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70F-74E BEFORE DRIVING

BEFORE DRIVING

Fuel Recommendation ....................................................................................... 3-1


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Keys ...................................................................................................................... 3-2
Door Locks .......................................................................................................... 3-3
Windows ............................................................................................................... 3-5
Mirrors ................................................................................................................... 3-7
Front Seat Adjustment ...................................................................................... 3-8
Adjustable Head Restraints (if equipped) ..................................................... 3-9
Seat Belts ............................................................................................................ 3-9

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BEFORE DRIVING 70F-74E

FUEL RECOMMENDATION

Petrol/Methanol Blends
Blends of unleaded petrol and methanol
(wood alcohol) are also commercially
available in some areas. DO NOT USE
fuels containing more than 5% methanol
under any circumstances. Fuel system
damage or vehicle performance problems
resulting from the use of such fuels are not
the responsibility of MARUTI and may not
be covered under Warranty.
Fuels containing 5% or less methanol may
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be suitable for use in your vehicle if they
contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors.
You must use unleaded petrol with an
octane number (RON) of 87 or higher. Your
w CAUTION
NOTE:
vehicle is fitted with a restrictor in the fuel Use of leaded fuel in vehicle equipped If you are not satisfied with the driveability
filler pipe which will not allow the use of with catalytic converter is prohibited, or fuel economy of your vehicle when you
large nozzle used for dispensing leaded fuel because lead deactivates the pollutant are using a petrol/alcohol blend, you should
at filling station. A label is also attached on reducing components of catalytic switch back to unleaded petrol containing no
rear quarter glass and near the fuel filler converter and may result in permanent alcohol.
pipe of your vehicle that states: damage to catalytic converter.
UNLEADED FUEL ONLY and ONLY w CAUTION
UNLEADED PETROL. Petrol/Ethanol Blends
Blends of unleaded petrol and ethanol (grain Be careful not to spill fuel containing
alcohol), also known as gasohol, are alcohol while refuelling. Fuels
commercially available in some areas. containing alcohol can cause paint
Blends of this type may be used in your damage, which is not covered under
vehicle if they are no more than 10% Warranty.
ethanol. Make sure this petrol-ethanol blend
has octane ratings no lower than those
recommended for petrol.
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KEYS

w CAUTION
The fuel tank has an air space to
allow for fuel expansion in hot
weather. If you continue to add fuel
after the filler nozzle has automatically
shut off or an initial blowback occurs,
the air chamber will become full.
Exposure to heat when fully fuelled in
this manner will result in leakage due
to fuel expansion. To prevent such
fuel leakage, stop filling after the filler
nozzle has automatically shut off, or 70F-01-003
when using an alternative non Your vehicle comes with a pair of identical
automatic system, initial vent keys. Keep the spare key in a safe place.
w WARNING
blowback occurs. One key can open all of the locks on the Do not use locally made key.
vehicle. Should you require a duplicate key,
place your order with a MARUTI
The key identification number is stamped on dealer only.
a metal tag provided with the keys. Keep
the tag in a safe place. If you lose your
keys, you will need this number to have Note:
new keys made. Write the number down Keep the spare key very carefully. When it
and keep it in a safe accessible place away is lost, consult your dealer by quoting key
from the vehicle. number.

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DOOR LOCKS

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To lock a front door from outside the If the red mark is visible on the rear side Child-Proof Locks (if equipped)
vehicle: of the door lock lever, the door is unlocked. As illustrated, a child-proof lock is provided
a) Insert the key fully and turn the top of for both rear doors. When the lock lever is
To lock a door from inside the vehicle, push
the key toward the front of the vehicle, down, position 1, the child proof lock is
in the lock lever. Pull out the lock lever to
or activated, and when up, in position 2 the
unlock the door.
b) Push in the lock lever and hold the door child-proof lock is deactivated, when the
handle up as you close the door. child-proof lock is activated, the rear door
w WARNING cannot be opened from the inside even if
To unlock a front door from outside the
Always lock all doors when driving. the inside door lock is unlocked but can be
vehicle, insert the key fully and turn the top
Locking the door prevents occupants opened from the outside.
of the key toward the rear of the vehicle.
from being thrown from the vehicle in
To lock a rear door from outside the vehicle, the event of an accident. It also helps w WARNING
push in the lock lever and close the door. prevent unintentional opening of the Be sure to place the child-proof lock
doors. in the locked position whenever
children are seated in the rear.

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Central door locking system (if equipped) Hatchback


You can lock and unlock all the side doors
w CAUTION
To unlock insert the key and turn it
simultaneously by using the key in the clockwise. You can also unlock the Do not use the key to lift up the lid,
drivers door lock. You can also lock or hatchback by pulling the release lever or the key may break off in the lock.
unlock all the side doors by moving the located on the outboard side of the drivers
drivers door lock lever rearward or forward. seat. w CAUTION
NOTE: While closing the hatchback PUSH
Use of key in the front passengers door w WARNING ONLY on the area as indicated above,
lock, locks or unlocks the front Always make sure that the hatchback otherwise the hatchback may get
passenger's door only. is closed and latched securely. damaged.
Moving the lock lever on the passengers Completely closing it helps keep
doors, locks or unlocks the passengers exhaust gases from entering the car.
door only. Completely closing the hatchback lid
Be sure to hold the door handle up also helps prevent occupants from
when you close a locked front door, or being thrown from the vehicle in the
the door will not remain locked. event of an accident.

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WINDOWS

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Raise or lower the door windows by turning Electric window controls (if equipped) The drivers window has an auto-down
the handle located on the door panel. The drivers door has switches 2 & 3 to feature (if equipped) for added convenience
operate the drivers window and front (at toll booths or drive-through restaurants,
passengers window respectively. for example). This means you can open the
window without holding the window switch
The front passengers door only has a
in the Down position. Press down the
switch 4 to operate the front passengers
drivers window switch completely and
window. The electric windows can only be
release it. To stop the window before it
operated when the ignition switch is in the
reaches the bottom, push the switch briefly.
ON position.
TYPE-1
To close a window, push the top part of the
switch and to open the window push the
rear part of the switch.

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w CAUTION
Since the electric windows consumes
a large amount of electricity, the same
should not be used excessively with
engine in OFF condition.

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Be sure there are no hands or other
obstructions in the path of the drivers
window when you activate the auto-
72F-03-011E 72F-03-012E up feature.

TYPE-2 The drivers window has an auto-down The drivers door also has a lock button 1
To open a window, push the top part of the feature (if equipped) for added convenience for the front passengers window. When you
switch and to close the window lift up the (at toll booths or drive-through restaurants, push in the lock button, the front
top part of the switch. for example). This means you can open the passengers window can not be raised or
window without holding the window switch lowered by operating the switch 4. To
in the Down position. Press down the restore normal operation, release the lock
drivers window switch completely and button by depressing it again.
release it. To stop the window before it
reaches the bottom, lift up the switch briefly. w WARNING
You should always push in the lock
button when there are children in the
vehicle. Children can be seriously
injured if they get part of their body
caught by the window during
operation.

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MIRRORS

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Day-Night Rearview Mirror (if equipped) Outside Rearview Mirrors


w WARNING Adjust the outside rearview mirrors (with the
To adjust the interior rearview mirror, set the
selector tab to the day position, then move Always adjust the mirror with the help of control lever, if equipped) so you
the mirror up, down, or sideways to obtain selector set to the day position. can just see the side of your vehicle in the
the best view. Only use the night position if it is mirrors.
When driving at night, you can move the necessary to reduce glare from the
selector tab to the night position to reduce headlights of vehicles behind you. w WARNING
glare from the headlights of vehicles behind Be aware that in this position you Be careful when judging the size or
you. may not be able to see some distance of a vehicle or other object
objects that could be seen in the seen in the side convex mirror (if
day position. equipped). Be aware that objects look
smaller and appear farther away than
when seen in a flat mirror.

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FRONT SEAT ADJUSTMENT

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Adjusting Seat Position Adjusting Seatbacks


w WARNING The adjustment lever for each front seat is The seatbacks can be adjusted to different
Never attempt to adjust the drivers located under the front of the seat, on the angles. To adjust the seatback angle, pull
seat or seatback while driving. The inboard side. To adjust the seat position, up the lever on the outboard side of the
seat or seatback could move pull up on the adjustment lever and slide seat, move the seatback to the desired
unexpectedly, causing loss of control. the seat forward or rearward. After position, and release the lever to lock the
Make sure that the drivers seat and adjustment, try to move the seat forward seatback in place.
seatback are properly adjusted before and rearward to ensure that it is securely
you start driving. latched. w WARNING
Seatbacks should always be in an
w WARNING upright position when driving, or seat
To avoid excessive seat belt slack, belt effectiveness may be reduced.
which reduces the effectiveness of the Seat belts are designed to offer
seat belts as a safety device, make maximum protection when seatbacks
sure that the seats are adjusted before are in the fully upright position.
the seat belts are fastened.

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ADJUSTABLE HEAD RESTRAINTS SEAT BELTS


(if equipped)

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There are two height positions for the head


w WARNING w WARNING
restraints. To raise the head restraint, pull
Never drive the vehicle with the upward on the restraint until it clicks. To Wear Your Seat Belts at All Times.
head restraints removed. lower the restraint, push down on the
Do not attempt to adjust the head restraint while holding in the lock lever. If The vehicle is provided with two automatic
restraint while driving. a head restraint must be removed (for retracting type seat belts.
cleaning, replacement, etc.), push in the lock
Head restraints are designed to help reduce lever and pull the head restraint all the way To fasten the seat belt, pull the buckle
the risk of neck injuries in the case of an out. tongue attached to the seat belt across your
accident. Adjust the head restraint to the body and slide it into the buckle catch slot
position which places the top of the head on the opposite side until you hear a click.
restraint closest to the top or your ears.

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To reduce the risk of sliding under the belt To unfasten the belt, press the release To Adjust the Belt
during a collision, position the lap portion of button on the buckle catch.
Automatic retracting type
the belt across your lap as low on your hips
Pull the shoulder portion of the belt
as possible and adjust the belt to a snug
upwards through the tongue plate.
fit using the proper method described below.
Make sure that the belt is not twisted. The length of the diagonal shoulder strap
adjusts itself to allow freedom of movement.
The seat belt has an emergency locking
retractor (ELR), which is designed to lock
the seat belt only during a sudden stop or
impact.

w WARNING
No modifications or additions of any
sort should be made to the seat belt
or its operating mechanism.

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Be sure to inspect all seat belt as tightly as is comfortable to damage. Seat belts should be
assemblies after any collision. Any provide the protection for which replaced if webbing becomes frayed,
seat belt assembly which was in use they have been designed. A slack contaminated, or damaged in any
during a collision (other than a very belt will provide less protection than way. It is essential to replace the
minor one) should be replaced, even one which is snug. entire seat belt assembly after it has
if damage to the assembly is not Make sure that each seat belt buckle been stressed in an impact, even if
obvious. Any seat belt assembly is inserted into the proper buckle damage to the assembly is not
which was not in use during a catch. obvious.
collision should be replaced if it does Do not wear your seat belt over Infants and small children should
not function properly or is damaged hard or breakable objects in your never be transported unless they
in any way. pockets or on your clothing. If an are properly restrained. Restraint
accident occurs, objects such as systems for infants and small
w WARNING glasses, pens, etc. under the seat children can be purchased locally
belt can cause injury. and should be used. Make sure that
Never allow persons to ride in the
Never use the same seat belt on the system you purchase meets
cargo area of a vehicle. In the event
more than one occupant and never applicable safety standards. Read
of an accident, there is a much
attach a seat belt over an infant or and follow all the directions
greater risk of injury for persons
child being held on an occupants provided by the manufacturer.
who are not riding in a seat with
lap. Such seat belt use could cause Avoid contamination of seat belt
their seat belt securely fastened.
serious injury in the event of an webbing by polishes, oils,
Seat belts should always be
accident. chemicals, and particularly battery
adjusted so the lap portion of the
Pregnant women should use seat acid. Cleaning may safely be carried
belt is worn low across the pelvis,
belts, although specific recommen- out using mild soap and water.
not across the waist. Shoulder
dations about restraint use should For children, if the shoulder belt
straps should be worn on the
be made by the womans medical irritates the neck or face, move the
outside shoulder only, and never
advisor. child closer to the center of the
under the arm. Seat belts should
Periodically inspect seat belt vehicle.
never be worn with the straps
assemblies for excessive wear and
twisted and should be adjusted


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70F-74E STEERING COLUMN CONTROLS

STEERING COLUMN CONTROLS


Ignition Switch .................................................................................................... 4-1
Lighting/Turn Signal Control Lever ................................................................ 4-2
Hazard Warning Switch ..................................................................................... 4-4 4
Windscreen Wiper and Washer Lever ........................................................... 4-4
Horn ....................................................................................................................... 4-5
Electric Power Steering (if equipped) ........................................................... 4-5

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STEERING COLUMN CONTROLS 70F-74E

IGNITION SWITCH

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The ignition switch has the following four LOCK


w WARNING positions: This is the normal parking position. It is the
To avoid possible injury, do not only position in which the key can be
operate controls by reaching through w WARNING removed.
the steering wheel. Do not use any locally made key. The LOCK position locks the ignition, and
Should you require duplicate key, prevents normal use of the steering wheel
place your order with MARUTI after the key is removed.
dealer only.
To release the steering lock, fully insert the
key and turn it clockwise to one of the other
positions. If you have trouble turning the
key to unlock the steering, try turning the
steering wheel slightly to the right or left
while turning the key.

