1998 BUICK PARK AVENUE OWNERS MANUAL PDF

This manual includes the 'latest information at the time itWES printed. Forvehicles first sold in Canada, substitute the name"General Motors of Canada Limited" for hick MotorDivision whenever it appears in this manual. Please keep this manual in your vehicle, so it wiIl bethere if you ever need it when you're on the road. Ifyou do this, it will help you learn about the featuresand controls for your vehicle.

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Quick Links. Download this manual. Table of Contents. This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the "SRS" system. This section explains how to start and operate your vehicle. This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your audio system. Here you'll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions. This section tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or overheated engine, etc.

Here the manual tells you how to keep your vehicle running properly and looking good. This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. This section tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service and owner publications.

It also gives you information on "Reporting Safety Defects" on page 8. Here's an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find. Summary of Contents for Buick Park Avenue Page 1 This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use. Customer Assistance Information This section tells you how to contact Buick for assistance and how to get service and owner publications.

This manual includes the latest information at the time it was printed. We reserve the right to make changes in the product after that time without further notice. If you do this, it will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle.

In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts.

Page 8: Seats And Seat Controls Seats and Seat Controls This part tells you about the seats and also about memory seats, reclining seatbacks and head restraints. Power Seats Raise or lower the front of the seat cushion by holding the front part of the horizontal control up how to adjust them, or down.

To increase or decrease support, hold the switch forward or rearward. Page 10 2. Adjust both outside mirrors to suit you. Automatic seat and mirror movement is programmed through the Driver Information Center DIC so that the driver can select whether the seat moves to the programmed driving position, the programmed exit position, or does not move at all.

Page Reclining Front Seatbacks Reclining Front Seatbacks The vertical control described previously in this section reclines the front seatbacks. Lift up on the switch to move the head restraint up. Press down on the switch to move the head restraint down. The top of the head restraint should be closest to the top of your ears. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts.

But most crashes are in between. Page 16 yellowblue Put someone on it. Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. Page 17 yellowblue The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does.

You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. Page 20 Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap shoulder belt. Close and lock the door. Page 21 The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones.

If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdomen. The shoulder belt is too loose. In a crash, you would move forward too much, which could increase injury. The belt is buckled in the wrong place.

In a crash, the belt would go up over your abdomen. The belt forces would be there, not at the pelvic bones. The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should be worn over the shoulder at all times. In a crash, your body would move too far forward, which would increase the chance of head and neck injury. The belt is twisted across the body.

If a belt is twisted, make it straight so it can work properly, or ask your dealer to fix it. The belt should go back out of the way. Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly.

And, for unrestrained occupants, Next Generation air bags may provide less protection in frontal crashes than more forceful air bags have provided in the past. Always secure children properly in your vehicle. The path of an inflating air bag must be kept clear.

Page 31 In any particular crash, no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply because of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and how quickly the vehicle slows down in frontal or near frontal impacts.

Page 32 Air bags are designed to inflate only once. A new system will include air bag modules and possibly other parts. You can be injured if you are close to an air bag when it inflates.

Page Rear Seat Passengers To make the belt shorter, pull its free end as shown until the belt is snug. Buckle, position and release it the same way as the lap part of a lap shoulder belt. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to. Page 35 Shoulder Belt The positions next to the windows have lap belts. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you.

The shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very quickly. Page 36 yellowblue 3. To make the lap part tight, pull down on the buckle The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on end of the belt as you pull up on the shoulder part. The shoulder belt should fit against your body.

To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. When installed on a shoulder belt, the comfort guide pulls the belt away from the neck and head. Page 39 2. Slide the guide under and past the belt. The elastic cord must be under the belt. Then, place the guide over the belt, and insert the two edges of the belt into the slots of the guide. Be sure that the belt is not twisted and it lies flat. The elastic cord must be under the belt and the guide on top.

Page Children 4. Make sure that the shoulder belt crosses the shoulder. To remove and store the comfort guides, squeeze the belt edges together so that you can take them out from the guides. The instructions for the restraint will say whether it is the right type and size for your child. Page Child Restraints Child Restraints Every time infants and young children ride in vehicles, they should have protection provided by appropriate restraints. What are the different types of add child restraints?

Page 44 yellowblue A rear facing infant restraint B positions an infant to face the rear of the vehicle. Rear facing infant restraints are designed for infants of up to about 20 lbs. Page 45 yellowblue A forward facing child restraint C E positions a child upright to face forward in the vehicle. These forward facing restraints are designed to help protect children who are from 20 to 40 lbs. Page 46 yellowblue A booster seat F, G is designed for children who are about 40 to 60 lbs. Page Where To Put The Restraint When choosing a child restraint, be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a vehicle.

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