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In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-7
Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24
Performance and
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-31
Keys, Doors, and
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10
Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-39

Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1
Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-29
Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-37
Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-46
Universal Remote System . . . . 5-54
Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
Rear Seat Infotainment . . . . . . . 7-38
Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50
Trademarks and License
Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-57

Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1
Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-23
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-32
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-33
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . 9-39
Drive Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-41
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-53
Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-56
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59
Object Detection Systems . . . . 9-62
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-68
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74
Conversions and
Add-Ons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2
Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-40

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Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-47
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-84
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-89
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . 10-93
Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3
Special Application
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8
Additional Maintenance
and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9
Recommended Fluids,
Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-12
Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-16
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1
Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-2
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-17
Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-19

OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1

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Introduction

The names, logos, emblems,
slogans, vehicle model names, and
vehicle body designs appearing in
this manual including, but not limited
to, GM, the GM logo, CHEVROLET,
the CHEVROLET Emblem,
SILVERADO, and Z71 are
trademarks and/or service marks of
General Motors LLC, its
subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors.
This manual describes features that
may or may not be on your specific
vehicle either because they are
options that you did not purchase or
due to changes subsequent to the
printing of this owner manual.

Litho in U.S.A.
Part No. 22974446 B Second Printing

Please refer to the purchase
documentation relating to your
specific vehicle to confirm each of
the features found on your vehicle.
For vehicles first sold in Canada,
substitute the name “General
Motors of Canada Limited” for
Chevrolet Motor Division wherever it
appears in this manual.
If the vehicle has the Duramax®
diesel engine, see the Duramax
diesel supplement for additional and
specific information on this engine.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
Keep this manual in the vehicle for
quick reference.

©

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Canadian Vehicle Owners
Propriétaires Canadiens
A French language copy of this
manual can be obtained from your
dealer or from:
On peut obtenir un exemplaire de
ce guide en français auprès du
concessionnaire ou à l'adresse
suivante:
Helm, Incorporated
Attention: Customer Service
47911 Halyard Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170

Using this Manual
To quickly locate information about
the vehicle, use the Index in the
back of the manual. It is an
alphabetical list of what is in the
manual and the page number where
it can be found.

2012 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Introduction

Danger, Warnings, and
Cautions
Warning messages found on vehicle
labels and in this manual describe
hazards and what to do to avoid or
reduce them.
Danger indicates a hazard with a
high level of risk which will result in
serious injury or death.
Warning or Caution indicates a
hazard that could result in injury or
death.

{ WARNING
These mean there is something
that could hurt you or other
people.
Notice: This means there is
something that could result in
property or vehicle damage. This
would not be covered by the
vehicle's warranty.

Vehicle Symbol Chart
Here are some additional symbols
that may be found on the vehicle
and what they mean. For more
information on the symbol, refer to
the Index.
A circle with a slash through it is a
safety symbol which means “Do
Not,” “Do not do this,” or “Do not let
this happen.”

Symbols
The vehicle has components and
labels that use symbols instead of
text. Symbols are shown along with
the text describing the operation or
information relating to a specific
component, control, message,
gauge, or indicator.

M : This symbol is shown when
you need to see your owner manual
for additional instructions or
information.
* : This symbol is shown when
you need to see a service manual
for additional instructions or
information.

0 : Adjustable Pedals
9 : Airbag Readiness Light
# : Air Conditioning
! : Antilock Brake System (ABS)
% : Audio Steering Wheel Controls

or OnStar®

$ : Brake System Warning Light
" : Charging System
I : Cruise Control
B : Engine Coolant Temperature
O : Exterior Lamps
# : Fog Lamps
. : Fuel Gauge
+ : Fuses
3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam
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j : LATCH System Child
Restraints
* : Malfunction Indicator Lamp
: : Oil Pressure
g : Outside Power Foldaway
Mirrors

O : Power
/ : Remote Vehicle Start
> : Safety Belt Reminders
7 : Tire Pressure Monitor
_ : Tow/Haul Mode
d : Traction Control/StabiliTrak®
M : Windshield Washer Fluid

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2 NOTES

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In Brief
Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel (Base/Uplevel
Version) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Instrument Panel (Premium
Version) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5

Initial Drive Information
Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-7
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Heated and Ventilated
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Head Restraint
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13

Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Passenger Sensing
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering Wheel
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Throttle and Brake Pedal
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . .
Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Four-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . .

1-13
1-13
1-14
1-16
1-16
1-17
1-17
1-18
1-18
1-21
1-22

Vehicle Features
Radio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Portable Audio Devices . . . . . .
Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Steering Wheel Controls . . . . .
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1-24
1-25
1-25
1-26
1-26
1-27

Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . .
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Vision
Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . .
Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Universal Remote System . . .
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1-1
1-27
1-27
1-28
1-28
1-29
1-29
1-29

Performance and Maintenance

StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . 1-31
Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . 1-31
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 1-32
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 1-32
Driving for Better Fuel
Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-32
Roadside Assistance
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-33

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Instrument Panel
Instrument Panel (Base/Uplevel Version)

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A. Air Vents on page 8‑10.
B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever.
See Turn and Lane-Change
Signals on page 6‑5.
Windshield Wiper/Washer on
page 5‑4.
C. Driver Information Center (DIC)
Buttons. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5‑29.
D. Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 6‑5 (Out of View).

H. Instrument Panel Storage on
page 4‑1.
I.

J.

Integrated Trailer Brake
Controller (If Equipped). See
Trailer Towing on page 9‑77.
Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6‑1.

K. Data Link Connector (DLC) (Out
of View). See Malfunction
Indicator Lamp on page 5‑21.
L.

M. Parking Brake on page 9‑54.

F.

N. Dome Lamps on page 6‑7.

Shift Lever. See Automatic
Transmission on page 9‑33.

T.

O. Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

Range Selection Mode (Allison
Transmission and Hydra-Matic®
6‐Speed Button) (If Equipped).
See Manual Mode on
page 9‑37.

Q. Horn on page 5‑4.

P.

Steering Wheel Adjustment on
page 5‑2.

R. Steering Wheel Controls on
page 5‑2 (If Equipped).

Ashtray (If Equipped). See
Ashtrays on page 5‑10 and
Cigarette Lighter on page 5‑9.

U. StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56 (If Equipped).
Ultrasonic Parking Assist on
page 9‑62 (If Equipped).
Pedal Adjust Button (If
Equipped). See Adjustable
Throttle and Brake Pedal on
page 9‑24.

Fog Lamps on page 6‑6 (If
Equipped).

Tow/Haul Selector Button (If
Equipped). See Tow/Haul Mode
on page 9‑38.

G. Infotainment on page 7‑1.

S. Automatic Transfer Case
Control (If Equipped). See
Four-Wheel Drive on
page 10‑29.

Hood Release. See Hood on
page 10‑4.

E. Instrument Cluster on
page 5‑11.

1-3

Exhaust Brake (If Equipped).
See “Brakes” in the Duramax
diesel supplement.
V.

Power Outlets on page 5‑9.

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W. Climate Control Systems (with
Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4
(If Equipped).
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System on page 8‑5
(If Equipped).
X. Power Take Off (PTO) Control
(If Equipped). See Power Take
Off (PTO) in the Duramax diesel
supplement.
Y.

Passenger Airbag Off Control
(If Equipped). See Airbag
On-Off Switch on page 3‑29.

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In Brief

Instrument Panel (Premium Version)

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A. Air Vents on page 8‑10.

H. Infotainment on page 7‑1.

R. Horn on page 5‑4.

B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever.
See Turn and Lane-Change
Signals on page 6‑5.

I.

Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6‑1.

S. Steering Wheel Controls on
page 5‑2.

J.

Integrated Trailer Brake
Controller (If Equipped). See
Trailer Towing on page 9‑77.

T.

Windshield Wiper/Washer on
page 5‑4.
C. Instrument Cluster on
page 5‑11.

K. Dome Lamps on page 6‑7.
L.

D. Hazard Warning Flashers on
page 6‑5 (Out of View).
E. Shift Lever. See Automatic
Transmission on page 9‑33.
Range Selection Mode (If
Equipped). See Manual Mode
on page 9‑37.
F.

Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38 (If
Equipped).

G. Driver Information Center (DIC)
Buttons. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5‑29.

Automatic Transfer Case
Control (If Equipped). See
Four-Wheel Drive on
page 10‑29.

M. Data Link Connector (DLC) (Out
of View). See Malfunction
Indicator Lamp on page 5‑21.
N. Hood Release. See Hood on
page 10‑4.
O. Parking Brake on page 9‑54.
P.

Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

Q. Steering Wheel Adjustment on
page 5‑2.

Climate Control Systems (with
Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4 (If
Equipped).
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System on page 8‑5 (If
Equipped).

U. Power Outlets on page 5‑9.
Cigarette Lighter (If Equipped).
See Ashtrays on page 5‑10 and
Cigarette Lighter on page 5‑9.

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V.

StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56 (If Equipped).
Pedal Adjust Button
(If Equipped). See Adjustable
Throttle and Brake Pedal on
page 9‑24.
Ultrasonic Parking Assist on
page 9‑62 (If Equipped).
Exhaust Brake (If Equipped).
See “Brakes” in the Duramax
diesel supplement.

W. Passenger Airbag Off Control
(If Equipped). See Airbag
On-Off Switch on page 3‑29.

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Initial Drive
Information
This section provides a brief
overview about some of the
important features that may or may
not be on your specific vehicle.
For more detailed information, refer
to each of the features which can be
found later in this owner manual.

Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System
The RKE transmitter is used to
remotely lock and unlock the doors
from up to 60 m (195 ft) away from
the vehicle.

K : Press to unlock the driver door.
Press K again within three seconds
to unlock all remaining doors.
Q:

Press to lock all doors. Lock
and unlock feedback can be
personalized. See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46.

L : Press and release to locate
the vehicle. Press L and hold for
more than two seconds to sound the
panic alarm. Press L again to
cancel the panic alarm.

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See Keys on page 2‑1 and Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2‑2.

Canceling a Remote Start

Remote Vehicle Start

.

Aim the RKE transmitter at the
vehicle and press and hold /
until the parking lamps turn off.

.

Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.

.

Turn the vehicle on and then
back off.

With this feature the engine can be
started from outside of the vehicle.

Starting the Vehicle
1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the
vehicle.
2. Press and release

Q.

3. Immediately after completing
Step 2, press and hold / for at
least two seconds or until the
turn signal lamps flash.
When the vehicle starts, the parking
lamps will turn on and remain on as
long as the engine is running. The
doors will be locked and the climate
control system may come on.
The engine will continue to run for
10 minutes. Repeat the steps for a
10-minute time extension. Remote
start can be extended only once.

Power Door Locks

To cancel a remote start, do one of
the following:

See Remote Vehicle Start on
page 2‑4.

Door Locks
There are several ways to lock and
unlock the vehicle.
From outside, use the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or
the key in the driver door.
From inside, use the power door
locks or the manual door locks. To
lock or unlock the door with the
manual locks, push down or pull up
on the manual lock knob.

Crew Cab Premium Trim Shown,
Uplevel Similar

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Power Windows

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Press the switch to lower the
window. Pull the switch up to raise
it. See Windows on page 2‑18 and
Power Windows on page 2‑18.

Power Sliding Rear Window

Base Trim
For vehicles with power door locks:

Q:
K:

Press to lock the doors.
Press to unlock the doors.

See Door Locks on page 2‑6 and
Power Door Locks on page 2‑7.

Windows
Manual Windows
Turn the hand crank on each door
to manually raise or lower the
manual windows.

Crew Cab Premium Trim Shown,
Other Models Similar
The driver door has a switch to
control all windows. Each
passenger door has a switch to
control that window. The power
windows work when the ignition is in
ON/RUN or ACC/ACCESSORY,
or Retained Accessory Power
(RAP). See Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) on page 9‑28.

If equipped, the power sliding rear
window works when the ignition has
been turned to ACC/ACCESSORY
or ON/RUN, or when Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.
.

Press the switch to open the
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Pull the switch to close the
window.

The power sliding rear window
cannot be operated manually.

Seat Adjustment

If available, raise or lower the
entire seat by moving the entire
control up or down.

3. Try to move the seat back and
forth to be sure the seat is
locked in place.

.

See Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3.

See Power Seat Adjustment on
page 3‑5.

Power Seats

Manual Seats

Lumbar Adjustment
Manual Lumbar

To adjust a power seat, if equipped:
To adjust the seat:

.

1. Lift the bar to unlock the seat.
2. Slide the seat to the desired
position and release the bar.

.

Move the seat forward or
rearward by sliding the control
forward or rearward.
If available, raise or lower the
front or rear part of the seat
cushion by moving the front or
rear of the control up or down.

If equipped, increase or decrease
manual lumbar support by turning
the knob forward or rearward.
See Lumbar Adjustment on
page 3‑5.

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Power Lumbar

To raise or lower the height of
the support, press and hold the
top or bottom of the control.
See Lumbar Adjustment on
page 3‑5.

Reclining Seatbacks
Manual Reclining Seatbacks

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2. Move the seatback to the
desired position, and then
release the lever to lock the
seatback in place.
3. Push and pull on the seatback to
make sure it is locked.
To return the seatback to the upright
position:
1. Lift the lever fully without
applying pressure to the
seatback, and the seatback will
return to the upright position.
2. Push and pull on the seatback to
make sure it is locked.

To adjust the power lumbar support,
if equipped:
.

On vehicles with two-way
lumbar, press and hold the top
or bottom of the control to
increase or decrease lumbar
support.

.

On vehicles with four-way
lumbar, press and hold the front
or rear of the control to increase
or decrease lumbar support.

See Reclining Seatbacks on
page 3‑6.

To recline a manual seatback:
1. Lift the lever.

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Power Reclining Seatbacks

To adjust a power seatback,
if equipped:
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Tilt the top of the control
rearward to recline.

.

Tilt the top of the control forward
to raise.

See Reclining Seatbacks on
page 3‑6.

Memory Features

If available, the controls on the
driver door are used to program and
recall memory settings for the driver
seat, outside mirrors, and the
adjustable throttle and brake pedals,
if equipped.
See Memory Seats on page 3‑8 and
Vehicle Personalization (With DIC
Buttons) on page 5‑46.

Heated and Ventilated
Seats

Heated and Cooled Seat Buttons
Shown, Heated Seat Buttons
Similar
If available, the buttons are on the
front doors. To operate, the ignition
must be in ON/RUN.

H : If available, press to cool
the seat.
I : Press to heat the
seatback only.

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J:

Press to heat the seat and
seatback.

Safety Belts

Press the button once for the
highest setting. With each press of
the button, the seat will change to
the next lower setting, and then to
the off setting. The lights indicate
three for the highest setting and one
for the lowest.

Do not drive until the head restraints
for all occupants are installed and
adjusted properly.
To achieve a comfortable seating
position, change the seatback
recline angle as little as necessary
while keeping the seat and the head
restraint height in the proper
position.
See Head Restraints on page 3‑2
and Seat Adjustment on page 3‑3.

Passenger Sensing
System
The passenger sensing system,
if equipped, turns off the front
outboard passenger frontal airbag
under certain conditions. No other
airbag is affected by the passenger
sensing system.

See Heated and Ventilated Front
Seats on page 3‑9.

Head Restraint
Adjustment

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Refer to the following sections for
important information on how to use
safety belts properly.
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Safety Belts on page 3‑12.

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How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly on page 3‑13.

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Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3‑14.

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Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH System) on
page 3‑47.

If the vehicle has one of the
indicators pictured in the following
illustrations, then the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
right front passenger position unless
there is an airbag off switch located
in the glove box.
If there is an airbag off switch, the
vehicle does not have a passenger
sensing system. See Airbag On-Off
Switch on page 3‑29 for more
information.
The passenger airbag status
indicator will be visible on the
overhead console when the vehicle
is started.

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Exterior Mirrors
Power Mirrors

4. Press either (A) or (B) again to
deselect the mirror.
See Power Mirrors on page 2‑14.
If the vehicle has power folding
mirrors:
1. Press (C) to fold the mirrors out
to the driving position.

United States

2. Press (D) to fold the mirrors in to
the folded position.
See Folding Mirrors on page 2‑15.
Canada and Mexico
See Passenger Sensing System on
page 3‑32 for important information.

Mirror Adjustment
Using hood-mounted air deflectors
and add-on convex mirror
attachments could decrease mirror
performance.

Crew Cab Premium Trim with
Power Folding Mirrors Shown,
Uplevel Similar
1. Press (A) or (B) to select the
driver or passenger side mirror.
2. Press the arrows on the control
pad to move the mirror up,
down, right, or left.
3. Adjust each outside mirror so
that a little of the vehicle and the
area behind it can be seen.

The mirrors may also include a
memory function that works with the
memory seats. See Memory Seats
on page 3‑8.

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Keep the selector switch in the
center position when not adjusting
either outside mirror.

Manually pull out the mirror head to
extend it for better visibility when
towing a trailer. See Trailer-Tow
Mirrors on page 2‑14.

Manual Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

If the vehicle has manual mirrors,
they can be adjusted by moving the
mirror up and down or left to right to
see a little of the side of the vehicle,
and have a clear view behind the
vehicle.

For vehicles with heated mirrors:

Manual Folding Mirrors

See “Rear Window Defogger” under
Climate Control Systems (with Air
Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4 or Dual
Automatic Climate Control System
on page 8‑5.

See Power Mirrors on page 2‑14.

Crew Cab Uplevel Trim without
Power Folding Mirrors
1. Move the selector switch located
above the four-way control pad
to the left or right to choose
either the driver side or
passenger side mirror.
2. Press one of the four arrows
located on the control pad to
move the mirror in the desired
direction.
3. Adjust each outside mirror so
that a little of the vehicle and the
area behind it can be seen.

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If the vehicle has manual folding
mirrors, push the mirror toward the
vehicle. Push the mirror outward, to
return to its original position.
Manually fold the mirrors inward to
prevent damage when going
through an automatic car wash.
See Folding Mirrors on page 2‑15.
Trailer-Tow Mirrors
If the vehicle has towing mirrors,
they can be adjusted for a clearer
view of the objects behind you.

Press 1 to heat the mirrors. If the
vehicle has a towing mirror, only the
upper glass of the mirror is heated.
The lower convex part of the towing
mirrors is not heated.

Park Tilt Mirrors
If the vehicle has the memory
package, the exterior mirrors tilt to a
preselected position when the
vehicle is in R (Reverse). This
feature lets the driver view the curb
when parallel parking. The mirrors

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return to the original position when
the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse), or the ignition is turned
off or to OFF/LOCK.
This feature can be programmed
through the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46.

Interior Mirror
Adjustment
Hold the rearview mirror in the
center and move it to view the area
behind the vehicle.
Manual Rearview Mirror

Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror
For vehicles with an automatic
dimming rearview mirror, the mirror
will automatically reduce the glare
from the headlamps from behind.
The dimming feature comes on
when the vehicle is started.

To adjust the steering wheel:
1. Hold the steering wheel and pull
the lever.
2. Move the steering wheel up
or down.
3. Release the lever to lock the
wheel in place.

See Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror on page 2‑17.

Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving.

Steering Wheel
Adjustment

Throttle and Brake Pedal
Adjustment
On vehicles with this feature, you
can change the position of the
throttle and brake pedals.

For vehicles with a manual rearview
mirror, push the tab forward for
daytime use and pull it for nighttime
use to avoid glare from the
headlamps from behind. See
Manual Rearview Mirror on
page 2‑17.
The control used to adjust the
pedals is located on the instrument
panel below the climate control
system.

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Press the bottom of the control to
move the pedals closer to your
body. Press the top of the control to
move the pedals away.

For more information about interior
lamps, see:

See Adjustable Throttle and Brake
Pedal on page 9‑24.

Interior Lighting
Dome Lamps
The dome lamps are located in the
overhead console.
They come on when any door is
opened and turn off after all the
doors are closed.
Turn the instrument panel
brightness knob located below the
dome lamp override button,
clockwise to the farthest position to
manually turn on the dome lamps.
The dome lamps remain on until the
knob is turned counterclockwise.
Dome Lamp Override
The dome lamp override button is
located next to the exterior lamps
control.

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Dome Lamps on page 6‑7.

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Reading Lamps on page 6‑8.

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Instrument Panel Illumination
Control on page 6‑7.

Exterior Lighting
k : Press the button in and the
dome lamps remain off when a door
is opened. Press the button again to
return it to the extended position so
that the dome lamps come on when
a door is opened.
Reading Lamps
For vehicles with reading lamps in
the overhead console, press the
button located next to the lamp to
turn it on or off.
The vehicle may also have reading
lamps in other locations. The lamps
are fixed and cannot be adjusted.

The exterior lamp control is on the
instrument panel to the left of the
steering wheel.

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There are four positions.

See:

O:

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Exterior Lamp Controls on
page 6‑1

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Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
on page 6‑3

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Fog Lamps on page 6‑6

Turns off the automatic
headlamps and Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL). Turn the headlamp
control to the off position again to
turn the automatic headlamps or
DRL back on.
For vehicles first sold in Canada,
the off position will only work when
the vehicle is shifted into P (Park).

Windshield Wiper/Washer

5 : Turns on the headlamps,
parking lamps, taillamps, instrument
panel lights, roof marker lamps (if
equipped), and license plate lamps.

Turn the band up for more
frequent wipes or down for less
frequent wipes.

w : Slow wipes.
1 : Fast wipes.
L : Push the paddle at the top of
the lever to spray washer fluid on
the windshield.
See Windshield Wiper/Washer on
page 5‑4.

AUTO: Automatically turns on the
headlamps, parking lamps,
taillamps, instrument panel lights,
roof marker lamps (if equipped), and
license plate lamps.

; : Turns on the parking lamps,
taillamps, instrument panel lights,
roof marker lamps (if equipped), and
license plate lamps.

6:

Climate Controls
These systems control the heating,
cooling, and ventilation.
The front wiper control is located on
the turn and lane-change lever.
The windshield wipers are controlled
by turning the band with z on it.

8:

For a single wipe, turn to 8 ,
then release. For several wipes,
hold the band on 8 longer.

9 : Turns the windshield
wipers off.

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Climate Control System (With Air Conditioning)

A. Fan Control

E. Outside Air

B. Temperature Control

F.

C. Air Delivery Mode Control

G. Rear Window Defogger

D. Air Conditioning

Air Recirculation

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Climate Control System (With Heater Only)

A. Fan Control
B. Temperature Control
C. Air Delivery Mode Control

See Climate Control Systems (with
Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4.

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Dual Automatic Climate Control System

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Transmission
Range Selection Mode

The Range Selection Mode switch,
if equipped, is located on the shift
lever.
A. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls

J.

B. Fan Control

L.

C. AUTO

See Climate Control Systems (with
Air Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4 or Dual
Automatic Climate Control System
on page 8‑5 (If Equipped).

D. Defrost
E. Air Recirculation
F.

Outside Air

G. Air Delivery Mode Control
H. Display
I.

Power Button

Rear Window Defogger

K. Air Conditioning
PASS (Passenger)

To enable the Range Selection
feature:
1. Move the column shift lever to
the M (Manual) position. The
current range will appear next to
the M. This is the highest
attainable range with all lower
gears accessible. As an
example, when 5 (Fifth) gear is
selected, 1 (First) through
5 (Fifth) gears are available.

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2. Press the plus/minus buttons,
located on the steering column
shift lever, to select the desired
range of gears for current driving
conditions. See Manual Mode on
page 9‑37.

Manual Transfer Case

Electronic Transfer Case

This transfer case shift lever is on
the floor to the right of the driver.

This transfer case knob is located
next to the steering column.

While using Range Selection Mode,
cruise control and the Tow/Haul
mode can be used.
Grade Braking is not available when
Range Selection Mode is active.
See Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38.

Four-Wheel Drive
If the vehicle has Four-Wheel Drive,
you can send the engine's driving
power to all four wheels for extra
traction.

Transfer Case Buttons
The vehicle will have one of these
three styles of transfer case
controls. Use these controls to shift
into and out of the different
Four-Wheel Drive modes.

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Automatic Transfer Case

2 m (Two-Wheel-Drive High): This
setting is used for driving in most
street and highway situations.
AUTO (Automatic Four-Wheel
Drive): This setting is ideal for use
when road surface traction
conditions are variable.
4 m (Four-Wheel High): Use the
Four-Wheel-Drive High position
when extra traction is needed, such
as on snowy or icy roads or in most
off-road situations.

This transfer case knob is located
next to the steering column.
Each transfer case design offers
different drive options. The list
below describes the different drive
options that may be available.

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N (Neutral): Shift the transfer case
to Neutral only when towing the
vehicle. See Recreational Vehicle
Towing on page 10‑89 or Trailer
Towing on page 9‑77.
4 n (Four-Wheel-Drive Low): This
setting sends maximum power to all
four wheels. You might choose
Four-Wheel-Drive Low if you are
driving off-road in deep sand, deep
mud, deep snow, and while climbing
or descending steep hills.
See Four-Wheel Drive on
page 9‑41.

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f : Turn to manually select radio
stations or press to set the bass or
treble.

Vehicle Features
Radio(s)

© SEEK or
stations.

¨ SEEK:

Seek or scan

4:

Press to switch the display
between the radio station frequency
and the time. While the ignition is
off, press this button to display the
time. Press to display additional text
information related to the current
FM-RDS or SiriusXM station; or CD,
MP3, or WMA song. If information is
available during SiriusXM, CD, MP3,
or WMA playback, the song title
information displays on the top line
of the display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

Radio with USB, CD, and DVD (MP3)

O : Press to turn the system on
and off. Turn to increase or
decrease the volume.

BAND: Press to choose between
FM, AM, or SiriusXM®, if equipped.

For more information about these
and other radio features, see
Operation on page 7‑7.

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For vehicles with a Rear Seat
Entertainment System (RSE) and
Rear Seat Audio System (RSA), see
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)
System on page 7‑38 and Rear
Seat Audio (RSA) System on
page 7‑48 for more information.

Storing Radio Stations
A maximum of 36 stations can be
stored as favorites using the six
softkeys located below the radio
station frequency tabs and by using
the radio FAV button. Press FAV to
go through up to six pages of
favorites, each having six favorite
stations available per page. Each
page of favorites can contain any
combination of AM, FM, or SiriusXM
stations.
For more information, see “Storing
Radio Stations” in AM-FM Radio on
page 7‑10.

Setting the Clock
To set the time and date:
1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, then
press O , to turn the radio on.
2. Press H to display HR, MIN,
MM, DD, and YYYY (hour,
minute, month, day, and year).
3. Press the softkey located under
any one of the labels to be
changed.
4. To increase or decrease the time
or date, turn f clockwise or
counter-clockwise.
For detailed instructions on setting
the clock for the vehicle's specific
audio system, see Clock on
page 5‑7.

Satellite Radio
SiriusXM® is a satellite radio service
based in the 48 contiguous United
States and 10 Canadian provinces.
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variety of programming and
commercial-free music, coast to
coast, and in digital-quality sound.
A fee is required to receive the
SiriusXM service.
For more information, refer to:
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www.siriusxm.com or call
1-866-635-2349 (U.S.)

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www.xmradio.ca or call
1-877-209-0079 (Canada)

See Satellite Radio on page 7‑12.

Portable Audio Devices
This vehicle may have an auxiliary
input located on the radio faceplate
and a USB port located in the center
console or on the instrument panel.
External devices such as an iPod®,
laptop computer, MP3 player, CD
changer, or USB storage device can
be connected to the auxiliary port
using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) input cable
or the USB port depending on the
audio system.

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See “Using the Auxiliary Input Jack”
and “Using the USB Port” in
Auxiliary Devices on page 7‑34.

Steering Wheel Controls

Bluetooth®
For vehicles with a Bluetooth
system, it allows users with a
Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to
make and receive hands-free calls
using the vehicle’s audio system
and controls.
The Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
must be paired with the Bluetooth
system before it can be used in the
vehicle. Not all phones will support
all functions. For more information,
see www.gm.com/bluetooth and
Bluetooth on page 7‑50.

b / g : Press to silence the vehicle
speakers only. Press again to turn
the sound on. Press and hold longer
than two seconds to interact with
OnStar® or Bluetooth systems,
if equipped.
e:
−e:

+

Press to increase volume.
Press to decrease volume.

SRCE: Press to switch between
the radio and CD, and for equipped
vehicles, the DVD, front auxiliary,
and rear auxiliary.
If available, some audio controls
can be adjusted at the steering
wheel.

w : Press to go to the next favorite
radio station, track on a CD,
or folder on an iPod® or USB
device.
c / x : Press to go to the
previous favorite radio station, track
on a CD, or folder on an iPod® or
USB device. Press to reject an
incoming call, or to end a call.

¨ : Press to seek the next radio
station, the next track or chapter
while sourced to the CD or DVD
slot, or to select tracks and folders
on an iPod or USB device.
For more information, see Steering
Wheel Controls on page 5‑2.

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Cruise Control

[ : Press to disengage cruise
control without erasing the set
speed from memory.
See Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

Navigation System
If the vehicle has a navigation
system, there is a separate
navigation manual that includes
information on the radio, audio
players, and navigation system.

T : Press to turn the system on
or off. The indicator light is on when
cruise control is on and turns off
when cruise control is off.
+ RES: Press briefly to make the
vehicle resume to a previously set
speed, or press and hold to
accelerate.
SET −: Press to set the speed and
activate cruise control or make the
vehicle decelerate.

The navigation system provides
detailed maps of most major
freeways and roads. After a
destination has been set, the
system provides turn-by-turn
instructions for reaching the
destination. In addition, the system
can help locate a variety of points of
interest (POIs), such as banks,
airports, restaurants, and more.
See the navigation manual for more
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Driver Information
Center (DIC)
The DIC display is at the bottom of
the instrument cluster. It shows the
status of many vehicle systems and
enables access to the
personalization menu.

The DIC buttons are on the
instrument panel, next to the
steering wheel.
Some vehicles do not have the
buttons shown, however some of
the menus can be viewed by using
the trip odometer reset stem.

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In Brief

3 : Press to display the
odometer, trip odometer, fuel range,
average economy, fuel used, timer,
instantaneous economy and Active
Fuel Management® indicator, and
transmission temperature. The
compass and outside air
temperature will also be shown in
the display. The temperature will be
shown in °C or °F depending on the
units selected.
T:

Press to display the oil life,
units, tire pressure readings for
vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), trailer
brake gain and output information
for vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
engine hours, compass zone
setting, and compass recalibration.

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Press to customize the feature
settings on your vehicle. See
Vehicle Personalization (With DIC
Buttons) on page 5‑46 for more
information.

V : Press to set or reset certain
functions and to turn off or
acknowledge messages on the DIC.
For more information, see Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5‑29.

Vehicle Customization
Some vehicle features can be
programmed by using the DIC
buttons next to the steering wheel.
These features include:

Rear Vision
Camera (RVC)
If available, the RVC displays a view
of the area behind the vehicle when
the vehicle is shifted into
R (Reverse). This is displayed on
the inside rearview mirror or the
navigation screen, if equipped.
To clean the camera lens, near the
tailgate handle, rinse it with water
and wipe it with a soft cloth.
For more information, see Rear
Vision Camera (RVC) on page 9‑64.

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Language

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Door Lock and Unlock Settings

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RKE Lock and Unlock Feedback

Ultrasonic Parking Assist

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Lighting

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Chime Volume

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Memory Features

If available, this system uses
sensors on the rear bumper to
assist with parking and avoiding
objects while in R (Reverse).
It operates at speeds less than
8 km/h (5 mph). URPA uses audible
beeps to provide distance and
system information.

See Vehicle Personalization (With
DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.

Keep the sensors on the vehicle's
rear bumper clean to ensure proper
operation.

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See Ultrasonic Parking Assist on
page 9‑62.

Power Outlets
Accessory power outlets can be
used to plug in electrical equipment,
such as a cell phone, MP3
player, etc.

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power outlets while the ignition is in
LOCK/OFF may cause the vehicle's
battery to run down.

involved, it may be helpful to have
another person assist with
programming the transmitter.

See Power Outlets on page 5‑9.

See Universal Remote System on
page 5‑54.

Universal Remote System

Sunroof
Extended Cab

The vehicle may have two
accessory power outlets located
below the climate control system,
or may have one accessory power
outlet and one cigarette lighter. The
cigarette lighter is designed to fit
only in the receptacle closest to the
driver.

Vehicles with the Universal Remote
System will have these buttons
located in the headliner.

There may be another accessory
power outlet in the rear cargo area.
If the vehicle has a floor console,
there is an accessory power outlet
inside the storage bin and one on
the rear of the floor console.

This system provides a way to
replace up to three remote control
transmitters used to activate
devices such as garage door
openers, security systems, and
home automation devices.

The accessory power outlets are
powered, even when the ignition is
in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use

Read the instructions completely
before attempting to program the
transmitter. Because of the steps

On vehicles with a sunroof, the
sunroof only operates when the
ignition is in ACC/ACCESSORY or
ON/RUN, or when Retained

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Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.
Vent: From the closed position,
press and hold the rear of the switch
to vent the sunroof. To close the
sunroof, press and hold the front of
the switch.
Open: From the vent position, the
sunroof can be fully opened either
manually or by using the
express-open feature. To open
manually, press the rear of the
switch to the first detent and hold
until the sunroof has reached the
desired position. To open using
express-open, press the rear of the
switch to the second detent and
release. The sunroof will move to
the full open position. To stop the
sunroof partway, press the switch a
second time.
Close: From the vent, or open
position, press and hold the front of
the switch to close the sunroof.

The sunroof also has a roller
sunshade that can be used to block
the rays of the sun. To open the
sunshade, press and unlatch it, and
roll it back. To close, pull it forward
and latch it into the closed position.
See Sunroof (Crew Cab) on
page 2‑21 or Sunroof (Extended
Cab) on page 2‑20.

Crew Cab

A. Open or Close
B. Vent

On vehicles with a sunroof, the
sunroof only operates when the
ignition is in ACC/ACCESSORY or
ON/RUN, or when Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.
Vent: From the closed position,
press the rear of the passenger side
switch (B) to vent the sunroof.
Manual-Open/Manual-Close: To
open the sunroof, press and hold
the rear of the driver side switch (A)
until the sunroof reaches the
desired position. Press and hold the
front of the driver side switch to
close it.
Express-Open/Express-Close: To
express-open the sunroof, fully
press and release the rear of the
driver side switch (A) until the
sunroof reaches the desired
position. To express-close the
sunroof, fully press and release the
front of the driver side switch. Press
the switch again to stop it.

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When the sunroof is opened, an air
deflector will automatically raise.
The air deflector will retract when
the sunroof is closed.
The sunroof also has a sunshade
that you can pull forward to block
the rays of the sun. The sunshade
must be opened and closed
manually.
If an object is in the path of the
sunroof while it is closing, the
anti-pinch feature will detect the
object and stop the sunroof.
See Sunroof (Crew Cab) on
page 2‑21 or Sunroof (Extended
Cab) on page 2‑20.

Performance and
Maintenance
®

StabiliTrak System
If equipped, the vehicle has a
traction control system that limits
wheel spin and the StabiliTrak
system that assists with directional
control of the vehicle in difficult
driving conditions. Both systems
turn on automatically every time the
vehicle is started.
.

.

To turn off traction control, press
and release g on the instrument
panel. The appropriate DIC
message displays. See Ride
Control System Messages on
page 5‑42.
To turn off both traction control
and StabiliTrak, press and hold
g until g illuminates and the
appropriate DIC message
displays. See Ride Control
System Messages on page 5‑42.

.

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Press and release g again to
turn on both systems.

For more information, see
StabiliTrak® System on page 9‑56.

Tire Pressure Monitor
This vehicle may have a Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).

The low tire pressure warning light
alerts to a significant loss in
pressure of one of the vehicle's
tires. If the warning light comes on,
stop as soon as possible and inflate
the tires to the recommended
pressure shown on the Tire and
Loading Information label. See
Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑15.
The warning light will remain on until
the tire pressure is corrected.

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The low tire pressure warning light
may come on in cool weather when
the vehicle is first started, and then
turn off as the vehicle is driven. This
may be an early indicator that the
tire pressures are getting low and
the tires need to be inflated to the
proper pressure.
The TPMS does not replace normal
monthly tire maintenance. Maintain
the correct tire pressures.
See Tire Pressure Monitor System
on page 10‑58.

Engine Oil Life System
The engine oil life system calculates
engine oil life based on vehicle use
and, on most vehicles, displays a
DIC message when it is necessary
to change the engine oil and filter.
The oil life system should be reset
to 100% only following an oil
change.

Resetting the Oil Life System
To reset the Engine Oil Life System
on most vehicles:
1. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING
on the DIC. If the vehicle does
not have DIC buttons, the
vehicle must be in P (Park) to
access this display.
2. Press and hold the SET/RESET
button on the DIC, or the trip
odometer reset stem if the
vehicle does not have DIC
buttons, for more than
five seconds. The oil life will
change to 100%.
On all vehicles, the Engine Oil Life
System can be reset as follows:
1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with
the engine off.
2. Fully press the accelerator pedal
slowly three times within
five seconds.
3. Display OIL LIFE REMAINING
on the DIC. If the display shows
100%, the system is reset.

See Engine Oil Life System on
page 10‑9.

Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
Vehicles that have a yellow fuel cap
can use either unleaded gasoline or
ethanol fuel containing up to 85%
ethanol (E85). See Fuel E85 (85%
Ethanol) on page 9‑71. For all other
vehicles, use only the unleaded
gasoline described under
Recommended Fuel on page 9‑69.

Driving for Better Fuel
Economy
Driving habits can affect fuel
mileage. Here are some driving tips
to get the best fuel economy
possible.
.

Avoid fast starts and accelerate
smoothly.

.

Brake gradually and avoid
abrupt stops.

.

Avoid idling the engine for long
periods of time.

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.

When road and weather
conditions are appropriate, use
cruise control.

Roadside Assistance
Program

.

Always follow posted speed
limits or drive more slowly when
conditions require.

U.S.: 1-800-243-8872

.

Keep vehicle tires properly
inflated.

Canada: 1-800-268-6800

.

Combine several trips into a
single trip.

.

.

Replace the vehicle's tires with
the same TPC Spec number
molded into the tire's sidewall
near the size.
Follow recommended scheduled
maintenance.

TTY Users (U.S. Only):
1-888-889-2438
Mexico: 01-800-466-0800
As the owner of a new Chevrolet,
you are automatically enrolled in the
Roadside Assistance program.
See Roadside Assistance Program
(Mexico) on page 13‑7 or Roadside
Assistance Program (U.S. and
Canada) on page 13‑11.

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Roadside Assistance and OnStar
(U.S. and Canada)
If the vehicle has an active OnStar
subscription, contact OnStar and the
vehicle’s current GPS location will
be sent to an OnStar advisor to
assess the situation, contact
Roadside Assistance, and relay the
exact location to send help.

OnStar®
If equipped, this vehicle has a
comprehensive, in-vehicle system
that can connect to a live Advisor
for Emergency, Security, Navigation,
Connection, and Diagnostic
Services. See OnStar Overview on
page 14‑1.

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Keys, Doors, and Windows

Keys, Doors, and
Windows

Exterior Mirrors

Keys and Locks
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation . . . . . . . . . . .
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . .
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . .
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . .
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . .
Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-1
2-2
2-2
2-4
2-6
2-7
2-7
2-8
2-8
2-8

Doors
Rear Doors
(Extended Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9

Vehicle Security
Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Vehicle Alarm System . . . . . . .
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Immobilizer Operation . . . . . . .

2-10
2-10
2-12
2-12

Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trailer-Tow Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Park Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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2-14
2-14
2-14
2-15
2-16
2-17

Interior Mirrors
Manual Rearview Mirror . . . . . . 2-17
Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17

Windows
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual Windows . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-18
2-18
2-18
2-20
2-20

Roof
Sunroof (Extended Cab) . . . . . 2-20
Sunroof (Crew Cab) . . . . . . . . . 2-21

2-1

Keys and Locks
Keys

{ WARNING
Leaving children in a vehicle with
the ignition key is dangerous and
children or others could be
seriously injured or killed. They
could operate the power windows
or other controls or make the
vehicle move. The windows will
function with the keys in the
ignition, and children or others
could be caught in the path of a
closing window. Do not leave
children in a vehicle with the
ignition key.

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The key is used for the ignition and
all door locks.
The key has a bar-coded key tag
that the dealer or qualified locksmith
can use to make new keys. Store
this information in a safe place, not
in the vehicle.
See your dealer if a replacement
key or additional key is needed.
If the vehicle has an ignition and it
becomes difficult to turn the key,
inspect the key blade for debris.
Periodically clean with a brush
or pick.

If the transmitter is still not
working correctly, see your
dealer or a qualified technician
for service.

With an active OnStar subscription,
an OnStar Advisor may remotely
unlock the vehicle. See OnStar
Overview on page 14‑1.

.

Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System

Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) System Operation

See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter functions work up to
60 m (195 ft) away from the vehicle.

If there is a decrease in the RKE
operating range:
.

Check the distance. The
transmitter may be too far from
the vehicle.

.

Check the location. Other
vehicles or objects may be
blocking the signal.

.

Check the transmitter's battery.
See “Battery Replacement” later
in this section.

There are other conditions which
can affect the performance of the
transmitter. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑2.

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With Remote Start (without
Remote Start Similar)

/ (Remote Vehicle Start):

For
vehicles with this feature, press /
to start the engine from outside the
vehicle using the RKE transmitter.
See Remote Vehicle Start on
page 2‑4 for additional information.

Q (Lock):

Press to lock all the

doors.
If enabled through the Driver
Information Center (DIC), the turn
signal lamps flash once to indicate
locking has occurred. If enabled
through the DIC, the horn chirps

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when Q is pressed again within
three seconds. See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46 for additional
information.

Pressing K on the RKE transmitter
disarms the content theft-deterrent
system. See Vehicle Alarm System
on page 2‑10.

Pressing Q arms the content
theft-deterrent system. See Vehicle
Alarm System on page 2‑10.

Alarm): Press and release to
locate the vehicle. The turn signal
lamps flash and the horn sounds
three times.

K (Unlock): Press once to unlock
only the driver door. If K is pressed
again within three seconds, all
remaining doors unlock. The interior
lamps may come on and stay on for
20 seconds or until the ignition is
turned on.
If enabled through the DIC, the turn
signal lamps flash twice to indicate
unlocking has occurred. See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46. If enabled through the
DIC, the exterior lights may turn on.
See “Approach Lighting” under
Vehicle Personalization (With DIC
Buttons) on page 5‑46.

L (Vehicle Locator/Panic

Press and hold L for more than
two seconds to activate the panic
alarm. The turn signal lamps flash
and the horn sounds repeatedly for
30 seconds. The alarm turns off
when the ignition is moved to ON/
RUN or L is pressed again. The
ignition must be in LOCK/OFF for
the panic alarm to work.

Programming Transmitters to
the Vehicle
Only RKE transmitters programmed
to this vehicle will work. If a
transmitter is lost or stolen, a
replacement can be purchased and
programmed through your dealer.
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3. Insert the new battery, positive
side facing down. Replace with a
CR2032 or equivalent battery.

programmed to this vehicle, all
remaining transmitters must also be
reprogrammed. Any lost or stolen
transmitters will no longer work
once the new transmitter is
programmed. Each vehicle can
have up to eight transmitters
programmed to it. See your dealer
for transmitter programming.

4. Snap the transmitter back
together.

Remote Vehicle Start

Battery Replacement
Replace the battery if the REPLACE
BATTERY IN REMOTE KEY
message displays in the DIC.
Notice: When replacing the
battery, do not touch any of the
circuitry on the transmitter. Static
from your body could damage the
transmitter.

To replace the battery:
1. Separate the transmitter with a
flat, thin object, such as a flat
head screwdriver.
.

Carefully insert the tool into
the notch located along the
parting line of the
transmitter. Do not insert
the tool too far. Stop as
soon as resistance is felt.

.

Twist the tool until the
transmitter is separated.

2. Remove the old battery. Do not
use a metal object.

If available, this feature allows you
to start the engine from outside of
the vehicle. It may also start up the
vehicle's heating or air conditioning
systems and rear window defogger.
Normal operation of the system will
return after the key is turned to the
ON/RUN position.
If the vehicle has an automatic
climate control system, the climate
control system will default to a
heating or cooling mode depending
on the outside temperatures. If the
vehicle does not have an automatic
climate control system, the system
will turn on at the setting the vehicle
was set to when the vehicle was
last turned off.

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During a remote start, if the vehicle
has an automatic climate control
system and heated seats, the
heated seats will turn on during
colder outside temperatures and will
shut off when the key is turned to
ON/RUN. If the vehicle does not
have an automatic climate control
system, during remote start,
manually turn the heated seats on
and off. See Heated and Ventilated
Front Seats on page 3‑9 for
additional information.
Laws in some communities may
restrict the use of remote starters.
For example, some laws may
require a person using the 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 the vehicle is low on fuel. The
vehicle may run out of fuel.
The RKE transmitter range may be
less while the vehicle is running.

There are other conditions which
can affect the performance of the
transmitter. See Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑2 for
additional information.

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The engine will continue to run
for 10 minutes. Repeat the steps
for a 10-minute time extension.
Remote start can be extended
only once.

/ (Remote Start):

This button will
be on the RKE transmitter if the
vehicle has remote start.

After entering the vehicle during a
remote start, insert and turn the key
to ON/RUN to drive the vehicle.

To start the vehicle using the remote
start feature:

To cancel a remote start:
.

Aim the RKE transmitter at the
vehicle and press and hold /
until the parking lamps turn off.

.

Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.

.

Turn the ignition on and then
back off.

1. Aim the RKE transmitter at the
vehicle.
2. Press and release

Q.

3. Immediately press and hold /
until the turn signal lamps flash.
If you cannot see the vehicle's
lamps, press and hold / for at
least two seconds.
When the vehicle starts, the
parking lamps will turn on and
remain on while the vehicle is
running. The doors will be
locked and the climate control
system may come on.

The vehicle can be remote started
two separate times between driving
sequences. The engine will run for
10 minutes after each remote start.
Or, you can extend the engine run
time by another 10 minutes within
the first 10 minute remote start time
frame, and before the engine stops.

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For example, if Q and then / are
pressed again after the vehicle has
been running for five minutes,
10 minutes are added, allowing the
engine to run for 15 minutes.
The additional 10 minutes are
considered a second remote vehicle
start.
Once two remote starts, or a single
remote start with one time extension
has been done, the vehicle must be
started with the key. After the key is
removed from the ignition, the
vehicle can be remote started again.
The vehicle cannot be remote
started if the key is in the ignition,
the hood is not closed, or if there is
an emission control system
malfunction and the check engine
light is on.
Also, the engine will turn off during a
remote vehicle start if the coolant
temperature gets too high or if the
oil pressure gets low.

Remote Start Ready

WARNING (Continued)

If the vehicle does not have the
remote vehicle start feature, it may
have the remote start ready feature.
This feature allows your dealer to
add the manufacturer's remote
vehicle start feature.
See your dealer to add the
manufacturer's remote vehicle start
feature to the vehicle.

doors are not locked. So, all
passengers should wear
safety belts properly and the
doors should be locked
whenever the vehicle is
driven.
.

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 the
vehicle whenever leaving it.

.

Outsiders can easily enter
through an unlocked door
when you slow down or stop
the vehicle. Locking the doors
can help prevent this from
happening.

Door Locks

{ WARNING
Unlocked doors can be
dangerous.
.

Passengers, especially
children, can easily open the
doors and fall out of a moving
vehicle. When a door is
locked, the handle will not
open it. The chance of being
thrown out of the vehicle in a
crash is increased if the
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There are several ways to lock and
unlock the vehicle.

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Power Door Locks

From outside, use the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter or
the key in the driver door.
From inside, use the power door
locks or manual door locks. To lock
or unlock the door with the manual
locks, push down or pull up on the
manual lock knob.
Base Trim
Crew Cab Premium Trim Shown,
Up-Level Similar

For vehicles with power door locks:

Q:
K:

Press to lock the doors.
Press to unlock the doors.

Delayed Locking
The vehicle may have the delayed
locking feature. When locking the
doors with the power lock switch
and a door is open, the doors will
lock five seconds after the last door
is closed. You will hear three chimes
to signal that the delayed locking
feature is in use.

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Pressing the power lock switch
twice will override the delayed
locking feature and immediately lock
all the doors.
This feature will not operate if the
key is in the ignition.
This feature can be programmed
using the Driver Information
Center (DIC). See “Delay Door
Lock” under Vehicle Personalization
(With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.

Automatic Door Locks
The vehicle may have an automatic
lock/unlock feature. This feature can
be programmed using the Driver
Information Center (DIC). See
Vehicle Personalization (With DIC
Buttons) on page 5‑46.

Lockout Protection
If the driver side power door lock
switch is pressed when the driver
door is open and the key is in the
ignition, all of the doors will lock and
then the driver door will unlock.
If the passenger side power door
lock switch is pressed when the
front passenger door is open and
the key is in the ignition, all of the
doors will lock and then the front
passenger door will unlock.

Safety Locks
The vehicle has rear door security
locks to prevent passengers from
opening the rear doors from the
inside.

Open the rear doors to access the
security locks on the inside edge of
each door.
To set the locks, insert a key into
the slot and turn it to the horizontal
position. The door can only be
opened from the outside with the
door unlocked. To return the door to
normal operation, turn the slot to the
vertical position.

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Doors

WARNING (Continued)

Rear Doors
(Extended Cab)

easily lose their balance and fall
in response to vehicle
maneuvers. Falling from a moving
vehicle may result in serious
injuries or death. Do not allow
people to ride on the tailgate. Be
sure everyone in your vehicle is in
a seat and using a safety belt
properly.
To open a rear access door from the
inside, first open the front door.
Then, use the handle located on the
inside of the rear access door
to open.

To open a rear access door from the
outside, first open the front door.
Then, use the handle located on the
front edge of the rear access door to
open it.
The rear access door must be
closed before the front door can
close.

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Tailgate

{ WARNING
It is extremely dangerous to ride
on the tailgate, even when the
vehicle is operated at low speeds.
People riding on the tailgate can
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On vehicles with a lock on the
tailgate, use the key to lock or
unlock the tailgate.
Open the tailgate by lifting up on its
handle while pulling the
tailgate down.
To shut the tailgate, firmly push it
upward until it latches.
After closing the tailgate, pull it back
to be sure it latches securely.

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Tailgate Removal
The tailgate can be removed to
allow for different loading situations.
Assistance may be needed with the
removal to avoid damage to the
vehicle.
On vehicles with a Rear Vision
Camera, it must be disconnected
before removing the tailgate. See
Rear Vision Camera (RVC) on
page 9‑64.
To remove the tailgate:

1. Raise the tailgate slightly, pull
out and hold the cable retaining
clip (A). Push the cable (C) up
and off of the bolt (B). Repeat on
the other side.

Vehicle Security

2. With the tailgate about halfway
open, lift the right edge of the
tailgate from the lower pivot.

Vehicle Alarm System

On vehicles with the tailgate
assist feature, raise the tailgate
nearly all the way to the closed
position prior to removing the
left edge.

This vehicle has theft-deterrent
features; however, they do not make
the vehicle impossible to steal.

This vehicle may have a content
theft-deterrent alarm system.

3. Move the tailgate to the right to
release the left edge.
Reverse this procedure to reinstall
the tailgate. Make sure the tailgate
is secure.

This is the security light.

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To arm the theft-deterrent system:
1. Open the door.
2. Lock the door with the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter.
The security light should flash.
If the delayed locking feature is
active, the alarm will not be
activated until all doors are
closed and the security light
goes off.
3. Close all doors. The security
light will stop flashing and go off
after approximately 30 seconds.
The system is armed when the
security light goes off.
If a locked driver door is opened
without using the RKE transmitter, a
10 second pre-alarm will occur. The
horn will chirp and the lights will
flash. If the key is not placed in the
ignition and turned to START or the
door is not unlocked by pressing the
unlock button on the RKE
transmitter during the 10 second
pre-alarm, the alarm will go off. The
vehicle's headlamps will flash and

the horn will sound for about
30 seconds, then will turn off to save
the battery power.
The theft-deterrent system will not
activate if the doors are locked with
the key or the manual door lock.
It activates only if you use the
power door lock switch or the RKE
transmitter. The vehicle can be
started with the correct key if the
alarm is set off.
To avoid setting off the alarm by
accident:
.

If you do not want to activate the
theft-deterrent system, the
vehicle should be locked with
the door key after the doors are
closed.

.

Always unlock a door with the
RKE transmitter.

If the alarm is set off, press unlock
on the RKE transmitter or place the
key in the ignition and turn it to
START.

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Testing the Alarm
To test the alarm:
1. Lower the driver window and
open the driver door.
2. Press lock on the RKE
transmitter.
3. Close the door and wait for the
security light to go out.
4. Reach in through the window,
unlock the door with the manual
door lock, and open the door.
This should set off the alarm.
If the alarm does not sound when it
should but the headlamps flash,
check to see if the horn works. The
horn fuse may be blown. To replace
the fuse, see Fuses and Circuit
Breakers on page 10‑40.
If the alarm does not sound or the
headlamps do not flash, see your
dealer for service.

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Immobilizer
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

Immobilizer Operation
This vehicle has PASS-Key® III+
(Personalized Automotive Security
System) theft-deterrent system.
PASS-Key III+ is a passive
theft-deterrent system.
The system is automatically armed
when the key is removed from the
ignition.
The system is automatically
disarmed when the key is turned to
ON/RUN, ACC/ACCESSORY,
or START from the LOCK/OFF
position.
You do not have to manually arm or
disarm the system.

The security light will come on if
there is a problem with arming or
disarming the theft-deterrent
system.

If the vehicle does start, the first key
may be faulty. See your dealer who
can service the PASS-Key III+ to
have a new key made.

When the PASS-Key III+ system
senses that someone is using the
wrong key, it prevents the vehicle
from starting. Anyone using a
trial-and-error method to start the
vehicle will be discouraged because
of the high number of electrical key
codes.

It is possible for the PASS-Key III+
decoder to learn the transponder
value of a new or replacement key.
Up to 10 keys may be programmed
for the vehicle. The following
procedure is for programming
additional keys only. If all the
currently programmed keys are lost
or do not operate, you must see
your dealer or a locksmith who can
service PASS-Key III+ to have keys
made and programmed to the
system.

If the engine does not start and the
security light on the instrument
panel cluster comes on when trying
to start the vehicle, there may be a
problem with the theft-deterrent
system. 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 on page 10‑40. If the
engine still does not start with the
other key, the vehicle needs service.

See your dealer or a locksmith who
can service PASS-Key III+ to get a
new key blank cut exactly as the
ignition key that operates the
system.

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To program the new additional key:
1. Verify that the new key has a
stamped on it.

1

2. Insert the original, already
programmed key in the ignition
and start the engine. If the
engine will not start, see your
dealer for service.
3. After the engine has started, turn
the key to LOCK/OFF, and
remove the key.
4. Insert the new key to be
programmed and turn it to the
ON/RUN position within
five seconds of turning the
ignition to the LOCK/OFF
position in Step 3.
The security light will turn off
once the key has been
programmed.

5. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if
additional keys are to be
programmed.
If you lose or damage your
PASS-Key III+ key, see your dealer
or a locksmith who can service
PASS-Key III+ to have a new
key made.
Do not leave the key or device that
disarms or deactivates the
theft-deterrent system in the vehicle.

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Exterior Mirrors
Convex Mirrors

{ WARNING
A convex mirror can make things,
like other vehicles, look farther
away than they really are. If you
cut too sharply into the right lane,
you could hit a vehicle on the
right. Check the inside mirror or
glance over your shoulder before
changing lanes.
The passenger side mirror is convex
shaped. A convex mirror's surface is
curved so more can be seen from
the driver seat.

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Manual Mirrors
If the vehicle has manual mirrors,
they can be adjusted by moving the
mirror up and down or left to right to
see a little of the side of the vehicle,
and have a clear view behind the
vehicle.
Using hood-mounted air deflectors
and add-on convex mirror
attachments could decrease mirror
performance.

Trailer-Tow Mirrors

Manually pull out the mirror head to
extend it for better visibility when
towing a trailer.

Power Mirrors

The lower portion of the mirror is
convex. A convex mirror's surface is
curved to see more from the driver
seat. The convex mirror can be
adjusted manually to the driver
preferred position for better vision.
The mirror may have a turn signal
arrow that flashes in the direction of
the turn or lane change.
Crew Cab Premium Trim with
Power Folding Mirrors Shown,
Other Models Similar
1. Press (A) or (B) to select the
driver or passenger side mirror.
2. Press the arrows on the control
pad to move the mirror up,
down, right, or left.

If the vehicle has towing mirrors,
they can be adjusted for a clearer
view of the objects behind you.

3. Adjust each outside mirror so
that a little of the vehicle and the
area behind it can be seen.
4. Press either (A) or (B) again to
deselect the mirror.

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The mirrors may also include a
memory function that works with the
memory seats. See Memory Seats
on page 3‑8 for more information.

2. Press one of the four arrows
located on the control pad to
move the mirror in the desired
direction.

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Folding Mirrors

3. Adjust each outside mirror so
that a little of the vehicle and the
area behind it can be seen.
Keep the selector switch in the
center position when not adjusting
either outside mirror.

Crew Cab Up‐Level Trim without
Power Folding Mirrors
1. Move the selector switch located
above the four-way control pad
to the left or right to choose
either the driver side or
passenger side mirror.

Crew Cab Premium Trim with
Power Folding Mirrors Shown,
Other Models Similar

Power Folding
If equipped with power folding
mirrors:
1. Press (A) to fold the mirrors out
to the driving position.
2. Press (B) to fold the mirrors in to
the folded position.

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The mirrors may also include a
memory function that works with the
memory seats. See Memory Seats
on page 3‑8 for more information.
Resetting the Power Folding
Mirrors
Reset the power folding mirrors if:
.

The mirrors are accidentally
obstructed while folding.

.

They are accidentally manually
folded/unfolded.

.

The mirrors will not stay in the
unfolded position.

.

The mirrors vibrate at normal
driving speeds.

Fold and unfold the mirrors one time
using the mirror controls to reset
them to their normal position.
A popping noise may be heard
during the resetting of the power
folding mirrors. This sound is normal
after a manual folding operation.

Manual Folding

Heated Mirrors

If equipped with manual folding
mirrors, push the mirror toward the
vehicle. Push the mirror outward, to
return to its original position.

For vehicles with heated mirrors:

Manually fold the mirrors inward to
prevent damage when going
through an automatic car wash.

Automatic Dimming
If equipped with an automatic
dimming mirror, the driver outside
mirror automatically dimes for the
glare of the headlamps from behind.
This feature is controlled by the on
and off setting on the inside
rearview mirror.
See Automatic Dimming Rearview
Mirror on page 2‑17.

Turn Signal Indicator
The vehicle may also have a turn
signal indicator on the mirror. An
arrow on the mirror flashes in the
direction of the turn or lane change.

1 (Rear Window Defogger):
Press to heat the mirrors. If the
vehicle has towing mirrors, only the
upper glass of the mirror is heated.
The lower convex part of the towing
mirrors is not heated.
See “Rear Window Defogger” under
Climate Control Systems (with Air
Conditioning) on page 8‑1 or
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) on page 8‑4 or Dual
Automatic Climate Control System
on page 8‑5.

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Park Tilt Mirrors
If the vehicle has the memory
package, the passenger and/or
driver mirror tilts to a preselected
position when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse). This feature lets the
driver view the curb when parallel
parking. The mirror(s) return to the
original position when the vehicle is
shifted out of R (Reverse), or the
ignition is turned off or to
OFF/LOCK.
Turn this feature on or off through
the Driver Information Center (DIC).
See Vehicle Personalization (With
DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.

Interior Mirrors
Manual Rearview Mirror
To adjust the inside rearview mirror,
hold the rearview mirror in the
center and move it to view the area
behind the vehicle.
For vehicles with a manual rearview
mirror, push the tab forward for
daytime use and pull it rearward for
nighttime use to avoid glare from
the headlamps from behind.
Vehicles with OnStar® have three
control buttons at the bottom of the
mirror. See a dealer for more
information about OnStar and how
to subscribe to it. See OnStar
Overview on page 14‑1.

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Automatic Dimming
Rearview Mirror
Adjustment
Hold the rearview mirror in the
center and move it to view the area
behind the vehicle.
Operation
For vehicles with an automatic
dimming rearview mirror, the mirror
will automatically reduce the glare of
the headlamps from behind. The
dimming feature comes on each
time the vehicle is started.

O (On/Off):

Press to turn the
dimming feature on or off.
The vehicle may also have a Rear
Vision Camera (RVC). See Rear
Vision Camera (RVC) on page 9‑64

If the vehicle has a RVC, the O
button for turning the dimming
feature on or off will not be
available.

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Vehicles with OnStar have three
additional control buttons located at
the bottom of the mirror. See a
dealer for more information about
OnStar and how to subscribe to it.
See OnStar Overview on page 14‑1.

Cleaning the Mirror
Do not spray glass cleaner directly
on the mirror. Use a soft towel
dampened with water.

Windows

{ WARNING
Never leave a child, a helpless
adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle,
especially with the windows
closed in warm or hot weather.
They can be overcome by the
extreme heat and suffer
permanent injuries or even death
from heat stroke.

The vehicle aerodynamics are
designed to improve fuel economy
performance. This may result in a
pulsing sound when either rear
window is down and the front
windows are up. To reduce the
sound, open either a front window
or the sunroof, if equipped.

Manual Windows
Turn the hand crank on each door
to manually raise or lower the
manual windows.

Power Windows

{ WARNING
Children could be seriously
injured or killed if caught in the
path of a closing window. Never
leave keys in a vehicle with
children. When there are children
in the rear seat, use the window
lockout button to prevent
operation of the windows. See
Keys on page 2‑1.

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Push the switch down to lower the
window, and pull up the front of the
switch to raise the window.

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Window Lockout

Express-down Windows

Crew Cab Premium Trim Shown,
Other Models Similar
The driver door has a switch to
control all windows. Each
passenger door has a switch to
control that window. The power
windows only work when the ignition
is in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY, or when Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.

The express-down feature allow the
driver and front passenger windows
to be lowered without holding the
switch. Push the switch down to the
second detent, then release, to
activate the express-down mode.
The express-down mode can be
canceled at any time by pulling up
on the front of the switch. To open
the window partway, push the switch
down to the first detent until the
window is at the desired position.

Crew Cab Premium Trim Shown,
Other Models Similar

o (Window Lockout):

The driver
door power window switch has a
lockout feature. This feature
prevents the rear windows from
operating, except from the driver
position. Press the switch to engage
or disengage the lockout feature. An
indicator light on the switch will
come on when the lockout feature is
engaged, and will go off when
disengaged.

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Rear Windows
Power Sliding Rear Window

The power sliding rear window
cannot be operated manually.

Sun Visors

If equipped, the power sliding rear
window works when the ignition has
been turned to ACC/ACCESSORY
or ON/RUN, or when Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.
.

Press the switch to open the
window.

.

Pull the switch to close the
window.

Pull the sun visor down to block
glare. Detach the sun visor from the
center mount to pivot to the side
window, or to extend along the rod,
if available.

Roof
Sunroof (Extended Cab)

On vehicles with a sunroof, the
sunroof only operates when the
ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY
or ON/RUN or the Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.

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Vent: From the closed position,
press and hold the rear of the switch
to vent the sunroof. To close the
sunroof, press and hold the front of
the switch.
Open: From the vent position, the
sunroof can be fully opened either
manually or by using the
express-open feature. To open
manually, press the rear of the
switch to the first detent and hold
until the sunroof has reached the
desired position. To open using
express-open, press the rear of the
switch to the second detent and
release. The sunroof will move to
the full open position. To stop the
sunroof partway, press the switch a
second time.
Close: From the vent, or open
position, press and hold the front of
the switch to close the sunroof.
The sunroof also has a roller
sunshade that can be used to block
the rays of the sun. The roller
sunshade can be manually operated
with the sunroof in an open or

closed position. To open the
sunshade, press and unlatch it, and
roll it back. To close, pull it forward
and latch it into the closed position.
When the sunroof is opened, an air
deflector will automatically raise.
The air deflector will retract when
the sunroof is closed.

Dirt and debris may collect on the
sunroof seal or in the track. This
could cause an issue with sunroof
operation or noise. It could also plug
the water drainage system.
Periodically open the sunroof and
remove any obstacles or loose
debris. Wipe the sunroof seal and

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roof sealing area using a clean
cloth, mild soap, and water. Do not
remove grease from the sunroof.

Sunroof (Crew Cab)

A. Open or Close
B. Vent
On vehicles with a sunroof, the
sunroof only operates when the
ignition is in the ACC/ACCESSORY
or ON/RUN or the Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) is active.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28.

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Vent: From the closed position,
press the rear of the passenger side
switch (B) to vent the sunroof.
Manual-Open/Manual-Close: To
open the sunroof, press and hold
the rear of the driver side switch (A)
until the sunroof reaches the
desired position. Press and hold the
front of the driver side switch to
close it.
Express-Open/Express-Close: To
express-open the sunroof, fully
press and release the rear of the
driver side switch (A) until the
sunroof reaches the desired
position. To express-close the
sunroof, fully press and release the
front of the driver side switch. Press
the switch again to stop it.
When the sunroof is opened, an air
deflector will automatically raise.
The air deflector will retract when
the sunroof is closed.
The sunroof also has a sunshade
which can be pulled forward to block
sun rays. The sunshade must be
opened and closed manually.

If an object is in the path of the
sunroof while it is closing, the
anti-pinch feature will detect the
object and stop the sunroof.

Dirt and debris may collect on the
sunroof seal or in the track. This
could cause an issue with sunroof
operation or noise. It could also plug
the water drainage system.
Periodically open the sunroof and
remove any obstacles or loose
debris. Wipe the sunroof seal and
roof sealing area using a clean
cloth, mild soap, and water. Do not
remove grease from the sunroof.

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Seats and Restraints

Seats and
Restraints
Head Restraints
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2

Front Seats
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Center Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Power Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . 3-5
Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Heated and Ventilated Front
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9

Rear Seats
Rear Seats (Extended Cab
Full Bench) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Seats (All Split Bench
and Hybrid Full Bench) . . . . . 3-11

Safety Belts
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13

Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Safety Belt Use During
Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . 3-20
Safety System Check . . . . . . . . 3-20
Safety Belt Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
Replacing Safety Belt System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-21

Airbag System
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . 3-24
When Should an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-25
What Makes an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27
How Does an Airbag
Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27
What Will You See after an
Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
Airbag On-Off Switch . . . . . . . . 3-29
Passenger Sensing
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-32
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-36

3-1

Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . 3-37
Airbag System Check . . . . . . . . 3-38
Replacing Airbag System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-38

Child Restraints
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Infants and Young
Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Child Restraint Systems . . . . .
Where to Put the Restraint . . .
Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH
System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing LATCH System
Parts After a Crash . . . . . . . . .
Securing Child Restraints
(Rear Seat Position) . . . . . . . .
Securing Child Restraints
(Center Front Seat
Position) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securing Child Restraints
(Right Front Seat
Position) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Head Restraints
Front Seats
The front seats have adjustable
head restraints in the outboard
seating positions.

{ WARNING
With head restraints that are not
installed and adjusted properly,
there is a greater chance that
occupants will suffer a neck/
spinal injury in a crash. Do not
drive until the head restraints for
all occupants are installed and
adjusted properly.

Adjust the head restraint so that the
top of the restraint is at the same
height as the top of the occupant's
head. This position reduces the
chance of a neck injury in a crash.

The height of the head restraint can
be adjusted. Pull the head restraint
up to raise it. Try to move the head
restraint to make sure that it is
locked in place.
To lower the head restraint, press
the button, located on the top of the
seatback, and push the restraint
down. Try to move the head
restraint after the button is released
to make sure that it is locked in
place.
The front seat outboard head
restraints are not designed to be
removed.

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Rear Seats

Front Seats

The rear seat has adjustable
headrests in the outboard seating
positions.

Seat Adjustment

The height of the headrest can be
adjusted. Pull the headrest up to
raise it. To lower the headrest, push
down on the headrest.
Rear outboard headrests are not
designed to be removed.

3-3

{ WARNING
You can lose control of the
vehicle if you try to adjust a driver
seat while the vehicle is moving.
Adjust the driver seat only when
the vehicle is not moving.
Split Bench or Bucket Seat
To adjust the seat:
1. Lift the bar to unlock the seat.
2. Slide the seat to the desired
position and release the bar.
3. Try to move the seat back and
forth to be sure the seat is
locked in place.
Some vehicles have a folding front
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{ WARNING
If either seatback is not locked, it
could move forward in a sudden
stop or crash. That could cause
injury to the person sitting there.
Always push and pull on the
seatbacks to be sure they are
locked.

Bench Seat
To adjust the seat:
1. Move the lever to the right to
unlock the seat.
2. Slide the seat to the desired
position and release the lever.
3. Try to move the seat back and
forth to make sure it is locked
into place.
Folding the Bench Seat
To fold the bench seat:
1. Push back on the front of the
seatback.

2. Pull one of the release levers, at
each end of the seat on the
lower rear of the seatback,
completely out.
3. While holding the lever out, fold
the seatback forward until it
rests on the seat.
4. Release the lever.
Do not try to release the
seatback before pulling the
release levers or the release
system can be damaged.

{ WARNING
A safety belt that is improperly
routed, not properly attached,
or twisted will not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The
person wearing the belt could be
seriously injured. After raising the
rear seatback, always check to be
sure that the safety belts are
properly routed and attached, and
are not twisted.

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Reverse the steps to raise the
seatback. Push and pull on the
seatback to make sure the seatback
is locked in the upright position
before driving. Make sure the safety
belts are not twisted or caught in the
seatback.

Power Seat Adjustment

3-5

To adjust the seatback, see “Power
Reclining Seatbacks” under
Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑6.

Lumbar Adjustment
Manual Lumbar

Center Seat
If equipped, the center front
seatback doubles as an armrest and
cupholder/storage area for the driver
and passenger when the center
front seat is not used. Do not use it
as a seating position when the
seatback is folded down.

To adjust a power seat, if equipped:
.

Move the seat forward or
rearward by sliding the control
forward or rearward.

.

If available, raise or lower the
front or rear part of the seat
cushion by moving the front or
rear of the control up or down.

.

If available, raise or lower the
entire seat by moving the entire
control up or down.

If equipped, increase or decrease
manual lumbar support by turning
the knob forward or rearward.

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Power Lumbar

raise or lower the height of the
support, press and hold the top
or bottom of the control.

Reclining Seatbacks

{ WARNING

WARNING (Continued)
For proper protection when the
vehicle is in motion, have the
seatback upright. Then sit well
back in the seat and wear the
safety belt properly.

Sitting in a reclined position when
the vehicle is in motion can be
dangerous. Even when buckled
up, the safety belts cannot do
their job.
To adjust the power lumbar support,
if equipped:
.

.

On vehicles with two-way
lumbar, press and hold the top
or bottom of the control to
increase or decrease lumbar
support.
On vehicles with four-way
lumbar, press and hold the front
or rear of the control to increase
or decrease lumbar support. To

The shoulder belt will not be
against your body. Instead, it will
be in front of you. In a crash, you
could go into it, receiving neck or
other injuries.
The lap belt could go up over
your abdomen. The belt forces
would be there, not at your pelvic
bones. This could cause serious
internal injuries.
(Continued)

Do not have a seatback reclined if
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Manual Reclining Seatbacks

{ WARNING
If either seatback is not locked, it
could move forward in a sudden
stop or crash. That could cause
injury to the person sitting there.
Always push and pull on the
seatbacks to be sure they are
locked.

To adjust a manual seatback:

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Power Reclining Seatbacks

1. Lift the lever.
The seatback will automatically
fold forward.
2. To recline, move the seatback
rearward to the desired position,
then release the lever to lock the
seatback in place.
3. Push and pull on the seatback to
make sure it is locked.
To return the seatback to the upright
position:
1. Lift the lever fully without
applying pressure to the
seatback, and the seatback will
return to the upright position.
2. Push and pull on the seatback to
make sure it is locked.

To recline a power seatback,
if equipped:
.

Tilt the top of the control
rearward to recline.

.

Tilt the top of the control forward
to raise.

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Memory Seats

Storing Memory Positions

Memory Remote Recall

To save into memory:

The memory feature can recall the
driver seat, outside mirrors, and
pedals, if equipped, to stored
positions when entering the vehicle.

1. Adjust the driver seat, seatback
recliner, both outside mirrors,
and the throttle and brake
pedals, if equipped.
See Power Mirrors on page 2‑14
and Adjustable Throttle and
Brake Pedal on page 9‑24.
Not all mirrors and adjustable
throttle and brake pedals will
have the ability to save and
recall their positions.
If available, the controls on the
driver door are used to program and
recall memory settings for the driver
seat, outside mirrors, and the
adjustable throttle and brake pedals,
if equipped.

2. Press and hold “1” until
two beeps sound.
3. Repeat for a second driver
position using “2.”
To recall, press and release “1” or
“2.” The vehicle must be in P (Park).
A single beep will sound. The seat,
outside mirrors, and adjustable
throttle and brake pedals will move
to the position previously stored for
the identified driver.

To activate, unlock the driver door
with the Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) transmitter. The driver
seat, outside mirrors, and adjustable
pedals, if equipped, will move to the
memory position associated with the
transmitter used to unlock the
vehicle.
This feature can be turned on or off
using the vehicle personalization
menu. See Vehicle Personalization
(With DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.
To stop recall movement, press one
of the power seat controls, memory
buttons, or power mirror buttons,
or the adjustable pedal switch.
If something has blocked the driver
seat and/or the adjustable pedals
while recalling a memory position,
the recall may stop. Remove the
obstruction; then press and hold the

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appropriate manual control for the
memory item that is not recalling for
two seconds. Try recalling the
memory position again by pressing
the appropriate memory button.
If the memory position is still not
recalling, see your dealer for
service.
Easy Exit Driver Seat
This feature can move the seat
rearward to allow extra room to exit
the vehicle.

B (Easy Exit Driver Seat):

Press
to recall the easy exit seat position.
The vehicle must be in P (Park).
If the easy exit seat feature is
programmed on in the vehicle
personalization menu, automatic
seat movement occurs when the
ignition key is removed.

A single beep sounds. The driver
seat moves back approximately
8 cm (3 in). To move the seat back
farther, press B again until the
seat is all the way back.
If something has blocked the driver
seat while recalling the exit position,
the recall may stop. Remove the
obstruction; then press and hold the
power seat control rearward for
two seconds. Try recalling the exit
position again. If the exit position is
still not recalling, see your dealer for
service.
See Vehicle Personalization (With
DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.

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Heated and Ventilated
Front Seats

{ WARNING
If you cannot feel temperature
change or pain to the skin, the
seat heater may cause burns. To
reduce the risk of burns, people
with such a condition should use
care when using the seat heater,
especially for long periods of
time. Do not place anything on
the seat that insulates against
heat, such as a blanket, cushion,
cover, or similar item. This may
cause the seat heater to
overheat. An overheated seat
heater may cause a burn or may
damage the seat.

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Press the button once for the
highest setting. With each press of
the button, the seat will change to
the next lower setting, and then to
the off setting. The lights indicate
three for the highest setting and one
for the lowest.
The passenger seat may take
longer to heat up.

Heated and Cooled Seat Buttons
Shown, Heated Seat Buttons
Similar
If available, the buttons are on the
front doors. To operate, the ignition
must be in ON/RUN.

H (Cooled Seat):

If available,
press to cool the seat.

I (Heated Seatback):

Press to

heat the seatback only.

J (Heated Seat and Seatback):
Press to heat the seat and
seatback.

On vehicles with heated seats, the
heated seats are canceled
10 seconds after the ignition is
turned off.
On vehicles with heated and cooled
seats, the heated and cooled seats
are canceled when the ignition is
turned off.
To use this feature after restarting
the vehicle, press the desired button
again.

Remote Start Heated Seats
When it is cold outside, the heated
seats may turn on automatically
during a remote vehicle start. The
heated seats will be canceled when
the ignition is turned on. Press the
desired button to use the heated
seats after the vehicle is started.
The lights on the heated seat
buttons do not turn on during a
remote start.
The temperature performance of an
unoccupied seat may be reduced.
This is normal.
See Remote Vehicle Start on
page 2‑4.

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Rear Seats

To fold the seat:

Rear Seats (Extended
Cab Full Bench)

1. Pull up on the front of the seat
cushion while pulling down on
the release strap under the seat
cushion.

Folding the Rear Seat
Notice: Folding a rear seat with
the safety belts still fastened may
cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the
safety belts and return them to
their normal stowed position
before folding a rear seat.

2. Pull the seat cushion up until it
latches with the seatback.
3. Pull forward on the seat cushion
to make sure it is locked in
place.
To unfold the seat:

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{ WARNING
A safety belt that is improperly
routed, not properly attached,
or twisted will not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The
person wearing the belt could be
seriously injured. After raising the
rear seatback, always check to be
sure that the safety belts are
properly routed and attached, and
are not twisted.

1. Push the seat cushion rearward
while pulling the release strap
under the seat cushion. Pull the
seat cushion down until it
latches.

Rear Seats (All Split
Bench and Hybrid Full
Bench)

2. Pull up on the seat cushion to
make sure it is locked in place.

Folding Rear Seat

Make sure the safety belts are
not twisted or caught in the seat
cushion.

Either side of the rear seat can be
folded for added cargo space.
Notice: Folding a rear seat with
the safety belts still fastened may
cause damage to the seat or the
safety belts. Always unbuckle the

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safety belts and return them to
their normal stowed position
before folding a rear seat.
Make sure that nothing is on
the seat.
To fold the seat, slowly pull the seat
cushion up.
To return the seat to the normal
seating position, slowly pull the seat
cushion down.
Make sure the safety belts are not
twisted or caught in the seat
cushion.

{ WARNING
A safety belt that is improperly
routed, not properly attached,
or twisted will not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The
person wearing the belt could be
seriously injured. After raising the
rear seatback, always check to be
sure that the safety belts are
properly routed and attached, and
are not twisted.

Safety Belts
This section of the manual
describes how to use safety belts
properly. It also describes some
things not to do with safety belts.

{ WARNING
Do not let anyone ride where a
safety belt cannot be worn
properly. In a crash, if you or your
passenger(s) are not wearing
safety belts, injuries can be much
worse than if you are wearing
safety belts. You can be seriously
injured or killed by hitting things
inside the vehicle harder or by
being ejected from the vehicle. In
addition, anyone who is not
buckled up can strike other
passengers in the vehicle.
It is extremely dangerous to ride
in a cargo area, inside or outside
of a vehicle. In a collision,
passengers riding in these areas
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WARNING (Continued)
are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed. Do not allow
passengers to ride in any area of
the vehicle that is not equipped
with seats and safety belts.
Always wear a safety belt, and
check that all passenger(s) are
restrained properly too.
This vehicle has indicators as a
reminder to buckle the safety belts.
See Safety Belt Reminders on
page 5‑16.

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Why Safety Belts Work

safety belts. That is why wearing
safety belts makes such good
sense.

Questions and Answers About
Safety Belts
Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle
after a crash if I am wearing a
safety belt?

When riding in a vehicle, you travel
as fast as the vehicle does. If the
vehicle stops suddenly, you keep
going until something stops you.
It could be the windshield, the
instrument panel, or the safety belts!
When you wear a safety belt, you
and the vehicle slow down together.
There is more time to stop because
you stop over a longer distance and,
when worn properly, your strongest
bones take the forces from the

A: You could be — whether you are
wearing a safety belt or not.
Your chance of being conscious
during and after a crash, so you
can unbuckle and get out, is
much greater if you are belted.
Q: If my vehicle has airbags, why
should I have to wear safety
belts?
A: Airbags are supplemental
systems only; so they work with
safety belts — not instead of
them. Whether or not an airbag
is provided, all occupants still
have to buckle up to get the
most protection.

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Also, in nearly all states and in
all Canadian provinces, the law
requires wearing safety belts.

How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly
This section is only for people of
adult size.
There are special things to know
about safety belts and children. And
there are different rules for smaller
children and infants. If a child will be
riding in the vehicle, see Older
Children on page 3‑39 or Infants
and Young Children on page 3‑41.
Follow those rules for everyone's
protection.
It is very important for all occupants
to buckle up. Statistics show that
unbelted people are hurt more often
in crashes than those who are
wearing safety belts.
There are important things to know
about wearing a safety belt properly.

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.

Wear the shoulder belt over the
shoulder and across the chest.
These parts of the body are best
able to take belt restraining
forces. The shoulder belt locks if
there is a sudden stop or crash.

{ WARNING
You can be seriously injured,
or even killed, by not wearing
your safety belt properly.

Lap-Shoulder Belt
If the vehicle is a regular cab, then
all seating positions in the vehicle
have a lap-shoulder belt. If the
vehicle is a crew or extended cab,
then all seating positions in the
vehicle have a lap-shoulder belt
except for the center front
passenger position (if equipped),
which has a lap belt. See Lap Belt
on page 3‑19 for more information.

.

Sit up straight and always keep
your feet on the floor in front
of you.

.

Never allow the lap or
shoulder belt to become
loose or twisted.

The following instructions explain
how to wear a lap-shoulder belt
properly.

.

Always use the correct buckle
for your seating position.

.

.

Wear the lap part of the belt low
and snug on the hips, just
touching the thighs. In a crash,
this applies force to the strong
pelvic bones and you would be
less likely to slide under the lap
belt. If you slid under it, the belt
would apply force on your
abdomen. This could cause
serious or even fatal injuries.

Never wear the shoulder belt
under both arms or behind
your back.

.

Never route the lap or
shoulder belt over an
armrest.

1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is
adjustable, so you can sit up
straight. To see how, see “Seats”
in the Index.

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2. Pick up the latch plate and pull
the belt across you. Do not let it
get twisted.
The lap-shoulder belt may lock if
you pull the belt across you very
quickly. If this happens, let the
belt go back slightly to unlock it.
Then pull the belt across you
more slowly.
If the shoulder portion of a
passenger belt is pulled out all
the way, the child restraint
locking feature may be engaged.
If this happens, let the belt go
back all the way and start again.
Engaging the child restraint
locking feature may affect the
passenger sensing system,
if equipped. See Passenger
Sensing System on page 3‑32
for more information.

If the belt stops before it reaches
the buckle, when using the
lap-shoulder belt in a rear center
seating position of a crew-cab,
tilt the latch plate and keep
pulling the safety belt until it can
be buckled.

3. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.
Pull up on the latch plate to
make sure it is secure. If the belt
is not long enough, see Safety
Belt Extender on page 3‑20.
If the latch plate will not go fully
into the buckle, check if the
correct buckle is being used.
Position the release button on
the buckle so that the safety belt
could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.

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Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster

4. If equipped with a shoulder belt
height adjuster, move it to the
height that is right for you. See
“Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster”
later in this section.

The vehicle has a shoulder belt
height adjuster for the driver and
right front passenger.

To unlatch the belt, push the button
on the buckle. The belt should
return to its stowed position.

5. To make the lap part tight, pull
up on the shoulder belt.
It may be necessary to pull
stitching on the safety belt
through the latch plate to fully
tighten the lap belt on smaller
occupants.

Before a door is closed, be sure the
safety belt is out of the way. If a
door is slammed against a safety
belt, damage can occur to both the
safety belt and the vehicle.

Adjust the height so the shoulder
portion of the belt is on the shoulder
and not falling off of it. The belt
should be close to, but not
contacting, the neck. Improper
shoulder belt height adjustment
could reduce the effectiveness of
the safety belt in a crash. See How
to Wear Safety Belts Properly on
page 3‑13.

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Safety Belt Pretensioners

Regular and Crew Cab

Extended Cab

To move the adjuster down for the
regular and crew cabs, squeeze the
buttons (A) on the sides of the
height adjuster and move the height
adjuster to the desired position.

On the extended cab, push down on
the release button (A) and move the
height adjuster to the desired
position.
You can move the adjuster up just
by pushing up on the shoulder belt
guide.
After you move the adjuster to
where you want it, try to move it
down, without squeezing the buttons
for the regular and crew cabs,
or without pushing the release
button for extended cabs, to make
sure it has locked into position.

This vehicle has safety belt
pretensioners for front outboard
occupants. Although the safety belt
pretensioners cannot be seen, they
are part of the safety belt assembly.
They can help tighten the safety
belts during the early stages of a
moderate to severe frontal, near
frontal, or rear crash if the threshold
conditions for pretensioner
activation are met. And, if your
vehicle has side impact airbags,
safety belt pretensioners can help
tighten the safety belts in a side
crash or a rollover event.
Pretensioners work only once. If the
pretensioners activate in a crash,
they will need to be replaced, and
probably other new parts for the
vehicle's safety belt system. See
Replacing Safety Belt System Parts
after a Crash on page 3‑21.

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Rear Safety Belt Comfort
Guides
This vehicle may have rear shoulder
belt comfort guides. If not, they are
available through your dealer. The
guides may provide added safety
belt comfort for older children who
have outgrown booster seats and
for some adults. When installed and
properly adjusted, the comfort guide
positions the belt away from the
neck and head.
Here is how to install a comfort
guide to the shoulder belt:
1. Remove the guide from its
storage clip on the interior body.

2. Place the guide over the belt
and insert the two edges of the
belt into the slots of the guide.

3. Be sure that the belt is not
twisted and it lies flat. The
elastic cord must be under the
belt and the guide on top.

{ WARNING
A safety belt that is not properly
worn may not provide the
protection needed in a crash. The
person wearing the belt could be
seriously injured. The shoulder
belt should go over the shoulder
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and across the chest. These parts
of the body are best able to take
belt restraining forces.

To remove and store the comfort
guide, squeeze the belt edges
together so that the safety belt can
be removed from the guide. Slide
the guide onto the storage clip.

Safety Belt Use During
Pregnancy
Safety belts work for everyone,
including pregnant women. Like all
occupants, they are more likely to
be seriously injured if they do not
wear safety belts.

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A pregnant woman should wear a
lap-shoulder belt, and the lap
portion should be worn as low as
possible, below the rounding,
throughout the pregnancy.
The best way to protect the fetus is
to protect the mother. When a safety
belt is worn properly, it is more likely
that the fetus will not be hurt in a
crash. For pregnant women, as for
anyone, the key to making safety
belts effective is wearing them
properly.

Lap Belt
This section is only for the lap belt.
To learn how to wear a lap-shoulder
belt, see Lap-Shoulder Belt on
page 3‑14.
4. Buckle, position, and release the
safety belt as described
previously in this section. Make
sure the shoulder portion of the
belt is on the shoulder and not
falling off of it. The belt should
be close to, but not contacting,
the neck.

The vehicle may have a center
seating position with a lap safety
belt. The lap safety belt does not
have a retractor.

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Safety Belt Extender
If the vehicle's safety belt will fasten
around you, you should use it.

To make the belt longer, tilt the latch
plate and pull it along the belt.

To make the belt shorter, pull its free
end as shown until the belt is snug.

Buckle, position, and release it the
same way as the lap part of a
lap-shoulder belt.

If the belt is not long enough, see
Safety Belt Extender on page 3‑20.
Make sure the release button on the
buckle is positioned so you would
be able to unbuckle the safety belt
quickly if necessary.

But if a safety belt is not long
enough, your dealer will order you
an extender. When you go in to
order it, take the heaviest coat you
will wear, so the extender will be
long enough for you. To help avoid
personal injury, do not let someone
else use it, and use it only for the
seat it is made to fit. The extender
has been designed for adults. Never
use it for securing child seats. To
wear it, attach it to the regular safety
belt. For more information, see the
instruction sheet that comes with
the extender.

Safety System Check
Now and then, check that the safety
belt reminder light, safety belts,
buckles, latch plates, retractors, and
anchorages are all working properly.
Look for any other loose or
damaged safety belt system parts
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from doing its job. See your dealer
to have it repaired. Torn or frayed
safety belts may not protect you in a
crash. They can rip apart under
impact forces. If a belt is torn or
frayed, get a new one right away.
Make sure the safety belt reminder
light is working. See Safety Belt
Reminders on page 5‑16.
Keep safety belts clean and dry.
See Safety Belt Care on page 3‑21.

Safety Belt Care
Keep belts clean and dry.

{ WARNING
Do not bleach or dye safety belts.
It may severely weaken them. In
a crash, they might not be able to
provide adequate protection.
Clean safety belts only with mild
soap and lukewarm water.

Replacing Safety Belt
System Parts after a
Crash

{ WARNING
A crash can damage the safety
belt system in the vehicle.
A damaged safety belt system
may not properly protect the
person using it, resulting in
serious injury or even death in a
crash. To help make sure the
safety belt systems are working
properly after a crash, have them
inspected and any necessary
replacements made as soon as
possible.
After a minor crash, replacement of
safety belts may not be necessary.
But the safety belt assemblies that
were used during any crash may
have been stressed or damaged.

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See your dealer to have the safety
belt assemblies inspected or
replaced.
New parts and repairs may be
necessary even if the safety belt
system was not being used at the
time of the crash.
Have the safety belt pretensioners
checked if the vehicle has been in a
crash, or if the airbag readiness light
stays on after you start the vehicle
or while you are driving. See Airbag
Readiness Light on page 5‑17.

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Airbag System
The vehicle has the following
airbags:
.

A frontal airbag for the driver.

.

A frontal airbag for the right front
passenger.

The vehicle may have the following
airbags:
.

A seat‐mounted side impact
airbag for the driver.

.

A seat‐mounted side impact
airbag for the right front
passenger.

.

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A roof-rail airbag for the driver
and the passenger seated
directly behind the driver.
A roof-rail airbag for the right
front passenger and the person
seated directly behind the right
front passenger.

All of the airbags in the vehicle will
have the word AIRBAG embossed
in the trim or on an attached label
near the deployment opening.
For frontal airbags, the word
AIRBAG will appear on the middle
part of the steering wheel for the
driver and on the instrument panel
for the right front passenger.
With seat‐mounted side impact
airbags, the word AIRBAG will
appear on the side of the seatback
closest to the door.
With roof-rail airbags, the word
AIRBAG will appear along the
headliner or trim.
Airbags are designed to supplement
the protection provided by safety
belts. Even though today's airbags
are also designed to help reduce
the risk of injury from the force of an
inflating bag, all airbags must inflate
very quickly to do their job.

Here are the most important things
to know about the airbag system:

{ WARNING
You can be severely injured or
killed in a crash if you are not
wearing your safety belt — even if
you have airbags. Airbags are
designed to work with safety
belts, but do not replace them.
Also, airbags are not designed to
deploy in every crash. In some
crashes safety belts are your only
restraint. See When Should an
Airbag Inflate? on page 3‑25.
Wearing your safety belt during a
crash helps reduce your chance
of hitting things inside the vehicle
or being ejected from it. Airbags
are “supplemental restraints” to
the safety belts. Everyone in your
vehicle should wear a safety belt
properly — whether or not there is
an airbag for that person.

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{ WARNING

{ WARNING

Because airbags inflate with great
force and faster than the blink of
an eye, anyone who is up
against, or very close to any
airbag when it inflates can be
seriously injured or killed. Do not
sit unnecessarily close to any
airbag, as you would be if sitting
on the edge of the seat or leaning
forward. Safety belts help keep
you in position before and during
a crash. Always wear a safety
belt, even with airbags. The driver
should sit as far back as possible
while still maintaining control of
the vehicle.

Children who are up against,
or very close to, any airbag when
it inflates can be seriously injured
or killed. Airbags plus
lap-shoulder belts offer protection
for adults and older children, but
not for young children and infants.
Neither the vehicle safety belt
system nor its airbag system is
designed for them. Young
children and infants need the
protection that a child restraint
system can provide. Always
secure children properly in the
vehicle. To read how, see Older
Children on page 3‑39 or Infants
and Young Children on
page 3‑41.

