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  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 1
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    2002 Buick Century Owner's Manual Litho in U.S.A. Part Number 10315396 A First Edition ECopyright General Motors Corporation 06/19/01 All Rights Reserved i
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    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 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    How to Use this Manual Many people read their owner's manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you ... this, it will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you'll find that pictures and words work together to explain things...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ...D "Engine Compartment Overview" D "Instrument Panel" D "Comfort Controls" D "Audio Systems" Also see "Warning Lights and Gages" in the Index. NOTICE: These mean there ...do to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE ...
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    These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle: v
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ...33 1-35 1-39 1-55 1-58 1-58 1-58 Rear Seat Passengers Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Children Restraint Systems for Children Older Children Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash 1- 1-1
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    ... the reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Two-Way Manual Front Seats CAUTION: You can lose control of the ...€™t want to. Adjust the driver’s seat only when the vehicle is not moving. Lift the bar located under the front of the driver’s and the passenger’s seat. This will unlock the seat. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    Six-Way Power Seats (If Equipped) If your vehicle is equipped with this feature,... passenger's controls are located on the outboard sides of the seat cushions. Reclining Front Seatbacks D To move ... on the seatback and the seatback will move forward. D To raise or lower the rear of your seat, push ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ...€™t do its job because it won’t be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash you could go into it, receiving ... is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well back in the seat and wear your safety belt properly. But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ... has this feature, it allows you to have access to the trunk from inside of your vehicle. Pull forward on the seat tab, located on the front of the rear seat, to fold the seatback down. Slide the head restraint up or down so that the top of the restraint is ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    Safety Belts: They're for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts... safety belts. And it explains the air bag system. CAUTION: It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area... fastened properly too. Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. See ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    .... In most crashes buckling up does matter ...a lot! Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes. Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it's just a seat on wheels. 1-7
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    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn't stop. 1-8
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    The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ... or the instrument panel ... 1-9
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    ...are in many vehicles today and will be 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 offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you're...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ... smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your vehicle, see the part of this manual called "Children." Follow those rules for everyone's protection. First, you'll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We'll start with the driver ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    Driver Position This part describes the driver's restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here's how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight. To see how, see "Seats" in the Index....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    ... safety belt quickly if you ever had to. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the...should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. 5. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ... for you. To move it down, squeeze the release lever and the shoulder belt guide as shown and move the height adjuster to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing up on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it, try to move it ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    Q: What's wrong with this? 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. A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won't give nearly as much ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if your belt is buckled in the wrong place like this. In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. Always buckle your belt...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured if you wear the shoulder belt under your arm. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. Also, the belt would apply too much force to the ribs, which aren't as ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    Q: What's wrong with this? CAUTION: You can be seriously injured by a twisted belt. In a crash, you wouldn't have the full width of the belt to spread impact forces. If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. A: The belt is twisted across ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ... 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 close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    ...the child restraint locking feature. If this happens, just let the belt go back all the way and start again. Air Bag Systems This part explains the frontal and side impact air bag systems. Your vehicle has air bags -- a frontal air bag for the driver and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    Here are the most important things to know about the air bag systems: CAUTION: (Continued) The side impact air bag for the driver is ... it. Air bags are designed to work with safety belts but don't replace them. Frontal air bags for the driver and right front passenger are designed to work only in ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    ...Children." There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows the air bag symbol. The system checks the air bag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See "Air Bag Readiness Light" in the Index ...
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    How the Air Bag Systems Work Where are the air bags? The right front passenger's frontal air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side. The driver's frontal air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-23
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ...put anything between an occupant and an air bag, and don't attach or put anything on the steering wheel hub or on or near any other air bag covering. Don't let seat covers block the inflation path of a side impact air bag. The driver's side impact...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... from the inflator, which inflates the air bag. The inflator, air bag and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules inside the steering wheel, instrument panel and the side of the driver's seatback closest to the door. 1-25
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    ...bag module -- the steering wheel hub for the driver's air bag, the instrument panel for the right front ...could cause breathing problems for people with a history of asthma or other breathing trouble. To avoid this, everyone ...get out as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have breathing problems but ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    ... won't be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include air bag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts. diagnostic module, which records information about the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ...There are parts of the air bag systems in several places around your vehicle. Your dealer and the service manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag systems. To purchase a service manual, see "Service and Owner Publications" in the Index. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    When you sit in a center seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, ... shown until the belt is snug. Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap-shoulder belt. If the belt isn't long enough, see "Safety Belt Extender" ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    Rear Seat Passengers It's very important for rear seat passengers to buckle up! Accident statistics show that unbelted ... they can strike others in the vehicle who are wearing safety belts. Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions Lap-Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap-shoulder ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ... quickly if you ever had to. 3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug ... go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    The safety belt locks if there's a sudden stop or a crash, or if you pull the belt very quickly out of the retractor. 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 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ... Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults Rear shoulder belt comfort guides will provide added safety belt comfort for older children ... from the neck and head. There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. To provide added safety belt comfort for children who have ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ... under and 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 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ... the vehicle's safety belts, unless there is no other choice. 4. Buckle, position and release the safety belt as described in "Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions" earlier in this section. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. To remove and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    CAUTION: (Continued) For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 km/h), a 12-lb. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-lb. (110 kg) force on a person's arms. A baby should be secured in an appropriate restraint. CAUTION: People should never hold a baby in their arms while riding in a vehicle. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ...Young children and infants need the protection that a child restraint system can provide. What are the different types of add-on child ... safety standards. The restraint manufacturer's instructions that come with the restraint state the weight and height limitations for a particular child restraint...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ...its head weighs so much compared with the rest of its body. In a crash, an infant in a rear-facing seat settles into the restraint, so the crash forces can be distributed across the strongest part of an infant's body, the back and shoulders. Infants always should be secured in...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... sure that the infant's head rests toward the center of the vehicle. A rear-facing infant seat (B) provides restraint with the seating surface against the back of the infant. The harness system holds the infant in place and, in a crash, acts to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... or shelf-like shields. A booster seat (F-G) is a child restraint designed to improve the fit of the vehicle's safety belt system. Some booster seats have a shoulder belt positioner, and ... a five-point harness. A booster seat can also help a child to see out the window. 1-40
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ...A child restraint system is any device designed for use in a motor vehicle to restrain, seat, or position children. A built-in child restraint system is a permanent part of the motor vehicle.... child restraint instructions are important, so if they are not available, obtain a replacement copy ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ...children are safer if they are restrained in the rear rather than the front seat. General Motors, therefore, recommends that child restraints be secured in the rear seat including ...a booster seat. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat. Here's why: CAUTION:...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... are designed for use with or without the top strap being anchored. Others require the top strap always to be anchored. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for your child restraint. If yours requires that the top strap be anchored, don't use the restraint unless it is anchored properly. If...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... Be sure to use an anchor point located on the same side of the vehicle as the seating position where the child restraint will be... has top strap anchors already installed for the rear seating positions. You'll find them behind the rear seat filler panel. In order to get to a bracket, you'll have ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... for Children (LATCH System) Your vehicle has the LATCH system. You'll find anchors (A) in all three rear seating positions. To assist you in locating the lower anchors for this child restraint system, each seating position with the LATCH system will have a ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... on how to secure a child restraint in your vehicle using the vehicle's safety belts. A. Vehicle anchor B. LATCH system attachment points With this system, use the LATCH system instead of the vehicle's safety belts to secure a child restraint. 1-46