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LIGHTING/TURN SIGNAL
CONTROL LEVER
ACC
w CAUTION
Accessories such as the radio can operate,
but the engine is off. Do not use the starter motor for
more than 15 seconds at a time. If
ON the engine does not start; wait 15
This is the normal operating position. All seconds before trying again. If the
electrical systems are on. engine does not start after several
START attempts, check the fuel and ignition
This is the position for starting the engine systems or consult your MARUTI
using the starter motor. The key should be dealer.
released from this position as soon as the Do not leave the ignition switch in
engine starts. the ON position if the engine is
not running as the battery will 72F-04-001
w WARNING discharge.
This control lever is located on the outboard
Never remove the ignition key while side of the steering column. Operate the
the vehicle is moving. The steering lever as described below.
wheel will lock and you will not be
Lighting Operation
able to steer the vehicle.
To turn the lights on or off, twist the knob
Do not leave children alone in a
on the end of the lever. There are three
parked vehicle. Unattended children
positions: in the OFF position all lights are
could cause accidental movement of
off; in the middle position the front parking
the vehicle, which could result in
lights, tail-lights, registration plate light, and
severe personal injury.
instrument lights are on, but the headlights
Always remove the key when parked
are off; in the third position the headlights
to prevent unintentional operation of
come on in addition to the other lights.
the vehicle and to improve security.

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Lane Change Signal


Some times, such as when changing lanes,
the steering wheel is not turned far enough
to cancel the turn signal. For convenience,
you can flash the turn signal by moving the
lever part way and holding it there. The
lever will return to its normal position when
you release it.

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With the headlights on, push the lever Turn Signal Operation
forward to switch to the high beams (main With the ignition switch in the ON position,
beams) or pull the lever toward you to move the lever up or down to activate the
switch to the low beams. When the high left or right turn signals.
beams (main beams) are on, a light on the
Normal Turn Signal
instrument panel will come on. To flash the
Move the lever clockwise until it clicks to
high beams (main beams) pull the lever
signal a right turn or anticlockwise to signal
slightly towards you and release it.
a left turn. When the turn is completed, the
signal will cancel and the lever will return
to its normal position.

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HAZARD WARNING SWITCH WINDSCREEN WIPER AND


WASHER LEVER
Windscreen Washer
To spray windscreen washer fluid, pull the
lever toward you. The windscreen wipers will
automatically turn on at low speed if they
are not already on and the INT position
is equipped.

w WARNING
To prevent windscreen icing in cold
weather, turn on the defroster to
heat the windscreen before and
during windscreen washer use.
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Do not use radiator antifreeze in the
Push down the hazard warning switch to Windscreen Wipers windscreen washer reservoir. It can
activate the hazard warning lights. All four To turn the windscreen wipers on, move the severely impair visibility when
turn signal lights and both turn signal lever down to one of the three operating sprayed on the windscreen, and can
indicators will flash simultaneously. To turn positions. In the INT position (if equipped), also damage your vehicles paint.
off the lights, push the switch again. the wipers operate intermittently. The INT
position is very convenient for driving in mist
Use the hazard warning lights to warn other
or light rain. In the LO position, the wipers
traffic during emergency parking or when
operate at a steady low speed. In the HI
your vehicle could otherwise become a
position, the wipers operate at a steady high
traffic hazard.
speed. To turn off the wipers, move the
lever back to the OFF position.

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HORN ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (if


equipped)
w CAUTION
To help prevent damage to the
windscreen wiper and washer system
components, you should take the
following precautions:
Do not continue to hold in the lever
when there is no windscreen washer
fluid being sprayed or the washer
motor can be damaged.
Do not attempt to remove dirt from
a dry windscreen with the wipers or
you can damage the windscreen and 72F-04-006 72F-09-013
the wiper blades. Always wet the Press the center piece of the steering wheel Depending on specifications, your vehicle is
windscreen with washer fluid before to sound the horn. The horn will sound with equipped with electric power steering system
operating the wipers. the ignition switch in any position. to reduce the steering effort while driving.
Clear ice or packed snow from the
wiper blades before using the
wipers.
Check the washer fluid level
regularly. Check it often when the
weather is bad.
Only fill the washer fluid reservoir
3/4 full during cold weather to allow
room for expansion if the
temperature falls low enough to
freeze the solution.

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70F-74E INSTRUMENT PANEL

INSTRUMENT PANEL

Warning and Indicator Lights .......................................................................... 5-3


Speedometer/Odometer/Tripmeter (if equipped) ........................................... 5-5
Fuel Gauge .......................................................................................................... 5-6
Temperature Gauge ............................................................................................ 5-6
Rear Window Wiper/Washer Switch (if equipped) ...................................... 5-7 5
Rear Window Defroster Switch (if equipped) .............................................. 5-7
Ashtray .................................................................................................................. 5-8
Glove Box ............................................................................................................ 5-8
Cigarette lighter (if equipped) ......................................................................... 5-8
Fog light switch (if equipped) ........................................................................ 5-9
Heating System (if equipped) ........................................................................ 5-10
System Operating Instructions ...................................................................... 5-11
Air Conditioning System (if equipped) ....................................................... 5-13
System Operating Instructions ...................................................................... 5-14

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INSTRUMENT PANEL 70F-74E

1. Instrument cluster
2. Ignition switch
3. Lighting switch/Turn signal and
dimmer switch
4. Windscreen wiper and washer
switch
5. Hazard warning switch
6. Rear window wiper/washer
switch (if equipped)
7. Heater control panel
8. Cigarette lighter (if equipped)
9. Ashtray
10. Bonnet release
11. Center ventilator
12. Side ventilator
13. Side defroster
14. Glove box
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15. Fuse box

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TYPE-1

1 Speedometer
2 Odometer
3 Trip meter (if equipped)
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4 Trip meter reset knob
5 Fuel gauge
TYPE-2 6 Temperature gauge
7 Warning and indicator lights

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WARNING AND INDICATOR LIGHTS

3) If you determine that it is safe, drive


carefully at low speed to the nearest
dealer for repairs.
or
4) Have the vehicle towed to the nearest
dealer for repairs.
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w WARNING
Brake fluid level warning light Parking brake indicator light
This light operates under two conditions: 1) If any of the following conditions This light comes on when the parking brake
when the ignition switch is turned to the occur, you should immediately ask is not fully released and the ignition switch
START position, or 2) when the fluid in the your MARUTI dealer to inspect the is in the ON position.
brake system.
brake fluid reservoir falls below the specified
If the brake fluid level warning light
level. This light may also be used as a
does not go out after the engine
parking Brake indicator light. The light has been started and the parking
should go out after starting the engine and brake has been fully released.
fully releasing the parking brake. If the light If the brake fluid level warning light
does not go off or comes on whilst you are does not come on when the ignition
driving, it may mean that there is something switch is turned to the START
wrong with the vehicles braking system. If position. 70F-03-039

this happens, you should: If the brake fluid level warning light Oil Pressure Light
comes on at any time during vehicle This light comes on when the ignition switch
1) Pull off the road and stop carefully. operation. is turned on, and goes out when the engine
w WARNING is started. The light will come on and remain
NOTE: on if there is insufficient oil pressure. If the
Remember that stopping distance may Because the disc brake system is self light comes on when driving, pull off the
be longer, you may have to push adjusting, the fluid level will drop as the
harder on the pedal, and the pedal road as soon as you can and stop the
brake pads become worn. engine. Check the oil level and add oil if
may go down farther than normal.
Replenishing the brake fluid reservoir is necessary (see pages 9-7 and 9-8). If there
considered normal periodic maintenance. is enough oil, the lubrication system should
2) Test the brakes by carefully starting and
stopping at the side of the road. be inspected by your MARUTI dealer before
you drive the vehicle again.
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Malfunction Indicator Light


Your vehicle has a computer-controlled
emission control system. A Malfunction
Indicator light is provided on the instrument
panel to indicate when it is necessary to
79F-09-003E 70F-03-009 have the emission control system serviced.
Charging Light The Malfunction Indicator light comes on
w CAUTION This light comes on when the ignition switch when the ignition switch is turned to ON
If you operate the engine with this is turned on, and goes out when the engine and goes out when the engine is started.
light on, severe engine damage can is started. The light will come on and remain If the Malfunction Indicator light comes on
result. on if there is something wrong with the when the engine is running, there is a
Do not rely on the Oil Pressure battery charging system. If the light comes problem with the emission control system.
Light to indicate the need to add oil. on when the engine is running, the charging Take the vehicle to your MARUTI dealer to
Be sure to periodically check the system should be inspected immediately by have the problem corrected.
engine oil level (see pages 9-7 and your MARUTI dealer.
9-8). w CAUTION
w CAUTION Continuing to drive the vehicle when
Do not continue driving long with the the Malfunction Indicator light is on
charging light ON as this will drain the can cause permanent damage to the
battery 'dead'. vehicles emission control system, and
can affect fuel economy and
driveability.

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SPEEDOMETER/ODOMETER/
TRIPMETER (if equipped)

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Turn Signal Indicators


When you turn on the left or right turn
signals, the corresponding green arrow on
the instrument panel will flash along with the
respective turn signal lights. When you turn
on the hazard warning switch, both arrows 72F-05-018E 72F-05-019E
will flash along with all of the turn signal 1 Speedometer
lights. 2 Odometer
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3 Trip meter Keep track of your odometer reading
4 Trip meter reset knob and check the maintenance schedule
regularly for required services.
The speedometer indicates vehicle speed in Increased wear or damage to certain
km/h. The odometer records the total parts can result from failure to
distance the vehicle has been driven. The perform required services at the
tripmeter can be used to measure the proper mileage intervals and your
70F-03-043 distance travelled on short trips or between warranty rights may be affected.
Main Beam (High Beam) Indicator Light fuel stops. You can reset the tripmeter to
This indicator comes on when headlight zero by pushing the reset knob.
main beams (high beams) are turned on.

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INSTRUMENT PANEL

FUEL GAUGE TEMPERATURE GAUGE

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This gauge gives an approximate indication When the ignition switch is on, this gauge
of the amount of fuel in the fuel tank as indicates the engine coolant temperature.
shown in figure. F stands for full and E Under normal driving conditions, the
stands for empty. indicator should stay within the normal,
acceptable temperature range between H
Note: and C. If the indicator approaches H, and
This vehicle has fuel gauge of new design. maintains that reading, overheating is
Even when the ignition switch is OFF, the indicated. Follow the instructions for engine
needle will not return to E position but will overheating in the EMERGENCY
show the reading. REMEDIES section.

w CAUTION
Continuing to drive the vehicle when
engine overheating is indicated, can
result in severe engine damage.

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REAR WINDOW WIPER/WASHER REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER


SWITCH (if equipped) SWITCH (if equipped)

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With the ignition switch in the ON position, When the rear window is misted, push this
push the wiper switch to turn on the rear switch to clear the window. An indicator light
wiper. To turn the wiper off, push the switch will be lit when the defroster is on. The
again. defroster will only work when the ignition
switch is in the ON position. To turn off
To spray window washer fluid, hold in the
the defroster, push the switch again.
washer switch. Washer fluid will stop
spraying when you release the switch. w CAUTION
The heated rear window uses a large
amount of electricity. Be sure to turn
off after the window has become
clear.

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ASHTRAY GLOVE BOX CIGARETTE LIGHTER (if equipped)

70F-03-025E 72F-05-003

To remove the front panel ashtray for To open the glove box, pull the latch lever. To use the cigarette lighter, push it all
cleaning, push down on the metal plate, and To close it, push the lid until it latches the way into the receptacle and release
pull the ashtray completely out of its holder. securely. it. It will automatically heat up and will
pop out to its normal position when it is
w WARNING w WARNING ready for use.
Make sure tobacco is fully Never drive with the glove box lid
extinguished before closing the open. It could cause injury if an
ashtray. Never throw waste in the accident occurs.
ashtray: it could create a fire hazard.

35 5-8
INSTRUMENT PANEL 70F-74E

FOG LIGHT SWITCH (if equipped)

The fog light comes on when the fog light


switch is pushed in with the head light
switch turned to the second position.

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70F-74E INSTRUMENT PANEL

HEATING SYSTEM (if equipped)

The heating system provides heating,


demisting, and ventilation.

a. Windscreen defroster
b. Side defroster
c. Side outlet
d. Center outlet
e. Floor outlet

72F-05-004

70F-03-028E
37 5-10
INSTRUMENT PANEL 70F-74E

SYSTEM OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Description of Controls DEFROST 6 : Temperature-


Function selector 1: This selector is used controlled air comes out of the
to select one of the functions described 70F-03-033 windscreen defroster outlets and
below: the side defroster outlets.

VENTILATION 2: Temperature- Air Intake Lever 7: This lever is used to


controlled air comes out of the select between circulating outside air
70F-03-029 center and side air outlets. (FRESH AIR) or recirculating inside air
(RECIRCULATED AIR).
BI-LEVEL 3 : Temperature-
controlled air comes out of the Temperature Control Lever 8: This lever
70F-03-030 floor outlets and cooler air comes is used to control the temperature of the air
out of the center and side outlets. that comes out of the air outlets. 72F-05-005
When the temperature control
lever is in the fully COOL Fan switch 9: This switch is used to turn Natural Ventilation
position or fully HOT position, on the fan and to select fan speed. There Move the function selector to
however, the air from the floor are four positions: OFF, LOW, MEDIUM and VENTILATION, the air intake lever to
outlets and the air from the center HIGH. FRESH AIR, The temperature control lever
and side outlets will be the same to the desired temperature position, and the
temperature. fan switch to OFF. Fresh air will flow
through the vehicle when it is moving.
HEAT 4: Temperature-controlled Forced Ventilation
air comes out of the floor outlets. The lever settings are the same as for
70F-03-031
natural ventilation except you move the fan
HEAT & DEFROST 5: Temp-
switch to a position other than OFF.
erature-controlled air comes out of
70F-03-032
the floor outlets, the windscreen
defroster outlets, and the side
defroster outlets.

