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LeSabre

The 1994 Buick LeSabre Owner's Manual
Litho in USA Part No. 25609657 B First Edition
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“valve-in-head” engine, a light, powerful and reliable engine which would eventually influence the entire automotive industry. William C. Durant was instrumental in promoting Buicks across the country using his Durant-Dort Carriage Co. outlets and salespeople as the nucleus of a giant distribution system. He knew the Buick as a “~elf-seller~’. automobiles could be this good, he If thought, maybe it was time to switch from the horse and buggy business to automobiles. At the 1905, New York Auto Show, Durant took orders for 1,000 Buicks before the company had built 40. On Buick’s success, Durant created a holding company, September 16, 1908. He called it General Motors.

Walter Marr and Thomas Buick Buick’s chief engineer, Walter L. Marr (left), and Thomas D. Buick, son of founder David Dunbar Buick, drove the first Flint Buick in a successful Flint-Detroit round trip in July 1904. David Buick was building gasoline engines by 1899, and Marr, his engineer, apparently built the first auto to be called a Buick in 1900. However, Buick traditionally dates its beginnings to 1903. That was the year the company was reorganized, refinanced and moved from Detroit to Flint. Buick has always been a product innovator. Buick engineers developed the

William C. (Billy)Durant

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but in endurance tests across the country and around the world. 1911 Model 21 Touring Car on Buick's Test Hl il First Buick Factory . Buick was the only car to complete a 1.000-mile Chicago-to-New York race in 1906. including successes at Indianapolis two years before the Indy 500 began. However. Argentina. As a builder of premier automobiles. During World War I.Durant also created a racing team that won 500 racing trophies in 1909 and 1910. over the Andes to Santiago. driven from Buenos Aires. Buick built Liberty aircraft engines as well as Red Cross ambulances so successful that one Buick ambulance was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government. Buick was hard hit by the Great Depression. Buick's endurance and reliability were world famous. Buick drew plenty of attention because it could climb hills and run through mud like no other car. The success of Buick engines was visible not only on the race track. Buick sales soon flourished. Harlow H. And a Buick was the first car to travel across South America. Curtice created popular new models including the Special and the Roadmaster. new General Manager. Chile in 1914.

“Car of the Year”. was introduced in the 1948 Roadmaster. 6 . (introduced in 1942). The first production V-6 engine was used in the Special. tanks and other military hardware. became more massive in the post-war era. A high-compression V-8 engine was introduced in 1953.53 Skylark 1949 Roadmaster Motor Trend magazine named the 1962 Buick Special. Buick built aircraft engines. The torque converter automatic transmission. Buick’s famous “portholes” came along in 1949. 19.In World War 11. And Buick’s famous vertical pillar “toothy” grille. This post-war period brought great styling and engineering changes which resulted in increased sales. Dynaflow.

7 . General Manager. rich detail and comfortable accommodation. andwill continue to be. Buicks are POWERFUL. Buicks are MATURE. which formed the cornerstone of General Motors. is a state-of-the-art assembly facility with more than 200 robots and other high-tech equipment. Buick City. Buick Motor Division Our mission is simple: “Buick will provide Premium American Motorcars backed with services that exceed our customers’ expectations. Buicks are.1962 Buick Special Built inside the walls of the old buildings in Buick’s former Flint complex. ownership. It was completed in the fallof 1985.premium American motorcars with smooth power. service and repurchase experience. Buicks are DISTINCTIVE. Ed Mertz. throughout the purchase. high performance.” Buicks are SUBSTANTIAL.

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........................ It also oxplains the "SRS" system....................... ....................... It also cives you information on "Reporting SaI'ety Defects" o n page 287.......................................... This part tells you what t o do if you have a problem while driving.... This part tells you how to use your manual and includes safety and vehicle damage warnings and symbols.................................................... Seats and Restraint Systems ................................... YourIIrivingandtheRoad .. Customer Assistance Information ...............................................he ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your sound systeln......................... This part tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use................... This part tells you how to adjust ..................................................... Service and Appearance C a r e .......... Maintenanceschedule ................ Here's a n alphabetical listing of' almost every subject in this manual.................................. Here you'll f i n d helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under difterent conditions.........Table of Contents How to Use this Manual ........................ You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.. This part explains how to start and operate your Buick...... etc.... Index .... c 10 13 61 119 147 181 213 265 287 295 9 ............... FeaturesandControls ..................................... Here the manual tells you how to keep your Buick running properly and looking good...... Comfort Controls and Audio Systems ........................................ This part tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service publications........... such as a flat tire or engine overheating...................................................... This part tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly........... ........... Problems ontheRoad ........

In the gray caution area.” “Don’t do this. Please read these cautions. you’ll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. you or others could be hurt. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. 10 . This will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle.” Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. If you don’t.” or “Don’t let this happen. We use a box with gray background and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.How to Use This Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. In this manual. we tell you what the hazard is. This safety symbol means “Don’t.

They use yellow for cautions. When you read other manuals. this damage would not be covered by your warranty. blue for notices and the words CAUTION or NOTICE. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle.Vehicle Damage Warnings Also. and it could be costly. Many times. NOTICE: 11 . in this book you will find these notices: In the notice area. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage. we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words.

For example. these symbols are used on an original battery: CAUTION POSSIBLE INJURY PROTECT EYES BY SHIELDING CAUSTIC These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights: ENGINE COOLANT TEMP BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM Here are some other symbols you may see: FUSE A These symbols are important for you and your passengers whenever your vehicle is driven: DOOR LOCK UNLOCK These symbols have to do with your lights: These symbols are on some of your controls: WIPER w t0 -FI-1 RADIO SELECTOR 111 111 'r' i I FASTEN BELTS 6 SEAT TURN SIGNALS PARKING LIGHTS e p' WINDSHIELDWASHER a 0 WINDsHIELDw BRAKE DEFROSTER RADIATOR COOLANT 0 RADIO VOLUME AIR CONDITIONING BURNS AVOID SPARKS OR FLAMES SPARK OR FLAME COULD EXPLODE BATTERY POWER WINDOW WINDOW DEFOGGER FUEL HIGHBEAM OR = =o VENTILATING FAN ENGINE OIL PRESSURE eb LIGHTER m .111. FOG LAMPS $0 TEMP OIL ANTILOCK BRAKE 4 % ( ) @ SPEAKER b 12 .Vehicle Symbols These are someof the symbols you may find on your vehicle.

. 57 SafetyBeltExtender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 LargerChildren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Supplemental Restraint System (Air bag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Part 1 Seats and Restraint Systems Here you’ll find information about the seats in your Buick and how to use your safety belts properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Checking Your Restraint System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . 17 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lap-ShoulderBelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Smaller Children and Babies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 HeadRestraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You can also learn about some things you should not do with safety belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 SafetyBelts . . . . . . Part 1 includes: SeatsandSeatControls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and also about reclining front seatbacks. Slide the seat to where you want it. Manual Seat Move the lever under the front seat to unlock it. 1 A .how to adjust them. and head restraints.to make sure the seat is locked into place. Then release the lever and try to move the seat with your body.Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you about the seats -.

lift the lever on the outer side of the seat and move the seatback to where you want it.Power Seat (Option) Reclining Front Seatback(s) To adjust the seatback. Pull up on the lever and the seat will go to an upright position. 15 . The power seat controls are located on the armrest. Center Control (C): Move the seat forward or back by holding the control to the front or back. Raise the seat by holding the control to the left. Holding the switch to the right lowers the rear of the seat. Rear Control (R): Raise the rear of the seat by holding the switch to the left. Hold the control to the right to lower the seat. Release the lever to lock the seatback. Front Control (F): Raise the front of the seat by pushing the left side of the switch Push the right side of the switch to lower the front of the seat.

16 .But don't have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.

This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. 17 . 1 Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your ears. And it explains the Supplemental Restraint System. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. or “air bag” system.Head Restraints Safety Belts: They’reFor Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly.

the law says to wear safety belts. you don’t know if it will be a bad one.. Without belts they could have been badly hurt or killed. 18 . and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up a person wouldn’t survive. Here’s why: They work. the facts are clear.. In mostcrashes buckling up does matter . A few crashes are mild. In many of them. But most crashes are in between. people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. (See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the Index. You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash. a lot! A This figurelights up as a reminder to buckle up.) In many states and Canadian provinces.After more than 25 years of safety belts in vehicles.

But the child keeps going! For example. it stops.. .. 19 . if the bike is going 10 mph (16 km/h). so is the child. . F . When the bike hits the block. you go as fast as it goes.Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything.

Suppose it's just a seat on wheels. 20 . Put someone on it.Take the simplest vehicle.

The rider doesn't stop. The person keeps going until stopped by something. it could be the windshield .. In a real vehicle.Get it up to speed.. 21 . Then stop the vehicle.

or the instrument panel.You stop over more distance.. That’s why safety belts make such good sense. . 22 . you slow downas the vehicle does. and your strongest bones take the forces. or the safety belts! With safety belts. You get more timeto stop.

And your chance of being conscious during after an accident. or Supplemental Restraint Systems. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h). But they are supplemental systems only -.whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not.Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -.you and your passengers can be hurt. Even if you’re in a vehicle that has air bags. &: A: If I’m a good driver.even one that isn’t your fault -. That’s true not only in frontal collisions. A: You could be -. but if you’re in an accident -. Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) of home. why should I wear safety belts? You may be an excellent driver. are in some vehicles today and will be in more of them in the future. Every air bag system ever offered for sale A: 23 . not instead of them. @’ Why don’t they just put in air bags so people won’t have to wear safety belts? Air bags. so and you can unbuckle and get out.and the Answers Q: Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt? has required the use of safety belts. Safety belts are for everyone. you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. But you can easily unbuckle a safety belt. even if you’re upside down. and I never drive far from home. such asbad drivers. is much greater if you are belted. but especially in side and other collisions. Being a good driver doesn’t protect you from things beyond your control.so they work with safety belts.

The safety belt light will also come on and stay on for about 70 seconds.Safety Belt Reminder Light How To Wear Safety Belts Properly Adults This section is only for people of adult size.” Follow those rules for everyone’s protection. We’ll start with the driver position. If a child will be riding in your Buick. you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. When the ksy is turned to “Run” or “Start.” a chime will come on for about eight seconds to remind people to fasten their safety belts. 24 . First. If the driver’s belt is already buckled. see the section after this one. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. neither the chime nor the light will come on. called “Children. And there aredifferent rules for smaller children and babies.

see "Seats" in the Index) so you can sit up straight. Adjust the seat (to see how. 1 .Driver Position This section describesthe driver's restraint system. Close and lock the door. Here's how to wear it properly. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. 2. 25 .

The shoulder belt 26 . the belt would apply force at your abdomen. 4. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt.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. I I I I I I I The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips. this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. just touching the thighs. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. r I 1 I I 1 3. see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. Don’t let it get twisted. If you slid under it. In a crash. If the belt isn’t long enough.

To move it up or down. When you release the handle.Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster 1 I 1 You can move the shoulder belt adjuster tothe height that is right for you. 27 . You can move the adjuster up from a lower position by pushing the bottom of the release handle. try to move it down a little to make sure it has locked into position. squeeze the release handle.

Adjust the height that the shoulder portion the belt so of is properly positioned on your shoulder. . away from your face and neck.To help you finda height that is right for you. follow these guidelines: For a tall person: Use the upper or upper-middle position. For a short person: Use the lowerlower-middle or position. For a person average height: Use a position of somewhere in the middle.

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The belt is buckled in the wrong place.

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The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times.

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To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way.

Supplemental Restraint System (Air Bags)
This section explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), or “air bag,” system. Your Buick has an air bag for the driver and for the right-front passenger. Here are the most important things to know:

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.

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The system checks for electrical malfunctions. if the airbag readiness light doesn’t come on when you start your vehicle.Air Bag Readiness Light There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel. and the light tells you if there is a problem. You will see this light flash for a few seconds when you turn your ignition to “Run” or “Start. How The Air Bag System Works INFLATABLE RESTRAINT INFL. which shows INFLATABLE RESTRAINT. or comes on when you are driving.” Then the light should go out. or stays on. your air bag system may not work properly. REST. Have your vehicle serviced right away. Remember. 35 . which means the system is ready.

this velocity threshold depends on the vehicle design and may be several miles-per-hour faster or slower. just air In any particular crash. but can happen in a crash severe enough to make an bag inflate. of which vehicle damage is one only indication. addition. Repair cost is not a good indicator of whether an air bag should have deployed. the determinationwhether the of air bag should have inflated cannot be based solely on the level of damage on the vehicle(s). This is rare.or rear impacts where the inflation would provide no occupant protection benefit. However. this threshold velocity will In be considerably higher the vehicle strikes an object if on such as a parked car which will move and deform impact. only of the two air bags one in your LeSabre will deploy.When is an air bag expected to inflate? The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes. It is possible that in a crash. Where is the air bag? The driver’s air bag is in the middle steering of the wheel. the threshold level for most GM vehicles is between9 and 15 mph (14 and 23 km/h). Inflation is determined by the angle the impact and the vehicle’s of deceleration. . The air bag will only inflate if the velocityof the impact is above the designed threshold level. The air bag is also not designed to inflate in rollovers. side impacts. The right-front passenger’s air bag is located in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side. When impacting straight into a wall that does not move or deform.

The inflator. windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. the air bag sensingsystem detects that the vehicle is suddenly stoppingas a result of a crash. primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward the air bag. including rollovers and rear and side impacts. The sensing system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium azide sealed in the inflator. nor will it hinder the occupants from exiting the vehicle. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize that the air bag inflated. What will you see after an air bag inflation? After the air bag has inflated. But air bags would not provide protection in many types of collisions. cloth bag. How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions. The reaction produces nitrogen gas. The air bag will not impede the driver’s vision or ability to steer the vehicle. even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub for the driver’s air bag or the instrument panel for the passenger’s bag may be hot for a short time. stopping the occupant more gradually. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. There will be small amounts of smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. and related hardware are all part of the air bag inflator modules packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the passenger. which inflates a cloth bag. but the portion of the bag that comes into contact with you will not be hot to the touch.What makes an air bag inflate? In a frontal or near-frontal impact of sufficient severity. 37 . In many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag. Additional windshield breakage may occur in vehicles with passenger air bags because the windshield acts as a reaction surface forthe inflating air bag. it will then quickly deflate. Air bags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belt protection in moderate to severe frontal and near-frontal collisions.

try to get fresh air by opening a window. when the sensors are activated and whether the driver’s safety belt was in use. or opening a door. which records information about the air bag system. turning on the fan.The air bags are designed to inflate only once. You may have to replace the air bag on the steering wheel or both the air bag and the instrument panel for the passenger’s air bag. The service manual has information about the need to replace other parts. If you don’t get them. If you or your passengers can’t get out of the vehicle. After they inflate. Do not openor break the air bag covers. you and any passengers should exit the vehicle if and when it is safe to do so. I NOTICE: If you damage the cover for the driver’s or the right-front passenger’s airbag. Let only qualified technicians work on your air bag system. So. Some people with respiratory ailments may experience difficulty breathing if they stay in the vehicle with the windows closed after airbag inflation. if your air bag inflates. Improper service can mean that your air bag system won’t work properly. you’ll need some new parts for your air bag system. 38 . A new system will include airbag modules and possibly other parts. See your dealer for service. Is the smoke from an air bag inflation harmful? The particles emitted during air bag inflation are not harmful to most people. Your vehicle is equipped with a diagnostic module. the air bag system won’t be there to help protect you in another crash. The module records information about the readiness of the system. they may not work properly.

The air bag system does not need regular throughout the pregnancy.You don’t wantthe system to seriously injured if they don’t wear safety belts. theyare more likely to be around your vehicle. Safety belts work for everyone. .Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Bdck Safety BeltUse During Pregnancy Air bags affect how your Buick should be serviced. Likeall occupants. inflate while someone working on your vehicl‘e. maintenance. Your is A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt. including pregnant There are parts the air bag system in several places of women. and Buick dealer and the1994 Le Sabre Service Manual as have information about servicing your vehicle and the the lap portion should be worn low as possible air bag system.

the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. be sure to use the correct buckle when buckling your lap-shoulder belt. The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. For pregnant women. If you find that the latch plate will not go fully into the buckle. let it go back all the way and start again. When the lap portion of the belt is pulled out all the way. it will lock. If your vehicle has a center passenger position. 40 . as for anyone. When a safety belt is worn properly. it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. If it does.’’ earlier in this part. see if you are using the buckle for the center passenger position. See “Driver Position.Right Front Passenger Position The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt.

41 .Center Passenger Position Lap Belt When you sit in a center seating position. you have a lap safety belt. tilt the latch plate and pull it along the belt. which has no retractor. To make the belt longer.

Here’s how to wear one properly. If the belt isn’t long enough. Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Rear Seat Passengers It’s very important for rear seat passengers 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.To make the belt shorter. position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. Rear passengers who aren’t safety belted can be thrown out of the vehicle in a crash. Rear Seat Outside PassengerPositions i U Buckle. 42 . 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. see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. And they can strike others in the vehicle who are wearing safety belts.

If the belt is not long enough. If you slid under it. let it go back all the way and start again. Thiscould cause serious or even fatal injuries. If it does. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. see“Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. just touching the thighs. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt. The shoulder belt 43 . t 1. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. When the lap belt is pulled out all the way. I I I I 2. it will lock. Make sure the The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips.release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. Don’t let it get twisted. the belt would apply force at your abdomen. In a crash.

crash. The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or a To unlatch the belt.should go over the shoulder and across the chest. just push the button on the buckle. . These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces.

ChiIdren

Smaller Children and Babies

Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.

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Child Restraints
Be sure to follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. The instructions that come with the infant or child restraint will show you how to do that.

Where to Put the Restraint
Accident statistics showthat children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. We at General Motors therefore recommend that you put your child restraint in the rear seat. NEVER put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here’s why:

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Wherever you install it, be sure to secure child the restraint properly. Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any child restraint in your vehicle -- even when no child is in it.

If your child restraint has a top strap, it should be anchored.

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If you need to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Buick dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install an anchor yourself, your dealer can tell you how to do it. For cars first sold in Canada, child restraints with a top strap must be anchored according to Canadian Law.

Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Position

Your dealer can obtain the hardware kit and install it for you, or you may install it yourself using the instructions provided in the kit.
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Use the tether hardware kit available from the dealer. The hardware and installation instructions were specifically designed for this vehicle.

You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one.
1. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint.

2. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say.
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. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it behind the child restraint.

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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.

5. Pull the rest of the lap belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock.
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feed the lap belt into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. To remove the child restraint. a I I 7. 51 . Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and let it go back all the way.6. To tighten the belt.

you'll be using the lap belt. Put the restraint on the seat. 52 . 1. 3. 2 . Follow the instructions for the child restraint.Securing a Child Restraint in a Center Rear Seat Position See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. U When you secure achild restraint in a center seating position. Make the belt as long as possible by tilting the latch plate and pulling it along the belt. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say.

To tighten the belt. Run the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. To remove the child restraint. turn the latch plate over and buckle it again. 53 . secure the restraint in a different place in the vehicle and contact the child restraint maker for their advice about how to attach the child restraint properly. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions tobe sure it is secure. If it isn’t. pull its free end while you push down on the child restraint. 5. It will be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. 7. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. The child restraint instructions will show you how. Then see if it is secure. just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt. 6. Buckle the belt. If the child restraint isn’t secure.4.

Put the restraint on the seat. NEVER put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Because your vehicle has a right-front passenger’s air bag. See the earlier section about the top strap if the child restraint has one. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say. 2. 54 . 3. Here’s why: You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. 1.Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Your vehicle has a right-front passenger’s air bag. always move the seat as farback as it will go before securing a front-facing child restraint.

Pull the rest of the lap belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. The child restraint instructions will show you how. Pick up the latch plate. Buckle the belt. put it behind the child restraint.4. 6. 5. J 55 . and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck.

7. To tighten the belt. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. 56 . feed the lap belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. To remove the child restraint. 8. just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and let it go back all the way.

a child should sit next to a window so the child can wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. 0 Children who aren't buckled up can be thrown out in a crash. If you have the choice. 57 . But they need to use the safety belts properly. Children who aren't buckled up can strike other people who are.Larger Children Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. I A Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle's safety belts.

you might want to place the child in the center seat position.I ~ What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt. so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is so small that the shoulder belt is still very close to the child‘s face or neck. 58 . the one that has only a lap belt. but be sure that the shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder. but the child is so small that the shoulder belt is very close to the child’s face or neck? A: Move the child toward the center of the vehicle.

make sure all your belts. To wear it. and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. Don’t let someone else use it. When you go in to order it. your dealer will order you an extender. But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten. anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you. If you see anythingthat might keep a restraint system from doing its job. and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose.Wherever the child sits. This applies belt force to the child’s pelvic bones in a crash. so the extender will be long enough for you. Checking Your Restraint Systems Now and then. just attach it to the regular safety belt. latch plates. buckles. have it repaired. 59 . Look for any looseparts or damage. you should use it. retractors. just touching the child’s thighs. It’s free. take the heaviest coat you will wear. the lap portion of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips. The extender will be just for you.

Torn or frayed belts may not protect you in a crash. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the belt wasn’t being used at the time of the collision. nothing may be necessary. do you need new belts‘? After a very minor collision. But if the belts were stretched. get a new one right away. If your seat adjuster won’t work after a crash. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. They can rip apart under impact forces.then you need new belts. 60 . If a belt is torn or frayed.Replacing Safety Belts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash. @ What’s wrong with this? If belts are cut or damaged. replace them. A: The belt is torn. as they would be if worn during a more severe crash. the special part of the safety belt that goes through the seat to the adjuster may need to be replaced.

.. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . ... .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . 106 WarningLights. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. TurnSignal/Headlight Beam Lever . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . ... .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . 100 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . shifting and braking. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . .. . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . ... . .3 Part 2 Features and Controls Here you can learn about the many standard and optional features on your Buick.. . . .. . . . . .. . . . 73 Starting the Engine .. .. . . . .. . . . . .. .. . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .and information on starting. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . Instrument Panel SpeedometerandOdometer . . . . .. . 75 ShiftingtheTransaxle . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Gages andIndicators . . . . 88 Headlight High-Low Beam Lever . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . . .. . . . . properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 62 63 DoorLocks . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . ... . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 88 Tilt Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... .. . . . . .. . . NewVehicleBreak-In . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . 90 Cruisecontrol . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . Also explained are the instrumentpanel and the warning systems that tell you if everything is working .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . and what to do if you have a problem Part 2 includes: Keys . . . .. . . .. 92 97 HeadliEhts . . ... . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . 90 Windshield Wipermasher . . . . .. . . ...... . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . .. . . .. . . 78 87 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 61 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

62 .Keys The ignition keys are for the ignition only. The door keys are for the doors and all other locks.

reminding you to take your keys. there will be a bar-coded key tag instead. and gives them to the first owner. 63 . Keep the plugs in a safe place. you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs. If your ignition keys don’t have plugs. So be sure you have extra keys. You may evenhave to damage your vehicle to getin. Each plug has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys.When a new LeSabre is delivered.If you lose your keys. go to your Buick dealer for the correct key code if you need a new ignition key. you will hear a warning tone when you open the driver’s door. Key Reminder Warning If you leave your keys in the ignition. the dealer removes the plugs from the keys. Door Locks NOTICE: Your Buick has a number new features that of can help prevent theft. if the ignition key does not have a plug. But you can have a lot of if trouble getting into your vehicle you ever lock your keys inside. However.

Then get out and close the door. Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle. slide the lock control on the door down. take your keys. 64 . slide the lock control up. From the outside: Use your door key. From the inside: To lock the door.There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle: Power Door Locks (Option) Push the power door lock switch to lock or unlock all the doors at once. open your door and set the locks from inside. To unlock the door.

Operation is subject to the following twoconditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference. 0 0 If your Buick has this option. including interference that may cause undesired operation. 0 Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment.Remote Keyless Entry System (Option) Your Remote Keyless Entry System operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. Check the distance. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. and (2) This device must accept any interference received. This product has a maximum range. See the instructions on battery replacement. See your Buick dealer or a qualified technician for service. You may be too far from your vehicle. Check the location. Should interference to this system occur. 65 . try this: 0 Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. you can lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the key chain transmitter supplied with your vehicle.

Grounding the program terminal erases the system memory and causes the doors to lock and unlock once. Have both transmitters that will be matched to the car present. 2. Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle Each key chain transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. Use a jumper wire with alligator clips at both ends to ground (Terminal 4) to program (Terminal 8). If a transmitter is lost or stolen.) Each vehicle can have only two transmitters matched to it. Once the new transmitter is coded. Find the 16 pin diagnostic connector abovethe accelerator pedal. a replacement can be purchased through your dealer. all doors will unlock. Remember to bring any remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. 66 . use the following instructions. the remaining transmitters must also be matched. Thismeans the system is ready to be matched to the transmitter. To match a transmitter. but only when the ignition is OFF. Remove the car keys from the ignition and have them with you. You can match a transmitter to as many different vehicles as you own. All doors will lock when LOCK is pressed. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle. The trunk will unlock when the opened trunk symbol is pressed. even if only one is new. the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle. (General Motors offers several different models of these systems on their vehicles. If pressed again quickly. 1. provided they are equipped with exactly the same model system. The interior lights will also comeon when any button is pressed if the ignition is off. BLK ASSEMBLY LINE DIAGNOSTIC LINK (ALDL) CONNECTOR 3.Operation The driver’s door will unlock when UNLOCK is pressed.

type DL-2016. check the transmitter batteries. If the lock control does not work as it should. or a similar type. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works.4. Still keeping the program terminal grounded. the batteries in your key chain transmitter should last about two years. 5. If you do not want to match a second transmitter. For battery replacement. @ 67 .) Test the operation of both transmitters with the vehicle. If there is no response. press the UNLOCK button on the first transmitter. The door locks will lock and unlock again to indicate the transmitter is now matched. disconnect the jumperwire and start over at Step 3. You can tell the batteries are weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. 6. proceed to Step6. repeat Step 4 with the second transmitter. Keeping the program terminal grounded. (Note: The system will not operate if the jumper wire is still connected. Battery Replacement Under normal use. it’s probably time to change the batteries. seeyour Buick dealer. If you make a mistake.only the first transmitteris matched. Remove the jumper wire. use two Duracell batteries. If you disconnect the ground wire before completing this step.

68 . Replace the front cover. 2. 3. 2.To replace the batteries: Rear Door Security Lock Your Buick is equipped with rear door security locks that help prevent passengers from opening the rear doors of your car from the inside. Put them in as the direction under the batteries indicate. Remove and replace the batteries. so water won’t get in. Replace the screw in the back cover. Remove the screw from the back cover. To use one of these locks: CHILD 1. SECURITY 1. bottom half first. Move the lever all the way up to the ENGAGED position. 3. Unlock the door from the inside. Lift off the front cover. . Make sure the cover is on tightly. 4. Then open the door from the outside. If you want to open a rear door when the security lock is on: 1. LOCK SET LEVER ON BOTH REAR DOORS 2 Close the door. Do the same thing to the other rear door lock. The rear doors of your vehicle cannot be opened from inside when this feature is in use.

then take the door key with you. 2. 69 . Unlock the door from the inside and open the door from the outside. adults or older children who ride in the rear won’t be able to open the rear door from the inside. You should let adults and older children know how these security locks work. To cancel the rear door lock: 1. The rear door locks will now work normally. To secure the trunk. Move the lever all the way down 3.If you don’t cancel the security lock feature. This feature allows you to secure items in the trunk when you must leave the ignition key with an attendant. Do the same for the other rear door. Remote Trunk Release The trunk release switch in the glove box must be “ON” for the “TRUNK” button to work. and how to cancel the locks. turn OFF the TRUNK RELEASE. lock the glove box.

The transaxle must be in PARK or NEUTRAL for it to work.The “TRUNK” button is on the instrument panelto the left of. 70 . If you have the Remote Keyless Entry System.the steering column. it will also unlock the trunk.

Always do this. Put them in a storage area. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight. or take them with you. When you park your Buick and open the driver’s door.Theft Vehicle theft is big business. Although your Buick has a number of theft deterrent features. 2. we know that nothing we put on it can make it impossible to steal. Lock the glove box. it’s best to lock it up and take your keys. like your trunk or glove box. and so will your ignition and transaxle. especially in some cities.so don’t do it. 71 . And remember to lock the doors. However. there are ways you can help. 4. Parking Lots If you park in a lot where someone will be watching your vehicle. Put your valuables in a storage area. 1. Your steering wheel will be locked. But what if you have to leaveyour ignition key? What if you have to leavesomething valuable in your vehicle? Key in the Ignition If you walk away from your vehicle with the keys inside. Lock all the doors except the driver’s. it’s an easy target for joy riders or professional thieves -. you’ll hear a chimereminding you to removeyour key from the ignition and take it with you. 3. Then take the door key with you. close all windows and lock your vehicle. Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot.