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System 1. Find the anchors for the seating position you want to use, where the bottom of ... points. Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position If your child restraint is equipped with the LATCH system, see "Lower Anchorages and Top ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    3. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. 4. Pull the rest of the shoulder belt all the way out of the retractor to set the lock. 1-48
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    5. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. If you're ... To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ...Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position CAUTION: A child in a child restraint in the center front ...child restraint in the center front seat. It's always better to secure a child restraint in the rear... to secure the child restraint in a rear seat. See the earlier part about the top strap if...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ... pulling it along the belt. 2. Put the restraint on the seat. 3. Run the vehicle's safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. 4. Buckle the belt. Make sure the release button is positioned so you ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ... or killed if the right front passenger's air bag inflates. This is because the back of the rear-facing child ... a right front passenger air bag. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Here's... has a right front passenger air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    ... of the vehicle's safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child's face or neck, put it behind the child restraint. 5. Pull ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    6. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. You may find ... To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle's safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ... even fatal internal injuries in a crash. Accident statistics show that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. In a crash, children who are not buckled up can ... If you have the choice, a child should sit next to a window so the child can wear a lap-shoulder belt ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ..., so that in a crash the child's upper body would have the restraint that belts provide. If the child is sitting in a rear seat outside position, see "Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides" in the Index. If the child is so small that the shoulder belt is ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    CAUTION: Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt's force would then be applied right on ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ...it, just attach it to the regular safety belt. Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash If you've... may need new LATCH system parts. If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage ... mean you will need to have LATCH system, safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ...-KeyR II New Vehicle "Break-In" Ignition Positions Starting Your Engine Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped) Automatic Transaxle Operation Parking Brake Shifting Into ...) The Instrument Panel -- Your Information System Instrument Panel Cluster Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators 2-1
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    Windows CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. A child can be overcome by the extreme heat and can suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather. 2-2
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    Power Windows Express-Down Window The driver's window switch has an express-down feature. This switch is labeled AUTO. Tap the rear of the switch and the driver's window will open a small amount. If.... Press LOCK to stop front and rear passengers from using their window switches. The driver can ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    Keys CAUTION: Leaving children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don't leave the keys in a vehicle with children. 2-4
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ...be sure you have extra keys. If your vehicle is equipped with the OnStarR system with an active subscription and you lock your keys inside the vehicle... in the Index for more information. The ignition and door keys don't have plugs. Your dealer or Buick Roadside Assistance has the code for your keys...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    .... Locking your doors can help prevent this from happening. There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the outside, use your door key or remote keyless entry transmitter. From the inside, to manually lock the door, push the lever forward. To unlock, push the lever rearward. 2-6
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    Power Door Locks Your vehicle is equipped with front power door lock switches. Press a power door lock switch to lock ... pedal. D Automatic door relock when any door is unlocked, Mode 3: The rear doors do not have power door lock switches. Use the manual lock levers to lock or unlock each rear door....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    Mode 4: 3. Apply your regular brakes. 4. Press and hold the power door lock switch in the lock position. While holding the door lock switch ...to a year will not change the programmed mode for the programmable automatic power door locks. D Automatic all-door lock when the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ...has left the key in the vehicle's ignition from locking the doors by using the power door locks while .... The feature works by disabling the power door locks when a key is in the ignition and any door ... override the lockout protection feature by holding the power door lock switch in the lock position...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ... of the device. Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void ... if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions that follow. a qualified technician for service. vehicle. ... again. D If you're still having trouble, see your dealer or 2-10
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ... button on the remote keyless entry transmitter. Your ignition must be off for the panic alarm to work.... keyless entry transmitter a second time, D the ignition is moved to RUN, or D an alarm period of about two ... has been received and executed. The ignition must be off for this feature to work. You ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ...: 1. Close all doors and turn the ignition key to RUN. 2. Press and hold the power door lock switch in the lock position. 3. While holding ... mode, you can either exit the programming mode by following the instructions listed here or program the next feature available on your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    ... Close all doors and turn the ignition key to RUN. 2. Press and hold the power door lock switch in the unlock position. While holding ...You can either exit the programming mode by following the previous instructions or program the next feature available on your vehicle. Disconnecting...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... you may choose to completely disable the feature at all times. If disabled, the power door locks will activate immediately when a power door lock... key should be in RUN. 3. Apply your regular brakes. 4. Press and hold the power door unlock switch. While holding the door unlock switch, move the shift ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ...and executed by your vehicle. Your ignition must be off for the illumination on remote activation feature to work. The interior lamps will light until either the ignition is turned to RUN or a period of 40 seconds has elapsed. If a door is opened during this...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter. To replace the battery do the following: 1. Insert a flat object like a thin...of the transmitter. Gently pry apart the front and back. 2. Remove the old battery and replace it with the new one. (Use type CR2032 or an equivalent...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ...: D Make sure all other windows are shut. D Turn the fan on your heating or cooling system to its highest speed with the setting on VENT. That will force outside air ... the instrument panel, open them all the way. See "Engine Exhaust" in the Index. Trunk Lock To unlock the trunk ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    ... lid. Then close the trunk with your other hand. If the trunk is not properly closed, the DOOR/TRUNK light will appear in the message center of your instrument panel cluster. See "DOOR/TRUNK Light" in the Index for more information. NOTICE: The ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ... handle could damage it. There is a glow-in-the-dark trunk release handle located inside the trunk on the latch. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle up to open the trunk from the inside. 2-19
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    Trunk Release Sensor TrapAlert (If Equipped) t System The sensor is designed to open the trunk automatically.... minute, the trunk latch will release. If the ignition is not in OFF, the trunk latch will not.... Your vehicle may have a sensor located on the underside of the filler panel inside the trunk...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... soft cotton cloth. If there is an electrical problem with the sensor, the SERVICE VEHICLE SOON light will appear in the instrument panel cluster. There are other possible reasons...Be sure to see your dealer as soon as possible. See "Service Vehicle Soon Light" in the Index for ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ...you to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you. Always do this. Your steering wheel will be locked, and so will your ignition and transaxle. And remember ... transmitter with you. Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your vehicle. Remember ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle's starter and fuel systems. For about three minutes, the starter won't work and fuel won't go to the engine. If someone ... off. Your PASS-Key II system, however, is not working properly and must be serviced by your dealer. Your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline every time you get new brake linings. D Don't tow a trailer...windshield wipers when the engine is off. To use ACCESSORY, push in the key and turn it toward you. Your steering wheel will stay locked. 2-24
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... C (OFF): This position lets you turn off the engine but still turn the steering wheel. It doesn't lock the steering wheel. Use OFF... or towed. Retained Accessory Power (RAP) (If Equipped) With Retained Accessory Power (RAP), your power windows, audio system and sunroof (if equipped) will continue ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ...your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn your ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the ...NOTICE: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before adding electrical...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ... underside of the vehicle's diagonal brace, which is located above the engine air cleaner/filter assembly. 3. Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-...can help. You'll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you don't, it could be damaged. How long ... on your instrument panel cluster in reference to your steering column shift lever. Maximum engine speed is limited on automatic transaxle vehicles when you'...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... positions for your shift lever. PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It's the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle ... PARK (P) before starting the engine. Your vehicle has an automatic transaxle shift lock control system. You must ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ... for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you're: B D Going less ... down to the next gear and have more power. NOTICE: If your vehicle seems to ...B THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving, but it offers more power and lower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ....) SECOND (2): This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy. You can use ... to use your brakes off and on. B FIRST (1): This position gives you even more power (but lower fuel economy) than SECOND (2). ...is going slowly enough. NOTICE: If your front wheels can't rotate, don't try to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ... shift lever is not in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). NOTICE: Driving with the parking brake on can cause your rear brakes to overheat. You may have to replace them, and you could also damage other parts of your vehicle. If you are towing a trailer and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    ... vehicle can roll. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or... a trailer, see "Towing a Trailer" in the Index. 1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and set... the lever all the way toward the front of your vehicle. Then turn the ignition key to LOCK. 3. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... CAUTION: It can be dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move ... PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, ... your vehicle with the engine running, be sure your vehicle is in PARK (P) and your parking brake ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ...an automatic transaxle shiftlock control system. You must fully apply your regular brakes before you can... 2. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4. 3. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). 4. Start the engine and shift to... burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Don't park over ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... exhaust coming in if: D Your exhaust system sounds strange or different. D Your vehicle gets rusty ...D Repairs weren't done correctly. D Your vehicle or exhaust system had been modified improperly. .... CAUTION: Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ...exit and enter the vehicle. The lever that allows you to tilt the steering wheel is located on the left side of ...the wheel and pull the lever. Then move the steering wheel to a comfortable position and release the ... place. Horn Press the horn symbol on your steering wheel pad to sound the horn. 2-37
