to enter the
feature settings menu.
If the menu is not available, FEATURE
SETTINGS AVAILABLE IN PRK (Park)
will display. Before entering the menu,
make sure the vehicle is in PARK (P).
Feature Settings Menu Items
The following are personalization features
that allow you to program settings to the
vehicle:
DISPLAY ENGLISH
This feature will only display if a language
other than English has been set. This fea-
ture allows you to change the language in
which the DIC messages appear to
English.
Press the vehicle information button until
the PRESS TO DISPLAY ENGLISH
screen appears on the DIC display. Press
the set/reset button to display all DIC mes-
sages in English.
DISPLAY LANGUAGE
This feature allows you to select the lan-
guage in which the DIC messages will
appear.
Press the vehicle information button until
DISPLAY LANGUAGE appears on the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button to
access the settings for this feature. Then
press the vehicle information button to
scroll through the following settings:
ENGLISH (default):
All messages will appear in English.
FRANCAIS (French):
All messages will appear in French.
ESPANOL (Spanish):
All messages will appear in Spanish.
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NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
AUTO LOCK
This feature allows you to select when the
vehicle’s doors will automatically lock.
Refer to “Programmable Automatic Door
Locks” in “Doors and Locks” in the “Fea-
tures and Controls” section for more infor-
mation.
Press the vehicle information button until
AUTO LOCK appears on the DIC display.
Press the set/reset button to access the
settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
SHIFT OUT OF PARK (default):
The vehicle’s doors automatically lock
when the doors are closed and the vehi-
cle is shifted out of PARK (P).
AT VEHICLE SPEED:
The vehicle’s doors automatically lock
when the vehicle speed is above 5 mph
(8 km/h) for three seconds.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
AUTO UNLOCK
This feature allows you to select whether
or not to turn off the automatic door unlock-
ing feature. It also allows you to select
which doors and when the doors will auto-
matically unlock. Refer to “Programmable
Automatic Door Locks” in “Doors and
Locks” in the “Features and Controls” sec-
tion for more information.
Press the vehicle information button until
AUTO UNLOCK appears on the DIC dis-
play. Press the set/reset button to access
the settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
•OFF:
None of the doors will automatically
unlock.
DRIVER AT KEY OUT:
Only the driver’s door will unlock when
the key is taken out of the ignition.
DRIVER IN PARK:
Only the driver’s door will unlock when
the vehicle is shifted into PARK (P).
ALL AT KEY OUT:
All of the doors will unlock when the key
is taken out of the ignition.
ALL IN PARK (default):
All of the doors will unlock when the
vehicle is shifted into PARK (P).
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
REMOTE LOCK
This feature allows you to select the type of
feedback you will receive when locking the
vehicle with the Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitter. You will not receive
feedback when locking the vehicle with the
RKE transmitter if any of the doors are
open. Refer to “Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System Operation” in “Keys” in the
“Features and Controls” section for more
information.
Press the vehicle information button until
REMOTE LOCK appears on the DIC dis-
play. Press the set/reset button to access
the settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
•OFF:
There will be no feedback when you
press the lock button on the RKE trans-
mitter.
LIGHTS ONLY:
The exterior lamps will flash when you
press the lock button on the RKE trans-
mitter.
HORN ONLY:
The horn will sound on the second press
of the lock button on the RKE transmit-
ter.
HORN & LIGHTS (default):
The exterior lamps will flash when you
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press the lock button on the RKE trans-
mitter, and the horn will sound when the
lock button is pressed again within five
seconds of the previous command.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
REMOTE UNLOCK
This feature allows you to select the type of
feedback you will receive when unlocking
the vehicle with the RKE transmitter. You
will not receive feedback when unlocking
the vehicle with the RKE transmitter if the
doors are open. Refer to “Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation” in “Keys”
in the “Features and Controls” section for
more information.
Press the vehicle information button until
REMOTE UNLOCK appears on the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button to
access the settings for this feature. Then
press the vehicle information button to
scroll through the following settings:
LIGHTS OFF:
The exterior lamps will not flash when
you press the unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.
