Acura 2011 RDX User's Manual

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Introduction
Congratulations! Your selection of a 2011 Acura RDX was a wise investment.
It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to read
this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
As you read this manual, you will find
information that is preceded by a
symbol. This information is
intended to help you avoid damage to
your vehicle, other property, or the
environment.
Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.
Maintaining your vehicle according to the Maintenance MinderTM shown in
the instrument panel helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it
preserves your investment. When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in
mind that your dealer's staff is specially trained in servicing the many
systems unique to your vehicle. Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction
and will be pleased to answer any questions and concerns.
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Introduction
California Proposition 65 Warning
WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Event Data Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These
devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of
any airbag system component. This data belongs to the vehicle owner and may not be accessed by anyone else
except as legally required or with the permission of the vehicle owner.
Service Diagnostic Recorders
This vehicle is equipped with service-related devices that record information about powertrain performance. The data
can be used to verify emissions law requirements and/or help technicians diagnose and solve service problems. It
may also be combined with data from other sources for research purposes, but it remains confidential.
California Perchlorate Contamination Prevention Act
The airbags, seat belt tensioners, and CR type batteries in this vehicle may contain perchlorate materials - special
handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate/
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A Few Words About Safety
Your safety, and the safety of others,
is very important. And operating this
vehicle safely is an important
responsibility.
You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, including:
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To help you make informed
decisions about safety, we have
provided operating procedures and
other information on labels and in
this manual. This information alerts
you to potential hazards that could
hurt you or others.
Safety Labels - on the vehicle.
Safety Messages - preceded by a safety alert symbol
and one of
three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
Of course, it is not practical or
possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or
maintaining your vehicle. You must
use your own good judgement.
You CAN be HURT if you don't follow
instructions.
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Safety Headings - such as Important Safety Reminders or Important
Safety Precautions.
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Safety Section - such as Driver and Passenger Safety.
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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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Important Handling Information
Your RDX has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground
clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good visibility so you can anticipate problems earlier.
These advantages come at some cost. Because your vehicle is taller and rides higher off the ground, it has a high
center of gravity. This means your vehicle can tip or roll over if you make abrupt turns. Utility vehicles have a
significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is significantly
more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. As a reminder, make sure you and your passengers always wear
seat belts.
For information on how to reduce the risk of rollover, read ‘‘Driving Guidelines’’ on page 372 of this manual and the
Off-Highway Driving Guidelines section on page 405. Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result in loss of
control or an accident.
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2011 RDX Online Reference Owner's Manual
Contents
Owner's Identification Form
Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) .................................................................................................................... 3
Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ........................................................................... 5
Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, multi-information display, dashboard, and steering column) ........... 61
Features (climate control, audio, steering wheel, security, cruise control, HomeLink®, and other convenience items) ... 163
Before Driving (fuel, vehicle break-in, and cargo loading) ....................................................................................... 351
Driving (engine and transmission operation) ........................................................................................................... 371
Maintenance (minders, fluid checking, minor services, and vehicle storage) .......................................................... 409
Taking Care of the Unexpected (flat tire, jump starting, overheating, and fuses) ................................................... 453
Technical Information (vehicle specifications, tires, and emissions controls) ........................................................ 477
Warranty and Client Relations (U.S. and Canada only) (warranty and contact information)............................... 493
Index .............................................................................................................................................................................. I
Service Information Summary (fluid capacities and tire pressures)
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Overview of Contents
Contents
A convenient reference to the
sections in this manual.
Your Vehicle at a Glance
A quick reference to the main
controls in your vehicle.
Driver and Passenger Safety
Important information about the
proper use and care of your vehicle's
seat belts, an overview of the
supplemental restraint system, and
valuable information on how to
protect children with child restraints.
Instruments and Controls
Explains the purpose of each
instrument panel indicator and
gauge, and how to use the controls
on the dashboard and steering
column.
Features
How to operate the climate control
system, the audio system, and other
convenience features.
Before Driving
What gasoline to use, how to breakin your new vehicle, and how to load
luggage and other cargo.
Driving
The proper way to start the engine,
shift the transmission, and park; plus
what you need to know if you're
planning to tow a trailer.
Maintenance
The Maintenance MinderTM shows
you when you need to take your
vehicle to the dealer for maintenance
service. There is also a list of things
to check and instructions on how to
check them.
Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers several problems
motorists sometimes experience, and
details how to handle them.
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Technical Information
ID numbers, dimensions, capacities,
and technical information.
Warranty and Client Relations
(U.S. and Canada only)
A summary of the warranties
covering your new vehicle, and how
to contact us for any reason. Refer to
your warranty manual for detailed
information.
Index
Service Information Summary
A summary of the information you
need when you pull up to the fuel
pump.
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
AUDIO SYSTEMꭧ1 REARVIEW MONITORꭧ1
(P. 348)
(P. 174)
CEILING CONSOLEꭧ3
MIRROR CONTROL
AUTO BUTTON
(P. 146)
Your Vehicle at a Glance
INSTRUMENT PANEL
INDICATORS (P. 63)
GAUGES (P. 73)
PASSENGER'S
FRONT AIRBAG
(P. 10, 26)
DRIVER'S FRONT AIRBAG
(P. 10, 26)
DRIVING POSITION
MEMORY SYSTEM
(P. 148)
CLIMATE CONTROL
SYSTEM
(P. 164)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH
(P. 126)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH
(P. 126)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 142)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCH
(P. 142)
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 355)
FUEL FILL DOOR
RELEASE HANDLE
USB ADAPTER CABLE
PARKING BRAKE PEDAL
(P. 353)
(P. 150)
ACCESSORY POWER (P. 199, 207, 263, 274)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
SOCKET (P. 157)
AUDIO SYSTEMꭧ2
(P. 216)
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
(P. 376)
ꭧ1: On models without navigation system.
ꭧ2: On models with navigation system.
ꭧ3: HomeLink® buttons (P. 303)
Moonroof Switch (P. 144)
Front Ceiling Light Switch (P. 151)
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Your Vehicle at a Glance
HEADLIGHTS/TURN
SIGNAL/FOG LIGHTS
(P. 116/119)
PADDLE SHIFTERS
(P. 380)
REMOTE AUDIO
CONTROL BUTTONS
(P. 289)
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS/
REAR WINDOW
WIPER/WASHER
(P. 114/115)
UPPER DISPLAYꭧ3
(P. 173)
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
(P. 121)
NAVIGATION SYSTEMꭧ3/
CENTER DISPLAYꭧ2
(P. 172)
PASSENGER AIRBAG
OFF INDICATOR
(P. 33)
VEHICLE STABILITY
ASSIST (VSA) OFF SWITCH
(P. 396)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 146)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER/
HEATED MIRROR
BUTTON
(P. 121/147)
VOICE CONTROL
BUTTONSꭧ3
AUXILIARY INPUT JACK
(P. 291)
BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK
BUTTONS (P. 306)
ACCESSORY POWER
SOCKET
(P. 157)
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENTS
(P. 122)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
HORNꭧ1
MULTI-INFORMATION
BUTTONS (P. 74)
CRUISE CONTROL
BUTTONS (P. 300)
SEAT HEATER SWITCHES
(P. 141)
ꭧ1: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.
ꭧ2: On models without navigation system.
ꭧ3: Only on vehicles equipped with navigation system. Refer to the navigation system manual.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Important Safety Precautions............. 6
Your Vehicle's Safety Features .......... 8
Seat Belts ..................................... 9
Airbags ...................................... 10
Protecting Adults and Teens ........... 12
1. Close and Lock the Doors........ 12
2. Adjust the Front Seats ............. 13
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs .............. 14
4. Adjust the Head Restraints ...... 15
5. Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts .................................. 15
6. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position .............................. 17
Advice for Pregnant Women........ 18
Additional Safety Precautions ...... 19
Additional Information About Your
Seat Belts ............................... 20
Seat Belt System Components ..... 20
Lap/Shoulder Belt ......................
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners .............................
Seat Belt Maintenance ................
Additional Information About Your
Airbags ..................................
Airbag System Components ........
How Your Front Airbags Work ....
How Your Side Airbags Work ......
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work .....................................
How the SRS Indicator Works .....
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works .....................
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works .....................
Airbag Service ............................
Additional Safety Precautions ......
Protecting Children - General
Guidelines ..............................
All Children Must Be
Restrained..............................
All Children Should Sit in a Back
Seat .......................................
The Passenger's Front Airbag
Can Pose Serious Risks...........
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32
33
34
35
36
36
37
If You Must Drive with Several
Children ................................
If a Child Requires Close
Attention ................................
Additional Safety Precautions ......
Protecting Infants and Small
Children .................................
Protecting Infants .......................
Protecting Small Children ...........
Selecting a Child Seat .....................
Installing a Child Seat .....................
Installing a Child Seat with
LATCH ..................................
Installing a Child Seat with a
Lap/Shoulder Belt ..................
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether ...................................
Protecting Larger Children .............
Checking Seat Belt Fit ................
Using a Booster Seat...................
When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front .....................................
Additional Safety Precautions ......
Carbon Monoxide Hazard ...............
Safety Labels ..................................
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39
40
41
41
42
44
45
46
50
51
53
53
54
55
56
57
58
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This section gives you important
information about how to protect
yourself and your passengers. It shows
you how to use seat belts properly. It
explains how your airbags work, and it
tells you how to properly restrain
infants and children in your vehicle.
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Important Safety Precautions
You'll find many safety
recommendations throughout this
section, and throughout this manual.
The recommendations on this page
are the ones we consider to be the
most important.
Always Wear Your Seat Belt
A seat belt is your best protection in
all types of collisions. Airbags are
designed to supplement seat belts,
not replace them. So even though
your vehicle is equipped with
airbags, make sure you and your
passengers always wear your seat
belts, and wear them properly (see
page 15).
Restrain All Children
Children age 12 and under should
ride properly restrained in a back
seat, not the front seat. Infants and
small children should be restrained
in a child seat. Larger children
should use a booster seat and a lap/
shoulder belt until they can use the
belt properly without a booster seat
(see pages 36 - 56).
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Be Aware of Airbag Hazards
While airbags can save lives, they
can cause serious or fatal injuries to
occupants who sit too close to them,
or are not properly restrained.
Infants, young children, and short
adults are at the greatest risk. Be
sure to follow all instructions and
warnings in this manual.
Don't Drink and Drive
Alcohol and driving don't mix. Even
one drink can reduce your ability to
respond to changing conditions, and
your reaction time gets worse with
every additional drink. So don't drink
and drive, and don't let your friends
drink and drive, either.
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Important Safety Precautions
Control Your Speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in
crash injuries and deaths. Generally,
the higher the speed, the greater the
risk, but serious injuries can also
occur at lower speeds. Never drive
faster than is safe for current
conditions, regardless of the
maximum speed posted.
Keep Your Vehicle in Safe
Condition
Having a tire blowout or a
mechanical failure can be extremely
hazardous. To reduce the possibility
of such problems, check your tire
pressures and condition frequently,
and perform all regularly scheduled
maintenance (see page 444).
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Pay Appropriate Attention to the
Task of Driving Safely
Engaging in mobile phone
conversation or other activities that
keep you from paying close attention
to the road, other vehicles and
pedestrians could lead to a crash.
Remember, situations can change
quickly, and only you can decide
when it is safe to divert attention
away from driving.
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Your Vehicle's Safety Features
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(9)
(4)
(6)
(10)
(8)
(7)
(10)
(11)
(5) (7)
(2)
(1)
(2)
(11)
(1) Safety Cage
(2) Crush Zones
(3) Seats and Seat-Backs
(4) Head Restraints
(5) Collapsible Steering Column
(6) Seat Belts
(7) Front Airbags
(8) Side Airbags
(9) Side Curtain Airbags
(10) Door Locks
(11) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(12) Occupant Position Detection
System (OPDS) Sensor
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Your vehicle is equipped with many
features that work together to protect
you and your passengers during a
crash.
Some features do not require any
action on your part. These include a
strong steel framework that forms a
safety cage around the passenger
compartment, front and rear crush
zones, a collapsible steering column,
and tensioners that tighten the front
seat belts in a crash.
However, you and your passengers
can't take full advantage of these
features unless you remain sitting in
the correct position and always wear
your seat belts. In fact, some safety
features can contribute to injuries if
they are not used properly.
The following pages explain how you
can take an active role in protecting
yourself and your passengers.
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Your Vehicle's Safety Features
Seat Belts
Your vehicle is equipped with seat
belts in all seating positions.
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Your seat belt system also includes
an indicator on the instrument panel
and a beeper to remind you and your
passengers to fasten your seat belts.
Be sure you and your
passengers always wear seat
belts and wear them properly.
Why Wear Seat Belts
Seat belts are the single most
effective safety device for adults and
larger children. (Infants and smaller
children must be properly restrained
in child seats.)
When properly worn, seat belts:
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Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has airbags.
In addition, most states and all
Canadian provinces require you to
wear seat belts.
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Keep you connected to the vehicle
so you can take advantage of the
vehicle's built-in safety features.
Help protect you in almost every
type of crash, including:
- frontal impacts
- side impacts
- rear impacts
- rollovers
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Keep you from being thrown out of
the vehicle.
Help keep you in a good position
should the airbags ever deploy. A
good position reduces the risk of
injury from an inflating airbag and
allows you to get the best
advantage from the airbag.
Of course, seat belts cannot
completely protect you in every
crash. But in most cases, seat belts
can reduce your risk of serious
injury.
What You Should Do:
Always wear your seat belt, and
make sure you wear it properly.
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Not wearing a seat belt properly
increases the chance of serious
injury or death in a crash, even
though your vehicle has
airbags.
Help keep you from being thrown
against the inside of the vehicle
and against other occupants.
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Your Vehicle's Safety Features
Airbags
Your vehicle has a supplemental
restraint system (SRS) with front
airbags to help protect the heads and
chests of the driver and a front seat
passenger during a moderate to
severe frontal collision (see page 26
for more information on how your
front airbags work).
Your vehicle also has side airbags to
help protect the upper torso of the
driver or a front seat passenger
during a moderate to severe side
impact (see page 30 for more
information on how your side airbags
work).
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In addition, your vehicle has side
curtain airbags to help protect the
heads of the driver, front passenger,
and passengers in the outer rear
seating positions during a moderate
to severe side impact or rollover (see
page 31 for more information on how
your side curtain airbags work).
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Your Vehicle's Safety Features
The most important things you need
to know about your airbags are:
Airbags do not replace seat belts.
They are designed to supplement
the seat belts.
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Airbags offer no protection in rear
impacts, or minor frontal or side
collisions.
your seat belt properly, and sit
upright and as far back from the
steering wheel as possible while
allowing full control of the vehicle. A
front passenger should move their
seat as far back from the dashboard
as possible.
Airbags can pose serious hazards.
The rest of this section gives more
detailed information about how you
can maximize your safety.
Remember, however, that no safety
system can prevent all injuries or
deaths that can occur in a severe
crash, even when seat belts are
properly worn and the airbags
deploy.
To do their job, airbags must
inflate with tremendous force. So
while airbags help save lives, they
can cause minor injuries or more
serious or even fatal injuries if
occupants are not properly
restrained or sitting properly.
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What you should do: Always wear
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Protecting Adults and Teens
Introduction
The following pages provide
instructions on how to properly
protect the driver, adult passengers,
and teenage children who are large
enough and mature enough to drive
or ride in the front.
Your vehicle has a door and tailgate
open indicator on the multiinformation display to indicate when
a specific door or the tailgate is not
tightly closed. You will see the
appropriate indicator and the
message for each condition.
See pages 36 - 56 for important
guidelines on how to properly protect
infants, small children, and larger
children who ride in your vehicle.
1. Close and Lock the Doors
After everyone has entered the
vehicle, be sure the doors and the
tailgate are closed and locked.
When both tailgate and one or more
doors are not tightly closed, the
‘‘DOOR & TAILGATE OPEN’’
message will come on.
When one or more doors are not
tightly closed, the ‘‘DOOR OPEN’’
message will come on.
When the tailgate is not tightly
closed, the ‘‘TAILGATE OPEN’’
message will come on.
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You will also hear a beep when you
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position, and each time you open
any door or the tailgate with the key
in the ON (II) position.
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2. Adjust the Front Seats
Locking the doors and the tailgate
also helps prevent an outsider from
unexpectedly opening a door or the
tailgate when you come to a stop.
See page 126 for how to lock the
doors and the tailgate.
This vehicle has auto door locking/
unlocking features. See pages 103
and 111 for how to set them.
Adjust the driver's seat as far to the
rear as possible while allowing you to
maintain full control of the vehicle.
Have a front passenger adjust their
seat as far to the rear as possible.
If you sit too close to the steering
wheel or dashboard, you can be
seriously injured by an inflating front
airbag, or by striking the steering
wheel or dashboard.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that drivers
allow at least 10 inches (25 cm)
between the center of the steering
wheel and the chest. In addition to
adjusting the seat, you can adjust the
steering wheel up and down, and in
and out (see page 122).
If you cannot get far enough away
from the steering wheel and still
reach the controls, we recommend
that you investigate whether some
type of adaptive equipment may help.
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Locking the doors and the tailgate
reduces the chance of someone
being thrown out of the vehicle
during a crash, and it helps prevent
passengers from accidentally
opening a door or the tailgate and
falling out.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
3. Adjust the Seat-Backs
Sitting too close to a front
airbag can result in serious
injury or death if the front
airbags inflate.
Reclining the seat-back too far
can result in serious injury or
death in a crash.
Adjust the seat-back to an
upright position, and sit well
back in the seat.
Always sit as far back from the
front airbags as possible.
See page 134 for how to adjust the
front seats.
Adjust the driver's seat-back to a
comfortable, upright position, leaving
ample space between your chest and
the airbag cover in the center of the
steering wheel.
Passengers with adjustable seatbacks should also adjust their seatback to a comfortable, upright
position.
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Reclining a seat-back so that the
shoulder part of the belt no longer
rests against the occupant's chest
reduces the protective capability of
the belt. It also increases the chance
of sliding under the belt in a crash
and being seriously injured. The
farther a seat-back is reclined, the
greater the risk of injury.
See page 134 for how to adjust the
seat-backs.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
4. Adjust the Head Restraints
Make sure head restraints are
in place and positioned properly
before driving.
Adjust the driver's head restraint so
the center of the back of your head
rests against the center of the
restraint.
Have passengers adjust their head
restraints properly as well. Taller
persons should adjust their restraint
as high as possible.
Properly adjusted head restraints will
help protect occupants from whiplash
and other crash injuries.
See page 135 for how to adjust the
head restraints and how the driver's
and front passenger's active head
restraints work.
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Improperly positioning head
restraints reduces their
effectiveness and you can be
seriously injured in a crash.
5. Fasten and Position the Seat
Belts
Insert the latch plate into the buckle,
then tug on the belt to make sure the
belt is securely latched. Check that
the belt is not twisted, because a
twisted belt can cause serious
injuries in a crash.
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This spreads the forces of a crash
over the strongest bones in your
upper body.
Improperly positioning the seat
belts can cause serious injury
or death in a crash.
Position the lap part of the belt as low
as possible across your hips, then
pull up on the shoulder part of the
belt so the lap part fits snugly. This
lets your strong pelvic bones take the
force of a crash and reduces the
chance of internal injuries.
Make sure all seat belts are
properly positioned before
driving.
If the seat belt touches or crosses
your neck, or if it crosses your arm
instead of your shoulder, you need to
adjust the seat belt anchor height.
If necessary, pull up on the belt again
to remove any slack, then check that
the belt rests across the center of
your chest and over your shoulder.
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RELEASE
BUTTON
The front seats have adjustable seat
belt anchors. To adjust the height of
an anchor, press and hold the release
button and slide the anchor up or
down as needed (it has four
positions).
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Never place the shoulder portion of a
lap/shoulder belt under your arm or
behind your back. This could cause
If a seat belt does not seem to work
properly, it may not protect the
occupant in a crash.
No one should sit in a seat with an
inoperative seat belt. Using a seat
belt that is not working properly can
result in serious injury or death.
Have your dealer check the belt as
soon as possible.
See page 20 for additional
information about your seat belts and
how to take care of them.
Sitting improperly can increase the
chance of injury during a crash. For
example, if an occupant slouches, lies
down, turns sideways, sits forward,
leans forward or sideways, or puts
one or both feet up, the chance of
injury during a crash is greatly
increased.
In addition, an occupant who is out of
position in the front seat can be
seriously or fatally injured in a crash
by striking interior parts of the
vehicle or being struck by an
inflating front airbag.
Sitting improperly or out of
position can result in serious
injury or death in a crash.
Always sit upright, well back in
the seat, with your feet on the
floor.
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very serious injuries in a crash.
6. Maintain a Proper Sitting
Position
After all occupants have adjusted
their seats and head restraints, and
put on their seat belts, it is very
important that they continue to sit
upright, well back in their seats, with
their feet on the floor, until the
vehicle is parked and the engine is
off.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
Advice for Pregnant Women
When driving, remember to sit
upright and adjust the seat as far
back as possible while allowing full
control of the vehicle. When riding
as a front passenger, adjust the seat
as far back as possible.
If you are pregnant, the best way to
protect yourself and your unborn
child when driving or riding in a
vehicle is to always wear a seat belt,
and keep the lap part of the belt as
low as possible across the hips.
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This will reduce the risk of injuries to
both you and your unborn child that
can be caused by a crash or an
inflating front airbag.
Each time you have a checkup, ask
your doctor if it's okay for you to
drive.
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Protecting Adults and Teens
Additional Safety Precautions
●
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Passengers should not stand up or
change seats while the vehicle is
moving. A passenger who is not
●
wearing a seat belt during a crash
or emergency stop can be thrown
against the inside of the vehicle,
against other occupants, or out of
the vehicle.
●
Two people should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
●
Do not place hard or sharp objects
between yourself and a front
airbag. Carrying hard or sharp
●
Keep your hands and arms away
from the airbag covers. If your
hands or arms are close to an
airbag cover, they could be injured
if the airbag inflates.
Do not attach hard objects on or
near a door. If a side airbag or a
side curtain airbag inflates, a cup
holder or other hard object
attached on or near the door could
be propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone.
objects on your lap, or driving with
a pipe or other sharp object in your
mouth, can result in injuries if your
front airbag inflates.
●
Do not attach or place objects on
the front airbag covers. Objects on
the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’
could interfere with the proper
operation of the airbags or be
propelled inside the vehicle and
hurt someone if the airbags inflate.
occupant comfort or reposition the
shoulder part of a seat belt can
reduce the protective capability of
the belt and increase the chance of
serious injury in a crash.
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
●
Do not put any accessories on seat
belts. Devices intended to improve
●
Do not cover or replace front
seat-back covers without
consulting your dealer.
Improperly replacing or covering
front seat-back covers can prevent
your side airbags from inflating
during a side impact.
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Never let passengers ride in the
cargo area or on top of a foldeddown back seat. If they do, they
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt System Components
Your seat belt system includes lap/
shoulder belts in all seating
positions. The front seat belts are
also equipped with automatic seat
belt tensioners.
The seat belt system
includes an indicator on the
instrument panel and a beeper to
remind you and your passengers to
fasten your seat belts.
If either the driver or a front
passenger does not fasten their seat
belt while driving, the beeper will
sound and the indicator will flash
again at regular intervals.
This system monitors the front seat
belts. If you turn the ignition switch
to the ON (II) position before your
seat belt is fastened, the beeper will
sound and the indicator will flash. If
your seat belt is not fastened before
the beeper stops, the indicator will
stop flashing but remain on.
In addition to the seat belt reminder
indicator in the instrument panel,
you will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT
BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER
SEAT BELT’’ message. This remains
displayed if you ignore it and do not
fasten the seat belt while driving.
If a front passenger does not fasten
their seat belt, the indicator will
come on about 6 seconds after the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
(II) position.
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When no one is sitting in the front
passenger's seat, or a child or small
adult is riding there, the indicator
should not come on and the beeper
should not sound.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
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Any items under the front
passenger's seat.
Any object(s) hanging on the seat
or in the seat-back pocket.
Any object(s) touching the rear of
the seat-back.
If no obstructions are found, have
your vehicle checked by a dealer.
Lap/Shoulder Belt
The lap/shoulder belt goes over your
shoulder, across your chest, and
across your hips.
To fasten the belt, insert the latch
plate into the buckle, then tug on the
belt to make sure the buckle is
latched (see page 15 for how to
properly position the belt).
To unlock the belt, press the red
PRESS button on the buckle. Guide
the belt across your body so that it
retracts completely. After exiting the
vehicle, be sure the belt is out of the
way and will not get closed in the
door.
All seat belts have 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.
The seat belts in all positions except
the driver's have a lockable retractor
that must be activated to secure a
child seat (see page 50).
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If the indicator comes on or the
beeper sounds when the driver's seat
belt is latched and there is no front
seat passenger and no items on the
front seat, something may be
interfering with the monitoring
system. Look for and remove:
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
If the shoulder part of the belt is
pulled all the way out, the lockable
retractor will activate. The belt will
retract, but it will not allow the
passenger to move freely.
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners
To deactivate the lockable retractor,
unlatch the buckle and let the seat
belt fully retract. To refasten the seat
belt, pull it out only as far as needed.
The tensioners can be activated
during a collision in which the front
airbags do not deploy. In this case, the
airbags would not be needed, but the
additional restraint could be helpful.
If the tensioner is activated, the SRS
indicator comes on and the tensioner
must be replaced.
For added protection, the front seat
belts are equipped with automatic
seat belt tensioners. When activated,
the tensioners immediately tighten
the belts to help hold the driver and a
front passenger in position.
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Additional Information About Your Seat Belts
Seat Belt Maintenance
For safety, you should check the
condition of your seat belts regularly.
The dealer should also inspect the
anchors for damage and replace
them if needed. If the automatic seat
belt tensioners activate during a
crash, they must be replaced.
Not checking or maintaining
seat belts can result in serious
injury or death if the seat belts
do not work properly when
needed.
Driver and Passenger Safety
Pull each belt out fully, and look for
frays, cuts, burns, and wear. Check
that the latches work smoothly and
the belts retract easily. If a belt does
not retract easily, cleaning the belt
may correct the problem (see page
438). Any belt that is not in good
condition or working properly will
not provide good protection and
should be replaced as soon as
possible.
If a seat belt is worn during a crash,
it must be replaced by your dealer. A
belt that has been worn during a
crash may not provide the same level
of protection in a subsequent crash.
Check your seat belts regularly
and have any problem
corrected as soon as possible.
Acura provides a limited warranty on
seat belts. See your Acura Warranty
Information booklet for details.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag System Components
(14)
(10)
(9)
(2) (8)(13)
(6)
(12)
(9)
(1) Driver's Front Airbag
(2) Passenger's Front Airbag
(3) Control Unit
(4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners
(1)
(5) Side Airbags
(6) Side Curtain Airbags
(7) Driver's Seat Position Sensor
(3)
(8) Front Passenger's Weight Sensors
(9) Front Impact Sensors
(10) Passenger Airbag Off Indicator
(7)
(11) Side Impact Sensors (First)
(12) Occupant Position Detection
System (OPDS) Sensors
(11)
(13) Front Passenger's Weight Sensors/
OPDS Sensors Control Unit
(14) Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS) Indicator
(15) Rollover Sensor
(16) Side Impact Sensors (Second)
(5)
(6)
(4)
(16)
(15)
(4)
(5)
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(4)
(16)
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Your airbag system includes:
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Two side airbags, one for the
driver and one for a front
passenger. The airbags are stored
in the outer edges of the seatbacks. Both are marked ‘‘SIDE
AIRBAG’’ (see page 30).
Two side curtain airbags, one for
each side of the vehicle. The
airbags are stored in the ceiling,
above the side windows. The front
and rear pillars are marked ‘‘SIDE
CURTAIN AIRBAG’’ (see page 31).
●
●
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Automatic front seat belt
tensioners (see page 22).
●
Sensors that can detect a moderate
to severe front impact, side impact,
or rollover.
Sensors that can detect whether a
child is in the passenger's side
airbag path and signal the control
unit to turn the airbag off (see
page 30).
Sensors that can detect whether
the driver's seat belt and the front
passenger's seat belt are latched or
unlatched (see page 20).
A driver's seat position sensor that
monitors the distance of the seat
from the front airbag. If the seat is
too far forward, the airbag will
inflate with less force (see page
28).
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Weight sensors that monitor the
weight on the front passenger's
seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs
(29 kg) or less (the weight of an
infant or small child), the
passenger's front airbag will be
turned off (see page 28).
A rollover sensor that can detect if
your vehicle is about to roll over
and signal the control unit to
deploy both side curtain airbags
(see page 31).
A sophisticated electronic system
that continually monitors and
records information about the
sensors, the control unit, the
airbag activators, the seat belt
tensioners, and driver and front
passenger seat belt use when the
ignition switch is in the ON (II)
position.
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Two SRS (supplemental restraint
system) front airbags. The driver's
airbag is stored in the center of the
steering wheel; the front
passenger's airbag is stored in the
dashboard. Both are marked ‘‘SRS
AIRBAG’’ (see page 26).
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
●
●
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An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you to a possible
problem with your airbag system
components (see page 32).
How Your Front Airbags Work
During a frontal crash, your seat belt
restrains your lower body and torso,
and the front airbag helps protect
your head and chest.
An indicator on the instrument
panel that alerts you that the
passenger's side airbag has been
turned off (see page 32).
Although both airbags normally
inflate within a split second of each
other, it is possible for only one
airbag to deploy.
An indicator on the dashboard that
alerts you that the passenger's
front airbag has been turned off
(see page 33).
If you ever have a moderate to severe
frontal collision, sensors will detect
the vehicle's rapid deceleration.
This can happen if the severity of a
collision is at the margin, or
threshold, that determines whether
or not the airbags will deploy. In
such cases, the seat belt will provide
sufficient protection, and the
supplemental protection offered by
the airbag would be minimal.
If the rate of deceleration is high
enough, the control unit will inflate
the driver's and front passenger's
airbags, at the time and with the
force needed.
Only the driver's airbag will deploy if
there is no passenger in the front
seat, or if the advanced airbag
system has turned the passenger's
airbag off (see page 33).
Emergency backup power in case
your vehicle's electrical system is
disconnected in a crash.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
After inflating, the front airbags
immediately deflate, so they won't
interfere with the driver's visibility,
or the ability to steer or operate other
controls.
After a crash, you may see what
looks like smoke. This is actually
powder from the airbag's surface.
Although the powder is not harmful,
people with respiratory problems
may experience some temporary
discomfort. If this occurs, get out of
the vehicle as soon as it is safe to
do so.
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front
Airbags (SRS)
Your vehicle is equipped with dualstage, multiple-threshold front
airbags (SRS). During a frontal crash
severe enough to cause one or both
front airbags to deploy, the airbags
can inflate at different rates,
depending on the severity of the
crash, whether or not the seat belts
are latched, and/or other factors.
Front airbags are designed to
supplement the seat belts to help
reduce the likelihood of head and
chest injuries in frontal crashes.
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The total time for inflation and
deflation is one-tenth of a second, so
fast that most occupants are not
aware that the airbags deployed until
they see them lying in their laps.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Advanced Airbags
Your front airbags are also advanced
airbags. The main purpose of this
feature is to help prevent airbagcaused injuries to children or small
statured adults who ride in front.
For both advanced airbags to work
properly:
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Occupants must sit upright and
wear their seat belts properly.
Do not spill any liquids on or
under the seats, cover the sensors,
or put any cargo or metal objects
under the front seats.
Objects placed or pushed under
the front passenger's seat may
cause the sensor to malfunction,
increasing the risk of injury in a
crash.
Failure to follow these instructions
could damage the sensors or prevent
them from working properly.
DRIVER'S
SEAT
POSITION
SENSOR
The driver's advanced front airbag
system includes a seat position
sensor under the seat. If the seat is
too far forward, the airbag will inflate
with less force, regardless of the
severity of the impact.
If there is a problem with the sensor,
the SRS indicator will come on, and
the airbag will inflate in the normal
manner regardless of the driver's
seating position.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
PASSENGER'S
SEAT WEIGHT
SENSORS
The passenger's advanced front
airbag system has weight sensors
under the seat. Although Acura does
not encourage carrying an infant or
small child in front, if the sensors
detect the weight of an infant or
small child (up to about 65 lbs or 29
kg), the system will automatically
turn the passenger's front airbag off.
If the weight sensors detect there is
no passenger in the front seat, the
airbag is automatically turned off.
However, the passenger airbag off
indicator in this situation will not
come on.
To ensure that the passenger's
advanced front airbag system will
work properly, do not do anything
that would increase or decrease the
weight on the front passenger's seat.
This includes:
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A rear passenger pushing or
pulling on the back of the front
passenger's seat.
Be aware that objects placed on the
passenger's seat can also cause the
airbag to be turned off.
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Moving the front seat forcibly back
against cargo on the seat or floor
behind it.
Hanging heavy items on the front
passenger seat, or placing heavy
items in the seat-back pocket.
Moving the front seat or seat-back
forcibly back against the folded
rear seat.
Back seat passengers should not
wedge objects or intentionally
force their feet under the front
passenger seat.
Also, make sure the floor mat
behind the front passenger's seat
is properly positioned on the floor
(see page 438). If it is not, the mat
may interfere with the proper
operation of the front passenger's
seat and its sensors.
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When the passenger airbag gets
turned off by the weight sensors, a
‘‘passenger airbag off’’ indicator in
the center of the dashboard comes
on (see page 33).
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How Your Side Airbags Work
Only one airbag will deploy during a
side impact. If the impact is on the
passenger's side, the passenger's
side airbag will deploy even if there
is no passenger.
Side Airbag Cutoff System
To get the best protection from the
side airbags, front seat occupants
should wear their seat belts and sit
upright and well back in their seats.
Although Acura does not encourage
children to ride in front, if the
position sensors detect a child has
leaned into the side airbag's
deployment path, the airbag will shut
off.
Your vehicle has a side airbag cutoff
system designed primarily to protect
a child riding in the front passenger's
seat.
The side airbag may also shut off if a
short adult leans sideways, or a
larger adult slouches and leans
sideways into the airbag's
deployment path.
If you ever have a moderate to severe
side impact, sensors will detect rapid
acceleration and signal the control
unit to instantly inflate either the
driver's or the passenger's side
airbag.
Objects placed on the front
passenger seat can also cause the
side airbag to be shut off.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work
In a Rollover
If the rollover sensor detects your
vehicle is about to roll over, it signals
the control unit, which immediately
deploys both side curtain airbags and
activates both front seat belt
tensioners.
There will be some delay between
the moment the passenger moves
into or out of the airbag deployment
path and when the indicator comes
on or goes off.
A front seat passenger should not
use a cushion or other object as a
backrest. It may prevent the cutoff
system from working properly.
If the impact is on the passenger's
side, the passenger's side curtain
airbag will inflate even if there are no
occupants on that side of the vehicle.
SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG
In a Side Impact
In a moderate to severe side impact,
sensors will detect rapid acceleration
and signal the control unit to
instantly inflate the side curtain
airbag.
The airbag on the passenger's side
will deploy, and the seat belt
tensioner will activate, even if there
are no passengers on that side of the
vehicle.
To get the best protection from the
side curtain airbags, occupants
should wear their seat belts and sit
upright and well back in their seats.
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If the side airbag off indicator comes
on (see page 32), have the passenger
sit upright. Once the passenger is
out of the airbag's deployment path,
the system will turn the airbag back
on, and the indicator will go out.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the SRS Indicator Works
The SRS indicator alerts
you to a potential problem
with your airbag system components.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, this indicator
comes on for several seconds then
goes off. This tells you the system is
working properly.
If the indicator comes on at any other
time, or does not come on at all, you
should have the system checked by
your dealer. For example:
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If the SRS indicator does not come
on after you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position.
If the indicator stays on after the
engine starts.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
If you see any of these indications,
the airbag system components may
not work properly when you need
them.
Ignoring the SRS indicator can
result in serious injury or death
if the airbag systems or
tensioners do not work
properly.
Have your vehicle checked by a
dealer as soon as possible if
the SRS indicator alerts you to
a possible problem.
If the indicator comes on or flashes
on and off while you drive.
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How the Side Airbag Off Indicator
Works
U.S.
Canada
This indicator alerts you that the
passenger's side airbag has been
automatically shut off. It does not
mean there is a problem with your
side airbags.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, the indicator
should come on for several seconds
and then go off (see page 66). If it
doesn't come on, stays on, or comes
on while driving without a passenger
in the front seat, have the system
checked.
You will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER
SIDE AIRBAG OFF’’ message on
the multi- information display (see
page 80).
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
How the Passenger Airbag Off
Indicator Works
U.S.
Canada
This indicator alerts you that the
passenger's front airbag has been
shut off because weight sensors
detect about 65 lbs (29 kg) or less
(the weight of an infant or small
child) on the front passenger's seat.
It does not mean there is a problem
with the airbag.
If no weight is detected on the front
seat, the airbag will be automatically
shut off. However, the indicator will
not come on.
The passenger airbag off indicator
may come on and off repeatedly if the
total weight on the seat is near the
airbag cutoff threshold.
If an adult or teenage passenger is
riding in front, move the seat as far to
the rear as possible, and have the
passenger sit upright and wear the
seat belt properly.
If the indicator comes on with no
front seat passenger and no objects
on the seat, or with an adult riding
there, something may be interfering
with the weight sensors. Look for
and remove:
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Any items under the front
passenger's seat.
Any object(s) hanging on the seat
or in the seat-back pocket.
Any object(s), such as a foldeddown back seat, that are touching
the rear of the seat-back.
If no obstructions are found, have
your vehicle checked by a dealer as
soon as possible.
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PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF INDICATOR
Be aware that objects placed on the
front seat can cause the indicator to
come on.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Airbag Service
Your airbag systems are virtually
maintenance free, and there are no
parts you can safely service.
However, you must have your
vehicle serviced if:
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The SRS indicator alerts you to a
problem. Take your vehicle to an
authorized dealer as soon as
possible. If you ignore this
indication, your airbags may not
operate properly.
An airbag ever inflates. Any airbag
that has deployed must be
replaced along with the control
unit and other related parts. Any
seat belt tensioner that activates
must also be replaced.
Do not try to remove or replace
any airbag by yourself. This must
be done by an authorized dealer or
a knowledgeable body shop.
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If your vehicle has a moderate to
severe impact. Even if your airbags
do not inflate, your dealer should
inspect the driver's seat position
sensor, the front passenger's
weight sensors, the front seat belt
tensioners, and all seat belts and
their anchor worn during a crash
to make sure they are operating
properly.
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Additional Information About Your Airbags
Additional Safety Precautions
●
Do not attempt to deactivate your
airbags. Together, airbags and
●
Do not tamper with airbag
components or wiring for any
reason. Tampering could cause
Do not expose the front
passenger's seat-back to liquid. If
water or another liquid soaks into
a seat-back, it can prevent the side
airbag cutoff system from working
properly.
the airbags to deploy, possibly
causing very serious injury.
●
Do not remove or modify a front
seat without consulting your
dealer. This could make the
driver's seat position sensor or the
front passenger's weight sensors
ineffective. If it is necessary to
remove or modify a front seat to
accommodate a person with
disabilities, first contact Acura
Client Services at 800-382-2238.
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seat belts provide the best
protection.
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Protecting Children - General Guidelines
All Children Must Be Restrained
Each year, many children are injured
or killed in vehicle crashes because
they are either unrestrained or not
properly restrained. In fact, traffic
collisions are the number one cause
of the death of children aged 12 and
under.
Children depend on adults to protect
them. However, despite their best
intentions, many adults do not know
how to properly protect child
passengers.
If you have children, or ever need to
drive with a child in your vehicle, be
sure to read this section. It begins
with important general guidelines,
then presents special information for
infants, small children, and larger
children.
To reduce the number of child
deaths and injuries, every state,
Canadian province and territory
requires that infants and children be
properly restrained when they ride in
a vehicle.
Infants and small children must be
restrained in an approved child seat
that is properly secured to the vehicle
(see pages 41 - 52).
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Children who are unrestrained
or improperly restrained can be
seriously injured or killed in a
crash.
Any child too small for a seat
belt should be properly
restrained in a child seat. A
larger child should be properly
restrained with a seat belt and
use a booster seat if necessary.
Larger children must be restrained
with a lap/shoulder belt and ride on a
booster seat until the seat belt fits
them properly (see pages 53 - 56).
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Protecting Children - General Guidelines
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
aged 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat. Some
states have laws restricting where
children may ride.
Children who ride in back are less
likely to be injured by striking
interior vehicle parts during a
collision or hard braking. Also,
children cannot be injured by an
inflating front airbag when they ride
in the back.
The Passenger's Front Airbag Can
Pose Serious Risks
Front airbags have been designed to
help protect adults in a moderate to
severe frontal collision. To do this,
the passenger's front airbag is quite
large, and it can inflate with enough
force to cause very serious injuries.
Even though your vehicle has an
advanced front airbag system that
automatically turns the passenger's
front airbag off under certain
circumstances (see page 33), please
follow these guidelines:
Infants
Never put a rear-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger's front airbag. If the
airbag inflates, it can hit the back of
the child seat with enough force to
kill or very seriously injure an infant.
Small Children
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger's front airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child's head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating front airbag can strike the
child with enough force to kill or
very seriously injure a small child.
Larger Children
Children who have outgrown child
seats are also at risk of being injured
or killed by an inflating passenger's
front airbag. Whenever possible,
larger children should sit in the back
seat, on a booster seat if needed, and
be properly restrained with a seat
belt (see page 53 for important
information about protecting larger
children).
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Driver and Passenger Safety
All Children Should Sit in a Back
Seat
According to crash statistics,
children of all ages and sizes are
safer when they are restrained in a
back seat.
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Protecting Children - General Guidelines
To remind you of the passenger's
front airbag hazards, and that
children must be properly restrained
in a back seat, your vehicle has
warning labels on the dashboard
(U.S. models) and on the front visors.
Please read and follow the
instructions on these labels.
U.S. Models
SUN VISORS
Canadian Models
SUN VISORS
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Protecting Children - General Guidelines
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Place the largest child in the front
seat, provided the child is large
enough to wear the lap/shoulder
belt properly (see page 53).
Move the vehicle seat as far to the
rear as possible (see page 134).
If a Child Requires Close
Attention
Many parents say they prefer to put
an infant or a small child in the front
passenger seat so they can watch the
child, or because the child requires
attention.
If a child requires close physical
attention or frequent visual contact,
we strongly recommend that another
adult ride with the child in a back
seat. The back seat is far safer for a
child than the front.
Placing a child in the front seat
exposes the child to hazards in a
frontal collision, and paying close
attention to a child distracts the
driver from the important tasks of
driving, placing both of you at risk.
Have the child sit upright and well
back in the seat (see page 17).
Make sure the seat belt is
properly positioned and secured
(see page15).
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Driver and Passenger Safety
If You Must Drive with Several
Children
Your vehicle has a back seat where
children can be properly restrained.
If you ever have to carry a group of
children, and a child must ride in
front:
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Additional Safety Precautions
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Never hold an infant or child on
your lap. If you are not wearing a
seat belt in a crash, you could be
thrown forward and crush the
child against the dashboard or a
seat-back. If you are wearing a seat
belt, the child can be torn from
your arms and be seriously hurt or
killed.
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Never put a seat belt over yourself
or a child. During a crash, the belt
could press deep into the child and
cause serious or fatal injuries.
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Never let two children use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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Use the childproof door locks to
prevent children from opening the
rear doors. This can prevent
children from accidentally falling
out (see page 127).
Make sure any unused seat belt
that a child can reach is buckled,
the lockable retractor is activated,
and the belt is fully retracted and
locked. If a child wraps a loose
seat belt around their neck, they
can be seriously or fatally injured.
(See pages 50 and 51 for how to
activate and deactivate the
lockable retractor.)
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Do not leave children alone in a
vehicle. Leaving children without
adult supervision is illegal in most
states, Canadian provinces/
territories and can be very
hazardous.
For example, infants and small
children left in a vehicle on a hot
day can die from heatstroke. A
child left alone with the key in the
ignition switch can accidentally set
the vehicle in motion, possibly
injuring themselves or others.
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Lock all doors and the tailgate
when your vehicle is not in use.
Children who play in vehicles can
accidentally get trapped inside.
Teach your children not to play in
or around vehicles.
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Keep vehicle keys/remote
transmitters out of the reach of
children. Even very young
children learn how to unlock
vehicle doors, turn on the ignition
switch, and open the tailgate,
which can lead to accidental injury
or death.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
Protecting Infants
Rear-facing Child Seat Placement
Two types of seats may be used: a
seat designed exclusively for infants,
or a convertible seat used in the rearfacing, reclining mode.
rear-facing child seat in the front seat.
Do not put a rear-facing child seat in
a forward-facing position. If placed
facing forward, an infant could be
very seriously injured during a
frontal collision.
Child Seat Type
An infant must be properly restrained
in a rear-facing, reclining child seat
until the child reaches the seat
maker's weight or height limit for the
seat, and the child is at least one year
old.
A rear-facing child seat can be placed
in any seating position in the back
seat, but not in the front. Never put a
If the passenger's front airbag
inflates, it can hit the back of the
child seat with enough force to kill or
seriously injure an infant.
When properly installed, a rearfacing child seat may prevent the
driver or a front passenger from
moving their seat as far back as
recommended, or from locking their
seat-back in the desired position.
It could also interfere with proper
operation of the passenger's
advanced front airbag system.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
Only a rear-facing child seat provides
proper support for a baby's head,
neck, and back.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
In any of these situations, we
strongly recommend that you install
the child seat directly behind the
front passenger's seat, move the seat
as far forward as needed, and leave it
unoccupied. Or, you may wish to get
a smaller rear-facing child seat.
Protecting Small Children
Placing a rear-facing child seat
in the front seat can result in
serious injury or death during a
crash.
Child Seat Type
Many states, Canadian provinces and
territories allow a child one year of
age or older who also meets the
minimum size and weight
requirements to transition from a
rear-facing child seat to a forward
facing seat. Know the requirements
where you are driving and follow the
child seat instructions. Many experts
recommend use of a rear-facing seat
up to age two, if the child's height
and weight are appropriate for a rearfacing seat.
Of the different seats available, we
recommend those that have a fivepoint harness system as shown.
Always place a rear-facing child
seat in the back seat, not the
front.
We also recommend that a small
child use the child seat until the child
reaches the weight or height limit for
the seat.
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Protecting Infants and Small Children
Child Seat Placement
Placing a forward-facing child seat in
the front seat of a vehicle equipped
with a passenger's airbag can be
hazardous. If the vehicle seat is too
far forward, or the child's head is
thrown forward during a collision, an
inflating airbag can strike the child
with enough force to cause very
serious or fatal injuries.
Even with advanced front airbags
that automatically turn the
passenger's front airbag off (see page
33), a back seat is the safest place for
a small child.
If it is necessary to put a forwardfacing child seat in the front, move
the vehicle seat as far to the rear as
possible, and be sure the child seat is
firmly secured to the vehicle and the
child is properly strapped in the seat.
Placing a forward-facing child
seat in the front seat can result
in serious injury or death if the
front airbag inflates.
Driver and Passenger Safety
We strongly recommend placing a
forward-facing child seat in a back
seat, not the front.
If you must place a forwardfacing child seat in front, move
the vehicle seat as far back as
possible, and properly restrain
the child.
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Selecting a Child Seat
When buying a child seat, you need
to choose either a conventional child
seat, or one designed for use with
the Lower Anchors and Tethers for
CHildren (LATCH) system.
Conventional child seats must be
secured to a vehicle with a seat belt,
whereas LATCH-compatible seats
are secured by attaching the seat to
hardware built into the rear seating
positions.
Since LATCH-compatible child seats
are easier to install and reduce the
possibility of improper installation,
we recommend selecting this style.
Whatever type of seat you choose, to
provide proper protection, a child
seat should meet three
requirements:
In seating positions and vehicles not
equipped with LATCH, a LATCHcompatible child seat can be installed
using a seat belt.
1. The child seat should meet
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standard 213 or Canadian
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
213. Look for FMVSS 213 or
CMVSS 213 on the box.
2. The child seat should be of the
proper type and size to fit the child.
Rear-facing for infants, forwardfacing for small children.
3. The child seat should fit the vehicle
seating position (or positions)
where it will be used.
Before purchasing a conventional
child seat, or using a previously
purchased one, we recommend that
you test the seat in the specific
vehicle seating position or positions
where the seat will be used.
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Installing a Child Seat
1. Properly secure the child seat to
the vehicle. All child seats must be
secured to the vehicle with the lap
part of a lap/shoulder belt or with
the LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren) system. A
child whose seat is not properly
secured to the vehicle can be
endangered in a crash.
A child seat secured with a seat belt
should be installed as firmly as
possible. However, it does not need
to be ‘‘rock solid.’’ Some side-to-side
movement can be expected and
should not reduce the child seat's
effectiveness.
3. Secure the child in the child seat.
Make sure the child is properly
strapped in the child seat
according to the child seat maker's
instructions. A child who is not
properly secured in a child seat
can be seriously injured in a crash.
If the child seat is not secure, try
installing it in a different seating
position, or use a different style of
child seat that can be firmly secured.
The following pages provide
guidelines on how to properly install
a child seat. A forward-facing child
seat is used in all examples, but the
instructions are the same for rearfacing child seats.
2. Make sure the child seat is firmly
secured. After installing a child
seat, push and pull the seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
After selecting a proper child seat
and a good place to install the seat,
there are three main steps in
installing the seat:
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Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with
LATCH
Your vehicle is equipped with
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers
for CHildren) at the rear seats to
secure a child seat in any seating
position: one in each outer seating
position, or one in the center.
The five lower anchors are located
between the seat-back and seat
bottom, and are to be used only with
a child seat designed for use with
LATCH.
BUTTON
LOWER ANCHORS
FOR CENTER LATCH
Using the Outer LATCH
LOWER ANCHORS
FOR OUTER LATCH
The location of each lower anchor is
indicated by a small button above the
anchor point.
When you install a child seat in the
rear center seating position, use the
center LATCH as shown in the
illustration. To install a child seat in
the outer seating position, use either
LATCH. You can install up to two
child seat at a time with outer
LATCH.
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OUTER LOWER ANCHORS
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat in either of the rear outer seats:
1. Move the seat belt buckle or
tongue away from the lower
anchors.
2. Make sure there are no objects
near the anchors that could
prevent a secure connection
between the child seat and the
anchors.
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Installing a Child Seat
3. Place the child seat on the vehicle
seat, then attach the seat to the
lower anchors according to the
child seat maker's instructions.
Some LATCH-compatible seats
have a rigid-type connector as
shown above.
Flexible type
Other LATCH-compatible seats have
a flexible-type connector as shown
above.
4. Whatever type you have, follow the
child seat maker's instructions for
adjusting or tightening the fit.
Driver and Passenger Safety
Rigid type
TETHER STRAP
6. Lift the head restraint (see page
135), then route the tether strap
through the legs of the head
restraint and over the seat-back,
making sure the strap is not
twisted.
5. Remove the cargo area cover, and
place it on the cargo area floor (see
page 160).
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Installing a Child Seat
Using the Center LATCH
CENTER LOWER ANCHORS
TETHER STRAP HOOK
ANCHOR
7. Attach the tether strap hook to the
tether anchor, then tighten the
strap as instructed by the child
seat maker.
8. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure.
To install a LATCH-compatible child
seat in the rear center seating
position, use the center lower
anchors as shown above.
Remove the head restraint (see page
136). Make sure the removed head
restraint is secured in the cargo area.
Reinstall the head restraint when the
child seat is removed.
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Follow step 1 through 8 as described
previously to secure the child seat.
When you install the child seat in the
rear center seating position, you
cannot use the seat belt behind the
driver's seat.
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Installing a Child Seat
Do not attach two child seat
connectors to a single lower anchor
at a time.
Driver and Passenger Safety
The LATCH system or the child
seats might be damaged if you try to
install three child seats in the rear
seats.
If you want to install two child seats
in the back seats, place each child
seat in the outer seat, as shown in
the above illustration.
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Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/
Shoulder Belt
When not using the LATCH system,
all child seats must be secured to the
vehicle with the lap part of a lap/
shoulder belt.
In addition, the lap/shoulder belts in
all seating positions except the
driver's have a lockable retractor that
must be activated to secure a child
seat.
1. With the child seat in the desired
seating position, route the belt
through the child seat according to
the seat maker's instructions, then
insert the latch plate into the
buckle and remove any slack from
the lap portion of the belt.
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2. To activate the lockable retractor,
slowly pull the shoulder part of the
belt all the way out until it stops,
then let the belt feed back into the
retractor.
3. After the belt has retracted, tug on
it. If the belt is locked, you will not
be able to pull it out. If you can pull
the belt out, it is not locked, and
you will need to repeat these steps.
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Installing a Child Seat
Installing a Child Seat with a
Tether
To remove slack, it may help to put
weight on the child seat, or push
on the back of the seat while
pulling up on the belt.
5. Push and pull the child seat
forward and from side-to-side to
verify that it is secure enough to
stay upright during normal driving
maneuvers. If the child seat is not
secure, unlatch the belt, allow it to
retract fully, then repeat these
steps.
To deactivate the lockable retractor
and remove a child seat, unlatch the
buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let
the belt fully retract.
Driver and Passenger Safety
4. After confirming that the belt is
locked, grab the shoulder part of
the belt near the buckle, and pull
up to remove any slack from the
lap part of the belt. Remember, if
the lap part of the belt is not tight,
the child seat will not be secure.
TETHER ANCHORAGE POINT
A child seat with a tether can be
installed in any seating position in
the back seat.
Since a tether can provide additional
security to the lap/shoulder belt
installation, we recommend using a
tether whenever one is required or
available.
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Installing a Child Seat
2. (Outer seating position)
After properly securing the child
seat (see page 50), lift the head
restraint, then route the tether
strap over the seat-back and
through the head restraint legs.
TETHER STRAP
1. Remove the cargo area cover, and
place it on the cargo area floor (see
page 160).
(Rear center seating position)
Remove the head restraint (see
page 136). Make sure the removed
head restraint is secured in the
cargo area. Reinstall the head
restraint when the child seat is
removed.
After properly securing the child
seat (see page 50), route the tether
strap over the top of the seat-back.
When you install the child seat in
the rear center seating position,
you cannot use the seat belt
behind the driver's seat.
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TETHER STRAP HOOK
ANCHOR
3. Attach the tether strap hook to the
anchor, making sure the tether
strap is not twisted.
4. Tighten the strap according to the
seat maker's instructions.
If the tether strap is too long and
cannot be tightened firmly, find a
route where the strap can be
tightened securely.
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Protecting Larger Children
When a child reaches the
recommended weight or height limit
for a forward-facing child seat, the
child should sit in a back seat on a
booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder
belt.
Allowing a child age 12 or under
to sit in front can result in injury
or death if the passenger's front
airbag inflates.
The following pages give instructions
on how to check proper seat belt fit,
what kind of booster seat to use if
one is needed, and important
precautions for a child who must sit
in front.
If a child must ride in front,
move the vehicle seat as far
back as possible, use a booster
seat if needed, have the child
sit up properly and wear the
seat belt properly.
Checking Seat Belt Fit
1. Does the child sit all the way back
against the seat?
2. Do the child's knees bend
comfortably over the edge of the
seat?
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Driver and Passenger Safety
To determine if a lap/shoulder belt
properly fits a child, have the child
put on the seat belt, then ask
yourself:
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Protecting Larger Children
3. Does the shoulder belt cross
between the child's neck and arm?
Using a Booster Seat
4. Is the lap part of the belt as low as
possible, touching the child's
thighs?
5. Will the child be able to stay
seated like this for the whole trip?
Some states, Canadian provinces and
territories also require children to
use a booster seat until they reach a
given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or
60 lbs). Be sure to check current
laws in the states, provinces and
territories where you intend to drive.
Booster seats can be high-back or
low-back. Whichever style you select,
make sure the booster seat meets
federal safety standards (see page
44) and that you follow the booster
seat maker's instructions.
If you answer yes to all these
questions, the child is ready to wear
the lap/shoulder belt correctly. If
you answer no to any question, the
child needs to ride on a booster seat.
A child who has outgrown a forwardfacing child seat should ride in a
back seat and use a booster seat until
the lap/shoulder belt fits them
properly without the booster.
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Protecting Larger Children
A child may continue using a booster
seat until the tops of their ears are
even with the top of the vehicle's or
booster's seat-back. A child of this
height should be tall enough to use
the lap/shoulder belt without a
booster seat.
When Can a Larger Child Sit in
Front
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and Transport
Canada recommend that all children
aged 12 and under be properly
restrained in a back seat.
If the passenger's front airbag
inflates in a moderate to severe
frontal collision, the airbag can cause
serious injuries to a child who is
unrestrained, improperly restrained,
sitting too close to the airbag, or out
of position.
A side airbag also poses risks. If any
part of a larger child's body is in the
path of a deploying side airbag, the
child could receive possibly serious
injuries.