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ... turn is finished, the lever will return automatically. An arrow on the instrument panel cluster will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change. The lever located on the left side of the steering column includes the following: D D D D ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ..., or high to low, pull the multifunction lever all the way toward you. Then release it. When the high beams are on this light, located on the instrument panel cluster, will also be on. Windshield Wipers To operate the windshield wipers turn the band ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ...€™t use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. The LOW WASH light on your instrument panel cluster will glow when the fluid level is low. 2-40
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ...cruise control shuts off. If your vehicle is in cruise control when the enhanced traction system begins to limit wheel spin, the cruise control will automatically... the end of the lever and release it. The CRUISE light on the instrument panel cluster will come on. 4. Take your foot off...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    ... you apply the brake. This, of course, shuts off the cruise control. But you don't need to reset it. .../Accelerate) briefly. You'll go right back up to your chosen speed and stay there. Increasing Speed ... speed. When going downhill, you may have to brake or shift to a lower gear to keep your speed ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ...the first position, turns on the parking lamps together with the following: D Step lightly on the brake pedal, or D move the cruise switch to OFF. ... set speed memory is erased. Exterior Lamps This control, located to the left of the cluster on the instrument panel, operates the exterior lamps. D D...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ... DRL, headlamps and parking lamps will stay off until you release the parking brake. To turn off the automatic headlamp ... any vehicle, you should turn on the regular headlamp system when you need it. D The ignition is on, D the exterior lamps control is off and D the parking brake is released. 2-44...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ...you perform the following sequence: 1. Turn the ignition key to RUN. 2. Close all the doors. 3. Press and hold the power door lock switch. While holding the door lock switch... no more than 10 seconds. 5. Then, press and hold the power door unlock switch. While holding the door unlock ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ...panel lights. You can brighten or dim the instrument panel lights by adjusting the exterior lamps control located to the right of the exterior lamps control. If you turn ..., the lamps and lights will turn off. Illuminated Entry Your courtesy lamps will come on and stay on for a ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... removed, interior illumination will activate and remain on until one of the following occurs: D The ignition is in RUN, or D the power door locks are activated, or D an illumination period of 25 seconds has elapsed. If during the illumination period a door ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    .... There are also three OnStar buttons located at the bottom of the mirror face. See your dealer for more information on the system and how to subscribe to OnStar. See "OnStar System" in the Index for more information about the services OnStar provides. 2-48
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... day/night rearview mirror with the OnStar System. Your vehicle may have an electrochromic .... The mirror's two outer buttons operate the lights on the bottom sides of the mirror. The automatic dimming ...off by pressing the far left button, located on the lower part of the mirror face, for up to three...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... the lamp. Power Outside Foldaway Rearview Mirrors The power mirror controls are located on the driver's door armrest. There are ... for more information on the system and how to subscribe to OnStar. See "OnStarR System" in the Index for more information about the services OnStar provides. To ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... in this section.) The driver's and passenger's outside mirrors are also heated when you activate the rear window defogger. (See "Rear Window Defogger" in the Index.) Both outside mirrors can be folded forward or rearward. CAUTION: A convex mirror can make ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... pull down on the cloth strap located toward the top of the center back seat cushion. To open, ...coinholder. To open the console's rear storage area, press the latch located toward the front of the console ...use the storage area, fold down the armrest located in the center front seat. Press the latch ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ..., it will pop back out by itself. Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter The center front ashtray is located just below the instrument panel's comfort controls at the ... black door, lift up on the ashtray and pull it out. The rear ashtray is located within a small door at the rear ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    ...that you can pull out for added coverage. Auxiliary Power Outlet (If Equipped) With accessory power outlets you can power auxiliary electrical equipment such as a cellular telephone or CB radio... Open the cover on the visor to expose the vanity mirror. Lighted Vanity Mirrors (Option) If your vehicle...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... experience a problem, see your dealer for additional information on the power accessory plugs. NOTICE:... installation instructions included with the equipment. NOTICE: Power outlets are designed for accessory plugs only.... Improper use of the power outlet can cause damage not covered by your warranty...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ... Connection (Power Drop) Your vehicle is equipped with an auxiliary power connection. This feature provides power, ground and accessory wires which can be ... and electrical hookup, please refer to your service manual. To order a service manual, see "Service Publications, Ordering" in the Index. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    OnStarR System (If Equipped) OnStar is a vehicle communications system that offers a variety of services and provides a one-touch hands-free communication...who will be able to assist you with these services. If you are not quickly connected, the system will automatically reset and redial. This ensures...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ...knob on the radio or using the steering wheel volume control (If equipped). (Telltale Light): This light will indicate the status of the system. A solid green... vehicle to let you know that the system is on and is ready to make or receive calls. If the light blinks green it means ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... then recommend what action needs to be taken. D Remote Diagnostics: If an instrument panel light D Vehicle Locator Service: To contact the center, call 1-888-4-ONSTAR. You will be required to provide your security information. An advisor will send ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    OnStar System Limitations Complete limitations can be found on the Subscriber Services Agreement. In order to provide you with ..., calls with the OnStar Center may be monitored or recorded. OnStar Service is: Global positioning locating capabilities will not be available if satellite signals are ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ... a sliding glass panel and a one-piece sunshade. The switch is located overhead on the headliner. The switch works only when the ignition is on or when retained accessory power is active. See"Retained Accessory Power" in the Index. VENT: To ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    The Instrument Panel -- Your Information System 2-62
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... Lamps Control B. Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever C. Instrument Panel Cluster D. Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped) E. ...F. Vents G. Side Window Defogger Vent H. Hood Release I. Tilt Wheel Lever J. Horn K. Audio System L. Ashtray M. Climate Controls N. Glove Box O. Instrument Panel Fuse Block...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    Instrument Panel Cluster The instrument panel cluster is designed to let you know at a glance how your vehicle is running. You'll know how fast you're going, about how much fuel is in your tank and many other things you need to drive safely and economically...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... driven since you last reset it. To set it to zero, press the button on the right side of the instrument panel cluster. The trip/select reset button will go back and forth between the odometer and the trip odometer if the button is pressed and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    ... save you or others from injury. Warning lights come on 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. When one of the warning lights comes on and stays on when you are ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... should go out. This means the system is ready. If the air bag readiness light stays on after you start... Have your vehicle serviced right away. CAUTION: If the air bag readiness light stays on ...have your vehicle serviced right away if the air bag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ...off all your accessories, such as the radio and air conditioner. Brake System Warning Light Your vehicle's hydraulic brake system is divided into... parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there is a brake problem. Have your brake system inspected right away. United States Canada This ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ...stopped carefully, have the vehicle towed for service. When the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will also come on ... you have a brake problem. Canada The anti-lock brake system warning light should come ... turn the ignition key to RUN. If the anti-lock brake system warning light stays on ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ... other than FIRST (1) or SECOND (2) and the warning light stays on after your parking brake is fully released, it means there's a problem with the ... traction control system is affected by an engine-related problem, the system will turn off and the warning light will come on. When ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ...come on when the system is limiting wheel spin. Engine Coolant Temperature Light This light tells you that your engine coolant has overheated ..., so adjust your driving accordingly. The light will stay on for a few seconds after the Enhanced Traction System stops limiting wheel spin. See "Enhanced ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ...! Low Coolant Warning Light If the LOW COOLANT light comes on, your system is low on coolant and the engine may 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...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... the pressure in one tire. Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light) Your vehicle is equipped with a computer ...life of the vehicle, helping to produce a cleaner environment. The SERVICE ENGINE SOON light comes on and a chime will sound to indicate that there is a problem and service is ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ... system NOTICE: Modifications made to the engine, transaxle, exhaust, intake or fuel system of your vehicle or the replacement of the original tires with other ... your vehicle's emission controls and may cause the SERVICE ENGINE SOON light to come on. Modifications to these systems could lead to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... service center for service. If the Light Is On Steady You may be able to correct the emission system malfunction...trips should turn the light off. Are you low on fuel? As your engine starts to run ...go away once the engine is warmed up.) This will be detected by the system and cause the light to turn ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ... to know in order to help your vehicle pass an inspection: Your vehicle will not pass this inspection if the SERVICE ENGINE SOON light is on or not working properly. Your vehicle will not pass this inspection if the OBD (on-board diagnostic) system ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ... oil as soon as possible and have your vehicle serviced. The engine is equipped with an oil level monitoring system. When the ignition key is turned on, ... engine from neglected oil problems can be costly and is not covered by your warranty. If the light stays on, stop the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... a bulb check when you start the engine. If the light doesn't come on, have it serviced. If the CHANGE OIL SOON light comes on and stays on after you start the engine, have the oil changed. For additional information, see "Engine Oil, ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... light will come on when your windshield washers are working and the fluid container is low. Service Vehicle Soon Light The SERVICE VEHICLE SOON light will come on if you have certain non-emission related vehicle problems. The light will also come ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... The gage may not indicate empty when the ignition Low Fuel Light United States Canada Your fuel... you still have a little fuel left, but you should get more soon. Here are four... the gage reads full. If your fuel is low, a circular light on your instrument panel cluster will come on and stay on and...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ... (If Equipped) Defogging and Defrosting Rear Window Defogger Ventilation System Audio Systems Setting the Clock AM-FM Stereo AM-FM Stereo with... Equipped) Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped) Understanding Radio Reception Tips About Your Audio System Care of Your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ...Control With this system, the driver and passenger can maintain separate temperatures in their seating areas. The system works best if you keep your windows closed while using it. If the airflow seems very low when the fan is adjusted to...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ...Defrost): This setting directs most of the air through the defroster and side window vents. Some of the air goes to the floor ducts and the side ...): Press this button to turn the air conditioning on and off. The system will cool and dehumidify the air inside the vehicle when the A/C light is on. 3-3