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70F-74E INSTRUMENT PANEL

72F-05-007 72F-05-008 72F-05-009

Normal Heating (Using outside air) Quick Heating (Using recirculated air) Cool Face/Warm Feet
Move the function selector to HEAT, the The lever settings are the same as for Move the function selector to BI-LEVEL,
air intake lever to FRESH AIR, the normal heating except you move the air the air intake lever to FRESH AIR, the
temperature control lever to the desired intake lever to RECIRCULATED AIR. If temperature control lever to the desired
temperature position, and the fan switch to you use this heating method for an temperature position, and the fan switch to
the desired fan speed position. Moving the extended period of time, the air in the the desired fan speed position. Unless the
fan switch to a higher fan speed position vehicle can become contaminated and the temperature control lever is in the fully
increases heating efficiency. windows can become misty. Therefore, use COOL position or fully HOT position, the
this method only for quick heating and air that comes out of the center and side
change to the normal heating method as outlets will be cooler than the air that comes
soon as possible. out of the floor outlets.

39 5-12
INSTRUMENT PANEL 70F-74E

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM


(if equipped)

72F-05-010 72F-05-011 70F-03-034

Defrosting/Warm Feet Defrosting The air conditioning system can be used to


Move the function selector to DEFROST & Move the function selector to DEFROST, provide cooling and dehumidifying, as
HEAT, the air intake lever to FRESH AIR, the air intake lever to FRESH AIR, the described below. To turn on the air
the temperature control lever to the desired temperature control lever to the desired conditioning system, push in the A/C button
temperature position, and the fan switch to temperature position, and the fan switch to and move the fan switch to a position other
HIGH. When the windscreen has become HIGH Moving the temperature control lever than OFF. An indicator light will come on
clear, move the fan switch to the desired to a higher temperature position increases when the air conditioning system is on. To
fan speed position. defrosting efficiency. When the windscreen turn off the air conditioning system, push
has become clear, move the fan switch to the A/C button again.
the desired fan speed position.
During operation of the air conditioner, you
may notice slight changes in engine speed.
These changes are normal, the system is
designed so that the compressor turns on
or off to maintain the desired temperature.
Less operation of the compressor results in
better fuel economy.

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SYSTEM OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

72F-05-012 72F-05-013 72F-05-014

Normal Cooling (using outside air) Quick Cooling (Using recirculated air) Dehumidifying
push in the A/C button, move the function The lever settings are the same as for Push in the A/C button, move the function
selector to VENTILATION, the air intake normal cooling except you move the air selector to the desired function position, the
lever to FRESH AIR, the temperature intake lever to RECIRCULATED AIR. If air intake lever to FRESH AIR, the
control lever to the COOL position, and the you use this cooling method for a extended temperature control lever to the desired
fan switch to the desired fan speed position. period of time, the air in the vehicle can temperature position, and the fan switch to
Moving the fan switch to a higher fan speed become contaminated. Therefore, you the desired fan speed position.
position increases cooling efficiency. should occasionally move the air intake
NOTE:
lever to FRESH AIR.
Because the air conditioner dehumidifies the
NOTE: air, turning it on will help keep the windows
If your vehicle has been left in the sun with clear, even when blowing heated air using
the windows closed, it will cool faster if you the DEMIST or HEATER & DEMIST
open the windows briefly while you operate functions.
the air conditioner with the air intake lever
at FRESH AIR and the fan at high speed.

41 5-14
70F-74E
42
70F-74E OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT

OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT


Parking Brake Lever .......................................................................................... 6-1
Pedals ................................................................................................................... 6-2
Gear Lever ........................................................................................................... 6-3
Fuel Filler Cap .................................................................................................... 6-3
Folding Rear Seats ............................................................................................ 6-4
Sun Visor ............................................................................................................. 6-5
Interior Light Switch .......................................................................................... 6-5
6
Assist Grips ......................................................................................................... 6-5
Bonnet ................................................................................................................... 6-6
Tyre Changing Tools ......................................................................................... 6-7
Luggage Compartment Cover (if equipped) ................................................. 6-7

43
OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT 70F-74E

PARKING BRAKE LEVER

w WARNING
Never drive your vehicle with the
parking brake on: rear brake
effectiveness can be reduced from
over heating, brake life may be
shortened, or permanent brake
damage may result.
If the parking brake does not hold
the vehicle securely or does not
fully release, have your vehicle
inspected immediately by an
70F-04-001E 70F-04-002E authorized MARUTI dealer.
The parking brake lever is located between When preparing to drive the vehicle, move
the seats. To apply the parking brake, hold the gearshift lever out of the P position w WARNING
the brake pedal down and pull the parking before releasing the parking brake. Always apply the parking brake fully
brake lever all the way up. To release the before leaving your vehicle or it may
parking brake, hold the brake pedal down, move, causing injury or damage.
pull up slightly on the parking brake lever, When parking, make sure the gear
push the button on the end of the lever with shift lever for manual transmission is
your thumb, and lower the lever to its left in first gear or reverse and the
original position. gear shift lever for automatic
For automatic transmission vehicles, always transmission vehicles is in P
apply the parking brake before moving the (PARK). Remember, even though the
gear shift lever to the P (PARK) position. transmission is in gear, you must
If you park on an incline and shift into P always apply the parking brake fully.
before applying the parking brake, the
weight of the vehicle may make it difficult
to shift out of P when you are ready to
drive the vehicle.
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70F-74E OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT

PEDALS

70F-04-003E 70F-04-004E

Clutch Pedal 1 Brake Pedal 2


(for manual transmission) Your MARUTI vehicle is equipped with front
w WARNING
The clutch pedal is used to disengage the disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Do not ride the brakes by applying
drive to the wheels when starting the Depressing the brake pedal applies both them continuously or resting your foot
engine, stopping, or shifting the transmission sets of brakes. on the pedal. This will result in
lever. Depressing the pedal disengages the overheating of the brakes which could
You may hear occasional brake squeal cause unpredictable braking action,
clutch.
when you apply the brakes. This is a longer stopping distances, or
w CAUTION normal condition caused by environmental permanent brake damage.
factors such as cold, wet, snow, etc.
Do not drive with your foot resting on
Accelerator Pedal 3
the clutch pedal. It could result in w WARNING This pedal controls the speed of the
excessive clutch wear, clutch damage,
If brake squeal is excessive and engine. Depressing the accelerator pedal
or unexpected loss of engine braking.
occurs each time the brakes are increases power output and speed.
applied, you should have the brakes
checked by your MARUTI dealer.

45 6-2
OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT 70F-74E

GEAR LEVER FUEL FILLER CAP

70F-04-005E 72F-06-001E 72F-06-006

The gear change pattern is shown in the The fuel filler cap is located on the left rear
illustration. For details on how to use the side of the vehicle. The fuel filler lid can be
transmission, refer to USING THE unlocked by pulling up the opener lever
TRANSMISSION in the OPERATING YOUR located on the outboard side of the drivers
VEHICLE section (See page 7-4). seat and locked by simply closing the lid.

w WARNING
Remove the fuel filler cap slowly. The
fuel may be under pressure and may
spray out, causing injury.

w WARNING
Petrol is extremely flammable. Do not
smoke when refuelling, and make sure
there are no open flames or sparks in
the area.
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70F-74E OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT

FOLDING REAR SEAT

72F-06-003E 70F-04-009 70F-04-010

To remove - turn the cap counterclock- The rear seat of your vehicle can be folded
wise. Turn the cap slowly to allow any forward to provide additional luggage space.
w WARNING
residual pressure to escape. Luggage or other cargo should be
To lower the seatback, pull up the lock stowed in the luggage compartment
To install - turn the cap clockwise.
knobs (1 and 2) simultaneously and fold with the rear seat in an upright
w CAUTION forward the seatback. To raise the seatback, position, whenever possible. If you
lift it up and push back until it locks into need to carry cargo in the passenger
If you need to replace the fuel cap, place. compartment with the rear seat back
use only a cap specified for your
folded forward, be sure to secure the
model. Using an improper fuel cap w WARNING cargo or it may be thrown about,
can cause a serious malfunction of
When returning a rear seat to the causing injury. Never pile cargo higher
the fuel system. You can get the
normal position, make sure that than the seatbacks.
correct replacement cap from your
movement of the seatback is
MARUTI dealer.
unobstructed and the seatback is
securely latched.

47 6-4
OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT 70F-74E

SUN VISOR INTERIOR LIGHT SWITCH ASSIST GRIPS

70F-04-024 70F-04-013 70F-04-015

The sun visors can be pulled down to block This light switch has three positions which Assist grips are provided for passenger
glare coming through the wind screen, or function as described below: convenience.
they can be unhooked and turned to the
1 The light comes on and stays on w WARNING
side to block glare coming through the side
regardless of whether the door is open
window. Do not hang items on the assist grips.
or closed.
2 The light comes on when the door is They could obstruct the drivers view,
w CAUTION resulting in an accident, or could be
opened.
When unhooking and hooking a sun 3 The light remains off even when the thrown about in an accident or abrupt
visor, be sure to handle it by the hard door is opened. manoeuvre, causing injury.
plastic parts or the sun visor can be
damaged. NOTE:
Only front doors are involved in lighting
operation of interior light.

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70F-74E OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT

BONNET

72F-06-004 72F-06-005 70F-04-019

To open the bonnet: 2) Push the under-bonnet release lever 3) Continue to lift up the bonnet until it is
sideways with your finger, as shown in high enough to support with the prop
1) Pull the bonnet release handle located
the illustration. While pushing the lever, rod.
on the outboard side of the drivers side
lift up the bonnet.
of the instrument panel. This will w WARNING
disengage the bonnet lock halfway.
Make sure the bonnet is fully closed
and latched before driving. If it is not,
it can fly up unexpectedly during
driving, obstructing your view and
resulting in an accident.

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OTHER CONTROLS AND EQUIPMENT 70F-74E

TYRE CHANGING TOOLS LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT COVER


(if equipped)

70F-04-020 70F-04-022 70F-04-023

The jack, wheel wrench and jack handle are Luggage or other cargo placed in the
stowed in the luggage compartment behind
w WARNING luggage compartment are hidden from view
the rear seat. The jack should be used only to by a luggage compartment cover.
change wheels. It is important to read
To remove the jack, turn its shaft the jacking instructions in the w WARNING
counterclockwise and pull the jack out of the EMERGENCY SERVICE section of this
storage bracket. To stow the jack, place it Do not carry items on top of the
manual before attempting to use the luggage compartment cover, even if
in the storage bracket and turn the shaft jack.
clockwise until the jack is securely held in they are small and light. Objects on
place. top of the cover could be thrown
w WARNING about in an accident, causing injury,
or could obstruct the drivers rear
After using the jack, jack handle, and view.
wheel wrench, be sure to stow them
securely or they can cause injury if an
accident occurs.

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OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE

Exhaust Gas Warning ........................................................................................ 7-1


Daily Inspection Checklist ................................................................................ 7-1
Starting the Engine ............................................................................................ 7-2
Using the Transmission .................................................................................... 7-3
Braking .................................................................................................................. 7-5
Running-in ............................................................................................................ 7-6
Catalytic Converter (if equipped) .................................................................... 7-7
Improving Fuel Economy ................................................................................. 7-8
7
Trailer Towing ..................................................................................................... 7-8

51
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE 70F-74E

EXHAUST GAS WARNING DAILY INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Before driving:
w WARNING
1) Make sure that windows, mirrors, lights,


with the engine running, make sure and reflectors are clean and unobstructed.
the air intake lever is set to FRESH 2) Check the tyres.
AIR and the fan is at high speed. 3) Look for fluid and oil leaks.
Avoid operating the vehicle with the
NOTE:
hatchback open. If it is necessary to
It is normal for water to drip from the air
operate the vehicle with hatchback
conditioning system after use.
open, make sure all the windows are
closed, and the fan is at high speed 4) Adjust the seat/head restraint.
with the air intake lever set to 5) Check the brake pedal.
FRESH AIR. 6) Adjust the mirrors.
60G-07-001E To allow proper operation of your 7) Make sure that you and passengers
vehicles ventilation system, keep have properly fastened your seat belts.
w WARNING the air inlet grille in front of the 8) Make sure that all warning lights come
Avoid breathing exhaust gases. windscreen clear of snow, leaves, or on as the key is turned to the ON or
Exhaust gases contain carbon other obstructions at all times. START position.
monoxide, a potentially lethal gas that Keep the exhaust tailpipe area clear 9) Check all gauges.
is colourless and odourless. Since of snow and other material to help 10)Make sure that the brake fluid level
carbon monoxide is difficult to detect reduce the buildup of exhaust gases warning light is off when the parking
by itself, be sure to take the following under the vehicle. This is brake is released with the ignition switch
precautions to help prevent carbon particularly important when parked in ON position.
monoxide from entering your vehicle. in blizzard conditions.
Do not leave the engine running in Have the exhaust system inspected
garages or other confined areas. periodically for damage and leaks.
Do not park with the engine running Any damage or leaks should be
for a long period of time, even in an repaired immediately.
open area. If it is necessary to sit
for a short time in a parked vehicle

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70F-74E OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE

STARTING THE ENGINE

Once a week, or each time you fill your fuel Before starting the engine:
w CAUTION
tank, perform the following under-bonnet 1) Make sure the parking brake is applied
checks: fully. Stop turning the starter immediately
2) Manual Transmission - Shift into N after the engine has started or the
1) Engine oil level. starter system can be damaged.
(neutral) and depress the clutch pedal all
2) Coolant level. Do not crank the engine for more
the way to the floor. Hold it while starting
3) Brake fluid level. than 15 seconds at a time. If the
the engine.
4) Windscreen washer fluid level. engine doesnt start on the first try,
Automatic Transmission - Shift into P
5) Battery solution level. wait about 15 seconds before trying
(Park) (If you need to restart the engine
6) Bonnet latch operation. again.
while the vehicle is moving, shift into
Pull the bonnet release handle inside the
N).
vehicle. Make sure that you can not
open the hood all the way without w WARNING
releasing the secondary latch. Be sure
to close the hood securely after checking Make sure that the parking brake is
for proper operation. See "All Latches, applied fully and the transmission is
Hinges & Locks" of "PERIODIC in Neutral (or park for vehicles with an
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE" in the automatic transmission) before
"INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE" attempting to start the engine.
section for lubrication schedule.

w WARNING
Make sure the bonnet is fully closed
and latched before driving. If it is not,
it can fly up unexpectedly during
driving, obstructing your view and
resulting in an accident.

