2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner's Manual

2012 Chevrolet Traverse owners manual
Year:
2012
Make:
Chevrolet
Model:
Traverse
Rating:
(7)

Online manual

Size:
5.42 MB

Table of Contents

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owner Manual BookTOC
1
Introduction
3
Canadian Vehicle Owners
3
Using this Manual
3
Danger, Warnings, and Cautions
3
Symbols
4
In Brief
7
Instrument Panel
8
Initial Drive Information
10
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
10
Remote Vehicle Start
10
Door Locks
11
Liftgate
11
Windows
12
Seat Adjustment
12
Memory Features
14
Second Row Seats
15
Third Row Seats
15
Heated and Ventilated Seats
16
Head Restraint Adjustment
16
Safety Belts
16
Passenger Sensing System
17
Mirror Adjustment
17
Steering Wheel Adjustment
18
Interior Lighting
19
Exterior Lighting
20
Windshield Wiper/Washer
20
Climate Controls
21
Transmission
22
Vehicle Features
23
Radio(s)
23
Satellite Radio
24
Portable Audio Devices
24
Bluetooth®
24
Steering Wheel Controls
25
Cruise Control
25
Navigation System
26
Driver Information Center (DIC) (With DIC Buttons)
26
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
27
Storage Compartments
27
Power Outlets
27
Sunroof
28
Performance and Maintenance
28
StabiliTrak® System
28
Tire Pressure Monitor
28
Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
29
Engine Oil Life System
29
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
30
Roadside Assistance Program
30
OnStar®
31
Keys, Doors, and Windows
33
Keys and Locks
34
Keys
34
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
35
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation
35
Remote Vehicle Start
37
Door Locks
39
Power Door Locks
40
Delayed Locking
40
Automatic Door Locks
40
Lockout Protection
41
Safety Locks
41
Doors
42
Liftgate
42
Vehicle Security
45
Anti-theft Alarm System
45
Immobilizer
46
Immobilizer Operation
46
Exterior Mirrors
48
Convex Mirrors
48
Power Mirrors
48
Folding Mirrors
49
Heated Mirrors
50
Blind Spot Mirrors
50
Park Tilt Mirrors
51
Interior Mirrors
51
Manual Rearview Mirror
51
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
51
Windows
52
Power Windows
52
Sun Visors
54
Roof
54
Sunroof
54
Seats and Restraints
57
Head Restraints
58
Front Seats
59
Seat Adjustment
59
Power Seat Adjustment
60
Lumbar Adjustment
60
Reclining Seatbacks
61
Memory Seats
63
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
64
Rear Seats
65
Third Row Seats
67
Safety Belts
70
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
71
Lap-Shoulder Belt
72
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
77
Safety Belt Extender
78
Safety System Check
78
Safety Belt Care
78
Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash
79
Airbag System
79
Where Are the Airbags?
81
When Should an Airbag Inflate?
83
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
84
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
84
What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
85
Passenger Sensing System
87
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
92
Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
92
Airbag System Check
93
Replacing Airbag System Parts after a Crash
94
Child Restraints
94
Older Children
94
Infants and Young Children
97
Child Restraint Systems
99
Where to Put the Restraint
101
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
103
Replacing LATCH System Parts After a Crash
110
Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat)
110
Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Passenger Seat)
112
Storage
115
Storage Compartments
115
Instrument Panel Storage
115
Glove Box
115
Cupholders
115
Armrest Storage
116
Center Console Storage
116
Floor Console Storage
117
Additional Storage Features
118
Cargo Cover
118
Cargo Tie-Downs
118
Cargo Management System
118
Convenience Net
118
Roof Rack System
119
Instruments and Controls
121
Controls
122
Steering Wheel Adjustment
122
Steering Wheel Controls
122
Horn
124
Windshield Wiper/Washer
125
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
125
Compass
126
Clock
128
Power Outlets
128
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators
130
Instrument Cluster
131
Speedometer
132
Odometer
132
Tachometer
132
Fuel Gauge
132
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
133
Voltmeter Gauge
134
Safety Belt Reminders
134
Airbag Readiness Light
135
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
136
Charging System Light
137
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
137
Brake System Warning Light
140
