2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner's Manual

2012 Chevrolet Cruze owners manual
Year:
2012
Make:
Chevrolet
Model:
Cruze
Rating:
(5)

Online manual

Size:
6.88 MB

Table of Contents

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owner Manual BookTOC\r
1
Introduction
3
Canadian Vehicle Owners
3
Using this Manual
4
Danger, Warnings, and Cautions
4
Symbols
4
In Brief
7
Instrument Panel
8
Instrument Panel Overview
8
Initial Drive Information
10
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
10
Remote Vehicle Start
11
Door Locks
12
Seat Adjustment
13
Heated Seats
15
Head Restraint Adjustment
15
Safety Belts
15
Passenger Sensing System
16
Mirror Adjustment
16
Steering Wheel Adjustment
17
Interior Lighting
17
Exterior Lighting
18
Windshield Wiper/Washer
19
Climate Controls
20
Transmission
21
Vehicle Features
21
Radio(s)
21
Satellite Radio
22
Portable Audio Devices
23
Bluetooth®
23
Steering Wheel Controls
23
Cruise Control
24
Navigation System
24
Driver Information Center (DIC)
24
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
25
Power Outlets
25
Performance and Maintenance
25
Traction Control System (TCS)
25
StabiliTrak® System
26
Tire Pressure Monitor
26
Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
26
Engine Oil Life System
27
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
27
Roadside Assistance Program
28
OnStar®
28
Keys, Doors, and Windows
31
Keys and Locks
32
Keys
32
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
33
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
33
Remote Vehicle Start
39
Door Locks
40
Power Door Locks
41
Automatic Door Locks
41
Safety Locks
42
Doors
42
Trunk
42
Vehicle Security
44
Vehicle Alarm System
44
Immobilizer
44
Immobilizer Operation
44
Exterior Mirrors
45
Convex Mirrors
45
Manual Mirrors
46
Power Mirrors
46
Folding Mirrors
46
Heated Mirrors
46
Interior Mirrors
47
Manual Rearview Mirror
47
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
47
Windows
48
Power Windows
48
Sun Visors
50
Roof
51
Sunroof
51
Seats and Restraints
53
Head Restraints
54
Front Seats
55
Seat Adjustment
55
Power Seat Adjustment
56
Reclining Seatbacks
57
Heated Front Seats
59
Rear Seats
60
Safety Belts
62
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
63
Lap-Shoulder Belt
64
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
69
Safety Belt Extender
69
Safety System Check
69
Safety Belt Care
70
Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash
70
Airbag System
71
Where Are the Airbags?
73
When Should an Airbag Inflate?
75
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
76
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
76
What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
76
Passenger Sensing System
78
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
82
Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
83
Airbag System Check
84
Replacing Airbag System Parts after a Crash
84
Child Restraints
85
Older Children
85
Infants and Young Children
87
Child Restraint Systems
89
Where to Put the Restraint
92
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
93
Replacing LATCH System Parts After a Crash
100
Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat)
100
Securing Child Restraints (Front Passenger Seat)
102
Storage
107
Storage Compartments
107
Instrument Panel Storage
107
Glove Box
107
Cupholders
107
Center Console Storage
108
Additional Storage Features
108
Cargo Tie-Downs
108
Instruments and Controls
109
Controls
110
Steering Wheel Adjustment
110
Steering Wheel Controls
110
Horn
111
Windshield Wiper/Washer
111
Compass
112
Clock
113
Power Outlets
113
Cigarette Lighter
114
Ashtrays
115
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators
115
Instrument Cluster
116
Speedometer
117
Odometer
117
Trip Odometer
117
Tachometer
117
Fuel Gauge
117
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
118
Safety Belt Reminders
118
Airbag Readiness Light
119
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
120
Charging System Light
121
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
121
Service Vehicle Soon Light
124
Brake System Warning Light
124
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
125
Up-Shift Light
125
Power Steering Warning Light
125
Traction Off Light
126
StabiliTrak® OFF Light
126
Traction Control System (TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light
126
Tire Pressure Light
127
Engine Oil Pressure Light
