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SERVICE AND APPEARANCE CARE
When to Check
Tire Inspection and Rotation
Don’t include the compact spare tire in
Check your tires each time you fill your fuel
Inspect your vehicle’s tires at least once a
your tire rotation.
tank or at least once a month using a tire
month.
After the tires have been rotated, adjust
pressure gauge.
Tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles
the front and rear inflation pressures as
(12,000 km).
Don’t forget your compact spare tire. It
shown on the Tire and Loading Information
should be at 60 psi (420 kPa).
Any time you notice unusual wear, rotate
label. Make certain that all wheel nuts are
your tires as soon as possible and check
properly tightened. See
“Wheel Nut
How to check
wheel alignment. Also check for damaged
Torque” under “Capacities and Specifica-
Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to
tires or wheels. See “When It Is Time for
tions” in this section.
check tire pressure. You can’t tell if your
New Tires” and “Wheel Replacement” in
tires are properly inflated simply by looking
this section for more information.
WARNING
at them. Radial tires may look properly
The purpose of regular rotation is to
Rust or dirt on a wheel, or on the
inflated even when they’re underinflated.
achieve more uniform wear for all tires on
parts to which it is fastened, can
Check the tire’s inflation pressure when the
the vehicle. The first rotation is the most
make wheel nuts become loose after
tires are cold. Cold means your vehicle has
important. See
“Scheduled Maintenance
a time. The wheel could come off and
been sitting for at least three hours or
Services” in section 6, for scheduled rota-
cause an accident. When you change
driven no more than 1 mile (1.6 km).
tion intervals.
a wheel, remove any rust or dirt from
Remove the valve cap from the tire valve
places where the wheel attaches to
stem. Press the tire gauge firmly onto the
the vehicle. In an emergency, you can
valve to get a pressure measurement. If
use a cloth or a paper towel to do
the cold tire inflation pressure is low, add
this, but be sure to use a scraper or
air until you reach the recommended pres-
wire brush later, if you need to, to get
sure.
all the rust or dirt off. See “Changing
a Flat Tire” in this section.
If you overfill the tire, release air by push-
ing on the metal stem in the center of the
tire valve. Recheck the tire pressure with
Vehicle Loading
The tires on your vehicle, when they are
the tire gauge.
inflated to the recommended tire inflation
Be sure to put the valve caps back on the
pressure, have a load-carrying capacity
valve stems. They help prevent leaks by
that is greater than the load that will be on
keeping out dirt and moisture.
the tires when the vehicle is at its GVWR
or GAWR limit. Never use replacement
When rotating your tires, always use the
tires that have a load-carrying capacity
correct rotation pattern shown here.
less than the original tires on your vehicle.
Tire load-carrying capacity information is
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molded into the tire sidewall typically
You need a new tire if any of the following
shown as “Max. Load”. Use of replacement
WARNING
statements are true:
tires with a lower load-carrying capacity
Your SUZUKI is equipped with tires
than the original tires, or failure to keep the
• You can see the indicators at three or
which are all the same type and size.
tires inflated to the recommended tire pres-
more places around the tire.
This is important to ensure proper
sure, may reduce the GVWR or GAWR
• You can see cord or fabric showing
steering and handling of the vehicle.
limit of your vehicle.
through the tire’s rubber.
Never mix tires of different size or
• The tread or sidewall is cracked, cut or
type on the four wheels of your vehi-
NOTE:
snagged deep enough to show cord or
cle. The size and type of tires used
Use of replacement tires with a higher
fabric.
should be only those approved by
load-carrying capacity than the original
• The tire has a bump, bulge or split.
SUZUKI Motor Corporation as stan-
tires, or using a tire inflation pressure
• The tire has a puncture, cut or other
dard or optional equipment for your
higher than the recommended tire inflation
damage that can’t be repaired well
vehicle.
pressure, will not increase the GVWR or
because of the size or location of the
GAWR limit of your vehicle.
damage.
WARNING
When It Is Time for New Tires
Buying New Tires
To find out what kind and size of tires you
Replacing the wheels and tires
equipped on your vehicle with certain
need, look at the Tire and Loading Infor-
mation label.
combinations of aftermarket wheels
and tires can significantly change the
Make sure the replacements are the same
steering and handling characteris-
size, load range, speed rating and con-
tics of your vehicle. Oversized tires
struction type (bias, bias-belted or radial)
may also rub against the fender over
as your original tires.
bumps, causing vehicle damage or
tire failure. Therefore, use only those
wheel and tire combinations
approved by SUZUKI Motor Corpora-
tion as standard or optional equip-
ment for your vehicle. For
information regarding the specified
tires, refer to the Tire Information
One way to tell when it’s time for new tires
Label located on the driver’s side
is to check the treadwear indicators, which
door pillar or
“Tire Inflation Pres-
will appear when your tires have only 1/16
sure” in this section.
inch (1.6 mm) or less of tread remaining.