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
141
Tow/Haul Mode Light
141
StabiliTrak® Indicator Light
141
Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light
142
Tire Pressure Light
142
Engine Oil Pressure Light
142
Security Light
143
High-Beam On Light
143
Cruise Control Light
144
Information Displays
144
Driver Information Center (DIC) (With DIC Buttons)
144
Driver Information Center (DIC) (Without DIC Buttons)
149
Vehicle Messages
151
Battery Voltage and Charging Messages
152
Brake System Messages
152
Cruise Control Messages
152
Door Ajar Messages
152
Engine Cooling System Messages
153
Engine Oil Messages
154
Engine Power Messages
155
Fuel System Messages
155
Key and Lock Messages
156
Lamp Messages
156
Object Detection System Messages
156
Ride Control System Messages
156
Airbag System Messages
157
Anti-theft Alarm System Messages
157
Service Vehicle Messages
157
Tire Messages
158
Transmission Messages
159
Vehicle Reminder Messages
160
Vehicle Speed Messages
160
Washer Fluid Messages
160
Vehicle Personalization
160
Vehicle Personalization (With DIC Buttons)
160
Universal Remote System
168
Universal Remote System Programming
168
Universal Remote System Operation
171
Lighting
173
Exterior Lighting
173
Exterior Lamp Controls
173
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
174
Flash-to-Pass
174
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)/Automatic Headlamp System
175
Delayed Headlamps
175
Hazard Warning Flashers
176
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
176
Interior Lighting
177
Instrument Panel Illumination Control
177
Courtesy Lamps
177
Dome Lamps
177
Reading Lamps
178
Lighting Features
178
Entry Lighting
178
Delayed Entry Lighting
178
Delayed Exit Lighting
179
Parade Dimming
179
Battery Load Management
179
Battery Power Protection
180
Infotainment System
181
Introduction
182
Infotainment
182
Theft-Deterrent Feature
182
Operation
183
Radio
187
AM-FM Radio
187
Satellite Radio
188
Radio Reception
192
Multi-Band Antenna
193
Audio Players
193
CD Player
193
CD/DVD Player
195
MP3 (Radios with CD/USB)
202
MP3 (Radios with CD/DVD)
208
Auxiliary Devices
214
Rear Seat Infotainment
216
Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) System
216
Rear Seat Audio (RSA) System
225
Phone
226
Bluetooth
226
Trademarks and License Agreements
234
Climate Controls
235
Climate Control Systems
235
Dual Automatic Climate Control System
238
Rear Climate Control System (Rear Climate Control Only)
243
Rear Climate Control System (Rear Climate with Rear Seat Audio)
244
Air Vents
245
Maintenance
246
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
246
Driving and Operating
249
Driving Information
250
Distracted Driving
250
Defensive Driving
251
Drunk Driving
251
Control of a Vehicle
251
Braking
251
Steering
252
Off-Road Recovery
253
Loss of Control
253
Driving on Wet Roads
254
Highway Hypnosis
254
Hill and Mountain Roads
255
Winter Driving
255
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
257
Vehicle Load Limits
258
Starting and Operating
262
New Vehicle Break-In
262
Ignition Positions
263
Starting the Engine
265
Engine Heater
266
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
267
Shifting Into Park
267
Shifting out of Park
268
Parking over Things That Burn
269
Engine Exhaust
269
Running the Vehicle While Parked
270
Automatic Transmission
270
Manual Mode
272
Tow/Haul Mode
273
Drive Systems
274
All-Wheel Drive
274
Brakes
274
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
274
Parking Brake
275
Brake Assist
276
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
276
Ride Control Systems
276
StabiliTrak® System
276
Cruise Control
279
Object Detection Systems
281
Ultrasonic Parking Assist
281
Rear Vision Camera (RVC)
282
Fuel
286
Recommended Fuel
287
Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only)
287
California Fuel Requirements
287
Fuels in Foreign Countries
287
Fuel Additives
288
Filling the Tank
289
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
290
Towing
291
General Towing Information
291
Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips
291
Trailer Towing
295
Towing Equipment
297
Conversions and Add-Ons
299
Add-On Electrical Equipment
299
Vehicle Care
301
General Information
302
California Proposition 65 Warning
303
California Perchlorate Materials Requirements
303
Accessories and Modifications
303
Vehicle Checks
304
Doing Your Own Service Work
304
Hood
305
Engine Compartment Overview
306
Engine Cover
307
Engine Oil
308
Engine Oil Life System
310
Automatic Transmission Fluid
311