Of course, children vary widely. And
while age may be one indicator of
when a child can safely ride in front,
there are other important factors you
should consider.
Physical Size
Physically, a child must be large
enough for the lap/shoulder belt to
properly fit (see pages 15 and 53). If
the seat belt does not fit properly,
with or without the child sitting on a
booster seat, the child should not sit
in front.
Maturity
To safely ride in front, a child must
be able to follow the rules, including
sitting properly, and wearing the seat
belt properly throughout a ride.
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Driver and Passenger Safety
If a child who uses a booster seat
must ride in front, move the vehicle
seat as far back as possible and be
sure the child is wearing the seat belt
properly.
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If you decide that a child can safely
ride up front, be sure to:
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Carefully read the owner's manual,
and make sure you understand all
seat belt instructions and all safety
information.
Additional Safety Precautions
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in serious neck injuries during a
crash.
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Move the vehicle seat to the rearmost position.
Supervise the child. Even mature
children sometimes need to be
reminded to fasten the seat belts
or sit properly.
Do not let a child put the shoulder
part of a seat belt behind the back
or under the arm. This could cause
very serious injuries during a
crash. It also increases the chance
that the child will slide under the
belt in a crash and be injured.
Have the child sit up straight, back
against the seat, and feet on or
near the floor.
Check that the child's seat belt is
properly and securely positioned.
Do not let a child wear a seat belt
across the neck. This could result
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Two children should never use the
same seat belt. If they do, they
could be very seriously injured in a
crash.
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Do not put any accessories on a
seat belt. Devices intended to
improve a child's comfort or
reposition the shoulder part of a
seat belt can make the belt less
effective and increase the chance
of serious injury in a crash.
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Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Have the exhaust system inspected
for leaks whenever:
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The vehicle is raised for an oil
change.
You notice a change in the sound
of the exhaust.
The vehicle was in a collision that
may have damaged the underside.
Carbon monoxide gas is toxic.
Breathing it can cause
unconsciousness and even kill
you.
Avoid any enclosed areas or
activities that expose you to
carbon monoxide.
High levels of carbon monoxide can
collect rapidly in enclosed areas,
such as a garage. Do not run the
engine with the garage door closed.
Even with the door open, run the
engine only long enough to move the
vehicle out of the garage.
With the tailgate open, airflow can
pull exhaust gas into your vehicle's
interior and create a hazardous
condition. If you must drive with the
tailgate open, open all the windows,
and set the climate control system as
shown below.
If you must sit in your parked vehicle
with the engine running, even in an
unconfined area, adjust the climate
control system as follows:
1. Select the fresh air mode.
2. Select the
mode.
3. Set the fan speed to high.
4. Set the temperature control to a
comfortable setting.
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Your vehicle's exhaust contains
carbon monoxide gas. Carbon
monoxide should not enter the
vehicle in normal driving if you
maintain your vehicle properly and
follow the information on this page.
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Safety Labels
These labels are in the locations
shown. They warn you of potential
hazards that could cause serious
injury or death. Read these labels
carefully.
SUN VISOR
U.S. models only
Canadian models
If a label comes off or becomes hard
to read (except for the U.S.
dashboard label which may be
removed by the owner), contact your
dealer for a replacement.
DASHBOARD
SUN VISORS
U.S. models
U.S. models only
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Safety Labels
DOOR JAMBS
U.S. models
Canadian models
Driver and Passenger Safety
RADIATOR CAP
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Control Locations .......................... 62
Instrument Panel .......................... 63
Instrument Panel Indicators .......... 64
Gauges .......................................... 73
Turbo Boost Meter ................... 73
Fuel Gauge ............................... 73
Multi-Information Display ............. 74
System Messages ..................... 79
Customized Settings ................. 82
Controls Near the Steering
Wheel ..................................... 113
Windshield Wipers and
Washers .............................. 114
Rear Window Wiper and
Washer ............................... 115
Turn Signals and Headlights .......
Instrument Panel Brightness ......
Rear Window Defogger ...............
Hazard Warning Button ..............
Steering Wheel Adjustments .......
Keys and Locks ...........................
Immobilizer System ....................
Ignition Switch ............................
Door Locks .................................
Power Door Locks ..................
Childproof Door Locks ............
Tailgate .......................................
Remote Transmitter ....................
Seats ...........................................
Front Seat Power
Adjustments ........................
Head Restraints.......................
Armrests .................................
Folding the Rear Seats
Down ..................................
Seat Heaters................................
Power Windows ..........................
Moonroof ....................................
116
120
121
121
122
122
124
125
126
126
127
128
130
134
134
135
138
138
141
142
144
Mirrors .......................................
Adjusting the Power
Mirrors ...............................
Reverse Tilt Door Mirror ........
Heated Mirrors .......................
Driving Position Memory
System ....................................
Parking Brake .............................
Interior Lights .............................
Ceiling Lights .........................
Individual Map Lights .............
Courtesy Lights ......................
Cargo Area Light.....................
Interior Convenience Items .........
Glove Box ...............................
Front Door Pockets.................
Beverage Holders ...................
Accessory Power Sockets .......
Sun Visor ................................
Vanity Mirror ..........................
Console Compartment ............
Cargo Area Cover ...................
Coat Hook ...............................
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146
147
147
148
150
151
151
152
153
153
154
155
155
156
157
157
158
158
160
161
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Instruments and Controls
This section gives information about
the controls and displays that
contribute to the daily operation of
your vehicle. All the essential
controls are within easy reach.
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Control Locations
INSTRUMENT PANEL
INDICATORS (P. 63)
GAUGES (P. 73)
AUDIO SYSTEMꭧ1
(P. 174)
REARVIEW MONITORꭧ1
(P. 348)
CEILING CONSOLEꭧ3
MIRROR CONTROL
AUTO BUTTON (P. 146)
CLIMATE CONTROL
SYSTEM
(P. 164)
DRIVING POSITION
MEMORY SYSTEM
(P. 148)
AUDIO SYSTEMꭧ2
(P. 216)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH
(P. 126)
POWER DOOR LOCK
MASTER SWITCH
(P. 126)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCHES
(P. 142)
HOOD RELEASE
HANDLE
FUEL FILL DOOR
(P. 355)
RELEASE HANDLE
(P. 353)
POWER WINDOW
SWITCH
(P. 142)
PARKING BRAKE
PEDAL (P. 150)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
(P. 376)
ꭧ1: On models without navigation system.
ꭧ2: On models with navigation system.
ꭧ3: HomeLink® Buttons (P. 303)
Moonroof Switch (P. 144)
Front Ceiling Light Switch (P. 151)
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USB ADAPTER CABLE
(P. 199, 207, 263, 274)
ACCESSORY POWER
SOCKET
(P. 157)
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Instrument Panel
VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA)
HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P. 69)
SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 68)
VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA)
ACTIVATION INDICATOR (P. 69)
LOW TIRE PRESSURE/TPMS INDICATOR
(P. 71, 390)
BRAKE SYSTEM INDICATOR (AMBER) (P. 67, 468)
CRUISE MAIN INDICATOR (P. 69)
CRUISE CONTROL INDICATOR
(P. 69)
SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT
SYSTEM (SRS) INDICATOR
(P. 32, 65)
SIDE AIRBAG OFF
INDICATOR (P. 32, 66)
LIGHTS ON INDICATOR
(P. 70)
PARKING BRAKE AND
BRAKE SYSTEM
INDICATOR (RED)
(P. 67, 467)
IMMOBILIZER
SYSTEM
INDICATOR (P. 66)
LOW OIL PRESSURE
INDICATOR
(P. 65, 465)
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR
(P. 65, 465)
Instruments and Controls
FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P. 70)
SH-AWD INDICATORꭧ
(P. 70)
SYSTEM MESSAGE INDICATOR
(P. 72)
ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS)
INDICATOR (P. 66, 388)
LOW FUEL INDICATOR (P. 68)
A/T TEMPERATURE INDICATOR SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR (P. 70)
(P. 65)
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP
SEAT BELT REMINDER INDICATOR (P. 20, 64)
(P. 65, 466)
ꭧ: If equipped
The U.S. instrument panel is shown. Differences for the Canadian models are noted in the text.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
The instrument panel has many
indicators that give you important
information about your vehicle.
Seat Belt Reminder
Indicator
This indicator reminds you and your
passengers to fasten your seat belts.
If your front passenger does not
fasten their seat belt, the indicator
comes on about 6 seconds after the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
(II) position.
If you turn the ignition switch to the
ON (II) position before fastening
your seat belts, the beeper sounds,
and the indicator flashes. If you do
not fasten your seat belts before the
beeper stops, the indicator stops
flashing but remains on.
If either of you do not fasten your
seat belt while driving, the beeper
will sound and the indicator will flash
again at regular intervals. For more
information, see page 20.
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You will also see a ‘‘FASTEN SEAT
BELT’’ or ‘‘FASTEN PASSENGER
SEAT BELT’’ message on the multiinformation display.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp
Low Oil Pressure
Indicator
The engine can be severely damaged if
this indicator flashes or stays on when
the engine is running. For more
information, see page 465.
You will also see a ‘‘OIL PRESSURE
LOW’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK
TRANSMISSION’’ message on the
multi-information display (see page
80).
Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) Indicator
This indicator comes on for several
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates a potential problem with
your front airbags. This indicator will
also alert you to a potential problem
with your airbag system components.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK AIRBAG
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
For more information, see page 32.
Charging System
Indicator
If this indicator comes on when the
engine is running, the battery is not
being charged, and you will also see a
‘‘CHECK CHARGING SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display. For more information, see
page 465.
Continuing to drive with the A/T
temperature indicator on may cause
serious damage to the transmission.
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You will also see a ‘‘CHECK
EMISSION SYSTEM’’ message on the
multi-information display. For more
information, see page 466.
A/T Temperature
Indicator
This indicator monitors the
temperature of the automatic
transmission fluid. If it comes on
while driving, it means the
transmission fluid temperature is too
high. Pull to the side of the road
when it is safe, shift to Park, and let
the engine idle until the indicator
goes out.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
U.S.
Canada
Side Airbag Off Indicator
This indicator comes on for several
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. If it
comes on at any other time, it
indicates that the passenger's side
airbag has automatically shut off. You
will also see a ‘‘PASSENGER SIDE
AIRBAG OFF’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
For more information, see page 32.
Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position, and when the ignition
switch is turned to the START (III)
position. If this indicator comes on at
any other time, there is a problem in
the ABS. If this happens, take the
vehicle to your dealer to have it
checked. With this indicator on, your
vehicle still has normal braking
ability but no anti-lock function. You
will also see a ‘‘CHECK ABS
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
For more information, see page 388.
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Immobilizer System
Indicator
This indicator comes on briefly when
you turn the ignition switch to the
ON (II) position. It will then go off if
you have inserted a properly coded
ignition key. If it is not a properly
coded key, the indicator will blink,
and the engine's fuel system will be
disabled (see page 124).
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Instrument Panel Indicators
U.S.
Canada
1. It comes on when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position. It is a reminder to check
the parking brake. Driving with
the parking brake not fully
released can damage the brakes
and tires.
If you drive without releasing the
parking brake, a beeper will sound,
and you will also see a ‘‘RELEASE
PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the
multi-information display (see page
79).
U.S.
Canada
Brake System Indicator (Amber)
The brake system indicator (amber)
normally comes on when you turn
the ignition switch to the ON (II)
position and goes off after the engine
starts. If it comes on at any other
time, there is a problem in the brake
system including the electric vacuum
pump. If this happens, have your
vehicle checked by your dealer. For
more information, see page 468.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK BRAKE
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
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Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator (Red)
This indicator has two functions:
2. If it stays on after you have fully
released the parking brake while
the engine is running, or if it
comes on while driving, it can
indicate a problem in the brake
system. You will also see a
‘‘BRAKE FLUID LOW’’ or
‘‘CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display. For more information, see
page 467.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Low Fuel Indicator
You will also see a ‘‘FUEL LOW’’
message on the multi-information
display (see page 80).
Avoid driving with an extremely low
fuel level. Running out of fuel could
cause the engine to misfire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
LOW FUEL INDICATOR
This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon.
When the indicator comes on, there
are about 2.5 U.S. gal (9.5 L) of fuel
remaining in the tank.
When the needle reaches E, there is
a very small amount of fuel in the
tank.
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Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) System Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position.
If it comes on and stays on at any
other time, or it does not come on
when you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, there is a
problem with the VSA system. You
will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
Take your vehicle to a dealer to have
it checked. Without VSA, your
vehicle still has normal driving
ability, but will not have VSA traction
and stability enhancement. For more
information, see page 395.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
VSA Activation Indicator
This indicator has three functions:
This indicator comes on when you
turn on the cruise control system by
pressing the CRUISE button (see
page 300).
2. It flashes when VSA is active (see
page 395).
Cruise Control Indicator
3. It comes on along with the VSA
system indicator if there is a
problem with the VSA system.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
This indicator comes on when you
set the cruise control. See page 300
for information on operating the
cruise control.
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position. For more information, see
page 395.
High Beam Indicator
This indicator comes on with the
high beam headlights. For more
information, see page 117.
Turn Signal and Hazard Warning
Indicators
The left or right turn signal indicator
blinks when you signal a lane change
or turn. If an indicator does not blink
or blinks rapidly, it usually means
one of the turn signal bulbs is burned
out (see pages 432 and 434). Replace
the bulb as soon as possible, since
other drivers cannot see that you are
signaling.
When you press the hazard warning
button, both turn signal indicators
and all turn signals on the outside of
the vehicle flash.
This indicator also comes on with
reduced brightness when the
daytime running lights (DRL) are on
(see page 119).
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1. It comes on as a reminder that you
have turned off the vehicle stability
assist (VSA) system.
Cruise Main Indicator
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Instrument Panel Indicators
Security System Indicator
SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR
This indicator comes on when the
security system is set. For more
information, see page 294.
Lights On Indicator
This indicator reminds you that the
exterior lights are on. It comes on
when the light switch is in either the
or
position. If you turn the
ignition switch to the ACCESSORY
(I) or the LOCK (0) position without
turning off the light switch, this
indicator will remain on. A reminder
chime will also sound when you open
the driver's door and remove the key
from the ignition switch.
Fog Light Indicator
This indicator comes on when you
turn on the fog lights. For more
information, see page 119.
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Super Handling-All
Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)
Indicator
On SH-AWD models
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position. If this indicator comes on at
any other time, there is a problem in
the SH-AWD system. You will also
see a ‘‘CHECK SH-AWD SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display (see page 80). Take your
vehicle to a dealer to have it checked.
For more information, see page 385.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
If this indicator blinks while driving,
it indicates the differential
temperature is too high.
Pull to the side of the road when it is
safe, shift to Park, and let the engine
idle until the indicator goes out. If
the indicator does not go out, take
your vehicle to a dealer to have it
checked.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TIRE
PRESSURE’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
This indicator has two functions:
If this happens, pull to the side of the
road when it is safe, check which tire
has lost pressure on the multiinformation display, and determine
the cause. If it is because of a flat tire,
have the flat tire repaired as soon as
possible. If two or more tires are
underinflated, call a professional
towing service. For more
information, see page 475.
1. If it comes on while driving, it
indicates that one or more of your
vehicle's tires are significantly low
on pressure.
For more information, see page 385.
Check the tire pressure monitor on
the multi-information display and
determine the cause (see page 392).
Continuing to drive with the SH-AWD
indicator blinking may cause serious
damage to the system.
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You will also see an ‘‘SH-AWD DIFF
TEMP. HIGH’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
Low Tire Pressure/TPMS
Indicator
This indicator normally comes on for
a few seconds when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position.
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Instrument Panel Indicators
2. If this indicator begins to flash,
there is a problem with the tire
pressure monitoring system
(TPMS). You will also see a
‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display. The indicator continues to
flash for a while (approximately 1
minute), then stays on. If this
happens, have your dealer check
the system as soon as possible.
For more information, see page
393.
System Message
Indicator
This indicator comes on when there
is a system message on the multiinformation display. Press the INFO
button on the steering wheel (see
page 74) to see the message (see
page 81).
Most of the time, this indicator
comes on along with other indicators
in the instrument panel such as the
seat belt reminder indicator, SRS
indicator, VSA system indicator, etc.
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Gauges
Turbo Boost Meter
When the turbo charger is activated,
this meter shows the boost pressure.
U.S. model is shown.
SPEEDOMETER
TACHOMETER
Avoid driving with an extremely low
fuel level. Running out of fuel could
cause the engine to misfire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
MULTI-INFORMATION
DISPLAY
TURBO BOOST METER
SELECT/RESET
KNOB
FUEL GAUGE
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Fuel Gauge
This shows how much fuel you have.
It may show slightly more or less
than the actual amount. The needle
returns to the bottom after you turn
off the ignition.
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Multi-Information Display
The multi-information display in the
instrument panel displays various
information and messages when the
ignition switch is in the ON (II)
position. Some of the messages help
you operate your vehicle more
comfortably.
Others help to keep you aware of the
periodic maintenance your vehicle
needs for continued trouble-free
driving.
When you open the driver's door, a
‘‘Welcome’’ message is shown on the
multi-information display. When you
turn the ignition switch from the ON
(II) position to the ACCESSORY (I)
position, a ‘‘Goodbye’’ message is
shown on the display.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, your last
selection is displayed.
INFO BUTTONS
In the multi-information display, the
system message is also displayed
(see page 79) and you can customize
your vehicle control settings (see
page 82).
SEL/RESET
BUTTON
To change the display, press the
SEL/RESET button or INFO ( / )
button on the steering wheel
repeatedly until the desired
information appears (see page 75).
You can also change the display by
pressing the select/reset knob in the
instrument panel.
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Multi-Information Display
U.S. model is shown.
(SH-AWD model only)
Instruments and Controls
IGNITION ON
IGNITION OFF
Press the SEL/
RESET Button
Press the INFO
(▲/▼) Button
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Multi-Information Display
Odometer
The odometer shows the total
distance your vehicle has been
driven. It measures miles in U.S.
models and kilometers in Canadian
models. It is illegal under U.S.
federal law and Canadian provincial/
territorial regulations to disconnect,
reset, or alter the odometer with the
intent to change the number of miles
or kilometers indicated.
Trip Meter
This meter shows the number of
miles (U.S.) or kilometers (Canada)
driven since you last reset it. There
are two trip meters: Trip A and Trip
B. Each trip meter works
independently, so you can keep track
of two different distances.
When you reset Trip A, AVG.
FUEL A is reset at the same time.
When you reset Trip B, AVG.
FUEL B is reset.
You can customize the Trip A and
AVG. FUEL A reset condition
on the multi-information display
(see page 93).
Outside Temperature Display
This shows the outside temperature
in Fahrenheit (U.S. models), or in
Celsius (Canadian models).
The temperature sensor is in the
front bumper. The temperature
reading can be affected by heat
reflection from the road surface,
engine heat, and the exhaust from
surrounding traffic. This can cause
an incorrect temperature reading
when your vehicle speed is under 19
mph (30 km/h). When you start your
trip, the sensor is not fully
acclimatized, therefore it may take
several minutes until the proper
temperature is displayed.
In certain weather conditions,
temperature readings near freezing
(32°F, 0°C) could mean that ice is
forming on the road surface.
You can adjust the outside
temperature display (see page 91).
To reset a trip meter, display it, then
press and hold the SEL/RESET
button until the number resets to
‘‘0.0’’.
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Multi-Information Display
INST. MPG (U.S. models)/INST.
L/100 km (Canadian models)
This shows your instant fuel
economy.
When you turn off the engine, INST.
MPG or INST. L/100 km is also
reset.
RANGE
This shows the estimated distance
you can travel on the fuel remaining
in the fuel tank. This distance is
estimated from the fuel economy you
received over the last several miles
(U.S.) or kilometers (Canada), so it
will vary with changes in speed,
traffic, etc.
When the battery is disconnected, or
you refuel, RANGE is also reset.
ELAPSED TIME
This shows the accumulated
traveling time since you last reset it.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, ELAPSED
TIME is reset.
You can customize the ELAPSED
TIME reset condition on the multiinformation display (see page 95).
AVG. SPEED
This shows the average speed you
are traveling in miles per hour (mph)
for U.S. models or kilometers per
hour (km/h) for Canadian models.
When you reset Trip A, AVG. SPEED
is also reset.
AVG. FUEL A/B
This shows your vehicle's average
fuel economy in mpg (U.S. models)
or liter/100 km (Canadian models)
since you last reset Trip A or Trip B.
You can customize the Trip A and
AVG. FUEL A reset condition
on the multi-information display
(see page 93).
The average fuel economy will be
reset when you reset the trip meter,
or if the vehicle's battery goes dead
or is disconnected.
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Maintenance MinderTM
The multi-information display in the
instrument panel shows you the
engine oil life and maintenance
service items when the ignition
switch is in the ON (II) position. This
information helps to keep you aware
of the periodic maintenance your
vehicle needs for continued troublefree driving. Refer to page 411 for
more information.
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Multi-Information Display
SH-AWD Torque Distribution
Monitor
On SH-AWD models
This monitor shows how much
torque is being delivered to each
wheel. For more information, see
page 384.
Tire Pressure Monitor
You can see the pressure of each tire
in this monitor. If one or more tire
pressure are low, inflate them to the
correct pressure. For more
information, see page 392.
Temperature Gauge
This shows the temperature of the
engine's coolant. During normal
operation, the reading should rise
from the ‘‘C (Cold)’’ 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 reading may rise to near
the ‘‘H (Hot)’’ mark of the gauge. If it
reaches the ‘‘H’’ mark, pull safely to
the side of the road. See page 463 for
instructions and precautions on
checking the engine's coolant
system.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
You can receive or make phone calls
from your cell phone through your
vehicle's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
(HFL) system without touching your
cell phone.
To use the system, your cell phone
and the HFL system must be linked.
Not all cell phones are compatible
with this system. Refer to page 313
for instructions on how to link your
cell phone to HFL and how to receive
or make phone calls, or visit the
acura.com/handsfreelink website. In
Canada, visit www.acura.ca, or call
1-(888) 9-HONDA-9.
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Multi-Information Display
Here is a list of messages shown on
the multi-information display:
U.S.
U.S.
U.S.
Canada
Canada
Canada
See page
20
See page
393
See page
12
See page
392
See page
67
See page
465
See page
467
See page
465
See page
467, 468
See page
466
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System Messages
If there is a problem with your
vehicle, for example, the engine oil
level is low or a door is not fully
closed, the multi-information display
will show you the problem. It does
this by interrupting the current
display with one or more messages.
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Multi-Information Display
See page
376
See page
395
See page
12
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Canada
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SH-AWD model only
Canada
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The system message(s) triggers the
appropriate indicator(s) on the
instrument panel, including the
system message indicator, to come
on. The system message indicator
does not go off until the problem(s)
is corrected.
SYSTEM MESSAGE INDICATOR
Most of the messages are displayed
for about 5 seconds, and then the
normal display returns. If there are
several system messages to be
shown, the display switches these
messages every 5 seconds.
To switch the message(s) before 5
seconds have elapsed, press the
INFO ( / ) button on the steering
wheel.
Press the INFO (▲/▼) button
Even if you press the INFO ( / )
button, some messages stay on or
come on again at regular intervals
until the problem is corrected.
●
●
FASTEN SEAT BELT
If the system message indicator
remains lit on the instrument panel,
you can see the corresponding
message(s) again by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button repeatedly.
FASTEN PASSENGER SEAT
BELT
●
RELEASE PARKING BRAKE
●
DOOR & TAILGATE OPEN
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You will also hear a beep when the
system message comes on for the
first time.
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Customized Settings
With the multi-information display
and the INFO ( / ) and SEL/
RESET buttons on the right side of
the steering wheel, you can
customize some vehicle control
settings.
To enter the customizing mode,
press and hold the INFO ( / )
button for more than 3 seconds.
To change the settings, the ignition
switch must be in the ON (II)
position, and the vehicle must be
stopped with the transmission in
Park.
You cannot customize the settings
under these conditions:
●
●
If you turn the ignition switch to
the ACCESSORY (I) or the LOCK
(0) position.
If you move the shift lever out of
Park.
The first customizing menu is:
●
DEFAULT ALL
●
CHG SETTING
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If you want the settings as they were
when the vehicle left the factory,
select DEFAULT ALL, as described
on page 85.
If you want to change any vehicle
control settings, select CHG
SETTING, then press the SEL/
RESET button (see page 86).
Refer to the table on the following
pages about the settings you want to
customize.
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Customize Entry
CHG SETTING
(P. 86)
Customize Group
METER SETUP
(P. 88)
DOOR SETUP
(P. 102)
Description
Changes the language used in the display.
ADJUST OUTSIDE
TEMP. DISPLAY
Changes the outside temperature reading
above or below its current reading.
TRIP A & AVG. FUEL
RESET with REFUEL
Causes trip meter A and the average fuel
economy to reset when you refuel.
ELAP. TIME RESET
CONDITION
Resets the elapsed time of your current trip.
INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME
Changes how long (in seconds) the interior
lights stay on after you close the doors.
HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF
TIMER
Changes how long (in seconds) the exterior
lights stay on after you close the driver's
door.
AUTO DOOR LOCK
Changes when the system automatically
locks the doors.
Customize Setup
ENGLISHꭧ
FRENCH
SPANISH
-5°F ~ ꭗ0°Fꭧ ~ 5°F
-3°C ~ ꭗ0°Cꭧ ~ 3°C
ON
OFFꭧ
IGN RESETꭧ
TRIP A RESET
TRIP B RESET
15 sec
30 secꭧ
60 sec
0 sec
15 secꭧ
30 sec
60 sec
SHIFT FROM P
WITH VEH SPEEDꭧ
OFF
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93
95
98
100
103
ꭧ: Default setting
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LIGHTING SETUP
(P. 97)
Customize Menu
LANGUAGE SELECTION
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Customize Entry
CHG SETTING
(P. 86)
Customize Group
DOOR SETUP
(P. 102)
Customize Menu
Description
DOOR LOCK MODE
KEYLESS LOCK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
SECURITY RELOCK
TIMER
AUTO DOOR UNLOCK
DEFAULT ALL
Customize Setup
Changes which doors unlock with the remote DRIVER DOORꭧ
transmitter on a first push.
ALL DOORS
The exterior lights flash each time you press ONꭧ
the LOCK or UNLOCK button. A beeper will OFF
also sound when you press the LOCK button
twice.
Changes how long it takes (in seconds) for
30 secꭧ
the doors to relock and the security system to 60 sec
set after you unlock but do not open the door.
90 sec
Changes when the system automatically
DRIVER DOOR WITH
unlock the driver's/all of the doors.
SHIFT TO Pꭧ
ALL DOORS WITH SHIFT
TO P
DRIVER'S DOOR WITH
IGN OFF
ALL DOORS WITH IGN
OFF
OFF
Returns all settings to the factory default.
SET
EXIT
ꭧ: Default setting
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DEFAULT ALL
When DEFAULT ALL is set, you will
see the above display for several
seconds, then the screen returns to
CUSTOMIZE ENTRY.
If you want to set the default settings,
press the INFO ( / ) button to
select DEFAULT ALL, then press the
SEL/RESET button.
CONTINUED
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To enter the customizing mode,
press and hold the INFO ( / )
button for more than 3 seconds.
To set the default settings, press the
INFO ( / ) button to select SET
then press the SEL/RESET button.
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Change Settings
You can customize some of the
vehicle control settings to your
preference. Here are the settings you
can customize:
If DEFAULT ALL is not set, you will
see the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY. Repeat the
procedure to select DEFAULT ALL.
If you want to cancel DEFAULT ALL,
select EXIT, then press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE ENTRY.
●
METER SETUP
●
LIGHTING SETUP
●
DOOR SETUP
While CHG SETTING in the
CUSTOMIZE ENTRY is shown on
the multi-information display, press
the SEL/RESET button. The screen
changes to METER SETUP in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP.
Each time you press the INFO ( /
) button, the screen changes as
shown on the next page. Press the
INFO ( / ) button, until you see
the setup you want to customize,
then press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
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See page 88
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: Press and hold the
INFO (▲/▼) button
(3 seconds)
See page 97
: Press the SEL/RESET
button or the select/
reset knob
See page 102
: Press the INFO (▲/▼)
button or rotate the
select/reset knob
CONTINUED
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Meter Setup
Here are the four custom settings for
the meter setup:
●
●
●
●
LANGUAGE SELECTION
See page 89
ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP.
DISPLAY
TRIP A & AVG. FUEL RESET with
REFUEL
ELAP. TIME RESET CONDITION
See page 91
While METER SETUP is shown in
the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button.
Each time you press the INFO ( /
) button, the screen changes as
shown in the illustration. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
setting you want to customize, then
press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
See page 93
: Press the SEL/
RESET button or
the select/reset
knob
: Press the INFO
(▲/▼) button or
rotate the select/
reset knob
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Language Selection
There are three language selections
you can make: English, French, and
Spanish. To choose the language you
want, follow these instructions:
Select the desired language by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then enter your selection by pressing
the SEL/RESET button.
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While METER SETUP is shown in
the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. You will see the
above display.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
All messages on the multiinformation display will be shown in
the language you selected.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit LANGUAGE SELECTION
without changing the current setting,
select EXIT by pressing the INFO
( / ) button, then press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Adjust Outside Temp. Display
U.S.
Canada
While METER SETUP is shown in
the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. The screen
changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
Press the INFO ( / ) button until
you see the above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above. The
highlighted number is the current
setting above or below the outside
temperature. Press the INFO ( / )
button repeatedly until the number
you want appears, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
CONTINUED
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If you sometimes find that the
temperature reading is a few degrees
above or below the actual
temperature, you can adjust it by
following these instructions:
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U.S.
Canada
When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit ADJUST OUTSIDE TEMP.
DISPLAY without changing the
current setting, select EXIT by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button.
The screen goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Trip A & Avg. Fuel Reset with Refuel
To cause Trip A and AVG. FUEL A to
reset every time you refuel your
vehicle, follow these instructions:
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select ON or OFF by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
CONTINUED
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While METER SETUP is shown in
the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. The screen
changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
Press the INFO ( / ) button until
you see the above display.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit TRIP A & AVG. FUEL
RESET with REFUEL without
changing the current setting, select
EXIT by pressing the INFO ( / )
button, then press the SEL/RESET
button. The screen goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Elap. Time Reset Condition
There are three elapsed time reset
choices you can make:
TRIP A - The elapsed time is reset
when Trip A is reset.
TRIP B - The elapsed time is reset
when Trip B is reset.
While METER SETUP is shown in
the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. The screen
changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
Press the INFO ( / ) button until
you see the above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select the desired setting by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
CONTINUED
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IGN RESET - The elapsed time is
reset when you turn the ignition
switch to the LOCK (0) position.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit ELAP. TIME RESET
CONDITION without changing the
current setting, select EXIT by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button.
The display goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Lighting Setup
There are two settings in the lighting
setup:
●
Instruments and Controls
●
INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME
HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF TIMER
While CUSTOMIZE GROUP is
shown on the multi-information
display, select LIGHTING SETUP by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button.
Each time you press the INFO ( /
) button, the screen changes as
shown in the illustration. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
setting you want to customize, then
press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
See
page
98
See
page
100
: Press the SEL/RESET
button or the select/reset
knob
: Press the INFO (▲/▼)
button or rotate the
select/reset knob
CONTINUED
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Interior Light Dimming Time
The interior lights fade out when you
close all doors. You can change the
time that the interior lights fade out.
While LIGHTING SETUP is shown
in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. You will see the
above display.
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Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select how long you want the lights
to stay on before they fade out (15,
30, or 60 seconds) by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
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If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
To exit INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME without changing
the current setting, select EXIT by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button.
The screen goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
CONTINUED
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Headlight Auto Off Timer
The headlights, parking lights, side
marker lights, taillights, and license
plate lights go off after the selected
time when you close the driver's
door and take the remote with you.
To change how long the lights stay
on before they go off, follow these
instructions:
While LIGHTING SETUP is shown
in the CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the
multi-information display, press the
SEL/RESET button. The screen
changes to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
Press the INFO ( / ) button until
you see the above display.
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Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select how long you want the lights
to stay on before they go off (0, 15,
30, or 60 seconds) by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
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If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
To exit HEADLIGHT AUTO OFF
TIMER without changing the current
setting, select EXIT by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button. The screen
goes back to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
CONTINUED
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Door Setup
Here are the five custom settings for
the door setup:
●
AUTO DOOR LOCK
●
DOOR LOCK MODE
●
See page 103
KEYLESS LOCK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
●
SECURITY RELOCK TIMER
●
AUTO DOOR UNLOCK
While CUSTOMIZE GROUP is
shown on the multi-information
display, select DOOR SETUP by
pressing INFO ( / ) button, then
press the SEL/RESET button.
Each time you press the INFO ( /
) button, the screen changes as
shown in the illustration. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
setting you want to customize, then
press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
See page 105
: Press the SEL/
RESET button
or the select/
reset knob
: Press the INFO
(▲/▼) button or
rotate the
select/reset knob
See page 107
See page 109
See page 111
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Auto Door Lock
There are three settings you can
choose from:
WITH VEH SPD -
The doors lock when the vehicle
speed reaches about 9 mph (about 15
km/h).
SHIFT FROM P -
The doors lock whenever you move
the shift lever out of Park.
While DOOR SETUP is shown in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multiinformation display, press the SEL/
RESET button. You will see the
above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select the desired setting by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
CONTINUED
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OFF -
The auto door lock is deactivated all
the time.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit AUTO DOOR LOCK without
changing the current setting, select
EXIT by pressing the INFO ( / )
button, then press the SEL/RESET
button. The screen goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Door Lock Mode
While DOOR SETUP is shown in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multiinformation display, press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen changes
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select DRIVER DOOR or ALL
DOORS by pressing the INFO ( /
) button, then press the SEL/
RESET button to enter your
selection.
CONTINUED
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To select whether the driver's door
unlocks or all the doors unlock when
you unlock the doors with the
remote transmitter or the key, follow
these instructions.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit DOOR LOCK MODE without
changing the current setting, select
EXIT by pressing the INFO ( / )
button, and then press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Keyless Lock Acknowledgement
When you push the LOCK button on
the remote transmitter, some
exterior lights flash, and a beeper
sounds when you push the LOCK
button again within 5 seconds to
verify that the doors and the tailgate
are locked and the security system
has set (see page 294). You can
customize the exterior lights not to
flash and the beeper not to sound.
While DOOR SETUP is shown in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multiinformation display, press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen changes
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select ON or OFF by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
CONTINUED
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When you press the UNLOCK
button on the remote transmitter to
unlock the doors and the tailgate, the
exterior lights blink twice to verify
that the doors and the tailgate are
unlocked and the security system is
turned off.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit KEYLESS LOCK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT without
changing the current setting, select
EXIT by pressing the INFO ( / )
button, then press the SEL/RESET
button. The screen goes back to
CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Security Relock Timer
You can change this relock time from
30 seconds to 60 or 90 seconds.
While DOOR SETUP is shown in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multiinformation display, press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen changes
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select the relock time you want (30,
60, or 90 seconds) by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press the
SEL/RESET button to enter your
selection.
CONTINUED
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If you unlock the doors and the
tailgate with the remote transmitter,
but do not open any of the doors or
the tailgate within 30 seconds, the
doors and the tailgate automatically
relock and the security system sets.
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When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit SECURITY RELOCK TIMER
without changing the current setting,
select EXIT by pressing the INFO
( / ) button, then press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Auto Door Unlock
There are three settings you can
choose from:
IGN OFF - The driver's door or all
the doors unlock when you turn the
ignition switch to the LOCK (0)
position.
OFF - The auto door unlock mode
is deactivated all the time.
While DOOR SETUP is shown in the
CUSTOMIZE GROUP of the multiinformation display, press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen changes
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. Press the
INFO ( / ) button until you see the
above display.
Press the SEL/RESET button. The
screen changes as shown above.
Select the desired setting by
pressing the INFO ( / ) button,
then press the SEL/RESET button to
enter your selection.
CONTINUED
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SHIFT TO P - The driver's door or
all the doors unlock when you move
the shift lever to Park with the brake
pedal depressed.
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Multi-Information Display
When your choice is set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
If your choice is not set, you will see
the above display for several
seconds, then the screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU. If this
happens, you need to repeat the
same procedure.
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To exit AUTO DOOR UNLOCK
without changing the current setting,
select EXIT by pressing the INFO
( / ) button, then press the SEL/
RESET button. The screen goes back
to CUSTOMIZE MENU.
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Controls Near the Steering Wheel
HEADLIGHTS/TURN
SIGNAL/FOG LIGHTS
(P. 116/119)
PADDLE SHIFTERS
(P. 380)
WINDSHIELD
WIPERS/WASHERS/
REAR WINDOW
WIPER/WASHER
(P. 114/115)
UPPER DISPLAYꭧ3
(P. 173)
HAZARD WARNING BUTTON
(P. 121)
NAVIGATION SYSTEMꭧ3/
CENTER DISPLAYꭧ2
(P. 172)
PASSENGER AIRBAG
OFF INDICATOR (P. 33)
VEHICLE STABILITY
ASSIST (VSA) OFF
SWITCH
(P. 396)
REAR WINDOW
DEFOGGER/
HEATED MIRROR
BUTTON
(P. 121/147)
MIRROR CONTROLS
(P. 146)
AUXILIARY INPUT JACK
(P. 291)
VOICE CONTROL
BUTTONSꭧ3
BLUETOOTH HANDSFREELINK
HORNꭧ1
BUTTONS (P. 306)
STEERING WHEEL
MULTI-INFORMATION
ADJUSTMENTS (P. 122)
BUTTONS (P. 74)
Vehicle with navigation system is shown.
ACCESSORY POWER
SOCKET
(P. 157)
CRUISE CONTROL
BUTTONS (P. 300)
SEAT HEATER SWITCHES
(P. 141)
ꭧ1: To use the horn, press the center pad of the steering wheel.
ꭧ2: On models without navigation system.
ꭧ3: Only on vehicles equipped with navigation system. Refer to the navigation system manual.
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REMOTE AUDIO CONTROL
BUTTONS (P. 289)
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Windshield Wipers and Washers
Windshield Wiper
MIST - The wipers run at high
speed until you release the lever.
OFF - The wipers are not activated.
INT - The length of the wiper
interval is varied automatically
according to the vehicle's speed.
ADJUSTMENT RING
1. MIST
2. OFF
3. INT - Intermittent
4. LO - Low speed
5. HI - High speed
6. Windshield washers
Vary the delay by turning the
adjustment ring. If you turn it to the
shortest delay (
position), the
wipers change to low speed
operation when the vehicle speed
exceeds 12 mph (20 km/h).
While the vehicle is stopped and in
gear, the wipers sweep the
windshield whenever you remove
your foot from the brake pedal.
Push the right lever up or down to
select a position.
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LO - The wipers run at low speed.
HI - The wipers run at high speed.
Windshield Washers - Pull the
wiper control lever toward you, and
hold it. The washers spray until you
release the lever. The wipers run at
low speed, then complete one more
sweep after you release the lever.
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Windshield Wipers and Washers
Rear Window Wiper and Washer
When you shift the transmission to
the reverse position with the front
windshield wipers activated, the rear
window wiper operates automatically.
When the wiper control lever
position is INT, the rear wiper
operates intermittently. When it is
LO or HI, the rear wiper operates
continuously.
Rear Window Washer with Wiper
- Hold past ON to turn the rear
window wiper on and to spray the
rear window washer. The rear
window wiper makes one more
sweep after you release the switch.
Rear Window Washer Only -
Rotate the switch counterclockwise
from OFF to spray the window
washer without activating the wiper.
The washer will operate until you
release the switch.
The rear window washer uses the
same fluid reservoir as the
windshield washer.
ON - Rotate the switch clockwise to
turn the rear window wiper ON. The
wiper operates intermittently.
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1. ON
2. OFF
3. Rear Window Washer with Wiper
4. Rear Window Washer Only.
OFF - The wiper is not activated.
When you turn the wiper switch to
OFF while the rear window wiper is
in action, it will return to its parked
position.
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Turn Signals and Headlights
Turn Signal - Push down on the
lever to signal a left turn and up to
signal a right turn. To signal a lane
change, push lightly on the lever,
and hold it. The lever will return to
center when you release it or
complete a turn.
Headlights - Turning the switch to
the
position turns on the parking
lights, taillights, instrument panel
lights, side-marker lights, and rear
license plate lights.
Turning the switch to the
turns on the headlights.
position
When the light switch is in the
or
position, the lights on indicator
comes on as a reminder. This
indicator stays on if you leave the
light switch on and turn the ignition
switch to the ACCESSORY (I) or the
LOCK (0) position.
1. Turn signal
2. Off
3. Parking and interior lights
4. AUTO
5. Headlights on
6. High beams
7. Flash high beams
8. Fog lights off
9. Fog lights on
If you leave the lights on with the key
removed from the ignition switch,
you will hear a reminder beeper
when you open the driver's door.
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Turn Signals and Headlights
AUTO - The automatic lighting
feature turns on the headlights and
all other exterior lights when it
senses low ambient light.
To flash the high beams, pull the
lever back lightly, then release it.
The high beams will stay on as long
as you hold the lever back.
To turn on automatic lighting, turn
the light switch to AUTO. The lights
will come on automatically when the
outside light level becomes low (at
dusk, for example). The lights on
indicator comes on as a reminder.
The lights and indicator will turn off
automatically when the system
senses high ambient light.
The lights will remain on when you
turn off the ignition switch. They will
turn off automatically when you
remove the key and open the driver's
door. To turn them on again, either
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position or turn the light switch
to the
position.
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High Beams - Push the lever
forward and the high beam indicator
will come on (see page 69). Pull it
back to return to low beams.
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Turn Signals and Headlights
Even with the automatic lighting
feature turned on, we recommend
that you turn on the lights manually
when driving at night or in a dense
fog, or when you enter dark areas
such as long tunnels or parking
facilities.
Automatic Lighting Off Feature
This feature turns off the headlights,
fog lights, parking lights, taillights,
side marker lights, license plate
lights, and instrument panel lights
within 15 seconds of removing the
key from the ignition switch and
closing the driver's door.
LIGHT SENSOR
The automatic lighting feature is
controlled by a sensor located on top
of the dashboard. Do not cover this
sensor or spill liquids on it.
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This feature activates if you leave the
headlight switch in the
or
position, remove the key, then open
and close the driver's door.
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Turn Signals and Headlights
If you remove the key from the
ignition switch with the headlight
switch on, but do not open the door,
the lights will turn off after 10
minutes.
You can change the ‘‘HEADLIGHT
AUTO OFF TIMER’’ setting on the
multi-information display (see
page 100).
Fog Lights
Turn the fog lights on and off by
turning the switch next to the
headlight switch.
You can use the fog lights only when
the headlights are on low beam.
They will go off when the headlights
are turned off.
The headlights revert to normal
operation when you turn them on
with the switch.
If you see a ‘‘CHECK DRL SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display, there is a problem with the
daytime running light system. Take
your vehicle to a dealer to have it
checked.
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The lights will turn on again when
you unlock or open the driver's door.
If you unlock the door, but do not
open it within 15 seconds, the lights
will go off. With the driver's door
open, you will hear a lights on
reminder beeper.
Daytime Running Lights
With the headlight switch off or in
the
position, the high beam
headlights and the high beam
indicator come on with reduced
brightness when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position and release the parking
brake. They remain on until you turn
the ignition switch off, even if you set
the parking brake.
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Instrument Panel Brightness
You will hear a beep when maximum
or minimum brightness is reached.
You will also hear a beep when the
maximum level is canceled by
turning the knob a click to the left.
INSTRUMENT PANEL BRIGHTNESS
CONTROL KNOB
U.S. model is shown
The knob on the instrument panel
controls the brightness of the
instrument panel lights. Turn the
knob to adjust the brightness.
Separate adjustments can be made
when the headlights are on and off.
To reduce glare at night, the
instrument panel illumination dims
when you turn the light switch to the
or
position.
The level of brightness is shown on
the multi-information display while
you adjust it. It goes out 5 seconds
after you finish adjusting.
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Rear Window Defogger, Hazard Warning Button
Rear Window Defogger
In cold weather, the defogger will not
automatically shut itself off. You must
manually shut off the rear window
defogger when it is no longer
needed.
Hazard Warning Button
The defogger wires on the inside of
the rear window can be accidentally
damaged. When cleaning the glass,
always wipe side-to-side.
The rear window defogger clears fog,
frost, and thin ice from the window.
Push the defogger button to turn it on
and off. The indicator in the button
comes on to show the defogger is on. If
you do not turn it off, the defogger will
shut itself off within about 5 to 30
minutes according to the outside
temperature. It also shuts off when you
turn off the ignition switch. You have to
turn it on again when you restart the
vehicle.
Pushing this button also turns the
mirror heaters on or off. For more
information, see page 147.
Push the button between the center
vents to turn on the hazard warning
lights (four-way flashers). This
causes all outside turn signals and
both indicators in the instrument
panel to flash. Use the hazard
warning lights if you need to park in
a dangerous area near heavy traffic,
or if your vehicle is disabled.
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Make sure the rear window is clear
and you have good visibility before
starting to drive.
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Steering Wheel Adjustments, Keys and Locks
Keys and Locks
Steering Wheel Adjustments
Make any steering wheel
adjustments before you start driving.
Adjusting the steering wheel
position while driving may
cause you to lose control of the
vehicle and be seriously injured
in a crash.
Adjust the steering wheel only
when the vehicle is stopped.
1. Push the lever under the steering
column all the way down.
2. Move the steering wheel up or
down, and in or out, so it points
toward your chest, not toward your
face. Make sure you can see the
instrument panel gauges and
indicators.
MASTER KEYS VALET KEY
KEY
NUMBER WITH REMOTE (Light Gray)
TRANSMITTER
TAG
LEVER
3. Push the lever up to lock the
steering wheel in position.
4. Make sure you have securely
locked the steering wheel in place
by trying to move it up, down, in,
and out.
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The master key fits all the locks on
your vehicle. The valet key works
only in the ignition and the door
locks. You can keep the glove box
and console compartment locked
when you leave your vehicle and the
valet key at a parking facility.
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Keys and Locks
You should have received a key
number tag with your keys. You will
need this key number if you ever
have to get a lost key replaced. Use
only Acura-approved key blanks.
Retractable Master Key
RELEASE BUTTON
Push
●
●
●
Protect the keys from direct
sunlight, high temperature, and
high humidity.
Do not drop the keys or set heavy
objects on them.
Keep the keys away from liquids.
If they get wet, dry them
immediately with a soft cloth.
The valet key does not contain a
battery. Do not try to take it apart.
The key may come in contact with
your finger while being retracted or
extended. Make sure your fingers do
not touch the pivot of the key when
retracting or extending the key.
The master key can be retracted into
the remote transmitter. To use the
key, push the release button to
release the key from the transmitter.
The key should be fully extended. To
retract the key, push the release
button and at the same time push the
key into the remote transmitter until
it is securely latched.
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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.
Always use the fully-extended key
when you insert it to the ignition
switch. If the key does not fully
extend, the immobilizer system may
not operate properly and may
prevent the engine from starting.
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Immobilizer System
The immobilizer system protects
your vehicle from theft. If an
improperly coded key (or other
device) is used, the engine's fuel
system is disabled.
The system may not recognize your
key's coding if another immobilizer
key or other metal object (i.e. key
chain) is near the ignition switch
when you insert the key.
When you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, the immobilizer
system indicator should come on
briefly, then go off. If the indicator
starts to blink, it means the system
does not recognize the coding of the
key. Turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK (0) position, remove the key,
reinsert it, and turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position again.
If the system repeatedly does not
recognize the coding of your key,
contact your dealer.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Do not attempt to alter this system or
add other devices to it. Electrical
problems could result that may make
your vehicle inoperable.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
If you have lost your key and cannot
start the engine, contact your dealer.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
Always take the ignition key with you
whenever you leave the vehicle alone.
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Ignition Switch
If the front wheels are turned, the
anti-theft lock may make it difficult to
turn the key. Firmly turn the steering
wheel to the left or right as you turn
the key.
The ignition switch has four
positions: LOCK (0), ACCESSORY
(I), ON (II), and START (III).
LOCK (0) - You can insert or
remove the key only in this position.
To turn the key, the shift lever must
be in Park, and you must push the
key in slightly.
ON (II) - This is the normal key
position when driving. Several of the
indicators on the instrument panel
come on as a test when you turn the
ignition switch from the
ACCESSORY (I) to the ON (II)
position.
You will also see a ‘‘REMOVE KEY’’
message on the multi-information
display (see page 80).
The shift lever must be in Park
before you can remove the key from
the ignition switch.
START (III) - Use this position
only to start the engine. The switch
returns to the ON (II) position when
you let go of the key.
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ACCESSORY (I) - You can operate
the audio system and the accessory
power sockets in this position.
You will hear a reminder beeper if
you leave the key in the ignition
switch in the LOCK (0) or the
ACCESSORY (I) position and open
the driver's door. Remove the key to
turn off the beeper.
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Door Locks
Power Door Locks
When the door is unlocked, you can
see the red indicator on the lock tab
next to the inside door handle.
LOCK TAB
Driver's Side
To unlock
To lock
Passenger's Side
MASTER DOOR
LOCK SWITCH
Each front door has a master door
lock switch. Either switch locks and
unlocks all doors and the tailgate.
Push the top of the switch to lock all
doors and the tailgate; push the
bottom to unlock them.
Each door has a lock tab next to the
inside door handle. When you pull
backward on the lock tab on the
driver's door, all the doors and the
tailgate lock. Pushing forward on the
lock tab on the driver's door unlocks
only that door. The lock tab on each
passenger's door locks and unlocks
only that door.
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All doors and the tailgate can be
locked from the outside by using the
key in the driver's door lock. To
unlock only the driver's door, insert
the key, turn the key, and release it.
The remaining doors and the tailgate
unlock when you turn the key a
second time within a few seconds.
You can change the ‘‘DOOR LOCK
MODE’’ setting on the multiinformation display (see page 105).
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Door Locks
When the vehicle speed reaches
about 9 mph (about 15 km/h) or
more, all the doors lock
automatically.
When you shift to P after driving, the
driver's door unlocks.
You can change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR
UNLOCK’’ setting on the multiinformation display (see page 111).
Childproof Door Locks
Lock
Lockout Prevention
With the driver's door open and the
key in the ignition, both master door
lock switches are disabled. They are
not disabled if the driver's door is
closed. Pushing the switch down on
the open front passenger's door will
lock all doors and the tailgate.
LEVER
The childproof door locks are
designed to prevent children seated
in the rear from accidentally opening
the rear doors. Each rear door has a
lock lever near the edge. With the
lever in the LOCK position (lever is
down), the door cannot be opened
from the inside regardless of the
position of the lock tab. To open the
door, push the lock tab forward and
use the outside door handle.
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You can change the ‘‘AUTO DOOR
LOCK’’ setting on the multiinformation display (see page 103).
To lock any passenger's door when
getting out of the vehicle, pull
backward on the lock tab and close
the door. To lock the driver's door,
remove the key from the ignition
switch and pull backward on the lock
tab. Then close the door.
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Tailgate
The tailgate will lock when you lock
the driver's door, and will unlock
when you unlock all doors.
PULL POCKET
SWITCH
You can change the ‘‘DOOR LOCK
MODE’’ setting on the multiinformation display (see page 105).
HANDLE
To open the tailgate, press and hold
the switch, then lift up.
To close the tailgate, use the tailgate
handle or the pull pockets to lower
the tailgate, then press down on the
back edge.
Keep the tailgate closed at all times
while driving to avoid damaging the
tailgate and to prevent exhaust gas
from getting into the interior. See
Carbon Monoxide Hazard on
page 57.
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Tailgate
Unlocking the Tailgate
RELEASE LEVER
UNLOCK
If you need to unlock the tailgate
manually, it means there is a
problem with the tailgate. Have the
vehicle checked by your dealer.
Instruments and Controls
COVER
If the power door lock system cannot
unlock the tailgate, unlock it
manually.
Push the release lever to the lower
right as shown with the screw driver,
then push and open the tailgate.
Place a cloth on the top side of the
cover to prevent scratches, then use
a small flat-tip screwdriver to remove
the cover on the back of the tailgate.
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Remote Transmitter
UNLOCK
BUTTON
LOCK
BUTTON
PANIC
BUTTON
LOCK - Press this button once to
lock all doors and the tailgate. Some
exterior lights will flash. When you
push LOCK twice within 5 seconds,
you will hear a beep to verify that the
doors and tailgate are locked and the
security system has set. This button
does not work if any door or tailgate
is not fully closed.
UNLOCK - Press this button once
to unlock the driver's door. Push it
twice to unlock the other doors.
Some exterior lights will flash twice
when you push the button. If you do
not open any door or the tailgate
within 30 seconds, they will
automatically relock.
To change the ‘‘DOOR LOCK
MODE’’ setting, see page 105.
To change the ‘‘SECURITY RELOCK
TIMER’’ setting, see page 109.
When you press the UNLOCK
button, the ceiling lights (if the front
and rear ceiling light switches are in
the door activated position) will come
on. If you do not open any door, the
lights stay on for about 30 seconds,
then fade out. If you relock the doors
with the remote transmitter before 30
seconds have elapsed, the lights go
off immediately.
To change the ‘‘INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME’’ setting, see
page 98.
PANIC - Press this button for
about 1 second to attract attention;
the horn will sound, and the exterior
lights will flash for about 30 seconds.
To cancel panic mode, press any
button on the remote transmitter, or
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
To change the ‘‘KEYLESS LOCK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’’ setting,
see page 107.
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Remote Transmitter
Remote Transmitter Care
Avoid dropping or throwing the
transmitter.
●
●
●
Do not immerse the transmitter in
any liquid.
Battery type: CR1616
KEYPAD
If you lose a transmitter, the
replacement needs to be
reprogrammed by your dealer.
SCREW
To replace the battery:
1. Remove the screw at the base of
the transmitter with a small
Phillips-head screwdriver.
NOTE: Be careful when removing
this screw as the head of the screw
can strip out.
2. Separate the keypad from the
transmitter by pushing any button
from outside.
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●
Protect the transmitter from
extreme temperature.
Replacing the Transmitter Battery
If it takes several pushes on the
button to lock or unlock the doors
and the tailgate, replace the battery
as soon as possible.
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Remote Transmitter
4. Remove the old battery and note
the polarity. Make sure the
polarity of the new battery is the
same (- side facing up), then
insert it in the keypad.
BATTERY
3. Place a cloth on the edge of the
keypad to prevent scratches, and
remove the upper half by carefully
prying on the edge with a small
flat-tip screwdriver.
An improperly disposed of battery
can hurt the environment.
Always confirm local regulations
for battery disposal.
5. Snap the two halves of the keypad,
then install the parts in reverse
order.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operating of the device.
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Remote Transmitter
Recalling a Memorized Driving
Position
Here is the setting activated with the
remote;
●
Driving position memory
(see page 148).
To turn the keyless memory settings
back on, repeat this procedure. The
LED will blink once to indicate the
feature has been turned on.
When you unlock the driver's door
with your remote, each remote
activates the keyless memory
settings related to that remote.
The driver's ID (MEMORY 1 or
MEMORY 2) is shown on the back
of each remote.
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When you unlock and open the
driver's door with the remote
transmitter, the driver's seat (except
the power lumbar feature) and
outside mirrors start to move to the
positions stored in memory. The
indicator in the related memory
button to the remote comes on.
To turn off this feature, press and
hold the LOCK and UNLOCK
buttons at the same time. Once the
remote LED blinks twice, release the
buttons. Keyless memory settings for
that remote are canceled.
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Seats
Front Seat Power Adjustments
See pages 13 - 14 for important safety
information and warnings about how to
properly position the seats and seatbacks.
The controls for the power adjustable
front seats are on the outside edge of
each seat bottom. You can adjust the
seats with the ignition switch in any
position. Make all seat adjustments
before you start driving.
The passenger seat has the same
adjustments as the driver's seat but
without any height and lumbar
adjustments.
DRIVER'S SEAT
Moves the seat forward
and backward.
Moves the front of the seat
up or down. (Driver's seat
only)
Raises or lowers the seat.
(Driver's seat only)
PASSENGER'S SEAT
Moves the whole seat up
and forward, or down and
backward. The front of the
seat also tilts up or down at
the same time. (Driver's
seat only)
Adjusts the seat-back angle
forward or backward.
Increases or decreases the
lumbar support. (Driver's
seat only)
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Seats
Head Restraints
Front
See page 15 for important safety
information and a warning about
improperly positioning head restraints.
LEGS
SEAT BACK
They are most effective when you
adjust them so the center of the back
of the occupant's head rests against
the center of the restraint.
RELEASE BUTTON
Adjusting the Head Restraint
The front and rear head restraints
adjust for height. You need both
hands to adjust the restraint. Do not
attempt to adjust it while driving. To
raise it, pull upward. To lower the
restraint, push the release button and
push the restraint down.
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Your vehicle is equipped with head
restraints in all seating positions to
help protect you and your
passengers from the likelihood of
whiplash and other injuries.
