1996 Buick Park Avenue User Manual

1996 Buick Park Avenue Owner Manual Excerpts

Air Conditioning
On hot days, open the windows long enough to let hot inside air escape. This reduces the time it takes for your vehicle to cool down. Then keep your windows closed for the air conditioner to work its best.
If you have the electronic touch system, for quick cool-down on very hot days, use MAX with the temperature and fan speed adjusted to COOL anHd IGH.
For normal cooling on hot days, useN ORM and adjust the temperature and fan speed for your comfort. If REClRC is selected while in the NORM air conditioning mode, the system works like MAX and recirculates the air. Use BI-LEV to deliver warm air to the floor and coolear ir to the middle instrument panel outlets.
If you have the dual automatic comfortemp system and on very hot days using the AUTO mode, the system will automatically enter the RECIRC mode and the temperature door will be positioneda t the full cold position for maximum cooling. If the system is not in the AUTO mode, RECIRC shouldb e selected to provide maximum cooling. You can choose the extreme comfort setting of 60°F (16″C), but the system will not cool any faster by choosing the extreme comfort setting.
When the air conditioner is on, you may sometimes notice slight changes in your vehicle’s engine speed and power.
This is normal because the system is designed to cycle the compressor on and off to keep the desired temperature.
Heating
If you have the electronic touch system, on cold days, use HTR with the TEMPERATURE lever toward WARM. If you have the dual automatic comfortemp system, press AUTO and adjust the temperature by pressing the TEMP up or down arrow. You may also adjust the dual automatic comfortemp system manually by pressing the AIR FLOW button until FLOOR appears. Again, adjust the temperature by pressing the TEMP up or down arrow.
With each system, outside air will be brought in and sent
through the floor outlets. The heater works best if you keep your windows closed.
Ventilation System
For mild outside temperatures when little heating or cooling is needed, use VENT (on the electronic touch system or manual operation of the dual automatic cornfortemp system) to direct outside air through your vehicle. Air will flow through the middle instrument panel outlets.
Your vehicle’s flow-through ventilation system supplies outside air into the vehicle when it’s moving. When the vehicle is not moving, you can get outside air to flow through by selecting any air choice (except the rear window defogger) and any fan speed.