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ...let the system automatically control airflow direction and force to maintain the temperature, or you can manually adjust it. The system works best if you keep your windows closed while using it. AIR FLOW: This control has several settings to control the...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ... VENT button is pushed while in FRONT defrost mode, the indicator will light briefly and then ... and increase the fan speed. To avoid re-fogging of the windows, operate the system with RECIRC off. ... floor ducts and the side window defogger outlets. The indicator on the button will light and WINDSHIELD ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ...€™s side temperature relative to the driver’s set temperature. For the automatic system to function, the temperature must be set between 61_F (16_C) ... red lights indicate a warmer temperature than that of the driver. that of the driver. D The blue lights indicate a cooler temperature than AUTO (...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ... vehicle has an engine coolant heater, you can use it to help your system provide warm air faster when it's ... coolant heater warms the coolant your engine and heating system use to provide heat. See... Control, your system has two settings for clearing the front and side windows. To defrost the...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ...a razor blade or anything else sharp on the inside of the rear window. If you do, you could ... and the repairs wouldn't be covered by your warranty. The rear window defogger uses a warming grid to remove fog from the rear window. Press the button to turn the rear defogger on. It will turn off after...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ...Keep the air path under the front seats clear Your vehicle's flow-through ventilation system supplies outside air into the vehicle when it is ..., your passenger compartment air filter may need to be replaced. See "Maintenance Schedule" or "Passenger Compartment Air Filter" ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    Audio Systems Your audio system has been designed to operate easily and give years of ... acquaint yourself with it first. Find out what your audio system can do and how to operate all of its .... Playing the Radio ON/OFF: Press this knob to turn the system on and off. VOLUME: Turn the knob clockwise to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ...want, then hold the knob until the display flashes. Push this knob when the ignition is off, to display the clock. Finding a Station AM-FM: Press this ... the right or left arrow to go to the next or previous station and stay there. The radio will seek to stations with a strong signal only. The sound...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... decrease bass. TREB (Treble): Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase ... control behind the lower knob to move the sound to the front or rear speakers. The middle position balances ...Playing the Radio ON/OFF: Press this knob to turn the system on and off. VOLUME: Turn the knob ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ...want, then hold the knob until the display flashes. Push this knob when the ignition is off, to display the clock. Finding a Station AM-FM: Push this ... the right or left arrow to go to the next or previous station and stay there. The radio will seek to stations with a strong signal only. The sound ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ... Tone (Bass/Treble) BASS: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase or decrease bass. TREB (Treble): Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase or... control behind the lower knob to move the sound to the front or rear speakers. The middle position balances ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ... will mute while seeking. 6 (Dolby): Press this pushbutton to reduce background noise. The display will show either OFF or ON for a few seconds when you press.... 4 "" (Forward): Press this pushbutton to advance quickly to another part of the tape. Press it again to return to playing speed. The radio ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ... play tapes, but you should clean it as soon as possible to prevent damage to the tapes and player....it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. Standard Radio --- MonsoonR Not Shown Your ... may be equipped with a Concert Sound III sound system, which includes eight speakers and an...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    Playing the Radio ON/OFF: Push this knob to turn the system on and off. VOLUME: Turn the knob clockwise... arrow to go to the next or previous station and stay there. The radio will seek to stations with a strong ...AUTO (Automatic) SET: Press this button and the system will seek and set the 12 strongest ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... the Tone (Bass/Treble) BASS: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase or decrease bass. TREB (Treble): Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to increase or ...of these program types. To return the bass and treble to the manual mode, either press TONE, BASS or ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ... The middle position balances the sound between the speakers. FADE: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to move the sound to the front or rear speakers. The middle position balances the sound between the speakers. Push these knobs...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    .... 6 (Dolby): Press this pushbutton to reduce background noise. The double-D symbol will appear on the display. Dolby ... tapes, but you should clean it as soon as possible to prevent damage to the tapes and ... an error number, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. 3-20
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... Playing the Radio ON/OFF: Push this knob to turn the system on and off. VOLUME: Turn this knob ... arrow to go to the next or previous station and stay there. The radio will seek to stations with a strong signal... may be equipped with a Concert Sound III sound system, which includes eight speakers and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... will mute while scanning. AUTO (Automatic) SET: Press this button and the system will seek and set the 12 strongest FM or the 6 strongest AM... seeking and will remain on until this function is complete. To return to the stations you manually set, press AUTO SET again. Setting Preset Stations The six...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... The middle position balances the sound between the speakers. FADE: Press this knob lightly so it extends. Turn the knob to move the sound to the front or rear speakers. The middle position balances the sound between the speakers. Push these knobs...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ...appear on the display. If this button is pressed again, the system will go to disc play; CD PLAY ...mute while seeking. EJECT: Press this button, located next to the cassette tape slot, to stop ...): Press this pushbutton to advance quickly to another part of the tape. Press it again to return to playing ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ...EJECT or RECALL. If you turn off the ignition or radio with a disc in the player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the ignition or system, the disc will start playing where it stopped, if it was the last selected audio source. Also, as a protection ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    ... appear on the display. If this button is pressed again, the system will go to disc play; CD PLAY will ... mute while seeking. EJECT: Press this button, located next to the CD slot, to stop a CD when... displays an error number, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. 3-26
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ... code to disable all radio functions whenever battery power is removed. If THEFTLOCK is active, the THEFTLOCK will flash when the ignition is off. The THEFTLOCK ... will display LOC to indicate a locked condition anytime battery power is removed. If your battery loses power for any ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss Enter your secret code as ... secured until the correct code is entered. When battery power is removed and later applied to a secured radio, ... radio see "Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss" earlier in this section. 3-28
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped) If your vehicle has this feature, you ...control certain radio functions using the buttons on your steering wheel. SCAN: Press this button and SCAN ...the radio. MUTE: Press this button to silence the audio system. Press it again to turn on the sound. next or ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    .... AM can pick up noise from things like storms and power lines. Try reducing ... may interfere with the operation of your vehicle's engine, Delphi Electronics radio or other systems, and even damage ... units. Tips About Your Audio System Hearing damage from loud noise is almost undetectable until it ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ... cassette is available through your dealer (GM Part No. 12344789). When cleaning the cassette tape player... and hold the EJECT button for five seconds to reset the CLN indicator. The radio will display --- to show the... cassette tape is in good condition before you have your tape player serviced. 3-31
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ...AM-FM antenna is integrated with the rear window defogger, located in the rear window. Be sure that the inside .... Because this antenna is built into your rear window, there is a reduced risk of damage ... should replace it. Check every once in a while to be sure the mast is still tightened to the fender...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    .... Diversity Antenna System (If Equipped) Your AM-FM antennas are located in the front windshield and rear window. Be sure that the inside surfaces of ... proper radio reception, the antenna connectors at the top-center of the front and rear windows need to be properly attached to the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... 4-6 4-6 4-9 4-11 4-13 4-13 4-15 4-16 Defensive Driving Drunken Driving Control of a Vehicle Braking Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Steering Off-Road Recovery Passing Loss of Control Driving at Night 4-17 4-20 4-21 4-22 4-23 4-24 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    .... Anticipate what they might do. Be ready for their mistakes. Rear-end collisions are about the most preventable of accidents. Yet they are ... maneuver, in both city and rural driving. You never know when the vehicle in front of you is going to brake or turn suddenly. Defensive driving requires that a...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ... for these laws. The obvious way to solve the leading highway safety problem is for people never to drink alcohol and then drive. But what ... depends on each person and situation, here is some general information on the problem. The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of someone who is drinking depends ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... in an increasing number of U.S. states, and throughout Canada, sets the legal limit at 0.08 percent. In some other countries, the limit is even lower. For example, it is 0.05 percent in both France and Germany. The BAC limit for all commercial drivers in the United States is 0.04 percent. The BAC ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... enough to avoid the collision. There's something else about drinking and driving that many people don't know. Medical research shows that alcohol in a person's system can make crash injuries worse, especially injuries to the brain, spinal cord or heart. This means that when anyone who has ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ... a Vehicle You have three systems that make your vehicle go where you want it to go. They are the brakes, the steering and the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tires meet the road. Braking Braking action involves perception time ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... brake pedal moves or pulses a little. This is normal. United States Canada If there's a problem with the anti-lock brake system, this warning light will stay on. See "Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light" in the Index. 4-7