CUSHION
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Seats
Rear
CUSHION
When reinstalling a head restraint,
put the legs back in place. Then
adjust it to the appropriate height
while pressing the release button.
Make sure the removed head
restraints are securely stored.
LEGS
SEAT BACK
RELEASE BUTTON
Removing the Head Restraint
To remove a head restraint for
cleaning or repair, pull it up as far as
it will go. Push the release button,
then pull the restraint out of the seatback.
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Failure to reinstall the head
restraints can result in severe
injury during a crash.
Always replace the head
restraints before driving.
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Seats
Active Head Restraints
After a collision, the activated
restraint should return to its normal
position.
The driver's and front passenger's
seats have active head restraints. If
the vehicle is struck severely from
the rear, the occupant properly
secured with the seat belt will be
pushed against the seat-back and the
head restraint will automatically
move forward.
If the restraints do not return to their
normal position, or in the event of a
severe collision, have the vehicle
inspected by an Acura dealer.
For a head restraint system to work
properly:
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Do not hang any items on the head
restraints, or from the restraint
legs.
Do not place any object between
an occupant and the seat-back.
Install each restraint in its proper
location.
Only use genuine Acura
replacement head restraints.
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This reduces the distance between
the restraint and the occupant's
head. It also helps protect the
occupants against the likelihood of
whiplash and injuries to the neck and
upper spine.
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Seats
Armrests
Folding the Rear Seats Down
The rear seat-backs can be folded
down to give more cargo room. Each
side folds down separately. So you
can still carry a passenger in the rear
seat.
Rear
Front
Remove any items from the seat
before folding down the seat-back.
Make sure there are no items on the
floor before folding down the seats.
The lid of the console compartment
can be used as an armrest.
The rear seat armrest is in the center
of the rear seat. Pivot it down to use
it.
A beverage holder is located in the
armrest.
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Seats
1. Move the front seats as far forward
as possible. Make sure the front
seat-backs are in the upright
positions.
2. Store the center seat belt buckle
into the pocket in the rear seatback.
4. Push the armrest back in place.
5. Lift the front edge of the rear seat
cushion, then pull up on the rear of
the seat cushion, then fold the
cushion forward.
6. Pull up the release lever on the
outside of the seat-back.
Fold the seat-back forward.
7. Move the front seats backward to
the desired position.
3. Lower the head restraints to their
lowest positions.
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RELEASE LEVER
BUCKLE
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Seats
Do not put any heavy items on the
seat-back when it is folded down.
Make sure all items in the cargo area
are secured. Loose items can fly
forward and cause injury if you have
to brake hard (See Carrying Cargo
on page 364).
Make sure that the folded down rear
seat does not interfere with the front
passenger's seat-back. This will
cause the front passenger's weight
sensors and the front passenger's
seat belt reminder indicator to work
improperly (see pages 21 and 33).
Also check the passenger airbag off
indicator to assure proper operation
of the passenger's front airbag.
INDICATOR
RELEASE
LEVER
After returning the seat-back to the
upright position, tug on the seat-back
to make sure it is latched. If the seatback is not latched fully, the seat belt
will not work properly and you will
see the red indicator behind the
release lever as shown.
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To return the seat cushion to its
original position, lift up the seat
cushion, then place the rear of the
seat cushion at the base of the seatback. Use the seat buckles as guides.
Lower the front of the seat cushion
until it locks into place.
Make sure the seat-back and seat
cushion are locked securely and all
rear shoulder belts are positioned in
front of the rear seat-backs.
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Seat Heaters
In the HI setting, the heater turns off
when the seat gets warm, and turns
back on after the seat's temperature
drops.
Passenger's Seat
HEATERS
Follow these precautions whenever
you use the seat heaters:
Driver's Seat
Both front seats are equipped with
seat heaters. The passenger seat is
only heated in the seat bottom
because of the side airbag cutoff
system.
SEAT HEATER SWITCHES
The ignition switch must be in the
ON (II) position to use seat heaters.
Push the top of the switch, HI, to
rapidly heat up the seat. After the
seat reaches a comfortable
temperature, select LO by pushing
the bottom of the switch. This will
keep the seat warm.
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Use the HI setting only to heat the
seats quickly, because it draws
large amounts of current from the
battery.
If the engine is left idling for an
extended period, do not use the
seat heaters, even on the LO
setting. It can weaken the battery,
causing hard starting.
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In the LO setting, the heater runs
continuously. It does not cycle with
temperature changes.
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Power Windows
The windows will operate for up to 10
minutes after you turn off the ignition
switch. Opening either front door
cancels this function.
DRIVER'S WINDOW
SWITCH
Closing a power window on
someone's hands or fingers can
cause serious injury.
MAIN SWITCH
Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position to raise or lower any
window. To open the window, push
the switch down and hold it. Release
the switch when you want to stop the
window. To close the window, pull
back on the switch and hold it.
Make sure your passengers are
away from the windows before
closing them.
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When you push the MAIN switch in,
the switch is off, and the passenger
windows cannot be raised or
lowered. To cancel this feature, push
on the switch again to get it to pop
out. Keep the MAIN switch off when
you have children in the vehicle so
they do not injure themselves by
operating the windows
unintentionally.
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Power Windows
To open or close either front window
partially, push down or pull back on
the window switch lightly to the first
detent and hold it. The window will
stop when you release the switch.
AUTO REVERSE - If either front
window senses any obstacle while it
is closing automatically, it will
reverse direction and then stop. To
close the window, remove the
obstacle, then use the window switch
again.
NOTE: The driver's window auto
reverse function is disabled when
you continuously pull up the switch.
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AUTO - To open or close either
front window fully, push or pull the
window switch firmly down or up to
the second detent, and release it.
The window will automatically go up
or down all the way. To stop the
window, pull or push the window
switch briefly.
Auto reverse stops sensing when the
window is almost closed. You should
always check that all passengers and
objects are away from the window
before closing it.
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Moonroof
Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position before operating the
moonroof switch on the ceiling
console.
To open the moonroof fully, pull back
the moonroof switch firmly. The
moonroof opens all the way. To stop
the moonroof from opening fully,
briefly move the switch in either
direction.
To tilt the moonroof, push the center
of the moonroof switch straight up.
To stop the moonroof from tilting
fully open, push the moonroof switch
forward.
MOONROOF SWITCH
Open
Tilt
Close
To open or close the moonroof
partially, pull or push the moonroof
switch lightly to the first detent and
hold it. The moonroof will stop when
you release the switch.
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To close the moonroof fully, push the
moonroof switch forward to the
second detent, then release it. The
moonroof closes all the way. To stop
the moonroof from closing all the
way, briefly move the switch in either
direction.
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Moonroof
Make sure all hands and fingers
are clear of the moonroof
before opening or closing it.
If you try to open the moonroof in
below-freezing temperatures, or when it
is covered with snow or ice, you can
damage the moonroof panel or motor.
Auto Reverse
If the moonroof runs into any
obstacle while it is closing
automatically, it will reverse
direction, and then stop. To close the
moonroof, remove the obstacle, then
use the moonroof switch again.
Auto reverse stops sensing when the
moonroof is almost closed. You
should always check that all
passengers and objects are away
from the moonroof before closing it.
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Opening or closing the
moonroof on someone's hands
or fingers can cause serious
injury.
The moonroof has a key-off delay.
You can open and close the
moonroof for up to 10 minutes after
you turn off the ignition switch. The
key-off delay cancels as soon as you
open either front door. You must
then turn the ignition switch to the
ON (II) position for the moonroof to
operate.
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Mirrors
INDICATOR
SENSOR
AUTO BUTTON
Keep the inside and outside mirrors
clean and adjusted for best visibility.
Be sure to adjust the mirrors before
you start driving.
The inside mirror can automatically
darken to reduce glare. To turn on
this feature, press the button on the
bottom of the mirror. The AUTO
indicator comes on as a reminder.
When it is on, the mirror darkens
when it senses the headlights of a
vehicle behind you, then returns to
normal visibility when the lights are
gone. Press the button again to turn
off this feature.
Adjusting the Power Mirrors
SELECTOR SWITCH
There is also a sensor on the back of the
mirror. Items hung on the mirror may
block this sensor and affect its
performance.
On models without navigation system
When you shift to reverse with the
ignition switch in the ON (II) position,
the rear view is shown on the left side
of the inside mirror. For more
information, see page 348.
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1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
2. Move the selector switch to L
(driver's side) or R (passenger's
side).
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Mirrors
Outside mirror positions can be
stored in the driving position
memory system (see page 148).
HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
Reverse Tilt Door Mirror
The passenger's outside mirror has a
reverse tilt feature. When in reverse,
the mirror will tilt down slightly to
improve your view as you parallel
park. Shifting out of reverse will
return the mirror to its original
position.
3. Push the appropriate edge of the
adjustment switch to move the
mirror right, left, up, or down.
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4. When you finish, move the
selector switch to the center (off)
position. This turns the adjustment
switch off to keep your setting.
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To tilt the passenger mirror, place
the selector switch in the right
position.
To turn the feature off, place the
switch in the center or left
position.
The outside mirrors are heated to
remove fog and frost. With the
ignition switch in the ON (II)
position, turn on the heaters by
pressing the button. The indicator in
the button comes on as a reminder.
Press the button again to turn the
heaters off. Pressing this button also
turns the rear window defogger on
and off.
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ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Heated Mirrors
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Mirrors, Driving Position Memory System
This heated mirror function has a
timer (see page 121 ).
Driving Position Memory System
Your vehicle has a memory feature
for the driver's seat and outside
mirror positions.
Storing a Driving Position in
Memory
Store a driving position only when
the vehicle is parked.
Seat, except for power lumbar, and
outside mirror positions, can be
stored in separate memories. You
select a memorized position by
pushing the appropriate button or
using the appropriate remote
transmitter (Memory 1 or Memory 2).
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position. You cannot add a new
driving position to the memory
unless the ignition switch is in the
ON (II) position. You can recall a
memorized position with the
ignition switch in any position.
2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable
position (see page 134).
Adjust the outside mirrors for best
visibility (see page 146).
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Driving Position Memory System
SET BUTTON
To cancel the storing procedure after
pressing the SET button, do any of
the following:
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MEMORY BUTTONS
3. Press and release the SET button
on the driver's door. You will hear
a beep. Immediately press and
hold one of the memory buttons (1
or 2) until you hear two beeps. The
indicator in the memory button
will come on. The current
positions of the driver's seat and
outside mirrors are now stored.
Readjust the seat position.
Readjust the outside mirror
position.
Each memory button stores only one
driving position. Storing a new
position erases the previous setting
stored in that button's memory. If
you want to add a new position while
retaining the current one, use the
other memory button.
1. Make sure the vehicle is parked.
2. Press the desired memory button
(1 or 2) until you hear a beep, then
release the button.
The system will move the seat and
outside mirrors to the memorized
positions. The indicator in the
selected memory button will flash
during movement. When the
adjustments are complete, you will
hear two beeps, and the indicator will
remain on.
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●
Fail to press a memory button
within 5 seconds.
Selecting a Memorized Position
To select a memorized position, do
this:
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Driving Position Memory System, Parking Brake
To stop the system's automatic
adjustment, do any of these actions:
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Press any button on the control
panel: SET, 1, or 2.
Parking Brake
Driving the vehicle with the parking
brake applied can damage the rear
brakes and axles. A beeper will sound if
the vehicle is driven with the parking
brake on.
Push
Push any of the adjustment
switches for the seat.
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Shift out of Park.
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Adjust the outside mirrors.
If desired, you can use the
adjustment switches to change the
positions of the seat or outside
mirrors after they are in their
memorized positions. If you change
the memorized position, the indicator
in the memory button will go out. To
keep this driving position for later
use, you must store it in the driving
position memory.
PARKING BRAKE PEDAL
To apply the parking brake, push the
pedal down with your foot. To
release it, push on the pedal again.
The parking brake indicator on the
instrument panel should go out when
the parking brake is fully released
(see page 67).
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You will also see a ‘‘RELEASE
PARKING BRAKE’’ message on the
the multi-information display (see
page 79).
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Interior Lights
Ceiling Lights
Front
In the ‘‘ ’’ position, both front and
rear ceiling lights are off all the time.
ON
OFF
DOOR ACTIVATED
Rear ceiling light:
You can use the rear ceiling light
independently. In the OFF position,
the light does not come on even if
the front ceiling light switch is in the
‘‘ ’’ position. In the ON position, the
light stays on continuously except
when the front ceiling light switch is
in the ‘‘ ’’ position.
Each front and rear ceiling light has
a three-position switch.
Front ceiling lights:
In the ‘‘ ’’ position, both front and
rear ceiling lights are on all the time
except when the rear ceiling light
switch is in the OFF position.
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With the front ceiling lights switch in
this position, the rear ceiling light
does not work, and both front and
rear ceiling lights do not come on
when you open any door.
Rear
DOOR ACTIVATED
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Interior Lights
In the door activated position, both
front and rear ceiling lights come on
when you:
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Open any door.
Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
Unlock the doors with the key,
lock tab on the driver's door,
master door lock switch, or remote
transmitter.
If you do not open any door after
unlocking the driver's door or
removing the key from the ignition
switch, the light(s) fade out in about
30 seconds. If you leave any door
open without the key in the ignition
switch, the light(s) will go off after 3
minutes.
Individual Map Lights
LENSES
To change the ‘‘INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME’’ setting, see
page 98.
After all doors are closed tightly, the
light(s) dims slightly, then fades out
in about 30 seconds.
You can use the front ceiling lights
whenever the lights are off.
To turn a light on or off, push its
lens.
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Interior Lights
Courtesy Lights
The courtesy light in each front door
comes on when the door is opened,
and goes out when the door is
closed.
Cargo Area Light
●
Open any door.
●
Unlock the driver's door.
●
COURTESY LIGHTS
The courtesy lights in the ceiling
console come on when the parking
lights are turned on. You can adjust
their brightness by turning the
select/reset knob on the instrument
panel.
ON
OFF
Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
After all doors are closed tightly, the
light fades out in about 30 seconds.
To change the ‘‘INTERIOR LIGHT
DIMMING TIME’’ setting, see
page 98.
The cargo area light has a two
position switch. In the OFF (right)
position, the light does not come on.
In the ON (left) position, the light
comes on when you open the
tailgate.
In addition to the courtesy lights on
the ceiling, the driver's and front
passenger's ambient foot lights
come on.
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Your vehicle also has a courtesy light
in the ignition switch. This light
comes on when you:
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Interior Convenience Items
COAT HOOK
DOOR LINING
POCKETS
FRONT DOOR
POCKET
BEVERAGE
HOLDERS
SUN VISOR/
VANITY MIRROR
CENTER
POCKET
CARGO AREA COVER
AUXILIARY
INPUT JACK
GLOVE BOX
BEVERAGE HOLDERS in
REAR SEAT ARMREST
CENTER CONSOLE
USB ADAPTER CABLE
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ACCESSORY
POWER SOCKETS
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Interior Convenience Items
Front Door Pockets
Glove Box
Lock
FRONT DOOR POCKET
Always keep the glove box
closed while driving.
The glove box light comes on when
the parking lights are on.
Open the glove box by pulling the
handle to the left. Close it with a firm
push. Lock or unlock the glove box
with the master key.
The interior of each front door has an
extendable pocket for maps and
other small, lightweight items. For
safety, be sure both front door
pockets are closed while driving.
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An open glove box can cause
serious injury to your passenger
in a crash, even if the
passenger is wearing the seat
belt.
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Interior Convenience Items
Beverage Holders
Be careful when you are using the
beverage holders. A spilled liquid
that is very hot can scald you or your
passengers. Spilled liquids can
damage the upholstery, carpeting,
and electrical components in the
interior.
Push
To use the front beverage holder,
push on the lid. It will swing open. To
close the lid, push it down until it
latches.
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The rear seat also has a beverage
holder in the center armrest. To use
it, pivot the armrest down.
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Interior Convenience Items
Accessory Power Sockets
Console Compartment
Sun Visor
Front
COVER
To use the accessory power socket,
pull up the cover. The ignition switch
must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or
ON (II) position.
None of the sockets will power an
automotive type cigarette lighter
element. When both sockets are
being used, the combined power
rating of the accessories should be
120 watts or less (10 amps).
These sockets are intended to supply
power for 12 volt DC accessories that
are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps).
To use the sun visor, pull it down.
You can also use the sun visor at the
side window. Remove the support
rod from the clip and swing the sun
visor toward the side window.
Make sure you put the sun visor
back in place when you are getting
into or out of the vehicle.
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COVER
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Console Compartment
Your vehicle has a multi-function
console compartment. It includes an
armrest, a coin holder, a pen holder,
a card holder, a removable tray, and
a console compartment with two
separable shelves.
Vanity Mirror
MASTER KEY
Close
LID
Push
BUTTON
VANITY MIRROR
To open the console compartment,
push the button and lift the lid.
To close, lower the lid, and push it
down until it latches.
To use the vanity mirror on the back
of the sun visor, pull up the cover.
The light comes on when you pull up
the cover.
You can lock or unlock the console
compartment lid with the master key.
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PEN HOLDER
LID
REMOVABLE
TRAY
COIN
HOLDER
You can use the inside of the lid for a
pen holder, a coin holder and a card
holder.
The console compartment light
comes on when the parking lights
are on.
SHELVES
You can store small items on the
removable tray.
To remove the tray, pull it out from
the console compartment frame to
get more space.
The console compartment has two
shelves to divide it into two levels. To
store small items, you can use the
upper half of the space by putting the
shelves down until they latch. The
front and rear shelves can be used
separately.
The items on each shelves should
not exceed 11 lbs (5 kg). Heavy
items may damage the shelves.
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CARD HOLDER
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Interior Convenience Items
Cargo Area Cover
HOOK
TAB
CARGO
AREA
COVER
HANGER BAR
When you store a large item like a
briefcase, lift the shelves up to create
a large space.
The maximum dimensions of the
item you can store in the console
compartment are:
Length: 16.9 in (430 mm)
Height: 12.2 in (310 mm)
Width: 5.5 in (140 mm)
To remove it:
Your vehicle has a cargo area cover
to conceal your luggage and protect
them from direct sunlight.
Do not put any items on top of the
cargo area cover. They can block
your view and be thrown around the
vehicle during a crash.
The cargo area cover may be
removed to give you more cargo
space.
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1. Open the tailgate. Remove the
hook from the tab on the tailgate.
Make sure you use both hands to
prevent the cargo area cover from
falling accidentally.
2. Lift and pull the rear edge of the
cargo area cover slightly to unlock
it from the hanger bars, then
remove it straight out.
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Interior Convenience Items
Coat Hook
COAT HOOK
Make sure the cargo area cover is
securely placed so it will not move
while you are driving.
Reverse this procedure to install the
cargo area cover.
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3. Place the cargo area cover on the
cargo area floor.
To use a coat hook, pull it down.
Make sure the coat hook is pulled up
when you are not using it. This hook
is not designed for large or heavy
items.
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Features
On models with navigation system
The climate control system and the audio
system have a voice control feature. Refer
to the navigation system manual for more
information.
Climate Control System .................... 164
Dual Temperature Control ............. 169
Climate Control Sensors................ 171
Audio System .................................. 172
Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models
without navigation system) ........ 174
To Play the Radio ......................... 174
Adjusting the Sound ..................... 177
Playing the XM® Radio (Models
without navigation system) ............ 179
Playing Discs (Models without
navigation system) ....................... 185
Disc Changer Error Messages
(Models without navigation
system) .................................. 195
Playing an iPod® (Models without
navigation system) ....................... 197
iPod® Error Messages (Models
without navigation system) ............ 203
Playing a USB Flash Memory Device
(Models without navigation
system) .................................. 204
USB Flash Memory Device Error
Messages (Models without
navigation system) ................... 211
Bluetooth® Audio System (Models
without navigation system) ............ 212
Audio System (Models with navigation
system) .................................. 216
Interface Dial .............................. 216
Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models
with navigation system) ............. 217
Adjusting the Sound ..................... 224
Playing the XM® Radio (Models with
navigation system) ....................... 228
Playing Discs (Models with navigation
system) ...................................... 239
Disc Changer Error Messages
(Models with navigation
system) .................................. 255
Protecting Your Discs ....................... 257
Playing an iPod® (Models with
navigation system) ....................... 260
iPod® Error Messages (Models with
navigation system) ....................... 269
Playing a USB Flash Memory Device
(Models with navigation
system) .................................. 270
USB Flash Memory Device Error
Messages (Models with navigation
system) .................................. 279
Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with
navigation system) ....................... 280
FM/AM Radio Reception .................. 287
Remote Audio Controls ..................... 289
Auxiliary Input Jack .......................... 291
Radio Theft Protection ...................... 292
Setting the Clock ............................. 293
Security System ............................... 294
Compass ........................................ 295
Compass Operation .................... 295
Cruise Control................................. 300
HomeLink® Universal Transceiver ...... 303
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® .............. 306
AcuraLink® (U.S. models only) ........... 332
Rearview Mirror with Rearview
Camera Display ........................... 348
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Features
The climate control system in your vehicle
provides a comfortable driving
environment in all weather conditions.
The standard audio system has many
features. This section describes those
features and how to use them.
Your vehicle has an anti-theft audio system
that requires a code number to enable it.
The security system helps to discourage
vandalism and theft of your vehicle.
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Climate Control System
Models without navigation system
Models with navigation system
MODE INDICATOR
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
PASSENGER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
DISPLAY
PASSENGER’S SIDE
TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
MODE INDICATOR
DUAL BUTTON
WINDSHIELD DEFROSTER BUTTON
MODE BUTTON
REAR WINDOW DEFOGGER/HEATED MIRROR BUTTON
PASSENGER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL BUTTONS
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL BUTTONS
OFF BUTTON
RECIRCULATION BUTTON
FAN CONTROL BUTTONS
U.S. model is shown.
AIR CONDITIONING (A/C) BUTTON
AUTO BUTTON
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Climate Control System
Proper use of the climate control
system can make the interior dry and
comfortable, and keep the windows
clear for best visibility.
You can adjust the temperatures of
the driver's side and the passenger's
side independently (see page 169).
Voice Control System
On models with navigation system
The climate control system can also
be operated by voice control. See the
navigation system manual for
complete details.
2. Set the desired temperature by
pushing the driver's side
temperature control buttons ( or
). The selected temperature will
show in the display.
On models with navigation system
When you push the passenger's side
temperature control buttons, the
indicator in the DUAL button comes
on and the driver's side and
passenger's side temperature can be
controlled independently (see page
169).
In AUTO mode, the vehicle's interior
temperature is independently
regulated for the driver and
passenger, based on inputs from
sunlight and temperature sensors
(see page 171). If one side of the
vehicle is getting too much sun, the
system lowers the temperature only
on that side.
1. Press the AUTO button. The
indicator in the button comes on.
The system automatically selects the
proper mix of conditioned and/or
heated air that will, as quickly as
possible, raise or lower the interior
temperature to your preference.
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Features
For the climate control system to
provide heating and cooling, the
engine must be running.
Using Automatic Climate Control
The automatic climate control system
adjusts the fan speed and airflow
levels to maintain the interior
temperature you select.
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Climate Control System
When you set the temperature to its
lowest limit (
) or its highest
limit (
), the system runs at full
cooling or heating only. It does not
regulate the interior temperature.
In cold weather, the fan will not come
on automatically until the heater
starts to develop warm air.
Semi-automatic Operation
You can manually select various
functions of the climate control
system when it is in the AUTO mode.
All other features remain
automatically controlled.
Fan Control
Select the fan speed by pressing the
fan control buttons (
or
).
The fan speed is represented by
vertical bars in the display.
Temperature Control
To adjust the desired temperature,
push the temperature control buttons
( or ).
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Dual Button
Press the DUAL button to select dual
temperature control mode (see page
169). The indicator in the DUAL
button comes on.
When you press the DUAL button
again (indicator turns off), both sides
adjust to the driver's side
temperature.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Button
Press the A/C button to turn the air
conditioning on and off. You will see
A/C ON or A/C OFF in the display.
When you turn the A/C off, the
system cannot regulate the inside
temperature if you set the
temperature control below the
outside temperature.
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Climate Control System
Recirculation Button
When the indicator in the button is
on, air from the vehicle's interior is
sent through the system again.
When the indicator is off, air is
brought in from the outside of the
vehicle (fresh air mode).
When you push this button, air flows
from the defroster vents at the base
of the windshield, and the system
automatically switches to fresh air
mode and turns on the A/C. When
the indicator in the button is on, the
passenger's temperature cannot be
set separately from the driver's.
Rear Window Defogger
Button
This button turns the rear window
defogger on and off. Pushing this
button also turns the mirror heaters
on and off (see page 121).
Features
The outside air intakes for the
climate control system are at the
base of the windshield. Keep this
area clear of leaves and other debris.
Windshield Defroster Button
This button turns the windshield
defroster on and off.
The system should be left in fresh air
mode under almost all conditions.
Keeping the system in recirculation
mode, particularly with the A/C off,
can cause the windows to fog up.
Switch to recirculation mode when
driving through dusty or smoky
conditions, then return to fresh air
mode.
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Climate Control System
Mode Button
Use the MODE button to select the
vents the air flows from. Some air will
flow from the dashboard corner
vents in all modes.
The mode indicator in the display
changes to the current mode each
time you press the button.
Air flows from the center and
corner vents in the dashboard.
Airflow is divided between the
vents in the dashboard and the floor
vents.
To Turn Everything Off
If you press the OFF button, the
climate control system shuts off
completely.
●
Air flows from the floor vents.
●
Airflow is divided between the
floor vents and the defroster vents at
the base of the windshield.
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Keep the system off for short
periods only.
To keep stale air and mustiness
from collecting, you should have
the fan running at all times.
When the climate control system is
turned off, the temperature in the
display will also turn off.
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Climate Control System
Dual Temperature Control
Your vehicle has four temperature
control buttons, two for the driver,
and two for the front passenger.
Models without navigation system
Temperature Control Buttons
To set the driver's side temperature
to a different value than the
passenger's, press the DUAL button,
then press the temperature control
buttons ( or ) on the driver's side.
To set the passenger's side to a
different value than the driver's,
press the temperature control
buttons ( or ) on the passenger's
side. You can adjust the passenger's
side without pressing the DUAL
button first.
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
DISPLAY
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
DISPLAY
DRIVER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL
BUTTONS
Features
The driver's side and the passenger's
side can be controlled independently
by adjusting these buttons when the
indicator in the DUAL button is lit.
Models with navigation system
PASSENGER'S
SIDE
TEMPERATURE
DISPLAY
PASSENGER'S SIDE
TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
DUAL BUTTON
PASSENGER'S
SIDE
TEMPERATURE
CONTROL
BUTTONS
U.S. model is shown.
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Climate Control System
When you set the temperature to its
lower or upper limit, it is displayed as
or
.
DRIVER'S SIDE
PASSENGER'S SIDE
. The selected
Push AUTO or
temperatures appear in the display.
When the indicator in the DUAL
button is off, you can adjust both
sides to the same temperature by
adjusting the driver's side
temperature control buttons
( or ).
REAR POSITION FLOOR VENTS
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Climate Control System
Climate Control Sensors
SUNLIGHT SENSOR
Features
TEMPERATURE SENSOR
The climate control system has two
sensors. A sunlight sensor is in the
top of the dashboard, and a
temperature sensor is next to the
steering column. Do not cover the
sensors or spill any liquid on them.
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Audio System
Read the appropriate pages in this
section for operation of the audio
systems installed in your vehicle.
●
●
Models without navigation system
For vehicles without navigation
system, see pages 174 thru 215.
For vehicles with navigation
system, see page 216 thru 286.
U.S. model is shown.
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Audio System
Models with navigation system
Features
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models without navigation system)
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II)
position. Turn the system on by
pushing the PWR/VOL knob, or the
AM or FM button. Adjust the volume
by turning the PWR/VOL knob.
The band and frequency that the
radio was last tuned to is displayed.
To change bands, press the AM or
FM button. On the FM band, ‘‘ST’’
will be shown on the center display if
the station is broadcasting in stereo.
Stereo reproduction on AM is not
available.
XM Radio information is available on
page 179.
STEREO
INDICATOR
A.SEL
INDICATOR
SCAN
INDICATOR
AM BUTTON
FM BUTTON
A.SEL/RDM BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
SEEK/SKIP BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BARS
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models without navigation system)
To Select a Station
You can use any of five methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: tune, seek, scan, the preset
bars, and auto select.
If you press and hold the
or
side of the bar, the frequency will
begin to change rapidly. It will stop
when you release it.
If you do nothing, the system will
then scan for the next strong station
and play it for 10 seconds. When it
plays a station you want to listen to,
press the SCAN button again.
Preset - Each side of the bars
(1-6) can store one frequency on
AM and two frequencies on FM.
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two frequencies with each side of
the preset bar.
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
3. Pick the preset number (1-6), for
the station you want to store. Press
the left or right side of the bar, and
hold it until you hear a beep.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a
total of six stations on AM and
twelve stations on FM.
SEEK - The SEEK function
searches up and down from the
current frequency to find a station
with a strong signal. To activate it,
press the
or
side of the
SEEK/SKIP bar, then release it.
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TUNE - Use the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to tune the radio to a desired
frequency. Press the
side of the
bar to tune to a higher frequency,
and the
side of the bar to tune to
a lower frequency.
SCAN - The SCAN function
samples all stations with strong
signals on the selected band. To
activate it, press the SCAN button,
then release it. You will see ‘‘SCAN’’
on the center display. When it finds a
strong signal, it will stop and play
that station for about 10 seconds.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models without navigation system)
AUTO SELECT - If you are
traveling and can no longer receive
your preset stations, you can use the
auto select feature to find stations in
the local area.
To activate it, press the A.SEL/RDM
button. ‘‘A.SEL’’ will flash on the
center display, and the system will go
into scan mode for several seconds.
It stores the frequencies of six AM
and twelve FM stations in the preset
bars (1-6).
If you do not like the stations auto
select has stored, you can store other
frequencies on the preset bars.
To turn off auto select, press the
A.SEL/RDM button. This restores
the presets you originally set.
You will see ‘‘0’’ displayed if auto
select cannot find a strong station for
every preset bar.
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Radio Frequencies and Reception
For information on AM/FM
radio frequencies and reception, see
page 287.
Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 177.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models without navigation system)
Adjusting the Sound
Press the SOUND/CLOCK button
repeatedly to display the BASS,
TREBLE, FADER, BALANCE,
SUBWOOFER and SVC (speedsensitive volume compensation)
settings.
Features
Each mode is shown on the center
display as it changes. Turn the PWR/
VOL knob to adjust the setting to
your liking. When the level reaches
the center, you will see ‘‘ ’’ on the
center display. The system will
automatically return the display to
the selected audio mode about 10
seconds after you stop adjusting a
mode.
ADJUSTMENT LEVEL
ADJUSTMENT MODE
U.S. model is shown.
Treble/Bass - Use the TREBLE/
BASS modes to adjust the tone to
your liking. You can adjust each
mode in levels between -6 and +6.
Balance/Fader - These two modes
adjust the strength of the sound
coming from each speaker.
BALANCE adjusts the side-to-side
strength, while FADER adjusts the
front-to-back strength.
PWR/VOL KNOB
SOUND/CLOCK BUTTON
BALANCE can be adjusted in levels
between L9 and R9. FADER can be
adjusted in levels between F9 and
R9. When FADER adjustment level
reaches F9, the subwoofer speaker
will be turned off.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models without navigation system)
SUBWOOFER - Use the
SUBWOOFER mode to adjust the
strength of the sound from the
subwoofer speaker. Turn the PWR/
VOL knob to the desired level (-6 to
+6). Even if the adjustment level
reaches -6, the subwoofer is not
turned off.
Speed-sensitive volume
compensation (SVC) - The SVC
mode controls the volume based on
vehicle speed. The faster you go, the
louder the audio volume becomes.
As you slow down, the audio volume
decreases.
The SVC has four modes: SVC OFF,
SVC LOW, SVC MID, and SVC
HIGH. Turn the PWR/VOL knob to
adjust the setting to your liking.
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Audio System Lighting
You can use the instrument panel
brightness control knob to adjust the
illumination of the audio system (see
page 120). The audio system
illuminates when the parking lights
are on, even if the system is turned
off.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
XM Radio receives signals from two
satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, XM Radio
also allows you to view channel and
category selections in the audio
display.
CHANNEL NAME
CHANNEL MODE
INDICATOR
PRESET
NUMBER
XM BAND
CATEGORY MODE
INDICATOR
Features
Your vehicle is capable of receiving
XM® Radio anywhere in the United
States and Canada, except Hawaii,
Alaska, and Puerto Rico. XM is a
registered trademark of Sirius XM
Radio®, Inc. and XM CANADA® is a
registered business name of
Canadian Satellite Radio Inc.
CATEGORY NAME
XM BUTTON
DISP/MODE BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY) BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BARS
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
Operating the XM Radio
To listen to the XM Radio, turn the
ignition switch to the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position. Push the
PWR/VOL knob to turn on the audio
system, and press the
button.
Adjust the volume by turning the
PWR/VOL knob. The last channel
you listened to will show on the
audio display.
DISP - Each time you press and
release the DISP/MODE button, the
center display changes in the
following sequence: Channel name,
category, artist name, and music title.
MODE - To switch between the
category mode and channel mode,
press and hold the DISP/MODE
button until the mode changes. A
‘‘CH’’ (channel) or ‘‘CAT’’ (category)
mode indicator appears on the center
display.
To Select a Channel
When in the satellite radio mode, you
can use any of four methods to find
channels: TUNE, SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY), SCAN, and the preset
bars.
TUNE - Press the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to change channel selections.
Press the
side of the bar to tune
to higher numbered channels, and
the
side of the bar to tune to
lower numbered channels. In the
category mode, you can only select
channels within that category.
SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY) -
Press either side of the SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY) bar (
or
) to
select another category.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
Preset - You can store up to 12
preset channels using each side of
the preset bar. Each side of the bar
stores one channel from the XM1
band and one channel from the XM2
band.
To store a channel:
1. Press the
button. Either
XM1 or XM2 will be shown on the
center display.
2. Use the tune, seek, or scan
function to tune to a desired
channel.
In category mode, only channels
within that category can be
selected. In channel mode, all
channels can be selected.
3. Pick a preset number for the
channel you want to store. Press
and hold the appropriate side of
the preset bar until you hear a
beep.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to store the
first six channels.
5. Press the
button again. The
other XM band will be shown.
Store the next six channels by
repeating steps 2 and 3.
Once a channel is stored, press and
release the proper side of the preset
bar to tune to it.
Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 177.
XM Radio Reception
For information, see page 183.
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Features
SCAN - The scan function gives
you a sampling of all channels while
in the channel mode. In the category
mode, only the channels within that
category are scanned. To activate
scan, press the SCAN button. The
system plays each channel in
numerical order for a few seconds,
then selects the next channel. When
you hear a channel you want to
continue listening to, press the
button again.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
XM Radio Display Messages
‘‘LOADING’’ - XM is loading the
audio or program information.
‘‘OFF AIR’’ - The channel currently
selected is no longer broadcasting.
‘‘UPDATING’’ - The encryption
code is being updated. Wait until the
encryption code is fully updated.
Channels 0 and 1 should still work
normally.
‘‘ - - - - ’’ - The selected channel
number does not exist, or is not part
of your subscription, or this channel
has no artist or title information at
this time.
‘‘NO SIGNAL’’ - The signal is
currently too weak. Move the vehicle
to an area away from tall buildings,
and with an unobstructed view of the
southern horizon.
‘‘ANTENNA’’ - There is a problem
with the XM antenna. Please consult
your dealer.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
Signal may be
blocked by
mountains or
large obstacles
to the south.
Signal is weaker in
these areas.
The XM satellites are in orbit over
the equator; therefore, objects south
of the vehicle may cause satellite
reception interruptions. To help
compensate for this, ground-based
repeaters are placed in major
metropolitan areas.
SATELLITE
Satellite signals are more likely to be
blocked by tall buildings and
mountains the farther north you
travel from the equator.
GROUND REPEATER
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Features
Satellite Radio Signals
Satellite radio receives signals from
two satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, satellite
radio also allows you to view channel
and category selections in the audio
display.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models without navigation system)
Depending on where you drive, you
may experience reception problems.
Interference can be caused by any of
these conditions:
●
●
●
●
●
●
Driving on the north side of an
east/west mountain road.
Driving on the north side of a large
commercial truck on an east/west
road.
Driving in tunnels.
Driving on a road beside a vertical
wall, steep cliff, or hill to the south
of you.
Driving on the lower level of a
multi-tiered road.
Driving on a single lane road
alongside dense trees taller than
50 ft. (15 m) to the south of you.
There may also be other geographic
situations or structures that could
affect satellite radio reception.
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
After you've registered with XM
Radio, keep your audio system in the
satellite radio mode while you wait
for activation. This should take about
30 minutes.
Receiving XM Radio Service
If your XM Radio service has expired
or you purchased your vehicle from a
previous owner, you can listen to a
sampling of the broadcasts available on
XM radio. With the ignition switch in
the ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II)
position, push the PWR/VOL knob to
turn on the audio system, and press the
button. A variety of music types
and styles will play.
While waiting for activation, make
sure your vehicle remains in an open
area with good reception. Once your
audio system is activated, ‘‘CAT’’ or
‘‘CH’’ will appear in the display, and
you'll be able to listen to XM Radio
broadcasts. XM Radio will continue
to send an activation signal to your
vehicle for at least 12 hours from the
activation request. If the service has
not been activated after 36 hours,
contact XM Radio. In Canada,
contacr XM CANADA®.
If you decide to purchase XM Radio
service, contact XM Radio at
www. xmradio.com, or at 1-800-852-9696.
In Canada, contact XM CANADA at
www. xmradio.ca, or at 1-877-209-0079.
You will need to give them your radio
I.D. number and your credit card
number. To get your radio I.D. number,
turn the TUNE knob until ‘‘0’’ appears
in the display. Your I.D. will appear in
the display.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
Normal mode
MP3/WMA mode
SCAN (D-SCAN) INDICATOR
RPT (D-RPT)
INDICATOR
FOLDER NUMBER
MP3 MODE
INDICATOR
WMA MODE
INDICATOR
DISC INDICATOR
Features
DISC NUMBER
TRACK NUMBER
RDM
INDICATOR
SCAN (F-SCAN)
INDICATOR
RPT (F-RPT) RDM (F-RDM)
INDICATOR INDICATOR
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
CD/AUX BUTTON
RPT BUTTON
DISP/MODE BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
A.SEL/RDM BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET BARS
LOAD BUTTON
EJECT BUTTON
DISC SLOT
DISC LOAD INDICATOR
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For best results when using CD-R or
CD-RW discs, use only high quality
discs labeled for audio use. When
recording a CD-R or CD-RW, the
recording must be closed in order for
the disc to be played by the CD
player.
Your audio system has an in-dash CD
changer that holds up to six CDs,
providing several hours of
continuous entertainment. You
operate this CD changer with the
same controls used for the radio.
The disc changer can play these disc
formats:
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CD (CD-DA)
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CD-R/RW
The changer can also play MP3 or
WMA format (see page 189).
Do not use CDs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the CD
to jam in the unit.
You cannot load and play 3-inch
(8-cm) discs in this system.
Video CDs and DVDs will not work
in this unit.
The disc packages or jackets should
have one of these marks.
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Features
To load CDs or operate the CD
changer, the ignition switch must be
in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II)
position.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
Loading CDs in the Changer
To load multiple discs in one
operation:
1. Press and hold the LOAD button
on the changer unit until you hear
a beep. You will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on
the center display, and disc load
indicator turns red and starts
blinking.
2. Insert the disc into the disc slot
when the disc load indicator turns
green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears on the
center display at the same time.
Insert it only halfway; the drive will
pull it in the rest of the way. You
will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on the center
display, and the disc load indicator
turns red again and blinks as the
CD is loaded.
3. When the disc load indicator turns
green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears on the
center display again, insert the
next CD in the slot.
Do not try to insert a disc until
‘‘LOAD’’ appears. You could
damage the audio unit.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all
six positions are loaded. If you are
not loading all six positions, press
the LOAD button again after the
last CD has loaded. ‘‘DISC READ’’
appears on the center display, then
the system begins playing the last
CD loaded.
If you stop loading discs before all
six positions are filled, the system
will wait for 10 seconds, stop the load
operation, and begin playing the last
disc loaded.
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To load a single disc:
1. Press and release the LOAD
button on the changer unit. You
will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on the center
display, and the disc load indicator
turns red and starts blinking.
2. Insert a disc into the disc slot
when the disc load indicator turns
green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears on the
center display at the same time.
Insert the disc only about halfway;
the drive will pull it in the rest of
the way. You will see the disc
indicator blinking on the center
display.
Do not try to insert a disc until
‘‘LOAD’’ appears. You could
damage the audio unit.
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3. You will see ‘‘DISC READ’’ on the
center display, then the system
begins to play the CD.
You can load a disc(s) in any mode
(AM, FM, XM, or AUX) if you do not
select an empty position.
If you press the LOAD button while a
disc is playing, the system will stop
playing that disc and start the loading
sequence. It will then play the disc
just loaded.
When the system reaches the end of
the disc, the system will advance to
the next disc and begin to play. To
select a different disc, press an
appropriate side of the preset bar
(1-6). If you select an empty
position in the CD changer, the
system will try to load the CD in the
empty slot.
Playing an MP3/WMA Disc
The CD changer can play CD-Rs and
CD-RWs compressed in MP3 and
WMA format. When playing a disc in
MP3 or WMA, you will see ‘‘MP3’’ or
‘‘WMA’’ on the center display. A disc
can support more than 99 folders,
and each folder can hold up to 255
playable files.
When there are more than 99 folders
on a disc, the center display only
shows two digits.
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Features
You can load a CD into an empty
position while a CD is playing. Select
the empty position (the disc indicator
is not shown on the center display)
by pressing the appropriate side of
the preset bars. The current CD
stops playing and starts the loading
sequence. The CD just loaded will
play.
To Play a CD
Select the CD changer by pressing
the CD/AUX button. You will see
‘‘CD’’ on the center display. The
system will begin playing the last
selected CD in the CD changer. You
will see the disc and track numbers
displayed.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
NOTE: If a file on an MP3 or WMA
disc is protected by digital rights
management (DRM), the audio unit
displays FORMAT, and then skips to
the next file.
If the disc has a complex structure, it
will take a while to read the disc
before the system begins to play it.
Depending on the software the files
were made with, it may not be
possible to play some files, or display
some text data.
Name Display Function
Each time you press the DISP/
MODE button while playing a CD
(CD-DA), the center display changes
from album name, to track name, to
artist name, and then to normal
display. If the disc was not recorded
with CD-TEXT, ‘‘NO INFO’’ will be
shown on the center display.
When playing a disc compressed in
MP3/WMA format, the display
changes from folder name, to file
name, to artist tag, to album tag, to
track tag, and then to normal display
each time you press the DISP/
MODE button. If the disc was not
recorded with this information, ‘‘NO
INFO’’ will be shown on the center
display.
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If the title is too long, it will not show
all at once. Press and hold the DISP/
MODE button, and the rest of the
title will show on the center display.
You will also see the album and track
name (CD-TEXT), or the folder and
file name (MP3/WMA) under these
conditions:
●
●
When you insert a disc, and the
system begins to play.
Each time a new track, file, or
folder plays.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
To Change or Select Tracks/Files
While a disc is playing you can use
the SEEK/SKIP bar to select
passages and change tracks (files in
MP3/WMA mode).
To move rapidly within a track/file,
press and hold the
or
side of
the SEEK/SKIP bar.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SELECTION - To select
a different folder, press and release
the
side of the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to move to the beginning of the
next folder. Press and release the
side of the bar to move to the
beginning of the previous folder.
REPEAT - This feature, when
activated, continuously replays the
current track (file in MP3/WMA
mode). To activate it, press and
release the RPT button. You will see
‘‘RPT’’ on the center display. To turn
off this feature, press the RPT button
for more than 2 seconds.
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Features
In MP3/WMA mode, use the
TUNE/FOLDER bar to select folders
on the disc, and use the SEEK/SKIP
bar to change files.
SEEK/SKIP - Each time you press
and release the
side of the
SEEK/SKIP bar, the system skips
forward to the beginning of the next
track (file in MP3/WMA mode).
Press and release the
side of the
bar to skip backward to the
beginning of the current track/file.
Press it again to skip to the
beginning of the previous track/file.
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In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER REPEAT - This feature,
when activated, replays all the files in
the current folder in the order they
are compressed in MP3/WMA. To
activate folder repeat mode, press the
RPT button twice. You will see ‘‘FRPT’’ on the center display. Press
and hold the RPT button for more
than 2 seconds to turn off this
feature.
DISC REPEAT - Press the RPT
button twice to continuously replay
the current CD. In MP3/WMA
mode, press the RPT button three
times. You will see ‘‘D-RPT’’ on the
center display. Press and hold the
RPT button for more than 2 seconds
to turn off this feature.
Each time you press and release the
RPT button, the mode changes from
repeat to folder repeat, disc repeat
then to normal play.
SCAN - The scan function samples
all the tracks (files in a folder in
MP3/WMA mode) on the current
disc in the order they are recorded
on the CD. To activate this feature,
press and release the SCAN button.
You will see ‘‘SCAN’’ and the track/
file number flashing on the center
display. The system will then play
the track/file for approximately 10
seconds. To hear the rest of the
track/file, press and hold the SCAN
button for more than 2 seconds. If
you do nothing, the system will then
play the following tracks/files for 10
seconds each. When the system
finishes scanning all the tracks/files
on the current disc, the system
returns to the track/file it first
started scanning with, scan is
canceled and the system begins to
play that track/file normally.
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In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SCAN - The folder scan
function samples the first file of each
folder on the current disc in the
order they are compressed in MP3/
WMA. To activate this feature, press
the SCAN button twice. The first file
of each folder plays for about 10
seconds. You will see ‘‘F-SCAN’’ and
the folder number flashing on the
center display. To hear the rest of the
file in the folder currently scanning,
press and hold the SCAN button for
more than 2 seconds. When the
system finishes scanning all the
folders on the current disc, the
system returns to the folder it started
scanning with, folder scan is
canceled and the system begins to
play that folder normally.
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Each time you press and release the
SCAN button, the mode changes
from scan to folder scan, disc scan
then to normal play.
RANDOM (Random within a
Disc) - This feature plays the
tracks (all files in each folder in
MP3/WMA mode) within a disc in
random order. To activate it, press
and release the A.SEL/RDM button.
In MP3/WMA mode, press the
A.SEL/RDM button twice to select
random play within a disc. You will
see ‘‘RDM’’ on the center display.
Press and hold the A.SEL/RDM
button for more than 2 seconds to
return to normal play.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER RANDOM - This feature
plays the files within a folder in
random order, rather than in the
order they are compressed in MP3/
WMA. To activate it, press the
A.SEL/RDM button once. You will
see ‘‘F-RDM’’ on the center display.
The system will then select and play
files randomly. This continues until
you deactivate folder random play by
pressing and holding the RDM
button for more than 2 seconds.
Each time you press and release the
A.SEL/RDM button, the mode
changes from folder random to
random, then to normal play.
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Features
DISC SCAN - The disc scan
function samples the first track (file
in MP3/WMA mode) on each disc
within the changer in numerical
order. To activate this feature, press
the SCAN button twice. In MP3/
WMA mode, press the SCAN button
three times. The first track/file on
each disc plays for about 10 seconds.
You will see ‘‘D-SCAN’’ and disc
number flashing on the center
display. To hear the rest of the track/
file on the disc currently scanning,
press and hold the SCAN button for
more than 2 seconds. When the
system finishes scanning all the
discs, disc scan is canceled and the
system begins to play the first track/
file of that disc normally.
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Playing Discs (Models without navigation system)
To Pause a Disc
To pause a disc, press the
corresponding number of the current
disc on the appropriate side of the
preset bars. To play the disc again,
press the preset bar again.
To Stop Playing a Disc
If you turn the system off while a CD
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL
knob or by turning off the ignition
switch, the disc will stay in the drive.
When you turn the system back on,
the CD will begin playing where it
left off.
To take the system out of CD mode,
press the AM or FM, CD/AUX, or
button. To return to CD mode,
press the CD/AUX button. The
system will continue at the same
point that it left off.
Removing CDs from the Changer
To remove the disc that is currently
playing, press and release the eject
( ) button. You will see ‘‘EJECT’’
on the center display. When you
remove the disc from the slot, the
system begins the load sequence so
you can load another disc in that
position. If you do not load another
CD within 10 seconds, the system
selects the previous mode (AM,
FM1, FM2, or XM).
If you do not remove the CD from
the slot, the system will reload the
CD after 10 seconds and put the CD
changer in pause mode. To begin
playing the CD, press the CD/AUX
button.
To remove a different CD from the
changer, select it with the
appropriate side of the preset bar.
When that CD begins playing, press
the eject button.
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Press and hold the eject button until
you hear a beep to remove all the
discs from the changer.
You can also eject discs when the
ignition switch is off by pressing the
eject button. The disc that was last
selected is ejected first. You can eject
the rest of the discs one at a time.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect compact discs, see
page 257.
Disc Changer Error Messages
For information, see page 195.
Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 177.
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Disc Changer Error Messages (Models without navigation system)
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a CD, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
the vehicle to your dealer.
Error
Message
Cause
Solution
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the disc
changer.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
For more information, see page 258.
Mechanical Error
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation. For
more information, see page 258.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
High Temperature
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Check Disc
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Make sure a playable disc is in the CD changer
(see page 187).
Check Disc and Changer
Error
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
For more information, see page 258.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
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Features
FOCUS Error
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Disc Changer Error Messages (Models without navigation system)
The chart on the right explains the
error messages you may see in the
display while playing a disc.
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, press
the eject button. After ejecting the
disc, check it for damage or
deformation. If there is no damage,
insert the disc again.
For the additional information on
damaged discs, see page 258.
Error
Message
Cause
Track/File format not
supported
FORMAT
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER'S
MANUAL
PUSH EJECT
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER'S
MANUAL
Mechanical error
Servo error
The audio system will try to play the
disc. If there is still a problem, the
error message will reappear. Press
the eject button, and pull out the
disc.
Insert a different disc. If the new disc
plays, there is a problem with the
first disc. If the error message cycle
repeats and you cannot clear it, take
your vehicle to a dealer.
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Solution
Current track will be skipped. The next
supported track or file plays automatically.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc(s).
Check the disc for serious damage, signs of
deformation, excessive scratches, and/or dirt
(see page 258.)
Insert the disc again. If the code does not
disappear, or the disc(s) cannot be removed,
consult your dealer. Do not try to force the disc
out of the player.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
USB INDICATOR
iPod INDICATOR
Features
CD/AUX BUTTON
DISP BUTTON
RPT BUTTON
RDM BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
SOUND/CLOCK BUTTON
PWR/VOL KONB
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
To Play an iPod®
This audio system can operate the
audio files on the iPod® with the
same controls used for the disc
player. To play an iPod, connect it to
the USB adapter cable in the console
compartment by using your dock
connector, then press the CD/AUX
button. The ignition switch must be
in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II)
position. The iPod will also be
charged with the ignition switch in
these positions.
The audio system reads and plays
sound files to be playable on the
iPod. The system cannot operate an
iPod as a mass storage device. The
system will only play songs stored on
the iPod with iTunes.
iPod and iTunes are registered
trademarks owned by Apple Inc.
iPods compatible with your audio
system using the USB adapter cable
are:
Model
Software
iPod classic
Ver. 1.0 or more
iPod with
video
Ver. 1.2 or more
(iPod 5th
generation)
iPod nano
Ver. 1.2 or more
iPod nano 2nd
Ver. 1.1.2 or more
generation
iPod nano 3rd
Ver. 1.0 or more
generation
iPod nano 4th
Ver. 1.0.2 or more
generation
iPod touch
Ver. 1.1.1 or more
iPod touch
Ver. 2.1.1 or more
2nd generation
iPhone
Ver. 2.1.0 or more
iPhone 3G
Ver. 2.1.0 or more
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Use only compatible iPods with the
latest software. iPods that are not
compatible will not work in this audio
unit.
NOTE:
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●
●
Do not connect your iPod using a
hub.
Do not keep the iPod in the
vehicle. Direct sunlight and high
heat will damage it.
Do not use an extension cable
between the USB adapter cable
equipped with your vehicle and
your dock connector.
We recommend backing up your
data before playing it.
Some devices cannot be powered
or charged via the USB adapter, if
this is the case use the accessory
adapter to supply power to your
device.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
Connecting an iPod
USB ADAPTER CABLE
DOCK CONNECTOR
If the iPod indicator does not appear
in the center display, check the
connections, and try to reconnect the
iPod a few times.
USB ADAPTER CABLE
1. Push the release button to release
the USB adapter cable.
Features
If the audio system still does not
recognize the iPod, the iPod may
need to be reset. Follow the
instructions that came with your
iPod, or you can find reset
instructions online at
www.apple.com/ipod.
2. Connect your dock connector to
the iPod correctly and securely.
3. Install the dock connector to the
USB adapter cable securely.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
Text Data Display Function
To Change or Select Files
Each time you press the DISP/
MODE button, the display mode
switches between the album name,
the song name, the artist name, or
name off (which turns off the text
display).
Use the SEEK/SKIP bar while an
iPod is playing to select passages and
change files.
The center display shows up to about
16 characters of the selected data. If
the text data has more than 16
characters, you will see the first 16
characters and the indicator in the
center display. Press and hold the
DISP/MODE button until the next
16 characters are shown.
SKIP - Each time you press and
release the
side of the SEEK/
SKIP bar, the system skips forward
to the beginning of the next file.
Press and release the
side of the
bar, to skip backward to the
beginning of the current file. Press it
again to skip to the beginning of the
previous file.
To move rapidly within a file, press
and hold either side (
or
) of
the SEEK/SKIP bar.
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To Select a File from iPod Menu
Press and release the
SOUND/CLOCK button.
You can also select a file from any list
on the iPod menu: playlists, artists,
albums, and songs, by using the
SOUND/CLOCK button and PWR/
VOL knob. Press and release the
SOUND/CLOCK button to switch
the display to an iPod menu, then
turn the PWR/VOL knob to select a
desired list. Press and release the
SOUND/CLOCK button to set your
selection.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
To Select Repeat or Shuffle Mode:
ALBUM MODE is selected
You can select any type of repeat and
shuffle mode by using the RPT
button or the A.SEL/RDM button.
The center display shows items on
the selected list. Press either side of
the TUNE/FOLDER bar repeatedly.
After making a selection, wait for a
few seconds to set your selection.
If you select ‘‘ALL,’’ all available files
on the selected list are played.
SHUFFLE ALL - This feature
plays all available files in a selected
list (playlists, artists, albums or
songs) in random order. To activate
the shuffle all feature, press the A.
SEL/RDM button. You will see
‘‘RDM’’ in the center display. To turn
it off, press and hold the A.SEL/
RDM button.
Each time you press the A.SEL/
RDM button, the mode changes from
shuffle all play to shuffle album play,
then to normal play.
NOTE:
Available operating functions vary on
models or versions. Some functions
may not be available on the vehicle's
audio system.
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Features
REPEAT - This feature
continuously plays a file. To activate
the repeat feature, press the RPT
button. You will see ‘‘RPT’’ in the
center display. To turn it off, press
the RPT button again.
SHUFFLE ALBUM - This feature
plays all available albums in a
selected list (playlists, artists, albums
or songs) in random order. The files
in each album are played in the
recorded order. To activate the
shuffle album feature, press the A.
SEL/RDM button repeatedly. You
will see ‘‘F-RDM’’ in the center
display. To turn it off, press and hold
the A.SEL/RDM button.
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Playing an iPod® (Models without navigation system)
To Stop Playing Your iPod
To play the radio, press the AM/FM,
or
button. Press the CD/AUX
button to switch between disc (if a
disc is loaded), Bluetooth® Audio,
and the iPod.
Disconnecting an iPod
You can disconnect the iPod at any
time when you see the ‘‘OK to
disconnect’’ messageꭧ in the iPod
display. Always make sure you see
the ‘‘OK to disconnect’’ message in
the iPod display before you
disconnect it. Make sure to follow
the iPod's instructions on how to
disconnect the dock connector from
the USB adapter cable.
ꭧ: The displayed message may
vary on models or versions. On
some models, there is no
message to disconnect.
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If you reconnect the same iPod, the
system may begin playing where it
left off, depending on what mode the
iPod is in when it is reconnected.
iPod Error Messages
For information, see page 203.
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iPod® Error Messages (Models without navigation system)
If you see an error message in the
center display while playing an iPod,
find the solution in the chart to the
right. If you cannot clear the error
message, take your vehicle to your
dealer.
Error Message
USB ERROR
Cause
USB ROM error
NO SONG
UNSUPPORTED
VER.
CONNECT RETRY
No files in iPod
Use of unsupported
iPod
Recognition failure of
iPod
Features
BAD USB DEVICE
PLEASE CHECK Abnormal power
OWNERS
source
MANUAL
Solution
There is a problem with the USB adapter
unit.
