Parking at Night
Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your
vehicle. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight.
Put them in a storage area, or take them with you.
If you park in a lot where someone will be watching
your vehicle, it’s best to lock it up and take your keys.
But what if you have to leave your key?
If possible, park in a busy, well lit area.
Put your valuables in a storage area, like your trunk
or glove box. Be sure to close and lock the
Close all windows.
Move the trunk release lockout switch to the
Lock the glove box.
Lock all the doors except the driver’s.
If your vehicle has a remote lock control, take the
transmitter with you.
Your vehicle is equipped with the Passlock
Passlock is a passive theft
deterrent system. Passlock
enables fuel if the ignition lock cylinder is turned with a
valid key. If a correct key is not used or the ignition lock
cylinder is tampered with, fuel is disabled.
During normal operation, the will go off approximately
five seconds after the key is turned to the ON
If the engine stalls and the SECURITY light flashes,
wait until the light stops flashing before trying to restart
the engine. Remember to release the key from START
as soon as the engine starts.
If the engine is running and the SECURITY light comes
on, you will be able to restart the engine if you turn the
engine off. However, your Passlock system is not
working properly and must be serviced by your dealer.
Your vehicle is not protected by Passlock at this time.
You may also want to check the fuse (see “Fuses
and Circuit Breakers” in the Index). See your dealer
In an emergency, call the Oldsmobile Roadside
Assistance Center at 1
(In Canada, call 1
As you signal a turn or a lane change, if the arrows flash
rapidly, a signal bulb may be burned out and other
drivers won’t see your turn signal.
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 for burned
out bulbs and then check
the fuse (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index).
Headlamp High/Low Beam Changer
To change the headlamps
from low beam to high
beam, pull on the turn
all of the way toward you.
Then release it.
When the high beams are on, a light on the instrument
panel also will be on.
This feature lets you use your high
beam headlamps to
signal a driver in front of you that you want to pass.
To use it, pull the turn signal/multifunction lever toward
you until the high
beam headlamps come on, then
release the lever to turn them off.
You control the windshield wipers by moving the stalk
with the wiper symbol on it up or down.
For a single wiper cycle, push the stalk down to MIST,
then release it. For more cycles, hold the stalk
Your instrument panel is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You’ll know how fast
you’re going, how much fuel you’re using, and many other things you’ll need to drive safely and economically.
The main components of your instrument panel are:
Hazard Warning Button
Auxiliary Power Accessory Outlet
Cigarette Lighter/Power Accessory Outlet
Transaxle Shift Lever
Enhanced Traction System Switch
Windshield Wiper/Washer Lever
M. Ignition Switch
Cruise Control Switches (If Equipped)
Tilt Wheel Lever
Hood Release Handle
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
Instrument Panel Intensity Control
Have you recently changed brands of fuel?
If so, be sure to fuel your vehicle with quality fuel (see
“Fuel” in the Index). Poor fuel quality will cause your
engine not to run as efficiently as designed. You may
notice this as stalling after start
up, stalling when you
put the vehicle into gear, misfiring, hesitation on
acceleration or stumbling on acceleration. (These
conditions may go away once the engine is warmed up.)
This will be detected by the system and cause the light
to turn on.
If you experience one or more of these conditions,
change the fuel brand you use. It will require at least one
full tank of the proper fuel to turn the light off.
If none of the above steps have made the light turn off,
have your dealer or qualified service center check the
vehicle. Your dealer has the proper test equipment and
diagnostic tools to fix any mechanical or electrical
problems that may have developed.
Oil Pressure Light
If you have a low engine oil
pressure problem, this light
will stay on after you start
your engine, or come on
and you will hear a chime
when you are driving.
This indicates that your engine is not receiving enough
oil. The engine could be low on oil, or could have some
other oil problem. Have it fixed immediately.
When the ignition is on but the engine is not running,
the light will come on as a test to show you it is
working, but the light will go out when the engine is
running. If it doesn’t come on with the ignition on, you
may have a problem with the fuse or bulb. Have it fixed
Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it.
Turn the ignition switch to OFF.
Set the parking brake.
Remove the following fuses from the left side of the
instrument panel fuse block: A) Radio, B) Wiper,
H) Powertrain Control Module, K) Body Function
Control Module, Cluster. This will prevent your
battery from draining while towing. See “Instrument
Panel Fuse Block
Left” in Section 6 for the
location of these fuses.
Turn the ignition switch to ACC.
Shift your transaxle to NEUTRAL (N).
Release the parking brake.
Remember to replace the fuses once you reach your
destination. To replace a fuse:
Set the parking brake.
Remove the key from the ignition switch.
Replace the fuse.
Make sure that the towing speed does not exceed
65 mph (110 km/h), or your vehicle could be
As shown in the chart, SAE 5W
30 is best for your
vehicle. However, you can use SAE 10W
30 if it’s going
to be 0
C) or above. These numbers on an oil
container show its viscosity, or thickness. Do not use
other viscosity oils, such as SAE 20W
Use only engine oil with the American Petroleum
Institute Certified For Gasoline Engines
“Starburst” symbol. Failure to use the
recommended oil can result in engine damage not
covered by your warranty.
oil meets all the requirements for
If you are in an area where the temperature falls below
C), consider using either an SAE 5W
synthetic oil or an SAE 0W
30 oil. Both will provide
easier cold starting and better protection for your engine
at extremely low temperatures.
Engine Oil Additives
Don’t add anything to your oil. Your dealer is ready to
advise if you think something should be added.