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    The anti-lock system can change the brake pressure faster than any driver could. ...the brakes and continue braking. Here's what happens with ABS: A computer senses that wheels are slowing down. If... rolling, the computer will separately work the brakes at each wheel. As you brake, your computer keeps ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ... enough room up ahead to stop, even though you have anti-lock brakes. Using Anti-Lock Don't pump the brakes. Just hold the... only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system reduces engine power and may also upshift the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ... won't turn off right away. It will wait until there's no longer a current need to limit wheel spin. Also, if you set the parking brake, the system will turn off. You can turn the system back on at any time by shifting to OVERDRIVE ( ) or THIRD ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    Steering Power Steering If you lose power steering assist because the engine stops or the system is not functioning, you can steer but ... surface makes it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. If there's no traction, inertia will keep ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... between parked cars and stops right in front of you. You can avoid these problems by braking -- if you can stop in time. But ... much speed as you can from a possible collision. Then steer around the problem, to the left or right depending on the space available. An emergency ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ... straddles the edge of the pavement. You can turn the steering wheel up to one-quarter turn until the right front tire contacts the pavement edge. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the roadway. D Watch for traffic signs, pavement markings ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... vehicle ahead suddenly slows or stops. Keep back a reasonable distance. start to accelerate but stay in the right lane and don't get too close. Time ... overtake a slowly moving vehicle too rapidly. Even though the brake lamps are not flashing, it may be slowing down or starting ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ...slow down when you have any doubt. Remember: Any anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps avoid only the braking skid. Skidding ... three types of skids correspond to your vehicle's three control systems. In the braking skid, your wheels aren't rolling. In the steering or cornering skid, too much speed ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... between you and other vehicles. headlamps can light up only so much road ahead.... driver may require at least twice as much light to see the same thing at night as a 20-year-... reason is that some drivers are likely to be impaired -- by alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by fatigue. 4-16
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... eyes contract repeatedly. Remember that your headlamps light up far less of a roadway when you are ... way, it's easier to pick out dimly lighted objects. Just as your headlamps should be ... suffer from night blindness -- the inability to see in dim light -- and aren't even aware of it. Driving in ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ... in good shape and keep your windshield washer tank filled with washer fluid. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they show signs of ...water puddles or even going through some car washes can cause problems, too. The water may affect your brakes. Try to avoid puddles. But if you can't, try to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    CAUTION: Wet brakes can cause accidents. They won't work as well in a quick stop and may ... through a large puddle of water or a car wash, apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work ... engine's air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower than ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    .... Allow yourself more clear room ahead, and be prepared to have your view restricted by road spray. See "Tires" in the Index. One of the biggest problems with city streets is the amount of traffic on them. You'll want to watch out for what the other drivers are doing and pay attention to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ...map and plan your trip into an unknown part of the city just as you would for a cross-country... there because the corner is busy enough to need it. When a light turns green, and just before you... not cleared the intersection or may be running the red light. Mile for mile, freeways (also called thruways...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ... adjust your speed to the posted limit or to the prevailing rate if it’s slower. Stay in the right lane unless ... vehicle ready for a long trip? If you keep it serviced and maintained, it’s ready to go. If...€™ll find experienced and able service experts in Buick dealerships all across North America....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ... hypnosis? First, be aware that it can happen. Then here are some tips: D Wiper Blades: Are they in good shape? D Fuel, Engine Oil, Other Fluids: Have you checked all levels? D Lamps: Are they all working? Are the lenses clean? D Tires: They ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ... vehicle in good shape. Check all fluid levels and also the brakes, tires, cooling system and transaxle. These parts can work hard on mountain roads. D Know ... hill. You could crash. Shift down to let your engine assist your brakes on a steep downhill slope. Driving on steep ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ... CAUTION: Coasting downhill in NEUTRAL (N) or with the ignition off is dangerous. Your brakes will have to do all the... cool your engine and transaxle, and you can climb the hill better. D Stay in... see highway signs on mountains that warn of special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no-...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... for winter. D You may want to put winter emergency supplies in your trunk. Include an ice scraper, a small brush or broom, a supply of windshield washer fluid, a rag, some winter outer clothing, a small shovel, a flashlight, a red cloth and a couple of reflective warning triangles. And, if you ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... on. But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all... -- drive with caution. Keep your Enhanced Traction System on. It will improve your ability to accelerate when driving on a slippery road. Even though your vehicle has this system, you'll want to slow down and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ...road. Even though you have the anti-lock braking system, you'll want to begin stopping sooner than you would on dry pavement. .... If you see a patch 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....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ... engine only as long as you must. This saves fuel. When you run the engine, make it go a little faster ...just idle. That is, push the accelerator slightly. This uses less fuel for the heat that you get and it keeps the ... clothing to keep warm. You can run the engine to keep warm, but be careful. 4-29
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    Then, shut the engine off and close the window almost all the way to preserve the heat. Start the engine again and repeat this only when you feel really uncomfortable from the cold. But do it as little as possible. Preserve the fuel as long as you can. To help keep warm, you ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ..., do the following: Loading Your Vehicle 1. Put the front or rear wheels on a dolly. 2. Put the vehicle in PARK (P). 3. Set the parking brake and then remove the key from the ignition. 4. Clamp the steering wheel in a straight-ahead position with a clamping device ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ... vehicle any heavier than the GVWR, or either the maximum front or rear GAWR. If you do, parts on your vehicle can break, and it can ...for your vehicle or the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for either the front or rear axle. NOTICE: Your warranty does not cover parts or components that fail because ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ...a trailer. For example, if the trailer is too heavy, the brakes may not work well -- or even at... towing equipment. To identify what the vehicle trailering capacity is for your vehicle, you should read ... so that some of them are above the tops of the seats. D Don't leave an unsecured child restraint ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ... a trailer. Load-pulling components such as the engine, transaxle, wheel assemblies and tires are forced to work ... km) your new vehicle is driven. Your engine, axle or other parts could be damaged. tow a ... make starts at full throttle. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in at ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... ask your dealer for our trailering information or advice, or you can write us at: Buick Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33136 Detroit, MI 48232-5136 In Canada, write to: General Motors of Canada Limited Customer Communication Centre, 163-005 1908 Colonel Sam Drive Oshawa, ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ...for more information about your vehicle's maximum load capacity. If you're using a weight-carrying ... sure your vehicle's tires are inflated to the upper limit for cold tires. You'll find these... sure you don't go over the GVW limit for your vehicle, including the weight of the trailer tongue...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer... never allow safety chains to drag on the ground. D The rear bumper on your vehicle is not intended ...not try to tap into your vehicle's brake system. If you do, both ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ..., and that the lamps and any trailer brakes are still working. Following Distance Stay at least twice as far behind the ...the passed vehicle before you 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 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ...signal flasher and/or extra wiring. Check with your dealer. The arrows on your instrument panel will flash whenever you signal a turn or lane change.... about to turn, change lanes or stop. When towing a trailer, the arrows on your instrument panel will flash for turns even if the bulbs on the trailer ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... 45 mph (70 km/h) to reduce the possibility of engine and transaxle overheating. If you are... hill, here's how to do it: 1. Apply your regular brakes, but don't shift into PARK ... chocks under the trailer's wheels. 3. When the wheel chocks are in place, release the regular brakes until the chocks ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ... important in trailer operation are automatic transaxle fluid (don't overfill), engine oil, drive belt, cooling system and brake system. Each of these is covered in this manual, and the Index will help you find them quickly. If ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ... on the Road Here you'll find what to do about some problems that can occur on the road. 5-2 5-2 5-3 5-9 5-9 Hazard Warning Flashers Other Warning Devices Jump Starting Towing Your Vehicle Engine Overheating 5-12 5-19 5-20 5-31 5-32 Cooling System If a Tire Goes Flat Changing a Flat Tire Compact ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ...in, and even if the key isn't in. Press the button to make the front and rear turn signal lamps flash on and off. Press the ... flashers let you warn others. They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will flash on and off. Other Warning Devices If you carry ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ... jump start the battery if the hydrometer looks clear or light yellow. Replace the battery when there is a clear or light yellow hydrometer and a cranking complaint. Trying to start your ... must have a 12-volt battery with a negative ground system. CAUTION: Batteries can hurt you. They...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    ... repairs wouldn't be covered by your warranty. 3. Turn off the ignition on both vehicles. Unplug unnecessary accessories plugged into the cigarette lighter or in the auxiliary power outlet. Turn off the radio and all lamps that aren't needed. This will ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ...been blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. You don't... If you don't, explosive gas could be present. Battery fluid contains acid that can burn you. Don't ...: An electric fan can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    CAUTION: Fans or other moving engine parts can injure you badly. Keep your hands away from moving parts once the engine is running. 5. Check that the jumper cables don't ... has one. Negative (-) will go to a heavy, unpainted metal engine part or to a remote negative (-) terminal if the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    ...of the negative (-) cable at least 18 inches (45 cm) away from the dead battery, but not near engine parts that move. The electrical connection is just as good there, and the chance of sparks getting back to the battery is much less. Don't let the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    ... start the vehicle with the good battery and run the engine for a while. 11. Try to start the vehicle that... start after a few tries, it probably needs service. NOTICE: Damage to your vehicle may result...Jumper Cable Removal A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part or Remote Negative (-) Terminal B. Good ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ... alternates firing groups of cylinders helps prevent engine damage. In this mode, you will notice a significant loss in power and engine performance. The low coolant light may come on and the temperature gage will indicate an overheat condition exists. