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    The 1997 Buick Century Owner's Manual 1-1 2- 1 Seats and Restraint Systems This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the "air bag" system. Features and Controls This section explains how to start and operate your Buick. Comfort Controls ...
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    We support voluntary technician certification. GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, BUICK, the BUICK Emblem and the name CENTURY are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve ...
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    ... automotive industry. William C. Durant was instrumental in promoting Buicks across the country using his Durant-... of a giant distribution system. He knew the Buick as a "self-seller." If automobiles could be..., refinanced and moved from Detroit to Flint. Buick has always been a product innovator. ...
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    ... before the Indy 500 began. The success of Buick engines was visible not only on the race track, ..., over the Andes to Santiago, Chile in 1914. Buick drew plenty of attention because it could ... Red Cross ambulances so successfully that one Buick ambulance was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French ...
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    In World War 11, Buick built aircraft engines, tanks and other military hardware... styling and engineering changes which resulted in increased sales. The torque converter automatic transmission, ... Roadtnaster Motor Trend magazine named the 1962 Buick Special "Car of the Year." The first production ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ...s former Flint complex,which formed the cornerstoneof General Motors, Buick City is a state-of-the-art assembly facility with more than 200 robots and other high-tech equipment. It was completed in the fall of 1985. Buicks are, and will continue to be, premium American motorcars with smooth power,...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    How to Use this Manual Many people read their owner's manual from beginning to end when they first receivetheir new vehicle. If you ...it will help you learn about the features and controls foryour vehicle. In this manual, you'll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly....
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    ... 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 the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ...: Here are some other symbols you may see: DOOR LOCK UNLOCK TURN SIGNALS e ENGINE COOLANT TEMP BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER t ... FLASHER A rn BRAKE ( ) 0 )cr COOLANT DAYTIME RUNNING ' LAMPS . * 0 WINDOW DEFOGGER ENGINE OIL PRESSURE a (@) SPEAKER b...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    I Supplement to the 1997 Buick Regal and Century Owner's Manuals This isa correction to informationfound on page 6-40 (Regal only) and page 6-38 (Century only). Inflation -- Tire Pressure The Tire-Loading Information label, which is on the inside of trunk lid shows ...
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    ... and Restraint Systems Here you'll find information aboutthe seats in your Buick and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn ...in Child Restramt Child Restraints Larger Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash 1-1
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ...adjust the seats and explains the reclining seatbacks and head restraints. 2-Way Manual Seat Manual Front Seat CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to vehicle is adjust a manual driver's seat while the moving. The sudden movement could startle and...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ...and a six-way power passenger's seat (if equipped). This switch is designed to imitate the movements of your seat cushion. It islocated on the left side of the driver's seat cushion. To move the seat forward or rearward, push the switch forward or rearward. To raise orlower the entire seat, push...
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    ...injuries. The lap belt can't do job either. In a crash the its belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not yourpelvic bones. at This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection when the vehicle isin motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back ...
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    ... ' /d CAUTION: Safety Belts: They're for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safetybelts properly. It also tells you some things you should ...belts are fastened properly too. Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. (See "Safety ...
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    ... states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here's why: They work. You never know if you'll be in a crash. If you do ..., the facts areclear. In most crashes buckling up does matter ...a lot! ... -- -7 Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it's just a seat on wheels. 1-6
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    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn't stop. 1-7
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    I a The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ... or the instrument panel ...
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    ... in most of them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work with safety belts -- not instead of them. Every air bag system ever...get the most protection. That's true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions. A: or...
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    ... about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies.If a child will be riding in your Buick, see the part of this manual called "Children." Follow those rules for everyone's protection. First, you'...
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    ... Index) so you can situp straight. 4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks. it is Pull up on the latch plate to make sure secure. If the belt isn't long enough, see "Safety Belt Extender'' at the end this section. of Make surethe release buttonon the buckleis positioned so ...
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    ... end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low andsnug on the hips, just touching the.... The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder andacross the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restrainingforces. The safety belt locks if...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    ... the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it,...10 move Adjust the height so that the shoulder portion of the belt is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. 1-13
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    @ What's wrong with this? A CAUTION: You can be seriously hurt if your shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should fit against your body. I A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won't give nearly as much ...
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    ... belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. a crash, In the belt would goup over your abdomen. The bel forces would be there, at the pelvic bones. T h i not could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your beltinto the buckle nearestyou. A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place. 1-15
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    ... can be seriously injuredif you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. a crash, your In body would movetoo far forward, which would increase the chance head and neck injury. of Also, the belt would apply too much force to the as ribs, which aren't as strong shoulder bones. You could also severely ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... What's wrong with this? You can be seriously injured by twisted belt. In a a crash, you wouldn't have the full width the of belt to spread impact forces.a belt is twisted, If make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealerto fix it. A: The belt is twisted across the body. 1-17
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they don't wear safety belts. To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    ..., let it go back all the way and start again. Air Bag System This part explains the air bag system. Your Buick has two air bags -- one air bag for the ... the safety belts. All air bags are designed to work with safety belts, but don't replace them. Air bags are designed to ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ... children. Alwayssecure children properly in your vehicle. To read how, see the part of this manual called "Children" and thecaution label onthe right ... the airbag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See "Air Bag Readiness Light" in the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    How the Air Bag System Works The right front passenger's air baginis instrument the panel onthe passenger's side. Where are theair bags? The driver's a r bag is in the middleof the steering wheel. i 1-21
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... bag, and don't attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub on or near any other ... ordeform, the threshold level is about 9 to 15 mph (14 to 24 km/h). The threshold level can vary,...related hardware are allpart of the air bag modules inside the steering wheel and in the instrumentpanel in front ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ..., even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. Air bags supplement the... air bag module -- the steering wheel hub for the driver's air bag, orthe instrument panel for... and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace otherparts....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... Air Bag-Equipped Buick Air bags affect how your Buick should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around ... while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Buick dealer and the Century Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    Center Passenger Position Lap Belt If your vehicle has a bench seat, someone can in the sit center position. When you sit in a center seating position, have a lap you safety belt, which has no retractor. To make thebelt longer, tilt the latch plate and it along the belt. pull 1-25
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ... than those who are wearing safety belts. Rear passengers who aren't safety belted can be thrown out ..., position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulderbelt. If the belt isn't long... had to. Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder belts. Here's ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ... does, let it go back all the way and start again. If the belt is not long enough, see "Safety Belt Extender" at ... until it clicks. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. 3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle e.nd of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ... if is too loose. Ina crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The shoulder belt should against your body. fit The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips,just touching the thighs.In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you'd...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... for small adults. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide pulls the belt away from the neck and head. There is one guide for each outside passenger position in To the rear seat. provide added safety belt comfort for children who have outgrown...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ...past the belt. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. 3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. To remove and store thecomfort guides, squeeze so the belt edges together that you can take them out from the guides. Pull guide upward to expose its the storage clip,and then slide the guide onto the clip. Rotate the guide and clip inward and in ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... while in a vehicle. Smaller Childrenand Babies L CAUTION: A Smaller childrenand babies should always be or restrained in a child infant restraint. The instructions for the restraint will say whether it is theright type and size for your child. A very young child's hip bones so small that a are ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ...(40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-lb. (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be almost impossible to hold. Secure the baby in an infant restraint. A CAUTION: Never hold a baby in your arms while riding in a vehicle. A baby doesn't weigh much until a crash. During a...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ...) If your vehicle has this option, there's a built-in child restraint in the center rear seat position. This chld restraint system conforms to all.... A rear-facing restraint gives the infant's head, neck and body the support they would need in a crash. See "Child Restraints'' later in this ...
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    e.' A: Which slots should I use for my child? With the child seated on the child restraint cushion, above the top use the pairof slots that is at or just of the child's shoulders. With this built-in child restraint,you can adjust the height of the harness. Depending the seated height on of the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    @ What if the top of my child's shoulders is above the highest pair of slots? A child whose shoulders are above the highest slots shouldn't use this child restraint. Instead, the child should sit on the vehicle's seat cushion and use the vehicle's safety belts. Adjusting the Harness ...
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    2. If the left and right halves of the shoulder harness clip are fastened together, separate them. 3. If the lap-shoulder harness is buckled, unlatch it by pushing the button on the buckle. 1-37
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    4. Pull down the seatback part of the pad (D). 5. Select one side of the harness. Add some slack to the shoulder part by pulling up on the lap part. You'll keep most of this slack until you finish Step 9. 1-38
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    6. Feed a small amount of harness slack back into the slot. 7. Twist the harness slightly to remove from the slot. it 8. Move the harness up or down to the correctslot. The correct slotis the onethat will be at or just above the top of the child's shoulder. 1-39
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... it is properly routed and isn't twisted or flipped over. 1 1. Repeat Steps 5 through 10 for the other side of the harness. Be sure both sides are adjusted to the same height. 12. Move the pad back against the child restraint seatback. Make sure the harness goes ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ... crash. If a child is the proper size for the built-in child restraint, secure the child usingthe child restraint's harness. But children who are... use the regular safety belts. WARNING! FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CAN USE OF THIS CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM RESULT IN YOUR ...
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    1. If the left and right halvesof the shoulder harness clip are fastenedtogether, seprate them. 2. If the lap-shoulder harnessis buckled, unlatch it by pushing the button on the buckle. 3. Place the child on the child restraint cushion.
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ...and over the child's shoulder. If both sides of the harnessare pulled out, the lap parts will lock. If the lap parts lock, let both sides of il the harnessgo back all the way...you can't secure a latch plate, see your Buick dealer for service before using the child restraint. 6. In ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ... latch plates to make sure they are secure. A green indicator will show in each latch plate window (G). If the harness locks before the latch plate reaches the buckle... all the way out until you buckle it. Once both sides of the lap-shoulder harness are pulled out of the retractor ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    An unfastened shoulder harness won't help clip keep the harness in place on the child's shoulders. If the harness isn't on the child's shoulders, it won't be able to restrainthe child's upper body in a sudden stop or crash. The child could be seriously injured. Make sure the harness ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    ... tohave the built-in child restraint serviced. 9. On both sides of the harness, pull up on the lap part a little to be sure locked. it's If the ... or down along the harness. On each side of the harness, the shoulder part should be centered on the child's shoulder. The ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    .... 1. Unfasten the shoulder harness clip. 3. Move one sideof the harness off the child's shoulder, and let the harness go all the back. way 4. Move the other side the harnessoff the child's of shoulder, and let it go all the back. way 5. Remove the child from child restraint cushion. the 1-47
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ...your built-in child restraint needs to be periodically checked and may need to have parts replaced after a crash. See "Checking Your Restraint Systems" and "Replacing Seat and Restraint System Parts After a Crash" in the Index. 2. Fold the child ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ... Vehicle Safety Standards. Then follow the instructions for restraint. You may the find these instructions the restraint itself or in a on use booklet, or both. These restraints the belt system in your ..., always movethe front passenger seat as far back as it will go. Or, secure the child restraint in...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... in a child restraint in the center front seat can be badly injured by the right front passenger air bag if it inflates. Neversecure a child restraint in the center front seat. It's ...to have an anchor installed, you can ask your Buick dealer to put it in for you. If you want to install...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... your dealer can obtain akit with anchor hardware and installation instructions specifically designed for this vehicle. The dealer can then install ... restraint has one. 1. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. 2. Secure the childin the child restraint as the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... restraint. 7. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and ... it go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ...You may, however, secure a forward-facing child restraint in the right front passenger seat,... allthe way back. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint.... 2. Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. 3. Secure the child in the child restraint...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ...remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt. It will be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. Securing a Child Restraint in the Right... the child restraint. Your vehicle has a right front passenger air bag.Never put a rear-facing child ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ...using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about thetop strap if the child restraint ... passenger air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing ....) the 2. Put the restraint on seat. Follow the instructions for thechild restraint. 3. Secure the child the child restraint ...
