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1997 Prelude Online Reference Owner's Manual

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Contents

Owner's Identification Form


Introduction ....................................................................................................................................... i
A Few Words About Safety............................................................................................................... ii
Driver and Passenger Safety ............................................................................................................ 3
Proper use and care of your vehicle's seat belts, and Supplemental Restraint System.
Instruments and Controls................................................................................................................ 27
Instrument panel indicator and gauge, and how to use dashboard and steering column controls.
Comfort and Convenience Features .............................................................................................. 69
How to operate the climate control system, the audio system, and other convenience features.
Before Driving.................................................................................................................................. 97
What gasoline to use, how to break-in your new vehicle, and how to load luggage and other cargo.
Driving .............................................................................................................................................. 107
The proper way to start the engine, shift the transmission, and park, plus towing a trailer.
Maintenance ..................................................................................................................................... 135
The Maintenance Schedule shows you when you need to take your vehicle to the dealer.
Appearance Care.............................................................................................................................. 191
Tips on cleaning and protecting your vehicle. Things to look for if your vehicle ever needs body repairs.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ...................................................................................................... 199
This section covers several problems motorists sometimes experience, and how to handle them.
Technical Information..................................................................................................................... 223
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, and technical information.
Warranty and Customer Relations (U.S. and Canada) ................................................................ 235
A summary of the warranties covering your new Acura, and how to contact us.
Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)...................................................................................................... 241
How to order manuals and other technical literature.
Index...................................................................................................................................................... I
Gas Station Information
A summary of information you need when you pull up to the fuel pump.


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Introduction

Congratulations ! Your selection of a 1997 Honda Prelude was a wise As you read this manual, you will
investment. It will give you years of driving pleasure. find information that is preceded by
a NOTICE symbol. This
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new Honda is to information is intended to help you
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and avoid damage to your Honda, other
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your vehicle so property, or the environment.
you can refer to it at any time.

Several warranties protect your new Honda. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.

Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual


helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.
When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your Honda
dealer's staff is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to
your Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be
pleased to answer any questions and concerns.

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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find important safety information in a variety of forms, including:
is very important. And operating this
vehicle safely is an important Safety Labels — on the vehicle.
responsibility. Safety Messages — preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
To help you make informed These signal words mean:
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
other information on labels and in HURT if you don't follow instructions.
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
hurt you or others. HURT if you don't follow instructions.

Of course, it is not practical or You CAN be HURT if you don't follow


possible to warn you about all the instructions.
hazards associated with operating or
maintaining your vehicle. You must Safety Headings — such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
use your own good judgement. Safety Precautions.
Safety Section — such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
Instructions — how to use this vehicle correctly and safely.
This entire book is filled with important safety information — please read it
carefully.


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Driver and Passenger Safety

This section gives you important Your Occupant Protection System.. 4 Head Restraint Position.............. 16
information about occupant protec- The Seat Belt System Door Locks................................... 17
tion. It shows how to use seat belts and How It Works...................... 5 Storing Cargo Safely................... 17
properly. It explains the Supple- Why Wear Seat Belts.................... 5 Driving with Pets......................... 17
mental Restraint System. And it Important Safety Reminders........ 5 Child Safety...................................... 18
gives useful information about how Seat Belt System Components..... 6 Where Should Children Sit?....... 18
to protect infants and children in Lap/Shoulder Belt......................... 6 Important Safety Reminders...... 19
your car. Wearing Seat Belts Properly........ 7 General Guidelines
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt...... 7 for Restraining Children
Advice for Pregnant Women........ 9 Under 40 Ibs (18kg)............... 19
Seat Belt Maintenance.................. 9 Restraining
Supplemental Restraint System..... 10 an Infant Who Weighs
SRS Components......................... 10 Less Than 20 Ibs (9 kg).......... 20
What Happens In a Crash........... 10 Restraining
Important Facts About a Child Who Weighs Between
Airbags...................................... 11 20 and 40 Ibs (9 and 18 kg)..... 20
How the Driver's Airbag Restraining a Child Who Weighs
Works........................................ 12 Over 40 Ibs (18 kg).................. 21
How the Passenger's Airbag Securing a Child Seat with a
Works........................................ 13 Lap/Shoulder Belt................... 22
How the SRS Indicator Light Using Child Restraints
Works......................................14 with Tethers............................. 22
System Service............................. 14 Storing a Child Seat..................... 23
System Service Precautions....... 15 Alcohol and Drugs........................... 24
Additional Safety Information........ 16 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 25
Seat-back Position........................ 16 Safety Labels.................................... 26

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Your Occupant Protection System

Your Honda is equipped with seat Two indicator lights are also part of To get the maximum protection from
belts and other features that work your safety system. One reminds you your occupant protection system,
together to protect you and your to make sure you and your passen- check the following before you drive
passengers during a crash. gers wear seat belts. The other away:
alerts you to a possible problem with Everyone in the car is wearing a
Seat belts are the most important your supplemental restraint system seat belt properly (see page 7 ) .
part of your occupant protection (see page 14). Infants and small children are
system. When worn properly, seat properly secured in child safety
belts can reduce the chance of The seats, head restraints and door seats (see page 18).
serious injury or death in a crash. locks also play a role in occupant Both doors are closed and locked
safety. For example, reclining the (see page 17).
For added protection during a severe seat-back can decrease the effec- Seat-backs are upright and head
frontal collision, your Prelude has a tiveness of your seat belt. Head restraints are properly adjusted
Supplemental Restraint System restraints can help protect your neck (see pages 16 and 55).
(SRS) with airbags for the driver and and head, especially during rear-end There are no loose items that
a front seat passenger. impacts. Door locks help keep your could be thrown around and hurt
doors from being accidentally someone during a crash or sudden
opened during a crash. stop (see page 17).

By following these guidelines, you


can reduce injuries to yourself and
your passengers in many crash
situations. Remember, however, that
no safety system can prevent all
injuries or deaths that can occur in
severe crashes.

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The Seat Belt System and How It Works

Why Wear Seat Belts Two people should never use the
Wearing seat belts, and wearing same seat belt. If they do, they could
them properly, is fundamental to Not wearing a seat belt be very seriously injured in a crash.
your safety and the safety of your increases the chance of serious
passengers. injury or death in a crash. Do not place the shoulder portion of
a lap/shoulder belt under your arm
During a crash or emergency stop, Be sure you and your or behind your back. This could
seat belts can help keep you from passengers always wear seat increase the chance of serious
being thrown against the inside of belts and wear them properly. injuries in a crash.
the car, against other occupants, or
out of the car. Do not put shoulder belt pads or
Important Safety Reminders other accessories on seat belts. They
Of course, seat belts cannot com- Seat belts are designed for adults can reduce the effectiveness of the
pletely protect you in every crash. and larger children. All infants and belts and increase the chance of
But, in most cases, seat belts reduce small children must be properly injury.
your chance of serious injury. They restrained in child safety seats (see
can even save your life. That is why page 18).
many states and all Canadian pro-
vinces require you to wear seat belts. A pregnant woman needs to wear a
seat belt to protect herself and her
unborn child (see page 9).

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The Seat Belt System and How It Works

Seat Belt System Components Lap/Shoulder Belt The lap/shoulder belt retractor in
Your Honda has lap/shoulder seat each passenger seating position has
belts in all four seating positions. SHOULDER UPPER SEAT an additional locking mechanism
PORTION BELT ANCHOR intended to secure a child seat (see
Your seat belt system also includes a page 22). If the shoulder part of the
light on the instrument panel to LATCH LAP belt is pulled all the way out, this
remind you to fasten your seat belt, PLATE PORTION mechanism will engage. The belt will
and to make sure your passengers retract, but it will not allow the
fasten theirs. This light comes on passenger to move freely. If the belt
when you turn on the ignition if you feels too tight, unlatch it, let it retract
have not fastened your seat belt. A fully, then pull it out as far as needed.
beeper also sounds for several
seconds (see page 30). BUCKLE

The following pages cover more This style of seat belt has a single
about the seat belt components and belt that goes over your shoulder,
how they work. across your chest, and across your
hips.
Each lap/shoulder belt has an
emergency locking retractor. In
normal driving, the retractor lets you
move freely in your seat while it
keeps some tension on the belt.
During a collision or sudden stop,
the retractor automatically locks the
belt to help restrain your body.

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The Seat Belt System and How It Works

Wearing Seat Belts Properly Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt


You can increase the effectiveness of Before putting on the seat belt, move
your seat belts if you take a little the driver's seat as far back as is
time to read the following pages and practical while still allowing you to
make sure you know how to wear maintain full control of the vehicle.
seat belts properly. Make sure the seat-back is upright
(see page 16). The front seat
passenger should move the seat as
far back as possible.
Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash.

Be sure you and your 1. Pull the latch plate across your
passengers always wear seat body and insert it into the buckle.
belts and wear them properly. Tug on the belt to make sure the
latch is securely locked.

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The Seat Belt System and How It Works

2. Check that the belt is not twisted. 4. Pull up on the shoulder part of the To unlatch the seat belt, push the
belt to remove any slack. Make red PRESS button on the buckle.
3. Position the lap portion of the belt sure the belt goes over your Guide the belt across your body to
as low as possible across your hips, collarbone and across your chest. the door pillar.
not across your stomach. This lets
your strong pelvic bones take the After you exit the vehicle, make sure
force of a crash. the seat belt is out of the way and
will not get closed in the door.

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The Seat Belt System and How It Works

Advice for Pregnant Women When using a seat belt, remember to Seat Belt Maintenance
keep the lap portion as low as For safety, you should check the
possible (see page 7). condition of your seat belts regularly.

Each time you have a check-up, ask Pull out each belt fully and look for
your doctor if it's okay for you to frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check
drive and how you should position a that the latches work smoothly and
lap/shoulder seat belt. the lap/shoulder belts retract easily.
Any belt not in good condition or not
working properly should be replaced.

If a seat belt is worn during a crash,


have your dealer replace the belt and
inspect the anchors for damage.
Protecting the mother is the best
way to protect her unborn child. For information on how to clean your
Therefore, a pregnant woman should seat belts, see page 195.
wear a properly-positioned seat belt
whenever she drives or rides in a car.

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Supplemental Restraint System

Your car is equipped with a Supple- SRS Components What Happens In a Crash
mental Restraint System (SRS) to Your supplemental restraint system If you ever have a severe frontal
help protect the head and chest of includes: collision, the sensors will detect
the driver and front seat passenger rapid deceleration and signal the
during a severe frontal collision. One airbag in the steering wheel control unit to instantly inflate the
for the driver and another in the airbags.
This system does not replace your seat dashboard for the passenger.
belts. It supplements, or adds to, the During a crash, your seat belts will
protection offered by seat belts and Sensors that can detect a severe help to restrain your lower body and
other occupant protection features. frontal collision. torso. The airbags will provide a
cushion to absorb crash energy and
A sophisticated electronic system help keep the head and chest of the
that continually monitors the driver and front passenger from
Not wearing a seat belt sensors, control unit, airbag striking the interior of the car.
increases the chance of serious activators, and all related wiring
injury or death in a crash, even when the ignition is ON (II). After inflating, the airbags will
if you have airbags. immediately deflate. The entire
An indicator light on the instru- process, from detection to deflation,
Be sure you and your ment panel to alert you to a takes a fraction of a second. This
passengers always wear seat possible problem with the process occurs so quickly that you
belts and wear them properly. system. may not hear the loud noise created
by the airbag inflators, or realize
Emergency backup power in what has happened.
case your car's electrical system
is disconnected in a crash.

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After the crash, you may see what Just from viewing the vehicle
Frontal Collision Range
looks like smoke. This is actually damage after a crash, it is very
powder from the airbag's surface. difficult to accurately determine if
People with respiratory problems the airbags should or should not
may experience some temporary have inflated. In some cases where
discomfort from the chemicals used the airbag did not inflate, extensive
by the airbag's activators. visible damage indicated that the car
absorbed much of the crash energy,
Important Facts About Airbags and the airbags were not needed. In
Airbags inflate only when needed; in other cases, a severe jolt, such as an
a severe frontal collision. A severe impact to the undercarriage, may not
collision would be similar to a crash cause extensive body damage but
into a parked vehicle of similar size may still cause the airbags to inflate.
and weight at 25 mph (40 km/h). Airbags inflate and deflate only once.
Airbags will not inflate in a moderate They cannot protect you during any
frontal collision, or during a rear additional impacts that can occur
impact, side impact, or rollover — during a crash sequence.
even if the impact is severe.
Injuries, including fatal injuries, can
occur in a severe collision, even if
seat belts are worn properly and the
airbags inflate. No safety system can
provide complete protection in a
severe crash.

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Supplemental Restraint System

How the Driver's Airbag Works To do its job, the airbag inflates with
considerable force. So, while it can
reduce serious injuries and even save
your life, the airbag might cause
some facial abrasions or other
injuries. To reduce the possibility of
injury, you should always sit back as
far from the steering wheel as
practical while still maintaining full
vehicle control.

If you ever have a severe frontal After the bag completely inflates, it
collision, your airbag will instantly immediately starts deflating so it
inflate to help protect your head and won't interfere with your visibility,
chest. ability to steer, or ability to operate
other controls. The total time for
inflation and deflation is a fraction of
a second. You may not even be
aware that the airbag has been fully
inflated.

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The driver's airbag is stored in the How the Passenger's Airbag Front seat passengers should move
center of the steering wheel. For Works the seat as far back as practical and
your safety, do not attach any items sit well back in the seat.
to the steering wheel. They could
interfere with the proper operation We strongly recommend that you do
of the airbag. Or, if the airbag not put an infant seat in the front
inflates, they could be propelled passenger's seat. If the airbag
inside the car and hurt someone. inflates, it can hit the infant seat with
great force. The infant seat can be
dislodged or struck with enough
force to cause very serious injury to
the infant.

If a toddler seat is used in the front


passenger's seat, the vehicle seat
If you ever have a severe frontal should be moved as far back as
collision, the passenger's airbag will possible. If the passenger's bag
inflate at the same time as the driver's inflates, it could seriously hurt a
airbag. toddler who is not in the proper
position or properly restrained.
This airbag is quite large and inflates
with considerable force. It can
seriously hurt a front seat passenger
who is not in the proper position and
wearing the seat belt properly.
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Supplemental Restraint System

The passenger's airbag is stored SRS How the SRS Indicator System Service
near the top of the dashboard, under Light Works Your supplemental restraint system
a lid marked SRS. Do not place any The purpose of the SRS light on your is virtually maintenance-free. The
objects on top of this lid. If the airbag instrument panel is to alert you to a only scheduled maintenance is an
inflates, those objects can be potential problem with your supple- inspection of the system by the
propelled inside the car and possibly mental restraint system. dealer when the car is ten years old.
hurt someone. For your convenience, the car's
Have the system checked if: production date is on a label on the
driver's doorjamb.
The light does not come on when
you turn the ignition ON (II). If either of the following happens,
you must have an authorized Honda
The light stays on after the engine dealer service the system. There are
starts. no parts you can safely service.

The light comes on or flashes If your airbags ever inflate, the


while you are driving. airbags and control unit must be
replaced. Do not try to remove or
If you see any of these indications, discard the airbags yourself. This
the airbag may not work when must be done by a Honda dealer.
needed in an accident. Take the car
to your dealer promptly for diagnosis
and service.

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If the SRS Indicator light alerts System Service Precautions Scrapping an entire car that has
you to a problem, have the Do not modify your steering wheel uninflated airbags can be dangerous.
supplemental restraint system or any other part of the supplemental Get assistance from a Honda dealer
inspected as soon as possible. If restraint system. Modifications could if your car must be scrapped.
you ignore this indication, the make the system ineffective.
airbags might not inflate when you If you sell your car, please be sure to
need them. Do not tamper with the system's tell the new owner that the car has a
components or wiring. This could supplemental restraint system. Alert
cause the airbags to inflate inadver- them to the information and precau-
tently, possibly injuring someone tions in this part of the owner's
very seriously. manual.

Tell anyone who works on your car


that you have a supplemental
restraint system. Failure to follow
the procedures and precautions in
the official Honda service manual
could result in personal injury or
damage to the system.

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Additional Safety Information

The seat belts and airbags are obvi- Seat-back Position Head Restraint Position
ously important parts of your occu- The seat-backs should be in an
pant protection system. upright position for you and your
passengers to get the most protec-
In addition, you should know that tion from the seat belts.
sitting upright, adjusting the head
restraints properly, locking the doors, If you recline a seat-back, you reduce
and stowing things properly can also the protective capability of your seat
increase your safety and possibly belt. The farther a seat-back is
even save your life. reclined, the greater the risk that
you will slide under the belt in a
severe crash and be very seriously
injured.

For information on how to adjust the Head restraints can help protect you
seat-back, see page 53. from whiplash and other injuries. For
the best protection, adjust the top of
the restraint so it is even with the
tops of your ears, or as high as possi-
ble. For instructions on adjusting the
head restraints, see page 55.

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Additional Safety Information

Door Locks Be sure to keep compartment doors The recommended way to restrain a
It is not safe to leave your car doors closed when the car is moving. If a medium-sized or larger dog is with a
unlocked. A passenger, especially a front passenger hits the door of an special traveling harness. This har-
child, could open a door and acci- open glove box, for example, he ness can be secured to the rear seat
dentally fall out. Also, there is a could injure his knees. with a seat belt. Travel harnesses are
greater chance of being thrown out available at pet stores.
of the car during a crash when the For information on loading cargo,
doors are not locked. see page 106. A small dog, cat, or other small
animal will be safest in a pet carrier
Storing Cargo Safely Driving with Pets with rigid sides. Choose a style that
Before you drive, make sure you Loose pets can be a hazard while you allows you to secure it to the car's
first securely store or tie down any are driving. An unrestrained pet can seat by routing a seat belt through
items that could be thrown around interfere with your ability to drive the carrier's handle.
the car and hurt someone, or the car. In a crash or sudden stop,
interfere with your ability to operate loose pets or cages can be thrown For further information, contact your
the controls. around inside the car and hurt you or veterinarian or local animal protec-
your passengers. It is also for their tion society.
Do not put any items on top of the safety that pets should be properly
rear shelf. They can block your view restrained in your car.
and they could be thrown about the
car in a crash.

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Child Safety

We strongly recommend that you do


not put an infant seat in the front
An infant or child who is not passenger's seat. If the airbag
properly restrained can be killed inflates, it can hit the infant seat with
or seriously injured in a crash. great force. The infant seat can be
dislodged or struck with enough
Be sure any child too small for force to cause very serious injury to
seat belts is properly secured in the infant.
a child restraint.
If a toddler seat is used in the front
passenger's seat, the vehicle seat
Where Should Children Sit? should be moved as far back as
According to accident statistics, possible. If the passenger's bag
Children depend on adults to protect children of all sizes and ages are inflates, it could seriously hurt a
them. To help make sure we do, safer when they are properly toddler who is not in the proper
every state and Canadian province restrained in the rear seat rather position or properly restrained.
has laws requiring infants and young than the front seat.
children to be properly restrained We also recommend that any child
whenever they ride in a car. We recommend that, whenever who is too large to use an infant or
possible, you secure your child's toddler seat ride in the rear seat. The
infant or toddler seat in the rear seat child should then wear the lap/
with a lap/shoulder belt. Be sure to shoulder belt properly for protection.
follow the instructions for securing a
child seat with a lap/shoulder belt on If the child is not large enough to
page 22. wear the lap/shoulder belt properly,
you should use a booster seat.

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Important Safety Reminders General Guidelines for To properly route a seat belt through
Never hold a baby or child on your Restraining Children Under a child seat, follow the seat maker's
lap when riding in a car. If you are 40 lbs (18kg) instructions. Be sure to follow the
wearing your seat belt, the violent Use an approved child seat. The seat instructions for securing a child seat
forces created during a crash will must meet Federal Motor Vehicle with a lap/shoulder belt on page 22 .
tear the child from your arms. The Safety Standard 213 (FMVSS-213) or
child could be seriously hurt or killed. Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Secure the child in the child seat. Make
Standards. Look for the manufac- sure the infant or child is firmly
If you are holding a child and not turer's statement of compliance on secured to the child seat. Use the
wearing a seat belt in a crash, you the box and seat. straps provided, and carefully follow
could crush the child against the car's the manufacturer's instructions.
interior. Use a seat of the right size. Make sure
the seat fits your child. Check the
Never put your seat belt over seat manufacturer's instructions and
yourself and a child. During a crash, labels for height and weight limits.
the belt could press deep into the
child, causing serious internal Secure the child seat to the car. All
injuries. approved child seats are designed to
be secured to the car seat by the lap
Two children should never use the belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt. A
same seat belt. If they do, they could child whose seat is not properly
be very seriously injured in a crash. secured to the car can be endan-
gered in a crash.
For their safety, do not leave
children alone in your car without
adult supervision.

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Restraining an Infant Who We recommend that, whenever Restraining a Child Who Weighs
Weighs Less Than 20 Ibs possible, you put the infant seat in Between 20 and 40 Ibs
(9 kg) the rear seat and secure it to the car (9 and 18 kg)
with a lap/shoulder belt. Be sure to
follow the instructions for securing a
child seat with a lap/shoulder belt on
page 22.

We strongly recommend that you do


not put an infant seat in the front
passenger's seat. If the airbag
inflates, it can hit the infant seat with
great force. The infant seat can be
dislodged or struck with enough
force to cause very serious injury to
the infant.
An infant up to about 20 Ibs (9 kg) Toddler seats are designed for
must be restrained in an infant seat children who weigh between 20 and
or a convertible seat designed for a 40 Ibs (9 and 18 kg).
baby. Because infants must ride in a
reclining position, be sure the infant
seat always faces the REAR of the
car as shown.

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The preferred place to put a toddler Restraining a Child Who Weighs Put the lap/shoulder belt on your
seat is in the rear seat. Use the car's Over 40 Ibs (18 kg) child and check its fit. The shoulder
lap/shoulder belt to secure the seat belt should fit over the collarbone
to the car. Be sure to follow the and across the chest. The lap belt
instructions for securing a child seat should sit low on your child's hips,
with a lap/shoulder belt on page 22. not across the stomach.

If you are using a toddler seat in the If the shoulder belt crosses the neck,
front passenger's seat, move the you should use a booster seat.
passenger's seat as far back as
possible before installing the child Several styles of booster seats are
seat. If the passenger's bag inflates, available. We recommend a design
it could seriously hurt a toddler who that allows the child to use the car's
is not in the proper position or lap/shoulder belt.
properly restrained.
We recommend that, whenever Whichever style you select, follow
possible, a child who has outgrown a the booster seat manufacturer's
toddler seat ride in the rear seat and instructions.
use a lap/shoulder belt.

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Securing a Child Seat with a Lap/ 4. Allow the belt to slowly feed back Using Child Restraints with
Shoulder Belt into the retractor. You should hear Tethers
The lap/shoulder belt retractors in a clicking noise that indicates the
the passenger seating positions have locking mechanism has engaged.
a built-in locking mechanism
intended to secure a child seat. 5. After the belt has retracted fully,
When you are placing a child seat in pull up on the shoulder portion to
one of these seating positions, do the remove any slack.
following:
6. Push and pull on the child seat to
1. Place the child seat in the desired verify that it is held firmly in place.
seating position. Route the lap/ If not, unlatch the seat belt, allow
shoulder belt through the seat it to retract fully, and repeat these
according to the seat manufac- steps.
turer's instructions.
To unlatch the seat belt, push the Your Honda has two attachment
2. Insert the latch plate into the red PRESS button on the buckle. points for tether-style child seats.
buckle. Make sure it is fully Guide the belt across to the door
latched. pillar. If the belt doesn't retract Select the attachment point you want
easily, pull it out and check for twists to use and remove the plug with a
3. Slowly pull the shoulder portion of or kinks. small flat-tipped screwdriver or
the belt out of the retractor until it fingernail file.
stops.

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Then Install the tether hardware that Canadian Models Storing a Child Seat
came with the child seat. When you are not using an infant
Tighten the bolt to: seat or other child restraint, either
16 lbf.ft (2.2 kgf.m , 22 N.m) TOOTHED WASHER remove it or make sure it is properly
secured so it cannot be thrown
If you are not sure how to install the around the car during a crash.
hardware, have it installed by your
authorized Honda dealer.

If you need an anchor plate and


mounting hardware, contact your
Honda dealer.

The anchor plate and mounting


hardware for a top tether are
supplied with the car. When install-
ing, make sure the toothed washer is
on the bottom of the bolt.

The supplied anchor plate is


designed only for mounting a child
restraint. Do not use it for any other
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Alcohol and Drugs

Driving a car requires your full at- The safest thing you can do is never If you have no choice but to drive,
tention and alertness. Traffic condi- drink and drive. This can be done if stop drinking and give yourself lots
tions change rapidly. You must be you plan ahead. If you know you are of time to sober up. Time is the only
able to react just as rapidly. Alcohol going to be drinking, make plans to thing that can make you sober.
or drugs directly affect your alert- ride with a friend who will not be Things like coffee or a cold shower
ness and ability to react. Even pre- drinking. don't speed up the process.
scription and non-prescription medi-
cines can have this effect. What if you find that you've been If you see friends trying to get
drinking and cannot get a ride from a behind the wheel after drinking, stop
There are laws that deal with friend? Find alternative transpor- them. Drive them yourself or
drunken driving. These laws define tation. Call a taxi. Take a bus. Many arrange other transportation. If you
how much alcohol it takes in your communities have transportation think you are interfering, remember
system to be legally "drunk." How- services devoted to shuttling people that your interference will keep them
ever, your judgment and reaction who have been drinking. from sharing the road with you.
time get worse with every drink—
even the first one.

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Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Your car's exhaust contains carbon With the trunk lid open, air flow can
monoxide gas. You should have no pull exhaust gas into your car's
problem with carbon monoxide Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. interior and create a hazardous
entering the car in normal driving if Breathing it can cause condition. If you must drive with the
you maintain your car properly. unconsciousness and even kill trunk lid open, open all the windows
Have the exhaust system inspected you. and set the heating and cooling
for leaks whenever: system as shown below.
Avoid any enclosed areas or
The car is raised for an oil change. activities that expose you to If you must sit in your parked car,
You notice a change in the sound carbon monoxide. even in an unconfined area, with the
of the exhaust. engine running, adjust the heating
The car was in an accident that and cooling system as follows:
may have damaged the underside. High levels of carbon monoxide can
collect rapidly in enclosed areas, 1. Select the Fresh Air mode.
such as a garage. Do not run the 2. Select the mode.
engine with the garage door closed. 3. Turn the fan on high speed.
Even with the door open, run the 4. Set the temperature control to a
engine only long enough to move the comfortable setting.
car out of the garage.

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Safety Labels

These labels are in the locations


shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury. Read these labels carefully
and don't remove them.

If a label comes off or becomes hard


to read, contact your Honda dealer RADIATOR CAP
for a replacement.