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ...The engine oil will be severely degraded. Repair the cause of coolant loss, change the oil and reset the oil life system. See "Engine Oil" in the Index. CAUTION: Steam from an overheated engine can burn you badly, even if you just open the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... Steam Is Coming From Your Engine An overheat warning, along with a low coolant light, can indicate a serious problem. See "Low Coolant Light" in the Index. ... overheat warning with no low coolant light, but see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    Cooling System When you decide it's safe to lift the hood, here's what you'll see: CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up ... vehicle should be parked on a level surface. A. Electric Engine Cooling Fans B. Radiator Pressure Cap C. Coolant Recovery Tank ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ...the Index. CAUTION: Heater and radiator hoses, and other engine parts, can be very hot. Don't touch them. ... do, you can be burned. Don't run the engine if there is a leak. If you run ... than DEX-COOL is added to the system, premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion may result...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ...NOTICE: In cold weather, water can freeze and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts. Use the recommended coolant and the ... vehicle's coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mixture. With plain water or the wrong mixture, your engine could get too hot...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...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....high speed. Never turn the cap when the cooling system, including the radiator pressure cap, is hot. Wait for...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ... is still some pressure left. NOTICE: Your engine has a specific radiator fill procedure. Failure to follow this procedure could cause your engine to overheat and be severely damaged. 1. You can remove the radiator pressure cap when the cooling system, including the radiator pressure cap and upper ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    CAUTION: 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. 4. Fill the radiator with the proper DEX-COOLR coolant ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ...cap back on the coolant recovery tank, but leave the radiator pressure cap off. 8. Start the engine and let it run until you can feel the upper radiator hose getting hot. Watch out for the engine cooling fans. 9. By this time, the coolant level inside the radiator filler neck may be lower. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    ... pedal and grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer to maintain lane position, and then gently brake to a stop well out of the traffic lane. A rear blowout, particularly on a curve, ... bumpy and noisy, but you can still steer. Gently brake to a stop -- well off the road if possible. If...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... vehicle from moving: 1. Set the parking brake firmly. 2. Put the shift lever in PARK (P). 3. Turn off the engine. To be even more certain the vehicle won't move, you can put blocks at the front and rear of the tire farthest away from the one being changed. That would ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    Removing the Spare Tire and Tools The equipment you'll need is in the trunk. 1. Turn the center nut on the compact spare tire cover counterclockwise to remove it. Then lift and remove the cover. (See "Compact Spare Tire" in the Index for more information about the compact spare tire.) 2. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    3. Turn the nut holding the jack counterclockwise and remove it. Then remove the jack and wrench. The tools you'll be using include the jack (A), extension and protection guide (B) and wheel wrench (C). 5-22
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ... this notch. Then pry off the cap. Removing the Wheel Covers (If Equipped) If your vehicle is ... a wheel wrench to begin the process of loosening the plastic wheel nut caps. Once you have loosened ... loosening them with your fingers. Then, using the flat end of the wheel wrench, pry along the edge of ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    .... 2. Turn the jack handle clockwise to raise the jack lift head. 3. For jacking at the vehicle's front location, put the jack lift head (C) about 6 inches (15 cm) from the rear edge of the front wheel opening (B) or just behind the two bolts (A) as shown. 5-24...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ... jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle. For jacking at the vehicle's rear location, put the jack lift head (B) about 5 inches (13 cm) from the front edge of the rear wheel opening (C) or just behind the off-set (A) as shown. 4....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    ... mounting surfaces and spare wheel. CAUTION: Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the parts to which it is fastened, ...wheel nuts become loose after a time. The wheel could come off and cause ...wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    .... If you do, the nuts might come loose. Your wheel could fall off, causing a serious accident. 8. Install the compact spare tire. Put the wheel nuts back on with the rounded end of the nuts toward the wheel. Tighten each nut by hand until the wheel is held against the hub. 9. Lower the vehicle by ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ...in the trunk until you have the flat tire repaired or replaced. CAUTION: Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly tightened wheel nuts can cause... lead to an accident. Be sure to use the correct wheel nuts. If you have to replace them, be sure to get new GM original equipment wheel nuts. Stop somewhere as ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... secure the flat tire in the trunk. When storing a full-size tire, use the extension with the protector/guide, located in the foam holder, to help avoid wheel surface damage. To store a full-size tire, place the tire valve stem facing down, and then...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ... is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as soon as you can. See "Compact Spare Tire" in the Index. See the storage instructions label to return... sure to calibrate your low tire pressure system after you replace your compact spare tire with a...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ...-size tire repaired or replaced where you want. You must calibrate the tire inflation monitor system after installing .... Of course, it's best to replace your spare with a full-size tire as soon as you can. Your ... That can damage the tire and wheel, and maybe other parts of your vehicle. Don't use ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    .... Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out First, turn your steering wheel left and right. That will clear the area around your front wheels. You should turn the Enhanced Traction System off. See "Enhanced Traction System" in the Index. Then shift...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ... Engine Oil Engine Air Cleaner/Filter Passenger Compartment Air Filter Automatic Transaxle Fluid Engine Coolant Power Steering Fluid Windshield Washer Fluid Brakes Battery Bulb Replacement Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement 66-41 6-50 6-...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    .... You'll get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. We hope you'll want to keep ...service manual, see "Service and Owner Publications" in the Index. Your vehicle has an air bag system. Before attempting to do your own service work, see "Servicing Your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... D Be sure you have sufficient knowledge, experience, the proper replacement parts and tools before you attempt any vehicle ...engine. A little pinging noise when you accelerate or drive uphill is considered normal. This does not indicate a problem exists or that a higher-octane fuel is necessary. 6-3
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    ..., your vehicle will operate satisfactorily on fuels meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be ...not recommend the use of such gasolines. Fuels containing MMT can reduce the life of spark plugs and the performance of the emission control system may be affected. The ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ... are now required to contain additives that will help prevent engine and fuel system deposits from forming, allowing your emission control system to work properly. You ... use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and also damage plastic and rubber...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... a hinged door on the driver's side of your vehicle. While refueling, let the fuel cap hang by the tether below the fuel fill opening. To remove the fuel cap, turn it slowly to the left (counterclockwise). The fuel cap has a spring in it; if you let go of the cap too soon, it will spring back to...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ...off or improperly installed. This would allow fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere. See "Malfunction Indicator Lamp" in the Index. The SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK Engine (Canada) light will come on if the fuel cap is not properly reinstalled. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ... a portable fuel container while it is in your vehicle. Static electricity discharge from the container can ignite the ... fan. CAUTION: Things that burn can get on hot engine parts and start a fire. These include liquids like gasoline, oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer and other fluids, ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the handle inside the vehicle, located just below the instrument panel and to the left of the steering column. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and release the secondary hood release by pushing ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... C. Remote Positive (+) Battery Terminal D. Underhood Fuse Block E. F. G. H. I. Radiator Pressure Cap Engine Coolant Recovery Tank Power Steering Fluid Reservoir Engine Oil Fill Cap Engine Oil Dipstick J. Automatic Transaxle Fluid Dipstick ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    Engine Oil If the LOW OIL light appears on the instrument cluster, it means you need to check your engine oil level right away. For more information, see "Low Oil Level Light" in the Index. You should check your engine oil level regularly; this is an added reminder. Checking Engine Oil ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ... of oil to use. For engine oil crankcase capacity, see "Capacities and Specifications" in the Index. The engine oil fill cap is located toward the front of the engine near the engine oil dipstick handle. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... operating range. Push the dipstick all the way back in when you're through. What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Oils recommended for your vehicle can be identified ... changed for you, be sure the oil put into your engine is American Petroleum Institute certified for gasoline engines. You ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... indicate that an oil change is necessary. A CHANGE OIL SOON light will come on. Change your oil as... stop for fuel. It is possible that, if you are driving under the best conditions, the oil life system ... oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil is changed. _ _ Engine Oil ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    ... oil prior to a CHANGE OIL SOON light being turned on, reset the system. After changing the engine oil, reset ... five seconds. If the CHANGE OIL SOON light flashes, the system is resetting. 3. Turn the key to OFF, then .... If the CHANGE OIL SOON light comes back on, the system has not reset. Repeat the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    Engine Air Cleaner/Filter The engine air cleaner/filter is located underneath a diagonal brace in the engine .... See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. To check or replace the engine air cleaner/filter, do the following: 1. Loosen the wing nut on the air ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ...the air cleaner/filter is off, a backfire can cause a damaging engine fire. And, dirt can easily get into your ...: 1. Turn off the ignition when the windshield wipers are in the up position. 2. Raise the hood. 3. Disconnect the windshield washer pump hose from the fender rail and air inlet grille. 4. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ... time to check your automatic transaxle fluid level is when the engine oil is changed. Change both the ... type of filter to use, see "Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts" in the Index. 9. Reinstall the air inlet grille... Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... or too little fluid can damage your transaxle. Too much can mean that some of the fluid could come out and fall on hot engine parts or exhaust system parts, starting a fire. Too little fluid could cause the transaxle to overheat. Be sure to get...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ...D Let the engine run at idle for three to five minutes. The automatic transaxle fluid dipstick handle is the red loop located toward the rear of the engine. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. 1. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ... the cross-hatched area. 4. If the fluid level is in the acceptable range, push the dipstick back in all the way. We recommend you use only fluid labeled DEXRONR-III, ... fluid level is obtained, push the dipstick back in all the way. How to Add Fluid Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ... 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 "... other than DEX-COOL is added to the system, premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion may result. In ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ... warranty. Too much water in the mixture can freeze and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts. If you have to add ... Your vehicle's coolant warning system is set for the proper coolant mixture. With plain water or the wrong mixture, your engine could get too ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ... have to add coolant at the radiator. Never turn the radiator pressure cap -- even a little -- when the engine and radiator are hot. If this LOW COOLANT light comes on and stays on, it means you're low on engine coolant. 6-24
