- 1 Keys
- 2 Doors and Locks
- 3 Windows
- 4 Theft-Deterrent Systems
- 5 Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
- 5.1 New Vehicle Break-In
- 5.2 Ignition Positions
- 5.3 Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
- 5.4 Starting the Engine
- 5.5 Engine Coolant Heater
- 5.6 Active Fuel Management™
- 5.7 Automatic Transaxle Operation
- 5.8 Parking Brake
- 5.9 Shifting Into Park (P)
- 5.10 Shifting Out of Park (P)
- 5.11 Parking Over Things That Burn
- 5.12 Engine Exhaust
- 5.13 Running the Engine While Parked
- 6 Mirrors
- 7 OnStar® System
- 8 Storage Areas
- 9 Sunroof
CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons, children or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The windows will function with the keys in the ignition and they could be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing window. Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children.
The key can be used for the ignition, as well as the driver’s door lock and storage compartments.
The key comes with a bar coded tag attached to the key ring. Keep this bar coded tag and give it to your dealer/retailer if a new key needs to be made. The vehicle has the PASS-Key® III vehicle theft system. The key has a transponder in the key head that matches a decoder in the vehicle’s instrument panel. The key will have PK3 stamped on it. If a replacement key or an additional key is needed, it must be purchased from your dealer/retailer. Any new PASS-Key® III key must be programmed before it will start the vehicle. See PASS-Key® III for more information on programming a new key. In an emergency, contact Roadside Assistance. See Roadside Assistance Program for more information. Notice: If you ever lock your keys in your vehicle, you may have to damage the vehicle to get in. Be sure you have spare keys.
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Your Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment. At times you may notice a decrease in operating range. This is normal for any RKE system. If the transmitter does not work or if you have to stand closer to your vehicle for the transmitter to work, try this:
• Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. You may need to stand closer during rainy or snowy weather.
• Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. Take a few steps to the left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again.
• Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See “Battery Replacement” under Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation .
• If you are still having trouble, see your dealer/retailer or a qualified technician for service.
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
The vehicle’s doors can be locked and unlocked, and the trunk can be opened from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 60 feet (18 m) away with the remote keyless entry transmitter. If your vehicle has the remote vehicle start feature, you can also start the vehicle’s engine with the remote keyless entry transmitter.
The following functions may be available with your vehicle’s remote keyless entry system:
(Remote Vehicle Start): If your vehicle has this feature, the engine may be started from outside the vehicle using the remote keyless entry transmitter. See “Remote Vehicle Start” later in this section for more detailed information.
(Lock): Press the lock button to lock all the doors. If enabled through the Driver Information Center (DIC), the parking lamps may flash once and the horn may chirp once to indicate locking has occurred. See “REMOTE LOCKS FEEDBACK” under DIC Controls and Displays (Base Level DIC) or DIC Controls and Displays (Uplevel DIC with Trip Computer) for programming information. Pressing the lock button will arm the content theft-deterrent system. See Content Theft-Deterrent for more information.
(Unlock): Press the unlock button one time to unlock the driver’s door. Press the unlock button again within five seconds to unlock the other doors. The interior lamps will come on and stay on for 20 seconds or until the ignition is turned on. If enabled through the DIC, the parking lamps may flash once and the horn may chirp once to indicate unlocking has occurred. See “REMOTE LOCKS FEEDBACK” under DIC Controls and Displays (Base Level DIC) or DIC Controls and Displays (Uplevel DIC with Trip Computer). Pressing the unlock button on the remote keyless entry transmitter will disarm the content theft-deterrent system. See Content Theft-Deterrent for more details.
(Trunk Release): Press and hold this button for about one second to release the trunk lid. The transaxle must be in PARK (P) for this feature to operate.
(Panic Alarm): Press this button to activate the alarm. The ignition must be in OFF for the remote alarm to work. When the remote alarm button is pressed the headlamps will flash and the horn will sound repeatedly for two minutes. The alarm will turn off when the ignition is moved to RUN or the remote alarm button is pressed again.
Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle
Each remote keyless entry transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your GM dealer. Remember to bring any additional transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, any remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once your dealer has coded the new transmitter, the lost transmitter cannot unlock your vehicle. The vehicle can have a maximum of four transmitters matched to it.
Under normal use, the battery in the remote keyless entry transmitter should last about four years. If the battery is weak the transmitter will not work within its normal range. It is probably time to change the battery if you have to be very close to the vehicle before the transmitter works. The KEY FOB BATTERY LOW message, in the vehicle’s DIC, will display, if the remote keyless entry transmitter battery is low. Notice: When replacing the battery, use care not to touch any of the circuitry. Static from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter.
To replace the battery in the remote keyless entry transmitter, do the following:
1. Insert a flat object with a thin edge into the notch, located below the panic alarm button, and separate the bottom half from the top half of the transmitter.
2. Remove the old battery and replace it with the new one. Make sure the positive side (+) of the battery faces up. Use one three-volt, CR2032 battery, or equivalent type.
