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05 equinox owners manual

A good place to quickly locate information about the Keep this manual in the vehicle, so it will be there if it is vehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you do not, There are a number of safety cautions in this book. We you or others could be hurt. Symbols are shown along with Notice: These mean there is something that could the text describing the operation or information damage your vehicle. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to. Turn the knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the lumbar support. If your vehicle has this feature, the control is located on the outboard side of the seat. Press the forward part of the switch to turn the heated Front Passenger’s Reclining Seatback Lever Shown, seat to high. Press the forward part of the switch Driver’s Similar again to turn the setting to low. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts cannot do their job when you are reclined like this. The shoulder belt cannot do its job because it will not be against your body. Adjust your head restraint so that the top of the restraint is closest to the top of your head. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. To fold the seatback, do the following: 1. Make sure the head restraint is all the way down. 2. Lift the release bar located under the front of the seat cushion and slide the seat as far back as it will go. If you fold the seatback forward to carry longer objects, such as skis, be sure any such cargo CAUTION: is not near an airbag. The person Both of the seatbacks can be moved to any of the wearing the belt could be seriously injured. In a belts properly. It also tells you some things you should collision, people riding in these areas are more not do with safety belts. If you do have a crash, you do not know if it will be a bad one.

When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so it goes. The rider does not stop. 1-13. In or the instrument panel.You could be — whether you are wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you are upside down. This part is only for people of adult size. You may be an excellent driver, but if you are in an Be aware that there are special things to know about accident —. Do not let it get twisted. Lap-Shoulder Belt The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt is too loose. It will not give nearly as much protection this way. CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which are not as strong as shoulder bones. CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you would not have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces.Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. Here is To learn how to wear the right front passenger’s safety how to wear one properly.

The right front passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt —. If the belt stops before it reaches the buckle, tilt the latch plate and keep pulling until you can buckle it. Rear shoulder belt comfort guides may provide added safety belt comfort for older children who have outgrown booster seats and for some adults. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. CAUTION: A safety belt that is not properly worn may not 3. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you shoulder.If possible, an older child should wear a Older Children lap-shoulder belt and get the additional restraint a shoulder belt can provide. The shoulder belt should not cross the face or neck.If the child is sitting in a seat next to a window, move the child toward the center of the vehicle. This applies belt force to the child’s pelvic bones in a crash. Infants and Young Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection. This includes infants and all other children. A baby does not weigh much — until a crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy it is not possible to hold it.Neither the vehicle’s safety belt system nor its airbag system is designed for them. Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide. What are the different types of add-on child restraints. Add-on child restraints, which are purchased by the vehicle’s owner, are available in four basic types. In addition, there are many kinds of restraints available for children with special needs. The body structure of a young child is quite unlike that of an adult or older child, for whom the safety belts are designed. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, An infant car bed (A), a special bed made for use in a acts to keep the infant positioned in the restraint.

Some with surfaces such as T-shaped or shelf-like shields.If it is, it will have a label saying that it meets federal motor A child restraint system is any device designed for vehicle safety standards. We, If you need to secure a forward-facing child therefore, recommend that child restraints be secured in a rear seat, including an infant riding in a rear-facing restraint in the right front seat, always move infant seat, a child riding in a forward-facing child. For it to work, a top strap must be properly anchored to the vehicle. Some top strap-equipped child restraints are designed for use with or without the top strap being anchored. Be sure to use positions. The anchors are located on the back of an anchor point located on the same side of the vehicle the rear seatback. Make sure to attach the child restraint Children (LATCH) at the proper anchor location as shown This system, designed to make installation of child Your vehicle has the LATCH system. In a crash, the child could be seriously injured or killed. Make sure that a LATCH-type child restraint is properly installed using the anchorage points, or use the vehicle’s safety belts to secure the restraint, following the. Refer to the instructions that came with the child restraint and to Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) on page 1-43. 7. If you need to secure a forward-facing Right Front Seat Position child restraint in the right front seat, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint. Your vehicle may also have roof-mounted side impact airbags. Roof-mounted side impact airbags are available for the driver and the passenger seated directly behind the driver and for the right front passenger and the passenger seated directly behind that passenger. Neither the vehicle’s eye.The right front passenger’s frontal airbag is in the instrument panel on the passenger’s side. The driver’s frontal airbag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-53. How Does an Airbag Restrain.

