Each car is completed with a set of keys each one containing (Fig. 1) two keys: the longer ones

- for ignition switch, the short ones — for door latch- es. Ignition key number is applied on the flag of the ring holding the keys. Having removed the flag you can keep secrecy of ignition key number.

For car specification package com- pleted with electronic antitheft system (immobilizer*), additional 3 code keys are attached:

- two black ones — working keys and one red — a teaching (program- ming) key.

*Immobilizer disables engine start if key code has not been preliminarily read which ensures additional protection of the car from unauthorized use.


From outside, the doors are opened by pressing the handle upwards (Fig. 2). When opening the doors courtesy light automatically switches on. The doors are furnished with a switch 1 of outside door lock. From inside, the latch is locked by pressing a latch lock button 4 (Fig. 3). The button must not be pressed when the door is open as it leads to damage of the locking device. The door is opened from inside by pulling of the lever 3 irrespective of locking button position.

The doors are furnished with a comfortable armrest 5. Drop window 2 is raised and lowered by rotation of window regulating lever 1.

 Fig. 2. Opening of doors

Trunk compartment door


To open trunk compartment door pull lever 1 (Fig. 4) of latch drive and then lift the tailgate up by handle 4. The tailgate is held in open position with gas-filled telescopic stops/sup- ports 3. The trunk compartment is partitioned from the passenger com- partment with shelf 2 which may be used in transport position for place- ment of light items.


Hood and tailgate are source of high hazard.

 Fig. 3. Car door

Fig. 4. Tailgate — trunk compartment door

When closing them you should be extremely careful especially when children are nearby.


To access the fuel tank plug 1 (Fig. 5) you should open the lid 2 located on the right side of the car body. The plug is opened by rotating it anticlockwise. The plug is screwed back in by rotating it clockwise until occurrence of distinctive clicking noises.

The flexible laisse prevents losing of the plug when filling up the car and prevents lid closing if the plug has not been screwed in fuel tank filler.

Fig. S. Fuel tank plug


Gasoline as well as its vapour is poisonous and highly flammable! Observe measures of precaution and fire safety rules! Avoid skin and clothes exposure to gasoline and respiratory tract to gasoline vapour. When filling up the car avoid ingress of gasoline to paint coatings and rubber items.

Car fuel tank refueling is inad- missible after automatic filling valve cutoff or after appearance of gasoline in fuel tank filler when filling with a tap not equipped with automatic cutoff system.

 Nonobservance of this recom- mendation may cause spillage of gasoline excesses when the car is parked.


To access engine compartment pull lever 1 (Fig. 6) and then open the bonnet 3 (Fig. 7) so that its stay 2 enters bracket limiter 1. When clos- ing the bonnet, lift it slightly, with- draw the bonnet stay from bracket limiter and smoothly lower the bon- net. Press the bonnet in the latch area until the latch snaps.

P. 3. LADA 4x4, aHrn. oa.

Fig. 6. Bonnet latch drive lever

Fig. 7. Bonnet stay



Nothing must interfere with opera- tion of gas, brake and clutch pedals (see Fig. 13 items 28, 30, 32) and prevent their full travel.

You should use only such floor carpets that will not interfere with operation of pedals and can be securely fixed.


Do not put any items on the floor in front of and beneath the driver's seat because when brak- ing an object might get into pedal arrangement area and hinder their normal operation. When it should come necessary to avoid a prang or perform a fast maneuver you will not be able to perform emergency hard braking, sudden clutch operation or opening up the engine.

Wearing appropriate foot-gear when driving a car

You should wear foot-ware that is to your right foot size and enables touch sensing the pedals.


To adjust front seats in longitudinal direction pull locking lever 1 (Fig. 8) upwards. Once the seat has been moved to desired position release the lever. Seat reclining angle adjustment is continuously variable by rotation of knob 6. «A» diagram displays how front seats are unfolded to rest posi- tion. To install child seating module the passenger seat has to be set to last but one position.


Do not adjust driver's seat when driving the car. It may suddenly move sharply which will lead to losing control of the car.

To seat passengers on the back seat displace knob 2 and incline the backrest forwards. As this takes place, all seat is displaced forwards making space for the passengers to access the backseat.