3. Put the two halves back together. Make sure the cover is on tight so water will not get inside the transmitter.
4. Test the operation of the transmitter with the vehicle.
Remote Vehicle Start
Your vehicle may have a remote start feature. This feature allows you to start the engine from outside the vehicle. It may also start the vehicle’s heating or air conditioning systems and rear window defogger. When the remote start system is active, the climate control system will heat or cool the inside of the vehicle based on the outside temperature. The rear window defogger will be turned on by the climate control system when it is heating the inside of the vehicle. Normal operation of the system will return after the key is turned to RUN. Laws in some communities may restrict the use of remote starters. For example, some laws may require a person using remote start to have the vehicle in view when doing so. Check local regulations for any requirements on remote starting of vehicles. Do not use the remote start feature if your vehicle is low on fuel. Your vehicle may run out of fuel. The remote start feature provides two separate starts per ignition cycle, each with 10 minutes of engine running time. After your vehicle’s engine has been started two times using the remote start button, the vehicle’s ignition switch must be turned to RUN and then back to OFF using the key before the remote start procedure can be used again. See Ignition Positions for information regarding the ignition positions on your vehicle. Your remote keyless entry transmitter with the remote start button provides an increased range of operation. You can start your vehicle from about 492 feet (150 m) away. However, the range may be less while the vehicle is running, and as a result you may need to be closer to your vehicle to turn it off than you were to turn it on. There are other conditions which can affect the performance of the transmitter, see Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System for additional information.
(Remote Start): If your vehicle has the remote vehicle start feature, the keyless entry transmitter will have a button with this symbol on it. To start the vehicle using the remote start feature, do the following:
1. Aim the transmitter at the vehicle.
2. Press and release the transmitter’s lock button, then immediately press and hold the transmitter’s remote start button for 4 seconds or until the vehicle’s turn signal lamps flash. The vehicle’s doors will be locked. When the vehicle starts, the parking lamps will turn on and remain on while the engine is running, and the DIC will display REMOTE START ACTIVE PRESS HAZARD SWITCH TO CANCEL.
3. If it is the first remote start since the vehicle has been driven, repeat these steps, while the engine is still running, to extend the engine running time by 10 minutes. Remote start can be extended one time.
After entering the vehicle during a remote start, insert and turn the key to RUN to drive the vehicle. The engine will shut off automatically after 10 minutes, unless a time extension has been done or the vehicle’s key is inserted into the ignition switch and turned to RUN. To manually shut off a remote start, do any of the following. The parking lamps will turn off.
• Aim the remote keyless entry transmitter at the vehicle, and press the remote start button.
• Turn on the hazard warning flashers.
• Turn the ignition switch to RUN and then to OFF. Your vehicle’s engine can be started two times using the transmitter’s remote start feature. If the remote start procedure is used again before the first 10 minute time frame has ended, the first 10 minutes will immediately expire and the second 10 minute time frame will start.
The remote vehicle start feature will not operate if any of the following occur:
• The remote start system is disabled through the DIC.
• The vehicle’s key is in the ignition.
• A door on the vehicle is open.
• The vehicle’s hood is open.
• The hazard warning flashers are on.
• There is an emission control system malfunction.
• The engine coolant temperature is too high.
• The oil pressure is low.
• Two remote vehicle starts have already been provided for that ignition cycle.
If a remote start is attempted and is unsuccessful, the Driver Information Center (DIC) will display REMOTE START DISABLED. Vehicles that have the remote vehicle start feature are shipped from the factory with the remote start system enabled. The system may be enabled/disabled through the DIC. See “REMOTE START” under DIC Controls and Displays (Base Level DIC) or DIC Controls and Displays (Uplevel DIC with Trip Computer) for additional information.
Remote Start Ready
If your vehicle does not have the remote vehicle start feature, it may have the remote start ready feature. This feature gives you the ability to lock or unlock your vehicle from about 492 feet (150 m) away and allows your dealer to add the manufacturer’s remote vehicle start feature. See your dealer if you would like to add the manufacturer’s remote vehicle start feature to your vehicle.
Doors and Locks
Unlocked doors can be dangerous.
• Passengers, especially children, can easily open the doors and fall out of a moving vehicle. When a door is locked, the handle will not open it. You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors are not locked. So, wear safety belts properly and lock the doors whenever you drive.
• Young children who get into unlocked vehicles may be unable to get out. A child can be overcome by extreme heat and can suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Always lock your vehicle whenever you leave it.
• Outsiders can easily enter through an unlocked door when you slow down or stop your vehicle. Locking your doors can help prevent this from happening.
There are several ways to lock and unlock the vehicle. From the outside, use the key or remote keyless entry transmitter.
From the inside, use the manual or power door locks.
To manually lock or unlock the doors from inside the vehicle, push down or pull up on the door lock pin located on the top of each door panel.
Power Door Locks
To lock or unlock all doors from inside the vehicle, use the power door lock switch located on either front door. Move the switch on the driver’s door to the right to lock or to the left to unlock the doors. Move the switch on the passenger’s door to the left to lock or to the right to unlock the doors. If the vehicle has the content theft-deterrent system, the vehicle may be programmed to arm the system with the power door lock switch. See “Lock Switch Arm” under DIC Vehicle Customization for more information on programming the system.
This feature delays the locking of the vehicle’s doors for five seconds after the last door is closed. Two chimes will sound when the power door lock switch or the LOCK button on the remote keyless entry transmitter is pressed when a door is open. The chimes indicate that the delayed locking feature is on. The doors can be locked immediately by pressing the power door lock switch or the LOCK button on the transmitter a second time. The delayed locking feature will not activate when the ignition is in RUN or ACC. You can program this feature on or off through the Driver Information Center (DIC) See “Personal Programming Mode Screens” under DIC Vehicle Customization .
