2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner's Manual

2004 Oldsmobile Alero Manual

2004 Oldsmobile Alero manual table of contents:

  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Manual Seats and Restraint Systems ...1-1 Front Seats ...1-2 Rear Seats ...1-8 Safety Belts ...1-9 Child Restraints ...1-32 Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) ...1-54 Restraint System Check ...1-60 Features and Controls ...2-1 Keys ...2-2 Doors and Locks ...2-7 ...
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    ..., Incorporated P.O. Box 07130 Detroit, MI 48207 GENERAL MOTORS, GM, the GM Emblem, OLDSMOBILE, the OLDSMOBILE Rocket Emblem and the name ALERO are registered trademarks of General Motors Corporation. This manual includes the latest information at the time it was ...
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    Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning. You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book. This safety symbol means “Donମ.
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    ... see warning labels on your vehicle. They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE. Vehicle Symbols Your vehicle has components and labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols, used on your vehicle, are shown along with the text describing the operation or information relating to a specific ...
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    These are some examples of vehicle symbols you may find on your vehicle: v
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    ✍ NOTES vi
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    ...60 Checking Your Restraint Systems ...1-60 Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash ...1-61 Front Seats ...1-2 Manual Seats ...1-2 Six-... ...1-15 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ...1-22 Right Front Passenger Position ...1-23 Rear Seat Passengers ...1-23 Center ...
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    Front Seats Manual Seats {CAUTION: You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to adjust a manual driver's seat while the vehicle is moving. The sudden movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you don't want to. Adjust the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... the control toward the front or rear of the vehicle. • Raise or lower the entire seat cushion by holding the control up or down. To adjust the ...and the seatback will go to an upright position. • Raise or lower the front of the seat cushion by holding the front of the control up or down. • ...
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    ... crash the belt could go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at your pelvic bones. This could cause serious internal injuries. For proper protection ... 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 ...
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    Head Restraints Seatback Latches For two-door model vehicles, the front seatbacks fold forward to let people get into the back seat. The seatback latch is designed for one-handed operation. To fold a front seatback forward, lift the seatback latch fully without pushing forward on the seatback to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ...the right front seatback forward after lifting the seatback latch fully. 2. Slide the seat forward to allow someone to get into the rear seat area. 3....crash, the person sitting there could be injured. After you've used it, be sure to push rearward on an easy entry seat to be sure it is locked. 1-6
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    ... your vehicle has this feature, to move the power lift seat forward or rearward, pull up on the lever located ... you want it and release the lever. Try to move the seat with your body to make sure the ... into place. To raise or lower the power lift seat, hold the switch located on the outboard side of ...
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    Rear Seats {CAUTION: Rear Seat Operation Folding the Seatback If your vehicle has this feature, do the... right strap operates the passenger's side rear split seat. The left strap operates the driver's side rear split seat. If the seatback isn't locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or ...
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    ...Belts {CAUTION: Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not... and safety belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a safety belt properly. {CAUTION: Don't let...
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    ... 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. 1-10
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    Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn't stop. 1-11
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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... 1-12
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    Questions and Answers About Safety Belts Q: Won't I be trapped in the vehicle after an accident if I'm ... bag system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. Even if you're ... buckle up to get the most protection. That's true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in ...
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    ..., why should I wear safety belts? How to Wear Safety Belts Properly This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things ... want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We'll start with the driver position. A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you're...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    Driver Position This part describes the driver's restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a ...wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat so you can sit up straight. To... latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on ...
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    ... on the buckle end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder belt. The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the ... belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. The ...
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    ... to the desired position. You can move the adjuster up just by pushing on the shoulder belt guide. After you move the adjuster to where you want it, try to move it down without ... is centered on your shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder. 1-17
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    ... 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 will not give nearly as much protection this way. 1-18
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    ... 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 into the buckle nearest you. A: The belt is buckled in the wrong ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to ...vehicle. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible, below the rounding, throughout the pregnancy. 1-22
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    ... seat passengers to buckle up! Accident statistics show that unbelted people in the rear seat are hurt more often in crashes than those who are wearing safety belts. ... locking feature. If this happens, just let the belt go back all the way and start again. Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions 1-23
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    ... clicks. 1. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted. The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across ... buckle it. Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt is not long enough, see Safety Belt Extender on page 1-31. Make sure the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... 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 on the hips, just ... belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. 1-25
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    The safety belt locks if there is 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 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    Center Rear Passenger Position Lap Belt When you sit in the center seating position, you have a lap safety belt, which has no retractor. To make the belt longer, tilt the latch plate and pull it along the belt. 1-27
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as 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 on page 1-31. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ...the neck and head. There is one guide for each outside passenger position in the rear seat. To provide added safety belt comfort... on the shoulder belts. Here is how to install a comfort guide and use the safety belt: 1. Pull the elastic cord out from between the edge of the seatback and the interior...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... belt. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. 3. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top. 1-30
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ... the vehicle's safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. But if a safety belt isn't long enough to ...just for you, and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose. Don't let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. To wear it, just attach it to the...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... that children are safer if they are restrained in the rear seat. In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike other people who ..., or can be thrown out of the vehicle. Older children need to use safety belts properly. Older children who have outgrown booster seats should wear the vehicleମ.
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    ... crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. Q: What if a ...is sitting in a rear seat outside position, see Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and ..., you might want to place the child in the center seat position, the one that has only a lap belt....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ... 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 ... distance traveled nor the age and size of the traveler changes the need, for everyone, to use safety restraints. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ...the protection provided by appropriate restraints. Young children should not use the vehicle's adult safety belts alone, unless there is no other choice. Instead, they need to use a child restraint. {CAUTION: People should never hold a ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ... protection for adults and older children, but not for young children and infants. Neither ...particular restraint should take into consideration not only the child's weight, height and age but also whether or not the restraint will be compatible with the motor vehicle in which it will be used. 1-36
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ...many different models available. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure it is designed to be used in a motor vehicle. If it is, the restraint will have a label saying ..., so the crash forces can be distributed across the strongest part of an infant's body, the back and shoulders. Infants always ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    Child Restraint Systems An infant car bed (A), a special bed made for use in a motor vehicle, is an infant restraint system designed to restrain or ... 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...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... such as T-shaped 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 some... seats have a five-point harness. A booster seat can also help a child to see ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ...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 .... You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system in your vehicle, but the child also...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ...vehicle. Some top strap-equipped child restraints are designed for use with or without the top strap being anchored. Others require the top...restraint. If yours requires that the top strap be anchored, don't use the restraint unless it is anchored properly. If the child restraint does not have a top...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ...Anchor the top strap to an anchor point specified in Top Strap Anchor Location on page 1-43. 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 placed. 1-42
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    ..., designed to make installation of child restraints easier, does not use the vehicle's safety belts. Instead, it ... restraint attachments to secure the restraints. Some restraints also use another vehicle anchor to secure a top tether strap (C). Do not use a child restraint with a top strap in the ...
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    In order to use the LATCH system in your vehicle, you need a child restraint designed for that system. 1-44
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    ... that a LATCH-type child restraint is properly installed using the anchorage points, or use the vehicle's safety belts to secure the ...Designed for the LATCH System" or "Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position" in the Index for information on how to secure a child restraint in your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... the LATCH System 1. Find the anchors for the seating position you want to use, where the bottom of the seatback meets the ... child restraint does not have the LATCH system, you'll be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    Tilt the latch plate to adjust the belt if needed. 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. 1-47
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... up on the shoulder belt while you push down on the child restraint. If you're using a forward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. 5. Push and pull the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ...if the child restraint has one. If your child restraint does not have the LATCH system, you'll be using the lap belt to secure the child restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that came with the child restraint. Secure the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... belt, pull its free end while you push down on the child restraint. If you're using a forward-facing child restraint, you may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. 6. Push and pull the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position Your vehicle has a right front .... Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this seat. Here is why: {CAUTION: A child in a rear-facing ... Always secure a rear-facing child restraint in a rear seat. If your child restraint is equipped with ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ...a forward-facing child restraint in the right front seat, you will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the restraint in this position. Be sure to follow the instructions that came... the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. See Manual Seats on...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    ...lock. 6. To tighten the belt, feed the shoulder belt back into the retractor while you push down on the child restraint. You may find it helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. 7. Push and pull the child restraint in different directions to be sure it ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) This part explains the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or air bag ... designed to work with safety belts, but don't replace them. Air bags are designed to deploy only ... designed to inflate at all in rollover, rear or low-speed frontal crashes, or in many side ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ... for adults, but CAUTION: (Continued) There is a 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 on ...
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    Where Are the Air Bags? The right front passenger's air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side. The driver's air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. 1-56
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    ... 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. An air bag is... in many side impacts because inflation would not help the occupant. In any particular crash, no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ..., air bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of ... for the right front passenger's bag - will be hot for a short time. The parts of the bag that come into contact with you may be warm, but not too hot to touch. ...
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    ... 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. • Your vehicle is equipped with a crash sensing and diagnostic module, which records ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ...-Equipped Vehicle Air bags affect how your vehicle should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around your ... wires wrapped with yellow tape or yellow connectors. They are probably part of the air bag system. Be sure to follow proper service procedures, and make sure ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash If the LATCH system was being used during a more severe crash, you may need new ... may be necessary even if the belt or LATCH system wasn't being used at the time of the collision. If your seat adjuster won't work after a crash, the special ...