When to Change Engine Oil
Your vehicle has a computer that lets you know when to
change your engine oil. This is not based on mileage,
but on engine revolutions and engine operating
temperature. When the computer has calculated that the
oil needs changing, the Oil Life Indicator will indicate
that a change is necessary. The mileage between oil
changes will vary depending on how you drive your
usually between 3,000 miles (5 000 km) and
7,500 miles (12 500 km) since your last oil change.
Under severe conditions, the indicator may come on
before 3,000 miles (5 000 km). Never drive your vehicle
more than 7,500 miles (12 500 km) or 12 months
(whichever occurs first) without an oil change.
The system won’t detect dust in the oil. So, if you drive in
a dusty area, be sure to change your oil every 3,000 miles
(5 000 km) or sooner. Remember to reset the CHANGE
OIL light whenever the oil is changed.
How to Reset the Change Oil Light
After changing the engine oil, the system must be reset.
With the ignition key to ON (engine not running), push
the RESET button located in the driver’s side instrument
panel fuse block. The CHANGE OIL light will start to
flash, press and hold the RESET button again. The reset
is complete when you hear the chimes sound and the
CHANGE OIL light goes out.
If the anti
lock brake system warning light comes on,
the tire pressure monitor system may not be working.
See your dealer for service. (Also, see “Anti
Brake System Warning Light” in the Index).
When the LOW TIRE PRESSURE light comes on, you
should stop as soon as you can and check all your tires
for damage. (If a tire is flat, see “If a Tire Goes Flat” in
the Index.) Also check the tire pressure in all four tires
as soon as you can. See “Inflation
Tire Pressure” in
The light will come on and stay on until you turn off the
ignition or press the RESET button.
Don’t reset the tire pressure monitor system without first
correcting the cause of the problem and checking and
adjusting the pressure in all four tires. If you reset the
system when the tire pressures are incorrect, the system
will not work properly and may not alert you when a
tire is low.
Any time you adjust a tire’s pressure, rotate your tires,
or have one or more tires repaired or replaced, you’ll
need to reset (calibrate) the tire pressure monitor system.
You’ll also need to reset the system whenever you buy
new tires and whenever the vehicle’s battery has
To reset (calibrate) the system, turn the ignition switch
to ON (engine not running). The RESET button is
located inside of the driver’s side instrument fuse panel.
Press and release the RESET button.
The CHANGE OIL light will begin to flash. Press and
release the RESET button again. The CHANGE OIL
light will go off, and the LOW TIRE PRESSURE light
will start flashing. When the LOW TIRE PRESSURE
light is flashing, press and hold the RESET button until
the chime sounds. If the LOW TIRE PRESSURE light
doesn’t go off then, see your dealer for service.
The system completes the calibration process
The system normally takes 15 to 20 minutes of driving
in each of three speed ranges to “learn” tire pressures.
The speed ranges are 15 to 40 mph (25 to 65 km/h),
40 to 65 mph (65 to 105 km/h) and above 65 mph
(105 km/h). When learning is complete, the system will
alert you after 2
8 minutes if a tire is 12 psi (83 kPa)
different from the other three tires. Detection thresholds
may be higher and detection times may be longer on
rough roads, curves and at high speeds. The system is
not capable of detection at speeds greater than 75 mph
Add-On Electrical Equipment
Don’t add anything electrical to your vehicle
unless you check with your dealer first. Some
electrical equipment can damage your vehicle
and the damage wouldn’t be covered by your
warranty. Some add
on electrical equipment can
keep other components from working as
Your vehicle has an air bag system. Before attempting to
add anything electrical to your vehicle, see “Servicing
Your Air Bag
Equipped Vehicle” in the Index.
The windshield wiper motor is protected by a circuit
breaker and a fuse. If the motor overheats due to heavy
snow, etc., the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If
the overload is caused by some electrical problem, have
A circuit breaker in the fuse panel protects the power
windows. When the current load is too heavy, the circuit
breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the
problem is fixed.
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
The wiring circuits in your vehicle are protected from
short circuits by a combination of fuses, circuit breakers
and fusible links. This greatly reduces the chance of
damage caused by electrical problems.
Look at the silver
colored band inside the fuse. If the
band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure to
replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size
There are three fuse blocks in your vehicle: two
instrument panel fuse blocks and the engine
compartment fuse block.
There are four spare fuses located in the left instrument
panel fuse block for your use.
Instrument Panel Fuse Blocks
There are two fuse panels for your vehicle. One is
located on the driver’s side of the instrument panel and
the other is located on the passenger’s side.
Steering Wheel Radio Switches
Windshield Wiper Motor,
Trunk Release Relay/Motor,
RKE, Audio Amplifier
Turn Signal Lamps
Body Computer (BFC)
Door Lock Motors
Cluster, Body Computer (BFC)
HVAC Head, Cluster,
Data Link Connector
Interior Lamp Dimming
Steering Wheel Cruise Control
Steering Wheel Cruise Control
HVAC Blower Motor
Interior Courtesy Lamps
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
The engine compartment fuse block is located on the
driver’s side of the engine compartment, near
Power Seats, Power
Mirrors, Door Locks, Trunk
Release, Audio Amplifier, Remote
Hand Electrical Center
Lamps, Hazard Lamps, Body
Function Control Module, Cluster,
Climate Control System
Hand Electrical Center
Lamps, Radio, Body Function
Control Module, Interior Lamps
Cooling Fan #1
Cooling Fan #1
HVAC Blower (Climate Control)
Cooling Fan #2
Cooling Fan #2
Air Conditioning Compressor
Automatic Light Control
Automatic Light Control
Daytime Running Lamps
Spare Fuse Holder
Accessory Power Outlets,
Lock Brakes, Variable Effort
Air Conditioning Compressor,
Body Function Control Module
Powertrain Control Module