2012 Chevrolet Impala Owner's Manual

2012 Chevrolet Impala owners manual
Year:
2012
Make:
Chevrolet
Model:
Impala
Rating:
(4)

Online manual

Size:
4.68 MB

Table of Contents

2012 Chevrolet Impala Owner Manual BookTOC
1
Introduction
3
Canadian Vehicle Owners
3
Using this Manual
4
Danger, Warnings, and Cautions
4
Symbols
4
In Brief
7
Instrument Panel
8
Initial Drive Information
9
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
9
Remote Vehicle Start
10
Door Locks
11
Trunk Release
11
Windows
11
Seat Adjustment
12
Second Row Seats
13
Head Restraint Adjustment
13
Safety Belts
13
Passenger Sensing System
14
Mirror Adjustment
14
Steering Wheel Adjustment
15
Interior Lighting
15
Exterior Lighting
16
Windshield Wiper/Washer
16
Climate Controls
17
Vehicle Features
19
Radio(s)
19
Satellite Radio
20
Portable Audio Devices
20
Bluetooth®
21
Steering Wheel Controls
21
Cruise Control
22
Power Outlets
22
Performance and Maintenance
23
Traction Control System (TCS)
23
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
23
Tire Pressure Monitor
23
Engine Oil Life System
24
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
24
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
24
Roadside Assistance Program
25
OnStar®
25
Keys, Doors, and Windows
27
Keys and Locks
28
Keys
28
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
28
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
29
Remote Vehicle Start
31
Door Locks
32
Power Door Locks
33
Delayed Locking
33
Automatic Door Locks
34
Lockout Protection
34
Safety Locks
34
Doors
35
Trunk
35
Vehicle Security
37
Anti-theft Alarm System
37
Immobilizer
38
Immobilizer Operation
38
Exterior Mirrors
39
Convex Mirrors
39
Power Mirrors
40
Heated Mirrors
40
Interior Mirrors
40
Manual Rearview Mirror
40
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
41
Windows
41
Power Windows
42
Sun Visors
43
Roof
43
Sunroof
43
Seats and Restraints
45
Head Restraints
46
Front Seats
47
Seat Adjustment
47
Center Seat
48
Power Seat Adjustment
48
Lumbar Adjustment
48
Reclining Seatbacks
49
Heated Front Seats
51
Rear Seats
52
Rear Seats (Split Folding)
52
Safety Belts
54
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
55
Lap-Shoulder Belt
56
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
60
Lap Belt
61
Safety Belt Extender
61
Safety System Check
62
Safety Belt Care
62
Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash
62
Airbag System
63
Where Are the Airbags?
65
When Should an Airbag Inflate?
67
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
68
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
68
What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
69
Passenger Sensing System
70
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
75
Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
75
Airbag System Check
76
Replacing Airbag System Parts after a Crash
77
Child Restraints
77
Older Children
77
Infants and Young Children
79
Child Restraint Systems
82
Where to Put the Restraint
84
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
85
Replacing LATCH System Parts After a Crash
91
Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat)
91
Securing Child Restraints (Center Front Seat Position)
93
Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Seat Position)
93
Storage
97
Storage Compartments
97
Glove Box
97
Cupholders
97
Sunglasses Storage
97
Armrest Storage
97
Rear Storage
98
Center Console Storage
98
Additional Storage Features
98
Convenience Net
98
Instruments and Controls
99
Controls
100
Steering Wheel Adjustment
100
Steering Wheel Controls
101
Horn
101
Windshield Wiper/Washer
102
Compass
103
Clock
104
Power Outlets
106
Cigarette Lighter
106
Ashtrays
107
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators
107
Instrument Cluster
108
Speedometer
109
Odometer
109
Tachometer
109
Fuel Gauge
109
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
110
Safety Belt Reminders
111
Airbag Readiness Light
112
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
112
Charging System Light
113
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
114
Brake System Warning Light
116
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
117
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Off Light
117
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/Traction Control System (TCS) Indicator/Warning Light
118
Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light
118
Tire Pressure Light
119
Engine Oil Pressure Light
120
Security Light
120
High-Beam On Light
121
Front Fog Lamp Light
121
Cruise Control Light
121
Information Displays
121
Driver Information Center (DIC)
121
Vehicle Messages
125
Battery Voltage and Charging Messages
126
Brake System Messages
126
Door Ajar Messages
126
Engine Cooling System Messages
127
Engine Oil Messages
128
Engine Power Messages
128
Fuel System Messages
128
Key and Lock Messages
129
Lamp Messages
129
Ride Control System Messages
129
Airbag System Messages
130
Anti-theft Alarm System Messages
130
Service Vehicle Messages
131
Tire Messages
131
Transmission Messages
132
Vehicle Reminder Messages
133
Washer Fluid Messages
133
Vehicle Personalization
133
Universal Remote System
138
Universal Remote System Programming
138
Universal Remote System Operation
144
Lighting
145
Exterior Lighting
145
Exterior Lamp Controls
145
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
146
Flash-to-Pass
146
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)/Automatic Headlamp System
147
Hazard Warning Flashers
147
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
148
Fog Lamps
148
Interior Lighting
149
Instrument Panel Illumination Control
149
Courtesy Lamps
149
Dome Lamps
150
Reading Lamps
150
Lighting Features
150
Entry Lighting
150
Delayed Entry Lighting
151
Delayed Exit Lighting
151
Parade Dimming
151
Battery Load Management
151
Battery Power Protection
152
Infotainment System
153
Introduction
153
Infotainment
153
Theft-Deterrent Feature
154
Operation
154
Radio
158
AM-FM Radio
158
Satellite Radio
160
Radio Reception
163
Backglass Antenna
164
Satellite Radio Antenna
165
Audio Players
165
CD Player
165
Auxiliary Devices
170
Phone
171
Bluetooth
171
Climate Controls
179
Climate Control Systems
179
Air Vents
182
Maintenance
183