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they all conform to federal safety require-
Temperature - A, B, C
CAUTION
ments.
The temperature grades are A (the high-
est), B, and C, representing the tire’s resis-
Replacing the original tires with tires
Treadwear
tance to the generation of heat and its
of a different size may result in false
The treadwear grade is a comparative rat-
ability to dissipate heat when tested under
speedometer or odometer readings.
ing based on the wear rate of the tire when
controlled conditions on a specified indoor
Check with your SUZUKI dealer
tested under controlled conditions on a
laboratory test wheel. Sustained high tem-
before purchasing replacement tires
specified government test course. For
perature can cause the material of the tire
that differ in size from the original
example, a tire graded 150 would wear one
to degenerate and reduce tire life, and
tires.
and a half (1.5) times as well on the gov-
excessive temperature can lead to sudden
ernment course as a tire graded 100. The
tire failure. The grade C corresponds to a
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
relative performance of tires depends upon
level of performance which all passenger
Quality grades can be found where appli-
the actual conditions of their use, however,
car tires must meet under the Federal
cable on the tire sidewall between the
and may depart significantly from the norm
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.109.
tread shoulder and the maximum section
due to variations in driving habits, service
Grades B and A represent higher levels of
width. For example:
practices and differences in road charac-
performance on the laboratory test wheel
teristics and climate.
than the minimum required by law.
Treadwear 200 Traction AA Temperature
A
Traction - AA, A, B, C
WARNING
The traction grades, from highest to low-
The following information relates to the
The temperature grade for this tire is
est, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades
system developed by the United States
established for a tire that is properly
represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet
National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-
inflated and not overloaded. Exces-
pavement as measured under controlled
tration, which grades tires by treadwear,
sive speed, underinflation, or exces-
conditions on specified government test
traction and temperature performance.
sive loading, either separately or in
surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire
(This applies only to vehicles sold in the
combination, can cause heat buildup
marked C may have poor traction perfor-
United States.) The grades are molded on
and possible tire failure.
mance.
the sidewalls of most passenger car tires.
The Uniform Tire Quality Grading system
WARNING
Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
does not apply to deep tread, winter-type
The wheels on your vehicle were aligned
snow tires, space-saver or temporary use
The traction grade assigned to this
and balanced carefully at the factory to
spare tires, tires with nominal rim diame-
tire is based on straight-ahead brak-
give you the longest tire life and best over-
ters of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm), or to
ing traction tests, and does not
all performance.
some limited-production tires.
include acceleration, cornering,
Scheduled wheel alignment and wheel bal-
While the tires available on SUZUKI vehi-
hydroplaning, or peak traction char-
acteristics.
ancing are not needed. However, if you
cles may vary with respect to these grades,
notice unusual tire wear or your vehicle
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pulling one way or the other, the alignment
Used Replacement Wheels
may need to be reset. If you notice your
WARNING
vehicle vibrating when driving on a smooth
WARNING
Using the wrong replacement wheels,
road, your wheels may need to be rebal-
wheel bolts or wheel nuts on your
Putting a used wheel on your vehicle
anced.
vehicle can be dangerous. It could
is dangerous. You can’t know how it’s
affect the braking and handling of
been used or how far it’s been driven.
Wheel Replacement
your vehicle, make your tires lose air
It could fail suddenly and cause a
Replace any wheel that is bent, cracked or
and make you lose control. You could
crash. If you have to replace a wheel,
badly rusted or corroded. If wheel nuts
have a collision in which you or oth-
use a new SUZUKI original equip-
keep coming loose, the wheel, wheel bolts
ers could be injured. Always use the
ment wheel.
and wheel nuts should be replaced. If the
correct wheel, wheel bolts and wheel
wheel leaks air, replace it (except some
nuts for replacement.
Tire Chains
aluminum wheels, which can sometimes
be repaired). See your SUZUKI dealer if
any of these conditions exist.
CAUTION
CAUTION
Your SUZUKI dealer will know the kind of
Use tire chains only where legal and
wheel you need.
The wrong wheel can also cause
only when you must. Use only SAE
problems with bearing life, brake
Each new wheel should have the same
class “S” type chains that are the
cooling, speedometer or odometer
load-carrying capacity, diameter, width, off-
proper size for your tires. Install them
calibration, headlamp aim, bumper
set and be mounted the same way as the
on the front tires and tighten them as
height, vehicle ground clearance and
one it replaces.
tightly as possible with the ends
tire or tire chain clearance to the
securely fastened. Drive slowly and
body and chassis.
