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Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
The lever on the left side of the steering column
Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator
-Beam Changer and
Windshield Wipers and Washer
Turn and Lane Change Indicator
To signal a turn, move the lever on the left side of the
steering wheel all the way up or down. The lever returns
automatically when the turn is complete.
An arrow on the instrument
panel will flash in the
direction of the turn or
If your vehicle is equipped with the Head
(HUD), an arrow will also appear in the display area
to indicate the direction of the turn or lane change
-Up Display (HUD)º in Index for
Raise or lower the lever until the arrow starts to flash to signal
a lane change. Hold it there until the lane change is complete.
The lever will return by itself when you release it.
If the arrows flash very fast as you signal a turn or a lane
change, a signal bulb may be burned out and other
drivers won't see your turn signal.
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If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an
accident. If the arrows don't go on at all when you
signal a turn, check the fuse (see ªFuses and Circuit
Breakersº in the Index) and for burned
Turn Signal On Chime
If your turn signal is left on for more than 0.8 miles
(1.3 km), a chime will sound at each flash of the turn
signal. To turn off the chime, move the turn signal lever
to the off position.
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
To change the headlamps from low beam to high beam
or high beam to low beam, pull the turn signal lever
toward you and release it.
When the high beams are
on, this light located on the
instrument panel will
also be on.If your vehicle is equipped with the Head
(HUD), an arrow will also appear in the display area to
indicate the high beams are on (See ªHead
(HUD)º in Index for more information).
This feature lets you use the high-beam headlamps to
signal the driver in front of you that you want to pass.
It works even if your headlamps are off.
Pull the turn signal lever toward you briefly to
If the headlamps are off or on low beam, the high
headlamps will turn on. They'll stay on as long as you
hold the lever toward you and the high
on the instrument panel cluster will come on. Release
the lever to turn the high
-beam headlamps off.
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To operate the wiper-activated headlamps, the Twilight
Sentinel must be on. If the wiper
are on and the ignition switch is turned to RUN, the
-activated headlamps will continue. When you
turn the key to OFF/UNLOCK, the wiper
headlamps will immediately turn off. The
-activated headlamps will also turn off if you
turn off the Twilight Sentinel or the windshield wipers.
Press the PARK button to turn on the parking lamps.
Press it again to turn them off. (If the parking lamps
were turned on with the PARK button, they must be
turned off with that button).
When the parking lamps are turned on during the day,
the instrument panel cluster lights and backlighting to
buttons will turn on. At night, the brightness of this
lighting can be adjusted by the instrument panel
intensity/brightness control if the ignition key is turned
to RUN. The radio and climate control displays will also
be on. When it becomes dark outside, the instrument
panel intensity/brightness control will operate all
instrument panel lighting.
Lamps On Reminder
If you leave the manual headlamp or parking lamp
switch on, remove the key from the ignition and open
the driver's door, you will hear a continuous warning
chime. The chime will turn off when the lamps are
Daytime Running Lamps
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for
others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
DRL can be helpful in many different driving
conditions, but they can be especially helpful in the
short periods after dawn and before sunset.
A light sensor on top of the instrument panel monitors
the exterior light level for the operation of DRL and
Twilight Sentinel, so be sure it isn't covered.
The DRL system will make your high
turn on at reduced brightness in daylight when:
The ignition is on,
the headlamp switch is off and
the transaxle is not in PARK (P).
When the DRL are on, only your high
will be on. The parking lamps, taillamps, sidemarker
and other lamps won't be on.
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When it is dark enough outside, your low-beam
headlamps will come on. The other lamps that turn on
with your headlamps will also turn on. When it is bright
enough outside, the regular lamps will go off, and your
-beam headlamps change to the reduced brightness
To turn off all exterior lighting at night when you are
parked, turn off the headlamps and move the Twilight
Sentinel control all the way toward OFF. The exterior
lamps will turn back on automatically when you move
the transaxle out of PARK (P).
As with any vehicle, you should turn on the regular
headlamp system when you need it.