BATTERY

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Instruments and Controls

This section gives information about Tachometer.................................. 34 Lockout Prevention..................... 51


the controls and displays that Odometer...................................... 34 Trunk............................................ 51
contribute to the daily operation of Trip Meter.................................... 34 Glove Box ..................................... 52
your Honda. All the essential Fuel Gauge................................... 35 Seat Adjustments............................. 53
controls are within easy reach. Temperature Gauge.................... 35 Front Seat Adjustments ............. 53
Maintenance Required Driver's Seat Height
Indicator.................................... 36 Adjustment............................... 54
Controls Near the Steering Rear Seat Access......................... 54
Wheel........................................ 37 Head Restraints........................... 55
Headlights.................................... 38 Seat Heaters..................................... 56
Daytime Running Lights............. 38 Folding Rear Seat............................ 56
Instrument Panel Brightness..... 39 Power Windows............................... 58
Turn Signals................................. 39 Moonroof.......................................... 60
Windshield Wipers...................... 40 Mirrors.............................................. 61
Windshield Washers................... 41 Adjusting the Power Mirrors..... 61
Hazard Warning........................... 41 Parking Brake................................. 62
Rear Window Defogger.............. 41 Digital Clock..................................... 63
Steering Wheel Adjustment....... 42 Beverage Holder.............................. 64
Steering Wheel Controls................ 43 Console Compartment.................... 65
Cruise Control.............................. 43 Coin Box........................................... 66
Keys and Locks................................ 46 Accessory Power Socket ................ 66
Keys............................................... 46 Ashtrays............................................ 67
Control Locations............................ 28 Learning Key................................ 47 Interior Lights.................................. 67
Indicator Lights................................ 29 Immobilizer System..................... 47 Ceiling Lights............................... 67
Gauges.............................................. 34 Ignition Switch............................. 48 Courtesy Lights........................... 68
Speedometer................................ 34 Power Door Locks....................... 50

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Control Locations

DOOR LOCK DIGITAL CLOCK HEATING/


SWITCHES (P.63) COOLING
(P.50) CONTROLS
(P.70)
MIRROR
CONTROLS
(P.61)

POWER AUDIO SYSTEM


WINDOW (P.78)
SWITCHES
(P.58)

FUEL FILL
DOOR RELEASE
(P. 100)

TRUNK RELEASE HOOD RELEASE


HANDLE HANDLE
(P.51) (P.101)

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Indicator Lights

The instrument panel has many


indicators to give you important MALFUNCTION SUPPLEMENTAL PARKING BRAKE AND
information about your car. INDICATOR LAMP RESTRAINT BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*
SYSTEM
TRUNK-QPEM ANTI-LOCK BRAKE
INDICATOR
Lamp Check INDICATOR SYSTEM INDICATOR*
These indicator lights come on when DOOR-OPEN IMMOBlLIZER
INDICATOR SYSTEM INDICATOR
you turn the ignition switch ON (II),
allowing you to see that they are
working:

SRS Indicator
Malfunction Indicator Lamp
Charging System Indicator
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
Anti-lock Brake System Indicator
Seat Belt Reminder Light
D4 Lamp
Immobilizer System Indicator
Active Torque Transfer System
Indicator LOW OIL PRESSURE SEAT BELT LOW FUEL
INDICATOR REMINDER LIGHT INDICATOR
If an indicator does not light during CHARGING SYSTEM HIGH BEAM CRUISE CONTROL
this test, it cannot alert you if that INDICATOR INDICATOR INDICATOR
system develops a problem. Have the
dealer check your car for burned-out * The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian model
bulbs or other problems. are noted in the text.

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Seat Belt Reminder Light MALFUNCTION SUPPLEMENTAL PARKING BRAKE AND


INDICATOR LAMP RESTRAINT BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR*
This indicator lights when you turn TRUNK-OPEN
SYSTEM
ACTIVE TORQUE TRANSFER
the ignition ON (II). It is a reminder INDICATOR
INDICATOR SYSTEM INDICATOR
to you and your passengers to DOOR-OPEN ANTI-LOCK BRAKE
protect yourselves by fastening the INDICATOR SYSTEM INDICATOR*
seat belts. A beeper also sounds if IMMOBILIZER
you have not fastened your seat belt. SYSTEM INDICATOR

If you do not fasten your seat belt,


the beeper will stop after a few
seconds but the light stays on until
you do. Both the light and the beeper
stay off if you fasten your seat belt
before turning on the ignition.

LOW OIL PRESSURE SEAT BELT LOW FUEL


INDICATOR REMINDER LIGHT INDICATOR
CHARGING SYSTEM HIGH BEAM CRUISE CONTROL
INDICATOR INDICATOR INDICATOR

* The U.S. Type SH instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian
model are noted in the text.

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SRS Supplemental Restraint


System Indicator
Charging System
Indicator
U.S. Canada Parking Brake
and Brake
This indicator lights when you turn If this light comes on when the BRAKE System
the ignition ON (II). If it comes on at engine is running, the battery is not Indicator
any other time, it indicates a problem being charged. For complete This light has two functions:
in the supplemental restraint system. information, see page 213.
For complete information, see page 1. It lights as a reminder that you
14 . Low Oil Pressure have not released the parking
Indicator brake. Driving with the parking
Immobilizer System The engine can be severely damaged brake applied can damage the
Indicator if this light flashes or stays on when brakes and tires.
This indicator should come on for a the engine is running. For complete
few seconds when you turn the igni- information, see page 212 . 2. If it remains lit after you release
tion switch ON (II). It will then go the parking brake while the engine
off if you have inserted a properly- Malfunction Indicator is running, or comes on while
coded ignition key. If it is not a prop- Lamp driving, it can indicate that the
erly-coded key, the indicator will See page 214. brake fluid level is low. This is
blink and the engine will not start normally due to worn brake pads.
(see page 47 ). CRUISE Cruise Control Indicator Have your dealer check the
CONTROL braking system for worn pads or
This indicator also blinks several This lights when you set the cruise fluid leaks.
times when you remove the key control. See page 43 for information
from the ignition switch. on operating the cruise control.

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U.S. Canada Anti-lock Brake ATTS Active Torque Transfer Turn Signal and
System (ABS) System Indicator Hazard Warning
ABS Indicator Type SH only Indicators
This light normally comes on for a This indicator normally comes on for The left or right turn signal light
few seconds when you turn the a few seconds when you turn the blinks when you signal a lane change
ignition ON (II), and when the ignition switch ON (II). or turn. If the light does not blink or
ignition switch is turned to START If it comes on at any other time, blinks rapidly, it usually means one
(III). If this light comes on at any there is a problem in the Active of the turn signal bulbs is burned out
other time, there is a problem in the Torque Transfer System (ATTS). (see page 182 ). Replace the bulb as
ABS. If this happens, take the car to If this happens, take the car to your soon as possible, since other drivers
your dealer to have it checked. With dealer to have it checked. With the cannot see that you are signalling.
the light on, your car still has normal indicator on, your car will corner
braking ability but no anti-lock. normally, but you will not have active When you turn on the Hazard
torque transfer. Warning switch, both turn signal
lights blink. All turn signals on the
outside of the car should flash.

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Trunk-open Indicator Low Fuel Indicator "Daytime Running


DRL
Lights" Indicator
This light comes on if the trunk lid is Canadian models only
not closed tightly. This indicator lights when you turn
the ignition to ON (II) with the
Door-open Indicator headlight switch off and the parking
brake set. It should go off if you turn
This light comes on if either door is on the headlights or release the
not closed tightly. parking brake. If it comes on at any
other time, it means there is a
High Beam Indicator problem with the DRL. There may
also be a problem with the high
This light comes on with the high beam headlights.
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
beam headlights. See page 38 for
information on the headlight This indicator is located in the fuel
controls. gauge. It comes on as a reminder
that you must refuel soon.
On Canadian models, this indicator
comes on with reduced brightness
when the Daytime Running Lights
(DRL) are on (see page 38).

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Gauges

TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER TRIP METER


Odometer
The odometer shows the total dis-
FUEL GAUGE tance your car has been driven. It
measures miles in U.S. models and
kilometers in Canadian models.
It is illegal under federal law (in the
U.S.) and provincial regulations (in
Canada) to disconnect, reset, or alter
the odometer with the intent to
change the number of miles or
kilometers indicated.
TEMPERATURE ODOMETER MAINTENANCE TRIP METER
GAUGE REQUIRED INDICATOR RESET BUTTON Trip Meter
This meter shows the number of
Speedometer Tachometer miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
U.S. Models The tachometer shows the engine driven since you last reset it. To
This shows your speed in miles per speed in revolutions per minute reset it, push the trip meter reset
hour (mph). The smaller inner (rpm). To protect the engine from button.
numbers are the speed in kilometers damage, never drive with the
per hour (km/h). tachometer needle in the red zone.

Canadian Models
This shows your speed in kilometers
per hour (km/h). The smaller inner
numbers are the speed in miles per
hour (mph).

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TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER TRIP METER Temperature Gauge


This shows the temperature of the
FUEL GAUGE engine's coolant. During normal
operation, the pointer should rise
from the bottom white mark to about
the middle of the gauge. In severe
driving conditions, such as very hot
weather or a long period of uphill
driving, the pointer may rise to near
the upper white mark. If it reaches
the red (Hot) mark, pull safely to the
side of the road. Turn to page 210 for
TEMPERATURE ODOMETER MAINTENANCE TRIP METER
GAUGE REQUIRED INDICATOR RESET BUTTON instructions and precautions on
checking the engine's cooling
Fuel Gauge system.
This shows how much fuel you have. The gauge stays at the same fuel
It is most accurate when the car is on level reading after you turn off the
level ground. It may show slightly ignition. When you add fuel, the
more or less than the actual amount gauge slowly changes to the new
when you are driving on curvy or reading after you turn the ignition
hilly roads. back ON (II).

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Gauges

Maintenance Required Indicator When the distance driven since the


last scheduled maintenance nears
7,500 miles (12,000 km), the
indicator will turn yellow. If you
exceed 7,500 miles (12,000 km), the
indicator will turn red.
Your dealer will reset the indicator
when he performs the scheduled
maintenance. If someone else
performs the maintenance, reset the
indicator by inserting your master or
valet key in the slot beside the
indicator.
SLOT INDICATOR

This indicator reminds you that it is


nearing 7,500 miles (12,000 km)
since the last scheduled maintenance.
Refer to the Maintenance Schedules
for Normal and Severe Driving
Conditions on pages 140 — 141.

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Controls Near the Steering Wheel

The two levers on the steering CRUISE INSTRUMENT PANEL HAZARD WARNING WINDSHIELD
column contain controls for driving CONTROL BRIGHTNESS LIGHTS WIPERS/WASHERS
features you use most often. The left
lever controls the turn signals,
headlights, and high beams. The
right lever controls the windshield
washers and wipers.

The controls under the left air vent


are for the moonroof, cruise control
and instrument panel brightness.
The switches for the hazard warning
lights and rear window defogger are
to the right of the steering column.

The tilt adjustment lever on the


underside of the steering column
allows you to tilt the steering wheel.

MOONROOF REAR WINDOW


HEADLIGHTS/ TILT HORN DEFOGGER
TURN SIGNALS ADJUSTMENT BUTTONS

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Headlights If you leave the lights on with the To flash the high beams, pull the
ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) turn signal lever back lightly, then
or LOCK (0), you will hear a release it. The high beams will come
reminder chime when you open the on and go off.
driver's door.
The high beams will stay on for as
long as you hold the lever back, no
matter what position the headlight
switch is in.

Daytime Running Lights


(Canadian Models)
With the headlight switch off, the
high beam headlights come on with
The rotating switch on the left lever reduced brightness when you turn
controls the lights. Turning this the ignition switch to ON (II) and
switch to the position turns release the parking brake. They
on the parking lights, taillights, remain on until you turn the ignition
instrument panel lights, side-marker To change between low beams and off, even if you set the parking brake.
lights, and rear license plate lights. high beams, pull the turn signal lever
Turning the switch to the until you hear a click, then let go. The headlights revert to normal
position turns on the headlights. The blue high beam indicator will operation when you turn them on
light (see page 33). with the switch.

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Instrument Panel Brightness Turn Signals To signal a lane change, push lightly
on the turn signal lever in the proper
direction and hold it. The lever will
return to the center position as soon
as you release it.

TURN SIGNAL LEVER

The dial on the dashboard to the left Signal a turn or lane change with this
of the instrument panel controls the lever. Push down on the lever to
brightness of the instrument panel signal a left turn, and up to signal a
lights. Turn the dial to adjust the right turn. If you push it up or down
brightness. all the way, the turn signal continues
to blink even when you release the
lever. It shuts off automatically as
you complete the turn.

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Windshield Wipers

The right lever controls the wind- In intermittent, the wipers operate To operate the wipers in mist mode,
shield wipers and washers. The every few seconds. You can vary push the control lever down. The
rotary switch at the end of the lever how often the wipers sweep the wipers run at high speed until you
has three positions: windshield by turning the INT TIME release the lever. This gives you a
INT: intermittent ring next to the rotary switch. In low quick way to clear the windshield.
: low speed speed and high speed, the wipers run
: high speed continuously.

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Windshield Washers Hazard Warning Rear Window Defogger

To clean the windshield, pull back on Push the red button to the left of the The rear window defogger will clear
the wiper control lever. The washers clock to turn on the hazard warning fog, frost, and thin ice from the
spray until you release the lever. lights (four-way flashers). This window. Push the defogger button to
causes all four outside turn signals turn it on and off. The light in the
The wipers run at low speed while and both indicators in the instrument button lights to show the defogger is
you're pulling the lever, then panel to flash. Use the hazard on. If you do not turn it off, the
complete one more sweep of the warning lights if you need to park in defogger will shut itself off after
windshield after you release it. a dangerous area near heavy traffic, about 25 minutes. It also shuts off
or if your car is disabled. when you turn off the ignition. You
have to turn it on again when you
restart the car.
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Make sure the rear window is clear Steering Wheel Adjustment


and you have good visibility before You can adjust the steering wheel
starting to drive. height to suit your preference. Do
this before you begin driving.
The defogger and antenna wires on
the inside of the rear window can be
accidentally damaged. When
cleaning the glass, always wipe side Adjusting the steering wheel
to side. position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
car and be seriously injured in a
crash.

Adjust the steering wheel only 3. Move the steering wheel up or


when the car is stopped. down to the desired position.
Position the wheel so you can see
all the instrument panel gauges
1. Adjust the seat so you are a and warning lights. Push the lever
comfortable distance from the up to lock the steering wheel in
pedals and can operate them that position.
safely.
4. Make sure you have securely
2. The lever to tilt the steering wheel locked the steering wheel in place
is under the steering column to by trying to move it up and down.
the left. Push this lever all the way
down.

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Cruise Control NOTICE Using the Cruise Control


Cruise control allows you to maintain
a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) The cruise control, as it operates,
without keeping your foot on the moves the accelerator pedal. You can
accelerator pedal. It should be used damage your car's accelerator
for cruising on straight, open mechanism by resting your foot under
highways. It is not recommended for the pedal and blocking the movement.
conditions such as city driving,
winding roads, slippery roads, heavy
rain, or bad weather. You should
have full control of the car under
those conditions.
CRUISE CONTROL MASTER SWITCH

1. Push in the Cruise Control Master


Improper use of the cruise Switch to the left of the steering
control can lead to a crash. column. The indicator in the
switch will light.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open 2. Accelerate to the desired cruising
highways in good weather. speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).

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Changing the Set Speed You can decrease the set cruising
You can increase the set cruising speed in either of two ways:
speed in either of two ways:
Press and hold the SET/decel
Press and hold the RESUME/ button. The car will decelerate.
accel button. The car will acceler- Release the button when you
ate slowly. When you reach the reach the desired speed.
desired cruising speed, release the
button. Tap the brake or clutch pedal
lightly with your foot. The
RESUME/ Push on the accelerator pedal. Ac- CRUISE CONTROL light on the
accel celerate to the desired cruising instrument panel will go out.
SET/decel speed and press the SET/decel When the car slows to the desired
button. speed, press the SET/decel button.
3. Press and hold the SET/decel The car will then maintain the
button on the steering wheel until desired speed.
the CRUISE CONTROL light on
the instrument panel comes on.
This shows the system is now
activated.

The set speed may vary slightly,


particularly on hills.

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Steeling Wheel Controls

Even with the cruise control turned Cancelling the Cruise Control speed, accelerate to above 25 rnph
on, you can still use the accelerator You can cancel the cruise control in (40 km/h) and press the RESUME/
pedal to speed up for passing. After any of these ways: accel button until the CRUISE CON-
completing the pass, take your foot TROL light comes on. The car will
off the accelerator pedal. The car Tap the brake or clutch pedal. accelerate to the same cruising
will return to the set cruising speed. speed as before.
Press the SET/decel and RE-
Resting your foot on the brake or SUME/accel buttons at the same If you cancel cruise control by
clutch pedal will cause the cruise time. pressing the SET and RESUME
control to cancel. buttons at the same time, the
Press the Cruise Control Master previously-set cruising speed is
Switch. erased. To use the cruise control,
accelerate to the desired cruising
When you tap the brake or clutch speed and press the SET/decel
pedal, or press the SET and RE- button.
SUME buttons at the same time, the
CRUISE CONTROL light on the Pressing the Cruise Control Master
instrument panel will go out and the Switch turns the system completely
car will begin to slow down. You can off and erases the previous cruising
use the accelerator pedal in the speed from memory. To use the
normal way. system again, refer to Using the
Cruise Control.
If you use the brake or clutch pedal
to cancel cruise control, the system
remembers the previously-set
cruising speed. To return to that

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Keys and Locks

Keys the plate stored in a safe place. If you


need to replace a key, use only
KEY VALET MASTER LEARNING Honda-approved key blanks.
NUMBER KEY KEY KEY
PLATE (Gray) (BIack) (Red)
These keys contain electronic
circuits that are activated by the
Immobilizer System. They will not
work to start the engine if the
circuits are damaged.

Protect the keys from direct


sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.

Your vehicle comes with two kinds The valet key works only in the Do not drop the keys or set heavy
of keys: a master key and a valet key. ignition and the door locks. You can objects on them.
The master key fits all the locks on keep the trunk, trunk release handle,
your vehicle: rear seat trunk access and the glove Keep the keys away from liquids.
Ignition box locked when you leave your If they get wet, dry them immedi-
Doors vehicle and the valet key at a parking ately with a soft cloth.
Trunk facility.
Trunk release handle The keys do not contain batteries.
Rear seat trunk access You should have received a key Do not try to take them apart.
Glove box number plate with your keys. You
will need this key number if you ever
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Learning Key If you attempt to use the learning Immobilizer System


key to start your vehicle's engine, it The Immobilizer System protects
may cause a malfunction in the your vehicle from theft. A properly-
system that makes your master and coded master or valet key must be
valet keys unusable. If this happens, used in the ignition switch for the
you should contact your Honda engine to start. If an improperly-
dealer. coded key (or other device) is used,
the engine's starting circuit is
If you need a new key made, take the disabled.
key number plate, the learning key,
and all other keys that came with When you turn the ignition switch to
your car to your Honda dealer. ON (II), the Immobilizer System
indicator should come on for a few
seconds, then go out. If the indicator
You should also receive a small case starts to blink, it means the system
containing a learning key. It is used does not recognize the coding of the
by the Honda dealer to code replace- key. Turn the ignition switch to
ment keys to your vehicle's LOCK (0), remove the key, reinsert
Immobilizer System. It must not be it, and turn the switch to ON (II)
used in your vehicle's ignition switch. again.
Store the learning key with the key
number plate in a safe place. If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your Honda dealer.

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Do not attempt to alter this system As required by the FCC: Ignition Switch
or add other devices to it. Electrical This device complies with Part 15 of the
problems could result that may make FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
your vehicle undriveable. following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
If you have lost your key and you (2) this device must accept any
cannot start the engine, contact your interference received, including
Honda dealer. interference that may cause undesired
operation.
This device complies with DOC rules in
Canada.

Changes or modifications not expressly


approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's The ignition switch is on the right
authority to operate the equipment. side of the steering column. It has
four positions:
LOCK (0)
ACCESSORY (I)
ON (II)
START (III)

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LOCK (0) — You can insert or ACCESSORY (I) — In this position, You will hear a reminder beeper if
remove the key only in this position. you can operate the audio system you leave the key in the ignition
When you turn the key from LOCK and the accessory power socket. switch in the LOCK (0) or
to ACCESSORY, you may have to ACCESSORY (I) position and open
turn the steering wheel to release ON (II) — This is the normal key the driver's door. Remove the key to
the anti-theft lock. To switch from position when driving. All features turn off the beeper.
ACCESSORY to LOCK, you must and accessories on the car are usable.
push the key in slightly as you turn it. Several of the lights on the instru-
If your car has an automatic trans- ment panel come on as a test when
mission, it must also be in Park. The you turn the ignition switch from
anti theft lock will lock the steering ACCESSORY to ON (see page 29).
column when you remove the key.
START (III) — Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to ON (II) when you let go of
Removing the key from the the key.
ignition switch while driving
locks the steering. This can The engine will not start if the
cause you to lose control. Immobilizer System does not
recognize the key's coding (see page
Remove the key from the 47).
ignition switch only when
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Power Door Locks To lock the passenger's door when


getting out of the car, push the lock
tab in and close the door. To lock the
driver's door, remove the key from
the ignition switch and push the lock
tab in or push the master switch
down, then close the door.

Both doors can be locked from the


outside by using the key in either
door.
To unlock only the driver's door
from the outside, insert the key in
the driver's door lock, turn the key
Each door has a master door lock Each door has a lock tab next to the and release it. If you turn the key
switch. Either switch locks and inside door handle. When you push and hold it, both doors will unlock.
unlocks both doors. Push the switch in the lock tab on the driver's door, Both doors will unlock when you
down to lock both doors and up to both doors lock. Pulling out the lock unlock the passenger's door with the
unlock them. tab on the driver's door only unlocks key.
that door. The lock tab on the
passenger's door only locks and
unlocks that door.

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Lockout Prevention Trunk


If you forget and leave the key in the
ignition switch, Lockout Prevention MASTER KEY
will not allow you to lock the driver's
door. With either door open and the
key in the ignition, the master door
lock switches are disabled. If you try
to lock the driver's door by pushing
in the lock tab, the tabs on both
doors immediately pop out.

TRUNK RELEASE
HANDLE

You can open the trunk in two ways: To close the trunk, press down on
the trunk lid.
Pull the trunk release handle to
the left of the driver's seat. See page 106 for cargo loading and
weight limit information. Keep the
Use the master key to open the trunk lid closed at all times while
trunk lock. The valet key does not driving to avoid damaging the lid,
work in this lock. and to prevent exhaust gas from
getting into the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 25 .

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Keys and Locks

Glove Box

An open glove box can cause


serious injury to your passenger
in a crash, even if the
passenger is wearing the seat
belt.

Always keep the glove box


closed while driving.

MASTER KEY

To protect items in the trunk when Open the glove box by pulling the
you need to give the key to someone bottom of the handle. Close it with a
else, lock the trunk release handle firm push. Lock or unlock the glove
with the master key and give the box with the master key.
other person the valet key.

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Seat Adjustments

Front Seat Adjustments

Reclining the seat-back can


decrease the protection you get
from your seat belt in a crash.

You can slide under the seat


belt and be seriously injured.

Adjust the seat-back to an


upright position and sit well
back in the seat.

Adjust the seat before you start To change the angle of the seat-back,
driving. pull up on the lever on the outside of
the seat bottom. Move the seat-back
To adjust the seat forward and to the desired position and release
backward, pull up on the lever under the lever. Let the seat-back latch in
the seat cushion's front edge. Move the new position.
the seat to the desired position and
release the lever. Try to move the
seat to make sure it is locked in
position.

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Seat Adjustments

Driver's Seat Height Adjustment Rear Seat Access


To get into the back seat on the
driver's side, pull up on the seat-back
adjustment lever.
RELEASE
LEVER

To get into the back seat on the


The height of your driver's seat is passenger's side, push forward on
adjustable. Turn the dial on the the release lever at the base of the
outside of the seat cushion to change seat-back. The seat-back will tilt
the height. forward and the entire seat will move
forward to allow easier entry to the
back seat. After you return the seat-
back to the upright position, push
the whole seat backwards until it
latches. Make sure the seat is fully
latched before sitting in it.

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Seat Adjustments

Head Restraints The front head restraints adjust for


height. You need both hands to
adjust the restraint. Do not attempt Driving your car without head
to adjust it while driving. To raise it, restraints can lead to serious
pull upward. To lower the restraint, injury to you and your
push the release button sideways passenger in a crash.
and push the restraint down.
Make sure the head restraints
To remove a head restraint for are in place and adjusted
cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as properly before driving.
RELEASE it will go. Push the release button
BUTTON
and pull the restraint out of the seat-
back.

The front head restraints help


protect you and your passenger from
whiplash and other injuries. They are
most effective when you adjust them
so the top of the restraint is even
with the top of your ears.

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Seat Heaters, Folding Rear Seat

Seat Heaters To turn the power off, push the Folding Rear Seat
opposite side of the switch lightly. The back of the rear seat folds down,
SEAT HEATER The lamp will go out. giving you direct access to the trunk.
The seat-back can be released from
Follow these precautions whenever inside the car or inside the trunk.
you use the seat heaters:

Use the HI setting only to heat the


seats quickly. Select the LO
setting when the seats feel warm.
The HI setting draws large
amounts of current from the
battery.

On Canadian models Do not use the seat heaters, even


Both front seats are equipped with at a low setting, if the engine is left
seat heaters. The ignition must be idling for an extended period.
ON (II) to use them. Push the front They can weaken the battery,
of the switch to turn the power on at causing hard starting.
a high temperature setting, and the
rear to set the heater at a low
temperature. The HI or LO lamp
lights and remains on while the
heater is on.

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Folding Rear Seat

MASTER KEY RELEASE Make sure both rear shoulder belts


are positioned in front of the rear
seat-back whenever the seat-back is
in its upright position.

Make sure all items in the trunk, or


items extending through the opening
into the back seat, are tied down.
Loose items can fly forward and
cause injury if you have to brake
hard. See Loading Cargo on page
Pull 106.

To fold down the seat-back from To release the seat-back from inside Never drive with the seat-back
inside the car, insert the master key the trunk, pull the release under the folded down and the trunk lid open.
in the lock on the rear shelf. Turn rear shelf. See Carbon Monoxide Hazard on
the key clockwise, pull down the top page 25.
of the seat-back, then release the To lock the seat-back upright, push it
key. firmly against the rear shelf. Make
sure it is latched in place by pulling
on the top of the seat.

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Power Windows

Your car's windows are electrically-


powered. Turn the ignition switch to
ON (II) to raise or lower any window. Closing a power window on a
child's hands or fingers can
Each door has a switch that controls cause serious injury.
its window. To open the window,
push the switch down and hold it. Make sure your children are
Release the switch when you want away from the windows before
the window to stop. Close the closing them.
window by pulling back on the
switch and holding it.
DRIVER'S WINDOW MAIN
SWITCH SWITCH

The driver's armrest has a master


power window control panel. To
open the passenger's window, push
down on the switch and hold it down
until the window reaches the desired
position. To close the window, pull
back on the window switch. Release
the switch when the window gets to
the position you want.

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Power Windows

The master control panel also con- The MAIN switch controls power to
tains these extra features: the passenger's window. With this
switch off, the passenger's window
AUTO — To open the driver's cannot be raised or lowered. The
window fully, push the window MAIN switch does not affect the
switch firmly down and release it. driver's window. Keep the MAIN
The window automatically goes all switch off when you have children in
the way down. To stop the window the car so they do not injure them-
from going all the way down, pull selves by operating the window
back on the window switch briefly. unintentionally.

To open the driver's window only The power window system has a key-
partially, push the window switch off delay function. The windows will
down lightly and hold it. The window still operate for up to ten minutes
will stop as soon as you release the after you turn off the ignition.
switch. Opening either door cancels the
delay function. You must turn the
The AUTO function only works to ignition ON (II) again before you can
lower the driver's window. To raise raise or lower the windows.
the window, you must pull back on
the window switch and hold it until
the window reaches the desired
position.

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Moonroof

The moonroof has a key-off delay. NOTICE


You can still open and close the
moonroof for up to ten minutes after If you try to open the moonroof in
you turn off the ignition. The key-off below-freezing temperatures, or when
delay cancels as soon as you open it is covered with snow or ice, you can
either door. You must then turn the damage the moonroof panel or motor.
ignition ON (II) for the moonroof to
operate.