In an impact of sufficient severity, the airbag sensing In moderate to severe frontal or near frontal collisions, system detects that the vehicle is in a crash. The even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or sensing system triggers a release of gas from the the instrument panel. There are parts of the airbag system in several places Now and then, make sure the safety belt reminder light around your vehicle.After a Crash If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have LATCH system, safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The children or others could be badly injured or even killed. The interior lights will stay on With this feature, you can lock and unlock the doors for 20 seconds or until the key is turned in the ignition. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your dealer. Remember to bring any remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. Door Locks Resynchronization may be required due to the security method used by this system. Your vehicle has an automatic resynchronization CAUTION: function built into the system. A chime will sound three times to indicate a door or From the outside, use your key.With this feature, all the doors will lock as the transaxle is shifted out of PARK (P) if the ignition key is in the The rear door security run position and all doors are closed. To lock the liftgate, press the lock button on the remote CAUTION: keyless entry transmitter or use the power door lock switch. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather. The switch is labeled AUTO. Press the bottom of the switch part way, and the driver’s window will open a small amount.

Press the switch down all the way down and release and the window will go down automatically. The security system light will come on steady the driver’s and passenger’s side.New Vehicle Break-In This light will come on for the theft-deterent system Notice: Your vehicle does not need an elaborate and is located on the break-in. With the key in the ignition (RUN): This is the position the switch returns to after switch, you can turn it to you start your engine and release the switch. The four different positions. You will get easier starting and better fuel Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant could cause an electrical shock. The computer is It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the programmed to control the transaxle clutch pressures.Notice: Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while the engine is running at high speed may Notice: Shifting to REVERSE (R) while your vehicle damage the transaxle. The repairs would not be is moving forward could damage the transaxle. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on. To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. You have to fully apply your regular vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the transaxle. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you cannot see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death.But if you ever have to, here are some things to know.To adjust the angle of the mirror, move the mirror to a position that allows you see to out of the back window. If not adjusted to account for compass variance, the mirror’s compass could give false readings. The mirror is set in zone eight upon leaving the factory. It will be necessary to adjust the compass to compensate for compass variance if you live outside of zone eight. If the display reads CAL, the compass needs to be calibrated.

A convex OnStar uses global positioning system (GPS) satellite mirror’s surface is curved, creating a wider area of vision technology, wireless communications, and call centers for the driver.Pull downward on the lid to use the cupholders. Glove Box Coinholder(s) To open the glove box, pull the handle to the left and pull the glove box door down until it stops and is Your vehicle has a coin holder on the center console. Move the crossrail the crossrail to the upright position. This will release by hand. You or others could be injured. To use the panel in the upper position, do the following: 1. Insert the front corners of the panel into the top guides. The ignition must be in RUN or ACC to operate the sunroof. See Climate Control A. Power Mirror Control. See Outside Power Mirrors on System on page 3-19.The lever will return to its on the rear wiper. In this position the wiping cycles original position. This can really help on long trips.This, of course, CAUTION: disengages the cruise control. But you don’t need to reset it.Automatic mode will turn the exterior lamps on and Stepping on the brake will end the current cruise control off depending upon how much light is available outside session only. The other lamps that come on with your headlamps will Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for also come on. If the dome lamp is in the AUTO position, the dome lamp and the cargo lamp inside your vehicle will come on when any door is opened. In addition, the light will come on when the remote keyless entry unlock button is pressed. See Dome Lamp on page 3-16. Battery Run-Down Protection Your vehicle has a battery saver feature designed to protect your vehicle’s battery. When any interior lamp is left on and the ignition is turned off, the battery rundown protection system will automatically turn the lamp off after 20 minutes.