LIGHTS ON (default):
The exterior lamps will flash when you
press the unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
DELAY LOCK
This feature allows you to select whether
or not the locking of the vehicle’s doors will
be delayed. The locking of the vehicle’s
doors is delayed for up to 10 seconds after
a power door lock switch is pressed when
a door is open, or after the lock button on
the RKE transmitter is pressed while a
door is open. The key must be out of the
ignition for this feature to work. Refer to
“Delayed Locking” in “Doors and Locks” in
the “Features and Controls” section for
more information.
Press the vehicle information button until
DELAY LOCK appears on the DIC display.
Press the set/reset button to access the
settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
•OFF:
There will be no delayed locking of the
vehicle’s doors.
ON (default):
The locking of the vehicle’s doors will be
delayed by 10 seconds after a power
door lock switch is pressed when a door
is open, or the lock button on the RKE
transmitter is pressed while a door is
open.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
EXIT LIGHTING
If it is dark enough outside, this feature
allows you to select the amount of time you
want the exterior lamps to remain on. This
happens after the key is turned from RUN
to LOCK.
Press the vehicle information button until
EXIT LIGHTING appears on the DIC dis-
play. Press the set/reset button to access
the settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
•OFF:
The exterior lamps will not turn on.
30 SECONDS (default):
The exterior lamps will stay on for 30
seconds.
1 MINUTE:
The exterior lamps will stay on for one
minute.
2 MINUTES:
The exterior lamps will stay on for two
minutes.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
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Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
APPROACH LIGHTING
This feature allows you to select whether
or not to have the exterior lights turn on
briefly during low light periods after unlock-
ing the vehicle using the RKE transmitter.
Press the vehicle information button until
APPROACH LIGHTING appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset button to
access the settings for this feature. Then
press the vehicle information button to
scroll through the following settings:
•OFF:
The exterior lights will not turn on when
you unlock the vehicle with the RKE
transmitter.
ON (default):
If it is dark enough outside, the exterior
lights will turn on briefly when you unlock
the vehicle with the RKE transmitter.
The lights will remain on for 20 seconds
or until the lock button on the RKE trans-
mitter is pressed, or the vehicle is no
longer off. Refer to “Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation” in
“Keys” in the “Features and Controls”
section for more information.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
CHIME VOLUME
This feature allows you to select the vol-
ume level of the chime.
Press the vehicle information button until
CHIME VOLUME appears on the DIC dis-
play. Press the set/reset button to access
the settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
NORMAL (default):
The chime volume will be set to a normal
level.
LOUD:
The chime volume will be set to a loud
level.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
REMOTE START
If your vehicle has this feature, it allows
you to turn the remote start off or on. The
remote start feature allows you to start the
engine from outside of the vehicle using
your RKE transmitter. Refer to “Remote
Vehicle Start” under “Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System Operation” in “Keys”
in the “Features and Controls” section for
more information.
Press the vehicle information button until
REMOTE START appears on the DIC dis-
play. Press the set/reset button to access
the settings for this feature. Then press the
vehicle information button to scroll through
the following settings:
•OFF:
The remote start feature will be disabled.
ON (default):
The remote start feature will be enabled.
NO CHANGE:
No change will be made to this feature.
The current setting will remain.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
FACTORY SETTINGS
This feature allows you to set all of the per-
sonalization features back to their factory
default settings.
Press the vehicle information button until
FACTORY SETTINGS appears on the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button to
access the settings for this feature. Then
press the vehicle information button to
scroll through the following settings:
RESTORE ALL (default):
The personalization features will be set
to their factory default settings.
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DO NOT RESTORE:
The personalization features will not be
set to their factory default settings.
Choose one of the available settings and
press the set/reset button while it is dis-
played on the DIC to select it.
EXIT FEATURE SETTINGS
This feature allows you to exit the feature
settings menu.
Press the vehicle information button until
FEATURE SETTINGS PRESS TO
EXIT appears in the DIC display. Press the
set/reset button to exit the menu.
If you do not exit, pressing the vehicle
information button again will return you to
the beginning of the vehicle information
menu.
Exiting the Feature Settings Menu
The feature settings menu will be exited
when any of the following occurs:
The vehicle is shifted out of PARK (P).
The vehicle is no longer in RUN.
The trip/fuel DIC button is pressed.
The end of the feature settings menu is
reached and exited.
A 40 second time period has elapsed
with no selection made.
Audio System(s)
Determine which radio your vehicle has
and then read the pages following to famil-
iarize yourself with its features.
