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Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (1,1)2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual MIn Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18Performance andMaintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24Keys, Doors, andWindows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3Rear Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-35Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1Additional Storage Features . . . 4-2Roof Rack System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-6Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2Warning Lights, Gauges, andIndicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-24Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-27Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-34Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-21Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-28Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-29Drive Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-33Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-35Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-38Object Detection Systems . . . . 9-41Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-51Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-56Conversions and Add-Ons . . . 9-63Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-14Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24Rear Seat Infotainment . . . . . . . 7-34Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-36Trademarks and LicenseAgreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-49Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-30Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-32Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-36Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-42

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (2,1)2012 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual MJump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-74Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-77Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . 10-81Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3Special ApplicationServices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8Additional Maintenanceand Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-9Recommended Fluids,Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-12Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-15Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-1Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-14Vehicle Data Recording andPrivacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-15OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2OnStar AdditionalInformation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (3,1)IntroductionThe names, logos, emblems,slogans, vehicle model names, andvehicle body designs appearing inthis manual including, but not limitedto, GM, the GM logo, CHEVROLET,the CHEVROLET Emblem, andEQUINOX are trademarks and/orservice marks of General MotorsLLC, its subsidiaries, affiliates,or licensors.Litho in U.S.A.Part No. 20845998 A First PrintingThis manual describes features thatmay or may not be on your specificvehicle either because they areoptions that you did not purchase ordue to changes subsequent to theprinting of this owner manual.Please refer to the purchasedocumentation relating to yourspecific vehicle to confirm each ofthe features found on your vehicle.For vehicles first sold in Canada,substitute the name “GeneralMotors of Canada Limited” forChevrolet Motor Division wherever itappears in this manual.Keep this manual in the vehicle forquick reference. iiiCanadian Vehicle OwnersPropriétaires CanadiensA French language copy of thismanual can be obtained from yourdealer or from:On peut obtenir un exemplaire dece guide en français auprès duconcessionnaire ou à l'adressesuivante:Helm, IncorporatedP.O. Box 07130Detroit, MI 482071-800-551-4123Numéro de poste 6438 de languefrançaisewww.helminc.com2011 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012ivBlack plate (4,1)IntroductionUsing this ManualTo quickly locate information aboutthe vehicle, use the Index in theback of the manual. It is analphabetical list of what is in themanual and the page number whereit can be found.Danger, Warnings, andCautionsWarning messages found on vehiclelabels and in this manual describehazards and what to do to avoid orreduce them.{ WARNINGThese mean there is somethingthat could hurt you or otherpeople.Notice: This means there issomething that could result inproperty or vehicle damage. Thiswould not be covered by thevehicle's warranty.The vehicle has components andlabels that use symbols instead oftext. Symbols are shown along withthe text describing the operation orinformation relating to a specificcomponent, control, message,gauge, or indicator.M : This symbol is shown whenyou need to see your owner manualfor additional instructions orinformation.* : This symbol is shown whenyou need to see a service manualfor additional instructions orinformation.Danger indicates a hazard with ahigh level of risk which will result inserious injury or death.Warning or Caution indicates ahazard that could result in injury ordeath.SymbolsA circle with a slash through it is asafety symbol which means “DoNot,” “Do not do this,” or “Do not letthis happen.”

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (5,1)IntroductionVehicle Symbol ChartHere are some additional symbolsthat may be found on the vehicleand what they mean. For moreinformation on the symbol, refer tothe Index.9 : Airbag Readiness Light# : Air Conditioning! : Antilock Brake System (ABS) : Brake System Warning Light" : Charging SystemI : Cruise ControlB : Engine Coolant TemperatureO : Exterior Lamps# : Fog Lamps. : Fuel Gauge : Fuses3 : Headlamp High/Low-BeamChangerj : LATCH System ChildRestraints* : Malfunction Indicator Lamp: : Oil PressureJ : OnStar } : Power/ : Remote Vehicle Start : Safety Belt Reminders% : Steering Wheel Controls7 : Tire Pressure Monitord : Traction Control/Stabilitrak M : Windshield Washer Fluidv