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    ✍ NOTES 1-62
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    Section 2 Features and Controls Starting Your Engine ...2-18 Engine Coolant Heater ...2-20 Automatic ... Parked ...2-32 Mirrors ...2-33 Manual Rearview Mirror ...2-33 Outside Remote Control Mirror ...2-... Theft-Deterrent Systems ...2-16 Passlock® ...2-16 Starting and Operating Your Vehicle ...2-16 New ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    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. Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children. 2-2
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    One key is used for the ignition and all locks. Remote Keyless Entry System If equipped,.... If you lose your key, your dealer can easily make another one by using the key ...or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment. 2-3
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ...lock and unlock your doors or unlock your trunk from about 3 feet (1 m) up to 30 feet (9 m) away using the remote keyless entry transmitter supplied with your ... to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See "Battery Replacement" under Remote Keyless Entry System Operation...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ... is turned on. The parking lamps will flash twice to indicate unlocking has occurred. Programmable Horn Chirp When you use the remote keyless entry transmitter to lock the doors or use the delayed locking feature the parking lamps will flash and the horn ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your remote keyless entry transmitter should last about four years. You ... surfaces may damage the transmitter. To replace the battery in the remote keyless entry transmitter do the following: 1. Use a flat object like a ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ...: (Continued) • There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the outside, use your key or remote keyless entry system, if your vehicle is ... this feature. If your vehicle has remote keyless entry, you can only use your key to unlock the driver's side door. 2-7
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... power door lock switch will not immediately lock the other doors. Instead a seven second delay will start and three chimes will be heard. Seven seconds after the...you can lock or unlock all of the doors on your vehicle using the driver's or front passenger's door lock switch. Press...
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    ... REVERSE (R) and the key is turned to OFF. Mode 2: This mode is only available with the remote keyless entry ... lock when the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8 km/h). No automatic door unlock. Mode ... automatically lock when the transaxle is shifted out of PARK (P). No automatic door unlock. Mode ...
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    ... brake engaged and turn the ignition to ON. 2. Press and hold the lower part of the power door lock... vehicle is in. You can change the mode by pressing and holding the lower part of the power door ...switch is located on the inside of each rear door. To use the security locks, do the following to each ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ... your vehicle cannot be opened from the inside when this feature is in use. If you want to open a rear door... has left the key in the ignition from locking the doors, using the power door locks while any ... key in the ignition, or if you use the manual door lock or the remote keyless entry transmitter, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... way. See "Engine Exhaust" in the Index. Trunk To unlock the trunk from the outside, insert the key and turn the trunk lock cylinder or use the remote keyless entry transmitter, if your vehicle has this feature. When closing the trunk, push ...
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    ... speed is less than 2 mph (3 km/h). Notice: Using the emergency trunk release handle as a tie-down... point when securing items in the trunk may damage it. Use the emergency trunk release handle only to... trunk latch. This handle will glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle up to open ...
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    ... dealer. This kit includes: • a modified trunk latch, • a lighted release handle, and • seatback tethers (for vehicles ... leave a child alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather. Manual Windows On a vehicle with manual windows, use the window crank to open ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ... four-door models, the driver's power window controls also include a window lockout. Press the right side of the lockout switch (LOCK) to prevent the passengers from using their window switches. The driver can still operate all of the windows with the lock on. Sun Visors To block out glare, you ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... the ignition key is turned to ON and the engine is started. After attempting to start the engine, if the SECURITY light flashes or stays on, wait ten minutes with the key in ON until the light goes off. Then turn the ignition to OFF before attempting to start the engine again....
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    ...ACCESSORY): This position unlocks the transaxle. It also lets you use things like the radio and windshield wipers when the engine is not running. To use ACCESSORY, turn the key clockwise to the first position. Use this position if your vehicle must be ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ...and start the engine. Your vehicle won't start if the clutch pedal is not all the way down - that's a safety feature. Starting Your 2.2L L4 ECOTEC™ Engine ... a safety feature. To restart when you're already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Notice: Shifting into PARK (P) with...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    .... If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before ... about one-quarter of the way down while you turn the key to START. Do this until the engine starts. .... If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the engine operates. Before ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle. At temperatures above 32°F (0°C), use of the coolant heater is not required. 2-20
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    To Use the Engine Coolant Heater 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. On the ... the cord into a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt AC outlet. If the cord will not reach, use a heavy-duty three-prong extension cord rated for at least 15 amps. 4. Before starting ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... 2-28. If you are pulling a trailer, see Towing a Trailer on page 4-39. PARK (P): This position locks your front wheels. It is the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can not move easily. 2-22
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    ...Park (P) on page 2-30 later in this section. REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up. Notice: Shifting ...engine doesn't connect with the wheels. To restart when you're already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when your vehicle is being towed. {CAUTION: Shifting into a drive gear ...
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    ... tires or holding the vehicle in one place on a hill using only the accelerator pedal may damage the... If you are stuck, do not spin the tires. When stopping on a hill, use the brakes to hold the... speeds until then. THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving. However, it offers more power...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ..., press the clutch pedal and the brake pedal, and shift to Neutral. Neutral: Use this position when you start or idle your engine. REVERSE (R): To...to REVERSE (R) only after your vehicle is stopped. Also, use REVERSE (R), along with the parking brake, for parking your vehicle. Once...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    Shift Speeds Up-Shift Light If you have a manual transaxle, you may have a... show you when to shift to the next higher gear for the best fuel economy. When this light comes on, you can shift to... accelerate slowly and shift when the light comes on. {CAUTION: If you skip a gear when you downshift, you ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ...on the parking brake handle. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on. See Brake System Warning Light on page 3-... brake system and cause premature wear or damage to brake system parts. Verify that the parking brake is fully released and the brake warning light is off before ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    ...injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow. If you are pulling a trailer, see...Push the shift lever all the way toward the front of the vehicle. 3. Turn the ignition key to OFF. 4. Remove the key and take it ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    ...into PARK (P) properly before you leave the driver's seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park ...vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set.... fire. You or others could be injured. Do not leave your vehicle with the engine running. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... still can't shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1. Turn the ignition key to ACCESSORY. There is no shift interlock in this key position. 2. Apply and hold the brake... end of Step 4. 3. Shift the transaxle to NEUTRAL (N). 4. Start the vehicle and then shift to the gear you want. 5. Have ...
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    ...the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you can not see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death.... the road or over road debris. • Repairs were not done correctly. • Your vehicle or exhaust system had... that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Do not park over ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... Your Engine While You Are Parked It is better not to park with the engine running. But if you ... out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set.... others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle will not move, even when you are on fairly level ground...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    Mirrors Manual Rearview Mirror The mirror can be adjusted two ways. First, to adjust the ... these controls are located on the driver's door. Outside Remote Control Mirror The outside rearview mirror should... which mirror you want to adjust. Then use the arrows on the control pad to move the mirror in...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ..., you could hit a vehicle on your right. Check your inside mirror or glance over your shoulder before changing lanes. Cupholder(s) Pull down the door on the rear of the center console to use the rear seat cupholders. 2-34
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    ... your vehicle has an electrical failure. Notice: If you force the sunshade forward of the sliding glass panel, damage will occur and the sunroof may not open or close properly. Always close the glass panel before closing the sunshade. Sunroof If your vehicle has this feature, the switch is located ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ✍ NOTES 2-36
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ...Oil Pressure Light ...3-35 Change Engine Oil Light ...3-36 Security Light ...3-37 Cruise Control Light ...3-37 Low Washer Fluid Warning Light ...3-37 Service Vehicle Soon Light ...3-38 Fuel Gage ...3-38 Audio System(s) ...3-39 Setting the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    Instrument Panel Overview 3-2
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    ...page 5-10. L. Cruise Control Switches (If Equipped). See Cruise Control on page 3-10. M. Tilt Wheel Lever. See Tilt Wheel on page 3-5. N. Ignition Switch. See Ignition Positions on page 2-17. O. Windshield Wiper/Washer Lever. See Windshield Wiper Lever on page 3-9. P. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ...instrument panel. Your hazard warning flashers work no matter what position your key is in, and even ...flashers off. When the hazard warning flashers are on, your turn signals won't work. Your hazard warning... They also let police know you have a problem. Your front and rear turn signal lamps will...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ...tilt wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive. You can raise it ... vehicle. The lever that allows you to tilt the steering wheel is located on the left side of the steering column. ... pull the lever toward you. Then move the wheel to a comfortable position and release the lever to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    ...An arrow on the instrument panel cluster will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change. The lever on the left side of the steering column includes the following: Turn and Lane-Change Signals Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer Flash-to-Pass Exterior Lamps Control For...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    To signal a lane change, just raise or lower the lever until the arrow starts to flash. Hold it there until you complete your lane change. The ... column operates the exterior lamps. O(Exterior Lamps): Turn the outside part of the lever with the symbol on it, to operate the lamps. 3-7
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ... turn on the headlamps, together with the previously listed lamps and lights. AUTO: Turn the control to this position to... Flash-to-Pass Feature This feature lets you use your high-beam headlamps to signal ...front of you that you want to pass. To use it, pull the turn signal/multifunction lever toward ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ...wiper blades before using them. If they're frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen ... inserts. Use this lever located on the right side of the steering wheel to operate the windshield wipers.... be adjusted when the lever is in the INT position. Use this position for light rain or snow. Heavy snow...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... at the end of the lever until the washers begin. Cruise Control {CAUTION: In freezing weather, do not use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision. When ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ... can not drive safely at a steady speed. So, do not use your cruise control on winding roads or ... can cause needless wheel spinning, and you could lose control. Do not use cruise control on slippery roads. {...: If you leave your cruise control on when you are not using cruise, you might hit a button ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... after you turn on the cruise control by pressing the CST SET button. Reducing Speed While Using Cruise ... while using cruise control: Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to ..., you'll go 1 mph (1.6 km/h) slower. • Use the accelerator pedal to get to the higher speed. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control Use the accelerator pedal to increase your speed. When you take ... you set earlier. Ending Cruise Control There are five ways to turn off the cruise control: Using Cruise Control on Hills How well your cruise control will work on hills depends upon...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    .... • the light sensor detects daytime light, • the parking brake is released, and • the shift lever is not in PARK (P) on vehicles with ..., the taillamps, sidemarker lamps, parking lamps and instrument panel lights will not be illuminated unless you have turned the exterior lamps control to the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... affect the system. The DRL and Automatic Headlamp Systems will only be affected when the light sensor sees a change in lighting lasting longer than this delay. If you start your vehicle in a dark garage, the automatic headlamp system will come on ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ...lamps is located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel, beside the instrument panel brightness thumbwheel. When using the fog lamps, the ignition must be on as well as the parking lamps or the low-beam headlamps. Press the button to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    Entry/Exit Lighting The lamps inside your vehicle will go on when you open any ... Lamp The switch on this lamp has three positions. The ON position will turn on the light. The DOOR position will turn on the light whenever a door is opened or when the instrument panel brightness thumbwheel is moved up....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ... equipment, be sure to follow the proper installation instructions included with the equipment. Notice: Improper use of the power outlet can cause ... for extended periods will drain the battery. Always turn off electrical equipment when not in use and do not plug in equipment that exceeds the maximum ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter To use the lighter, push it in all the way and let ...Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter in while it is heating will not allow the lighter to back away from the heating ... and ventilation for your vehicle. Operation To change the current mode, select one of the following:...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... cold outside 0°F (−18°C) or lower, use the engine coolant heater, if equipped, to provide warmer... faster to your vehicle. An engine coolant heater warms the coolant that the engine uses to provide heat ...keeps outside air from coming in the vehicle. It can be used to prevent outside air and odors ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ... of fog or moisture and warm the passengers. Use the defrost mode to remove fog or frost from the windshield more quickly. Turn the right knob to ... control system is used properly. There are two modes to choose from to clear fog or frost from your windshield. Use the 3-21
