2000 Buick Century Owner's Manual

2000 Buick Century owners manual
Year:
2000
Make:
Buick
Model:
Century
Rating:
(6)

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Size:
2.56 MB

Table of Contents

- 2000 Buick Century Owner's Manual
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24-hour Roadside Assistance
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Copyright General Motors Corp. 1999
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Table of Contents:
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1. Seats and Restraints
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2. Features and Controls
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3. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
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4. Your Driving and the Road
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5. Problems on the Road
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6. Service and Aappearance Care
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7. Maintenance Schedule
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8. Customer Assistance Information
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For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a French Language Manual:
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How to Use this Manual
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Safety Warnings and Symbols
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Vehicle Damage Warnings
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Vehicle Symbols
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Service Station Guide
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Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
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Seats and Seat Controls
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Manual Front Seat
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2-Way Manual Seat
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6-Way Power Seat (If Equipped)
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Reclining Front Seatbacks
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Head Restraints
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Split Folding Rear Seat (If Equipped)
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Safety Belts: They re for Everyone
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Why Safety Belts Work
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Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers
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How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
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Adults
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Driver Position
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Lap-Shoulder Belt
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Shoulder Belt Height Adjuster
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Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
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Right Front Passenger Position
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Air Bag Systems
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How the Air Bag Systems Work
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Where are the air bags?
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When should an air bag inflate?
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What makes an air bag inflate?
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How does an air bag restrain?
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What will you see after an air bag inflates?
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Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
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Center Passenger Position
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Lap Belt
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Rear Seat Passengers
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Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions
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Lap-Shoulder Belt
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Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults
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Children
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Smaller Children and Babies
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Child Restraints
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Where to Put the Restraint
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Top Strap
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Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position
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Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position
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Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
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Larger Children
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Safety Belt Extender
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Checking Your Restraint Systems
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Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
69
Section 2 Features and Controls
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Keys
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Door Locks
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Power Door Locks
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Programmable Automatic Power Door Locks
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Rear-Door Child Security Locks
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Lockout Protection Feature
76
Leaving Your Vehicle
76
Remote Keyless Entry
76
Operation
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Instant Alarm
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Security Feedback
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Delayed Locking
79
Illumination on Remote Activation
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Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle
81
Battery Replacement
81
Resynchronization
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Trunk
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Trunk Lock
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Remote Trunk Release
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Theft
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Key in the Ignition
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Parking at Night
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Parking Lots
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PASS-Key II
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New Vehicle Break-In
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Ignition Positions
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Starting Your Engine
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Starting Your V6 Engine
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Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped)
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To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
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Automatic Transaxle Operation
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Parking Brake
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Shifting Into PARK (P)
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Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running
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Torque Lock
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Shifting Out of PARK (P)
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Parking Over Things That Burn
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Engine Exhaust
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Running Your Engine While You're Parked
100
Windows
101
Power Windows
101
Horn
102
Tilt-Wheel Adjustable Steering Column
102
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
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Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator
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Headlamp High/Low Beam Changer
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Flash-to-Pass Feature
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Windshield Wipers
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Setting Cruise Control
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Resuming a Set Speed
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Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control
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Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control
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Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control
108
Using Cruise Control on Hills
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Ending Cruise Control
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Erasing Cruise Speed Memory
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Exterior Lamps
109
Daytime Running Lamps / Automatic Headlamp Control
110
Delayed Headlamp Illumination
110
Interior Lamps
111
Instrument Panel Brightness Control
111
Courtesy Lamps
111
Illuminated Entry
112
Delayed Entry Lighting
112
Delayed Exit Lighting
112
Rearview Mirror Reading Lamps
113
Dome Lamp (If Equipped)
113
Battery Rundown Protection
113
Retained Accessory Power (If Equipped)
113
Mirrors
113
Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror
114
Electrochromic Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror (If Equipped)
114
Power Outside Foldaway Mirrors
114
Automatic Dimming/Heated Outside Rearview Mirror (If Equipped)
115
Convex Outside Mirror
115
Storage Compartments
116
Glove Box
116
Front Storage Armrest
116
Rear Storage Armrest (If Equipped)
116
Trunk Convenience Net (If Equipped)
116
Ashtrays and Lighter
117
Sun Visors
117
Visor Vanity Mirrors
117
Auxiliary Power Connection (Power Drop)
118
OnStar System (If Equipped)
118
Sunroof (If Equipped)
119