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Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (1,1)In BriefIn BriefInstrument PanelInstrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2Initial Drive InformationInitial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4Remote Vehicle Start . . . . . . . . . 1-5Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11Head RestraintAdjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12Passenger SensingSystem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13Steering WheelAdjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . 1-15Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18Vehicle FeaturesRadio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Portable Audio Devices . . . . . .Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steering Wheel Controls . . . . .Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . .Driver InformationCenter (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Forward Collision Alert (FCA)System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lane DepartureWarning (LDW) . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rear VisionCamera (RVC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ultrasonic Parking Assist . . . .Roof Rack System . . . . . . . . . . .Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -241-241-1Performance and MaintenanceTraction ControlSystem (TCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24StabiliTrak System . . . . . . . . . 1-25Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . 1-25Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 1-26Fuel E85 (85% Ethanol) . . . . . 1-26Driving for Better FuelEconomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-26Roadside AssistanceProgram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-27OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-27

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 20121-2In BriefInstrument PanelBlack plate (2,1)

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (3,1)In BriefA. Air Vents on page 8‑5.B. Turn and Lane‐Change Lever.See Turn and Lane-ChangeSignals on page 6‑3.G. Navigation Screen(If Equipped).P.H. Safety Locks on page 2‑8.Q. Ignition Positions on page 9‑21.I.R. Climate Control Systems onpage 8‑1 (If Equipped).Exterior Lamp Controls onpage 6‑1.Fog Lamps on page 6‑4(If Equipped).Rear Window Wiper/Washer onpage 5‑5.E. Power Door Locks on page 2‑7.F.Instrument Panel Storage onpage 4‑1 (If Equipped).Forward Collision Alert (FCA)Display (If Equipped). SeeForward Collision Alert (FCA)System on page 9‑41.Lane Departure Warning (LDW)Indicator (If Equipped). SeeLane Departure Warning (LDW)on page 9‑48.Infotainment on page 7‑1.Navigation System(If Equipped). See NavigationSystem Manual.J.C. Instrument Cluster on page 5‑9.D. Windshield Wiper/Washer onpage 5‑3.1-3Hood Release. See Hood onpage 10‑5.K. Data Link Connector (DLC) (Outof View). See MalfunctionIndicator Lamp on page 5‑15.L.Steering Wheel Controls onpage 5‑2.Automatic Climate ControlSystem on page 8‑3(If Equipped).S. Shift Lever. See Shifting IntoPark on page 9‑26.T.Fuel Economy Mode onpage 9‑32 (If Equipped).Cruise Control on page 9‑38Cruise Control .U. StabiliTrak System onpage 9‑37.Forward Collision Alert (FCA)System on page 9‑41(If Equipped).V.Lane Departure Warning (LDW)on page 9‑48 (If Equipped).M. Instrument Panel IlluminationControl on page 6‑4.N. Steering Wheel Adjustment onpage 5‑2.O. Horn on page 5‑3.Power Outlets on page 5‑7.W. CD Player on page 7‑24.X. Driver Information CenterButtons (If Equipped). SeeDriver Information Center (DIC)on page 5‑24.Y.Hazard Warning Flashers onpage 6‑3.

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 20121-4Black plate (4,1)In BriefInitial DriveInformationLock and unlock feedback can bepersonalized.V : For vehicles with the powerliftgate, press and hold until theliftgate begins to move to open theliftgate.This section provides a briefoverview about some of theimportant features that may or maynot be on your specific vehicle.For vehicles without the powerliftgate, first press K, then pressand hold V to unlock the liftgate.For more detailed information, referto each of the features which can befound later in this owner manual.Remote Keyless Entry(RKE) SystemThe Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)transmitter will work up to60 m (195 ft) away from the vehicle.Press this button to extend the key.The key can be used for the ignitionand all locks.K : Press to unlock the driver dooror all doors.Q:Press to lock all doors.7 : Press and release to locate thevehicle. Press and hold for at leasttwo seconds to sound the panicalarm. Press 7 again to cancel thepanic alarm.See Keys on page 2‑2 and RemoteKeyless Entry (RKE) SystemOperation on page 2‑3.

Chevrolet Equinox Owner Manual - 2012Black plate (5,1)In Brief1-5Remote Vehicle StartCanceling a Remote StartDoor LocksWith this feature the engine can bestarted from outside of the vehicle.To cancel a remote start, do one ofthe following:Starting the Vehicle.Press / until the parking lampsturn off.To lock or unlock the vehicle fromthe outside, press Q or K on theRemote Keyless Entry (RKE)transmitter.Turn on the hazard warningflashers.Insert the key and turn it to ON/RUN and then back toLOCK/OFF.1. Press and release Q on theRemote Keyless Entrytransmitter.2. Press and hold / for abouttwo seconds. The turn signallamps will briefly flash to confirmthe vehicle has been started.The parking lamps