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    ... defogger can also be turned off turning off the engine. Notice: Don't use anything ... tape, a decal or anything similar to the defogger grid. Use the sliding levers on the air outlets located in...inlets at the base of the windshield that may block the flow of air into your vehicle. • Use of non-...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... objectionable odor outside the vehicle is encountered, use the recirculation mode, with the temperature knob at a comfortable ... pages, some warning lights come on briefly when you start the engine just to let..., Gages and Indicators This part describes the warning lights and gages that may be on your...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ... you're going, how much fuel you're using, and many other things you'll ... or one very similar to it. It includes indicator warning lights and gages that are explained on the following pages. Be.... United States Automatic Transaxle Cluster shown, Manual Transaxle and Canada Clusters similar 3-24...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ...how far your vehicle has been driven, in either miles (used in the United States) or kilometers (used in Canada). Your vehicle has a tamper resistant odometer. The digital odometer will read 999,999 if someone tries to turn it back. Repair or replacement of your instrument panel cluster...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    Safety Belt Reminder Light When the key is turned to ON or START, a chime will come on for several seconds ...electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. The system check ... System (SRS) on page 1-54. This light will come on when you start your vehicle, and ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... the air bag readiness light stays on after you start the vehicle or comes on when you ..., your air bag system may not work properly. Have your vehicle... the air bag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle, it means... the air bag readiness light stays on after you start your vehicle. The air...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ...2-25. United States Canada Brake System Warning Light Your vehicle's hydraulic brake system is divided into two parts. If one part isn't ... you. For good braking, though, you need both parts working well. If the warning light comes on, there is a brake problem. Have your brake system inspected ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    .... If your vehicle has the anti-lock brake system, the light will come on when your engine is started and may stay on for several seconds. That's ..., stop as soon as possible and turn the ignition off. Then start the engine again to reset the system. If the light still stays on, or comes on again ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ... has the Enhanced Traction System (ETS), this warning light should come on briefly as you start the engine. The Enhanced Traction System warning ... and your vehicle may need service. When this warning light is on, the system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving accordingly. engine-related ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ... your vehicle has the Enhanced Traction System (ETS), this light will come on when the system is limiting wheel spin. Engine Coolant Temperature Gage This gage... Enhanced Traction System stops limiting wheel spin. The Enhanced Traction System active light also comes on briefly ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    Low Coolant Warning Light This light comes on briefly when you turn your ignition on. Malfunction Indicator Lamp Service Engine Soon Light in ... you hear a chime, the coolant level in your vehicle is low. See Engine Coolant on page 5-23. If the light is on along with an overheat warning, you may ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... or CHECK ENGINE light comes on to indicate that there is a problem and service is required. Malfunctions ... on your vehicle. Diagnosis and service may be required. • Light On Steady - An emission control ... vehicle. Diagnosis and service may be required. If the Light Is Flashing The following may...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ... once the engine is warmed up. This will be detected by the system and cause the light to turn on. If you experience one or more of these conditions, change the fuel brand you use. It will require at least one full tank of the proper fuel to turn the light off. If none of ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ...the vehicle for inspection. Oil Pressure Light If you have a low engine oil pressure problem, this light will stay on after you start your engine, or come on and you will hear a chime when you are driving. This indicates that your engine ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ... Oil Light The CHANGE OIL light should come on briefly as a bulb check when you start the... not keep driving if the oil pressure is low. If you do, your engine can... oil. If the CHANGE OIL light comes on and stays on after you start the engine, have the oil changed. To reset the CHANGE OIL light, see ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ... is not working properly. Your vehicle is not protected by Passlock® and you should see your dealer. Low Washer Fluid Warning Light United States Canada This light will come on briefly when you turn on the ignition. It will also stay on...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    Service Vehicle Soon Light This light will come on briefly when you turn the ignition to ON. Fuel Gage It will stay on, or ...are four things that some owners ask about. None of these show a problem with your fuel gage: • At the service station, the gas pump shuts off before the gage reads...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... fill the tank. • The indicator moves a little when you turn a corner or speed up. Your audio system ...play your audio system even after the ignition is turned off. See "Retained Accessory Power (RAP...2-17. • The gage goes back to empty when you turn off the ignition. Audio System(s) Notice: ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... seconds until UPDATED appears on the display. If the time is not available from the station, NO UPDATE will appear on the display. RDS time is broadcast once a minute. Once you ... Level) Playing the Radio PWR (Power): Press this knob to turn the system on and off. VOL (Volume): Turn this...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ...to switch between FM1, FM2, and AM. The display will show your selection. TUNE: Turn this knob to select radio stations. Press the right or the left arrow to ...stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM) by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press AM FM to select FM1, FM2, or AM. 3. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... RCL knob. If you turn off the ignition or radio with a CD in the player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the ignition or the radio, the CD will start playing where it stopped, if it was the last selected audio source. 3-42
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    As each new track starts to play, the track number will appear on the display. The CD player can play.../or difficulty in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper .... RND will appear on the display. Press RDM again to turn off random play. OFF will appear on the...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ... If so, wait about an hour and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. Z (Eject): Press this button to eject a CD. Eject ... is pressed first. • The label may be caught in the CD player. If the CD is not playing correctly, for any other reason, try a known good CD. If ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ...Radio Data System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information....radio can do the following: XM™ Satellite Radio Service (48 Contiguous US States) XM™ is..., including song title and artist name. A service fee is required in order to receive the XM™ ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ... adjusts automatically to make up for road and wind noise as you drive. Set the volume at the desired level. ..., SCV automatically increases the volume, as necessary, to overcome noise at any speed. The volume level should always ...as you drive. If you don't want to use SCV, select OFF. RCL (Recall): ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ...knob above the AUDIO button to extend it, then turn the knob to increase or to decrease. If a station ...states, if equipped), by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1,... above the AUDIO button to extend it, then turn the knob to move the sound toward the right...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... to switch to a stronger station with the same program type. To turn alternate frequency on press and hold BAND for...the display. The radio may switch to stronger stations. To turn alternate frequency off press and hold ...select mode. If PTY times out and is no longer on the display, go back to Step 1. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ... not be affected by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. INFO (Information): If... in phone numbers, etc. If the whole message is not displayed, parts of the message will appear every three seconds. To scroll through the message at your own speed, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ... the display. If the brackets are on the display and TRAF is not, you can then press the TRAF button to remove the brackets or use the TUNE knob or the SEEK arrows to go to a station that supports traffic announcements. If no station is found, NO TRAFFIC ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... text data. No action is needed. This message should disappear shortly. This channel is not currently in service. Tune to another channel. This previously assigned channel is no longer ... channel audio (after 4 second delay) Channel not in service Channel no longer available CH Off ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ...XM Locked Condition Category Name not available No Text/Informational message available ...category Theft lock active Action Required No category information is available at this time on this channel....channel. Your system is working properly. There are no channels available for the category you selected...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ... a CD in the player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the ignition or radio, the CD will start playing where it stopped, if it was the last selected audio source. As ... in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels to CDs,...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    S SEEK T: Press the left arrow to go to the start of the current track if more than eight ... and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The label may be ... radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem. 3-54
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ...Radio Data System (RDS). RDS features are available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information....radio can do the following: XM™ Satellite Radio Service (48 Contiguous US States) XM™ is..., including song title and artist name. A service fee is required in order to receive the XM™ ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ... adjusts automatically to make up for road and wind noise as you drive. Set the volume at the desired level. ..., SCV automatically increases the volume, as necessary, to overcome noise at any speed. The volume level should always ...as you drive. If you don't want to use SCV, select OFF. RCL (Recall): ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ...on the display. Press the knob above the AUDIO button to extend it, then turn the knob to increase or to decrease. If a station is weak or noisy, you ...six XM2 (48 contiguous US states, if equipped), by performing the following steps: 1. Turn the radio on. 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, AM, or XM1 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... select mode. If PTY times out and is no longer on the display, go back to Step 1. If...program type select mode. PTY will appear on the display. 2. Turn the P-TYPE knob to select a PTY. 3. Once the ... type select mode. PTY will appear on the display. 2. Turn the P-TYPE knob to select a PTY. 3. Once the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ...switch to a stronger station with the same program type. To turn alternate frequency on press and hold ...display. The radio may switch to stronger stations. To turn alternate frequency off press and... by tests of the emergency broadcast system. This feature is not supported by all RDS stations. Setting...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... the display. If the brackets are on the display and TRAF is not, you can then press the TRAF button to remove the brackets or use the TUNE knob or the SEEK arrows to go to a station that supports traffic announcements. If no station is found, NO TRAFFIC ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... text data. No action is needed. This message should disappear shortly. This channel is not currently in service. Tune to another channel. This previously assigned channel is no longer ... channel audio (after 4 second delay) Channel not in service Channel no longer available CH Off ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ...XM Locked Condition Category Name not available No Text/Informational message available ...category Theft lock active Action Required No category information is available at this time on this channel....channel. Your system is working properly. There are no channels available for the category you selected...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... tape slot, to remove the tape and start over. While the tape is playing, use the VOLUME, POWER, AUDIO, .... You may select stations during reverse operation by using TUNE, SEEK, and SCAN. 2 FWD (Forward): .... You may select stations during advance operation by using TUNE, SEEK, and SCAN. 5 SIDE: Press ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... counterclockwise with a pencil. Turn the tape over and repeat. If the hubs do not turn easily, your tape may be damaged and should not be used in the player. Try a new tape to make sure your player is working properly. BROKEN TAPE: If this message is displayed, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    ... a CD in the player, it will stay in the player. When you turn on the ignition or radio, the CD will start playing where it stopped if it was the last selected audio source. As ... in loading and ejecting. If these problems occur try a known good CD. Do not add paper labels to CDs, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    S SEEK T: Press the left arrow to go to the start of the current track if more than eight seconds...and try again. • There may have been a problem while burning the CD. • The label may be ...your radio displays an error message, write it down and provide it to your dealer when reporting the problem.