The accessory power outlets can be used to connect Notice: Improper use of the power outlet can cause electrical equipment such as a cellular phone or damage not covered by your warranty. With this system you can control the heating, cooling and ventilation for your vehicle. (Fan): Turn the center knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase or decrease the fan speed. The rear window defogger will only work when the Operation Tips ignition is in RUN. Often gages Indicators and warning lights work together to let you know when there’s a problem with your vehicle. This part describes the warning lights and gages that When one of the warning lights comes on and stays on may be on your vehicle. You’ll know how fast you’re going, how much fuel you’re using, and many other things you will need to drive safely and economically. United States version shown, Canada similar 3-24. The system fasten their safety belts, unless the driver’s safety belt is checks the airbag’s electrical system for malfunctions. Have your vehicle The battery warning light serviced right away.If it stays on after your parking brake is fully released, it means you Your vehicle’s hydraulic brake system is divided into have a brake problem. If the light comes on when you are driving, stop as soon as Light possible and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine again to reset the system. If the light still stays on, or comes on again while you are driving, your vehicle With the anti-lock brake needs service. Your vehicle may have a Low Traction Light traction control system warning light. If the indicator needle moves into the shaded area, the engine is too hot. A loose or missing The following may prevent more serious damage to fuel cap will allow fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere.Failure to pass this you start your engine, or inspection could prevent you from getting a vehicle come on when you. If means that service is you do, your engine can become so hot that it required for your vehicle.

Driving with may require the vehicle to the liftgate open can cause be taken in for service. Driving without distraction is a necessity for a safer If that equipment is replaced or additional driving experience. Then turn the ADJ knob to increase or to decrease. To set the minutes, press the clock button again. Whenever that AUTO EQ button until TONE Custom appears on numbered pushbutton is pressed, the station the display. To turn alternate frequency on, press and hold BAND for two seconds.Press this button to announcements, NO TRAFFIC INFO will appear see the message. The message may display the artist, on the display. The system is working properly.The to play scratched or damaged CDs, you could player will pull it in and the CD should begin playing. Press either arrow (Fast Forward): Press and hold this button to again to stop scanning.You will hear sound at a reduced volume. Release the button to play the DISP (Display): Press this knob to see how long the passage. Turn the ADJ on the display. To turn alternate frequency on, press and hold BAND for two seconds.Press this button to announcements, NO TRAFFIC INFO will appear see the message. The message may display the artist, on the display. The system is working properly.The to play scratched or damaged CDs, you could player will pull it in and the CD should begin playing. The radio tracks in random, rather than sequential, order.The inactive CD will remain safely inside the radio for future listening.RDS features are available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information.Press this button to select LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH.The display will on the six numbered pushbuttons, by performing the show the selection. Turn the ADJ on the display. To turn alternate frequency on, press and hold BAND for two seconds.Press this button to announcements, NO TRAFFIC INFO will appear see the message. The message may display the artist, on the display. The system is working properly.

This CD player will hold up to six CDs. If the ignition or radio is turned off, with a CD in the To insert one CD, do the following: player, it will stay in the player. Press the up arrow to go to the beginning of the To use repeat, do the following: next track. The equalization will be automatically set locate the track to be saved. When pressing song list, one beep will be heard CD Messages immediately. The radio will only seek stations with a strong vehicle’s radio. The inactive CD will remain safely inside the radio for future listening. Handle CDs carefully. Store them in their original cases or other protective cases and away from direct Radio Reception sunlight and dust. Ask a passenger to help do things like this, or pull off the road in a safe place to do them yourself. These simple defensive driving techniques could save Defensive Driving your life. For persons under 21, it is against the law in every U.S. state to drink alcohol. There are good medical, psychological, and developmental reasons for these laws. A person with even a moderate BAC might sets the legal limit at 0.08 percent. In some other not be able to react quickly enough to avoid the countries, the limit is even lower. For example, it is collision. That could be a lot of distance in an emergency, so keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important. You have three systems that make your vehicle go where you want it to go. They are the brakes, the And, of course, actual stopping distances vary greatly steering, and the accelerator. ABS is an advanced electronic braking system that will help prevent a braking skid.If accordingly. one of the wheels is about to stop rolling, the computer will separately work the brakes at each wheel. The system operates only if it senses If you have anti-lock brakes, you can steer and brake at that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or the same time. You may feel above the audio system.