MOONROOF SWITCH Closing the moonroof on


someone's hands or fingers can
Use the switch on the dashboard to cause serious injury.
open and close the moonroof. The
ignition must be ON (II). Push and Make sure passengers are
hold the switch to open the clear of the moonroof before
moonroof. Release the switch when closing it.
the moonroof reaches the desired
position. To close the moonroof,
press and hold the switch.

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Mirrors

Adjusting the Power Mirrors


SELECTOR SWITCH

TAB

Keep the inside and outside mirrors


clean and adjusted for best visibility. Adjust the outside mirrors with the 3. Push the appropriate edge of the
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before adjustment switch on the driver's adjustment switch to move the
you start driving. door armrest: mirror right, left, up or down.

The inside mirror has day and night 1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II). 4. When you finish, move the
positions. The night position reduces selector switch to the center (off)
glare from headlights behind you. 2. Move the selector switch to L position. This turns off the
Flip the tab on the bottom edge of (driver's side) or R (passenger's adjustment switch so you can't
the mirror to select the day or night side). move a mirror out of position by
position. accidentally bumping the switch.

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Mirrors, Parking Brake

Parking Brake NOTICE


HEATED MIRROR PARKING BRAKE LEVER Driving the car with the parking brake
BUTTON
applied can damage the rear brakes
and axles.

Available on all Canadian models To apply the parking brake, pull the
The outside mirrors are heated to re- lever up fully. To release it, pull up
move fog and frost. With the ignition slightly, push the button, and lower
ON (II), turn on the heaters by the lever. The parking brake light on
pressing the button. The light in the the instrument panel should go out
button comes on as a reminder. when the parking brake is fully
Press the button again to turn the released (see page 31).
heaters off.

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Digital Clock

HOUR MIN RESET


To set the clock: You can use the RESET button to
quickly set the time to the nearest
1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II) to hour. If the displayed time is before
display the time. the half hour, pressing RESET sets
the clock back to the previous hour.
2. Swing down the front cover of the If the displayed time is after the half
wide button under the clock hour, pressing RESET sets the clock
display. You will see HOUR, MIN, forward to the beginning of the next
and RESET buttons. hour.

3. Press and hold the HOUR button For example:


until the hour advances to the 1:06 would RESET to 1:00.
desired time. 1:52 would RESET to 2:00.
The digital clock displays the time
with the ignition switch ON (II). 4. Press and hold the MIN button
until the numbers advance to the
desired time.

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Beverage Holder

PARTITION Be careful when you are using the


beverage holder. A spilled liquid that
is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Spilled liquids can also
damage the upholstery, carpeting,
and electrical components in the
interior.

The front beverage holder is located Use the beverage holder only when
on the center console. the car is parked. If you place cups in
The partition in the beverage holder the holder while driving, the liquid
can be moved forward or backward. may spill when you go over bumps or
If you want to use the beverage around corners.
holder, slide the partition forward
until it clicks. To put small items in
the beverage holder, slide the
partition completely backward.

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Beverage Holder, Console Compartment

Console Compartment
LEVER LEVER

CONSOLE
COMPART-
MENT
The rear seat also has a beverage
holder in the armrest on the driver's To open the console compartment, You can put small items in the tray
side. press the lower lever and lift the lid. located in the console compartment
lid. To use the tray, press the upper
To close, lower the lid and push it lever and lift up the armrest pad.
down until it latches.

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Coin Box, Accessory Power Socket

Coin Box Accessory Power Socket

ACCESSORY
POWER
SOCKET

The coin box is located next to the To remove the coin box for emptying, To use the accessory power socket,
beverage holder. Open the lid by lift the coin box up by pushing up on pull down the cover. The ignition
lifting it up. the middle edge of the coin box on switch must be in ACCESSORY (I)
the console guide. Never use the or ON (II).
coin box for smoking materials.
This socket is intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories
that are rated 120 watts or less (10
amps).

It will not power an automotive type


cigarette lighter element.

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Ashtrays, Interior Lights

Ashtrays Ceiling Lights The ceiling light has a three-position


(Optional) switch. In the OFF position, the light
DOOR ACTIVATED does not come on. In the center
Front and rear ashtrays are available
as options. The front ashtray fits In position, the ceiling light comes on
the coin box. when you open either door. After
The rear ashtray fits in the rear both doors are closed tightly, the
pocket on the rear seat armrest on light dims slightly, then fades out in
the driver's side. about 10 seconds. In the ON position,
the ceiling light stays on
Open the rear ashtray by lifting up continuously.
the lid. To remove the ashtray for
emptying, open the lid and then lift it
up and out.

NOTICE The ceiling light contains a main


light as well as two spotlights.
Use the ashtray only for cigarettes,
cigars, and other smoking materials.
To prevent a possible fire and damage
to your car, don't put paper or other
things that can burn in the ashtray.

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Interior Lights

Courtesy Lights master door lock switch.


If you relock the driver's door or
close the driver's door with the key
in the ignition switch, the lights
turns off immediately. Otherwise,
the light remains on, then fades out
in about 10 seconds.

If you keep the door open, the ceiling


light (with the switch in the center
position) will turn off after three
minutes when the key is not in the
ignition switch.

Turn on the spotlight by pushing the Your car has a courtesy light in the On Type SH
button next to each light. Push the ignition switch. The ignition switch Your car also has a courtesy light in
button again to turn it off. You can light comes on whenever you open each door. Each door light comes on
use the spotlights at all times. either door. It remains on, then fades when the door is opened, and goes
out in about 10 seconds after both out when the door is closed tightly.
doors are closed tightly.

The ignition switch light and ceiling


light (with the switch in the center
position) also comes on when you
unlock the door with the key, the
lock tab on the driver's door, or the

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Comfort and Convenience Features

The heating and air conditioning Heating and Cooling........................ 70


systems in your Honda provide a What Each Control Does............ 70
comfortable driving environment in How to Use the System............... 72
all weather conditions. To Turn Everything Off............. 77
Audio System................................... 78
The standard audio system has AM/FM/CD Audio System....... 78
many features. This section de- Operating the Radio.................... 79
scribes those features and how to Adjusting the Sound.................... 82
use them. (If you selected an Audio System Lighting............... 83
optional audio system, refer to the Radio Frequencies....................... 83
operating instructions that came Radio Reception.....,...,...,..,..,,...... 83
with it.) Operating the CD Player............ 85
Operating the CD Changer........ 87
Your Honda has an anti-theft audio Protecting Compact Discs.......... 88
system that requires a code number CD Player Error Indications....... 89
to enable it. CD Changer Error Indications... 90
Operating the Cassette Player... 91
Tape Search Functions............... 92
Caring for the Cassette Player... 94
Theft Protection........................... 95

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Heating and Cooling

Proper use of the Heating and MODE BUTTONS REAR WINDOW RECIRCULATION
Cooling system can make the DEFOGGER BUTTON BUTTON
interior dry and comfortable, and
keep the windows clear for best
visibility.

What Each Control Does

Fan Control Lever


Sliding this lever to the right
increases the fan's speed, which
increases air flow. TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING
CONTROL LEVER LEVER BUTTON
Temperature Control Lever Rear Window Defogger Button Recirculation Button
Sliding this lever to the right This button turns the rear window This button controls the source of
increases the temperature of the air defogger on and off (see page 41). the air going into the system. When
flow. the indicator in this button is lit, air
from the vehicle's interior is sent
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button through the system again (Recircula-
This button turns the air condi- tion mode). When the indicator is off,
tioning ON and OFF. The indicator air is brought in from outside the
in the button lights when the A/C is vehicle (Fresh Air mode).
on.

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Heating and Cooling

Mode Buttons
Use the MODE buttons to select the
vents the air flows from.

Air flows from the center


and corner vents in the dashboard.

Air flow is divided between


the vents in the dashboard and the
floor vents.

Air flows from the floor


vents.

Air flow is divided between


the floor vents and the defroster
vents at the base of the windshield.

Air flows from the defroster


vents at the base of the windshield.

When you select the system


automatically switches to Fresh Air
mode and turns on the A/C.

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Heating and Cooling

Vent Controls How to Use the System


This section covers how to set up the
CENTER VENT SIDE VENT
system controls for ventilation,
heating, cooling, dehumidifying, and
defrosting.

The engine must be running for the


heater and air conditioning to
generate hot and cold air. 'The heater
uses engine coolant to warm the air.
If the engine is cold, it will be several
minutes before you feel warm air
coming from the system.
The air conditioning does not rely on
You can adjust the direction of the The vents in the corners of the engine temperature.
air coming from the dashboard vents dashboard can be opened and closed
by moving the tab in the center of with the dials underneath them.
each vent up-and-down and side-to-
side.

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Heating and Cooling

It Is best to leave the system in Fresh MODE BUTTONS RECIRCULATION


Air mode under almost all conditions. BUTTON
Keeping the system in Recirculation
mode, particularly with the A/C off,
can cause the windows to fog up.
Switch to Recirculation mode when
you are driving through smoky or
dusty conditions, then switch back to
Fresh Air mode when the condition
clears.

The outside air intakes for the TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING
heating and cooling system are at CONTROL LEVER LEVER BUTTON
the base of the windshield. Keep Ventilation 1. Slide the temperature control lever
these clear of leaves and other The flow-through ventilation system all the way to the left.
debris. draws in outside air, circulates it Make sure the A / C is off.
through the interior, then exhausts it 2. Select and Fresh Air mode.
through vents near the rear window. 3. Set the fan to the desired speed.

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Heating and Cooling

To Cool with A/C


1. Turn on the A/C by pressing the
button. The light in the button MODE BUTTONS RECIRCULATION
should come on. BUTTON
2. Make sure the temperature
control lever is all the way to the
left.
3. Select and Fresh Air mode.
4. Set the fan to the desired speed.

TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING


CONTROL LEVER LEVER BUTTON

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Heating and Cooling

If the interior is very warm from Air conditioning places an extra load To Heat and Dehumidify with Air
being parked in the sun, you can cool on the engine. Watch the engine Conditioning
it down more rapidly by setting up coolant temperature gauge (see page Air conditioning, as it cools, removes
the controls this way: 35) when driving in stop-and-go moisture from the air. When used in
traffic or climbing a long, steep hill. combination with the heater, it
1. Start the engine. If it moves near the red zone, turn makes the interior warm and dry.
2. Turn on the A/C by pressing the off the A / C until the gauge reads
button. Make sure the tempera- normally. 1. Switch the fan on.
ture control lever is all the way to 2. Turn on the air conditioning.
the left. To Heat 3. Select and Fresh Air mode.
3. Set the fan to maximum speed. To warm the interior: 4. Adjust the temperature control
4. Open the windows partially. Select lever so the mixture of heated and
and Recirculation mode. 1. Start the engine. cooled air feels comfortable.
2. Select and Fresh Air mode.
When the interior has cooled down 3. Set the fan to the desired speed. This setting is suitable for all driving
to a more comfortable temperature, 4. Adjust the warmth of the air with conditions whenever the outside
close the windows and set the the temperature control lever. temperature is above 32°F (0°C).
controls as described for normal
cooling.

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Heating and Cooling

To Defog and Defrost


To remove fog from the inside of the
windows: MODE BUTTONS REAR WINDOW RECIRCULATION
DEFOGGER BUTTON BUTTON
1. Switch the fan on.
2. Select
When you select the
system automatically switches to
Fresh Air mode and turns on the
A/C.
3. Adjust the temperature control
lever so the air flow from the
defroster vents feels warm.
4. Turn on the rear window defogger
to help clear the rear window. TEMPERATURE FAN CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING
CONTROL LEVER LEVER BUTTON
'When you switch to another mode
from the A/C stays on.
Press the A/C button to turn if off.

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Heating and Cooling

To remove exterior frost or ice from These settings direct all the air flow To Turn Everything Off
the windshield and side windows to the defroster vents at the base of To shut off the system temporarily,
after the car has been sitting out in the windshield and the side window slide the fan speed and temperature
cold weather: defroster vents. The air flow will get control levers all the way to the left,
warmer and clear the windows faster
1. Start the engine. as the engine warms up. You can You should shut the system
2. Select close the side vents with the dial completely off only for the first few
When you select the underneath each vent. This will send minutes of driving in cold weather,
system automatically switches to more warm air to the windshield until the engine coolant warms up
Fresh Air mode and turns on the defroster vents. enough to operate the heater. Keep
A/C. the fan on at all other times so stale
3. Switch the fan and temperature For safety, make sure you have a air does not build up in the interior.
controls to maximum. clear view through all the windows
before driving away.
To rapidly remove exterior frost or
ice from the windshield (on very cold
days), first select the Recirculation
mode. Once the windshield is clear,
select the Fresh Air mode to avoid
fogging the windows.

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Audio System

AM/FM/CD Audio System


Your Honda's audio system provides AM/FM 1-2 BUTTON TUNE BAR
clear reception on both AM and FM
bands, while the preset buttons allow
you to easily select your favorite
stations.

The Anti-theft feature will disable


the system if it is disconnected from
the car's battery. To get the system
working again, you must enter a
code number (see page 95 ).

PWR/VOL KNOB PRESET BUTTONS SEEK BAR

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Audio System

Operating the Radio You can use any of three methods to SEEK — The SEEK function
The ignition switch must be in find radio stations on the selected searches the band for a station with
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) to band: TUNE, SEEK, or the Preset a strong signal. To activate it, press
operate the audio system. Turn the buttons. the SEEK bar on either the or
system on by pushing the PWR/ side, then release it.
VOL knob. Adjust the volume by TUNE — Use the TUNE bar to tune Depending on which side you press,
turning the same knob. the radio to a desired frequency. the system scans upward or down-
Press the side of the bar to tune ward from the current frequency. It
The band and frequency that the to a higher frequency, and the stops when it finds a station with a
radio was last tuned to is displayed. side to tune to a lower strong signal.
To change bands, press the A M / F M frequency. The frequency numbers
1-2 button. On the FM band, ST will will start to change rapidly. Release Preset — You can store the fre-
be displayed if the station is broad- the bar when the display reaches the quencies of your favorite radio
casting in stereo. Stereo reproduc- desired frequency. To change the stations in the six preset buttons.
tion on AM is not available. frequency in small increments, press Each button will store one frequency
and release the TUNE bar quickly. on the AM band, and two on the FM
band.

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Audio System

To store a frequency:
AM/FM 1-2 BUTTON TUNE BAR
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each Preset
button.

2. Use the TUNE or SEEK function


to tune the radio to a desired
station.

3. Pick the Preset button you want


for that station. Press the button
and hold it until you hear a beep.
PRESET BUTTONS SEEK BAR
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to store a total
of six stations on AM and twelve
on FM.

Once a station's frequency is stored,


simply press and release the proper
Preset button to tune to it.
The preset frequencies will be lost if
your vehicle's battery goes dead, is
disconnected or the radio fuse is
removed.

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Audio System

AUTO SELECT — If you are


traveling far from home and can no TUNE BAR SEEK BAR
longer receive the stations you
preset, you can use the Auto Select
feature to find stations in the local
area.

To activate Auto Select, press the


A. SEL/RPT button. A. SEL will
flash in the display, and the system
will go into scan mode for several
seconds. It automatically scans both
bands, looking for stations with
strong signals. It stores the frequen-
cies of six AM stations and twelve PRESET BUTTONS AUTO SELECT/
FM stations in the preset buttons. REPEAT BUTTON
You can then use the preset buttons
to select those stations. With Auto Select on, you cannot Auto Select does not erase the
manually store any frequencies in frequencies that you preset pre-
If you are in a remote area, Auto the preset buttons. If you do not like viously. When you return home, turn
Select may not find six strong AM the stations found by Auto Select, off Auto Select by pressing the
stations or twelve strong FM stations. you can use the TUNE and SEEK A. SEL/RPT button. The preset
If this happens, you will see a "0" functions to find other stations. buttons will then select the fre-
displayed when you press any preset quencies you originally set.
button that does not have a station
stored.

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Audio System

Adjusting the Sound


Bass, Treble, Balance, and Fader are MODE BUTTON
each adjustable. You select which of
these you want to adjust by pressing
the MODE button several times. The
selected mode, BAS, TRE, FAD, or
BAL is shown in the display.

Balance/Fader — These two


modes adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
BAL adjusts the side-to-side strength,
while FAD adjusts the front-to-back
strength.
PWR/VOL KNOB
Select BAL or FAD by pressing the
MODE button. Adjust the Balance or
Fader to your liking by turning the Treble/Bass — Use these modes to The system will automatically return
PWR/VOL knob. The number in the adjust the tone to your liking. Select the display to normal mode about
display (from — 9 to 9) shows you the TRE or BAS by pressing the MODE seven seconds after you stop
current setting. button. Adjust the desired mode by adjusting a mode with the PWR/
turning the PWR/VOL knob. The VOL knob. You can also continue
displayed number (from — 5 to 5) pressing the MODE button until the
shows you the current setting. frequency is displayed.

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Audio System Lighting Radio Frequencies Radio Reception


You can use the MODE button to Your Honda's radio can receive the How well your Honda's radio
turn the Illumination on the audio complete AM and FM bands. receives stations is dependent on
system on or off when the headlighs Those bands cover these frequen- many factors, such as the distance
are on. cies: from the station's transmitter,
nearby large objects, and atmos-
Push and hold the MODE button for AM band: pheric conditions.
three seconds and the illumination 530 to 1,710 kilohertz
will turn off. Push it again for three FM band: A radio station's signal gets weaker
seconds to turn the illumination on. 87.7 to 107.9 megahertz as you get farther away from its
transmitter. If you are listening to an
Radio stations on the AM band are AM station, you will notice the sound
assigned frequencies at least ten volume becoming weaker, and the
kilohertz apart (530, 540, 550). station drifting in and out. If you are
Stations on the FM band are listening to an FM station, you will
assigned frequencies at least 0.2 see the stereo indicator flickering off
megahertz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3). and on as the signal weakens.
Eventually, the stereo indicator will
Stations must use these exact go off and the sound will fade
frequencies. It is fairly common for completely as you get out of range of
stations to round-off the frequency in the station's signal.
their advertising, so your radio could
display a frequency of 100.9 even
though the announcer may identify
the station as "FM101."
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Driving very near the transmitter of Radio signals, especially on the FM Radio reception can be affected by
a station that is broadcasting on a band, are deflected by large objects atmospheric conditions such as
frequency close to the frequency of such as buildings and hills. Your thunderstorms, high humidity, and
the station you are listening to can radio then receives both the direct even sunspots. You may be able to
also affect your radio's reception. signal from the station's transmitter, receive a distant radio station one
You may temporarily hear both and the deflected signal. This causes day and not receive it the next day
stations, or hear only the station you the sound to distort or flutter. This is because of a change in conditions.
are close to. a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving. Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.

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Operating the CD Player


You operate the CD player with the AM/FM1-2 CD BUTTON CD SLOT CD INDICATOR
BUTTON
same controls used for the radio.

With the system on, insert the disc


into the CD slot Push the disc in
halfway, the drive will pull it in the
rest of the way and begin to play.
The number of the track that is
playing is shown in the display.

You can also play 3-inch (8-cm) discs


without using an adapter ring.

When the system reaches the end of PWR/VOL EJECT BUTTON REPEAT/RANDOM
the disc, it will return to the begin- KNOB PLAY BUTTON
ning and play that disc again.

You can switch to the radio while a


CD is playing by pressing the AM/
FM1-2 button. Press the CD button
to return to playing the CD. The CD
will begin playing where it left off.

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If you turn the system off while a CD You can use the TUNE and SEEK RANDOM PLAY — This feature,
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL bars while a disc is playing to select when activated, plays the tracks on
knob or by turning off the ignition, passages and changes tracks. the CD in random order, rather than
the disc will stay in the drive. When in the order they are recorded on the
you turn the system back on, the CD To move rapidly within a track, press CD. To activate Random Play, press
will begin playing where it left off. and hold the TUNE bar. Press the and hold the A. SEL/RPT button
side to move forward, or the until you see A. SEL in the display.
Press the eject button to remove the side to move backward. The system will then select and play
disc from the drive. Release the bar when the system tracks randomly. This continues
reaches the point you want. until you deactivate Random Play by
If you eject the disc, but do not pressing A. SEL/RPT again.
remove it from the slot, the system Each time you press the side of
will automatically reload the disc the SEEK bar, the system skips If the system is in Repeat mode, you
after 15 seconds and put the CD forward to the beginning of the next must turn it off by pressing A. SEL/
player in pause mode. To begin track. Press the side to skip RPT before you can select Random
playing the disc, press the CD button. backward to the beginning of the Play. Then press and hold the button
current track. Press it again to skip again until you see A. SEL displayed.
to the beginning of the previous
track.

REPEAT — To activate the Repeat


feature, press and release the Repeat
button. You will see RPT in the
display. The system continuously
replays the current track. Press the
Repeat button again to turn it off.

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Operating the CD Changer To select a different disc, press the When you switch back to CD mode,
(Optional) appropriate preset button (1—6). If the system selects the same unit (in-
A trunk-mounted Compact Disc you select an empty slot in the dash or changer) that was playing
changer is available for your car. It magazine, the changer will, after when you switched out of CD mode.
holds up to six discs, providing finding that slot empty, try to load
several hours of continuous the CD in the next slot. This To use the SKIP, REPEAT, and
entertainment. You operate this CD continues until it finds a CD to load RANDOM functions, refer to the in-
changer with the same controls used and play. dash player operating instructions.
for the in-dash CD player.
If you load a CD in the in-dash player
Load the desired CD's in the while the changer is playing a CD,
magazine and load the magazine in the system will stop the changer and
the changer according to the begin playing the in-dash CD. To
instructions that came with the unit. select the changer again, press the
CD button. Play will begin where it
To select the CD changer, press the left off. Use the CD button to switch
CD button. The disc and track between the player and the changer.
numbers will be displayed. A "0" will
flash for the track number as the CD If you eject the in-dash CD while it is
is loaded, then it will change to a playing, the system will automatically
non-flashing "1 " . switch to the CD changer and begin
play where it left off. If there are no
CDs in the changer, the display will
flash. You will have to select another
mode (AM or FM) with the button.

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Protecting Compact Discs

Handle a CD by its edges; never To clean a disc, use a clean soft cloth. A new CD may be rough on the
touch either surface. Contamination Wipe across the disc from the center inner and outer edges. The small
from fingerprints, liquids, felt-tip to the outside edge. plastic pieces causing this roughness
pens, and labels can cause the CD to can flake off and fall on the re-
not play properly, or possibly jam in cording surface of the disc, causing
the drive. skipping or other problems. Remove
these pieces by rubbing the inner
When a CD is not being played, store and outer edges with the side of a
it in its case to protect it from dust pencil or pen.
and other contamination. To prevent
warpage, keep CDs out of direct Never try to insert foreign objects in
sunlight and extreme heat. the CD player or the magazine.

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CD Player Error Indications


If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
player, find the cause in the chart to
the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the car to your
Honda dealer.

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CD Changer Error Indications


If you see an error indication in the
display while operating the CD
changer, find the cause in the chart
to the right. If you cannot clear the
error indication, take the car to your
Honda dealer.

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Operating the Cassette Player


(Optional) FAST FORWARD/ T MS
REWIND
The cassette system features Dolby
B* noise reduction, automatic
sensing of chromium-dioxide (CrO2)
tape, and autoreverse for continuous
play.

Make sure the tape opening on the


cassette is facing to the right, then
insert the cassette most of the way
into the slot. The system will pull it
in the rest of the way, and begin to
play.
PROG BUTTON DOLBY ON/OFF REPEAT BUTTON
BUTTON
* Dolby noise reduction manufactured under
license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corpo-
ration. "DOLBY" and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.

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The tape direction indicator will light If you turn the system off while a Tape Search Functions
to show you which side of the tape is playing, either with the PWR/ With a cassette playing, you can use
cassette is playing. The indicates VOL knob or by turning off the the FF, REW, TMS, or REPEAT
the side you inserted facing upward ignition, the cassette will remain in function to find a desired program.
is now playing. If you want to play the drive. When you turn the system
the other side, press the PROG back on, the tape will begin playing FF/REW — Fast Forward and
button. where it left off. Rewind move the tape rapidly. Press
and release the side of the
Dolby B noise reduction turns on To switch to the radio or CD player TUNE bar to fast forward the tape,
when you insert a cassette. If the while a tape is playing, press the or the side to rewind. You will
tape was not recorded with Dolby B AM/FM1-2 or CD button. To change see FF or REW flashing in the
noise reduction, turn it off by back to the cassette player, push the display. To stop fast forward or
pressing the NR button. CD button. rewind, press the PLAY button. If
the system reaches the end of the
When the system reaches the end of tape while in fast forward or rewind,
the tape, it will automatically reverse it automatically stops that function,
direction and play the other side. If reverses direction, and begins to play.
you want to remove the cassette
from the drive, press the EJECT
button.

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TMS — The Tape Music Search


function allows you to find the FAST FORWARD/ TMS
beginning of a song or passage. To REWIND
activate TMS, press the SEEK bar.
Press the side to advance to the
beginning of the next song or
passage, or the side to return to
the beginning of the current song or
passage. FF or REW will flash in the
display as the tape moves. When the
system reaches the beginning of the
next song or passage (FF), or the
beginning of the current one (REW),
it goes back to PLAY mode.
PROG BUTTON DOLBY ON/OFF REPEAT BUTTON
BUTTON
REPEAT — The Repeat function
continuously replays the current continue to repeat this same The TMS and REPEAT functions
song or passage. Press the REPEAT program until you deactivate use silent periods on the tape to find
button to activate it; you will see RPT REPEAT by pressing the button the end of a song or passage. These
displayed as a reminder. When the again. features may not work to your
system reaches the end of the song satisfaction if there is almost no gap
or passage currently playing, it will between selections, a high noise
automatically go into rewind. level between selections, or a silent
When it senses the beginning of the period in the middle of a selection.
same song or passage, the system
returns to PLAY mode. It will

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Caring for the Cassette Player The player automatically ejects When they are not in use, store
The cassette player picks up dirt and cassettes that do not play properly. If cassettes in their cases to protect
oxides from the tape. This contami- it ejects a cassette before it begins to them from dust and moisture. Never
nation builds up over time and play, it is probably defective and place cassettes where they will be
causes the sound quality to degrade. should not be inserted again. You exposed to direct sunlight, high heat,
To prevent this, you should clean the may have a cassette suddenly stop or high humidity. If a cassette is
player after every 30 hours of use. playing, reverse directions once or exposed to extreme heat or cold, let
Your dealer has a cleaning kit twice and then eject. This is normally it reach a moderate temperature
available. an indication the tape is wound before inserting it in the player.
unevenly. It should play after the
If you do not clean the cassette tape is manually rewound. Never try to insert foreign objects
player regularly, it may eventually into the cassette player.
become impossible to remove the Use 100-minute or shorter cassettes.
contamination with a normal Cassettes longer than that use
cleaning kit. thinner tape that may break or jam
the drive.

Look at the cassette before you


insert it. If the tape is loose, tighten
it by turning a hub with a pencil or
your finger.
If the label is peeling off, remove it
from the cassette or it could cause
the cassette to jam in the player.
Never try to insert a warped or
damaged cassette in the player.

