2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Manual

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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Owner Manual M
Seats and Restraint Systems ........................... 1-1
Driving Your Vehicle ....................................... 4-1
Front Seats
............................................... 1-2
Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle
..... 4-2
Rear Seats
............................................... 1-8
Towing
................................................... 4-35
Safety Belts
.............................................. 1-9
Service and Appearance Care .......................... 5-1
Child Restraints
....................................... 1-29
Service
..................................................... 5-3
Airbag System
......................................... 1-48
Fuel
......................................................... 5-5
Restraint System Check
............................ 1-57
Checking Things Under the Hood
............... 5-10
Features and Controls ..................................... 2-1
Headlamp Aiming
..................................... 5-44
Keys
........................................................ 2-2
Bulb Replacement
.................................... 5-47
Doors and Locks
....................................... 2-7
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
......... 5-53
Windows
................................................. 2-11
Tires
...................................................... 5-54
Theft-Deterrent Systems
............................ 2-13
Appearance Care
..................................... 5-81
Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
........... 2-16
Vehicle Identification
................................. 5-89
Mirrors
.................................................... 2-31
Electrical System
...................................... 5-90
OnStar® System
...................................... 2-32
Capacities and Specifications
..................... 5-97
Storage Areas
......................................... 2-33
Maintenance Schedule ..................................... 6-1
Sunroof
.................................................. 2-34
Maintenance Schedule
................................ 6-2
Instrument Panel ............................................. 3-1
Customer Assistance and Information .............. 7-1
Instrument Panel Overview
.......................... 3-4
Customer Assistance and Information
........... 7-2
Climate Controls
...................................... 3-17
Reporting Safety Defects
........................... 7-10
Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators
........ 3-21
Index ................................................................ 1
Driver Information Center (DIC)
.................. 3-35
Audio System(s)
....................................... 3-45

Canadian Owners
A French language copy of this manual can be obtained
from your dealer or from:
Helm, Incorporated
P.O. Box 07130
Detroit, MI 48207
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Index
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Keep this manual in the vehicle, so it will be there if it is
A good place to quickly locate information about the
needed while you are on the road. If the vehicle is
vehicle is the Index in the back of the manual. It is an
sold, leave this manual in the vehicle.
alphabetical list of what is in the manual and the
page number where it can be found.
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Part No. 05COBALT A First Edition
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Safety Warnings and Symbols
You will also find a circle
with a slash through it in
There are a number of safety cautions in this book. We
this book. This safety
use a box and the word CAUTION to tell about things
symbol means “Do Not,”
that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.
“Do Not do this” or “Do Not
let this happen.”
{CAUTION:
These mean there is something that could hurt
you or other people.

In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is.
Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the
hazard. Please read these cautions. If you do not,
you or others could be hurt.
iii

Vehicle Damage Warnings
Vehicle Symbols
Also, in this manual you will find these notices:
The vehicle has components and labels that use
symbols instead of text. Symbols are shown along with
Notice: These mean there is something that could
the text describing the operation or information
damage your vehicle.
relating to a specific component, control, message,
A notice tells about something that can damage the
gage, or indicator.
vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered
If you need help figuring out a specific name of a
by your vehicle’s warranty, and it could be costly. But
component, gage, or indicator, reference the
the notice will tell what to do to help avoid the damage.
following topics:
When you read other manuals, you might see
• Seats and Restraint Systems in Section 1
CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors
or in different words.
• Features and Controls in Section 2
There are also warning labels on the vehicle. They use
• Instrument Panel Overview in Section 3
the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.
• Climate Controls in Section 3
• Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators in Section 3
• Audio System(s) in Section 3
• Engine Compartment Overview in Section 5
iv