Occupants should not lean on or
sleep against the door or side
windows in seating positions with
seat-mounted side impact airbags
and/or roof-rail airbags.

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There is an airbag readiness light
on the instrument panel cluster,
which shows the airbag symbol.
The system checks the airbag
electrical system for malfunctions.
The light tells you if there is an
electrical problem. See Airbag
Readiness Light on page 5‑17 for
more information.

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Where Are the Airbags?

The driver airbag is in the middle of
the steering wheel.

The right front passenger airbag is
in the instrument panel on the
passenger side.

Driver Side Shown, Passenger
Side Similar
If the vehicle has seat‐mounted side
impact airbags for the driver and
right front passenger, they are in the
side of the seatbacks closest to
the door.

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that person causing severe injury
or even death. The path of an
inflating airbag must be kept
clear. Do not put anything
between an occupant and an
airbag, and do not attach or put
anything on the steering wheel
hub or on or near any other
airbag covering.
Driver Side Shown, Passenger
Side Similar
If the vehicle has roof-rail airbags
for the driver, right front passenger,
and second row outboard
passengers, they are in the ceiling
above the side windows.

{ WARNING
If something is between an
occupant and an airbag, the
airbag might not inflate properly
or it might force the object into
(Continued)

Do not use seat accessories that
block the inflation path of a
seat-mounted side impact airbag.
Never secure anything to the roof
of a vehicle with roof-rail airbags
by routing a rope or tie‐down
through any door or window
opening. If you do, the path of an
inflating roof-rail airbag will be
blocked.

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When Should an Airbag
Inflate?
Frontal airbags are designed to
inflate in moderate to severe frontal
or near-frontal crashes to help
reduce the potential for severe
injuries mainly to the driver's or right
front passenger's head and chest.
However, they are only designed to
inflate if the impact exceeds a
predetermined deployment
threshold. Deployment thresholds
are used to predict how severe a
crash is likely to be in time for the
airbags to inflate and help restrain
the occupants.
Whether the frontal airbags will or
should deploy is not based on how
fast your vehicle is traveling.
It depends largely on what you hit,
the direction of the impact, and how
quickly your vehicle slows down.

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Frontal airbags may inflate at
different crash speeds. For
example:
.

If the vehicle hits a stationary
object, the airbags could inflate
at a different crash speed than if
the vehicle hits a moving object.

.

If the vehicle hits an object that
deforms, the airbags could
inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle hits an object
that does not deform.

.

If the vehicle hits a narrow object
(like a pole), the airbags could
inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle hits a wide
object (like a wall).

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If the vehicle goes into an object
at an angle, the airbags could
inflate at a different crash speed
than if the vehicle goes straight
into the object.

Thresholds can also vary with
specific vehicle design.

Frontal airbags are not intended to
inflate during vehicle rollovers, rear
impacts, or in many side impacts.

less than full deployment. For more
severe frontal impacts, full
deployment occurs.

If the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating) of your vehicle is 3 855 kg
(8,500 lb) or above, the vehicle has
single stage airbags. If the GVWR is
below 3 855 kg (8,500 lb) then the
vehicle has dual stage airbags.
Vehicles with a full bench seat are
equipped with single state airbags.
You can find the GVWR on the
certification label on the rear edge
of the driver door. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15 for more
information.

Vehicles with dual stage airbags
also have seat position sensors
which enable the sensing system to
monitor the position of the driver
seat (all models), and on crew cab
and extended cab models the right
front passenger seat on light duty
models only. The seat position
sensor provides information that is
used to determine if the airbags
should deploy at a reduced level or
at full deployment.

The vehicle may have dual-stage
frontal airbags. Dual-stage airbags
adjust the restraint according to
crash severity. The vehicle has
electronic frontal sensors, which
help the sensing system distinguish
between a moderate frontal impact
and a more severe frontal impact.
For moderate frontal impacts,
dual-stage airbags inflate at a level

The vehicle may or may not have
seat-mounted side impact and
roof-rail airbags. See Airbag System
on page 3‑22. Seat-mounted side
impact and roof-rail airbags are
intended to inflate in moderate to
severe side crashes. In addition,
these roof-rail airbags are intended
to inflate during a rollover or in a
severe frontal impact. Seat-mounted
side impact and roof-rail airbags will
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the system's designed threshold
level. The threshold level can vary
with specific vehicle design.
Roof-rail airbags are not intended to
inflate in rear impacts.
A seat-mounted side impact airbag
is intended to deploy on the side of
the vehicle that is struck. Both
roof-rail airbags will deploy when
either side of the vehicle is struck,
or if the sensing system predicts
that the vehicle is about to roll over
on its side, or in a severe frontal
impact.
In any particular crash, no one can
say whether an airbag should have
inflated simply because of the
damage to a vehicle or because of
what the repair costs were. For
frontal airbags, inflation is
determined by what the vehicle hits,
the angle of the impact, and how
quickly the vehicle slows down. For
seat-mounted side impact and
roof-rail airbags, deployment is
determined by the location and
severity of the side impact. In a

rollover event, roof-rail airbag
deployment is determined by the
direction of the roll.

What Makes an Airbag
Inflate?
In a deployment event, the sensing
system sends an electrical signal
triggering a release of gas from the
inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the
airbag causing the bag to break out
of the cover and deploy. The inflator,
the airbag, and related hardware are
all part of the airbag module.
Frontal airbag modules are located
inside the steering wheel and
instrument panel. For vehicles with
seat‐mounted side impact airbags,
there are airbags modules in the
side of the front seatbacks closest
to the door. For vehicles with
roof-rail airbags, there are airbag
modules in the ceiling of the vehicle,
near the side windows that have
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How Does an Airbag
Restrain?
In moderate to severe frontal or
near frontal collisions, even belted
occupants can contact the steering
wheel or the instrument panel. In
moderate to severe side collisions,
even belted occupants can contact
the inside of the vehicle.
Airbags supplement the protection
provided by safety belts. Frontal
airbags distribute the force of the
impact more evenly over the
occupant's upper body, stopping the
occupant more gradually. Seat‐
mounted side impact and roof-rail
airbags distribute the force of the
impact more evenly over the
occupant's upper body.
Rollover capable roof-rail airbags
are designed to help contain the
head and chest of occupants in the
outboard seating positions in the
first and second rows. The rollover
capable roof-rail airbags are
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full or partial ejection in rollover
events, although no system can
prevent all such ejections.
But airbags would not help in many
types of collisions, primarily
because the occupant's motion is
not toward those airbags. See When
Should an Airbag Inflate? on
page 3‑25 for more information.
Airbags should never be regarded
as anything more than a supplement
to safety belts.

What Will You See after
an Airbag Inflates?
After the frontal airbags and
seat-mounted side impact airbags
inflate, they quickly deflate, so
quickly that some people may not
even realize an airbag inflated.
Roof-rail airbags may still be at least
partially inflated for some time after
they deploy. Some components of
the airbag module may be hot for
several minutes. For location of the
airbag modules, see What Makes
an Airbag Inflate? on page 3‑27.

The parts of the airbag that come
into contact with you may be warm,
but not too hot to touch. There may
be some smoke and dust coming
from the vents in the deflated
airbags. Airbag inflation does not
prevent the driver from seeing out of
the windshield or being able to steer
the vehicle, nor does it prevent
people from leaving the vehicle.

{ WARNING
When an airbag inflates, there
may be dust in the air. This dust
could cause breathing problems
for people with a history of
asthma or other breathing trouble.
To avoid this, everyone in the
vehicle should get out as soon as
it is safe to do so. If you have
breathing problems but cannot
get out of the vehicle after an
airbag inflates, then get fresh air
by opening a window or a door.
If you experience breathing
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WARNING (Continued)
problems following an airbag
deployment, you should seek
medical attention.
The vehicle may have a feature that
may automatically unlock the doors,
turn on the interior lamps and
hazard warning flashers, and shut
off the fuel system after the airbags
inflate. You can lock the doors, turn
off the interior lamps and hazard
warning flashers by using the
controls for those features.

{ WARNING
A crash severe enough to inflate
the airbags may have also
damaged important functions in
the vehicle, such as the fuel
system, brake and steering
systems, etc. Even if the vehicle
appears to be drivable after a
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other parts. The service manual
for your vehicle covers the need
to replace other parts.

WARNING (Continued)
moderate crash, there may be
concealed damage that could
make it difficult to safely operate
the vehicle.

.

The vehicle has a crash sensing
and diagnostic module which
records information after a
crash. See Vehicle Data
Recording and Privacy on
page 13‑19 and Event Data
Recorders on page 13‑19.

.

Let only qualified technicians
work on the airbag systems.
Improper service can mean that
an airbag system will not work
properly. See your dealer for
service.

Use caution if you should attempt
to restart the engine after a crash
has occurred.
In many crashes severe enough to
inflate the airbag, windshields are
broken by vehicle deformation.
Additional windshield breakage may
also occur from the right front
passenger airbag.
.

Airbags are designed to inflate
only once. After an airbag
inflates, you will need some new
parts for the airbag system.
If you do not get them, the
airbag system will not be there
to help protect you in another
crash. A new system will include
airbag modules and possibly

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Airbag On-Off Switch
If one of the switches pictured in the
following illustrations is located in
the glove box, the vehicle has an
airbag on-off switch that you can
use to manually turn on or off the
right front passenger airbag.
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If the vehicle does not have an
airbag off switch, it may have a
passenger sensing system. See
Passenger Sensing System on
page 3‑32.
This switch should only be turned to
the off position if the person in the
right front passenger position is a
member of a passenger risk group
identified by the national
government as follows:

Child age 1 to 12. A child
age 1 to 12 must ride in the front
seat because:
.

My vehicle has no rear seat;

.

Although children ages 1 to 12
ride in the rear seat(s) whenever
possible, children ages 1 to 12
sometimes must ride in the front
because no space is available in
the rear seat(s) of my vehicle; or

.

Infant. An infant (less than 1 year
old) must ride in the front seat
because:
.

My vehicle has no rear seat;

.

My vehicle has a rear seat too
small to accommodate a
rear-facing infant seat; or

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The infant has a medical
condition which, according to the
infant's physician, makes it
necessary for the infant to ride in
the front seat so that the driver
can constantly monitor the
child's condition.

The child has a medical
condition which, according to the
child's physician, makes it
necessary for the child to ride in
the front seat so that the driver
can constantly monitor the
child's condition.

Medical Condition. A passenger
has a medical condition which,
according to his or her physician:
.

Causes the passenger airbag to
pose a special risk for the
passenger; and

.

Makes the potential harm from
the passenger airbag in a crash
greater than the potential harm

from turning off the airbag and
allowing the passenger, even if
belted, to hit the instrument
panel or windshield in a crash.

{ WARNING
If the right front passenger airbag
is turned off for a person who is
not in a risk group identified by
the national government, that
person will not have the extra
protection of an airbag. In a
crash, the airbag will not be able
to inflate and help protect the
person sitting there. Do not turn
off the passenger airbag unless
the person sitting there is in a risk
group.

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To turn off the right front passenger
airbag, insert the ignition key into
the switch, push in, and move the
switch to the off position.

United States

The word OFF or the off symbol will
come on in the passenger airbag
status indicator located in the
overhead console to let you know
that the right front passenger airbag
is off, after the system check is
completed. The airbag off light will
come on and stay on to let you
know that the right front passenger's
airbag is off. See Airbag On-Off
Light on page 5‑18.

{ WARNING

Canada and Mexico

If the airbag readiness light ever
comes on and stays on, it means
that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. For
example, the right front
passenger airbag could inflate
even though the airbag on-off
switch is turned off.
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WARNING (Continued)
To help avoid injury to yourself or
others, have the vehicle serviced
right away. See Airbag Readiness
Light on page 5‑17 for more
information, including important
safety information.

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To turn the right front passenger
airbag on again, insert the ignition
key into the switch, push in, and
move the switch to the on position.
The right front passenger frontal
airbag is now enabled (may inflate).
See Airbag On-Off Light on
page 5‑18 for more information.

Passenger Sensing
System
United States

Canada and Mexico

If the vehicle has one of the
indicators pictured in the following
illustrations, then the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
right front passenger position,
unless there is an airbag off switch
located in the glove box. If there is
an airbag off switch, the vehicle
does not have a passenger sensing
system. See Airbag On-Off Switch
on page 3‑29 for more information.
The passenger airbag status
indicator will be visible on the
overhead console when the vehicle
is started.

In addition, if the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
right front passenger position, the
label on the vehicle's sun visors
refers to “ADVANCED AIRBAGS”.

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Canada and Mexico
The words ON and OFF, or the
symbol for on and off, will be visible
during the system check. If you are
using remote start to start the
vehicle from a distance, if equipped,
you may not see the system check.
When the system check is
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OFF, or the symbol for on or off, will
be visible. See Passenger Airbag
Status Indicator on page 5‑20.
The passenger sensing system will
turn off the right front passenger
frontal airbag under certain
conditions. The driver airbag, seat‐
mounted side impact airbags
(if equipped), and the roof-rail
airbags (if equipped) are not
affected by the passenger sensing
system.
The passenger sensing system
works with sensors that are part of
the right front passenger seat and
safety belt. The sensors are
designed to detect the presence of
a properly-seated occupant and
determine if the right front
passenger frontal airbag should be
enabled (may inflate) or not.
According to accident statistics,
children are safer when properly
secured in a rear seat in the correct
child restraint for their weight
and size.

We recommend that children be
secured in a rear seat, including: an
infant or a child riding in a
rear-facing child restraint; a child
riding in a forward-facing child seat;
an older child riding in a booster
seat; and children, who are large
enough, using safety belts.
A label on the sun visor says,
“Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to
the rear-facing child is so great,
if the airbag deploys.

{ WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is
because the back of the
rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating
airbag. A child in a forward-facing
child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front
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WARNING (Continued)
passenger airbag inflates and the
passenger seat is in a forward
position.
Even if the passenger sensing
system has turned off the right
front passenger frontal airbag, no
system is fail-safe. No one can
guarantee that an airbag will not
deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though the
airbag is turned off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the airbag
is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the right front seat, always move
the front passenger seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.

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If the vehicle does not have a rear
seat that will accommodate a
rear-facing child restraint, a
rear-facing child restraint should not
be installed in the vehicle, even if
the airbag is off.
The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn off the right front
passenger frontal airbag if:
.

The right front passenger seat is
unoccupied.

.

The system determines an infant
is present in a child restraint.

.

A right front passenger takes
his/her weight off of the seat for
a period of time.

.

Or, if there is a critical problem
with the airbag system or the
passenger sensing system.

When the passenger sensing
system has turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, the off
indicator will light and stay lit to
remind you that the airbag is off.
See Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator on page 5‑20.

The passenger sensing system is
designed to turn on (may inflate) the
right front passenger frontal airbag
anytime the system senses that a
person of adult size is sitting
properly in the right front
passenger seat.
When the passenger sensing
system has allowed the airbag to be
enabled, the on indicator will light
and stay lit to remind you that the
airbag is active.
For some children, including
children in child restraints, and for
very small adults, the passenger
sensing system may or may not turn
off the right front passenger frontal
airbag, depending upon the
person's seating posture and body
build. Everyone in your vehicle who
has outgrown child restraints should
wear a safety belt
properly — whether or not there is
an airbag for that person.

{ WARNING
If the airbag readiness light ever
comes on and stays on, it means
that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. To help
avoid injury to yourself or others,
have the vehicle serviced right
away. See Airbag Readiness
Light on page 5‑17 for more
information, including important
safety information.

If the On Indicator is Lit for a
Child Restraint
If a child restraint has been installed
and the on indicator is lit:
1. Turn the vehicle off.
2. Remove the child restraint from
the vehicle.
3. Remove any additional items
from the seat such as blankets,
cushions, seat covers, seat
heaters, or seat massagers.

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4. Reinstall the child restraint
following the directions provided
by the child restraint
manufacturer and refer to
Securing Child Restraints
(Center Front Seat Position) on
page 3‑58 or Securing Child
Restraints (Right Front Seat
Position) on page 3‑58 or
Securing Child Restraints (Rear
Seat Position) on page 3‑55.

6. Restart the vehicle.
The passenger sensing system
may or may not turn off the
airbag for a child in a child
restraint depending upon the
child’s seating posture and body
build. It is better to secure the
child restraint in a rear seat.

If the Off Indicator is Lit for an
Adult-Size Occupant

5. If, after reinstalling the child
restraint and restarting the
vehicle, the on indicator is still lit,
turn the vehicle off. Then slightly
recline the vehicle seatback and
adjust the seat cushion,
if adjustable, to make sure that
the vehicle seatback is not
pushing the child restraint into
the seat cushion.
Also make sure the child
restraint is not trapped under the
vehicle head restraint. If this
happens, adjust the head
restraint. See Head Restraints
on page 3‑2.

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because that person is not sitting
properly in the seat. If this happens,
use the following steps to allow the
system to detect that person and
enable the right front passenger
frontal airbag:
1. Turn the vehicle off.
2. Remove any additional material
from the seat, such as blankets,
cushions, seat covers, seat
heaters, or seat massagers.
3. Place the seatback in the fully
upright position.
4. Have the person sit upright in
the seat, centered on the seat
cushion, with legs comfortably
extended.
5. Restart the vehicle and have the
person remain in this position for
two to three minutes after the on
indicator is lit.

If a person of adult-size is sitting in
the right front passenger seat, but
the off indicator is lit, it could be

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Additional Factors Affecting
System Operation
Safety belts help keep the
passenger in position on the seat
during vehicle maneuvers and
braking, which helps the passenger
sensing system maintain the
passenger airbag status. See
“Safety Belts” and “Child Restraints”
in the Index for additional
information about the importance of
proper restraint use.
If the shoulder portion of the belt is
pulled out all the way, the child
restraint locking feature will be
engaged. This may unintentionally
cause the passenger sensing
system to turn the airbag off for
some adult size occupants. If this
happens, let the belt go back all the
way and start again.
A thick layer of additional material,
such as a blanket or cushion,
or aftermarket equipment such as
seat covers, seat heaters, and seat
massagers can affect how well the
passenger sensing system

operates. We recommend that you
not use seat covers or other
aftermarket equipment except when
approved by GM for your specific
vehicle. See Adding Equipment to
the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 3‑37 for more information
about modifications that can affect
how the system operates.
The on indicator may be lit if an
object, such as a briefcase,
handbag, grocery bag, laptop or
other electronic device, is put on an
unoccupied seat. If this is not
desired, remove the object from
the seat.

{ WARNING
Stowing of articles under the
passenger seat or between the
passenger seat cushion and
seatback may interfere with the
proper operation of the passenger
sensing system.

Servicing the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
Airbags affect how the vehicle
should be serviced. There are parts
of the airbag system in several
places around the vehicle. Your
dealer and the service manual have
information about servicing the
vehicle and the airbag system. To
purchase a service manual, see
Service Publications Ordering
Information on page 13‑16.

{ WARNING
For up to 10 seconds after the
vehicle is turned off and the
battery is disconnected, an airbag
can still inflate during improper
service. You can be injured if you
are close to an airbag when it
inflates. Avoid yellow connectors.
They are probably part of the
airbag system. Be sure to follow
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proper service procedures, and
make sure the person performing
work for you is qualified to do so.

Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
Q: Is there anything I might add
to or change about the vehicle
that could keep the airbags
from working properly?
A: Yes. If you add things that
change your vehicle's frame,
bumper system, height, front end
or side sheet metal, they may
keep the airbag system from
working properly. Changing or
moving any parts of the front
seats, safety belts, the airbag
sensing and diagnostic module,
steering wheel, instrument
panel, roof-rail airbag modules,
ceiling headliner or pillar garnish
trim, overhead console, front

sensors, side impact sensors,
or airbag wiring can affect the
operation of the airbag system.
In addition, the vehicle may have
a passenger sensing system for
the right front passenger's
position, which includes sensors
that are part of the passenger's
seat. The passenger sensing
system may not operate properly
if the original seat trim is
replaced with non-GM covers,
upholstery or trim, or with GM
covers, upholstery or trim
designed for a different vehicle.
Any object, such as an
aftermarket seat heater or a
comfort enhancing pad or
device, installed under or on top
of the seat fabric, could also
interfere with the operation of
the passenger sensing system.
This could either prevent proper
deployment of the passenger
airbag(s) or prevent the
passenger sensing system from
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passenger airbag(s). See
Passenger Sensing System on
page 3‑32.
If you have any questions about
this, you should contact
Customer Assistance before you
modify your vehicle. The phone
numbers and addresses for
Customer Assistance are in
Step Two of the Customer
Satisfaction Procedure in this
manual. See Customer
Satisfaction Procedure (U.S. and
Canada) on page 13‑2 or
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (Mexico) on
page 13‑4.
If the vehicle has rollover
roof-rail airbags, see Different
Size Tires and Wheels on
page 10‑68 for additional
important information.

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Q: What if I added a snow plow?
Will it keep the airbags from
working properly?
A: We have designed our airbag
systems to work properly under
a wide range of conditions,
including snow plowing with
vehicles that have the optional
Snow Plow Prep Package
(RPO VYU). But do not change
or defeat the snow plow's
“tripping mechanism.” If you do,
it can damage your snow plow
and your vehicle, and it may
cause an airbag inflation.
Q: Because I have a disability,
I have to get my vehicle
modified. How can I find out
whether this will affect my
airbag system?
A: If you have questions, call
Customer Assistance. The
phone numbers and addresses
for Customer Assistance are in
Step Two of the Customer
Satisfaction Procedure in this
manual.

See Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (U.S. and Canada) on
page 13‑2 or Customer
Satisfaction Procedure (Mexico)
on page 13‑4.
In addition, your dealer and the
service manual have information
about the location of the airbag
sensors, sensing and diagnostic
module and airbag wiring.

Airbag System Check
The airbag system does not need
regularly scheduled maintenance or
replacement. Make sure the airbag
readiness light is working. See
Airbag Readiness Light on
page 5‑17.
Notice: If an airbag covering is
damaged, opened, or broken, the
airbag may not work properly. Do
not open or break the airbag
coverings. If there are any
opened or broken airbag covers,
have the airbag covering and/or
airbag module replaced. For the
location of the airbags, see

Where Are the Airbags? on
page 3‑24. See your dealer for
service.

Replacing Airbag System
Parts after a Crash

{ WARNING
A crash can damage the airbag
systems in the vehicle.
A damaged airbag system may
not work properly and may not
protect you and your
passenger(s) in a crash, resulting
in serious injury or even death. To
help make sure the airbag
systems are working properly
after a crash, have them
inspected and any necessary
replacements made as soon as
possible.

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If an airbag inflates, you will need to
replace airbag system parts. See
your dealer for service.
If the airbag readiness light stays on
after the vehicle is started or comes
on when you are driving, the airbag
system may not work properly. Have
the vehicle serviced right away. See
Airbag Readiness Light on
page 5‑17.

Child Restraints
Older Children

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The manufacturer instructions that
come with the booster seat state the
weight and height limitations for that
booster. Use a booster seat with a
lap-shoulder belt until the child
passes the fit test below:
.

Sit all the way back on the seat.
Do the knees bend at the seat
edge? If yes, continue. If no,
return to the booster seat.

.

Buckle the lap-shoulder belt.
Does the shoulder belt rest on
the shoulder? If yes, continue.
If no, try using the rear safety
belt comfort guide. See “Rear
Safety Belt Comfort Guides”
under Lap-Shoulder Belt on
page 3‑14. If the shoulder belt
still does not rest on the
shoulder, then return to the
booster seat.

.

Does the lap belt fit low and
snug on the hips, touching the
thighs? If yes, continue. If no,
return to the booster seat.

Older children who have outgrown
booster seats should wear the
vehicle safety belts.

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Can proper safety belt fit be
maintained for the length of the
trip? If yes, continue. If no,
return to the booster seat.

Q: What is the proper way to
wear safety belts?
A: An older child should wear a
lap-shoulder belt and get the
additional restraint a shoulder
belt can provide. The shoulder
belt should not cross the face or
neck. The lap belt should fit
snugly below the hips, just
touching the top of the thighs.
This applies belt force to the
child's pelvic bones in a crash.
It should never be worn over the
abdomen, which could cause
severe or even fatal internal
injuries in a crash.
Also see “Rear Safety Belt Comfort
Guides” under Lap-Shoulder Belt on
page 3‑14.
According to accident statistics,
children and infants are safer when
properly restrained in a child

restraint system or infant restraint
system secured in a rear seating
position.
In a crash, children who are not
buckled up can strike other people
who are buckled up, or can be
thrown out of the vehicle. Older
children need to use safety belts
properly.

{ WARNING
Never allow more than one child
to wear the same safety belt. The
safety belt cannot properly spread
the impact forces. In a crash, they
can be crushed together and
seriously injured. A safety belt
must be used by only one person
at a time.

{ WARNING
Never allow a child to wear the
safety belt with the shoulder belt
behind their back. A child can be
seriously injured by not wearing
the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a
crash, the child would not be
restrained by the shoulder belt.
The child could move too far
forward increasing the chance of
head and neck injury. The child
might also slide under the lap
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belt. The belt force would then be
applied right on the abdomen.
That could cause serious or fatal
injuries. The shoulder belt should
go over the shoulder and across
the chest.

Infants and Young
Children
Everyone in a vehicle needs
protection! This includes infants and
all other children. Neither the
distance traveled nor the age and
size of the traveler changes the
need, for everyone, to use safety
restraints. In fact, the law in every
state in the United States and in
every Canadian province says
children up to some age must be
restrained while in a vehicle.

{ WARNING
Children can be seriously injured
or strangled if a shoulder belt is
wrapped around their neck and
the safety belt continues to
tighten. Never leave children
unattended in a vehicle and never
allow children to play with the
safety belts.

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Airbags plus lap-shoulder belts offer
protection for adults and older
children, but not for young children
and infants. Neither the vehicle's
safety belt system nor its airbag
system is designed for them. Every
time infants and young children ride
in vehicles, they should have the
protection provided by appropriate
child restraints.
Children who are not restrained
properly can strike other people,
or can be thrown out of the vehicle.

{ WARNING
Never hold an infant or a child
while riding in a vehicle. Due to
crash forces, an infant or a child
will become so heavy it is not
possible to hold it during a crash.
For example, in a crash at only
40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb)
infant will suddenly become a
110 kg (240 lb) force on a person's
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arms. An infant should be
secured in an appropriate
restraint.

{ WARNING
Children who are up against,
or very close to, any airbag when
it inflates can be seriously injured
or killed. Never put a rear-facing
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
child restraint in the right front
seat. Secure a rear-facing child
restraint in a rear seat. It is also
better to secure a forward-facing
child restraint in a rear seat. If you
must secure a forward-facing
child restraint in the right front
seat, always move the front
passenger seat as far back as it
will go.

Q: What are the different types of
add-on child restraints?
A: Add-on child restraints, which
are purchased by the vehicle
owner, are available in four basic
types. Selection of a particular
restraint should take into
consideration not only the child's
weight, height, and age but also
whether or not the restraint will
be compatible with the motor
vehicle in which it will be used.
For most basic types of child
restraints, there are many
different models available. When
purchasing a child restraint, be
sure it is designed to be used in
a motor vehicle. If it is, the
restraint will have a label saying
that it meets federal motor
vehicle safety standards.
The restraint manufacturer
instructions that come with the
restraint state the weight and
height limitations for a particular
child restraint. In addition, there

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are many kinds of restraints
available for children with
special needs.

{ WARNING
To reduce the risk of neck and
head injury during a crash, infants
need complete support. In a
crash, if an infant is in a
rear-facing child restraint, the
crash forces can be distributed
across the strongest part of an
infant's body, the back and
shoulders. Infants should always
be secured in rear-facing child
restraints.

{ WARNING
A young child's hip bones are still
so small that the vehicle's regular
safety belt may not remain low on
the hip bones, as it should.
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WARNING (Continued)

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Instead, it may settle up around
the child's abdomen. In a crash,
the belt would apply force on a
body area that is unprotected by
any bony structure. This alone
could cause serious or fatal
injuries. To reduce the risk of
serious or fatal injuries during a
crash, young children should
always be secured in appropriate
child restraints.
Rear-Facing Infant Seat
A rear-facing infant seat provides
restraint with the seating surface
against the back of the infant.
The harness system holds the infant
in place and, in a crash, acts to
keep the infant positioned in the
restraint.

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Restraint in the Vehicle

{ WARNING

Forward-Facing Child Seat

Booster Seats

A forward-facing child seat provides
restraint for the child's body with the
harness.

A booster seat is a child restraint
designed to improve the fit of the
vehicle's safety belt system.
A booster seat can also help a child
to see out the window.

A child can be seriously injured or
killed in a crash if the child
restraint is not properly secured in
the vehicle. Secure the child
restraint properly in the vehicle
using the vehicle safety belt or
LATCH system, following the
instructions that came with that
child restraint and the instructions
in this manual.
To help reduce the chance of injury,
the child restraint must be secured
in the vehicle. Child restraint
systems must be secured in vehicle
seats by lap belts or the lap belt
portion of a lap-shoulder belt, or by
the LATCH system. See Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH System) on page 3‑47.

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Children can be endangered in a
crash if the child restraint is not
properly secured in the vehicle.
When securing an add-on child
restraint, refer to the instructions
that come with the restraint which
may be on the restraint itself or in a
booklet, or both, and to this manual.
The child restraint instructions are
important, so if they are not
available, obtain a replacement
copy from the manufacturer.
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
the vehicle — even when no child is
in it.
In some areas of the United States
and Canada, Certified Child
Passenger Safety Technicians
(CPSTs) are available to inspect
and demonstrate how to correctly
use and install child restraints. In
the U.S., refer to the National
Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA) website to
locate the nearest child safety seat
inspection station. For CPST
availability in Canada, check with
Transport Canada or the Provincial
Ministry of Transportation office.

Securing the Child Within the
Child Restraint

{ WARNING
A child can be seriously injured or
killed in a crash if the child is not
properly secured in the child
restraint. Secure the child
properly following the instructions
that came with that child restraint.

Where to Put the
Restraint
According to accident statistics,
children and infants are safer when
properly restrained in a child
restraint system or infant restraint
system secured in a rear seating
position.

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We recommend that children and
child restraints be secured in a rear
seat, including: an infant or a child
riding in a rear-facing child restraint;
a child riding in a forward-facing
child seat; an older child riding in a
booster seat; and children, who are
large enough, using safety belts.
If a child restraint is secured in the
right front passenger seat, and the
vehicle has a switch in the glove
box to manually turn off the right
front passenger airbag, see Airbag
On-Off Switch on page 3‑29 and
Securing Child Restraints (Center
Front Seat Position) on page 3‑58
or Securing Child Restraints (Right
Front Seat Position) on page 3‑58
or Securing Child Restraints (Rear
Seat Position) on page 3‑55 for
more information, including
important safety information.
A label on the sun visor says,
“Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to
the rear-facing child is so great,
if the airbag deploys.

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{ WARNING

WARNING (Continued)

A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is
because the back of the
rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating
airbag. A child in a forward-facing
child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates and the
passenger seat is in a forward
position.

Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the airbag
is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the right front seat, always move
the front passenger seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.

Even if the passenger sensing
system or airbag switch has
turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, no
system is fail-safe. No one can
guarantee that an airbag will not
deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off.
(Continued)

A child in a child restraint in the
center front seat can be badly
injured or killed by the frontal
airbags if they inflate. Never
secure a child restraint in the
center front seat. It is always
better to secure a child restraint in
a rear seat.

{ WARNING

Do not use child restraints in the
center front seat position.

When securing a child restraint in a
rear seating position, study the
instructions that came with your
child restraint to make sure it is
compatible with this vehicle.
Child restraints and booster seats
vary considerably in size, and some
may fit in certain seating positions
better than others. Always make
sure the child restraint is properly
secured.
Depending on where you place the
child restraint and the size of the
child restraint, you may not be able
to access adjacent safety belt
assemblies or LATCH anchors for
additional passengers or child
restraints. Adjacent seating
positions should not be used if the
child restraint prevents access to or
interferes with the routing of the
safety belt.
If the vehicle does not have a rear
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rear-facing child restraint should not
be installed in the vehicle, even if
the airbag is off.
Wherever a child restraint is
installed, be sure to secure the child
restraint properly.
Keep in mind that an unsecured
child restraint can move around in a
collision or sudden stop and injure
people in the vehicle. Be sure to
properly secure any child restraint in
your vehicle — even when no child
is in it.

Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children
(LATCH System)
The LATCH system secures a child
restraint during driving or in a crash.
LATCH attachments on the child
restraint are used to attach the child
restraint to the anchors in the
vehicle. This system is designed to
make installation of a child restraint
easier.

Make sure that a LATCH-compatible
child restraint is properly installed
using the anchors, or use the
vehicle's safety belts to secure the
restraint, following the instructions
that came with that restraint, and
also the instructions in this manual.
When installing a child restraint with
a top tether, you must also use
either the lower anchors or the
safety belts to properly secure the
child restraint. A child restraint must
never be installed using only the top
tether and anchor.
In order to use the LATCH system in
your vehicle, you need a child
restraint that has LATCH
attachments. The child restraint
manufacturer will provide you with
instructions on how to use the child
restraint and its attachments. The
following explains how to attach a
child restraint with these
attachments in your vehicle.
Not all vehicle seating positions or
child restraints have lower anchors
and attachments or top tether
anchors and attachments.

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Lower Anchors

Lower anchors (A) are metal bars
built into the vehicle. There are two
lower anchors for each LATCH
seating position that will
accommodate a child restraint with
lower attachments (B).

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Top Tether Anchor

A top tether (A, C) anchors the top
of the child restraint to the vehicle.
A top tether anchor is built into the
vehicle. The top tether
attachment (B) on the child restraint
connects to the top tether anchor in
the vehicle in order to reduce the
forward movement and rotation of
the child restraint during driving or in
a crash.

Your child restraint may have a
single tether (A) or a dual tether (C).
Either will have a single
attachment (B) to secure the top
tether to the anchor.
Some child restraints that have a
top tether are designed for use with
or without the top tether being
attached. Others require the top
tether always to be attached. In
Canada, the law requires that
forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be
attached. Be sure to read and follow
the instructions for your child
restraint.

Lower Anchor and Top Tether
Anchor Locations

Regular Cab — Two-Passenger
Front Seat

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For regular cab models, there is an
anchor symbol on the covers to
assist you in locating the top tether
anchors.
Regular Cab — Three-Passenger
Front Seat

i (Top Tether Anchor):

Seating
positions with top tether anchors.
Do not install a child restraint in the
center front seat position. See
Securing Child Restraints (Center
Front Seat Position) on page 3‑58
or Securing Child Restraints (Right
Front Seat Position) on page 3‑58
or Securing Child Restraints (Rear
Seat Position) on page 3‑55 for
more information.

Crew and Extended Cab Rear Seat

i (Top Tether Anchor):

Seating
positions with top tether anchors.

j (Lower Anchor): Seating
positions with two lower anchors.
For crew and extended cab models,
the rear outboard seating positions
have exposed metal lower anchors
located in the crease between the
seatback and the seat cushion.

Regular Cab

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Do not install a child restraint in the
center seat position. See Securing
Child Restraints (Center Front Seat
Position) on page 3‑58 or Securing
Child Restraints (Right Front Seat
Position) on page 3‑58 or Securing
Child Restraints (Rear Seat
Position) on page 3‑55 for more
information.
For regular cab models, the top
tether anchors are located under
covers on the back panel behind the
passenger seat. Remove the trim
plug to access the anchor. Be sure
to use an anchor located on the
same side of the vehicle as the
seating position where the child
restraint will be placed.

Be sure to read the instructions
following to properly install a child
restraint using these loops.
Do not secure a child restraint in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
that the top tether be attached, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top tether
must be attached.
Crew Cab Shown, Extended Cab
Similar
For crew and extended cab models,
the top tether anchors are the loops
located near the top of the seatback
for each rear seating position.
These loops will be used to route
the top tether through, as well as, to
secure the top tether in the vehicle.
Be sure to use an anchor (loop)
located on the same side of the
vehicle as the seating position
where the child restraint will be
placed.

According to accident statistics,
children and infants are safer when
properly restrained in a child
restraint system or infant restraint
system secured in a rear seating
position. See Where to Put the
Restraint on page 3‑45 for
additional information.

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Securing a Child Restraint
Designed for the LATCH
System

{ WARNING
If a LATCH-type child restraint is
not attached to anchors, the child
restraint will not be able to protect
the child correctly. In a crash, the
child could be seriously injured or
killed. Install a LATCH-type child
restraint properly using the
anchors, or use the vehicle safety
belts to secure the restraint,
following the instructions that
came with the child restraint and
the instructions in this manual.

{ WARNING
Do not attach more than one child
restraint to a single anchor,
except for the center top tether
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WARNING (Continued)

anchors in the crew and extended
cabs. Attaching more than one
child restraint to a single anchor
could cause the anchor or
attachment to come loose or even
break during a crash. A child or
others could be injured. To reduce
the risk of serious or fatal injuries
during a crash, attach only one
child restraint per anchor.

of the retractor to set the lock,
if the vehicle has one, after the
child restraint has been installed.

{ WARNING
Children can be seriously injured
or strangled if a shoulder belt is
wrapped around their neck and
the safety belt continues to
tighten. Buckle any unused safety
belts behind the child restraint so
children cannot reach them. Pull
the shoulder belt all the way out
(Continued)

Notice: Do not let the LATCH
attachments rub against the
vehicle’s safety belts. This may
damage these parts. If necessary,
move buckled safety belts to
avoid rubbing the LATCH
attachments.
Do not fold the empty rear seat
with a safety belt buckled. This
could damage the safety belt or
the seat. Unbuckle and return the
safety belt to its stowed position,
before folding the seat.
If you need to secure more than one
child restraint in the rear seat, see
Where to Put the Restraint on
page 3‑45.
This system is designed to make
installation of child restraints easier.
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use the vehicle's safety belts.
Instead use the vehicle's anchors
and child restraint attachments to
secure the restraints. Some
restraints also use another vehicle
anchor to secure a top tether.

1.4. Route, attach, and tighten
the top tether according to
your child restraint
instructions and the
following instructions:

Regular Cab Models
1. If the child restraint manufacturer
recommends that the top tether
be attached, attach and tighten
the top tether to the top tether
anchor, if your vehicle has one.
Refer to the child restraint
instructions and the following
steps:
1.1. Pull the passenger
seatback forward by pulling
the recliner handle upward
to access the top tether
anchor. See Reclining
Seatbacks on page 3‑6 for
additional information.
1.2. Find the top tether anchor.
1.3. Remove the cover to
expose the anchor.

If the position you are using
has an adjustable headrest
or head restraint and you
are using a dual tether,
route the tether around the
headrest or head restraint.

If the position you are using
has an adjustable headrest
or head restraint and you
are using a single tether,
raise the headrest or head
restraint and route the
tether under the headrest or
head restraint and in
between the headrest or
head restraint posts.

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2. See Securing Child Restraints
(Center Front Seat Position) on
page 3‑58 or Securing Child
Restraints (Right Front Seat
Position) on page 3‑58 or
Securing Child Restraints (Rear
Seat Position) on page 3‑55 for
instructions on installing the
child restraint using the safety
belts.
3. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
LATCH path and attempt to
move it side-to-side and
back-and-forth. There should be
no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of
movement for proper installation.

Crew and Extended Cab Models
1. Attach and tighten the lower
attachments to the lower
anchors. If the child restraint
does not have lower
attachments or the desired
seating position does not have
lower anchors, secure the child
restraint with the top tether and
the safety belts. Refer to your
child restraint manufacturer
instructions and the instructions
in this manual.

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2. If the child restraint manufacturer
recommends that the top tether
be attached, attach and tighten
the top tether to the top tether
anchor (loop), if your vehicle has
one. Refer to the child restraint
instructions and the following
steps:

1.1. Find the lower anchors for
the desired seating
position.
1.2. Put the child restraint on
the seat.
1.3. Attach and tighten the lower
attachments on the child
restraint to the lower
anchors.

Example — Rear Driver Side
Position

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restraint post, and
under the center
shoulder belt (C).
C.

Example — Rear Driver Side
Position

Raise the headrest
or head restraint.

B.

Route the top
tether (B) between
the headrest or head
restraint posts,
through the loop (A),
behind the inboard
headrest or head

A.

Raise the headrest
or head restraint.

B.

Route the top
tether (B) between
the headrest or head
restraint posts,
through the loop on
the passenger side
and behind the
inboard headrest or
head restraint post.

C.

Attach the top
tether (B) to the top
tether
anchor (loop) (D) at
the center rear
seating position.

2.2. When using a child restraint
with a top tether in the rear
center position:
A.

2.1. When using a child restraint
with a top tether in the rear
driver side position:
A.

Attach the top
tether (B) to the top
tether
anchor (loop) (D) at
the center rear
seating position.

2.3. When using a child restraint
with a top tether in the rear
passenger position:

B.

Route the top
tether (B) through
the center loop (D),
and behind the
inboard passenger
side headrest or
head restraint post.
Attach the top
tether (B) to the top
tether anchor (loop)
at the rear
passenger side
seating position.

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2.4. Tighten the top tether when
and as the child restraint
manufacturer's
instructions say.
When the top tether is
tightened, the anchor (loop)
may bend. This is normal
and will not damage the
vehicle.
3. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
LATCH path and attempt to
move it side-to-side and
back-and-forth. There should be
no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of
movement for proper installation.

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Replacing LATCH System
Parts After a Crash

Securing Child Restraints
(Rear Seat Position)

{ WARNING

When securing a child restraint in a
rear seating position, study the
instructions that came with the child
restraint to make sure it is
compatible with this vehicle.

A crash can damage the LATCH
system in the vehicle. A damaged
LATCH system may not properly
secure the child restraint,
resulting in serious injury or even
death in a crash. To help make
sure the LATCH system is
working properly after a crash,
see your dealer to have the
system inspected and any
necessary replacements made as
soon as possible.
If the vehicle has the LATCH system
and it was being used during a
crash, new LATCH system parts
may be needed.
New parts and repairs may be
necessary even if the LATCH
system was not being used at the
time of the crash.

If the child restraint has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for how and
where to install the child restraint
using LATCH. If a child restraint is
secured in the vehicle using a
safety belt and it uses a top tether,
see Lower Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH System) on
page 3‑47 for top tether anchor
locations.
Do not secure a child seat in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
that the top tether be anchored, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top strap
must be anchored.

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In Canada, the law requires that
forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.
If the child restraint does not have
the LATCH system, you will be
using the safety belt to secure the
child restraint in this position. Be
sure to follow the instructions that
came with the child restraint. Secure
the child in the child restraint when
and as the instructions say.

2. Pick up the latch plate, and run
the lap and shoulder portions of
the vehicle's safety belt through
or around the restraint. The child
restraint instructions will show
you how.

3. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.

If more than one child restraint
needs to be installed in the rear
seat, be sure to read Where to Put
the Restraint on page 3‑45.

Position the release button on
the buckle so that the safety belt
could be quickly unbuckled if
necessary.

1. Put the child restraint on
the seat.
For crew cab second row
seatings positions, tilt the latch
plate to adjust the belt if needed.

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6. If the child restraint has a top
tether, follow the child restraint
manufacturer's instructions
regarding the use of the top
tether. See Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for more
information.

4. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.

5. To tighten the belt, push down
on the child restraint, pull the
shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt,
and feed the shoulder belt back
into the retractor. When installing
a forward-facing child restraint, it
may be helpful to use your knee
to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 4 and 5.

7. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side‐to‐side and back‐
and‐forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
To remove the child restraint,
unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and
let it return to the stowed position.
If the top tether is attached to a top
tether anchor, disconnect it.

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Securing Child Restraints
(Center Front Seat
Position)

{ WARNING
A child in a child restraint in the
center front seat can be badly
injured or killed by the frontal
airbags if they inflate. Never
secure a child restraint in the
center front seat. It is always
better to secure a child restraint in
a rear seat.
Do not use child restraints in the
center front seat position.

Securing Child Restraints
(Right Front Seat
Position)
With Passenger Sensing
System
This vehicle has airbags. A rear
seat is a safer place to secure a
forward-facing child restraint. See
Where to Put the Restraint on
page 3‑45.
In addition, the vehicle may have a
passenger sensing system which is
designed to turn off the right front
passenger frontal airbag under
certain conditions. See Passenger
Sensing System on page 3‑32 and
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
on page 5‑20 for more information
on this, including important safety
information.
A label on the sun visor says,
“Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to
the rear-facing child is so great,
if the airbag deploys.

{ WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is
because the back of the
rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating
airbag. A child in a forward-facing
child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates and the
passenger seat is in a forward
position.
The vehicle may have a
passenger sensing system which
is designed to turn off the right
front passenger frontal airbag
under certain conditions.
Even if the passenger sensing
system, if equipped, has turned
off the right front passenger
frontal airbag, no system is
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WARNING (Continued)
fail-safe. No one can guarantee
that an airbag will not deploy
under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the airbag
is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the right front seat, always move
the front passenger seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.
See Passenger Sensing System
on page 3‑32 for additional
information.
If the vehicle does not have a rear
seat that will accommodate a
rear-facing child restraint, a
rear-facing child restraint should not
be installed in the vehicle, even if
the airbag is off.

If the child restraint has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for how and
where to install the child restraint
using LATCH. If you secure a child
restraint using a safety belt and it
uses a top tether, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH System) on page 3‑47 for
top tether anchor locations.
Do not secure a child seat in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
that the top tether be anchored, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top strap
must be anchored.
In Canada, the law requires that
forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.

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You will be using the lap-shoulder
belt to secure the child restraint in
this position. Follow the instructions
that came with the child restraint.
1. Move the seat as far back as it
will go before securing the
forward-facing child restraint.
When the passenger sensing
system, if equipped, has turned
off the right front passenger
frontal airbag, the off indicator in
the passenger airbag status
indicator should light and stay lit
when you start the vehicle. See
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator on page 5‑20.
2. Put the child restraint on
the seat.
3. Pick up the latch plate, and run
the lap and shoulder portions of
the vehicle's safety belt through
or around the restraint. The child
restraint instructions will show
you how.

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4. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.
Position the release button so
that the safety belt could be
quickly unbuckled if necessary.

5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.

6. To tighten the belt, push down
on the child restraint, pull the
shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt,
and feed the shoulder belt back
into the retractor. When installing
a forward-facing child restraint, it
may be helpful to use your knee
to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 5 and 6.

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7. If the vehicle does not have a
rear seat and the child restraint
has a top tether, follow the child
restraint manufacturer's
instructions regarding the use of
the top tether. See Lower
Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH System) on
page 3‑47 for more information.
8. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
If the vehicle is equipped with a
passenger sensing system, and
when the passenger sensing system
has turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, the off
indicator in the passenger airbag
status indicator should light and stay
lit when you start the vehicle.

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If a child restraint has been installed
and the on indicator is lit, see “If the
On Indicator is Lit for a Child
Restraint” under Passenger Sensing
System on page 3‑32 for more
information.

A label on the sun visor says,
“Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front unless airbag is off.” This is
because the risk to the rear-facing
child is so great, if the airbag
deploys.

To remove the child restraint,
unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and
let it return to the stowed position.
If the top tether is attached to a top
tether anchor, disconnect it.

{ WARNING

With Airbag Off Switch
This vehicle has airbags. A rear
seat is a safer place to secure a
forward-facing child restraint. See
Where to Put the Restraint on
page 3‑45.
There may be a switch in the glove
box that you can use to turn off the
right front passenger frontal airbag.
See Airbag On-Off Switch on
page 3‑29 for more information,
including important safety
information.

A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates. This is
because the back of the
rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating
airbag. A child in a forward-facing
child restraint can be seriously
injured or killed if the right front
passenger airbag inflates and the
passenger seat is in a forward
position.
Even if the airbag switch has
turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, no
system is fail-safe. No one can
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WARNING (Continued)
guarantee that an airbag will not
deploy under some unusual
circumstance, even though it is
turned off.
Secure rear-facing child restraints
in a rear seat, even if the airbag
is off. If you secure a
forward-facing child restraint in
the right front seat, always move
the front passenger seat as far
back as it will go. It is better to
secure the child restraint in a
rear seat.

{ WARNING
If the airbag readiness light ever
comes on and stays on, it means
that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. For
example, the right front
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WARNING (Continued)
passenger airbag could inflate
even though the airbag on-off
switch is turned off.
To help avoid injury to yourself or
others, have the vehicle serviced
right away. See Airbag Readiness
Light on page 5‑17 for more
information, including important
safety information.
If the vehicle does not have a rear
seat that will accommodate a
rear-facing child restraint, a
rear-facing child restraint should not
be installed in the vehicle, even if
the airbag is off.

If the child restraint has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for how and
where to install the child restraint
using LATCH. If a child restraint is
secured using a safety belt and it
uses a top tether, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH System) on page 3‑47 for
top tether anchor locations.
Do not secure a child restraint in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
that the top tether be anchored, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top strap
must be anchored.
In Canada, the law requires that
forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.

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You will be using the lap-shoulder
belt to secure the child restraint in
this position. Follow the instructions
that came with the child restraint.
1. Move the seat as far back as it
will go before securing the
forward-facing child restraint.

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 you have no other choice but
to install a rear-facing child
restraint in this seat, make sure
the airbag is off once the child
restraint has been installed.
When the airbag off switch has
turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag, the off
indicator in the airbag off light
should light and stay lit when
you start the vehicle. See Airbag
On-Off Light on page 5‑18.
2. Put the child restraint on
the seat.

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5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.
4. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.
Position the release button so
that the safety belt could be
quickly unbuckled if necessary.

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6. To tighten the belt, push down
on the child restraint, pull the
shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt,
and feed the shoulder belt back
into the retractor. When installing
a forward-facing child restraint, it
may be helpful to use your knee
to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 5 and 6.

7. If your vehicle does not have a
rear seat and your child restraint
has a top tether, follow the child
restraint manufacturer's
instructions regarding the use of
the top tether. See Lower
Anchors and Tethers for
Children (LATCH System) on
page 3‑47.

the child restraint from the vehicle
unless the person who will be sitting
there is a member of a passenger
airbag risk group. See Airbag
On-Off Switch on page 3‑29 for
more information, including
important safety information.

8. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.

This vehicle has airbags. A rear
seat is a safer place to secure a
forward-facing child restraint. See
Where to Put the Restraint on
page 3‑45.

To remove the child restraint,
unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and
let it return to the stowed position.
If the top tether is attached to a top
tether anchor, disconnect it.
If you turned the airbag off with the
switch, turn on the right front
passenger airbag when you remove

Heavy Duty Crew Cab Only

A label on the sun visor says,
“Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front.” This is because the risk to
the rear-facing child is so great,
if the airbag deploys.

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Never put a rear-facing child
restraint in the right front passenger
seat. Here is why:

{ WARNING
A child in a rear-facing child
restraint can be seriously injured
or killed if the right front
passenger's airbag inflates. This
is because the back of the
rear-facing child restraint would
be very close to the inflating
airbag. Always secure a
rear-facing child restraint in a
rear seat.
If the vehicle does not have a rear
seat that will accommodate a
rear-facing child restraint, a
rear-facing child restraint should not
be installed in the vehicle, even if
the airbag is off.
If the child restraint has the LATCH
system, see Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for how and

where to install the child restraint
using LATCH. If you secure a child
restraint using a safety belt and it
uses a top tether, see Lower
Anchors and Tethers for Children
(LATCH System) on page 3‑47 for
top tether anchor locations.
Do not secure a child seat in a
position without a top tether anchor
if a national or local law requires
that the top tether be anchored, or if
the instructions that come with the
child restraint say that the top strap
must be anchored.

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2. Put the child restraint on
the seat.
3. Pick up the latch plate, and run
the lap and shoulder portions of
the vehicle's safety belt through
or around the restraint. The child
restraint instructions will show
you how.

In Canada, the law requires that
forward-facing child restraints have
a top tether, and that the tether be
attached.
You will be using the lap-shoulder
belt to secure the child restraint in
this position. Follow the instructions
that came with the child restraint.
1. Move the seat as far back as it
will go before securing the
forward-facing child restraint.

4. Push the latch plate into the
buckle until it clicks.
Make sure the release button is
positioned so you would be able
to unbuckle the safety belt
quickly if necessary.

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7. If your child restraint has a top
tether, follow the child restraint
manufacturer's instructions
regarding the use of the top
tether. See Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children (LATCH
System) on page 3‑47 for more
information.

5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way
out of the retractor to set the
lock. When the retractor lock is
set, the belt can be tightened but
not pulled out of the retractor.

6. To tighten the belt, push down
on the child restraint, pull the
shoulder portion of the belt to
tighten the lap portion of the belt,
and feed the shoulder belt back
into the retractor. When installing
a forward-facing child restraint, it
may be helpful to use your knee
to push down on the child
restraint as you tighten the belt.
Try to pull the belt out of the
retractor to make sure the
retractor is locked. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat
Steps 5 and 6.

8. Before placing a child in the
child restraint, make sure it is
securely held in place. To check,
grasp the child restraint at the
safety belt path and attempt to
move it side to side and back
and forth. When the child
restraint is properly installed,
there should be no more than
2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
To remove the child restraint,
unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and
let it return to the stowed position.
If the top tether is attached to a top
tether anchor, disconnect it.

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Storage

Storage

Storage
Compartments

Storage Compartments
Instrument Panel Storage . . . . .
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Armrest Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Center Console Storage . . . . . .

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4-1
4-1
4-2
4-2

Instrument Panel Storage
For vehicles equipped with an
instrument panel storage area, it is
located above the glove box.

4-1

Glove Box
Lift up on the glove box lever to
open it.

Cupholders
If equipped, there are cupholders on
the center console and the rear of
the center console, also in the rear
seat armrest.
Pull the cover down on the rear of
the center console to access the
cupholders in the rear of the center
console.
Pull the rear seat armrest down to
access the cupholders.

Access the storage area by
pressing and holding in the driver
side of the handle and pull out on
the exposed portion of the handle.

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Armrest Storage
Vehicles with a rear seat armrest
have two cupholders. Pull the
armrest down from the rear
seatback to access the cupholders.

Center Console Storage
Vehicles with an upper and lower
center console storage area have
cupholders included.
Pull the lever (A) up to access the
upper storage area. Raise the upper
storage bin, then pull the lever (B)
up to access the lower storage area.
Use the key to lock and unlock the
lower storage area.

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Instruments and
Controls
Controls
Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . 5-2
Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . 5-2
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . . 5-4
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Ashtrays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10

Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators
Warning Lights, Gauges, and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13
Engine Oil Pressure
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14

Engine Coolant Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
Voltmeter Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . 5-16
Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . 5-17
Airbag On-Off Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-18
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20
Charging System Light . . . . . . 5-21
Malfunction
Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21
Brake System Warning
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24
Four-Wheel-Drive Light . . . . . . 5-25
Tow/Haul Mode Light . . . . . . . . 5-25
StabiliTrak® OFF Light . . . . . . . 5-25
Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light . . . . 5-26
Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-26
Engine Oil Pressure Light . . . . 5-27
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . 5-27
Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . 5-28
Front Fog Lamp Light . . . . . . . . 5-28
Cruise Control Light . . . . . . . . . 5-28

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Information Displays
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29

Vehicle Messages
Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery Voltage and Charging
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake System Messages . . . .
Door Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . .
Engine Cooling System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Oil Messages . . . . . . . .
Engine Power Messages . . . .
Fuel System Messages . . . . . .
Key and Lock Messages . . . . .
Lamp Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Object Detection System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ride Control System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Airbag System Messages . . . .
Security Messages . . . . . . . . . .
Starting the Vehicle
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tire Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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5-38
5-39
5-39
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Transmission Messages . . . . . 5-44
Vehicle Reminder
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-45
Washer Fluid Messages . . . . . 5-46

Vehicle Personalization

Controls

Do not adjust the steering wheel
while driving.

Steering Wheel
Adjustment

Steering Wheel Controls

To adjust the steering wheel:

If equipped, some audio controls
can be adjusted at the steering
wheel.

Vehicle Personalization (With
DIC Buttons) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-46

Universal Remote System
Universal Remote System . . . 5-54
Universal Remote System
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-54
Universal Remote System
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-58

1. Hold the steering wheel and pull
the lever.
2. Move the steering wheel up
or down.
3. Release the lever to lock the
wheel in place.

w (Next): Press to go to the next
favorite radio station, track on a CD,
or folder on an iPod® or USB
device.
c / x (Previous/End):

Press to
go to the previous favorite radio
station, track on a CD, or folder on

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an iPod® or USB device. Press to
reject an incoming call, or end a
current call.
Radio
To select preset or favorite radio
stations:
Press and release w or c / x to
go to the next or previous radio
station stored as a preset or
favorite.
CD/DVD
To select tracks on a CD/DVD:
Press and release w or c / x to
go to the next or previous track.
Selecting Tracks on an iPod or
USB Device (Vehicles without a
Navigation System)
1. Press and hold w or c / x
while listening to a song until the
contents of the current folder
display on the radio display.

2. Press and release w or c / x
to scroll up or down the list, then
press and hold w , or press ¨ to
play the highlighted track.
Navigating Folders on an iPod or
USB Device (Vehicles without a
Navigation System):
1. Press and hold w or c / x
while listening to a song until the
contents of the current folder
display on the radio display.
2. Press and hold c / x to go
back to the previous folder list.
3. Press and release w or c /
to scroll up or down the list.
.

.

To select a folder, press
and hold w , or press ¨
when the folder is
highlighted.
To go back further in the
folder list, press and hold
c / x.

x

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Navigating an iPod or USB Device
on the Main Audio Screen
(Vehicles with a Navigation
System)
1. Press and release w or c /
to select the next or previous
track within the selected
category.

x

2. Press and hold w or c / x to
move quickly through the tracks.
3. Press and release ¨ to move up
one track within the selected
category.
Navigating an iPod or USB Device
on the Music Navigator Screen
(Vehicles with a Navigation
System)
1. Press and release w or c /
to select the next or previous
track within the selected
category.

x

2. Press and hold w or c / x to
move quickly through the tracks
within the selected category.

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3. Press and release ¨ to move up
one track within the selected
category.

¨ (Seek):

Press to go to the next
radio station while in AM, FM,
or SiriusXM®.

+

b / g (Mute/Push to Talk): Press
to silence the vehicle speakers only.
Press again to turn the sound on.

For vehicles with or without a
navigation system:

Horn

Press ¨ to go to the next track or
chapter while sourced to the CD or
DVD slot.

To sound the horn, press the center
pad on the steering wheel.

For vehicles with Bluetooth or
OnStar systems, press and hold for
longer than two seconds to interact
with those systems. See Bluetooth
on page 7‑50 and OnStar Overview
on page 14‑1 for more information.
SRCE (Source/Voice
Recognition): Press to switch
between the radio and CD, and for
equipped vehicles, the DVD, front
auxiliary, and rear auxiliary.
For vehicles with the navigation
system, press and hold this button
for longer than one second to
initiate voice recognition. See “Voice
Recognition” in the Navigation
System manual for more
information.

e:
−e:

Press to increase volume.
Press to decrease volume.

Windshield Wiper/Washer

Press ¨ to select a track or a folder
when navigating folders on an iPod
or USB device.
For vehicles with a navigation
system:
1. Press and hold ¨ until a beep is
heard, to place the radio into
SCAN mode. A station will play
for five seconds before moving
to the next station.
2. To stop the SCAN function,
press ¨ again.
While listening to a CD/DVD, press
and hold ¨ to quickly move forward
through the tracks. Release to stop
on the desired track.

The front wiper control is located on
the turn and lane-change lever.
The windshield wipers are controlled
by turning the band with z on it.

8 (Mist): For a single wipe, turn
to 8 , then release. For several
wipes, hold the band on 8 longer.
9 (Off): Turns the windshield
wipers off.

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6 (Adjustable Interval Wipes):
Turn the band up for more frequent
wipes or down for less frequent
wipes.

w (Low Speed):
1 (High Speed):

Slow wipes.
Fast wipes.

Clear ice and snow from the wiper
blades before using them. If frozen
to the windshield, carefully loosen or
thaw them. Damaged wiper blades
should be replaced. See Wiper
Blade Replacement on page 10‑35.
Heavy snow or ice can overload the
wiper motor. A circuit breaker will
stop the motor until it cools down.

Windshield Washer

{ WARNING
In freezing weather, do not use
the washer until the windshield is
warmed. Otherwise the washer
fluid can form ice on the
windshield, blocking your vision.

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L (Washer Fluid):

Push the
paddle marked with the windshield
washer symbol at the top of the
multifunction lever, to spray washer
fluid on the windshield. The wipers
clear the window and then either
stop or return to the preset speed.

Compass variance is the difference
between the earth's magnetic north
and true geographic north. If the
compass is not set to the zone
where you live, the compass may
give false readings. The compass
must be set to the variance zone in
which the vehicle is traveling.

Compass

To adjust for compass variance, use
the following procedure:

The vehicle may have a compass in
the Driver Information Center (DIC).
Compass Zone

Compass Variance (Zone)
Procedure

The zone is set to zone eight upon
leaving the factory. Your dealer will
set the correct zone for your
location.

1. Do not set the compass zone
when the vehicle is moving. Only
set it when the vehicle is in
P (Park).

Under certain circumstances, such
as during a long-distance,
cross-country trip or moving to a
new state or province, it will be
necessary to compensate for
compass variance by resetting the
zone through the DIC if the zone is
not set correctly.

Press the vehicle information
button until PRESS V TO
CHANGE COMPASS ZONE
displays. Or, if the vehicle does
not have DIC buttons, press the
trip odometer reset stem until
CHANGE COMPASS ZONE
displays.

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two seconds to select the next
available variance zone. Repeat
this step until the appropriate
variance zone is displayed.
5. If calibration is necessary,
calibrate the compass. See
“Compass Calibration
Procedure” following.
Compass Calibration

2. Find the vehicle's current
location and variance zone
number on the map.
Zones 1 through 15 are
available.
3. Press the set/reset button to
scroll through and select the
appropriate variance zone.
4. Press the trip/fuel button until
the vehicle heading, for
example, N for North, is
displayed in the DIC. Or, if the
vehicle does not have DIC
buttons, press and hold the trip
odometer reset stem for

The compass can be manually
calibrated. Only calibrate the
compass in a magnetically clean
and safe location, such as an open
parking lot, where driving the
vehicle in circles is not a danger.
It is suggested to calibrate away
from tall buildings, utility wires,
manhole covers, or other industrial
structures, if possible.
If CAL should ever appear in the
DIC display, the compass should be
calibrated.
If the DIC display does not show a
heading, for example, N for North,
or the heading does not change
after making turns, there may be a

strong magnetic field interfering with
the compass. Such interference
may be caused by a magnetic CB or
cell phone antenna mount, a
magnetic emergency light, magnetic
note pad holder, or any other
magnetic item. Turn off the vehicle,
move the magnetic item, then turn
on the vehicle and calibrate the
compass.
To calibrate the compass, use the
following procedure:
Compass Calibration Procedure
1. Before calibrating the compass,
make sure the compass zone is
set to the variance zone in which
the vehicle is located. See
“Compass Variance (Zone)
Procedure” earlier in this
section.
Do not operate any switches
such as window, sunroof,
climate controls, or seats during
the calibration procedure.

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2. Press the vehicle information
button until PRESS V TO
CALIBRATE COMPASS
displays. Or, if the vehicle does
not have DIC buttons, press the
trip odometer reset stem until
CALIBRATE COMPASS
displays.
3. Press the set/reset button to
start the compass calibration. Or,
if the vehicle does not have DIC
buttons, press and hold the trip
odometer reset stem for
two seconds to start the
compass calibration.
4. The DIC will display
CALIBRATING: DRIVE IN
CIRCLES. Drive the vehicle in
tight circles at less than 8 km/h
(5 mph) to complete the
calibration. The DIC will display
CALIBRATION COMPLETE for a
few seconds when the
calibration is complete. The DIC
display will then return to the
previous menu.

Clock
AM-FM Radio and AM‐FM
Radio with CD Player
To set the clock:
1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, then
press the O button to turn the
radio on.
2. Press the H button until the hour
numbers begin to flash, then
turn the f knob to increase or
decrease the hour.
3. Press the H button until the
minute numbers begin to flash,
then turn the f knob to increase
or decrease the minutes.
4. Press the H button until the
12HR or 24HR time format
begins to flash, then turn the f
knob to change the time format.

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5. Press the H button again until
the clock display stops flashing
to set the currently displayed
time, or wait until the flashing
stops after five seconds and the
current time displayed
automatically sets.

MP3 Radios with a Single CD
or a Single CD and DVD Player
To adjust the time and date:
1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, then
press the O button to turn the
radio on.
2. Press the H button to display
HR, MIN, MM, DD, YYYY (hour,
minute, month, day, and year).
3. Press the softkey located under
any one of the tabs to change
that setting.
4. To increase the time or date, do
one of the following:
.

Press the softkey below the
selected tab.

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¨ SEEK button.
Press the \ FWD button.
Turn the f knob clockwise.
Press the

5. To decrease the time or date, do
one of the following:
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© SEEK button.
Press the s REV button.
Turn the f knob
Press the

counterclockwise.
To change the time default setting
from 12 hour to 24 hour or to change
the date default setting from month/
day/year to day/month/year:
1. Press the H button and then the
softkey located below the
forward arrow tab. 12H, 24H, the
date MM/DD (month and day),
and DD/MM (day and month)
displays.
2. Press the softkey located below
the desired option.

3. Press the H button again to
apply the desired option, or let
the screen time out.

MP3 Radio with a Six-Disc CD
Player

.
.

5. To decrease the time or date, do
one of the following:
.

To set the time and date:
1. Turn the ignition key to ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN, then
press the O button to turn the
radio on.
2. Press the MENU button and
then the softkey under the H tab
to display HR, MIN, MM, DD,
YYYY (hour, minute, month, day,
and year).
3. Press the softkey located under
any one of the tabs to change
that setting.
4. To increase the time or date, do
one of the following:
.

.

Press the softkey below the
selected tab.
Press the

¨ SEEK button.

\ FWD button.
Turn the f knob clockwise.
Press the

.
.

© SEEK button.
Press the s REV button.
Turn the f knob
Press the

counterclockwise.
To change the time default setting
from 12 hour to 24 hour or to change
the date default setting from month/
day to day/month:
1. Press the MENU button and
then the softkey under the
H tab.
2. Press the softkey located below
the forward arrow tab. 12H, 24H,
the date MM/DD (month and
day), and DD/MM (day and
month) displays.
3. Press the softkey located below
the desired option.

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4. Press the MENU button again to
apply the desired option, or let
the screen time out.

Power Outlets
Accessory power outlets can be
used to plug in electrical equipment,
such as a cell phone, MP3
player, etc.
The vehicle may have two
accessory power outlets located
below the climate control system,
or may have one accessory power
outlet and one cigarette lighter. The
cigarette lighter is designed to fit
only in the receptacle closest to the
driver.
There may be another accessory
power outlet in the rear cargo area.
If the vehicle has a floor console,
there is an accessory power outlet
inside the storage bin and one on
the rear of the floor console.
Remove the cover to access and
replace when not in use.

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The accessory power outlets are
powered, even when the ignition is
in LOCK/OFF. Continuing to use
power outlets while the ignition is in
LOCK/OFF may cause the vehicle's
battery to run down.

Certain power accessory plugs may
not be compatible to the accessory
power outlet and could overload
vehicle or adapter fuses. If a
problem is experienced, see your
dealer.

{ WARNING

When adding electrical equipment,
be sure to follow the proper
installation instructions included with
the equipment. See Add-On
Electrical Equipment on page 9‑105.

Power is always supplied to the
outlets. Do not leave electrical
equipment plugged in when the
vehicle is not in use because the
vehicle could catch fire and cause
injury or death.
Notice: Leaving electrical
equipment plugged in for an
extended period of time while the
vehicle is off will drain the
battery. Always unplug electrical
equipment when not in use and
do not plug in equipment that
exceeds the maximum 20 ampere
rating.

Notice: Hanging heavy
equipment from the power outlet
can cause damage not covered
by the vehicle warranty. The
power outlets are designed for
accessory power plugs only, such
as cell phone charge cords.

Cigarette Lighter
To use the cigarette lighter, push it
in all the way, and let go. When it is
ready for use, the lighter pops
back out.
Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter
in while it is heating does not let
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heating element when it is hot.
Damage from overheating can
occur to the lighter or heating
element, or a fuse could be
blown. Do not hold a cigarette
lighter in while it is heating.

Ashtrays
The vehicle may have a front
ashtray located near the center of
the instrument panel. Pull on the
door to open it. The ashtray may
have a cigarette lighter.
Notice: If papers, pins, or other
flammable items are put in the
ashtray, hot cigarettes or other
smoking materials could ignite
them and possibly damage the
vehicle. Never put flammable
items in the ashtray.
To remove the ashtray, open the
door and pull the ashtray bin toward
you. To replace the ashtray, insert
the ashtray bin inside the ashtray
door and press down until it
engages.

Warning Lights,
Gauges, and
Indicators

Gauges can indicate when there
could be a problem with a vehicle
function. Often gauges and warning
lights work together to indicate a
problem with the vehicle.

Warning lights and gauges can
signal that something is wrong
before it becomes serious enough
to cause an expensive repair or
replacement. Paying attention to the
warning lights and gauges could
prevent injury.

When one of the warning lights
comes on and stays on while
driving, or when one of the gauges
shows there may be a problem,
check the section that explains what
to do. Follow this manual's advice.
Waiting to do repairs can be costly
and even dangerous.

Warning lights come on when there
could be a problem with a vehicle
function. Some warning lights come
on briefly when the engine is started
to indicate they are working.

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Instrument Cluster

English Light Duty Premium Shown. Metric, Uplevel, Base and Heavy Duty Similar.

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For vehicles with a DURAMAX®
Diesel engine, see the DURAMAX®
Diesel Supplement for more
information.

30 seconds, or until the ignition is
turned on. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5‑29 for more
information.

For vehicles with a Hybrid, see the
Hybrid Supplement for more
information.

Trip Odometer

Speedometer
The speedometer shows the
vehicle's speed in either kilometers
per hour (km/h) or miles per
hour (mph).

Odometer
The odometer shows how far the
vehicle has been driven, in either
kilometers or miles.

Engine Hour Meter Display
The Driver Information Center (DIC)
can also display the number of
hours the engine has run. To display
the engine hours, turn the ignition
off, then press and hold the reset
button for at least four seconds. The
hour meter displays for up to

The trip odometer shows how far
the vehicle has been driven since
the trip odometer was last set
to zero.
Press the reset button, located on
the instrument panel cluster next to
the voltmeter, to toggle between the
trip odometer and the regular
odometer. Holding the reset button
for approximately one second while
the trip odometer is displayed will
reset it.
To display the odometer reading
with the ignition off, press the reset
button.
See Driver Information Center (DIC)
on page 5‑29 for more information.

Tachometer
The tachometer displays the engine
speed in revolutions per minute
(rpm). For a description of how
Grade Braking affects vehicle speed
while the Tow/Haul Mode is
activated, see Tow/Haul Mode on
page 9‑38 for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Fuel Gauge

When the ignition is on, the fuel
gauge shows about how much fuel
is left in the fuel tank.

.

It takes a little more or less fuel
to fill up than the fuel gauge
indicated. For example, the
gauge may have indicated the
tank was half full, but it actually
took a little more or less than
half the fuel tank's capacity to
fill it.

.

The gauge goes back to empty
when the ignition is turned off.

An arrow on the fuel gauge
indicates the side of the vehicle the
fuel door is on.
The gauge will first indicate empty
before the vehicle is out of fuel, but
the vehicle's fuel tank should be
filled soon.

Metric

When the fuel tank is low the FUEL
LEVEL LOW message appears.
See Fuel System Messages on
page 5‑41 for more information.
Here are some situations owners
can experience with the fuel gauge.
None of these indicate a problem
with the fuel gauge.
.

English

At the gas station, the fuel pump
shuts off before the gauge
reads full.

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If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax diesel supplement
for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Engine Oil Pressure
Gauge

Oil pressure can vary with engine
speed, outside temperature and oil
viscosity, but if readings are outside
the normal operating range, the oil
pressure light comes on. See
Engine Oil Pressure Light on
page 5‑27 for more information.

English
Metric

The engine oil pressure gauge
shows the engine oil pressure
in kPa (kilopascals) or psi (pounds
per square inch) when the engine is
running.

A reading outside the normal
operating range can be caused by a
dangerously low oil level or some
other problem causing low oil
pressure. Check the vehicle's oil as
soon as possible. See “OIL
PRESSURE LOW STOP ENGINE”
under Engine Oil Messages on
page 5‑40 and Engine Oil on
page 10‑6.

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Notice: Lack of proper engine oil
maintenance can damage the
engine. Driving with the engine
oil low can also damage the
engine. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Check the oil level as soon as
possible. Add oil if required, but
if the oil level is within the
operating range and the oil
pressure is still low, have the
vehicle serviced. Always follow
the maintenance schedule for
changing engine oil.
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax diesel supplement
for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Engine Coolant
Temperature Gauge

English
Metric

This gauge shows the engine
coolant temperature.
It also provides an indicator of how
hard the vehicle is working. During a
majority of the operation, the gauge
reads 100°C (210°F) or less.
If pulling a load or going up hills, it
is normal for the temperature to
fluctuate and go over the 113°C
(235°F) mark. If the gauge reaches
the 125°C (260°F) mark, it indicates
that the cooling system is working
beyond its capacity.

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See Engine Overheating on
page 10‑21.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

Voltmeter Gauge

This gauge indicates the battery
voltage when the ignition is
turned on.
When the ignition is on, this gauge
indicates the battery voltage.

When the engine is running, this
gauge shows the condition of the
charging system. The gauge can
transition from a higher to lower or a
lower to higher reading. This is
normal. If the vehicle is operating
outside the normal operating range,
the charging system light comes on.
See Charging System Light on
page 5‑21 for more information. The
voltmeter gauge may also read
lower when in fuel economy mode.
This is normal.
Readings outside the normal
operating range can also occur
when a large number of electrical
accessories are operating in the
vehicle and the engine is left idling
for an extended period. This
condition is normal since the
charging system is not able to
provide full power at engine idle. As
engine speeds are increased, this
condition should correct itself as
higher engine speeds allow the
charging system to create maximum
power.

The vehicle can only be driven for a
short time with the readings outside
the normal operating range. If the
vehicle must be driven, turn off all
accessories, such as the radio and
air conditioner.
Readings outside the normal
operating range indicate a possible
problem in the electrical system.
Have the vehicle serviced as soon
as possible.

Safety Belt Reminders
Driver Safety Belt Reminder
Light
There is a driver safety belt
reminder light on the instrument
cluster.

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When the vehicle is started this light
flashes and a chime may come on
to remind the driver to fasten their
safety belt. Then the light stays on
solid until the belt is buckled. This
cycle may continue several times if
the driver remains or becomes
unbuckled while the vehicle is
moving.
If the driver safety belt is buckled,
neither the light nor the chime
comes on.

Passenger Safety Belt
Reminder Light
There may be a passenger safety
belt reminder light near the
passenger airbag status indicator.
See Passenger Sensing System on
page 3‑32.

For vehicles equipped with the
passenger safety belt warning light,
when the vehicle is started this light
flashes and a chime may come on
to remind passengers to fasten their
safety belt. Then the light stays on
solid until the belt is buckled. This
cycle continues several times if the
passenger remains or becomes
unbuckled while the vehicle is
moving.
If the passenger safety belt is
buckled, neither the chime nor the
light comes on.
The front passenger safety belt
warning light and chime may turn on
if an object is put on the seat such
as a briefcase, handbag, grocery
bag, laptop, or other electronic
device. To turn off the warning light
and/or chime, remove the object
from the seat or buckle the
safety belt.

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Airbag Readiness Light
This light shows if there is an
electrical problem with the airbag
system. The system check includes
the airbag sensor(s), passenger
sensing system (if equipped), the
pretensioners, the airbag modules,
the wiring, and the crash sensing
and diagnostic module. For more
information on the airbag system,
see Airbag System on page 3‑22.

The airbag readiness light comes on
for several seconds when the
vehicle is started. If the light does
not come on then, have it fixed
immediately.

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{ WARNING
If the airbag readiness light stays
on after the vehicle is started or
comes on while driving, it means
the airbag system might not be
working properly. The airbags in
the vehicle might not inflate in a
crash, or they could even inflate
without a crash. To help avoid
injury, have the vehicle serviced
right away.

Airbag On-Off Light
If the vehicle has an airbag on-off
switch, it also has a passenger
airbag status indicator located in the
overhead console.

United States

If there is a problem with the airbag
system, a Driver Information Center
(DIC) message may also come on.
See Airbag System Messages on
page 5‑43.
Canada and Mexico
When the vehicle is started, the
passenger airbag status indicator
will light ON and OFF, or the symbol
for on and off, will light for several
seconds as a system check. Then,
after several more seconds, the
status indicator ON or OFF, or either

the on or off symbol, will light to let
you know the status of the right front
passenger frontal airbag.
When the right front passenger
airbag is manually turned off using
the airbag on-off switch in the glove
box, the indicator light OFF or the
off symbol will come on and stay on
as a reminder that the airbag has
been turned off. This light will go off
when the airbag has been turned
on. See Airbag On-Off Switch on
page 3‑29 for more information,
including important safety
information.

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Canada and Mexico

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{ WARNING

{ WARNING

If the right front passenger airbag
is turned off for a person who is
not in a risk group identified by
the national government, that
person will not have the extra
protection of an airbag. In a
crash, the airbag will not be able
to inflate and help protect the
person sitting there.

If the airbag readiness light ever
comes on and stays on, it means
that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. For
example, the right front
passenger airbag could inflate
even though the airbag on-off
switch is turned off.

Do not turn off the passenger
airbag unless the person sitting
there is in a risk group identified
by the national government. See
Airbag On-Off Switch on
page 3‑29 for more on this,
including important safety
information.

To help avoid injury to yourself or
others, have the vehicle serviced
right away. See Airbag Readiness
Light on page 5‑17 for more
information, including important
safety information.
If the word ON or the on symbol is
lit, it means that the right front
passenger frontal airbag is enabled
(may inflate). See Airbag On-Off
Switch on page 3‑29 for more
information, including important
safety information.

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If, after several seconds, both status
indicator lights remain on, or if there
are no lights at all, there may be a
problem with the lights or the airbag
on-off switch. See your dealer for
service.

In addition, if the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
right front passenger position, the
label on the vehicle's sun visor
refers to “ADVANCED AIRBAGS”.

Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator
If the vehicle has one of the
indicators pictured in the following
illustrations, then the vehicle has a
passenger sensing system for the
right front passenger position unless
there is an airbag off switch located
in the glove box. If there is an
airbag off switch, the vehicle does
not have a passenger sensing
system. See Airbag On-Off Switch
on page 3‑29.
The passenger airbag status
indicator is on the overhead
console. See Passenger Sensing
System on page 3‑32 for important
safety information.

United States

Canada and Mexico
When the vehicle is started, the
passenger airbag status indicator
will light ON and OFF, or the symbol
for on and off, for several seconds
as a system check. Then, after
several more seconds, the status
indicator will light either ON or OFF,

or either the on or off symbol to let
you know the status of the right front
passenger frontal airbag.
If the word ON or the on symbol is
lit on the passenger airbag status
indicator, it means that the right
front passenger frontal airbag is
enabled (may inflate).
If the word OFF or the off symbol is
lit on the airbag status indicator, it
means that the passenger sensing
system has turned off the right front
passenger frontal airbag.
If, after several seconds, both status
indicator lights remain on, or if there
are no lights at all, there may be a
problem with the lights or the
passenger sensing system. See
your dealer for service.

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{ WARNING
If the airbag readiness light ever
comes on and stays on, it means
that something may be wrong
with the airbag system. To help
avoid injury to yourself or others,
have the vehicle serviced right
away. See Airbag Readiness
Light on page 5‑17 for more
information, including important
safety information.

Charging System Light

This light comes on briefly when the
ignition key is turned to START, but
the engine is not running, as a
check to show it is working.

If it does not, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer.
The light should go out once the
engine starts. If it stays on,
or comes on while driving, there
could be a problem with the
charging system. A charging system
message in the Driver Information
Center (DIC) can also appear. See
Battery Voltage and Charging
Messages on page 5‑38 for more
information. This light could indicate
that there are problems with a
generator drive belt, or that there is
an electrical problem. Have it
checked right away. If the vehicle
must be driven a short distance with
the light on, turn off accessories,
such as the radio and air
conditioner.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Malfunction
Indicator Lamp
A computer system called OBD II
(On-Board Diagnostics-Second
Generation) monitors the operation
of the vehicle to ensure emissions
are at acceptable levels, helping to
maintain a clean environment. The
malfunction indicator lamp comes
on when the vehicle is placed in
ON/RUN, as a check to show it is
working. If it does not, have the
vehicle serviced by your dealer. See
Ignition Positions on page 9‑24.

If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on while the engine is
running, this indicates that the OBD
II system has detected a problem
and diagnosis and service might be
required.

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Malfunctions often are indicated by
the system before any problem is
apparent. Being aware of the light
can prevent more serious damage
to the vehicle. This system also
assists the service technician in
correctly diagnosing any
malfunction.
Notice: If the vehicle is
continually driven with this light
on, the emission controls might
not work as well, the vehicle fuel
economy might not be as good,
and the engine might not run as
smoothly. This could lead to
costly repairs that might not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Notice: Modifications made to the
engine, transmission, exhaust,
intake, or fuel system of the
vehicle or the replacement of the
original tires with other than
those of the same Tire
Performance Criteria (TPC) can
affect the vehicle's emission
controls and can cause this light
to come on. Modifications to
these systems could lead to

costly repairs not covered by the
vehicle warranty. This could also
result in a failure to pass a
required Emission Inspection/
Maintenance test. See
Accessories and Modifications on
page 10‑3.
This light comes on during a
malfunction in one of two ways:
Light Flashing: A misfire condition
has been detected. A misfire
increases vehicle emissions and
could damage the emission control
system on the vehicle. Diagnosis
and service might be required.
To prevent more serious damage to
the vehicle:
.

Reduce vehicle speed.

.

Avoid hard accelerations.

.

Avoid steep uphill grades.

.

If towing a trailer, reduce the
amount of cargo being hauled as
soon as it is possible.

If the light continues to flash, find a
safe place to stop and park the
vehicle. Turn the vehicle off, wait at
least 10 seconds, and restart the
engine. If the light is still flashing,
follow the previous steps and see
your dealer for service as soon as
possible.
Light On Steady: An emission
control system malfunction has
been detected on the vehicle.
Diagnosis and service might be
required.
The following may correct an
emission control system
malfunction:
.

Check that the fuel cap is fully
installed. See Filling the Tank on
page 9‑72. The diagnostic
system can determine if the fuel
cap has been left off or
improperly installed. A loose or
missing fuel cap allows fuel to
evaporate into the atmosphere.
A few driving trips with the cap
properly installed should turn the
light off.

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.

Check that good quality fuel is
used. Poor fuel quality causes
the engine not to run as
efficiently as designed and may
cause stalling after start-up,
stalling when the vehicle is
changed into gear, misfiring,
hesitation on acceleration,
or stumbling on acceleration.
These conditions might go away
once the engine is warmed up.

Emissions Inspection and
Maintenance Programs
Depending on where you live, your
vehicle may be required to
participate in an emission control
system inspection and maintenance
program. For the inspection, the
emission system test equipment will
likely connect to the vehicle's Data
Link Connector (DLC).

If one or more of these conditions
occurs, change the fuel brand used.
It may require at least one full tank
of the proper fuel to turn the light off.
See Recommended Fuel on
page 9‑69.
If none of the above have made the
light turn off, your dealer can check
the vehicle. The dealer has the
proper test equipment and
diagnostic tools to fix any
mechanical or electrical problems
that might have developed.

The DLC is under the instrument
panel to the left of the steering
wheel. See your dealer if assistance
is needed.
The vehicle may not pass
inspection if:
.

The malfunction indicator lamp is
on with the engine running, or if
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the ignition is turned to ON/RUN
while the engine is off. See your
dealer for assistance in verifying
proper operation of the
malfunction indicator lamp.
.

The OBD II (On-Board
Diagnostics) system determines
that critical emission control
systems have not been
completely diagnosed. The
vehicle would be considered not
ready for inspection. This can
happen if the 12-volt battery has
recently been replaced or run
down. The diagnostic system is
designed to evaluate critical
emission control systems during
normal driving. This can take
several days of routine driving.
If this has been done and the
vehicle still does not pass the
inspection for lack of OBD II
system readiness, your dealer
can prepare the vehicle for
inspection.

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Brake System Warning
Light
With the ignition on, the brake
system warning light comes on
when the parking brake is set. If the
vehicle is driven with the parking
brake engaged, a chime sounds
when the vehicle speed is greater
than 8 km/h (5 mph).
The vehicle brake system consists
of two hydraulic circuits. If one
circuit is not working, the remaining
circuit can still work to stop the
vehicle. For normal braking
performance, both circuits need to
be working.
If the warning light comes on and a
chime sounds there could be a
brake problem. Have the brake
system inspected right away.
This light can also come on due to
low brake fluid. See Brake Fluid on
page 10‑26 for more information.

Metric

English

This light comes on briefly when the
ignition key is turned to ON/RUN.
If it does not come on then, have it
fixed so it is ready to warn if there is
a problem.

{ WARNING
The brake system might not be
working properly if the brake
system warning light is on.
Driving with the brake system
warning light on can lead to a
crash. If the light is still on after
the vehicle has been pulled off
the road and carefully stopped,
have the vehicle towed for
service.

If the light comes on while driving,
pull off the road and stop carefully.
The pedal might be harder to push
or might go closer to the floor. It can
take longer to stop. If the light is still
on, have the vehicle towed for
service. See Towing the Vehicle on
page 10‑89.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

Antilock Brake System
(ABS) Warning Light

For vehicles with the Antilock Brake
System (ABS), this light comes on
briefly when the engine is started.

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If it does not, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer. If the
system is working normally the
indicator light then goes off.
If the ABS light stays on, turn the
ignition off. If the light comes on
while driving, stop as soon as it is
safely possible and turn the ignition
off. Then start the engine again to
reset the system. If the ABS light
stays on, or comes on again while
driving, the vehicle needs service.
If the regular brake system warning
light is not on, the vehicle still has
brakes, but not antilock brakes.
If the regular brake system warning
light is also on, the vehicle does not
have antilock brakes and there is a
problem with the regular brakes.
See Brake System Warning Light on
page 5‑24.
For vehicles with a Driver
Information Center (DIC), see Brake
System Messages on page 5‑38 for
all brake‐related DIC messages.

If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Tow/Haul Mode Light

Four-Wheel-Drive Light

For vehicles with the Tow/Haul
Mode feature, this light comes on
when the Tow/Haul Mode has been
activated.
For vehicles equipped with the
four-wheel-drive light, it comes on
when a vehicle with a manual
transfer case is shifted into
four-wheel drive and the front axle
engages.

For more information, see Tow/Haul
Mode on page 9‑38.

StabiliTrak® OFF Light

Some delay between the shifting
and the light coming on is normal.
See Four-Wheel Drive on page 9‑41
for more information.
This light comes on briefly while
starting the engine.

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If it does not, have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer. If the
system is working normally, the
indicator light then goes off.

Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light

Press and release the Traction
Control System (TCS)/StabiliTrak
button to turn off TCS, and a
message displays in the DIC.
Press and briefly hold the TCS/
StabiliTrak button to turn off the
StabiliTrak system; the StabiliTrak
Off light comes on and a message
appears in the Driver Information
Center (DIC).
If the StabiliTrak/TCS system is off,
the system does not assist in
controlling the vehicle. Turn on the
StabiliTrak/TCS system and the
indicator light turns off.
See StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56, and Ride Control System
Messages on page 5‑42 for more
information.

If the light flashes while driving, this
means that StabiliTrak or TCS is
assisting in controlling the vehicle.
See StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56 for more information.

Tire Pressure Light
The TCS/StabiliTrak light comes on
briefly when the engine is started.
If the light does not come on or
stays on, have the vehicle serviced
by the dealer. If the system is
working normally, the indicator light
turns off.
If the light comes on and stays on
while driving, and a message
displays in the Driver Information
Center (DIC), have the vehicle
serviced by the dealer. See Ride
Control System Messages on
page 5‑42 for more information.

For vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), this light
comes on briefly when the engine is
started. It provides information
about tire pressures and the TPMS.
When the Light Is On Steady
This indicates that one or more of
the tires are significantly
underinflated.
A Driver Information Center (DIC)
tire pressure message may also
display. See Tire Messages on
page 5‑44. Stop as soon as

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possible, and inflate the tires to the
pressure value shown on the Tire
and Loading Information label. See
Tire Pressure on page 10‑56.
When the Light Flashes First and
Then Is On Steady
If the light flashes for about a minute
and then stays on, there may be a
problem with the TPMS. If the
problem is not corrected, the light
will come on at every ignition cycle.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation on page 10‑59.

Engine Oil Pressure Light

Notice: Lack of proper engine oil
maintenance can damage the
engine. Driving with the engine
oil low can also damage the
engine. The repairs would not be

covered by the vehicle warranty.
Check the oil level as soon as
possible. Add oil if required, but
if the oil level is within the
operating range and the oil
pressure is still low, have the
vehicle serviced. Always follow
the maintenance schedule for
changing engine oil.
This light comes on briefly while
starting the engine. If it does not,
have the vehicle serviced by your
dealer. If the system is working
normally the indicator light then
goes off.
If the light comes on and stays on, it
means that oil is not flowing through
the engine properly. The vehicle
could be low on oil and it might
have some other system problem.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Low Fuel Warning Light

This light, under the fuel gauge,
comes on briefly while the engine is
being started.
This light and a chime, if the vehicle
is equipped with a radio, comes on
when the fuel tank is low on fuel.
The Driver Information Center also
displays a FUEL LEVEL LOW
message. See Fuel System
Messages on page 5‑41 for more
information. When fuel is added this
light and message should go off. If it
does not, have the vehicle serviced
by your dealer.

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Security Light

For information regarding this light
and the vehicle's security system,
see Vehicle Alarm System on
page 2‑10.

High-Beam On Light
The security light should come on
briefly as the engine is started. If the
system is working normally, the
indicator light turns off. If it does not
come on, have the vehicle serviced
by your dealer.
If the light stays on and the engine
does not start, there could be a
problem with the theft-deterrent
system.
This light is also used to indicate the
status of the anti-theft alarm system
when the ignition is turned off. The
light will flash rapidly if the alarm
system is arming and one or more
of the monitored entry points is not
closed. The light will stay on if the
alarm is arming and all entry points
are closed.

For vehicles with fog lamps, this
light comes on when the fog lamps
are on.
The light goes out when the fog
lamps are turned off. See Fog
Lamps on page 6‑6 for more
information.

Cruise Control Light

This light comes on when the
high-beam headlamps are in use.
See Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer on page 6‑2.

Front Fog Lamp Light

For vehicles equipped with cruise
control, this light comes on
whenever the cruise control is set.
The light goes out when the cruise
control is turned off. See Cruise
Control on page 9‑59 for more
information.

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Information Displays
Driver Information
Center (DIC)
The vehicle has a Driver Information
Center (DIC).
The DIC displays information about
this vehicle. It also displays warning
messages if a system problem is
detected.
All messages will appear in the DIC
display located below the
tachometer in the instrument panel
cluster.
The DIC comes on when the ignition
is on. After a short delay, the DIC
will display the information that was
last displayed before the engine
was turned off.