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Theft Protection If your car's battery is disconnected You will have to store your favorite
Your car's audio system will disable or goes dead, the audio system will stations in the Preset buttons after
itself if it is disconnected from disable itself. If this happens, you the system begins working. Your
electrical power for any reason. To will see "Code" in the frequency original settings were lost when
make it work again, the user must display the next time you turn on the power was disconnected.
enter a specific five-digit code in the system. Use the Preset buttons to
Preset buttons. Because there are enter the five-digit code. If it is
hundreds of number combinations entered correctly, the radio will start
possible from five digits, making the playing.
system work without knowing the
exact code is nearly impossible. If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over or try to
You should have received a card that correct your mistake. Complete the
lists your audio system's code five-digit sequence, then enter the
number and serial number. It is best correct code. You have three tries to
to store this card in a safe place at enter the correct code. If you are
home. In addition, you should write unsuccessful in three attempts, you
the audio system's serial number in must then leave the system on for
this Owner's Manual. If you should one hour before trying again.
happen to lose the card, you must
obtain the code number from your
Honda dealer. To do this, you will
need the system's serial number.

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Before Driving

Before you begin driving your Honda, Break-in Period................................ 98


you should know what gasoline to Gasoline............................................ 98
use, and how to check the levels of Oxygenated Fuels........................ 98
important fluids. You also need to Driving in Foreign Countries..... 99
know how to properly store luggage Service Station Procedures.......... 100
or packages. The information in this Filling the Fuel Tank................. 100
section will help you. If you plan to Opening the Hood..................... 101
add any accessories to your car, Oil Check................................ 102
please read the information in this Engine Coolant Check.......... 103
section first. Fuel Economy................................ 104
Vehicle Condition...................... 104
Driving Habits............................ 104
Accessories..................................... 105
Loading Cargo................................ 106

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Break-in Period, Gasoline

Break-in Period Gasoline In Canada, some gasolines contain


Help assure your car's future Your Honda is designed to operate an octane-enhancing additive called
reliability and performance by paying on premium unleaded gasoline with a MMT. If you use such gasolines,
extra attention to how you drive pump octane number of 91 or higher. your emission control system
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km). performance may deteriorate and
During this period: If you are unable to find premium the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on
unleaded gasoline, you may substi- your instrument panel may turn on.
Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid tute an unleaded regular gasoline. If this happens, contact your
acceleration. The engine will compensate for the authorized Honda dealer for service.
lower octane, but you may notice a
Avoid hard braking. New brakes slight decrease in power as a result. Oxygenated Fuels
need to be broken-in by moderate Some conventional gasolines are
use for the first 200 miles (300 We recommend gasolines containing being blended with alcohol or an
km). detergent additives that help prevent ether compound. These gasolines
fuel system and engine deposits. are collectively referred to as
You should follow these same re- oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air
commendations with an overhauled Using gasoline containing lead will standards, some areas of the United
or exchanged engine, or when the damage your car's emission controls. States and Canada use oxygenated
brakes are relined. This contributes to air pollution. fuels to help reduce emissions.

If you use an oxygenated fuel, be


sure it is unleaded and meets the
minimum octane rating requirement.

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Gasoline

Before using an oxygenated fuel, try METHANOL (methyl or wood Driving in Foreign Countries
to confirm the fuel's contents. Some alcohol) If you are planning to take your
states/provinces require this You may use gasoline containing up Honda outside the U.S. or Canada,
information to be posted on the to 5 percent methanol by volume as contact the tourist bureaus in the
pump. long as it also contains cosolvents areas you will be traveling in to find
and corrosion inhibitors to protect out about the availability of unleaded
The following are the EPA-approved the fuel system. Gasoline containing gasoline with the proper octane
percentages of oxygenates: more than 5 percent methanol by rating.
volume may cause starting and/or If unleaded gasoline is not available,
ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) performance problems. It may also be aware that using leaded gasoline
You may use gasoline containing up damage metal, rubber and plastic in your Honda will affect perform-
to 10 percent ethanol by volume. parts of your fuel system. ance and fuel mileage, and damage
Gasoline containing ethanol may be its emissions controls. It will no
marketed under the name "Gasohol." If you notice any undesirable longer comply with U.S. and
operating symptoms, try another Canadian emissions regulations, and
MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl service station or switch to another will be illegal to operate in North
Ether) brand of gasoline. America. To bring your car back into
You may use gasoline containing up compliance will require the replace-
to 15 percent MTBE by volume. Fuel system damage or performance ment of several components, such as
problems resulting from the use of the oxygen sensors and the three
an oxygenated fuel containing more way catalytic converter. These
than the percentages of oxygenates replacements are not covered under
given above are not covered under warranty.
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Service Station Procedures

Filling the Fuel Tank 3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
Pull Gasoline is highly flammable pressure inside the tank escapes.
and explosive. You can be Place the cap in the holder on the
burned or seriously injured fuel fill door.
when handling fuel.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
Stop the engine and keep pump automatically clicks off. Do
heat, sparks, and flame away. not try to "top off" the tank, leave
Handle fuel only outdoors. some room for the fuel to expand
Wipe up spills immediately. with temperature changes.

5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on,


FUEL FILL CAP tighten it until it clicks. If you do
1. Because the fuel fill cap is on the not properly tighten the cap, the
driver's side of the car, park with Malfunction Indicator Lamp may
that side closest to the service come on (see page 214).
station pumps.
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling it latches.
on the handle to the left of the
driver's seat.

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Service Station Procedures

Opening the Hood


SUPPORT ROD

CLIP

LATCH

HOOD RELEASE HANDLE


1. Shift to Park or Neutral and set 2. Standing in front of the car, put 3. Pull the support rod out of its clip
the parking brake. Pull the hood your fingers under the front edge and insert the end into the hole on
release handle located under the of the hood to the right of center. the left side of the hood.
lower left corner of the dashboard. Slide your hand to the left until
The hood will pop up slightly. you feel the hood latch handle. To close the hood, lift it up slightly to
Push this handle to the left until it remove the support rod from the
releases the hood. Lift the hood. hole. Put the support rod back into
its holding clip. Lower the hood to
about a foot above the fender, then
let it drop.

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Oil Check

DIPSTICK

Check the engine oil level every time 2. Wipe the dipstick with a clean 3. Insert it all the way back in its tube.
you fill the car with fuel. Wait at least cloth or paper towel.
two minutes after turning the engine
off before you check the oil.

1. Remove the dipstick (orange


handle).

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Engine Coolant Check Refer to Owner Maintenance


Checks on page 144 for information
on checking other items in your
Honda.

MAX
MIN

UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK

RESERVE TANK

4. Remove the dipstick again and Look at the coolant level in the
check the level. It should be radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the upper and lower between the MAX and MIN lines. If
marks. it is below the MIN line, see Adding
Engine Coolant on page 150 for
If it is near or below the lower mark, information on adding the proper
see Adding Oil on page 146. coolant.

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Fuel Economy

The condition of your car and your Driving Habits A cold engine uses more fuel than a
driving habits are the two most You can improve fuel economy by warm engine. It is not necessary to
important things that affect the fuel driving moderately. Rapid acceler- "warm-up" a cold engine by letting it
mileage you get. ation, abrupt cornering, and hard idle for a long time. You can drive
braking use more fuel. away in about a minute, no matter
Vehicle Condition how cold it is outside. The engine
Always maintain your car according Always drive in the highest gear that will warm up faster, and you get
to the maintenance schedule. This allows the engine to run and acceler- better fuel economy. To cut down on
will keep it in top operating condition. ate smoothly. the number of "cold starts," try to
combine several short trips into one.
An important part of that mainte- Depending on traffic conditions, try
nance is the Owner Maintenance to maintain a constant speed. Every The air conditioning puts an extra
Checks (see page 144). For time you slow down and speed up, load on the engine which makes it
example, an underinflated tire your car uses extra fuel. Use the use more fuel. Turn off the A/C to
causes more "rolling resistance," cruise control, when appropriate, to cut down on air conditioning use.
which uses fuel. It also wears out increase fuel economy. Use the flow-through ventilation
faster, so check the tire pressure at when the outside air temperature is
least monthly. moderate.

In winter, the build-up of snow on


your carz's underside adds weight and
rolling resistance. Frequent cleaning
helps your fuel mileage and reduces
the chance of corrosion.

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Accessories

Your Honda dealer has many Some non-Honda accessories you Electronic communications equip-
Genuine Honda Accessories that can buy in the "aftermarket" are ment, such as cellular telephones
allow you to personalize your car. designed for universal applications. and two-way radios are regulated by
These have all been approved for Although they may fit your Honda, the FCC (DOC in Canada) and
installation and use on your car, and they may not be within factory should not interfere with your car's
are covered by warranty. specifications. For example, after- systems. Improper installation, or
market wheels may not meet Honda's using electrical equipment not in-
specifications for width and offset. tended for mobile use may interfere
They could cause suspension with your car's operation. If you want
problems that would not be covered to install a cellular telephone, other
by your warranty. Improperly- mobile communications equipment
designed accessories can adversely or even add-on stereo amplifiers,
affect your car's handling and please discuss it first with your
stability. Honda dealer.

Your car has several computer- In many cases, improper installation


controlled systems, including the is the real cause of problems with
SRS system, the engine's fuel aftermarket accessories. Have these
injection, and the Anti-lock brake accessories installed by qualified
system. Strong electronic inter- technicians who are familiar with
ference can affect their operation. your Honda. If possible, have your
Honda dealer inspect the final
installation.

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Loading Cargo

The maximum load you can carry in To figure out how much cargo you Where you store this cargo, and how
your Honda is 700 Ibs (325 kg). It can carry: well you secure it, are just as
includes the total weight of all important as how much it weighs.
passengers and their belongings, any Figure the total "occupant weight" Make sure you load cargo so it will
accessories, and the tongue weight you will be transporting. To do this, not shift while driving. Items stored
of a trailer. This 700 Ibs (325 kg) multiply the number of people in the trunk should be stored as far
figure is shown as the Vehicle (driver and all passengers) by 150 forward as possible. You could store
Capacity Weight on the tire infor- Ibs (70 kg). additional items on the floor behind
mation label attached to the driver's the front seats. Make sure they
doorjamb. Subtract this number from the cannot roll under the front seat and
Vehicle Capacity Weight (700 Ibs/ interfere with the pedals.
325 kg).
If you must carry large objects that
If you are towing a trailer, subtract prevent you from closing the trunk
the tongue weight. See Towing a lid, be aware that exhaust gas can
Trailer on page 128. enter the interior. See Carbon
Monoxide Hazard on page 25.
This final number is the total weight
of cargo you can load in or on the car. Never place items on the shelf
With four occupants (driver and behind the back seat. Those items
three passengers), the maximum can fly forward and injure you or
recommended weight for cargo is your passengers if you brake hard or
100 Ibs (45 kg). are involved in a collision.

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Driving

This section gives you tips on Preparing to Drive......................... 108


starting the engine under various Starting the Engine........................ 109
conditions, and how to operate the Starting in Cold Weather
5-speed manual and automatic at High Altitude..................... 109
transmissions. It also includes 5-speed Manual Transmission..... 110
important information on parking Recommended Shift Points...... 111
your car, the braking system, and Maximum Speeds ..................... 111
facts you need if you are planning to Automatic Transmission............... 112
tow a trailer. Shift Lever Position Indicator.. 112
Shift Lever Positions................. 113
Maximum Speeds...................... 118
Shift Lock Release..................... 119
Parking............................................ 120
The Braking System...................... 121
Brake Wear Indicators.............. 121
Brake System Design................ 122
Anti-lock Brakes........................ 122
Important Safety
Reminders.......................... 123
ABS Indicator......................... 124
Active Torque Transfer System.. 125
Driving in Bad Weather................ 126
Towing a Trailer............................ 128

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Preparing to Drive

You should do the following checks 5. Check the adjustment of the seat 10.Turn the ignition ON (II). Check
and adjustments every day before (see page 53). the indicator lights in the instru-
you drive your car. ment panel.
6. Check the adjustment of the
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors, inside and outside mirrors (see 11.Start the engine (see page 109).
and outside lights are clean and page 61).
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow, 12.Check the gauges and indicator
or ice. 7. Check the adjustment of the lights in the instrument panel (see
steering wheel (see page 42). page 29).
2. Check that the hood and trunk are
fully closed. 8. Make sure the doors are securely
closed and locked.
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its 9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
pressure. your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 7 ) .
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying with you inside are stored
properly or fastened down
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Starting the Engine

1. Apply the parking brake. 5. If the engine does not start within meters) adds to the problem.
15 seconds, or starts but stalls Use the following procedure:
2. In cold weather, turn off all right away, repeat step 4 with the
electrical accessories to reduce accelerator pedal pressed half-way 1. Turn off all electrical accessories
the drain on the battery. down. If the engine starts, release to reduce the drain on the battery.
pressure on the accelerator pedal
3. Manual Transmission: so the engine does not race. 2. Push the accelerator pedal half-
Push the clutch pedal down all the way to the floor and hold it there
way. START (III) does not 6. If the engine still does not start, while starting the engine. Do not
function unless the clutch pedal is press the accelerator pedal all the hold the ignition key in START
depressed, way down and hold it there while (III) for more than 15 seconds.
starting in order to clear flooding. When the engine starts, release
Automatic Transmission: As before, keep the ignition key in the accelerator pedal gradually as
Make sure the shift lever is in the START (III) position for no the engine speeds up and smooths
Park. Press on the brake pedal. more than 15 seconds. Return to out.
step 5 if the engine does not start.
4. Without touching the accelerator If it starts, lift your foot off the 3. If the engine fails to start in step 2,
pedal, turn the ignition key to the accelerator pedal so the engine push the accelerator pedal to the
START (III) position. If the engine does not race. floor and hold it there while you
does not start right away, do not try to start the engine for no more
hold the key in START (III) for Starting in Cold Weather at High than 15 seconds. If the engine
more than 15 seconds at a time. Altitude (Above 8,000 feet/ does not start, return to step 2.
Pause for at least 10 seconds 2,400 meters)
before trying again. An engine is harder to start in cold
weather. The thinner air found at
high altitude above 8,000 feet (2,400

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5-speed Manual Transmission

Come to a full stop before you shift


into Reverse. You can damage the
transmission by trying to shift into Rapid slowing or speeding-up
Reverse with the car moving. Push can cause loss of control on
down the clutch pedal, and pause for slippery surfaces. If you crash,
a few seconds before shifting into you can be injured.
Reverse, or shift into one of the
forward gears for a moment. This Use extra care when driving on
stops the gears so they won't "grind". slippery surfaces.

When slowing down, you can get


extra braking from the engine by
shifting to a lower gear. This extra
The manual transmission is syn- braking can help you maintain a safe
chronized in all forward gears for speed and prevent your brakes from
smooth operation. It has a lockout so overheating while going down a
you cannot shift directly from Fifth steep hill. Before downshifting,
to Reverse. When shifting up or make sure engine speed will not go
down, make sure you push the clutch into the tachometer's red zone in the
pedal down all the way, shift to the lower gear. Refer to the Maximum
next gear, and let the pedal up Speeds chart.
gradually. When you are not shifting,
do not rest your foot on the clutch
pedal. This can cause your clutch to
wear out faster.

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5-speed Manual Transmission

Recommended Shift Points Maximum Speeds


Drive in the highest gear that lets The speeds in this table are the
the engine ran and accelerate maximums for the given gears. If
smoothly. This will give you the best you exceed these speeds, the engine
fuel economy and effective emis- speed will enter into the tachometer's
sions control. The following shift red zone. If this occurs, you may feel
points are recommended: the engine cut in and out. This is
caused by a limiter in the engine's
computer controls. The engine will
run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.

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Automatic Transmission

Your Honda's transmission has four Shift Lever Position Indicator The "D4" indicator comes on for a
forward speeds, and is electronically few seconds when you turn the
controlled for smoother shifting. It ignition switch ON (II). If it flashes
also has a "lock-up" torque converter while driving (in any shift position),
for better fuel economy. You may it indicates a possible problem in the
feel what seems like another shift transmission. Avoid rapid acceler-
when the converter locks. ation and have the transmission
checked by an authorized Honda
dealer as soon as possible.

This indicator in the tachometer


shows which shift position the shift
lever is in. The illuminated number
next to the "D4" indicator shows you
the gear you have selected in the
Sequential SportShift mode.

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Shift Lever Positions To select the Sequential SportShift


mode, slide the shift lever toward the
SHIFT LEVER left from the "D4" position.
In this mode the shift lever allows
SEQUENTIAL you to shift up and down manually.
SPORTSHIFT
MODE
POSITION

The shift lever has eight positions. It


must be in Park or Neutral to start Whenever you move the shift lever,
the engine. When you are stopped in slide it along the guide on the
D4, D3, 2,1, N, R, or the Sequential console.
SportShift mode, press firmly on the
brake pedal and keep your foot off You cannot shift out of Park with the
the accelerator pedal. brake pedal depressed when the
ignition switch is in LOCK (0) or
ACCESSORY (I).

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Automatic Transmission

Park (P) — This position mechani- Reverse (R) — To shift to Reverse


cally locks the transmission. Use from Park, see the explanation under
Park whenever you are turning off or Park. To shift to Reverse from
starting the engine. To shift out of Neutral, come to a complete stop and
Park, you must press on the brake then shift.
pedal and have your foot off the
accelerator pedal. Move the shift Your car has a reverse lockout so
lever to the right to shift out of the you cannot accidentally shift to
Park position. Reverse from Neutral or any other
driving position when the vehicle
If you have done all of the above and speed exceeds 7 — 9 mph (12 — 14
still cannot move the lever out of km/h).
Park, see Shift Lock Release on page
119. If you cannot shift to Reverse when
To avoid transmission damage, come the car is stopped, press the brake
to a complete stop before shifting pedal and slowly shift to Neutral
into Park. The shift lever must be in then to Reverse.
Park before you can remove the key
from the ignition switch. If there is a problem in the reverse
lockout system, or your car's battery
is disconnected or goes dead, you
cannot shift to Reverse. In this case,
use the procedure of Shift Lock
Release (see page 119).

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Automatic Transmission

Neutral (N) — Use Neutral if you Sequential SportShift Mode — With Lever Position Indicator will show
need to restart a stalled engine, or if the shift lever in "D4" position, you the gear you selected while in the
it is necessary to stop briefly with can select the Sequential SportShift sequential sportshift mode. If you
the engine idling. Shift to Park posi- mode to use the shift lever to shift select the Sequential SportShift
tion if you need to leave the car for gears; much like a manual while the car is stopped, the
any reason. Press on the brake pedal transmission, but without a clutch transmission automatically selects
when you are moving the shift lever pedal. first gear and the display shows / 1 / .
from Neutral to another gear.
To enter the Sequential SportShift
Drive (D4) — Use this position for mode, slide the shift lever further to
your normal driving. The transmis- the left. To return to "D4", slide the Upshift
sion automatically selects a suitable shift lever to the right.
gear for your speed and acceleration.
You may notice the transmission In the Sequential SportShift mode, Downshift
shifting up at higher speeds when each time you push forward on the
the engine is cold. This helps the shift lever, the transmission will shift
engine warm up faster. to a higher gear. Pull back on the
lever to downshift. The number of
the gear selected is displayed next to
the "D4" indicator (see page 112).

If you slide the shift lever from "D4"


to the Sequential SportShift mode,
the display shows the selected gear.
If you selected "4", you will see / 4 /
next to "D4" in the display. The Shift CONTINUED

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Automatic Transmission

When you accelerate away from a The transmission remains in the Downshifting gives you more power
stop, the transmission will be in first selected gear (4,3,2, or 1). There is when climbing or provides engine
gear. The transmission will not no automatic downshift when you braking when going down a steep hill.
automatically upshift. Watch the push the accelerator pedal to the
tachometer and upshift manually floor. The transmission will also shift
before the engine reaches redline. automatically as the car comes to a
The transmission may automatically complete stop. It will downshift to
downshift from fourth gear to third first gear when the vehicle speed is
gear under the following conditions: under 6 mph (10 km/h).

The vehicle speeds drops below If you try to manually downshift at a


20 mph (32 km/h). speed that would cause the engine to
exceed the redline in a lower gear,
If you drive uphill between the transmission will not downshift.
20—31 mph (32 — 50 km/h).
If you try to downshift from fourth
If you press the brake pedal as you gear to third gear, the gear indicator
drive downhill. will flash / 3 / several times, then
return to / 4 / ; if you try to downshift
from third gear to second gear, the
gear indicator will flash / 2 / several
times, then return to third gear.

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If the vehicle speeds slow to below The table shows the speed ranges Drive (D3) —This position is similar
the redline of the selected lower gear for upshifting and downshifting. to D4, except only the first three
position while the indicator is gears are selected. Use D3 when
flashing, the transmission towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to
downshifts and the display shows provide engine braking when going
the selected lower gear. down a steep hill. D3 can also keep
the transmission from cycling
If the transmission temperature is between third and fourth gears in
below 14°F (— 10°C), you may not stop-and-go driving.
be able to use the Sequential
SportShift mode. For faster acceleration when in D3 or
D4, you can get the transmission to
automatically downshift by pushing
the accelerator pedal to the floor.
The transmission will shift down one
or two gears, depending on your
speed.

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Second (2) — This position locks First (1) — With the lever in this Maximum Speeds
the transmission in second gear. It position, the transmission locks in The speeds in this table are the
does not downshift to first gear First gear. maximums for the given position. If
when you come to a stop. Second you exceed these speeds, the engine
gives you more power when climbing, If you shift into First position when speed will enter into the tachometer's
and increased engine braking when the vehicle speed exceeds 31 mph red zone. If this occurs, you will feel
going down steep hills. Use second (50 km/h), the transmission shifts the engine cut in and out This is
gear when starting out on a slippery into Second gear first to avoid the caused by a limiter in the engine's
surface or in deep snow. It will help application of the sudden engine computer controls. The engine will
reduce wheelspin. brake. run normally when you reduce the
RPM below the red zone.
Whenever you move the shift lever
to a lower gear, the transmission
downshifts only if the engine's
redline will not be exceeded in the
lower gear.

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Shift Lock Release


This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
SHIFT LOCK
pedal does not work. This procedure RELEASE SLOT
also releases the Reverse Lockout.

1. Set the Parking brake.

2. Make sure the key is in the


ignition switch OFF (0) position.
COVER
To release the Reverse Lockout,
make sure the key is in the 4. Insert a screwdriver in the shift 6. Remove the screwdriver from the
ACCESSORY (I) position. lock release slot. shift lock release slot, then install
a new cover.
3. Put a cloth on the edge of the shift 5. Push down on the screwdriver and Depress the brake pedal and
lock release slot cover next to the move the shift lever out of Park to restart the engine.
shift lever. Neutral.
Use a small flat-tipped screwdriver If you need to use the Shift Lock
or small metal plate (neither are To release the Reverse Lockout, Release, it means your car is
included in the tool kit) to remove move the shift lever from Neutral developing a problem. Have the car
the cover. Carefully pry off the to Reverse, then Park. checked by your Honda dealer.
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Parking

Always use the parking brake when If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn Parking Tips
you park your vehicle. The indicator the front wheels away from the curb. Make sure the moonroof and the
on the instrument panel shows that If you have a manual transmission, windows are closed.
the parking brake is not fully put it in first gear.
released; it does not indicate that the Turn off the lights.
parking brake is firmly set. Make If the vehicle is facing downhill turn
sure the parking brake is set firmly the front wheels toward the curb. If Place any packages, valuables, etc.,
or your vehicle may roll if it is you have a manual transmission, put in the trunk or take them with you.
parked on an incline. it in reverse gear.
Lock the doors.
If your vehicle has an automatic Make sure the parking brake is fully
transmission, set the parking brake released before driving away. Never park over dry leaves, tall
before you put the transmission in Driving with the parking brake grass, or other flammable
Park. This keeps the vehicle from partially set can overheat or damage materials. The three way catalytic
moving and putting pressure on the the rear brakes. converter gets very hot, and could
parking mechanism in the cause these materials to catch on
transmission — making it easier to fire.
move the shift lever put of Park
when you want to drive away.

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The Braking System

Your Honda is equipped with disc Constant application of the brakes Brake Wear Indicators
brakes at all four wheels. A power when going down a long hill builds All four brakes have audible brake
assist helps reduce the effort needed up heat and reduces their effective- wear indicators.
on the brake pedal. The ABS helps ness. Use the engine to assist the When the brake pads need replacing,
you retain steering control when brakes by downshifting to a lower you will hear a distinctive metallic
braking very hard. gear and taking your foot off the "screeching" sound when you apply
accelerator pedal. the brakes. If you do not have the
Put your foot on the brake pedal only brake pads replaced, they will begin
when you intend to brake. Resting Check your brakes after driving screeching all the time.
your foot on the pedal keeps the through deep water. Apply the
brakes applied lightly, causing them brakes moderately to see if they feel Your brakes may sometimes squeal
to build up heat. Heat build-up can normal. If not, apply them gently and or squeak when you apply them
reduce how well your brakes work. It frequently until they do. Since a lightly. Do not confuse this with the
also keeps your brake lights on all longer distance is needed to stop brake wear indicators. They make a
the time, confusing drivers behind with wet brakes, be extra cautious very audible "screeching".
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The Braking System

Brake System Design If this happens, you will immediately Anti-lock Brakes
The hydraulic system that operates notice that the brake pedal goes Your car has an Anti-lock Brake
the brakes has two separate circuits. down much farther and you need to System (ABS) as standard
Each circuit works diagonally across press on it much harder. A much equipment. ABS helps to prevent the
the car (the left-front brake is longer distance will be needed to wheels from locking up and skidding
connected with the right-rear brake, stop the car. during hard braking, allowing you to
etc.). If one circuit should develop a retain steering control.
problem, you will still have braking Slow the car by downshifting to a
at two wheels. lower gear and removing your foot When the front tires skid, you lose
from the accelerator pedal. Pull to steering control; the car continues
the side of the road as soon as it is straight ahead even though you turn
safe. Because of the longer stopping the steering wheel. The ABS helps to
distance needed, brake system prevent lock-up and helps you retain
failure is very hazardous. You should steering control by pumping the
Front have your car towed, but if you must brakes rapidly; much faster than a
drive the car in this condition, be person can do it.
extremely cautious. Have your car
repaired as soon as possible.

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The Braking System

You should never pump the Important Safety Reminders A vehicle with ABS may require a
brake pedal, this defeats the ABS does not reduce the time or longer distance to stop on loose or
purpose of the ABS. Let the ABS distance it takes to stop the car, it uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
work for you by always keeping firm, only helps with steering control snow, than a vehicle without anti-
steady pressure on the brake pedal during braking. You should always lock. Slow down and allow a greater
as you steer away from the hazard. maintain a safe following distance distance between vehicles under
This is sometimes referred to as from other vehicles. those conditions.
"stomp and steer."
ABS will not prevent a skid that
You will feel a pulsation in the brake results from changing direction
pedal when the ABS activates, and abruptly, such as trying to take a
you may hear some noise. This is corner too fast or making a sudden
normal, it is the ABS rapidly lane change. Always drive at a safe,
pumping the brakes. prudent speed for the road and
weather conditions.
Activation varies with the amount of
traction your tires have. On dry ABS cannot prevent a loss of
pavement, you will need to press on stability. Always steer moderately
the brake pedal very hard before you when you are braking hard. Severe
activate the ABS. However, you may or sharp steering wheel movement
feel the ABS activate immediately if can still cause your vehicle to veer
you are trying to stop on snow or ice. into oncoming traffic or off the road.

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The Braking System

ABS Indicator If anything goes wrong, the ABS


indicator on the instrument panel
ABS INDICATOR* comes on (see page 32). This means
the anti-lock function of the braking
system has shut down. The brakes
still work like a conventional system
without anti-lock, providing normal
stopping ability. You should have the
dealer inspect your vehicle as soon
as possible.

* U.S. indicator shown

The ABS is self-checking. It also


checks itself whenever you use the
brakes.