Programmable Automatic Door Locks
The vehicle’s doors are programmed from the factory to lock when the shift lever is moved into a forward gear, and to unlock when the shift lever is moved into PARK (P). If someone needs to get in or out of the vehicle after the doors have been locked, place the shift lever into PARK (P). You may also unlock all doors using the power door lock switch or unlock one door using the inside manual door lock. To program the door unlocking feature, see “Personal Programming Mode Screens” under DIC Vehicle Customization . The locking feature cannot be disabled or programmed.
Rear Door Security Locks
Your vehicle has rear door security locks, that prevent passengers from opening the rear doors from the inside. The rear door security locks are located on the inside edge of each rear door. You must open the rear doors to access them. To assist you in finding the lock, your vehicle will have one of the following:
To use these locks, do the following:
1. Insert the key into the security lock slot and turn it so the slot is in the horizontal position.
2. Close the door.
3. Do the same for the other rear door.
When you want to open a rear door when the security lock is on, do the following:
1. Unlock the door using the remote keyless entry transmitter, if the vehicle has one, the power door lock switch, or by lifting the rear door manual lock.
2. Open the door from the outside. To cancel the rear door security lock, do the following:
1. Unlock the door and open it from the outside.
2. Insert the key into the security lock slot and turn it so the slot is in the vertical position.
3. Do the same for the other rear door.
The lockout protection feature makes it more difficult to lock the key in the vehicle. If the driver’s door is open while the key is in the ignition, the door cannot be locked with the power door lock switch. This feature cannot guarantee that you will never be locked out of the vehicle. If the key is not left in the ignition, or, if the manual door lock pin is used, the key could still be locked inside the vehicle. Always remember to take the key with you.
It can be dangerous to drive with the trunk lid open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You
cannot see or smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death. If you must drive with the trunk lid open or if electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the trunk lid:
• Make sure all other windows are shut.
• Turn the fan on your heating or cooling system to its highest speed and select the control setting that will force outside air into your vehicle. See Climate Control System.
• If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, open them all the way. See Engine Exhaust.
To unlock and open the trunk from the outside, press the trunk button on the remote keyless entry transmitter. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation .
To open the trunk from the inside, use the power door lock switch located on the driver’s or front passenger’s door. See “Remote Trunk Release” following. The vehicle must be in PARK (P) in order for the trunk to open.
Remote Trunk Release
This feature is used to unlock the trunk from inside the vehicle using the power door lock switch.
Press and hold the driver’s side power door lock switch to the left, or the passenger’s side power door lock switch to the right to unlock the trunk.
Emergency Trunk Release Handle
Notice: Do not use the emergency trunk release handle as a tie-down or anchor point when securing items in the trunk as it could damage the handle. The emergency trunk release handle is only intended to aid a person trapped in a latched trunk, enabling them to open the trunk from the inside.
There is a glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle located on the trunk latch of the trunk lid. This handle will glow following exposure to light. If ever needed, pull the emergency trunk release handle to open the trunk from the inside.
CAUTION: Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather.
CAUTION: Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome from extreme heat in warm or hot weather and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons, children or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The windows will function with the keys in the ignition and they could be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing window. Do not leave keys in a vehicle with children. When there are children in the rear seat use the window lockout button to prevent unintentional operation of the windows.
Use the switches on the driver’s door to operate each of the windows.
Push the switch down or up to open or close the window. The top switches operate the front windows, and the bottom switches operate the rear windows. Each passenger door also has a switch, located on the armrest, that operates that window. Push the switch rearward or forward to open or close the window. The power window switches only work if the ignition is on or in ACC, or while Retained Accessory Power (RAP) is active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) for more information.
The driver’s window switch has an express-down feature. This allows the window to open fully without having to continuously hold the switch. Tap the switch down, and the driver’s window will open a small amount. Press the switch fully down and release and the window will go all the way down. To stop the window while it is lowering, press the bottom of the switch. To raise the window, press and hold the bottom of the switch.
(Window Lockout): The driver’s window switch includes a lockout feature located above the power window switches on the driver’s door. Move the switch to the right to prevent the passengers sitting in the rear from using their window switches. The driver can still control all the windows with the lockout on. Move the switch to the left to disengage the lockout feature.
To help block out glare, pull the sun visors down. Pull on the inside edges of the sun visors to swing them from the front windshield to the side window. Visor Vanity Mirror Raise the cover on the top of the sun visor to expose the vanity mirror. If the vehicle has lighted vanity mirrors, the lamps come on when the cover is opened.
Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some cities. Although your vehicle has a number of theft-deterrent features, we know that nothing we put on it can make it impossible to steal.
The vehicle has a content theft-deterrent alarm system.
A red light located on top of the instrument panel, toward the center of the vehicle and near the windshield, will flash slowly when the system is armed. The theft-deterrent alarm system needs to be activated through the Driver’s Information Center (DIC). See “Theft Deterrent” under the Personal Programming Mode Screens in DIC Vehicle Customization . While armed, the doors will not unlock with the power door lock switch. The remote alarm will sound if someone tampers with the trunk or enters the vehicle without using the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or key to unlock the doors. The horn will sound and the headlamps will flash for up to two minutes. The system will also cut off the fuel supply, preventing the vehicle from being driven.