Appears when the overcurrent protection
feature of the system stops supplying
power to USB because an incompatible
device is connected. Disconnect the
device. Then, turn the audio system off,
and turn it on again. Do not reconnect the
device that caused the error.
Appears when the iPod is empty. Store
some files in the iPod.
Appears when an unsupported iPod is
connected. See page 198 for specification
information on iPods. If it appears when a
supported iPod is connected, update the
iPod software to the newer version.
Appears when the system does not
acknowledge the iPod. Reconnect the
iPod.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
USB INDICATOR
FILE TYPE
CD/AUX BUTTON
DISP BUTTON
RPT BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
RDM BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
POW/VOL KNOB
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
The audio system reads and plays
the audio files on the USB flash
memory device in MP3, WMA or
AACꭧ formats. Depending on the
format, the display shows MP3,
WMA or AAC when a USB flash
memory device is playing. The USB
flash memory device limit is up to
700 folders or up to 65535 files.
ꭧ: Only AAC format files recorded
with iTunes are playable on this
audio unit.
The recommended USB flash
memory devices are 256 MB or
higher, and formatted with the FAT
file system. Some digital audio
players may be compatible as well.
Some USB flash memory devices
(such as devices with security lockout features, etc.) will not work in
this audio unit.
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Features
To Play a USB Flash Memory
Device
This audio system can operate the
audio files on a USB flash memory
device with the same controls used
for the in-dash disc changer. To play
a USB flash memory device, connect
it to the USB adapter cable in the
console compartment, then press the
CD/AUX button. The ignition switch
must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or
ON (II) position.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
NOTE:
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Do not use a device such as a card
reader or hard drive as the device
or your files may be damaged.
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Do not connect your USB flash
memory device using a hub.
Do not use an extension cable to
the USB adapter cable equipped
with your vehicle.
Do not keep a USB flash memory
device in the vehicle. Direct
sunlight and high heat will damage
it.
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We recommend backing up your
data before playing a USB flash
memory device.
Depending on the type and
number of files, it may take some
time before they begin to play.
Depending on the software the
files were made with, it may not be
possible to play some files, or
display some text data.
Some devices cannot be powered
or charged via the USB adapter, if
this is the case use the accessory
adapter to supply power to your
device.
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Depending on the type of encoding
and writing software used, there may
be cases where character information
does not display properly.
Even if recorded in MP3, WMA or
AAC format, unsupported files
cannot be played. If the system finds
an unsupported file, the screen
displays UNPLAYABLE, and then
skips to the next file.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
Connecting a USB Flash Memory
Device
USB ADAPTER CABLE
USB ADAPTER CABLE
1. Push the release button to release
the USB adapter cable.
2. Connect the USB flash memory
device to the USB adapter cable
correctly and securely.
When the USB flash memory device
is connected, the USB indicator is
shown in the center display.
The center display shows up to about
16 characters of the selected data. If
the text data has more than 16
characters, you will see the first 16
characters and the indicator in the
center display. Press and hold the
DISP/MODE button until the next
16 characters are shown.
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Features
Text Data Display Function
Each time you press the DISP/
MODE button, the display mode
shows you in sequence, the folder
name, the file name, the artist name,
the album name, the song name, or
name off (which turns off the text
display).
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
To Change or Select Files
Use the SKIP bar while a USB flash
memory device is playing to change
files.
FOLDER SELECTION - To select
a different folder, press and release
either side of the TUNE/FOLDER
bar. Press the
side to skip to the
next folder, and press the
side to
skip to the beginning of the previous
folder.
SKIP - Each time you press and
release the
side of the SEEK/
SKIP bar, the system skips forward
to the beginning of the next file.
Press and release the
side of the
bar, to skip backward to the
beginning of the current file. Press it
again to skip to the beginning of the
previous file.
To move rapidly within a file, press
and hold either side (
or
) of
the SEEK/SKIP bar.
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To Select Repeat, Random or Scan
Mode:
You can select any type of repeat,
random and scan modes by using the
RPT button, A.SEL/RDM button, or
SCAN button.
REPEAT - This feature
continuously plays a file. To activate
the repeat feature, press the RPT
button. You will see ‘‘RPT’’ in the
center display. To turn it off, press
and hold the RPT button.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
FOLDER RANDOM - This feature
plays the files in the selected folder
in random order. To activate the
folder random feature, press the
A.SEL/RDM button. You will see ‘‘FRDM’’ in the center display. To turn
it off, press and hold the A.SEL/
RDM button.
Each time you press and release the
RPT button, the mode changes from
file repeat to folder repeat, then to
normal play.
RANDOM - This feature plays all
the files in random order. To activate
the track random feature, press the
A.SEL/RDM button repeatedly. You
will see ‘‘RDM’’ in the center display.
To turn it off, press and hold the
A.SEL/RDM button.
Each time you press and release the
A.SEL/RDM button, the mode
changes folder random to random
play, then to normal play.
SCAN - This feature samples all
files in the selected folder in the
order they are stored. To activate the
scan feature, press the SCAN button.
You will see ‘‘SCAN’’ in the center
display. You will get a 10 second
sampling of each file in the folder.
Press and hold the SCAN button to
get out of the scan mode and play the
last file sampled.
FOLDER SCAN - This feature
samples the first file in each folder in
the order they are stored. To activate
the folder scan feature, press the
SCAN button repeatedly. You will
see ‘‘F-SCAN’’ in the center display.
You will get a 10 second sampling of
the first file in each folder. Press and
hold the SCAN button to get out of
the folder scan mode and play the
last file sampled.
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Features
FOLDER REPEAT - This feature
replays all the files in the selected
folder in the order they are stored.
To activate the folder repeat feature,
press the RPT button repeatedly. You
will see ‘‘F-RPT’’ in the center
display. To turn it off, press and hold
the RPT button.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models without navigation system)
Each time you press and release the
SCAN button, the mode changes
from file scan to folder scan, then to
normal play.
To Stop Playing a USB Flash
Memory Device
To play the radio, press the FM, AM
or
button. Press the CD/AUX
button to switch between disc (if a
disc is loaded) and Bluetooth® Audio.
You can also press the MODE button
on the steering wheel to change
modes.
If you reconnect the same USB flash
memory device, the system will
begin playing where it left off.
Disconnecting a USB Flash Memory
Device
You can disconnect the USB flash
memory device at any time even if
the USB mode is selected on the
audio system. Always follow the USB
flash memory device's instructions
when you remove it.
When you disconnect the USB flash
memory device while it is playing,
the center display shows ‘‘USB NO
DATA.’’
If you reconnect the same USB flash
memory device, the system will
begin playing where it left off.
USB Flash Memory Device Error
Messages
For information, see page 211.
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USB Flash Memory Device Error Messages (Models without navigation system)
If you see an error message in the
center display while playing a USB
flash memory device, find the
solution in the chart to the right. If
you cannot clear the error message,
take your vehicle to your dealer.
Error Message
Cause
USB ROM error
BAD USB
DEVICE
PLEASE CHECK
OWNERS
MANUAL
Abnormal power
source
UNPLAYABLE
FILE
Use of unsupported
files
NO SONG
No files in USB flash
memory device
UNSUPPORTED
Use of unsupported
USB flash memory
device
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Features
USB ERROR
Solution
There is a problem with the USB adapter
unit.
Appears when the overcurrent protection
feature of the system stops supplying
power to USB because an incompatible
device is connected. Disconnect the
device. Then, turn the audio system off,
and turn it on again. Do not reconnect the
device that caused the error.
Appears when the files in the USB flash
memory device are DRM or an
unsupported format. This error message
appears for a few seconds, then plays the
next song.
Appears when the USB flash memory
device is empty or there are no MP3,
WMA, or AAC files in the USB flash
memory device. Save some MP3, WMA,
or AAC files in the USB flash memory
device.
Appears when an unsupported device is
connected. See page 205 for information
on USB flash memory devices. If it appears
when the supported device is connected,
reconnect the device.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models without navigation system)
BLUETOOTH INDICATOR
CD/AUX BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
PWR/VOL KNOB
PRESET 1 BUTTON
U.S. model is shown.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models without navigation system)
Not all Bluetooth-enabled phones
with streaming audio capabilities are
compatible with the system. You can
find an approved phone by visiting
www.acura.com/handsfreelink, or by
calling the HandsFreeLink®
consumer support at 1-888-528-7876.
In Canada, visit www.acura.ca, or call
1-888-9-ACURA-9.
NOTE: In some states, it may be
illegal to perform some data device
functions while driving.
To Play Bluetooth® Audio Files
Make sure that your phone is paired
and linked to the HFL.
Press the CD/AUX buttonꭧ with the
ignition switch in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position. When the
phone is recognized, you will see the
Bluetooth® Audio message and
indicator on the center display, and
the system begins to play.
If more than one phone is paired to
the HFL system, there will be delay
before the system begins to play.
To begin to play the audio files, you
may need to operate your phone. If
so, follow the phone maker's
operating instructions.
ꭧ: If an iPod, USB flash memory
device, or audio unit connected
to the auxiliary input jack was
selected at the last mode, you
will see iPod, USB, or AUX in
the center display. Push the
CD/AUX button again to play
audio files from your
Bluetooth® Audio phone.
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Features
Your vehicle is equipped with a
Bluetooth® Audio system, which
allows you to listen to streaming
audio from your Bluetooth® Audio
compatible phone. This function is
only available on Bluetooth® Audio
Compatible phones that are paired
and linked to the vehicle's
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL)
system (see page 313).
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models without navigation system)
In the following conditions, If you
cannot see the Bluetooth® indicator
on the center display.
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The phone is not linked to HFL.
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The phone is not turned on.
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The phone is not in the vehicle.
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Another HFL compatible phone,
which is not compatible for
Bluetooth® Audio, is already
connected.
If your Bluetooth® Audio compatible
phone does not operate as described,
make sure it is an Acura approved
phone.
To skip a file
To switch to HFL mode
Press the
side of the SEEK/SKIP
bar to skip forward, and press the
side to skip backward to the
beginning of the current file. Push
the
side again to skip to the
previous file.
If you receive a call when the
Bluetooth® Audio is playing, press
the Talk button on the steering
wheel. The display switches to the
HFL mode (see page 309).
To pause or resume a file
The resume/pause mode can stop
playing a file temporarily. Press the
preset 1 button to pause and press it
again to resume a file.
NOTE: The pause function may not
be available on some phone devices.
To find out if your phone is approved
go to www.acura.com/handsfreelink
(in Canada, www.acura.ca),
or call the HandsFreeLink®
consumer support at (888) 528-7876.
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After ending the call, press the HFL
Back button to go back to the
Bluetooth® Audio mode.
If you receive a call while the system
is in the pause mode, the mode will
be canceled and Bluetooth® Audio
will continue to play.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models without navigation system)
To turn off the Bluetooth® Audio
mode
Switching to another mode pauses
the music playing from your phone.
Features
Select any other audio mode by
pressing a button: FM, AM,
or
CD/AUX (if a disc is loaded), on the
audio control panel or press the
mode button on the steering wheel
repeatedly to select another audio
mode. If iPod or USB flash memory
device is connected to the USB
adapter cable or audio unit is
connected to AUX jack, pressing the
CD/AUX button also changes a
mode.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Audio System (Models with navigation system)
Interface Dial
SELECTOR
ENTER
The knob turns left and right. Use it
to make selections or adjustments to
a list or menu on the screen.
The selector can be pushed left,
right, up, down, and in. Use the
selector to scroll through lists, to
select menus, and to highlight menu
items. When you make a selection,
push the center of the selector
(ENTER) to go to that selection.
DIAL
Most audio system functions can still
be controlled by standard buttons,
bars, and knob, but some functions
can only be accessed using the
interface dial. The interface dial has
two parts, a knob and a selector.
You can operate the audio system
with the control buttons on the CD
changer unit without displaying the
audio control display on the
navigation display. The audio setting
will be shown on the upper display.
When you operate the audio system
with the interface dial, press the
AUDIO button on the control panel
to display the audio control on the
navigation display.
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Voice Control System
The audio system for your vehicle
can also be operated by voice
control. See the navigation system
manual for complete details.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
RADIO BAND
STEREO
INDICATOR
UPPER DISPLAY
Features
SCAN INDICATOR
PRESET NUMBER
A.SEL INDICATOR
AUDIO CONTROL DISPLAY
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
AM/FM BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
The band and frequency the radio
was last tuned to are shown on the
upper display. To change bands,
press the AM/FM button. You can
also change bands with the interface
dial. Press the AUDIO button to view
the audio control display and the
band changes to FM1, FM2, or AM
each time you push the selector up.
On the FM bands, ‘‘STEREO’’ will be
shown on the audio control display.
‘‘ST’’ will also appear on the upper
display if the station is broadcasting
in stereo. Stereo reproduction on AM
is not available.
XM Radio information is available on
page 228.
To Select a Station
You can use any of five methods to
find radio stations on the selected
band: TUNE, SEEK, SCAN, the
preset buttons or icons, and AUTO
SELECT.
TUNE - Use the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to tune the radio to a desired
frequency. Press the
side of the
bar to tune to a higher frequency,
and the
side of the bar to tune to
a lower frequency.
If you press and hold the
or
side of the bar, the frequency will
begin to change rapidly. It will stop
when you release it.
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Features
To Play the Radio
The ignition switch must be in the
ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II)
position. Press the AUDIO button to
view the audio control display. Turn
the system on by pressing the PWR/
VOL knob or the AM/FM button.
Adjust the volume by turning the
PWR/VOL knob.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
TUNE ICON
To tune with the interface dial, press
the AUDIO button to view the audio
control display, then push the
selector down, and turn the dial to
TUNE. Then press ENTER on the
selector, and turn the dial to the
desired frequency. To exit the TUNE
mode, press ENTER again.
SCAN ICON
SEEK ICONS
SCAN INDICATOR
SEEK - The SEEK function
searches up and down from the
current frequency to find a station
with a strong signal. To activate it,
press the
or
side of the
SEEK/SKIP bar, then release it.
To activate the seek function with the
interface dial, press the AUDIO
button to view the audio control
display, then push the selector on the
interface dial to the right or left.
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SCAN - The SCAN function
samples all stations with strong
signals on the selected band. To
activate it, press the SCAN button,
then release it. You will see ‘‘SCAN’’
on the upper display.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
1. Select the desired band, AM or
FM. FM1 and FM2 let you store
two sets of FM frequencies with
the preset buttons (on-screen
icons).
To activate the scan function with the
interface dial, press the AUDIO
button to view the audio control
display, then push down the selector
on the interface dial, and push the
selector to the right. You will see
‘‘SCAN’’ on the audio control display.
PRESET ICONS
Preset - Each preset button/icon
can store one frequency on AM and
two frequencies on FM. To view the
preset icons on the audio control
display, push the AUDIO button.
3. Pick a preset number (1-6), you
want for that station. Press the
preset button, and hold it until you
hear a beep.
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Features
When it finds a strong signal, it will
stop and play that station for about 10
seconds. If you do nothing, the
system will then scan for the next
strong station and play it for 10
seconds. When it plays a station that
you want to listen to, press the SCAN
button again, or push the interface
selector to the right again.
2. Use the TUNE, SEEK, or SCAN
function to tune the radio to a
desired station.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
To store the frequency on a preset
icon, turn the interface dial to
select a desired preset icon. The
selected preset icon will be
highlighted. Press and hold
ENTER on the selector for more
than 2 seconds to store the
frequency.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to store a
total of six stations on AM and
twelve stations on FM.
AUTO SEL INDICATOR
A.SEL ICON
AUTO SELECT - If you are
traveling and can no longer receive
your preset stations, you can use the
auto select feature to find stations in
the local area.
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To activate AUTO SELECT, press
the AUDIO button to view the audio
control display. Push the interface
selector down to scroll down the
display, turn the knob to A.SEL, then
press ENTER on the interface
selector. You will see ‘‘AUTO SEL’’
flashing in the audio control display,
and ‘‘A.SEL’’ on the upper display.
Then, the system goes into scan
mode for several seconds.
The system stores the frequencies of
six AM and twelve FM stations in the
preset buttons.
You will see ‘‘0’’ displayed if auto
select cannot find a strong station for
every preset button.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
Radio Frequencies and Reception
For information on AM/FM radio
frequencies and reception, see page
page 287.
To turn off auto select, press ENTER
on the interface selector again. This
restores the presets you originally
set.
Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 224.
Features
If you do not like the stations auto
select has stored, you can store other
frequencies on the preset buttons
(icons) as previously described.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
Adjusting the Sound
BASS, TREBLE, BALANCE, and
FADER are each adjustable. You can
also adjust the strength of the sound
coming from the center and
subwoofer speakers. In addition, you
can set the Dolby PL (ProLogic) II
and Speed-sensitive volume
compensation (SVC).
To adjust each mode, press the
AUDIO button to view the audio
control display, push the interface
selector down, and turn the interface
dial to SOUND. Then press ENTER
on the selector.
Select the mode you want to adjust
by pushing the interface selector up
or down, or by turning the interface
dial.
SOUND ICON
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
The current setting is also shown on
the upper display.
CURRENT SETTING
The system will automatically return
the display to the selected audio
mode about 10 seconds after you
stop adjusting a mode.
CURRENT SETTING
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Features
BASS/TREBLE - To adjust bass
and treble, select BASS or TREBLE,
and press ENTER on the interface
selector. The current setting is
shown on the audio control display.
Turn the interface dial to the desired
level (-6 to +6), and enter your
selection by pressing ENTER.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
FADER/BALANCE - These
modes adjust the strength of the
sound coming from each speaker.
Fader adjusts the front-to-back
strength, while balance adjusts the
side-to-side strength. To adjust fader
and balance, select FADER or
BALANCE, then press ENTER on
the interface selector. The current
setting is shown on the audio control
display. Turn the interface dial to the
desired level (fader: F9 to R9,
balance: L9 to R9), and enter your
selection by pressing ENTER. To
equalize the fader or balance, turn
the interface dial until the readings
on the sound grid come to the center
of the adjustment bar.
CENTER/SUBWOOFER - To
adjust the strength of the sound from
the center or subwoofer speaker,
select it and press ENTER on the
interface selector. Turn the interface
dial to the desired level (-6 to +6),
and enter your selection by pressing
ENTER. The current setting is
shown on the audio control display.
Even if the adjustment level reaches
-6, the sub woofer is not turned off.
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Dolby PL (Prologic) II - Dolby PL
(Prologic) II signal processing
creates multi-channel surround
sound from the audio signal
recorded with 2 channel stereo
sources. Dolby prologic II can only
be activated when listening to CD
(CD-DA, MP3/WMA), XM radio,
and AUX. When it activates, ‘‘DPL II’’
is shown on the upper display.
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Playing the FM/AM Radio (Models with navigation system)
To set this feature on or off, select
Dolby PL II, and press ENTER on
the interface selector. Rotate the
interface dial to ON or OFF, and
press ENTER.
The SVC has four modes: OFF,
LOW, MID, and HIGH.
Turn the interface dial to the desired
setting, and enter your selection by
pressing ENTER.
Features
Manufactured under license from
Dolby Laboratories. ‘‘Dolby’’,
‘‘ProLogic’’, and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories.
Speed-sensitive volume
compensation (SVC) - The SVC
mode controls the volume based on
vehicle speed. The faster you go, the
louder the audio volume becomes.
As you slow down, the audio volume
decreases.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models with navigation system)
XM BAND PRESET
NUMBER
CHANNEL NUMBER
CH MODE INDICATOR
CATEGORY MODE INDICATOR
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models with navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
Features
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
XM BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
DISP/MODE BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY) BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing the XM® Radio (Models with navigation system)
Your vehicle is capable of receiving
XM® Radio anywhere in the United
States and Canada, except Hawaii,
Alaska, and Puerto Rico. XM is a
registered trademark of Sirius XM
Radio®, Inc. and XM CANADA® is a
registered business name of
Canadian Satellite Radio Inc.
XM Radio receives signals from two
satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, XM Radio
also allows you to view channel and
category selections in the upper
display and the audio control display.
Operating the XM Radio
To listen to the XM Radio, turn the
ignition switch to the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position. Push the
PWR/VOL knob to turn on the audio
system, and press the
button.
To view the audio control display,
press the AUDIO button. Adjust the
volume turning the PWR/VOL knob.
The last channel you listened to will
show on the upper display.
DISP - Each time you press and
release the DISP/MODE button, the
upper display changes in the
following sequence: Channel name,
category, artist name, and music title.
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MODE - To switch between the
category mode and channel mode,
press and hold the DISP/MODE
button until the mode changes. A
‘‘CH’’ (channel) or ‘‘CAT’’ (category)
mode indicator appears on the upper
display.
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To Select a Channel
When in the satellite radio mode, you
can use any of four methods to find
channels: TUNE, SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY), SCAN, and the preset
icons.
TUNE - Press the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to change channel selections.
Press the
side of the bar to tune
to higher numbered channels, and
the
side of the bar to tune to
lower numbered channels. In the
category mode, you can only select
channels within that category.
TUNE ICON
You can also change channel
selections on the audio control
display. Press the AUDIO button to
view the display, then push down the
selector on the interface dial. Rotate
the interface dial to select TUNE.
Press ENTER on the selector to
enter your selection. Rotate the
interface knob to the desired
channel. In the category mode, you
can only select channels within that
category.
Features
You can also switch between the
category mode and channel mode on
the audio control display. Press the
AUDIO button to view the display,
then push down the selector on the
interface dial. Rotate the interface
dial to select the mode. Press
ENTER on the selector to enter your
selection.
SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY) ICON
SEEK/SKIP (CATEGORY) -
Press either side of the SEEK/SKIP
(CATEGORY) bar (
or
) to
select another category.
You can also change the category on
the audio control display. Press the
AUDIO button to view the display,
then push the selector on the
interface dial to the right side or left
side to select another category.
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SCAN - The scan function gives
you a sampling of all channels while
in the channel mode. In the category
mode, only the channels within that
category are scanned. To activate
scan, press the SCAN button. The
system plays each channel in
numerical order for a few seconds,
then selects the next channel. When
you hear a channel you want to
continue listening to, press the
button again.
SCAN INDICATOR
Preset - You can store up to 12
preset channels using the preset
buttons/icons. Each button/icon
stores one channel from the XM1
band and one channel from the XM2
band.
To store a channel:
SCAN ICON
You can also scan the channels on
the audio control display. Press the
AUDIO button to view the display,
then push down the selector on the
interface dial. Push the selector to
the right to activate scan feature.
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1. Press the
button. To view
the audio control display, press the
AUDIO button. Either XM1 or
XM2 will be shown on the display.
2. Use the tune, seek, or scan
function to tune to a desired
channel.
In category mode, only channels
within that category can be
selected. In channel mode, all
channels can be selected.
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Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 224.
5. Press the
button again. The
other XM band will be shown.
Store the next six channels by
repeating steps 2 and 3.
XM Radio Reception
For information, see page 235.
Once a channel is stored, press and
release the proper preset button to
tune to it.
Features
PRESET ICONS
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to store the
first six channels.
3. Pick a preset number for the
channel you want to store. Press
and hold the appropriate button
until you hear a beep.
To store the channel on a preset
icon, rotate the interface dial to
select a desired preset icon. The
selected preset icon will be
highlighted. Press and hold
ENTER on the selector for more
than 2 seconds to store the
channel.
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XM Radio Display Messages
‘‘LOADING’’ - XM is loading the
audio or program information.
‘‘OFF AIR’’ - The channel currently
selected is no longer broadcasting.
‘‘UPDATING’’ - The encryption
code is being updated. Wait until the
encryption code is fully updated.
Channels 0 and 1 should still work
normally.
‘‘ - - - - ’’ - The selected channel
number does not exist, or is not part
of your subscription, or this channel
has no artist or title information at
this time.
‘‘NO SIGNAL’’ - The signal is
currently too weak. Move the vehicle
to an area away from tall buildings,
and with an unobstructed view of the
southern horizon.
‘‘ANTENNA’’ - There is a problem
with the XM antenna. Please consult
your dealer.
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Signal may be
blocked by
mountains or
large obstacles
to the south.
Signal is weaker in
these areas.
The XM satellites are in orbit over
the equator; therefore, objects south
of the vehicle may cause satellite
reception interruptions. To help
compensate for this, ground-based
repeaters are placed in major
metropolitan areas.
SATELLITE
Satellite signals are more likely to be
blocked by tall buildings and
mountains the farther north you
travel from the equator.
GROUND REPEATER
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Features
Satellite Radio Signals
Satellite radio receives signals from
two satellites to produce clear, highquality digital reception. It offers
many channels in several categories.
Along with a large selection of
different types of music, satellite
radio also allows you to view channel
and category selections in the audio
display.
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Depending on where you drive, you
may experience reception problems.
Interference can be caused by any of
these conditions:
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●
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Driving on the north side of an
east/west mountain road.
Driving on the north side of a large
commercial truck on an east/west
road.
Driving in tunnels.
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Driving on a road beside a vertical
wall, steep cliff, or hill to the south
of you.
Driving on the lower level of a
multi-tiered road.
Driving on a single lane road
alongside dense trees taller than
50 ft. (15 m) to the south of you.
There may also be other geographic
situations or structures that could
affect satellite radio reception.
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As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
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Note Function
NOTE ICON
SOUND FILE
To replay and see the stored
information, press the AUDIO button
to select the audio control display.
Push down the selector knob to
display the audio menu. Turn the
selector knob to select NOTE, then
press ENTER.
RECORDED DATE
Turn the selector knob to select a
sound file, then press ENTER. The
audio control display shows the
category, name and title information
of the selected file.
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If equipped.
This function stores the sound
content played on the selected XM
radio station with the channel,
category, name, and title information.
To activate this function, press and
hold the
button for about 2
seconds while a song or passage
which you want to store is playing.
The function records for about 10
seconds, enough for you to identify
the selection when you play it back.
Once you store the recorded sound
file, you can replay it and confirm the
information. The system can store up
to 30 sound files. If you continue to
store more information, the oldest
one will be deleted each time you
add new information.
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Receiving Radio Service
If your XM Radio service has expired
or you purchased your vehicle from a
previous owner, you can listen to a
sampling of the broadcasts available on
XM radio. With the ignition switch in
the ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II)
position, push the PWR/VOL knob to
turn on the audio system, and press the
button. A variety of music types
and styles will play.
To delete a file, select it by turning
the selector knob, then push it to the
right. Select ‘‘Delete All’’ or ‘‘Delete
Selected Item,’’ then press ENTER.
If you decide to purchase XM Radio
service, contact XM Radio at www.
xmradio.com, or at 1-800-852-9696. In
Canada, contact XM CANADA® at
www.xmradio.ca, or at 1-877-209-0079.
You will need to give them your radio I.
D. number and your credit card
number. To get your radio I.D.
number, turn the TUNE knob until ‘‘0’’
appears in the display. Your I.D. will
appear in the display.
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After you've registered with XM
Radio, keep your audio system in the
satellite radio mode while you wait
for activation. This should take about
30 minutes.
While waiting for activation, make
sure your vehicle remains in an open
area with good reception. Once your
audio system is activated, ‘‘CAT’’ or
‘‘CH’’ will appear in the upper
display, and you'll be able to listen to
XM Radio broadcasts. XM Radio will
continue to send an activation signal
to your vehicle for at least 12 hours
from the activation request. If the
service has not been activated after
36 hours, contact XM Radio. In
Canada, contact XM CANADA®.
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Normal mode
MP3/WMA mode
DISC NUMBER
TRACK NUMBER
FOLDER NUMBER
Features
SCAN INDICATOR
MP3 MODE INDICATOR
WMA MODE INDICATOR
SCAN INDICATOR
U.S. model is shown.
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U.S. model is shown.
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
DISC SLOT
DISC LOAD INDICATOR
DISC/AUX BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
DISP/MODE BUTTON
LOAD BUTTON
EJECT BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
PRESET BUTTONS
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
Your vehicle's audio system has an
in-dash disc changer with the same
controls used for the radio. To
operate the disc changer, the ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or the ON (II) position.
The changer can also play MP3 or
WMA format (see page 245).
DVD-A discs not meeting DVD
verification standards may not be
playable.
●
CD (CD-DA)
●
CD-R/RW
●
DVD-A
Some CD-DA and CD-ROM mixed
discs are not playable.
You cannot load and play 3-inch
(8-cm) discs in this system.
The disc packages or jackets should
have one of these marks.
Do not use discs with adhesive labels.
The label can curl up and cause the
disc to jam in the unit.
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Features
The changer cannot play DVD-V or
DVD-R/RW formats.
The disc changer can play these disc
formats:
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Loading Discs
To load multiple discs in one
operation:
1. Press and hold the LOAD button
on the changer unit until you hear
a beep. You will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on
the upper display, and the disc
load indicator turns red and starts
blinking.
Manufactured under license under
U.S. Patent #'s: 5,451,942; 5,956,674;
5,974,380; 5,978,762; 6,487,535 &
other U.S. and worldwide patents
issued & pending. DTS and DTS
Digital Surround are registered
trademarks and the DTS logos and
Symbol are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
© 1996-2007 DTS, Inc. All Rights
Reserved.
2. Insert the disc into the disc slot
when the disc load indicator turns
green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears in the
upper display at the same time.
Insert it only halfway; the drive will
pull it in the rest of the way. You
will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on the upper
display, and the disc load indicator
turns red again and blinks as the
CD is loaded.
3. When the disc load indicator turns
green and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears on the
upper display again, insert the next
CD in the slot.
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Do not try to insert a disc until
‘‘LOAD’’ appears. You could
damage the audio unit.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all
six positions are loaded. If you are
not loading all six positions, press
the LOAD button again after the
last CD has loaded. ‘‘DISC READ’’
appears on the upper display, then
the system begins playing the last
loaded.
If you stop loading discs before all
six positions are filled, the system
will wait for 10 seconds, stop the load
operation, and begin playing the last
disc loaded.
To load a single disc:
1. Press and release the LOAD
button on the changer unit. You
will see ‘‘BUSY’’ on the upper
display, and the disc load indicator
turns red and starts blinking.
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Do not try to insert a disc until
‘‘LOAD’’ appears. You could
damage the audio unit.
3. You will see ‘‘DISC READ’’ on the
upper display, then the system
begins to play the CD.
You can also select the empty
position by pressing the appropriate
preset button.
You can load a disc(s) in any mode
(AM, FM, XM, or AUX) if you do not
select an empty position.
You cannot select the empty position
if there is no disc in the changer.
EMPTY POSITION
You can load a CD into an empty
position while a CD is playing. Press
the AUDIO button to view the audio
control display. Select the empty
position (‘‘No Disc’’ is shown on the
audio control display) by rotating the
interface dial. Then press ENTER on
the selector to enter your selection.
The current CD stops playing and
starts the loading sequence. The CD
just loaded will play.
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Features
2. Insert a disc into the disc slot
when the disc load indicator turns
green, and ‘‘LOAD’’ appears on the
upper display at the same time.
Insert the disc only about halfway;
the drive will pull it in the rest of
the way. You will see the disc
number blinking on the upper
display, and the disc load indicator
turns red again and blinks as the
CD is loaded.
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
To Play a Disc
CURRENT DISC
When playing a CD (CD-DA), the
audio control display shows disc
number, album name, track number,
and elapsed time. When playing a
CD without this information, the
number of the disc and track playing
and the elapsed time are shown on
the audio control display.
When the system reaches the end of
the disc, it will advance to the
beginning of the first track/file (in
MP3/WMA mode) on the next disc,
then play that track/file.
Select the changer by pressing the
DISC/AUX button. You will see the
‘‘CD’’ on the upper display. The
system will begin playing the last
selected CD in the CD changer.
If you want to see the list of the discs
in the CD changer, press the AUDIO
button to view the audio control
display. You will see the current disc
position highlighted.
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EMPTY POSITION
To select a disc, press an appropriate
preset button (1-6), or select an
appropriate preset icon by rotating
the interface dial, then press ENTER
on the interface selector. If you select
an empty position (‘‘No Disc’’ is
shown) in the CD changer, the
system will load a CD into the empty
slot (see page 243).
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
When there are more than 99 folders
on a disc, the upper display only
shows two digits.
NOTE: If a file on an MP3 or WMA
disc is protected by digital rights
management (DRM), the audio unit
displays FORMAT, and then skips to
the next file.
When playing a CD compressed in
MP3/WMA format, the audio control
display shows disc number, folder
name, file number, and elapsed time.
When playing a CD without this
information, the disc number, track
number, and the elapsed time are
shown on the audio control display.
If the disc has a complex structure, it
will take a while to read the disc
before the system begins to play it.
Depending on the software the files
were made with, it may not be
possible to play some files, or display
some text data.
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Features
Playing an MP3/WMA Disc
The CD changer can also play CD-Rs
and CD-RWs compressed in MP3
and WMA format. When playing a
disc in MP3 or WMA, you will see
‘‘MP3’’ or ‘‘WMA’’ on the upper
display. A disc can support more
than 99 folders, and each folder can
hold up to 255 playable files.
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
To Change or Select Tracks/Files
While a disc is playing you can use
the SEEK/SKIP bar to select
passages and change tracks (files in
MP3/WMA mode).
In MP3/WMA mode, use the
TUNE/FOLDER bar to select folders
on the disc, and use the SEEK/SKIP
bar to change files.
SEEK/SKIP - Each time you press
and release the
side of the
SEEK/SKIP bar, the system skips
forward to the beginning of the next
track (file in MP3/WMA mode).
Press and release the
side of the
bar to skip backward to the
beginning of the current track/file.
Press it again to skip to the
beginning of the previous track/file.
To move rapidly within a track/file,
press and hold the
or
side of
the SEEK/SKIP bar.
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SKIP ICON
You can also change tracks/files on
the audio control display. Press the
AUDIO button to view the display,
then push the selector on the
interface dial to the right to skip
forward to the beginning of the next
track/file. Push the selector left to
skip backward to the beginning of
the current track/file. Press it again
to skip to the beginning of the
previous track/file.
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In MP3/WMA mode
Using a Track List
You can also select a track/file (in
MP3/WMA) directly from the track
list on the audio control display.
Press the AUDIO button to view the
display, then rotate the interface dial
to the current disc. Press ENTER on
the selector to view the track list on
the display. The current disc is
highlighted.
CURRENT TRACK
Features
FOLDER SELECTION - To select
a different folder, press and release
the
side of the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to move to the beginning of the
next folder. Press and release the
side of the bar to move to the
beginning of the previous folder.
To select a track, rotate the interface
dial or push up and down the
selector on the interface dial. Then
press ENTER on the selector to
enter your selection.
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CURRENT
FOLDER(S)
REPEAT INDICATOR
TRACK REPEAT ICON
In MP3/WMA mode
You will see a list of the folder(s) on
the current disc. To select a folder
(s), rotate the interface dial or push
up and down the selector on the
interface dial. Then press ENTER on
the selector to enter your selection. If
the disc has several folders, the list
advances to the next folder. When
the list of the files is displayed, select
it by rotating the knob, or pushing
the selector up and down.
REPEAT - This feature, when
activated, continuously replays the
current track (file in MP3/WMA
mode). To activate it, press the
AUDIO button to view the audio
control display, then push down the
selector on the interface dial. Rotate
the interface dial to select track
repeat. Press ENTER on the selector
to enter your selection.
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You will see ‘‘REPEAT’’ next to the
TRACK icon on the audio control
display. To turn off this feature,
select track repeat as previously
described, then press ENTER again.
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REPEAT INDICATOR
DISC REPEAT - This feature,
when activated, continuously replays
the current CD. Press the AUDIO
button to view the audio control
display, then push down the selector
on the interface dial. Rotate the
interface dial to select DISC
REPEAT. Press ENTER on the
selector to enter your selection. You
will see ‘‘REPEAT’’ next to the DISC
icon on the audio control display. To
turn off this feature, select the DISC
REPEAT, then press ENTER again.
FOLDER REPEAT ICON
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER REPEAT - This feature,
when activated, replays all the files in
the selected folder in the order they
are compressed in MP3/WMA. To
activate folder repeat, press the
AUDIO button to view the audio
control display, then push down the
selector on the interface dial. Rotate
the interface dial to select FOLDER
REPEAT. Press ENTER on the
selector to enter your selection.
You will see ‘‘FOLDER REPEAT’’ on
the audio control display. To turn off
this feature, select FOLDER
REPEAT, then press ENTER again.
SCAN - The scan function samples
all tracks (files in a folder in MP3 or
WMA mode) on the disc in the order
they are recorded on the disc. To
activate scan, press and release the
SCAN button. You will also see
‘‘SCAN’’ and the track/file number
blinking on the upper display. To
hear the rest of the track/file, press
and hold the SCAN button for more
than 2 seconds. If you don't, the
system advances to the next track/
file, plays about 10 seconds of it, and
continues through the rest of the
track/file the same way. When the
system finishes scanning all the
tracks/files on the current disc, the
system returns to the track/file it
first started scanning with, scan is
canceled, and the system begins to
play that track/file normally.
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Features
DISC REPEAT ICON
REPEAT INDICATOR
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SCAN INDICATOR
TRACK SCAN ICON
To activate the scan feature on the
audio control display, press the
AUDIO button to view the display.
Push down the selector on the
interface dial, then push the selector
to the left. You will see ‘‘SCAN’’ next
to the TRACK icon on the audio
control display. To turn off this
feature, push the selector to the left
again within 10 seconds.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER SCAN - The folder scan
function samples the first file of each
folder on the current disc in the
order they are compressed in MP3/
WMA. To activate this feature, press
the SCAN button twice. The first file
of each folder plays for about 10
seconds. You will see ‘‘FOLDER
SCAN’’ next to disc number on the
audio control display. You will also
see ‘‘SCAN’’ and the folder number
blinking on the upper display. To
hear the rest of the file in the folder
currently scanning, press and hold
the SCAN button for more than 2
seconds.
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SCAN INDICATOR
If you don't, the system advances to
the next folder, plays about 10
seconds of it, and continues through
the rest of the folders the same way.
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SCAN INDICATOR
DISC SCAN ICON
RANDOM (Random within a
disc) - This feature plays the tracks
(all files in each folder in MP3/WMA
mode) within a disc in random order.
To activate random play, press the
AUDIO button to view the audio
control display, then push down the
selector on the interface dial. Rotate
the interface dial to select TRACK
RANDOM. Press ENTER on the
selector to enter your selection.
If you don't, the system advances to
the next disc, plays about 10 seconds
of it, and continues through the rest
of the discs the same way.
Each time you press and release the
SCAN button, the mode changes
from scan, to folder scan, to disc
scan, then to normal play.
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Features
DISC SCAN - The disc scan
function samples the first track/file
(in MP3/WMA mode) on each disc
within the changer in numerical
order. To activate this feature, press
the SCAN button twice. In the MP3/
WMA mode, press the SCAN button
three times. The first track/file on
each disc plays for about 10 seconds.
You will see ‘‘SCAN’’ next to the
DISC icon on the audio control
display. You will also see ‘‘SCAN’’
and the disc number blinking on the
upper display. To hear the rest of the
track/file on the disc currently
scanning, press and hold the SCAN
button for more than 2 seconds.
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RANDOM INDICATOR
TRACK RANDOM ICON
You will see ‘‘RANDOM’’ next to the
TRACK/FILE icon on the audio
display. To turn off this feature,
select TRACK RANDOM, then press
ENTER again.
In MP3/WMA mode
FOLDER RANDOM - This feature
plays the files within a folder in
random order, rather than in the
order they are compressed in MP3/
WMA. To activate folder random
play, press the AUDIO button to view
the audio control display, then push
down the selector on the interface
dial. Rotate the interface dial to select
the FOLDER RANDOM. Press
ENTER on the selector to enter your
selection.
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FOLDER RANDOM INDICATOR
FOLDER RANDOM ICON
You will see ‘‘FOLDER RANDOM’’
on the audio control display. To turn
off this feature, select FOLDER
RANDOM, then press ENTER again.
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
Playing a DVD-A Disc
You can play a DVD-A disc in the CD
changer. The disc controls are same
as previously described.
To take the system out of disc mode,
press the AM/FM, or DISC/AUX, or
button to switch to the radio,
or satellite radio, or auxiliary input
while a disc is playing. When you
return to disc mode by pressing the
DISC/AUX button, play will continue
at the same point that it left off.
Removing Discs from the Changer
To remove the disc that is currently
playing, press and release the eject
( ) button. You will see ‘‘EJECT’’
on the upper display. When you
remove the disc from the slot, the
system begins the load sequence so
you can load another disc in that
position. If you do not load another
disc within 10 seconds, the system
selects the previous mode (AM,
FM1, FM2, or XM Radio).
If you do not remove the disc from
the slot, the system will reload the
disc after 10 seconds and put the CD
changer in pause mode. To begin
playing the disc, press the DISC/
AUX button.
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Features
To Pause a Disc
To pause a disc, press the preset
button which corresponds to the
current disc. To play the disc again,
press the preset button again.
To Stop Playing a Disc
If you turn the system off while a disc
is playing, either with the PWR/VOL
knob or by turning off the ignition
switch, the disc will stay in the drive.
When you turn the system back on,
the disc will begin playing where it
left off.
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Playing Discs (Models with navigation system)
To remove a different disc from the
changer, first select it by pressing
the corresponding number on the
preset button or turning the interface
knob, and pressing ENTER on the
interface selector. When that disc
begins playing, press the eject
button.
Press and hold the eject button until
you hear a beep to remove all the
discs from the changer.
Protecting Discs
For information on how to handle
and protect compact discs, see
page 257.
Disc Changer Error Messages
For information, see page 255.
Adjusting the Sound
For information, see page 224.
You can also eject discs when the
ignition switch is off by pressing the
eject button. The disc that was last
selected is ejected first. You can eject
the rest of the discs one at a time.
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Disc Changer Error Messages (Models with navigation system)
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a CD, find the
cause in the chart to the right. If you
cannot clear the error message, take
the vehicle to your dealer.
Error
Message
Cause
Solution
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check if it is inserted correctly in the disc
changer.
Make sure the disc is not scratched or damaged.
For more information, see page 258.
Mechanical Error
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation. For
more information, see page 258.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
High Temperature
Will disappear when the temperature returns to
normal.
Check Disc
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Make sure a playable disc is in the CD changer
(see page 241).
Check Disc and Changer
Error
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc.
Check the disc for damage or deformation.
For more information, see page 258.
If the disc cannot be pulled out, or the error
message does not disappear after the disc is
ejected, see your dealer.
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Features
FOCUS Error
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Disc Changer Error Messages (Models with navigation system)
The chart on the right explains the
error messages you may see in the
display while playing a disc.
If you see an error message in the
display while playing a disc, press
the eject button. After ejecting the
disc, check it for damage or
deformation. If there is no damage,
insert the disc again.
For the additional information on
damaged discs, see page 258.
Error
Message
Cause
Track/File format not
supported
FORMAT
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER'S
MANUAL
PUSH EJECT
BAD DISC
PLEASE CHECK
OWNER'S
MANUAL
Mechanical error
Servo error
The audio system will try to play the
disc. If there is still a problem, the
error message will reappear. Press
the eject button, and pull out the
disc.
Insert a different disc. If the new disc
plays, there is a problem with the
first disc. If the error message cycle
repeats and you cannot clear it, take
your vehicle to a dealer.
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Solution
Current track will be skipped. The next
supported track or file plays automatically.
Press the EJECT button, and pull out the disc(s).
Check the disc for serious damage, signs of
deformation, excessive scratches, and/or dirt
(see page 258.)
Insert the disc again. If the code does not
disappear, or the disc(s) cannot be removed,
consult your dealer. Do not try to force the disc
out of the player.
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Protecting Your Discs
General Information
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When recording a CD-R/CD-RW,
the recording must be closed for it
to be used by the system.
Play only standard round CDs.
Odd-shaped CDs may jam in the
drive or cause other problems.
Handle your CDs properly to
prevent damage and skipping.
Protecting CDs
When a CD is not being played, store
it in its case to protect it from dust
and other contamination. To prevent
warpage, keep CDs out of direct
sunlight and extreme heat.
To clean a CD, use a clean soft cloth.
Wipe across the CD from the center
to the outside edge.
A new CD may be rough on the inner
and outer edges. The small plastic
pieces causing this roughness can
flake off and fall on the recording
surface of the CD, causing skipping
or other problems. Remove these
pieces by rubbing the inner and
outer edges with the side of a pencil
or pen.
Features
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When using CD-R/CD-RW discs,
use only high quality CDs labeled
for audio use.
Handle a CD by its edges; never
touch either surface. Do not place
stabilizer rings or labels on the CD.
These, along with contamination
from fingerprints, liquids, and felt-tip
pens, can cause the CD to not play
properly or possibly jam in the drive.
Never try to insert foreign objects in
the disc changer.
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Protecting Your Discs
Additional Information on
Recommended Discs
The in-dash disc player/changer has
a sophisticated and delicate
mechanism. If you insert a damaged
disc as indicated in this section, it
may become stuck inside and
damage the audio unit.
Examples of these discs are shown to
the right:
1. Bubbled, wrinkled, labeled, and excessively thick discs
Bubbled/
Wrinkled
With Label/
Sticker
2. Damaged discs
Chipped/
Cracked
Using Printer
Label Kit
Sealed
With Plastic
Ring
3. Poor quality discs
Warped
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Protecting Your Discs
4. Small, irregular shaped discs
5. Discs with scratches, dirty discs
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Recommended discs are printed
with the following logo.
Features
3-inch (8-cm) CD
Fingerprints, scratches, etc.
Triangle Shape
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Can Shape
●
Audio unit may not play the
following formats.
CD-R or CD-RW may not play due
to the recording conditions.
Scratches and fingerprints on the
discs may cause the sound to skip.
Arrow Shape
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
iPOD INDICATOR
USB INDICATOR
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
Features
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
DISC/AUX BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
To Play an iPod®
This audio system can operate the
audio files on the iPod® with the
same controls used for the in-dash
disc changer. To play an iPod,
connect it to the USB adapter cable
in the console compartment by using
your dock connector, then press the
DISC/AUX button. The ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position. The iPod will
also be recharged with the ignition
switch in these positions.
The system will only play songs
stored on the iPod with iTunes.
iPod and iTunes are registered
trademarks owned by Apple Inc.
Voice Control System
You can select the AUX mode by
using the navigation system voice
control buttons, but cannot operate
the play mode functions.
iPods compatible with your audio
system using the USB adapter cable
are:
Model
Software
iPod classic
Ver. 1.0 or more
iPod with
video
Ver. 1.2 or more
(iPod 5th
generation)
iPod nano
Ver. 1.2 or more
iPod nano 2nd
Ver. 1.1.2 or more
generation
iPod nano 3rd
Ver. 1.0 or more
generation
iPod nano 4th
Ver. 1.0.2 or more
generation
iPod touch
Ver. 1.1.1 or more
iPod touch
Ver. 2.1.1 or more
2nd generation
iPhone
Ver. 2.1.0 or more
iPhone 3G
Ver. 2.1.0 or more
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Use only compatible iPods with the
latest software. iPods that are not
compatible will not work in this audio
unit.
NOTE:
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Do not connect your iPod using a
hub.
Do not keep the iPod in the
vehicle. Direct sunlight and high
heat will damage it.
Do not use an extension cable
between the USB adapter cable
equipped with your vehicle and
your dock connector.
We recommend backing up your
data before playing it.
Some devices cannot be powered
or charged via the USB adapter, if
this is the case use the accessory
adapter to supply power to your
device.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
Connecting an iPod
If the iPod indicator does not appear
in the audio display, check the
connections, and try to reconnect the
iPod a few times.
USB ADAPTER CABLE
USB ADAPTER
CABLE
DOCK CONNECTOR
1. Push the release button to release
the USB adapter cable.
2. Connect your dock connector to
the iPod correctly and securely.
3. Install the dock connector to the
USB adapter cable securely.
Features
If the audio system still does not
recognize the iPod, the iPod may
need to be reset. Follow the
instructions that came with your
iPod, or you can find reset
instructions online at
www.apple.com/ipod.
The current file number and total of
the selected playable files are
displayed in the upper display.
Pressing the AUDIO button displays
the artist, album and track (file)
names on the navigation screen.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
To Change or Select Files
To Select a File from iPod Menu
Use the SKIP bar while an iPod is
playing to select passages and
change files.
SKIP - Each time you press and
release the
side of the SEEK/
SKIP bar, the system skips forward
to the beginning of the next file.
Press and release the
side of the
bar, to skip backward to the
beginning of the current file. Press it
again to skip to the beginning of the
previous file.
To move rapidly within a file, press
and hold either side (
or
) of
the SEEK/SKIP bar.
You can also change files with the
interface dial. Press the AUDIO
button to show the audio control
display. Push the selector to the right
side to skip forward and to the left
side to skip backward.
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You can also select a file from any list
on the iPod menu: playlists, artists,
albums and songs, by using the
interface dial. Press the AUDIO
button to display the audio control
display. Push up the interface
selector to display the iPod menu.
Turn the knob on the interface dial to
select a desired list.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
If you select ‘‘ALL’’ on either the
artists or albums list, all available
files on the selected list are played.
To Select Repeat or Random Mode:
Features
Press the AUDIO button to go back
to the normal audio playing display.
Pressing the CANCEL button goes
back to the previous screen, and
pressing the MAP button cancels the
audio control display.
Push down the selector.
Push ENTER on the selector to
display the items on that list, then
turn the knob on the interface dial to
select a desired list. Pushing the
selector up or down moves a
selection to the top or bottom of the
screen items. Press ENTER to set
your selection.
You can select any type of repeat and
random mode on the audio menu.
Press the AUDIO button to display
the audio control display, then push
down the selector to display the
audio menu. Turn the knob on the
interface dial to select an audio
mode: repeat, album random, and
track random. Press ENTER to set
your selection.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
TRACK RANDOM - This feature
plays all available files from the
selected items in the iPod menu list
(playlists, artists, albums or songs) in
random order. You will see TRACK
RANDOM on the screen.
To cancel the selected mode, press
ENTER again while the highlighted
mode is selected on the audio control
display.
To turn it off, have this mode
highlighted and press ENTER again.
REPEAT - This feature
continuously plays a file. To turn it
off, press ENTER again.
Pressing either side of the SKIP bar
changes the file while keeping the
repeat feature.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
To turn it off, have this mode
highlighted and press ENTER again.
You can also select another list from
the iPod menu while keeping the
random function.
To Stop Playing Your iPod
To play the radio, press the AM, FM,
or
button. Press the DISC/
AUX button to switch between disc
(if a disc is loaded), Bluetooth®
Audio, and the iPod.
Features
NOTE:
Available operating function varies
on models or versions. Some
functions may not be available on the
vehicle's audio system.
ALBUM RANDOM - This feature
plays all available albums from the
selected items in the iPod menu list
(playlists, artists, albums or songs) in
random order. The files in each
album are played in the recorded
order. You will see ALBUM
RANDOM on the screen.
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Playing an iPod® (Models with navigation system)
Disconnecting an iPod
You can disconnect the iPod at any
time when you see the ‘‘OK to
disconnect’’ messageꭧ in the iPod
display. Always make sure you see
the ‘‘OK to disconnect’’ message in
the iPod display before you
disconnect it. Make sure to follow
the iPod's instructions on how to
disconnect the dock connector from
the USB adapter cable.
If you reconnect the same iPod, the
system may begin playing where it
left off, depending on what mode the
iPod is in when it is reconnected.
iPod Error Messages
For information, see page 269.
ꭧ: The displayed message may
vary on models or versions. On
some models, there is no
message to disconnect.
When you disconnect the iPod while
it is playing, the upper display and
the audio control display (if selected)
show NO DATA.
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iPod® Error Messages (Models with navigation system)
If you see an error message on the
upper display while playing an iPod,
find the solution in the chart to the
right. If you cannot clear the error
message, take your vehicle to your
dealer.
Error Message
USB ERROR
Cause
USB ROM error
iPod NO SONG
No files in iPod
UNSUPPORTED
VER.
Use of unsupported
iPod
Recognition failure of
CONNECT RETRY iPod
Features
BAD USB DEVICE
PLEASE CHECK Abnormal power
OWNERS
source
MANUAL
Solution
There is a problem with the USB adapter
unit.
Appears when the overcurrent protection
feature of the system stops supplying
power to USB because an incompatible
device is connected. Disconnect the
device. Then, turn the audio system off,
and turn it on again. Do not reconnect the
device that caused the error.
Appears when the iPod is empty. Store
some files in the iPod.
Appears when an unsupported iPod is
connected. See page 262 for specification
information on iPods. If it appears when a
supported iPod is connected, update the
iPod software to the newer version.
Appears when the system does not
acknowledge the iPod. Reconnect the
iPod.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
USB INDICATOR
FILE TYPE
U.S. model is shown.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
Features
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
DISC/AUX BUTTON
SCAN BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
TUNE/FOLDER BAR
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
To Play a USB Flash Memory
Device
This audio system can operate the
audio files on a USB flash memory
device with the same controls used
for the in-dash disc changer. To play
a USB flash memory device, connect
it to the USB adapter cable in the
console compartment, then press the
DISC/AUX button. The ignition
switch must be in the ACCESSORY
(I) or ON (II) position.
The audio system reads and plays
the audio files on the USB flash
memory device in MP3, WMA or
AACꭧ formats. Depending on the
format, the audio control display
shows MP3, WMA or AAC when a
USB flash memory device is playing.
The USB flash memory device limit
is up to 700 folders or up to 65535
files.
ꭧ: Only AAC format files recorded
with iTunes are playable on this
audio unit.
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The recommended USB flash
memory devices are 256 MB or
higher, and formatted with the FAT
file system. Some digital audio
players may be compatible as well.
Some USB flash memory devices
(such as devices with security lockout features, etc.) will not work in
this audio unit.
Even if recorded in MP3, WMA or
AAC format, unsupported files
cannot be played. If the system finds
it, the audio unit displays
UNPLAYABLE, and then skips to the
next file.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
NOTE:
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Do not connect your USB flash
memory device using a hub.
Do not use an extension cable to
the USB adapter cable equipped
with your vehicle.
Do not keep a USB flash memory
device in the vehicle. Direct
sunlight and high heat will damage
it.
We recommend backing up your
data before playing a USB flash
memory device.
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Depending on the type and
number of files, it may take some
time before they begin to play.
Depending on the software the
files were made with, it may not be
possible to play some files, or
display some text data.
Voice Control System
You can select the AUX mode by
using the navigation system voice
control buttons, but cannot operate
the play mode functions.
Features
●
Do not use a device such as a card
reader or hard drive as the device
or your files may be damaged.
●
Some devices cannot be powered
or charged via the USB adapter, if
this is the case use the accessory
adapter to supply power to your
device.
Depending on the type of
encoding and writing software
used, there may be cases where
character information does not
display properly.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
Connecting a USB Flash Memory
Device
To Change or Select Files
Use the SKIP bar while a USB flash
memory device is playing to select
passages and change files.
USB ADAPTER CABLE
USB ADAPTER CABLE
1. Push the release button to release
the USB adapter cable.
2. Connect the USB flash memory
device to the USB adapter cable
correctly and securely.
When the USB device is connected
and the USB mode is selected on the
audio system, the USB indicator is
shown in the upper display. Pressing
the AUDIO button to displays the
folder and file names, and the
elapsed time in the audio control
display.
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SKIP - Each time you press and
release the side of the SKIP bar, the
system skips forward to the
beginning of the next file. Press and
release the side of the bar, to skip
backward to the beginning of the
current file. Press it again to skip to
the beginning of the previous file.
To move rapidly within a file, press
and hold either side (
or
) of
the SKIP bar.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
FOLDER SELECTION - To select
a different folder, press and release
the
side of the TUNE/FOLDER
bar to move to the beginning of the
next folder. Press and release the
side of the bar to move to the
beginning of the previous folder.
Features
SKIP
DIRECTION
To Select a File from Folder and File
Lists
SKIP
DIRECTION
You can also change files with the
interface dial. Press the AUDIO
button to show the audio control
display. Push the selector knob to
the right side to skip to the
beginning of the next file, and to the
left side to skip to the beginning of
the current file. Pushing it to the left
again skips to the beginning of the
previous file.
You can also select a folder or file
from the list by using the interface
dial. Press the AUDIO button to
show the audio control display.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
To Select Repeat, Random or Scan
Mode:
Push up the selector on the interface
dial to switch the display to the folder
list, then turn the knob on the
interface dial to select a folder.
Press ENTER to change the display
to the file list, then turn the knob on
the interface dial to select a file.
Press ENTER to set your selection.
To go back to the normal play
display, press the AUDIO button.
Pressing the CANCEL button goes
back to the previous screen and
pressing the MAP button cancels the
audio control display.
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You can select any type of repeat,
random and scan modes on the audio
menu screen. Press the AUDIO
button to show the audio control
display. Push down the selector on
the interface dial to display the audio
menu items.
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FOLDER REPEAT - This feature
replays all the files in the selected
folder in the order they are stored.
Pressing either side of the
CATEGORY bar also turns off this
feature.
Turn the knob on the interface dial to
select a play mode: folder random,
track random, folder repeat, track
repeat. Press ENTER to set your
selection.