Driving without distraction is a necessity
for a safer driving experience. Refer to
“Defensive Driving” in “Your Driving, the
Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section. By taking a few
moments to read this manual and get
familiar with your vehicle’s audio system,
you can use it with less effort, as well as
take advantage of its features. While your
vehicle is parked, set up your audio system
by presetting your favorite radio stations,
setting the tone and adjusting the speak-
ers. Then, when driving conditions permit,
you can tune to your favorite stations using
the presets and steering wheel controls if
the vehicle has them.
Keeping your mind on the drive is impor-
tant for safe driving. Here are some ways
in which you can help avoid distraction
while driving.
While your vehicle is parked:
Familiarize yourself with all of its con-
trols.
Familiarize yourself with its operation.
Set up your audio system by presetting
your favorite radio stations, setting the
tone, and adjusting the speakers. Then,
when driving conditions permit, you can
tune to your favorite radio stations using
the presets and steering wheel controls
if the vehicle has them.
WARNING
This system provides you with a far
greater access to audio stations and
song listings. Giving extended atten-
tion to entertainment tasks while
driving can cause a crash and you or
others can be injured or killed.
Always keep your eyes on the road
and your mind on the drive – avoid
engaging in extended searching
while driving.
CAUTION
Before adding any sound equipment
to your vehicle, such as an audio
system, CD player, CB radio, mobile
telephone, or two-way radio, make
sure that it can be added by checking
with your dealer. Also, check federal
rules covering mobile radio and tele-
phone units. If sound equipment can
be added, it is very important to do it
properly. Added sound equipment
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle’s engine, radio, or other
systems, and even damage them.
Your vehicle’s systems can interfere
with the operation of sound equip-
ment that has been added.
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Your vehicle has a feature called Retained
Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP, the
audio system can be played even after the
ignition is turned off. Refer to “Retained
Accessory Power (RAP)” in “Starting and
Operating Your Vehicle” in the “Features
and Controls” section for more information.
Setting the Time (without date display)
If your vehicle has an AM/FM base radio
with a single CD player and preset buttons
numbered one through six, the radio will
have a clock button for setting the time.
You can set the time by following these
steps:
1) Press the clock button until the hour
numbers begin flashing on the display.
Press the clock button a second time
and the minute numbers will begin
flashing on the display.
2) While either the hour or the minute
numbers are flashing, turn the tune
knob, located on the upper right side of
the radio, clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the time.
Instead of using the tune knob, you can
also press the SEEK, FWD (forward),
or REV (reverse) buttons to adjust the
time.
3) Press the clock button again until the
clock display stops flashing to set the
currently displayed time; otherwise, the
flashing will stop after five seconds and
the current time displayed will be auto-
matically set.
To change the time default setting from 12
hour to 24 hour, press the clock button and
then the pushbutton located under the for-
ward arrow label. Once the time 12H and
24H are displayed, press the pushbutton
located under the desired option to select
the default. Press the clock button again to
apply the selected default, or let the screen
time out.
Setting the Time (with date display)
If your vehicle has a radio with a single CD
player or a CD with DVD player, the radio
will have a clock button for setting the time
and date.
To set the time and date, follow these
instructions:
1) Turn the radio on.
2) Press the clock button and the HR,
MIN, MM, DD, YYYY (hour, minute,
month, day, and year) will appear on the
display.
3) Press the pushbutton located under any
one of the labels that you want to
change. Every time the pushbutton is
pressed again, the time or the date if
selected, will increase by one.
Another way to increase the time or
date, is to press the right SEEK arrow
or FWD (forward) button.
To decrease, press the left SEEK
arrow or REV (reverse) button. You
can also turn the tune knob, located on
the upper right side of the radio, to
adjust the selected setting.
The date will not automatically display. The
only way to see the date is by pressing the
clock button when the radio is on. The date
with display will time out after a few sec-
onds and go back to the normal radio and
time display.
To change the time default setting from 12
hour to 24 hour or to change the date
default setting from month/day/year to day/
month/year, follow these instructions:
1) Press the clock button and then the
pushbutton located under the forward
arrow label. Once the time 12H and
24H, and the date MM/DD/YYYY
(month, day, and year) and DD/MM/
YYYY (day, month, and year) are dis-
played.