Arming with the Power Lock Switch
The vehicle’s content theft-deterrent alarm system can be activated when the key is removed from the ignition and the power door lock switch of either the driver’s or front passenger’s door is used to lock the vehicle. The door needs to be in the open position when pressing the power door lock switch. The alarm system will not activate if the door is closed and the power door lock switch is pressed. This system can be activated through the Driver’s Information Center (DIC). See “Lock Switch Arm” under the Personal Programming Mode Screens in DIC Vehicle Customization . When the doors are locked using the power door lock switch of either front door, the red light, on top of the instrument panel will start flashing indicating that the system is arming. After all the doors are closed there will be a time delay and then the red light will begin to flash at a very slow rate indicating the system is armed.
Arming with the RKE Transmitter
The alarm system will arm when the RKE transmitter is used to lock the doors after the key is removed from the ignition. The red light will come on to indicate that the system is arming. After all doors are closed and locked, and after a time delay, the red light will begin flashing at a very slow rate to show the system is armed.
A red light located on top of the instrument panel, towards the center of the vehicle and near the windshield, will flash slowly to confirm when the system is armed.
Disarming with the RKE Transmitter
The alarm system will disarm when the RKE transmitter is used to unlock the doors. The red light will go out to show that the system is disarmed.
Disarming with Your Key
The alarm system will disarm when the key is used to unlock the doors. The red light will stop flashing when the system is disarmed. If you would like the key to disarm the alarm system, see “Personal Programming Mode Screens” under DIC Vehicle Customization for more information.
Your PASS-Key® III system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause interference.
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment. PASS-Key® III uses a radio frequency transponder in the key that matches a decoder in your vehicle.
PASS-Key® III Operation
The vehicle is equipped with PASS-Key® III (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key® III is a passive theft-deterrent system. This means nothing special needs to be done to arm or disarm the system. It works when the key is inserted or removed from the ignition. PASS-Key® III uses a transponder in the ignition key that matches a decoder in the vehicle. When the PASS-Key® III system senses that the wrong key has been inserted into the ignition, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. The starter will not work and fuel will stop flowing to the engine. If someone tries to start the vehicle again with the wrong key, the vehicle will not start. Anyone using a trial-and-error method to start the vehicle will be discouraged to do so because of the high number of electrical key codes. When trying to start the vehicle, if the engine does not start and the STARTING DISABLED DUE TO THEFT SYSTEM warning message on the Driver Information Center (DIC) comes on, the key may have a damaged transponder. Turn the ignition off and try again. If the engine still does not start, and the key appears to be undamaged, try another ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuse. See Fuses and Circuit Breakers . If the engine still does not start with the other key, the vehicle needs service. If the vehicle does start, the first key may be faulty. See your dealer/retailer who can service the PASS-Key® III to have a new key made. In an emergency, contact Roadside Assistance. See Roadside Assistance Program for more information.
It is possible for the PASS-Key® III decoder to accept the transponder value of a new or replacement key. Up to 10 keys may be programmed for the vehicle. If all the programmed keys are lost or do not operate, see your dealer/retailer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key® III to have keys made and programmed to the system. Canadian Owners: If all the keys are lost or damaged, only a dealer/retailer can service PASS-Key® III to have new keys made and programmed to the system. The following procedure is for programming a new or replacement key when you have at least one already programmed key. To program the new key do the following:
1. Verify that the new key has PK3 stamped on it.
2. Insert the master key in the ignition and start the engine. If the engine will not start, see your dealer/retailer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn the key to OFF, and remove the key.
4. Insert the key to be programmed and turn it to RUN within five seconds of removing the original key. 5. The STARTING DISABLED DUE TO THEFT SYSTEM warning message on the DIC will turn off, once the key has been programmed. It may not be apparent that the SERVICE THEFT SYSTEM warning message went on due to how quickly the key is programmed.
6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 if additional keys are to be programmed.
If the STARTING DISABLED DUE TO THEFT SYSTEM warning message appears and stays on the DIC while the vehicle is being driven, the engine will be able to be restarted if it is turned off. Your PASS-Key® III system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your dealer/retailer. The vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key® III system at this time. If the PASS-Key® III key is lost or stolen, see your dealer/retailer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key® III to have a new key made. Do not leave the key or device that disarms or deactivates the theft deterrent system in the vehicle.
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
New Vehicle Break-In
Notice: Your vehicle does not need an elaborate break-in. But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines:
• Do not drive at any one constant speed, fast or slow, for the first 500 miles (805 km). Do not make full-throttle starts. Avoid downshifting to brake, or slow, the vehicle.
• Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time the new brake linings are not yet broken in. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline every time you get new brake linings.
• Do not tow a trailer during break-in. See Towing a Trailer for the trailer towing capabilities of your vehicle and more information. Following break-in, engine speed and load can be gradually increased.
The ignition switch is located on the instrument panel, to the right of the steering column. There are four different positions. Insert the key in the ignition and turn it to the right for each position.
Notice: Using a tool to force the key from the ignition switch could cause damage or break the key. Use the correct key and turn the key only with your hand. Make sure the key is all the way in. If it is, turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service.
This position allows things like the radio and windshield wipers to operate while the engine is off.
The battery could be drained if you leave the key in the ACC or RUN position with the engine off. You may not be able to start your vehicle if the battery is allowed to drain for an extended period of time.