The traction of the tires against the road surface makes Electric Power Steering it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. Of course, the posted speeds depending on the space available.Under less favorable conditions you will want to go slower. Remember pass while you are awaiting an opportunity. For that your right outside mirror is convex. The one thing, following too closely reduces your area vehicle you just passed may seem to be farther of vision, especially if you are following a larger. For safety, you In a skid, a driver can lose control of the vehicle.It can take a second or two, or even several seconds, for your eyes to re-adjust to the dark. When you are faced with severe glare, as from a driver who does not lower the high beams, or a vehicle with misaimed headlamps, slow down a little. Even if your Driving too fast through large water puddles or even windshield wiper blades are in good shape, a heavy going through some car washes can cause problems, rain can make it harder to see road signs and too. Get a city map and plan your trip into an unknown part of the city just as you would for a cross-country trip. Treat the left lane on a freeway as a passing lane. At the entrance, there is usually a ramp that leads to the freeway. If you have a clear view of the freeway as you drive along the entrance ramp, you should begin to check traffic. Reduce your speed according to your speedometer, not Are all windows clean inside and outside.Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel. Call it highway hypnosis, lack of awareness, or whatever. There is something about an easy stretch of road with the same scenery, along with the hum of the tires on the road, the drone of the engine, and the rush of the wind against the vehicle that can make you sleepy. And, if you will be driving under severe conditions, include a small bag of sand, a piece of old carpet, or a couple of burlap bags to help provide traction.

But you can turn the TCS off if you ever need to. You should turn the TCS off if your vehicle ever gets stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow. Brake so If you do not have blankets or extra clothing, make your wheels always keep rolling and you can still steer. This saves fuel. When you run the engine, make it go a little CAUTION: faster than just idle. That is, push the accelerator slightly. This uses less fuel for the heat that you get and it keeps the battery charged. If you spin the Mud, Ice or Snow wheels too fast while shifting your transaxle back and forth, you can destroy your transaxle. See In order to free your vehicle when it is stuck, you will Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out on page 4-28. For more the “XXX”. See “Dinghy Towing” and “Dolly Towing,” following.If you have a two-wheel-drive with two of its wheels on the ground. To dolly tow vehicle, it can be towed with two of its wheels on your vehicle, do the following: the ground. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer” that appears later in this section. But trailering is different CAUTION: than just driving your vehicle by itself. This helps your. You should always attach chains between your vehicle Crosswinds, large trucks going by and rough roads are and your trailer. Cross the safety chains under the a few reasons why you will need the right hitch. Here tongue of the trailer to help prevent the tongue from are some rules to follow: contacting the road if it becomes separated from. Before setting out for the open road, you will want to get to know your rig. Acquaint yourself with the feel of handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer. CAUTION: And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly as. And, because you are a extra wiring.See the Maintenance Schedule for towing harness. This harness has a four-pin trailer more on this.