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Active Torque Transfer System

Type SH only Important Safety Information ATTS Indicator


Your Honda is equipped with an The ATTS cannot prevent
Active Torque Transfer System skidding if you enter a corner too ATTS INDICATOR
(ATTS). Under certain driving fast. It has almost no effect on
conditions, the ATTS enhances the braking and vehicle speed.
car's cornering performance by It is still your responsibility to drive
transferring some torque between at reasonable speeds and to leave a
the inside and outside front wheels sufficient margin of safety.
during a turn.

Based on steering wheel turn angle,


lateral acceleration, and engine
power, the ATTS regulates the
driving force to each drive wheel
through an electronically-controlled The Active Torque Transfer System
hydraulic system and two sets of (ATTS) is self-checking. If a problem
clutches and gears. is detected in the system, the ATTS
indicator on the instrument panel
comes on.
If this happens, take the car to your
dealer to have it checked. With the
indicator on, your car will corner
normally, but you will not have active
torque transfer.

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Driving in Bad Weather

Driving Technique — Always drive Visibility — Being able to see


slower than you would in dry clearly in all directions and being
weather. It takes your car longer to visible to other drivers are important
react, even in conditions that may in all weather conditions. This is
seem just barely damp. Apply more difficult in bad weather. To be
smooth, even pressure to all the seen more clearly during daylight
controls. Abrupt steering wheel hours, turn on your headlights.
movements or sudden, hard appli-
cation of the brakes can cause loss of Inspect your windshield wipers and
control in wet weather. Be extra washers frequently. Keep the wind-
cautious for the first few miles shield washer reservoir full of the
(kilometers) of driving while you proper fluid. Have the windshield
adjust to the change in driving wiper blades replaced if they start to
Rain, fog, and snow conditions re- conditions. This is especially true in streak the windshield or leave parts
quire a different driving technique snow. A person can forget some unwiped. Use the defrosters and air
because of reduced traction and snow-driving techniques during the conditioning to keep the windows
visibility. Keep your car well- summer months. Practice is needed from fogging up on the inside (see
maintained and exercise greater to relearn those skills. page 76 ).
caution when you need to drive in
bad weather. The cruise control Exercise extra caution when driving
should not be used in these condi- in rain after a long dry spell. After
tions. months of dry weather, the first
rains bring oil to the surface of the
roadway, making it slippery.

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Traction — Check your tires


frequently for wear and proper
pressure. Both are important in
preventing "hydroplaning" (loss of
traction on a wet surface). In the
winter, mount snow tires on all four
wheels for the best handling.

Watch road conditions carefully,


they can change from moment to
moment. Wet leaves can be as slip-
pery as ice. "Clear" roads can have
patches of ice. Driving conditions
can be very hazardous when the Be very cautious when passing, or
outside temperature is near freezing. being passed by, other vehicles. The
The road surface can become spray from large vehicles reduces
covered with areas of water puddles your visibility, and the wind buffeting
mixed with areas of ice, so your can cause you to lose control.
traction can change without warning.

Be careful when downshifting. If


traction is low, you can lock up the
drive wheels for a moment and cause
a skid.

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Towing a Trailer

Your Honda is designed primarily to The total weight of the trailer and The combined weight of the car,
carry passengers and their cargo. everything loaded in it must not all passengers and their luggage,
You can use it to tow a trailer if you exceed 1,000 Ibs (450 kg). and tongue load must not exceed
carefully observe some general rules. the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
The "tongue load" should never The GVWR is printed on the
exceed 110 Ibs (50 kg). This is the Certification label attached to the
amount of weight the trailer puts driver's doorjamb (see page 224).
on the hitch when it is fully-loaded.
As a rule of thumb, the tongue The combined weight of the car,
load should be 10 percent of the all passengers and their luggage,
total trailer package. For example, and tongue load also must not
if the trailer and its load weigh 500 exceed the Gross Axle Weight
Ibs (225 kg), the tongue load Rating. The GAWR is also shown
should be 50 Ibs (22.5 kg). Adjust on the Certification label. It tells
the trailer's cargo to change the you the maximum load for the
tongue load. Start by putting front and rear axles. It is possible
approximately 60 percent of the that your towing package does not
cargo toward the front and 40 exceed the GVWR but does
percent toward the rear. Never exceed the GAWR. Improper
load the trailer so the back is trailer loading, and/or too much
heavier than the front. This takes luggage in the trunk can overload
weight off your car's rear axle and the rear axle. Redistribute the load
reduces traction. and check the axle weights again.

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Towing a Trailer

The best way to confirm that your Trailer Hitches


total towing package is within these Your Honda dealer, or the Honda
Improperly loading your car and specifications is to get it weighed. Customer Relations Zone Office, can
trailer can seriously affect its Load the car and trailer as you give you advice on the proper hitch
steering and braking normally would while towing, and for your car. Never use a hitch that
performance, causing a crash take them to a public scale. Have mounts only to the rear bumper. The
in which you can be seriously them check the total weight and the bumper is not designed to handle
injured. weight at each axle, then compare that type of load. The hitch should
the weights to the specifications. bolt to the underbody of the car and
Check the loading of your car distribute the load over a wide area.
and trailer carefully before Always have a trailer hitch installed
starting to drive. by a qualified technician.

NOTICE
A trailer hitch that is not adequate for
the size of the trailer, or a hitch that is
improperly installed, can cause damage
to the underside of your car.

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Towing a Trailer

Mirrors Connecting the Trailer Always use a safety chain when


Many states and provinces have laws Most trailers that have a gross towing a trailer. Connect the safety
requiring special outside mirrors weight of 1,000 Ibs (450 kg) do not chain securely at both ends. Make
when you are towing a trailer. Check have their own braking system. If sure the chain crosses under the
the laws in your area. You may want you are thinking of getting a trailer tongue so it will catch the trailer if it
to install mirrors, even if they are not that does have brakes, make sure becomes unhitched. Leave enough
required. Hook up the trailer and see they are electrically-operated. There slack in the chain so it can't bind in a
how much it obscures your ability to are no provisions in your car to tap sharp turn. Do not let it drag on the
see behind you with the standard into its hydraulic braking system. ground.
mirrors. If you cannot see directly Any attempt to attach the trailer's
behind you, or have a large blind brakes to your car's hydraulic
spot next to the trailer or the car, system, no matter how successful it
you should install mirrors intended may seem, will lower braking
for towing. effectiveness and create a potential
hazard.

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Before Starting Out


GROUND BACK-UP LIGHT LEFT TURN SIGNAL As you are preparing to tow your
(BLACK) (GREEN/BLACK) (GREEN/BLUE) trailer, do the following:

Measure the trailer's tongue load.


You can do this with a bathroom
scale.
Verify that the hitch and safety
chain are securely fastened.
Check the condition and air
RIGHT TURN SIGNAL BRAKE LIGHT TAILLIGHT pressure of all tires on the trailer
(GREEN/YELLOW) (WHITE/BLACK) (RED/BLACK) and your car. Low tire pressure
can seriously affect the handling.
Your car has a trailer lighting connec- Since the lighting and wiring can be Also check the spare tire.
tor in the trunk by the left taillight. different for various brands of With everything loaded and the
To use the connector, undo the trailers, have a technician who is trailer connected, check that the
fastener on the left side of the trunk familiar with your trailer modify its rear of the car is not sagging. If so,
lining. Refer to the drawing above lighting plug. A converter may be redistribute the load in the car.
for the wiring color code and pur- required between the car and trailer Check that all lights on the car and
pose of each connector pin. for the lights to work correctly. trailer are working properly.

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Towing a Trailer

Towing Safety The car/trailer combination is more This extra load is magnified when
Your car will not stop as quickly with affected by crosswinds and buffeting. you are driving in hilly terrain.
a trailer in tow. Leave extra distance When being passed by a large Watch the temperature gauge
between your car and other vehicles. vehicle, keep a constant speed and closely when climbing hills. If it gets
Avoid braking or turning suddenly. steer straight ahead. If there is too near the hot area, turn off the air
This could cause the trailer to much wind buffeting, slow down to conditioning (if it is on). If this does
jackknife or possibly turn over. get out of the other vehicle's air not reduce the heat, it may be
turbulence. necessary to pull to the side of the
Keep in mind that your total vehicle road and wait for the engine to cool.
is now much longer. Leave more Towing a trailer puts an extra load If the automatic transmission shifts
room when making turns. The trailer on your car. You should have your frequently between 3rd and 4th
tracks a smaller arc than the car and car serviced according to the gears, put it in D3. This will help
can hit or run over something that "Maintenance Schedule under prevent the transmission from
the car misses. When passing severe driving conditions" on page overheating. Help keep the brakes
another vehicle, make sure the 141. from overheating by shifting to a
trailer is clear before changing lanes. lower gear when going downhill.

If you have to stop while going uphill,


do not hold the car in place by
pressing on the accelerator. This can
cause the automatic transmission to
overheat. Use the parking brake or
footbrake.

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Towing a Trailer

When towing a trailer in the When parking your car and trailer,
Sequential SportShift mode, select especially on a hill, be sure to follow
Third, Second, or First gear; all the normal precautions. Turn
depending on the vehicle speeds and your front wheels into the curb, set
road condition. Do not use Fourth the parking brake firmly, and put the
gear. The recommended speed transmission in 1st or Reverse
range for each gear position is (manual) or Park (automatic). In
shown in the table. addition, place wheel chocks at each
of the trailer's tires.

Backing up with a trailer is difficult


and takes practice. Drive slowly,
make small movements with the
steering wheel, and have someone
stand outside to guide you. Grip the
steering wheel on the bottom (rather
than the usual position near the top).
Move your hand to the left to get the
trailer to move to the left, and right
to move the trailer right.

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Maintenance

This section explains why it is Maintenance Safety....................... 136 Air Cleaner Element...................... 160
important to keep your car well Important Safety Precautions.. 137 Spark Plugs..................................... 161
maintained and to follow basic Maintenance Schedule.................. 138 Replacement............................... 161
maintenance safety precautions. Maintenance Record..................... 142 Specifications............................. 163
Owner Maintenance Checks........ 144 Battery............................................ 163
This section also includes Fluid Locations............................... 145 Windshield Wipers........................ 166
Maintenance Schedules for normal Engine Oil....................................... 146 Air Conditioning System............... 168
driving and severe driving conditions, Adding Oil................................... 146 Drive Belts...................................... 169
a Maintenance Record, and instruc- Recommended Oil..................... 146 Timing Belt..................................... 169
tions for simple maintenance tasks Synthetic Oil............................... 147 Tires................................................ 170
you may want to take care of Additives..................................... 147 Inflation....................................... 170
yourself. Changing the Oil and Filter...... 148 Inspection................................... 171
Cooling System.............................. 150 Maintenance............................... 172
If you have the skills and tools to per- Adding Engine Coolant............. 150 Tire Rotation.............................. 173
form more complex maintenance Replacing Engine Coolant........ 152 Replacing Tires and Wheels.... 173
tasks on your Honda, you may want Windshield Washers..................... 155 Wheels and Tires....................... 174
to purchase the Service Manual. See Transmission Fluid........................ 156 Winter Driving........................... 174
page 241 for information on how to Automatic Snow Tires.............................. 175
obtain a copy, or see your Honda Transmission.......................... 156 Tire Chains............................. 175
dealer. 5-speed Manual Lights.............................................. 176
Transmission.......................... 157 Headlight Aimimg..................... 176
Brake and Clutch Fluid................. 158 Replacing Bulbs......................... 178
Brake Fluid................................. 158 Storing Your Car............................ 189
Brake System............................. 158
Clutch System............................ 159
Power Steering............................... 159

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Maintenance Safety

Regularly maintaining your car is the This section includes instructions for Some of the most important safety
best way to protect your investment. simple maintenance tasks, such as precautions are given here. However,
Proper maintenance is essential to checking and adding oil. Any service we cannot warn you of every
your safety and the safety of your items not detailed in this section conceivable hazard that can arise in
passengers. It will also reward you should be performed by a Honda performing maintenance. Only you
with more economical, trouble-free technician or other qualified can decide whether or not you
driving and help reduce air pollution. mechanic. should perform a given task.

Improperly maintaining this car Failure to properly follow


or failing to correct a problem maintenance instructions and
before driving can cause a precautions can cause you to
crash in which you can be be seriously hurt or killed.
seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures
Always follow the inspection and precautions in this owner's
and maintenance manual.
recommendations and
schedules in this owner's
manual.

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Maintenance Safety

Important Safety Precautions Read the instructions before you


Before you begin any maintenance, begin, and make sure you have the
make sure your car is parked on tools and skills required.
level ground and that the parking
brake is set. Also, be sure the engine To reduce the possibility of fire or
is off. This will help to eliminate explosion, be careful when working
several potential hazards: around gasoline or batteries. Use a
nonflammable solvent, not gasoline,
Carbon monoxide poisoning to clean parts. Keep cigarettes,
from engine exhaust. Be sure sparks, and flames away from the
there is adequate ventilation battery and all fuel-related parts.
whenever you operate the engine.
You should wear eye protection and
Burns from hot parts. Let the protective clothing when working
engine and exhaust system cool near the battery or when using
before touching any parts. compressed air.

Injury from moving parts. Do


not run the engine unless in-
structed to do so.

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Maintenance Schedule

The Maintenance Schedule specifies The services and time or distance Which Schedule to Follow:
how often you should have your car intervals shown in the maintenance Service your car according to the
serviced and what things need schedule assume you will use your time and mileage periods on one of
attention. It is essential that you have car as normal transportation for the Maintenance Schedules on the
your car serviced as scheduled to passengers and their possessions. following pages. Select the schedule
retain its high level of safety, You should also follow these for "Severe Conditions" if most of
dependability, and emission control recommendations: your driving is done under one or
performance. more of the conditions listed on that
Avoid exceeding your car's load page. Otherwise, follow the schedule
limit. This puts excess stress on for "Normal Conditions."
the engine, brakes, and many
other parts of your car. The load
limit is shown on the label on the
driver's doorjamb.

Operate your car on reasonable


roads within the legal speed limit.

Drive your car regularly over a


distance of several miles
(kilometers).

Always use unleaded gasoline with


the proper octane rating (see page
98).

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Maintenance Schedule

Your authorized Honda dealer We recommend the use of Genuine According to state and federal
knows your car best and can provide Honda parts and fluids whenever you regulations, failure to perform
competent, efficient service. have maintenance done. These are maintenance on the items marked
However, service at a dealer is not manufactured to the same high- with an asterisk (*) will not void your
mandatory to keep your warranties quality standards as the original emissions warranties. However,
in effect. Maintenance may be done components, so you can be confident Honda recommends that all mainte-
by any qualified service facility or of their performance and durability. nance services be performed at the
person who is skilled in this type of recommended time or mileage
automotive service. Keep all the U.S. Cars: period to ensure long-term reliability.
receipts as proof of completion, and Maintenance, replacement or
have the person who does the work repair of emission control devices
fill out the Maintenance Record. and systems may be done by any
Check your warranty booklet for automotive repair establishment
more information. or individual using parts that are
"certified" to EPA standards.

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Maintenance Schedule (Normal Conditions)


Follow the Normal Maintenance
Schedule if the severe driving
conditions specified in the
Severe Conditions Maintenance
Schedule on the next page do
not apply.

NOTE: If you only


OCCASIONALLY drive under a
"severe" condition, you should
follow the Normal Conditions
Maintenance Schedule.

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Maintenance Schedule (Severe Conditions)


Follow the Severe Maintenance
Schedule if you drive your
vehicle MAINLY under one or
more of the following condi-
tions:

Driving less than 5 miles (8


km) per trip or, in freezing
temperatures, driving less
than 10 miles (16 km) per trip.
Driving in hot [over 90°F
(32°C)] conditions.
Extensive idling or long
periods of stop-and-go driving.
Trailer towing, driving with a
car-top carrier, or driving in
mountainous conditions.
Driving on muddy, dusty, or
de-iced roads.

For Canadian Owners


Follow the Maintenance
Schedule for Severe Conditions.

* 1 : Refer to page 169 for replacement


information under special driving
conditions.

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Required Maintenance Record


Have your servicing dealer record all Required Maintenance below. Keep receipts for all work done on your car.

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Non-Scheduled Maintenance Record


Record additional maintenance for severe driving conditions or non-scheduled maintenance on this page (see page 141).

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Owner Maintenance Checks

You should check the following Engine oil level — Check every Tires — Check the tire pressure
items at the specified intervals. If time you fill the fuel tank. See monthly. Examine the tread for
you are unsure of how to perform page 102. wear and foreign objects. See page
any check, turn to the page given. 170.
Engine coolant level — Check the
radiator reserve tank every time Lights — Check the operation of
you fill the fuel tank. See page 103. the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
Windshield washer fluid — Check turn signals, brake lights, and
the level in the reservoir monthly. license plate lights monthly. See
If weather conditions cause you to page 176.
use the washers frequently, check
the reservoir each time you stop
for fuel. See page 155.

Automatic transmission — Check


the fluid level monthly. See page
156.

Brakes — Check the fluid level


monthly. See page 158.

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Fluid Locations

BRAKE FLUID
(Gray cap)
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP

(5-speed Manual
Transmission only)
CLUTCH FLUID
(Gray cap)

COOLANT POWER STEERING


RESERVOIR FLUID (Red cap)

WASHER FLUID
AUTOMATIC (Blue cap)
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)

ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK


(Orange loop)

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Engine Oil

Adding Oil Recommended Oil The API Service label also tells you
Oil is a major contributor to your the service classification of the oil.
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP Always use an oil that is labeled "API
engine's performance and longevity.
Always use a premium-grade deter- Service SJ" or "API Service SH."
gent oil. This service rating may include
other classifications, such as CD.
You can determine an oil's SAE These additional classifications are
viscosity and Service Classification not a problem, as long as the label
from the API Service label on the oil also carries the SJ or SH classifi-
container. cation. An oil that is only classified
SG is not recommended.
A fuel-efficient oil is recommended
for your Honda. This is shown on the
API Service label by the words
To add oil, unscrew and remove the "Energy Conserving " or
engine oil fill cap on top of the valve "Energy Conserving II." This oil is
cover. Pour in the oil, and replace the formulated to help your engine use
engine oil fill cap. Tighten it securely. less fuel.
Wait a few minutes and recheck the
oil level. Do not fill above the upper
mark; you could damage the engine.
API SERVICE LABEL

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The oil container may also display The SAE numbers tell you the oil's Synthetic Oil
the API Certification seal. Make sure viscosity or weight. Select the oil for You may use a synthetic motor oil if
it says "For Gasoline Engines." your car according to this chart. it meets the same requirements
given for conventional motor oil;
energy conserving, a service
classification of SJ or SH, and the
proper weight as shown on the chart.
When using synthetic oil, you must
follow the oil and filter change
intervals given in the maintenance
schedule.

Ambient Temperature Additives


Your Honda does not need any oil
API CERTIFICATION SEAL additives. Purchasing additives for
the engine or transmission will not
An oil with a viscosity of 5W-30 is increase your car's performance or
preferred for improved fuel economy longevity. It only increases the cost
and year-round protection in your of operating your car.
Honda. You may use a 10W-30 oil if
the temperature in your area never
goes below 20°F (— 7°C).

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Engine Oil

Changing the Oil and Filter Type SH OIL FILTER


Always change the oil and filter
according to the time and distance
(miles/kilometers) recommenda-
tions in the maintenance schedule.
The oil and filter collect contami-
nants that can damage your engine if
they are not removed regularly.

Changing the oil and filter requires


special tools and access from
underneath the car. The car should OIL DRAIN BOLT WASHER
be raised on a service station-type
hydraulic lift for this service. Unless 2. Open the hood and remove the 3. Remove the oil filter and let the
you have the knowledge and proper engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil remaining oil drain. A special
equipment, you should have this drain bolt and washer from the wrench (available from your
maintenance done by a skilled bottom of the engine. Drain the oil Honda dealer) is required to
mechanic. into an appropriate container. remove the filter.

1. Run the engine until it reaches


normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.

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Except Type SH 5. Put a new washer on the drain bolt, 9. Turn off the engine, let it sit for
then reinstall the drain bolt. several minutes, then check the oil
Tighten it to: level. If necessary, add oil to bring
33 Ibf.ft (4.5 kgf.m , 44 N.m) the level to the upper mark on the
dipstick.
6. Refill the engine with the recom-
mended oil. NOTICE
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter): Improper disposal of engine oil can be
5.1 US qt (4.8 , 4.2 Imp qt) harmful to the environment. If you
change your own oil, please dispose of
OIL FILTER 7. Replace the engine oil fill cap. the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed
Start the engine. The oil pressure container and take it to a recycling
4. Install a new oil filter according to indicator light should go out within center. Do not discard it in a trash bin
instructions that come with it. five seconds. If it does not, turn off or dump it on the ground.
the engine and reinspect your
work.

8. Let the engine run for several


minutes and check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.

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Cooling System

Adding Engine Coolant Always use Genuine Honda If the reserve tank is completely
antifreeze/coolant. If it is not empty, you should also check the
available, you may use another coolant level in the radiator.
major-brand non-silicate coolant as a
temporary replacement. Make sure it
is a high-quality coolant
recommended for aluminum engines. Removing the radiator cap
However, continued use of any non- while the engine is hot can
Honda coolant can result in cause the coolant to spray out,
corrosion, causing the cooling seriously scalding you.
system to malfunction or fail. Have
the cooling system flushed and Always let the engine and
refilled with Honda antifreeze/ radiator cool down before
RESERVE TANK
coolant as soon as possible. removing the radiator cap.
If the coolant level in the reserve
tank is at or below the MIN line, add
coolant to bring it up to the MAX line.
Inspect the cooling system for leaks.
This coolant should always be a
mixture of 50 percent antifreeze and
50 percent water. Never add straight
antifreeze or plain water.

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3. Remove the radiator cap by


pushing down and turning
RADIATOR CAP counterclockwise.

4. The coolant level should be up to


the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.

5. Put the radiator cap back on.


Tighten it fully.

RESERVE TANK

1. Make sure the engine and 6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
radiator are cool. Fill it to halfway between the MAX
and M I N marks. Put the cap back
2. Turn the radiator cap counter- on the reserve tank.
clockwise, without pressing down
on it, until it stops. This relieves
any pressure remaining in the
cooling system.

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Cooling System

Do not add any rust inhibitors or DRAIN PLUG


other additives to your car's cooling
system. They may not be compatible
with the coolant or engine compo-
nents.

Replacing Engine Coolant


The cooling system should be
completely drained and refilled with
new coolant according to the time
and distance recommendations in
the maintenance schedule. Only use Type SH
Genuine Honda antifreeze/coolant.
1. Slide the heater temperature 3. Loosen the drain plug on the
Draining the coolant requires access control lever to maximum heat. bottom of the radiator. The
to the underside of the car. Unless Open the hood. Make sure the coolant will come out through the
you have the tools and knowledge, engine and radiator are cool to the hole in the splash cover.
you should have this maintenance touch.
done by a skilled mechanic.
2. Remove the radiator cap.

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RESERVE
Except Type SH only
DRAIN BOLT RESERVE TANK
TANK CAP Apply non-hardening sealant to the
drain bolt threads, put a new washer
on the drain bolt, and reinstall the
bolt in the engine block. Tighten it
securely.
Tightening torque:
61 lbf.ft(8.5 kgf.m , 83 N.m)

6. Mix the recommended antifreeze


Except
with an equal amount of purified
Type SH DRAIN PLUG HOLDER
or distilled water in a clean
container. The cooling system
Except Type SH only 4. Remove the reserve tank from its capacity is:
Remove the drain bolt and washer holder by pulling it straight up.
from the engine block. Drain the coolant, then put the With 5-speed manual transmission:
tank back in its holder. (Except Type SH)
0.87 US gal (3.3 , 0.73 Imp gal)
5. When the coolant stops draining,
tighten the drain plug in the (Type SH)
bottom of the radiator. 0.85 US gal (3.2 , 0.70 Imp gal)
With automatic transmission:
0.85 US gal (3.2 , 0.70 Imp gal)
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FILLER NECK

Fill up to here BLEEDER BOLT RESERVE TANK


7. Pour coolant into the radiator up 8. Loosen the bleeder bolt on top of 10. Turn off the engine. Check the
to the base of the filler neck. the engine. Tighten it again when level in the radiator, add coolant if
coolant comes out in a steady needed. Install the radiator cap,
stream with no bubbles. and tighten it fully.

9. Refill the radiator to the base of 11. Fill the reserve tank to the MAX
the filler neck. Put the cap on the mark. Install the reserve tank cap.
radiator, and tighten it only to the
first stop. Start the engine and let
it run until it warms up (the
radiator cooling fan comes on at
least twice).

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Windshield Washers

FLOAT The windshield washer reservoir is NOTICE


located behind the driver's side
headlight. Check the reservoir's fluid Do not use engine antifreeze or a
level by removing the cap and vinegar/water solution in the wind-
looking at the float. It should be up shield washer reservior.
to the top of the neck. If the float is
at the bottom of the neck, the Antifreeze can damage your car's paint,
reservoir is nearly empty. while a vinegar/water solution can
damage the windshield washer pump.
Fill the reservoir with a good-quality
windshield washer fluid. This Use only commercially-available
increases the cleaning capability and windshield washer fluid.
prevents freezing in cold weather.
Check the level in the windshield
washer reservoir at least monthly
during normal usage. In bad weather,
when you use the washers often,
check the level every time you stop
for fuel.

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Transmission Fluid

Automatic Transmission 5. If the level is below the lower


mark, add fluid into the filler hole
to bring it to the upper mark.
Always use Honda Premium
Formula Automatic Transmission
Fluid (ATF). If it is not available,
you may use a DEXRON ® III
automatic transmission fluid as a
temporary replacement. However,
continued use can affect shift
quality. Have the transmission
UPPER MARK drained and refilled with Honda
LOWER MARK ATF as soon as it is convenient.
DIPSTICK

Check the fluid level with the engine 3. Insert the dipstick all the way into 6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
at normal operating temperature. the transmission securely as into the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration. shown in the illustration.
1. Park the car on level ground. Shut
off the engine. 4. Remove the dipstick and check The transmission should be drained
the fluid level. It should be and refilled with new fluid according
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) between the upper and lower to the time and distance recommen-
from the transmission and wipe it marks. dations in the maintenance schedule.
with a clean cloth.

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Transmission Fluid

5-speed Manual Transmission If Honda MTF is not available, you


may use an API service SG or SH
grade motor oil with a viscosity of
SAE 10W-30 or 10W-40 as a
FILLER
BOLT temporary replacement. However,
motor oil does not contain the proper
additives and continued use can
cause stiffer shifting. Replace as
soon as convenient.
Correct
level
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid according
to the time and distance recommen-
dations in the maintenance schedule.
Check the fluid level with the
transmission at normal operating
temperature and the vehicle sitting
on level ground. Remove the
transmission filler bolt and carefully
feel inside the bolt hole with your
finger. The fluid level should be up
to the edge of the bolt hole. If it is
not, add Genuine Honda Manual
Transmission Fluid (MTF) until it
starts to run out of the hole. Reinstall
the filler bolt and tighten it securely.

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Brake and Clutch Fluid

Check the fluid level in the reser- Brake Fluid Brake System
voirs monthly. There are one or two Always use Genuine Honda DOT 3
reservoirs, depending on model. brake fluid. If it is not available, you
They are: should use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 MAX
fluid, from a sealed container, as a
Brake fluid reservoir (all models) temporary replacement. However,
Clutch fluid reservoir the use of any non-Honda brake fluid
(manual transmission only) can cause corrosion and decrease
the life of the system. Have the
The brake fluid in the brake system brake system flushed and refilled
should be replaced according to the with Honda DOT 3 brake fluid as
time and distance recommendations soon as possible.
in the maintenance schedule. MIN
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your car's braking The fluid level should be between
system and can cause extensive the M I N and MAX marks on the side
damage. of the reservoir. If the level is at or
below the MIN mark, your brake
system needs attention. Have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.