Headrests of 3 front seats are height adjustable. Spring type hold-ing locks retain then in desirable  Fig. 8. Seats

A place under the driver's seat is  

Diagram «B» shows how to increase trunk area space:

  •  remove shelf 7 and tilt backrests of front seat forwards;
  •  press handles 8 of back seat 9 locks and lay the backrest on seat cushion 10 (position I);
  •  bring the folded seat to position II;
  •  raise the seat a little and move it position. Back to position Ill;
  •  after loading the luggage lay the provided to fasten fire-extinguisher 4shelf 7 in the luggage compartment with elastic belt 5. And adjust backrest angles of front Back seat is designed Voidable. Seats to position comfortable for rid-ing.



Never hold a child on your knees in the moving car!

Standard safety belts for adult passengers are used in your car to fasten child retaining device.

Secure placement of children in the car is possible only when using certified children's retaining devices. When mounting a child retaining device in your car you should be guided by the diagram attached to it. For higher child safety it is desir- able that the child retaining device should be mounted on the back seat.


1. It is prohibited to use a rear- ward facing child retaining device on the front right seat protected with passenger airbag mounted in front of this seat.

2. In cars equipped with front passenger airbag there is a warn- ing label located at the side of instrument panel in order to remind you that you should never mount a child retaining device on the front seat with its back side facing forwards.

When choosing baby restraint sys- tem it is required to be guided by information given in table «Accor- dance of baby restraint mechanism to seats of their mounting in a car». Baby restraint mechanism can be installed in Your car only it meets requirements of European standard ECE R44.

Accordance of baby restraint mechanism to seats of their mounting in a car

Mounting of baby restraint

mechanism ISOFIX

Variant execution of Your car is equipped with fastener systems ISOFIX

located on side seats of RR seat. Fastener systems ISOFIX allow to mount baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX corresponding to European standard (ECE R44) requirements.

Fastener system ISOFIX consists of two low brackets ISOFIX and bracket for upper safety belt ISOFIX.

Low brackets ISOFIX (to which the corresponding fixators of baby restraint mechanism are connected ISOFIX) located at the base of RR seat back and indicated with round pic- tograms with inscription «ISOFIX». Before connection of baby restraint mechanism fixators ISOFIX it is requi- red to clear a space of low brackets location ISOFIX placing locks of RR safety belts along the line of joint of cushion and RR seat back.

Bracket to mount upper safety belt ISOFIX is located on the body floor

behind RR seat back. Upper safety belt

holder ISOFIX is made by straight part of wire staple of low inner holder ISOFIX. After fixation of upper safety

belt ISOFIX adjust its tension according to Manufacturer Instruction of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX.

When choosing of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX it is required to be

guided by information given in table

«Accordance of baby restraint mecha- nism ISOFIX to seats of their mounting in a car». Baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX can be mounted in Your car only

it corresponds to European standard (ECE R44) requirements.


Make sure that holders of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX during its mounting in a car not to damage safety belts of RR seat.

Operation of baby restraint me- chanism ISOFIX must be done ac- cording to Manufacturer's Instruc- tion of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX.

Accordance of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX to seats
of their mounting in a car
  • IUF  seat suitable to mount on direction of movement, «universal» of this category of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX.
  • IL  seat suitable to mount «half-universal» of this category of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX. X — seat is not suitable to mount this category of baby restraint mechanism ISOFIX.



To don the seat belts, insert the catch 1 (Fig. 9) into the lock 2 until it clicks, when doing this do not allow the straps twisting. To unbuckle the seat belt press button 3 of the lock.

Rear side passengers don the seat belts in the same way. A special design seat belt is provided for the middle passenger (VAZ-2131) — with two catches and two locks, it being known that in order to bring the belt to initial position the end catch should be inserted to the loch with a black button.

Fig. 9. Safety belts


Do not don the seat belt on a child seating on the passenger's knees.

When the straps get dirty clean them with weak soap solution. It is inadmissible to press the straps with an iron. The seat belt is subject to mandatory replacement with a new on if it has been exposed to critical load in a road traffic accident or has ruptures, abrasions and other dam- ages.


