flat tire CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 1996 2.G Owners Manual
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The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Owner’s Manual
Seats and Restraint Systems ............................................................. 1-1
Features and Controls .................................................................. 2-1
Comfort Controls and Audio Systems ..................................................... 3-1
This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “SIR” system.
This section explains how to start and operate your Cadillac.
This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your
Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions.
This section tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated
Here the manual tells you how to keep your Cadillac running properly and looking
This section tells you how to contact Cadillac for assistance and how to get service and owner publications.
It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 7-10.
YourDrivingandtheRoad .............................................................. 4-1
ProblemsontheRoad .................................................................. 5-1
ServiceandAppearanceCare ............................................................ 6-1
Customer Assistance Information ........................................................ 7-1
Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find
something you want to read.
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Is there actually such a condition as “highway hypnosis”?
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. Don’t
let it happen to you! If it does, your vehicle can leave
the road in
less than a second, and you could crash and
What can you do about highway hypnosis? First, be
aware that it can happen.
Then here are some tips:
Make sure your vehicle is well ventilated, with a
comfortably cool interior.
Keep your eyes moving. Scan the road ahead and to
the sides. Check your rearview mirrors and your
0 If you get sleepy, pull off the road into a rest, service
or parking area and take a nap, get some exercise, or
both. For safety, treat drowsiness on the highway as
Hill and Mountain Roads
Driving on steep hills or mountains is different from
driving in flat
or rolling terrain.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine Run your engine only as long as you must. This saves
fuel. When you run the engine, make it go a little faster
than just idle. That is, push the accelerator slightly. This
less fuel for the heat that you get and it keeps the
battery charged. You will need a well-charged battery to
restart the vehicle, and possibly for signaling later on
with your headlamps. Let the heater
run for awhile.
Then, shut the engine
off and close the window almost
all the way to preserve the heat. Start the engine again
and repeat this only when you feel really uncomfortable
from the cold. But do it as little as possible. Preserve the
fuel as long as you can. To help keep warm, you can get
out of the vehicle and do some fairly vigorous exercises
every half hour or
so until help comes.
Loading Your Vehicle
VEHICLE CAP. WT.
TIRE-LOADING INFORMATION 7
FRT. CTR. RR. TOTAL LBS. KG
MAX. LOADING & GVWR SAME AS VEHICLE
XXX COLD TIRE
TIRE SIZE SPEED PRESSURE RTG PSVKPa
IF TIRES ARE HOT, ADD 4PS1/28KPa
SEE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR ADDITIONAL
Two labels on your vehicle show how much weight it
may properly carry. The Tire-Loading Information label
found on the driver's door tells you the proper size,
speed rating and recommended inflation pressures
the tires on your vehicle. It also gives you important
information about the number
of people that can be in
your vehicle and the total weight that you can carry.
This weight is called the Vehicle Capacity Weight and
includes the weight of all occupants, cargo and all
options not installed
in the factory.
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The tongue load (A) of any trailer is an important
weight to measure because it affects the total capacity
weight of your vehicle.
The capacity weight includes the
curb weight of the vehicle, any cargo you may carry in
it, and the people who will be riding in the vehicle. And
if you will tow a trailer, you must subtract the tongue
load from your vehicle’s capacity weight because your
vehicle will be carrying that weight, too. See “Loading
Your Vehicle” in the Index for more information about
your vehicle’s maximum load capacity.
If you’re using a weight-carrying hitch, the trailer
(A) should weigh 10% of the total loaded trailer
(B). If you have a “weight-distributing” hitch,
the trailer tongue
(A) should weigh 12% of the total
loaded trailer weight
After you’ve loaded your trailer, weigh the trailer and
then the tongue, separately, to see if the weights
proper. If they aren’t, you may be able to get them right
simply by moving some items around in the trailer.
Total Weight on Your Vehicle’s Tires
Be sure your vehicle’s tires are inflated to the
recommended pressure for cold tires. You’ll find these numbers on the Certification label at the
rear edge of the
driver’s door or
see “Loading Your Vehicle” in the Index.
Then be sure you don’t go over
the GVW limit for your
vehicle, including the weight
of the trailer tongue.
The Gross Combined Vehicle Weight (GCVW)
+ passengers’ weight + cargo + trailer weight.