The DIC has different displays
which can be accessed by pressing
the DIC buttons located on the
instrument panel, next to the
steering wheel. If the vehicle does
not have DIC buttons, the trip
odometer reset stem can be used to
access some of the menu items.

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DIC Buttons

The DIC displays trip, fuel, and
vehicle system information, and
warning messages if a system
problem is detected.
The DIC also allows some features
to be customized. See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46 for more information.
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax® diesel
supplement for more information.

The buttons are the trip/fuel, vehicle
information, customization, and set/
reset buttons. The button functions
are detailed in the following pages.

3 (Trip/Fuel):

Press this button
to display the odometer, trip
odometer, fuel range, average
economy, fuel used, timer,
transmission temperature, and
instantaneous economy and Active
Fuel Management™ indicator. The
compass and outside temperature
will also be shown in the display.

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The temperature will be shown in °C
or °F depending on the units
selected.

T (Vehicle Information):

Press
this button to display the oil life,
units, tire pressure readings for
vehicles with the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), trailer
brake gain and output information
for vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
engine hours, compass zone
setting, and compass recalibration.

U (Customization):

Press this
button to customize the feature
settings on the vehicle. See Vehicle
Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
on page 5‑46 for more information.

V (Set/Reset):

Press this button to
set or reset certain functions and to
turn off or acknowledge messages
on the DIC.

Trip/Fuel Menu Items (with DIC
Buttons)

3 (Trip/Fuel):

Press this button
to scroll through the following menu
items:
Odometer
Press the trip/fuel button until
ODOMETER displays. This display
shows the distance the vehicle has
been driven in either kilometers (km)
or miles. Pressing the trip odometer
reset stem will also display the
odometer.
To switch between metric and
English measurements, see “Units”
later in this section.
Trip Odometer
Press the trip/fuel button until TRIP
displays. This display shows the
current distance traveled in either
kilometers (km) or miles since the
last reset for the trip odometer.
Pressing the trip odometer reset
stem will also display the trip
odometer.

The trip odometer can be reset to
zero by pressing the set/reset
button while the trip odometer is
displayed. You can also reset the
trip odometer while it is displayed by
pressing and holding the trip
odometer reset stem.
The trip odometer has a feature
called the retro-active reset. This
can be used to set the trip odometer
to the number of miles (kilometers)
driven since the ignition was last
turned on. This can be used if the
trip odometer is not reset at the
beginning of the trip.
To use the retro-active reset feature,
press and hold the set/reset button
for at least four seconds. The trip
odometer will display the number of
kilometers (km) or miles driven since
the ignition was last turned on and
the vehicle was moving. Once the
vehicle begins moving, the trip
odometer will accumulate mileage.
For example, if the vehicle was
driven 8 km (5 miles) before it is
started again, and then the
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activated, the display will show 8 km
(5 miles). As the vehicle begins
moving, the display will then
increase to 8.2 km (5.1 miles),
8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc.

fuel economies. Generally, freeway
driving produces better fuel
economy than city driving. Fuel
range cannot be reset.

Fuel Range

Press the trip/fuel button until AVG
ECONOMY displays. This display
shows the approximate average
liters per 100 kilometers (L/100 km)
or miles per gallon (mpg). This
number is calculated based on the
number of L/100 km (mpg) recorded
since the last time this menu item
was reset. To reset AVG
ECONOMY, press and hold the set/
reset button.

Press the trip/fuel button until FUEL
RANGE displays. This display
shows the approximate number of
remaining kilometers (km) or miles
the vehicle can be driven without
refueling. The display will show
LOW if the fuel level is low.
The fuel range estimate is based on
an average of the vehicle's fuel
economy over recent driving history
and the amount of fuel remaining in
the fuel tank. This estimate will
change if driving conditions change.
For example, if driving in traffic and
making frequent stops, this display
may read one number, but if the
vehicle is driven on a freeway, the
number may change even though
the same amount of fuel is in the
fuel tank. This is because different
driving conditions produce different

Average Economy

Fuel Used
Press the trip/fuel button until FUEL
USED displays. This display shows
the number of liters (L) or
gallons (gal) of fuel used since the
last reset of this menu item. To reset
the fuel used information, press and
hold the set/reset button while FUEL
USED is displayed.

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Speedometer
The speedometer shows how fast
the vehicle is moving in either
kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles
per hour (mph). The speedometer
cannot be reset.
Timer
Press the trip/fuel button until
TIMER displays. This display can be
used as a timer.
To start the timer, press the set/
reset button while TIMER is
displayed. The display will show the
amount of time that has passed
since the timer was last reset, not
including time the ignition is off.
Time will continue to be counted as
long as the ignition is on, even if
another display is being shown on
the DIC. The timer will record up to
99 hours, 59 minutes, and
59 seconds (99:59:59) after which
the display will return to zero.
To stop the timer, press the set/reset
button briefly while TIMER is
displayed.

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To reset the timer to zero, press and
hold the set/reset button while
TIMER is displayed.
Transmission Temperature
Press the trip/fuel button until
TRANS TEMP displays. This
display shows the temperature of
the automatic transmission fluid in
either degrees Celsius (°C) or
degrees Fahrenheit (°F).
Instantaneous Economy and
Active Fuel Management™
Indicator
If the vehicle has this display, press
the trip/fuel button until INST ECON
V8 displays. This display shows the
current fuel economy at a particular
moment and will change frequently
as driving conditions change. This
display shows the instantaneous
fuel economy in liters per
100 kilometers (L/100 km) or miles
per gallon (mpg). Unlike average
economy, this screen cannot be
reset.

An Active Fuel Management
indicator displays on the right side
of the DIC, while INST ECON
displays on the left side. Active Fuel
Management allows the engine to
operate on either four or eight
cylinders, depending on driving
demands. When Active Fuel
Management is active, V4 will
display on the DIC. When Active
Fuel Management is inactive, V8
will display. See Active Fuel
Management® on page 9‑32 for
more information.
Blank Display
This display shows no information.

Vehicle Information Menu
Items (with DIC Buttons)

T (Vehicle Information): Press
this button to scroll through the
following menu items:
Oil Life
Press the vehicle information button
until OIL LIFE REMAINING
displays. This display shows an

estimate of the oil's remaining useful
life. If you see 99% OIL LIFE
REMAINING on the display, that
means 99% of the current oil life
remains. The engine oil life system
will alert you to change the oil on a
schedule consistent with your
driving conditions.
When the remaining oil life is low,
the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message will appear on the display.
See “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON”
under Engine Oil Messages on
page 5‑40. You should change the
oil as soon as you can. See Engine
Oil on page 10‑6. In addition to the
engine oil life system monitoring the
oil life, additional maintenance is
recommended in the Maintenance
Schedule in this manual. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3 for more information.
Remember, you must reset the OIL
LIFE display after each oil change.
It will not reset itself. Also, be
careful not to reset the OIL LIFE
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been changed. It cannot be reset
accurately until the next oil change.
To reset the engine oil life system,
see Engine Oil Life System on
page 10‑9.
Units
Press the vehicle information button
until UNITS displays. This display
allows you to select between metric
or English units of measurement.
Once in this display, press the set/
reset button to select between
METRIC or ENGLISH units. All of
the vehicle information will then be
displayed in the unit of
measurement selected.

information button again until the
DIC displays REAR TIRES kPa
(PSI) LEFT ## RIGHT ##.
If a low tire pressure condition is
detected by the system while
driving, a message advising you to
add pressure in a specific tire will
appear in the display. See Tire
Pressure on page 10‑56 and Tire
Messages on page 5‑44 for more
information.
If the tire pressure display shows
dashes instead of a value, there
may be a problem with the vehicle.
If this consistently occurs, see your
dealer for service.

Tire Pressure

Trailer Gain and Output

If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), the
pressure for each tire can be viewed
in the DIC. The tire pressure will be
shown in either kilopascals (kPa) or
pounds per square inch (psi). Press
the vehicle information button until
the DIC displays FRONT
TIRES kPa (PSI) LEFT ##
RIGHT ##. Press the vehicle

On vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
the trailer brake display appears in
the DIC. Press the vehicle
information button until TRAILER
GAIN and OUTPUT display.

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TRAILER GAIN shows the trailer
gain setting. This setting can be
adjusted from 0.0 to 10.0 with either
a trailer connected or disconnected.
OUTPUT shows the power output to
the trailer any time a trailer with
electric brakes is connected. Output
is displayed in 0 to 10 bars. Dashes
may appear in the OUTPUT display.
To adjust trailer gain see “Integrated
Trailer Brake Control System” under
Towing Equipment on page 9‑93 for
more information.
Battery
This display shows the current
battery voltage. If the voltage is in
the normal range, the value will
display. For example, the display
may read BATTERY 13 VOLTS.
Your vehicle's charging system
regulates voltage based on the state
of the battery. The battery voltage
may fluctuate when viewing this
information on the DIC. This is
normal.

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Oil Pressure
This display shows the oil pressure
in either kilopascals (kPa) or pounds
per square inch (psi).
Engine Hours
Press the vehicle information button
until ENGINE HOURS displays. This
display shows the total number of
hours the engine has run.

Trip Odometer Reset Stem
Menu Items (with DIC Buttons)
Use the trip odometer reset stem to
view the odometer and trip
odometer. The Language selection
and Engine Hours display can also
be accessed with the trip odometer
reset stem.
Odometer

This display allows for setting the
compass zone. See Compass on
page 5‑5 for more information.

Press the trip odometer reset stem
until ODOMETER displays. This
display shows the distance the
vehicle has been driven in either
kilometers (km) or miles (mi).

Compass Recalibration

Trip Odometer

This display allows for calibrating
the compass. See Compass on
page 5‑5 for more information.

Press the trip odometer reset stem
until TRIP displays. This display
shows the current distance traveled
in either kilometers (km) or
miles (mi) since the last reset for the
trip odometer.

Compass Zone Setting

Blank Display
This display shows no information.

The trip odometer can be reset to
zero by pressing and holding the trip
odometer reset stem while the trip
odometer is displayed.

The trip odometer has a feature
called the retro-active reset. This
can be used to set the trip odometer
to the number of miles (kilometers)
driven since the ignition was last
turned on. This can be used if the
trip odometer is not reset at the
beginning of the trip.
To use the retro-active reset feature,
press and hold the trip odometer
reset stem for at least four seconds.
The trip odometer will display the
number of kilometers (km) or
miles (mi) driven since the ignition
was last turned on and the vehicle
was moving. Once the vehicle
begins moving, the trip odometer
will accumulate mileage. For
example, if the vehicle was driven
8 km (5 miles) before it is started
again, and then the retro-active
reset feature is activated, the
display will show 8 km (5 miles). As
the vehicle begins moving, the
display will then increase to 8.2 km
(5.1 miles), 8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc.

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Language

Engine Hours

This display allows you to select the
language in which the DIC
messages will appear. To select a
language:

To display the ENGINE HOURS,
place the ignition in LOCK/OFF or
ACC/ACCESSORY, then press and
hold the trip odometer reset stem for
four seconds while viewing the
ODOMETER. This display shows
the total number of hours the engine
has run.

1. Press the trip odometer reset
stem until ODOMETER displays.
2. While in the ODOMETER
display, press and hold the trip
odometer reset stem for
three seconds until the currently
set language displays.
3. Continue to press and hold the
trip odometer reset stem to scroll
through all of the available
languages.
The available selections are
ENGLISH (default),
FRANCAIS (French),
ESPANOL (Spanish), and NO
CHANGE.
4. Once the desired language is
displayed, release the trip
odometer reset stem to set the
choice.

Trip Odometer Reset Stem
Menu Items (without DIC
Buttons)
Language
This display allows you to select the
language in which the DIC
messages will appear. To select a
language:
1. Press the trip odometer reset
stem until ODOMETER displays.
2. While in the ODOMETER
display, press and hold the trip
odometer reset stem for
three seconds until the currently
set language displays.

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3. Continue to press and hold the
trip odometer reset stem to scroll
through all of the available
languages.
The available languages are
ENGLISH (default),
FRANCAIS (French),
ESPANOL (Spanish), and NO
CHANGE.
4. Once the desired language is
displayed, release the trip
odometer reset stem to set the
choice.
Trip Odometer
Press the trip odometer reset stem
until TRIP displays. This display
shows the current distance traveled
in either kilometers (km) or
miles (mi) since the last reset for the
trip odometer.
The trip odometer can be reset to
zero by pressing and holding the trip
odometer reset stem while the trip
odometer is displayed.

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The trip odometer has a feature
called the retro-active reset. This
can be used to set the trip odometer
to the number of miles (kilometers)
driven since the ignition was last
turned on. This can be used if the
trip odometer is not reset at the
beginning of the trip.

Transmission Temperature

To use the retro-active reset feature,
press and hold the trip odometer
reset stem for at least four seconds.
The trip odometer will display the
number of kilometers (km) or
miles (mi) driven since the ignition
was last turned on and the vehicle
was moving. Once the vehicle
begins moving, the trip odometer
will accumulate mileage. For
example, if the vehicle was driven
8 km (5 miles) before it is started
again, and then the retro-active
reset feature is activated, the
display will show 8 km (5 miles). As
the vehicle begins moving, the
display will then increase to 8.2 km
(5.1 miles), 8.4 km (5.2 miles), etc.

Trailer Gain and Output

Press the trip odometer reset stem
until TRANS TEMP displays. This
display shows the temperature of
the automatic transmission fluid in
either degrees Celsius (°C) or
degrees Fahrenheit (°F).
On vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
the trailer brake display appears in
the DIC. Press the trip odometer
reset stem until TRAILER GAIN and
OUTPUT display.
TRAILER GAIN shows the trailer
gain setting. This setting can be
adjusted from 0.0 to 10.0 with either
a trailer connected or disconnected.
OUTPUT shows the power output to
the trailer any time a trailer with
electric brakes is connected. Output
is displayed in 0 to 10 bars. Dashes
may appear in the OUTPUT display.

To adjust trailer gain see “Integrated
Trailer Brake Control System” under
Towing Equipment on page 9‑93 for
more information.
Speedometer
The speedometer shows how fast
the vehicle is moving in either
kilometers per hour (km/h) or miles
per hour (mph). The speedometer
cannot be reset.
Battery
This display shows the current
battery voltage. If the voltage is in
the normal range, the value will
display. For example, the display
may read BATTERY 13 VOLTS.
Your vehicle's charging system
regulates voltage based on the state
of the battery. The battery voltage
may fluctuate when viewing this
information on the DIC. This is
normal.
Oil Pressure
This display shows the oil pressure
in either kilopascals (kPa) or pounds
per square inch (psi).

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Compass Zone Setting
This display allows for setting the
compass zone. See Compass on
page 5‑5 for more information.
Compass Recalibration
This display allows for calibrating
the compass. See Compass on
page 5‑5 for more information.
Oil Life
To access this display, the vehicle
must be in P (Park). Press the trip
odometer reset stem until OIL LIFE
REMAINING displays. This display
shows an estimate of the oil's
remaining useful life. If you see
99% OIL LIFE REMAINING on the
display, that means 99% of the
current oil life remains. The engine
oil life system will alert you to
change the oil on a schedule
consistent with your driving
conditions.
When the remaining oil life is low,
the CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message will appear on the display.
See “CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON”

under Engine Oil Messages on
page 5‑40. You should change the
oil as soon as you can. See Engine
Oil on page 10‑6. In addition to the
engine oil life system monitoring the
oil life, additional maintenance is
recommended in the Maintenance
Schedule in this manual. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3 for more information.
Remember, you must reset the OIL
LIFE display after each oil change.
It will not reset itself. Also, be
careful not to reset the OIL LIFE
display accidentally at any time
other than when the oil has just
been changed. It cannot be reset
accurately until the next oil change.
To reset the engine oil life system,
see Engine Oil Life System on
page 10‑9.

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Vehicle Messages
Messages displayed on the DIC
indicate the status of the vehicle or
some action may be needed to
correct a condition. Multiple
messages may appear one after
another.
The messages that do not require
immediate action can be
acknowledged and cleared by
pressing V (Set/Reset) or the trip
odometer reset stem.
The messages that require
immediate action cannot be cleared
until that action is performed.
All messages should be taken
seriously and clearing the message
does not correct the problem.
The following are the possible
messages and some information
about them.
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax® diesel
supplement for more information.

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Battery Voltage and
Charging Messages
BATTERY LOW START
VEHICLE
When the vehicle’s battery is
severely discharged, this message
will display and four chimes will
sound. Start the vehicle
immediately. If the vehicle is not
started and the battery continues to
discharge, the climate controls,
heated seats, and audio systems
will shut off and the vehicle may
require a jump start. These systems
will function again after the vehicle
is started.

SERVICE BATTERY
CHARGING SYSTEM
On some vehicles, this message
displays if there is a problem with
the battery charging system. Under
certain conditions, the charging
system light may also turn on in the
instrument panel cluster. See
Charging System Light on
page 5‑21. Driving with this problem

could drain the battery. Turn off all
unnecessary accessories. Have the
electrical system checked as soon
as possible. See your dealer.

Brake System Messages
SERVICE BRAKE SYSTEM
This message displays along with
the brake system warning light if
there is a problem with the brake
system. See Brake System Warning
Light on page 5‑24. If this message
appears, stop as soon as possible
and turn off the vehicle. Restart the
vehicle and check for the message
on the DIC display. If the message
is still displayed or appears again
when you begin driving, the brake
system needs service as soon as
possible. See your dealer.

SERVICE BRAKES SOON
On some vehicles, this message
displays if there is a problem with
the brake system. If this message
appears, stop as soon as possible
and turn off the vehicle. Restart the

vehicle and check for the message
on the DIC display. If the message
is still displayed or appears again
when you begin driving, the brake
system needs service. See your
dealer.

SERVICE TRAILER BRAKE
SYSTEM
On vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
this message displays and a chime
may sound when there is a problem
with the ITBC system.
When this message displays, power
is no longer available to the trailer
brakes.
As soon as it is safe to do so,
carefully pull your vehicle over to
the side of the road and turn the
ignition off. Check the wiring
connection to the trailer and turn the
ignition back on. If this message still
displays, either your vehicle or the
trailer needs service. See your
dealer.

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See “Integrated Trailer Brake
Control System” under Towing
Equipment on page 9‑93 for more
information.

Door Ajar Messages
DRIVER DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the driver door is not
fully closed and the vehicle is
shifted out of P (Park). Stop and turn
off the vehicle, check the door for
obstructions, and close the door
again. Check to see if the message
still appears on the DIC.

HOOD OPEN
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the hood is not fully
closed. Stop and turn off the
vehicle, check the hood for
obstructions, and close the hood
again. Check to see if the message
still appears on the DIC.

LEFT REAR DOOR OPEN
(Crew Cab)
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the driver side rear
door is not fully closed and the
vehicle is shifted out of P (Park).
Stop and turn off the vehicle, check
the door for obstructions, and close
the door again. Check to see if the
message still appears on the DIC.

PASSENGER DOOR OPEN
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the front passenger
door is not fully closed and the
vehicle is shifted out of P (Park).
Stop and turn off the vehicle, check
the door for obstructions, and close
the door again. Check to see if the
message still appears on the DIC.

RIGHT REAR DOOR OPEN
(Crew Cab)
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the passenger side
rear door is not fully closed and the
vehicle is shifted out of P (Park).
Stop and turn off the vehicle, check

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the door for obstructions, and close
the door again. Check to see if the
message still appears on the DIC.

Engine Cooling System
Messages
Notice: If you drive the vehicle
while the engine is overheating,
severe engine damage may
occur. If an overheat warning
appears on the instrument cluster
and/or DIC, stop the vehicle as
soon as possible. See Engine
Overheating on page 10‑21.

ENGINE HOT A/C (Air
Conditioning) TURNED OFF
This message displays when the
engine coolant becomes hotter than
the normal operating temperature.
See Engine Coolant Temperature
Gauge on page 5‑15. To avoid
added strain on a hot engine, the air
conditioning compressor
automatically turns off. When the
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normal, the air conditioning
compressor turns back on. You can
continue to drive your vehicle.
If this message continues to appear,
have the system repaired by your
dealer as soon as possible to avoid
damage to the engine.

ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE
ENGINE
This message displays when the
engine coolant temperature is too
hot. Stop and allow the vehicle to
idle until it cools down. See Engine
Coolant Temperature Gauge on
page 5‑15.
See Overheated Engine Protection
Operating Mode on page 10‑23 for
information on driving to a safe
place in an emergency.

ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP
ENGINE
This message displays and a chime
may sound if the engine cooling
system reaches unsafe
temperatures for operation. Stop

and turn off the vehicle as soon as it
is safe to do so to avoid severe
damage. This message clears when
the engine has cooled to a safe
operating temperature.

and allow the vehicle to idle until it
cools down. See Engine Coolant
Temperature Gauge on page 5‑15.

Engine Oil Messages

Notice: If you drive the vehicle
while the engine oil pressure is
low, severe engine damage may
occur. If a low oil pressure
warning appears on the Driver
Information Center (DIC), stop the
vehicle as soon as possible. Do
not drive the vehicle until the
cause of the low oil pressure is
corrected. See Engine Oil on
page 10‑6 for more information.

CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
This message displays when the
engine oil needs to be changed.
When you change the engine oil, be
sure to reset the CHANGE ENGINE
OIL SOON message. See Engine
Oil Life System on page 10‑9 for
information on how to reset the
message. See Engine Oil on
page 10‑6 and Maintenance
Schedule on page 11‑3 for more
information.

ENGINE OIL HOT IDLE
ENGINE
This message displays when the
engine oil becomes hotter than the
normal operating temperature. Stop

OIL PRESSURE LOW STOP
ENGINE

This message displays if low oil
pressure levels occur. Stop the
vehicle as soon as safely possible
and do not operate it until the cause
of the low oil pressure has been
corrected. Check the oil as soon as
possible and have the vehicle
serviced by your dealer. See Engine
Oil on page 10‑6.

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Engine Power Messages

Fuel System Messages

Key and Lock Messages

ENGINE POWER IS REDUCED

FUEL LEVEL LOW

This message displays and a chime
may sound when the cooling system
temperature gets too hot and the
engine further enters the engine
coolant protection mode. See
Engine Overheating on page 10‑21
for more information.

This message displays and a chime
may sound if the fuel level is low.
Refuel as soon as possible. See
Fuel Gauge on page 5‑13 and Fuel
on page 9‑68 for more information.

REPLACE BATTERY IN
REMOTE KEY

This message also displays when
the vehicle's engine power is
reduced. Reduced engine power
can affect the vehicle's ability to
accelerate. If this message is on,
but there is no reduction in
performance, proceed to your
destination. The performance may
be reduced the next time the vehicle
is driven. The vehicle may be driven
at a reduced speed while this
message is on, but acceleration and
speed may be reduced. Anytime
this message stays on, the vehicle
should be taken to your dealer for
service as soon as possible.

This message may display along
with the check engine light on the
instrument panel cluster if the
vehicle's fuel cap is not tightened
properly. See Malfunction Indicator
Lamp on page 5‑21. Reinstall the
fuel cap fully. See Filling the Tank
on page 9‑72. The diagnostic
system can determine if the fuel cap
has been left off or improperly
installed. A loose or missing fuel
cap allows fuel to evaporate into the
atmosphere. A few driving trips with
the cap properly installed should
turn this light and message off.

TIGHTEN GAS CAP

This message displays if a Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter
battery is low. The battery needs to
be replaced in the transmitter. See
“Battery Replacement” under
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 2‑2.

Lamp Messages
TURN SIGNAL ON
This message displays and a chime
sounds if a turn signal is left on for
1.2 km (0.75 mi). Move the turn
signal/multifunction lever to the off
position.

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Object Detection System
Messages
PARK ASST BLOCKED SEE
OWNERS MANUAL
This message displays if there is
something interfering with the park
assist system. See Ultrasonic
Parking Assist on page 9‑62 for
more information.

PARK ASSIST OFF
After the vehicle has been started,
this message displays to remind the
driver that the URPA system has
been turned off. Press the set/reset
button or the trip odometer reset
stem to acknowledge this message
and clear it from the DIC display. To
turn the URPA system back on, see
Ultrasonic Parking Assist on
page 9‑62.

SERVICE PARK ASSIST
This message displays if there is a
problem with the Ultrasonic Rear
Parking Assist (URPA) system. Do
not use this system to help you

park. See Ultrasonic Parking Assist
on page 9‑62 for more information.
See your dealer for service.

Ride Control System
Messages
SERVICE STABILITRAK
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak and
this message displays, it means
there may be a problem with the
StabiliTrak system. If you see this
message, try to reset the system.
Stop; turn off the engine for at least
15 seconds; then start the engine
again. If this message still comes
on, it means there is a problem. You
should see your dealer for service.
The vehicle is safe to drive;
however, you do not have the
benefit of StabiliTrak, so reduce
your speed and drive accordingly.

SERVICE TRACTION
CONTROL
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak, this
message displays when there is a
problem with the Traction Control

System (TCS). When this message
displays, the system will not limit
wheel spin. Adjust your driving
accordingly. See your dealer for
service. See StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56 for more information.

STABILITRAK INITIALIZING
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak, this
message may come on if the
StabiliTrak system has not fully
initialized because of road
conditions or the incorrect tire size.
When the StabiliTrak system is fully
initialized, the message will turn off.
See StabiliTrak® System on
page 9‑56 for more information.
If this message continues to be
displayed for multiple ignition cycles
and on different road surfaces, see
your dealer for service.

TRACTION XX
STABILITRAK XX
This message displays when the
traction control and/or StabiliTrak
systems have been turned on or off.
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limit wheel spin and realize the full
benefits of the stability
enhancement system, you should
normally leave StabiliTrak on.
However, you should turn
StabiliTrak off if the vehicle gets
stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow
and you want to rock the vehicle to
attempt to free it, or if you are
driving in extreme off-road
conditions and require more wheel
spin. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck on
page 9‑14. To turn the StabiliTrak
system on or off, see StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56.
STABILITRAK OFF may also
display when the stability control
has been automatically disabled.
There are several conditions that
can cause this message to appear.
.

One condition is overheating,
which could occur if StabiliTrak
activates continuously for an
extended period of time.

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.

The message also displays if the
brake system warning light is on.
See Brake System Warning
Light on page 5‑24.

See Airbag Readiness Light on
page 5‑17 and Airbag System on
page 3‑22 for more information.

.

The message could display if the
stability system takes longer
than usual to complete its
diagnostic checks due to driving
conditions.

Security Messages

.

The message displays if an
engine or vehicle related
problem has been detected and
the vehicle needs service. See
your dealer.

The message turns off as soon as
the conditions that caused the
message to be displayed are no
longer present.

Airbag System Messages
SERVICE AIR BAG
This message displays if there is a
problem with the airbag system.
Have your dealer inspect the
system for problems.

SERVICE THEFT DETERRENT
SYSTEM
This message displays when there
is a problem with the theft-deterrent
system. The vehicle may or may not
restart so you may want to take the
vehicle to your dealer before turning
off the engine. See Immobilizer
Operation on page 2‑12 for more
information.

Starting the Vehicle
Messages
FAST IDLE ON
If your vehicle has this feature, this
message displays when the fast idle
feature is on. See Fast Idle System
on page 9‑28 for more information.

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Tire Messages
SERVICE TIRE MONITOR
SYSTEM
If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), this
message displays if a part on the
system is not working properly. The
tire pressure light also flashes and
then remains on during the same
ignition cycle. See Tire Pressure
Light on page 5‑26. Several
conditions may cause this message
to appear. See Tire Pressure
Monitor Operation on page 10‑59 for
more information. If the warning
comes on and stays on, there may
be a problem with the TPMS. See
your dealer.

TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), this
message displays when the system
is re-learning the tire positions on
your vehicle. The tire positions must
be re-learned after rotating the tires
or after replacing a tire or sensor.

See Tire Inspection on page 10‑62,
Tire Rotation on page 10‑63, Tire
Pressure Monitor System on
page 10‑58, and Tire Pressure on
page 10‑56 for more information.

TIRE LOW ADD AIR TO TIRE
If the vehicle has the Tire Pressure
Monitor System (TPMS), this
message displays when the
pressure in one or more of the
vehicle's tires is low. This message
also displays LEFT FRT (left front),
RIGHT FRT (right front), LEFT RR
(left rear), or RIGHT RR (right rear)
to indicate the location of the low
tire. The low tire pressure warning
light will also come on. See Tire
Pressure Light on page 5‑26. You
can receive more than one tire
pressure message at a time. To
read the other messages that may
have been sent at the same time,
press the set/reset button or the trip
odometer reset stem. If a tire
pressure message appears on the
DIC, stop as soon as you can. Have
the tire pressures checked and set

to those shown on the Tire Loading
Information label. See Tires on
page 10‑47, Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15, and Tire Pressure on
page 10‑56. The DIC also shows
the tire pressure values. See Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5‑29.

Transmission Messages
GRADE BRAKING DISABLED
This message displays when the
grade braking has been disabled
with the tow/haul mode button on
the end of the shift lever. See Tow/
Haul Mode on page 9‑38, Automatic
Transmission on page 9‑33, and
Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

GRADE BRAKING ENABLED
This message displays when the
grade braking has been enabled
with the tow/haul mode button on
the end of the shift lever. See Tow/
Haul Mode on page 9‑38, Automatic
Transmission on page 9‑33, and
Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

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GRADE BRAKING ON
This message displays when the
grade braking has been activated
while driving on downhill grades.
This message will only appear the
first time the feature is activated in
an ignition cycle. See Tow/Haul
Mode on page 9‑38, Automatic
Transmission on page 9‑33, and
Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

SERVICE 4 WHEEL DRIVE
If the vehicle has four-wheel drive,
this message may display if a
problem occurs with the
four-wheel-drive system. If this
message appears, stop as soon as
possible and turn off the vehicle.
Make sure the key is in the LOCK/
OFF position for at least one minute
and then restart the vehicle and
check for the message on the DIC
display. If the message is still
displayed or appears again when
you begin driving, the
four-wheel-drive system needs
service. See your dealer.

TRANSMISSION HOT IDLE
ENGINE
Notice: Do not drive the vehicle
while the transmission fluid is
overheating and the transmission
temperature warning is displayed
on the instrument cluster and/or
DIC, or the transmission can be
damaged. This could lead to
costly repairs that would not be
covered by the warranty.

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Vehicle Reminder
Messages
CHECK TRAILER WIRING
On vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
this message may display and a
chime may sound when one of the
following conditions exists:
.

This message displays and a chime
may sound if the transmission fluid
in the vehicle gets hot. Driving with
the transmission fluid temperature
high can cause damage to the
vehicle. Stop the vehicle and let it
idle to allow the transmission to
cool. This message clears and the
chime stops when the fluid
temperature reaches a safe level.

A trailer with electric brakes
becomes disconnected from the
vehicle.
‐ If the disconnect occurs while
the vehicle is stopped, this
message clears itself after a
short time.
‐ If the disconnect occurs while
the vehicle is moving, this
message stays on until the
ignition is turned off.

.

There is a short in the wiring to
the electric trailer brakes.

When this message displays, power
is no longer available to the trailer
brakes.

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As soon as it is safe to do so,
carefully pull the vehicle over to the
side of the road and turn the ignition
off. Check the wiring connection to
the trailer and turn the ignition back
on. This message clears if the trailer
is reconnected. This message also
clears if you acknowledge it. If this
message still displays, either the
vehicle or the trailer needs service.
See your dealer.
See “Integrated Trailer Brake
Control System” under Towing
Equipment on page 9‑93 for more
information.

ICE POSSIBLE DRIVE
WITH CARE
This message displays when ice
conditions are possible.

TRAILER CONNECTED
On vehicles with the Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system,
this message displays briefly when
a trailer with electric brakes is first
connected to the vehicle.

This message clears itself after
several seconds. This message also
clears if you acknowledge it. After
this message clears, the TRAILER
GAIN/OUTPUT display appears in
the DIC.
See “TRAILER GAIN/OUTPUT”
under Driver Information Center
(DIC) on page 5‑29 and “Integrated
Trailer Brake Control System” under
Towing Equipment on page 9‑93 for
more information.

Washer Fluid Messages
WASHER FLUID LOW ADD
FLUID
This message displays when the
windshield washer fluid is low. Fill
the windshield washer fluid reservoir
as soon as possible. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5 for the location of the
windshield washer fluid reservoir.
Also, see Washer Fluid on
page 10‑24 for more information.

Vehicle
Personalization
Vehicle Personalization
(With DIC Buttons)
The vehicle may have customization
capabilities that allow you to
program certain features to one
preferred setting. Customization
features can only be programmed to
one setting on the vehicle and
cannot be programmed to a
preferred setting for two different
drivers.
All of the customization options may
not be available on the vehicle. Only
the options available will be
displayed on the DIC.
The default settings for the
customization features were set
when the vehicle left the factory, but
may have been changed from their
default state since then.
The customization preferences are
automatically recalled.

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To change customization
preferences, use the following
procedure.

Entering the Feature
Settings Menu
1. Turn the ignition on and place
the vehicle in P (Park).
To avoid excessive drain on the
battery, turn the headlamps off.
2. Press the customization button
to scroll through the available
customizable options.

Press the customization button until
the PRESS V TO DISPLAY IN
ENGLISH screen appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to display all DIC
messages in English.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

DISPLAY LANGUAGE

You can also change the language
by pressing the trip odometer reset
stem. See “Language” under Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5‑29 for more information.

This feature allows you to select the
language in which the DIC
messages will appear.

The following customization features
allow you to program settings to the
vehicle:

Press the customization button until
the DISPLAY LANGUAGE screen
appears on the DIC display. Press
the set/reset button once to access
the settings for this feature. Then
press the customization button to
scroll through the following settings:

DISPLAY IN ENGLISH

ENGLISH (default): All messages
will appear in English.

Feature Settings Menu Items

This feature will only display if a
language other than English has
been set. This feature allows you to
change the language in which the
DIC messages appear to English.

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FRANCAIS: All messages will
appear in French.
ESPANOL: All messages will
appear in Spanish.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

AUTO DOOR LOCK
This feature allows you to select
when the vehicle's doors will
automatically lock. See Automatic
Door Locks on page 2‑8 for more
information.

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Press the customization button until
AUTO DOOR LOCK appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
SHIFT OUT OF PARK (default):
The doors will automatically lock
when the vehicle is shifted out of
P (Park).
AT VEHICLE SPEED: The doors
will automatically lock when the
vehicle speed is above 13 km/h
(8 mph) for three seconds.

automatically unlock. See Automatic
Door Locks on page 2‑8 for more
information.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

Press the customization button until
AUTO DOOR UNLOCK appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

OFF: None of the doors will
automatically unlock.
DRIVER AT KEY OUT: Only the
driver door will unlock when the key
is taken out of the ignition.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

DRIVER IN PARK: Only the driver
door will unlock when the vehicle is
shifted into P (Park).

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

ALL AT KEY OUT: All of the doors
will unlock when the key is taken
out of the ignition.

AUTO DOOR UNLOCK

ALL IN PARK (default): All of the
doors will unlock when the vehicle is
shifted into P (Park).

This feature allows you to turn off
the automatic door unlocking
feature. It also allows you to select
which doors and when the doors will

REMOTE DOOR LOCK
This feature allows you to select the
type of feedback received when
locking the vehicle with the Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter.
You will not receive feedback when
locking the vehicle with the RKE
transmitter if the doors are open.
See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 2‑2 for
more information.

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Press the customization button until
REMOTE DOOR LOCK appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF: There will be no feedback
when you press the lock button on
the RKE transmitter.
LIGHTS ONLY: The exterior lamps
will flash when you press the lock
button on the RKE transmitter.
HORN ONLY: The horn will sound
on the second press of the lock
button on the RKE transmitter.
HORN & LIGHTS (default): The
exterior lamps will flash when you
press the lock button on the RKE
transmitter, and the horn will sound
when the lock button is pressed
again within five seconds of the
previous command.
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK
This feature allows you to select the
type of feedback received when
unlocking the vehicle with the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter. You will not receive
feedback when unlocking the
vehicle with the RKE transmitter if
the doors are open. See Remote
Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Operation on page 2‑2 for more
information.
Press the customization button until
REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK appears
on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the
settings for this feature. Then press
the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
LIGHTS OFF: The exterior lamps
will not flash when you press the
unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.

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LIGHTS ON (default): The exterior
lamps will flash when you press the
unlock button on the RKE
transmitter.
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
DELAY DOOR LOCK
On vehicles with a crew cab, this
feature turns the delayed door locks
on or off. When locking the doors
with the power door lock switch and
a door is open, this feature will
delay locking the doors until
five seconds after the last door is
closed. You will hear three chimes
to signal that the delayed locking
feature is in use. The key must be
out of the ignition for this feature to
work. You can temporarily override
delayed locking by pressing the
power door lock switch twice. See
Delayed Locking on page 2‑7 for
more information.

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Press the customization button until
DELAY DOOR LOCK appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

Press the customization button until
EXIT LIGHTING appears on the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button
once to access the settings for this
feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

APPROACH LIGHTING

OFF: There will be no delayed
locking of the vehicle's doors.

OFF: The exterior lamps will not
turn on.

ON (default): The doors will not
lock until five seconds after the last
door is closed.

30 SECONDS (default): The
exterior lamps will stay on for
30 seconds.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

1 MINUTE: The exterior lamps will
stay on for one minute.

Press the customization button until
APPROACH LIGHTING appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
EXIT LIGHTING
This feature allows you to select the
amount of time you want the
exterior lamps to remain on when it
is dark enough outside. This
happens after the key is turned from
ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF.

2 MINUTES: The exterior lamps will
stay on for two minutes.
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

This feature allows you to select if
the exterior lights turn on briefly
during low light periods after
unlocking the vehicle using the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter.

OFF: The exterior lights will not
turn on when you unlock the vehicle
with the RKE transmitter.
ON (default): If it is dark enough
outside, the exterior lights will turn
on briefly when you unlock the
vehicle with the RKE transmitter.
The lights will remain on for
20 seconds, until the lock button on
the RKE transmitter is pressed,
or until the vehicle is no longer off.

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See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System Operation on page 2‑2 for
more information.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

There is no default for chime
volume. The volume will stay at the
last known setting.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

CHIME VOLUME

PARK TILT MIRRORS

If available, this feature allows you
to select the volume level of the
chime.

If the vehicle has this feature, it
allows you to select if the outside
mirror(s) will automatically tilt down
when the vehicle is shifted into
R (Reverse). See Park Tilt Mirrors
on page 2‑17 for more information.

Press the customization button until
CHIME VOLUME appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
NORMAL: The chime volume will
be set to a normal level.
LOUD: The chime volume will be
set to a loud level.

Press the customization button until
PARK TILT MIRRORS appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF (default): Neither outside
mirror will be tilted down when the
vehicle is shifted into R (Reverse).

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DRIVER MIRROR: The driver
outside mirror will be tilted down
when the vehicle is shifted into
R (Reverse).
PASSENGER MIRROR: The
passenger outside mirror will be
tilted down when the vehicle is
shifted into R (Reverse).
BOTH MIRRORS: The driver and
passenger outside mirrors will be
tilted down when the vehicle is
shifted into R (Reverse).
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
EASY EXIT RECALL
If the vehicle has this feature, it
allows you to select your preference
for the automatic easy exit seat
feature. See Memory Seats on
page 3‑8 for more information.

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Press the customization button until
EASY EXIT RECALL appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.

DOOR BUTTON ONLY: No
automatic seat exit recall will occur.
The recall will only occur after
pressing the easy exit seat button.

EASY EXIT SETUP

MEMORY SEAT RECALL

If the vehicle has this feature, it
allows you to select which areas will
recall with the automatic easy exit
seat feature. It also allows you to
turn off the automatic easy exit
feature. See Memory Seats on
page 3‑8 and EASY EXIT RECALL
earlier for more information.

If the vehicle has this feature, it
allows you to select your preference
for the remote memory seat recall
feature. See Memory Seats on
page 3‑8 for more information.

BUTTON & KEY OUT (default): If
the features are enabled through the
EASY EXIT SETUP menu, the
driver seat will move back when the
key is removed from the ignition or
the easy exit seat button is pressed.
The automatic easy exit seat
movement will only occur one time
after the key is removed from the
ignition. If the automatic movement
has already occurred, and you put
the key back in the ignition and
remove it again, the seat will stay in
the original exit position, unless a
memory recall took place prior to
removing the key again.

Press the customization button until
EASY EXIT SETUP appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
menu up/down button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF: No automatic seat exit will
recall.
SEAT ONLY (default): The driver
seat will recall.

Press the customization button until
MEMORY SEAT RECALL appears
on the DIC display. Press the set/
reset button once to access the
settings for this feature. Then press
the customization button to scroll
through the following settings:
OFF (default): No remote memory
seat recall will occur.
ON: The driver seat and, on some
vehicles, the outside mirrors will
automatically move to the stored
driving position when the unlock
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Entry (RKE) transmitter is pressed.
On some vehicles with the
adjustable throttle and brake pedal
feature, the pedals will also
automatically move.
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
REMOTE START
If your vehicle has this feature, it
allows you to turn the remote start
off or on. The remote start feature
allows you to start the engine from
outside of the vehicle using the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitter. See Remote Vehicle
Start on page 2‑4 for more
information.

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Press the customization button until
REMOTE START appears on the
DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

Press the customization button until
FACTORY SETTINGS appears on
the DIC display. Press the set/reset
button once to access the settings
for this feature. Then press the
customization button to scroll
through the following settings:

OFF: The remote start feature will
be disabled.

RESTORE ALL (default): The
customization features will be set to
their factory default settings.

ON (default): The remote start
feature will be enabled.
NO CHANGE: No change will be
made to this feature. The current
setting will remain.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
FACTORY SETTINGS
This feature allows you to set all of
the customization features back to
their factory default settings.

DO NOT RESTORE: The
customization features will not be
set to their factory default settings.
To select a setting, press the set/
reset button while the desired
setting is displayed on the DIC.
EXIT FEATURE SETTINGS
This feature allows you to exit the
feature settings menu.
Press the customization button until
PRESS V TO EXIT FEATURE
SETTINGS appears in the DIC
display. Press the set/reset button
once to exit the menu.

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If you do not exit, pressing the
customization button again will
return you to the beginning of the
feature settings menu.

Exiting the Feature
Settings Menu
The feature settings menu will be
exited when any of the following
occurs:
.

The vehicle is no longer in
ON/RUN.

.

The trip/fuel or vehicle
information DIC buttons are
pressed.

.

The end of the feature settings
menu is reached and exited.

.

A 40-second time period has
elapsed with no selection made.

Universal Remote
System

devices such as garage door
openers, security systems, and
home automation devices.

See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

Do not use this system with any
garage door opener that does not
have the stop and reverse feature.
This includes any garage door
opener model manufactured before
April 1, 1982.

Universal Remote System
Programming

Vehicles with the Universal Remote
System will have these buttons
located in the headliner.
This system provides a way to
replace up to three remote control
transmitters used to activate

Read the instructions completely
before attempting to program the
transmitter. Because of the steps
involved, it may be helpful to have
another person assist with
programming the transmitter.
Be sure to keep the original remote
control transmitter for use in other
vehicles, as well as for future
programming. Only the original
remote control transmitter is needed
for Fixed Code programming. The
programmed buttons should be
erased when the vehicle is sold or
the lease ends. See “Erasing
Universal Home Remote Buttons” in
this section.

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Park the vehicle outside of the
garage when programming a garage
door. Be sure that people and
objects are clear of the garage door
or gate that is being programmed.

Programming Universal Home
Remote — Rolling Code

To program up to three devices:
1. From inside the vehicle, press
the two outside buttons at the
same time for one to
two seconds, and immediately
release them.

For questions or help programming
the Universal Home Remote
System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go
to www.learcar2u.com.

3. Immediately return to the
vehicle. Press and hold the
Universal Home Remote button
that will be used to control the
garage door until the garage
door moves. The indicator light,
above the selected button,
should slowly blink. This button
may need to be held for up to
20 seconds.
4. Immediately, within one second,
release the button when the
garage door moves. The
indicator light will blink rapidly
until programming is complete.

Most garage door openers sold
after 1996 are Rolling Code units.
Programming a garage door opener
involves time-sensitive actions, so
read the entire procedure before
starting. Otherwise, the device will
time out and the procedure will have
to be repeated.

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2. In the garage, locate the garage
door opener receiver
(motor-head unit). Find the
“Learn” or “Smart” button. It can
usually be found where the
hanging antenna wire is
attached to the motor-head unit
and may be a colored button.
Press this button. After pressing
this button, complete the
following steps in less than
30 seconds.

5. Press and release the same
button again. The garage door
should move, confirming that
programming is successful and
complete.
To program another Rolling Code
device such as an additional garage
door opener, a security device,
or home automation device, repeat
Steps 1 through 5, choosing a

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Your hand-held transmitter can
have between 8 to 12 dip
switches depending on the
brand of transmitter.

different function button in Step 3
than what was used for the garage
door opener.
If these instructions do not work, the
garage door opener is probably a
Fixed Code unit. Follow the
programming instructions that follow
for a Fixed Code garage door
opener.

Programming Universal Home
Remote — Fixed Code
For questions or help programming
the Universal Home Remote
System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go
to www.learcar2u.com.
Most garage door openers sold
before 1996 are Fixed Code units.
Programming a garage door opener
involves time-sensitive actions, so
read the entire procedure before
starting. Otherwise, the device will
time out and the procedure will have
to be repeated.

To program up to three devices:
1. To verify that the garage door
opener is a Fixed Code unit,
remove the battery cover on the
hand-held transmitter supplied
by the manufacturer of the
garage door opener motor.
If there is a row of dip switches
similar to the graphic above, the
garage door opener is a Fixed
Code unit. If you do not see a
row of dip switches, return to the
previous section for
Programming Universal Home
Remote — Rolling Code.

The garage door opener receiver
(motor head unit) could also
have a row of dip switches that
can be used when programming
the Universal Home Remote.
If the total number of switches
on the motor head and
hand-held transmitter are
different, or if the dip switch
settings are different, use the dip
switch settings on the motor
head unit to program the
Universal Home Remote. The
motor head dip switch settings
can also be used when the
original hand-held transmitter is
not available.

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Example of Eight Dip Switches
with Two Positions

Example of Eight Dip Switches
with Three Positions
The panel of switches might not
appear exactly as they do in the
examples above, but they
should be similar.
The switch positions on the
hand-held transmitter could be
labeled as follows:
.

A switch in the up position
could be labeled as Up,
+, or On.

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.

A switch in the down
position could be labeled as
Down, −, or Off.

to right, into the Universal
Home Remote, when
completing Step 4.

.

A switch in the middle
position could be labeled as
Middle, 0, or Neutral.

3. From inside your vehicle, first
firmly press all three buttons at
the same time for about
three seconds. Release the
buttons to put the Universal
Home Remote into
programming mode.

2. Write down the 8 to 12 switch
settings from left to right as
follows:
.

When a switch is in the up
position, write “Left.”

.

When a switch is in the
down position, write “Right.”

.

If a switch is set between
the up and down position,
write “Middle.”
The switch settings written
down in Step 2 now
become the button strokes
to be entered into the
Universal Home Remote in
Step 4. Be sure to enter the
switch settings written down
in Step 2, in order from left

A. Left Button (Up, +, or On)
B. Middle Button (Middle, 0,
or Neutral)

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C. Right Button (Down, −,
or Off)
4. The indicator lights will blink
slowly. Enter each switch setting
from Step 2 into your vehicle's
Universal Home Remote. You
will have two and one-half
minutes to complete Step 4. Now
press one button on the
Universal Home Remote for
each switch setting as follows:
.

If you wrote “Left,” press
the left button (A) in the
vehicle.

.

If you wrote “Right,” press
the right button (C) in the
vehicle.

.

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If you wrote “Middle,” press
the middle button (B) in the
vehicle.

5. After entering all of the switch
positions, once again firmly
press and release all three
buttons at the same time. The
indicator lights will turn on.

6. Press and hold the button that
will be used to control the
garage door until the garage
door moves. The indicator light
above the selected button
should slowly blink. This button
may need to be held for up to
55 seconds.
7. Immediately release the button
when the garage door moves.
The indicator light will blink
rapidly until programming is
complete.
8. Press and release the same
button again. The garage door
should move, confirming that
programming is successful and
complete.
To program another Fixed Code
device such as an additional garage
door opener, a security device,
or home automation device, repeat
Steps 1-8, choosing a different
button in Step 6 than what was used
for the garage door opener.

Universal Remote System
Operation
Press and hold the appropriate
button for at least half of a second.
The indicator light will come on
while the signal is being transmitted.

Reprogramming Universal
Home Remote Buttons
Any of the three buttons can be
reprogrammed by repeating the
instructions.

Erasing Universal Home
Remote Buttons
The programmed buttons should be
erased when the vehicle is sold or
the lease ends.

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To erase either Rolling Code or
Fixed Code settings on the
Universal Home Remote device:
1. Press and hold the two outside
buttons at the same time for
approximately 20 seconds, until
the indicator lights, located
directly above the buttons, begin
to blink rapidly.
2. Once the indicator lights begin to
blink, release both buttons. The
codes from all buttons will be
erased.
For help or information on the
Universal Home Remote System,
call the customer assistance phone
number under Customer Assistance
Offices (U.S. and Canada) on
page 13‑5 or Customer Assistance
Offices (Mexico) on page 13‑5.

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Lighting

Lighting
Exterior Lighting
Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Automatic Headlamp
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . 6-5
Turn and Lane-Change
Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Auxiliary
Roof-Mounted Lamp . . . . . . . . . 6-6

Interior Lighting
Instrument Panel Illumination
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cargo Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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6-7
6-7
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Lighting Features
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Battery Load Management . . . .
Battery Power Protection . . . . . .

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6-9
6-9

The exterior lamp control is located
on the instrument panel to the left of
the steering wheel.
There are four positions:

O (Off): Turns off the automatic
headlamps and Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL). Turn the headlamp
control to the off position again to
turn the automatic headlamps or
DRL back on.
For vehicles first sold in Canada,
the off position will only work when
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AUTO (Automatic): Automatically
turns on the headlamps at normal
brightness, together with the
following:

.

Roof Marker Lamps
(If Equipped)

2 (Headlamps):

Turns on the
headlamps together with the
following:

.

Parking Lamps

.

Instrument Panel Lights

.

Parking Lamps

.

Taillamps

.

Instrument Panel Lights

.

License Plate Lamps

.

Taillamps

.

Roof Marker Lamps
(If Equipped)

.

License Plate Lamps

.

Roof Marker Lamps
(If Equipped)

When the vehicle is turned off and
the headlamps are in AUTO, the
headlamps may automatically
remain on for a set time. The time of
the delay can be changed using the
DIC. See Driver Information Center
(DIC) on page 5‑29.

; (Parking Lamps):

Turns on the
parking lamps together with the
following:

.

Instrument Panel Lights

.

Taillamps

.

License Plate Lamps

When the headlamps are turned on
while the vehicle is on, the
headlamps turn off automatically
10 minutes after the ignition is
turned off. When the headlamps are
turned on while the vehicle is off,
the headlamps will stay on for
10 minutes before automatically
turning off to prevent the battery
from being drained. Turn the
headlamp control to off and then
back to the headlamp on position to
make the headlamps stay on for an
additional 10 minutes.

Push the turn signal lever toward
the instrument panel to change the
headlamps from low beam to
high beam.

Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder
For vehicles with a radio, a reminder
chime sounds when the headlamps
or parking lamps are manually
turned on, the ignition is off, and a
door is open. To disable the chime,
turn the lamp off.

Headlamp High/
Low-Beam Changer
5 3 (Headlamp High/Low-Beam
Changer): Push the turn signal
lever toward the instrument panel to
change the headlamps from low to
high beam.
Pull the lever toward you and
release it to return to low-beam
headlamps.

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instrument cluster will come on.
Release the lever to return to
normal operation.

When the high beams are on, this
indicator light on the instrument
cluster will also be on.

Flash-to-Pass
This feature lets you use the
high-beam headlamps to signal a
driver in front of you that you want
to pass. It works even if the
headlamps are in the automatic
position.
To use it, pull the turn signal lever
toward you, then release it.
If the headlamps are in the
automatic position or on low beam,
the high-beam headlamps will turn
on. They will stay on as long as you
hold the lever toward you. The
high-beam indicator on the

Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL)
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can
make it easier for others to see the
front of your vehicle during the day.
Fully functional daytime running
lamps are required on all vehicles
first sold in Canada.
The DRL system comes on when
the following conditions are met:
.

The ignition is on.

.

The exterior lamp control is
in AUTO.

.

The transmission is not in Park.

.

The light sensor determines it is
daytime.

When the DRL system is on, only
the DRL lamps are on. The
taillamps, sidemarker, instrument
panel lights, and other lamps will not
be on.

6-3

When it begins to get dark, the
automatic headlamp system
switches from DRL to the
headlamps.
To turn off the DRL lamps, turn the
exterior lamp control to the OFF
position and then release. For
vehicles first sold in Canada, the
transmission must be in the P (Park)
position before the DRL lamps can
be turned off.

Automatic Headlamp
System
When it is dark enough outside, the
automatic headlamp system turns
on the headlamps at the normal
brightness, along with the taillamps,
sidemarker, parking lamps, and the
instrument panel lights. The radio
lights will also be dim.
To turn off the automatic headlamp
system, turn the exterior lamps
switch to the off position and then
release it. For vehicles first sold in
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in the P (Park) position before the
automatic headlamp system can be
turned off.

The vehicle has a light sensor
located on the top of the instrument
panel which regulates when the
automatic headlamps turn on. Do
not cover the sensor, otherwise the
headlamps will come on whenever
the ignition is on.
The system may also turn on the
headlamps when driving through a
parking garage or heavy overcast
weather. This is normal.
There is a delay in the transition
between the daytime and nighttime
operation of the Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) and the automatic

headlamp systems so that driving
under bridges or bright overhead
street lights does not affect the
system. The DRL and automatic
headlamp system are only affected
when the light sensor detects a
change in lighting lasting longer
than the delay.
If the vehicle is started in a dark
garage, the automatic headlamp
system comes on immediately.
Once the vehicle leaves the garage,
it takes approximately one minute
for the automatic headlamp system
to change to DRL if it is bright
enough outside. During that delay,
the instrument cluster may not be as
bright as usual. Make sure the
instrument panel brightness control
is in the full bright position. See
Instrument Panel Illumination
Control on page 6‑7.
To idle the vehicle with the
automatic headlamp system off, turn
the control to the off position.

The headlamps will also stay on
after you exit the vehicle. This
feature can be programmed using
the Driver Information Center (DIC).
See Vehicle Personalization (With
DIC Buttons) on page 5‑46.
If the vehicle is not equipped with
DIC buttons, exit lighting is
automatic. When it is dark enough
outside, the exterior lamps remain
on for 30 seconds after the ignition
is moved from ON/RUN to
LOCK/OFF.
For vehicles without a radio, the
instrument panel light remains on for
30 seconds with the driver door
closed. For vehicles with a radio,
the instrument panel light remains
on for 10 minutes with the driver
door closed. See Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on
page 9‑28.
The regular headlamp system can
be turned on when needed.

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Lights On with Wipers
If the windshield wipers are
activated in daylight with the engine
on, and the exterior lamp control is
in AUTO, the headlamps, parking
lamps, and other exterior lamps
come on. The transition time for the
lamps coming on varies based on
wiper speed. When the wipers are
not operating, these lamps turn off.
Move the exterior lamp control to P
or ; to disable this feature.

| (Hazard Warning Flashers):
Press this button to make the front
and rear turn signal lamps flash on
and off. Press again to turn the
flashers off.
When the hazard warning flashers
are on, the vehicle's turn signals will
not work.

Turn and Lane-Change
Signals

6-5

Raise or lower the lever for less
than one second until the arrow
starts to flash to signal a lane
change. This causes the turn
signals to automatically flash three
times. It will flash six times if Tow/
Haul Mode is active. Holding the
turn signal lever for more than
one second will cause the turn
signals to flash until you release the
lever.
The lever returns to its starting
position whenever it is released.
If after signaling a turn or a lane
change the arrows flash rapidly or
do not come on, a signal bulb could
be burned out.

Hazard Warning Flashers

Have the bulbs replaced. If the bulb
is not burned out, check the fuse.
See Fuses and Circuit Breakers on
page 10‑40.
An arrow on the instrument panel
cluster flashes in the direction of the
turn or lane change.
Move the lever all the way up or
down to signal a turn.

Turn Signal On Chime
If the turn signal is left on for more
than 1.2 km (0.75 mi), a chime
sounds at each flash of the turn
signal, if the vehicle has a radio.

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The message TURN SIGNAL ON
will also appear in the Driver
Information Center (DIC). To turn
the chime and message off, move
the turn signal lever to the off
position.

# (Fog Lamps): Press to turn the
fog lamps on or off. A light will come
on in the instrument cluster.

Fog Lamps

When the headlamps are changed
to high beam, the fog lamps also go
off. When the high-beam headlamps
are turned off, the fog lamps will
come on again.

When the fog lamps are turned on,
the parking lamps automatically
turn on.

Some localities have laws that
require the headlamps to be on with
the fog lamps.

For vehicles with fog lamps, the
control is located next to the exterior
lamp control on the instrument
panel, to the left of the steering
column.
The ignition must be in the ON/RUN
position for the fog lamps to
come on.

Auxiliary
Roof-Mounted Lamp
If the vehicle has this feature, this
button includes wiring provisions for
a dealer or a qualified service center
to install an auxiliary roof lamp.

This button is on the overhead
console.
When the wiring is connected to an
auxiliary roof-mounted lamp,
pressing the bottom of the button
will activate the lamp and illuminate
an indicator light at the bottom of
this button. Pressing the top of the
button will turn off the roof-mounted
lamp and indicator.

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The emergency roof lamp circuit is
fused at 30 amps, so the total
current draw of the attached lamps
should be less than this value. The
attachment points for the roof lamp
circuits are two blunt cut wires
located above the overhead
console, a dark green switched
power wire and a black ground wire.

Interior Lighting
Instrument Panel
Illumination Control

Cargo Lamp
The cargo lamps come on by
turning the instrument panel
brightness control knob to the
farthest clockwise position. This
knob is located on the instrument
panel and also turns on the dome
lamps.
The cargo lamps can be used if
more light is needed in the cargo
area of the vehicle.

For more information on roof mount
emergency lamp installation, please
visit the GM Upfitter website at
www.gmupfitter.com or contact your
dealer.
If the vehicle has this button, the
vehicle may have the snow plow
prep package. See Adding a Snow
Plow or Similar Equipment on
page 9‑105.

6-7

Dome Lamps
D (Instrument Panel
Brightness): This feature controls
the brightness of the instrument
panel lights and is located next to
the exterior lamps control.
Push the knob to extend out and
then it can be turned.
Turn the knob clockwise or
counterclockwise to brighten or dim
the instrument panel lights. Turning
the knob to the farthest clockwise
position turns on the dome lamps.

The dome lamps are located in the
overhead console.
They come on when any door is
opened and turn off after all the
doors are closed.
Turn the instrument panel
brightness knob located below the
dome lamp override button,
clockwise to the farthest position to
manually turn on the dome lamps.
The dome lamps remain on until the
knob is turned counterclockwise.

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Dome Lamp Override

Reading Lamps

Lighting Features

The dome lamp override button is
located next to the exterior lamps
control.

For vehicles with reading lamps,
they are located on the overhead
console.

Entry Lighting

To turn on the reading lamps, press
the button located next to each
lamp. To turn them off, press the
button again.
The vehicle may also have reading
lamps in other locations. To turn the
lamps on or off, press the button
located next to the lamp.

k (Dome Off): Press the button
in and the dome lamps remain off
when a door is opened. Press the
button again to return it to the
extended position so that the dome
lamps come on when a door is
opened.

If the vehicle has a DVD Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) system, press
the lamp lenses to turn the lamps on
or off.
The lamps are fixed and cannot be
adjusted.

The vehicle has an illuminated entry
feature.
When the doors are opened, the
dome lamps will come on if the
dome override button is in the
extended position. If the dome
override button is pressed in, the
lamps will not come on.

Exit Lighting
The interior lamps come on when
the key is removed from the ignition.
They turn off automatically in
20 seconds. The lights do not come
on if the dome override button is
pressed in.

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Battery Load
Management
The vehicle has Electric Power
Management (EPM) that estimates
the battery's temperature and state
of charge. It then adjusts the voltage
for best performance and extended
life of the battery.
When the battery's state of charge
is low, the voltage is raised slightly
to quickly bring the charge back up.
When the state of charge is high,
the voltage is lowered slightly to
prevent overcharging. If the vehicle
has a voltmeter gauge or a voltage
display on the Driver Information
Center (DIC), you may see the
voltage move up or down. This is
normal. If there is a problem, an
alert will be displayed.

The battery can be discharged at
idle if the electrical loads are very
high. This is true for all vehicles.
This is because the generator
(alternator) may not be spinning fast
enough at idle to produce all the
power that is needed for very high
electrical loads.
A high electrical load occurs when
several of the following are on, such
as: headlamps, high beams, fog
lamps, rear window defogger,
climate control fan at high speed,
heated seats, engine cooling fans,
trailer loads, and loads plugged into
accessory power outlets.
EPM works to prevent excessive
discharge of the battery. It does this
by balancing the generator's output
and the vehicle's electrical needs.
It can increase engine idle speed to
generate more power, whenever
needed. It can temporarily reduce
the power demands of some
accessories.

6-9

Normally, these actions occur in
steps or levels, without being
noticeable. In rare cases at the
highest levels of corrective action,
this action may be noticeable to the
driver. If so, a Driver Information
Center (DIC) message might be
displayed and it is recommended
that the driver reduce the electrical
loads as much as possible. See
Vehicle Messages on page 5‑37.

Battery Power Protection
This feature shuts off the dome and
reading lamps, if they are left on for
more than 10 minutes after the
ignition is turned off. The cargo
lamp shuts off after 20 minutes. This
prevents the battery from
running down.

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Infotainment System

Infotainment
System

Rear Seat Infotainment
Rear Seat Entertainment
(RSE) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-38
Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-48

Introduction
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . 7-2
Overview (AM-FM Radio) . . . . . 7-3
Overview (Radio with
CD (MP3)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
Overview (Radio with USB, CD,
and DVD (MP3)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-6
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7

Radio
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fixed Mast Antenna . . . . . . . . .
Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . .

7-10
7-12
7-16
7-16
7-17

Audio Players
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
CD/DVD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23
Auxiliary Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-34

Phone
Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50

Trademarks and License
Agreements
Trademarks and License
Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-57

7-1

Introduction
Infotainment
Determine which radio the vehicle
has and read the following pages to
become familiar with its features.

{ WARNING
Taking your eyes off the road for
extended periods could cause a
crash resulting in injury or death
to you or others. Do not give
extended attention to infotainment
tasks while driving.
This system provides access to
many audio and non-audio listings.

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To minimize taking your eyes off the
road while driving, do the following
while the vehicle is parked:
.

Become familiar with the
operation and controls of the
audio system.

.

Set up the tone, speaker
adjustments, and preset radio
stations.

For more information, see Defensive
Driving on page 9‑3.
Notice: Contact your dealer
before adding any equipment.
Adding audio or communication
equipment could interfere with
the operation of the engine, radio,
or other systems, and could
damage them. Follow federal
rules covering mobile radio and
telephone equipment.

The vehicle has Retained
Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP,
the audio system can be played
even after the ignition is turned off.
See Retained Accessory Power
(RAP) on page 9‑28 for more
information.

Navigation/Radio System
For vehicles with a navigation radio
system, see the navigation manual.

Theft-Deterrent Feature
TheftLock® is designed to
discourage theft of the vehicle's
radio by learning a portion of the
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The radio does not operate if it is
stolen or moved to a different
vehicle.

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Overview (AM-FM Radio)

C.

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f (Tone/Tune)
.

Press to set the bass or
treble.

.

Turn to manually select
radio stations.

D. BAND
.

E.

© SEEK
.

F.

Overview (AM-FM Radio)
A.

4 (Information)
.

Press to show information
on the current station or
track.

Saves and selects favorite
stations.

Seeks the next station.

P (Power/Volume)
.

Press to turn the
infotainment system on
or off.

.

Turn to adjust the volume.

B. Buttons 1 - 6
.

Seeks the previous station.

¨ SEEK
.

G.

Press to scroll through the
available bands AM, FM,
or XM if equipped.

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Infotainment System

H (Clock)
.

I.

Overview (Radio with CD (MP3))

Press to set the clock.

EQ (Equalizer)
.

J.

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Press to adjust the
equalizer settings.

x w (Fade/Balance)
.

Press to set the fade and
balance.

Overview (Radio with CD (MP3))
A.

4 (Information)
.

Press to show information
on the current station or
track.

B. FAV (Favorites Pages)
.

Press to scroll through the
favorite pages.

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C. MENU
.

Press to open the tone
menu to adjust the bass,
midrange, treble, fade, and
balance.

H.

H (Clock)
.

I.

Saves and selects favorite
stations.

.

J.

E. EQ (Equalizer)
.

F.

Press to adjust the
equalizer.

f (Tone/Tune)
.

.

Press to set the bass or
treble.
Turn to manually select
radio stations.

G. CAT (Category)
.

Press to display a list of
XM categories.

Press to scroll through the
available bands AM, FM,
or XM if equipped.

N.

Seeks the previous station.

.

Press to turn the
infotainment system on
or off.

.

Turn to adjust the volume.

Press to and hold to fast
forward through a track.

O. CD/AUX
.

Seeks the next station.

P (Power/Volume)

Press to and hold to go
backward fast through a
track.

\ FWD (Forward)
.

¨ SEEK
.

L.

.

© SEEK
.

K.

Press to set the clock.

s REV (Reverse)

BAND

D. Buttons 1 - 6
.

M.

P.

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Press to scroll through
selecting the CD or a
auxiliary device.

Z Eject
.

Press to eject the
loaded CD.

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Overview (Radio with USB, CD, and DVD (MP3))

C. MENU
.

Press to open the tone
menu to adjust the bass,
midrange, treble, fade, and
balance.

D. DVD Slot
E. Buttons 1 - 6
.

F.

EQ (Equalizer)
.

G.

Overview (Radio with USB, CD, and DVD (MP3))
A.

4 (Information)
.

Press to show information
on the current station or
track.

B. FAV (Favorites Pages)
.

Press to scroll through the
favorite pages.

H.

Saves and selects favorite
stations.
Press to adjust the
equalizer settings.

f (Tone/Tune)
.

Press to set the bass or
treble.

.

Turn to manually select
radio stations.

Z DVD
.

Press to eject the
loaded DVD.

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I.

CAT (Category)
.

J.

P.

Press to display a list of
XM categories.

.

H (Clock)
.

Press to set the clock.

Q.

.

Seeks the previous station.

¨ SEEK
.

N.

R.

Seeks the next station.

P (Power/Volume)
.

.

Press to turn the
infotainment system on
or off.
Turn to adjust the volume.

O. CD Slot

Press to and hold to fast
forward through a track.

Z CD
.

© SEEK
.

M.

Press to scroll through the
available bands AM, FM,
or XM if equipped.

Press to and hold to go
backward fast through a
track.

\ FWD (Forward)
.

K. BAND

L.

s REV (Reverse)

Press to eject the
loaded CD.

S. DVD/CD/AUX
.

Press to scroll through
selecting the DVD, CD,
or an auxiliary device.

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Vehicles with a USB, CD, and DVD
radio may have a Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) system. See
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)
System on page 7‑38 for more
information on the vehicle's RSE
system.
The DVD player is the top slot on
the radio faceplate. The player is
capable of reading the
DTS-programmed DVD Audio or
DVD Video media. (DTS and DTS
Digital Surround are registered
trademarks of Digital Theater
Systems, Inc.)

Operation

Dolby and the double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Manufactured under license from
Dolby Laboratories.

Radios with CD and DVD

Using the Radio

Vehicles with a USB, CD, and DVD
radio have a Bose® Surround
Sound System. Some of its features
are explained later in this section,
“Adjusting the Speakers
(Balance/Fade).”

O (Power/Volume):

Press to turn
the system on and off.
Turn clockwise or counterclockwise
to increase or decrease the volume.

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4 (Information) (AM-FM Radio and

To activate SCV:

AM-FM Radio with CD): Press to
switch the display between the radio
station frequency and the time.
While the ignition is off, press this
button to display the time. Press to
display additional text information
related to the current FM-RDS or
XM station; or CD, MP3, or WMA
song. If information is available
during XM, CD, MP3, or WMA
playback, the song title information
displays on the top line of the
display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

1. Set the radio volume to the
desired level.

Speed Compensated Volume
(SCV): Radios with Speed
Compensated Volume (SCV)
automatically adjust the radio
volume to compensate for road and
wind noise as the vehicle's speed
changes while driving, so that the
volume level stays consistent.

2. To adjust the setting, do one of
the following:
.

2. Press the MENU button to
display the radio setup menu.

.

3. Press the softkey under the
AUTO VOLUM (automatic
volume) tab on the radio display.

.

4. Press the softkey under the
desired Speed Compensated
Volume setting (OFF, Low, Med,
or High) to select the level of
radio volume compensation. The
display times out after
approximately 10 seconds. Each
higher setting allows for more
radio volume compensation at
faster vehicle speeds.

Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble)
(AM-FM Radio and AM-FM
Radio with CD)
To adjust the bass or treble:
1. Press the f knob until Bass or
Treble displays.

f knob.
Press either ¨ SEEK,
or © SEEK.
Press either \ FWD,
or s REV.
Turn the

EQ (Equalization): Press this
button to choose bass and treble
equalization settings designed for
different types of music. Selecting
MANUAL, or changing bass or
treble, returns the EQ to the manual
bass and treble settings.
Unique EQ settings can be saved
for each source.

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Setting the Tone (Bass/
Midrange/Treble) (All Except
AM-FM Radio and Radio
with CD)
BASS/MID/TREB (Bass, Midrange,
or Treble): To adjust the bass,
midrange, or treble:
1. Press the f knob until the tone
control tabs display.
2. Highlight the desired tone
control tab by doing one of the
following:

f knob.

.

Press the

.

Press the softkey under the
desired tab.

3. Adjust the setting by doing one
of the following:
.

Turn the f knob clockwise
or counterclockwise.

.

Press the ¨ SEEK,
or © SEEK.

.

Press the \ FWD,
or s REV.

If a station's frequency is weak or if
there is static, decrease the treble.
To quickly adjust bass, midrange,
or treble to the middle position,
press the softkey positioned under
the BASS, MID, or TREB tab for
more than two seconds. A beep
sounds and the level adjusts to the
middle position.
To quickly adjust all tone and
speaker controls to the middle
position, press the f knob for more
than two seconds until a beep
sounds.
EQ (Equalization): Press this
button to choose bass and treble
equalization settings designed for
different types of music. Selecting
MANUAL, or changing bass or
treble, returns the EQ to the manual
bass and treble settings.
Unique EQ settings can be saved
for each source.

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If the radio has a Bose® audio
system, the EQ settings are either
MANUAL or TALK.

Adjusting the Speakers
(Balance/Fade) (AM-FM Radio
and AM-FM Radio with CD)
To adjust the balance or fade:
1. Press ` or press the f knob
until the speaker control label
displays.
2. To adjust the setting, do one of
the following:
.
.

.

f knob.
Press either ¨ SEEK,
or © SEEK.
Press either \ FWD,
or s REV.
Turn the

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Adjusting the Speakers
(Balance/Fade) (All Except
AM-FM Radio and Radio
with CD)

To quickly adjust all speaker and
tone controls to the middle position,
press the f knob for more than
two seconds.

Radio

BAL/FADE (Balance/Fade): To
adjust the balance or fade:

If the Rear Seat Audio (RSA) is
turned on, the radio disables FADE
and mutes the rear speakers.

Radio Data System (RDS)

1. Press the f knob until the
speaker control tabs display.
2. Highlight the desired speaker
control tab by doing one of the
following:

f knob.

.

Press the

.

Press the softkey under the
desired tab.

3. Adjust the setting by doing one
of the following:
.

.

.

Turn the f knob clockwise
or counterclockwise.
Press the ¨ SEEK,
or © SEEK.
Press the \ FWD,
or s REV.

Radio Messages
Calibration Error: The audio
system has been calibrated for the
vehicle from the factory.
If Calibration Error displays, it
means that the radio has not been
configured properly for the vehicle
and it must be returned to your
dealer for service.
Locked or Loc: One of these
messages will display when the
THEFTLOCK® system has locked
up the radio. Take the vehicle to
your dealer for service.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if
an error cannot be corrected,
contact your dealer.

AM-FM Radio
For radios with the Radio Data
System (RDS) feature, it only works
with FM stations that broadcast
RDS information. This system relies
upon receiving specific information
from these stations and only works
when the information is available.
While the radio is tuned to an
FM-RDS station, the station name
or call letters will display. In rare
cases, a radio station could
broadcast incorrect information that
causes the radio features to work
improperly. If this happens, contact
the radio station.

4 (Information) (RDS Features):
For vehicles with RDS features,
press 4 to display additional text
information related to the current
FM-RDS station. If information is
available, the song title information
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display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

Finding a Station
BAND: Press to switch between
AM, FM, or SiriusXM®, if equipped.

f (Tune): Turn to manually select
radio stations.
© SEEK:

Press to seek the
previous radio station. Press and
hold for a few seconds until a beep
sounds to scan for radio stations in
descending order; press the ©
SEEK button again to stop scanning
radio stations. The radio only seeks
and scans stations with a strong
signal that are in the selected band.
For the AM-FM Radio, press and
hold the © SEEK for four seconds
until a double beep sounds to scan
the preset stations. The station
frequency flashes while the radio is
in the scan mode.

¨ SEEK:

Press to seek the next
radio station. Press and hold for a
few seconds until a beep sounds to
scan for radio stations in ascending
order; press the ¨ SEEK button
again to stop scanning radio
stations. The radio only seeks and
scans stations with a strong signal
that are in the selected band.
For the AM-FM Radio, press and
hold the ¨ SEEK for four seconds
until a double beep sounds to scan
the preset stations. The station
frequency flashes while the radio is
in the scan mode.

s REV:

Press to manually tune to
a radio station in descending order.

\ FWD: Press to manually tune to
a radio station in ascending order.
FAV (Favorites): Press to select
different favorites pages for stored
radio stations.

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Storing Radio Stations
Drivers are encouraged to store the
radio station while the vehicle is
parked; see Defensive Driving on
page 9‑3. Tune to stored radio
stations using the presets, favorites
button, and steering wheel controls,
if the vehicle has this feature.
Radios that have a FAV button store
radio stations as favorites. Up to
36 stations can be programmed as
favorites using the six softkeys
below the radio station frequency
tabs and by using the FAV button.
Press the FAV button to go through
up to six pages of favorites, each
having six favorite stations available
per page. Each page of favorites
can contain any combination of AM,
FM, or SiriusXM, if equipped,
stations.
Radios that do not have a FAV
button store radio stations as
presets. Up to 18 stations (6 FM1,
6 FM2, and 6 AM), can be
programmed on the six numbered
pushbuttons.

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Setting Preset Stations
To store presets:
1. Tune to a radio station.

The number of favorites pages can
be set up using the MENU button.
To set up the number of favorites
pages:

2. Press and hold one of the six
numbered pushbuttons for
three seconds until a beep
sounds.

1. Press the MENU button.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to store
additional radio stations.

3. Select the number of favorites
pages by pressing the softkey
located below the displayed
page numbers.

Storing a Radio Station as a
Favorite

2. Press the softkey located below
the FAV 1-6 tab.

2. Press the FAV button to display
the page where the station will
be stored.

4. Press the FAV button, or let the
menu time out, to return to the
original main radio screen
showing the radio station
frequency tabs and to begin the
process of programming
favorites.

3. Press and hold one of the six
softkeys until a beep sounds.

Satellite Radio

4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to
store additional radio stations.

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
Service

To store a station as a favorite:
1. Tune to a radio station.

SiriusXM is a satellite radio service
that is based in the 48 contiguous
United States and 10 Canadian

provinces. SiriusXM Satellite Radio
has a wide variety of programming
and commercial-free music,
coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality
sound. A service fee is required to
receive the SiriusXM service. If the
service needs to be reactivated, the
radio will display “No Subscription
Please Renew on channel XM1.”
For more information, contact
SiriusXM at www.siriusxm.com or
call 1-866-635-2349 (U.S) and
www.xmradio.ca or call
1-877-209-0079 (Canada).

4 (Information) (SiriusXM Satellite
Radio Service): For vehicles with
SiriusXM, press 4 to display
additional text information related to
the current SiriusXM channel.
If information is available, the song
title information displays on the top
line of the display and artist
information displays on the bottom
line. When information is not
available, “NO INFO” displays.

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Finding a Channel
BAND: Press to switch between
AM, FM, or SiriusXM, if equipped.

f (Tune): Turn to manually select
an SiriusXM channel.
© SEEK:

Press to go to the
previous SiriusXM channel.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next
SiriusXM channel.

Finding a Category (CAT)
Station
To find XM channels in a category:
1. Press the CAT button to display
the category tabs. Continue
pressing the CAT button until the
desired category name displays.
.

s REV:

Press to go to the
previous SiriusXM category.

\ FWD:

Press to go to the next
SiriusXM category.
FAV (Favorites): Press to select
different favorites pages for stored
radio stations.
CAT (Category): The CAT button is
used to find SiriusXM channels
when the radio is in the XM mode.

Radios with CD and DVD
can also navigate the
category list by pressing the
\ FWD or the s REV
buttons.

2. Press either of the two softkeys
below the desired category tab
to immediately tune to the first
SiriusXM station in that category.
To go to the previous or next
SiriusXM station in the selected
category, do one of the
following:

f knob.

.

Turn the

.

Press the softkey below the
right or left arrows in the
category tab.

.

Press

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© SEEK or ¨ SEEK.

3. To exit the category search
mode, press the FAV button or
BAND button to display the
favorites again.
Adding and Removing Categories
Categories cannot be added or
removed while the vehicle is moving
faster than 8 km/h (5 mph).
To add or remove a category:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Press the softkey located below
the XM CAT tab.
3. Turn the f knob to display the
category to add or remove.
4. Press the softkey located under
the Add or Remove tab.
To restore all removed
categories, press the softkey
under the Restore All tab.
5. Repeat the steps to remove
more categories.

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Storing SiriusXM Channels
Drivers are encouraged to store
SiriusXM channels while the vehicle
is parked; see Defensive Driving on
page 9‑3. Tune to stored radio
stations using the presets, favorites
button, and steering wheel controls,
if the vehicle has this feature.
Up to 36 stations can be
programmed as favorites using the
six softkeys below the radio station
frequency tabs and by using the
FAV button. Press the FAV button to
go through up to six pages of
favorites, each having six favorite
stations available per page. Each
page of favorites can contain any
combination of AM, FM,
or SiriusXM, if equipped, stations.
Storing an SiriusXM Channel as a
Favorite
To store a station as a favorite:
1. Tune to an SiriusXM channel.
2. Press the FAV button to display
the page where the station will
be stored.

3. Press and hold one of the six
softkeys until a beep sounds.
4. Repeat Steps 1 through 3 to
store additional radio stations.
The number of favorites pages can
be set up using the MENU button.
To set up the number of favorites
pages:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Press the softkey located below
the FAV 1-6 tab.
3. Select the number of favorites
pages by pressing the softkey
located below the displayed
page numbers.
4. Press the FAV button, or let the
menu time out, to return to the
original main radio screen
showing the radio station
frequency tabs and to begin the
process of programming
favorites.

SiriusXM Radio Messages
XL (Explicit Language
Channels): These channels, or any
others, can be blocked at a
customer's request, by calling
1-866-635-2349 (US) or
1-877-209-0079 (Canada).
XM Updating: The encryption code
in the receiver is being updated, and
no action is required. This process
should take no longer than
30 seconds.
No XM Signal: The system is
functioning correctly, but the vehicle
is in a location that is blocking the
SiriusXM signal. When the vehicle is
moved into an open area, the signal
should return.
Loading XM: The audio system is
acquiring and processing audio and
text data. No action is needed. This
message should disappear shortly.
Channel Off Air: This channel is
not currently in service. Tune in to
another channel.

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Channel Unauth: This channel is
blocked or cannot be received with
your SiriusXM subscription package.
Channel Unavail: This previously
assigned channel is no longer
assigned. Tune to another station.
If this station was one of the
presets, choose another station for
that preset button.
No Artist Info: No artist
information is available at this time
on this channel. The system is
working properly.
No Title Info: No song title
information is available at this time
on this channel. The system is
working properly.
No CAT Info: No category
information is available at this time
on this channel. The system is
working properly.
No Information: No text or
informational messages are
available at this time on this
channel. The system is working
properly.

No Subscription Please Renew:
The SiriusXM subscription needs to
be reactivated. Contact SiriusXM at
www.siriusxm.com or call
1-866-635-2349 (U.S) and
www.xmradio.ca or call
1-877-209-0079 (Canada).
CAT Not Found: There are no
channels available for the selected
category. The system is working
properly.
XM Theftlocked: The SiriusXM
receiver in the vehicle could have
previously been in another vehicle.
For security purposes, SiriusXM
receivers cannot be swapped
between vehicles. If this message is
received after having the vehicle
serviced, check with your dealer.
XM Radio ID: If tuned to channel 0,
this message alternates with the
SiriusXM Radio eight-digit radio ID
label. This label is needed to
activate the service.

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Unknown: If this message is
received when tuned to channel 0,
there could be a receiver fault.
Consult with your dealer.
Check Antenna: If this message
does not clear within a short period
of time, the receiver or antenna
could have a fault. Consult with your
dealer.
Check XM Receiver: If this
message does not clear within a
short period of time, the receiver
could have a fault. Consult with your
dealer.
XM Not Available: If this message
does not clear within a short period
of time, the receiver could have a
fault. Consult with your dealer.

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Radio Reception

FM Stereo

Cellular Phone Usage

Frequency interference and static
can occur during normal radio
reception if items such as cell phone
chargers, vehicle convenience
accessories, and external electronic
devices are plugged into the
accessory power outlet. If there is
interference or static, unplug the
item from the accessory power
outlet.

FM signals only reach about
16 to 65 km (10 to 40 mi). Although
the radio has a built-in electronic
circuit that automatically works to
reduce interference, some static can
occur, especially around tall
buildings or hills, causing the sound
to fade in and out.

AM

Cellular phone usage may cause
interference with the vehicle's radio.
This interference may occur when
making or receiving phone calls,
charging the phone's battery,
or simply having the phone on. This
interference causes an increased
level of static while listening to the
radio. If static is received while
listening to the radio, unplug the
cellular phone and turn it off.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service
gives digital radio reception from
coast to coast in the 48 contiguous
United States, and in Canada. Just
as with FM, tall buildings or hills can
interfere with satellite radio signals,
causing the sound to fade in and
out. In addition, traveling or standing
under heavy foliage, bridges,
garages, or tunnels may cause loss
of the SiriusXM signal for a period
of time.

The range for most AM stations is
greater than for FM, especially at
night. The longer range can cause
station frequencies to interfere with
each other. For better radio
reception, most AM radio stations
boost the power levels during the
day, and then reduce these levels
during the night. Static can also
occur when things like storms and
power lines interfere with radio
reception. When this happens, try
reducing the treble on the radio.

SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
Service

Fixed Mast Antenna
The fixed mast antenna can
withstand most car washes without
being damaged as long as it is
securely attached to the base. If the
mast becomes slightly bent,
straighten it out by hand. If the mast
is badly bent, replace it.
Occasionally check to make sure
the antenna is tightened to its base.
If tightening is required, tighten by
hand until fully seated plus
one quarter turn.

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Satellite Radio Antenna
The XM Satellite Radio antenna is
located on the roof of the vehicle.
Keep the antenna clear of
obstructions for clear radio
reception.
If the vehicle has a sunroof, the
performance of the XM system (if
equipped) may be affected if the
sunroof is open.

Audio Players
CD Player
Care of the CD Player
Do not add any label to a CD.
It could get caught in the CD. If a
CD is recorded on a personal
computer and a description label is
needed, try labeling the top of the
recorded CD with a marking pen.
The use of CD lens cleaners is not
advised, due to the risk of
contaminating the lens of the CD
optics with lubricants internal to the
CD player mechanism.
Notice: If a label is added to a
CD, more than one CD is inserted
into the slot at a time, or an
attempt is made to play scratched
or damaged CDs, the CD player
could be damaged. While using
the CD player, use only CDs in
good condition without any label,
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the CD player and the loading slot
free of foreign materials, liquids,
and debris.
If an error displays, see “CD Player
Messages” later in this section.

Care of CDs
If playing a CD-R, the sound quality
can be reduced due to CD-R or
CD-RW quality, the method of
recording, the quality of the music
that has been recorded, and the
way the CD-R or CD-RW has been
handled. Handle them carefully.
Store CD-Rs or CD-RWs in their
original cases or other protective
cases and away from direct sunlight
and dust. The CD player scans the
bottom surface of the disc. If the
surface of a CD is damaged, such
as cracked, broken, or scratched,
the CD does not play properly or not
at all. Do not touch the bottom side
of a CD while handling it; this could
damage the surface. Pick up CDs
by grasping the outer edges or the
edge of the hole and the outer edge.

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If the surface of a CD is soiled,
clean it with a soft, lint‐free cloth or
dampen a clean, soft cloth in a mild,
neutral detergent solution mixed
with water. Make sure the wiping
process starts from the center to
the edge.

Inserting a CD (Single CD
Player)
Insert a CD partway into the slot,
label side up. The player pulls it in
and the CD should begin playing.

Inserting a CD(s) (Six-Disc CD
Player)
LOAD ^ : Press to load CDs into
the CD player. This CD player holds
up to six CDs.
To insert one CD:
1. Press and release the LOAD
button.
2. Wait for the message to insert
the disc.

3. Load a CD. Insert the CD
partway into the slot, label side
up. The player pulls the CD in.
To insert multiple CDs:
1. Press and hold the LOAD button
for two seconds. A beep sounds
and Load All Discs displays.
2. Wait for the message on when to
insert the discs. The CD player
takes up to six CDs.
3. Press the LOAD button again to
cancel loading more CDs.

Ejecting a CD (Single CD
Player)

Z EJECT:

Press and release to
eject the disc. Remove the CD
when Remove Disc displays. If the
disc is not removed, after several
seconds the disc is automatically
pulled back into the player.

Ejecting a CD (Six-Disc CD
Player)

Z EJECT:

Press and release to
eject the disc that is currently
playing. Remove the CD when
Remove Disc displays. If the disc is
not removed, after several seconds
the disc is automatically pulled back
into the player.
To eject all CDs, press and hold the

Z EJECT button for two seconds.
Playing a CD
If the ignition or radio is turned off
with a CD in the player, it stays in
the player. When the ignition or
radio is turned on, the CD starts
playing where it stopped, if it was
the last selected audio source. The
CD is controlled by the buttons on
the radio faceplate or by the RSA
unit. See Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
System on page 7‑48 for more
information.

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When a CD is inserted, the CD
symbol displays on the left side of
the radio display. As each new track
starts to play, the track number
displays.

displays on the top line of the
display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

The CD player can play the smaller
8 cm (3 in) single CDs with an
adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the
smaller CDs are loaded in the same
manner.

f (Tune): Turn to select tracks on
the CD that is currently playing.

CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to
cycle between CD or Auxiliary when
listening to the radio. The CD icon
and a message showing the disc
and/or track number will display
when a CD is in the player. Press
again and the system automatically
searches for an auxiliary input
device; see Auxiliary Devices on
page 7‑34 for more information. If a
portable audio player is not
connected, “No Input Device Found”
displays.

Press to go to the previous track if
less than 10 seconds on the CD
have played.

4 (Information):

Press to display
additional text information related to
the current song. If information is
available, the song title information

© SEEK:

Press to go to the start of
the current track if more than
10 seconds on the CD have played.

Press and hold, or press multiple
times, to continue moving backward
through the tracks on the CD.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next

track.
Press and hold, or press multiple
times, to continue moving forward
through the tracks on the CD.

s REV (Fast Reverse):

Press
and hold to reverse playback quickly
within a track.

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\ FWD (Fast Forward):

Press
and hold to advance playback
quickly within a track.
RPT (Repeat): For the AM-FM
Radio with CD, press and release
the RPT button to repeat the current
track. Press RPT again to turn off
repeat play.
RDM (Random): Press to listen to
tracks in random, rather than
sequential order. To use random, do
one of the following:
For the AM-FM Radio with CD:
1. Press the RDM button until the
random icon displays.
2. Press the RDM button again
until the random icon disappears
from the display.
For the Radio with CD (MP3) and
Radio with USB and CD (MP3):
1. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until Random
Current Disc displays.
2. Press the softkey again to turn
off random play.

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For the Radio with USB and
Six-Disc CD (MP3):
1. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until
Randomize All Discs displays to
play tracks from all CDs loaded
in random order.
2. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until Random
Current Disc displays to play
tracks from a single CD in
random order.
3. Press the same softkey again to
turn off random play.

MP3‐Supported Files
The Radio with CD (MP3), Radio
with USB and CD (MP3), and Radio
with USB and Six-Disc CD (MP3)
have the capability of playing an
MP3 CD-R or CD-RW disc.
Format
Radios that have the capability of
playing MP3s can play .mp3 or .wma
files that were recorded onto a
CD-R or CD-RW disc. The files can

be recorded with the following fixed
bit rates: 32 kbps, 40 kbps, 56 kbps,
64 kbps, 80 kbps, 96 kbps, 112 kbps,
128 kbps, 160 kbps, 192 kbps,
224 kbps, 256 kbps, and 320 kbps or
a variable bit rate.
Compressed Audio or Mixed Mode
Discs
The radio can play discs that
contain both uncompressed CD
audio and MP3 files. If both formats
are on the disc, the radio reads all
MP3 files first, then the
uncompressed CD audio files.
CD‐R‐ or CD‐RW‐Supported File
and Folder Structure
The radio supports:
.

Up to 50 folders.

.

Up to 8 folders in depth.

.

Up to 50 playlists.

.

Up to 255 files.

.

Playlists with an .m3u or .wpl
extension.

.

Files with an .mp3, .wma, or .cda
file extension.

Root Directory
The root directory is treated as a
folder. Files are stored in the root
directory when the disc or storage
device does not contain folders.
Files accessed from the root
directory of a CD display as
F1 ROOT.
Empty Folder
Folders that do not contain files are
skipped, and the player advances to
the next folder that contains files.
Order of Play
Compressed audio files are
accessed in the following order:
.

Playlists (Px).

.

Files stored in the root directory.

.

Files stored in folders in the root
directory.

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Tracks are played in the following
order:
.

.

Play begins from the first track in
the first playlist and continues
sequentially through all tracks in
each playlist. When the last
track of the last playlist has
played, play continues from the
first track of the first playlist.
Play begins from the first track in
the first folder and continues
sequentially through all tracks in
each folder. When the last track
of the last folder has played,
play continues from the first
track of the first folder.

File System and Naming
The song name that displays is the
song name that is contained in the
ID3 tag. If the song name is not
present in the ID3 tag, then the
radio displays the file name without
the extension (such as .mp3) as the
track name.

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Track names longer than 32
characters or 4 pages are
shortened. The display does not
show parts of words on the last
page of text and the extension of
the file name is not displayed.

contains more than the maximum of
50 folders, 15 playlists, and
512 folders and files, the player
allows access and navigates up to
the maximum, but all items over the
maximum are not accessible.

Preprogrammed Playlists

Playing an MP3

CDs that have preprogrammed
playlists reated using WinAmp™,
MusicMatch™, or Real Jukebox™
software can be accessed; however,
there is no playlist‐editing capability
using the radio. These playlists are
treated as special folders containing
compressed audio song files.