FOLDER RANDOM - This feature
plays the files in the selected folder
in random order.
TRACK RANDOM - This feature
plays all the files in random order.
You can also select the scan feature
with the SCAN button on the control
panel.
Press and release the SCAN button.
Press and hold the SCAN button to
get out of the scan mode and play the
last file sampled.
To cancel the selected mode, push
down the selector to display the
audio menu on the audio control
display. Turn the knob on the
interface dial to select the
highlighted play mode, then press
ENTER to turn off that selected
mode.
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Features
TRACK REPEAT - This feature
continuously plays a file. Pressing
either side of the SKIP bar also turns
off this feature.
TRACK SCAN - This function
samples all files in the selected folder
in the order they are stored. To
activate the scan feature, push the
selector to the right. You will see
TRACK SCAN on the screen. You
will also see SCAN on the upper
display and the file number blinking.
You will get a 10 second sampling of
each file in the folder. Push the
selector repeatedly to get out of the
scan mode. The system plays the last
file sampled.
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Playing a USB Flash Memory Device (Models with navigation system)
FOLDER SCAN - This function
samples the first file in each folder in
the order they are stored. To activate
the folder scan feature, push the
selector to the right repeatedly. You
will see FOLDER SCAN on the
screen. You will also see SCAN on
the upper display and the folder
number blinking. You will get a 10
second sampling of the first file in
each folder. Push the selector
repeatedly to get out of the scan
mode. The system plays the last file
sampled.
You can also select the folder scan
feature with the SCAN button on the
control panel. Press and release the
SCAN button repeatedly.
To Stop Playing a USB Flash
Memory Device
To play the radio, press the AM/FM
or
button. Press the DISC/
AUX button to switch to the disc
mode (if a disc is loaded). Press the
DISC/AUX button to switch the
audio mode between the USB mode
and Bluetooth® Audio.
If you reconnect the same USB flash
memory device, the system will
begin playing where it left off.
USB Flash Memory Device Error
Messages
For information, see page 279.
Press and hold the SCAN button to
get out of the folder scan mode and
play the last file sampled.
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Disconnecting a USB Flash Memory
Device
You can disconnect the USB flash
memory device at any time even if
the USB mode is selected on the
audio system. Always follow the USB
flash memory device's instructions
when you remove it.
When you disconnect the USB flash
memory device while it is playing,
the upper display and the audio
control display (if selected) show NO
DATA.
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USB Flash Memory Device Error Messages (Models with navigation system)
If you see an error message on the
upper display while playing a USB
flash memory device, find the
solution in the chart to the right. If
you cannot clear the error message,
take your vehicle to your dealer.
Error Message
Cause
USB ROM error
BAD USB
DEVICE
PLEASE CHECK
OWNERS
MANUAL
Abnormal power
source
UNPLAYABLE
FILE
Use of unsupported
files
USB
NO SONG
No files in USB flash
memory device
UNSUPPORTED
Use of unsupported
USB flash memory
device
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USB ERROR
Solution
There is a problem with the USB adapter
unit.
Appears when the overcurrent protection
feature of the system stops supplying
power to USB because an incompatible
device is connected. Disconnect the
device. Then, turn the audio system off,
and turn it on again. Do not reconnect the
device that caused the error.
Appears when the files in the USB flash
memory device are DRM or an
unsupported format. This error message
appears for a few seconds, then plays the
next song.
Appears when the USB flash memory
device is empty or there are no MP3,
WMA, or AAC files in the USB flash
memory device. Save some MP3, WMA,
or AAC files in the USB flash memory
device.
Appears when an unsupported device is
connected. See page 272 for information
on USB flash memory devices. If it appears
when the supported device is connected,
reconnect the device.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
BLUETOOTH INDICATOR
U.S. model is shown.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
U.S. model is shown.
Features
AUDIO BUTTON
INTERFACE DIAL
PWR/VOL KNOB
DISC/AUX BUTTON
DISP/MODE BUTTON
SEEK/SKIP BAR
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
Your vehicle is equipped with a
Bluetooth® Audio system, which
allows you to listen to streaming
audio from your Bluetooth® Audio
compatible phone. This function is
only available on Bluetooth® Audio
Compatible phones that are paired
and linked to the vehicle's
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL)
system (see page 313).
NOTE: In some states, it may be
illegal to perform some data device
functions while driving.
Not all Bluetooth-enabled phones
with streaming audio capabilities are
compatible with the system. You can
find an approved phone by visiting
www.acura.com/handsfreelink, or by
calling the HandsFreeLink®
consumer support at 1-888-528-7876.
In Canada, visit www.acura.ca, or call
1-888-9-ACURA-9.
To Play Bluetooth® Audio Files
Make sure that your phone is paired
and linked to the HFL.
Press the DISC/AUX buttonꭧ with
the ignition switch in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
When the phone is recognized, you
will see the Bluetooth® Audio
message and indicator on the upper
display and the audio control display
(if selected), and the system begins
to play.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
To play the audio files, you may need
to operate your phone. If so, follow
the phone maker's operating
instructions.
ꭧ: If an iPod, USB flash memory
device or audio unit connected
to the auxiliary input jack was
selected at the last mode, you
will see iPod, USB or AUX in
the upper display and the audio
control display (if selected).
Push the DISC/AUX button
again to play audio files from
your Bluetooth® Audio phone.
In the following conditions, the
display shows ‘‘NO CONNECT’’
message.
●
The phone is not linked to HFL.
●
The phone is not turned on.
●
The phone is not in the vehicle.
●
Another HFL compatible phone,
which is not compatible for
Bluetooth® Audio, is already
connected.
If your Bluetooth® Audio compatible
phone does not operate as described,
make sure it is an Acura approved
phone.
To find out if your phone is approved,
go to www.acura.com/handsfreelink
(in Canada, www.acura.ca),
or call the HandsFreeLink ®
consumer support at (888) 528-7876.
Voice Control System
You can select the AUX mode by
using the navigation system voice
control buttons, but cannot operate
the play mode functions.
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Once a device is linked, the name of
the device will appear on the screen.
Pressing the DISP/MODE button
switches the audio control display
between the Bluetooth® Audio and
the device name.
If more than one phone is paired to
the HFL system, there will be a delay
before the system begins to play.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
To skip a file
To pause or resume a file
Press the
side of the SKIP bar to
skip forward to the next file, and
press the
side to skip backward
to the beginning of the current file.
Push the
side again to skip to the
previous file.
You can also operate the skip
function with the interface dial on the
audio control display of the
navigation screen. Push the AUDIO
button. Each time you push the
selector on the interface dial to the
right, the system skips forward to the
beginning of the next file. Push it to
the left to skip backward to the
beginning of the current file. Push
the selector to the left again to skip
to the previous file.
Turn the knob on the interface dial to
switch the setting between the
resume/pause mode and the sound
mode. Select RESUME/PAUSE,
then press ENTER to set your
selection. Each time you press
ENTER, the system switches
between the resume mode and pause
mode.
NOTE: The pause function may not
be available on some phone devices.
The resume/pause mode can stop
playing a file temporarily. Push down
the selector on the interface dial to
display the audio menu.
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
To change sound settings
To switch to HFL mode
If you receive a call when the
Bluetooth® Audio is playing, press
the HFL Talk button on the steering
wheel. The audio control display and
the upper display switch to the HFL
mode (see page 309).
Press the AUDIO button, then push
down the selector to display the
audio menu. Turn the knob to switch
the setting between the resume/
pause mode and the sound mode.
Select SOUND, then press ENTER
to set your selection.
If you receive a call while the system
is in the pause mode, the mode will
be canceled and Bluetooth® Audio
will continue to play.
Select any other audio mode by
pressing a button; AM/FM, XM or
DISC/AUX (if a disc is loaded), on
the audio control panel or press the
mode button on the steering wheel
repeatedly to select another audio
mode. If an iPod or USB flash
memory device is connected to the
USB adapter cable or audio unit is
connected to AUX jack, pressing the
DISC/AUX button also changes a
mode.
Switching to another mode pauses
the music playing from your phone.
Turn the knob to select a sound
mode, then press ENTER to set your
selection. Turn the knob to your
liking (see page 224 for more sound
setting information).
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After ending the call, press the HFL
Back button to go back to the
Bluetooth® Audio mode.
To turn off the Bluetooth® Audio
mode
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Bluetooth® Audio System (Models with navigation system)
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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FM/AM Radio Reception
FM/AM Radio Frequencies
The radio can receive the complete
AM and FM bands.
Those bands cover these
frequencies:
Radio stations on the AM band are
assigned frequencies at least 10 kHz
apart (530, 540, 550). Stations on the
FM band are assigned frequencies at
least 0.2 MHz apart (87.9, 88.1, 88.3).
Stations must use these exact
frequencies. It is fairly common for
stations to round-off the frequency in
their advertising, so your radio could
display a frequency of 100.9 even
though the announcer may identify
the station as ‘‘FM101.’’
A radio station's signal gets weaker
as you get farther away from its
transmitter. If you are listening to an
AM station, you will notice the sound
volume becoming weaker, and the
station drifting in and out. If you are
listening to an FM station, you will
see the stereo indicator flickering off
and on as the signal weakens.
Eventually, the stereo indicator will
go off and the sound will fade
completely as you get out of range of
the station's signal.
Features
AM band: 530 to 1,710 kHz
FM band: 87.7 to 107.9 MHz
FM/AM Radio Reception
How well the radio receives stations
is dependent on many factors, such
as the distance from the station's
transmitter, nearby large objects, and
atmospheric conditions.
Driving very near the transmitter of a
station that is broadcasting on a
frequency close to the frequency of
the station you are listening to can
also affect your radio's reception. You
may temporarily hear both stations,
or hear only the station you are
close to.
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FM/AM Radio Reception
As required by the FCC:
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
Radio signals, especially on the FM
band, are deflected by large objects
such as buildings and hills. Your
radio then receives both the direct
signal from the station's transmitter,
and the deflected signal. This causes
the sound to distort or flutter. This is
a main cause of poor radio reception
in city driving.
Radio reception can be affected by
atmospheric conditions such as
thunderstorms, high humidity, and
even sunspots. You may be able to
receive a distant radio station one
day and not receive it the next day
because of a change in conditions.
Electrical interference from passing
vehicles and stationary sources can
cause temporary reception problems.
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Remote Audio Controls
MODE BUTTON
CH BUTTON
Three controls for the audio system
are mounted in the steering wheel
hub. They let you control basic
functions without removing your
hand from the steering wheel.
If you are listening to the radio, use
the CH button to change stations.
Each time you press and release the
top (+) of the button, the system
goes to the next preset station on the
band you are listening to. Press and
release the bottom (-) to go back to
the previous station.
To activate the seek function, press
and hold the top (+) or bottom (-)
of the CH button until you hear a
beep. The system searches up or
down from the current frequency to
find a station with a strong signal.
The VOL button adjusts the volume
up ( ) or down ( ). Press the top or
bottom of the button, hold it until the
desired volume is reached, then
release it.
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VOL BUTTON
The MODE button changes the mode.
On vehicles without navigation system
Pressing the MODE button
repeatedly cycles through all
possible media sources whether they
are present or not.
On vehicles with navigation system
Pressing the MODE button
repeatedly cycles through all
present, connected media sources.
Media sources that are not present
or connected will not appear when
cycling with the MODE button.
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Remote Audio Controls
If you are playing a disc, the system
skips to the beginning of the next
track (file in MP3 or WMA format)
each time you press the top (+) of
the CH button. Press the bottom (-)
to return to the beginning of the
current track/file. Press it twice to
return to the previous track/file.
To select a different disc (folder in
MP3/WMA mode), press and hold
the top (+) or bottom (-) of the CH
button until you hear a beep.
If you are listening to XM Radio, use
the CH button to change channels.
Each time you press the top (+) of
the button, the system goes to the
next preset channel. Press the
bottom (-) to go back to the
previous preset channel.
To go to the next channel of the
category you are listening to, press
and hold the top (+) or bottom (-)
of the CH button until you hear a
beep.
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If you are playing a USB flash
memory device or iPod with the USB
adapter cable, press and release the
top (+) of the CH button to skip
forward to the beginning of the next
file. Press the bottom (-) to skip
backward to the beginning of the
current file. Press it twice to return to
the previous file.
When playing a USB flash memory
device, you can also use the seek
function to skip the folder. To
activate this, press and hold either
side of the CH button until you hear
a beep.
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Auxiliary Input Jack
The auxiliary input jack is on the disc
changer unit. The system will accept
auxiliary input from standard audio
accessories.
When the audio system is on and you
plug in a mini-jack cable between a
compatible audio unit and the jack,
you will see AUX in the display and
the system automatically switches to
AUX mode.
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Radio Theft Protection
Your vehicle's audio system will
disable itself if it is disconnected
from electrical power for any reason.
To make it work again, you must
enter a specific five-digit code with
the preset bars or buttons
(depending on models). Because
there are hundreds of number
combinations possible from the five
digits, making the system work
without knowing the exact code is
nearly impossible.
You should have received a card that
lists your audio system code number
and serial number. It is best to store
this card in a safe place at home. In
addition, you should write the audio
system's serial number in this
owner's manual.
NOTE:
If you have a My Acura account, you
can retrieve the anti-theft code
online.
If your vehicle's battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the audio
system will disable itself. If this
happens, you will see ‘‘
’’ on
the center or upper display
(depending on models) the next time
you turn on the system. Use the
preset bars or buttons (depending on
models) to enter the five-digit code.
The code is located on the radio code
card included in your owner's
manual kit. When it is entered
correctly, the radio will start playing.
If you lose the card, you must obtain
the code number from your dealer.
To do this, you will need the audio
system's serial number.
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If you make a mistake entering the
code, do not start over; complete the
five-digit sequence, then enter the
correct code. You have ten tries to
enter the correct code. If you are
unsuccessful in ten attempts, you
must then leave the system on for 1
hour before trying again.
The system will retain your AM and
FM presets even if power is
disconnected.
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Setting the Clock
On models without navigation system
To set the time, press the SOUND/
CLOCK button until you hear a beep,
then release the button. The
displayed time begins to blink.
CLOCK
You can quickly set the time to the
nearest hour. If the displayed time is
before the half hour, pressing the
SOUND/CLOCK button until you
hear a beep, then pressing the R
(preset 6) side of the preset bar sets
the clock back to the previous hour.
If the displayed time is after the half
hour, the clock sets forward to the
beginning of the next hour.
Features
Change the hour by pressing the H
(preset 4) side of the preset bar until
the numbers advance to the desired
time. Change the minute by pressing
the M (preset 5) side of the bar until
the numbers advance to the desired
time.
PRESET 4 (H)
PRESET 5 (M)
U.S. model is shown.
When you are finished, press the
SOUND/CLOCK button again to set
the time.
PRESET 6 (R)
SOUND/CLOCK BUTTON
On models with navigation system
The navigation system receives
signals from the global positioning
system (GPS), and the displayed
time is updated automatically by the
GPS. Refer to the navigation system
manual for how to adjust the time.
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Security System
The security system helps to protect
your vehicle and valuables from
theft. The horn sounds and a
combination of headlights, parking
lights, side marker lights, and
taillights flashes if someone attempts
to break into your vehicle or remove
the radio. This alarm continues for 2
minutes, then the system resets. To
reset an alarming system before the
2 minutes have elapsed, unlock the
driver's door with the key or the
remote transmitter.
The security system automatically
sets 15 seconds after you lock the
doors, hood, and the tailgate. For the
system to activate, you must lock the
doors and the tailgate from the
outside with the key, driver's lock
tab, door lock master switch, or
remote transmitter. The security
system indicator on the instrument
panel starts blinking immediately to
show you the system is setting itself.
The alarm will also be activated if a
passenger inside the locked vehicle
turns the ignition switch on.
The security system will not set if the
hood, tailgate, or any door is not fully
closed. Before you leave the vehicle,
make sure the doors, tailgate, and
hood are securely closed.
SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR
Once the security system is set,
opening any door, the tailgate, or the
hood without using the key or the
remote transmitter, will cause the
alarm to activate. It will also activate
if the audio unit is removed from the
dashboard or the wiring is cut.
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NOTE: To see if the system is set
after you exit the vehicle, press the
LOCK button on the remote
transmitter within 5 seconds. If the
system is set, a beep will sound.
Do not attempt to alter this system or
add other devices to it.
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Compass
Compass Operation
On models without navigation system
The compass shows your direction of
travel. It indicates eight directions.
COMPASS
Features
The compass is displayed on the
center display when you turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II) position.
The compass can be affected by
driving near power lines or stations,
across bridges, through tunnels, over
railroad crossings, past large vehicles,
or driving near large objects that
cause magnetic interference. It can
also be affected by accessories such as
antennas and roof racks that are
mounted by magnets.
RPT BUTTON
SOUND/CLOCK
BUTTON
PRESET BARS
U.S. model is shown.
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Compass
Compass Calibration
The compass may need to be
manually calibrated after exposure to
a strong magnetic field. If the
compass seems to be continually
showing the wrong direction and is
not self-calibrating, do the following.
NOTE: Do this procedure in an open
area, away from buildings, power
lines, and other vehicles.
1. Press and hold the SOUND/
CLOCK and RPT buttons at the
same time for about 2 seconds.
You will hear a beep, then the
display will change to the compass
setting mode as shown above.
If the compass direction is blinking
and the CAL indicator is shown, the
compass is self-calibrating.
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Compass
2. Select ‘‘CAL’’ by pressing preset 1
to enter the calibration mode. If
you want to cancel this mode,
select ‘‘R’’ by pressing preset 3.
The display will return to the
normal display.
In most areas, there is a variation
between magnetic north and true
north. Zone selection is required so
the compass can compensate for this
variation. To check and select the
zone set into the compass, do the
procedure on the following pages.
4. When the direction stops blinking,
the calibration mode is completed.
The display will return to the
normal display.
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3. Select ‘‘CAL START’’ by pressing
preset 1. The system will start the
calibration. ‘‘CAL’’ will appear on
the display, then the direction will
also begin to blink. If you select
‘‘R’’ by pressing preset 3, the
display will return to the compass
setting mode.
Compass Zone Selection
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Compass
2. Select ‘‘ZONE’’ by pressing preset
2 to enter the zone setting mode.
The display will change to zone
setting mode, and show you the
current zone setting. If you want to
cancel this mode, select ‘‘R’’ by
pressing preset 3. The display will
return to the normal display.
3. Find the zone for your area on the
map (see next page).
1. Press and hold the SOUND/
CLOCK and RPT buttons at the
same time for about 2 seconds.
You will hear a beep, then the
center display will change to the
compass setting mode as shown
above.
4. If the zone is incorrect, press
preset 1 (-) or preset 2 (+) to get
the zone number to count up and
down. When you finish setting the
correct zone, or want to cancel this
mode without changing the
current setting, select ‘‘SET’’ by
pressing preset 3. The display will
return to the normal display.
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Compass
ꭧ Guam Island : Zone 8
ꭧ Puerto Rico : Zone 11
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Cruise Control
Cruise control allows you to maintain
a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h)
without keeping your foot on the
accelerator pedal. It should be used
for cruising on straight, open
highways. It is not recommended for
city driving, winding roads, slippery
roads, heavy rain, or bad weather.
Improper use of the cruise
control can lead to a crash.
Use the cruise control only
when traveling on open
highways in good weather.
Using Cruise Control
CRUISE BUTTON
RES/ACCEL
BUTTON
CANCEL BUTTON
SET/DECEL
BUTTON
1. Push in the CRUISE button on the
steering wheel. The CRUISE
MAIN indicator on the instrument
panel comes on.
2. Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed above 25 mph (40 km/h).
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3. Press and release the SET/
DECEL button on the steering
wheel. The CRUISE CONTROL
indicator on the instrument panel
comes on to show the system is
now activated.
Cruise control may not hold the set
speed when you are going up and
down hills. If your vehicle speed
increases going down a hill, use the
brakes to slow down. This will cancel
the cruise control. To resume the set
speed, press the RES/ACCEL
button. The CRUISE CONTROL
indicator on the instrument panel will
come back on.
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Cruise Control
Changing the Set Speed
You can increase the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
●
●
Push on the accelerator pedal.
Accelerate to the desired cruising
speed, then press the SET/
DECEL button.
To increase your speed in very
small amounts, tap the RES/
ACCEL button. Each time you do
this, the vehicle speeds up about 1
mph (1.6 km/h).
NOTE: If you need to decrease your
speed quickly, use the brakes as you
normally would.
●
●
●
Press and hold the SET/DECEL
button. Release the button when
you reach the desired speed.
Even with cruise control on, you can
still use the accelerator pedal to
speed up for passing. After
completing the pass, take your foot
off the accelerator pedal. The vehicle
will return to the set cruising speed.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal
causes cruise control to cancel.
To slow down in very small
amounts, tap the SET/DECEL
button. Each time you do this,
your vehicle will slow down about
1 mph (1.6 km/h).
Tap the brake pedal lightly with
your foot. The CRUISE CONTROL
indicator on the instrument panel
will go out. When the vehicle
slows to the desired speed, press
the SET/DECEL button.
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●
Press and hold the RES/ACCEL
button. When you reach the
desired cruising speed, release the
button.
You can decrease the set cruising
speed in any of these ways:
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Cruise Control
Canceling Cruise Control
CRUISE BUTTON
The cruise control will be canceled
when the vehicle speed reaches
about 25 mph (40 km/h) or less.
Tapping either of the paddle shifters
shifts the gear up or down, but the
cruise control will be canceled if you
downshift to first gear.
For more information on driving with
paddle shifters, see page 380.
Pressing the CRUISE button turns
the system completely off and erases
the previous cruising speed.
CANCEL BUTTON
You can cancel cruise control in any
of these ways:
●
●
●
Resuming the Set Speed
When you push the CANCEL button
or tap the brake pedal, the system
remembers the previously set speed.
To return to that speed, accelerate to
above 25 mph (40 km/h), then press
and release the RES/ACCEL button.
The CRUISE CONTROL indicator
comes on. The vehicle accelerates to
the same speed as before.
Tap the brake pedal.
Push the CANCEL button on the
steering wheel.
Push the CRUISE button on the
steering wheel.
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HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
The HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
built into your vehicle can be
programmed to operate up to three
remote controlled devices around your
home, such as garage doors, lighting,
or home security systems.
If your garage door was manufactured
before April 1, 1982, you may not be
able to program HomeLink to operate
it. These units do not have safety
features that cause the motor to stop
and reverse it if an obstacle is detected
during closing, increasing the risk of
injury. Do not use HomeLink with any
garage door opener that lacks safety
stop and reverse features.
Important Safety Precautions
Refer to the safety information that
came with your garage door opener to
test that the safety features are
functioning properly. If you do not
have this information, contact the
manufacturer of the equipment.
Before programming HomeLink to a
garage door or gate opener, make sure
that people and objects are out of the
way of the device to prevent potential
injury or damage. When programming
a garage door opener, park just
outside the garage.
Training HomeLink
Before you begin - If you just
received your vehicle and have not
trained any of the buttons in
HomeLink before, you should erase
any previously learned codes before
training the first button. To do this,
press and hold the two outside buttons
on the HomeLink transceiver for about
20 seconds, until the red indicator
flashes. Release the buttons, then
proceed to step 1.
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Features
General Safety Information
Before programming your HomeLink
to operate a garage door opener,
confirm that the opener has an
external entrapment protection
system, such as an ‘‘electronic eye,’’ or
other safety and reverse stop features.
Units manufactured between April 1,
1982 and January 1, 1993 may be
equipped with safety stop and reverse
features. If your unit does not have an
external entrapment protection
system, an easy test to confirm the
function and performance of the safety
stop and reverse feature is to lay a 2 ╳
4 under the closing door. The door
should stop and reverse upon
contacting the piece of wood. As an
additional safety feature, garage door
openers manufactured after January 1,
1993 are required to have external
entrapment protection systems, such
as an electronic eye, which detect an
object obstructing the door.
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HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
If you are training the second or third buttons, go directly to step 1.
Training a Button
1
3
Position the remote transmitter you
wish to link 1-3 inches (3-8cm) from the
HomeLink button you want to program.
Press and hold the programmed
HomeLink button for about a
second.
4
Press and hold the desired HomeLink
button and the button on the remote
transmitter you wish to link.
Does the HomeLink indicator (LED) blink at a
faster rate after about 10 seconds?
NO
a
YES
Press and hold the button on the
remote and the HomeLink button at
the same time. Then, while
continuing to hold the HomeLink
button, press and release the button
on the remote every 2 seconds.
Does the LED blink at a faster rate within 20
seconds?
NO
YES
1
Does the device (garage door opener) work?
NO
2
Retraining a Button
Press and hold the
HomeLink button
again.
YES
Training
complete
HomeLink indicator HomeLink
flashes for 2 seconds, LED is on.
then remains on.
a
Press and hold the desired
HomeLink button until the HomeLink
indicator begins to flash slowly.
The remote has a rolling code.
Press the "learn" button on the
remotely controlled device
(e.g., garage door opener).
b
Within 30 seconds, press and hold
the programmed HomeLink button
for 2 seconds.
5
Press the programmed HomeLink
button again; the remotely
controlled device should operate.
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Indicator remains
on for about 25
seconds (standard
transmitter)
2
Indicator flashes rapidly
for 2 seconds, then
remains on for about 23
seconds (rolling code
transmitter)
When the indicator begins to flash
slowly, continue to hold the HomeLink
button and follow steps 1-3 under
Training a Button.
Erasing Codes
To erase codes stored in all buttons, press
and hold the two outer buttons until the
HomeLink indicator begins to flash (about
10 to 20 seconds), then release the buttons.
You should erase all three codes before
selling the vehicle.
If you have any problems programming
HomeLink, see the owner's manual included with
the device you are trying to program, or call
HomeLink at 1-800-355-3515 or go online to
www.homelink.com.
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HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
HomeLink® is a registered trademark
of Johnson Controls, Inc.
Features
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL)
allows you to place and receive
phone calls using voice commands,
without handling your cell phone.
Using HFL
HFL buttons
To use HFL, you need a Bluetoothcompatible cell phone. For a list of
compatible phones, pairing
procedures, and special feature
capabilities:
In the U.S., visit
www.acura.com/handsfreelink,
or call (888) 528-7876.
In Canada, visit www.acura.ca,
or call (888) 9-ACURA-9.
HFL TALK
BUTTON
HFL TALK
BUTTON
HFL BACK
BUTTON
HFL BACK
BUTTON
VOICE CONTROL
BUTTONS
On models with navigation system
On models without navigation system
HFL Talk button - Press and
release to give a command or answer
a call.
HFL Back button - Press and
release to end a call, go back to the
previous command, or cancel the
command.
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Below the HFL buttons is another set
of voice control buttons for the
navigation, climate control, and audio
systems. To use the voice control
system, refer to the navigation
system manual.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Voice Control Tips
●
●
Press and release the HFL Talk
button each time you want to make
a command. After the beep, speak
in a clear, natural tone.
●
●
Many commands can be spoken
together. For example, you can say
‘‘Call 123-456-7890’’ or ‘‘Dial Peter.’’
When HFL is in use, navigation
voice commands cannot be
recognized.
To change the volume level of
HFL, use the audio system volume
knob or the steering wheel volume
controls.
MICROPHONE
●
Air or wind noise from the
dashboard and side vents and all
windows may interfere with the
microphone. Adjust or close them
as necessary.
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Features
Try to reduce all background
noise. If the microphone picks up
voices other than yours,
commands may be misinterpreted.
●
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Help Features
●
●
To hear general HFL information,
including help on pairing a phone
or setting up the system, say
‘‘Tutorial.’’
Information Display
As an incoming call notification, you
will see the following display:
SIGNAL
STRENGTH
HFL MODE
MESSAGE
For help at any time, including a
list of available commands, say
‘‘Hands free help.’’
ROAM
STATUS
PHONE DIALING
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BATTERY
LEVEL
STATUS
Some phones may send battery,
signal strength, and roaming status
information to HFL.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
BLUETOOTH INDICATOR
BLUETOOTH INDICATOR
Features
On models with navigation system
On models without navigation system
A notification that there is an
incoming call, or HFL is in use, will
appear on the navigation screen
when the audio system is on.
When there is an incoming call, or
HFL is in use, ‘‘HANDSFREELINK’’
will appear on the audio display.
The Bluetooth® indicator will also
appear on the audio display when a
phone is linked.
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How to Use HFL
The ignition switch must be in the ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
‘‘Phone Setup’’
‘‘Pair’’
Pair a phone to the system (See page 313)
‘‘Edit’’
Edit the name of a paired phone (See page 314)
‘‘Delete’’
‘‘List’’
Press HFL
Talk button
‘‘Status’’
‘‘Call’’ or ‘‘Dial’’
Delete a paired phone from the system (See page 314)
Hear a list of all phones paired to the system (See page 314)
Hear which paired phone is currently linked to the system
(See page 315)
‘‘Next Phone’’
Search for another previously paired phone to link to (See page 315)
‘‘Set Pairing
Code’’
Set the pairing code to a ‘‘Fixed’’ or ‘‘Random’’ number (See page 315)
‘‘123-555- # # # #’’ Enter desired phone number (See page 316)
‘‘Jim Smith’’
Once a phonebook entry is stored, you can say a name here.
(See page 316)
Press and release the HFL Talk button each time you give a command.
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‘‘Redial’’
‘‘Transfer’’
Redial the last number called (See page 317)
Transfer a call from HFL to your phone, or from your phone to HFL (See page 320)
Mute your voice to the person at the other end of the call (See page 320)
‘‘Send’’
Send numbers or names during a call (See page 321)
Press HFL
Talk button
‘‘Store’’
‘‘Edit’’
‘‘Phonebook’’
Features
‘‘Mute’’
Store a phonebook entry (See page 321)
Edit the number of an existing phonebook entry (See page 322)
‘‘Delete’’
Delete a phonebook entry (See page 322)
‘‘Receive
Contact’’
If your phone supports this function, use this to transfer contacts from
your phone to HFL (See page 323)
‘‘List’’
Hear a list of all stored phonebook entries (See page 322)
Press and release the HFL Talk button each time you give a command.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
‘‘Security’’
Apply a security passcode to the system that must be input at each key
cycle to access the system (See page 328)
‘‘Change Passcode’’ Change your security passcode (See page 329)
‘‘System
Set up’’
Press HFL
Talk button
Set how you would like to be notified of an incoming call
(See page 329)
Set
calls to automatically transfer from your phone to HFL when you
‘‘Auto Transfer’’
enter the vehicle (See page 329)
Clear the system of all paired phones, phonebook entries and security
‘‘Clear’’
passcode (See page 330)
‘‘Call Notification’’
‘‘Change Language’’ Change language from English to French (See page 331)ꭧ
‘‘Tutorial’’
Hear a tutorial for general rules on using the system (See page 308)
Hear a list of available commands and additional information describing each command
‘‘Hands Free Help’’ (See page 308)
Press and release the HFL Talk button each time you give a command.
ꭧ : Canadian models
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To use HFL, you need to pair your
Bluetooth-compatible cell phone to
the system.
Phone Setup
This command group is available for
paired cell phones.
●
●
●
●
●
You cannot pair your phone while
the vehicle is moving.
Your phone must be in discovery
or search mode to pair. Refer to
your phone's manual.
Up to six phones can be paired.
1. Press and release the HFL Talk
button. If you are pairing a phone
for the first time, HFL will give you
information about the pairing
process. If it is not the first phone
you are pairing, say ‘‘Phone
setup’’ and say ‘‘Pair.’’
2. Follow the HFL prompts and put
your phone in discovery or search
mode. HFL will give you a 4-digit
pairing code and begin searching
for your phone.
Your phone's battery may drain
faster when it is paired to HFL.
3. When your phone finds a
Bluetooth device, select HFL from
the options and enter the 4-digit
code from the previous step.
If after three minutes your phone
is not ready to pair or a phone is
not found, the system will time out
and return to idle.
4. Follow the HFL prompts and name
the newly paired phone.
On U.S. vehicles with navigation
system
Once the pairing process is
completed, AcuraLink may display a
connection confirmation screen. This
screen is used to create a data
connection between your cell phone
and the AcuraLink system. You can
choose to set up the data connection
later, or do it later. If you want to do
it now, exit the HFL menu by
pressing the HFL Back button one or
more times.
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Phone pairing tips
To pair a cell phone:
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To rename a paired phone:
To delete a paired phone:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘Edit’’ after the prompts.
2. Say ‘‘Delete’’ after the prompts.
3. If there is more than one phone
paired to the system, HFL will ask
you which phone's name you want
to change. Follow the HFL
prompts and rename the phone.
3. HFL will ask you which phone you
want to delete. Follow the HFL
prompts to continue with the
deletion.
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To hear the names of all paired
phones:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘List’’ after the prompts.
3. HFL will read out all the paired
phone's names.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To change from the currently linked
phone to another paired phone:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘Status’’ after the prompts.
2. Say ‘‘Next Phone’’ after the
prompts.
3. HFL will tell you which phone is
linked to the system.
3. HFL will tell you which phone is
linked to the system.
4. Once another phone is found, it is
linked to the system. HFL will
inform you which phone is now
linked.
To change the pairing code setting:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Phone setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘Set pairing code’’ after the
prompts.
3. If you want HFL to create a
random code each time you pair a
phone, say ‘‘Random.’’ If you want
to choose your own 4-digit code to
be used each time, say ‘‘Fixed’’
and follow the HFL prompts.
If no other phones are found or
paired, HFL will inform you that the
original phone is linked again.
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Features
To hear which paired phone is
currently linked:
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Making a Call
You can make calls using a name in
the HFL phonebook or any phone
number. You can also redial the last
number called.
To make a call using a name in the
HFL phonebook:
To make a call using a phone
number:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Call’’ or ‘‘Dial.’’
1. Say ‘‘Call’’ or ‘‘Dial.’’
HFL uses a Class 2 Bluetooth, which
means, the maximum range between
your phone and vehicle is 30 feet (10
meters).
2. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the name stored in the HFL
phonebook that you want to call.
2. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the phone number you want to
dial.
3. Follow the HFL prompts to
confirm the name and make the
call.
3. Follow the HFL prompts to
confirm the number and say ‘‘Call’’
or ‘‘Dial.’’
During a call, HFL allows you to talk
up to 30 minutes after you remove
the key from the ignition switch.
However, this may weaken the
vehicle's battery.
Once connected, you will hear the
person you called through the audio
speakers.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To redial the last number called by
HFL:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button and say ‘‘Redial.’’
To make a call from an imported
phonebook (on models with
navigation system):
Features
2. From the INFO screen, select
‘‘Cellular Phone.’’
1. Press the INFO button, and the
INFO screen will be shown.
3. Select ‘‘Search Imported
Phonebook.’’
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
4. Select a phonebook you want to
choose a phone number from.
If the phonebook you select is PIN
protected, you will need to enter
the PIN to access it. See page 326
for more information.
To search for a specific name in
the phonebook, enter the keyword
for either the first or last name.
5. Select the name. All the phone
numbers stored for that name will
be listed.
To display all names in the
phonebook, select the ‘‘List’’
option.
6. Select the phone number and push
the interface selector, HFL begins
dialing.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
If you choose ‘‘Store in
HandsFreeLink,’’ the phone
number will be stored in HFL, so you
can call it using a voice tag.
To make a call using the navigation
display (on models with navigation
system):
Features
2. The navigation display will change
as shown above. Enter a phone
number.
1. From the INFO screen, select
‘‘Cellular Phone,’’ then select
‘‘Dial.’’
3. To make a call, press the selector
on the interface dial to the right.
4. To end the call, press the HFL
Back button.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Receiving a Call
When you receive a call, an incoming
call notification (if activated) will play
and interrupt the audio system if it is
on.
Press the HFL Talk button to answer
the call, or the HFL Back button to
hang up.
Transferring a Call
You can transfer a call from HFL to
your phone, or from your phone to
HFL.
Muting a Call
You can mute your voice to the
person you are talking to during a
call.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button and say ‘‘Transfer.’’
To mute your voice during a call,
press and release the HFL Talk
button and say ‘‘Mute.’’
To unmute your voice, press and
release the HFL Talk button and say
‘‘Mute’’ again.
Call Waiting
If your phone has Call Waiting, press
and release the HFL Talk button to
put the original call on hold and
answer the incoming call.
To return to the original call, press
the HFL Talk button again. If you
don't want to answer the incoming
call, disregard it and continue with
your original call. If you want to hang
up the original call and answer the
new call, press the HFL Back button.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Send Numbers or Names During
a Call
HFL allows you to send numbers or
names during a call. This is useful
when you call a menu-driven phone
system.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Send.’’
2. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the name or number you want to
send.
3. Follow the HFL prompts to send
the tones and continue the call.
NOTE: To send a pound (#), say
‘‘pound.’’ To send a star (*), say
‘‘star.’’
To store a phonebook entry:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
NOTE:
●
●
●
Avoid using duplicate name
entries.
Avoid using ‘‘home’’ as a name
entry.
It is easier for HFL to recognize a
multisyllabic or longer name. For
example, use ‘‘Peter’’ instead of
‘‘Pete,’’ or ‘‘John Smith’’ instead of
‘‘John.’’
1. Say ‘‘Phonebook.’’
2. Say ‘‘Store’’ after the prompts.
3. Say a name you want to list as your
phonebook entry.
4. Say the number you want to store
for the name entry.
5. Follow the HFL prompts and say
‘‘Enter’’ to store the entry.
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Features
To send a name or number during a
call:
Phonebook
You can store up to 50 names with
their associated numbers on HFL.
The numbers you store can be not
only phone numbers but other types,
such as account numbers or
passwords, which can be sent during
a menu-driven call.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To edit the number stored in a name:
To delete a name:
To list all names in the phonebook:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘Phonebook.’’
1. Say ‘‘Phonebook.’’
1. Say ‘‘Phonebook.’’
2. Say ‘‘Edit’’ after the prompts.
2. Say ‘‘Delete’’ after the prompts.
2. Say ‘‘List’’ after the prompts.
3. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the name entry you want to edit.
3. Say the name you want to delete
and follow the HFL prompts to
complete the deletion.
3. HFL begins reading the names in
the order they were stored.
4. When asked, say the new number
for that name.
5. Follow the HFL prompts to
complete the edit.
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4. If you hear a name you want to
call, immediately press the HFL
Talk button and say ‘‘Call.’’
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To store a specific phone number
from your cell phone directly to the
HFL phonebook (available on some
phones):
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
2. Say ‘‘Receive contact’’ after the
prompts.
3. Follow the HFL prompts, select a
number from your cell phone, and
send it to HFL.
4. Follow the HFL prompts and name
the number, or say ‘‘Discard’’ if it
is not the number you want to
store.
Import Cellular Phonebook:
The entire phonebook data of the cell
phone that is linked to HFL can be
imported to the navigation system.
Features
1. Say ‘‘Phonebook.’’
On models with navigation system
Cellular Phone Options
(available on some phones)
If you select Cellular Phone from
the INFO screen menu, you will see
five HFL options.
For a list of cell phones that are
compatible with this feature:
In the U.S., visit
www.acura.com/handsfreelink,
or call (888) 528-7876.
In Canada, visit www.acura.ca, or call
(888) 9-ACURA-9.
Select ‘‘Import Cellular
Phonebook,’’ and HFL will begin
importing the phonebook. Select
‘‘OK’’ after the import is completed.
5. Follow the HFL prompts if you
want to store another number.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Search Imported Phonebook:
Push up the interface selector
to show a list.
Once a phonebook has been
imported, you can search the phone
numbers by the person's name.
PIN CODE
If the phonebook is PIN-protected,
you will need to enter the 4-digit PIN.
IMPORTED
IMPORTED DATE
PHONEBOOK
To search for a specific name in the
phonebook, enter the keyword for
either the first or last name.
To display all names in the
phonebook, select the ‘‘List’’ option.
Select ‘‘Search Imported
Phonebook,’’ and a list of imported
phonebooks will be displayed.
Select a phonebook from the list.
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Select a person from the list. Up to
three category icons are displayed in
the left side of the list:
Work
Preference
Pager
These category icons indicate how
many numbers are stored for the
name. If a name has more than three
category icons, ‘‘…’’ is displayed.
Home
Fax
Cell phone
Car
Voice
Other
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Features
Select the person's number you want
to call, and press the HFL Talk
button.
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Delete Imported Phonebook:
You can delete any imported
phonebook.
After making a selection, the
following screen will appear.
PIN Number
You can add, change, or remove a
PIN number from any phonebook.
Select ‘‘Delete Imported
Phonebook,’’ and a list of imported
phonebooks will be displayed.
Select a phonebook you want to
delete. If the phonebook is PIN
protected, you will need to enter the
4-digit PIN number.
Select ‘‘Yes,’’ then ‘‘OK’’ to complete
the deletion.
To add a PIN:
If you have selected a phonebook
without a PIN, you will see the above
display.
Enter the new 4-digit PIN. You will
have to re-enter the PIN for
confirmation.
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To change the PIN to a new number:
To remove a PIN:
Select ‘‘PIN number,’’ then select
‘‘Do not use PIN’’ after you enter
the current PIN.
Features
Select the phonebook you want. The
display will change as shown above.
Enter the current PIN for this
phonebook.
The display will change as shown
above.
Enter the new 4-digit PIN number.
You will be asked to re-enter the PIN
for verification.
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System Setup
This command group allows you to
change or customize HFL basic
settings.
To set a 4-digit passcode to lock the
HFL system for security purposes:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say ‘‘System setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘Security’’ after the prompts.
3. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the 4-digit passcode you want to
set.
4. Follow the HFL prompts to
confirm the number.
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NOTE: Once a passcode is set, you
will need to enter it to use HFL each
time you start the vehicle. If you
forget the code, your dealer will have
to reset it for you, or you will have
to clear the entire system (see
page 330).
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To change your security pass code:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
To select either a ring tone or a
prompt as the incoming call
notificationꭧ:
1. Say ‘‘System setup.’’
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
2. Say ‘‘Change passcode’’ after the
prompts.
1. Say ‘‘System setup.’’
4. Follow the HFL prompts to
confirm the number.
2. Say ‘‘Call notification’’ after the
prompts.
3. Follow the HFL prompts and say
‘‘Ring tone’’ or ‘‘Prompt.’’ You can
also say ‘‘Off’’ for no audible
incoming call notification.
ꭧ: The default setting is a ring tone.
If you get into the vehicle while you
are on the phone, the call can be
automatically transferred to HFL
with the ignition switch in the
ACCESSORY (I) or ON (II) position.
Features
3. Follow the HFL prompts and say
the new 4-digit passcode.
To activate or deactivate the auto
transfer function:
1. Say ‘‘System setup.’’
2. Say ‘‘Auto transfer’’ after the
prompts.
3. HFL will let you know if auto
transfer is on or off, depending on
the previous setting. Follow the
HFL prompts to change the
setting.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
To clear the system:
This operation clears the passcodes,
paired phones, all names in the HFL
phonebook, and all imported
phonebook data.
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
You can also clear the system when
you have forgotten the passcode and
cannot access HFL. When HFL asks
you for the passcode, say ‘‘System
clear.’’ Paired phones, all names in
the HFL phonebook and all imported
phonebook data will be lost.
1. Say ‘‘System setup.’’
Quick Language Selection
Canadian models only
To quickly change the language:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
1. Say the language you want to
change to in that language.
2. Follow the HFL prompts.
2. Say ‘‘Clear’’ after the prompts.
3. Follow the HFL prompts to
continue to complete the clearing
procedure.
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Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Change Language
Canadian models only
To change the system language
between English and French:
Press and release the HFL Talk
button before a command.
2. Follow the HFL prompts to change
the language to English or French.
If you have not named your paired
phone in the language you just
selected, HFL will ask you to name it
in the current language.
When French is your currently
selected language, you can give voice
commands in French.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
HFL Limitations
An incoming call on HFL will
interrupt Bluetooth® Audio when it is
playing. Audio will resume when the
call is ended.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
U.S. models only
In addition, you cannot use HFL
while using AcuraLink.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Features
1. Say ‘‘Change language.’’
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
The Bluetooth® name and logos are
registered trademarks owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of
such marks by Honda Motor Co.,
Ltd. is under license. Other
trademarks and trade names are
those of their respective owners.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
On models with navigation system
except Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto
Rico
AcuraLink enhances your ownership
experience by providing a direct
communication link between your
vehicle and the Acura Server.
Working through the XM radio
satellite, AcuraLink works in
conjunction with the navigation
system, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
(HFL), and audio system in your
vehicle. It displays and receives
several kinds of messages, including:
Operating tips and information on
your vehicle's features.
Important recall and safety
information.
Maintenance information to keep
your vehicle in top condition.
Diagnostic information to provide
information about any problems
with your vehicle.
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Interface Dial
KNOB
ENTER
SELECTOR
Most AcuraLink functions are
controlled by the interface dial. The
interface dial has two parts, a knob
and a selector.
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The knob turns left and right. Use it
to make selections or adjustments to
a list or menu on the screen.
The selector can be pushed left,
right, up, down, and in. Use the
selector to scroll through lists, to
select menus, and to highlight menu
items. When you make a selection,
push the center of the selector
(ENTER) to go to that selection.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
To view previously read messages:
Reading Messages
ENVELOPE ICON
Features
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If you have new messages, an
envelope icon appears in the top
right corner of the navigation screen.
To open a message:
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Press ENTER on the interface
selector, then select New
Messages from the navigation
system map menu. If there is more
than one message stored in the
system, you will see a list of
message titles.
●
Select ‘‘Messages’’ to display the
‘‘Select a message category:’’
screen. Then, select ALL
MESSAGES.
Press the INFO button, and the
INFO screen will be shown.
Scroll up or down, and select the
message you want to read by
pressing ENTER on the interface
selector.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Unread messages have a closed
envelope icon next to them. The icon
disappears when it has already been
read.
NOTE: Only diagnostic info
messages overlay the screen while
driving. They indicate that your
vehicle has a problem that may need
immediate attention (see page 345).
Select ‘‘Messages’’, then select a
message category. Select the
message you want to read and press
ENTER.
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After purchasing your vehicle,
messages may not appear
immediately.
Your dealer has to register the
vehicle identification before you can
receive messages. This can take
several days to process.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Deleting Messages
NOTE: Diagnostic info and recall/
campaign messages can only be
deleted by your dealer.
To delete a single message:
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Scroll to the Messages option,
then select it by pressing ENTER
on the interface selector.
Use the interface knob to scroll up
or down to the message title you
want to delete, and select it by
pressing ENTER on the interface
selector.
Scroll to Delete with the interface
knob, and select it by pressing
ENTER on the interface selector.
Message Options
NOTE: The Delete All Messages
command does not apply to Recall or
Diagnostic Info messages. These
messages must be deleted by your
dealer.
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Press the SET UP button to view
the setup screen.
Features
●
Press the INFO button to bring up
the Information screen.
To delete all messages:
Select MORE by pushing the
interface selector to the right.
Use the interface knob to scroll to
the AcuraLink/Messages option,
and select it by pressing ENTER
on the interface selector.
Scroll to the Delete Messages
option, and select it by pressing
ENTER on the interface selector.
When you open a message, you can
read a summary of it, and then
choose one of several options. If an
option is not available for a message,
that option will not be highlighted.
Scroll to the category with the
messages you want to delete, and
select the category by pressing
ENTER on the interface selector.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Delete - Select this option to delete
the current message.
Voice - Select this option to hear a
voice read the entire message. This
gives you more information than the
screen can display at one time. When
you select the Voice option, it
changes to a Stop Reading option.
Select the option again to stop the
voice.
Call - Select this button to call a
phone number embedded in the
message. When you select Call, the
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL)
dials the number for you.
To make a call, your Bluetooth®
compatible phone must be paired to
your vehicle's HandsFreeLink
system, have its power on, and be
inside the vehicle (see page 313).
Find Nearest Acura Dealer -
Select this option to find the nearest
Acura dealer using the navigation
system.
Call Your Acura Dealer - Select
this button to call the Acura dealer
you purchased your vehicle from.
AcuraLink also directs you to this
dealer so you can schedule a
maintenance appointment or receive
information about a message. If you
visit another dealer for service two
times within a 14-month period,
AcuraLink will reset to call that
dealer.
Diagnostic Info - Select this
button to get more information about
the current diagnostic message. To
use this option, your cell phone must
be linked to the HFL and have a
compatible data service available.
Access the Owner Link website to
find out which data services are
currently compatible with AcuraLink.
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Message Preferences
To set your AcuraLink preferences
(the types of messages you want to
receive, if any), visit the My Acura
website at www.owners.acura.com
If you do not have internet access,
call Acura Client Services at
(800) 382-2238; they can set your
message preferences for you.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
AcuraLink/Message Screen
Auto Reading - Select ON to have
the system automatically read each
message to you. Select OFF to
manually select the Voice option
when you want a message read to
you.
Delete Messages - Select this
option to delete all stored messages
within a category, except for
diagnostic info and recall campaign
messages. These messages can only
be deleted by a certified technician
after the recall is done or the
problem is corrected, or through a
broadcast message from Acura.
Phone-Data Connection - Select
this option to begin the process
required to connect to Acura. This is
used to access the most recent
diagnostic information when a
problem occurs.
New Message Notification -
Select ON if you want to be notified
of new messages (envelope icon
appears on the navigation screen).
Select OFF if you do not want to be
notified of new messages (envelope
icon does not appear on the
navigation screen).
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Features
To access the following functions,
press the SETUP button, push the
interface selector to the right to
select MORE, then rotate the
interface knob to select AcuraLink/
Messages.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
NOTE: For the Phone Data
Connection button to be active, you
need a Bluetooth® compatible and
enabled cell phone paired to the
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (HFL).
To complete the data connection
setup, the paired phone must have a
compatible data service.
To find more information on
Bluetooth® compatible and enabled
cell phones, visit
www.acura.com/handsfreelink,
or call the HandsFreeLink®
consumer support at 1-888-528-7876.
Connect to the Acura Server -
The default setting is prompt. When
a diagnostic info message appears,
and you select the Check Now
option, the system will prompt you
before connecting to the Acura
server. If you do not wish to connect
at that time, select No at the prompt,
and you will see the information from
the onboard database. The ‘‘Auto’’
setting will remove the prompt when
you select the Check Now option and
will automatically connect to the
Acura server. This setting only
applies when you have a Bluetooth®
enabled phone that is paired with
HFL and you have completed the
Phone-Data Connection setup.
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Message Categories
There are six message categories in
AcuraLink: Quick Tips, Feature
Guides, Maintenance Minders,
Recalls/Campaigns, Diagnostic Info,
and Scheduled Dealer Appointment.
The system can store up to 255
messages.
Message categories can be added,
revised, or deleted through
broadcast messages from Acura.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Feature Guide
Maintenance MinderTM
These messages, based on updated
vehicle information and comments
from other RDX owners, supplement
your Owner's Manual and Advanced
Technology Guide. They provide you
with relevant information for a safe
and enjoyable ownership experience.
For additional information, call Acura
Client Services directly through the
HFL.
During the first 90 days of
ownership, one of 22 different
messages appears each day. These
messages help you to use and
understand the technological
features of your vehicle.
These messages provide detailed
information about the service needed
for your vehicle. When a
maintenance message appears on the
multi-information display, a list of
needed maintenance items is
provided through an AcuraLink
message. These messages tell you
the exact maintenance needed,
helping you to avoid unnecessary
maintenance costs.
Features
Quick Tips
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
You can use the following message
options:
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Make an appointment from the
schedule at the dealer.
Reschedule the appointment with
the dealer.
Call your dealer for an
appointment.
Find the nearest dealer.
Automated Appointment
You can make an appointment with
your dealer through the AcuraLink
when you receive a maintenance
minder message.
To use the automated appointment
function, you should visit the Owner
Link website at
www.owners.acura.com, register
some required settings,\ and
complete the Phone-Data
Connection set-up (see page 337).
Your Bluetooth® compatible phone
should also be paired and linked to
your vehicle's Bluetooth® HFL (see
page 313).
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When you see the maintenance
minder message on the multiinformation display, you will also
receive a message in the navigation
screen. To open the message, press
ENTER. Select ‘‘New Messages,’’
then press ENTER. You will see the
list of all messages. The most recent
message is listed at the top.
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Features
Select the received message, then
press ENTER. You will see the
message as shown. To make an
appointment, select ‘‘Schedule
Dealer Appt.’’ then press ENTER.
The system will automatically
connect to the Acura server, then
show you an appropriate
appointment date and time on the
navigation screen. If you accept this
appointment, select ‘‘Confirm
Appointment,’’ then press ENTER.
The confirmation message will be
displayed on the screen. Make sure
to confirm the appointment date,
time and dealer. If it is OK, press
ENTER.
If you want to change or reschedule
the appointment date, select
‘‘Cancel,’’ then press ENTER.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
To cancel the appointment:
Scheduled Dealer Appointment
To reschedule the appointment:
Press the INFO button to go to the
information screen, select
‘‘Messages,’’ and select ‘‘Scheduled
Dealer Appointment’’ from the
message category list. Then press
ENTER.
You will see the screen to reschedule
as shown. To make an appointment,
select ‘‘Reschedule Appointment,’’
then press ENTER.
The system will automatically
connect to the Acura server, then
show you a new appointment date
and time on the navigation screen. If
you accept this appointment, select
‘‘Confirm Appointment,’’ then press
ENTER.
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Select ‘‘Messages’’ on the
information screen, then press
ENTER. Select ‘‘Scheduled Dealer
Appointment’’ from the message
category list. Then press ENTER. To
cancel the appointment, select
‘‘Cancel Appointment.’’
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
If you select the cancel appointment,
you cannot try to reschedule the
appointment. If you want to change
or reschedule the appointment date,
call your dealer directly with HFL.
Features
The system will request you to
confirm the cancel on the navigation
screen. To cancel the appointment,
select ‘‘YES,’’ then press ENTER. If
you select ‘‘NO,’’ the screen goes
back to the previous message
display.
The system will automatically
connect to the Acura server, then
show you the confirmation on the
navigation screen. If you accept the
cancel, press ENTER.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Using automated appointment, your
registered dealer through Owner
Link is automatically selected. If you
want to select another dealer, such as
in case of an emergency, find the
nearest dealer and call the dealer
directly with HFL.
Recall/Campaigns
When a maintenance appointment is
due soon, you will also receive an
appointment reminder message.
If your vehicle is affected by a recall
or other important safety
information, a letter will be mailed to
you about the issue and how to fix it.
If you don't get your vehicle fixed,
you will also receive a reminder
message through AcuraLink. You
can then use the message options to
call your dealer for an appointment
or to find the nearest dealer.
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For this reason, it is important that
we retain your current phone
number. Please update your
information using My Acura at
www.owners.acura.com.
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
Depending on the severity of the
problem, the message will let you
know if you should see your dealer
immediately or if you can wait a
while.
The AcuraLink system cannot
determine some mechanical
problems (such as squeaks or
rattles) that are not triggered by the
diagnostic indicator monitors.
A diagnostic message is generated if
any of the instrument panel
indicators stay on when they should
go off. For more information on the
instrument panel indicators, see
page 63.
Features
Diagnostic Info
When an indicator comes on or a
message is displayed on the MultiInformation Display (MID),
AcuraLink can provide information
about the cause of the indicator or
message and the recommended
action to address it. This helps you
handle the problem as it occurs,
preventing or limiting costly repairs.
When an instrument panel indicator
comes on or a message is displayed
on the MID, AcuraLink immediately
notifies you with the message,
‘‘Check more information.’’ If you do
not want the information right away,
select the Check Later option. If you
want the information now, select the
Check Now option. (If the navigation
screen is not active, you must select
OK from the navigation disclaimer
screen before you can check the
information.)
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
When you select the Diagnostic Info
option, if the HFL is connected to a
cellular data service, AcuraLink
gathers more information about the
problem, and sends it to Acura.
There, the information is analyzed
and returned to the vehicle with the
most accurate repair information.
You will see information from the
onboard troubleshooting database.
NOTE: There may not be any
additional information, depending on
the time elapsed since the previous
time you retrieved the information
from the Acura server.
You can then use message options to
call your dealer for an appointment,
to find the nearest dealer, or to find
out more information about the
issue.
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Reminder Message
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AcuraLink® (U.S. models only)
When you make an appointment
through My Acura's online Schedule
Service Appointment, you can be
reminded in advance about that
appointment through AcuraLink.
Appointments can still be created,
rescheduled, and canceled from the
vehicle; however, the appointment
information stored in the vehicle will
not be updated. Any changes to
those appointments should be made
from the My Acura website.
As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Features
If you need to reschedule or cancel
the appointment, see page 342.
Turning the Automated Appointment
preference off will disable
appointment notifications in the
vehicle based on appointments
created or changed at My Acura's
online scheduling website.
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Rearview Mirror with Rearview Camera Display
On models with navigation system
Refer to the navigation system
manual for operation of the rearview
camera.
On models without navigation system
REARVIEW CAMERA DISPLAY
POWER BUTTON
You can turn the camera display on
and off by pressing the power button
when the shift lever is in reverse.
The camera display turns on
everytime you shift to reverse, even if
you turned it off the last time.