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    ... restraint. 8. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it is secure. To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and... go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger. 1-56
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ...Children Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle's safety belts. If you have the choice, a child should sit next to a window so the childcan wear a lap-shoulderbelt and get the additional restraint a shoulderbelt can provide. Accident statistics show that children are ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    I Never do this. Here twochildren are wearing the same belt. The belt can'tproperly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. Q What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt, : but the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    A CAUTION: - Never do this. a Here a child is sitting inseat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind way, the child. If the child wears the belt in this in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt's force would then be appliedright on the child's abdomen....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ... sure the harness straps, latch plates, buckle, clip, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt and built-... for any opened or broken air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.) 1-60
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash If you've had a crash, doyou need...belt, built-in child restraint or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be ... the collision. If an air bag inflates, you'll need to replace air bag system parts. See the part on the air bag system ...
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    . I & NOTES 1-62
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    ... the many standard and optional features your Buick, and information on starting, shifting on and braking. Also explained are the instrument panel the warning systems ... 2-53 2-54 2-55 Windows Horn Tilt Steering Wheel Turn SignalMultifunction Lever Exterior Lamps Interior Lamps ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    Keys e Leaving young children in vehicle with the a ignition keyis dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don't leave the keys in vehicle with young children. a 2-2
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ... only. The ignitionkeys don't have plugs. Your Buick dealer or Roadside Assistance has the code for ... the doors and all otherlocks. I NOTICE: Your Buick has a number of features that can help ... sure you to have extra keys. When a new Buick is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the door ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    Door Locks Unlocked doors can be dangerous. Passengers especially children can easily open the... slow down stop your vehicle. or This may not be so obvious: You increase the chance of... your vehicle. -- -- From the inside, to lock or unlock the door manually, push the lever forward to lock the door....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ...power door locks while any door is open. The feature works by disabling thepower door lockswhen a key is in ... locked outof your vehicle. If you use the manual door lockor if you don't leave ... rear doors do have power door lock switches. not The lever on each rear door works only that door's lock. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    Rear Door Security Locks Your Buick is equipped with rear door security locks that of help prevent passengersfrom opening the rear doors your vehiclefrom the ...isin use. If you want to open the rear door when the security lock is on, unlock the door from the inside and then open the...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ...: Mode 4: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted out of PARK (P). Automatic driver's.... Mode 2: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted outof PARK (P). No automatic .... on Mode 3: Automatic all-door lock when the transmission is shifted outof PARK (P). Automatic all...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... from the factory. Disconnecting the vehicle battery for up to a year will not change the programmed mode of the Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks..... Delayed Locking Delayed Locking allows the doors to locked while be passengers are exiting the vehicle. This feature also provides a brief time ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ...While holding the door unlock switch, cycle the transmission out of and back intoPARK (P). After an initial transmission cycle, each additional cycle will toggle the Your remote keyless entry.... Disconnecting the vehicle battery for up to ayear will not change theprogrammed mode of the Delayed Locking...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ...closer to your vehicle the transmitter to work, try this: for Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions follow. that ...try again. If,you're still having trouble, see your Buick dealer or a qualified technician for service. Operation Press UNLOCK once to unlock the...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... Your vehicle's ignition must be off for this feature work. to You may select oneof four ...Headlamp Flash customization mode, the chime will sound the number of chimes corresponding tothe current Security ...vehicle to advance the lock mode by one, starting fromthe current Security Feedback lock mode....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ...s ignition must off for the Instant Alarm be work. Whenyou press the special horn button ... feature to work. The interior lamps will illuminate until your vehicle’s ignition is turned to the RUN ... go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, any remaining ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    .... If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it's probably time to change thebattery. NOTICE: When replacing the battery, use care not to touch any of the circuitry. Static from your body transferred to these ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ...cable connections must pass through the seal betweenthe body and the trunk: Make sure all windows are shut. Turn the fan on your heatingor cooling system to its ... Index. If you have air outlets on or under the instrument panel, openthem all theway. See C4Engine Exhaust" the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ...remote keyless entry transmitter. When you park your Buick and open the driver's door, you'll ... and take it with you. Always do this. Your steering wheel will be locked, and so will your ignition ... business, especially in some cities. Although your Buick has a number of theft-deterrent features, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... your engine if you turn it off. Your PASS-Key I1 system, however, is not working properly and must be servicedby your Buick dealer. Your vehicle is not protected by the PASS-Key II system. ... ordamage a PASS-Key I1 ignition key, see your Buick dealer ora locksmith who can service the The...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ...Break-In" Ignition Positions NOTICE: Your modern Buick doesn't need an elaborate "break-in." But it ... can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline every time you...(Accessory), push in the key and turn it toward you. Your steering wheel will stay locked. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ... if key; so, is it all theway in? If it is, then turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard. But turn the only with ... (C): This position lets you turn off the engine but still turn the steering wheel, It doesn't lock the steering wheel like LOCK. Use OFF if...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine won't start in any other position -- that's a .... Without pushing the accelerator pedal, turn your ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the...: Don't try to shift to PARK (P) if your Buick is moving. If you do, you could ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ...extra the gasoline from the engine. Engine Coolant Heater (Option) NOTICE: Your engine is designed to work ... have yourvehicle towed, see the partof this manual that tells how to do it without damaging your ...F (- 1 8 “C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You’ll get easier starting ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    To Use the Coolant Heater 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord....from moving engine parts. If you don't, it could be damaged. How long shouldyou keep the coolant heaterplugged ... here,we ask that you contact your Buick dealerin the areawhere you'll be parking your...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    .... L Your automatic transaxle will have a shift lever on the steering column. The graphic shown above is displayedon your instrument panel cluster in reference to your steering column shift lever. Maximum engine speed is limited on automatic transaxle ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    Make sure the shift lever is fully into PARK (P) range before starting the engine. Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. ...Out of PARK (P)" in the Index. NEUTRAL (N): In this position, your engine doesn't connect with the wheels. To restart when you're already moving,...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... city streets, etc.). If your vehicle seemsto start up rather slowly, or if it seems not to shift gearsyou go faster.... So, if this happens, have your vehicle serviced right away. Until then,you can use... are drivingless than 35 mph (56 kmh) and AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (a) higher speeds. for 2-24
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ...Don't shift into SECOND (2)unless you are going slower than 65 mph (105 km/h), or you can damage your engine. NOTICE: If your front wheels can'trotate, don't try to drive. This might happen if you werestuck in very deepsand ormud or were up ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ...: Driving with the parking brake can cause on your rear brakes to overheat. You may have to replace them, and you could damage other also parts of your vehicle. To release the parking brake, hold the regular brake pedal down with your right foot ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever isnot fully in PARK (P) with the parking brakefirmly set. Your vehicle roll. can I you have leftthe engine running, the vehicle f can move suddenly.You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle won't move, even when you're on fairly level ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ... go. It can be dangerous leave your vehicle withthe to engine running.Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift leveris not fully inPARK (P) with theparking brakefirmly set. And, you if leave the vehicle with engine running, it could the overheat and even catch fire. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ... out PARK (P). of Shifting Out of PARK (P) Your Buick has a brake-transaxle shift interlock. ... still can't shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1. Turn the key to OFF. 2. Apply and hold the...brake until the end of Step 4. 3. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). 4. Start the engineand shift to the drive gearyou want....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    Parking Over Things That Burn Engine Exhaust r Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Don't park over ... ever suspect exhaust coming into is your vehicle: 0 Drive it only with all the windows down to blow out any CO; and 0 Have ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ... You're Parked It's better not to park with the engine running.But if you ever .... See "Shifting Into PARK (P)" in the Index. Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow... your vehicle (see the earlier Caution under "Engine Exhaust"). Also, idling in a closed-in place ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ...while it is lowering, press the front of the switch. To raise the window, press and hold the front of the switch.... LOCK to stop frontand rear passengers from using their window switches. The driver can still control all the windows with the lock on. Press the other side of the LOCK button for normal ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ...steering wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive. You to can also raise .... Press on or anywhere near the horn symbols on your steering wheel pad to sound the horn. To tilt the ... wheel and pull the lever. Move the steering wheel to a comfortable level, then release the lever to...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ... Lever Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two downward (... on the instrument panel will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change. L Lr The lever on the left side of the steering column includes your: Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator 0...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ...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...you that you want to pass. It works even if your headlamps are off. To use it, pull the turn signal lever toward you a little, but not so far that you...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ...can set the wiper speed for a long or short delay between wipes. This can be very useful in light rain or snow. Turn the band to choose the delay time. The closer to...WIPER. For a single wiping cycle, turn the band to MIST. Hold it there until the wipers start, then let go. The ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... in the Index. The LOW WASH light on your instrument panel cluster will glow when the fluid levelis low. Cruise Control (Option) LOW WASH I In ... the accelerator. This can really help on long trips. Cruise control does not work at speeds below about 25 mph (40 km/h). 2-37...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... in tire traction can cause needless wheel spinning, and you could lose control. Don't use cruise control on slippery roads.... in the SETKOAST button at the end of the lever and release it. The CRUISE light on the instrument panel will come on. ' 1 1 4. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. 2-38