2) Press the pushbutton located under the
desired option.
3) Press the clock or MENU button again
to apply the selected default, or let the
screen time out.
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Playing the Radio
(Power/Volume):
Press this knob to turn the system on and
off.
Turn this knob clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the volume.
The radio remembers the previous volume
setting whenever the radio is turned on.
You can still manually adjust the volume by
using the volume knob.
Finding a Station
BAND:
Press this button to switch between FM1,
FM2 or AM. The display shows the selec-
tion.
(Tune):
Turn this knob to select radio stations.
SEEK :
Press the right or left SEEK arrow to go to
the next or to the previous station and stay
there.
To scan stations, press and hold either
SEEK arrow for a few seconds until a beep
sounds. The radio goes to a station, plays
for a few seconds, then goes to the next
station. Press either SEEK arrow again to
stop scanning.
The radio only seeks and scans stations
with a strong signal that are in the selected
band.
(Information):
Press this button to switch the display
between the radio station frequency and
the time. When the ignition is off, press this
button to display the time.
Setting Preset Stations
Up to 18 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and
six AM), can be programmed on the six
numbered pushbuttons, by performing the
following steps:
1) Turn the radio on.
2) Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, or
AM.
3) Tune in the desired station.
4) Press and hold one of the six numbered
pushbuttons for three seconds until a
beep sounds. Whenever that pushbut-
ton is pressed and released, the station
that was set, returns.
5) Repeat the Steps 2 through 4 for each
pushbutton.
Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble)
EQ (Equalization):
To adjust the bass or treble, press the tune
knob or EQ button until the desired tone
control label appears on the display. Turn
the tune knob clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the setting.
You can also adjust the setting by pressing
either the SEEK, FWD (forward), or REV
(reverse) buttons. The display shows the
current bass or treble level. If a station’s
frequency is weak, or if there is static,
decrease the treble.
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Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade)
BAL/FADE (Balance/Fade):
To adjust the balance or fade, press this
button or the tune knob until the desired
speaker control label appears on the dis-
play. Turn the tune knob clockwise or coun-
terclockwise to adjust the setting. You can
also adjust the setting by pressing either
the SEEK, FWD, or REV buttons.
Radio Messages
Calibration Error:
The audio system has been calibrated for
your vehicle from the factory. If Calibration
Error appears on the display, it means that
the radio has not been configured properly
for your vehicle and it must be returned to
your dealer for service.
Loc (Locked):
This message is displayed when the
THEFTLOCK® system has locked up the
radio. Take the vehicle to your dealer for
service.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if an error
cannot be corrected, contact your dealer.
Playing a CD
Insert a CD partway into the slot, label side
up. The player pulls it in and the CD should
begin playing.
If the ignition or radio is turned off with a
CD in the player, it stays in the player.
When the ignition or radio is turned on, the
CD starts playing where it stopped, if it was
the last selected audio source.
When a CD is inserted, the CD symbol
appears on the radio display. As each new
track starts to play, the track number
appears on the display.
The CD player can play the smaller 3 inch
(8 cm) single CDs with an adapter ring.
Full-size CDs and the smaller CDs are
loaded in the same manner.
If playing a CD-R, the sound quality may
be reduced due to CD-R quality, the
method of recording, the quality of the
music that has been recorded, and the way
the CD-R has been handled. There may be
an increase in skipping, difficulty in finding
tracks, and/or difficulty in loading and
ejecting. If these problems occur, check
the bottom surface of the CD. If the surface
of the CD is damaged, such as cracked,
broken, or scratched, the CD will not play
properly. If the surface of the CD is soiled,
refer to “Care of Your CDs and DVDs” in
this section for more information.
If there is no apparent damage, try a
known good CD.
Do not add any label to a CD. It could get
caught in the CD player. If a CD is
recorded on a personal computer and a
description label is needed, try labeling the
top of the recorded CD with a marking pen.
If an error appears on the display, see “CD
Messages” later in this section.
EJECT:
Press the CD eject button to eject the CD.
If the CD is not removed, after several sec-
onds, the CD automatically pulls back into
the player.
(Tune):
Turn this knob to select tracks on the CD
currently playing.