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ... will be displayed. When the radio and vehicle are turned off, the blinking red light indicates that THEFTLOCK® is armed. With ... be cleaned regularly after every 50 hours of use. Your radio may display CLEAN PLAYR to indicate that you have used your tape player for 50 hours without resetting the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ... prevent the cleaning cassette from being ejected, use the following steps. 1. Turn the ignition on. 2. Turn the radio off. ...action cleaner may not clean as thoroughly as the scrubbing type cleaner. The use of a non-scrubbing ... of Your CD Player The use of CD lens cleaners for CDs is not advised, due ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ..., it could interfere with radio reception. Notice: Using a razor blade or sharp object to clear ... will be displayed. Each time the chime volume is changed, three chimes will sound as an example of the new volume selected. Removing the radio and not replacing it with a factory radio or chime module ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ✍ NOTES 3-70
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    Section 4 Driving Your Vehicle Freeway Driving ...4-22 Before Leaving on a Long Trip ...4-23 Highway Hypnosis ...4-24 Hill and Mountain Roads ...4-24 Winter Driving ...4-26 If You Are Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow ...4-30 Towing ...4-31 Towing Your Vehicle ...4-31 Recreational Vehicle Towing ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... can give about driving is: Drive defensively. Please start with a very important safety device in your ... when the vehicle in front of you is going to brake or turn suddenly. Defensive driving requires that a driver ...-related deaths have been associated with the use of alcohol, with more than 300,000 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ... these laws. The obvious way to eliminate 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 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... about an hour to rid itself of the alcohol in one drink. No amount of coffee or number of cold showers will speed that up. "I will be careful" is not the right ... into the street? A person with even a moderate BAC might not be able to react quickly enough to avoid the collision. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ... if you drive after drinking. Please do not drink and drive or ride with a driver who has ...in a cab; or if you are with a group, designate a driver who will not drink. You have three systems that make ... and road can provide. That means you can lose control of your vehicle. Also see Enhanced Traction ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ..., coordination and eyesight all play a part. So do alcohol, drugs and ... you are driving, brake normally but do not pump your brakes. If you ... power brake assist. But you will use it when you brake. Once the power assist is used up, it may take longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder to push....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... Canada If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this warning light on the instrument panel will come on briefly when you start your vehicle. When you start ...will check itself. You may hear a momentary motor or clicking noise while this test is going on, and you may even notice ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... to stop, even though you have anti-lock brakes. Using Anti-Lock Do not pump the brakes. Just hold ... a slight brake pedal pulsation or notice some noise, but this is normal. Braking in Emergencies At some time, ...to do. Your wheels can stop rolling. Once they do, the vehicle can not respond ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    If you do not have anti-lock, use a "squeeze" braking technique. This ... you've chosen, so you should use the lower gears only when necessary. See Automatic Transaxle Operation ... an Enhanced Traction System (ETS) that limits wheel spin. This is especially useful in slippery road conditions. The ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ...Warning Light on page 3-30. When this warning light is on, the system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving ... System is limiting wheel spin when you press the button to turn the system off, the warning light will ... until there's no longer a current need to limit wheel spin. You can turn the...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... of the tires against the road surface makes it possible for the vehicle to change its path when you turn the front wheels. If there is no traction, inertia will keep the vehicle going in the same direction. If you have ever tried to steer a ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ...can not; there is not room. That is the time for evasive action - steering around the problem. Your vehicle can ...unless you have anti-lock, not enough to lock your wheels. See Braking on page 4-6. ... holding the steering wheel at the recommended 9 and 3 o'clock positions, you can turn it a full 180...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ...-Road Recovery You may find that your right wheels have dropped off the edge of a road onto the... your vehicle straddles the edge of the pavement. You can turn the steering wheel up to one-quarter turn until... front tire contacts the pavement edge. Then turn your steering wheel to go straight down the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... Check your mirrors, glance over your shoulder, and start your left lane change signal before moving out of the right lane ... too rapidly. Even though the brake lamps are not flashing, it may be slowing down or starting to turn. • If you are being passed, make it easy for the following driver to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... foot off the accelerator pedal. If your vehicle starts to slide, ease your foot off the ... way you want the vehicle to go. If you start steering quickly enough, your vehicle may ...vehicle's three control systems. In the braking skid, your wheels are not rolling. In the steering or cornering skid, too...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ... braking skid. If you do not have anti-lock, then in a braking skid (where the wheels are no longer rolling), release enough pressure on the brakes ... down, especially on higher speed roads. Your headlamps can light up only so much road ahead. • In remote areas, watch for animals....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    No one can see as well at night as in the daytime. But as we get older these .... Remember that your headlamps light up far less of a roadway when you are in a turn or curve. Keep your eyes... drivers suffer from night blindness - the inability to see in dim light - and are not even aware of it. 4-17
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... keep your windshield washer tank filled with washer fluid. Replace your windshield wiper inserts when they show signs of streaking or missing areas on the windshield, or when strips of rubber start to separate from the inserts. Rain and wet roads can mean driving trouble. On a wet...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... and you are going fast enough. When your vehicle is hydroplaning, it has little or no contact with the road. Hydroplaning does not happen often. But it can if ...of water or a car wash, apply your brake pedal lightly until your brakes work normally. Driving Through Deep ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... strong forces. If you try to drive through flowing water, as you might at a low water crossing, your vehicle can be carried away. As little as six .... If this happens, you and other vehicle occupants could drown. Do not ignore police warning signs, and otherwise be very cautious about trying to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ... map and plan your trip into an unknown part of the city just as you would for a cross-country trip. • Try to use the freeways that rim and .... A traffic light is there because the corner is busy enough to need it. When a light turns green, and just before you start to move, check both ways for ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ... to the prevailing rate if it is slower. Stay in the right lane unless you want to pass. Before changing lanes, check your mirrors. Then use your turn signal. Just before you leave the lane, glance quickly over your shoulder to make sure there ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ...are some things you can check before a trip: • Windshield Washer Fluid: Is the reservoir full? Are all windows clean inside and outside? • Wiper Blades: Are they... after a day's work - do not plan to make too many miles that first part of the journey. Wear comfortable ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ... as "highway hypnosis"? Or is it just plain falling asleep at the wheel? Call it highway hypnosis, lack of awareness, or ... the vehicle that can make you sleepy. Do not let it happen to you! If it does, your ... get sleepy, pull off the road into a rest, service or parking area and take a nap, get ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ... and also the brakes, tires, cooling system and transaxle. These parts can work hard on mountain roads. • Know how to go... You may see highway signs on mountains that warn of special problems. Examples are long grades, passing or no-passing zones, a falling rocks area or winding roads. Be alert to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    .... • 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 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ...be slick and hard to drive on. But wet ice can be even more trouble because it may offer the least traction of all. You can get wet ice ...hard stop on a slippery road.) Whether you have the anti-lock braking system or not, you will want to begin stopping sooner than you would on dry pavement. Without ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ... you brake so hard that your wheels stop rolling, you will just slide. Brake so your wheels always keep rolling and you can still ... appear in shaded areas where the sun can not reach: around clumps of trees, behind... of you, brake before you are on it. Try not to brake while you are actually on the ice...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... blanket around you. If you have no blankets or extra clothing, make body ...you and kill you. You can not see it or smell it, so you might not know it is in your vehicle. Clear away snow from around the base of your vehicle,... from time to time to be sure snow does not collect there. Open a window just ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... than just idle. That is, push the accelerator slightly. This uses less fuel for the heat that you get ...shown on the speedometer. Notice: Spinning your wheels can destroy parts of your vehicle as well ...Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out." For information about using tire chains on your vehicle, see ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... Vehicle To Get It Out First, turn your steering wheel left and right.... a forward gear (or with a manual transaxle, between FIRST (1) or SECOND (2) and REVERSE (R)), spinning the wheels... press lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transaxle is in gear. By slowly spinning your wheels in the forward...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ... Towing To tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground, follow these steps: 4. To prevent ... on page 5-90 for the location of these fuses. 5. Turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY. 6. Shift your ... the vehicle to tow and then secure it. 2. Turn the ignition switch to OFF. 3. Set the parking ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ... would not be covered by the warranty. Never have your vehicle towed from the rear. 1. Put the front wheels on a dolly. 2. Put the vehicle in PARK (P) for automatic transaxles and Neutral for manual transaxles. 3. Set the parking brake and then remove ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ... 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 change the way your vehicle handles. These could cause you to lose control and crash. Also, overloading can shorten the life ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ... later in this section. Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit Example 2 A. Vehicle Capacity Weight The Tire and Loading Information label shows the seating capacity and the total weight your vehicle can properly carry. This weight is called the vehicle capacity weight. If your vehicle has the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity ..., the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ...kg) 1,000 lbs (453 kg) 0 lbs (0 kg) Refer to your vehicle's tire and loading information label for specific information about your vehicle's capacity weight and seating positions. The combined weight of the driver, passengers and cargo should never exceed your vehicle's capacity weight. 4-37