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ...the vehicle. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. Power Steering Fluid Radiator Pressure Cap ... the radiator filler neck. The power steering fluid reservoir is located on the passenger's side of the vehicle at the back of the engine compartment. 6-...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ...Check Power Steering Fluid It is not necessary to regularly check power steering fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system or you hear an unusual ... should add fluid. How to Check Power Steering Fluid Turn the key off, let the engine compartment cool down, wipe ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    .... See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for reservoir location. NOTICE: D When using concentrated washer fluid, ... damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water ... use engine coolant (antifreeze) in your windshield washer. It can damage your washer system ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    Brakes Brake Fluid The other reason is that fluid is leaking out of the brake system. If it is, you should have your brake system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or ... falls to a low level, your brake warning light will come on. See "Brake System Warning Light" in the ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ...from entering the reservoir. NOTICE: D Using the wrong fluid can badly damage brake system parts. For example, just a few drops of mineral-based oil, such as engine oil, in your brake system can damage brake system parts so badly that they'll have to be replaced. Don't let someone put in...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ... rotation or changing. When you have the front brake pads replaced, have the rear brakes inspected, too. Brake linings should always be replaced as complete axle sets. See "Brake System Inspection" in Section 7 of this manual under Part C "Periodic Maintenance Inspections." CAUTION:...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    ...of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling. Replacing Brake System Parts The braking system on a vehicle is complex. Its many ... tested with top-quality GM brake parts. When you replace parts of your braking system -- for example, when your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ...keep your battery from running down. Bulb Replacement For any bulb changing procedure not ...contact your dealer. For the type of bulb, see "Replacement Bulbs" in the Index. CAUTION: Batteries have ...longer storage periods. Also, for your audio system, see "Theft-Deterrent Feature" in the Index...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... assembly out of the slots. 5. Remove the rubber access cover from behind the bulb you are replacing. 2. Pull up on the headlamp retainers (A) to release the assembly locator tabs. 3. Disconnect the electrical connector (B) from the headlamp...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    .... Headlamp Aiming Your vehicle has a headlamp system equipped with horizontal and vertical aim ... we recommend that you take it to your dealer for service; however, it is possible for you to re-aim your... before beginning. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage to headlamp parts. 6-34
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ... is being done. vehicle, except it should have a full tank of fuel and one person or 160 lbs. (75 kg) on the driver's seat. Driver's Side Headlamp ... Screw B. Horizontal Aim Adjustment Screw Open the hood and locate the vertical and horizontal aim indicators. The aiming screw ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    ...the vertical aiming screw until the level bubble is lined up with zero. Front Parking and Turn Signal Lamps 1. Remove the headlamp ...turned with an E8 TorxR socket. 3. Twist the sidemarker lamp socket, located on the outboard side of the headlamp assembly, counterclockwise from the headlamp assembly....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    Center High-Mounted Stoplamp 1. Open the trunk. 3. Remove the old bulb by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Place the new bulb into the bulb socket. 2. Reach through the access opening in the trunk lid. 5. Turn the bulb one-quarter turn clockwise to reinstall. 6. Close the trunk. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    ... remove it. 3. Remove the plastic wing nuts (A). There is one wing nut located on the outside of the carpet. The other two are located underneath the carpet. 4. Pull the taillamp housing (B) away from the body of the vehicle. 5. Squeeze the tab on the socket and turn the...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    Back-Up Lamps 1. Open the trunk lid halfway. 2. Remove the seven wing nuts (A) from the applique. 3. Remove the applique from the trunk lid. 4. Twist and pull the bulb sockets (B) from the trunk lid applique. 5. Twist and/or pull the old bulb from the bulb socket. 6. Twist and/or push the new bulb ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected at least twice... pattern. The blades are more accessible for removal/replacement while in this position. 3. Pull the windshield wiper... blade length and type, see "Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts" in the Index. 6-40...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ... manufacturer. If you ever have questions about your tire warranty and where to obtain service, see your Buick Warranty booklet for details. CAUTION: (Continued)... worn, or if your tires have been damaged, replace them. CAUTION: Poorly maintained and improperly used tires ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ... may look properly inflated even when they're underinflated. Be sure to put the valve caps back on the valve stems. They help prevent leaks by keeping out dirt and moisture. ... Too much flexing D Too much heat D Tire overloading D Bad wear D Bad handling D Bad fuel economy NOTICE: (Continued) 6-42
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    ... LOW TIRE light will also be displayed (while the ignition is on) until you reset (calibrate) the system....reset the tire inflation monitor system without first correcting the cause of the problem and checking ... repaired or replaced, you'll need to reset (calibrate) the tire inflation monitor system....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    To reset (calibrate) the system: 1. Turn the ignition to RUN. 2. Locate the red RESET button inside of your instrument panel fuse block. The fuse .... Then it will go off. If the light doesn't go off, see your dealer for service. The system completes the calibration process during ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ...the tires have been rotated, adjust the front and rear inflation pressures as shown on the Tire-Loading Information label. Reset the Tire Inflation Monitor system. See "Tire Inflation Monitor System" in the Index. Make certain that all wheel nuts are properly tightened. See ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    ...ride and other things during normal service on your vehicle. If your tires ...mud and snow). If you ever replace your tires with those not having ... bias-ply tires on your vehicle, the wheel rim flanges could develop cracks ... many miles of driving. A tire and/or wheel could fail suddenly, causing a crash....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ... AA Temperature A The following information relates to the system developed by the United States National Highway ... tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system does not apply to deep tread,... from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    ...represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law. Warning:...wheels may need to be rebalanced. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked, or badly ...wheel nuts should be replaced. If the wheel leaks air, replace it (except some aluminum...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    ... to have the right wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts for your vehicle. NOTICE: The wrong wheel can also cause problems with bearing life, brake cooling, speedometer or odometer calibration, headlamp aim, bumper height, vehicle ground clearance and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    ...to clean your vehicle, be sure to follow the manufacturer's warnings and instructions. And always open your doors or windows when you're cleaning the ... fastened. Drive slowly and follow the chain manufacturer's instructions. If you can hear the chains contacting your ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    Don't use any of these unless this manual says you can. In many uses, these will damage your vehicle: D Use ... Care and Materials" in the Index. Here are some cleaning tips: D Always read the instructions on the cleaner label. D Clean up stains as soon as you can -- before they set. D Carefully ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    Special Fabric Cleaning Problems Stains caused by such things as catsup, coffee (black), ... water. 2. If a stain remains, follow the cleaner instructions described earlier. 3. If an odor lingers ... completely. 3. If a stain remains, follow the cleaner instructions described earlier. Cleaning Vinyl Use ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    ...surface finish. NOTICE: Don't use abrasive cleaners on glass, because they may cause scratches. Avoid placing decals on the inside rear window, since they may have to be scraped off later. Care of Safety Belts Keep belts clean and dry. CAUTION: ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ...the wiper blades and clean them as necessary; replace blades that look worn. Cleaning the Outside of... acid or abrasives. All cleaning agents should be flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on... more frequent application may be required. See "Recommended Fluids and Lubricants" in the Index. 6-54
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ...a car washing soap to clean exterior lamps and lenses. Follow instructions under "Washing Your Vehicle." Finish Care Occasional waxing or mild...your vehicle's finish if they remain on painted surfaces. Wash the vehicle as soon as possible. If necessary, use non-abrasive cleaners that are marked...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ... Damage If your vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement, make sure the body repair shop applies anti-corrosion material to the parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection. Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    ... 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 ...corrosion (rust) can occur on the underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame, floor pan and exhaust system even though they have corrosion protection...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials 6-58
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ...Engine Identification The 8th character in your VIN is the engine code. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications and replacement parts. Service Parts Identification Label You’ll find this label on the inside of the trunk lid. Itମ.
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    ... stop until the motor cools. If the overload is caused by some electrical problem, have it fixed. Power Windows and Other Power Options Circuit breakers in the instrument panel fuse block protect the power windows and other power accessories. When the current ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    ... off the cover labeled FUSES to expose the fuses. Circuit Breaker TIRE RESET PWR WINDOWS, PWR SUNROOF REAR DEFOG POWER SEATS Blank Usage Tire Inflation Monitor Reset Button Power Windows, Power Sunroof Rear Window Defogger Power Seats Not Used 6-61
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    ..., License Lamps Radio Heated Mirrors Cruise Control Not Used Instrument Panel Cluster Cigarette Lighter, Auxiliary Power Connection (Power Drop) POWER MIRRORS Power Mirrors Not Used Panel Dimming Not Used Ignition Signal: Hot in Run, Unlock and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    ... STOP LAMPS ONSTAR FRT PARK LPS POWER DROP Usage Stoplamps OnStarR Parking Lamps Auxiliary Power Connection (Power Drop): Hot in ACC and Run Crank Signal... Head, Remote Keyless Entry, Cluster High Blower Audio Steering Wheel Controls Wipers CRANK SIGNAL, BCM, CLUSTER HVAC BTSI PARK LOCK AIR...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    ... the vehicle. See "Engine Compartment Overview" in the Index for more information on location. Maxi Fuse 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Usage ABS Starter Solenoid Power Seats, Rear Defog, Heated Seats High Blower, Hazard Flasher, Stoplamps, Power ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    ... Used Usage A/C Clutch Horn Not Used Not Used Fuel Pump Usage Not Used Generator ECM A/C Compressor Clutch...43 SYMBOL Usage Horn Fuel Injector Oxygen Sensor Engine Emissions Not Used Headlamp (Right) Rear Compartment Release Parking Lamps Fuel Pump Headlamp (Left) Spare Spare Spare Spare Spare Spare ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    ...Complete Overhaul ...10.0 quarts (9.5 L) When draining/replacing converter, more fluid will be needed. Cooling System Including Reservoir ...11.3 ... to the approximate level, as recommended in this manual. See "Recommended Fluids and Lubricants" in the Index. Engine Specifications Engine VIN Code...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ... Air Conditioning Refrigerant R-134a ...2.3 lbs. (1.0 kg) Use Refrigerant Oil, R-134a Systems Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...Type A1208C* Passenger Compartment Air Filter ...10406026 Engine Oil Filter ...Type PF47* Spark Plugs ...Type 41-940* Gap: 0....