SEEK :
Press the left SEEK arrow to go to the start
of the current track, if more than ten sec-
onds have played. Press the right SEEK
arrow to go to the next track. If either SEEK
CAUTION
If a label is added to a CD, or more
than one CD is inserted into the slot
at a time, or an attempt is made to
play scratched or damaged CDs, the
CD player could be damaged. While
using the CD player, use only CDs in
good condition without any label,
load one CD at a time, and keep the
CD player and the loading slot free of
foreign materials, liquids, and debris.
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arrow is held or pressed multiple times, the
player continues moving backward or for-
ward through the CD.
REV (Reverse):
Press and hold this button to reverse play-
back quickly within a track. You will hear
sound at a reduced volume. Release this
pushbutton to resume playing the track.
The elapsed time of the track appears on
the display.
FWD (Fast Forward):
Press and hold this pushbutton to advance
playback quickly within a track. You will
hear sound at a reduced volume. Release
this pushbutton to resume playing the
track. The elapsed time of the track
appears on the display.
RDM (Random):
With random, you can listen to CD tracks in
random, rather than sequential order. To
use random, do the following:
1) Press this button to play tracks from the
CD you are listening to in random order.
The random icon appears on the dis-
play.
2) Press this button again to turn off ran-
dom play. The random icon disappears
from the display.
RPT (Repeat):
With repeat, one track can be repeated
(played over and over). To use repeat,
press and release the RPT button. An
arrow symbol appears on the display.
Press RPT again to turn off repeat play.
When repeat is off, the arrow symbol is no
longer displayed.
(Information):
Press this button to switch the display
between the track number, elapsed time of
the track, and the time. When the ignition is
off, press this button to display the time.
BAND:
Press this button to listen to the radio when
a CD is playing. The CD remains safely
inside the radio for future listening.
CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary):
Press this button to play a CD when listen-
ing to the radio. The CD icon and track
number appears on the display when a CD
is in the player. Press this button again and
the system automatically searches for an
auxiliary input device such as a portable
audio player.
CD Messages
CHECK DISC:
If this message appears on the display
and/or the CD comes out, it could be for
one of the following reasons:
• It is very hot. When the temperature
returns to normal, the CD should play.
You are driving on a very rough road.
When the road becomes smoother, the
CD should play.
The CD is dirty, scratched, wet, or
upside down.
The air is very humid. If so, wait about an
hour and try again.
There may have been a problem while
burning the CD-R.
The label may be caught in the CD
player.
If the CD is not playing correctly, for any
other reason, try a known good CD.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if an error
cannot be corrected, contact your dealer. If
the radio displays an error message, write
it down and provide it to your dealer when
reporting the problem.
Using the Auxiliary Input Jack
Your radio system has an auxiliary input
jack located on the lower right side of the
faceplate. This is not an audio output; do
not plug the headphone set into the front
auxiliary input jack. You can however, con-
nect an external audio device such as an
iPod, laptop computer, MP3 player, CD
changer, or cassette tape player, etc. to the
auxiliary input jack for use as another
source for audio listening.
Drivers are encouraged to set up any auxil-
iary device while the vehicle is in park (P).
Refer to “Defensive Driving” in “Your Driv-
ing, the Road, and Your Vehicle” in the
“Driving Your Vehicle” for more information
on driver distraction.
To use a portable audio player, connect a
3.5 mm (1/8 inch) cable to the radio’s front
auxiliary input jack. When a device is con-
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nected, press the radio CD/AUX button to
begin playing audio from the device over
the vehicle speakers.
(Power/Volume):
Turn this knob clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the volume of
the portable player. You may need to do
additional volume adjustments from the
portable device if the volume does not go
loud or soft enough.
BAND:
Press this button to listen to the radio when
a portable audio device is playing. The por-
table audio device continues playing, so
you may want to stop it or turn it off.
CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary):
Press this button to play a CD when a por-
table audio device is playing.
Press this button again and the system
begins playing audio from the connected
portable audio player. If a portable audio
player is not connected, “No Aux” displays.
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Radio Data System (RDS)
The audio system has a Radio Data Sys-
tem (RDS). The RDS feature is available
for use only on FM stations that broadcast
RDS information. This system relies upon
receiving specific information from these
stations and only works when the informa-
tion is available. While the radio is tuned to
an FM-RDS station, the station name or
call letters appear on the display. In rare
cases, a radio station may broadcast incor-
rect information that causes the radio fea-
tures to work improperly. If this happens,
contact the radio station.