These are some examples of symbols that may be found on the vehicle:
v

NOTES
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Section 1
Seats and Restraint Systems
Front Seats ......................................................1-2
Infants and Young Children ............................1-32
Manual Seats ................................................1-2
Child Restraint Systems .................................1-35
Driver Seat Height Adjuster ..............................1-3
Where to Put the Restraint .............................1-38
Manual Lumbar ..............................................1-3
Top Strap ....................................................1-39
Heated Seats .................................................1-4
Top Strap Anchor Location .............................1-40
Reclining Seatbacks ........................................1-4
Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for
Head Restraints .............................................1-6
Children (LATCH System) ...........................1-41
Easy Entry Seat .............................................1-7
Securing a Child Restraint Designed for
Rear Seats .......................................................1-8
the LATCH System ....................................1-43
Split Folding Rear Seat ...................................1-8
Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear
Seat Position ............................................1-43
Safety Belts .....................................................1-9
Securing a Child Restraint in the Right
Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone .................1-9
Front Seat Position ....................................1-46
Questions and Answers About Safety Belts ......1-14
How to Wear Safety Belts Properly .................1-14
Airbag System ...............................................1-48
Driver Position ..............................................1-15
Where Are the Airbags? ................................1-50
Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment .....................1-21
When Should an Airbag Inflate? .....................1-53
Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy ..................1-22
What Makes an Airbag Inflate? .......................1-54
Right Front Passenger Position .......................1-22
How Does an Airbag Restrain? .......................1-54
Rear Seat Passengers ..................................1-22
What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates? .....1-55
Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children
Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle ...........1-57
and Small Adults .......................................1-25
Restraint System Check ..................................1-57
Safety Belt Pretensioners ...............................1-28
Checking the Restraint Systems ......................1-57
Safety Belt Extender .....................................1-28
Replacing Restraint System Parts
Child Restraints .............................................1-29
After a Crash ............................................1-58
Older Children ..............................................1-29
1-1

Front Seats
{CAUTION:
Manual Seats
You can lose control of the vehicle if you try to
adjust a manual driver’s seat while the vehicle
is moving. The sudden movement could startle
and confuse you, or make you push a pedal
when you do not want to. Adjust the driver’s
seat only when the vehicle is not moving.

Your vehicle has manual seats. Lift the bar located
under the front of the seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to
where you want it and release the bar. Try to move
the seat with your body to be sure the seat is locked
in place.
1-2

Driver Seat Height Adjuster
Manual Lumbar
If your vehicle has this feature, the knob is located on
the front of the driver seat lower cushion.
Turn the knob clockwise or counterclockwise to increase
The driver’s seat height adjuster is located on the
or decrease the lumbar support.
outboard side of the seat.
To raise the seat, move the lever upward repetitively
until the seat is at the desired height. To lower the seat,
move the lever downward repetitively until the seat is
at the desired height.
1-3

Heated Seats
Reclining Seatbacks
Your vehicle may have heated front seats. This feature
heats the seat cushions. The switches are located on the
instrument panel above the climate control system.
Press the side of the
switch with the double
indicator lights to turn on
the heated seat at the
highest setting.
Driver’s Side Switch,
Your vehicle has reclining seatbacks. The lever is
Passenger’s Side
located on the outboard side of the seats. Lift the lever
Similar
to release the seatback. Move the seatback to where
you want it and release the lever to lock the seatback in
Both indicator lights will be lit to indicate that the setting
place. Press rearward on the seatback to be sure it is
is on high. Press the side of the switch with the single
locked into place.
indicator light to go to the low setting. The indicator light
will be lit to indicate that the setting is on low. Return
the switch to the center to turn off the heated seat.
If your vehicle has been turned off, the last heated seat
setting will be retained when the vehicle is started again.
1-4