(START): This position starts the engine. Let go of the key when the engine starts. The key will return to the RUN for normal driving. A continuous warning chime will sound and a KEY IN IGNITION message will display on the Driver Information Center (DIC) if the key is turned to OFF or ACC and the driver’s door is opened. Key In the Ignition Never leave your vehicle with the keys inside, as it is an easy target for joy riders or thieves. If you leave the key in the ignition and park your vehicle, a chime will sound, when you open the driver’s door. Always remember to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you. This will lock your ignition and transaxle. Also, always remember to lock the doors. The battery could be drained if you leave the key in the ignition while your vehicle is parked. You may not be able to start your vehicle after it has been parked for an extended period of time.
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
These vehicle accessories can be used for up to 10 minutes after the engine is turned off:
• Audio System
• Power Windows
• Sunroof (if equipped)
Power to these features will continue to operate for up to 10 minutes after the key is turned to OFF until a door is opened.
Starting the Engine
Place the transaxle in the proper gear. Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine will not start in any other position — this is a safety feature. To restart when you are already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Notice: Shifting into PARK (P) with the vehicle moving could damage the transaxle. Shift into PARK (P) only when your vehicle is stopped.
- With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm. Do not race the engine immediately after starting it. Operate the engine and transaxle gently to allow the oil to warm up and lubricate all moving parts. Your vehicle has a Computer-Controlled Cranking System. This feature assists in starting the engine and protects components. If the ignition key is turned to the START position, and then released when the engine begins cranking, the engine will continue cranking for a few seconds or until the vehicle starts. If the engine does not start and the key is held in START for many seconds, cranking will be stopped after 15 seconds to prevent cranking motor damage. To prevent gear damage, this system also prevents cranking if the engine is already running. Engine cranking can be stopped by turning the ignition switch to the ACC or OFF position.
Notice: Cranking the engine for long periods of time, by returning the key to the START position immediately after cranking has ended, can overheat and damage the cranking motor, and drain the battery. Wait at least 15 seconds between each try, to allow the cranking motor to cool down.
2. If the engine does not start after 5-10 seconds, especially in very cold weather (below 0°F or 18°C), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in START for up to a maximum of 15 seconds. Wait at least 15 seconds between each try, to allow the cranking motor to cool down. When the engine starts, let go of the key and accelerator. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine. Do not race the engine immediately after starting it. Operate the engine and transaxle gently until the oil warms up and lubricates all moving parts.
Notice: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you do not, your engine might not perform properly. Any resulting damage would not be covered by your vehicle’s warranty.
Engine Coolant Heater
The vehicle may be equipped with an engine coolant heater. In very cold weather, 0°F ( 18°C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. The vehicle will start easier and get better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting the vehicle. At temperatures above 32°F (0°C), use of the coolant heater is not required. Your vehicle may also have an internal thermostat in the plug end of the cord. This will prevent operation of the engine coolant heater when the temperature is at or above 0°F ( 18°C) as noted on the cord.
To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
1. Turn off the engine.
2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. The cord is located above the engine air cleaner/filter. See Engine Compartment Overview for more information on location.
3. Plug the cord into a normal, grounded 110-volt AC outlet.
Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet could cause an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of extension cord could overheat and cause a fire. You could be seriously injured. Plug the cord into a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt AC outlet. If the cord will not reach, use a heavy-duty three-prong extension cord rated for at least 15 amps.
- Before starting the engine, be sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before, making sure to keep it away from moving engine parts. If this is not done, the cord could be damaged. How long should the coolant heater be kept plugged in? The answer depends on the outside temperature, the kind of oil that is in the vehicle, and some other things. Instead of trying to list everything here, we ask that you contact your dealer/retailer in the area where the vehicle will be parked. The dealer/retailer can give you the best advice for that particular area.
Active Fuel Management™
Your vehicle’s engine may be equipped with Active Fuel Management™. This system allows the engine to operate on either all or half of its cylinders, depending on your driving conditions. When less power is required, such as cruising at a constant vehicle speed, the system will operate in the half cylinder mode, allowing your vehicle to achieve better fuel economy. When greater power demands are required, such as accelerating from a stop, passing, or merging onto a freeway, the system will maintain full-cylinder operation.
Automatic Transaxle Operation
The shift lever for the automatic transaxle is located on the console between the seats. Maximum engine speed is limited when the vehicle is in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) to protect driveline components from improper operation. There are several different positions for the shift lever.
PARK (P): This position locks the front wheels. It is the best position to use when the engine is started because the vehicle cannot move easily.
CAUTION: It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Do not leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, always set your parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P). See Shifting Into Park (P) . If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer .
Make sure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) before starting the engine. The vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system.
You must fully apply your regular brakes first and then press the shift lever button, located on the front of the shift lever, before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in RUN. If the vehicle cannot be shifted out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever by pushing it all the way into PARK (P) as you maintain brake application. Then press the shift lever button and move the shift lever into another gear. See Shifting Out of Park (P) .
REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up. Notice: Shifting to REVERSE (R) while your vehicle is moving forward could damage the transaxle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Shift to REVERSE (R) only after your vehicle is stopped. To rock the vehicle back and forth to get out of snow, ice or sand without damaging the transaxle, see If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow .
NEUTRAL (N): In this position, the engine does not connect with the wheels. To restart when the vehicle is already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when the vehicle is being towed.