53 7-2
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE 70F-74E

USING THE TRANSMISSION

Starting a Cold/Warm Engine


For Electronic fuel injection models
With your foot off the accelerator pedal,
crank the engine by turning the ignition
key to START. Release the key when
the engine starts.
If the engine does not start after 15
seconds of cranking, wait about 15
seconds, then press down the
accelerator pedal to 1/3 of its travel and
try cranking the engine again. Release
the key and accelerator pedal when the 70F-05-003E 72F-07-001E
engine starts.
Automatic Transmission
If the engine still does not start, try w WARNING
holding the accelerator pedal all the way
Always depress the brake pedal before
to the floor while cranking. This should w CAUTION changing from P (Park) or N
clear the engine if it is flooded.
When selecting gear, be careful not to (Neutral) to a forward or reverse gear,
overrev the engine or severe engine to help prevent the vehicle from
damage can result. moving unexpectedly when you
change.
The gearselector lever has a lock
mechanism to help prevent accidental For all normal driving, put the gearselector
moving into or out of P (Park), into R lever into D (Drive). Use the other
(Reverse), from D (Drive) to 2 (Low 2) gearselector lever positions as described
and from 2 (Low 2) to L (Low 1). To below:
release the lock, push in the lock button on
P (Park)
your side of the gearselector lever before
Use this position to lock the transmission
shifting.
when the vehicle is parked or when starting
the engine. Move into Park only when the
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70F-74E OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE

vehicle is completely stationary. L (Low 1)


Use this position to provide maximum power
R (Reverse)
when climbing steep hills or driving through
Use this position to reverse the vehicle.
deep snow or mud, or to provide maximum
Make sure that the vehicle is completely
engine braking when going down steep hills.
stationary before changing into Reverse.
Do not change into Low 1 at speeds greater
N (Neutral) than 53 km/h.
Use this position for starting the engine if
the engine stalls and you need to restart it w CAUTION
while the vehicle is moving. You may also Be sure to take the following
change into Neutral and depress the brake precautions to help avoid damage to
pedal to hold the vehicle stationary during the automatic transmission:
idling. 70F-04-005E
Make sure that the vehicle is
completely stationary before Manual Transmission
D (Drive)
changing into P or R.
use this position for the normal forward Starting off
Do not change from P or N to
driving. With the selector in D range you To start off, depress and maintain pressure
R, D, 2, or L when the
can get an automatic downshift (change upon the clutch pedal and change into 1st
engine is running above idle speed.
down) by pressing the accelerator pedal. gear. After releasing the parking brake,
Do not rev the engine with the
The higher the vehicle speed is, the more gradually release the clutch. When you hear
transmission in a drive position
you will need to press the accelerator pedal a change in the engines sound (speed),
(R, D, 2, or L) and the front
to get a downshift. This will give you gently apply pressure to the accelerator to
wheels not moving.
increased acceleration for overtaking. keep the engine sound (speed) constant
Do not use the accelerator to hold
2 (Low 2) the vehicle on a hill. Use the whilst continuing to gradually release the
Use this position to provide extra power vehicles brakes. clutch.
when climbing hills, or to provide engine Do not change into Low 2 at speeds Gear changing
braking when going down hills. Do not greater than 97 km/h. All forward gears are synchronized, which
change into Low 2 at speeds greater than Do not change into Low 1 at speeds provides for quiet, easy changing. Always
97 km/h. greater than 53 km/h. depress the clutch pedal fully before
changing gears. To help gearshift, the
55 7-4
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE 70F-74E

BRAKING

following chart shows the recommended The distance needed to bring any vehicle
w CAUTION
speed range in each gear. to a halt increases with the speed of the
To help avoid clutch damage, do not vehicle. The braking distance needed, for
Min speed Max. speed use the clutch pedal as a footrest example, at 60 km/h will be approximately
while driving or use the clutch to 4 times greater than the braking distance
First 30 km/h keep the vehicle stationary on a hill. needed at 20 km/h. Start to brake the
Second 10 km/h 50 km/h Depress the clutch fully when vehicle when there is plenty of distance
changing gear. between your vehicle and the stopping point,
Third 20 km/h 90 km/h When changing gears or starting off, and slow down gradually.
Fourth 30 km/h 120 km/h do not race the engine. Racing the
engine can shorten engine life and w WARNING
Fifth 40 km/h Top Speed prevent smooth operation. If water gets into the brake drums,
brake performance may become poor
w WARNING and unpredictable. After driving
Reduce your speed and change through water or washing the
down to a lower gear before going underside of the vehicle, test the
down a long or steep hill. A lower brakes while driving at a slow speed
gear will allow the engine to provide to see if they have maintained their
braking. Avoid riding the brakes or normal effectiveness. If the brakes are
they may overheat, resulting in less effective than normal, dry them
brake failure. by repeatedly applying the brakes
When driving on slippery roads, be while driving slowly until the brakes
sure to slow down before changing have regained their normal
down. Excessive and or sudden effectiveness.
changes in engine speed may cause
loss of traction, which could cause
you to lose control.
Make sure that the vehicle is
completely stationary before you
change into reverse.
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70F-74E OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE

RUNNING-IN

Servo assisted brakes


w WARNING w CAUTION
Your vehicle has servo assisted brakes
which works with the assistance of engine Even without reserve power in the The future performance and reliability
vacuum. brake system, you can still stop the of the engine depends on the care
vehicle by pressing the brake pedal and restraint exercised during its early
w WARNING harder than normally required. life. It is especially important to
Do not switch off the engine while However, the stopping distance may observe the following precautions
vehicle is in motion, for example, be longer. during the initial 1000 km of vehicle
while driving down a hill as this will operation.
cause loss of vacuum assistance w WARNING After starting, do not race the
leading to reduction of braking engine. Warm it up gradually.
On loose surface where the wheels Avoid prolonged vehicle operation at
efficiency substantially. can easily loose traction (such as a constant speed. Moving parts will
gravel, etc.), the stopping distance bed in better if you vary your speed.
If servo assistance is lost due to a stalled required for your vehicle may be Do not exceed 100 km/h.
engine or other failures, the system is still greater than for a comparable vehicle Start off from a stop slowly. Avoid
fully operational on reserve power and you with a conventional brake system. full throttle starts.
can bring the vehicle to a complete stop by Allow for extra stopping distance If possible, avoid hard braking,
pressing the brake pedal once and holding when driving on loose surfaces. especially during the first 300 km
it down. The reserve power is partly used
of driving.
up each time you depress the brake pedal.
Do not drive slowly with the
Apply smooth and constant pressure to the
transmission in a high gear.
pedal. Do not pump the pedal.
Drive the vehicle at moderate engine
speeds.

57 7-6
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE 70F-74E

CATALYTIC CONVERTER
(if equipped)
w CAUTION
To minimize the possibility of catalyst
or other vehicle damage:
Maintain the engine in the proper
operating condition.
In the event of an engine
malfunction, particularly one
involving engine misfire or other
apparent loss of performance, have
the vehicle serviced promptly.
Do not turn off the engine or
70F-05-005 interrupt the ignition when the 60G-07-002E
transmission is in gear and the
The purpose of the catalytic converter
installed on your vehicle is to convert
vehicle is in motion. w WARNING
Do not try to start the engine by Be careful where you park and drive;
exhaust pollutants to harmless water vapour,
pushing or towing the vehicle, or the catalytic converter and other
carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. Use of leaded
coasting down a hill. exhaust components can get very hot.
fuel in vehicles equipped with catalytic
Do not idle the engine with any As with any vehicle, do not park or
converters is prohibited, because lead
spark plug wires disconnected or operate this vehicle in areas where
deactivates the pollutant-reducing
removed, such as during diagnostic combustible materials such as dry
components of the catalyst system.
testing. grass or leaves can come in contact
It is very important to keep the engine Do not idle the vehicle for with a hot exhaust system.
properly tuned. Engine misfiring, which can prolonged periods if idling seems
result from an improperly tuned engine, may rough or there are other
cause overheating of the catalyst. This may malfunctions.
result in permanent heat damage to the Do not allow the fuel tank to get
catalyst and other vehicle components. near the empty level.

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70F-74E OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE

IMPROVING FUEL ECONOMY TRAILER TOWING

The following instructions will help you Keep the air cleaner clean: Your MARUTI was originally designed to
improve fuel economy. A dirty air cleaner will cause the carburation carry people and a normal amount of cargo,
system to supply too much fuel to the not to tow a trailer. Maruti does not
Avoid excessive idling:
engine for the amount of air being supplied. recommend you use your vehicle to tow a
If you are to wait for more than a minute
The result is waste of fuel due to incomplete trailer. Towing a trailer can adversely affect
while you are parked, stop the engine and
combustion. handling, durability, and fuel economy.
start it again later. When warming up a cold
engine, allow the engine to idle until the Keep weight to a minimum:
temperature gauge pointer comes up to the The heavier the load, the more fuel the
C position. In this position, the engine is vehicle consumes. Take out any luggage or
sufficiently warm for starting off. cargo when it is not necessary.
Avoid fast starts: Keep tyre pressures correct:
Fast starts away from lights or stop signs Under-inflation of the tyres can waste fuel
will consume fuel unnecessarily and shorten due to increased running resistance of the
engine life. Start off slowly. tyres. Keep your tyres inflated to the correct
pressure shown on the label on the drivers
Avoid unnecessary stops:
side door or door lock pillar.
Avoid unnecessary deceleration and
stopping. Try to maintain a slow, steady
speed whenever possible. Slowing down
and then accelerating again uses more fuel.
Keep a steady cruising speed:
Keep as constant a speed as road and
traffic conditions will permit.

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High Speed Driving ........................................................................................... 8-1


Driving on Hills .................................................................................................. 8-1
Driving on Slippery Roads .............................................................................. 8-2
Dos and Donts for Safe Driving .................................................................. 8-3

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HIGH-SPEED DRIVING DRIVING ON HILLS

When driving at a high-speed, pay attention When climbing steep hills, the car may
to the following: begin to slow down and show a lack of
power. If this happens, you should
Stopping distance progressively
change to a lower gear so that the
increases with vehicle speed. Apply the
engine will again be operating in its
brakes far enough ahead of the stopping
normal power range. Change rapidly to
point to allow for the extra stopping
prevent the car from losing momentum.
distance.
When driving down a hill, the engine
On rainy days, Aquaplaning can occur.
should be used for braking by shifting to
Aquaplaning is the loss of direct
next lower gear (Do this with EITHER an
contact between the road surface and
automatic or manual transmission).
the vehicles tyres due to a water film
70F-06-001 forming between them. Steering or w WARNING
braking the vehicle while Aquaplaning
w WARNING can be very difficult, and loss of control Try not to hold the brake pedal down
can occur. Keep speed down when the too long or too often while going
Wear Your Seat Belts at All Times.
road surface is wet. down a steep or long hill. This could
The driver and passengers should
cause the brakes to overheat,
be properly restrained at all times,
At high speeds, the vehicle may be resulting in reduced braking efficiency.
using the seatbelts provided. Refer
affected by side winds. Therefore, reduce Failure to take this precaution could
to the SEATBELTS section for
speed and be prepared for unexpected result in loss of vehicle control.
instructions on proper use of the
buffeting, which can occur at the exits
seat belts.
of tunnels, when passing by a cut of a
Never drive while under the
hill, or when being overtaken by large
w CAUTION
influence of alcohol or other drugs. When descending a down hill, NEVER
vehicles, etc.
Alcohol and drugs can seriously turn the ignition key to the OFF
impair your ability to drive safely, position. Emission control system and
greatly increasing the risk of injury automatic transmission (if equipped)
to yourself and others. You should damage may result.
also avoid driving when you are
tired, sick, irritated, or under stress.

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DRIVING ON SLIPPERY ROADS

Under wet road conditions you should drive Remove your foot from the accelerator
w WARNING
at a lower speed than on dry roads due to while changing gear.
possible slippage of tyres during braking. Do not race the engine. Excessive wheel Make sure your tyres are in good
When driving on icy, snowcovered, or spin will cause the tyres to dig deeper, condition and always maintain the
muddy roads, reduce your speed and avoid making it more difficult to free the specified tyre pressure. Refer to
sudden acceleration, abrupt braking, or vehicle. TYRES in the INSPECTION AND
sharp steering movements. MAINTENANCE section for details.
2) If your vehicle remains stuck after a few Do not use tyres other than those
Snow Chains minutes of rocking, get another vehicle specified by MARUTI. never use
If you must use snow chains to increase to pull you out. different sizes or types of tyres on
tyre traction, observe the following the front and rear wheels. For
precautions: w WARNING
information regarding the specified
Choose a safe place away from traffic Do not allow anyone to stand near the tyres, refer to the SPECI-
to install the chains. vehicle when you are rocking it, and FICATIONS section.
When installing the chains carefully do not spin the wheels faster than an Never use oversized tyres or special
follow the manufacturers instructions. indicated 40 km/h on the speedometer. shock absorbers and springs to
Install the chains on the front tyres. Personal injury and/or vehicle damage raise (jack up) your vehicle. This will
With the chains on, drive only at slow may result from spinning the wheels change the handling characteristics.
and moderate speeds. too fast. After driving through water, test the
brakes while driving at a slow speed
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck
If your vehicle gets stuck in snow, mud,
w CAUTION to see if they have maintained their
normal effectiveness. If the brakes
or sand, follow the directions below: Do not continue rocking the vehicle are less effective than normal, dry
for more than a few minutes. them by repeatedly applying the
1) Change back and forth between a Prolonged rocking can cause engine
forward range (or first gear for manual brakes while driving slowly until the
overheating or transmission damage. brakes have regained their normal
transmission) and reverse. This will
create a rocking motion which may give effectiveness.
you enough momentum to free the
vehicle. Press gently on the accelerator
to keep wheel spin to a minimum.