Wait about three minutes and try again. PASS-Key@II is a passive theft deterrent system. Turn the ignition off. For about three minutes. and the key appears to be clean and dry. you may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index). This means you don’t have to do anything different to arm or disarm the system. wait about three minutes and try the other ignition key. Your vehicle is equipped with the PASS-Key@II (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft deterrent system. PASS-Key(% uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. The security light may remain on during this time. Clean and dry the key.the first ignition key may be faulty. If someone tries to start your vehicle again or uses another key during this time. the key may be dirty or wet. If the engine doesnot start and the “SECURITY” light comes on.PASS-Key@II When the PASS-Key’II system senses that someone is using the wrong key. See your Buick dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key%. It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition. If the starter still won’t work. your vehicle needs service. the starter won’t work and fuel won’t go to theengine. If your vehicle does start. 72 . The ignition key must be clean and dry before it’s inserted in the ignition or the engine may not start. it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. This discourages someone from randomly trying different keys with different resistor pellets in an attempt to make a match. If the starter won’t work with the other key. the vehicle will not start. At this time.

Don’t make full-throttle starts. you will be able to restart your engine if you turn it off. -- -- 73 .If you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet. During this time your new brakelinings aren’t yet broken in. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key% ignition key. Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322km) or so. But you don’t have to wait three minutes before trying one of the other ignition keys. New Vehicle “Break-In” NOTICE: Your modern Buick doesn’t need an elaborate “break-in. however. If you’re ever drivingand and the “SECURITY” light comes on and stays on. see your Buick dealer or alocksmith who can service PASS-Key% to have a new key made. Your vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key% system. the starter won’t work and the “SECURITY” light will flash. is not working properly and must be serviced by your Buick dealer. See your Buick dealer or alocksmith who can service the PASS-Key@II to have a new key made. Follow this “breaking-in” guideline every time you get new brake linings. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement.” But it willperform better in the long run ifyou followthese guidelines: Don’t drive at any one speed fast or slow for the first 500 miles (804 km). Your PASS-Key@II system.

you can turn the switch to five different positions. 74 . just asit was before you inserted the key. push in the key and turn it toward you. r f A L i i \ E With the ignition key in the ignition switch. (A) Accessory:This position lets you usethings like the radio and the windshield wipers when the engine is off. To use. Your steering wheel will remain locked.Ignition Key Positions Your square-headed key operates your ignition lock.

75 .” When the engine starts. 1. steeringwheel and transaxle. then your vehicle needs service. then turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard. Use “Off’ if you must have your car in motion while the engine isoff. turn your ignition key to “Start. you coulddamage the transaxle. Using a tool toforce it couldbreak the key or the ignitionswitch. Shift to “P” (Park) only when your vehicle is stopped. use “N” (Neutral) only. It’s a theft deterrent feature. If none of this works.that’s a safety feature. (D) Run: This is the position for driving. Without pushing the accelerator pedal. Your engine won’t start in any other position -.let go of the key. But turnthe key only withyour hand. This position locks your ignition. If you do. NOTICE: If your key seemsstuck in “Lock” and you can’t turn it. It doesn’t lock the steering wheel like Lock. (C) Off: This position lets you turn off the engine but still turn the steering wheel. your ignition will be in the Lock position. Starting Your Engine Move your shift lever to “P” (Park) or“N” (Neutral). be sure it is all the way in. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm.(B) Lock: Before you put the key in. If it is. NOTICE: Don’t try to shift to (Park) if your Buick is “PYy moving. (E) Start: This position starts your engine. To restart when you’re already moving.

76 . If you ever have to have you’r‘Pehicle towed.I NOTICE: Holding your key in “Start” for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery to be drained much sooner. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery. If you don’t. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in “Start” for about three seconds. See “Towing Your Car” in the Index. I NOTICE: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. 3. If you add electrical parts or accessories. but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. If the car starts briefly but then stops again. see the part of this manual that tells how to doit without damaging your vehicle. hold your key in “Start” for about three to five seconds at a time until your engine starts. After waiting about 15 seconds.you couldchange the way the fuel injectionsystem operates. it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Before adding electrical equipment. And the excessive heat can damage your starter motor. do the same thing. your engine might notperform properly. If it doesn’t start right away. repeat the normal starting procedure. check with your dealer. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine. If your engine still won’t start (or starts but then stops). 2.

How long should you keep the coolant heater plugged in? The answer dependson the weather. the engine coolant heater can help.Driving Through Deep Standing Water NOTICE: If you drive too quickly throughdeep puddles or standing water. be sure to store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. water can come in through your engine’s air intake and badly damage your engine. we ask that you contact a Buick dealer in the area where you’ll be parking your vehicle. The dealer can give you the best advice for that particular area. You’ll get easier starting and better fuel economy during enginewarm-up. 3. Engine Coolant Heater (Engine Block Heater) (Canada Only) In very cold weather. Plug it into a normal. Instead of trying to list everything here. Usually. If you don’t. 77 . If you can’t avoid deep puddles or standing water. I NOTICE: After you’ve used the coolant heater. I To use the coolant heater: 1. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. Turn off the engine. the kind of oil you have. the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle. it could be damaged. drive throughthem very slowly. grounded 110-volt outlet. and some other things. 0°F (-18°C) or colder.

See “Shifting Out of ‘P’ (Park)” in this part.I PARK R NIB3 2 1 There are several different positions for your shift lever. You have to fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from “P” (Park) when the ignition key is in the “Run” position. It’s the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can’t move easily. ease pressure on the shift lever and push the shift lever all the way into “ P ’ (Park) asyou maintain brake application. Then move the shift lever into the gear you wish. If you cannot shift out of “P” (Park). Ensure the shift lever is fully in “F‘” (Park) range before starting the engine. Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. 78 . P (Park) This locks your front wheels.

and you’re: - Going less than about 35 mph (56 km/h). Mud. 79 . Shift to “R” only after your vehicle stopped. your engine doesn’t connect with the wheels. ice or sand without damaging your transaxle. use “ N ’ when your vehicle is being towed. use “N” (Neutral) only. @ Automatic Overdrive This position is for normal driving. push your accelerator pedal about halfway down. Ice or Snow” in the Index. see “If You’re Stuck in Sand. To restart when you’re already moving. I NOTICE: Damage to your transaxle caused by shifting out of “P” (Park) or “N” (Neutral) with the engine racing isn’t covered by your warranty. Also. NOTICE: Shifting to “R” (Reverse) while your vehicle is moving forward could damage your transaxle. is To rock your vehicle back and forth to get out of snow. N (Neutral) In this position.R (Reverse) Use this gear to back up. If you need more power for passing.

Use “@”or “D or 3’’ as muchas possible.” the transaxle won’t shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowly enough. Here are some times you might choose “D or 3” instead of @: - When driving on hilly.” You can use it on very steep hills. so there is less shifting between gears When going down a steep hill 1 (First Gear) This position gives you even more power (but lower fuel economy) than “2. Don’t shift into“2” unless you are going slower than 65 mph (105 km/h). NOTICE: Don’t drive in “2” (Second Gear) for more than 5 miles (8 km). It can help control your speed as you go down steep mountain roads. If the selector lever is put in “1 . You’ll shift down to the next gear and have more power.Going about 35 mph (56 km/h) or more. 80 . D or 3 (Third Gear) This is like @. or you can damage your transaxle. or at speeds over55 mph (88 km/h).. You can use “2” on hills. winding roads When towing a trailer. push the accelerator all the way down. but you never go into Overdrive. or you can damage your engine. or in deep snow or mud. - 2 (Second Gear) This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy. but then you would also want to use your brakes off and on.

81 . the brake system warning light will come on. if you stop when going uphill.. Push down the parking brake pedal with your left foot. Parking Brake . You could damage your transaxle. The parking brake uses the brakes on the rear wheels. Hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot. X~?. This might happen if you were stuckin very deep sandor mud or were up against a solid object.?.. don’t hold your vehicle there with only the accelerator pedal.~W. This could overheat and damage the transaxle. don’t try to drive. If the ignition is on.I NOTICE: If your front wheels can’t rotate. Use your brakes or shift into “P” Park to hold your vehicle in position on a hill..’ parking the set To brake: Also.

This will unlock the pedal. the park brake pedal will follow it to the released position. Shifting Into 6 6P$ 9 (Park) NOTICE: Driving with the parking brake can cause your on rear brakes to overheat. and you could also damage other parts of your vehicle. Hold the regular brake pedal down and push the parking brake pedal with your left foot. . the brake light stays on and a chime soundsuntil you release the parking brake or recycle the ignition. You may have to replace them. When you lift your left foot. That section shows what to do first to keep thetrailer from moving.To release the parking brake: This vehicle has a push to release park brake pedal. If you are towing a trailer are parking on any and hill: See “Towing a Trailer” in the Index. l r you try to drive off with the parking brake on.

83 . Move the ignition key to “Lock. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can walk away from your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand. your vehicle is in “P” (Park).” 4. 2.1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and set the parking brake. Pull the lever toward you. 3. Move the shift lever into “P” (Park) position like this: Move the lever up as far as it will go.

To find out how. hold the regular brake pedal down. the weight’of the in vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl the transaxle. 84 .” To the prevent torque lock. set parking brake and then shift into “P”(Park) properly before you leave the driver’s ‘P’ seat. move the lever out of shift “P” (Park) BEFORE you. When you are ready to drive. that the shift lever wasn’t If “torque 1ock”does occur. you can pull the shift so lever out of“F’” (Park). see “Shifting Into (Park)” in the Index. it means fully locked into “P” (Park). you may need to have of another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some the pressure from the transaxle. Thisis called “torque lock. 2 If you have to leave your vehicle with the engine in running. Then. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever outof “P” (Park).Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running Torque Lock If you are parkingon a hill and don’t shift your you transaxle into “P” (Park) properly. be sure your vehicle is “F’” (Park) and your it. you can. parking brakeis firmly set before you leave After “F”’ you’ve moved the shift lever into the (Park) position. release the parking brake. see if fkom “P” (Park) you can move the shift lever away If without first pulling it toward you.

See “Automatic Transaxle” in the Index. 1. 3. ease pressure on the shift lever -. try this: Parking Over Things That Burn . Shift to “N” (Neutral).” 2.Shifting Out of “P” (Park) Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock.push the shift lever all the way into “ P ’ (Park) as you maintain brake application. You have to fully apply your regular brake before you can shift from “P’ (Park) when the ignition is in the “Run” position. Turn the key to “Off. If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still can’t shift out of “P” (Park). Start the vehicle and then shift to the drive gear you want. 85 . 5. 4.. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as you can. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4. If you cannot shift out of “P’ (Park). Then move the shift lever intothe gear you want.

But if you ever have to. Another closed-in place can be a blizzard.Engine Exhaust Running Your Engine While You’re Parked It’s better not to park with the engine running. idling in a closed-in place can let deadly’ carbon monoxide (CO) into your vehicle even if the fan switch is at the highest setting.) -- 86 . Exhaust with CO can come in easily. IA -- CAUTION: Idling the engine with the air system control off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle. (See the earlier caution under “Engine Exhaust”.) Also. NEVER park in a garage with the engine running. One place this can happen is a garage. (See “Blizzard” in the Index. here are somethings to know.

from lowering push the switch again. also see “Towing a Trailer” in the Index. Push LOCK to disable the power window switches. Your power window controls are on the armrest. Hold the switch down all the release it and way. the. This will prevent passengers from opening and closing the windows. See “Shifting Into ‘P’ (Park)” in the Index. If you are parking on a hill and if you’re pulling a trailer.Power Windows Follow the proper steps to be sure your vehicle won’t move.To partially open the window. . window will lower automatically. You may also have a lock out button. Push UNLOCK to allow your passengers to be able to use their window switches again..To stop the window. push the switch and quickly release it.The switch for the driver’s window has an express-down feature.

0 0 0 88 . press the pad with the horn symbol on the steering wheel. hold the steering wheel and pull the lever. Move the steering wheel to a-comfortablelevel.Horn To sound the horn. To tilt the wheel. then release the lever to lock the wheel in place. The lever on the left side of the steering column includes your: 0 0 Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator Headlight High-Low Beam and Passing Signal Windshield Wipers Windshield Washer Cruise Control (Option) You can also raise it to the highest level to give your legs more room when you exit and enterthe vehicle. Turn Signal/Headlight Beam Lever Tilt Wheel A tilt steering wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive.

just raise or lower the lever until the green arrow starts to flash. When the turn is finished. To signal a lane change. check the fuse (see “Fuses” in the Index) and . To signal a turn.Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator A green arrow on the instrument panel will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change.for burned-out bulbs. The turn signal has two upward (for Right) and two downward (for Left)positions. if the arrows don’t flash but just stay on. . the lever will return automatically. move the lever all the way up or down. The lever will return by itself when you release it. Hold it there until you complete your lane change. a signal bulb may be burned out and other drivers won’t see your turn signal. As you signal a turn or a lane change. If a bulb is burned out. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. If the green arrows don’t go or1 at all when you signal a turn. replace it to help avoid an accident.

a different turn signal flasher is used. side marker lights and taillights) meets all applicable federal lighting requirements. most jurisdictions prohibit driving solely with parking lights. Operation of Lights Although your vehicle’s lighting system (headlights. Then release it. Check the front and rear turn signal lights regularly to make sure they are working. fog lamps. Headlight High-Low Beam To change the headlights from low beam to high or high to low. certain states and provinces may apply their own lighting regulations that may require special attention before you operate these lights. For example. or that headlights be turned on whenever you must use your windshield wipers.If you have a trailer towing option with added wiring for the trailer lights. When the high beams are on. In addition. some jurisdictions may require that you operate your fog lamps only when your lower beam headlights are alsoon. especially at dawn or dusk. parking lights. BRIGHT Yindshield Wipers 90 . is It recommended that you check with your own state or provincial highway authority for applicable lighting regulations. pull the turn signal lever all the way toward you. the signal indicator will flash even if a turn signal bulb is burned out. this blue light on the instrument panel also will be on. With this flasher installed.

push and hold the paddle. Heavy snow or ice can overload your wipers. carefully loosen or thaw them. Check your washer fluid level often. If your blades do become damaged.” the shorter the delay. be sure to clearice and snow from the wiper blades before using them. then stop. You could hit another vehicle or go off the road.” For a single wiping cycle. A bad mud splash can block your vision.You control the windshield wipers by turning the band marked “WIPER. For high speed wiping. If they’re frozen to the windshield. then turn off. The closer to “LOW. You can set the wiper speed for a long or short delay between wipes. move the band to “OFF. turn the band away from you to the “LOW” position. Clear away snow or iceto prevent an overload. getnew blades or blade inserts. To get more fluid on the windshield. A circuit breaker will stop them until the motor cools. Windshield Washer At the top of the multifunction lever there’s a paddle with the word “PUSH” on it. If you want more cycles. The wipers will stop after onecycle.” To stop the wipers. Unless they are alreadyturned on. To avoid damage. The washer will spray several times. hold the band on “MIST” longer. Turn the band to choose the delay time. To spray washer fluid on the windshield. to “HIGH. turn the band to “MIST. push the paddle for less than a second. This can be very useful in light rain or snow.” Remember that damaged wiper blades may prevent you from seeing well enough to drivesafely. the wipers will operate at low speed for several sweeps. 91 .” Hold it there until the wipers start. For steady wiping at low speed. turn the band further. Driving without washer fluid can be dangerous. Spraying will continue as long as the paddle is held. then let go.

.. water doesn’tclean as well as washerfluid. It can damage your paint. Don’t use radiator antifreeze in your windshield washer. Fill your washer fluid tank only 3/4 full when it’s very cold. Water can cause the solutionto freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. With Cruise Control. . Don’t mix water with ready to use washer fluid. 92 . . . This can really help on long trips.~~ NOTICE: 0 Cruise Control (Option) 0 0 0 When using concentrated washer fluid. Also. .. . you can maintain a speed of about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more without keeping your foot on the accelerator. Cruise Control does not work speeds below about mph at 25 (40 k d h ) . which coulddamage the tank if it is completely full. This allows for expansion. follow the manufacturer instructions for adding water.

” 93 .When you apply your brakes. To Set Cruise Control 1. the Cruise Control shuts off. Move the Cruise Control switch to “ON.

” 94 .) 4. don’t hold the switch at “Resume/Accelerate. you can move the Cruise Control switch from “ON” to “Resume/Accelerate” for about half a second. Push in the set button at the end of the lever and release it. But you don’t need to reset it. (The “CRUISE’ light on the instrument panel will come on. Once you’re going about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more. You could be startled and even lose control. You’ll go right back up to your chosen speed and stay there. 3. Get up to the speed you want. Remember. shutsoff the Cruise Control. This. To Resume a Set Speed Suppose you set your Cruise Control at a desired speed and then you apply the brake. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. if you hold the switch at “Resume/Accelerate” longer than half a second.2. So unless you want to go faster. the vehicle will keep going faster until you release the switch or apply the brake. of course.

by 2. .” Hold it there until you get up to the speed you want. and then release the switch. do your vehicle will go about1 mph (1. Each time you this.To Increase Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to to a higher speed. Here’s the go first: Here’s the second way to go to a higher speed: 1. Push the button at the end of the lever. then release the button and the accelerator pedal. Use the accelerator pedal to get to the higher speed. Move the Cruise switch from “ON” to “Resume/Accelerate. 1. You’ll now cruise at the higher speed. move the switch to “Resume/Accelerate” less than half for a second and then release it. The accelerate feature will only work after you have set the Cruise Control speed pushing the “SET” button.6 km/h) faster. To increase your speed in very small amounts. I 2.

When you take your foot off the pedal. your vehicle will slow down to the Cruise Control speed you set earlier. and the steepness of the hills. Many drivers find this to be too much trouble and don’t use Cruise Control on steep hills. load. Of course. applying the brake takes you out of Cruise Control. you may have to step on the accelerator pedal to maintain your speed. 96 . Using Cruise Control on Hills How well your Cruise Control will work on hills depends upon your speed. When going downhill. Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control Use the accelerator pedal to increase your speed.6 km/h) slower. 2. push the button for less than half a second. you may have to brake or shift to a lower gear to keep your speed down. then release it. Push in the button at the end of the lever until you reach the lower speed you want.To Reduce Speed While Using Cruise Control There are twoways to reduce your speed while using cruise control: 1. Each time you do this. To slow down in very small amounts. When going up steep hills. you’ll go 1 mph (1.

To Get Out of Cruise Control There aretwo ways to turn off the Cruise Control: To Erase Speed Memory When you turn off the Cruise Control or the ignition. Press it again to turn them off. your Cruise Control set speed memory is erased. 1. OR Lights These lights switches control these light systems: 0 0 Headlights Taillights Parking Lights License Lights 2. Step lightly on the brake pedal.” (The “CRUISE” light will go out. or shift into “P” (Park). Move the Cruise switch to “OFF.) 0 0 Sidemarker Lights Instrument Panel Lights Press the LIGHTS switch to turn on the headlights. 97 .

(If the parking lights were turned on with the PARK switch. This featureis designed to help eliminate battery wear down. they must be turned off with that switch). 98 . The interior courtesy lights can be turned on by sliding the lever all the way to the right. Time Out Feature (Option) The interior lights will automatically shut off after a 10 minute period if a door is left ajar.Press the PARK switch to turn on the parking lights. Lights “On9’ Warning If the parking light or headlight switch is left on you’ll hear a warning tone when you turn off the ignition and open the driver’s door. Press it again to turn them off. Front Seat Reading Lights (Option) Front seat reading lights are turned on or off by pressing the LAMP switch. Panel Lights - The instrument panel intensity can be adjusted by moving this lever between “LO” and “HI”.

At dawn. You also can turn these lights on by sliding the panel light switch to INT (Interior). Slide the switch to turn the light on or off. Courtesy Lights When any dooris opened.Rear Seat Reading Lights (Option) The light. Your DRL works with a light sensor on top of the instrument panel. DRL are required on new vehicles sold in Canada. the switch. the exterior lights will go out and the low beams will change to the reduced brightness of DRL (if the headlight switch is off). in that DRL can make your vehicle more visible to pedestrians and other drivers during daylight hours. They make it easy for you to enter and leave the car. 99 . The headlight switch is off. and a coat hanger are above each rear door. At dusk. Don’t cover it up. and The transaxle is not in “P” (Park). Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) The Canadian Federal Government has decided that “Daytime RunningLights” (DRL) are auseful feature. The low beam headlights will come on at reduced brightness in daylight when: 0 0 0 The ignition is on. several lights go on. the exterior lights will come on automatically and the low beams will change to full brightness.

Of course, you may still turn on the headlights any time
you need to. To idle your vehicle with the DRL off, shift the transaxle into "P"(Park). The DRL will stay off until you shift out of "P"(Park).

Mirrors
Inside Mirror
When you are sitting in a comfortabledriving position, adjust the mirror so you can see clearly behind your car. Grip the mirror in the center to move it up or down and side to side. Theday-night adjustment allows you to adjust the mirror to avoid glare from the lights behind you. Pull the tab forward for daytime use. Push it back for night use.

To turn off all exterior lighting at night when you are parked, move the twilight sentinel control from ON to OFF, if it was on from the start. Or, move the control from OFF to ON, then back to OFF, if it was off from the start. Thelights will come back on when you move the transaxle out of PARK.

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The mirror mount is designed to detach during air bag deployment. Excessive force and/or excessive up, down, side-to-side adjustment can cause the mirror to detach from the windshield. If this occurs, re-install the mirror according to this procedure.

Outside Mirrors
Manual
To adjust the left outside mirror, rotate the knob located on the driver's door. The right outside mirror must be adjusted manually.

1. Center thebottom of the mirror mount against the windshield at the top of the button.

2. Slide the mount onto button keeping the mount the parallel to the windshield.

3. While pushingthe mount against thebutton, maintain a downward force until the support clicks onto the button. A click indicates the mount is fully engaged, it requires approximately 20 pounds of force. 4. Check to make sure themirror is securely attached to the button by adjusting the mirror normally.

Adjust each mirror so you can just seethe side of your vehicle and the area behind your vehicle.

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Optional
If your Buick has the optional power mirror, the mirror control is located on the driver’s door.

Convex Outside Mirror
Your right side mirror is convex.
A convex mirror’s surface is curved so you can see more

from the driver’s seat.

Move the switch in the middle of the control to choose the right or left mirror. Push the arrow controls in the direction you want to move the mirror. Adjust each mirror so you can just see the side of your vehicle and the area behind your vehicle.

Heated Outside Rearview Mirror (Option)
If you have this option, the left outside mirror is heated when you activate the rear window defogger.

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Convenience Net (Option)

Dual Sun Visors

Each sunvisor has two parts, so that both the windshield and door glass can be shaded at the same time. Your vehicle may have a convenience net. You’ll see it just inside the back wall of the trunk. Put small loads, like grocery bags, behind the net. It can help keep them from falling over during sharpturns or quick starts and stops. The net isn’t for larger, heavier loads. Store them in the trunk as far forward as you can.

You can unhook the net so that it will lie flat when you’re not using it.

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Visor Vanity Mirror (Option)
This mirror is on the larger of the passenger’s sun visors. It may also be on the larger of the driver’s sun visors. The lights turn on when the mirror cover is
opened.

Ashtrays
The front center ashtray may be removed for cleaning.

The brightness of the light can be adjusted by sliding the switch.

The rear ashtrays may also be removed for cleaning.

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Cigarette Lighter
It’s near the front ashtray. To use the cigarette lighter, push it in all the way and let go. When it’s ready, it will pop back by itself.

Storage Armrest (Option)

NOTICE:
If you hold a cigarette lighter in with your hand while it is heating,it won’t back away from the heating element when it’s ready. That can make it overheat, damaging the lighter and the heating element.

The armrest between the front seats opens into a storage area. To open it, press the lever at the front edge. Inside a cupholder flips forward and unfolds to hold two cups. The cupholder is designed to breakaway should it receive excessivepressure. If it breaks away, snap the edges back into place. There is also a removeable coinholder, cassette tape and compact disc storage area.

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how much fuel you’re using.The Instrument Panel:Your Information System Speedometer and Odometer Your speedometer lets you see your speed in both miles per hour (mph) and kilometers per hour (km/h). The new one should be set to the same reading as the old one.” If you can see very noticeable bright silver lines between the numbers. 106 . and a label on the driver’s door must show the old reading and when the new one was installed. You may wonder what happens if a car has to have a new odometer installed.) or kilometers (used in Canada). probably someone has tried to turn it back. Your odometer shows how far your vehicle has been driven. then it’s set at zero. and many other things you’ll need to know to drive safely and economically. If this is not possible.S. Your instrument panel is designed to let you know at a glance how your car is running. Your Buick has a “tamper-resistant odometer. The numbers may not be accurate. in either miles (used in the U. You’ll know howfast you’re going.

Warning lights and gages can signal that something is wrong beforeit becomes serious enough to cause an expensive repair or replacement. O I 100 .Trip Odometer Warning Lights. reset it. Paying attention to your warning lights and gages could save you or also others from injury. Gages and Indicators This section describes the warning lights and gages that may be on your vehicle. you should not be alarmed when happens. R N 107 . As you will seein A trip odometer can tell you how many miles you have the details on the next few pages. some warning lights driven sinceyou last set it to zero. If let you know they’re working. The pictures will help you locate them. push the To come on briefly when you turn the ignition key to just button. you are familiar with this this section.Q I Warning lights go on when there may be or is a problem with one of your vehicle’s functions.

You need to get more fuel right away. So please get to know your warning lights and gages. or when one of the gages shows there may be a problem. It works only when the engine is on. check the section that tells you what to doabout it. They’re a big help. 10s . When the indicator nears “E. Fuel Gage h /#I/ / ONLY E F Your fuel gage shows about how much fuel is in your tank.Gages can indicate when there may be or is a problem with one of your vehicle’s functions. Please follow themanual’s advice.and even dangerous. When one of the warning lights comes on and stays on when you are driving. Often gages and warning lights work together to let you know when there’s a problem with your vehicle. Waiting to do repairs can be costly -.” you still have a little fuel left.

The gage moves a little when you turn a corner. the gage doesn’t go all the way back to “E. When you turn the engine off. For example. At the gas station.” 0 0 0 109 . the gas pump shuts off before the gage reads “E” It takes more (or less) gas to fill up than the gage indicated.Here. All these situations arenormal and indicate nothing wrong with the fuel gage. the gage may have indicated 1/2 full.arefour concerns some owners have had about the fuel gage. speed up. a yellow light near the fuel gage will come on when you are low on fuel. but it took more (or less) than half of the tank’s capacity to fill it. or stop your vehicle. You should get more fuel as soon as you can. 0 Low Fuel Light (Option) If you Buick has this option.

a chime will also come on until you release the parking brake.Brake System Warning Light If the light and chime come on while you are driving. If you try to drive off with the parking brake set. and it will stay on if your parking brake doesn’t release fully. the other part can still work and stop you. you need both parts working well. This light should come on as you start the vehicle. If one part isn’t working. If the light is still on. Have your brake system inspected right away. It may take longer to stop. have the vehicle towed for service. If it doesn’t come on then.) BRAKE Your Buick’s hydraulic brake system is divided into two parts. (See “Towing Your Car” in the Index. though. pull off the road and stop carefully. it means you have a brake problem. If the light and chime stay on after your parking brake is fully released. If the warning light comes on. have it fixed so it will be ready to warn you if there’s a problem. there could be a brake problem. 110 . You may notice that the pedal is harder to push. The brake system warning light will also come on when you set your parking brake. For good braking. the pedal may go closer to the floor. Or.

If the light doesn’t come on.stop as soon as possible If your brakes overheat. the system will not limit wheel spin. If the light stayson. butyou don’t have anti-lock brakes. LOCK (@) Traction Control System Warning Light (Option) ANTI LOCK TRACTION OFF With anti-lock. is a The “TRACTION OFF” warning light means that the systemis not working. The warning light may come the following reasons: on for comes on when you’re driving. If the regular brake system warning light isn’t on. If the light stays on. you still Some engine related problems may cause the have brakes. if the light off. or comes on still the brakes cool down. have it fixed so it will be ready to warn you if there problem. “TRACTION OFF” warning light to come on. will gooff and the warning light will come on until reset the system. See “Brake System Warning Light’’ earlier in this part. again while you’re driving. your Buick needs service. you don’t have anti-lock brakes and there’s a problem with your regular brakes. turn the ignition Or. .this light will come on when you start your engine and may stay for several seconds. When this warning light is on. That’s on normal. 0 If you press the “TRACTION ON/OFF” switch to turn the Traction Control system off. the traction control system and turn the ignition Then start the engine again to off. Adjust your driving accordingly.Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light If the regular brake system warning light is also on.

you have a gage that shows the engine coolant temperature. you should pull off the road. In the chapter “Problems on the Road. In the chapter “Problems on the Road. If you have the gage cluster. If the gage pointer moves into the red area your engine is too hot! That reading means the same thing as the warning light.If the “TRACTION OFF” warning light comes on and stays on for an extended period of time. If you have been operating your vehicle under normal driving conditions. It means that your engine coolant has overheated. stop your vehicle and turn the engine off as soon as possible. 112 ~ . If you have been operating your vehicle under normal driving conditions.” this manual explains what to do. See“Engine Overheating” in the Index.” this manual explains what to do. stop your vehicle and turn off the engine assoon as possible. you should pull off the road. See “Engine Overheating” in the Index. your vehicle needs service. Engine Coolant Temperature Gage Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light tr’ TEMP This light tells you that your engine coolant has overheated or your radiator cooling fans are not working.