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... you apply the brake. This, of course, shuts off the cruise control.But you don't need to ...(40 km/h) or more, you can move the cruise control switch from ON to R/A (Resume/Accelerate) for abouthalf a... faster.) The accelerate featurewill only work after you set the cruise control speed by pushing the...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    .... Ending Cruise Control There are two ways to turn off the cruise control: Step lightly on the brake pedal; OR 0 Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control ... erased. Using Cruise Control on Hills How well your cruise control will work on hills depends upon your speed, load ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ... knob all the way out, your headlamps will then come on. Parklamps License Lamps Sidemarker Lamps Instrument Panel Lamps Courtesy Lamps Push the knob in all the way to turn off the lamps. A warning chime will sound if you open the driver's door when ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    ...off and your front turn signal lamps will come on. To idle your vehicle with the DRL off, set... release the parking brake. The DRL system will make your front turn signal lamps come on... system when you need it. 0 When the DRL are on, only your your front turn signal lamps will be on. The headlamps, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... the parklamp or headlamp position, the Twilight Sentinel cycle will not occur. You can customize the vehicle to activate the Twilight Sentinel when your vehicle's ignition is turned off under the conditions described above, or may choose not you to activate this featureunder ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    Interior Lamps Instrument Panel Brightness Control You can brighten or dim the instrumentpanel lights by ... Delayed Entry Lighting feature will continue to work until: 0 Illuminated Entry Your courtesy lamps will ... press UNLOCK and don't open a door, the lamps will turn off after about 40 seconds. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... activate remain on until: and 0 0 Rearview Mirror Reading Lamps (If Equipped) The ignition is turned to the RUN position. The power door locks are activated. An ... open. is Use the switch next to each lampto turn them on and off. Dome Lamp The domelamp will come on when you open the doors. 2-45
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    .... If you leave any of these lamps on, they will automatically turn off after 20 minutes, ...driving position. Inside Daymight Rearview Mirror Turn the ignition on, Turn the lamp switch off, then on;... (25 km) on the odometer, the battery saver will turn off the lamps after only three minutes. Retained...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... headlamps behind you. To turn the electrochromic featureoff, press the button in the center of the mirror again. -Your Buick may have an electrochromic dayhight rearview... clean them with a cotton swab and glass cleaner. Manual Remote Control Outside Mirrors Adjust the driver...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ...) The power mirror control switches are located near the driver's side window,on the annrest. To choose either the left or right outside ... when you activate the rear window defogger. These mirrors can also be folded rearward manually. This feature is particularly useful in automatic car washes and ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    Storage Compartments Glove Box Use the door key to lock and unlock the glove box. To ... then be accessible and you will have access to the storage compartment area. Your vehicle may have a convenience ... help keep them from falling over during sharp turns or quick starts and stops. The net isn't for ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    Ashtrays and Lighter The center front ashtray is located on the instrument panel, just below the comfort controls. To remove the ashtray, open the ... of your vehicle's front seat armrest. Push on the right side of the door. The ashtray will then rotate to the right for usage. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    .... For information on accessing the connection and electrical hookup, please refer to your service manual. If your vehicle has the optional lighted vanity mirrors, the lamps come on when you open the cover. 1 NOTICE: Adding some...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    Sunroof (If Equipped) Your Buick may be ;?quipped withan express-open sunroof. It includes a sliding glass panel a one-piece and sunshade... integrated features with the radio and car audiospeakers. See your Buick dealer for more details. To open the sunroof, push the rear of...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    Instrument Panel -- Your Information System A. Lamp Controls B. Instrument Cluster C. Vents D. Glove Box E. Audio System E Climate Control 2-53
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    Instrument Panel Cluster Standard Cluster: United States Version Shown, Canadian Similar Your instrument cluster is designed to let you know at a glancehow your vehicle is running. You'll know how fast you're going, about how much...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... in the United States) or in kilometers (used in Canada). Your Buick has a tamper-resistantodometer. If you see ERROR, ... when there may be or is a problem with one of your vehicle's functions. Often gages and warning lights work together to let you know when there's a problem with your vehicle. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    .... The lighttells you if there is an electrical problem. The system check includes the air bag modules, the wiring and the crash sensing and ... stays on after you start the engine orcomes on when you are driving, your air bag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle serviced right away. 2-56
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ...to warn you if there is a problem. Brake System Warning Light Your Buick's hydraulic brake ...need both parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there could be a brake problem. Have... there's a problem. Charging System Light The charging system light will come on briefly when you turn on ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ... seconds. That's normal. Your brake system may not be working properly if the brake system warning lighton. ..., it means you have a brake problem. ANTI LOCK If the light flashes when you're driving, ... have anti-lock brakes and there could be a problem with your regular brakes. Pull off the road ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ...: Your regular brake system may not be working properly if theanti-lock brake system warning light is flashing. Driving with... reset the system. If the light still stays on,or comes on again while you're driving,your Buick needs service,If the light ison but not flashing and the regular brakesystem ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ... off the road, stop your vehicle and turn off the engineas soon as possible. In "Problems on the Road," this manual shows what to do. See ... should pull off the road, stop your vehicle and turn off the engine as soon as possible. In "Problems on the Road," this manual shows what to do. See ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ...overheat. See "Engine Coolant" in the Index and have your vehicle serviced as soon as you can. The light will come on briefly when your ignition is turned on to show you that it is working properly. LOW TRAC Slippery road conditions may exist if ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light) Your Buick is equipped with a computer which monitors operation of the fuel, ignition and emission control systems. NOTICE: If you keep driving your vehicle with this light on, after a while, your ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... at least 10 seconds and restart the engine. If the light remains on steady, see "If the ..., and drive the vehicle to your dealer or qualified service center for service. If so, reinstall the fuel cap, ... few driving trips with the cap properly installed should turn the light off. Did you just drive ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ... have developed. Oil Warning Light If you have a problem with your oil, this light may stay on after you start your engine, orcome on when you are ... low on oil or could have some otheroil problem. Have it fixed right away. The oil light could also come on in the following ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ... have it fixed so it will be readyto warn you if there's a problem. LOW OIL I NOTICE: Damage to your engine from neglected oil problems can be costlyand is not covered by your warranty. If the light stays on, stop thevehicle on a level surface and ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... on for about20 seconds after you turn on the ignition, have the oil chaneed. Security Light This light will come on when you turn the key to START and stay on until ...re drivingand the SECURITY light comes on and remains on, your PASS-Key I1 system is not working properly. Your ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... you set your cruise control.See "Cruise Control" in the Index. These problems may not be obvious and may affect vehicle performance or durability. Consult a qualified Buick dealership fornecessary repairs to maintain top vehicle performance. The light come on briefly will ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ...Here are some things owners ask about. All these situations are normal and do not show a problem with your fuel gage: 0 At the service station, the pump shuts off before... Light If your fuel is low, a circular light on your instrument panel cluster will come on and stay on and a...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ... comfort controland audio systems offered with your Buick. Be sure how to read about the particular systems supplied with ... 12 3-13 3-15 3-18 Comfort Controls Manual Single Zone Climate Control Dual ... Tone Control Theft-Deterrent Feature Audio Steering Wheel Controls Understanding Radio Reception Tips...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    Comfort Controls Manual Single Zone Climate Control - Temperature Knob . The center knob changes the temperature of the ... setting, regardless of the mode setting, your passenger compartment air filter may need to be replaced. See "Maintenance Schedule" in the Index. NORM: This setting brings in ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... through the floor ductsand a littleto the defrost and side window vents. The air conditioning compressor ... through the instrument panel outlets. Air Conditioning On very hot days, open the windows long ... ducts and half to the defroster and side window vents. The air conditioningcompressor will run ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ... separate temperatures. The system works best if you keep your windows closed while using... two settings for clearing the front and side windows. To defrost the windows quickly, use FRONT ...regardless of the mode setting, your passenger compartmenta r filter may needto be replaced. i See "Maintenance ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ... through the floor ductsand a little to the defrost and side window vents. The air conditioning compressor ... floor. The rest comes out of the defroster and side window vents. BLEND: This setting allows ... tothe floor ductsand half to the defroster and side window vents. The air conditioning compressor ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ...use to provide heat. See "Engine Coolant Heater" in the Index. Air Conditioning On very hot days, open the windows long enough to let hot, ... Your system has two settings for clearing the front and side windows. To defrost the windows quickly, use FRONT. For maximum defroster ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ...two to three minutes before fan the comes on at start in coolweather. up Driver's Temperature Control... force it to maintain the temperature, or you can manually adjust it. The systemworks best if you... the DUAL button isn't lit. If the light is lit, this control sets the temperature for the driver...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... control section will show passenger temperature relative to the driver's set temperature. 0 Manual Control If you prefer to manually control the heating, cooling and ventilation in your vehicle... defroster and side window vents. MID: This setting directs air through the instrument panel ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ... floor ducts and the side window defogger outlets. The indicatoron the button will light and WINDSHIELD ... compressor on and off. The indicator lights the compressor is turned off. Recirculation is not permitted when the compressor ..., but will light forone second and then turn off if selected when not ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ... heating system use to provide heat. See "Engine Coolant Heater" in the Index. Ventilation System ... has two settings for clearing front and the side windows. To defrost thewindows quickly, use ... of the mode setting, your passenger compartment air filtermay need to be replaced. See"Maintenance ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    .... The heaterand defroster will work far better, reducing the chance of of fogging the inside your windows. When you enter a vehicle in cold weather, adjust the ... window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog from the rear window. Press the button to turn the rear defogger on. It ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... off. You can also turn it off by pressing the button again. Do not attach anything like a... sure you're getting the most out of the advanced engineering that went into it. I NOTICE: I Don't use a razor blade or anything else sharp on the insideof the rear window.If you do, you could cutor damage...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    AM-FM Stereo RECALL: Press the upper knob briefly to recall the station being played or to ...FMl and FM2. The display shows your selection. TUNE: Turn the lower knob to choose radio stations. SEEK:... mute while seeking. Playing the Radio VOLUME: This knob turns the system on and off and controls the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ...Setting the Tone BASS: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the bass. knob to increase or decrease TREB: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase or decrease ...position balances the sound between the speakers. FADE: Turn the control behind the lower knob to move ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player (If Equipped) RECALL: Press the upper knob briefly... and FM2. The display shows your selection. TUNE: Turn the lower knob to choose radio stations. SEEK:... mute while seeking. Playing the Radio VOLUME: This knob turns the system on and off and controls the volume...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ...on. Setting theTone BASS: Press this knob lightly so it extends.Turn the knob to increase or decrease bass. TREB: Press this knob lightly so it extends.Turn the knob to increase or decrease treble.... sound, the tape may not be in squarely. Press EJECT to remove the tape and start over. 5....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. PREV (1): Press this button to search forthe previous selection...tape over and repeat. If the hubs do not turn easily, your tape may be ...and should not be used in the player. Try a new tape to make sure your player is working properly....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    SIDE (5): Press this button to change the side of the tape that is playing. AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped... indicator was reset. Playing the Radio VOLUME: Press this knob to turn the system on and off. To increase volume, turn the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ... You can set up to 18 stations (six AM,six FM 1 and six FM2). Just: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press AM-FM to select the band. 3. Tune in the desired station. 4. ... station. Press P SCAN again to stop scanning. If a preset station has weak reception, the radio will not stop at thepreset station. 3-19