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Brake and Clutch Fluid, Power Steering

Clutch System Power Steering Always use Genuine Honda Power


Steering Fluid. If it is not available,
UPPER LEVEL you may use another power steering
fluid as an emergency replacement.
However, continued use can cause
increased wear and poor steering in
cold weather. Have the power
steering system flushed and refilled
with Honda PSF as soon as possible.

MAX A low power steering fluid level can


indicate a leak in the system. Check
MIN LOWER
LEVEL the fluid level frequently and have
the system inspected as soon as
The fluid should be between the Check the level when the engine is possible.
MIN and MAX marks on the side of cold. Look at the side of the
the reservoir. If it is not, add brake reservoir. The fluid should be NOTICE
fluid to bring it up to that level. Use between the UPPER LEVEL and
the same fluid specified for the LOWER LEVEL. If it is below the Turning the steering wheel to full left
brake system. LOWER LEVEL, add power steering or right lock and holding it there can
fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. damage the power steering pump.
Low fluid level can indicate a leak in
the clutch system. Have this system
inspected as soon as possible.

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Air Cleaner Element

The air cleaner element should be Replacement


cleaned or replaced according to the
time and distance recommendations CLAMPS
in the maintenance schedule.

Cleaning (Severe Conditions)


Clean the air cleaner element by
blowing compressed air through it in
the opposite direction to normal air
flow. If you do not have access to
compressed air (such as a service
station), ask your Honda dealer to do
this service. AIR CLEANER
ELEMENT

Follow the replacement procedure The air cleaner element is inside the 2. Remove the old air cleaner
for removal and reinstallation. air cleaner housing on the passenger's element.
side of the engine compartment. Clean the inside of the air cleaner
To replace it: housing with a damp rag.

1. Unsnap the four hold-down clamps 3. Place the new air cleaner element
and remove the air cleaner in the air cleaner housing.
housing cover.
4. Reinstall the air cleaner housing
cover, snap the four hold-down
clamps back into place.

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Spark Plugs

The spark plugs in your car are a Replacement


special platinum-tipped design for
longer life. They only need to be NUTS NUTS SPARK PLUG
replaced every 7 years or 105,000 CAP
miles (168,000 km), whichever
comes first.

1. Remove the four nuts, then 3. Remove the spark plug cap by
remove the plug wire cover. pulling it straight out.

2. Clean up any dirt and oil around 4. Remove the spark plug with
the spark plug caps. a five-eighths inch (16 mm) spark
plug socket.

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NOTICE
Tighten the spark plugs carefully. A
spark plug that is too loose can
overheat and damage the engine.
Overtightening can cause damage to
the threads in the cylinder head.

7. Install the spark plug cap.

8. Repeat this procedure for the


other three spark plugs.

Reinstall the plug wire cover and


5. Put the new spark plug into the 6. Torque the spark plug. (If you do tighten the four nuts.
socket; then screw it into the hole. not have a torque wrench, tighten
Screw it in by hand so you do not the spark plug two-thirds of a turn
crossthread it. after it contacts the cylinder head.)
Tightening torque:
13 lbf.ft (1.8 kgf.m , 18 N.m)

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Spark Plugs, Battery

Specifications: Battery
NGK: PZFR6F-11 Check the condition of your car's
DENSO: PKJ20CR-L11 battery monthly. You should check
the color of the test indicator window,
Spark Plug Gap: and for corrosion on the terminals.
0.043 in (1.1mm )

TEST INDICATOR WINDOW

Check the battery condition by


looking at the test indicator window
on the battery.
The label on the battery explains the
test indicator's colors.

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Battery

If the terminals are severely cor-


roded, clean them with baking soda
and water. Then use a wrench to The battery gives off explosive
loosen and remove the cables from hydrogen gas during normal
the terminals. Always disconnect the operation.
negative (—) cable first and recon-
nect it last. Clean the battery termi- A spark or flame can cause the
nals with a terminal cleaning tool or battery to explode with enough
wire brush. Reconnect and tighten force to kill or seriously hurt you.
the cables, then coat the terminals
with grease. Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
If you need to connect the battery to mechanic do the battery
Check the battery terminals for a charger, disconnect both cables to maintenance.
corrosion (a white or yellowish prevent damage to the car's electri-
powder). To remove it, cover the cal system.
terminals with a solution of baking
soda and water. It will bubble up and
turn brown. When this stops, wash it
off with plain water. Dry off the
battery with a cloth or paper towel.
Coat the terminals with grease to
help prevent future corrosion.

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Battery

If your car's battery is disconnected


or goes dead, the audio system will
disable itself. The next time you turn
on the radio you will see "Code" in
the frequency display. Use the
Preset buttons to enter the five-digit
code (see page 95 ).

NOTICE
Charging the battery with the cables
connected can seriously damage your
car's electronic controls. Detach the
battery cables before connecting the
battery to a charger.

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Windshield Wipers

Check the condition of the wind- WIPER ARMS


shield wiper blades at least every six
months. Look for signs of cracking
in the rubber, or areas that are
getting hard. Replace the blades if
you find these signs, or they leave
streaks and unwiped areas when
used.
LOCK TAB

To replace the blade: 2. Disconnect the blade assembly


from the wiper arm by pushing in
1. Raise the wiper arm off the the lock tab. Hold it in while you
windshield. push the blade assembly toward
the base of the arm.

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5. Slide the new wiper blade into the


BLADE BLADE holder until the tabs lock.

6. Slide the wiper blade assembly


onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.

7. Lower the wiper arm down against


the windshield.

REINFORCEMENT

3. Remove the blade from its holder 4. Examine the new wiper blades. If
by grasping the tabbed end of the they have no plastic or metal rein-
blade. Pull firmly until the tabs forcement along the back edge,
come out of the holder. remove the metal reinforcement
strips from the old wiper blade and
install them in the slots along the
edge of the new blade.

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Air Conditioning System

Your car's air conditioning is a sealed Periodically check the engine's If the air conditioning does not get as
system. Any major maintenance, radiator and air conditioning cold as before, have your dealer
such as recharging, should be done condenser for leaves, insects, and check the system. Recharge the
by a qualified technician. You can do dirt stuck to the front surface. These system with Refrigerant HFC-134a
a couple of things to make sure the block the air flow and reduce cooling (R-134a). (See Specifications on page
air conditioning works efficiently. efficiency. Use a light spray from a 227.)
hose or a soft brush to remove them.
AIR CONDITIONING CONDENSER
NOTICE
NOTICE
Whenever you have the air conditioning
The condenser and radiator fins bend system serviced, make sure the service
easily. Only use a low-pressure spray facility uses a refrigerant recycling
or soft-bristle brush to clean them. system. This system captures the
refrigerant for reuse. Releasing
Run the air conditioning at least once refrigerant into the atmosphere can
a week during the cold weather damage the environment.
months. Run it for at least ten
minutes while you are driving at a
steady speed with the engine at
normal operating temperature. This
circulates the lubricating oil con-
tained in the refrigerant.

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Drive Belts, Timing Belt

Drive Belts The belts should have the following Timing Belt
"play" or deflection. The timing belt and balancer belt
POWER STEERING BELT
Alternator belt: should normally be replaced at the
0.37— 0.49 in (9.5 — 12.5 mm) intervals shown in the maintenance
schedule.
Power steering belt:
0.53 — 0.65 in (13.5 — 16.5 mm) Replace these belts at 60,000 miles
(U.S.) or 100,000 km (Canada) if you
If you see signs of wear or looseness, regularly drive your car in one or
have your dealer adjust or replace more of these conditions:
the belts.
In very high temperatures
ALTERNATOR BELT (over 110°F, 43°C).
In very low temperatures
Check the condition of the two drive (under — 20°F, — 29°C).
belts. Examine the edges of each
belt for cracks or fraying.
Check the tension of each belt by
pushing on it with your thumb
midway between the pulleys.

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Tires

To safely operate your car, your tires Inflation Check the pressure in the tires when
must be the proper type and size, in Keeping the tires properly inflated they are cold. This means the car
good condition with adequate tread, provides the best combination of has been parked for at least three
and correctly inflated. The following handling, tread life and riding hours. If you have to drive the car
pages give more detailed information comfort. Underinflated tires wear before checking the tire pressure,
on how and when to check air unevenly, adversely affect handling the tires can still be considered
pressure, how to inspect your tires and fuel economy, and are more "cold" if you drive less than 1 mile
for damage and wear, and what to do likely to fail from being overheated. (1.6 km).
when your tires need to be replaced. Overinflated tires can make your car
ride more harshly, are more prone to If you check the pressure when the
damage from road hazards, and wear tires are hot (the car has been driven
unevenly. several miles), you will see readings
Using tires that are excessively 4 to 6 psi (0.3 to 0.4 kgf/cm2,30 to 40
worn or improperly inflated can We recommend that you visually kPa) higher than the cold reading.
cause a crash in which you can check your tires every day. If you This is normal. Do not let air out to
be seriously hurt or killed. think a tire might be low, check it match the specified cold pressure.
immediately with a tire gauge. The tire will be underinflated.
Follow all instructions in this
owner's manual regarding tire Use a gauge to measure the air You should get your own tire
inflation and maintenance. pressure at least once a month. Even pressure gauge and use it whenever
tires that are in good condition may you check your tire pressures. This
lose one to two psi per month. will make it easier for you to tell if a
Remember to check the spare tire at pressure loss is due to a tire problem
the same time you check all the and not due to a variation between
other tires. gauges.

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Recommended Tire Pressures for Tubeless tires have some ability to Inspection
Normal Driving self-seal if they are punctured. Every time you check inflation, you
The following chart shows the However, because leakage is often should also examine the tires for
recommended cold tire pressures for very slow, you should look closely damage, foreign objects, and wear.
most normal driving conditions and for punctures if a tire starts losing
speeds. Tire pressures for high pressure. You should look for:
speed driving are shown on page
229. Bumps or bulges in the tread or
side of the tire. Replace the tire if
you find either of these conditions.

Cuts, splits, or cracks in the side


of the tire. Replace the tire if you
can see fabric or cord.

The compact spare tire pressure is: Excessive tread wear.


60 psi (4.2 kgf/cm 2 ,420 kPa)

These pressures are also given on


the tire information label on the
driver's doorjamb.

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INDICATOR Maintenance NOTICE


LOCATION In addition to proper inflation,
MARKS correct wheel alignment helps to Improper wheel weights can damage
decrease tire wear. If you find a tire your car's aluminum wheels. Use only
is worn unevenly, have your dealer Genuine Honda wheel weights for
check the wheel alignment. balancing.

The tires were properly balanced by


the factory. They may need to be
rebalanced at some time before they
TREAD WEAR
are worn out. Have your dealer
INDICATORS check the tires if you feel a consis-
tent vibration while driving. A tire
Your car's tires have wear indicators should always be rebalanced if it is
molded into the tread. When the removed from the wheel for repair.
tread wears down to that point, you
will see a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) wide Make sure the installer balances the
band running across the tread. This wheels when you have new tires
shows there is less than 1/16 inch installed. This increases riding
(1.6 mm) of tread left on the tire. A comfort and tire life. Your car's
tire that is this worn gives very little original tires were dynamic or "spin"
traction on wet roads. You should balanced at the factory. For best
replace the tire if you can see the results, have the installer perform a
tread wear indicator in three or more dynamic balance.
places around the tire.

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Tire Rotation When shopping for replacement


tires, you may find that some tires
Front Front are "directional." This means they Installing improper tires on your
are designed to rotate only in one car can affect handling and
direction. If you use directional stability. This can cause a crash
tires, they should be rotated only in which you can be seriously
front-to-back. hurt or killed.

Replacing Tires and Wheels Always use the size and type of
The tires that came with your car tires recommended in this
were selected to match the perform- owner's manual.
(For Non-directional (For Directional ance capabilities of the car while
Tires and Wheels) Tires and Wheels) providing the best combination of
handling, ride comfort, and long life. It is best to replace all four tires at
To help increase tire life and You should replace them with radial the same time. If that is not possible
distribute wear more evenly, you tires of the same size, load range, or necessary, then replace the two
should have the tires rotated every speed rating, and maximum cold tire front tires or the two rear tires as a
7,500 miles (12,000 km). Move the pressure rating (as shown on the pair. Replacing just one tire can
tires to the positions shown in the tire's sidewall). Mixing radial and seriously affect your car's handling.
chart each time they are rotated. bias-ply tires on your car can reduce
its braking ability, traction, and
steering accuracy.

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The ABS works by comparing the Wheels and Tires Winter Driving
speed of the wheels. When replacing Wheel: Tires that are marked "M+S" or
tires, use the same size originally 16 x 6 1/2 JJ "All Season" on the sidewall have an
supplied with the car. Tire size and all-weather tread design. They
construction can affect wheel speed Tire: should be suitable for most winter
and may cause the system to work in- 205/50R16 87V driving conditions. Tires without
consistently. these markings are designed for
See Tire Information on page 228 for optimum traction in dry conditions.
If you ever need to replace a wheel, additional information about tire and They may not provide adequate
make sure the wheel's specifications wheel size designations. See page performance in winter driving.
match those of the original wheel 229 for information about DOT Tire For the best performance in snowy
that came on your car. Replacement Quality Grading. or icy conditions, you should install
wheels are available at your Honda snow tires or tire chains. They may
dealer. be required by local laws under
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Snow Tires Tire Chains NOTICE


If you mount snow tires on your Mount snow chains on your car
Honda, make sure they are radial when warranted by driving condi- Chains of the wrong size or that are
tires of the same size and load range tions or required by local laws. Make improperly installed can damage your
as the original tires. Mount snow sure the chains are the correct size car's brake lines, suspension, body, and
tires on all four wheels to balance for your tires. Install them only on wheels. Stop driving if you hear the
your car's handling in all weather the front tires. If metal chains are chains hitting any part of the car.
conditions. Keep in mind the traction used, they must be SAE class "S".
provided by snow tires on dry roads Cable type traction devices can also
may not be as high as your car's be used.
original equipment tires. You should
drive cautiously even when the roads When installing chains, follow the
are clear. Check with the tire dealer manufacturer's instructions and
for maximum speed recommenda- mount them as tightly as you can.
tions. Drive slowly with chains installed. If
you hear the chains contacting the
body or chassis, stop and tighten
them. If they still make contact, slow
down until it stops. Remove the
chains as soon as you begin driving
on cleared roads.

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Lights

Check the operation of your car's If you find any bulbs are burned out, Headlight Aiming
exterior lights at least once a month. replace them as soon as possible. The headlights were properly aimed
A burned out bulb can create an Refer to the chart on page 227 to when your car was new. You should
unsafe condition by reducing your determine what type of replacement check their aim if you regularly carry
car's visibility and the ability to bulb is needed. heavy items in the trunk or pull a
signal your intentions to other trailer. Each headlight assembly has
drivers. horizontal and vertical adjustment
Check the following: indicators. These are set to their "0"
positions after the headlights are
Headlights (low and high beam) aimed at the factory.
Parking lights
Taillights To check these settings:
Brake lights
High-mount brake light 1. Make sure the fuel tank is full.
Turn signals Park the car on level ground.
Back-up lights
Hazard light function 2. The driver or someone who
License plate light weighs the same should be sitting
Side marker lights in the driver's seat for all checks
Daytime running lights and adjustments.
(Canadian cars) Load the trunk with the items you
normally carry.

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HORIZONTAL ANGLE GAUGE VERTICAL ANGLE GAUGE HORIZONTAL ADJUSTMENT

BUBBLE

If you usually pull a trailer, load it as 5. Check the vertical angle gauge. 6. If either indicator is not aligned
you would normally and attach it to The bubble should be centered with its "0" mark as described, an
the car. Push down on the front and underneath the longest scribe adjustment can be made using a
rear bumpers several times to make mark on the gauge. Phillips-head screwdriver to
sure the car is sitting normally. realign it with the "0" mark. Please
refer to the illustrations.
3. Open the hood.

4. Check the horizontal angle gauge.


The line on the adjustment screw
indicator should line up with the
"0" mark on the gauge.
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VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT Replacing a Headlight Bulb NOTICE


Your car has two bulbs on each side,
four in total. Make sure you are Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot
replacing the bulb that is burned out. when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch
Your car uses halogen headlight on the glass can cause the bulb to
bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle overheat and shatter.
it by its plastic case and protect the
glass from contact with your skin or
hard objects. If you touch the glass,
clean it with denatured alcohol and a
clean cloth.

The headlight bulbs in your car are


7. If you cannot get an indicator to H1 headlight bulbs for longer life.
align, have your Honda dealer We recommend the use of Genuine
inspect the car for body damage or Honda parts for replacing a
suspension problems. headlight bulb.

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1. Open the hood. BULB 5. Insert the new bulb into the hole,
making sure the tabs are in their
2. Remove the electrical connector slots. Pivot the hold-down wire
from the bulb by squeezing the back in place and clip the end into
connector on both sides to unlock the slot.
the tab. Pull the connector straight
off. 6. Install the rubber seal over the
back of the headlight assembly.
Make sure it is right side up; it is
HOLD-
marked "TOP".
DOWN
WIRE
WEATHER SEAL CONNECTOR 7. Push the electrical connector onto
the tabs of the new bulb. Make
3. Remove the rubber weather seal sure it locks in place.
by pulling on the tab. Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
4. Unclip the end of the hold-down
wire from its slot. Pivot it out of
the way and remove the bulb.

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Replacing a Parking Light Bulb 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
1. Open the hood. The front parking socket.
light is next to the headlight bulb. Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.
If you need to change a bulb on
the passenger's side, remove the 4. Insert the socket back into the
radiator reserve tank by pulling it headlight assembly. Turn it
out of its holder. clockwise to lock it in place.

5. Turn on the parking lights to


make sure the new bulb works.

6. (Passenger's side)
2. Remove the socket from the Reinstall the radiator reserve tank.
headlight assembly by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

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Replacing a Front Side Marker 5. Insert the socket back into the
Light Bulb side marker assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
BULB SOCKET
6. Test the side marker to make sure
the new bulb is working.

7. Put the side marker assembly into


the bumper. Make sure the tab on
the side marker assembly fits into
the bumper slot. Tighten the
mounting screw.

SCREW FRONT SIDE MARKER ASSEMBLY

1. Use a Philips-head screwdriver to 3. Remove the socket from the side


remove the side marker assembly's marker assembly by turning it one-
mounting screw. quarter turn counterclockwise.

2. Remove the side marker assembly 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
from the bumper. socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.

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Replacing a Front Turn Signal 5. Insert the socket back into the
Light Bulb turn signal assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
TURN SIGNAL ASSEMBLY
6. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.

BULB 7. Put the turn signal assembly into


the bumper. Make sure the tab on
the turn signal assembly fits into
the bumper slot. Tighten the
mounting screw.

SCREW SOCKET

1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to 3. Remove the socket from the turn


loosen the turn signal assembly's signal assembly by turning it one-
mounting screw. quarter turn counterclockwise.

2. Remove the turn signal assembly 4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
from the bumper. socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.

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Replacing Rear Bulbs

1. Open the trunk. 3. Determine which of the five bulbs 5. Pull the bulb straight out of its
is burned out: stop/taillight, turn socket.
2. Undo the fastener on the side of signal light, side marker light, Push the new bulb straight into
the trunk lining by pushing on the back-up light, or taillight. the socket until it bottoms.
center of the fastener's head until
it pops in. Pull the lining back. 4. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.

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6. Reinstall the socket into the light


assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.

7. Test the lights to make sure the


new bulb is working.

8. Reinstall the trunk lining.

9. Reset the fastener by pushing on


the pointed end until it pops back
almost flush with the fingers on
the housing.

10. Put the fastener in the hole in the


side of the trunk lining and push
on the center until it locks (the
center is flush with the head).

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Replacing a High-mount Brake 4. Reinstall the socket. Turn it


Light Bulb clockwise until it locks.
(Except Type SH model)
5. Test the lights to make sure the
HiGH-MOUNT BRAKE new bulb is working.
LIGHT ASSEMBLY
6. Reinstall the high-mount brake
light assembly on the rear shelf.
Make sure the tabs on the high-
mount brake light assembly fit
into the slots.

1. Remove the high-mount brake 2. Remove the socket from the light
light assembly by pushing it assembly by turning it one-quarter
slightly toward the rear windshield turn counterclockwise.
and sliding it out of the rear shelf.
3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket.
Push the new bulb straight into
the socket until it bottoms.

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Replacing a Rear License Bulb 4. Turn on the parking lights and


check that the new bulb is
working.

5. Put the license light assembly in


place. Reinstall the two screws and
tighten them securely.

1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to 2. Remove the socket from the light


remove the two screws holding assembly by turning it one-quarter
the license plate light assembly to turn counterclockwise.
the bracket. Pull the assembly
away from the bracket. 3. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb in until
it bottoms in the socket.

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Lights

Replacing Bulbs in the Interior CEILING LIGHT DOOR LIGHT


Courtesy Lights
The courtesy lights in the doors and
roof come apart the same way. They
do not all use the same bulb.
The spotlight bulbs are in the ceiling
light housing.

1. Remove the lens by carefully


prying on the edge of the lens with
a fingernail file or a small flat-tip
screwdriver. Do not pry on the
edge of the housing around the
lens. 2. Remove the bulb by pulling it
straight out of its metal tabs.
Ceiling light:
pry on the front edge of the 3. Push the new bulb into the metal
lens in the middle. tabs. Snap the lens back in place.

On Type SH
Door light:
pry on the top middle of the
lens.

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Replacing the Trunk Light Bulb


TRUNK LIGHT

1. Open the trunk. Pull down the


trunk light cover.

2. Remove the bulb by pulling it


straight out of its metal tabs.

3. Push the new bulb into the metal


tabs.

4. Push the cover back in place.

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Storing Your Car

If you need to park your car for an Block the rear wheels. Cover the car with a "breathable"
extended period (more than one car cover, one made from a porous
month), there are several things you If the car is to be stored for a material such as cotton.
should do to prepare it for storage. longer period, it should be Nonporous materials, such as
Proper preparation helps prevent supported on jackstands so the plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
deterioration and makes it easier to tires are off the ground. which can damage the paint.
get your car back on the road. If
possible, store your car indoors. Leave one window open slightly (if If possible, run the engine for a
the car is being stored indoors). while periodically (preferably once
Fill the fuel tank. a month).
Disconnect the battery.
Change the engine oil and filter If you store your car for 12 months
(see page 148). Support the front wiper blade or longer, have your Honda dealer
arms with a folded towel or rag so perform the inspections called for in
Wash and dry the exterior they do not touch the windshield. the 24 months/30,000 miles (48,000
completely. km) maintenance schedule (Normal
To minimize sticking, apply a Conditions) as soon as you take it
Clean the interior. Make sure the silicone spray lubricant to all door out of storage (see page 140). The
carpeting, floor mats, etc. are and trunk seals. Also, apply a car replacements called for in the
completely dry. body wax to the painted surfaces maintenance schedule are not
that mate with the door and trunk needed unless the car has actually
Leave the parking brake off. Put seals. reached that time or mileage.
the transmission in Reverse (5-
speed manual) or Park
(automatic).

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Appearance Care

Regular cleaning and polishing of


your Honda helps to keep it "new"
looking. This section gives you hints
on how to clean your car and
preserve its appearance: the paint,
brightwork, wheels and interior. Also
included are several things you can
do to help prevent corrosion.

Exterior Care.................................. 192


Washing...................................... 192
Waxing........................................ 193
Aluminum Wheels..................... 193
Paint Touch-up........................... 193
Interior Care................................... 194
Carpeting.................................... 194
Fabric.......................................... 194
Vinyl........................................... 194
Seat Belts.................................... 195
Windows..................................... 195
Air Fresheners........................... 196
Corrosion Protection..................... 196
Body Repairs.................................. 197

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Exterior Care

Washing Rinse the car thoroughly with cool When you have washed and rinsed
Frequent washing helps preserve water to remove loose dirt. the whole exterior, dry it with a
your car's beauty. Dirt and grit can chamois or soft towel. Letting it
scratch the paint, while tree sap and Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix air-dry will cause dulling and water
bird droppings can permanently ruin in a mild detergent, such as spots.
the finish. dishwashing liquid or a product
made especially for car washing. As you dry the car, inspect it for
Wash your car in a shady area, not in chips and scratches that could allow
direct sunlight. If the car is parked in Wash the car, using the water and corrosion to start. Repair them with
the sun, move it into the shade and detergent solution and a soft- touch-up paint (see page 193).
let the exterior cool down before you bristle brush, sponge, or soft cloth.
start. Start at the top and work your way
down. Rinse frequently.
Only use the solvents and cleaners
recommended in this Owner's Check the body for road tar, tree
Manual. sap, etc. Remove these stains with
tar remover or turpentine. Rinse it
NOTICE off immediately so it does not
harm the finish. Remember to re-
Chemical solvents and strong cleaners wax these areas, even if the rest of
can damage the paint, metal, and the car does not need waxing.
plastic on your car.

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Waxing should use a polish on your Honda if Paint Touch-up


Always wash and dry the whole car the finish does not have its original Your dealer has touch-up paint to
before waxing it You should wax shine after using a wax. match your car's color. The color
your car, including the metal trim, code is printed on a sticker on the
whenever water sits on the surface Cleaning tar, insects, etc. with driver's doorjamb. Take this code to
in large patches. It should form into removers also takes off the wax. your dealer so you are sure to get
beads or droplets after waxing. Remember to re-wax those areas, the correct color.
even if the rest of the car does not
You should use a quality liquid or need waxing. Inspect your car frequently for chips
paste wax. Apply it according to the or scratches in the paint. Repair
instructions On the container. In Aluminum Wheels them right away to prevent corrosion
general, there are two types of Clean your Honda's aluminum alloy of the metal underneath. Use the
products: wheels as you do the rest of the touch-up paint only on small chips
exterior. Wash them with the same and scratches. More extensive paint
Waxes — A wax coats the finish and solution, and rinse them thoroughly. damage should be repaired by a
protects it from damage by exposure professional.
to sunlight, air pollution, etc. You The wheels have a protective clear-
should use a wax on your Honda coat that keeps the aluminum from
when it is new. corroding and tarnishing. Using
harsh chemicals, including some
Polishes — Polishes and cleaner/ commercial wheel cleaners, or stiff
waxes can restore the shine to paint brushes can damage this clear-coat.
that has oxidized and lost some of its Only use a mild detergent and soft
shine. They normally contain mild brush or sponge to clean the wheels.
abrasives and solvents that remove
the top layer of the finish. You

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Interior Care

Carpeting Fabric Vinyl


Vacuum the carpeting frequently to Vacuum dirt and dust out of the Remove dirt and dust with a vacuum
remove dirt. Ground-in dirt will make material frequently. For general cleaner. Wipe the vinyl with a soft
the carpet wear out faster. cleaning, use a solution of mild soap cloth dampened in a solution of mild
Periodically shampoo the carpet to and lukewarm water, letting it air dry. soap and water. Use the same
keep it looking new. Use one of the To clean off stubborn spots, use a solution with a soft-bristle brush on
foam-type carpet cleaners on the commercially-available fabric cleaner. more difficult spots. You can also use
market. Follow the instructions that Test it on a hidden area of the fabric commercially-available spray or
come with the cleaner, applying it first, to make sure it does not bleach foam-type vinyl cleaners.
with a sponge or soft brush. Keep or stain the fabric. Follow the
the carpeting as dry as possible by instructions that come with the
not adding water to the foam. cleaner.