Document Outline

  • 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Book TOC
  • Seats and Restraint Systems
    • Front Seats
      • Manual Seats
      • Driver Seat Height Adjuster
      • Manual Lumbar
      • Heated Seats
      • Reclining Seatbacks
      • Head Restraints
      • Easy Entry Seat
    • Rear Seats
      • Split Folding Rear Seat
    • Safety Belts
      • Safety Belts: They Are for Everyone
      • Questions and Answers About Safety Belts
      • How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
      • Driver Position
      • Shoulder Belt Height Adjustment
      • Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
      • Right Front Passenger Position
      • Rear Seat Passengers
      • Rear Safety Belt Comfort Guides for Children and Small Adults
      • Safety Belt Pretensioners
      • Safety Belt Extender
    • Child Restraints
      • Older Children
      • Infants and Young Children
      • Child Restraint Systems
      • Where to Put the Restraint
      • Top Strap
      • Top Strap Anchor Location
      • Lower Anchorages and Top Tethers for Children (LATCH System)
      • Securing a Child Restraint Designed for the LATCH System
      • Securing a Child Restraint in a Rear Seat Position
      • Securing a Child Restraint in the Right Front Seat Position
    • Airbag System
      • Where Are the Airbags?
      • When Should an Airbag Inflate?
      • What Makes an Airbag Inflate?
      • How Does an Airbag Restrain?
      • What Will You See After an Airbag Inflates?
      • Servicing Your Airbag-Equipped Vehicle
    • Restraint System Check
      • Checking the Restraint Systems
      • Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
  • Features and Controls
    • Keys
      • Remote Keyless Entry System
      • Remote Keyless Entry System Operation
    • Doors and Locks
      • Door Locks
      • Power Door Locks
      • Delayed Locking
      • Automatic Door Locks
      • Programmable Automatic Door Unlock
      • Rear Door Security Locks
      • Lockout Protection
      • Trunk
    • Windows
      • Manual Windows
      • Power Windows
      • Sun Visors
    • Theft-Deterrent Systems
      • Content Theft-Deterrent
      • Passlock®
    • Starting and Operating Your Vehicle
      • New Vehicle Break-In
      • Ignition Positions
      • Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
      • Starting the Engine
      • Engine Coolant Heater
      • Automatic Transaxle Operation
      • Manual Transaxle Operation
      • Parking Brake
      • Shifting Into Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle)
      • Shifting Out of Park (P) (Automatic Transaxle)
      • Parking Your Vehicle
      • Parking Over Things That Burn
      • Engine Exhaust
      • Running the Engine While Parked
    • Mirrors
      • Manual Rearview Mirror
      • Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror
      • Outside Manual Mirror
      • Outside Remote Control Mirror
      • Outside Power Mirrors
      • Outside Convex Mirror
    • OnStar® System
    • Storage Areas
      • Glove Box
      • Cupholder(s)
      • Center Console Storage Area
      • Drivers Storage Compartment
      • Convenience Net
    • Sunroof
  • Instrument Panel
    • Instrument Panel Overview
      • Hazard Warning Flashers
      • Other Warning Devices
      • Horn
      • Tilt Wheel
      • Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
      • Turn and Lane-Change Signals
      • Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
      • Flash-to-Pass
      • Windshield Wipers
      • Windshield Washer
      • Cruise Control
      • Headlamps
      • Wiper Activated Headlamps
      • Headlamps on Reminder
      • Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
      • Fog Lamps
      • Instrument Panel Brightness
      • Dome Lamp
      • Entry/Exit Lighting
      • Mirror Reading Lamps
      • Battery Run-Down Protection
      • Accessory Power Outlets
      • Ashtrays and Cigarette Lighter
    • Climate Controls
      • Climate Control System
      • Outlet Adjustment
    • Warning Lights, Gages, and Indicators
      • Instrument Panel Cluster
      • Speedometer and Odometer
      • Tachometer
      • Safety Belt Reminder Light
      • Airbag Readiness Light
      • Charging System Light
      • Up-Shift Light
      • Brake System Warning Light
      • Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light
      • Enhanced Traction System Warning Light
      • Engine Coolant Temperature Warning Light
      • Malfunction Indicator Lamp
      • Oil Pressure Light
      • Security Light
      • Fog Lamp Light
      • Highbeam On Light
      • Fuel Gage
      • Boost Gage
    • Driver Information Center (DIC)
      • DIC Operation and Displays
      • DIC Warnings and Messages
      • DIC Vehicle Personalization
    • Audio System(s)
      • Setting the Time for Radios without Radio Data Systems (RDS)
      • Setting the Time for Radios with Radio Data Systems (RDS)
      • Radio with CD (Base Level)
      • Radio with CD (Up Level)
      • Radio with CD (MP3)
      • Theft-Deterrent Feature
      • Audio Steering Wheel Controls
      • Radio Reception