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... 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 change the way your vehicle handles. These could cause you to lose control and crash. Also, overloading can shorten the life ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... you carry something inside the vehicle, secure it whenever you can. • Do not leave a seat folded down unless you need to. {CAUTION: If you do not use the correct equipment and drive properly, you can lose control when you pull a trailer. For example, if ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ...500 miles (800 km) that you tow a trailer, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle wear in...even that can be too heavy. It depends on how you plan to use your rig. For example, speed, altitude, road grades...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ...your dealer for our trailering information or advice, or you can write us at: Oldsmobile Customer Assistance P.O. Box 33171 Detroit, MI 48232-5171 In Canada...information about your vehicle's maximum load capacity. If you're using a weight-carrying hitch, the trailer tongue (A) should weigh 10-15...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ... The rear bumper on your vehicle is not intended for hitches. Do not attach rental hitches or other bumper-type hitches to it. Use only a frame-mounted hitch that does not attach to the bumper. • Will you have to make any holes in the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... you are driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly as responsive as your vehicle is by itself. Before you start, check all trailer hitch parts and attachments, safety chains, electrical connector, lamps, tires and mirror adjustment. If the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ... PARK (P) for an automatic transaxle or into a gear for a manual transaxle, yet. When parking uphill, turn your wheels away from the curb. When parking ... long or steep downgrade. If you do not shift down, you might have to use your brakes so much that they would get hot and no longer work well. 4-44
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ...If you are trailering, it is a good idea to review this information before you start your trip. Check periodically to see that all hitch nuts and bolts are tight. • start your engine, • shift into a gear, and • release the parking brake. 2. Let up on...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ✍ NOTES 4-46
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ...38 Battery ...5-41 Jump Starting ...5-42 Headlamp Aiming ...5-48 Bulb Replacement ...5-50 Halogen Bulbs ... Fluid ...5-21 Manual Transaxle Fluid ...5-22 Hydraulic Clutch ...5-22 Engine Coolant ...5-23 Engine......5-26 Cooling System ...5-29 Power Steering Fluid ...5-35 Windshield Washer Fluid ...5-36 5-1...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    Section 5 Service and Appearance Care Vehicle Identification ...5-89 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ...5-89 Service Parts Identification Label ...5-89 Electrical System ...5-89 Add-On Electrical Equipment ...5-89 Windshield Wiper Fuses ...5-90 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ...your service needs. You will get genuine GM parts and GM-trained and supported service people. We hope ... service work, you will want to use the proper service manual. It tells you much more about ... you have sufficient knowledge, experience, the proper replacement parts and tools before you attempt...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    ... you may get a heavy knocking noise when you drive. If this occurs, use a gasoline rated at ... can be easily confused. If you use the wrong fasteners, parts can later break or ... compared to other gasoline. Fuel Use of the recommended fuel is an important part of the proper maintenance of your vehicle....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    ... specifications described earlier. Notice: Your vehicle was not designed for fuel that contains methanol. Do not use fuel containing methanol. It can corrode metal parts in your fuel system and also damage the plastic and rubber parts. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    ... fuel contains MMT. General Motors does not recommend the use of such gasolines. Fuels containing MMT can...be hard to find. Never use leaded gasoline or any other fuel not recommended in the previous text on fuel. Costly repairs caused by use of improper fuel would not be covered by your warranty. To...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    The tethered fuel cap is behind a hinged door on the passenger's side of the vehicle. While refueling, hang the tethered fuel cap inside the fuel door. 5-7
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ... for any "hiss" noise to stop. Then unscrew the cap all the way. Be careful not to spill fuel. ... page 3-32. {CAUTION: If a fire starts while you are refueling, do not remove the nozzle. Shut ... wrong type, it may not fit properly. This may cause your malfunction indicator lamp to light and may ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... tools away from any underhood electric fan. {CAUTION: Things that burn can get on hot engine parts and start a fire. These include liquids like fuel, oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer and other fluids, and plastic or ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    Hood Release To open the hood, do the following: 1. Pull the handle located under the instrument panel on the driver's side of the vehicle. 2. Then go to the front of the vehicle and pull up clockwise on the secondary hood release. 5-10
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    3. Lift the hood. 4. Release the hood prop rod from its retainer and put the hood prop into the slot in the hood marked PROP ROD. Before closing the hood, be sure all the filler caps are on properly. Then lift the hood to relieve pressure on the hood prop. Remove the hood prop from the slot in the...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    Engine Compartment Overview When you open the hood on the 2.2L L4 ECOTEC™ ™ engine, you'll see the following: 5-12
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...Coolant Surge Tank. See Cooling System on page 5-29. B. Ground. See Jump Starting on page 5-42. C. Engine Oil Dipstick. See "Checking Engine Oil" in ... Cleaner/Filter on page 5-20. I. Battery. See Battery on page 5-41. J. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See Windshield Washer Fluid ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    When you open the hood on the 3400 V6 engine, you'll see the following: 5-14
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ...Filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-20. G. Battery. See Battery on page 5-41. H. Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir. See Windshield Washer Fluid on page 5-36. Engine Oil Checking Engine Oil It is a good idea to check your engine oil every time you...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ...add at least one quart of oil. But you must use the right kind. This section ... 5-95. Notice: Do not add too much oil. If your engine ... back in when you are through. What Kind of Engine Oil to Use Look for two things: • GM6094M.... You should look for and use only an oil that meets GM Standard GM6094M...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    ... above and SAE 5W-30 is not available, you may use SAE 10W-30. These numbers on an oil container show its viscosity, or thickness. Do not use other viscosity oils such as SAE 20W-50. ... Institute (API). You should look for this information on the oil container, and use only those oils ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ...has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it will indicate that an oil change is necessary. A CHANGE OIL light will come on. Change your ...reset. Your dealer has GM-trained service people who will perform this work using genuine GM parts and reset the system. It is also important to check your...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    ... engine oil, the system must be reset. To reset the CHANGE OIL light use the following procedure: What to Do with ...chimes and the CHANGE OIL light goes out. However, if the light stays on and no chime ...reset procedure. 3. Turn the key to OFF. If the CHANGE OIL light comes back on when you start your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ...air cleaner/filter at every oil change and replace at the first oil change after 25,000 ...air cleaner/filter, remove the filter from the vehicle and lightly shake filter to release loose dust and ... required. To inspect or replace the engine air cleaner/filter, do the following: 2.2L L4 ECOTEC™ ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    .... • When doing frequent trailer towing. • Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions, the fluid and filter do not require changing. Notice: Use of automatic transaxle fluid labeled other than DEXRON...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ... dealer or service center when you have your oil changed. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12 for the proper fluid to use. When to Check and What to Use Refer to the Maintenance Schedule to determine how often you should check the fl...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ...low. If you have a problem with engine overheating, see Engine Overheating on page 5-26. Notice: Using coolant other than DEX-COOL® may cause premature ...rst. Any repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always use DEX-COOL® (silicate-free) coolant in your vehicle....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    ... which won't damage aluminum parts. If you use this coolant mixture, you don't ... else. Notice: If you use an improper coolant mixture, your engine could ... system. Notice: If you use the proper coolant, you don't have to add .... Use a 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOL® coolant....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    Checking Coolant {CAUTION: Turning the surge tank pressure cap when the engine and radiator are hot can allow steam and ... the engine and radiator are hot. 2.2L L4 ECOTEC™ Engine shown, 3400 V6 Engine similar The coolant surge tank is located in the engine compartment on the passenger's side of ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ...FULL COLD mark, or a little higher. If the low coolant light comes on and stays on, it means youମ. if the engine parts are hot enough. Don’t spill coolant on a hot engine. When replacing the pressure cap... coolant temperature gage and a low coolant warning light on your vehicle’s instrument panel. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ...vehicle until it cools down. Wait until there is no sign of steam or coolant before you open the hood. If you keep driving when your engine ...If your engine catches fire because you keep driving with no coolant, your vehicle can be badly damaged. The costly repairs would not be covered by...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine An overheat warning, along with a low coolant light, can indicate a serious .... See Low Coolant Warning Light on page 3-32. If you get an engine overheat warning with no low coolant light, but see or hear no steam, the problem may not be too serious. Sometimes ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ...ll see: {CAUTION: An electric engine cooling fan under the hood can start up even when the engine is not running and can injure you. Keep hands, clothing and tools...parked on a level surface. 