CAUTION: Shifting into a drive gear while your engine is running at high speed is dangerous. Unless your foot is firmly on the brake pedal, your vehicle could move very rapidly. You could lose control and hit people or objects. Do not shift into a drive gear while your engine is running at high speed.
Notice: Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while the engine is running at high speed may damage the transaxle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Be sure the engine is not running at high speeds when shifting your vehicle.
DRIVE (D): This position is for normal driving. It provides the best fuel economy for your vehicle. If the vehicle needs more power for passing, and it is:
• Going less than 35 mph (55 km/h), push the accelerator pedal about halfway down.
• Going about 35 mph (55 km/h) or more, push the accelerator pedal all the way down. The vehicle will shift down to the next gear and have more power. Downshifting the transaxle in slippery road conditions could result in skidding, see Skidding under Loss of Control .
Notice: If your vehicle seems to start up rather slowly or not shift gears when you go faster, and you continue to drive your vehicle that way, you could damage the transaxle. Have your vehicle serviced right away. You can drive in SECOND (2) when you are driving less than 35 mph (55 km/h) and DRIVE (D) for higher speeds until then.
THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving. However, it reduces vehicle speed more than DRIVE (D) without using your brakes. You might choose THIRD (3) instead of DRIVE (D) when driving on hilly, winding roads, when towing a trailer, so there is less shifting between gears, when going down a steep hill and when driving on non-highway scenarios (i.e. city streets etc.).
SECOND (2): This position reduces vehicle speed even more than THIRD (3) without using your brakes. You can use SECOND (2) on hills. It can help control the vehicle’s speed as it goes down steep mountain roads, but then you would also want to use the brakes off and on. Notice: Driving in SECOND (2) for more than 25 miles (40 km) or at speeds over 55 mph (90 km/h), can cause damage to your engine and/or transaxle. Also, shifting into SECOND (2) at speeds above 65 mph (105 km/h) can cause damage. Drive in DRIVE (D) instead of SECOND (2).
FIRST (1): This position reduces vehicle speed even more than
SECOND (2) without using your brakes. It can be used on very steep hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the shift lever is moved to
FIRST (1), while the vehicle is moving forward, the transaxle will not shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowly enough. Notice: Spinning the tires or holding the vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal may damage the transaxle. If you are stuck, do not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the brakes, or parking brake to hold the vehicle in place.
Performance Shifting with TAP-Shift® If the vehicle is equipped with the 3800 V6 Supercharged engine or the 5.3L V8 engine, your vehicle may have this feature. It allows you to change gears similar to a manual transaxle. To fully use this feature, do the following:
1. The MANUAL (M) position can be selected while the vehicle is moving. The current transaxle position will continue to be displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC) and Head-Up Display (HUD), if equipped.
2. Move the shift lever to the MANUAL (M).
3. The paddles are located on the steering wheel. They are used to up-shift or down-shift the transaxle.
4. Push either paddle once to up-shift to the next gear. Pull either paddle once to down-shift to the next gear. The vehicle will begin moving in first gear upon acceleration. For better control in icy or slippery conditions, the vehicle may start out in SECOND (2), rather than FIRST (1). This will only occur if you have “tapped up” to second gear.
The up-shift light on the instrument panel cluster, or the up-shift symbol on the HUD, if equipped, is given as a prompt to use the TAP-Shift® paddle. For more information, see Up-Shift Light. The up-shift light will only appear in the instrument panel cluster if the HUD is off or if the vehicle does not have HUD. This prompt to up-shift, as needed, will be given throughout acceleration. If up-shifting does not occur when prompted, the vehicle speed will be limited to protect the engine. The gear position will display on the DIC and HUD, if equipped, when in manual mode.
Pressing the accelerator while driving in the highest gear (FOURTH (4)) between 20 mph (32 km/h) and 50 mph (80 km/h), will make the transaxle automatically downshift. As your speed gets closer to 50 mph (80 km/h), you will need to increase accelerator pedal travel to get the vehicle to downshift. At 50 mph (80 km/h), even with the accelerator fully depressed, the transaxle will always remain in FOURTH (4). The transaxle will also automatically downshift as the vehicle decelerates and comes to a stop. If a paddle is pushed or pulled and the vehicle cannot respond to a transaxle gear change, a chime will sound. The system will not allow either an up-shift or a down-shift if the vehicle speed is too fast or too slow, nor will it allow a start from THIRD (3) or higher gear.
The parking brake is located to the left of the brake pedal near the driver’s door. To set the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with the right foot. Push down on the parking brake pedal, with the left foot. To release the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with the right foot and push the parking brake pedal with the left foot. When the left foot is lifted, the parking brake pedal will lift to the released position. A warning chime will sound if the parking brake is set, the ignition is on, and the shift lever is not in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). The brake light will also appear on the instrument panel cluster when the parking brake is set. It will stay on if the parking brake does not release fully.
The PARKING BRAKE ON message will also appear in the Driver Information Center (DIC) when the parking brake is set. See DIC Warnings and Messages for more information. Notice: Driving with the parking brake on can overheat the brake system and cause premature wear or damage to brake system parts. Verify that the parking brake is fully released and the brake warning light is off before driving. If the vehicle is towing a trailer and parked on a hill, see Towing a Trailer. That section shows what to do first to keep the trailer from moving.
Shifting Into Park (P)
CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow. If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer .
1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and set the parking brake.
2. Move the shift lever into PARK (P) by holding in the button on the shift lever and pushing the shift lever all the way toward the front of the vehicle.
