2012 GMC Canyon Owner's Manual

2012 GMC Canyon owners manual
Year:
2012
Make:
GMC
Model:
Canyon
Rating:
(7)

Online manual

Size:
5.28 MB

Table of Contents

2012 GMC Canyon 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
Door Locks
10
Tailgate
11
Windows
11
Seat Adjustment
12
Heated Seats
13
Head Restraint Adjustment
14
Safety Belts
14
Passenger Sensing System
14
Mirror Adjustment
15
Steering Wheel Adjustment
16
Interior Lighting
16
Exterior Lighting
17
Windshield Wiper/Washer
18
Climate Controls
19
Four-Wheel Drive
19
Vehicle Features
20
Radio(s)
20
Satellite Radio
21
Cruise Control
22
Driver Information Center (DIC)
22
Power Outlets
22
Performance and Maintenance
23
Traction Control System (TCS)
23
StabiliTrak® System
23
Tire Pressure Monitor
23
Engine Oil Life System
24
Driving for Better Fuel Economy
24
Roadside Assistance Program
24
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
Door Locks
30
Power Door Locks
31
Automatic Door Locks
31
Lockout Protection
32
Safety Locks (Crew Cab)
32
Doors
33
Rear Doors
33
Tailgate
33
Vehicle Security
35
Anti-theft Alarm System
35
Immobilizer
36
Canada Only)
36
Immobilizer Operation (Passlock U.S. Only)
38
Exterior Mirrors
38
Convex Mirrors
38
Manual Mirrors
38
Power Mirrors
39
Interior Mirrors
39
Manual Rearview Mirror
39
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
39
Windows
40
Manual Windows
41
Power Windows
41
Rear Windows
43
Sun Visors
43
Seats and Restraints
45
Head Restraints
46
Front Seats
47
Seat Adjustment
47
Power Seat Adjustment
47
Lumbar Adjustment
48
Reclining Seatbacks
48
Seatback Latches
50
Heated Front Seats
51
Rear Seats
52
Rear Seats (Extended Cab)
52
Rear Seats (Crew Cab)
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
62
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?
66
What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
68
How Does an Airbag Restrain?
68
What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
68
Passenger Sensing System
70
Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
74
Adding Equipment to the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
74
Airbag System Check
76
Replacing Airbag System Parts after a Crash
76
Child Restraints
77
Older Children
77
Infants and Young Children
79
Child Restraint Systems
81
Where to Put the Restraint
83
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
85
Replacing LATCH System Parts After a Crash
96
Securing Child Restraints (Rear Seat Position)
96
Securing Child Restraints (Center Front Seat Position)
98
Securing Child Restraints (Right Front Seat Position)
101
Storage
105
Storage Compartments
105
Glove Box
105
Cupholders
105
Rear Storage
106
Center Console Storage
107
Instruments and Controls
109
Controls
110
Steering Wheel Adjustment
110
Horn
110
Windshield Wiper/Washer
110
Compass
111
Clock
112
Power Outlets
113
Cigarette Lighter
113
Ashtrays
114
Warning Lights, Gauges, and Indicators
114
Chime Level Adjustment
114
Instrument Cluster
115
Speedometer
116
Odometer
116
Trip Odometer
116
Tachometer
116
Fuel Gauge
116
Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge
117
Safety Belt Reminders
117
Airbag Readiness Light
118
Passenger Airbag Status Indicator
119
Charging System Light
120
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
120
Brake System Warning Light
123
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light
123
StabiliTrak® OFF Light
124
Traction Control System (TCS)/StabiliTrak® Light
124
Tire Pressure Light
125
Engine Oil Pressure Light
125
Security Light
126
High-Beam On Light
126
Cruise Control Light
126
Information Displays
127
Driver Information Center (DIC)
127
Vehicle Messages
130
Battery Voltage and Charging Messages
130
Brake System Messages
130
Door Ajar Messages
131
Engine Cooling System Messages
131
Engine Oil Messages
131
Engine Power Messages
132
Fuel System Messages
132
Lamp Messages
132
Ride Control System Messages
132
Service Vehicle Messages
133
Tire Messages
133
Transmission Messages
134
Lighting
135
Exterior Lighting
135
Exterior Lamp Controls
135
Exterior Lamps Off Reminder
136
Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
136
Flash-to-Pass
136
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
137
Automatic Headlamp System
137
Hazard Warning Flashers
138
Turn and Lane-Change Signals
138
Fog Lamps
139
Exterior Cargo Lamps
139
Interior Lighting
140
Instrument Panel Illumination Control
140
Dome Lamps
140
Lighting Features
141
Exit Lighting
141
Battery Load Management
141
Battery Power Protection
142
Infotainment System
143
Introduction
143
Infotainment
143
Theft-Deterrent Feature
144
Operation
144
Radio
148
AM-FM Radio
148
Satellite Radio
152
Radio Reception
154
Fixed Mast Antenna
155
Satellite Radio Antenna
155
Audio Players
155
CD Player
155
Phone
161
Bluetooth
161
Climate Controls
169
Climate Control Systems
169
Air Vents
171
Driving and Operating
173
Driving Information
174
Distracted Driving
174
Defensive Driving
175
Drunk Driving
175
Control of a Vehicle
176
Braking
176
Steering
176
Off-Road Recovery
177
Loss of Control
177
Off-Road Driving
178
Driving on Wet Roads
183
Highway Hypnosis
184
Hill and Mountain Roads
184
Winter Driving
185
If the Vehicle Is Stuck
187
Vehicle Load Limits
188
Truck-Camper Loading Information
194
Starting and Operating
194
New Vehicle Break-In
194
Ignition Positions
195
Starting the Engine
196
Engine Heater
198
Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
198
Shifting Into Park (Automatic Transmission)
199
Shifting out of Park (Automatic Transmission)
200
Parking (Manual Transmission)
201
Parking over Things That Burn
201
Engine Exhaust
202
Running the Vehicle While Parked
202
Automatic Transmission