XMTM Satellite Radio Service
XMTM is a satellite radio service that is
based in the 48 contiguous United States
and Canada. XMTM offers a large variety of
coast-to-coast channels including music,
news, sports, talk, traffic/weather (U.S.
subscribers), and children’s programming.
XMTM provides digital quality audio and
text information that includes song title and
artist name. A service fee is required in
order to receive the XMTM service. For
more information, contact XMTM; In the
U.S. at www.xmradio.com or call 1-800-
852-XMXM (9696) or in Canada at
www.xmradio.ca or call 1-877-GET-XMSR
(438-9677).
Playing the Radio
(Power/Volume):
Press this knob to turn the system on and
off.
Turn this knob clockwise or counterclock-
wise to increase or decrease the volume.
Speed Compensated Volume (SCV):
The radio is also equipped with Speed
Compensated Volume (SCV). When SCV
is on, the radio volume automatically
adjusts to compensate for road and wind
noise as you speed up or slow down while
driving. That way, the volume level should
sound about the same as you drive. To
activate SCV:
1) Set the radio volume to the desired
level.
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2) Press the MENU button to display the
radio setup menu.
3) Press the pushbutton under the AUTO
VOLUM label on the radio display.
4) Press the pushbutton under the desired
Speed Compensated Volume setting
(OFF, Low, Med, or High) to select the
level of radio volume compensation.
The display times out after approxi-
mately 10 seconds. Each higher setting
allows for more radio volume compen-
sation at faster vehicle speeds.
Finding a Station
BAND:
Press this button to switch between AM,
FM, or XMTM (if equipped). The display
shows the selection.
(Tune):
Turn this knob to select radio stations.
SEEK :
Press the right or left SEEK arrow to go to
the next or to the previous station and stay
there.
To scan stations, press and hold either
SEEK arrow for a few seconds until a beep
sounds. The radio goes to a station, plays
for a few seconds, then goes to the next
station. Press either SEEK arrow again to
stop scanning.
The radio only seeks and scans stations
with a strong signal that are in the selected
band.
(Information) (XMTM Satellite Radio
Service, MP3, and RDS Features):
Press the information button to display
additional text information related to the
current FM-RDS or XMTM station, or MP3
song. A choice of additional information
such as: Channel, Song, Artist, and CAT
may appear. Continue pressing the infor-
mation button to highlight the desired label,
or press the pushbutton positioned under
any one of the labels and the information
about that label is displayed.
When information is not available, No Info
displays.
Storing a Radio Station as a Favorite
Drivers are encouraged to set up their
radio station favorites while the vehicle is
parked. Tune to your favorite stations using
the presets, favorites button, and steering
wheel controls (if equipped). Refer to
“Defensive Driving” in “Your Driving, the
Road, and Your Vehicle” in the “Driving
Your Vehicle” section.
FAV (Favorites):
A maximum of 36 stations can be pro-
grammed as favorites using the six push-
buttons positioned below the radio station
frequency labels and by using the radio
favorites page button (FAV button). Press
the FAV button to go through up to six
pages of favorites, each having six favorite
stations available per page. Each page of
favorites can contain any combination of
AM, FM, or XMTM (if equipped) stations. To
store a station as a favorite, perform the
following steps:
1) Tune to the desired radio station.
2) Press the FAV button to display the
page where you want the station
stored.
3) Press and hold one of the six pushbut-
tons until a beep sounds. Whenever
that pushbutton is pressed and
released, the station that was set,
returns.
4) Repeat the steps for each pushbutton
radio station you want stored as a favor-
ite.
The number of favorites pages can be
setup using the MENU button. To setup the
number of favorites pages, perform the fol-
lowing steps:
1) Press the MENU button to display the
radio setup menu.
2) Press the pushbutton located below the
FAV 1-6 label.
3) Select the desired number of favorites
pages by pressing the pushbutton
located below the displayed page num-
bers.
4) Press the FAV button, or let the menu
time out, to return to the original main
radio screen showing the radio station
frequency labels and to begin the pro-
cess of programming your favorites for
the chosen amount of numbered
pages.
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