Chevrolet Equinox Owners Manual

Radio
InfotainmentSystem / Radio

AM-FM Radio

Control Buttons

The buttons used to control the radio are:

RADIO/BAND: Press to turn the radio on and choose between AM, FM, SiriusXM, if equipped, CD, or AUX.
MENU/SEL: Turn to manually search for stations.
FAV: Press to open the favorites list.
Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK: Press to search for stations. SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. Press and hold to scan for stations. SEEK: Press to search for stations. Press and hold to scan for stations.

Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. 1 to 6: Press to select preset stations.: Press to pause the CD.

1 to 6: Press to select preset stations.

RDS (Radio Data System)

The radio may have RDS. The RDS feature is available for use only on FM stations that broadcast RDS information. This feature only works when the information from the radio station is available. In rare cases, a radio station could broadcast incorrect information that causes the radio features to work improperly.

If this happens, contact the radio station.

While the radio is tuned to an FM-RDS station, the station name or call letters display.

Radio Menus

Radio menus are available for AM and FM.

Press the MENU/SEL knob to open the main radio menu for that band.

Selecting a Band

Press the RADIO/BAND button to choose AM, FM, or SiriusXM, if equipped. The last station that was playing starts playing again.

Selecting a Station

Seek Tuning

If the radio station is not known:

Briefly press Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK, to automatically search for the next SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. available station. If a station is not found, the radio switches to a more sensitive SEEK, to automatically search for the next available station. If a station is not found, the radio switches to a more sensitive search level. If a station still is not found, the frequency that was last active begins to play.

If the radio station is known:

Press and hold Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK until the station on the display isSEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. reached, then release the button. SEEK until the station on the display is reached, then release the button.

Manual Tuning

Turn the MENU/SEL knob to select the frequency on the display.

Favorites List

1. Press the MENU/SEL knob.
2. Select Favorites List.
3. Select the station.

Station Lists

1. Press the MENU/SEL knob.
2. Select AM or FM Station List. All receivable stations in the current reception area are displayed. If a station list has not been created, an automatic station search is done.
3. Select the station.

Category Lists

Most stations that broadcast an RDS program type code specify the type of programming transmitted.

Some stations change the program type code depending on the content. The system stores the RDS stations sorted by program type in the FM category list.

To search for a programming type determined by station:

1. Press the MENU/SEL knob.
2. Select FM category list. A list of all programming types available displays.> 3. Select the programming type.

A list of stations that transmit programming of the selected type displays.
4. Select the station.

The category lists are updated when the station lists are updated.

Updating Station & Category Lists

If stations stored in the station list can no longer be received:

1. Press the MENU/SEL knob.
2. Select Update AM or FM Station List, if the stations stored in the station list are no longer received. A station search will be completed and the first station in the updated list will play.

To cancel the station search, press the MENU/SEL knob.

Storing a Station as a Favorite

Stations from all bands can be stored in any order in the favorite pages.

Up to six stations can be stored in each favorite page and the number of available favorite pages can be set.

Storing a Station as a Favorite

To store the station to a position in the list, press the corresponding button 1 to 6 until a beep is heard.

Retrieving Stations

Press the FAV button to open a favorite page or to switch to another favorite page. Briefly press one of the 1 to 6 buttons to retrieve the station.

Satellite Radio

Vehicles with an SiriusXM Satellite Radio tuner and a valid SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription can receive SiriusXM programming.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service

SiriusXM is a satellite radio service based in the 48 contiguous United States and 10 Canadian provinces.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio has a wide variety of programming and commercial-free music, coast to coast, and in digital-quality sound.

If SiriusXM service needs to be reactivated, the radio will display No Subscription Please Renew on channel XM1. A service fee is required to receive the SiriusXM service. For more information, contact SiriusXM at www.siriusxm.com or 1-866-635-2349 (U.S.), and www.xmradio.ca or 1-877-209-0079 (Canada).

Control Buttons

The buttons used to control the SiriusXM radio are:

RADIO/BAND: Press to turn the radio on and choose between AM, FM, and SiriusXM, if equipped.
Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK: Press to go to the previous SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. or next station.SEEK: Press to go to the previous or next station.
FAV: Press to open the favorites list.
1 to 6: Press to select preset stations.
MENU/SEL: Turn to select stations.

Press to open the SiriusXM Satellite Radio menu.

Selecting the SiriusXM Band

Press the RADIO/BAND button to choose between the AM, FM, and SiriusXM bands. The last channel played in that band begins to play when that band is selected.

Removing or Adding Categories

SiriusXM channels are organized in categories.

Channels in a category that have been removed can still be accessed by using the Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK buttons, or the MENU/SEL knob. SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. To add or remove categories:SEEK buttons, or the MENU/SEL knob.

To add or remove categories:

1. Press the CONFIG button.
2. Select Radio Settings.
3. Select XM Categories.
4. Turn the MENU/SEL knob to highlight the category.
5. Press the MENU/SEL knob to remove or add the category.