Whenever you shift to reverse (R)
with the ignition switch in the ON
(II) position, the rear view appears on
a display in the rearview mirror.
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For the best picture, always keep the
rearview camera clean, and do not
cover the camera lens. To avoid
scratching the lens when you clean
it, use a moist, soft cloth.
Since the rearview camera display
area is limited, you should always
back up slowly and carefully, and
look behind you for obstacles.
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Rearview Mirror with Rearview Camera Display
If the engine has just been started, it
may take a short time for the system
to display the rearview.
The inside mirror will be hot when
you use the monitor for an extended
period of time.
SCREEN DISPLAY
The camera display has parking
guide lines that indicate distance
from your vehicle.
1st Line
24in (0.6m)
2nd Line
39in (1m)
3rd Line
79in (2m)
4th Line
118in (3m)
NOTE
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ACTUAL DISTANCE
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If a bright light (such as sunlight) is
reflected on the mirror, the image
may be difficult to see.
1st line
2nd line
3rd line
4th line
The rearview camera has a unique
lens that makes objects appear
closer than they actually are.
The rearview camera display has a
limited coverage, and the size and
position of objects may appear
different than they actually are.
Make sure to check the
surrounding area carefully.
To turn the guide line on and off,
hold the power button for more than
3 seconds when the shift is in
reverse, the on/off setting will be
kept when you change gear and
return to reverse.
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Features
The camera display brightness is
adjusted automatically by sensors. If
you use the camera display
continuously at high temperature,
the image will gradually dim and
eventually turn off automatically. If
you change to another shift position,
the camera display will come on
again when you return to reverse.
Rearview Camera Guide Line
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Before Driving
Break-in Period ...........................
Fuel Recommendation ................
Service Station Procedures .........
Refueling.................................
Tighten Fuel Cap Message .....
Opening and Closing the
Hood ...................................
Oil Check ................................
Engine Coolant Check ............
Fuel Economy .............................
Accessories and
Modifications ..........................
Carrying Cargo ...........................
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352
353
353
354
355
356
357
358
362
364
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Before Driving
Before you begin driving your
vehicle, you should know what
gasoline to use and how to check the
levels of important fluids. You also
need to know how to properly store
luggage or packages. The
information in this section will help
you. If you plan to add any
accessories to your vehicle, please
read the information in this section
first.
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Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation
Break-in Period
Help assure your vehicle's future
reliability and performance by paying
extra attention to how you drive
during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
During this period:
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Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid
acceleration.
Avoid hard braking for the first 200
miles (300 km).
Do not change the oil until the
scheduled maintenance time.
Fuel Recommendation
Your vehicle is designed to operate
on premium unleaded gasoline with
a pump octane of 91 or higher. If this
octane grade is unavailable, regular
unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane of 87 or higher may be used
temporarily. The use of regular
unleaded gasoline can cause metallic
knocking noises in the engine and
will result in decreased engine
performance. The long-term use of
regular-grade gasoline can lead to
engine damage.
Do not tow a trailer.
You should also follow these
recommendations with an
overhauled or exchanged engine, or
when the brakes are replaced.
Avoid driving with an extremely low
fuel level. Running out of fuel could
cause the engine to misfire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
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We recommend using quality
gasolines containing detergent
additives that help prevent fuel
system and engine deposits.
In addition, in order to maintain good
performance, fuel economy, and
emissions control, we strongly
recommend, in areas where it is
available, the use of gasoline that
does NOT contain manganese-based
fuel additives such as MMT.
Use of gasoline with these additives
may adversely affect performance,
and cause the malfunction indicator
lamp on your instrument panel to
come on. If this happens, contact
your authorized dealer for service.
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Fuel Recommendation, Service Station Procedures
Some gasoline today is blended with
oxygenates such as ethanol or
MTBE. Your vehicle is designed to
operate on oxygenated gasoline
containing up to 10% ethanol by
volume and up to 15% MTBE by
volume. Do not use gasoline
containing methanol.
For further important fuel-related
information for your vehicle, or
information on gasoline that does not
contain MMT, visit My Acura at
owners.acura.com
In Canada, visit www.acura.ca for
additional information on gasoline.
Pull
Gasoline is highly flammable
and explosive. You can be
burned or seriously injured
when handling fuel.
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Stop the engine, and keep
heat, sparks, and flame
away.
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Handle fuel only outdoors.
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Wipe up spills immediately.
Before Driving
If you notice any undesirable
operating symptoms, try another
service station or switch to another
brand of gasoline.
Refueling
FUEL FILL DOOR RELEASE HANDLE
1. Park with the driver's side closest
to the service station pump.
FUEL FILL CAP
2. Open the fuel fill door by pulling
on the handle at the outside of the
driver's seat.
HOLDER
TETHER
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Service Station Procedures
3. Remove the fuel fill cap slowly.
You may hear a hissing sound as
pressure inside the tank equalizes.
Place the cap in the holder on the
fuel fill door.
4. Stop filling the tank after the fuel
nozzle automatically clicks off. Do
not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. This
leaves some room in the fuel tank
for the fuel to expand with
temperature changes.
5. Screw the fuel fill cap back on until
it clicks at least once. If you do not
properly tighten the cap, you will
see a ‘‘TIGHTEN FUEL CAP’’
message on the multi-information
display (see right column on this
page), and the malfunction
indicator lamp may also come on
(see page 466).
Tighten Fuel Cap Message
6. Push the fuel fill door closed until
it latches.
If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off
even though the tank is not full,
there may be a problem with your
vehicle's fuel vapor recovery
system. The system helps keep
fuel vapor from going into the
atmosphere. Try filling at another
pump. If this does not fix the
problem, consult your dealer.
If your fuel fill cap is loose or
missing, a ‘‘TIGHTEN FUEL CAP’’
message appears on the multiinformation display after you start
the engine.
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Service Station Procedures
If the system still detects a leak in
your vehicle's evaporative emissions
system, the malfunction indicator
lamp (MIL) comes on. If the fuel fill
cap was not already tightened, turn
the engine off, and check or
retighten the fuel fill cap until it
clicks at least once. The MIL should
go off after several days of normal
driving once the cap is tightened or
replaced. If the MIL does not go off,
have your vehicle inspected by a
dealer. For more information, see
page 466.
Opening and Closing the Hood
HOOD RELEASE HANDLE
LATCH
1. Park the vehicle, and set the
parking brake. Pull the hood
release handle located under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
The hood will pop up slightly.
2. Put your fingers under the front
edge of the hood near the center.
Slide your hand to the left until
you feel the hood latch handle.
Push this handle up to release it.
Lift up the hood.
If the hood latch handle moves stiffly,
or if you can open the hood without
lifting the handle, the mechanism
should be cleaned and lubricated.
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Before Driving
Turn the engine off, and confirm the
fuel fill cap is installed. If it is, loosen
it, then retighten it until it clicks at
least once. When you can restart the
engine, the message appears again.
The message goes off after several
days of normal driving once you
tighten or replace the fuel fill cap. To
scroll to another message, press the
INFO ( / ) button.
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Service Station Procedures
To close the hood, lift it up slightly to
remove the support rod from the
hole. Put the support rod back into
its holding clip. Lower the hood to
about a foot (30 cm) above the
fender, then let it drop. Make sure it
is securely latched.
GRIP
SUPPORT ROD
Oil Check
DIPSTICK
CLIP
3. Holding the grip, pull the support
rod out of its clip. Insert the end
into the designated hole in the
hood.
Park the vehicle on a level surface.
Wait a few minutes after turning the
engine off before you check the oil.
1. Remove the dipstick (orange loop).
2. Wipe off the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel.
3. Hold the dipstick with a clean
cloth or paper towel, and then
insert it all the way back in its
hole.
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Service Station Procedures
‘‘UP’’ MARK
Engine Coolant Check
RESERVE TANK
Refer to Owner's Maintenance
Checks on page 417 for information
about checking other items on your
vehicle.
MAX
Before Driving
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
MIN
Make sure the ‘‘UP’’ mark on the
loop is facing up when you insert
the dipstick.
4. Remove the dipstick again, and
check the level. It should be
between the upper and lower
marks.
If it is near or below the lower mark,
see Adding Engine Oil on page 420.
Look at the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is
between the MAX and MIN lines. If
it is below the MIN line, see Adding
Engine Coolant on page 424 for
information on adding the proper
coolant.
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Fuel Economy
Actual Mileage and EPA Fuel
Economy Estimates Comparison.
Fuel economy is not a fixed number.
It varies based on driving conditions,
driving habits and vehicle condition.
Therefore, it is not possible for one
set of estimates to predict fuel
economy precisely for all drivers in
all environments.
The EPA fuel economy estimates
shown in the example to the right are
a useful tool for comparison when
buying a vehicle. EPA estimates
include:
City MPG - Represents urban
driving in a vehicle in light traffic. A
range of miles per gallon achieved is
also provided.
City MPG
Highway MPG
Combined Fuel
Economy
Estimated Annual
Fuel Cost
(Sample U.S. EPA label shown)
Combined Fuel Economy -
Represents a combination of city and
highway driving. The scale
represents the range of combined
fuel economy for other vehicles in
the class.
Highway MPG - Represents a
mixture of rural and interstate
driving, in a warmed-up vehicle,
typical of longer trips in free-flowing
traffic. A range of miles per gallon
achieved is also provided.
Estimated Annual Fuel Cost -
Provides an estimated annual fuel
cost, based on 15,000 miles (20,000
km) per year multiplied by the cost
per gallon (based on EPA fuel cost
data) divided by the combined fuel
economy.
For more information on fuel
economy ratings and factors that
affect fuel economy, visit
www.fueleconomy.gov
(Canada: Visit www.vehicles.gc.ca)
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy Factors
The following factors can lower your
vehicle's fuel economy:
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Excessive idling, accelerating and
braking in stop-and-go traffic
Cold engine operation (engines are
more efficient when warmed up)
Driving with a heavy load or the air
conditioner running
Vehicle Maintenance
A properly maintained vehicle
maximizes fuel economy. Poor
maintenance can significantly reduce
fuel economy. Always maintain your
vehicle according to the maintenance
messages displayed on the
information display (see Owner's
Maintenance Checks on page 417).
For example:
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Improperly inflated tires
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Keep your vehicle clean - In
particular, a build-up of snow or
mud on your vehicle's underside
adds weight and rolling resistance.
Frequent cleaning helps your fuel
economy.
Before Driving
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Aggressive driving (hard
acceleration and braking)
Improving Fuel Economy
Use the required engine oil (see
page 420).
Maintain proper tire inflation -
An underinflated tire increases
‘‘rolling resistance,’’ which reduces
fuel economy.
Avoid carrying excess weight in
your vehicle - It puts a heavier
load on the engine, increasing fuel
consumption.
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Fuel Economy
Drive Efficiently
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Drive moderately - Rapid
acceleration, abrupt cornering, and
hard braking increase fuel
consumption.
Observe the speed limit -
Aerodynamic drag has a big effect
on fuel economy at speeds above
45 mph (75 km/h). Reduce your
speed and you reduce the drag.
Trailers, car top carriers, roof
racks and bike racks are also big
contributors to increased drag.
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Always drive in the highest gear
possible - If your vehicle has a
manual transmission, you can
boost your fuel economy by up
shifting as early as possible.
Avoid excessive idling - Idling
results in 0 miles per gallon (0 kms
per liter).
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Minimize the use of the air
conditioning system - The A/C
puts an extra load on the engine
which makes it use more fuel. Use
the fresh-air ventilation when
possible.
Plan and combine trips -
Combine several short trips into
one. A warmed-up engine is more
fuel efficient than a cold one.
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Fuel Economy
Calculating Fuel Economy
Checking Your Fuel Economy
Measuring Techniques
Miles
driven
Gallons
of fuel
Miles per
Gallon
100
Liter
Kilometers
Before Driving
Direct calculation is the
recommended source of information
about your actual fuel economy.
Using frequency of fill-ups or taking
fuel gauge readings are NOT
accurate measures of fuel economy.
Fuel economy may improve over the
first several thousand miles.
L per
100 km
1)Fill the fuel tank until the nozzle automatically clicks off.
2)Reset trip counter to zero.
3)Record the total gallons (liters) needed to refill.
4)Follow one of the simple calculations above.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying your vehicle, or installing
some non-Acura accessories, can
make your vehicle unsafe. Before
you make any modifications or add
any accessories, be sure to read the
following information.
Accessories
Your dealer has Acura accessories
that allow you to personalize your
vehicle. These accessories have been
designed and approved for your
vehicle, and are covered by warranty.
Although non-Acura accessories may
fit on your vehicle, they may not
meet factory specifications, and could
adversely affect your vehicle's
handling, stability, and reliability.
Before installing any accessory:
Improper accessories or
modifications can affect your
vehicle's handling, stability, and
performance, and cause a
crash in which you can be hurt
or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner's manual regarding
accessories and modifications.
When properly installed, cellular
phones, alarms, two-way radios, and
low-powered audio systems should
not interfere with your vehicle's
computer controlled systems, such
as your airbags, anti-lock brakes, and
tire pressure monitoring system.
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Make sure the accessory does not
obscure any lights, or interfere
with proper vehicle operation or
performance.
Be sure electronic accessories do
not overload electrical circuits (see
page 469) or interfere with proper
operation of your vehicle.
Before installing any electronic
accessory, have the installer
contact your dealer for assistance.
If possible, have your dealer
inspect the final installation.
Do not install accessories on the
side pillars or across the rear
windows. Accessories installed in
these areas may interfere with
proper operation of the side
curtain airbags.
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Accessories and Modifications
Modifying Your Vehicle
Removing parts from your vehicle, or
replacing components with nonAcura components could seriously
affect your vehicle's handling,
stability, and reliability.
Here are some examples:
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Raising your vehicle with a nonAcura suspension kit can affect the
handling, stability, and reliability.
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Non-Acura wheels, because they
are a universal design, can cause
excessive stress on suspension
components and will not be
compatible with the tire pressure
monitoring system (TPMS).
Larger or smaller wheels and tires
can interfere with the operation of
your vehicle's anti-lock brakes and
other systems.
Before Driving
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Lowering the vehicle with a nonAcura suspension kit that
significantly reduces ground
clearance can allow the
undercarriage to hit speed bumps
or other raised objects, which
could cause the airbags to deploy.
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Modifying your steering wheel or
any other part of your vehicle's
safety features can make the
systems ineffective.
If you plan to modify your vehicle,
consult your dealer.
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Carrying Cargo
Your vehicle has several convenient
storage areas:
DOOR LINING POCKETS
FRONT DOOR POCKET
CENTER POCKET
CARGO HOOKS
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Glove box
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Front door pockets
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Door lining pockets
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Seat-back pockets
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Center pocket
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Console compartment
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GLOVE BOX
CARGO AREA
SEAT BACK POCKETS
CONSOLE COMPARTMENT
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Cargo area, including the rear
seats when folded down.
Roof-rack (if equipped)
However, carrying too much cargo,
or improperly storing it, can affect
your vehicle's handling, stability,
stopping distance, and tires, and
make it unsafe. Before carrying any
type of cargo, be sure to read the
following pages.
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Carrying Cargo
Load Limits
The maximum load for your vehicle
is 870 lbs (395 kg).
See Tire And Loading Information
label attached to the driver's
doorjamb.
Label Example
Overloading or improper
loading can affect handling and
stability and cause a crash in
which you can be hurt or killed.
1. Locate the statement ‘‘The
combined weight of occupants and
cargo should never exceed XXX kg
or XXX lbs.’’ on your vehicle's
placard.
2. Determine the combined weight of
the driver and passengers that will
be riding in your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of
the driver and passengers from
XXX kg or XXX lbs.
4. The resulting figure equals the
available amount of cargo and
luggage load capacity. For
example, if the ‘‘XXX’’ amount
equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be
five 150 lb. passengers in your
vehicle, the amount of available
cargo and luggage load capacity is
650 lbs.
(1,400-750 (5╳150)=650 lbs.)
This figure includes the total weight
of all occupants, cargo, and
accessories, and the tongue load if
you are towing a trailer.
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Before Driving
Follow all load limits and other
loading guidelines in this
manual.
Steps for Determining Correct Load
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Carrying Cargo
5. Determine the combined weight of
luggage and cargo being loaded on
the vehicle. That weight may not
safely exceed the available cargo
and luggage load capacity
calculated in Step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a
trailer, load from your trailer will
be transferred to your vehicle.
Consult this manual to determine
how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of
your vehicle.
Max Load
Passenger Weight
Cargo Weight
Example 1
(870 lbs)
(395 kg)
Max Load
(150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs)
(68 kg x 2 = 136 kg)
Passenger Weight
(570 lbs)
(259 kg)
Cargo Weight
Example 2
(870 lbs)
(395 kg)
Max Load
(150 lbs x 4 = 600 lbs)
(68 kg x 4 = 272 kg)
Passenger Weight
(270 lbs)
(123 kg)
Cargo Weight
Example 3
(870 lbs)
(395 kg)
In addition, the total weight of the
vehicle, all occupants, accessories,
cargo, and trailer tongue load must
not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle
Weight Rating (GAWR). Both are on
a label on the driver's doorjamb.
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(150 lbs x 5 = 750 lbs)
(68 kg x 5 = 340 kg)
(120 lbs)
(55 kg)
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Carrying Cargo
Carrying Cargo in the Passenger
Compartment
Store or secure all items that could
be thrown around and hurt
someone during a crash.
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Keep the glove box closed while
driving. If it is open, a passenger
could injure their knees during a
crash or sudden stop.
Do not put any items on top of the
cargo area cover. They can block
your view and be thrown around
the vehicle during a crash.
Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area
or on a Roof Rack
Distribute cargo evenly on the
floor of the cargo area, placing the
heaviest items on the bottom and
as far forward as possible. Tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop.
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If you fold the rear seats down, tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop. Keep all cargo below
the bottom of the windows. If it is
higher, it could interfere with the
proper operation of the side
curtain airbags.
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Before Driving
Be sure items placed on the floor
behind the front seats cannot roll
underneath and interfere with the
proper operation of the seats, the
sensors under the seats, or the
driver's ability to operate the
pedals.
If you fold the rear seats down, tie
down items that could be thrown
about the vehicle during a crash or
sudden stop. Also, keep all cargo
below the bottom of the windows.
If it is higher, it could interfere
with the proper operation of the
side curtain airbags.
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Carrying Cargo
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If you carry large items that
prevent you from closing the
tailgate, exhaust gas can enter the
passenger area. To avoid the
possibility of carbon monoxide
poisoning, follow the instructions
on page 57.
Cargo Hooks/Hanger Bars
HANGER
BARS
If you carry any items on a roof
rack, be sure the total weight of
the rack and the items does not
exceed 110 lbs (50 kg).
HOOK
To secure the cargo, you can use the
four cargo hooks in the cargo area.
The illustration shows the location of
each cargo hook.
The cargo hooks on the floor can be
used to install the cargo net for
securing items.
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The hanger bars can be used to hang
items. The hanger bar is designed to
hang light items (maximum load: 11
lbs or 5 kg on each side). Heavy
items may damage the bars.
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Carrying Cargo
Before Driving
Optional Cargo Net
The cargo net can be used to help
hold down light items in the cargo
area. The cargo net may not prevent
heavy items from being thrown
forward in a crash or a sudden stop.
Heavy items should be secured to
the cargo area floor with the hooks
or cinch straps attached to the cargo
hooks.
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Driving
Driving Guidelines ...................... 372
Preparing to Drive ...................... 373
Starting the Engine ..................... 374
Automatic Transmission ............. 376
Driving with the Paddle
Shifters ................................... 380
Super Handling-All Wheel
Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
System ................................ 384
Parking ....................................... 386
Braking System .......................... 387
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ............... 388
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) ................................... 390
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®),
aka Electronic Stability Control
(ESC), System ..................... 395
Towing a Trailer.......................... 397
Off-Highway Driving
Guidelines............................... 405
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Driving
This section gives you tips on
starting the engine under various
conditions, and how to operate the
automatic transmission. It also
includes important information on
parking your vehicle, the braking
system, the Super Handling-All
Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system,
the vehicle stability assist (VSA®)
system, the tire pressure monitoring
system (TPMS), and facts you need
if you are planning to tow a trailer or
drive off-highway.
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Driving Guidelines
Your vehicle has higher ground
clearance that allows you to travel
over bumps, obstacles, and rough
terrain. It also provides good
visibility so you can anticipate
problems earlier.
Because your vehicle rides higher off
the ground, it has a high center of
gravity that can cause it to roll over if
you make abrupt turns. Utility
vehicles have a significantly higher
roll over rate than other types of
vehicles.
To prevent rollovers or loss of
control:
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Take corners at slower speeds
than you would with a passenger
vehicle.
Avoid sharp turns and abrupt
maneuvers whenever possible.
Your vehicle is equipped with a super
handling-all wheel drive (SH-AWD)
system. When the system senses a
loss of one or more wheel traction, it
automatically transfers some power
to the other wheels. This gives you
better traction and mobility.
Do not modify your vehicle in any
way that would raise the center of
gravity.
You still need to exercise the same
care when accelerating, steering, and
braking that you would in a twowheel drive vehicle.
Do not carry heavy cargo on the
roof.
See page 405 for off-highway driving
guidelines.
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Preparing to Drive
You should do these checks and
adjustments before you drive your
vehicle:
1. Make sure all windows, mirrors,
and outside lights are clean and
unobstructed. Remove frost, snow,
or ice.
2. Check that the hood is fully
closed.
4. Check that any items you may be
carrying are stored properly or
fastened down securely.
6. Check the adjustment of the
inside and outside mirrors (see
page 146).
10. When you start the engine, check
the gauges and indicators in the
instrument panel, and the
messages on the multi-information
display (see pages 63, 73 and 74).
7. Check the steering wheel
adjustment (see page 122).
8. Make sure the doors and the
tailgate are securely closed and
locked.
Driving
3. Visually check the tires. If a tire
looks low, use a gauge to check its
pressure.
5. Check the seat adjustment (see
page 134).
9. Fasten your seat belt. Check that
your passengers have fastened
their seat belts (see page 15).
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Starting the Engine
Your vehicle's starting system has an
auto control mode. When you turn
the ignition switch to the START (III)
position, this feature keeps the
engine's starter motor running until
the engine starts. Follow these
instructions to start the engine:
1. Apply the parking brake.
2. In cold weather, turn off all
electrical accessories to reduce the
drain on the battery.
3. Make sure the shift lever is in
Park. Press on the brake pedal.
4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, turn the ignition switch to
the START (III) position, then
release the ignition switch. You do
not need to hold the ignition
switch in the START (III) position
to start the engine. The starter
motor can run for up to 9 seconds
to guarantee starting when the
outside temperature is very low.
If you hold the ignition switch in
the START (III) position for more
than 7 seconds, the starter motor,
depending on the outside
temperature, runs for up to 25
seconds until the engine starts.
If the engine does not start, wait at
least 10 seconds before trying
again.
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The immobilizer system protects your
vehicle from theft. If an improperly
coded key (or other device) is used, the
engine's fuel system is disabled. For
more information, see page 124.
The engine is harder to start in cold
weather. Also, the thinner air found at
altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,400
meters) adds to this problem.
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Starting the Engine
Your vehicle has an electric vacuum
pump located in the engine
compartment. When you drive in
cold weather or thinner air at high
altitude, the electric vacuum pump
operates more frequently after the
engine is started.
Check Starter System Message
Canada
U.S.
If there is a problem with the starter
system, you will see a ‘‘CHECK
STARTER SYSTEM’’ message on the
multi-information display when the
ignition switch is turned to the ON
(II) position. You will also see this
message when the auto control mode
of the starter system has a problem.
If this message is on, the ignition
switch has to be held in the START
(III) position manually until the
engine starts. The ignition switch can
be held in that position up to 15
seconds.
Even though you may be able to start
the engine manually without the auto
control mode of the starter system,
have your dealer inspect your
vehicle.
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Driving
When the electric vacuum pump is in
operation, it makes some mechanical
noises come from the engine
compartment. This is normal.
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Automatic Transmission
Shift Lever Position Indicators
The ‘‘D’’ indicator comes on for a few
seconds when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position. If it
flashes while driving (in any shift
position), it indicates a possible
problem in the transmission.
If the malfunction indicator lamp
comes on along with the ‘‘D’’
indicator, there is a problem with the
automatic transmission control
system. Avoid rapid acceleration, and
have the transmission checked by
your dealer as soon as possible.
These indicators on the instrument
panel show which position the shift
lever is in.
When the ‘‘D’’ indicator warns of a
possible problem with the
transmission, you will see a ‘‘CHECK
TRANSMISSION’’ message on the
multi-information display (see
page 80).
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Shifting
SHIFT LEVER
RELEASE BUTTON
To shift from Park to any position,
press firmly on the brake pedal and
press the release button on the front
of the shift lever, then pull the lever.
You cannot shift out of Park when
the ignition switch is in the LOCK
(0) or the ACCESSORY (I) position.
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Automatic Transmission
To shift from:
P to R
R to P
N to R
D to S
S to D
D to N
N to D
R to N
Do this:
Press the brake pedal, and
press the shift lever release
button.
Press the shift lever release
button.
Move the shift lever.
Park (P) - This position
mechanically locks the transmission.
Use Park whenever you are turning
off or starting the engine. To shift out
of Park, you must press on the brake
pedal and have your foot off the
accelerator pedal. Press the release
button on the front of the shift lever
to move it.
To avoid transmission damage, come
to a complete stop before shifting
into Park. You must also press the
release button to shift into Park. The
shift lever must be in Park before
you can remove the key from the
ignition switch.
Neutral (N) - Use neutral if you
need to restart a stalled engine, or if
it is necessary to stop briefly with the
engine idling. Shift to the Park
position if you need to leave your
vehicle for any reason. Press on the
brake pedal when you are moving
the shift lever from neutral to
another gear.
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If you have done all of the above and
still cannot move the lever out of
Park, see Shift Lock Release on
page 379.
Reverse (R) - Press the brake
pedal and press the release button on
the front of the shift lever to shift
from Park to reverse. To shift from
reverse to neutral, come to a
complete stop, and then shift. Press
the release button before shifting
into reverse from neutral.
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Automatic Transmission
Drive (D) - Use this position for
your normal driving. The
transmission automatically adjusts to
keep the engine at the best speed for
the driving conditions.
S Position (S) - To shift into the S
position, press the release button on
the front of the shift lever, and move
the lever to S. This position is similar
to D, except only gears from first to
fourth are selected. The S position
keeps the transmission from cycling
between fourth and fifth gears in
stop-and-go driving.
With the shift lever in D or S, you
can also use the paddle shifters to
shift the transmission up or down.
Once you begin to use the paddle
shifters in S, the transmission will no
longer upshift or downshift
automatically. For more information
of driving with the paddle shifters,
see page 380.
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Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed
for the gear you are in, the engine
speed will enter into the
tachometer's red zone. If this occurs,
you may feel 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
Shift Lock Release
This allows you to move the shift
lever out of Park if the normal
method of pushing on the brake
pedal and pressing the release button
does not work.
COVER
KEY
NOTCH
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Remove the key from the ignition
switch.
RELEASE
BUTTON
4. Insert the key in the shift lock
release slot.
5. Push down on the key while you
press the release button on the
shift lever and move the shift lever
out of Park to neutral.
SHIFT LOCK
RELEASE SLOT
6. Remove the key from the shift lock
release slot, then install the cover.
Make sure the notch on the cover
is on the rear.
Insert the key back into the
ignition switch, press the brake
pedal, and restart the engine.
If you need to use the shift lock
release, it means your vehicle is
developing a problem. Have it
checked by your dealer
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3. Put a cloth on the notch of the shift
lock release slot cover to prevent
scratches. Using a small flat-tip
screwdriver or a metal fingernail
file, carefully pry on the notch of
the cover to remove it.
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Driving with the Paddle Shifters
Using the Paddle Shifters in the D
position (D-Paddle Shift Mode)
When you are driving in the D
position, pulling either paddle shifter
switches from the ordinary automatic
transmission [drive mode (D)] to the
D-paddle shift mode. You can shift
the transmission up or down
manually with the paddle shifters.
Downshifting gives you more power
when climbing, and provides engine
braking when going down a steep
hill.
GEAR POSITION INDICATOR
To shift up or down, use the +
(right) or - (left) paddle shifter on
either side of the steering wheel.
Each time you pull + (right), the
transmission shifts to a higher gear.
Pull - (left) to downshift. You will
see the selected gear number on the
instrument panel.
When you pull either paddle shifter,
the gear position indicator shows you
the selected gear number.
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Driving with the Paddle Shifters
When the transmission returns to
drive mode (D), the displayed gear
number disappears.
The transmission remains in the
selected gear if you do not
accelerate.
The automatic transmission will not
allow you to shift up or down if:
●
You downshift before the engine
speed reaches the highest
threshold of the lower gear.
If you try to do this, the gear
position indicator will flash the
number of the lower gear several
times, then return to a higher gear.
●
●
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You upshift before the engine
speed reaches the lowest
threshold of the higher gear.
The transmission downshifts to first
gear and returns to drive mode (D)
when the vehicle comes to a
complete stop or the vehicle speed is
about 6 mph (10 km/h).
If there is a problem in the
transmission while you are driving
with the paddle shifters, the D
indicator flashes, the D-paddle shift
mode is canceled, and the
transmission returns to drive mode
(D).
You pull both paddle shifters at the
same time.
You pull one of the two paddle
shifters while continuously pulling
on the other one.
Each time you pull either paddle
shifter, the transmission shifts one
gear up or down. If you want to shift
up or down more than two gears, pull
the paddle shifter twice, pause, and
then pull it again.
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The transmission control system
monitors the accelerator pedal use
and your driving conditions. When
you press the accelerator pedal as in
normal driving, the system judges
that you are driving at a constant
cruising speed without using the
paddle shifters. Under these
conditions, D-paddle shift mode is
canceled, and the transmission
automatically returns to drive mode
(D).
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Driving with the Paddle Shifters
Using the Paddle Shifters in the S
position (Sequential Shift Mode)
With the shift lever in the S position,
you can select the sequential shift
mode to shift gears; much like a
manual transmission using the
paddle shifters, but without a clutch
pedal.
To enter the sequential shift mode,
press the release button on the front
of the shift lever, move the lever to
the S position, then pull either paddle
shifter. To cancel the sequential shift
mode and return to the ordinary
automatic transmission, move the
shift lever from the S position. When
moving the shift lever, be careful not
to operate incorrectly. While you are
driving in the sequential shift mode,
the transmission will not
automatically return to ordinary
automatic transmission.
GEAR POSITION INDICATOR
‘‘M’’ INDICATOR
When you move the shift lever from
‘‘D’’ to ‘‘S’’ and pull either paddle
shifter, the gear position indicator
displays ‘‘M’’ along with the selected
gear number.
To upshift, pull the + (right) paddle
shifter. To downshift, pull the -
(left) paddle shifter.
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When you accelerate from a stop, the
transmission starts in first gear, and
you must manually upshift between
first and fifth gears. Make sure you
upshift before the engine speed
reaches the tachometer's red zone.
The transmission remains in the
selected gear (5, 4, 3, 2, or 1). There
is no automatic downshift when you
push the accelerator pedal to the
floor.
When you are driving in 4th or 5th
gear, the transmission downshifts to
the lower gear under the following
conditions:
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The vehicle slows down to a
certain speed.
You press the brake pedal.
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Driving with the Paddle Shifters
Downshifting with the paddle shifter
allows you to increase the engine
braking when going down steep or
long hills, and provides more power
when climbing uphills. You can
upshift the transmission manually to
reduce the rpm.
●
You downshift before the engine
speed reaches the highest
threshold of the lower gear.
If you try to do this, the gear
position indicator will flash the
number of the lower gear several
times, then return to a higher gear.
●
●
●
●
Starting in Second Gear
When you are in sequential shift
mode, and the vehicle is stopped,
pull the + (right) paddle shifter to
shift to second gear. You will see
‘‘M2’’ in the display. Starting in
second gear helps to reduce
wheelspin in deep snow or on a
slippery surface.
You upshift before the engine
speed reaches the lowest
threshold of the higher gear.
Driving
The transmission also shifts
automatically as the vehicle comes to
a complete stop. It downshifts to first
gear when the vehicle speed reaches
6 mph (10 km/h) or less.
The automatic transmission will not
allow you to shift up or down if:
You try to shift to third or a higher
gear when the vehicle is
stationary.
You pull both paddle shifters at the
same time.
You pull one of the two paddle
shifters while continuously pulling
on the other one.
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Driving with the Paddle Shifters, Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) System
Recommended Shift Points
Drive in the highest gear that lets the
engine run and accelerate smoothly.
This will give you good fuel economy
and effective emissions control. The
following shift points are
recommended:
Shift up
Normal acceleration
1st to 2nd
2nd to 3rd
3rd to 4th
4th to 5th
15 mph (24 km/h)
25mph (40 km/h)
40 mph (64 km/h)
47 mph (76 km/h)
Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™
(SH-AWD®) System
If equipped
The super handling-all wheel drive
(SH-AWD) system is a full time allwheel-drive system that
automatically controls and transfers
varying amounts of engine torque to
all wheels independently, according
to the driving conditions.
While the SH-AWD system helps to
enhance the vehicle's driving
stability in all situations, it is still
your responsibility to drive and
corner at reasonable speeds and to
leave a sufficient margin of safety.
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SH-AWD Torque Distribution
Monitor
TORQUE INDICATOR
TORQUE INDICATOR
The SH-AWD torque distribution
monitor on the multi-information
display shows you the amount of
torque being sent to the wheels.
Each wheel - right front (RF), left
front (LF), right rear (RR), and left
rear (LR) - has its own torque
indicator.
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Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) System
Each torque indicator is displayed as
a bar graph divided into 5 segments.
The number of segments represents
the amount of torque distributed to
each wheel.
If the SH-AWD indicator blinks while
driving, it indicates the differential
temperature is too high. You will also
see an ‘‘SH-AWD DIFF TEMP
HIGH’’ message on the multiinformation display. If this happens,
pull to the side of the road when it is
safe, shift to Park, and let the engine
idle until the indicator goes out. If
the indicator does not go out, take
your vehicle to a dealer to have it
checked.
If the SH-AWD indicator on the
instrument panel stays on, and the
‘‘CHECK SH-AWD SYSTEM’’
message also appears on the multiinformation display, there is a
problem with the SH-AWD system.
Your vehicle still has normal frontwheel drive with vehicle stability
assist (VSA), but does not have the
advantages of SH-AWD. Have your
vehicle checked by a dealer as soon
as possible.
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When there is only a slight change in
torque distribution while driving,
such as cruising on level roads at the
same speed, the torque distribution
monitor may stop displaying the
amount of torque. This is not a
system problem. The monitor will
show the amount if the system
senses any change in torque
distribution.
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Parking
Always use the parking brake when
you park your vehicle. Make sure the
parking brake is set firmly, or your
vehicle may roll if it is parked on an
incline.
Set the parking brake before you put
the transmission in Park. This keeps
the vehicle from moving and putting
pressure on the parking mechanism
in the transmission.
Parking Tips
Make sure the moonroof and the
windows are closed.
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●
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●
●
●
Turn off the lights.
Place any packages, valuables, etc.
in the cargo area or take them with
you.
●
●
Lock the doors and the tailgate.
Never park over dry leaves, tall
grass, or other flammable
materials. The hot three way
catalytic converter could cause
these materials to catch on fire.
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If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn
the front wheels away from the
curb.
If the vehicle is facing downhill,
turn the front wheels toward the
curb.
Check the indicator on the
instrument panel to verify that the
security system is set.
Make sure the parking brake is
fully released before driving away.
Driving with the parking brake
partially set can overheat or
damage the rear brakes.
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Braking System
Your vehicle is equipped with disc
brakes at all four wheels. A power
assist using negative pressure
generated by the engine and the
electric vacuum pump helps reduce
the effort needed on the brake pedal.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS)
helps you retain steering control
when braking very hard.
When you drive in cold weather or
thinner air at high altitude, the
electric vacuum pump operates more
frequently after the engine is started.
For more information about the
electric vacuum pump, see page 468.
Constant application of the brakes
when going down a long hill builds
up heat and reduces their
effectiveness. Use the engine to
assist the brakes by taking your foot
off the accelerator and downshifting
to a lower gear.
Check your brakes after driving
through deep water. Apply the
brakes moderately to see if they feel
normal. If not, apply them gently and
frequently until they do. Be extra
cautious and alert in your driving.
Braking System Design
The hydraulic system that operates
the brakes has two separate circuits.
Each circuit works diagonally across
the vehicle (the left-front brake is
connected with the right-rear brake,
etc.). If one circuit should develop a
problem, you will still have braking
at two wheels.
Brake Pad Wear Indicators
All four brakes have audible brake
wear indicators.
If the brake pads need replacing, you
will hear a distinctive, metallic
screeching sound when you apply
the brake pedal. If you do not have
the brake pads replaced, they will
screech all the time. It is normal for
the brakes to occasionally squeal or
squeak when you apply them.
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When the electric vacuum pump is in
operation, it makes some mechanical
noises come from the engine
compartment. This is normal.
Resting your foot on the pedal keeps
the brakes applied lightly, builds up
heat, and reduces their effectiveness
and reduces brake pad life. In
addition, fuel economy can be
reduced. It also keeps your brake
lights on all the time, confusing
drivers behind you.
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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
The anti-lock brake system (ABS)
helps prevent the wheels from
locking up, and helps you retain
steering control by pumping the
brakes rapidly, much faster than a
person can do it.
The electronic brake distribution
(EBD) system, which is part of the
ABS, also balances the front-to-rear
braking distribution according to
vehicle loading.
You will feel a pulsation in the brake
pedal when the ABS activates, and
you may hear some noise. This is
normal: it is the ABS rapidly
pumping the brakes. On dry
pavement, you will need to press on
the brake pedal very hard before the
ABS activates. However, you may
feel the ABS activate immediately if
you are trying to stop on snow or ice.
You should never pump the brake pedal.
Let the ABS work for you by always
keeping firm, steady pressure on the
brake pedal. This is sometimes
referred to as ‘‘stomp and steer.’’
ABS Indicator
If this indicator comes on, the antilock function of the braking system
has shut down. The brakes still work
like a conventional system, but
without anti-lock. You should have
your dealer inspect your vehicle as
soon as possible.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK ABS
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 80).
If the indicator comes on while
driving, test the brakes as instructed
on page 467.
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Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Important Safety Reminders
ABS does not reduce the time or
distance it takes to stop the
vehicle. It only helps with the
steering control during braking.
Test your brakes as instructed on
page 467. If the brakes feel normal,
drive slowly and have your vehicle
repaired by your dealer as soon as
possible. Avoid sudden hard braking
which could cause the rear wheels to
lock up and possibly lead to a loss of
control.
ABS will not prevent a skid that
results from changing direction
abruptly, such as trying to take a
corner too fast or making a sudden
lane change. Always drive at a safe
speed for the road and weather
conditions.
A vehicle with ABS may require a
longer distance to stop on loose or
uneven surfaces, such as gravel or
snow, than a vehicle without antilock.
Driving
If the ABS indicator and the brake
system indicator come on together,
and the parking brake is fully
released, the EBD system may also
be shut down.
ABS cannot prevent a loss of
stability. Always steer moderately
when you are braking hard. Severe
or sharp steering wheel movement
can still cause your vehicle to veer
into oncoming traffic or off the road.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Your vehicle is equipped with a tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
that turns on every time you start the
engine and monitors the pressure in
your tires while driving.
Each tire has its own pressure
sensor. If the air pressure of a tire
becomes significantly low, the sensor
in that tire immediately sends a
signal that causes the low tire
pressure/TPMS indicator in the
instrument panel to come on. If this
happens, you will see which tire is
losing pressure on the multiinformation display along with a
‘‘CHECK TIRE PRESSURE’’
message.
Low Tire Pressure/TPMS
Indicator
When the low tire pressure/TPMS
indicator is on, one or more of your
tires is significantly underinflated.
You should stop and check your tires
as soon as possible, and inflate them
to the proper pressure as indicated
on the vehicle's tire information
placard.
It is possible that the pressures
shown on the multi-information
display and the pressures you
manually measure are slightly
different.
If the difference is significant or you
cannot make the low tire pressure/
TPMS indicator and message on the
multi-information display go out after
inflating the tires to the specified
values, have your dealer check the
system as soon as possible.
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If you think you can safely drive a
short distance to a service station,
proceed slowly to the station, then
inflate the tire to the recommended
pressure.
If the tire is flat, or if the tire pressure
is too low to continue driving, replace
the tire with the compact spare tire
(see page 454).
Driving on a significantly underinflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Under-inflation also reduces fuel
efficiency and tire tread life, and may
affect the vehicle's handling and
stopping ability.
Because tire pressure varies by
temperature and other conditions,
the low tire pressure/TPMS
indicator may come on unexpectedly.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Although your tire pressure is
monitored, you must manually check
the tire pressures monthly.
Tire Pressure Monitor
Each tire, including the spare, should
be checked monthly when the
vehicle is cold, and set to the
recommended inflation pressure as
specified on the vehicle placard and
in the owner's manual (see page
page 445).
INFO BUTTON
To select the tire pressure monitor,
press the INFO button several times
with the ignition switch in the ON
(II) position.
Refer to page 444 for tire inflation
guidelines.
If there is a problem with the TPMS,
this indicator begins to flash. It stops
flashing after approximately 1
minute, then stays on. You will also
see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display (see page 393).
You will see the above display on the
multi-information display when all
tire pressures are normal.
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For example, if you check and fill
your tires in a warm area, then drive
in extremely cold weather, the tire
pressure will be lower than
measured and could be underinflated
and cause the low tire pressure/
TPMS indicator to come on. Or, if
you check and adjust your tire
pressure in cooler conditions, and
drive into extremely hot conditions,
the tire may become overinflated.
However, the low tire pressure/
TPMS indicator will not come on if
the tires are overinflated.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
U.S.
Canada
SEL/RESET BUTTON
To see the inflation pressures of all
four tires, press the SEL/RESET
button. The display changes as
shown above.
Each tire pressure is shown in PSI
(U.S. models) or in kPa (Canadian
models).
This shows that front left tire is
losing pressure.
Each tire has its own pressure
sensor. If the air pressure of a tire
becomes significantly low, the sensor
in that tire immediately sends a
signal that causes the low tire
pressure/TPMS indicator in the
instrument panel to come on. If this
happens, you will see which tire is
losing pressure on the multiinformation display along with a
‘‘CHECK TIRE PRESSURE’’
message.
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When any of the tires have low
pressure, the tire pressure monitor
shows a ‘‘TIRE PRESS. ERROR
SYSTEM FUNC NORMAL’’
message.
When you continue driving after
installing the spare tire, you will also
see this message on the multiinformation display.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
TPMS System Failure
If there is a problem with the TPMS,
you will see the above message on
the multi-information display.
When you restart the vehicle with
the compact spare tire, the TPMS
system message will also be
displayed on the multi-information
display after several miles
(kilometers) driving.
If you see this message, the system
is off and is not monitoring the tire
pressures. Have the system checked
by your dealer as soon as possible.
Also, the low tire pressure/TPMS
indicator begins to flash (see page
page 71).
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If there is a problem with the TPMS,
the tire pressure monitor shows a
‘‘SYSTEM FUNCTION ERROR’’
message and the tire pressure
readings are not displayed. If this
happens, you will first see a system
warning message ‘‘CHECK TPMS
SYSTEM’’ on the multi-information
display.
If the low tire pressure/TPMS
indicator comes on, or the multiinformation display shows a ‘‘CHECK
TPMS SYSTEM’’ message, the VSA
system automatically turns on even
when the VSA system is turned off
by pressing the VSA OFF switch
(see page 396). If this happens, you
cannot turn the VSA system off by
pressing the VSA OFF switch again.
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Changing a Tire with TPMS
If you have a flat tire, the low tire
pressure/TPMS and tire monitor
indicators will come on. Replace the
indicated flat tire with the compact
spare tire (see page 454).
After the flat tire is replaced with the
spare tire, the low tire pressure/
TPMS indicator stays on while
driving. After several miles
(kilometers) driving, this indicator
begins to flash, then stays on again.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK TPMS
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display. This is normal;
the system cannot monitor the spare
tire pressure. Manually check the
spare tire pressure to be sure it is
correct.
This indicator and the warning
message on the multi-information
display will go off, after several miles
(kilometers) driving, when the spare
tire is replaced with the specified
regular tire equipped with the tire
pressure monitor sensor.
Each wheel is equipped with a tire
pressure sensor. You must use
TPMS specific wheels. It is
recommended that you always have
your tires serviced by your dealer or
a qualified technician.
Never use a puncture-repairing agent
in a flat tire. If used, you will have to
replace the tire pressure sensor.
Have the flat tire repaired by your
dealer as soon as possible.
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As required by the FCC:
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any
interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Industry
Canada Standard RSS-210.
Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
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Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System
The vehicle stability assist (VSA)
system helps to stabilize the vehicle
during cornering if the vehicle turns
more or less than desired. It also
assists you in maintaining traction
while accelerating on loose or
slippery road surfaces. It does this by
regulating the engine's output and by
selectively applying the brakes.
The VSA system cannot enhance the
vehicle's driving stability in all
situations and does not control your
vehicle's entire braking system. It is
still your responsibility to drive and
corner at reasonable speeds and to
leave a sufficient margin of safety.
When VSA activates, you will see the
VSA activation indicator blink (see
page 69).
Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA) System Indicator
If this indicator comes on while
driving, pull to the side of the road
when it is safe, and turn off the
engine. Reset the system by
restarting the engine. If the VSA
system indicator stays on or comes
back on while driving, have the VSA
system inspected by your dealer.
NOTE: The main function of the VSA
system is generally known as
Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The system also includes a traction
control function.
If the indicator does not come on
when the ignition switch is turned to
the ON (II) position, there may be a
problem with the VSA system. Have
your dealer inspect your vehicle as
soon as possible.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK VSA
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display if there is a
problem with the VSA system.
If the low tire pressure/TPMS
indicator comes on (see page 390),
or the multi-information display
shows a ‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’
message with the indicator flashing
(see page 393), the VSA system
automatically turns on even if the
VSA system is turned off with the
VSA OFF switch. In this case, you
cannot turn the VSA system off by
pressing the VSA OFF switch again.
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Driving
When VSA activates, you may notice
that the engine does not respond to
the accelerator in the same way it
does at other times. There may also
be some noise from the VSA
hydraulic system. You will also see
the VSA activation indicator blink.
VSA Activation Indicator
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Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), aka Electronic Stability Control (ESC), System
Without VSA, your vehicle will have
normal braking and cornering ability,
but it will not have VSA traction and
stability enhancement.
VSA OFF Switch
In certain unusual conditions when
your vehicle gets stuck in shallow
mud or fresh snow, it may be easier
to free it with the VSA temporarily
switched off. When the VSA system
is off, the traction control system is
also off. You should only attempt to
free your vehicle with the VSA off if
you are not able to free it when the
VSA is on.
Immediately after freeing your
vehicle, be sure to switch the VSA on
again. We do not recommend driving
your vehicle with the VSA and
traction control systems switched off.
VSA OFF SWITCH
This switch is under the driver's side
vent. To turn the VSA system on and
off, press and hold it until you hear a
beep.
When VSA is off, the VSA activation
indicator comes on as a reminder.
Press and hold the switch again. It
turns the system back on.
VSA is turned on every time you start
the engine, even if you turned it off
the last time you drove the vehicle.
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VSA and Tire Sizes
Driving with varying tire or wheel
sizes may cause the VSA to
malfunction. When replacing tires,
make sure they are the same size
and type as your original tires (see
page 448).
If you install winter tires, make sure
they are the same size as those that
were originally supplied with your
vehicle. Exercise the same caution
during winter driving as you would if
your vehicle was not equipped with
VSA.
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Towing a Trailer
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily to carry passengers and
their cargo. You can also use it to tow
a trailer if you carefully observe the
load limits, use the proper
equipment, and follow the guidelines
in this section.
Load Limits
Exceeding any load limit or
improperly loading your vehicle
and trailer can cause a crash in
which you can be seriously hurt
or killed.
Check the loading of your
vehicle and trailer carefully
before starting to drive.
Total Trailer Weight: The maximum
allowable weight of the trailer and
everything in or on it must not
exceed 1,500 lbs (680 kg). Towing a
load that is too heavy can seriously
affect your vehicle's handling and
performance. It can also damage the
engine and drivetrain.
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Driving
Break-In Period
Avoid towing a trailer during your
vehicle's first 600 miles (1,000 km)
(see page 352).
Be sure to read the Off-Highway
Driving Guidelines section on page
405 if you plan to tow off paved
surfaces.
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Towing a Trailer
To achieve a proper tongue load,
start by loading 60% of the load
toward the front of the trailer and 40%
toward the rear, then re-adjust the
load as needed.
Tongue Load: The weight that the
tongue of a fully-loaded trailer puts
on the hitch should be approximately
10% of the total trailer weight. Too
much tongue load reduces front-tire
traction and steering control. Too
little tongue load can make the trailer
unstable and cause it to sway.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) - The maximum allowable
weight of the vehicle, all occupants,
all accessories, all cargo, and the
tongue load is :
4WD:
4,894 lbs (2,220 kg)
2WD:
4,718 lbs (2,140 kg)
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Gross Axle Weight Ratings
(GAWR) - The maximum allowable
weight of the vehicle axle is :
4WD:
2,546 lbs (1,155 kg)
on the front axle
2,381 lbs (1,080 kg)
on the rear axle
2WD:
2,447 lbs (1,110 kg)
on the front axle
2,271 lbs (1,030 kg)
on the rear axle
Gross Combined Weight Rating
(GCWR) - The maximum allowable
weight of the fully loaded vehicle and
trailer is :
4WD:
6,394 lbs (2,900 kg)
2WD:
4,718 lbs (2,140 kg)
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Towing a Trailer
Towing Equipment and
Accessories
Towing can require a variety of
equipment, depending on the size of
your trailer, how it will be used, how
much load you are towing, and
where you tow.
If you cannot get to a public scale,
you can estimate the total trailer
weight by adding the weight of your
trailer (as quoted by the
manufacturer) with everything in or
on the trailer.
Discuss your needs with your trailer
sales or rental agency, and follow the
guidelines in this section. Also make
sure that all equipment is properly
installed and maintained, and that it
meets federal, state, provincial,
territorial and local regulations.
If you normally pull the same load
each time you tow a trailer, you can
use a suitable scale or a special
tongue load gauge to check the
tongue load the first time you set up
a towing combination (a fully loaded
vehicle and trailer), then recheck the
tongue load whenever the conditions
change.
Hitches
Any hitch used on your vehicle must
be properly bolted to the underbody.
Safety Chains
Always use safety chains when you
tow a trailer. Make sure the chains
are secured to the trailer and hitch,
and that they cross under the tongue
and can catch the trailer if it becomes
unhitched. Leave enough slack to
allow the trailer to turn corners
easily, but do not let the chains drag
on the ground.
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Driving
Checking Loads
The best way to confirm that all loads
are within limits is to check them at a
public scale. For public scales in your
area, check your local phone book,
or contact your trailer dealer or
rental agency for assistance.
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Towing a Trailer
Trailer Brakes
Trailer Lights
Acura recommends that any trailer
with a total trailer weight of 1,000 lbs
(450 kg) or more has its own brakes.
Trailer lights and equipment must
comply with federal, provincial,
territorial, and local regulations.
Check with your local trailer sales or
rental agencies for the requirements
in the area where you plan to tow,
and use only equipment designed for
your vehicle.
There are two common types of
trailer brakes: surge and electric.
Surge brakes are common for boat
trailers, since the brakes will get wet.
If you choose electric brakes, be sure
they are electronically actuated. Do
not attempt to tap into your vehicle's
hydraulic system. No matter how
successful it may seem, any attempt
to attach trailer brakes to your
vehicle's hydraulic system will lower
braking effectiveness and create a
potential hazard.
GROUND
(BLACK)
LEFT TURN
HAZARD
SIGNAL
LIGHT
(ORANGE) (YELLOW)
RIGHT TURN BRAKE TAILLIGHT
SIGNAL
LIGHT
(RED)
(BROWN)
(LIGHT
GREEN)
Your vehicle has a trailer lighting
connector located under the right
side tool case in the cargo area. Refer
to the drawing above for the wiring
color code and purpose of each pin.
See your trailer dealer or rental
agency for more information on
installing electric brakes.
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Towing a Trailer
Since lighting and wiring vary by
trailer type and brand, you should
have a qualified technician install a
suitable connector between the
vehicle and the trailer. Improper
equipment or installation can cause
damage to your vehicle's electrical
system and affect your vehicle
warranty.
Additional Towing Equipment
Many states, Canadian provinces and
territories require special outside
mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if
they don't, you should install special
mirrors if you cannot clearly see
behind you, or if the trailer creates a
blind spot.
Pre-Tow Checklist
When preparing to tow, and before
driving away, be sure to check the
following:
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The vehicle has been properly
serviced, and the suspension,
cooling system, and lights are in
good operating condition.
Driving
Ask your trailer sales or rental
agency if any other items are
recommended or required for your
towing situation.
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Towing a Trailer
●
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The trailer has been properly
serviced and is in good condition.
All weights and loads are within
limits.
The hitch, safety chains, and any
other attachments are secure.
All items in or on the trailer are
properly secured and cannot shift
while you drive.
●
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The lights and brakes on your
vehicle and the trailer are working
properly.
Your vehicle tires and spare are
properly inflated, and the trailer
tires and spare are inflated as
recommended by the trailer
maker.
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Driving Safely With a Trailer
The added weight, length, and
height of a trailer will affect your
vehicle's handling and performance,
so driving with a trailer requires
some special driving skills and
techniques.
For your safety and the safety of
others, take time to practice driving
maneuvers before heading for the
open road, and follow the guidelines
in this section.
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Towing a Trailer
Towing Speeds and Gears
Drive slower than normal in all
driving situations, and obey posted
speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
Use the D position when towing a
trailer on level roads. See ‘‘Driving on
Hills’’ in the next column for
additional gear information. Do not
exceed 55 mph (88 km/h). At higher
speeds, the trailer may sway or affect
vehicle handling.
Gear position
Speed range
1
0 - 38 mph
(0 - 60 km/h)
2, 3
19 - 62 mph
(30 - 100 km/h)
Making Turns and Braking
Make turns more slowly and wider
than normal. The trailer tracks a
smaller arc than your vehicle, and it
can hit or run over something the
vehicle misses. Allow more time and
distance for braking. Do not brake or
turn suddenly as this could cause the
trailer to jackknife or turn over.
Driving
When driving uphill and downhill,
use the S position (without using the
paddle shifters) to provide the proper
engine power and engine braking on
each gear. You can also use the
paddle shifters. In this case, select
third, second, or first gear with the
paddle shifter; depending on the
vehicle speeds and road condition.
Do not use fourth and fifth gears.
The recommended speed range for
each gear position is shown in the
table.
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Towing a Trailer
Driving on Hills
Handling Crosswinds and Buffeting
Backing Up
When climbing hills, closely watch
your temperature gauge (see page
78). If it nears the H (Hot) mark, turn
the A/C off, reduce speed and, if
necessary, pull to the side of the road
to let the engine cool.
Crosswinds and air turbulence
caused by passing trucks can disrupt
your steering and cause the trailer to
sway. When being passed by a large
vehicle, keep a constant speed, and
steer straight ahead. Do not try to
make quick steering or braking
corrections.
Always drive slowly and have
someone guide you when backing
up. Grip the bottom of the steering
wheel; then turn the wheel to the left
to get the trailer to move to the left,
and turn the wheel right to move the
trailer to the right.
When driving down hills, reduce
your speed, and shift down to S
position, or use the paddle shifters to
the lower gear (3, 2 or 1)in the S
position. When towing a trailer, do
not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes, and remember,
it will take longer to slow down and
stop when towing a trailer.
Parking
Follow all normal precautions when
parking, including putting the
transmission in Park and firmly
setting the parking brake. Also, place
wheel chocks at each of the trailer's
tires.
Towing Your Vehicle
If you must stop when facing uphill,
use the foot brake or parking brake.
Do not try to hold the vehicle in place
by pressing on the accelerator, as
this can cause the automatic
transmission to overheat.
Your vehicle is not designed to be
towed behind a motor home. If your
vehicle needs to be towed in an
emergency, see page 475.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
If you decide to drive on unpaved
roads, you will find that it requires
somewhat different driving skills.
Your vehicle will also handle
somewhat differently than it does on
pavement. So be sure to read this
owner's manual, pay special attention
to the precautions and tips in this
section, and get acquainted with your
vehicle before you leave the
pavement.
Improperly operating this
vehicle on or off pavement can
cause a crash or rollover in
which you and your passengers
could be seriously injured or
killed.
●
●
Important Safety Precautions
To avoid loss of control or rollover,
be sure to follow all precautions and
recommendations.
●
Follow all instructions and
guidelines in this owner's
manual.
●
Keep your speed low, and
don't drive faster than
conditions permit.
