tire pressure CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 1996 2.G Owners Manual
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine The anti-lock system can change the brake pressure
faster than anv driver could. The commter is
programmed to make the most of available tire and
Here’s how anti-lock works. Let’s say the road is wet.
You’re driving safely. Suddenly an animal jumps out in
on the brakes. Here’s what happens with ABS.
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Hydroplaning is dangerous. So much water can build up
under your tires that they can actually ride on the water.
This can happen if the road
is wet enough and you’re
going fast enough. When your vehicle is hydroplaning,
it has little or no contact with the road.
Hydroplaning doesn’t happen often. But it can
tires haven’t much tread or if the pressure in one or
more is low. It can happen if a lot of water is standing on
the road. If you can see reflections from trees, telephone
poles or other vehicles, and raindrops “dimple” the
water’s surface, there could be hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning usually happens at higher speeds. There
just isn’t a hard and fast rule about hydroplaning. The
best advice~is to slow down when it is raining.
Driving Through Deep Standing Water
If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or
standing water, water can come in through your
engine’s air intake and badly damage your
engine. Never drive through water that is slightly
lower than the underbody of your vehicle. If you
l can’t avoid deep puddles or standing water, drive
through them very slowly.
Some Other Rainy Weather Tips
Besides slowing down, allow some extra following
distance. And be especially careful when you pass
another vehicle. Allow yourself more clear
ahead, and be prepared to have your view restricted
by road spray.
“Tires” in the Index.)
0 Have good tires with proper tread depth. (See
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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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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine Your vehicle is equipped with an Electronic Level
Control (ELC) feature. When hooking up a trailer
using a weight distributing hitch, always use the
Place the vehicle on a level surface without the
trailer hitched. With the ignition off, and all doors
closed, allow the vehicle to level automatically.
Disable the Electronic Level Control (ELC) by
pulling the LEVEL CTRL fuse from the underhood
electrical center located on the passenger-side wheel
housing in the engine compartment. Remove the
cover to gain access.
Attach the trailer to the vehicle. The trailer tongue
12 percent of the total loaded
Level the vehicle with the load-leveling spring
Leave the fuse out while towing your trailer.
Once you have completed towing your trailer, be sure
reinstall the Electronic Level Control (ELC) fuse.
Use two friction sway controls if your trailer is over
5,000 lbs. (2 270 kg) loaded weight, and/or is over
24 feet (7.3 m) long.
Use at least one friction sway control if your
trailer is over
2,000 lbs. (900 kg) loaded weight,
and consider using one for trailers under
Trailers that weigh more than
1,000 lbs. (454 kg)
should be equipped with trailer brakes.
Surge brakes work with most weight-distributing
hitches as long as all the equipment is properly
installed. Check with the hitch manufacturer for
advice and installation instructions.
If a trailer is over 5,000 lbs. (2 270 kg), adjust
the vehicle's rear tire pressures to
35 psi (240 Pa)
(cold tire pressure).
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine 1 Compact Spare Tire (If So Equipped)
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.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine Inflation -- Tire Pressure
The Tire-Loading Information label, which is located on
the driver’s door, shows the correct inflation pressures
for your tires when they’re cold. “Cold” means your
vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours or driven
no more than 1 mile
NOTICE: ~~~ ~~
Don’t let anyone tell you that underinflation or
overinflation is all right. It’s not. If your tires
don’t have enough
air (underinflation), you can
Too much flexing
0 Too much heat
0 Tire overloading
0 Bad handling
0 Bad fuel economy.
NOTICE: (Continued) NOTICE: (Continued)
tires have too much air (overinflation),
you can get the following:
0 Bad handling
0 Rough ride
0 Needless damage from road hazards.
When to Check
Check your tires once a month or more. Also, check the
of the spare tire.
If you have a compact spare tire, it should be at
HQW to Check
Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire
pressure. You can’t tell
if your tires are properly inflated
simply by looking at them, Radial tires
properly inflated even when they’re underinflated.
Be sure to put the valve caps back on the valve stems.
They help prevent leaks by keeping out
dirt and moisture.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine After the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and
rear inflation pressures
as shown on the Tire-Loading
Information label. Make certain that all wheel nuts are
properly tightened. See “Wheel Nut Torque” in
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the parts to which
is fastened, can make wheel nuts become loose
after a time. The wheel could come off and cause
an accident. When you change a wheel, remove
or dirt from places where the wheel
attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can
a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be
sure to use a scraper or wire brush later,
need to, to get all the rust or
dirt off. (See
a Flat Tire” in the Index.) When It’s Time
One way to tell when it’s
new tires is to
check the treadwear
indicators, which will
your tires have
only 1/16 inch (1.6
of tread remaining.
You need a new tire if any of the folllowing statements
You can see the indicators at three or more places
around the tire.
You can see cord or fabric showing through the
The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or snagged deep
to show cord or fabric.
The tire has a bump, bulge
The tire has a puncture, cut or other damage that
can’t be repaired well because
of the size or location
of the damage.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine Replacement Parts
Air Cleaner ................... AC Type A1096C
Engine Oil Filter
................ AC Type PF52
PCV Valve ................... AC Type CV895C
Spark Plugs (Gap 0.050)
......... AC Type 41-943
Wiper Blade (RightLeft)
. 10283603 (22") (565 mm)
Tire Pressure, Sizes
See the Tire Certification Information Label on the
Wheel Nut Torque ........... 100 lb-ft (140 N-m)