4 (Information):

Playlists that have an .m3u or .pls
file extension and are stored on a
USB device may be supported by
the radio with a USB port.
Playlists can be changed by using
the softkeys below the S c and
c T tabs, the f knob, the © SEEK
button, or the ¨ SEEK button. An
MP3 CD-R or CD-RW that has been
recorded without using file folders
can be played. If a CD-R or CD-RW

Press to display
additional text information related to
the current song. If information is
available, the song title information
displays on the top line of the
display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

f (Tune): Turn to select MP3s on
the CD currently playing.
© SEEK:

Press to go to the start of
the track, if more than 10 seconds
have played. Press and hold or
press multiple times to continue
moving backward through tracks.

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¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next
track. Press and hold or press
multiple times to continue moving
forward through tracks.

RDM (Random): Press to listen to
tracks in random, rather than
sequential order. To use random, do
one of the following:

s REV (Reverse):

Press and hold
to reverse playback quickly. Sound
is heard at a reduced volume and
the elapsed time of the file displays.
Release s REV to resume playing.

For the Radio with CD (MP3) and
Radio with USB and CD (MP3):

\ FWD (Fast Forward):

2. Press the softkey again to turn
off random play.

Press
and hold to advance playback
quickly. Sound is heard at a reduced
volume and the elapsed time of the
file displays. Release \ FWD to
resume playing. The elapsed time of
the file displays.

S c (Previous Folder): Press
the softkey below the S c tab to
go to the first track in the previous
folder.

c T (Next Folder): Press the
softkey below the c T tab to go to
the first track in the next folder.

1. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until Random
Current Disc displays.

For the Radio with USB and
Six-Disc CD (MP3):
1. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until
Randomize All Discs displays to
play tracks from all CDs loaded
in random order.
2. Press the softkey positioned
under the RDM tab until Random
Current Disc displays to play
tracks from a single CD in
random order.
3. Press the same softkey again to
turn off random play.

h (Music Navigator): Press the
softkey below the h tab to play
the files in order by artist or album.
The player scans the disc to sort the
files by artist and album ID3 tag
information. It can take several
minutes to scan the disc depending
on the number of files on the disc.
The radio may begin playing while it
is scanning in the background.
When the scan is finished, the disc
begins playing files in order by
artist. The current artist playing is
shown on the second line of the
display. Once all songs by that artist
are played, the player moves to the
next artist in alphabetical order and
begins playing files by that artist.
To listen to files by another artist,
press the softkey located below
either arrow tab. The disc goes to
the next or previous artist in
alphabetical order. Continue
pressing either softkey below the
arrow tab until the desired artist
displays.

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To change from playback by artist to
playback by album:
1. Press the softkey located below
the Sort By tab.
2. Press one of the softkeys below
the Album tab from the sort
screen.
3. Press the softkey below the
Back tab to return to the main
music navigator screen.
The album name displays on the
second line between the arrows,
and songs from the current album
begin to play. Once all songs from
that album have played, the player
moves to the next album in
alphabetical order on the CD and
begins playing MP3s from that
album.
To exit music navigator mode, press
the softkey below the Back tab to
return to normal MP3 playback.

CD Player Messages
CHECK DISC: If this message
displays and/or the CD ejects, it
could be for one of the following
reasons:
.

It is very hot. When the
temperature returns to normal,
the CD should play.

.

The road is very rough. When
the road becomes smoother, the
CD should play.

.

The CD is dirty, scratched, wet,
or upside down.

.

The air is very humid. If so, wait
about an hour and try again.

.

There was a problem while
burning the CD.

.

The label is caught in the CD
player.

If the CD is not playing correctly, for
any other reason, try a known
good CD.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if
an error cannot be corrected,
contact your dealer. If the radio

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displays an error message, write it
down and provide it to your dealer
when reporting the problem.

CD/DVD Player
Care of the CD and DVD Player
Do not add any label to a disc.
It could get caught in the CD or
DVD player. If a disc is recorded on
a personal computer and a
description label is needed, try
labeling the top of the recorded disc
with a marking pen.
The use of CD/DVD lens cleaners is
not advised, due to the risk of
contaminating the lens of the optics
with lubricants internal to the CD
and DVD player mechanism.
Notice: If a label is added to a
CD, more than one CD is inserted
into the slot at a time, or an
attempt is made to play scratched
or damaged CDs, the CD player
could be damaged. While using
the CD player, use only CDs in
good condition without any label,

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load one CD at a time, and keep
the CD player and the loading slot
free of foreign materials, liquids,
and debris.
If an error displays, see “CD
Messages” later in this section.

Care of CDs and DVDs
If playing a CD-R or CD-RW, the
sound quality can be reduced due to
CD-R or CD-RW quality, the method
of recording, the quality of the music
that has been recorded, and the
way the CD-R or CD-RW has been
handled. Handle them carefully.
Store CD-Rs or CD-RWs in their
original cases or other protective
cases and away from direct sunlight
and dust. The CD or DVD player
scans the bottom surface of the
disc. If the surface of a disc is
damaged, such as cracked, broken,
or scratched, the disc does not play
properly or not at all. Do not touch
the bottom side of a disc while
handling it; this could damage the

surface. Pick up discs by grasping
the outer edges or the edge of the
hole and the outer edge.

select CD slot, DVD slot, front
auxiliary input, USB port, or rear
auxiliary input (if available).

If the surface of a disc is soiled,
clean it with a soft, lint‐free cloth or
dampen a clean, soft cloth in a mild,
neutral detergent solution mixed
with water. Make sure the wiping
process starts from the center to
the edge.

If a playback device is plugged into
the radio’s front auxiliary input jack,
USB port, or the rear auxiliary jack,
the front seat passengers are able
to listen to playback from this
source through the vehicle
speakers. See “Using the Auxiliary
Input Jack” in Auxiliary Devices on
page 7‑34, or “Audio/Video (A/V)
Jacks” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information.

Audio Output
Only one audio source can be heard
through the speakers at one time.
An audio source is defined as DVD
slot, CD slot, XM, FM‐AM, front
auxiliary jack, USB port, or rear
auxiliary jack.
Press the O button to turn the radio
on. The radio can be heard through
all of the vehicle speakers.
Front seat passengers can listen to
the radio (AM, FM, or XM if
equipped) by pressing the BAND
button or the DVD/CD AUX button to

In some vehicles, depending on
audio options, the rear speakers
can be muted when the RSA power
is turned on. See Rear Seat Audio
(RSA) System on page 7‑48 for
more information.

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Inserting a Disc
Insert a disc partway into either slot,
label side up. The player pulls it in
and the disc should begin playing.
(Loading a disc into the system,
depending on media type and
format, ranges from 5 to 20 seconds
for a CD, and up to 30 seconds for a
DVD to begin playing.)

Ejecting a Disc

Z CD (Eject):

Press and release
to eject the disc that is currently
playing. The CD ejects from the
bottom slot. A beep sounds and
Ejecting Disc displays. Once the
disc is ejected, Remove Disc
displays. The disc can be removed.
If the disc is not removed, after
several seconds the disc
automatically pulls back into the
player.

Z DVD (Eject):

Press and
release to eject the disc that is
currently playing in the top slot.
A beep sounds and Ejecting Disc
displays.

If loading and reading of a disc
cannot be completed, due to
unknown format, etc., and the disc
fails to eject, press and hold for
more than five seconds to force the
disc to eject.

Playing a CD (in Either the
DVD or CD Slot)
If the ignition or radio is turned off
with a CD in the player, it stays in
the player. When the ignition or
radio is turned on, the CD starts
playing where it stopped, if it was
the last selected audio source. The
CD is controlled by the buttons on
the radio faceplate or by the RSA
unit. See Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
System on page 7‑48 for more
information. The DVD/CD decks
(the upper slot is the DVD deck and
the lower slot is the CD deck) of the
radio are compatible with most
audio CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs,
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When a CD is inserted, the text tab
DVD or CD symbol displays on the
left side of the radio display. As
each new track starts to play, the
track number displays.
The CD player can play the smaller
8 cm (3 in) single CDs with an
adapter ring. Full-size CDs and the
smaller CDs are loaded in the same
manner.
DVD/CD AUX (Auxiliary): Press to
cycle through DVD, CD, or Auxiliary
when listening to the radio. The
DVD/CD text tab and a message
showing the track or chapter
number will display when a disc is in
either slot. Press the DVD/CD AUX
button again and the system
automatically searches for an
auxiliary input device; see Auxiliary
Devices on page 7‑34 for more
information. If a portable audio
player is not connected, “No Aux
Input Device” displays. If a disc is in
both the DVD slot and the CD slot,
the DVD/CD AUX button cycles
between the two sources and does
not indicate “No Aux Input Device.”

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If a front auxiliary device is
connected, the DVD/CD AUX button
cycles through all available options,
such as: DVD slot, CD slot, Front
Auxiliary, and Rear Auxiliary (if
available). See “Using the Auxiliary
Input Jack” in Auxiliary Devices on
page 7‑34 or “Audio/Video (A/V)
Jacks” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information.
If a disc is inserted into the top DVD
slot, the rear seat operator can turn
on the video screen and use the
remote control to navigate the CD
(tracks only) through the remote
control.

4 (Information):

Press to display
additional text information related to
the current song. If information is
available, the song title information
displays on the top line of the
display and artist information
displays on the bottom line. When
information is not available, “NO
INFO” displays.

f (Tune): Turn to select tracks on
the disc that is currently playing.
© SEEK:

Press to go to the start of
the current track, if more than
five seconds on the CD have
played.
Press to go to the previous track if
less than five seconds on the CD
have played.
Press and hold, or press multiple
times, to continue moving backward
through the tracks on the CD.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next

track.
Press and hold, or press multiple
times, to continue moving forward
through the tracks on the CD.

s REV (Fast Reverse):

Press
and hold to reverse playback quickly
within a track.

\ FWD (Fast Forward):

Press
and hold to advance playback
quickly within a track.

RDM (Random): Press to listen to
tracks in random, rather than
sequential order. To use random:
1. Press the softkey under the
RDM tab until Random Current
Disc displays.
2. Press the softkey again to turn
off random play.

MP3 and WMA Supported Files
Format
The radio can play .mp3 or .wma
files that were recorded onto a
CD-R or CD-RW disc.
Compressed Audio or Mixed Mode
Discs
The radio plays discs that contain
both uncompressed CD audio and
MP3/WMA files depending on which
slot the disc is loaded into.
The DVD player only reads
uncompressed audio and ignores
MP3/WMA files on a mixed
mode disc.

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The CD player reads both
uncompressed audio and MP3/
WMA files on a mixed mode disc.
Uncompressd audio is played
before MP3/WMA files. Press the
CAT (category) button to toggle
between uncompressed audio and
MP3/WMA files.
CD‐R or CD‐RW Supported File
and Folder Structure
The DVD player supports:
.

Up to 255 folders.

.

Up to eight folders in depth.

.

Up to 15 playlists.

.

Up to 40 sessions.

.

Playlists with an .m3u or .wpl
extension.

.

Files with an .mp3, .wma, or .cda
file extension.

The CD player supports:
.

Up to 512 files and folders.

.

Up to 8 folders in depth.

.

Playlists with an .m3u or .wpl
extension.

.

Files with an .mp3, .wma, or .cda
file extension.

Root Directory
The root directory of the disc is
treated as a folder. If the root
directory has compressed audio
files, the directory displays as F1
ROOT on the radio.
If a disc contains both
uncompressed CD audio and MP3/
WMA files, a folder under the root
directory called CD accesses all of
the CD audio tracks on the disc.
Empty Folder
Folders that do not contain files are
skipped, and the player advances to
the next folder that contains files.
No Folder
When the disc contains only
compressed files, the files are
located under the root folder. The
next and previous folder function
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recorded without folders or playlists.
When displaying the name of the
folder, the radio displays ROOT.
When the disc contains only
playlists and compressed audio
files, but no folders, all files are
located under the root folder. The
folder down and the folder up
buttons search playlists first and
then go to the root folder. When the
radio displays the name of the
folder, the radio displays ROOT.
Order of Play
Compressed audio files are
accessed in the following order:
.

Playlists (Px).

.

Files stored in the root directory.

.

Files stored in folders in the root
directory.

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Tracks are played in the following
order:
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Play begins from the first track in
the first playlist and continues
sequentially through all tracks in
each playlist. When the last
track of the last playlist has
played, play continues from the
first track of the first playlist.
Play begins from the first track in
the first folder and continues
sequentially through all tracks in
each folder. When the last track
of the last folder has played,
play continues from the first
track of the first folder.

When play enters a new folder, the
display does not automatically show
the new folder name unless the
folder mode has been chosen as
the default display. The new track
name displays.
File System and Naming
The song name that displays is the
song name that is contained in the
ID3 tag. If the song name is not

present in the ID3 tag, then the
radio displays the file name without
the extension (such as .mp3) as the
track name.
Track names longer than
32 characters or 4 pages are
shortened. Parts of words on the
last page of text and the extension
of the file name do not display.
Preprogrammed Playlists
Preprogrammed playlists that were
created using WinAmp™,
MusicMatch™, or Real Jukebox™
software can be accessed; however,
they cannot be edited using the
radio. These playlists are treated as
special folders containing
compressed audio song files.
Playlists that have an .m3u or .pls
file extension and are stored on a
USB device may be supported by
the radio with a USB port.

Playing an MP3 or WMA (in
Either the DVD or CD Slot)
If a disc is inserted into the top DVD
slot, the rear seat operator can turn
on the video screen and use the
remote control to navigate the CD
(tracks only).

f (Tune): Turn to select MP3/WMA
files.
© SEEK:

Press to go to the start of
the track, if more than five seconds
have played. Press and hold or
press multiple times, if less than
five seconds have played, to
continue moving backward through
tracks.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next

track.
Press and hold, or press multiple
times, to continue moving forward
through tracks.

s REV (Reverse): Press and hold
to reverse playback quickly.

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\ FWD (Fast Forward):

Press
and hold to advance playback
quickly.

S c (Previous Folder): Press
the softkey below the S c tab to
go to the first track in the previous
folder.

c T (Next Folder): Press the
softkey below the c T tab to go to
the first track in the next folder.
RDM (Random): Press to listen to
tracks in random, rather than
sequential order.
To use random:
1. Press the softkey under the
RDM tab until Random Current
Disc displays
2. Press the same softkey again to
turn off random play.

h (Music Navigator): Press the
softkey below the h tab to play
files in order by artist or album.

The player scans the disc to sort the
files by artist and album ID3 tag
information. It can take several
minutes to scan the disc depending
on the number of files on the disc.
The radio may begin playing while it
is scanning in the background.
When the scan is finished, the disc
begins playing files in order by
artist. The current artist playing is
shown on the second line of the
display. Once all songs by that artist
are played, the player moves to the
next artist in alphabetical order and
begins playing files by that artist.
To listen to files by another artist,
press the softkey located below
either arrow tab. The disc goes to
the next or previous artist in
alphabetical order. Continue
pressing either softkey below the
arrow tab until the artist displays.

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To change from playback by artist to
playback by album:
1. Press the softkey below the Sort
By tab.
2. Press one of the softkeys below
the Album tab from the sort
screen.
3. Press the softkey below the
Back tab to return to the main
music navigator screen.
The album name displays on the
second line between the arrows,
and songs from the current album
begin to play. Once all songs from
that album have played, the player
moves to the next album in
alphabetical order on the CD and
begins playing MP3 files from that
album.
To exit music navigator mode, press
the softkey below the Back tab to
return to normal MP3 playback.

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Using the DVD Player

Inserting a Disc

The DVD player can be controlled
by the buttons on the remote
control, the RSA system, or by the
buttons on the radio faceplate. See
“Remote Control” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 and Rear Seat Audio
(RSA) System on page 7‑48 for
more information.

Insert a disc partway into the top
slot, label side up. The player pulls
it in and the disc should begin
playing. “Loading Disc” shows on
the radio display. At the same time,
the radio displays a softkey menu of
option(s). Some discs automatically
play the movie while others default
to the softkey menu display, which
requires the Play, Enter,
or Navigation softkeys to be
pressed, either by softkey or by the
rear seat passenger using the
remote control.

The DVD player is only compatible
with DVDs of the appropriate region
code printed on the jacket of
most DVDs.
The DVD slot of the radio is
compatible with most audio CDs
and CD-R/RW, DVD-Video,
DVD-Audio, DVD-R/RW, and DVD
+R/RW media, along with MP3 and
WMA formats.
If an error message displays on the
video screen or the radio, see “DVD
Display Error Messages” under
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE)
System on page 7‑38, and “CD/DVD
Player Messages” later in this
section for more information.

Loading a disc into the system,
depending on media type and
format, ranges from 5 to 20 seconds
for a CD, and up to 30 seconds for
a DVD.

Ejecting a Disc

Z DVD (Eject):

Press and
release to eject the disc currently
playing in the top slot. A beep
sounds and Ejecting Disc displays.

If loading and reading of a disc
cannot be completed, due to
unknown format, etc., and the disc
fails to eject, press and hold for
more than five seconds to force the
disc to eject.

Playing a DVD
DVD/CD AUX (Auxiliary): Press to
cycle through DVD, CD, or Auxiliary
when listening to the radio. The
DVD/CD text tab and a message
showing the track or chapter
number will display when a disc is in
either slot. Press the DVD/CD AUX
button again and the system
automatically searches for an
auxiliary input device; see Auxiliary
Devices on page 7‑34 for more
information. If a portable audio
player is not connected, “No Aux
Input Device” displays. If a disc is in
both the DVD slot and the CD slot,
the DVD/CD AUX button cycles
between the two sources and does
not indicate “No Aux Input Device.”
If a front auxiliary device is
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cycles through all available options,
such as: DVD slot, CD slot, front
auxiliary, and rear auxiliary (if
available). See “Using the Auxiliary
Input Jack” in Auxiliary Devices on
page 7‑34 or “Audio/Video (A/V)
Jacks” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information.

A lock symbol displays next to the
clock display. The Parental Control
feature remains on until the knob is
pressed and held for more than
two seconds again, or until the
driver turns the ignition off and exits
the vehicle.

If a disc is inserted into the top DVD
slot, the rear seat operator can turn
on the video screen and use the
remote control to navigate the CD
(tracks only) through the remote
control.

© SEEK:

O (Power): Press to turn the radio
on or off. Turn clockwise or
counterclockwise to increase or
decrease the volume. Press and
hold for more than two seconds to
turn off the entire radio and Rear
Seat Entertainment (RSE) system
and to start the Parental Control
feature. Parental Control prevents
the rear seat occupant from
operating the Rear Seat Audio
(RSA) system or remote control.

f (Tune): Turn to select tracks on
a CD or DVD.
Press to return to the start
of the current track or chapter.
Press again to go to the previous
track or chapter. This button might
not work when the DVD is playing
the copyright information or the
previews.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next
track or chapter. This button might
not work when the DVD is playing
the copyright information or the
previews.

s REV (Fast Reverse):

Press to
quickly reverse the CD or DVD at
five times the normal speed. To stop
fast reversing, press again. This

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button might not work when the
DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.

\ FWD (Fast Forward):

Press to
fast forward the CD or DVD at
five times the normal speed. To stop
fast forwarding, press again. This
button might not work when the
DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.
Using Softkeys to Play a DVD-V
(Video)
Once a DVD-V is inserted, the radio
display menu shows several tab
options for playback. Press the
softkey located under any tab option
during DVD-V playback.

r / j (Play/Pause): Press either
the Play or Pause tab displayed on
the radio, to toggle between pausing
or restarting playback of a DVD.
If the forward arrow is showing on
the display, the system is in pause
mode. If the Pause tab is showing
on the display, the system is in

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playback mode. If the DVD screen
is off, press the play button to turn
the screen on.

making a selection press this
button. This button only operates
when using a DVD.

Some DVDs begin playing after the
previews have finished, although
there could be a delay of up to
30 seconds. If the DVD does not
begin playing the movie
automatically, press the softkey
located under the play/pause
symbol tag displayed on the radio.
If the DVD still does not play, refer
to the on-screen instructions,
if available.

Nav (Navigate): Press to display
directional arrows for navigating
through the menus.

c (Stop):

Press to stop playing,
rewinding, or fast forwarding a DVD.

r (Enter):

Press to select the
choices that are highlighted in
any menu.

y (Menu): Press to access the
DVD menu. The DVD menu is
different on every DVD. Use the
softkeys located under the
navigation arrows to navigate the
cursor through the DVD menu. After

q (Return): Press to exit the
current active menu and return to
the previous menu. This button
operates only when a DVD is
playing and a menu is active.
The rear seat passenger can
navigate the DVD-V and DVD-A
menus and controls through the
remote control. See “Remote
Control” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information. The
video screen automatically turns on
when the DVD-V is inserted into the
DVD slot, and does not
automatically power on when the
DVD-A is inserted into the DVD slot.
It must be manually turned on by
the rear seat occupant through the
remote control power button.

Using Softkeys to Play a DVD-A
(Audio)
Once a DVD-A is inserted, the radio
display menu shows several tab
options for playback. Press the
softkey located under any tab option
during DVD-A playback.

r / j (Play/Pause): Press either
the play or pause icon displayed on
the radio, to toggle between pausing
or restarting playback of a DVD.
If the forward arrow is showing on
the display, the system is in pause
mode. If the pause tab is showing
on the display, the system is in
playback mode.
q Group r : Press to cycle
through musical groupings on the
DVD-A disc.
Nav (Navigate): Press to display
directional arrows for navigating
through the menus.

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e (Audio Stream): Press to cycle
through audio stream formats
located on the DVD-A disc. The
video screen shows the audio
stream changing.

the c or the r / j tabs displayed
on the radio. If the radio is sourced
to something other than DVD-V,
press the DVD/CD AUX button to
make DVD-V the active source.

The rear seat passenger can
navigate the DVD-V and DVD-A
menus and controls through the
remote control. See “Remote
Control” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information. The
video screen automatically turns on
when the DVD-V is inserted into the
DVD slot, and does not
automatically power on when the
DVD-A is inserted into the DVD slot.
It must be manually turned on by
the rear seat occupant through the
remote control power button.

To resume DVD playback, press the
r / j button on the remote control,
or press the softkey located under
the r / j tab on the radio. The DVD
should resume play from where it
last stopped if the disc has not been
ejected and the stop button has not
been pressed twice on the remote
control. If the disc has been ejected
or the stop button has been pressed
twice on the remote control, the disc
resumes playing at the beginning of
the disc.

Stopping and Resuming
Playback

Disc Format Error: This message
displays if the disc is inserted with
the disc label wrong side up, or if
the disc is damaged.

To stop playing a DVD without
turning off the system, press the c
button on the remote control,
or press the softkey located under

No Disc Inserted: This message
displays if no disc is present when
the Z or DVD/CD AUX button is
pressed on the radio.
Optical Error: This message
displays if the disc was inserted
upside down.
Disk Read Error: This message
displays if a disc was inserted with
an invalid or unknown format.
Player Error: This message
displays if there are disc load or
disc eject problems.
.

It is very hot. When the
temperature returns to normal,
the disc should play.

.

The road is very rough. When
the road becomes smoother, the
disc should play.

.

The disc is dirty, scratched, wet,
or upside down.

.

The air is very humid. If so, wait
about an hour and try again.

.

There was a problem while
burning the disc.

CD/DVD Player Messages

Disc Region Error: This message
displays if the disc is not from a
correct region.

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The label is caught in the CD/
DVD player.

If the disc is not playing correctly, for
any other reason, try a known
good disc.
If any error occurs repeatedly or if
an error cannot be corrected,
contact your dealer. If the radio
displays an error message, write it
down and provide it to your dealer
when reporting the problem.

Auxiliary Devices
Using the Auxiliary Input Jack
Radios with an auxiliary input jack
located on the lower right side of the
faceplate can connect to an external
audio device such as an iPod®,
MP3 player, or CD player, for use as
another source for audio listening.
This input jack is not an audio
output; do not plug headphones into
the front auxiliary input jack.
Drivers are encouraged to set up
any auxiliary device while the
vehicle is in P (Park). See

Defensive Driving on page 9‑3 for
more information on driver
distraction.
To use a portable audio player,
connect a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) cable to
the radio's front auxiliary input jack.
When a device is connected, press
the radio CD/AUX button to begin
playing audio from the device over
the vehicle speakers.
For optimal sound quality, increase
the portable audio device's volume
to the loudest level.
It is always best to power the
portable audio device through its
own battery while playing.

O (Power/Volume):

Turn clockwise
or counterclockwise to increase or
decrease the volume of the portable
player. Additional volume
adjustments might have to be made
from the portable device if the
volume is not loud or soft enough.

BAND: Press to listen to the radio
when a portable audio device is
playing. The portable audio device
continues playing.
CD/AUX (CD/Auxiliary): Press to
play a CD when a portable audio
device is playing. Press again and
the system begins playing audio
from the connected portable audio
player. If a portable audio player is
not connected, “No Input Device
Found” displays.
DVD/CD AUX (DVD/CD/
Auxiliary): Press to cycle through
DVD, CD, or Auxiliary when
listening to the radio. The DVD/CD
text tab and a message showing
track or chapter number will display
when a disc is in either slot. Press
again and the system automatically
searches for an auxiliary input
device, such as a portable audio
player. If a portable audio player is
not connected, “No Aux Input
Device” displays. If a disc is in both
the DVD slot and the CD slot, the
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not indicate “No Aux Input Device.”
If a front auxiliary device is
connected, the DVD/CD AUX button
cycles through all available options,
such as: DVD slot, CD slot, front
auxiliary, and rear auxiliary (if
available). See “Using the Auxiliary
Input Jack” in this section, or “Audio/
Video (A/V) Jacks” under Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) System on
page 7‑38 for more information.

Using the USB Port
Radios with a USB port can control
a USB storage device or an iPod®
using the radio buttons and knobs.
See “Playing an MP3” in CD Player
on page 7‑17 or CD/DVD Player on
page 7‑23 for information about how
to connect and control a USB
storage device or an iPod.
USB Support
The USB connector is located on
the instrument panel or in the center
console, and uses the USB 2.0
standard.

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USB flash drive

USB-Supported File and Folder
Structure

.

Portable USB hard drive

The radio supports:

.

Fifth generation or later iPod

USB-Supported Devices

.
.
.

iPod nano®
iPod touch

®

iPod classic®

Not all iPods and USB drives are
compatible with the USB port.
Make sure the iPod has the latest
firmware from Apple® for proper
operation. iPod firmware can be
updated using the latest iTunes®
application. See www.apple.com/
itunes.
For help with identifying the iPod, go
to www.apple.com/support.
Radios that have a USB port can
play .mp3 and .wma files that are
stored on a USB storage device as
well as AAC files that are stored on
an iPod.

.

Up to 700 folders

.

Up to eight folders in depth

.

Up to 65,535 files.

.

Folder and file names up to
64 bytes

.

Files with an .mp3 or .wma file
extension

.

AAC files stored on an iPod

.

FAT16

.

FAT32

Connecting a USB Storage
Device or iPod®
The USB port can be used to
control an iPod or a USB storage
device.
To connect a USB storage device,
connect the device to the USB port
located in the center console or on
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To connect an iPod, connect one
end of the USB cable that came
with the iPod to the iPod’s dock
connector and connect the other
end to the USB port located in the
center console or on the instrument
panel. If the vehicle is on and the
USB connection works, “OK to
disconnect” and a GM logo may
appear on the iPod, and iPod
appears on the radio display. The
iPod music appears on the radio’s
display and begins playing.
The iPod charges while it is
connected to the vehicle if the
vehicle is in the ACC/ACCESSORY
or ON/RUN position. When the
vehicle is turned off, the iPod
automatically powers off and will not
charge or draw power from the
vehicle's battery.
If you have an older iPod model that
is not supported, it can still be used
by connecting it to the auxiliary
input jack using a standard 3.5 mm
(1/8 in) stereo cable. See “Using the
Auxiliary Input Jack” earlier for more
information.

Using the Radio to Control a
USB Storage Device or iPod
The radio can control a USB
storage device or an iPod using the
radio buttons and knobs, and
display song information on the
radio’s display.

f (Tune): Turn to select files.
© SEEK: Press to go to the start of
the track, if more than 10 seconds
have played. Press and hold or
press multiple times to continue
moving backward through tracks.

¨ SEEK:

Press to go to the next
track. Press and hold or press
multiple times to continue moving
forward through tracks.

s REV (Reverse): Press and hold
to reverse playback quickly. Sound
is heard at a reduced volume.
Release s REV to resume playing.
The elapsed time of the file
displays.
\ FWD (Fast Forward):

Press
and hold to advance playback
quickly. Sound is heard at a reduced

volume. Release \ FWD to
resume playing. The elapsed time of
the file displays.

4 (Information):

Press to display
additional information about the
selected track.

Using Softkeys to Control a
USB Storage Device or iPod
The five softkeys below the radio
display are used to control the
functions listed below.
To use the softkeys:
1. Press the first or fifth softkey
below the radio display to
display the functions listed
below, or press the softkey
below the function if it is
currently displayed.
2. Press the softkey below the tab
with the function on it to use that
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j (Pause): Press the softkey below
j to pause the track. The tab
appears raised when pause is being
used. Press the softkey below j
again to resume playback.

5. Press f to select the desired file
to be played.

.

Genres

.

Songs

To skip through large lists, the five
softkeys can be used to navigate in
the following order:

.

Composers

Back: Press the softkey below the
back tab to go back to the main
display screen on an iPod, or the
root directory on a USB storage
device.

.

First softkey, first item in the list.

.

Second softkey, 1% through the
list each time the softkey is
pressed.

c (Folder View): Press the
softkey below c to view the

.

Third softkey, 5% through the list
each time the softkey is pressed.

.

Fourth softkey, 10% through the
list each time the softkey is
pressed.

.

Fifth softkey, end of the list.

contents of the current folder on the
USB drive. To browse and select
files:
1. Press the softkey below

c.

2. Turn f to scroll through the list
of folders.
3. Press f to select the desired
folder. If there is more then one
folder, repeat Steps 1 and 2 until
the desired folder is reached.
4. Turn f to scroll through the files
in the selected folder.

h (Music Navigator): Press the
softkey below h to view and
select a file on an iPod, using the
iPod's menu system. Files are
sorted by:
.

Playlists

.

Artists

.

Albums

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To select files:
1. Press the softkey below

h.

2. Turn f to scroll through the list
of menus.
3. Press f to select the
desired menu.
4. Turn f to scroll through the
folders or files in the
selected menu.
5. Press f to select the desired file
to be played.
To skip through large lists, the five
softkeys can be used to navigate in
the following order:
.

First softkey, first item in the list.

.

Second softkey, 1% through the
list each time the softkey is
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Third softkey, 5% through the list
each time the softkey is pressed.
Fourth softkey, 10% through the
list each time the softkey is
pressed.
Fifth softkey, end of the list.

Repeat Functionality
To use Repeat:
Press the softkey below " or '
to select between Repeat All and
Repeat Track.

" (Repeat All): Press the softkey
below " to repeat all tracks. The
tab appears lowered when Repeat
All is being used. This is the default
mode when a USB storage device
or iPod is first connected.
' (Repeat Track): Press the
softkey below ' to repeat one
track. The tab appears raised when
Repeat Track is being used.

Shuffle Functionality
To use Shuffle:
Press the softkey below >, 2,
C , or = to select between
Shuffle Off, Shuffle All Songs/
Shuffle Songs, Shuffle Album,
or Shuffle Folder.

> (Shuffle Off): Press the
softkey below 2 to turn shuffle
off. This is the default mode when a
USB storage device or iPod is first
connected.
2 (Shuffle All Songs/Shuffle
Songs): Press the softkey below
= or C to shuffle all songs on
the USB storage device or iPod.
C (Shuffle Album): Press the
softkey below > to shuffle all
songs in the current album on
an iPod.

= (Shuffle Folder): Press the
softkey below > to shuffle all
songs in the current folder on a USB
storage device.

Rear Seat
Infotainment
Rear Seat Entertainment
(RSE) System
The vehicle may have a DVD Rear
Seat Entertainment (RSE) system.
The RSE system works with the
vehicle's audio system. The DVD
player is part of the front radio. The
RSE system includes a radio with a
DVD player, a video display screen,
audio/video jacks, two wireless
headphones, and a remote control.
See CD/DVD Player on page 7‑23
for more information on the vehicle's
CD/DVD player.

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Before Driving
The RSE is designed for rear seat
passengers only. The driver cannot
safely view the video screen while
driving and should not try to do so.
In severe or extreme weather
conditions, the RSE system might
not work until the temperature is
within the operating range. The
operating range for the RSE system
is above −20°C (−4°F) or below
60°C (140°F). If the temperature of
the vehicle is outside this range,
heat or cool the vehicle until the
temperature is within the operating
range of the RSE system.

Parental Control
The RSE system may have a
Parental Control feature, depending
on which radio the vehicle has. To
start Parental Control, press and
hold the radio power button for more
than two seconds to stop all system
features such as: radio, video
screen, Rear Seat Audio (RSA),

DVD, and/or CD. While Parental
Control is on, a padlock icon
displays.

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Headphones

The radio can be turned back on
with a single press of the power
button, but the RSE system will
remain under Parental Control.
To turn Parental Control off, press
and hold the radio power button for
more than two seconds. The RSE
returns from where it was previously
left and the padlock icon disappears
from the radio display.
Parental Control can also be turned
off by inserting or ejecting any disc,
pressing the play icon on the radio
DVD display menu, or changing an
ignition position.

A. Battery cover
B. Channel 1 or 2 switch
C. Power button
D. Volume control
E. Power indicator light
The RSE includes two 2-channel
wireless headphones that are
dedicated to this system. Channel 1
is dedicated to the video screen,
while Channel 2 is dedicated to
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) selections.
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listen to the radio, CDs, DVDs,
MP3s, DVD-As, or any auxiliary
source connected to A/V jacks or
the auxiliary input jack, if the vehicle
has this feature. The wireless
headphones have a power button,
channel 1 or 2 switch, and a volume
control.
Push the power button to turn on
the headphones. An indicator light
located on the headphones comes
on. If the light comes on, but there
is intermittent sound and/or static on
the headphones, or if the indicator
light does not come on, the batteries
might need to be replaced. See
“Battery Replacement” later in this
section for more information. Switch
the headphones to Off when not
in use.
Infrared transmitters are located at
the rear of the overhead console.
The headphones shut off
automatically to save the battery
power if the RSE system and RSA
are shut off, or if the headphones
are out of range of the transmitters
for more than three minutes. If you

move too far forward or step out of
the vehicle, the headphones lose
the audio signal.
To adjust the volume on the
headphones, use the volume control
located on the right side.
For optimal audio performance, the
headphones must be worn correctly.
Headphones should be worn with
the headband over the top of the
head for best audio reception. The
symbol L (Left) appears on the
outside bottom edge of the ear cup
and should be positioned on the left
ear. The symbol R (Right) appears
on the outside bottom edge of the
ear cup and should be positioned on
the right ear.
Notice: Do not store the
headphones in heat or direct
sunlight. This could damage the
headphones and repairs will not
be covered by the warranty.
Storage in extreme cold can
weaken the batteries. Keep the
headphones stored in a cool, dry
place.

If the foam ear pads attached to the
headphones become worn or
damaged, the pads can be replaced
separately from the headphone set.
To purchase replacement ear pads,
call 1-888-293-3332, then prompt
zero (0), or contact your dealer.
Battery Replacement
To change the batteries on the
headphones:
1. Turn the screw to loosen the
battery door located on the left
side of the headphones. Slide
the battery door open.
2. Replace the two batteries in the
compartment. Make sure that
they are installed correctly, using
the diagram on the inside of the
battery compartment.
3. Replace the battery door and
tighten the door screw.
If the headphones are to be stored
for a long period of time, remove the
batteries and keep them in a cool,
dry place.

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Audio/Video (A/V) Jacks

the RSE system. Adapter
connectors or cables (not included)
may be required to connect the
auxiliary device to the A/V jacks.
Refer to the manufacturer’s
instructions for proper usage.
Power for auxiliary devices is not
supplied by the radio system.

Yellow: Video Input
White: Left Audio Input
Red: Right Audio Input
The A/V jacks are color coded to
match typical home entertainment
system equipment.
The A/V jacks, located on the rear
of the floor console, allow audio or
video signals to be connected from
an auxiliary device such as a
camcorder or a video game unit to

To use the auxiliary inputs of the
RSE system, connect an external
auxiliary device to the color-coded
A/V jacks and turn both the auxiliary
device and the video screen power
on. If the video screen is in the DVD
player mode, pressing the AUX
(auxiliary) button on the remote
control switches the video screen
from the DVD player mode to the
auxiliary device. The audio of the
connected source can be listened to
over the speakers by sourcing the
radio to the auxiliary device or by
sourcing the RSA to the Rear Aux
and listening with the wireless
headphones on Channel 2 or with
the wired headphones. See “Using
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Auxiliary Devices on page 7‑34 for
more information about changing
the source.
Changing the RSE Video Screen
Settings
The screen display mode (normal,
full, and zoom), screen brightness,
and setup menu language can be
changed from the on screen setup
menu. To change any feature:
1. Press the z (display menu)
button on the remote control.
2. Use the remote control n, q,
p, o (navigation) arrows and
the r (enter) button to use the
setup menu.
3. Press the z button again to
remove the setup menu from the
screen.

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Audio Output
Audio from the DVD player or
auxiliary inputs can be heard
through the following possible
sources:
.

Wireless headphones

.

Vehicle speakers

.

Vehicle-wired headphone jacks
on the RSA system, if the
vehicle has this feature.

The RSE system always transmits
the audio signal to the wireless
headphones, if there is audio
available. See “Headphones” earlier
in this section for more information.
The DVD player is capable of
outputting audio to the wired
headphone jacks on the RSA
system, if the vehicle has this
feature. The DVD player can be
selected as an audio source on the
RSA system. See Rear Seat Audio
(RSA) System on page 7‑48 for
more information.

When a device is connected to the
A/V jacks, or the radio's auxiliary
input jack if the vehicle has this
feature, the rear seat passengers
are able to hear audio from the
auxiliary device through the wireless
or wired headphones. The front seat
passengers are able to listen to
playback from this device through
the vehicle speakers by selecting
AUX as the source on the radio.

Video Screen
The video screen is located in the
overhead console.
To use the video screen:
1. Push the release button located
on the overhead console.
2. Move the screen to the desired
position.
When the video screen is not in
use, push it up into its locked
position.

If a DVD is playing and the screen
is raised to its locked position, the
screen remains on. This is normal,
and the DVD continues to play
through the previous audio source.
Use the remote control power button
or eject the disc to turn off the
screen.
The overhead console contains the
infrared transmitters for the wireless
headphones and the infrared
receivers for the remote control.
They are located at the rear of the
console.
Notice: Avoid directly touching
the video screen, as damage may
occur. See “Cleaning the Video
Screens” later in this section for
more information.

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Remote Control

Objects blocking the line of sight
could also affect the function of the
remote control.
If a CD or DVD is in the Radio DVD
slot, the remote control O (power)
button can be used to turn on the
video screen display and start the
disc. The radio can also turn on the
video screen display. See Operation
on page 7‑7 for more information.

To use the remote control, aim it at
the transmitter window at the rear of
the RSE overhead console and
press the desired button. Direct
sunlight or very bright light could
affect the ability of the RSE
transmitter to receive signals from
the remote control. If the remote
control does not seem to be
working, the batteries might need to
be replaced. See “Battery
Replacement” later in this section.

Notice: Storing the remote
control in a hot area or in direct
sunlight can damage it, and the
repairs will not be covered by the
warranty. Storage in extreme cold
can weaken the batteries. Keep
the remote control stored in a
cool, dry place.
If the remote control becomes lost
or damaged, a new universal
remote control can be purchased.
If this happens, make sure the
universal remote control uses a
code set of Toshiba®.

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Remote Control Buttons

O (Power): Press this button to
turn the video screen on and off.
P (Illumination):

Press this button
to turn the remote control backlight
on. The backlight automatically
times out after 7 to 10 seconds if no
other button is pressed while the
backlight is on.

v (Title):

Press this button to
return the DVD to the main menu of
the DVD. This function could vary
for each disc.

y (Main Menu): Press this button
to access the DVD menu. The DVD
menu is different on every DVD.
Use the navigation arrows to move
the cursor around the DVD menu.
After making a selection press the
enter button. This button only
operates when using a DVD.
n, q, p, o (Menu Navigation
Arrows): Use the arrow buttons to
navigate through a menu.

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r (Enter):

Press this button to
select the choice that is highlighted
in any menu.

z (Display Menu):

Press this
button to adjust the brightness,
screen display mode (normal, full,
or zoom), and display the
language menu.

q (Return): Press this button to
exit the current active menu and
return to the previous menu. This
button operates only when the
display menu or a DVD menu is
active.
c (Stop):

Press this button to stop
playing, fast reversing, or fast
forwarding a DVD. Press this button
twice to return to the beginning of
the DVD.

s (Play/Pause):

Press this
button to start playing a DVD. Press
this button while a DVD is playing to
pause it. Press it again to continue
playing the DVD.

While the DVD is playing, the DVD
can be played slowly by pressing
the play/pause button then pressing
the fast forward button. The DVD
continues playing in a slow play
mode. Also, reverse can be played
slowly by pressing the play/pause
button and then pressing the fast
reverse button. To cancel slow play
mode, press the play/pause button.

t (Previous Track/Chapter):
Press this button to return to the
start of the current track or chapter.
Press this button again to go to the
previous track or chapter. This
button might not work when the
DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.
u (Next Track/Chapter):

Press
this button to go to the beginning of
the next chapter or track. This
button might not work while the
DVD is playing the copyright
information or the previews.

r (Fast Reverse): Press this
button to quickly reverse the DVD or
CD. To stop fast reversing a DVD

video, press the play/pause button.
To stop fast reversing a DVD audio
or CD, release the fast reverse
button. This button might not work
when the DVD is playing the
copyright information or the
previews.

[ (Fast Forward):

Press this
button to fast forward the DVD or
CD. To stop fast forwarding a DVD
video, press the play/pause button.
To stop fast forwarding a DVD audio
or CD, release the fast forward
button. This button might not work
while the DVD is playing the
copyright information or the
previews.

e (Audio): Press this button to
change audio tracks on DVDs that
have this feature when the DVD is
playing. The format and content of
this function vary for each disc.
{ (Subtitles):

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DVD is playing. The format and
content of this function vary for
each disc.

Battery Replacement

AUX (Auxiliary): Press this button
to switch the system between the
DVD player and an auxiliary source.

1. Slide the rear cover back on the
remote control.

2 (Camera):

Press this button to
change camera angles on DVDs
that have this feature while a DVD is
playing. The format and content of
this function vary for each disc.
1 through 0 (Numeric Keypad):
The numeric keypad provides the
capability of direct chapter or track
number selection.

\ (Clear):

Press this button within
three seconds after entering a
numeric selection, to clear all
numerical inputs.

} 10 (Double Digit Entries):

Press
this button to select chapter or track
numbers greater than nine. Press
this button before entering the
number.

To change the remote control
batteries, do the following:

2. Replace the two batteries in the
compartment. Make sure they
are installed correctly using the
diagram on the inside of the
remote control.
3. Replace the battery cover.
If the remote control is to be stored
for a long period of time, remove the
batteries and keep them in a cool,
dry place.

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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart
Problem

Recommended Action

There is no power.

The ignition might not be turned to ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY.

The picture does not fill the screen. There are black
borders on the top and bottom or on both sides, or the
picture looks stretched out.

Check the display mode settings in the setup menu by
pressing the display menu button on the remote control.

In auxiliary mode, the picture moves or scrolls.

Check the auxiliary input connections at both devices.

The remote control does not work.

Check to make sure there is no obstruction between the
remote control and the transmitter window.
Check the batteries to make sure they are not dead or
installed incorrectly.

After stopping the player, and pushing Play, sometimes
the DVD starts where it left off and sometimes at the
beginning.

If the stop button was pressed one time, the DVD player
resumes playing where the DVD was stopped. If the
stop button was pressed two times, the DVD player
begins to play from the beginning of the DVD.

The auxiliary source is running, but there is no picture or Check that the RSE video screen is in the auxiliary
sound.
source mode.
Check the auxiliary input connections at both devices.

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Tips and Troubleshooting Chart (cont'd)
Problem

Recommended Action

Sometimes the wireless headphone audio cuts out or
buzzes.

Check for obstructions, low batteries, reception range,
and interference from cellular telephone towers, or use a
cellular telephone in the vehicle.
Check that the headphones are on correctly using the L
(left) and R (right) on the headphones.

The remote and/or the headphones are lost.

See your dealer for assistance.

The DVD is playing, but there is no picture or sound.

Check that the RSE video screen is sourced to the DVD
player.

DVD Display Error Messages
The DVD display error message
depends on the radio that is in the
vehicle. The video screen can
display one of the following:
Disc Load/Eject Error: This
message displays when there are
disc load or eject problems.
Disc Format Error: This message
displays if the disc is inserted with
the disc label wrong side up, or if
the disc is damaged.

Disc Region Error: This message
displays if the disc is not from a
correct region.

It might be necessary to turn off the
DVD player when operating one of
these devices in or near the vehicle.

No Disc Inserted: This message
displays if no disc is present when
EJECT or DVD AUX is pressed on
the radio.

*Excludes the OnStar® System.

DVD Distortion

When cleaning the RSE overhead
console surface, use only a clean
cloth dampened with clean water.

Video distortion can occur when
operating cellular phones, scanners,
CB radios, Global Position Systems
(GPS)*, two-way radios, mobile fax
machines, or walkie talkies.

Cleaning the RSE Overhead
Console

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Cleaning the Video Screen
When cleaning the video screen,
use only a clean cloth dampened
with clean water. Use care when
directly touching or cleaning the
screen, as damage could result.

Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
System
Vehicles with this feature allow the
rear seat passengers to listen to
and control any of the music
sources: radio, CDs, DVDs, or other
auxiliary sources. However, the rear
seat passengers can only control
the music sources the front seat
passengers are not listening to
(except on some radios where dual
control is allowed). For example,
rear seat passengers can control
and listen to a CD through the
headphones, while the driver listens
to the radio through the front
speakers. The rear seat passengers
have control of the volume for each
set of headphones.

The radio functionality is controlled
by both the RSA and the front radio.
Only one band can be tuned to at
one time. Changing the band on the
RSA or the front radio will change
the band on the other system,
if they are both sourced to the radio.
The RSA functions can be used
even while the main radio is off. The
front audio system will display the
headphone icon when the RSA is
on, and it will disappear from the
display when the RSA is off.
Audio can be heard through wired
headphones (not included) plugged
into the jacks on the RSA. If the
vehicle has this feature, audio can
also be heard on Channel 2 of the
wireless headphones.
Depending on the audio system, the
rear speakers may continue to play
when the RSA audio is active
through the headphones.

To listen to an iPod or portable
audio device through the RSA,
attach the iPod or portable audio
device to the front auxiliary input (if
available), located on the front audio
system. Turn the iPod on, then
choose the front auxiliary input with
the RSA SRCE button.

P (Power): Press this button to
turn the RSA on or off.
Volume: To increase or decrease
headphone volume, turn the knobs
located next to the SRCE or PROG
buttons. The left knob controls the
left headphones and the right knob
controls the right headphones.

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SRCE (Source): Press this button
to switch between the radio (AM‐
FM), XM™ (if equipped), CD, and if
the vehicle has these features,
DVD, front auxiliary, and rear
auxiliary.

© ¨ (Seek): When listening to FM,
AM, or XM™ (if equipped), press
the seek arrows to go to the
previous or to the next station or
channels and stay there. This
function is inactive, with some
radios, if the front seat passengers
are listening to the radio.
Press and hold either seek arrow
until the display flashes, to tune to
an individual station. The display
stops flashing after the buttons have
not been pushed for more than
two seconds. This function is
inactive, with some radios, if the
front seat passengers are listening
to the radio.

While listening to a disc, press the
left seek arrow to go back to the
start of the current track or chapter
(if more than 10 seconds have
played). Press the right seek arrow
to go the next track or chapter on
the disc. This function is inactive,
with some radios, if the front seat
passengers are listening to the disc.
While a DVD video menu is being
displayed, press either seek arrow
to perform a cursor up or down on
the menu. Hold either seek arrow to
perform a cursor left or right on
the menu.
PROG (Program): Press this
button to go to the next preset radio
station or channel set on the main
radio. This function is inactive, with
some radios, if the front seat
passengers are listening to the
radio.

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While a CD or DVD‐A disc is
playing, press this button to go to
the beginning of the CD or DVD‐A.
This function is inactive, with some
radios, if the front seat passengers
are listening to the CD or DVD‐A.
While a disc is playing in the CD or
DVD changer, press this button to
select the next disc, if multiple discs
are loaded. This function is inactive,
with some radios, if the front seat
passengers are listening to the disc.
While a DVD video menu is being
displayed, press the PROG button
to perform the menu function, Enter.

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Phone

.

Pair cell phone(s) to the vehicle.
The system may not work with
all cell phones. See “Pairing” in
this section for more information.

.

If the cell phone has voice
dialing capability, learn to use
that feature to access the
address book or contact list. See
“Voice Pass-Thru” in this section
for more information.

.

See “Storing and Deleting Phone
Numbers” in this section for
more information.

Bluetooth
For vehicles equipped with
Bluetooth capability, the system can
interact with many cell phones,
allowing:
.

Placement and receipt of calls in
a hands-free mode.

.

Sharing of the cell phone’s
address book or contact list with
the vehicle.

To minimize driver distraction,
before driving, and with the vehicle
parked:
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Become familiar with the
features of the cell phone.
Organize the phone book and
contact lists clearly and delete
duplicate or rarely used entries.
If possible, program speed dial
or other shortcuts.
Review the controls and
operation of the infotainment
system.

{ WARNING
When using a cell phone, it can
be distracting to look too long or
too often at the screen of the
phone or the infotainment
(navigation) system. Taking your
eyes off the road too long or too
often could cause a crash
resulting in injury or death. Focus
your attention on driving.

A Bluetooth system can use a
Bluetooth-capable cell phone with a
Hands-Free Profile to make and
receive phone calls. The system
can be used while the key is in the
ON/RUN or ACC/ACCESSORY
position. The range of the Bluetooth
system can be up to 9.1 m (30 ft).
Not all phones support all functions,
and not all phones work with the
in-vehicle Bluetooth system. See
www.gm.com/bluetooth for more
information on compatible phones.

Voice Recognition
The Bluetooth system uses voice
recognition to interpret voice
commands to dial phone numbers
and name tags.
For additional information, say
“Help” while you are in a voice
recognition menu.
Noise: Keep interior noise levels to
a minimum. The system may not
recognize voice commands if there
is too much background noise.

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When to Speak: A short tone
sounds after the system responds
indicating when it is waiting for a
voice command. Wait until the tone
and then speak.
How to Speak: Speak clearly in a
calm and natural voice.

Audio System
When using the in-vehicle Bluetooth
system, sound comes through the
vehicle's front audio system
speakers and overrides the audio
system. Use the audio system
volume knob, during a call, to
change the volume level. The
adjusted volume level remains in
memory for later calls. To prevent
missed calls, a minimum volume
level is used if the volume is turned
down too low.

Bluetooth Controls
Use the buttons on the steering
wheel to operate the in-vehicle
Bluetooth system. See Steering
Wheel Controls on page 5‑2.

b / g (Push to Talk):

Press to
answer incoming calls, confirm
system information, and start
speech recognition.

.

The pairing process is disabled
when the vehicle is moving.

.

Pairing only needs to be
completed once, unless the
pairing information on the cell
phone changes or the cell phone
is deleted from the system.

.

Only one paired cell phone can
be connected to the Bluetooth
system at a time.

.

If multiple paired cell phones are
within range of the system, the
system connects to the first
available paired cell phone in the
order that they were first paired
to the system. To connect to a
different paired phone, see
“Connecting to a Different
Phone” later in this section.

c / x (End):

Press to end a call,
reject a call, or cancel an operation.

Pairing
A Bluetooth-enabled cell phone
must be paired to the Bluetooth
system and then connected to the
vehicle before it can be used. See
the cell phone manufacturer's user
guide for Bluetooth functions before
pairing the cell phone. If a Bluetooth
phone is not connected, calls will be
made using OnStar Hands-Free
Calling, if equipped. See OnStar
Overview on page 14‑1.
Pairing Information
.

.

A Bluetooth phone with MP3
capability cannot be paired to
the vehicle as a phone and an
MP3 player at the same time.
Up to five cell phones can be
paired to the Bluetooth system.

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Pairing a Phone
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Bluetooth.” This command
can be skipped.

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3. Say “Pair.” The system responds
with instructions and a four-digit
Personal Identification Number
(PIN). The PIN is used in Step 5.
4. Start the pairing process on the
cell phone that you want to pair.
For help with this process, see
the cell phone manufacturer's
user guide.
5. Locate the device named “Your
Vehicle” in the list on the cell
phone. Follow the instructions
on the cell phone to enter the
PIN provided in Step 3. After the
PIN is successfully entered, the
system prompts you to provide a
name for the paired cell phone.
This name will be used to
indicate which phones are
paired and connected to the
vehicle. The system responds
with “ has been
successfully paired” after the
pairing process is complete.
6. Repeat Steps 1–5 to pair
additional phones.

Listing All Paired and Connected
Phones
The system can list all cell phones
paired to it. If a paired cell phone is
also connected to the vehicle, the
system responds with “is connected”
after that phone name.
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Bluetooth.”
3. Say “List.”

To connect to a different cell phone,
the Bluetooth system looks for the
next available cell phone in the
order in which all the available cell
phones were paired. Depending on
which cell phone you want to
connect to, you may have to use
this command several times.
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Bluetooth.”

Deleting a Paired Phone
If the phone name you want to
delete is unknown, see “Listing All
Paired and Connected Phones.”
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

Connecting to a Different Phone

3. Say “Change phone.”
.

If another cell phone is
found, the response will be
“ is now
connected.”

.

If another cell phone is not
found, the original phone
remains connected.

b / g for

2. Say “Bluetooth.”
3. Say “Delete.” The system asks
which phone to delete.
4. Say the name of the phone you
want to delete.

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Storing and Deleting Phone
Numbers
The system can store up to 30
phone numbers as name tags in the
Hands-Free Directory that is shared
between the Bluetooth and OnStar
systems, if equipped.
The following commands are used
to delete and store phone numbers.
Store: This command will store a
phone number, or a group of
numbers as a name tag.

Using the “Store” Command
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Store.”
3. Say the phone number or group
of numbers you want to store all
at once with no pauses, then
follow the directions given by the
system to save a name tag for
this number.
Using the “Digit Store” Command

Digit Store: This command allows
a phone number to be stored as a
name tag by entering the digits one
at a time.

If an unwanted number is
recognized by the system, say
“Clear” at any time to clear the last
number.

Delete: This command is used to
delete individual name tags.

To hear all of the numbers
recognized by the system, say
“Verify” at any time.

Delete All Name Tags: This
command deletes all stored name
tags in the Hands-Free Calling
Directory and the OnStar
Turn-by-Turn Destinations Directory,
if equipped.

1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Digit Store.”
3. Say each digit, one at a time,
that you want to store. After
each digit is entered, the system

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repeats back the digit it heard
followed by a tone. After the last
digit has been entered, say
“Store,” and then follow the
directions given by the system to
save a name tag for this number.
Using the “Delete” Command
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Delete.”
3. Say the name tag you want to
delete.
Using the “Delete All Name Tags”
Command
This command deletes all stored
name tags in the Hands-Free
Calling Directory and the OnStar
Turn-by-Turn Destinations Directory,
if equipped.
To delete all name tags:
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Delete all name tags.”

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Listing Stored Numbers
The list command will list all stored
numbers and name tags.
Using the “List” Command
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Directory.”

Using the “Dial” or “Call”
Command
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Dial” or “Call.”
3. Say the entire number without
pausing, or say the name tag.

4. Say “List.”

Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.

Making a Call

Calling 911 Emergency

Calls can be made using the
following commands.

1. Press and hold
two seconds.

Dial or Call: The dial or call
command can be used
interchangeably to dial a phone
number or a stored name tag.

2. Say “Dial” or “Call.”

Digit Dial: This command allows a
phone number to be dialed by
entering the digits one at a time.

Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.

Re-dial: This command is used to
dial the last number used on the cell
phone.

Using the “Digit Dial” Command

3. Say “Hands-Free Calling.”

b / g for

3. Say “911.”
4. Say “Dial” or “Call.”

The digit dial command allows a
phone number to be dialed by
entering the digits one at a time.

After each digit is entered, the
system repeats back the digit it
heard followed by a tone.
If an unwanted number is
recognized by the system, say
“Clear” at any time to clear the last
number.
To hear all of the numbers
recognized by the system, say
“Verify” at any time.
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

2. Say “Digit Dial.”
3. Say each digit, one at a time,
that you want to dial. After each
digit is entered, the system
repeats back the digit it heard
followed by a tone. After the last
digit has been entered,
say “Dial.”
Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.

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Using the “Re-dial” Command
1. Press and hold
two seconds.

b / g for

.

Press b / g again to return to
the original call.

.

To ignore the incoming call, no
action is required.

.

Press c / x to disconnect the
current call and switch to the call
on hold.

2. After the tone, say “Re-dial.”
Once connected, the person called
will be heard through the audio
speakers.

Muting a Call
During a call, all sounds from inside
the vehicle can be muted so that the
person on the other end of the call
cannot hear them.
To mute a call, press
then say “Mute call.”

To cancel mute, press b / g ,
and then say “Un-mute call.”

Three-Way Calling

.

When an incoming call is received,
the audio system mutes and a ring
tone is heard in the vehicle.

Three-way calling must be
supported on the cell phone and
enabled by the wireless service
carrier.

Transferring a Call

.

b / g to answer the call.
Press c / x to ignore a call.
Press

Call Waiting
Call waiting must be supported on
the cell phone and enabled by the
wireless service carrier.
.

Press b / g to answer an
incoming call when another call
is active. The original call is
placed on hold.

1. While on a call, press

b / g.

2. Say “Three-way call.”
3. Use the dial or call command to
dial the number of the third party
to be called.
4. Once the call is connected,
press b / g to link all callers
together.

Ending a Call
Press

c / x to end a call.

b / g , and

.

Receiving a Call

.

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Audio can be transferred between
the Bluetooth system and the cell
phone.
The cell phone must be paired and
connected with the Bluetooth
system before a call can be
transferred. The connection process
can take up to two minutes after the
ignition is turned to ON/RUN.

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Transferring Audio from the
Bluetooth System to a Cell Phone

To access contacts stored in the cell
phone:

During a call with the audio in the
vehicle:

1. Press and hold
two seconds.

1. Press

b / g.

2. Say “Transfer Call.”
Transferring Audio to the
Bluetooth System from a Cell
Phone
During a call with the audio on the
cell phone, press b / g. The audio
transfers to the vehicle. If the audio
does not transfer to the vehicle, use
the audio transfer feature on the cell
phone. See your cell phone
manufacturer's user guide for more
information.

Voice Pass-Thru
Voice pass-thru allows access to the
voice recognition commands on the
cell phone. See your cell phone
manufacturer's user guide to see if
the cell phone supports this feature.

b / g for

2. Say “Bluetooth.” This command
can be skipped.
3. Say “Voice.” The system
responds “OK, accessing
.”
The cell phone's normal prompt
messages will go through their cycle
according to the phone's operating
instructions.

Dual Tone Multi-Frequency
(DTMF) Tones
The Bluetooth system can send
numbers and the numbers stored as
name tags during a call. You can
use this feature when calling a
menu-driven phone system.
Account numbers can also be
stored for use.

Sending a Number or Name Tag
During a Call
1. Press b / g. The system
responds “Ready,” followed by
a tone.
2. Say “Dial.”
3. Say the number or name tag
to send.

Clearing the System
Unless information is deleted out of
the in-vehicle Bluetooth system, it
will be retained indefinitely. This
includes all saved name tags in the
phone book and phone pairing
information. For information on how
to delete this information, see the
previous section “Deleting a Paired
Phone” and the previous sections
on deleting name tags.

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Other Information
The Bluetooth® word mark and
logos are owned by the Bluetooth®
SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks
by General Motors is under license.
Other trademarks and trade names
are those of their respective owners.
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

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Trademarks and
License Agreements

Manufactured under license under
U.S. Patent #'s: 5,451,942;
5,956,674; 5,974,380; 5,978,762;
6,487,535 & other U.S. and
worldwide patents issued &
pending. DTS and the Symbol are
registered trademarks and DTS
Digital Surround and the DTS logos
are trademarks of DTS Inc. All
Rights Reserved.

Manufactured under license from
Dolby Laboratories. Dolby and the
double-D symbol are trademarks of
Dolby Laboratories.

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Climate Controls

Climate Control Systems

Climate Control Systems

Climate Control Systems (with Air Conditioning)

Climate Control Systems (with
Air Conditioning) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Climate Control Systems (with
Heater Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-4
Dual Automatic Climate Control
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5

8-1

With this system the heating, cooling, and ventilation can be controlled.

Air Vents
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10

A. Fan Control

G. Rear Window Defogger

B. Temperature Control

Temperature Control: Turn
clockwise or counterclockwise to
increase or decrease the
temperature inside the vehicle.

C. Air Delivery Mode Control
D. Air Conditioning
E. Outside Air
F.

Recirculation

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9 (Fan Control): Turn clockwise
or counterclockwise to increase or
decrease the fan speed. Turn the
knob all the way counterclockwise
to turn the front system off.
Air Delivery Mode Control: Turn
clockwise or counterclockwise to
change the direction of the airflow
inside the vehicle. The knob can be
positioned between two modes to
select a combination of those
modes.
Select from the following:

H (Vent): Air is directed to the
instrument panel outlets.
) (Bi-Level):

Air is divided
between the instrument panel and
floor outlets.

6 (Floor):

Air is directed to the
floor outlets, with some air directed
to the windshield and side window
outlets. In this mode, the system
automatically selects outside air.
Recirculation cannot be selected in
floor mode.

- (Defog): This mode clears the
windows of fog or moisture. Air is
directed to the windshield, floor
outlets, and side window vents.
0 (Defrost):

This mode removes
fog or frost from the windshield
more quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and the side window
vents, with some air directed to the
floor vents. The system
automatically forces outside air into
the vehicle.
The recirculation mode cannot be
selected in the defog or defrost
mode. When either mode is
selected, the system runs the air
conditioning compressor, unless the
outside temperature is close to
freezing.
Do not drive the vehicle until all the
windows are clear.

: (Outside Air):

Press to turn
the outside air mode on. An
indicator light comes on to show
that outside air is on. In this mode
outside air circulates throughout the
vehicle. The outside air mode can

be used with all modes, but it
cannot be used with the
recirculation mode.

? (Recirculation):

Press to turn
the recirculation mode on. An
indicator light comes on to show
that recirculation is on.
This mode recirculates and helps to
quickly cool the air inside the
vehicle. It can be used to help
prevent outside air and odors from
entering the vehicle.
The recirculation mode cannot be
used with floor, defog or defrost
modes. If recirculation is selected
with one of these modes, the
indicator light flashes three times
and then turns off. While in
recirculation mode the windows may
fog when the weather is cold and
damp. To clear the fog, select either
the defog or defrost mode and
increase the fan speed.
The recirculation mode can be
turned off by pressing the outside
air button, or by turning off the
ignition.

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# (Air Conditioning):

Press to
turn the air conditioning system on
or off. An indicator light comes on to
show that the air conditioning is on.
The air conditioning can be selected
in any mode as long as the fan
switch is on.
The air conditioning system
removes moisture from the air, so a
small amount of water might drip
under the vehicle while idling or
after turning off the engine. This is
normal.

Rear Window Defogger
For vehicles with a rear window
defogger, a warming grid is used to
remove fog from the rear window.

1 (Rear): Press to turn the rear
window defogger on or off. An
indicator light on the button comes
on to show that the rear window
defogger is on.

The rear window defogger only
works when the ignition is in ON/
RUN. The rear window defogger
stays on for approximately
10 minutes after the button is
pressed, unless the ignition is
turned to ACC/ACCESSORY or
LOCK/OFF. The defogger can also
be turned off by turning off the
engine.
Notice: Do not use anything
sharp on the inside of the rear
window. If you do, you could cut
or damage the warming grid, and
the repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Do not
attach a temporary vehicle
license, tape, a decal, or anything
similar to the defogger grid.

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Climate Control Systems (with Heater Only)
With this system the heating and ventilation can be controlled.

knob can be positioned between
two modes to select a combination
of those modes.
Select from the following:

H (Vent): Air is directed to the
instrument panel outlets.
) (Bi-Level):

Air is divided
between the instrument panel and
floor outlets.

6 (Floor):

Air is directed to the
floor outlets, with some air directed
to the windshield, side window, and
second row floor outlets. In this
mode, the system automatically
selects outside air.

A. Fan Control
B. Temperature Control
C. Air Delivery Mode Control
Temperature Control: Turn
clockwise or counterclockwise to
increase or decrease the
temperature inside the vehicle.

9 (Fan Control): Turn clockwise
or counterclockwise to increase or
decrease the fan speed. Turn the
knob all the way counterclockwise
to turn the front system off.
Air Delivery Mode Control: Turn
clockwise or counterclockwise to
increase or decrease the
temperature inside the vehicle. The

- (Defog): This mode clears the
windows of fog or moisture. Air is
directed to the windshield, floor
outlets, and side window vents.

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0 (Defrost): This mode removes
fog or frost from the windshield
more quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and the side window
vents, with some air directed to the
floor vents. The system
automatically forces outside air into
the vehicle.

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Dual Automatic Climate Control System
The heating, cooling, and ventilation in the vehicle can be controlled with
this system.

Do not drive the vehicle until all the
windows are clear.

A. Driver and Passenger
Temperature Controls

H. Display
I.

On/Off

B. Fan Control

J.

Rear Window Defogger

C. AUTO

K. Air Conditioning

D. Defrost

L.

E. Recirculation

O (On/Off):

F.

Outside Air

G. Air Delivery Mode Control

PASS (Passenger)

Press to turn the
climate control system on or off.
Outside air still enters the vehicle,
and is directed to the floor. This

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direction can be changed by
pressing the mode button.
Recirculation can be selected once
you have selected vent or bi-level
mode. The temperature can also be
adjusted using either temperature
button. If the air delivery mode or
temperature settings are adjusted
with the system off, the display
illuminates briefly to show the
settings and then returns to off. The
system can be turned back on by
pressing either O, D, C, # , the
defrost or the AUTO button.

Driver and Passenger Side
Temperature Controls
The driver and passenger side
temperature buttons are used to
adjust the temperature of the air
coming through the system on the
driver or passenger side of the
vehicle. The temperature can be
adjusted even if the system is
turned off. This is possible since
outside air always flows through the
system as the vehicle is moving

forward unless it is set to
recirculation mode. See
“Recirculation” later in this section.
Press the + or − buttons to increase
or decrease the cabin temperature.
The driver side or passenger side
temperature display shows the
temperature setting increasing or
decreasing.
The passenger temperature setting
can be set to match the driver
temperature setting by pressing the
PASS button and turning off the
PASS indicator. When the
passenger temperature setting is set
different than the driver setting, the
indicator on the PASS button
illuminates and both the driver side
and passenger side temperature
displays are shown.
When in defrost mode the
passenger temperature setting
cannot be changed.

Automatic Operation
AUTO (Automatic): When
automatic operation is active, the
system controls the inside
temperature, the air delivery, and
the fan speed.
Use the steps below to place the
entire system in automatic mode:
1. Press the AUTO button.
When AUTO is selected, the
display changes to show the
current temperature(s) and
AUTO is lit on the display. The
current air delivery mode and
fan speed are also displayed for
about five seconds.
When AUTO is selected, the air
conditioning operation and air
inlet are automatically controlled.
The air conditioning compressor
may run when the outside
temperature is above freezing.
The air inlet will normally be set
to outside air. If it is hot outside,
the air inlet may automatically
switch to the recirculate mode to

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help quickly cool down the air
inside the vehicle. The light on
the button comes on in
recirculation.
2. Set the driver and passenger
temperature.
To find your comfort setting, start
with a 23°C (74°F) temperature
setting and allow about
20 minutes for the system to
regulate. Use the driver or
passenger temperature buttons
to adjust the temperature setting
as necessary. If a temperature
setting of 15°C (60°F) is chosen,
the system remains at the
maximum cooling setting. If a
temperature setting of 32°C
(90°F) is chosen, the system
remains at the maximum heat
setting. Choosing either
maximum setting will not cause
the vehicle to heat or cool any
faster.
Do not cover the solar sensor
located on the top of the instrument
panel near the windshield. This

sensor regulates air temperature
based on sun load. For more
information on the solar sensor, see
“Sensors” later in this section.
To avoid blowing cold air in cold
weather, the system delays turning
the fan on until warm air is
available. The length of delay
depends on the engine coolant
temperature. Pressing the fan
switch overrides this delay and
changes the fan to a selected
speed.

Manual Operation

D C (Fan Control):

Press these
buttons to increase or decrease the
fan speed.
Pressing either fan button while in
automatic control places the fan
under manual control. The fan
setting remains displayed and the
AUTO light turns off. The air
delivery mode remains under
automatic control.

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H G (Air Delivery Mode Control):
Press these buttons to change the
direction of the airflow in the vehicle.
Repeatedly press either button until
the desired mode appears on the
display.
Pressing either mode button while
the system is off changes the air
delivery mode without turning the
system on.
Pressing either mode button while in
automatic control places the mode
under manual control. The air
delivery mode setting displays and
the AUTO light turns off. The fan
remains under automatic control.

H (Vent): Air is directed to the
instrument panel outlets.
) (Bi-Level):

Air is divided
between the instrument panel and
floor outlets. Some air is directed
toward the windshield and side
window outlets.

6 (Floor):

Air is directed to the
floor outlets, with some to the
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second row floor outlets. In this
mode, the system automatically
selects outside air.

- (Defog): This mode clears the
windows of fog or moisture. Air is
directed to the windshield, floor
outlets, and side window vents. In
this mode, the system turns off
recirculation and runs the air
conditioning compressor unless the
outside temperature is close to
freezing. The recirculation mode
cannot be selected while in the
defrost mode.
0 (Defrost):

This mode removes
fog or frost from the windshield
more quickly. Air is directed to the
windshield and side window vents,
with some directed to the floor
vents. In this mode, the system
automatically forces outside air into
the vehicle and runs the air
conditioning compressor unless the
outside temperature is close to
freezing. The recirculation mode
cannot be selected while in the
defrost mode.

The passenger temperature control
cannot be activated while in defrost
mode. If the PASS button is
pressed, the button indicator flashes
three times and will not work. If the
passenger temperature buttons are
adjusted, the driver temperature
indicator changes. The passenger
temperature will not be displayed.
If vent, bi-level, or floor mode is
selected again, the climate control
system displays the previous
temperature settings.
Do not drive the vehicle until all
windows are clear.

# (Air Conditioning):

Press to
turn the air conditioning (A/C)
compressor on and off. An indicator
light comes on to show that the air
conditioning is on.
If this button is pressed when the air
conditioning compressor is
unavailable due to outside
conditions, the indicator flashes
three times and then turns off. If the
air conditioning is on and the
outside temperature drops below a

temperature which is too cool for air
conditioning to be effective, the air
conditioning light turns off to show
that the air conditioning mode has
been canceled.
On hot days, open the windows long
enough to let hot inside air escape.
This helps to reduce the time it
takes for the vehicle to cool down.
It also helps the system to operate
more efficiently.
The air conditioning system
removes moisture from the air, so a
small amount of water might drip
under the vehicle while idling or
after turning off the engine. This is
normal.

@ (Recirculation): Press to turn
the recirculation mode on. An
indicator light comes on to show
that recirculation is on.
This mode recirculates and helps to
quickly cool the air inside the
vehicle. It can be used to help
prevent outside air and odors from
entering the vehicle.

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The recirculation mode cannot be
used with floor, defog, or defrost
modes. If recirculation is selected
with one of those modes, the
indicator light flashes three times
and then turns off. The air
conditioning compressor also comes
on when this mode is activated.
While in recirculation mode, the
windows may fog when the weather
is cold and damp. To clear the fog,
select either the defog or defrost
mode and increase the fan speed.
The recirculation mode can be
turned off by pressing the outside
air button, or by turning off the
ignition.

; (Outside Air):

Press to turn the
outside air mode on. An indicator
light on the button comes on to
show that outside is on. When
selected, air from outside the
vehicle circulates throughout the
vehicle. The recirculation mode
cannot be used with the outside
air mode.

Rear Window Defogger
The rear window defogger uses a
warming grid to remove fog from the
rear window.

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the rear window defog button is
pressed. See Power Mirrors on
page 2‑14.

Sensors

1 (Rear Window Defogger): For
vehicles with this feature, press to
turn the defogger on or off.
It automatically turns off several
minutes after it has been activated.
The defogger can also be turned off
by turning the engine off. Do not
drive the vehicle until all windows
are clear.
Notice: Do not use a razor blade
or sharp object to clear the inside
rear window. Do not adhere
anything to the defogger grid
lines in the rear glass. These
actions may damage the rear
defogger. Repairs would not be
covered by your warranty.
Heated Mirror: For vehicles with
heated outside rearview mirrors, the
mirrors heat to help clear fog or frost
from the surface of the mirror when

The solar sensor, located in the
defrost grille in the middle of the
instrument panel, monitors the solar
heat. Do not cover the solar sensor
or the system will not work properly.

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There is also an exterior
temperature sensor located behind
the front grille. This sensor reads
the outside air temperature and
helps maintain the temperature
inside the vehicle. Any cover on the
front of the vehicle could cause a
false reading in the displayed
temperature.

The interior temperature sensor,
located in the headliner, measures
the temperature of the air inside the
vehicle.

The climate control system uses the
information from these sensors to
maintain comfort settings by
adjusting the outlet temperature, fan
speed, and the air delivery mode.
The system may also supply cooler
air to the side of the vehicle facing
the sun. The recirculation mode will
also be used as needed to maintain
cool outlet temperatures.

Air Vents
Use the air outlets located in the
center and on the side of the
instrument panel to direct the
airflow. Use the thumbwheels near
the air outlets to open or close off
the airflow.
Operation Tips
.

Clear away any ice, snow,
or leaves from air inlets at the
base of the windshield that could
block the flow of air into the
vehicle.

.

Keep the path under the front
seats clear of objects to help
circulate the air inside of the
vehicle more effectively.

.

Use of non‐GM approved hood
deflectors can adversely affect
the performance of the system.
Check with your dealer before
adding equipment to the outside
of the vehicle.

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Driving and
Operating
Driving Information
Distracted Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Drunk Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Off-Road Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Driving on Wet Roads . . . . . . . 9-10
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . 9-11
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12
If the Vehicle Is Stuck . . . . . . . . 9-14
Vehicle Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . 9-15
Truck-Camper Loading
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21

Starting and Operating
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . 9-23
Adjustable Throttle and Brake
Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24

Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . .
Fast Idle System . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Coolant Heater . . . . . . .
Shifting Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shifting out of Park . . . . . . . . . .
Parking (Manual
Transmission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parking over Things
That Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Active Fuel Management® . . .

9-26
9-28
9-28
9-29
9-29
9-31
9-31
9-32
9-32

Engine Exhaust
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-32
Running the Vehicle While
Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33

Automatic Transmission
Automatic Transmission . . . . . 9-33
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-37
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38

Manual Transmission
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . 9-39

Drive Systems
Four-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-41

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Brakes
Antilock Brake
System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Brake Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hill Start Assist (HSA) . . . . . . .

9-53
9-54
9-55
9-55

Ride Control Systems

StabiliTrak® System . . . . . . . . . 9-56
Locking Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59

Cruise Control
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59

Object Detection Systems
Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . . 9-62
Rear Vision
Camera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-64

Fuel
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-68
Recommended Fuel . . . . . . . . . 9-69
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . 9-69
California Fuel
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-69
Fuels in Foreign Countries . . . 9-70
Fuel Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-70

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Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 9-71
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-72
Filling a Portable Fuel
Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74

Towing
General Towing
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-74
Driving Characteristics and
Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-75
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-77
Towing Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 9-93
Trailer Sway
Control (TSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-104

Conversions and Add-Ons
Add-On Electrical
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Adding a Snow Plow or
Similar Equipment . . . . . . . . 9-105
Pickup Conversion to
Chassis Cab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-108

Driving Information
Distracted Driving
Distraction comes in many forms
and can take your focus from the
task of driving. Exercise good
judgment and do not let other
activities divert your attention away
from the road. Many local
governments have enacted laws
regarding driver distraction. Become
familiar with the local laws in
your area.
To avoid distracted driving, always
keep your eyes on the road, hands
on the wheel, and mind on the drive.
.

.

Do not use a phone in
demanding driving situations.
Use a hands-free method to
place or receive necessary
phone calls.
Watch the road. Do not read,
take notes, or look up
information on phones or other
electronic devices.

.

Designate a front seat
passenger to handle potential
distractions.

.

Become familiar with vehicle
features before driving, such as
programming favorite radio
stations and adjusting climate
control and seat settings.
Program all trip information into
any navigation device prior to
driving.

.

Wait until the vehicle is parked
to retrieve items that have fallen
to the floor.

.

Stop or park the vehicle to tend
to children.

.

Keep pets in an appropriate
carrier or restraint.

.

Avoid stressful conversations
while driving, whether with a
passenger or on a cell phone.

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careless and make mistakes.
Anticipate what they might do
and be ready.

{ WARNING
Taking your eyes off the road too
long or too often could cause a
crash resulting in injury or death.
Focus your attention on driving.
Refer to the infotainment section for
more information on using that
system, including pairing and using
a cell phone.
If equipped, refer to the navigation
manual for information on that
system, including pairing and using
a cell phone.

Defensive Driving
Defensive driving means “always
expect the unexpected.” The first
step in driving defensively is to wear
the safety belt. See Safety Belts on
page 3‑12.
.

Assume that other road users
(pedestrians, bicyclists, and
other drivers) are going to be

.

Allow enough following distance
between you and the driver in
front of you.

.

Focus on the task of driving.

Drunk Driving
Death and injury associated with
drinking and driving is a global
tragedy.

{ WARNING
Drinking and then driving is very
dangerous. Your reflexes,
perceptions, attentiveness, and
judgment can be affected by even
a small amount of alcohol. You
can have a serious — or even
fatal — collision if you drive after
drinking.
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WARNING (Continued)
Do not drink and drive or ride with
a driver who has been drinking.
Ride home in a cab; or if you are
with a group, designate a driver
who will not drink.

Control of a Vehicle
Braking, steering, and accelerating
are important factors in helping to
control a vehicle while driving.

Braking
Braking action involves perception
time and reaction time. Deciding to
push the brake pedal is perception
time. Actually doing it is
reaction time.
Average driver reaction time is
about three-quarters of a second. In
that time, a vehicle moving at
100 km/h (60 mph) travels 20 m
(66 ft), which could be a lot of
distance in an emergency.

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Helpful braking tips to keep in mind
include:
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Keep enough distance between
you and the vehicle in front
of you.

.

Avoid needless heavy braking.

.

Keep pace with traffic.

If the engine ever stops while the
vehicle is being driven, brake
normally but do not pump the
brakes. Doing so could make the
pedal harder to push down. If the
engine stops, there will be some
power brake assist but it will be
used when the brake is applied.
Once the power assist is used up, it
can take longer to stop and the
brake pedal will be harder to push.

If power steering assist is lost
because the engine stops or
because of a system malfunction,
the vehicle can be steered but may
required increased effort. See your
dealer if there is a problem.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

Curve Tips
.

Take curves at a reasonable
speed.

.

Reduce speed before entering a
curve.

.

Maintain a reasonable steady
speed through the curve

.

Wait until the vehicle is out of
the curve before accelerating
gently into the straightaway.

Steering
Hydraulic Power Steering

Steering in Emergencies

Your vehicle has hydraulic power
steering. It may require
maintenance. See Power Steering
Fluid on page 10‑24.

.

There are some situations when
steering around a problem may
be more effective than braking.

.

Holding both sides of the
steering wheel allows you to turn
180 degrees without removing
a hand.

.

Antilock Brake System (ABS)
allows steering while braking.

Off-Road Recovery

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The vehicle's right wheels can drop
off the edge of a road onto the
shoulder while driving. Follow
these tips:

.

Steering or Cornering Skid —
too much speed or steering in a
curve causes tires to slip and
lose cornering force.

1. Ease off the accelerator and
then, if there is nothing in the
way, steer the vehicle so that it
straddles the edge of the
pavement.

.

Acceleration Skid — too much
throttle causes the driving
wheels to spin.

2. Turn the steering wheel about
one-eighth of a turn, until the
right front tire contacts the
pavement edge.
3. Turn the steering wheel to go
straight down the roadway.

Defensive drivers avoid most skids
by taking reasonable care suited to
existing conditions, and by not
overdriving those conditions. But
skids are always possible.
If the vehicle starts to slide, follow
these suggestions:
.

Loss of Control
Skidding
There are three types of skids that
correspond to the vehicle's three
control systems:
.

Braking Skid — wheels are not
rolling.

.

Ease your foot off the
accelerator pedal and steer the
way you want the vehicle to go.
The vehicle may straighten out.
Be ready for a second skid if it
occurs.
Slow down and adjust your
driving according to weather
conditions. Stopping distance
can be longer and vehicle
control can be affected when
traction is reduced by water,
snow, ice, gravel, or other

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material on the road. Learn to
recognize warning clues — such
as enough water, ice, or packed
snow on the road to make a
mirrored surface — and slow
down when you have any doubt.
.

Try to avoid sudden steering,
acceleration, or braking,
including reducing vehicle speed
by shifting to a lower gear. Any
sudden changes could cause
the tires to slide.

Remember: Antilock brakes help
avoid only the braking skid.

Off-Road Driving
Four-wheel-drive vehicles can be
used for off-road driving. Vehicles
without four-wheel drive and
vehicles not equipped with All
Terrain (AT) or On-Off Road (OOR)
tires must not be driven off-road
except on a level, solid surface. To
contact the tire manufacturer for
more information about the original

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equipment tires, see the Limited
Warranty and Owner Assistance
Information manual.

.

Read all the information about
four-wheel-drive vehicles in this
manual.

Controlling the vehicle is the key to
successful off-road driving. One of
the best ways to control the vehicle
is to control the speed.

.

Make sure all underbody
shields, if equipped, are properly
attached.

{ WARNING
When driving off-road, bouncing
and quick changes in direction
can easily throw you out of
position. This could cause you to
lose control and crash. You and
your passengers should always
wear safety belts.

Before Driving Off-Road
.

Have all necessary maintenance
and service work completed.

.

Fuel the vehicle, fill fluid levels,
and check inflation pressure in
all tires, including the spare,
if equipped.

.

Loading the Vehicle for
Off-Road Driving

{ WARNING
.

Unsecured cargo on the load
floor can be tossed about
when driving over rough
terrain. You or your
passengers can be struck by
flying objects. Secure the
cargo properly.

.

Keep cargo in the cargo area
as far forward and as low as
possible. The heaviest things
should be on the floor,
forward of the rear axle.

.

Heavy loads on the roof raise
the vehicle's center of gravity,
making it more likely to roll
over. You can be seriously or
fatally injured if the vehicle
rolls over. Put heavy loads
inside the cargo area, not on
the roof.

Know the local laws that apply to
off-road driving.

To gain more ground clearance if
needed, it may be necessary to
remove the front fascia lower
air dam.
Notice: Operating the vehicle for
extended periods without the
front fascia lower air dam
installed can cause improper air
flow to the engine. Re‐attach the
front fascia air dam after off-road
driving.

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For more information about loading
the vehicle, see Vehicle Load Limits
and Tires.

{ WARNING
Many hills are simply too steep
for any vehicle. Driving up hills
can cause the vehicle to stall.
Driving down hills can cause loss
of control. Driving across hills can
cause a rollover. You could be
injured or killed. Do not drive on
steep hills.

Environmental Concerns
.

.

.

Always use established trails,
roads, and areas that have been
set aside for public off-road
recreational driving and obey all
posted regulations.
Do not damage shrubs, flowers,
trees, or grasses or disturb
wildlife.
Do not park over things that
burn. See Parking over Things
That Burn on page 9‑32.

Driving on Hills
Driving safely on hills requires good
judgment and an understanding of
what the vehicle can and cannot do.

.

Before driving on a hill, assess the
steepness, traction, and
obstructions. If the terrain ahead
cannot be seen, get out of the
vehicle and walk the hill before
driving further.
When driving on hills:
.

Use a low gear and keep a firm
grip on the steering wheel.

.

Maintain a slow speed.

.

When possible, drive straight up
or down the hill.

.

Slow down when approaching
the top of the hill.

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Use headlamps even during the
day to make the vehicle more
visible.

{ WARNING
Driving to the top of a hill at high
speed can cause an accident.
There could be a drop-off,
embankment, cliff, or even
another vehicle. You could be
seriously injured or killed. As you
near the top of a hill, slow down
and stay alert.
.

Never go downhill forward or
backward with either the
transmission or transfer case in
N (Neutral). The brakes could
overheat and you could lose
control.

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{ WARNING

{ WARNING

If the vehicle has the two‐speed
automatic transfer case, shifting
the transfer case to N (Neutral)
can cause your vehicle to roll
even if the transmission is in
P (Park). This is because the
N (Neutral) position on the
transfer case overrides the
transmission. You or someone
else could be injured. If leaving
the vehicle, set the parking brake
and shift the transmission to
P (Park). Shift the transfer case to
any position but N (Neutral).

Heavy braking when going down
a hill can cause your brakes to
overheat and fade. This could
cause loss of control and you or
others could be injured or killed.
Apply the brakes lightly when
descending a hill and use a low
gear to keep vehicle speed under
control.

When driving down a hill, keep
the vehicle headed straight
down. Use a low gear because
the engine will work with the
brakes to slow the vehicle and
help keep the vehicle under
control.

.

Never try to turn the vehicle
around. If the hill is steep
enough to stall the vehicle,
it is steep enough to cause
it to roll over.

.

If you cannot make it up the
hill, back straight down
the hill.

.

Never back down a hill in
N (Neutral) using only the
brake.

.

The vehicle can roll
backward quickly and you
could lose control.

.

If driving downhill when the
vehicle stalls, shift to a
lower gear, release the
parking brake, and drive
straight down the hill.

If the vehicle stalls on a hill:
1. Apply the brakes to stop the
vehicle, and then apply the
parking brake.
2. Shift into P (Park) and then
restart the engine.
.

If driving uphill when the
vehicle stalls, shift to
R (Reverse), release the
parking brake, and back
straight down.

3. If the vehicle cannot be restarted
after stalling, set the parking
brake, shift an automatic
transmission into P (Park), and
turn the vehicle off.
3.1. Leave the vehicle and
seek help.

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3.2. Stay clear of the path the
vehicle would take if it
rolled downhill.
.

.

.

Avoid turns that take the vehicle
across the incline of the hill.
A hill that can be driven straight
up or down might be too steep to
drive across. Driving across an
incline puts more weight on the
downhill wheels which could
cause a downhill slide or a
rollover.
Surface conditions can be a
problem. Loose gravel, muddy
spots, or even wet grass can
cause the tires to slip sideways,
downhill. If the vehicle slips
sideways, it can hit something
that will trip it – a rock, a rut, etc.
– and roll over.
Hidden obstacles can make the
steepness of the incline more
severe. If a rock is driven across
with the uphill wheels, or if the
downhill wheels drop into a rut
or depression, the vehicle can tilt
even more.

.

If an incline must be driven
across, and the vehicle starts to
slide, turn downhill. This should
help straighten out the vehicle
and prevent the side slipping.

{ WARNING
Getting out of the vehicle on the
downhill side when stopped
across an incline is dangerous.
If the vehicle rolls over, you could
be crushed or killed. Always get
out on the uphill side of the
vehicle and stay well clear of the
rollover path.

Driving in Mud, Sand, Snow,
or Ice
Use a low gear when driving in mud
– the deeper the mud, the lower the
gear. Keep the vehicle moving to
avoid getting stuck.
Traction changes when driving on
sand. On loose sand, such as on
beaches or sand dunes, the tires
tend to sink into the sand. This

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affects steering, accelerating, and
braking. Drive at a reduced speed
and avoid sharp turns or abrupt
maneuvers.
Traction is reduced on hard packed
snow and ice and it is easy to lose
control. Reduce vehicle speed when
driving on hard packed snow
and ice.

{ WARNING
Driving on frozen lakes, ponds,
or rivers can be dangerous. Ice
conditions vary greatly and the
vehicle could fall through the ice;
you and your passengers could
drown. Drive your vehicle on safe
surfaces only.

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Driving in Water

{ WARNING
Driving through rushing water can
be dangerous. Deep water can
sweep your vehicle downstream
and you and your passengers
could drown. If it is only shallow
water, it can still wash away the
ground from under your tires.
Traction could be lost, and the
vehicle could roll over. Do not
drive through rushing water.
Notice: Do not drive through
standing water if it is deep
enough to cover the wheel hubs,
axles or exhaust pipe. Deep water
can damage the axle and other
vehicle parts.
If the standing water is not too deep,
drive slowly through it. At faster
speeds, water splashes on the
ignition system and the vehicle can
stall. Stalling can also occur if you
get the tailpipe under water. While

the tailpipe is under water, you will
not be able to start the engine.
When going through water, the
brakes get wet, and it might take
longer to stop. See Driving on Wet
Roads.

After Off-Road Driving
Remove any brush or debris that
has collected on the underbody,
or chassis, or under the hood.
These accumulations can be a fire
hazard.
After operation in mud or sand,
have the brake linings cleaned and
checked. These substances can
cause glazing and uneven braking.
Check the body structure, steering,
suspension, wheels, tires, and
exhaust system for damage and
check the fuel lines and cooling
system for any leakage.
More frequent maintenance service
is required. Refer to the
Maintenance Schedule for more
information.

Driving on Wet Roads
Rain and wet roads can reduce
vehicle traction and affect your
ability to stop and accelerate.
Always drive slower in these types
of driving conditions and avoid
driving through large puddles and
deep‐standing or flowing water.

{ WARNING
Wet brakes can cause crashes.
They might not work as well in a
quick stop and could cause
pulling to one side. You could
lose control of the vehicle.
After driving through a large
puddle of water or a car/vehicle
wash, lightly apply the brake
pedal until the brakes work
normally.
Flowing or rushing water creates
strong forces. Driving through
flowing water could cause the
vehicle to be carried away. If this
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WARNING (Continued)
happens, you and other vehicle
occupants could drown. Do not
ignore police warnings and be
very cautious about trying to drive
through flowing water.

Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is dangerous. Water
can build up under the vehicle's
tires so they actually ride on the
water. This can happen if the road is
wet enough and you are going fast
enough. When the vehicle is
hydroplaning, it has little or no
contact with the road.
There is no hard and fast rule about
hydroplaning. The best advice is to
slow down when the road is wet.

Other Rainy Weather Tips
Besides slowing down, other wet
weather driving tips include:
.

Allow extra following distance.

.

Pass with caution.

.

Keep windshield wiping
equipment in good shape.

.

Keep the windshield washer fluid
reservoir filled.

.

Have good tires with proper
tread depth. See Tires on
page 10‑47.

.

Turn off cruise control.

Highway Hypnosis
Always be alert and pay attention to
your surroundings while driving.
If you become tired or sleepy, find a
safe place to park the vehicle
and rest.
Other driving tips include:
.

Keep the vehicle well ventilated.

.

Keep the interior
temperature cool.

.

Keep your eyes moving — scan
the road ahead and to the sides.