Cornering Lamps (If Equipped)
The cornering lamps are designed to turn on when
you signal a turn. This will provide more lighting
Twilight Sentinel turns your
lamps on and off by sensing
how dark it is outside.
To operate it, leave the lamp switch off.
If you move the control all the way to MAX, your
headlamps will remain on for about three minutes after
you turn off your engine. As you move the control toward
OFF, the headlamps will turn off more quickly when you
move your key from RUN. You can change this delay
time from only a few seconds to three minutes.
The exterior lamps can be completely shut off while the
vehicle is in PARK (P) by sliding the Twilight Sentinel
control all the way toward OFF, and release. To turn the
exterior lamps back on, slide the control all the way
toward OFF again, and release; or, shift out of PARK (P).
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2-49 Battery Load Management
The battery load management feature is designed to
monitor the vehicle electrical load and determine when
the battery is in a heavy discharge condition. During
times of high electrical loading, the engine may idle at a
higher RPM setting than normal to make sure the battery
charges. High electrical loads may occur when several
of the following are on: headlamps, high beams, rear
window defogger, high blower fan, heated seats
(if equipped) and engine cooling fans.
Exterior Lighting Battery Saver
If the manual lamp control has been left on, the exterior
lamps will turn off approximately 10 minutes after the
ignition is turned OFF/LOCK. This protects draining the
battery in case you have accidentally left the headlamps
or parking lamps on. If you need to leave the lamps on
for more than 10 minutes, use the manual control to turn
the lamps back on. To delay the lamps from turning off,
see ªTwilight Sentinel
º in the index.
Front Reading Lamps
Front seat reading lamps are turned on or off by pressing
one of the lamps buttons.
Inadvertent Power Battery Saver
This feature is designed to protect your vehicle's battery
against drainage from the interior lamps, trunk lamp, glove
box lamp, cigarette lighters or garage door opener. When
the ignition is turned off, the power to these features will
automatically turn off after 10 minutes. Power will be
restored for an additional 10 minutes if any door is
opened, the trunk is opened or the courtesy lamp switch is
turned on. To restore power back to the cigarette lighters
the ignition must be turned back to RUN.
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Here are some things that some owners ask about.
None of these show a problem with your fuel gage:
At the service station, the gas pump shuts off before
the gage reads FULL (F).
It takes a little more or less fuel to fill up than the
gage indicated. For example, the gage may have
indicated the tank was half full, but it actually took a
little more or less than half the tank's capacity to
fill the tank.
The gage moves a little when you turn a corner,
speed up, or make a hard stop.
The gage doesn't go back to EMPTY (E) when you
turn off the ignition.Head-Up Display (HUD)
If the HUD image is too bright, or too high in
your field of view, it may take you more time to
see things you need to see when it's dark outside.
Be sure to keep the HUD image dim and placed
low in your field of view.
If your vehicle is equipped with the Head-Up Display
(HUD), you can see some of the driver information that
appears on your instrument cluster.
The information may be displayed in English or metric
units and appears as a reflection in the windshield. The
HUD consists of the following information:
Turn Signal Indicators
-Beam Headlamp Indicator
Check Gages Message
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The delayed locking feature, which delays the actual locking
of the vehicle, can be made active or inactive through
the DIC. When DELAYED LOCKING
- OFF - ON appears
on the display, use the ENG/MET button to toggle the arrow
between OFF and ON. When you have made your choice,
press the RESET button to record your selection.
For more information on this feature, see ªDelayed
Lockingº in the Index.
When the button with the unlock symbol on the
transmitter is pressed, the Daytime Running Lamps
-beams at reduced intensity), parking lamps and
-up lamps will turn on if it is dark enough
according to the Twilight Sentinel.
You can control activation of this feature by choosing
OFF or ON when the PERIMETER LIGHTS choice is
displayed on the DIC. Make your choice by pressing the
ENG/MET button and record your choice by pressing
the RESET button. You will then be prompted to choose
a TIMEOUT period. See ªExterior Lightsº later in this
section for more information.
