2001 Buick Century Owner's Manual

2001 Buick Century owners manual
Year:
2001
Make:
Buick
Model:
Century
Rating:
(9)

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Size:
2.62 MB

Table of Contents

2001 Buick Century Owner's Manual
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24-hour Roadside Assistance
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Copyright General Motors Corp. 2000
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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 Appearance 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
12
Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
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Seats and Seat Controls
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2-Way Manual Front Seats
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6-Way Power Seats (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)
17
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
32
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?
38
What makes an air bag inflate?
38
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
43
Rear Seat Outside Passenger Positions
43
Lap-Shoulder Belt
43
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults
46
Children
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Infants and Young Children
48
Restraint Systems for Children
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Where to Put the Restraint
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Top Strap
56
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Outside Seat Position
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Securing a Child Restraint in the Center Rear Seat Position
61
Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
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Older Children
67
Safety Belt Extender
70
Checking Your Restraint Systems
70
Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
70
Section 2 Features and Controls
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Express- Down Window
73
Keys
74
Door Locks
76
Programmable Modes
77
Rear-Door Child Security Locks
79
Lockout Protection Feature
79
Leaving Your Vehicle
79
Remote Keyless Entry
80
Operation
81
Instant Alarm
81
Security Feedback
81
Delayed Locking
83
Illumination on Remote Activation
85
Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle
85
Battery Replacement
85
Trunk
87
Trunk Lock
87
Remote Trunk Release
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Trunk Assist Handle (If Equipped)
88
Trunk Release Handle (If Equipped)
89
Trap-Resistant Trunk Kit
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Theft
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Key in the Ignition
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Parking at Night
90
Parking Lots
90
PASS-Key II
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New Vehicle Break-In
92
Ignition Positions
92
Starting Your Engine
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Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped)
95
To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
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Automatic Transaxle Operation
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Parking Brake
100
Shifting Into PARK (P)
101
Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running
102
Torque Lock
103
Shifting Out of PARK (P)
103
Parking Over Things That Burn
104
Engine Exhaust
104
Running Your Engine While You re Parked
105
Horn
106
Tilt Wheel
106
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
106
Turn Signal and Lane Change Indicator
107
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
107
Flash-to-Pass Feature
108
Windshield Wipers
108
Windshield Washer
108
Cruise Control (If Equipped)
109
Setting Cruise Control
110
Resuming a Set Speed
110
Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control
110
Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control
111
Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control
111
Using Cruise Control on Hills
111
Ending Cruise Control
111
Erasing Cruise Speed Memory
111
Exterior Lamps
112
Daytime Running Lamps / Automatic Headlamp Control
112
Delayed Headlamp Illumination
113
Interior Lamps
114
Instrument Panel Brightness Control
114
Courtesy Lamps
114
Illuminated Entry
114
Delayed Entry Lighting
115
Delayed Exit Lighting
115
Rearview Mirror Reading Lamps
115
Dome Lamp (If Equipped)
115
Battery Rundown Protection
116
Retained Accessory Power (If Equipped)
116
Mirrors
116
Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror
116
Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror with OnStar and Map Lamps (If Equipped)
116
Electrochromic Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror (If Equipped)
117
Electrochromic Day/Night Rearview Mirror with OnStar and Map Lamps (If Equipped)
118
Power Outside Foldaway Mirrors
119
Convex Outside Mirror
119
Automatic Dimming/Heated Outside Rearview Mirror (If Equipped)
120
Storage Compartments
120
Glove Box
120
Front Storage Armrest
120
Rear Storage Armrest (If Equipped)
121
Trunk Convenience Net (If Equipped)
121
Ashtrays and Lighter
121
Sun Visors
122
Visor Vanity Mirrors
122
Auxiliary Power Connection (Power Drop)
122
OnStar System (If Equipped)
123
Safety and Security Services
124
Premium Services (Includes Safety and Security Services)
125
OnStar System Limitations
126
Sunroof (If Equipped)
127
The Instrument Panel -- Your Information System
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Trip Odometer
131
Warning Lights, Gages and Indicators
131
Safety Belt Reminder Light
132
Air Bag Readiness Light
133
Charging System Light
134
Brake System Warning Light
134
Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
135
Enhanced Traction System Warning Light (3100 V6 Engine)
136
Enhanced Traction System Active Light
136
Low Traction Light
137
Engine Coolant Temperature Light
137
Engine Coolant Temperature Gage
138
Low Coolant Warning Light
138
Low Tire Light
139
Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Service Engine Soon Light)
139
If the Light Is Flashing
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If the Light Is On Steady
141
Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
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Oil Pressure 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
144
Service Vehicle Soon Light
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Low Washer Fluid Warning Light
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Door/Trunk Ajar Warning Light
145
Fuel Gage
145
Low Fuel Light
146
Section 3 Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
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Comfort Controls
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Dual ComforTemp-Climate Control
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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
149
Heating (Engine Coolant Heater)
149
Air Conditioning
149
Dual Automatic ComforTemp-Climate Control (If Equipped)
150
Automatic Control
150
Temperature Control
150
Passenger s Temperature Control
151
Manual Control
152
Defogging and Defrosting
153
Rear Window Defogger
154
Ventilation System
155
Ventilation Tips
155
Audio Systems
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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
158
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player (If Equipped)
158
Playing the Radio
158
Finding a Station
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Setting the Tone
160
Adjusting the Speakers
160
Playing a Cassette Tape
160
AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
162
Playing the Radio
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Finding a Station
162
Setting the Tone
163
Adjusting the Speakers
164
Playing a Cassette Tape
164
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)
171
Activating the Theft-Deterrent Feature
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Unlocking the Theft- Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss
172
Disabling the Theft- Deterrent Feature
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Audio Steering Wheel Controls (If Equipped)
174
Understanding Radio Reception
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AM
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FM Stereo
175
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
177
Fixed Mast Antenna
177
Backglass Antenna (If Equipped)
177
Diversity Antenna System (If Equipped)
178
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
206
Recreational Vehicle Towing
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Loading Your Vehicle
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Towing a Trailer
210
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
214
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
216
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
217
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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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
237
Changing a Flat Tire
238
Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
239
Wheel Center Caps
241
Wheel Covers
241
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
242
Storing the Flat Tire and Tools
247
Storing the Spare Tire and Tools
248
Compact Spare Tire
249
If You re Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
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Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
250
Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
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Service
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Doing Your Own Service Work
252
Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
253
Fuel
253
Fuels in Foreign Countries
255
Filling Your Tank
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Filling a Portable Fuel Container
258
Checking Things Under the Hood
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Hood Release
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Engine Compartment Overview
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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
264
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
266
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
267
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
274
Power Steering Fluid
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When to Check Power Steering Fluid
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How to Check Power Steering Fluid
275
What to Use
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Windshield Washer Fluid
276
What to Use
276
Adding Washer Fluid
276
What to Add
278
Brake Wear
279
Brake Pedal Travel
280
Brake Adjustment
280
Replacing Brake System Parts
280
Battery
280
Vehicle Storage
281
Bulb Replacement
281
Halogen Bulbs
281
Headlamps
282
Headlamp Aiming
283
Front Parking and Turn Signal Lamps
285
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp
286
Tail/Stop/Turn Signal Lamps
287
Trunk Lid Applique
288
Back-Up Lamps
289
Dome Lamp (If Equipped)
289
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
290
Tires
291
Inflation -- Tire Pressure
292
When to Check
292
How to Check
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Tire Inflation Monitor System
293
Tire Inspection and Rotation
294
When It s Time for New Tires
295
Buying New Tires
296
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
297
Treadwear
297
Traction -- AA, A, B, C
297
Temperature -- A, B, C
297
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
298
Wheel Replacement
298
Used Replacement Wheels
299
Tire Chains
299
Appearance Care
300
Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
300
Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet
300
Using Multi-Purpose Interior Cleaner on Fabric
301
Special Fabric Cleaning Problems
301
Cleaning Vinyl
302
Cleaning Leather
302
Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel
302
Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
302
Care of Safety Belts
302
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
303
Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades
303
Weatherstrips
303
Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle
303
Washing Your Vehicle
304
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
304
Finish Care
304
Cleaning Aluminum Wheels (If Equipped)
305
Cleaning Tires
305
Sheet Metal Damage
305
Finish Damage
306
Underbody Maintenance
306
Chemical Paint Spotting
306
GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
307
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
308
Engine Identification
308
Service Parts Identification Label
308
Electrical System
308
Add-On Electrical Equipment
308
Headlamp Wiring
309
Windshield Wipers
309
Power Windows and Other Power Options
309
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
309
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
309
Underhood Electrical Center -- Passenger Side
312
Replacement Bulbs
314
Capacities and Specifications
314
Engine Specifications
315
Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
315
Vehicle Dimensions
315
Section 7 Maintenance Schedule
316
Introduction
317
Your Vehicle and the Environment
317
Maintenance Requirements
317
How This Section is Organized
318
Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services
319
Using Your Maintenance Schedule
319
Scheduled Maintenance
320
Footnotes
320
Scheduled Maintenance
321
Engine Oil Scheduled Maintenance
321
Scheduled Maintenance
322
Part B: Owner Checks and Services
330
At Each Fuel Fill
330
Engine Oil Level Check
330
Engine Coolant Level Check
330
Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check
330
At Least Once a Month
330
Tire Inflation Check
330
Cassette Deck Service
330
At Least Twice a Year
331
Restraint System Check
331
Wiper Blade Check
331
Weatherstrip Lubrication
331
Automatic Transaxle Check
331
At Least Once a Year
331
Key Lock Cylinders Service
331
Body Lubrication Service
331
Starter Switch Check
332
Automatic Transaxle Shift Lock Control System Check
332
Ignition Transaxle Lock Check
333
Parking Brake and Automatic Transaxle PARK (P) Mechanism Check
333
Underbody Flushing Service
333
Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections
334
Steering, Suspension and Front Drive Axle Boot and Seal Inspection
334
Exhaust System Inspection
334
Engine Cooling System Inspection
335
Throttle System Inspection
335
Brake System Inspection
335
Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
336
Part E: Maintenance Record
337
Section 8 Customer Assistance Information
340
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
341
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
342
Customer Assistance Offices
343
United States
343
Canada
343
Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Islands/ Countries (Except Puerto Rico and U. S. Virgin Islands)
343
GM Mobility Program for Persons with Disabilities
344
Roadside Assistance
344
Canadian Roadside Assistance
346
Courtesy Transportation
346
Plan Ahead When Possible
346
Transportation Options
346
Shuttle Service
347
Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement
347
Courtesy Rental Vehicle
347
Additional Program Information
347
Warranty Information
348
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
348
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
349
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS
349

FAQ about the 2001 Buick Century Manual

What contains the 2001 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 2001 owner's manual:

  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues
  • Maintenance for your Buick Century, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks
  • Warranty Information, about the vehicle's warranty coverage
  • Customer Assistance, with contact information for customer support
  • Environmental Information about environmentally-friendly driving practices

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