.

Check the rearview mirror and
vehicle instruments often.

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Hill and Mountain Roads
Driving on steep hills or through
mountains is different than driving
on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for
driving in these conditions include:
.

Keep the vehicle serviced and in
good shape.

.

Check all fluid levels and brakes,
tires, cooling system, and
transmission.

.

Shift to a lower gear when going
down steep or long hills.

{ WARNING
If you do not shift down, the
brakes could get so hot that they
would not work well. You would
then have poor braking or even
none going down a hill. You could
crash. Shift down to let the engine
assist the brakes on a steep
downhill slope.

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{ WARNING
Coasting downhill in N (Neutral)
or with the ignition off is
dangerous. The brakes will have
to do all the work of slowing down
and they could get so hot that
they would not work well. You
would then have poor braking or
even none going down a hill.
Steering may also be affected
when ignition is off. You could
crash. Always have the engine
running and the vehicle in gear
when going downhill.
.

.

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Stay in your own lane. Do not
swing wide or cut across the
center of the road. Drive at
speeds that let you stay in your
own lane.
Be alert on top of hills;
something could be in your lane
(stalled car, accident).

.

Pay attention to special road
signs (falling rocks area, winding
roads, long grades, passing or
no-passing zones) and take
appropriate action.

Winter Driving
Driving on Snow or Ice
Drive carefully when there is snow
or ice between the tires and the
road, creating less traction or grip.
Wet ice can occur at about 0°C
(32°F) when freezing rain begins to
fall, resulting in even less traction.
Avoid driving on wet ice or in
freezing rain until roads can be
treated with salt or sand.
Drive with caution, whatever the
condition. Accelerate gently so
traction is not lost. Accelerating too
quickly causes the wheels to spin
and makes the surface under the
tires slick, so there is even less
traction.

Try not to break the fragile traction.
If you accelerate too fast, the drive
wheels will spin and polish the
surface under the tires even more.
The Antilock Brake System (ABS)
improves vehicle stability during
hard stops on slippery roads, but
apply the brakes sooner than when
on dry pavement. See Antilock
Brake System (ABS) on page 9‑53.
Allow greater following distance on
any slippery road and watch for
slippery spots. Icy patches can
occur on otherwise clear roads in
shaded areas. The surface of a
curve or an overpass can remain icy
when the surrounding roads are
clear. Avoid sudden steering
maneuvers and braking while
on ice.
Turn off cruise control on slippery
surfaces.

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Blizzard Conditions
Being stuck in snow can be a
serious situation. Stay with the
vehicle unless there is help nearby.
If possible, use Roadside
Assistance. See Roadside
Assistance Program (Mexico) on
page 13‑7 or Roadside Assistance
Program (U.S. and Canada) on
page 13‑11. To get help and keep
everyone in the vehicle safe:
.

Turn on the hazard warning
flashers.

.

Tie a red cloth to an outside
mirror.

WARNING (Continued)
cannot be seen or smelled. It can
cause unconsciousness and even
death.
If the vehicle is stuck in the snow:
.

Clear away snow from around
the base of your vehicle,
especially any that is blocking
the exhaust pipe.

.

Check again from time to
time to be sure snow does
not collect there.

.

Open a window about 5 cm
(2 in) on the side of the
vehicle that is away from the
wind to bring in fresh air.

.

Fully open the air outlets on
or under the instrument
panel.

.

Adjust the climate control
system to a setting that
circulates the air inside the
vehicle and set the fan speed
(Continued)

{ WARNING
Snow can trap engine exhaust
under the vehicle. This may
cause exhaust gases to get
inside. Engine exhaust contains
carbon monoxide (CO) which
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WARNING (Continued)
to the highest setting. See
“Climate Control Systems” in
the Index.
For more information about
carbon monoxide, see Engine
Exhaust on page 9‑32.
To save fuel, run the engine for only
short periods as needed to warm
the vehicle and then shut the engine
off and close the window most of
the way to save heat. Repeat this
until help arrives but only when you
feel really uncomfortable from the
cold. Moving about to keep warm
also helps.
If it takes some time for help to
arrive, now and then when you run
the engine, push the accelerator
pedal slightly so the engine runs
faster than the idle speed. This
keeps the battery charged to restart
the vehicle and to signal for help
with the headlamps. Do this as little
as possible to save fuel.

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If the Vehicle Is Stuck
Slowly and cautiously spin the
wheels to free the vehicle when
stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow.
See“Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It
Out” later in this section.
If the vehicle has a traction system,
it can often help to free a stuck
vehicle. Refer to the vehicle's
traction system in the Index. If stuck
too severely for the traction system
to free the vehicle, turn the traction
system off and use the rocking
method.

{ WARNING
If the vehicle's tires spin at high
speed, they can explode, and you
or others could be injured. The
vehicle can overheat, causing an
engine compartment fire or other
damage. Spin the wheels as little
as possible and avoid going
above 56 km/h (35 mph).

For information about using tire
chains on the vehicle, see Tire
Chains on page 10‑71.

Rocking Your Vehicle to Get
It Out
Turn the steering wheel left and
right to clear the area around the
front wheels. For four-wheel-drive
vehicles, shift into Four-Wheel High.
For vehicles with StabiliTrak®, turn
the traction control part of the
system off. Shift back and forth
between R (Reverse) and a forward
gear, spinning the wheels as little as
possible. To prevent transmission
wear, wait until the wheels stop
spinning before shifting gears.
Release the accelerator pedal while
shifting, and press lightly on the
accelerator pedal when the
transmission is in gear. Slowly
spinning the wheels in the forward
and reverse directions causes a
rocking motion that could free the
vehicle. If that does not get the
vehicle out after a few tries, it might
need to be towed out. Recovery

hooks can be used, if the vehicle
has them. If the vehicle does need
to be towed out, see Towing the
Vehicle on page 10‑89.

Recovery Hooks

{ WARNING
Never pull on recovery hooks
from the side. The hooks could
break and you and others could
be injured. When using recovery
hooks, always pull the vehicle
from the front.

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Vehicle Load Limits

Notice: Never use recovery
hooks to tow the vehicle. Your
vehicle could be damaged and it
would not be covered by
warranty.
For vehicles with recovery hooks at
the front of the vehicle, you can use
them if you are stuck off-road and
need to be pulled to some place
where you can continue driving.

It is very important to know how
much weight your vehicle can
carry. This weight is called the
vehicle capacity weight and
includes the weight of all
occupants, cargo, and all
nonfactory-installed options.
Two labels on your vehicle show
how much weight it was
designed to carry, the Tire and
Loading Information label and
the Certification/Tire label.

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{ WARNING
Do not load the vehicle any
heavier than the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR), or either the
maximum front or rear Gross
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR).
This can cause systems to
break and change the way the
vehicle handles. This could
cause loss of control and a
crash. Overloading can also
shorten the life of the vehicle.

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Tire and Loading Information
Label

positions (A), and the maximum
vehicle capacity weight (B) in
kilograms and pounds.
The Tire and Loading
Information label also shows the
size of the original equipment
tires (C) and the recommended
cold tire inflation pressures (D).
For more information on tires
and inflation see Tires on
page 10‑47 and Tire Pressure
on page 10‑56.

Label Example

A vehicle specific Tire and
Loading Information label is
attached to the center pillar
(B-pillar). With the driver door
open, you will find the label
attached below the door lock
post (striker). The tire and
loading information label shows
the number of occupant seating

There is also important loading
information on the vehicle
Certification/Tire label. It tells
you the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) and the Gross
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for
the front and rear axles. See
“Certification/Tire Label” later in
this section.

Steps for Determining Correct
Load Limit
1. Locate the statement “The

combined weight of
occupants and cargo should
never exceed XXX kg or
XXX lbs” on your vehicle's
placard.
2. Determine the combined

weight of the driver and
passengers that will be riding
in your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined

weight of the driver and
passengers from XXX kg or
XXX lbs.
4. The resulting figure equals

the available amount of cargo
and luggage load capacity.
For example, if the “XXX”
amount equals 1400 lbs and
there will be five 150 lb
passengers in your vehicle,
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and luggage load capacity is
650 lbs (1400−750 (5x150) =
650 lbs).
5. Determine the combined

weight of luggage and cargo
being loaded on the vehicle.
That weight may not safely
exceed the available cargo
and luggage load capacity
calculated in Step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing

a trailer, the load from your
trailer will be transferred to
your vehicle. Consult this
manual to determine how this
reduces the available cargo
and luggage load capacity of
your vehicle. See Trailer
Towing on page 9‑77 for
important information on
towing a trailer, towing safety
rules and trailering tips.

Example 1

Example 2

A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 1 = (453 kg) (1,000 lbs)

A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 2 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs)

B. Subtract Occupant Weight @
68 kg (150 lbs) × 2 = 136 kg
(300 lbs)

B. Subtract Occupant Weight @
68 kg (150 lbs) × 5 = 340 kg
(750 lbs)

C. Available Occupant and Cargo
Weight = 317 kg (700 lbs)

C. Available Cargo Weight =
113 kg (250 lbs)

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weight of the driver, passengers,
and cargo should never exceed
your vehicle's capacity weight.
Certification/Tire Label

The Certification/Tire label also
tells you the maximum weights
for the front and rear axles,
called Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR). To find out the
actual loads on your front and
rear axles, you need to go to a
weigh station and weigh your
vehicle. Your dealer can help
you with this. Be sure to spread
out your load equally on both
sides of the centerline.

Example 3
A. Vehicle Capacity Weight for
Example 3 = 453 kg (1,000 lbs)
B. Subtract Occupant Weight @
91 kg (200 lbs) × 5 = 453 kg
(1,000 lbs)
C. Available Cargo Weight =
0 kg (0 lbs)

Refer to your vehicle's tire and
loading information label for
specific information about your
vehicle's capacity weight and
seating positions. The combined

Rating (GVWR). The GVWR
includes the weight of the
vehicle, all occupants, fuel, and
cargo.

A vehicle specific Certification/
Tire label is found on the rear
edge of the driver door. The
label shows the size of your
vehicle's original tires and the
inflation pressures needed to
obtain the gross weight capacity
of your vehicle. This is called
Gross Vehicle Weight

Never exceed the GVWR for
your vehicle, or the GAWR for
either the front or rear axle.
The Certification/Tire label also
contains important information
about your Front Axle Reserve
Capacity. See “What is front axle
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calculate it?” under Adding a
Snow Plow or Similar Equipment
on page 9‑105.

{ WARNING
In the case of a sudden stop
or collision, things carried in
the bed of your truck could
shift forward and come into
the passenger area, injuring
you and others. If you put
things in the bed of your truck,
you should make sure they
are properly secured.

{ WARNING
Do not load the vehicle any
heavier than the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR), or either the
maximum front or rear Gross
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WARNING (Continued)
Axle Weight Rating (GAWR).
This can cause systems to
break and change the way the
vehicle handles. This could
cause loss of control and a
crash. Overloading can also
shorten the life of the vehicle.
Notice: Overloading the
vehicle may cause damage.
Repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Do
not overload the vehicle.
Using heavier suspension
components to get added
durability might not change your
weight ratings. Ask your dealer
to help you load your vehicle the
right way.

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If you put things inside your
vehicle — like suitcases, tools,
packages, or anything
else — they go as fast as the
vehicle goes. If you have to stop
or turn quickly, or if there is a
crash, they will keep going.

{ WARNING
Things you put inside the
vehicle can strike and injure
people in a sudden stop or
turn, or in a crash.
.

Put things in the cargo
area of the vehicle. Try to
spread the weight evenly.

.

Never stack heavier
things, like suitcases,
inside the vehicle so that
some of them are above
the tops of the seats.
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Do not leave an
unsecured child restraint
in the vehicle.

.

When you carry something
inside the vehicle, secure
it whenever you can.

.

Do not leave a seat folded
down unless you need to.

There is also important loading
information for off-road driving in
this manual. See “Loading Your
Vehicle for Off-Road
Driving“under Off-Road Driving
on page 9‑5.
Two-Tiered Loading
Depending on the model of your
pick‐up, an upper load platform
can be created by positioning
three or four 5 cm (2 inches) by
15 cm (6 inches) wooden planks
across the width of the pickup

box. The planks must be
inserted in the pickup box
depressions.
When using this upper load
platform, be sure the load is
securely tied down to prevent it
from shifting. The load's center
of gravity should be positioned
in a zone over the rear axle. The
zone is located in the area
between the front of each wheel
well and the rear of each wheel
well. The center of gravity height
must not extend above the top
of the pickup box flareboard.
Any load that extends beyond
the vehicle's taillamp area must
be properly marked according to
local laws and regulations.
Remember not to exceed the
Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) of the front or
rear axle.

Add-On Equipment
When you carry removable
items, you may need to put a
limit on how many people you
carry inside your vehicle. Be
sure to weigh your vehicle
before you buy and install the
new equipment.
Notice: Overloading the
vehicle may cause damage.
Repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Do
not overload the vehicle.

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Remember not to exceed the
Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) of the front or
rear axle.
Maximum
* Equipment Weight
Ladder Rack
and Cargo

Loading Points

340 kg
(750 lbs)

113 kg per
side (250 lbs
per side)

* The combined weight for all
rail‐mounted equipment should
not exceed 454 kg (1,000 lbs).

aftermarket equipment. See
www.gmupfitter.com for additional
pick-up box load bearing structural
information.

Truck-Camper Loading
Information

Cross Toolbox 181 kg
and Cargo
(400 lbs)
Side Boxes
and Cargo

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A. Primary Load Points
B. Secondary Load Areas
C. Cargo Management Option
Holes
Structural members (A) and (B) are
included in the pick-up box design.
Additional accessories should use
these load points. Depending on the
accessory design, use a spacer
under the accessory at the load
points to remove gap. The holes for
the Cargo Management System (C)
are not intended for attachment of

A vehicle-specific Truck‐Camper
Loading Information label is
attached to the inside of the
vehicle's glove box. This label
indicates if a slide-in camper
can be carried, how much of a
load the vehicle can carry, and
how to correctly spread out the
load. It will help to match the
right slide in camper to the
vehicle.
Your dealer can help make a
good vehicle-camper match and
help determine the Cargo
Weight Rating (CWR).
When installing and loading a
slide-in camper, check the
manufacturer's instructions.

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Here is an example of proper
truck and camper match:

When carrying a slide-in
camper, the total cargo load of
the vehicle is the weight of the
camper, plus the following:
.

Everything added to the
camper after it left the factory

.

Everything in the camper

.

All the people inside

The CWR is the maximum
weight of the load the vehicle
can carry. It does not include the
weight of the people inside. But,
use about 68 kg (150 lbs) for
each seat.
The total cargo load must not be
more than the vehicle's CWR.
Refer to the Truck-Camper
Loading Information label in the
glove box for dimensions A and
B as shown in the following
illustration.

Use the rear edge of the load
floor for measurement purposes.
The recommended location for
the cargo center of gravity is at
point C for the CWR. It is the
point where the mass of a body
is concentrated and,
if suspended at that point, would
balance the front and rear.

A. Camper Center of Gravity
B. Recommended Center of

Gravity Location Zone
When the truck is used to carry
a slide‐in camper, the total cargo
load of the truck consists of the
manufacturer's camper weight
figure, the weight of installed
additional camper equipment not
included in the manufacturer's
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of camper cargo, and the weight
of passengers in the camper.
The total cargo load should not
exceed the truck's cargo weight
rating, and the camper's center
of gravity (A) should fall within
the truck's recommended center
of gravity zone (B) when
installed.
Any accessories or other
equipment that are added to the
vehicle must be weighed. Then,
subtract this extra weight from
the CWR. This extra weight may
shorten the center of gravity
zone of the vehicle.
If the slide-in camper and its
load weighs less than the CWR,
the center of gravity zone for
your vehicle may be larger.
Secure loose items to prevent
weight shifts that could affect the
balance of the vehicle. When the
truck‐camper is loaded, drive to
a scale and weigh on the front

and on the rear wheels
separately to determine axle
loads. Individual axle loads
should not exceed either of the
gross axle weight ratings
(GAWR). The total axle loads
should not exceed your vehicle's
gross vehicle weight rating
(GVWR). These ratings are
given on the vehicle certification
label attached to the rear edge
of the driver door. See
“Certification/Tire Label” under
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15. If weight ratings are
exceeded, move or remove
items to bring all weights below
the ratings.
See your dealer for more
information on curb weights,
cargo weights, Cargo Weight
Rating and the correct center of
gravity zone.

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Starting and
Operating
New Vehicle Break-In
Notice: The vehicle does not
need an elaborate break-in. But it
will perform better in the long run
if you follow these guidelines:
.

Keep the vehicle speed at
88 km/h (55 mph) or less for
the first 805 km (500 miles).

.

Do not drive at any one
constant speed, fast or slow,
for the first 805 km
(500 miles). Do not make
full-throttle starts. Avoid
downshifting to brake or
slow the vehicle.

.

Avoid making hard stops for
the first 322 km (200 miles) 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
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Ignition Positions

breaking-in guideline every
time you get new brake
linings.
.

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Do not tow a trailer during
break-in. See Trailer Towing
on page 9‑77 for the trailer
towing capabilities of the
vehicle and more
information.

Following break‐in, engine speed
and load can be gradually
increased.

Adjustable Throttle and
Brake Pedal

The control used to adjust the
pedals is located on the instrument
panel below the climate control
system.
Press the bottom of the control to
move the pedals closer. Press the
top of the control to move the
pedals away.

On vehicles with this feature, you
can change the position of the
throttle and brake pedals.

Before you start driving, fully press
the brake pedal to confirm the
adjustment is right for you. While
driving, make only small
adjustments.

No adjustment to the pedals can be
made when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse) or while using cruise
control.

The vehicle may have a memory
function which lets pedal settings be
saved and recalled. See Memory
Seats on page 3‑8.

The ignition switch has four different
positions.
To shift out of P (Park), the ignition
must be in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY and the regular brake
pedal must be applied.
A (STOPPING THE ENGINE/
LOCK/OFF): When the vehicle is
stopped, turn the ignition switch to
LOCK/OFF to turn the engine off.
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)

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will remain active. See Retained
Accessory Power (RAP) on
page 9‑28 for more information.
This position locks the ignition.
It also locks the transmission on
automatic transmission vehicles.
The key can be removed in
LOCK/OFF.
The steering can bind with the
wheels turned off center. If this
happens, move the steering wheel
from right to left while turning the
key to ACC/ACCESSORY. If this
doesn't work, then the vehicle needs
service.
Do not turn the engine off when the
vehicle is moving. This will cause a
loss of power assist in the brake
and steering systems and disable
the airbags.

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If the vehicle must be shut off in an
emergency:

{ WARNING

1. Brake using a firm and steady
pressure. Do not pump the
brakes repeatedly. This may
deplete power assist, requiring
increased brake pedal force.

Turning off the vehicle while
moving may cause loss of power
assist in the brake and steering
systems and disable the airbags.
While driving, only shut the
vehicle off in an emergency.

2. Shift the vehicle to neutral. This
can be done while the vehicle is
moving. After shifting to neutral,
continue to firmly apply the
brakes and steer the vehicle to a
safe location.
3. Come to a complete stop. Shift
to P (Park) with an automatic
transmission, or Neutral with a
manual transmission. Turn the
ignition to LOCK/OFF.
4. Set the parking brake. See
Parking Brake on page 9‑54.

If the vehicle cannot be pulled over,
and must be shut off while driving,
turn the ignition to ACC/
ACCESSORY.
On vehicles with an automatic
transmission, the shift lever must be
in P (Park) to turn the ignition switch
to LOCK/OFF.
Notice: Using a tool to force the
key to turn in the ignition could
cause damage to the switch or
break the key. Use the correct
key, make sure it is all the way in,
and turn it only with your hand.
If the key cannot be turned by
hand, see your dealer.

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B (ACC/ACCESSORY): This
position lets things like the radio
and the windshield wipers operate
while the engine is off. Use this
position if the vehicle must be
pushed or towed.
C (ON/RUN): This position can be
used to operate the electrical
accessories and to display some
instrument panel cluster warning
and indicator lights. This position
can also be used for service and
diagnostics, and to verify the proper
operation of the malfunction
indicator lamp as may be required
for emission inspection purposes.
The switch stays in this position
when the engine is running. The
transmission is also unlocked in this
position on automatic transmission
vehicles.
If you leave the key in the ACC/
ACCESSORY or ON/RUN position
with the engine off, the battery could
be drained. You may not be able to
start the vehicle if the battery is
allowed to drain for an extended
period of time.

D (START): This is the position that
starts the engine. When the engine
starts, release the key. The ignition
switch returns to ON/RUN for
driving.
If the vehicle is equipped with a
radio, a warning tone will sound
when the driver door is opened, the
ignition is in ACC/ACCESSORY or
LOCK/OFF and the key is in the
ignition.

Starting the Engine
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax® diesel
supplement for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
Notice: If you add electrical parts
or accessories, you could change
the way the engine operates. Any
resulting damage would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
See Add-On Electrical Equipment
on page 9‑105.

Place the transmission in the
proper gear.

Automatic Transmission
Move the shift lever to P (Park) or
N (Neutral). The engine will not start
in any other position. To restart the
engine when the vehicle is already
moving, use N (Neutral) only.
Notice: Do not try to shift to
P (Park) if the vehicle is moving.
If you do, you could damage the
transmission. Shift to P (Park)
only when the vehicle is stopped.

Manual Transmission
The shift lever should be in
N (Neutral) and the parking brake
engaged. Hold the clutch pedal
down to the floor and start the
engine. The vehicle will not start if
the clutch pedal is not all the
way down.

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Starting Procedure
1. With your foot off the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition key to
START. When the engine starts,
let go of the key. The idle speed
will go down as your engine gets
warm. Do not race the engine
immediately after starting it.
Operate the engine and
transmission gently to allow the
oil to warm up and lubricate all
moving parts.
The 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/ACCESSORY or LOCK/
OFF position.
When the Low Fuel warning
lamp is on and the FUEL LEVEL
LOW message is displayed in
the Driver Information Center
(DIC), the Computer-Controlled
Cranking System is disabled to
prevent possible vehicle
component damage. When this
happens, hold the ignition switch
in the START position to
continue engine cranking.
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 let the
cranking motor cool down.

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2. If the engine does not start after
5-10 seconds, especially in very
cold weather (below −18°C or
0°F), 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 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 transmission gently
until the oil warms up and
lubricates all moving parts.

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Fast Idle System
If the vehicle has this feature it is
available only with cruise control.
The manual fast idle switch is
operated using the cruise control
buttons located on the left hand side
of the steering wheel.
This system can be used to
increase engine idle speed
whenever the following conditions
are met:
.
.
.

.

Press and release the cruise
control SET-button. Engine
speed will be held at
approximately 1200 RPM.

When the fast idle is active the
Driver Information Center (DIC) will
display “FAST IDLE ON.”
One of the following actions will turn
off the fast idle:
.
.

The parking brake is set.

Pressing the brake.
Selecting the cruise control
cancel button.

The brake pedal is not pressed.

.

Releasing the parking brake.

The vehicle must not be moving
and the accelerator must not be
pressed.

.

The transmission shift lever is
moved out of P (Park) or
N (Neutral).

.

Selecting the cruise control on/
off button when it was
previously on.

.

Pressing the cruise control
SET-button a second time.

.

Pressing the accelerator greater
than a quarter of the way down.

.

Turning the ignition switch to the
LOCK/OFF position.

To control the fast idle:
.

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To enable the Fast Idle System,
press and release the cruise
control on/off button and ensure
that the switch indicator light
is lit.

Retained Accessory
Power (RAP)
The following vehicle accessories
can be used for up to 10 minutes
after the engine is turned off:
.

Audio System

.

Power Windows

.

OnStar System (if equipped)

.

Sunroof (if equipped)

These features work when the key
is in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY. Once the key is
turned from ON/RUN to LOCK/OFF,
the windows and sunroof continue
to work up to 10 minutes until any
door is opened. The radio continues
to work for up to 10 minutes or until
the driver door is opened.

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Engine Coolant Heater
The engine heater can provide
easier starting and better fuel
economy during engine warm-up in
cold weather conditions at or below
−18°C (0°F). Vehicles with an
engine heater should be plugged in
at least four hours before starting.
An internal thermostat in the
plug-end of the cord may exist
which will prevent engine coolant
heater operation at temperatures
above −18°C (0°F).
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax Diesel supplement
for more information.

To Use the Engine Coolant
Heater

tie which bundles the electrical
plug. Do not cut the
electrical cord.
3. Plug the cord into a normal,
grounded 110-volt AC outlet.

{ WARNING
Plugging the cord into an
ungrounded outlet could cause an
electrical shock. Also, the wrong
kind of extension cord could
overheat and cause a fire. You
could be seriously injured. Plug
the cord into a properly grounded
three-prong 110-volt AC outlet.
If the cord will not reach, use a
heavy-duty three-prong extension
cord rated for at least 15 amps.

1. Turn off the engine.
2. Open the hood and unwrap the
electrical cord. The cord is
secured to the Engine
Compartment Fuse Block with a
clip. Carefully remove the wire

4. Before starting the engine, be
sure to unplug and store the
cord as it was before to keep it
away from moving engine parts.
If you do not, it could be
damaged.

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The length of time the heater should
remain plugged in depends on
several factors. Ask a dealer in the
area where you will be parking the
vehicle for the best advice on this.

Shifting Into Park

{ WARNING
It can be dangerous to get out of
the vehicle if the shift lever is not
fully in P (Park) with the parking
brake firmly set. The vehicle can
roll. If you have left the engine
running, the vehicle can move
suddenly. You or others could be
injured. To be sure the vehicle will
not move, even when you are on
fairly level ground, use the steps
that follow. With four-wheel drive,
if the transfer case is in
N (Neutral), the vehicle will be
free to roll, even if the shift lever
is in P (Park). Be sure the transfer
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WARNING (Continued)
case is in a drive gear. If towing a
trailer, see Driving Characteristics
and Towing Tips on page 9‑75.
1. Hold the brake pedal down, then
set the parking brake.
See Parking Brake on page 9‑54
for more information.
2. Move the shift lever into the
P (Park) position by pulling the
shift lever toward you and
moving it up as far as it will go.
3. Be sure the transfer case is in a
drive gear — not in N (Neutral).
4. Turn the ignition key to
LOCK/OFF.
5. Remove the key and take it with
you. If you can leave the vehicle
with the ignition key in your
hand, the vehicle is in P (Park).

Leaving the Vehicle With the
Engine Running

{ WARNING
It can be dangerous to leave the
vehicle with the engine running.
The vehicle could move suddenly
if the shift lever is not fully in
P (Park) with the parking brake
firmly set.
If you have four-wheel drive and
the transfer case is in N (Neutral),
the vehicle will be free to roll,
even if the shift lever is in
P (Park). So be sure the transfer
case is in a drive gear — not in
N (Neutral).
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 the vehicle with the engine
running unless you have to.

If you have to leave the vehicle with
the engine running, be sure your
vehicle is in P (Park) and the
parking brake is firmly set before
you leave it. After you move the shift
lever into P (Park), hold the regular
brake pedal down. Then, see if you
can move the shift lever away from
P (Park) without first pulling it toward
you. If you can, it means that the
shift lever was not fully locked into
P (Park).

Torque Lock
If you are parking on a hill and you
do not shift your transmission into
P (Park) properly, the weight of the
vehicle may put too much force on
the parking pawl in the
transmission. You may find it difficult
to pull the shift lever out of P (Park).
This is called torque lock. To
prevent torque lock, set the parking
brake and then shift into P (Park)
properly before you leave the driver
seat. To find out how, Shifting Into
Park on page 9‑29.

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When you are ready to drive, move
the shift lever out of P (Park) before
you release the parking brake.
If torque lock does occur, you may
need to have another vehicle push
yours a little uphill to take some of
the pressure from the parking pawl
in the transmission, then you will be
able to pull the shift lever out of
P (Park).

Shifting out of Park
This vehicle is equipped with an
electronic shift lock release system.
The shift lock release is
designed to:
.

.

Prevent ignition key removal
unless the shift lever is in
P (Park) with the shift lever
button fully released.
Prevent movement of the shift
lever out of P (Park), unless the
ignition is in ON/RUN or ACC/
ACCESSORY and the regular
brake pedal is applied.

The shift lock release is always
functional except in the case of an
uncharged or low voltage (less than
9 volt) battery.
If the vehicle has an uncharged
battery or a battery with low voltage,
try charging or jump starting the
battery. See Jump Starting on
page 10‑84 for more information.
To shift out of P (Park) use the
following:
1. Apply the brake pedal.
2. Move the shift lever to the
desired position.
If you still are unable to shift out of
P (Park):
1. Ease the pressure on the shift
lever.
2. While holding down the brake
pedal, press the shift lever all
the way into P (Park).
3. Move the shift lever to the
desired position.

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If you are still having a problem
shifting, then have the vehicle
serviced soon.

Parking (Manual
Transmission)
If the vehicle has a manual
transmission, before you get out of
the vehicle, move the shift lever into
R (Reverse), and firmly apply the
parking brake. Once the shift lever
has been placed into R (Reverse)
with the clutch pedal pressed in,
turn the ignition key to LOCK/OFF,
remove the key and release the
clutch.
If you are parking on a hill, or if the
vehicle is pulling a trailer, see
Driving Characteristics and Towing
Tips on page 9‑75.

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Parking over Things
That Burn

{ WARNING
Things that can burn could touch
hot exhaust parts under the
vehicle and ignite. Do not park
over papers, leaves, dry grass,
or other things that can burn.

Active Fuel Management®
Vehicles with V8 engines may have
Active Fuel Management. This
system allows the engine to operate
on either all or half of its cylinders,
depending on the 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 the
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.
If the vehicle has an Active Fuel
Management indicator, see Driver
Information Center (DIC) on
page 5‑29 for more information on
using this display.

Engine Exhaust

{ WARNING
Engine exhaust contains carbon
monoxide (CO) which cannot be
seen or smelled. Exposure to CO
can cause unconsciousness and
even death.
Exhaust may enter the vehicle if:
.

The vehicle idles in areas
with poor ventilation (parking
garages, tunnels, deep snow
that may block underbody
airflow or tail pipes).

.

The exhaust smells or
sounds strange or different.

.

The exhaust system leaks
due to corrosion or damage.

.

The vehicle exhaust system
has been modified, damaged,
or improperly repaired.
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WARNING (Continued)
.

There are holes or openings
in the vehicle body from
damage or aftermarket
modifications that are not
completely sealed.

If unusual fumes are detected or
if it is suspected that exhaust is
coming into the vehicle:
.

Drive it only with the windows
completely down.

.

Have the vehicle repaired
immediately.

Never park the vehicle with the
engine running in an enclosed
area such as a garage or a
building that has no fresh air
ventilation.

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Running the Vehicle
While Parked

Automatic
Transmission

It is better not to park with the
engine running.

If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

If the vehicle is left with the engine
running, follow the proper steps to
be sure the vehicle will not move.
See Shifting Into Park on page 9‑29
and Engine Exhaust on page 9‑32.
If the vehicle has a manual
transmission, see Parking (Manual
Transmission) on page 9‑31.
If parking on a hill and pulling a
trailer, see Driving Characteristics
and Towing Tips on page 9‑75.

Vehicles with an automatic
transmission have an electronic shift
position indicator within the
instrument panel cluster. This
display comes on when the ignition
key is turned to the ON/RUN
position.
There are several different positions
for the shift lever.

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increase in the effort to shift out of
P (Park). See “Torque Lock” under
Shifting Into Park on page 9‑29 for
more information.

Hydra-Matic® 4-Speed Automatic
Transmission

Heavy Duty 6-Speed Automatic
Transmission Shown (Light Duty
6-Speed Similar)
See “Range Selection Mode” under
Manual Mode on page 9‑37.
P (Park): This position locks the
rear wheels. It is the best position to
use when starting the engine
because the vehicle cannot move
easily. When parked on a hill,
especially when the vehicle has a
heavy load, you might notice an

{ WARNING
It is dangerous to get out of the
vehicle if the shift lever is not fully
in P (Park) with the parking brake
firmly set. The vehicle can roll.
Do not leave the vehicle when the
engine is running. If you have left
the engine running, the vehicle
can move suddenly. You or others
could be injured. To be sure the
vehicle will not move, even when
you are on fairly level ground,
always set the parking brake and
move the shift lever to P (Park).
See Shifting Into Park on
page 9‑29 and Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips
on page 9‑75.

{ WARNING
If you have Four-Wheel Drive, the
vehicle will be free to roll — even
if the shift lever is in P (Park) — if
the transfer case is in Neutral. So,
be sure the transfer case is in a
drive gear, Two-Wheel Drive High
or Four-Wheel Drive High or
Four-Wheel Drive Low — not in
Neutral. See Shifting Into Park on
page 9‑29.
R (Reverse): Use this gear to
back up.
Notice: Shifting to R (Reverse)
while the vehicle is moving
forward could damage the
transmission. The repairs would
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only
after the vehicle is stopped.
To rock the vehicle back and forth to
get out of snow, ice, or sand without
damaging the transmission, see If
the Vehicle Is Stuck on page 9‑14.

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N (Neutral): In this position, the
engine does not connect with the
wheels. To restart when you are
already moving, use N (Neutral)
only. Also, use N (Neutral) when the
vehicle is being towed.

{ WARNING
Shifting into a drive gear while the
engine is running at high speed is
dangerous. Unless your foot is
firmly on the brake pedal, the
vehicle could move very rapidly.
You could lose control and hit
people or objects. Do not shift
into a drive gear while the engine
is running at high speed.
Notice: Shifting out of P (Park) or
N (Neutral) with the engine
running at high speed may
damage the transmission. The
repairs would not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Be sure the
engine is not running at high
speed when shifting the vehicle.

D (Drive): This position is for
normal driving. It provides the best
fuel economy. If you need more
power for passing, and you are:
.

Going less than about 55 km/h
(35 mph), push the accelerator
pedal about halfway down.

.

Going about 55 km/h (35 mph) or
more, push the accelerator all
the way down.
By doing this, the vehicle shifts
down to the next gear and has
more power.

D (Drive) can be used when towing
a trailer, carrying a heavy load,
driving on steep hills, or for off-road
driving. You might want to shift the
transmission to a lower gear
selection if the transmission shifts
too often.
Downshifting the transmission in
slippery road conditions could result
in skidding. See “Skidding” under
Loss of Control on page 9‑5.

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The vehicle has a shift stabilization
feature that adjusts the transmission
shifting to the current driving
conditions in order to reduce rapid
upshifts and downshifts. This shift
stabilization feature is designed to
determine, before making an
upshift, if the engine is able to
maintain vehicle speed by analyzing
things such as vehicle speed,
throttle position, and vehicle load.
If the shift stabilization feature
determines that a current vehicle
speed cannot be maintained, the
transmission does not upshift and
instead holds the current gear.
In some cases, this could appear to
be a delayed shift, however the
transmission is operating normally.
The transmission uses adaptive
shift controls. Adaptive shift controls
continually compares key shift
parameters to pre-programmed
ideal shifts stored in the
transmissions computer. The
transmission constantly makes
adjustments to improve vehicle
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vehicle is being used, such as with
a heavy load or when temperature
changes. During this adaptive shift
control process, shifting might feel
different as the transmission
determines the best settings.
When temperatures are very cold,
the Allison Transmission and
Hydra-Matic 6-Speed transmission's
gear shifting could be delayed
providing more stable shifts until the
engine warms up. Shifts could be
more noticeable with a cold
transmission. This difference in
shifting is normal.
M (Manual Mode): This position is
available on vehicles with the
Allison Transmission or Hydra-Matic
6-Speed transmission. It lets drivers
select the range of gears
appropriate for current driving
conditions. If the vehicle has this
feature, see “Range Selection
Mode” under Manual Mode on
page 9‑37.

3 (Third): This position is also used
for normal driving. It reduces vehicle
speed more than D (Drive) without
using the brakes. You might choose
3 (Third) instead of D (Drive) when
driving on hilly, winding roads, when
towing a trailer, so there is less
shifting between gears and when
going down a steep hill.
2 (Second): This position reduces
vehicle speed even more than
3 (Third) without using the brakes.
You can use 2 (Second) on hills.
It can help control vehicle speed as
you go down steep mountain roads,
but then you would also want to use
the brakes off and on.
If you manually select 2 (Second) in
an automatic transmission, the
transmission will start in second
gear. You can use this feature for
reducing the speed of the rear
wheels when you are trying to start
the vehicle from a stop on slippery
road surfaces.

1 (First): For the Hydra-Matic
4-Speed transmission this position
reduces vehicle speed even more
than 2 (Second) without using the
brakes. You can use it on very steep
hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the
shift lever is put in 1 (First) while the
vehicle is moving forward, the
transmission does not shift into first
gear until the vehicle is going slowly
enough.
For an Allison Transmission or
Hydra-Matic 6-Speed transmission,
this position reduces vehicle speed
without using the brakes. You can
use it for major/severe downgrades
and off-road driving where the
vehicle would otherwise accelerate
due to steepness of grade. When
you shift to 1 (First) it provides the
lowest gear appropriate to current
road speed and continues to
downshift as the vehicle slows,
eventually downshifting to
1 (First) gear.
Notice: Spinning the tires or
holding the vehicle in one place
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accelerator pedal may damage
the transmission. The repair will
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. If you are stuck, do not
spin the tires. When stopping on
a hill, use the brakes to hold the
vehicle in place.

three seconds. A DIC message
displays. See Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.

To use this feature, do the following:

For iother forms of grade braking,
see Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38
and Cruise Control on page 9‑59.

Normal Mode Grade Braking

Manual Mode

2. Press the plus/minus buttons,
located on the steering column
shift lever, to select the desired
range of gears for current driving
conditions.

Vehicles with a gasoline engine and
6-Speed automatic transmission
have Normal Mode Grade Braking
that is enabled when the vehicle is
started, but is not enabled in Range
Selection Mode. It assists in
maintaining desired vehicle speeds
when driving on downhill grades by
using the engine and transmission
to slow the vehicle. The first time
the system engages for each
ignition key cycle, a DIC message
will be displayed. See Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.

Range Selection Mode
(Allison® Transmission or
Hydra-Matic® 6-Speed
Transmission)

To disable or enable Normal Mode
Grade Braking within the current
ignition key cycle, press and hold
the Tow/Haul button for

The vehicle may have a Range
Selection Mode. The Range
Selection Mode helps control the
vehicle's transmission and vehicle
speed while driving down hill or
towing a trailer by letting you select
a desired range of gears.

1. Move the shift lever to
M (Manual Mode).

When M (Manual Mode) is selected
a number displays next to the M,
indicating the current gear.
This number is the highest gear that
can be used. However, the vehicle
can automatically shift to lower
gears as it adjusts to driving
conditions. This means that all
gears below that number are
available. When 5 (Fifth) is selected,
1 (First) through 5 (Fifth) gears are
automatically shifted by the vehicle,
but 6 (Sixth) cannot be used until
the plus/minus button located on the
steering column lever is used to
change to the gear.

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Grade Braking is not available when
Range Selection Mode is active.
See Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38.
While using Range Selection Mode,
Cruise Control and the Tow/Haul
Mode can be used.
If the vehicle has an exhaust brake,
it can also be used, but will not
automatically downshift the
transmission. See Exhaust Brake in
the Duramax Diesel supplement.
Notice: Spinning the tires or
holding the vehicle in one place
on a hill using only the
accelerator pedal may damage
the transmission. The repair will
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. If you are stuck, do not
spin the tires. When stopping on
a hill, use the brakes to hold the
vehicle in place.

Low Traction Mode
If the vehicle has the Allison
Transmission, a 4-Speed automatic
transmission, or the Hydra-Matic
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
with the 6.0L engine, it has a Low
Traction Mode that assists in vehicle
acceleration when road conditions
are slippery, such as with ice or
snow. While the vehicle is at a stop,
select the second gear range using
Range Selection Mode. This will
limit torque to the wheels helping to
prevent the tires from spinning.

Tow/Haul Mode

4-Speed Automatic Transmission

6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Vehicles with an automatic
transmission have a Tow/Haul
Mode. The Tow/Haul Mode adjusts
the transmission shift pattern to
reduce shift cycling, providing
increased performance, vehicle
control, and transmission cooling
when driving down steep hills or
Mountain grades, towing, or hauling
heavy loads.

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The selector button is located on the
end of the shift lever. Turn the Tow/
Haul Mode on and off by pressing
the button. When the Tow/Haul
Mode is enabled, a light on the
instrument panel cluster will
come on.
See Tow/Haul Mode Light on
page 5‑25 and Hill and Mountain
Roads on page 9‑11 for more
information.
Also see “Tow/Haul Mode” under
Towing Equipment on page 9‑93 for
more information.

Tow/Haul Mode Grade Braking
(6-Speed Automatic
Transmission)
Tow/Haul Mode Grade Braking is
only enabled while the Tow/Haul
Mode is selected and the vehicle is
not in the Range Selection Mode.
See “Tow/Haul Mode” listed
previously and Manual Mode on
page 9‑37. Tow/Haul Mode Grade
Braking assists in maintaining
desired vehicle speeds when driving

on downhill grades by using the
engine and transmission to slow the
vehicle.

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Manual Transmission

On vehicles with a gasoline engine,
to disable or enable Tow/Haul
Grade Braking within the current
ignition key cycle, press and hold
the Tow/Haul button for
three seconds. A DIC message will
be displayed. See Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.
On vehicles with a diesel engine.
Tow/Haul Mode Grade Braking can
be enabled or disabled by pressing
the Tow/Haul Mode button. Use the
exhaust brake and Tow/Haul Mode
for maximum grade braking.

If the vehicle is equipped with a
manual transmission, this is the shift
pattern.

See Towing Equipment on
page 9‑93 for more information.

Here is how to operate the manual
transmission:

For other forms of grade braking,
see Automatic Transmission on
page 9‑33 and Cruise Control on
page 9‑59.

1 (First): Press the clutch pedal
and shift into 1 (First). Then, slowly
let up on the clutch pedal as you
slowly press down on the
accelerator pedal.

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You can shift into 1 (First) when you
are going less than 30 km/h
(20 mph). If you have come to a
complete stop and it is hard to shift
into 1 (First), put the shift lever in
Neutral and let up on the clutch.
Then press the clutch pedal back
down and shift into 1 (First).
2 (Second): Press the clutch pedal
as you let up on the accelerator
pedal and shift into 2 (Second).
Then, slowly let up on the clutch
pedal as you press the accelerator
pedal.
3 (Third), 4 (Fourth) and 5 (Fifth):
Shift into 3 (Third), 4 (Fourth) and
5 (Fifth) the same way you do for
2 (Second). Slowly let up on the
clutch pedal as you press the
accelerator pedal.
To stop, let up on the accelerator
pedal and press the brake pedal.
Just before the vehicle stops, press
the clutch pedal and the brake
pedal, and shift to Neutral.
Neutral: Use this position when
you start or idle the engine.

R (Reverse): To back up, press the
clutch pedal. After the vehicle stops,
shift into R (Reverse). Slowly let up
on the clutch pedal as you press the
accelerator pedal. If it is hard to
shift, let the shift lever return to
Neutral and release the clutch
pedal. Then press the clutch again
and shift into R (Reverse). Do not
attempt to shift into 5 (Fifth) prior to
shifting into R (Reverse). The
transmission has a lock out feature
which prevents a 5 (Fifth) gear to
R (Reverse) gear shift.
Notice: Shifting to R (Reverse)
while the vehicle is moving
forward could damage the
transmission. The repairs would
not be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only
after the vehicle is stopped.
Use R (Reverse), along with the
parking brake, for parking the
vehicle.

Shift Speeds

{ WARNING
If you skip a gear when you
downshift, you could lose control
of the vehicle. You could injure
yourself or others. Do not shift
down more than one gear at a
time when you downshift.

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Drive Systems
Four-Wheel Drive
If the vehicle has Four-Wheel Drive,
you can send the engine's driving
power to all four wheels for extra
traction. To get the most satisfaction
out of Four-Wheel Drive, you must
be familiar with its operation. Read
the following before using
Four-Wheel Drive. See the
appropriate text for the transfer case
in the vehicle.
Notice: Driving on clean, dry
pavement in Four-Wheel Drive
High or Four-Wheel Drive Low for
an extended period of time may
cause premature wear on the
vehicle's powertrain. Do not drive
on clean, dry pavement in
Four-Wheel Drive High or
Four-Wheel Drive Low for
extended periods of time.
While driving on clean dry pavement
and during tight turns, you may
experience vibration in the steering
system.

If the vehicle has StabiliTrak®,
shifting into Four-Wheel Drive Low
will turn Traction Control and
StabiliTrak off. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56.

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The transfer case shift lever is on
the floor to the right of the driver.
Use this lever to shift into and out of
Four-Wheel Drive.

Front Axle
The front axle engages and
disengages automatically when you
shift the transfer case. Some delay
for the axle to engage or disengage
is normal.

Manual Transfer Case

A Four-Wheel Drive indicator light
comes on when you shift into
four-wheel drive and the front axle
engages. See Four-Wheel-Drive
Light on page 5‑25.
Some delay between shifting and
when the indicator light comes on is
normal.

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Recommended Transfer Case Settings
Driving Conditions
Normal
Severe
Extreme
Vehicle in Tow*

Transfer Case Settings
2m

4m

4n

N

YES
YES
YES
YES

*See Recreational Vehicle Towing on page 10‑89 or Towing the Vehicle on
page 10‑89.

Notice: Driving on clean, dry
pavement in four-wheel drive for
an extended period of time can
cause premature wear on the
vehicle's powertrain. Do not drive
on clean, dry pavement in
Four-Wheel Drive for extended
periods of time.

If the vehicle has StabiliTrak®,
shifting into Four-Wheel Drive Low
will turn Traction Control and
StabiliTrak off. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56.

4 n (Four-Wheel Drive Low): This
setting also engages the front axle
and delivers extra torque. You may
never need Four-Wheel Drive Low.
It sends maximum power to all
four wheels. You might choose
Four-Wheel Drive Low if you are
driving off-road in deep sand, deep
mud, deep snow, and while climbing
or descending steep hills.

A parking brake symbol is located
next to the N (Neutral) symbol as a
reminder to set the parking brake
before shifting the transfer case into
N (Neutral).

{ WARNING
Shifting the transfer case to
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). You or someone else
could be seriously injured. Be
sure to set the parking brake
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WARNING (Continued)
before placing the transfer case in
N (Neutral). See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
N (Neutral): Shift to this setting
only when the vehicle needs to be
towed. See Recreational Vehicle
Towing on page 10‑89 or Towing the
Vehicle on page 10‑89.
2 m (Two-Wheel Drive High): This
setting is used for driving in most
street and highway situations.
The front axle is not engaged in
two-wheel drive. This setting also
provides the best fuel economy.
4 m (Four-Wheel Drive High): Use
this setting when you need extra
traction, such as on snowy or icy
roads or in most off-road situations.
This setting also engages the front
axle to help drive your vehicle. This
is the best setting to use when
plowing snow.

You can shift from Two-Wheel Drive
High to Four-Wheel Drive High or
Four-Wheel Drive High to
Two-Wheel Drive High while the
vehicle is moving. In extremely cold
weather, it may be necessary to
stop or slow the vehicle to shift into
Four-Wheel Drive High.

.

Avoid driving in Four-Wheel
Drive on clean, dry pavement.
It may cause your tires to wear
faster, make the transfer case
harder to shift, and run noisier.

.

If the transfer case shifter is in
the N (Neutral) position and you
have difficulty reaching the
selected transfer case mode,
with the engine running, shift the
transmission momentarily to
D (Drive) and then back to
N (Neutral). This will realign the
gear teeth in the transfer case
and allow you to complete the
shift.

When Using the Manual
Transfer Case
.

Shifts into or out of Four-Wheel
Drive Low or N (Neutral) should
be made using quick motions to
avoid excessive gear grinding.
Shifting slowly may make it more
difficult to shift.

.

You may notice that it is harder
to shift when the vehicle is cold.
After the vehicle warms up the
shifting will return to normal.

.

While in Four-Wheel High or
Four-Wheel Drive Low you
may experience reduced fuel
economy.

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Shifting from Two-Wheel Drive
High to Four-Wheel Drive High
.

Shifts between Two-Wheel Drive
High and Four-Wheel Drive High
can be made at any vehicle
speed.

.

Shift the transfer case lever in
one continuous motion into
either the Four-Wheel Drive High
or Two-Wheel Drive High
position.

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Shifting from Two-Wheel Drive
High to Four-Wheel Drive High
while the vehicle is in motion
may require that moderate force
be applied to the shift lever for a
few seconds before Four-Wheel
Drive High can be engaged,
especially in cold weather.
In extremely cold weather, it may
be necessary to slow or stop the
vehicle to shift into Four-Wheel
Drive High.

case into Four-Wheel-Drive Low
while the vehicle is moving faster
than 5 km/h (3 mph).
.

Shifting into Four-Wheel Drive
Low should be done, if possible,
with the vehicle at a slight roll,
5 km/h (3 mph) or less.

.

Shift the transmission into
N (Neutral).

{ WARNING

While in Four-Wheel Drive High,
the vehicle can be driven at any
posted legal speed limit.

Shifting the transfer case to
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). You or someone else
could be seriously injured. Be
sure to set the parking brake
before placing the transfer case in
N (Neutral). See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.

Shifting In or Out of Four-Wheel
Drive Low
Notice: Shifting the transfer case
into Four-Wheel-Drive Low while
moving at speeds faster than
5 km/h (3 mph) may cause
premature wear to the transfer
case, and may cause the gears to
grind. To avoid causing
premature wear, and grinding the
gears, do not shift the transfer

.

Shifting into Four-Wheel Drive
Low with the vehicle at a stop
may be more difficult. You may
be unable to complete the shift
to Four-Wheel Drive Low, and

the transfer case will end up in
N (Neutral). This is normal, and
is a function of the gear teeth
aligning in the transfer case.
When this happens, make sure
the engine is on, shift the
transmission momentarily to
D (Drive) and back to
N (Neutral), and then complete
the transfer case shift.
.

Shift the transfer case shift lever
in one continuous motion into
the Four-Wheel Drive Low
position.

.

When in Four-Wheel Drive Low
do not drive faster than
72 km/h (45 mph). This will
reduce wear and extend the life
of your transfer case.

Shifting In or Out of Neutral
1. With the vehicle running and the
engine at an idle, set the parking
brake.

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2. Place the transmission into
N (Neutral).
Shift the transfer case in one
continuous motion into or out of the
N (Neutral) position.

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Recommended Transfer Case Settings
Driving Conditions
Normal
Severe
Extreme
Vehicle in Tow*

Transfer Case Settings
2m

4m

4n

N

YES
YES
YES
YES

*See Recreational Vehicle Towing on page 10‑89 or Towing the Vehicle on
page 10‑89.

You can choose among four driving
settings:

The transfer case knob is located
next to the steering column.
Use the dial to shift into and out of
four-wheel drive.

Indicator lights in the dial show
which setting you are in. The
indicator lights will come on briefly
when you turn on the ignition and
one will stay on. If the lights do not
come on, you should take the
vehicle to your dealer for service.
An indicator light flashes while
shifting the transfer case and
remains illuminated when the shift is
complete. If for some reason the

transfer case cannot make a
requested shift, it will return to the
last chosen setting.
2 m (Two-Wheel Drive High): This
setting is used for driving in most
street and highway situations. The
front axle is not engaged in
Two-Wheel Drive. This setting also
provides the best fuel economy.
4 m (Four-Wheel Drive High): Use
the Four-Wheel Drive High position
when extra traction is needed, such

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as on snowy or icy roads or in most
off-road situations. This setting also
engages the front axle to help drive
the vehicle. This is the best setting
to use when plowing snow.
4 n (Four-Wheel Drive Low): This
setting also engages the front axle
and delivers extra torque. You may
never need this setting. It sends
maximum power to all four wheels.
You might choose Four-Wheel Drive
Low while driving off-road in deep
sand, deep mud, deep snow, and
while climbing or descending steep
hills.
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak®,
shifting into Four-Wheel Drive Low
will turn Traction Control and
StabiliTrak off. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56.

{ WARNING
Shifting the transfer case to
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
in P (Park). You or someone else
could be seriously injured. Be
sure to set the parking brake
before placing the transfer case in
N (Neutral). See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
N (Neutral): Shift the vehicle's
transfer case to N (Neutral) only
when towing the vehicle. See
Recreational Vehicle Towing on
page 10‑89 or Towing the Vehicle
on page 10‑89 for more information.
If the SERVICE 4 WHEEL DRIVE
message stays on, you should take
the vehicle to your dealer for
service. See “SERVICE 4 WHEEL
DRIVE” under Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.
Shifting Into Two-Wheel
Drive High
Turn the knob to the Two-Wheel
Drive High position. This can be
done at any speed, except when

shifting from Four-Wheel Drive Low.
See “Shifting Out of Four-Wheel
Drive Low” for more information.
Shifting Into Four-Wheel
Drive Low
When Four-Wheel Drive Low is
engaged, vehicle speed should be
kept below 72 km/h (45 mph).
Extended high-speed operation in
Four-Wheel Drive Low may damage
or shorten the life of the drivetrain.
To shift to the Four-Wheel Drive
Low position, the ignition must be in
ON/RUN and the vehicle must be
stopped or moving less than 5 km/h
(3 mph) with the transmission in
N (Neutral). The preferred method
for shifting into Four-Wheel Drive
Low is to have the vehicle moving
1.6 to 3.2 km/h (1 to 2 mph). Turn the
knob to the Four-Wheel Drive Low
position. You must wait for the
Four-Wheel Drive Low indicator light
to stop flashing and remain on
before shifting the transmission
in gear.

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Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the
transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.
It is typical for the vehicle to exhibit
significant engagement noise and
bump when shifting between
Four-Wheel Drive Low and
Four-Wheel Drive High ranges or
from transfer case N (Neutral) with
the engine running.
If the knob is turned to the
Four-Wheel Drive Low position
when the vehicle is in gear and/or
moving more than 5 km/h (3 mph),
the Four-Wheel Drive Low indicator
light will flash for 30 seconds and
not complete the shift. After
30 seconds the transfer case will
shift to Four-Wheel Drive
High mode. With the vehicle moving

less than 5 km/h (3 mph), and the
transmission in N (Neutral), attempt
the shift again.
Shifting Out of Four-Wheel
Drive Low
To shift from Four-Wheel Drive Low
to Four-Wheel Drive High,
or Two-Wheel Drive High, the
vehicle must be stopped or moving
less than 5 km/h (3 mph) with the
transmission in N (Neutral) and the
ignition in ON/RUN. The preferred
method for shifting out of
Four-Wheel Drive Low is to have
the vehicle moving 1.6 to 3.2 km/h
(1 to 2 mph). Turn the knob to the
Four-Wheel Drive High or
Two-Wheel Drive High position. You
must wait for the Four-Wheel Drive
High or Two-Wheel Drive High
indicator light to stop flashing and
remain on before shifting the
transmission into gear.
Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the

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transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.
It is typical for the vehicle to exhibit
significant engagement noise and
bump when shifting between
Four-Wheel Drive Low and
Four-Wheel Drive High ranges or
from transfer case N (Neutral) with
the engine running.
If the knob is turned to the
Four-Wheel Drive High,
or Two-Wheel Drive High switch
position when the vehicle is in gear
and/or moving more than
5 km/h (3 mph), the Four-Wheel
Drive High, AUTO, or Two-Wheel
Drive High indicator light will flash
for 30 seconds but will not complete
the shift. With the vehicle moving
less than 5 km/h (3 mph), and the
transmission in N (Neutral), attempt
the shift again.

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Shifting into Neutral
To shift the transfer case to
N (Neutral) do the following:
1. Make sure the vehicle is parked
so that it will not roll.
2. Set the parking brake and press
and hold the regular brake
pedal. See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54 for more information.

7. If the engine is running, verify
that the transfer case is in
N (Neutral) by shifting the
transmission to R (Reverse) for
one second, then shift the
transmission to D (Drive) for
one second.
8. Turn the ignition to ACC/
ACCESSORY, which will turn the
engine off.

3. Start the vehicle or turn the
ignition to ON/RUN.

9. Place the transmission shift
lever in P (Park).

4. Shift the transmission to
N (Neutral).

10. Release the parking brake prior
to moving the vehicle.

5. Shift the transfer case to
Two-Wheel Drive High.

11. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

6. Turn the transfer case dial
clockwise to N (Neutral) until it
stops and hold it there until the
Neutral light starts blinking. This
will take at least 10 seconds.
Then slowly release the dial to
the four low position. The
N (Neutral) light will come on
when the transfer case shift to
N (Neutral) is complete.

Shifting Out of Neutral
To shift the transfer case out of
N (Neutral) do the following:
1. Set the parking brake and apply
the regular brake pedal.
2. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with
the engine off, and shift the
transmission to N (Neutral).

3. Turn the transfer case dial to
Two-Wheel Drive High.
After the transfer case has
shifted out of N (Neutral), the
N (Neutral) light will go out.
4. Release the parking brake prior
to moving the vehicle.
Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the
transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.
5. Start the engine and shift the
transmission to the desired
position.
Excessively shifting the transfer
case into or out of the different
modes may cause the transfer case
to enter the shift protection mode.
This will protect the transfer case
from possible damage and will only
allow the transfer case to respond to

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one shift per 10 seconds. The
transfer case may stay in this mode
for up to three minutes.

Automatic Transfer Case

when you turn on the ignition and
one will stay on. If the lights do not
come on, you should take the
vehicle to your dealer for service.
An indicator light will flash while
shifting the transfer case. It will
remain illuminated when the shift is
complete. If for some reason the
transfer case cannot make a
requested shift, it will return to the
last chosen setting.
2 m (Two-Wheel Drive High): This
setting is used for driving in most
street and highway situations. The
front axle is not engaged in
Two-Wheel Drive. This setting also
provides the best fuel economy.

The transfer case knob is located
next to the steering column.
Use the dial to shift into and out of
Four-Wheel Drive.
You can choose among five driving
settings:
Indicator lights in the dial show
which setting you are in. The
indicator lights will come on briefly

AUTO (Automatic Four-Wheel
Drive): This setting is ideal for use
when road surface traction
conditions are variable. When
driving the vehicle in AUTO, the
front axle is engaged, but the
vehicle's power is sent only to the
front and rear wheels automatically
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in this mode results in slightly lower
fuel economy than Two-Wheel
Drive High.
4 m (Four-Wheel Drive High): Use
the Four-Wheel Drive High position
when extra traction is needed, such
as on snowy or icy roads or in most
off-road situations. This setting also
engages the front axle to help drive
the vehicle. This is the best setting
to use when plowing snow.
4 n (Four-Wheel Drive Low): This
setting also engages the front axle
and delivers extra torque. You may
never need this setting. It sends
maximum power to all four wheels.
You might choose Four-Wheel Drive
Low if you are driving off-road in
deep sand, deep mud, deep snow,
and while climbing or descending
steep hills.
If the vehicle has StabiliTrak®,
shifting into Four-Wheel Drive Low
will turn Traction Control and
StabiliTrak off. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56.

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{ WARNING
Shifting the transfer case to
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). You or someone else
could be seriously injured. Be
sure to set the parking brake
before placing the transfer case in
N (Neutral). See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
N (Neutral): Shift the vehicle's
transfer case to N (Neutral) only
when towing the vehicle. See
Recreational Vehicle Towing on
page 10‑89 or Towing the Vehicle
on page 10‑89 for more information.
If the SERVICE 4 WHEEL DRIVE
message stays on, you should take
the vehicle to your dealer for
service. See “SERVICE 4 WHEEL
DRIVE” under Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.

Shifting Into Four-Wheel Drive
High or AUTO (Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive)

Extended high-speed operation in
Four-Wheel Drive Low may damage
or shorten the life of the drivetrain.

Turn the knob to the Four-Wheel
Drive High or AUTO position. This
can be done at any speed, except
when shifting from Four-Wheel
Drive Low. The indicator light will
flash while shifting. It will remain on
when the shift is completed.

To shift to the Four-Wheel Drive
Low position, the ignition must be in
ON/RUN and the vehicle must be
stopped or moving less than 5 km/h
(3 mph) with the transmission in
N (Neutral). The preferred method
for shifting into Four-Wheel Drive
Low is to have the vehicle moving
1.6 to 3.2 km/h (1 to 2 mph). Turn the
knob to the Four-Wheel Drive Low
position. You must wait for the
Four-Wheel Drive Low indicator light
to stop flashing and remain on
before shifting the transmission
into gear.

Shifting Into Two-Wheel
Drive High
Turn the knob to the Two-Wheel
Drive High position. This can be
done at any speed, except when
shifting from Four-Wheel Drive Low.
The indicator light will flash while
shifting. It will remain on when the
shift is completed.
Shifting Into Four-Wheel
Drive Low
When Four-Wheel Drive Low is
engaged, vehicle speed should be
kept below 72 km/h (45 mph).

Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the
transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.

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It is typical for the vehicle to exhibit
significant engagement noise and
bump when shifting between
Four-Wheel Drive Low and
Four-Wheel Drive High ranges or
from N (Neutral) with the engine
running.
If the knob is turned to the
Four-Wheel Drive Low position
when the vehicle is in gear and/or
moving more than 5 km/h (3 mph),
the Four-Wheel Drive Low indicator
light will flash for 30 seconds and
not complete the shift. After
30 seconds the transfer case will
shift to Four-Wheel Drive
High mode. With the vehicle moving
less than 5 km/h (3 mph), and the
transmission in N (Neutral), attempt
the shift again.
Shifting Out of Four-Wheel
Drive Low
To shift from Four-Wheel Drive Low
to Four-Wheel Drive High, AUTO or
Two-Wheel Drive High, the vehicle
must be stopped or moving less
than 5 km/h (3 mph) with the

transmission in N (Neutral) and the
ignition in ON/RUN. The preferred
method for shifting out of
Four-Wheel Drive Low is to have
the vehicle moving
1.6 to 3.2 km/h (1 to 2 mph). Turn the
knob to the Four-Wheel Drive High,
AUTO or Two-Wheel Drive High
position. You must wait for the
Four-Wheel Drive High, AUTO or
Two-Wheel Drive High indicator light
to stop flashing and remain on
before shifting the transmission
into gear.
Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the
transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.
It is typical for the vehicle to exhibit
significant engagement noise and
bump when shifting between
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Four-Wheel Drive High ranges or
from N (Neutral) with the engine
running.
If the knob is turned to the
Four-Wheel Drive High, AUTO,
or Two-Wheel Drive High switch
position when the vehicle is in gear
and/or moving more than
5 km/h (3 mph), the Four-Wheel
Drive High, AUTO or Two-Wheel
Drive High indicator light will flash
for 30 seconds but will not complete
the shift. With the vehicle moving
less than 5 km/h (3 mph), and the
transmission in N (Neutral), attempt
the shift again.
Shifting into Neutral
To shift the transfer case to
N (Neutral) do the following:
1. Make sure the vehicle is parked
so that it will not roll.
2. Set the parking brake and apply
the regular brake pedal. See
Parking Brake on page 9‑54 for
more information.

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3. Start the vehicle or turn the
ignition in ON/RUN.

9. Place the transmission shift
lever in P (Park).

4. Put the transmission in
N (Neutral).

10. Release the parking brake prior
to moving the vehicle.

5. Shift the transfer case to
Two-Wheel Drive High.

11. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

6. Turn the transfer case dial
clockwise to N (Neutral) until it
stops and hold it there until the
N (Neutral) light starts blinking.
This will take at least
10 seconds. Then slowly release
the dial to the four low position.
The N (Neutral) light will come
on when the transfer case shift
to N (Neutral) is complete.
7. If the engine is running, make
sure that the transfer case is in
N (Neutral) by shifting the
transmission to R (Reverse) for
one second, then shift the
transmission to D (Drive) for
one second.
8. Turn the ignition to ACC/
ACCESSORY, which will turn the
engine off.

Shifting Out of Neutral
To shift out of N (Neutral) do the
following:
1. Set the parking brake and apply
the regular brake pedal.
2. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with
the engine off, and shift the
transmission to N (Neutral).
3. Turn the transfer case dial to
Two-Wheel Drive High,
Four-Wheel Drive High,
or AUTO.
After the transfer case has
shifted out of N (Neutral), the
N (Neutral) light will go out.
4. Release the parking brake prior
to moving the vehicle.

Notice: Shifting the transmission
into gear before the requested
mode indicator light has stopped
flashing could damage the
transfer case. To help avoid
damaging the vehicle, always wait
for the mode indicator lights to
stop flashing before shifting the
transmission into gear.
5. Start the engine and shift the
transmission to the desired
position.

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Brakes
Antilock Brake
System (ABS)
This vehicle might have the Antilock
Brake System (ABS), an advanced
electronic braking system that helps
prevent a braking skid.
When the engine is started and the
vehicle begins to drive away, ABS
checks itself. A momentary motor or
clicking noise might be heard while
this test is going on. This is normal.

If there is a problem with ABS, this
warning light stays on. See Antilock
Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
on page 5‑24.

Along with ABS, the vehicle has a
Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP)
system. If there is a DRP problem,
both the brake and ABS warning
lights come on accompanied by a
10‐second chime. The lights and
chime will come on each time the
ignition is turned on until the
problem is repaired. See your dealer
for service.
Let us say the road is wet and you
are driving safely. Suddenly, an
animal jumps out in front of you.
You slam on the brakes and
continue braking. Here is what
happens with ABS:

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As the brakes are applied, the
computer keeps receiving updates
on wheel speed and controls
braking pressure accordingly.
Remember: ABS does not change
the time needed to get a foot up to
the brake pedal or always decrease
stopping distance. If you get too
close to the vehicle in front of you,
there will not be enough time to
apply the brakes if that vehicle
suddenly slows or stops. Always
leave enough room up ahead to
stop, even with ABS.

Using ABS

A computer senses that the wheels
are slowing down. If one of the
wheels is about to stop rolling, the
computer will separately work the
brakes at each front wheel and at
both rear wheels.

Do not pump the brakes. Just hold
the brake pedal down firmly and let
antilock work. You might feel the
brakes vibrate or hear some noise,
but this is normal.

ABS can change the brake pressure
to each wheel, as required, faster
than any driver could. This can help
the driver steer around the obstacle
while braking hard.

If the vehicle has ABS, it allows the
driver to steer and brake at the
same time. However, if the vehicle
does not have ABS, the first
reaction, to hit the brake pedal hard

Braking in Emergencies

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and hold it down, might be the
wrong thing to do. The wheels can
stop rolling. Once they do, the
vehicle cannot respond to the
driver's steering. Momentum will
carry it in whatever direction it was
headed when the wheels stopped
rolling. That could be off the road,
into the very thing the driver was
trying to avoid, or into traffic.
If the vehicle does not have ABS,
use a squeeze braking technique.
This gives maximum braking while
maintaining steering control. Do this
by pushing on the brake pedal with
steadily increasing pressure.
In an emergency, you will probably
want to squeeze the brakes hard
without locking the wheels. If you
hear or feel the wheels sliding, ease
off the brake pedal. This helps
retain steering control. With ABS, it
is different.
In many emergencies, steering can
help more than even the very best
braking.

Parking Brake

To release the parking brake, hold
the regular brake pedal down. Then
pull the bottom edge of the lever
with the parking brake symbol,
located above the parking brake
pedal.
If the ignition is on when the parking
brake is released, the brake system
warning light goes off.

For vehicles with a release handle,
set the parking brake by holding the
regular brake pedal down, then
pushing down the parking brake
pedal.
If the ignition is on, the brake
system warning light will come on.
See Brake System Warning Light on
page 5‑24.
A chime sounds and the warning
light flashes when the parking brake
is applied and the vehicle is moving
at least 8 km/h (5 mph).

Notice: Driving with the parking
brake on can overheat the brake
system and cause premature
wear or damage to brake system
parts. Make sure that the parking
brake is fully released and the
brake warning light is off before
driving.
If you are towing a trailer and are
parking on any hill, see Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips on
page 9‑75.

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brake is fully released and the
brake warning light is off before
driving.

For vehicles without a release
handle, set the parking brake by
holding the regular brake pedal
down, then pushing down the
parking brake pedal.
If the ignition is on, the brake
system warning light will come on.
See Brake System Warning Light on
page 5‑24.
Notice: Driving with the parking
brake on can overheat the brake
system and cause premature
wear or damage to brake system
parts. Make sure that the parking

To release the parking brake, hold
the regular brake pedal down, then
push down momentarily on the
parking brake pedal until you feel
the pedal release. Slowly pull your
foot up off the park brake pedal.
If the parking brake is not released
when you begin to drive, the brake
system warning light will flash and a
chime will sound warning you that
the parking brake is still on.
If you are towing a trailer and are
parking on a hill, see Driving
Characteristics and Towing Tips on
page 9‑75.

Brake Assist
If this vehicle has StabiliTrak®, it
also has a Brake Assist feature
designed to assist the driver in
stopping or decreasing vehicle
speed in emergency driving
conditions. This feature uses the
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control module to supplement the
power brake system under
conditions where the driver has
quickly and forcefully applied the
brake pedal in an attempt to quickly
stop or slow down the vehicle. The
stability system hydraulic brake
control module increases brake
pressure at each corner of the
vehicle until the ABS activates.
Minor brake pedal pulsation or
pedal movement during this time is
normal and the driver should
continue to apply the brake pedal as
the driving situation dictates The
Brake Assist feature will
automatically disengage when the
brake pedal is released or brake
pedal pressure is quickly
decreased.

Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Non‐hybrid vehicles with StabiliTrak
have a Hill Start Assist (HSA)
feature, which may be useful when
the vehicle is stopped on a grade.
This feature is designed to prevent
the vehicle from rolling, either

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forward or rearward, during vehicle
drive off. After the driver completely
stops and holds the vehicle in a
complete standstill on a grade, HSA
will be automatically activated.
During the transition period between
when the driver releases the brake
pedal and starts to accelerate to
drive off on a grade, HSA holds the
braking pressure for a maximum of
two seconds to ensure that there is
no rolling. The brakes will
automatically release when the
accelerator pedal is applied within
the two‐second window. If the
vehicle is equipped with the
Integrated Trailer Brake Control
(ITBC) system, HSA may also apply
the trailer brakes. It will not activate
if the vehicle is in a drive gear and
facing downhill or if the vehicle is
facing uphill and in R (Reverse).
There may be situations on minor
hills (less than 5% grade) with a
loaded vehicle or while pulling a
trailer where HSA will not activate.

Ride Control Systems
StabiliTrak® System
The vehicle has a vehicle stability
enhancement system called
StabiliTrak. It is an advanced
computer-controlled system that
assists the driver with directional
control of the vehicle in difficult
driving conditions.
StabiliTrak activates when the
computer senses a discrepancy
between the intended path and the
direction the vehicle is actually
traveling. StabiliTrak selectively
applies braking pressure at any one
of the vehicle's brakes to assist the
driver with keeping the vehicle on
the intended path.
StabiliTrak is on automatically
whenever the vehicle is started. To
assist with directional control of the
vehicle, the system should always
be left on. Trailer Sway Control
(TSC) is also on automatically when
the vehicle is started. See Trailer
Sway Control (TSC) on page 9‑104.

When the vehicle is started and
begins to move, the system
performs several diagnostic checks
to insure there are no problems.
The system may be heard or felt
while it is working. This is normal
and does not mean there is a
problem with the vehicle.
If cruise control is being used when
StabiliTrak activates, the cruise
control automatically disengages.
The cruise control can be
re-engaged when road conditions
allow. See Cruise Control on
page 9‑59.
If the system fails to turn on or
activate, the StabiliTrak light along
with a message will be displayed on
the Driver Information Center (DIC).
If a DIC message appears, make
sure the StabiliTrak system has not
been turned off using the Traction
Control System (TCS)/StabiliTrak
button. Then turn the vehicle off,
wait 15 seconds, and then turn it
back on again to reset the system.
If any of the messages still appear
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taken in for service. For more
information on the DIC messages,
see Ride Control System Messages
on page 5‑42.

The StabiliTrak light will flash on the
instrument panel cluster when the
system or the TSC feature is both
on and activated.
The system may be heard or felt
while it is working; this is normal.

The TCS/StabiliTrak button is
located on the instrument panel.

The traction control part of
StabiliTrak can be turned off by
pressing and releasing the TCS/
StabiliTrak button if both systems
(traction control and StabiliTrak)
were previously on.

To disable both TCS and
StabiliTrak, press and hold the TCS/
StabiliTrak button until the
StabiliTrak OFF light illuminates and
the appropriate DIC message
displays. This will also disable the
TSC feature.
Traction control and StabiliTrak can
be turned on by pressing and
releasing the TCS/StabiliTrak button
if they are not automatically shut off
for any other reason. This will also
enable the TSC feature.

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When the TCS or StabiliTrak system
is turned off, the StabiliTrak light
and the appropriate message will be
displayed on the DIC to warn the
driver. The vehicle will still have
brake-traction control when traction
control is off, but will not be able to
use the engine speed management
system. See “Traction Control
Operation” next for more
information.
When the TCS has been turned off,
system noises may still be heard as
a result of the brake-traction control
coming on.
It is recommended to leave the
system on for normal driving
conditions, but it may be necessary
to turn the system off if the vehicle
is stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow,
and you want to “rock” the vehicle to
attempt to free it. It may also be
necessary to turn off the system
when driving in extreme off-road
conditions where high wheel spin is
required. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck
on page 9‑14.

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When the transfer case is in 4LO,
the stability system is automatically
disabled, the StabiliTrak light comes
on, and the appropriate message
will appear on the DIC. Both traction
control and StabiliTrak are
automatically disabled in this
condition.

Traction Control Operation
The TCS is part of the StabiliTrak
system. Traction control limits wheel
spin by reducing engine power to
the wheels (engine speed
management) and by applying
brakes to each individual wheel
(brake-traction control) as
necessary.
The TCS is enabled automatically
when the vehicle is started. It will
activate and the StabiliTrak light will
flash if it senses that any of the
wheels are spinning or beginning to
lose traction while driving. If traction
control is turned off, only the
brake-traction control portion of
traction control will work. The
engine speed management will be

disabled. In this mode, engine
power is not reduced automatically
and the driven wheels can spin
more freely. This can cause the
brake-traction control to activate
constantly.
Notice: If the wheel(s) of one axle
is allowed to spin excessively
while the StabiliTrak®, ABS, brake
warning lights, and any relevant
DIC messages are displayed, the
transfer case could be damaged.
The repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Reduce
engine power and do not spin the
wheel(s) excessively while these
lights and messages are
displayed.
The TCS may activate on dry or
rough roads or under conditions
such as heavy acceleration while
turning or abrupt upshifts/downshifts
of the transmission. When this
happens, a reduction in acceleration
may be noticed, or a noise or
vibration may be heard. This is
normal.

If cruise control is being used when
the system activates, the StabiliTrak
light will flash and cruise control will
automatically disengage. Cruise
control may be reengaged when
road conditions allow. See Cruise
Control on page 9‑59.
StabiliTrak may also turn off
automatically if it determines that a
problem exists with the system.
If the problem does not clear itself
after restarting the vehicle, see your
dealer for service.
Vehicles with StabiliTrak have a
Trailer Sway Control (TSC) feature.
See Trailer Sway Control (TSC) on
page 9‑104.
Vehicles with StabiliTrak have a Hill
Start Assist (HSA) feature. See Hill
Start Assist (HSA) on page 9‑55.
Adding non-dealer accessories can
affect the vehicle's performance.
See Accessories and Modifications
on page 10‑3.

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Locking Rear Axle
Vehicles with a locking rear axle can
give more traction on snow, mud,
ice, sand, or gravel. It works like a
standard axle most of the time, but
when traction is low, this feature will
allow the rear wheel with the most
traction to move the vehicle.

Cruise Control

{ WARNING
Cruise control can be dangerous
where you cannot drive safely at
a steady speed. So, do not use
the cruise control on winding
roads or in heavy traffic.
Cruise control can be dangerous
on slippery roads. On such roads,
fast changes in tire traction can
cause excessive wheel slip, and
you could lose control. Do not use
cruise control on slippery roads.
For vehicles with cruise control, a
speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph) or
more can be maintained without
keeping your foot on the
accelerator. Cruise control does not
work at speeds below about 40 km/h
(25 mph).
When the brakes are applied, cruise
control is turned off.

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For vehicles with an Allison or
Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic
transmission, see “Grade Braking”
under Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38
for an explanation of how cruise
control interacts with the Range
Selection Mode, tow/haul and grade
braking systems.
For vehicles with the StabiliTrak
system that begins to limit wheel
spin while you are using cruise
control, the cruise control will
automatically disengage. See
StabiliTrak® System on page 9‑56.
When road conditions allow the
cruise control to be safely used
again, it can be turned back on.

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[ (Cancel):

Resuming a Set Speed

Setting Cruise Control

If the cruise control is set at a
desired speed and then the brakes
are applied, the cruise control is
disengaged without erasing the set
speed from memory.

Press to disengage
cruise control without erasing the
set speed from memory.
If the cruise button is on when not in
use, it could get bumped and go into
cruise when not desired. Keep the
cruise control switch off when cruise
is not being used.

I (On/Off): Press to turn the
system on or off. The indicator light
is on when cruise control is on and
turns off when cruise control is off.
+ RES (Resume/Accelerate):
Press briefly to resume to a
previously set speed, or press and
hold to accelerate.
SET − (Set/Coast): Press to set
the speed and activate cruise
control or make the vehicle
decelerate.

The cruise control light on the
instrument panel cluster will come
on after the cruise control has been
set to the desired speed.
1. Press

I.

2. Get up to the desired speed.
3. Press the SET− button located
on the steering wheel and
release it.
4. Take your foot off the
accelerator.

Once the vehicle speed reaches
about 40 km/h (25 mph) or more,
press the +RES button on the
steering wheel. The vehicle returns
to the previous set speed and stays
there.
Increasing Speed While Using
Cruise Control
If the cruise control system is
already activated,
.

Press and hold the +RES button
on the steering wheel until the
desired speed is reached, then
release it.

.

To increase vehicle speed in
small amounts, press the +RES
button. Each time this is done,
the vehicle goes about 1.6 km/h
(1 mph) faster.

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Reducing Speed While Using
Cruise Control
If the cruise control system is
already activated,
.

.

Press and hold the SET– button
on the steering wheel until the
desired lower speed is reached,
then release it.
To slow down in small amounts,
press the SET– button on the
steering wheel briefly. Each time
this is done, the vehicle goes
about 1.6 km/h (1 mph) slower.

Passing Another Vehicle While
Using Cruise Control
Use the accelerator pedal to
increase the vehicle speed. When
you take your foot off the pedal, the
vehicle will slow down to the
previous set cruise speed.
Using Cruise Control on Hills
How well the cruise control works
on hills depends on the vehicle
speed, the load, and the steepness
of the hills. When going up steep

To disable and enable Cruise
Grade Braking for the current
ignition key cycle, press and
hold the Tow/Haul button for
three seconds. A DIC message
displays. See Transmission
Messages on page 5‑44.

hills, pressing the accelerator pedal
may be necessary to maintain
vehicle speed.
While going downhill:
.

.

Vehicles with a four speed
automatic transmission may
need to have the brakes applied
or the transmission shifted to a
lower gear to maintain driver
selected speed.
Vehicles with a six speed
automatic transmission and a
gasoline engine have Cruise
Grade Braking to help maintain
driver selected speed.
Cruise Grade Braking is enabled
when the vehicle is started and
Cruise Control is active. It is not
enabled in Range Selection
Mode. It assists in maintaining
driver selected speed when
driving on downhill grades by
using the engine and
transmission to slow the vehicle.

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.

Vehicles with a diesel engine
have Cruise Grade Braking
enabled when Tow/Haul Mode is
on, the exhaust brake is on,
or both are on.

For other forms of Grade Braking,
see Automatic Transmission on
page 9‑33 andTow/Haul Mode on
page 9‑38.

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Ending Cruise Control
There are three ways to end cruise
control:
.

To disengage cruise control;
step lightly on the brake pedal.

.

Press

.

To turn off the cruise control,
press I on the steering wheel.

[ on the steering wheel.

Erasing Speed Memory
The cruise control set speed is
erased from memory by pressing
I or if the ignition is turned off.

Object Detection
Systems
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
If available, the Ultrasonic Rear
Parking Assist (URPA) system
assists the driver with parking and
avoiding objects while in
R (Reverse). URPA operates at
speeds less than 8 km/h (5 mph).
The sensors on the rear bumper
detect objects up to 2.5 m (8 ft)
behind the vehicle, and at least
25 cm (10 in) off the ground.

{ WARNING
The URPA system does not
detect children, pedestrians,
bicyclists, animals, or objects
below the bumper or that are too
close or too far from the vehicle.
It is not available at speeds
greater than 8 km/h (5 mph). To
prevent injury, death, or vehicle
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
damage, even with URPA, always
check the area around the vehicle
and check all mirrors before
backing.

How the System Works
URPA comes on automatically when
the shift lever is moved into
R (Reverse). A single tone sounds
to indicate the system is working.
URPA operates only at speeds less
than 8 km/h (5 mph).
An obstacle is indicated by audible
beeps. The interval between the
beeps becomes shorter as the
vehicle gets closer to the obstacle.
When the distance is less than
30 cm (12 in) the beeping is a
continuous tone for five seconds.
To be detected, objects must be at
least 25 cm (10 in) off the ground
and below tailgate level. Objects
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the rear bumper. This distance may
be less during warmer or humid
weather.

Turning the System On and Off
The URPA system can be turned on
and off using the rear park aid
disable button located next to the
radio.

Notice: If you use URPA while the
tailgate is lowered, it may not
detect an object behind your
vehicle, and you might back into
the object and damage your
vehicle. Always verify the tailgate
is closed when using URPA or
turn off URPA when driving with
the tailgate lowered.

When the System Does Not
Seem to Work Properly

.

The park assist sensors are
covered by frost or ice. Frost or
ice can form around and behind
the sensors and may not always
be seen; this can occur after
washing the vehicle in cold
weather. The message may not
clear until the frost or ice has
melted.

.

A trailer was attached to the
vehicle, or an object was
hanging out of the tailgate during
the last drive cycle. Once the
object is removed and the
tailgate is raised, URPA will
return to normal operation.

.

A tow bar is attached to the
vehicle.

.

The bumper is damaged. Take
the vehicle to your dealer to
repair the system.

.

Other conditions, such as
vibrations from a jackhammer or
the compression of air brakes on
a very large truck, are affecting
system performance.

The following messages may be
displayed on the DIC:

The indicator light comes on when
the system is disabled and turns off
when the system is on.
When the system is off, PARK
ASSIST OFF displays on the Driver
Information Center (DIC). The
message disappears after a short
period of time.
URPA defaults to the on setting
each time the vehicle is started.

SERVICE PARK ASSIST: If this
message occurs, take the vehicle to
your dealer to repair the system.
PARK ASST BLOCKED SEE
OWNERS MANUAL: This
message can occur under the
following conditions:
.

The ultrasonic sensors are not
clean. Keep the vehicle's rear
bumper free of mud, dirt, snow,
ice, and slush. For cleaning
instructions, see Exterior Care
on page 10‑93.

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Rear Vision
Camera (RVC)

Vehicles without Navigation
System

If available, the Rear Vision Camera
(RVC) system displays part of the
scene behind the vehicle.

The RVC system displays a view of
the area behind the vehicle. When
the vehicle is on and shifted into
R (Reverse) the video image
appears on the inside rearview
mirror. The video image disappears
after the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse).

{ WARNING
The RVC system does not display
children, pedestrians, bicyclists,
animals, or any other object
located outside the camera's field
of view, below the bumper,
or under the vehicle. Perceived
distances may be different from
actual distances. Do not back the
vehicle using only the RVC
screen, during longer, higher
speed backing maneuvers,
or where there could be cross
traffic. Failure to use proper care
before backing may result in
injury, death, or vehicle damage.
Always check behind and around
the vehicle before backing.

Turning the RVC System On or Off
To turn off the RVC system, press
and hold z , located on the inside
rearview mirror, until the left
indicator light turns off. The RVC
display is now disabled.
To turn the RVC system on, press
and hold z until the left indicator
light comes on. The RVC system
display will appear in the mirror.

Vehicles with Navigation
System
The RVC system is designed to
help the driver when backing up by
displaying a view of the area behind

the vehicle. When the vehicle is
shifted into R (Reverse), the video
image appears on the navigation
screen. After a delay, the navigation
screen displays the last screen after
the vehicle is shifted out of
R (Reverse).
Turning the RVC System On or Off
To turn the RVC system on or off:
1. Shift into P (Park).
2. Press MENU to enter the
configure menu options. Turn
the Multifunction knob until the
Display feature is highlighted
and press the Multifunction
knob. Or press the Display
screen button
3. Select the Rear Camera Options
screen button. The Rear Camera
Options screen displays.
4. Select the Video screen button.
When the Video screen button is
highlighted the RVC
system is on.

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The delay after shifting out of
R (Reverse) is approximately
10 seconds. The delay can be
canceled by performing one of the
following:

The symbols appear near objects
detected by the URPA system. The
symbol may cover the object when
viewing the navigation screen.

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Guidelines

To turn the symbols on or off:

The RVC system has a guideline
overlay that can help the driver align
the vehicle when backing into a
parking spot.

.

Pressing a hard key on the
navigation system.

1. Make sure that URPA has not
been disabled.

If the vehicle has dual rear wheels,
this feature will not be available.

.

Shifting into P (Park).

2. Shift into P (Park).

To turn the guidelines on or off:

.

Reaching a vehicle speed of
8 km/h (5 mph).

3. Press MENU to enter the
configure menu options. Turn
the Multifunction knob until the
Display feature is highlighted
and press the Multifunction
knob. Or press the Display
screen button

1. Make sure that URPA has not
been disabled.

Symbols
The navigation system may have a
feature that allows for viewing
parking assist symbols on the
navigation screen while using the
RVC. The Ultrasonic Rear Park
Assist (URPA) system must not be
disabled to use the caution symbols.
If URPA has been disabled and the
symbols have been turned on, the
Rear Parking Assist Symbols
Unavailable error message may
display. See Ultrasonic Parking
Assist on page 9‑62.

2. Shift into P (Park).

4. Select the Rear Camera Options
screen button. The Rear Camera
Options screen displays.

3. Press MENU to enter the
configure menu options. Turn
the Multifunction knob until the
Display feature is highlighted
and press the Multifunction
knob. Or press the Display
screen button

5. Touch the Symbols screen
button. The screen button will be
highlighted when on.

4. Select the Rear Camera Options
screen button. The Rear Camera
Options screen displays.
5. Touch the Guidelines screen
button. The screen button will be
highlighted when on.

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RVC Location

Displayed images may be further or
closer than they appear. The area
displayed is limited and objects
which are close to either corner of
the bumper or under the bumper do
not display.
Disconnecting the RVC
The rear vision camera must be
disconnected if the tailgate needs to
be removed.
A. View displayed by the camera

To disconnect the camera:
1. Remove the license plate.
2. Disconnect the camera
connectors from the chassis
harness, located behind the
license plate, by pressing on the
release tab on each connector.

The camera is near the tailgate
handle.
This shows the field of view that the
camera provides.

A. View displayed by the camera
B. Corners of the rear bumper

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When the System Does Not
Seem To Work Properly
The RVC system might not work
properly or display a clear image if:

A. Chassis harness connector

A. Chassis harness connector

B. Release tab

B. Release tab

C. Camera connector
3. Plug the two exposed chassis
harness connectors together to
prevent contamination.

4. Feed the wiring harness through
the pickup box, then plug the
camera connectors together to
prevent contamination.
5. Remove the tailgate. See
Tailgate on page 2‑9 for more
information.
6. Reinstall the license plate.
Reverse this procedure to reinstall
the RVC and make sure the
grommet and connection are
secure.

.

The RVC is turned off. See
“Turning the RVC System On or
Off” earlier in this section.

.

It is dark.

.

The sun or the beam of
headlamps is shining directly
into the camera lens.

.

Ice, snow, mud, or anything else
builds up on the camera lens.
Clean the lens, rinse it with
water, and wipe it with a soft
cloth.

.

The back of the vehicle is in an
accident, the position and
mounting angle of the camera
can change or the camera can
be affected. Be sure to have the
camera and its position and
mounting angle checked at your
dealer.

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The RVC system display in the
rearview mirror may turn off or not
appear as expected due to one of
the following conditions. If this
occurs the left indicator light on the
mirror will flash.
.

.

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A slow flash may indicate a loss
of video signal, or no video
signal present during the reverse
cycle.
A fast flash may indicate that the
display has been on for the
maximum allowable time during
a reverse cycle, or the display
has reached an Over
Temperature limit.

The fast flash conditions are
used to protect the video device
from high temperature
conditions. Once conditions
return to normal the device will
reset and the green indicator will
stop flashing.
During any of these fault conditions,
the display will be blank and the
indicator will flash while the vehicle
is in R (Reverse) or until the
conditions return to normal.
Press and hold z when the left
indicator light is flashing to turn off
the video display along with the left
indicator light.

Fuel
For diesel engine vehicles, see
“Fuel for Diesel Engines” in the
Duramax Diesel Supplement.
For Vehicles with gasoline engines,
please read this.
Gasoline
Use of the recommended fuel is an
important part of the proper
maintenance of this vehicle. To help
keep the engine clean and maintain
optimum vehicle performance, we
recommend the use of gasoline
advertised as TOP TIER Detergent
Gasoline.
Look for the TOP TIER label on the
fuel pump to ensure gasoline meets
enhanced detergency standards
developed by auto companies. A list
of marketers providing TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline can be found at
www.toptiergas.com. TOP TIER
gasoline is only available in the U.S.
and Canada.

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Recommended Fuel

The eighth digit of the Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) shows
the code letter or number that
identifies the vehicle's engine. The
VIN is at the top left of the
instrument panel. See Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) on
page 12‑1.
Vehicles that have a yellow fuel cap
can use either unleaded gasoline or
ethanol fuel containing up to 85%
ethanol (E85). See Fuel E85 (85%
Ethanol) on page 9‑71. For all other
vehicles, use only the unleaded
gasoline described under
Recommended Fuel on page 9‑69.

For all vehicles except those with
the 6.2L V8 engine (VIN Code 2),
use regular unleaded gasoline with
a posted octane rating of 87 or
higher. If the octane rating is less
than 87, an audible knocking noise,
commonly referred to as spark
knock, might be heard when driving.
If this occurs, use a gasoline rated
at 87 octane or higher as soon as
possible. If heavy knocking is heard
when using gasoline rated at
87 octane or higher, the engine
needs service.
If the vehicle has the 6.2L V8 engine
(VIN Code 2), use premium
unleaded gasoline with a posted
octane rating of 91 or higher. You
can also use regular unleaded
gasoline rated at 87 octane or
higher, but the vehicle's acceleration
could be slightly reduced, and a
slight audible knocking noise,
commonly referred to as spark
knock, might be heard. If the octane
is less than 87, you might notice a

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heavy knocking noise when you
drive. If this occurs, use a gasoline
rated at 87 octane or higher as soon
as possible. Otherwise, you could
damage the engine. If heavy
knocking is heard when using
gasoline rated at 87 octane or
higher, the engine needs service.

Gasoline Specifications
At a minimum, gasoline should meet
ASTM specification D 4814. Some
gasolines contain an
octane-enhancing additive called
methylcyclopentadienyl manganese
tricarbonyl (MMT). We recommend
against the use of gasolines
containing MMT. See Fuel Additives
on page 9‑70.

