CHEVROLET CAMARO 1974 2.G Owners Manual
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IMPORTANT OPERATING. SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
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This manual has been prepared to acquaint you with the' operation and maintenance of your 1974 Camaro, and to
provide important safety information. It is supplemented by three convenient folders which provide additional infor
mation on vehicle maintenance, emission control, and warranties. We urge you to read these publications carefully
and follow the recommendations to help assure the most enjoyable and troublefree operation of your vehicle.
When it comes to service, remember that your Chevrolet dealer knows your vehicle best and is interested in your
complete satisfaction. Return to him for Guardian Maintenance Service and any other assistance you may require.
To assist dealers in handling your needs, Chevrolet maintains a number of Zone Offices throughout the country.
Should you have a problem that cannot be handled through normal channels, follow the procedure presented in Sec
tion 7 of this manual under the heading, "Owner Assistance".
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing a Chevrolet product-and assure you of our con
tinuing interest in your motoring pleasure and satisfaction.
FOR CONTINUING SATISFACTION, KEEP YOUR
GM CAR ALL GM. GENERAL MOTORS PARTS ARE
IDENTIFIED BY ONE OF THESE TRADEMARKS:
CHEVROLET MOTOR DIVISION
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This manual should be considered a permanent part of the vehicle,
and must remain with the vehicle
at time of resale.
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION DETROIT. MICHIGAN 48202
All information. illustrations and specifications contained in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication. The right is reserved to make changes at any time without notice.
sold in Canada, substitute the name
General Motors of Canada Limited, wherever the name
Chevrolet Motor Division appears in this manual.
©GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION 1974
Table of Contents
Reprinted with Permission of
General Motors Corporation
1 Before Driving Your Camaro ................................ .
2 Starting and Operating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 13
Steering Column Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 14
Starting Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 15
Floor Controls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 21
Instrument Panel ......................................... , 23
Other Controls and Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 35
3 I n Case of Emergency.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 36
4 Appearance Care ............................................. 41
5 Service and Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 46
6 Minor Trouble Shooting. . .. . . . . . . . . .. .. . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. .. 66
7 Specifications. Owner Assistance. Service Manuals. Index. Gas
Station Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 70
Applicable to CALIFORNIA Sales Only This vehicle as delivered by GM Chevrolet Division is equipped with a bumper energy
absorption system meeting California S.B.42 (1971) as set forth in Sec. 34715 Vehicle Code.
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Downloaded from www.Manualslib.com manuals search engine YOUR CAR'S FIRST
FEW HUNDRED MILES OF DRIVING
You can operate your new car from
its very first mile without adhering
to a formal
However, during the first
dred miles of driving you can, by
few simple precautions,
add to the future performance and
economy of your car.
It is recommended that your speed
during the first
be confined to a maximum of
but do not drive for ex
tended periods at
speed, either fast
or slow. Dur
ing this period, avoid full throttle
starts and, if possible, avoid hard
stops especially during the first
miles of operation since brake mis- use
during this period will destroy
Always drive at moderate speed
until the engine has completely
If you plan to use your new car
for trailer hauling see additional
information on page 11.
SEE PAGE 64 for ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GAS M,ILEAGE.
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Before Entering Car
1. See that windows, mirrors and
lights are clean.
2. Visually note inflation condition
3. Check that area to rear is clear
if about to back up.
Before Driving Off
1. Lock all doors.
2. Position seat.
3 . Adjust inside and outside mirrors.
4. Fasten seat belts.
5. Check that warning bulbs light
is turned to start
6. Release parking brake (and see
that brake warning light turns
7. Be sure you understand your car
and how to operate it safely.
Two separate keys are provided
for your car. Each key has a differ
ent" cross section so that it can be
inserted only in certain locks.
• Key with square head
(stamped "J") -for ignition
• Key with oval head (stamped
"K")-for all other locks.
The code number of each key is
stamped on the "knock out" plug
in the key head. Your Chevrolet
dealer removed these plugs and
placed them with the spare set of
keys in the special key envelope
that was given to 'you at time of
For your protection:
• Record the numbers on the key
envelope and discard the key
• Keep the key envelope in a safe
as your wallet, Not
In The Car.
In the event the original keys are
lost, duplicates can be made by
or a locksmith using
the key code information.
Be sure to lock the glove box or
console compartments and remove
the key from the car whenever it
necessary to leave the ignition key
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Front side doors can be locked
from the inside by depressing the
passenger guard door lock buttons
located on the upper door panel.
All doors can be locked from the
outside by first depressing the door
lock button and closing the door.
The front doors can also be
locked by using the key.
All models have as a standard
safety feature overriding door locks.