SERVICE ENGINE SOON SERVICE ENGINE SOON 1 NOTICE: If you keep driving your vehicle with this light on. If it stays on. have it fixed right away. Thislight should come on when the ignition is on. after a while the emission controls won’t work as well.Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light) If it does not come on at all. You should take your vehicle in for service soon. as a check to show you it is working. ignition and emission control systems. or it comes on while you are driving.the computer is indicating that you have a problem. A computer monitors operation of your fuel. your fuel economy won’t as good and be your engine may not run as smoothly. 113 . but the engine is not running. This could lead to costly repairs not covered by your warranty.

If you make a hard stop. which is normal and doesn’t show a problem.Engine Oil Pressure Light And Gage 2. If you’re “idling” at a stop sign. If it doesn’t. it means oil isn’t going through your engine properly. If your car has the optional gage cluster.” It goes off once you turn it to Start. 3. You could be low on oil. I moment. the light may blink on and then off. They are: 1. There are three ways this light can come on briefly. 114 . the light may come on for a 9% OIL But. you can read your oil pressure directly from the gage on your instrument panel. when this light comes on and stays on. be sure to have it fixed so it will be there to warn you if something goes wrong. That’s just a check to be sure the light works. The light comes on when you turn your key to “Run. or you might have some otheroil problem. This light tells you if there could be a problem with your engine oil pressure. I NOTICE: Damage to your enginefrom neglected oil problems can be costly and is not covered by your warranty.

the system will not register low engine oil if it has not been more than eight minutes since the engine was shut off. and then come back on for 20 . the “Change Oil Soon” light may come on as early as 2. However. See “Engine Oil” in the Index.25 seconds. coolant temperature and vehicle speed. then go off for 15 . 115 . The data it receives contains information about enginespeed (revolutions per minute). If the light doesn’t come on. CHECK OIL LEVEL CHANGE OIL SOON If the engine oilis more than one quart low. Because of this.40 seconds. It does this by electronically receiving data from the Powertrain Control Module. the light will come on briefly. See “Engine Oil” in the Index. coolant temperature and vehicle speed. The Engine Oil Life Monitor uses this data to determinehow much the oil has degraded. the engine oil should be checked at the dipstick then brought up to the proper level if necessary. The Engine Oil Life Monitor determines thecondition of the engine oil and lets you know when the oil should be changed.000 miles or less for harsh circumstances. The “Change Oil Soon” light is lit for five seconds as a bulb checkeach time the ignition key is turned to the If the “Check Oil Level” light comes back on.“Check Oil Level’’Light (Option) The “Check Oil Level” light is lit for three seconds as a bulb check each time the ignition key is turned to the RUN position. When to change your oil depends on drivinghabits and conditions because these directly affect engine speed. have your vehicle serviced. “Change Oil Soon’’ Light (Option) This light is activated by the Engine Oil Life Monitor System.

After changing the engine oil. It will stay on for 60 seconds once 90% of the oil life has been used and each time the engine is started after that. you need service and you should take your Buick to the dealer at once. 116 . After 5 seconds. If the “Change Oil Soon” light is on continuously. This will cause the “Change Oil Soon” light to be lit for a bulb check period of three seconds. there is a problem with the Oil Life Monitor System and service is required. this light will come on briefly. With the ignition key in the RUN position.RUN position. the “Change Oil Soon” light will flash 4 times and then go off. hold it in for at least 5 seconds but not more than 60 seconds. This indicates that the Oil Life Monitor System has been reset. The reset button is in the glove box. Battery Light I VOLTS I When you turn the key to RUN. If the light stays on. turn off all accessories and set your air system to OFF. the system should be reset. To save your battery until you get there. to show that your alternator and battery charging systems are working. push the reset button.

117 .Voltage Indicator Tachometer 3 2\ \ \ . It displays engine speed in thousands of revolutions per minute (RPM). _ % 5 '\ *6 If you have the optional gage cluster. . I NOTICE: I Do not operate the engine with the tachometer in the red area or engine damage may occur. If the gage reading stays in either red range. The tachometer tells you how fast the engine is going. this gage shows voltage in the electrical system. The normal range is 11 to 15 volts. have your Buick dealer check the electrical system.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125. . . . . . . . . . . . . 132. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Heater and Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . 138 TapePlayerControls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Antennacare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part 3 includes: Comfort Control System . . . . . . . . . . 127 129 Rear Window Defogger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part 3 ComfortControls and Audio Systems ) In this part you’ll find out how to operate thecomfort control systems and audio systems offered with your Buick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Understanding Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Be sure toread about the particular system supplied with your vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 CDPlayerControls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 119 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132. 35. . . . . . . . . 128 Ventilation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Radio Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Care of Cassette Tape Player and Tapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Airconditioner . . . 129 Settingtheclock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audiosystems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 CareofCompactDiscs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Your Comfort Control System uses the new ozone friendly R 134A refrigerant. you can get outside airto flow through by selecting any air choice(except the rear window defogger) and the HI fan speed. Air Outlets Adjust the direction of air flow by moving the louvered vents. Fresh air from outside your vehicle flows through your Buick when the car is moving.Your Buick Comfort Control System This part tells you how to make your air system work for you. When the vehicle is not moving. .

The compressor works when AUTO. Sun and temperature sensors automatically adjust air temperature to maintain your comfort. Be careful not to put anything over the sensors on top of the dash. this is used to dehumidify and filter the air. The system tends to supply cooler air to the side towards the sun. If you have this option. The system may not respond correctly. DEFOG or defrost is selected. If your Buick has the Dual Automatic ComforTemp Climate Control option. 121 . HTR. The air conditioning compressor operates when the outside temperature is above 45°F (7").Rear Passenger ComforTemp (Option) You will hear a beep each time a button is pushed. temperature and mode settings. The display will show fan. Besides cooling.the following information tells you how it works. you can adjust the direction of the air flow to the rear seating area.

Ext Temp Push this and the display . During 1 stops. . CoollWarm I When the system is OFF. Off m B . The system will try to keep the air atthe chosen temperature. . the ventilation system will allow air to flow through your Buick when the vehicle is moving. R To adjust the temperature to a comfortablelevel./. It is not necessary to choose the extreme temperature to get the system to heat or cool at the maximum. system is OFF). will indicate the outside temperature (unless the . . The outside temperature will show in the display area when the system is OFF. Push it again to return to the regular system display. . . . w The outsidetemperature reading is most accurate when driving. to 90" F (33"C) for maximum heating... the display shows the previous temperature for best accurracy and system control. The system does it automatically. 122 . You can choose from 60°F (16°C) for maximum cooling... . push either COOL or WARM. . .

outside The control is on the passenger's door. and time since the engine was last started. The length of the delay depends on engine coolant temperature. -' .Auto AUTO is used when you want the system to adjust automatically to changesin temperature. Pushing a LO or HI blower button will override this delay. Fan speed will vary (unless a blower LO or HI button has been pushed) as the system gets to and maintains the temperature setting you have selected. or windshield outlets. 123 . and cause the fan to start. When the system is set for automatic. This control can be up to 5 O F cooler or warmer than the primary setting. temperature. In cold weather the system will delay turning on the fan. start with 75 AUTO. air will come out of the floor outlets for a short time. give the car about 20 minutes to stabilize and adjust the temperature setting if necessary. Both DUAL ZONE and AUTO buttons will light up. Dual Zone The front seat passenger can control air temperature in that seating area. To rid the system of stale air in warm weather. the instrument panel outlets. To find your comfort zone. air will come from the floor outlets. to avoid blowing cold air. The display will show the set temperature and fan speed.

. The fan speed will decrease with every push of the button until the lowest speed is reached. To turn off this part of the system.The right front seat passenger can activate the dual zone function by pressing the WARM or COOL buttons on the passenger door. . push the LO button. .. push the DUAL ZONE button again. 4 . 124 . . Fan Speeds The speed of the blower fan is controlled automatically if you have the fan on AUTO. I I . ... .. If you want the blower fan to run at a lower speed. The indicator above the control will show the difference from the main temperature setting.

. &*. c I .2&..'!>:. :. Most of the air will come from the floor outlets. use DEFOG to keep fog off the windshield. allowing better fuel economy. z . . ''C * . *..&'. . < ..*.If you want to raise the fan speed. push the HI button... : '.{ . 125 .!::. Some airwill flow through the windshield and side window outlets. .-. . The fan speed will increase with every push of the button until maximum speed is reached. i . When the outside temperature is mild. & I.. Econ You can use ECON when you don't need to cool the outside air. press HTR and adjust the temperature and fan speeds for your comfort. ' . @ e (. The system will work like the AUTO mode without cooling. Defog /.. Heater To warm the air..&s*. .j . This setting turns off the air conditioning compressor.*. 'j . The air flow will come from the instrument panel outlets.

you might haveto scrape themoff. Defrost This setting directs most of the air flow toward the windshield. it will go off by itself or.Air entering the car will be evenly split between the floor outlets and the outlets near the windshield. If you have the heated outside rearview mirror option. pressing the button again during the heating cycle will shut it off. If you need additional warming time. After 10 minutes. Don’t put decals there. the mirror will be warmed when the rear defogger is on. Press the button to start warming your window. The blower speed will be controlled automatically. Defrost will work better if any ice and snow is cleared from the hood and the air inlet area between the hood and the windshield. Blower speed will be controlled automatically. You can choose anotherspeed by pushing the HI or LO buttons. I NOTICE: Scraping the inside your rear window could of cut and damage the heater. Rear Window Defogger (Option) The lines you see on the rear window warm the glass. You can choose another fan speed by pushing the HI or LO buttons. Use this when there is fog or ice on the windshield. Your warranty would not cover this damage. 126 . push the button again.

On very hot days. the ventilation system will allow air to flow through your Buick when the vehicle is moving. The fanwill be off when the system is off. Fan Speeds The fan control is used to select the speed of the blower fan. Adjust the temperature control for comfort. When the system is off. The airconditioning compressor operates in all Air Conditioning positions and the DEFOG and Defrost position when the outside temperature is above 47°F (SOC). 127 . the blower fan is also off. which should help fuel economy. and it has to work a little harder. There are four speeds to choose from. Movingthe lever between COOL and WARM will raise or lower the temperature. The air conditioner won't work well unless all the windows are closed. You'll get better fuel economy (gas mileage) if you're not cooling the outside air. unless it is very hot or very cold outside. Selecting OFF. Air Conditioning The next three selections cool the air. Temperature The lower lever changes the temperatureof the air coming through your air outlets. the following information tells you how it works. When you don't need to cool the outside air. When you cool the air. your engine runs a refrigeration compressor. open the windows long enough to let hot inside air out. The system will try to keep the air at the chosen temperature.If your Buick has this climate control system. This reduces the amount of work your air conditioner's compressorwill have to do. use the VENT or HEAT settings. Moving the lever to the right or left will increase or decrease the fan speed. VENT or HTR turns OFF the air conditioning compressor. Off When the system is off.

Air will flow through the instrument panel outlets. use the VENT setting. the sun may adequately warm your upper body. adjust and turn off the air flow. This setting cools outside airand directs it through the instrument panel outlets. Use defrost when you want to remove fog or ice from the windshield. When it's 42°F (5°C) or warmer. Defog When the outside temperature is mild. pressing the HTR setting and adjusting the temperature lever will send warm air through the floor outlets and some through the defroster vents. The Bi-level setting directs vehicle air in two ways. while slightly warmed air is directed through the heater outlet at your feet. Some air will flow through the floor and side window vents.Max This setting provides maximum cooling with the least amount of work. On days like these. Norm Use NORM for normal cooling on hot days. Use the air outlets 128 . Vent For mild outside temperature. Bi-Level This setting is designed for use on sunn~ydays when the air is only moderately warm or cool. You can control the temperature of the air and the fan speed to clear the foggy windows. Air is directed through the instrument panel outlets. when little heating or cooling is needed. Cool air is directed toward your upper body through the instrument panel outlets. to turn on. Def The Defrost setting directs most of the air flow toward the windshield. but your lower body may not be warmenough. you'll get cooled air. use Defog to keep fog off the windshield. Heater When outside temperatures are cold. Air entering the car will be evenly split between the floor outlets and the outlets near the windshield outlets. Adjust the temperature lever to the desired temperature. MAX recirculates much of the air inside your vehicle so it maximizes your air conditioner's performance and fuel economy.

causing the sound to come and go. Try reducing the treble to reducethis noise. AM can pick up noise from things like storms and power lines. tall buildings or hills can interfere with FM signals. you might have to scrape them off. push the button again. however.. Audio Systems Your Delco' audio system has been designed to operate easily and give years of listening pleasure.Don't put decals there. . especially at night. FM Stereo FM stereo will give you the best sound. to be sure you're getting the most out of the advanced engineering that went into it. After 10 minutes it will go off by itself. can cause stations to interfere with each other. . Find out what your Delco@system can do and how to operate all its controls. But you will get the most enjoyment out your system if you acquaint yourself with it first. If you need additional warming time. 129 . Your warranty would not cover this damage. The longer range. AM The rangefor most AM stations is greater than for FM. or pressing the button again during the heating cycle will shut it off.. 1 NOTICE: Scraping the inside of your rear window could cut and damage the heater. . . . But FM signals will reach only about 10 to 40 miles (16 to 65 km). And. .Rear Window Defogger (Option) The lines you see on the rear window warm the glass. Press the button to start warming your window.

Take precautions by adjusting the volume control on your radio to a safe sound level before your hearing adapts to it.your “STEREO” light will come on when you’re receiving it. Before you add any sound equipment to your vehicle like a tape player. Many AM stations around the country use C-QUAM@ toproduce stereo. though some do not. Sound that seems normal can be loud and harmful to your hearing. And. -- -- To help avoid hearing loss or damage: 0 Adjust the volume control to the lowest setting.CB radio. your vehicle’s systems may interfere with the operation of sound equipment that has been added improperly. Delco@ radio or other systems. it’s very important to doit properly.AM Stereo This means the Delco@system can receive C-QUAM@ stereo broadcasts. Be aware that hearing damage from loud noise is almost undetectable until it is too late. and even damage them. Inc. So. Increase volume slowly until you hear comfortably and clearly. (C-QUAM@ is a registered trademark of Motorola. before adding sound equipment. mobile telephone or two-wayradio be sure you can add what you want. Addedsound equipment may interfere with the operation of your vehicle’s engine. Ifyou can. 130 . check with your dealer and be sure to check Federal rules covering mobile radio and telephone units. Your hearing can adapt to higher volumes of sound.) If your Delco@system can get C-QUAM@.

(When the ignition is off. It turns the radio on. Seek To Play This Radio The Upper Knob The upper knob does thesethings: Pressing the SEEK button will cause the receiver to seek the next higher station and stop. Fade The FADE control behind the lower knob moves the sound between the front and rear speakers.How To Operate Your Sound System Balance The BAL control behind the upper knob allowsyou to balance the sound between the right and left speakers. The Lower Knob Turn the lower knob to tune radio stations. SCAN appears in the display. It tells you the time. It will keep scanninguntil you press scan again. Scan When you press SCAN. push the recall knob to displaythe time. Push it to in get AM or FM. You can set the pushbuttons for up to fourteen stations (7 AM and 7 FM).) 0 It controls the volume.) 131 .) Pushbuttons The four pushbuttons let you return to favorite stations. the radio will go to the next station and pause. (Rotatethe volume knob clockwise. (The volume knob increases volume when rotated clockwise.

Treble Slide the TREB lever up to increase the treble response. press any two adjacent pushbuttons at the same time. Whenever you press that button. In addition to the 4 stations set as above. 0 Within 5 seconds. push one of the four pushbuttons to store the station. The station will return when the same two pushbuttons are pressed again. 0 Bass Slide the BASS lever up to increase the bass response. 0 Press the SET pushbutton. Clock To set the clock. up to three additional stations may be preset on each band by pressing two adjacentpushbuttons at the same time. Press SET pushbutton. Within 5 seconds. press and hold SEEK until the correct minute appears on the display. To Play This Radio The Upper Knob The upper knob does these things: 132 .0 0 Tune in the desired station. Press the SET pushbutton. the preset station will return. When SET disappears from the display. Within 5 seconds. (SET appears in the display). 0 Press and hold SCAN until the correct hour appears on the display. the clock will be set. 0 0 0 Tune in the desired station. If station is weak or noisy. (SET appears in the display). slide the treble lever down to reduce the noise. Adjust the bass lever to give a pleasing sound to your ear.

) the It allows you to hear the other side of a tape. Seek Pressing the SEEK button will cause the receiver to seek the next higher station and stop. Balance The BAL control behind the upper knob allows you to balance the sound between the right and left speakers. push one of the four pushbuttons.) When a radio is playing with the time displayed. 0 Fade The FADE control behind the lower knob moves the sound between your front andrear speakers. . Whenever you press that button. The Lower Knob Turn the lower knob totune radio stations. the preset station will return. Press the SET pushbutton. SCAN appears in the display. Push it to get AM or FM. Pushbuttons The four pushbuttons let you return to favorite stations. Tune in the desired station. the radio will go to the next station and pause and keep doingthat until you press scan again. Scan When you press SCAN. (When the ignition is off. It controls the volume. (The display will show SET for about 5 seconds. You can set the pushbuttons for up to fourteen stations (7 AM and 7 FM). It tells you the time. (Press the knob while a cassette is playing. the radio station frequency will display if you push the knob.It turns the system on and off.) Within 5 seconds. push the knob to display time.

press any two adjacent pushbuttons at the sametime. 0 Treble Slide the TREB lever up to increasethe treble response. Adjust the bass lever to give a pleasing sound to your ear. slide the treble lever down to reduce the noise. Within 5 seconds. (The station will return when the same two pushbuttons are pressed again.Up to three more stations may be preset on each band by pressing two adjacentpushbuttons at the sametime. press and hold SCAN until the correct hour appears on the display. use the upper and lower knobs for volume. Press and hold SEEK until the correct minute appears onthe display. Clock To set the clock: 0 0 To Play a Cassette Your tape player is built to work best with tapes that are 30 to 45 minutes long on each side. Once the tape is playing. balance and fade justas you did for radio. 0 Bass Slide the BASS lever up to increase the bass response. it will automatically reverse and play the other side of the tape.) 0 0 Dynamic Noise Reduction This DNR@ button helps remove baaground hiss from the radio or tape player. The arrows indicate which side of the tape is being played. When SETdisappears from the display. Press SET pushbutton. With the radio on. If station is weak or noisy. Within 5 seconds. push a tape into the slot marked AUTO REVERSE (tape side goes in first). 134 - . Tapes longer than that are so thin they may not work well in this player. Press the SET button. When the end of the tape is reached. Tune in the desired station. You may want to leave it pushed in all the time. the clock will be set.

It allows you to mute the radio or tape play. The Upper Knob The upper knob does these things: It controls the volume. press again to listen. To Play This Radio Power To turn the radio on. press b and the tape will rapidly go forward until you press the 4 button or STOP-EJECT lightly. Reverse To reverse the tape.Forward To advance the tape forward. press the PWR button. press the upper knob. press 4 and the tape will rapidly go backward until you press the b button or STOP-EJECT lightly. The volume knob increases and decreases volume when it is held slightly rotated against the spring load. press the STOP-EJECT button. Stop-Eject To remove or stopthe tape and listen to the radio. Press to mute. Program To go from one sideof the tape to the other. Note the lighted arrows. 135 .

FMl or FM2. The display will show SET. Tune in the station the desired station. the preset station will return. You can set the pushbuttons for up to fifteen stations ( 5 AM and 10 FM). push RCL to display the time. Push it to get AM. Pushbuttons The five pushbuttons let you return to favorite stations. SET will disappear from the display when the station is set. With the radio on. Notice the display arrow to see where the balance is set. 0 Whenever you press that button. the radio will go to the next station and pause and keep doing that until you press scan again. Press the SET pushbutton. Within 5 seconds. 0 Fade The FADE control behind the lower knob moves the sound between your front andrear speakers. and the time displayed. Recall It tells you the time or the radio frequency. Seek Pressing the SEEK 4 or button will cause the receiver to seek the next lower or higher station and stop. push one of the five numbered pushbuttons.Balance The BAL control behind the upper knob allows you to balance the sound between the right and left speakers. After a few seconds it will tune faster. 136 . The tune un knob increases and decreases frequency when it is slightly rotated against the spring load. push RCL to display the frequency. The Lower Knob Scan When you press SCAN. T r the lower knob to tune radio stations. When the ignition is off. Notice the display arrow to seehow FADE isset. SC will appear in the display. The radio will tune slowly at first.

use the upper and lower knobs for volume. Cr02will appear in the display. press the button to turn on the CrO2. TREB adjusts the treble response up or down. To Adjust theTone BASS adjusts thebass response up or down.Clock To set the clock. and fade justas you did for radio. The radio will play during reverse. Cr02 This button sets the tape bias. When playing high bias chrome or metal tapes labeled Cr02. When playing standard bias tapes. balance. press FWD and the tape will rapidly go forward to theend of the tape or until you press the PROG or FWD button again. Tapes longer than that are so thin they may not work well in this player. 0 indicates which side of the tape is being played. Once the tape is playing. This button will also stop REV. FWD. adjust the treble down to reduce the noise. until the correct minute Program To go from one sideof the tape to the other. PREV. press and hold SCAN until the correct hour appears on the display.press a tape into the slot marked AUTO REVERSE (tape sidegoes in first). r orward To advance thetape. 137 . Within 5 seconds. or NEXT and play the tape. it will automatically reverse and play the other side of the tape. Press the SET button. Theradio will play during forward. If the station is weak or noisy. press the PROG button. press again to turn off the Cr02. The arrow in the graphic display above the word TAPE Reverse To reverse the tape. To Play a Cassette Your tape player is built to work best with tapes that are 30 to 45 minutes long on each side. Press and hold SEEK 4 or appears on the display. press REV and the tape will rapidly reverse to the beginning or until you press the PROG or REV button again. With the radio on. When the end of the tape is reached.

press again to listen. Pressing PROG or NEXT again will play the tape. Eject To remove or stopthe tape and listen to the radio. It controls the volume. press PREV and the tape will back up and stop atthe first 4-second quiet spot or when you press PROG or PREV again. To Play This Radio Power To turn on the radio. It allows you to mute the radio or CD player. Pressing ST-PL again will allow the tape to resume where it stopped. Press to mute. press NEXT. The Upper Knob The upper knob does these things: 0 Stop-Play To immediately change from tape radio. press the EJECT button. A 4-second quiet interval must be present for the tape to stop. The volume knob increases and decreases volume when it is held slightly rotated against the spring load. press the PWR button. press the to ST-PL button and the radio will resume playing the station that was tuned in when you inserted a tape. Next To go directly to the next selection on the tape. 0 138 .Previous To hear a passage on the tape that has just played.

Push it to get AM. When the radio ison and the time displayed. SET will disappear from the display when the station is set. the radio will go to the next station and pause and keep doing that until you press scan again. or FM2 frequencies. The tune knob increases and decreases station frequency when it is held slightly rotated against the spring load. The Lower Knob Turn the lower knob to tune radio stations. Pushbuttons The five pushbuttons let you return to favorite stations. Whenever you press that button. Seek Pressing the SEEK 4 or button will cause the receiver to seek the next lower orhigher station and stop. If you hold it for more than a few seconds. 139 . push RCL to display the time. You can set the pushbuttons for up to fifteenstations ( 5 AM and 10 FM). Notice the display arrowto see where the balance is set. SC will appear in the display. Notice the display arrow to see how fade set. Press the SET pushbutton. FM1. Turn the knob to tune slowly. it will tune rapidly. the preset station will return. push one of the five pushbuttons. Within 5 seconds. When the ignition is off. Fade The FADE control behind the lower knob moves the sound between your front andrear speakers.Balance The BAL control behind the upper knob allows you to balance the sound between the right and left speakers. Scan When you press SCAN. is Recall It tells you the time or the radio frequency. The display will show SET. e Tune in the desired station.push it to seethe frequency.

Press PWR to turn the system on. the disc should play again. (If there is. please note: DO NOT use mini-discs that are called singles. until the correct minute It is dirty. Insert a discpartway into theslot. check to see if The disc is upside down. label side up. As soon as things get back to normal. Compression Pressing the COMP button makes soft and loud passages nearly equal in volume. Recall Press RCL to see what track is playing. the disc may come out or not play. wait about an hour and try again. Within 5 seconds.Clock To set the clock: 0 If the disc comes back out. If the station is weak or noisy. They won’t eject. scratched. If the disc player is very hot. Use full-size compact discs only. There’s too much moisture in the air. ERR willappear in the display. or if you’re driving on a very rough road. 0 0 To Adjust the Tone BASS adjusts the bass response up or down. press and hold SCAN until the correct hour appears on the display. Wait a few seconds and the disc should play. or wet. TREB adjusts the treble response up or down. Press and hold SEEK 4 or appears on the display.) The disc player is too hot. COMP will appear in the graphic display. The display will automatically return to the time of day. 140 . Press it again within 5 seconds to see how long it has been playing. To Play a Compact Disc Before you begin. adjust the treble down to reduce the noise. The player will pull it in. 0 Press the SET pushbutton. The track number also appears when you change the volume or when a new track starts to play.

3. If you hold this button. If you hold this button or press it more than once. Forward Press and hold FWD toquickly advance within a track. The disc will play at track 1 when the radio is turned on again.. Eject Press EJCT. it will play the tracks in a random order rather than in the sequential 1. Release it to resume playing. the disc will eject and the radio will play. The discstays in the player and will resume playing at the point where it stopped.2. or press it more than once. it will be drawn back into the player in about 30 seconds. Release it to play the passage. The discwill start at track 1 when you reinsert it. Note the counter reading in the graphic display. Watch the graphic display to stop ata specific passage. Next Press NEXT to hear the next track instead waiting of until the present trackis finished. order.. Reverse Press and hold REV to rapidly return to a favorite passage. the disc will advance further. if you turn the ignition off with the disc partway out of the slot (after eject). Press it again to restart the disc atthe point where it stopped. Previous Press PREV to hear the previous track. Press the PWR button or turn the ignition key off to stop the disc player. the discwill retreat to previous tracks. Stop-Play Press ST-PL and the disc will stop and the radio will play. Pressing RDM again will play the disc in sequential order.Random The RDM button means random and when it is pressed. 141 . As a feature to protect the disc.

If ignored. 142 . Press SET and “000” will appear on the display. 7. It can be used or ignored. and 8. Rotate the tune knob right or left to make the next two numbers agree with your code. Press presets 1 and 4 buttons together. The instructions below tell you how to enter your personal secret code into the system. If the display shows “---”. Hold them until “---” shows on the display (at least 5 seconds). If the display shows “SEC”. 1. The display will show “rEP” for 5 seconds . your player won’t be usable if it’s ever stolen. Now you are ready to enter the second three digits of the code according to Step 6 and 7.Anti-Theft Feature Delco-Loc I1 is a security feature for the compact disc player. 11. 5. 6. Press PWR to turn the radio off. 4. You are now ready to enter your secret code. Turn the ignition to the ACC or RUN position. Write down any 6-digit number and keep it in a safe place. 9. Press the AM-FM knob. the verification steps were not successful and the entire sequence must be started again. 2. the verification process was successful and the system is SECURE. If you pause more than 15 seconds between steps you may have to start over.you must unlock the system with the secret code again before the system will turn on. Press SEEK and hold it until the first digit of your code appears.Press the AM-FM knob. If your car loses battery power for any reason. 3. Be sure to read through the entireprocedure and become familiar with the appropriate buttons and knobs before starting. 12. 8. If it is used. because it won’t turn on. Press AM-FM knob and “000” will appear. Repeat steps 6. 7. and then “000” will appear indicating that some steps are to be repeated for verification. the system plays normally. 10.

The display shows the number as entered. 5. Press the AM-FM button. Turn the ignition ON (radio off. Enter your secret code as follows. and the unit is in the UNSECURED mode. The radio will display “000”. If the display shows “---”. 3. The display will show “000”. Enter the first three digits of the code following step 6 and 7 of the preceding paragraphs. Press the SET button.) Disabling The Theft System 1. the disabling sequence was successful. 4. 6. Press preset buttons 1 and 4 for 5 seconds with ignition “On” and radio power “Off”. 3. The display will show the numbers as entered. indicating the unit is in the secure mode. 2. Enter the six digits of the code following steps 6 thru 9 above. the disabling sequence was unsuccessful and the numbers did not match either of the codes. The display will show the number as entered. The display will show “000’. 4.) If the display shows “SEC”. Press the AM/FM button and the time appears indicating that the disabling sequence was successful. The display will show “SEC”. Enter the second three digits of the code. 143 .To Unlock The System Aftera Power Loss When battery power is reapplied to a secured radio. Press the SET button. Press the AM-FM button. the unit will remain in the SECURED mode. 1. the number did not match and the unit is still secured. pausing no more than 15 seconds between steps. (The numbers matched the user-selected code or the factory back-up code. If the display indicates “SEC”. the radio won’t turn onand “LOC” will appear in the display. 2.