      • Care of Your CDs
      • Care of the CD Player
      • Fixed Mast Antenna
      • XM’ Satellite Radio Antenna System
  • Driving Your Vehicle
    • Your Driving, the Road, and Your Vehicle
      • Defensive Driving
      • Drunken Driving
      • Control of a Vehicle
      • Braking
      • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
      • Braking in Emergencies
      • Enhanced Traction System (ETS)
      • Steering
      • Off-Road Recovery
      • Passing
      • Loss of Control
      • Driving at Night
      • Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
      • City Driving
      • Freeway Driving
      • Before Leaving on a Long Trip
      • Highway Hypnosis
      • Hill and Mountain Roads
      • Winter Driving
      • If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
      • Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out
      • Loading Your Vehicle
    • Towing
      • Towing Your Vehicle
      • Recreational Vehicle Towing
      • Towing a Trailer (Manual Transaxle)
      • Towing a Trailer (Automatic Transaxle)
  • Service and Appearance Care
    • Service
      • Doing Your Own Service Work
      • Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
    • Fuel
      • Gasoline Octane
      • Gasoline Specifications
      • California Fuel
      • Additives
      • Fuels in Foreign Countries
      • Filling the Tank
      • Filling a Portable Fuel Container
    • Checking Things Under the Hood
      • Hood Release
      • Engine Compartment Overview
      • Engine Oil
      • Engine Oil Life System
      • Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
      • Automatic Transaxle Fluid
      • Manual Transaxle Fluid
      • Hydraulic Clutch
      • Engine Coolant
      • Coolant Surge Tank Pressure Cap
      • Engine Overheating
      • Cooling System
      • Windshield Washer Fluid
      • Brakes
      • Battery
      • Jump Starting
    • Headlamp Aiming
    • Bulb Replacement
      • Halogen Bulbs
      • Headlamps, Front Turn Signal, Sidemarker, and Parking Lamps
      • Center High-Mounted Stoplamp (CHMSL)
      • Taillamps and Turn Signal Lamps (Coupe)
      • Taillamps, Turn Signal, Stoplamps and Back-up Lamps
      • Back-Up Lamps (Coupe)
      • Replacement Bulbs
    • Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
    • Tires
      • Tire Sidewall Labelling
      • Tire Terminology and Definitions
      • Inflation - Tire Pressure
      • Tire Inspection and Rotation
      • When It Is Time for New Tires
      • Buying New Tires
      • Uniform Tire Quality Grading
      • Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
      • Wheel Replacement
      • Tire Chains
      • If a Tire Goes Flat
      • Changing a Flat Tire
      • Removing the Spare Tire and Tools
      • Removing the Flat Tire and Installing the Spare Tire
      • Storing a Flat or Spare Tire and Tools
      • Compact Spare Tire
    • Appearance Care
      • Fabric/Carpet
      • Vinyl
      • Leather
      • Instrument Panel
      • Interior Plastic Components
      • Glass Surfaces
      • Care of Safety Belts
      • Weatherstrips
      • Washing Your Vehicle
      • Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
      • Finish Care
      • Windshield and Wiper Blades
      • Aluminum or Chrome-Plated Wheels
      • Tires
      • Sheet Metal Damage
      • Finish Damage
      • Underbody Maintenance
      • Chemical Paint Spotting
      • Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
    • Vehicle Identification
      • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
      • Service Parts Identification Label
    • Electrical System
      • Add-On Electrical Equipment
      • Headlamp Wiring
      • Windshield Wiper Fuses
      • Power Windows and Other Power Options
      • Fuses and Circuit Breakers
      • Floor Console Fuse Block
      • Engine Compartment Fuse Block
    • Capacities and Specifications
  • Maintenance Schedule
    • Maintenance Schedule
      • Introduction
      • Maintenance Requirements
      • Your Vehicle and the Environment
      • Using the Maintenance Schedule
      • Scheduled Maintenance
      • Additional Required Services
      • Maintenance Footnotes
      • Owner Checks and Services
      • At Each Fuel Fill
      • At Least Once a Month
      • At Least Once a Year
      • Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
      • Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
      • Maintenance Record
  • Customer Assistance and Information
    • Customer Assistance and Information
      • Customer Satisfaction Procedure
      • Online Owner Center
      • Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
      • Customer Assistance Offices
      • GM Mobility Reimbursement Program
      • Roadside Assistance Program
      • Courtesy Transportation
      • Vehicle Data Collection and Event Data Recorders
    • Reporting Safety Defects
      • Reporting Safety Defects to the United States Government
      • Reporting Safety Defects to the Canadian Government
      • Reporting Safety Defects to General Motors
      • Service Publications Ordering Information
  • Index