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ...will appear on the display. Press it again after C & W appears and MANUAL will appear. Tone control will return to the BASS and TREB knobs. ... the BASS and TREB knobs, control will return to them and MANUAL will appear. Playing a Cassette Tape The longer side with the tape visible should face to the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... tape over and repeat. If the hubs do not turn easily, your tape may be damaged and should not be used in the player. Try a new tape to make sure your player is working properly. ... it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. 00 (6): Press this button to reduce background noise....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ...FM: Press this button to play the radio when a tape is in the player. AM-FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Automatic Tone Control(If Equipped) SOURCE...to show the indicator was reset. Playing the Radio VOLUME: Press this knob to turn the system on and off. To increase volume, turn the knob to ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... You can set up to 18 stations (six AM, six FM1 six FM2). Just: and 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press AM-FM to select the band. Finding a Station AM-FM: Press this button... Press SCAN again to stop P scanning. If a preset station has weak reception, the radio will not stop atthe preset station. 3-23
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... until this function is complete. To return to the stations you manually set, press AUTO SET again. ... display. Press it again after C & W appears and MANUAL will appear. Tone control will return to the BASS ...TREB knobs, control will return to them and MANUAL will appear. E20: The disc is upside down....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... in random, rather than sequential, order. Press RAND again to turn off random play. RECALL: Press this button to see which... an error number, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. PREV (1): Press this button to go to the start of the current track if more than eight ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape and Compact Disc Player with Automatic Tone Control...SCAN to Playing the Radio VOLUME: Press this knob to turn the system on and off. To increase volume,...turn the knob to the right. Turn it to the left to decrease volume. listen to stations for a few seconds. Theradio ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ... remain on until this function is complete. To return to the stationsyou manually set, press AUTO SET again. ... display. Press it again after C & W appears and MANUAL will appear. Tone control will return to the BASS ...use the BASS and TREB knobs, controlwill return to them and MANUAL will appear. 3-27
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ... of an error. FADE: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to move the sound ... your player is working properly. Playing a Cassette Tape The longer side with the tape visible... and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. PREV (1): Press this button to search for theprevious...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ...seconds of silence between each selection for NEXT to work. The sound will mute while seeking. The SEEK .... (4): Press this button to advance quickly to another part of the tape. Press the button again to return ...system will first go to tape play; TAPE SIDE and an arrow will appear on the display. If ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... in random, rather than sequential, order. Press RAND again to turn off random play. RECALL: Press this button to see ... an error number, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. PREV (1): Press this button to go to the start of the current track, if more than eight ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ...-Deterrent Feature THEFTLOCK" is designed to discourage theft of your radio. It works by using a secret code to disable all radio functions whenever ...a disc inthe player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the ignition or system, thedisc will start playing where it stopped, if it was the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ...the radioautomatically reverts to time and you must start the procedure over at Step 4. Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent ... SEC, indicating the radio is now operable and secure. 7. Press HRS to make the first one or ... SEC to let you know that your radio is secure. If you enter the wrong code eighttimes...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ...is removed and later applied to a secured radio, the radio won't turn on and LOC will appear on ... After a Power Loss" earlier in this section. Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped) If your... control certain radio functionsusing the buttons on your steering wheel. SEEK: Press the up or down ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ...return to playing the radio. Understanding Radio Reception FM Stereo FM stereo will give you the best sound, but FM signals will reach only about 10 to 40 ... to 65 km). Tall buildings or hills can interfere with FM signals, causing the sound to come and go. AM The range for...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ... A tape player that is cleaned regularly can cause not reduced sound quality, ruined cassettes or ...and extreme heat.If they aren't, they may not operate properly ormay cause failureof the ... equipment may interfere with the operation of your vehicle's engine, Delco radio or other systems, and even ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ... which scrub the tape head as the hubs of the cleaner cassette turn. A scrubbing action cleaning ... and clean it, wiping from the center to the edge. Be sure never to touch the signal surface when handling ... bent, as it might be by vandals, you should replace it. Check every once in a while to be sure ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... your rear window defogger, located in the rear window. Be sure that the inside surface the rear window is not of scratched and that the lines on... radio reception. NOTICE: Do not try to clear frost or other material from the inside of the rear window witha razor blade or anything else that is sharp....
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  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ...4-11 4-12 4-13 4- 14 Defensive Driving Drunken Driving Control of a Vehicle Braking Steering Off-Road Recovery Passing Loss of Control Driving at Night 4-16 4-19 4-20 4-2 1 4-22 4-22 4-24 4-28 4-30 Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads City Driving Freeway Driving Before...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... best advice anyone can give aboutdriving is: Drive defensively. Please start with a very Important safety device in your Buick: Buckle up. (See "Safety Belts" in the ... city and rural driving. You never know when the vehicle in front of you is going to brake or turn suddenly. 4-2
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ...needs a vehicle: Judgment MuscularCoordination 0 The obvious way to solve thishighway safety problem is forpeople never to hk alcohol and then drive. But n... on each person and situation, here is some general informationthe problem. on The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) someone of who is drinking ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    Since alcohol is carried in body water, this means that a woman generally will reach a higher BAC level than a man of her same body weight when each has the same number of drinks. The law in many U.S. states sets the legal limit at a BAC of 0.10 percent. In a growing number of U.S. states, and ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ...? A person with even a moderate BAC might not be able to react quickly enough to avoid ... that when anyone who has been drinking -- driver or passenger-- is in a crash, that person's chance of being killed or permanently ... is higher than if the person had not been drinking. A CAUTION: DriLing and ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ..., the steeringand the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at theplaces where the tiresmeet the road. Braking perception time and reaction time. .... Age, physical condition, alertness,coordination and eyesight all play a part. So do alcohol,drugs and vehicle frustration. But even in ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... braking system that will help prevent a braking skid. When you start your engine, orwhen you begin to drive away, your anti-lock ... that your brake pedal moves a little. This is normal. If there's a problem with the anti-lock brake system, this warning light will stay on or flash. See "Anti-Lock ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ...available tire androad conditions. Here's how anti-lock works. Let's say the road is wet. You're ... brakes at each front wheel and at the rear wheels. You can steer around the obstacle while ... brake, your computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking pressure accordingly....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ... If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can ... may feel the system and let anti-lock work for working, or you may notice some noise, ... adjusting brake pressure to help avoid a braking skid, this light will come on. See "Anti-Lock Brake System ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ... places. You can lose control. evasive action-- steering around the problem. What should you do if this everhappens? Ease up on the Your Buick can perform very well in emergencies like accelerator pedal, steer the vehicle the way you want it these. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ... If you are holding the steering wheel at the recommended 9 and 3 o'clock positions, you can turn it ...your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement. You can turn the steering wheel up to one-quarter turn ...front tire contacts the pavement edge. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ...traffic accidents -- the head-on collision. So here aresome tips for passing: 0 Do not get ...spot. "Drive ahead." Look down the road, to the sides and to crossroads for situations that might affect ...ahead that might indicatea turn or an intersection, delay your pass. A broken center line usually ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ...a slowly moving vehicle too rapidly. Even though the brake lamps are not flashing,it may be slowing down or starting toturn. Loss of Control Letମ.cornering force. And in the acceleration skid, too much throttle causes the driving wheels to spin. A cornering skid and an acceleration...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ... you want the vehicle to go. If you start steering quickly enough, your vehicle ...your best to avoid sudden steering, acceleration or braking (including engine braking by shifting to a lower ...some driversare likely to beimpaired -- by alcohol or drugs, w t night vision problems, or by fatigue. ih 4-14
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ... pupils of your eyes contractrepeatedly. Remember that your headlamps light up far less of a roadway when you are in a turn or curve. Keep your eyes ... drivers suffer from night blindness -- the inability to see in dim light -- and aren't even aware of it. Slow down, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ...roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet road, you can't stop, accelerate or turn as well because ...it harder to see road signs and traffic signals, pavement markings, the edge of the road and even ... windshield washer tank filled with washer fluid. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they show...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    Wet brakes can cause accidents. They won't work as well in a quick stop and may cause pulling to one side.You ..., apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally. Driving too fast ... going through some car washes can cause problems, too. The water may affect your brakes....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... road. Hydroplaning doesn't happen often. But it can if your tires do not have much tread orif the pressure in one or more is low. It...water can comethrough your in engine's air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower than the underbody your vehicle.If...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... because the corner is busy enough to need it. When a light turns green, just before you and start tomove, check both ways for vehicles that have not cleared the intersection or be running the may red light. One of the biggest problems with city streetsis the amount of traffic on them. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ...the gap at close to the prevailing speed. Switch on your turn signal, check your mirrors and glance over your shoulder as often as necessary. Try..., check your mirrors. Then use your turn signal. Just before you leave the... If you miss your exit, do not, under any circumstances, stopand back up...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ... they in good shape? Fuel, Engine Oil, OtherFluids: Have you checked all levels? Lamps: Are they all working? Are the lenses clean? Tires: They are vitally .... course, Of you'll find experiencedand able service experts in Buick dealerships all across North America. They'll ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ...highway hypnosis"? Or is itjust plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis, lack awareness,... of the tires on the rush of the wind road, the drone of the engine, and the against the vehicle that can make ... moving. Scan the road ahead and to the sides. Check your rearview mirrors and ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ... system and transaxle. These parts can work hard on mountain roads. Know.... Your brakes will have to do all the work slowing down. They could get... get so hot that they wouldn't work well.You would then have... highway signs on mountains that warn special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... be driving under severe conditions, include a small bag of sand, a piece of old carpet or acouple of burlap bags to help provide traction. Be sure you properly secure these items in your vehicle. 4-24
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ...and hard to drive on. But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all. You can get ... with caution. Accelerate gently. Try not to break the fragile traction. If you accelerate too fast, the drive wheels will spin and polish the surface under the tires even more. 4-...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... of ice ahead of you, brake before you are on it. Try not to brake while you're actually on the ice, and avoid sudden steering maneuvers. If You're Caught in a Blizzard If you are ... summon help and keep yourself and your passengers safe: 0 Turn on your hazard flashers. 4-26
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... your exhaust pipe. And check around again from time to time be sure snow to doesn't collect there. Open a window a little on the side of the just vehicle that's awayfrom the wind. This will help keep CO out. You can run the engine to keep warm, but be careful. 4-27