2.2L L4 Engine shown, 3400 V6 Engine similar A. Coolant Surge Tank with Pressure ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ... Cooling System on page 5-29 for more information. Notice: Using coolant other than DEX-COOL® may ... repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Always use DEX-COOL® (silicate-free) coolant in your vehicle. {CAUTION:... radiator hoses, and other engine parts, can be very hot. Do not touch them. If ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ... Surge Tank Notice: This vehicle has a specific coolant fill procedure. Failure to follow this procedure could .... If you haven't found a problem yet, check to see if coolant is visible in the surge tank. ... Coolant on page 5-23 for more information. If no coolant is visible in the surge tank, add ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... coolant. Notice: In cold weather, water can freeze and crack the engine, radiator, heater core and other parts. Use the recommended coolant and the proper coolant mixture. {CAUTION: Adding only plain water to your cooling system can be dangerous. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... vehicle on a level surface. You can remove the coolant surge tank pressure cap when the cooling system,... coolant surge tank pressure cap and upper radiator hose, is no longer hot. 2. Turn the pressure cap slowly counterclockwise...(left) about two or two and one-half turns. If you hear a hiss, wait for...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    ...hash mark. Repeat this procedure until the level remains constant at the hash mark for at least five minutes. 5. With the coolant surge tank pressure cap off, start the engine and let it run until you can feel the upper radiator hose getting hot....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    Power Steering Fluid 6. Replace the pressure cap. Be sure the pressure cap is hand-tight and fully seated. See your dealer, if necessary. When to Check Power Steering Fluid It is not necessary ...or you hear an unusual noise. A fluid loss in this system could indicate a problem. Have the system ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... necessary, add only enough fluid to bring the level up to the mark. Windshield Washer Fluid What to Use When you need windshield washer fluid, ...uid telltale that will come on in the instrument panel cluster when the washer fluid is low. See Low Washer Fluid Warning Light on page 3-37 for more ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ...manufacturer's instructions for adding water. • Don't mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to ..., which could damage the tank if it is completely full. • Don't use engine coolant (antifreeze) in your windshield washer. It can damage your washer system and...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    Brakes Brake Fluid should have your brake system fixed, since a leak means that sooner or later your brakes will not work well, or will not work at all. So, it is not a ... to "top off" your brake fluid. Adding brake fluid will not correct a leak. If you add fluid when your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ...Brake System Warning Light on page 3-28. What to Add When you do need brake fluid, use only ...-3 brake fluid. Use new brake fluid from a sealed container only. See Recommended Fluids and ...from entering the reservoir. • Using the wrong fluid can badly damage brake system parts. For example, just...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    .... Some driving conditions or climates may cause a brake squeal when the brakes are first applied or lightly applied. This does not mean something is wrong with your brakes. ..., but if you ever hear a rear brake rubbing noise, have the rear brake linings inspected immediately. Also, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ... braking performance you have come to expect can change in many other ways if someone puts in the wrong replacement brake parts. Battery Your new vehicle comes with a...new ones put in - be sure you get new approved replacement parts. If you do not, your brakes may no longer work properly. For 5-41
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    ...battery from running down. Jump Starting If your battery has run down, you may want to use another vehicle and some jumper cables to start your vehicle. Be sure to.... You can be badly hurt if you are not careful. See Jump Starting on page 5-42 for tips on working around a ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... a negative ground, both vehicles can be damaged. Only use vehicles with 12-volt systems with negative grounds to jump start your vehicle. 2. ... on both vehicles involved in the jump start procedure. Put an automatic transaxle in PARK (P) or a manual transaxle in Neutral before setting ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    {CAUTION: Using a match near a battery can cause battery gas to explode. People have been hurt doing this, and some have been blinded. Use a flashlight if you need more light. Be sure the battery has enough water. You do not need to add water to the ACDelco® battery...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    ... other end touch metal. Connect it to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote positive (+) terminal if the vehicle has one. 6....connect the black negative (−) cable to the negative (−) terminal of the good battery. Use a remote negative (−) terminal if the vehicle has one. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ... 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 ... that has the dead battery. If it won't start after a few tries, it probably needs service. 5-46
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ... may occur and damage the vehicle. The repairs would not be covered by your warranty. Remove the jumper cables in the correct order, making sure that the cables do not touch each other or other metal. To...Jumper Cable Removal A. Heavy, Unpainted Metal Engine Part B. Good Battery C. Dead Battery 5-47
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ... beginning. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage to headlamp parts. To check the aim, the... level surface. • If necessary, pads may be used on an uneven Your vehicle has a headlamp system ... pre-set at the factory and should need no further adjustment. This is true even though your...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    Start with the horizontal aim. The adjustment screws can be turned with an E8 Torx ® socket. Horizontal Aiming Once the horizontal aim is adjusted, then adjust the vertical aim. Vertical Aiming 1. Turn the horizontal aiming screw until the indicator is lined up with zero. 2. Turn the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    Bulb Replacement For the type of bulb to use, see Replacement Bulbs on page 5-52. For any bulb changing procedure not listed in this section, contact your dealer. Headlamps 1. Lift up on the two retaining clips which secure the headlamp assembly. Halogen Bulbs {CAUTION: Halogen ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ... (CHMSL) 1. Open the trunk lid and locate the center high-mounted stop lamp on the inside of the lid. 2. Use a tool to remove the three screws. 3. Gently remove and replace the bulb(s). 4. Reverse this procedure to reassemble the lamp. 5-51
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ... in a new bulb. 7. Reverse Steps 3 through 5 to reassemble the taillamp. Replacement Bulbs A. B. C. D. E. Taillamp Tail/Brake Lamp Taillamp Turn Signal Back-Up Lamp ... Headlamps-High Beam 9005 Parking/Turn Signal Lamps 3157NA or 3157A For any bulb not listed here contact your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ... Wiper Blade Replacement Windshield wiper blades should be inspected at least twice a year ... in Scheduled Maintenance on page 6-4 for more information. Replacement blades come in different types and ... in different ways. Here’s how to remove the wiper blade: 1. Pull the windshield wiper arm away ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ... your tires have been damaged, replace them. {CAUTION: Poorly maintained and improperly used tires are dangerous. • Overloading your tires can cause ...in the Index. CAUTION: (Continued) • • Tire Sidewall Labeling Useful information about a tire is molded into its sidewall. The ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    (A) Tire Size: The tire size code is a combination of letters and numbers used to define a particular tire's width, height, aspect ratio, construction type and service description. See the "Tire Size" illustration later in this section for more detail. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ... Tire Quality Grading on page 5-66. (G) Maximum Cold Inflation Load Limit: Maximum load that can be carried and the maximum pressure needed to support that load. For more information on recommended tire pressure see Inflation - Tire Pressure on page 5-61 and Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-34. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ... Use Only: The compact spare tire or temporary use tire has a tread life of approximately 3,... (105 km/h). The compact spare tire is for emergency use when a regular road tire has lost air... character in the tire size means the tire is for temporary use only. (G) Tire Performance Criteria Specification...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 278
    ...70% as high as it is wide. (D) Construction Code: A letter code is used to indicate the type of ply construction in the tire. The letter ...bias ply construction; and the letter "B" means belted-bias ply construction. (E) Rim Diameter: Diameter of the wheel in inches. (A) P-Metric Tire: The United...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ... standard and optional equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil and coolant, but without passengers and cargo. DOT Markings: ... unit for air pressure. There are 6.9 kPa's to one psi. Light Truck (LT-Metric) Tire: A tire used on light duty trucks and some multipurpose passenger vehicles....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ... moldings on the other sidewall of the tire. Passenger (P-Metric) Tire: A tire used on passenger cars and some light duty trucks and multipurpose vehicles. ... to the centerline of the tread. Rim: A metal support for a tire and upon which the tire beads are seated. Sidewall: The ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    ...and treadwear. Ratings are determined by tire manufacturers using government testing procedures. The ratings are molded ...66. Vehicle Capacity Weight: The number of designated seating positions multiplied by 150 lbs. (68 ...been sitting for at least three hours or driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km). See...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    ... help prevent leaks by keeping out dirt and moisture. How to Check Use a good quality pocket-type gage to check tire pressure. ... matches the recommended pressure on the Tire and Loading Information label, no further adjustment is necessary. If the inflation pressure is low, add air until you reach ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ... remove any rust or dirt from places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be sure to... or dirt off. See "Changing a Flat Tire" in the Index. When rotating your tires, always use the correct rotation pattern ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    When It Is Time for New Tires One way to tell when it's time for new tires is to check the treadwear indicators, which will appear when your tires have only 1/16 inch (1.6 mm) or less of tread remaining. You need a new tire if any of the following statements are true: • You can see the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ... to your vehicle. Be sure to use the same size and type tires on all wheels. It's all ... Spare Tire" in the index. {CAUTION: If you use bias-ply tires on your vehicle, the wheel rim flanges could develop ... of driving. A tire and/or wheel could fail suddenly, causing a crash. Use only radial-ply ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 286