It should never exceed 7,450 lbs.
(3 1 SO kg) for the
or 12,100 lbs. (5 490 kg) for the
7,000 lb. towing package.
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It’s unusual for a tire to “blow out” while you’re driving,
especially if you maintain your tires properly. If air goes
out of a
tire, it’s much more likely to leak out slowly.
But if you should ever have a “blowout,” here are
tips about what to expect and what to do:
If a front tire fails, the flat tire will create a drag that
pulls the vehicle toward that side. Take your foot
accelerator pedal and grip the steering wheel firmly.
Steer to maintain lane position, and then gently brake to
a stop well out of the traffic lane.
A rear blowout, particularly on a curve, acts much like a
skid and may require the same correction you’d use in a
In any rear blowout, remove your foot from the
accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under control by
steering the way you want the vehicle
to go. It may be
very bumpy and noisy, but you can still steer. Gently
brake to a stop
-- well off the road if possible.
If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to use your
jacking equipment to change a flat tire safely.
Changing a Flat Tire
If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire and wheel damage
by driving slowly to
a level place. Turn on your hazard
Changing a tire can cause an injury. The vehicle
can slip off the jack and roll over you or other
people. You and they could be badly injured.
Find a level place to change your tire. To help
prevent the vehicle from moving:
1. Put the shift lever in PARK (P).
2. Set the parking brake firmly.
3. Turn off the engine.
To be even more certain the vehicle won’t move,
you can put blocks at the front and rear of the
tire farthest away from the one being changed.
That would be the tire on the other side
at the opposite end.
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The following steps will tell you how to use the jack and
change a tire.
The equipment you’ll need is in the trunk.
Your vehicle may be equipped with the optional €1.111 size
Remove the spare tire cover. Then remove the spare
E the flat tire is at the rear wheel, you have to remove
the fender skirt first.
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to the jack bolt and
rotate it clockwise.
The lift head will be
3. Position the jack under the vehicle, near the flat tire.
are two holes in the frame near each of the
wheels. Raise the jack
so the lift head fits into the
large circular hole.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine Getting under a vehicle when it is jacked up is
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.
Raising your vehicle with the jack improperly
will damage the vehicle or may allow
the vehicle to
fall off the jack. Be sure to €it the
jack lift head
into the proper location before
4. Raise the vehicle by-rotating the wheel wrench
clockwise. Raise the vehicle far enough
for the spare tire to fit under the vehicle.
5. Remove the wheel nuts and take off the flat tire.
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Although the compact spare tire was fully inflated when
your vehcle was new, it can lose air after a time. Check
the inflation pressure regularly. It should be
After installing the compact spare on your vehicle, you
should stop as soon as possible and make sure your
spare tire is correctly inflated. The compact spare is
made to perform well at posted speed limits for
distances up to
3,000 miles (5 000 km), so you can
finish your trip and have your full-size tire repaired
replaced where you want. Of course, it’s best to replace
your spare with a full-size tire as soon as you can. Your
spare will last longer and be in good shape in case you
Your anti-lock brake system warning light may come
“Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light” in the Index.
3. Align the upper locator pins and insert the pins into
need it again.
4. Push the handles up to lock the skirt in place.
when you are driving with a compact spare. See
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine 2. Insert a screwdriver into the slot as shown and press
down to release
the wiper blade assembly from
3. Align the wiper arm pin with the hole on the wiper
blade assembly and snap it into place to install.
We don’t make tires. Your new Cadillac comes with
high-quality tires made by a leading tire manufacturer. If
you ever have questions about your tire warranty and
where to obtain service, see your Cadillac Warranty
booklet for details.
Poorly maintained and improperly used tires
Overloading your tires can cause
a result of too much friction.
You could have an air-out and a serious
accident. See “Loading Your Vehicle” in
Underinflated tires pose the same danger
overloaded tires. The resulting accident
could cause serious injury. Check all tires
frequently to maintain the recommended
pressure. Tire pressure should be checked
when your tires are cold.
Overinflated tires are more likely to be cut,
punctured or broken
by a sudden
-- such as when you hit a pothole.
at the recommended pressure.
Worn, old tires can cause accidents.
tread is badly worn, or if your tires have
been damaged, replace them.