Care of Your Compact Discs Handle discs carefully. try a known good cassette to see if the tape or the tape player is at fault.Care of Your Cassette Tape Player A tape player that is not cleaned regularly can cause reduced sound quality. 144 . and follow the directions provided with it. Cassette tapes should be stored in their cases away from contaminants. Clean your tape player with a wiping-action. If you notice a reduction in sound quality. clean the tape player. soft cloth in a mild. Be sure never to touch the signal surface when handling discs. If the surface of a discis soiled. dampen a clean. Pick up discs by grasping the outer edges or the edge of the hole and the outer edge. non-abrasive cleaning cassette. Store them in their original cases or other protective cases and away from direct sunlight and dust. and extreme heat. If this other cassette has no improvement in sound quality. wiping only from the center to the edge. If they aren’t. neutral detergent solution and clean it. Always make surethat the cassette tape is in good condition before you have your tape player serviced. ruined cassettes. they may not operate properly or cause failure of the tape player. direct sunlight. Cassettes are subject to wear and the sound quality may degrade over time. Your tape player should be cleaned regularly each month or after every 15 hours of use. or adamaged mechanism.

you should replace it. Wipe dry with clean cloth before retracting. 145 . Turn on the ignition and radio to raise the antenna to full mastextension. Make the antenna go up and down by turning the radio or ignition on and off. as it might be by vandals. ~. 6.Fixed Mast Antenna The fixed mast antenna can withstand most car washes without being damaged. 2.you can straighten it out by hand. If the mast is badly bent. Power Antenna Mast Care Your power antenna will look its best and work well if it’s cleaned from time totime. To Clean the AntennaMast: 1. Wipe cloth over the mast sections. Then repeat if necessary. 3. Dampen a clean cloth with mineral spirits or equivalent solvent. 4. removing any dirt. If the mast should ever become slightly bent. 5.

If the mast portion of your antenna is damaged. 146 .NOTICE: Don’t lubricate the power antenna. it may be damaged or need to be cleaned. See your dealer for a replacement kit and follow the instructions in the kit. This will prevent the mast from possiblygetting damaged. If the antenna does not go down when you turnthe radio off. NOTICE: Before entering an automatic car wash. lower the antenna by hand by carefully pressing the antenna down. In either case. turn off your radio to make the power antennago down. Lubrication could damage it. you can easily replace it.

...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................@) Part 4 Your Driving and the Road I Here you’ll find information about driving on different kinds of roads and in varying weather conditions ........................................................................................... HillandMountainRoads ........ LossofControl .................. DrivingatNight ......................................... Control of a Vehicle ................. included many other useful tips on driving Part 4 includes: DefensiveDriving ........ 148 148 151 152 156 158 159 161 162 165 166 168 170 174 I 147 ................... TowingaTrailer ................................ DrivingintheRain ........... Braking .... Steering . Passing ............. CityDriving ..........We’ve also ................................................................................................................................................................................................. WinterDriving ... DrunkenDriving ............................................................................................ FreewayDriving .....

” 0 0 Judgment Muscular Coordination Vision 148 . claiming thousands of victims every year. Drunken Driving Death and injury associated with drinking and driving is a national tragedy. It’s the number one contributor to the highway death toll.) Defensive driving really means “be ready for anything. Rear-end collisions are about the most preventable of accidents. Anticipate what they might do. Alcohol takes away three things that anyone needs to drive avehicle: Defensive Driving The best advice anyonecan give about drivingis: Drive defensively. Please start with a very important safety device in your Buick: Buckle up. You never know when the vehicle in front of you is going to brake or turn suddenly. Yet they are common. Allow enough following distance. (See “Safety Belts” in the Index. It’s the best defensive driving maneuver.” On city streets. Be ready for their mistakes. or freeways. it means “always expect the unexpected. in both city and rural driving.1 Assume that pedestrians or other drivers are going be to careless and make mistakes. rural roads.

a 180-pound (82 kg) person who drinks three 12-ounce (355 ml) bottles of beer in an hour will end up with a BAC of about 0. here is some general information on the problem. About 20. 149 . According to the American Medical Association. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)of someone who is drinking dependsupon four things: 0 0 I How much alcohol is in the drink. The person would reach the same BAC by drinking three 4-ounce (120 ml) glasses of wine or threemixed drinks if each had 1. Just how much alcohol is too much if a person plans to drive? Ideally.1/2 ounces (45 ml) of a liquor like whiskey. these deaths are result the of someone who was drinking anddriving. Although it depends on each person and situation. The drinker’s body weight. The amount of food that is consumed before and during drinking.a driver.06 percent. gin or vodka. a passenger or someone else. such as pedestrian.000 motor vehicle-related deaths occur eachyear because of alcohol. had a been drinking. But if one does. The length of time it has taken the drinker to consume the alcohol. andthousands of people are injured.Police recordsshow that almost half of all motor vehicle-related deaths involve alcohol . no oneshould drink alcoholand then drive. then what’s “too much”? It can be a lot less than many might think.In most cases.

The BAC will be over 0. What if there’s an emergency. the chances are twenty-five times greater! And. and that the effects areworse at night.05 percent or above. “I’ll be careful” isn’t the right answer. the body takes about an hour to rid itself of the alcohol in one drink. if the same person drank three doublemartinis (3 ounces or 90 ml of liquor each) within an hour. and .10 percent.O5% IN THE TIME SHOWN HOURS HOURS NUMBER OF DRINKS (as in picture) HOUR 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240 BODY WEIGHT IN POUNDS The law in most U. Research shows that the driving skillsof many people are impaired at a BAC approaching 0. at a level of 0.10 percent. in some other countries it’s lower than that.12 percent.10 percent.05 percent. a need to take sudden action.06 percent (three beers in one hour for a 180-pound or 82 kg person) has doubled his or her chance of having an accident. In Canada the limit is 0. At a BAC level of 0.S. But it’s very important to keep in mind that the ability to drive is affected well below a BAC of 0. A person who consumes food just before or duringdrinking will have a slightly lower BAC level. A driver with a BAC level of 0. as we’ve seen.08 percent. For example. states sets the legal limit at a BAC of 0. and how quickly the person drinks them.It’s the amount of alcohol that counts. Of course.15 percent.No amount of coffee ornumber of cold showers will speed that up.10 percent after three to six drinks (in one hour). All drivers are impaired at BAC levels above 0. Statistics show that the chance of being in an accident increases sharply for drivers who have a BAC of 0. DRINKING THAT WILL RESULT IN A BAC OF . aswhen a child darts into the street? A person with a higher BAC might not be able to react quickly enough to avoid the collision. the chance of that driver having an accident is six times greater. it depends on how much alcohol is in the drinks.05 percent. the person’s BAC would be close to 0.

the -chance of being killed or permanently disabled is higher than if that person had not been drinking. the steering and the accelerator. easy to ask more of those control systems than the tires and road can provide. That’s especially true for brain.There’s somethingelse about drinking and driving that many people don’t know.driver or passenger is in a crash. Control of a Vehicle You have three systems that make your vehicle go wher you want it to go. the Sometimes. That means thatanyone who has been if drinking -. 151 . Medical research shows that alcohol in a person’s system can make crash injuries worse. spinal cord and heart injuries. And we’ve already seen that the chance a crash itselfis higher for of drinking drivers. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tires meet road.. That means you can lose control of your vehicle. Theyare the brakes. as when you’re driving on snow or it’s ice.

drugs and frustration. Then you have to bring up your foot and do it. the pedal may get harder to push down.That’s reaction time. But you will use it when you brake. But even in 3/4 of a second. actual stopping distances vary greatly with the surface of the road (whether it’s pavement or gravel).heavy acceleration followed by heavy braking -. This is a mistake. you will still have some power brake assist. And. If you keep pace with the traffic and allow realistic following distances. That could be a lot of distance in an emergency. Avoid needless heavy braking. Once the power assist is used up. But that’s only an average. you will eliminate a lot of unnecessary braking. brake normally but don’t pump your brakes. a vehicle moving at 60 mph (100 km/h) travels 66 feet (20 m). That means better braking and longer brake life.rather than keeping pace with traffic. Age. dry. you have to decide to push on the brake pedal. so keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important. First. the condition of the road (wet. Some people drive in spurts -. If you do. Your brakes may not have time to cool between hard stops. If your engine stops. It might be less with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more with another. If your engine ever stops while you’re driving. it may take longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder to push. of course.Braking Braking action involves perception time and reaction time. Average reaction time is about 3/4 of a second. icy). alertness. So do alcohol. Your brakes will wear out much faster if you do a lot of heavy braking. 152 . coordination. physical condition. and the condition of your brakes. tire tread. and eyesight all play a part. That’s perception time.

See “Anti-lock Brake System Warning Light’’ in the Index. ANTI LOCK This light on the instrument panel will go on when you start your vehicle. Suddenly an animal jumps out in front of you. theanti-lock brake system warning light will stay on. If there’s a problem with the anti-lock brake system. You’re driving safely. You slam on the brakes. 153 . This is the ABS system testing itself. you may hear a momentary motor or clickingnoise. Here’s what happens with ABS. And you may even noticethat your brake pedal moves a little while this is going on. Let’s say the road is wet. Here’s how anti-lock works. When you start your vehicle and begin to drive away.Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Your Buick has an advanced electronic braking system that will help prevent skidding.

As you brake. The computer is programmed to make the most of available tire and road conditions. If you get too close to the vehicle in front o f you. the computer will separately work the brakes at each front wheel and at the rear wheels.A computer senses that wheels are slowing down. but this is normal. Remember: Anti-lock doesn’t change the time you need to get your foot up to the brake pedal. or you may notice some noise. You may feel the system working. your computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking pressure accordingly. Traction Control System (Option) Your vehicle may have a traction control system that limits wheel spin. The anti-lock system can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. even though you have anti-lock brakes. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. Just hold the brake pedal down and let anti-lock work for you. Always leave enough room up ahead to stop. When this happens. If your vehicle is in cruise control when the traction control system begins to You can steer around the obstacle while braking hard. but this is normal. If one of the wheels is about to stop rolling. To Use Anti-Lock Don’t pump the brakes. 154 . the system works the front brakes and reduces engine power (by shutting off fuel injectors and managing spark) to limit wheel spin. You may hear a motor or clicking noise during a hard stop. you won’t have time to apply your brakes if that vehicle suddenly slows or stops. This is especially useful in slippery road conditions.

But you can turn the traction control The “TRACTIONOFF” warning light will come on and stay on. the system is will not limit wheel spin. 155 . use it again. the system won’t turn off right away. See “Traction Control System Warning Light” in the Index. To limit wheel spin. you may re-engage the cruise control.If the system is limiting wheel spin when you press the button. When this warning light on. this light will come to letyou on know if there’s a problem with your traction control system. To turn the system The “TRACTIONOF”” press the “TRACTION warning light will come on CONTROL” button on when you turn the traction the instrument panel to the leftof the steering TRACTION wheel. You can turn the system back onany time by pressing at the button again. It will wait until there’s longer a current need to limit no wheel spin.the cruise control will automatically system off if you ever need to. The “TRACTION OFF” warning light should gooff. OFF When the systemis on. When road conditions-allow yousafely to system off if your vehicle ever gets stuck in sand. (See ice or snow. The traction control system automatically comes on whenever you start your vehicle. mud. See “Rocking Your Vehicle” the Index. (You should turn the disengage. you should always leave the system on. Adjust your driving accordingly.) off.) in “Cruise Control” in the Index. especially in slippery road conditions.limit wheel spin.

do it before you enter the curve. and your speed. steering can help you more than even the very bestbraking. If there’s no traction. With anti-lock.Braking in Emergencies P . you can steer and brake at the same time. 156 . Maintain a reasonable. You can lose control. you can steer but it will take much more effort. steer the vehicle the way you want it to go.have to do their work where the tires meet the road. and then accelerate gently into the straightaway. while your front wheels are straight ahead. the angle at which the curve is banked. you’ll understand this. speed is the one factor you can control. The traction you can get in a curve depends onthe condition of your tires and the road surface. Unless you have traction control and the system is on. The traction of the tires against the road surface makes it possible for thevehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. If you need to reduce your speed as you approach a curve. the posted speeds are based on good weather and road conditions. Steering Tips Driving on Curves It’s important to take curves at a reasonable speed. Wait to accelerate until you are out of the curve. inertia will keep the vehicle going in the same direction. Both control systems -steering and acceleration -. In many emergencies. Here’s why: Experienced driver or beginner. Use your anti-lock braking system when you need to. addingthe sudden acceleration can demand too much of those places. Try to adjustyour speed so you can “drive” through the curve. Of course. Speed limit signs near curves warn that you should adjust your speed. steady speed. If you’ve ever tried to steer a vehicle on wet ice. Steering Power Steering If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning. Suppose you’re steering through a sharpcurve. A lot of the “driver lost control” accidents mentioned on the news happen on curves. What should you do if this ever happens? Ease up on the accelerator pedal. While you’re in a curve. each of us is subject to the same laws of physics when driving on curves. Then you suddenly accelerate. and slow down. Under less favorable conditions you’ll want to go slower.

Your Buick can perform very well in emergencies like these. Then steer around the problem. The fact that such emergency situations are always possible is a good reason to practice defensive driving at. But sometimes you can't. It isbetter to removeas much speed as you can from a possiblecollision. First apply your brakes.if you can stop in by time. there isn't room. and just asquickly straighten the wheel once you have avoided the object. An emergency like this requires close attention and a quick decision. or acar suddenly pulls out from nowhere. You can avoid these problems braking -. . 157 . But you have to act fast.Steering in Emergencies There are times when steering can be more effective than braking. steer quickly. you come over a hill and find a truck stopped in your lane. you can turn it a full180 degrees very quickly without removing either hand. For example. That's the time for evasive action -. to left or right depending the on the space available. all times and wear safety belts properly.or a child darts out from between parked cars and stops right in front of you.steering around the problem.If you are holding the steeringwheel at the recommended 9 and 3 o'clock positions.

waitfor a better time. Never cross a solid line on yourside of the lane or a double solid line. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the roadway. Passing The driver of a vehicle about topass another on a two-lane highway waits for just the right moment. then goes back into the right lane again. if there is nothing in the way.Off-Road Recovery You may find sometime that your right wheels have dropped off the edge of a road onto the shoulder while you’re driving. accelerates. delay your pass. and lines. If you have any doubt whatsoever about making a successful pass. Ease off the accelerator and then. steer so that your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement. to the sides. an errorin judgment. So here are sometips for passing: “Drive ahead. since the passing vehicle occupies the same lane as oncoming traffic for several seconds. 158 . v / edge of paved surface Watch for traffic signs. If the level of the shoulder is only slightly below the pavement. even if the road seems empty of approaching traffic. or a brief surrender to frustration or anger can suddenly put the passing driver faceto face with the worst of all traffic accidents -. A miscalculation. recovery should be fairly easy. You can turn the steering wheel up to 1/4 turn until the right front tire contacts the pavement edge.the head-on collision.” Look down the road. A broken center line usually indicates it’sall right to pass (providing the road ahead is clear). moves around the vehicle ahead. and to crossroads for situations that might affect your passing patterns. A simple maneuver? Not necessarily! Passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway is a potentially dangerous move. pavement markings. If you can see a sign up ahead that might indicate a turn or an intersection.

For one thing. Keep back a reasonable distance.0 Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to pass while you’re awaiting an opportunity. glance over your shoulder. make it easy for the following driver to get ahead of you. Don’t overtake a slowly moving vehicle too rapidly. activate your right lane change signal and move back into the right lane. (Remember that your right outside mirror is convex. The vehicle you just passed may seem to be farther away from you than it really is. Even though the brake lights are not flashing. you need only slow down and drop back again and wait for another opportunity. it may be slowing down or starting to turn.) 0 Try not to pass more than one vehicle at a time on two-lane roads. wait your turn. and start your left lane change signal before moving out of the right lane to pass. Reconsider before passing the next vehicle. Remember to glance over your shoulder and check the blind spot. 0 0 If you’re being passed. 0 Check your mirrors. start to accelerate but stay in the right lane and don’t get too close. you will have a “running start”that more than makes up for the distance you would lose by dropping back. Timeyour move so you will be increasing speed as the time comes to move into the other lane. And if something happens to cause you to cancel your pass. Perhaps you can ease a little to the right. don’t give up. steering and acceleration) don’t have enough friction where the tires meet the road to do what the driver has asked. In any emergency. Keep trying to steer and constantly seek an escape route or area of less danger. But take care that someone isn’t trying to pass you as you pull out to pass the slow vehicle. following too closely reduces your area of vision. especially if you’re following a larger vehicle. If other cars are lined up to pass a slow vehicle. Loss of Control Let’s review what driving experts say about what happens when the three control systems (brakes. When you are far enough 159 . ahead of the passed vehicle to see its front in your inside mirror. If the way is clear to pass. Also. you won’t have adequate space if the vehicle ahead suddenly slows or stops. When it looks like a chance to pass is coming up.

gravel. But skids are always possible. If you start steering quickly enough. ice. or if the system is off. It is important to slow down on slippery surfaces because stopping distance will be longer and vehicle control more limited. If your vehicle starts to slide. Remember: Any anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps avoid only the braking skid. A cornering skid is best handled by easing your foot off the accelerator pedal. If you do not have traction control. ice orpacked snow on the road to make a “mirrored surface” -. snow. ease your foot off the accelerator pedal and quickly steer the way you want the vehicle to go. or other material is on theroad.and slow down when you have any doubt. The three types of skids correspond to your Buick’s three control systems. Any sudden changes could cause thetires to slide. For safety. too much speed or steeringin a curve causes tires to slip and lose cornering force. If you have the traction control system. 160 . While driving on a surface with reduced traction. a driver can lose control of the vehicle. Alwaysbe ready for a second skid if it occurs. your vehicle may straighten out. or braking (including engine braking by shifting to a lower gear). Defensive drivers avoid most skids by taking reasonable care suited to existing conditions. And in the acceleration skid too much throttle causes the driving wheels to spin.Skidding In a skid. You may not realize the surface is slippery until your vehicle is skidding. Of course. In thebraking skid your wheels aren’t rolling. remember: It helps avoid only the acceleration skid. Learn to recognize warning clues -such as enough water. traction is reduced when water. acceleration. then an acceleration skid is also best handled by easing your foot off the accelerator pedal. try your best to avoidsudden steering. and by not “overdriving” those conditions. you’ll want to slow down and adjust your driving to these conditions. In the steering or cornering skid.

One reason is that some driversare likely to be impaired -by alcohol or drugs.with night vision problems. 161 . They may cut down on glare from headlights. But if you're driving. For example. 0 What you do in the daytime can also affect your night vision. If you're tired. pull off the road in a safe place and rest. Don't drink and drive. you may need to slow down and keep more space between you and other vehicles. if you spend the day in bright sunshine you are wise to wear sunglasses. But as we get older these differences increase. don't wear sunglasses at night. 0 0 0 0 Night Vision No one can see as well at night as in the daytime. Drive defensively. especially on higher speed roads. Slow down. watch for animals. Since you can't see as well. Here are sometips on night driving. A 50-year-old driver may require at least twice as much light to see the same thing at night as a20-year-old.Driving at Night 0 Adjust your inside rearview mirror to reduce the glare from headlights behind you. or by fatigue. Your eyes will have less trouble adjusting to night. but they also make a lot of things invisible. In remote areas. Night driving is more dangerous than day driving. Your headlights can light up only so much road ahead.

Some driverssuffer from night blindness -. It can take a second or two. it’s easier to pick out dimly lighted objects. Just as your headlights should be checked regularly for proper aim. 162 . When you are faced with severe glare (as from a driver who doesn’t lower the high beams.You can be temporarily blinded by approaching lights. Remember that your headlights light up far lessof a roadway when you are ina turn or curve. Even the inside of the glass can build up a film caused by dust. Dirty glass makes lights dazzleand flash more than clean glass would. It’s always wise to go slower and be cautious if rain starts to fall while you are driving.the inability to see in dim light -. or a vehicle with misaimed headlights). On a wet road you can’t stop. The surface may get wet suddenly when your reflexes are tuned for driving on dry pavement. And.Keep your eyes moving. if your tires don’t have much tread left. so should your eyes be examined regularly.inside and out. making the pupils of your eyes contract repeatedly. slow down a little. or even several seconds. you’ll get even less traction. Avoid staring directly into the approaching lights. Keep your windshield and all the glass on your vehicle clean -. Glare at night is made much worse by dirt on the glass. for your eyes to readjust to the dark.and aren’t even aware of it. accelerate or turn as well because your tire-to-road traction isn’t as good as on dry roads. Driving in the Rain Rain and wet roads can mean driving trouble. that way.

. or when strips of rubber start to separate fromthe inserts. and even people walking. try to slow down before you hit them. a heavy rain can make it harder to see road signs and traffic signals. Driving too fast through large water puddles or even going through some car washes can cause problems. But if you can’t. Even if your windshield wiper blades are in good shape. It’s wise to keep your wiping equipment in good shape and keep your windshield washer tank filled. Try to avoidpuddles. 163 . n e heavier the rain.. the edge of the road. pavement markings. too. the harder it is to see. The water may affect your brakes. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they show signs of streaking ormissing areas on the windshield.

and raindrops “dimple” the water’s surface. allow some extra following distance. This canhappen if the road is wet enough and you’re going fast enough. it has little or no contact with the road. Some Other Rainy Weather Tips 0 Turn on your low-beam headlights -. If you can see reflections from trees.) 0 164 .not just your parking lights -. But it can if your tires haven’t much tread or if the pressure in one or more islow. It can happen if a lot of water is standing on the road. Hydroplaning usually happens at higher speeds. And be especially careful when you pass another vehicle. 0 Besides slowing down.Hydroplaning Hydroplaning is dangerous. The best advice is to slow down when it is raining. There just isn’t a hard and fast rule abouthydroplaning. and be prepared to have your view restricted by road spray. Hydroplaning doesn’t happen often. (See “Tires’’ inthe Index. telephone poles. Allow yourself more clear room ahead. there could be hydroplaning. Have good tires with proper tread depth. or othervehicles.to help make you more visible to others. So much water can build up under your tires that they can actuallyride on the water. When your vehicle is hydroplaning.

(See the next section. You’ll want to watch out for what the other drivers are doing pay attention to and traffic signals. When a light turns green. and just before you start to move. Get a city map and plan your trip into anunknown part of the city just asyou would for a cross-country trip.City Driving One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. A traffic light is there because the comer is busy enough to need it. Here are ways to increase your safety in city driving: Know the best way to get to where you are going. “Freeway Driving. 165 . You’ll save time and energy. check both ways for vehicles that have not cleared the intersection or may be running the red light. Try to use the freeways that rim and crisscross most large cities.”) 0 Treat a green light as a warning signal.

But they have their own special rules. expressways.Freeway Driving The most important advice on freeway driving is: Keep up with traffic and keep to the right. Drive at the same Mile for mile. turnpikes. Expect to move slightly slower at night. freeways (also called thruways. parkways. or superhighways) are the safest of all roads. make certain you allow a reasonable following distance. glance quickly over your shoulder to make sure there isn’t another vehicle in your “blind” spot. 166 . Just before you leave the lane. Once you are moving on the freeway.

stopand back up. it’s ready to go. trouble-free trip. you’ll find experienced and able service expertsin Buick dealerships all across North America. not to your sense of motion. They’ll be ready and willing to help if you need it. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can easily drive in. Other Fluids: Have you checked all levels? Lights: Are they all working? Are the lenses clean? Tires: They are vitally important to a safe. Is your vehicle ready for a long trip? If you keep it serviced and maintained. move to the proper lane well in advance. 0 0 167 . Ensine Oil. under any circumstances. you may tend to think you are going slower than you actually are. have it done before starting out. After driving forany distance at higher speeds. be The exit speed is usually posted.don’t plan to make too many miles that first part of the journey. sometimes quitesharply.such as after a day’s work -. The exit ramp can curved.When you want to leave the freeway. Of course. Drive on to the next exit. If it needs service. Here are some things you can checkbefore a trip: 0 Windshield Washer Fluid: Is the reservoir full? Are all windows clean inside and outside? Wiper Blades: Are they in good shape? 0 0 Fuel. Is the tread good enough for long-distance driving? Are the tires all inflated to the recommended pressure? Weather Forecasts: What’s the weather outlook along your route? Should you delay your trip a short time to avoid a major storm system? Maps: Do you have up-to-date maps? 0 0 Before Leaving on a Long Trip Make sure you’re ready. If you must start when you’re not fresh -. Reduce your speed according to your speedometer. If you miss your exit do not. Try to be well rested.

168 . getsome exercise. service. If you get sleepy. If you drive regularly in steep country. Check your rearview mirrors and your instruments frequently. There is something about aneasy stretch of road with the same scenery. For safety. here are some tips that can make your trips safer and more enjoyable. or if you’re planning to visit there. along with the hum of the tires on the road.Highway Hypnosis Is there actually such a condition as “highway hypnosis”? Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis. and you could crash and be injured. with a comfortably cool interior. treat drowsiness onthe highway as an emergency. be aware that it can happen. lack of awareness. and the rush of the wind against the vehicle that can makeyou sleepy. or both. or whatever. Don’t let it happen to you! If it does. What can you do about highway hypnosis? First. your vehicle can leave the road in less than a second. the droneof the engine. Driving on steep hills or mountains is different from driving in flat or rolling terrain. 0 Hill and Mountain Roads Keep your eyes moving. pull off the road into a rest. Scan the road ahead and to the sides. Then here are some tips: Make sure your vehicle is well ventilated. or parking area and take a nap.

As you go over the top of a hill. like a stalled car or an accident. 169 . Drive at speeds that let you stay in your own lane. This will help cool your engine and transaxle. 0 You may see highway signs on mountains that warn of special problems. 0 0 Know how to go uphill. Don’t swing wide or cut across the center of the road. or winding roads. Shiftto a lower gear when you go down a steepor long hill. tires.0 Keep your vehicle in good shape. Examples are long grades. Know how to go down hills. Shift down to “3” (Drive). The most important thing to know is this: let your engine do some of the slowing down. and you can climb the hill better. passing or no-passing zones. There could 0 0 be something in your lane. Be alert to these and take appropriate action. Check all fluid levels and also the brakes. a falling rocks area. These parts can work hard on mountain roads. be alert. Stay in your own lane when driving on two-lane roads in hills or mountains. coolingsystem and transaxle.

170 . and a couple of reflective warning triangles. some winter outer clothing.Winter Driving a Here are some tips for winter driving: Have your Buick in good shape for winter. You may want to put winter emergency supplies in your trunk. a small shovel. a supply of windshield washer fluid. a rag. Include an ice scraper. a red cloth. Be sure your engine coolant mix is correct. Be sure you properly secure these items in your vehicle. And. a flashlight. if you will be driving under severe conditions. include a small bag of sand. a piece of old carpet or a couple of burlap bags to help provide traction. a small brush or broom.