3. Turn the ignition key to OFF.
4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can leave your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in PARK (P).
Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running
CAUTION: It can be dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, it could overheat and even catch fire. You or others could be injured. Do not leave your vehicle with the engine running.
If you have to leave your vehicle with the engine running, be sure your vehicle is in PARK (P) and your parking brake is firmly set before you leave it. After you have moved the shift lever into PARK (P), hold the regular brake pedal down. Then, see if you can move the shift lever away from PARK (P) without first pushing the button. If you can, it means that the shift lever was not fully locked in PARK (P).
If you are parking on a hill and you do not shift your transaxle into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transaxle. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of PARK (P). This is called torque lock. To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into PARK (P) properly before you leave the driver’s seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park (P) . When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of PARK (P) before you release the parking brake. If torque lock does occur, you may need to have another vehicle push your vehicle a little uphill to take some of the pressure from the parking pawl in the transaxle, so you can pull the shift lever out of PARK (P).
Shifting Out of Park (P)
The vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system which locks the shift lever in PARK (P) when the ignition is in OFF. In addition, the regular brakes must be fully applied before shifting from PARK (P) while the ignition is in RUN. See Automatic Transaxle Operation . If the vehicle cannot be shifted out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever and push the shift lever all the way up into PARK (P) as brake application is maintained. Then move the shift lever into the desired gear. If the brake pedal is held down but the vehicle still cannot be shifted out of PARK (P), try this:
1. Turn the key to ACC or RUN.
2. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4.
3. Shift the transaxle to NEUTRAL (N).
4. Start the vehicle and then shift to the desired transaxle gear.
5. Have the system fixed as soon as possible.
Parking Over Things That Burn
CAUTION: Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Do not park over papers, leaves, dry grass, or other things that can burn.
CAUTION: Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death. You might have exhaust coming in if:
• The exhaust system sounds strange or different.
• Your vehicle gets rusty underneath.
• Your vehicle was damaged in a collision.
• Your vehicle was damaged when driving over high points on the road or over road debris.
• Repairs were not done correctly.
• Your vehicle or the exhaust system has been modified improperly. If you ever suspect exhaust is coming into your vehicle:
• Drive it only with all the windows down to blow out any CO; and
• Have your vehicle fixed immediately.
Running the Engine While Parked
It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever have to, here are some things to know.
CAUTION: Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle. See the earlier caution under Engine Exhaust . Also, idling in a closed-in place can let deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into your vehicle even if the climate control fan is at the highest setting. One place this can happen is a garage. Exhaust — with CO — can come in easily. NEVER park in a garage with the engine running. Another closed-in place can be a blizzard. See Winter Driving .
CAUTION: It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Do not leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, always set the parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P).
Manual Rearview Mirror with OnStar®
Your vehicle has this feature located at the bottom of the mirror, to change the mirror from the day to the night position. To reduce the glare of headlamps from behind, turn the control counterclockwise. To return the mirror to the day position, turn the control clockwise. There are also three OnStar® buttons located at the bottom of the mirror face. See your dealer for more information on the system and how to subscribe to OnStar®. See OnStar® System for more information about the services OnStar® provides.
Outside Power Mirrors
The power mirror controls are located near the driver’s window, on the driver’s door armrest. Move the top control to the left to adjust the driver’s side outside mirror. Move the control to the right to adjust the passenger’s side mirror. The center position turns the power control off and will not allow the mirrors to move if the control pad is touched. The round control pad adjusts the angle of the selected outside mirror. Press the arrows on the control pad to adjust the angle of the mirror. Adjust each mirror so that the sides and the area behind the vehicle can be seen.
Outside Convex Mirror
CAUTION: A convex mirror can make things (like other vehicles) look farther away than they really are. If you cut too sharply into the right lane, you could hit a vehicle on your right. Check your inside mirror or glance over your shoulder before changing lanes.
The passenger’s outside rearview mirror is convex. The surface is curved so more area can be seen from the driver’s seat. It also make things look farther away than they really are.
OnStar® uses several innovative technologies and live advisors to provide you with a wide range of safety, security, information, and convenience services. If your airbags deploy, the system is designed to make an automatic call to OnStar® Emergency advisors who can request emergency services be sent to your location. If you lock your keys in the vehicle, call OnStar® at 1-888-4-ONSTAR and they can send a signal to unlock your doors. If you need roadside assistance, press the OnStar® button and they can contact Roadside Service for you.
OnStar® service is provided to you subject to the OnStar® Terms and Conditions. You may cancel your OnStar® service at any time by contacting OnStar® as provided below. A complete OnStar® Owners Guide and the OnStar® Terms and Conditions are included in the vehicle’s OnStar® Subscriber glove box literature. For more information, visit onstar.com or onstar.ca, contact OnStar® at 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or TTY 1-877-248-2080, or press the OnStar® button to speak with an OnStar® advisor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not all OnStar® features are available on all vehicles. To check if your vehicle is equipped to provide the services described below, or for a full description of OnStar® services and system limitations, see the OnStar® Owner’s Guide in your glove box or visit onstar.com.
For new vehicles with OnStar®, the Safe & Sound Plan, or the Directions & Connections® Plan is included for one year from the date of purchase. You can extend this plan beyond the first year, or upgrade to the Directions & Connections® Plan. For more information, press the OnStar® button to speak with an advisor. Some OnStar® services (such as Remote Door Unlock or Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance) may not be available until you register with OnStar®.