If you need to replace any of your wheels,
follow the chain manufacturer’s
wheel bolts or wheel nuts, replace them
instructions. If you can hear the
only with new SUZUKI original equipment
See “Changing a Flat Tire” in this section
chains contacting your vehicle, stop
parts. This way, you will be sure to have
for more information.
and retighten them. If the contact
the right wheel, wheel bolts and wheel nuts
continues, slow down until it stops.
for your vehicle.
Driving too fast or spinning the
wheels with chains on will damage
your vehicle.
If a Tire Goes Flat
It’s a unusual for a tire to “blowout” while
you’re driving, especially if you maintain
your tire properly. If air goes out of a tire,
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it’s much more likely to leak out slowly. But
If a tire goes flat, the next part shows how
if you should ever have a “blowout”, here
to use your jacking equipment to change a
are a few tips about what to expect and
flat tire safely.
what to do:
Changing a Flat Tire
If a front tire fails, the flat tire will create a
If a tire goes flat, avoid further tire and
drag that pulls the vehicle toward that side.
wheel damage by driving slowly to a level
Take your foot off the accelerator pedal
place. Turn on your hazard warning flash-
and grip the steering wheel firmly. Steer to
ers.
maintain lane position, and then gently
brake to a stop well out of the traffic lane.
WARNING
A rear blowout, particularly on a curve,
Changing a tire can cause an injury.
acts much like a skid and may require the
The vehicle can slip off the jack and
same correction you’d use in a skid. In any
roll over you or other people. You and
rear blowout, remove your foot from the
they could be severely injured. Find a
accelerator pedal. Get the vehicle under
The following steps will tell you how to use
level place to change your tire. To
control by steering the way you want the
the jack to change a tire.
help prevent the vehicle from mov-
vehicle to go. It may be very bumpy and
ing:
noisy, but you can still steer. Gently brake
1) Set the parking brake firmly.
to a stop, well off the road if possible.
2) Put an automatic transmission
shift lever in PARK (P), or shift a
WARNING
instruction transmission to FIRST (1)
Lifting a vehicle and getting under it
or REVERSE (R).
to do maintenance or repairs is dan-
3) Turn off the engine and do not
gerous without the appropriate safety
restart while the vehicle is raised.
equipment and training. The jack pro-
4) Do not allow passengers to
vided with your vehicle is designed
remain in the vehicle.
only for changing a flat tire. If it is
To be even more certain the vehicle
used for anything else, you or others
won’t move, you should put blocks at
could be badly injured or killed if the
the front and rear of the tire farthest
vehicle slips off the jack. Use the jack
away from the one being changed.
provided with your vehicle only for
That would be the tire on the other
changing a flat tire.
side, at the opposite end of the vehi-
cle.
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Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
4) Remove the compact spare tire. See
“Compact Spare Tire” in this section for
more information.
5) Remove the jack, jack handle and the
wheel wrench. The jack is located in the
cargo area. Turn the jack retainer,
located on the right side of the jack,
counterclockwise to release it. The jack
handle and the wheel wrench are
located inside the foam tray.
Removing the Flat Tire and Installing
the Spare Tire
1)
If your vehicle is equipped with wheel
covers, loosen the 4 plastic caps by
hand with the aid of the wheel wrench
3)
Near each wheel well is a notch in the
A. Jack
and remove the wheel cover.
frame which the jack head fits in.
B. Wrench
2)
Then use the wheel wrench to loosen
Position the jack and raise the jack
C. Jack Handle
all the wheel nuts. Don’t remove them
head until it fits firmly into the notch in
D. Screwdriver
yet.
the vehicle’s frame nearest the flat tire.
Put the compact spare tire near you.
The compartment
spare
tire
and
tools
you’ll need are located in the trunk.
WARNING
Getting under a vehicle when it is
WARNING
jacked up is dangerous. If the vehicle
Only use the jack for lifting this car
slips off the jack you could be badly
during an emergency tire change.
injured or killed. Never get under a
vehicle when it is supported only by a
1) Remove the trim cover from the floor of
jack.
the cargo area by pulling up on the tab.
2) Remove the foam tray that contains the
tools.
3) Turn the retainer on the compact spare
tire counterclockwise and remove the
retainer.
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WARNING
WARNING
Raising your vehicle with the jack
Never use oil or grease on studs or
improperly positioned can damage
nuts. If you do, the nuts might come
the vehicle and even make the vehi-
loose. Your wheel could fall off, caus-
cle fall. To help avoid personal injury
ing a serious accident.
and vehicle damage, be sure to fit the
jack lift head into the proper location
9) Place the compact spare tire on the
before raising the vehicle.
wheel-mounting surface.
