Oldsmobile Achieva 1997 Owner's Manuals
Page 1 of 372
Page 2 of 372
Page 3 of 372
The 1997 Oldsrnobile Achieva Owner’s Manual
Seats and Restraint Systems
This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “SRS” system.
Features and Controls
This section explains how to start and operate your Oldsmobile.
Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system.
Your Driving and the Road
Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different condition\
Problems on the Road
This section tells what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated engine, etc.
Service and Appearance Care
Here the manual tells you how to keep your Oldsmobile running properly and looking good.
This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use.
Customer Assistance Information
This section tells you how to contact Oldsmobile for assistance and how to get service and owner publications.
It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects’’ on page 8-8.
Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find
something you want to read.
Page 4 of 372
GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem,
OLDSMOBILE, the OLDSMOBILE Rocket Emblem
and the name ACHIEVA 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
product after that time without further notice. For
vehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name
“General Motors of Canada Limited” for Oldsmobile
Division whenever it appears in this manual.
Please keep this manual in your Oldsmobile,
so it will
be there if you ever need it when you’re on the road. If
you sell the vehicle, please leave this manual
in it so the
new owner can use it.
WE SUPPORT VOLUNTARY TECHNICIAN
National Institute for
We support voluntary
For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a
French Language Manual:
Aux propriktaires canadiens: Vous pouvez vous
procurer un exemplaire de ce guide en franqais chez
DGN Marketing Services Ltd.
1500 Bonhill Rd.
in U.S.A. @Copyright General Motors Corporation 1996
Part No. 22652547 B First Edition All Rights Reserved
Page 5 of 372
How to Use this Manual
Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning
to end when they first receive their new vehicle.
do this, it will help you learn about the features and
controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find
that pictures and words work together
A good place to look for what you need is the Index in
back of the manual. It’s an alphabetical list of what’s in
the manual, and the page number where you’ll find it.
Safety Warnings and Symbols
You will find a number of safety cautions in this book.
We use a
box and the word CAUTION to tell you
about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore
These mean there is something that could hurt
you or other people.
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
a slash through it in
this book. This safety
symbol means “Don’t,”
“Don’t do this,” or “Don’t
let this happen.”
Page 6 of 372
Vehicle Damage Warnings
Also in this book you will find these notices:
These mean there is something that could
In the notice area, we tell you about something that can
damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would
not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly.
But the notice will
tell you what to do to help avoid
you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION
and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in
You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use
the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.
Page 7 of 372
are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.
PROTECT EYES BY
These symbols are important
for you and
These symbols have
to do wilh
SIGNALS e e
FOG LAMPS $0
on some of
are used on
ENGINE OIL w,
Here are some other symbols
you may see:
Page 8 of 372
Page 9 of 372
Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
Here you’ll find information about the seats in your Oldsmobile 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.
1-12 1-13 1-13
and Seat Controls
Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone
Here Are Questions Many People
-- and the Answers
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
Right Front Passenger Position
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) 1-27
Center Passenger Position
Safety Belt Extender
Checking Your Restraint Systems
Replacing Restraint System Parts After
Page 10 of 372
Seats and Seat Controls
This section tells you about the seats -- how to
adjust them, and
also about reclining seatbacks and
I A 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
or make you push a pedal when you
don’t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when
the vehicle is not moving. Move the lever under the front seat to unlock it. Slide
the seat to where you want
it. Then release the lever and
try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the
is locked in place.