Position I of the sun visors 1 (Fig. 10) can be changed to position II or III depending on direction of sun rays.

Interior rear-view mirror 2 has two fixed positions of A and B. To prevent dazzling with light of headlamps of a vehicle moving behind the car change mirror tilt angle with little lever 3.

Outside rear view mirrors are adjusted manually in all directions.

Fig. IO. Sun visors and mirrors


Optionally, the car is equipped with hydraulic power steering which considerably decreases steering wheel force. If hydraulic power steering is not in operation (for example, when towing the car with the engine stalled) drivability of the car is maintained although this would require much higher efforts applied to the steering wheel.


Do not allow movement with engine stalled and set to neutral gear! In this case hydraulic power steering and vacuum brake booster do not operate, so you endanger yourself and other traffic participants.

Long-wheelbase (extended) VAZ- 2131 car model with five-door sta- tion wagon body and also its modifi- cations differs from base specifica- tion VAZ-21214 model with extend- ed (by 500 mm) wheelbase and equipment.
Tailgates (Fig. 11) have a latch which can be locked by pressing latch locking button 1 both with open and shut door. As this takes place, the outside handle and inside lever 3 will have idle stroke.
Drop window of the door is low- ered and raised by rotation of win- dow regulator handle 2.
 Fig. 11. Tailgate

Trunk compartment  door Trunk compartment door latch
drive handle is located at LH front seat on a special bracket.
Back seats
The car is fitted with original back seats. Laying of back seats with the aim to increase trunk compartment space is shown on Fig. 12 and is done in the following sequence:
  •  remove the shelf 1 and lay it along the rear wall of trunk compart- ment;
  •  pull by hinge 3 and put the seat cushion  in  vertical  position.  The
Fig. 12. Laying of a back seat
hinge is in the middle part of the cushion;
  •  having moved handle 2 right, release the backrest and lay it. If needed, move the front seats for- wards.
Front seats
The front seats are adjusted on a stationary vehicle with the front doors open.
Fig. 13. Car controls and instrumentation

