2009 Cadillac DTS Owners Manual PDF | Page 289

Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It Out
Turn the steering wheel left and right to clear the
area around the front wheels. Turn off any traction or
stability system. Shift back and forth between
R (Reverse) and a forward gear, spinning the wheels as
little as possible. To prevent transmission wear, wait
until the wheels stop spinning before shifting gears.
Release the accelerator pedal while shifting, and press
lightly on the accelerator pedal when the transmission
is in gear. Slowly spinning the wheels in the forward and
reverse directions causes a rocking motion that could
free the vehicle. If that does not get the vehicle out after
a few tries, it might need to be towed out. If the
vehicle does need to be towed out, see Towing Your
Vehicle on page 4-26.
Loading the Vehicle
It is very important to know how much weight your
vehicle can carry. This weight is called the vehicle
capacity weight and includes the weight of all
occupants, cargo, and all nonfactory-installed
options. Two labels on your vehicle show how much
weight it may properly carry, the Tire and Loading
Information label and the Certi?cation label.
{ CAUTION:
Do not load the vehicle any heavier than the
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), or
either the maximum front or rear Gross Axle
Weight Rating (GAWR). If you do, parts on the
vehicle can break, and it can change the way
your vehicle handles. These could cause you
to lose control and crash. Also, overloading
can shorten the life of the vehicle.
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2009 Cadillac DTS Owners Manual Summary of Content

Rocking Your Vehicle to Get It OutTurn the steering wheel left and right to clear thearea around the front wheels. Turn off any traction orstability system. Shift back and forth betweenR (Reverse) and a forward gear, spinning the wheels aslittle as possible. To prevent transmission wear, waituntil the wheels stop spinning before shifting gears.Release the accelerator pedal while shifting, and presslightly on the accelerator pedal when the transmissionis in gear. Slowly spinning the wheels in the forward andreverse directions causes a rocking motion that couldfree the vehicle. If that does not get the vehicle out aftera few tries, it might need to be towed out. If thevehicle does need to be towed out, see Towing YourVehicle on page 4-26.Loading the VehicleIt is very important to know how much weight yourvehicle can carry. This weight is called the vehiclecapacity weight and includes the weight of alloccupants, cargo, and all nonfactory-installedoptions. Two labels on your vehicle show how muchweight it may properly carry, the Tire and LoadingInformation label and the Certication label.{ CAUTION:Do not load the vehicle any heavier than theGross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), oreither the maximum front or rear Gross AxleWeight Rating (GAWR). If you do, parts on thevehicle can break, and it can change the wayyour vehicle handles. These could cause youto lose control and crash. Also, overloadingcan shorten the life of the vehicle.4-19