The Instrument Panel -- Your Information System
120
Trip Odometer
122
Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators
122
Safety Belt Reminder Light
123
Air Bag Readiness Light
123
Charging System Light
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Brake System Warning Light
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Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
126
Enhanced Traction System Warning Light (3100 V6 Engine)
126
Enhanced Traction System Active Light
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Low Traction Light
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Engine Coolant Temperature Light
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Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
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Low Coolant Warning Light
129
Low Tire Light
129
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light)
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If the Light Is Flashing
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If the Light Is On Steady
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Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
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Low Oil Pressure Warning Light
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Low Oil Level Light
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Change Oil Soon Light
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Security Light
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Cruise Light
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Service Vehicle Soon Light
135
Low Washer Fluid Warning Light
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Door/Trunk Ajar Warning Light
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Fuel Gage
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Low Fuel Light
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Section 3 Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
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Fan Control Knob
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Driver's Temperature Lever
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Passenger's Temperature Lever
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Mode Knob
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Heating
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Heating (Engine Coolant Heater)
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Air Conditioning
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Dual Automatic ComforTemp Climate Control (If Equipped)
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Automatic Control
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Temperature Control
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Passenger s Temperature Control
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Manual Control
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Defogging and Defrosting
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Rear Window Defogger
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Ventilation System
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Ventilation Tips
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Audio Systems
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Setting the Clock
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AM-FM Stereo
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Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
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AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player (If Equipped)
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Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
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Playing a Cassette Tape
151
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
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Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
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Playing a Cassette Tape
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AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape and Compact Disc Player with Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
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Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
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Adjusting the Speakers
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Playing a Cassette Tape
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Playing a Compact Disc
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Theft-Deterrent Feature (If Equipped)
162
Activating the Theft-Deterrent Feature
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Unlocking the Theft- Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss
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Disabling the Theft- Deterrent Feature
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Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped)
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Understanding Radio Reception
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AM
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FM Stereo
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Tips About Your Audio System
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Care of Your Cassette Tape Player
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Care of Your Compact Discs
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Care of Your Compact Disc Player
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Fixed Mast Antenna
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Backglass Antenna (If Equipped)
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Diversity Antenna System (If Equipped)
169
Section 4 Your Driving and the Road
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Defensive Driving
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Drunken Driving
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Control of a Vehicle
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Braking
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Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
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Using Anti- Lock
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Braking in Emergencies
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Enhanced Traction System
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Steering
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Power Steering
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Magnetic Variable Effort Steering (If Equipped)
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Steering Tips
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Driving on Curves
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Steering in Emergencies
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Off-Road Recovery
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Passing
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Loss of Control
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Skidding
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Driving at Night
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Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
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Hydroplaning
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Driving Through Deep Standing Water
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Driving Through Flowing Water
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Some Other Rainy Weather Tips
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City Driving
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Freeway Driving
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Before Leaving on a Long Trip
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Highway Hypnosis
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Hill and Mountain Roads
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Winter Driving
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Driving on Snow or Ice
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If You re Caught in a Blizzard
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Recreational Vehicle Towing
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Loading Your Vehicle
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Towing a Trailer
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If You Do Decide To Pull A Trailer
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Weight of the Trailer
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Weight of the Trailer Tongue
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Total Weight on Your Vehicle s Tires
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Hitches
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Safety Chains
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Trailer Brakes
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Driving with a Trailer
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Following Distance
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Passing
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Backing Up
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Making Turns
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Turn Signals When Towing a Trailer
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Driving On Grades
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Parking on Hills
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When You Are Ready to Leave After Parking on a Hill
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Maintenance When Trailer Towing
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Engine Cooling When Trailer Towing
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Section 5 Problems on the Road
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Hazard Warning Flashers
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Other Warning Devices
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Jump Starting
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Towing Your Vehicle
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Engine Overheating