Arrangement of car controls is shown in Fig. 13.
  • 1  horn switch.
  • 2  instrument cluster dash- board.
  • 3  steering wheel.
  • 4  dashboard fixation screw. 5 — outer lighting switch.
When pressing the key arm down to the first fixed position, marker light turns on; when pressing it down to the second fixed position, head- lamps are turned on additionally, with a bulb in the switch highlighting the key.
  • 6  heater electric motor fan switch.
When pressing the key arm down to the first fixed position, low fan speed is turned on, when pressing it down to the second fixed position, high speed is turned on. When turn- ing on exterior lighting, key symbol highlight bulb turns on.
  • 7  windshield air blow-off nozzles.
  • 8  central nozzles of interior ventilation and heating system.
  • 9  interior ventilation and heating system ECU.
  • 10  rear glass heating switch. Rear glass heating switch is switched on by pressing the key arm. When turning on exterior lighting, key sym- bol highlight bulb turns on.
  • 11  rear glass heating indica- tor bulb block of heating and differential interlock F&J•
  • 12  plug.
  • 13  glove box.
  • 14  front doors glass defog- ging nozzles.
  • 15  shelf for first-aid box, magazines and newspapers.
  • 16  plug.
  • 17  rear fog light switch.
The fog lights are turned on when headlamps are on in conditions of restricted view (fog, snow, heavy rain) by pressing the key arm.
When external lighting is switched on key symbol highlight bulb turns on.
  • 18  cavity/socket for mount- ing of radio/multimedia.
Installation of radio/multimedia shall be carried out only in a validat- ed enterprise of sales and service network with mandatory mark in the service book.
Voluntary installation of cur- rent consuming devices might lead to wiring overload and fire.
  • 19  gearshift lever.
  • 20  gearshift lever in transfer case.
  • 21  ashtray.
  • 22  parking brake lever hold- ing button.
  • 23  parking brake lever.
By moving the lever upwards brake pads of rear wheels are actuat- ed. To return the lever to initial posi- tion press the button 22 and lower the lever.
If in exceptional case you would have to use the parking brake when the car is moving, do not draw it too tight and keep holding the button on the lever pressed. Otherwise, interlocking of rear wheels may occur leading to skidding.
  • 24 cigarette lighter.
To use it press the socket button down to its fixed position. In about 15 s the socket will automatically return to initial position and becomes ready for using. When instrument illumina- tion is on the cigarette lighter socket is highlighted with a bright-up lamp.
  • 25  differential lock lever in transfer case.
  • 26  rear screen wiper and washer switch.
When pressing the key arm down to the first fixed position the wiper is turned on; further pressing to the second non-fixed position addition- ally turns on the washer.
  • 27 windscreen and headlamp wiper and washer switch lever.
  • 28  accelerator pedal.
  • 29  hazard light switch.
When pressing the button blinking light of turn indicators comes on and also a bulb in the button itself. Hazard light is turned off when the button is pressed again.
  • 30  brake pedal.
  • 31  ignition switch.
  • 32  clutch pedal.
  • 33  turn indicator switch lever.
  • 34  fuse boxes.
  • 35  bonnet latch operating lever.
  • 36  instrument illumination control.
By turning the knob instrument
illumination brightness is adjusted and also highlighting of symbols if outside lighting is on.
  • 37  beam adjuster.
By turning the knob, depending on the load applied on the car, head- lamp light beam angle is adjusted in such a way that to avoid dazzling of on-coming vehicle drivers.
Knob positions, when reviewed in the order of increasing of circles diameters on the beam adjuster scale mean as follows:
  •  driver alone or plus passenger on the front seat;
  •  all the seats are occupied or driver alone plus 100 kg cargo in the luggage compartment for VAZ- 21214 and 200 kg for VAZ-2131 car;
  •  all the seats are occupied plus cargo in the luggage compartment of up to permitted maximum vehicle weight (PMM) or driver alone plus 250 kg cargo in the luggage com- partment with unfolded back seat for VAZ-21214 and 350 kg for VAZ- 2131 car.
For other options of car loading without exceeding of car payload and intermediate position of the knob should be selected.
  • 38  headlamp switch lever.
  • 39  instrument cluster. 

Instrument cluster is shown in Fig.
  • 14, where coolant temperature indi- cator.
The indicator hand entering the red area of the scale denotes engine overheating.
Car operation with the engineoverheated, when the indicator

Fig. 14. Instrument cluster
  • tachometer indicates engine crankshaft rpm. The area of the scale with red shading denotes engine operation condition with a high crankshaft speed, the red area of the scale means dangerous engine operating conditions.

Do not allow engine operation condition with indicator hand pointing at the red area of the scale nor with engine speed of less than 800 min-1 at starting and in movement.
  •  LH direction indicator con-
trol lamp.
Lights up with green blinking light when switching left-hand turn.
  • 4  RH direction indicator con- trol lamp. Lights up with green blink- ing light when switching right-hand turn.
  • 5 speedometer.
 hand is in the red area, is prohi- bited. The car must be delivered to a validated enterprise of sales and service network to identify and eliminate the cause of engine overheating. 
  • 6  fuel indicator.
  • 7  fuel reserve check indica- tor. Lights up with orange light if the fuel tank contains less than 4—6.5 L.

Never allow complete running out of fuel. This intensifies  wear of fuel system units and may lead to an emergency situation on the road caused by sudden interrup- tion of your car movement and also catalytic converter overheat- ing and damage.
  • 8  marker light switch indicat-
ing lamp.
Lights up with green light when turning on outside lighting.
  • 9  indicating lamp of faulty
Electronic distribution of brake forces (in optional design version). Lights up with red light when turn- ing on ignition and goes out after
engine start-up (self-testing mode).

Car operation with continuous- ly lit indicating lamp is prohibited. As this takes place, you should apply to a validated enterprise of sales and service network.
  • 10   headlamp   high   beam
switch indicator lamp.
Lights up with blue light when switching the upper beam.
  • 11  reading reset button.
  • 12  mileage indicator.
The top line of the indicator dis- plays total miles while the bottom line is a daily trip-meter. To reset daily counter reading press and hold down the reset button 11 for more than 5 s with the car stopped. Setting the daily counter to zero also occurs when removing the battery terminal.
  • 13  ABS indicator lamp (in opt/ona/ design version). Lights up with yellow light when turning ignition off and goes out after engine start- up (self-testing mode).