Try not to break the fragiletraction. You can get “wet ice” when it’s about freezing (32°F. packed. What’s the worst time for this? “Wet ice. if there is snow or ice between your tires and the road. blowing or loose snow -. keep the system on. Whatever the condition -. those places where your tires meet the road probably have good traction.smooth ice. If you don’t have the traction control system. you’ll want to slow down and adjust your driving to the road conditions. If you accelerate too fast. Even though your vehicle has a traction control system.Driving on Snow or Ice Most of the time. accelerate gently.But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all. Try to avoid driving on ice until salt and sand wet crews can get there. you can have a very slippery situation. It will improve your ability to acceleratewhen driving on a slippery road. 171 .the drive wheels will spin and polish the surface under the tires even more.” Very cold snow or icecan be slick and hard to drive on. However. If you have traction control. OOC) and freezing rain begins to fall. You’ll have a lot less traction or “grip” and will need to be very careful.drive with caution. See “Traction Control System” in the Index.

brake before you are on it.- If you are stopped by heavy snow. Tie a red cloth to your vehicle to alert police that you’ve been stopped by the snow. You should probably stay with your vehicle unless you know for sure that you are near help and you can hike through the snow. and avoid sudden steering maneuvers. Watch for slippery spots. Here are some things to doto summon help and keep yourself and your passengers safe: Turn on your hazard flashers. Sometimes the surface of a curve or an overpass may remain icy when the surrounding roads are clear. behind buildings. Put on extra clothing or wrap a 172 . Try not to brake while you’re actually on the ice. you’ll want to begin stopping sooner than you would on dry pavement. . Even though you have the anti-lock braking system. See “Anti-lock” in the Index. If you see apatch of ice ahead of you. you could be in a serious situation. On an otherwise clear road. 0 If You’re Caught in a Blizzard Allow greater following distance on any slippery road. ice patches may appear in shaded areas where the sun can’t reach: around clumps of trees. The road might be fine until you hit a spot that’s covered with ice. or under bridges.Your anti-lock brakes improve your ability to make a hard stop on a slippery road.

make body insulators from newspapers. burlap bags. floor mats-. 173 . If you have no blankets or extra clothing. rags. but be careful.anything you can wrap around yourself or tuck under your clothing to keep warm.blanket around you. You can run the engine to keepwarm.

make itgo a little faster than just idle. Preserve the as fuel as long as you can. Let the heater run for awhile. When you run the engine.Run your engine onlyas long as you must. and possibly for signaling later on with your headlights. But do it as little possible. Thatis. You will need a well-charged battery to restart the vehicle. so Towing a Trailer NOTICE: Pulling a trailer improperlycan aamage your vehicle and result in costly repairs not covered by your warranty. To pull a trailer correctly. 174 .you can get out of the vehicle anddo some fairly vigorous exercises every half hour or until help comes. Then. This saves fuel. Start the engine again and repeat this only when you feel really uncomfortable from the cold. shut the engine and close the window almost off all the way to preserve the heat. To help keep warm. push the accelerator slightly. follow the advice in this section. This uses less fuel for the heat that you get and it keeps the battery charged. and see your Buick dealer for important information about towing a trailer with your vehicle .

you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later in this section. But trailering is different than just driving your vehicle by itself. There are many different laws. important trailering tips and safety rules. You should always use a sway control if your trailer will weigh more than 2. and it has to beused properly. 0 . increasing the pulling requirements. If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer If you do. Successful. here are some important points.Your car can tow a trailer if it is equipped with the 3800 (L27) engine and proper trailer towing equipment. You can ask ahitch dealer aboutsway controls.000 miles (1600 km) your new vehicle is driven. Obey speed limit restrictions when towing a trailer. generating extra heat. Load-pulling components such asthe engine. wheel assemblies. Don’t drive fasterthan the maximum posted speed for trailers (or no more than 55 mph (90 km/h) to save wear on your vehicle’s parts.000 pounds (900 kg). and tires are forced to work harder of against the drag the added weight. having to do with trailering. safetrailering takes correct equipment. Make sure your rig will be legal. Don’t tow a trailer at all during the first 1.000 pounds (900 kg) orless. Trailering means changes in handling. including speed limit restrictions. the trailer adds considerablyto wind resistance. What’s more. 0 m that Then. The engineis required to operateat relatively higher speeds and under greater loads. durability. Many of these are importantfor your safety and that of your passengers. not only where you live but also where you’ll be driving. So please read this section carefully before you pull a trailer. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in at the heavier loads. In it are many time-tested. don’t drive over 50 mph (80 h hand don’t / ) make starts at full throttle.To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle. during the first 500 miles (800 k ) you tow a trailer. Your engine. axle or other parts could be damaged. Consider using a sway control if your trailer will weigh 2. A good source forthis information can be state or provincial police. That’s the reason for this section. and fuel economy. transaxle.

road grades. The capacity weight includes the curb weight of the vehicle. Customer Assistance Center. And if you will tow a trailer. you must subtract the tongue load from your vehicle’s capacity weight because your vehicle will be carrying that weight. 1908 Colonel Sam Drive. it can also depend on any special equipment that you have on your vehicle. Weight of the Trailer How heavy can a trailer safely be? It should never weigh more than 1. outside temperature and how much your vehicle is used to pull a trailer are all important. too. write to General Motors of Canada Limited. 902 E. Flint. unless you have the optional 3. altitude. If you’re using a “dead-weight” hitch. speed. Ontario LlH 8P7. For example. any cargo you may carry in it. You can ask your dealer for our trailering information or advice. In Canada.Three important considerations have to do with welgnt: Weight of the Trailer Tongue The tongue load (A) of any trailer is an important weight to measure because it affects the total capacity weight of your vehicle.000 pound (1 350 kg) trailer towing package. Customer Assistance Center. Oshawa. But even that can be too heavy. and the people who will be riding in the vehicle. MI 48550.000pounds (450 kg). the trailer tongue (A) should weigh 10% of the total loaded trailer weight 176 . It depends on how you plan to use your rig. See “Loading Your Vehicle” in the Index for more information about your vehicle’s maximum load capacity. Hamilton Avenue. And. oryou can write us at Buick Motor Division.

when loaded. large trucks going by. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Total Weight on Your Vehicle’s Tires Be sure your vehicle’s tires are inflated to the limit for cold tires. If they aren’t. will weigh more than 2. Then be sure you don’t go over the GVW limit for your vehicle. Dirt and water can. to see if the weights are proper. e The bumpers on your vehicle are not intended for hitches.000 pounds (900 kg). weight-distributing hitch and sway control of the proper size. and rough roads are a few reasons why you’ll need the right hitch. This equipment is very important for propervehicle loading and good handling when you’re driving. Safety Chains You should always attach chains between your vehicle and your trailer. then be sure to seal the holes later when you remove the hitch. Use only a frame-mounted hitch that does not attach to the bumper. If you don’t seal them. e Will you have to make any holesin the body of your vehicle when you install a trailer hitch? If you do. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for attaching safetychains. After you’ve loaded your trailer. separately. . You’ll find these numberson the Certification label at the rear edge of the driver’s door or see “Loading Your Vehicle” in the Index. Hitches It’s important to have the correct hitch equipment. the trailer tongue (A) should weigh 12% of the total loaded trailer weight (B).(B). Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer or by the trailer manufacturer. If you have a “weight-distributing” hitch. never allow safety chains to drag onthe ground. Here are some rules to follow: If you’ll be pulling a trailer that. too. weigh the trailer and then the tongue. Crosswinds. Always leave just enough slack so you can turn with your rig. you may be able to get them right simply by moving some items around in the trailer. And. Do not attach rental hitches or other bumper-type hitches to them. be sure to use a properly mounted. deadly carbon monoxide (CO)from your exhaust canget into your vehicle (see “Carbon Monoxide” in the Index).

If you do. do not try to tap into your vehicle’s brake system. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so you’ll be able toinstall. Backing Up Hold the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand. if possible. Because you have anti-lock brakes.Trailer Brakes If your trailer weighs more than 1. This can help you avoid situations that require heavy braking and sudden turns. just move that hand to the left. Following Distance Stay at least twice as far behind the vehicle ahead as you would when driving your vehicle without a trailer. Before setting out for the open road. adjust and maintain them properly. 178 . Always back up slowly and. check occasionally to be sure that the load is secure. Passing You’ll need more passing distance up ahead when you’re towing a trailer. check the trailer hitch and platform. because you’re a good deal longer. Before you start. move your hand to the right.000 pounds (450 kg) loaded. you’ll need to go much farther beyond the passed vehicle before you can return to your lane. And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are driving isnow a good deal longer and not nearly so responsive as your vehicle is by itself. Then. This lets you check your electrical connection at the same time. or at all. and that the lights and any trailer brakes are still working. Driving witha Trailer Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of experience. you’ll want to get to know your rig. to move the trailer to the left. electrical connector. During your trip. both brake systems won’t work well. lights. tires and mirror adjustment. safety chains. then it needs its ownbrakes -and they must be adequate. To move the trailer to the right. start your vehicle and trailer moving and then apply the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working. And. If the trailer has electric brakes. have someone guide you. Acquaint yourself with the feel of handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer.

Making Turns When you’re turning with a trailer. The green arrows ‘onyour instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or lane change. 179 . Signal well in advance. curbs. Driving On Grades Reduce speed and shift to a lower gear before you start down a long or steep downgrade. or other objects. When towing atrailer. make wider turns than normal. shift down to “D or 3” (Drive) and reduce your speed to around 45 mph (70 km/h) to reduce the possibility of engine and transaxle overheating. On a long uphill grade. change lanesor stop. your vehicle has to have a different turn signal flasher and extra wiring.road signs. trees.you may think drivers behind you are seeing your signal when they are not. Avoid jerky or sudden maneuvers. you might have to use your brakes so much that they would get hot and no longer work well. Thus. the green arrows on your instrument panel will flash for turns even if the bulbs on the trailer areburned out.If you don’t shift down. Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer When you tow a trailer. Do this so your trailer won’t strike soft shoulders. Properly hooked up. telling other drivers you’re about to turn. It’s important to check occasionally to be sure the trailer bulbs are still working. the trailer lights will also flash.

Reapply the regular brakes. with a trailer attached. and the Index will help you find them quickly. People can be injured. Apply your regular brakes and hold the pedal down while you: Start your engine. and brake adjustment. but don’t shift into “ P ’ (Park) yet. belts. . See the Maintenance Schedule for more on this. will need service more often when you’re pulling a trailer. 3. Release the regular brakes. Things that are especially important in trailer operation are automatic transaxle fluid (don’t overfill). Maintenance When Trailer Towing Your vehicle.Parking on Hills You really should not park your vehicle. Check periodically to see that all hitch nuts and bolts are tight. Shift into a gear. cooling system. your rig could start to move. When the wheel chocks are in place. Stop and have someone pick up and store the chocks. Each of these is covered in this manual. If you’re trailering. Let up on the brake pedal. Then apply your parking brake. Apply your regular brakes. But if you ever have to park your rig on a hill. and both your vehicle and the trailer can be damaged. 1. on a hill. 4. 2. here’s how to do it: When You Are Ready to Leave After Parking on a Hill 1. 3. engine oil. Have someone place chocks under the trailer wheels. 4. release the regular brakes until the chocks absorb the load. 5. Drive slowly until the trailer is clear of the chocks. and Release the parking brake. and then shift to “P” (Park). If something goes wrong. 2. it’sa good idea to review these sections before youstart your trip.

. . . . . . . . . . Ice or Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mud. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CompactSpareTire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 183 184 189 193 200 201 211 212 181 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If You’re Stuck in Sand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Part 5 Problems on the Road Here you’ll find what to do about some problems that can occur on the road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OtherWarningDevices . . IfaTireGoesFlat . . . . . . . . Part 5 includes: Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TowingYourBuick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Engineoverheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ChangingaFlatTire . . . . . . “Jump”Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Your front and rear turn signal lights will flash on and off.Hazard Warning Flashers Your hazard warning flashers let you warn others. 182 . They also let police know you have a problem.

you can set one up at the side of the road about 300 feet (100 m) behind your vehicle. your turn signals won’t work. Other Warning Devices If you carry reflective triangles.Press the button in to make your front and rear turn signal lights flash on and off. Your hazard warning flashers work no matter what position your key is in. When the hazard warning flashers are on. 183 . To turn off the flashers. and even if the key isn’t in. pull out on the collar.

Get the vehicles close enough so the jumper cables can reach. If they are. To Jump Start Your Buick: 1. and the bad grounding could damage the electrical systems. but be sure the vehicles aren’ttouching each other. It must have a 12-volt battery with a negative ground system. it could cause a ground connection you don’t want. and it could damage your vehicle. 2. 184 r . NOTICE: If the other system isn’t a 12-volt system a with negative ground. But pleasefollow the steps below to doit safely. Trying to start your Buick by pushing or pulling it won’t work. you may want to use another vehicle andsome jumper cables to start your Buick.Jump Starting If your batteryhas run down.both vehicles can be damaged. You wouldn’t beable to start your Buick. Check the other vehicle. NOTICE: Ignoring’thesesteps could result in costly damage to your vehicle that wouldn’t be covered by your warranty.

Set the parking brake firmly on each vehicle. 185 . Open the hoods and locate the batteries. Find the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on each battery.You could be injured if the vehicles roll. 4. Put an automatic transaxlein “P’ (Park) or a manual transaxle in “N” (Neutral). It could save your radio! NOTICE: If you leave your radio on. Turn off th. The repairs wouldn’t be covered by your warranty.it could be badly damaged. This will avoid sparks and help save both batteries. 3. Turn off the radios and all lights that aren’t needed.e ignition on both vehicles.

Check that the jumper cables don’t have loose-or missing insulation. 186 . you could get a shock and the vehicles could be damaged.5.If they do.

187 . - . _. U Don’t let the other end touch anything until the next step. Don’t let the other end touch metal. Connect it to the positive(+) terminal of the eood battery. Now connect the black negative (-) cable to the good battery’s negative (-) terminal. Connect the red positive (+) cable to the positive (+) terminal of the vehicle with the dead battery. It goes to a heavy unpainted metal part on the engine of the vehicle with the dead battery. > - 7.6.. 8. . Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. Theother end of the negative cable doesn’t go to the dead battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. .

. a 11. Take care that they don't touch each other or any other metal. 12.9. If it won't start after a few tries. it probably needs service.+ Remove cables in this order. Attach the cable at least 18 inches (45 cm) away from the dead battery. Tryto start the vehicle with the dead battery.+ - 10. Now start the vehicle with the good battery and run the engine for while. but the chance of sparks getting back to the battery is much less. The electrical connection is just asgood there. GOOD BATTERY 0 . @ DEAD BAlTERY 188 . but not near engine parts that move. Remove the cables in reverse order to prevent electrical shorting.

and year of your vehicle. Before you do anything. Whether you can still move the shift lever. When you call. If there was an accident. If your vehicle has been changed or modified since it was factory-new by adding aftermarket items like fog lamps. The operator may want to see them.let the tow operator know that this manual contains detailedtowing instructions and illustrations. turn on the hazard warning flashers. The usual towing equipment is a sling-type (A) or a wheel-lift (B) or car carrier (C) tow truck. C W W 189 . what was damaged. A 0 0 The make. B W When the towing service arrives. tell the towing service: That your vehicle has front-wheel drive. or special tires and wheels.Towing Your Car Try to have a GM dealer or a professional towing service tow your Buick. these instructions andillustrations may not be correct. aero skirting. model.

Don’t have your vehicle towed on the front wheels. 190 . The steering wheel should be clamped in a straight-ahead position. not use the vehicle’s steering column lock for this.If these limits must be exceeded. witha clamping device Do designed for towing service. don’t more than 55 mph (88 kph) or farther than500 miles (800 km) or your transaxle will be damaged. be unless you must. have the ignition key off. then the be front wheels have to supported on a dolly.When your vehicle is being towed. The transaxle.shouldin be Neutral and the parking brake released. If the vehicle must towed on the go front wheels.

Position a 4” x 4” wood’beam across the sling chains contacting the bottom of the radiator support. 191 . Attach a separate safety chain around the outboard end of each lower control arm.Front Towing Hookups Attach “T” hook chains behind thefront-wheelsinto the bottom slots of the cradle rails on both sides. Position just the lower sling crossbar under the front bumper.

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If you have the optional gage cluster. The costly repairs would not be covered by your warranty.Engine Overheating You will find the warning light about a hot engine on your instrument panel. you may also have a coolant temperature warning gage. Idle for long periods in traffic. 0 0 193 . Stop after high speed driving. I If Steam Is Coming FromYour Engine If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine If you get the overheat warning but see orhear no steam. 1 NOTICE: If your engine catchesfire because you keep driving with no coolant. Tow a trailer. your vehicle can be badly damaged. Sometimes the engine can get a little too hot when you: 0 Climb a long hill on a hot day. the problem may not be too serious.

2. If there’s still no sign of steam. and park your vehicle right away. If the warning continues. drive slower for about ten minutes. to see if the warning stops. Turn on your heater to full hot at the highest fan speed and open the window as necessary. But then. TURN OFF THE ENGINE AND GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE VEHICLE until it cools down. stop. try this for a minute or so: 1. you can drive. When you decide it’s safe to lift the hood. If you’re in a traffic jam. shift to “N” (Neutral). if you still have the warning. you can drive normally. IOU may decide not to lift the hood but to get service help right away. If you no longer have the overheat warning. Turn off your air conditioner. pull over. Just tobe safe.If you get the overheat warning with no sign of steam. you can idle the engine for two or three minutes while you’re parked. here’s what you’ll see: 0 Coolant recovery tank Electric engine fans a Radiator pressure cap 0 194 . If the warning doesn’t come back on. 3.

If they aren’t. If there seems to be no leak. I Engine damage from running your engine without coolant isn’t covered by your warranty. don’t do anything else until it cools down. water pump or somewhere elsein the cooling system. you may have a leak in the radiator hoses. your vehicle needs service. both fans should be running. check to see if the electric engine fans are running. 195 .” If it isn’t. heater hoses..The coolant level should be at or above “FULL COLD. If the coolant inside the coolant recovery tank is boiling. radiator. If the engine is overheating. I NOTICE: I .

but the coolant level isn’t at or above the “FULL COLD” mark. water can freeze and crack the engine.How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Recovery Tank If you haven’t found a problem yet. add a 50/50 mixture of clean water (preferably distilled) and a proper antifreeze at the coolant recovery tank.) I NOTICE: In cold weather. Use the recommended coolant. heatercore and other parts. (See “Engine Coolant” in the Index for more information about the proper coolant mix. radiator. 196 .

When the coolant in the coolant recovery tank is at or above the “FULL COLD” mark. If the overheat warning continues. start your vehicle. You can add the proper coolant mix directly to the radiator but be sure the cooling system is cool before you do it. there’s one more thing you can try. 197 .

Turn the pressure cap slowly to the left until it first stops. 1. 3. wait for that to stop. . (Don’t press down while turning the pressure cap. You can remove the radiator pressure cap when the cooling system. including the radiator pressure cap and upper radiator hose.How to Add Coolant to the Radiator 2.) If you hear a hiss. up to the base of the filler neck. Fill the radiator with the proper mix. A hiss means there is still some pressure left. Remove the pressure cap. but now push down as you turn it. is no longer hot. Then keepturning the pressure cap.

Then fill the coolant recovery tank to “FULL COLD. If the level is lower. 4. 199 . By this time the coolant level inside the radiator filler neck may be lower. 7.1 6. but leave the radiator pressure capoff. Watch out for the engine fans. Put the cap back on the coolant recovery tank.” 5. Start the engine and let it run until you can feel the upper radiator hose getting hot. add more of the proper mix through the filler neck until the level reaches the base of the filler neck.

Then replace the pressure cap. But if you should ever have a “blowout. Steer to maintain lane position. It may be very bumpy and noisy. the next section shows how to use your jacking equipment to change a flattire safely. Gently brake to a stop. 200 .I W 8. At any time during this procedure if coolant begins to flow out of the filler neck. remove your foot from the accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under control by steering the way you want the vehicle to go. If a tire goes flat. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal and grip the steering wheel firmly. the flat tire will create a dragthat pulls the vehicle toward that side. If a Tire Goes Flat It’s unusual for a tire to “blow out” while you’re driving. it’s much more likely to leak out slowly. especially if you maintain your tires properly.” here are afew tips about what to expect and what to do: If a front tire fails. If air goes out of a tire. A rear blowout. acts much like a skid and may require the same correction you’d use ina skid. In any rear blowout. Be sure the arrows on pressure cap line up like this. particularly on a curve. but you can still steer. reinstall the pressure cap. then gently brake to a stop well out of the traffic lane. well off the road if possible.

The following steps will tell you how to use the jack and change a tire.Changing a Flat Tire If a tire goes flat. 201 . avoid further tire and wheel damage by driving slowly to a level place. Turn on your hazard warning flashers.

Start with the jack and the wheel wrench. 202 . The equipmentyou’ll need is in the trunk.

(Note: When replacing any wheel cover. the rim edges may be sharp.) If your vehicle has an aluminum wheel with a center cover. remove it by using the flat end of the wheel wrench to access thewheel nuts. remove it by using the flat end of the wheel wrench. Pry along the edge of the wheel cover until it comes off. 203 . carefully line up the tire valve stem and the notch in the wheel cover. Don’t try to remove it with your bare hands. Be careful.If your vehicle has a wheel cover.

. If your vehicle has wire wheel covers. then continue l/8 rotation for steel caps and 1/4 rotation for plastic caps. between the wire wheel cover and the center cap. you may have plastic wheel nut caps. Use the wheel nut wrench to remove the wheel nut caps andto loosen the wheel nuts. A Use the wire wheel key wrench to remove the wheel cover. 204 . . tighten the caps snug with the wheel wrench. .If your vehicle has this aluminum wheel.. When reinstalling the decorative nut caps. remove them as follows: Using the flat end of the key wrench handle. pry off the center cap.

Using the wheel wrench. Note: When replacing the wheel cover. by placing the key end of the wire wheel key wrench over the nut and turning it to the left. Don’t remove them yet. Raise the jack a little by rotating the wheel wrench clockwise (to the right). Pull off the wire wheel cover. attach the wheel wrench to the bolt on the end of the jack. 205 . carefully line up the tire valve stem and the notch in the wheel cover.Remove the theft deterrent wheel nut. loosen all the wheel nuts. Next.

for 8” 10” the front to help locate the jacking notches in the you frame. There is a notchin the frame near each the of wheels. The jack handle has markings at for the rear.Position thejack under the vehicle. 206 . Fit the top the of jack into the notch nearest the wheel with the flat tire.

NOTICE: Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly positioned will damage the vehicle or may allow the vehicleto fall off the jack. Raise the vehicle by rotating the wheel wrench clockwise. .. . Be sure to fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising your vehicle. Remove all thewheel nuts and take off the flat tire.. Raise thevehicle far enough off the ground so there is enough room for the spare tire to fit.

208 . mounting surfaces or spare wheel. the nuts might come loose.Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel bolts. Your wheel could fall off. If you on do. A CAUTION: Never use oil or grease studs or nuts. causing a serious accident.

209 . Lower the jack completely. Replace the wheel nuts with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel.a Place the spare on the wheel mounting surface. Tighten each nut by hand until the wheel is held against the hub. Lower the vehicle by rotating the wheel wrench counterclockwise.

If on you try to put a wheel coveron your compact spare. NOTICE:. It won’t fit. the Now secure all the equipment back into the trunk storage area. 210 . Store the wheel cover in the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced.~ ~ Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in a criss-cross sequence as shown. Follow the diagram on the spare tire cover. Don’t try to put a wheel cover on your compact spare tire. Wheel covers won’t fit your compact spare. you could damage cover or the spare.

That on can damage the and wheel. Your spare willlast longer and be in good shape in case you need it again. and maybe other tire parts of your vehicle. Using fit at made to perform well posted speed limits for them will damage your vehicle and destroy the distances up to 3.000miles (5 000 km). * And don’t mix your compact spare wheel with other or Although the compact spare was fully inflated when wheels or tires. It the inflation pressure regularly.The compact spare is Tire chains won’t your compact spare. The compact chains too.NOTICE: Don’t take your compact spare through an automatic car wash with guide rails. The compact spare can get caught the rails. Compact Spare Tire Don’t use your compact spare on some other vehicle. on you should stop as soon as possible and make sure your NOTICE: spare tireis correctly inflated. 211 . it’s best to replace your spare with a full-size tiresoon as you as can. Of or replaced where you want. After installing the compact spare your vehicle. Keep your spare and its your vehicle was new. it can lose air after a time. Check wheel together.000 miles (5 000 km). so you to can finish your trip and have your full-size tire repaired compact spare. Don’t use chains on your tire spare is made go up to 3. course. They won’t fit. should be60 psi (420 Wa).

Rocking your vehicle to get it out: First. turn your steering wheel left and right. That will clear the area around your front wheels. If that doesn’t get you out after a few tries. see “Towing Your Car” in the Index. If you do need to be towed out. Release the accelerator pedal while you shift. If you spin the wheels too fast while shifting your transaxle back and forth. you may need to be towed out. Ice or Snow What you don’t want to do when your vehicle is stuck is to spin your wheels. (See “Traction Control System” in the Index.If You’re Stuck: In Sand. You should turn your traction control system off. you can destroy your transaxle. and press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transaxle is in gear. NOTICE: Spinning your wheelscan destroy parts of your vehicle as well as the tires. The method known as “rocking” can help you get out when you’re stuck. . but you must use caution. spinning the wheels as little as possible. Mud.) Then shift back and forth between “R” (Reverse) and a forward gear.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . This part begins with service and fuel information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 BulbReplacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241 Appearancecare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 256 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Windshield Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257 Capacities and Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fuses and Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and then it shows how to check important fluid and lubricant levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and a section devoted to its appearance care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .@) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . There is also technical information about your vehicle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 HoodRelease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part 6 includes: Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Engineoil . . . . . . . . 225 Automatic Transaxle Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . 263 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 LoadingYourVehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Enginecoolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part 6 Service and AppearanceCare Here you will find information about the care of your Buick . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Aircleaner . .

To order the proper service manual. you’ll want to get the proper Buick Service Manual. We hope you’ll want to keep your GM vehicle all GM. Your vehicle has an air bag system. Genuine GM parts have one of these marks: You should keep a record with all parts receipts and list the mileage and the date of any service work you perform. It tells you much more about how to service your Buick than this manual can. You’ll get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. See “Maintenance Record’’ in the Index. see “Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick” in the Index.Service Your Buick dealer knows your vehicle best and wants you to be happy with it. If you want to do some of your own service work. see “Service Publications” in the Index. We hope you’ll go to your dealer for all your service needs. I . your vehicle could be damaged. Before attempting to do your own service work. Delco Doing Your Own Service Work U n 1 NOTICE: If you try todo your own service work without knowing enough aboutit.

NOTICE: Fuel that is more than5% methanol is bad for your vehicle. it’s easy to be sure you get the right kind of gasoline (unleaded). If the octane is less than 87. These fuels so should have the proper additives. Don’t use it. That’s normal. Ethanol is ethyl or grain alcohol. What about gasoline with blending materiaIs that contain oxygen (oxygenates). If you’re using fuel rated at 87 octane or higher and you still hear heavy knocking. Methanol is methyl or wood alcohol.” Fuel that is no more than 15% MTBE is fine for your vehicle. you may get a heavy knocking noise when you drive. Be sure theposted octane is at least 87. It’s the heavy. But don’t worry if you hear a little pinging noise when you’re acceleratingor driving up a hill. That damage wouldn’t be covered under your warranty. And only unleaded nozzles will fit into your vehicle’s filler neck. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel systemand also damage plasticand rubber parts. .Fuel Use regular unleaded gasoline rated at 87 octaneor higher. You’ll see “UNLEADED” right on the pump.5-92 in Canada. And even 5% at or less. Properly-blended fuel that is no more than 10% ethanol is fine for your vehicle. there must be “cosolvents” and corrosion preventers in this fuel to help avoid these problems. and you don’t have to buy a higher octane fuel to get rid of pinging.S. and Canada. and CGSB 3. such as MTBE or alcohol? MTBE is “methyl tertiary-butyl ether. In the U. it can damage your engine. If it’s bad enough. constant knock that means you have a problem.S. your engine needs service. It should meet specificationsASTM D4814 in the U. you should not have to add anything to the fuel.

Ontario L l H 8P7 216 . It’s good for your vehicle. Many gasolines are now blended with oxygenates. Do not use leaded gasoline. Fuels in Foreign Countries If you plan on driving in another country outside the U. you can help clean the air. These gasolines are specially designed to reduce vehicle emissions. You should ask your service station operators if their gasolines contain deposit control additives and oxygenates. especially in those parts of the country that have high ozone levels. such as MTBE and ethanol. or Canada. and your engine oil can deteriorate quickly. ask an auto dub. General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation. If you use even one tankful. In addition. especially in those parts of the country that have high carbon monoxide levels. All of that means costly repairs that wouldn’t be covered by your warranty. unleaded fuel may be hard to find. By doing so. North American Export Sales (NAES) 1908 Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa. your emission controls won’t work well or at all. You can also write us at the following address for advice. With continuous use. Your vehicle’s oxygen sensor will be damaged. That helps keep your engine in tune and your emission control system working properly. spark plugs can get fouled. you can help clean the air. somegasoline suppliers are now producing reformulated gasolines. the exhaust system can corrode.S. or contact a major oil company that does business in the country where you’ll be driving.Gasolines for Cleaner Air Your use of gasoline with deposit control additives will help prevent deposits from forming in your engine and fuel system. and you’ll be doing your part for cleaner air. Just tell us where you’re going and give your Vehicle Identification Number (VI’N). By doing so. General Motors recommends that you use gasolines with these blending materials. General Motors recommends that you use reformulated gasoline. To check on fuel availability. and if they have been reformulated to reduce vehicle emissions.

turn it slowly to theleft (counterclockwise). hang the cap inside the fuel door. Place the cap on the inner most edge and turn as necessary to secure.Filling Your Tank To take off the cap. 217 . While refueling.

It is located on the lower left side of the instrument panel. When you pull this handle the hood latch will release. See “Cleaning the Outside of Your Buick” in the Index. be sure get the right to type. next to the parking brake.Checking Things Under the Hood Hood Release To open the hood.it may not fit or have proper venting. F Be careful not to spill gasoline. 218 . Clean gasoline from painted surfaces as soon as possible. Your dealer can getone for you. first pull the handle inside the vehicle. NOTICE: If you need a new cap. and your fuel tankand emissions system might be damaged. If you get the wrong type. turn it to the right until you hear at least three clicks. When you put the cap back on.

Then go to the front of the vehicle and release the secondary hood latch. 219 . near the center. Then pull the hood down and close it firmly. Lift up on this lever as you lift up on the hood. Before closing the hood. be sure all the filler caps areon properly. and at the front edge of the grille. The hood latch is located under the hood.

this is an added reminder. Tensioner B. Coolant Pump .Engine AccessoryBelt A Engine Oil If the “CHECK OIL LEVEL” light on. CHECK OIL LEVEL D’ For more information. Alternator F. Air Conditioning E. See “Maintenance Schedule” in the Index for when to check the belt. This diagram shows the features connected by the belt routing. A. the instrument panel comes on. Power Steering It’s agood idea to check your engine oil every time you get fuel. it means you need to check your engine oil level right away. should check your engine oil level You regularly. The 3800 (L27) engine uses an engine accessory belt. the oil must be warm and the vehicle must be on level ground. Crank C. D.In order to get an accurate reading. see“CHECK OIL LEVEL” light in the Index.

221 . Remove it again. The engine oil dipstick is directly behind the engine fan.If you don’t. and check the level. keeping the tip lower. Turn off the engine and give the oil a few minutes to drain back into the oil pan. the oil dipstick might not show the actual level.To Check Engine Oil Pull out the dipstick and clean it with a paper towel or cloth. then pushit back in all the way.