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Interior Care

Seat Belts Dirt build-up in the metal loops of Windows


the seat belt anchors can cause the Clean the windows, inside and out,
LOOP belts to retract slowly. Wipe the with a commercially-available glass
insides of the loops with a clean cloth cleaner. You can also use a mixture
dampened in mild soap and warm of one part white vinegar to ten parts
water or isopropyl alcohol. water. This will remove the haze that
builds up on the inside of the
windows. Use a soft cloth or paper
towels to clean all glass and clear
plastic surfaces.

NOTICE
The rear window defogger and
If your seat belts get dirty, you can antenna wires are bonded to the inside
use a soft brush with a mixture of of the glass. Wiping vigorously up-and-
mild soap and warm water to clean down can dislodge and break these
them. Do not use bleach, dye, or wires. When cleaning the rear window,
cleaning solvents. They can weaken use gentle pressure and wipe side-to-
the belt material. Let the belts air- side.
dry before you use the car.

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Interior Care, Corrosion Protection

Air Fresheners Corrosion Protection Inspect and clean out the drain
If you want to use an air freshener/ Two factors normally contribute to holes in the bottom of the doors
deodorizer in the interior of your car, causing corrosion in your car: and body.
it is best to use a solid type. Some
liquid air fresheners contain chemi- 1. Moisture trapped in body cavities. Check the floor coverings for
cals that may cause parts of the Dirt and road salt that collects in dampness. Carpeting and floor
interior trim and fabric to crack or hollows on the underside of the mats may remain damp for a long
discolor. car stays damp, promoting time, especially in winter. This
corrosion in that area. dampness can eventually cause
If you use a liquid air freshener, the floor panels to corrode.
make sure you fasten it securely so it 2. Removal of paint and protective
does not spill as you drive. coatings from the exterior and Use a high-pressure spray to clean
underside of the car. the underside of your car. This is
especially important in areas that
Many corrosion-preventive measures use road salt in winter. It is also a
are built into your Honda. You can good idea in humid climates and
help keep your car from corroding areas subject to salt air. Be careful
by performing some simple periodic of the ABS wheel sensors and
maintenance: wiring at each wheel.

Repair chips and scratches in the Have the corrosion-preventive


paint as soon as you discover them. coatings on the underside of your
car inspected and repaired
periodically.

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Body Repairs

Body repairs can affect your car's When reporting your collision to the
resistance to corrosion. If your car insurance company, tell them you
needs repairs after a collision, pay want Genuine Honda parts used in
close attention to the parts used in the repair. Although most insurers
the repair and the quality of the recognize the quality of original
work. parts, some may try to specify that
the repairs be done with other
Make sure the repair facility uses available parts. You should investi-
Genuine Honda replacement body gate this before any repairs are
parts. Some companies make sheet begun.
metal pieces that seem to duplicate
the original Honda body parts, but Take your car to your authorized
are actually inferior in fit, finish, and Honda dealer for inspection after the
corrosion resistance. Once installed, repairs are completed. He can make
they do not give the same high- sure that quality materials were used,
quality appearance. and that corrosion-preventive
coatings were applied to all repaired
and replaced parts.

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Taking Care of the Unexpected

This section covers the more- Compact Spare Tire....................... 200


common problems that motorists Changing a Flat Tire..................... 201
experience with their cars. It gives If Your Engine Won't Start........... 206
you information about how to safely Nothing Happens or the
evaluate the problem and what to do Starter Motor Operates
to correct it. If the problem has Very Slowly............................. 207
stranded you on the side of the road, The Starter Operates
you may be able to get going again. Normally................................. 208
If not, you will also find instructions Jump Starting................................. 208
on getting your car towed. If Your Engine Overheats............. 210
Low Oil Pressure Indicator.......... 212
Charging System Indicator........... 213
Malfunction Indicator Lamp........ 214
Closing the Moonroof................... 215
Fuses............................................... 216
Checking and Replacing........... 217
Towing............................................ 221

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Compact Spare Tire

Your car has a compact spare tire Follow these precautions whenever INDICATOR
that takes up less space. Use this you are using the compact spare tire: LOCATION
spare tire as a temporary replace- MARK
ment only. Get your regular tire Do not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h)
repaired or replaced and put back on under any circumstances.
your car as soon as you can.
This tire gives a harsher ride and
Check the inflation pressure of the less traction on some road sur-
compact spare tire every time you faces than the regular tire. Use
check the other tires. It should be greater caution while driving on
inflated to: this tire. TREAD WEAR
60 psi (4.2 kgf/cm 2 , 420 kPa ) INDICATOR
BAR
Do not mount snow chains on the
compact spare. The compact spare tire has a shorter
tread life than a regular tire. Replace
The wheel of the compact spare it when you can see the tread wear
tire is designed especially to fit indicator bars. The replacement
your car. Do not use your spare should be the same size and design
tire on another car unless it is the tire, mounted on the same wheel.
same make and model. The compact spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the compact wheel is not
designed for mounting a regular tire.

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Changing a Flat Tire

If you have a flat tire while driving, JACK TRUNK 3. Open the trunk. Raise the trunk
stop in a safe place to change it. FLOOR floor by lifting up on the back edge.
Stopping in traffic or on the shoulder
of a busy road is dangerous. Drive 4. Take the tool kit out of the trunk.
slowly along the shoulder until you
get to an exit or an area to stop that 5. Unscrew the wing bolt and take
is far away from the traffic lanes. the spare tire out of its well.

The car can easily roll off the SPARE


jack, seriously injuring anyone TIRE
TOOL KIT
underneath.
1. Park the car on firm, level ground
Follow the directions for away from traffic. Turn on the
changing a tire exactly, and hazard warning lights and turn the
never get under the car when it ignition to LOCK (0).
is supported only by the jack.
2. Put the transmission in Park
(automatic) or Reverse (manual).
Set the parking brake. Have all of
the passengers get out of the car
while you change the tire.

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JACK

HANDLE COVER WHEEL WRENCH

6. The jack is behind a cover in the 7. Turn the jack's end bracket 8. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
left fender. Remove the cover by counterclockwise to loosen it, then turn with the wheel wrench.
turning the handle clockwise, then remove the jack.
pulling on the cover.

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Changing a Flat Tire

JACKING WHEEL
POINT WRENCH EXTENSION

9. Locate the jacking point nearest 10.Use the extension and wheel 11.Remove the wheel nuts and flat
the tire you need to change. It is wrench as shown to raise the car tire. Temporarily place the flat tire
pointed to by mark molded into until the flat tire is off the ground. on the ground with the outside
the underside of the body. Place surface of the wheel facing up.
the jack under the jacking point. You could scratch the wheel if you
Turn the end bracket clockwise put it face down.
until the top of the jack contacts
the jacking point. Make sure the
jacking point tab is resting in the
jack notch.

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Changing a Flat Tire

BRAKE HUB

12.Before mounting the spare tire, 13.Put on the spare tire. Put the 14.Lower the car to the ground and
wipe any dirt off the mounting wheel nuts back on finger-tight, remove the jack.
surface of the wheel and hub with then tighten them in a crisscross
a clean cloth. pattern with the wheel wrench
until the wheel is firmly against
the hub. Do not try to tighten
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WING BOLT
SPACER
CONE

CENTER CAP

15.Tighten the wheel nuts securely in 16.Remove the center cap before 17.Place the flat tire face down in the
the same crisscross pattern. Have storing the flat tire in the trunk spare tire well.
the wheel nut torque checked at well.
the nearest automotive service 18.Remove the spacer cone from the
facility. wing bolt, turn it over, and put it
Tighten the wheel nuts to: back on the bolt.
80 lbf.ft (11 kgf . m ,108 N . m)

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Changing a Flat Tire, If Your Engine Won't Start

19.Secure the flat tire by screwing 21.Store the center cap in the trunk. If Your Engine Won't Start
the wing bolt back into its hole. Make sure it does not get scratch- Diagnosing why your engine won't
ed or damaged. start falls into two areas, depending
20.Store the jack in its holder. Turn on what you hear when you turn the
the jack's end bracket to lock it in 22.Lower the trunk floor, then close key to START (III):
place. Replace the cover. Store the the trunk lid.
tool kit. You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine's starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could You can hear the starter motor
seriously injure the occupants. operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
Store the wheel, jack and tools faster than normal, but the engine
securely before driving. does not start up and run.

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If Your Engine Won't Start

Nothing Happens or the Starter Check the transmission interlock. If the headlights dim noticeably or
Motor Operates Very Slowly If you have a manual transmission, go out when you try to start the
When you turn the ignition switch to the clutch pedal must be pushed engine, either the battery is dis-
START (III), you do not hear the all the way to the floor or the charged or the connections are
normal noise of the engine trying to starter will not operate. With an corroded. Check the condition of
start. You may hear a clicking sound automatic transmission, it must be the battery and terminal connec-
or series of clicks, or nothing at all. in Park or Neutral. tions (see page 163). You can
Check these things: then try jump starting the car from
Turn the ignition switch to ON (II). a booster battery (see page 208).
Your vehicle has the Immobilizer Turn on the headlights and check
System. You should use a their brightness. If the headlights
properly-coded master or valet key are very dim or don't light at all,
to start the engine (see page 47). the battery is discharged. See
A key that is not properly coded Jump Starting on page 208.
will cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the dash panel to blink Turn the ignition switch to START
rapidly. (III). If the headlights do not dim,
check the condition of the fuses. If
the fuses are OK, there is proba-
bly something wrong with the
electrical circuit for the ignition
switch or starter motor. You will
need a qualified technician to
determine the problem. (See
Towing on page 221.)

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If Your Engine Won't Start, Jump Starting

The Starter Operates Normally Jump Starting To jump start your car, follow these
In this case, the starter motor's If your car's battery has run down, directions closely:
speed sounds normal, or even faster you may be able to start the engine
than normal, when you turn the by using a booster battery. Although 1. Open the hood and check the
Ignition switch to START (III), but this seems like a simple procedure, physical condition of the battery
the engine does not run. you should take several precautions. (see page 163). In very cold
Are you using the proper starting weather, check the condition of
procedure? Refer to Starting the the electrolyte. If it seems slushy
Engine on page 109. or like ice, do not try jump starting
A battery can explode if you do until it thaws.
Do you have fuel? Turn the not follow the correct procedure,
ignition switch to ON (II) for a seriously injuring anyone NOTICE
minute and watch the fuel gauge. nearby.
The low fuel level warning light If a battery sits in extreme cold, the
may not be working, so you were Keep all sparks, open flames, electrolyte inside can freeze.
not reminded to fill the tank. and smoking materials away Attempting to jump start with a frozen
from the battery. battery can cause it to rupture.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the 2. Turn off all the electrical acces-
fuel pump. Check all the fuses You cannot start a Honda with an sories: heater, A/C, stereo system,
(see page 216). automatic transmission by pushing lights, etc.
or pulling it. Put the transmission in Neutral or
If you find nothing wrong, you will Park and set the parking brake.
need a qualified technician to find
the problem. See Towing on page
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Jump Starting

BOOSTER BATTERY

3. Connect one jumper cable to the 4. Connect the second jumper cable 6. Start your car. If the starter motor
positive ( + ) terminal on the to the negative (—) terminal on still operates slowly, check the
booster battery. Connect the other the booster battery. Connect the jumper cable connections to make
end to the positive ( + ) terminal other end to the grounding strap sure they have good metal-to-
on your Honda's battery. as shown. Do not connect this metal contact.
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine. 7. Once your car is running, discon-
nect the negative cable from your
5. If the booster battery is in another car, then from the booster battery.
car, have an assistant start that car Disconnect the positive cable from
and run it at a fast idle. your car, then the booster battery.

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If Your Engine Overheats

The pointer of your car's tempera- Your car can overheat for several 2. If you see steam and/or spray
ture gauge should stay in the mid- reasons, such as lack of coolant or a coming from under the hood, turn
range under most conditions. It may mechanical problem. The only off the engine.
go higher if you are driving up a long indication may be the temperature
steep hill on a very hot day. If it gauge climbing to or above the red 3. If you do not see steam or spray,
climbs to the red mark, you should mark. Or you may see steam or leave the engine running and
determine the reason. spray coming from under the hood. watch the temperature gauge. If
In either case, you should take the high heat is due to overloading
NOTICE immediate action. (climbing a long, steep hill on a
hot day with the A/C running, for
Driving with the temperature gauge example), the engine should start
pointer at the red mark can cause to cool down almost immediately.
serious damage to your engine. Steam and spray from an If it does, wait until the tempera-
overheated engine can ture gauge comes down to the mid-
seriously scald you. point then continue driving.

Do not open the hood if steam 4. If the temperature gauge stays at


is coming out. the red mark, turn off the engine.

1. Safely pull to the side of the road. 5. Wait until you see no more signs
Put the transmission in Neutral or of steam or spray, then open the
Park and set the parking brake. hood.
Turn off the heating and cooling
system and all other accessories.
Turn on the hazard warning
indicators.

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If Your Engine Overheats

6. Look for any obvious coolant leaks, 10.Start the engine and set the
such as a split radiator hose. temperature control lever to
Everything is still extremely hot, Removing the radiator cap maximum. Add coolant to the
so use caution. If you find a leak, it while the engine is hot can radiator up to the base of the filler
must be repaired before you cause the coolant to spray out, neck. If you do not have the
continue driving (see Towing on seriously scalding you. proper coolant mixture available,
page 221). you can add plain water.
Always let the engine and Remember to have the cooling
7. If you don't find an obvious leak, radiator cool down before system drained and refilled with
check the coolant level in the removing the radiator cap. the proper mixture as soon as you
radiator reserve tank (see page can.
103). If the level is below the
M I N mark, add coolant to halfway 9. Using gloves or a large heavy 11.Put the radiator cap back on
between the MIN and MAX marks. cloth, turn the radiator cap tightly. Run the engine and watch
counterclockwise, without pushing the temperature gauge. If it goes
8. If there was no coolant in the down, to the first stop. This back to the red mark, the engine
reserve tank, you may also have to releases any remaining pressure in needs repair. (See Towing on
add coolant to the radiator. Let the the cooling system. After the page 221.)
engine cool down until the pointer pressure releases, push down on
reaches the middle of the tempera- the cap and turn it until it comes 12.If the temperature stays normal,
ture gauge, or lower, before check- off. check the coolant level in the
ing the radiator. radiator reserve tank. If it has
gone down, add coolant to the
MAX mark. Put the cap back on
tightly.

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Low Oil Pressure Indicator

NOTICE 4. Start the engine and watch the oil


pressure indicator. If the light
Running the engine with low oil does not go out within ten seconds,
pressure can cause serious mechanical turn off the engine. There is a
damage almost immediately. Turn off mechanical problem that needs to
the engine as soon as you can safely get be repaired before you can
the car stopped. continue driving. (See Towing on
page 221.)
1. Safely pull off the road and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning indicators.
LOW OIL PRESSURE INDICATOR
2. Let the car sit for a minute. Open
This indicator should light when the the hood and check the oil level
ignition is ON (II), and go out after (see page 102). Although oil level
the engine starts. It should never and oil pressure are not directly
come on when the engine is running. connected, an engine that is very
If it starts flashing, it indicates that low on oil can lose pressure during
the oil pressure dropped very low for cornering and other driving
a moment, then recovered. If the maneuvers.
indicator stays on with the engine
running, it shows that the engine has 3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
lost oil pressure and serious engine level back to the full mark on the
damage is possible. In either case, dipstick (see page 146).
you should take immediate action.

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Charging System Indicator

Immediately turn off all electrical By eliminating as much of the


accessories: radio, heater, A/C, rear electrical load as possible, you can
defogger, cruise control, etc. Try not drive several miles before the
to use other electrically-operated battery is too discharged to keep the
controls such as the power windows. engine running. Drive to a service
Keep the engine running and take station or garage where you can get
extra care not to stall it. Starting the technical assistance.
engine will discharge the battery
rapidly.

CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR

This indicator should come on when


the ignition is ON (II), and go out
after the engine starts. If it comes on
brightly when the engine is running,
it indicates that the charging system
has stopped charging the battery.

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Malfunction Indicator Lamp

MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP If you have recently refueled your NOTICE


vehicle, the cause of this indicator
coming on could be a loose or If you keep driving with the malfunc-
missing fuel fill cap. Check the cap tion indicator lamp on, you can damage
and tighten it until it clicks. Replace your car's emission controls and engine.
the fuel fill cap if it is missing. Those repairs may not be covered by
Tightening the cap will not make the your car's warranties.
indicator turn off immediately; it
takes three driving trips.

If the indicator remains on past three


driving trips, or the fuel cap was not
loose or missing, have the vehicle
This indicator comes on for a few checked by the dealer as soon as
seconds when you turn the ignition possible. Drive moderately until the
switch ON (II). If it comes on at any dealer has inspected the problem.
other time, it indicates one of the Avoid full-throttle acceleration and
engine's emissions control systems driving at high speed.
may have a problem. Even though
you may feel no difference in your You should also have the dealer
car's performance, it can reduce inspect your vehicle if this indicator
your fuel economy and cause your comes on repeatedly, even though it
car to put out excessive emissions. may turn off as you continue driving.
Continued operation may cause
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Closing the Moonroof

If the electric motor will not close


SOCKET
the moonroof, do the following:

1. Check the fuse for the moonroof


motor (see page 217). If the fuse
is blown, replace it with one of the
same or lower rating.

2. Try closing the moonroof. If the


new fuse blows immediately or the
moonroof motor still does not
operate, you can close the ROUND PLUG
moonroof manually.
4. Use a screwdriver or coin to 5. Insert the moonroof wrench into
3. Get the tool out of the tool kit in remove the round plug in the the socket behind this plug. Turn
the trunk. center of the headliner. the wrench until the moonroof is
fully closed.

6. Remove the wrench. Replace the


round plug.

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Fuses

All the electrical circuits in your car UNDER-HOOD TAB INTERIOR


have fuses to protect them from a
short circuit or overload. These
fuses are located in two fuse boxes.

KNOB

The under-hood fuse box is located The interior fuse box is underneath
in the back of the engine compart- the dashboard on the driver's side.
ment on the passenger's side. To To open it, turn the knob as shown.
open it, push the tab as shown.

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Fuses

Checking and Replacing Fuses FUSE FUSE PULLER


If something electrical in your car
stops working, the first thing you
should check for is a blown fuse.
Determine from the chart on pages
219 and 220, or the diagram on the
fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses
control that component. Check those
fuses first, but check all the fuses
before deciding that a blown fuse is
not the cause. Replace any blown BLOWN
fuses and check the component's
operation.
3. Check each of the large fuses in 4. Check the smaller fuses in the
1. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK the under-hood fuse box by under-hood fuse box and all the
(0). Make sure the headlights and looking through the top at the wire fuses in the interior fuse box by
all other accessories are off, inside. Removing these fuses pulling out each fuse with the fuse
requires a Phillips-head screw- puller provided in the interior fuse
2. Remove the cover from the fuse driver. box.
box.

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Fuses

If you cannot drive the car without NOTICE


BLOWN fixing the problem, and you do not
have a spare fuse, take a fuse of the Replacing a fuse with one that has a
same rating or a lower rating from higher rating greatly increases the
one of the other circuits. Make sure chances of damaging the electrical
you can do without that circuit system. If you do not have a replace-
temporarily (such as the accessory ment fuse with the proper rating for the
socket or radio). circuit, install one with a lower rating.

If you replace the blown fuse with a 6. If the replacement fuse of the
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it same rating blows in a short time,
might blow out again. This does not there is probably a serious
indicate anything wrong. Replace the electrical problem in your car.
5. Look for a burned wire inside the fuse with one of the correct rating as Leave the blown fuse in that
fuse. If it is burned, replace it with soon as you can. circuit and have your car checked
one of the spare fuses of the same by a qualified technician.
rating or lower.
If the radio fuse is removed, the
audio system will disable itself. The
next time you turn on the radio you
will see "Code" in the frequency
display. Use the Preset buttons to
enter the five-digit code (see page
95 ).

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INTERIOR FUSE BOX

*1 : On Type SH
*2 : On Canadian cars

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Towing

If your car needs to be towed, call a Sling-type Equipment — The tow NOTICE
professional towing service or, if you truck uses metal cables with hooks
belong to one, an organization that on the ends. These hooks go around Improper towing preparation will
provides roadside assistance. Never parts of the frame or suspension and damage the transmission. Follow the
tow your car behind another car with the cables lift that end of the car off above procedure exactly. If you cannot
just a rope or chain. It is very the ground. Your car's suspension shift the transmission or start the
dangerous. and body can be seriously damaged engine (automatic transmission), your
if this method of towing is attempted. car must be transported on a flat-bed,
Emergency Towing
There are three popular methods of If your Honda cannot be transported It is best to tow the car no farther
towing a car: by flat-bed, it should be towed with than 50 miles (80 km), and keep
the front wheels off the ground. If the speed below 35 mph (55
Flat-bed Equipment — The operator due to damage, your car must be km/h).
loads your car on the back of a truck. towed with the front wheels on the
This is the best way of trans- ground, do the following: If your car is equipped with an
porting your Honda. optional front air spoiler, remove it
5-speed Manual Transmission before towing so it is not damaged.
Wheel Lift Equipment — The tow Release the parking brake.
truck uses two pivoting arms that go Shift the transmission to Neutral. NOTICE
under the tires (front or rear) and lift
them off the ground. The other two Automatic Transmission: Trying to lift or tow your car by the
tires remain on the ground. Release the parking brake. bumpers will cause serious damage.
Start the engine. The bumpers are not designed to
Shift to D4, then to N. support the car's weight.
Turn off the engine.

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Technical Information

The diagrams in this section give Identification Numbers................. 224 Emission Controls......................... 231
you the dimensions and capacities of Specifications................................. 226 The Clean Air Act...................... 231
your Honda, and the locations of the Tire Information............................ 228 Crankcase Emission Control
identification numbers. The expla- Tire Size Designation................ 228 System..................................... 231
nations of several electronic and Wheel Size Designation............ 228 Evaporative Emission Control
mechanical systems on your Honda Tire Speed Ratings.................... 228 System..................................... 231
are for the more technically-oriented Tire Pressure Adjustment Exhaust Emission Controls...... 232
owner. For High Speed Driving........ 229 PGM-FI System .................... 232
DOT Tire Quality Grading....... 229 Ignition Timing Control
Treadwear.............................. 229 System................................. 232
Traction.................................. 230 Exhaust Gas Recirculation
Temperature.......................... 230 (EGR) System.................... 232
Three Way Catalytic
Converter............................ 232
Replacement Parts..................... 232
Three Way Catalytic Converter... 233

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Identification Numbers

Your car has several identifying


numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
Honda dealer uses to register your
car for warranty purposes. It is also
necessary for licensing and insuring
your car. The easiest place to find
the VIN is on a plate fastened to the
top of the dashboard. You can see it
by looking through the windshield
on the driver's side. It is also on the
Certification label attached to the
driver's doorjamb, and is stamped on
the engine compartment bulkhead.
The VIN is also provided in bar code
on the Certification label.

CERTIFICATION LABEL

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Identification Numbers

The Engine Number is stamped into MANUAL TRANSMISSION NUMBER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
the engine block.

The Transmission Number is on a


label on top of the transmission.

ENGINE NUMBER

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Specifications

page 163 .

*1 : Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the
engine.
Reserve tank capacity:
0.16 US gal (0.6 ,0.13 Imp gal)
* 2 : T y p e SH
* 3 : Except Type SH
* 4 : Excluding the oil remaining in the engine.
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Specifications

page 219

page 220

*1 : Except high-mount brake light installed in rear spoiler


*2 : T y p e SH * 1 : Except Type SH
* 2 : Type SH

* 1 : Except Type SH
* 2 : T y p e SH
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Tire Information

Tire Size Designation V — Speed Rating Symbol. See the Tire Speed Ratings
A tire's sidewall is marked with, a tire speed rating chart in this section for The chart below shows many of the
size designation. You will need this additional information. different speed ratings currently
information when selecting replace- being used for passenger car tires.
ment tires for your car. The follow- Wheel Size Designation The speed rating symbol is part of
ing explains what the letters and Wheels are also marked with the tire size designation on the
numbers in the tire size designation important information that you need sidewall of the tire. This symbol
mean. if you ever have to replace one. The corresponds to that tire's designed
following explains what the letters maximum safe operating speed.
(Example tire size designation) and numbers in the wheel size
205/50R16 87V designation mean.

205 — Tire width in millimeters. (Example wheel size designation)


16 x 6-1/2 JJ
50 — Aspect ratio. The tire's section
height as a percentage of its width. 16 — Rim diameter in inches.

R — Tire construction code (Radial). 6-1/2 — Rim width in inches.

16 — Rim diameter in inches. JJ — Rim contour designation.

87 — Load Index, a numerical code


associated with the maximum load
the tire can carry.

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Tire Information

Tire Pressure Adjustment For Be sure to readjust the pressure for Treadwear
High Speed Driving normal driving speeds. You should The treadwear grade is a compara-
Honda strongly recommends that wait until the tires are cold before tive rating based on the wear rate of
you not drive faster than posted adjusting the tire pressure (see page the tire when tested under controlled
speed limits and conditions allow. If 171). conditions on a specified government
you decide it is safe to drive at high test, course. For example, a tire
speeds, be sure to adjust the cold tire DOT Tire Quality Grading graded 150 would wear one and one
pressures as shown below. If you do (U.S. Cars) half (1-1/2) times as well on the
not adjust the tire pressure, exces- The tires on your car meet all U.S. government course as a tire graded
sive heat can build up and cause Federal Safety Requirements. All 100. The relative performance of
sudden tire failure. tires are also graded for treadwear, tires depends upon the actual condi-
traction, and temperature perform- tions of their use, however, and may
ance according to Department of depart significantly from the norm
Transportation (DOT) standards. due to variations in driving habits,
The following explains these service practices and differences in
gradings. road characteristics and climate.

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Tire Information

Traction Temperature Warning: The temperature grade for


The traction grades, from highest to The temperature grades are A (the this tire is established for a tire that
lowest, are A, B, and C, and they highest), B, and C, representing the is properly inflated and not over-
represent the tire's ability to stop on tire's resistance to the generation of loaded. Excessive speed, underinfla-
wet pavement as measured under heat and its ability to dissipate heat tion, or excessive loading either
controlled conditions on specified when tested under controlled separately or in combination, can
government test surfaces of asphalt conditions on a specified indoor cause heat build-up and possible tire
and concrete. A tire marked C may laboratory test wheel. Sustained high failure.
have poor traction performance. temperature can cause the material
of the tire to degenerate and reduce
Warning: The traction grade as- tire life, and excessive temperature
signed to this tire is based on brak- can lead to sudden tire failure. The
ing (straight ahead) traction tests grade C corresponds to a level of
and does not include cornering performance which all passenger car
(turning) traction. tires must meet under the Federal
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No.
109. Grades B and A represent
higher levels of performance on the
laboratory test wheel than the
minimum required by law.