203
Manual Transmission
206
Drive Systems
207
Four-Wheel Drive
207
Brakes
212
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
212
Parking Brake
213
Brake Assist
214
Ride Control Systems
215
Traction Control System (TCS)
215
StabiliTrak® System
216
Limited-Slip Rear Axle
218
Cruise Control
218
Fuel
220
Recommended Fuel
221
Gasoline Specifications (U.S. and Canada Only)
221
California Fuel Requirements
221
Fuels in Foreign Countries
221
Fuel Additives
222
Filling the Tank
223
Filling a Portable Fuel Container
224
Towing
225
General Towing Information
225
Driving Characteristics and Towing Tips
225
Trailer Towing
229
Towing Equipment
234
Conversions and Add-Ons
236
Add-On Electrical Equipment
236
Pickup Conversion to Chassis Cab
236
Vehicle Care
237
General Information
238
California Proposition 65 Warning
239
California Perchlorate Materials Requirements
239
Accessories and Modifications
239
Vehicle Checks
240
Doing Your Own Service Work
240
Hood
241
Engine Compartment Overview
242
Engine Oil
246
Engine Oil Life System
248
Automatic Transmission Fluid
249
Manual Transmission Fluid
251
Hydraulic Clutch
253
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
253
Cooling System
254
Engine Coolant
255
Engine Overheating
259
Engine Fan
261
Power Steering Fluid
261
Washer Fluid
262
Brakes
262
Brake Fluid
264
Battery
265
Four-Wheel Drive
266
Front Axle
266
Rear Axle
267
Starter Switch Check
267
Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control Function Check
268
Ignition Transmission Lock Check
268
Park Brake and P (Park) Mechanism Check
268
Wiper Blade Replacement
269
Headlamp Aiming
270
Bulb Replacement
271
Halogen Bulbs
271
Headlamps
271
Taillamps, Turn Signal, Stoplamps, and Back-Up Lamps
272
Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL)
272
License Plate Lamp
273
Replacement Bulbs
273
Electrical System
274
Electrical System Overload
274
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
274
Engine Compartment Fuse Block
275
Wheels and Tires
281
Tires
281
Tire Sidewall Labeling
282
Tire Designations
284
Tire Terminology and Definitions
284
Tire Pressure
287
Tire Pressure for High-Speed Operation
288
Tire Pressure Monitor System
289
Tire Pressure Monitor Operation
290
Tire Inspection
293
Tire Rotation
294
When It Is Time for New Tires
295
Buying New Tires
296
Different Size Tires and Wheels
297
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
297
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
299
Wheel Replacement
299
Tire Chains
300
If a Tire Goes Flat
301
Tire Changing
302
Secondary Latch System
313
Compact Spare Tire
316
Full-Size Spare Tire
316
Jump Starting
317
Towing
321
Towing the Vehicle
321
Recreational Vehicle Towing
321
Appearance Care
327
Exterior Care
327
Interior Care
329
Floor Mats
332
Service and Maintenance
333
General Information
333
Maintenance Schedule
335
Special Application Services
340
Additional Maintenance and Care
340
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Parts
343
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
343
Maintenance Replacement Parts
345
Maintenance Records
347
Technical Data
351
Vehicle Identification
351
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
351
Service Parts Identification Label
351
Vehicle Data
352
Capacities and Specifications
352
Engine Drive Belt Routing
354
Customer Information
355
Customer Information
355
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (U.S. and Canada)
355
Customer Satisfaction Procedure (Mexico)
357
Customer Assistance Offices (U.S. and Canada)
358
Customer Assistance Offices (Mexico)
359
Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users (U.S. and Canada)
360
Online Owner Center
360
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program (U.S. and Canada)
361
Roadside Assistance Program (U.S. and Canada)
361
Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico)
363
Scheduling Service Appointments (U.S. and Canada)
366
Courtesy Transportation Program (U.S. and Canada)
367
Collision Damage Repair (U.S. and Canada)
368
Service Publications Ordering Information
370
Reporting Safety Defects
371
Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
371
Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
372
Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
372
Vehicle Data Recording and Privacy
373
Event Data Recorders
373
OnStar®
374
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
374
Radio Frequency Statement
374
Index
375
Index_A
375
Index_B
376
Index_C
376
Index_D
377
Index_E
378
Index_F
378
Index_G
379
Index_H
379
Index_I
380
Index_J
380
Index_K
380
Index_L
380
Index_M
381
Index_N
381
Index_O
381
Index_P
382
Index_R
382
Index_S
383
Index_T
384
Index_U
385
Index_V
386
Index_W
386

FAQ about the 2012 GMC Canyon Manual

What contains the 2012 Canyon manual?

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

  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings
  • Best practice for driving your GMC Canyon
  • Technical Information, like engine specifications, tire sizes, and recommendations
  • Instrument Panel and Controls, including dashboard indicators, warning lights, and controls
  • Maintenance for your GMC Canyon, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks

Where to download the 2012 GMC Canyon Owners Manual?

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

Is the manual for the GMC Canyon year 2012 free?

Yes, the owner manual for the model year 2012 is free, but the repair manuals are usually not easy to get and may cost more.

The GMC Canyon (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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