In all other cases indicator lamp lighting gives evidence of a fault occurrence, which must be eliminated only in a validated enterprise of sales and service network.
14 — Check lamp «check engine».
The lamp lights up when turning on ignition and goes out after engine start-up if engine ECU (EMS) is clear from faults.
In case of detecting of any defect in the system the lamp is on continu- ously or blinking.
15 — indicator of time, tempera- ture and car-system voltage.
Switching over between indication of time, ambient air temperature and on-board car-system voltage is done by short-time pressing of button 11.
When turning on ignition at ambi- ent air temperature of higher than
+2 oC time indication is always dis- played. When ambient temperature drops below +2 oC the indicator dis- plays time (hours) readings for 3 seconds and then switches over to temperature display, the reading being blinking for the first 10 sec- onds.
When outside air temperature exceeds +3 oC and then again goes below + 2 oC:
— being in hours display state the indicator automatically switches over to temperature display, with the reading blinking for the first 10 se- conds;
— in case of temperature indica- tion, its normal mode of operation is interrupted with 10 second long blinking.
Setting of hours and minutes is done in time indication mode by turning of button 11 towards charac- ters «h» (hours) and «m» (minutes). After removal of terminal contact from accumulator battery and sub- sequent voltage recover the time
count starts from zero.
16 — accumulator battery charge indicator lamp. It is lit red when turning on ignition and goes out after engine start. Bright lighting of the bulb of its half-glow lighting when the engine is running is indica-
tive of slack tension (break) of alter- nator drive belt or charge circuit fail- ure or possibly alternator itself.
17 — check lamp of braking sys- tem emergency state and parking brake turn on. It is lit red when fluid level in brake hydraulic drive tank drops below «MIN» mark when engaging parking brake.

Lighting of indicator lamp when parking brake is off  is indicative of brake fluid low level. Car move- ment is prohibited until elimina- tion of fluid low level cause.
18 — low oil pressure indicator lamp. It is lit red when turning on ignition and goes out after engine start. Red lit when engine is running if oiling system pressure is low.
In case of indication of emer- gency oil pressure level value you should immediately stop moving, stall the engine and apply to LADA dealer for elimination of the fail- ure, because low level in lubrica- tion system leads to heavy dam- age of the engine.
tive of slack tension (break) of alter- nator drive belt or charge circuit fail- ure or possibly alternator itself.
19 — driver and front passenger unfastened seat belt indicator lamp. It is lit red at ignition turn-on if the driver's seat belt is not donned.
Simultaneously with light signaling turn on buzzer beep is sounding.
When driving always don the seatbelt and never carry passen- gers unfastened with seat belts!

Fig. 15. Under-steering switches

If ignition is on, the headlamps energized with external lighting switch, and lever 1 (Fig. 15) of dimmer switch takes the following positions:
I — dimlight on; II — high beam on. Headlamp high beam can also be switched on by inward movement of the lever along the steering column (nonlocking position), irrespective of exterior lighting switch position and position of the key in the ignition switch.
When moving lever 2 of turn indicator switch to «A» position right turn indicators are switched on,to «B» position — left turn indicators By inward (pulling) movement of are switched on. the lever (nonlocking position) wind- Once the car has come out of the screen wiper is switched on, and if road turn back to the straight road headlamp lighting is on then simulta- the lever automatically returns to ini- neously headlamp wipers and wash-
tial position. This operation can be ers are switched on. performed manually.
Lever 3 of wind-screen and headlamp wiper and washer switch takes the following posi- tions:
I   — windscreen wiper on;
II  — windscreen wiper intermittent operation is on;
III — windscreen wiper continuous operation is on.
 Fig. 16. Glove box
 Fig. 17. Ash tray
To open glove box cover 1 
(Fig.To use it pull the projection 1 (Fig. 16), press latch handles to knob 2 17). To clean the ash tray, press plate and pull. 2 of cigarette snub-out and remove it
from the socket.

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