When the doors are locked, the
door latch mechanism
tive, preventing inadvertent open
ing of the door
by movement of the
REMINDER: Avoid hanging ob
jects on the right hand coat hook
in such a way that you block the
driver's vision to the right rear
REMINDER: Always lock the
doors when driving, for greater
security in the event of an accident,
to help keep children from opening
door, and for greater security
by unwelcome per
sons while momentarily stopped.
Front Seat Backlocks
Front seat backs are equipped
self, locking mechanism to
keep the seat back locked in place
in the up position. The lock
is located at the lower
rear of the seat back nearest the
door. To tilt the seat back forward,
lift the lock release lever and tilt
the seat back forward. When the
is returned to the up
position, the seat back will auto
Keep seat belts and buckles clear
of mechanism when tilting folding
seats forward or backwards, to pre
vent damage to these belt restraints.
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The front seats may be adjusted
forward or rearward by moving the
control lever at the front of the
seat to the right. Move control
lever to the right to release the
mechanism; then exert
slight body pressure to move seat
to desired position. · Release con
trol lever to lock seat in desired
Inside Rearview Mirrors
Switc.h mirror to night position
to reduce glare from following
To raise or lower mir
to achieve desired field of view, grasp
mirror and exert sufficient
pressure by pushing or pulling up,
down or sideways.
Occupant Restraint Belts
Lap and shoulder belts provide
added. security and comfort for you
and your passengers. Proper
and care of these belts will assure
continuance of this security.
Seat Belt Restraint System
This vehicle is equipped with a
belt system, starter interlock, and
is designed to prevent · start-
ing the car until front seat occu
pants are buckled in.
NOTE: 1974 model General
Motors passenger cars sold in
CANADA have a light-buzzer re
minder system which reminds occu
pants when the driver's and any
front passenger's seat belts are not
fastened. Operation of this
BELT BUZZER/LIGHT RE
MINDER" is explained under that
heading in this manual.
However, these cars do
have a seat belt starter interlock sys
tem-a system which prevents start
ing the car until the driver and the
right front passenger are buckled
Therefore, the information
about the seat belt starter interlock
system under the heading
in this manual does
not apply, nor do any other refer
ences in this manual to the seat belt
starter interlock system apply to this
new car sold in Canada.
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• Seat belts must be properly
buckled around each outboard
front seat occupant , after getting
in the car, before the starter will
• The reminder buzzer and light
are designed to
go on if seat
belts are unbuckled at occupied
front seats while the vehicle
underway (the engine will con
• The engine may be restarted
after a stall without interlock in
terference if the driver remains
If Starter Will Not Operate:
• Remove any objects from un
occupied front seats.
• Re-buckle front seat belts.
NOTE: Front seating positions
contain a weight detector which is
, designed to activate the starter in
or the buzzer and light ni-
minder whenever a nominal weight
is placed on the seat and belts are
not buckled. The weight detector
cannot distinguish between a pas
senger and any object on the seat,
therefore, such items should be
stowed elsewhere in the vehicle.
Leaving something on the front
seat and leaving the front
fastened while the
car is parked
creates a current drain which could
result in a discharged battery after
a period of time, which will vary
depending on battery and weather
IfStarterSti IIWi II NotOperate:
• Set parking brake firmly, move
transmission lever to
verse for manual transmission
• TURN IGNITION KEY TO
• Open hood and press button on
manual override switch labeled
"START", mounted on bright
orange support at side of engine
on driver's side
• Close hood, enter car, fasten
seat belt, and follow normal
NOTE: The reminder buzzer and
Light are also designed to come on
if a malfunction develops in the
starter interlock system.
If the car
will not start and the buzzer/light
not come on, the
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the starter interlock system.
starter will crank, this indicates the
is not causing interfer
Front Seat Lap-Shoulder
• Adjust front seat to satisfaction
of driver and sit erect and well
back in seat.
• In a single motion , pull the lap
shoulder belt webbing across lap
to permit inserting
metal latch plate end of belt into
the buckle, until a snap
If webbing is not pulled out far
enough to reach buckle, let lap
belt rewind into its retractor to
release lock mechanism,
can be pulled out to the proper
• Position "lap" portion of belt
as LOW ON HIPS as
possible. To reduce the risk of
sliding under belt during an
cident, adjust to a SNUG FIT
by pulling belt firmly across lap
in direction of lap belt retractor
so it can take up slack. The belt
retractors are designed to
matically take up excess webbing
and maintain tension on the belt.
KEEP BELOW HIP BONE
• The front seat shoulder belts in
this vehicle are equipped with a
"vehicle sensitive retractor"
which is designed to grip the
only during a sudden stop
or impact. At other times it
designed to move freely with the
occupant, regardless of occupant
• For best restraint the slight ten
sion on the shoulder caused by
the shoulder belt retractor