California Fuel
Requirements
If the vehicle is certified to meet
California Emissions Standards, it is
designed to operate on fuels that
meet California specifications. See
the underhood emission control

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label. If this fuel is not available in
states adopting California Emissions
Standards, the vehicle will operate
satisfactorily on fuels meeting
federal specifications, but emission
control system performance might
be affected. The malfunction
indicator lamp could turn on and the
vehicle might fail a smog‐check test.
See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
page 5‑21. If this occurs, return to
your authorized dealer for diagnosis.
If it is determined that the condition
is caused by the type of fuel used,
repairs might not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.

Fuels in Foreign
Countries
Never use leaded gasoline or any
other fuel not recommended in the
previous text on fuel. Costly repairs
caused by use of improper fuel
would not be covered by the vehicle
warranty.

To check the fuel availability, ask an
auto club, or contact a major oil
company that does business in the
country where you will be driving.

Fuel Additives
To provide cleaner air, all gasolines
in the United States are now
required to contain additives that
help prevent engine and fuel system
deposits from forming, allowing the
emission control system to work
properly. In most cases, nothing
should have to be added to the fuel.
However, some gasolines contain
only the minimum amount of
additive required to meet U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
regulations. To help keep fuel
injectors and intake valves clean
and avoid problems due to dirty
injectors or valves, look for gasoline
that is advertised as TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline. Look for the
TOP TIER label on the fuel pump to
ensure gasoline meets enhanced
detergency standards developed by
the auto companies. A list of

marketers providing TOP TIER
Detergent Gasoline can be found at
www.toptiergas.com.
For customers who do not use TOP
TIER Detergent Gasoline regularly,
one bottle of GM Fuel System
Treatment PLUS, added to the fuel
tank at every engine oil change, can
help clean deposits from fuel
injectors and intake valves. GM Fuel
System Treatment PLUS is the only
gasoline additive recommended by
General Motors. It is available at
your dealer.
Gasolines containing oxygenates,
such as ethers and ethanol, and
reformulated gasolines might be
available in your area. We
recommend that you use these
gasolines, if they comply with the
specifications described earlier.
However, E85 (85% ethanol) and
other fuels containing more than
15% ethanol must not be used in
vehicles that were not designed for
those fuels.

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Notice: This vehicle was not
designed for fuel that contains
methanol. Do not use fuel
containing methanol. It can
corrode metal parts in the fuel
system and also damage plastic
and rubber parts. That damage
would not be covered under the
vehicle warranty.

Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)

Some gasolines that are not
reformulated for low emissions can
contain an octane-enhancing
additive called
methylcyclopentadienyl manganese
tricarbonyl (MMT); ask the attendant
where you buy gasoline whether the
fuel contains MMT. We recommend
against the use of such gasolines.
Fuels containing MMT can reduce
spark plug life and affect emission
control system performance. The
malfunction indicator lamp might
turn on. If this occurs, return to your
dealer for service.

We encourage the use of E85 in
vehicles that are designed to use it.
The ethanol in E85 is a “renewable”
fuel, meaning it is made from
renewable sources such as corn
and other crops.

Vehicles that have a yellow fuel cap
can use either unleaded gasoline or
ethanol fuel containing up to 85%
ethanol (E85). For all other vehicles,
use only the unleaded gasoline
described under Recommended
Fuel on page 9‑69.

Many service stations will not have
an 85% ethanol fuel (E85) pump
available. The U.S. Department of
Energy has an alternative fuels
website (www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/
locator/stations/) that can help you
find E85 fuel. Those stations that do
have E85 should have a label
indicating ethanol content. Do not
use the fuel if the ethanol content is
greater than 85%.

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At a minimum, E85 should meet
ASTM Specification D 5798 or
CGSB Specification 3.512. Filling
the tank with fuel mixtures that do
not meet ASTM or CGSB
specifications can affect driveability
and could cause the malfunction
indicator lamp to come on. As the
outside temperature approaches
freezing, ethanol fuel distributors
should supply winter grade ethanol,
the same as with unleaded
gasoline.
It is best not to alternate repeatedly
between gasoline and E85. If you
do switch fuels, it is recommended
that you add as much fuel as
possible — do not add less than
11 L (3 gal) when refueling. You
should drive the vehicle immediately
after refueling for at least 11 km
(7 mi) to allow the vehicle to adapt
to the change in ethanol
concentration.

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E85 has less energy per liter
(gallon) than gasoline, so you will
need to refill the fuel tank more
often when using E85 than when
you are using gasoline. See Filling
the Tank on page 9‑72.
Notice: Some additives are not
compatible with E85 fuel and can
harm the vehicle's fuel system.
Do not add anything to E85.
Damage caused by additives
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty.
Notice: This vehicle was not
designed for fuel that contains
methanol. Do not use fuel
containing methanol. It can
corrode metal parts in the fuel
system and also damage plastic
and rubber parts. That damage
would not be covered under the
vehicle warranty.

Filling the Tank
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax diesel supplement
for more information.

{ WARNING
Fuel vapors and fuel fires burn
violently and can cause injury or
death.
.

To help avoid injuries to you
and others, read and follow
all the instructions on the fuel
pump island.

.

Turn off the engine when
refueling.

.

Keep sparks, flames, and
smoking materials away
from fuel.
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
.

Do not leave the fuel pump
unattended.

.

Do not reenter the vehicle
while pumping fuel.

.

Keep children away from the
fuel pump and never let
children pump fuel.

.

Fuel can spray out if the fuel
cap is opened too quickly.
This spray can happen if the
tank is nearly full, and is
more likely in hot weather.
Open the fuel cap slowly and
wait for any hiss noise to stop
then unscrew the cap all
the way

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The tethered fuel cap is located
behind a hinged fuel door on the
driver side of the vehicle. Vehicles
that have a FlexFuel badge and a
yellow fuel cap can use either
unleaded gasoline or ethanol fuel
containing up to 85% ethanol (E85).
See Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) on
page 9‑71.
To remove the fuel cap, turn it
slowly counterclockwise.
If the vehicle is a dual fuel tank
chassis cab model, and it runs out
of fuel, refuel the front fuel tank first
to ensure a quick restart.
Be careful not to spill fuel. Do not
top off or overfill the tank and wait a
few seconds after you have finished
pumping before removing the
nozzle. Clean fuel from painted
surfaces as soon as possible. See
Exterior Care on page 10‑93.

When replacing the fuel cap, turn it
clockwise until it clicks. It will require
more effort to turn the fuel cap on
the last turn as you tighten it. Make
sure the cap is fully installed. The
diagnostic system can determine if
the fuel cap has been left off or
improperly installed. This would
allow fuel to evaporate into the
atmosphere. See Malfunction
Indicator Lamp on page 5‑21.
The TIGHTEN GAS CAP message
displays on the Driver Information
Center (DIC) if the fuel cap is not
properly installed. See Fuel System
Messages on page 5‑41 for more
information.

{ WARNING
If a fire starts while you are
refueling, do not remove the
nozzle. Shut off the flow of fuel by
shutting off the pump or by
notifying the station attendant.
Leave the area immediately.

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Notice: If a new fuel cap is
needed, be sure to get the right
type of cap from your dealer. The
wrong type of fuel cap might not
fit properly, might cause the
malfunction indicator lamp to
light, and could damage the fuel
tank and emissions system. See
Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
page 5‑21.

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Filling a Portable Fuel
Container

WARNING (Continued)

Towing

.

Place container on the
ground.

General Towing
Information

.

Place the nozzle inside the fill
opening of the container
before dispensing fuel, and
keep it in contact with the fill
opening until filling is
complete.

.

Do not smoke while
pumping fuel.

Only use towing equipment that has
been designed for the vehicle.
Contact your dealer or trailering
dealer for assistance with preparing
the vehicle for towing a trailer. Read
the entire section before towing a
trailer.

{ WARNING
Filling a portable fuel container
while it is in the vehicle can cause
fuel vapors that can ignite either
by static electricity or other
means. You or others could be
badly burned and the vehicle
could be damaged. Always:
.

Use approved fuel
containers.

.

Remove container from
vehicle, trunk, or pickup bed
before filling.
(Continued)

For towing a disabled vehicle, see
Towing the Vehicle on page 10‑89.
For towing the vehicle behind
another vehicle such as a motor
home, see Recreational Vehicle
Towing on page 10‑89.

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Driving Characteristics
and Towing Tips
Driving with a Trailer
When towing a trailer:
.

Become familiar with the state
and local laws that apply to
trailer towing.

.

Do not tow a trailer during the
first 800 km (500 mi) to prevent
damage to the engine, axle,
or other parts.

.

Then during the first 800 km
(500 mi) of trailer towing, do not
drive over 80 km/h (50 mph) and
do not make starts at full throttle.

.

Vehicles can tow in D (Drive).
Shift the transmission to a lower
gear if the transmission shifts
too often under heavy loads and/
or hilly conditions.

{ WARNING
When towing a trailer, exhaust
gases may collect at the rear of
the vehicle and enter if the
liftgate, trunk/hatch, or rear-most
window is open.
When towing a trailer:
.

Do not drive with the liftgate,
trunk/hatch, or rear-most
window open.

.

Fully open the air outlets on
or under the instrument
panel.

.

Also adjust the climate
control system to a setting
that brings in only outside air.
See “Climate Control System”
in the Index.

For more information about
Carbon Monoxide, see Engine
Exhaust on page 9‑32.

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Towing a trailer requires a certain
amount of experience. The
combination you are driving is
longer and not as responsive as the
vehicle itself. Get acquainted with
the handling and braking of the rig
before setting out for the open road.
Before starting, check all trailer hitch
parts and attachments, safety
chains, electrical connectors, lamps,
tires, and mirrors. If the trailer has
electric brakes, start the
combination moving and then apply
the trailer brake controller by hand
to be sure the brakes work.
During the trip, check occasionally
to be sure that the load is secure
and the lamps and any trailer
brakes still work.

Following Distance
Stay at least twice as far behind the
vehicle ahead as you would when
driving the vehicle without a trailer.
This can help to avoid heavy
braking and sudden turns.

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Passing
More passing distance is needed
when towing a trailer. The
combination will not accelerate as
quickly and is longer so it is
necessary to go much farther
beyond the passed vehicle before
returning to the lane.

Backing Up
Hold the bottom of the steering
wheel with one hand. To move the
trailer to the left, move that hand to
the left. To move the trailer to the
right, move your hand to the right.
Always back up slowly and,
if possible, have someone
guide you.

Making Turns
Notice: Making very sharp turns
while trailering could cause the
trailer to come in contact with the
vehicle. The vehicle could be
damaged. Avoid making very
sharp turns while trailering.

When turning with a trailer, make
wider turns than normal. Do this so
the trailer will not strike soft
shoulders, curbs, road signs, trees,
or other objects. Avoid jerky or
sudden maneuvers. Signal well in
advance.
If the trailer turn signal bulbs burn
out, the arrows on the instrument
cluster will still flash for turns. It is
important to check occasionally to
be sure the trailer bulbs are still
working.

Driving on Grades
Reduce speed and shift to a lower
gear before starting down a long or
steep downgrade. If the
transmission is not shifted down, the
brakes might get hot and no longer
work well.
Vehicles can tow in D (Drive). Shift
the transmission to a lower gear if
the transmission shifts too often
under heavy loads and/or hilly
conditions.

The Tow/Haul Mode may be used if
the transmission shifts too often.
See Tow/Haul Mode on page 9‑38.
When towing at high altitude on
steep uphill grades, consider the
following: Engine coolant will boil at
a lower temperature than at normal
altitudes. If the engine is turned off
immediately after towing at high
altitude on steep uphill grades, the
vehicle may show signs similar to
engine overheating. To avoid this,
let the engine run while parked,
preferably on level ground, with the
automatic transmission in P (Park)
for a few minutes before turning the
engine off. If the overheat warning
comes on, see Engine Overheating
on page 10‑21.

Parking on Hills

{ WARNING
Parking the vehicle on a hill with
the trailer attached can be
dangerous. If something goes
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wrong, the rig could start to move.
People can be injured, and both
the vehicle and the trailer can be
damaged. When possible, always
park the rig on a flat surface.
If parking the rig on a hill:

Leaving After Parking on a Hill
1. Apply and hold the brake pedal.

Trailer Towing

3. Shift into a gear.

If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax diesel supplement
for more information.

4. Release the parking brake.
5. Let up on the brake pedal.
6. Drive slowly until the trailer is
clear of the chocks.
7. Stop and have someone pick up
and store the chocks.

2. Have someone place chocks
under the trailer wheels.

The vehicle needs service more
often when pulling a trailer. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3. Things that are
especially important in trailer
operation are automatic
transmission fluid, engine oil, axle
lubricant, belts, cooling system, and
brake system. It is a good idea to
inspect these before and during
the trip.

4. Reapply the brake pedal. Then
apply the parking brake and shift
into P (Park).
5. Release the brake pedal.

Check periodically to see that all
hitch nuts and bolts are tight.

2. Start the engine.

1. Press the brake pedal, but do
not shift into P (Park) yet. Turn
the wheels into the curb if facing
downhill or into traffic if facing
uphill.

3. When the wheel chocks are in
place, release the regular brakes
until the chocks absorb the load.

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Towing

If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
If the vehicle is bi-fuel, see the
bi-fuel supplement for more
information.
Do not tow a trailer during break-in.
See New Vehicle Break-In on
page 9‑23 for more information.

{ WARNING
The driver can lose control when
pulling a trailer if the correct
equipment is not used or the
vehicle is not driven properly. For
example, if the trailer is too
heavy, the brakes may not work
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well or even at all. The driver and
passengers could be seriously
injured. The vehicle may also be
damaged; the resulting repairs
would not be covered by the
vehicle warranty. Pull a trailer
only if all the steps in this section
have been followed. Ask your
dealer for advice and information
about towing a trailer with the
vehicle.
Notice: Pulling a trailer
improperly can damage the
vehicle and result in costly
repairs not covered by the vehicle
warranty. To pull a trailer
correctly, follow the advice in this
section and see your dealer for
important information about
towing a trailer with the vehicle.
To identify the trailering capacity of
the vehicle, read the information in
“Weight of the Trailer” later in this
section.

Trailering is different than just
driving the vehicle by itself.
Trailering means changes in
handling, acceleration, braking,
durability, and fuel economy.
Successful, safe trailering takes
correct equipment, and it has to be
used properly.

Trailer weight rating (TWR) is
calculated assuming the tow vehicle
has only the driver but all required
trailering equipment. Weight of
additional optional equipment,
passengers, and cargo in the tow
vehicle must be subtracted from the
trailer weight rating.

The following information has many
time-tested, important trailering tips
and safety rules. Many of these are
important for your safety and that of
your passengers. So please read
this section carefully before pulling a
trailer.

For kingpin weight and trailer
tongue weight information, see
“Weight of the Trailer Tongue” later
in this section.

Weight of the Trailer
How heavy can a trailer safely be?
It depends on how the rig is used.
Speed, altitude, road grades,
outside temperature, and how much
the vehicle is used to pull a trailer
are all important. It can depend on
any special equipment on the
vehicle, and the amount of tongue
weight the vehicle can carry. See
“Weight of the Trailer Tongue” later
in this section for more information.

Use the following chart to determine
how much the vehicle can weigh,
based upon the vehicle model and
options.
Weights listed apply for
conventional trailers and fifth-wheel
trailers unless otherwise noted.

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GCWR (a)

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1500 Series 2WD Regular Cab Standard Box
4.3L V6 (b)

3.23

2 177 kg (4,800 lbs)

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

4.3L V6 — With Automatic
Transmission (b)

3.73

2 449 kg (5,400 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.3L V6 — With Manual
Transmission (b)

3.73

1 860 kg (4,100 lbs)

3 938 kg (8,683 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.23

2 132 kg (4,700 lbs)

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.73

3 266 kg (7,200 lbs)

5 443 kg (12,000 lbs)

5.3L LMG V8 (b)

3.08

2 994 kg (6,600 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L LMG V8, K5L HD
Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 357 kg (7,400 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L LMG V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.42

4 128 kg (9,100 lbs)

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

1500 Series 2WD Extended Cab Standard Box
4.3L V6 (b)

3.23

1 996 kg (4,400 lbs)

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.23

2 132 kg (4,700 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.73

3 039 kg (6,700 lbs)

5 443 kg (12,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 812 kg (6,200 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg (b)

3.08

3 130 kg (6,900 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

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GCWR (a)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg
— Conventional Trailer

3.73

4 853 kg (10,700 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg
— Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.73

4 808 kg (10,600 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

4.8L V8

3.23

2 132 kg (4,700 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.8L V8

3.73

3 039 kg (6,700 lbs)

5 443 kg (12,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (LMG)

3.08

2 812 kg (6,200 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 (LMG) K5L HD
Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 130 kg (6,900 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 (LC9) XFE

3.08

3 175 kg (7,000 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

1500 Series 2WD Crew Cab Short Box (b)

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Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

5.3L V8 (LMG) K5L HD
Cooling Pkg

3.42

4 355 kg (9,600 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.42

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg

3.73

4 808 kg (10,600 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

4.3L V6 (b)

3.23

2 132 kg (4,700 lbs)

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

4.3L V6 (b)

3.73

2 359 kg (5,200 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.23

2 313 kg (5,100 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.73

3 221 kg (7,100 lbs)

5 443 kg (12,000 lbs)

5.3L V8

3.08

2 948 kg (6,500 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

1500 Series 2WD Regular Cab Long Box

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 266 kg (7,200 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 037 kg (8,900 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 722 kg (6,000 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg (b)

3.08

3 039 kg (6,700 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

1500 Series 2WD Extended Cab Long Box

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Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 082 kg (9,000 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

3.73

2 313 kg (5,100 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

1500 Series 4WD Regular Cab Standard Box
4.3L V6 (b)
4.8L V8 (b)

3.42

2 722 kg (6,000 lbs)

4 990 kg (11,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 903 kg (6,400 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 221 kg (7,100 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 037 kg (8,900 lbs)

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

3 719 kg (8,200 lbs)

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

1500 Series 4WD Extended Cab Standard Box
4.8L V8 (b)

3.42

2 495 kg (5,500 lbs)

4 990 kg (11,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 767 kg (6,100 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg (b)

3.08

3 084 kg (6,800 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

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Axle Ratio

Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 354 kg (9,600 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 354 kg (9,600 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 128 kg (9,100 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg
— Conventional Trailer

3.73

4 717 kg (10,400 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg
— Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.73

4 672 kg (10,300 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

4.8L V8

3.42

2 495 kg (5,500 lbs)

4 990 kg (11,000 lbs)

5.3L V8

3.08

2 722 kg (6,000 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 039 kg (6,700 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.42

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.42

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

6.2L V8 NHT Max Trailering Pkg

3.73

4 717 kg (10,400 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

1500 Series 4WD Crew Cab Short Box (b)

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GCWR (a)

4.3L V6 (b)

3.73

2 223 kg (4,900 lbs)

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

4.8L V8 (b)

3.42

2 631 kg (5,800 lbs)

4 990 kg (11,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 858 kg (6,300 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg

3.08

3 175 kg (7,000 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 445 kg (9,800 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 (b)

3.08

2 631 kg (5,800 lbs)

5 216 kg (11,500 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg (b)

3.08

2 948 kg (6,500 lbs)

5 534 kg (12,200 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Conventional Trailer

3.42

4 218 kg (9,300 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

5.3L V8 K5L HD Cooling Pkg —
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.42

3 674 kg (8,100 lbs)

6 804 kg (15,000 lbs)

4 445 kg (9,800 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

1500 Series 4WD Regular Cab Long Box

1500 Series 4WD Extended Cab Long Box

2500 Series 2WD Extended Cab Standard Box HD
6.0L V8

3.73

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Axle Ratio

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GCWR (a)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 486 kg (14,300 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 441 kg (14,200 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 627 kg (10,200 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Payload Performance
Pkg (UB7)

3.73

4 536 kg (10,000 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 668 kg (14,700 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

2500 Series 2WD Crew Cab Standard Box HD

2500 Series 2WD Regular Cab Long Box HD

2500 Series 2WD Extended Cab Long Box HD
6.0L V8

3.73

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 441 kg (14,200 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

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Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

2500 Series 2WD Crew Cab Long Box HD
6.0L V8

3.73

4 354 kg (9,600 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 396 kg (14,100 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

2500 Series 4WD Extended Cab Standard Box HD
6.0L V8

3.73

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 305 kg (13,900 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 491 kg (9,900 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 532 kg (14,400 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

2500 Series 4WD Crew Cab Standard Box HD

2500 Series 4WD Regular Cab Long Box HD

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GCWR (a)

2500 Series 4WD Extended Cab Long Box HD
6.0L V8

3.73

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 305 kg (13,900 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 218 kg (9,300 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 260 kg (13,800 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 577 kg (14,500 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 354 kg (9,600 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

6 396 kg (14,100 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 441 kg (14,200 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

2500 Series 4WD Crew Cab Long Box HD

3500 Series 2WD Regular Cab Long Box

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Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

3500 Series 2WD Extended Cab Long Box
6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 309 kg (9,500 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

3.73

4 128kg (9,100 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

3.73

4 173kg (9,200 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

6 169 kg (13,600 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 214 kg (13,700 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

3.73

4 309kg (9,500 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

3500 Series 2WD Crew Cab Standard Box
6.0L V8
6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 350 kg (14,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

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GCWR (a)

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3500 Series 2WD Crew Cab Long Box
6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 264 kg (9,400 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 305 kg (13,900 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 082 kg (9,000 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

4.10

6 123 kg (13,500 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

3500 Series 4WD Regular Cab Long Box
6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 400 kg (9,700 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 441 kg (14,200 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 218 kg (9,300 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

4.10

6 260 kg (13,800 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

3.73

4 173 kg (9,200 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

3500 Series 4WD Extended Cab Long Box
6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)

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Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 214 kg (13,700 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 037 kg (8,900 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

4.10

6 078 kg (13,400 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8

3.73

4 173 kg (9,200 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 — Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 214 kg (13,700 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)

3.73

4 128 kg (9,100 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Conventional Trailer

4.10

5 897 kg (13,000 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Single Rear Wheels)
Fifth-Wheel Trailer

4.10

6 169 kg (13,600 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

3500 Series 4WD Crew Cab Standard Box

3500 Series 4WD Crew Cab Long Box

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Axle Ratio

Maximum Trailer Weight

GCWR (a)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

3.73

3 946 kg (8,700 lbs)

7 257 kg (16,000 lbs)

6.0L V8 (Dual Rear Wheels)

4.10

5 987 kg (13,200 lbs)

9 299 kg (20,500 lbs)

(a) The Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is the total allowable weight of the completely loaded vehicle
and trailer including any passengers, cargo, equipment, and conversions. The GCWR for the vehicle should not be
exceeded.
(b) This model is neither designed nor intended to tow fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers.

Ask your dealer for trailering
information or advice.

Weight of the Trailer Tongue
The tongue load (A) of any trailer is
very important because it is also
part of the vehicle weight. The
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
includes the curb weight of the
vehicle, any cargo carried in it, and
the people who will be riding in the
vehicle as well as trailer tongue
weight. Vehicle options, equipment,
passengers and cargo in the vehicle
reduce the amount of tongue weight
the vehicle can carry, which will also
reduce the trailer weight the vehicle

can tow. See “ Vehicle Load Limits”
for more information about the
vehicle's maximum load capacity.

Trailer tongue weight (A) should be
10 to 15 percent and fifth-wheel or
gooseneck kingpin weight should be
15 to 25 percent of the loaded trailer
weight up to the maximums for
vehicle series and hitch type.

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Vehicle Series

Hitch Type

Maximum Tongue
Weight

1500

Weight Carrying

363 kg (800 lb)

1500

Weight Distributing

499 kg (1,100 lb)

2500/3500
Standard Box

Weight Carrying or
Weight Distributing

680 kg (1,500 lb)

2500/
3500 Long Box

Weight Carrying or
Weight Distributing

907 kg (2,000 lb)

2500

Fifth-Wheel Gooseneck

1 361 kg (3,000 lb)

3500 Single Rear
Wheels

Fifth-Wheel Gooseneck

1 814 kg (4,000 lb)

3500 Dual Rear
Wheels

Fifth-Wheel Gooseneck

2 495 kg (5,500 lb)

Do not exceed the maximum
allowable tongue weight for the
vehicle. Choose the shortest hitch
extension that will position the hitch
ball closest to the vehicle. This will
help reduce the effect of trailer
tongue weight on the rear axle.

Trailer rating may be limited by the
vehicle's ability to carry tongue
weight. Tongue or kingpin weight
cannot cause the vehicle to exceed
the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating) or the RGAWR (Rear Gross
Axle Weight Rating). See “Total
Weight on the Vehicle's Tires” later
in this section for more information.

After loading the trailer, weigh the
trailer and then the tongue,
separately, to see if the weights are
proper. If they are not, adjustments
might be made by moving some
items around in the trailer.

Total Weight on the Vehicle's
Tires
Be sure the vehicle's tires are
inflated to the inflation pressures
found on the Certification Tire label
on the drivers door or see Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9‑15 for more
information. Make sure not to
exceed the GVWR limit for the
vehicle, or the RGAWR, with the tow
vehicle and trailer fully loaded for
the trip including the weight of the
trailer tongue. If using a
weight-distributing hitch, make sure
not to exceed the RGAWR before
applying the weight distribution
spring bars.

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Weight of the Trailering
Combination
It is important that the combination
of the tow vehicle and trailer does
not exceed any of its weight ratings
— GCWR, GVWR, RGAWR, Trailer
Weight Rating, or Tongue Weight.
The only way to be sure it is not
exceeding any of these ratings is to
weigh the tow vehicle and trailer
combination, fully loaded for the trip,
getting individual weights for each of
these items.

Towing Equipment
Hitches
The correct hitch equipment helps
maintain combination control. Many
trailers can be towed with a
weight-carrying hitch which simply
features a coupler latched to the
hitch ball, or a tow eye latched to a
pintle hook. Other trailers may
require a weight-distributing hitch
that uses spring bars to distribute
the trailer tongue weight among the
two vehicle and trailer axles.

Fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches
may also be used. See “Weight of
the Trailer Tongue” under Trailer
Towing on page 9‑77 for rating limits
with various hitch types.
If a step-bumper hitch will be used,
the bumper could be damaged in
sharp turns. Make sure there
is ample room when turning to avoid
contact between the trailer and the
bumper.
Consider using sway controls with
any trailer. Ask a trailering
professional about sway controls or
refer to the trailer manufacturer's
recommendations and instructions.

Weight-Distributing Hitch and
Adjustment
A weight distributing hitch may be
useful with some trailers. Use the
following guidelines to determine if a
weight distributing hitch should
be used.

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Trailer Weight

Weight Distributing Hitch
Usage

1500

Up to 7000 lbs

Optional

Refer to trailer
manufacturer’s
recommendation

1500

7001 to 9900 lbs

Required

50%

1500

Over 9900 lbs

Required

100%

Up to 18000 lbs

Optional

Refer to trailer
manufacturer’s
recommendation

Vehicle Series

2500/3500

B. Front of Vehicle

A. Body to Ground Distance

When using a weight-distributing
hitch, measure distance (A) before
coupling the trailer to the hitch ball.
If the hitch requires 50%
distribution, measure the height
again after the trailer is coupled and
adjust the spring bars so the
distance (A) is as close as possible
to halfway between the two
measurements. When 100%
distribution is required the spring
bars should be adjusted so the
distance (A) is the same as the

Hitch Distribution

initial measurement after coupling
the trailer to the tow vehicle and
adjusting the hitch.

Fifth-Wheel and Gooseneck
Trailering
Fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers
can be used with many pickup
models. These trailers place a
larger percentage of the weight
(kingpin weight) on the tow vehicle
than conventional trailers. Make
sure this weight does not cause the
vehicle to exceed GAWR or GVWR.

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Fifth-wheel or gooseneck kingpin
weight should be 15 to 25 percent of
the trailer weight up to the maximum
amount specified in the trailering
chart for the vehicle. See “Weight of
the Trailer” under Trailer Towing on
page 9‑77 for more information.
The hitch should be located in the
pickup bed so that its centerline is
over or slightly in front of the rear
axle. Take care that it is not so far
forward that it will contact the back
of the cab in sharp turns. This is
especially important for short box
pickups. Trailer pin box extensions
and sliding fifth-wheel hitch
assemblies can help this condition.
There should be at least six inches
of clearance between the top of the
pickup box and the bottom of the
trailer shelf that extends over
the box.
Make sure the hitch is attached to
the tow vehicle frame rails. Do not
use the pickup box for support.

Safety Chains
Always attach chains between the
vehicle and the trailer. Cross the
safety chains under the tongue of
the trailer to help prevent the tongue
from contacting the road if it
becomes separated from the hitch.
Instructions about safety chains
may be provided by the hitch
manufacturer or by the trailer
manufacturer. If the trailer being
towed weighs up to 2 271 kg
(5,000 lbs) with a factory-installed
step bumper, safety chains may be
attached to the attaching points on
the bumper; otherwise, safety
chains should be attached to holes
on the trailer hitch platform. Always
leave just enough slack so the
combination can turn. Never allow
safety chains to drag on the ground.

Trailer Brakes
A loaded trailer that weighs more
than 900 kg (2,000 lbs) needs to
have its own brake system that is
adequate for the weight of the
trailer. Be sure to read and follow

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the instructions for the trailer brakes
so they are installed, adjusted, and
maintained properly.
Do not tap into the vehicle's
hydraulic brake system.

Auxiliary Battery
The auxiliary battery provision can
be used to supply electrical power
to additional equipment that may be
added, such as a slide-in camper.
If the vehicle has this provision, this
relay will be located on the driver
side of the vehicle, next to the
underhood electrical center.
Be sure to follow the proper
installation instructions included with
any electrical equipment that is
installed.
Notice: Leaving electrical
equipment on for extended
periods will drain the battery.
Always turn off electrical
equipment when not in use and
do not use equipment that

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exceeds the maximum amperage
rating of 40 amperes for the
auxiliary battery provision.

Heavy-DutyTrailer Wiring Harness
Package

Trailer Wiring Harness
The vehicle is equipped with one of
the following wiring harnesses for
towing a trailer or hauling a slide-in
camper.
Basic Trailer Wiring
All regular, extended cab and crew
cab pickups have a seven-wire
trailer towing harness.
For vehicles not equipped with
heavy duty trailering, the harness is
secured to the vehicle's frame
behind the spare tire mount. The
harness requires the installation of a
trailer connector, which is available
through your dealer.
If towing a light-duty trailer with a
standard four-way round pin
connector, an adapter is available
from your dealer.

For vehicles equipped with heavy
duty trailering, the harness
connector is mounted in the bumper.
The seven-wire harness contains
the following trailer circuits:
.

Yellow: Left Stop/Turn Signal

.

Dark Green: Right Stop/Turn
Signal

.

Brown: Taillamps

.

White: Ground

.

Light Green: Back-up Lamps

.

Red: Battery Feed*

.

Dark Blue: Trailer Brake*

*The fuses for these two circuits are
installed in the underhood electrical
center, but the wires are not
connected. They should be
connected by your dealer or a
qualified service center. The fuse
and wire for the ITBC is factory
installed and connected if the
vehicle is equipped with an ITBC.
The fuse for the battery feed is not
required if the vehicle has an
auxiliary battery. If the vehicle does
not have an auxiliary battery, have
your dealer or authorized service
center install the required fuse.
If charging a remote (non-vehicle)
battery, press the Tow/Haul Mode
button, if equipped, located at the
end of the shift lever. This will boost
the vehicle system voltage and
properly charge the battery. If the
trailer is too light for Tow/Haul
Mode, or the vehicle is not equipped
with Tow/Haul, turn on the

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Electric Brake Control Wiring
Provisions

headlamps as a second way to
boost the vehicle system and
charge the battery.

These wiring provisions are
included with the vehicle as part of
the trailer wiring package. These
provisions are for an electric brake
controller. The instrument panel
contains blunt cut wires behind the
steering column for the trailer brake
controller. The harness contains the
following wires:

Camper/Fifth-Wheel Trailer Wiring
Package
The seven-wire camper harness is
located under the front edge of the
pickup box on the driver side of the
vehicle, attached to the frame
bracket. A connector must be added
to the wiring harness which
connects to the camper.
The harness contains the following
camper/trailer circuits:
.

Yellow: Left Stop/Turn Signal

.

Dark Green: Right Stop/Turn
Signal

.

Brown: Taillamps

.

White: Ground

.

Light Green: Back-up Lamps

.

Red: Battery Feed

.

Dark Blue: Trailer Brake

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If the vehicle is equipped with the
“Heavy-Duty Trailering” option,
please refer to “Heavy-Duty Trailer
Wiring Package” earlier in this
section.
When the camper-wiring harness is
ordered without the heavy-duty
trailering package, a seven-wire
harness with a seven-pin connector
is located at the rear of the vehicle
and is tied to the vehicle's frame.

.

Dark Blue: Brake Signal to
Trailer Connector

.

Red/Black: Battery

.

Light Blue/White: Brake Switch

.

White: Ground

The harness should be installed by
your dealer or a qualified service
center.
If the vehicle is equipped with an
Integrated Trailer Brake Control
(ITBC) System, the blunt cuts exist,
but are not connected further in the
harness. If an aftermarket trailer
brake controller is installed, the

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ITBC must be disconnected. Do not
power both ITBC and aftermarket
controllers to control the trailer
brakes at the same time.

Tow/Haul Mode
This indicator light on the instrument
panel cluster comes on when the
Tow/Haul Mode is on.
Tow/Haul is a feature that assists
when pulling a heavy trailer or a
large or heavy load. See Tow/Haul
Mode on page 9‑38 for more
information.

Pressing this button at the end of
the shift lever turns on and off the
Tow/Haul Mode.

Tow/Haul is designed to be most
effective when the vehicle and
trailer combined weight is at least
75 percent of the vehicle's Gross
Combined Weight Rating (GCWR).
See “Weight of the Trailer” under
Trailer Towing on page 9‑77. Tow/
Haul is most useful under the
following driving conditions:
.

When pulling a heavy trailer or a
large or heavy load through
rolling terrain.

.

When pulling a heavy trailer or a
large or heavy load in
stop-and-go traffic.

.

When pulling a heavy trailer or a
large or heavy load in busy
parking lots where improved low
speed control of the vehicle is
desired.

Operating the vehicle in Tow/Haul
when lightly loaded or with no trailer
at all will not cause damage.
However, there is no benefit to the
selection of Tow/Haul when the
vehicle is unloaded. Such a
selection when unloaded may result
in unpleasant engine and
transmission driving characteristics
and reduced fuel economy. Tow/
Haul is recommended only when
pulling a heavy trailer or a large or
heavy load.

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Integrated Trailer Brake
Control System

The vehicle may have an Integrated
Trailer Brake Control (ITBC) system
for electric trailer brakes.
This symbol is located on the Trailer
Brake Control Panel on vehicles
with an Integrated Trailer Brake
Control system. The power output to
the trailer brakes is based on the
amount of brake pressure being
applied by the vehicle’s brake
system. This available power output
to the trailer brakes can be adjusted
to a wide range of trailering
situations.
The ITBC system is integrated with
the vehicle’s brake, antilock brake,
and StabiliTrak (if equipped)
systems. In trailering conditions that

cause the vehicle’s antilock brake or
StabiliTrak systems to activate,
power sent to the trailer's brakes will
be automatically adjusted to
minimize trailer wheel lock-up. This
does not imply that the trailer has
StabiliTrak.
The vehicle may have a Trailer
Sway Control (TSC) feature. See
Trailer Sway Control (TSC) on
page 9‑104.
The vehicle may have a Hill Start
Assist (HSA) feature. See Hill Start
Assist (HSA) on page 9‑55.
If the vehicle’s brake, antilock brake,
or StabiliTrak systems are not
functioning properly, the ITBC
system may not be fully functional
or may not function at all. Make sure
all of these systems are fully
operational to ensure full
functionality of the ITBC system.
The ITBC system is powered
through the vehicle's electrical
system. Turning the ignition off will
also turn off the ITBC system. The

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ITBC system is fully functional only
when the ignition is in ON or
in RUN.
The ITBC system can only be used
with trailers with electric brakes.

{ WARNING
Connecting a trailer that has a
surge, air,
or electric-over-hydraulic trailer
brake system may result in
reduced or complete loss of trailer
braking. There may be an
increase in stopping distance or
trailer instability which could
result in personal injury or
damage to the vehicle, trailer,
or other property. Use the ITBC
system only with electric brakes.

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Trailer Brake Control Panel

available to the electric trailer
brakes and allows manual
application of the trailer brakes. The
Trailer Brake Control Panel is used
along with the Trailer Brake Display
Page on the DIC to adjust and
display power output to the trailer
brakes.

.

Pressing a Trailer Gain button—
If the Trailer Brake Display Page
is not currently displayed,
pressing a Trailer Gain button
will first recall the current Trailer
Gain setting. After the Trailer
Brake Display Page is displayed,
each press and release of the
gain buttons will then cause the
Trailer Gain setting to change.

.

Activating the Manual Trailer
Brake Apply lever.

.

Connecting a trailer equipped
with electric trailer brakes.

Trailer Brake DIC Display Page

A. Manual Trailer Brake Apply
Lever
B. Trailer Gain Adjustment Buttons
The ITBC system has a control
panel located on the instrument
panel to the left of the steering
column. See Instrument Panel
(Base/Uplevel Version) on page 1‑2
or Instrument Panel (Premium
Version) on page 1‑5 for more
information. The control panel
allows adjustment to the amount of
output, referred to as trailer gain,

The ITBC system displays
messages on the vehicle’s Driver
Information Center (DIC). See
Driver Information Center (DIC) on
page 5‑29 for more information.
The display page indicates Trailer
Gain setting, power output to the
electric trailer brakes, trailer
connection, and system operational
status.
The Trailer Brake Display Page can
be displayed by performing any of
the following actions:
.

Scrolling through the DIC menu
pages using the odometer trip
stem or the DIC Vehicle
Information button (if equipped).

All DIC warning and service
messages must first be
acknowledged by the driver by
pressing the odometer trip stem or
the DIC Vehicle Information button
(if equipped) before the Trailer
Brake Display Page can be
displayed and Trailer Gain can be
adjusted.
TRAILER GAIN: This setting is
displayed any time the Trailer Brake
Display Page is active. This setting
can be adjusted from 0.0 to 10.0

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with either a trailer connected or
disconnected. To adjust the Trailer
Gain, press one of the Trailer Gain
adjustment buttons located on the
Trailer Brake Control Panel. Press
and hold a gain button to cause the
Trailer Gain to continuously adjust.
To turn the output to the trailer off,
adjust the Trailer Gain setting to
0.0 (zero).
0.0 (zero) gain is the factory default
setting. To properly adjust trailer
gain, see “Trailer Gain Adjustment
Procedure” later in this section.
TRAILER OUTPUT: This is
displayed any time a trailer with
electric brakes is connected. Output
to the electric brakes is based on
the amount of vehicle braking
present and relative to the Trailer
Gain setting. Output is displayed
from 0 to 10 bars for each gain
setting.
Non-hybrid vehicles with Trailer
Sway Control (TSC) or Hill Start
Assist (HSA), output to the electric
trailer brakes may be displayed

when the systems are active. See
Trailer Sway Control (TSC) on
page 9‑104 and Hill Start Assist
(HSA) on page 9‑55.
The Trailer Output will indicate “- - - - -” on the Trailer Brake Display
Page whenever the following occur:
.

No trailer is connected

.

A trailer without electric brakes
is connected (no DIC message
is displayed)

.

A trailer with electric brakes has
become disconnected (a
CHECK TRAILER WIRING
message will also be displayed
on the DIC)

.

There is a fault present in the
wiring to the electric trailer
brakes (a CHECK TRAILER
WIRING message will also be
displayed on the DIC)

.

There is a fault in the ITBC
system (a SERVICE TRAILER
BRAKE SYSTEM message will
also be displayed in the DIC)

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Manual Trailer Brake Apply
The Manual Trailer Brake Apply
Lever is located on the Trailer Brake
Control Panel and is used to apply
the trailer’s electric brakes
independent of the vehicle’s brakes.
This lever is used in the Trailer Gain
Adjustment Procedure to properly
adjust the power output to the trailer
brakes. Sliding the lever to the left
will apply only the trailer brakes.
The power output to the trailer is
indicated in the Trailer Brake
Display Page on the DIC. If the
vehicle’s service brakes are applied
while using the Manual Trailer Brake
Apply Lever, the trailer output power
will be the greater of the two.
The trailer's and the vehicle's brake
lamps will come on when either
vehicle braking or manual trailer
brakes are applied.

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Trailer Gain Adjustment Procedure
Trailer Gain should be set for a
specific trailering condition and must
be adjusted any time vehicle
loading, trailer loading, or road
surface conditions change.
Setting the Trailer Gain properly is
needed for the best trailer stopping
performance. A trailer that is
over-gained may result in locked
trailer brakes. A trailer that is
under-gained may result in not
enough trailer braking. Both of these
conditions may result in poorer
stopping and stability of the vehicle
and trailer.
Use the following procedure to
correctly adjust Trailer Gain for each
towing condition:
1. Make sure the trailer brakes are
in proper working condition.
2. Connect a properly loaded trailer
to the vehicle and make all
necessary mechanical and

electrical connections. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15 for more information.
3. After the electrical connection is
made to a trailer equipped with
electric brakes:
.

.

.

A TRAILER CONNECTED
message will be briefly
displayed on the DIC.
The Trailer Brake Display
Page will appear on the
DIC showing TRAILER
GAIN and TRAILER
OUTPUT.
In the Trailer Output display
on the DIC, “- - - - - -” will
disappear if there is no
error present. Connecting a
trailer without electric
brakes will not clear the six
dashed lines.

4. Adjust the Trailer Gain by using
the gain adjustment (+ / -)
buttons on the Trailer Brake
Control Panel.

5. Drive the vehicle with the trailer
attached on a level road surface
representative of the towing
condition and free of traffic at
about 32 to 40 km/h (20 to
25 mph) and fully apply the
Manual Trailer Brake Apply
Lever.
Adjusting trailer gain at speeds
lower than 32 to 40 km/h (20 to
25 mph) may result in an
incorrect gain setting.
6. Adjust the Trailer Gain to just
below the point of trailer wheel
lock-up, indicated by trailer
wheel squeal or tire smoke when
a trailer wheel locks.
Trailer wheel lock-up may not
occur if towing a heavily loaded
trailer. In this case, adjust the
Trailer Gain to the highest
allowable setting for the towing
condition.

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7. Re-adjust Trailer Gain any time
vehicle loading, trailer loading or
road surface conditions change
or if trailer wheel lock-up is
noticed at any time while towing.
Other ITBC-Related DIC Messages
In addition to displaying TRAILER
GAIN and TRAILER OUTPUT
through the DIC, trailer connection
and ITBC system status are
displayed on the DIC.
TRAILER CONNECTED: This
message will be briefly displayed
when a trailer with electric brakes is
first connected to the vehicle. This
message will automatically turn off
in about 10 seconds. The driver can
also acknowledge this message
before it automatically turns off.

CHECK TRAILER WIRING: This
message will be displayed if:
1. The ITBC system first
determines connection to a
trailer with electric brakes and
then the trailer harness becomes
disconnected from the vehicle.
If the disconnect occurs while
the vehicle is stationary, this
message will automatically turn
off in about 30 seconds. This
message will also turn off if the
driver acknowledges this
message or if the trailer harness
is re-connected.
If the disconnect occurs while
the vehicle is moving, this
message will continue until the
ignition is turned off. This
message will also turn off if the
driver acknowledges this
message or if the trailer harness
is re-connected.
2. There is an electrical fault in the
wiring to the electric trailer
brakes. This message will
continue as long as there is an

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electrical fault in the trailer
wiring. This message will also
turn off if the driver
acknowledges this message.
To determine if the electrical fault is
on the vehicle side or trailer side of
the trailer wiring harness
connection, do the following:
1. Disconnect the trailer wiring
harness from the vehicle.
2. Turn the ignition off.
3. Wait 10 seconds, then turn the
ignition back to RUN.
4. If the CHECK TRAILER WIRING
message re-appears, the
electrical fault is on the
vehicle side.
If the CHECK TRAILER WIRING
message only re-appears when
connecting the trailer wiring
harness to the vehicle, the
electrical fault is on the
trailer side.

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SERVICE TRAILER BRAKE
SYSTEM: This message will be
displayed when there is a problem
with the ITBC system. If this
message persists over multiple
ignition cycles, there is a problem
with the ITBC system. Take the
vehicle to an authorized GM dealer
to have the ITBC system diagnosed
and repaired.
If either the CHECK TRAILER
WIRING or SERVICE TRAILER
BRAKE SYSTEM message is
displayed while driving the vehicle,
power is no longer available to the
trailer brakes. When traffic
conditions allow, carefully pull the
vehicle over to the side of the road
and turn the ignition off. Check the
wiring connection to the trailer and
turn the ignition back on. If either of
these messages continues, either
the vehicle or trailer needs service.

An authorized GM dealer may be
able to diagnose and repair
problems with the trailer. However,
any diagnosis and repair of the
trailer is not covered under the
vehicle warranty. Please contact
your trailer dealer for assistance
with trailer repairs and trailer
warranty information.

Trailer Sway
Control (TSC)
Non-hybrid vehicles with StabiliTrak
have a Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
feature. If the vehicle is towing a
trailer and the system detects that
the trailer is swaying, the vehicle
brakes are applied without the driver
pressing the brake pedal. If the
vehicle is equipped with the
Integrated Trailer Brake Control
(ITBC) system, StabiliTrak may also
apply the trailer brakes. The TCS/
StabiliTrak warning light will flash on

the instrument panel cluster to notify
the driver to reduce speed. If the
trailer continues to sway, StabiliTrak
will reduce engine torque to help
slow the vehicle. See StabiliTrak®
System on page 9‑56 for more
information.
Adding non‐dealer accessories can
affect the vehicle performance. See
Accessories and Modifications on
page 10‑3 for more information.

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Conversions and
Add-Ons
Add-On Electrical
Equipment
Notice: Some electrical
equipment can damage the
vehicle or cause components to
not work and would not be
covered by the warranty. Always
check with your dealer before
adding electrical equipment.
Add-on equipment can drain the
vehicle's 12-volt battery, even if the
vehicle is not operating.
The vehicle has an airbag system.
Before attempting to add anything
electrical to the vehicle, see
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle on page 3‑36 and Adding
Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped
Vehicle on page 3‑37.

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Adding a Snow Plow or
Similar Equipment

the weights on the vehicle's axles
and the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR), are not exceeded.

Before installing a snow plow on the
vehicle, here are some things you
need to know:

The plow the vehicle can carry
depends on many things, such as:

Notice: If the vehicle does not
have the snow plow prep
package, adding a plow can
damage the vehicle, and the
repairs would not be covered by
warranty. Unless the vehicle was
built to carry a snow plow, do not
add one to the vehicle. If the
vehicle has the snow plow prep
package, called RPO VYU, then
the payload the vehicle can carry
will be reduced when a snow
plow is installed. The vehicle can
be damaged if either the front or
rear axle ratings or the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
are exceeded.
Some vehicles are built with a
special snow plow prep package,
called RPO VYU. If the vehicle has
this option, you can add a plow to it,
provided certain weights, such as

.

The options the vehicle came
with, and the weight of those
options.

.

The weight and number of
passengers intended to be
carried.

.

The weight of items added to the
vehicle, like a tool box or
truck cap.

.

The total weight of any
additional cargo intended to be
carried.

Say, for example, you have a 318 kg
(700 lb) snow plow. The total weight
of all occupants and cargo inside
the cab should not exceed 135 kg
(300 lb). This means that you may
only be able to carry one passenger.
But, even this may be too much if
there is other equipment already
adding to the weight of the vehicle.

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Here are some guidelines for safely
carrying a snow plow on the vehicle:
.

Make sure the weight on the
front and rear axles does not
exceed the axle rating for each.

.

For the front axle, if more cargo
or passengers must be carried,
appropriate counter ballast must
be installed rear of the rear axle.
Counter ballast must be properly
secured so it will not move
during driving.

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Follow the snow plow
manufacturer's
recommendations regarding rear
ballast. Rear ballast may be
required to ensure a proper front
and rear weight distribution ratio,
even though the actual weight at
the front axle may be less than
the front axle rating.

.

The snow plow manufacturer or
installer can assist you in
determining the amount of rear
ballast required, to help make
sure the snowplow/vehicle
combination does not exceed
the GVW rating, the front and
rear axle ratings, and the front
and rear weight distribution ratio.

.

The total vehicle must not
exceed the GVW rating.

Front axle reserve capacity is the
difference between the Gross Axle
Weight Rating (GAWR) and the front
axle weight of the vehicle with full
fuel and passengers. Basically, it is
the amount of weight that can be
added to the front axle before
reaching the front GAWR.

United States

The front axle reserve capacity for
the vehicle can be found in the
lower right corner of the
Certification/Tire label, as shown.
Canada

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In order to calculate the amount of
weight any front accessory, such as
a snow plow, is adding to the front
axle, use the following formula:

For example, adding a 318 kg
(700 lb) snow plow actually adds
more than 318 kg (700 lb) to the
front axle. Using the formula, if the
snow plow is 122 cm (4 ft) in front of
the front axle and the wheel base is
305 cm (10 ft), then:
W = 318 kg (700 lb)
A = 122 cm (4 ft)
W.B. = 305 cm (10 ft)
(W x (A + W.B.))/W.B. =
(318 x (122 + 305))/305 = 445 kg
(980 lbs)

(W x (A + W.B.)) /W.B.= Weight the
accessory is adding to the
front axle.
Where:
W = Weight of added accessory
A = Distance that the accessory
is in front of the front axle
W.B. = Vehicle Wheelbase

So, if the front axle reserve capacity
is more than 445 kg (980 lbs), the
snow plow could be added without
exceeding the front GAWR.
Heavier equipment can be added on
the front of the vehicle if it is
compensated for by carrying fewer
passengers, less cargo, or by
positioning cargo toward the rear.
This has the effect of reducing the
load on the front. However, the front
GAWR, rear GAWR, and the Gross
Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) must
never be exceeded.

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{ WARNING
On some vehicles that have
certain front mounted equipment,
such as a snow plow, it may be
possible to load the front axle to
the front gross axle weight rating
(GAWR) but not have enough
weight on the rear axle to have
proper braking performance. If the
brakes cannot work properly, you
could have a crash. To help the
brakes work properly when a
snow plow is installed, always
follow the snow plow
manufacturer or installer's
recommendation for rear ballast
to ensure a proper front and rear
weight distribution ratio, even
though the actual front weight
may be less than the front
GAWR, and the total vehicle
weight is less than the gross
vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
Maintaining a proper front and
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rear weight distribution ratio is
necessary to provide proper
braking performance.
Total vehicle reserve capacity is the
difference between the GVWR and
the weight of the truck with full fuel
and passengers. It is the amount of
weight that can be added to the
vehicle before reaching the GVWR.
Keep in mind that reserve capacity
numbers are intended as a guide
when selecting the amount of
equipment or cargo the truck can
carry. If unsure of the vehicle's front,
rear, or total weight, go to a weigh
station and weigh the vehicle. Your
dealer can also help with this.

The total vehicle reserve capacity
for the vehicle can be found in the
lower right corner of the
Certification/Tire label as shown
previously.
See your dealer for additional
advice and information about using
a snow plow on the vehicle. Also,
see Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.

Emergency Roof Lamp
Provisions
Vehicles with the RPO VYU snow
plow prep package also have an
emergency roof lamp provision
package, RPO TRW. Wiring for the
emergency roof lamp is provided
above the overhead console. See
Auxiliary Roof-Mounted Lamp on
page 6‑6 for switch location.

Pickup Conversion to
Chassis Cab
We are aware that some vehicle
owners might consider having the
pickup box removed and a
commercial or recreational body
installed. Owners should be aware
that, as manufactured, there are
differences between a chassis cab
and a pickup with the box removed
which could affect vehicle safety.
The components necessary to adapt
a pickup to permit its safe use with
a specialized body should be
installed by the body builder.

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Vehicle Care
General Information
General Information . . . . . . . . . .
California Proposition
65 Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
California Perchlorate
Materials Requirements . . . .
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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10-3

Vehicle Checks
Doing Your Own
Service Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Engine Compartment
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-5
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 10-9
Automatic Transmission
Fluid (4-Speed
Transmission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-10
Automatic Transmission
Fluid (6-Speed
Transmission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12
Manual Transmission
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Hydraulic Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15

Engine Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . 10-16
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Engine Overheating . . . . . . . . 10-21
Overheated Engine
Protection
Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Engine Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . 10-24
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-26
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-28
Four-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . 10-29
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Noise Control System . . . . . . 10-32
Starter Switch Check . . . . . . . 10-33
Automatic Transmission Shift
Lock Control Function
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Ignition Transmission Lock
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Park Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check . . . . . . . . 10-34
Wiper Blade
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Glass Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-35

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Headlamp Aiming
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . 10-35

Bulb Replacement
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Headlamps, Front Turn
Signal, Sidemarker, and
Parking Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Pick-Up Box Identification
and Fender Marker
Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Taillamps (Chassis Cab
Models) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Taillamps, Turn Signal,
Stoplamps, and Back-Up
Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Center High-Mounted
Stoplamp (CHMSL) and
Cargo Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38
License Plate Lamp . . . . . . . . 10-39
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . 10-39

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Electrical System
Electrical System
Overload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Engine Compartment Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

10-40
10-40
10-41
10-45

Wheels and Tires
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-47
All-Season Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Winter Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Summer Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-50
Tire Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . 10-50
Tire Designations . . . . . . . . . . . 10-52
Tire Terminology and
Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-56
Tire Pressure for High-Speed
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Tire Pressure Monitor
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-59
Tire Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-62
Tire Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63
Dual Tire Rotation . . . . . . . . . . 10-65

When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66
Different Size Tires and
Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-70
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-70
Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-71
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . 10-72
Tire Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-73
Full-Size Spare Tire . . . . . . . . 10-84

General Information
For service and parts needs, visit
your dealer. You will receive
genuine GM parts and GM-trained
and supported service people.
Genuine GM parts have one of
these marks:

Jump Starting
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-84

Towing
Towing the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . 10-89
Recreational Vehicle
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-89

Appearance Care
Exterior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-93
Interior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-96
Floor Mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-99

California Proposition
65 Warning
Most motor vehicles, including this
one, contain and/or emit chemicals
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cause cancer and birth defects or
other reproductive harm. Engine
exhaust, many parts and systems,
many fluids, and some component
wear by-products contain and/or
emit these chemicals.

California Perchlorate
Materials Requirements
Certain types of automotive
applications, such as airbag
initiators, safety belt pretensioners,
and lithium batteries contained in
Remote Keyless Entry transmitters,
may contain perchlorate materials.
Special handling may be necessary.
For additional information, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate.

Accessories and
Modifications
Adding non‐dealer accessories or
making modifications to the vehicle
can affect vehicle performance and
safety, including such things as
airbags, braking, stability, ride and

handling, emissions systems,
aerodynamics, durability, and
electronic systems like antilock
brakes, traction control, and stability
control. These accessories or
modifications could even cause
malfunction or damage not covered
by the vehicle warranty.
Damage to vehicle components
resulting from modifications or the
installation or use of non‐GM
certified parts, including control
module or software modifications, is
not covered under the terms of the
vehicle warranty and may affect
remaining warranty coverage for
affected parts.
GM Accessories are designed to
complement and function with other
systems on the vehicle. See your
dealer to accessorize the vehicle
using genuine GM Accessories
installed by a dealer technician.
Also, see Adding Equipment to the
Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on
page 3‑37.

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Vehicle Checks
Doing Your Own
Service Work
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

{ WARNING
It can be dangerous to work on
your vehicle if you do not have
the proper knowledge, service
manual, tools, or parts. Always
follow owner manual procedures
and consult the service manual
for your vehicle before doing any
service work.

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If doing some of your own service
work, use the proper service
manual. It tells you much more
about how to service the vehicle
than this manual can. To order the
proper service manual, see Service
Publications Ordering Information
on page 13‑16.
This vehicle has an airbag system.
Before attempting to do your own
service work, see Airbag System
Check on page 3‑38.
Keep a record with all parts receipts
and list the mileage and the date of
any service work performed. See
Maintenance Records on
page 11‑16.
Notice: Even small amounts of
contamination can cause damage
to vehicle systems. Do not allow
contaminants to contact the
fluids, reservoir caps,
or dipsticks.

Hood
To open the hood:

2. Then go to the front of the
vehicle and locate the secondary
hood release, near the center of
the grille.
3. Push the secondary hood
release to the right.
4. Lift the hood.

1. Pull the handle with this symbol
on it. It is inside the vehicle to
the lower left of the steering
wheel.

Before closing the hood, be sure
all the filler caps are on properly.
Then bring the hood from full
open to within 152 mm (6 in)
from the closed position, pause,
then push the front center of the
hood with a swift, firm motion to
fully close the hood.

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Engine Compartment Overview

5.3 L V8 Engine Shown (4.3 L V6 Engine, 4.8 L V8 Engine, 6.0 L V8 Engine, and 6.2 L V8 Engine Similar)

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A. Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10‑16.
B. Coolant Surge Tank and
Pressure Cap. See Cooling
System on page 10‑17.
C. Positive (+) Terminal. See Jump
Starting on page 10‑84.
D. Battery on page 10‑28.
E. Remote Negative (−) Terminal
(Out of View). See Jump
Starting on page 10‑84.
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Automatic Transmission
Dipstick (Out of View). See
“Checking the Fluid Level”
under Automatic Transmission
Fluid (4-Speed Transmission)
on page 10‑10 or Automatic
Transmission Fluid (6-Speed
Transmission) on page 10‑12.

G. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When
to Add Engine Oil” under
Engine Oil on page 10‑6.
H. Engine Oil Dipstick (Out of
View). See “Checking Engine
Oil” under Engine Oil on
page 10‑6.

I.

Engine Cooling Fan (Out of
View). See Cooling System on
page 10‑17.

J.

Power Steering Fluid Reservoir.
See Power Steering Fluid on
page 10‑24.

K. Brake Master Cylinder
Reservoir. See Brake Fluid on
page 10‑26.
L.

Engine Compartment Fuse
Block on page 10‑41.

To ensure proper engine
performance and long life, careful
attention must be paid to engine oil.
Following these simple, but
important steps will help protect
your investment:
.

Always use engine oil approved
to the proper specification and of
the proper viscosity grade. See
“Selecting the Right Engine Oil”
in this section.

.

Check the engine oil level
regularly and maintain the
proper oil level. See “Checking
Engine Oil” and “When to Add
Engine Oil” in this section.

.

Change the engine oil at the
appropriate time. See Engine Oil
Life System on page 10‑9.

.

Always dispose of engine oil
properly. See “What to Do with
Used Oil” in this section.

M. Windshield Washer Fluid
Reservoir. See “Adding Washer
Fluid” under Washer Fluid on
page 10‑24.
If the vehicle has a diesel engine
and/or an Allison Transmission, see
the Duramax Diesel Supplement.

Engine Oil
For diesel engine vehicles, see
“Engine Oil” in the Duramax diesel
supplement.

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Checking Engine Oil
It is a good idea to check the engine
oil level at each fuel fill. In order to
get an accurate reading, the vehicle
must be on level ground. The
engine oil dipstick handle is a loop.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10‑5 for the location of the
engine oil dipstick.

2. Pull out the dipstick and clean it
with a paper towel or cloth, then
push it back in all the way.
Remove it again, keeping the tip
down, and check the level.

When to Add Engine Oil

Obtaining an accurate oil level
reading is essential:
1. If the engine has been running
recently, turn off the engine and
allow several minutes for the oil
to drain back into the oil pan.
Checking the oil level too soon
after engine shutoff will not
provide an accurate oil level
reading.

{ WARNING
The engine oil dipstick handle
may be hot; it could burn you.
Use a towel or glove to touch the
dipstick handle.

If the oil is below the cross-hatched
area at the tip of the dipstick, add
1 L (1 qt) of the recommended oil
and then recheck the level. See
“Selecting the Right Engine Oil” in
this section for an explanation of
what kind of oil to use. For engine
oil crankcase capacity, see
Capacities and Specifications on
page 12‑2.
Notice: Do not add too much oil.
Oil levels above or below the
acceptable operating range
shown on the dipstick are harmful

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to the engine. If you find that you
have an oil level above the
operating range, i.e., the engine
has so much oil that the oil level
gets above the cross-hatched
area that shows the proper
operating range, the engine could
be damaged. You should drain
out the excess oil or limit driving
of the vehicle and seek a service
professional to remove the
excess amount of oil.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10‑5 for the location of the
engine oil fill cap.
Add enough oil to put the level
somewhere in the proper operating
range. Push the dipstick all the way
back in when through.

Selecting the Right Engine Oil
Selecting the right engine oil
depends on both the proper oil
specification and viscosity grade.
See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.

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Specification

Viscosity Grade

Use and ask for licensed engine oils
with the dexos1® approved
certification mark. Engine oils
meeting the requirements for the
vehicle should have the dexos™1
approved certification mark. This
certification mark indicates that the
oil has been approved to the dexos1
specification.

SAE 5W-30 is the best viscosity
grade for the vehicle. Do not use
other viscosity grade oils such as
SAE 10W-30, 10W-40, or 20W-50.

Notice: Failure to use the
recommended engine oil or
equivalent can result in engine
damage not covered by the
vehicle warranty. Check with your
dealer or service provider on
whether the oil is approved to the
dexos1 specification.

Cold Temperature Operation: In an
area of extreme cold, where the
temperature falls below −29°C
(−20°F), an SAE 0W-30 oil may be
used. An oil of this viscosity grade
will provide easier cold starting for
the engine at extremely low
temperatures. When selecting an oil
of the appropriate viscosity grade,
always select an oil of the correct
specification. See “Specification”
earlier in this section for more
information.

Engine Oil Additives/Engine
Oil Flushes
Do not add anything to the oil. The
recommended oils with the dexos
specification and displaying the
dexos certification mark are all that
is needed for good performance and
engine protection.

Engine oil system flushes are not
recommended and could cause
engine damage not covered by the
vehicle warranty.

What to Do with Used Oil
Used engine oil contains certain
elements that can be unhealthy for
your skin and could even cause
cancer. Do not let used oil stay on
your skin for very long. Clean your
skin and nails with soap and water,
or a good hand cleaner. Wash or
properly dispose of clothing or rags
containing used engine oil. See the
manufacturer's warnings about the
use and disposal of oil products.
Used oil can be a threat to the
environment. If you change your
own oil, be sure to drain all the oil
from the filter before disposal. Never
dispose of oil by putting it in the
trash or pouring it on the ground,
into sewers, or into streams or
bodies of water. Recycle it by taking
it to a place that collects used oil.

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Engine Oil Life System
When to Change Engine Oil
This vehicle has a computer system
that indicates when to change the
engine oil and filter. This is based
on a combination of factors which
include engine revolutions, engine
temperature, and miles driven.
Based on driving conditions, the
mileage at which an oil change is
indicated can vary considerably. For
the oil life system to work properly,
the system must be reset every time
the oil is changed.
On some vehicles, when the system
has calculated that oil life has been
diminished, a CHANGE ENGINE
OIL SOON message comes on to
indicate that an oil change is
necessary. See Engine Oil
Messages on page 5‑40. Change
the oil as soon as possible within
the next 1 000 km (600 mi). It is
possible that, if driving under the
best conditions, the oil life system
might indicate that an oil change is
not necessary for up to a year. The

engine oil and filter must be
changed at least once a year and,
at this time, the system must be
reset. For vehicles without the
CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON
message, an oil change is needed
when the OIL LIFE
REMAINING percentage is near
0%. Your dealer has trained service
people who will perform this work
and reset the system. It is also
important to check the oil regularly
over the course of an oil drain
interval and keep it at the proper
level.
If the system is ever reset
accidentally, the oil must be
changed at 5 000 km (3,000 mi)
since the last oil change.
Remember to reset the oil life
system whenever the oil is changed.

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How to Reset the Engine Oil
Life System
Reset the system whenever the
engine oil is changed so that the
system can calculate the next
engine oil change. Always reset the
engine oil life to 100% after every oil
change. It will not reset itself. To
reset the system on most vehicles:
1. Display the OIL LIFE
REMAINING on the DIC. If the
vehicle does not have DIC
buttons, the vehicle must be in
P (Park) to access this display.
See Driver Information Center
(DIC) on page 5‑29.
2. Press and hold the SET/RESET
button on the DIC, or the trip
odometer reset stem if the
vehicle does not have DIC
buttons, for more than
five seconds. The oil life will
change to 100%.

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On all vehicles, the Engine Oil Life
System can be reset as follows:
1. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with
the engine off.
2. Fully press the accelerator pedal
slowly three times within
five seconds.
3. Display the OIL LIFE
REMAINING on the DIC. If the
display shows 100%, the system
is reset. See Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5‑29.
If the vehicle has a CHANGE
ENGINE OIL SOON message and it
comes back on when the vehicle is
started and/or the OIL LIFE
REMAINING is near 0%, the engine
oil life system has not been reset.
Repeat the procedure.

Automatic Transmission
Fluid (4-Speed
Transmission)
When to Check and Change
Automatic Transmission Fluid
A good time to check the automatic
transmission fluid level is when the
engine oil is changed.
Change the fluid and filter at the
intervals listed in Maintenance
Schedule on page 11‑3 and be sure
to use the transmission fluid listed in
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.

How to Check Automatic
Transmission Fluid
Because this operation can be a
little difficult, it may be best to have
this done at the dealer service
department.
If not taken to the dealer, be sure to
follow all the instructions here or a
false reading on the dipstick could
result.

Notice: Too much or too little
fluid can damage the
transmission. Too much can
mean that some of the fluid could
come out and fall on hot engine
parts or exhaust system parts,
starting a fire. Too little fluid
could cause the transmission to
overheat. Be sure to get an
accurate reading if checking the
transmission fluid.
Wait at least 30 minutes before
checking the transmission fluid level
if you have been driving:
.

When outside temperatures are
above 32°C (90°F).

.

At high speed for quite a while.

.

In heavy traffic — especially in
hot weather.

.

While pulling a trailer.

To get the right reading, the fluid
should be at normal operating
temperature, which is 82°C to 93°C
(180°F to 200°F).

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Get the vehicle warmed up by
driving about 24 km (15 miles) when
outside temperatures are above
10°C (50°F). If it is colder than 10°C
(50°F), drive the vehicle in 3 (Third)
until the engine temperature gauge
moves and then remains steady for
10 minutes.

2. With the parking brake applied,
place the shift lever in P (Park).

A cold fluid check can be made
after the vehicle has been sitting for
eight hours or more with the engine
off, but this is used only as a
reference. Let the engine run at idle
for five minutes if outside
temperatures are 10°C (50°F) or
more. If it is colder than 10°C
(50°F), the engine may have to idle
longer. Should the fluid level be low
during this cold check, the fluid must
be checked when hot before adding
fluid. Checking the fluid hot will give
you a more accurate reading of the
fluid level.

4. Let the engine run at idle for
three minutes or more.

Checking the Fluid Level
Prepare the vehicle as follows:
1. Park the vehicle on a level
place. Keep the engine running.

3. With your foot on the brake
pedal, move the shift lever
through each gear range,
pausing for about three seconds
in each range. Then, position the
shift lever in P (Park).

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2. Flip the handle up, then pull out
the dipstick and wipe it with a
clean rag or paper towel.
3. Push it back in all the way, wait
three seconds and then pull it
back out again.

Then, without shutting off the
engine, follow these steps:

1. Locate the transmission dipstick
handle with this graphic which is
located at the rear of the engine
compartment, on the passenger
side of the vehicle.
See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 10‑5 for more
information on location.

4. Check both sides of the dipstick,
and read the lower level. The
fluid level must be in the COLD
area, below the cross-hatched
area, for a cold check or in the
HOT or cross-hatched area for a
hot check. Be sure to keep the
dipstick pointed down to get an
accurate reading.
5. If the fluid level is in the
acceptable range, push the
dipstick back in all the way; then
flip the handle down to lock the
dipstick in place.

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Consistency of Readings
Always check the fluid level at least
twice using the procedure described
previously. Consistency (repeatable
readings) is important to maintaining
proper fluid level. If readings are still
inconsistent, contact the dealer.

How to Add Automatic
Transmission Fluid
Refer to Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 to
determine what kind of transmission
fluid to use.
Using a funnel, add fluid down the
transmission dipstick tube only after
checking the transmission fluid
while it is hot. A cold check is used
only as a reference. If the fluid level
is low, add only enough of the
proper fluid to bring the level up to
the HOT area for a hot check.
It does not take much fluid,
generally less than 0.5 Liter (1 Pint).
Do not overfill.

Notice: Use of the incorrect
automatic transmission fluid may
damage the vehicle, and the
damages may not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Always use
the automatic transmission fluid
listed in Recommended Fluids
and Lubricants on page 11‑12.
.

After adding fluid, recheck the
fluid level as described under
“How to Check Automatic
Transmission Fluid,” earlier in
this section.

.

When the correct fluid level is
obtained, push the dipstick back
in all the way; then flip the
handle down to lock the dipstick
in place.

Automatic Transmission
Fluid (6-Speed
Transmission)
When to Check and Change
Automatic Transmission Fluid
It is usually not necessary to check
the transmission fluid level. The only
reason for fluid loss is a
transmission leak or overheated
transmission. If a small leak is
suspected, then use the following
checking procedures to check the
fluid level. However, if there is a
large leak, then it may be necessary
to have the vehicle towed to a
dealer service department and have
it repaired before driving the vehicle
further.
Notice: Use of the incorrect
automatic transmission fluid may
damage the vehicle, and the
damages may not be covered by
the vehicle warranty. Always use
the automatic transmission fluid
listed in Recommended Fluids
and Lubricants on page 11‑12.

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Change the fluid and filter at the
scheduled maintenance intervals
listed in Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3. Be sure to use the
transmission fluid listed in
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.

How to Check Automatic
Transmission Fluid
Notice: Too much or too little
fluid can damage the
transmission. Too much can
mean that some of the fluid could
come out and fall on hot engine
parts or exhaust system parts,
starting a fire. Too little fluid
could cause the transmission to
overheat. Be sure to get an
accurate reading if checking the
transmission fluid.

Before checking the fluid level,
prepare the vehicle as follows:
1. Start the engine and park the
vehicle on a level surface. Keep
the engine running.
2. Apply the parking brake and
place the shift lever in P (Park).
3. With your foot on the brake
pedal, move the shift lever
through each gear range,
pausing for about three seconds
in each range. Then, move the
shift lever back to P (Park).
4. Allow the engine to idle (500 –
800 rpm) for at least 1 minute.
Slowly release the brake pedal.
5. Keep the engine running and
press the Trip/Fuel button or trip
odometer reset stem until
TRANS TEMP (Transmission
Temperature) displays on the
Driver Information Center (DIC).

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6. Using the TRANS TEMP
reading, determine and perform
the appropriate check
procedure. If the TRANS TEMP
reading is not within the required
temperature ranges, allow the
vehicle to cool, or operate the
vehicle until the appropriate
transmission fluid temperature is
reached.
Cold Check Procedure
Use this procedure only as a
reference to determine if the
transmission has enough fluid to be
operated safely until a hot check
procedure can be made. The hot
check procedure is the most
accurate method to check the fluid
level. Perform the hot check
procedure at the first opportunity.
Use this cold check procedure to
check fluid level when the
transmission temperature is
between 27°C and 32°C (80°F
and 90°F).

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Hot Check Procedure

1. Locate the transmission dipstick
at the rear of the engine
compartment, on the passenger
side of the vehicle.
See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 10‑5 for more
information.
2. Flip the handle up, then pull out
the dipstick and wipe it with a
clean rag or paper towel.
3. Install the dipstick by pushing it
back in all the way; wait
three seconds, and then pull it
back out again.
4. Check both sides of the dipstick
and read the lower level. Repeat
the check procedure to verify the
reading.

Use this procedure to check the
transmission fluid level when the
transmission fluid temperature is
between 71°C and 93°C (160°F
and 200°F).
5. If the fluid level is below the
COLD check band, add only
enough fluid as necessary to
bring the level into the COLD
band. It does not take much
fluid, generally less than 0.5 Liter
(1 Pint). Do not overfill.
6. Perform a hot check at the first
opportunity after the
transmission reaches a normal
operating temperature between
71°C to 93°C (160°F to 200°F).
7. If the fluid level is in the
acceptable range, push the
dipstick back in all the way, then
flip the handle down to lock the
dipstick in place.

The hot check is the most accurate
method to check the fluid level. The
hot check should be performed at
the first opportunity in order to verify
the cold check. The fluid level rises
as fluid temperature increases, so it
is important to ensure the
transmission temperature is within
range.

1. Locate the transmission dipstick
at the rear of the engine
compartment, on the passenger
side of the vehicle.

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See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 10‑5 for more
information.
2. Flip the handle up, then pull out
the dipstick and wipe it with a
clean rag or paper towel.
3. Install the dipstick by pushing it
back in all the way; wait
three seconds, and then pull it
back out again.
4. Check both sides of the dipstick
and read the lower level. Repeat
the check procedure to verify the
reading.

(160°F and 200°F), add or drain
fluid as necessary to bring the
level into the HOT band. If the
fluid level is low, add only
enough fluid to bring the level
into the HOT band. It does not
take much fluid, generally less
than 0.5 L (1 pint). Do not
overfill.
6. If the fluid level is in the
acceptable range, push the
dipstick back in all the way, then
flip the handle down to lock the
dipstick in place.

Consistency of Readings
Always check the fluid level at least
twice using the procedure described
previously. Consistency (repeatable
readings) is important to maintaining
proper fluid level. If readings are still
inconsistent, contact the dealer.

5. Safe operating level is within the
HOT cross hatch band on the
dipstick. If the fluid level is not
within the HOT band, and the
transmission temperature is
between 71°C and 93°C

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Manual Transmission
Fluid
It is not necessary to check the
manual transmission fluid level.
A transmission fluid leak is the only
reason for fluid loss. If a leak
occurs, take the vehicle to your
dealer service department and have
it repaired as soon as possible. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 for the
proper fluid to use.

Hydraulic Clutch
It is not necessary to regularly
check brake/clutch fluid unless you
suspect there is a leak in the
system. Adding fluid will not correct
a leak. A fluid loss in this system
could indicate a problem. Have the
system inspected and repaired.

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When to Check and What
to Use

The brake/hydraulic clutch fluid
reservoir cap has this symbol on it.
The common hydraulic clutch and
brake master cylinder fluid reservoir
is filled with DOT 3 brake fluid as
indicated on the reservoir cap. See
Engine Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5 for reservoir location.

How to Check and Add Fluid
Visually check the brake/clutch fluid
reservoir to make sure the fluid level
is at the MIN (minimum) line on the
side of the reservoir. The brake/
hydraulic clutch fluid system should
be closed and sealed.

Do not remove the cap to check the
fluid level or to top‐off the fluid level.
Remove the cap only when
necessary to add the proper fluid
until the level reaches the MIN line.

If driving on dusty/dirty conditions,
inspect the filter at each engine oil
change.

Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

To inspect the air cleaner/filter,
remove the engine air cleaner/filter
from the vehicle by following
Steps 1 through 6. When the engine
air cleaner/filter is removed, lightly
shake it to release loose dust and
dirt. If the engine air cleaner/filter
remains covered with dirt, a new
filter is required. Never use
compressed air to clean the filter.

If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see “Pickup Models” under “Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter” in the Duramax®
Diesel Supplement for the correct
inspection and replacement
procedures.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10‑5 for the location of the
engine air cleaner/filter.

When to Inspect the Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter
Inspect the air cleaner/filter at the
scheduled maintenance intervals
and replace it at the first oil change
after each 80 000 km (50,000 mi)
interval. See Maintenance Schedule
on page 11‑3 for more information.

How to Inspect the Engine Air
Cleaner/Filter

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Replacing the Engine Air Cleaner/
Filter

{ WARNING

3. Remove the engine air cleaner/
filter from the housing. Take care
to dislodge as little dirt as
possible.
1. Locate the air cleaner/filter
assembly. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5.
2. Loosen the four screws on the
cover of the housing and lift up
the cover.

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4. Clean the engine air cleaner/
filter sealing surfaces and the
housing.
5. Inspect or replace the engine air
cleaner/filter.
6. Reinstall the cover and tighten
the screws.

Operating the engine with the air
cleaner/filter off can cause you or
others to be burned. The air
cleaner not only cleans the air; it
helps to stop flames if the engine
backfires. Use caution when
working on the engine and do not
drive with the air cleaner/filter off.

Cooling System
If the vehicle has the Duramax®
diesel engine, see the Duramax
diesel supplement for more
information.
The cooling system allows the
engine to maintain the correct
working temperature.

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{ WARNING
Heater and radiator hoses, and
other engine parts, can be very
hot. Do not touch them. If you do,
you can be burned.

5.3 L V8 Engine Shown (4.3 L
V6 Engine, 4.8 L V8 Engine, 6.0 L
V8 Engine, and 6.2 L V8 Engine
Similar)

Do not run the engine if there is a
leak. If you run the engine, it
could lose all coolant. That could
cause an engine fire, and you
could be burned. Get any leak
fixed before you drive the vehicle.

A. Coolant Surge Tank
B. Coolant Surge Tank
Pressure Cap
C. Engine Cooling Fan

{ WARNING
An electric engine cooling fan can
start even when the engine is not
running. To avoid injury, always
keep hands, clothing, and tools
away from any engine
cooling fan.

Notice: Using coolant other than
DEX-COOL® can cause premature
engine, heater core, or radiator
corrosion. In addition, the engine
coolant could require changing
sooner, at 50 000 km (30,000 mi)
or 24 months, whichever occurs
first. Any repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Always use DEX-COOL
(silicate-free) coolant in the
vehicle.

Engine Coolant
The cooling system in the vehicle is
filled with DEX-COOL® engine
coolant. This coolant is designed to
remain in the vehicle for 5 years or
240 000 km (150,000 mi), whichever
occurs first.
The following explains the cooling
system and how to check and add
coolant when it is low. If there is a
problem with engine overheating,
see Engine Overheating on
page 10‑21.

What to Use

{ WARNING
Adding only plain water or some
other liquid to the cooling system
can be dangerous. Plain water
and other liquids, can boil before
the proper coolant mixture will.
The coolant warning system is set
for the proper coolant mixture.
With plain water or the wrong
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mixture, the engine could get too
hot but you would not get the
overheat warning. The engine
could catch fire and you or others
could be burned. Use a 50/
50 mixture of clean, drinkable
water and DEX-COOL coolant.
Use a 50/50 mixture of clean,
drinkable water and DEX-COOL
coolant. If using this mixture,
nothing else needs to be added.
This mixture:
.

Gives freezing protection down
to −37°C (−34°F), outside
temperature

.

Gives boiling protection up to
129°C (265°F), engine
temperature

.

Protects against rust and
corrosion

.

Will not damage aluminum parts

Helps keep the proper engine
temperature

Notice: If improper coolant
mixture, inhibitors, or additives
are used in the vehicle cooling
system, the engine could
overheat and be damaged. Too
much water in the mixture can
freeze and crack engine cooling
parts. The repairs would not be
covered by the warranty. Use only
the proper mixture of engine
coolant for the cooling system.
See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.
Never dispose of engine coolant by
putting it in the trash, pouring it on
the ground, or into sewers, streams,
or bodies of water. Have the coolant
changed by an authorized service
center, familiar with legal
requirements regarding used
coolant disposal. This will help
protect the environment and your
health.

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Checking Coolant
The coolant surge tank is located in
the engine compartment on the
passenger side of the vehicle. See
Engine Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5 for more information on
location.
The vehicle must be on a level
surface when checking the coolant
level.
Check to see if coolant is visible in
the coolant surge tank. If the coolant
inside the coolant surge tank is
boiling, do not do anything else until
it cools down. If coolant is visible
but the coolant level is not at or
above the FULL COLD mark, add a
50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable
water and DEX-COOL coolant at the
coolant surge tank, but be sure the
cooling system is cool before this
is done.

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{ WARNING

If no coolant is visible in the surge
tank, add coolant as follows:

You can be burned if you spill
coolant on hot engine parts.
Coolant contains ethylene glycol
and it will burn if the engine parts
are hot enough. Do not spill
coolant on a hot engine.

The coolant level should be at or
above the FULL COLD mark. If it is
not, there may be a leak in the
cooling system.

How to Add Coolant to the
Coolant Surge Tank for
Gasoline Engines
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see “Cooling System” in the
Duramax Diesel Supplement for the
proper coolant fill procedure.

Notice: This vehicle has a
specific coolant fill procedure.
Failure to follow this procedure
could cause the engine to
overheat and be severely
damaged.

{ WARNING
Steam and scalding liquids from a
hot cooling system can blow out
and burn you badly. Never turn
the cap when the cooling system,
including the surge tank pressure
cap, is hot. Wait for the cooling
system and surge tank pressure
cap to cool.

1. Remove the coolant surge tank
pressure cap when the cooling
system, including the coolant
surge tank pressure cap and
upper radiator hose, is no
longer hot.
Turn the pressure cap slowly
counterclockwise about one full
turn. If a hiss is heard, wait for
that to stop. A hiss means there
is still some pressure left.
2. Keep turning the pressure cap
slowly, and remove it.

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mixture to the coolant surge tank
until the level reaches the FULL
COLD mark.
5. Replace the pressure cap tightly.
6. Verify coolant level after the
engine is shut off and the
coolant is cold. If necessary,
repeat coolant fill procedure
Steps 1 through 6.

3. Fill the coolant surge tank with
the proper mixture to the FULL
COLD mark.
4. With the coolant surge tank
pressure cap off, start the
engine and let it run until the
engine coolant temperature
gauge indicates approximately
90°C (195°F).
By this time, the coolant level
inside the coolant surge tank
may be lower. If the level is
lower, add more of the proper

Notice: If the pressure cap is not
tightly installed, coolant loss and
possible engine damage may
occur. Be sure the cap is properly
and tightly secured.

Engine Overheating
If the vehicle has the Duramax®
Diesel engine, see the Duramax
Diesel Supplement for more
information.
The vehicle has several indicators
to warn of engine overheating.
There is a coolant temperature
gauge on the vehicle's instrument
panel. See Engine Coolant
Temperature Gauge on page 5‑15.

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In addition, there are ENGINE
OVERHEATED STOP ENGINE,
ENGINE OVERHEATED IDLE
ENGINE, and ENGINE POWER IS
REDUCED messages in the Driver
Information Center (DIC) on the
instrument panel. See Engine
Cooling System Messages on
page 5‑39 and Engine Power
Messages on page 5‑41.
If the decision is made not to lift the
hood when this warning appears,
get service help right away. See
Roadside Assistance Program
(Mexico) on page 13‑7 or Roadside
Assistance Program (U.S. and
Canada) on page 13‑11.
If the decision is made to lift the
hood, make sure the vehicle is
parked on a level surface.
Then check to see if the engine
cooling fans are running. If the
engine is overheating, both fans
should be running. If they are not,
do not continue to run the engine
and have the vehicle serviced.

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Notice: Running the engine
without coolant may cause
damage or a fire. Vehicle damage
would not be covered by the
warranty. See Overheated Engine
Protection Operating Mode on
page 10‑23 for information on
driving to a safe place in an
emergency.

If Steam is Coming from the
Engine Compartment

{ WARNING
Steam from an overheated engine
can burn you badly, even if you
just open the hood. Stay away
from the engine if you see or hear
steam coming from it. Turn it off
and get everyone away from the
vehicle until it cools down. Wait
until there is no sign of steam or
coolant before you open
the hood.
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
If you keep driving when the
vehicles engine is overheated,
the liquids in it can catch fire. You
or others could be badly burned.
Stop the engine if it overheats,
and get out of the vehicle until the
engine is cool.
See Overheated Engine
Protection Operating Mode on
page 10‑23 for information on
driving to a safe place in an
emergency.

If No Steam is Coming from
the Engine Compartment
The ENGINE OVERHEATED STOP
ENGINE or the ENGINE
OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE
message, along with a low coolant
condition, can indicate a serious
problem.

If there is an engine overheat
warning, but no steam is seen or
heard, the problem may not be too
serious. Sometimes the engine can
get a little too hot when the vehicle:
.

Climbs a long hill on a hot day

.

Stops after high-speed driving

.

Idles for long periods in traffic

.

Tows a trailer; see Trailer Towing
on page 9‑77.

If the ENGINE OVERHEATED
STOP ENGINE or the ENGINE
OVERHEATED IDLE ENGINE
message appears with no sign of
steam, try this for a minute or so:
1. Turn the air conditioning off.
2. Turn the heater on to the highest
temperature and to the highest
fan speed. Open the windows as
necessary.

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3. If stopped in a traffic jam, apply
the brake, shift to N (Neutral);
otherwise, shift to the highest
gear while driving — D (Drive) or
3 (Third).
If the temperature overheat gauge is
no longer in the overheat zone or an
overheat warning no longer
displays, the vehicle can be driven.
Continue to drive the vehicle slowly
for about 10 minutes. Keep a safe
vehicle distance from the vehicle in
front. If the warning does not come
back on, continue to drive normally.
If the warning continues, pull over,
stop, and park the vehicle
right away.
If there is no sign of steam, idle the
engine for five minutes while
parked. If the warning is still
displayed, turn off the engine until it
cools down. Also, see “Overheated
Engine Protection Operating Mode”
later in this section.

Overheated Engine
Protection
Operating Mode
If an overheated engine condition
exists and the ENGINE POWER IS
REDUCED message displays, an
overheat protection mode which
alternates firing groups of cylinders
helps to prevent engine damage. In
this mode, a loss in power and
engine performance will be noticed.
This operating mode allows the
vehicle to be driven to a safe place
in an emergency. Driving
extended km (mi) and/or towing a
trailer in the overheat protection
mode should be avoided.
Notice: After driving in the
overheated engine protection
operating mode, to avoid engine
damage, allow the engine to cool
before attempting any repair. The
engine oil will be severely
degraded. Repair the cause of
coolant loss, change the oil and
reset the oil life system. See
Engine Oil on page 10‑6.

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Engine Fan
If the vehicle has a clutched engine
cooling fan, when the clutch is
engaged, the fan spins faster to
provide more air to cool the engine.
In most everyday driving conditions,
the fan is spinning slower and the
clutch is not fully engaged. This
improves fuel economy and reduces
fan noise. Under heavy vehicle
loading, trailer towing, and/or high
outside temperatures, the fan speed
increases as the clutch more fully
engages, so an increase in fan
noise may be heard. This is normal
and should not be mistaken as the
transmission slipping or making
extra shifts. It is merely the cooling
system functioning properly. The fan
will slow down when additional
cooling is not required and the
clutch disengages.
This fan noise may also be heard
when starting the engine. It will go
away as the fan clutch partially
disengages.

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If the vehicle has electric cooling
fans, the fans may be heard
spinning at low speed during most
everyday driving. The fans may turn
off if no cooling is required. Under
heavy vehicle loading, trailer towing,
high outside temperatures,
or operation of the air conditioning
system, the fans may change to
high speed and an increase in fan
noise may be heard. This is normal
and indicates that the cooling
system is functioning properly. The
fans will change to low speed when
additional cooling is no longer
required.

When to Check Power Steering
Fluid

Power Steering Fluid

2. Wipe the cap and the top of the
reservoir clean.

It is not necessary to regularly
check power steering fluid unless
there is a leak suspected in the
system or an unusual noise is
heard. A fluid loss in this system
could indicate a problem. Have the
system inspected and repaired.

How to Check Power Steering
Fluid
To check the power steering fluid:
1. Turn the key off and let the
engine compartment cool down.

3. Unscrew the cap and wipe the
dipstick with a clean rag.
4. Replace the cap and completely
tighten it.
See Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10‑5 for reservoir location.

5. Remove the cap again and look
at the fluid level on the dipstick.

The level should be at the FULL
COLD mark. If necessary, add only
enough fluid to bring the level up to
the mark.

What to Use
To determine what kind of fluid to
use, see Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12. Always
use the proper fluid.
Notice: Use of the incorrect fluid
may damage the vehicle and the
damages may not be covered by
the vehicle's warranty. Always
use the correct fluid listed in
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.

Washer Fluid
What to Use
When windshield washer fluid needs
to be added, be sure to read the
manufacturer's instructions before
use. Use a fluid that has sufficient
protection against freezing in an
area where the temperature may fall
below freezing.

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Adding Washer Fluid
The vehicle has a low washer fluid
message on the DIC that comes on
when the washer fluid is low. The
message is displayed for
15 seconds at the start of each
ignition cycle. When the WASHER
FLUID LOW ADD FLUID message
displays, washer fluid will need to
be added to the windshield washer
fluid reservoir.

Open the cap with the washer
symbol on it. Add washer fluid until
the tank is full. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5 for reservoir location.

Notice
.

When using concentrated
washer fluid, follow the
manufacturer instructions for
adding water.

.

Do not mix water with
ready-to-use washer fluid.
Water can cause the solution
to freeze and damage the
washer fluid tank and other
parts of the washer system.

.

Fill the washer fluid tank only
three-quarters full when it is
very cold. This allows for
fluid expansion if freezing
occurs, which could damage
the tank if it is
completely full.

.

Do not use engine coolant
(antifreeze) in the windshield
washer. It can damage the
windshield washer system
and paint.

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Brakes
This vehicle has front disc brakes
and could have rear drum brakes or
rear disc brakes.
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.
The sound can come and go or be
heard all the time the vehicle is
moving, except when applying the
brake pedal firmly.

{ WARNING
The brake wear warning sound
means that soon the brakes will
not work well. That could lead to
a crash. When the brake wear
warning sound is heard, have the
vehicle serviced.
Notice: Continuing to drive with
worn-out brake pads could result
in costly brake repair.

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Some driving conditions or climates
can cause a brake squeal when the
brakes are first applied or lightly
applied. This does not mean
something is wrong with the brakes.
Properly torqued wheel nuts are
necessary to help prevent brake
pulsation. When tires are rotated,
inspect brake pads for wear and
evenly tighten wheel nuts in the
proper sequence to torque
specifications in Capacities and
Specifications on page 12‑2.
If the vehicle has rear drum brakes,
they do not have wear indicators,
but if a rear brake rubbing noise is
heard, have the rear brake linings
inspected immediately. Rear brake
drums should be removed and
inspected each time the tires are
removed for rotation or changing.
Drum brakes have an inspection
hole to inspect lining wear during
scheduled maintenance. When the
front brake pads are replaced, have
the rear brakes inspected, too.

Brake linings should always be
replaced as complete axle sets.

Brake Pedal Travel
See your dealer if the brake pedal
does not return to normal height,
or if there is a rapid increase in
pedal travel. This could be a sign
that brake service might be
required.

installing disc brake pads that are
wrong for the vehicle, can change
the balance between the front and
rear brakes — for the worse. The
braking performance expected can
change in many other ways if the
wrong replacement brake parts are
installed.

Brake Fluid

Brake Adjustment
Every time the brakes are applied,
with or without the vehicle moving,
the brakes adjust for wear.

Replacing Brake System Parts
The braking system on a vehicle is
complex. Its many parts have to be
of top quality and work well together
if the vehicle is to have really good
braking. The vehicle was designed
and tested with top-quality brake
parts. When parts of the braking
system are replaced, be sure to get
new, approved replacement parts.
If this is not done, the brakes might
not work properly. For example,

The brake master cylinder reservoir
is filled with DOT 3 brake fluid. See
Engine Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5 for the location of the
reservoir.

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There are only two reasons why the
brake fluid level in the reservoir
might go down:
.

The brake fluid level goes down
because of normal brake lining
wear. When new linings are
installed, the fluid level goes
back up.

.