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Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
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If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
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If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
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Cooling System
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How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Recovery Tank
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How to Add Coolant to the Radiator
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If a Tire Goes Flat
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Changing a Flat Tire
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Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
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Wheel Center Caps
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Wheel Covers
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Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
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Storing the Flat Tire and Tools
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Storing the Spare Tire and Tools
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Compact Spare Tire
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If You re Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
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Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
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Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
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Service
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Doing Your Own Service Work
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Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
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Fuel
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Fuels in Foreign Countries
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Filling Your Tank
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Filling a Portable Fuel Container
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Checking Things Under the Hood
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Hood Release
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Engine Oil
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Checking Engine Oil
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When to Add Engine Oil
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What Kind of Engine Oil to Use
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Engine Oil Additives
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When to Change Engine Oil
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How to Reset the GM Oil Life System
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What to Do with Used Oil
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Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
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Passenger Compartment Air Filter
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Automatic Transaxle Fluid
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When to Check and Change
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How to Check
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Checking the Fluid Level
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How to Add Fluid
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Engine Coolant
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What to Use
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Checking Coolant
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Adding Coolant
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Radiator Pressure Cap
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Power Steering Fluid
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When to Check Power Steering Fluid
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How to Check Power Steering Fluid
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What to Use
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Windshield Washer Fluid
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What to Use
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Adding Washer Fluid
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What to Add
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Brake Wear
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Brake Pedal Travel
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Brake Adjustment
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Replacing Brake System Parts
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Battery
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Vehicle Storage
272
Bulb Replacement
273
Halogen Bulbs
273
Headlamps
273
Headlamp Aiming
274
Front Parking and Turn Signal Lamp
276
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp
277
Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Lamp
278
Trunk Lid Applique
279
Back-Up Lamp
280
Dome Lamp (If Equipped)
280
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
281
Tires
282
Inflation -- Tire Pressure
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When to Check
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How to Check
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When It s Time for New Tires
286
Treadwear
288
Traction - AA, A, B, C
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Temperature -- A, B, C
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Used Replacement Wheels
290
Tire Chains
290
Appearance Care
291
Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
291
Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet
291
Using Multi-Purpose Interior Cleaner on Fabric
292
Special Fabric Cleaning Problems
292
Cleaning Vinyl
293
Cleaning Leather
293
Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel
293
Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
293
Care of Safety Belts
293
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
294
Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades
294
Weatherstrips
294
Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle
294
Washing Your Vehicle
294
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
295
Finish Care
295
Cleaning Aluminum Wheels (If Equipped)
296
Cleaning Tires
296
Sheet Metal Damage
296
Finish Damage
297
Underbody Maintenance
297
Chemical Paint Spotting
297
GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
298
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
299
Engine Identification
299
Service Parts Identification Label
299
Electrical System
299
Add-On Electrical Equipment
299
Headlamp Wiring
300
Windshield Wipers
300
Power Windows and Other Power Options
300
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
300
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
300
Underhood Electrical Center -- Passenger's Side
303
Replacement Bulbs
305
Capacities and Specifications
305
Engine Specifications
306
Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
306
Vehicle Dimensions
306
Section 7 Maintenance Schedule
307
Introduction
308
Your Vehicle and the Environment
308
Maintenance Requirements
308
How This Section is Organized
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Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services
310
Using Your Maintenance Schedule
310
Scheduled Maintenance
311
Footnotes
311
Scheduled Maintenance
312
Engine Oil Scheduled Maintenance
312
Scheduled Maintenance
313
Part B: Owner Checks and Services
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At Each Fuel Fill
321
Engine Oil Level Check
321
Engine Coolant Level Check
321
Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check
321
At Least Once a Month
321
Tire Inflation Check
321
Cassette Deck Service
321
At Least Twice a Year
322
Restraint System Check
322
Wiper Blade Check
322
Weatherstrip Lubrication
322
Automatic Transaxle Check
322
At Least Once a Year
322
Key Lock Cylinders Service
322
Body Lubrication Service
322
Starter Switch Check
323
Automatic Transaxle Shift Lock Control System Check
323
Ignition Transaxle Lock Check
324
Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle PARK (P) Mechanism Check
324
Underbody Flushing Service
324
Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections
325
Steering, Suspension and Front Drive Axle Boot and Seal Inspection
325
Exhaust System Inspection
325
Engine Cooling System Inspection
325
Throttle System Inspection
326
Brake System Inspection
326
Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
327
Part E: Maintenance Record
328
Section 8 Customer Assistance Information
333
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
334
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
336
Customer Assistance Offices
336
United States
336
Canada
337
All Overseas Locations
337
Caribbean Numbers
337
GM Mobility Program for Persons with Disabilities
337
Roadside Assistance
338
Canadian Roadside Assistance
338
Courtesy Transportation
339
Plan Ahead When Possible
339
Transportation Options
339
Shuttle Service
339
Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement
339
Courtesy Rental Vehicle
340
Additional Program Information
340
Warranty Information
340
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
341
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
341
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS
342
Ordering Owner Publications in Canada
342

FAQ about the 2000 Buick Century Manual

What contains the 2000 Century manual?

The Buick Century owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by Buick to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the Buick Century. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a Buick Century 2000 owner's manual:

  • Fuel Information, with recommended fuel type and fuel tank capacity
  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings
  • A brief overview of the vehicle and specifications
  • Maintenance for your Buick Century, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues

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