We hope you will go to your dealer cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive for all your service needs. It tells you much more about how to service your vehicle than this manual can. To order the proper service manual, CAUTION: see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 7-11. If the octane is less than 87, you may Things you might add to the outside of your vehicle can get a heavy knocking noise when you drive. Do not use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel If you plan on driving in another country outside the system and also damage the plastic and rubber United States or Canada, the proper fuel may be hard parts. To help avoid injuries to you and others, read and follow all the instructions on the pump island. Turn off your engine when you are refueling. Do not smoke if you are near fuel or refueling your vehicle. Fuel can spray out remove the nozzle.Static electricity discharge from 1. Pull the handle located the container can ignite the gasoline vapor. Then lift the hood to relieve pressure on the 2. See Engine Air The engine oil dipstick handle is a yellow loop. Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for the location of the engine oil dipstick. B. Engine Oil Fill Cap. See “When to Add Engine Oil” under Engine Oil on page 5-13. If 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. See Engine Compartment Overview on page 5-12 for the location of the. Do not let used oil stay on your skin for very long. Do not pry the clamps off. 5. Remove the air outlet duct. 5-19. A page 5-24. Never turn the surge tank pressure cap — even a little — when the engine and radiator are hot. Steam from an overheated engine can burn CAUTION: you badly, even if you just open the hood. The costly repairs would not be 1. Do not touch them. If running and can injure you. Keep hands, you do, you can be burned.

See CAUTION: Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode on page 5-26 for information on driving to a safe place in an emergency. Steam and scalding liquids from a hot cooling system can blow out and burn you badly. CAUTION: Use the recommended coolant and the proper coolant mixture. Adding only plain water to your cooling system can be dangerous. Plain water, or CAUTION: some other liquid such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. If the coolant is not at the proper level, repeat Steps 1 through 3 and reinstall the pressure cap. If the coolant is not at the proper level when the system cools down again, see your dealer. This does not mean something is wrong with brakes.Its many chemicals known to the State of California to cause parts have to be of top quality and work well together if cancer and reproductive harm. If your battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your Trying to start your vehicle by pushing or pulling it vehicle. The repairs would not be covered remove the fuse by your warranty. Always turn off your radio and block cover. People have been hurt doing you badly. Keep your hands away from moving this, and some have been blinded. Use a parts once the engine is running. However, there are two additional systems that need lubrication. Transfer Case (Power Transfer Unit) When to Check Lubricant Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine how often to check the lubricant. To replace one of these bulbs, do the following: For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this 1. The front grill bar is attached to the headlamp lens with a hidden clip. 4. Remove the three headlamp assembly attachment screws. Turn the bulb retaining ring (B) counterclockwise to remove it and then pull the bulb assembly straight out. For all other bulbs, turn the socket counterclockwise and pull it out from the headlamp assembly. Exterior Lamp Bulb Number 7.

Insert the bulb socket into the taillamp housing and Back-up Lamps turn it clockwise to secure.See Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4 for more information. Replacement blades come in different types and are removed in different ways. Here’s how to replace the windshield wiper blades: 1. Poorly maintained and improperly used tires 3. Pull up the release clip, located at the connecting are dangerous. GM’s TPC sidewall. The TIN shows the manufacturer and plant code, tire size, and date the tire was manufactured. The following illustration shows an example of a typical (E) Rim Diameter: Diameter of the wheel in inches.Bias Ply Tire: A pneumatic tire in which the plies are Intended Outboard Sidewall: The side of an laid at alternate angles less than 90 degrees to the asymmetrical tire, that must always face outward when. The side of the tire that contains a Treadwear Indicators: Narrow bands, sometimes whitewall, bears white lettering or bears manufacturer, called “wear bars,”. For more information about this label and its location on Mixing tires could cause you to lose control your vehicle, see Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-29. If wheel nuts keep coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts should be replaced. Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel If the wheel leaks air, replace it (except some bolts or wheel nuts on your vehicle can be aluminum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired). You cannot know how it has been size tires, do not use tire chains, there is not used or how far it has been driven. Use only SAE Class “S” type chains that are use in a skid. See Hazard Warning Flashers on page 3-5 for more information. Notice: Make sure that the jack lift head is in the correct position or you may damage your vehicle. If the vehicle slips off the jack you maintenance or repairs is dangerous without could be badly injured or killed. Never get the appropriate safety equipment and training.