    ... 100. The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to ... not apply to deep tread, winter-type snow tires, space-saver or temporary use spare tires, tires with nominal rim diameters of 10 to 12 inches (25 to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 287
    ...must meet under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the ..., your wheels may need to be rebalanced. Wheel Replacement Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or badly rusted or...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    ...for more information. {CAUTION: Using the wrong replacement wheels, wheel bolts or wheel nuts on your vehicle ... wheel nuts for replacement. Used Replacement Wheels {CAUTION: Putting a used wheel on your vehicle is... cause a crash. If you have to replace a wheel, use a new GM original equipment wheel...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    ...If your vehicle has P225/50R16 size tires, don't use tire chains, there's not enough clearance. Tire chains ...or others may be injured in a crash. CAUTION: (Continued) Use another type of traction device only if... other than P225/50R16 size tires, use tire chains only where legal and only...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ... off the jack. Use the jack provided with your vehicle only for changing a flat tire. If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how to use your jacking equipment to change a flat tire safely. Changing a Flat Tire If a tire goes flat,...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ... an automatic transaxle shift lever in PARK (P), or shift a manual transaxle to FIRST (1) or REVERSE (R). 3. Turn off the engine. To be even more certain the ... tire on the other side of the vehicle, at the opposite end. The following steps will tell you how to use the jack and change a tire. 5-71
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ... compact spare. 1. Pull the carpeting from the floor of the trunk. Turn the center retainer nut on the compact spare ... and remove the cover. 4. Remove the jack and wheel wrench from the trunk. Your vehicle's jack and wheel wrench are stored in a foam tray. Remove the band around the jack. 5-72
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    The tools you'll be using include the jack (A) and wheel wrench (B). Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire ...or hubcap that has a plastic wheel nut cap, then loosen the plastic nut caps (you may need to use the wheel wrench to loosen them). Do not pry off wheel covers or center caps ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    4. Then use the wheel wrench to loosen all the wheel nuts. Don't remove them yet. 5. Position the jack and raise the jack head until it fits firmly into the notch in the vehicle's frame nearest the flat tire. Put the compact spare tire near you. 5-74
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ...fit the jack lift head into the proper location before raising the vehicle. 6. Raise the vehicle by turning the wheel wrench clockwise. Raise the vehicle far enough ... ground so there is enough room for the compact spare tire to fit underneath the wheel well. 7. Remove all of the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    ...wheel, remove any rust or dirt from the places where the wheel attaches to the vehicle. In an emergency, you can use a cloth or a paper towel to do this; but be sure to use...to, to get all the rust or dirt off. {CAUTION: Never use oil or grease on studs or nuts. If you do, the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    11. 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. 12. Lower the vehicle by turning the wheel wrench counterclockwise. Lower the jack completely. 5-77
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    ... nuts or improperly tightened wheel nuts can cause the wheel to come loose and even come off. This could 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. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    Storing the Flat Tire and Tools {CAUTION: Storing a jack, a tire, or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. Store the flat tire in the compact spare ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    ... stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Store all these in the proper place. The compact spare tire is for temporary use only. Replace the compact spare tire with a full-size tire as soon as you can. See Compact Spare Tire on page 5-80. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 301
    ...That can damage the tire and wheel, and maybe other parts of your vehicle. Don't use your compact spare on other vehicles. And... Keep your spare tire and its wheel together. Notice: Tire chains won't fit your compact spare. Using them can damage your vehicle and can damage the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 302
    ... they can all damage your vehicle, too. Do not use any of these unless this ... scrape off any excess stain. • Use a clean cloth or sponge, and change to a clean area often. A soft brush may be used if stains are ... and do not rub it roughly. 5. As soon as you have cleaned the section, use a sponge to ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 303
    ...a stain remains, follow the cleaner instructions described earlier. Cleaning Vinyl Use warm water and a clean cloth. • Rub with ...will stain if you do not get them off quickly. Use a clean cloth and ...a soft cloth. Then, let the leather dry naturally. Do not use heat to dry. •...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 304
    ... and lukewarm water. Cleaning Interior Plastic Components Use only a mild soap and water solution ...Appearance Materials on page 5-88. Notice: If you use abrasive cleaners when cleaning glass surfaces on ... radio antenna. When cleaning the glass on your vehicle, use only a soft cloth and glass cleaner....
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 305
    ... sun. Use a car washing soap. Do not use strong soaps or chemical detergents. Be sure to rinse... Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials on page 5-88. Do not use cleaning agents that are petroleum based, or ... clearcoat gives more depth and gloss to the colored basecoat. Always use waxes and polishes that are...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 306
    ... can also damage the surface of these wheels. Cleaning Windshield and Wiper Blades If the windshield is not clear after using the windshield washer, or if the wiper blade chatters when running, wax, sap or other material may be on the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 307
    Cleaning Tires To clean your tires, use a stiff brush with tire cleaner. Notice: Using petroleum-based tire dressing products on your vehicle may damage the paint finish ... painted surfaces on your vehicle. Underbody Maintenance Chemicals used for ice and snow removal and dust control...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 308
    ..., vinyl and cloth upholstery. Odorless spray odor eliminator used on Odor Eliminator fabrics, vinyl, leather .... See your General Motors parts department for these products. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on ... polishing cloth. Removes tar, road oil and asphalt. Use on chrome or stainless steel. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 309
    ... Identification Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Service Parts Identification Label You'll fi... VIN also appears on the Vehicle Certification and Service Parts labels and the certificates of ... engine code. This code will help you identify your engine, specifications and replacement parts.
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 310
    .... This greatly reduces the chance of damage caused by electrical problems. Look at the silver-colored band inside the fuse. If the band is broken or melted, replace the fuse. Be sure to...the driver's side instrument panel end cap for your use. Power Windows and Other Power Options A ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 311
    ... Door Lock Relay Driver's Door Unlock Relay Fuses WIPER TRUNK REL/RADIO AMP TURN LPS PWR MIRROR Usage Windshield Wiper Motor, Washer Pump Trunk Release Relay/Motor, Audio Amplifier/RFA Turn Signal Lamps Power Mirrors 5-91
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 312
    ... Panel Fuse Block (Passenger's Side) Your vehicle may not be equipped with all the fuses and features listed. ... BATT SUNROOF Usage Interior Lamp Dimming Steering Wheel Cruise Control Switch Lamps Steering Wheel Cruise Control Switches HVAC Blower Motor Cruise Control Fog Lamps Interior Courtesy ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 313
    ... Left Electrical Center-Power Seats, Power Mirrors, Door Locks, Trunk Release, Audio Amplifier, Remote Keyless Entry Not Used Ignition Switch Cooling Fan #1 Usage Rear Defog Not Used Starter (V6 only) Cooling Fan #1 HVAC Blower (Climate Control) Cooling Fan #2 Cooling Fan ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 314
    ... 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Usage Air Conditioning Compressor Not Used Fuel Pump Automatic Headlamp System ... Accessory Power Outlets, Cigarette Lighter Generator Not Used Air Conditioning Compressor, Body Function... Exhaust Oxygen Sensors Fuel Pump, Injectors Not Used Right Headlamp Left Headlamp Cooling...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 315
    .... Capacities Capacities Application Air Conditioning Refrigerant R134a Use Refrigerant Oil, R134a Systems Automatic Transaxle Complete Overhaul ... V6 Engine Engine Oil with Filter 2.2L L4 † Engine 3400 V6 Engine Fuel Tank Manual Transaxle Complete Overhaul Wheel Nut Torque †ECOTEC™ English 1.4 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants on page 6-12. Engine Specifications Engine 2.2L L4 † 3400 V6 VIN Code F E Transaxle Automatic Manual Automatic Manual Spark Plug Gap 0.042 inch (1.06 mm) 0.060 inch (1.52 mm) 5-96
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 317
    ... Least Once a Year ...6-9 Recommended Fluids and Lubricants ...6-12 Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts ...6-13 Maintenance Record ... Vehicle and the Environment ...6-2 Using Your Maintenance Schedule ...6-3 Scheduled Maintenance ...6-4 Additional Required Services ...6-6 Maintenance Footnotes ...6-7...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 318
    ... oil at the proper level and change as recommended. Maintenance Requirements Notice: Maintenance intervals, checks, inspections, replacement parts and recommended fluids and lubricants as prescribed in this manual are necessary to keep your vehicle in good ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ... for your service needs, you will know that GM-trained and supported service technicians will perform the work using genuine GM parts. If you want to get service information, see Service Publications Ordering Information on page 7-12. 6-3 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    ... System and resetting the system. When the CHANGE OIL light appears, certain services, checks and ... more often. Maintenance I - Use Maintenance I if the CHANGE OIL light comes on within ... one year. Scheduled Maintenance When the CHANGE OIL light comes on, it means that service is required for your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 321
    Service Change engine oil and filter. Reset oil life system. See Engine Oil on page 5-15. An Emission Control Service. Visually check for any ... brake system. See footnote (a). Check engine coolant and windshield washer fluid levels and add fluid as needed. Perform any needed additional ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 322
    ... air cleaner filter. See Engine Air Cleaner/Filter on page 5-20. An Emission Control Service. Change automatic transaxle fluid and filter (severe service only). See footnote (h). Replace spark plugs. Inspect spark plug wires (V6 only). An Emission ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 323
