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Every 2001 Cavalier 1-800-CHEV-USA ® under warranty is ( For vehicles purchased in Canada, backed with the following call 1-800-268-6800) services: that…
Every 2001 Cavalier 1-800-CHEV-USA ® under warranty is ( For vehicles purchased in Canada, backed with the following call 1-800-268-6800) services: that provides in an emergency: Free lockout assistance Courtesy Free dead-battery assistance Transportation Free out-of-fuel assistance Free flat-tire change Emergency towing 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner's Manual Litho in U.S.A. © Copyright General Motors Corporation 2000 Part Number 22628175 A First Edition All Rights Reserved i Table of Contents Seats and Restraint Systems Section 1 Seats and Seat Controls Air Bag Systems Safety Belts Restraint Systems for Children Features and Controls Section 2 Windows Windshield Wipers Keys and Door Locks Cruise Control (If Equipped) Remote Keyless Entry System (If Equipped) Exterior and Interior Lamps Trunk Release (If Equipped) Mirrors Automatic Transaxle (If Equipped) Storage Compartments Manual Transaxle (If Equipped) Convenience Net (If Equipped) Parking Brake Sunroof (If Equipped) Tilt Wheel (If Equipped) Instrument Panel, Warning Lights and Gages Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever Personalization Feature ii Table of Contents (cont'd) Comfort Controls and Audio Systems Section 3 Heating and Air Conditioning Radio/Cassette Player/CD Player Setting the Radio Clock Radio Theft-Deterrent Feature Your Driving and the Road Section 4 Defensive Driving Steering Drunken Driving Driving Tips for Various Road Conditions Control of a Vehicle Recreational Vehicle Towing Braking Loading Your Vehicle Traction Control System Towing a Trailer Problems on the Road Section 5 Hazard Warning Flashers Engine Overheating Jump Starting Changing a Flat Tire Towing Your Vehicle If You're Stuck iii Table of Contents (cont'd) Service and Appearance Care Section 6 Fuel Tires and Wheels Checking Fluids and Lubricants Appearance Care Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Electrical System/Fuses and Circuit Breakers Brakes Capacities and Specifications Bulb Replacement Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Maintenance Schedule Section 7 Scheduled Maintenance Recommended Fluids and Lubricants Owner Checks and Services Maintenance Records Periodic Maintenance Inspections iv Table of Contents (cont'd) Customer Assistance Information Section 8 Customer Satisfaction Procedures Warranty Information (See Warranty Manual) Customer Assistance Offices Reporting Safety Defects on page 8-10 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation Service Publications Index Section 9 In the Index you will find an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read. Please refer to the last page of this manual for your Service Station Guide v We support voluntary technician certification. GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Emblem and the name CAVALIER are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes after that time without further notice. For vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name “General Motors of Canada Limited” for Chevrolet Motor Division For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a whenever it appears in this manual. French Language Manual: Please keep this manual in your vehicle, so it will be there if you ever need it when you’re on the road. Aux propriétaires canadiens: Vous pouvez vous If you sell the vehicle, please leave this manual in it so procurer un exemplaire de ce guide en français chez the new owner can use it. votre concessionaire ou au: Helm, Incorporated P.O. Box 07130 Detroit, MI 48207 vi How to Use this Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning CAUTION: to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you do this, it will help you learn about the features and These mean there is something that could hurt controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find you or other people. that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or others could be hurt. You will also find a circle Safety Warnings and Symbols with a slash through it in this book. This safety You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. symbol means “Don’t,” We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you “Don’t do this” or “Don’t about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore let this happen.” the warning. vii Vehicle Damage Warnings In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage Also, in this book you will find these notices: would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage. NOTICE: When you read other manuals, you might see These mean there is something that could CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words. damage your vehicle. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE. viii Vehicle Symbols These are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle. Also see “Warning Lights and Gages” in the Index. For example, These symbols These symbols These symbols These symbols Here are some these symbols are important for have to do with are on some of are used on other symbols are used on an you and your your lamps: your controls: warning and you may see: original battery: passengers indicator lights: whenever your MASTER WINDSHIELD vehicle is driven: CAUTION LIGHTING WIPER POSSIBLE SWITCH ENGINE FUSE INJURY CHILD COOLANT RESTRAINT TEMP TOP STRAP TURN WINDSHIELD PROTECT ANCHOR SIGNALS WASHER EYES BY BATTERY SHIELDING LIGHTER CHARGING DOOR LOCK PARKING SYSTEM CAUSTIC UNLOCK LAMPS WINDSHIELD HORN BATTERY DEFROSTER BRAKE ACID COULD CAUSE FASTEN HAZARD BURNS SEAT WARNING BELTS FLASHER REAR COOLANT FUEL AVOID WINDOW SPARKS