Just fill it enough to put the level somewhere in the proper operating range. and is preferred for use in your gasoline engine. What Kind of Oil to Use Beginning midyear 1993. Use the engine oil fill cap next to the oil dipstick to add oil. But you must use the right kind. your engine could be damaged. You should look for this on the front of the oil container. You should also use the proper viscosity oil for your vehicle. and use only oils that display this new symbol. Push the dipstick all the way back in when you’re through. oils of the proper quality for your vehicle will be identified with this new “starburst” symbol.When to Add Oil If the oil is at or below the ADD line. The“starburst” symbol indicates that the oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API). your engine hasso If much oil that the oil level gets above the cross-hatched area that shows the proper operating range. as shown in the following chart: 222 . NOTICE: Don’t add too much oil. then you’ll need to add some oil. This section explains what kind of oil to use. see “Capacities and Specifications” in the Index. For crankcase capacity.

you can use SAE 5W-30 if it’s going to be colder than 60 “F (16 C ) before your next oil change.” “SG/CD. HOT WEATHER “F b100 LOOK FOR ONE OF THESE LABELS As shown in the chart. SAE 1OW-30 is best for your vehicle. you should look for and use oils containingthe following three things: 0 +80 +60 +40 SAE 1OW-30 above 0°F SH or SG t20 - 0 - SAE 5W-30 “SH” or “SG” must be on the oil container. SAE 30 GRADE MAY BE USE0 AT TEMPERATURES ABOVE 40 DEGREES F (4 DEGREES C). SELECT THE LOWEST SAE VISCOSITY GRADE 011 FOR THE EXPECTED TEMPERATURE RANGE. or thickness. I COLD WEATHER IF NEITHER SAE 5W-30 NOR SAE 1OW-30 GRADE OILS ARE AVAILABLE. When it’s very cold. SAE 2OW-50 OR ANY OTHER GRADE OIL NOT RECOMMENDED 223 . Do not use other viscosity oils.SG. a SAE 1OW-30 a Energy Conserving I1 Oils with these words on the container will help you save fuel. However. These numbers on an oil container show its viscosity.CD.” etc. DO NOT USE SAE 1OW-40.~ ~~ ~~ RECOMMENDED SAE VISCOSITY GRADE ENGINE OILS FOR BEST FUEL ECONOMY AND COLD STARTING. either by itself or combined with other quality designations. you should use SAE 5W-30.” “SH. such as SAE 1OW-40 or SAE 20W-50. such as “SH/CD. These letters show American Petroleum Institute (API) levels of quality. w . O - If you cannot find oils with the new “starburst” symbol on the front of the container.

whichever comes first. It’s below freezing outside and most trips are less than 10 miles (16 km). you can cause engine damage not covered by your warranty. . 224 . GM Engine Oil) meets all the requirements for your vehicle. NOTICE: If you use oils that do not have either the “starburst” symbol or an API SH or SG designation. or in stop-and-go traffic).) If none of them is true.These three things are usually included in a doughnut shaped logo (symbol) on most containers. Change the filter at the first oil change and at every other oil change after that. If you cannot find oils with the “starburst” symbol.whichever comes first. When to Change Engine Oil See if any one of these is true for you: 0 Most trips are less than 4 miles (6 km). If any one of these is true for your vehicle. Your Buick dealer is ready to advise if you think something should be added. 0 0 0 Most trips are through dusty places. The engine is at low speed most of the time (as in door-to-door delivery.) GM Goodwrench@oil (in Canada. change the oil every 7.000 miles ( 5 000 km) or 3 months -.500 miles (12 500 km) or I2 months -. (See “Change Oil Indicator” in the Index. you should look for oils with the doughnut shaped symbol. Engine Oil Additives v Don’t add anything to your oil. (See “Change Oil Indicator” in the Index. You tow a trailer often. containing the three things noted above. then you need to change your oil and filter every 3.

Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to replace the air filter. If you change your own oil. recycle it by taking it to a place that collects used oil. To check or replacethe filter. Air Cleaner What to Do with Used Oil Did you know that used engine oil contains certain elements that may be unhealthy for your skin and could even cause cancer? Don’t let used oil stay on your skin for very long. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index.Engine Coolant Heater (Engine Block Heater) An engine coolant heater can be a big help if you have to park outside in very cold weather. ask your dealer. or a good hand cleaner. If you have a problem properly disposing of your used oil. Wash or properly throw away clothing or rags containing used engine oil. then close the cover and tighten the wing screws. be sure to drain all free-flowing oil from the filter before disposal. If your vehicle has this option. Don’t ever dispose of oil by putting it in the trash. into sewers. (See the manufacturer’s warnings about the use and disposal of oil products. or into streams orbodies of water. Replace the filter. 225 . pouring it on the ground. Clean your skin and nails with soap and water. 0°F (-18°C) or colder. Instead. undo the wing screws and pull the air cleaner open. see “Engine Coolant Heater” in the Index. h = The air cleaner and filter are located on the driver’s side of the engine compartment. a service station or a local recycling center for help.) Used oil can be a real threat to the environment.

Automatic Transaxle Fluid When to Check and Change A good time to check your automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Too much can meanthat some of the fluid couldcome out and fall on hot engine parts or exhaust system. which will damage it.And. dirt can easily get into your engine. or you could get a false reading on the dipstick. Always have the air cleaner in place when you’redriving. starting a fire. you may choose to have this done at a Buick dealership Service Department. Because this operation can be a little difficult. How to Check I NOTICE: If the air cleaner is off. 226 . NOTICE: Too much or too little fluid damage your can transaxle. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index. If you do it yourself. Be sure to get an accuratereading if youcheck your transaxle fluid. be sure to follow all the instructions here. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine when to change your fluid. a backfire can cause a damaging engine fire.

Pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel. 0 With the parking brake applied. Keep the engine running. Push it back in all the way. To get the right reading. Let the engine run at idle for three to five minutes. place the shift lever in "P" (Park). Then. position the shift lever in "P'(Park). Then. If it's colder than 50°F (lO"C). you may have to drive longer. move the shift lever through each gear range. follow these steps: To check the fluid level Park your vehicle on a level place. Get the vehicle warmed up by driving about 15 miles (24 km) when outside temperatures are above50°F (10°C). wait three seconds and then pull it back out again. 227 . In heavy traffic -. With your foot on the brake pedal.especially in hot weather. without shutting off the engine. the fluid should be at normal operating temperature. While pulling a trailer. which is 180°F to 200°F (82°C to 93 "C).Wait at least 30 minutes before checking the transaxle fluid level if you have been driving: When outside temperatures are above 90°F (32°C). I . pausing for about three seconds in each range. 2. At high speed for quite a while.

It doesn’t take much fluid. Pull out the dipstick. Check both sides of the dipstick. 0 Engine Coolant The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low.” When the correct fluid level is obtained.because fluids with that label are made especially for your automatic transaxle. If the fluid level is low. 3. 4. Don’t overfill. We recommend you use only fluid labeled DEXRON@-I11or DEXRON@-IIE. Help keep the proper engine temperature. 0 0 228 . add only enough of the proper fluid to bring the level into the cross-hatched area on the dipstick. See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. Damage caused by fluid other than DEXRON@-I11 orDEXRON@-IIEis not covered by your new vehicle warranty. push the dipstick back in all the way. The fluid level must be in the cross-hatched area. see “Engine Overheating” in the Index. The proper coolant for Buick your will: 0 How to Add Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine what kind of transaxle fluid to use. Protect against rust and corrosion. add enough fluid at the dipstick hole to bring it to the proper 1evel. Give freezing protection down to -34°F (-37°C). Using a long-neck funnel. and read the lower level. recheck the fluid level as described under “How to Check.2. generally less than a pint (OSL). Give boiling protection up to 262°F (128°C). If you have a problem with engine overheating. 0 After adding fluid. push the dipstick back in all the way. 1. If the fluid level is in the acceptable range.

Too much water in the mix can freeze and crack the engine. I NOTICE: If you use an improper coolant mix.If you use this mixture. heater core and other parts.” which won’t damage aluminum parts. radiator. your engine could overheat and badly damaged. don’t need to add you anything else. The be repair cost wouldn’t be covered by your warranty.Let the warning lights work as they should. What to Use Use a mixtureof one-half clean water (preferably ‘‘GM distilled) and one-half antifreeze that meets Specification 1825-M. You can also use a recycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825-M with a complete coolant flush and refill. Adding Coolant .

thecoolant level should be at “FULL COLD” or a little higher. the level should be up to “FULL HOT” or a little higher. Radiator Pressure Cap NOTICE: Your radiator capis a15 psi (105 kPa) pressure-type cap and must be tightly installed to prevent coolant loss and possible engine damage from overheating. When your engine is warm. but be careful not to spill it. To Add Coolant If you need more coolant. add the proper mix at the coolant recovery tank.To Check Coolant When your engine is cold. When you replace your radiator pressure cap. 230 . Add coolant mix at the recovery tank. Be sure the arrows on the cap line up with the overflow tube on the radiator filler neck. an AC@ cap is recommended.

Then remove the cap again and look at the fluid level on the dipstick. ~ ~~ 231 . an AC@thermostat is recommended. the level should be at the “HOT” mark. How To Check Power Steering Fluid Unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag. When the engine compartment is hot. the level should be at the “FULL COLD’’ mark. When the engine compartment is cool. See “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” in the Index. NOTICE: When adding power steering fluid or making a complete fluid change. The thermostat stops the flow of coolant through the radiator until the coolant reaches a preset temperature. Replace the cap and completely tighten it. always use the proper fluid. Failure to use the proper fluid can cause leaks and damage hoses and seals. Power Steering Fluid What to Add Refer to the Maintenance Schedule todetermine what kind of fluid to use. When you replace your thermostat.Thermostat Engine coolant temperature is controlled by a thermostat in the engine coolant system.

which could damage the tank if it is completely full. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. . It can damage your washer system and paint.Also. Don’t use radiator antifreeze in your windshield washer.” Add washer fluid until the bottle is full.This allows for expansion. water doesn’t clean as well as washer fluid.Windshield Washer Fluid To Add Open the cap labeled “WASHER FLUID ONLY. Don’t mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Fill your washer fluid tank only 314 full when it’s very cold. follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water. NOTICE: When using concentrated washer fluid.

only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system. it isn’t a good idea to ‘itopoff’ your brake fluid. A chime will sound if you try to drive with this warning light on.Brakes Brake Master Cylinder Your brake master cylinder is here. then you’ll have too much fluid when you get new brake linings. as necessary. Adding brake fluid won’t correct a leak. The other reason is that When your brake fluid falls to a low level. since a leak means that sooner or later your brakes won’t work well. e There are only two reasons why the brake fluid level in your master cylinder might go down. the fluid level goes back up. So. The first is that the brake fluid goes down to an acceptable level during normal brake lining wear. See “Brake System Warning Light” in the Index. 233 . When new linings are put in. or won’t work at all. your brake warning light will come on. fluid is leaking out of the brake system. You should add (or remove) brake fluid. you should have your brake system fixed. If it is. If you add fluid when your linings are worn. It is filled with DOT-3 brake fluid.

Disc brake pads have built-in wear indicators that make a high-pitched warning sound when the brake pads are worn and new pads are needed. in your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they’ll have to be replaced. . so be careful not to spill brake fluid on your vehicle. and always clean the brake fluid reservoir cap before removing it. Brake fluid can damage paint. NOTICE: Don’t let someone put in the wrong kind of fluid.1052535).What to Add When you do need brake fluid.such as Delco Supreme 11 (GM Part No. See “Appearance Care” in the Index. such as engine oil. Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only. @ Brake Wear Your Buick has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The sound may come and go or be heard all the time your vehicle is moving (except when you are pushing on the brake pedal firmly). wash it off immediately. just a fewdrops of mineral-based oil. For example. If you do. use only DOT-3 brake fluid -.

Some driving conditions or climates cause a brake may squeal when the brakesare first appliedor lightly applied. have the rear brake linings inspected. or if there is a rapid increase in pedal travel. Your rear drum brakes don’t have wear indicators. Vehicles we design and test have top-quality GM brake parts in them. too.NOTICE: Brake Pedal Travel I Continuing to drive with worn-out brake pads could result in costly brake repair. if someone puts in brake linings that are wrong for your vehicle. your brakes may no longer work properly. For example.be sure you get new genuine GM replacement parts. have the rear brakes inspected. Replacing Brake SystemParts The braking system on a modern vehicle is complex. When you replace parts of your braking system -. the balance between your front and rear brakes can change. Also. If you don’t.When you have the front brakes replaced. Its many parts have to be of top quality and work well together if the vehicle is to have really good braking. Brake linings should always be replaced as complete axle sets. for the worse. This does not mean something is wrong with your brakes. This could be a sign of brake trouble. The braking performance you’ve come to expect can change in many other ways if someone puts in the wrong replacement brake parts. with or without the vehicle moving. the rear brake drums should be removed and inspected each time the tires are removed for rotation or changing. as your Buick does when it is new. I I See your dealer if the brake pedal does not return to normal height. when your brake linings wear down and you have to have new ones put in -. your brakes adjust for wear. Brake Adjustment Every time you apply the brakes moderately. . but if you ever hear a rear brake rubbing noise.for example.

You never have to add water to one of these. negative (-) cable from the battery. Headlamp Bulb Replacement 236 . take off the black. This will help keep your battery from running down. we recommend a Delco Freedom@ battery. Get one that has the catalog number shown on the original battery’s label.Battery Every new Buick has a Delco Freedom@battery. When it’s time for a new battery. Halogen Bulbs Vehicle Storage If you’re not going to drive your vehicle for 25 days or more.

Install the bulb by putting the small tab (D) into the small notch in the lamp (E). while pressing it firmly. When reinstalling the headlamp assembly into the headlamp mounting panel make sure the tab is properly engaged in the panel slot. Lift the headlamp away from the car. C Remove the wire connector from the bulb by lifting the lock tab and pulling it away from the plastic base. Turn the bulb socket 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it into place. I. Pull the bulb socket straight out. I Turn the bulb socket 1/4 turn counter-clockwise. Remove the retainers by turning in a counter-clockwise direction. To install.Each headlamp is attached by retainers with round plastic knobs. attach the wire connector (A) to the plastic base making sure the lock tab (B) is over the lock (C). 237 .

238 .Taillamp Bulb Replacement Open the trunk. Pull the bulb straight out of the assembly. pull the bulb assembly straight out of the socket. Replace the bulb and reassemble. pull the carpet away from the rear area. Pull the bulb assembly straight out of the socket. To replace the trunk lid taillamp bulbs. Pull the bulb straight out of the assembly. To access the trunk taillamp bulbs. Replace the bulb and reassemble.

all occupants. And. IF TIRES ARE HOT. cargo. FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY. LOADING & GVWR SAME AS VEHICLE CAPACITY WEIGHT XXX COLD TIRE RESSURE TIRE SPEED SIZE PSI/KPa RTG FRT. The Tire-Loading Information label found on the rear edge of the driver’s door tells you the proper size. RR.and all nonfactory-installed options. AND THEFT PREVENTION STANDARDS IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE SHOWN ABOVE. fuel and cargo.:~ Two labels on your vehicle show how much weight it may properly carry. or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for eitherthe front or rear axle. BUMPER. you should spread it out. It also gives you important information about the number of people that can be in your vehicle and the total weight that you can carry. The other label is the Certification label. WT. ADD 4PS1/28KPa SEE OWNER‘S MANUAL FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THIS VEHICLE CONFORMS TO ALL APPLICABLE U. TIRE-LOADING INFORMATION VEHICLE CAP. ill!m:. This weight is called the Vehicle Capacity Weight and includes the weight of all occupants. if you do have a heavy load. called the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating).:. 239 . speed rating and recommended inflation pressures for the tires on your vehicle. The GVWR includes the weight of the vehicle. RR.I 3. MFD BY GENERAL MOTORS CORP DATE GVWR GAWR FRT GAWR RR I MAX. Never exceed the GVWR for your vehicle. Don’t carry more than 176 pounds (80 kilograms) in your trunk. TOTAL LBS. SPA.S. It tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle.Loading Your Vehicle FRT. found on the rear edge of the driver’s door. CTR.

NOTICE: Your warranty does not cover parts or components thatfail because.If you put things inside your vehicle-like suitcases. If you have to stop or turn quickly. or anything else. tools. they'll keepgoing. packages. or if there is 'a crash. 240 .they will go as fast as the vehicle goes.of overloading.

If your spare tire is a different brand than your road tires. Your new vehicle comes with high quality tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. you will have a tire warranty folder from each of these manufacturers. 241 . These tires are warranted by the tire manufacturers and their warranties are delivered with every new Buick.Tires We don’t make tires.

They help prevent leaks by keeping out dirt and moisture. Simply looking at the tires will not tell you the pressure. Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It’s not. How to Check Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure. It should be at 60 psi (420 kPa). be sure to put them back on. you can get: Unusualwear Bad handling Rough ride Needless damage from road hazards. If your tires have valve caps.which may look properly inflated even if they’re underinflated. If your tireshave too much air (overinflation). If your tires don’t have enough air (underinflation) you can get: Too much flexing Too much heat Tire overloading Badwear Badhandling Bad fuel economy. when they’re cold. “Cold” means your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours or driven no more than a mile. 242 . NOTICE: Don’t let anyone tell you that underinflation or overinflation is all right. especially if you have radial tires -. - When to Check Check your tires once a month or more.Inflation Tire Pressure The Tire-Loading Information label which is on the rear edge of the driver’s door showsthe correct inflation pressures for your tires.

adjustthe front and rear inflation pressure as shown on the Tire-Loading Information label. have them inspected and rotated at the mileagesrecommended in the Maintenance Schedule. After the tires have been rotated. Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened.Tire Inspection and Rotation To make your tires last longer. See “Scheduled Maintenance Services” in the Index. See “Wheel Nut Torque” in the Index. FRONT Use this rotation pattern. 243 .

6 mm) or less of tread remaining. The tire has a puncture. cut. traction. That way. or other damage that can’t be repaired well because of the size or location of the damage. Buying New Tires To find out what kind and size of tires you need. cut or snagged deep enough to show cord or fabric. speed rating and construction type (bias. which will appear when your tires have only 2/32 inch (1. 0 244 . make sure they are the same size. The tread or sidewall is cracked. get ones with that same TPC Spec number. ride and other things during normal service on your vehicle. When you get new tires. If you ever replace your tires with those not having a TPC Spec number. load range. handling. bias-belted or radial) as your original tires. You can see cord or fabric showing through the tire’s rubber. 0 The tire has a bump. speed rating. your vehicle will continue to have tires that are designed to give proper endurance. the TPC number will be followed by a “MS” (for mud and snow). You need a new tire i f 0 You can see the indicators at three or more places around the tire. bulge or split. look at the Tire-Loading Information label. The tires installed on your vehicle when it was new had a Tire Performance Criteria Specification (TPC Spec) number on each tire’s sidewall.When It’s Timefor New Tires One way to tell when it’s time for new tires is to check the treadwear indicators. If your tires have an all-season tread design.

traction and temperature performance. Traction A. however.) Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparativerating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. B. Warning: The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on braking (straight-ahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (turning) traction. representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipateheat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerateand reduce tire life. from highest to lowest are: A. and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits. and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use. B. B. (This applies only to vehicles sold in the United States. For example. C The traction grades. They represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. The grade C corresponds to a level of performance - 245 . C The temperature grades are A (the highest). B. - Uniform Tire Quality Grading The following information relates to the system developed by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which grades tires by treadwear. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance. and C.graded 100. a tire graded 150 would wear one and a half ( 1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire Temperature A. and C. service practices and differences in road characteristics and climate.

you will be sure to have the right wheel. and wheel nuts for your Buick model. offset. width. If wheel nuts keep coming loose. Your dealer will know the kind of wheel you neea. Warning: The temperature grade for this is tire established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. cracked or badly rusted. the alignment may need to be reset. All passenger type (P Metric) tires must conform to Federal safety requirements in addition to thesegrades. the wheel. replace it (except some aluminum wheels. ? Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance The wheels on your vehicle were aligned and balanced carefully at the factory to give you the longest tire life and best overall performance. wheel bolts. Excessive speed. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent. all such tires meet General Motors performance standards and have been approved for use on General Motors vehicles. either separately or in combination. If you need to replace any of your wheels. and wheel nuts should be replaced. underinflation.which all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. which can sometimes be repaired). or wheel nuts. 109. If the wheel leaks air. wheel bolts. Each new wheel should have the same load carrying capacity. If you notice your vehicle vibrating when driving on a smooth road. This way. your wheels may need to be rebalanced. Grades B andA represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. if you notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle pulling one way or the other. In most cases. can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. wheel bolts. See your Buick dealer if any of these conditions exist. These grades are molded on the sidewalls of passenger car tires. replace them only with new GM original equipment parts. However. diameter. While the tires available as standard or optional equipment on General Motors vehicles may vary with respect to these grades. or excessive loading. 246 . you will not need to have your wheels aligned again. and be mounted the same way as the one it replaces.

NOTICE: Use tire chains only where legal and only when you must.Used Replacement Wheels Tire -Chains NOTICE: The wrong wheel can also cause problemswith bearing life. brake cooling. Driving too fast with chains on will damage your vehicle. Ifthe contact continues. 247 . speedometer/odometer calibration. Install for them on the front tires and tighten them as tightly as possiblewith the ends securely fastened. slow down until . Use only SAE Class “S” type chains that are the proper size your tires. bumper height. Driveslowly and follow the chain manufacturer’s instructions. If you can hear the chains contacting your vehicle. headlight aim. and tire or tire chain clearance the body and to chassis.itstops. vehicle ground clearance.stop and retighten them.

And always open your doors or windows when you’re cleaning the inside. a solvent-type spot lifter and a foam-type powdered cleaner. Some are toxic. 0 They can all be hazardous -. damp cloth. Do not use them on vinyl or leather. When you use anything from a container to clean your Buick. Some are dangerous if you breathe their fumes in a closed space. 248 . Wipe vinyl or leather with a clean. too.some more than others -and they can all damage your vehicle. Here are some cleaning tips: 0 0 0 0 Acetone Paint Thinner Turpentine Lacquer Thinner Nail Polish Remover 0 Always read the instructions on the cleaner label. Clean up stains as soon as you can -. be sure to follow the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions. and change to a clean area often. thesewill damage your vehicle: Alcohol LaundrySoap Bleach ReducingAgents Gasoline Benzene Naphtha Carbon Tetrachloride Cleaning the Inside Your Buick of Use a vacuum cleaner often to get rid of dust and loose dirt.before they set. Use a clean cloth or sponge. A soft brush may be used if stains are stubborn. cleaning products can be hazardous. Your Buick dealer has two GM cleaners. Never use these to clean your vehicle: 0 0 1 NOTICE: Don’t use any of these unless this manual says you can. They will clean normal spots and stains very well. Others can burst into flame if you strike a match or get them on a hot part of the vehicle.Appearance Care Remember. In many uses.

Use suds only and apply with a clean sponge. Powdered Cleaner following the directions on the container label. As soon as you’ve cleaned the section. (See the previous NOTICE. 0 0 0 0 If you need to use a solvent: 0 0 0 0 Gently scrape excess soil from the trim material with a clean.0 Use solvent-type cleaners in a well-ventilated area only. clean the entire area immediately or it will set. NOTICE: Be careful with a hair dryer or heat lamp. Rinse the section with a clean. If you use them.) 0 0 249 . 7 Using Foam-Type Cleaner on Fabric 0 0 Vacuum and brush the area to remove any loose dirt. “feathering” toward the center. wet sponge. Don’t rub it roughly. When you clean a stain from fabric. Mix Multi-Purpose. hair dryer. dull knife or scraper. Mask surrounding trim along stitch or welt lines. see if you have to use solvent-type cleaner at all. use a sponge to remove the suds. Some spots and stains will clean off better with just water and mild soap. Don’t saturate the material. Using Solvent-Type Cleaner on Fabric First. light pressure and clean cloths (preferably cheesecloth). don’t saturatethe stained area. Wipe off what’s left with a slightly damp paper towel or cloth. Always clean a whole trim panel or section. or heat lamp to help prevent a cleaning ring. Use very little cleaner. Cleaning should start at the outside of the stain. Keep changing to a clean section of the cloth. If a ring forms after spot cleaning. immediately dry the area with an air hose. Then dry it immediately with a blow dryer or a heat lamp. 0 Wipe with a clean cloth. You could scorch thefabric.

coffee (black). then sponge the soiled area with cool water. wax crayon. urine and blood. 0 250 . cosmeticcreams. mayonnaise. use a mild solution of 10% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and 90% water. because the cleaner will dissolve them and may cause them to spread. tar and asphalt will stain if left on a vehicle seat fabric. treat the area with a waterbaking soda solution: 1 teaspoon ( 5 ml) of baking soda to 1 cup (250 ml) of lukewarm water. fruit juice. 0 0 0 For stubborn stains. If an odor lingers after cleaning vomit or urine. solvent-based or abrasive cleaners. ice cream. margarine. shoe polish. wine. If a stain remains. Non-Greasy Stains Such as catsup. If a stain remains. Never use oils. Use a clean cloth and a solvent-type vinyl cleaner. clean it with solvent-type cleaner. 0 Carefully scrape off excess stain. Cleaning Leather Use a soft cloth with lukewarm water and a mild soap or saddle soap. milk. butter. Shoe polish. clean lightly with solvent-type cleaner. 0 Carefully scrape off excess stain. Combination Stains Such as candy. follow the foam-type instructions described earlier. chewing gum.Special Cleaning Problems Greasy or Oily Stains Such as grease. furniture polish or shoepolish on leather. 0 Carefully scrape off excess stain. fruit. chili sauce and unknown stains. soft drinks. Things like tar. You may have to do it more than once. then clean with cool water and allow to dry. egg. Cleaning Vinyl Use warm water and a clean cloth. varnishes. Rub with a clean. Be careful. wax crayon. Follow the solvent-type instructions described earlier. damp cloth to remove dirt. vomit. oil. tar and asphalt. asphalt and shoe polish will stain if you don’t get them off quickly. They should be removed as soon as possible. coffee with cream. vegetable oils. 0 0 0 If needed.

since they may have to be scraped off later. Bon-Ami Powder@(GM Part No. If abrasive cleaners are used on the inside of the rear window. Care of Safety Belts Keep belts clean and dry. 251 . an electricdefogger element may be damaged. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on glass. 1050011). Clean the outside of the windshield with GM Windshield Cleaner. Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel Use only mild soap and water to clean the top surfaces of the instrument panel. because they may cause scratches. 1050427) or a liquid household glass cleaner will remove normal tobacco smoke and dust films. Any temporary license should not be attached acrossthe defogger grid. The windshield is clean if beads do not form when you rinse it with water. Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades If the windshield is not clear after using the windshield washer. it can harm the leather. Clean the blade by wiping vigorously with a cloth soaked in full strength windshield washer solvent. Avoid placing decals on the inside rear window. Then rinse the blade with water. wax or other material may be on the blade or windshield.Soiled leather should be cleaned immediately. Glass Glass should be cleaned often. If dirt is allowed to work into finish. Sprays containing silicones or waxes may cause annoyingreflections in the windshield and even make it difficult to see through the windshield under certain conditions. GM Glass Cleaner(GM Part No. or if the wiper blade chatters when running.

Dry the finish with a soft.) Your Buick has a “basecoat/clearcoat” paint finish.Wiper blades should be checked on a regular basis and replaced when worn. Always use waxes and polishes that are non-abrasive and made for a basecoat/clearcoat paint finish. Use liquid hand. clean chamois or a 100% cotton towel to avoid surface scratches and water spotting. High pressure car washes may cause water to enter your vehicle. or they could stain. Don’t use strong soaps orchemical detergents. 252 . Cleaning the Outside Your Buick of The paint finish on your vehicle provides beauty. Don’t use cleaning agents that contain acid or abrasives. You can get GM approved cleaning products from your dealer. (See “Appearance Care and Materials” in the Index. gloss W~QP w-4 dumbdity. All cleaning agents should be flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on the surface. depth of color. Washing Your Vehicle The best way to preserve your vehicle’s finish is to keep it cleanby washing it often with lukewarm or cold water. Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of your Buick may be necessary to remove residue from the paint finish. The clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored basecoat. dish or car washing (mild detergent) soaps. Don’t wash your vehicle in the direct rays of the sun. NOTICE: Machine compounding or aggressive polishing on a basecoatlclearcoat paint finish may dull the finish or leave swirl marks.

During very cold. (See “Recommended Fluids & Lubricants’’ in the Index. Finish Damage Any stone chips. and other foreign matter can damage your vehicle’s finish if they remain on painted surfaces. Foreign Material Calcium chloride and other salts. chemicalsfrom industrial chimneys.Aluminum Wheels (If So Equipped) Your aluminum wheels have a protective coating similar to the painted surface of your car. application. and not stick or squeak. chemicals. don’t an use automatic vehicle wash that has hard silicon carbide cleaning brushes. Minor chips and scratches can be repaired with touch-up materials available from your dealer or other service outlets. Don’t use strong soaps.) Sheet Metal Damage If your vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement. After rinsing thoroughly. These brushes can take off the protective coating. chromepolish. Weatherstrips Silicone greaseon weatherstrips will make them last longer. Larger areas of finish damagecan be corrected in your dealer’s body and paint shop. make sure thebody repair shop applies anti-corrosionmaterial to the parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. You can use a stiff brush with the cleaner. Apply silicone greasewith a clean cloth at least every six months. seal better. tree sap. ice melting agents. bird droppings. NOTICE: If you have aluminum wheels. Bare metal will corrode quickly and may develop into a major repair expense. Use cleaners that are marked safe for painted surfaces to remove foreign matter. fractures or deep scratches in the finish should be repaired right away. a wax may be applied. road oil and tar. White Sidewall Tires Your Buick dealer has a GM White Sidewall Tire Cleaner.may be required. damp weather more frequent . abrasive cleaners or abrasive cleaning brushes on them because you could damage this coating.