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    .... Then, shutthe engine off and close the window almost all the way to preserve the heat. Start engine again the and repeat this .... RR. SPA. IF TIRES ARE HOT, ADD 4PSIi28KPa SEE OWNER'S MANUAL FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Two labels on your vehicle show how much weight it may properly carry. The Tire-...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ...maximum front or rear GAWR. If you do,parts on your vehicle can break, or it can change ...the driver'sdoor. It tells you the gross weight capacity of your vehicle, called the GVWR (Gross Vehicle ...rear axle. NOTICE: Your warranty does not cover parts or components that fail becauseof overloading. 4-...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ...the brakes may not work well or even at all. You and your passengers could be ... have followed the all steps in this section. Askyour Buick dealer for advice and information about towing atrailer... correctly, follow the advice inthis part, and see your Buick dealer for importantinformation about towing ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... a trailer. Load-pulling components such as the engine, transaxle, wheel assemblies and tires are forced to ...) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine, axle or other parts could be damaged. Then, duringthe ...80 kmh) and don't make starts at full throttle. This helpsyour engine and other partsof your ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ... special equipment that you have on your vehicle. You can ask your dealer for our trailering information or advice, or you can write us at: Buick Motor Division Customer Relations Center 902 E. Hamilton Avenue Flint, MI 48550 4-32
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ...ll need the right hitch. Here are some rules to follow: The bumpers on your vehicle are not intended for other hitches. Do not attach rental hitches or bumper-type hitches to them. Use only a frame-mounted hitch thatdoes not attach to the bumper. Will you have to make any holes in the body of...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... your electrical connection at the same time. During your trip, check occasionally to be sure that the load is secure, and that the lamps and any trailer brakes are still working. Trailer Brakes Because you have anti-lock brakes, do not try to ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ... signs, trees or other objects. Avoid jerky or sudden maneuvers. Signal well in advance. Passing You'll need more passing ... can return to your lane. Backing Up Hold the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand. Then, to move the trailer to the left, just move that hand to the left. To move the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    ... When you tow a trailer, your vehicle may need a different turn signal flasher and/or extra wiring. Check with your Buick dealer. The green arrows your on instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or lanechange. Properly hooked up, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ... and hold the pedal down while you: Start your engine; Shift into a gear; and Release the ... trailer operation are automatic transaxle fluid (don't overfill), engine oil, belt, coolingsystem and brake adjustment. Each of these is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you find them quickly....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 224
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    ... 5-9 5-15 5- 17 Section 5 Problems on theRoad Here you'll find what to do about some problems that can occur on the road. Hazard Warning Flashers Jump Starting Towing Your Vehicle Engine Overheating Cooling System 5-25 5-25 5-37 5-38 If a Tire ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ... .c Press the switch on top of the steering column to make your front and rear turn signal lamps flash on and off. Your hazard warning flashers work no matter what ...others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will flash on and off....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ..., you may want to use another vehicleand some jumper cables to start your Buick. But please follow the steps below to do ...in costly damage to your vehicle that wouldn't be coveredby your warranty. Trying to start your Buick by pushing or pulling it won't work, and itcould damage your vehicle. I ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ... you don't want. You wouldn't be able to startyour Buick, and the bad grounding could damage the ... cigarette lighter oraccessory power outlet. T r off all lamps un that aren't needed as well as radios. This... radio! An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ... the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals on each battery. Your Buick has a remote positive (+) jump starting terminal. The terminal on the same is side of the engine compartment as your battery. To .... a flashlight if Use you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. don't ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ...(+) will go to positive (+) and negative (-) will go to negative (-) or a metal engine part. Don't connect positive(+) to negative (-) or you'll... if the vehicle has one. Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you badly. Keep your hands awayfrom moving parts once the engine running. is 5-6
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ... the other end touch anything until the next step. The other end of the negative cable duesn 'go to the I dead battery. It goes to a heavy, unpainted, metal part on the engine of the vehicle with the dead battery. 5-7
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ... c'm)away from the dead battery, but not near engine parts that move. The electrical connection is ... If it won't start after afew tries, it probably needs service. 13. Remove the cables in... start cover on the vehicle that was jump started. A. Heavy Metal Engine Part B. Good Battery C. Dead Battery...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ... Your Vehicle Try to have a Buick dealer or aprofessional towing service tow your vehicle. ...like fog lamps, aero skirting,or special tires and wheels, these instructions and ...damaged. 0 0 When the towing service arrives,let the tow operator know that this manual contains detailedtowing instructions ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... position. Thesteering wheel should be clamped in astraight-ahead position, with a clamping device designed for towing service. Donot use the vehicle's steering column lock forthis. The .... If these limitations must be exceeded, then the drive wheels have to be supported on adolly. 5-10
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    .... Use safety chainsand wheel straps. Use the T-slots for car-carrier securing. Towing a vehicle over .... Damage can occur from vehicle to ground or vehicle to wheel-lift equipment. help To a avoid damage, install ... obtained between the ground and/or wheel-lift equipment. Do not attach winch cablesor J-...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    .../ -1 Attach T-hook chains in front of the wheels, into the slots of the front shipping brackets on the cradle (both sides). Insertthe hook from the inward side of the slot and not the outward side. These slots are to be used when securing to car-carrier equipment. Attach a ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    ...km) NOTICE: Do not tow withsling-type equipment or the rear bumper valance will be damaged. wheel-lift ...Use safety chains and wheel straps. Use the T-slots for car-carrier securing. Towing a vehicle over ...is obtained between the ground and/or wheel-lift equipment. Do not attach winch cablesor J-hooks...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ...slots inthe bottom of the floor pan, just ahead of the rear wheels, on both sides. Attac6 a separate safety chain around the outboard end of both lateral arms. These slots are to be used when securing to car-carrier equipment. I NOTICE: Take care not to damage the brake pipes and cables. 5-14
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    Engine Overheating You will find a coolant temperature gage and a hot engine warning light on your instrument panel.See "Engine Coolant Temperature Gage" and "Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light" in the Index. You also have alow coolant warning ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ...If your engine catches fire because you keep driving with no coolant, your .... 2. Turn on your heater to full hotat the highest fan speed and open the window ..., if you still have the warning, turn o f t h e engine and get everyone out .... You may decide not to lift the hood but to get service help right...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ...electric fan under the hood can start up even when the engineis not running and can injure ...from any underhood electric fan. A If the coolant inside the coolant recovery tank is boiling, don't do... else until it cools down. A. Coolant Recovery Tank B. Electric Engine Fans C. Radiator Pressure Cap ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    .... If you run the engine, it could lose all coolant. That could cause an engine fire,and you could be burned. Get any leak ... system. 1 NOTICE: r Engine damagefrom running your engine by without coolant isn't covered your warranty. If there seems to be no leak, with the engine on, checkto see if ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ... Tank If you haven't found a problem yet, but the coolant level isn't at the COLD mark,... crackthe engine, radiator, heater core and otherparts. Use the recommended coolantand the proper coolant mix.... system is set the proper coolant mix. With for plain water or the wrong mix,your engine could get ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ... can be burned you spill coolanton hot if engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and itwill burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Don't spill coolant on a hot engine. When the coolant in the coolant recovery tank is at the COLD mark, start your vehicle. 5-20
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ...wait for that to stop. A hiss means there is still some pressure left. How to Add Coolant to the Radiator NOTICE: Your engine has a specific radiator procedure. fill Failure to follow this procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. 5-21
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ... on the thermostat housing. The other is located on the thermostat bypass tube. You can be burned if you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene glycol and it will burn if the engine parts are hot enough. Don't spill coolant on a hot engine. 5-22
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ...the coolant recovery tank to the COLD mark on the overflow hose in the coolant bottle. 5. Rinse or wipe any spilled coolant from the engine and the compartment. 7. Put the cap back on the coolant recovery tank, but leave the radiator pressure capoff. 5-23
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ... until the level reaches the base of the filler neck. 1 0 . Then replace the pressure cap. At any time during this procedure if coolant begins to flow out... the coolant recovery tank should be at the HOT mark when the engine is hot or at the COLD mark when the engine is cold. 5-24
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ...pulls the vehicle toward that side. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal and grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer to maintain lane position, and then gently... goes flat, avoid further and wheel damage tire by driving slowly to a level place. Turn on your hazard warning flashers....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... trunk. (See "Compact Spare Tire" later in this section for more information about the compact spare.) 1. Turn the center nut on the compact spare cover to the left to remove it. Then lift and remove the cover. The followingsteps will tell you ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    2. Remove the spare tire. 3. Turn the nut holding the jack to the left and remove it. Then remove the jack and wrench. 5-27
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    Wheel Covers A To remove a center cap, use the wrench to pry gently at the notch. Don't use a tool that is narrower than the wrench to pry at this notch. Then pry off the cap. C The toolsyou'll be using include the jack(A), extension and protection guide (B) and wheel wrench ( C ) . 5-28
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ...sure to use a wheel wrench to begin the process of loosening the plastic wheel nut caps. Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare ... Using the wheel wrench, loosen all the wheel nuts. Don't remove them yet. 2. Turn the jack handle to the right to raise the jack lift head a few inches. 5-29
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... get under a vehicle when it is supported only a jack. by FRONT VEHICLE FRONT EDGE OF REAR WHEEL OPENING I L1-...- REAR EDGE OF FRONT WHEEL OPENING For jacking at the vehicle's rear location, put the jack lift head about 5 inches (13 cm) from the front edge of the rear wheel opening or justbehind...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ... To injury and vehicle damage, sure tofit the jack be lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle. 1 4. Raise the vehicle by turning the jack handle to the ... for the spare tire to fit under the vehicle. 5. Remove all wheel nuts and take off the flat tire. 5-31
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ... mounting surfaces and spare wheel. Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened,can ...off and cause an accident. When you change a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places where the wheel attaches to thevehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ...come loose. Your wheel could fall off, causing aserious accident. 7. Replace the wheel nuts with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel. Tighten each nut by hand until the wheel is held against the hub. 8. Lower the vehicle by turning the jack handle to the left. Lower ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced. A CAUT'ON: Inca x t wheel nuts or improperly tightened wheel nuts can ... could lead toan accident. Be sure to usethe correct wheel nuts. If you have to replace them, be to getnew GM original sure equipment wheel nuts. Stop somewhere as ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ...tire your trunk. Use the following procedure to secure the flat tire intrunk. the tire When storing ...you must use the extension with the protector/guide to help avoid wheel surface damage. Use ...downand then remove the protector/guide and attach the retainer securely. When reinstalling acompact spare ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ... in the proper place. The compact spare is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as soon as.... See "Compact Spare Tire" in the Index. See the storage instructions label to replace your compact spare into your trunk properly. 5. Nut 6, Jack 7. Wrench 8. Lock...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... your full-size tire repaired or 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... damage the tire and wheel, of and maybe other parts your vehicle. Donମ.. Keep your spare tire and its wheel together. I NOTICE: Tire chains wonମ.