    ... item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability prior to the completion of the vehicle's useful life. We, however, urge that all recommended maintenance services be performed at ... other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 324
    .... − Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service. If you do not use your vehicle under any of these ... GM Goodwrench dealer can assist you with these checks and services. Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check Check the windshield washer fluid level in the windshield washer tank and add the...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 325
    ... apply both the parking brake and the regular brake. See Parking Brake on page 2-27 if necessary. Do not use the accelerator pedal, and be ready to turn off the engine immediately if it starts. 3. Try to start the engine in each gear. The ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 326
    ... the vehicle moves, you or others could be injured. 1. Before you start, be sure you have enough room around the vehicle. It... if the vehicle begins to move. 3. With the engine off, turn the key to the ON position, but don't start the engine. Without applying the regular brake, try to move the shift...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 327
    ... the parking brake followed by the regular brake. Contact your GM Goodwrench dealer if service is required. Underbody Flushing Service At least every spring, use plain water to flush any corrosive materials from the underbody. Take care to clean thoroughly any ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 328
    ...Windshield ® Washer Solvent GM Optikleen Washer Solvent. Hydraulic Clutch Fluid (GM Part No. Hydraulic U.S. 12345347 in Canada Clutch System 10953517) or... GM Power Steering Fluid (GM Part Power Steering No. U.S. 89021184, in Canada System 89021186). Manual DEXRON®-III Automatic ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 329
    Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts Replacement parts identified below by name, part number, or speci�.Side — 22.0 inches (56.0 cm) †ECOTEC™ GM Part No. 25098845 25161977 24460713 25010792 25337472 (Platinum Plug) 12568387 (Platinum Plug) ACDelco® Part No. A1172C A1279C PF2244G PF47 41–981...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 330
    Maintenance Record After the scheduled services are performed, record the date, odometer reading, who performed the service and the type of ...on page 6-2 in this section. Any additional information from Owner Checks and Services on page 6-8 can be added on the following record pages. Also, you should ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 331
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-15
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 332
    Maintenance Record (cont'd) Date Odometer Reading Serviced By Maintenance I or Maintenance II Services Performed 6-16
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 333
    ... Government ...7-11 Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government ...7-11 Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors ...7-12 Service Publications Ordering Information ...7-12 Customer Assistance Information ...7-2 Customer Satisfaction Procedure ...7-2 Online Owner Center ...7-4 Customer ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 334
    ...and goodwill are important to your dealer and to Oldsmobile. Normally, any concerns with the sales transaction ... occur. If your concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction, the following ... by the dealership without further help, contact the Oldsmobile Customer Assistance Center by calling 1-800...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 335
    ... resolution program prior to filing a court action, use of the program is free of charge and your ... may contact the BBB Auto Line Program using the toll-free telephone number or write ... factors. General Motors reserves the right to change eligibility limitations and/or discontinue its participation ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 336
    ..., hard of hearing, or speech-impaired and who use Text Telephones (TTYs), Oldsmobile has TTY equipment available at its ... Keep track of your vehicle's service history and maintenance schedule. Customer Assistance Offices Oldsmobile encourages customers to call the toll-free number for assistance. ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 337
    United States - Customer Assistance Oldsmobile Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33171 Detroit, MI 48232-5171 1-800-442-6537 1-800-833-6537 (For Text Telephone devices (TTYs)) Roadside Assistance: 1-800-442-OLDS (6537) Fax Number: 313-381-0022 From Puerto Rico: 1-800-496-9992 (English) 1-800-496...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 338
    ... Travel 1-800-442-OLDS (6537) As the proud owner of a new Oldsmobile vehicle, you are automatically enrolled in the Oldsmobile Roadside Assistance program. This value-added service is intended to provide you with peace of mind as you drive in the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 339
    ...• Trip interruption expense benefits • Dealership locator service Oldsmobile Roadside Assistance specifically excludes coverage for mounting, dismounting or changing of snow ... Remember, we're only a phone call away. Oldsmobile Roadside Assistance: 1-800-442-OLDS (6537), ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 340
    Courtesy Transportation Oldsmobile has always exemplified quality and value in its offering ...wait. However, if you are unable to wait Oldsmobile helps minimize your inconvenience by providing ...reimbursement (five days maximum) may be available for the use of public transportation such as taxi or bus...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 341
    ... dealers and all program options, such as shuttle service, may not be available at every dealer. Please contact your ... during the Bumper-to-Bumper warranty coverage period, but it is not part of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. A separate booklet entitled Warranty and Owner Assistance Information ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 342
    ...several aspects of the vehicle's performance. Your vehicle uses on-board vehicle computers to monitor emission ... the severity of a collision. This information has been used to improve vehicle crash performance and ... collects or receives data, GM may • use the data for GM research needs, • make ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 343
    ...check the OnStar subscription service agreement or manual for information on its operations and data collection. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline ... recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 344
    ... call us at 1-800-442-6537, or write: Oldsmobile Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box 33171 ... trucks. Each bulletin contains instructions to assist in the diagnosis and service of your vehicle. In Canada, ... Publications Ordering Information Service Manuals Service Manuals have the diagnosis and repair ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 345
    ...provide basic operational information about the vehicle. The owner's manual will include the Maintenance Schedule for all models....PRICE: $35.00 Without Portfolio: Owner's Manual only. RETAIL SELL PRICE: $25....Current and Past Model Order Forms Service Publications are available for current and past...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 346
    ✍ NOTES 7-14
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 347
    A Accessory Power Outlets ...3-18 Adding Washer Fluid ...5-36 Additional Program Information ...7-9 Additives,...) ...3-42, 3-47, 3-58 Air Bag Readiness Light ...3-26 Air Bag System, Supplemental Restraint System... (ABS) ...4-7 Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light ...3-29 Appearance Care ...5-81 Care of ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 348
    Brake Parking ...2-27 System Warning Light ...3-28 Brake Adjustment ...5-41 Brake Fluid ...5-38 Brake Pedal Travel ...5-41 Brake ... ...1-27 Chains, Tires ...5-69 Charging System Light ...3-27 Check Engine Light ...3-32 Checking Coolant ...5-25 Checking Engine Oil ...5-15 Checking Things Under the Hood...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 349
    ......5-80 Control of a Vehicle ...4-5 Coolant Engine Temperature Gage ...3-31 Heater, Engine ...2-20 Low Warning Light ...3-32 Cooling System ...5-29 Cruise Control ...3-10 Cruise Control Light ...3-37 Cupholder(s) ...2-34 Current and Past Model Order Forms ...7-...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 350
    ... Handle ...2-13 Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs ...3-35 Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...5-20 Battery ...5-41 Change Engine Oil Light ...3-36 Check and Service Engine Soon Light ...3-32 Coolant ...5-23
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 351
    ... Finish Care ...5-85 Finish Damage ...5-87 Flat Tire ...5-70 Flat Tire, Changing ...5-70 Fluid Automatic Transaxle ...5-21 Manual Transaxle ...5-22 Power Steering ...5-35 Windshield Washer ...5-36 FM Stereo ...3-67 Fog Lamps ...3-16 Folding the ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 352
    ...23 How to Check Power Steering Fluid ...5-36 How to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter ...5-20 How to Use This Manual ...ii How to Wear Safety Belts Properly ...1-14 Hydraulic Clutch ...5-22 Hydroplaning ...4-19 I If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine ...If Steam Is Coming From...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 353
    ... (ETS) Active Light ...3-31 Enhanced Traction System (ETS) Warning Light ...3-30 Low Coolant Warning ...3-32 Low Washer Fluid Warning ...3-37 Malfunction Indicator ...3-32 Oil Pressure ...3-35 Safety Belt Reminder ...3-26 Security ...3-37 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 354
    ... Power Door ...2-8 Programmable Automatic Door Locks ...2-9 Loss of Control ...4-15 Low Coolant Warning Light ...3-32 Low Washer Fluid Warning Light ...3-37 M Maintenance Schedule Additional Required Services ...6-6 At Each Fuel Fill ...6-8 At Least ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 355
    ... Odometer ...3-25 Off-Road Recovery ...4-13 Oil Change Engine Oil Light ...3-36 Engine ...5-15 Pressure Light ...3-35 Older Children, Restraints ...1-32 ... Mirrors ...2-33 Remote Control Mirror ...2-33 Overseas - Customer Assistance ...7-5 Owner Checks and Services ...6-8 Owners, ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 356
    ... the Spare Tire and Tools ...5-72 Replacement Bulbs ...5-52 Replacing Brake System Parts ...5-41 Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash ...1-61 10 Reporting ... After a Crash ...1-61 Restraint Systems Checking ...1-60 Replacing Parts ...1-61 Retained Accessory Power (RAP) ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 357
    ...23 Safety Belt Extender ...1-31 Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ...1-22 Safety Belts Are ... Position ...1-51 Security Light ...3-37 Security While You Travel ...7-6 Service ...5-3 Adding Equipment to ... United States or Check Engine Light in Canada ...3-32 Service Manuals ...7-12 Setting Preset PTYs (...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 358
    ...62 Uniform Tire Quality Grading ...5-66 Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance ...5-67 Wheel Replacement ...5-67 When It Is Time for New Tires ...5-64 To Use the Engine Coolant Heater ...2-21 Top Strap ...1-41 Top Strap Anchor Location ...1-43 ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 359
    ... Lane-Change Signals ...3-6 Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever ...3-6 Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer ...4-44 Used Replacement Wheels ...5-68 Using Cleaner on Fabric ...5-82 V Vehicle Control ...4-5 Damage Warnings ...iv Loading ...4-34 Parking Your ...
  • 2004 Oldsmobile Alero | Owner's Manual - Page 360
    Warnings (cont.) Safety and Symbols ...iii Vehicle Damage ...iv Washer Fluid, Low Warning Light ...3-37 Washing Your Vehicle ...5-85 Weight of ... to Do with Used Oil ...5-19 What to Use ...5-24, 5-36 Wheels Alignment and Tire Balance ...5-67 Replacement ...5-67 When to Add ...



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