254 . Your dealer or an underbody vehicle washing system can do this for you.000 miles (20 000 km) of purchase. If these are not removed. the surfaces of new vehicles damaged by this fallout condition within 12 months or 12. ringlet-shaped discolorations. At least every spring. This damage can take two forms:blotchy. at no charge to the owner. accelerated corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines. Chemical Paint Spotting Some weather and atmospheric conditions can create a chemical fallout. and exhaust system even though they have corrosion protection.Underbody Maintenance Lnemicals used for ice and snow removal and dust control can collect on the underbody. Buick will repair. and small irregular dark spots etched into the paint surface. flush these materials from the underbody with plain water. Airborne pollutants can fall upon and attack painted surfaces on your vehicle. Dirt packed in closed areas of the frame should be loosened before being flushed. whichever comes first. floor pan. Clean any areaswhere mud and other debris can collect. Although no defect in the paint job causes this. frame.

Appearance Care and Maintenance Materials You can get these fromyour Buick dealer. USAGE Silicone Grease 255 .

Add-on Electrical Equipment Engine Identification The eighth character in your VIN is the engine code. The VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of title and registration. 0 0 ENGINE A 4 f CODE MODEL YEAR \ ASSEMBLY PLANT the model designation. It’s very helpful if you ever need to order parts. This code will help you identify your engine. Some electrical equipmentcan damage your vehicle and the damage wouldn’t be covered by your warranty. I ~ NOTICE: Don’t add anything electrical to your Buick unless you check with your dealer first. i 1 256 . This is the legal identifier for your Buick.You can see it if you look through the windshield from outside your vehicle.Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) Service Parts Identification Label You’ll find this label on the rear edge of the driver’s door. Be sure that this label is not removed from the vehicle. Some add-on electrical equipment can keep other components from working they as should. on the driver’s side. specifications. On this label is: lcMl SAMPLE4UXRM072675 your VIN. paint information. and a list of all production options and special equipment. and replacement parts. It appears on a plate in the front comer of the instrument panel.

257 . I Fuses and Circuit Breakers The wiring circuits in your car are protected from short circuits by a combination of fuses and circuit breakers The fuse panel is located under the instrument panel. insert the tabs into the lower part of the fuse panel and snap it in place.Your vehicle has an air bag system. next to the parking brake. Remove the cover to access the fuses. see “Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick” in the Index. To put the cover on. Before attempting to add anything electrical to your Buick.

Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure you replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size and rating. There are additional fuses located behind the right sound insulator panel on the passenger side. If these require service, see your Buick dealer.

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Maxifuse/Relay Center
To check the fuses in this underhood fuse center, turn the two knobs 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove the
cover. The inside of the cover has a chart that explains the features and controls governed by each fuse and relay. The PASS-Key fuse is located in the right side relay center.

Windshield Wipers
The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If the overload is caused by some electrical problem and not snow, etc., be sureto get it fixed.

Power Windows and Other Power Options
Circuit breakers in the fuse panel protect the power windows and otherpower accessories. When the current load is too heavy, the circuit breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the problem is fixed or goes away.

Headlights
The headlight wiring is protected by a circuit breaker in the light switch. An electrical overload will cause the lights to go on and off, or in some cases to remain off. If this happens, have your headlight wiring checked right away.

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Fuse Usage
Amp
1 2 3 4 5 1A 1B
30
25

Fuse Usage
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5A 5B
10 10 10

Description
BRKR - Power Window Not Used BRKR - Power Seats Not Used Not Used SIR DERM/Crank Signal/Comering/Back-up Lamps SIR Cluster/Telltale/Chime Not Used Spare Spare Spare Spare Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Interior Illumination Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used

Description
Uplevel HVAC/Oil Level/Low Coolant ABS Transmission/Cooling Fans Base HVAC Not Used Courtesy Lamps/Power Mirrors Brake & Hazard Lamps Park Lamps Nor Used Nor Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Not Used Radio Wiper/Washer Ash Tray Cigar Lighter Electronic Level Control Radioflgnition Nor Used Rear Window Defog

5c

1 c
1D 1E 2A 2B 2c 2D 2E 3A 3B 3c 3D 3E 4A 4B 4c 4D 4E

10 20 10
15

10 15

20
25

10

5D 5E 6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 7A 7B 7c 7D 7E 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 9A 9B 9c 9D 9E

25
15

20 15

10 25
15

20
10

30

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LeSabre Dimensions
Inches Unless Otherwise Noted

Overall: Sedan Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200.0 Width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Room 73.6 55.7 Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheel Base ...................... 110.8 Front Tread ....................... 60.4 60.2 Rear Tread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Interior Rear: Sedan Leg Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40.9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37.8 Shoulder Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58.9 Hip Room ........................ 54.4

Interior Front: Leg Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42.0 Head Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.3 Shoulder Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59.1 Hip Room ........................ 55.0

Trunk Capaclcy . . Ft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.1 Cu Passengers: Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Base Curb Weight - Lbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3423

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Replaceable Light Bulbs
Application Number Application Number

Exterior Headlight HighBeam ......................... 9005 Low Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006 Park/Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2057NA 194NA Park .............................. SideMarker ........................ 194NA 1141 Backup ............................. Cornering ........................... 1156 1156 HighLevel Stop ...................... License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 194 Side Marker ........................... 194 Tail ................................. Tail/Stop/Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2057

Interior Illumination Ashtray .............................. 161 Dome(custom) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Domemeading (limited) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 563 Door Courtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PC 168 Door Warning ...................... PC168 EngineCompartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561 FootwellCourtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 IP Compartment ....................... 194 LuggageCompartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Vanity Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7065 Headliner Side Rail (limited) . . 12V 8W Festoon

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Capacities and Specifications
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Engine Code L (L27)3.8L V-6 SF1
Belt Tensions Automatically controlled by a Self-Tension idler pulley. Tension adjustment should never be necessary. Cooling System Capacity With air conditioning: 13 quarts/l2.5 liters Crankcase Capacity 4 quarts/3.8 liters (oil change without filter) 5 quarts/4.75 liters (oil change with filter)
Air Conditioning Capacity R134a - 2.2 Ibs. (0.99 kilograms)

Fuel Tank Capacity 18 gallons/68 liters Transaxle Drain & Refill - 6 quarts/5.7 liters Maintenance Item Part Numbers Air Filter - A I096C Fuel Filter - GF627 Oil Filter - PF47 Spark Plug - 41-60 1, GAP 0.060” PCV Valve - CV892C

Air Conditioning Refrigerants Not all air conditioning refrigerants are the same. If the air conditioning system in your vehicle needs refrigerant, be sure the proper refrlgerant is used. If you’re not sure, ask you Buick dealer. For additional information, seeyour “Warranty and Owner Assistance Information” booklet.

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Schedule11 . . . . . .. . . . . AtLeastOnceaMonth . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . Section E: Maintenance Record . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Section B: Owner Checks and Services . . . . . . . . . . . Section D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . .. . . . . . .. . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Part 7 includes: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Schedule1 . . . . . Your Vehicle and the Environment . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266 266 267 267 268 268 269 270 272 274 276 276 277 277 279 281 283 265 . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Section A: Scheduled Maintenance Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Part 7 Maintenance Schedule This part covers the maintenance required for your Buick. . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using Your Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . At Least Once a Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How This Part is Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety. . . . . dependability and emission control performance . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . AtEachFuelFill . .. . . . . . . . . . Selecting the Right Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Section C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . A Word About Maintenance . . . . . .

Your dealer can be relied upon to use proper parts and practices. dusty weather.Introduction IMPORTANT: KEEP ENGINE OIL AT THE PROPER LEVEL AND CHANGE AS RECOMMENDED A word About Maintenance We at General Motors want to help you keep your vehicle in good working condition. to do errands or in many other ways. Or you may drive long distances all the time in very hot. But we don’t know exactly how you’ll drive it. So please read this part and note how you drive. see your Buick dealer. Because of all the different ways people use their GM vehicles. protection Plan Have you purchased the GM Protection Plan? The Plan supplements your new vehicle warranties. See your Buick dealer for details. You may drive very short distances only a few times a week. You may even need more frequent checks and replacements than you will find in the schedules in this part. the place many GM owners choose to have their maintenance work done. 266 . If you have any questions on how to keep your vehicle in good condition. Or you may drive it to work. maintenance needs vary. You may use your vehicle in making deliveries.

please maintain your vehicle properly. “Section C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections” explains important inspections that your Buick dealer’s service department or another qualified service center should perform. but also helps the environment. Some of these services canbe complex. Impropervehicle maintenance or the removal of important components can significantly affect the quality of the air we breathe. 267 .and to help keep your vehicle in good condition. How This Part is Organized The remainder of this part is divided into five sections: “Section A: Scheduled Maintenance Services” shows what to have doneand how often. you should let your dealer’s service department or another qualified service centerdo these jobs. You will find a list of publications and how to get them in this manual. so unless you are technically qualified and have the necessary equipment. To help protect our environment.Your Vehicle and the Environment Proper vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition. Improper fluid levels or even the wrong tire inflation can increase the level of emissions from your vehicle. All recommended maintenance procedures are important. If you are skilled enough to do some work on your vehicle. See “Service Publications” in the Index. you will probably want to get the service information GM publishes. It also explains what you can easily do to help keep your vehicle in good condition. “Section B: Owner Checks and Services” tells you what should be checked whenever you stop for fuel.

These products. it is a good idea to keep your maintenance receipts. be sure towrite it down in this section. Your Buick dealer knows your vehicle best and wants you to be happy with it. They may be needed to qualify your vehicle for warranty repairs. 0 0 268 . Section A: Scheduled Maintenance Services Using Your Maintenance Schedule This section tells you the maintenance services you should have done and when you should schedule them. This will help you determine when your next maintenance should be done. These schedules are for vehicles that: 0 carry passengers and cargo within recommended limits. In addition. or their equivalents. are driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal driving limits. should be used whether you do the work yourself or have it done. See “Loading Your Vehicle” in the Index. you’ll know that GM-trained and supported service people will perform the work using genuine GM parts. Whenever any maintenance is performed. use the recommended unleaded fuel. You will find these limits on your vehicle’s Tire-Loading Information label.“Section D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants” lists some products GM recommends to help keep your vehicle properly maintained. See “Fuel” in the Index. If you go to your dealer for your service needs. “Section E: Maintenance Record” provides a place for you to record the maintenance performed on ypur vehicle.

Most trips are less than 10 miles (16 km’)when outside temperatures are below freezing. You tow a trailer. Here’s how to decide which schedule to follow: 0 The engine is at low speed most of the time (as in door-to-door delivery. Schedule I1 Follow Schedule I1 only if none of the above conditions is true. Schedule I Is any one of these true foryour vehicle? Most trips are less than 4 miles (6 km). 269 . or in stop-and-go traffic). follow Schedule I. If any one (or more) of these 1s true for your driving.Selecting the Right Schedule First you’ll need to decide which of the two schedulesis right for your vehicle. 0 You operate your vehicle in dusty areas.

taxi or other commercial applications. 0 When most trips are less than 10 miles (1 6 kilometers) and outside temperatures remain below freezing. 0 When most trips include extended idling and/or frequent low-speed operation as in stop-and-go traffic. 0 0 Towing a trailer.*+ When operating in dusty areas. 270 - .Scheduled Maintenance Services Schedule I Follow ScheduleI if your caris MAINLY driven underone or more of the following conditions: 0 When most trips are less than 4 miles (6 kilometers). police. Schedule I should also be followed if the car is used for delivery service.

Cap & Lines Inspection"? - - The services shownin this schedule up to 48 000 miles (80 000 km) should be performed after 48 000 miles at the same intervals. however. Spark Plug Wire Inspection*t 9.S.TO BE SERVICED (See Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services Following Schedules I and 11) Item No. Transaxle Service 60 65 70 75 80 II 7. An Emission Control Service. Air Cleaner Filter Replacement" I * 10. Replacement* Spark 8. General Motors.Fuel Tank. The U. - 271 . Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability prior to the completion of vehicle useful life. urges that all recommended maintenance servicesbe performed at the indicated intervals andthe maintenance be recorded in "Section E:Maintenance Record". 6.

1.5 Every 7 500 mi. Spark Plug Replacement* 272 . Transaxle Service 7.5 15 22. (12 500 km) and then every 15 000 mi. Tire & Wheel Inspection & Rotation 4. 5.Scheduled Maintenance Services Schedule I1 I ~~ Follow Schedule I1 ONLY if none of the driving conditions specified in Schedule I apply.5 45 KILOMETERS (000) Item No. Engine Accessory Drive Belt(s) Inspection* At 7 500 mi. Cooling System Service* See "Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services" Following Schedules I and I1 Every 30 000 mi. Whichever Occurs First 7. (12 500 km) or 12 [nos. (25 000 km) oras necessary 0 Every 30 000 mi. Chassis Lubrication ~~~ Every 7 500 mi. ( 12 500 km) or 12 mos. ~ 0 3. ( S O 000 km) or24 mos. (SO 000 km) 6.5 30 37. Engine Oil Change* 12. MILES (000) TO BE SERVICED (See Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services Following Schedules I and 11) WHEN TO PERFORM Miles (kilometers) or Months. At first and then every other oil change 0 0 0 25 0 Oil Filter Change" 2.

S.5 45 KILOMETERS (000) 12.Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability prior to the completion of vehicle useful life. (50 000 km) See “Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services” Following Schedules I and I1 Every 30 000 mi. ~~ I I An Emission Control Service. urges that all recommended maintenance services be performed at the indicated intervals and the maintenance be recorded in “Section E:Maintenance Record”. however.5 50 0 62. Air Cleaner Filter Replacement* Every 30 000 mi. General Motors. Spark Plug Wire Inspection*+ 9. (50 000 km) 25 37.5 30 37. 8. The U.Fuel Tank. 273 .5 75 0 10.5 Item No.5 15 22. Whichever Occurs First 7. Cap & Lines Inspection*+ 0 I I * The services shown in this schedule up to 45 000 miles (75 000 km) should be performed after 45 000 miles at the same intervals.I TO BE SERVICED (See Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services Following Schedules I and 11) I I MILES (000) WHEN TO PERFORM Miles (kilometers) or Months.

All parts should be replaced and all necessary repairs done beforeyou or anyoneelse drives the vehicle. SAE 5W-30 or SAE 10W-30).For proper wear and maximum tire life. To determine the preferred viscosity for your vehicle’s engine (e.usually between 3.Remember to reset the Oil Life Monitor when the oil has been changed. The proper fluids and lubricants to use are listed in Section D. If you see irregular or premature wear. Tire and Wheel Rotation and Inspection -. the monitor will show you when to change the oil . Chassis Lubrication -. underbody contact points and linkage. Check for damaged wheels also. see “Engine Oil” in the Index. see “Engine Oil Life Monitor” in the Index. rotate your tires following the instructions in this manual.000 miles ( 5 000 km) and 7.. For more information. SG. and parking brake cable guides. (Belts can have many small cracks in individual ribs without affecting performance. Check the tires for uneven wear or damage. “SH. See “Tires. wear and proper tension. Under severe conditions the indicator may come on before 3. 3. Never drive your vehicle more than 7. The “SH” or “SG” designation may be shown alone or in combination with others. Engine Accessory Drive Belt(s) Inspection -Inspect the belt(s) for cracks. So if you drive in a dusty area be sure tochange your oil every 3.g. 1. Make sure whoever services your vehicle uses these.000 miles (12 500 km) since your last change. CD. check the wheel alignment. 4. Lubricate the transaxle shift linkage.) 274 . If your vehicle has an Engine Oil Life Monitor.Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services Following are explanations of the services listed in Schedule I and Schedule 11. Inspection & Rotation” in the Index.”. Replace as needed.000 miles (5 000 km).Lubricate suspension and steering linkage.500 miles (12 500 km) or 12 months without an oil change. The system won’t detect dust in the oil. 2. such as “SH/CD”.“SG/CD” etc. Engine Oil and Filter Change* -. fraying.Always use SH or SG Energy Conserving I1 oils of proper viscosity.000 miles ( 5 000 km) orsooner if the “Change Oil” light comes on.

5. General Motors. f. See “Specifications Chart” in the Index. 8.Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability prior to the completion of vehicle useful life.Replace every 30. Replace parts as needed. cracks or other damage. we recommend a pressure test of both the cooling system and the pressure cap. Wash the pressure cap and neck.000miles (160 000 km). Check the boot fit at the distributor and at the spark plugs.The U. Keep coolant at the proper mixture as specified. police car or delivery service. Periodic replacement of the fuel filter is not required.Replace spark plugs with the proper type. Tighten screw-type hose clamps.Drain. Spark Plug Wire inspection*^ -.Inspect for burns. See “Coolant” in the Index. This provides proper freeze protection. * An Emission Control Service. 9. Cap and Lines Inspection*? -. corrosion inhibitor level and engine operating temperature. 6. Inspect fuel cap gasketfor an even filler neck imprint or any damage. flush and refill the system with new or approvedrecycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825M. change both the fluid and filter every 100. Uses such as found in taxi. 0 0 In hilly or mountainous terrain. Replace wires as needed. swollen or deteriorated. 10. Air Cleaner Filter Replacement* -. Inspect hoses and replace if they are cracked. 275 . When doing frequent trailer towing. Spark Plug Replacement* -.Inspect fuel tank. however. Transaxle Service -.000 miles (25 000 km) if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions: In heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90°F (32°C) or higher. Cooling System Service* -. urges that all recommended maintenance services be performed at the indicated intervals and the maintenance be recorded in “Section E:Maintenance Record”. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions.S.000 miles (50 000 km) or more often under dusty conditions. cap and lines (including fuel rails and injection assembly) for damage or leaks.Change both the fluid and filter every 15. To help ensure proper operation. 7. Ask your dealer forthe proper replacement intervals for your driving conditions. Fuel Tank. Clean the outside of the radiator and air conditioning condenser.

Whenever any fluids or lubricants are added to your vehicle.See“Engine Oil” in the Index for further details. Check windshield the washer fluid level in the windshield washer tank and add the proper fluid if necessary. Windshield Washer Fluid Level 276 -- . Be sure any necessary repairs are completed at once.Section B: Owner Checksand Services Listed below are owner checks and services which should be performed at the intervals specified to help ensure thesafety. dependability and emission control performance of your vehicle. See mix for further “Coolant” in the Index details. See “Windshield Washer Fluid” in the Index for further details. make sure they are the proper ones. Level Check theengine coolant level and add the proper coolant if necessary.) WHAT TO DO Check the engine oil level and add the properoil if necessary. as shown in Section D. At Each Fuel Fill r c cI E? Engine Oil Level ~~ (It is important for you or a service station attendant to perform these underhood checks ateach fuel fill.

Firmly apply both the parking brake (see “Parking Brake” in the Index if necessary) and the regular brake.At Least Once a Month WHAT TO DO Tire Inflation Check tire inflation. Cleaningshould be done every 15 hours of tapeplay. Try to start the engine in each gear. be sure you have enough room around the vehicle.andbeready to turn off the if it starts. See “Tires” in the Index for further details. Cassette Deck At Least Once a Year NOTE: Do not use the accelerator pedal. Also lubricate all hinges and latches. The starter should work only in “P” (Park) or “N” (Neutral). Section D tells you what to use. CHECK OR SERVICE Starter Switch WHAT TO DO 1. including those for the hood. See“Audio Systems” in the Index for further details.your vehicle needs service. Clean cassette deck. 2. I 3. Make sure they are inflated to the pressures specified on the Tire-Loading Information label located on the rear edge of the driver’s door. If the starter works in anyotherposition. Before you start.glove box door and console door. 277 . Lubricate all body door hinges. engine immediately I cEE!kF Key Lock Cylinders Body Lubrication I I I WHAT TO DO Lubricate the key lock cylinders with the lubricant specified in Section D.

CHECK OR SERVICE Brake-Transaxle Shift Interlock -BTSI (Automatic Transaxle) WHAT TO DO Steering Column Lock WHAT TO DO Whileparked. 278 . If the shift lever moves outof “ P ’ (Park). 3. Without applying the regular brake. try to move the shift lever out of “ P ’ (Park) with normal effort. turn the key to the “RUN. position. The key should comeout only in “LOCK. 0 1. be sure you have enough room around the vehicle.” 2. NOTE: Be ready to apply the regular brake immediatelyif the vehicle begins to move. It should be parkedon a level surface.ng brake(see Index if “Parking Brake” in the necessary). Before you start. Firmly apply the parki. With the engine off.andwiththeparking to brake set. The key should turn to “LOCK” only when the shift lever is in “P” (Park). but don’t start the engine. your vehicle’s BTSI needs service. try turn the key to “LOCK” in each shift lever position.

CHECK OR SERVICE Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle “ P ’ (Park) Mechanism Check WHAT TO DO CHECK OR SERVICE Underbody Flushing WHAT TO DO I At least every spring. Then release all brakes. with the vehicle facing downhill. To check the “P” (Park) mechanism’s holding ability: Shift to “ P ’ (Park). Take care to clean thoroughly any areas where mud and other debris can collect. Do this until the vehicle is held by the parking brake only. set the parking brake. Keeping your foot on the regular brake. use plain w a t e r t o flush any corrosive materials from the underbody. To check the parking brake: With the engine running and transaxle in “ N ’ (Neutral). 279 . Parkon a fairly steep hill. slowly remove foot pressure from the regular brake pedal.

make sure your belts. retractors. Inspect the front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged. all buckles. You should let your GM dealer’s service department or other qualified service center do these jobs. latch plates. Suspension and Front-WheelDrive Axle Boot and Seal Inspection 280 . anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. holes. Look for any loose parts or damage. Exhaust System inspection WHAT SHOULD BE DONE Now and then. Make sure anynecessary repairs are completed at once. and for damaged or missing parts.Section C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections Listed below are inspections and services which should be performed at least twice ayear (for instance. Inspect body the the near exhaust system. binding. Inspect the throttle linkage for interference or binding. each spring and fall). etc. INSPECTION OR SERVICE Restraint Systems INSPECTION OR SERVICE _______~ WHAT SHOULD BE DONE Inspect the completeexhaustsystem. Replace seals if necessary. chafing. damaged. loose connections. leaks. tears or leakage. or other conditions which could cause a heat build-up in the flooror could let pan exhaust fumes the into vehicle. loose or missing parts. missing or out-of-position parts as well as open seams. cracks. have it repaired. rhrottle Linkage [nspection Steering. or lack of lubrication. Clean and then inspect the drive axle boot seals for damage. the Inspect power steering lines and hoses for proper hookup. Replace parts as needed. for Look broken. signs of wear. See “Engine Exhaust”in the Index. Ifyou see anything that might keepa restraint systemfrom doing itsjob.

calipers.INSPECTION OR SERVICE Brake System Inspection WHAT SHOULD BE DONE Inspect the complete system. You may need to have your brakes inspected moreoften if your driving habits or conditions result in frequent braking. etc. See “Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light” in the Index. if the brake system warning light stays on or comes on. If your anti-lock brake system warning light stays on or comes on. Delco Supreme 11 Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 1052753 or equivalent) conforming to GM Specification 1825M or approved recycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825M. Check parking brake adjustment. parking brake. See “Brake System Warning Light” in the Index. USAGE Engine Oil FLUID/LUBRICANT API service SH or SG Energy proper Conserving I1 oils of the viscosity. Inspect other brake parts. leaks.” “SH. including drums. Inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hookup. part number or specification may be obtained from your GM dealer. @ Hydraulic Brake System 281 . such as “SH/CD. NOTE: A low brake fluid level can indicate worn disc brake pads which may need to be serviced. Engine Coolant 50/50 mixture of water (preferably distilled) and good quality ethylene glycol base antifreeze (GM Part No. Also inspect drumbrake linings for wear and cracks. wheel cylinders.SG. binding. 1052535 or equivalent DOT-3 brake fluid). The “SH” or “SG” designation may be shown alone or in combination with others. Inspect disc brake pads for wear and rotors for surface condition. To determine the preferred viscosity for your vehicle’s engine.” etc. cracks. Also.CD.” “SG/CD. Section D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants NOTE: Fluids and lubricants identified below by name. etc. something may be wrong with the anti-lock brake system. see “Engine Oil” in the Index. something may be wrong with the brake system. chafing.

Part 1052497 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2. 1052276 or 1052277). Engine oil. 1051515) or equivalent. DEXRON@-111 or D E X R O N ~ IIE Automatic Transmission Fluid. 1052884 orequivalent). 1050109). Pivots and Spring Anchor b. See “Specifications Chart” in the Index for recommended replacement filters. Category LB or GC-LB (GM Part No. GM Hydraulic Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. Fuel Door Hinge Weatherstrips Automatic Transaxle Shift Linkage Chassis Lubrication Chassis (GM lubricant No. 12345 120) or synthetic SAE 5W-30 engine or oilsilicone lubricant Part (GM No. Engine oil Lubriplate Lubricant (GM or Part No. Release Pawl FLUID/LUBRICANT GM Optikleen@Washer Solvent (GM Part No. Hood and Door Hinges. Lubricate with Multi-Purpose Lubricant (GM Part No. Category LB or GC-LB. 1052497 or equivalent). Category LB or GC-LB. valves and spark plugs. b Chassis lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2. Dielectric Silicone Grease(GMPart No. Power Steering System Automatic Transaxle Key Lock Cylinders a. . USAGE Windshield Washer Solvent Hood Latch Assembly a. 1052497 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI Grade 2. 12345579 or equivalent). Engine oil.~ USAGE Parking Brake Guides FLUID/LUBRICANT Chassis lubricant (GM Part No.

MAINTENANCE PERFORMED . Also.When completing the Maintenance Performed column. Your owner information portfolio is a convenient place to store them. . you should retain all maintenance receipts. insert the numbers ODOMETER SERVICED READING DATE BY from the Schedule I or Schedule II maintenance charts which correspond to the maintenance performed. - 283 .Section E: Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed. recora me date. odometer reading and who performed the service in the columns indicated.

Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 284 .

. . . . . . Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RoadsideAssistance . . . . . . . . despite thebest intentions of all concerned. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . any concern with the sales transaction or the operation of your vehicle will be resolved by your dealer’s Sales or Service Departments. . . . . . . . . . . .or Parts Manager. . . . ServicePublications .Discuss your concern with a member of dealership management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Courtesy Transportation . . . . ThisPart also tells you how to obtain service publications and how to report any safety defects. . . . . . . Normally. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . concerns can be quickly resolved at that level. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . contact the owner of the dealership or the General Manager. . . . If your concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction. . . . . . . Normally. . . 285 . . . . . . Sometimes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Part 8 Customer Assistance Information Here you will find out how to contact Buick if you need assistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . however. . . . . . . . . Service. . . . If the matter has already been reviewed with the Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the following steps should be taken: STEP ONE-. . . . . . . . . . Part 8 includes: Customer Satisfaction Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287 289 289 290 291 294 Customer Satisfaction Procedure Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your dealer and Buick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistance for Hearing/Speech Impaired . . . . . . . . . . misunderstandings can occur. .

In Canada. MI 48550.If after contacting a member or dealership management. write to: Buick Motor Division Customer Assistance Center 902 E. equipment and personnel.1315. address. call 1-809-763. Refer to your Warranty and Owner Assistance Information booklet for addresses of Canadian and GM Overseas offices. In Mexico. using the dealership’s facilities. it appears your concern cannot be resolved by the dealershipwithout further help.) 0 Dealership name and location Vehicle delivery date and present mileage Nature of concern 0 0 We encourage you to call the toll free number listed previously in order togive your inquiry prompt attention. Hamilton Avenue Flint. . Virgin Islands. contact GM of Canada Customer Assistance Center in Oshawa by calling 1-800-263-3777 (English) or 1-800-263-7854 (French). please have the following information available to givethe Customer Assistance Representative: Your name. contact the Buick Customer Assistance Center by calling 1-800-521-7300. contact GMNorth American Export Sales in Canada by calling 1-905-644-4 112.STEP TWO -. For prompt assistance. if you wish to write Buick. call (525)254-3777 . In Puerto Rico or U. home and business telephone numbers Vehicle Identification Number (This is available from thevehicle registration or title.S. When contacting Buick. please remember that your concern will likely be resolved in the dealership. In all other overseas locations. However. or the plate at the left top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield. That is why we suggest you follow Step One first if you have a concern.

andyou believe that your vehicle has a safety defect. Ontario K1G 352. D.C. 287 . However. your dealer. D. in addition to notifying General Motors. REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT .S. or General Motors. If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury death. Buick has installed special TDD (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf) equipment at its Customer Assistance Center.C. and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles. you should or immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Department of Transportation Washington. You may write to: Transport Canada at Box 8880 Ottawa. To contact NHTSA.) in individual problems between you. 20590 You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline. you should immediately notify Transport Canada. area) orwrite to: NHTSA. U. If NHTSA receives similar complaints.Customer Assistancefor the Hearing or Speech Impaired (TDD) To assist customers who have hearing difficulties. it may order a recall and remedy campaign. in addition to notifying General Motors of Canada Limited. NHTSA cannot become involved REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT If you live in Canada.it may open an investigation. you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in the Washington. Any hearing or speech impaired customer who has access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter (TTY) can communicatewith Buick by dialing: 1-800-TD-BUICK. (TDD users in Canada can dial 1-800-263-3830.

courtesy of Buick Motor Division.” Included with your 1994 Buick new car warranty. or consult your Buick dealer for details. a program which will provide Buick retail customers with: - Reimbursement toward a loaner vehicle. is Courtesy Transportation. Please call us at 1-800-521 -7300 . . In Canada.000 miles). Also. write: General Motors of Canada Limited Customer Assistance Center 1908 Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa. we certainly hope you’ll notify us. please call us at 1-800-263-3777 (English) or 1-800-263-7854 (French).000 dealers. Or. (36 months. MI 48550. or 36.or write: Buick Motor Division. please consult your GM Dealer for information on Courtesy Transportation. for up to five days for vehicles requiring overnight warranty repairs. Customer Assistance Center 902 E. 288 . Please review the Courtesy Transportation glove-box card contained in your vehicle.A Courtesy Transportation is Buick’s way ofextending the Premium Service you’ve come to expect for Buick and it’s 3.REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS In addition to notifying NHTSA (or Transport Canada) in a situation like this.and service means “keeping you on the road. free one-way shuttle ride up to 10 miles from the dealership is available for customers whose vehicles require same-day warranty repairs. Ontario L l H 8P7 Courtesy Transportation To Buick Motor Division. bus or even a cab. Hamilton Avenue Flint. Quality Means Service -. In Canada. reimbursement up to $30 a day (5 days maximum) may be available for the cost of a rental car.