OR DEFOGGER FLAMES DAYTIME POWER RUNNING WINDOW ENGINE OIL LAMPS PRESSURE SPARK OR FLAME VENTILATING COULD AIR BAG FOG LAMPS FAN ANTI-LOCK EXPLODE BATTERY BRAKES ix Service Station Guide Fuel Use unleaded only. 2.2L Engine Oil See Section 6 For Dipstick Cooling System for octane ratings. a More See Section 6 See Section 5 Detailed Look at What's Under the Hood See Section 6 Spare Tire Pressure See Section 5 Hood Release See Section 6 Tire Pressure See Section 6 Battery See Section 6 Windshield Washer 2.4L Engine Oil Oil Viscosity Fluid Dipstick See Section 6 Engine Oil See Section 6 See Section 6 Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems Here you’ll find information about the seats in your vehicle and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts. 1-2 Seats and Seat Controls 1-31 Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children 1-8 Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone and Small Adults 1-12 Here Are Questions Many People Ask About 1-33 Center Passenger Position Safety Belts -- and the Answers 1-35 Children 1-13 How to Wear Safety Belts Properly 1-39 Restraint Systems for Children 1-13 Driver Position 1-51 Older Children 1-20 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy 1-54 Safety Belt Extender 1-21 Right Front Passenger Position 1-54 Checking Your Restraint Systems 1-21 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) 1-54 Replacing Restraint System Parts After 1-28 Rear Seat Passengers a Crash 1- 1-1 Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you about the seats -- how to adjust them -- and also about reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Manual Front Seats CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you Lift the lever located on the front of the driver’s seat to don’t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it and release the vehicle is not moving. the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place. Your vehicle will be equipped with one of the following passenger seat adjusters. 1-2 If your vehicle is not equipped with easy entry seats, If your vehicle is equipped with easy entry seats, this is your passenger seat adjuster looks like this. Slide the your front passenger seat adjuster. Pull up on the lever lever located under the passenger’s seat to the right to located at the front of the passenger’s seat up to unlock unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it and release it. Slide the seat to a comfortable position and release the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to the lever. Then try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place. make sure the seat is locked into place. 1-3 Reclining Front Seatbacks To adjust the seatback, lift the lever located on the outboard side of the seat and move the seatback to But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle where you want it. Release the lever to lock the is moving. seatback. Pull up on the lever and the seat will go to an upright position. 1-4 Head Restraints CAUTION: Sitting in a reclined position when your vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even if you buckle up, your safety belts can’t do their job when you’re reclined like this. The shoulder belt can’t do its job because it won’t 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 can’t do its job either. In a crash the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection when the vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in the seat and wear your safety Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the belt properly. restraint is closest to the top of your ears. This position reduces the chance of a neck injury in a crash. 1-5 Seatback Latches (2-Door Models) Easy Entry Seat (If Equipped) The front seatback folds forward to let people get CAUTION: into the back seat. To fold a front seatback forward, lift the latch located on the If an easy entry right front seat isn’t locked, it lower back side of the can move. In a sudden stop or crash, the person seatback. Then the seat will sitting there could be injured. After you’ve used fold forward. it, be sure to push rearward on an easy entry seat to be sure it is locked. When you return the seatback to its original position, The right front seat of some two-door vehicles makes it make sure the seatback is locked. The latch must be easy for passengers to get in and out of the rear seat. down for the seat to work properly. 1. Tilt the right front seatback completely forward and the whole seat will slide forward. 2. Move the right front seatback to its original position CAUTION: after someone gets into the rear seat area. Then move the seat rearward until it locks. If the seatback isn’t locked, it could move Tilt the seatback completely forward again and move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could the seat to get out of the back seat. cause injury to the person sitting there. Always press rearward on the seatback to be sure it is locked. 1-6 Rear Seats Folding the Rear Seat To return the seat to it’s upright position, push the seatback up to its original latched position. Check to ensure the seatback is in its original position To fold down the rear seat, pull forward on the seat tab, and securely latched by pulling forward on the top of the unlatching the seatback. seatback. Move any objects in the trunk compartment. 