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DOS AND DONTS FOR SAFE


DRIVING
Exercise care in handling your vehicle. Be
conscious of not only your own safety but
also the safety of others on the road, and
thus enjoy the best and most comfortable
driving experience.
This section contains basic rules for safe
driving. Read it carefully for good
understanding of the content so that you
can enjoy safe and pleasant driving in your
Maruti vehicle.

72F-08-002 72F-08-008

Starting 2. Always follow other vehicles at a safe


1. Adjust the drivers seat for the proper distance in order to prevent a rear-end
driving posture. collision, should the vehicle ahead make
a sudden stop.
2. Adjust the rear view mirror so as to
obtain the best possible rear view. 3. Turn ON the turn signal at least 30
meters before making a turn or changing
3. Before moving off, look forward and back the lane so as not to be hit from behind.
to confirm safety.
4. Before entering a corner, decelerate to
4. Dont start quickly, for it is dangerous a safe speed. Dont apply brakes during
and wastes fuel. cornering, or a cornering skid may occur.
General driving 5. When overtaking other vehicles, watch
1. Be sure to stop before the stop light and out for the oncoming vehicle and
stop sign. When moving into the carefully confirm the safety.
intersection without any traffic lights or
signs, drive slowly to confirm safety. 6. Dont attempt zigzag driving which will
hinder your control over the vehicle and
cause an accident.
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72F-08-012 72F-08-015

especially dangerous when the tyres are 5. The higher the speed, the narrower the
worn, for they allow a larger skid. drivers visual range becomes. In such
a state, it is difficult to anticipate any
Use foot brake in three stages hazard and the driver feels much
(1) Warn the vehicle behind you fatigued.
(2) Gradually apply the brake. 6. Never do sharp handling during high
(3) Bring the vehicle to a halt. speed driving. You will lose your control
72F-08-011 over your vehicle.
3. When driving on a downhill, try not to
apply the brake but use the engine 7. When overtaking or changing the lane
Braking
brake effectively. Overuse of the while driving at a high speed, keep an
1. Use the parking brake when parking
footbrake may result in total brake ample vehicle-to-vehicle distance.
your vehicle and shift the gear shift lever
into the first gear or reverse gear failure. Long distance driving
position for the sake of safety. 1. Be sure to perform safety checks before
4. Avoid reckless high speed driving and try starting a trip.
2. Dont use handbraking unless to drive at a safe speed suitable for the
road conditions while maintaining a 2. Take rest at certain intervals to prevent
unavoidable. It causes the vehicle to skid
constant speed. an accident which may occur when you
and a rearend collision occur. It is
are sleepy or tired.
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MARGIN FOR SAFETY

It is important to allow yourself a margin for


safety during driving so that you can cope
with erroneous or unexpected driving of
other drivers. For that, observe the following.
Drive at a safe speed.
Maintain a sufficient distance between
your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
Dont force yourself to overtake other
vehicles.
Dont make quick start, hard steering or
sudden stops.
72F-08-020 72F-08-021
Allow an ample time in the driving
schedule.
Night time driving Observe traffic rules and regulations.
1. Drive more slowly at night than in the
daytime, for the visual range is restricted CONCLUSION
at night. A perfect driver does not exist. The
2. Dont overtake other vehicles at night. endeavour of every motorist should be to
Darkness bothers your sense of speed strive for perfection. Safety consciousness
and hinders your judgement on the not only ensures your safety and the safety
vehicle-to-vehicle distance. of other road users, it also helps reduce the
wear and tear on your vehicle, prolongs its
3. Dont use the high headlight beam life, gives more mileage and ensures a
unless its use is inevitable. Its dazzle comfortable driving experience.
may blitz the driver of the oncoming
vehicle, thus causing an accident. 72F-08-022 Follow the dos and donts listed, and
driving will never be the same again.
4. Always keep the window glasses clean.
Dont operate the windshield wiper when
the windshield glass is dry or the wiper
blade and glass may get damaged.
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INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE


Periodic Maintenance Schedule ......................................................................... 9-1
Drive Belt .............................................................................................................. 9-6
Engine Oil and Filter ............................................................................................ 9-7
Gear Oil ............................................................................................................... 9-10
Automatic Transmission Fluid .......................................................................... 9-11
Engine Coolant ................................................................................................... 9-12
Windscreen Washer Fluid ................................................................................. 9-14
Air Cleaner .......................................................................................................... 9-14
Spark Plugs ........................................................................................................ 9-15
Brakes ................................................................................................................. 9-16
Steering ............................................................................................................... 9-18
Clutch Pedal ....................................................................................................... 9-18
Tyres .................................................................................................................... 9-18 9
Battery ................................................................................................................. 9-21
Fuses ................................................................................................................... 9-22
Bulb Replacement .............................................................................................. 9-23
Wiper Blades ...................................................................................................... 9-28

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PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

The following table shows when regular


w WARNING w WARNING
maintenance on your vehicle is required.


You should take extreme care when This table shows in kilometres and months
Do not allow smoking, sparks, or
working on your vehicle to prevent when inspections, adjustments, lubrication
flames around gasoline or the
accidental injury. Here are a few and other services should be performed.
battery. Flammable fumes are
precautions that you should be
present.
especially careful to observe:
Do not get under your vehicle if it
w WARNING
Do not leave the engine running in
is supported only with the portable Maruti recommends that maintenance
garages or other confined areas.
jack provided in your vehicle. on your Maruti vehicle be performed
When the engine is running, keep
Be careful not to cause accidental by Maruti Authorised Dealer/Service
hands, clothing, tools, and other
short circuits between the positive Station.
objects away from the fan and water
and negative battery terminals.
pump belt. Even though the fan may
Keep used oil, coolant, and other w CAUTION
not be moving, it can automatically
fluids away from children and pets.
turn on without warning. Whenever it becomes necessary to
Dispose of used fluids properly;
When it is necessary to do service replace parts on your vehicle, it is
never pour them on the ground, into
work with the engine running, make recommended that you use MARUTI
sewers, etc.
sure that the parking brake is GENUINE PARTS (MGP).
applied fully and the transmission is
in Neutral (for manual transmission
vehicles) or Park (for automatic
transmission vehicles).
Do not touch ignition wires or other
ignition system parts when starting
the engine or when the engine is
running, or you could receive an
electric shock.
Be careful not to touch hot exhaust
components such as the manifold,
pipes, and mufflers.

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A....Adjust. I....Inspect and correct or replace if necessary.


T....Tighten to specified torque. C....Clean.
R....Replace or change. O....Rotate
L....Lubricate.
Note:
This table includes services as scheduled up to 80,000 km mileage. Beyond 80,000 km, carry out the same services at the same intervals
respectively.
Interval: This interval should be judged FREE INSPECTIONS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SERVICE AT COST
by odometer reading or months, km (x 1,000) 1 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
whichever comes first. months 1 6 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96
ENGINE
1. Water pump drive belt (tension, wear) A I I I I I I R A I
2. Engine coolant (level, leakage) I I I R I R I R I R
3. Engine oil (API GRADE SF, SG, SH) & Oil filter R I R R R R R R R R
4. Cooling system hoses and connections (leakage, damage) I I I I I I I I I I
5. Engine bolts (All cylinder head and manifold fixings) T T T T
6. Engine mounting (loose, damage) T T T T
7. Valve clearance A A A A A
8. Camshaft timing belt (damage, wear) I I I I
Replace every 1,00,000 km
9. Exhaust system (noise, leakage or otherwise defective) I I I I I
10. Positive crankcase ventilation System (Hoses, connections and valve) I I I I I

IGNITION
1. Ignition wiring, (damage, deterioration) I I I I
2. Distributor cap and rotor (wear, deterioration) I I I I
3. Spark plugs (clean and adjust the gap) I R I R I R I R

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Interval: This interval should be judged FREE INSPECTIONS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SERVICE AT COST
by odometer reading or months, km (x 1,000) 1 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
whichever comes first. months 1 6 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96
FUEL
1. Air cleaner Paved-road Clean every 5,000 km. Replace every 40,000 km.
Dusty condition Clean every 2,500 km or as required. Replace every 40,000 km. More frequent
replacement if dust condition is severe.
2. Accelerator cable and Throttle shafts I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L
3. Fuel tank cap, fuel lines & connections(leakage,damage) I I I
4. Fuel filter (leakage) I I I I I R I I I R

CLUTCH AND TRANSMISSION


1. Clutch pedal (play) I I I I I I I I I I
2. Clutch slipping (dragging or excessive damage) I I I I I I I I I I
3. Manual Transmission/Transfer and Differential oil (level, leakage) I I I R I R I R I R
4. Automatic Transmission Fluid (level, replacement) I I I I I I I I I R
5. Hose, Automatic Transmission Fluid I I I I I I I I I R

DRIVE SHAFTS
1. Drive shafts boots (bent of boots damage) I I I R I I R I I

BRAKE
1. Brake fluid (level, leakage) I I I R I R I R I R
2. Brake pedal (pedal-to-wall clearance) I I I I I I I I I I
3. Parking brake lever and cable (play, damage) I I I I I I I I I I
4. a. Brake discs and pads, (wear) I I I I I I I I I
b. Brake drums & shoes I I I I I I I I
5. Master cylinder and wheel cylinder or calliper (oil leakage, boot kit) I I I I I R I I I R
6. Brake hoses and pipes (leakage, damage) I I I I I I I I I I

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Interval: This interval should be judged FREE INSPECTIONS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SERVICE AT COST
by odometer reading or months, km (x 1,000) 1 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
whichever comes first. months 1 6 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96
WHEEL
1. Tyres (air pressure, abnormal wear, crack, ROTATION) Rotate and inspect every 5,000 km
2. Wheels (damage) I I I I I I I I I I
3. Front wheel bearings (loose, damage) I I I I I I I I I
4. Rear wheel bearings (loose, damage) I I I I I I I I I

FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION


1. Suspension strut (oil leakage, damage) I I I I I I I I I I
2. Suspension arms and knuckle supports (loose,damage) I I I I I I I I I
3. Rear spring (damage) I I I I I I I I I
4. Shock absorbers (oil leakage, damage) I I I I I I I I I I
5. All bolts and nuts (loose) T T T T T T T T T
6. Suspension arms and Tension rods I I I I I I I I I

STEERING
1. Steering wheel (play, loose) I I I I I I I I I I
2. All rods and arms (loose, damage, wear) I I I I I I I I I I
ELECTRICAL
1. Battery electrolyte (level, leakage) I I I I I I I I I I
2. Wiring harness connection (looseness, damage) I I I I I I I I I
3. Lighting system (operation, stains, damage) I I I I I I I I I I
4. Horn (operation) I I I I I I I I I I
5. System voltage I I I I I I I I I

BODY
1. All chassis bolts and nuts (tighten) I T T T T T T T T
2. All Latches, Hinges & Locks (function) I I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L I&L

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Interval: This interval should be judged FREE INSPECTIONS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE SERVICE AT COST
by odometer reading or months, km (x 1,000) 1 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
whichever comes first. months 1 6 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96
ROAD TEST
1. Operation of Brakes, Gear shifting & speedometer I I I I I I I I I I
2. Body and Chassis noise I I I I I I I I I I

AIR CONDITIONER (if equipped)


1. Check belt tension I I I I I I I I I I
2. Check Receiver Drier bubbles. I I I I I I I I I I
3. Tighten compressor mounting bolts T T T T T T T T T
4. Check all hose joints, tighten if necessary I I I I I I I I I I
5. Check functioning of Recirc flap I I I I I I I I I I
6. Clean condenser with low pressure water C C C C C C C C C
7. Check belt for frayed edges, change if necessary I I I I I I I I I
8. Check all mounting bolts I I I I I I I I I

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DRIVE BELT

w WARNING
All maintenance should be carried
out with the ignition switch in the
OFF position and the car parked
securely on the level ground unless
otherwise specified.
If you are in any way unsure of your
ability to undertake a task, then do
not start it but contact your Maruti
dealer to perform the work for you.

72F-09-016

w WARNING Water pump belt (A) 6 - 8 mm


When the engine is running, keep Air conditioner belt (B) 8 - 10 mm
hands, hair, clothing, tools, etc. away
from the fan and drive belt. Even The belt should also be examined to ensure
though the fan may not be moving, it that it is not damaged. If the belt needs to
can automatically turn on without be replaced or adjusted, have it done by
warning. your MARUTI dealer.

Make sure the drive belt tension is correct.


If the belt is too loose, insufficient battery
charging, engine overheating, or excessive
belt wear can result. When you press the
belt with your thumb midway between the
pulleys, the belt deflection should be within
the specification below.