Canada Roadside Assistance Vehicles purchased in Canada have an extensive Roadside Assistance program accessible from anywhere in Canada or the United States. Buick Roadside Assistance provides an extra measure of convenience and security. 289 .000 Buick dealers. call the Buick Roadside Assistance toll-free hotline: 1-800-252. including weekends and holidays.Roadside Assistance Buick Motor Division is proud to offer Buick Roadside Assistance to customers for vehicles covered under the 36 month/36. Buick Roadside Assistance: For details of Buick Roadside Assistance .000 milenew car warranty (whichever comes first). Please refer to the separate brochure provided by the dealer or call 1-800-268-6800 for emergency services. . please consult your Buick Roadside Assistance owner booklet included with your owner’s manual.1 112. 24-hour a day.Provides owners with access to minor repairs or towing for disabled vehicles.For needed assistance. 365 days a year. - Takes the anxiety out of uncertain situations by providing easy access to serviceprofessionals trained to work with Buick owners. Our commitment to Buick owners has always included superior servicethrough our network of 3.

S. Buick monitors product performance in the field. Most bulletins apply to conditions affecting a small number of cars or trucks. Some describe costly repairs. Bulletins cover various subjects. You can subscribe to all Buick bulletins. if done on time with the latest parts. states (and the District of Columbia) and only for cars and light trucks with GVWR less than 10. You can alsoget individual bulletins. may avoid future costly repairs. Subscriptions and Indexes as described below is applicable only in the fifty U.Service Publications Information on how to obtain Product Service Publications. you’ll need the index to identify them. Ontario L 1H 8P7 Buick regularly sends its dealers useful service bulletins about Buick products. 290 . They can help a technician service your vehicle better. you can get these bulletins too. However. Some pertain to the proper use and care of your vehicle. We then prepare bulletins for servicing our products better. Others describe inexpensive repairs which. Your Buick dealer or a qualified technician may have to determineif a specific bulletin applies to your vehicle. This way you’ll get them as they come out. Others describe aquicker way to fix your vehicle. information pertaining to Product Service Bulletins and Indexes can be obtained by writing to: General Motors of Canada Limited Service Publications Department 1908 Colonel Sam Dr.You can wait a while and get an index to the bulletins. Oshawa. In Canada.000 pounds (4 536 kg). Now. Some bulletins tell a technician how to repair a new or unexpected condition.

When you buy a subscription. PSP’s covering allmodels of GM cars are listed in the same index. This will include bulletins for all cars sold by GM and will not be limited to PSP’s applicable to any particular model. Price information for the PSP’s you may want to buy. you can buy individual PSP’s. such as those which may pertain to a particular model. How You Can Get an Index: Indexes are published periodically. we’ll send you the most recently published issue. Some PSP’s pertaining to a particular model year vehicle may be published in later years. you will receive the PSP’s in periodic mailings. if you are interested in buying PSP’s pertaining to a current model year car or truck. This means you may want to wait until the end of the model year before ordering an index. What You’ll Find in the Index: A list of all PSP’s published by GM in a model year (1989 or later). and these would be listed in the later year’s index. you will first need to see our index of PSP’s. To do this. You can purchase a subscription and get pricing information by calling Helm at 1-800-782-4356. Here’s what you’ll find in the index and how you can get one: 291 . shortly afterthey come out. When you order an index for a model year that is not over yet.Subscriptions You can subscribe to all Product Service GM Publications (PSP’s). Ordering information so you can buy the specific PSP’s you may want. Check the ordering form for indexes for earlier model years. It provides a variety of information. Most of the PSP’s which could potentially apply to the most recent GM models will be listed in the most recent publication for that model year. Individual PSP’s If you don’t want to buy all the PSP’s issued by GM for all models in the model year. A subscription entitles you to all PSP’s published by GM duringthe model year.

fill it out. 292 . A VERY IMPORTANTREMINDER: These PSP’s are meant for technicians. and know-how to do a job quickly and safely. and mail it in.” Technicians have the equipment. They arenot meant for the “do-it-yourselfer.safety instructions. There is no charge for indexes for the 1990-1993 model years. Buick Service Publications You can get these by using the order form: Copies at Participating Dealers Copies of Indexes and individual PSP’s are at your participating Buick dealer. tools.. You can ask to see them.Cut out the ordering form. We will then see toit that an index is mailed to you.

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Air Conditioner Refrigerant . . . 233 Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fluid . . . . '77. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Anti-lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 PedalTravel .236 Jumpstarting . . . . . . . Tire . . . . . . . . . . . 110 295 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Driving Under the Influence . . . . 274 Alcohol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 Engine Coolant . . . . . . 153 Warning Light . . . . . . 234 ElectricalEquipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audio Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Windshield Washer Fluid . . 225 127 Airconditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Brake Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130. . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Block Heater (Engine Coolant Heater) . . . . 111 AppearanceCare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automatic Transaxle . Anti-lock Warning Light . . . . . .225 Blowout. . . 153 Fluid . . Roadside . . 23 1 Transaxle Fluid . . . 287 289 129 79 78 226 78 Batterv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .@) Part 9 Index Adding BrakeFluid . . . . . . . Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Aircleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Blizzard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Aluminum Wheels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . 148 Alcohol in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Wdrning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Appearance Care and Maintenance Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Assistance Customer . . . . . 255 Ashtrays and Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shifting . . . . . . 253 Antenna Care . . . . . 33 Air Bag Readiness Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 System Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285 Hearing/Speech Impaired . . . . 196 Engineoil . . . . . . . . 228 Anti-lock Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Antifreeze . . . . . . .

. .... .... .. ..... ..... ..... .. 250 Vinyl ...... .... .... .......... 144 10 Cautions... ........ ...... ...... Braking . ... .. . 165 225 Cleaner........ ... .... ... ....... .. .... ...... . ........... . ...... .... . ...... . . . Cellular Telephone. ....... ..... .. 140 Clock Setting ...Transaxle Shift Interlock . ... .. 130 -247 Chains......... .... ...... Cleaning AluminumWheels . ....... .... .... ... .. 61 Controls.................. . . 132... ... .... . 144 CompactDiscCare ............ . .......... . .. .. .... 226 218 Underhood ..... .... ... ........ .... ........ . ....... . ... ... ... ........ ..... .... .. . 130 CB Radio. . .... ...... ..... .... . . .. .... 248 Inside Your Buick . ... . ....... .. .... ..... ..... .. . . ... .......... Braking in Emergencies .. 263 86 CarbonMonoxide . ........ .... ... . Outside YourBuick . ..... . ........ ........ . ..... ... . ........ . ..... . ..... .... ... ....... 251 Glass .. . ..... .... .... ........ ..... . . Cassette Tape Player Care ... .... ... : ..... ... .......... . ............... .... ... .. . .. ... . ... 201 Check Oil Level Light .. 254 Chemical Paint Spotting ... ........ ....... ... .... 221 Engineoil .... ....... .. ..In........... ............ ..... ... .. .. ........ . ... .. .Trailer ....... 137 Cassette Tape Player .. .. . .. . ....... ....................... . ... ..... .. ... .. . .. Child Restraints .. . 257 Circuit Breakers and Fuses . Halogen . ........... ........ 103 ConvenienceNet .. .... 253 145 Antenna . . ...NewVehicle BulbChart .... .............. ........ ........ . ...... 112 Heater . ..... ..... ..... .... . . Compact Spare Tire ........ ........ ...... 47 Children and Safety Belts .... .. ....... . .......... . ...... . Brakes.. .... .. ......... .. ... ............. 59 Transaxle Fluid .... . .......... . .......... 144 Cassette Player .. Adding ...... ...... . ... ... 78 234 178 152 156 73 262 236 236 Capacities and Specifications Chart ... .. ... . Engine.. . .... ... .. . . 250 Leather . ....... 253 251 Windshield and Wiper Blades . .. ... . . Adding . . ...... .. .. Tire ..... ..... ... ........ . ... . Change OilSoonLight . . .... . .. ....... . . ............... ...... ..... .... 45 105 Cigarette Lighter . . ... 134.. Bulb Replacement . .... ...134. .. .. . Break. .. ... .........WarningLight ...... .. .. 249 Fabric ................................ .... ...... .. .............. ....... . .... .. . .. .. 77.. 115. ........... .. ....... .. ... .... ........ ...... ... ... ... .... ... ..... ..... ..... . . ....Air .. .. .. .. .... . .. ....... ...220 Checking BrakeFluid ... .. ....... ... ...... . ......... . . ....... ...... .................. ... ................... . . ... . .. .. .. ... ........ ................. . . .......... . .... 252 Safety Belts .. .. ... ... 251 254 Underbody Maintenance .. . 251 Instrument Panel ................ 120 140 Compact Disc Player .. . .. ......... .... City Driving .. . ..... ... ...... .. 232 Windshield Washer Fluid .. ... White Sidewall Tires... .. .. .. ... ......... .. .. . 202 151 Control of a Vehicle . ................ ...... .. Safety .... Features and ........ ... ....... ... 234 230 Engine Coolant ..... 296 .... .... ..... . .. ..... ... .... .... ..... .. . .. . . .. Coolant 228 Engine ....225 193 SafetyWarnings ......... .... .. . ... .. .... ... ... ...... .. Wear ... ... .. . ...... ..137... .. . 23 1 Power Steering Fluid . ... Comfort Controls ........ .... .. ...... ............. .. ....... . ..... .... Restraint Systems .. Bulbs... . .... ... . . ....... .. . ..... .... ....... ..... ... 115 Changing a Flat Tire ... ......... ... .. ..... .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . .. . 215 Expectant Mothers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Defensive Driving . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Hazard Warning . Rain . . . . . . 224 115 Oil Life Monitor . . . . . .. . . . . . 220 Oil Additives . . . . . . . . . . . Night . . . . . . . . . . . . Freeway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Towing . . . . . Finish Damage . . . . . . . . . . 61 Filling the Fuel Tank . . . . 75 Ethanol in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimensions Chart . . . . . . Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256 Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77. .. . . . . .. 285 Satisfaction Procedure . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Use of Safety Belts . . 189 Engine Accessory Belt . 184 Steering . . . . DoorLocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Through Deep Standing Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Features and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . 217 274 Filter. . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . Winter .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabric Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 99 Courtesy Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . Defogger. . . . . . Safety Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Capacities . . . . . . . . 76 Fluid Brake . . . . . Foreign Country . . . . . . Disposal of Used Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Customer Assistance 287 Hearing/Speech Impaired . . . . . . . 99 148 126 126 26 1 225 63 80 165 156 148 148 2 16 166 168 167 161 Starting . . . Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .Courtesy Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Driving City . . . . . 200 FloodedEngine . . . . . . . . . 182 FlatTire . . . .Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . 253 FirstGear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 162 77 170 Electrical Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Block Heater (Coolant Heater) . . .. . . . . Defrost . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Long Distance .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Downshifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 297 . . . . . . . 252 Finish Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. 80 Flashers. 114 Overheating . . . 86 Identification (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . Oil Pressure WarningLight . . . . . . Drunken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..228 Coolant Temperature Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hill and Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Defensive . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Curve ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256 Emergency Braking . . . 39 59 Extender. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196.225 Coolant . . . . . . . 288 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . .

... .. . . .. ... .. . ... ..... Headlamp Bulb Replacement . .... Guide En . ...... .. . .. . . .. . ..... . .. .. .. .. 74 72 PASS Security System .... ... .. .. .... Ignition . Hot Engine Safety Warnings . . ... . .. .... . . ........ ... ..... .... ... .... .... ... .. .. Hearing Impaired Assistance .. ..... .... ............. . ...... .. 28 1 Foreign Operation . .. ... ..... .. .... ..... .. . ....... Gear Positions ..... .... Gasoline Tank Filling .... . ... ... ......... . . ..... . ........ .... . . .. .......... . . .... . ... . Jack. . ....... ... . .. ........ .. .. . Vehicle (VIN) .... ............ . 106 Instrumentpanel .... ... .. ..... ....... . .. ... .. .... . . .. .. ...... . ..... ........ .. 108 In Foreign Countries . 88 112 Hot Coolant Warning Light ... ..... ...... ...... ...... Hazard Warning Flashers .. .......... . ...... ... . . ..... ...... . ... .. . .......... Trailer . ... . . . Tire .... ... . ........ . 168 177 Hitches..... Glass Cleaning .. ........ . .. .... . . ............. ... . .......... . . .. ..... . . 97 High-LowBeam Changer ....... . ... 2 16 Francais...... .. 65 62 Key .. . .. . .. . .. ... ... . .. .....128 Heater .. .... ... .... ... .. 251 Fuses and Circuit Breakers . ..... ...... ........ .... . . . ... . .... .... .... .. ... ..... ... ... ... . .. .... . 45 242 Inflation. .. 63 Reminder Warning .. .. . Hill and Mountain Roads .... ... .... .. . ... .. .. ... . ...... .... ......... ..... ...... 84 Indicators... Service Parts . .... . ... . . ....... ... ... ........ ............... .. ..... . .. .. . . ..225 168 Highway Hypnosis ..... -218 Hood Release . ... 287 125. . 193 164 Hydroplaning ... Halogen Bulbs . .... . ..... 256 Identification Number........ . 260 Fuse Usage Chart . ........... . . . 202 Jump Starting ... . .... ..... .. .. Engine Oil Pressure ....... 2 166 Freeway Driving .. .. ....... . 77........ .... .. .. . 256 Idling Your Engine .. Headlights . ... . ...... .... .. .. . ...... ... . ........ .... 216 109 Low Warning Light ..... .. . .. Horn ... .... .. .......... ... Remote ....... 184 Keyless Entry System.... ... .. .. .... . . . .... Windshield Washer ..... ... .. . ... ..... . ... ... .. ... ....... .. . .. ... ... .... .... ...... .... .. ... . ..... .... .... Heater... .. 2 17 Filling Your Tank ... Fuel .. ... .. . . . .. 90 “On” Warning ............................. . ... .. Gasoline ........... .. . ... ... .. .. Engine Block (Engine Coolant Heater) .... ... ... . Tire . ...... . ....... ..... . .... .... ... .. . .. . ...... . . . ...... .... ...... ..... . . ... 2 Fuel ....... . 215 263 Capacities .. ............. ...... French Language Manual ...... ... . .. Gage ....... ................... .. ..... .. . ... .. ...... .. ...... ... .. .. . ... .. ......... ... ..... ........... ... ....... 107 Infant Restraint .. .. . .. .. . ............ . .... . . . .. . ....... .. .... . Warning Lights and Gages .. .... ...... 232 Fluids and Lubricants Recommended .. . .. ........ .. . 98 17 HeadRestraints . Gage Battery (Voltage Indicator) .... ..................... . .. ........ ... .. .. ....... ..... ....... ... . .. ... ... . . .. . ...... . ... ....... ... .. .... .... . .... Identification Label.. 116 112 114 108 215 2 17 78 257 236 182 236 298 . .. ..... . ... ..... ... ... . ...... ... . .. . ........ ... ... ....Power Steering . ... Engine Coolant Temperature ... ... ... 231 226 Transaxle .... . . ..... ......... . ... .. .. .

.. .. .. Record . . . ... ... . . . . . With a Trailer . .. . .. ... . . . . . . . .. ... ... . . .... ... . . . . .. .. .. ... . . .. . . . .. .. .. .. . . .. . . . 167 Loss of Control . . . . .. . .. . . . .. . . Passing . 42 Rear . .. . . . 239 Loading YourVehicle . . ... . ... . . .. . .. .. . . . . . . ... .... . ... ...... . .... Quality . .. .. . .. . . . . .. ..... .. . . . 98 Removing and Replacing Bulbs .. . .... ... .. 41 Lap-Shoulder Belt.. . . .. ... . .. . . .. . . .. .. . ...... . . .... . .... . . . .. .... .. Cigarette . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . .. .. ... . ... ... . .. .. . . ... . . . . . .... ... . . . 250 64 Leaving Your Vehicle . . ... .... .. . . .. .. . ..... ... .. .. . 25 Front .. .. . . . .. . . . . . Change .. ... .. . . . . .. .. . .. ... Park. .. . .. ... . . 113 Manualseat ..... .. .... . . . . . .. ... .. . . ... ... .. . . .. . .. . . Leather Cleaning . . . .. ... .. .. .. . . . Over Things That Burn . . . . . . 161 NightDriving . . .... . .. .L a b e l . . . . . . 103 Neutral Gear Position . .. .. ..... .. .. . . . ... . . . .. . . . . . . PASS-Key.. ... . . .. . . . .. . 35 99 Courtesy . . ... . . ....... . . .. . . .. . . .. . 99 97 Headlights . . . . .. . .. . 63 Long Distance Driving .. . . .... .. ... . .. . .. ... .. ... P a i n t Spotting . . .. .. . . . . . . .. ..... .. .... .. ...... .. . .. . . . .. . . .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. .... Shifting Into . . . . ...... . .. . . .... 79 73 New Vehicle Break-In .. .... .. ... .. .. ... .. . . . ... . . . ... . . Mountain Driving . ... . .. ... . ... .. . . . . . . . . . . .. ... . . .. Lighter. . .... . . . . .. ... Materials . . . .. . . . . ..... . . Parking Brake .... ...... . . . . . . . Odometer . .. . ... . .... . . . . ..... . ... . .. Shifting Out of .. . . . .. .. . . . .. .. . .. . . . .. . . .... .. . . . . Daytime Running . . ... . ... . . . . . ... ..... . .. . . . . . . .... .. . . ... .... ... ..... . . . Number... . .. . .. . .. . Schedule . .. . . . . .... .. . . ... . . .. ... . 98 107 Warning . .. . . . . ..... .. .... . . . ... .. . . . . . . ..... . . . . .. . . ... . .... .. ..... . . ... . ... . ... 215 106 158 220 224 222 114 79 193 254 78 82 85 81 85 186 82 158 72 279 267 283 265 254 . . ... . . .. ... .. .. .. . . ... . . . . . . . . .. . . 256 O c t a n e Requirements .. . Brake . ... ... . .. .. . . .. . . . ... . . . .. . . .. .. . . .. With the Engine Running . . . ..... . . .. .. . . .. . . 14 233 Master Cylinder... . . . .. 105 Lights AirBag Readiness . .... Overheated Engine . . .. ... . . . . . . . . .... Off-Road Recovery .. . . .. . 256 89 Lane Change Indicator . . . .... . .. . Underbody ... .. .. 236 262 Replacement Bulbs .. .... ... . .. ... ..... 98 “On” Warning . . .. . ...... . .. . .. . . . .. . . . ...... . .. ..... . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . Reading ..... . ..... . . . . . . .. ... .. .. .. . . . . . . . .. . . ... . . . . .. . . .. . . .. ...... .. . . .... . . ... .. . . . . . .. . .. . . . . .. . . ....... . . .. .. . . . ... ... Recommended . .. ... . . ... .. .. . ... . .. .. 281 Maintenance Inspections . ...... Warning Light . . .. .. . Oil. . Malfunction Indicator Light (Service Engine Soon) . . . ... .. .. LapBelt . . .. Overdrive. . . . . ... . Park. . . .. .. .. .. ... . .. .. . . ... 159 Lubricants and Fluids... .. . ... .. .. . . .. ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 97 Operation . .. .. ........ .. . ..... ... . . . ... ... . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . ... . .. . . .. 168 Net.. . .. . . .. . . .. . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . . .... .... . ..... . .. Locks ... ... .. .. . .. . .. .. . . .... . . . ...... . . . .... ... ..... .. . . ... . .. Convenience . .. .. .. . ... . . . .. .. . . . .... .. . ... .. . . . .... . . .. ... .. . . . . ...SecuritySystem . . .. ..... .. . ... .. .. .. . 100 Mirrors .... .... . Service Parts Identification . . . ..... Vehicle Identification (VIN) . .............. . . . . . . .. . . . ... Time Out Feature . . .. . . . ... . . . ... .. . ... .. . . . .. .... .. ... . . .. . . ParkPosition .. . ...Automatic . . .. ........ . . . .. . . . . . . .. .. ..... Engine .. . . . .

.... Pregnancy.... 60 244 Tires .. ....... ...... ...... .. . .......... 290 193 Radiator Overheating . . . . .... ... ...... ...... .... .. .... ................... ... . ............. ............... .. .. . ..... . ........ ...... .. ......... . 17 Adults . . .. . 13 Restraints... ... .. ...... . ........... . ..... ...... ... .. 235 LightBulbs . .......... . . 230 Radiator Pressure Cap . . Safety Belts Use .. ... ... .. . 15 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants . Child .......Polishing and Waxing .... ........... .. 10 SafetyDefects.... .. ...... 42 Lap-Shoulder .. .. .. .... . .... ..... . ................. .... ....... . . 45 Smaller Children and Babies .... ...... ........... ... .......... 86 Safety Belts .. ....... .. .... ... ..... .. ... ... ... ... ............ ......... . ... .......... . ...... ...... . ........... .. ... Tire ... ..... . .... ..... .......................... ...... .. .. . ..... ..... 59 41 Lap .. ........ . 64 DoorLocks . .......... .. ........... ...... . Radio .... . .... ........... ... ... ..... 102 Seats . 181 Publications..... ... ........ . . .. .... . .... ... ......... .... . . .... .... ... .. ... .......... .................. .. ......... ........ Problems on the Road .. ....... 59 Children . ...... ........ ....... . ......... . .. ... ......... ... .. ................. .... ........... . ...... . ..... . .. ....... ... ................... ......... ..... ..... . . .... ... ...... ... .. ... ..... .. . .. ...... 47 Restraints......... . .. .... 17 79 Reverse Gear Position ... ...... . Supplemental (Air Bag) . 262 Safety Belts .... 33 Restraint Systems ..... ... ....... .... .... ...... ........ .. . ...... .. ..... ........ . ....... 25. 60 40 Right Front Passenger Position ... . .. . . 23 Rear Seat Passenger Position .. ... ....................... Use During ... ......... .. .... . .. ........ ... 98 Rear Window Defogger .. ..... ................ .... .... . .... 42 Reminder Light .. .... .... ... Service . ........... 60 Twisted ................. ..... ...... . .. . .... .. ... . ..Head ... ...... ........ .. .. ..... 57 Larger Children ... ..... . . . .. .. ... 24 280 Care .. ... . . 15 Steering . Mirrors ...... ... ...... .. ... .... ......... ..... .......... 252 Power 145 Antenna .. ... ....... .. ........ ............ 126 Reclining Seatbacks ..... .......... . ..... 45 25 Driver Position .. . ................... . Wheels ...... ... . ... 39 24 Properly Worn . ........ ... .... 41 Checking .... . . ...... .. .... ..... .. .... . .......... .. .. .... .. Center Passenger Position ... ....... .. ... .. . Windows ... ...... Remote Trunk Release ..... .......... 19 WhySafetyBeltsWork Safety Cautions ... ....... . . .... .. .. 212 243 Rotation..... .. Torn .. ... .. . 287 Restraint System.... . . Questions About . 129 Reading Lights .. . ... . ... .... .... .. . .... ... Roadside Assistance . . .. . ... .... . . . ................... ... 69 Replacing Brake System Parts ..... 156 231 Steering Fluid . .. . ... ...... .... .. . .. ......... .. . ............ ...... 27 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster .. .... ... .. ..... ... . ..... ..... ... .... .. .... ... .. ........ 281 65 Remote Keyless Entry System ..... 24 Replacement . 87 39 Pregnancy...... ... 287 300 ... .. .......... Extender ... ....... .... ........... ................ .. ....... .. . .... ... . .. ....... . ..... 32 ..... -289 Rocking YourVehicle ..... ...... ..... . .. .. ......... 246 Reporting Safety Defects ... ... ..Reporting .. ...... .. . .... Running Your Engine While Parked .. ......

........... Service Engine Soon (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)............... 154 Traction Control System Warning Light ............ 78 Shifting the Transaxle . Adding ............................. 113 214 Service Information ......... Wheel..................................................................................... ....... Brake-Transaxle Interlock ............... 129 Sound Systems ................................................. Thermostat ....................................................... 189 Towing Hookups ... 105 Storing Your Car ................................. 72 Security Warning Light ....... 231 Third Gear Position ...212 Supplemental Restraint System( A i r Bag) ........ Automatic .................................... 38 253 Sheet Metal Damage .236 Stuck.............. 243 239 Loading Information ................................. Pressure .............. Securing a Child Restraint .........................60 Seat Adjustment ....80 Tilt Steering Wheel ............................. 156 157 Emergencies ................... 130 Sound Equipment....... 213 Service and Appearance Care ............................. ... 129Storage Armrest ....... 84 Towing Your Buick ................................................................................................... .................................. 71 Theft .... 250 Starting Your Car (Jump Starting) ...................... 287 Speedcontrol ... Inspection and Rotation . ......... White Sidewall .. Speech Impaired Customer Assistance .............. 13 80 Second Gear Position ................ ............. 192 Traction Control System ................................................................ Seats and Restraint Systems...... 245 Replacement ..... 88 Time (Setting the Clock) ......... Taillamp Bulb Replacement .. 78 ....... 253 TorqueLock ......... Shift............... 268 14................... 244 202 Spare ................................................................................. 88 Stereo Sound Systems .....................................Tilt ....................................... 247 Flat . 111 Trailer Towing ..134...... Rear Door .......... .......... 9 2 106 Speedometer .......... ...............Scheduled Maintenance Services ............................. 132..................................... 242 Quality Grading ..................... 184 Starting Your Engine ................. If Your Car is ............................ Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick ................... 261 Specifications Chart ......................... Chains ...................................... 54 68 Security Lock................... 244 Wear Indicators ..... 160 Skidding ............................. 246 Balance ...................................49. 75 Steering ..................137.......... 191.......... ............................. ........................... 256 290 Service Publications ... .............. 238 144 Tape Player Care .................................... Stains .......................... 140 241 Tire ...48....200 242 Inflation .......................................... Service Parts Identification Label .......................... 112 Temperature Warning Light ...................................... 33 117 Tachometer .... 202 SpareTire ..........52. 78 27 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster......................................................................... ................................................................................ ...... .................. .... 174 Transaxle..........

................................... 239 ( ...... Trailer ........................................................... Gross Axle Weight Rating ( G A m ) ....... 117 Warning Flashers......................... 226 Trip Odometer .......................................... 225 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . 182 35 11 1 116 110 115 115 112 '114 98 109 SafetyBelt ................... 251 Washer .................................. 113 Traction Control System ............... Battery .......................... Remote .............................. LowFuel ................................................................ 252 ............................................... 203 Nut Torque .................................................. Hazard .............................. Check Oil Level .............. ChangeOilSoon ............................................................................................. ............... 236 Ventilation ... Lights On ................................................... .............................................. 253 Cover Removal ............ Transaxle Fluid ......... 91 Washer Fluid ................ Brake ......... Engine Oil ........................... 250 VoltageIndicator ....................................... 246 Aluminum ....... 234 VehicleStorage ...................... Weatherstrim ................................................................................ 69 Turn Signaweadlight Beam Lever .................................239 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G W ) ... 107 Tmnk Release............... 249 Used Oil Disposal ............... 128 Vinyl Cleaning ............................ 256 Vehicle Loading ......... 88 Turn Signal Indicator ........... 267 .......................................................... 215 Upholstery Care ......... 147 ... 18 . Windshield ..... Anti-lock Brake System .......... 111 Washer.... ............. 246 Windows .................................. 176 Wheel Alignment ... Warning Lights Air Bag Readiness ........... 302 .................. 232 Wipers .......................................... 170 WreckerTowing .............................. 189 1 -* Your Driving and the Road Your Vehicle and the Environment .. 90 Winter Driving ............... 87 Windshield Cleaning ............................................................................... 254 Unleaded Gasoline ......................... 89 Underbody Maintenance ................................................ 72 Service Engine Soon (Malfunction Indicator Lamp) .... Engine Coolant Temperature ......... 91 Washing Your Vehicle ...................... 253 Weight .Security Warning ........................ 210 Replacement ....

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