1-7 Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts CAUTION: properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, And it explains the Supplemental Restraint System inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, (SRS), or air bag system. people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not CAUTION: equipped with seats and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a Don’t let anyone ride where he or she can’t wear safety belt properly. a safety belt properly. If you are in a crash and you’re not wearing a safety belt, your injuries can be much worse. You can hit things inside the Your vehicle has a light vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously that comes on as a reminder injured or killed. In the same crash, you might to buckle up. See “Safety not be if you are buckled up. Always fasten your Belt Reminder Light” in the Index. safety belt, and check that your passengers’ belts are fastened properly too. In most states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work. 1-8 You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you don’t know if it will be a bad one. A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up a person wouldn’t survive. But most crashes are in between. In many of them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could have been badly hurt or killed. After more than 30 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter ... a lot! Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it’s just a seat on wheels. 1-9 Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn’t stop. 1-10 The person keeps going until stopped by something. or the instrument panel ... In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ... 1-11 Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers Q: Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I’m wearing a safety belt? A: You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you’re upside down. And your chance of being conscious during and after an accident, so you can unbuckle and get out, is much greater if you are belted. Q: If my vehicle has air bags, why should I have to wear safety belts? A: Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be in most of them in the future. But they are or the safety belts! supplemental systems only; so they work with With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. safety belts -- not instead of them. Every air bag You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, system ever offered for sale has required the use of and your strongest bones take the forces. That’s why safety belts. Even if you’re in a vehicle that has air safety belts make such good sense. bags, you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. That’s true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions. 1-12 Q: If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from How to Wear Safety Belts Properly home, why should I wear safety belts? Adults A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident -- even one that isn’t your fault -- you and This part is only for people of adult size. your passengers can be hurt. Being a good driver Be aware that there are special things to know about doesn’t protect you from things beyond your safety belts and children. And there are different control, such as bad drivers. rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your vehicle, see the part of this manual Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) called “Children.” Follow those rules for of home. And the greatest number of serious everyone’s protection. injuries and deaths occur at speeds of less First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your than 40 mph (65 km/h). vehicle has. Safety belts are for everyone. We’ll start with the driver position. Driver Position This part describes the driver’s restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight. To see how, see “Seats” in the Index. 1-13 Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 3. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Don’t let it get twisted. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. If this happens, let the belt go back slightly to unlock it. Then pull the belt across you more slowly. 4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. 5. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder belt. 1-14 Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster (4-Door Models) Before you begin to drive, move the shoulder belt adjuster to the height that is right for you. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. This could cause To move it down, squeeze the release button and move serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go the height adjuster to the desired position. You can move over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt body are best able to take belt restraining forces. guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it, The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or crash, or try to move it down without squeezing the release button if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor. to make sure it has locked into position. 1-15 Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be CAUTION: away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is Q: What’s wrong with this? too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won’t give nearly as much protection this way. 1-16 Q: What’s wrong with this? 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. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you. A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place. 1-17 Q: What’s wrong with this? 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 aren’t as strong as shoulder bones. You could also severely injure internal organs like your liver or spleen. A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. 1-18 Q: What’s wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. A: The belt is twisted across the body. 1-19 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 don’t wear safety belts. To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close
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