10)Reinstall the wheel nuts with the
rounded end of the nuts toward the
wheel. Tighten each wheel nut by turn-
ing it clockwise with your hand until the
wheel is held against the hub.
8)
Remove any rust or dirt from the wheel
11)Lower the vehicle by turning the wheel
bolts, mounting surfaces and spare
handle counterclockwise. Lower the
wheel.
jack completely.
WARNING
Rust or dirt on the wheel, or on the
parts to which it is fastened, can
make the wheel nuts become loose
after a time. The wheel could come
off and cause an accident. When you
4)
Insert the jack handle and the wheel
change a wheel, remove any rust or
wrench into the jack.
dirt from the places where the wheel
5)
Raise the vehicle by turning the jack
attaches to the vehicle. In an emer-
handle clockwise. Raise the vehicle far
gency, you can use a cloth or a paper
enough off the ground so there is
towel to do this, but be sure to use a
enough room for the compact spare tire
scraper or wire brush later, if you
to fit underneath the wheel well.
need to, to get all the rust or dirt off.
6)
Remove all of the wheel nuts by turning
12)Tighten the wheel nuts firmly in a criss-
them counterclockwise.
cross sequence as shown.
7)
Remove the flat tire.
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Storing the Flat Tire and Tools
WARNING
CAUTION
WARNING
Incorrect wheel nuts or improperly
If you install a full-size tire rather than
tightened wheel nuts can cause the
your compact spare tire, reinstall the
Improperly storing a jack, a tire, or
wheel to come loose and even come
wheel cover as follows:
other equipment in the passenger
off. This could lead to an accident. Be
1) Put the wheel cover on the full-
compartment of the vehicle could
sure to use the correct wheel nuts. If
size tire.
cause injury. In a sudden stop or col-
you have to replace them, be sure to
2) Fasten the 4 plastic caps snugly
lision, loose equipment could strike
get new SUZUKI original equipment
by hand.
someone. Store all these items in the
wheel nuts. Stop somewhere as soon
3) Tighten the caps by turning them
proper place.
as you can and have the nuts tight-
an additional 90° with the wheel
ened with a torque wrench to the
wrench.
Store the flat tire in the compact spare tire
proper torque specification. See
- The proper tightening torque is a
compartment. Place the tire in the com-
“Capacities and Specifications” in
maximum of 5.9 lb-ft (8 N·m).
partment, then secure the retainer. Store
the Index for the wheel nut torque
- Tightening to the improper
the jack in its housing in the cargo area.
specification.
torque can cause damage to the
Secure the jack by turning the retainer
plastic caps.
clockwise. Store the tools securely in the
foam tray and place the tray on top of the
CAUTION
tire. Replace the trim cover.
CAUTION
Improperly tightened wheel nuts can
lead to brake pulsation and rotor
Wheel covers will not fit on your com-
WARNING
damage. To avoid expensive brake
pact spare. If you try to put a wheel
Storing a jack, a tire, or other equip-
repairs, evenly tighten the wheel nuts
cover on the compact spare, you
ment in the passenger compartment
in the proper sequence and to the
could damage the cover or the spare.
of the vehicle could cause injury. In a
proper torque specification. See
sudden stop or collision, loose
“Capacities and Specifications” in
equipment could strike someone.
the index for the wheel nut torque
Store all these in the proper place.
specification.
Storing the Spare Tire and Tools
Don’t try to put a wheel cover on your com-
The compact spare tire is for temporary
pact spare tire. It won’t fit. Store the wheel
use only. Replace the compact spare tire
cover in the trunk until you have the flat tire
with a full-size tire as soon as you can. See
repaired or replaced.
“Compact Spare Tire” in this section.
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Compact Spare Tire
Although the compact spare tire was fully
CAUTION
WARNING
inflated when your vehicle was new, it can
Tire chains won’t fit your compact
(Continued)
lose air after a time. Check the inflation
spare tire. Using them can damage
Do not use tire chains on the com-
pressure regularly. It should be 60 psi (420
your vehicle and can damage the
pact spare tire. If you must use tire
kPa).
chains too. Don’t use tire chains on
chains, rearrange the wheels so
After installing the compact spare tire on
your compact spare.
standard tires and wheels are fitted
your vehicle, you should stop as soon as
to the front axle.
possible and make sure your compact
The compact spare tire has a much
WARNING
spare tire is correctly inflated. The compact
shorter tread life than the conven-
spare tire is made to perform well at
tional tires on your vehicle.