128
Low Fuel Warning Light
128
Security Light
129
Reduced Engine Power Light
129
High-Beam On Light
129
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Indicator Light
130
Front Fog Lamp Light
130
Lamps On Reminder
130
Cruise Control Light
131
Door Ajar Light
131
Information Displays
131
Driver Information Center (DIC)
131
Vehicle Messages
136
Vehicle Messages (Canada Base Level)
136
Vehicle Messages (Canada Uplevel and United States)
136
Battery Voltage and Charging Messages
136
Brake System Messages
137
Compass Messages
137
Cruise Control Messages
137
Door Ajar Messages
137
Engine Cooling System Messages
138
Engine Oil Messages
138
Engine Power Messages
138
Fuel System Messages
139
Key and Lock Messages
139
Lamp Messages
139
Object Detection System Messages
140
Ride Control System Messages
140
Airbag System Messages
140
Security Messages
140
Service Vehicle Messages
140
Starting the Vehicle Messages
141
Tire Messages
141
Transmission Messages
141
Vehicle Reminder Messages
142
Vehicle Personalization
142
Lighting
147
Exterior Lighting
147
Exterior Lamp Controls
147
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
148
Flash-to-Pass
148
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
148
Automatic Headlamp System
149
Hazard Warning Flashers
149
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
150
Front Fog Lamps
150
Interior Lighting
151
Instrument Panel Illumination Control
151
Courtesy Lamps
151
Dome Lamps
151
Reading Lamps
151
Lighting Features
152
Entry Lighting
152
Exit Lighting
152
Battery Power Protection
152
Infotainment System
153
Introduction
154
Infotainment
154
Theft-Deterrent Feature
154
Overview (Base Radio)
155
Overview (Up-Level Radio)
157
Operation
158
Radio
164
AM-FM Radio
164
Satellite Radio
166
Radio Reception
169
Satellite Radio Antenna
170
Multi-Band Antenna
170
Audio Players
170
CD Player
170
Auxiliary Devices
172
Phone
175
Bluetooth (Overview)
175
Bluetooth (Infotainment Controls)
177
Bluetooth (Voice Recognition)
181
Trademarks and License Agreements
187
Climate Controls
191
Climate Control Systems
191
Automatic Climate Control System
193
Air Vents
196
Driving and Operating
199
Driving Information
200
Distracted Driving
200
Defensive Driving
201
Drunk Driving
201
Control of a Vehicle
202
Braking
202
Steering
202
Off-Road Recovery
203
Loss of Control
203
Driving on Wet Roads
204
Highway Hypnosis
205
Hill and Mountain Roads
205
Winter Driving
206
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
208
Vehicle Load Limits
208
Starting and Operating
213
New Vehicle Break-In
213
Ignition Positions (Key Access)
213
Ignition Positions (Keyless Access)
216
Starting the Engine
218
Engine Heater
220
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
221
Shifting Into Park (Automatic Transmission)
222
Shifting out of Park
223
Parking
225
Parking over Things That Burn
225
Engine Exhaust
225
Running the Vehicle While Parked
226
Automatic Transmission
227
Manual Mode
229
Manual Transmission
231
Brakes
233
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
233
Parking Brake
234
Brake Assist
234
Ride Control Systems
235
Traction Control System (TCS)
235
StabiliTrak® System
236
Cruise Control
238
Object Detection Systems
240
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
240
Fuel
242
Recommended Fuel
242
Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only)
242
California Fuel Requirements
243
Fuels in Foreign Countries
243
Fuel Additives
243
Filling the Tank
244
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
246
Towing
246
General Towing Information
246
Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips
247
Trailer Towing (Fuel Economy Model)
251
Trailer Towing (Except Fuel Economy Model)
251
Towing Equipment
253
Conversions and Add-Ons
253
Add-On Electrical Equipment
253
Vehicle Care
255
General Information
256
California Proposition 65 Warning
257
California Perchlorate Materials Requirements
257
Accessories and Modifications
257
Vehicle Checks
258
Doing Your Own Service Work
258
Hood
258
Engine Compartment Overview
260
Engine Oil
263
Engine Oil Life System
266
Automatic Transmission Fluid
267
Manual Transmission Fluid
267
Hydraulic Clutch
268
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
268
Cooling System
270
Engine Coolant
270
Engine Overheating
273
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
275
Washer Fluid
276
Brakes
276
Brake Fluid
277
Battery
279
Starter Switch Check