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... could beinjured. And, the transaxle or other parts of the vehicle can overheat. That could causean engine compartment fire or other damage. When you're stuck, spinthe wheels as little as .... Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out First, turn your steering wheel left and right. That will ...
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    ...Washer Fluid Brakes Battery Bulb Replacement Tires Appearance Care Cleaning the Inside of Your Buick Cleaning the Built-in Child Restraint Care of Safety ...and Wiper Blades Weatherstrips Cleaning the Outside of Your Buick Cleaning Aluminum Wheels Cleaning Tires Sheet Metal Damage...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    Service Your Buick dealer knows your vehicle best and wants you to be happy with it. We hope you'll go to ... Own Service Work If you want to do some of your own service work, you'll want to use the proper Buick Service Manual. It tells you much more about how to service your Buick than this manual...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... windshield washer performance. Check with your Buick dealer before adding equipment to the outside ...may be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp on your instrument panel may turn on and/or your.... If this occurs, return to your authorized Buick dealer for diagnosis to determine the cause of failure...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ... be affected. The malfunction indicator lamp on your instrument panel may turn on. If this occurs, return to your authorized Buick dealer for service. NOTICE: Your vehicle was not designed for fuel that contains methanol. Don't use It can ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ...Never use leaded gasolineor any other fuel not recommended in the previous text on fuel. Costly repairs... Number (VIN). General Motors International Product Center 1908 Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa, ... materials away from gasoline. The tethered cap is behind a hinged door on the left side of your vehicle. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ...hiss" noise to stop. Then unscrew way. the cap all the Be careful not to spill gasoline. Clean gasoline from painted surfaces as soon as possible. ... hang by the tether below the fuel fillopening. To take off the cap, turn it slowly to the left (counterclockwise). The caphas a spring in it; if you ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ...fan underthe hood can start up and injure you even whenthe engine is not running. Keep ... wrong type,it may not fit properly. This may cause your malfunction indicator lamp to light and your fuel tank andemissions ... I Things that burn can on hot engine get parts and start a fire. These include liquids ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    Hood Release To open the hood, first pull the handle inside the vehicle, located just below the instrument panel andto the left of the steering column. Then go to the front of the vehicle and release the secondary hood release. Lift the hood. 6-8
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ...B. Radiator Fill Cap C. Remote Positive Battery Terminal D. E. F. G. Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Engine Oil Fill Cap Engine Oil Dipstick Automatic Transaxle Fluid Dipstick H. Brake Fluid Reservoir I. Engine Coolant Recovery Tank J. Air Cleaner 6-9
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ... caps are on properly. Then just pull the hood down and close itfirmly. Engine Oil If the LOW OIL light on the instrument panel comes on, it means you need to check your engine oillevel right away. For more information, see "Low Oil Level ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    Checking Engine Oil Pull out the dipstick and clean it with a paper towel or cloth, then push it back in all the way...of oil. But you must use the right kind. This part explains what kind of oil to use. For crankcase capacity, see "Capacitiesand Specifications" in the Index. NOTICE...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    ... oil for your vehicle, as shown in the following chart: I The engine oil fill cap is located toward the... engine near the yellow-looped engine oil dipstick handle. Be sure to fill it enough to put the level somewhere in the proper operating range. Push the dipstick all the way back in when you're ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ...HOT WEATHER LOOK FOR THIS SYMBOL NOTICE: Use only engine oil with the American Petroleum Institute Certified For ...to use the recommended oil can result in engine damage not covered by your warranty. ! t40 + ...Additives Don't add anything to your oil. Your Buick dealer is ready to advise if you think...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ... areas. (See "Change Oil Soon" Light in the Index.) What to Do with Used Oil Did you know that used engine oil contains certain elements that ...it to a place that collects used oil. If you have a problem properly disposing of your used oil, ask your dealer, a service station or a local recycling...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    Air Cleaner To check or replace the air filter, loosen thewing nut on the air duct ...Don't drive with it off, and be careful working onthe engine with the air cleaner off. Pull ... are finished. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine to when replace the air filter. See "Scheduled Maintenance...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ...Reposition the hood weatherstrip from the right side of the vehicle (peel back halfway to center). 5. Remove (disconnect)... below the windshield wiper arm on the car's passenger side (underneath the air inlet grill.... 8. Then install the new air filter. 9. Replace the air inlet grill retainers. 10....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... come out and fall on engine parts hot or exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Be sure to get ..., you may choose to have this done at your Buick dealership Service Department. If you do it yourself,... a false reading on the dipstick. Get the vehicle warmed up by driving about 15 miles (24 km) when ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ...shutting off the engine,follow these steps: 0 Let the engine run at idle for three to five minutes. The automatic transaxle fluid dipstick is red loop the located toward the rear of the engine. 1. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a clean rag or paper towel. 2. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ...take much fluid, generally less than one pint (0.5 L). Dun 't overfill. I NOTICE: 3. Check both sides of the dipstick, and read the lower level. Thefluid level... to Check." 4. When the correct fluid level is obtained, push the dipstick back in all the way. How to Add Fluid Refer to ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    ... extended life coolant. The following explains your cooling system and how to add coolant when it is low. If you have a problem with engine overheating or if you need to add coolant to your radiator, see “Engine Overheating” in the Index. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    ...one-half DEX-COOL@ coolant which won't damage aluminum parts. If you ...NOTICE: If you use an improper coolant mix, your engine could overheat andbe ... and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts. Adding only ... use the proper coolant,you don't have to warning. Your engine could catch ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    Checking Coolant I If this light comes on, it means you're low on engine coolant. Adding Coolant If you need ... coolant, add the proper DEX-COOL@ coolant mixture at the coolnnt wcovev tank, but be careful not to spill it. When your engine is cold, the coolant level should be at the COLD mark or ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    ... cap, an AC@ cap is recommended. -- -- Thermostat You can be burnedif you spill coolant on hot engine parts. Coolant contains ethylene ... the flow of coolant through the radiator until the coolant reaches a preset temperature. When you replace your thermostat, an AC@thermostat is recommended. 6-23
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ... the reservoir clean, then unscrew the cap and wipe the dipstick with a clean rag. Replace the cap and completely tighten it. Then ... loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired. When the engine compartment is hot, the level should be at the HOT mark. If the ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ... damage hoses and seals. Adding Washer Fluid Windshield Washer Fluid What to Use When you need windshield washer fluid, be sure read to the manufacturer's instructions before use. If you will be operating your vehicle in an area where the temperature may fall below freezing, use a fluid that has...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ~ NOTICE: e When using concentrated washer fluid, Brakes Brake Fluid follow the manufacturer's instructions for adding water. e Don't mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other partsof the washer system. Also, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    ... You should add (or remove) brake fluid,as necessary, only when work is done on the brake hydraulic system. Always clean the ... the wrong kind fluid in your of brake system, yourbrakes may not work well, or they may not even work all. This could cause a at crash. Always use proper brakefluid. the 6-...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    NOTICE: 0 Brake Wear Your Buick has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. ... badly damage brake system parts. For example, just a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oil, in ... brake system partsso badly that they'll have to be replaced. Don't let someone put in the wrong kindof fluid....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ...put in -- be sure you get new approved GM replacement parts. If you don't, your brakes may no longer work properly. For example, ... increase in pedal travel. This couldbe a sign of brake trouble. Battery Every new Buick has a Delco Freedom@battery. You never have to add water to...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    ... running down. Bulb Replacement In this section you'll find directions for changing the bulbs in some of the lamps on your Buick. See "Replacement Bulbs" in the Index to find the type of bulb you should use. r Batteries have acid that can ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ... fully seated. Front Parking and Turn Signal Lamp 1. Remove the headlamp assembly. Refer ...access cover. 3. Twist and pull the sidemarker lamp socket from the headlamp assembly. 4. Holding the base ...Put the socket back into the headlamp assembly and turn it to the right until it is secure. 7. Replace ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    .... 3 . Remove the bulb by turning it one-quarter of a turn right to left. 4. Place the new bulb into the bulb socket. 2. Reach through the access opening in the trunk. 5 . Turn the bulb one-quarter o f a turn to the right to replace. 6. Close the trunk. 6-32
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    TaiVStop/Turn Signal Lamp 1. Remove the three plastic wing nuts (A). (Pliers may be required to remove the wing nuts.)...out of the socket. (There are two bulbs on each taillamp.) 6. Push in a new bulb. 7. Replace the socket into the housing and turn to the right. A A 8. Replace the taillamp housing...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    ... wing nuts. Pliers may be required to remove them.) 3. Remove the applique from the trunk lid. Then: 1. Install the new bulbs into the applique sockets (B). 2. Connect the applique to the lid. 3. Reconnect the wing nuts to the studs on the applique and hand-tighten. 4. Close the trunk lid. 6-34
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    ...trunk lid applique. 2. Twist and pull the back-up lamp socket from the trunk lid applique. 3. Twist and pull the bulb from the back-up lamp socket. To install the new bulb: 1. Twist and push ... the back-up lamp socket into the trunk lid applique. 1. Grasp the front center and rear center ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    ...out of the socket. 5. Push in a new bulb. Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement 6. Replace the socket into the dome lamp assembly. 7 . Reconnect the dome lamp ...8. Reposition the dome lamp assembly to the roof, and gently push the assembly into the base plate. Replacement blades for your ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    ... replacement length and type, also see "Capacities and Specifications" in the Index. Tires Your new Buick comes with high-quality tires made by a leading ... questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your Buick Warranty booklet for details. Pol .y ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ... at least three hours or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km). NOTICE: Don't let anyone tell you underinflation or that f overinflation is all right. It's not. I your tires air don't have enough (underinflation), you can get the following: 0 Too much flexing 0 Too much heat 0 Tire overloading ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ... tires as soon possible and check wheel as alignment. Also check for damaged tires ... "When It's Time New Tires" and'Wheel for Replacement" laterin this section for more information... "WheelNut Torque" in the Index. Rust or dirt a wheel, or on the parts towhich on it is fastened, can make...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ... way your vehicle will continue to have tires that are designed to give proper endurance, handling, speed rating, traction, ride and other things during normal service on your vehicle. If your tires have an all-season tread design, the TPC number will be followedby an "MS" (for mud and snow). ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    If you ever replace your tires with those not having a TPC Spec ... of most passenger car tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system does not ...While the tires available on General Motors passenger cars and light trucks may vary ... size and type tires on all wheels. It's all right to drive with your ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    ... controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the ... represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Warning: ... ahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (turning) traction. 6-42