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ENGINE OIL AND FILTER

70F-07-004E 79F-09-002E

Specified oil Oil Level Check


Be sure that the engine oil you use comes It is important to keep the engine oil at the
under the API classification of SF, SG or correct level for proper lubrication of your
SH. Select the appropriate oil viscosity vehicles engine. Check the oil level with the
according to the above chart. vehicle on a level surface. The oil level
indication may be inaccurate if the vehicle
is on a slope. The oil level should be
checked either before starting the engine or
at least five minutes after stopping the
engine.
Pull out the oil dipstick, wipe oil off with a
clean cloth, insert the dipstick all the way
into the engine, then remove it again. The
oil on the stick should be between the upper
and lower limits shown on the stick. If the
oil level indication is near the lower limit,
add enough oil to raise the level to the
upper limit.
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w WARNING
New and used oil can be hazardous.
Children and pets may be harmed by
swallowing new or used oil. Keep new
and used oil and used oil filters away
from children and pets.
Continuous contact with used engine
oil has been found to cause (skin)
cancer in laboratory animals.
Brief contact with used oil may irritate
skin.
79F-09-003E 70F-07-009 To minimize your exposure to used
oil, wear a long-sleeve shirt and
Refilling
Remove the oil filler cap and pour oil slowly
w WARNING moistureproof gloves (such as
The engine oil temperature may be dishwashing gloves) when changing
through the filler hole to bring the oil level
high enough to burn your fingers oil. If oil contacts your skin, wash
to the upper limit on the dipstick. Be careful
when the drain plug is loosened. Wait thoroughly with soap and water.
not to overfill. Too much oil is almost as
until the drain plug is cool enough to Launder any clothing or rags if wet
bad as too little oil. After refilling, start the
touch with your bare hands. with oil.
engine and allow it to idle for about a
Recycle or properly dispose of used
minute. Stop the engine, wait for 5 minutes
oil and filters.
and check the oil level again.
Changing Engine Oil and Filter 4) Reinstall the drain plug and gasket.
Drain the engine oil while the engine is still Tighten the plug to a torque of
warm. 5.0 kg-m (36 lb-ft).
1) Remove the oil filler cap.
2) Place a drain pan under the drain plug.
3) Using the correct spanner remove the
drain plug and drain out the engine oil.

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Refill with oil and check for leaks.


1) Pour oil through the filler hole and install
the filler cap.
For the approximate capacity of the oil,
refer to the "CAPACITIES" item in the
"SPECIFICATIONS" section.
2) Start the engine and look carefully for
leaks at the oil filter and drain plug. Run
the engine at various speeds for at least
5 minutes.
3) Stop the engine and wait for 5 minutes.
Check the oil level again and add oil if
70F-07-010 70F-07-011E necessary. Check for leaks again.
Replace the oil filter w CAUTION
1) Using an oil filter wrench, turn the oil
w CAUTION
filter counterclockwise and remove it. To tighten the oil filter properly, it is When replacing the oil filter, it is
2) Using a clean rag, wipe off the mounting important to accurately identify the recommended that you use a genuine
surface on the engine where the new position at which the filter gasket first MARUTI replacement filter.
filter will be seated. contacts the mounting surface.
3) Smear a little engine oil around the w CAUTION
rubber gasket of the new oil filter. 5) Tighten the filter 3/4 turn from the point Oil leaks from around the oil filter or
4) Screw on the new filter by hand until the of contact with the mounting surface. [or drain plug indicate incorrect
filter gasket contacts the mounting to 1.4 kg-m (10.5 lb-ft)] using an oil filter installation or gasket damage. If you
surface. wrench. find any leaks or are not sure that the
w CAUTION filter has been properly tightened,
have the vehicle inspected by your
To prevent oil leakage, make sure that MARUTI dealer.
the oil filter is tight, but do not
overtighten it.

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GEAR OIL

w WARNING
After driving the vehicle, the
transmission oil temperature may be
high enough to burn you. Wait until
the oil filler plug is cool enough to
touch with your bare hands before
inspecting transmission oil.

w CAUTION
When tightening the plug, apply
70F-07-012E 70F-07-013E sealing compound to the plug threads
to prevent oil leakage.
Oil filler and level plug 1 Gear oil level check
Tightening torque: To check the gear oil level, use the
Gear oil change
3.6 5.4 kg-m following procedure:
Since special procedures, materials and
(26.5 39.0 lb-ft) 1) Park the vehicle on a level surface with
tools are required, it is recommended that
the parking brake applied.
Specified Manual Transmission oil you trust this job to your authorized
2) Clean casing around oil filler plug to
When adding gear oil, use the appropriate MARUTI dealer.
remove risk of any loose dirt or debris
viscosity and grade as shown in the chart
entering oil filler plug hole. Remove the
below. We highly recommend you use API
oil filler plug 1.
GL-4 SAE 75W-90 or 80W-90 gear oil.
3) Feel the inside of the hole with your
Type of oil Gear oil, API GL-4 finger. If the oil level comes up to the
bottom of the plug hole, the oil level is
correct. If so, reinstall the plug.
4) If the oil level is low, add gear oil
through the filler plug hole 1 until the
oil level reaches the bottom of the filler
hole, then reinstall the plug.
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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID

Specified Fluid
Use an automatic transmission fluid
equivalent to DEXRON-IIE or DEXRON-
III.
Fluid Level Check

w CAUTION
Driving with too much or too little
fluid can damage the transmission.

You must check the fluid level with the


automatic transmission fluid at normal 70F-07-014E 70F-07-015E
operating temperature.
To check the fluid level:
1) Park your vehicle on level ground.
w WARNING
To warm up the transmission fluid, drive the
vehicle or idle the engine until the 2) Apply the parking brake and then start Be sure to depress the brake pedal
temperature gauge indicates normal the engine in P (Park). Let it idle for when moving the selector lever, or the
operating temperature, then drive for ten two minutes and keep it running during vehicle can move suddenly.
more minutes. the fluid level check.
3) With your foot on the brake pedal, move 4) Remove the dipstick, clean it and push
NOTE: the selector lever through each gear, it back in until the cap seats, Pull out
Do not check the fluid level if you have just pausing for about three seconds in each the dipstick and read the fluid level.
driven the vehicle for a long time at high range. Then move it back to the P
speed, if you have driven in city traffic in The fluid level should be between the
(Park) position.
hot weather, or if the vehicle has been two marks in the HOT range on the
pulling a trailer. Wait until the fluid cools dipstick.
down (about 30 minutes), or the fluid level
indication will not be correct.

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ENGINE COOLANT

5) Add just enough specified fluid through Adding Coolant


the dipstick hole to fill the transmission If the Coolant level is below the LOW
to the proper level. It takes only 0.35 mark, more coolant should be added.
litres to raise the level from LOW HOT Remove the reservoir tank cap and add
to FULL HOT. coolant until the reservoir tank level reaches
the FULL mark. Never fill the reservoir
w CAUTION tank above the FULL mark.
After checking or adding oil, be sure
to insert the dipstick securely.
w CAUTION
When adding or replacing coolant,
Changing Oil use a high quality ethylene glycol
Since special procedures, materials, and antifreeze and anticorrosion (Non-
70F-07-016E
tools are required to change the automatic Amine type) diluted with distilled
transmission oil, it is recommended that you Coolant Level Check water. If the lowest ambient
trust this job to your authorized MARUTI Check the coolant level at the reservoir temperature in your area is expected
dealer. tank, not at the radiator. With the engine to be -150C (50F) or above, make the
cool, the coolant level should be between antifreeze concentration of the
the FULL and LOW marks. mixture you use at least 30% but no
more than 50%. If -16 0C (3 0F) or
below, make the concentration at
least 50%. If the 50% concentration
does not provide adequate
protection against freezing, follow
the instructions on the antifreeze
container to obtain the desired
freezing point.
When putting the cap on the
reservoir tank, line up the arrow on
the cap and the arrow on the tank,
or coolant can leak out.
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70F-07-019E 60G-09-039E 70F-07-017

Coolant Replacement 3) Loosen the drain plug attached to the


If your radiator has a drain plug as shown,
w WARNING lower part of the radiator and drain the
perform this job as follows. If not, trust this It is dangerous to remove the radiator coolant into a suitable container.
job to your MARUTI dealer as the radiator cap when the water temperature is 4) Tighten the drain plug on the radiator,
lower hose must be disconnected for high, because scalding fluid and fill the radiator with coolant and install
draining. steam may be blown out under the radiator cap.
1) When the engine is cool, remove the pressure. Wait until the coolant 5) Refit the reservoir and fill it with the
radiator cap by turning it slowly to the temperature has lowered before correct coolant to the FULL line. Refit
left until a stop is felt. Do not press removing the cap. the reservoir tank cap, ensuring the
down while turning the cap. Wait until arrows are correctly aligned.
any pressure is released, then press 2) Remove the reservoir tank cap. Remove
down on the cap and continue turning the reservoir by lifting it up, and drain w CAUTION
it anticlockwise. the reservoir completely by pouring the The coolant must be replaced with the
coolant in to a suitable container. vehicle on level ground.

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WINDSCREEN WASHER FLUID AIR CLEANER

72F-09-002 72F-09-014 72F-09-015

Check that there is washer fluid in the tank. If the air cleaner is clogged with dust, there
Refill it if necessary. Use a good quality will be greater intake resistance, resulting in
w CAUTION
windscreen washer fluid, diluted with water decreased power output and increased fuel The air cleaner element should be
as necessary. consumption. replaced every 40,000 km. More
frequent replacement is necessary
w WARNING Take out the air cleaner element after
when you drive under dusty
Do not use antifreeze solution in the unhooking the clamps shown in the
conditions.
windscreen washer reservoir. This can illustration. Blow off dust on air cleaner
severely impair visibility when sprayed element by compressed air. If the air
on the windscreen, and can also cleaner element appears to be dirty, replace
damage your vehicles paint. it with a new one.

w CAUTION
Damage may result if the washer
motor is operated whilst the fluid or
fluid nozzles are frozen or with no
fluid in the washer tank.
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SPARK PLUGS

60G-09-011E 74A-09-022E 60G-09-013

You should inspect spark plugs periodically NOTE:


for carbon deposits. When carbon
w CAUTION If you experience some firing problem of
accumulates on a spark plug, a strong spark (15 N.m, 10.5 lb-ft). Do not allow spark plugs, such as, hard engine-starting,
may not be produced. Remove carbon contaminants to enter the engine misfire etc., the cause may be located not
deposits with a wire or pin and adjust the through the spark plug holes when only on spark plugs but also on deteriorated
spark plug gap. the plugs are removed. ignition wiring (generally, used for more than
Never use spark plugs with the 80,000 km or five years). If spark plug
w CAUTION wrong thread size or length. replacement does not solve the problem,
When disconnecting the spark plug have the ignition wiring and other ignition
cables, pull on the boot, not on the w CAUTION system inspected by your MARUTI dealer.
cable itself. Pulling on the cable can
damage it. When replacing spark plugs, you
When installing the spark plugs, should use the brand and type
screw them in with your fingers to specified for your vehicle. For the
avoid stripping the threads. Tighten specified plugs, refer to the
with a torque wrench to 1.5 kg-m SPECIFICATIONS section at the end
of this book.

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BRAKES

w WARNING
Do not use any fluid other than SAE
J1703 or DOT-3 brake fluid. Do not
use reclaimed fluid or fluid that has
been stored in old or open
containers. It is essential that
foreign particles and other liquids
are kept out of the brake fluid
reservoir.

70F-07-028E 70F-07-029
w CAUTION
The brake fluid should be replaced
Brake Fluid
Check the brake fluid level by looking at the
w WARNING every two years or 20,000 km.
reservoir in the engine compartment. Check engine must be running with the
NOTE:
that the fluid level is between the MAX parking brake fully disengaged).
and MIN lines. If the brake fluid level is With disc brakes, the fluid level can be
Should the light come on,
near the MIN line, fill it up to the MAX expected to gradually fall as the brake pads
immediately ask your MARUTI dealer
line with SAE J1703 or DOT-3 brake fluid. wear.
to inspect the brake system.
A rapid fluid loss indicates a leak in
w WARNING the brake system which should be
Failure to follow the guidelines below inspected by your MARUTI dealer
can result in personal injury or immediately.
serious damage to the brake system. Brake fluid can harm your eyes and
If the brake fluid in the reservoir damage painted surfaces. Use
drops below a certain level, the caution when refilling the reservoir.
brake warning light on the
instrument panel will come on (the

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the minimum distance required, have your


vehicle inspected by your MARUTI dealer.
NOTE:
When measuring the distance between the
brake pedal and floor wall, be sure not to
include any floor covering in the
measurement.

w WARNING
If you experience any of the following
problems with your vehicles brake
70F-07-030 system, have the vehicle inspected 70F-07-031E
immediately by your MARUTI dealer.
Brake Pedal Parking brake
Poor braking performance
Check if the brake pedal stops at the Check the parking brake for proper
Uneven braking (Brakes not working
regular height without "spongy" feeling when adjustment by counting the number of clicks
uniformly on all wheels.)
you depress it. If not, have the brake made by the ratchet teeth as you slowly pull
Excessive pedal travel
system inspected by your MARUTI dealer. up on the parking brake lever to the point
Brake dragging
If you doubt the brake pedal for the regular of full engagement. The parking brake lever
Excessive noise
height, check it as follows: should stop between the 3rd and 8th ratchet
Pedal pulsation (Pedal pulsates
tooth and the rear wheels should be
With the engine running, measure the when depressed.)
securely locked. If the parking brake is not
distance between the brake pedal and floor
properly adjusted or the brakes drag after
wall when the pedal is depressed with
the lever has been fully released, have the
approximately 30 kg (66 lbs) of force. The
parking brake inspected and/or adjusted by
minimum distance required is 90 mm (3.5
your MARUTI dealer.
in). Since your vehicles brake system is
self-adjusting, there is no need for pedal
adjustment. If the pedal to floor wall
distance as measured above is less than

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STEERING CLUTCH PEDAL TYRES

70F-07-033 70F-07-034 70F-07-035

Check the play of the steering wheel by Measure the clutch pedal play by moving The front and rear tyre pressure
gently turning it from left to right and the clutch pedal with your hand and specifications for your vehicle are listed on
measuring the distance that it moves before measuring the distance it moves until you the Tyre Inflation Pressure Label and in the
you feel slight resistance. The play should feel slight resistance. The play in the clutch SPECIFICATIONS section at the end of
be between 0 30 mm (0.0 1.2 in). pedal should be between 15 20 mm this book. Both the front and rear tyres
(0.6 0.8 in). If the play is more or less should have the specified tyre pressure.
Check that the steering wheel turns easily
than the above, or clutch dragging is felt
and smoothly without rattling by turning it Tyre Inspection
with the pedal fully depressed, have the
all the way to the right and to the left while Inspect your vehicles tyres periodically by
clutch inspected by your MARUTI dealer.
driving very slowly in an open area. If the performing the following checks:
amount of free play is outside the
1) Measure the air pressure with a tyre
specification or you find anything else to be
gauge. Adjust the pressure if necessary.
wrong, an inspection must be performed by
your MARUTI dealer.