●
●
Be sure to store cargo properly,
and do not exceed your vehicle
cargo load limits (see pages 365
and 397).
Wherever you drive, make sure
you and your passengers always
wear seat belts.
Keep your speed low, and never go
faster than the conditions allow.
It's up to you to continually assess
the situation and drive within the
limits.
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Driving
General Information
Your vehicle has been designed
primarily for use on pavement. But
its higher ground clearance and
super handling-all wheel drive
(SH-AWD) system allow you to
occasionally travel on unpaved roads,
to campgrounds, picnic sites, and
similar locations. It is not designed
for trailblazing, mountain climbing,
or other challenging off-road
activities.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Check Out Your Vehicle
Before you leave the pavement, be
sure to do all scheduled maintenance
and service, and inspect your vehicle
for any problems. Pay special
attention to the condition of the tires,
and check the tire pressures.
After you return to the pavement,
carefully inspect your vehicle to
make sure there is no damage that
could make driving it unsafe.
Recheck the condition of the tires
and the tire pressures.
Remember
The route presents limits (too steep
or bumpy roads). You have limits
(driving skill and comfort). And your
vehicle has limits (traction, stability,
and power).
Accelerating and Braking
For better traction on all surfaces,
accelerate slowly and gradually build
up speed. If you try to start too fast
on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you
might not have enough traction to
get underway, and you may dig
yourself a hole. Starting with the shift
lever in the D position will help you
have a smoother start on snow or ice.
Keep in mind that you will usually
need more time and distance to
brake to a stop on unpaved surfaces.
Avoid hard braking. Do not ‘‘pump’’
the brakes; let the anti-lock braking
system pump them for you.
Driving off-highway can be
hazardous if you fail to recognize
limits and take the proper
precautions.
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Avoiding Obstacles
Debris in the road can damage your
suspension or other components.
Because your vehicle has a high
center of gravity, driving over a large
obstacle, or allowing a wheel to drop
into a deep hole can cause your
vehicle to tip or roll over.
Driving on Slopes
If you can't clearly see all conditions
or obstacles on a slope, walk the
slope before you drive on it. If you
have any doubt whether or not you
can safely drive on the slope, don't
do it. Find another route.
If you are driving up a hill and find
that you cannot continue, do not try to
turn around. Your vehicle could roll
over. Slowly back down the hill,
following the same route you took up
the hill.
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Off-Highway Driving Guidelines
Crossing a Stream
Avoid driving through deep water. If
you encounter water in your route (a
small stream or large puddle, for
example), evaluate it carefully before
going ahead. Make sure it is shallow,
flowing slowly, and has firm ground
underneath. If you are not sure of the
depth or the ground, turn around and
find another route.
You should never use a jack to try
getting unstuck. A jack only works
on firm, level ground. Also, your
vehicle could easily slip off the jack
and hurt you or someone else.
If you spin the wheels excessively
trying to get unstuck, you may
overheat the components of the
SH-AWD system. The SH-AWD
indicator on the instrument panel will
blink to indicate the rear differential
temperature is too high.
You will also see an ‘‘SH-AWD DIFF
TEMP. HIGH’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 385).
If this happens, stop and allow
everything to cool down. The
SH-AWD indicator goes off after the
rear differential temperature drops.
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Driving
Driving through deep water can also
damage your vehicle. The water can
get into the transmission and
differential, diluting the lubricant and
causing an eventual failure. It can
also wash the grease out of the wheel
bearings.
If You Get Stuck
Avoid driving on soft sand, deep
mud, or other surfaces where you
could get stuck. If you do happen to
get stuck because of inclement
weather or other conditions, choose
a safe and appropriate course of
action.
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Maintenance
This section explains why it is
important to keep your vehicle well
maintained and how to follow basic
maintenance safety precautions.
This section also includes
instructions on how to read the
maintenance minder messages on
the multi-information display, and
instructions for simple maintenance
tasks you may want to take care of
yourself.
U.S. Vehicles: Maintenance,
replacement, or repair of
emissions control devices and
systems may be done by any
automotive repair establishment
or individual using parts that are
‘‘certified’’ to EPA standards.
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420
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424
426
427
429
430
431
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438
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440
443
444
450
451
452
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Maintenance
If you have the skills and tools to
perform more complex maintenance
tasks on your vehicle, you may want
to purchase the service manual. See
page 497 for information on how to
obtain a copy, or see your dealer.
Maintenance Safety .....................
Maintenance Minder™ ................
Fluid Locations ...........................
Adding Engine Oil ......................
Required Engine Oil ...............
Changing the Engine Oil and
Filter .......................................
Engine Coolant ...........................
Windshield Washers ...................
Automatic Transmission Fluid ....
Brake Fluid .................................
Power Steering Fluid ..................
Lights..........................................
Cleaning the Seat Belts ...............
Floor Mats ..................................
Audio Antenna ............................
Intercooler ..................................
Dust and Pollen Filter .................
Wiper Blades ..............................
Wheels ........................................
Tires ...........................................
Checking the Battery ..................
Vehicle Storage ...........................
Interior Care ...............................
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Maintenance Safety
All service items not detailed in this
section should be performed by a
certified technician or other qualified
mechanic.
●
Improperly maintaining this
vehicle, or failing to correct a
problem before driving can
cause a crash in which you can
be seriously hurt or killed.
Important Safety Precautions
To eliminate potential hazards, read
the instructions before you begin,
and make sure you have the tools
and skills required.
●
●
●
●
Always follow the inspection
and maintenance
recommendations and
schedules in this owner's
manual.
Make sure your vehicle is parked
on level ground, the parking brake
is set, and the engine is off.
To clean parts, use a commercially
available degreaser or parts
cleaner, not gasoline.
To reduce the possibility of fire or
explosion, keep cigarettes, sparks,
and flames away from the battery
and all fuel-related parts.
Wear eye protection and protective
clothing when working with the
battery or compressed air.
Potential Vehicle Hazards
Carbon Monoxide poison from
engine exhaust. Be sure there is
adequate ventilation whenever you
operate the engine.
●
●
Burns from hot parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool
down before touching any parts.
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Injury from moving parts. Do
not run the engine unless
instructed to do so.
Failure to properly follow
maintenance instructions and
precautions can cause you to
be seriously hurt or killed.
Always follow the procedures
and precautions in this owner's
manual.
Some of the most important safety
precautions are given here. However,
we cannot warn you of every
conceivable hazard that can arise in
performing maintenance. Only you
can decide whether or not you
should perform a given task.
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Maintenance Minder™
One of the most convenient and
important features of the multiinformation display on your vehicle is
the Maintenance MinderTM.
Engine Oil Life
INFO
BUTTONS
Based on engine operating
conditions and accumulated engine
revolutions, the onboard computer in
your vehicle calculates the remaining
engine oil life and displays it as a
percentage.
ENGINE OIL
LIFE DISPLAY
SEL/RESET BUTTON
To see the current engine oil life
displayed on the multi-information
display, turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position, and press the
SEL/RESET button on the steering
wheel repeatedly until the engine oil
life is displayed.
Calculated Engine
Oil Life (%)
100%-91%
90%-81%
80%-71%
70%-61%
60%-51%
50%-41%
40%-31%
30%-21%
20%-16%
15%-11%
10%-6%
5%-1%
0%
Displayed
Engine Oil Life (%)
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%
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Maintenance
The system also displays the code for
other scheduled maintenance items
needing service.
The remaining engine oil life is
shown on the display according to
this table:
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Maintenance Minder™
MAINTENANCE ITEM CODE(S)
When the remaining engine oil life is
15 to 6 percent, the multi-information
display shows a ‘‘SERVICE DUE
SOON’’ message along with the
maintenance schedule code
indicating the main and sub items
required at the time of the oil
change. Refer to page 418 for a
complete list of the maintenance
main items and sub items.
When the remaining oil life is 5 to 1
percent, the multi-information display
shows a ‘‘SERVICE DUE NOW’’
message with the same maintenance
items ‘‘SERVICE DUE SOON’’ was
displayed with. When you see this
message have the indicated
maintenance performed as soon as
possible.
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Press the SEL/RESET button on the
steering wheel repeatedly to select
the engine oil life. The message
‘‘SERVICE’’, along with ‘‘5%’’, and the
maintenance item code are displayed
on the lower part of the multiinformation display when the
calculated engine oil life is 1-5
percent (see page 411).
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Maintenance Minder™
These messages will come on every
time you turn the ignition switch to
the ON (II) position.
Immediately have the service
performed, and make sure to reset
the oil life minder as previously
described.
The message will be canceled if the
or button on the steering wheel
is pressed. Press the or button
to see the message again.
Press the SEL/RESET button on the
steering wheel repeatedly to select
the engine oil life. The message
‘‘SERVICE’’, along with ‘‘0%’’, and the
maintenance item code are displayed
on the lower part of the multiinformation display when the
calculated engine oil life is 0-1%.
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Maintenance
If the indicated maintenance service
is not done and the remaining engine
oil life reaches 0%, the multiinformation display will show the
message ‘‘SERVICE PAST DUE’’ and
the maintenance item code(s). This
message is displayed when the total
distance traveled is less than 10
miles (for U.S. models) or 10 km (for
Canadian models) after the engine
oil life became 0%.
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Maintenance Minder™
U.S.
CANADA
TOTAL PAST DUE
DISTANCE TRAVELED
MAINTENANCE CODE
This message is displayed again
when you drive over 10 miles (for
U.S. models) or 10 km (for Canadian
models) after seeing the 0% message.
Immediately have the service
performed, and make sure to reset
the display as previously described.
U.S.
CANADA
The message will be canceled if the
or button on the steering wheel
is pressed. Press the or button
to see the message again.
If the indicated required service is
not done and the remaining engine
oil life becomes 0%, the multiinformation display will show a
‘‘SERVICE PAST DUE’’ message, the
total distance traveled after the
remaining oil life became 0%, and the
maintenance item code(s).
When you press the SEL/RESET
button to select the engine oil life,
the message ‘‘SERVICE’’, along with
the maintenance item code and the
total negative distance traveled after
the oil life became 0%, will be
displayed on the lower part of the
multi-information display.
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Maintenance Minder™
Maintenance Main Items and Sub
Items
All the maintenance items displayed
on the multi-information display are
in code.
For an explanation of the
maintenance codes, see page 418.
If maintenance service is done by
someone other than your dealer,
reset the Maintenance Minder as
follows:
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.
2. Press the SEL/RESET button on
the steering wheel until you see
the engine oil life display.
3. Press and hold the SEL/RESET
button on the steering wheel for
more than 10 seconds. The
remaining engine oil life reset
mode will be shown on the multiinformation display.
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MAINTENANCE SUB ITEMS
MAINTENANCE MAIN ITEM
Resetting the Engine Oil Life
Display
Your dealer will reset the display
after completing the required
maintenance service. You will see
‘‘OIL LIFE 100%’’ on the display the
next time you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position.
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Maintenance Minder™
Important Maintenance
Precautions
If you have the required service done
but do not reset the display, or reset
the display without doing the service,
the system will not show the proper
maintenance intervals. This can lead
to serious mechanical problems
because you will no longer have an
accurate record of when
maintenance is needed.
4. Select ‘‘RESET’’ by pressing the
INFO ( / ) button, then press
the SEL/RESET button to reset
the engine oil life display. The
maintenance item code(s) will
disappear, and the engine oil life
will reset to ‘‘100.’’ If you want to
cancel the oil life reset mode,
select ‘‘CANCEL.’’
Your authorized dealer knows your
vehicle best and can provide
competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties in
effect. Maintenance may be done by
any qualified service facility or
person who is skilled in this type of
automotive service. Keep all receipts
as proof of completion, and have the
person who does the work fill out
your Maintenance Journal or
Canadian Maintenance Log. Check
your warranty booklet for more
information.
We recommend using Acura parts
and fluids whenever you have
maintenance done. These are
manufactured to the same highquality standards as the original
components, so you can be confident
of their performance and durability.
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Maintenance Minder™
U.S. Vehicles:
According to state and federal
regulations, failure to perform
maintenance on the items marked
with # will not void your emissions
warranties. However, Acura
recommends that all maintenance
services be performed in accordance
with the intervals indicated by the
multi-information display.
Owner's Maintenance Checks
You should check the following
items at the specified intervals. If you
are unsure of how to perform any
check, turn to the appropriate page
listed.
●
●
Engine coolant level - Check the
radiator reserve tank every time
you fill the fuel tank. See page 357.
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Brakes - Check the fluid level
monthly. See page 429.
Tires - Check the tire pressure
monthly. Examine the tread for
wear and foreign objects. See page
445.
Lights - Check the operation of
the headlights, parking lights,
taillights, high-mount brake light,
and license plate lights monthly.
See page 431.
Maintenance
●
Engine oil level - Check every
time you fill the fuel tank. See page
356.
●
Automatic transmission - Check
the fluid level monthly. See page
427.
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Maintenance Minder™
Symbol
A
B
●
●
●
●
Maintenance Minder
●
ꭧ1:
#:
NOTE:
Maintenance Main Items
Replace engine oilꭧ1
Replace engine oilꭧ1 and oil filter
Inspect front and rear brakes
Check parking brake adjustment
Inspect these items:
● Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
● Suspension components
● Driveshaft boots
● Brake hoses and lines (including ABS/VSA)
● All fluid levels and condition of fluids
● Exhaust system #
● Fuel lines and connections #
Symbol
1
2
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●
●
3
●
4
●
If the message ‘‘SERVICE’’ does not appear more than 12 months after
the display is reset, change the engine oil every year.
See information on maintenance and emissions warranty on page 417.
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Independent of maintenance message in the Information Display,
replace the brake fluid every 3 years.
Inspect idle speed every 160,000 miles (256,000 km).
Adjust the valves during services A, B, 1, 2, or 3 if they are noisy.
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5
6
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Maintenance Sub Items
Rotate tires
Replace air cleaner element
If you drive in dusty conditions, replace every 15,000
miles (24,000 km).
Replace dust and pollen filter
If you drive primarily in urban areas that have high
concentrations of soot in the air from industry and from
diesel-powered vehicles, replace every 15,000 miles
(24,000 km).
Inspect drive belt
Replace transmission and transferꭧ2 fluid
Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds
or trailer towing results in higher transmission and
transfer temperatures. This requires transmission and
transfer fluid changes more frequently than
recommended by the Maintenance Minder. If you
regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have
the transmission and transfer fluid changed at 60,000
miles (100,000 km), then every 30,000 miles (48,000 km).
Replace spark plugs
Inspect valve clearance
Replace engine coolant
Replace rear differential fluidꭧ2
Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds
or trailer towing results in higher level of mechanical
(shear) stress to fluid. This requires differential fluid
changes more frequently than recommended by the
Maintenance Minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle
under these conditions, have the differential fluid
changed at 7,500 miles (12,000 km), then every 15,000
miles (24,000 km).
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Fluid Locations
ENGINE OIL
DIPSTICK
(Orange loop)
BRAKE FLUID
(Black cap)
WASHER FLUID
(Blue cap)
ENGINE OIL
FILL CAP
ENGINE
COOLANT
RESERVOIR
Maintenance
POWER STEERING
FLUID
(Red cap)
AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSION
FLUID DIPSTICK
(Yellow loop)
RADIATOR CAP
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Adding Engine Oil
ENGINE OIL FILL CAP
Reinstall the engine oil fill cap, and
tighten it securely. Wait a few
minutes, and recheck the oil level on
the engine oil dipstick. Do not fill
above the upper mark; you could
damage the engine.
Unscrew and remove the engine oil
fill cap on top of the valve cover. Pour
in the oil slowly and carefully so you
do not spill any. Clean up any spills
immediately. Spilled oil could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
Required Engine Oil
Oil is a major contributor to your
engine's performance and longevity.
Your vehicle is equipped with a highperformance turbocharged engine
that requires the use of synthetic
motor oil. Always use Mobil 1®
5W-30 or an equivalent oil that meets
the Acura HTO-06 standard. Not all
synthetic oils will meet this standard.
Only use oils that display the HTO-06
standard on the label.
Failure to use Mobil 1® or an
equivalent oil that meets the HTO-06
standard can lead to a reduction in
engine performance or durability,
and can cause engine damage not
covered by your warranty.
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Adding Engine Oil
Engine Oil Additives
Your vehicle does not require any oil
additives. Additives may adversely
affect the engine or transmission
performance and durability.
Ambient Temperature
Maintenance
The oil viscosity or weight is
provided on the container's label.
5W-30 oil is formulated for yearround protection of your vehicle to
improve cold weather starting and
fuel economy.
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Changing the Engine Oil and Filter
Always change the oil and filter
according to the maintenance
messages shown on the multiinformation display. The oil and filter
collect contaminants that can
damage your engine if they are not
removed regularly.
Changing the oil and filter requires
special tools and access from
underneath the vehicle. The vehicle
should be raised on a service stationtype hydraulic lift for this service.
Unless you have the knowledge and
proper equipment, you should have
this maintenance done by a skilled
technician.
OIL
FILTER
OIL DRAIN
BOLT
WASHER
1. Run the engine until it reaches
normal operating temperature,
then shut it off.
2. Open the hood, and remove the
engine oil fill cap. Remove the oil
drain bolt and washer from the
bottom of the engine. Drain the oil
into an appropriate container.
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3. Remove the oil filter, and let the
remaining oil drain. A special
wrench (available from your
dealer) is required.
4. Check the oil filter to make sure its
gasket did not stick to the filter
base. A stuck gasket could cause
an oil leak.
5. Install a new oil filter according to
the instructions that come with it.
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Changing the Engine Oil and Filter
6. Put a new washer on the drain
bolt, then reinstall the drain bolt.
Tighten the drain bolt to:
29 lbf·ft (39 N·m , 4.0 kgf·m)
7. Refill the engine with the
recommended oil.
Engine oil change capacity
(including filter):
5.0 US qt (4.7 L)
8. Reinstall the engine oil fill cap.
Start the engine. The oil pressure
indicator should go out within 5
seconds. If it does not, turn off the
engine, and check your work.
9. Let the engine run for several
minutes, then check the drain bolt
and oil filter for leaks.
Improper disposal of engine oil can be
harmful to the environment. If you
change your own oil, please dispose of
the used oil properly. Put it in a sealed
container and take it to a recycling
center. Do not discard it in a trash bin
or dump it on the ground.
10. Turn off the engine and let it sit for
several minutes, then check the oil
level on the dipstick. If necessary,
add more oil.
Maintenance
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Engine Coolant
Adding Engine Coolant
RESERVE TANK
MAX
MIN
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.
Always use Honda Long-life Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. This coolant
is pre-mixed with 50 percent
antifreeze and 50 percent water.
Never add straight antifreeze or plain
water.
If the reserve tank is completely
empty, you should also check the
coolant level in the radiator.
If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not
available, you may use another
major-brand non-silicate coolant as a
temporary replacement. Make sure it
is a high-quality coolant
recommended for aluminum
engines. Continued use of any nonHonda coolant can result in
corrosion, causing the cooling
system to malfunction or fail. Have
the cooling system flushed and
refilled with Honda antifreeze/
coolant as soon as possible.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
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Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
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Engine Coolant
RADIATOR CAP
RESERVE TANK
6. Pour coolant into the reserve tank.
Fill it halfway between the MAX
and MIN marks. Put the cap back
on the reserve tank.
MAX
MIN
2. Relieve any pressure in the cooling
system by turning the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without
pressing down.
3. Remove the radiator cap by
pushing down and turning
counterclockwise.
Do not add any rust inhibitors or
other additives to your vehicle's
cooling system. They may not be
compatible with the coolant or
engine components.
4. The coolant level should be up to
the base of the filler neck. Add
coolant if it is low.
Maintenance
1. Make sure the engine and radiator
are cool.
5. Put the radiator cap back on, and
tighten it fully.
Pour the coolant slowly and
carefully so you do not spill any.
Clean up any spills immediately; it
could damage components in the
engine compartment.
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Windshield Washers
Check the fluid level in the
windshield washer reservoir at least
monthly during normal use.
Fill up to here
Front
WINDSHIELD WASHER RESERVOIR
On U.S. models: To check the
windshield washer fluid level, open
the hood and look at the windshield
washer reservoir located behind the
left headlight. You will see a ‘‘1/2’’
mark on the reservoir.
On Canadian models
If the washer fluid is low, a
‘‘WASHER FLUID LOW’’ message
appears on the multi-information
display.
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Fill the reservoir with a good-quality
windshield washer fluid. This
increases the cleaning capability and
prevents freezing in cold weather.
When you refill the reservoir, clean
the edges of the windshield wiper
blades with windshield washer fluid
on a clean cloth. This will help to
condition the blade edges.
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Windshield Washers, Automatic Transmission Fluid
Do not use engine antifreeze or a
vinegar/water solution in the
windshield washer reservoir. Antifreeze
can damage your vehicle's paint, while
a vinegar/water solution can damage
the windshield washer pump. Use only
commercially-available windshield
washer fluid.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
The transmission should be drained
and refilled with new fluid when this
service is shown on a maintenance
message on the multi-information
display.
DIPSTICK
Check the fluid level with the engine
at normal operating temperature.
2. Remove the dipstick (yellow loop)
from the transmission, and wipe it
with a clean cloth.
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Maintenance
1. Park the vehicle on level ground.
Start the engine, let it run until the
radiator fan comes on, then shut
off the engine. For accurate
results, wait about 60 seconds (but
no longer than 90 seconds) before
doing step 2.
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Automatic Transmission Fluid
Always use Acura ATF-Z1 (automatic
transmission fluid).
HOT
MARK
UPPER MARK
LOWER MARK
FILL PLUG
3. Insert the dipstick all the way into
the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration.
4. Remove the dipstick and check the
fluid level. It should be between
the upper and lower marks.
5. If the level is below the lower
mark, remove the fill plug, then
add the fluid into the fill hole to
bring it to the level between the
upper and lower marks on the
dipstick.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully
so you do not spill any. Clean up
any spills immediately; it could
damage components in the engine
compartment.
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Use only Acura ATF-Z1 (automatic
transmission fluid). Do not mix with
other transmission fluids.
Using transmission fluid other than
Acura ATF-Z1 may cause deterioration
in transmission operation and
durability, and could result in damage
to the transmission.
Damage resulting from the use of
transmission fluid other than Acura
ATF-Z1 is not covered by the Acura
new vehicle warranty.
6. Insert the dipstick all the way back
into the transmission securely as
shown in the illustration.
If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your dealer.
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Brake Fluid
Check the fluid level in the brake
fluid reservoir monthly.
Independent of the maintenance
minder display, replace the brake
fluid every 3 years.
Always use Honda Heavy Duty
Brake Fluid DOT 3. If it is not
available, you should use only DOT 3
or DOT 4 fluid, from a sealed
container, as a temporary
replacement.
Using any non-Honda brake fluid can
cause corrosion and decrease the life
of the system. Have the brake
system flushed and refilled with
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 as soon as possible.
MIN
The fluid level should be between
the MIN and MAX marks on the side
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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Maintenance
Brake fluid marked DOT 5 is not
compatible with your vehicle's
braking system and can cause
extensive damage.
MAX
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Power Steering Fluid
UPPER LEVEL
LOWER LEVEL
Always use Acura Power Steering
Fluid. You may use another power
steering fluid as an emergency
replacement, but have the power
steering system flushed and refilled
with Acura PSF as soon as possible.
A low power steering fluid level can
indicate a leak in the system. Check
the fluid level frequently, and have
the system inspected as soon as
possible.
Check the level on the side of the
reservoir when the engine is cold.
The fluid should be between the
UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL.
If not, add power steering fluid to the
UPPER LEVEL.
Pour the fluid slowly and carefully so
you do not spill any. Clean up any
spills immediately; it could damage
components in the engine
compartment.
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If you are not sure how to add fluid,
contact your dealer.
Turning the steering wheel to full left or
right lock and holding it there can
damage the power steering pump.
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Lights
Headlight Aiming
The headlights were properly aimed
when your vehicle was new. If you
regularly carry heavy items in the
cargo area or pull a trailer,
readjustment may be required.
Adjustments should be done by your
dealer or another qualified
technician.
BULB
CONNECTOR
Halogen headlight bulbs get very hot
when lit. Oil, perspiration, or a scratch
on the glass can cause the bulb to
overheat and shatter.
3. Insert the new bulb into the hole,
and turn it one-quarter turn
clockwise to lock it in place.
1. Open the hood.
Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pushing on the
tab and pulling the connector
down.
5. Turn on the headlights to test the
new bulb.
4. Push the electrical connector onto
the new bulb.
2. Remove the bulb by turning it
about one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
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Maintenance
Low Beam Headlight Bulb
Replacement
The low beam headlight bulbs are
high voltage discharge tube. High
voltage can remain in the circuit even
with the light switch off and the key
removed. Because of this, you should
not attempt to examine or change a
low beam headlight bulb yourself. If
a low beam headlight bulb fails, take
the vehicle to your dealer to have it
replaced.
Replacing a High Beam Headlight
Bulb
Your vehicle has halogen headlight
bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle
it by its base, 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.
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Lights
Replacing a Front Turn Signal/
Parking Light Bulb
BULB
3. Install the new bulb in the socket.
Turn it clockwise to lock it in
place.
Replacing a Front Side Marker
Light Bulb
4. Test the lights to make sure the
new bulb is working.
5. Insert the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
SOCKET BULB
SOCKET
1. Open the hood. Remove the socket
from the headlight assembly by
turning it one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
1. Open the hood. Remove the socket
from the headlight assembly by
turning it one-quarter turn
counterclockwise.
2. Remove the bulb from the socket
by pushing the bulb in and turning
it counterclockwise until it
unlocks.
2. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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Lights
3. Install the socket back into the
headlight assembly. Turn it
clockwise to lock it in place.
4. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Tailgate)
BULBS
COVER
SOCKETS
1. Open the tailgate. Place a cloth on
the edge of the light assembly
cover to prevent scratches.
Remove the cover by carefully
prying in the notch on its middle
edge with a flat-tip screwdriver.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
2. Determine which of the two bulbs
is burned out: taillight or back-up
light.
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Maintenance
NOTCH
3. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
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Lights
5. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
Replacing Rear Bulbs
(in Rear Pillar)
6. Reinstall the socket into the light
assembly by turning it clockwise
until it locks.
7. Reinstall the light assembly cover.
BOLTS
COVERS
BULB
1. Open the tailgate.
2. Remove the two bolt covers on the
rear pillar by prying on the bottom
edge with a flat-tip screwdriver.
Remove the bolts with a Phillipshead screwdriver, and remove the
light assembly from the rear pillar.
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SOCKET
3. Determine which of the three
bulbs is burned out: brake/
taillight, turn signal or rear side
marker.
4. Remove the socket by turning it
one-quarter turn counterclockwise.
5. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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Lights
6. Turn on the lights to make sure
the new bulb is working.
7. Put the socket back into the light
assembly, and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
8. Install the rear light assembly in
the rear pillar. Tighten the two
bolts. Snap the bolt covers into
position.
Replacing a Front Fog Light Bulb
Your vehicle uses halogen light
bulbs. When replacing a bulb, handle
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.
HOLDING CLIP
1. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to
remove the screw and use a flat-tip
screwdriver to remove the holding
clip located under the front
bumper.
2. Push up the undercover.
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Maintenance
Halogen bulbs get very hot when lit.
Oil, perspiration, or a scratch on the
glass can cause the bulb to overheat
and shatter.
SCREWS
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Lights
5. Install the new bulb into the hole
and turn it one-quarter turn
clockwise to lock it in place.
6. Push the electrical connector back
onto the bulb. Make sure it is on
all the way.
Replacing a High-mount Brake
Light Bulb
SCREWS
7. Turn on the fog lights to test the
new bulb.
BULB
CONNECTOR
3. Remove the electrical connector
from the bulb by pushing on the
tab and pulling the connector
down.
8. Put the undercover in place.
Reinstall the clip, and tighten the
screw securely.
COVERS
1. Remove the two screw covers on
the light assembly by prying on
the side edge with a flat-tip
screwdriver.
4. Remove the bulb from the fog light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
2. Remove the screws with a Phillipshead screwdriver, then remove the
light assembly from the tailgate.
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Lights
SOCKET
BULB
5. Press the brake pedal to make
sure the new bulb is working.
6. Put the socket back into the light
assembly, and turn it clockwise to
lock it in place.
7. Reinstall the high-mount brake
light assembly into the tailgate.
Tighten the two screws and
reinstall the covers.
Side Turn Signal Lights
Each outside mirror has side turn
signal lights. The lights should be
replaced by your dealer.
Replacing a Rear License Plate
Light Bulb
The license plate has two lights
above it. The bulbs should be
replaced by your dealer.
Maintenance
3. Remove the socket from the light
assembly by turning it one-quarter
turn counterclockwise.
4. Pull the bulb straight out of its
socket. Push the new bulb straight
into the socket until it bottoms.
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Cleaning the Seat Belts, Floor Mats
Cleaning the Seat Belts
Floor Mats
Unlock
OPENING
Lock
KNOB
FLOOR MAT ANCHORS
If your seat belts get dirty, use a soft
brush with a mixture of mild soap
and warm water to clean them. Do
not use bleach, dye, or cleaning
solvents. Let the belts air-dry before
you use the vehicle.
Dirt build-up the openings of the seat
belt anchors can cause the belts to
retract slowly. Wipe the openings
with a clean cloth dampened in mild
soap and warm water or isopropyl
alcohol.
The driver's and front passenger's
floor mats that came with your
vehicle hook over the floor mat
anchors. To lock each anchor, turn
the knob clockwise. This keeps the
floor mats from sliding forward
(possibly interfering with the
pedals), or backwards (making the
front passenger's weight sensors
ineffective). If you remove a floor
mat, make sure to re-anchor it when
you put it back in your vehicle.
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If you use a non-Acura floor mat,
make sure it fits properly and that it
can be used with the floormat
anchors. Do not put additional floor
mats on top of the anchored mats.
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Audio Antenna, Intercooler, Dust and Pollen Filter
Intercooler
Audio Antenna
Do not spray water (from such sources
as garden hoses, high pressure
sprayers) into the engine compartment.
It may cause serious damage to your
vehicle, and could also damage the
intercooler fins.
ANTENNA
INTERCOOLER
Have your dealer replace the filter
when this service is indicated by a
maintenance message on the multiinformation display. It should be
replaced every 15,000 miles (24,000
km) if you drive primarily in urban
areas that have high concentrations
of soot in the air, or if the flow from
the climate control system becomes
less than usual.
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Maintenance
Your vehicle is equipped with an
antenna at the rear of the roof. Before
using a ‘‘drive-through’’ car wash,
remove the antenna by unscrewing it by
hand. This prevents the antenna from
being damaged by the car wash
brushes.
Your vehicle is equipped with a
intercooler on the engine to cool the
air flow from a turbo charger into the
engine. The intercooler fins bend
easily. Do not push them with your
finger.
Dust and Pollen Filter
This filter removes the dust and
pollen that is brought in from the
outside through the climate control
system.
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Wiper Blades
Check the condition of the wiper
blades at least every six months.
Replace them if you find signs of
cracking in the rubber, areas that are
getting hard, or if they leave streaks
and unwiped areas when used.
WIPER ARMS
To replace a front wiper blade:
1. Raise each wiper arm off the
windshield, lifting the driver's side
first, then the passenger's side.
Do not open the hood when the wiper
arms are raised, or you will damage the
hood and the wiper arms.
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2. Disconnect the blade assembly
from the wiper arm:
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Press and hold the lock tab.
Slide the blade assembly toward
the lock tab until it releases
from the wiper arm.
When replacing a wiper blade,
make sure not to drop the wiper
blade or wiper arm down on the
windshield.
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Wiper Blades
BLADE
TABS
BLADE
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Find two tabs with a ‘‘SET’’ and
‘‘ ’’ mark on the wiper blade
assembly. The opposite side of
the ‘‘ ’’ mark is the direction
you pull out the wiper blade.
4. Examine the new wiper blades. If
they have no plastic or metal
reinforcement along the back
edge, remove the metal
reinforcement strips from the old
wiper blade, and install them in the
slots along the edge of the new
blade.
Pull out the blade by grabbing
the end of it as shown in the
above illustration.
5. Install the new blade onto the
blade assembly:
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Find two tabs with a ‘‘SET’’ and
‘‘ ’’ mark on the wiper blade
assembly. This is the direction
you install.
Slide the blade onto the
assembly until it is locked by the
tabs.
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Maintenance
3. Remove the blade from the blade
assembly:
REINFORCEMENT
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Wiper Blades
6. Slide the wiper blade assembly
onto the wiper arm. Make sure it
locks in place.
WIPER ARM
BLADE
7. Make sure the blade is completely
installed and that its edge is not
bunched up.
8. Lower the wiper arm down against
the windshield, the passenger's
side first, then the driver's side.
To replace the rear wiper blade:
1. Raise the wiper arm off the rear
window.
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2. Slide the blade out of the wiper
arm.
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Wiper Blades, Wheels
Wheels
Clean the wheels as you would the
rest of the exterior. Wash them with
the same solution, and rinse them
thoroughly.
BLADE
REINFORCEMENT
4. Slide the new blade into the wiper
arm. Make sure it is engaged in
the slot along its full length.
5. Lower the wiper arm.
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3. Examine the new wiper blades. If
they have no plastic or metal
reinforcement along the back
edge, remove the metal
reinforcement strips from the old
wiper blade, and install them in the
slots along the edge of the new
blade.
Aluminum alloy wheels have a
protective clear-coat that keeps the
aluminum from corroding and
tarnishing. Cleaning the wheels with
harsh chemicals (including some
commercial wheel cleaners) or a stiff
brush can damage the clear-coat. To
clean the wheels, use a mild
detergent and a soft brush or sponge.
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Tires
To safely operate your vehicle, your
tires must be the proper type and
size, in good condition with adequate
tread, and correctly inflated.
The following pages give more
detailed information on how to take
care of your tires and what to do
when they need to be replaced.
Inflation Guidelines
Keeping the tires properly inflated
provides the best combination of
handling, tread life, and riding
comfort.
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Using tires that are excessively
worn or improperly inflated can
cause a crash in which you can
be seriously hurt or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner's manual regarding tire
inflation and maintenance.
Underinflated tires wear unevenly,
adversely affect handling and fuel
economy, and are more likely to
fail from being overheated.
Overinflated tires can make your
vehicle ride more harshly, are
more prone to damage from road
hazards, and wear unevenly.
The tire pressure monitoring system
(TPMS) will warn you when a tire
pressure is low. See page 390 for
information on the TPMS.
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Even though your vehicle is
equipped with TPMS, we
recommend that you visually check
your tires every day. If you think a
tire might be low, check it
immediately with a tire gauge.
Use a gauge to measure the air
pressure in each tire at least once a
month. Even tires that are in good
condition may lose 1 to 2 psi (10 to
20 kPa, 0.1 to 0.2 kgf/cm2) per
month. Remember to check the
spare tire at the same time.
Check the air pressures when the
tires are cold. This means the vehicle
has been parked for at least 3 hours,
or driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km).
Add or release air, if needed, to
match the recommended cold tire
pressures.
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Recommended Tire Pressures
The following charts show the
recommended cold tire pressures for
most normal driving conditions.
You should get your own tire
pressure gauge and use it whenever
you check your tire pressures. This
will make it easier for you to tell if a
pressure loss is due to a tire problem
and not due to a variation between
gauges.
The compact spare tire pressure is:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2)
While tubeless tires have some
ability to self-seal if they are
punctured, you should look closely
for punctures if a tire starts losing
pressure.
Tire Size
P235/55R18 99V
Cold Tire Pressure
for Normal Driving
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa ,
2.2 kgf/cm2)
For convenience, the recommended
tire sizes and cold tire pressures are
on a label on the driver's doorjamb.
Tire Inspection
Every time you check inflation, you
should also examine the tires for
damage, foreign objects, and wear.
You should look for:
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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.
Excessive tread wear.
Maintenance
If you check air pressures when the
tires are hot (driven for several
miles/kilometers), you will see
readings 4 to 6 psi (30 to 40 kPa, 0.3
to 0.4 kgf/cm2) higher than the cold
readings. This is normal. Do not let
air out to match the recommended
cold air pressure. The tire will be
underinflated.
For additional information about your
tires, see page 484.
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Tires
INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
TREAD WEAR INDICATORS
Your tires have wear indicators
molded into the tread. When the
tread wears down, you will see a 1/2
inch (12.7 mm) wide band across the
tread. This shows there is less than
1/16 inch (1.6 mm) of tread left on
the tire.
A tire this worn gives very little
traction on wet roads. You should
replace the tire if you can see three
or more tread wear indicators.
Tire Service Life
The service life of your tires is
dependent on many factors,
including, but not limited to, driving
habits, road conditions, vehicle
loading, inflation pressure,
maintenance history, speed, and
environmental conditions (even
when the tires are not in use).
In addition to your regular
inspections and inflation pressure
maintenance, it is recommended that
you have annual inspections
performed once the tires reach five
years old. It is also recommended
that all tires, including the spare, be
removed from service after 10 years
from the date of manufacture,
regardless of their condition or state
of wear.
The last four digits of the TIN (tire
identification number) are found on
the sidewall of the tire and indicate
the date of manufacture (See Tire
Labeling on page 484).
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Tire Maintenance
In addition to proper inflation, correct
wheel alignment helps to decrease
tire wear. If you find a tire is worn
unevenly, have your dealer check the
wheel alignment.
Have your dealer check the tires if
you feel a consistent vibration while
driving. A tire should always be
rebalanced if it is removed from the
wheel. When you have new tires
installed, make sure they are
balanced. This increases riding
comfort and tire life. For best results,
have the installer perform a dynamic
balance.
Improper wheel weights can damage
your vehicle's aluminum wheels. Use
only Acura wheel weights for
balancing.
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Tires
Tire Rotation
Front
Front
(For Non-directional (For Directional
Tires and Wheels)
Tires and Wheels)
It is best to replace all four tires at
the same time. If that is not possible
or necessary, replace the two front
tires or two rear tires as a pair.
Replacing just one tire can seriously
affect your vehicle's handling.
Mixing radial and bias-ply tires on
your vehicle can reduce braking
ability, traction, and steering
accuracy. Using tires of a different
size or construction can cause the
ABS and vehicle stability assist
system (VSA) to work inconsistently.
If you ever replace a wheel, make
sure that the wheel's specifications
match those of the original wheels.
The ABS and VSA system work by
comparing the speed of the wheels.
When replacing tires, use the same
size originally supplied with the
vehicle. Tire size and construction
can affect wheel speed and may
cause the ABS or VSA system to
activate.
Also be sure you use only TPMS
specific wheels. If you do not, the tire
pressure monitoring system will not
work.
Replacement wheels are available at
your dealer.
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Maintenance
To help increase tire life and
distribute wear more evenly, rotate
the tires according to the
maintenance messages displayed on
the multi-information display. Move
the tires to the positions shown in
the illustration each time they are
rotated. If you purchase directional
tires, rotate only front-to-back.
Replacing Tires and Wheels
Replace your tires with radial tires of
the same size, load range, speed
rating, and maximum cold tire
pressure rating (as shown on the
tire's sidewall).
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Tires
Installing improper tires on your
vehicle can affect handling and
stability. This can cause a crash
in which you can be seriously
hurt or killed.
Always use the size and type of
tires recommended in this
owner's manual.
Wheel and Tire Specifications
Wheels:
18 x 7 1/2J (TPMS)
Tires:
P235/55R18 99V
See page 482 for information about
DOT Tire Quality Grading, and page
484 for tire size and labeling
information.
Winter Driving
Tires marked ‘‘M + S’’ or ‘‘All
Season’’ on the sidewall have an allweather tread design suitable for
most winter driving conditions.
For the best performance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions.
Snow Tires
If you mount snow tires on your
vehicle, make sure they are radial
tires of the same size and load range
as the original tires. Mount snow
tires on all four wheels. The traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
may be lower than your original tires.
Check with the tire dealer for
maximum speed recommendations.
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Tires
Tire Chains
Mount tire chains on your tires when
required by driving conditions or
local laws. Install them only on the
front tires.
Because your vehicle has limited tire
clearance, Acura strongly
recommends using the chains listed
below, made by Security Chain
Company (SCC).
When installing cables, follow the
manufacturer's instructions, and
mount them as tight as you can.
Make sure they are not contacting
the brake lines or suspension. Drive
slowly with them installed. If you
hear them coming into contact with
the body or chassis, stop and
investigate. Remove them as soon as
you begin driving on cleared roads.
Using the wrong chains, or not
properly installing chains, can
damage the brake lines and
cause a crash in which you can
be seriously injured or killed.
Follow all instructions in this
owner's manual regarding the
selection and use of tire chains.
Cable type: Shur Grip Z
SZ343
Maintenance
Traction devices that are the wrong size
or improperly installed can damage
your vehicle's brake lines, suspension,
body, and wheels. Stop driving if they
are hitting any part of the vehicle.
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Checking the Battery
TEST INDICATOR WINDOW
Check the condition of the battery
monthly by looking at the test
indicator window. The label on the
battery explains the test indicator's
colors.
Check the terminals for corrosion (a
white or yellowish powder). To
remove it, cover the 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.
If additional battery maintenance is
needed, see your dealer or a
qualified technician.
WARNING: Battery posts,
terminals, and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash your hands after handling.
If you need to connect the battery to
a charger, disconnect both cables to
prevent damaging your vehicle's
electrical system. Always disconnect
the negative (-) cable first, and
reconnect it last.
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The battery gives off explosive
hydrogen gas during normal
operation.
A spark or flame can cause the
battery to explode with enough
force to kill or seriously hurt
you.
Wear protective clothing and a
face shield, or have a skilled
technician do the battery
maintenance.
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Checking the Battery, Vehicle Storage
On models without navigation system
If your vehicle's battery is
disconnected, or goes dead, the time
setting will be reset to 1:00. To set
the time again, follow the setting
procedure (see page 293).
Vehicle Storage
If you need to park your vehicle for
an extended period (more than 1
month), there are several things you
should do to prepare it for storage.
Proper preparation helps prevent
deterioration and makes it easier to
get your vehicle back on the road. If
possible, store your vehicle indoors.
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Fill the fuel tank.
Wash and dry the exterior
completely.
Clean the interior. Make sure the
carpeting, floor mats, etc., are
completely dry.
Leave the parking brake off. Put
the transmission in Park.
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Maintenance
If your vehicle's battery is
disconnected or goes dead, the audio
system will disable itself. The next
time you turn on the radio you will
see ‘‘
’’ in the frequency
display. Use the preset bars or preset
buttons (depending on models) to
enter the five-digit code (see page
292).
On models with navigation system
The navigation system will also
disable itself. The next time you turn
on the ignition switch, the system
will require you to enter a PIN before
it can be used. Refer to the
navigation system manual.
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Vehicle Storage, Interior Care
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Block the rear wheels.
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If the vehicle is to be stored for a
longer period, it should be
supported on jackstands so the
tires are off the ground.
Leave one window open slightly (if
the vehicle is being stored
indoors).
Disconnect the battery.
Support the front and rear wiper
blade arms with a folded towel or
rag so they do not touch the
windshield.
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Cover the vehicle with a
‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made from
a porous material such as cotton.
Non-porous materials, such as
plastic sheeting, trap moisture,
which can damage the paint.
If possible, periodically run the
engine until it reaches full
operating temperature (the cooling
fans cycle on and off twice).
Preferably, do this once a month.
To minimize sticking, apply a
silicone spray lubricant to all door
and tailgate seals. Also, apply a
vehicle body wax to the painted
surfaces that mate with the door
and tailgate seals.
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Interior Care
Leather
Vacuum dirt and dust from the
leather frequently. Pay close
attention to the pleats and seams.
Clean the leather with a soft cloth
dampened with a 90% water and 10%
neutral wool detergent solution.
Then buff it with a clean, dry cloth.
Remove any dust or dirt on leather
surfaces immediately.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
This section covers the more
common problems that motorists
experience with their vehicles. It
gives you information about how to
safely evaluate the problem and what
to do to correct it. If the problem has
stranded you on the side of the road,
you may be able to get going again. If
not, you will also find instructions on
getting your vehicle towed.
Compact Spare Tire ....................
Changing a Flat Tire ...................
If the Engine Won't Start .............
Jump Starting ..............................
If the Engine Overheats ..............
Low Oil Pressure Indicator .........
Charging System Indicator .........
Malfunction Indicator Lamp ........
Brake System Indicator ...............
Fuses ..........................................
Fuse Locations ............................
Emergency Towing .....................
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455
459
461
463
465
465
466
467
469
473
475
Taking Care of the Unexpected
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Compact Spare Tire
Use the compact spare tire as a
temporary replacement only. Get
your regular tire repaired or
replaced, and put it back on your
vehicle as soon as you can.
Check the inflation pressure of the
compact spare tire every time you
check the other tires. It should be
inflated to:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2)
Follow these precautions:
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INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS
Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).
This tire gives a harsher ride and
less traction on some road
surfaces. Use greater caution while
driving.
Do not mount snow chains on the
compact spare tire.
Do not use your compact spare tire
on another vehicle unless it is the
same make and model.
After the flat tire is replaced with
the spare tire, the low tire
pressure/TPMS indicator stays on.
After several miles (kilometers)
driving with the spare, this
indicator begins to flash, then
stays on again. You will also see a
‘‘CHECK TPMS SYSTEM’’
message on the multi-information
display (see page 393).
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TREAD WEAR INDICATOR
Replace the tire when you can see
the tread wear indicator bars. The
replacement should be the same size
and design tire, mounted on the
same wheel. The spare tire is not
designed to be mounted on a regular
wheel, and the spare 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,
stop in a safe place to change it.
Drive slowly along the shoulder until
you get to an exit or an area that is
far away from the traffic lanes.
The vehicle can easily roll off
the jack, seriously injuring
anyone underneath.
1. Park the vehicle on firm, level, and
non-slippery ground. Put the
transmission in Park. Apply the
parking brake.
WING BOLT
LID
If you are towing a trailer, unhitch
it.
2. Turn on the hazard warning lights,
and turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK (0) position. Have all
passengers get out of the vehicle
while you change the tire.
JACK
SPARE TIRE
4. Unscrew the wing bolt. Use the
hooked end of the wheel nut
wrench extension as a wrench if
the wing bolt is hard to loosen.
Then take the spare tire out of the
cargo area.
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3. Open the tailgate. Raise the cargo
area floor lid by lifting it up with
the strap, then remove the lid.
The spare tire, jack, and tools are
under the cargo area floor.
Follow the directions for
changing a tire exactly, and
never get under the vehicle
when it is supported only by the
jack.
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Changing a Flat Tire
WING BOLT for normal tire
JACK
TOOLS
5. Remove the tools, wing bolt and
the jack. To remove the jack, turn
the jack's end bracket
counterclockwise to loosen it.
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUTS
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
6. Loosen the five wheel nuts 1/2
turn with the wheel nut wrench.
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JACKING POINT
7. Place the jack under the jacking
point nearest the tire you need to
change. Turn the end bracket
clockwise 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
11. Put on the spare tire. Put the
wheel nuts back on finger-tight,
then tighten them in a crisscross
pattern with the wheel nut wrench
until the wheel is firmly against the
hub. Do not try to tighten the
wheel nuts fully.
12. Lower the vehicle to the ground,
and remove the jack.
EXTENSION
WHEEL NUT WRENCH
9. Remove the wheel nuts, then
remove the flat tire. Handle the
wheel nuts carefully; they may be
hot from driving. Place the flat tire
on the ground with the outside
surface facing up.
10. Before mounting the spare tire,
wipe any dirt off the mounting
surface of the wheel and hub with
a clean cloth. Wipe the hub
carefully; it may be hot from
driving.
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8. Use the extension and the wheel
nut wrench as shown to raise the
vehicle until the flat tire is off the
ground.
BRAKE HUB
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Changing a Flat Tire
Loose items can fly around the
interior in a crash and could
seriously injure the occupants.
For spare For normal
tire
tire
Store the wheel, jack, and tools
securely before driving.
18. Reinstall the cargo area floor, and
close the tailgate.
13. Tighten the wheel nuts securely in
the same crisscross pattern. Have
the wheel nut torque checked at
the nearest automotive service
facility.
Tighten the wheel nuts to:
80 lbf·ft (108 N·m, 11 kgf·m)
15. Remove the center cap from the
flat tire, and store it in the cargo
area.
16. Place the flat tire face up in the
cargo area.
17. Secure the flat tire by screwing the
wing bolt back into its hole.
14. Store the jack in its holder. Turn
the jack's end bracket to lock it in
place. Store the tools.
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19. Your vehicle's original tire has a
tire pressure monitoring system
sensor. To replace a tire, refer to
Changing a Tire with TPMS (see
page 394).
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If the Engine Won't Start
Diagnosing why the engine won't
start falls into two areas, depending
on what you hear when you turn the
ignition switch to the START (III)
position:
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You hear nothing, or almost
nothing. The engine's starter
motor does not operate at all, or
operates very slowly.
You can hear the starter motor
operating normally, or the starter
motor sounds like it is spinning
faster than normal, but the engine
does not start up and run.
Nothing Happens or the Starter
Motor Operates Very Slowly
When you turn the ignition switch to
the START (III) position, you do not
hear the normal noise of the engine
trying to start. You may hear a
clicking sound, a series of clicks, or
nothing at all.
Check these things:
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Check the transmission interlock.
The transmission must be in Park
or neutral or the starter will not
operate.
Turn the ignition switch to the
START (III) position. If the
headlights do not dim, check the
condition of the fuses. If the fuses
are OK, there is probably
something wrong with the
electrical circuit for the ignition
switch or starter motor. You will
need a qualified mechanic to
determine the problem (see
Emergency Towing on page 475).
If the headlights dim noticeably or go
out when you try to start the engine,
either the battery is discharged or
the connections are corroded. Check
the condition of the battery and
terminal connections (see page 450).
You can then try jump starting the
vehicle from a booster battery (see
page 461).
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Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position. Turn on the
headlights, and check their
brightness. If the headlights are
very dim or do not come on at all,
the battery is discharged. See
Jump Starting on page 461.
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If the Engine Won't Start
The Starter Operates Normally
In this case, the starter motor's speed
sounds normal, or even faster than
normal, when you turn the ignition
switch to the START (III) position,
but the engine does not run.
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Are you using a properly coded
key? An improperly coded key will
cause the immobilizer system
indicator in the instrument panel
to blink rapidly (see page 124).
Are you using the proper starting
procedure? Refer to Starting the
Engine on page 374.
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Do you have fuel? Check the fuel
gauge; the low fuel indicator may
not be working.
There may be an electrical
problem, such as no power to the
fuel pump. Check all the fuses (see
page 470).
If you find nothing wrong, you will
need a qualified technician to find the
problem. See Emergency Towing on
page 475.
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Jump Starting
Although this seems like a simple
procedure, you should take several
precautions.
A battery can explode if you do
not follow the correct
procedure, seriously injuring
anyone nearby.
Keep all sparks, open flames,
and smoking materials away
from the battery.
1. Open the hood, and check the
physical condition of the battery.
In very cold weather, check the
condition of the electrolyte. If it
seems slushy or frozen, do not try
jump starting until it thaws.
If a battery sits in extreme cold, the
electrolyte inside can freeze. Attempting
to jump start with a frozen battery can
cause it to rupture.
BOOSTER
BATTERY
The numbers in the illustration
show you the order to connect the
jumper cables.
2. Turn off all electrical accessories:
heater, A/C, climate control, audio
system, lights, etc. Put the
transmission in Park, and set the
parking brake.
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You cannot start your vehicle by
pushing or pulling it.
To Jump Start Your Vehicle:
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4. Connect the second jumper cable
to the negative (-) terminal on
the booster battery. Connect the
other end to the grounding point
as shown. Do not connect this
jumper cable to any other part of
the engine.
5. If the booster battery is in another
vehicle, have an assistant start that
vehicle and run it at a fast idle.
3. Connect one jumper cable to the
positive (+) terminal on your
battery. Connect the other end to
the positive (+) terminal on the
booster battery.
6. Start your vehicle. If the starter
motor still operates slowly, check
that the jumper cables have good
metal-to-metal contact.
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7. Once your vehicle is running,
disconnect the negative cable from
your vehicle, then from the
booster battery. Disconnect the
positive cable from your vehicle,
then from the booster battery.
Keep the ends of the jumper cables
away from each other and any metal
on the vehicle until everything is
disconnected. Otherwise, you may
cause an electrical short.
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If the Engine Overheats
The reading of the vehicle's
temperature gauge on the multiinformation display should stay in the
midrange. If it climbs to the H (Hot)
mark, you should determine the
reason (hot day, driving up a steep
hill, etc.).
If the coolant temperature rises to
224°F (118°C) or more, the
temperature gauge will appear on the
display and blink for several times.
At the same time, the beeper will
sound once.
Steam and spray from an
overheated engine can
seriously scald you.
Do not open the hood if steam
is coming out.
1. Safely pull to the side of the road.
Put the transmission in Park, and
set the parking brake. Turn off all
accessories, and turn on the
hazard warning lights.
3. If you do not see steam or spray,
leave the engine running and
watch the temperature gauge. If
the high heat is due to
overloading, the engine should
start to cool down almost
immediately. If it does, wait until
the temperature gauge comes
down to the midpoint, then
continue driving.
4. If the temperature gauge reading
stays at the H (Hot) mark, turn off
the engine.
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If your vehicle overheats, you should
take immediate action. The only
indication may be the temperature
gauge climbing to the H (Hot) mark.
Or you may see steam or spray
coming from under the hood.
Driving with the temperature gauge
reading at the H (Hot) mark can cause
serious damage to the engine.
2. If you see steam and/or spray
coming from under the hood, turn
off the engine. Wait until you see
no more signs of steam or spray,
then open the hood.
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If the Engine Overheats
5. Look for any obvious coolant
leaks, such as a split radiator hose.
Everything is still extremely hot,
so use caution. If you find a leak, it
must be repaired before you
continue driving (see Emergency
Towing on page 475).
6. If you do not find an obvious leak,
check the coolant level in the
radiator reserve tank. Add coolant
if the level is below the MIN mark.
7. If there was no coolant in the
reserve tank, you may need to add
coolant to the radiator. Let the
engine cool down until the reading
reaches the middle of the
temperature gauge or lower before
checking the radiator.
Removing the radiator cap
while the engine is hot can
cause the coolant to spray out,
seriously scalding you.
Always let the engine and
radiator cool down before
removing the radiator cap.
8. Using gloves or a large heavy
cloth, turn the radiator cap
counterclockwise, without pushing
down, to the first stop. After the
pressure releases, push down on
the cap, and turn it until it comes
off.
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9. Start the engine, and set the
temperature to maximum heat
(climate control to AUTO at
‘‘
’’). Add coolant to the radiator
up to the base of the filler neck. If
you do not have the proper coolant
mixture available, you can add
plain water. Remember to have the
cooling system drained and refilled
with the proper mixture as soon as
you can.
10. Put the radiator cap back on
tightly. Run the engine, and watch
the temperature gauge. If it goes
back to the H mark, the engine
needs repair (see Emergency
Towing on page 475).
11. If the temperature stays normal,
check the coolant level in the
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, Charging System Indicator
Low Oil Pressure Indicator
This indicator should never
come on when the engine is
running. If it starts flashing or stays
on, the oil pressure has dropped very
low or lost pressure. Serious engine
damage is possible, and you should
take immediate action.
You will also see an ‘‘OIL PRESSURE
LOW’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
2. Let the vehicle sit for a minute.
Open the hood, and check the oil
level (see page 356). An engine
very low on oil can lose pressure
during cornering and other driving
maneuvers.
3. If necessary, add oil to bring the
level back to the full mark on the
dipstick (see page 420).
4. Start the engine, and watch the oil
pressure indicator. If it does not go
out within 10 seconds, turn off the
engine. There is a mechanical
problem that needs to be repaired
before you can continue driving
(see Emergency Towing on page
475).
Charging System Indicator
If the charging system
indicator comes on brightly
when the engine is running, the
battery is not being charged.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK
CHARGING SYSTEM’’ message on
the multi-information display (see
page 79).
Immediately turn off all electrical
accessories. Try not to use other
electrically operated controls such as
the power windows. Keep the engine
running; starting the engine will
discharge the battery rapidly.
Go to a service station or garage
where you can get technical
assistance.
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Running the engine with low oil
pressure can cause serious mechanical
damage almost immediately. Turn off
the engine as soon as you can safely get
the vehicle stopped.
1. Safely pull off the road, and shut
off the engine. Turn on the hazard
warning lights.
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Malfunction Indicator Lamp
If the indicator comes on
while driving, it means one
of the engine's emissions control
systems may have a problem. Even
though you may feel no difference in
your vehicle's performance, it can
reduce your fuel economy and cause
increased emissions. Continued
operation may cause serious damage.
If you have recently refueled your
vehicle, the indicator coming on
could be due to a loose or missing
fuel fill cap. You will also see a
‘‘TIGHTEN FUEL CAP’’ message on
the multi-information display.
Tighten the cap until it clicks at least
once. Tightening the cap will not turn
the indicator off immediately; it can
take several days of normal driving.