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ... and wheel nuts for your Buick model. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked, or ... leaks air, replace it (except somealuminum wheels, which can sometimes be repaired). See your Buick dealer if any of these conditions exist. I I/!\ CAUTION: 1 Using the wrong replacement wheels,...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    NOTICE: The wrongwheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper...been used or how far it's been driven. It could fail suddenly and cause an accident. you have to replace If a wheel, use a new GM original equipmentwheel. 6-44
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    ... you use anything from a container to clean your Buick, be sure to follow the manufacturer's warnings and ... Bleach Reducing Agents Cleaning the Inside of Your Buick Use a vacuum cleaner often to get rid ... vinyl or leather with a clean, damp cloth. Your Buick dealer has two cleaners, a solvent-type ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    ... to use a solvent: 2. Always clean a whole trim panel or section. Mask surrounding trim along stitch or ... very little cleaner, light pressure and clean cloths (preferably cheesecloth). Cleaning should start at the outside of the stain, "feathering" toward the center. 6. Rinse the section with a...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    Special Cleaning Problems Greasy or Oily Stains Stains caused by grease, oil, butter, margarine... canbe removed as follows: 2. Follow the solvent-type instructions described earlier. Shoe polish, wax crayon,... cool water. 2. If a stain remains, followthe foam-type instructions described earlier. 6-47
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    ... cleaned immediately. If dirt is allowed to work into the finish, it can harm the leather. Cleaning theTop of the Instrument Panel Use only mild soap and water to clean the top surfaces of the instrument panel. Sprays containing silicones or waxes may cause annoying reflections in...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    ... the inside of the rear window, an electric defoggerelement may be damaged. Any temporary license should not be ... cleaning powder), GM Part No. 105001 1. The windshield is clean if beads do not form when you...with Check the wiper blades and clean them as necessary; replace blades that look worn. 6-49
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    ...Washing Your Vehicle." Cleaning the Outside of Your Buick The paint finish on your vehicle provides ... and not allowed to dry on Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild polishing of your Buick ... Care and Materials" in the Index.) Your Buick has a "basecoatklearcoat" paint finish. The clearcoat ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ... of years. You can help to keep the new by keeping your Buick garaged or covered whenever possible. Cleaning Aluminum Wheels (If Equipped) Keep your ... clean towel. A wax may then be applied. The surface of these wheels is similar to the painted surface of your vehicle. Don't use ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ... Metal Damage If your vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement, make sure thebody repair shop applies anti-corrosion material to the parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. NOTICE: When applying a tire dressing ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ...underbody. If these are not removed, accelerated corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as ... the paint surface. Although no defect in the paint job causes this,Buick will repair, at no charge to the owner, the surfaces of new vehicles damaged by this fallout conditionwithin 12 months ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    Appearance Care Materials Chart 6-54
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    ...the deck lid. on It's very helpful if you ever need to order parts. On this label is: 0 0 0 This is the legal identifier for your Buick. It appears on a plate in the front cornerof the instrument panel, on the driver's side. You can see it if you look...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    .... NOTICE: Don't add anything electrical to your Buick unless you check with your dealer first.... attempting to add anything electrical to your Buick, see "Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick"... overload is caused by some electrical problem, have it fixed. Power Windows and Other Power Options ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    ...in the wiring itself. This greatly reduces the chance of fires caused by electrical problems. Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replacethe fuse. Be sureyou replace a bad fuse with a new one of the identical size and rating. [nstrumentPanel ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    ... Power Mirrors Panel Dimming Ignition Signal -- Hot in Run, Unlock and Start -- Cluster, Powertrain ControlModule, Body Control Module DRL Module Interior Lamps Door Locks Taillamps, License Lp Radio Heated Mirror Cruise Control Clusters...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    ... -- Hot in ACC and Run -- Body Control Module Anti-lock Brake Solenoids Low Blower Anti-lock Brakes Turn Signals Radio, HVAC head, Keyless Entry, Cluster High Blower Not Used Steering Wheel Controls Wipers 6-59
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    ... Center Passenger's Side Some fuses and relays are in the underhood electrical center on the passenger's side of the engine compartment. -- 4 5 High Blower, Hazard Flasher, ... BTSI, Stoplamps, ABS, Turn Signals, Cluster, Air Bag, DRL Module Cooling Fan Interior Lamps, Retained Accessory Power, ABS,...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    ... 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 Description Oxygen Sensor Engine Emissions Not Used Headlamp (Right) Rear Compartment Release Parklamp Fuel Pump Headlamp (Left) ... 16 Description Horn Fuse 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Description Not Used Not Used Fuel Pump Air Pump ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    Replacement Bulbs Bulb Number Exterior Lamps Back-up ...1156 Center High-Mounted Stop ...3 ... Rear ...194 Stop/Tail/Turn Signal ...3057 Tail (Applique) ...194 Bulb Number Interior Lamps Dome Lamp ...9425542 Capacities and Specifications Automatic Transaxle Pan Removal and Replacement ...7 quarts (6.7...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    ...191 CID Firing Order ...1-2-3-4-5-6 Thermostat Temperature ...195O F (9 1 O C) Horsepower ...160@ 5200 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Air Cleaner Filter...A 1208C Passenger Compartment Air Filter ......the proper refrigerant is used. If you're not sure, ask your Buick dealer. 6-63
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    fi NOTES 6-64
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    Section 7 MaintenanceSchedule This section coversthe maintenance required for your Buick. Your vehicle needs these services toretain its safety... Services Using Your Maintenance Schedule Selecting the Right Schedule Footnotes Footnotes Part B: Owner Checks and Services At Each Fuel Fill At Least Once ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    ... and the Environment Proper vehicle maintenance not only helps to keep your vehicle in good working condition, but also helps the environment. All recommended ... your new vehicle warranties. See your Wlwranty andOwner Assistance booklet, or your Buick dealer for details. 7-2
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    ... service department or another qualified service centerdo these jobs. "Part B: Owner Checks and ... good condition. "Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections" explains important inspections your Buick dealer's that service department or another qualified service center should perform. "Part ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ... drive. If you have any questions on how to keep your vehicle in good condition, see your Buick dealer. This part tells you the maintenance services you should have ... D. in Make sure whoever services your vehicle uses these. All parts should be replaced and all necessary repairs done...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    ... 12,000 Miles 000 Jan): Passenger (20 Compartment Air Filter Replacement. Every 15,000 Miles (25000 km): Air...000 Miles (50 000 k ) Air Cleaner Filter m: Replacement. FuelTank, Cap and Lines Inspection. Every...Spark Plug Replacement. Every 150,000 Miles (240 000 km): Cooling System Service (...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    .... Every 15,000 Miles (25 000 km): Passenger Compartment Air Filter Replacement. Every 30,000 Miles (50 000 km): Air Cleaner Filter ...(166 000 km): Spark Plug Wire Inspection. Spark Plug Replacement. Every 150,000 Miles (240 000 km): Cooling System Service (orevery 60 months, ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    ... after150,000 miles (240 000 km). See "Owner Checks and Services" and "Periodic Maintenance Inspections" following. 0Change engine oil and... Inspection"under "Periodic Maintenance Inspection" in Part C of this schedule. DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: + A good time to check...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    ... 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 9,000 Miles (15 000 km) Cl Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in the Index for ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    ... (20 000 kmj 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. I7 Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Inspect air cleaner filter if you are driving in dusty conditions. Replacefilter if necessary. An ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    ... months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 18,000 Miles (30 000 km... months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection ... and additional information. (See footnote +.) DATE SERVICED ACTUAL MILEAGE BY: I DATE I ACTUAL MILEAGE ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    ... (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission ControlService. 24,000 Miles (40 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires. See "...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    .... An Emission Control Service. 0Inspect fuel tank, cap and lines for damage or leaks. Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace parts as needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    ... I 39,000 Miles (65 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 ..., whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    ... 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 42,000 Miles (70 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in the Index for ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    ...as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle underany ... do not require changing. 48,000 Miles (80 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    ... 3 months, whicheveroccurs first). An Emission Control Service. 51,000 Miles (85 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in the Indexfor proper...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    ... filter. An Emission Control Service. c Inspect fuel tank, cap and lines for damage ] or leaks.Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace parts as needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) (Continued) I DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE 7-17
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    ...) 0Change engineoil and filter (or every 3 months, whicheveroccurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" inthe Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote+.) DATE MILEAGE ACTUAL SERVICED BY:
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ...filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 69,000 Miles (115 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in the...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    ... (125 000 km) 0Change engine oiland filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 72,000 Miles (120 000 km) 0Change engine oil andfilter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace passenger compartment ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    ... filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 78,000 Miles (130 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service, El Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in ...
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    ... (150 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace air cleaner filter.... for damage or leaks. Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace partsas needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    ... (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 93,000 Miles (155 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Replace passengercompartment air filter. CI Rotate tires. See ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    ...spark plug wires. An Emission Control Service. 99,000 Miles (165 000 km) Change engine oil and filter (or every 3 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. Replace spark plugs. An Emission Control Sewice. 0Change automatic transaxle fluid and filter if the vehicle is...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ... every 60 months since last service, whichever occurs first). See "Engine Coolant" in the Index for what...Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. I f you do not use your vehicle under ...the fluid and filter do not require changing. DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: DATE SERVICED ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    ... after 150,000 miles (240 000 km). See "Owner Checks and Services" and "Periodic Maintenance Inspections" following. Change engine oil and filter...is during tire rotation. See "Brake System Inspection" under "Periodic Maintenance Inspections'' in Part C of this schedule.