The compact spare tire and wheel are
speeds up to 50 mph (80 km/h), so you
intended for temporary emergency
Replace the tire as soon as the
can finish your trip and have your full-size
tread wear indicator appears.
use only. Continuous use of the com-
tire repaired or replaced where you want.
pact spare tire can result in tire fail-
When replacing the compact spare
Of course, it’s best to replace your spare
tire, use a replacement tire with the
ure and loss of control. Always
with a full-size tire as soon as you can.
observe these precautions when
exact same size and construction.
Your spare will last longer and be in good
using the compact spare tire:
shape in case you need it again.
Your vehicle will handle differently
with this temporary spare.
CAUTION
Do not exceed 80 km/h (50 mph)
speed.
When the compact spare tire is
Replace the compact spare tire
installed, don’t take your vehicle
with a standard tire and wheel as
through an automatic car wash with
soon as possible.
guide rails. The compact spare can
Use of the compact spare tire will
get caught on the rails. That can
reduce ground clearance.
damage the tire and wheel, and
Recommended air pressure for the
maybe other parts of your vehicle.
compact spare tire is 420 kPa (60
psi).
Don’t use your compact spare tire on other
(Continued)
vehicles.
And don’t mix your compact spare tire or
wheel with other wheels or tires. They
won’t fit. Keep your compact spare tire and
its wheel together.
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Appearance Care
Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
Using Cleaner on Fabric
Use a vacuum cleaner often to get rid of
1) Vacuum and brush the area to remove
Remember, cleaning products can be haz-
dust and loose dirt. Wipe vinyl, leather,
any loose dirt.
ardous. Some are toxic. Others can burst
plastic and painted surfaces with a clean,
2) Always clean a whole trim panel or sec-
into flames if you strike a match or get
damp cloth.
tion. Mask surrounding trim along stitch
them on a hot part of the vehicle. Some
or welt lines.
are dangerous if you breathe their fumes in
Cleaning Fabric/Carpet
3) Follow the directions on the container
a closed space. When you use anything
Your SUZUKI dealer has cleaners for the
label.
from a container to clean your vehicle, be
cleaning of fabric and carpet. They will
4) Apply cleaner with a clean sponge.
sure to follow the manufacturer’s warnings
clean normal spots and stains very well.
Don’t saturate the material and don’t
and instructions. And always open your
rub it roughly.
doors or windows when you are cleaning
You can get SUZUKI approved cleaning
5) As soon as you’ve cleaned the section,
the inside.
products from your SUZUKI dealer. See
use a sponge to remove any excess
“Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials” later
Never use these to clean your vehicle:
cleaner.
in this section.
6) Wipe cleaned area with a clean, water-
• Gasoline
Here are some cleaning tips:
dampened towel or cloth.
• Benzene
7) Wipe with a clean cloth and let dry.
• Naphtha
Always read the instructions on the
• Carbon Tetrachloride
cleaner label.
Specific Fabric Cleaning Problems
• Acetone
Clean up stains as soon as you can -
Stains caused by such things as catsup,
• Paint Thinner
before they set.
coffee (black), egg, fruit, fruit juice, milk,
• Turpentine
Carefully scrape off any excess stain.
soft drinks, vomit, urine and blood can be
• Lacquer Thinner
Use a clean cloth or sponge, and change
removed as follows:
• Nail Polish Remover
to a clean area often. A soft brush may
be used if stains are stubborn.
1) Carefully scrape off excess stain, then
They can all be hazardous - some more
If a ring forms on fabric after spot clean-
sponge the soiled area with cool water.
than others - and they can all damage
ing, clean the entire area immediately or
2) If a stain remains, follow the cleaner
your vehicle, too.
it will set.
instructions described earlier.
Do not use any of these unless this manual
3) If an odor lingers after cleaning vomit or
says you can. In many uses, these will
urine, treat the area with a water/baking
damage your vehicle:
soda solution: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of bak-
ing soda to 1 cup (250 ml) of lukewarm
• Alcohol
water.
• Laundry Soap
4) Let dry.
• Bleach
• Reducing Agents
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Stains caused by candy, ice cream, may-
Cleaning the Top of the Instrument
Care of Safety Belts
onnaise, chili sauce and unknown stains
Panel
Keep belts clean and dry.
can be removed as follows:
Use only mild soap and water to clean the
top surfaces of the instrument panel.
WARNING
1) Carefully scrape off excess stain.
Sprays containing silicones or waxes may
2) First, clean with cool water and allow to
Do not bleach or dye safety belts. If
cause annoying reflections in the wind-
dry completely.
you do, it may severely weaken them.
shield and even make it difficult to see
3) If a stain remains, follow the cleaner
In a crash, they might not be able to
through the windshield under certain con-
instructions described earlier.
provide adequate protection. Clean
ditions.
safety belts only with mild soap and
Cleaning Vinyl
lukewarm water.
Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
Use warm water and a clean cloth.
Use only a mild soap and water solution on
• Rub with a clean, damp cloth to remove
a soft cloth or sponge. Commercial clean-
Weatherstrips
dirt. You may have to do this more than
ers may affect the surface finish.
Silicone grease on weatherstrips will make
once.
them last longer, seal better, and not stick
• Things like tar, asphalt and shoe polish
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
or squeak. Apply silicone grease with a
will stain if you don’t get them off quickly.
Glass should be cleaned often. Glass
clean cloth at least every six months. Dur-
Use a clean cloth and vinyl cleaner. See
Cleaner or a liquid household glass
ing very cold, damp weather more frequent
your SUZUKI dealer for this product.
cleaner will remove normal tobacco smoke
application may be required.
and dust films on interior glass. See “Vehi-
Cleaning Leather
cle Care/Appearance Materials” later in
Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehi-
Use a soft cloth with lukewarm water and a
this section.
cle
mild soap or saddle soap and wipe dry
The paint finish on your vehicle provides
with a soft cloth. Then, let the leather dry
CAUTION
beauty, depth of color, gloss retention and
naturally. Do not use heat to dry.
durability.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners on glass,
• For stubborn stains, use a leather
because they may cause scratches.
Washing Your Vehicle
cleaner.
Avoid placing decals on the inside
The best way to preserve your vehicle’s fin-
• Never use oils, varnishes, solvent-based
rear window, since they may have to
ish is to keep it clean by washing it often
or abrasive cleaners, furniture polish or
be scraped off later. If abrasive clean-
with lukewarm or cold water.
shoe polish on leather.
ers are used on the inside of the rear
• Soiled or stained leather should be
window, an electric defogger element
Don’t wash your vehicle in the direct rays
cleaned immediately. If dirt is allowed to
may be damaged. Any temporary
of the sun. Use a car washing soap. Don’t
work into the finish, it can harm the
license should not be attached
use strong soaps or chemical detergents.
leather.
across the defogger grid.
Be sure to rinse the vehicle well, removing
all soap residue completely. You can get
approved cleaning products from your
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SUZUKI dealer. See
“Vehicle Care/
Grime from the windshield will stick to the
Appearance Materials” later in this section.
CAUTION
wiper blades and affect their performance.
Don’t use cleaning agents that are petro-
Clean the blades by wiping vigorously with
Machine compounding or aggressive
leum based, or that contain acid or abra-
a cloth soaked in full-strength windshield
polishing on a basecoat/clearcoat
sives. All cleaning agents should be
washer solvent. Then rinse the blades with
paint finish may dull the finish or
flushed promptly and not allowed to dry on
water.
leave swirl marks.
the surface, or they could stain. Dry the fin-
Check the wiper blades and clean them as
ish with a soft, clean chamois or an all-cot-
Foreign materials such as calcium chloride
necessary; replace blades that look worn.
ton towel to avoid surface scratches and
water spotting.
and other salts, ice melting agents, road oil
and tar, tree sap, bird droppings, chemicals
Cleaning Aluminum Wheels
High pressure car washes may cause
from industrial chimneys, etc., can damage
Keep your wheels clean using a soft clean
water to enter your vehicle.
your vehicle’s finish if they remain on
cloth with mild soap and water. Rinse with
painted surfaces. Wash the vehicle as
clean water. After rinsing thoroughly, dry
Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
soon as possible. If necessary, use non-
with a soft clean towel. A wax may then be
Use only lukewarm or cold water, a soft
abrasive cleaners that are marked safe for
applied.
cloth and a car washing soap to clean
painted surfaces to remove foreign matter.
The surface of these wheels is similar to
exterior lamps and lenses. Follow instruc-
Exterior painted surfaces are subject to
the painted surface of your vehicle. Don’t
tions under Washing Your Vehicle.
aging, weather and chemical fallout that
use strong soaps, chemicals, abrasive pol-
can take their toll over a period of years.
ishes, abrasive cleaners, cleaners with
Finish Care
You can help to keep the paint finish look-
acid, or abrasive cleaning brushes on them
Occasional waxing or mild polishing of
ing new by keeping your vehicle garaged
because you could damage the surface.
your vehicle by hand may be necessary to
or covered whenever possible.
Do not use chrome polish on aluminum
remove residue from the paint finish. You
wheels.
can get SUZUKI-approved cleaning prod-
Cleaning Windshield and Wiper Blades
ucts from your SUZUKI dealer. See “Vehi-
Don’t take your vehicle through an auto-
cle Care/Appearance Materials” later in
If the windshield is not clear after using the
matic car wash that has silicone carbide
windshield washer, or if the wiper blade
this section.
tire cleaning brushes. These brushes can
chatters when running, wax, sap or other
also damage the surface of these wheels.