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w WARNING w WARNING
Air pressures should be checked Hitting curbs and running over rocks
when the tyres are cold or you may can damage tyres and affect wheel
get inaccurate readings. alignment. Be sure to have tyres and
Check the inflation pressure from wheel alignment checked periodically
time to time while inflating the tyre by your MARUTI dealer.
gradually, until the specified
pressure is obtained. 4) Check for loose wheel nuts.
Never underinflate or overinflate the 5) Check that there are no nails, stones, or
tyres. other objects sticking into the tyres.
Underinflation can cause unusual
handling characteristics or can 70F-07-037E w WARNING
cause the rim to slip on the tyre 2) Check that the depth of the tread groove Your MARUTI is equipped with tyres
bead, resulting in an accident or is more than 1.6 mm (0.06 in). To help which are all the same type and size.
damage to the tyre or rim. you check this, the tyres have moulded- This is important to ensure proper
Overinflation can cause the tyre to in tread wear indicators in the grooves. steering and handling of the vehicle.
burst, resulting in personal injury. When the indicators appear on the tread Never mix tyres of different size or
Overinflation can also cause surface, the remaining depth of the tread type on the four wheels of your
unusual handling characteristics is 1.6 mm (0.06 in) or less and the tyre vehicle. The size and type of tyres
which may result in an accident. should be replaced. used should be only those approved
by MARUTI as standard or optional
3) Check for abnormal wear, cracks and
equipment for your vehicle.
damage. Any tyres with cracks or other
damage should be replaced. If any tyres
show abnormal wear, have them
inspected by your MARUTI dealer.

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w WARNING
Replacing the wheels and tyres
equipped on your vehicle with certain
combinations of aftermarket wheels
and tyres can significantly change the
steering and handling characteristics
of your vehicle. Therefore, use only
those wheel and tyre combinations
approved by MARUTI as standard or
optional equipment for your vehicle.

w CAUTION 60G-09-019E 70F-04-020

Replacing the original tyres with tyres Tyre Rotation


of a different size may result in false To avoid uneven wear of your tyres and to
speedometer or odometer readings. prolong their life, rotate the tyres as
illustrated. Tyres should be rotated every
5,000 km as recommended in the periodic
maintenance schedule. After rotation, adjust
front and rear tyre pressures to the
specification listed on your vehicles Tyre
Inflation Pressure Label.
Changing Wheels
To change a wheel, use the following
procedure: 70F-04-022

1) Remove the jack , tools and spare wheel


from the vehicle.
2) Loosen, but do not remove the wheel
nuts.
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BATTERY

w WARNING
To avoid harm to yourself or damage
to your vehicle or battery, follow the
jump starting instructions in the
EMERGENCY SERVICE section of this
manual if it is necessary to jump start
your vehicle.

The level of the battery solution must be


kept between the UPPER and the
LOWER level lines at all times. If the level
79F-09-020E 70F-07-041 is found to be below the LOWER level
3) Jack up the vehicle (follow the jacking line, add distilled water to the UPPER level
instructions in the EMERGENCY
w WARNING line. You should periodically check the
SERVICE section in this manual) Batteries produce flammable hydrogen battery, battery terminals, and battery hold-
gas. Keep flames and sparks away down bracket for corrosion. Remove
4) Remove the wheel nuts and wheel. from the battery or an explosion may corrosion using a stiff brush and ammonia
5) Install the new wheel and replace the occur. Never smoke when working in mixed with water, or baking soda mixed with
wheel nuts with their cone shaped end the vicinity of the battery . water. After removing corrosion, rinse with
facing the wheel. Tighten each nut clean water.
snugly by hand until the wheel is w WARNING If your vehicle is not going to be driven for
securely seated on the hub. a month or longer, disconnect the cable
When checking or servicing the
6) Lower the jack and fully tighten the nuts battery, disconnect the negative cable. from the negative terminal of the battery to
[4.0 7.0 kg-m (28.9 50.5 lb-ft)] in a Be careful not to cause a short circuit help prevent discharge.
crisscross fashion with a wrench as by allowing metal objects to contact
shown in the illustration. the battery posts and the vehicle at
the same time.

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FUSES

PRIMARY INDIVIDUAL FUSES


FUSES
I.G. COIL/ METER,
WIPER/WASHER,
60A
TURN/BACK,CIGAR/RADIO,
HEATER,RDTR FAN.
HEAD-R, HEAD-L, STOP/
40A DOME, HAZARD/HORN,
REGISTRATION, TAIL R-L

70F-07-042E w WARNING 72F-09-007

This vehicle has two types of fuses, as


described below :
If the main fuse blows, be sure to w WARNING
have your vehicle inspected by an
authorized MARUTI dealer. Always use Always be sure to replace a blown
Main Fuses - The main fuses takes current fuse with a fuse of the correct
directly from the battery. a genuine MARUTI replacement. Never
use a substitute such as a wire even amperage. Never use a substitute
Individual Fuses - These fuses are in the for a temporary repair, or extensive such as aluminium foil or wire to
fuse box and for individual electrical circuits. electrical damage and a fire can result. replace a blown fuse. If you replace
a fuse and the new one blows in a
Main Fuses short period of time, you may have a
The main fuses are located in the engine Fuse Box
major electrical problem. Have your
compartment. If the main fuse blows, no The fuse fox is located under the drivers
vehicle inspected immediately by your
electrical component in the corresponding side of the dashboard. Remove the fuse box
MARUTI dealer.
load group will function. When replacing the cover by pushing in at both ends and pulling
main fuse, use a genuine MARUTI off the cover. To identify the amperage and
replacement. location, refer to the fuse list shown on the
back of the fuse box cover. To remove a
fuse, hook the fuse with the end hook on
the fuse box cover, and pull out the fuse.
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BULB REPLACEMENT

w WARNING
Light bulbs can be hot enough to
burn your finger right after being
turned off. This is true especially for
halogen headlight bulbs. Replace
the bulbs after they become cool
enough.
The headlight bulbs are filled with
pressurized halogen gas. They can
burst and injure you if they are hit
or dropped. Handle them carefully.
70F-07-044E 70F-07-046E

w CAUTION
The oils from your skin may cause a
halogen bulb to overheat and burst
when the lights are on. Grasp a new
bulb with a clean cloth.

w CAUTION
Frequent replacement of a bulb
indicates the need for an inspection of
the electrical system. This should be
carried out by your MARUTI dealer.
70F-07-045E 72F-09-017

NOTE:
Make sure that the fuse box always carries
spare fuses.

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70F-07-048 70F-07-049 70F-07-050E

Interior Light Headlights Front Clearance/Turn Signal Light, Side


Pull down the lens by using a plain screw Open the bonnet. Remove the socket and Turn Signal Light, rear Combination
driver covered with a soft cloth as shown, rubber cover. Then unhook the bulb holding Light, Registration Plate Light.
then pull it rearward. To install it, hook its spring and replace the bulb. To remove a bulb holder from a light
front end in and push it up. housing, turn the holder counterclockwise
Note: and pull it out. To install the holder, push
The bulb can be removed by simply pulling
Your vehicle is provided with two spare the holder in and turn it clockwise.
it out. When replacing the bulb, make sure
headlight bulbs for replacement in
that the contact springs are holding the bulb Two types (small oval and round) of bulb
emergency .
securely. are used for these lights. To remove and
install a small oval bulb, simply pull out or
push in the bulb.

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70F-07-051E 70F-07-052 70F-07-053

To remove a round bulb from a bulb holder, Front clearance light Front turn signal light
push in the bulb and turn it
Open the bonnet and support it with the
counterclockwise. To install a new bulb, Undo the two screws and remove the lens.
prop rod.
push it in and turn it clockwise. You can
access the individual bulb holders as
described below:

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70F-07-054 72F-09-009E 70F-07-056

Side turn signal light Registration plate light


Remove the lens by using a plain screw Undo the two screws and remove the light
driver covered with a soft cloth. housing.
Rear combination light (tail, stop, turn
signal, etc.)
Undo the two screws that secure the
housing and remove the housing by sliding
in the direction of the white arrow in the
illustration.
The wiring grommet may come off during
bulb replacement. Ensure that the grommet
is in place before refitting the housing. 72F-09-010E

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70F-07-057 70F-07-058

Rear fog light (if equipped) High mount stop light (if equipped)
Detach the light housing by removing the Open the hatchback. Remove the lower
nuts and remove the lens by undoing the cover by undoing the center screw and
screws. removing the side pins. Remove the upper
cover by undoing the four screws.

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WIPER BLADES

NOTE:
Some wiper blades may be different from
the ones described here depending on
vehicle specifications. If so consult your
dealer for proper replacement method.

w WARNING
The left and the right wiper arm
assemblies are different from each
other. In case you have to remove the
wiper arm assemblies for any reason,
remember not to interchange the two
70F-07-059 70F-07-060
while fitting them back. Wrong fitment
If the wiper blades become brittle or may lead to windshield breakage.
damaged, or make streaks when wiping,
replace the wiper blades. For windshield wipers:
To install new wiper blades, follow the 1. Hold the wiper arm away from the
procedure below. window.

w CAUTION 2. Squeeze lock lever (A) towards wiper


arms (B) and remove the wiper frame
To avoid scratching or breaking the from the arm as shown.
window, do not let the wiper arm
strike the windshield while replacing
the wiper blade.
72F-09-008

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EMERGENCY SERVICE

Jacking Instructions ......................................................................................... 10-1


Jump Starting Instructions ............................................................................. 10-2
Towing ................................................................................................................ 10-4
Emergency Remedies ...................................................................................... 10-4

10

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JACKING INSTRUCTIONS

70F-04-020 70F-04-022 70F-08-001

1) Park the vehicle securely on hard level


ground.
w CAUTION w WARNING
2) Choke the front and rear wheel Do not put the jack head on to the Use the jack only to change wheels.
diagonally opposite the wheel to be lateral rod, or the lateral rod will be Never jack up the vehicle on an
changed. damaged. inclined surface.
3) Switch on the hazard warning flasher if Never raise the vehicle with the jack
your vehicle is in or near traffic. 6) Continue to raise the jack slowly and in a location other than the place
4) Slacken but do not remove wheel nuts smoothly until the tyre clears the ground. specified in the illustration near the
on the wheel to be changed. Do not raise the vehicle more than wheel to be changed.
5) Position the jack vertically and raise the necessary. Make sure that the jack is raised at
jack by turning the jack handle clockwise least 2 inches (51 mm) before it
until the jack head fits the front contacts the vehicle. Use of the jack
suspension arm or the rear axle as when it is within 2 inches of being
shown overleaf. fully collapsed may result in failure


of the jack.

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JUMP STARTING INSTRUCTIONS

w WARNING
Never attempt to jump start your
vehicle if the battery appears to be
frozen. Batteries in this condition
may explode or rupture if jump
starting is attempted.
When making jump lead
connections, be certain that your
hands and the jump leads remain
clear from pulleys, belts, or fans.
Batteries produce flammable
70F-08-002E 70F-08-003E hydrogen gas. Keep flames and
sparks away from the battery or an
w WARNING explosion may occur. Never smoke

when working in the vicinity of the


Never get under the vehicle when it battery.
is supported by the jack. If the booster battery you use for
Never run the engine when the jump starting is installed in another
vehicle is supported by the jack and vehicle, make sure the two vehicles
never allow passengers to remain in are not touching each other.
the vehicle. If your battery discharges
repeatedly, for no apparent reason,
have your vehicle inspected by an
authorized MARUTI dealer.


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3) Make jump lead connections as follows:


w WARNING

a) Connect one end of the first jump


To avoid harm to yourself or lead to the positive (+) terminal of the
damage to your vehicle or battery, flat battery.
follow the jump starting instructions b) Connect the other end to the positive
below precisely and in order. If you (+) terminal of the booster battery.
are in doubt, call for qualified road c) Connect one end of the second jump
service. lead to the negative (-) terminal of
the booster battery.
w CAUTION d) Make the final connection to an
Vehicle equipped with electronic fuel unpainted, heavy metal part of the
injection system will not start by 70F-08-004E
engine of the vehicle with the flat
pushing or towing as the fuel pump battery.
When jump starting your vehicle, use the
will not work in this condition. This following procedure: w WARNING
starting method could also result in 1) Use only a 12 volt battery to jump start
permanent damage to the catalytic Never connect the jump lead directly
your vehicle. Position the good 12V
converter. Use jump leads to start a to the negative (-) terminal of the
battery close to your vehicle so that the
vehicle with a weak or flat battery. discharged battery, or an explosion
jump leads will reach both batteries.
may occur.
When using a battery installed on
another vehicle, DO NOT LET THE
4) If the booster battery you are using is
VEHICLES TOUCH. Apply the parking
fitted to another vehicle, start the engine
brakes fully on both vehicles.
of the vehicle with the booster battery.
2) Turn off all vehicle accessories, except
Run the engine at moderate speed.
those necessary for safety reasons (for
5) Start the engine of the vehicle with the
example, headlights or hazard lights).
flat battery.
6) Remove the jump leads in the exact
reverse order in which you connected
them.