Available Services with Safe & Sound® Plan
• Automatic Notification of Airbag Deployment
• Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) (If equipped)
• Link to Emergency Services
• Roadside Assistance
• Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance
• Remote Door Unlock/Vehicle Alert
• OnStar® Vehicle Diagnostics
• GM Goodwrench® On Demand Diagnostics
• OnStar® Hands-Free Calling with 30 complimentary minutes
• OnStar® Virtual Advisor (U.S. Only)
Available Services included with Directions & Connections® Plan
• All Safe and Sound Plan Services
• Driving Directions – Advisor delivered or OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation (If equipped)
• Information and Convenience Services
OnStar® Hands-Free Calling
OnStar® Hands-Free Calling allows eligible OnStar® subscribers to make and receive calls using voice commands. Hands-Free Calling is fully integrated into the vehicle, and can be used with OnStar® Pre-Paid Minute Packages. Hands-Free Calling may also be linked to a Verizon Wireless service plan in the U.S. or a Bell Mobility service plan in Canada, depending on eligibility. To find out more, refer to the OnStar® Owners Guide in the vehicle’s glove box, visit www.onstar.com or www.onstar.ca, or speak with an OnStar® advisor by pressing the OnStar® button or calling 1-888-4-ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827).
OnStar® Virtual Advisor
OnStar® Virtual Advisor is a feature of OnStar® Hands-Free Calling that uses your minutes to access location-based weather, local traffic reports, and stock quotes. By pressing the phone button and giving a few simple voice commands, you can browse through the various topics. See the OnStar® Owners Guide for more information (Only available in the continental U.S.).
OnStar® Steering Wheel Controls
Your vehicle may have a Talk/Mute button that can be used to interact with OnStar® Hands-Free Calling. See Audio Steering Wheel Controls for more information. On some vehicles, you may have to hold the button for a few seconds and give the command “ONSTAR” in order to activate the OnStar® Hands-Free Calling feature. On some vehicles, the mute button can be used to dial numbers into voicemail systems, or to dial phone extensions. See the OnStar® Owner’s Guide for more information.
How OnStar® Service Works
In order to provide you with OnStar® services, your vehicle’s OnStar® system has the capability of recording and transmitting vehicle information. This information is automatically sent to an OnStar® Call Center at the time of an OnStar® button press, Emergency button press or if your airbags or AACN system deploys. The vehicle information usually includes your GPS location and, in the event of a crash, additional information regarding the accident that your vehicle has been involved in (e.g. the direction from which your vehicle was hit). When you use the Virtual Advisor feature of OnStar® Hands-Free Calling, your vehicle also sends OnStar® your GPS location so that we can provide you with location-based services. OnStar® service cannot work unless your vehicle is in a place where OnStar® has an agreement with a wireless service provider for service in that area. OnStar® service also cannot work unless you are in a place where the wireless service provider OnStar® has hired for that area has coverage, network capacity and reception when the service is needed, and technology that is compatible with the OnStar® service. Not all services are available everywhere, particularly in remote or enclosed areas, or at all times. OnStar® service that involves location information about your vehicle cannot work unless GPS satellite signals are unobstructed and available in that place as well. Your vehicle must have a working electrical system (including adequate battery power) for the OnStar® equipment to operate. There are other problems OnStar® cannot control that may prevent OnStar® from providing OnStar® service to you at any particular time or place. Some examples are damage to important parts of your vehicle in an accident, hills, tall buildings, tunnels, weather or wireless phone network congestion.
You may need to increase the volume of your radio to hear the OnStar® advisor. If the light next to the OnStar® buttons is red, this means that your system is not functioning properly and should be checked by your dealer/retailer. If the light appears clear (no light is appearing), your OnStar® subscription has expired. You can always press the OnStar® button to confirm that your OnStar® equipment is active.
Open the glove box by lifting up on the lever. Close the glove box with a firm push.
There are two cupholders in the front of the center console.
Cupholder Installation and Removal
Your vehicle may also have a rear cupholder that can be installed by aligning it to the console and snapping it into place. To remove, pull it up from the console.
Sunglasses Storage Compartment
Your vehicle may have a storage compartment located to the rear on the overhead console. To open the sunglasses storage compartment, press the release latch forward and pull the compartment down.
Center Console Storage Area
To open the armrest storage area, pull up on the latch located on the front drivers side of the storage area. The storage area may have a cassette/compact disc holder. A storage pocket is located on the passenger side of the console.
The vehicle may have a convenience net located on the back wall of the trunk. Put small loads, like grocery bags, behind the net. It can help keep them from falling over. The net is not for larger, heavier loads. Store those in the trunk as far forward as possible. Unhook the net so that it will lie flat when not in use.
If the vehicle has a sunroof, it includes a sliding glass panel and a sunshade. The switch to control the sunroof is located in the headliner.
Vent: Open the sunshade by hand. Push the switch toward the rear of the vehicle once and the sunroof will open to the vent position. Push the switch forward to close.
Open/Express-Open: Push the switch toward the rear of the vehicle a second time and the sunroof will open the remainder of the way. The sunshade will open with the sunroof if the switch is pushed toward the rear of the vehicle twice.
Close: Push and hold the front of the switch until the sunroof motor stops. The sunshade must be closed by hand.