Your vehicle has a
“basecoat/clearcoat”
material may be on the blade or wind-
paint finish. The clearcoat gives more
shield.
Cleaning Tires
depth and gloss to the colored basecoat.
Clean the outside of the windshield with a
To clean your tires, use a stiff brush with
Always use waxes and polishes that are
full-strength glass cleaning liquid. The
tire cleaner.
non-abrasive and made for a basecoat/
windshield is clean if beads do not form
clearcoat paint finish.
when you rinse it with water.
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Underbody Maintenance
CAUTION
Chemicals used for ice and snow removal
Description
Usage
and dust control can collect on the under-
When applying a tire dressing,
Polishing Cloth
Interior and exterior
body. If these are not removed, acceler-
always take care to wipe off any over-
Wax-Treated
polishing cloth.
ated corrosion
(rust) can occur on the
spray or splash from all painted sur-
underbody parts such as fuel lines, frame,
Tar and Road
Removes tar, road oil
faces on the body or wheels of the
floor pan and exhaust system even though
Oil Remover
and asphalt.
vehicle. Petroleum-based products
they have corrosion protection.
may damage the paint finish and
Chrome
Use on chrome or
tires.
At least every spring, flush these materials
Cleaner and
stainless steel.
from the underbody with plain water. Clean
Polish
Sheet Metal Damage
any areas where mud and debris can col-
lect. Dirt packed in close areas of the
White Sidewall
Removes soil and
If your vehicle is damaged and requires
sheet metal repair or replacement, make
frame should be loosened before being
Tire Cleaner
black marks from
flushed. Your SUZUKI dealer or an under-
whitewalls.
sure the body repair shop applies anti-cor-
rosion material to parts repaired or
body car washing system can do this for
Vinyl Cleaner
Cleans vinyl tops,
replaced to restore corrosion protection.
you.
upholstery and con-
Original manufacturer replacement parts
vertible tops.
Chemical Paint Spotting
will provide the corrosion protection while
Some weather and atmospheric conditions
Glass Cleaner
Removes dirt, grime,
maintaining the warranty.
can create a chemical fallout. Airborne pol-
smoke and finger-
lutants can fall upon and attack painted
prints.
Finish Damage
surfaces on your vehicle. This damage can
Any stone chips, fractures or deep
Chrome and
Removes dirt and
take two forms: blotchy, ring-shaped discol-
scratches in the finish should be repaired
orations, and small, irregular dark spots
Wire Wheel
grime from chrome
right away. Bare metal will corrode quickly
Cleaner
wheels and wire
etched into the paint surface.
and may develop into major repair
wheel covers.
expense.
Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
Finish
Removes dust, finger-
Minor chips and scratches can be repaired
See your SUZUKI dealer for more informa-
Enhancer
prints, and surface
with touch-up materials available from your
tion on purchasing the following products.
contaminants, Spray
SUZUKI dealer. Larger areas of finish
on wipe off.
damage can be corrected in your SUZUKI
dealer’s body and paint shop.
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Vehicle Identification
Electrical System
Description
Usage
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Add-On Electrical Equipment
Swirl Remover
Removes swirl marks,
Polish
fine scratches and
CAUTION
other light surface
contamination.
Don’t add anything electrical to your
vehicle unless you check with your
Cleaner Wax
Removes light
SUZUKI dealer first. Some electrical
scratches and pro-
equipment can damage your vehicle
tects finish.
and the damage wouldn’t be covered
Foaming Tire
Cleans, shines and
by your warranty. Some add-on elec-
trical equipment can keep other com-
Shine Low
protects in one easy
Gloss
step, no wiping neces-
ponents from working as they
should.
sary.
Wash Wax
Medium foaming
Your vehicle has an air bag system. Before
Concentrate
shampoo. Cleans and
attempting to add anything electrical to
lightly waxes. Biode-
This is the legal identifier for your vehicle. It
your vehicle, see “Servicing Your Air Bag-
gradable and phos-
Equipped Vehicle” in section 1.
appears on a plate in the front corner of
phate free.
the instrument panel, on the driver’s side.
You can see it if you look through the wind-
Headlamp Wiring
Spot Lifter
Quickly and easily
removes spots and
shield from outside your vehicle. The VIN
The headlamp wiring is protected by fuses,
also appears on the Vehicle Certification
one for each headlamp, in the fuse block.
stains from carpets,
vinyl and cloth uphol-
and Service Parts labels and the certifi-
An electrical overload will cause the lamps
cates of title and registration.
to turn off. If this happens, have your head-
stery.
lamp wiring checked right away.