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
311
Cooling System
313
Engine Coolant
313
Engine Overheating
317
Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
319
Power Steering Fluid
319
Washer Fluid
320
Brakes
321
Brake Fluid
322
Battery
323
All-Wheel Drive
324
Starter Switch Check
324
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
324
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
325
Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
325
Wiper Blade Replacement
325
Headlamp Aiming
326
Bulb Replacement
326
Taillamps, Turn Signal, Sidemarker, and Stoplamps
326
License Plate Lamp
328
Replacement Bulbs
328
Electrical System
328
High Voltage Devices and Wiring
328
Electrical System Overload
329
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
330
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
330
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
333
Wheels and Tires
336
Tires
336
Tire Sidewall Labeling
337
Tire Designations
339
Tire Terminology and Definitions
339
Tire Pressure
342
Tire Pressure Monitor System
343
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
344
Tire Inspection
347
Tire Rotation
348
When It Is Time for New Tires
349
Buying New Tires
350
Different Size Tires and Wheels
351
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
352
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
353
Wheel Replacement
353
Tire Chains
354
If a Tire Goes Flat
355
Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
357
Storing the Tire Sealant and Compressor Kit
364
Tire Changing
365
Compact Spare Tire
373
Jump Starting
374
Towing
379
Towing the Vehicle
379
Recreational Vehicle Towing
379
Appearance Care
383
Exterior Care
383
Interior Care
386
Floor Mats
388
Technical Data
407
Vehicle Identification
407
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
407
Service Parts Identification Label
407
Vehicle Data
408
Capacities and Specifications
408
Engine Drive Belt Routing
409
Customer Information
411
Customer Information
411
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (U.S. and Canada)
411
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (Mexico)
413
Customer Assistance Offices (U.S. and Canada)
414
Customer Assistance Offices (Mexico)
415
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users (U.S. and Canada)
416
Online Owner Center
416
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program (U.S. and Canada)
417
Roadside Assistance Program (U.S. and Canada)
417
Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico)
419
Scheduling Service Appointments (U.S. and Canada)
422
Courtesy Transportation Program (U.S. and Canada)
423
Collision Damage Repair (U.S. and Canada)
424
Service Publications Ordering Information
426
Reporting Safety Defects
427
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
427
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
428
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
428
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy
429
Event Data Recorders
429
OnStar®
430
Navigation System
430
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
430
Radio Frequency Statement
430
OnStar
431
OnStar Overview
431
OnStar Services
432
Emergency
432
Security
432
Navigation
432
Connections
434
Diagnostics
435
OnStar Additional Information
435
Index
439
Index_A
439
Index_B
440
Index_C
440
Index_D
441
Index_E
442
Index_F
442
Index_G
443
Index_H
443
Index_I
444
Index_J
444
Index_K
444
Index_L
444
Index_M
445
Index_N
445
Index_O
446
Index_P
446
Index_R
447
Index_S
447
Index_T
449
Index_U
449
Index_V
450
Index_W
450

FAQ about the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse Manual

What contains the 2012 Traverse manual?

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

  • Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Maintenance, for basic maintenance tasks that Chevrolet Traverse owners can do
  • Maintenance for your Chevrolet Traverse, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks
  • Fuel Information, with recommended fuel type and fuel tank capacity
  • A brief overview of the vehicle and specifications
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues

Where to download the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse Owners Manual?

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Is the manual for the Chevrolet Traverse year 2012 free?

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The Chevrolet Traverse (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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