280
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
280
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
281
Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
281
Wiper Blade Replacement
282
Headlamp Aiming
283
Bulb Replacement
283
Headlamps, Front Turn Signal and Parking Lamps
283
Taillamps, Turn Signal, Sidemarker, Stoplamps, and Back-Up Lamps
285
License Plate Lamp
288
Replacement Bulbs
288
Electrical System
289
Electrical System Overload
289
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
289
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
290
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
294
Wheels and Tires
296
Tires
296
Winter Tires
296
Low-Profile Tires
297
Tire Sidewall Labeling
298
Tire Designations
300
Tire Terminology and Definitions
300
Tire Pressure
303
Tire Pressure Monitor System
304
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
306
Tire Inspection
309
Tire Rotation
309
When It Is Time for New Tires
311
Buying New Tires
311
Different Size Tires and Wheels
313
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
313
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
315
Wheel Replacement
315
Tire Chains
316
If a Tire Goes Flat
317
Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
319
Storing the Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
326
Tire Changing
326
Compact Spare Tire
334
Jump Starting
334
Towing
337
Towing the Vehicle
337
Recreational Vehicle Towing
338
Appearance Care
340
Exterior Care
340
Interior Care
344
Floor Mats
347
Service and Maintenance
349
General Information
349
Maintenance Schedule
351
Special Application Services
357
Additional Maintenance and Care
358
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
361
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
361
Maintenance Replacement Parts
363
Maintenance Records
364
Technical Data
369
Vehicle Identification
369
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
369
Service Parts Identification Label
369
Vehicle Data
370
Capacities and Specifications
370
Engine Drive Belt Routing
372
Customer Information
373
Customer Information
373
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
373
Customer Assistance Offices
375
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
376
Online Owner Center
376
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program
377
Roadside Assistance Program
378
Scheduling Service Appointments
380
Courtesy Transportation Program
380
Collision Damage Repair
381
Service Publications Ordering Information
384
Reporting Safety Defects
385
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
385
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
385
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
386
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy
386
Event Data Recorders
386
OnStar®
387
Navigation System
387
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
388
Radio Frequency Statement
388
Index
389
Index_A
389
Index_B
389
Index_C
390
Index_D
391
Index_E
391
Index_F
392
Index_G
393
Index_H
393
Index_I
393
Index_J
393
Index_K
394
Index_L
394
Index_M
395
Index_N
395
Index_O
395
Index_P
396
Index_R
396
Index_S
397
Index_T
398
Index_U
399
Index_V
399
Index_W
400

FAQ about the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Manual

What contains the 2012 Cruze manual?

The Chevrolet Cruze owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by Chevrolet to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the Chevrolet Cruze. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a Chevrolet Cruze 2012 owner's manual:

  • Instrument Panel and Controls, including dashboard indicators, warning lights, and controls
  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues
  • Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Maintenance, for basic maintenance tasks that Chevrolet Cruze owners can do
  • Customer Assistance, with contact information for customer support

Where to download the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Owners Manual?

The Chevrolet Cruze owner manual for the 2012 model year is to be found on this page.

Is the manual for the Chevrolet Cruze year 2012 free?

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The Chevrolet Cruze (2012) owner's manual is available in English?

Yes, the owner's manual for the model year 2012 is available in English.

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