Selecting a SiriusXM Channel

SiriusXM channels can be selected by using Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK, the MENU/SEL knob, or the menu system. SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. Selecting a Channel Using  SEEK orSEEK, the MENU/SEL knob, or the menu system.

Selecting a Channel Using Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio.  Press and release  SEEK orSEEK

Press and release Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK to go to the previous or next channel. SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio.  Press and hold  SEEK orSEEK to go to the previous or next channel.
Press and hold Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. SEEK to scroll through the previous or next SEEK or Chevrolet Equinox: Radio. channel until the channel is reached.SEEK to scroll through the previous or next channel until the channel is reached.

Selecting a Channel Using the MENU/SEL Knob

To select an XM channel using the MENU/SEL knob:

Turn the MENU/SEL knob to highlight an XM channel. The channel is selected after a short delay.

To select a channel using the menu:

1. Turn the MENU/SEL knob and select Channel List.
2. Select the desired channel.

Selecting a Channel Using the Menu System

1. Turn the MENU/SEL knob.
2. Select XM Category List.
3. Select the category.
4. Select the channel.

Storing a SiriusXM Channel as a Favorite

Channels from all bands can be stored in any order in the favorite pages.

Up to six channels can be stored in each favorite page and the number of available favorite pages can be set.

Storing a Channel as a Favorite

To store the channel to a position in the list, press and hold the corresponding 1 to 6 button until the channel can be heard again.

Retrieving Channels

Press the FAV button to open a favorite page or to change to another favorite page. Briefly press one of the 1 to 6 buttons to retrieve the channel.

Turning SiriusXM Channel Graphics On or Off

1. From the Home Page press the Config screen button or the CONFIG button on the faceplate.
2. Select Radio Settings from the Config Menu list.
3. Select XM Channel Graphics to turn on or off.

SiriusXM Messages

XL (Explicit Language Channels): These channels, or any others, can be blocked by request, by calling 1-866-635-2349 (U.S.) or 1-877-209-0079 (Canada).
XM Updating: The encryption code in the receiver is being updated, no action is required. This process should take no longer than 30 seconds.
Loading XM: The audio system is acquiring and processing audio and text data; no action is needed. This message should disappear shortly.
Channel Off Air: This channel is not currently in service. Tune in to another channel.
Channel Unauth: This channel is blocked or cannot be received with your SiriusXM subscription package.
Channel Unavailable: This previously assigned channel is no longer assigned. Tune to another station.
No Artist Info: The system is working properly. No artist information is available at this time on this channel.
No Title Info: The system is working properly. No song title information is available at this time on this channel.
No CAT Info: The system is working properly. No category information is available at this time on this channel.
No Information: The system is working properly. No text or informational messages are available at this time on this channel.
No Subscription Please Renew: The SiriusXM subscription needs to be reactivated. contact SiriusXM at www.siriusxm.com or 1-866-635-2349 (U.S.), and www.xmradio.ca or 1-877-209-0079 (Canada).
No XM Signal: The system is working properly. The vehicle may be in a location where the XM signal is being blocked. When the vehicle is moved into an open area, the signal should return.
CAT Not Found: The system is working properly. There are no channels available for the selected category.
XM Radio ID: If tuned to channel 0, this message alternates with the SiriusXM Radio eight-digit radio ID label. This label is needed to activate the service.
Unknown: If this message is received when tuned to channel 0, there could be a receiver fault.

Consult with your dealer.
Check Antenna: If this message does not clear within a short period of time, the receiver could have a fault. Consult with your dealer.
XM Not Available: If this message does not clear within a short period of time, the receiver could have a fault. Consult with your dealer.

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Radio Reception

Frequency interference and static can occur during normal radio reception if items such as cell phone chargers, vehicle convenience accessories, and external electronic devices are plugged into the accessory power outlet. If there is interference or static, unplug the item from the accessory power outlet.

FM

FM signals only reach about 16 to 65 km (10 to 40 mi). Although the radio has a built-in electronic circuit that automatically works to reduce interference, some static can occur, especially around tall buildings or hills, causing the sound to fade in and out.

AM

The range for most AM stations is greater than for FM, especially at night. The longer range can cause station frequencies to interfere with each other. Static can occur when things like storms and power lines interfere with radio reception. When this happens, try reducing the treble on the radio.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service gives digital radio reception from coast to coast in the 48 contiguous United States, and in Canada. Just as with FM, tall buildings or hills can interfere with satellite radio signals, causing the sound to fade in and out. In addition, traveling or standing under heavy foliage, bridges, garages, or tunnels may cause loss of the SiriusXM signal for a period of time.

Cellular Phone Usage

Cellular phone usage can cause interference with the vehicle's radio.

Multi-Band Antenna

The multi-band antenna is on the roof of the vehicle. The antenna is used for the AM-FM radio, OnStar, the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service System, and GPS (Global Positioning System), if the vehicle has these features. Keep the antenna clear of obstructions for clear reception.


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