Odor
Odorless spray odor
Engine Identification
Eliminator
eliminator used on
The 8th character in your VIN is the engine
Windshield Wiper Fuses
fabrics, vinyl, leather
code. This code will help you identify your
The windshield wiper motor is protected by
and carpet.
engine, specifications and replacement
an internal circuit breaker and a fuse. If the
parts.
motor overheats due to heavy snow, etc.,
See your SUZUKI parts department for
the wiper will stop until the motor cools. If
these products.
the overload is caused by some electrical
problem and not snow, etc., be sure to get
it fixed.
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Power Windows and Other Power
used to easily remove fuses from the fuse
Options
block.
Circuit breakers in the fuse block protect
the power windows and other power
Instrument Panel Fuse Block
10A
25A
10A
accessories. When the current load is too
AIRBAG
WPR
RADIO/CLK
heavy, the circuit breaker opens, protecting
the circuit until the problem is fixed or goes
10A
10A
15A
ECM
AIRBAG
AUX LTR
away.
15A
10A
15A
TRN SIG LAMPS
ABS
LTR
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
The wiring circuits in your vehicle are pro-
10A
10A
10A
CLSTR
RKE
tected from short circuits by a combination
BTSI
BCK/UP
of fuses, circuit breakers and fusible ther-
mal links in the wiring itself.
10A
TCM
Look at the silver-colored band inside the
10A
15A
15A
fuse. If the band is broken or melted,
ENG FUSE BOX
HAZRD
A/C
replace the fuse. Be sure you replace a
DRL
LAMPS
CLK
bad fuse with a new one of the identical
20A
15A
15A
size and rating.
HVAC
RKE
RADIO
The instrument panel fuse block is located
There are spare fuses provided in the
on the end of the instrument panel on the
15A
10A
10A
S/ROOF
DLC
SPARE
engine compartment fuse block. If you ever
driver’s side of the vehicle. To access the
fuses, open the fuse panel door by pulling
have a problem on the road and don’t have
a spare fuse, you can borrow one that has
the door out.
the same amperage. Just pick a feature of
To reinstall the door, first insert the rear
your vehicle that you can get along without
edge of the fuse panel door, then push the
- like the radio or cigarette lighter - and
front of the door into the end of the instru-
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use its fuse, if it is the correct amperage.
ment panel to secure it.
Replace it as soon as you can.
There are two fuse blocks in your vehicle:
the instrument panel fuse block and the
engine compartment fuse block.
There is a fuse puller located on the
engine compartment fuse block. It can be
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Engine Compartment Fuse Block
Fuses
Usages
Fuses
Usages
AIRBAG
Air Bag
Engine Fuse box,
ENG FUSE BOX,
Daytime Running
WPR
Wiper
DRL
Light
RADIO/CLK
Radio/Clock
HAZRD LAMPS
Hazard Lamps
Engine Control
ECM
A/C, CLK
A/C Switch, Clock
Module
Heating, Ventilation
Occupation Classifi-
HVAC
AIRBAG
and Air Conditioning
cation Sensor
Remote Keyless
AUX LTR
Extra Jack
RKE
Entry
TRN SIG LAMPS
Turn Signal Lamps
RADIO
Radio
Antilock Brake
The engine compartment fuse block is
ABS
S/ROOF
Sunroof
System
located on the driver’s side of the vehicle,
DLC
Data link Connector
near the battery. See “Engine Compart-
LTR
Cigar Lighter
ment Overview” in this section for more
SPARE
Spare
information on location.
Cluster, BTSI
CLSTR, BTSI
Solenoid
To access the fuses, press in the side flaps
CAUTION
to release the cover.
Remote keyless
RKE
Entry
When you inspect the fuse box on
To reinstall the cover, push until it is
your vehicle, refer to the fuse box
secure.
BCK/UP
Back-up
label. The type of fuse box varies
BLANK
Not Used
depending on the vehicle’s specifica-
CAUTION
tion.
When you inspect the fuse box on
Transmission
TCM
Control Module
your vehicle, refer to the fuse box
label. The type of fuse box varies
depending on the vehicle’s specifica-
tion.
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HEAD LAMPS
I/P FUSE
DR/LCK
ECM
FUEL PUMP
MIR HTD
A/C
FRT FOG
HORN
ILLUM LT
HI BEAM
INJ
SPARE
DRIVER’S
ENG SNSR
PWR WNDW
ILLUM RT
SPARE
STOP LAMPS
LOW BEAM LT
LOW BEAM RT
SPARE
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