A fluid leak in the brake
hydraulic system can also cause
a low fluid level. Have the brake
hydraulic system fixed, since a
leak means that sooner or later
the brakes will not work well.

Do not top off the brake fluid.
Adding fluid does not correct a leak.
If fluid is added when the linings are
worn, there will be too much fluid
when new brake linings are
installed. Add or remove brake fluid,
as necessary, only when work is
done on the brake hydraulic system.

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{ WARNING
If too much brake fluid is added, it
can spill on the engine and burn,
if the engine is hot enough. You
or others could be burned, and
the vehicle could be damaged.
Add brake fluid only when work is
done on the brake hydraulic
system. See “Checking Brake
Fluid” in this section.
When the brake fluid falls to a low
level, the brake warning light comes
on. See Brake System Warning
Light on page 5‑24.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedule
to determine when to check the
brake fluid. See Maintenance
Schedule on page 11‑3.

Checking Brake Fluid
Check brake fluid by looking at the
brake fluid reservoir. See Engine
Compartment Overview on
page 10‑5.

The fluid level should be above
MIN. If it is not, have the brake
hydraulic system checked to see if
there is a leak.
After work is done on the brake
hydraulic system, make sure the
level is above the MIN but not over
the MAX mark.
What to Add
Use only new DOT 3 brake fluid
from a sealed container. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12.

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Always clean the brake fluid
reservoir cap and the area around
the cap before removing it. This
helps keep dirt from entering the
reservoir.

{ WARNING
With the wrong kind of fluid in the
brake hydraulic system, the
brakes might not work well. This
could cause a crash. Always use
the proper brake fluid.
Notice
.

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Using the wrong fluid can
badly damage brake
hydraulic system parts. For
example, just a few drops of
mineral-based oil, such as
engine oil, in the brake
hydraulic system can
damage brake hydraulic
system parts so badly that
they will have to be replaced.
Do not let someone put in
the wrong kind of fluid.

.

If brake fluid is spilled on the
vehicle's painted surfaces,
the paint finish can be
damaged. Be careful not to
spill brake fluid on the
vehicle. If you do, wash it off
immediately.

Battery
If the vehicle is a Hybrid, see the
Hybrid Supplement for more
information.
This vehicle has a maintenance free
battery (or batteries). Refer to the
replacement number on the original
battery label when a new battery is
needed. See Engine Compartment
Overview on page 10‑5 for battery
location.

{ WARNING
Battery posts, terminals, and
related accessories contain lead
and lead compounds, chemicals
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
known to the State of California to
cause cancer and reproductive
harm. Wash hands after handling.

Vehicle Storage

{ WARNING
Batteries have acid that can burn
you and gas that can explode.
You can be badly hurt if you are
not careful. See Jump Starting on
page 10‑84 for tips on working
around a battery without
getting hurt.
Infrequent Usage: Remove the
black, negative (−) cable from the
battery to keep the battery from
running down.
Extended Storage: Remove the
black, negative (−) cable from the
battery or use a battery trickle
charger.

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Four-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case
When to Check Lubricant
Refer to Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3 to determine when to
check the lubricant.
How to Check Lubricant

Manual Shift Transfer Case

Active Transfer Case

A. Fill Plug

A. Fill Plug

B. Drain Plug

B. Drain Plug
To get an accurate reading, the
vehicle should be on a level
surface.

Electric Shift Transfer Case
A. Fill Plug
B. Drain Plug

If the level is below the bottom of
the fill plug (A) hole, located on the
transfer case, some lubricant will
need to be added. Add enough
lubricant to raise the level to the
bottom of the fill plug (A) hole. Use
care not to overtighten the plug.

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When to Change Lubricant

How to Check Lubricant

Refer to Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3 to determine how often to
change the lubricant.

To get an accurate reading, the
vehicle should be on a level
surface.

What to Use
Refer to Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 to
determine what kind of lubricant
to use.

Front Axle

All Except 1500 Series

When to Check and Change
Lubricant
It is not necessary to regularly
check front axle fluid unless a leak
is suspected, or an unusual noise is
heard. A fluid loss could indicate a
problem. Have it inspected and
repaired.

A. Fill Plug
B. Drain Plug
1500 Series

.

When the differential is cold, add
enough lubricant to raise the
level from 0 mm (0 in) to 3.2 mm
(1/8 in) below the fill
plug (A) hole.

.

When the differential is at
operating temperature (warm),
add enough lubricant to raise the
level to the bottom of the fill
plug (A) hole.

A. Fill Plug
B. Drain Plug

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What to Use
Refer to Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 to
determine what kind of lubricant
to use.

Rear Axle
When to Check Lubricant
It is not necessary to regularly
check rear axle fluid unless a leak is
suspected or an unusual noise is
heard. A fluid loss could indicate a
problem. Have it inspected and
repaired.
All axle assemblies are filled by
volume of fluid during production.
They are not filled to reach a certain
level. When checking the fluid level
on any axle, variations in the
readings can be caused by factory
fill differences between the minimum
and the maximum fluid volume.
Also, if a vehicle has just been
driven before checking the fluid
level, it may appear lower than
normal because fluid has traveled

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out along the axle tubes and has
not drained back to the sump area.
Therefore, a reading taken
five minutes after the vehicle has
been driven will appear to have a
lower fluid level than a vehicle that
has been stationary for an hour or
two. Remember that the rear axle
assembly must be supported to get
a true reading.

How to Check Lubricant
All Other Series and Engines
To get an accurate reading, the
vehicle should be on a level
surface.
.

For all 4.3 L, 4.8 L and 5.3 L
1500 Series applications, the
proper level is 1.0 mm to
19.0 mm (0.04 in to 0.7 in)
below the bottom of the fill hole,
located on the rear axle. Add
only enough fluid to reach the
proper level.

.

For all 6.0 L and 6.2 L 1500
Series applications, the proper
level is from 15 mm to 40 mm

2500HD with 6.0 L

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(0.6 in to 1.6 in) below the
bottom of the fill plug hole,
located on the rear axle. Add
only enough fluid to reach the
proper level.
.

.

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For all 6.0 L 2500HD Series
applications, the proper level is
from 0 mm to 13 mm (0 to 0.5 in)
below the bottom of the fill plug
hole, located on the rear axle.
Add only enough fluid to reach
the proper level.
For all 6.6 L Duramax Diesel
2500HD Series applications and
all 3500 Series applications, the
proper level is from 17 mm to
21 mm (0.6 in to 0.8 in) below the
bottom of the fill plug hole,
located on the rear axle. Add
only enough fluid to reach the
proper level.

What to Use
Refer to Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 to
determine what kind of lubricant
to use.

Noise Control System
The following information relates to
compliance with federal noise
emission standards for vehicles with
a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) of more than 4 536 kg
(10,000 lbs). The noise control
system warranty is given in your
warranty booklet.
These standards apply only to
vehicles sold in the United States.
Federal law prohibits the following
acts or the causing thereof:
1. The removal or rendering
inoperative by any person, other
than for purposes of
maintenance, repair or
replacement, of any device or
element of design incorporated
into any new vehicle for the
purpose of noise control, prior to
its sale or delivery to the ultimate
purchaser or while it is in use; or

2. The use of the vehicle after such
device or element of design has
been removed or rendered
inoperative by any person.
Among those acts presumed to
constitute tampering are the acts
listed below.
Insulation:
Removal of the noise shields or any
underhood insulation.
Engine:
Removal or rendering engine speed
governor, if the vehicle has one,
inoperative so as to allow engine
speed to exceed manufacturer
specifications.
Fan and Drive:
.

Removal of fan clutch, if the
vehicle has one, or rendering
clutch inoperative.

.

Removal of the fan shroud, if the
vehicle has one.

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Air Intake:
.

Removal of the air cleaner
silencer.

.

Modification of the air cleaner.

Exhaust:
.

Removal of the muffler and/or
resonator.

.

Removal of the exhaust pipes
and exhaust pipe clamps.

Starter Switch Check

{ WARNING
When you are doing this
inspection, the vehicle could
move suddenly. If the vehicle
moves, you or others could be
injured.
1. Before starting this check, be
sure there is enough room
around the vehicle.

2. Firmly apply both the parking
brake and the regular brake.
See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
Do not use the accelerator
pedal, and be ready to turn off
the engine immediately if it
starts.
3. For automatic transmission
vehicles, try to start the engine
in each gear. The vehicle should
start only in P (Park) or
N (Neutral). If the vehicle starts
in any other position, contact
your dealer for service.
For manual transmission
vehicles, put the shift lever in
Neutral, push the clutch pedal
down halfway, and try to start
the engine. The vehicle should
start only when the clutch pedal
is pushed down all the way to
the floor. If the vehicle starts
when the clutch pedal is not
pushed all the way down,
contact your dealer for service.

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Automatic Transmission
Shift Lock Control
Function Check

{ WARNING
When you are doing this
inspection, the vehicle could
move suddenly. If the vehicle
moves, you or others could be
injured.
1. Before starting this check, be
sure there is enough room
around the vehicle. It should be
parked on a level surface.
2. Firmly apply the parking brake.
See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
Be ready to apply the regular
brake immediately if the vehicle
begins to move.

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3. With the engine off, turn the
ignition on, but do not start the
engine. Without applying the
regular brake, try to move the
shift lever out of P (Park) with
normal effort. If the shift lever
moves out of P (Park), contact
your dealer for service.

Ignition Transmission
Lock Check
While parked, and with the parking
brake set, try to turn the ignition to
LOCK/OFF in each shift lever
position.
.

.

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For automatic transmission
vehicles, the ignition should turn
to LOCK/OFF only when the
shift lever is in P (Park).
For manual transmission
vehicles, the ignition should turn
to LOCK/OFF only when you
press the key release button.

On all vehicles, the ignition key
should come out only in LOCK/OFF.
Contact your dealer if service is
required.

Park on a fairly steep hill, with the
vehicle facing downhill. Keeping
your foot on the regular brake, set
the parking brake.
.

To check the parking brake's
holding ability: With the engine
running and the transmission in
N (Neutral), slowly remove foot
pressure from the regular brake
pedal. Do this until the vehicle is
held by the parking brake only.

.

To check the P (Park)
mechanism's holding ability:
With the engine running, shift to
P (Park). Then release the
parking brake followed by the
regular brake.

Park Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check

{ WARNING
When you are doing this check,
the vehicle could begin to move.
You or others could be injured
and property could be damaged.
Make sure there is room in front
of the vehicle in case it begins to
roll. Be ready to apply the regular
brake at once should the vehicle
begin to move.

Contact your dealer if service is
required.

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Wiper Blade Replacement

Headlamp Aiming

Windshield wiper blades should be
inspected for wear or cracking. See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3.

Headlamp aim has been preset and
should need no further adjustment.

Replacement blades come in
different types and are removed in
different ways. To remove the wiper
blade:
1. Pull the windshield wiper arm
connector away from the
windshield.

3. Install the new blade onto the
arm connector and make sure
the grooved areas are fully set in
the locked position.
For the proper type and size, see
Maintenance Replacement Parts on
page 11‑15.

Glass Replacement
If the windshield or front side glass
must be replaced, see your dealer
to determine the correct
replacement glass.
2. Squeeze the grooved areas on
each side of the blade, and turn
the blade assembly away from
the arm connector.

If the vehicle is damaged in a crash,
the headlamp aim may be affected.
If adjustment to the headlamps is
necessary, see your dealer.

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Bulb Replacement
For the proper type of replacement
bulbs, see Replacement Bulbs on
page 10‑39.

Headlamps, Front Turn
Signal, Sidemarker, and
Parking Lamps

2. If you are replacing the bulb on
the passenger side, remove the
Engine Air Cleaner cover. See
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10‑16 for more information.

For any bulb‐changing procedure
not listed in this section, contact
your dealer.

3. Reach in and access the bulb
sockets from inside the engine
compartment.

Halogen Bulbs

4. Turn the bulb socket
counterclockwise to remove it
from the headlamp assembly
and pull it straight out.

{ WARNING
Halogen bulbs have pressurized
gas inside and can burst if you
drop or scratch the bulb. You or
others could be injured. Be sure
to read and follow the instructions
on the bulb package.

5. Unplug the electrical connector
from the old bulb by releasing
the clips on the bulb socket.
A. Park/Turn Signal/
Sidemarker Lamp
B. Low‐Beam Headlamp
C. High‐Beam Headlamp
1. Open the hood. See Hood on
page 10‑4

6. Replace it with a new bulb.
7. Plug in the electrical connector.
8. Reinstall the new bulb socket
into the headlamp assembly and
turn it clockwise to secure.

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Pick-Up Box Identification
and Fender Marker
Lamps

Taillamps (Chassis Cab
Models)

4. Install a new bulb into the
socket, turn it clockwise, and
press it in until it is tight.
5. Reinstall the lens and the four
screws.

The pick-up box identification lamps
are LEDs. For replacement of the
LED lighting assembly contact your
dealer.

Taillamps, Turn Signal,
Stoplamps, and Back-Up
Lamps

To replace a pickup box fender
marker lamp bulb:
1. Press the tab from the back to
remove the lamp.
2. Turn the bulb socket
counterclockwise to remove from
the lamp assembly.

A. Backup Lamp

3. Gently pry the bulb from the
socket.

B. Stoplamp/Taillamp/Turn
Signal Lamp

4. Install the new bulb in socket.

To replace one of these bulbs:

5. Reinstall socket into lamp
assembly.

1. Remove the four screws.

6. Reinstall the lamp assembly.

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2. Lift the lens off the lamp
assembly.
3. Turn the old bulb
counterclockwise and pull it
straight out from the socket.

A. Stoplamp/Taillamp/Turn
Signal Lamp
B. Back-up Lamp

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To replace one of these bulbs:
1. Open the tailgate. See Tailgate
on page 2‑9 for more
information.

4. Pull the old bulb straight out
from the socket.

To replace one of these bulbs:

5. Press a new bulb into the socket
and turn the socket clockwise
into the taillamp assembly.
6. Reinstall the taillamp assembly.

Center High-Mounted
Stoplamp (CHMSL) and
Cargo Lamp

2. Remove the two rear lamp
assembly screws near the
tailgate latch strikerpost and pull
rearward until disengaging the
two outer pins on the taillamp
assembly from the vehicle.
3. Turn the bulb socket
counterclockwise to remove it
from the taillamp assembly.

1. Remove the two screws and lift
off the lamp assembly.
2. On the reverse side of the lamp
assembly, remove the bulb
socket by turning it one quarter
turn counterclockwise and pull it
straight out.
3. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out of the socket.

A. Cargo Lamp
B. Center High-Mounted Stoplamp
(CHMSL) Bulb

4. Install the bulb by pushing the
bulb straight into the socket.
5. Install the bulb socket into the
lamp assembly by turning it
one quarter turn clockwise.
6. Reinstall the lamp assembly and
tighten the screws.

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License Plate Lamp

3. Turn the bulb socket (C) one‐
quarter turn to release the bulb
socket from the lamp
housing (A).
4. Pull the bulb (B) from the bulb
socket (C).
5. Reverse the steps to install.

Replacement Bulbs
A. License Plate Lamp Housing

Exterior Lamp

Bulb
Number

B. Bulb

Back-up Lamp

3047K

C. Bulb Socket

Back-up Lamp*

1156

To replace one of these bulbs:

Cargo Lamp and
Center
High-Mounted
Stoplamp
(CHMSL)

1. Using a small flat-bladed tool,
insert the blade end at the back
edge of the rear license plate
lamp housing (A).
2. Gently push forward while lifting
the back edge of the lamp
housing from the bumper
opening.

Fender Marker
Lamp (If Equipped)
Front Turn Signal
Lamp and
Parking Lamp

912LL

Exterior Lamp

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Bulb
Number

High-Beam
Headlamp

9005

Low-Beam
Headlamp

H11

License
Plate Lamp

168

Stoplamp/Taillamp/
Turn Signal Lamp
Stoplamp/Turn
Signal Lamp/
Taillamp*

3047K
1157

* Chassis Cab Models
For replacement bulbs not listed
here, contact your dealer.

W5WLL
3157A

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Electrical System
Electrical System
Overload
The vehicle has fuses and circuit
breakers to protect against an
electrical system overload.
When the current electrical load is
too heavy, the circuit breaker opens
and closes, protecting the circuit
until the current load returns to
normal or the problem is fixed. This
greatly reduces the chance of circuit
overload and fire caused by
electrical problems.
Fuses and circuit breakers protect
power devices in the vehicle.
Replace a bad fuse with a new one
of the identical size and rating.
If there is a problem on the road and
a fuse needs to be replaced, the
same amperage fuse can be
borrowed. Choose some feature of
the vehicle that is not needed to use
and replace it as soon as possible.

Headlamp Wiring
An electrical overload may cause
the lamps to go on and off, or in
some cases to remain off. Have the
headlamp wiring checked right away
if the lamps go on and off or
remain off.

Windshield Wipers
If the wiper motor overheats due to
heavy snow or ice, the windshield
wipers will stop until the motor cools
and will then restart.
Although the circuit is protected
from electrical overload, overload
due to heavy snow or ice may
cause wiper linkage damage.
Always clear ice and heavy snow
from the windshield before using the
windshield wipers.
If the overload is caused by an
electrical problem and not snow or
ice, be sure to get it fixed.

Fuses and Circuit
Breakers
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
The wiring circuits in the vehicle are
protected from short circuits by a
combination of fuses, circuit
breakers and fusible thermal links.
This greatly reduces the chance of
fires caused by electrical problems.
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.
If you ever have a problem on the
road and don't have a spare fuse,
you can borrow one that has the
same amperage. Just pick some
feature of your vehicle that you can
get along without– like the radio or
accessory power outlet– and use its
fuse, if it is the correct amperage.
Replace it as soon as you can.

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Engine Compartment
Fuse Block
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax Diesel supplement
for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
The Engine Compartment Fuse
Block is located in the engine
compartment, on the driver side of
the vehicle.

Lift the cover to access the fuse
block.
Notice: Spilling liquid on any
electrical component on the
vehicle may damage it. Always
keep the covers on any electrical
component.
To remove fuses, hold the end of
the fuse between your thumb and
index finger and pull straight out.

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Fuses

Fuses

Usage

Fuses

Usage

1

Right Trailer Stop/
Turn Lamp

3

Left Trailer Stop/
Turn Lamp

2

Electronic
Suspension
Control, Automatic
Level Control
Exhaust

4

Engine Controls

5

Engine Control
Module, Throttle
Control

Usage

6

Trailer Brake
Controller

7

Front Washer

8

Oxygen Sensor

9

Antilock Brakes
System 2

10

Trailer Back-up
Lamps

11

Driver Side
Low-Beam
Headlamp

12

Engine Control
Module (Battery)

13

Fuel Injectors,
Ignition Coils
(Right Side)

14

Transmission
Control Module
(Battery)

15

Vehicle Back-up
Lamps

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Fuses
16

Usage
Passenger Side
Low-Beam
Headlamp

17

Air Conditioning
Compressor

18

Oxygen Sensors

19

Transmission
Controls (Ignition)

20

Fuel Pump

21

Fuel System
Control Module

22

Not Used

23

Not Used

24

Fuel Injectors,
Ignition Coils
(Left Side)

25

Trailer Park Lamps

26

Driver Side Park
Lamps

27

Passenger Side
Park Lamps

Fuses

Usage

28

Fog Lamps

29

Horn

30

Passenger Side
High-Beam
Headlamp

31

Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL)

32

Driver Side
High-Beam
Headlamp

33

Daytime Running
Lamps 2

34

Sunroof

35

Key Ignition
System, Theft
Deterrent System

36

Windshield Wiper

37

SEO B2 Upfitter
Usage (Battery)

38

Electric Adjustable
Pedals

Fuses

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Usage

39

Climate Controls
(Battery)

40

Airbag System
(Ignition)

41

Amplifier

42

Audio System

43

Miscellaneous
(Ignition), Cruise
Control

44

Not Used

45

Airbag System
(Battery)

46

Instrument Panel
Cluster

47

Power Take-Off

48

Auxiliary Climate
Control (Ignition)

49

Center
High-Mounted
Stoplamp (CHMSL)

50

Rear Defogger

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Usage

51

Heated Mirrors

52

SEO B1 Upfitter
Usage (Battery)

53

Accessory Power
Outlet

54

SEO Upfitter
Usage

55

Climate Controls
(Ignition)

56

J-Case
Fuses

Engine Control
Module, Secondary
Fuel Pump
(Ignition)

J-Case
Fuses

Cooling Fan 1

58

Not Used

59

Heavy Duty
Antilock Brake
System
Cooling Fan 2

Usage

J-Case
Fuses

Usage

72

Left Bussed
Electrical Center 2

Relays

Usage

61

Antilock Brake
System 1

62

Starter

63

Stud 2 (Trailer
Brakes)

FAN HI

Left Bussed
Electrical Center 1

Cooling Fan High
Speed

FAN LO

Cooling Fan Low
Speed

FAN CNTRL

Cooling Fan
Control

HDLP
LO/HID

Low-Beam
Headlamp

FOG LAMP

Front Fog Lamps

A/C
CMPRSR

Air Conditioning
Compressor

64
65

Not Used

66

Not Used

67

Transfer Case

68

Stud 1 (Trailer
Connector Battery
Power) (Optional 40A Fuse
Required)

Usage

57

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69

Mid-Bussed
Electrical Center 1

STRTR

Starter

PWR/TRN

Powertrain

70

Climate Control
Blower

FUEL PMP

Fuel Pump

PRK LAMP

Parking Lamps

71

Not Used

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Usage

REAR
DEFOG

Rear Defogger

RUN/CRNK

Switched Power

Instrument Panel Fuse
Block

The instrument panel fuse block
access door is located on the driver
side edge of the instrument panel.
Pull off the cover to access the fuse
block.

The vehicle may not be equipped
with all of the fuses, relays, and
features shown.
Fuses
Usage
1

Rear Seats

2

Rear Accessory
Power Outlet

Fuses

Usage

3

Steering Wheel
Controls Backlight

4

Driver Door Module

5

Dome Lamps, Driver
Side Turn Signal

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Usage

6

Driver Side Turn
Signal, Stoplamp

7

Instrument Panel
Back Lighting

8

Passenger Side Turn
Signal, Stoplamp

9

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Fuses

Usage

17

Interior Lamps

18

Power Door Lock 1
(Unlock Feature)

19

Rear Seat
Entertainment

20

Ultrasonic Rear
Parking Assist, Power
Liftgate

Passenger Door
Module, Driver Unlock

10

Power Door Lock 2
(Unlock Feature)

21

Power Door Lock 1
(Lock Feature)

11

Power Door Lock 2
(Lock Feature)

22

Driver Information
Center (DIC)

12

Stoplamps, Center
High‐Mounted
Stoplamp

23

Rear Wiper

24

Cooled Seats

25

Driver Seat Module,
Remote Keyless Entry
System

26

Driver Power Door
Lock (Unlock Feature)

13

Rear Climate Controls

14

Power Mirror

15

Body Control
Module (BCM)

16

Accessory Power
Outlets

Circuit
Breaker
LT DR

Harness
Connector

Usage
Driver Side Power
Window Circuit
Breaker

Usage

LT DR

Driver Door
Harness
Connection

BODY

Harness Connector

BODY

Harness Connector

Center Instrument Panel Fuse
Block
The center instrument panel fuse
block is located underneath the
instrument panel, to the left of the
steering column.

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Top View

Harness
Connector
HEADLINER 2

HEADLINER 1

Wheels and Tires
Usage
Headliner
Harness
Connector 2
Headliner
Harness
Connector 1

SEO/UPFITTER Special
Equipment
Option Upfitter
Harness
Connector
Harness
Connector

Usage

BODY 2

Body Harness
Connector 2

BODY 1

Body Harness
Connector 1

BODY 3
HEADLINER 3

Body Harness
Connector 3
Headliner
Harness
Connector 3

Circuit
Breaker
CB1

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Tires
Every new GM vehicle has
high-quality tires made by a
leading tire manufacturer. See
the warranty manual for
information regarding the tire
warranty and where to get
service. For additional
information refer to the tire
manufacturer.

{ WARNING
Usage
Passenger Side
Power Window Circuit
Breaker

CB2

Passenger Seat
Circuit Breaker

CB3

Driver Seat Circuit
Breaker

CB4

Rear Sliding Window

.

Poorly maintained and
improperly used tires are
dangerous.

.

Overloading the tires can
cause overheating as a
result of too much flexing.
There could be a blowout
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WARNING (Continued)
and a serious crash. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.
.

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Underinflated tires pose
the same danger as
overloaded tires. The
resulting crash could
cause serious injury.
Check all tires frequently
to maintain the
recommended pressure.
Tire pressure should be
checked when the tires
are cold.
Overinflated tires are more
likely to be cut, punctured,
or broken by a sudden
impact— such as when
hitting a pothole. Keep
tires at the recommended
pressure.
(Continued)

WARNING (Continued)
.

Worn or old tires can
cause a crash. If the tread
is badly worn,
replace them.

.

Replace any tires that
have been damaged by
impacts with potholes,
curbs, etc.

.

Improperly repaired tires
can cause a crash. Only
the dealer or an
authorized tire service
center should repair,
replace, dismount, and
mount the tires.

.

Do not spin the tires in
excess of 56 km/h
(35 mph) on slippery
surfaces such as snow,
mud, ice, etc. Excessive
spinning may cause the
tires to explode.

See Tire Pressure for
High-Speed Operation on
page 10‑58 for inflation pressure
adjustment for high speed
driving.
20‐Inch Tires
If the vehicle has 20‐inch P275/
55R20 size tires, they are
classified as touring tires and
are designed for on road use.
The low‐profile, wide tread
design is not recommended for
“off‐road” driving or commercial
uses such as snow plowing. See
Off-Road Driving on page 9‑5
and Adding a Snow Plow or
Similar Equipment on
page 9‑105 for additional
information.
Notice: Low‐profile tires are
more susceptible to damage
from road hazards or curb
impact than standard profile
tires. Tire and/or wheel
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when coming into contact
with road hazards like,
potholes, or sharp edged
objects, or when sliding into a
curb. The warranty does not
cover this type of damage.
Keep tires set to the correct
inflation pressure and, when
possible, avoid contact with
curbs, potholes, and other
road hazards.

All-Season Tires
This vehicle may come with
all-season tires. These tires are
designed to provide good overall
performance on most road surfaces
and weather conditions. Original
equipment tires designed to GM's
specific tire performance criteria
have a TPC specification code
molded onto the sidewall. Original
equipment all-season tires can be
identified by the last two characters
of this TPC code, which will
be “MS.”

Consider installing winter tires on
the vehicle if frequent driving on
snow or ice-covered roads is
expected. All-season tires provide
adequate performance for most
winter driving conditions, but they
may not offer the same level of
traction or performance as winter
tires on snow or ice-covered roads.
See Winter Tires on page 10‑49.

Winter Tires
This vehicle was not, originally,
equipped with winter tires. Winter
tires are designed for increased
traction on snow and ice-covered
roads. Consider installing winter
tires on the vehicle if frequent
driving on snow or ice-covered
roads is expected. See your dealer
for details regarding winter tire
availability and proper tire selection.
Also, see Buying New Tires on
page 10‑66.

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With winter tires, there may be
decreased dry road traction,
increased road noise, and shorter
tread life. After changing to winter
tires, be alert for changes in vehicle
handling and braking.
If using winter tires:
.

Use tires of the same brand and
tread type on all four wheel
positions.

.

Use only radial ply tires of the
same size, load range, and
speed rating as the original
equipment tires.

Winter tires with the same speed
rating as the original equipment tires
may not be available for H, V, W, Y,
and ZR speed rated tires. If winter
tires with a lower speed rating are
chosen, never exceed the tire's
maximum speed capability.

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Summer Tires
This vehicle may come with high
performance summer tires. These
tires have a special tread and
compound that are optimized for
maximum dry and wet road
performance. This special tread and
compound will decrease
performance in cold climates, and
on ice and snow. We recommend
installing winter tires on the vehicle
if frequent driving in cold
temperatures or on snow or ice
covered roads is expected. See
Winter Tires on page 10‑49.

Tire Sidewall Labeling
Useful information about a tire is
molded into the sidewall. The
examples show a typical
passenger and light truck tire
sidewall.

criteria have a TPC specification
code molded onto the sidewall.
GM's TPC specifications meet or
exceed all federal safety
guidelines.

Passenger (P-Metric) Tire

(A) Tire Size: The tire size
code is a combination of letters
and numbers used to define a
particular tire's width, height,
aspect ratio, construction type,
and service description. See the
“Tire Size” illustration later in this
section for more detail.
(B) TPC Spec (Tire
Performance Criteria
Specification): Original
equipment tires designed to
GM's specific tire performance

(C) DOT (Department of
Transportation): The
Department of Transportation
(DOT) code indicates that the
tire is in compliance with the
U.S. Department of
Transportation Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards.
DOT Tire Date of
Manufacture: The last four
digits of the TIN indicate the tire
manufactured date. The first two
digits represent the week
(01-52) and the last two digits,
the year. For example, the third
week of the year 2010 would
have a four-digit DOT date
of 0310.

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(D) Tire Identification Number
(TIN): The letters and numbers
following the DOT code are the
Tire Identification Number (TIN).
The TIN shows the
manufacturer and plant code,
tire size, and date the tire was
manufactured. The TIN is
molded onto both sides of the
tire, although only one side may
have the date of manufacture.

(G) Maximum Cold Inflation
Load Limit: Maximum load that
can be carried and the
maximum pressure needed to
support that load. For
information on recommended
tire pressure see Tire Pressure
on page 10‑56 and Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15.

(E) Tire Ply Material : The type
of cord and number of plies in
the sidewall and under the tread.
(F) Uniform Tire Quality
Grading (UTQG): Tire
manufacturers are required to
grade tires based on three
performance factors: treadwear,
traction, and temperature
resistance. For more
information, see Uniform Tire
Quality Grading on page 10‑68.

Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire

(A) Tire Size: The tire size
code is a combination of letters
and numbers used to define a
particular tire's width, height,

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aspect ratio, construction type,
and service description. See the
“Tire Size” illustration later in this
section for more detail.
(B) TPC Spec (Tire
Performance Criteria
Specification): Original
equipment tires designed to
GM's specific tire performance
criteria have a TPC specification
code molded onto the sidewall.
GM's TPC specifications meet or
exceed all federal safety
guidelines.
(C) Dual Tire Maximum Load:
Maximum load that can be
carried and the maximum
pressure needed to support that
load when used in a dual
configuration. For information on
recommended tire pressure see
Tire Pressure on page 10‑56
and Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.

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(D) DOT (Department of
Transportation): The
Department of Transportation
(DOT) code indicates that the
tire is in compliance with the
U.S. Department of
Transportation Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards.
DOT Tire Date of
Manufacture: The last four
digits of the TIN indicate the tire
manufactured date. The first two
digits represent the week
(01-52) and the last two digits,
the year. For example, the third
week of the year 2010 would
have a four-digit DOT date
of 0310.
(E) Tire Identification Number
(TIN): The letters and numbers
following the DOT code are the
Tire Identification Number (TIN).
The TIN shows the
manufacturer and plant code,
tire size, and date the tire was

manufactured. The TIN is
molded onto both sides of the
tire, although only one side may
have the date of manufacture.
(F) Tire Ply Material : The type
of cord and number of plies in
the sidewall and under the tread.
(G) Single Tire Maximum
Load: Maximum load that can
be carried and the maximum
pressure needed to support that
load when used as a single. For
information on recommended
tire pressure see Tire Pressure
on page 10‑56 and Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15.

Tire Designations
Tire Size
The examples show a typical
passenger vehicle and light
truck tire size.

Passenger (P‐Metric) Tire

(A) Passenger (P‐Metric) Tire:
The United States version of a
metric tire sizing system. The
letter P as the first character in
the tire size means a passenger
vehicle tire engineered to
standards set by the U.S. Tire
and Rim Association.
(B) Tire Width: The three‐digit
number indicates the tire section
width in millimeters from
sidewall to sidewall.
(C) Aspect Ratio: A two‐digit
number that indicates the tire
height‐to‐width measurements.
For example, if the tire size
aspect ratio is 75, as shown in
item C of the tire illustration, it

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(LT‐Metric) tire illustration, it
would mean that the tire's
sidewall is 75 percent as high as
it is wide.

would mean that the tire's
sidewall is 75 percent as high as
it is wide.
(D) Construction Code: A
letter code is used to indicate
the type of ply construction in
the tire. The letter R means
radial ply construction; the
letter D means diagonal or bias
ply construction; and the letter B
means belted‐bias ply
construction.
(E) Rim Diameter : Diameter of
the wheel in inches.
(F) Service Description: These
characters represent the load
index and speed rating of the
tire. The load index represents
the load carrying capacity a tire
is certified to carry. The speed
rating is the maximum speed a
tire is certified to carry a load.

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Light Truck (LT‐Metric) Tire

(A) Light Truck (LT‐Metric)
Tire: The United States version
of a metric tire sizing system.
The letters LT as the first two
characters in the tire size mean
a light truck tire engineered to
standards set by the U.S. Tire
and Rim Association.
(B) Tire Width: The three‐digit
number indicates the tire section
width in millimeters from
sidewall to sidewall.
(C) Aspect Ratio: A two‐digit
number that indicates the tire
height‐to‐width measurements.
For example, if the tire size
aspect ratio is 75, as shown in
item C of the light truck

(D) Construction Code: A
letter code is used to indicate
the type of ply construction in
the tire. The letter R means
radial ply construction; the
letter D means diagonal or bias
ply construction; and the letter B
means belted‐bias ply
construction.
(E) Rim Diameter : Diameter of
the wheel in inches.
(F) Load Range: Load Range.
(G) Service Description: The
service description indicates the
load index and speed rating of a
tire. If two numbers are given as
in the example, 120/116, then
this represents the load index for
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(single/dual). The speed rating is
the maximum speed a tire is
certified to carry a load.

Tire Terminology and
Definitions
Air Pressure: The amount of
air inside the tire pressing
outward on each square inch of
the tire. Air pressure is
expressed in kPa (kilopascal)
or psi (pounds per square inch).
Accessory Weight: The
combined weight of optional
accessories. Some examples of
optional accessories are
automatic transmission, power
steering, power brakes, power
windows, power seats, and air
conditioning.
Aspect Ratio: The relationship
of a tire's height to its width.

Belt: A rubber coated layer of
cords between the plies and the
tread. Cords may be made from
steel or other reinforcing
materials.
Bead: The tire bead contains
steel wires wrapped by steel
cords that hold the tire onto
the rim.
Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire
in which the plies are laid at
alternate angles less than
90 degrees to the centerline of
the tread.
Cold Tire Pressure: The
amount of air pressure in a tire,
measured in kPa (kilopascal)
or psi (pounds per square inch)
before a tire has built up heat
from driving. See Tire Pressure
on page 10‑56.
Curb Weight: The weight of a
motor vehicle with standard and
optional equipment including the

maximum capacity of fuel, oil,
and coolant, but without
passengers and cargo.
DOT Markings: A code molded
into the sidewall of a tire
signifying that the tire is in
compliance with the U.S.
Department of Transportation
(DOT) Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards. The DOT code
includes the Tire Identification
Number (TIN), an alphanumeric
designator which can also
identify the tire manufacturer,
production plant, brand, and
date of production.
GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9‑15.
GAWR FRT: Gross Axle Weight
Rating for the front axle. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.

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GAWR RR: Gross Axle Weight
Rating for the rear axle. See
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.

Maximum Load Rating: The
load rating for a tire at the
maximum permissible inflation
pressure for that tire.

model name molding that is
higher or deeper than the same
moldings on the other sidewall
of the tire.

Intended Outboard Sidewall :
The side of an asymmetrical tire,
that must always face outward
when mounted on a vehicle.

Maximum Loaded Vehicle
Weight: The sum of curb
weight, accessory weight,
vehicle capacity weight, and
production options weight.

Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: A
tire used on passenger cars and
some light duty trucks and
multipurpose vehicles.

Kilopascal (kPa): The metric
unit for air pressure.
Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire: A
tire used on light duty trucks and
some multipurpose passenger
vehicles.
Load Index: An assigned
number ranging from 1 to 279
that corresponds to the load
carrying capacity of a tire.
Maximum Inflation Pressure:
The maximum air pressure to
which a cold tire can be inflated.
The maximum air pressure is
molded onto the sidewall.

Normal Occupant Weight: The
number of occupants a vehicle
is designed to seat multiplied by
68 kg (150 lbs). See Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9‑15.
Occupant Distribution :
Designated seating positions.
Outward Facing Sidewall: The
side of an asymmetrical tire that
has a particular side that faces
outward when mounted on a
vehicle. The side of the tire that
contains a whitewall, bears
white lettering, or bears
manufacturer, brand, and/or

Recommended Inflation
Pressure: Vehicle
manufacturer's recommended
tire inflation pressure as shown
on the tire placard. See Tire
Pressure on page 10‑56 and
Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.
Radial Ply Tire: A pneumatic
tire in which the ply cords that
extend to the beads are laid at
90 degrees to the centerline of
the tread.
Rim: A metal support for a tire
and upon which the tire beads
are seated.

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Sidewall: The portion of a tire
between the tread and the bead.
Speed Rating: An
alphanumeric code assigned to
a tire indicating the maximum
speed at which a tire can
operate.
Traction: The friction between
the tire and the road surface.
The amount of grip provided.
Tread: The portion of a tire that
comes into contact with
the road.
Treadwear Indicators: Narrow
bands, sometimes called wear
bars, that show across the tread
of a tire when only 1.6 mm
(1/16 in) of tread remains. See
When It Is Time for New Tires
on page 10‑65.
UTQGS (Uniform Tire Quality
Grading Standards): A tire
information system that provides
consumers with ratings for a

tire's traction, temperature, and
treadwear. Ratings are
determined by tire
manufacturers using
government testing procedures.
The ratings are molded into the
sidewall of the tire. See Uniform
Tire Quality Grading on
page 10‑68.

recommended inflation pressure.
See “Tire and Loading
Information Label” under Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9‑15.

Vehicle Capacity Weight: The
number of designated seating
positions multiplied by
68 kg (150 lbs) plus the rated
cargo load. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15.

Notice: Neither tire
underinflation nor
overinflation is good.
Underinflated tires, or tires
that do not have enough air,
can result in:

Vehicle Maximum Load on the
Tire: Load on an individual tire
due to curb weight, accessory
weight, occupant weight, and
cargo weight.
Vehicle Placard: A label
permanently attached to a
vehicle showing the vehicle
capacity weight and the original
equipment tire size and

Tire Pressure
Tires need the correct amount of
air pressure to operate
effectively.

.

Tire overloading and
overheating which could
lead to a blowout.

.

Premature or
irregular wear.

.

Poor handling.

.

Reduced fuel economy.

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.

Unusual wear.

vehicle handling and ride
comfort. Never load the vehicle
with more weight than it was
designed to carry.

.

Poor handling.

When to Check

.

Rough ride.

.

Needless damage from
road hazards.

Check the tires once a month
or more.

Overinflated tires, or tires that
have too much air, can
result in:

The Tire and Loading
Information label on the vehicle
indicates the original equipment
tires and the correct cold tire
inflation pressures. The
recommended pressure is the
minimum air pressure needed to
support the vehicle's maximum
load carrying capacity.
For additional information
regarding how much weight the
vehicle can carry, and an
example of the Tire and Loading
Information label, see Vehicle
Load Limits on page 9‑15. How
the vehicle is loaded affects

Do not forget the spare tire,
if the vehicle has one. See
Full-Size Spare Tire on
page 10‑84 for additional
information.
How to Check
Use a good quality pocket-type
gauge to check tire pressure.
Proper tire inflation cannot be
determined by looking at the tire.
Check the tire inflation pressure
when the tires are cold, meaning
the vehicle has not been driven
for at least three hours or no
more than 1.6 km (1 mi).

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Remove the valve cap from the
tire valve stem. Press the tire
gauge firmly onto the valve to
get a pressure measurement.
If the cold tire inflation pressure
matches the recommended
pressure on the Tire and
Loading Information label, no
further adjustment is necessary.
If the inflation pressure is low,
add air until the recommended
pressure is reached. If the
inflation pressure is high, press
on the metal stem in the center
of the tire valve to release air.
Re-check the tire pressure with
the tire gauge.
Return the valve caps on the
valve stems to prevent leaks
and keep out dirt and moisture.

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Tire Pressure for
High-Speed Operation

{ WARNING
Driving at high speeds, 160 km/h
(100 mph) or higher, puts an
additional strain on tires.
Sustained high-speed driving
causes excessive heat buildup
and can cause sudden tire failure.
You could have a crash and you
or others could be killed. Some
high-speed rated tires require
inflation pressure adjustment for
high-speed operation. When
speed limits and road conditions
are such that a vehicle can be
driven at high speeds, make sure
the tires are rated for high-speed
operation, in excellent condition,
and set to the correct cold tire
inflation pressure for the
vehicle load.

Vehicles with P265/70R17 or P275/
55R20 size tires require inflation
pressure adjustment when driving
the vehicle at speeds of 160 km/h
(100 mph) or higher. Set the cold tire
inflation pressure to 20 kPa (3 psi)
above the recommended cold tire
pressure shown on the Tire and
Loading Information label.
Return the tires to the
recommended cold tire inflation
pressure when high-speed driving
has ended. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9‑15 and Tire Pressure on
page 10‑56.

Tire Pressure Monitor
System
The Tire Pressure Monitor System
(TPMS) uses radio and sensor
technology to check tire pressure
levels. The TPMS sensors monitor
the air pressure in your tires and
transmit tire pressure readings to a
receiver located in the vehicle.

Each tire, including the spare (if
provided), should be checked
monthly when cold and inflated to
the inflation pressure recommended
by the vehicle manufacturer on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation
pressure label. (If your vehicle has
tires of a different size than the size
indicated on the vehicle placard or
tire inflation pressure label, you
should determine the proper tire
inflation pressure for those tires.)
As an added safety feature, your
vehicle has been equipped with a
tire pressure monitoring system
(TPMS) that illuminates a low tire
pressure telltale when one or more
of your tires is significantly
under-inflated.
Accordingly, when the low tire
pressure telltale illuminates, you
should stop and check your tires as
soon as possible, and inflate them
to the proper pressure. Driving on a
significantly under-inflated tire
causes the tire to overheat and can
lead to tire failure. Under-inflation
also reduces fuel efficiency and tire

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tread life, and may affect the
vehicle's handling and stopping
ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a
substitute for proper tire
maintenance, and it is the driver's
responsibility to maintain correct tire
pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger
illumination of the TPMS low tire
pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been
equipped with a TPMS malfunction
indicator to indicate when the
system is not operating properly.
The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure
telltale. When the system detects a
malfunction, the telltale will flash for
approximately one minute and then
remain continuously illuminated.
This sequence will continue upon
subsequent vehicle start-ups as
long as the malfunction exists.
When the malfunction indicator is
illuminated, the system may not be
able to detect or signal low tire

pressure as intended. TPMS
malfunctions may occur for a variety
of reasons, including the installation
of replacement or alternate tires or
wheels on the vehicle that prevent
the TPMS from functioning properly.
Always check the TPMS malfunction
telltale after replacing one or more
tires or wheels on your vehicle to
ensure that the replacement or
alternate tires and wheels allow the
TPMS to continue to function
properly.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation on page 10‑59.

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Tire Pressure Monitor
Operation
This vehicle may have a Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
The TPMS is designed to warn the
driver when a low tire pressure
condition exists. TPMS sensors are
mounted onto each tire and wheel
assembly, excluding the spare tire
and wheel assembly. The TPMS
sensors monitor the air pressure in
the tires and transmit the tire
pressure readings to a receiver
located in the vehicle.

Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) Rules and
with Industry Canada
Standards
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
Rules and with Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

When a low tire pressure condition
is detected, the TPMS illuminates
the low tire pressure warning light
located on the instrument cluster.
If the warning light comes on, stop
as soon as possible and inflate the

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tires to the recommended pressure
shown on the Tire and Loading
Information label. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15.
A message to check the pressure in
a specific tire displays in the Driver
Information Center (DIC). The low
tire pressure warning light and the
DIC warning message come on at
each ignition cycle until the tires are
inflated to the correct inflation
pressure. If the vehicle has DIC
buttons, tire pressure levels can be
viewed. For additional information
and details about the DIC operation
and displays, see Driver Information
Center (DIC) on page 5‑29 and Tire
Messages on page 5‑44.
The low tire pressure warning light
may come on in cool weather when
the vehicle is first started, and then
turn off as the vehicle is driven. This
could be an early indicator that the
air pressure is getting low and
needs to be inflated to the proper
pressure.

A Tire and Loading Information label
shows the size of the original
equipment tires and the correct
inflation pressure for the tires when
they are cold. See Vehicle Load
Limits on page 9‑15, for an example
of the Tire and Loading Information
label and its location. Also see Tire
Pressure on page 10‑56.
The TPMS can warn about a low
tire pressure condition but it does
not replace normal tire
maintenance. See Tire Inspection
on page 10‑62, Tire Rotation on
page 10‑63 and Tires on
page 10‑47.
Notice: Tire sealant materials are
not all the same. A non-approved
tire sealant could damage the
TPMS sensors. TPMS sensor
damage caused by using an
incorrect tire sealant is not
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Always use only the
GM-approved tire sealant
available through your dealer or
included in the vehicle.

TPMS Malfunction Light and
Message
The TPMS will not function properly
if one or more of the TPMS sensors
are missing or inoperable. When the
system detects a malfunction, the
low tire pressure warning light
flashes for about one minute and
then stays on for the remainder of
the ignition cycle. A DIC warning
message also displays. The
malfunction light and DIC warning
message come on at each ignition
cycle until the problem is corrected.
Some of the conditions that can
cause these to come on are:
.

One of the road tires has been
replaced with the spare tire. The
spare tire does not have a
TPMS sensor. The malfunction
light and the DIC message
should go off after the road tire
is replaced and the sensor
matching process is performed
successfully. See "TPMS Sensor
Matching Process" later in this
section.

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.

.

.

The TPMS sensor matching
process was not done or not
completed successfully after
rotating the tires. The
malfunction light and the DIC
message should go off after
successfully completing the
sensor matching process. See
"TPMS Sensor Matching
Process" later in this section.
One or more TPMS sensors are
missing or damaged. The
malfunction light and the DIC
message should go off when the
TPMS sensors are installed and
the sensor matching process is
performed successfully. See
your dealer for service.
Replacement tires or wheels do
not match the original equipment
tires or wheels. Tires and wheels
other than those recommended
could prevent the TPMS from
functioning properly. See Buying
New Tires on page 10‑66.

.

Operating electronic devices or
being near facilities using radio
wave frequencies similar to the
TPMS could cause the TPMS
sensors to malfunction.

If the TPMS is not functioning
properly, it cannot detect or signal a
low tire condition. See your dealer
for service if the TPMS malfunction
light and DIC message come on
and stay on.

TPMS Sensor Matching
Process
Each TPMS sensor has a unique
identification code. The identification
code needs to be matched to a new
tire/wheel position after rotating the
vehicle’s tires or replacing one or
more of the TPMS sensors. Also,
the TPMS sensor matching process
should be performed after replacing
a spare tire with a road tire
containing the TPMS sensor. The
malfunction light and the DIC
message should go off at the next
ignition cycle. The sensors are
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using a TPMS relearn tool, in the
following order: driver side front tire,
passenger side front tire, passenger
side rear tire, and driver side rear.
See your dealer for service or to
purchase a relearn tool.
There are two minutes to match the
first tire/wheel position, and
five minutes overall to match all four
tire/wheel positions. If it takes
longer, the matching process stops
and must be restarted.
The TPMS sensor matching
process is:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition to ON/RUN with
the engine off.

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3. Press the Remote Keyless Entry
(RKE) transmitter's Q and K
buttons at the same time for
approximately five seconds. The
horn sounds twice to signal the
receiver is in relearn mode and
the TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
message displays on the DIC
screen.
If the vehicle does not have
RKE, press the Driver
Information Center (DIC) vehicle
information button until the
PRESS V TO RELEARN TIRE
POSITIONS message displays.
The horn sounds twice to signal
the receiver is in relearn mode
and TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
message displays on the DIC
screen.
If the vehicle does not have RKE
or DIC buttons, press the trip
odometer reset stem on the
instrument cluster until the
PRESS V TO RELEARN TIRE
POSITIONS message displays.
The horn sounds twice to signal

tire, and the TPMS sensor
matching process is no longer
active. The TIRE LEARNING
ACTIVE message on the DIC
display screen goes off.

the receiver is in relearn mode
and TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE
message displays on the DIC
screen.
4. Start with the driver side
front tire.
5. Place the relearn tool against
the tire sidewall, near the valve
stem. Then press the button to
activate the TPMS sensor.
A horn chirp confirms that the
sensor identification code has
been matched to this tire and
wheel position.
6. Proceed to the passenger side
front tire, and repeat the
procedure in Step 5.
7. Proceed to the passenger side
rear tire, and repeat the
procedure in Step 5.
8. Proceed to the driver side rear
tire, and repeat the procedure in
Step 5. The horn sounds two
times to indicate the sensor
identification code has been
matched to the driver side rear

9. Turn the ignition switch to
LOCK/OFF.
10. Set all four tires to the
recommended air pressure
level as indicated on the Tire
and Loading Information label.

Tire Inspection
We recommend that the tires,
including the spare tire, if the
vehicle has one, be inspected
for signs of wear or damage at
least once a month.
Replace the tire if:
.

The indicators at three or
more places around the tire
can be seen.

.

There is cord or fabric
showing through the tire's
rubber.

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.

The tread or sidewall is
cracked, cut, or snagged
deep enough to show cord or
fabric.

.

The tire has a bump, bulge,
or split.

.

The tire has a puncture, cut,
or other damage that cannot
be repaired well because of
the size or location of the
damage.

inflation pressure, and check for
damaged tires or wheels. If the
unusual wear continues after the
rotation, check the wheel
alignment. See When It Is Time
for New Tires on page 10‑65
and Wheel Replacement on
page 10‑70.

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Use this rotation pattern when
rotating the tires if the vehicle
has single rear wheels.

If your vehicle has dual rear
wheels, also see Dual Tire
Rotation on page 10‑65.

Tire Rotation
Tires should be rotated every
12 000 km (7,500 mi). See
Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3.
Tires are rotated to achieve a
uniform wear for all tires. The
first rotation is the most
important.
Anytime unusual wear is
noticed, rotate the tires as soon
as possible, check for proper tire

Use this rotation pattern when
rotating the tires if the vehicle
has dual rear wheels (except
polished forged aluminum
wheels).
Vehicles with polished forged
aluminum dual wheels have
three unique wheels; a front, a
rear outer and a rear inner.
These wheels cannot be rotated

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to another position, however,
they can be rotated from left to
right to the same position.

When installing dual wheels,
check that the vent holes in the
inner and outer wheels on each
side are lined up.
Adjust the front and rear tires to
the recommended inflation
pressure on the Tire and
Loading Information label after
the tires have been rotated. See
Tire Pressure on page 10‑56
and Vehicle Load Limits on
page 9‑15.

Use this rotation pattern when
rotating the tires if the vehicle
has polished forged aluminum
dual rear wheels. The spare
wheel can be used in any
position and can be rotated with
the rear inner wheels.

Check that all wheel nuts are
properly tightened. See “Wheel
Nut Torque” under Capacities
and Specifications on
page 12‑2.

{ WARNING
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the
parts to which it is fastened, can
make wheel nuts become loose
after time. The wheel could come
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WARNING (Continued)
off and cause an accident. When
changing a wheel, remove any
rust or dirt from places where the
wheel attaches to the vehicle. In
an emergency, a cloth or a paper
towel can be used; however, use
a scraper or wire brush later to
remove all rust or dirt.

Lightly coat the center of the
wheel hub with wheel bearing
grease after a wheel change or
tire rotation to prevent corrosion
or rust build-up. Do not get
grease on the flat wheel
mounting surface or on the
wheel nuts or bolts.
Reset the Tire Pressure Monitor
System (TPMS), if the vehicle
has one. See Tire Pressure
Monitor Operation on
page 10‑59.

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Check that the spare tire, if the
vehicle has one, is stored
properly. Push, pull, and then try
to rotate or turn the tire. If it
moves, tighten the cable. See
“Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and
Tools” under Tire Changing on
page 10‑73.

Dual Tire Rotation
When the vehicle is new,
or whenever a wheel, wheel bolt,
or wheel nut is replaced, check the
wheel nut torque after
160, 1 600, and 10 000 km
(100, 1,000, and 6,000 mi) of driving.
For proper torque and wheel nut
tightening information, see
“Removing the Flat Tire and
Installing the Spare Tire” under Tire
Changing on page 10‑73.
The outer tire on a dual wheel setup
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more evenly if they are rotated. See
Tire Inspection on page 10‑62 and
Tire Rotation on page 10‑63. Also
see Maintenance Schedule on
page 11‑3.

{ WARNING
If the vehicle is operated with a
tire that is underinflated, the tire
can overheat. An overheated tire
can lose air suddenly or catch
fire. You or others could be
injured. Properly inflate all tires,
including the spare.
See Tire Pressure on page 10‑56,
for information on proper tire
inflation.

When It Is Time for New
Tires
Factors, such as maintenance,
temperatures, driving speeds,
vehicle loading, and road conditions
affect the wear rate of the tires.

Treadwear indicators are one way to
tell when it is time for new tires.
Treadwear indicators appear when
the tires have only 1.6 mm (1/16 in)
or less of tread remaining. Some
commercial truck tires may not have
treadwear indicators. See Tire
Inspection on page 10‑62 and Tire
Rotation on page 10‑63 for
additional information.
The rubber in tires ages over time.
This also applies to the spare tire,
if the vehicle has one, even if it is
never used. Multiple factors
including temperatures, loading
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maintenance affect how fast aging
takes place. GM recommends that
tires, including the spare if
equipped, be replaced after six
years, regardless of tread wear. The
tire manufacturer date is the last
four digits of the DOT Tire
Identification Number (TIN) which is
molded into one side of the tire
sidewall. The first two digits
represent the week (01-52) and the
last two digits, the year. For
example, the third week of the year
2010 would have a four-digit DOT
date of 0310.

Vehicle Storage
Tires age when stored normally
mounted on a parked vehicle. Park
a vehicle that will be stored for at
least a month in a cool, dry, clean
area away from direct sunlight to
slow aging. This area should be free
of grease, gasoline or other
substances that can deteriorate
rubber.

Parking for an extended period can
cause flat spots on the tires that
may result in vibrations while
driving. When storing a vehicle for
at least a month, remove the tires or
raise the vehicle to reduce the
weight from the tires.

Buying New Tires
GM has developed and matched
specific tires for the vehicle. The
original equipment tires installed
were designed to meet General
Motors Tire Performance Criteria
Specification (TPC Spec)
system rating. When
replacement tires are needed,
GM strongly recommends
buying tires with the same TPC
Spec rating.
GM's exclusive TPC Spec
system considers over a dozen
critical specifications that impact
the overall performance of the
vehicle, including brake system
performance, ride and handling,

traction control, and tire
pressure monitoring
performance. GM's TPC Spec
number is molded onto the tire's
sidewall near the tire size. If the
tires have an all-season tread
design, the TPC Spec number
will be followed by MS for mud
and snow. See Tire Sidewall
Labeling on page 10‑50 for
additional information.
GM recommends replacing worn
tires in complete sets of four (six
for dual rear wheels). Uniform
tread depth on all tires will help
to maintain the performance of
the vehicle. Braking and
handling performance may be
adversely affected if all the tires
are not replaced at the same
time. If proper rotation and
maintenance have been done,
all four tires (six for dual rear
wheels) should wear out at
about the same time. See Tire
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information on proper tire
rotation. However, if it is
necessary to replace only one
axle set of worn tires, place the
new tires on the rear axle (two
for single rear wheels, four for
dual rear wheels).

{ WARNING
Tires could explode during
improper service. Attempting
to mount or dismount a tire
could cause injury or death.
Only your dealer or authorized
tire service center should
mount or dismount the tires.

{ WARNING
Mixing tires of different sizes,
brands, or types may cause
loss of control of the vehicle,
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WARNING (Continued)
resulting in a crash or other
vehicle damage. Use the
correct size, brand, and type
of tires on all wheels.
This vehicle may have a
different size spare than the
road tires originally installed
on the vehicle. When new, the
vehicle included a spare tire
and wheel assembly with a
similar overall diameter as the
road tires and wheels, so it is
all right to drive on it. The
spare tire was developed for
use on this vehicle and will not
affect vehicle handling.

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{ WARNING
Using bias-ply tires on the
vehicle may cause the wheel
rim flanges to develop cracks
after many miles of driving.
A tire and/or wheel could fail
suddenly and cause a crash.
Use only radial-ply tires with
the wheels on the vehicle.
If the vehicle tires must be
replaced with a tire that does not
have a TPC Spec number, make
sure they are the same size,
load range, speed rating, and
construction (radial) as the
original tires.
Vehicles that have a tire
pressure monitoring system
could give an inaccurate
low-pressure warning if non-TPC
Spec rated tires are installed.
See Tire Pressure Monitor
System on page 10‑58.

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The Tire and Loading
Information label indicates the
original equipment tires on the
vehicle. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9‑15 for the label
location and more information
about the Tire and Loading
Information label.

Different Size Tires and
Wheels
If wheels or tires are installed that
are a different size than the original
equipment wheels and tires, vehicle
performance, including its braking,
ride and handling characteristics,
stability, and resistance to rollover
may be affected. If the vehicle has
electronic systems such as antilock
brakes, rollover airbags, traction
control, electronic stability control,
or All-Wheel Drive, the performance
of these systems can also be
affected.

{ WARNING
If different sized wheels are used,
there may not be an acceptable
level of performance and safety if
tires not recommended for those
wheels are selected. This
increases the chance of a crash
and serious injury. Only use GM
specific wheel and tire systems
developed for the vehicle, and
have them properly installed by a
GM certified technician.
See Buying New Tires on
page 10‑66 and Accessories and
Modifications on page 10‑3.

Uniform Tire Quality
Grading
Quality grades can be found
where applicable on the tire
sidewall between tread shoulder
and maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200 Traction AA
Temperature A
The following information relates
to the system developed by the
United States National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), which grades tires by
treadwear, traction, and
temperature performance. This
applies only to vehicles sold in
the United States. The grades
are molded on the sidewalls of
most passenger car tires. The
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
(UTQG) system does not apply
to deep tread, winter tires,
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nominal rim diameters of
10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm),
or to some limited-production
tires.
While the tires available on
General Motors passenger cars
and light trucks may vary with
respect to these grades, they
must also conform to federal
safety requirements and
additional General Motors Tire
Performance Criteria (TPC)
standards.
All Passenger Car Tires Must
Conform to Federal Safety
Requirements In Addition To
These Grades.
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a
comparative rating based on the
wear rate of the tire when tested
under controlled conditions on a
specified government test
course. For example, a tire

graded 150 would wear one and
one-half (1½) times as well on
the government course as a tire
graded 100. The relative
performance of tires depends
upon the actual conditions of
their use, however, and may
depart significantly from the
norm due to variations in driving
habits, service practices and
differences in road
characteristics and climate.
Traction – AA, A, B, C
The traction grades, from
highest to lowest, are AA, A, B,
and C. Those grades represent
the tire's ability to stop on wet
pavement as measured under
controlled conditions on
specified government test
surfaces of asphalt and
concrete. A tire marked C may
have poor traction performance.
Warning: The traction grade
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straight-ahead braking traction
tests, and does not include
acceleration, cornering,
hydroplaning, or peak traction
characteristics.
Temperature – A, B, C
The temperature grades are A
(the highest), B, and C,
representing the tire's resistance
to the generation of heat and its
ability to dissipate heat when
tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor
laboratory test wheel. Sustained
high temperature can cause the
material of the tire to degenerate
and reduce tire life, and
excessive temperature can lead
to sudden tire failure. The grade
C corresponds to a level of
performance which all
passenger car tires must meet
under the Federal Motor Safety
Standard No. 109. Grades B and
A represent higher levels of

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performance on the laboratory
test wheel than the minimum
required by law. Warning: The
temperature grade for this tire is
established for a tire that is
properly inflated and not
overloaded. Excessive speed,
underinflation, or excessive
loading, either separately or in
combination, can cause heat
buildup and possible tire failure.

Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance
The tires and wheels were aligned
and balanced at the factory to
provide the longest tire life and best
overall performance. Adjustments to
wheel alignment and tire balancing
will not be necessary on a regular
basis. However, check the
alignment if there is unusual tire
wear or if the vehicle is pulling to
one side or the other. If the vehicle
vibrates when driving on a smooth

road, the tires and wheels might
need to be rebalanced. See your
dealer for proper diagnosis.

Wheel Replacement
Replace any wheel that is bent,
cracked, or badly rusted or
corroded. If wheel nuts keep coming
loose, the wheel, wheel bolts and
wheel nuts should be replaced.
If the wheel leaks air, replace it.
Some aluminum wheels can be
repaired. See your dealer if any of
these conditions exist.
Your dealer will know the kind of
wheel that is needed.
Each new wheel should have the
same load-carrying capacity,
diameter, width, offset and be
mounted the same way as the one it
replaces.
Replace wheels, wheel bolts, wheel
nuts, or Tire Pressure Monitor
System (TPMS) sensors with new
GM original equipment parts.

{ WARNING
Using the wrong replacement
wheels, wheel bolts, or wheel
nuts can be dangerous. It could
affect the braking and handling of
the vehicle. Tires can lose air,
and cause loss of control, causing
a crash. Always use the correct
wheel, wheel bolts, and wheel
nuts for replacement.
Notice: The wrong wheel can
also cause problems with bearing
life, brake cooling, speedometer
or odometer calibration,
headlamp aim, bumper height,
vehicle ground clearance, and tire
or tire chain clearance to the
body and chassis.
Whenever a wheel, wheel bolt,
or wheel nut is replaced on a dual
wheel setup, check the wheel nut
torque after 160, 1 600 and
10 000 km (100, 1,000 and 6,000 mi)
of driving.

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For proper torque, see “Wheel Nut
Torque” under Capacities and
Specifications on page 12‑2.
See If a Tire Goes Flat on
page 10‑72 for more information.
Used Replacement Wheels

{ WARNING
Replacing a wheel with a used
one is dangerous. How it has
been used or how far it has been
driven may be unknown. It could
fail suddenly and cause a crash.
When replacing wheels, use a
new GM original equipment
wheel.

Tire Chains

{ WARNING
If the vehicle has dual wheels or
P265/65R18, P275/55R20,
LT265/70R17, LT265/70R18,
LT265/60R20, P285/50R20,
P285/45R22 or 285/45R22 size
tires, do not use tire chains. They
can damage the vehicle because
there is not enough clearance.
Tire chains used on a vehicle
without the proper amount of
clearance can cause damage to
the brakes, suspension, or other
vehicle parts. The area damaged
by the tire chains could cause you
to lose control of the vehicle and
you or others may be injured in a
crash.
Use another type of traction
device only if its manufacturer
recommends it for use on the
vehicle and tire size combination
(Continued)

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WARNING (Continued)
and road conditions. Follow that
manufacturer's instructions. To
help avoid damage to the vehicle,
drive slowly, readjust, or remove
the device if it is contacting the
vehicle, and do not spin the
vehicle's wheels.
If you do find traction devices that
will fit, install them on the rear
tires.
Notice: If the vehicle does not
have dual wheels and has a tire
size other than P265/65R18, P275/
55R20, LT265/70R17, LT265/
70R18, LT265/60R20, P285/50R20,
P285/45R22, or 285/45R22, use
tire chains only where legal and
only when you must. Use chains
that are the proper size for the
tires. Install them on the tires of
the rear axle. Do not use chains
on the tires of the front axle.
Tighten them as tightly as
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fastened. Drive slowly and follow
the chain manufacturer's
instructions. If you can hear the
chains contacting the vehicle,
stop and retighten them. If the
contact continues, slow down
until it stops. Driving too fast or
spinning the wheels with chains
on will damage the vehicle.

If a Tire Goes Flat
It is unusual for a tire to blowout
while driving, especially if the tires
are maintained properly. If air goes
out of a tire, it is much more likely to
leak out slowly. But if there ever is a
blowout, here are a few tips about
what to expect and what to do:
If a front tire fails, the flat tire
creates a drag that pulls the vehicle
toward that side. Take your foot off
the accelerator pedal and grip the
steering wheel firmly. Steer to
maintain lane position, and then
gently brake to a stop, well off the
road, if possible.

A rear blowout, particularly on a
curve, acts much like a skid and
may require the same correction as
used in a skid. Stop pressing the
accelerator pedal and steer to
straighten the vehicle. It may be
very bumpy and noisy. Gently brake
to a stop, well off the road,
if possible.

{ WARNING
Driving on a flat tire will cause
permanent damage to the tire.
Re-inflating a tire after it has been
driven on while severely
underinflated or flat may cause a
blowout and a serious crash.
Never attempt to re-inflate a tire
that has been driven on while
severely underinflated or flat.
Have your dealer or an authorized
tire service center repair or
replace the flat tire as soon as
possible.

{ WARNING
Lifting a vehicle and getting under
it to do maintenance or repairs is
dangerous without the
appropriate safety equipment and
training. If a jack is provided with
the vehicle, it is designed only for
changing a flat tire. If it is used for
anything else, you or others could
be badly injured or killed if the
vehicle slips off the jack. If a jack
is provided with the vehicle, only
use it for changing a flat tire.
If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire
and wheel damage by driving slowly
to a level place, well off the road,
if possible. Turn on the hazard
warning flashers. See Hazard
Warning Flashers on page 6‑5.

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{ WARNING
Changing a tire can be
dangerous. The vehicle can slip
off the jack and roll over or fall
causing injury or death. Find a
level place to change the tire. To
help prevent the vehicle from
moving:
1. Set the parking brake firmly.
2. Put an automatic
transmission in P (Park) or a
manual transmission in
1 (First) or R (Reverse).

WARNING (Continued)
6. Place wheel blocks on both
sides of the tire at the
opposite corner of the tire
being changed.

5. Do not allow passengers to
remain in the vehicle.
(Continued)

Tire Changing
Removing the Spare Tire and
Tools

When the vehicle has a flat tire (B),
use the following example as a
guide to assist in the placement of
the wheel blocks (A).

3. For four-wheel-drive
vehicles, be sure the
transfer case is in a drive
gear– not in N (Neutral).
4. Turn off the engine and do
not restart while the vehicle
is raised.

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Crew Cab
A. Wing Nut Retaining Tool Kit
B. Tool Kit
A. Wheel Block
B. Flat Tire
The following information explains
how to use the jack and change
a tire.

C. Wheel Blocks
D. Jack
E. Jack Knob
F.

Wing Nut Retaining Wheel
Blocks

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For regular cab models, the
equipment you will need is behind
the passenger seat. For extended
and crew cab models, the
equipment is on the shelf behind the
passenger side second row seat.
1. Turn the knob on the jack
counterclockwise to lower the
jack head to release the jack
from its holder.
Regular Cab

Extended Cab

A. Wing Nut Retaining Tool Kit

A. Wing Nut Retaining Tool Kit

B. Tool Kit

B. Tool Kit

C. Wheel Blocks

C. Wheel Blocks

D. Jack

D. Jack

E. Jack Knob

E. Jack Knob

F.

Wing Nut Retaining Wheel
Blocks

2. Turn the wing nut
counterclockwise to remove the
wheel blocks and the wheel
block retainer.
3. Turn the wing nut used to retain
the storage bag and tools
counterclockwise to remove it.
Use the jack handle extensions and
the wheel wrench to remove the
underbody-mounted spare tire.

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1. Open the spare tire lock cover
on the bumper and use the
ignition key to remove the spare
tire lock (J). To remove the spare
tire lock, insert the ignition key
turn and pull straight out.

3. Insert the hoist end (open
end) (F) of the extension through
the hole (G) in the rear bumper.
A. Spare Tire (Valve Stem
Pointed Down)

Do not use the chiseled end of
the wheel wrench.

B. Hoist Assembly
C. Hoist Cable
D. Tire/Wheel Retainer
E. Hoist Shaft
F.

Hoist End of Extension Tool

G. Hoist Shaft Access Hole
H. Wheel Wrench
I.

Jack Handle Extensions

J.

Spare Tire Lock (If equipped)

2. Assemble the wheel wrench (H)
and the two jack handle
extensions (I), as shown.

Be sure the hoist end of the
extension (F) connects to the
hoist shaft. The ribbed square
end of the extension is used to
lower the spare tire.
4. Turn the wheel wrench
counterclockwise to lower the
spare tire to the ground.
Continue to turn the wheel
wrench until the spare tire can
be pulled out from under the
vehicle.

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5. Pull the spare tire out from under
the vehicle.

Removing the Flat Tire and
Installing the Spare Tire
Use the following pictures and
instructions to remove the flat tire
and raise the vehicle.

6. Tilt the tire toward the vehicle
with some slack in the cable to
access the tire/wheel retainer.
Tilt the retainer and pull it
through the center of the wheel
along with the cable and spring.
7. Put the spare tire near the
flat tire.

A. Jack
B. Wheel Blocks
C. Jack Handle
D. Jack Handle Extension
E. Wheel Wrench

The tools you will be using include
the jack (A), the wheel blocks (B),
the jack handle (C), the jack handle
extensions (D), and the wheel
wrench (E).
1. Do a safety check before
proceeding. See If a Tire Goes
Flat on page 10‑72 for more
information.

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2. If the vehicle has wheel nut
caps, loosen them by turning the
wheel wrench counterclockwise.
If the vehicle has a center cap
with wheel nut caps, the wheel
nut caps are designed to stay
with the center cap after they are
loosened. Remove the entire
center cap.

3. Use the wheel wrench and turn it
counterclockwise to loosen the
wheel nuts. Do not remove the
wheel nuts yet.

If the wheel has a smooth center
cap, place the chisel end of the
wheel wrench in the slot on the
wheel, and gently pry it out.

Front Position - 1500 Models
4. Position the jack under the
vehicle, as shown. If the flat tire
is on the front of the vehicle
(1500 Model vehicles), position
the jack under the bracket
attached to the vehicle's frame,
behind the flat tire.

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Front Position - All Other Models
Position the jack under the
vehicle, as shown. If the flat tire
is on the front of the vehicle (all
other models), position the jack
on the frame behind the flat tire.

Rear Position – 1500 Models
5. If the flat tire is on the rear, for
1500 models position the jack
under the rear axle about 5 cm
(2 in) inboard of the shock
absorber bracket.

Rear Position – All Other Models
For all other models, position the
jack under the rear axle between
the spring anchor and the shock
absorber bracket.
If a snow plow has been added
to the front of the vehicle, lower
the snow plow fully before
raising the vehicle.
Make sure that the jack head is
positioned so that the rear axle
is resting securely between the
grooves that are on the
jack head.

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{ WARNING
Getting under a vehicle when it is
lifted on a jack is dangerous.
If the vehicle slips off the jack,
you could be badly injured or
killed. Never get under a vehicle
when it is supported only by
a jack.

the ground so there is enough
room for the spare tire to fit
under the wheel well.

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WARNING (Continued)
changing a wheel, remove any
rust or dirt from places where the
wheel attaches to the vehicle. In
an emergency, a cloth or a paper
towel can be used; however, use
a scraper or wire brush later to
remove all rust or dirt.

{ WARNING
Raising the vehicle with the jack
improperly positioned can
damage the vehicle and even
make the vehicle fall. To help
avoid personal injury and vehicle
damage, be sure to fit the jack lift
head into the proper location
before raising the vehicle.
6. Turn the wheel wrench
clockwise to raise the vehicle.
Raise the vehicle far enough off

7. Remove all the wheel nuts and
take off the flat tire.

{ WARNING
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the
parts to which it is fastened, can
make wheel nuts become loose
after time. The wheel could come
off and cause an accident. When
(Continued)

8. Remove any rust or dirt from the
wheel bolts, mounting surfaces,
and spare wheel.
9. Install the spare tire.

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{ WARNING
Never use oil or grease on bolts
or nuts because the nuts might
come loose. The vehicle's wheel
could fall off, causing a crash.
10. Put the wheel nuts back on
with the rounded end of the
nuts toward the wheel.
11. Tighten each wheel nut by
hand. Then use the wheel
wrench to tighten the nuts until
the wheel is held against
the hub.
12. Turn the wheel wrench
counterclockwise to lower the
vehicle. Lower the jack
completely.

{ WARNING

{ WARNING

If wheel studs are damaged, they
can break. If all the studs on a
wheel broke, the wheel could
come off and cause a crash.
If any stud is damaged because
of a loose-running wheel, it could
be that all of the studs are
damaged. To be sure, replace all
studs on the wheel. If the stud
holes in a wheel have become
larger, the wheel could collapse in
operation. Replace any wheel if
its stud holes have become larger
or distorted in any way. Inspect
hubs and hub‐piloted wheels for
damage. Because of loose
running wheels, piloting pad
damage may occur and require
replacement of the entire hub, for
proper centering of the wheels.
When replacing studs, hubs,
wheel nuts or wheels, be sure to
use GM original equipment parts.

Wheel nuts that are improperly or
incorrectly tightened can cause
the wheels to become loose or
come off. The wheel nuts should
be tightened with a torque wrench
to the proper torque specification
after replacing. Follow the torque
specification supplied by the
aftermarket manufacturer when
using accessory locking wheel
nuts. See Capacities and
Specifications on page 12‑2 for
original equipment wheel nut
torque specifications.
Notice: Improperly tightened
wheel nuts can lead to brake
pulsation and rotor damage. To
avoid expensive brake repairs,
evenly tighten the wheel nuts in
the proper sequence and to the
proper torque specification. See
Capacities and Specifications on
page 12‑2 for the wheel nut
torque specification.

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13. Tighten the nuts firmly in a
crisscross sequence, as
shown, by turning the wheel
wrench clockwise.
For vehicles with dual wheels, have
a technician check the wheel nut
tightness of all wheels with a torque
wrench after the first 160 km
(100 mi) and then 1600 km
(1,000 mi) after that. Repeat this
service whenever you have a tire
removed or serviced. See
Capacities and Specifications on
page 12‑2 for more information.

When reinstalling the regular wheel
and tire, also reinstall either the
center cap, or bolt-on hub cap,
depending on what the vehicle is
equipped with. For center caps,
place the cap on the wheel and tap
it into place until it seats flush with
the wheel. The cap only goes on
one way. Be sure to line up the tab
on the center cap with the
indentation on the wheel. For
bolt-on hub caps, align the plastic
nut caps with the wheel nuts and
then tighten by hand. Then use the
wheel wrench to tighten.

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Storing a Flat or Spare Tire
and Tools

{ WARNING
Storing a jack, a tire, or other
equipment in the passenger
compartment of the vehicle could
cause injury. In a sudden stop or
collision, loose equipment could
strike someone. Store all these in
the proper place.
Notice: Storing an aluminum
wheel with a flat tire under your
vehicle for an extended period of
time or with the valve stem
pointing up can damage the
wheel. Always stow the wheel
with the valve stem pointing
down and have the wheel/tire
repaired as soon as possible.
Store the tire under the rear of the
vehicle in the spare tire carrier.

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1. Put the tire on the ground at the
rear of the vehicle with the valve
stem pointed down, and to
the rear.
2. Pull the cable and spring
through the center of the wheel.
Tilt the wheel retainer plate
down and through the center
wheel.

A. Flat or Spare Tire (Valve Stem
Pointed Down)

Make sure the retainer is fully
seated across the underside of
the wheel.

B. Hoist Assembly
D. Tire/Wheel Retainer
E. Hoist Shaft
Hoist End of Extension Tool

G. Hoist Shaft Access Hole
H. Wheel Wrench
I.

Jack Handle Extensions

J.

Spare Tire Lock (If Equipped)

Do not use the chiseled end of
the wheel wrench.
5. Raise the tire part way upward.
Make sure the retainer is seated
in the wheel opening.

C. Hoist Cable

F.

4. Insert the hoist end (F) through
the hole (G) in the rear bumper
and onto the hoist shaft.

3. Attach the wheel wrench (H) and
extensions (I) together, as
shown.

6. Raise the tire fully against the
underside of the vehicle by
turning the wheel wrench
clockwise until you hear two
clicks or feel it skip twice. You
cannot overtighten the cable.

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1. Put the tools (D) in the tool
bag (E) and place them in the
retaining bracket (C).
2. Tighten down the wing nut (C).
3. Assemble the wheel blocks (B)
and jack (G) together with the
wing nut (A) and retaining
bolt (H).
4. Position the jack (G) in the
mounting bracket (F). Position
the holes in the base of the
jack (G) onto the pin in the
mounting bracket (F).

7. Make sure the tire is stored
securely. Push, pull (A), and then
try to turn (B) the tire. If the tire
moves, use the wheel wrench to
tighten the cable.

A. Wing Nut Retaining Wheel
Blocks

8. Reinstall the spare tire lock,
if the vehicle has one.

C. Wing Nut Retaining Tool Kit

B. Wheel Blocks
D. Wheel Wrench and Extensions
E. Tool Bag
F.

Jack Mounting Bracket

G. Jack
H. Bolt Retaining Wheel Blocks

5. Return them to their original
location in the vehicle. For more
information, refer to “Removing
the Spare Tire and Tools” for
more information.

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Full-Size Spare Tire
Your vehicle, when new, had a
fully-inflated spare tire. A spare tire
may lose air over time, so check its
inflation pressure regularly. See Tire
Pressure on page 10‑56 and
Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑15
for information regarding proper tire
inflation and loading your vehicle.
For instruction on how to remove,
install or store a spare tire, see
“Removing the Flat Tire and
Installing the Spare” and “Storing a
Flat or Spare Tire and Tools” under
Tire Changing on page 10‑73.
Notice: If the vehicle has
four-wheel drive and a different
size spare tire is installed, do not
drive in four-wheel drive until the
flat tire is repaired and/or
replaced. The vehicle could be
damaged and the repairs would
not be covered by the warranty.
Never use four-wheel drive when
a different size spare tire is
installed on the vehicle.

Your vehicle may have a different
size spare tire than the road tires
originally installed on your vehicle.
This spare tire was developed for
use on your vehicle, so it is all right
to drive on it. If your vehicle has
four-wheel drive and the different
size spare tire is installed, keep the
vehicle in two-wheel drive.
After installing the spare tire on your
vehicle, you should stop as soon as
possible and make sure the spare
tire is correctly inflated. Have the
damaged or flat road tire repaired or
replaced as soon as you can and
installed back onto your vehicle.
This way, the spare tire will be
available in case you need it again.
Do not mix tires and wheels of
different sizes, because they will not
fit. Keep your spare tire and its
wheel together. If your vehicle has a
spare tire that does not match your
vehicle's original road tires and
wheels in size and type, do not
include the spare in the tire rotation.

Jump Starting
For more information about the
vehicle battery, see Battery on
page 10‑28.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.
If the vehicle's battery (or batteries)
has run down, you may want to use
another vehicle and some jumper
cables to start your vehicle. Be sure
to use the following steps to do it
safely.

{ WARNING
Batteries can hurt you. They can
be dangerous because:
.

They contain acid that can
burn you.

.

They contain gas that can
explode or ignite.

.

They contain enough
electricity to burn you.
(Continued)

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WARNING (Continued)
If you do not follow these steps
exactly, some or all of these
things can hurt you.
Notice: Ignoring these steps
could result in costly damage to
the vehicle that would not be
covered by the warranty.
Trying to start the vehicle by
pushing or pulling it will not
work, and it could damage the
vehicle.
1. Check the other vehicle. It must
have a 12-volt battery with a
negative ground system.
Notice: Only use a vehicle that
has a 12-volt system with a
negative ground for jump
starting. If the other vehicle does
not have a 12-volt system with a
negative ground, both vehicles
can be damaged.

2. If you have a vehicle with a
diesel engine with two batteries,
you should know before you
begin that, especially in cold
weather, you may not be able to
get enough power from a single
battery in another vehicle to start
your diesel engine. If your
vehicle has more than one
battery, using the battery that is
closer to the starter will reduce
electrical resistance. This is
located on the passenger side,
in the rear of the engine
compartment.
3. Get the vehicles close enough
so the jumper cables can reach,
but be sure the vehicles are not
touching each other. If they are,
it could cause an unwanted
ground connection. You would
not be able to start your vehicle,
and the bad grounding could
damage the electrical systems.
To avoid the possibility of the
vehicles rolling, set the parking
brake firmly on both vehicles
involved in the jump start

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procedure. Put the automatic
transmission in P (Park) or a
manual transmission in Neutral
before setting the parking brake.
If you have a four-wheel-drive
vehicle, be sure the transfer
case is in a drive gear, not in
Neutral.
Notice: If any accessories are left
on or plugged in during the jump
starting procedure, they could be
damaged. The repairs would not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty. Whenever possible,
turn off or unplug all accessories
on either vehicle when jump
starting the vehicle.
4. Turn off the ignition on both
vehicles. Unplug unnecessary
accessories plugged into the
accessory power outlets. Turn
off the radio and all the lamps
that are not needed. This will
avoid sparks and help save both
batteries. And it could save the
radio!

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5. Open the hood on the other
vehicle and locate the
positive (+) and negative (−)
terminal locations on that
vehicle.
The positive (+) terminal, is
located under a red plastic cover
at the positive battery post. To
uncover the positive (+) terminal,
open the red plastic cover.

If your vehicle has a gasoline
engine, the remote negative (-)
terminal is a stud located on the
right front of the engine, where
the negative battery cable
attaches.
If your vehicle has a diesel
engine, the remote negative (-)
terminal is the negative (-) post
on the auxiliary battery on the
driver side of the engine
compartment.
For more information on the
location of the remote
positive (+) and remote
negative (−) terminals, see
Engine Compartment Overview
on page 10‑5

{ WARNING
An electric fan can start up even
when the engine is not running
and can injure you. Keep hands,
clothing and tools away from any
underhood electric fan.

{ WARNING
Using an open flame near a
battery can cause battery gas to
explode. People have been hurt
doing this, and some have been
blinded. Use a flashlight if you
need more light.
Be sure the battery has enough
water. You do not need to add
water to the battery installed in
your new vehicle. But if a battery
has filler caps, be sure the right
amount of fluid is there. If it is low,
add water to take care of that
first. If you do not, explosive gas
could be present.
Battery fluid contains acid that
can burn you. Do not get it on
you. If you accidentally get it in
your eyes or on your skin, flush
the place with water and get
medical help immediately.

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{ WARNING
Fans or other moving engine
parts can injure you badly. Keep
your hands away from moving
parts once the engine is running.

negative (−) cable to the
negative (−) terminal on the dead
battery because this can cause
sparks.

Do not connect positive (+) to
negative (−) or you will get a
short that would damage the
battery and maybe other parts
too. And do not connect the

8. Do not let the other end touch
metal. Connect it to the
positive (+) terminal of the good
battery. Use a remote
positive (+) terminal if the vehicle
has one.
9. Now connect the black
negative (−) cable to the
negative (−) terminal of the good
battery. Use a remote
negative (−) terminal if the
vehicle has one.

6. Check that the jumper cables do
not have loose or missing
insulation. If they do, you could
get a shock. The vehicles could
be damaged too.
Before you connect the cables,
here are some basic things you
should know. Positive (+) will go
to positive (+) or to a remote
positive (+) terminal if the vehicle
has one. Negative (−) will go to a
heavy, unpainted metal engine
part or to a remote negative (−)
terminal if the vehicle has one.

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Do not let the other end touch
anything until the next step.
5.3L Engine (4.3L, 4.8L, 6.0L, 6.2L
and 6.6L Similar)
7. Connect the red positive (+)
cable to the positive (+) terminal
of the vehicle with the dead
battery.

10. Connect the other end of the
negative (−) cable to a heavy,
unpainted metal engine part or
to the remote negative (−)
terminal, on the vehicle with
the dead battery.
11. Start the vehicle with the good
battery and run the engine for a
while.

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12. Try to start the vehicle that had
the dead battery. If it will not
start after a few tries, it
probably needs service.
Notice: If the jumper cables are
connected or removed in the
wrong order, electrical shorting
may occur and damage the
vehicle. The repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Always connect and remove the
jumper cables in the correct
order, making sure that the
cables do not touch each other or
other metal.

To disconnect the jumper cables
from both vehicles do the following:
1. Disconnect the black
negative (−) cable from the
vehicle that had the bad battery.
2. Disconnect the black
negative (−) cable from the
vehicle with the good battery.
3. Disconnect the red positive (+)
cable from the vehicle with the
good battery.
Jumper Cable Removal
A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine
Part or Remote Negative (−)
Terminal
B. Good Battery or Remote
Positive (+) and Remote
Negative (−) Terminals
C. Dead Battery or Remote
Positive (+) Terminal

4. Disconnect the red positive (+)
cable from the other vehicle.
5. Return the positive (+) terminal
cover, to its original position.

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Towing
Towing the Vehicle
Notice: Incorrectly towing a
disabled vehicle may cause
damage. The damage would not
be covered by the vehicle
warranty.
Have the vehicle towed on a flatbed
car carrier or a wheel lift tow truck.
If a wheel lift tow truck is used, the
drive wheels cannot contact the
road while the vehicle is being
towed. A wheel dolly must be used
to lift all drive wheels off the ground.
Consult your dealer or a
professional towing service if the
disabled vehicle must be towed.
To tow the vehicle behind another
vehicle for recreational purposes,
such as behind a motor home, see
“Recreational Vehicle Towing” in this
section.

Recreational Vehicle
Towing
Recreational vehicle towing means
towing the vehicle behind another
vehicle, such as a motor home. The
two most common types of
recreational vehicle towing are
known as dinghy towing and dolly
towing. Dinghy towing is towing the
vehicle with all four wheels on the
ground. Dolly towing is towing the
vehicle with two wheels on the
ground and two wheels up on a
device known as a dolly.
Here are some important things to
consider before recreational vehicle
towing:
.

What is the towing capacity of
the towing vehicle? Be sure to
read the tow vehicle
manufacturer's
recommendations.

.

What is the distance that will be
travelled? Some vehicles have
restrictions on how far and how
long they can tow.

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.

Is the proper towing equipment
going to be used? See your
dealer or trailering professional
for additional advice and
equipment recommendations.

.

Is the vehicle ready to be
towed? Just as preparing the
vehicle for a long trip, make sure
the vehicle is prepared to be
towed.

Dinghy Towing
Two-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

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Notice: If the vehicle is towed
with all four wheels on the
ground, the drivetrain
components could be damaged.
The repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Do not
tow the vehicle with all four
wheels on the ground.

Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

{ WARNING
Shifting a four-wheel-drive
vehicle's transfer case into
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). The driver or others
could be injured. Make sure the
parking brake is firmly set before
the transfer case is shifted to
N (Neutral).

Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not
be towed with all four wheels on the
ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions
for internal lubrication while being
towed.
Use the following procedure to
dinghy tow a four-wheel-drive
vehicle:
1. Position the vehicle being towed
behind the tow vehicle and shift
the transmission to P (Park).
2. Turn the engine off and firmly set
the parking brake.
3. Securely attach the vehicle
being towed to the tow vehicle.

4. Shift the transfer case to
N (Neutral). See “Shifting into
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive
on page 9‑41 for the proper
procedure to select the Neutral
position for the vehicle.
5. Release the parking brake only
after the vehicle being towed is
firmly attached to the towing
vehicle.
6. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF
and remove the key — the
steering wheel will still turn.

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After towing, see “Shifting Out of
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive on
page 9‑41 for the proper procedure
to take the vehicle out of the Neutral
position.

Dolly Towing
Front Towing (Front Wheels Off
the Ground) – Two-Wheel-Drive
Vehicles

Notice: If a two-wheel drive
vehicle is towed with the rear
wheels on the ground, the
transmission could be damaged.
The repairs would not be covered
by the vehicle warranty. Never
tow the vehicle with the rear
wheels on the ground.

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Front Towing (Front Wheels Off
the Ground) – Four-Wheel-Drive
Vehicles

Two-wheel-drive vehicles should not
be towed with the rear wheels on
the ground. Two-wheel-drive
transmissions have no provisions
for internal lubrication while being
towed.
To dolly tow a two‐wheel‐drive
vehicle, the vehicle must be towed
with the rear wheels on the dolly.
See “Rear Towing (Rear Wheels Off
the Ground)” later in this section for
more information.

Use the following procedure to dolly
tow a four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the front:
1. Attach the dolly to the tow
vehicle following the dolly
manufacturer's instructions.
2. Drive the front wheels onto the
dolly.
3. Shift the transmission to
P (Park).
4. Firmly set the parking brake.

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{ WARNING
Shifting a four-wheel-drive
vehicle's transfer case into
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). The driver or others
could be injured. Make sure the
parking brake is firmly set before
the transfer case is shifted to
N (Neutral).

8. Release the parking brake only
after the vehicle being towed is
firmly attached to the towing
vehicle.
9. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
After towing, see “Shifting Out of
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive on
page 9‑41.

Rear Towing (Rear Wheels Off
the Ground)
Two‐Wheel‐Drive Vehicles

5. Use an adequate clamping
device designed for towing to
ensure that the front wheels are
locked into the straight position.
6. Secure the vehicle to the dolly
following the manufacturer's
instructions.
7. Shift the transfer case to
N (Neutral). See “Shifting into
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive
on page 9‑41 for the proper
procedure to select the neutral
position for the vehicle.

Use the following procedure to dolly
tow a two-wheel-drive vehicle from
the rear:
1. Attach the dolly to the tow
vehicle following the dolly
manufacturer's instructions.
2. Drive the rear wheels onto the
dolly.
3. Firmly set the parking brake.
See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
4. Put the transmission in P (Park).
5. Secure the vehicle to the dolly
following the manufacturer's
instructions.
6. Use an adequate clamping
device designed for towing to
ensure that the front wheels are
locked into the straight position.
7. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

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Four‐Wheel‐Drive Vehicles
Use the following procedure to dolly
tow a four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the rear:
1. Attach the dolly to the tow
vehicle following the dolly
manufacturer's instructions.
2. Drive the rear wheels onto the
dolly.
3. Firmly set the parking brake.
See Parking Brake on
page 9‑54.
4. Put the transmission in P (Park).
5. Secure the vehicle to the dolly
following the manufacturer's
instructions.
6. Use an adequate clamping
device designed for towing to
ensure that the front wheels are
locked into the straight position.

{ WARNING
Shifting a four-wheel-drive
vehicle's transfer case into
N (Neutral) can cause the vehicle
to roll even if the transmission is
in P (Park). The driver or others
could be injured. Make sure the
parking brake is firmly set before
the transfer case is shifted to
N (Neutral).
7. Shift the transfer case to
N (Neutral). See “Shifting into
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive
on page 9‑41 for the proper
procedure to select the neutral
position for the vehicle.
8. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.
After towing, see “Shifting Out of
Neutral” under Four-Wheel Drive on
page 9‑41.

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Appearance Care
Exterior Care
Washing the Vehicle
To preserve the vehicle's finish,
wash it often and out of direct
sunlight.
Notice: Do not use
petroleum-based, acidic,
or abrasive cleaning agents as
they can damage the vehicle's
paint, metal, or plastic parts.
If damage occurs, it would not be
covered by the vehicle's warranty.
Approved cleaning products can
be obtained from your dealer.
Follow all manufacturer
directions regarding correct
product usage, necessary safety
precautions, and appropriate
disposal of any vehicle care
product.
Notice: Avoid using
high-pressure washes closer than
30 cm (12 in) to the surface of the
vehicle. Use of power washers

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exceeding 8,274 kPa (1,200 psi)
can result in damage or removal
of paint and decals.

cleaners that are marked safe for
painted surfaces to remove foreign
matter.