For more information on this feature, see ªPerimeter
Lightingº in the Index.Exterior Lights
The EXTERIOR LIGHTS/TIMEOUT feature can be
changed to desired setting by using the ENG/MET to
toggle from 5 to 30 seconds. Each toggle will increase
the time by 5 seconds. Once the desired timeout is
displayed, press RESET to record your choice and move
on to the next personal choice feature.
Memory Seat Recall
This feature recalls the position of your seat. When this
feature is active, the memory seat and mirror positions
will be recalled for the identified driver when the remote
keyless entry transmitter is used to enter the vehicle.
You can program this feature to be active by choosing
ON when the SEAT RECALL choice appears, or
inactive by choosing OFF when the SEAT RECALL
choice appears on the DIC. Make your choices by
pressing the ENG/MET button and store them to
memory by pressing the RESET button.
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4-17 Night Vision
No one can see as well at night as in the daytime. But as
we get older these differences increase. A 50
driver may require at least twice as much light to see the
same thing at night as a 20
What you do in the daytime can also affect your night
vision. For example, if you spend the day in bright
sunshine you are wise to wear sunglasses. Your eyes will
have less trouble adjusting to night. But if you're
driving, don't wear sunglasses at night. They may cut
down on glare from headlamps, but they also make a lot
of things invisible.
You can be temporarily blinded by approaching
headlamps. It can take a second or two, or even several
seconds, for your eyes to readjust to the dark. When you
are faced with severe glare (as from a driver who
doesn't lower the high beams, or a vehicle with
misaimed headlamps), slow down a little. Avoid staring
directly into the approaching headlamps.Keep your windshield and all the glass on your vehicle
-- inside and out. Glare at night is made much
worse by dirt on the glass. Even the inside of the glass
can build up a film caused by dust. Dirty glass makes
lights dazzle and flash more than clean glass would,
making the pupils of your eyes contract repeatedly.
Remember that your headlamps light up far less of a
roadway when you are in a turn or curve. Keep your
eyes moving; that way, it's easier to pick out dimly
lighted objects. Just as your headlamps should be
checked regularly for proper aim, so should your eyes
be examined regularly. Some drivers suffer from night
-- the inability to see in dim light -- and
aren't even aware of it.
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If your vehicle is damaged in an accident, the headlamp
aim may be affected. Aim adjustment to the low beam
may be necessary if it is difficult to see lane markers
(for horizontal aim), or if oncoming drivers flash their
high beams at you (for vertical aim). If you believe your
headlamps need to be re
-aimed, we recommend that you
take your vehicle to your dealer for service. However, it
is possible for you to re
-aim your headlamps as
described in the following procedure.
To make sure your headlamps are aimed
properly, read all the instructions before
beginning. Failure to follow these instructions
could cause damage to headlamp parts.
The vehicle should be properly prepared as follows:
The vehicle should be placed so the headlamps
are 25 ft. (7.6 m) from a light colored wall or other
The vehicle must have all four tires on a perfectly
level surface which is level all the way to the wall or
other flat surface.
The vehicle should be placed so it is perpendicular to
the wall or other flat surface.
The vehicle should not have any snow, ice or mud
attached to it.
The vehicle should be fully assembled and all other
work stopped while headlamp aiming is being done.
The vehicle should be normally loaded with a full
tank of fuel and one person or 160 lbs. (75 kg) on
the driver's seat.
Tires should be properly inflated.
Headlamp aiming is done with the vehicle low beam
lamps. The high beam lamps will be correctly aimed if
the low beam lamps are aimed properly.
The headlamp aiming devices are under the hood near
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Headlamp Vertical Aiming
1. Find the aim dot on the lens of the lamps.
2. Measure the distance from the ground to the aim dot
on each lamp; if left low beam, subtract two inches.
Record this distance.3. At the wall or other flat surface, measure from the
floor to the recorded distance and draw a horizontal
line the width of the vehicle.