If the indicator comes on repeatedly,
even though it may turn off as you
continue driving, have your vehicle
checked by your dealer as soon as
possible.
If you keep driving with the malfunction
indicator lamp on, you can damage
your vehicle's emissions controls and
engine. Those repairs may not be
covered by your vehicle's warranties.
The indicator may also come on with
the ‘‘D’’ indicator.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK
EMISSION SYSTEM’’ message on
the multi-information display (see
page 79).
Readiness Codes
Your vehicle has certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that are part of the on-board
diagnostics for the emissions
systems. In some states, part of the
emissions testing is to make sure
these codes are set. If they are not
set, the test cannot be completed.
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If the battery in your vehicle has
been disconnected or gone dead,
these codes may be erased. It can
take several days of driving under
various conditions to set the codes
again.
To check if they are set, turn the
ignition switch to the ON (II)
position, without starting the engine.
The malfunction indicator lamp will
come on for 20 seconds. If it then
goes off, the readiness codes are set.
If it blinks five times, the readiness
codes are not set. If possible, do not
take your vehicle for an emissions
test until the readiness codes are set.
Refer to Emissions Testing for
more information (see page 490).
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Brake System Indicator
Brake System Indicator
(Red)
U.S.
Canada
The brake system indicator (red)
normally comes on when you turn
the ignition switch to the ON (II)
position, and as a reminder to check
the parking brake. It will stay on if
you do not fully release the parking
brake.
However, if the brake pedal does not
feel normal, you should take
immediate action. A problem in one
part of the system's dual circuit
design will still give you braking at
two wheels. You will feel the brake
pedal go down much farther before
the vehicle begins to slow down, and
you will have to press harder on the
pedal.
You will also see a ‘‘CHECK BRAKE
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
Slow down by shifting to a lower
gear, and pull to the side of the road
when it is safe. Because of the long
distance needed to stop, it is
hazardous to drive the vehicle. You
should have it towed, and repaired as
soon as possible (see Emergency
Towing on page 475).
If you must drive the vehicle a short
distance in this condition, drive
slowly and carefully.
If the ABS indicator and the VSA
system indicator come on with the
brake system indicator, have your
vehicle inspected by your dealer
immediately.
You will also see a ‘‘BRAKE FLUID
LOW’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
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If the brake system indicator (red)
comes on while driving, the brake
fluid level is probably low. Press
lightly on the brake pedal to see if it
feels normal. If it does, check the
brake fluid level the next time you
stop at a service station (see page
429).
If the fluid level is low, take your
vehicle to a dealer, and have the
brake system inspected for leaks or
worn brake pads.
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Brake System Indicator
Brake System Indicator
(Amber)
U.S.
Canada
Your vehicle has an electric vacuum
pump located in the engine
compartment. It enhances the
effectiveness of your vehicle's brake
system more frequently when you
drive in cold weather or thinner air at
high altitude after the engine is
started.
When the electric vacuum pump is in
operation, it makes some mechanical
noises come from the engine
compartment. This is normal.
The brake system indicator (amber)
on the instrument panel normally
comes on when you turn the ignition
switch to the ON (II) position and
goes off after the engine starts. If it
comes on at any other time, press on
the brake pedal with your foot
several times until the indicator turns
off. If the indicator is still on or
comes on again after this procedure,
there is a problem in the brake
system including the electric vacuum
pump. If this happens, the brake
pedal might feel heavy when you
press it. Have your vehicle checked
by your dealer.
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You will also see a ‘‘CHECK BRAKE
SYSTEM’’ message on the multiinformation display (see page 79).
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Fuses
INTERIOR
UNDER-HOOD (PRIMARY)
TAB
UNDER-HOOD (SECONDARY)
TAB
FUSE
LABEL
The vehicle's fuses are contained in
three fuse boxes.
The secondary under-hood fuse box
is next to the battery. To open it,
push the tabs as shown.
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The interior fuse box is on the
driver's lower left side.
The primary under-hood fuse box is
in the engine compartment on the
driver's side. To open it, push the
tabs as shown.
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Fuses
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If something electrical in your
vehicle stops working, the first thing
you should check for is a blown fuse.
Determine from the chart on pages
473 and 474, or the diagram on the
fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses
control that device. Check those
fuses first, but check all the fuses
before deciding that a blown fuse is
the cause. Replace any blown fuses,
and check if the device works.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the
LOCK (0) position. Make sure the
headlights and all other
accessories are off.
2. (Under-hood fuse boxes)
Remove the cover from the fuse
box.
FUSE
BLOWN
3. Check each of the large fuses in
the under-hood fuse box by
looking through the side window
at the wire inside. Remove the
screws with a Phillips-head
screwdriver.
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BLOWN
FUSE PULLER
5. Look for a blown wire inside the
fuse. If it is blown, replace it with
one of the spare fuses of the same
rating or lower. The spare fuses
are provided on the back of the
under-hood fuse cover.
If you replace the blown fuse with a
spare fuse that has a lower rating, it
might blow out again. This does not
indicate that anything is wrong.
Replace the fuse with one of the
correct rating as soon as you can.
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4. Check the smaller fuses in the
under-hood fuse box and all the
fuses in the interior fuse box by
pulling out each one with the fuse
puller provided on the back of the
primary under-hood fuse box
cover.
If you cannot drive the vehicle
without fixing the problem, and you
do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse
of the same rating or a lower rating
from one of the other circuits. Make
sure you can do without that circuit
temporarily (such as the accessory
power socket or radio).
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Fuses
Replacing a fuse with one that has a
higher rating greatly increases the
chances of damaging the electrical
system. If you do not have a
replacement fuse with the proper rating
for the circuit, install one with a lower
rating.
6. If the replacement fuse of the same
rating blows in a short time, there
is probably a serious electrical
problem in your vehicle. Leave the
blown fuse in that circuit and have
your vehicle checked by a
qualified technician.
On models without navigation system
When the audio system is disabled,
the clock setting in the audio system
will be canceled. You will need to
reset the clock (see page 293).
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On models with navigation system
If the navigation system fuse is
removed, the navigation system will
disable itself. The next time you turn
on the ignition switch, the system
will require you to enter a PIN before
it can be used. Refer to the
navigation system manual.
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Fuse Locations
INTERIOR FUSE BOX
Amps.
Circuits Protected
No.
Amps.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
7.5 A
20 A
15 A
7.5 A
15 A
20 A
7.5 A
8
10 A
Power Window/SH-AWDꭧ
Fuel Pump
ACG
ABS/VSA
Heated Seat
FR Fog Lights
Driver's Power Seat Lumbar
Support
RR Wiper
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
7.5 A
7.5 A
10 A
10 A
10 A
7.5 A
15 A
15 A
15 A
Circuits Protected
OPDS
Meter
SRS
Right Headlight High
Left Headlight High
Small Lights (Interior)
Small Lights (Exterior)
Right Headlight Low
Left Headlight Low
Amps.
Circuits Protected
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
20 A
20 A
7.5 A
30 A
-
7.5 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
-
15 A
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
15 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
20 A
-
7.5 A
10 A
7.5 A
30 A
7.5 A
Headlight High Main
Small Lights Main
TPMS
Headlight Low Main
Not Used
Starter Diagnosis
Moonroof
Door Lock
Driver's Power Window
Not Used
Accessory Socket (Console
Compartment)
Accessory Socket (Front)
Passenger's Power Window
Radio Amplifier
Right Rear Power Window
Left Rear Power Window
Not Used
Radio
HAC
Daytime Running Light
FR Wiper
STS
ꭧ: SH-AWD models only
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Fuse Locations
UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOXES PRIMARY
Primary Fuse Box
Circuits Protected
No. Amps.
1
5
100 A
30 A
80 A
50 A
40 A
20 A
50 A
40 A
30 A
6
7
8
9
10
30 A
30 A
30 A
40 A
15 A
2
3
4
SECONDARY
Main Fuse
SH-AWDꭧ
Option Main
Ignition Switch Main
ABS/VSA Motor
ABS/VSA Fail Safe
Headlight Main
Power Window Main
Passenger's Power Seat
Reclining
Main Fan Motor
Sub Fan Motor
Rear Defogger
Blower
Hazard
Secondary Fuse Box
Circuits Protected
No. Amps.
1
2
7.5 A
20 A
Electric Vacuum Pump
Passenger's Power seat
Reclining
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No.
Amps.
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
15 A
15 A
20 A
20 A
7.5 A
20 A
15 A
15 A
15 A
7.5 A
15 A
7.5 A
10 A
Circuits Protected
LAF
Stop & Horn
Driver's Power Seat Reclining
Driver's Power Seat Sliding
IGPS Oil Level
Passenger's Power Seat Sliding
Electric Vacuum Pump
IG Coil
FI Main
MG Clutch
DBW
Interior Light
Back Up
ꭧ: On SH-AWD models only
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Emergency Towing
If your vehicle needs to be towed,
call a professional towing service or
organization. Never tow your vehicle
with just a rope or chain. It is very
dangerous.
(On SH-AWD models)
The only way you can safely tow
your vehicle is with flat-bed
equipment. The operator will load
your vehicle on the back of a truck.
Any other method of towing will
damage the drive system. When you
contact the towing agency, inform
them a flat-bed is required.
(Execpt SH-AWD models)
There are two ways to tow your
vehicle:
Flat-bed Equipment - The operator
loads your vehicle on the back of a
truck. This is the best way to
transport your vehicle.
Wheel-lift Equipment - The tow
truck uses two pivoting arms that go
under the front tires and lift them off
the ground. The rear tires remain on
the ground. This is an acceptable
way to tow your vehicle.
If, due to damage, your vehicle must
be towed with the front wheels on
the ground, do this:
●
●
●
●
●
Start the engine.
Shift to the D position and hold for
5 seconds, then to N.
Turn off the engine.
Leave the ignition switch in the
ACCESSORY (I) position so the
steering wheel does not lock.
Release the parking brake.
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Towing with only two tires on the
ground will damage parts of the allwheel-drive system. Your vehicle should
be transported on a flat-bed truck or
trailer.
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Emergency Towing
Improper towing preparation will
damage the transmission. Follow the
above procedure exactly. If you cannot
shift the transmission or start the
engine, your vehicle must be
transported with the front wheels off the
ground.
Trying to lift or tow your vehicle by the
bumpers will cause serious damage.
The bumpers are not designed to
support the vehicle's weight.
With the front wheels on the ground,
do not tow the vehicle more than 50
miles (80 km), and keep the speed
below 35 mph (55 km/h).
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The steering system can be damaged if
the steering wheel is locked. Leave the
ignition switch in the ACCESSORY (I)
position, and make sure the steering
wheel turns freely before you begin
towing.
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Technical Information
The diagrams in this section give you
the dimensions and capacities of
your vehicle and the locations of the
identification numbers. It also
includes information you should
know about your vehicle's tires and
emissions control systems.
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ................................ 489
Emissions Testing....................... 490
Technical Information
Identification Numbers ............... 478
Specifications .............................. 480
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S.
Vehicles) ............................. 482
Uniform Tire Quality
Grading ............................... 482
Treadwear ............................... 482
Traction .................................. 482
Temperature ........................... 483
Tire Labeling .............................. 484
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) - Required Federal
Explanation ......................... 485
Emissions Controls ..................... 487
The Clean Air Act.................... 487
Crankcase Emissions Control
System ................................ 487
Evaporative Emissions Control
System ................................ 487
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ............................. 488
Exhaust Emissions
Controls .............................. 488
Replacement Parts .................. 488
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Identification Numbers
Your vehicle has several identifying
numbers located in various places.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The vehicle identification number
(VIN) is the 17-digit number your
dealer uses to register your vehicle
for warranty purposes. It is also
necessary for licensing and insuring
your vehicle. 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
the front of the engine block.
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER
The transmission number is on a
label on top of the transmission.
Technical Information
ENGINE NUMBER
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Specifications
Dimensions
Capacities
Length
182.5 in (4,635 mm)
Width
73.6 in (1,870 mm)
Height
65.2 in (1,655 mm)
Wheelbase
Track
Fuel tank
Engine oil
Rear
Including
filter
5.0 US qt (4.7 L)
62.6 in (1,590 mm)
Without filter
4.8 US qt (4.5 L)
Weights
Gross vehicle weight rating
See the certification label attached to
the driver's doorjamb.
Engine coolant
Total
6.1 US qt (5.8 L)
Changeꭧ2
1.85 US gal (7.0 L)
Total
2.22 US gal (8.4 L)
Automatic
Change
transmission fluid
Engine
Type
Changeꭧ1
61.9 in (1,572 mm)
104.3 in (2,650 mm)
Front
Approx.
18.0 US gal (68 L)
Water cooled 4-stroke DOHC i-VTEC
4 cylinder gasoline engine with turbo
charger, intercooler
2WD
3.0 US qt (2.8 L)
4WD
3.1 US qt (2.9 L)
8.8 US qt (8.3 L)
Total
Bore x Stroke
3.39 x 3.90 in (86.0 x 99.0 mm)
2WD
Displacement
140.3 cu-in (2,300 cm3)
4WD
Compression ratio
Spark plugs
8.8
SILKR8A-S (NGK)
Seating Capacities
Total
5
Front
2
Rear
3
Rear differential
fluid (4WD)
8.2 US qt (7.8 L)
Change
2.67 US qt (2.53 L)
Total
2.93 US qt (2.77 L)
Transfer assembly Change
fluid (4WD)
Total
0.45 US qt (0.43 L)
Windshield
U.S. Vehicles
washer reservoir Canada
Vehicles
2.6 US qt (2.5 L)
0.48 US qt (0.45 L)
4.8 US qt (4.5 L)
ꭧ1: Excluding the oil remaining in the engine
ꭧ2: Including the coolant in the reserve tank and that remaining in the engine
Reserve tank capacity:
0.18 US gal (0.7 L)
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Specifications
Lights
Air Conditioning
High
12 V - 60 W (HB3)
Refrigerant type
HFC-134a (R-134a)
Lowꭧ
12 V - 35 W (D2S)
Charge quantity
15.9-17.6 oz (450-500 g)
Front turn signal/parking lights
12 V - 24/2.2 CP (Amber)
Lubricant type
Front fog lights
12 V - 55 W (H11)
Battery
Front side marker lights
12 V - 3 CP
Capacity
Rear turn signal lights
12 V - 21 W
Headlights
Brake/Taillights (in fenders)
12 V - 21/5 W
Taillights (in tailgate)
12 V - 3 CP
Back-up lights
12 V - 21 W
Rear side marker lights
12 V - 2 CP
License plate lights
12 V - 3 CP
High-mount brake light
12 V - 16 W
Alignment
Front ceiling lights/Spotlights
12 V - 4 CP
Toe-in
Rear ceiling light
12 V - 8 W
Glove box light
14 V - 1.4 W
Console compartment light
14 V - 1.4 W
Vanity mirror lights
12 V - 2 W
Caster
Door courtesy lights
12 V - 2 CP
12 V - 5 W
Tires
Cargo area light
12 V - 52 AH/5 HR
12 V - 65 AH/20 HR
Fuses
Interior
See page 473 or the fuse label
attached to the dashboard.
Under-hood
See page 474 or the fuse box
covers.
Camber
Size
The low beam headlights are high voltage discharged type.
Replacement of a low beam headlight bulb should be performed by
your dealer.
Front
0.0 in (0 mm)
Rear
0.10 in (2.5 mm)
Front
0 ° 10 ’
Rear
-1 °
Front
2 ° 57 ’
Front/Rear
Spare
Pressure
Technical Information
ꭧ:
SP-10
P235/55R18 99V
T165/80D17 104M
Front/Rear
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm2)
Spare
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2)
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
The tires on your vehicle meet all
U.S. Federal Safety Requirements.
All tires are also graded for
treadwear, traction, and temperature
performance according to
Department of Transportation (DOT)
standards. The following explains
these gradings.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
Quality grades can be found where
applicable on the tire sidewall
between tread shoulder and
maximum section width. For
example:
Treadwear 200
Traction AA
Temperature A
Treadwear
The treadwear grade is a
comparative rating based on the wear
rate of the tire when tested under
controlled conditions on a specified
government test course. For
example, a tire graded 150 would
wear one and one-half (1 1/2) times
as well on the government course as
a tire graded 100. The relative
performance of tires depends upon
the actual conditions of their use,
however, and may depart
significantly from the norm due to
variations in driving habits, service
practices and differences in road
characteristics and climate.
All passenger car tires must conform
to Federal Safety Requirements in
addition to these grades.
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Traction
The traction grades, from highest to
lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those
grades represent the tire's ability to
stop on wet pavement as measured
under controlled conditions on
specified government test surfaces of
asphalt and concrete. A tire marked
C may have poor traction
performance.
Warning: The traction grade
assigned to this tire is based on
straight-ahead braking traction tests,
and does not include acceleration,
cornering, hydroplaning, or peak
traction characteristics.
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DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles)
Warning: The temperature grade for
this tire is established for a tire that
is properly inflated and not
overloaded. Excessive speed,
underinflation, or excessive loading,
either separately or in combination,
can cause heat buildup and possible
tire failure.
Technical Information
Temperature
The temperature grades are A (the
highest), B, and C, representing the
tire's resistance to the generation of
heat and its ability to dissipate heat
when tested under controlled
conditions on a specified indoor
laboratory test wheel. Sustained high
temperature can cause the material
of the tire to degenerate and reduce
tire life, and excessive temperature
can lead to sudden tire failure. The
grade C corresponds to a level of
performance which all passenger car
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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Tire Labeling
The tires that came on your vehicle
have a number of markings. Those
you should be aware of are described
below.
TIRE LABELING EXAMPLE
Tire Size
Tire Identification Number (TIN)
Whenever tires are replaced, they
should be replaced with tires of the
same size. Below is an example of
tire size with an explanation of what
each component means.
The tire identification number (TIN)
is a group of numbers and letters that
look like the following example. TIN
is located on the sidewall of the tire.
(1)
P235/55R18 99V
- Vehicle type (P indicates
passenger vehicle).
235 - Tire width in millimeters.
55 - Aspect ratio (the tire's
section height as a
percentage of its width).
R - Tire construction code (R
indicates radial).
18 - Rim diameter in inches.
99 - Load index (a numerical
code associated with the
maximum load the tire can
carry).
V - Speed symbol (an
alphabetical code indicating
the maximum speed rating).
P
(1)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(3)
(2)
(4)
Tire Size
Tire Identification Number (TIN)
Maximum Tire Pressure
Maximum Tire Load
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DOT B97R FW6X 2202
DOT - This indicates that the tire
meets all requirements of
the U.S. Department of
Transportation.
B97R - Manufacturer's
identification mark.
FW6X - Tire type code.
2202 - Date of manufacture.
year
week
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Tire Labeling, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - Required Federal Explanation
Glossary of Tire Terminology
Cold Tire Pressure - The tire air
pressure when the vehicle has been
parked for at least three hours or
driven less than 1 mile (1.6 km).
Load Rating - Means the maximum
load that a tire is rated to carry for a
given inflation pressure.
Maximum Inflation Pressure - The
maximum tire air pressure that the
tire can hold.
Maximum Load Rating - Means the
load rating for a tire at the maximum
permissible inflation pressure for that
tire.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) - Required Federal
Explanation
Each tire, including the spare (if
provided), should be checked
monthly when cold and inflated to
the inflation pressure recommended
by the vehicle manufacturer on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation
pressure label.
(If your vehicle has tires of a different
size than the size indicated on the
vehicle placard or tire inflation
pressure label, you should determine
the proper tire inflation pressure for
those tires.)
when one or more of your tires is
significantly under-inflated
Accordingly, when the low tire
pressure telltale illuminates, you
should stop and check your tires as
soon as possible, and inflate them to
the proper pressure.
Treadwear Indicators (TWI) -
Means the projections within the
principal grooves designed to give a
visual indication of the degrees of
wear of the tread.
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Recommended Inflation Pressure -
The cold tire inflation pressure
recommended by the manufacturer.
As an added safety feature, your
vehicle has been equipped with a tire
pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
that illuminates a low tire pressure
telltale
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) - Required Federal Explanation
Driving on a significantly under
inflated tire causes the tire to
overheat and can lead to tire failure.
Underinflation also reduces fuel
efficiency and tire tread life, and may
affect the vehicle's handling and
stopping ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a
substitute for proper tire
maintenance, and it is the driver's
responsibility to maintain correct tire
pressure, even if under-inflation has
not reached the level to trigger
illumination of the TPMS low tire
pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been equipped
with a TPMS malfunction indicator to
indicate when the system is not
operating properly. The TPMS
malfunction indicator is combined
with the low tire pressure telltale.
When the system detects a
malfunction, the telltale will flash for
approximately one minute and then
remain continuously illuminated.
This sequence will continue upon
subsequent vehicle start-ups as long
as the malfunction exists.
When the malfunction indicator is
illuminated, the system may not be
able to detect or signal low tire
pressure as intended.
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TPMS malfunctions may occur for a
variety of reasons, including the
installation of replacement or
alternate tires or wheels on the
vehicle that prevent the TPMS from
functioning properly.
Always check the TPMS malfunction
telltale after replacing one or more
tires or wheels on your vehicle to
ensure that the replacement or
alternate tires and wheels allow the
TPMS to continue to function
properly.
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Emissions Controls
The burning of gasoline in your
vehicle's engine produces several byproducts. Some of these are carbon
monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen
(NOx), and hydrocarbons (HC).
Gasoline evaporating from the tank
also produces hydrocarbons.
Controlling the production of NOx,
CO, and HC is important to the
environment. Under certain
conditions of sunlight and climate,
NOx and HC react to form
photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ Carbon
monoxide does not contribute to
smog creation, but it is a poisonous
gas.
Crankcase Emissions Control
System
Your vehicle has a positive crankcase
ventilation system. This keeps
gasses that build up in the engine's
crankcase from going into the
atmosphere. The positive crankcase
ventilation valve routes them from
the crankcase back to the intake
manifold. They are then drawn into
the engine and burned.
Evaporative Emissions Control
System
As gasoline evaporates in the fuel
tank, an evaporative emissions
control 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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The Clean Air Act
The United States Clean Air Actꭧ
sets standards for automobile
emissions. It also requires that
automobile manufacturers explain to
owners how their emissions controls
work and what to do to maintain
them. This section summarizes how
the emissions controls work.
Scheduled maintenance is on
page 418.
ꭧ
In Canada, Acura vehicles comply
with the Canadian emission
requirements, as specified in an
agreement with Environment
Canada, at the time they are
manufactured.
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Emissions Controls
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery
The onboard refueling vapor
recovery (ORVR) system captures
the fuel vapors during refueling. The
vapors are adsorbed in a canister
filled with activated carbon. While
driving, the fuel vapors are drawn
into the engine and burned off.
Exhaust Emissions Controls
The exhaust emissions controls
include three systems: PGM-FI,
ignition timing control, and three
way catalytic converter. These three
systems work together to control the
engine's combustion and minimize
the amount of HC, CO, and NOx that
come out the tailpipe. The exhaust
emissions control systems are
separate from the crankcase and
evaporative emissions control
systems.
PGM-FI System
The PGM-FI system uses sequential
multiport fuel injection.
It has three subsystems: air intake,
engine control, and fuel control. The
powertrain control module (PCM)
uses various sensors to determine
how much air is going into the
engine. It then controls how much
fuel to inject under all operating
conditions.
Ignition Timing Control System
This system constantly adjusts the
ignition timing, reducing the amount
of HC, CO, and NOx produced.
Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converter is
in the exhaust system. Through
chemical reactions, it converts HC,
CO, and NOx in the engine's exhaust
to carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen
(N2), and water vapor.
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Replacement Parts
The emissions control systems are
designed and certified to work
together in reducing emissions to
levels that comply with the Clean Air
Act. To make sure the emissions
remain low, you should use only new
Acura replacement parts or their
equivalent for repairs. Using lower
quality parts may increase the
emissions from your vehicle.
The emissions control systems are
covered by warranties separate from
the rest of your vehicle. Read your
warranty manual for more
information.
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Three Way Catalytic Converter
The three way catalytic converters
contain precious metals that serve as
catalysts, promoting chemical
reactions to convert the exhaust
gasses without affecting the metals.
The catalytic converters are referred
to as three-way catalysts, since they
act on HC, CO, and NOx.
Replacement units must be original
Acura parts or their equivalent.
●
Keep the engine well maintained.
Have your vehicle diagnosed and
repaired if it is misfiring,
backfiring, stalling, or otherwise
not running properly.
THREE WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTERS
A defective three way catalytic
converter contributes to air pollution,
and can impair your engine's
performance. Follow these
guidelines to protect your vehicle's
three way catalytic converter.
●
Technical Information
The three way catalytic converter
must operate at a high temperature
for the chemical reactions to take
place. It can set on fire any
combustible materials that come
near it. Park your vehicle away from
high grass, dry leaves, or other
flammables.
●
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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Emissions Testing
Testing of Readiness Codes
If you take your vehicle for an
emissions test shortly after the
battery has been disconnected or
gone dead, it may not pass the test.
This is because of certain ‘‘readiness
codes’’ that must be set in the onboard diagnostics for the emissions
systems. These codes are erased
when the battery is disconnected,
and set again only after several days
of driving under a variety of
conditions.
If the testing facility determines that
the readiness codes are not set, you
will be requested to return at a later
date to complete the test. If you must
get the vehicle retested within the
next two or three days, you can
condition the vehicle for retesting by
doing the following.
1. Make sure the gas tank is nearly,
but not completely, full (around
3/4).
2. Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 6
hours or more.
3. Make sure the ambient
temperature is between 40° and
95°F (4° and 35°C).
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4. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, start the engine, and let it
idle for 20 seconds.
5. Keep the vehicle in Park. Increase
the engine speed to 2,000 rpm, and
hold it there until the temperature
gauge rises to at least 1/4 of the
scale (about 3 minutes).
6. Without touching the accelerator
pedal, let the engine idle for 20
seconds.
7. Drive your vehicle for 30 seconds
while accelerating.
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Emissions Testing
8. Select a nearby lightly traveled
major highway where you can
maintain a speed of 50 to 60 mph
(80 to 100 km/h) for at least 20
minutes. Drive on the highway in
D. Do not use the cruise control.
When traffic allows, drive for 90
seconds without moving the
accelerator pedal. (Vehicle speed
may vary slightly; this is okay.) If
you cannot do this for a continuous
90 seconds because of traffic
conditions, drive for at least 30
seconds, then repeat it two more
times (for a total of 90 seconds).
9. Then drive in city/suburban traffic
for at least 10 minutes. When
traffic conditions allow, let the
vehicle coast for several seconds
without using the accelerator pedal
or the brake pedal.
10. Make sure the vehicle has been
parked with the engine off for 30
minutes.
If the testing facility determines the
readiness codes are still not set, see
your dealer.
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Warranty and Client Relations
Client Service Information...........
Warranty Coverages ...................
Reporting Safety Defects (U.S.
Vehicles) .................................
Authorized Manuals ....................
494
495
496
497
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Client Service Information
Acura dealership personnel are
trained professionals. They should
be able to answer all your questions.
If you encounter a problem that your
dealership does not solve to your
satisfaction, please discuss it with the
dealership's management. The
service manager or general manager
can help. Almost all problems are
solved in this way.
If you are dissatisfied with the
decision made by the dealership's
management, contact Acura Client
Services.
U.S. Owners:
Canadian Owners:
Acura Client Services
Honda Canada Inc.
Visit www.acura.ca for contact information
Tel: 1-888-9-ACURA-9
Fax: 1-877-939-0909
In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands:
When you call or write, please give
us this information:
●
●
Vehicle Identification Number (see
page 478)
Name and address of the dealer
who services your vehicle
●
Date of purchase
Vortex Motor Corp.
Bella International
P.O. Box 190816
San Juan, PR 00919-0816
●
Odometer reading of your vehicle
Tel: (787) 620-7546
●
●
●
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Acura Client Services
Mail Stop 500-2N-7E
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Tel: (800) 382-2238
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Your name, address, and
telephone number
A detailed description of the
problem
Name of the dealer who sold the
vehicle to you
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Warranty Coverages
U.S. Owners
Your new vehicle is covered by these
warranties:
New Vehicle Limited Warranty -
Emissions Control Systems Defects
Warranty and Emissions
Performance Warranty - these two
warranties cover your vehicle's
emissions control systems. Time,
mileage, and coverage are
conditional. Please read your
warranty booklet for exact
information.
belt that fails to function properly is
covered by a limited warranty. Please
read your warranty booklet for
details.
Rust Perforation Limited Warranty -
all exterior body panels are covered
for rust-through from the inside for
the specified time period with no
mileage limit.
Accessory Limited Warranty - Acura
accessories are covered under this
warranty. Time and mileage limits
depend on the type of accessory and
other factors. Please read your
warranty manual for details.
Replacement Parts Limited
Warranty - covers all Acura
replacement parts against defects in
materials and workmanship.
Replacement Battery Limited
Warranty - provides prorated
coverage for a replacement battery
purchased from your dealer.
Replacement Muffler Lifetime
Limited Warranty - provides
coverage for as long as the purchaser
of the muffler owns the vehicle.
Restrictions and exclusions apply to
all these warranties. Please read the
2011 Acura warranty information
booklet that came with your vehicle
for precise information on warranty
coverages. Your vehicle's original
tires are covered by their
manufacturer. Tire warranty
information is in a separate booklet.
Canadian Owners
Please refer to the 2011 warranty
manual that came with your vehicle.
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covers your new vehicle, except for
emissions control systems and
accessories against defects in
materials and workmanship.
Seat Belt Limited Warranty - a seat
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Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles)
If you believe that your vehicle has a
defect which could cause a crash or
could cause injury or death, you
should immediately inform the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) in addition
to notifying American Honda Motor
Co., Inc.
If NHTSA receives similar
complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a
safety defect exists in a group of
vehicles, it may order a recall and
remedy campaign. However, NHTSA
cannot become involved in individual
problems between you, your dealer,
or American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may call the
Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at
1-888-327-4236
(TTY: 1-800-424-9153);
go to http://www.safercar.gov ;
or write to:
Administrator, NHTSA, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC
20590.
You can also obtain other information
about motor vehicle safety from
http://www.safercar.gov.
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Authorized Manuals
Purchasing Factory Authorized Manuals (U.S. only)
The publications shown below can be purchased from Helm
Incorporated. You can order by phone or online:
●
Call Helm Inc. at 1-800-782-4356 (credit card orders only)
●
Go online at www.helminc.com
Service Manual:
Covers maintenance and recommended procedures for
repair to engine and chassis components. It is written
for the journeyman mechanic, but it is simple enough
for most mechanically inclined owners to understand.
Publication
Form Number
Form Description
61STK04
2007-2011 Acura RDX Service Manual
61STK04EL
2011 Acura RDX
Electrical Troubleshooting Manual
61STK30
2007 Model series Acura RDX
Body Repair Manual
31STK640
2011 Acura RDX Owner's Manual
31STK840
2011 Acura RDX Navigation System Manual
Body Repair Manual:
Describes the procedures involved in the replacement
of damaged body parts.
31STKM40
2011 Acura RDX Maintenance Journal
31STKQ40
2011 Acura RDX Advanced Technology Guide
ACU-R
Order Form for Previous YearsIndicate Year and Model Desired
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Electrical Troubleshooting Manual:
Complements the Service Manual by providing in-depth
troubleshooting information for each electrical circuit in
your vehicle.
If you are interested in other years or models, contact Helm Inc.
at 1-800-782-4356.
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Index
A
B
Battery
Charging System
Indicator ........................ 65, 465
Jump Starting .......................... 461
Maintenance ........................... 450
Specifications .......................... 481
Before Driving ........................... 351
Belts, Seat ................................ 9, 20
Beverage Holders ...................... 156
Bluetooth® Audio ................ 212, 280
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® ...... 306
Booster Seats ............................... 54
Brakes
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ........... 388
Break-in, New Linings ............. 352
Bulb Replacement ................... 433
Fluid ....................................... 429
Parking ................................... 150
System Design ........................ 387
System Indicator (Amber) ....... 468
System Indicator (Red) ........... 467
Wear Indicators ....................... 387
Braking System .......................... 387
Break-in, New Vehicle ................ 352
Brightness Control,
Instruments ............................ 120
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INDEX
Accessories and
Modifications .......................... 362
ACCESSORY (Ignition Key
Position) ................................. 125
Accessory Power Sockets .......... 157
AcuraLink® (U.S. models
only) ....................................... 332
Additives, Engine Oil ................. 421
Adjusting the Sound ............ 177, 224
Adjusting the Steering Wheel .... 122
Advanced Airbags ........................ 28
Airbag (SRS) .......................... 10, 24
Air Conditioning System ............ 164
Usage ...................................... 165
Air Pressure, Tires .............. 444, 445
Alcohol in Gasoline .................... 352
Antifreeze ................................... 424
Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Indicator ............................ 66, 388
Operation ................................ 388
Anti-theft, Audio System ............. 292
Anti-theft Steering Column
Lock ....................................... 125
Armrests .................................... 138
Audio Antenna ........................... 439
Audio System ...................... 172, 216
Automatic Lighting Off
Feature ................................... 118
Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners ... 22
Automatic Speed Control ........... 300
Automatic Transmission ............ 376
Capacity, Fluid ........................ 480
Checking Fluid Level .............. 427
Driving with the Paddle
Shifters ................................ 380
Shifting ................................... 376
Shift Lever Position
Indicators ............................ 376
Shift Lever Positions ............... 377
Shift Lock Release ................... 379
Auxiliary Input Jack ................... 291
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Bulb Replacement
Back-up Lights ........................ 433
Brake Lights ........................... 433
Fog Lights ............................... 435
Front Parking Lights ............... 432
Front Side Marker Lights ........ 432
Headlights .............................. 431
High-mount Brake Light ......... 436
Rear Bulbs ...................... 433, 434
Rear License Plate Lights ........ 437
Specifications .......................... 481
Taillights ......................... 433, 434
Turn Signal Lights .......... 432, 433
Bulbs, Halogen .......................... 431
C
Capacities Chart ......................... 480
Carbon Monoxide Hazard ............ 57
Cargo ......................................... 364
Cargo Area Cover ....................... 160
Cargo Area Light ........................ 153
Cargo, How to Carry .................. 364
Carrying Cargo .......................... 364
CAUTION, Explanation of ............ iii
CD Care ..................................... 257
Ceiling Lights ............................. 151
Certification Label ...................... 478
Chains, Tires .............................. 449
Changing a Flat Tire .................. 455
Changing Oil
How to .................................... 422
When to .................................. 411
Charging System
Indicator ........................... 65, 465
Checklist, Before Driving ........... 373
Childproof Door Locks ............... 127
Child Safety .................................. 36
Booster Seats ........................... 54
Child Seats .................... 41, 42, 44
Important Safety Reminders ..... 40
Infants ...................................... 41
Larger Children ....................... 53
LATCH ..................................... 46
Risks with Airbags ................... 37
Small Children ......................... 42
Tethers .................................... 51
Warning Labels ........................ 38
Where Should a Child Sit? ........ 37
Child Seats ................................... 44
LATCH Anchorage Points ........ 46
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Tether Anchorage Points ......... 51
Cleaning the Seat Belts .............. 438
Client Service Information .......... 494
Climate Control Sensors ............ 171
Climate Control System ............. 164
Clock .......................................... 293
Coat Hook .................................. 161
Code, Audio System ................... 292
CO in the Exhaust ................ 57, 487
Cold Weather, Starting in ........... 374
Compact Spare Tire .................... 454
Compass Operation .................. 295
Console Compartment ............... 158
Consumer Information ............... 494
Controls, Instruments and ............ 61
Coolant
Adding .................................... 424
Checking ................................ 357
Proper Solution ....................... 424
Courtesy Lights .......................... 153
Crankcase Emissions Control
System ................................... 487
Cruise Control Indicator ............... 69
Cruise Control Operation ........... 300
Cruise Main Indicator .................. 69
Cup Holders ............................... 156
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Index
Customized Settings .................... 82
D
Checking the Fuses ................ 470
Driving with a Flat Tire ........... 454
Hazard Warning Flashers ....... 121
Jump Starting .......................... 461
Low Oil Pressure
Indicator ........................ 65, 465
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ............................. 65, 466
Overheated Engine ................. 463
Towing .................................... 475
Emergency Brake ...................... 150
Emergency Flashers .................. 121
Emergency Towing .................... 475
Emissions Controls .................... 487
Emissions Testing ...................... 490
E
Economy, Fuel ........................... 358
Emergencies on the Road .......... 453
Battery, Jump Starting ............. 461
Brake System Indicator ... 467, 468
Changing a Flat Tire ............... 455
Charging System
Indicator ........................ 65, 465
INDEX
DANGER, Explanation of ............. iii
Dashboard ............................... 3, 62
Daytime Running Lights ............ 119
Dead Battery .............................. 461
Defects, Reporting Safety ........... 496
Defogger, Rear Window ............. 121
Defrosting the Windows ............ 167
Dimensions ................................ 480
Dimming the Headlights ............ 116
Dipstick
Automatic Transmission ......... 427
Engine Oil ............................... 356
Directional Signals ............... 69, 116
Disc Brake Wear Indicators ....... 387
Disc Care ................................... 257
Disc Changer ...................... 185, 239
Disc Changer Error
Messages ........................ 195, 255
Disc Player .......................... 185, 239
Disposal of Used Oil ................... 423
Doors
Childproof Door Locks ............ 127
Locking and Unlocking ........... 126
Power Door Locks .................. 126
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S.
Vehicles) ................................ 482
Driver and Passenger Safety .......... 5
Driving ....................................... 371
Economy ................................. 358
Driving Guidelines ..................... 372
Driving Position Memory
System ................................... 148
Driving with the Paddle
Shifters ................................... 380
Dust and Pollen Filter ................ 439
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Index
Engine
Adding Engine Coolant ........... 424
If it Won't Start ........................ 459
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ............................. 65, 466
Oil Life Indicator ..................... 411
Oil Pressure Indicator ....... 65, 465
Overheating ............................ 463
Specifications .......................... 480
Speed Limiter .......................... 378
Starting ................................... 374
Engine Coolant .......................... 424
Engine Number ......................... 479
Ethanol in Gasoline .................... 352
Evaporative Emissions
Controls .................................. 487
Exhaust Emissions Controls ...... 488
Exhaust Fumes ............................ 57
Expectant Mothers, Use of Seat
Belts by .................................... 18
F
Fan, Interior ............................... 166
Features ..................................... 163
Filters
Dust and Pollen ....................... 439
Oil ........................................... 422
Flashers, Hazard Warning ......... 121
Flat Tire, Changing a ................. 455
Floor Mats ................................. 438
Fluids
Automatic Transmission ......... 427
Brake ...................................... 429
Location .................................. 419
Power Steering ........................ 430
Windshield Washer ................. 426
FM/AM Radio Reception ........... 287
Fog Lights .................................. 119
Folding the Rear Seats Down ..... 138
Four-way Flashers ...................... 121
Front Airbags ......................... 10, 26
Front Door Pockets .................... 155
Front Seat
Heaters ................................... 141
Front Seat Power
Adjustments ........................... 134
Fuel ............................................ 352
Economy ................................. 358
Fill Door and Cap .................... 353
Gauge ...................................... 73
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Low Fuel Indicator ................... 68
Octane Requirement ............... 352
Reserve Indicator ..................... 68
Tank, Filling the ...................... 353
Tighten Fuel Cap .................... 354
Fuel Economy ............................ 358
Fuses, Checking the .................. 470
G
Gas Mileage, Improving ............. 359
Gasoline ..................................... 352
Low Fuel Indicator ................... 68
Octane Requirement ............... 352
Tank, Refueling ....................... 353
Gas Station Procedures .............. 353
Gauges
Fuel .......................................... 73
Speedometer ............................ 73
Tachometer .............................. 73
Turbo Boost Meter .................. 73
Gearshift Lever Positions
Automatic
Transmission ............... 376, 377
Glove Box .................................. 155
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Index
Gross Axle Weight Rating
(GAWR) ................................. 398
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR) ................................. 398
H
I
Identification Number,
Vehicle ................................... 478
Ignition
Keys ........................................ 122
Switch ..................................... 125
Timing Control System ........... 488
Immobilizer System ................... 124
Important Safety Precautions ......... 6
Indicators, Instrument Panel ........ 63
ABS (Anti-lock Brake) ....... 66, 388
A/T Temp ................................ 65
Brake (Amber) .................. 67, 468
Brake (Red) ...................... 67, 467
Charging System .............. 65, 465
Cruise Control .......................... 69
Cruise Main ............................. 69
Fog Lights ................................ 70
High Beam ............................... 69
Key (Immobilizer System) ....... 66
Lights On ................................. 70
Low Fuel .................................. 68
Low Oil Pressure .............. 65, 465
Low Tire Pressure/
TPMS ............................ 71, 390
Maintenance Minder™ ............ 411
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ............................. 65, 466
Passenger Airbag Off ............... 33
Seat Belt Reminder ............. 20, 64
Security System ....................... 70
SH-AWD® ................................. 70
Side Airbag Off .................... 32, 66
SRS ..................................... 32, 65
System Message ...................... 72
TPMS/Tire Pressure
Monitor ......................... 71, 390
Turn Signal and Hazard
Warning ............................... 69
VSA Activation ......................... 69
VSA System ............................. 68
Individual Map Lights ................ 152
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INDEX
HandsFreeLink® ........................ 306
Hazard Warning Flashers .......... 121
Headlights
Aiming .................................... 431
Automatic Lighting Off ............ 118
Automatic Lighting On ............ 117
Daytime Running Lights ......... 119
High Beam Indicator ................ 69
High Beams, Turning on ......... 116
Lights On Indicator .................. 70
Low Beams, Turning on .......... 116
Reminder Chime ..................... 116
Turning on .............................. 116
Head Restraints .......................... 135
Heated Mirrors .......................... 147
Heaters, Seats ............................ 141
Heating and Cooling .................. 164
High Altitude, Starting at ............ 374
High-Low Beam Switch .............. 117
HomeLink® Universal
Transceiver ............................ 303
Hood, Opening and Closing
the .......................................... 355
Horn ...................................... 4, 113
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Index
Infant Restraint ............................ 41
Infant Seats .................................. 41
Tether Anchorage Point ........... 51
Inflation, Proper Tire .................. 444
Recommended Pressures ....... 445
Inside Mirror ............................. 146
Inspection, Tire .......................... 445
Installing a Child Seat .................. 45
Instrument Panel .......................... 63
Instrument Panel Brightness ..... 120
Instruments and Controls ............. 61
Intercooler ................................. 439
Interface Dial ............................. 216
Interior Care .............................. 452
Interior Lights ............................ 151
Introduction ................................... i
iPod® ................................... 197, 260
iPod® Error Messages ......... 203, 269
J
Jacking up the Vehicle ............... 455
Jack, Tire ................................... 455
Jump Starting ............................. 461
K
Keys ........................................... 122
L
Label, Certification ..................... 478
Lane Change, Signaling ............. 116
Lap/Shoulder Belt ................. 15, 21
LATCH Anchorage System .......... 46
Lights
Bulb Replacement ................... 431
Indicator ................................... 63
Interior .................................... 151
Parking ................................... 116
Turn Signal ............................. 116
Load Limit ........................... 365, 397
LOCK (Ignition Key Position) .... 125
Locks
Anti-theft Steering Column ...... 125
Childproof Door ...................... 127
Fuel Fill Door .......................... 353
Glove Box ............................... 155
Lockout Prevention ................. 127
Power Door ............................. 126
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Tailgate ................................... 128
Low Coolant Level ...................... 357
Lower Anchors ............................. 46
Low Fuel Indicator ....................... 68
Low Oil Pressure
Indicator ........................... 65, 465
Low Tire Pressure/TPMS
Indicator ........................... 71, 390
Lubricant Specifications Chart ... 480
Luggage, Storing (cargo) ........... 364
M
Maintenance .............................. 409
Main Items and Sub Items ...... 415
Minder .................................... 411
Owner's Maintenance
Checks ................................ 417
Safety ...................................... 410
Schedule ................................. 418
Malfunction Indicator
Lamp ................................ 65, 466
Memory, Driving Position .......... 148
Meters, Gauges ............................ 73
Methanol in Gasoline ................. 352
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Index
Mirrors, Adjusting ...................... 146
Modifications ............................. 363
Modifying Your Vehicle ............. 363
Moonroof ................................... 144
Multi-Information Display ............ 74
N
Neutral Gear Position ................. 377
New Vehicle Break-in ................. 352
NOTICE, Explanation of ................ i
Numbers, Identification ............. 478
O
P
Panel Brightness Control ........... 120
Park Gear Position ..................... 377
Parking ...................................... 386
Parking Brake ............................ 150
Parking Brake and Brake System
Indicator ................................. 467
Parking Lights ........................... 116
Parking Over Things that
Burn ................................ 386, 489
Passenger Airbag Off Indicator .... 33
PGM-FI System .......................... 488
Playing an iPod® .................. 197, 260
Playing a USB Flash Memory
Device ............................. 204, 270
Playing Disc ............................... 185
Playing the FM/AM
Radio ............................... 174, 217
Playing the XM® Radio ........ 179, 228
Pollen Filter ............................... 439
Power Door Locks ..................... 126
Power Seat Adjustments ............ 134
Power Socket Locations ............. 157
Power Steering Fluid ................. 430
Power Windows ......................... 142
Pregnancy, Using Seat Belts ........ 18
Preparing to Drive ...................... 373
Proper Seat Belt Usage ................ 15
Protecting Adults and Teens ........ 12
Additional Safety Precautions ... 19
Advice for Pregnant Women .... 18
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INDEX
Octane Requirement,
Gasoline ................................. 352
Odometer ..................................... 76
Odometer, Trip ............................ 76
Off-Highway Driving
Guidelines .............................. 405
Off-Road Precautions .................. 405
Oil
Change, How to ...................... 422
Change, When to .................... 411
Checking Engine .................... 356
Life, Engine ............................. 411
Pressure Indicator ............. 65, 465
Selecting Proper Viscosity
Chart ................................... 420
Onboard Refueling Vapor
Recovery ................................ 488
ON (Ignition Key Position) ........ 125
Outside Mirrors ......................... 146
Outside Temperature ................... 76
Overheating, Engine .................. 463
Owner's Maintenance Checks .... 417
Oxygenated Fuels ...................... 352
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Index
Protecting Children ...................... 36
General Guidelines .................. 36
Protecting Infants ..................... 41
Protecting Larger Children ...... 53
Protecting Small Children ........ 42
Using Child Seats with
Tethers ................................. 51
Using LATCH .......................... 46
R
Radiator Overheating .................
Radio/CD Sound System ...........
Radio Theft Protection ...............
Readiness Codes ........................
Rear Lights, Bulb
Replacement ...........................
Rear Seat Folding Down .............
Rearview Mirror .........................
Rearview Mirror with Rearview
Camera Display ......................
Rear Window Defogger ..............
Rear Window Wiper and
Washer ...................................
463
172
292
490
433
138
146
348
121
115
Recalling a Memorized Driving
Position .................................. 133
Reclining the Seat Backs ............ 134
Refueling .................................... 353
Reminder Indicators ..................... 64
Remote Audio Controls .............. 289
Remote Transmitter ................... 130
Replacement Information
Dust and Pollen Filter ............. 439
Engine Oil and Filter ............... 422
Fuses ...................................... 469
Light Bulbs ............................. 431
Schedule ................................. 418
Spark Plugs ............................. 480
Tires ....................................... 447
Wiper Blades .......................... 440
Replacing Seat Belts After a
Crash ........................................ 23
Reporting Safety Defects (U.S.
only) ....................................... 496
Required Engine Oil .................. 420
Reserve Tank, Engine
Coolant ............................ 357, 424
Restraint, Child ............................ 36
Reverse Gear Position ................ 377
Reverse Tilt Door Mirror ........... 147
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Rotation, Tire ............................. 447
S
Safety Belts .............................. 9, 20
Safety Defects, Reporting (U.S.
only) ....................................... 496
Safety Features .............................. 8
Airbags ............................... 10, 24
Door Locks .............................. 12
Head Restraints ........................ 15
Seat Belts ........................ 9, 15, 20
Seats & Seat-Backs .............. 13, 14
Safety Labels, Location of ............. 58
Safety Messages .......................... iii
Seat Belts ................................. 9, 20
Additional Information ............. 20
Advice for Pregnant Women .... 18
Automatic Seat Belt
Tensioners ........................... 22
Cleaning .................................. 438
Lap/Shoulder Belt .............. 15, 21
Maintenance ............................ 23
Reminder Indicator and
Beeper ............................. 20, 64
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Index
Shifting the Automatic
Transmission .......................... 376
Shift Lever Position Indicators ... 376
Shift Lock Release ...................... 379
Side Airbags ................................. 30
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ................... 32
How Your Side Airbags Work .. 30
Side Curtain Airbags .................... 31
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work .................................... 31
Side Marker Lights, Bulb
Replacement in ....................... 432
Signaling Turns ............................ 69
Snow Tires ................................. 448
Sound System ..................... 172, 216
Spare Tire .................................. 454
Inflating ........................... 444, 454
Specifications .......................... 481
Spark Plugs ................................ 480
Specifications ............................. 480
Speed Control ............................ 300
Speed Limiter ............................. 378
Speedometer ................................ 73
SRS, Additional Information ......... 24
Additional Safety Precautions ... 35
Airbag Service .......................... 34
Airbag System Components ..... 24
How the Side Airbag Off
Indicator Works ................... 32
How the SRS Indicator Works .. 32
How Your Front Airbags
Work .................................... 26
How Your Side Airbags Work .. 30
How Your Side Curtain Airbags
Work .................................... 31
SRS Indicator ......................... 32, 65
START (Ignition Key
Position) ................................. 125
Starting the Engine .................... 374
Auto Control Mode ................. 375
In Cold Weather at High
Altitude ................................ 374
With a Dead Battery ................ 461
State Emissions Testing ............. 490
Steam Coming from Engine ....... 463
Steering Wheel
Adjustments ............................ 122
Anti-theft Column Lock ........... 125
Buttons ........................... 289, 300
Stereo Sound System .......... 172, 216
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INDEX
System Components ................ 20
Use During Pregnancy ............. 18
Wearing a Lap/Shoulder
Belt .................................. 15, 21
Seats .......................................... 134
Armrest ................................... 138
Head Restraints ....................... 135
Heaters ................................... 141
Position Memory .................... 148
Seats, Adjusting the ................... 134
Security System ......................... 294
Security System Indicator ............ 70
Sensors
Driver's Seat Position Sensor ... 28
Front Passenger's Weight
Sensors ................................ 28
Impact Sensors ........................ 24
Serial Number ............................ 478
Service Intervals ......................... 411
Service Manual (U.S. only) ........ 497
Service Station Procedures ........ 353
Setting the Clock ........................ 293
SH-AWD® ................................... 384
Indicator ................................... 70
Torque Distribution Monitor ... 384
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Index
Storing Your Vehicle .................. 451
Sun Visor ................................... 157
Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™
(SH-AWD®) System ................ 384
Supplemental Restraint
System ............................ 10, 24
Servicing .................................. 34
SRS Indicator ...................... 32, 65
System Components ................ 24
System Messages ........................ 79
T
Tachometer .................................. 73
Tailgate ...................................... 128
Opening the ............................ 128
Open Monitor .......................... 12
Taillights, Changing Bulbs in ..... 433
Taking Care of the
Unexpected ............................ 453
Technical Descriptions
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S.
Vehicles) ............................. 482
Emissions Control Systems ..... 487
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................ 489
Tire Labeling ........................... 484
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) - Required Federal
Explanation ...................... 485
Temperature, Outside .................. 76
Tensioners, Seat Belts .................. 22
Tether Anchorage Points ............. 51
Theft Protection, Radio .............. 292
Three Way Catalytic
Converter ............................... 489
Tilt/Telescopic Steering
Wheel ..................................... 122
Time, Setting the ........................ 293
Tire Chains ................................ 449
Tire, How to Change a Flat ........ 455
Tire Information ......................... 484
Tire Labeling .............................. 484
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) ....................... 390, 485
Low Tire Pressure Indicator ..... 71
Tire Pressure Monitor ....... 78, 391
Tires .......................................... 444
Air Pressure ............................ 445
Chains ..................................... 449
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Checking Wear ....................... 445
Compact Spare ........................ 454
DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S.
Vehicles) ............................. 482
Inflation ................................... 444
Inspection ............................... 445
Labeling .................................. 484
Maintenance ........................... 446
Pressure Monitoring System ... 390
Replacing ................................ 447
Rotating .................................. 447
Snow ....................................... 448
Specifications .......................... 481
Tools, Tire Changing ................. 455
To Play the Radio ....................... 174
Towing
A Trailer .................................. 397
Emergency Wrecker ............... 475
Equipment and Accessories .... 399
Trailer Towing Tips ................. 401
Weight Limit ........................... 397
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring
System) .............................. 390
Required Federal
Explanation ......................... 485
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Index
Transmission
Checking Fluid Level .............. 427
Fluid Selection ........................ 427
Identification Number ............. 478
Shifting the Automatic ............. 376
Treadwear .................................. 482
Trip Meter ................................... 76
Turbo Boost Meter ...................... 73
Turn Signals ................................. 69
Turn Signals and Headlights ...... 116
U
V
Vanity Mirror ............................. 158
W
WARNING, Explanation of ........... iii
Warning Labels, Location of ......... 58
Warranty Coverages (U.S.
only) ....................................... 495
Washer, Windshield
Checking the Fluid Level ........ 426
Operation ................................ 114
Wheels ....................................... 443
Adjusting the Steering ............. 122
Alignment and Balance ........... 447
Compact Spare ........................ 454
Wrench, Nut ........................... 455
Windows
Auto Reverse ........................... 143
Operating the Power ............... 142
Rear, Defogger ........................ 121
Windshield
Cleaning .................................. 114
Defroster ................................. 167
Washers .......................... 114, 426
Wipers, Windshield
Changing Blades ..................... 440
Operation ................................ 114
Rear Windshield Wiper and
Washer ................................ 115
Worn Tires ................................. 445
Wrecker, Emergency Towing .... 475
X
XM® Radio .......................... 179, 228
INDEX
Unexpected, Taking Care of
the .......................................... 453
Uniform Tire Quality Grading
(U.S. only) .............................. 482
Unleaded Gasoline ..................... 352
USB Flash Memory Device Error
Messages ........................ 211, 279
Used Oil, How to Dispose of ...... 423
Vehicle Capacity Load ................ 365
Vehicle Dimensions ................... 480
Vehicle Identification Number ... 478
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
System ................................ 395
VSA Activation Indicator .......... 69
VSA System Indicator .............. 68
Vehicle Storage .......................... 451
VIN ............................................ 478
Viscosity, Oil .............................. 420
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Service Information Summary
Gasoline:
Premium unleaded gasoline, pump
octane number of 91 or higher.
Avoid driving with an extremely low
fuel level. Running out of fuel could
cause the engine to misfire, damaging
the catalytic converter.
Fuel Tank Capacity:
18.0 US gal (68 L)
Required Engine Oil;
Always use Mobil 1® 5W-30 or an
equivalent oil that meets the
Acura HTO-06 standard.
Automatic Transmission Fluid:
Acura ATF-Z1
(automatic transmission fluid)
(see page 427).
On models with SH-AWD
Rear Differential Fluid:
Use Acura ATF-Z1
(automatic transmission fluid)
only.
Capacity:
SH-AWD differential case
2.67 US qt (2.53 L)
On models with SH-AWD
Transfer Assembly Fluid:
SAE 90 or SAE 80W-90 viscosity
hypoid gear oil, API service
classified GL4 or GL5 only.
Oil change capacity (including
filter):
5.0 US qt (4.7 L)
2011 RDX
Power Steering Fluid:
Acura Power Steering Fluid
preferred, or another brand of
power steering fluid as a
temporary replacement. Do not
use ATF (see page 430).
Brake Fluid:
Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid
DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or
DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary
replacement (see page 429).
Tire Pressure (measured cold):
Front/Rear:
32 psi (220 kPa , 2.2 kgf/cm2)
Spare Tire Pressure:
60 psi (420 kPa , 4.2 kgf/cm2)
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Owner's Identification
OWNER _________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS _______________________________________________________
STREET
_________________________________ _________________________________ ___________________
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
V. I. N. ___________________________________________________________
DELIVERY DATE __________________________________________________
(Date sold to original retail purchaser)
DEALER NAME ___________________ DEALER NO. ___________________
ADDRESS _______________________________________________________
STREET
_________________________________ _________________________________ ___________________
CITY
STATE/PROVINCE/TERRITORY
ZIP CODE/
POSTAL CODE
OWNER'S SIGNATURE ___________________________________________
DEALER'S SIGNATURE ___________________________________________
2011 RDX
This owner's manual should be considered a
permanent part of the vehicle and should
remain with the vehicle when it is sold.
This owner's manual covers all models of the
Acura RDX. You may find descriptions of
equipment and features that are not on your
particular vehicle.
Images throughout this owner's manual
(including the front cover) represent features
and equipment that are available on some,
but not all, models. Your particular model
may not have some of these features.
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