Rinse the vehicle well, before
washing and after, to remove all
cleaning agents completely. If they
are allowed to dry on the surface,
they could stain.

Occasional hand waxing or mild
polishing should be done to remove
residue from the paint finish. See
your dealer for approved cleaning
products.

Dry the finish with a soft, clean
chamois or an all-cotton towel to
avoid surface scratches and water
spotting.

Do not apply waxes or polishes to
uncoated plastic, vinyl, rubber,
decals, simulated wood, or flat paint
as damage can occur.

Finish Care

Notice: Machine compounding or
aggressive polishing on a
basecoat/clearcoat paint finish
may damage it. Use only
non-abrasive waxes and polishes
that are made for a basecoat/
clearcoat paint finish on the
vehicle.

Application of aftermarket clearcoat
sealant/wax materials is not
recommended. If painted surfaces
are damaged, see your dealer to
have the damage assessed and
repaired. Foreign materials such as
calcium chloride and other salts, ice
melting agents, road oil and tar, tree
sap, bird droppings, chemicals from
industrial chimneys, etc., can
damage the vehicle's finish if they
remain on painted surfaces. Wash
the vehicle as soon as possible.
If necessary, use non-abrasive

To keep the paint finish looking new,
keep the vehicle garaged or
covered whenever possible.

Protecting Exterior Bright Metal
Parts
Regularly clean bright metal parts
with water or chrome polish on
chrome or stainless steel trim,
if necessary.
For aluminum, never use auto or
chrome polish, steam, or caustic
soap to clean. A coating of wax,
rubbed to a high polish, is
recommended for all bright metal
parts.

Cleaning Exterior Lamps/
Lenses and Emblems
Use only lukewarm or cold water, a
soft cloth, and a car washing soap
to clean exterior lamps, lenses and
emblems. Follow instructions under
"Washing the Vehicle" in this
section.

Windshield and Wiper Blades
Clean the outside of the windshield
with glass cleaner.

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Clean rubber blades using a lint-free
cloth or paper towel soaked with
windshield washer fluid or a mild
detergent. Wash the windshield
thoroughly when cleaning the
blades. Bugs, road grime, sap, and
a buildup of vehicle wash/wax
treatments may cause wiper
streaking.
Replace the wiper blades if they are
worn or damaged. Damage can be
caused by extreme dusty
conditions, sand, salt, heat, sun,
snow, and ice.

Weatherstrips
Apply silicone grease on
weatherstrips to make them last
longer, seal better, and not stick or
squeak. Lubricate weatherstrips
once a year. Black marks from
rubber material on painted surfaces
can be removed by rubbing with a
clean cloth. See Recommended
Fluids and Lubricants on
page 11‑12.

Tires
Use a stiff brush with tire cleaner to
clean the tires.
Notice: Using petroleum-based
tire dressing products on the
vehicle may damage the paint
finish and/or tires. When applying
a tire dressing, always wipe off
any overspray from all painted
surfaces on the vehicle.

Wheels and Trim — Aluminum
or Chrome
Use a soft, clean cloth with mild
soap and water to clean the wheels.
After rinsing thoroughly with clean
water, dry with a soft, clean towel.
A wax may then be applied.
Notice: Chrome wheels and other
chrome trim may be damaged if
the vehicle is not washed after
driving on roads that have been
sprayed with magnesium,
calcium, or sodium chloride.
These chlorides are used on
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and dust. Always wash the
chrome with soap and water after
exposure.
Notice: To avoid surface damage,
do not use strong soaps,
chemicals, abrasive polishes,
cleaners, brushes, or cleaners
that contain acid on aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels. Use only
approved cleaners. Also, never
drive a vehicle with aluminum or
chrome-plated wheels through an
automatic car wash that uses
silicone carbide tire cleaning
brushes. Damage could occur
and the repairs would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.

Steering, Suspension, and
Chassis Components
Visually inspect the front and rear
suspension and steering system for
damaged, loose, or missing parts or
signs of wear. Inspect the power
steering for proper hook-up, binding,
leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. Visually

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check constant velocity joints,
rubber boots, and axle seals for
leaks.

material to parts repaired or
replaced to restore corrosion
protection.

Body Component Lubrication

Original manufacturer replacement
parts will provide the corrosion
protection while maintaining the
vehicle warranty.

Lubricate all key lock cylinders,
hood hinges, liftgate hinges, and the
steel fuel door hinge unless the
components are plastic. Applying
silicone grease on weatherstrips
with a clean cloth will make them
last longer, seal better, and not stick
or squeak.

Underbody Maintenance
Use plain water to flush dirt and
debris from the vehicle's underbody.
Your dealer or an underbody car
washing system can do this. If not
removed, rust and corrosion can
develop.

Sheet Metal Damage
If the vehicle is damaged and
requires sheet metal repair or
replacement, make sure the body
repair shop applies anti-corrosion

Finish Damage
Quickly repair minor chips and
scratches with touch-up materials
available from your dealer to avoid
corrosion. Larger areas of finish
damage can be corrected in your
dealer's body and paint shop.

Chemical Paint Spotting
Airborne pollutants can fall upon
and attack painted vehicle surfaces
causing blotchy, ring-shaped
discolorations, and small, irregular
dark spots etched into the paint
surface.

Interior Care
To prevent dirt particle abrasions,
regularly clean the vehicle's interior.
Immediately remove any soils. Note
that newspapers or dark garments
that can transfer color to home
furnishings can also permanently
transfer color to the vehicle's
interior.
Use a soft bristle brush to remove
dust from knobs and crevices on the
instrument cluster. Using a mild
soap solution, immediately remove
hand lotions, sunscreen, and insect
repellent from all interior surfaces or
permanent damage may result.
Your dealer may have products for
cleaning the interior. Use cleaners
specifically designed for the
surfaces being cleaned to prevent
permanent damage. Apply all
cleaners directly to the cleaning
cloth. Do not spray cleaners directly
on any switches or controls.
Cleaners should be removed
quickly. Never allow cleaners to

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3.78 L (1 gal) of water.
A concentrated soap solution will
leave a residue that creates
streaks and attracts dirt. Do not
use solutions that contain strong
or caustic soap.

Notice: Cleaning the windshield
with water during the first three to
six months of ownership will
reduce tendency to fog.

.

Do not heavily saturate the
upholstery when cleaning.

.

Do not use solvents or cleaners
containing solvents.

Vacuum around a speaker cover
gently, so that the speaker will not
be damaged. Clean spots with just
water and mild soap.

remain on the surface being
cleaned for extended periods
of time.
Cleaners may contain solvents that
can become concentrated in the
interior. Before using cleaners, read
and adhere to all safety instructions
on the label. While cleaning the
interior, maintain adequate
ventilation by opening the doors and
windows.
To prevent damage, do not clean
the interior using the following
cleaners or techniques:
.

.

Never use a razor or any other
sharp object to remove a soil
from any interior surface.
Never use a brush with stiff
bristles.

.

Never rub any surface
aggressively or with excessive
pressure.

.

Do not use laundry detergents or
dishwashing soaps with
degreasers. For liquid cleaners,
use approximately 20 drops per

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Interior Glass
To clean, use a terry cloth fabric
dampened with water. Wipe droplets
left behind with a clean dry cloth.
Commercial glass cleaners may be
used, if necessary, after cleaning
the interior glass with plain water.
Notice: To prevent scratching,
never use abrasive cleaners on
automotive glass. Abrasive
cleaners or aggressive cleaning
may damage the rear window
defogger.

Speaker Covers

Coated Moldings
Coated moldings should be cleaned.
.

When lightly soiled, wipe with a
sponge or soft lint-free cloth
dampened with water.

.

When heavily soiled, use warm
soapy water.

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Fabric/Carpet/Suede
Start by vacuuming the surface
using a soft brush attachment. If a
rotating brush attachment is being
used during vacuuming, only use it
on the floor carpet. Before cleaning,
gently remove as much of the soil
as possible using one of the
following techniques:
.

.

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Gently blot liquids with a paper
towel. Continue blotting until no
more soil can be removed.
For solid soils, remove as much
as possible prior to vacuuming.

To clean:
1. Saturate a clean lint-free
colorfast cloth with water or club
soda. Microfiber cloth is
recommended to prevent lint
transfer to the fabric or carpet.
2. Remove excess moisture by
gently wringing until water does
not drip from the cleaning cloth.

3. Start on the outside edge of the
soil and gently rub toward the
center. Rotate the cleaning cloth
to a clean area frequently to
prevent forcing the soil in to the
fabric.
4. Continue gently rubbing the
soiled area until there is no
longer any color transfer from
the soil to the cleaning cloth.
5. If the soil is not completely
removed, use a mild soap
solution followed only by club
soda or plain water.
If the soil is not completely
removed, it may be necessary to
use a commercial upholstery
cleaner or spot lifter. Test a small
hidden area for colorfastness before
using a commercial upholstery
cleaner or spot lifter. If ring
formation occurs, clean the entire
fabric or carpet.
Following the cleaning process, a
paper towel can be used to blot
excess moisture.

Cleaning High Gloss Surfaces
and Vehicle Information and
Radio Displays
For vehicles with high gloss
surfaces or vehicle displays, use a
microfiber cloth to wipe surfaces.
Before wiping the surface with the
microfiber cloth, use a soft bristle
brush to remove dirt that could
scratch the surface. Then use the
microfiber cloth by gently rubbing to
clean. Never use window cleaners
or solvents. Periodically hand wash
the microfiber cloth separately,
using mild soap. Do not use bleach
or fabric softener. Rinse thoroughly
and air dry before next use.
Notice: Do not attach a device
with a suction cup to the display.
This may cause damage and
would not be covered by the
warranty.

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Instrument Panel, Leather,
Vinyl, & Other Plastic Surfaces
Use a soft microfiber cloth
dampened with water to remove
dust and loose dirt. For a more
thorough cleaning, use a soft
microfiber cloth dampened with a
mild soap solution.
Notice: Soaking or saturating
leather, especially perforated
leather, as well as other interior
surfaces, may cause permanent
damage. Wipe excess moisture
from these surfaces after
cleaning and allow them to dry
naturally. Never use heat, steam,
spot lifters, or spot removers. Do
not use cleaners that contain
silicone or wax-based products.
Cleaners containing these
solvents can permanently change
the appearance and feel of leather
or soft trim and are not
recommended.

Do not use cleaners that increase
gloss, especially on the instrument
panel. Reflected glare can decrease
visibility through the windshield
under certain conditions.
Notice: Use of air fresheners may
cause permanent damage to
plastics and painted surfaces.
If an air freshener comes in
contact with any plastic or
painted surface in the vehicle,
blot immediately and clean with a
soft cloth dampened with a mild
soap solution. Damage caused by
air fresheners would not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.

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Care of Safety Belts
Keep belts clean and dry.

{ WARNING
Do not bleach or dye safety belts.
It may severely weaken them. In
a crash, they might not be able to
provide adequate protection.
Clean safety belts only with mild
soap and lukewarm water.

Floor Mats

{ WARNING
If a floor mat is the wrong size or
is not properly installed, it can
interfere with the pedals.
Interference with the pedals can
cause unintended acceleration
and/or increased stopping
distance which can cause a crash
and injury. Make sure the floor
mat does not interfere with the
pedals.

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Use the following guidelines for
proper floor mat usage.
.

The original equipment floor
mats were designed for the
vehicle. If the floor mats need
replacing, it is recommended
that GM certified floor mats be
purchased. Non-GM floor mats
may not fit properly and may
interfere with the pedals. Always
check that the floor mats do not
interfere with the pedals.

.

Use the floor mat with the
correct side up. Do not turn
it over.

.

Do not place anything on top of
the driver side floor mat.

.

Use only a single floor mat on
the driver side.

.

Do not place one floor mat on
top of another.

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Service and Maintenance

Service and
Maintenance
General Information
General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1

Maintenance Schedule
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3

Special Application Services
Special Application
Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8

Additional Maintenance
and Care
Additional Maintenance
and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9

Recommended Fluids,
Lubricants, and Parts
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12
Maintenance Replacement
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-15

Maintenance Records
Maintenance Records . . . . . . 11-16

General Information
This maintenance section applies to
vehicles with a gasoline engine. For
diesel engine vehicles, see the
maintenance schedule section in
the Duramax diesel supplement.
Your vehicle is an important
investment. This section describes
the required maintenance for the
vehicle. Follow this schedule to help
protect against major repair
expenses resulting from neglect or
inadequate maintenance. It may
also help to maintain the value of
the vehicle if it is sold. It is the
responsibility of the owner to have
all required maintenance performed.
Your dealer has trained technicians
who can perform required
maintenance using genuine
replacement parts. They have
up-to-date tools and equipment for
fast and accurate diagnostics. Many
dealers have extended evening and
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transportation, and online
scheduling to assist with service
needs.
Your dealer recognizes the
importance of providing
competitively priced maintenance
and repair services. With trained
technicians, the dealer is the place
for routine maintenance such as oil
changes and tire rotations and
additional maintenance items like
tires, brakes, batteries, and wiper
blades.
Notice: Damage caused by
improper maintenance can lead to
costly repairs and may not be
covered by the vehicle warranty.
Maintenance intervals, checks,
inspections, recommended fluids,
and lubricants are important to
keep the vehicle in good working
condition.
The Tire Rotation and Required
Services are the responsibility of the
vehicle owner. It is recommended to
have your dealer perform these
services every 12 000 km/7,500 mi.

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Service and Maintenance

Proper vehicle maintenance helps to
keep the vehicle in good working
condition, improves fuel economy,
and reduces vehicle emissions.
Because of the way people use
vehicles, maintenance needs vary.
There may need to be more
frequent checks and services. The
Additional Required Services Normal are for vehicles that:
.

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Carry passengers and cargo
within recommended limits on
the Tire and Loading Information
label. See Vehicle Load Limits
on page 9‑15.

.

Are driven on reasonable road
surfaces within legal driving
limits.

.

Use the recommended fuel. See
Recommended Fuel on
page 9‑69.

Refer to the information in the
Maintenance Schedule Additional
Required Services - Normal chart.

The Additional Required Services Severe are for vehicles that are:
.

Mainly driven in heavy city traffic
in hot weather.

.

Mainly driven in hilly or
mountainous terrain.

.

Frequently towing a trailer.

.

Used for high speed or
competitive driving.

.

Used for taxi, police, or delivery
service.

Refer to the information in the
Maintenance Schedule Additional
Required Services - Severe chart.

{ WARNING
Performing maintenance work can
be dangerous and can cause
serious injury. Perform
maintenance work only if the
required information, proper tools,
and equipment are available.
If they are not, see your dealer to
have a trained technician do the
work. See Doing Your Own
Service Work on page 10‑3.

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Maintenance
Schedule
Owner Checks and Services
At Each Fuel Stop
.

Check the engine oil level. See
Engine Oil on page 10‑6.

Once a Month
.

Check the tire inflation
pressures. See Tire Pressure on
page 10‑56.

.

Inspect the tires for wear. See
Tire Inspection on page 10‑62.

.

Check the windshield washer
fluid level. See Washer Fluid on
page 10‑24.

Engine Oil Change
When the CHANGE ENGINE OIL
SOON message displays, have the
engine oil and filter changed within
the next 1 000 km/600 mi. If driven
under the best conditions, the
engine oil life system might not
indicate the need for vehicle service

for more than a year. The engine oil
and filter must be changed at least
once a year and the oil life system
must be reset. Your trained dealer
technician can perform this work.
If the engine oil life system is reset
accidentally, service the vehicle
within 5 000 km/3,000 mi since the
last service. Reset the oil life
system when the oil is changed.
See Engine Oil Life System on
page 10‑9.

Tire Rotation and Required
Services Every 12 000 km/
7,500 mi
Rotate the tires, if recommended for
the vehicle, and perform the
following services. See Tire
Rotation on page 10‑63.
.

Check engine oil level and oil
life percentage. If needed,
change engine oil and filter, and
reset oil life system. See Engine
Oil on page 10‑6 and Engine Oil
Life System on page 10‑9.

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.

Check engine coolant level. See
Engine Coolant on page 10‑18.

.

Check windshield washer fluid
level. See Washer Fluid on
page 10‑24.

.

Visually inspect windshield wiper
blades for wear, cracking,
or contamination. See Exterior
Care on page 10‑93. Replace
worn or damaged wiper blades.
See Wiper Blade Replacement
on page 10‑35.

.

Check tire inflation pressures.
See Tire Pressure on
page 10‑56.

.

Inspect tire wear. See Tire
Inspection on page 10‑62.

.

Visually check for fluid leaks.

.

Inspect engine air cleaner filter.
See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on
page 10‑16.

.

Inspect brake system.

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.

Visually inspect steering,
suspension, and chassis
components for damaged, loose,
or missing parts or signs of
wear. See Exterior Care on
page 10‑93.

.

Check restraint system
components. See Safety System
Check on page 3‑20.

.

Visually inspect fuel system for
damage or leaks.

.

Visually inspect exhaust system
and nearby heat shields for
loose or damaged parts.

.

Lubricate body components. See
Exterior Care on page 10‑93.

.

Check starter switch. See Starter
Switch Check on page 10‑33.

.

Check automatic transmission
shift lock control function. See
Automatic Transmission Shift
Lock Control Function Check on
page 10‑33.

.

Check ignition transmission lock.
See Ignition Transmission Lock
Check on page 10‑34.

.

Check parking brake and
automatic transmission park
mechanism. See Park Brake and
P (Park) Mechanism Check on
page 10‑34.

.

Check accelerator pedal for
damage, high effort, or binding.
Replace if needed.

.

Visually inspect gas strut for
signs of wear, cracks, or other
damage. Check the hold open
ability of the strut. See your
dealer if service is required.

.

Inspect sunroof track and seal,
if equipped. See Sunroof (Crew
Cab) on page 2‑21 or Sunroof
(Extended Cab) on page 2‑20.

.

Check hybrid low pressure
coolant level, if equipped.

.

Verify spare tire key lock
operation and lubricate as
needed. See Tire Changing on
page 10‑73.

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Service and Maintenance

Footnotes — Maintenance
Schedule Additional Required
Services — Normal
(1) Check all fuel and vapor lines
and hoses for proper hook-up,
routing, and condition. Check that
the purge valve, if the vehicle has
one, works properly. Replace as
needed.
(2) Or every four years, whichever
comes first.
(3) Do not directly power wash the
transfer case output seals. High
pressure water can overcome the
seals and contaminate the transfer
case fluid. Contaminated fluid will
decrease the life of the transfer
case and should be replaced.
(4) Or every five years, whichever
comes first. See Cooling System on
page 10‑17.
(5) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first.
(6) Inspect for fraying, excessive
cracking, or damage; replace,
if needed.

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Footnotes — Maintenance
Schedule Additional Required
Services — Severe

(5) Or every five years, whichever
comes first. See Cooling System on
page 10‑17.

Special Application
Services

(1) Extreme service. For vehicles
mainly driven off-road in four-wheel
drive or used in farming, mining,
forestry, Department of Natural
Resources (DNR), or snow plowing.

(6) Or every 10 years, whichever
comes first.

.

Vehicles with Dual Wheels:
Check dual wheel nut torque at
160 km/100 mi, 1 600 km/
1,000 mi and 9 700 km/6,000 mi.

.

Severe Commercial Use
Vehicles Only: Lubricate chassis
components every 5 000 km/
3,000 mi.

.

Have underbody flushing service
performed once a year.

(2) Check all fuel and vapor lines
and hoses for proper hook-up,
routing, and condition. Check that
the purge valve, if the vehicle has
one, works properly. Replace as
needed.
(3) Or every four years, whichever
comes first.
(4) Do not directly power wash the
transfer case output seals. High
pressure water can overcome the
seals and contaminate the transfer
case fluid. Contaminated fluid will
decrease the life of the transfer
case and should be replaced.

(7) Inspect for fraying, excessive
cracking, or damage; replace,
if needed.

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Additional
Maintenance and Care
Your vehicle is an important
investment and caring for it properly
may help to avoid future costly
repairs. To maintain vehicle
performance, additional
maintenance services may be
required. It is recommended that
your dealer perform these services
— their trained dealer technicians
know your vehicle best. Your dealer
can also perform a thorough
assessment with a multi‐point
inspection to recommend when your
vehicle may need attention. The
following list is intended to explain
the services and conditions to look
for that may indicate services are
required.

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Battery

Brakes

The battery supplies power to start
the engine and operate any
additional electrical accessories.

Brakes stop the vehicle and are
crucial to safe driving.

.

To avoid break‐down or failure to
start the vehicle, maintain a
battery with full cranking power.

.

Trained dealer technicians have
the diagnostic equipment to test
the battery and ensure that the
connections and cables are
corrosion‐free.

Belts
.

Belts may need replacing if they
squeak or show signs of
cracking or splitting.

.

Trained dealer technicians can
inspect the belts and
recommend replacement when
necessary.

.

Signs of brake wear may include
chirping, grinding, or squealing
noises, or difficulty stopping.

.

Trained dealer technicians have
access to tools and equipment
to inspect the brakes and
recommend quality parts
engineered for the vehicle.

Fluids
Proper fluid levels and approved
fluids protect the vehicle’s systems
and components. See
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 for GM
approved fluids.
.

Engine oil and windshield
washer fluid levels should be
checked at every fuel fill.

.

Instrument cluster lights may
come on to indicate that fluids
may be low and need to be
filled.

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Hoses

Shocks and Struts

Hoses transport fluids and should
be regularly inspected to ensure
that there are no cracks or leaks.
With a multi‐point inspection, your
dealer can inspect the hoses and
advise if replacement is needed.

Shocks and struts help aid in control
for a smoother ride.
.

Signs of wear may include
steering wheel vibration, bounce/
sway while braking, longer
stopping distance, or uneven
tire wear.

.

As part of the multi‐point
inspection, trained dealer
technicians can visually inspect
the shocks and struts for signs
of leaking, blown seals,
or damage, and can advise
when service is needed.

Lamps
Properly working headlamps,
taillamps, and brake lamps are
important to see and be seen on
the road.
.

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Signs that the headlamps need
attention include dimming, failure
to light, cracking, or damage.
The brake lamps need to be
checked periodically to ensure
that they light when braking.
With a multi‐point inspection,
your dealer can check the lamps
and note any concerns.

Tires
Tires need to be properly inflated,
rotated, and balanced. Maintaining
the tires can save money, fuel, and
can reduce the risk of tire failure.
.

Signs that the tires need to be
replaced include three or more
visible treadwear indicators; cord
or fabric showing through the

rubber; cracks or cuts in the
tread or sidewall; or a bulge or
split in the tire.
.

Trained dealer technicians can
inspect and recommend the right
tires. Your dealer can also
provide tire/wheel balancing
services to ensure smooth
vehicle operation at all speeds.
Your dealer sells and services
name brand tires.

Vehicle Care
To help keep the vehicle looking like
new, vehicle care products are
available from your dealer. For
information on how to clean and
protect the vehicle’s interior and
exterior, see Interior Care on
page 10‑96 and Exterior Care on
page 10‑93.

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Wheel Alignment

Wiper Blades

Wheel alignment is critical for
ensuring that the tires deliver
optimal wear and performance.

Wiper blades need to be cleaned
and kept in good condition to
provide a clear view.

.

.

Signs that the alignment may
need to be adjusted include
pulling, improper vehicle
handling, or unusual tire wear.
Your dealer has the required
equipment to ensure proper
wheel alignment.

Windshield
For safety, appearance, and the
best viewing, keep the windshield
clean and clear.
.

Signs of damage include
scratches, cracks, and chips.

.

Trained dealer technicians can
inspect the windshield and
recommend proper replacement
if needed.

.

Signs of wear include streaking,
skipping across the windshield,
and worn or split rubber.

.

Trained dealer technicians can
check the wiper blades and
replace them when needed.

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Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
This maintenance section applies to vehicles with a gasoline engine. If the vehicle has a diesel engine and/or an
Allison Transmission, see the maintenance schedule section in the Duramax diesel supplement.
Fluids and lubricants identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer.
Usage

Fluid/Lubricant

Engine Oil

Use only engine oil licensed to the dexos1 specfication, or equivalent, of
the proper SAE viscosity grade. ACDelco dexos1 Synthetic Blend is
recommended. See Engine Oil on page 10‑6.

Engine Coolant

50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and use only DEX-COOL coolant.
See Engine Coolant on page 10‑18.

Hydraulic Brake System

DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 12377967, in
Canada 89021320).

Hydraulic Clutch System

DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 12377967, in
Canada 89021320).

Windshield Washer

Automotive windshield washer fluid that meets regional freeze protection
requirements.

Power Steering System

GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. 89021184, in Canada 89021186).

Automatic Transmission

DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

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Usage
Manual Transmission

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Fluid/Lubricant
Synchromesh Transmission Fluid (GM Part No. 12345349, in
Canada 10953465).

Key Lock Cylinders

Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).

Floor Shift Linkage

Lubriplate Lubricant Aerosol (GM Part No. 89021668, in Canada 89021674)
or lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2 Category LB or GC-LB.

Chassis Lubrication

Chassis Lubricant (GM Part No. 12377985, in Canada 88901242) or
lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.

Front Axle (1500 Series)- Four-Wheel SAE 80W-90 Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. 89021671, in
Drive
Canada 89021672).
Front Axle (1500, 2500 HD, and
3500 HD Series)

SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. 89021677, in
Canada 89021678).

Rear Axle

SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part No. 89021677, in
Canada 89021678).

Transfer Case (Four-Wheel Drive)

DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid.

Front Axle Propshaft Spline or
Spline Lubricant, Special Lubricant (GM Part No. 12345879, in
One-Piece Propshaft Spline
Canada 10953511).
(Two-Wheel Drive with 4-Speed Auto.
Trans.)

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Usage

Rear Driveline Center Spline

Fluid/Lubricant
Chassis Lubricant (GM Part No. 12377985, in Canada 88901242) or
lubricant meeting requirements of NLGI #2, Category LB or GC-LB.

Hood Hinges

Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).

Body Door Hinge Pins, Tailgate
Hinge and Linkage, and Fuel Door
Hinge

Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Canada 10953474).

Tailgate Handle Pivot Points, Hinges, Multi-Purpose Lubricant, Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241, in
Latch Bolt, and Linkage
Canada 10953474).
Weatherstrip Conditioning
Weatherstrip Squeaks

Weatherstrip Lubricant (GM Part No. 3634770, in Canada 10953518) or
Dielectric Silicone Grease (GM Part No. 12345579, in Canada 10953481).
Synthetic Grease with Teflon, Superlube (GM Part No. 12371287, in
Canada 10953437).

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Maintenance Replacement Parts
Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or specification can be obtained from your dealer.
If your vehicle has a diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement for more information.
Part

GM Part Number

ACDelco Part Number

Standard Filter

15908916*

A3086C*

High Capacity Filter

15908915

A3085C

Engine Air Cleaner/Filter

Oil Filter
4.3L V6

25010792

PF47

4.8L V8; 5.3L V8; 6.0L V8; 6.2L V8

89017524

PF48

4.3L V6

12568387

41-101

4.8L V8; 5.3L V8; 6.0L V8; 6.2L V8

12621258

41-110

25877402

—

Spark Plugs

Wiper Blades – 55.0 cm (21.6 in)

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Maintenance Records
After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service, and the
type of services performed in the boxes provided. Retain all maintenance receipts.
Date

Odometer
Reading

Serviced By

Services Performed

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Date

Odometer
Reading

Serviced By

Services Performed

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Odometer
Reading

Serviced By

Services Performed

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Technical Data

Vehicle Identification

Vehicle Identification

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN)

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1
Service Parts Identification
Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1

Vehicle Data
Capacities and
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Engine Drive Belt Routing . . . 12-6

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Engine Identification
The eighth character in the VIN is
the engine code. This code
identifies the vehicle's engine,
specifications, and replacement
parts. See “Engine Specifications”
under Capacities and Specifications
on page 12‑2 for the vehicle's
engine code.

Service Parts
Identification Label
This label, on the inside of the glove
box, has the following information:

This legal identifier is in the front
corner of the instrument panel, on
the left side of the vehicle. It can be
seen through the windshield from
outside. The VIN also appears on
the Vehicle Certification and Service
Parts labels and certificates of title
and registration.

.

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN).

.

Model designation.

.

Paint information.

.

Production options and special
equipment.

Do not remove this label from the
vehicle.

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Vehicle Data
Capacities and Specifications
The following approximate capacities are given in metric and English conversions. See Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants on page 11‑12 for more information.
If the vehicle has a diesel engine, see the Duramax diesel supplement for more information.
Application
Air Conditioning Refrigerant R134a

Capacities
Metric

English

For the air conditioning system refrigerant charge
amount, see the refrigerant label located under the
hood. See your dealer for more information.

Cooling System
4.3L V6 1500 Series

15.6 L

16.5 qt

4.8L V8 1500 Series

16.0 L

16.9 qt

5.3L V8 1500 Series

16.0 L

16.9 qt

6.0L V8 2500 Series and 3500 Series

15.5 L

16.4 qt

6.2L V8 1500 Series

15.9 L

16.8 qt

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Application

Capacities
Metric

English

4.3L V6

4.3 L

4.5 qt

4.8L V8; 5.3L V8; 6.0L V8; 6.2L V8

5.7 L

6.0 qt

1500 Series Standard and Short Box

98.4 L

26.0 gal

1500 Series Long Box

128.7 L

34.0 gal

2500 Series and 3500 Series Standard Box

136.3 L

36.0 gal

2500 Series and 3500 Series Long Box

136.3 L

36.0 gal

3500 Series Chassis Cab

240.4 L

63.5 gal

Engine Oil with Filter

Fuel Tank

3500 Chassis Cab – Front Tank

89.0 L

23.5 gal

3500 Chassis Cab – Rear Tank (if equipped)

151.4 L

40.0 gal

1.5 L

1.6 qt

Transfer Case Fluid

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Application

Capacities
Metric

English

4-Speed Transmission 4L60-E Electronic Transmission

4.7 L

5.0 qt

6-Speed Transmission 6L80-E

5.7 L

6.0 qt

Transmission Fluid - Automatic (Pan Removal and Filter Replacement)

6-Speed Transmission 6L90-E

6.0 L

6.3 qt

6-Speed Transmission Allison

7.0 L

7.4 qt

1500 Series

4.4 L

4.6 qt

3500 Series

3.5 L

3.7 qt

Wheel Nut Torque

190 Y

140 ft lb

Transmission Fluid - Manual (Drain and Refill)

All capacities are approximate. When adding, be sure to fill to the approximate level, as recommended in this
manual. Recheck fluid level after filling.

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Engine Specifications
VIN Code

Spark Plug Gap

4.3L V6 (LU3)

Engine

X

1.52 mm (0.060 in)

4.8L V8 (L20)

A

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

5.3L V8 FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management™ (Iron
Block) (LMG)

0

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

5.3L V8 FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management™(Aluminum
Block) (LC9)

7

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

6.0L V8 FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management™(Aluminum
Block)(LZ1)

J

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

6.0L V8 (Iron Block) (L96)

G

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

6.2L V8 FlexFuel (Aluminum Block) (L9H)

2

1.02 mm (0.040 in)

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Engine Drive Belt Routing

V8 Engines
V6 Engines

If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax diesel supplement
for more information.
If the vehicle is a hybrid, see the
hybrid supplement for more
information.

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Customer Information

Customer
Information
Customer Information
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (U.S. and
Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-2
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (Mexico) . . . . . . . . 13-4
Customer Assistance Offices
(U.S. and Canada) . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Customer Assistance Offices
(Mexico) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-5
Customer Assistance for Text
Telephone (TTY) Users (U.S.
and Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-6
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . 13-6
GM Mobility Reimbursement
Program (U.S. and
Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7

Roadside Assistance Program
(Mexico) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7
Roadside Assistance
Program (U.S. and
Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-11
Scheduling Service
Appointments (U.S. and
Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-12
Courtesy Transportation
Program (U.S. and
Canada) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
Collision Damage Repair
(U.S. and Canada) . . . . . . . . 13-14
Service Publications
Ordering Information . . . . . . 13-16

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Reporting Safety Defects
Reporting Safety Defects to
the United States
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17
Reporting Safety Defects to
the Canadian
Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-18
Reporting Safety Defects to
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . 13-18

Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy
Vehicle Data Recording and
Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-19
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . 13-19
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-20
Navigation System . . . . . . . . . 13-20
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . 13-20
Radio Frequency
Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-20

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Customer Information
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (U.S. and
Canada)
Your satisfaction and goodwill are
important to your dealer and to
Chevrolet. Normally, any concerns
with the sales transaction or the
operation of the vehicle will be
resolved by your dealer's sales or
service departments. Sometimes,
however, despite the best intentions
of all concerned, misunderstandings
can occur. If your concern has not
been resolved to your satisfaction,
the following steps should be taken:
STEP ONE: Discuss your concern
with a member of dealership
management. Normally, concerns
can be quickly resolved at that level.
If the matter has already been
reviewed with the sales, service,
or parts manager, contact the owner
of your dealership or the general
manager.

STEP TWO: If after contacting a
member of dealership management,
it appears your concern cannot be
resolved by your dealership without
further help, in the U.S., call the
Chevrolet Customer Assistance
Center at 1-800-222-1020. In
Canada, call General Motors of
Canada Customer Care Centre at
1-800-263-3777 (English),
or 1-800-263-7854 (French).
We encourage you to call the
toll-free number in order to give your
inquiry prompt attention. Have the
following information available to
give the Customer Assistance
representative:
.

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN). This is available
from the vehicle registration or
title, or the plate at the top left of
the instrument panel and visible
through the windshield.

.

Dealership name and location.

.

Vehicle delivery date and
present mileage.

When contacting Chevrolet,
remember that your concern will
likely be resolved at a dealer's
facility. That is why we suggest
following Step One first.
STEP THREE — U.S. Owners:
Both General Motors and your
dealer are committed to making
sure you are completely satisfied
with your new vehicle. However,
if you continue to remain unsatisfied
after following the procedure
outlined in Steps One and Two, you
can file with the Better Business
Bureau (BBB) Auto Line® Program
to enforce your rights.
The BBB Auto Line Program is an
out-of-court program administered
by the Council of Better Business
Bureaus to settle automotive
disputes regarding vehicle repairs or
the interpretation of the New Vehicle
Limited Warranty. Although you may
be required to resort to this informal
dispute resolution program prior to
filing a court action, use of the
program is free of charge and your
case will generally be heard within

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40 days. If you do not agree with the
decision given in your case, you
may reject it and proceed with any
other venue for relief available
to you.
You may contact the BBB Auto Line
Program using the toll-free
telephone number or write them at
the following address:
BBB Auto Line Program
Council of Better Business Bureaus,
Inc.
4200 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203-1838
Telephone: 1-800-955-5100
www.dr.bbb.org/goauto
This program is available in all
50 states and the District of
Columbia. Eligibility is limited by
vehicle age, mileage, and other
factors. General Motors reserves
the right to change eligibility
limitations and/or discontinue its
participation in this program.

STEP THREE — Canadian
Owners: In the event that you do
not feel your concerns have been
addressed after following the
procedure outlined in Steps One
and Two, General Motors of Canada
Limited wants you to be aware of its
participation in a no-charge
Mediation/Arbitration Program.
General Motors of Canada Limited
has committed to binding arbitration
of owner disputes involving
factory-related vehicle service
claims. The program provides for
the review of the facts involved by
an impartial third party arbiter, and
may include an informal hearing
before the arbiter. The program is
designed so that the entire dispute
settlement process, from the time
you file your complaint to the final
decision, should be completed in
about 70 days. We believe our
impartial program offers advantages
over courts in most jurisdictions
because it is informal, quick, and
free of charge.

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For further information concerning
eligibility in the Canadian Motor
Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP),
call toll-free 1-800-207-0685, or call
the General Motors Customer Care
Centre, 1-800-263-3777 (English),
1-800-263-7854 (French),
or write to:
The Mediation/Arbitration Program
c/o Customer Care Centre
General Motors of Canada Limited
Mail Code: CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
Your inquiry should be accompanied
by the Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN).

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Customer Satisfaction
Procedure (Mexico)

the good intentions of all parties
involved, sometimes a
misunderstanding may occur.
If you have a problem that has not
been satisfactorily handled through
the normal means, we suggest the
following steps:

Did you get the Warranty Extension
Plan? This plan is recommended by
General Motors to supplement the
warranty included with the new
vehicle purchase.
See your dealer for details.

Customer Assistance
Procedure
Owner satisfaction and goodwill are
very important to your dealer and
General Motors.
Normally, any problem with the
transaction, sale, or usage of the
vehicle must be handled by your
dealer sales or service departments.
However, we recognize that despite

STEP THREE
If your case is not resolved in a
reasonable amount of time by your
dealer, please call the General
Motors Customer Assistance
Center (CAC) and provide the
following information:

STEP ONE

.

Name

Explain your case to your dealer
service agent, service manager,
dealer sales agent, or sales
manager, depending on your case.

.

Address

.

Phone number

.

Model year

Make sure that they have all
necessary information. They are
interested in your continual
satisfaction.

.

Brand

.

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN)

.

Mileage

.

Delivery date

.

Description of the problem

.

Dealership name

.

Dealership address

STEP TWO
If you are not satisfied, please
contact the general manager or your
dealership owner to ask for their
help. If they are not able to resolve
your case, ask them to contact the
right people at General Motors for
support, if needed.

See Customer Assistance Offices
(U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑5 or
Customer Assistance Offices
(Mexico) on page 13‑5.

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Customer Assistance
Offices (U.S. and Canada)
Chevrolet encourages customers to
call the toll-free number for
assistance. However, if a customer
wishes to write or e-mail Chevrolet,
the letter should be addressed to:

United States and Puerto Rico
Chevrolet Motor Division
Chevrolet Customer Assistance
Center
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit, MI 48232-5170
www.Chevrolet.com
1-800-222-1020
1-800-833-2438 (For Text
Telephone Devices (TTYs))
Roadside Assistance:
1-800-243-8872
From U.S. Virgin Islands:
1-800-496-9994

Canada
General Motors of Canada Limited
Customer Care Centre, Mail Code:
CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7
www.gm.ca

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All e-mail inquiries to the Customer
Assistance Center (CAC) should be
sent to: cac.chevrolet@gm.com.

Mexico
From Mexico City
5329-0811

1-800-263-3777 (English)
1-800-263-7854 (French)
1-800-263-3830 (For Text
Telephone devices (TTYs))
Roadside Assistance:
1-800-268-6800

From Other Mexico Locations

Overseas

Costa Rica

Please contact the local General
Motors Business Unit.

00-800-052-1005

Customer Assistance
Offices (Mexico)

1-800-999-5252

To contact the Customer Assistance
Center (CAC), use the phone
numbers listed in this section.
Customer assistance is available
Monday through Friday, 08:00 to
20:00 hours, and Saturdays from
08:00 to 15:00 hours.

00-800-052-0001

01-800-466-0811

United States and Canada
1-866-466-8190

Guatemala
Panama
Dominican Republic
1-888-751-5301

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El Salvador

Online Owner Center

D (Preferred Dealer

800-6273

Online Owner Experience
(U.S.) my.chevrolet.com

Information): Select a preferred
dealer and view dealer location,
maps, phone numbers, and hours.

Honduras
800-0122-6101

Customer Assistance for
Text Telephone (TTY)
Users (U.S. and Canada)
To assist customers who are deaf,
hard of hearing, or speech-impaired
and who use Text Telephones
(TTYs), Chevrolet has TTY
equipment available at its Customer
Assistance Center. Any TTY user in
the U.S. can communicate with
Chevrolet by dialing:
1-800-833-2438. TTY users in
Canada can dial 1-800-263-3830.

The Chevrolet online owner
experience is a one-stop resource
that allows interaction with
Chevrolet and keeps important
vehicle-specific information in one
place.
Membership Benefits

E (Vehicle Information):
Download owner manuals and view
vehicle-specific how-to videos.
G (Maintenance Information):
View maintenance schedules,
required alerts, OnStar onboard
vehicle diagnostic information, and
schedule service appointments.

I (Service History):

View
printable dealer-recorded service
records and self-recorded service
records.

J (Warranty Tracking
Information): Track the vehicle’s
warranty information.

J (Recall Information):

View
active recalls or search by Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN). See
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
on page 12‑1.

H (Other Account Information):
View GM Card, SiriusXM Satellite
radio, and OnStar account
information.

F (Live Chat Support):

Chat live
with online help representatives.
Visit my.chevrolet.com to register
your vehicle.

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Chevrolet Owner Centre
(Canada) chevroletowner.ca
Take a trip to the Chevrolet Owner
Centre:
.

Chat live with online help
representatives.

.

Use the Vehicle Tools section.

.

Access third party enthusiast
sites and social media networks.

.

Locate owner resources such as
lease-end, financing, and
warranty information.

.

Retrieve your favorite articles,
quizzes, tips, and multimedia
galleries organized into the
Features and Auto Care
Sections.

.

Download the owner manual for
your vehicle, quickly and easily.

.

Find the
Chevrolet-recommended
maintenance services for your
vehicle.

GM Mobility
Reimbursement Program
(U.S. and Canada)

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General Motors of Canada also has
a Mobility Program. Call
1-800-GM-DRIVE (463-7483) for
details. TTY users call
1-800-263-3830.

Roadside Assistance
Program (Mexico)

This program is available to
qualified applicants for cost
reimbursement of eligible
aftermarket adaptive equipment
required for the vehicle, such as
hand controls or a wheelchair/
scooter lift for the vehicle.
For more information on the limited
offer, visit www.gmmobility.com or
call the GM Mobility Assistance
Center at 1-800-323-9935. Text
Telephone (TTY) users, call
1-800-833-9935.

As a new owner, your vehicle is
automatically enrolled in the
Roadside Assistance program. The
services are available at no cost
under the terms and conditions of
the program. The Roadside
Assistance program is not part of,
or included, in the coverage
provided by the New Vehicle Limited
Warranty.
Roadside Assistance provides
assistance to the driver and
passengers while driving the vehicle
within your city of residence or on
any passable road in Mexico, the
United States, and Canada.
Services are subject to the

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limitations described in the following
pages. Program coverage varies by
country.
Roadside Assistance is available
24 hours a day, 365 days of
the year.
This program expires two years
from the date of the invoice for the
vehicle, regardless of vehicle
mileage and changes in vehicle
ownership.
For more information about the
renewal of this program at the end
of its term, contact the Chevrolet
Customer Assistance Center at
01-800-466-0800.

This service is limited to the
transfer of the vehicle to the
repair facility.
.

Flat Tire Change: If unable to
change a flat tire, Roadside
Assistance will provide towing
service to the nearest authorized
Chevrolet dealership. It is the
owner's responsibility for the
repair or replacement of the tire.

Emergency Fuel Delivery:
Delivery of enough fuel for the
vehicle to get to the nearest
service station.

.

Lock-Out Service: Service to
unlock the vehicle if you are
locked out.

.

Battery Jump Start: Service to
jump start a dead battery.

.

*Emergency Messages:
Transmission of urgent phone
messages.

.

*Emergency Calls: Call for
emergency services.

.

*Dealership Location
Assistance: Information
regarding addresses and
telephone numbers for Chevrolet
dealers.

Services Provided
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Emergency Towing: Tow to the
nearest dealer for warranty
service if the vehicle cannot be
driven.
If the vehicle is involved in an
accident during the commission
of a crime, administrative
violation, or breach of traffic
regulations, Roadside
Assistance will not provide
service. When the vehicle is not
accessible to be towed, all
maneuvers required to access it
will be at the owner's expense.
If the vehicle is in another city
outside of your residence,
Roadside Assistance is limited
to moving the vehicle to the
nearest dealer. If you would like
the vehicle moved to a different
dealer, you will be asked to
cover the difference in cost at
the time of the move.
If the vehicle cannot be received
by the nearest Chevrolet dealer
due to scheduling conflicts, the
vehicle will be taken to a safe
place where it will remain for up

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to 48 hours until it can be taken
to the dealer. If the storage costs
exceed the amount authorized,
the owner is responsible to pay
the difference at the time of
service. Contact Roadside
Assistance for more information
on authorized amounts.
.

*Trip Interruption: This service
is provided if you are prevented
from further usage of your
vehicle while traveling and it is
not possible for the nearest
Chevrolet dealership to repair
the vehicle the same day,
requiring the vehicle to stay at
the dealership for a night or
more. If this happens, in addition
to the previously listed services
and prior to confirmation by the
dealership, you are entitled to
choose one of the following
alternatives, within the limits of
existing Roadside Assistance
program guidelines. If the costs
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for these services, you must pay
the difference at the time of
service.

availability at the chosen
destination. Restrictions apply
based on vehicle specifications.

Roadside Assistance will
coordinate hotel
accommodations for all vehicle
travelers for up to two nights.

If you are on the road, taxi
service to the nearest bus
station or airport will be
provided.

A rental car will be provided for
up to two days and the vehicle
must be returned to its original
destination, excluding vehicles
with a carrying capacity greater
than 3.5 tons.
Complimentary Transportation: If
you prefer to continue your trip
to the intended destination or
return to your place of
residence, and the trip requires
more than eight hours driving on
the road, transportation for the
driver and passengers by first
class bus or coach commercial
airline will be provided to a
location chosen by Roadside
Assistance, depending on

.

*Complimentary
Transportation for Vehicle Pick
Up: Transportation to pick up
your vehicle after repairs are
complete. Once the dealer has
reported that the vehicle has
been repaired, Roadside
Assistance will provide bus or
commercial airline one-way
service (subject to availability)
for the person designated by you
to collect your vehicle at the
dealership's location if you or the
designated person are not in the
same town or city as the
dealership.

*These services are not provided for
U.S. or Canada residents. All
services provided in the U.S. and

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Canada are at the owner's expense
and will be reimbursed by Roadside
Assistance.
Services Not Included in Roadside
Assistance

.

Acts of terrorism, riot or uproar,
armed forces or police actions
which prevent timely delivery of
assistance services.

.

Food service, beverages,
telephone calls, or other extra
costs. Accommodation costs
apply only to Mexico per the
terms and conditions of the
Roadside Assistance program.

Roadside Assistance does not
cover or reimburse services for the
following:
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Events caused by fraud or bad
faith by the driver.
Vehicle immobilization situations
due to a major force or
unforeseen circumstances, such
as natural phenomena of an
extraordinary nature,
earthquakes, volcanic eruptions,
and other cyclonic storms.
Vehicle immobilization situations
arising from car accidents
caused by the driver of the
vehicle or third parties. This
means any occurrence that
causes physical injury to the
occupants and/or the vehicle
caused by external forces.

.

Any damage to the vehicle
without intent, derived from the
services provided.

.

Cost of towing a trailer when
choosing a Chevrolet dealer that
is nearest to the temporary
storage facility for the disabled
vehicle.

.

Cost of all maneuvers required
to access the vehicle when it is
not available to be towed.

.

Cost of fuel provided.

Routine vehicle repair costs are not
covered by the Roadside
Assistance program. For more
information, see your new vehicle
warranty.
Contacting Roadside Assistance
Roadside Assistance services are of
no cost to you and available
24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Costs are only incurred in situations
that exceed the limits of the
program, some of which are listed
previously in this section.
To contact Roadside Assistance by
phone, use the following numbers:
Mexico
01-800-466-0800
United States
1-866-466-8901
Canada
1-800-268-6800
E-mail
asistencia.chevrolet@gm.com

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Chevrolet reserves the right to make
any changes or discontinue the
Roadside Assistance program at
any time without notification.

Roadside Assistance
Program (U.S. and
Canada)
For U.S.-purchased vehicles, call
1-800-243-8872; (Text Telephone
(TTY): 1-888-889-2438).
For Canadian-purchased vehicles,
call 1-800-268-6800.
Service is available 24 hours a day,
365 days a year.

Calling for Assistance
When calling Roadside Assistance,
have the following information
ready:
.

Your name, home address, and
home telephone number.

.

Telephone number of your
location.

.

Location of the vehicle.

.

Model, year, color, and license
plate number of the vehicle.

.

Odometer reading, Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN), and
delivery date of the vehicle.

.

Description of the problem.

Coverage

Chevrolet and General Motors of
Canada Limited reserve the right to
limit services or payment to an
owner or driver if they decide the
claims are made too often, or the
same type of claim is made many
times.

Services Provided
.

Emergency Fuel Delivery:
Delivery of enough fuel for the
vehicle to get to the nearest
service station.

.

Lock-Out Service: Service to
unlock the vehicle if you are
locked out. A remote unlock may
be available if you have OnStar.
For security reasons, the driver
must present identification
before this service is given.

.

Emergency Tow from a Public
Road or Highway: Tow to the
nearest Chevrolet dealer for
warranty service, or if the vehicle
was in a crash and cannot be
driven. Assistance is also given
when the vehicle is stuck in the
sand, mud, or snow.

Services are provided up to 5 years/
160 000 km (100,000 mi), whichever
comes first.
In the U.S., anyone driving the
vehicle is covered. In Canada, a
person driving the vehicle without
permission from the owner is not
covered.
Roadside Assistance is not a part of
the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Chevrolet and General Motors of
Canada Limited reserve the right to
make any changes or discontinue
the Roadside Assistance program at
any time without notification.

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Flat Tire Change: Service to
change a flat tire with the spare
tire. The spare tire, if equipped,
must be in good condition and
properly inflated. It is the owner's
responsibility for the repair or
replacement of the tire if it is not
covered by the warranty.
Battery Jump Start: Service to
jump start a dead battery.

Services Not Included in
Roadside Assistance
.

Impound towing caused by
violation of any laws.

.

Legal fines.

.

Mounting, dismounting,
or changing of snow tires,
chains, or other traction devices.

.

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Towing or services for vehicles
driven on a non-public road or
highway.

Services Specific to
Canadian-Purchased Vehicles
.

Fuel Delivery: Reimbursement
is approximately $5 Canadian.
Diesel fuel delivery may be
restricted. Propane and other
fuels are not provided through
this service.

.

Lock-Out Service: Vehicle
registration is required.

.

Trip Interruption Benefits and
Assistance: Must be over
250 kilometers from where your
trip was started to qualify.
General Motors of Canada
Limited requires
pre-authorization, original
detailed receipts, and a copy of
the repair orders. Once
authorization has been received,
the Roadside Assistance advisor
will help to make arrangements
and explain how to receive
payment.

.

Alternative Service: If
assistance cannot be provided
right away, the Roadside
Assistance advisor may give
permission to get local
emergency road service. You will
receive payment, up to $100,
after sending the original receipt
to Roadside Assistance.
Mechanical failures may be
covered, however any cost for
parts and labor for repairs not
covered by the warranty are the
owner responsibility.

Scheduling Service
Appointments (U.S. and
Canada)
When the vehicle requires warranty
service, contact your dealer and
request an appointment. By
scheduling a service appointment
and advising the service consultant
of your transportation needs, your
dealer can help minimize your
inconvenience.

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If the vehicle cannot be scheduled
into the service department
immediately, keep driving it until it
can be scheduled for service,
unless, of course, the problem is
safety related. If it is, please call
your dealership, let them know this,
and ask for instructions.
If your dealer requests you to bring
the vehicle for service, you are
urged to do so as early in the work
day as possible to allow for
same-day repair.

Courtesy Transportation
Program (U.S. and
Canada)
To enhance your ownership
experience, we and our participating
dealers are proud to offer Courtesy
Transportation, a customer support
program for vehicles with the
Bumper-to-Bumper (Base Warranty
Coverage period in Canada),
extended powertrain, and/or
hybrid-specific warranties in both
the U.S. and Canada.

Several Courtesy Transportation
options are available to assist in
reducing inconvenience when
warranty repairs are required.
Courtesy Transportation is not a
part of the New Vehicle Limited
Warranty. A separate booklet
entitled “Limited Warranty and
Owner Assistance Information”
furnished with each new vehicle
provides detailed warranty coverage
information.

Transportation Options
Warranty service can generally be
completed while you wait. However,
if you are unable to wait, GM helps
to minimize inconvenience by
providing several transportation
options. Depending on the
circumstances, your dealer can offer
one of the following:
Shuttle Service
Shuttle service is the preferred
means of offering Courtesy
Transportation. Dealers may provide
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destination with minimal interruption
of your daily schedule. This includes
one-way or round-trip shuttle service
within reasonable time and distance
parameters of your dealer's area.
Public Transportation or Fuel
Reimbursement
If the vehicle requires overnight
warranty repairs, and public
transportation is used instead of
your dealer's shuttle service, the
expense must be supported by
original receipts and can only be up
to the maximum amount allowed by
GM for shuttle service. In addition,
for U.S. customers, should you
arrange transportation through a
friend or relative, limited
reimbursement for reasonable fuel
expenses may be available. Claim
amounts should reflect actual costs
and be supported by original
receipts. See your dealer for
information regarding the allowance
amounts for reimbursement of fuel
or other transportation costs.

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Courtesy Rental Vehicle
Your dealer may arrange to provide
you with a courtesy rental vehicle or
reimburse you for a rental vehicle
that you obtain if the vehicle is kept
for an overnight warranty repair.
Rental reimbursement will be limited
and must be supported by original
receipts. This requires that you sign
and complete a rental agreement
and meet state/provincial, local, and
rental vehicle provider requirements.
Requirements vary and may include
minimum age requirements,
insurance coverage, credit card, etc.
You are responsible for fuel usage
charges and may also be
responsible for taxes, levies, usage
fees, excessive mileage, or rental
usage beyond the completion of the
repair.
It may not be possible to provide a
like vehicle as a courtesy rental.

Additional Program
Information
All program options, such as shuttle
service, may not be available at
every dealer. Please contact your
dealer for specific information about
availability. All Courtesy
Transportation arrangements will be
administered by appropriate dealer
personnel.
General Motors reserves the right to
unilaterally modify, change,
or discontinue Courtesy
Transportation at any time and to
resolve all questions of claim
eligibility pursuant to the terms and
conditions described herein at its
sole discretion.

Collision Damage Repair
(U.S. and Canada)
If the vehicle is involved in a
collision and it is damaged, have the
damage repaired by a qualified
technician using the proper
equipment and quality replacement
parts. Poorly performed collision

repairs diminish the vehicle resale
value, and safety performance can
be compromised in subsequent
collisions.

Collision Parts
Genuine GM Collision parts are new
parts made with the same materials
and construction methods as the
parts with which the vehicle was
originally built. Genuine GM
Collision parts are the best choice to
ensure that the vehicle's designed
appearance, durability, and safety
are preserved. The use of Genuine
GM parts can help maintain the GM
New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Recycled original equipment parts
may also be used for repair. These
parts are typically removed from
vehicles that were total losses in
prior crashes. In most cases, the
parts being recycled are from
undamaged sections of the vehicle.
A recycled original equipment GM
part may be an acceptable choice to
maintain the vehicle's originally
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performance; however, the history of
these parts is not known. Such parts
are not covered by the GM New
Vehicle Limited Warranty, and any
related failures are not covered by
that warranty.

able to recommend a collision repair
center that has GM-trained
technicians and comparable
equipment.

Aftermarket collision parts are also
available. These are made by
companies other than GM and may
not have been tested for the vehicle.
As a result, these parts may fit
poorly, exhibit premature durability/
corrosion problems, and may not
perform properly in subsequent
collisions. Aftermarket parts are not
covered by the GM New Vehicle
Limited Warranty, and any vehicle
failure related to such parts is not
covered by that warranty.

Protect your investment in the GM
vehicle with comprehensive and
collision insurance coverage. There
are significant differences in the
quality of coverage afforded by
various insurance policy terms.
Many insurance policies provide
reduced protection to the GM
vehicle by limiting compensation for
damage repairs through the use of
aftermarket collision parts. Some
insurance companies will not
specify aftermarket collision parts.
When purchasing insurance, we
recommend that you ensure that the
vehicle will be repaired with GM
original equipment collision parts.
If such insurance coverage is not
available from your current
insurance carrier, consider switching
to another insurance carrier.

Repair Facility
GM also recommends that you
choose a collision repair facility that
meets your needs before you ever
need collision repairs. Your dealer
may have a collision repair center
with GM-trained technicians and
state‐of‐the‐art equipment, or be

Insuring the Vehicle

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If the vehicle is leased, the leasing
company may require you to have
insurance that ensures repairs with
Genuine GM Original Equipment
Manufacturer (OEM) parts or
Genuine Manufacturer replacement
parts. Read the lease carefully, as
you may be charged at the end of
the lease for poor quality repairs.

If a Crash Occurs
If there has been an injury, call
emergency services for help. Do not
leave the scene of a crash until all
matters have been taken care of.
Move the vehicle only if its position
puts you in danger, or you are
instructed to move it by a police
officer.
Give only the necessary information
to police and other parties involved
in the crash.
For emergency towing see
Roadside Assistance Program
(Mexico) on page 13‑7 or Roadside
Assistance Program (U.S. and
Canada) on page 13‑11.

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Customer Information

Gather the following information:
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Driver name, address, and
telephone number.

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Driver license number.

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Owner name, address, and
telephone number.

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Vehicle license plate number.

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Vehicle make, model, and
model year.

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Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN).

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Insurance company and policy
number.

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General description of the
damage to the other vehicle.

Choose a reputable repair facility
that uses quality replacement parts.
See “Collision Parts” earlier in this
section.
If the airbag has inflated, see What
Will You See after an Airbag
Inflates? on page 3‑28.

Managing the Vehicle Damage
Repair Process
In the event that the vehicle requires
damage repairs, GM recommends
that you take an active role in its
repair. If you have a pre-determined
repair facility of choice, take the
vehicle there, or have it towed there.
Specify to the facility that any
required replacement collision parts
be original equipment parts, either
new Genuine GM parts or recycled
original GM parts. Remember,
recycled parts will not be covered by
the GM vehicle warranty.
Insurance pays the bill for the repair,
but you must live with the repair.
Depending on your policy limits,
your insurance company may
initially value the repair using
aftermarket parts. Discuss this with
the repair professional, and insist on
Genuine GM parts. Remember,
if the vehicle is leased, you may be
obligated to have the vehicle
repaired with Genuine GM parts,
even if your insurance coverage
does not pay the full cost.

If another party's insurance
company is paying for the repairs,
you are not obligated to accept a
repair valuation based on that
insurance company's collision policy
repair limits, as you have no
contractual limits with that company.
In such cases, you can have control
of the repair and parts choices as
long as the cost stays within
reasonable limits.

Service Publications
Ordering Information
Service Manuals
Service Manuals have the diagnosis
and repair information on the
engines, transmission, axle,
suspension, brakes, electrical,
steering, body, etc.

Service Bulletins
Service Bulletins give additional
technical service information
needed to knowledgeably service
General Motors cars and trucks.

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Customer Information
Each bulletin contains instructions
to assist in the diagnosis and
service of the vehicle.

Owner Information
Owner publications are written
specifically for owners and intended
to provide basic operational
information about the vehicle. The
Owner Manual includes the
Maintenance Schedule for all
models.
In-Portfolio: Includes a Portfolio,
Owner Manual, and Warranty
Booklet.
RETAIL SELL PRICE:
$35.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees.

Current and Past Models
Technical Service Bulletins and
Manuals are available for current
and past model GM vehicles.
ORDER TOLL FREE:
1-800-551-4123 Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern Time
For Credit Card Orders Only
(VISA-MasterCard-Discover), visit
Helm, Inc. at: www.helminc.com.
Or write to:
Helm, Incorporated
Attention: Customer Service
47911 Halyard Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170

Without Portfolio: Owner
Manual only.

Prices are subject to change without
notice and without incurring
obligation. Allow ample time for
delivery.

RETAIL SELL PRICE:
$25.00 (U.S.) plus handling and
shipping fees.

All listed prices are quoted in U.S.
funds. Make checks payable in U.S.
funds.

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Reporting Safety
Defects
Reporting Safety Defects
to the United States
Government
If you believe that your vehicle
has a defect which could cause
a crash or could cause injury or
death, you should immediately
inform the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in addition to notifying
General Motors.
If NHTSA receives similar
complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that
a safety defect exists in a group
of vehicles, it may order a recall
and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot
become involved in individual
problems between you, your
dealer, or General Motors.

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Customer Information

To contact NHTSA, you may call
the Vehicle Safety Hotline
toll-free at 1-888-327-4236
(TTY: 1-800-424-9153); go to
http://www.safercar.gov; or
write to:
Administrator, NHTSA
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
You can also obtain other
information about motor
vehicle safety from
http://www.safercar.gov.

Reporting Safety Defects
to the Canadian
Government
If you live in Canada, and you
believe that the vehicle has a safety
defect, notify Transport Canada
immediately, and notify General
Motors of Canada Limited. Call
Transport Canada at
1-800-333-0510 or write to:
Transport Canada
Road Safety Branch
80 rue Noel
Gatineau, QC J8Z 0A1

Reporting Safety Defects
to General Motors
In addition to notifying NHTSA (or
Transport Canada) in a situation like
this, notify General Motors.
Call 1-800-222-1020, or write:
Chevrolet Motor Division
Chevrolet Customer Assistance
Center
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit, MI 48232-5170
In Canada, call 1-800-263-3777
(English) or 1-800-263-7854
(French), or write:
General Motors of Canada Limited
Customer Care Centre, Mail Code:
CA1-163-005
1908 Colonel Sam Drive
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7

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Customer Information

Vehicle Data
Recording and
Privacy
The vehicle has a number of
computers that record information
about the vehicle’s performance and
how it is driven. For example, the
vehicle uses computer modules to
monitor and control engine and
transmission performance, to
monitor the conditions for airbag
deployment and deploy them in a
crash, and, if equipped, to provide
antilock braking to help the driver
control the vehicle. These modules
may store data to help the dealer
technician service the vehicle.
Some modules may also store data
about how the vehicle is operated,
such as rate of fuel consumption or
average speed. These modules may
retain personal preferences, such as
radio presets, seat positions, and
temperature settings.

Event Data Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with an
event data recorder (EDR). The
main purpose of an EDR is to
record, in certain crash or near
crash-like situations, such as an air
bag deployment or hitting a road
obstacle, data that will assist in
understanding how a vehicle’s
systems performed. The EDR is
designed to record data related to
vehicle dynamics and safety
systems for a short period of time,
typically 30 seconds or less. The
EDR in this vehicle is designed to
record such data as:
.

How various systems in your
vehicle were operating;

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Whether or not the driver and
passenger safety belts were
buckled/fastened;

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How far (if at all) the driver was
depressing the accelerator and/
or brake pedal; and,

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How fast the vehicle was
traveling.

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These data can help provide a
better understanding of the
circumstances in which crashes and
injuries occur. NOTE: EDR data are
recorded by your vehicle only if a
non-trivial crash situation occurs; no
data are recorded by the EDR under
normal driving conditions and no
personal data (e.g., name, gender,
age, and crash location) are
recorded. However, other parties,
such as law enforcement, could
combine the EDR data with the type
of personally identifying data
routinely acquired during a crash
investigation.
To read data recorded by an EDR,
special equipment is required, and
access to the vehicle or the EDR is
needed. In addition to the vehicle
manufacturer, other parties, such as
law enforcement, that have the
special equipment, can read the
information if they have access to
the vehicle or the EDR.
GM will not access this data or
share it with others except: with the
consent of the vehicle owner or,

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Customer Information

if the vehicle is leased, with the
consent of the lessee; in response
to an official request by police or
similar government office; as part of
GM's defense of litigation through
the discovery process; or, as
required by law. Data that GM
collects or receives may also be
used for GM research needs or may
be made available to others for
research purposes, where a need is
shown and the data is not tied to a
specific vehicle or vehicle owner.

OnStar®
If the vehicle is equipped with
OnStar® and has an active
subscription, additional data may be
collected through the OnStar
system. This includes information
about the vehicle’s operation; about
collisions involving the vehicle; the
use of the vehicle and its features;
and, in certain situations, the
location and approximate GPS
speed of the vehicle. Refer to the

OnStar Terms and Conditions and
Privacy Statement on the OnStar
website.

personal information or link with any
other GM system containing
personal information.

Navigation System

Radio Frequency
Statement

If the vehicle is equipped with a
navigation system, use of the
system may result in the storage of
destinations, addresses, telephone
numbers, and other trip information.
See the navigation manual for
information on stored data and for
deletion instructions.

Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID)
RFID technology is used in some
vehicles for functions such as tire
pressure monitoring and ignition
system security, as well as in
connection with conveniences such
as Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
transmitters for remote door locking/
unlocking and starting, and
in-vehicle transmitters for garage
door openers. RFID technology in
GM vehicles does not use or record

This vehicle has systems that
operate on a radio frequency that
comply with Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and with Industry Canada
Standards RSS‐GEN/210/220/310.
Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
1. The device may not cause
harmful interference.
2. The device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause
undesired operation of the
device.
Changes or modifications to any of
these systems by other than an
authorized service facility could void
authorization to use this equipment.

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OnStar

OnStar

OnStar Overview

OnStar Overview
OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1

OnStar Services
Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OnStar Additional Information
OnStar Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5

If equipped, this vehicle has a
comprehensive, in-vehicle system
that can connect to a live Advisor
for Emergency, Security, Navigation,
Connection, and Diagnostic
Services.
The OnStar system status light is
next to the OnStar buttons. If the
status light is:
.

Solid Green: System is ready.

.

Flashing Green: On a call.

.

Red: Indicates a problem.

PressQ or call 1-888-4ONSTAR
(1-888-466-7827) to speak to an
Advisor.

Press

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= to:

.

Make a call, end a call,
or answer an incoming call.

.

Give OnStar Hands-Free Calling
voice commands.

.

Give OnStar Turn-by-Turn
Navigation voice commands.
Requires the available Directions
and Connections service plan.

PressQ to connect to a live
Advisor to:
.

Verify account information or
update contact information.

.

Get driving directions. Requires
the available Directions and
Connections service plan.

.

Receive On-Demand
Diagnostics for a check of the
vehicle’s key operating systems.

.

Receive Roadside Assistance.

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OnStar

Press the OnStar Emergency button
> to get a priority connection to an
Emergency Advisor available
24/7 to:

OnStar Services

.

Get help for an emergency.

.

Be a Good Samaritan or
respond to an AMBER Alert.

With Automatic Crash Response,
the built-in system can automatically
connect to help in most crashes,
even if help cannot be requested.

.

Get crisis assistance and
evacuation routes.

Emergency

Press > to connect to an
Emergency Advisor. GPS
technology is used to identify the
vehicle location and can provide
critical information to emergency
personnel. The Advisor is also
trained to offer critical assistance in
emergency situations before first
responders arrive.

Security
OnStar provides services like Stolen
Vehicle Assistance, Remote Ignition
Block, and Roadside Assistance,
if the vehicle is equipped with these
services. OnStar can unlock the
vehicle doors remotely, if it is

equipped with automatic door locks,
and can help police locate the
vehicle if it is stolen.

Navigation
OnStar navigation requires the
Directions and Connections
service plan.
Press Q to receive directions or
have them sent to the vehicle
navigation screen, if equipped.
Destinations can also be forwarded
to the vehicle from MapQuest.com.
The OnStar mapping database is
continuously updated. Visit
www.onstar.com for coverage maps.

Turn-by-Turn Navigation
1. Press Q to connect to a live
Advisor.
2. Request directions.
3. Directions are downloaded to the
vehicle.
4. Follow the voice-guided
commands.

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OnStar
Using Voice Commands
During a Planned Route
Cancel Route
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone. Say
“Cancel route.” System
responds: “Do you want to
cancel directions?”
2. Say “Yes.” System responds:
“OK, request completed, thank
you, goodbye.”
Route Preview
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
2. Say “Route preview.” System
responds with the next three
maneuvers.
3. Say “Goodbye.” Exits voice
commands.
Repeat
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.

2. Say “Repeat.” System responds
with the last direction given, then
responds with “OnStar ready,”
then a tone.
3. Say “Goodbye.” Exits voice
commands.
Get My Destination
1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
2. Say “Get my destination.”
System responds with address
and the distance to the
destination, then responds with
“OnStar ready,” then a tone.
3. Say “Goodbye.” Exits voice
commands.

Other Navigation Services
Available from OnStar
OnStar eNav: Allows subscribers
to send destinations from
MapQuest.com to their Turn-by-Turn
Navigation or screen-based
navigation system. When ready, the
directions will be downloaded to the
vehicle.

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Destination Download: Press Q,
then request the Advisor to
download directions to the
navigation system in the vehicle.
After the call ends, press the “Go”
button on the navigation screen to
begin driving directions.
Destinations can also be
downloaded on the go. For
information about eNav, Destination
Download, and coverage maps visit
www.onstar.com.

Connections
OnStar Hands-Free Calling allows
calls to be made and received from
the vehicle. The vehicle can also be
controlled from a cell phone through
the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app.
See www.onstar.com for
coverage maps.

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OnStar

Hands-Free Calling

Retrieve My Number

1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”

1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”

2. Say “Call.” System responds:
“Please say the name or number
to call.”

2. Say “My number.” System
responds: “Your OnStar
Hands-Free Calling number is.”

3. Say the entire number without
pausing, including a “1” and the
area code. System responds:
“OK calling.”

End a Call

1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”

Press=. System responds: “Call
ended.”

2. Say “Call .” System
responds: “OK, calling
.”

Store a Name Tag for Speed
Dialing

Verify Minutes and Expiration

Calling 911 Emergency
1. Press=. The system responds
“OnStar Ready,” followed by
a tone.

1. Press =. System responds:
“OnStar ready.”

2. Say “Call.” The system responds
“Please say the name or number
to call.”

2. Say “Store.” System responds:
“Please say the number you
would like to store.”

3. Say “911” without pausing. The
system responds “911.”

3. Say the entire number without
pausing. System responds:
“Please say the name tag.”

4. Say “Call.” The system responds
“OK, dialing 911.”

4. Pick a name tag. System
responds: “About to store . Does that sound OK?”

5. Say “Yes” or say “No” to try
again. System responds: “OK,
storing .”

Place a Call Using a Stored
Number

Press = and say “Minutes” then
“Verify” to check how many minutes
remain and their expiration date.

OnStar Mobile App
Download the OnStar RemoteLink
mobile app to your iPhone, Android,
or BlackBerry smartphone to check
vehicle fuel level, oil life, or tire
pressure; to start the vehicle (if
equipped) or unlock it; or to connect
to an OnStar Advisor. For OnStar
RemoteLink information and
compatibility, see www.onstar.com.

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OnStar

Diagnostics
OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics will
perform a vehicle check every
month. It will check the engine,
transmission, antilock brakes, and
major vehicle systems. It also
checks the tire pressures, if the
vehicle is equipped with the Tire
Pressure Monitoring System. If a
diagnostics check is needed
between e-mails, press Q, and an
Advisor can run a check.

OnStar Additional
Information
Transferring Service
Press Q to request account transfer
eligibility information. The Advisor
can assist in canceling or removing
account information. If OnStar
receives information that vehicle
ownership has changed, OnStar
may send a voice message to the
vehicle, requesting updated account
information.

Reactivation for Subsequent
Owners
Press Q and follow the prompts to
speak to an Advisor as soon as
possible after acquiring the vehicle.
The Advisor will update vehicle
records and will explain the OnStar
service offers and options available.

How OnStar Service Works
Automatic Crash Response,
Emergency Services, Crisis Assist,
Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle

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Diagnostics, Remote Door Unlock,
Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn
Navigation, and Hands-Free Calling
are available on most vehicles. Not
all OnStar services are available
everywhere or on all vehicles. For
more information, a full description
of OnStar services, system
limitations, and OnStar terms and
conditions, see www.onstar.com
(U.S.) or www.onstar.ca (Canada);
contact OnStar at 1-888-4ONSTAR
(1-888-466-7827) or TTY
1-877-248-2080; or press Q to
speak with an Advisor. OnStar
services require a vehicle electrical
system, wireless service, and GPS
satellite technologies to be available
and operating for features to
function properly. These systems
may not operate if the battery is
discharged or disconnected.
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, and the wireless
service provider has coverage,

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OnStar

network capacity, reception, and
technology compatible with OnStar
service. Service involving location
information about the vehicle cannot
work unless GPS signals are
available, unobstructed, and
compatible with the OnStar
hardware. OnStar service may not
work if the OnStar equipment is not
properly installed or it has not been
properly maintained. If equipment or
software is added, connected,
or modified, OnStar service may not
work. Other problems beyond the
control of OnStar may prevent
service such as hills, tall buildings,
tunnels, weather, electrical system
design and architecture of the
vehicle, damage to the vehicle in a
crash, or wireless phone network
congestion or jamming.
See Radio Frequency Statement on
page 13‑20 for information
regarding Part 15 of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC)
rules and Industry Canada
Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310.

Services for People with
Disabilities

OnStar.com

.

Locating a gas station with an
attendant to pump gas.

The website provides access to
account information, manages the
OnStar subscription, and allows
viewing of videos of each service.
Get subscription plan pricing and
sign up for OnStar Vehicle
Diagnostics. Click on the “My
Account” tab on the home page.

.

Finding a hotel, restaurant, etc.,
that meets accessibility needs.

OnStar Personal Identification
Number (PIN)

.

Providing directions to the
closest hospital or pharmacy in
urgent situations.

A PIN is needed to access some of
the OnStar services, like Remote
Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle
Assistance. You will be prompted to
change the PIN the first time when
speaking with an Advisor. To
change the OnStar PIN, call OnStar
and provide the Advisor with the
current number.

Advisors provide services to help
subscribers with physical disabilities
and medical conditions.
Press

Q for help with:

TTY Users
OnStar has the ability to
communicate to the deaf,
hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired
customers while in the vehicle. The
available dealer-installed TTY
system can provide in-vehicle
access to all of the OnStar services,
except Virtual Advisor and OnStar
Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

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OnStar
Warranty
OnStar equipment may be
warranted as part of the New
Vehicle Limited Warranty. The
manufacturer of the vehicle
furnishes detailed warranty
information.

Global Positioning
System (GPS)
.

Languages
The vehicle can be programmed to
respond in French or Spanish.
Press Q and ask an Advisor.
Advisors can speak French or
Spanish.

Potential Issues
Some OnStar services are disabled
after five days. OnStar cannot
perform Remote Door Unlock or
Stolen Vehicle Assistance after the
vehicle has been off continuously
for five days. After five days, OnStar
can contact Roadside Assistance
and a locksmith to help gain access
to the vehicle.

.

.

Obstruction of the GPS can
occur in a large city with tall
buildings; in parking garages;
around airports; in tunnels,
underpasses, or parking
garages; or in an area with very
dense trees. If GPS signals are
not available, the OnStar system
should still operate to call
OnStar. However, OnStar could
have difficulty identifying the
exact location.
In emergency situations, OnStar
can use the last stored GPS
location to send to emergency
responders.
A temporary loss of GPS can
cause loss of the ability to send
a Turn-by-Turn Navigation route.
The Advisor may give a verbal
route or may ask for a call back
after the vehicle is driven into an
open area.

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Cellular and GPS Antennas
Avoid placing items over or near the
antenna to prevent blocking cellular
and GPS signal reception. Cellular
reception is required for OnStar to
send remote signals to the vehicle.

Unable to Connect to OnStar
Message
If there is limited cellular coverage
or the cellular network has reached
maximum capacity, this message
may come on. Press Q to try the
call again or try again after driving a
few miles into another cellular area.

Vehicle and Power Issues
OnStar services require a vehicle
electrical system, wireless service,
and GPS satellite technologies to be
available and operating for features
to function properly. These systems
may not operate if the battery is
discharged or disconnected.

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OnStar

Add-on Electrical Equipment
The OnStar system is integrated
into the electrical architecture of the
vehicle. Do not add any electrical
equipment. See Add-On Electrical
Equipment on page 9‑105. Added
electrical equipment may interfere
with the operation of the OnStar
system and cause it to not operate.

Privacy
The complete OnStar Privacy
Statement may be found at
www.onstar.com. Privacy-sensitive
users of wireless communications
are cautioned that the privacy of any
information sent via wireless cellular
communications cannot be assured.
Third parties may unlawfully
intercept or access transmissions
and private communications without
consent.

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INDEX

A
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-3
Accessory Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-28
Active Fuel Management® . . . . . 9-32
Add-On Electrical
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Adding a Snow Plow or
Similar Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Additional Information
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-5
Adjustable Throttle and
Brake Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Adjustments
Lumbar, Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Air Cleaner/Filter, Engine . . . . . 10-16
Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Airbag System
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-38
How Does an Airbag
Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-27
Passenger Sensing
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-32
What Makes an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-27

Airbag System (cont'd)
What Will You See after an
Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-28
When Should an Airbag
Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-25
Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . .3-24
Airbags
Adding Equipment to the
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-37
Light On-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
On-Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
On-Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-29
Passenger Status Indicator . . .5-20
Readiness Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-17
Servicing Airbag-Equipped
Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-36
System Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-22
Alarm
Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10
Antenna
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-17
Antilock Brake
System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-53
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24

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Appearance Care
Exterior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-93
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-96
Armrest Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Ashtrays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Assistance Program,
Roadside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7, 13-11
Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-17
CD/DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-23
Audio System
Fixed Mast Antenna . . . . . . . . . .7-16
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-16
Rear Seat (RSA) . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-48
Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . . 7-2
Automatic
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Headlamp System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-33
Transmission
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-10, 10-12
Automatic Transmission
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-37
Shift Lock Control
Function Check . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33

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Auxiliary
Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-34
Roof Mounted Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Axle, Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30
Axle, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31

B
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-28
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-84
Load Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Power Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Voltage and Charging
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Blade Replacement, Wiper . . . 10-35
Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-50
Brake
Pedal and Adjustable
Throttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-24
System Warning Light . . . . . . . .5-24
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-25
Antilock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-53
Assist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-55
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-26
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-54
System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Braking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3

Break-In, New Vehicle . . . . . . . . . 9-23
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39
Center High-Mounted
Stoplamp (CHMSL) and
Cargo Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38
Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Headlamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Headlamps, Front Turn
Signal, Sidemarker, and
Parking Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
License Plate Lamps . . . . . . . 10-39
Pick-up Box Identification
and Fender Marker
Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Taillamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Taillamps, Turn Signal,
Stoplamps, and
Back-up Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66

C
Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
California
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Perchlorate Materials
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-2
Camera, Rear Vision . . . . . . . . . . 9-64
Canadian Vehicle Owners . . . . . . . . iii
Capacities and
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Carbon Monoxide
Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-32
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Winter Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-12
Cargo Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Cautions, Danger, and
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17
CD/DVD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23
Center Console Storage . . . . . . . . 4-2
Center High-Mounted
Stoplamp (CHMSL) and
Cargo Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-38
Center Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Chains, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-71

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Charging System Light . . . . . . . . 5-21
Check
Engine Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Ignition
Transmission Lock . . . . . . . . 10-34
Child Restraints
Infants and Young
Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-41
Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . .3-47
Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-39
Securing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55, 3-58
Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-43
Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-40
Cleaning
Exterior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-93
Interior Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-96
Climate Control Systems . . . 8-1, 8-4
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . 8-1, 8-4
Dual Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5
Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1, 8-4
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Cluster, Instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Clutch, Hydraulic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Collision Damage Repair . . . . . 13-14

Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
Connections
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-3
Control of a Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Coolant
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Engine Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Engine Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Courtesy Transportation
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . 13-6
Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-5
Text Telephone (TTY)
Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-6
Customer Information
Service Publications
Ordering Information . . . . . . 13-16
Customer Satisfaction
Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-2, 13-4

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D
Damage Repair, Collision . . . . . 13-14
Danger, Warnings, and
Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Data Recorders, Event . . . . . . . 13-19
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Defensive Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Devices
Auxiliary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-34
Diagnostics
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-5
Distracted Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2
Dome Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Door
Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Power Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Rear Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Drive Belt Routing, Engine . . . . . 12-6
Driver Information
Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-29

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Driving
Characteristics and
Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-75
Defensive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Drunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
For Better Fuel Economy . . . . .1-32
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . 9-11
If the Vehicle is Stuck . . . . . . . . .9-14
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Off-Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Off-Road Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Vehicle Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . .9-15
Wet Roads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-10
Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-12
Dual Automatic Climate
Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5
Dual Tire
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
DVD
Rear Seat Entertainment
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-38
DVD/CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23

E
E85 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-71
Electrical Equipment,
Add-On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Electrical System
Engine Compartment
Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-41
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-40
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45
Overload . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-40
Emergency
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
Engine
Air Cleaner/Filter . . . . . . . . . . . 10-16
Check and Service Engine
Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Compartment Overview . . . . . . .10-5
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-18
Coolant Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-29
Coolant Temperature
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15

Engine (cont'd)
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-17
Cooling System Messages . . .5-39
Drive Belt Routing . . . . . . . . . . . .12-6
Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-32
Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Oil Life System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-9
Oil Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Oil Pressure Gauge . . . . . . . . . .5-14
Overheated Protection
Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-21
Power Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-27
Running While Parked . . . . . . . .9-33
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-26
Entry Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Equipment, Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-93
Event Data Recorders . . . . . . . . 13-19
Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Extender, Safety Belt . . . . . . . . . . 3-20
Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lamps Off Reminder . . . 6-2

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F
Fan
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Fast Idle System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-28
Features
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-12
Filter,
Engine Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . 10-16
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Flashers, Hazard Warning . . . . . . 6-5
Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-72
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-73
Floor Mats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-99
Fluid
Automatic
Transmission . . . . . . . 10-10, 10-12
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-26
Four-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-41
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Fog Lamps
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Four-Wheel Drive . . . . . . . 10-29, 9-41
Four-Wheel-Drive Light . . . . . . . . 5-25

Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30
Front Fog Lamp
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
Front Seats
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Heated and Ventilated . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-68
Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-70
E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . . . . . . .9-71
Economy Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-32
Filling a Portable Fuel
Container . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-74
Filling the Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-72
Foreign Countries . . . . . . . . . . . .9-70
Gasoline Specifications . . . . . . .9-69
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . .5-27
Management, Active . . . . . . . . . .9-32
Recommended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Requirements, California . . . . .9-69
System Messages . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Full-Size Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . 10-84

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Fuses
Engine Compartment
Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-41
Fuses and Circuit
Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-40
Instrument Panel Fuse
Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-45

G
Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . 5-54
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-54
Gasoline
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Gauges
Engine Coolant
Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
Engine Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . .5-14
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-16
Warning Lights and
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-10

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General Information
Service and Maintenance . . . . . 11-1
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-74
Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-2
Glass Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
GM Mobility Reimbursement
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7

H
Halogen Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . . . 6-5
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Headlamps
Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
Daytime Running
Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Headlamps, Front Turn
Signal, Sidemarker, and
Parking Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . .5-28
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . 6-2

Heated and Ventilated Front
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Heater
Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-29
Heating and Air
Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1, 8-4
High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . . . 5-28
High-Speed Operation . . . . . . . . 10-58
Highway Hypnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Hill and Mountain Roads . . . . . . . 9-11
Hill Start Assist (HSA) . . . . . . . . . 9-55
Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13
Hydraulic Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15

I
Idle System
Fast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-28
Ignition Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Ignition Transmission Lock
Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-34
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12

Infants and Young Children,
Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-41
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
Instrument Panel
Storage Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii

J
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-84

K
Key and Lock Messages . . . . . . . 5-41
Keyless Entry
Remote (RKE) System . . . . . . . . 2-2
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1

L
Labeling, Tire Sidewall . . . . . . . . 10-50
Lamps
Auxiliary Roof
Mounted Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Daytime Running (DRL) . . . . . . . 6-3
Dome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

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Lamps (cont'd)
Exterior Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
Exterior Lamps Off
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
License Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39
Malfunction Indicator . . . . . . . . .5-21
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Pick-up Box Identification
and Fender Marker . . . . . . . . 10-37
Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Taillamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
LATCH System
Replacing Parts after a
Crash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-55
LATCH, Lower Anchors and
Tethers for Children . . . . . . . . . . 3-47
Lighter, Cigarette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Lighting
Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Illumination Control . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

Lights
Airbag On-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-18
Airbag Readiness . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-17
Antilock Brake System
(ABS) Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Brake System Warning . . . . . . .5-24
Charging System . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
Engine Oil Pressure . . . . . . . . . .5-27
Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Four-Wheel-Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-25
Front Fog Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
High-Beam On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
High/Low Beam Changer . . . . . . 6-2
Low Fuel Warning . . . . . . . . . . . .5-27
Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . .5-16
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
StabiliTrak® OFF . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-25
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-26
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-25
Traction Control System
(TCS)/StabiliTrak® . . . . . . . . . .5-26
Locking Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-59

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Locks
Automatic Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Delayed Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Loss of Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Low Fuel Warning Light . . . . . . . . 5-27
Lower Anchors and Tethers
for Children (LATCH
System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-47
Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5

M
Maintenance
Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-16
Maintenance Schedule
Recommended Fluids
and Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-12
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-41
Malfunction Indicator Lamp . . . . 5-21
Manual Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Manual Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-37

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Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . 9-39
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Manual Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Messages
Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-43
Battery Voltage and
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-38
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-39
Engine Cooling System . . . . . . .5-39
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Engine Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Fuel System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Key and Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41
Object Detection System . . . . .5-42
Ride Control System . . . . . . . . . .5-42
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-43
Starting the Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . .5-43
Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-44
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-44
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-37
Vehicle Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-45
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-46

Mirrors
Automatic Dimming
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-17
Convex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-13
Folding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-15
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-16
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Manual Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-17
Park Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-17
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Trailer Tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Monitor System, Tire
Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58

N
Navigation
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
Vehicle Data Recording
and Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-20
New Vehicle Break-In . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
Noise Control System . . . . . . . . 10-32

O
Object Detection System
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-42
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Off-Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Oil
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-6
Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . .10-9
Engine Oil Pressure
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-14
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-40
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-27
Older Children, Restraints . . . . . 3-39
Online Owner Center . . . . . . . . . . 13-6
OnStar®
System, In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-33
OnStar® Additional
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5
OnStar® Connections . . . . . . . . . . 14-3
OnStar® Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5

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OnStar® Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar® Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
OnStar® Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1
OnStar® Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2
Operation, Infotainment
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7
Ordering
Service Publications . . . . . . . . 13-16
Outlets
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Overheated Engine
Protection
Operating Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-23
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . 10-21
Overview,
Infotainment
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3, 7-4, 7-6

P
Park
Shifting Into . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-29
Shifting Out of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-31
Tilt Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-17

Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-31
Assist, Ultrasonic . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-62
Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-54
Brake and P (Park)
Mechanism Check . . . . . . . . 10-34
Over Things That Burn . . . . . . .9-32
Passenger Airbag Status
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-20
Passenger Sensing System . . . 3-32
Perchlorate Materials
Requirements, California . . . . . 10-3
Personalization
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-46
Phone
Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-50
Pick-up Box Identification
and Fender Marker
Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Pickup Conversion to
Chassis Cab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-108
Power
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
Protection, Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Retained Accessory (RAP) . . .9-28

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Power (cont'd)
Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Pregnancy, Using Safety
Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19
Privacy
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . 13-20
Program
Courtesy Transportation . . . . 13-13
Proposition 65 Warning,
California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2

R
Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) . . . . . . . . 13-20
Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-20
Radios
AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-10
CD/DVD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-23
Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-16
Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-12
Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-31
Locking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-59

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Rear Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Rear Seat Audio (RSA)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-48
Rear Seat Entertainment
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-38
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) . . . . . . .7-48
Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Rear Vision Camera (RVC) . . . . 9-64
Rear Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . .2-17
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Recommended
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-69
Recommended Fluids and
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12
Records
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-16
Recreational Vehicle
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-89
Reimbursement Program,
GM Mobility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4

Replacement
Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-35
Replacement Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . 10-39
Replacement Parts
Airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-38
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-15
Replacing Airbag System . . . . . . 3-38
Replacing LATCH System
Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55
Replacing Safety Belt
System Parts after a Crash . . . 3-21
Reporting Safety Defects
Canadian Government . . . . . . 13-18
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-18
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17
Restraints
Where to Put . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-45
Retained Accessory
Power (RAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-28
Ride Control Systems
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-42
Roads
Driving, Wet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-10
Roadside Assistance
Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-7, 13-11

Roof
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20, 2-21
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63
Routing, Engine Drive Belt . . . . . 12-6
Running the Vehicle While
Parked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33

S
Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-21
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-20
How to Wear Safety Belts
Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-13
Lap Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-19
Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . .3-14
Reminders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-16
Replacing after a Crash . . . . . .3-21
Use During Pregnancy . . . . . . . .3-19
Safety Defects Reporting
Canadian Government . . . . . . 13-18
General Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-18
U.S. Government . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17
Safety Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Safety System Check . . . . . . . . . . 3-20
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-12
Scheduling Appointments . . . . . 13-12

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Seats
Adjustment, Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Center Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Heated and Ventilated Front . . . 3-9
Lumbar Adjustment, Front . . . . . 3-5
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Power Adjustment, Front . . . . . . 3-5
Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Securing Child
Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-55, 3-58
Security
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-28
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-43
OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-2
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
Vehicle Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
Service
Accessories and
Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-3
Doing Your Own Work . . . . . . . .10-3
Engine Soon Light . . . . . . . . . . . .5-21
Maintenance Records . . . . . . .11-16

Service (cont'd)
Maintenance, General
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1
Parts Identification Label . . . . .12-1
Publications Ordering
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-16
Scheduling Appointments . . . 13-12
Servicing the Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . 3-36
Shift Lock Control Function
Check, Automatic
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Shifting
Into Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-29
Out of Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-31
Signals, Turn and
Lane-Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Snow Plow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-105
Specifications and
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
StabiliTrak
OFF Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-25
System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-56
Start Assist, Hills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-55
Start Vehicle, Remote . . . . . . . . . . 2-4

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Starter Switch Check . . . . . . . . . 10-33
Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
Starting the Vehicle
Messsages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-43
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Fluid, Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Wheel Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Wheel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Stoplamps and Back-up Lamps
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Storage Areas
Armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Center Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-14
Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20, 2-21
Switches
Airbag On-Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-29
Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
System
Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Noise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-32

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T
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Taillamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-37
Text Telephone (TTY) Users . . . 13-6
Theft-Deterrent Systems . . . . . . . 2-12
Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-12
Throttle, Adjustable . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
Tires
Buying New Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-66
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-71
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-73
Designations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-52
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Dual Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
Full-Size Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-84
If a Tire Goes Flat . . . . . . . . . . 10-72
Inflation Monitor System . . . . 10-59
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-62
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-44
Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-58
Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-26
Pressure Monitor System . . . 10-58
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-63

Tires (cont'd)
Sidewall Labeling . . . . . . . . . . . 10-50
Terminology and
Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Wheel Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-70
Wheel Replacement . . . . . . . . 10-70
When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Tow/Haul Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38
Tow/Haul Mode Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-25
Towing
Driving Characteristics . . . . . . . .9-75
Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-93
General Information . . . . . . . . . .9-74
Recreational Vehicle . . . . . . . . 10-89
Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-77
Trailer Sway
Control (TSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-104
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-89

Traction
Control System (TCS)/
StabiliTrak® Light . . . . . . . . . . . .5-26
Trailer
Sway Control (TSC) . . . . . . . . 9-104
Tow Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-14
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-77
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-41
Transmission
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-33
Fluid, Automatic . . . . . 10-10, 10-12
Fluid, Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-15
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-44
Transportation Program,
Courtesy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-13
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12
Truck-Camper Loading
Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Turn and Lane-Change
Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Turn Signal
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-37

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U
Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . . . . 9-62
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Universal Remote System . . . . . 5-54
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-58
Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-54
Using This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii

V
Vehicle
Alarm System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
Canadian Owners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iii
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Identification
Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-1
Load Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-15
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-37
Personalization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-46
Reminder Messages . . . . . . . . . .5-45

Vehicle (cont'd)
Remote Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-10
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-89
Vehicle Care
Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-56
Ventilation, Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
Voltmeter Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16

W
Warning
Brake System Light . . . . . . . . . . .5-24
Warning Lights, Gauges,
and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Cautions and Danger . . . . . . . . . . . .iv
Hazard Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-24
Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-46

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Wheels
Alignment and Tire
Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-70
Different Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-68
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-70
When It Is Time for New
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-65
Where to Put the Restraint . . . . 3-45
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-18
Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-20
Windshield
Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Winter
Driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-12
Winter Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-49
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . 10-35

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