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
183
Driving and Operating
185
Driving Information
186
Distracted Driving
186
Defensive Driving
187
Drunk Driving
187
Control of a Vehicle
187
Braking
187
Steering
188
Off-Road Recovery
188
Loss of Control
189
Driving on Wet Roads
190
Highway Hypnosis
190
Hill and Mountain Roads
191
Winter Driving
191
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
193
Vehicle Load Limits
194
Starting and Operating
198
New Vehicle Break-In
198
Ignition Positions
199
Starting the Engine
200
Engine Heater
202
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
202
Shifting Into Park
203
Shifting out of Park
204
Parking over Things That Burn
205
Engine Exhaust
205
Running the Vehicle While Parked
206
Automatic Transmission
206
Manual Mode
209
Brakes
210
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
210
Parking Brake
211
Ride Control Systems
211
Traction Control System (TCS)
211
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
213
Cruise Control
214
Fuel
217
Recommended Fuel
217
Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only)
218
California Fuel Requirements
218
Fuels in Foreign Countries
218
Fuel Additives
219
Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol)
220
Filling the Tank
221
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
222
Towing
223
General Towing Information
223
Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips
223
Trailer Towing
226
Towing Equipment
228
Conversions and Add-Ons
229
Add-On Electrical Equipment
229
Vehicle Care
231
General Information
232
California Proposition 65 Warning
233
California Perchlorate Materials Requirements
233
Accessories and Modifications
233
Vehicle Checks
234
Doing Your Own Service Work
234
Hood
235
Engine Compartment Overview
236
Engine Oil
237
Engine Oil Life System
240
Automatic Transmission Fluid
240
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
241
Cooling System
242
Engine Coolant
243
Engine Overheating
245
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
246
Power Steering Fluid
247
Washer Fluid
248
Brakes
248
Brake Fluid
249
Battery
251
Starter Switch Check
251
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
252
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
252
Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
252
Wiper Blade Replacement
253
Headlamp Aiming
254
Bulb Replacement
254
Halogen Bulbs
254
Headlamps, Front Turn Signal, Sidemarker, and Parking Lamps
254
Taillamps, Turn Signal, Sidemarker, Stoplamps, and Back-Up Lamps
257
License Plate Lamp
258
Replacement Bulbs
258
Electrical System
258
Electrical System Overload
258
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
259
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
259
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
262
Wheels and Tires
263
Tires
263
Tire Sidewall Labeling
264
Tire Designations
266
Tire Terminology and Definitions
267
Tire Pressure
270
Tire Pressure Monitor System
271
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
273
Tire Inspection
275
Tire Rotation
276
When It Is Time for New Tires
277
Buying New Tires
278
Different Size Tires and Wheels
279
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
279
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
281
Wheel Replacement
281
Tire Chains
282
If a Tire Goes Flat
283
Tire Changing
284
Compact Spare Tire
291
Jump Starting
292
Towing
296
Towing the Vehicle
296
Recreational Vehicle Towing
296
Appearance Care
298
Exterior Care
298
Interior Care
300
Floor Mats
303
Service and Maintenance
305
General Information
305
Maintenance Schedule
307
Special Application Services
312
Additional Maintenance and Care
312
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
315
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
315
Maintenance Replacement Parts
316
Maintenance Records
317
Technical Data
321
Vehicle Identification
321
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
321
Service Parts Identification Label
321
Vehicle Data
322
Capacities and Specifications
322
Engine Drive Belt Routing
323
Customer Information
325
Customer Information
325
Customer Satisfaction Procedure
325
Customer Assistance Offices
327
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
328
Online Owner Center
328
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program
329
Roadside Assistance Program
329
Scheduling Service Appointments
331
Courtesy Transportation Program
332
Collision Damage Repair
333
Service Publications Ordering Information
335
Reporting Safety Defects
336
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
336
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
337
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
337
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy
338
Event Data Recorders
338
OnStar®
339
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
339
Radio Frequency Statement
339
OnStar
341
OnStar Overview
341
OnStar Services
342
Emergency
342
Security
342
Navigation
342
Connections
344
Diagnostics
345
OnStar Additional Information
345
Index
349
Index_A
349
Index_B
350
Index_C
350
Index_D
351
Index_E
352
Index_F
352
Index_G
353
Index_H
353
Index_I
353
Index_J
354
Index_K
354
Index_L
354
Index_M
355
Index_N
355
Index_O
355
Index_P
356
Index_R
356
Index_S
357
Index_T
358
Index_U
359
Index_V
359
Index_W
359

FAQ about the 2012 Chevrolet Impala Manual

What contains the 2012 Impala manual?

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

  • Instrument Panel and Controls, including dashboard indicators, warning lights, and controls
  • A brief overview of the vehicle and specifications
  • Environmental Information about environmentally-friendly driving practices
  • Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Maintenance, for basic maintenance tasks that Chevrolet Impala owners can do
  • Fuel Information, with recommended fuel type and fuel tank capacity

Where to download the 2012 Chevrolet Impala Owners Manual?

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Is the manual for the Chevrolet Impala year 2012 free?

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The Chevrolet Impala (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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