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Emission Controls

The burning of gasoline in your car's The Clean Air Act Crankcase Emission Control
engine produces several byproducts. The United States Clean Air Act* System
Some of these are carbon monoxide sets standards for automobile Your car has a Positive Crankcase
(CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and emissions. It also requires that Ventilation System. This keeps
hydrocarbons (HC). Gasoline automobile manufacturers explain to gasses that build up in the engine's
evaporating from the tank also owners how their emission controls crankcase from going into the
produces hydrocarbons. Controlling work and what to do to maintain atmosphere. The Positive Crankcase
the production of NOx, CO, and HC them. This section summarizes how Ventilation valve routes them from
is important to the environment. the emission controls work. the crankcase back to the intake
Under certain conditions of sunlight Scheduled maintenance is on page manifold. They are then drawn into
and climate, NOx and HC react to 140. the engine and burned.
form photochemical "smog." Carbon
monoxide does not contribute to * In Canada, Honda vehicles comply Evaporative Emission Control
smog creation, but it is a poisonous with the Canadian Motor Vehicle System
gas. Safety Standards (CMVSS) for As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
Emissions valid at the time they are tank, an evaporative emission control
manufactured. canister filled with charcoal adsorbs
the vapor. It is stored in this canister
while the engine is off. After the
engine is started and warmed up, the
vapor is drawn into the engine and
burned during driving.

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Emission Controls

Exhaust Emission Controls Ignition Timing Control System Replacement Parts


The exhaust emission controls This system constantly adjusts the The emission control systems are
include four systems: PGM-FI, ignition timing, reducing the amount designed and certified to work to-
Ignition Timing Control, Exhaust of HC, CO and NOx produced. gether in reducing emissions to
Gas Recirculation and Three Way levels that comply with the Clean Air
Catalytic Converter. These four Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Act. To make sure the emissions
systems work together to control the System remain low, you should use only new
engine's combustion and minimize The Exhaust Gas Recirculation Genuine Honda replacement parts or
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that (EGR) system takes some of the their equivalent for repairs. Using
comes out the tailpipe. The exhaust exhaust gas and routes it back into lower quality parts may increase the
emission control systems are the intake manifold. Adding exhaust emissions from your car.
separate from the crankcase and gas to the air/fuel mixture reduces
evaporative emission control the amount of NOx produced when The emissions control systems are
systems. the fuel is burned. covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your car. Read your
PGM-FI System Three Way Catalytic Converter warranty manual for more informa-
The PGM-FI System uses sequential The three way catalytic converter is tion.
multiport fuel injection. in the exhaust system. Through
It has three subsystems: Air Intake, chemical reactions, it converts HC,
Engine Control, and Fuel Control. CO, and NOx in the engine's exhaust
The Engine Control Module (ECM) to carbon dioxide (CO2), dinitrogen
uses various sensors to determine (N2), and water vapor.
how much air is going into the
engine. It then controls how much
fuel to inject under all operating
conditions.

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Three Way Catalytic Converter

The three way catalytic converter Keep the engine tuned-up.


contains precious metals that serve
as catalysts, promoting chemical Have your car diagnosed and
reactions to convert the exhaust repaired if it is misfiring, back-
gasses without affecting the metals. firing, stalling, or otherwise not
The catalytic converter is referred to running properly.
as a three-way catalyst, since it acts
on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement
unit must be an original Honda part
or its equivalent.

The three way catalytic converter THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER


must operate at a high temperature
for the chemical reactions to take A defective three way catalytic
place. It can set on fire any com- converter contributes to air pollution,
bustible materials that come near it. and can impair your engine's per-
Park your car away from high grass, formance. Follow these guidelines to
dry leaves, or other flammables. protect your car's three way catalytic
converter.

Always use unleaded gasoline.


Even a small amount of leaded
gasoline can contaminate the
catalyst metals, making the three
way catalytic converter ineffective.

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Warranty and Customer Relations

Customer Relations
Information................................. 236
U.S. Zone Office Map.................... 237
Canada Zone Office Map.............. 238
Warranty Coverages..................... 239
Reporting Safety Defects
(U.S. Cars).................................. 240
Authorized Manuals...................... 241

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Customer Relations Information

Honda dealership personnel are If you are dissatisfied with the When you call or write, please give
trained professionals. They should decision made by the dealership's us this information:
be able to answer all your questions. management, contact your Honda
If you encounter a problem that your Customer Relations Zone Office. Vehicle Identification Number
dealership does not solve to your Refer to the U.S. and Canadian Zone (see page 224)
satisfaction, please discuss it with Office maps on the following pages. Name and address of the dealer
the dealership's management. The who services your car
Service Manager or General Date of purchase
Manager can help. Almost all Mileage on your car
problems are solved in this way. Your name, address, and tele-
phone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Name of the dealer who sold the
car to you

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U.S. Zone Office Map

Western Zone Mid-Atlantic Zone


P.O. Box 2260 902 Wind River Ln., Suite 200
700 Van Ness Avenue Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Torrance, California (301) 990-2020
90509-2260
(310) 781-4565 Southeastern Zone
1500 Morrison Parkway
Northwestern Zone Alpharetta, Georgia 30201
P.O. Box 20186 (770) 442-2045
12439 N.E. Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220 North Centra! Zone
(503) 256-0943 601 Campus Drive, Suite A-9
(also includes Alaska and Arlington Heights, lllinois 60004
Hawaii) (847) 870-5600

South Central Zone New England Zone


4529 Royal Lane 555 Old County Road
Irving, Texas 75063 Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096
(214) 929-5481 (203) 623-3310
See Zone 5 for:
Central Zone NYC Metro area and
101 South Stanfield Road Fairfield County, CT area
Troy, Ohio 45373
(513) 332-6250 West Central Zone
1600 South Abilene Street, Suite D
Northeastern Zone Aurora, Colorado 80012
P.O. Box 337 (303) 696-3935
Eastgate Industrial Park
115 Gaither Drive Puerto Rico and U.S. V.I.
The addresses and telephone numbers are subject to change. If you cannot Moorestown, New Jersey 08057 Bella International
reach your Zone office, ask your Honda dealer for the current information. (609) 235-5533 P.O. Box 190816
Includes: NYC Metro area and San Juan, PR 00919-0816
Fairfield County, CT area (809) 250-8070

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Canada Zone Office Map

Western Zone Quebec Zone


Honda Canada Inc. Honda Canada Inc.
13240 Worster Court 1750 rue Eiffel
Richmond, B.C. Boucherville, Quebec
V6V 2B8 J4B 7W1
(604) 278-7121 (514) 655-6161

Central Zone Atlantic Zone


Honda Canada Inc. Honda Canada Inc.
715 Milner Avenue 51 Raddal Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario Suite 1
M1B 2K8 Dartmouth, NS
(416) 299-3400 B3B 1L4
(902) 468-4416

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Warranty Coverages

U.S. Owners Seat Belt Limited Warranty — a seat Replacement Battery Limited
Your new Honda is covered by these belt that fails to function properly is Warranty — provides prorated
warranties: covered for the useful life of the car. coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from a Honda dealer.
New Car Limited Warranty — covers Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
your new car, except for the battery, — all exterior body panels are Replacement Muffler Lifetime
emissions control systems and covered for rust-through from the Limited Warranty — provides
accessories, against defects in inside for the specified time period coverage for as long as the pur-
materials and workmanship. with no mileage limit. chaser of the muffler owns the car.

Emissions Control Systems Defects Accessory Limited Warranty — Restrictions and exclusions apply to
Warranty and Emissions Genuine Honda Accessories are all these warranties. Please read the
Performance Warranty — these two covered under this warranty. Time 1997 Honda Warranties booklet that
warranties cover your car's emis- and mileage limits depend on the came with your car for precise
sions control systems. Time, mileage, type of accessory and other factors. information on warranty coverages.
and coverage are conditional. Please Please read your warranty manual Your Honda's original tires are
read the warranty manual for exact for details. covered by their manufacturer. Tire
information. warranty information is in a separate
Replacement Parts Limited booklet.
Original Equipment Battery Limited Warranty — covers all Genuine
Warranty — this warranty gives up Honda replacement parts against Canadian Owners
to 100 percent credit toward a defects in materials and workman- Please refer to the 1997 Warranty
replacement battery. ship. Manual that came with your car.

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Reporting Safely Defects (U.S. Cars)

If you believe that your vehicle has a If NHTSA receives similar com- To contact NHTSA, you may either
defect which could cause a crash or plaints, it may open an investigation, call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free
could cause injury or death, you and if it finds that a safety defect at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in
should immediately inform the exists in a group of vehicles, it may Washington D.C. area) or write to:
National Highway Traffic Safety order a recall and remedy campaign. NHTSA, U.S. Department of
Administration (NHTSA) in addition However, NHTSA cannot become Transportation, Washington,
to notifying American Honda Motor involved in individual problems D.C. 20590. You can also obtain
Co., Inc. between you, your dealer, or other information about motor
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. vehicle safety from the Hotline.

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Authorized Manuals

Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals Valid only for sales within the U.S. Canadian owners should
(U.S. only) contact their authorized Honda dealer.
The following publications covering the operation and
servicing of your vehicle can be obtained from Helm
Incorporated, either by filling out the attached form or,
for credit card holders, calling the toll-free phone number
on the form. For manuals prior to the year shown below,
contact Helm Incorporated, P.O. Box 07280, Detroit,
Michigan 48207, or call 1-800-782-4356. By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can
pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to
Helm Incorporated at the address shown on the back of the order form.

61S3000

61S3000EL

61S3030

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Authorized Manuals

Service Manual:
This manual covers maintenance and recommended
procedures for repair to engine and chassis components.
It is written for the Journeyman mechanic, but is simple
enough for most mechanically-inclined owners to under-
stand.

Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:


This manual complements the Service Manual by
providing in-depth troubleshooting information for each
electrical circuit in your car.

Body Repair Manual:


This manual describes the procedures involved in the
replacement of damaged body parts.

These Publications cannot be returned for credit without receiving advance authorization within 14
days of delivery. On returns, a restocking fee may be applied against the original order.

P.O. BOX 07280 DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48207 1-800-782-4356



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Storing Cargo Safely................... 17 Ashtrays (Optional)......................... 67


Additives, Engine Oil..................... 147 Audio System................................... 78
Accessories Adjustments Automatic Speed Control................ 43
Installation.................................. 105 Headlights.................................. 176 Automatic Transmission............... 112
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Head Restraints........................... 55 Capacity, Fluid........................... 226
Position)........................................ 49 Mirrors.......................................... 61 Checking Fluid Level................ 156
Accessory Power Socket................ 66 Seats.............................................. 53 Sequential SportShift Mode..... 115
Active Torque Transfer System Steering Wheel............................ 42 Shifting........................................ 113
(ATTS) Airbag (SRS).................................... 10 Shift Lever Position Indicator.. 112
Indicator................................ 32, 125 Air Cleaner Element...................... 160 Shift Lever Positions................. 113
Operation.................................... 125 Air Conditioning............................... 70 Shift Lock Release..................... 119
Adding Maintenance............................... 168
Automatic Transmission Usage............................................. 70
Fluid........................................ 156 Air Outlets (Vents).......................... 72
Brake Fluid................................. 158 Air Pressure, Tires........................ 170 Battery
Clutch Fluid................................ 159 High Speed Driving................... 229 Charging System
Engine Coolant........................... 150 Normal Driving.......................... 171 Indicator............................ 31, 213
Engine Oil................................... 146 Alcohol and Drugs........................... 24 Jump Starting............................. 208
Manual Transmission Fluid..... 157 Alcohol in Gasoline.......................... 98 Maintenance............................... 163
Power Steering Fluid................. 159 Antifreeze....................................... 150 Specifications............................. 227
Windshield Washer Fluid......... 155 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) Before Driving................................. 97
Additional Safety Information........ 16 Indicator Light.................... 32, 124 Belts, Seat........................................... 5
Door Locks................................... 17 Operation.................................... 122 Beverage Holder.............................. 64
Driving with Pets......................... 17 Anti-theft Steering Column Body Repair.................................... 197
Head Restraint Position.............. 16 Lock............................................... 49
Seat-back Position........................ 16 Appearance Care........................... 191 CONTINUED


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Brakes Specifications............................. 227 Checking


Anti-lock System (ABS)............ 122 Trunk Light................................ 188 Automatic Transmission
Break-in, New Linings................. 98 Turn Signal Lights..................... 182 Fluid........................................ 156
Fluid............................................ 158 Bulbs, Halogen............................... 178 Battery Condition...................... 163
Light, Burned-out...................... 183 Brake Fluid................................. 158
Parking.......................................... 62 Clutch Fluid................................ 159
System Indicator.......................... 31 Drive Belts.................................. 169
Wear Indicators......................... 121 Cables, Jump Starting With.......... 208 Engine Coolant........................... 103
Brakes, ABS Capacities Chart............................. 226 Engine Oil................................... 102
Operation.................................... 122 Carbon Monoxide Hazard.............. 25 Fuses........................................... 217
System Indicator................. 32, 124 Cargo, Loading............................... 106 Manual Transmission Fluid..... 157
Braking System.............................. 121 Cassette Player Power Steering Fluid................. 159
Break-in, New Car........................... 98 Care............................................... 94 Checklist, Before Driving............. 108
Brightness Control, Instruments... 39 Operation...................................... 91 Child Safety...................................... 18
Brights, Headlights......................... 38 CAUTION, Explanation of............... ii Cleaner, Air.................................... 160
Bulb Replacement CD Changer...................................... 87 Cleaning
Back-up Lights........................... 183 CD Player.......................................... 85 Aluminum Wheels..................... 193
Brake Lights............................... 183 Certification Label......................... 224 Carpeting.................................... 194
Ceiling Lights............................. 187 Chains............................................. 175 Exterior....................................... 192
Courtesy Lights......................... 187 Change Oil Fabric.......................................... 194
Front Parking Lights................. 180 How to......................................... 148 Interior........................................ 194
Front Side Marker Lights......... 181 When to....................................... 140 Seat Belts.................................... 195
Headlights.................................. 178 Changing a Flat Tire..................... 201 Vinyl............................................ 194
High-mount Brake Light.......... 185 Changing Engine Coolant.............. 152 Windows..................................... 195
License Plate Light.................... 186 Charging System Indicator.... 31, 213 Clock, Setting the............................ 63
Rear Side Marker Lights.......... 183 Clutch Fluid.................................... 159


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Coin Box........................................... 66 Defog and Defrost........................... 76


CO in the Exhaust......................... 231 Defogger, Rear Window................. 41
Cold Weather, Starting in............. 109 DEXRON® III Automatic Economy, Fuel............................... 104
Compact Spare............................... 200 Transmission Fluid.................... 156 Emergencies on the Road............. 199
Consumer Information*................ 236 Dimensions..................................... 226 Battery, Jump Starting............. 208
Controls, Instruments and.............. 27 Dimming the Headlights................ 38 Changing a Flat Tire................. 201
Coolant Dipstick Charging System Indicator...... 213
Adding......................................... 150 Automatic Transmission........... 156 Checking the Fuses................... 216
Checking..................................... 103 Engine Oil................................... 102 Low Oil Pressure Indicator...... 212
Proper Solution.......................... 150 Directional Signals........................... 39 Malfunction Indicator Lamp.... 214
Replacing.................................... 152 Disabled, Towing Your Car If...... 221 Manually Closing Moonroof.... 215
Temperature Gauge.................... 35 Disc Brake Wear Indicators......... 121 Overheated Engine................... 210
Corrosion Protection..................... 196 Disposal of Used Oil...................... 149 Emergency Brake............................ 62
Courtesy Lights............................... 68 Doors Emergency Flashers....................... 41
Crankcase Emission Control Locking and Unlocking............... 50 Emission Controls......................... 231
System......................................... 231 Power Door Locks....................... 50 Engine
Cruise Control Operation............... 43 DOT Tire Quality Grading........... 229 Coolant Temperature Gauge..... 35
Customer Relations Office........... 236 Downshifting, 5-speed Manual Malfunction Indicator
Transmission.............................. 110 Lamp................................ 31, 214
Drive Belts...................................... 169 Oil Pressure Indicator......... 31, 212
Driving............................................ 107 Oil, What Kind to Use............... 146
DANGER, Explanation of................. ii Economy..................................... 104 Overheating................................ 210
Dashboard........................................ 28 In Bad Weather.......................... 126 Specifications............................. 226
Daytime Running Lights................. 38 In Foreign Countries................... 99 Ethanol in Gasoline ......................... 99
Dead Battery, What to Do............ 208
Defects, Reporting Safety............. 240 CONTINUED


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Evaporative Emission Controls.... 231 Manual Transmission............... 157 Octane Requirement................... 98


Exhaust Fumes................................ 25 Power Steering........................... 159 Tank, Filling the......................... 100
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat Windshield Washer................... 155 Gas Station Procedures................. 100
Belts by........................................... 9 FM Stereo Radio Gauges
Exterior, Cleaning the................... 192 Reception...................................... 83 Engine Coolant Temperature.... 35
Folding Rear Seat............................ 56 Fuel................................................ 35
Foreign Countries, Driving in........ 99 Gearshift Lever Positions
Four-way Flashers........................... 41 Automatic Transmission........... 113
Fabric, Cleaning............................. 194 Front End, Towing by 5-speed Manual
Fan, Interior...................................... 70 Emergency Wrecker................. 221 Transmission.......................... 110
Features, Comfort and Fuel.................................................... 98 Glass Cleaning............................... 195
Convenience................................. 69 Fill Door and Cap....................... 100 Glove Box......................................... 52
Filling the Fuel Tank..................... 100 Gauge............................................ 35
Filters Octane Requirement................... 98
Air................................................ 160 Oxygenated.................................. 98
Oil................................................ 148 Reserve Indicator......................... 33 Halogen Headlight Bulbs.............. 178
First Gear, Shifting........................ 118 Tank, Filling the......................... 100 Hazard Warning Flashers............... 41
5-speed Manual Transmission Fuses, Checking the...................... 216 Headlights
Checking Fluid Level................ 157 Aiming......................................... 176
Shifting the................................. 110 Daytime Running Lights............. 38
Flashers, Hazard Warning.............. 41 High Beam Indicator................... 33
Flat Tire, Changing a.................... 201 Gas Mileage, Improving................ 104 High Beams, Turning on............ 38
Fluids Gasohol............................................. 99 Low Beams, Turning on............. 38
Automatic Transmission........... 156 Gasoline............................................ 98 Reminder Chime.......................... 38
Brake........................................... 158 Fuel Reserve Indicator................ 33 Replacing Halogen Bulbs......... 178
Clutch.......................................... 159 Gauge............................................ 35 Turning on ................................... 38


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Head Restraints............................... 55 Inside Mirror.................................... 61 Lights


Heating and Cooling........................ 70 Inspection, Tire .............................. 171 Bulb Replacement..................... 178
High Altitude, Starting at.............. 109 Instrument Panel............................. 28 Indicator........................................ 29
High-Low Beam Switch.................. 38 Instrument Panel Brightness......... 39 Parking.......................................... 38
High-mount Brake Light............... 185 Interior Cleaning............................ 194 Turn Signal................................... 39
Hood, Opening the........................ 101 Interior Lights.................................. 67 Loading Cargo................................ 106
Horn................................................... 37 Introduction........................................ i LOCK (Ignition Key Position)....... 49
Hot Coolant, Warning About........ 150 Locks
Hydraulic Clutch............................ 159 Anti-theft Steering Column........ 49
Hydroplaning.................................. 127 Fuel Fill Door............................. 100
Jacking up the Car......................... 203 Glove Box..................................... 52
Jack, Tire........................................ 202 Power Door.................................. 50
Jump Starting................................. 208 Trunk............................................ 51
Identification Number, Vehicle.... 224 Low Coolant Level......................... 103
If Your Car Has to be Towed....... 221 Lower Gear, Downshifting to a.... 110
Ignition Low Fuel Indicator.......................... 33
Keys............................................... 46 Keys................................................... 46 Low Oil Pressure Indicator... 31, 212
Switch............................................ 48 Lubricant Specifications
Timing Control System............. 232 Chart........................................... 226
Immobilizer System......................... 47 Luggage.......................................... 106
Indicator Lights, Instrument Label, Certification........................ 224
Panel.............................................. 29 Lane Change, Signaling.................. 39
Infant Restraint................................ 18 Lap/Shoulder Belts........................... 6
Inflation, Proper Tire .................... 170 Leaking of Exhaust into Car.......... 25
High Speed Driving................... 229 Learning Key.................................... 47
Normal Driving ......................... 171 CONTINUED


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Parking Lights.................................. 38
Parking Over Things that Burn... 120
Maintenance................................... 135 Occupant Protection System............ 4 PGM-FI System.............................. 232
Owner Maintenance Checks.... 144 Octane Requirement, Gasoline...... 98 Polishing and Waxing................... 193
Record.................................. 142-143 Odometer.......................................... 34 Power
Required Indicator....................... 36 Odometer, Trip................................ 34 Door Locks................................... 50
Schedule.............................. 138-141 Oil Mirrors.......................................... 61
Malfunction Indicator Lamp.. 31, 214 Change, How to......................... 148 Steering....................................... 159
Manual Transmission.................... 110 Change, When to....................... 140 Windows....................................... 58
Manual Transmission Fluid......... 157 Checking Engine....................... 102 Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts............ 9
Maximum Shift Speeds......... 111, 118 Pressure Indicator.............. 31, 212 Proper Seat Belt Usage..................... 7
Meters, Gauges................................ 34 Selecting Proper Viscosity
Methanol in Gasoline...................... 99 Chart....................................... 147
Mirrors, Adjusting........................... 61 ON (Ignition Key Position)............ 49
Moonroof.......................................... 60 Opening the Hood......................... 101 Radiator Overheating.................... 210
Closing Manually....................... 215 Opening the Trunk.......................... 51 Radio/CD Sound System................ 78
Operation...................................... 60 Operation in Foreign Countries..... 99 Rear End Towing........................... 221
Outside Mirrors............................... 61 Rear Lights, Bulb Replacement... 183
Overheating, Engine..................... 210 Rear Seat Access ............................. 54
Rear Seat, Folding........................... 56
Neutral Gear Position.................... 115 Rear View Mirror............................. 61
New Vehicle Break-in ..................... 98 Rear Window Defogger.................. 41
Normal Shift Speeds...................... 111 Panel Brightness Control............... 39 Reclining the Seat Backs................ 53
NOTICE, Explanation of.................... i Park Gear Position......................... 114 Recommended Shift Speeds........ 111
Numbers, Identification................ 224 Parking............................................ 120 Reminder Lights.............................. 29
Parking Brake.................................. 62


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Replacement Information Child Seat Anchor Plate.............. 22 Snow Tires...................................... 175


Air Cleaner Element.................. 160 Cleaning...................................... 195 Solvent-type Cleaners.................... 192
Coolant........................................ 152 Frayed or Torn............................... 9 Sound System................................... 78
Engine Oil and Filter................. 148 Maintenance................................... 9 Spare Tire
Fuses........................................... 216 Reminder Light and Beeper....... 30 Inflating....................................... 200
Light Bulbs................................. 178 Replacement................................... 9 Specifications............................. 227
Schedule..................................... 140 System Components...................... 6 Spark Plugs, Replacing................. 161
Spark Plugs................................. 161 Tether Attachment Points.......... 22 Specifications Charts............ 226, 227
Timing Belt................................. 169 Use During Pregnancy.................. 9 Speed Control................................... 43
Tires............................................ 173 Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt...... 7 Speedometer.................................... 34
Wiper Blades.............................. 166 Seats, Adjusting the......................... 53 SRS Indicator............................. 14, 31
Replacing Seat Belts After a Sequential SportShift Mode......... 115 START (Ignition Key Position)..... 49
Crash............................................... 9 Serial Number................................ 224 Starting the Engine........................ 109
Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant .... 103 Service Intervals............................ 140 In Cold Weather at High
Restraint, Child................................ 18 Service Manual*............................ 241 Altitude................................... 109
Reverse Gear Position................... 114 Service Station Procedures.......... 100 With a Dead Battery................. 208
Rotation, Tire................................. 173 Setting the Clock............................. 63 Steam Coming from Engine......... 210
Shifting Steering Wheel
The Automatic Transmission .. 113 Adjustment................................... 42
The 5-speed Manual Anti-theft Column Lock.............. 49
Safety Belts......................................... 5 Transmission.......................... 110 Stereo Sound System...................... 78
Safety Defects, Reporting*.......... 240 Shift Lever Position Indicator...... 112 Storing Your Car............................ 189
Safety Labels, Location of.............. 26 Shift Lock Release......................... 119
Safety Messages............................... ii Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Seat Belts............................................ 5 Replacement in.......................... 181
Advice for Pregnant Women........ 9 Signaling Turns................................ 39 CONTINUED


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Supplemental Restraint System,.... 10 Tires................................................ 170 Identification Number............... 225


Service Precautions..................... 15 Air Pressure............................... 170 Shifting the Automatic.............. 112
Servicing....................................... 14 Checking Wear.......................... 171 Shifting the Manual................... 110
SRS Indicator......................... 14, 31 Compact Spare........................... 200 Treadwear...................................... 229
Synthetic Oil................................... 147 DOT Tire Quality Grading....... 229 Trip Meter........................................ 34
Inflation....................................... 170 Trunk................................................. 51
Inspection................................... 171 Opening the..................................51
Maintenance............................... 172 Open Monitor Light.................... 33
Tachometer...................................... 34 Replacing.................................... 173 Turn Signals..................................... 39
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in....... 183 Rotating....................................... 173
Taking Care of the Snow............................................ 175
Unexpected................................ 199 Specifications............................. 227
Tape Player....................................... 91 Tire Chains................................. 175 Underside, Cleaning...................... 196
Technical Descriptions Technical Information.............. 228 Unexpected, Taking Care
Emission Control Systems........ 231 Winter Driving........................... 174 of the........................................... 199
Three Way Catalytic Tools, Tire Changing.................... 201 Uniform Tire Quality Grading..... 229
Converter................................ 233 Torn Seat Belts.................................. 9 Unleaded Gasoline........................... 98
Tire Information........................ 228 Towing Upholstery Cleaning...................... 194
Temperature Gauge........................ 35 A Trailer...................................... 128 Used Oil, How to Dispose of........ 149
Tether Attachment Points.............. 22 Emergency Wrecker................. 221
Three Way Catalytic Converter... 233 Transmission
Time, Setting the............................. 63 Checking Fluid Level,
Timing Belt..................................... 169 Automatic............................... 156 Vehicle Capacity Load.................. 106
Tire Chains..................................... 175 Checking Fluid Level, Vehicle Dimensions....................... 226
Tire, How to Change a Flat.......... 201 Manual.................................... 157 Vehicle Identification Number..... 224
Fluid Selection............................ 156 Vehicle Storage.............................. 189


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Ventilation......................................... 73 Operating the Power................... 58


VIN.................................................. 224 Rear, Defogger............................ 41
Vinyl Cleaning................................ 194 Windshield
Viscosity, Oil................................... 147 Cleaning........................................ 40
Defroster...................................... 76
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades........................ 166
Warning Beepers Operation...................................... 40
Headlights on............................... 38 Worn Tires..................................... 171
Key in Ignition.............................. 49 Wrecker, Emergency Towing...... 221
Seat Belts...................................... 30
WARNING, Explanation of.............. ii * U.S. and Canada only
Warning Labels, Location of.......... 26
Warranty Coverages*................... 239
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level......... 155
Operation...................................... 41
Washing.......................................... 192
Waxing and Polishing................... 193
Wheels
Adjusting the Steering................ 42
Alignment and Balance............. 172
Compact Spare........................... 200
Wrench....................................... 202
Windows
Cleaning...................................... 195


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Gas Station Information

Gasoline: Tire Pressure (measured cold): Automatic Transmission Fluid:


Premium UNLEADED Front/Rear: Honda Premium Formula Auto-
Pump octane number of 91 or 32 psi (2.2kgf/cm 2 , 220 kPa) matic Transmission Fluid (ATF)
higher
Spare Tire Pressure:
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 psi (4.2 kgf/cm 2 , 420 kPa)
15.9 US gal (60 l ,13.2 Imp gal)
Recommended Engine Oil:
API SJ or SH grade
"Energy Conserving" or
"Energy Conserving II" oil
SAE 5W-30 viscosity