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 358
    ...months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. = 22,500 Miles (37 500 km) Change engine oil andfilter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 359
    ...0Inspect fuel tank, cap and lines for damage or leaks. Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace parts as needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) 0Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 360
    ...An Emission Control Service. 45,000 Miles (75 000 km) 0Change engine oil and ...every 12 months, whichever occursfirst). An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and ... and additional information. (See footnote +.) 0Replace passenger compartment air filter. 0Rotate tires. See...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 361
    ... months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 0Change automatic transaxle fluid and filter ... Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and... conditions, the fluid and do not require changing. filter MILEAGE SERVICED BY: DATE ACTUAL ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 362
    ... pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) 0Inspect engine accessory drive belt. Replace air cleaner filter. A1 1 Inspect fuel ... for damage or leaks. Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace parts as needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) Emissior~Control Service. ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 363
    ... Miles (125 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation" in the Index for proper rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote +.) Replace passenger compartmentair filter. 17 Rotate tires. See "...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 364
    ... I 82,500 Miles (137 500 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, ...). An Emission Control Service. 90,000 Miles (150 000 km) 0Change engine oil and filter ... or leaks. Inspect fuel cap gasket for any damage. Replace partsas needed. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote?.) 0Rotate ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 365
    ... Schedule 97,500 Miles (162 500 km) 0Change engine oil and filter (or every 12 months, whichever occurs first). An Emission Control Service. 100,000 Miles (166 000 km) 0Inspect spark plug wires. An Emission Control Service. 0Replace spark plugs. An Emission Control Service. 0Rotate ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 366
    ... (or every 60 months since last service, whichever occurs first). See "Engine Coolant'' in the Index what to use. for Inspect hoses. Clean radiator, condenser, ... and pressure cap. An Emission Control Service. delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 367
    Part B: Owner Checks and Services Listed below are owner checks and services which should beperformed at the intervals specified to ... and add the proper oil if necessary. See "Engine Oil" in the Index for further details. Engine Coolant Level Check Check the engine coolant level and...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 368
    ... any torn or frayed safety belts or harness straps replaced. Also look forany opened or broken air ..., and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)...Blade Check Inspect wiper blades for wear or cracking. Replace blade inserts that appear worn or damaged or ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 369
    ... pedal, be and ready to turn off the engineimmediately if it starts. 3. Try to start the engine in each gear. The starter should work only in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). If the starter works in any other position,your vehicle needs service. NOTE: Be ready to apply the...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 370
    ... should the vehicle begin to move. To check the PARK (P) mechanism's holding ability: With the engine running, shift to PARK (P). Then release all brakes. Underbody Flushing Service At least every spring, use plain water to flush any corrosive materials...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 371
    ... to perform these servicesmay be found in a GM service manual. See "Service and Owner Publications" in the Index. holes, loose ... the throttle linkage forinterference or binding, and for damaged or missing parts. Replace parts as needed. Replace any cables that have high effort or excessive wear....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 372
    ... for your vehicle's engine, see "Engine Oil" in the Index. GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. 1052884 - 1 pint, 1050017 - 1 quart, orequivalent). DEXRON@-I11Automatic Transmission Fluid. Multi-Pu ose lubricant, % Superlube (GM Part No. 12346241 or equivalent). GM ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 373
    ... FLUIDLUBRICANT Lubriplate lubricant aerosol (GM Part No. 12346293 or equivalent) or lubricant meeting...-pur ose lubricant, (GM I Superlube% Part No. 12346241 or equivalent). FLUIDLUBRICANT USAGE... (GM or equivalent). Conditioning Part'No. 12345579 See "Replacement Parts" in Index forrecommended...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 374
    Part E: Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading and who performed the service in the boxes provided after themaintenance interval. Any additional information from "Owner Checks and Services" or "Periodic...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 375
    Maintenance Record 7-45
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    Maintenance Record 7-46
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    Maintenance Record ODOMETER SERVICED READING DATE BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-47
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    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-48
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    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER SERVICED READING 1 BY I MAINTENANCE PERFORMED ~- 7-49
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    I 1 Maintenance Record 7-50
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 381
    Section 8 Customer Assistance Information Here you will find out how to contact Buick if you need assistance. This section also you how to ... to the Canadian Government Reporting Safety Defects toGeneral Motors Ordering Service and Owner Publications in Canada
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 382
    Customer Satisfaction Procedure Buick dealers have the facilities, trained technicians and up-to-date information to promptly address any ... be quickly resolved at that level. If the matter has already been reviewed with the Sales, Serviceor Parts Manager, contact the owner of the dealership ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 383
    ... a member of dealership management, it appears your concern cannot be resolved by the dealership without further help, contact the Buick Customer Relations Center by calling 1-800-521 -7300. In Canada, contact GM of Canada Customer Communication Centre in Oshawa ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 384
    ...-impaired and who use Text Telephones (TTYs), Buick has TTY equipment available at its Customer Assistance Center. Any TTY user can communicate with Buick by dialing: 1-800... write Buick, address your inquiry to: Buick Motor Division Customer Relations Center 902 E. Hamilton Avenue Flint...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 385
    Roadside Assistance Our commitment to Buick owners has always included superior servicethrough our network of 3,...of uncertain situations by providing easy access to service professionals trained to work with Buick owners, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. For details ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 386
    ...first), is Courtesy Transportation, a program which will provide Buick retail customers with: 0 Courtesy Transportation is Buick's way of extending the...information on Courtesy Transportation. Reimbursement toward a loanervehicle, courtesy of Buick Motor Division, for up to five days for vehicles ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 387
    ... all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Canadian owners refer to your Warranty and .../orto discontinue its participation in this program. Both Buick and your Buick dealer arecommitted to making ... Warranty. To assist in resolving these disagreements, Buick voluntarily participates in BBB AUTO LINE....
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 388
    ... a state-run arbitration program or in the courts. For further information, contact the BBB at 1-800-955-5 100 or the Buick Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-7300. REPORTING .... However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer or General Motors. To ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 389
    ... Drive Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8P7 Ordering Service and Owner Publications in Canada Service manuals, service bulletins, owner's manuals and ... certainly hope you'll notify us. Please call us at 1-800-521-7300, or write: Buick Motor Division Customer Relations Center 902 E. Hamilton Avenue Flint, MI ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 390
    ... CURRENT PUBLICATIONS FOR1997 BUICK OWNER'S INFORMATION SERVICE MANUALS Service Manuals have the diagnosis and... PRICE: $90.00 TRANSMISSION, TRANSAXLE, TRANSFER CASE UNIT REPAIR MANUAL This manual provides information on unit repair service procedures, adjustments and specifications for the 1997 GM...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 391
    .... Please allow ade uate time for postal service. If further information is needed, write to ...PUBLICATION FORM NUMBER ITEM DESCRIPTION Service Manual Car & Light Truck Transmission Unit Repair Ownerମ. Owner’s Manual Without Portfolio VEHICLE MODEL NAME YEAR 1997 1997 1997 1997 QTY. EACH* $90.00 ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 392
    b NOTES 8-12
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 393
    ...1-23 How Does it Restrain ...How it Works ...1-21 1-21 Location ...1.20. 2.56 Readiness Light ...Servicing ...1-24 What Makes it Inflate ...1-22 What Will You See After ... 2-49 Armrest. Storage ...2-50 Ashtrays ...Audio Controls. Steering Wheel Touch Control ...3-33 Audio Equipment. Adding...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 394
    Back-up Lamp Bulb Replacement ...6-35 Battery ...6-29 Jump Starting ...5-3 Replacement. Remote Keyless Entry ...2- 13 Rundown Protection ...2-46 ......Master Cylinder ...6-26 Parking ...2-26 6-29 PedalTravel ...6-29 Replacing System Parts ...2-57 System Warning Light ...Trailer ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 395
    Inside ofYourBuick ...6-45 Instrument Panel ...6-48 Leather ...6-48 Outside of Your Buick ...6-50 6-47 Special Problems ...Stains ...6-46 Tires ...6-52 Vinyl ...6-47 Wheels ...6-51 6-50 Windshield and Wiper Blades ...Clock. Setting the ...3- 12 3- 1. 32 . Comfort...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 396
    ... ...5-25 7-42 Fluids and Lubricants ...Foreign Countries. Fuel ...6-5 .. French Language Manual ...11 Front Parking and Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Replacement ...6-31 FrontTowing ...5-11 Fuel ...6-3 6-3. 6-5 Canadian ...Filling Your Tank ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 397
    ... Hazard Warning Flashers ...5-2 1-5 HeadRestraints ...Headlamps ...2-41 Bulb Replacement ...6-3 1 Flash-to-Pass ...2-35 2-35 High/LowBeam ...41 InstrumentPanel ...2-53 Cleaning ...6-48 Cluster ...2-54 6-57 FuseBlock ...Instrument Panel Brightness Control ...2-44 2-44 Interior Lamps ...Jack.Tire ...5.25...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 398
    ... Low-BeamHeadlamps ...2-35 7-42 Lubricants and Fluids ...7-38 Lubrication Service, Body ...Maintenance, Normal Replacement Parts ...6-63 MaintenanceRecord ...7-44 7-1 Maintenance Schedule ...7-3 Howit'sOrganized Introduction ...7-2 7-27 LongTrip/...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 399
    ... Accessory ...Seat (Six-Way) ...1-3 4-9 Steering ...Steering Fluid ...6-24 Windows ...2-32 Pregnancy. Use o f Safety Belts ...1-18 Problems on the Road ...5-1 Publications. Service and Owner ...8-10 Publications. Service and Owner. Ordering in Canada ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 400
    ... I4 Replacement. Bulbs ...6-62 Replacement. Parts ...6-63 6-43 Replacement. Wheel ...8-8 Reporting Safety Defects ...Restraints Checking ...1-60 Head ...1-5 Replacing Parts After a ... ...1-26 1-26 Rear Seat Passengers ...1-5. 2-56 Reminder Light ...Replacing After a Crash ...1-61 Right Front ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 401
    ... Automatic Transaxle ...2-25 2-66 Security Light ...2- 16 Security System ...Service ...6-2 Bulletins. Ordering ...8- 10 Engine Soon Light ...2-62... Care ...Service Vehicle Soon Light ...2-67 Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Buick ...1-24 Sheet Metal Damage ...6-52 ShiftLever ...2-22 Shifting Automatic...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 402
    Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Lamp Bulb Replacement ...6-33 TapePlayerCare ...3-35 TemperatureControl ...3-2, 3-4, 3-5, 3-7, 3-8 ... I Theft-Deterrent System ...2- I6 THEFTLOCK ...3-3 I Thermostat ...6-23 Third Gear, Automatic Transaxle...2-24 Tilt Steering Wheel ...2-33 Time, Setting the ...3-12 Tire-Loading ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 403
    .../Multifunction Lever ...2-34 Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer ...4-36 2-43 Twilight Sentinel ...Two-way Manual Seat ...1-2 ... ...6-50 6-50 Weatherstrips ...Wheel Alignment ...6-43 Nut Torque ...5-34. 6-62 6-43 Replacement ...6-44 UsedReplacement ...2-32 Window Lock ...Windows ...2-32 2-32 Auto-Down ...
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 404
    Service Station Checkpoints WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID REMOTE POSITIVE BATTERY TERMINAL P5-5 TIRES P6-11 SECONDARY HOOD RELEASE P6-8 ENCJNE COOLANT RECOVERY TANK P5-19 AND P6-20... For detailed information, refer to the page number listed, or see the Index in the back of the owner's manual. 9-12
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 405
  • 1997 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 406



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1997 Buick Century Manual