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TOWING EMERGENCY REMEDIES

If you need to have your vehicle towed, If the Starter Does Not Operate: If the Engine Overheats
contact a professional service. 1) Try turning the ignition switch to the The engine could overheat temporarily under
START position with the headlights severe driving conditions. If the engine
w CAUTION turned on to determine the battery coolant temperature gauge indicates
To help avoid damage to your vehicle condition. If the headlights go excessively overheating during driving:
during towing, proper equipment and dim or go off, it usually means that
1) Turn off the air conditioner, if equipped.
towing procedures must be used. either the battery is flat or the battery
terminal contact is poor. Recharge the 2) Take the vehicle to a safe place and
Automatic Transmission battery or correct battery terminal contact park.
Your vehicle may be towed from the front as necessary.
3) Let the engine run at normal idle speed
with the front wheels lifted, or from the rear 2) If the headlights remain bright, check the for a few minutes until the indicator is
with the rear wheels lifted and a dolly under fuses. If the reason for failure of the within the normal, acceptable
the front wheels. Before towing, make sure starter is not obvious, there may be a temperature range between H and C.
that the parking brake is released. major electrical problem. Have the
vehicle inspected by your authorized w WARNING
w CAUTION MARUTI dealer. If you see or hear escaping steam,
Towing your vehicle with the front stop the vehicle in a safe place and
If the Engine is Flooded
wheels on the ground can result in immediately turn off the engine to let
If the engine is flooded with petrol, it may
damage to the automatic transmission. it cool. Do not open the bonnet when
be hard to start. If this happens, press the
accelerator pedal all the way to the floor steam is present. When the steam can
Manual Transmission no longer be seen or heard, open the
and hold it there while cranking the engine.
Whenever possible, your vehicle should be hood to see if the coolant is still
(Do not operate the starter motor for more
towed from the front with the front wheels boiling. If it is, you must wait until it
than 5 seconds). Release the accelerator as
lifted. If the steering and drivetrain are in stops boiling before you proceed.
soon as the engine has started.
good condition, your vehicle may be towed
from the rear with the rear wheels lifted and
the front wheels on the ground. Before
towing, make sure the steering is unlocked
and the transmission is in neutral.

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WARNING TRIANGLE

If the temperature indication does not come


down to within the normal, acceptable
range:
1) Turn off the engine and check that the
water pump belt and pulleys are not
damaged or slipping. If any abnormality
is found, correct it.
2) Check the coolant level in the reservoir.
If it is found to be lower than the LOW
line, look for leaks at the radiator, water
pump, and radiator and heater hoses. If
you locate any leaks that may have 60G-09-039E 843-10-004

caused the overheating, do not run the In case of vehicle break-down or during
engine until these problems have been w WARNING emergency stopping where your vehicle
corrected. It is dangerous to remove the radiator could become a potential traffic hazard,
cap when the water temperature is please keep the warning triangle, provided
3) If you do not find a leak, carefully add
high, because scalding fluid and with your vehicle, on the pathway (road)
coolant to the reservoir and then the
steam may be blown out under behind the vehicle so as to warn the
radiator, if necessary. (Refer to ENGINE
pressure. The cap should only be approaching traffic, at an approximate
COOLANT in the INSPECTION AND
taken off when the coolant distance of 5-15 m, such that reflecting side
MAINTENANCE section.)
temperature has lowered. of the triangle faces the rear. Please
activate the hazard warning lamps before
w WARNING alighting the vehicle to keep the warning
To help prevent personal injury, keep triangle.
hands, tools and clothing away from
the engine cooling fan and air-
conditioner fan (if equipped). These
electric fans can automatically turn on
without warning.
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BODY WORK CARE

Corrosion Prevention ....................................................................................... 11-1


Vehicle Cleaning ............................................................................................... 11-2

11

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CORROSION PREVENTION

It is important to take good care of your accelerated rate of corrosion to parts of Remove these types of deposits as quickly
vehicle to protect it from corrosion. the vehicle which are not well ventilated as possible. If these deposits are difficult to
Listed below are instructions for how to to permit quick drying. wash off, an additional cleaner may be
maintain your vehicle to prevent corrosion. This information illustrates the necessity of required. Be sure that any cleaner you use
Please read and follow these instructions keeping your vehicle (particularly the is not harmful to painted surfaces and is
carefully. underbody) as clean and dry as possible. specifically intended for your purposes.
It is equally important to repair any damage Follow the manufacturers directions when
Important Information About Corrosion
to the paint or protective coatings as soon using these special cleaners.
Common causes of corrosion as possible.
1) Accumulation of road salt, dirt, moisture, Repair finish damage
or chemicals in hard to reach areas of How to Help Prevent Corrosion Carefully examine your vehicle for damage
the vehicle underbody or frame. Wash your vehicle frequently to the painted surfaces. Should you find any
2) Chipping, scratches and any damage to The best way to preserve the finish on your chips or scratches in the paint, touch them
treated or painted metal surfaces vehicle and to help avoid corrosion is to up immediately to prevent corrosion from
resulting from minor accidents or keep it clean with frequent washing. starting. If the chips or scratches have gone
abrasion by stones and gravel. Wash your vehicle regularly during the through to the bare metal, have a qualified
winter and immediately after the winter. body shop make the repair.
Environmental conditions which
accelerate corrosion Keep your vehicle, particularly the underside, Keep Passenger and luggage
1) Road salt, dust control chemicals, sea air as clean and dry as possible. compartments clean.
or industrial pollution will all accelerate If you frequently drive on salted roads, your Moisture, dirt or mud can accumulate under
the corrosion of metal. vehicle should be washed at least once a the floor mats and may cause corrosion.
2) High humidity will increase the rate of month during the winter. If you live near the Occasionally, check under these mats to
corrosion particularly when the ocean, your vehicle should be washed at ensure that this area is clean and dry. More
temperature range is just above the least once a month throughout the year. frequent checks are necessary if the vehicle
freezing point. For washing instructions, refer to the is used off road or in wet weather.
3) Moisture in certain areas of a vehicle for VEHICLE CLEANING section.
Certain cargos such as chemicals, fertilizers,
an extended period of time may promote Remove foreign material deposits cleaners, salts, etc., are extremely corrosive
corrosion even though other body Foreign material such as salts, chemicals, by nature. These products should be
sections may be completely dry. road oil or tar, tree sap, bird droppings and transported in sealed containers. If a spill
4) High temperatures will cause an industrial fall-out may damage the finish of or leak does occur, clean and dry the area
your vehicle if it is left on painted surfaces. immediately.
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VEHICLE CLEANING

Store your vehicle in a dry, well- cleaner for tougher stains. If you use a
w WARNING
ventilated area. fabric cleaner, carefully follow the
Do not park your vehicle in a damp, poorly When cleaning the interior or exterior manufacturers instructions and precautions.
ventilated area. If you often wash your of the vehicle, NEVER USE flammable
solvents such as lacquer thinners, Seat Belts
vehicle in the garage or if you frequently
petrol, benzene or cleaning materials Clean seat belts with a mild soap and
drive it in when wet, your garage may be
such as bleach or strong household water. Do not use bleach or dye on the
damp. The high humidity in the garage may
detergents. The materials could cause belts. They may weaken the fabric in the
cause or accelerate corrosion. A wet vehicle
personal injury or damage to the belts.
may corrode even in a heated garage if the
ventilation is poor. vehicle. Vinyl floor mats
Ordinary dirt can be removed from vinyl with
w WARNING Cleaning the Interior water or mild soap. Use a brush to help
Do not apply additional undercoating Vinyl upholstery loosen dirt. After the dirt is loosened, rinse
or rust preventive coating on or Prepare a solution of soap or mild detergent the mat thoroughly with water and dry it in
around exhaust system components mixed with warm water. Apply the solution the shade.
such as the exhaust pipes, etc. A fire to the vinyl with a sponge or soft cloth and Carpets
could be started if the undercoating let it soak for a few minutes to loosen dirt. Remove dirt and soil as much as possible
substance becomes overheated. Rub the surface with a clean, damp cloth with a vacuum cleaner. Using a mild soap
to remove dirt and the soap solution. If solution, rub stained areas with a clean
Cover your vehicle some dirt still remains on the surface, repeat damp cloth. To remove soap, rub the areas
If you cannot regularly park your vehicle in this procedure. again with a cloth dampened with water.
a garage, we recommend you use a vehicle Repeat this until the stain is removed, or
cover. Years of exposure to midday sun can Fabric upholstery
Remove loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner. use a commercial carpet cleaner for tougher
cause the colours in paint, plastic parts, and stains. If you use a carpet cleaner, carefully
fabrics to fade. Covering your vehicle with Using a mild soap solution, rub stained
areas with a clean damp cloth. To remove follow the manufacturers instructions and
a high-quality, breathable vehicle cover can precautions.
help protect the finish from the harmful UV soap, rub the areas again with a cloth
rays in sunlight, and can reduce the amount dampened with water. Repeat this until the
of dust and air pollution reaching the stain is removed, or use a commercial fabric
surface.
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Cleaning the Exterior When washing the vehicle, follow the 4) Once the dirt has been completely
instructions below: removed, rinse off the detergent with
w CAUTION running water.
1) Flush the underside of body and wheel
It is important that your vehicle be housings with pressurized water to 5) After rinsing, wipe off the vehicle body
kept clean and free from dirt. Failure remove mud and debris. Use plenty of with a wet chamois or cloth and allow
to keep your vehicle clean may result water. it to dry in the shade.
in fading of the paint or corrosion to 6) Check carefully for damage to painted
various parts of the vehicle body. w CAUTION surfaces. If there is any damage,
Touchup the damage following the
When washing the vehicle, avoid
Washing procedure below:
directing steam or hot water of more
than 800C (1760F) on plastic parts. a) Clean all damaged spots and allow
w WARNING them to dry.
Never attempt to wash and wax 2) Remove dirt and mud from the body b) Stir the paint and touchup the
your vehicle with the engine exterior with running water. You may use damaged spots lightly using a small
running. a soft sponge or brush. Do not use hard brush.
When cleaning the underside of the materials which can scratch the paint. c) Allow the paint to dry completely.
body and fender, where there may 3) Wash the entire exterior with a mild Waxing
be sharp-edged parts, you should detergent or car wash soap using a After washing the vehicle, waxing and
wear gloves and a longsleeved shirt sponge or soft cloth. The sponge or polishing are recommended to further
to protect your hands and arms cloth should be frequently soaked in the protect and beautify the paint.
from being cut. soap solution. Only use waxes and polishes of good
After washing your vehicle, carefully quality.
test the brakes before driving to w CAUTION When using waxes and polishes,
make sure they have maintained When using a commercial car wash observe the precautions specified by the
their normal effectiveness. product, observe the cautions manufacturers.
specified by the manufacturer. Never
use strong household detergents or
soaps.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Identification ....................................................................................... 12-1

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VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

70F-10-001 70F-10-002

Chassis Serial Number Engine Serial Number


The chassis and/or engine serial numbers The engine serial number is stamped on the
are used to register the vehicle. They are cylinder block as shown in the illustration
also used to assist your dealer when and also on the identification plate.
ordering or referring to special service
information. Whenever you have occasion to
consult your MARUTI dealer, remember to
identify your vehicle with this number.
Should you find the number difficult to read,
you will also find it on the identification
plate.

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70F-74E SPECIFICATIONS

SPECIFICATIONS
NOTE:
Specifications are subject to change without notice.

M/T : Manual Transmission


A/T : Automatic Transmission

DIMENSIONS UNIT:mm
Overall length 3 495
Overall width 1 495
Overall height 1 405
Wheelbase 2 335
Tread front 1 335
rear 1 305
Ground clearance 165
MASS (WEIGHT) UNIT:Kg
Kerb mass (weight) FI & M/T..............750-765
FI & A/T..............790
Gross vehicle mass (weight) rating 1190
Seating Capacity 5 persons
ENGINE
Type G10BB - Four-stroke cycle, 16 Valve, water cooled (SOHC)
Number of cylinders 4
Bore 72.0 mm
Stroke 61.0 mm
Piston displacement 993 cm3
Compression ratio 9.4:1 13

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ELECTRICAL
Standard spark plug NGK BKR6E, DENSO K20PR-U
Battery 38B20R (28AH/5HR)
Fuses See INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE section
Headlight 12V 60/55W
Turn signal light 12V 21W
Side turn signal light 12V 5W
Clearance light 12V 5W
Tail/brake light 12V 5/21W
Registration plate light 12V 5W
Reversing light 12V 21W (18W - Zen Classic)
Rear fog light 12V 21W
WHEEL AND SUSPENSION
Tyre size, front and rear 145/80R12
Tyre pressures front/rear 1.7 kg/cm2
Suspension type front strut
rear Coil spring
STEERING
Toe-in 0 1 mm
CAPACITIES
Coolant M/T.....4.0 L
(Including reservoir tank) A/T.....3.8 L
Fuel tank 35 L
Engine oil 3.3 L (Replacement with Oil Filter)
Transmission oil M/T.....2.4 L
A/T.....4.9 L (Replacement quantity approximately 1.5 L)

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This Owner's manual & service booklet applies to the ZEN model (Equipped
with Electronic Fuel Injection system) produced by MARUTI UDYOG LIMITED