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ...your vehicle. Your vehicle needs these services to retain its safety, dependability and emission control performance. 7-2 7-4 7-15 Introduction Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services Part B: Owner Checks and Services 7-19 7-21 7-23 Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections Part D: Recommended Fluids ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ...your dealer for details. Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections and recommended fluids and lubricants as prescribed in this manual are necessary to keep your vehicle in good working condition. Any damage caused by failure to follow...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    ...let your dealer's service department or another qualified service center do these jobs. "Part B: Owner Checks and Services" tells... inspections that your dealer's service department or another qualified service center should perform. "Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants" lists some ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    ...€™ll know that GM-trained and supported service people will perform the work using genuine GM parts. The proper fluids and lubricants to use are ... in Part D. Make sure whoever services your vehicle uses these. All parts should be replaced and all necessary repairs done before...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    ... @ Whenever the tires are rotated, the Tire Inflation Monitor System must be reset. + A good time to check your brakes is during tire rotation. See "Brake System Inspection" under "Periodic Maintenance Inspections" in Part C of this schedule. 7-5
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    ... will indicate that an oil change is necessary. A CHANGE OIL SOON light will come on. Change your oil as soon ...Oil Life System" in the Index for information on resetting the system. An Emission Control Service. t Your vehicle has a computer system that lets you know when to change the engine oil ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    Scheduled Maintenance 7-7
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    Scheduled Maintenance 7-8
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    ... (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 15,000 Miles (25 000 km) j Inspect engine air cleaner filter if you are driving in dusty conditions. Replace filter if necessary. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote [.) j Replace passenger compartment air filter. If you ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    ... footnote @.) (See footnote +.) j Replace engine air cleaner filter. An Emission Control Service. DATE ACTUAL ... ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 45,000 Miles (75 000 km) j Inspect engine air cleaner... filter if necessary. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote [.) j Replace passenger compartment air ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    .... - Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle ...000 miles (166 000 km). DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 52,500 Miles (87 500 km) j ...rotation pattern and additional information. (See footnote @.) (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 7-11
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    ... accessory drive belt. An Emission Control Service. j Replace engine air cleaner filter. An Emission Control ... ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: 75,000 Miles (125 000 km) j Inspect engine air cleaner... filter if necessary. An Emission Control Service. (See footnote [.) j Replace passenger compartment air ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 330
    ... information. (See footnote @.) (See footnote +.) DATE ACTUAL MILEAGE SERVICED BY: j Replace passenger compartment air filter. If you drive ... may require replacement more often. j Replace engine air cleaner filter. An Emission Control Service. j Rotate tires. See "Tire Inspection and Rotation"...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    Scheduled Maintenance j Inspect spark plug wires. An Emission Control Service. j Replace spark plugs. An Emission Control Service. j Change automatic transaxle fluid and filter if the vehicle is mainly driven 100,000 Miles (166 ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    ... Washer Fluid" in the Index for further details. Engine Coolant Level Check At Each Fuel Fill It is important for you or a service station attendant to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill. Engine Oil Level Check Check the engine oil ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    ... the transaxle fluid level; add if needed. See "Automatic Transaxle Fluid" in the Index. A fluid loss may indicate a problem. Check the system and repair if needed. At Least Once a Year Key Lock Cylinders Service Lubricate the key lock ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ...in any other position, your vehicle needs service. CAUTION: When you are doing this check, the vehicle ... ready to apply the regular brake immediately if the vehicle begins to move. 3. With the engine off, turn ..., but don't start the engine. Without applying the regular brake, try to move the shift ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    ...only in LOCK. Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle PARK (P) Mechanism Check the engine running ... this until the vehicle is held by the parking brake only. ability: With the engine running, shift to PARK... the regular brake at once should the vehicle begin to move. Underbody Flushing Service At least...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    ... system for damaged, loose or missing parts, signs of wear or lack of lubrication. Inspect the power steering lines and hoses for proper hook-up, ... axle boot seals for damage, tears or leakage. Replace seals if necessary. Exhaust System Inspection Inspect the complete exhaust ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    ... System Inspection Inspect the complete fuel system for damage or leaks. Throttle System Inspection Inspect ...control cables. Engine Cooling System Inspection Inspect the hoses and have them replaced ...and pressure cap is recommended at least once a year. Brake System Inspection Inspect the complete ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    ...-COOLR or HavolineR DEX-COOLR Coolant. See "Engine Coolant" in the Index. Delco Supreme 11R Brake Fluid (GM Part No. 12377967 or ... brake fluid). GM OptikleenR Washer Solvent (GM Part No. 1051515) or equivalent. Hydraulic Brake System Windshield Washer Solvent 7-21
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    USAGE Power Steering System FLUID/LUBRICANT GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part No. 1052884 - 1 pint, 1050017 - 1 quart, or equivalent). DEXRONR-III Automatic Transmission Fluid. Multi-Purpose Lubricant, SuperlubeR (GM Part No. 12346241 or equivalent). USAGE Hood Latch Assembly, Secondary Latch,...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    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 the maintenance interval. Any additional information from "Owner Checks and ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-24
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-25
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-26
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-27
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    Maintenance Record DATE ODOMETER READING SERVICED BY MAINTENANCE PERFORMED 7-28
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    Section 8 Customer Assistance Information Here you will find out how to contact Buick if you need assistance. This section also tells you how to obtain service publications and how to report any safety defects. 8-2 8-4 8-4 8-5 8-6 8-7 Customer ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    ... Procedure Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your dealer and to Buick. Normally, any concerns with the sales transaction or the operation of ... level. If the matter has already been reviewed with the sales, service or parts manager, contact the owner of the dealership or the general ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    ...concern cannot be resolved by the dealership without further help, contact the Buick Customer Assistance Center by calling 1-800-521-7300. ... D Dealership name and location D Vehicle delivery date and present mileage When contacting Buick, please remember that your concern will likely be resolved at ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ... limitations and/or discontinue its participation in this program. Customer Assistance Offices Buick encourages customers to call the toll-free number for assistance. If a U.S. customer wishes to write to Buick, the letter should be addressed to Buick's Customer Assistance Center. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    Canada General Motors of Canada Limited Customer Communication Centre, 163-005 1908 ...wheelchair/scooter lifts, etc.). All Overseas Locations Please contact the local General Motors ... mobility equipment installers. The program is available for a limited period of time from the date of vehicle purchase...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    ...service through our network of Buick dealers. Buick Premium Roadside Assistance provides an extra... or making arrangements to tow your vehicle to the nearest Buick dealer. We will provide the following... Motor Division is proud to offer Buick Premium Roadside Assistance to customers for vehicles covered...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 352
    ...numbers of the following additional services depending on your needs: D Hotels D Glass replacement D Tire repair ...Vehicle license plate number Buick reserves the right to limit services or reimbursement to an owner or driver ...we're only a phone call away. Buick Roadside Assistance -- 1-800-252-1112,...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 353
    Courtesy Transportation Buick has always exemplified quality and value in its offering of motor ... keep driving it until it can be scheduled for service, unless, of course, the problem is safety-related. If ... wait. However, if you are unable to wait Buick helps minimize your inconvenience by providing ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    ... arrange transportation through a friend or relative, reimbursement for reasonable fuel expenses up to $10 per day (five ... coverage, credit card, etc. You are responsible for fuel usage charges and may also be ... and all program options, such as shuttle service, may not be available at every dealer. ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    ...the Complete Vehicle Coverage period of the General Motors of Canada New Vehicle Limited Warranty, alternative transportation may be available under the Courtesy ... and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer or General Motors. To contact ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ...immediately notify Transport Canada, in addition to notifying General Motors of Canada Limited. You may write to: Transport Canada 330 Sparks Street Tower C Ottawa...us. Please call us at 1-800-521-7300, or write: Buick Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33136 Detroit, MI ...
  • 2002 Buick Century | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    SERVICE PUBLICATIONS ORDERING INFORMATION Service Manuals Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair information on engines, transmission, axle, suspension, brakes, electrical, steering, body, etc. RETAIL SELL PRICE: $120.00 Owner's Information Owner publications ...



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